Italy hospital: Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest

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ROME (AP) – A friend of James Gandolfini says the actor was discovered by a family member after he suffered an apparent heart attack in his hotel room in Rome.  He was 51. Michael Kobold, who described himself as a close family friend, read a short statement to reporters Thursday and said little more about the circumstances of Gandolfini’s fatal attack. He did not say who discovered Gandolfini. Gandolfini, star of “The Sopranos,” was pronounced dead of cardiac arrest at a Rome hospital late Wednesday night.  Gandolfni had appeared in advertisements for Kobold’s company, Kobold Watches.      

Water main break disrupts Route 15 traffic

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LEWISBURG – Expect some delays if you are traveling through Route 15 in UnionCounty.  A water main break near North   Armory Boulevard just south of Lewisburg is causing some lane closures.   According to PennDOT, one lane in each direction, as well as the center-turn lane is closed in the area.  Most traffic restrictions are expected to be lifted by late tonight, however, the center-lane closure will remain in effect into Thursday.   Please use caution if you are driving in the area.  (Codi Jade)

Local United Way not alone in decision

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SUNBURY – A former Boy Scout leader says the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way is not alone in their recent decision.   Greg Bourke was forced to resign as a scout leader in Kentucky when he revealed he was gay.  He said, “There has been numerous other United Ways across the country over the last few years that have already defunded their local scout councils.  Practically every week I learn of another United Way that has suspended funding.  It is a trend that we see occurring.”   Bourke took the issue nationally and started a petition drive to have the United Way denounce the anti-gay policy.  At last check, Burke said the petition had over…

Grant for natural gas switch at Northumberland County Courthouse

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SUNBURY — The Northumberland County Courthouse is making the switch to a natural gas heating system.  The project will involve a conversion of the courthouse’s 31-year-old oil heating system to a natural gas furnace.  The project is $164,000 and is expected to save the county over $1 million in heating costs over thirty years.  The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority approved a grant of more than $114,000 for the project Wednesday. (Sara Bartlett)    

Susquehanna Council of Boy Scouts responds to lack of funding

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SUNBURY — Following the decision of the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way to hold funds for local boy scouts, Scout Executive of the Susquehanna Council of Boy Scouts Jon Brennan has issued a statement. “The Susquehanna Council Boy Scouts of America is disappointed by the recent action taken by the United   Way.  However, with the continued support of community organizations and the residents of the SusquehannaValley, we will be able to continue to deliver the character development, citizenship, and fitness programs in scouting to prepare young men and women for life so they can develop into future leaders.” In February, the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way put over $11,000 of discretionary funding on hold…

UPDATE: Dozens help search for teen

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MOUNT CARMEL — The search for a missing teen in Mount Carmel has been called off.  Mount Carmel Borough Police say they are still considering 17-year-old Mackenzie Greco of MarionHeights missing, but the search was called off around 10:00p.m. Tuesday due to darkness. Greco was last seen around 9:00p.m. Monday near a wooded area on West   Seventh Street in Mount Carmel Borough.  Nearly 50 volunteers helped search for Greco Tuesday.  Helicopters and search dogs also assisted law enforcement. Greco was last seen wearing dark shorts, a red shirt, running shoes, a black backpack and sunglasses.  There is a picture posted of Greco online at wkok.com.  Anyone with information is asked to call 911. (Codi…