Ohio man gets life term in kidnapping

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CLEVELAND (AP) – The Ohio man convicted of holding three women captive in his Cleveland house over a decade and raping them repeatedly has been sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years.   Fifty-three-year-old Ariel Castro had pleaded guilty to 937 counts including aggravated murder, kidnapping, rape and assault.   A plea deal struck last week spared him from a possible death sentence for beating and starving a pregnant victim, Michelle Knight, until she miscarried.   The women disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old.   They escaped to freedom May 6 when one of them, Amanda Berry, broke out part of the door to Castro’s…

Cruise your car into River Festival

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SUNBURY —  “It’ll be a nice little car show,” said Rindy Foulds, of the Sunbury River Festival Car Cruise In committee.  Foulds said the 2013 Car Cruise In is open to anyone looking to show off their car.   “We’re looking for muscle cars, antiques… Any car that people would like to show off,” Foulds said.   The cars will be lined up around Cameron Park in Sunbury.  Foulds said it will be a nice sight for spectators, and those participating have some awards to look forward to.   “There will be a few trophies to give out,” Foulds said.  “We’ll have awards for best of show, farthest traveled, and a few more.  Every entrant…

Car accident on Route 104

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MIFFLINBURG — Crews have cleared the scene of a two vehicle crash in Union County.  According to Emergency Services, the accident was just south of Mifflinburg on Route 104 at Red Ridge Road.  Emergency crews were on the scene for about an hour.   No word on injuries.  The accident was reported around 1:30p.m.  We will update you with more details as they become available.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Clothing for Shikellamy students in need

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SUNBURY — Relief is out there for Sunbury students in need of clothing.  The Maude B. Bennet Clothing Fund wants to help with back-to-school clothes.  They are now accepting applications.   The clothing is available to low income residents of the city of Sunbury with children enrolled in Shikellamy School District.  You can pick up applications outside the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way office.  The applications are due no later than noon on Friday. You can also get more information by contacting the United Way at 570-988-0993.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Bucknell University gets rid of House Party Weekend

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LEWISBURG – It is another crackdown on drinking at Bucknell University.  What students and alumni know as House Party Weekend is no longer.  In a letter from President John Bravman, he states that House Party Weekend will not continue at the university.  He says it is a decision not made lightly by the school and alumni board. In the letter, Bravman cites his concerns about the nature of House Party Weekend since he came to Bucknell in 2010.  The weekend is a tradition on campus in the spring, but there have been concerns it has become more of a dangerous alcohol-infused weekend than a fun, celebratory event. Bravman also details the most recent House Party…

Virus found in local mosquitoes

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SHAMOKIN — You may want to try even harder to avoid mosquito bites.  Several local bugs have recently tested positive for West Nile Virus.  The Pennsylvania West Nile Virus Control Program team has been testing bugs across the region this summer.  Infected bugs have been located in several counties within The Valley.   In Northumberland County bugs have tested positive in Shamokin and Turbotville.  The virus was detected in Spring Township, Snyder County.  Also Lewis Township in Union County, and Howe township, Perry County have infected mosquitoes.   The program is a joint effort between the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture.  They believe the best defense against…

Danville school to open amid traffic delays

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DANVILLE — While the nearby intersection is causing traffic delays, the Danville School District is no less excited to reopen their middle school on time.  Superintendent Cheryl Latorre said they’ve been anxiously awaiting this moment.   “We are so excited, it’s unbelievable,” she said.  “To go down and see the building is amazing.  To see in it, after two years, it just doesn’t even feel real.”   As for the traffic delays, Latorre says they’ve been planning ahead.  She met with contractors Thursday morning to go over a strategy.   “We will be brining in some of the buses in the front of the middle school building, and others in the back of the building,…

VIDEO HERE: 94KX Cares For Kids Radiothon

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The 13th annual 94KX Cares For Kids Radiothon kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday at the Susquehanna Valley Mall.  Please support our sister station 94KX, the Children’s Miracle Network and most of all the kids at Geisinger Medical Center’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. Video from past Radiothon events: Follow

An earlier start for area school districts

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SELINSGROVE — Summer vacation will soon be over for students across the Central Susquehanna Valley as school districts are starting the school year earlier. In the Selinsgrove School District, Superintendent Chad Cohrs says August 20th is the earliest the school district has started the year. He explained the decision to start earlier.   Cohrs said, “It’s really to give our students an additional week of instruction prior to the state assessment tests which are administered in the spring, because they are such high stakes tests as far as accountability is concerned. We think that will help our students score better on the tests, not that they’ve been scoring poorly, but we want to do everything…

Money goes to local kids says Miracle Network official

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UNDATED – The 94KX Cares For Kids Radiothon kicks off its 13th year Friday and once again, the goal is for the kids.  Money raised goes to help support the Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger Medical Center’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital says Vanessa Klingensmith, who is with Children’s Miracle Network “We support the purchasing of equipment at the children’s hospital, as well as services and programs.  We want to make sure the children’s hospital has the most up to date equipment.  We also support patient education and fun events in the hospital.  That is where the money goes.”   She says they provide a funding list every year to who where the money goes. Klingensmith says…