Mazeppa’s Manna to provide many forms of help

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MAZEPPA — A new center is hoping to help the community in as many ways as possible.  Pastor Ricky Phillips of Mazeppa’s Manna says their center will be labeled a food and clothing distribution store, but they will offer more than just that.   “The main goal of it, of course, is to spread the gospel.  We’ll help with food and clothing items.  We’ll also try to help them get jobs,” he said.  “When people come in, we are going to try to find out what need they have, and then trying to help them with whatever need we can help them with.”   The store items will be free of charge to individuals of…

Corbett’s son-in-law faces hearing on charges

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett’s son-in-law, a former Philadelphia police narcotics officer, faces a preliminary hearing Tuesday on charges he stole money while on duty. The district attorney’s office wants a jury trial for 43-year-old Jerold Gibson, even though the charges are misdemeanors, because it says these are serious accusations against a police officer. Gibson’s lawyer, Richard DeSipio, says he looks forward to trying the case before a jury of Gibson’s peers and that his client is innocent. Gibson was allegedly caught stealing cash from a car in January in a sting operation by the police internal affairs unit and the FBI. He’s charged with theft by deception, receiving stolen property, failure to make…

Point Drive-In trying to stay open with digital changeover


POINT TOWNSHIP – Will the Point Drive-In be able to stay open? Soon movies will only be available in digital form, switching from 35-millimeter film, which can be bad news for some small drive-in theaters across the country struggling to stay open in this economy. The Point Drive-In in Point Township has been open since 1953, but is facing a challenge, since they will need to purchase new digital projectors, which cost about $80,000 each.   Owner and operator David Renn tells us there were once 5,400 drive-in theaters in the country. That number is now under 400, with only about 30 in Pennsylvania. Now that the powerful digital projectors are needed to continue showing…

Lewisburg: laptops for all high school students


LEWISBURG – The Lewisburg Area School Board is looking to make upgrades in the future, including laptops for all high school students and new soccer fields at the future site of a new high school. Dr. Mark DiRocco said the one-to-one laptop initiative will happen with no cost to the district.   DiRocco explained, “We hope by November or December of this year that we will be providing every one of our students in the high school with a laptop that they can take home with them in the evenings as well as use during the school day and that is moving our technology plan forward.”   There are currently about 550 students in the…

Replica coal dredging boat visits the Shikellamy Marina


SUNBURY — A replica coal dreding boat built last year by local educator Van Wagner will pull into the Shikellamy Marina today. Wagner and his friends built the replica boat last year to highlight the history of coal dredging in the Susquehanna River. Wagner says many people didn’t realize coal was pulled from the floor of the river.   Wagner said, “In the years around World War I, Pennsylvania produced something like 120-million tons of anthracite coal. If you look at the river coal tax records, they got out about 2-million tons. It’s approximately one percent.”   Wagner says coal dredging in the river is a thing of the past. He explained, “I’ve heard anticdotal…

State Superior Court upholds ruling by Snyder County judge


MIDDLEBURG – The State Superior Court has upheld a Snyder County judge’s ruling that a new trial should be granted to a man convicted of third-degree murder in March of 2012. The Daily Item reports the Superior Court agreed with Snyder-Union President Judge Mike Sholley that Seth Hornberger should get a new trial in the 2011 stabbing death of Alan Martin in Monroe Township.   Judge Sholley ruled that he had given faulty instructions to the jury and ordered a new trial in response to a motion by Hornberger. During the trial, Hornberger argued it was necessary to stab Martin to protect his friend, Michael Lepley, from serious harm. District Attorney Mike Piecuch disagreed, stating…

Motorcyclist from Elysburg in critical condition

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DANVILLE — An Elysburg man remains in critical condition today following a motorcycle crash on Saturday night. State police say 59-year-old Jon Hower lost control of his motorcycle when he was traveling east on Interstate 180 in Delaware Township, Northumberland County.   Hower drove into the center median and struck a guard rail and was thrown from his motorcycle. He was flown to Geisinger Medical Center by Life Flight and is listed in critical condition. The crash remains under investigation. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Pierogi Sale

Faith United Methodist Church Pierogi Sale September 10th $7 a dozen $3.50 for half They can be picked up 12-4 call 286-6301 Follow

Shikellamy Braves Football Card

On Sale Now: 2013-2014 Shikellamy Braves Football Card for $10/card. Please see a current player or call (570) 509-3760 to purchase one. The card features discounts from 24 area businesses. Click here for all discounts cards 2013 Cards run August 2013-2014   Follow

Mayor hospitalized for weeks after a fall


SHAMOKIN – Mayor George Rozinskie of Shamokin has returned home from the hospital following almost three weeks of hospitalization after a bad fall. The News Item reports Rozinskie fell down a flight of 15 stairs in his home, breaking a few ribs and his collarbone and cracking his spine.   The accident happened on July 23rd and he was sent home this weekend. He spent two weeks and several days at Geisinger in Danville. Rozinskie told the newspaper he is doing alright now but is still sore. He has been told by doctors to stay off his feet until he feels better. (Ali Stevens)   Follow