VIDEO HERE: High water puts a hold on some river activities


Isle of Que River Guides: SELINSGROVE — Even though it is hot and humid outside, a local river guide says they are still technically waiting for their water sport season to get started. Jim Charles of the Isle of Que River Guides in Selinsgrove says rainy weather has plagued them over the past few weeks.  “We have honestly cancelled more business this spring and early this summer than we have booked.” Charles says they stick by a rule of thumb to determine whether they will open their business for kayakers to launch.  “I guess my philosophy is if I wouldn’t send my own family out, I would send anyone else out.  When the river stage at…

Egyptian president ousted

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CAIRO (AP) – Egypt’s military has suspended the Islamist-backed constitution and called early elections.  The military also announced that embattled President Mohammed Morsi will be replaced.  Cheers erupted among millions of protesters nationwide who were demanding Morsi’s ouster. The military earlier today moved to tighten its control of key institutions. It did so with the passing of a deadline it had set for Morsi to meet the demands of protesters calling for him to leave office. Just before the deadline arrived, Morsi vowed again not to step down. And he criticized the military for “taking only one side.” Soon after the deadline passed, a military helicopter circled over the anti-Morsi crowds in Cairo’s central Tahrir…

Mifflinburg ‘4th of July’ expecting record crowd


MIFFLINBURG – A record number of runners are expected to turn out for the 30th annual Mifflinburg 4th of July 5K race. Melissa Webb is on the 5K race committee and says they are expecting up to 1,000 runners for the race.   Webb said, “In the past, it’s pretty traditional for us to have about half of the total registrants pre-register and about half the day of. That kind of makes us nervous because if we are going to get 514 more registrants tomorrow morning, we’re looking at over 1,000 runners. That’s a little bit scary, but exciting.”   Webb says the race is also part of the Union County bicentennial celebration, so anyone…

Knoebel’s ranked #2 amusement park in USA


ELYSBURG — The Travel Channel has released a list of the top 10 amusement parks in the country and Knoebel’s Amusement Resort in Elysburg is ranked at number two, ahead of Disney World in Orlando and Hershey Park. The Travel Channel says Knoebel’s is an old-fashioned amusement park and “a must for nostalgic types as well as the budget conscious.” They noted free admittance and parking as setting Knoebel’s apart from the rest. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Bucknell students plead guilty to burglary


LEWISBURG — The second of two Bucknell University students accused of stealing electronics, cash and other items from fellow fraternity brothers has pleaded guilty to one charge against him. The Daily Item reports 21-year-old Carter Wells of Connecticut pled guilty Tuesday to felony criminal trespass for the burglaries back in February in rooms at the Delta Upsilon Fraternity House.   His co-defendant, 21-year-old Jeffrey Finegan of New Jersey, pled guilty to similar charges on Monday. Both are expected to be sentenced in August. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Route 42 crossing work near Catawissa is done


CATAWISSA — PennDOT has announced that Route 42 near Catawissa has reopened following work on a railroad crossing. The work was just west of Catawissa and took about five days to complete sending motorists on a detour using Route 11 and Route 487. Route 42 reopened to traffic today and the detour has been lifted. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Stars, Stripes and Sousa concert is moved indoors


LEWISBURG, Pa. — The 15th annual “Stars, Stripes and Sousa” concert this evening has been moved indoors, due to the possibility of thunderstorms. The concert will now be held at 7:30 p.m. at Lewisburg Area High School Auditorium. The award-winning Penn Central Wind Band will perform to wrap up the Union County Veteran’s Fourth of July festivities. The public is encouraged to attend. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Budget issues top AP headlines

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Latest Pennsylvania news, sports, business, and entertainment     HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Two budget-related bills are in limbo two days into Pennsylvania state government’s new fiscal year. Senators return to Harrisburg on Wednesday to consider both. The bills passed the House two days ago, with changes that are at odds with Senate leaders. In one bill that guides human services programs, the House removed a provision that would have required Gov. Tom Corbett to seek federal approval for an expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the 2010 health care law.   In another bill that guides how money is to be spent, the House inserted a provision that suggests House and Senate Republican leaders intend…

Gun goes off at Geisinger


DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) – The state health department wants a thorough review after a patient’s gun fired as he was being treated in the emergency room at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. The bullet entered the top of a wall and no one was hit. Geisinger says it happened around 8 p.m. Thursday as the man was being turned by ER staff inside a trauma bay. The Press Enterprise reports a handgun fell out of the patient’s pocket and fired.   Police say the patient had a permit for that gun and that they don’t consider it a criminal matter. Holli Senior, a spokeswoman for the state health department, says Geisinger needs to conduct a…