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Benton School Library Gets Help

BENTON, Pa. -- Benton in Columbia County was one of the communities hit by a tornado. People there are no strangers to severe weather. Homes and businesses were damaged by flooding last summer.
When parts of northeastern and central Pennsylvania flooded last summer, Benton was one of the hardest hit areas. Homes and properties were damaged and so was Benton Area Middle/High School.
"The books had just all molded. Basically, we had to clear out the whole library," said library media specialist Megan Aten.

Still No School in Millville Thanks to Storm Damage

MILLVILLE, Pa. -- Students in the Millville School District aren't back at school yet because the elementary school is without a roof and the high school is still without power after wild weather on early Monday.
The sun came out in Millville one day after a strong line of storms moved through. But a blue sky in the background does not change the scene in the foreground. Parts of the roof of Millville Elementary now sit crumbled up on the ground.

Truck Fire Stops Traffic on Interstate 80 in Columbia County

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Pa. — A truck fire has stopped traffic on a highway in Columbia County.
Interstate 80 westbound is closed near the Berwick/Lime Ridge exit (241) as crews work to put out the fire in the rig.
There is no word on injuries or what led to the fire.
PennDOT has not said when the interstate will reopen.
Check real-time traffic conditions with WNEP Traffic Tracker.

UPDATE: Vehicle fire on I-80 westbound between Exit 241 – US 11 and Exit 236B – PA 487 North. All lanes closed.
— 511PA Northeast (@511PANortheast) April 16, 2019

Battling Cold with No Power after Tornado in Benton

BENTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- The damage in Benton Township is widespread after an EF-1 tornado touched down early Monday morning and there is no power for thousands of people.
Many are struggling to stay warm. Temperatures dipped below freezing Monday night into Tuesday.
"I have a handicapped dad who is in a wheelchair. He's paralyzed in a hospital bed. I have three kids and animals. It's been cold, and the generator ran out of gas at 5 a.m.," said Amy Albert of Benton Township, who does not have power to heat her home.

Cleaning Up in Columbia County

BENTON, Pa. -- A tornado ravaged the Benton area of Columbia County. The damage was so bad in Benton that the police department posted on social media that people should stay away from the borough.
It was an emotionally and physically grueling day for a lot of people in Benton. About a dozen homes and businesses were damaged in the storm.
The EF1 tornado that touched down brought winds up to 110 miles an hour.

Parts of Columbia County Dealing with Damage from Severe Weather

MILLVILLE, Pa. -- Some homes and businesses are still without power in parts of Columbia County.
At the Millville Community Park, you can see lots of downed trees and wires.

Here is a look at some of the storm damage in Millville, Columbia County. The community park has a lot of uprooted trees and wires down. We saw about six road blocks in place. @WNEP pic.twitter.com/9tPfHm1zCv
— Carmella Mataloni (@Carmella_News) April 15, 2019

Middle School Basketball Coach, Retired Teacher Faces Child Porn Charges

BERWICK, Pa. — A middle school girl’s basketball coach in the Berwick Area School District was suspended from his position after facing child porn charges.
In addition to coaching basketball, David Sheilds was also a retired elementary school teacher in the district. He is facing 50 felony counts for possessing child pornography.
Court papers show Shields admitted to police that he was looking at child porn and searched keywords such as, “tweens” and “jail bait”.
Colleen Travelpiece’s two children had Shields as their teacher.

Preventing Burnout: New Research on Using Nature to De-Stress

Some new research may help you unwind this weekend.
A new study published in Frontiers in Psychology earlier this month showed that at least a 20-minute walk "to stroll or sit in a place that makes you feel in contact with nature will significantly lower your stress hormone levels." It's a "nature-pill" of sorts.
Essentially the research, conducted by the University of Michigan, measured levels of the stress hormone cortisol before and after a nature walk.

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