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How to place an obituary in The News Item

For information on submitting an obituary, please contact The News Item by phone at 570-644-NEWS ext. 2, or email at [email protected] or fax at 570-648-7581.

Obituary Policy

The News-Item’s policy regarding obituaries is as follows:

~ Wording: There are no restrictions on wording, listings of relatives and other information. Statements such as “she was a loving mother” are welcome. Any information deemed inappropriate will not be published.

~ Pricing structure: The standard charge for an obituary is $55. An additional $1 per line charge is assessed for obituaries beyond 12 inches in column length. Photographs, which are published at one column wide by approximately 3 inches long, are encouraged. A flag icon can be used for veterans of armed services if requested. Photos and flags are included in the 12-inch count for a standard obituary.

An obituary can be published a second time at half-price.

Obituaries are published free if they are seven lines long or shorter.

A charge of $17 is added for all paid obituaries to be posted to This charge is in addition to the cost of the obituary.

There is a charge of $28 per insertion of funeral notices. Funeral notice information includes details on date and time of services, interment, viewing, memorial contributions and the like. This charge is in addition to the cost of the obituary.

~ Deadlines: The latest The News-Item will accept obituary information for the following day’s edition is 6:00 p.m. Holiday deadlines are announced in advance.

~ Submission options: Obituaries may be dropped off at The News-Item, 707 N. Rock St., Shamokin. They can be typewritten or handwritten (printed only). Or, they can be faxed to 570-648-7581 or e-mailed to [email protected]. All submissions must be clearly legible and be accompanied by the name and phone number of either a funeral home or family member. Payment in advance is required.

Please confirm all submissions through a phone call to 570-644-6397, Ext. 2.
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