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Route 225 bridge at Dornsife closed

DORNSIFE — PennDOT announced today that the bridge spanning Mahanoy Creek on Route 225 at Dornsife has been closed due to damage caused by a vehicle strike. A long-term detour is in place using T-405 (Creek Road) to Route 3004 (Lower Road) to Route 225. PennDOT is assessing damage to the bridge and planning necessary repairs.

Bloomsburg University professor charged with possessing child pornography

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced felony charges against a Bloomsburg University professor for possessing child pornography in Columbia County. Scott Lowe, 57, of Bloomsburg, was arrested Thursday on four counts of sexual abuse of children, relating to the possession of child pornography, and related charges. “My office has a zero tolerance policy for sexual predators – no […]

Centralia’s “Graffiti Highway” vacated by PennDOT

CENTRALIA — An abandoned highway that has become an unofficial tourist destination is no longer owned by PennDOT. “Graffiti Highway,” known for its countless markings made with spray paint, was vacated by the state this week, allowing ownership to revert back to adjacent property owners. The highway was part of Route 61 until hazardous conditions from an underground mine fire […]

Mount Carmel native is teacher at Florida school where mass shooting occurred

Mount Carmel native Jim Gard is a longtime teacher at the Florida high school where a student opened fire Wednesday, killing 17 people and wounding at least 12 others. Gard has taught at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, for 36 years, and had at least four of the student victims in his advanced math classes, including one […]

$600,000 secured for Shroyer building demolition

ELYSBURG – State Rep. Kurt A. Masser (R-107) has announced that Shamokin has been awarded $600,000 through the Department of Communities and Economic Development (DCED) Keystone Communities grant program to cover demolition costs associated with the Shroyer Building project. The project will include infrastructure, asbestos removal, environmental review and demolition of the building. The site is expected to be turned […]

Wolf rejects GOP’s redrawn congressional map

HARRISBURG (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will not submit a new Republican-drawn map of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts to the state’s high court, saying Tuesday that it uses the same unconstitutionally partisan tactics as the 6-year-old boundaries struck down in a gerrymandering case. Wolf’s move came six days before the deadline set by the Democratic-majority state Supreme Court to impose […]

Southern falls in state wrestling championship

HERSHEY – The PIAA Class AA Team Duals Championship came down to the last bout this afternoon between Reynolds and Southern Columbia. A decision in the 132-pound bout iced it for defending state champion Reynolds. Get details in Sunday’s print and online editions.

Republicans say they’ve agreed to proposed new map

HARRISBURG (AP) — Republican leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislature say they’ve agreed to a proposed new map of congressional districts to replace one thrown out last month. House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said in a statement Friday that their map “complies fully” with directions from the state Supreme Court. The court declared the 2011 […]

Southern advances to team wrestling state semi-finals

HERSHEY — Southern Columbia will wrestle in the team state semi-finals at 8 tonight after beating Brookville, 29-22, this afternoon at the Giant Center. If the Tigers win tonight against Chestnut Ridge, they would wrestle for a state championship at 1 p.m. Saturday. If they lose, they would wrestle in the first consolation round at 9 a.m. Saturday. The Tigers […]

Kraynak hearing indefinitely postponed; license suspension continues

HARRISBURG — A hearing on Dr. Raymond Kraynak’s medical license suspension scheduled before the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine (SBOM) later this month has been indefinitely postponed, but the temporary suspension of his medical license will remain in effect. The continuation was spelled out in a three-paragraph ruling issued Jan. 23 by hearing examiner David M. Green. He said the […]

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