91.3 Lewisburg - 90.7 & 107.1 Williamsport - 90.9 Lewistown - 91.9 Kulpmont - 101.7 State College -104.7 Pottsville - 107.7 Bloomsburg 

  

iGive
Support WGRC click here

Share Your Story

Todays Word

WGRC Newsletter

Sign up for our Free Newsletter





Quotes

I remember when you first went on the air... The music always has and always will minister to my heart. I love it! I thank God for you and pray for your continued growth and outreach.
~ (Milton)

Follow us on Twitter

Shop at Amazon and earn money for WGRC:

AmazonSmile


June 21, 2013

AVIS - Fire crews from Clinton and Lycoming Counties were called out late last night to battle a fire in Clinton County. The fire was reported around 10:30 p.m. in the Borough of Avis. Crews remained on the scene until just after midnight.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SABINSVILLE – Police are investigating an apparent accidental drowning at a lake in Tioga County. That happened around 7:30 Wednesday morning. Troopers say 76-year-old Rodney Cline of Westfield was swimming out to retrieve his boat which had drifted out onto Beechwood Lake in Clymer Township. Police say Cline went down and never came back up. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

GALLAGHER – A 17-year-old was flown from the scene of a crash in Clinton County Wednesday night. State Police say the teen was drunk when he lost control of his vehicle on a curve on Route 664 in Gallagher Township. The boy vehicle then slammed into a barn. The teen was taken to Geisinger Medical Center following the crash just after nine p.m. Police say charges are pending against the teen for driving while intoxicated.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – A Schuylkill Haven man was taken to Reading Hospital after crashing his motorcycle on Route 895 in Schuylkill County. The crash happened around 7:30 last evening. Police say 43-year-old Todd Fekete suffered moderate injuries in the crash. Police say Fekete was rounding a curve and hit a deer, overturning his motorcycle on the roadway.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

ST. CLAIR – A Mahanoy City woman was taken to Schuylkill Medical Center following a crash yesterday in Schuylkill County’s Blythe Township. The crash happened just before ten a.m. on Route 61. Police say 19-year-old Paige Marion suffered moderate injuries while a 17-year-old girl in her vehicle, suffered minor injuries in the crash. Police say Marion lost control of her vehicle on a curve and spun, hitting guardrails on either side of the roadway.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

BERWICK - A Berwick man wielding a baseball bat threatened his sister after his family tried to stop him from removing his 9-year-old son in violation of a court order. 43-year-old Michael Slusser was jailed after the violent outburst Monday afternoon at the home of his mother. The Press Enterprise reports, Slusser came looking for the boy despite being told a day earlier that he was not allowed in his mother’s house.  He grabbed his young son and dragged him out to his car before returning with a bat, making threats. Police later located him at a trailer court along Fort Jenkins Lane. He’s now jailed on charges of aggravated assault and related counts.
(WGRC)

SCRANTON - The parties in the lawsuit over conditions at the Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary have outlined their positions in a joint filing in U.S. Middle District Court in Scranton. The Associated Press reports, the lawsuit was greatly reduced in April when Senior Judge William J. Nealon declined to make it a class action so inmate Sebastian Richardson of Louisiana is the only plaintiff. Richardson, who is being held since 1994 on drug charges, is being represented by the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project, contends in Thursday’s court filing the use of painfully tight restraints in 2010 for the purpose of punishing inmates for rejecting dangerous cell assignments amounts to inhumane condition of confinement. The defendants, including former Warden Bryan A. Bledsole, 15 corrections officers and a Bureau of Prisons administrator at the time, claim Richardson was kept in restraints for a prolonged time due to his behavior but he was checked on regularly. The lawsuit, filed in 2011, claims medical and custodial staff at Lewisburg routinely ignored inmate complaints of pain and other medical problems caused by restraints.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Lycoming County commissioners Thursday put their stamp of approval on a $4.7 million project to bring single stream recycling equipment to the landfill in Montgomery. A bid from Green Machine Sales, of Hampstead, New Hampshire, was accepted for equipment and installation of machinery that will allow comingled recyclable materials to be sorted on site at the landfill facility. The process allows participating area waste haulers to pick up unsorted recyclable materials from residents' homes. Commissioners have said that the county wants to get out of the business of curbside recycling pick-ups due to costs associated with that service. Recycling drop off sites throughout the county still will be available for use. Use of single stream recycling also is hoped to increase overall recycling participation rates and extend the life of the landfill by keeping recyclable materials out of the waste fields. The Sun Gazette reports, Commissioners say the county will generate revenue from the process after about three years. The equipment is expected to be delivered in December or January.
(WGRC)

