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SUNBURY – A very dedicated group is hoping to help the community by planting fresh vegetables in raised garden beds in Sunbury.  The Self Advocates of Northumberland County were working hard recently planting next to the Degenstein Community Library. Brian Habermehl is the coordinator of the Self Advocates, “We are planting with groups of Head Start children.  We are planting potatoes, onions, flowers and all sorts of vegetables that the community can use.  We are so excited to be at the Seeds of Freedom Garden.” The garden allows people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to help plant, with wheelchair accessible raised gardens and other helpful tools. Volunteers throughout the area, such as Rita Helwig, assist…

Union County Health Expo Saturday

Union Library

LEWISBURG — The Union County Library is hosting a healthy event for all ages this weekend. The Union County Health Expo is coming up Saturday.   According to marketing coordinator Bridgette Thompson, a grant to the Union County Library System made the event possible. “In 2010 we received a grant to improve our health information. We purchased books and DVDs and realized that people would like to attend programs and a health fair, so that is when the health fair started,” she said. “This is actually our third annual health fair. We have over 30 local health, fitness and nutrition agencies that will be here.”   The health expo promises to have something for all…

Former aide had sex with a student


SHAMOKIN – A former teacher’s aide in the Shamokin School District has been charged with allegedly having sex with a student at the Shamokin Area Middle-High School.  The News Item reports 28-year-old Amanda Dreher turned herself in to police on Thursday and was arraigned before District Judge John Gembic on three counts of institutional sexual assault. The student was said to be an 18-year-old senior at the high school.  Police say Dreher had sex with him on three occasions between January and February at the school.  Dreher was released and has a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.  (Ali Stevens) Follow

Court may decide on Midd West board member

Midd West

MIDDLEBURG – A new member of the Midd West School Board may have to be selected by Snyder County Court of Common Pleas.  The Daily Item reports the board interviewed three candidates to fill the vacancy left by Scott Norman and could not agree on a replacement.   On Thursday they interviewed Tara Dively, Christopher Nesbit and James Downey for 20 minutes each and then votes were cast.  All three failed to receive a majority of the votes needed for appointment.  The deadline for the board to appoint a new director was Thursday.  Board President Victor Abate said they will allow the deadline to lapse and leave the decision up to the court.  (Ali Stevens)…

Route 225 is now open

road closed

  HERNDON — Route 225 is now open following a crash earlier in Jackson Township, Northumberland County.  The road was shut down when utility wires were knocked onto the highway around 8:30 a.m. following an accident near Amish Schoolhouse Road.  The road reopened shortly before 11 a.m. Follow

Warden retires in Snyder County


  MIDDLEBURG — Snyder County’s Prison warden has retired. Ruth Rush announced her retirement effective Thursday. Rush had been with the Snyder County Prison since 1995. She served in a number of positions until becoming the warden in 2005. Snyder County Prison Board Chairman Malcolm Derk says, “Warden Ruth Rush has served Snyder County with distinction and will be greatly missed. Ruth worked in nearly every position at the county jail and holds a wealth of knowledge that only years of service provide. I have worked closely with her for over six years and have always been pleased with her commitment to her work.” According to Derk, Deputy Warden Shawn Cooper will fulfill the duties…

JROTC supporters rally for Shik program


  SUNBURY — With rumors of the possible elimination of the JROTC program in the Shikellamy School District, some alumni want to make sure that doesn’t happen.  However, Superintendent Patrick Kelley says there is $114,000 in the proposed 2014-15 budget for the JROTC program. Mikki Anselmo is a former Shikellamy JROTC member, and says the value is worth a lot more than the cost.   “They are talking about the cost, but what they are forgetting about is the value of what this program has created.  I can’t put a price on what it has given me.  It took me from a young, athletic girl and turned me into a strong, courageous woman who has…