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High School Student Suspended for saying Bless You

WGRC News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:57pm

A high school student was allegedly suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed. Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County High School in Tennessee said bless you to her classmate who sneezed and the teacher told her that the term was for church. The student said that she had to finish the class period in in-school suspension.
The girl’s parents were told by school leaders that their daughter shouted “bless you” across the room and that it was a classroom distraction. School officials told her parents Tuesday that the teacher claimed that their daughter was aggressive and disruptive.
Some of Turner’s classmates supported her by wearing hand made bless you shirts. She explained that she doesn’t want trouble for her teacher but that she’ll stand up for her faith no matter what.

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Family of 15 homeless after fire destroyed their home

WGRC News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:56pm

A family of 15 people are without a home after a fire destroyed their house in Dewart Tuesday night.
The fire broke out around 8pm at the Springtown Road home of Amos and Emma Hostetler and their 13 children ages pre-school to their early 20’s. The parents were on a cross-country trip and the children were down the road at a bar-b-que when the fire broke out. Thankfully, no one was injured. Fire investigators have determined that the cause of that fire was unattended cooking on the stove in the kitchen. The home was ruled a total loss.

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Millville Teachers on 2nd day of Strike

WGRC News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:55pm

The teachers in the Millville Area School District are on their second day of a strike that was called for the opening of school yesterday. The teachers and district are at odds over salaries of which teachers say they haven’t had a raise in three years. Health care costs and professional development incentives are also a sticking point. It’s not known yet how long the strike will last. That will be up to the state board of education. No new negotiating sessions have been scheduled.

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Preliminary hearings in rock throwing incident

WGRC News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 1:52pm

The four teens involved in the rock throwing incident last month in Union County will face further court proceedings. Keefer McGee, Dylan Lahr and Tyler Porter all waived their preliminary hearings yesterday. 18 year old Brett Lahr did not and was ordered held over on all charges against him in the incident. McGee testified against Lahr and the others telling the court the four set out to cause some damage the night that Sharon Budd of Ohio was struck in the face by a large rock thrown from the overpass along Route 80. Her husband testified saying it was the most gruesome thing he’d ever seen.

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Little League World Series

WGRC News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 1:51pm

A large crowd is expected tonight at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport for this evening’s winner’s bracket game between the team from Philadelphia and Las Vegas. Around 40,000 people to be exact. You are reminded that traffic into the Little League complex will be heavy and will probably be backed up for hours leading up to the 7:30 start.

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Common Core Losing Support

WGRC News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 1:50pm

A new survey shows that support for the federal education standards known as the Common Core is slipping. Education Next, an education journal from Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, surveyed 5,000 respondents (including a number of educators) and found that just 40 percent of teachers back the Common Core compared to 76 percent just a year ago. At the same time, teacher opposition has tripled from 12 to 40 percent. Public support is also slipping. In 2013, 65 percent of the general public favored the standards compared to 53 percent today.

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Funeral for teen shot is Monday

WGRC News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 9:39am

Funeral services for the black teen killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri are planned for Monday. The death of Michael Brown brings Attorney General Eric Holder to that area today to get the latest on the investigation. A St. Louis County spokeswoman now says that 57 people were booked at the county jail on Monday and Tuesday. The national guard has been there to control the crowds. Not helping matters is the fact that yesterday, a police officer fatally shot a man brandishing a knife, and that was a couple of miles away from Ferguson.

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Superintendent pick appears close for Juniata

WGRC News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 9:37am

The Juniata County School District Board appears to be close to hiring a new superintendent. The board meets tomorrow night, and the Lewistown Sentinel says agenda for the meeting shows the recommendation of hiring Keith yarger for the job. He was among two candidates the community met earlier this month. His appointment would be effective on Monday.

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Strike for teachers in Millville

WGRC News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 9:36am

A teachers’ strike in the Millville Area School District means there’s no school today, or until further notice. The teachers have reportedly been working without a contract for more than 2 and a half years, and WNEP says the district and teachers couldn’t come to an agreement at a meeting last night. Apparently some sticking points are raises, an increase in healthcare costs, and professional development incentives.

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A third of Americans have not saved any money for retirement

WGRC News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:04pm

Over a third of all Americans have not saved any money for retirement, according to a new Bankrate.com report. 69 percent of 18–29 year-olds haven’t saved anything, along with 33% of 30–49 year-olds, 26% of 50–64 year-olds and 14% of people 65 and older.
The good news is that Americans who are saving are starting earlier. Twice as many 30–49 year-olds started saving in their 20s as opposed to their 30s. But 50–64 year-olds were only slightly more likely to have started saving in their 20s than their 30s, and Americans 65 and older were almost evenly split between starting in their 20s, 30s and 40s.

