High school construction nearing at Lewisburg

LEWISBURG – The Lewisburg Area School District is ready to ‘go out to bids’ for the new high school. The school board Thursday night approved ‘PlanCon 5’ which is the next step in receiving state approval for construction, and financing of the new school. Superintendent Dr. Mark DiRocco said the bidding process could begin this fall, “We hope to be going out to bid somewhere around the end of September. We’ll be coming back to our September eleventh meeting to tie up any loose ends, cross the T’s dot the I’s and we should be out to bid the end of that month.” Dr. DiRocco said between now and the September 11 meeting, the board…

Catawissa man charged with scrap metal theft

  CATAWISSA — A Catawissa man is facing multiple charges for a scrap metal theft in April. State police arrested 33-year-old Jason Jeremiah this week for the theft on High Road in Mayberry Township, Montour County on April 19.   Troopers charged Jeremiah with theft, receiving stolen property, loitering and prowling and driving with a suspended license. Charges against Jeremiah were filed with District Judge Marvin Shrawder in Danville. (Ali Stevens)  

Financial Peace University offered in Watsontown

WATSONTOWN – Need some help getting your finances together? Dave Ramsey offers financial advice daily on WKOK — and now his patented method is coming to a local church.   Bruce Cross is coordinating Financial Peace University at Revival Tabernacle in Watsontown, “It’s not only about debt management or debt eradication. I know Dave Ramsey talks a lot about that on his show, but it’s also just about having a plan to deal with the things you need to deal with. It’s about having a starter emergency fund, beginning to pay off debt, planning for the future, paying your house off and building wealth.”   Cross went through the course himself, and invites everyone to join…

Vehicle linked to Union Co. burglary

ALLENWOOD — State police are on the lookout for a red SUV that may be connected to a burglary earlier this month in Union County. Troopers say the SUV was seen at the gate of the Hemlock Sportsman’s Club in Gregg Township during the time a burglary took place at the club.   Cash was stolen from the club on South Creek Road sometime between August 1 and August 3. The rear door was forced open by the burglars, causing about $200 in damages. Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to contact state police. (Ali Stevens)

Sunbury teen charged for threats with a knife

SHAMOKIN — A 16-year-old Sunbury teen is accused of trying to stab a man with a folding knife on Sunday in Shamokin. The News Item reports Dillon Carpenter is charged with felony aggravated assault and other charges and was sent to the Northumberland County Prison.   The incident took place outside of a restaurant on E. Independence Street around 9:15 a.m. Police say Carpenter pulled a knife from his pocket and tried to stab a man he was arguing with, and when a woman tried to take the knife away, she was cut on the finger. Dillon is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing before District Judge John Gembic on September 9. (Ali Stevens)

Fire leaves three families homeless in Sunbury

SUNBURY — Three families were displaced Thursday after a fire in Sunbury.  Flames were seen shooting from the side of a home at 528 Line Street near Kreamer Avenue around 10:45a.m.  The home is owned by Trisha Herrick who lives there with her husband and two daughters.  There are also two apartments in the adjoining home, one is lived in by Herrick’s brother and sister-in-law and the other is occupied by Herrick’s friend.  No one was home at the time of the fire. Herrick said, “I believe a neighbor called 911 and my brother called me. I did not answer because I was at work. He called me about six times so he was really…

Fire damages a home near Lewisburg

LEWISBURG — Heavy damage was reported after a house fire last night in Kelly Township, Union County. The fire started around 8:35 p.m. at 762 Warren Road in rural Lewisburg. Crews from across Union and Upper Northumberland County responded and were on the scene until 11 p.m. White Deer Township Fire Chief Kevin Koch tells us the ranch style home was a total loss.  The owner of the home is Kenneth Herrold, who is a truck driver and was not at home at the time of the fire. One firefighter sustained a minor injury, but was not transported to a hospital. A fire marshal will investigate the cause of the fire, but it is not said…

Lewisburg High School one of the best

  LEWISBURG – Lewisburg High School is ranked as one of the best high schools in the nation. The Daily Beast released their annual rankings of the top 300 high schools in the nation and Lewisburg was ranked at number 287.   The list ranks high schools out of thousands that submit surveys to The Daily Beast. Schools are ranked using six indicators including graduation and college acceptance rates, college level courses, and SAT and ACT scores. Lewisburg has a 95.7 percent graduation rate and a 92.3 percent rate of students going to college.   The Daily Beast is a New York based news website. (Ali Stevens)

Severe storms in Northumberland County

SUNBURY — Severe weather is rolling through The Valley. The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Northumberland County. The warning is in effect until 7:30p.m.   Severe thunderstorms could produce damaging winds and large hail. Use caution if you must travel in such conditions. The weather service suggests that people move indoors and place cars in garages.  You can view the latest AccuWeather radar here.(Codi Jade)

Keeping areas safe from mosquitoes

UNDATED – Most people know mosquitoes like standing water, but you may not know that they can breed in as little as a teaspoon of water. This is the time of year to be extra careful about keeping areas around your home mosquito free says Amanda Witman of DEP, “The birds begin to migrate south, and when that happens, mosquitoes tend to feed on humans even more, which increases your chances for contracting West Nile Virus.  The best methods for prevention are to remove standing water on your property, which could include a birdbath, a dip in the driveway or an empty recycling bin.” Witman says there are several precautions to take to avoid being…