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Block Party

The annual rite of passage is just around the corner. Block party in Bloomsburg takes place April 18th.... and due to new zoning restrictions... huge gatherings are not anticipated. Bloomsburg Police Chief Roger Van Loan says the usual compliment of officers will be supplemented by others. Chief Van Loan says there will be extra cars from out of town agencies... as well as a horse patrol to keep party goers in line.

 

PASHEE Cops

Where can Bloomsburg University police... and cops at 13 other state-owned schools have arrest powers. Now... there's proposed legislation in Harrisburg that seeks to clarify where campus police have authority. The bill states that the arrest powers of campus police extend to the roads and grounds that surround the state schools. It's the result of an October DUI arrest where the judge threw out the case because it involved a campus police officer in a location just off campus. The bill seeks to close a loophole created by that case, clearly spelling out where the powers of campus police officers can be carried out.

 

Berwick Bust

Three Berwick residents have been arrested and are now facing a long list of drug charges. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish says the arrests this week of David Bomboy... Rebecca Ohl and Pamela Sponenberg capped an undercover investigation. It all went down Monday when Bomboy and Sponenberg were taken into custody as they left a Berwick apartment following a controlled buy of cocaine. Police then discovered Ohl and plenty of alleged drug paraphernalia. The trio was arraigned before a District Justice where bail was set at a half – million dollars for Bomboy... and $50,000 each for Sponenberg and Ohl. All are in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg.

 

PPL Request

Starting the first of 2016... we could be seeing high PPL bills. The Allentown – Based utility is asking the state Public Utility Commission to okay a proposed rate increase. The average custom would see an increase of roughly $10.00 a month. PPL says the money from the rate hike would be earmarked for improved reliability and reduced outages.

 

Revenue Budget

The Acting Revenue Secretary going before the Senate Appropriations Committee as budget hearings continue. WHLM's David Payne is reporting Secretary Eileen McNulty spent much of the hearing defending Governor Tom Wolf's proposed 50 percent reduction in local property taxes, saying the formula used to come up with the cuts was fair and equitable, based in current state law. She also defended the Governor's plan for a 5-percent severance tax on Marcellus Shale drilling, with some Senators predicting it won't produce the billion-dollars in yearly revenue the Governor is predicting.

 

Mifflinville / Memorial Day

Plans are well underway for the annual Memorial Day weekend in Mifflinville. Organizer Bonnie Farver says starting Saturday, May 23rd there will be plenty of fun activities including a farm tractor and car show... capped by the annual Memorial Day parade on the 25th. The parade route takes marchers to the cemetery... which a ceremony will be held with County Commissioner Dave Kovach as the featured speaker.

 

Toddler Update

Authorities in Lycoming County are still debating weather to charge the parents of a two year old toddler who shot himself last week. Zackary Lee remains in critical condition at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Investigators say little Zackary found a weapon in his parents room... took it downstairs... and pulled the trigger.

 

LIHEAP

Governor Wolf has announced that the deadline to apply for the Low – Income Home Energy Assistance program has been extended until May 1st. LIHEAP was to have originally ended Friday... but was given an extra 30 days due to the severity and length of the winter. The program is funded by the federal government.

 

Additional Charges

More legal troubles for a Northumberland County man. Police say Victor Hare is now charged with involuntary manslaughter and drug delivery... following the death of a 9 – year old boy in his care last year. Investigators in Northumberland County say the youngster swallowed drugs that Hare had had lying around the house.

 

Bucknell Students

Three Bucknell University students were expelled this week. The trio working at the student – run radio station were expelled after making racist and violent remarks. All three were working last Friday when they made the remarks... on the air. A University spokesman says the behavior won't be tolerated.

 

Bomb Threat

Hazleton Police are still trying to figure out who left a note in a student bathroom... threatening to blow up the High School. Authorities say it was written on a napkin. A search of the building failed to turn up a device.

 

Selinski's Gal Pal

The ex – girlfriend of convicted killer Hugo Selenski... has been arrested on drug charges. Police say 44 – year old Carey Bartoo of Hanover Township... and 41 – year old Tara Cooper of Hunlock Creek were arrested by police over the weekend in Wilkes – Barre. Cops say they saw the pair with uncapped hypodermic needles... as well as packets of suspected cocaine. Both are lodged in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Baseball

Tuesday's snow storm was the only winner in local sports. Among the postponed events was the Bloomsburg University baseball team's doubleheader at Lock Haven. Those games have been rescheduled for Thursday afternoon starting at 1 o'clock.

 

NIT

In men's college basketball Tuesday night, in the semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City... Miami just got by Temple 60 to 57... and Stanford dominated Old Dominion 67 – 60.

 

Phillies

In exhibition baseball Tuesday, the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Toronto Bluejays 10 to 4. The Phils have announced that Cole Hamels will be their opening day starter. The Phils open the regular season next Monday at home against the Boston Red Sox.



 

Operation Storm Watch

Winter Weather Advisory

 

A winter weather advisory is in place for our area until 8PM Tuesday evening. A heavy spring snowtorm could dump as much as 1-3 inches of snow by the end of the day.

 

Closings and Cancellations:

 

* Benton Area School District - No after-school activities

* Luzerne County Community College - Closed after 5PM

 

 

Fred Shepperly

As a committee in Berwick tries to find a Stuart Tank... one of 15,000 built at the A-C-&-F plant during World War Two... one of the groups inspiration has slipped away. 93 – year old Fred Shepperly died over the weekend. Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach heads the “Bring Stuie Home” committee... telling us that Mr. Shepperly wrote the manual on the building and repair of the tough Stuart tank. Funeral services for Fred Shepperly are pending.

 

Orangeville Fire

It appears that logs too close to a wood burning stove was the cause of a fire at midday Monday outside of Orangeville. Greg Gass came home to find smoke pouring out of the structure at 62 Gass Road. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition that firefighters knocked down the flames in a matter of minutes. There was little fire damage, but two pets inside the structure died.

 

Additional Charges

More legal troubles for a Northumberland County man. Police say Victor Hare is now charged with involuntary manslaughter and drug delivery... following the death of a 9 – year old boy in his care last year. Investigators in Northumberland County say the youngster swallowed drugs that Hare had had lying around the house.

 

Student Investment
Pennsylvania's Acting Secretary of Education tried to convince lawmakers that they should focus on investment in students, rather than cost, during budget hearings. Acting Secretary Pedro Rivera said the increased dollars proposed for education will not only help students succeed now... but they will help those students stay off types of government assistance in the future. For example he told lawmakers that $100 - million dollars allotted to go toward special education students... will allow more of them to learn the life skills needed to get a job and live independently.

 

Beer Home Delivery

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has issued a set of guidelines for the delivery of beer to private homes. WHLM's David Payne is reporting from Harrisburg that establishments delivering beer must hold both a retail license and a transporter-for hire license. Deliveries can take place any time, but the sale must be completed before 2 am. The person making the delivery and the recipient must be at least 21 years old, subject to verification. In addition, the purchase must be made via credit or debit card, before the delivery is completed. A single sale cannot exceed the equivalent of 2 six-packs.

 

ARC

Tickets are still available for the annual Animal Resource Center wine tasting party at Boone's Dam. That word from Linda Bird... the President of the no – kill shelter... appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz. To get tickets... all you have to do is call the shelter during business hours.

Ms. Bird adds that they have a number of dogs and cats... as well as puppies and kittens who the ARC is trying to pair up with forever homes.

 

Federal Grant

Low income Pennsylvanians with disabilities will benefit from a federal grant awarded to 2 state agencies. The grant of $8.5 - million-dollars from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarded to the state Department of Human Services and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. The goal is to locate permanent housing for the disabled. The initial phase of this program will take place in four areas of the state and will eventually expand. You can go to dhs.state.ps.us for details, including how to apply.

 

Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded gasoline is holding steady. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows that we're paying an average of $2.50 a gallon in Columbia and Montour Countie's. A week ago the average price stood at $2.51.... while $2.50 a gallon was the average price a month ago.

 

Schuylkill Assault

State Police in Frackville are investigating the assault of a Schuylkill County man. Cops say 60 – year old James Burns of New Philadelphia was found on Middle Street early Sunday. If you have information dealing with the assault... call State Police at Frackville.
 

Hazleton Investigation

Investigators in Hazleton are probing a fire which happened last Wednesday... but we're just finding out about it. The small blaze started on a porch at an undisclosed location in the pre-dawn hours. Surveillance video shows a woman police are calling a “Person of Interest.”

 

WHLM Sports

BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team was swept by West Chester Monday in a doubleheader at Danny Litwhiler Field. The Huskies lost the opener 4-3 and were routed in the nightcap 22-3. Bloomsburg is back in action Tuesday afternoon with a doubleheader at Lock Haven.

 

High School Baseball

In high school baseball Monday... Danville downed Central Columbia 8 to 1... and Southern Columbia blanked Shamokin 11 to nothing.

 

Bucknell Coach

According to the Washington Post, Bucknell University men's basketball coach Dave Paulson will be the new head coach at George Mason. In 7 seasons at Bucknell, Paulson led the Bison to two NCAA tournament appearances and two N.I.T. Bids.

 

NCAA Woman

In the women's Division I elite 8 Monday night... Connecticut defeated Dayton 91 – 70... and it was Maryland over Tennessee 58 – 48. The women's final four, which also includes Notre Dame and South Carolina, will be played Sunday in Tampa.

 



 

 

Benton Area Murder

They were good friends... they even lived together on Ridge Road outside of Benton... but one of them is dead. State Police at Bloomsburg charging 25 – year old Cea Jay Chattin with the murder of 24 – year old Bryan Harris. The investigation began when police launched a probe into a burglary of Harris' parents home on Waller Divide Road late last week in which guns and ammunition were taken. Now investigators say Chatten allegedly burglarized the place then shot and killed Harris. Both were dating the same woman. Chatten was given a preliminary arraignment Sunday... and was remanded to the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg.

 

Big Event

An estimated 2,300 Bloomsburg University students were at Town Park Saturday morning ready to help residents. Taylor Williams from Carbon County and her friends were there. I asked if venues like the “Big Event” helps relations between University Students and folks who live in Bloomsburg. She said it was an opportunity for students to integrate with the town. The BU Community Government Association says an estimated 150 people were served by university students.

 

Bowling for Kids

Bowling for a good cause. That's what happened Saturday when the Big Brothers / Big Sisters organization held their major fundraiser at the P-Nut Bowl in Scott Township. The organization's Diane Macri says it's not only a good time to raise money and to have some fun... but it's good for networking. The next fund raiser for Big Brothers / Big Sisters is a golf tournament slated for May 11th at the Berwick Country Club.

 

Trooper Injured

A State trooper based in Hershey is recovering from injuries at Geisinger Medical Center after an out-of-control vehicle injured him while he was helping a stranded driver. 47 – year old Sgt. Robert Bemis pulled his unmarked cruiser off on the berm of the road to help a motorist who's car caught fire south of the Frackville exit in Schuylkill County. His cruiser was rammed by an out – of – control SUV. Sgt. Bemis was airlifted to GMC for treatment of broken bones.

 

Trout Season

Trout season is coming soon. WHLM's Brad Christman says there are actually two start dates for trout season in Pennsylvania - April 4th for the southeast part of the state and April 18th everywhere else. Some anglers could actually be out as early if they're taking part in the Fish & Boat Commission's mentor program. Information on that and all other aspects of trout season can be found on fishandboat.com. The Commission is also launching an app for your phone this year that should be available in your app store by opening day.

 

Aging Department Hearing
Pennsylvania's Department of Aging had a budget hearing in Harrisburg late last week. State budget hearings are often more about the issues rather than the line items for each state department and agency. During a Senate budget hearing for the Department of Aging, Acting Secretary Teresa Osborne fielded lawmakers questions on a variety of programs offered to senior citizens and the sustainability of those programs. She said the state is lucky to have the lottery program but said there will never be enough for every single need. The state is looking at a potential 2% shortfall in the state lottery which funds many of the senior programs...

 

Workers Comp

The cost of Workers’ Compensation insurance is declining for the fourth consecutive year in Pennsylvania. The state departments of Insurance and Labor & Industry said at the start of the weekend... that overall rates will decline by 5.99 % while benefits for injured workers remain unchanged. The changes take effect Wednesday and will save businesses an estimated $140 - million this year. Workers’ Compensation covers medical care and rehabilitation for workers injured on the job, and lost wages and death benefits for employees killed in work-related accidents.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team split a doubleheader at West Chester Saturday afternoon. The Huskies won the opener 5-2 and lost the nightcap 11-8. Bloomsburg is now 6-4 overall, 5 and 1 in the PSAC East. Bloomsburg and West Chester meet again at Danny Litwhiler Field on the upper campus Monday in a doubleheader starting at 1 o'clock.

 

PSAC Basketball

The PSAC was one and one in Division II national championship basketball finals this weekend. On Friday night, the California women's team beat California Baptist 86-69 for the school's second national title, their first since 2004. On Saturday afternoon IUP lost in the national final to Florida Southern 77-62.

 

NCAA

In the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Saturday... Michigan State defeated Louisville 76 – 70 in overtime and Duke downed Gonzaga 66 – 52.

 

More NCAA

The final four which will be played next Saturday in Indianapolis is now set... Kentucky will play Wisconsin and Michigan State will go against Duke

 

 



 

WHLM Sports

BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team split a doubleheader at West Chester Saturday afternoon. The Huskies won the opener 5-2 and lost the nightcap 11-8. Bloomsburg is now 6-4 overall, 5 and 1 in the PSAC East. Bloomsburg and West Chester meet again at Danny Litwhiler Field on the upper campus Monday in a doubleheader starting at 1 o'clock.

 

PSAC Basketball

The PSAC was one and one in Division II national championship basketball finals this weekend. On Friday night, the California women's team beat California Baptist 86-69 for the school's second national title, their first since 2004. On Saturday afternoon IUP lost in the national final to Florida Southern 77-62.

 

NCAA

In the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Saturday... Michigan State defeated Louisville 76 – 70 in overtime and Duke downed Gonzaga 66 – 52.

 

More NCAA

The final four which will be played next Saturday in Indianapolis is now set... Kentucky will play Wisconsin and Michigan State will go against Duke

 

 

 



 

Millville High School's drama club presents Guys And Dolls, running this weekend. Last showtime is this afternoon at 2PM. Tickets can be bought at the door; $8 for adults, $5 for students, and free for kids 4 and under. The school is on East Main Street in Millville.

 

This is the final weekend for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's presentation of Skin & Bone at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Follow aging twin sisters Midge and Madge down the dark and dusty path of a past better left undisturbed. The show is intended for mature audiences of at least High School age. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Empty Bowls 2015 is happening today from 11AM - 1:30PM in Bloomsburg University's Kehr Union ballroom. Come enjoy a bottomless selection of soups from many area restaurants as well as live entertainment. Minimum donation is $10 for adults and $5 for students. All proceeds benefit the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. For more information call 389-5145.

 

Come to the Orangeville Fire Hall for a Chicken and Waffle dinner this afternoon from 1-4 PM - sponsored by the Royal Order of the Raccoons of Columbia County. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for kids 3-10. There will be games of chance available as well. For more information call 570-925-5736.

 

Bloomsburg Christian Church is holding an old-fashioned hymn sing and ice cream social tonight at 6:30PM. Everyone is invited to attend. The church is on Deussen Drive, off Route 11 West of Bloomsburg.

 

Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series continues with the new national touring production of the Broadway smash hit Jekyll & Hyde, tonight at 8PM. Tickets are $45 for adults and $22 for children and BU students. For more information, find the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 



 

You can be a part of BTE's Summer Family Show - the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is opening community auditions for vibrant and focused young actors from 4th through 12th grade for their production of Sideways Stories From The Wayside School. Auditions will be held starting this morning at the Alvina Krause Theatre in downtown Bloomsburg. Signup is open from 9:30 - 11AM, with auditions starting at 10AM. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The Montour-DeLong fair association is holding another of their all-you-can-eat haddock fish dinners  today from 3-7PM. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. Take-out is available. Any active-duty military personnel who come in uniform will get their dinner for free. The fairgrounds are on Broadway Road, West of Danville.

 

Straub's Lutheran Church in Danville is holding a family style roast beef dinner today from 3-6PM. Take out is available, and there will be homemade ice cream sold by the quart. The church is at 60 Frosty Valley Road in Danville.

 

Black Creek United Methodist Church will hold a ham and dandelion dinner today from 3-7 PM. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-10 years old, and free for kids 5 and under. The church is at the corder of Methodist Church Road and Wlanut Street in Sugarloaf.

 

Millville High School's drama club presents Guys And Dolls, running this weekend. Showtimes are tonight at 7PM and Sunday at 2PM. Tickets can be bought at the door; $8 for adults, $5 for students, and free for kids 4 and under. The school is on East Main Street in Millville.

 

Come to the Danville Borough Ballroom tonight for a free concert by students of Williamsport's Uptown Music Collective. Donations will be accepted - no ticket is needed. The show runs from 6 - 8:30PM at the ballroom on Mill Street in Danville.

 

This is the final weekend for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's presentation of Skin & Bone at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Follow aging twin sisters Midge and Madge down the dark and dusty path of a past better left undisturbed. The show is intended for mature audiences of at least High School age. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Empty Bowls 2015 is happening Sunday, 11AM - 1:30PM in Bloomsburg University's Kehr Union ballroom. Come enjoy a bottomless selection of soups from many area restaurants as well as live entertainment. Minimum donation is $10 for adults and $5 for students. All proceeds benefit the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. For more information call 389-5145.

 

Come to the Orangeville Fire Hall for a Chicken and Waffle dinner Sunday afternoon from 1-4 PM - sponsored by the Royal Order of the Raccoons of Columbia County. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for kids 3-10. There will be games of chance available as well. For more information call 570-925-5736.

 

Bloomsburg Christian Church is holding an old-fashioned hymn sing and ice cream social Sunday night at 6:30PM. Everyone is invited to attend. The church is on Deussen Drive, off Route 11 West of Bloomsburg.

 

Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series continues with the new national touring production of the Broadway smash hit Jekyll & Hyde, Sunday night at 8PM. Tickets are $45 for adults and $22 for children and BU students. For more information, find the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 



 

Mifflin Twp Fire Folo

Three people are looking for a new place to live.... now that they were burned out of their Mifflinville area home early Thursday morning. 64 – year old James Harvey... and his 54 – year old wife, Patty... and their adult son, escaped their flaming two story home on Hofnagle School Road in Mifflin Township with the clothes on their backs. A state fire marshal spent all of Thursday on the scene... and it's now believed a wood burning stove may have led to the fire.

 

State House / Budget

It could be a long, hot summer in Harrisburg. Appearing on the Thursday Edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe and Norm... State Representative David Millard... a Republican from Berwick... says a lot hinges on weather the governor continues to push for the privatization of the state liquor store system.... and the money it would generate. Other issues confronting Governor Wolf an the General Assembly... the on – going pension crisis which costing the state billions of dollars a year.

 

PLCB Budget Hearing

The Senate Appropriations Committee heard from officials of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board this week. A number of topics were discussed, but one which did not get much time was privatization. The state House voted to dismantle the LCB in the last session, but the Senate never considered the move. This hearing focused on ways the agency can modernize, improve sales and revenues, highlight Pennsylvania-made products, and ways to maximize the agency's purchasing power.

 

Knoebels Accident

A worker at the Knoebels Amusement Resort in Southern Columbia County is recovering from injuries received Thursday. It happened during the testing of a car on the newly – built Impulse roller coaster. Immediately after the accident... Knoebels turned to social media... telling us that the employee was struck by a passing coaster car.... and that the person hit was alert and responsive. The Knoebels employee was taken to the hospital for treatment of cuts of the head and hand. The Impulse is in it's testing phase... and will take guests for a wild ride when the park opens next month.

 

PA Small Cities
The Department of Community and Economic Development testified on keeping Pennsylvania's small cities stable during budget hearings Thursday. Acting Secretary Dennis Davin said he wants his programs to fit each community's needs... whether that be met through job training for incoming businesses... or grants to improve downtown facades. Davin said Governor Tom Wolf's tax reform plan should help stabilize cities with high property taxes and attract new business. He also said PA may need to follow other states' lead in attracting entrepreneurial immigrants to counterbalance our aging population.

 

Pipelines

Huge pipelines intended to carry Marcellus and Utica natural gas to eastern markets are running into spreading resistance from landowners. There were meetings held last summer on the Williams Sunrise project that would come through the heart of Columbia County. Now landowners in the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, have filed preemptive suits to stop surveying crews to go on property. Isak Howell is with Appalachian Mountain Advocates, a non-profit that represents dozens of landowners along each line.

 

Montoursville Child

Guns and kids don't mix. Case in point... a 2 – year old Montoursville youngster got ahold of a handgun... pulled the trigger... shooting himself in his leg. The incident taking place in a home late Thursday afternoon on Broad Street when the toddler went into a bedroom... grabbed the weapon... took it downstairs... and shot himself. The boy's mother and her boyfriend were taking a shower when the gun went off. Authorities say the youngster will be okay.

