Bloomsburg Flood Wall
Work began Thursday on installing flood wall panels near West Fifth and Scott Avenue... just across from the Autoneum plant in Bloomsburg. Crews will install an estimated 350, six – foot wide panels in pylons already driven into the ground. SEDA – COG's Bill Seigel says all should be installed and ready for use by June... with the project to be wrapped in November. If you recall... ground was broken for the $30 – million flood wall project last spring... with the flood control structure designed to keep high water out of Autoneum... as well as the former Windsor foods plant near the Bloomsburg high school.
Pictures of the on-going construction are available here.
Cold Snap / PEMA
State officials are asking Pennsylvania residents to brace themselves for the coldest weather of the season this weekend. Temperatures across the state could dip below zero Friday and Saturday nights. When it gets that cold, some residents may turn to supplemental heating sources like stoves or generators... but officials say using those puts your home and family at greater risk of carbon monoxide poisoning... which presents itself with flu-like symptoms. If you suspect carbon monoxide, seek immediate help by calling 911.
While the present budget battles continue in Harrisburg, some lawmakers are seeking to look toward the future. Calling the current situation embarrassing, State Senator Pat Stefano says he will introduce the Commonwealth Budget Impasse Act. The measure would create a fund to be distributed to school districts, county governments, and social service agencies in the event future budgets are not passed on time. It would also limit spending for the Governor, lawmakers, and their staffs until a budget deal is reached.
Shortly after Governor Tom Wolf delivered his budget address for the next fiscal year, the state House voted to restore funding cut from the current year's spending plan. Governor Tom Wolf used his line-item veto in December to eliminate state funding from a Republican-backed budget for everything except schools, county government and social service programs. The House this week voted mainly along party lines to restore some of that funding, to hospital burn units, child advocacy centers and the state corrections system. The bills now head to the Senate, but the Governor has already threatened a veto.
We'll be getting one less envelope in the mail after the first of 2017. We won't be getting a license plate registration sticker. Instead... police departments will be able to purchase Automated License Plate Readers to see if a tag is expired. PennDOT's David Thompson says the new way to do business is thanks to act 89, Not sending out stickers will save PennDOT millions of dollars. The Automated License Plate Readers cost in the neighborhood of $5,000 a copy... and could really impact police department budgets.
United Way / 211
Trying to improve the way 2-1-1 service is handled in our area. It's a service tied to United Way agencies... and is designed to give folks a place to turn to if they need help on social service issues. That word coming from Adrienne Mael who runs the Columbia County United Way in the form of rent or heat assistance. 2-1-1 can be accessed in our area by dialing the number from your landline or wireless device.
Pine Grove Fire
Fireman in neighboring Schuylkill County have called for a state police fire marshal to try an figure out how a blaze broke out in two homes on Maple Street in Pine Grove. The fire sent one teenager to the hospital. Right now... investigators aren't saying if the fire is suspicious... but they aren't ruling it out.
The average price of a gallon of gasoline continues to tumble. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of a $1.93 a gallon. More at some station... less at others. A week ago we were paying $1.98. A month ago the average price of gasoline was $2.15 a gallon. The price reflects the $30 – dollar a barrel price of crude oil.
Boys HS Basketball / Thursday
In boys high school basketball Thursday night... Hazleton defeated Berwick 75 – 50... and Hughesville topped Millville 64 – 45.
Girls HS Basketball / Thursday
In girls basketball... Lewisburg downed Millville 53 – 35..
In the girls Heartland Conference semifinals... Mt. Carmel just got by Shamokin 45 -44... and Danville got by Southern Columbia 43 to 40.
HS Basketball / Friday
The championship game will be played tonight at 6 O'clock at Shikellamy High School in Sunbury. That will be followed by the boys final between Shamokin and Lewisburg.
In high school wrestling yesterday, in the state dual meet tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey... Reynolds defeated Southern Columbia 44 – 22.
The Bloomsburg University men’s and women’s basketball teams play at Lock Haven Saturday afternoon starting with the women’s game at 2 o’clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 1:40...
In Top 25 men’s college basketball last night... Indiana defeated 4th ranked Iowa 85 – 78.