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McElwee waives hearing week before it was scheduled



MILTON — The former vice president of Shamokin Area School Board charged with aggravated assault and other offenses waived his right to a preliminary hearing shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday, approximately a week before it was scheduled. Ronald P. McElwee, 34, of Shamokin, appeared with his attorney, Vincent V. Rovito, of Shamokin, at the office of Magisterial District Judge Michael Diehl to waive the […]

Teen expelled over threat; 824 at SASD stay home


COAL TOWNSHIP — A student at Shamokin Area Middle/High School who made a threat in school has been expelled for at least a year and is in an out-of-district youth placement center. Meanwhile, 824 district students, including approximately 47 percent of the middle/high school population, were absent Thursday as many parents decided to keep their children home after the threat was reported Wednesday morning. Shamokin […]

Police: Woman carried loaded gun into CVS, made false claims



MOUNT CARMEL — A Locust Gap woman was incarcerated on $20,000 cash bail for allegedly carrying a loaded gun without a license into a CVS. The store went into lockdown when she claimed a female was threatening her. Mount Carmel Township Chief Brian Hollenbush said on Feb. 12 a pharmacy technician at the store just outside the borough line on Locust Gap […]

Application deadline March 1 for Atlantic Sunrise grants

Each eligible organization can apply for up to $10,000

Northumberland County organizations that support emergency services, environmental preservation, youth and senior services are eligible for funding provided by the Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant Program. The application deadline is Thursday, March 1. Established in 2015, the community grant program is intended to benefit community organizations located in proximity to Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project. Williams has awarded more than $2 million across the Atlantic […]

SCA student suspended after threats of harm to self, others



CATAWISSA RR — A seventh-grade student was pulled from class at Southern Columbia Area Thursday after word reached administrators that he was threatening to hurt himself and others. Superintendent Paul Caputo said middle school classmates heard the student making comments during lunch and reported the threats to a staff member, who contacted Middle School Principal William Callahan.  The student was immediately pulled from […]

NRA-certified instructor to hold safety seminar



OVERLOOK — Grace Chapel, 126 Airport Road, will hold a church safety and security seminar led by NRA-certified instructor Ron Anderson, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17. Anderson will provide information on how to counter a mass shooter threat through being prepared with information and practical training. An advertisement for the event said the seminar is “designed […]

No MCA students in danger following threat, says Stellar



MOUNT CARMEL — A student making verbal threats at Mount Carmel Area High School was removed from school by authorities on Thursday. Superintendent Bernard Stellar said the comments made by the student were dealt with swiftly and according to school policy. “We appreciate the efforts of the administration and the Mount Carmel Township police and school resource officer (SRO) for handling […]

MC fire cause still undetermined



MOUNT CARMEL — An investigation is still pending on the cause of Sunday morning’s fire at 333 and 335 W. Sixth St. that left seven people displaced. Fire Chief Jack Williams Jr. said the fire originated in the floor of the attic of 333 W. Sixth St. with fire damaging a bathroom, bedroom ceiling and part of the attic. A wall […]

Salvation Army Thrift Store holds 13th anniversary sale



COAL TOWNSHIP — The Salvation Army Thrift Store, 1300 W. Spruce St., is stocked to the brim for its 13th anniversary sale going on today and Friday. Judy Orner, thrift store supervisor, said all clothing and shoes will be $1.13 in honor of the anniversary. Because the weather can’t make up its mind with warm, sunny days followed by frigid cold and […]

Line Mtn. superintendent debunks Penn Live report


MANDATA — Superintendent David Campbell presented statistical data during a report at Tuesday’s school board meeting debunking Penn Live’s Jan. 29 list of “the 50 worst school districts in Pennsylvania,” which ranked Line Mountain at number 8. Data used in the article was received from niche.com and included number of students, student/teacher ratio, proficiency in math and reading, graduation rate and spending […]


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