 

U.S. Senate Race
Voters may not be paying attention now, but political junkies are saying the 2016 U-S Senate race in Pennsylvania will be one to watch. The latest Franklin and Marshall College Poll shows 31 % of PA voters believe Republican Senator Pat Toomey is performing well... and he's currently leading his only declared opponent … Democrat Joe Sestak... by a five point margin... 34 to 29. As of now 37 % of Pennsylvania voters say they are undecided in this race... and 63 % say they don't know enough about Sestak to even have an opinion of him.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team begins spring drills Friday afternoon. It will be the first of 15 practice sessions for the two time defending PSAC East champion Huskies. The culmination of the spring drills will be the annual Maroon & Gold game on April 18th.

 

PSAC

The PSAC has a chance at two national basketball champions. In Sioux Falls, South Dakota Friday night, the California women's team, a team that needed overtime to beat Bloomsburg in the Atlantic Regional final, will play California Baptist in the Division II national championship game. On Saturday the IUP men's team will play in the National Championship game. Thursday night, in the semifinals, IUP beat Tarleton State of Texas 72-68.

 

NCAA

In the men's Division I basketball playoffs last night... Notre Dam downed Wichita State 81 – 70... Wisconsin defeated North Carolina 79 – 72... Kentucky rolled over West Virginia 78 – 39... and Arizona edged Xavier 68 to 60. Four more games will be played Friday night

 



 

 

Mifflin Twp Fire Folo

A state police fire marshal has been called in to figure out what started a blaze that destroyed a home this morning at 39 Hofnagle School House Road... just outside of Mifflinville. Tones for firefighters were sounded around 4:15 this morning.

Reports from the scene indicate that flames were shooting out of the structure.

At least two out of three people who lived there were injured... and were taken to the hospital for treatment.

 

Home Accident

A Catawissa Township man is recovering from injuries sustained late Wednesday afternoon in an accident involving a table – top saw. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... 28 – year old Michael Brobst was cutting a piece of plywood at his Mountain Road home. That's when his left arm was pulled into the saw. The laceration went to the bone. Brobst was transported to the Geisinger Medical Center for treatment.

 

Aggressive Driving

Thanks to a state grant... you'll be seeing more police officers on the street... cracking down on aggressive drivers. Speeding... stop sign and red light violations... as well passing in no passing zones qualify as aggressive driving. Bloomsburg Police Department Sgt. Leonard Rogutski says the grant pays for overtime submitted by officers working the detail. The aggressive driving program runs through the first week of May.

 

United Way

A changing of the guard Tuesday at the United Way of Columbia County's annual meeting. Former Downtown Bloomsburg Incorporated manager Adrienne Mael... taking the reigns of the organization from long – time director John Thomas. Ms. Mael says there has been a change in the philosophy of giving over the last thirty years. Ms. Mael replaces John Thomas who was at the head of the local agency the past 31 – years.

 

Open Records Budget

The Acting Executive Director of the Office of Open Records testified before the House Appropriations Committee as state budget hearings continue. Acting Director Nathan Byerly did not address the controversy over Governor Tom Wolf's firing of his predecessor, or the case before Commonwealth Court seeking to reverse the Governor's move. His testimony primarily concerned his office's budget request, seeking an extra $300,000 to handle an increased and more varied work load and to hire additional personnel.

 

Department of Environmental Protection

The Department of Environmental Protection's Acting Secretary had to defend a proposed increase in funding and manpower to members of the Senate. Acting Secretary John Quigley is asking for 50 additional inspectors. He told lawmakers his current staff has been lagging behind in well inspection...only able to visit sites twice...when they should have gone 6 times. Quigley says his department will also need to keep up with the dozen forthcoming pipeline projects in the state...and create an expectation of communication with the industry to minimize the impact to communities and the environment.
 

Jekyll & Hyde

Big name entertainment is headed to the Haas Center for the Arts on the 29th of this month when a national touring group presents “Jekyll and Hyde.” The Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series will welcome a revised, traveling production to the campus. Jekyll and Hyde is produced by a national touring company. The University's Randall Presswood says the production of Jekyll and Hyde did some time on Broadway in New York City before hitting the road. Tickets are now on sale for Jekyll and Hyde at the BU Box Office. Give them a call for more information and to place your order.

 

Home Invasion

Police in Plymouth... in neighboring Luzerne County... are investigating a possible home invasion. It happened Wednesday night along Pierce Street. What's not known... if anyone was injured... or if anyone is under arrest.

 

Teacher Fired

It's been a bad week for a former Coughlin High School dean of students and wrestling coach. Earlier this week Stephen Stahl of Hunlock Creek was sentenced to six months in jail after a conviction of having sex with a student ten years ago. Now... the Wilkes – Barre Area school district has fired Stahl. Stahl had worked for the district since 1995.

 

Kiddie Porn

A Plymouth man... in Luzerne County... will spend the next 7 and a half to 15 years in state prison. That's the sentence for Mark Stout for his conviction of possessing child pornography. When he was caught... he admitted to police that he downloaded kiddie porn.

 

Sherman Hills

Wilkes – Barre police have issued an arrest warrant for a 23 – year old man... wanted in connection with a shooting at a beleaguered apartment complex. Brian Hayes of Wilkes – Barre is wanted for a shooting at the Sherman Hill housing complex earlier this week. It's believed Hayes shot Brandon Eubanks following a fight Monday night. Hayes is a felon... and is wanted on charges of attempted homicide and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

As they begin spring drills, the Bloomsburg University football team has an additon to the coaching staff. Former Bloomsburg great Frank Sheptock will be serving as a volunteer defensive assistant. Sheptock was a three time all American linebacker for the Huskies in the 1980's. He is a memeber of the College Football Hall of Fame. The Huskies will conclude spring drills with the annual Maroon & Gold game on April 18th.

 

PSAC Basketball

Two PSAC basketball teams still have a chance at national championships. In Sioux Falls, South Dakota Wednesday night... the California University women's team beat Emporia State of Kansas 51 - 46 in the naitonal semifinals. In the men's quarterfinals in Evansville, Indiana, IUP beat Azusa Pacific 69-65. Thursday night IUP plays Tarleton State in a national semifinal.

 

NCAA

The men's NCAA Division 1 tournament continues Thursday night with four games on the schedule. In Cleveland, unbeaten Kentucky plays West Virginia and Notre Dame faces Wichita State. In Los Angeles, Arizona plays Xavier and Wisconsin gaoes against NOrth Carolina.



 

Investigation Folo

Briar Creek Township police say they believe 54 – year old Janice Petroff wasn't speeding when she crashed her SUV earlier this month. The crashed killed Petroff's granddaughter... 19 month old Emma Niznek. Petroff later died as well at due to her crash injuries. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... a car seat was not a contributing factor in the infants death. Meantime... Township police chief Tom Frace says it will be several months before a final report is issued.

 

Streater Field

A sure sign of spring is here. The opening of Streater Field this Saturday at the confluence of the Susquehanna River and Fishing Creek... so says Bloomsburg Town Administrator Bill Lowthart. The local teenage soccer league is expected to be a big user of the park. Still closed at least until fall... according to Mr. Lowthart... is the field's football complex which needs a couple of months to make sure the seed sets and germinates.

 

Student Debt

Pennsylvania is a leader in student loan debt. Leaders from the four state-related universities testified how they are trying to lower student debt during budget hearings this week. University leaders said it doesn't take a lot of money to lower the debt load.... just a lot of talking. Both Temple and Penn State have started programs where students are counseled on the amount they are borrowing... and shown how long it will take to pay that off... which can help the students make better decisions... and be motivated to graduate within 4 years. The presidents did remind lawmakers that state dollars are a big part of keeping tuition as low as possible.

 

Tax Preps

Tax season is upon all of us... and for the most part we send in our return to the state and federal government without a hitch. But, professional tax preparer Kim Schooley says there are cases when you don't have the money you owe. Appearing on the Tuesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Mr. Schooley says there is a way to negotiate with the tax collector. Mr. Schooley's tax preparation service is on Route 11 a couple of miles north of Danville. The deadline for sending in returns is April 15th.

 

Senior Forum

State Representative David Millard says he'll will sponsor a senior caregiver support forum next month. The Berwick Republican says it will be held on Wednesday, April 8th... at the county office building on Sawmill Road starting at 6 O'clock. Topic include a local elder law attorney... the Columbia – Montour aging office... as well as the County's Veterans Affairs office.

 

Veterans Courts

A bill before the state Senate would expand the use of Veterans Treatment Courts in Pennsylvania. Veterans Courts are currently in use in 18 counties, but legislation sponsored by Senator Rob Teplitz would allow their use in all 67. They offer military vets who commit non-violent offenses an alternative to prison, in exchange for support to help deal with underlying issues, such as mental health or substance abuse. Senator Teplitz says Pennsylvania has the nation's fifth largest population of veterans.

Lottery Tickets
A state lawmaker is proposing a new venue for lottery ticket sales. Southeastern Pennsylvania state Senator Bob Mensch believes the lottery is missing out on a potentially profitable retail location and it could bring in millions more in sales. He's re-introducing legislation to sell lottery tickets in state stores. Mensch says the lottery needs to keep up with the growing demand for the senior services it funds and he believes the union representing state store workers would support the move.

 

Lou Barletta

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton on Tuesday... addressed industry leaders in the field of biometrics during a meeting in Washington, DC. Biometrics is the technology that allows authorities to track visitors arriving in the U-S... and when they have departed. Current law requires a biometric entry and exit system, however, the system has never been fully implemented. Overstayed visas account for more than 40 % of people who are within the United States illegally.

 

Kiddie Porn

A Plymouth man... in Luzerne County... will spend the next 7 and a half to 15 years in state prison. That's the sentence for Mark Stout for his conviction of possessing child pornography. When he was caught... he admitted to police that he downloaded kiddie porn.

 

Sherman Hills

Wilkes – Barre police have issued an arrest warrant for a 23 – year old man... wanted in connection with a shooting at a beleaguered apartment complex. Brian Hayes of Wilkes – Barre is wanted for a shooting at the Sherman Hill housing complex earlier this week. It's believed Hayes shot Brandon Eubanks following a fight Monday night. Hayes is a felon... and is wanted on charges of attempted homicide and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Lacross

The Bloomsburg University women's lacrosse team won a 14-6 decision at Shippensburg Tuesday for their third straight victory. The Huskies, now ranked 20th in the nation, have an overall record of 3 and 2... and 2 and oh in the PSAC.

 

Basketball

The PSAC champion California University women's basketball team has advanced to the Division II national semifinals. In quarter final action Tuesday in South Dakota, Cal beat Nova Southeastern 84-79 in overtime. In the men's elite 8 this afternoon in Evansville, Indiana, IUP plays Azusa Pacific from Califonia.

 

College Hoops

In men's college basketball Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the National Invitational Tournament...

Miami defeated Richmond 63 – 61... and Stanford downed Vanderbilt 78 – 75.

 

NHL

In the NHL... the St. Louis Blues defeated the Pittsburgh Penguines 3 to 2.



 

Catawissa Fire

A Catawissa area family is waking up elsewhere Tuesday morning... after their home caught fire Monday. Bill and Danielle Little could only watch as crews knocked down the flames that had spread into the walls of the Long Wood Drive home in Franklin Township. Everyone made it out of the dwelling safely... including the families two dogs. Investigators believe a wood stove was the cause of Monday's fire near Catawissa.

 

Big Event

If you're up bright and early Saturday morning... you'll find an estimated 23 – hundred University age students at Bloomsburg Town Park. They'll be there to take part in the annual Big Event... in which the students get their marching orders and spread through the community helping home owners that have outdoor chores to be preformed. Bloomsburg Mayor Sandy Davis has had painting done to her home the past two years... telling me it's a great way to foster town – gown relations. Need help around the house... just pick up a request form... found by the tax collectors office on the first floor of Town Hall.

 

Casselberry Tweet

It was the tweet seen and read around the world... this one coming from a Bloomsburg University Junior... a member of the baseball team. It was made at the start of the weekend by Joey Casselberry... who was not happy with plans by Disney to make a motion picture dealing with Little League sensation Mo'ne Davis. BU Sports Information director Tom McGuire tells us. Meantime... the Washington Post is reporting that Ms. Davis is request that BU athletic officials to reinstate Casselberry to the team... although she was stung by the comment.

 

PUC Hearing

Natural gas was a hot topic during a budget hearing with the Public Utility Commission. About half of Pennsylvanians are natural gas customers... and Governor Tom Wolf's budget would expand that by including a line item for supplying gas to industrial and agricultural customers... a practice companies like UGI are already moving toward. But the PUC says to inspect all those new lines, they'll need to increase their capacity. They've kept administrative costs level over the last five years... but they're now facing revenue shortfalls.
 

Retirement Hearing

The House Appropriations Committee heard from officials of Pennsylvania's two main public pension systems as budget hearings continue. Members of the Public School Employees Retirement System and the State Employees Retirement System answered questions about two major issues-how best to address unfunded liabilities, and whether to switch from the current traditional pension plan to a defined contribution plan similar to a 401(k). The unfunded portion totals 18-billion-dollars for the state employees system and 35-billion for the school employees system.
 

Barletta Bill

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton has reintroduced the Safer Trucks and Buses Act. It's designed to reform safety scores for trucks and buses by making the scores more reflective of the company’s safety record. The legislation would also temporarily halt the publication of flawed safety scores until the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance Safety Accountability scoring system is revamped. Barletta first learned about this problem from a company in his district, which suffered under the current, inaccurate scoring system

 

Powdered Alcohol
A state lawmaker is proposing an all-out ban on a product making headlines in other states. Philadelphia state Senator Shirley Kitchen says powdered alcohol is a dangerously tempting product, especially for young people. The state Liquor Control Board has already banned the sale of "palcohol" but Kitchen wants to go a step further with her legislation making it illegal to sell or even consume the product in Pennsylvania. She says the PLCB action needs the legislative muscle to back it up...

 

ARC

Many non – profit groups are holding fund raisers up and down the Susquehanna Valley... including the Animal Resource Center. Appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe... the organization's Linda Bird reminded all of us about a fund raiser for the shelter going on next month. Also... the shelter is in need of dry cat food... as well as bleach to clean out the kennels. Just give 'em a call.

 

Sherman Hills

One person was taken to a hospital following a shooting last night at the Sherman Hills apartment complex in Wilkes – Barre. Police Chief Robert Hughes says the shooting is an isolated incident... and the public was never in danger. Sherman Hills... if you recall... has had it's share of violent crime in the past.

 

Truck Accident

An out of state driver died when he lost control of his tractor – trailer on US Route 15 early Monday morning. State Police at Milton say the truck driver failed to negotiate a turn... the big rig crossing two lanes... striking a concrete barrier in the northbound lanes. Authorities say the truck driver died at the scene. The accident shut down the northbound lane of Route 15 for nearly six hours due to the investigation

 

Schuylkill Co. Sex Assault

A 33 - year old Shenandoah man is in jail... after he was accused of sexually assaulting and impregnating a 12 year old girl. Hector Rico allegedly assaulted the child over the past few months.

The pregnancy was discovered by the child mother. Rico was arrested... and is now in the Schuylkill County jail on $250,000 bond.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

The price of self – serve, unleaded regular continues to vacillate here in Northeastern Pennsylvania... including Columbia – Montour Counties. The latest Triple - A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of $2.51 a gallon. A week ago we were paying $2.56 a gallon.... and $2.45 a gallon a month ago.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team swept a doubleheader from Lock Haven Monday by scores of 4-3 and 13-1. Because of poor field conditions at both schools, the games were played in Bel Air, Maryland. With the wins, the Huskies improved to 5 and 3 overall. They have won all four of their games in the PSAC East.

 

Women's Basketball

PSAC women's basketball champion California plays Nova Southeastern, a school from Fort Lauderdale, Florida Tuesday afternoon in the NCAA Division 2 Elite 8 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The PSAC also has a men's team in the Elite 8. Tomorrow afternoon in Evansville, Indiana, IUP plays Azusa Pacific from California.

 

Division I

In the NCAA Division I women's tournament Monday night, the nation's last unbeaten team, Princeton, lost to Maryland 85-70.

 

MLB

In major league baseball Monday, the Phillies defeated the Minnesota Twins 3 to nothing. Even though it was an exhibition game, it had some historic significance - it was the first game in which two Hall of Fame players managed against each other - Ryan Sandberg of the Phils and Paul Molitor of the Twins.



 

** Update **

Casselberry Tweat

It was the tweet seen around the world... this one coming from a Bloomsburg University Junior... a member of the baseball team. It was made at the start of the weekend by Joey Casselberry... who was not happy with plans by Disney to make a motion picture dealing with Little League sensation Mo'ne Davis. BU Sports Information director Tom McGuire says all student athletics have a seminar on social media and it's effects. Meantime... the Washington Post is reporting that Ms. Davis is request that BU athletic officials to reinstate Casselberry to the team... although she was stung by the comment.

 

Porch Collapse

The investigation continues into what caused an outdoor porch to collapse Saturday afternoon in Bloomsburg... injuring four people. The incident taking place at 345 West Main Street. Bloomsburg Fire Chief Bob Rupp was one of the first at the scene... finding four men sprawled on a snow – covered parking lot. A tenant... Frank Woolridge... telling our media partner Newswatch 16... that the floor of the porch began to crack... then collapsed... sending the four to the ground below.

 

PSP Commissioner

The nomination of Colonel Marcus Brown for Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police may be in jeopardy. Brown, who comes to Pennsylvania from Maryland, has come under fire for removing yard signs which criticized his wearing of the PSP uniform, since he didn't come up through the ranks here. Brown must be confirmed by the Senate, but Republicans who control the chamber are now calling on Governor Wolf to withdraw the nomination. Thus far the Governor is standing by his choice.

 

Hemp Industry
A state lawmaker is hoping to bring the hemp industry to Pennsylvania. Berks County Democratic state Senator Judy Schwank says Pennsylvania could reap the benefits o booming industry by bringing hemp back to the Commonwealth. Schwank says the plant was widely grown up until the 1970s, when its relation to marijuana cast a shadow on the industry. Schwank says there are thousands of uses for hemp and the 2014 farm bill allows states to legalize industrial hemp under authority of a state board and connected to a state institution of higher education.

 

United Water

It has been a rough winter for just about everyone. But one utility outsmarting mother Nature is United Water... the provider of drinking water in the Bloomsburg area. The utility's Bob Manbeck says there have been no major breaks this year... due to newly installed lines and on – going preventative maintenance.

 

ObamaCare
Today marks five years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, but has it been effective? Overall... healthcare spending is trending down... the rate of people going uninsured is drastically lower... and care seems more accessible. But the price of premiums have gone up in some parts of the state... 37 percent of surveyed Pennsylvanians say their out of pocket costs have risen.... and processing those costs is adding to physicians' administrative expenses. Healthcare experts say it will take a few years for all medical care costs to fall.... after a few rounds of trial and error.

Arrest

A Berwick man is behind bars after he was arrested over the weekend by police. 25 – year old Randolph Davis, Jr of Chestnut Street is accused of a burglary at a home in the 400 block of West Third Street. Taken was a large amount of money... food and alcohol... as well as a motorized scooter. A near-by garage was also broken into, but nothing was taken. Cops then interviewed the clerks at the Turkey Hill store... who described Davis saying he tipped them 90 - dollars. While they were there... Davis entered the store.. with a large amount of cash in hand. Police arrested Davis who had a plastic bag with money. Cash was also found on him. Davis faces a long list of charges.

 

PSP Aviation

In an effort to save money... it appears the State Police aviation unit... now based at the Hazleton Regional Airport... will be deployed to the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton International Airport at Avoca. Published reports say the move will cut costs and improve the agency's ability to respond to regional incidents. If it does happen... the folks who run the Hazleton Airport says it will lose an estimated $20,000 in hanger and fuel fees.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team split a pair of games at Shippensburg yesterday afternoon in the PSAC East opening games for both teams. In the first game Huskies pitcher Taylor Parker pitched a 2 hitter to lead her team to a 5-0 win. Shippensburg won the nightcap 4-2. The Huskies are now 6 and 6 overall. Their next action will be a Wednesday home doubleheader against Lock Haven.

 

NCAA Tournament

The NCAA men's basketball tournament which started with 68 teams is down to 16. In Sunday's games... Michigan State defeated Virginia 60 – 54... Duke downed San Diego State 68 – 49... It was Wichita State over Kansas 78 – 65... Oklahoma upended Dayton 72 – 66... Gonzaga rolled over Iowa 87 – 68... Wisconsin downed Oregon 72 – 65... West Virginia defeated Maryland 69 – 59... and it was Louisville over Northern Iowa 66 – 53. The NCAA tournament resumes Thursday night.



 

** WHLM News **

 

Bloomsburg Building Collapse

Four men were taken to area hospitals Saturday afternoon.. after third floor porch they were standing on collapsed. The collapse happened shortly after two at the rear of a three story apartment building in the 300 block of West Main Street in Bloomsburg. One of the first people on the scene was Bloomsburg Fire Chief Bob Rupp. He said he found the four laying on top of a snow covered parking lot. All four were transported to area hospitals for treatment of multiple injuries... including broken bones. Bloomsburg Code Enforcement was called in to figure out what happened.

 

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The Bloomsburg University Library Association's 15th annual book sale is happening this weekend. This afternoon from 1-3, tonight from 6-9, and Monday 10AM-4PM stop by to find books, games, CDs, DVDs, and more. Items for the sale can be donated at the Andruss Library Circulation desk. For more information call 570-389-4210.

