Montour County requests emergency funding

            DANVILLE – The budget impasse is sending Valley counties to court. Montour County filed a request Friday for approval of emergency borrowing. Commissioner chairman Trevor Finn tells WKOK the county does not have enough money to meet its budgetary requirements through the end of the year since funding from the state has not been released. Finn says counties have limited option to borrow funds and it typically requires approval from DCED.  Montour County has asked a judge to allow them to borrow funds on a short-term basis and without waiting for DCED approval. The county expects to borrow less than $1 million. A hearing on the matter is scheduled…

PennDOT: Airport Road detour in place through October

              MONTOURSVILLE – A bridge replacement project in Union County is expected to wrap up this month. Dave Thompson at PennDOT says weather delays slowed the project on Airport Road in Lewisburg. Thompson says paving work is expected to be finished at the end of October, weather permitting. There is currently a detour in place using Route 15 and Route 192. (Jennifer Wakeman)

Snyder County escapee captured in Williamsport

            BEAVERTOWN – One escapee from a Snyder County facility is in custody. 32-year-old Sean Beam was arraigned Monday on felony escape charges almost three weeks after he and another inmate walked away from the Conewago Snyder facility in Beavertown. Beam was located in Williamsport and is now in the Snyder County prison on $3,500 bail. 24-year-old Stuart Tharp of Karthaus, Huntington County left the facility with Beam September 18 and is still at large. Snyder County district attorney Mike Piecuch would not comment on the search for Tharp. He was serving a 24  month sentence for multiple DUIs. (Jennifer Wakeman)

Pennsylvania SPCA hosting “Petober” Saturday

DANVILLE- Everyone will be looking for treats this Halloween, but there will be animals looking for a home. The Pennsylvania SPCA is hosting a “Petober” this Saturday from 11 a.m. -4 p.m. at the Central PA Center in Danville. The event will have adoptable pets at discounted fees, low-cost vaccinations, and a range of family-friendly activities. All game and food proceeds go to helping the Pennsylvania SPCA save lives.   Interested adopters should bring a valid photo ID, proof of residence, and verification from a landlord or home owner allowing pets. For more information call 267-426-6300.

Renovations planned for Herr Memorial Library

  MIFFLINBURG – A two-story addition will be added to the existing Herr Memorial Library in Mifflinburg.  A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for October 18th, which is the library’s 81st anniversary.  The addition will be 2,665 square-feet and will include an all-purpose meeting room, renovated basement for new programming, an elevator, additional circulation space and renovations to the sunroom.   Many local organizations, financial institutions and community members have supported the project.  That includes a CDBG grant, the Degenstein Foundation and state funding grants.  The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. and will include tours of the facility.  (Ali Stevens)  

VIDEO HERE: Candidates promise cooperation

            SUNBURY – Honesty and cooperation were the themes at Thursday’s debate between candidates for Northumberland County Commissioner. Seven candidates took questions from members of the media, including WKOK’s Jennifer Wakeman as well as from the audience of more than 100 voters. Republican incumbent Rick Shoch says he was somewhat marginalized by the majority for the last four years and would change that in the future, “We are committed to the kind of process of governing that will ultimately lead to the best ideas and solutions for the issues we have because it will involve everyone who is a commissioner.” Libertarian candidate John Burd says he brings a global perspective…

Burglary at a business in Beaver Springs

BEAVER SPRINGS – More than $2,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from a business in Beaver Springs this week.  State police say someone forcibly entered L & M Sports along Route 522 sometime between Sunday and Wednesday.   Once inside, two rifles, a crossbow and a range finder were stolen.  Total loss is estimated at $2,183.  Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to call state police.  (Ali Stevens)

Baby recovering after an assault in Shamokin

SHAMOKIN – A baby that was assaulted at a home in Shamokin on September 22nd continues his recovery at Geisinger Medical Center.  A nursing supervisor at Geisinger tells us 1-year-old Bo Bacorn has been upgraded from critical to fair condition.   Police say the baby was assaulted by his mother’s live-in boyfriend, 22-year-old Michael Jordan Mason.  The baby was in critical condition for several days, but was upgraded on Thursday to fair condition.   Mason has been charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment.  He is locked up in the Montour County Prison.  The investigation is ongoing.  (Ali Stevens)

Fire damages house in Turbotville

Photo courtesy Union County Fire Fire TURBOTVILLE – Fire crews were called to a house fire in Turbotville this morning. The fire started shortly before 7a.m at a home on 82 Main Street. When crews arrived on scene, the fire was heavily involved. Crews were on the scene for several hours. No details have been released as to the cause of that fire. (WKOK Staff)

Culver wants balanced budget with no tax increase

HARRISBURG – Republican lawmakers continue to express concerns about Governor Wolf’s tax plan. Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108th, Sunbury) says some of the Governor’s concession were a step in the right direction, “I’m glad to see sales tax was moved off the table, but the personal income tax is way too high. Our constituents are saying it’s  not time to raise taxes.” Culver says she wants to see a balanced budget with no increase in taxes on Pennsylvania’s families, “It’s not just seniors struggling to pay their taxes, it’s everyday working people with children in the schools that are really struggling to, make ends meet, put food on the table and pay their taxes in…