Band to celebrate anniversary with free concert

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LEWISBURG — A local band will celebrate their 20th anniversary with a free concert Saturday.  The Penn Central Wind Band will be performing in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. The band’s founder and Bucknell University professor of music William Kenny said, “The concert has something for everyone, including music by Sousa and large scale classic band works by Percy Grainger and Richard Wagner.” The band will also premiere associate professor of music at Susquehanna University Patrick Long’s latest composition, “The Bells of Dundrennan.” Kenny said you can expect a good mixture of free music Saturday. “I like to take the best of the old, and combine that with the best…

Turnpike rates to rise in 2014

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HARRISBURG — Tolls are going to rise on Pa turnpikes.  The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a 2014 toll-rate increase.  The ruling will allow a 2 percent increase for E-ZPass customers and a 12 percent increase for cash customers. Turnpike CEO Mark Compton said, “We understand that these recurrent annual increases can create an economic hardship for some, and for this reason we ardently support a measure in the general assembly that would modify the funding requirements in Act 44… If passed, this measure would mean that the PTC could eventually reduce the magnitude of future toll increases.” The rate increase will help the PTC reach their Act 44 requirments.  It will also help fund…

Vehicle fire on Route 890

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ROCKEFELLER TOWNSHIP — Route 890 is now open, following a vehicle fire Monday evening.  Crews from across Northumberland County responded to the fire around 4:30p.m. Monday.  According to Emergency Services, the vehicle was at Route 890 and Ferster Hill Road in Rockefeller Township.   Witnesses say a truck hauling hay caught fire.  Route 890 was closed for over 2 hours as responders put out the flames and cleared the scene.  No word on injuries or what caused the fire.  (Codi Jade)     Follow

The Valley’s Got more than enough Talent

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SUNBURY — The Sunbury River Festival is just around the corner, and The Valley better be ready for some talent.  Bill Mackey, Chairperson of The Valley’s Got Talent competition, said following the preliminary round of tryouts last week, he is excited for the finals.   “I think it’ll be a very nice show.  There is going to be a bit of variety.  We have a dance troupe, we have a couple of instrumentalists.  We have a few people with original songs they have written.  So, I think it is going to be a very nice cross section,” Mackey said. “It should be a real nice show again this year.”   Mackey said there were 45…

Flags lowered for former Governor Scranton

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HARRISBURG – Governor Tom Corbett has ordered all state flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of former Governor William Warren “Bill” Scranton.   Scranton was Pennsylvania’s 38th governor, serving from 1963 to 1967.  He died Sunday at the age of 96.   Corbett said, “Governor Scranton was a world-class leader in government. He will be remembered as a man of humility, honesty, dignity and integrity.”   Corbett said Scranton created major reforms in the educational system, including the creation of a community college system, the State Board of Education, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, and the Council of Science and Technology.   Corbett asks that flags remain at half-staff until sunset on the…

VIDEO HERE: Spotlight on Downtown Lewisburg

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LEWISBURG – The work never ends to make Lewisburg a booming downtown.  The Lewisburg Downtown Partnership is launching their 5th campaign and wrapping up a strategic planning process that started last year says Executive Director Linda Sterling.  “We did a lot of research on what the partnership could do to create economic vibrancy.  Moving forward we really want to understand how to shape the downtown rather than just reacting to the forces that occur in it.” The partnership stays busy working on historic preservation, economic development and promotion of new and existing businesses.  New businesses seem to be popping up in Lewisburg, like clothing store Fusion.  Jennifer Bair is the co-owner.  “Lewisburg is ideal.  It’s…

Shamokin man sentenced for deadly crash

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SUNBURY – A Shamokin man has been sentenced today to three months in prison for a crash that left his friend dead. As part of a plea deal, 18-year-old Kyle Koontz will spend three-months in jail and six months on house arrest for the death of 19-year-old David Dorsett of Coal Township.   Koontz plead guilty in May to involuntary manslaughter, DUI and reckless driving for the accident on June 14th of 2012. Koontz lost control of his vehicle on Anthracite Road in Zerbe Township, killing Dorsett. The two had graduated just a week earlier from Shamokin Area High School. Koontz will begin his sentence immediately. (Ali Stevens) Follow

McQueary testifies in hearing on scandal cover-up

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HARRISBURG — Former Penn State Assistant Coach Mike McQueary has testified this morning about what coach Joe Paterno told him the morning Paterno was fired as Penn State’s head coach. The Patriot News reports McQueary testified this morning during a preliminary hearing for former Penn State President Graham Spanier, former University vice-president Gary Schultz and former Athletic Director Tim Curley.   McQueary said Paterno gave him one last piece of advice, saying “Don’t worry about me. They’re going to try to scapegoat you. Trust your lawyers….Don’t trust Old Main. Old Main screwed it up.” McQueary also said Paterno came to him after Jerry Sandusky’s arrest and said, “The University is going to come down hard…

Gay marriage in Pennsylvania: Happening now

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A suburban Philadelphia woman who tied the knot with her longtime partner after being granted a county marriage license despite Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage says this is a day “that every committed couple waits for.” Thirty-nine-year-old Dee Spagnuolo and 38-year-old Sasha Ballen were married Sunday afternoon at their Wynnewood home, with their three young children playing roles in the hastily arranged ceremony.   The two met in college and have been together for 17 years. Theirs was one of a number of licenses issued last week by Montgomery County officials. Another couple married last week. Spagnuolo said the decision to marry wasn’t meant as a political statement but was “purely out…

Marcellus Shale drilling: Jobs and risks abound

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The boom in oil and gas fracking has led to jobs, billions in royalties and profits, and even some environmental gains.   But some experts say arrogance, a lack of transparency and poor communication on the part of the drilling industry have helped fuel public anger over the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.   “It’s a big issue for the industry. I have called for greater transparency. That is the only way to have an honest conversation with the public,” said John Hofmeister, a former Shell Oil Co. president and author of “Why We Hate Oil Companies.”   As an example, Hofmeister said, some industry leaders have suggested that the fracking…