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2008-08-05 09:01:02

By John E. Usalis, The News-Item, Shamokin, Pa. Aug. 5--GORDON -- Monday's meeting of Gordon Borough Council ended unexpectedly with Councilman Randy Huber tendering his resignation and walking out of the meeting over the controversy involving the blocking of the access road to Gordon Municipal Park. However, at the advice of borough solicitor Mark Semanchik, action on the resignation was tabled until the September meeting. The situation began during the public portion of the meeting...

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...

2008-07-25 12:01:20

By Rachel Carta, The News-Item, Shamokin, Pa. Jul. 25--Ten-year-old Matt Avellino came running into the kitchen at his grandmother's Marion Heights home to give his 94-year-old great-great-grandmother a hug. Matt, one of 21 great-great-grandchildren of Violet Feudale, said it's great having his "Bushie" within walking distance of his home. Feudale, who is legally blind, lives in the Marion Heights home of her granddaughter, Carol Wolfgang. Wolfgang, 58, said she has been caring for...

2008-07-15 09:01:06

By Domenick Moore, The News-Item, Shamokin, Pa. Jul. 15--DANVILLE -- A thief left behind a wig during an early evening robbery of a downtown jewelry store, and a second person was in custody Monday night. Borough police said a woman "dressed really nice" in a gray pantsuit was one of two suspects in the robbery of Ryan's Jewelers, 267 Mill St. The second suspect, a black male, was expected to be arraigned late Monday night. Police had no further details as of press time....

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...

2008-07-13 09:00:32

By The News-Item, Shamokin, Pa. Jul. 13--School districts in the Coal Region will receive a 2 percent to 5.17 percent increase for the 2008-09 school year, as part of the newly approved Pennsylvania state budget, according to state Rep. Robert E. Belfanti Jr., D-107. At Mount Carmel Area, last's year's basic education funding was $7,204,552. With an increase of 2 percent, the new funding will be $7,543,000. The special education funding increased from $1,022,000 to $1,042,000. Last...

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...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'