Driver hits a fence and flees

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LEWISBURG — Police are looking for the person who hit a fence in Buffalo Township, Union County.  The incident occured around 7:00p.m. Monday evening.  According to State police in Milton, someone was traveling north on Hoffa Mill Road and attempted to make a left turn onto Wolfland Road.   The vehicle instead entered a front lawn at 20 Wolfland Road.  The vehicle struck a white vinyl fence and caused a considerable amount of damage.  The suspect then fled the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police in Milton.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Paxinos man dies in Northumberland County Prison

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SUNBURY – It was a Paxinos man who was found dead in the Northumberland County Prison Tuesday.  Northumberland County Prison warden Roy Johnson says 27-year-old Andrew Beers hung himself in his cell.  Beers was found by his cellmate, who called for help.  Security immediately responded during the 5:30p.m. incident.  Beers was taken to Sunbury Community Hospital and pronounced dead. The warden tells us Beers had been in jail since July 23.  He had requested changing locations in the prison due to some troubles with a cellmate.  That was granted by Johnson and he says Beers did not seem to have any troubles following that incident.  Johnson told us Beers had spoken with a mental health…

Local fire departments receive some funds

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SUNBURY — Some local volunteer fire departments recently received some financial help.  The Bureau of Forestry awarded over $505,000 in grants to help rural Pennsylvania communities guard against fire.   Among the awarded fire companies was the Lower Augusta Volunteer Fire Department, receiving $4,800.  The Trevorton Fire Company was awarded $450.  The Warrior Run Area Fire Department was given $2,250.  And the Union County West Fire Company received $800 in funding.   The funds were available to local firefighting forces in rural areas with fewer than 10,000 residents.  DCNR Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti said, “These grants allow firefighters from smaller companies to direct more funding toward public safety and training.”   The grants can be…

Tire burner a concern for safety coordinator

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WHITE DEER — The White Deer tire burner has been an issue of debate for the past several months.  Larry Maynard, emergency management coordinator for the township, says the issue is truly a concern for safety.   “I think the biggest risk is fire.  You’ve seen a tire burner, with heavy black smoke and the dense orange flames.  Heaven only knows what’s in that smoke.  Everything is in that smoke,” Maynard said.  “Where is that column of smoke gonna go?  Are they going to provide fire protection? Is the building going to be sprinklered.  Are there going to be an adequate number of hydrants available?”   Maynard said the issue for him is more than…

Power will be out briefly in Mifflinburg

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MIFFLINBURG – For about an hour tomorrow (Friday) afternoon, PPL will turn the power off in Mifflinburg, while they complete upgrades to a substation. PPL’s Teri MacBride says the outage will take place around 2 p.m. and should not last longer than an hour.   MacBride said, “During that time, we are going to activate a mobile substation. The existing equipment will be taken out of service for a couple of weeks and then when we put the substation back in service again, after we’ve done things like animal guarding and additional upgrades, we will have to do this again.”   MacBride says an additional brief power interruption will be required when the work is…

State representative hosts a Senior Expo

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  SUNBURY — State Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108th, Sunbury) will be hosting a Senior Expo Friday at Shikellamy High School in Sunbury. All residents ages 55 and older are encouraged to attend the free event, featuring nine free health screenings and more than 70 vendors on site.  The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Culver said, “An event like this gives area seniors a great opportunity to learn and collect information from helpful resources and businesses that are here to help them.” She added, “We have more vendors signed up for this year’s Senior Expo than the last two years, and I’m hoping for a record turnout from our…

VIDEO HERE: Sunbury River Festival Preview

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The Sunbury River Festival kicks off Thursday night with The Valley’s Got Talent.  Watch the video about preparations for and activities during the 2013 Sunbury River Festival.   Follow

Several harrassment incidents in The Valley

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MILTON – Police have reported three separate harassment incidents in The Valley. The first was August 1 when two Milton women were engaged in a physical altercation at a home along Old Farm Lane in West Chillisquaque Township. Milton State Police say 46-year-old Betty Jo Fox pushed and punched 53-year-old April Fillmore during an altercation. Fillmore also struck Fox in the face. Fillmore sustained a fracture to her ankle. Fox is charged with simple assault and harassment. Fillmore is charged with harassment. Another incident occurred in Montour County. Milton State Police say Tuesday 46-year-old JoAnn Minnicks of Danville and 29-year-old Janelle Fenstermacher of Danville were involved in an altercation. Minnicks reportedly hit Fenstermacher with her…

7,000 central Pa. men given faulty prostate tests

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – PinnacleHealth has sent more than 7,000 central Pennsylvania men a letter saying tests measuring a prostate cancer indicator might have overstated their risk to get the disease. WHTM-TV (http://bit.ly/1byFyuT ) says the faulty tests occurred between May 2012 and June 26, 2012. PinnacleHealth is blaming the false positive results on a chemical used in the tests that has since been recalled.  The tests in question were routine screenings meant to measure a man’s prostate specific antigens, or PSA. The tests resulted in elevated PSA numbers, and may have spurred men to have more expensive follow-up tests or other treatments.  The company is offering a repeat test at no cost to the…

AP: Governor Corbet omits $250,000 home purchase

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