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This Week's Headline News

Camps combine
learning and Fun

In most parts of the Sentinel’s coverage area, school is ‘‘out’’ until the end of this month.

But while class may not have been in session, learning was definitely ‘‘in’’ at Williams Valley Elementary School for a few weeks this summer.

Learning and fun have been the goals of a longtime Williams Valley tradition – summer educational camps.

Acquisition of bank is official

The acquisition of Susquehanna Bancshares by North Carolina-based BB&T Corporation became official Aug. 1.

State and federal regulators approved the acquisition earlier this summer. While BB&T now formally owns Susquehanna, local branches will not bear the new logo until the fall, after a transfer of operating systems takes place.

The purchase will have little, if any, impact on the seven branch offices operated by Susquehanna Bank in the Sentinel’s coverage area, a spokesman said earlier this year. (Sentinel, May 5 issue)

The only possible job  losses or branch closing/consolidations  would occur in regions where both BB&T and Susquehanna have a presence. BB&T had no branches in Pennsylvania or any other states north of the Mason-Dixon Line prior to its Susquehanna acquisition.

Shareholders for both companies already had approved the proposal. The Susquehanna vote took place in mid-March.

Based in Lititz, Lancaster County, Susquehanna Bancshares acquired Millersburg-based Community Banks, N.A. (formerly Upper Dauphin National Bank) in 2007.

Susquehanna Bank branches are located in Dauphin, Halifax, Millersburg, Elizabethville, Lykens, Tower City and Valley View, as well more than 230 other locations in various other regions of Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and West Virginia. Susquehanna Bancshares had $18.7 billion in assets and $13.8 billion in deposits, according to balances as of March 31.

Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., BB&T was founded (1872) as Branch Banking and Trust in Wilson, a small town near Raleigh. It currently has 1,875 branches branches in 13 states, predominantly in the southeastern U.S., but also several in Maryland. BB&T Corporation posted $189.2 billion in assets and $28.2 billion in market capitalization as of March 31.

BB&T had announced in November 2014 its desire to acquire Susquehanna, offering $2.5 billion in cash and stock.

In a news release announcing the purchase, BB&T Chairman and CEO Kelly S. King stated, ‘‘Susquehanna is a strategically compelling deal, expanding our franchise into a contiguous, attractive region that presents tremendous opportunities.

‘‘The diversity of our markets is a key element  of our long-term success,’’ King also stated.


Human services funding could be affected until a budget is passed

As of the Sentinel’s Aug. 3 press time, Pennsylvania’s 2015-16 fiscal year budget impasse had yet to be resolved.

Human-service agencies that rely on funding packages from the state could soon see the effects of not having that money availability to them in a timely fashion, according to comments made to the newspaper on this topic.

Agencies such as drug-and-alcohol treatment services, domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers may be forced to borrow money to cover expenses until state funding becomes available.

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Also in this week's
Upper Dauphin Sentinel:

Tour de Millersburg - Annual event to be held Aug. 8 and 9
Sports - Youth swimming holds season finale. Silver Stragglers complete final round in championship tournament.

(And much more in this week's print edition of the Upper Dauphin Sentinel)

Addresses of area
service personnel listed

The Upper Dauphin Sentinel is accepting the names and addresses of area residents who currently serve with the U.S. Armed Forces in the Middle East.

The following names and addresses are current as of press time for this week’s issue.

Bryen Foraker and Gregory Gusler have returned from overseas.

1 SGT Delton Kreiser Jr. 

HHC 728th CSSB  

APO-AE 09366

Allen J. Rummel  

367 EAM XS/C-17  

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Additional names and a-addresses will be published as they are received and as space permits. Photos will be published if submitted. Information on area residents awaiting deployment also will be published.

This information can be:

  • faxed to the Sentinel at 692-2420;

  • e-mailed to  or

  • brought to the Sentinel office at 510 Union St., Millersburg.

For questions, address corrections or more information, call 692-4737, extension 117.

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