One of the bright spots in another otherwise contentious year in Northumberland County government is the coordinated effort to collect delinquent court fines and costs, along with restitution owed to victims of crime, from convicted criminals. The unprec (read more)
It's funny how you love some Christmas songs and absolutely can't stomach others. Nowadays, the good and the bad are all part of the backdrop of daily life for weeks on end. You hear Christmas music while you shop, when you turn on the car radio, when yo (read more)
In 2014, Pennsylvania selected a new governor, rejected an old governor and voted decisively to be indecisive about which party should control state government. Voters overwhelmingly handing the executive branch to Democrats while just as overwhelmingly (read more)
By becoming the first candidate to defeat an incumbent Pennsylvania governor, Gov.-elect Tom Wolf made history and created an unprecedented problem. Wolf recently announced that the costs of his transition into the governor's office will be borne by priv (read more)
The number of Americans who choose to live alone continues to grow. So finds a recent Current Population Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau. According to The Washington Post, the survey found that "the proportion of Americans who live alone has grown stea (read more)

Letters to the editor
Dear Santa Claus: Santa, it is up to you to save Christmas. All I want for Christmas is that people care about Christmas. Toy companies are destroying Christmas because they are brainwashing kids, and their parents can't afford it, and when it is Christm (read more)
To the editor: I am in total agreement with the letter written to your newspaper by Charles Shuey. When someone breaks the law, that person will have to suffer the consequences, whether that person be black or white. Somehow, we must teach our children t (read more)
To the editor: Having degrees in science and biology and having taught the subjects for 11 years, and having met Dr. Michael Behe personally a number of times, I affirm points made by Howard Burge in his letter to the editor Dec. 6. The discovery of the (read more)
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta Wednesday issued a statement regarding the House of Representatives' passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act by a vote of 404-to-17. The act amends the Internal Revenue Service code to establish t (read more)
To the editor: The recent deaths of two black men, who died while fighting with police, have kicked the liberal spin machine into overdrive. In their view, it's all about racism and the "targeting" of young black males by police. This viewpoint has been (read more)

Sound Off
Sanctions work Because of the tremendous drop in gas prices and the harsh sanctions we have imposed on Russia, their economy is in free fall. Without funds, Putin's military advances into other republics have halted, proving that sanctions work. Militar (read more)

Time Machine
- The area was in the grip of zero degree weather, which didn't look too bad compared to 51 below in West Yellowstone, Mont., or in Billings, Mont., where the high for the day was 20 below zero. - The big issue in the area was whether or not the name "Co (read more)
- It was fair and cold in the area, where state police announced still another crackdown on illegal one- armed bandit slot machines. - The Young Men's Hebrew Association of Shamokin, with businessman David Hirch as chairman, was getting set for its annua (read more)