ANTES FORT – After not receiving any satisfaction from the Nippenose Township Supervisors about animal blood and waste from a butcher facility being spread on land near-by a group of Antes Fort area residents have filed a lawsuit in Lycoming County Court against the individuals and businesses they say are causing health hazards and ruining their quality of life. The case was filed Tuesday in the county prothonotary's office, alleges temporary nuisance, failure to abate and negligence on the parts of Nicholas Meat of Loganton; and Brett Bowes, of Jersey Shore; along with Camerer Farms and JAB Livestock, owned by Bowes. Plaintiffs in the case are asking for a jury to decide if they should be financially compensated to pay for health problems and other issues resulting from animal waste that is trucked in from Nicholas Meat by Bowes and spread on farm lands as fertilizer. A Kansas City, Missouri law firm that specializes in environmental law and factory farm cases has been retained by the group.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - An attorney representing a Williamsport police officer who lost a civil jury trial after jurors believed he violated a couple's Constitutional rights by seizing their Little League pin collection has requested the sitting judge who presided over the case grant a new trial. In a motion to set aside the jury verdict and ask for a new trial filed this week in U.S. Middle District Court, David MacMain, representing city Police Agent Raymond Kontz, seeks to either have the verdict vacated and a new trial or reduction in the $45,000 in punitive damages jurors awarded to Randy and Janete Shrey.  An attorney that represented the Shrey’s in the trial is also asking a judge for over $161,000 in attorney fees and costs. Jurors believed the Shreys had their rights violated when Kontz seized their souvenir pins in 2008. In his motion, MacMain argues that absence of any egregious conduct by Kontz exists for punitive damages to be awarded.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN - Local governments like Clinton County can expect less in the second year "impact fees" due to be released in the near future. The Public Utility Commission recently announced the estimated revenues from the Marcellus Gas fees are expected to go down statewide. Clinton County can expect about $100,000 less this year than last year. Still the County will over $606,000 this year.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - State Senator Eugene Yaw has been elected chairman of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors. Yaw, of Loyalsock Township, was elected unanimously at the board’s meeting yesterday. Appointed to the board in 2009 by the President pro tempore of the Senate, Yaw previously served as general counsel for the college for more than 20 years. He will serve a two-year term as chairman coinciding with the college’s Centennial celebration, which marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes at Williamsport High School in 1914 through the evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College and present-day Penn College, a special-mission affiliate of Penn State created by an act of the Legislature in 1989.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors today approved a $102.7 million operating budget for 2013-14 and a tuition increase of 4 percent for Pennsylvania residents. The operating budget includes no increase in the college’s original 2012-13 state appropriation of $13.5 million and represents a $4.8 million increase from the current budget. In 2013-14, a full-time, in-state student enrolled for the typical two 15-credit semesters will pay $14,900 in tuition and fees, an increase of $570 over 2012-13.
(WGRC)

SHAMOKIN DAM – The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new President. On Monday President Charlie Ross resigned his position in order to pursue other opportunities. Jim Barbarich, a long-time board member and current Board of Directors’ chairman, has been named interim President of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce. Barbarich will provide leadership for the organization until a permanent successor is named. The GSVCC Board of Directors’ personnel committee will launch a search for a new president. In keeping with the Chamber’s mission of preserving and strengthening the Valley’s business environment, the Board of Directors will focus its search regionally.
(WGRC)

