Superintendent talks new Lewisburg high school

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SUNBURY — The building of a new high school has been a topic of debate in Lewisburg, and district leaders Tuesday defended their decision to build.  Lewisburg Superintendent Dr. Mark DiRocco and president of the Lewisburg School Board Kathy Swope gave the public unprecedented access during WKOK’s On The Mark program.  For 90 minutes the two leaders spoke about the district’s decisions and answered calls and e-mails. Swope said the board made their decisions based on feasibility studies. “Just to meet our needs over the next decade, we need to increase by 58%.  Looking ahead over the next hundred years, it just didn’t make sense to the board to invest in the current building.  In…

VIDEO HERE: Congressman speaks at Valley Conservatives meeting

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U.S. Congressman Tom Marino talks about shrinking government and much-needed term limits: LEWISBURG — Downsizing the federal government is the number one thing to do to help a sluggish economy.  That was the comment from U.S. Congressman Tom Marino (R-10, Williamsport) who spoke Monday night at a meeting of the Susquehanna Valley Conservatives in Lewisburg. Marino participated in the meeting, mostly taking questions from those in attendance.  When asked about term limits for legislators, Marino says the country absolutely needs them. Marino also talked about Obamacare, the Congressional budget, minimum wage and more. (Sara Bartlett)  

13-year-old girl killed in Shamokin fire

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SHAMOKIN – A 13-year-old girl was killed Tuesday after she was trapped in her burning home in Shamokin.  Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley has identified the teen as Mellissa Pangburn of 5 South Rock Street, Shamokin.  She was trapped in her third floor bedroom when a fire broke out around 11:00a.m.  Kelley said Pangburn died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Shamokin Police Chief Edward Griffiths said the blaze was too intense to save the girl’s life.  He said the stairs were a ball of fire, so you couldn’t go upstairs to save her. The girl’s family was able to escape the home. The fire spread to two neighboring homes causing heavy damage. A state police fire…

Legislature working on pension crisis

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HARRISBURG – Legislators say they are looking over plans that could potentially help resolve the $47-billion pension crisis in the state. State Representative Fred Keller (R-85th, Kreamer) said a number of things caused the crisis including the commonwealth and school districts not making the required contributions for the past decade and two downturns in the Stock Market in 2001 and 2008. Keller says now is the time to take steps to fix the crisis for the future.   He said, “There are several plans that are out there. We are looking to see what we can do to get consensus on how we can address the issue. It’s not an easy issue. If it was…

Snyder County preliminary budget adopted

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MIDDLEBURG – A preliminary budget was adopted today (Tuesday) in Snyder County and there is still significant shortfall. Commissioner Malcolm Derk said they will still be working in the next three weeks to make cuts to prevent a tax increase.   Derk said, “The tentative budget at this point is at $17.4-million. At this point, the commissioners do plan to look at that and each of the departments to pare down this budget. But our revenue number is at $16,362,000.”   Derk said, “There are certain projects that are in this budget right now that we can look at and pare down and delay some of them. There are some building projects and maintenance projects…

New signs will assist motorists

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UNDATED — If you are driving on I-80 or I-180 in Northumberland, Union or Montour Counties, you may notice new electronic signs informing drivers of roadway restrictions, emergency incidents and inclement weather.  The Intelligent Transportation System is now fully operational in four locations along I-80 and I-180 in our area. Also a closed circuit television camera has been installed at the I-80/180 interchange.  You can view that at 511PA.com.  The project also includes a highway advisory radio installation, which is able to provide bulletins to motorists regarding traffic restrictions and delays. (Sara Bartlett)  

Crash causes downed wires on Route 15

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ALLENWOOD — A portion of Route 15 was closed for about an hour and a half Monday morning following a crash in the Allenwood area.  The accident happened just before 10:00a.m. when 49-year-old Rochelle McAndrews of Williamsport lost control of her vehicle in the southbound lane and hit a utility pole.  The crash caused wires to come down along McAndrews vehicle and the roadway. Milton State Police say EMS could not move McAndrews from the vehicle for about 30 minutes until PPL confirmed that the power was off.  McAndrews was eventually taken to Evangelical Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Route 15 in that area was closed in both directions while crews were on…

Grant will help Buffalo Valley Rail Trail extend into Lewisburg

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LEWISBURG — Development of the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail will continue in part thanks to a grant from Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.  A $488,000 grant was awarded recently.  Work will continue on the rail trail to extend it into Lewisburg Borough.  Construction will include .6 miles of trail from 12th Street in East Buffalo Township to 5th Street and to Market Street in Lewisburg. There will also be a mid-way trailhead in Vicksburg, which will include restrooms, a pavilion and more.  The total project is $973,300 and DCNR had already awarded a grant of $485,300 in May to assist in construction. (Sara Bartlett)  

Five interested in Midd West superintendent job

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MIDDLEBURG — The Midd-West School Board will discuss applicants for the job of superintendent in an executive session tonight. The Daily Item reports five people, including Midd-West Assistant Superintendent Daphne Snook, have submitted applications for the job as of Monday.   Snook was asked to serve as substitute superintendent in October following the sudden resignation of Dr. Wesley Knapp, who stepped down after nearly five years. Knapp left when the board levied unspecified charges against him. Snook will serve in the interim position until a replacement is found. (Ali Stevens)