Local woman named to historic trail council

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LEWISBURG — A local river advocate has been named to a national committee.  Trish Carothers, of the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, has been named to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail Advisory Council.   Carothers said the historical trail is an interesting attraction.  “It traces approximately 3,000 miles of exploration by Captain John Smith and his crew from 1607 to 1609 on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries,” Carothers said.   The Susquehanna River is the largest tributary to the Chesapeake Bay.  Carothers said she has always been an advocate for the river and is excited to help advise the National Parks Service on river issues.   “Once you dip your toe in the Susquehanna and…

VIDEO HERE: Local hospital wins award

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LEWISBURG – Evangelical Community Hospital knows how to treat patients.  The Lewisburg hospital was awarded with the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award for the fifth consecutive year. Hospital president and CEO Michael O’Keefe congratulated every physician, nurse, staff member and volunteer who put patients first.  “We received this award based on feedback by our patients; this is nothing we applied for.  The patients have spoken and have said that from the beginning to the end, you make the different,” O’Keefe told employees Tuesday. Krista McNally has been with Evangelical Community Hospital since 1989 and accepted the Healthgrades award on the hospital’s behalf.  “I am so proud.  It has not surprised me one bit that we…

Road closure for White Deer Railroad work

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LEWISBURG –  Work on the White Deer Railroad Bridge in Union County will lead to some traffic delays Wednesday. A portion of White Deer Pike, south of Allenwood, will be closed as reconstruction continues.   Traffic between Old Route 15 and Watsontown will be interrupted as steel beams are set between 7:00a.m. and 7:00p.m.  According to Jeff Stover, SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority Executive Director, the detour could be lifted by late afternoon if everything goes smoothly.   Signs will instruct drivers on how to proceed in the area.  Vehicles over 22-feet in length will need to use a separate detour. The Union County Sheriff’s Department will be stationed at both ends of the local detour…

Minor accident in Northumberland County

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SUNBURY — Minor injuries were reported in an accident in Upper Augusta Township Tuesday afternoon.  According to Emergency Services, the accident was reported around 2:30p.m. at Performance Road and Route 890.   Northumberland County Communications says the injuries are minor.  Two vehicles were said to be involved.  Traffic was not affected by the incident.  (Codi Jade) Follow

VIDEO HERE: Grandmother guilty in death of granddaughter

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SUNBURY – A Selinsgrove woman could face up to 30 years in prison for the death of her granddaughter.  65-year-old Bertha Dreese was found guilty Tuesday of involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment of another person.  Dreese was one of three people in a Sunbury home in October 2010 when her 1-year-old granddaughter Aneela was found dead of hyperthermia.  Officials say no one checked on the baby for 19 hours.  Dreese is in Northumberland County Prison on $50,000 bail and will be sentenced within 20 days. President Judge Robert Sacavage said Tuesday Dreese’s actions were reckless, negligent and a direct result of the baby’s death.  Commonwealth Attorney Ann Targonski said…

Sunbury Mayor Persing security camera update

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SUNBURY — Sunbury Mayor David Persing gave us an update on the security cameras they have been installing at various locations in the city. Persing says a camera on Front Street helped lead police to a hit and run driver on Sunday, after the camera recorded the driver hitting a tree and then fleeing the area.   Persing said, “The camera project is moving along greatly. We already had a success story on Front Street. We’ve already proven it’s a success and we don’t even have 70 percent of it all put together yet. When we get everything up and running, which should be before the year is over, then we should be able to…

Manufacturer could boost Snyder County economy

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SELINSGROVE— Selinsgrove Area School Board is considering a jobs proposal that could boost the local economy.  Joe Kantz, Chairman of the Snyder County Board of Commissioners, proposed a KOEZ resolution at Monday night’s meeting.  He said bringing a Connecticut-based gun manufacturer into Snyder County could generate up to 500 jobs. Citing mutual economic benefit, Kantz proposed that the board consider voting on a KOEZ resolution that would grant the company significant tax benefits.  He said if the out-of-state manufacturer relocates to Pennsylvania, the local economy could see a significant boost. The KOEZ proposal is the second brought to the board this month.  Sunbury Generation LLC is still awaiting approval for a resolution that would halt…

Middleburg man pleads no contest to school threats

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SUNBURY – A man accused of threatening to harm people at Priestley Elementary School in Point Township has pleaded no contest. Jeremy Church of Middleburg entered his plea Monday to charges of making terrorist threats. Church was arrested after threatening staff and students at the school in December, shortly after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The school was locked down as a precaution. Church will be sentenced this fall in Northumberland County Court. Follow

No names yet on the fiery crash

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RIVERSIDE — No names out yet on the two people killed in a fiery pick-up truck crash Monday morning. The two died after being trapped in the overturned truck in the Riverside area, in Rush Township, Northumberland County.   The county coroner and state police say a positive identification has not yet been established. Then the families of the victims have to be notified. The crash happened shortly before 11:00a.m. on Rushtown Road, near Bellas Hollow Road. The two were trapped in the truck after it crashed on a curve, hit a tree, rolled over and caught fire.   A portion of the road was closed for several hours while emergency crews remained on the…

Congressman in Sunbury for Town Hall Meeting

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SUNBURY – U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11th, Hazleton) will host a public town hall meeting in Sunbury on Wednesday evening. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Northumberland County Administration Building in the Public Meeting Room.   Constituents are encouraged to attend and ask questions. There is no need to register for this event. Barletta says he is planning more public forums throughout the 11th Congressional District and the dates, times and locations will be announced soon. (Ali Stevens) Follow