 

Come to the Nelson Field House on Bloomsburg University's upper campus for "A Day In Seussville" this afternoon from 1-3. The free program includes games, crafts, and entertainment for kids 12 and under.

 

The Bloomsburg University Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Mark Jelinek will present their Spring concert today at 2:30PM at St Matthew Lutheran Church in downtown Bloomsburg. The concert will also feature the Jubilate Choir of Bloomsburg under the direction of Dr. Alan Hack in a performance of Schubert's Mass in G. Admission is free.

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church has extended their homemade soup and ice cream sale. Choose from Vegetable or Ham and Bean soup, and Chocolate, Vanilla, and Peanut Butter ice cream. All are just $5.50 a quart. Please place your orders by today. Orders can be picked up Saturday March 28 from 10AM - 2PM at the church on Town Hill Road in Shickshinny. To place your order, call 570-864-2401.

 



 

From the WHLM News Room

 

Bloomsburg Building Collapse

Four men were taken to area hospitals Saturday afternoon.. after third floor porch they were standing on collapsed. The collapse happened shortly after two at the rear of a three story apartment building in the 300 block of West Main Street in Bloomsburg. One of the first people on the scene was Bloomsburg Fire Chief Bob Rupp. He said he found the four laying on top of a snow covered parking lot. All four were transported to area hospitals for treatment of multiple injuries... including broken bones. Bloomsburg Code Enforcement was called in to figure out what happened.



 

The Spring craft, vendor, and food fair at St Joseph Church in Berwick is happening today. From 9AM - 2PM enjoy Polish, German, and Italian ethnic foods, grab some baked goods and check out dozens of crafters. The church is on Monroe Street in Berwick.

 

Catch a free preview of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 2015 Theater In The Classroom presentation of A Midsummer Night's Dream today at the Bloomsburg Public Library. The show starts at Noon.

 

The Bloomsburg University Library Association's 15th annual book sale is happening this weekend. This afternoon from 1-4, Sunday 1-3 and 6-9PM, and Monday 10AM-4PM stop by to find books, games, CDs, DVDs, and more. Items for the sale can be donated at the Andruss Library Circulation desk. For more information call 570-389-4210.

 

There's an all-you-can-eat homestyle chicken and waffle dinner today at Strawberry Ridge United Church of Christ from 1-6 PM. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. Take-out is available. The church is on West Diehl Road in Danville. for more information call 570-437-9160.

 

Come to the Nelson Field House on Bloomsburg University's upper campus for "A Day In Seussville" Sunday afternoon from 1-3. The free program includes games, crafts, and entertainment for kids 12 and under.

 

The Bloomsburg University Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Mark Jelinek will present their Spring concert Sunday at 2:30PM at St Matthew Lutheran Church in downtown Bloomsburg. The concert will also feature the Jubilate Choir of Bloomsburg under the direction of Dr. Alan Hack in a performance of Schubert's Mass in G. Admission is free.

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church has extended their homemade soup and ice cream sale. Choose from Vegetable or Ham and Bean soup, and Chocolate, Vanilla, and Peanut Butter ice cream. All are just $5.50 a quart. Please place your orders by Sunday. Orders can be picked up Saturday March 28 from 10AM - 2PM at the church on Town Hill Road in Shickshinny. To place your order, call 570-864-2401.

 



 

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Snowy Weather

Old man winter just won't let go of his icy grip. There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 6 O'clock Friday night. Our day will start off with snow... 2 to 4 inches expected... with our high's in the mid – 30's. The morning commute won't be so bad... but the afternoon drive home could be brutal. We continue to monitor the situation.

 

Leadership Central Penn

Learning what the local media does. That was the lesson learned Thursday by fourteen members of the latest Leadership Central Penn class meeting at the Central Columbia Administration building. The panelists... Jim Sachetti of the Press – Enterprise... Doug Farley of Metrocast Cable of Berwick... and WHLM News Director Mark Williams. The folks taking this year's Leadership Central Penn class are deemed future business leaders in our area.

 

Jim Reed

The fire chief of a hose company in Mt. Carmel is back. Assistant Chief Jim Reed, Sr. is out of the Lehigh Valley hospital... showing his gratitude to Elysburg first responders who pulled him out a burning building Monday on Walnut Street in Mt. Carmel. The fire destroyed seven row homes... tossing nearly a dozen people out on the street. Reed's airway was burned... and went into cardiac arrest. He was first Life Flighted to Geisinger... then to Allentown. Reed now says he's ready to get back to work.

 

Flood Safety

We're nearing the end of Flood Safety Awareness Week. WHLM's Rachel McDevitt says the risks of flooding go beyond damage to your home. The PA Department of Health says floodwater is not the same as rain water. It can carry sewage that causes infection... and debris like glass and metal that can cause serious injury. The Department recommends keeping children and pets away from affected areas... and if you do have to clean up... wear goggles, rubber boots and gloves... scrub down hard surfaces with detergent... and throw away what you can't disinfect.
 

Internet Security

The Internet... as we know it... is still the wild west... and a local IT expert says if you're not running virus protection... you may be asking for trouble. During a recent appearance on the WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe... First Columbia Bank's IT Guru Bob Puckett says an updated virus protection plan could cost as little as 40 dollars a year. Also... if one's virus protection is not up to date... someone could sneak in and grab your identity... and account numbers from your hard drive.

 

Gaming Control Board

State budget hearings continues this morning, with the Chairman of the Gaming Control Board testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee. William Ryan told Committee members that Pennsylvania's casino industry is healthy and stable, and expects to avoid the problems which led to multiple closings in Atlantic City. He added that underage gambling is a concern but doesn't see it as a major problem in the state. He also expects the state Supreme Court to uphold the board's choice for Philadelphia's second casino license, but says it may take up to a year for the legal process to play itself out.

 

Watsontown Fire

At least four people were hurt Thursday after a fire of undetermined origin swept through an apartment building in Watsontown... in Northumberland County. One person was flown to a hospital for treatment of burns. Twelve people lived in the wood – frame building on fourth Street... and lost everything. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

 

Frein Manhunt

The 48 - day manhunt for Eric Frein who is charged in the homicide of a state trooper in Pike County cost more than originally projected. That word revealed by State Police Commissioner – designate Col. Marcus Brown. Cops spent an estimated $11.7 - million, about $700,000 more than the amount released in November to a Scranton newspaper. Col. Brown said the agency has absorbed the costs and is not seeking additional state funding.

 

Kingston Suspect

Two men have been arrested in connection with the stick up of a Turkey Hill Minit Mart on Rutter Avenue in Kingston. Police say 31 – year old Robert Mauer and 35 – year old Richard Huften allegedly held up the store early Wednesday morning. Mauer is also charged with robbing another Turkey Hill in Wilkes – Barre last week.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Lacrosse

Senior Julie Falk scored five times to lead the Bloomsburg University women's lacrosse team to an 11 - 7 win over Holy Family yesterday at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. It was the Huskies first win of the season, and the first win under new head coach Shannon Hertz. The Huskies, now 1 and 2, will return to action Saturday at West Chester.

 

NCAA

The NCAA basketball tournament got into full gear yesterday including four games played at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. In those games... Notre Dame defeated Northeastern 60 – 56... Butler downed Texas 56 – 48... Villanova rolled over Lafayette 93 – 52... it was North Carolina State over LSU 66 – 65.

 

NHL Action

In the NHL last night... the Dallas Stars defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2 to 1... and the Calgary Flames downing the Philadelphia Flyers 4 - 1



 

Winter Isn't Done With Us

What a difference a week makes. Last week and earlier this week... we were basking in sunshine with highs in the upper 40's and lower 50's... now a dose of reality. The National Weather Service in State College is issuing a Winter Weather Advisory for the area starting Friday morning starting at 4 O'clock. Meteorologists are predicting anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of snow. Not to worry... it should be gone quickly with temps in the mid 30's Friday... and a forecast of showers on Saturday. The complete Weather Eye forecast is straight ahead.

 

Accident Victim Passes

The rural Berwick woman badly hurt in a crash that killed her 19 month old granddaughter... has died. 54 – year old Janice Petroff passed at the Geisinger Medical Center Wednesday afternoon. She was the driver of that Buick SUV which apparently slid on ice and into a utility poll on Martzville Road near the Berwick Country Club. The crash ejecting 19 – month old Emma Niznek from her car seat.

 

Big Event

The requests are in... and now it's up to the Bloomsburg University's Community Government Association to fill the slots for this month's Big Event. Up to 1,200 students will help homeowners with outside tasks on March 28th. The CGA's Sean Williams says BU Athletes make up a big part of the Big Event. Williams says the students will meet at the Town Park on March 28th... then fan out through the community... with requests in hand to help homeowners.

 

Department of Correction

Recidivism was the buzz word of the Department of Corrections' budget hearing this week. Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel says the DOC has targeted a number of ways to cut back recidivism... including vocational training... internal efficiencies and paying halfway houses based on their performance lowering the number of repeat offenders. However, the Acting Chairman of the PA Board of Probation and Parole John Tuttle reminded lawmakers as prison populations shrink...his department will need to grow.

 

Judicial Budget Hearing
The Senate Appropriations Committee heard from top judicial officials as state budget hearings continue. State Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin told members that pension obligations and medical benefits have created a 30 million-dollar shortfall for the state's judiciary, and that's with three fewer justices on the high court, along with other vacancies. He also pointed to areas where there have been savings, including the use of drug and veterans courts for non-violent offenders.

 

University Book Sale

Friends of the Bloomsburg University Library are making money, and at the same time, getting rid of books from their inventory. Appearing on Wednesday's edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... University historian Robert Dunkelberger says the books come from different sources. The sale takes place starting this Saturday and running through Monday in the Schweiker Room of the Andruss Library.

 

Minimum Wage

Pennsylvania's Acting Secretary of Labor and Industry addressed an increase to the minimum wage during budget hearings Tuesday. Acting Secretary Kathy Manderino said 1.2 million Pennsylvanians will see their earnings increase if the minimum wage is raised to the proposed $10.10 an hour. To doubters that small businesses will be able to handle that minimum wage increase along with all the tax changes in Governor Tom Wolf's budget plan... Manderino said businesses benefit from everything the wholistic commonwealth of Pennsylvania provides... just as citizens do.
 

Drug Bust

A 36 – year old Luzerne County resident is facing a host of drug charges after his home in Butler Township was raided. Daniel Lopez was captured in Florida.. and is due back in the county by the end of the week. Authorities say probation officials were checking on Lopez's welfare when they stumbled across more than a hundred marijuana plants... some lamps and a generator. Some of the plants were eight feet high. The investigation is continuing.

 

Turkey Hill Robberies

Three Turkey Hill Mini – Mart were the targets of bandits in the Wyoming Valley Wednesday morning. Police says the stores on East Main Street and Hazle Streets in Wilkes – Barre... and Rutter Avenue in Kingston. In all three cases... a man with a weapon walked into the stores... getting away with cash. Authorities have not said if there is a connection between the stick up's.

 

English RR Supply

Police in Montoursville are investigating the theft of up to $90,000 worth of model trains from English's Model Railroad Supplies. Cops say two people apparently broke in over the weekend making off the equipment... much of it which can be fenced at numerous model train shows held every weekend across t he region. The theft was discovered Monday when someone noticed a hole in a wall of the building which was hidden by a desk. The store does have surveillance cameras... and it caught video of the two people rolling the merchandise out the front door.

 

Wal – Mart thefts

State police at Hazleton are looking for two men who took nearly 800 dollars in vacuum cleaners and a laptop computer from a Wal – Mart Supercenter in Hazle Township. The thefts took place February 23rd and March 11th. If you have information about the theft... give trooper Matthew Hunter a call at the Hazleton State Police Barracks.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Athletes

Bloomsburg University seniors Jocelyn Ford and Marla Simmons have earned spots on the 2015 NCAA Women's Basketball Division II Atlantic Region All-Tournament Team for their standout play. Ford receives the honor for the second consecutive year after averaging 15.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists over the Huskies' three games at the Atlantic Regional. Simmons, a Daktronics All-Region selection last week and the PSAC East Athlete of the Year, led the Huskies in scoring by averaging 17.3 points along with 5.7 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament.

 

Bucknell / Temple

A robust Temple team shook off it's NCAA blahs... eventually defeating the Bucknell Bison 73 to 67. It happened during the opening round NIT game Wednesday night in Philadelphia. Temple will now host George Washington in a second – round game on Sunday.

 

NCAA Games

In other action... Robert Morris defeated North Florida 81 – 77... and Dayton just got by Boise State 56 – 55.

 



 

 

Mt. Carmel Fire Folo

A state police fire marshal has ruled that a blaze that destroyed seven row homes in Mt. Carmel this week was electrical in nature... calling the blaze accidental. Eleven people were made homeless. Meantime.. the chief of the American Hose company is recovering from injuries. James Reed, Sr. was pulled from one of the burning building and Life Flighted to Geisinger in Danville.. then transferred to Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown.

 

State Potholes

PennDOT crews have switched over from snow plowing to fixing potholes which have developed on state – maintained highways in Columbia and Montour Counties. The Agency's David Thompson says there are a not a lot pot holes on heavily traveled highways and interstates.... it's the back roads that can do – in a car's suspension. PennDOT's Thompson urged to drive slow when you see a crew working on the roadway.

 

Senate Hearings / State AG
While the state Attorney General is under fire on a variety of legal fronts, it was drugs and her department's budget that dominated her appearance before the state Senate Appropriations Committee. Attorney General Kathleen Kane is fighting a grand jury's recommendation that she face perjury and other serious charges, but she was subjected mostly with praise as she appeared before state Senators to talk about her office's budget. Lawmakers focused on the battle against drugs and online predators, with the only only an occasional critical comment - mostly about Kane's refusal to represent the state in the Defense of Marriage Act lawsuits and the defense of legislation in opposition to local gun ordinances...

 

PennDOT Hearing

Budget hearings before the House Appropriations Committee continued this morning with the acting Secretary of Transportation. Secretary Leslie Richards says she'll be touring major highways and bridges across the state next month with US Congressman Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, Chairman of the House Transportation Committee. This in an effort to renew the federal government's commitment to infrastructure. Richards added that thanks to the state law known as Act 88, more than 550 bridges in the state will be refurbished in the next three years.
 

Elks Lodge

Elks Lodge 436 in Bloomsburg continues to grow. During initiation ceremonies Tuesday night at the Old Berwick Road lodge... eight people were brought into the origination. I asked Exhaled Ruler Fred Whitenight... why the lodge continues to grow... despite the downturn in volunteerism. The Elks Lodge is heavily involved in Volunteerism... helping veterans and providing scholarships to high school seniors.

 

Brain Injuries

The Pennsylvania Division of the American Trauma Society is stressing concussion prevention during Brain Injury Awareness Week. The Trauma Society is encouraging everyone to wear a helmet when doing any activity that could put your brain at risk. Activities like biking and skiing. It also hopes athletes and their coaches will learn more about concussion symptoms... which can include confusion... dizziness... and loss of consciousness. Concussions are the leading brain injury in the 2 point 4 million the U.S. sees every year... and they require immediate medical attention.

 

Cash Five

There is a person holding a winning Cash 5 lottery ticket from last Friday... purchased in Luzerne County. Lottery officials says the winning ticket is worth $450,000. The ticket was sold at the Turkey Hill Market on North Washington Street in Wilkes – Barre. The ticket correctly matched all five numbers selected.

 

Luzerne Election

The May 19th primary election is just around the corner. However, in Luzerne County, the election director called it quits recently... and now a search for a replacement is on. The big problem... David Parsnik is the interim director... but he has never run an election.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team lost to Wilmington 8-4 Tuesday in a game played in Bel Air, Maryland. The loss dropped the Huskies to 3 and 3. They're home Friday in a doubleheader against Lock Haven. The first game starts at 1 O'clock.

 

NIT

In men's college basketball Wednesday night, in the opening round of the National Invitational Tournament, Bucknell plays Temple in Philadelphia.

 

NCAA

In the NCAA tournament Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio... Hampton downed Manhattan 74 – 64... and it was Mississippi over BYU 94 to 90. On Wednesday night... North Florida plays Robert Morris and Boise State takes on Dayton.

 

NHL

In the NHL Tuesday night... the New Jersey Devils blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins 2 to nothing... and the Vancouver Canucks outscored the Philadelphia Flyers 4 to 1.



 

Mt. Carmel Fire

A chief for the Mt. Carmel fire department is in a Lehigh Valley hospital... after he was pulled unconscious from the flames of a five alarm row home fire Tuesday afternoon. James Reed, Sr, was first airlifted to Geisinger Medical Center... then transferred to a Lehigh Valley hospital. Reed is now listed in stable condition. Now... it's up to a state police fire marshal to determine what started that blaze in those row homes in the 200 block of South Walnut Street.

 

Petitions

Not all potential political candidates who picked up nominating petitions at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex.... returned their paperwork. That word from Chief Registrar Matt Repasky. When pressed on the issue... Mr. Repasky believes it's due to getting cold political feet.... not enough time to campaign or work issues. The folks in the voter registration office will now prepare ballots for the county's 42 precincts... in time for the May 19th primary.

 

DCNR Hearings
Every lawmaker has his or her own interests in the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and during legislative budget hearings, oil and gas issues were bound to come up. Acting Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn had to balance questions about how to incorporate energy infrastructure into state lands.... and declining royalties expected from the Oil and Gas Fund... with questions about an impact study on the South Newark Basin... that put a moratorium on drilling in the area until the findings were released. Dunn insisted DCNR is not interested in allowing drilling in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

 

Veterans Hearings
Pennsylvania Adjutant General James Joseph went before the House Appropriations Committee as state budget hearings continued Monday. General Joseph testified that one of his biggest challenges is the estimated 14-hundred homeless veterans in Pennsylvania, urging lawmakers to help get the word out that services and programs are available. He also touched on the positive aspects of housing the nation's third-largest National Guard, bring in close to 400-million-dollars in military construction funding over the last ten years.

 

Berwick Council

The Berwick Borough Council on Monday.... started the week holding their regularly scheduled meeting in the High School auditorium on Fowler Avenue. The Borough's political leaders exposing the senior class to what local government does. Also on hand... the three Columbia County Commissioners.... and that pleased mayor Tim Burke. Commissioner's Young... Ridgeway and Kovach liked what they took in... all in the hopes of finding some future leaders among Berwick High School Seniors.

 

St. Patrick's Day Drinking
The Pennsylvania DUI Association has some familiar reminders for those who plan on going out after work tonight to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The most important reminder is to plan ahead. Director of Law Enforcement Services George Geilser says arranging a ride home or planning on spending the night at a friend's house or in a hotel room, are the most effective ways to avoid taking to the roads once you're impaired. Police will be out in force from now through Saturday night to with extra DUI patrols.

ARC Shelter

It's been a long winter for the Animal Resource Center... and their in need of some items. That word from ARC executive director Linda Bird. Appearing on the WHLM Morning Buzz, Ms. Bird said dry and wet dog and cat food is needed. To either donate some pet food.... or apply for the staff person job now open... give the shelter a call.

 

Flood Safety

This week is Flood Safety Awareness Week. Pennsylvania is one of the most flood-prone states in the country, and so PEMA is urging Pennsylvanians to make sure they have a solid evacuation and emergency plan before the water starts to rise. Officials with PEMA are encouraging people to download their ReadyPA app to their phones. The app has checklists to prepare for emergencies as well as tools to set up communication with family members.

 

Shooting Victim

It's not often Wilkes – Barre police stop a car for speeding... finding a shooting victim. It happened early Sunday morning along North Pennsylvania Avenue... when a speeding car was stopped... in the passenger seat... a man suffering a gunshot wound. The victim telling authorities he was shot outside a South Main Street club. He's expected to be okay.

 

Suspect Sought

State Police at Hazleton are keeping a sharp eye out for a man wanted for allegedly assaulting a woman in Luzerne County. Cops say the man inappropriately touched a customer at a mini – mart in Dorrance Township in lower Luzerne County. A picture of the suspect is available at our media partner's web – site www.WNEP.com 

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Women

The NCAA Atlantic Regional title and a trip to the Division II Elite 8 was on the line Monday night when the Bloomsburg University women's basketball team played at California University. WHLM's Larry White said despite tying the game ten times... the Lady Huskies lost72 – 69. That wraps up an impressive 26 – 5 season.

 

Men's Hoops

In men's college basketball, the first two games of the NCAA tournament will be played Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio. In the first game, BYU faces Mississippi. In game two, Hampton will take on Manhattan.

 

Bucknell Basketball

Bucknell earned a spot in the National Invitational Tournament by winning the Patriot League's regular season title. Wednesday night, the Bison pay Temple in Philadelphia. The winner of that game will face the winner of Tuesday night's George Washington at Pitt game.

 

NBA

In the NBA Monday night.. the Boston Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 108 to 89.



Mt Carmel Fire Folo

The chief for the American Hose Company in Mt. Carmel is recovering from injuries sustained while fight a fire Monday afternoon along South Walnut Street. James Reed sent a distress call... and was plucked from one of the seven row homes destroyed by the flames... and Life Flighted to a hospital for treatment. Volunteers from Northumberland... Schuylkill as well as Espy... here in Columbia County were called in to fight the five alarm blaze. The flames were first spotted just before noon... and was brought under control three hours later. No cause as of yet... but a state police fire marshal has been called in. Eleven people lost their homes Monday afternoon in Mt. Carmel.

