Time Machine for Monday, February 18, 2013: Back in 1948
- The state Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved the removal of the southbound track of the Reading Railroad between Shamokin and Sunbury. Riverside residents were up in arms because the PUC also OK'd the blinker lights at a grade crossing in that area. Previously, the crossing had watchmen working three shifts each day.
- Congress was taking a hard look at a peacetime draft. Area Legionaries meeting in Milton backed the idea.
- President Harry Truman was off for a Caribbean vacation and, as a parting shot, said the Republican-controlled Congress was unfit to meet crisis responsibilities.
- At John Belsky's in Tharptown, you could buy a Hudson, the car you stepped down into, and at Mount Carmel Motors, Jeeps, the darling of the military, were now being touted as all-purpose farm vehicles.
- Unemployed veterans were picketing coal operations at East Bear Park, and a miner was killed at Packer 2 at Lost Creek when a dynamite charge went off too soon.
- Democrats in Harrisburg named Ramsey Black of that city as their candidate for state auditor general.
- Top records in the area were "Manana" by Peggy Lee and "If I Only Had a Match" by Al Jolson. The top album was "It's a Great Day for the Irish" by song and dance man George Murphy, who was to become a senator from California.