Fire at a barn in Northumberland County

  PAXINOS – Multiple emergency crews have been called to the scene of a barn fire in Shamokin Township outside of Paxinos.  The fire started around 10:30 a.m. at a barn on Hollow Road.  We will bring you more information as it becomes available.  (Ali Stevens)

Route 54 closing on Natalie Mountain

  Route 54 is closed on Natalie Mountain.  Several tractor trailers have not been able to get over the mountain due to snow and ice, prompting the closure.

Children remain hospitalized following fatal crash

DANVILLE – Two children remain hospitalized at Geisinger Medical Center following a crash Monday that killed their mother.  A nursing supervisor says 6-year-old Conner Wheary is in critical condition and 5-year-old Landen Seidel is in fair condition.  Their mother, 26-year-old Rachael Seidel of Coal Township, was killed when her vehicle rolled several times on Route 225 in Jackson Township.

Man charged with smuggling marijuana into prison

MIDDLEBURG – A Mifflinburg man housed in the Snyder County Prison has been charged with smuggling marijuana into the prison.  Robert Anderson  is accused of hiding marijuana within a body cavity to avoid detection.   He was committed to the Snyder County Prison on October 17 after his arrest for charges related to the meth lab bust in Mifflinburg.  Anderson was arraigned on felony contraband charges on Tuesday.  (Ali Stevens)

Family struggles with 4-year-old’s cancer diagnosis

WATSONTOWN – It was just three months ago that the lives of the Randall family in Watsontown was turned upside down.  Tammy Randall and her husband found out their 4-year-old son Quinn was diagnosed with cancer. Randall says, “He was admitted to Geisinger Medical Center for 16 days and had to have five blood transfusions.  They did the tests to fully confirm that he had acute lymphoblastic leukemia.” Randall also has a 7-year-old son who has been diagnosed with ADHD, and a 14-year-old stepson who is autistic.  Her husband is disabled, suffering from a chronic form of arthritis.  Randall does have a full time job, but with three growing boys and medical bills, expenses are…

Two fires in The Valley

SUNBURY — Northumberland County Communications has had a active overnight period. Two fires kept them busy.   Eight people are homeless after the first fire around 8p.m. That double home is in Shamokin in the 500-block of North Eighth Street. The American Red Cross says they are assisting six adults and two children displaced by the blaze. No injuries were reported in that Shamokin fire.   In Sunbury, in the 200 block of North Front Street, a fire was reported around 11:30pm. At 246 Front, crews were on the scene until around 3a.m. Sunbury and Shamokin Dam volunteers were involved in the response. No injuries were reported and the home was moderately damaged.

Mayor hopes to restore at least one police position

SUNBURY — Tough budgets decisions were made at the Sunbury City Council meeting on Monday. So says Sunbury Mayor David Persing, “We needed to pass something on a first reading last night, so we did. Hopefully in the next 30 to 45 days, we will find a way to save one or two jobs that were eliminated.”   Sunbury City Council passed their tentative budget Monday, which includes a 2-mill tax increase and two police officers will be laid off. Persing said, “I’m going to do everything I can to try to at least save one of them. You are limited to taxes and that is what we are down to anymore. I’ve always fought…

Slow traffic across The Valley

SHAMOKIN DAM — Traffic is slow across The Valley Tuesday evening. Motorists are reporting long backups on many area roadways. Emergency Services believe traffic volume is the culprit, as many folks are doing their pre-Thanksgiving travel before the storm. A traffic signal did malfunction on Route 11 Tuesday afternoon. According to Snyder County Communications, the signal near Tedd’s Landing began malfunctioning in the 3:00p.m. hour and it was fixed by 3:30p.m. Motorists tell us Routes 11/15 is particularly slow in both directions. Southbound Route 11 is said to be backed up from Shamokin Dam, well into Northumberland — traffic gridlocked in Northumberland. Route 11 north going into Danville is also said to be backed up…

Selinsgrove coach stepping down

SELINSGROVE – Dave Hess has stepped down as head football coach at Selinsgrove Area High School.  In a statement Hess says, “This is a decision that my family and I have given a lot of thought over a long period of time.”  He adds that his “reasons for stepping away from the school district and the football program are purely positive.”  Hess coached the Seals for seven seasons from 2008-2014, and had an overall record of 62-30. Under his tenure, the Seals won the state championship in 2009.  They were district champions in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014.  Hess was named 2008 AP Coach of the Year.  In 2009, he was named PA Sports Writers’…

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist talks snow amounts

UNDATED – The first snowstorm of the season is set to hit our area on one of the busiest travel days of the year.  AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines talks about the Thanksgiving Eve precipitation, “What we are looking at right now is about 4-8” of snow.  Those who have to travel should know that roads will be slippery.  Maybe if you could delay your travel until early Thursday, that would be an option.” Kines says precipitation is expected to begin early Wednesday morning and continue through Wednesday night.  As for Thanksgiving Day he says, “Weather-wise, not at problem.  The sun will make an appearance and the afternoon temperatures will get close to 40-degrees.  There…