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For centuries, generation after generation has called the banks of the Susquehanna River home, from its genesis in upstate New York, its bisection of the Valley before emptying in the Chesapeake Bay in Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Sunbury City officials appear to be making prudent decisions to move the potential development of the former Knight-Celotex property forward — focusing on studies and other preliminary groundwork that will help attract developers and investors while carefully considering whether the proposed…

It was terrific to hear members of Susquehanna University’s men’s basketball team talk about community engagement during their visit to a Selinsgrove kindergarten class on Friday morning.

On his first full day as governor, Josh Shapiro threw a life preserver to 65,000 Pennsylvanians. In the first executive order of his new administration, Shapiro removed the college degree requirement on an estimated 65,000 jobs in the commonwealth government.

Government at all levels works best when more people are involved. Whether it is running for office — and judging by the announcements running nearly daily in this newspaper maybe more are — voting in elections or actively attending meetings and holding power accountable, it is important to …

The growing number of law enforcement agencies across the Valley, state and nation adding body cameras to their tool kit is a good thing, for both the officers and the citizens they are charged with protecting.

There are numerous high-profile fundraisers that fill our calendars each year, raising money and awareness for everything from homeless shelters to cancer research to food banks.

Good on Warden Tom Reisinger and the staff at the Northumberland County Jail for earning full compliance with the bevy of standards set in place by the state Department of Corrections (DOC).

Help is there — even if it is just a voice on the other end of the line or someone responding to a text — and the terrific news about the 988 mental health helpline is that tens of thousands of people are reaching out for help.

The medical emergency suffered by Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin during an NFL game on Jan. 2 demonstrates that anyone, of any age, can slip into cardiac arrest anywhere, at any time.

Pennsylvania agriculture employs nearly a half million people and contributes $185 billion a year to the state’s economy, so it is smart to invest in the continuing growth and future of this vital industry.

Governor-elect Josh Shapiro wasn’t kidding when he said last year that he wanted people to work in his administration that wanted to wear a “Pennsylvania jersey” as opposed to those siloed with red or blue jerseys.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, a time to remember that trafficking — the exploitation of people using force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of commercial sex, forced labor, or domestic servitude — is happening in Pennsylvania and in our Valley.

Valley residents who want to gain valuable insight into who, how and why Pennsylvania’s state police force works should be proactive and sign up for upcoming public sessions that present teachable moments.

For eight full days each January, hundreds of agricultural exhibits, more than 4,000 animals, farm equipment, competitions and food fill about a million square feet at the Pennsylvania Farm Show complex in Harrisburg.

Despite Pennsylvania House Republicans holding a current 101-99 voting majority, state Rep. Mark Rozzi, a Democrat from Berks County, was elected as the new speaker on Tuesday.

Outside-the-box thinking, the language Snyder County Prison Warden Scott Robinson used in describing ways to fill gaps in staffing at the prison is the right way to look at opening doors for people who have not been options for the roles in the past.

Good news continues to develop for anyone looking for a more efficient, timely and comfortable passenger train ride anywhere between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Valley church leaders say their houses of worship have evolved over the last three years. So while in-person attendance may be down, they are confident their message is reaching more people than ever.

Several headlines in recent weeks have highlighted significant upgrades to emergency response fleets across the region. Each new vehicle, whether a new patrol vehicle for police, tanker engine for a local fire company or an ambulance adds to the safety and protection of Valley residents.

The season of giving and togetherness reaches its peak this weekend. Christmas arrives today, Kwanzaa is celebrated Monday and the eight-day Hanukkah celebration concludes Monday evening.

For the first time in six years, Pennsylvania’s gas tax will rise as the calendar rolls into 2023. The news comes as gas prices have slowly decreased since spikes upward of $5 a gallon earlier this year, where they now average $3.63 a gallon statewide, about 53 cents more than the national average.

More than two years after their season was shut down, four former Mount Carmel Area football players will appear in court for their alleged roles in hazing incidents that rattled the state’s all-time winningest program in 2020.

As we approach 2023, it’s time to break out a new congressional roster because there have been some significant lineup changes for residents of Union and Snyder counties and a portion of Northumberland County.

For the past 31 years — since 1991 — Haven Ministry, a homeless shelter in Sunbury, has been providing a temporary home, hot meals and an incalculable amount of hope for more than 5,000 individuals and families.

Fred Keller went to Washington, D.C., in 2019 as the first resident of Snyder County to serve in Congress. When he left Harrisburg to replace Tom Marino, he was known as a deliberate lawmaker, one other state legislators came to in an effort to understand complicated bills because they knew …

The evolving duck problem in East Buffalo Township was quickly managed in an appropriate and sensible way in recent weeks with all sides seemingly emerging happy with the final outcomes agreed upon this week.

Before their heads hit their pillows on Wednesday night, nearly all students in the Valley knew they were either off on a snow day Thursday or would be studying remotely.

Context, perspective and understanding are among key factors within the administration of justice in our court systems, and fortunately, judges at the highest levels of Pennsylvania’s courts are taking the lead in promoting a higher level of awareness among all court personnel on issues rela…

It’s not often that the government asks all of us — people going about our normal lives out here — to review information in a national database and report errors.

