- A serious case of unrest was reported at a mine near Bear Valley No. 2. The coal company had brought in power equipment to strip-mine the site, and some 500 to 700 independent miners were furious at the decision. There were open threats to blow up the (read more)
You may have heard about the drug charges filed last month precipitated by an off-hours heroin overdose at a Shamokin day care. You might know that the three men arrested all had prior criminal records related to drug possession or sales. You probably re (read more)
The fundamental contradiction of Pennsylvania's appellate court selection system is in full bloom this year. Candidates for seats that are apolitical by definition - most of whom already are judges on other courts - are out politicking, including raisin (read more)
Two and a half years after its split vote to approve a $9,350 raise for city clerk Steve Bartos, Shamokin City Council this time had some state-backed justification - rather than the recommendation of the city clerk himself - for approving a hefty raise. (read more)

Letters to the editor
As part of their observance of National Alcohol Awareness Month, the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs released a joint statement about the potential distribution and use of powdered alcohol in the commonwealth. Acting Sec (read more)
To the editor: I am writing regarding the "Crucifix-shaped mural" in your Good Friday edition of the paper. Needless to say, I am appalled at the depiction of our Lord covered in drawings that have no relevance to His deity. The unadorned cross is the mo (read more)
An open letter to Gov. Wolf, Pennsylvania legislators, taxpayers and citizens: The Pennsylvania Casino Industry provides a significant amount of tax revenues for state, county and local budgets. However, the upward surge in gambling revenue since the fir (read more)
To the editor: Rightly or wrongly, we are still in the Middle East, now supporting competing players in the region. In Iraq, we are supporting the Iraqi government forces (Shia Muslims) along with our new best friend, Iran (also Shia), against the Sunni (read more)
To the editor: The major parties are failing us. Positions will go unfilled unless citizens get involved The deadline for candidates to file to run on a "major" party ticket for the May primary has passed. Comparing the list of open positions to those wh (read more)

Sound Off
Here comes the flood We had the flood up here in the Fifth Ward in 2011 and they were going to put a small wall up for us. We pay our taxes, and when we don't, they have a fit. They got a grant and there is still no wall, so I would like to know when t (read more)

Time Machine
- There was a light frost in Shamokin, where a fire at the Raup Lumber Co. at Chestnut and Pearl streets did minimal damage thanks to fast action by fire companies. - In Sunbury, the courthouse had its hands full with 150 people showing up to hear how th (read more)
- Locals joined the nation in mourning the April 12 death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. FDR's body was being brought north from the Little White House in Warm Springs, Ga., to Washington, D.C. Eleanor Roosevelt, the first lady, and the first family (read more)