New Domestic Abuse Law Signed By Gov

Legislation signed into law by Gov. Wolf is aimed at keeping firearms away from those accused of domestic abuse. House Bill 2060, now Act 79 of 2018, requires anyone who is the subject of a protection from abuse order to relinquish all firearms within 24 hours of the order being issued. In signing the bill. Gov. Tom Wolf said it's is proof that all sides can work together to address a serious issue. Republican state Representative Marguerite Quinn who sponsored the bill in the House, says it protects the victims of domestic abuse, and serves as an example of a common sense gun safety measure.

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PA Hosts Biggest Christmas Tree Auction

Folks from all over the east coast who will sell Christmas trees during the upcoming Holiday Season converged on Union County yesterday for what’s billed as the world’s largest Christmas tree auction. The event at the Buffalo Valley Produce Auction near Mifflinburg featured more than 35-thousand trees and more than 30-thousand wreaths, along with thousands of centerpieces and handmade Christmas décor.

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Downtown Danville Hosts Holiday Open House

The Danville Business Alliance kicks off holiday festivities with a Holiday Open House this weekend. From 5-9 p.m. Saturday and again from Noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, the shops in downtown Danville, as well as the bars and restaurants, will roll out the welcome mat and help shoppers find early Christmas gifts or just what is needed for a Thanksgiving centerpiece. There will be special offers and refreshments from participating shops and restaurants. There will also be free horse-drawn carriage rides on Saturday from 5-9 pm.

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Elderly Man Charged In Deadly Hit-And-Run

A Sunbury man has been charged with homicide by vehicle in connection with a deadly hit and run crash earlier this year in Northumberland Borough. Police say 82-year-old Wayne Wetzel didn’t stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Orange and Second Streets in Northumberland and hit 71-year-old Ronald Clark with his SUV on August 17th. Clark died from his injuries about a week later. Wetzel's children called police and Wetzel admitted to hitting Clark and driving away.

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Bullying Meeting Open To Public Monday At SCA Office

An all-day policy meeting is scheduled to be held Monday at Southern Columbia Area School District to address bullying. The meeting will be held in the district office beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday. It is open to the public, and parents concerned about bullying are encouraged to attend to assist in reviewing policies aimed at addressing the problem. The meeting follows last month’s suicide of 14-year-old Southern student Natalie Bodner. Some parents and students in the district have said her death was the result of bullying, but authorities have said they don’t have any evidence of that.

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Former Bishop Defies Request To Avoid Public Appearances

A retired Roman Catholic bishop from Northeastern Pennsylvania who has come under harsh criticism for his handling of clergy sex abuse has defied his successor by attending this week’s national meeting of U.S. bishops. Former Bishop James Timlin was seen Monday at the meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. After a grand jury faulted Timlin for his handling of clergy sex abuse, Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera barred him from representing the diocese in public. A Diocesan spokesman says Bambera asked Timlin not to attend, but added that membership in the bishops group and attendance at conferences is beyond Bambera’s control.

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More Dems In PA Legislature May Lead To Wage Increase

The recent elections resulted in more Democrats being elected to the state House and Senate and the higher numbers may breathe new life into legislative proposals favored by Democrats. Two Democratic priorities are an increase in the minimum wage and a severance tax on Marcellus Shale drilling. Representative Patty Kim says a wage increase is likely, if both parties can come to terms on how much. With Republicans still firmly in control of both chambers, the severance tax less likely, especially, as one lawmaker pointed out, some Republicans who favored the tax were among those defeated for reelection.

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Benton Fire Company Looks To Community For Help After Difficult Year

The Benton Volunteer Fire Company says this year’s weather and a couple of other factors have put a strain on their financial situation. The fire company has posted a plea on Facebook seeking donations from the community. The Facebook post indicates the damage caused by this year’s flash flooding, less income at fundraisers due to poor weather, and mechanical failures with some equipment have impacted the financial picture for Benton firefighters. The social media post also indicates the the Benton Borough Council turned down a request for additional funding. You can mail a donation to the Benton Volunteer Fire Company at PO Box 252, Benton, Pennsylvania 17814.

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Community Foundation Week Observed

This is Community Foundation Week and the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation based in Berwick is celebrating along with more than 795 community foundations across the country. The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation administers about 200 charitable funds benefiting the communities and residents of Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Union, Snyder, and Lower Luzerne Counties. With its affiliates, partners and donors across the region, the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation provides more than $2.7-million dollars in grants and scholarships each year to help meet the charitable needs of our region.

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PA LCB Report Released

The PA Liquor Control Board is out with its annual report for fiscal year 2017-2018. LCB spokesman Shawn Kelly says the state-controlled liquor store system is a major contributor to the budget, returning close to $750-million dollars to the general fund. Revenues also benefit the State Police Bureau of Liquor Enforcement, as well as the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

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Geisinger Looks To Attract Veterans

A major employer in our area used Veterans Day to announce a new effort to recruit, transition and retain Veterans. Geisinger recently hired Army Veteran Christopher Grill as a Veterans Employee Training Specialist. According to human resources, 2.5 percent of Geisinger employees are veterans. Julene Campion, Vice President of Human Resources says that the goal is to increase that number. Veterans who are employees at Geisinger work at all levels of the organization, including doctors, nurses, security and more.

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