Nelson Mandela dies at 95

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama will make a statement from the White House Thursday on the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela. Mandela died earlier Thursday at age 95. He was South Africa’s first black president and one of the world’s most beloved statesmen. Obama met with Mandela’s family earlier this year when he visited South Africa. But he did not meet with the ailing leader, who was hospitalized throughout the U.S. president’s visit.   JOHANNESBURG (AP) – South Africa’s president says Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. Jacob Zuma says “we’ve lost our greatest son.” Follow

SEDA-COG gets $3 million grant

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LEWISBURG – In an effort to attract international investments to rural Pennsylvania, SEDA-COG has been awarded $3 million as part of a national ‘Make It in America’ grant. Noelle Long is SEDA-COG’s Export Development Director and says, “The whole state has a ton of assets and resources available to companies domestically and to prospective foreign investors.  We will be doing a complete inventory analysis of all the assets, including the amazing research and development facilities at universities, a great workforce, and good transportation and logistics.  I think sometimes we are overshadowed by the metropolitan areas in the state.” The program will be carried out in 52 counties across the state and with the help of…

SU to test alert system tomorrow

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SELINSGROVE — It may get loud, but Susquehanna University is warning the community not to be alarmed.  The SU Department of Public Safety will be testing it’s emergency warning siren on campus Friday.  The testing will begin at noon and will take about 30 minutes.   The tones will not be continuous, but will be loud.  The tones may be heard throughout the Selinsgrove community, but the University hopes to not alarm anyone.  No response from police, fire, EMS and the borough is necessary following alarms at Susquehanna University Friday. (Codi Jade)   Follow

Professor: Higher minimum wage a bad idea

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SUNBURY — As fast food workers across the country are protesting for a higher minimum wage, a local economics expert says raising the minimum wage is not a great idea.  Susquehanna University professor Matt Rousu says while the higher wage might help some workers, it could inevitably hurt the workers who are protesting. Rousu said if wages go up, employers may decide to hire less workers.  “There is a longterm, over time effect.  When the minimum wage goes up it’s not just in the 6-months after the increase that we see these effects, it’s down the line when firms make long-range plans… They may ask, ‘do we invest in more workers, or do we invest…

United Way questions Snyder County email

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SUNBURY — The Greater Susquehanna United Way is questioning an email sent to Snyder County employees by Commissioner Joe Kantz. The email sent this week encouraged employees to think carefully before donating to non-profit organizations and then listed a series of outdated statements—including information that many national and global non-profits pay their CEO’s hundreds-of-thousands of dollars, but that the leaders of the Salvation Army and national veterans groups receive no salary. Not so, says, Keri Albright of the GSVUW.  She says the antiquated and misleading ‘email forward’ has been around for years, primarily to boost funding to veterans groups. She said the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way, which was listed in the email, keeps 99-percent…

Three Harrisburg men charged with Sunbury car theft

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HARRISBURG — Three Harrisburg men are accused of stealing a vehicle from Sunbury before robbing a Harrisburg restaurant Tuesday night.  According to the Patriot News 43-year-old Nathan Mosley, 40-year-old George Stoney Sr. and 41-year-old Torey Dobbin are in prison after the armed robbery in Susquehanna Township.  Prior to that hold up, reports say the three men stole a new, white Ford Escape from a Sunbury car dealer. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

Tax increase expected in Union County

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LEWISBURG – At least a half-mill tax increase is expected to be part of the Union County budget when it is adopted later this month. A “very preliminary” budget is now on display for the public according to Commissioner John Mathias.   Mathias tells us a half-mill tax increase is needed to pay the bond payments for the Great Stream Commons site, which totals about $1-million annually. There was money from the Economic Development Corporation in previous years to cover that bond payment, but Mathias says that revenue has “dried up”. There may also be a need for a higher increase, if the general fund is not balanced, but the commissioners are still working to…

Southbound lane on Routes 11/15 slow after disabled tractor-trailer

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MONROE TWP — A disabled tractor-trailer is causing some very heavy traffic along Routes 11/15.  The tractor-trailer is located on The Strip near Nina Drive and the southbound lane is moving very slowly at this time.  Emergency crews are on the scene and caution is advised in the area.  Using an alternate route is suggested. Follow

Police release picture of break-in suspects

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MILTON — Milton Police have released pictures of two people they believe were involved in a break-in at Baugher Elementary School in September.  The incident happened Sunday, September 8 around 8:30a.m. Anyone with information is asked to call Milton Police at 570-742-2316. The incident was one of two in the Milton School District in that time period.  On August 20, vandalism was reported at White Deer Elementary School.  Police have not said if the two incidents are related. The investigation into both continues. (Sara Bartlett)   Follow

President of Selinsgrove School Board chosen

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SELINSGROVE – The Selinsgrove School Board held their annual required reorganization meeting Wednesday night and decided to keep their board president in place. Paul Spiegel Jr. was selected again as president and Roger Sheesley is the board’s vice president. John Molitoris will serve as board treasurer.   Superintendent Chad Cohrs was pleased with Molitoris’ return. He said, “I think the addition of Mr. Molitoris, who is back on the board after some time off, gives us a board that is very education-minded, which will help the district continue to move forward as we deal with issues that come before us. I think the district is poised for a good step into 2014.”   Cohrs talked…