The News-Items cheers and jeers from the past week of news:
• Cheers to Edward Helfrick Jr., who came to an agreement with Citizens for a Better Community (CBC) and Citizens Fireworks Inc. (CFI) in order to keep the Shamokin fireworks display alive for at least another year. The show, set for July 6, has been one of the biggest city events of the year in recent history and it would have been a shame to experience a summer without one. Members from both CBC and CFI praised Helfrick’s willingness to come up with a plan to reduce potential liabilities, which, by all accounts, stemmed from legitimate concerns.
• Jeers to numerous area students who have been involved in several alleged threats regarding local schools throughout the last month. The issues school teachers and administrators face have become increasingly difficult over time, all while being limited on how they can handle certain situations. The News-Item recognizes the efforts of area education employees.
• Cheers to Jarrod Scandle and Nate Rhodes, who recently retired from the Shamokin Police Department after numerous years of service. Both men are moving on to work as weapons and tactics training instructors at Fort Indiantown Gap. Their years of service to the community are appreciated.
• Jeers to members of the community who believe the continuation of criminal hearings somehow means the justice system is protecting the accused. The right to due process is integral to our society and should not be undermined or questioned.
• Cheers to the Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library, which held a successful and well-attended open house to help promote the importance of libraries in communities like ours. Statistics show that nearly 50%of the population of the United States visits a library at least once a year, with more than a billion visits per 12-month span.
• Cheers to the lead suspect in last month’s stabbing in Shamokin, who turned herself into authorities on Saturday. With the surrender, two fugitives remain in relation to the melee.