Danville man dies in tractor accident

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DANVILLE — A Danville man is dead following a tractor accident in Montour County.  According to police, 61-year-old Gary Fenstermacher was attempting to drive his farm tractor up a steep hillside Tuesday evening when it overturned.   Fenstermacher succumbed to injuries as a result of the incident and was pronounced dead at the scene.  The accident took place on Klondike Road, Valley Township around 8:00p.m. Tuesday night.  (Codi Jade) Follow

A fatal accident in Columbia County


  MILLVILLE — Route 42 is now open after a traffic fatality in Columbia County Wednesday morning. No details on the accident are out yet–but Columbia County EMA tells us the road was closed from 7:45am until about 11:45am. Bloomsburg state troopers are investigating and they’ll have more information on that crash later.   Follow

Snyder County looking to standardize bridges

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MIDDLEBURG – Snyder County is taking steps to standardize small bridges in the county. Commissioner Malcolm Derk says they approved a contract with Stahl Shaffer Engineering to create a standard template for small bridge design.   Derk said, “Many townships have bridges that are relatively small. What we are asking Stahl Shaffer to do is design a template that we could use that engineering document. That way everytime there is a new bridge that needs work, you don’t have to contract with someone again and create a new design.”   This would give each of the townships a sample that they could use and customize for their projects. This is paid for through the Act…

Hot dog eating contest returns to Sunbury


SUNBURY — The Sunbury River Festival is full of unique events, one of which is a mouthful.  The hot dog eating contest returns this year.  Bob Snyder, owner of The Squeeze-In, said he is proud to supply the dogs for the fun activity.   “The hot dog eating contest is all about family fun, wholesome entertainment, and an American tradition,” he said.  “We just had a great time the last few years, and this year we’d really like to have some fun!  We’d love to have you there.  It should be a lot of fun to watch.”   Snyder said there is double the entertainment this year.  “We have two separate competitions.  The one is…

Snyder County inmate attempts escape

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SELINSGROVE — A Snyder County jail inmate is accused of trying to escape four days before his hearing.  According to The Daily Item, 20-year-old Vasco D. Vieira-Marques, of the Old Trail, went missing inside the jail on July 20.   The man, who has been in custody since January 16 for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, was missing for nearly 15 minutes before he was found by a corrections officer.  Vieira-Marques was discovered hiding under a shelf, behind a garbage can, near an exit door.  He was scheduled to appear in Snyder County Court four days later on his request to lower his bail.   State police in Selinsgrove filed a third-degree felony criminal…

Chamber confirms presidents resignation

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MILTON — The Central PA Chamber of Commerce has confirmed their president’s resignation.  Maria Culp reportedly left her position yesterday.  A press release sent Tuesday afternoon said “Ms. Culp resigned to pursue other opportunities.” Board chair Lisa McManus is handling the situation.  She said, “We are thankful for Maria’s leadership over the past seven years as the Chamber has served its membership, offered new member benefits and achieved many new milestones… We wish Maria the best in the next phase of her career.” In addition, a Thursday board meeting is scheduled, but is not open to the public.  McManus said, “Our board is committed to the economic growth and continuing the high quality of life…

Former PSU officials ordered to stand trial


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Three former Penn State administrators have been ordered to stand trial in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. A Pennsylvania district judge has ruled that prosecutors had shown enough evidence to warrant a trial for ex-President Graham Spanier former vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley. The men say they’re innocent. Follow

GSVCC to start president search shortly


SUNBURY — The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce is in need of a new president, but first they want to identify what they are looking for.  Jim Barbarich has been working as interim president since Charlie Ross left the position in June.  He explained the chamber’s current process of finding a full-time member of their team.     “The board has decided that we are going to redefine what accountability is.  What our vision is.  How we can best support the business development cycle in The Valley, not just today, but really in the window of the next 10 years,” Barbarich said.  “So, we want to make sure as we go out into the…

Church steeple still being repaired


SELINSGROVE – If you drive by St. Pius X in Selinsgrove, you may notice their steeple is still missing.  The steeple was blown down during a gusty thunderstorm July 9.  A person at the church tells us the steeple is now off site being repaired, but they hope to have it back soon and reconstruct it, once again, on top of the building.  The storm also resulted in some minor damage to the church’s roof, but that has since been repaired.  St. Pius X’s steeple was a gift from the contractor when the new church was built in 2008. (Sara Bartlett)   Follow

Interim chaplain looking forward to students’ arrival

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SELINSGROVE – The process of finding a new chaplain at Susquehanna University continues.  The Reverend Mark Radecke left at the end of the spring semester and Tom Martin is serving as the interim chaplain.  “Mark Radecke put together such a great program in the 16 years he was here,” says Martin.  “One of my major functions is that that stays together and is working smoothly when the new chaplain comes on board.” Phil Winger, Dean of Students at SU, is heading up the search committee for a new chaplain and says they are collecting applications, reviewing them and hope to bring in some prospects this fall when students get back in campus.  They hope to…