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I drive one hour each way back and forth for work Monday through Friday&sometimes on the weekend. WGRC is always on the radio when I am in the car. The uplifting music and Christian programs are treasured opportunities for me to worship God and help me stay centered throughout the day. A few years ago, my son was killed in a motorcycle accident. I took a week off from work but then had to go back. It was all I could do to keep myself together during the months after his death and the hour drive each way for work was unbearable at times. I always kept WGRC on the radio and would focus on the message in the music&the scriptures that were shared which many times felt like they were directed at me at the time I needed it most. I know this was God’s way of holding me in the palms of his hands to assure me that he was with me. It was a very painful time but I felt His presence and gradually a peace that those without faith in God could never understand. (Williamsport)

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May 21, 2013

MOORE, OKLAHOMA - A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph. At least 51 people were killed, including at least 20 children, and officials said the death toll was expected to rise. The storm laid waste to scores of buildings in Moore, a community of 41,000 people about 10 miles south of the city. Block after block lay in ruins. Homes were crushed into piles of broken wood. Cars and trucks were left crumpled on the roadside. The National Weather Service issued an initial finding that the tornado was an EF-4, the second most-powerful type of twister. More than 120 people were being treated at hospitals, including about 50 children. Search-and-rescue efforts were to continue throughout the night.
(WGRC)

WINFIELD – A fire this morning charred the inside and tore a hole through the roof of a summer cottage along the Susquehanna River at Winfield in Union County. The fire was reported right around nine this morning at 463 South Riverbreeze Avenue. The owners of the home Patricia and Gregory Hess, who own the Colonial Candle Crafter’s shop just two miles from the fire, were away at the time of the blaze and no injuries were reported. A neighbor says she heard a pop or bang and noticed smoke pouring from the eaves of the house and called 9-1-1. Patricia Hess says they are insured for the loss and hope to rebuild. A cause will be investigated.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

WEST MILTON – A 61-year-old Milton woman was flown from the scene of a crash along Route 15 in Kelly Township, Union County last evening. The crash happened just after seven p.m. on the northbound lanes of Route 15. State Police say Marilyn Poust lost control of her vehicle hit some guard rails and a concrete barrier before rolling her vehicle. Police say she was thrown through the windshield of the vehicle during the crash. Poust remains in serious condtion at Geisinger. A six-year-old boy, in a child seat suffered minor injuries in the crash and was taken to Geisinger by ambulance.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

DANVILLE - A Danville man remains in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center following a motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon in Montour County. Police say 76-year-old Robert Marr was taken to Geisinger by ambulance following the crash just after five p.m. along Bush Road in Limestone Township. State police at Milton said Marr’s motorcycle left the road and dropped into a ditch. Marr was thrown from the motorcycle.
(WGRC)

BERWICK - A woman crashed her SUV and knocked down a utility pole in front of McDonald’s restaurant in Berwick knocking out power for seven blocks because her dog got tangled up in the steering wheel as she was driving. After the wreck, the dog scurried away and is still missing. The woman was not seriously hurt in the crash on West Front Street around 11 a.m. The pole was lying across both lanes of route 11 until PPL could come and fix the problem. The Press Enterprise reports, traffic was snarled, as cars and tractor-trailers had to be slowly re-routed through back streets of the borough as crews cleared the scene.
(WGRC)

PLEASANT GAP - A man was taken into police custody Monday after barricading himself in his family’s South Main Street home in Pleasant Gap around noon yesterday, prompting a large-scale police response and the lockdown of a nearby elementary school. Pleasant Gap Elementary School and the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology were locked down Monday afternoon, and traffic was halted along busy South Main Street as police negotiated the man’s surrender. The man surrendered peacefully at about 2:30 p.m. after talking with police negotiators. Police say there are no charges pending and that the incident was being handled as a family crisis.
(WGRC)

JERSEY SHORE - A man out for a run near Jersey Shore noticed something not quite right at his parents’ home. He stopped to investigate and ended up holding a suspected burglar at gunpoint. State police charged Donald Dangle, Jr. of Jersey Shore with breaking into the home Monday afternoon. Dangle may not have been caught if it weren’t for the homeowners’ son whose quick thinking foiled any plan the alleged burglar may have had. Troopers were called to the secluded home off Route 44 around 1 p.m. and when they got there, the homeowners’ son seemed to have everything under control. Andrew Lyon tells WNEP hen knew something was up when he noticed a strange vehicle in the driveway. Then he saw the front door to his parents’ home was kicked in. He went and got his gun, and held the intruder at gunpoint until state police showed up. Donald Dangle is locked up in Lycoming County Prison facing burglary, trespass and theft charges.
(WNEP)

