Local counselors assisting with Affordable Care Act

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SUNBURY — As the nation is moving forward with the Affordable Care Act, some people could use some help keeping up.  Brandn Green is a sociology professor at Bucknell University and a certified ACA assistance counselor.  He and his fellow certified counselors are hoping to help answer any questions people may have. “We now are at three locations throughout the region so that we can help people who are looking for help to navigate the website, or who are looking for specific information about their situation.    We can help people wanting to know whether or not they would be able to get subsidies and better insurance than they have currently, or if they don’t have…

Millmont family displaced by fire

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MILLMONT — A Thursday fire displaced a family of four in the Millmont area.  The fire at 1695 Polly Pines Road in Hartley Township, Union County left two adults and two children homeless.  The American Red Cross is assisting the family with food, clothing and shelter. Crews from across Union County first responded to the fire at 2:00p.m.   Firefighters controlled the blaze, but were called back out to the scene around 11:00p.m. when the fire rekindles and destroyed the home.  No injuries were reported.  The investigation into what caused the fire continues.  (Codi Jade)    

Woman accused of beating baby due in court

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LEWISBURG – A Mifflinburg woman accused of severely beating her 6-month-old son is due in court next week for a preliminary hearing. 20-year-old Jasmine Bearden remains in the Union County Prison without bail. She has a court hearing scheduled for Tuesday before District Judge Leo Armbruster of Lewisburg.   Police say Bearden beat her child, causing a fractured skull, broken ribs and other serious injuries. She has been charged with criminal attempted homicide, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child. She was arrested last Friday for the incident that took place October 8th and 9th.

Poll: 1 in 4 voters say Corbett deserves 2nd term

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A new poll shows Gov. Tom Corbett’s popularity among voters remains weak as the 2014 gubernatorial campaign heats up.  A Franklin & Marshall College poll released Thursday show only about one in four Pennsylvania voters believe the Republican deserves to be re-elected. Among GOP voters, fewer than half hold that view. The poll, commissioned by several Pennsylvania newspapers and TV stations, did not compare the eight candidates for the Democratic nomination.  The survey showed more than half of voters oppose the legalization of marijuana, but 81 percent favor changing state laws to allow doctors to prescribe pot for medical purposes. More than half of the respondents said they support same-sex marriage. …

Lewisburg building plans still facing opposition

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LEWISBURG — While some people continue to oppose the building of a new Lewisburg High School, Superintendent Dr. Mark DiRocco says the district is moving forward.   “Absolutely,” DiRocco said.  “The board voted to move forward with a timeline for implementing the plan back in November.  We are now in the process of putting all of these steps in place to break ground in the fall of 2014.”   On the other hand, Dr. Erin Jablonski, a member of the Downtown Dragons group, says they are hopeful that they can still turn the process around.   ”This is information the public needs to have. They need to know all the costs associated with the project.  They…

Fire at the Moose Exchange in Bloomsburg

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BLOOMSBURG – Crews from across Montour and Columbia County were called to a fire at the Moose Exchange at 203 W. Main Street in Bloomsburg.  Crews were called to the scene around 11:40a.m. The fire was said to have started in a stock room at the building. A number of groups rent space from the exchange, including small businesses and clubs.   No serious injuries were reported.  The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.  Witnesses say heavy smoke could be seen billowing from the second floor windows. Route 11/Main Street was closed between Market Street and Railroad Street due to the fire. photo courtesy of George Chamuris      

Man charged with homicide by vehicle will go to court

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SUNBURY – A Mount Carmel man will go to court on charges including homicide by vehicle, following a preliminary hearing Wednesday. 20-year-old Hasan Abuomar is charged with felony homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter for the crash that killed 18-year-old Marcelle Barber of Mount Carmel.   The accident took place on July 16th along Snydertown Road in Upper Augusta Township. Police say Abuomar grabbed the steering wheel while Barber was driving, causing the vehicle to spin out of control and flip onto its roof. Abuomar pleaded not guilty to all the charges and remains free on bail. A preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Ben Apfelbaum took about one hour before charges were…

Bloomsburg flood protection designs revealed

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BLOOMSBURG – The design of the Bloomsburg Flood Protection System is now 25 percent complete and officials hope the project will be complete sometime in 2017. A public meeting took place Tuesday evening at Bloomsburg High School to show the designs for a U-shaped flood wall, that will be just over one mile in length and will protect two industrial properties in the community.   Borton-Lawson, project engineers, says mapping and surveying are being done to determine the exact alignment of the flood protection system. The plants that will be protected by the flood wall include Windor Foods and Autoneum North America. At its highest point, the wall will reach 14-feet.   The estimated cost…

Accident on WB I-80 stops traffic

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Several emergency crews were called to the scene of a crash on westbound Interstate 80 in Columbia County around 11 a.m. The crash was at mile marker 237 and there was a fire in one of the vehicles. One injury was reported. Westbound traffic was stopped due to the accident. We will bring you more details as the story develops.

Man found hiding after a wreck

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MILTON – Charges have been filed against a man from White Deer for a hit and run accident on Tuesday evening in White Deer Township. State police say 56-year-old Wesley Edison was speeding west on White Deer Pike around 6:20 p.m. when he lost control of his pickup truck.   The truck slid sideways and struck a fire hydrant, a street sign and trees and entered a yard on Leiser Road. Troopers say Edison drove away from the scene. Fluid was leaking from the vehicle, so troopers were able to follow the trail to the truck and found Edison hiding inside a residence. He faces multiple charges for the incident. (Ali Stevens)