The three supervisors in Valley Township have wisely voted to send a building inspector to visit three motels in Montour County that have reportedly fallen into disrepair.

For nearly two years now, The Daily Item, along with CNHI newspapers across the nation, has tried to gauge the Pulse of the Voters in a series of special reports based on the key issues during the first term of President Donald Trump.

The Susquehanna Valley Mall has struggled in recent years, hardly earth-shattering news. But it was welcome to see a handful of new tenants fill in some of the vacancies, offering a bit of hope that a new-look mall could not just survive, but thrive.

We are glad to see that the Northumberland County Commissioners have identified a source of funding for a mandatory purchase that will total about $1 million.

This week, as we continue to honor veterans, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) is pointing to a “critical need” for U.S. military veterans who would consider serving once again — this time as mentors to fellow veterans.

At 90 years old David Tuck’s words resonated. His message was and still is really simple. “Hate will destroy you,” he told a rapt audience at Danville Area High School this week.

This past week, only about a third of the Valley’s registered voters actually showed up to be counted. Of the 111,593 people registered, 77,168 chose not to have their voices heard in an election that hit just about every important facet of local life, including county commissioners and scho…

School leaders at two Valley districts are wise to at least consider a program that could offer freshmen tools to help them transition to the increased academic, social and emotional rigors of high school.

By all indications, Union and Snyder counties are off to a good start with their new voting and tabulation systems and now stand in an excellent position to handle the big presidential election set for next year.

Police and other highway and safety officials have been pleading with motorists for years to slow down while driving through work zones.

A state constitutional question that will appear on today’s election ballot is in the midst of a court dispute, but the state Supreme Court made it clear Monday that voters can still cast their votes.

After more than a decade of stagnation, it is certainly welcome news that Great Stream Commons seems to finally have a potential anchor tenant.

Tuesday is a big day. Our minds and newsfeeds may still be inundated with next November when Americans head to the polls in the presidential election. But Tuesday’s general election matters, it really matters.

Pennsylvania continues to emerge from decades-old laws that have hindered far too many parts of citizens’ lives. The latest evolution comes at the ballot box where Act 77 — signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday — creates a series of election reforms designed to bring the commonwealth …

Due to a rainy weather forecast, Saturday night is now the night to watch out for ghosts and goblins — and other costumed children roaming neighborhoods in search of candy.

Two different stories crossed our desks here in the newsroom within the span of one week, prompting a consensus among everyone who was working here those nights. It’s wonderful that volunteers are taking the time to introduce fun, healthy activities to young people that they can enjoy for th…

In recent months, The Daily Item has filed numerous Right to Know requests to shine the light on information we think the public should know.

Balancing and managing a budget — for a home, school district, municipality or nation — is never easy. There are always moving parts and unexpected costs that create issues with the bottom line. That’s why Sunbury Mayor Kurt Karlovich deserves a tip of the cap for his proactive approach to t…

State legislation enacted in 2016 has enabled the Montour County Commissioners to generate a sustainable source of revenue for an important mission — preserving the Montour Preserve.

By this time next year, Pennsylvania hunters may be permitted to hit the woods on select Sundays in a reasonable resolution to the long-standing issue of Sunday hunting.

Members of the Eastern Snyder County Regional Authority (ESCRA) could create an economic crisis in four Snyder County municipalities and the potential economic damages and potential losses may be impossible to calculate.

One of the best, most beneficial ways to use state grant money would be to enhance the children’s section of a public library.

In an attempt to run around a Supreme Court ruling, the federal government through the U.S. Census Bureau is asking states, including Pennsylvania, for driver’s license records which traditionally include citizenship data.

The Valley will be well represented in the nation’s capital this holiday season. This week, a 23-foot-tall Douglas Fir from Mahantango Valley Farms was selected as the White House’s official Christmas tree, a terrific, once-in-a-lifetime honor for the Valley farm.

Food inspection reports that The Daily Item publishes the first Sunday of each month are among the most popular pieces of content we publish. The hope is people read them for safety reasons; undoubtedly some read or click on the list for the occasional gross report.

On one day last week, Sunbury’s police department handed out more than two dozen warnings for jaywalking in the city. It’s part of a safety push this month with police following a directive from the mayor. We trust police also kept their eyes on actual crime that day.

One of the widest inflatable dams in the world — the one that stretches across the Susquehanna River between Shamokin Dam and Sunbury — has an extended history of pesky maintenance issues.

Years ago if boys walked down the halls of Valley schools and their hair touched their shirt collars, a teacher was likely to send them home, a snap judgment based on looks alone.

It has been 663 days, nearly two years, since Dr. Raymond Kraynak was charged by federal officials on 12 counts of illegal distribution or dispensing and five counts of illegal distribution or dispensing of opioids resulting in death. According to the indictment, Kraynak prescribed more than…

Chris Hoffman and the pigs on his McAlisterville farm have given Pennsylvanians bragging rights for the next year.

Companion bills in the state House and Senate clearly have the best intentions — increase student access to school counselors, psychologists and social workers.

Today is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 5 general municipal election, and those who are registered will have an opportunity to vote on a proposed state constitutional amendment that would offer specific constitutional rights to crime victims.

Earlier this year, The Daily Item produced a special report about local hospitals having difficulty filling gaps in certain disciplines. That report came on the heels of a statewide CNHI report about jobs, offering an in-depth look at employers looking for workers.

The Associated Press reported this week that there have been more than 1,000 cases of serious lung injuries and 18 deaths reported in users of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. Pennsylvania announced Friday its first death, making the total 19. Some stores — including Walmart — have …

College student-athletes — who have long benefitted from full scholarships handed out by prestigious universities and the luxuries that come with that — may now finally have the right to earn money as non-athletes across campus have for years.

After initiating and working through a formal Right to Know Law process, we have learned that Lewisburg and East Buffalo Township have spent a combined $30,075 so far on an intergovernmental dispute that could have been resolved at no cost to taxpayers in a meeting room.

Over the past week, three of Pennsylvania’s most prominent Democrats — Gov. Tom Wolf, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Attorney General Josh Shapiro — all threw their support behind the legalization of recreational marijuana across the state.

People appear before state committees nearly every day lawmakers are in Harrisburg, offering their personal and professional views on new proposals or modifications to existing law.

Sunbury officials have done an admirable job slowly bringing stability, respectability and credibility back into a city police department that desperately needed it.