FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — Southern Columbia Area School District students attending grades five through eight will be moving to a virtual learning model for the remainder of the week after two staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

SUNBURY — With more than 11,000 requests received for mail-in ballots and a surplus of individuals registering to vote for the first time in mind, officials in Northumberland County are confident the county is ready for Election Day.

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HARRISBURG — State data released Monday, which reflects the last two days, showed an increase in confirmed new cases of COVID-19 of 69 locally. Two new deaths were reported, one each in Montour and Northumberland counties.

SUNBURY — The following defendants were sentenced in Northumberland County Court of Common Pleas:

MILTON — As 8-year-old Lillian Yoder helped her mother Rachel and 5-year-old brother Wyatt unload a bag of canned food items at the Milton Public Library, she proudly announced that she has high expectations for a food drive the library has just launched.

NORTHUMBERLAND — The northern section of the $865 million Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation (CSVT) project is expected to be open to traffic in 2022, according to officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

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COAL TOWNSHIP — Students in grades seven through 12 at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School were dismissed Thursday morning when two unrelated positive COVID-19 cases in the junior-senior high school were reported, according to Principal Sister Mary Anne Bednar.

MILTON — The number of COVID-19 cases among staff members at the Milton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is again growing, according to information posted on the center's website.

TURBOTVILLE — Due to ongoing problems with illegal dumping, Lewis Township, Northumberland County, will be ending the drop-off hours at its recycling center after Monday, Dec. 28.

MOUNT CARMEL — Mount Carmel Area Ministerium Food Pantry is in need of additional volunteers to assist with food distributions under a new schedule that will go into effect in November.

HARRISBURG — Legislation that would rebrand the “Steer Clear Law” as the “Move Over Law” to clarify how motorists should react when approaching or passing an emergency response area has been sent to the governor’s desk for enactment.

The American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to ensure a strong blood supply for patients as the U.S. braces for flu season while in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SUNBURY — The following defendants were sentenced in Northumberland County Court of Common Pleas:

SHAMOKIN — Wednesday’s search for a city man wanted by state parole agents for absconding led to the seizure of about $10,000 worth of methamphetamine and heroin, more than $1,800 in cash and an assortment of drug paraphernalia.

SUNBURY — Another magisterial district judge has recused himself from hearing a case involving a Shamokin man accused of making terroristic threats toward Shamokin Councilwoman Jennifer Seidel and her husband, Erik Seidel, after a Sept. 14 council meeting.

PAXINOS — An inaugural benefit golf tournament for the Bunker Hill Sports Complex that was held on Saturday, Oct. 17, was a huge success according to Dick Kashner, president of the Bunker Hill Sports Complex. The complex includes four little league ballfields, for both boys and girls competi…

MOUNT CARMEL — Two men who attempted to flee Scicchitano’s Ace Hardware Store on Oak Street on Friday night after stealing a tool box are in county prison after being detained by the owner-operator of the store and a bystander.

WILLIAMSPORT – Thirty-two nonprofit organizations in Northumberland County will receive a combined $177,359 from the second wave of COVID-19 United Community Funds, which are meant to ensure that nonprofits have the support they need to provide services during the pandemic.