Board approves SRI parking appeal


SUNBURY – SRI can go forward with using an old church as a community arts center. The Sunbury Zoning Hearing Board met Wednesday and gave Sunbury Revitalization Inc. the okay to use the facility—even though there aren’t the required number of parking spaces nearby.   SRI is hoping to use the former Albright United Methodist Church at 5th and Chestnut Street as a community arts center.  SRI President Megan Beck made an appeal to the board for the variance. Under city ordinance, for every four seats in the Chestnut Street building, there needs to be one parking space.  The ordinance also states that the parking needs to be within 300 ft. of the building.  …

Free bike parking at Sunbury River Festival


SUNBURY — The Sunbury River Festival hopes to be a bit greener this year.  They are promoting bicycling with a “bike valet.”  But what is a bike valet?   “A bike valet is like a coat check,” said Mel Purdy, a chair of the Sunbury River Festival.  “You ride your bike into the main entrance of North River Avenue.  Right around Purdy Insurance and Weis Markets you’ll see the bike valet.  What you do is you take your bike to them. They’ll give you a slip just like a coat check.  Your bike will be there in a free secure location while you enjoy the river festival.”   Mel Purdy, a chair of the Sunbury…

VIDEO HERE: Driver escapes injury in rollover crash


Raw Video from Sunbury rollover crash: SUNBURY – A driver escaped major injury after a vehicle flipped onto its roof in Sunbury Wednesday afternoon.  The vehicle was coming off of the Veterans Memorial Bridge around 12:30p.m.  It was on Front Street at Bainbridge Street when the vehicle veered off the road and flipped over a small embankment, hitting a house.  The driver was treated at the scene for minor injuries. No one was in the home at the time. South Front Street in that area was closed for about an house while crews remained on the scene and traffic was detoured onto side streets.  (Sara Bartlett)   Follow

Penn State drops to 19th on collegiate sales list

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State has fallen to 19 on the list of universities that generate royalties from merchandise sales. The Centre Daily Times ( ) reports Penn State dropped seven slots, from 12, in the most recent year tracked by Collegiate Licensing Co. The company helps major universities license sports and novelty products, and tracks those sales. Penn State’s ranking dropped in the most recent fiscal year, which ended June 30. The University of Texas at Austin led the list for the eighth year in a row. Penn State spokeswoman attributed some of the drop to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, saying “it would be impossible for a university – or…

More security measures at Northumberland County administration building

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SUNBURY – Northumberland County is looking into a security guard and installing a metal detector at the county administration building.  It is part of a number of initiatives to beef up security at the North 2nd Street location. Commissioner Rick Shoch voted against the measure Tuesday following the motion, which was brought up in the new business portion of the meeting.  Shoch has said he will not vote on motions without them being on the official meeting agenda.  “I am not against having a security guard and we actually already have a metal detector that isn’t in use.  I am against coming out in a meeting with a proposal that has not been discussed.” Shoch…

Soldiers welcomed home at the Lewisburg Armory


LEWISBURG – 90 soldiers on a 10-month deployment in Kuwait were welcomed home in Pennsylvania yesterday at the Lewisburg, Williamsport and Lock Haven Armories. Pennsylvania National Guardsmen of the 103rd Armor Division arrived at the Lewisburg Armory Tuesday morning to find cheering family members and friends. The soldiers left last fall for a security mission. More than 1,600 Guardsman from Pennsylvania were sent to Kuwait. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Inmate found hanging in his cell in Sunbury


SUNBURY – Northumberland County Prison warden Roy Johnson calls the death of an inmate very sad.  The unidentified inmate was found hanging in his cell just after 5:30p.m. Tuesday.  Johnson would not release the name of the inmate until Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley contacted the next of kin.  The death is not considered suspicious.  Johnson tells us a cellmate found the inmate and security responded immediately. Johnson says the inmate had been jailed since July 23.  He had requested a different cell after reporting problems with a cellmate.  The warden granted his request and the inmate had been in a new cell since Monday.  Johnson also tells us the inmate had spoke to a…