Millville Teachers Strike
Kids in the Millville School District will be going back to school Wednesday... the first time since a teachers strike began in late August. The strike gave everyone a little extra vacation... but they'll be paying over the winter due to less time off for holidays. The strike began when the teachers association and the school board couldn't come to an agreement on a new contract... something the teachers haven't had since 2012. A round of negotiations earlier this week didn't produce any movement on either side.
There is a meeting on tap for tonight dealing with the distribution of a million dollars in federal home grant money Bloomsburg received following the Lee flood of three years ago. Lewisburg – based SEDA – Cog if facilitating the meeting... and help get the money to the people who need it the most so says the organization's Mike Fisher. He says those eligible for the grant money must be owner – occupants and meet certain income guidelines. Monday's meeting takes place at 6 O'clock at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall on Market Street.
Two Berwick Police officers were slightly injured early Tuesday morning when trying to subdue a domestic disturbance suspect in a house in the 15 – hundred block of Fairview Avenue. Now... Ronald Garrison is in the Columbia County Prison... unable to post $35,000 bond after he was charged with aggravated assault... attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer... simple assault and resisting arrest. Sgt. Michael Monico and a second patrol officer were hurt when scuffling with Garrison.... who was eventually subdued... cuffed and taken before District Justice Doug Brewer for arraignment.
Pennsylvania State Police still believe they're closing in on fugitive trooper killer Eric Frein. They say they've found two pipe bombs and other items that appeared hastily discarded. Lt. Col. George Bivens says Frein needs to give up. Frein has been on the run in near – by Pike County for nearly the past three weeks... and is suspected of gunning down a state troopers at the Blooming Grove Barracks... and critically wounding a second.
Absentee / Register
With the general election looming large next month... you now have less than a week to either apply for an absentee ballot... or register to vote. That word coming from Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky. If you plan to register there are a couple of ways to do so. Simply go to the PaVote or the Columbia County website.... or stop by the Courthouse Annex on Main Street in Bloomsburg.
State lawmakers are close to making some major changes in the state's distressed municipalities law. Among the changes proposed to Act 47 are early intervention efforts, new deadlines to help municipalities emerge from distressed status, an option to disband those that are no longer viable and the ability to raise new revenues while in the program. There have been concerns that municipalities entering the program rarely emerge from state oversight. The house must concur with senate changes to the bill.
The creation of new antibiotics has not been keeping pace with resistant bacteria. President Obama has created a high level task force to make recommendations on dealing with antibiotic resistance. The panel will review recommendations, including the most recent from presidential advisers on science and technology who say more funding is needed for research as well as incentives to bring more companies back to the lab.
Hazle Twp Fire
It should be business as usual today... following a fire which shut down production of a bottle cap plant at the Valmont Industrial park near Hazleton on Tuesday. A fire on the roof forced about a dozen workers from the plant. The three alarm fire brought volunteers from five companies to the plant to battle the flames. No word on what started that fire at the Silgan White Cap building.
Good Sam Legislation
Governor Tom Corbett has signed a bill that will help save people from drug overdoses. The new law will offer immunity from certain crimes for people who help drug overdose victims. It also expands access to a prescription drug that can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. The legislation was signed in Johnstown. The state Physician General says Cambria County is tied with Philadelphia for the highest overdose rate in Pennsylvania.
Police in Butler Township... near Hazleton... are investigating an bank robbery that went down Tuesday afternoon. Police say it happened around 4:30 at the National Penn Bank on Route 309 near Drums. Investigators aren't saying if the bandit got away with any money... and if so... how much.
Kingston Police are investigating a shooting which happened yesterday morning... the victim dropped off at Wilkes – Barre General Hospital for treatment. Although police are remaining mum... there are reports the victim was dropped off at the hospital's ER... and was first thought the incident happened in Wilkes – Barre. But, it was later confirmed the shooting happened in Kingston.
Hazleton Attempted Robberies
Two stores in Hazleton were the targets of a robber... but in both cases... the bandit failed to take anything. The attempted stick up took place around 8:30 Monday night at the S & M Mart on East Broad Street.... the second at the C & P Mart on East Chestnut Street. Despite the same method of operation... Hazleton police won't say if the two stick up's are related.
It's a look at Centralia's history... and it dates back to 1966. Now... members of American Legion Post 608 in Wilburton will open a time capsule on Saturday... two years earlier than planned due to water damage. The capsule was buried near the post.. at St. Ignatius Cemetery in the mid 60's... due to be opened on July 4th, 2016. But vandals and associated water damage of the items inside the capsule is forcing Legion members to open it ahead of schedule... with a ceremony on Saturday at 12 Noon...
George Curry is in his 38th year as head football coach at Berwick, and in Friday's 22-21 win at Selinsgrove, his Bulldogs overcame a 21 point deficit representing the biggest comeback in his tenure at Berwick. It was a big win for the Bulldogs who started the night tied for 8th place in the District 2 Class AAA state ratings points. After the win over the previously unbeaten Seals, Berwick is now in 5th place. The top four teams at season's end qualify for the District Playoffs.
Next up for the Bulldogs is a game against Wyoming Area this Friday at Crispin Field. You can hear that game on Classic Rock 103.5. Our coverage starts at 6 O'clock with the Lenahan & Dempsey Coach Curry Show.
American League Wild Card
In major league baseball Tuesday night, in the American League Wild card game... The Kansas City Royals just got by the Oakland A's in extra innings 9 – 8. Kansas City will begin a five game series against the Angels in Los Angeles Thursday night.
National League Wild Card
Wednesday night in the National League Wild card game, the Pirates play the San Francisco Giants in Pittsburgh. The winner of that game will advance to a five game series against the Nationals which starts Friday afternoon in Washington.