The News-Item

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The News-Item is the main newspaper serving the City of Shamokin, Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas. It is based in Shamokin. It is owned by Times-Shamrock Communications.

The paper is headed by Henry Nyce and Andy Heintzelman, publisher and managing editor, respectively. Heintzelman writes a weekly columns: Zyla critiques automobiles, and Heintzelman deals with topical issues.

Scott Griffiths is the IT Manager and Creative Services manager. The Creative Services Assistant Manager is Jessica Hine. Also in Creative Services are technicians Amber Bebenek and Glenn "Omar" A. Knarr.

News editors include Mallory Szymanski, Domenick "Zorro" Moore and Julie Nicolov. Nicolov writes a weekly column, "Don't Get Me Started," that runs every Friday. In it, Nicolov tackles anything that catches her fancy, from local to national topics.

Additional staff writers and reporters include: Mark Gilger, Rob "Kaiser" Wheary, Rachel Carta and Justin "Straw-dawg" Strawser.

The sports department consists of Editor Charlie Roth and writers Chuck "Sooders" Souders and Dan "Beast of" Burda.

Mike "Frog" Staugaitis and Larry Deklinski serve as the paper's photojournalists. Staugaitis also collates and edits the popular "Sound Off" column, a public forum-style feature where readers can air out their concerns or offer congratulations or criticism. Staugaitis will occasionally offer a witty and humorous opinion via his "Frog's Take" response.

The prepress and IT departments is run by Web master Scott Griffiths, and includes Jessica Hine and Amber Bebenek.

Former publisher Greg Zyla moved to Towanda, Pa. in Sept. of 2008 as he has been promoted to the company's Daily Review newspaper, where he will serve as publisher. Zyla has also been named President of Towanda Printing Company, a new printing facility that prints over 30 publications weekly. Ten of the publications are owned by Times-Shamrock. Zyla will also oversee his parent company's nine weekly newspapers in the Community Weekly Group, which stretch from Ithaca, New York to Stroudsburg, Pa. Dave Barry is the Weekly Group General Manager, who will report to Zyla.

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