Four puppies abandoned in Snyder County

MIDDLEBURG – State police are investigating after four puppies were abandoned in Snyder County.  WNEP reports the puppies were found on Shade Mountain Road near Middleburg.   The men who found the dogs called state police and the dogs were taken to a rescue group called “One Dog at a Time.”  The puppies are being treated by a veterinarian for a skin condition.  Anyone with information on the abandoned puppies is asked to contact state police at Selinsgrove.  (Ali Stevens)

Shamokin man charged with fleeing from police

SUNBURY – A Shamokin man is facing a number of charges after trying to run from police in Sunbury.  State police say they tried to stop 73-year-old Walter Hyde on June 8, but he fled in his vehicle from Walnut and South Tenth Streets.   He was eventually stopped without incident.  Hyde is charged with fleeing and eluding and various traffic offenses.  (Ali Stevens)

WKOK News Alert — USA Women win World Cup

The United States has won its third Women’s World Cup title and first since 1999 with a 5-2 victory over Japan on Sunday behind a first-half hat trick by Carli Lloyd. The Americans became the first country with three women’s titles and got a measure of revenge for their loss in the 2011 final against Japan. Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone, the only player remaining from the 1999 title team, both came on as subs late in what’s expected to be their final World Cup appearances. Lloyd scored in the third, sixth and 16th minutes, the last a speculative shot from midfield that beat Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori. Lloyd scored the fastest hat trick in…

Open casting call for new stage production

SELINSGROVE — A local journalist has penned his first play and is looking for some local talent to bring it to the stage. Matt Lysiak of Selinsgrove is the author of the book Newtown: An American tragedy. He regularly writes for the New York Newsday and Newsweek. Now, Lysiak is exploring a new medium… writing for the stage. Lysiak’s play, ‘Heidi’s Monkeys,’ centers on Heidi, a twelve-year-old girl, who believes her collection of stuffed monkeys communicates with her while she sleeps. While the name sounds innocuous, Lysiak says the play explores the darker side of the human psyche, “Lurking in all of our nature’s is this very, very dark place and what we’re going to…

Deadline approaches for Ta-Ta Trot

SELINSGROVE — Registration for a popular event is drawing to a close. The Ta-Ta Trot pre-registration deadline is Sunday at midnight. It is also the deadline for bib transfers. After the deadline, registration opens up again Friday July 10. The annual event, which has been held in Sunbury for the past five years will be at the Selinsgrove High School this year.  The Ta-Ta Trot benefits Evangelical Community Hospital’s Thyra M. Humphrey’s Center for Breast Health, Geisinger’s Marie Lamey Fund and the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition. This event has grown from 62 trotters and $3,787 in profits in 2010, to 2,678 trotters and more than $150,000 in profits in 2014.  Attendance for the July 11…

Fatal crash on Interstate 180

MUNCY — A North Carolina woman was killed in a crash along Interstate 180 in Lycoming County on Thursday. Authorities say 32 year-old Brittany Snauffer was driving in Muncy Township when her SUV swerved off the road and rolled down an embankment. Police say Snauffer was not wearing her seat belt and was thrown from the SUV. Snauffer’s 9-month-old Kayden Michaux and 7-year-old Knautiya Micahaux were flown to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment. A nursing supervisor says Kayden was discharged as of Saturday and Knautiya was treated and released. Traffic was backed up for a time in both directions near the Lycoming Mall exit after that accident Thursday. (Jennifer Wakeman)  

Katherine Blann, out of the hospital, in rehab

  Photo from SELINSGROVE – A Selinsgrove woman, critically injured in a hit and run incident three weeks ago, is out of the hospital. 53-year-old Katherine Blann was in critical condition during most of her stay at Geisinger Medical Center. Now, the family reports she is in a private rehab facility and is slowly recovering.   Friends have set up a gofundme site for individuals hoping to help offset travel and other costs for her family, most of whom are from Washington State. You can link to that fundraising site at here.   Blann was struck by a hit and driver Friday, June 12 on Market Street in Selinsgrove. Selinsgrove police a week later…

Hot news: Dieticians have summer grilling tips

        SUNBURY – As we approach the 4th of July weekend, a lot of people in The Valley will be firing up the grill. What do we do wrong, was on the minds of the three Healthy Living Coordinators and Registered Dietitians from Weis Markets, who were on On The Mark this week. Elizabeth Stark, manager of Lifestyle Initiatives, says food safety is actually one of the biggest grilling issues: “If you see those grill marks, flip them and within five or eight minutes you think its done, its probably not done. So you can’t just go by the visual appearance to know that a piece of meat is fully prepared.” And…

Knoebels’ new ride may be one of the best

ELYSBURG — An area amusement park ride could gain some national recognition. Impulse, the new coaster at Knoebels is in the running for  “Best New Amusement Park Attraction” in the USA Today 10Best contest. Voting is open until noon on July 6. Fans of the Knoebels ride can vote here. The 10Best winners will be announced July 10. As of Friday morning, Impulse was in second place. (Jennifer Wakeman)

‘Made in Mifflinburg’ promotes local business

              MIFFLINBURG— From bubbles and brews to cabinetry and housing, a new program hopes to support downtown Mifflinburg. The Mifflinburg Heritage & Revitalization Association launched the ‘Made in Mifflinburg’ initiative Wednesday. Local business leaders were invited to attend an information session at the Pompeii Street Soap Company to learn about the new program. By joining, qualifying businesses will be able to use the ‘Made in Mifflinburg’ logo as well as receive advertising in a brochure and, eventually, online. Cherie Ross is the Executive Director of the Mifflinburg Heritage & Revitalization Association as well as the founder of the new program. Ross said, “This program will not only bring more…