Editorials
One has to admire the loyalty and confidence of parents who weren't deterred in taking their children to Jesus' Lil Helpers Day Care in Shamokin on Monday despite the facility having been the site of a heroin overdose Saturday night and apparent ongoing (read more)
Conservatives and liberals from their respective ends of the political spectrum have criticized the Medicare compromise approved last week by the House in a rare bipartisan overwhelming vote, 392-37. Conservative activists complained that the $200 billio (read more)
The News-Items' cheers and jeers for the past week of news. Cheers to Vincent M. Chesney for his seventh annual Slavic Performing Arts Heritage Festival, held Thursday at the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center in Shamokin. With the theme "Anthr (read more)

Letters to the editor
To the editor: Retired judges (or their spouses) get an average pension of $68,000 a year. Retired legislators with only 16 years of service receive an average pension of $52,000 a year. Retired state senators at age 50 with at least eight years of ser (read more)
To the editor: By this time everyone has heard the word "autism" combined with other frightening words like "epidemic," "spectrum disorder," "lifelong diagnosis," "neurodevelopmental disorder." You may see news stories about it or hear morsels of statist (read more)
HARRISBURG - In testimony before the House State Government Committee, Pennsylvania State Education Association President Mike Crossey urged legislators to learn from past mistakes on pension issues and stay away from proposals that make the pension debt (read more)
To the editor: The Pennsylvania School Boards Association is encouraged by legislation being proposed by Sen. Ryan Aument and Rep. Stephen Bloom that would provide school districts flexibility in managing their professional staff. Currently, school distr (read more)
To the editor: I've been watching the battle between the council and citizens in Kulpmont. I know, I'm not from Kulpmont, and maybe some will say stay out of our business. You're right, but I thought a month ago when citizens said Bob Chesney should run (read more)

Sound Off
Game of life This is for the person bashing teachers: You had the same chance at life that they did. You should have earned a degree. Worry about something else. No Mrs. Rogers I want to let the person who left a flyer in my mailbox in Kulpmont about th (read more)

Time Machine
- State officials issued warnings to those in the Shamokin region about the danger from forest fires in late March and early April before the greening-up process had a chance to dampen the forests. - The body of T-4 John Renn, of South Sixth Street, was (read more)
- State officials issued warnings to those in the Shamokin region about the danger from forest fires in late March and early April before the greening-up process had a chance to dampen the forests. - The body of T-4 John Renn, of South Sixth Street, Sham (read more)