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2008-08-01 09:00:49

By The News-Item, Shamokin, Pa. Aug. 1--A Trevorton Road teen taken into custody Thursday in connection with Tuesday's bomb threats is reportedly under supervision after a suicide threat. The News-Item learned that a 17-year-old male was taken into custody by State Police at Stonington sometime Thursday after allegedly confessing to making bomb threats in Shamokin, Coal Township and Zerbe Township. Once in custody, the teen allegedly threatened to commit suicide. Reportedly, the teen...

2008-07-27 12:00:41

By The News-Item, Shamokin, Pa. Jul. 27--WEIGH SCALES -- A man flown by Life Flight helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, following a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon at the intersection of Route 61 and Irish Valley Road is in critical condition, according to a hospital nursing supervisor. Marlin A. Lahr, 68, of Coal Township, suffered moderate injuries, police reported. Lahr was a rear-seat passenger is a 1994 Ford Econoline 150 van driven by Debra L. Popiel, 50, of...

2008-07-13 09:00:32

By Rachel Carta, The News-Item, Shamokin, Pa. Jul. 13--School districts that have a higher number of economically disadvantaged students may have lower assessment test scores, Michael Race, spokesperson for Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). That correlation seems to apply to Shamokin Area School District. In information obtained from the Times-Shamrock Newspapers' annual analysis of academic performance, Shamokin Area has the highest percentage of low-income students among...

2008-07-11 12:00:51

By John E. Usalis, The News-Item, Shamokin, Pa. Jul. 11--ASHLAND -- It will be at least another week before Ashland Borough Council finds a replacement for retired Ashland Police Officer Joseph Groody. During Wednesday's meeting, borough council tabled without discussion the agenda item to hire a new full-time officer. The meeting started late due to an executive session that lasted 65 minutes as council discussed the personnel matter with apparently no consensus found in replacing...

2008-07-11 12:00:51

By Domenick Moore, The News-Item, Shamokin, Pa. Jul. 11--COAL TOWNSHIP -- The township will be shooting for a $350,000 grant, looking to give a number of homeowners a hand in bringing their properties up to code. Township commissioners held a public hearing at Thursday's meeting on the HOME Partnership Housing grant, a federal program operated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The grant will be awarded to around 14 Coal Township homeowners that need some...

2008-07-09 15:00:26

By Rob Wheary, The News-Item, Shamokin, Pa. Jul. 9--KULPMONT -- For the second time is as many months, one of the top topics of conversation at the Kulpmont Borough Council meeting was many of the abandoned properties the borough recently made a little safer by mowing the high grass. Borough Councilman Myron Turlis said at Tuesday's meeting that borough workers cut high grass at many properties, some of which needed special equipment to get to look decent. Turlis said some of the...

2008-07-08 09:00:51

By Domenick Moore, The News-Item, Shamokin, Pa. Jul. 8--COAL TOWNSHIP -- Jim Hoffman Jr. got a call from a neighbor Monday afternoon, telling him his red 1997 GMC Jimmy was on fire. He stepped out of his home at 1308 W. Independence St. to find the SUV ablaze. "It was burning, but it wasn't fully involved," the man said, surrounded by his family and neighbors. His daughter, Kayla, a member of Coal Township Fire Rescue, called 911 around 3:15 p.m. Fifteen minutes later, the flames...

2008-07-04 15:00:34

By Mark Gilger, The News-Item, Shamokin, Pa. Jul. 4--COAL TOWNSHIP -- The operation of all-terrain vehicles is a popular past time in the coal region and beyond, but one coal company wishes these unwanted guests who trespass on its land would heed its warning -- "Keep Out." Pat Mack, vice president of Shamokin Filler Co. Inc., said, "The company has always prohibited ATV riding on its property, but the problems have gotten noticeably worse during the past two summers. Many riders believe...

2008-07-03 09:00:59

By Julie Nicolov, The News-Item, Shamokin, Pa. Jul. 3--COAL TOWNSHIP -- Township firefighters found themselves scaling the Cameron Bank Wednesday afternoon to extinguish a fire set inside a vacant building that had once been a part of the Glen Burn Colliery. Several onlookers claimed to have seen a group of kids running away from the mountain; however, Coal Township police wouldn't confirm or deny whether the fire may have been arson, and said the cause of the blaze is still under...

2008-06-30 09:02:24

By Mark Gilger, The News-Item, Shamokin, Pa. Jun. 30--EXCELSIOR -- Restore-Protect-Expand. That's the motto of Habitat for Wildlife Inc., which had an opportunity Sunday afternoon to showcase the tremendous amount of work its small group of volunteers has put forth since 2001 to improve the environment in reclaimed mine area off Route 901 above Excelsior. Dave Kaleta of Shamokin, president of Habitat for Wildlife, served as the tour guide for a program sponsored by the Central...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'