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Southern Columbia 'strategically' combating bus driver shortages

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — Southern Columbia administrators are searching for ways to hire new bus drivers after a worker shortage has led to issues with students arriving to the school on time for classes.

Southern Columbia Area School District Superintendent James Becker said the school is creatively managing transportation challenges occurring from a scarcity of certified bus drivers in the region. The school district is contracted with Fullington Trailways and Becker said the district has a good working relationship with the bus company.

“This year everyone seems to be having a hard time finding drivers,” Becker said.

He said the district is attempting to rotate which students experience delays by alternating buses. Becker said students have faced delays of up to 30 minutes


Father Martin Kobos, left, of Mother Cabrini Church in Shamokin stands beside longtime city firefighter and former councilman R. Craig Rhoades as they invite parishioner Lincoln Wynn to touch a 9/11 monument after Sunday’s 11 a.m. Mass. The monument is composed of steel from the World Trade Center. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation recently donated the monument, along with one other, to the City of Shamokin and Coal Township. Rhoades has worked closely with the foundation and spoke before each Mass about the organization’s significance.


Parishioners gather around a 9/11 monument after Sunday’s 11 a.m. Mass at Mother Cabrini Church in Shamokin. The monument is composed of steel from the World Trade Center. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation recently donated the monument, along with one other, to the City of Shamokin and Coal Township.


The ball bounces near the Mount Carmel net as Shamokin threatens during the annual Coal Shovel game Saturday at Kemp Memorial Stadium. The teams played to a 5-5 following 100 minutes of play.


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