SUNBURY - Thirty-five properties were sold for $174,904.79 Wednesday at a county judicial sale conducted by the tax claim bureau and volunteer auctioneer and county commissioner Vinny Clausi.

Janice Nestico, tax claim director, said she was disappointed more of the 75 available properties were not sold, but was still thankful for the income generated by the sale that put 35 properties back on the tax rolls.

Nestico said the highest sale was $68,000 for a property at 291 E. Valley Ave. (Route 487), Elysburg. The lowest sale was $1,320.55 for a property at 613-615 W. Spruce St., Shamokin.

A total of 11 properties were sold in Shamokin. Eight each were sold in Coal Township and Mount Carmel. Two properties were sold in Zerbe Township. One each was sold in Mount Carmel Township, Kulpmont, Ralpho Township, Milton, Sunbury and Watsontown.

"It's good when we have more local buyers because those people generally fix up their properties and have more pride in taking care of them than out-of-state purchasers," Nestico said. "It's good to sell as many as we can, but when people from out of the area don't do anything to them, it ends up being a problem because the blight still exists."

Nestico said local residents often buy neighboring properties so they can control who lives next door or raze them for additional parking areas.

She said 55 properties were sold for $189,728.35 at the last judicial sale in November. She said another judicial sale will be held by the county Nov. 19.