 

United Way

A changing of the guard in the top level of the United Way of Columbia County. Current executive director John Thomas is getting ready to retire.... while former Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated Manager Adrienne Mael is getting ready to slip behind Thomas' desk. During a recent exit interview... Thomas says Ms. Mael has her Rolodex of contacts. The next few weeks will be a transition period... as Ms. Mael gets ready to prepare for the organization's fall campaign..

 

Conyngham Twp Accident

Four teenagers had the scare of their lives Saturday afternoon... when the car they were in blew through a stop sign... went down an embankment into some trees in Conyngham Township. State Police say the incident happened at the intersection of Mid Valley Road and Route 42. The driver and three passengers were rushed to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment.

 

Lou Barletta / Immigration
During a tour of the midstate a Pennsylvania Congressman with a history of strong views on immigration took a moment to talk about the issue. Representative Lou Barletta has thrown his support behind the Secure Our Borders First Act, which includes language from a bill he sponsored that would keep tabs on people coming into the country by requiring they be fingerprinted at airports. He says more than 40 percent of illegal immigrants don't cross a traditional border...but fly in on visas and never leave. His legislation would make it a criminal offense to overstay a visa.

 

Pot Holes

With temperatures expected the first part of the week ranging from the 40's to mid 50's... Bloomsburg public works crews will be busy patching potholes. It's a never ending task... so says public work's chief John Barton. Ever since the weather broke a week ago.... crews have spent a lot of time trying to fill the hole... which can do a lot of damage to car tires and the related suspension parts and pieces. The worst of the worst are potholes which continue to form along Ft. McClure Boulevard..

 

Parents in Prison
By state estimates, some 81,000 children in Pennsylvania have at least one parent in prison and are at a higher risk of a run-in with the law themselves. WHLM's Brad Christman says that advocates are asking lawmakers to take steps to break that cycle of incarceration. During a hearing the House Children and Youth Committee last week, lawmakers heard from children who grew up with one or both parents in prison...some of whom ended up there themselves. There are mentoring programs for kids struggling with family incarcerations and advocates say these programs deserve state funding. For many programs, federal funding dried up in recent years and now they rely on private donations and grants...

 

Shenandoah

There was a building collapse early Sunday morning in Shenandoah. A building on West Coal Street came tumbling down. A fire back in 2013 damaged nine buildings at the corner of West Coal and Jardin Streets... where the collapse took place. A contractor and a fire investigator says demolition of the buildings is stalled due to legal issues.

 

Freeland

Folks in Freeland... near Hazleton... put their worries behind them for a day. On Saturday.... their annual St. Patrick's parade held despite the rain. Earlier this month... the borough faced frozen water pipes... a shortage of crews... and a lack of money... so the mayor of Freeland declared a state of emergency. That 

declaration was recently lifted.

 

Redistricting
A Democrat state lawmaker is trying to draw attention to something governor Tom Wolf mentioned in his budget address, and it has nothing to do with taxes. Most of the time since the governor's budget address on March 3rd has been dominated by talk of taxes and spending...but one state lawmaker is hoping people also hear the brief mention of the need for changing the way legislative districts are redrawn. The highly-politicized process is currently handled by the state legislature. Senator Lisa Boscola of Northampton County says that needs to change to take the politics out of a very important process. Republicans have had the legislative majorities and controlled the process the past 2 decades. The once-per decade process always follows a U-S Census count.

 

VFD Grants
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced grants are available to help rural communities fight forest fires. March is the the official beginning of forest fire season... and the DCNR hopes volunteer fire departments will take advantage of federal grant money to put towards equipment or training to deal with those fires. The grants top out at $7,500 and must have matching funds. The deadline for applications is May 21st. To learn more go to DCNR dot state dot p-a dot u-s.

 

Bloomsburg Huskies Basketball

In Bloomsburg University Women's Basketball Monday night, the Huskies played California. Sadly the Huskies season came to an end with their loss to California 72-69. You can hear the details with Larry White in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

 



The Loose Ties Model Railroading club will open their huge layout at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn this weekend. Today from 11AM - 4PM check out the more than 60 trains and 10,000 feet of track.
 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents Skin & Bone at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg, running through March 29. Follow aging twin sisters Midge and Madge down the dark and dusty path of a past better left undisturbed. The show is intended for mature audiences of at least High School age. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The Central Columbia High School Drama club presents Stephen Sondheim's Into The Woods, this weekend at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Last showtime is today at 2PM. Reserved seating is available. Call 570-784-2850 ex.2844 for more information.

 

Today is your last chance to order Wesley United Methodist Church's homemade meat pasties. Each pasty is $5.50 and are served au jus for dipping. Orders will come fully cooked and can be picked up March 22 after Sunday morning worship services at the church on Market Street in Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-387-8930.

 

Now that warmer weather has returned, AGAPE's Project Frozen is wrapping up this weekend. The AGAPE Care Center on 7th Street in Bloomsburg will be open from 7PM - 7AM overnight for anyone who needs a warm place to stay. Guests must be drug and alcohol free.  For more information, call 570-854-6141.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Huskies Women's Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Women's Basketball team faced Gannon in the first round of the NCAA DII playoffs Friday afternoon. BU beat Gannon in that game 81-76. In the second round, the Huskies defeated Shepherd university 85-69. The Huskies move on to round 3 where they will face California on Monday night. That game starts at 7PM. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the pregame at 6:40.



 

The 3rd annual Leprechaun Loop is happening today at St Columba Catholic School on 3rd Street in Bloomsburg. The 5K run & fun walk gets under way at 9AM. Check-in starts at 7AM. Awards will be given for the best dressed in each category, as well as a $100 cash prize for setting a new course record. Please, no animals. Entry fee is $25. For more information, go to SaintColumbaSchool.org

 

Come to the Children's Museum in Bloomsburg for Tales And Tunes From The Frontier today from 10AM - 2PM. Learn how to make music from household items with Randy & Josey Brendle. Build your own instrument, and enjoy music and stories from frontier life. The museum is on 7th Street next to the Bloomsburg YMCA.

 

The Loose Ties Model Railroading club will open their huge layout at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn this weekend. Today from 11AM - 5PM and Sunday from 11AM - 4PM check out the more than 60 trains and 10,000 feet of track.
 

Boy Scout Troop 51 in Benton is holding a spaghetti supper fundraiser this evening at the Benton Fire Hall on Colley Street. Take-outs start at 3:30, or dine in from 4-7 PM. Dinners are $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. For more information call 570-784-1677.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents Skin & Bone at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg, running through March 29. Follow aging twin sisters Midge and Madge down the dark and dusty path of a past better left undisturbed. The show is intended for mature audiences of at least High School age. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The Columbia Valley Moose Lodge will hold another 21-and-over singles dance tonight from 7-11 PM featuring DJ Eddie. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Couples are also welcome. Cover charge is just $8 and includes snacks, door prizes, and drinks. The Moose Lodge is located behind Sheetz on Route 11 between Berwick and Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-441-3534.

 

The Central Columbia High School Drama club presents Stephen Sondheim's Into The Woods, this weekend at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Last showtime is Sunday at 2PM. Reserved seating is available. Call 570-784-2850 ex.2844 for more information.

 

Wesley United Methodist Church is taking orders for homemade meat pasties through tomorrow. Each pasty is $5.50 and are served au jus for dipping. Orders will come fully cooked and can be picked up March 22 after Sunday morning worship services at the church on Market Street in Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-387-8930.

 

Now that warmer weather has returned, AGAPE's Project Frozen is wrapping up this weekend. The AGAPE Care Center on 7th Street in Bloomsburg will be open from 7PM - 7AM overnight for anyone who needs a warm place to stay. Guests must be drug and alcohol free.  For more information, call 570-854-6141.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Women's basketball team defeated Gannon Friday afternoon 81-76 in the first round of the Atlantic Regional at California University. The Huskies played Shepherd Saturday night and the Women won over Shepherd with a score of 85-69. You can hear the details with Larry White in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.
 
 

 



 
Funeral / Fundraiser
Funeral services will be held Saturday morning for 19 – month old Emma Niznek who died in a one car accident this week near Berwick. Contact with a utility poll apparently tossed the toddler out of her grandmother's SUV and on to the berm of the road. Now... there's a spaghetti fund raiser for the family... starting Sunday, March 22nd at 4 at the Bethany United Methodist Church on Summerhill Avenue in Berwick ... so says Borough County President Alvin Hill. The fund raiser is being produced by the Berwick High School Class of 2004. Saturday's funeral service is being provided at no cost to the family by the Mayo Funeral Home.
 
Budget Hearing
Pennsylvania's main student aid agency went before the House Appropriations Committee Thursday budget hearings continue. James Preston, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, says their largest allocation for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program, close to $420 - million dollars benefits 177,000 students. Another program Preston highlighted was the website mysmart borrowing.org, aimed at high school students as a way to manage the increasing problem of student loan debt.
 
Gaming Control Board
The Gaming Control Board testified in budget hearings that casinos are bringing a lot of revenue into Pennsylvania. Chairman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, Bill Ryan said slot machine revenue dropped slightly last year but it still contributed nearly $600 - million dollars in property tax relief for Pennsylvanians. He said it's now been 4 straight years that combined gaming revenue has topped $3 – billion.... and that casinos have boosted local economies by spending $823 million on vendors in the last 5 years.
 
Computer Updates
If you received a desktop or a lap top computer for the holidays... maybe it's about time you install the manufactures upgrades and patches. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... First Columbia Bank's computer Guru Bob Puckett says it's important to install the patches. Upgrades and patches... for say Microsoft products... are available every Tuesday for downloading.
 
Persian Gulf War Vets
Pennsylvania veterans of the first Persian Gulf War are eligible for a cash bonus. WHLM's David Payne reports the deadline for applying is August 31st of this year. According to the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, this one-time bonus is for those who served in the Persian Gulf conflict between August 2nd 1990 and August 31st 1991. It pays up to $525 dollars for active duty members, and up to $5,000 for POWs and those whose deaths are directly connected to the war. You can find out more online, at persiangulfbonus.state.pa.us.
 
Homestead exemption
Two Luzerne County Council members are believed to be getting homestead tax exemptions on multiple units. So are hundreds of other property owners. According to paperwork at the Luzerne County Court house... Harry Haas and Eileen Sorokas have multiple properties... where there getting tax breaks. Now... council is calling for a change in the tax assessment office.
 
Mahanoy City Water
That water main break in Mahanoy City... in northern Schuylkill County... has been fixed and the water is flowing. A water main broke at Main and Pine Streets earlier in the week. Now... residents effected by low pressure are asked to boil their for a couple of minutes before drinking.
 
Sentence Stand
A panel of state Superior Court judges has ruled the conviction against a Wilkes-Barre man who used a machete to nearly sever a teenager’s hand in an attack outside GAR High School will stand. 23 – year old Juan Borbon was found guilty three years ago in the attack... nearly chopping off the hand of a 10 – grade student. Borbon was found guilty of a number of charges and ordered to spend 8 to 16 years in state prison. If you recall... Borbon and a group of Dominican arrived at the school... wanting to pick a fight with some black students.
 
Beer Delivery
Following up on an opinion it issued in December that paved the way for home delivery of beer, the state Liquor Control Board this week issued guidelines that will make those deliveries a reality. The guidelines allow license holders who have restaurant, eating place, malt beverage or hotel licenses and have obtained “transporter for hire” licenses to haul up to two six-packs of beer with any one order for home delivery. Although deliveries are permitted anytime, those who place orders must do so before 2 A.M. and must pay for them when they place the order, rather than when the beer is delivered.
 
WHLM Sports
BU Women
The Bloomsburg University Women's basketball team defeated Gannon Friday afternoon 81-76 in the first round of the Atlantic Regional at California University. You can hear the details with Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:
 
 
The Huskies will move on to face Shepherd in the next round of NCAA play Saturday night at 5PM. You can hear that game on the WHLM stations starting with the pregame at 4:40.
 
College Hoops
In men's college basketball yesterday, in the Big Ten tournament..Penn State Downed Iowa 67 – 58. In the Big East tourney, Villanova routed Marquette 84-49
 
NHL
In the NHL.. The St Louis Blues skated by the Philadelphia Flyers 1 to nothing... and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4 to 4.
 


 

 

Accident Folo

An autopsy has revealed that the death of a 19 month old infant was caused by multiple blunt force trauma. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition Emma Niznek of Berwick died when she was somehow thrown through the left side of a rear window of her Grandmother SUV which crashed on Martzville Road earlier this week. Meantime... investigators are still trying to figure out if the child was secured in her car seat. Her grandmother... 54 – year Janice Petroff remains in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center.

 

Elderly Housing

The Columbia County Redevelopment Authority is getting ready to launch the renovation of a former church on West Street... for elderly housing. At this week's Bloomsburg Town Council meeting... the Authority's Jay Jarrett says there is a need for moderately – priced housing for the elderly. Mr. Jarrett said the former church could be redeveloped into seven to fourteen apartments.

 

GOP Vs Tom Wolf
Governor Tom Wolf is once again challenging Republicans to put aside the talk and get to the action both sides get ready to hammer out a state budget. As Republicans in Harrisburg continue to pick apart Governor Tom Wolf's proposed state budget plan, the governor is firing back. In response to Senate President Joe Scarnati's recent demands for comprehensive pension reform prior to negotiating any of the governor's other tax proposals, the governor accused republicans of demagoguery. The two sides remain miles apart prior to the commencement of real budget talks in Harrisburg. Legislative budget hearings are underway at the Capitol and will continue for the next several weeks.

 

Raise the Region

It's been going on since last Wednesday at 6 O'clock... your opportunity to donate to Susquehanna Valley's non – profit groups... on line. Faith – based AGAPE of Bloomsburg is one of those groups.... so says the organization's Kathy Lowe says you have until 11:59 tonight to make that donation on line at raisetheregion.org.

 

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble takes the wraps off a three week run of a production entitled “Skin and Bone” at the Alvina Krause Theatre. The story deals with two sisters who run a bed and breakfast in the Florida Panhandle. During an appearance on the Wednesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe and Norm... BTE's Elizabeth Dowd says “Skin and Bone” is directed by veteran player Danny Roth. The three week run begins tonight. Performances are Thursday thru Saturday night... with Sunday Matinees.

 

Health Insurance

If you haven't signed up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, it's not too late. A new enrollment period from March 15th through April 30th is in effect for those who haven't signed up this year, had to pay a penalty for not enrolling in 2014 and were not aware of that penalty when they prepared their 2014 taxes. You can go to healthcare.gov, or call 1-877-570-3642 for assistance.
 

PFA vs. Pay

Two sociologists from the University of Pittsburgh have published a paper showing the price women pay when seeking protection from abuse. Economic control can be a big part of why some women stay in abusive relationships. Now after combing through records from women who sought protective orders and welfare.... Professors Lisa Brush and Melanie Hughes have found that women's earnings went down after getting that protective order. They are calling for policymakers to provide more tools than just the orders and welfare to help women achieve safety and stability.

 

Hazleton Drug Bust

Four Hazleton area men were arrested this week on drug charges. The men were busted at their home in the 400 block of Spruce Street. The four are accused of selling crack and heroin to folks who showed up.

 

DEP Budget
The Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection testified during state budget hearing Wednesday. Acting Secretary John Quigley admitted some shortcomings of the department...but said the DEP has been underfunded for some time. Under Governor Tom Wolf's proposal, the DEP gets a 5 percent increase in state funds. Quigley said that money will not only go to keep air clean and water pure... but into renewable energy projects that will create family supporting jobs.

 

Mahanoy City Water

If you live in Mahanoy City in northern Schuylkill County... you are experiencing low water pressure. What is described as a major water main break took place at the intersection of Main and Pine Streets Wednesday. It's believed the rapid thawing of the ground due to our warm weather contributed to the break.

 

Valley Crest

The former Valley Crest Nursing home in Plains Township may soon be sold. The Luzerne County Council this week entered into a sales agreement to sell the unused building to a private developer. It's believed the building will become retail space... bringing jobs to the area and boosting the retail economy.

 

 

 

WHLM Sports

Huskies Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team is on the road in North Carolina. The Huskies loosing a double header to California University of PA. California defeated Bloomsburg in the first game 10 to 3... and in the second game 3 to 1. The Huskies next play on Saturday against Mansfield.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball... Loyalsock, the District 4 Champs met the #2 seed from District 11 in Minersville in a boys AA second round playoff game Wednesday night. The Lancers winning the game 69 – 55. Now... they win a trip to the next round of play still to be determined.

 

Henry Hynoski

Former Southern Columbia High School standout Henry Hynoski will remain with the New York Giants. The team on their website said Hynoski has re-upped with the team, Hynoski is entering his fifth year as a Giant.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

In Grapefruit League action on Wednesday... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 3 to 2.

 



 

 

Briar Creek Twp Crash

A 19 month old infant is dead... and her grandmother is listed in critical condition at Geisinger following a one car accident yesterday on Martzville Road... in Briar Creek Township... near Berwick. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... Emma Jane Marie Niznek... was tossed through the rear, drivers side window of the SUV driven by her grandmother... 54 – year old Janice Petroff. The child was pronounced dead at the scene... while Ms. Petroff was air lifted to Geisinger for treatment. Police say the investigation is still on – going... not releasing much information. It's believed Petroff slid on some black ice near the Berwick Country Club collided with a utility poll and slid into a ditch.

 

Greenwood Twp Fire

It was a busy day for Millville area firemen... initially called out to battle a blaze in a two story structure on the Rohrsburg Road in Greenwood township around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. That's when someone spotted Choya Force's home on fire. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition that the family dog died in the flames. Overnight... firemen responded to the building twice... when the ruins caught fire again... the second time around 2 O'clock Wednesday morning... doing the property in for good. Force lived in the house with her twin sons. A state fire marshal will be on scene Wednesday... trying to figure out how the blaze started.

 

Pot Holes

If you've traveled through and around Bloomsburg the past few days.... there are roads in need of repair due to pot holes. It's something Public Works Chief John Barton is trying to staying on top of. Barton says... as fast as town crews patch the holes... they open right up again. Mr. Barton telling me it's a never ending battle.

 

United Way Fundraiser

The United Way of Columbia County of Bloomsburg is having one last fund raiser for the current capital campaign. It takes place at the Links in Buckhorn Wednesday.... and it's called Dine to Donate... so says United Way Executive Director John Thomas. Of each meal purchased starting at 5 O'clock goes to the United Way. Also at the Links..... a silent auction... as well as basket raffles.

 

Kathleen Kane

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane testified before the House Appropriations Committee during day 2 of budget hearings. Kane is seeking more than $97-million-dollars for her office in the next fiscal year, a 5 percent increase over the current year. During 90 minutes of testimony, Kane focused mainly on the successes in her office, such as drug arrests, fraud convictions, and child predator crackdowns. She briefly addressed ongoing investigations against her, saying no state funds are being used in her defense.

 

Treasurer Testifies
Pennsylvania's acting state Treasurer testified during budget hearings in Harrisburg Tuesday. Christopher Craig, the department's Chief Counsel, was appointed Acting Treasurer when Rob McCord stepped down last month amid federal corruption charges. He told the House Appropriations Committee that despite recent bond downgrades, the state's borrowing capacity is in relatively good shape for now, but it may be a different, less favorable picture, if interest rates begin to rise.

 

Obama Care / First Responders
A U.S. Congressman from Hazleton visited the Harrisburg area Tuesday to talk about his bill, which would exempt volunteer firefighters from the Affordable Care Act. Representative Lou Barletta says his bill has been hijacked by the Senate twice before...to be used as a shell for spending bills. The IRS has created regulations saying volunteer firefighters do not count as employees...but Barletta says if it's not a law...the IRS could easily change the rules in the future and jeopardize volunteer fire companies across the country. That's why he's hoping the third time will be the charm for the Protecting Emergency Responders Act.

 

Kids for Cash

A Luzerne County Attorney caught up in that “Kids for Cash” scandal will pay near 5 – million dollars. The money earmarked for juveniles caught up in the scam. Federal prosecutors accused Powell of funneling nearly a million bucks to former judges Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella... in order to keep his private dentition center full of kids.

 

Junk Cars

The Luzerne County Council has adopted an ordinance last night... fining people who have junk vehicles and car parts on their properties. Some of the guidelines of a junk vehicle include being ten years or older... extensive damage or inoperable... among other criteria. Those found in violation of the ordinance face a fine of 500 dollars a week.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Women

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team did not play Gannon this season but the Huskies have some recent post season history against the team they will play Friday in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional first round game. Last season, Bloomsburg lost to Gannon 57-51 in the PSAC semifinals. In 2013, the Huskies beat Gannon 74-57 in the PSAC final. Friday's game at California begins at noon. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 11:40.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Tuesday night, in a boys Class A second round state playoff game.. St. John Neumann defeated Halifax 68 – 59 Wednesday night, in a class AA second round state playoff game at Shamokin High School, Loyalsock takes on Minersville.

 

College Hoops

In men's college basketball Tuesday night, in the West Coast Conference championship game... 7th ranked Gonzaga defeated BYU 91 to 15.

 

NHL

In the NHL Tuesday night... the Dallas Stars downed the Philadelphia Flyers 2 to 1.



