The News-Item’s cheers and jeers from the past week of news:

Cheers to the first responders that helped fight Tuesday’s fatal fire on Franklin Street in Shamokin. Patrolman Raymond Siko II recounted his version of events in Saturday’s News-Item and revealed valiant efforts that led to a man being saved while nearly asphyxiating from smoke inhalation. Unfortunately, as Siko pointed out, the story did not have a happy ending, as 23-year old Brea Scandle passed away during the blaze. All employees of The News-Item editorial staff would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Scandle family during this time of pain. If there is anything we can do, please feel free to reach out.

Jeers to the two actors involved in allegedly stealing phones and cash from purses while at Knoebels Amusement Resort last weekend. The Ralpho Township Police Department released security camera images of the suspects and are asking the public’s help to identify them. Knoebels has long been a community-minded, old-fashioned and family-friendly park, which makes news of the theft even more disturbing. Here’s to hoping those responsible will be brought to justice.

Cheers to local politicians and businessmen who helped bring $3,000,000 to the City of Shamokin for economic development. We hope construction can begin soon and the area can begin reaping the benefits of having a new medical facility and multiple new businesses, including hotels and a potential brewpub.

Cheers to Coal Township natives Greg and Jeff Valania for participating in another cycling event to raise money for pediatric cancer research. The Valenias traveled 192 miles over two days this weekend for the Pan-Mass Challenge, which has raised $654 million for research since its beginnings in 1980.

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