Police chief Stephen Mazzeo may be demoted

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  Sunbury police chief Stephen Mazzeo may be demoted   SUNBURY — There is word Friday night that Sunbury police chief Stephen Mazzeo has, or will be demoted. WKOK was contacted via email and Facebook by a local citizen with word that Chief Mazzeo received the news Friday, and an official announcement would come Monday. The person encourages supporters of the chief to come to Monday’s city council meeting.   Chief Mazzeo is not available tonight. Mayor David Persing told us he can not comment, and that Chief Mazzeo is off for two weeks on vacation. He said an announcement would come Monday at the council meeting, if not sooner.   The Caketown revitalization group…

Celebrating cultures throughout The Valley

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MILTON – Today is the Milton Cultural Festival in downtown Milton.  The annual event celebrates diversity and the different cultures in The Valley. Donna Bridge is the chairperson of the event, “We want to celebrate diversity because that is what makes our community so unique.  It is about educating people about different cultures and traditions.” The international food court is always a big draw at the festival and Bridge says it will not disappoint this year.  There will be all sorts of international music, activities for kids, kids’ inflatables and educational displays.  The Milton Cultural Festival is from 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. today at Broadway and Bound Ave. in Milton. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

Pharmacist accused of stealing painkillers

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DANVILLE – An Elysburg woman, who worked as a pharmacist in Danville, is accused of taking the pharmacy’s entire stock of Oxycodone painkillers. The Press Enterprise reports 32-year-old Amanda Kurtz took about 4,500 pills from the Select Specialty Hospital pharmacy and tried to cover up the thefts by replacing the stolen pills with Tylenol tablets.   Police say Kurtz was caught last year and admitted to the thefts. She is charged with three felony drug possession counts, and two counts of misbranding medication. Kurtz was arraigned on Thursday and released on bail. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Drive a Ford, help the JROTC

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SUNBURY — The JROTC at Shikellamy got a lot of attention lately, and it’s hoped the community will give them more attention Saturday. Sunbury Motor Company is partnering with Shikellamy High School to host a fundraiser Saturday. The event is part of Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR School program. For every person who comes out to test drive a new Ford vehicle on Saturday, Ford Motor Company and Sunbury Motors will donate $20 to the JROTC program. They hope to raise up to $6,000. The event is Saturday from 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. on the campus of Shikellamy High School. Everyone over 18 with a valid driver’s license is invited to take a vehicle for…

Casey working to protect pregnant women

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HARRISBURG — Ahead of Mother’s Day, one U.S. Senator is working to protect pregnant women in the workplace. U.S. Senator Bob Casey is pushing for the passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Casey was on the WKOK Newsline Thursday.  He said “Years ago we had all kinds of progress made on discrimination cases. Then later in the late 1970′s we had action to protect pregnant women. In 1990 we had the American’s With Disabilities Act, which provided protection for workers with disabilities. But unfortunately, in the midst of all that work, there was a gap in the law so that workers who happen to be pregnant don’t have the same protections.” Casey says there…

No criminal charges for Midd-West acting super

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    MIDDLEBURG – A criminal investigation is now complete regarding acting Superintendent Daphne Snook of the Midd-West School District and no criminal charges will be filed.  Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch says after reviewing the results of the investigation, he concluded that there is insufficient evidence to warrant the filing of charges against Snook.   In April, School Board President Victor Abate contacted the D.A.’s office to report a breach of the school district’s email system by Snook.  Piecuch says the investigation by the Middleburg Police Department determined that for months, Snook monitored email communications amongst other users of the district’s email system, including administrators, teachers and school board members.   Piecuch said…

Tax increase for Shikellamy School District

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SUNBURY – The Shikellamy School board has approved a proposed budget for the next school year that includes an expected 2.25-mill tax increase.  The budget approved last night had a higher real estate tax increase, but board members say they will get it down to 2.25-mills by the time approval is required in July.   There will be three more budget negotiating sessions before the final budget is adopted.  Also, the teachers’ contract will expire in June and no negotiations have been planned. Follow

Another tax increase in the Lewisburg school district

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LEWISBURG– The Lewisburg Area School Board approved a preliminary 2014-2015 budget of just over $30-million Thursday. Thanks to the ever increasing issue of pension costs, the preliminary budget includes a proposed 1.5% real estate tax increase. Superintendent Dr. Mark DiRocco, “We added a position in for some maintenance needs that we have. We plugged a little bit more money in because we have some special education needs that are going to be a little great next year than they were this year plus, with the state retirement crisis, that is costing us almost an additional $300,000 every year. The real estate tax increase doesn’t even cover that additional increase.”   In other board action, the…