New restrictions for old bridges


NEW BERLIN –  Several area bridges have new weight limit restrictions.  According to PennDOT, Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch authorized weight restriction increases to about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges statewide.   Locally, the limits are being enforced on bridges in Northumberland and Union Counties.  In Northumberland County, the bridge on Little Roaring Creek Road over Little Roaring Creek in Rush Township is now restricted to 33 tons.   In Union County, the bridge at Spruce Run Road over Spruce Run in Buffalo Township is also restricted to 33 tons.  The bridge on Wildwood Road over Sweitzers Run in Limestone Township is now limited to 36 tons.   PennDOT says they must take this step because legislative…

Accident with minor injuries in Northumberland


NORTHUMBERLAND — One person was injured in a motor vehicle accident Thursday in Northumberland.   The accident at 8th and Duke Street was reported just after 4:30p.m Thursday.  According to emergency services, two vehicles were involved and a minor injury was reported. The road was cleared by 5:15p.m.   (Codi Jade) Follow

VIDEO HERE: Bucknell opens Academic West


LEWISBURG — The first academic building built on the Bucknell campus since 2004 was unveiled Wednesday. There was an open house on campus where Andy Hirsch, spokesman for Bucknell, said, “It’s 70,000 square-feet of classrooms, faculty offices and collaboration spaces. It is really designed with an open concept where collaboration can take place in a variety of different ways.” Academic West is also environmentally friendly. There is an 8,000-square-foot green roof to help manage storm water runoff. Students and faculty will also be able to study the roof, with rain gardens planted there along with native plants. Hirsh said sustainability is a big part of Bucknell and a big part of Academic West. Hirsh says…

New policy on backpacks in Shikellamy District

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SUNBURY — The Superintendent of the Shikellamy School District is clarifying a new policy on backpacks at the high school, following some misinformation stating that backpacks have been banned. Superintendent Patrick Kelley says backpacks are not banned at the high school.   Students are allowed to bring backpacks to school, but must now keep them in their lockers during the school day, which is a new policy. Kelley says students can visit their lockers throughout the day to get the books they need for their classes. He says keeping the backpacks in the lockers is good for school safety and is the same policy that most area school districts have already implemented. (Ali Stevens) Follow

VIDEO HERE: Help with home projects and maintenance


Check out prizes at The Valley’s Got Style: UNDATED – Fall is just around the corner and it is a good time to do some home maintenance. Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation is hosting The Valley’s Got Style Home and Business Expo this weekend.  It will showcase a number of local businesses to help with home improvements. In addition, there is a chance to win a number of prizes, including one from Lamprinos Home Entertainment Center in Lewisburg.  Owner John Lamprinos said, “We have a 47” 3D TV to give away.” Many items from Country Traditions at D.C. in Mifflinburg will also be given away.   General Manager Chris Rantz said, “We have an oak television stand,…

Judge sets hearing in Paterno suit

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BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania judge has scheduled an Oct. 29 hearing in the lawsuit filed by the family of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno against the NCAA over penalties it imposed on the school amid the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The judge said in an order that he would hear arguments on preliminary objections filed by defendants in the case.   The NCAA penalized the school for its response to complaints about the former Paterno assistant and imposed a $60 million fine, a four-year bowl ban, a loss of scholarships and the elimination of 112 Paterno-era wins. The order also said the hearing won’t address issues involving court jurisdiction…

Four more soldiers arrive home from Kuwait


LEWISBURG – Four more National Guard soldiers came home to the Lewisburg Armory Wednesday. The soldiers were deployed with the Pennsylvania National Guard’s Third Battalion, 103rd Armor Division. Most of the soldiers returning home left last November for security details in Kuwait. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Farm stand hit by produce theives


  BENTON – State police want to know who stole fresh produce and cash from in front of a home in Benton Wednesday. The thieves took $50 in cash from the vegetable stand, along with watermelons, cantaloupes, potatoes, peaches and tomatoes before fleeing the scene. The stand was set up in front of a home on Maple Grove Road in Benton, Columbia County. Those wanting fresh produce could leave money in the canister and take what they paid for. However, the thief helped themself to all of it, including the cash. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call state police. (Ali Stevens) Follow