Sunbury to receive storm water system grant

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SUNBURY – Sunbury is about to get a boost for storm water system improvements.  The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration is planning to give the City of Sunbury a grant of nearly $800,000 for the improvement of its storm water system.   Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11, Hazleton) is planning to make the announce Friday morning during a press conference at Sunbury Textile Mills.  The improvements to the storm system should help alleviate problems with flooding and protect businesses and jobs.  Barletta will be joined by local officials and representatives of other elected federal offices at Sunbury Textile Mills at 10:30a.m. on Friday.  (Codi Jade)

Coal Township inmate assaults corrections officer

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SHAMOKIN — One man is injured following an assault at a the state prison in Coal Township.   According to state police, 31-year-old Michael Lassiter, an inmate at SCI Coal Township, assaulted a corrections sergeant Wednesday morning following a confrontation.  The sergeant, 43-year-old Derek Nejedy of Coal Township was struck twice in the head.  He was treated at ShamokinHospital for his injuries.  An investigation continues. (Codi Jade)  

Republican Senator: Transportation plan worth higher taxes

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SUNBURY — While the Senate made transportation it’s priority, one state senator says the House let them down.  Republican Senator Gene Yaw (R-23, Williamsport) said he felt very comfortable voting for the transportation plan, because he wanted to see the CSVT project happen.   “For the first time in 40 years, I thought, this project actually might be a go if we could put the funding together,” Yaw said.  “To come this far and be this close and not get it over the finish line is kind of disheartening.”   The Senate voted almost unanimously in support of a transportation plan, but the House could not seem to come to an agreement.  Yaw said, though…

A busy week of camp for kids with cancer

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MILLVILLE – Camp Dost is underway in Millville this week, so children with cancer can still enjoy going to camp in a safe environment. Mike Turlis is House Operations Manager at the Ronald McDonald House in Danville and is spending the week at Camp Dost.   Turlis said, “Children throughout the year hear the word ‘no’ a lot, because they are dealing with their cancer. They can’t do this, they can’t do that. Up at camp, they are allowed to be children. The word ‘no’ isn’t used a lot. They are not looked at any differently because maybe they have a prosthetic arm or leg or they may not have any hair. At camp, they…

Public hearing planned on burning in Sunbury

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SUNBURY – The public will be able to voice concerns they may have about outdoor burning in Sunbury at an upcoming public hearing. Sunbury City Council will hold the public meeting for the sole purpose of discussing burning in open fire pits.   The meeting is set for 7 p.m next Wednesday, July 17th. Sunbury residents are encouraged to attend. Council this week discussed outdoor burning at their regularly planned council meeting and are looking at a new city ordinance that further defines what outdoor burning will be allowed. (Ali Stevens)

Penn State Update: Spanier hearing set

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania court officials are scheduling a long-delayed preliminary hearing for three former Penn State administrators accused of a criminal cover up of complaints about Jerry Sandusky.   Harrisburg District Judge William Wenner announced Tuesday a three-day hearing for Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley will begin in just under three weeks.   The proceeding to determine if prosecutors have enough evidence to send the matter to county court for trial will begin Monday, July 29.   The three deny accusations of obstruction, conspiracy and other offenses for their handling of complaints about Sandusky, the university’s former assistant football coach.   Spanier was forced out as university president when Sandusky was…