Remembering a local and national hero

  NORTHUMBERLAND – A local columnist and military historian is remembering his friend and national hero Ted ‘Dutch’ Van Kirk, who died on Tuesday at the age of 93.  Joe Diblin got to know Van Kirk when he visited his hometown of Northumberland.   Diblin said Van Kirk is best known for dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945 from the Enola Gay aircraft.  He explained, “He was considered the best darn navigator in the 8th Air Force.  He had a number of raids in the 8th Air Force over Europe and then he was picked by his pilot to go on this special raid.”   Diblin said the mission was extremely dangerous…

New football coach for Lewisburg High School

LEWISBURG — When Lewisburg high school football practice begins in two weeks–they will have a new head coach.  Michael Ferriero was selected for the job following the resignation of head coach Jeremy Winn.  Lewisburg football practices start August 11, and the first game August 29 vs. Shikellamy.   Lewisburg High School Principal David Hines said Winn resigned after taking a job as a principal in the Danville School District.  Hines says he and athletic director Mark Temple interviewed about 5 or 6 candidates for the job, but decided Ferriero was the right fit.  Hines said Ferriero was “highly organized and passionate” and was highly recommended by Susquehanna University football coach Steve Briggs.   Ferriero is…

Resurfacing Route 54 in Riverside

RIVERSIDE — Resurfacing of Route 54 in Riverside begins today and may continue until Saturday. PennDOT says the work on Route 54 will be from Riverside to Boyd Station, beginning this afternoon.   Beginning Thursday, work will start after 8:30 a.m. to lessen the impact on morning traffic. Work should be completed by the late afternoon each day. The road will be reduced to a single lane with flaggers directing traffic and delays are expected. (Ali Stevens)

Selinsgrove man killed in farming accident

PORT TREVORTON – A Selinsgrove man was killed Tuesday afternoon when the farm tractor he was driving overturned, pinning him underneath it.  57-year-old Elias Hoover was traveling east on Stahls Hill Road in Chapman Township on a tractor loaded with hay bales.   As Hoover traveled down a steep hill, he lost control of the tractor and struck an embankment.  The tractor rolled onto its side on top of Hoover.  Snyder County Coroner Bruce Hummel pronounced Hoover dead at the scene of the accident.  Port Trevorton, Liverpool and DH & L fire companies assisted state police at the scene of the incident.  (Ali Stevens)  

Northumberland’s Dutch Van Kirk has died

UNDATED — A local and national hero has died. 93-year-old Ted ‘Dutch’ Van Kirk of Northumberland died Tuesday. Prior to his death, he was the last surviving member of the Enola Gay crew, famous for dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945. Van Kirk most recently visited his hometown of Northumberland in September 2012. In an interview with WKOK he said casually, “I dropped the bomb that’s all!” He added that he never realized at the time that it would be such a big moment in history. During his visit to Northumberland, Van Kirk met with several Valley residents and also signed copies of his book, ‘My True Course: Dutch Van Kirk Northumberland…

*NOW OPENED* One lane of I-80 closed in Columbia County

*2pm update: Road now opened* UNDATED — A tractor-trailer crash has closed a portion of I-80 in Columbia County. The left lane of I-80 westbound near milemarker 236, which is the Bloomsburg/Lightstreet exit, is closed. Motorists should be prepared for slow or stopped traffic in the area. (Sara Bartlett)

Rabbi Nina Mandel: There is hope in Israel

SUNBURY – “It’s an endless cycle of violence…but there is hope,” so says a rabbi from Sunbury recently returned from a trip to Israel and spoke about the crisis ongoing between the Israeli and Palestinian people. Rabbi Nina Mandel said it’s a tragic situation for the civilians living there, “There are so many millions of people who are there who are not able to leave.  In Gaza and in Israel and in the West Bank.  The civilians are caught in a terrible cycle of violence and defense and offense.” Mandel believes the conflict is based on Israel’s right to defense and the Palestinian’s right to national determination and freedom, and those interests are clashing. However,…

Snyder DA: Backpack program successful

SELINSGROVE — A new backpack food program is helping hundreds of children in Snyder County.  Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch gave an update on the Meals for Seals program, which is supported and administered by the Snyder County Coalition for Kids. Piecuch said, “Food insecurities are an issue not just for urban areas.  This is a way to connect hungry kids with food packages with community volunteer support.  We’ve been really excited about that program.” He said, “You’ve probably heard about other backpack programs in neighboring areas and this is a new program.  Lori Weir and her group from an action team through the Coalition are working on this in Selinsgrove.” Piecuch says they…

Two charged for burglary in Snyder County

MIDDLEBURG — A man and woman have been charged with a burglary on Monday in Middlecreek Township, Snyder County. Middleburg police say 26-year-old Michelle Boyer and 27-year-old Michael Thomas, both of Middleburg, broke into a home at 3587 White Top Road around 11:45 a.m.   Nine guns, several knives and cash were stolen from the home. Police learned Boyer and Thomas tried to sell one of the stolen guns. They were both arrested and arraigned before District Judge Leo Armbruster. Both were unable to post bail and were sent to the Snyder County Prison. (Ali Stevens)

Danville woman accused in stabbing

DANVILLE – A Danville woman has been charged with stabbing a Lewisburg woman on Sunday night. The Press Enterprise reports 35-year-old Tammy Dinger stabbed the arm of a Lewisburg woman at a Danville apartment.   The woman was treated for two puncture wounds and a slash on her arm. Dinger is charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault. She was arraigned on Sunday night and sent to the Montour County Prison on $250,000 bail. (Ali Stevens)