Skimming devices at pump

Drivers who gassed up at a Schuylkill County station are being told to check their statements after skimming devices were found inside two pumps. St. Clair police say the skimmers were unlike anything they’ve seen before and were able to steal information from about 40 people. They were found recently inside pumps Two and Eight at the Exxon Mobile on Route 61 in St. Clair. St. Clair police say the FBI and Secret Service are involved in the investigation.

Deer on bus

The school bus is for children, but earlier this week, on a ride to school in Schuylkill (Skoo koo kill) county, a deer flew in through a window at a stop. According to WNEP TV, the bus was picking up students in the Hegins area, and the bus driver said a deer went flying over the hood of the bus and another right through the window. Bus driver Curtis Zemencik said he had never seen anything like this. The deer struck one student in the thigh and another on the lip.

Better Internet Service And More Coming

Atlantic Broadband announced a $1.4 million investment plan for parts of Mifflin County. The project will bring service upgrades to residents and businesses in Derry and Decatur townships by the end of 2017. Some of the upgrades will include high-speed internet, phone and digital TV services. The sections of Derry and Decatur that will receive upgrades include homes along Back Maitland Road, areas of Glenwood Avenue, Vira Road, portions of Snook Road and Old Stage Road.

Shade Will Run

Venus Shade has announced her candidacy for Lewistown Borough Council. Shade, a lifelong resident of Lewistown, said she believes there has to be more positive changes in the borough to make it a better place for families and seniors. Shade added she would like to see more transparency from the council with information coming directly from the board. She would also like to see an incentive program for desirable businesses to locate within the borough. A native of Mifflin County, Shade is a 1989 graduate of Lewistown Area High School and a 1994 graduate of Penn State University. She earned her master’s degree in administration of justice in 2000 and has been teaching the criminal justice curriculum at South Hills School of Business and Technology in Lewistown since 2007.

Williamsport School Budget Update

A 2018 budget update was presented at the Williamsport Area School Board meeting. The district has made cuts to decrease its deficit to $1.9 million. There has been $630,000 in cuts made to the budgetary reserve, the food service fund and the human resources budget. The board also agreed to have 16 windows installed in the D Pod at the high school for $83,567. The project is funded by the capital reserve.

Local Business Man Gets Picked

Pik Rite Company, President Elvin Stoltz-fus has been named 2017 Small Business Person of the Year in Pennsylvania by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Award winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands will converge in Washington, D.C. later this month. Winners will be honored with their individual award, along with the recognition of three runners-up and the naming of the 2017 National Small Business Person of the Year. Pik Rite celebrated 30 years of USA manufacturing. Product lines range from the namesake “Pik Rite” vegetable harvesters to agricultural spreaders.

County Fuels Update

The annual Lycoming County liquid fuels allotment likely will be approved on Thursday, disbursing $150,000 to local municipalities. The county received a total of $400,000 from the liquid fuels funds, collected from a portion of each purchase at gas pumps throughout the county. A portion of the total will go to each of the county’s 52 municipalities. The funds are used to fix roads and bridges. Remaining funds will be used by the county for its own bridge and road projects. The allotments to the counties are based on each one’s population and miles of road. The municipalities also are given an allotment from the state, in addition to the county amount.

House Budget Passed

In a 114-84 vote, the state House of Representatives passed its 2018 budget proposal, doubling down on spending cuts with a “no-tax-increase” proposal. At $31 billion, the House proposal is over $800 million less than Governor, Wolf’s proposal of $32.3 billion. It continues to cut many of the departments Wolf planned to cut, such as state prison operations, while consolidating human services and reducing House and Senate costs.

GOP In Town

Some leading voices in conservative politics were gathered in Camp Hill for the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference this weekend. Congressman, Scott Perry and Senator Pat Toomey were two of the main speakers at the conference. Perry spoke about a long list of topics, including continuing to fight to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. He said he was happy to see the American Health Care Act, the bill pushed by President Donald Trump, fail, saying it wasn’t strong enough. Sen. Toomey devoted most of his speech to the battle to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neal Gorsuch.

Man Saved From Wreckage

Authorities say emergency responders rescued a man from a collapsed row house in southwest Philadelphia. When fire department crews arrived, they heard a man screaming from the rubble. Rescuers had to pick their way through the wreckage and spent nearly an hour removing piles of wood to reach the man and get him to safety. Officials said the 59-year-old man was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and listed in stable condition. The cause of the collapse is under investigation.