The News-Items cheers and jeers from the past week of news:

• Cheers, to an effort to make public places safer. United in Recovery will host naloxone training for owners and managers of establishments with liquor licenses from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Antioch Place, 531 N. Market St.

Naloxone, which is also known by the brand name Narcan, reverses the effect of opiates in overdose victims.

• Cheers, to Central Susquehanna Opportunities (CSO). Executive Director Gale Zalar informed attendees of her organization’s offerings at the Anthracite Region for Progress meeting on April 1. Zalar said CSO served more than 5,000 families last year, and provided a wide range of helpful services to help those in need get back on their feet. CSO, a nonprofit organization based at the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center on Arch Street in Shamokin, services a nine-county region including Northumberland, Columbia, Montour, Snyder, Union, Lycoming, Clinton, Centre and Mifflin.

• Cheers, to Gov. Tom Wolf who attracted a small crowd of interested citizens and area political figures during a brief visit Wednesday to promote his $4.5 billion “Restore Pennsylvania” initiative. The walking tour, which began at the municipal parking lot adjacent the Shamokin Post Office, tracked east on Independence Street before turning north on Shamokin Street for about a block. Wolf detailed his plans to help place municipalities such as Shamokin on a level playing field and help remove blight in small communities, which would be funded through a severance tax on natural gas drilling. Shamokin Mayor John Brown said the governor’s short appearance to the town gave some validation to those who are looking to improve the community.

• Jeers, to another “low-level threat” written on a bathroom wall in Shamokin Area Middle/High School, which prompted an hourlong lockdown Thursday. The threat was in an unspecified bathroom in the high school section of the building and a schoolwide lockdown was implemented as a precautionary measure, school officials said. A sweep by Coal Township police officers, school security personnel and administrators “found nothing” and classes resumed.

• Jeers, to a Milton Borough man who is facing multiple charges and is locked up in Northumberland County Jail for allegedly using two students to conduct drug transactions. Milton police reported Saturday that Craig A. Lytle, 34, of 21 N. Front St., will be arraigned on felony charges of manufacturing with intent to deliver a controlled substance and child endangerment, a misdemeanor of corruption of a minor and other charges as a result of information provided by a department school resource of officer for the Milton Area School District. Police said an investigation into the allegations was conducted Friday, which included a search warrant of Lytle’s apartment. Officers located more than 1.5 pounds of marijuana and nearly $2,000. Assorted paraphernalia used in the weighing and packaging of marijuana was also seized.

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It is bad form and inappropriate, in my opinion, to “jeer” anyone merely charged with a criminal act. Innocent until proven guilty. It’s a mere allegation until judge or jury makes a determination. Meanwhile the editor is tainting the minds of the potential judge or jury pool by making conclusions about the parties guilt. Editor needs to stop this.
( After conviction, maybe then it’s ok .)

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