Snook sentenced to 20-60 years

  MIDDLEBURG – Joshua Snook, the Sunbury man who plead guilty to murdering his grandmother was sentenced to 20 to 60 years in state prison today. Snook was in the Snyder County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon before Union-Snyder Judge Michael Hudock. He entered his guilty plea to criminal homicide in March, for the death of 71-year-old Bonnie Snook in February of 2013 at her home in Beaver Township. His wife, Jennifer Snook also pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit murder. Police say Joshua and Jennifer went to his grandparent’s home to steal a gun but a fight broke out and he stabbed both of his grandparents. His grandmother Bonnie died in the attack. His grandfather…

Snyder County inmate commits suicide

MIDDLEBURG – An inmate at the Snyder County Prison has reportedly committed suicide.  Snyder County Commissioner Malcolm Derk confirms that a male inmate committed suicide between 1:00a.m.-2:00a.m. Wednesday. No names have been released, as Derk says police are still working to notify family.  State Police are investigating and Derk says the prison has also started an internal investigation, but there are no signs of foul play. (Sara Bartlett)

ADMI hosting photography exhibit tonight

LEWISBURG — Everyone is beautiful, and one photographer plans to show that tonight with an exhibit at The Campus Theatre. Geisinger’s Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute is hosting Rick Guidotti, who will discuss his “Positive Exposure: The Spirit of Difference” exhibit.   Associate Director of ADMI Brenda Finucane says Guidotti’s exhibit is inspiring. “He often says he is not showing the inner-beauty, he is showing the beauty of people with differences. I mean, we live in a world with all kinds of diversity, and there is not just one standard of beauty. Someone who has a genetic disorder that effects the way their face is formed can also be beautiful. To connect with those kids…

Vote could devastate endangered species

UNDATED – A highly controversial measure to help gas drillers is advancing in Harrisburg.  The designation of endangered on threatened species in Pennsylvania may become very different if legislation is approved.  The bill, which was tabled in March, will be before the House Game & Fisheries committee next week. Essentially, the bill would take away the ability for the Fish & Boat Commission, DCNR and the Game Commission to determine endangered species. It would instead give that responsibility to politicians says Harry Campbell, Pennsylvania Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, “This bill would fundamentally change the way our established scientific commissions are able to collect and use science in the determination of species that…

Selinsgrove super calls district “Financially Unsustainable”

SELINSGROVE – Given the current system, the Selinsgrove School District is “financially unsustainable”.  Superintendent Chad Cohrs included that comment in his State of the District Address to the school board on Tuesday evening.  Cohrs gave some examples to back up his statement.   Cohrs said, “One really has to do with personnel costs, including salary, retirement and health care.  Given the way current projections and trends are, revenues are not going to keep pace with those expenses.”   Cohrs added tax increases are not the answer.  He explained, “We are going to need to increase taxes almost annually, but the amount that we can raise taxes, because we are limited by the Act 1 index,…

Midd West board plans special meeting

MIDDLEBURG – The Midd-West School District school board has planned a special meeting to interview candidates to fill the board vacancy.  Last month, board member Scott Norman resigned after only three months in the position. He cited turmoil on the board as his reason for leaving the post.   A special meeting will be held on Thursday, May 1 to interview candidates for the school board.  It will be held at Middleburg Elementary School at 7 p.m.  The search for a new superintendent also continues, with candidates being interviewed by the Chester County Intermediate Unit in the coming weeks.  The board hopes to have a new superintendent in place for the 2014-15 school year.  …

New Joe Paterno statue plan revealed

STATE COLLEGE – A new statue of Joe Paterno will be installed outside of a popular State College restaurant.  Onward State is reporting, the bronze statue of Joe Paterno, seated on a bench, will be placed in front of the Tavern Restaurant in November of 2015.  The statue is in response to Rodney Erickson’s decision to remove the Joe Paterno statue from the football stadium in July of 2012.   Ted Sebastianelli, a past president of the Penn State Football Letterman’s Club and Board of Trustees candidate, said the statue project is called “Joe’s Bench”, but will be called Reflections when it is complete.  The estimate is the statue will cost about $300,000 and to…

Snook sentencing this afternoon in Middleburg

  MIDDLEBURG – Sentencing is set for this afternoon at the Snyder County Courthouse for Joshua Snook, who plead guilty to murdering his grandmother.  Snook entered his guilty plea to criminal homicide in March, for the death of 71-year-old Bonnie Snook in February of 2013 at her home in Beaver Township.   His wife, Jennifer Snook also pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit murder.  Police say Joshua and Jennifer went to his grandparent’s home to steal a gun but a fight broke out and he stabbed both of his grandparents.   His grandmother Bonnie died in the attack.  His grandfather recovered from stab wounds.  Joshua Snook’s 9-year-old son was inside the home at the…

Lewisburg man charged after heroin overdose

  LEWISBURG – A Lewisburg man has been charged with drug possession and child endangerment after emergency crews responded to his home for a heroin overdose.  State police say 26-year-old Curtis Derr was found unresponsive in his home on Pine Cove Drive in West Buffalo Township on April 11th.   Derr was in the home with 25-year-old Tinisha Williams of Mifflinburg and a 4-year-old girl.  Eight bags of heroin were recovered along with drug paraphernalia.  Derr and Williams are charged with endangering the welfare of a child and Derr faces multiple drug offenses.  (Ali Stevens)

Knoebels voted “Favorite Traditional Park”

ELYSBURG — Knoebels got some nation-wide recognition. The National Amusement Park Historical Association released the results of their 2013 survey. Knoebels Amusement Resort was named “Favorite Traditional Amusement Park” and “Favorite Park for Families.” The Phoenix was voted “Favorite Wood Coaster.” The Flying Turns won “Best New Attraction.” The survey is done by members of the NAPHA. Other winners include Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens and Cedar Point. Knoebels opens for 2014 on Saturday. (Codi Jade)