Email linked to DCNR chief’s resignation

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett’s office is making public an email exchange that it says led to the forced resignation Thursday of a member of the governor’s Cabinet.   The May 3 exchange between former Secretary Richard Allan of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and his wife Patricia, who at the time the Department of Environmental Protection, was released Friday.   It apparently involved problems Patricia Allan was having with a female co-worker at DEP in making plans for the department’s annual falcon-banding event.   In one email, Patricia Allan wrote that the co-worker, who is black, was showing her “true colors.” Richard Allan responded with one word – “COLORS” –…

Road work on Route 11 in Columbia County

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BERWICK — Travelers through Columbia County can expect some delays next week.  Starting Tuesday, crews will begin work on Route 11.  The work will run from Shaffer Road, just east of Bloomsburg, to the Briar Creek line near Berwick.   The microsurfacing project should be completed by August 9.  Traffic will be restricted to a single lane with flaggers at intersections when necessary.  Use caution in the area and expect some delays.  (Codi Jade)  

Barletta: Immigration legislation needs more time

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SUNBURY — As the government is working to get immigration legislation passed, Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11th, Hazleton) says he is trying to slow the process down.   “I think there are a lot of questions the American people need to have answered.  There were 22-million Americans who could not find work this morning when they got up.  Is this going to make it easier or harder for the American people to encourage millions more to come here illegally, because of this promise that we’ll make you a citizen if you’re already here?”   Barletta said the American people need to come first.  “I wish they would take the politics out of this issue, and let’s…

Commissioners Meet at Legislative Breakfast

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LEWISBURG– The joint legislative breakfast meeting was held Friday morning at the Country Cupboard in Lewisburg. County Commissioners from Union, Snyder, and Northumberland Counties spoke during the meeting. Each commissioner spoke about the problems their county faces with overcrowding of prisons and ways they are combating this problem. Snyder County Commissioner Joseph Kantz talked about a program created last year to help non-violent offenders, saying, “When nonviolent criminals are prosecuted, community service ours can be handed out as a punishment. This program allows nonviolent offenders to work off a portion of their debt to society by helping local Governments and nonprofit organizations in our back yard.” Northumberland County Commissioner, Rick Shoch thanked the other county…

VIDEO HERE: Safety First: Local hospital urges kids to wear bicycle helmets

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Helmet fitting: LEWISBURG – Summer is here, school is out and that means it is bike season.  Evangelical Community Hospital is making sure everyone, especially children, know how to properly wear a bicycle helmet says Deana Carson of Evan.  “You want to make sure the helmet is fitting across the forehead about two fingers above the eyebrow.  You also want to make sure the straps make a V at the child’s ear; so one strap behind and one strap in front of the earlobe.  The chin strap should be on tight for better protection.” Nearly 250 helmets were fitted and given to children recently at McDonald’s in Lewisburg as part of Evan’s initiative.  Jason Rippon,…

A guided tour of Union County History

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  LEWISBURG – This week on WKOK we have been telling you about the Historic Ramblings Tour, which is a guided tour of Union County’s history during the Union County Bicentennial celebration. The tour takes place on Sunday and in Part 3 of our three part series, we have all the information you need to know about the tour. Joannah Skucek of the Bicentennial Committee talked about how the idea for the Historic Ramblings Tour took shape. Skucek said, “We chose various sites around the county, but the tour was too big to do in one day. So instead of doing one tour, we’ve divided it into two tours. One of the eastern part of…

Harrisburg firm tapped for possible middle school project

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SUNBURY — With the growing number of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in the ShikellamySchool District, the school board continues to mull the decision of building a new middle school. School board president Jim Hartman says McKissick Associates of Harrisburg is the likely architecture firm for the proposed project.  “That firm was selected as a result of prior discussion with four different firms.” McKissick’s estimated total cost for the project is about $21.5 million.  Other firms who submitted bids were Hunt Engineering and Architectural Services of New York, Crabtree, Rohrbach and Associates of Mechanicsburg and Baer Wolfe Architects of Sunbury. Hartman says a decision for building must be made within the financial means of…

Injury in Snyder County crash

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MIDDLEBURG — One person was injured during a crash in rural Middleburg Friday morning.  The accident happened just before 9:30a.m. on Tame Deer   Road at Route 204 in Jackson Township, Snyder County.  SnyderCounty 911 reported entrapment and a fire following the one-vehicle crash.  One person was taken to a hospital by ambulance.  Emergency crews were clear of the scene just before 11:00a.m.  More information will be released soon. (Sara Bartlett)    

Two people hurt in a crash near Paxtonville

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PAXTONVILLE – Two people were hurt in a crash near Paxtonville in Snyder County Thursday afternoon. State police say 36-year-old James Pyle of Middleburg was making a left turn onto Route 522 into Beavertown Grocery when Pyle was struck by a northbound vehicle, driven by 34-year-old Diana Hagenbuch of Danville.   Pyle had to be extricated from his vehicle and was treated at Evangelical Community Hospital.  Hagenbuch was taken by Life Flight to Geisinger Medical Center and is listed in serious condition. The crash happened around 3:15 p.m. and traffic was slow in the area for about an hour. (Ali Stevens)