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Millville Teachers intend to strike

WGRC News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:03pm

62 teachers in the Millville School district yesterday gave notice that they will strike if a new contract agreement is not in place tomorrow when the students at that Columbia County School District head back to class. The teachers say they have not had a contract for two years with salary increases and health care at the core of the dispute. A last ditch negotiation session is expected today before teachers head to the picket lines instead of the classrooms tomorrow.

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Sunbury Hose Company hopes bank lien will help pay for fire damage

WGRC News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:02pm

The Friendship Hose Company in Sunbury is waiting to see whether a $100,000 dollar bank lien could help them pay for the damage at their fire house which burned in a three alarm fire last Friday morning. The company does not have insurance and was about to sign a new insurance agreement just hours after the fire started last week. It’s believed that a gas stove sparked the fire which did extensive damage to the company. It took about 60 firefighters from six valley companies several hours to put that blaze out.

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Penn Dot road work

WGRC News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:00pm

Penn DOT is reminding motorists that road work is not only happening on Interstate and state highways, but also on less traveled roads in more rural areas. Drivers could encounter mowing, herbicide spraying and line painting as well as slow moving work vehicles at any time over the next few months. Motorists are being reminded to give the vehicles plenty of room to operate as they do their work.

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Ferguson protests still violent

WGRC News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:15am

Attorney General Eric Holder is going to Ferguson, Missouri, this week to meet with the FBI and other officials doing an investigation into the death of an 18 year old black teen, Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by a white police officer. The incident has been the source of violent protests. The governor called the National Guard in to control crowds. Last night, police used armoured vehicles and noisemakers to clear the people. The teen had been shot six times, including twice in the head.

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Skateboarder hit by truck

WGRC News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:14am

A child was hit by a vehicle yesterday. The Lewistown Sentintel says the 7 year old boy was riding a skateboard on Glenwood Avenue in Derry Township, when he went into the road and was hit by a Ford F-250. The child had head trauma and multiple fractures, and was taken to Hershey Medical Center. Authorities are still investigating what happened in the incident.

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Boy on skateboard hit by vehicle

WGRC News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:14am

A child was hit by a vehicle yesterday. The Lewistown Sentintel says the 7 year old boy was riding a skateboard on Glenwood Avenue in Derry Township, when he went into the road and was hit by a Ford F-250. The child had head trauma and multiple fractures, and was taken to Hershey Medical Center. Authorities are still investigating what happened in the incident.

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Police investigate armed robbery

WGRC News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:13am

Authorities are investigating an armed robbery that happened at the Radio Shack store in Hometown, in the WalMart plaza, off Route 309. The Republican Herald says two men went into the store, one with a handgun, tied up an employee, then took off with items from the store. When police got there, they Found the male employee bound with tape in a back room. Police said the men were wearing sweatshirts, baggie jeans, and winter-type hats. If you know anything, call police at 570–668-4242.

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Man who had “nowhere to go” is taken to jail

WGRC News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:37pm

A man was charged for trespassing at the American Rescue Workers on Elmira Street in Williamsport.
The Sun Gazette says, 56 year old William Brown, Sr. had been staying at the American Rescue Workers for 70 days when an employee contacted city police and asked for assistance in getting Brown to leave on August 14th, Brown refused to go and when Police tried to get him to leave he told police he had “nowhere to go.” He was arraigned before a Judge with bail set at $2,500.
The American Rescue Workers is a church/nonprofit national religious organization operated on a quasi-military pattern and is a branch of the evangelical Christian church.

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PA gets Rail Freight Grants

WGRC News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:34pm

Pennsylvania has been approved for nearly $35.9 million dollars for 39 projects in rail freight improvement funds across the state. Last Friday, Governor Corbett announced that the projects will help sustain 34,000 jobs across Pennsylvania. Included in the funding is $224,000 dollars to construct 800 feet of track to provide new rail service to the Jersey Store Steel facility in Montoursville as well as $250,000 dollars to construct a turnout, 500 feet of track as well as improvement for offloading rail cars at Heller’s Gas Incorporated in Union County.

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Little League World Series brings big money to area’s economy

WGRC News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:34pm

A study which was done three years ago showed that the Little League World Series brought in about $30 million dollars to the area’s economy as well as about 61,000 visitors. Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce officials believe that this year, those numbers could increase. Due to the fact that Little Leagues is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and with the team from Philadelphia continuing to advance, it’s believed that more visitors will be here, bringing in even more money to the area. Area hotels report that they are at or near capacity for the remainder of the week.

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