Year in Review 2012: May news
May 9 - Turmoil among Northumberland County commissioners continued as Rick Shoch was removed as board chairman and Vinny Clausi appointed in his place. The move came after Shoch wrote a letter to local media criticizing Clausi and Stephen Bridy's tactics.
May 10 - Five people were left homeless in a 3:30 a.m. fire at an apartment building on Sunbury Street, Shamokin.
May 10 - The driver and about 25 students had to be evacuated from a school bus on Route 61 near Paxinos after a raised dump truck bed pulled down live power wires that landed on the bus as it passed by.
May 14 - Southern Columbia became the latest to feel the pinch of the state budget crunch, voting to furlough at least 16 employees and cut four sports programs.
May 18 - Shamokin police charged a tenant of a Sunbury Street apartment building with giving false reports to police for lying about a fire. Police said Sabrina R. Hummel didn't admit to the fire starting in her kitchen.
May 19 - A barn filled with hay was destroyed by fire on the property of Augustaville Farms in Rockefeller Township. Authorities blamed the fire on an 8-year-old playing with a lighter.
May 21 - Michael Wolfe, 21, of Shamokin, pleaded guilty to charges of cruelty to animals and making unsworn falsifications for his role in discarding an ill puppy in the woods in January.
May 21 - Teachers in the Southern Columbia Area School District agreed to switch health care providers, saving the district $170,000 a year and protecting four staff members from being demoted and one from being furloughed.
May 24 - Shamokin Area teachers voted not to accept a wage freeze next school year, saying that they want to see other factions in the district make more money-saving concessions.
May 24 - Two Shamokin police officers were treated at a local hospital after being injured in a disturbance on North Marshall Street that involved the assault of an adult probation officer.
May 27 - An intense storm dropped three inches of rain in a two-hour stretch hear Routes 487 and 42 near the Catawissa Bridge, buckling roads.