91.3 Lewisburg - 90.7 & 107.1 Williamsport - 90.9 Lewistown - 91.9 Kulpmont - 101.7 State College -104.7 Pottsville - 107.7 Bloomsburg
Here's what is happening in 'Pennsylvania's Heartland'...
on Friday, March 7th:
Ukraine lurched toward breakup Thursday as lawmakers in Crimea unanimously declared they wanted to join Russia and would put the decision to voters in 10 days. The President condemned the move and the West answered with the first real sanctions against Russia.
The investigation continues into a Clinton County accident which claimed the lives of two pedestrians. The men were struck by a tractor-trailer early Thursday morning near exit 173. The victims are identified as David Flores and Jesus Chavez Junior of Baltimore, Maryland. Lamar State Police and the Clinton County Coroner are conducting the investigation.
The man accused in a double fatal car accident on the Veterans Memorial Bridge will be in court today. 25-year-old Brian Glass of Port Trevorton is charged with vehicular homicide in the death of Kirk Mahaffey and his 4-year-old son Mayson. Glass was driving on the Veterans Memorial Bridge July 17, 2012 when he hit Mahaffey’s vehicle head-on.
The eight neglected and malnourished horses rescued last month near Linden came from a property owned by a couple who, until two years ago, ran a horse-adoption business, according to the Lycoming Chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Ted and Joni Fink, of 1313 Youngs Road, Linden, were among four people charged this week. The charges stem from eight horses that were seized from the Fink property in Piatt Township on Feb. 20.
The eighth annual Camp Cadet Celebrity Service Night was a huge success in Lewisburg. Over $6,300 was raised last week at Lewisburg Applebees. Local law enforcement officials traded roles with Applebees’ employees for the four-hour event. All of the money raised goes to support Susquehanna Valley Camp Cadet, which is a program for kids ages 12-15 that teach the importance of teamwork and discipline.
Traffic signal work will get underway on Monday in the borough of Selinsgrove. The work will take place at the intersection of Market and Mill Streets. The traffic signal equipment will be replaced and new signal poles, intersection lighting, pedestrian push buttons and signs will be installed. Changing traffic patterns can be expected with possible delays. The work will be completed around May 1st.
State Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, is running for his fifth term in the 84th House District in Lycoming County because he said he wants to continue to fight for his constituents on some key issues. The state budget tops the list from now to mid-June. The House has gone through each line item and will assemble a proposal, and the Senate will do the same. His overall goal in the budget procedure is to balance spending with projected revenue and to ensure the revenue numbers are "realistic assumptions" to avoid a deficit.
Penn State is considering increasing room and board rates by about $400 for the next school year. The average cost for a standard room with two beds and the most common meal plan would be $4,885 per semester, or $9,770 for the year. That’s a 4.27 percent increase over the current year. The rates were proposed Thursday during a meeting of the board of trustees’ finance and business committee. The full board will take up the proposal today.
The future is still up in the air for the Girl Scout House in Northumberland. According to Steve Reed, committee chairman for community development in Northumberland, the local Girl Scouts are not ready to give up their meeting space. Reed said a water pipe broke over the winter, doing a lot of damage to the basement, the furnace and some of the flooring. He said they began to consider utilizing the community center instead. Reed said they do not yet have a dollar amount for the cost of repairing the house.
Thursday, March 6th:
PennDOT and the Department of Environmental Protection are seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania effort that runs through May 31. The statewide cleanup is an annual effort sponsored by PennDOT, DEP, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and other partners through which interested individuals and groups can create cleanup events. Groups involved in PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program, which involves volunteers cleaning roadsides year round, are also encouraged to participate in the cleanup. In addition to the statewide cleanup, registered events have access to free disposal at participating landfills during “Pick it Up PA Days” from April 12 to May 5.
All charges against a Mifflinburg woman charged with severely beating her six-week old baby were held for court following a preliminary hearing on Tuesday. 20-year-old Jasmine Bearden is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child. She was charged in January for the beating that allegedly happened on October 9th. The baby sustained serious injuries and broken bones. Bearden was sent to the Union County Prison.
A farmer will be able to continue operating a large-scale indoor hog farm in Columbia County after the DEP announced they have approved an application to renew their permit. The DEP said Joel Knoebel can continue operating the farm, which houses more than 4,300 hogs. The announcement comes after a DEP hearing, where neighbors voiced concerns over the concentrated animal feeding operation. Neighbors complained of the sickening smell of manure around the farm.
Former Penn State Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Ellen Perry died Tuesday in State College. She was 72. Perry was a member of the athletics staff from 1966 until her retirement on June 30, 2002. Her career included 40 years in teaching, coaching and athletic administration. Perry was the Nittany Lions’ first women’s swimming and diving head coach. She was named associate athletic director and senior woman administrator in 1989.
The Williamsport Area School Board went over improvements made to the preliminary budget. The former budget had a $2.5 million deficit; with recent changes, the board has lowered it to a $1.9 million deficit. In revenue, the earned income tax collections were estimated to increase over what the board originally budgeted by $500,000. There also were decreases in expenditures. Since the board passed the preliminary budget, three more teachers have indicated they will be retiring at the end of the school year, which will save about $102,000.
State police are investigating after a Target employee tried to stop a shoplifter and was thrown to the ground. The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon. Troopers say the suspect shoved several DVD’s in his jacket and walked out of the store. When the employee tried to stop the man, he threw them to the ground and fled the scene. The suspect is not yet known, but is facing robbery charges.
Sunbury Revitalization Incorporated is once again hosting the Hometown Veterans Banners program and the deadline to purchase a banner is Monday. SRI President Meghan Beck says this is the third year for the veteran’s banners, which will line Front and Market Streets starting in May. They are now accepting information and photos for the banners as well as banner sponsors. The banners will honor both active-duty military personnel and veterans.
News by: Jim Miller