 

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Greenwood Twp Fire

Fire crews were called to a structure fire along Rhorsburg Road (State Route 254) just east of Millville Tuesday afternoon. Early reports indicated that nobody was inside the building at the time of the fire.

 

Fatal Briar Creek Twp. Accident

Police are investigating a fatal one – vehicle crash which took place Tuesday morning on Martzville Road in Briar Creek Township. Authorities say the accident took place around 8:30 Tuesday morning in the vicinity of the Berwick Country Club. The Press – Enterprise is reporting on it's on – line edition a 19 – month old infant was killed... her grandmother who was driving the van was injured. Authorities say the grandmother apparently hit some black ice while westbound on Martzville Road.

 

BU Student Arrested

A preliminary hearing is set for March 25th for a Bloomsburg University student who is charged with assaulting a second student at an Iron Street home last month. Bloom U Today is reporting Alexander Vizcaino was arrested by Bloomsburg Police. Vizcaino is shown on surveillance video tape bullying Kyle Greene... then allegedly punching him in the nose. That punch broke the nose of Greene's.

 

Federal Money

The Town of Bloomsburg could be in for a portion of the $27 – million federal dollars earmarked for Pennsylvania following Tropical Storm Lee back in 2011. Municipalities across the Commonwealth are competing for the disaster recovery funds from the Department of Economic and Community Development. Residents have until the end of business on the 16th to send their comments to SEDA – Cog... with the council expected to okay the application for the money on the 23th.

 

Battle Lines Drawn

Forget about Republicans and Democrats finding common ground in the actual state Budget Line Items. AS WHLM's Brad Christman Reports, they can't even agree on how much the state is spending in Governor Wolf's proposed budget. Governor Tom Wolf coyly avoided giving a total budget number for his spending plan in his budget address last week, but Budget Secretary Randy Albright pegged the number at $29.88 billion. Not so fast according to the GOP. Republican lawmakers say the governor is proposing a much higher spend number of 33.8 billion. Republicans say the difference comes in the Governor's failure to count transfers to the property tax and public pension funds in his final number. The GOP says those numbers have to be included. State Budget hearings will continue throughout the rest of this month.

 

Office of Aging
Members of the House Appropriations Committee hear testimony from the Department of Aging during day one of state budget hearings Monday. Acting state Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne addressed a number of issues, including a projected deficit in the Lottery Fund, and a proposal to increase income limits for eligibility in the PACE and PACENET prescription drug programs. She'll also work with local Area Agencies on Aging, to possibly re-open some of the 100 senior citizens centers which have closed in the past year.

 

Department of Revenue
A budget hearing in the state House with the Department of Revenue brought more of the same disagreements heard right after Governor Tom Wolf gave his budget address. Even numbers can be politicized. Republicans in the hearing seemed to doubt much of Acting Secretary of Revenue Eileen McNulty's projections... especially when it came to the natural gas drilling tax. They also were concerned combined reporting would drive business out of the state... and that the increased sales tax would hurt the middle class. Secretary McNulty defended the budget... and her projections through the nearly three hour hearing.

 

Fuel Gauge

We're paying an average of 33 cents more a gallon that we did a month ago for self serve, unleaded regular gasoline in Columbia and Montour Counties. The Triple - A Fuel Gauge report out on Monday shows the gas is costing an average of $2.60 a gallon... more at some stations, less at others. That's up 7 - cents a gallon from a week ago... and 27 – cents a gallon from a month ago. And experts say... the price will continue to climb higher.

 

ARC Fundraisers

Spring is just around the corner... and the Animal Resource Center has some very important fund raisers planned... so says the organization's Executive Director Linda Bird. To get a look at the Animal Resource Center's fund raisers.... or the animals needing a forever home... just go to their website or Facebook page.

 

Break In

Police in West Hazleton say they want to catch the person who broke into a church and ransacked the rectory. The incident taking place Sunday... at Holy Name of Jesus Church along West Green Street. Who ever broke in.. according to police... came through a back door and stole items from the church.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Women

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team is in the NCAA Division II playoffs for the 4th straight season. Friday at noon the Huskies will play Gannon in the Atlantic Regional at California University. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 11:40. The Huskies will be one of 5 PSAC teams in the 8-team regional. Others are Gannon, West Chester, IUP, and PSAC champion California.

 

Boys HS Basketball

Just two Heartland Conference teams are still alive in the state high school basketball playoffs - the Loyalsock boys and the Saint John Neumann boys. Tuesday night at Shamokin High School, Saint John Neumann takes on Halifax in a Class A second round game. On Wednesday night at the McCloskey Center in Danville, Loyalsock faces Minersville in a Class AA second round game.

 

College Hoops

In men's top 25 college basketball Monday night... 7th ranked Gonzaga defeated Pepperdine 79 – 61 in a West Coast Conference semi – final.

 

NHL Hockey

In the NHL lMonday night... the Pittsburgh Penguins lost to the San Jose Sharks

2 to 1.

 

 



 

Public Mtg / Hearing

There will be a public information meeting Monday afternoon at the Bloomsburg Town Hall dealing with an application to be filed for flood recovery money associated with Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.

Town administrator Bill Lowthert says the state's Department of Community of Economic Development will apply for a portion of a billion dollars available from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development... earmarked for communities nationwide. Monday afternoon's informational meeting is slated for 4 O'clock... following by a public hearing at 6:30... with Monday night's council meeting to okay the application at 7 O'clock.

 

Pension Problems
A Democratic state lawmaker is calling for another study of Pennsylvania's pension woes. WHLM's Brad Christman is reporting out of our Harrisburg News Bureau... there's no shortage of people talking about the public pension issue, including those offering pricey solutions - including Governor Tom Wolf. In Berks County, democrat state Senator Judy Schwank is calling for a Public Employee Pension Review Commission to devise an action plan. It wouldn't be the first panel charged with examining the state's pension system. In his budget address last week, Governor Tom Wolf proposed a combination of borrowing and modernizing state stores to funnel money into the funds.

 

Millard / Liquor

The state senate is soon expected to debate the pros and cons of taking the state liquor stores private. State Representative David Millard says there's a better chance of passage this year... as compared to two years ago... where there wasn't enough votes to get it out of the senate. But Mr. Mallard says... the make up of the senate has changed... placing more Republicans in power. Mr. Millard making his remarks during a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.

 

VP Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden will be on the road next week. Biden... a Scranton native... will deliver the principal remarks at the upcoming dinner of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Lackawanna County. The Biden address comes on the 17th at the Genetti Manor in Dickson City.

 

NASA Grant
Penn State has won a $30 – million NASA grant to study climate issues. Penn State Professor of Meteorology Dr Ken Davis says the NASA grant money will pay for plenty of aircraft flights and the analyzing of the data collected, but the 5-year study will take on all facets of greenhouse gases. Davis says despite the political controversy, there is solid scientific evidence to show that humans are impacting the Earth's atmosphere, with rising levels of methane and carbon dioxide...but he says there are also natural methane sources, like wetlands, that require further study...

 

Shenandoah

Shenandoah Borough leaders declared disaster emergency at the start of the weekend. The reason... the number of frozen water lines... a small work crew... and little money to troubleshoot the problems. Meantime... crews should get a break this week with daytime temperatures in the 40's.

 

Edwardsville Fire

A 72 year old Wyoming Valley man lost his life in a fire. Authorities say Richard Duda of Edwardsville died when his Meyers Street home caught fire Sunday morning. His death is not considered suspicious. Now... authorities want to know what started that fire in Edwardsville.

 

Wilkes – Barre Robbery

Wilkes – Barre police are investigating the weekend robbery of a Turkey Hill store on East Main Street. Authorities say the man strolled into the store at the start of the weekend... demanded money from the cashier... and took off on food. Now... police say the same man could be a suspect in a robbery at the same store earlier this year.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Women's Basketball

Saturday's 63 - 48 loss to California in the conference semifinals ended the Bloomsburg University women's basketball team's hopes of a PSAC title, but it did not end the Huskies season. Sunday night they received a bid to take part in the NCAA Division II national championships. The Huskies are one of 8 teams that will compete in the Atlantic Regional which begins Friday at California University. Bloomsburg will play Gannon in the opening round.

 

PSAC Final

In the PSAC final Sunday at the Nelson Field House, California defeated West Chester 86 - 70. In the men's final in Erie, it was Gannon downing IUP 69 – 66.

 

Bucknell

The Bucknell University men's basketball team lost to Lafayette 80 - 74 Sunday afternoon in Lewisburg in the Patriot League semifinals. Because they won the league's regular season title, Bucknell will play in the National Invitational Tournament which begins next week.

 

HS Wrestling

Eight area wrestlers won medals at the Class AA state championships which concluded Saturday in Hershey. Leading the way was Southern Columbia's Kent Lane who won a gold medal for finishing first at 145 pounds. Other area medal winners were Alan Diltz of Benton who finished third at 106 pounds... Dominic Vitale and Logan Womelsdorf of Benton who both finished 4th... Jaret Lane of Southern Columbia who won a fifth place medal, Lewis Williams of Central Columbia and Sam Miller of Bloomsburg both finished 7th in their weight classes... and Benton's Mike Stuart finished 8th. The championships marked the end of the coaching career of Central Columbia's Todd Cummings who announced he is stepping down after 30 seasons as the Blue Jays coach.

 



 

Daylight Savings Time is back in effect starting today! If you didn't do it last night, make sure your clocks are moved ahead by one hour.

 

The Danville Drama Club presents "Bubble Boy" - a new musical from the creators of Despicable Me - this afternnon at the Danville Middle School Auditorium. Showtime is at 2PM. Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for students. For more information, email DanvilleDrama@yahoo.com

 

Meadowbrook Christian School will present "The Music Man" this afternoon at 4PM. Tickets are just $5 for students and $8 for adults. Reserved seating is also available for $10. Meadowbrook Christian School is on Stamm Road, just off Rt. 254 in Milton. For more information, call 570-742-2638.

 

Come to the Bloomsburg Fire Hall today for an afternoon of Vera Bradley Bingo. Doors open at 12:30 - games start at 2PM. Proceeds benefit the Fabulous Felines cat and kitten rescue of Columbia and Montour Counties. The fire hall is on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Dine to Donate to the United Way this evening at Turkey Hill Brewing Company on Central Road in Bloomsburg. From 4-9 PM 10% of meal purchases (excluding alcohol) go directly the United Way of Columbia County and their 15 member agencies. Enjoy dinner or appetizers - no coupon is needed. You can contact the Untied Way office at 570-784-3134.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Women's Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Women's basketball team played California Saturday afternoon at Nelson Field House in a PSAC semifinal playoff game. Sadly the Women lost to California 63-48 and are out of the PSAC playoffs.

 

 



 

Daylight Savings Time goes back into effect this weekend at 2AM Sunday Morning. Don't forget to move your clocks ahead by one hour this evening.

 

The Bloomsburg High School Drama club presents Guys And Dolls at the school campus on Railroad street. All tickets are just $10. Showtimes are at 1PM this afternoon and 7:30PM this evening. For more information, find the Bloomsburg School District under the Schools tab at the top of the page.

 

The Danville Drama Club presents "Bubble Boy" - a new musical from the creators of Despicable Me - today and tomorrow at the Danville Middle School Auditorium. Showtime is 7:30 PM tonight, with a 2PM matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for students. For more information, email DanvilleDrama@yahoo.com

 

Meadowbrook Christian School will present "The Music Man" this afternoon at 2PM, and on Sunday at 4PM. Tickets are just $5 for students and $8 for adults. Reserved seating is also available for $10. Meadowbrook Christian School is on Stamm Road, just off Rt. 254 in Milton. For more information, call 570-742-2638.

 

Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech is holding their annual Spring Craft Show today from 9AM - 3PM. This year honors the yearbook club and class of 2015. The school is on Sweppenheiser Drive, off Route 11 East of Bloomsburg.

 

Grace Bible Church will hold their Ladies' Spring Brunch today from 10AM - 2PM. The guest speaker will be Kelly Renno. The Church is on McIntyre Road in Catawissa. For more information, call 570-356-2644.

 

Monica's Heart greyhound adoption group will be holding two simultaneous events today. From 11AM - 2PM stop by Tractor Supply Company on Route 11 East of Bloomsburg or at PetCo in the Wal-Mart complex in Buckhorn. Learn more about greyhounds, meet some of the dogs, and maybe even adopt. For more information, call 570-644-2358.

 

Come to St Matthew's Lutheran Church in downtown Bloomsburg for Robin's Soup Bowl, today from 11AM - 2PM. There will be 14 different soups to try - All you can eat for just $7 with dessert. Take-out is available, just $4 per pint and $6 per quart. All proceeds benefit Robin Moore's expenses for the 2015 Down Under Sports Tournament in Australia.

 

The Central Columbia Band Boosters will hold their annual Basket Bonanza fundraiser this afternoon at the Central Columbia Elementary School Gymnasium on Old Berwick Road. Doors open at 1PM, Drawings start at 3PM - you must be present to win. Donate a pair of gently-used shoes for a chance at a special door prize.

 

Enjoy a night of music from the country's premiere Bee Gees' tribute band and support local music and drama programs this evening. The Bee Geez U.S.A. Will be performing at the Weber Chapel Auditorium at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove tonight at 7PM. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For more information contact sunhsawards@yahoo.com

 

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg will be holding an all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper this evening from 4-7 PM. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and younger. Take-out is available. All proceeds will benefit the Bundles of Blessings diaper ministry. The church is on 5th street in Bloomsburg.

 

Come to the Bloomsburg Fire Hall on Sunday for an afternoon of Vera Bradley Bingo. Doors open at 12:30 - games start at 2PM. Proceeds benefit the Fabulous Felines cat and kitten rescue of Columbia and Montour Counties. The fire hall is on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Dine to Donate to the United Way Sunday evening at Turkey Hill Brewing Company on Central Road in Bloomsburg. From 4-9 PM 10% of meal purchases (excluding alcohol) go directly the United Way of Columbia County and their 15 member agencies. Enjoy dinner or appetizers - no coupon is needed. You can contact the Untied Way office at 570-784-3134.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Women's Basketball

 

The Bloomsburg University Women's basketball team played California Saturday afternoon at Nelson Field House in a PSAC semifinal playoff game. Sadly the Women lost to California 63-48 and are out of the PSAC playoffs. You can hear the details with Larry White in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Danville Lottery Winner

The Leighow Food Shop in Danville is ten thousand dollars to the good after selling a scratch off ticket worth three million dollars. According to lottery officials... a man from Danville purchased the Triple Million” scratch – off ticket... but has yet to come forward to claim his prize.

 

Fire Department

We're still in the grips of the winter of 2015... and there are times when fire departments get busy. For example... Bloomsburg Fire Chief Bob Rupp says the two major problems encountered are people trying to thaw frozen pipes... or furnace malfunctions. The Chief recommends that if you have problems with your water lines or furnace... call a qualified repair person.

 

Northumberland County Jail

The Northumberland County Commission says they have some plans up their sleeves to replace the county prison extensively damaged by fire earlier this year. Commissioner Vinny Clausi said he would like to place a new prison on the Celotex property just beyond the Sunbury city line. The 20 acre site is now owned by Moran Industries.


Pension Problems
A state lawmaker with a PhD in Finance is weighing in on the looming pension debate in Harrisburg.
Blair County Republican State Rep John McGinnis presented his thoughts this week as lawmakers and the governor prepare to roll up their sleeves on the public pension issue. McGinnis says this looming problem can't be fixed by just making changes involving new state and public school employees because of what is owed to current and future retirees already in the system. McGinnis has a PhD in Finance from Penn State University and was an associate professor in the subject before being elected to the state House. He says a plan must pay off the unfunded liabilities in no more than 20 years - which would require an increase of almost $3 billion annually into the funds...

 

Veterans Housing
Numerous veteran's issues have come up for discussion in the legislature lately. A bill in the state Senate would tackle veteran homelessness... by expanding tax credits. When soldiers return from service... they often move to areas that offer the resources they need. Pittsburgh now has the largest population of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in the state... veterans that are looking to transition into civilian life. Sometimes the housing to help them just isn't there. The Senate bill would expand a tax credit program... so private businesses could more easily invest in housing outside their immediate neighborhoods... which veterans' advocates say would be a big help.

 

Guys & Dolls

It's a play that's been around for a while.... and now the production of Guys and Dolls is being preformed this weekend by the students at the Bloomsburg High School. Appearing on the Thursday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Dante Green telling Joe and Norm... Guys and Dolls is a series of short stories written by Damon Runyon. The production opened last night... but there are performances scheduled Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 in the High School Auditorium... as well as a matinee Saturday afternoon at 1 O'clock. Tickets are available on the school's website... and at the high school box office.

 

Walter Griffith

The former Luzerne County controller may be in trouble with the law. Walter Griffith got a break on his property tax for a car repair shop he owns in Nanticoke... but was not entitled to it. Now... investigators will check to see if the allegations are true. Griffith was fired from his job last year after he allegedly recorded a conversation... without letting the other person know.

 

Drug Sweep
Pennsylvania State police will be out in force over the next few days. The combined enforcement initiative between PA and 5 neighboring states ...is meant to put troopers in high visibility as they sweep major highways to stop the trafficking of illegal weapons and narcotics. The Pennsylvania State Police seized more than $107 - million in prohibited drugs in 2014. Troopers say they want to stay on pace with that number and this week's initiative should help.

 

Shott Fire Folo

Investigators say that massive fire at the Schott Glass Plant in Duryea in Luzerne County earlier this week... caused an estimated $50 – million dollars worth of damage. That fire started Tuesday... with hundreds of fire fighters spending hours on the scene. It's not know when employees will return to work... or what started Tuesday night's fire in Luzerne County.

 

Hazleton Fire

A Hazleton man is lucky to be alive after he was pulled from his burning home last night. Authorities say the victim was inside his Woodward Court home when the blaze began. The victim had to be pulled out of the flames. Authorities in Hazleton believe the fire started on the second floor but haven’t said what caused it.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Wrestling

Seven area high school wrestlers won their opening matches and advanced to the quarter-finals of the Class AA state championships which opened yesterday at the Giant Center in Hershey. Thursday's winners were Jaret Lane of Southern Columbia and Alan Diltz of Benton at 106 pounds... Mike Stuart of Benton at 126... Sam Miller of Bloomsburg at 138... Southern Columbia's Kent Lane at 145... Billy Barnes of Southern Columbia and Dominic Vitale of Benton at 152... and Benton's Logan Womelsdorf at 195. The quarterfinals continue today at Hershey.

 

Girls HS Basketball

The Central Columbia girls basketball team takes on Holy Redeemer Friday at 6 O'clock at Shikellamy High School in a Class AA first round state playoff game. Saturday afternoon at 2:30 at Marywood University in Scranton, the Millville girls play Old Forge in Class A.

 

BU Women's Basketball

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team has swept the major awards in the PSAC East. Senior Marla Simmons has been named the athlete of the year... Camden Boehner is the freshman of the year.. and Bill Cleary is the coach of the year. Saturday at 3:30 at the Nelson Field House, the Huskies take on California in a PSAC semifinal. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 3:15.

 

Men's Basketball

In men's basketball Thursday night, Bucknell defeated Holy Cross 90 - 83 in overtime in the Patriot League quarterfinals. Sunday afternoon the Bison will be at home to face Lafayette in a semifinal game.

 

 



 

 

Crash Folo

Authorities tell us a 58 – year old Berwick woman died in that two car crash earlier this week on Route 11... south of Danville... near the Boat Club. The victim was identified as 58 – year old June Hutton. She was pronounced dead at the scene when 71 – year old Edward Hutton of Berwick lost control of his car... slamming into a guardrail... then into an SUV driven by a Sunbury man. Investigators say Ms. Hutton was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Raise the Region

Non – profit groups across our part of the state have an opportunity to raise money on - line next Wednesday. Local organizations will take part including AGAPE on East 7th Street in Bloomsburg... so says the organization's Kathy Lowe. She says money raised will be earmarked to many AGAPE programs now underway. Ms. Lowe says the on – line event at www.raisetheregion.org begins next Wednesday at 6 O'clock... and runs through 11:59 PM on Thursday.

 

Budget Proposal

Now that state lawmakers have Governor Tom Wolf's budget proposal in hand, battle lines are being drawn. A budget as ambitious as the one Governor Tom Wolf laid out Tuesday has to come with controversy, and that usually means taxes. The governor is proposing an increase to the state sales and personal income taxes, but he wants to reduce property taxes as an offset. That's where many analysts say the big fight awaits in this budget process. The Republican-dominated legislature and the Democrat governor have until June 30th to work something out. Governor Wolf in presenting his budget challenged lawmakers who oppose him to come to the table with ideas...not just a no.
 

Budget / Health Department

The Pennsylvania Department of Health will see a 2.1% percent increase in state funds under Governor Tom Wolf's budget proposal. You can do a fair amount with 204 million dollars in state funds on top of federal money. The Department of Health is planning to use its additional funding to make PA a leader in healthcare innovation...reopen heath centers across the state...and offer more screenings for newborns. The department will also create a registry to explore possible health effects of Marcellus Shale drilling...and streamline the state's prescription drug monitoring program.

