Union County spared major storm damage

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No widespread storm damage in Union County   LEWISBURG — Union County EMA did some quick storm assessment Sunday night and Monday morning, and except for lots of trees down, and extensive power outages Sunday, there was not widespread damage. In the county where tornados have been reported in recent history, Michelle Sanders, the Union County EMA coordinator said, they were spared heavy damage.   She said, “We were called out to check out a cornfield that was flattened by wind, as a possible tornado, but it appeared as though ‘flat line winds’ were responsible” She said those types of winds can be just as strong as tornado, only without a ‘circular rotation.’ UnionCounty did…

Snyder County storm damage assessment underway

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  SELINSGROVE — It was a long night and an early morning for the crews at area emergency management agencies. The strong storms that blew through The Valley left thousands of people without power, darkened traffic signals, and some roads closed. Chad Aucker, Snyder County 9-1-1 Coordinator told us, they brought in additional staff to handle the problems created by the storm, including a widespread power outage in the Middleburg area. He said some of the emergency planning paid off, “I think things went very well for the most part, we had our staff here, and we increased our staffing levels until about three o’clock in the morning.” He said, “Then we had some additional…

Raw Video: Northumberland County’s $23-million savings

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  SUNBURY– Northumberland County Commissioner Vinny Clausi held a news conference Monday morning talk about the tremendous savings he and some other business people have realized for NorthumberlandCounty. The discussion was held near, and involved the Human Services complex, which involves several large buildings and a large parking lot.   He was talking about two sets of renegotiating the leases at the Human Services complex, in 2008, and in 2011. Commissioner Clausi says the renegotiated lease will result in saving the county large amounts of taxpayer money, “The evidence shows we will be saving twenty-three million dollars the next fifteen years and do it because of the negotiated lease.”   Commissioner Clausi also says he…

Resurfacing work begins on Route 15

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NEW COLUMBIA – A resurfacing project on Route 15 in the New Columbia area got underway today. The project is from just north of the New Columbia exit to north of the Interstate 80 exit in White Deer Township. There will be short-term lane closures that could cause traffic delays during the project. The work will continue through August 9th. (Ali Stevens)

Penn State Update: Fundraising rebounding

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State says its fundraising efforts are on the rebound after donations fell sharply after the arrest of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on child molestation charges. The school said Monday that total alumni giving reached nearly $88 million in the year that ended in June. That’s up from about $71 million a year earlier but still down from $131 million in 2010-11.   The total number of donors rose to an all-time high of about 193,000, and the school says it’s 92 percent of the way toward meeting a $2 billion goal for a campaign that began in 2007. Total receipts, a measure of how much the money…

The Milton Community Pool is….open!

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The Milton Community Pool has reopened   MILTON — The pool that leaked thousands of gallons of water recently–and was repaired last week–is full of water–and swimmers. The Milton Community Pool reopened this morning. Officials say a ‘significant leak’ developed recently and the pool has been closed for more than a week.   The Milton Community Pool had to be drained and was repaired by crews from the borough of Milton. Jeff Nolter, the pool manager told us, the Milton/Warrior Run Rockets Swim Team were first to dive into the pool.  

Stabbing in Sunbury on Sunday morning

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  SUNBURY — Sunbury police are investigating a stabbing early Sunday morning in the city. The Daily Item reports police were called to a home on Susquehanna Avenue where a man reportedly stabbed another man he encountered in the home. The man who was stabbed was taken to Sunbury Community Hospital for treatment. He has not been identified by Sunbury Police. Police are reportedly looking for a man who broke into the home and stabbed the victim. The investigation continues. (Ali Stevens)

Paxinos man hurt in a crash in Snyder County

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  SELINSGROVE — A Paxinos man was taken to Evangelical Community Hospital following a crash on Sunday morning in Snyder County. State police say 20-year-old Garrett Krouse was traveling west on Old Colony Road in Penn Township when he lost control of his SUV. The vehicle went off the road, struck a concrete culvert and tree before rolling down an embankment. Krouse was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. He will be cited for the accident around 11 a.m. on Sunday. (Ali Stevens)    

Guns taken from a home in Mifflinburg

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MIFFLINBURG — State police are investigating a burglary at a home in the Mifflinburg area. Two guns were taken from the home at 93 Homestead Lane in West Buffalo Township sometime between Tuesday and Sunday. The guns were described as a 12-guage shotgun and a 44-magnum revolver. Also taken was a gold charm necklace. Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to call state police at Milton. (Ali Stevens)