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Returning a Piece of History

EAST BUFFALO TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- There is a lot of history on Agnes Rathfon's kitchen table at her home near Lewisburg. Everywhere you look is the face of an American hero.
"I feel like they need a home," Agnes said.
When Agnes was a child, her parents were asked to clean out the Union County Civil Service Office when it closed. They brought home a large box of pictures from World War II veterans.
"And then they got all these pictures. They put them in a box. My parents just couldn't throw them away," Agnes said.

Former Teacher Accused of Touching Students Inappropriately Sentenced to Probation

LEWISBURG, Pa. — A former teacher accused of inappropriately touching students has been sentenced to five years’ probation in Union County.
Former Midd West High School teacher Kurt Sprenkel pleaded no contest to charges he touched three fifth grade girls back in 2017.
The girls were 10 and 11 at the time.
Sprenkel resigned from Midd West a short time later.

Final Beam Placed on New Addition of Union County Hospital

KELLY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- The final steel beam was placed on a new addition at the Evangelical Community Hospital in Union County.
Employees gathered Monday at the construction site near Lewisburg.
The expansion project will allow all patients to have their own rooms.
Work on the addition is expected to be complete by sometime in 2021.

Powerball Winner Worth $100K Sold in Lewisburg

LEWISBURG, Pa. — A Powerball player in Union County hit the jackpot with a ticket sold there on Wednesday.
Quick Shop 4 on North Derr Drive in Lewisburg sold a Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball with Power Play ticket worth $100,000 for the Wednesday, May 29 drawing.
The ticket matched four of the five white balls drawn – 03, 32, 34, 42, 61 and the red Powerball 07 — to win $100,000. Without the $1 Power Play option, the ticket would have been worth $50,000. The Power Play multiplier drawn was two.
The shop gets a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Powerful Storm Tears up Trees, Downs Wires in State Park in Union County

HARTLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A long row of trees was flattened along Route 192 in the R. B. Winter State Park near Mifflinburg after a powerful storm with heavy winds and rain blew through.
For those camping inside the park, it was a tense time waiting it out.
“I said to my husband, 'I'm getting my shoes on and coming over here,'” said Faye Aurand from Middleburg, pointing to the bathroom hut. “He said, 'Not now, we're in the middle of it,' so we just rode it out. It was very scary.”

Special Election Slated to Fill Rep. Keller’s Seat in Union, Snyder Counties

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A special election is scheduled to fill the seat in the State House in Harrisburg after Rep. Fred Keller was elected to the U.S. Congress.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Turzai ordered a special election for Tuesday, Aug. 20, to fill the vacant seat in the 85th Legislative District, located in parts of Union and Snyder Counties.
Candidates for the office will be selected by a process designated by their respective political parties, and the winner of the special election will take office after the results are certified.

Honoring the Lives of Military Men and Women in Mifflinburg

MIFFLINBURG, Pa. -- A sea of American flags stretched as far as the eye could see this Memorial Day.
People marched in a parade through Mifflinburg to remember those who have served in our military and died.
Iraq War veteran Sgt. 1st Class William Zimmerman thinks of the friends he's lost in the armed services every day.
"It can become difficult. It depends when the topic comes up. Something might trigger a thought or something like that there, but you deal with it," Zimmerman said.

Local Brewery Teaming Up with Big Name Convenience Store to Launch New Limited Edition Beer

MIFFLINBURG, Pa. -- It was a very hoppy hour Friday night at an area brewing company in Union County.
The Rusty Rail held a launch party for its new line of craft beer and its co-creator is a very well-known convenience store.
At the Rusty Rail Brewing Company in Mifflinburg, workers were saying cheers and bottoms up to everyone who came out for a special event.
The brewhouse has plenty to celebrate; out of all the brewers in Pennsylvania, Sheetz selected the Rusty Rail to help create a line of craft beer that the Sheetz will soon be sold as a limited edition beer.

Lewisburg Senior Named Presidential Scholar

KELLY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- As high school seniors are getting ready to graduate, many are getting ready for what's next. For Lewisburg Area senior Nick Jacobson, that includes going to Washington DC to accept an award. Nick was recently named a United States Presidential Scholar.
"I'm honored and humbled to be picked out of so many people," he said.
The U.S. Department of Education invited 5,200 students to apply for the awards. Only 161 were chosen based on academic merit or arts and performance.

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