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Here's what is happening in 'Pennsylvania's Heartland'...
on Friday, April 18th:

The Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts has resigned.  The announcement was made Thursday.  While no charges have been filed, reports say allegations have surfaced that Stephen Lukach took thousands of dollars from the office for his own personal use.  He had held the position for more than 20 years.  Governor Tom Corbett will need to appoint a new clerk.  The deputy clerk of courts will assume the duties during the interim.

A man is in critical condition and two horses were killed in a Snyder County crash Thursday. The crash happened around 11:15a.m. on Aqueduct Hollow Road just west of Jockey Road in Union Township. a horse drawn farm machine was stopped on Aqueduct Road, as the operator, 60-year-old Clarence Martin of Selinsgrove, was at the rear of the vehicle cleaning the manure spreader.  The crash occurred as 50-year-old Daniel Kantz of Mount Pleasant Mills was driving his car on Aqueduct Road, crested the top of a hill and failed to stop for the horses in the roadway.

State police are investigating after several cabins and cottages were broken into sometime in the last five months. The incidents occurred at Central Oak Heights Rental Cabins and Cottage community in West Milton. Copper plumbing was removed from cabins and items were stolen totaling $2,500. The investigation continues.

Sunbury police want to know who hit a teen riding their bike in the city on Wednesday evening. The teen boy was struck by a car on Packer Street at North Third Street around 7 p.m. It is not known if the teen was injured. The driver of the car fled the scene of the accident. The car is described as a silver Ford Focus hatchback with two other rear seat passengers. The car was last seen on North 3rd Street heading towards Reagan Street. The car may have minor passenger side front damage or a dented hood. Anyone with information is asked to call Sunbury Police.

A Bloomsburg man who led police on a high-speed chase in Selinsgrove and held two knives to his own throat is now in the Snyder County Prison. 44-year-old Charles Horrax Jr. was picked up by state police without incident along Route 522 in Middleburg on Tuesday morning. State police say Horrax had been released from a mental health ward in Bloomsburg. On April 4th, Horrax is accused of fleeing from police who tried to stop him on Route 522 in Penn Township.

The new CVS building in Danville will contain more unpaved space than the current property at 435 Mill St. Following a hearing Wednesday evening, the Danville Zoning Hearing Board approved variances for setbacks and for minimum parking requirements for the new CVS building which will replace the Hawkins Chevrolet building. The car dealership will relocate to Mahoning Township. CVS proposes a 13,225-square-foot building with a single drive-through window entry on the southern side and a loading area on the northern side.

After meeting for nearly four hours, the Danville Area School District school board negotiators and unionized teachers ended their negotiations without an agreement. The Danville Education Association, consisting of 187 Union teachers, will begin their strike today. Main issues teachers wanted to see changes with are salary, health care, tuition and reimbursements. The district has been without a contract since 2012.


Thursday, April 17th:

For the first time in a long time, the Danville teachers will be on strike.  Despite nearly 4 hours of private negotiations, an agreement was not reached last night.  Due to the strike, graduation will be delayed.  Reports say the strike is expected to last a few days. 

The Board of Directors of the Midd West School District have issued a statement addressing what they call “numerous rumors and the wealth of misinformation being circulated” regarding the suspension of Assistant Superintendent Daphne Snook. The board said recently they were provided with information, which led to the suspension of Snook. They claim Snook was advised by the Board of the specific reason why she was suspended, but it cannot be disclosed publically at this time. However, the Midd West School Board wants to make it clear to the public that Snook’s suspension was not in any way related to curriculum decisions she made.

A “homemade metal weapon” was used in the attack against three corrections officers at the Northumberland County Prison on Friday. The weapon was “fashioned” by a state inmate who was being housed in the lockup while he awaited a hearing and was confiscated by city officers after the attacker was subdued. The inmate attacked two correctional officers, who received medical attention and were back to work shortly after the morning incident.

Geisinger Community Health Services and SUN Home Health and Hospice announced yesterday the signing of a comprehensive integration agreement by which SUN Home Health&Hospice will become part of the Geisinger health system. The agreement will allow the organizations to work more closely together to benefit patients in need of home healthcare, hospice and other supportive medical services
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A Milton mom faces two misdemeanors after investigators said her 1-year-old suffered first- and second-degree burns while in her care and she failed to seek medical attention. Nicole Albertson, 23, of Milton, was charged Tuesday with endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person, both misdemeanors.

Geisinger Community Health Services and SUN Home Health and Hospice announced yesterday the signing of a comprehensive integration agreement by which SUN Home Health&Hospice will become part of the Geisinger health system. The agreement will allow the organizations to work more closely together to benefit patients in need of home healthcare, hospice and other supportive medical services.

Drivers in Montour County were advised that a short section of Route 2007, or Columbia Hill Road in Valley Township, would be closed due to downed utility wires. The road was closed between Meadow Brook Road and Route 642. Detoured traffic may use Route 642 and Meadow Brook Road. The cause of those down power lines is being looked into.

Major traffic pattern changes are expected next week, as PennDOT prepares for a safety improvement project between Wilkes-Barre and the Mountain Top area. PennDOT officials said traffic on Route 309 in Hanover and Fairview Township is scheduled to be reduced to one lane in each direction next week. According to transportation officials, northbound traffic will be detoured into the southbound lanes and traffic will be divided with concrete barriers.

A western Pennsylvania first-grader has been moved to an alternative school for slashing school bus seats with a knife and making a girl feel threatened with the weapon. Connellsville Area School District Superintendent said the boy held up the weapon to a girl sitting in front of him and "maybe said something to her and she felt threatened." The superintendent says the knife's blade was about an inch-and-a-half and was part of a utility device that had several other tools on it. It happened April 7th.

News by:  Jim Miller