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    New child protection laws affecting more than just schools

    LEWISBURG — School districts across the state are wrestling with implementation of volunteer clearances required by the new child protection laws. Churches, scout troops, and other organizations that rely on volunteers to work with children also fall under the new requirements. Rev. Dr. James King, pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg says groups will now have to plan ahead, “It’s going to require more discipline and more intentional recruitment of volunteers.” The law requires volunteers who have direct contact such as the care, supervision, guidance or control of children or routine interaction with them to have a background check and a child abuse history clearance after July 1, 2015. Some residents believe the state…

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    Many turkeys killed during a Saturday fire

    SELINSGROVE – More than 2,000 turkeys were killed in a fire Saturday night in Snyder County.  The fire started around 10:30 p.m. in a turkey barn on Chickenhawk Run, off Penns Drive in Monroe Township.  No cause has been determined for the fire in a two-story barn.   The barn is owned by Randy Bailey.  The investigation into what caused the fire will continue this week.  Firefighters were able to save another barn next to the one that was destroyed.  They also prevented the fire from spreading two nearby propane tanks.  Crews were on the scene until 3 a.m. Sunday bringing the fire under control and investigating.  (Ali Stevens)

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    Lewisburg man wanted for deadly shooting

    LEWISBURG – Williamsport police are looking for a Lewisburg man, wanted in connection with a deadly shooting inside a bar early Saturday. reports 39-year-old Derrick Boone, whose last known address was Lewisburg, allegedly pulled out a handgun during a fight with another man inside a bar in Williamsport and began shooting.   Surveillance video in the bar on Fifth Avenue shows Boone firing the gun.  One person was killed and two others were wounded.  A warrant has been issued for Boone, who has been charged with criminal homicide, aggravated and simple assault and other counts.   Police say Boone was fighting with another man inside the bar before he pulled the handgun from his…

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    Turkey barn destroyed by fire

    SELINSGROVE — One turkey barn was destroyed and an adjacent barn was damaged following a fire Saturday night.  Emergency dispatchers tell us the fire started around 10:30 p.m. on Chickenhawk Run off of Penns Drive in Monroe Township, Snyder County. The fire hit the Randy Bailey farm, an estimated 2,000 turkeys perished in the fire.   One turkey barn was destroyed by the fire.  Firefighters were able to protect a second turkey barn from being destroyed and prevented the fire from spreading to nearby propane tanks.  No injuries were reported.  (Ali Stevens)

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    Senate GOP majority under pressure

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Even before Gov. Tom Wolf took office, Republican lawmakers drew lines in the sand. Now, Republicans who control the Pennsylvania Senate are under the gun to back up their words with votes. With two months until the new fiscal year, Senate Republicans haven’t produced a viable plan on two central issues for the GOP. Those are overhauling benefits in Pennsylvania’s two big public employee pension systems and privatizing the sale of wine and liquor. Senate GOP leaders downplay the importance of passing legislation before they horse-trade with the Democratic governor over his $31.6 billion budget proposal. Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman says that if Republicans cannot pass pension or liquor legislation,…

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Video here: Mary Poppins is coming to Milton

MILTON – The Milton High School Drama Club is bringing the beloved Disney classic, ‘Mary Poppins’ to the stage. The show, which combines elements of the novels by P.L Travers and the 1964 film features more than 50 students.   Tara Wands and Ellen McCormick share the title role of Mary. Wands said the double casting was unexpected, but McCormick said it made each of their performances stronger, “It’s definitely been a good experience in the fact that we’ve become closer and stronger in both of the characters.”   Sets for Mary Poppins are the most ambitious undertaken during director Russ Wynn’s tenure. They include a two-story house and five separate backdrops. And it wouldn’t…


Big crowd for Lewisburg groundbreaking

LEWISBURG—The dreary weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of the Lewisburg Area School District officials at their groundbreaking ceremony for the new Lewisburg High School. A huge crowd of alumni, students, school board and citizens watched as the first scoop of dirt was dug.   Superintendent Dr. Mark DiRocco said the program was about the past, present and future, “I think it was a nice flow of connecting the community to the past and to where we’re going to go in the future.”   Senator Gene Yaw (R-23rd, Williamsport), Lewisburg mayor Judy Wagner and other dignitaries of the community were in the audience. Wagner says it was great to be among the alumni, “It was impressive…


VIDEO HERE: Geisinger CEO receives national award

DANVILLE — The outgoing head of Geisinger Health System has received an award from the American Hospital Association. Dr. Glenn Steele is the 2015 recipient of the Justin Ford Kimball Innovators Award. The award  recognizes people or organizations that have developed an influential, innovative approach to health care. Steele sees the award as a culmination of twelve years of good work at Geisinger, “Our ability to show what you can do with a fundamental re-engineering of how care is given…I think that caught the imagination of the nation and it came at a time when people were looking for different models of caregiving.” The Geisinger model has been nationally recognized as an innovative, efficient method…