Pa. judge bars ID enforcement in Nov. election

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A state judge has barred enforcement of Pennsylvania’s strict voter-identification law in the Nov. 5 general election.   Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley also barred the state from requiring local elections officials to verbally tell voters at the polls that photo IDs could be required in future elections. But he says officials can distribute written material about the law.   McGinley’s ruling marks the third consecutive election in which enforcement of the law has been blocked by court order.   The constitutionality of the law is being challenged and was the subject of a 12-day trial before McGinley that ended earlier this month. (AP) Follow

New Park Road bridge open to traffic

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SHAMOKIN DAM –  A new bridge in Snyder County is now open.  The Park Road bridge in Monroe Township opened to traffic this afternoon.   The concrete bridge over Rolling Green Run has been under construction since mid-June.  The previous bridge built in 1954 was considered structurally deficiant.   Some finishing touches still need to be done on the structure, but according to PennDOT, they can be done under traffic.  All work is scheduled to be completed by September 6.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Traffic slow across The Valley

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SHAMOKIN DAM — As a weekend full of events unfolds, traffic is moving slowly across The Valley.  Motorists say Northbound Routes 11 and 15 in Shamokin Dam is moving particularly slow Friday afternoon.   Northbound Route 11 going into Northumberland is also backed up. A reminder, Front Street in Sunbury is closed for the Sunbury River Festival. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling this weekend.  You may want to consider alternate routes. (Codi Jade) Follow

Geisinger hosts inspiring art exhibit

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DANVILLE  — Geisinger held a unique event Thursday night – an art show.   Geisinger’s House of Care was transformed into an art exhibit, showcasing the work of Meghan Troup.   Troup, of Mifflinburg, was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 13-years-old.  Her art took on new meaning ever since.  “It was kind of one of the few things I could still do, you know,” she said.  “I wasn’t able to do athletics.  I wasn’t able to attend school regularly, because I was so sick…  So I kind of latched on to it.  It really helped me to express things that I couldn’t say to other people.  Things I didn’t know how to say to other…

Phillies fire manager Manuel, promote Sandberg

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Charlie Manuel has been fired as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, with his team out of the pennant race and in a tailspin since the All-Star break. Manuel was replaced by Hall of Famer and former Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg, the Phillies’ third base coach. The team says Sandberg will take over beginning with Friday night’s game against the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. The Phillies have lost 19 of 24 since last month’s All-Star break and are 20 1/2 games out of first in the NL East. The 69-year-old Manuel has been the Phillies’ manager since the beginning of the 2005 season. He led Philadelphia to a World Series title in…

Pro-Paterno billboard erected in central Pa.

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THOMPSONTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A billboard near a rural central Pennsylvania highway is touting the accomplishments of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.  Pennlive.com (http://bit.ly/16TIuBp ) reports the two-panel board touts Paterno’s 409 career victories beneath a blue sign with lettering that reads, “You can’t cover up 61 years of success with honor.” A group called Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship designed similar billboards that were placed across the state last fall, but a spokeswoman for the group, Maribeth Roman Schmidt,  says the group isn’t behind this one and doesn’t know who is. The group and the billboard take issue with investigators who determined Paterno knew about past child sex abuse by former assistant…

Agape celebrates four years Saturday

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BLOOMSBURG – A local organization is celebrating four years of helping others.  Agape, a non-denominational faith-based group that works to help those in need, will be holding Agape Palooza tomorrow.   Agape board member Kathy Lowe said, “This is really an event to let other faith-based organizations come out and show their stuff.  I know in my own church we are talking about having a stand to show our ministry and what we can do for the community.  So many, many groups will be out there doing the same at Agape Palooza.”   She said this year they will be adding a kayak float to the fun.  “The Susquehanna Kayak Float is being organized by…

State employee charged with stealing $15,000

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MIFFLINBURG — A state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources employee in Union County has been charged with stealing $15,000 in public funds.  54-year-old Marylinda Freyermuth of McAlisterville sold permits for wood and stone at Bald Eagle State Forest. Prosecutors say she stole $12,630 in cash she collected for the permits and used a state credit card to pay for $2,600 in purchases for herself and her family.  She was arraigned in Mifflinburg Thursday on charges of theft, access device fraud and conflict of interest. (AP/Sara Bartlett) Follow

VIDEO HERE: 950 turn out for Valley’s Got Talent

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Watch performances from The Valley’s Got Talent SUNBURY — 22-year-old Brandy Vasey of Lewisburg was the big winner Thursday night at The Valley’s Got Talent.  She impressed the crowd of more than 950 people with her Italian opera. Vasey said she was excited to take first place.  “There are a lot of singers in talent shows and sometimes it is hard to stand out, so I wanted to do something different.” Vasey sang La Cenerentola.  “The song I sang I have been singing for awhile and I have performed it a bunch of times, but it never seems to go the way I wanted.  Tonight, though, I thought it went well and I was really glad…