VIDEO HERE: Susquehanna class of 2017 diverse

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SELINSGROVE — The class of 2017 is on the campus of Susquehanna University.  According to Director of Admissions Chris Markle, the school year is off to a great start.   “We just had our first year students and transfers come in yesterday for our 156th academic year. We welcomed 590 first year students and 31 transfers yesterday… So, we had a big class come in.  Academically one of our strongest classes ever.  Also the most diverse class in Susquehanna history.”   Markle said the incoming freshman have chosen a wide variety of majors within the university’s curriculum.  He said the newest crusaders have come from all over.   “We get about 44% of our students…

Downtown Selinsgrove welcomes SU students

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SELINSGROVE – Susquehanna University freshman were given a warm welcome by Selinsgrove Wednesday.  Welcome to the Grove was designed to give incoming students a chance to get to know businesses and services downtown says Main Street Manager Mary Bannon.  “We want to welcome students and parents to Selinsgrove and nearly all of the businesses are participating by having a table set up with information.  It’s a great event with a really hometown feel to it.” Selinsgrove Mayor Sean Christine also welcomed the students.  He stressed one of the town’s most important traits: volunteerism.  “This is a place where you can make your hometown your own,” Christine told the crowd.  “I hope as new residents of…

Closing arguments in baby death trial

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  SUNBURY – A decision will be announced Tuesday for the Selinsgrove grandmother accused in the death of her 1-year-old granddaughter.  65-year-old Bertha Dreese is charged with involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of a child.  Dreese was in the Sunbury home of her daughter, 30-year-old Heidi Yocum of Lewisburg, in October 2010 when 1-year-old Aneela Loner was found dead in her crib.  An autopsy showed the child had overheated and died of hyperthermia.  Now, what President Judge Robert Sacavage has to decide is whether or not Dreese should be charged with negligence in the baby’s death. Friday was the second day of the bench trial in Northumberland County Court.  Dreese took the stand and…

New beginning at Bucknell for freshman

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LEWISBURG– A bittersweet day for students and parents at Bucknell University. Families from all over have come to Lewisburg today (Friday) to say goodbye and to start new beginnings as part of Freshman move-in day on campus.   Freshman Nicole Finan from Niwot, Colorado says she is looking forward to new experiences. Finan said, “This is so different from where I live at home. At home I have a big house and here I have a tiny dorm room. So I’m really excited for the change of pace in my life.”   Finan’s mother Karen Fukuma says today is one of many days to look forward to. She explained, “The saddest thing obviously is to…

Route 54 detour lifted near Kulpmont

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KULPMONT — Route 54 has reopened to traffic at the railroad crossing southeast of Kulpmont following repair work that began on Wednesday. A detour has been lifted using Routes 901 and 61.   The crossing is located on Route 54 near Brennan’s Farm Road. The crossing was raised and the road approaching the crossing was repaved. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Detour lifted next Friday at Green Bridge

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SELINSGROVE — Next Friday, the detour will be lifted and the Green Bridge in Selinsgrove will be open to traffic in both directions.   Rick Mason is spokesman for PennDOT and said, “Right now the contractor is pouring concrete for the low walls along the side of the bridge. At the end of the day next Friday, the contractor will reopen the bridge to two lanes for motor vehicle traffic and lift the detour for northbound motorists.”   Mason says work will continue through mid-October on the bridge, with lane width restrictions. He said, “Once two lanes are open, there will be a 10 foot width restriction for motor vehicles during the next phase of…

VIDEO HERE: What waiving No Child Left Behind means

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UNDATED – With the waiver of No Child Left Behind in Pennsylvania, schools will now have a new way to measure performance.  The federal waiver was announced this week for the federal law, which called for schools to reach, what many critics thought was an unattainable, 100% proficiency.   Amy Morton is Chief Academic Officer at the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit and says, “A lot of teachers have experienced students who they know are reading at a 2nd or 3rd grade level being required to take a 4th, 5th, or 6th grade test.  The fact that the notion of reaching 100% proficiency has been relieved is of comfort to people who understand that not every…

Trial underway for the death of a baby

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SUNBURY – Trial is underway for a grandmother charged in the death of her granddaughter in Sunbury. The Daily Item reports the bench trial started yesterday for Bertha Dreese, who left 1-year-old Aneela Loner alone in a hot room for 19 hours.   The baby died from overexposure to heat. A nurse took the stand yesterday and told Northumberland County President Judge Robert Sacavage that Dreese came to a medical clinic and admitted to her that she lied to police about the circumstances of the case in November of 2010.   Also charged in the baby’s death are the baby’s parents, Heidi Yocum and Lopaka Loner. Yocum was sentenced in January to up to 5…

Ex-day care worker sentenced to prison

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MIDDLEBURG – The woman who stole about $35,000 from a daycare in Selinsgrove while she worked as their secretary has been sentenced to prison. 42-year-old Pamela Crites of Milton was sentenced yesterday to 6 to 23 months in prison for stealing from the Children’s Discovery Center on Route 522.   Police say Crites would pocket cash payments made to the daycare over a two-year period. She pled guilty in June to felony theft and other charges. Crites is also required to repay the money to Children’s Discovery Center. (Ali Stevens) Follow