PennDOT urges cautious driving

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HARRISBURG –  PennDOT is urging motorists to use caution this weekend.  With a winter storm predicted to impact The Valley, PennDOT hopes folks will drive extra safe — or not drive at all.   Though crews will aggressively treat roadways throughout the storm, motorists should expect that roadways will not be completely free from snow and ice.  PennDOT recommends suspending unnecessary travel until after the storm has passed.   As with all storms, crews will focus on clearing interstates and expressways first.  This could lead to deeper snow on less-traveled routes.  If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions.   PennDOT also recommends carrying an…

Heat goes down at Snyder County Prison

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MIDDLEBURG – A portion of the Snyder County Prison was without heat again this morning after a motor in the boiler malfunctioned overnight, shutting heat off in one wing of the facility. This problem happened earlier this week also according to Snyder County Commissioner Malcolm Derk.   Derk explained, “We decided on Monday, when the female wing was getting to the mid-60’s, to have the females transported down to a basement section of the prison, where work release is. The five inmates that were in work-release were brought up to general population with the other males.”   Derk said they fixed the problem, but then it happened again overnight. He said, “Everything was repaired and…

Six inches of snow is coming our way

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STATE COLLEGE – Accuweather meteorologist Heather Zehr says we will definitely be getting a few inches of snow tomorrow. We asked her when the snow will start and Zehr explained, “The precipitation will begin just before sunrise in a lot of places tomorrow morning, more or less a 7 a.m. start time.”   And she said it will intensify throughout the day on Saturday. Zehr said, “I don’t think it comes down hard right from the beginning. It snows harder during the afternoon hours. That’s definitely the worst time to be out and about.”   And how much will we get? Zehr said, “Total accumulation is probably right around six inches. There could be somewhere…

Court hearings set for murder suspects

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SUNBURY – A husband and wife charged with murdering a Port Trevorton man are both scheduled for a court date next Friday. 18-year-old Miranda Barbour and 22-year-old Elytte Barbour will have preliminary hearings at the Northumberland County Courthouse in Sunbury for security reasons.  The two are charged in the stabbing and strangling death of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton.   Miranda Barbour’s hearing is at 9:15 a.m. and Elytte Barbour’s hearing is at 1:15 p.m. Both will be held in Courtroom One before District Judge Ben Apfelbaum. The News Item reports Northumberland County Chief Public Defender Edward Greco of Kulpmont will represent Miranda Barbour, while James Best of Sunbury will serve at Elytte Barbour’s…

PennDOT preparing for big road project next year

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UNDATED — A major resurfacing project is being planned for I-180 in Northumberland and Lycoming Counties.  PennDOT opened bids Friday for the project that includes milling and resurfacing on I-180 from the Turbotville Interchange to the Muncy Interchange. It also includes acceleration lane lengthening, bridge preservation, tree removal, drainage improvement and more.  PennDOT is reviewing three bids, with the lowest so far being about $16 million. The contract will be awarded in the weeks ahead and this major construction project is scheduled from March to November of next year. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

Local Boy Scouts always looking to expand

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SUNBURY – 1920’s actor Will Rogers is quoted as saying, “The only problem with the Boy Scouts is, there aren’t enough of them.”  Jon Brennan, Scout Executive of the Susquehanna Council Boy Scouts of America, says it is a phrase they believe in. Brennan spoke recently before members of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce in Sunbury.  “The basis of it is character, citizenship and fitness.  People feel it may not be relevant, but I think any one of those purposes would be beneficial in the future.  We want to continue to outreach to our youth.” Brennan says the Boys Scouts are more than just camping and even extend certain programs to females.  “We…

Needy Family Fund total exceeds $50,000

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UNDATED — The Needy Family Fund total is well on its way to its goal of $75,000.  Today’s total is $50,600. There have been numerous contributions and some recent ones include $2,000 from the New Berlin American Legion Home Association, $500 from Michael and Sally Kobus of Lewisburg, $100 in memory of Jeffrey Marks by Jack and Susan Marks of Winfield, $25 in honor of Alan and Claire Grill and $10 in memory of Robert Coup. There was also $70 worth of anonymous donations.  You can donate to the Needy Family Fund at any branch of Susquehanna Bank. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

Needy Family Fund: Mom wants to put gifts under the tree for three children

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UNDATED — Just a few toys for her three children would be a Christmas morning blessing for a 26-year-old single mother in Snyder County.  Jill says, “I’ve been running around all stressed out about how I was going to get them something.” Contributions to the Needy Family Fund will help alleviate that stress for many Valley residents, including Jill, who will be able to pick up a few gifts from the Salvation Army in time for the holiday. “I can’t find a job,” she said, noting that she doesn’t own or have access to a car. Jill has worked as a waitress, but the lack of transportation makes it nearly impossible to get work. Online…

Sunbury police search murder suspects home

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SUNBURY – Sunbury police spent more than two hours Thursday searching the home of Elytte and Miranda Barbour, who are accused of stabbing and strangling to death 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton. Police arrived at the home on North Water Street in Selinsgrove around 4:30 p.m. and confiscated boxes and bags from the home.   Police have not indicated what they have removed from the home. This is the second time they have searched the home following the murder in Sunbury on November 11th. Both Miranda and Elytte Barbour have court hearings next week for their roles in the murder. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Chestnut Street closed Monday and Tuesday

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SUNBURY – Chestnut Street will be closed to all eastbound truck traffic in Sunbury on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Construction will be taking place both days forcing the closure of the heavily traveled road. Trucks will be re-directed onto Market Street or Route 61, so heavy truck traffic is anticipated in downtown Sunbury both days. (Ali Stevens) Follow