DANVILLE - The Geisinger Health System Foundation Board of Directors voted on Thursday to approve the Merger Agreement with the leadership of Lewistown Hospital. The Lewistown Hospital voted for the merger on Wednesday and corporate membership is now dissolved and a new community advisory board will be created. Under the terms of the proposed merger agreement, Geisinger will keep Lewistown Hospital open as an acute care hospital; invest capital commitment in excess of $50 million; keep all staff and physicians to the extent possible with comparable benefits/compensation; and keep the School of Nursing open among other items. Finalization of the merger is pending regulatory review by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and approval by the state Attorney General's Office. The merger is expected to be finalized within the next three months.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY– The Shikellamy School Board passed a 2013-2014 budget last night. The board voted in favor of the $39.5 million budget which includes a nearly 4% real estate tax increase, that will mean about $50 more for the average real estate owner. The board adopted the budget also after cuts in hours made to classroom aides in the district.
(WGRC)

MIFFLINTOWN - The Juniata County School Board of Directors has reached its goal of a balanced budget for the 2013-2014 school year. The board approved a budget in the amount of $32 million during a meeting held Tuesday evening at Fermanagh-Mifflintown Elementary School. The budget was adopted with no tax increase for 2013-2014. The board also approved an activity fee of $100 per student per activity for the 2013-2014 school year. This refers to athletes and band only.
(WGRC)

SHAMOKIN – A ground-breaking ceremony is being held this afternoon in Northumberland County for the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area Authority. The ceremony will be held at three p.m. at the proposed trailhead at 4100 Route 125 in Coal Township. The groundbreaking precedes construction of an office building for the Authority and a parking lot. Senator John Gordner, Representative Kurt Masser, county commissioners, authority members, the secretary of DCNR and Coal Township Commissioners are all expected to be at the groundbreaking. The Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area includes 6,500 acres of coal wasteland that will be transformed into trails and roadways for all-terrain vehicle riding, hiking, biking and horseback riding.
(WGRC)

MILLHEIM - The Millheim Sprint Triathlon, a community event to raise funds and awareness for the Millheim Pool, starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday. The swim is held in the Millheim Community Pool, and the run and bike legs are held on back country roads. The title sponsor of the event is University Orthopedics. The adult triathlon will be followed by a “Kids Splash and Dash for Fun” biathlon event for ages 7-14 at 11 a.m., which is a benefit for the Penns Valley Penguins swim team. For more information on these events, visit millheimpool. com.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Three bills to change how child abuse investigations are handled were closer to becoming law Thursday following favorable votes in the state House of Representatives. The House voted overwhelmingly to send the Senate the proposals, which are among the legislation under consideration since the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal raised concerns about the adequacy of state laws to protect children. The Associated Press reports, one bill would establish procedures to report child abuse online or by email and require those who must report suspected abuse to inform their supervisors and call the ChildLine hotline. The second bill would require determinations of child abuse to be approved by county child protective services administrators and the agency’s lawyer. The third would broaden how school personnel must handle abuse cases. Both measures passed unanimously.
(WGRC)

WASHINGTON - The House rejected a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill Thursday that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them. Those cuts weren’t deep enough for many Republicans who objected to the cost of the nearly $80 billion-a-year food stamp program, which has doubled in the past five years. The vote was 234-195 against the bill, with 62 Republicans voting against it. Republican Glenn Thompson says, “I’m disappointed with today’s outcome for passage of this farm bill would have been a far better outcome for both farmers and taxpayers. Without these needed reforms, America runs the risk of losing its ability to always have the most affordable, highest quality and safest food supply in the world.” The bill also suffered from lack of Democratic support necessary for the traditionally bipartisan farm bill to pass. Only 24 Democrats voted in favor of the legislation after many said the food stamp cuts could remove as many as 2 million needy recipients from the rolls. The addition of the optional state work requirements by Republican amendment just before final passage turned away many remaining Democratic votes. Both republican and Democratic leaders blamed each other for the failure of the bill’s passage.
(WGRC)