April 8 - A record crowd of 376 people attended the annual Service at the Cross atop the Paxinos Mountain the day before Easter. It was the 51st time the service was put on by Boy Scout Troop 250.

April 9 - Saint Catherine's Hospital of Pennsylvania, owners of the Saint Catherine Medical Center-Fountain Springs, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

April 9 - Northumberland County commissioners announced another layoff in the county district attorney's office, this time a secretarial position. DA Tony Rosini called the move an act of retaliation by Commissioner Vinny Clausi.

April 11 - Nicholas Birster, 28, of Shamokin, was apprehended quickly following a robbery at a Sunbury Street convenience store in Shamokin.

April 12 - Shamokin Area School Board voted to furlough 21 staff members, effectively eliminating music, art and physical education as stand-alone programs at the elementary level.

April 14 - Roxie "Rocky" Bingaman, 51, was pulled from his burning home in Ranshaw. The fire was blamed on careless smoking, and Bingaman succumbed to his injuries a day later.

April 17 - Northumberland County Controller Tony Phillips called the county's financial future "grim," saying it faced a $1.5 million deficit. In response, county commissioners cut three more positions.

April 18 - The judge in the St. Catherine's Medical Center bankruptcy case changed the hospital's petition from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 in order to liquidate its assets and close the hospital permanently.

April 20 - More than 150 people lined the road near Indian Hills Golf and Tennis Club to decry Gov. Tom Corbett's education funding plan, which they blamed for planned layoffs at Shamokin Area School District. Corbett, in town for a fundraising dinner for state Rep. Kurt Masser, defended his plan, and asked if local teachers had offered to take smaller raises.

April 24 - Notable primary election highlights were Ted Yeager winning the Democratic nomination to challenge state Rep. Kurt Masser, and Gene Stilp winning in the 11th Congressional District race to challenge Rep. Lou Barletta.

April 25 - Two men who operate Mount Royal Mini Mart in Ranshaw were among eight central Pennsylvania people indicted this month for allegedly operating a drug ring.

April 29 - Diocese of Harrisburg Bishop Joseph McFadden celebrated liturgy with the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius as part of the 50th anniversary celebration for Maria Joseph Manor, Danville.

April 30 - Shamokin Area administrators and school board agreed in principle to cut administrative salaries and benefits in addressing the budget deficit.