Day: June 1, 2017

Taxes up, staff down at LM

By Sarah DeSantis, The News-Item

MANDATA — Despite eliminating two teaching positions and raising taxes by 2.53 mills, Line Mountain School District faces a more than $400,000 deficit for the 2017-18 school year.
The board approved a $19,462,037 budget that would raise the average tax bill by $36 on a 6-1 vote Tuesday, May 23.
The lone dissenting vote was cast by Director Marlin Yeager Jr., who said he has heard many residents say taxes are too high in the district.
Superintendent David M. Campbell advocated for the tax increase, saying he felt the district had no other choice. Even after cutting a kindergarten teacher and an elementary reading specialist, the district faced a $586,301 deficit. Both positions were eliminated through retirements, he said. (more…)

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Beloved, generous judge passes

By Sarah DeSantis, The News-Item

cs01judgewiestdiesP1SUNBURY — Senior Judge William H. Wiest passed away Saturday.
The longtime county judge was celebrated as a fixture of kindness and generosity in Northumberland County, especially in the Dalmatia area, where he resided for most his life.
Though perhaps best known as a judge, Wiest was a notable philanthropist. In addition to other charitable acts, he and his wife, Karen, helped initiate a program through the Spreading Antlers Children’s Foundation that brought local elementary school students to the Sunbury YMCA for swimming lessons. The couple also established a scholarship program in memory of two of their children for Line Mountain School District students. (more…)

Mary D. Kimmel

Mary D. Kimmel, 81, of Donaldson, died Friday, May 26, 2017 at the Gardens at York Terrace Nursing Home, Pottsville.

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William H. Wiest

William Harvey “Bill” Wiest, currently of rural Sunbury, but a resident of Dalmatia most of his life, died Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the Geisinger Medical Center as a result of a injuries received in an accidental fall at his home on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

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Harry F. Harring

Harry F. Harring, 90, of Cressona, formerly of Pitman, died Sunday, May 28, 2017 at the Lehigh Valley Hospital E. Norwegian, Pottsville.

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