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  • Thursday / September 18, 2014


    Tommy Guns to Replace Robertson's

    A replacement has been named to preform Sunday evening on the Grandstand stage as a replacement for A & E TV's Duck Dynasty duo. The Tommy Guns Band will preform starting at 7:30 on the 21st. As we told you exclusively Thursday morning... Duck Dynasty's Willie and Korie Robertson decided to cancel their appearance due to a conflict on the west coast. The couple's daughter is appearing on the TV show “Dancing with the Stars” with the Robertson's needing to be in Los Angeles. According to a social media post from the Fair... the appearance of the Tommy Guns Band is free to everyone. Their performance begins at 7:30 Sunday night at the Grandstand's main stage.


    Fugitive Caught

    The man wanted in connection with the July 2012 murder of Hemlock Township businessman Frank Spencer... has been captured in South America. 72 – year old Anthony Rocco Franklin was taken into custody in Buenos Aries earlier this week. He's wanted on a host of charges including criminal homicide... arson... as well as being a fugitive from justice. It's believed Franklin fled the country last fall. Now, plans are underway to bring Franklin back to this country. His daughter... Maria Sanutti – Spencer was arrested two months ago on similar charges... and she remains jailed.


    Alleged Cop Killer Stil not Captured

    Still no sign of the man wanted by state police in the murder of a state trooper... and the wounding of a second at the Blooming Grove Barracks in Pike County last Friday. An arrest warrant was issued this week for 31 – year old Matthew Eric Frien... but he has not been spotted. He's described as a survivalist... and still may be in the Blooming Grove area. During a late Thursday afternoon news conference... Frien has now been placed on the FBI's top ten most wanted list... and that means a reward of $100,000, plus the $70,000 already posted by Pennsylvania Crimestoppers.


    Human Trafficking
    A new law which takes effect this month is aimed at cracking down on the crime of human trafficking. Starting in 2015 the Commonwealth will begin instructing local police officers in how to spot potential victims, and by the following year community colleges and police academies will add human trafficking awareness in their training curricula. The new law also requires the posting of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, 800-373-7888, where victims and potential tipsters are most likely to see it.


    Our Town

    The WVIA – TV production of “Our Town” Bloomsburg is a step closer to reality... following a final community meeting held Wednesday night. “Our Town” is based on the back stories associated with history of the area... such as the Fair... the carpet company... the Magee family... as well as volunteerism. The public TV station's Doug Cook said he was happy with what he heard. Community members were assigned to produce their particular segment... with on – camera interviews taking place next month. “Our Town” Bloomsburg will debut December 4th.


    Good Sam Bill
    A bill to protect people from certain drug prosecutions when they alert authorities to an overdose has cleared the state house unanimously, with amendments that will send it back to the senate. The bill would extend Good Samaritan protections to people who call for help in drug overdose cases. The house has added an amendment that would allow wider access to a prescription drug that can stop fatal heroin and opioid overdoses. Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pillegi, sponsor of the bill, says the house made some good amendments and he expects the senate to send it to the governor for his signature next week.


    Absentee Ballots

    If you plan on voting in the November general election, but you can't make it to the polls... there is a way to cast your ballot... and that's by voting absentee. You can now make an application to get an absentee ballot... so says Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky. That also includes if you're ill and can't make it to the polling place. To apply for an absentee ballot... simply stop by the Registrar's office in the Courthouse Annex at the corner of Main and Center Streets in Bloomsburg.


    Name Change for State Agency
    After some concerns about costs were addressed, a name change for a major Pennsylvania department has cleared the legislature. Under the bill, the Department of Public Welfare will soon be known as the Department of Human Services. Governor Tom Corbett is expected to sign the bill changing the name. Costs of the transition would be spread out. The house has concurred with a senate amendment adding a toll free hotline for people to report suspected waste, fraud and abuse.


    Wilkes – Barre Fire

    A three – alarm fire in Wilkes – Barre Wednesday sent one person to the hospital with burns... reducing several homes to rubble... and extensively damaging a restaurant. Authorities say the blaze broke out at mid – afternoon on North Pennsylvania Avenue. Destroyed was Goodfellas Restaurant... as well as several second floor apartments. One man who lived in an apartment was pulled from the building with burns. A second person escaped. The cause of the blaze is now under investigation.


    Wheelie Arrest

    A Hanover Township man is facing a long list of charges after he allegedly popped a “wheelie” on an all – terrain vehicles in front of a Wilkes – Barre police officer. Victor Garcia – Rosado lifted the front wheels off the ground in front of officer Robert Collins who was on patrol Sunday afternoon. Police caught up with Garcia – Rosado when he crashed in the 100 block of Park Avenue.


    Negotiated Plea

    There are reduced charges for a 16 – year old Plains Township teen who was accused of stabbing and sexually assaulting a girl in Wilkes – Barre earlier this year. He waived his preliminary hearing... and will now face numerous charges sent to court. No word on when his trial will take place.


    New Southern Principal

    The Southern Columbia school board has decided to hire an assistant middle school principal working in the Shamokin School District... as the principal of Southern's middle school. William Callahan was hired on a six to two vote... at an annual salary of $82,000 plus benefits. Callahan was one of eleven candidates who applied for the job.



