Economics PA announces 2013 award recipient

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NORTHUMBERLAND — A local bank president is set to receive the EconomicsPennsylvania Adam Smith Award this year.  J. Donald Steele, Jr., President and CEO of Northumberland National Bank has been selected to receive the award for distinguished leadership. The award is presented annually to a community leader who best represents and emulates the values and high standards of EconomicsPennsylvania and the outstanding work they do with teachers and students throughout the Commonwealth. Previous Adam Smith awardees include former Pennsylvania State Representative Merle H. Phillips, former Bucknell University President, Gary Sojka, Pennsylvania State Senator John R. Gordner, Art Bowen of the Bowen Agency Realtors, Roger Haddon, President and CEO of Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation, and last year’s…

WIC offices to remain open

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SUNBURY — Local WIC offices will be able to stay open after all.  Following an announcement Monday that the Selinsgrove and Sunbury offices would be closing due to a funding freeze, WIC received some monetary support. Family Health Council of Central PA swooped in to rescue the threatened offices.  President and CEO of the Family Health Council Cindy Stewart contacted the agency to announce that they would forward a check on August 30 to prevent closures.   Thanks to their support, all WIC offices in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, Mifflin and Juniata Counties will remain open and will continue to have the same office hours throughout September. WIC is hopeful that state funding will be released…

Sun Home Health & Hospice helping local veterans

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UNDATED — Sun Home Health & Hospice is encouraging veterans to become ‘counted.’  Donna Jenkins of the Northumberland business is also a veteran herself and says injured or not, all veterans should register with the VA. “Even though you may not be eligible for help, you will be a count in that VA facility’s area.  That way, when they look at reimbursement resources, they will see how many veterans are in a particular area and that would allow more funds for veterans in the area who need help.” Sun Home Health & Hospice is also involved in some outreach efforts for veterans that they assist.  One is a volunteer program called Veteran to Veteran.  “We…

Man jailed after Union County drug stop

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MONTOURSVILLE – A Philadelphia man was stopped just over the Union County line and charged with drug possession.  State Police say 28-year-old Warren Harding was stopped around 2:15 Wednesday morning along Route 15, where he was traveling north, in Brady Township, Lycoming County.  Harding reportedly showed indicators of criminal activity and a search was requested and granted. Once inside the vehicle police found 700 bags of heroin, two ounces of bulk heroin and packaging materials. Harding was charged with possession with intent to deliver and is in Lycoming County Prison on $750,000 bail. (Sara Bartlett)  

Free concert on Weis Center lawn Friday

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LEWISBURG — Bucknell University is hosting a free outdoor concert Friday night.  Bluegrass trio Red Molly will be gracing the Weis Center lawn.  According to Kathryn Maguet, executive director of the Weis Center for Performing Arts, Friday’s concert will be a unique experience.   “Come early and bring your lawn chairs.  We’ll have refreshments.  It will be a nice evening of beautiful music,” Maguet said.  “They’re real ‘up and comers’ in the Americana and Roots-type music scene.  They opened for Willie Nelson this summer.  They toured nationally and internationally.  It is just a really great opportunity to see a terrific band at a really early stage in their career.”   Maguet said Red Molly should…

Change of Venue for Sandusky appeal hearing

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state appeals court is moving a hearing on Jerry Sandusky’s appeal of his child molestation conviction from a high school in northeastern Pennsylvania to the nearby county courthouse. Superior Court issued an order Wednesday scheduling oral arguments in the appeal for 3 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre. The session had previously been set for the auditorium at Dallas High School on the same date. Still cameras and audio and video recording equipment won’t be allowed in the courtroom. Sandusky is challenging his conviction last year on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. The former Penn State assistant coach is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence…

Social media helps police investigations

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SUNBURY – Facebook and Twitter are becoming very important tools for police investigating various crimes. Social media is changing the way police investigate crimes, according to Sunbury Police Chief Stephen Mazzeo.   Mazzeo said, “They have expanded our opportunities to positively interface with the public. They have created additional avenues for us for investigations. It is a new way for us to do outreach in the community and to interface with especially the younger members of our society.”   Mazzeo says social media has helped them solve crimes. Mazzeo explained, “Without betraying too many of the investigative secrets that our officers use, all the social media sites are a goldmine for us for investigative purposes….

Four cadets escape from Northwestern Academy

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COAL TOWNSHIP — Police are trying to locate four cadets who escaped from the Northwestern Academy in Coal Township Wednesday morning. The News Item reports the cadets escaped shortly before 2:00a.m. from the juvenile detention facility.   They are two 19-year-olds from Maryland and Reading, Pennsylvania, a 16-year-old from Washington D.C. and a 15-year-old from Harrisburg. Police say two of the suspects locked an employee from Selinsgrove in a room and stole his building keys. The cadets are also accused of stealing the employees car to flee the area. The search continues. (Ali Stevens)

Two injured in a crash on Route 642

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JERSEYTOWN — Two people were hurt in a crash on Route 642 at Jerseytown Road in Valley Township, Montour County Tuesday afternoon. State police say 43-year-old Rodney Bucher of Middleburg tried to turn left into a parking lot and turned in front of a vehicle driven by 20-year-old Rebecca Croll of Danville.   Croll and Bucher were taken to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation. (Ali Stevens)  

Sunbury woman hurt in an early motorcycle crash

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SUNBURY — A Sunbury woman was hurt in a motorcycle crash early Wednesday morning in Upper Augusta Township, Northumberland County and police suspect alcohol played a role in the crash. State police say 42-year-old Carol Badman was traveling south on Bridge Avenue around 1:30a.m. Wednesday morning when she lost control of her motorcycle at the intersection with Front Street and crashed.   Badman was not wearing a helmet and was transported to Geisinger Medical Center with moderate injuries. Her condition is not yet available. Charges are pending against Badman, pending a blood alcohol test. (Ali Stevens)