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May 1, 2013

UNDATED – Central Pennsylvania communities are preparing for tomorrow’s National Day of Prayer.  One of those gatherings will take place just after noon in front of the Montour County Courthouse in Danville.  Pastor Harry Wonderland, of the First Baptist Church in Danville, says they enjoy connecting with the community through the annual event.  He adds that the nation’s leaders are in need of wisdom.  Wonderland says he wants elected officials to know that they aren’t being prayed at, but are instead being supported in prayer.  While the nation’s needs will be prayed for, Wonderland says he hopes attendees will spend time praying for each other.  
Elsewhere tomorrow, State House Representative Sam Rohrer will speak during the 1st annual prayer breakfast in Lycoming County, an event for elected officials and pastors.  The Clinton County National Day of Prayer is scheduled for 7pm-8pm at Triangle Park in Lock Haven.  Both morning and evening activities are planned at Mifflinburg Park in Union County.
To find out area gatherings happening near you, visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org.

MUNCY – In Lycoming County, a morning accident shuts down a portion of Interstate-180.  Authorities say the crash happened around 7:30 this morning, in the eastbound lanes, between the Lycoming Mall Road and Fairfield exits.  Reports say both lanes were closed for about a half hour.

SHAMOKIN – A pair of Shamokin properties have to be brought up to code, or the landlord could face criminal charges.  The News Item reports George Atiyeh, of Allentown, has two months to make the repairs to the properties at 506 Bear Valley Avenue and 549 South Seventh Street.  Holes in the roof are leading to damage from both the weather and animals.  

MINERSVILLE – In Schuylkill County, police have removed 18 cats from a pair of Minersville homes.  The homes are located at 530 and 534 School Street.  Police chief Michael Combs tells the Republican Herald that the conditions were worse than anything he’s seen in his 35-years of law enforcement.

ALLENWOOD – A meeting will be held tonight to discuss a tire burning facility to be built in White Deer Township.  Tonight’s meeting will be held at the Warrior Run Fire Department’s Social Building, along White Deer Avenue, in Allenwood.

MIDDLEBURG – Testimony is scheduled to resume this morning in a Snyder County murder trial.  Kurt Gotshall testified yesterday afternoon that he witnessed the beating of 21-year old Donald Seebold in July 1997.  The Daily Item reports Gotshall’s testimony includes an admission that he helped place the victim’s body along Troxelville Road near Middleburg.  Gotshall testified that fear for his own safety is why he’s covered for his brother, 37-year old Robert Reich of Beavertown.  Along with Reich, two other men also face homicide charges for their part in the murder.  They are 39-year old Christopher Aucker, of Beavertown, and 37-year old Ryan Sprenkel, of Middleburg.  

MIFFLINTOWN – The Juniata County School Board votes to give up their partial ownership of a career and technology center.  The Sentinel reports the decision was reached during a special board meeting last night.  As a result, the Mifflin-Juniata Career and Technology Center will be under complete control of the Mifflin County School Board.  While Juniata County students may be able to attend next year, the board is pursuing an agreement with the SUN Area Technical School in New Berlin.  Currently, five area school districts share in operating that vocational school.