- There had been a mixture of snow and rain in the area, which led to a warning from Shamokin Police Chief George Haddock. The chief said his men were going to get tough with coal truck drivers who did not drain their cargos sufficiently. In freezing weather, the chief said, the trucks, which leaked a significant amount of water almost constantly, created dangerous icy conditions.

- The area Jaycees announced the home of Paul Zelinskie on South Pearl Street won the organization's Christmas lighting contest. That announcement was made by Jaycee President Jack Rosini.

- The Shamokin News-Dispatch ran a photograph furnished by Thomas Studio. The shot, taken some 40 years before in January 1922, a wide angle of a large group of men in Shamokin for the United Mine Workers convention of that year. Burgess A.G. Shissler was in the picture, of course, but so were some men destined to become some of the most legendary names in the history of the world labor movement. They were John J. Lewis, William Green and Phillip Murray.

- Gov.-elect William Scranton responded to an invitation from former President Dwight D. Eisenhower to visit the Eisenhower farm near Gettysburg. The two men met for well over an hour, and Scranton came away saying that Ike thought Pennsylvania's biggest problem was what the former president called "the curse of unemployment."