Fire at a Mifflinburg restaurant

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MIFFLINBURG — A fire broke out at a local restaurant Monday evening.  According to Union County Communications, the Scarlet D Tavern in Mifflinburg caught fire around 6:00p.m. Monday evening.   Crews from across Union County were on the scene of the one alarm fire for over an hour.  No word on damages.  Emergency services report no injuries in the blaze.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Man injured after exiting moving vehicle

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SHAMOKIN — A Coal Township man was taken to the hospital after he exited a moving vehicle in Northumberland County.  According to police, 25-year-old Christopher Powell was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Jessica Long of Coal Township.  The two allegedly had an argument before Powell opened the car door and exited the vehicle.   Powell had to be taken to Geisinger Medical Center by Life Flight.  He is currently listed in critical condition.  The incident happened around 11:00a.m. Monday morning on Upper Road in East Cameron Township.  State police in Stonington continue to investigate.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Meeting with federal government on CSVT

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  SUNBURY – A local state representative says plans for the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway Project are progressing quickly following last week’s passage of the state transportation funding plan. State Representative Lynda Schlegel-Culver spoke about the plans on WKOK’s Monday On The Mark program and said PennDOT has already moved forward.   Culver said, “PennDOT has already been in contact with the Federal Highway Administration. There will be actual meetings this week moving this project forward. I think the Federal Highway Administration fully realizes the need for this project.”   Culver said there are still people out there that don’t believe the project will be built, but she’s confident there will be no more holdups….

Talk to Santa

Talk to Santa on Eagle 107 and WKOK- On-Air Weekdays 6pm to 7pm Listen to Talk to Santa Live tonight on your computer- HERE A magical night where children get to talk directly to Santa and his elves! A delightful host gets the children in the holiday spirit as they sing Santa songs, share stories and find out if they are on the Good list. Watch Talk to Santa LIVE! Follow

Penn State Extension offers healthy programs in our area

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UNDATED — The Penn State Extension is offering some programs in the upcoming year to promote healthful living. Registered Dietician Lynn James says Dining With Diabetes is a four-session program that includes meal planning, testing blood sugar, tips for exercising and food demonstrations.  “It is estimated that 872,000 Pennsylvanians, or 10%, have Type 2 Diabetes and 25% have not been diagnosed.  It is growing unfortunately and we are seeing it in our youth too because of childhood obesity. James says they also offer courses that deal with proper and safe food handling.  “We have a food safety certification program, which is for people that have their food license.  We also have a program called Cooking…

Trial begins for former police chief

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LEWISBURG – Trial has begun for the former Hartleton police chief who faces theft and conspiracy charges in Union County Court. 68-year-old Donald Zerbe is accused of giving those who were stopped for speeding a choice of paying a traffic ticket or making a $150 donation to the borough’s playground fund.   The Daily Item reports two people who were stopped for speeding in October of 2012 testified this morning. James Anderson said he paid the $150 for the playground fund to avoid points on his driver’s license. The other traffic violator was offered the same deal, but was leery of it and called the District Judge’s office. State police later contacted her as part…

Santa Fest is Saturday in Selinsgrove

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SELINSGROVE – An event called Santa Fest in downtown Selinsgrove last year was such a big success, organizers decided to do it again this year. Santa Fest is Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight, with live music at various restaurants and hotels in Selinsgrove. Doug McMinn will be performing with Hannah Bingman at Emma’s Food for Life from 7 to 9 p.m.   Other performers include Folk Justice playing at Bot’s Tavern from 10 to midnight, Ann Kerstetter at Isabella’s from 9 to 11 p.m. and Something Borrowed at BJ’s from 9 to midnight. There will also be live music at Kind Café , featuring the Dam Hill Band from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and…

Fort Discovery Fundraiser: Ride the Holiday Express

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SUNBURY — The Holiday Express pulls into Sunbury this week.  Train rides are being offered Friday and Sunday and it is a fundraiser for the Fort Discovery playground. “This is what we do for our annual maintenance fund.  This is our mulch, sealer and supplies, so it is important we have a good turnout and get community support,” says Fran Zartman who is active in helping with the playground. Tickets are $10 and children two and under are free.  “You get on this beautiful, restored Pennsylvania railroad train where most of the coaches are from the 1920’s.  It is lit with icicle lights, there is Christmas music and we read the Polar Express,” says Zartman….

Coalition for Kids second annual meeting

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  SELINSGROVE – The Snyder County Coalition for Kids is hosting their 2nd annual meeting and is hoping the public will take part in their event. Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch says the coalition is trying to develop local kids into healthy contributing members of society.   Piecuch said, “It’s about prevention. It’s delinquency prevention, dependency prevention and focusing on youth development so that we can look at Snyder County and really try to do a wellness checkup. It takes a public health approach to juvenile crime and juvenile dependency. How are we doing? Are our kids telling us we are doing well? Are there things we need to improve on? If there are,…

Needy Family Fund: Grandma seeks gifts for two girls

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MILTON — A woman living on disability is depending on the Salvation Army to supply her granddaughters with Christmas presents this year. “I loved to work,” said Sina Rodriguez, of Milton, before a 1989 diagnosis that showed she had fluid filling up in her head. She used to work at a local KFC, and her boss told her to go see a doctor after noticing that Rodriguez was in pain during her shift. “If I hadn’t have gone there I would have died,” she said. She received surgical treatment but is now having problems again, which she thinks might be related to a tube placed in her body intended to relieve fluid pressure. She also…