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    Shik principal suspended without pay

    SUNBURY — A Shikellamy principal has been suspended without pay. The Daily Item reports high school principal Ernie Jackson was suspended indefinitely without pay or health insurance Friday. The decision was made following a hearing before Superintendent Pat Kelley and a Philadelphia attorney.   Jackson was allegedly told that the district will determine a time for a public hearing. Jackson was charged by the district last week with various offenses, including the approval of donated carpet to be placed in a conference room.

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    Fire crews busy in The Valley

    SHAMOKIN – Volunteers were called to a fire in Northumberland County Friday afternoon.  According to County Communications, the fire was at a home on East Cameron Street in Shamokin.  It was reported just after 3:00p.m. and the blaze was under control by 3:30p.m.   Two wildfires were reported in Snyder County Friday.  Emergency crews responded to an outdoor blaze on Route 35 in Perry Township around 2:30p.m.  Another wildfire was reported just after noon on Silver Creek Road in Union Township.   No injuries were reported in the Friday afternoon fires.  Emergency services remind people to keep an eye on their controlled fires, and don’t burn during windy periods.  (Codi Jade)

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    YMCA’s annual coat giveaway starts Monday

    SUNBURY — The Sunbury YMCA will have hundreds of coats to give away starting on Monday. They have been collecting coats for their annual coat drive and it’s time now to get those coats to those in need.   Molly Aungst, communications coordinator at the Y, says they get plenty of support for their coat drive, “We got a lot of donations and some local businesses helped us collect coats and the Bowen Agency is one of them. Steininger’s Dry Cleaning cleaned all of them for us and put them on hangers and in bags, so they are waiting to be hung up.”   Aungst says there are few times coats can be picked up,…

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    Architects reviewed for West Snyder renovations

    BEAVERSPRINGS— The Midd West School Board members are looking for the right architects to design the renovations at West Snyder Elementary School. The school board held a special meeting Thursday and spent time interviewing four architectural firms.   Victor Abate, school board president, “We got everything we were looking for out of the candidates. Mainly is the equitable classrooms that we are going to give our children, with no impact to them as they are constructing the renovations. Also, making sure that they are safe and that they get what they need.”   All of the candidates touched on involving the community in the renovation. Abate says that is very important to the board, “We…

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    Valley’s Eighth Annual Wreaths for Warriors nears

    SUNBURY-   In The Valley, it’s become a holiday tradition to remember veterans during the holiday season. The Wreaths for Warriors organization will place wreaths on the graves of veterans and military memorials December 6 and 7.   The wreaths will first be blessed in a short ceremony at the Shikellamy State Park Marina December 7. The ceremony will commemorate the 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Veteran and Committee member Van Shipe of Selinsgrove says that ceremony will be continued as they visit the military memorials in Sunbury.   Shipe says, “Reverend Dr. Kenneth Gunter will bless the wreaths, and then they will be placed in a parade convey to Sunbury where the monuments are placed.  …

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VIDEO HERE: President of Sunbury Motor Company honored for volunteerism

SUNBURY—The president of Sunbury Motor Company was recognized last night for his dedication to the community. The Spreading Antlers Children’s Foundation presented its inaugural Community Contributor Award to Robert Mertz, Jr. at the Sunbury Elks Lodge. Mertz was honored for his volunteerism and philanthropy by friends, family and elected officials. Linda Schlegel-Culver thanked Mertz for his lifetime of service to the community. “All the good things that you have done in Sunbury have been so appreciated and we wouldn’t be what we are without you.” Sunbury Mayor David Persing declared November 20, 2014 Robert M. Mertz, Jr. Day in the City of Sunbury and encouraged citizens to emulate Mertz’s service and passion for his community….

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VIDEO HERE: Stove fire damages home

SUNBURY — Upper Augusta Fire Chief Bill Brown says a quick response by firefighters saved a home from being destroyed by fire this morning on the Island between Sunbury and Northumberland. Brown described what he found when he arrived, “When I got here we had fire in the kitchen area of the home. From what we are seeing, it looks like it probably started as a stove fire and extended into the kitchen area.” The fire started around 8:20 a.m. at a home at 230 Pontius Avenue off Island Boulevard. Brown says the family wasn’t home at the time of the fire and a dog escaped unharmed. Firefighters cut through the roof with a saw…

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VIDEO HERE: Middle School groundbreaking

NORTHUMBERLAND—Shikellamy school board members picked up their shovels and wore hard hats to officially break ground on the new middle school. Parents, students and teachers joined local elected officials in celebrating the first step in construction of the new state-of-the-art building. According to project architect Vern McKissick, construction will begin this week. “I understand the Tonka trucks are showing up on Wednesday and things will start to move fairly quickly. What you can expect is think about where the football field is and as you look at this rendering which is almost a dead-on angle so afterwards take a walk out and take a look because that’s pretty much the same angle the finished building…