 

Joe Sestak

Despite a major problem... former congressman Joe Sestak says he'll run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Senator Pat Toomey. The big problem of the day.... Sestak inviting people to donate to his campaign and hear his announcement live online. But his campaign website was undergoing scheduled maintenance at the time, locking out potential supporters. Meantime... Sestak says he'll walk from the New Jersey line to the Ohio border... talking to Pennsylvanians

 

Death Penalty
Those who oppose Governor Wolf's decision to place a moratorium on the death penalty include family members of murder victims. Victims' family members were joined at a Capitol news conference by state lawmakers who are planning hearings, and members of the PA District Attorneys Association. That group is considering legal action. The widow of a police officer killed in the line of duty says her life is on hold while her husband's killer remains on death row, the next step unknown.

 

Bubble Boy

The Danville High School Drama Club is on stage this weekend for their production of the Bubble Boy... based on an early 70's motion picture. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe and Norm... the Club's John Brady says it's a story about a boy who lived in a plastic bubble due to the loss of his immune system. The Bubble Boy is on stage at the Danville Middle School Auditorium Friday and Saturday night at t 7:30... as well as Sunday afternoon at 2. Tickets are available at the Box Office.

 

Drive In Store

An auto parts store on Susquehanna Boulevard in West Hazleton was the target of a way ward driver Wednesday. Police say a car crashed into Advanced Auto Parts... after the driver said he pulled into a parking spot... but couldn't stop... hitting the front door. The store remains open with customers using the rear entrance.

 

Robberies

Hazleton Police are probing a pair of armed robberies which took place this week. The first happened around 6 O'clock Tuesday night at the Domino's Pizza on North Church Street. The robber waving a hand gun... making off with cash. The second happened two hours later at Craig's Food Mart on West Broad... where the bandit was also armed with a weapon. Police say they're trying to figure out if the stick – up's are related.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Women's Basketball

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team is ranked 12th in the nation in the latest Women's Basketball Association Division II Top 25. It's the program's highest national ranking since 2002. Saturday at the Nelson Field House, the Huskies will play 18th ranked California in a PSAC semifinal starting at 3:30. The other semifinal between IUP and West Chester tips off at 1 o'clock.

 

Bucknell Basketball

The Bucknell University men's basketball team earned home court for the Patriot League tournament by winning the league's regular season title. In Lewisburg Thursday night... the Bison play Holy Cross in the league's quarterfinals. That game starts at 7 O'clock.

 

College Hoops

In Top 25 men's college basketball last night... 12th ranked Notre Dame downed 16th ranked Louisville 71 – 59.... 23rd ranked Ohio State defeated Penn State 77 – 67... and 24th ranked Providence cruised to a 79 – 66 win over Seton Hall.

 

HS Wrestling

Twelve area high school wrestlers will be competing in the Class AA wrestling championships which begin Thursday at the Giant Center in Harrisburg.

 



 

Operation Storm Watch

Winter Weather Advisory

 

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 7PM Wednesday through 7PM Thursday. We could see as much as 2-5 inches of snowfall, beginning Wednesday evening and continuing into Thursday morning.

 

** Cancellations and Postponements **

 

** The Bloomsburg Fire Department is canceling tonight's Bingo Program

 

** Danville Elks has cancelled their Bingo games tonight.

 

** The Thomas Beaver Library in Danville is closed for the day

 

** The Catherine Treon School of Dance in Daville has cancelled classes for today

 

 

Crash Folo

We now know the name of the person who died in that two – vehicle crash on Route 11 near the Danville Board Club on Tuesday. Mahanoy Township police say the victim was 58 – year old June Hutton of Berwick. She was pronounced dead on the scene after the Buick she was a passenger in... skidded on the road surface... hit a guard rail... then collided with an SUV driven by 50 – year old Jack Pehowic of Sunbury. Police say the Buick was driven by 71 – year old Edward Hutton of Berwick.. who was injured in the crash.

 

Proposed State Budget

It's going to be a long budget season in Harrisburg. Governor Wolf on Tuesday... unveiling his proposed budget for the 2015 – 2016 fiscal year. In the 33.8 – billion dollar plan... higher fees... such as a sales tax increase... a dollar a pack tax on cigarettes... and a 5% tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas. State Representative David Millard... a Republican from Berwick... telling WHLM News... coming to a final budget by June 30th isn't going to be easy. The House Appropriations Committee begins debate on the details next Monday.

 

Other Budget Plans
Governor Wolf dedicated roughly 40 percent of his budget to the Department of Human Services... up slightly from last year. Acting Secretary Ted Dallas said the department will spend its nearly $12 billion on measures to improve the quality of life in PA...especially for its most vulnerable residents. Medicaid expansion takes up 76 % of the budget...but significant dollars will also go to get people with intellectual disabilities off the waiting list for services... and get more elderly Pennsylvanians out of nursing facilities and into home-based care.

 

Brain Injury

March is the month that we recognize brain injuries. In essence... you don't have to be a football player to become injured. That word from Geisinger Health South's Nancy Presswood making an appearance on the Tuesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz. And Ms. Presswood says Geisinger Health South has many programs that highlight ways to prevent a brain injury... as well as several fall prevention clinics being held this month.

 

Small Cities
A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced a pair of bills that he says will help strengthen the state's small cities. Representative Bob Freeman wants to give small cities the tools they need to revitalize. First, by extending the amount of time communities can participate in the Main Street program by five years. And second... by lowering the population requirement to 20,000 to join the City Revitalization and Improvement Zone program. Both methods are meant to stimulate economic development by attracting downtown investment.

 

Money for Arts

Tribute bands are somewhat of the rage these days... and a group known as Bee Geez USA preform at the Weber Chapel at Susquehanna University Saturday night. Group member and guitar player Carl Chimi says the Bee Geez tribute band is for real. The show is being produced by an organization known as the SUN High School Musical Awards. A portion of ticket sales is donated to area high school arts programs.

 

Hazleton Armed Robberies

Hazleton Police are probing a pair of armed robberies which took place Tuesday night. The first happened around 6 O'clock at the Domino's Pizza on North Church Street. The robber waving a hand gun... making off with cash. The second happened two hours later at Craig's Food Mart on West Broad... where the bandit was also armed with a weapon. Police say they're trying to figure out if the stick – up's are related.

 

Milton Fire

Investigators are trying to figure out how a barn owned by the Amish caught fire Tuesday near Milton. Authorities say some of the equipment in the barn was being repaired in the shop. Everyone made it out of the building safely.

 

        

WHLM Sports

BU Women's Basketball

There was playoff basketball action last night at the Nelson Field House as the Bloomsburg University women's team played Kutztown in a PSAC Quarterfinal. WHLM's Larry White is reporting that despite being down 15 points.... the Lady Huskies responded... grabbing a 64 to 54 victory. In Saturday's conference semifinals at the Nelson Field House, Bloomsburg will play California which beat Gannon last night 66-53. That game will begin at 3:30. In the other PSAC semifinal at 1 0'clock... West Chester will play IUP. The PSAC final will be played Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock.

 

College Hoops

In top 25 men's college basketball last night... Top ranked Kentucky defeated Georgia 72 to 64. The victory gives the Cardinals a 30 and oh record this season. 4th ranked Villanova got by Creighton

76 – 72... and 9th ranked Kansas downed 20th ranked West Virginia 76 – 69.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

In their first exhibition game yesterday in Clearwater... the Phillies blew a four run lead in the 9th inning and ended their game against the New York Yankees in a 5-5 tie.

 

 

 



 

       ** A Winter Weather Advisory is Posted **

A mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain... changing to all rain begins this afternoon. Up to two inches of snow is expected.

 

 

Governor Delivers Budget Plans

Governor Tom Wolf delivered his budget proposal to state lawmakers at midday Tuesday. WHLM's Brad Christman reports that Mr. Wolf's spending plan is among the most aggressive in modern Pennsylvania history. It includes an increase in the Personal Income Tax from 3.07 to 3.7%... a sales tax increase from 6 to 6.6%... property tax reductions that the governor says will save the average household a thousand dollars a year - or about 50%... and there are also new plans for pension funding, liquor store "modernization" and much more. While the tax increases are sure to highlight the Tuesday speech, Governor Wolf claims the overall tax burden is going down. Budget hearings begin next week in the House and the following week in the Senate.

 

Governor Savings

The Wolf Administration is reporting progress in finding savings in the state budget. The Governor's Office of Transformation, Innovation, Modernization, and Efficiency, or GO TIME, had a goal of finding $150 - million in savings for fiscal year 2015-2016. Two weeks into the office's creation, the Wolf Administration says they've already identified 109-million. Spokesman Jeff Sheridan says they expect to exceed the 150 million-dollar goal as the budget process gets underway.

 

Mrs T's

Problems for a coal region favorite food product distributed nationally. Mrs. T's Pierogies of Shenandoah says it's recalling the 16 – ounce box of Mrs. T's Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Pierogies. The company says it may contain plastic. The product was distributed in the northeast and mid Atlantic states.

 

United Water

We're making it through the brutal winter without water main breaks. That can't be said for business competitors in the Wyoming and Lackawanna Valley who have been plagued with major problems. United Water's Bob Manbeck says there's a reason for that... and thanks to the help of a continual leak detection program... the water through the mains keeps flowing. Mr. Manbeck also credits continual maintenance conducted during the summer months by United Water crews.

 

Vaccinations

Two state lawmakers are calling for more support for their legislation... which would limit the number of people who can opt out of vaccinations. Parents claim philosophical exemptions for 34 - hundred children each year in Pennsylvania...and it's caused the state's immunization rate to drop to 87 %... 8 percentage points below where it should be for herd immunity to viruses like measles. Bills from Republican Rep. Becky Corbin and Democratic Rep. Mike Schlossberg would get rid of that exemption and the 8-month vaccination grace period for kindergarteners.

 

Gas Prices

The price of what we pay for self – service, unleaded regular gas is creeping upward. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report show's we're paying an average of $2.52 a gallon in northeastern Pennsylvania. That's up 7 cents a gallon from a week ago.... and up thirty cents a gallon from last month at this time...

 

Stuart Tank

A group of Berwick and Columbia County residents continue their quest to find a Stuart Tank build on the assembly line of the A-C-F on the Borough's west side. 15,000 of them were made... and served throughout the duration of World War Two. County Commissioner David Kovach is spearheading the drive. Commissioner Kovach will be in Bloomsburg Tuesday night telling the story of the Stuart Tank to the Dream Machines Car Club... when they meet at the fire hall on Market Street.

 

Animal Resource Center

Looking to adopt a dog or cat for the family.... the Animal Resource Center is the first place to look. That word from executive Director Linda Bird... making an appearance on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe. Ms. Bird says dogs and cats as well as kittens are looking for forever homes. Check out what the ARC has to offer either on their website... or their Facebook page.

 

Planned Shoot - out

Wilkes – Barre police have taken a man into custody to face charges of threatening cops. 26 - year old Roberto Herrera telling workers at a job placement service he had a weapon... and would not leave. When police arrived, Herrera told them about his shoot - out plans. He was taken into custody and will undergo a mental evaluation.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Women's Basketball

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team took on Kutztown Tuesday night at the Nelson Field House in the PSAC quarterfinals. The Women won over Kutztown with a score of 64-54. You can hear the details with Larry White in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

 



 

 

Scott Twp Fire

A close call for a man confined to a motorized wheelchair... with smoke and flames slowly closing in around him Sunday afternoon at his Crestwood Drive home in Scott Township. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition that 53 – year old Mark Zaber was rescued by two neighbors... who handed him off to two Scott Township police officers. Zaber was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment. A fire marshal will try and figure out what happened.

 

Trailer Fire

It was a case of thawing pipes under a mobile home that took a turn for the worse. Bloomsburg firemen were called to the mobile home at 924 East 8th street... near Old Berwick Road... when things got a bit too much to handle. Two people lived in the structure. They slept elsewhere Sunday night.

 

Liquor Bill

It could be a week of peaks and valleys in Harrisburg. It was late last week that the house passed a 192 page measure to privatize the sale of liquor... the proposed legislation headed for the state Senate. But.. State Representative David Millard says if the senate passes the bill.... Governor Wolf has promised to veto the package. No word if there are enough votes to derail an expected Wolf veto.

 

Colleges & Universities

A state lawmaker wants to shine a little more light on state – related universities. Lackawanna County Democrat state Senator John Blake is proposing a legislative package that he says would strengthen and update the state's Right-to-Know law, especially with regard to the 4 state-related universities - Penn State, PITT, Temple & Lincoln. He says taxpayers deserve to know more about how the 4 schools, which are not owned by the state, spend their money. Blake says another bill in the package would clean up some loose ends from the original Right-to-know law involving campus police records and prison inmates...

 

Veterans Education

At a recent state senate committee hearing... lawmakers learned how the state is helping veterans continue their education. There are just about 24-hundred people enrolled in Pennsylvania's 14 state colleges that get veterans benefits. Representatives from the PA State System of Higher Education Veterans Advisory Committee testified before lawmakers that all the state universities have gone beyond the requirements to accommodate veterans. Some of the ways state colleges support veterans are by giving credit for military service...and priority when selecting courses.
 

Hooka Shooting

Two men are jailed after police say they opened fire on a Hazleton hookah lounge early Saturday morning. Charged in the shooting is 30 year old Raymond Williams... and 33 – year old Herman Ayala.

Police say one of the men opened fire at the hookah Lounge on East Diamond Avenue using an AK – 47. No one was hurt in the spray of gunfire.

 

Tamaqua Accident

A 17 – year old Nesquehoning girl is dead after being tossed from her car when it was involved in an accident near Tamaqua Sunday morning. The accident happened when her car skidded on snowy Route 309 and collided with an SUV. The driver of the SUV was taken to a Lehigh Valley Hospital for treatment.

 

Public Meetings
Pennsylvania's Auditor General will hold public meetings across the state this month on a possible constitutional amendment he says could have a big impact on local communities. Starting March 12th... Auditor General Eugene DePasquale will make stops in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Scranton, and Philadelphia to get the word out about a measure in the legislature...that could change the way tax-exempt charities get their designation. DePasquale says the meetings will have people speaking from both sides of the issue and be open to questions from the public. You can find more information on the auditor general's website.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Wrestling

Twelve area high school wrestlers qualified for the state championships based on their performances at the Class AA Northeast Regionals which wrapped up Saturday at Williamsport High School. Among the 12 are three who won regional gold medals: Kent Lane and Billy Barnes of Southern Columbia and Alan Diltz of Benton. The state championships begin Thursday morning in Hershey.

 

Girls HS Basketball

Two area girls high school basketball teams will compete in the state playoffs this weekend. On Friday night at Shikellamy High School in Sunbury, Central Columbia, the District 4 Class AA champs, will play Holy Redeemer, the District 2 runner up. Saturday afternoon at Marywood University in Scranton, the Millville girls, the District 4 Class A runner up, will play District 2 champion Old Forge.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team will play Kutztown tomorrow night at the Nelson Field House in a PSAC quarterfinal playoff game. The Huskies earned a first round bye while Kutztown beat Lock Haven 74 - 52 on Saturday afternoon. Tuesday night's game begins at 5:30 PM. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 5:10.

 

 



 

Newsradio 930 / WHLM

Operation Stormwatch is underway for Monday.

We have school districts with two hour delays..

They include..

 

** Benton Area

 

** Berwick Area

 

** Bloomsburg Area

 

** Bloomsburg Christian

 

** Central Columbia

 

** Columbia County Christian – Learning Center open

 

** Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech

 

** Danville Area

 

** Luzerne County Community College – Compressed schedule – Classes begin at 10 AM

 

** Millville Area

 

** St. Columba

 

** St. Joe's / Danville

 

** Crestwood

 

** Hazleton Area

 

** MMI Prep

 

 



 

       ** Winter Weather Advisory **

 

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 AM EST

MONDAY...

 

* LOCATIONS... THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND MIDDLE SUSQUEHANNA

VALLEY.

 

* HAZARD TYPES... SNOW.

 

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 2 TO 4 INCHES.

 

* TIMING... LIGHT SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE REGION THIS MORNING AND

CONTINUE INTO THIS EVENING BEFORE ENDING AS A FEW FLURRIES OR

PATCHY FREEZING DRIZZLE BY MIDNIGHT.

 

* IMPACTS... HAZARDOUS TRAVEL FROM SNOW OR SLUSH COVERED ROADS

AND POOR VISIBILITY AT TIMES.

 

               --OO--

 
The 28th annual CSBA Home and Outdoor Living Show returns to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this weekend. Today 10AM - 4PM, see exhibitors from construction and landscaping to RV's, hunting, fishing, and more.
 
The BU Players present The Nosemaker's Apprentice - The Chronicles of a Medieval Plastic Surgeon, at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. The last show starts this afternoon at 3PM. Tickets are just $6 for adults and $4 for students and Seniors. The show is intended for mature audiences. For more information, call 570-389-4409.
 
Town Hill United Methodist Church is holding a homemade soup and ice cream sale this month. Choose from Vegetable or Ham and Bean soup, and Chocolate, Vanilla, and Peanut Butter ice cream. All are just $5.50 a quart. Please place your orders by today. Orders can be picked up Saturday March 14 from 10AM - 2PM at the church on Town Hill Road in Shickshinny. To place your order, call 570-864-2401.
 
 
WHLM Sports
HS Hoops

In girls high school basketball Saturday night, Millville played North Penn/Mansfield in the District 4 Class A championship game at Montoursville High School. North Penn/Mansfield won over Millville 55-47.

 



 

** Winter Weather Advisory **

 

.MORE SNOW AND ICE HEADED TO CENTRAL PA SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT.

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER

WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN...WHICH IS IN EFFECT

FROM 7 AM SUNDAY TO 7 AM EST MONDAY.

 

* LOCATIONS... LAUREL HIGHLANDS...CENTRAL MOUNTAINS... ENDLESS

MOUNTAINS AND MIDDLE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER VALLEY

 

* HAZARD TYPES... SNOW AND AREAS OF FREEZING RAIN.

 

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 2 TO 4 INCHES...EXCEPT 4 TO 6 INCHES ACROSS

THE NORTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS.

 

* ICE ACCUMULATIONS... RANGING FROM A LIGHT GLAZE TO BETWEEN ONE

AND TWO TENTHS OF AN INCH SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND LOWER

SUSQUEHANNA RIVER VALLEY.

 

* TIMING... LIGHT SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE REGION SUNDAY MORNING

AND CONTINUE SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. SNOW WILL MIX WITH OR

CHANGE TO FREEZING RAIN LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON OR EVENING FROM

SOUTH TO NORTH. ALL PRECIPITATION WILL END IN THE PRE DAWN

HOURS MONDAY.

 

* IMPACTS... HAZARDOUS TRAVEL FROM SNOW OR SLUSH COVERED ROADS AND

POOR VISIBILITY AT TIMES. ACROSS SOUTHERN PARTS OF THE SOUTH

CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND LOWER SUSQUEHANNA RIVER VALLEY WHICH SEE

LITTLE IN THE WAY OF SNOW ACCUMULATION..UNTREATED ROADWAYS AND

WALKWAYS WILL BECOME SLIPPERY DUE TO AREAS OF FREEZING RAIN.

                         

                              --oo--

 

The 28th annual CSBA Home and Outdoor Living Show returns to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this weekend. Today 10AM - 8PM, and Sunday 10AM - 4PM, see exhibitors from construction and landscaping to RV's, hunting, fishing, and more.
 
The Columbia-Montour chapter of the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship International will meet this morning at Spirit Life Church on Old Berwick Road in Bloomsburg. There will be a guest speaker, and coffee and snacks will be provided. The meeting starts at 10 AM.
 
Learn gross science today with the Bloomsburg University Biology Lab at the Bloomsburg Children's Museum's Grossology Lab. Dissect an actual heart using real laboratory equipment. Two sessions of the 1-hour program start at 11AM and Noon at the museum on 7th street. The program is designed for kids ages 8 years and up. Call to reserve a seat, 570-389-9206.
 
The Millville American Legion post 564 will hold an ice cream, cake, and pie contest today starting at Noon. Entry fee for the contest is just $5 with a $50 top prize in each category. Judging starts at 1PM. Ice and salt will be provided for on-site churning. The post is at 259 Legion Road in Millville. For more information, call 570-458-4572.
 
The Montour-DeLong fair association is holding another of their all-you-can-eat haddock fish dinners this evening from 3-7PM. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. Take-out is available. Any active-duty military personnel who come in uniform will get their dinner for free. The fairgrounds are on Broadway Road, West of Danville.
 
The BU Players present The Nosemaker's Apprentice - The Chronicles of a Medieval Plastic Surgeon, at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Showtimes are tonight at 7:30PM, and Sunday at 3PM. Tickets are just $6 for adults and $4 for students and Seniors. The show is intended for mature audiences. For more information, call 570-389-4409.
 

Come to the Moose Exchange Antler Gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg for their latest community exhibition - The Photographic Process - featuring works submitted by local amateur and professional photographers. The showing opens tonight with a reception at 6PM and runs through April 3.

 

Come to Artspace gallery in downtown Bloomsburg and check out their latest exhibition, Vista Gradients, by local fine art photographer Danielle deLeon. A reception will be held tonight at 6PM. The showing runs through April 5.

 

The Bloomsburg YMCA's Bugle Boy Bash is tonight at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. From 6-10 PM enjoy a night of dining, dancing, and celebration featuring live music by the Statesmen Duo. Tickets can be purchased at the Bloomsburg YMCA on 7th Street for $50 each. Military uniforms, period clothing or red white and blue attire is encouraged.
 
