Christmas Candlelight

The Weather wasn’t the best last night, but hundreds of folks gathered in the Weber Chapel on the Susquehanna University campus last night, for their 50th annual Christmas Candlelight Service. It was beautiful.

Gatlinburg fires

Search crews are still working to clear areas of the Tennessee resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge after wildfires scorched the area. At least three people were killed in what Governor Bill Haslam called the largest in a hundred years. Fourteen thousand people were evacuated from the region.

Grant for Suncom

Yesterday, the 40,000 thousand dollar Centennial Grant for the southern Tier, Synder, Unionm Northumberland and Montour counties, will go to Suncom Industries. According to the Daily Item, The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania announced the news Sunday. The grant for Suncom will be used to purchase a handicapped-accessible van.

Obama on Trump

President Obama says he thinks President-elect Donald Trump is not driven by ideology. In a White House news conference, the President described Trump as pragmatic. He called his recent meeting with Trump as very cordial. He said it was impressive that Trump was able to tap into and energize such a large group of disgruntled voters in the presidential.

Reince Priebus

President-elect Donald Trump is selecting Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as his Chief of Staff. Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon will take on the role as chief strategist and senior counselor. In a press release today, Trump said he’s, quote, “thrilled to have my very successful team continue with me in leading our country.” He called both Priebus and Bannon “highly qualified leaders” that will help make America great again. Both men worked together during the campaign, and hope to drive Trump’s agenda in the White House. The two will also work with Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Trump’s transition team.

Trump on 60 Minutes

President-elect Donald Trump says any of his supporters engaging in acts of racial discrimination and intimidation need to “stop it.” In an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Trump looked into the camera to send his warning. Thousands of demonstrators have marched in several U.S. cities in protest of Trump’s election victory last week. The President-elect said that people are protesting against him because they don’t know him and claimed that some are professionally paid demonstrators. Trump is asking people not to be afraid, because he’s going to make America great again.

ETSU Students Demonstrate Over Trump Election

JOHNSON CITY — Protests over Donald Trump’s victory in the Presidental election continued throughout the country this week and one held Friday at East Tennessee State University took a different tone than other demonstrations.

Students gathered to send a message that they are there for anyone who is feeling scared after the election results.

Safety pins were handed out as a sign to show that person is safe to talk to about the election aftermath.

Award for Local couple

Tomorrow night, after Former Northumberland County President Judge William Harvey Wiest and retired Line Mountain junior/senior high school principal Karen Wiest have been selected for the Robert W. Mertz Jr. Community Contributor Award from the Spreading Antlers Children’s Foundation. The Daily Item reports they are so giving and positive in encouraging our youth. The event will be at the Sunbury Elk’s Lodge 267. Cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and the award presentation at 8 p.m.

Clinton took donation

The Clinton Foundation says it took a one-million-dollar donation from Qatar [[ CUTT-er ]] when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. The foundation didn’t tell the State Department despite a promise to notify it about new or increased support from foreign nations. The money came in 2011 in honor of Bill Clinton’s 65th birthday and officials wanted to meet with the former president. The foundation says it took the money but didn’t consider it a significant increase in Qatari support. The foundation didn’t say if the meeting with Bill Clinton was arranged. Other nations also gave money to the foundation without the State Department being notified, including Algeria.

Republicans on FBI Decision on emails

Top Republicans are weighing in on the FBI’s decision not to change its conclusions in the Hillary Clinton email case. House Speaker Paul Ryan said that even though the FBI has cleared Clinton after re-opening the case last month, it doesn’t change the fact that Clinton “put our nation’s secrets at risk.” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus [[ ryns PREE-bus ]] said the FBI found evidence that Clinton “broke the law” by placing classified material at risk. He also said the FBI’s findings were, quote, “a damning and unprecedented indictment of her judgment.”