    WHLM Sports

    BU Football

    Ranked 15th in the nation in Division II, the Bloomsburg University football team travels to Erie to take on Mercyhurst College this Saturday. Huskies head coach Paul Darragh is concerned with Mercyhurst running back Brandon Brown-Dukes who has rushed for over one thousand yards in each of the past two seasons. Saturday's Bloomsburg at Mercyhurst game begins at noon. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the Husky Countdown Show at 11:30.



    In the NFL Thursday night, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Falcons in Atlanta.


    PHL Phillies

    In baseball Wednesday night..., The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the San Diego Padres 5 to 2. The series in San Diego concludes Thursday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 8:35.


    Other MLB Games

    In other games Wednesday night... The Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Boston Red Sox 9 to 1... The Miami Marlins just got by the New York Mets 4 to 3... and it was the New York Yankees over the Tampa Bay Rays 3 to 2.



  • What's Happening?


    Sept 15

    The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will hold a panel discussion and presentation on Monday, September 15 at the McBride Memorial Library in Berwick. The topic of the evening will be "The Deadly Trend of Methamphetamine: What Can We Do?" The program starts at 6PM. The library is on Market Street in Berwick.


    Sept 16

    The Master Gardeners of Columbia County wrap up their series of free gardening lectures at the McBride Memorial Library this Tuesday with a look at putting your garden to bed for the winter, presented by Charlotte Welliver and Dee Hranitz. The talk starts at 6PM at the library on Market Street in Berwick.


    Sept 17 & 18, Oct 4

    The Bloomsburg Salvation Army is taking applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance for low-income families. From 9AM-1PM, Wednesday, September 17, families with names from A-K can sign up at First Presbyterian on Market Street; families with names from L-Z can sign up on Thursday the 18th. There will be open signups the evening of the 18th from 5-7:30PM, and at the Benton Community Center on Saturday, October 4 from 9Am-Noon. For details call 570-387-4112.


    Sept 18

    The Lonely Sock Club returns to the Bloomsburg Public Library this Thursday night with an evening of paper embroidery with Sandra Whitmire. The meeting starts at 6:30PM in the Fireplace Lounge of the library on Market Street.


    Sept 19

    New Covenant Christian Church in Berwick is holding a free movie night this Friday starting at 7PM featuring the Superbook series for children. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. The church is at 212 West 11th street, next to Crispin Field.


    Sept 19-27

    The 159th Bloomsburg Fair runs September 20-27 at the grounds just off Route 11 in Bloomsburg. Almost every fair food imaginable, hundreds of vendors, the midway, dozens of rides, agricultural exhibits, races, wolrd-class live entertainment and so much more. It all starts with the annual Vespers service at the Free Stage, Friday night Sept 19 at 7PM. For a full list of the week's events, check out


    Sept 20, 21

    The Annual Pennsylvania Heritage Festival is this Saturday and Sunday at gates 2 & 3 of the Troy Fairgrounds, starting at 10AM each day. Come celebrate "Our Heritage In Music" with string bands, great food, juried crafters, demonstrations and much more. For more information, check out


    Sept 20

    The 25th annual Hegins Valley Arts & Crafts Faire will be held this Saturday from 9AM-3PM at the park in Hegins - rain or shine. There will be over 200 craftsmen from PA and beyond displaying and demonstrating their work, as well as a variety of foods, starting with breakfast at 7AM. Parking is just $2. For more information call 570-682-9541.


    Thru Sept 28

    Donations are being accepted for the Animal Resource Center's annual indoor yard sale going on now until late September. The doors will be open for shopping Thursdays through Sundays 10 AM - 4 PM at the ARC storefront in the Bloomsburg Cinema Center plaza on Route 11. Donations of appliances, clothing, and other items can be dropped off 7 days a week - please no Televisions, Computers, Mattresses, Box Springs, or Exercise Equipment. All proceeds go to support A.R.C. Volunteers are still needed! Call 570-275-2313 for more information.


    Thru Oct 2

    Come to the Moose Exchange Antler Gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg for a regional college student printmaking exhibition, running through Thursday, October 2. The show features work from students of Lycoming College and Bloomsburg University.


    Oct 4 - Nov 22

    The Moose Exchange is putting out the call for your submission for Cover of a Comic, a community comic book art-inspired show, running October 6 through November 22. Come to the Antler gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg Saturday, October 4 from 11AM - 1PM to sumbit your entry. A reception will be held on Friday, October 10, from 6-8PM.


    Thru November 15

    The Danville chapter of the American Red Cross is opening nominations for this year's Robert Pursel Distinguished Citizen of the Year award, to be presented on November 15. For nomination forms, call 570-275-1441.



    Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintainece to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to



    Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.



    The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM - Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.


    The free Wheelchair Engineers program at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn will be open from Noon - 4 PM every Saturday at the Sears end of the mall. The handicapped-accessible model train layouts are open to everyone. See a newly arrived American Flyer and the Dillon Floral limited-edition train with its puffing MTH steam engine and MTH controls. Everyone is welcome.




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