It's the sixth annual Dance Your Heart Out for BTE, tonight at Frosty Valley Country Club in Danville. Starting at 7PM, dance to live music by the Bedbugs, and put in your bid on the silent auction. Tickets are $55 dollars each and include food and drink. All proceeds benefit the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.
 
Town Hill United Methodist Church is holding a homemade soup and ice cream sale this month. Choose from Vegetable or Ham and Bean soup, and Chocolate, Vanilla, and Peanut Butter ice cream. All are just $5.50 a quart. Please place your orders by Sunday, March 1. Orders can be picked up Saturday March 14 from 10AM - 2PM at the church on Town Hill Road in Shickshinny. To place your order, call 570-864-2401.
 
 
WHLM Sports
 
HS Hoops

In girls high school basketball Saturday night, Millville played North Penn/Mansfield in the District 4 Class A championship game at Montoursville High School. North Penn/Mansfield won over Millville 55-47. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 

 



Leonard Nimoy Passes

Leonard Nimoy, the legendary actor who played Mr. Spock in the ‘Star Trek’ movies and TV series, has died aged 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed that the cause of his death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He died at his home in Los Angeles on Friday morning. The actor had been battling the disease for months – he attributed it to years of smoking - though he gave up the habit thirty years ago. More from the CBS Radio Network at the top of the hour.

 

Liquor Privatization

By a vote of 114 to 87 the state House approved legislation to dismantle the state-run liquor store system. Under the bill, most state stores would close and the state would sell more than 1,200 retail licenses for wine or liquor. Most members of the GOP-controlled House are in favor of privatization, with most Democrats opposed. The measure faces an uncertain future in the Senate, which failed a to consider an almost identical bill in the last session.

 

Flood Disaster Meeting

The effects of 2011's Tropical Storm and the resultant flooding is still being felt in Bloomsburg. Now... the Department of housing and Urban Development is making a billion dollars available nationwide... and the town wants to make application through the state's department of community and economic development. That word from town administrator Bill Lowthert. An information meeting dealing with the application process... will be held Monday, March 9th at 4 O'clock in council chambers.

 

Corporate Taxes
Governor Tom Wolf's plan to lower the corporate tax burden in Pennsylvania is being met with mixed responses in Harrisburg. Governor Tom Wolf says his budget address next week will include one thing the GOP has had at the top of its tax policy wish list: reducing the 9.99 percent corporate net income tax. He wants to cut it in half over two years, but that phase-in won't make everyone happy. The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants says stretching out tax cuts makes them less of a sure thing. Meanwhile, Republicans are taking a wait-and-see approach, saying they need more details about Wolf's plans...

 

Outside Income

With one of the highest-paid state legislatures and a recent history of corruption... one Pennsylvania lawmaker is introducing measures he says will restore public trust. Representative Anthony DeLuca is proposing a constitutional amendment... to limit lawmakers' outside income to 35 percent of their General Assembly base pay. He's also sponsoring a bill to require his colleagues to report the range of their outside income, in addition to the sources of income they now report. With an open records request...citizens could then see what their elected officials made before and after taking office

 

Joe Yannuzzi

The man who replaced Lou Barletta five years ago as Hazleton Mayor... says he wants to stay in the job. Joseph Yannuzzi says he'll seek re-election this fall. Yannuzzi citing the revitalization of downtown... and getting city finances back on track as a big plus in his first four year term.

 

Sentencing Date

A Hunlock Creek man will have to wait until April to find out what his sentence is in Luzerne County Court. 46 – year old Bobby John Anderson of Village Drive... pleading guilty this week to meth charges. If you recall... Anderson was arrested back in June of 2013 on the drug charges... as well as shooting at a neighbor in a wheelchair with a shotgun. Sentencing takes place April 2nd.

 

Aviation Grant

PennDOT has handed out grants earmarked for for airport improvements around the state. In our area... the Hazleton Regional Airport is in line for a 300,000 grant for the upgrading of hangers. Also... $5 - million dollars is designated to the construction of a new terminal building at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville.

 

West Pittston Fire

A fire marshal is trying to find the cause of a blaze which extensively damaged a West Pittston home this week. The fire was discovered at the home on Luzerne Avenue... and it may be suspicious. Authorities say the house has been the scene of two other arson fires. Four people lived in the structure... with everyone getting out okay.

 

WHLM Sports

Girls HS Basketball

Saturday night, the Millville High School girls basketball team will play North Penn/Mansfield in the District 4 Class A Championship game. That game tips off at 6 o'clock at Montoursville High School. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 5:45.

 

HS Wrestling

Fourteen area high school wrestlers will be competing in the Northeast Regional wrestling championships which begin tonight at Williamsport High School.

 

College Hoops

In top 25 men's college basketball Thursday night... 3rd ranked Gonzaga defeated San Diego 59 – 39... 7th ranked Arizona downed Colorado 82 – 54 and it was 21st ranked SMU over Memphis 66 – 57.

 

 



 

Liquor Privatization

By a vote of 114 to 87 the state House approved legislation to dismantle the state-run liquor store system. Under the bill, most state stores would close and the state would sell more than 1,200 retail licenses for wine or liquor. Most members of the GOP-controlled House are in favor of privatization, with most Democrats opposed. The measure faces an uncertain future in the Senate, which failed a to consider an almost identical bill in the last session.

 

Southern School District

It will be business as usual Thursday in the Southern Columbia School District. The lack of water in the Elementary School building forced the district to close down the district on Wednesday. Superintendent Paul Caputo said the pump used to supply water to the Elementary building just gave out thanks to frigid temperatures. Water was restored to the building around 9:30 Wednesday night.

 

PLCB

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board released a report on underage drinking rates in the state. WHLM's Rachel McDevitt reports it shows room for improvement. According to the biennial Act 85 Report... 75 % of Pennsylvania high school seniors have used alcohol at least once... higher than the national average. PLCB officials say they need to reach kids as early as middle school to effectively curb dangerous underage drinking... and that parents play a big part in whether their children experiment with alcohol at a young age.

 

Run for the Cookies 

An estimated 300 runners are expected in Berwick Saturday morning for the 13th annual “Run for the Cookies.” Organizer Bill Bull says runners will travel a course... taking them through the Borough... into Salem Township and returning to the starting spot at 3rd and Market Streets. The top prize... a dozen raisin and cherry filled cookies from Dalo's Bakery. You can still sign up to participate Saturday morning behind the Elks building on Third Street.

 

Don Rishe

Folks in the area are remembering former Central Columbia School Superintendent Don Rishe of Bloomsburg. He died earlier this week at the age of 96. Current Central Superintendent Dr. Harry Mathias says although Mr. Rishe retired in 1974... he left a legacy such as embracing and implementing the middle school concept replacing out of date facilities which dotted the countryside.

 

Medical Marijuana

A hearing of the Senate State Government Committee focused on a bill which would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. Those who testified in favor of legalization included a researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, who authored a study pointing to a reduction in deaths from opioid overdoses in states which legalized medical marijuana, which is seen as an alternative to powerful painkillers. Those opposed include the PA Medical Society, which says we need more than anecdotal accounts of the effectiveness of medical marijuana.

 

Home Invasion

Four people are in the Schuylkill County jail charged in connection with a home invasion in Frackville Tuesday afternoon. Police say the four... three men and a woman... broke into a North Nice Street home... attacking the people inside. The four... all from Shenandoah... were taken into custody. They're being held on $100,000 bond each.

 

US Marshals

The state House paused Wednesday to recognize federal law enforcement officers who were instrumental in the capture of accused cop killer Eric Frein. Five members of the US Marshal Service Special Operations Group received a lengthy standing ovation when they were introduced by state Rep. Mike Regan on the House floor. The Marshals located and apprehended Frein deep in the woods of the Poconos, ending a 48 day manhunt. In thanking the officers Regan praised them for being the greatest man hunters in the world, and for living up to their motto, "Let No Guilty Man Go Free."

 

Pizza Shop

That pizza shop in Schuylkill County... hit by a tractor – trailer earlier this week... has reopened. Russo's Pizza Den opened less than 24 – hours after a big 18 – wheeler slammed into the dining room... literally destroying the place. The driver telling police he slid on a piece of ice. Although the dining room was destroyed... the shop is providing their product on a carry out basis.

 

Low Income Housing

With strong bipartisan support the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania is looking to get the PA Housing Trust Fund Bill on a roll. The PA Housing Trust Fund Bill is looking to expand the market of low-income housing statewide and provide new revenue for the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund. Currently the only money being funneled into PHARE is coming from the Marcellus Shale Act, which funds low-income housing for those living in the shale regions.

 



 

Block Party

A lot of misinformation.... or no information is being circulated about Block Party in Bloomsburg. That word from Bloomsburg University's Jim Hollister... who represents BU at every council meeting. Hollister... taking the gloves off at Monday night's council meeting... when he was the target of Greek organizations who claimed that the University was unwilling to help in solving the event's problems. Mr. Hollister continued by saying simply shepherding the party to the upper campus throws up roadblocks since the University is a public institution. Council... this week... approving a change in the Social Gathering Ordinance... limiting Block Party functions to 150 people in the name of safety.

 

Emergency Sirens

The emergency sirens on the Bloomsburg University campus will be tested Wednesday. A university spokesperson says the test will take place shortly before ten O'clock. The sirens are installed on Elwell Hall, McCormick Center and on the upper campus. Also... vital emergency information is available via email, voice mail and text message.

 

Freeland

A state of emergency has been declared in Freeland... near Hazleton... after water pipes have frozen leading to nearly sixty homes. Now... crews have been working around the clock to try and thaw those frozen pipe... which started popping up a week ago. Borough officials will meet with Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to see if they can help Freeland.

 

Governor's Power

Two decisions handed down by Gov. Tom Wolf are igniting battles over how much power lies within the office of the state's chief executive. The Governor's firing of the head of the Office of Open Records is being challenged in Commonwealth Court, while the state Supreme Court is being asked to weigh in on Mr. Wolf's moratorium on the death penalty. Legal experts say this type of challenge is nothing new in Pennsylvania, because of the way state government is structured. Gubernatorial discretion can be defined more in terms of perception than something actually spelled out the way it is at the federal level.

 

Bowling for Kids

Helping Big Brothers, Big Sisters make ends meet. You can do so on March 28th during their annual Bowling for Kids event at the Peanut Bowl in Scott Township. The organization's Diane Macri says funds raised from the event keep the program afloat. During the past year... the Sunbury and Williamsport chapters have dropped out of the organization. Want to take part in Bowling for Kids just visit the website BBBSnepa.org.

 

Drug Costs

Rising prescription drug costs were the hot topic at a committee meeting discussing mandates under the Affordable Care Act. Lawmakers say drug prices are jumping out of reach. They went up 13 % between 2013 and 2014, when other healthcare costs held steady. When figuring out new healthcare mandates... insurance company representatives say the state will need to strike the right balance between all the branches of the healthcare field, from pharmaceuticals to providers to patients. Lawmakers are planning to reach out to drug companies to discuss costs.
 

Hazleton Robbery

Hazleton Police are looking for four men wanted for a robbery in a school parking lot. The incident happened this week at the Castle Elementary and Middle School on North Wyoming Street. Police haven't said if the bandits got away with anything.

 

Poaching Business
The Governor of Florida was in Pennsylvania this week on a somewhat dubious mission. Florida Governor Rick Scott was in Philadelphia making a pitch to Pennsylvania – based companies. Saying his state is more business – friendly than PA. Governor Scott telling those who would listen that PA – based WaWa will open nearly four dozen stores over the next two years... but plans to keep it's headquarters in the Keystone State.

 

AG Kane

Lawyers for Pennsylvania’s attorney general say the judge who supervised a grand jury that’s recommended charges against her should be removed from any future proceedings in the matter. Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s legal team argued in a filing with the state Supreme Court on Monday that Montgomery County Judge William Carpenter has demonstrated personal animosity toward her. The latest filing comes about a week after Carpenter defended the legality of his appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate allegations that secret grand jury material was leaked to a Philadelphia newspaper last year. The grand jury recommended charges against Kane that include perjury.

 

 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Basketball

Despite a 27 point performance by Shayne Riley, the Danville boys basketball lost to top seeded Loyalsock 62 – 58 Tuesday night in a District 4 Class AA semifinal.

 

Girls HS Basketball

The Central Columbia girls defeated top seeded Wyalusing 58 - 45 to advance to the District 4 AA championship game. The Blue Jays will face Montoursville at a date, time and site to be decided. Montoursville downed Mount Carmel Tuesday night 55 – 50.

 

Wednesday HS Basketball Games

Two area girls team play in District 4 semifinal games Wednesday night. In Class A Millville plays Sayre at Sullivan County in a game that starts at 7 O'clock. In Class AAA Danville plays Athens at Montoursville in a game that starts at 7:30.

 

BU Basketball

It was senior night at the Nelson Field House when the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Lock Haven in the regular season finale for the Huskies. The Women won 87-53 and are headed into the post season while the Men finished out their final game this season with a 94-71 win which broke a 6 time losing streak. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

 

College Hoops

In top 25 men's basketball Tuesday night... 5th ranked Wisconsin lost to 14th ranked Maryland 59 – 53... and 6th ranked Villanova defeated Providence 89 – 61.

 

 



 

Water Main Break in Berwick

Water troubles in Berwick.... American Water crews continue to work on a water main break in the 19 – hundred block of North Market Street. The work is being preformed near the Berwick City Hall... which is out of water. The ruptured pipe shut off water to the complex. It's not known how long the water will be shut off to City Hall... and the dozens of homes in north Berwick. It's believed the break of the water main is weather – related.

 

Town Council / Block Party

The Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night took a step to further curb Block Party activities along the East and Iron Street corridor. On a six to one vote... council tightening zoning restrictions designed to cut down on large parties associated with Block Party the third weekend of April. During an information session prior to the vote... Anace Ahmed is the president of a Greek fraternity.... made a plea to council members. Mayor Sandy Davis said the adjustment in the ordinance is designed to make the event safe. The only councilman to vote against the ordinance was Bill Kreischer. His contention that the new restrictions will only push party goers to the Main Street commercial district.

 

Geisinger CEO

A new leader for the Geisinger Health System. The Foundation's Board of Director says Dr. David Feinberg has been hired as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. His first day on the job is May 1st. Dr. Feinberg will replace Dr. Glenn Steele who has decided to retire... and becomes only the 6th CEO in Geisinger's 100 – year history. Right now... Dr. Feinberg is the President of the University of California at Los Angeles Health System.

 

Bloomsburg Schools

Our cold and snow the past couple of months has tossed a monkey wrench into the school years. Bloomsburg School Superintendent Cos Curry says without any additional snow days... graduation will be held June 5th... with the last day of school now scheduled for June 10th. However.... it appears seniors will need to go to school one Saturday prior to graduation. Dr. Curry added that a couple of staff members will take care of the 110 seniors of the Class of '15 will will need to make up their mandatory 180 days of classroom activity.

 

Liquor Privatization
The state House Liquor Control Committee voted 15 - 10 in favor of bill privatizing the state store system in Pennsylvania. The bill is almost identical to a measure passed in the House during the last session but was never brought up in the Senate. As in the past, Republicans feel the state should get out of the liquor store system and point to the financial windfall the state could receive, while Democrats point to the job losses, as well as the potential negative impact on the state's economy. Gov. Wolf has already stated his opposition to privatization.

 

State Spending Cap

State Republicans are introducing legislation meant to put a cap on government spending. Senators Camera Bartolotta and Mike Folmer say Pennsylvania is in the minority of states by not having spending controls in place. They say their bills aren't meant to cut spending...just to keep it in check. Folmer's Taxpayer Protection Act would limit increases in government spending to inflation plus population growth...and Bartolotta's bill would make that measure a constitutional amendment.

 

Freeland Water

Frozen water pipes are beginning to be a problem in Freeland... near Hazleton. Water pipes continue to burst... affecting more than a dozen homes. Even the fire department is calling out tankers for response... since it's not known how extensive the pipes are frozen. Meantime... water is available at the fire stations... but bring your own containers.

 

Gas Prices

The latest Triple A fuel gauge report shows it's costing us more to drive. Right now... in Columbia and Montour Counties... we're paying an average of 2.45 a gallon for self – serve, unleaded regular. That's up six cents from a week ago... and up 20 cents from a month ago. The reason... the higher cost of a barrel of crude oil.

 

Emergency Building

Carbon County... south of Hazleton... is apparently the new home of a multi – million dollar first responders training facility. The facility on Broad Mountain could cost anywhere from 5 to 10 million dollars. Authorities believe state and federal tax money will pay for most of the construction.

 

Animals / ARC

If you looking to give an animal a forever home... be sure to check out the Animal Resource Center. Appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe.... the ARC's Linda Bird said there's a pretty good selection of kittens available. In addition... there are adult cats and dogs who are looking for forever homes. Just go to NoKillARC.org to get a look at the animals available for adoption.

 

 

WHLM Sports

Girls HS Basketball

In a girls basketball District 4 Class A quarterfinal game Monday night,,, Millville downed Northeast Bradford 49 – 18.

 

Boys & Girls HS Basketball

Both the Danville boys and the Central Columbia girls play top seeded teams Tuesday night in District 4 AA semifinal games. Danville plays Loyalsock at Milton in a game that starts at 7 O'clock. Central Columbia takes on Wyalusing at Montoursville in a game that begins at 6.

 

BU Basketball

For the 6th time this season, Bloomsburg University women's basketball player Camden Boehner is the PSAC Eastern Division freshman of the week. She averaged 9.5 points a game in helping her team to wins over Kutztown and Millersville. Next up for Boehner and the Huskies – Wednesday night's regular season finale against Lock Haven at the Nelson Field House.

 

College Hoops

In Top 25 men's college basketball Monday night... Kansas State defeated 8th ranked Kansas 70 to 63... and 12th ranked Louisville just got by Georgia Tech 52 to 51.

 

 

 



 

Geisinger Leader Chosen

There is a new leader selected to head Geisinger Health System. Dr. David Feinberg will replace Glenn Steele as the System's new president and chief executive office starting May 1st. Dr. Feinberg will become only the sixth chief executive officer in Geisinger’s 100-year history. He currently serves as president of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Health System; chief executive officer, UCLA Hospital System; and Associate Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences in California. During his tenure he has consistently focused on high quality clinical standards for patient care, safety and satisfaction, and the UCLA Health System hospitals have regularly ranked among the best in the United States by U.S. News and World Report.

 

Block Party

Bloomsburg Town Council will hold a hearing Monday night... dealing with proposed amendments to the so – called Social gathering ordinance. In essence trying to stop Block Party through zoning. During council's last discussion on the proposal two weeks ago... Councilman Bill Kreischer cautioned about trying to kill block party through legislation... forcing party – goers to bring their activities to the Main Street commercial district. Monday night's hearing gets underway at 6 O'clock in Town Council chambers...The Council is expected to vote on zoning changes later in the evening.

 

Man injured

A Berwick man is being treated for injuries after being struck by his own car Sunday afternoon in South Center Township. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition... 26 – year old Steven Sitler pulled his car off on the side of Route 11... got out to make some adjustments under the hood. That's when the car... still in gear... lurched forward... dragging Sitler for an estimated 75 feet. He was Life Flighted to Geisinger Medical Center where he's being treated.

 

Mt Pleasant Fire

It appears an electrical problem may have been the cause of an early Sunday morning fire in Mt. Pleasant Township. The blaze was first discovered around 8 AM in a house off Rhodomoyer Road. Our Media Partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting the couple who lived their got out safely

 

PPL Usage

PPL Electric Utilities says arctic - like temperatures created a new peak power record for its customers at the start of the weekend. The utilities Joe Nixon says the demand for power always goes up during a cold snap. The 1.4 - million PPL subscribers used 7.8 - million kilowatt-hours of electricity between 7 and 8 o' clock Friday morning.

 

Danville FFA

It's national Future Farmers of America week... and in Danville... members associated with the local FFA recently brought cash and food to the Ronald McDonald House on the Geisinger Campus. The chapter's Mark Hilkert says their donation of 1.200 is a big help to those parents who travel great distances seeking treatment for their kids. the Danville chapter was joined by other FAA chapters in a 17 county area who donated to the Ronald McDonald house.

 

Dairy Farmers
Pennsylvania dairy farmers running a neat operation can now apply for a unique honor. The Dairy of Distinction Award program was started in 1987 by volunteers who wanted to reward Pennsylvania's dairy farms for their efforts... as well as increase consumer confidence in their products. Contestants are judged by a roadside evaluation that factors neat landscaping and cleanliness of the animals. There's no monetary award just pride. You can apply online at dairy of distinction dot com...the deadline for applications is April 15th.

 

Drug Bust

Two Luzerne County residents are jailed... after they were arrested on drug charges. 36 – year old Gregg Zagata of Shickshinny... and 33 – year old Deena Meikrantz of Nanticoke were busted on charges of making Meth. The pair accused of making meth at a house in the 12 – hundred block of Bethel Hill Road in Shickshinny. A preliminary hearing is set for March 4th.

