Local author releases book on fracking

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SUNBURY –  “The natural gas boom is a bust,” so says a local retired journalism professor. Dr. Walter Brasch has released a new book; Fracking Pennsylvania: Flirting with Disaster.  Brasch said he wasn’t interested in writing about natural gas drilling until Pennsylvania got involved. He said one thing he tries to bring out in the book is the false sense of a booming economy, “If you have no other way of knowing whether our economy is booming or not because of the gas industry and all of the jobs that they promised to bring into Pennsylvania, go to a gas field and look at the license plates on the cars and the trucks.  They are all Texas…

Steve Jones Show audio: Women sports reporters

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STATE COLLEGE — On the Steve Jones Show, Audrey Snyder, sports reporter for the Harrisburg Patriot/Pennlive.com, checked in from a ‘Women in Sports Media’ conference and talked about the growing number of women who are sideline reporters, play-by-play announcers and other sports reporters.   She said in the past she did experience some ‘pushback’ from football players. She explained that it is common for reports to lack actual experience the area they are covering, “I know when I first started covering Penn State football, you’d see, some players would be tweeting things after you’d write a column, ‘Hey, what does this girl know about football, she never played it,’ and my response to that comment…

Groundbreaking celebrates progress in Coal Township

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SHAMOKIN – Let the construction begin!  A groundbreaking was held at the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area Authority Friday. Jim Backes is chairman of the AOAA Authority.  He said Friday celebrated the progress that has been made so far and kicked off the upcoming construction.  “The contractor has around 90 days, so we believe in a September-October time period they will be handing the keys over to us for the new building,” he said.  “It’s a 3,000-square-foot administration building and garage area.  There’s a paved parking area.  There will be an access road in from Route 125, and then there will be parking for up to 250 vehicles” Senator John Gordner (R-27th, Berwick), Representative Kurt Masser…