The News-Item’s cheers and jeers from the past week of news.
• Jeers, to the latest effort by Gov. Tom Wolf to impose a fee on municipalities that rely on state troopers, instead of a local police force, is generating new conversations, if not an embrace, as budget makers try to end the constitutionally questionable use of highway dollars to underwrite the Pennsylvania State Police. This is the third time Wolf, a Democrat, has tried to impose a fee on a lengthening list of municipalities that are closing their police departments.
• Cheers, that repairing the American Legion building in the city is among 43 community revitalization projects across the commonwealth to be approved for state support. Gov. Tom Wolf announced Feb. 25 the approval of $200,000 through the Keystone Communities program to the landmark building, which has been at the corner of Liberty and Independence streets since 1922. Improvements will include roof replacement, plumbing repairs/replacement and electrical and efficiency improvements.
• Jeers, to the Florida-based TrueCore Behavioral Solutions, which opened at the Northumberland County South Campus in October 2017, and will not renew its lease with the county. The lease expires June 30. The company, which is closing, operates a treatment program known as the Coal Township Youth Academy for at-risk males ages 13 to 18 in three buildings on county-owned property near Northumberland County Jail. The property formerly was the home of Northwestern Academy. TrueCore plans to continue operations until the building lease ends or the county commissioners assign the lease, whichever occurs first.
• Jeers, to the vandals whom police in Kulpmont, Ashland and Pottsville are seeking who are responsible for smashing out many building windows Wednesday into Thursday using small white marbles. In Kulpmont, Patrolman Stephen Mazzeo said five buildings were affected on Chestnut Street, including Shimock’s Furniture, on 900 Chestnut St.