Back in 1963...
- Residents of Elysburg were trying to deal with a situation that had turned chaotic. The controversy was over a proposed sewerage plan for the borough, with segments of the population for it and another segment, led by Oliver Lorch, very much against it.
- James Hambright, a representative of the state Department of Health, was in Shamokin to address the Kiwanis Club on the subject of air pollution. Hambright, who was based in Reading, said that fires in culm banks, including the ones in Centralia, were a major contributing factor to pollution of air throughout the hard-coal region, and in the bituminous area of Pennsylvania as well.
- Shamokin Mayor Lester Weller said he was in agreement with a citizen idea to erect a memorial to the late President John F. Kennedy in Shamokin. Kennedy had been killed by an assassin's bullet in Dallas just under two weeks before, and emotion in the area was running high. The memorial eventually was set up opposite the then-offices of the Bell Telephone on Lincoln Street.
- Two days after the president was killed, his alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was slain by a nightclub operator from Dallas named Jack Ruby. The assassination had raised major questions that exist until this day, and Ruby's killing of Oswald, while he was surrounded by police, raised even more questions. The state of Texas revealed that a blue ribbon panel would be appointed by Gov. John Connolly to look into the circumstances that surrounded the situation. Connolly was himself seriously wounded in the shooting of JFK.