Music mentoring program coming up Saturday

  LEWISBURG — Music can change a kid’s life — and the Local Music Collective is ready to provide that pivot point.  The Lewisburg-based group is hosting a “Get to Know the Instruments” event Saturday.  Flora Eyster and Fred Strickland are musicians who hope to share their love of music.   Eyster said, “May 2 is a great chance to come from 1:00 to 4:00p.m.  They will try out instruments and they will meet mentors who are potentially matched to them… and they’ll get to enjoy a free concert afterward.”   “We are always looking for new ways to promote music, and that is why this concept really appealed to us.   Music just so enriches…

Darkness to Light seminar in Selinsgrove

SELINSGROVE – Child sexual abuse is a huge issue, and a local group wants the community to recognize the signs.  The Snyder County Coalition for Kids, in partnership with the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation and Evangelical Community Hospital are hosting Darkness to Light seminars.   Ann Dzwonchyk is a coalition member and community educator at Evangelical Community Hospital, “Darkness to Light is an adult education program about the prevention, recognition and acting responsively to childhood sexual abuse… It’s a kind of dark subject to talk about.  A lot of people don’t want to talk about it.  So, the more we can empower people to talk about it, recognize it and encourage people to actually speak…

New child protection laws affecting more than just schools

LEWISBURG — School districts across the state are wrestling with implementation of volunteer clearances required by the new child protection laws. Churches, scout troops, and other organizations that rely on volunteers to work with children also fall under the new requirements. Rev. Dr. James King, pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg says groups will now have to plan ahead, “It’s going to require more discipline and more intentional recruitment of volunteers.” The law requires volunteers who have direct contact such as the care, supervision, guidance or control of children or routine interaction with them to have a background check and a child abuse history clearance after July 1, 2015. Some residents believe the state…

Many turkeys killed during a Saturday fire

SELINSGROVE – More than 2,000 turkeys were killed in a fire Saturday night in Snyder County.  The fire started around 10:30 p.m. in a turkey barn on Chickenhawk Run, off Penns Drive in Monroe Township.  No cause has been determined for the fire in a two-story barn.   The barn is owned by Randy Bailey.  The investigation into what caused the fire will continue this week.  Firefighters were able to save another barn next to the one that was destroyed.  They also prevented the fire from spreading two nearby propane tanks.  Crews were on the scene until 3 a.m. Sunday bringing the fire under control and investigating.  (Ali Stevens)

Lewisburg man wanted for deadly shooting

LEWISBURG – Williamsport police are looking for a Lewisburg man, wanted in connection with a deadly shooting inside a bar early Saturday.  PennLive.com reports 39-year-old Derrick Boone, whose last known address was Lewisburg, allegedly pulled out a handgun during a fight with another man inside a bar in Williamsport and began shooting.   Surveillance video in the bar on Fifth Avenue shows Boone firing the gun.  One person was killed and two others were wounded.  A warrant has been issued for Boone, who has been charged with criminal homicide, aggravated and simple assault and other counts.   Police say Boone was fighting with another man inside the bar before he pulled the handgun from his…

Turkey barn destroyed by fire

SELINSGROVE — One turkey barn was destroyed and an adjacent barn was damaged following a fire Saturday night.  Emergency dispatchers tell us the fire started around 10:30 p.m. on Chickenhawk Run off of Penns Drive in Monroe Township, Snyder County. The fire hit the Randy Bailey farm, an estimated 2,000 turkeys perished in the fire.   One turkey barn was destroyed by the fire.  Firefighters were able to protect a second turkey barn from being destroyed and prevented the fire from spreading to nearby propane tanks.  No injuries were reported.  (Ali Stevens)

Senate GOP majority under pressure

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Even before Gov. Tom Wolf took office, Republican lawmakers drew lines in the sand. Now, Republicans who control the Pennsylvania Senate are under the gun to back up their words with votes. With two months until the new fiscal year, Senate Republicans haven’t produced a viable plan on two central issues for the GOP. Those are overhauling benefits in Pennsylvania’s two big public employee pension systems and privatizing the sale of wine and liquor. Senate GOP leaders downplay the importance of passing legislation before they horse-trade with the Democratic governor over his $31.6 billion budget proposal. Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman says that if Republicans cannot pass pension or liquor legislation,…

Kane to argue against judge’s contempt hearing

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Lawyers for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane are scheduled to be in court to argue why she shouldn’t have to defend her actions in a contempt of court hearing. Monday morning’s session was scheduled in Montgomery County court. Judge William Carpenter initially ordered Kane to explain whether that she had committed contempt of court by firing a prosecutor, James Barker. Barker had testified in a court-ordered investigation into allegations that Kane’s office leaked secret information. Carpenter had previously barred Kane’s office from retaliating against witnesses in the investigation. But Carpenter agreed to hear arguments first by Kane’s lawyers. They want Carpenter to recuse himself, saying he’s biased against Kane, and they…

Adams Co. runs for Penna. Supreme Court

SUNBURY — An Adams County judge is running for state supreme court. President Judge Mike George is one of 12 candidates running for a seat on the court. He says being from a rural area makes him an underdog in the election, but that’s no reason not to run, “Quite frankly, the reason people are telling me I can’t win is the reason why I’m running. I strongly believe that we have a responsibility for Central Pennsylvania values to have a seat at the table.”   George’s campaign received a $500,000 donation from Adams County resident Gary Lowenthal to help get the message out to voters across the state.   In his second term as…

Pedestrian struck by a vehicle in Selinsgrove

SELINSGROVE — A woman was taken to the hospital after she was struck by a vehicle in Selinsgrove.  The pedestrian accident happened around 8:30 p.m. on Market Street Saturday evening.  One woman was taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries following the accident.  She has not been identified.  (Ali Stevens)