VIDEO HERE: Fort Augusta model to be complete by fall

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Groundbreaking for Fort Augusta model: SUNBURY – Many people may remember the model of Fort Augusta, which stood in Sunbury for nearly 40 years until the 1980’s.  “We would stop by, walk around and look at the little houses.  It was exciting,” says Jinny Treas, who now lives in Shamokin Dam, but is a native of Sunbury. Once owned by the state, maintenance was neglected on the property and the model was closed.  Now, the Northumberland County Historical Society is bringing the model back, one-sixth the size of the original location, erected in 1756.  “It will include an actual scale replica,” says president of the historical society Scott Heintzelman.  “It will include six of the…

Mustang to help “Drive Out Cancer”

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SELINSGROVE — While area Relay For Life events have already been held this year, the opportunity to support cancer research has not come to an end.  The “Drive Out Cancer” Mustang is still on the move.   The Mustang, donated by Selinsgrove Ford, is being raffled off by the Milton Relay for Life to support the American Cancer Society.  Tickets are just $1. This week you can see the Mustang and join the raffle Thursday through Saturday at the grand reopening of the Selinsgrove Walmart.   The Mustang will also be making upcoming appearances at the Lewisburg Walmart on July 27, August 10 and August 24.  You can also register for the Mustang raffle during Milton’s…

Some backlash to United Way decision

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SUNBURY — “It hurts,” said Keri Albright, President and CEO of the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way, in response to backlash from their recent decision to withhold funds from the Boy Scouts of America.   Albright said they’ve lost some support. “The worst was the business leaders that have told me they are not going to fund the United Way anymore because of this one issue… Our funding to the boy scouts was 2% of all the money that we invest into the community.  98% of the money that we invest into the community goes to other programs that really, really are great programs… When they say they aren’t going to support United Way anymore,…

CSVT project is still on the horizon

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SUNBURY – As a transportation plan did not pass during the summer legislative session in Harrisburg, what does that mean for the future of the Central Susquehanna Valley Throughway project? State Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver was a guest on WKOK’s On The Mark program and talked about the topic.   She said, “The average age of our bridges is 54-years. Newsweek did a report while we were in Harrisburg. They did the top 10 and we were number one as far as deficient roads and bridges. So, it’s a real message to us that we need to do something.”   Schlegel Culver said the House wasn’t able to come to an agreement on a plan this summer. She…

Armed robbery trial delayed again

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SUNBURY – An armed robbery trial in Northumberland County has been delayed again. The News Item reports Erik Harrington of Selinsgrove was scheduled for a jury trial on August 1st, but the trial was delayed Friday, following a pre-trial conference where the defendant chose not to enter into a plea agreement.   Harrington’s attorney requested to postpone the two-day trial until October and President Judge Robert Sacavage agreed. Harrington was one of four suspects in an armed robbery at the residence of 55-year-old James Honecker of Paxinos, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and is confined to a wheelchair. Police say in July of 2005, Harrington, 26-year-old Kasey Sees, formerly of Sunbury, and two others, entered…

Camp counselor charged with sexual assault

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MILLVILLE – A camp counselor, who worked with kids at Camp Victory, has been charged with sexually assaulting a hearing-impaired girl. The Press Enterprise reports Karisa Zapotocky is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old camper in a shower house during Camp Hero, a week-long program at Camp Victory for deaf and hearing-impaired children.   Zapotocky first denied the assault, but police report she changed her story and claimed it was consensual. The 20-year-old faces felony indecent assault charges for the incident two years ago. The victim was examined at a hospital after the assault. Zapotocky is free on bail and has a court hearing this week on charges including aggravated indecent assault, institutional sexual assault…

Teen killed in a crash outside Sunbury

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SUNBURY – One person is dead following a crash early this morning on Snydertown Road in Upper Augusta Township, Northumberland County. State police say 18-year-old Marcelle Barber of Mount Carmel drove off the right side of the road and the vehicle rolled over. Barber was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.   Three passengers were injured. They were identified as 21-year-old Tyler Karycki of Mount Carmel, 18-year-old Brianna Bailey of Kulpmont and 19-year-old Hasan Abuomar of Mount Carmel. Karycki and Bailey were taken to Geisinger Medical Center. Abuomar was taken to Sunbury Community Hospital.   The crash took place between Anthracite Road and Cold Run Hollow Road. Upper Augusta and Sunbury Fire Departments…

Sunbury auctioning properties today

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SUNBURY – The city of Sunbury is holding public auctions to sell two properties that they have fixed up. The Sunbury Redevelopment Authority will host an auction at 6 p.m. this evening at 700 North Seventh Street, where people can bid on the home. Another auction is being held at 6:30 p.m. at 1106 and 1116 Miller Street, which is a double lot. Those who bid on the homes are required to provide the city with their plans to fix up the blighted properties. Sunbury Mayor David Persing will serve as the auctioneer. (Ali Stevens)