JERSEY SHORE – A South Williamsport man has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property after he allegedly took a motorcycle from a Jersey Shore area trailer park. That happened sometime between Monday May seventh and the 12th from the Harvest Moon Trailer Park in Piatt Township. Police found 19-year-old Joshua Vroman in possession of the stolen dirt bike. He was taken into custody and jailed on $20,000 bail in the Lycoming County Prison.  
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BELLEVILLE – Police in Mifflin County are looking for two men and a woman believed to be involved in a break-in at a saw shop in Belleville. The break-in happened Sunday morning around nine a.m. at E and L Saw Shop. The three arrived at the shop in an older model, grey colored, two door car and the two men got out and broke into the business stealing two chain saws. Anyone with information is asked to call state police, Lewistown.
(WGRC)

SELNSGROVE – State Police in Snyder County are looking for the bandits that took a back-hoe from a landscaping company. Police say sometime between Saturday and Monday someone took the back-hoe belonging to Hepner Landscaping of Lewisburg. The back-hoe was located at a project site at William Penn Drive and Eighth Street in Monroe Township in Snyder County. The machine is orange in color and has several Hepner Landscaping stickers on it. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call state police, Selinsgrove.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISTOWN – Police in the Borough of Lewistown in Mifflin County are looking for the vandals that spray painted racist remarks on a wall at a local park. Fountain Square Park at the Five Points intersection and a number of cars in the East End neighborhood of Lewistown were spray-painted with graffiti early Monday morning. The Lewistown Police Department says a swastika and various racial slurs were spray-painted on the side of one of the adjacent buildings and a number of area vehicles were found to have been vandalized as well. Police believe they have some suspects as the investigation continues. The graffiti was covered yesterday with a fresh coat of paint. On the heels of the incident, the Sentinel reports, Downtown Lewistown Incorporated with the Lewistown Police Department and Mifflin County Communities That Care will hold a Downtown-East End Neighborhood Community Watch Meeting at 6 p.m. today in the Regional Business Center Conference Room, on East Market Street. Interested residents, property owners, tenants and business owners are encouraged to attend to hear updates from police and community leaders regarding issues and news of interest to the neighborhood. Anyone with any information about the graffiti incident is asked to call Lewistown Police Department at 248-6716.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY - Sunbury Community Hospital’s 2012 operating margin was among the worst in the state, according to a new report examining the fiscal health of the state’s hospitals. The report, by the Pennsylvania Healthcare Cost Containment Council, examined 168 general acute-care hospitals across the state and reported that Sunbury Community Hospital’s 2012 operating margin — the percent of revenue remaining after all operating expenses are paid — was -32.83 percent. Only the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia fared worse, with a -133 percent operating margin. In contrast, Geisinger Medical Center in Danville had an operating margin of 5.84 percent, and Evangelical Community Hospital’s operating margin was 8.16 percent for 2012. According to the report, hospitals need a healthy financial situation to upgrade and maintain key facilities. Hospital Spokesman, Bruce Marion tells the Daily Item, Sunbury hospital is maintaining its facility, even with the negative margin. Marion noted improving satisfaction scores as proof the system is operating in an efficient and satisfactory manner.
(WGRC)

DANVILLE – For the eighth year, Geisinger Health System participated in Mission Cataract USA, a national program that provides free cataract surgery to people of all ages who have no means to pay. This year, 17 surgeries were completed by the physicians of the Geisinger Medical Center Ophthalmology Department, bringing the seven-year total to 154. To qualify for this free community service, applicants must have poor vision as a result of cataracts that cannot be corrected with glasses and interferes with activities of daily living; no Medicare, Medicaid or third-party insurance coverage; and no other means to pay for cataract surgery. A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that can impair vision. More than half of all Americans age 65 and older have cataracts, but they can affect anyone of any age. Cataract surgery, which takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes, is one of the most common operations performed in the United States, according to the National Eye Institute. The procedure also is one of the safest and most effective types of surgery. In about 90 percent of cases, people who have cataract surgery have better vision afterward.
(WGRC)

MIDDLEBURG – The Midd-West school district last night voted down a proposed budget for the 2013 – 2014 school year. The board rejected a $32.85 million dollar budget that called for a 3.6 percent property tax raise. The rise in property taxes would have meant $85 dollars more in real estate taxes on the average home in the district. So it’s back to the drawing board for the school directors in deciding a budget by the June 30th deadline.
(WGRC)

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT - South Williamsport Area School Board approved a preliminary final budget for the 2013-14 school year Monday, which included a real-estate tax increase of 0.6 mills. The budget still has a deficit of about $248,000 after the tax increase. After the meeting, Superintendent Dr. Mark Stamm told the Sun Gazette, the district will use committed fund balance it has set aside for pension increases to fund the remaining deficit.
(WGRC)

