Penn State ex-president files libel lawsuit papers

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Penn State’s former president Graham Spanier is initiating a libel and defamation case against Louis Freeh, who a year ago produced a report critical of Spanier’s role in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.   Spanier’s lawyer filed paperwork Thursday in Centre County, where the school is located. It disclosed little about the nature of his claims.   The filing comes one day before the one-year anniversary of Freeh’s report, which concluded that Spanier and other high-ranking Penn State administrators failed to protect children against Sandusky.   Under Pennsylvania law, those who believe they have been libeled or defamed have a year to initiate a civil lawsuit.   Calls seeking comment left for…

Celebration going out with a bang — and a splash

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SUNBURY — Sunbury is continuing their celebration with a long list of activities going into the weekend.  Jenna Eister-Whitaker of the Sunbury Celebration committee said Friday’s splash hop is sure to be a hit with your kids.   “Our Splash Hop will start at 7:30p.m. and run until 9:00p.m.,” Eister said.  “Basically, just come out for a free swim… Enjoy the evening.  We have the slides, the rock wall, free hot dogs and water as well with that.  Some music will be provided.  It’s always a big turnout… The kids love it. Everyone is also invited to try laser tag in the Sunbury Ice Rink for just $5 during pool hours.”   Saturday is the…

Limited time left to enter Valley’s Got Talent

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SUNBURY – There is only a little bit of time left to enter a popular talent competition held during Sunbury River Festival. The Valley’s Got Talent competition will stop accepting performers on July 19th, so now is the time to apply. Slade Shreck organizes the event each year and said last year’s competition was held at Shikellamy High School auditorium and was a huge success.   Shreck said, “This year, I personally would like to see any kind of talent and not just singing. Juggling, dancing, gymnastics or any type of talent.” Shreck said first place will receive $400, second place gets $200 and there is a $100 prize for third place.   Shreck added,…

Sunbury search for two missing teens

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SUNBURY – Sunbury police are looking for two teens missing since early Thursday morning. 16-year-old Joseph Theiss and 15-year-old Christopher Reicher left their homes in Sunbury early Thursday morning and have not been seen since. Police say they may be together and anyone coming in contact with them is asked to call Sunbury police at 988-4539. Theiss has blond hair and blue eyes and is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds. Reicher has brown hair and hazel eyes and is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Union County vandalized…twice

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NEW COLUMBIA – In Union County, a church was burglarized, and vandalized, twice this week. Sometime overnight both Tuesday and again Wednesday night, the God’s Missionary Church on Ridge Road in New Columbia was hit hard by vandals.   Pastor Matthew Ellison describes what he found Wednesday morning, “They broke through the back door. Flowers and flags, and books were spewed all over the place. (I) came downstairs and realized they had written some derogatory remarks on our chalkboards and dumped water over our copier and our laptops. They urinated on all the stuff in my office.”   State police investigated that incident and when Pastor Ellison arrived again Thursday, more vandalism had taken place…

Fire hits New Berlin home

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  NEW BERLIN – A home near New Berlin was heavily damaged by fire last night. The fire started around 8 p.m. at 106 Sleep Hollow Lane in Buffalo Township. Firefighters from Mifflinburg, New Berlin, Lewisburg, Penns Creek and Middleburg were on the scene until about 9:15 p.m. putting out the fire.   The Daily Item reports the fire started at the back of the home and then spread to the roof. Firefighters were able to save the rest of the home. Alex and Irina Tatarina-Maistrenco live in the home with their six children. They are not insured. All members of the family got out safely. (Ali Stevens) Follow

PA Headlines: Kane and Corbett news

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Latest Pennsylvania news, sports, business, and entertainments   HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett has signed legislation that critics say was fast-tracked and undermines some landowners’ negotiating rights when dealing with drilling companies. Corbett signed the bill without public comment Tuesday. In a letter to lawmakers, he says it’s his intention to enhance the efficiency of drilling for oil and gas while protecting the rights of landowners and leaseholders.   Industry group the Marcellus Shale Coalition supports the new law. However, a landowners group, the National Association of Royalty Owners, says many lawmakers didn’t understand the bill’s last-minute changes. The legislation means heirs to drilling leases signed decades ago for traditional, shallow vertical wells…