White Deer Pike detour lifted

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  LEWISBURG — The White Deer Pike detour has been lifted — for now.  According to the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority, the detour was lifted Wednesday morning.   Traffic will still be limited to one lane during the day when necessary, but both lanes will be open at night.   The detour between White Deer and Watsontown in Union County was implemented in May due to reconstruction of the railroad bridge.  The detour was to stay in place until the project was completed, but the schedule was revised, allowing it to open three weeks earlier than originally scheduled.   The detour will be re-imposed for about four separate work days.  According to Jeff Stover, Executive Director…

Fatal crash passenger discharged from hospital

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MIDDLEBURG — A Mifflinburg woman has been released from the hospital, after a fatal motorcycle crash last week.  According to a nursing supervisor at Geisinger Medical Center, 41-year-old Lorie Oberdorf has been discharged. She was listed in critical condition. Oberdorf was the passenger on a motorcycle driven by 46-year-old Cole Rice of Mifflinburg, who was killed in the August 11 crash on Route 204. According to state police, the accident occured when 79-year-old Frederick Frost of Selinsgrove drifted into their path. State police have been investigating the incident. They say the report is almost done and traffic violation citations could be filed within the next week. Troopers say Frost is not expected to face any…

No injuries in Columbia County accident

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FERNVILLE — A motor vehicle accident caused traffic delays for a time in Columbia County.  According to Emergency Services, crews  responding to a two vehicle accident at Creek Road and Walnut Street in Fernville around 2:30p.m. Wednesday.   No one is injured in the accident, but a vehicle was blocking the roadway for about an hour.  Crews were directing traffic at the intersection.  (Codi Jade)

Nutritionists: School year nutrition takes planning

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SUNBURY — As the kids head back to school, it may be harder to keep track of their nutrition.  Karen Buch, director of lifestyle initiatives at Weis Markets said it is possible to keep the whole family eating healthy throughout the school year.   “Plan, plan, plan, because our schedule is certainly so different than it was during the summer,” Buch said.  “A big part of the advice that we would have is to put a plan in place for that family meal.  It takes everything from the menu planning, to the shopping phase, to the actual meal preparation, to actually being able to get the meal ready and your family around the table together.”…

Ribbon cut on a new school in Selinsgrove

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SELINSGROVE – The ribbon has been cut to celebrate the grand opening of a new school in Selinsgrove.  New Story is a special school that helps children with serious and complex behavioral and educational challenges.   New Story is located at the former Jackson-Penn Elementary School along Route 204.  According to superintendent Chad Cohrs, the Selinsgrove Area School District is leasing the building to New Story.  The current lease is for 2 years at $80,000 per year.   State Representative Fred Keller and Snyder County Commissioner Joe Kantz took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony along with the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce.  New Story now has 12 locations in the state, including Selinsgrove. …

Home gutted by fire in Shamokin

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SHAMOKIN – One home was gutted and an adjoining home was damaged following a fire this morning in Shamokin.  Jason Zimmerman is Deputy Fire Chief for Shamokin and tells us the fire was at 620 and 622 West Gowen Street and started just before 4 a.m.   They believe the fire started in the basement and spread, but the cause is still under investigation.  The fire is not suspicious.  620 West Gowen was completely gutted, while 622 Gowen sustained moderate fire and water damage.  Zimmerman tells us they don’t yet know who owns the home and no one was at home at the time of the fire.  622 is a vacant home.  No injuries were reported…

Security beefed up for the Bloomsburg Fair

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  BLOOMSBURG — You may want to leave bags and purses at home when you head to the Bloomsburg Fair this year. Fair officials have announced a new policy to tighten security at the fair, which includes searching bags and purses at the entrance gate.   Bill Barratt is fair security director. He said, “With all the activity that has been going on in the schools and at the Boston Marathon, the board decided that we should make it safer for those coming to the Bloomsburg Fair.”   Barratt said crowds at the fair will determine how the bags are searched. He explained, “We’re going to do the best job we can. With 70 to…

Allenwood man injured in a motorcycle crash

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ALLENWOOD – An Allenwood man was hospitalized following a motorcycle crash on Tuesday evening. State police say 57-year-old Jonathan Haynes was riding on his motorcycle north on Route 15 and tried to turn left onto Route 44, but pulled into the path of a vehicle, driven by 66-year-old David Peterson of Florida.   Haynes was transported to Geisinger Medical Center by ambulance and is listed in fair condition today. No other injuries were reported. Haynes was cited with careless driving. (Ali Stevens)

Burglary at a historical site in Union County

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LEWISBURG – State police are investigating a burglary at the Dale Engle Walker House on Strawbridge Road outside Lewisburg. Troopers say the suspects kicked in the basement entry door to gain access to the building, owned by the Union County Historical Society.   Nothing was taken in the burglary and an alarm system scared the suspect away. Anyone with information on the incident, which took place on the night of August 11th is asked to call state police at Milton. (Ali Stevens)