Phone issues for Union County 911

LEWISBURG — Union County 911 is experiencing some technical issues. According to the staff, they are currently operating with only one telephone. They ask that until the phone lines are fixed, you contact your local fire department for assistance.  You should dial 9-1-1 for an emergency.   We will update you when full phone service is restored. (Codi Jade)

One injured in Danville crash

DANVILLE — One person was injured in a motor vehicle accident Monday afternoon. According to Montour County Communications, the accident was at Route 54 and McCracken Road. One person was transported to Geisinger Medical Center.   The crash was reported around 4:00p.m. Emergency responders do not believe injuries were severe. (Codi Jade)

Kitchen fire in White Deer Township

LEWISBURG — A kitchen fire was reported in Union County Monday afternoon. According to Emergency Services, the fire was at a home on Leiser Road in White Deer Township. The kitchen fire was reported around 4:15p.m.   Witnesses say smoke could be seen coming from the building. The fire was said to be under control by 4:45p.m. (Codi Jade)

Pastor: Military action needed for peace

SUNBURY — Following the beheading of two American journalists and the threat of more, a local pastor says military action is necessary. Pastor Ricky Phillips of Mazeppa Union Church, says ISIS threats should be taken seriously.   “The problem with ISIS is that this is a group of psychopaths and street thugs,” he said. “People who will actually follow through with what they say they will do. Another problem is that they are claiming lots of territory and they have lots of money to cause lots of destruction. If we really don’t do anything — if we sit back and just let them continue to buildup and gain more territory, we’re going to have problems,…

Unit 2 back online at nuclear power plant

BERWICK – Operators at PPL’s Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant near Berwick have reconnected the Unit 2 turbine, after it was shut down for inspection and repairs earlier this summer.  Newly designed blades were installed on the Unit 1 turbine earlier this year that have reduced vibration that caused cracking on the blades.   PPL plans to install similar blades on the Unit 2 reactor during the next scheduled refueling and maintenance in spring of 2015.  For now, both units are operating at full power.  (Ali Stevens)

An event for entrepreneurs in Lewisburg this week

  LEWISBURG – If you are looking to start a business and have an idea for a product, there is an event this week in Lewisburg focusing on entrepreneurs.  The Small Business Development Center of Bucknell University is hosting a ‘Tech-Meetup’ at the downtown Entrepreneur’s Incubator.   Steve Stumbris is the director of the SBDC, “For lunch, we are hosting a meet up at the downtown Entrepreneur’s Incubator.  And what this meet up is, it’s an opportunity for entrepreneurs, for people interested in technology and for people interested in learning about what kind of start-up activity is happening in Lewisburg.”   The incubator is located on Market Street across from the Campus Theatre.   There will…

Bucknell to test emergency notification system

LEWISBURG — Bucknell will be testing their emergency notification system on Tuesday and those living near the campus may hear the public address system. The test will be done around 11 a.m. and during the test, the University will send a notification by text message, email and phone to students, faculty and staff.   A similar message will be broadcast over the campus-wide public address system, which will likely be heard off campus on both sides of Route 15. (Ali Stevens)

New Columbia man hurt in a crash

LEWISBURG — A New Columbia man remains hospitalized following a crash Sunday in Kelly Township, Union County. State police say 25-year-old Ryan Sheets was traveling east on Crossroads Drive around 1 a.m. when he drove off the road and struck a utility pole.   The car rolled over and landed in a field on the side of the road. Sheets was taken to Evangelical Community Hospital by a family friend and then transported to Geisinger Medical Center, where he is listed in fair condition. He will be cited for careless driving. (Ali Stevens)

Charges dropped against former assistant fire chief

SUNBURY – Criminal charges have been dropped against former Sunbury assistant fire chief Rick Sinko. Northumberland County President Judge William Wiest said the way the district attorney’s office handled the case had “completely and utterly baffled the court.” Sinko was charged in 2012 when Sunbury police began investigating Sinko for charging merchandise that was not authorized by the Rescue Hose Company. He was also accused of writing two checks to his personal business and withdrawing $1,000 from the firehouse account. Sinko was arrested in 2013. He had a preliminary hearing before District Judge John Gembic, but Judge Wiest indicated he was stunned to learn the commonwealth didn’t seek a transcript from the preliminary hearing. Sinko…

No injuries after run in with bear

DANVILLE — No injuries are reported after a bear ran into the side of a vehicle in Montour County last week. State Police in Milton say 28-year old Nadine Howard, of Danville, was traveling west along Route 11 near Ridge Drive in Cooper Township, when a bear ran into the side of her vehicle. It happened around 9 p.m. on September 8th. Howard was uninjuried, but damages disabled her car. No word on injuries to the bear. (Sara Lauver)