Voter ID among Harrisburg headlines

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Lawyers in the trial of a lawsuit over Pennsylvania’s new voter-identification law are clashing over the credibility of a year-old survey. At issue in Commonwealth Court on Wednesday was a July 2012 report from a University of Washington professor concluding that more than 1 million registered voters lacked the photo-identification the law requires from each voter.   Plaintiffs who sponsored the survey brought in another witness, David Marker, who testified the methodology used in the survey was up to professional standards. A lawyer for the state’s legal team sought to chip away at Marker’s credibility on cross examination and asked Judge Bernard McGinley to exclude Marker’s testimony. McGinley refused. The plaintiffs…

Golfing fundraiser supports local nonprofit

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HUMMELS WHARF—Golfers this year had a chance to have some fun while saving lives. This year’s Helen Keithline Memorial Tournament kicked off Wednesday at the beautiful Susquehanna Valley Country Club, bringing in over 20 teams committed to raising funds for SUN Home Health. First-year player Kyle Davies said the opportunity to golf while supporting a good cause was unbeatable. “The turnout is great. I mean there’s a lot of groups out here—a lot of great people of various ages from young to the elderly and you know, it’s for a good cause. The tournament is playing well, the course is good, the greens are rolling well, and we’re playing pretty good so far. So, we’ll…

Idol finalists to perform in Sunbury

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SUNBURY — Two American Idol finalists are among the list of entertainment at this year’s Sunbury River Festival.  Kendall Phillips of season 5 and season 8’s Kaylan Loyd will take the stage in August.   Loyd is the daughter of singer/songwriter Gary Loyd, who will also perform at the festival.  No word yet on the timing of those acts.   The Sunbury River Festival runs from August 15-17 with live music, food, craft vendors and more.  You can find more information online at www.sunburyriverfestival.com.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Yaw’s bill would put burden on natural gas distribution companies

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UNDATED – State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23, Williamsport) has sponsored a bill, which he says will put a burden on the gas distribution companies. Yaw says his bill would expand natural gas service opportunities to Pennsylvania residents.  “About 50% of Pennsylvania families do not have access to natural gas.  In a state like this where we have an abundance of natural gas, why not use this resource to serve Pennsylvanians?” Yaw says if the bill is passed, natural gas distribution utilities would have to submit a specific plan to the Public Utility Commission, detailing a plan on how they would expand the distribution of natural gas.  “They will need to show what their market penetration…

40,000 books on sale in Union County

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LEWISBURG – The annual Public Library for Union County book sale, being held for the next several days at Faith Lutheran Church outside Lewisburg. This year, more than 40,000 books, DVD’s and CD’s are available at $20.00 a bag. Coni Marie Sheridan says they collect items all year long for their big sale.   She said, “We accept donations all year, from August to the end of June. The only month we don’t is July, when they are preparing for the sale. We have a dedicated committee that comes in every week and goes through all the donations and sorts them and keeps them sorted all year long.”   Sheridan says it’s a large fundraiser for…

Preliminary hearing for vehicular homicide suspect

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SUNBURY – All charges will go to court for a man charged with vehicular homicide in the death of a Northumberland man and his 4-year-old son on the Veterans Memorial Bridge. 25-year-old Brian Glass of Port Trevorton had a preliminary hearing yesterday before District Judge Ben Apfelbaum.   Police testified that Glass was under the influence of both drugs and alcohol when he crossed the double yellow line on the bridge July 17th of 2012 and struck the vehicle driven by Kirk Mahaffey. Mahaffey and his son Mayson were killed in the crash. Glass’ brother Cody Glass was a passenger in the vehicle and testified at yesterday’s hearing.   Bail was set at $200,000 and…

Northumberland borough council member resigns

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NORTHUMBERLAND – A council member has resigned in Northumberland and the borough is now accepting applications for the position. Frank Wetzel announced his resignation from borough council at last night’s meeting. Wetzel’s current four-year-term expires at the end of 2013. He was elected to the Northumberland Borough Council in 2005. Wetzel told council he doesn’t have the time to commit to the position that he has been able to commit in the past.   While on Borough Council, Wetzel served as the chairman and a member of various council committees. He was currently the chairman of the Public Safety Committee and a member of the Rules and Community Development Committees. Wetzel was also the council…

Fire hits Walmart in Coal Township

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COAL TOWNSHIP — A store in Coal Township was closed for a couple of hours following a fire.  Northumberland County 911 says a fire broke out at the Walmart Supercenter along Route 61 around 7:45a.m.  The fire was reportedly in a wall near a cooking fryer.  The store was evacuated while crews were on the scene.  The investigation into the fire will continue. (Sara Bartlett)   Follow

Man makes a pizza during a burglary

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COAL TOWNSHIP – A Coal Township man is facing charges after state police say he broke into a home and cooked a pizza while he was there. Troopers say 27-year-old Mark Lowry entered the home on Victor Road in Rockefeller Township yesterday around 3 a.m. through an unlocked door. Once inside, Lowry decided to cook a pizza, but two residents in the home woke up when they smelled the pizza. They confronted Lowry and held him at the residence until police arrived. Charges of criminal trespass have been filed agains Lowry in district court. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Two accidents on Routes 11 and 15 today

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  PORT TREVORTON — One person was hurt in a crash early this morning on Routes 11 and 15 near Port Trevorton. State police say around 3:30 a.m., 24-year-old Cody Smith of New Oxford fell asleep at the wheel on the southbound side of 11 and 15 near Wagner Hill Road. The vehicle struck a concrete median and became disabled on top of the median. Smith was taken to Sunbury Community Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. Traffic was slow until about six this morning.   Another accident took place on Routes 11 and 15 northbound in the Liverpool area. A vehicle fire was reported there and traffic was at a standstill around 7 a.m….