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    Prothonotary: Shaming billboards going up

    SUNBURY — Northumberland County is going forward with billboards showing names and faces of those with outstanding warrants. Justin Dunkelberger, county prothonotary says two billboards will go up Saturday. For the month of June, silhouettes will be shown on the billboards. In July, photos of wanted individuals will appear in place of the silhouettes. Dunkelberger says of the 65 photos posted on the Facebook page last week, only 24 remain as payments or payment plans have been made. (Jennifer Wakeman) Related Tags:

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    Journalism prof comments on ‘Stover letter’

    SUNBURY – Following a week of backlash from a controversial letter to the editor in The Daily Item, a local, retired journalism professor say the newspaper did indeed ‘bungle’ their job.  Dr. Walter Brasch, emeritus professor of Journalism at Bloomsburg University, says the letter should never have been published because “it advocated an illegal act.” Brasch said, “Part of this is because in our social media world views over the last five years especially, people think they can write anything they want to whenever they want to.  In this case, he probably should not have written the letter…  The problem with The Daily Item is they should have deleted the whole letter.  The entire letter…

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    Kendra Aucker receives Adam Smith award

    SELINSGROVE – A new Valley CEO says being a mom is a great training ground for leadership. Kendra Aucker, the newly selected president and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital received the Adam Smith Distinguished Leadership Award Thursday from Economics Pennsylvania. In her remarks, Aucker noted being a mother was included in her list of accomplishments.  She then pointed out the unique leadership skills that come from motherhood, “Learning leadership is a natural result of raising children. If motherhood doesn’t give you the skills to deal with sometimes difficult people in challenging situations both in and out of the home, what does?” Aucker went on to say that community leaders are important role models for the…

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    Man sentenced for killing pen cellmate

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) – A man from El Salvador will spend 30 years in prison for killing his cellmate at a federal prison in Lewisburgover the theft of postage stamps. reports 37-year-old Javier Oswaldo Jovel-Aguilar was sentenced Wednesday night by a federal judge in Williamsport who heard video testimony from other inmates about brutal conditions at the Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary. That’s where federal prosecutors say the defendant kicked and stomped cellmate Arnold Smith, who was handcuffed at the time. Guards have inmates extend their hands through bars to be handcuffed before they’re removed from cells, and Smith was being taken to a recreation area and was attacked after being cuffed but before guards could…

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    Film screening targets domestic violence

    LEWISBURG — A local women’s professional group hopes the sharing of a tragic true story can change outcomes for millions affected by domestic violence.  A public screening of “Telling Amy’s Story”  is Saturday in Lewisburg.   The event is hosted by Soroptimist International of Snyder, Union and Northumberland Counties, along with Transitions.   The showing is free for the public and donations are greatly appreciated.  The event is Saturday at 2:00p.m. at the Campus Theatre.  Refreshments will be provided and doors open at 1:30. You can find out more about the screening here: (John Brunner) Related Tags:

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Martha Barrick is 2015 ‘Distingished Citizen’

LEWISBURG — A major Valley business and community leader–has received a major award. The Susquehanna Council of the Boy Scouts of America has honored Martha Barrick, broker of Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate.  She is their recipient of their 2015 Distinguished Citizen award.   The Council presents this award each year to “A person in the community who goes above and beyond in their daily life that exemplifies Scouting’s aims.”   Local community and business leader, Eagle Scout Christopher Hilliard, a friend and neighbor of Barrick, spoke Thursday before the award presentation about the importance of scouting and he expressed the impact Martha Barrick has had on both his experience and on the local…

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Geisinger at 100: Part 6…CEO reflects on career

DANVILLE – Pride, ProvenCare, and fixing ‘post-Hershey’ Geisinger are some of the key words which came up in WKOK’s exclusive exit interview with the now former president and CEO, Dr. Glenn Steele. He says he is proud of the developments he led during his time at GHS and he believes he has been able to ensure a system of higher quality, lower cost, more satisfactory healthcare. Steele says his greatest accomplishment throughout his tenure has been national attention and “Probably the increase in the recognition and the understanding of Geisinger as an innovative, continually innovating healthcare system.” Over his 15-years, there is been national recognition on ‘ProveCare,’ and other advanced practices. In reflecting on his…


Geisinger at 100: Part 5…Dr. David Feinberg – Visionary

DANVILLE — Dr. David Feinberg, the new CEO of Geisinger Health System takes a personal approach to running one of the nation’s largest rural health care systems. In the last month, he has visited every Geisinger hospital and clinic, makes daily rounds visiting patients at the Danville campus even stopping to take a selfie or two. Feinberg is focused on providing the best patient care for every patient, every time. When he met with Geisinger’s board during the interview process, they asked questions about running the business, but his answers centered on patients, “My answers were all focused on taking care of patients and if I’m chosen we’ll make those decisions based on what’s best…