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December 29, 2012

2012: The Valley in Review


Two schools in top 5.5% in nation

May 23. Lewisburg. U.S. News & World Report magazine has ranked Lewisburg Area as the 15th-best academic high school in Pennsylvania and the 803rd best in the nation, according to a report released earlier this month.

Also making it high on the list: Selinsgrove Area, ranked the state’s 29th-best academic high school and nation’s 1,187th best.

The Washington-based national news magazine evaluated 21,776 public high schools in the country, including 193 from Pennsylvania. Its data is based on the 2009-10 academic year.

Meth lab busted in Dalmatia

May 29. Dalmatia. A specialized drug team was called in after state police broke up a working methamphetamine lab and arrested two people.

Police received information that the drug was being manufactured in a garage in southern Northumberland County, authorities said.

Michelle Header, 35, and Edward Fisher, 39, of 2017 Mountain Road, Lower Mahoney Township, were arrested after police said they saw the chemicals used to produce the illegal drug.

Header was apprehended on Saturday, and Fisher was caught Monday night, police said.

Robber hits McClure bank

May 30. McClure. Police said a man with a handgun entered the MCS bank at 1 E. Specht St. just after 9 a.m., Tuesday and demanded money from a teller before making off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Middleburg police officers were dispatched to the scene at 9:15 a.m. It’s approximately 16 miles from Middleburg to McClure.

Tuesday’s robber was wearing a blue baseball cap, dark glasses and a dust mask. He got inside, took the cash and left in what Middleburg police said was “possibly” a stolen car. He was described by police as a white man, about 200 pounds and was wearing a white, long-sleeved shirt and blue jeans.


St. Monica "family" bids its farewell

School closes after 62 years

June 4. Sunbury. Sunday was a day of “sadness, tempered with faith and hope” for the ceremony marking the closure of St. Monica’s Catholic School.

“There certainly is sadness here today, but as Catholics, we’re hopeful people,” the Rev. Don Cramer said.

The school was “full of faith and a lot of love,” he said. “Just to walk the halls and see how faculty and students and parents interact, it looks less like a school than a family.”

“I think we’re leaving an amazing legacy, enlightened by faith,” said Susan Bickhart, principal of the school for five years and a teacher there for 32 years. Before that, she was a student at the school, so she has spent a combined 46 years as a part of the St. Monica community.

“It’s very difficult” to have to close it now, she said.

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