MUNCY - The Muncy School Board unanimously approved a proposed final budget for 2013-14 that raises property tax rates 2.2 percent. The tax increase, may be granted final approval at the board's next meeting on June 24th. The average home owner will pay around $31.00 more in taxes if the tax rate is approved. The increase should raise about $135,000 more in a total budget of just more than $15.5 million. The board also passed the 2013-14 collective bargaining agreement. The contract has a 2.95 percent increase in the professional salary scale, right on the county average, for a total of $142,000.
(WGRC)

LEWISBURG - An informational meeting on the proposed extension of the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail into Lewisburg Borough will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, May 23rd at the William Cameron Engine Department’s training facility located on the corner of North 5th Street and Buffalo Road in downtown Lewisburg. The purpose of the meeting is to present a general overview of the trail’s proposed extension while primarily focusing on the section from 5th Street to the West Branch Susquehanna River. Several preliminary concept designs for the St. John Street section will be shared and discussed with the opportunity for the public to provide input. The public comments will be documented and incorporated into a conceptual design report to be released later in the summer that will contain more refined design options. The planning of the BVRT proposed extension is a collaborative effort being led by the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority (Formerly LARA) in partnership with Lewisburg Borough and East Buffalo Township.  Technical assistance is being provided by Bucknell University Department of Civil Engineering faculty and students and by Larson Design Group, the project consultant. The project is funded through a $5,000 mini-grant that was awarded by the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership.   
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - The Lycoming County DUI Enforcement Team will be conducting DUI Checkpoints and roving patrols during the up and coming Memorial Day Holiday weekend. Officers will be targeting impaired and aggressive drivers. The .08% law will be strictly enforced.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - PennDOT will partner with more than 600 law enforcement agencies and the Pennsylvania State Police to participate in a national "Click It or Ticket" seat-belt enforcement effort underway. Through June 9th the effort will focus largely on nighttime enforcement, using traffic safety checkpoints and roving patrols. Police will also use Traffic Enforcement Zones, which combine roving patrol and checkpoint tactics on roadways with high numbers of unbuckled crashes. Motorists are reminded that Pennsylvania's primary seat-belt law requires drivers and passengers under 18-years-old to buckle up, and children under the age of four must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat. Children ages 4 to 8 must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat. In addition, children ages 8 to 18 must be must be in a seat belt when riding anywhere in the vehicle. Funding for this enforcement effort comes from part of PennDOT's statewide distribution of $1.7 million in federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
(WGRC)

STATE COLLEGE - A Car Seat Safety Check event, sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Police, State College Police and State Farm Insurance Company, Centre Hall, will take place today, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Centre Hall Elementary School. Children should be in their car seat during the safety seat check and have a nationally certified child passenger safety technician evaluate your seat and teach you how to safely transport your child. Your child safety seat will also be checked for recalls. Even if your child is not available, your seat can be evaluated.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - U.S. Senator Bob Casey wants federal regulators to investigate a fiery tanker crash that caused serious damage at the interchange of Interstate 81 and U.S. Routes 22/322 near Harrisburg. Casey said Monday he asked for the probe in a letter to the National Transportation Safety Board. The Associated Press reports, Casey says the investigation could provide additional details about the May 9 crash and help efforts to increase highway safety in the Harrisburg region. The tanker was hauling 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel northbound from Carlisle when it flipped over on an on-ramp to Route 22/322 that crosses over I-81 and under another section of Route 22-322. The driver escaped serious injuries, but I-81 was closed for several days as part of repairs that are expected to take months.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - A federal judge in Pennsylvania says she’ll decide in the next couple weeks whether to dismiss Governor Tom Corbett’s antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA over penalties against Penn State. U.S. Judge Yvette Kane had pointed questions for both sides during a nearly two-hour hearing Monday. Corbett says the NCAA went too far in getting Penn State to agree last summer to a $60 million fine, a multiyear ban on postseason football play and a temporary reduction in scholarships. The university agreed to the sanctions over its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. Penn State isn’t a party to the lawsuit.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG –The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Monday announced its new YouTube channel yesterday. PennDOT plans to add videos featuring department maintenance operations as well as highway safety efforts in the future. To view the PennDOT YouTube channel, go to www.youtube.com/PennsylvaniaDOT. The YouTube initiative complements PennDOT’s existing social media outreach on Facebook and Twitter.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG – Today is Primary election day here in Pennsylvania and many local races are being contested. Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele urged voters to cast ballots in today’s primary election and reminded voters they will again be asked, but not required, to show photo ID at the polls. Aichele reminded first time voters, and those casting ballots for the first time at a new polling place, they must show either a photo ID, such as a PA driver's license, or a non-photo ID with the voter's name and address, such as a utility bill.
(WGRC)