Two more Sunbury properties sold

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SUNBURY — The City of Sunbury auctioned off two more properties Thursday night.  According to Cheryl Delsite of the city clerk’s office, both vacant lots were sold to members of the neighborhood.  The lot at 160 Linden Street was sold for $1,000, to a neighbor Paul White.  The second lot, at 143 Walnut Street was sold for $10,000 to Ben McBryan of Sunbury.   Delsite said there was not a very large turnout for the bidding, but the city is happy to have sold the lots.  The purchasers were required to make a 10 percent down payment last night.  They now have 30 days to submit their plans for redevelopment of the property.  Delsite said…

White Deep Pike to reopen soon

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WATSONTOWN – A detour for the White Deer Railroad Bridge construction will be lifted almost a month early since construction on the project is wrapping up. Jeff Stover of the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority tells us on August 21st, the detour will be lifted using Routes 15 and 44 and Brimmer Avenue in Allenwood.   The detour was expected to be in place through September. An accelerated schedule for reconstruction of the bridge allowed for the detour to be lifted early.   Union County officials say the White Deer restoration project has the potential to positively benefit the local economy by adding rail service to commercial sites in White Deer and Gregg Townships and at…

Historical hike for Union County’s bicentennial

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  WEIKERT – As Union County continues to celebrate their bicentennial, a historical hike is the next event to take place. Tomorrow  morning, residents are invited to take part in the hike, according to Dahle Bingaman of the bicentennial committee. Residents can meet at the Union County Sportsman’s club at 9 a.m. to participate in the hike to Chimney Rock.   Bingaman said, “Well, as the name suggests,Chimney Rock is a rock formation that stands up on the north slope of White Mountain, over Penns Creek. It towers probably about 200 feet above the surface of Penns Creek.”   Bingaman said the view is quite breathtaking. He explained, “You are right on the edge of…

Man charged for a stabbing will go to trial

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SUNBURY – A Sunbury man charged with stabbing a man in the city in July will face a trial in Northumberland County. 23-year-old Joseph Rice entered a plea of not guilty during a preliminary hearing before District Judge Ben Apfelbaum in Sunbury on Thursday.   He faces four felony counts, including aggravated assault. All charges against Rice were sent to court. Police say Rice stabbed Darryl Troup after storming into a home on July 7th. Troup was treated at Sunbury Community Hospital for stab wounds to his knees. (Ali Stevens)

Teacher contract approved in Lewisburg

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LEWIBURG — The Lewisburg School Board has approved a three-year teachers contract for the district. Superintendent Dr. Mark DiRocco praised the teachers union for their work.   DiRocco said, “We entered something called a collaborative bargaining approach, where both sides looked at issues and concerns and tried to find ways to solve problems that would be mutually agreeable to both sides. Both sides worked very hard and we were able to take a look at the existing contract and reallocate benefits within the existing contract to be able to give our teachers some raises, at the same time have it be it budget neutral for the district, so it was truly a win-win.”   In…

Chamber speaker: Youth rule…economically

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Greater Susquehanna Chamber of Commerce Luncheon   DANVILLE – The world belongs to the…young. That as a message at a regional chamber of commerce meeting Thursday. The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber heard Rick Wible of REW Financial talk about why it is so important to teach financial literacy in schools. He says the young need to know the impact they have on the economy.   He said, “8 to 24 year olds spend $211 billion dollars annually that can actually run the state of Pennsylvania for 7 years, the budget. So, it is a lot of money in this age group to be spending. What it does for us is provide a teachable moment for…