Saturday morning, the Southern Columbia football community and school district should have been celebrating another first: Becoming the first high school football program in Pennsylvania to win six consecutive state championships.

The intersection of Fourth and Market streets in Sunbury marks the heart of the city’s business district. While Cameron Park, or even its partner Merle Phillips Park a block west, is probably the communal hub of the city, the four-way cross at Fourth and Market has sort of personified Sunbur…

Today, The Daily Item wraps up its year-long look at mental health in the Valley. Over the course of the past nine months, reporter Justin Strawser has touched on everything from the shortage of care providers, students struggling to get back on track following COVID and mental health strugg…

In describing John Gordner, who has served a large portion of the Valley in Harrisburg as a state Representative and then Senator for 30 years, Lynda Schlegel Culver called him “generous, accessible and invested.”

The new state law that recently went into effect upgrades penalties for certain offenses for driving under the influence, adding more stringent penalties for some violations, especially repeat violations.

After years of hand-wringing reluctance, members of the state House of Representatives finally voted to put a stop sign up in front of the state-owned car lot, endorsing a rule change that ends the ability for lawmakers in the state House — not the Senate — from requesting state-owned cars o…

Inside one of the many historic, robust buildings that form the center of Milton’s downtown business district, some space has been prepared for projects that will stir imaginations, boost creativity and expand knowledge.

While there is an interesting dichotomy when it comes to book bans, any discussion must begin with the premise that banning books is generally a bad idea.

Several headlines in recent weeks have highlighted significant upgrades to emergency response fleets across the region. Each new vehicle, whether a new patrol vehicle for police, tanker engine for a local fire company or an ambulance adds to the safety and protection of Valley residents.

The season of giving and togetherness reaches its peak this weekend. Christmas arrives today, Kwanzaa is celebrated Monday and the eight-day Hanukkah celebration concludes Monday evening.

For the first time in six years, Pennsylvania’s gas tax will rise as the calendar rolls into 2023. The news comes as gas prices have slowly decreased since spikes upward of $5 a gallon earlier this year, where they now average $3.63 a gallon statewide, about 53 cents more than the national average.

More than two years after their season was shut down, four former Mount Carmel Area football players will appear in court for their alleged roles in hazing incidents that rattled the state’s all-time winningest program in 2020.

As we approach 2023, it’s time to break out a new congressional roster because there have been some significant lineup changes for residents of Union and Snyder counties and a portion of Northumberland County.

For the past 31 years — since 1991 — Haven Ministry, a homeless shelter in Sunbury, has been providing a temporary home, hot meals and an incalculable amount of hope for more than 5,000 individuals and families.

Fred Keller went to Washington, D.C., in 2019 as the first resident of Snyder County to serve in Congress. When he left Harrisburg to replace Tom Marino, he was known as a deliberate lawmaker, one other state legislators came to in an effort to understand complicated bills because they knew …

The evolving duck problem in East Buffalo Township was quickly managed in an appropriate and sensible way in recent weeks with all sides seemingly emerging happy with the final outcomes agreed upon this week.

Before their heads hit their pillows on Wednesday night, nearly all students in the Valley knew they were either off on a snow day Thursday or would be studying remotely.

Context, perspective and understanding are among key factors within the administration of justice in our court systems, and fortunately, judges at the highest levels of Pennsylvania’s courts are taking the lead in promoting a higher level of awareness among all court personnel on issues rela…

It’s not often that the government asks all of us — people going about our normal lives out here — to review information in a national database and report errors.

Saturday morning, the Southern Columbia football community and school district should have been celebrating another first: Becoming the first high school football program in Pennsylvania to win six consecutive state championships.

The intersection of Fourth and Market streets in Sunbury marks the heart of the city’s business district. While Cameron Park, or even its partner Merle Phillips Park a block west, is probably the communal hub of the city, the four-way cross at Fourth and Market has sort of personified Sunbur…

Today, The Daily Item wraps up its year-long look at mental health in the Valley. Over the course of the past nine months, reporter Justin Strawser has touched on everything from the shortage of care providers, students struggling to get back on track following COVID and mental health strugg…

In describing John Gordner, who has served a large portion of the Valley in Harrisburg as a state Representative and then Senator for 30 years, Lynda Schlegel Culver called him “generous, accessible and invested.”

The new state law that recently went into effect upgrades penalties for certain offenses for driving under the influence, adding more stringent penalties for some violations, especially repeat violations.

After years of hand-wringing reluctance, members of the state House of Representatives finally voted to put a stop sign up in front of the state-owned car lot, endorsing a rule change that ends the ability for lawmakers in the state House — not the Senate — from requesting state-owned cars o…

Inside one of the many historic, robust buildings that form the center of Milton’s downtown business district, some space has been prepared for projects that will stir imaginations, boost creativity and expand knowledge.

While there is an interesting dichotomy when it comes to book bans, any discussion must begin with the premise that banning books is generally a bad idea.