The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Rave

July 1, 2013

Cheers and jeers

Cheers: To Shikellamy High junior infielder Nick Dunn, who this season broke the school's 47-year-old, single-season batting-average record. He hit .544 over 20 games to eclipse the .523 posted by Dennis Weir in 1966: Shikellamy High's first year of existence following the merger of the Sunbury and Northumberland school districts. Weir was a senior third baseman and team captain in 1966.

Jeers: To Northumberland County Prison officials who were oblivious to five inmates on the recreation yard gathering and throwing rocks over the 30-foot-high wall surrounding the lockup on a recent Tuesday afternoon. The five were identified only after prison officials reviewed video surveillance. This wasn't the first time prisoners have chucked rocks over the wall, those who live next door complained to county and jailhouse officials. What are prison guards on the recreation yard watching if not inmates?

Cheers: To Keturah Martin, of West Milton, who was named audience choice and second runner-up at the Mrs. Pennsylvania America Pageant in Atlantic City on June 23. In addition to Martin -- Mrs. Union County -- 12 other women competed in the pageant that recognizes married women and their contributions to family and communities.

Jeers: To Middleburg teenager John J. Shaffer II, who pleaded no contest on Tuesday to 11 counts of felony burglary related to the break-ins of 10 Valley churches and one market in 2012. Shaffer, 19, may face state prison sentence, Snyder County District Attorney Michael Piecuch said. Shaffer was charged with stealing a laptop computer, snacks and refreshments and causing damage to St. Paul's Reformed Church in Beavertown; Grace Reform Church in Adams Township; St. Paul's Erdley's Lutheran Church in Jackson Township and Zion United Methodist Church in Center Township.

Cheers: To Laura Rinck, of Manhattan and formerly of Selinsgrove; Jesse Greenawalt, of Lewisburg; Denya Burris, 25, of Middleburg; Julie Mitchell, of Selinsgrove; Adam Yagel, of Selinsgrove; and Brent Kametz, of Middleburg, who ran Valley legs Thursday night and Friday morning in the One Run for Boston event. The 3,000-mile run is a fundraiser to benefit victims of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings.

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