- The weekly newspaper was virtually the only source of news in that time, and since it was a presidential election year, the news was almost exclusively political. There were several local stories. The sheriff's sale of the Glendower Iron Works, a large (read more)
Way back when, on a young lady's milestone birthday, it was not uncommon for her dear old granny or maiden aunt to wistfully acclaim her for being, "Sixteen and never been kissed." Everybody smiled and said, "ah, isn't she sweet?" even on those rare occa (read more)
Pennsylvanians approach the scale with greater trepidation than anyone else in the Northeast. In their annual assessment of obesity in America, the nonprofit and nonpartisan Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that Pen (read more)
Like every state in the Northeast, Pennsylvania has been in the throes of an opiate drug epidemic for several years. But unlike those other states, the commonwealth has not yet allowed emergency personnel a key tool that they could use to prevent overdos (read more)
Three years ago today, Knoebels Amusement Resort ­- amazingly enough - reopened for its normal fall season weekend schedule after 10 days of cleanup from the Flood of 2011. Knoebels and most of Northumberland County were hit hard by flooding, which, at t (read more)

Letters to the editor
August 29, 2014 Attention: Mr. Bruno R. Varano, council president. Dear Mr. Varano: We are writing to you regarding the loan obligation with USDA in the amount of $1,470,000 for construction of a new municipal building in Kulpmont Borough. There are seve (read more)
To the editor: Kulpmont Borough Council's willful withholding of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Aug. 29 letter tells it all. Repeatedly, borough citizens have criticized council for not being open, candid and transparent. When asked at the Septembe (read more)
To the editor: Not to kick the can once more, but it is a shame that this Kulpmont building issue is proceeding down the road as it is when all it took was to have a citizen-council committee two years ago. The plans would have been finalized, the site w (read more)
To the editor: In the run­up to the 2012 presidential election, a number of e­mails circulated portraying President Obama negatively and asking recipients to forward the information to as many people as possible. The problem was that most of the "informa (read more)
To the editor: Imagine if people throughout the world could master these principles, our world would certainly be a much better place. When you love, you are loved. When you care for others, you are cared for. When you give of yourself abundantly, you ga (read more)

Sound Off
Mr. Peanut I am getting sick of this peanut-free stuff at the school. It is peanut-free bus, peanut-free class and peanut-free cafeteria. Why should all children be punished in the classroom because of one child's allergies? They are being told what they (read more)

Time Machine
- Shamokin Mayor Lester Weller had some good news. The Northumberland County Treasurer's Office had been all set to sell the American Legion Building on Independence Street for back taxes. The taxes, for a four-year period, amounted to more than $8,500. (read more)
- In Pottsville, a trial which ultimately attracted national attention was set to begin. It had every element of soap opera in it. The home of a wealthy Pottsville coal baron, John Rich, had been robbed of valuables and cash amounting to nearly $500,000. (read more)