 

Prescription Drugs
Legislation signed into law last fall intended to improve the monitoring process for prescription drugs in the state.. something was left out... how to pay for the process. A total of one million dollars is needed to improve a database letting doctors and law enforcement check for suspicious prescription activity. State Senator Pat Vance says the entire sum wasn't put in the state budget when it was approved last year. She says they can come up with about a third of what's needed by transferring funds from the state Attorney General's office, and may have to rely on federal finding to come up with the remainder.

 

Wilkes – Barre Robbery

Wilkes – Barre Police are still looking for the man who knocked off a Turkey Hill convenience store at the start of the weekend. Investigators say the man entered the store before midnight Friday. Even though the bandit was not armed... the clerk handed over the money from the register. The robber fled in an unknown direction.

 

Bar Exam Changes
A University of Pittsburgh law professor is calling for a change in the bar exam... to better test the skills of future lawyers. Professor Ben Bratman argues that the bar exam focuses too much on memorization... and not enough on the practical skills that students need to succeed in the legal field. He says research shows that skills like factual analysis and legal research are under tested or untested in bar exams across the country. He hopes bar examiners will hear this call...and reconfigure the assessment to put more emphasis on performance.

 

 



 
Bloom Bounce at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn is holding a free bounce night for special needs families this evening from 5 - 7 PM. All family members including siblings are included. For more information call 317-2555.
 
St Joseph Church in Berwick is holding a pasta dinner today from 11:30AM - 2PM. There will be penne pasta, meatballs, salad, dessert and more. Eat in or Take out. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 & under. The church is at 721 Monroe Street in Berwick.
 
The North Mountain Art League presents their winter show at Artspace Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg. The show features works by League members in many different mediums. The show runs through this weekend.
 
 
WHLM Sports
 
Huskies Basketball
The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams played their last regular-season road game at Millersville Saturday afternoon. The Women won 87-59 and the Men lost 73-60.
 


 

 

** Winter Storm Warning **

 

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA

934 AM EST SAT FEB 21 2015

 

 

WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST SUNDAY...

 

* HAZARDS... SNOW.

 

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 4 TO 6 INCHES.

 

* TIMING... SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AND INTO THE

EVENING. ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL END EARLY TONIGHT WITH AREAS OF

FREEZING DRIZZLE INTO SUNDAY MORNING.

 

* IMPACTS... DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS AND REDUCED VISIBILITY.

SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLE LATER THIS

AFTERNOON.

 

BU College Basketball

The Men's and Women's teams of Bloomsburg University played against Millersville Saturday afternoon. The Women won 87-59 and the Men lost 73-60. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

 



* Operation Storm Watch *
* Winter Storm Warning *
 
The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area from 11AM Saturday through 9AM Sunday. 3-5 inches of heavy snow are predicted for Saturday afternoon, followed by 2-4 more inches of snow, freezing rain, and ice on Saturday night.
 
 
What's Happening?
 
Come to the 25th Annual Columbia Montour Family Center's Children's Fair today at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. There will be hands-on activities and guest appearances by Hal Pratt of the Bloomsburg Public Library, Kozmo from Knoebels, presentations by Appalachian Reptiles and more. The fair runs from 10AM - 2PM.
 
It's a Human-Powered Winter Festival today at Quest on Bloomsburg University's upper campus. Take part in Snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, kayak sledding and more. Check out their winter sports workshops on snow biking, gourmet cooking, hypothermia and many other topics. The festival runs from 10AM - 3PM. For more information call 570-389-4323.
 
Come to the Mifflinville United Methodist church social hall for a free community lunch today from 11AM - 2PM. The meal will include ham, beef, and chicken pot pie. The church is at 4th and Market Streets in Mifflinville.
 
The Columbia Valley Moose Lodge will hold a 21-and-over singles dance tonight from 7-11 PM featuring DJ Eddie. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Couples are also welcome. Cover charge is just $8 and includes snacks, door prizes, and drinks. The Moose Lodge is located behind Sheetz on Route 11 between Berwick and Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-441-3534.
 
Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series continues with Tango Buenos Aires, tonight at 8PM in the Haas Center for the Arts. Direct form Argentina, the dance and music troupe will present Song of Eva Perón, a journey through the life of Argentina's most beloved heroine. Tickets are $30 for adults or just $15 for children and BU students. For more information, check out the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.
 
Bloom Bounce at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn is holding a free bounce night for special needs families Sunday evening from 5 - 7 PM. All family members including siblings are included. For more information call 317-2555.
 
St Joseph Church in Berwick is holding a pasta dinner on Sunday from 11:30AM - 2PM. There will be penne pasta, meatballs, salad, dessert and more. Eat in or Take out. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 & under. The church is at 721 Monroe Street in Berwick.
 
The North Mountain Art League presents their winter show at Artspace Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg. The show features works by League members in many different mediums. The show runs through Sunday.
 
 
WHLM Sports
 
Huskies Basketball
The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams played their last regular-season road games at Millersville Saturday afternoon. The Women won 87-59 and the Men lost 73-60. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.
 
 
 


 

Winter Storm Warning

If we didn't have enough snow and cold this week... an unexpected snow storm is headed for the Susquehanna Valley prompting the National Weather Service to issue a winter storm warning starting Saturday morning.

This is what the National Weather Service says....

 

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA

310 PM EST FRI FEB 20 2015

 

MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED SATURDAY INTO SATURDAY

NIGHT...

 

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM SATURDAY TO 9 AM EST

SUNDAY...

 

* LOCATIONS... THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND PORTIONS OF THE POCONOS.

 

* HAZARD TYPES... HEAVY SNOW. A LIGHT COATING OF ICE MAY ALSO OCCUR

SATURDAY NIGHT.

 

* ACCUMULATIONS... SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 5 TO 9 INCHES... ALONG WITH

A LIGHT COATING OF ICE.

 

* TIMING... SNOW WILL ARRIVE BEFORE NOON ON SATURDAY. THE SNOW WILL

BECOME HEAVY WITH THE HIGHEST SNOWFALL RATES IN THE LATE

AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE EVENING. ADDITIONALLY... THERE COULD BE

SOME LIGHT FREEZING RAIN OR DRIZZLE SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY

MORNING AS THE SNOW TAPERS OFF.

 

* IMPACTS... HAZARDOUS TRAVEL FOR MUCH OF SATURDAY INTO EARLY

SUNDAY.

 

* WINDS... BECOMING SOUTH AT 5 TO 10 MPH.

 

Cold Weather

We're waking up to temperatures at or below sub - zero temperatures. Meteorologist Bill Gartner with the National Weather Service in State College, says the entire state will feel the effects of this latest Arctic air mass. Wind chill values are even lower.

 

PennDOT

PennDOT snow removal crews have had a tough week... with a couple of overnight shifts just to keep the roads cleared of snow from some wayward storms. The bottom line... says the agency's David Thompson... is the fact crews have a serious job to do. Despite the numerous time plowing and salting this winter season... Thompson says there is still a lot of snow removal product throughout Columbia and Montour Counties...

 

Snow and Ice

Proposed legislation seeks to strengthen a law aimed at preventing accidents caused by snow and ice flying off tractor trailers. The bill would allow police officers to issue a fine if they believe a truck covered with snow and ice presents a danger to other motorists. Under current law the fine can only be issued if an accident resulting in serious injury or death has already occurred. Boscola says she doesn't buy the argument from the trucking industry that drivers can not safely clear their trucks before hitting the highway.

 

Chicken Round Up

Authorities had their hands full Thursday morning... trying to round up chickens after a truck lost it's load on Interstate 80 in Nescopeck Township. State police say crates of live chickens blew off the rear of a tractor trailer just before dawn. Several hundred chickens died. First responders rounding up an unknown number of the birds.

 

Taxes / Schooley

We're in the middle of the tax preparation season... and guys like Kim Schooley are about to get swamped with work. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe and Norm... Schooley mentioned that folks having returns prepared... to make sure you take advantage of all credits. All state and federal returns must be in the hands of the respective governments by midnight April 15th.

 

Pension Commission

Legislation has been introduced in Harrisburg meant to streamline the search for answers to Pennsylvania's pension problems. Senator Judy Schwank says the growing pension deficit affects every citizen of the commonwealth...and that it's time to re-frame the conversation and look beyond the numbers and towards PA's future. Her bill would establish a Public Pensions Review Commission that would look at data and present solutions no later than 6 months after the bill is passed. She says this transparent process would help lawmakers reach the best decision in this issue.

 

Development
A bill has been introduced in Harrisburg that's meant to encourage development at mass transit hubs. The legislation introduced by Chester County Senator Dominic Pileggi... is meant to streamline the creation process for a Transit Revitalization Investment District... laying out guidelines for how to access funds more clearly...and encouraging private investors to develop... making public transportation more appealing... and boosting local economies across the state.

 

Armed Robbery

Wilkes – Barre police are looking for a man who held up a Turkey Hill convenience store along Hazle Street Thursday night. Police say the robbery went down around 8 O'clock. No one was hurt in that armed robbery.

 

Edwardsville Driver

A Luzerne County drive is in trouble with the law after slamming into several vehicles. The yet to be named driver was apparently under the influence when he lost control of his truck... hitting a police cruiser in the process. The truck ended up at an Edwardsville apartment complex.

 

Southern Tier

The Southern Tier of New York state has not pulled itself out of the recession of five year ago... and that is pushing one organization in the Upstate area to pose a question... is it possible to secede to Pennsylvania? The Upstate New York Towns Association is researching this very topic. The group says a few factors pushing its research are high property taxes, low sales tax revenue and the recent decision to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York.

 

HB 109

Smoking while driving kids could soon become a very expensive proposition if one bill banning and fining people who do it gets passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Rep. Dom Costa... a Democrat from Allegheny County... has proposed a bill that aims to protect children secondhand smoke. House Bill 109 bans people from smoking in vehicles that are transporting children 12-years-old or younger. Under the proposed bill, people in vehicles transporting kids would not be allowed to smoke cigars, cigarettes, pipes or other smoking devices.

 

 

WHLM Sports

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Thursday night, Danville was at home against Midd West in a District 4 Class AAA quarterfinal. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports that Danville defeated Midd West 31 – 20. In girls District 4 AA quarterfinal action Thursday night... Montoursville defeated Bloomsburg 65 – 35... Central Columbia downed East Juniata 42 – 33... and Mt. Carmel held off Southern Columbia 48 – 42.

 

Boys HS Basketball

The Benton and Millville boys basketball teams are in action tonight in District 4 Class A quarterfinals.

Benton is at home against Cowanesque Valley and Millville plays Mansfield at Mansfield University.

 

College Wrestling

In college wrestling Thursday night at Nelson Field House... Lock Haven defeated Bloomsburg 31 to 3.

 

High School Wrestling

In high school wrestling, the District 4 Class AA championships begin today at 5 O'clock at the Williamsport High School.

 



 

Schools Operating Under A 2 Hour Delay:

 

**Benton

 

**Berwick

 

**Bloomsburg

 

**Columbia County Christian School

   (Learning Center is still open)

 

**Millville

 

**Saint Columba

 

Closed Tomorrow:

 

**St. Matthews Preschool

 

 

Cold Weather Moves In
Bitter Arctic air is moving in on the Commonwealth and believe it or now... it's going to be even colder the rest of the week. Many cities and towns are canceling school for the rest of the week as an arctic cold front descends on the Keystone State. The National Weather Service in State College is projecting an overnight low of -18 in Coudersport...-17 in Bradford...and -13 in Erie tonight. Those aren't wind chill numbers - those are actual temperatures. Pittsburgh is expected to reach 10-below. Factor in winds of up to 15 MPH in some of these towns and it will feel like minus-35 to minus-40. While the worst of the cold front will affect northern and western P-A, the lows tonight in southeastern and central Pennsylvania will still hover around zero with negative wind chills. Daytime temperatures aren't expected to be much balmier, only reaching lower single digits in much of the Commonwealth.

 

Stuart Tank

The quest continues to find a Berwick – built Stuart tank to grace the entrance of the BIDA Complex at Third and Oak Streets. Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach is the driving force behind the “Bring Stuie Home” movement. Right now... the group has leads on four Stuart tanks... built at the Berwick A-C and F plant during World War Two.... and have enough money in the bank to put a sizable down payment one one of the machines.

 

Car Smoke

Child advocates want to make sure high quality preschool programs are a priority when lawmakers start discussing the state budget. According to the latest School Readiness report from PA Partnerships for Children... policymakers increasingly recognize the value of pre-k programs that prepare students to succeed... but they aren't providing the funding to back that up. Right now only one in six children in Pennsylvania have access to high-quality public preschool. Advocates say the benefits of preschool programs... like lower drop-out and crime rates...help both the child and the community as a whole.
 

911 Systems
After a hearing on the "true costs" of emergency call services... state lawmakers have a lot of information to sift through before they can reauthorize enhanced 911. Representatives from PEMA... county 911 officials and lawmakers met to discuss how changing technologies are driving up the cost of 911 service. Current laws only collect fees from phone users to fund operations, but now more and more people are turning to other devices to reach 911, like iPads. Lawmakers have until the end of June to address the funding shortfalls. That's when the current 911 law is set to expire.

 

Minimum Wage

There is a move afoot... proposed by Governor Wolf... to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10. State representative David Millard of Berwick... a Republican.. says there is no questions that the minimum wage need to be bumped up a bit. There's been very little indication in Harrisburg if there is interest in legislating a higher minimum wage.

 

Oil and Gas
Conventional oil and natural gas production in Pennsylvania is receiving a boost in 2 ways. In seeking to highlight the differences from the types of drilling taking place in the Marcellus Shale region, the Department of Environmental Protection has created the Conventional Oil and Gas Advisory Committee. In addition, the state Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Scott Hutchinson to promote conventional drilling, and to protect it from state and federal regulations meant for the Marcellus Shale industry.

 

Huge Selenski Trial

A decision in the murder trial of Hugo Selenski. He was found guilty Wednesday by a Luzerne County Jury following two days of deliberations. He is now convicted in the murders of Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett. The bodies were buried in Selenski's back yard of his Kingston Township home in 2002 and unearthed a year later. Selenski was sentenced to life in prison

 

Cab Crash

A Hazleton cab driver is recovering from injuries sustained in a crash this week. Police say the cabbie was found... knocked out... after his Hazle Yellow Cab collided with a utility pole at the corner of East Chestnut and South Pine Street. The driver was not seriously hurt in the early Tuesday morning crash.

 

Hazleton School Board

The Hazleton Area School Board is proposing a tentative budget. It contains a 10 – million dollar deficit. The board also sought the ability to increases taxes beyond a state limit without seeking voters' approval. No time table has been established to approve the proposed spending plan.

 

Boback Bill

State Representative Karen Boback of Harveys Lake.... who's district includes a portion of Columbia County... has introduced legislation to create a Marcellus Shale Health Registry. All health – related data … which may be associated with drilling activity.. would be provided by health care practitioners to the state department of health. A similar bill was introduced several years ago... which was adopted... but did not gain any traction in the state senate.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Kutztown last night. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports the women's team defeated Kutztown last night 71 to 58. The means team went down to defeat... as they were defeated by Kutztown 99 – 94. Both Bloomsburg University basketball teams will be back in action Saturday afternoon at Millersville.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball last night, in the District 2 Class AAA playoffs... Berwick defeated Hanover Area 60 to 43. Thursday night in high school girls basketball, Danville played Midd West at the Whitey McCloskey Center in a Class AAA quarterfinal. Danville won over Midd West 30-21. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 

 

Class AA Games

In Class AA quarterfinal games, Bloomsburg is at Montoursville; Central Columbia is at home against East Juniata; and Southern Columbia is at Mount Carmel.

 

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team takes on Lock Haven tonight at Nelson Field House. That match begins at 7 O'clock.

 

College Hoops

In men's top 25 college basketball last night.. Duke just got by North Carolina 92 to 90... and Syracuse downed Louisville 69 – 59.

 

 

 



 

** Operation Storm Watch **

* Wind Chill Advisory *

 

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for our area from Wednesday night through Friday morning. Extreme cold combined with strong winds could bring dangerous wind chills as low as -25 degrees Farenheit. Make sure to dress appropriately and cover up when outdoors. Exposed skin can easily become frostbitten in these conditions.

 

        *** Operation Stormwatch ***

The overnight weather is forcing schools in the area to operate with a two hour delay...

They include...

 

** Berwick Area

 

** Central Columbia

 

** Danville Area

 

More delays are expected.. so check back with us after 3:00 AM Thursday

 

 

Schools Operating Under A 2 Hour Delay:

 

**Benton

 

**Berwick

 

**Bloomsburg

 

**Columbia County Christian School

   (Learning Center still open)

 

**Millville

 

**Saint Columba

 

**Southern Columbia

 

 

Open House

Bloomsburg Town Council chambers was somewhat packed Tuesday night. No... there wasn't a council meeting, but rather an open house hosted by Mayor Sandy Davis... the first time it's happened in years. It was a big plus... so says council member Eric Bower. In addition to meet and greets in council chambers... Mayor Davis opened her office... displaying art and photographs from area artisans..

 

Future Farmers of America

The Danville School District's Future Farmers of America has come through for the Ronald McDonald house near Geisinger Medical Center. It was all due to the 17th annual Pennsylvania Farm Bureau's Farmer's Care event. Mark Hilkert is with the Danville Future Farmer's of America telling us the Danville chapter donated $1,200 in food and cash. Danville's donation... as well as those made by Sullivan and Bradford County's FFA's will allow the Ronald McDonald's home to stretch their budget's further during the coming year.

 

Tim Holden

Former congressman Tim Holden of Schuylkill County has a new job. Thanks to Governor Wolf... Holden will now oversee the state's liquor control board. Holden has served as a member of the board the past two years. He had served ten terms in congress before losing his seat in 2012.

 

DUI Arrest

Troubles for a state liquor control enforcement officer. 34 – year old Michael Rutkowski of Nanticoke is charged with driving under the influence after he destroyed his car in a Hanover Township accident in January. Police say Rutkowski's alcohol level was over three times the legal limit. It's not known what his job status is following the charges... but he'll be formerly arraigned at the Luzerne County Courthouse next month.

 

PA High Speed Rail

A high-speed rail line was on Governor Wolf's wish list before he took office but it may be out of reach. A study by PennDOT on possible rail improvements says that it would cost nearly two billion dollars to shave just ten minutes off the 5 – and – a - half hour trip from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg. For $10 billion... you could save a half hour. That's because rough terrain across the state means even a high speed train has to take its time. PennDOT is now asking for public input to see if railroad upgrades are worth it.

 

Kane / Poll

State Attorney general Kathleen Kane is taken to task in a recent poll. The latest Morning Call / Muhlenberg College survey out of Allentown shows she deserves neither re-election nor impeachment.

By slim margins, pluralities of Pennsylvania voters who have made up their minds reject either course.

Pennsylvanians also disapprove of the job Kane is doing after a year of intense scrutiny, rough headlines and a grand jury recommending criminal charges against her.

 

Death Penalty Moratorium React

Law enforcement organizations are among those announcing their opposition to Gov. Wolf's issuing a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania. Joseph Kovel, President of the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, calls the Governor's decision an attack on a the judicial system. The troopers have a direct involvement in this issue, in the wake of last September's fatal shooting of Cpl. Bryon Dickson and critical wounding of Trooper Alex Douglass. Prosecutors had announced their intent to seek a death sentence against accused shooter Eric Frein before the moratorium was issued.

 

Turkey Hill Robbery

Police in Plains Township near Wilkes – Barre are looking for the person who robbed a business at knife point. Cops say some one held up the clerk at the Turkey Hill Minit Mart on South Main Street sometime early Tuesday morning. The bandit getting away with an unknown amount of cash.

 

Equal Pay

A resolution before the state House seeks to address pay equity in the workplace. The resolution would direct the Joint State Government Commission to study the issue of workplace pay disparity between men and women in Pennsylvania. Rep. Kathy Watson who sponsored the measure, cites US Census Bureau data from 2013, showing that in Pennsylvania, women make an average of 77 cents for each dollar a man makes. She'd like to know if that's purely based on gender, or if there are other contributing factors.

 

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters will use the 500-worker, 1 million-square-foot warehouse that has been rising over the past year near Gap... in Lancaster County... close to its earlier distribution center. It will replace its ten-year-old "E-commerce Fulfillment Center" in Trenton, South Carolina, when the Gap center opens in July. The partly automated warehouse, in a Keystone state tax break zone, will speed Urban Outfitters deliveries. The company hopes some of its South Carolina workers will move to Lancaster County to work.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Basketball

The first game of the District 4 high school basketball playoffs was Tuesday night's boys Class AA play-in game with Mount Carmel playing at Bloomsburg. WHLM's Jim Doyle says Mt. Carmel downed Bloomsburg 47 – 43. In a boys District 2 Class AAA first round game Tuesday night...Nanticoke defeated Berwick 45 – 32.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In a District 2 girls AAA game Wednesday night, Berwick is at home against Hanover Area.

 

BU Basketball Teams

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Kutztown Wednesday night. The Women won 71-58 and the Men lost 99-94. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

 

College Hoops

In top 25 men's college basketball Tuesday night... top ranked Kentucky rolled over Tennessee 66 – 48... while 10th ranked Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 88 – 75.



 

Man Struck

A Stillwater man remains in the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after he was struck by a car early Monday morning. State Police tell us 48 – year old Eric Barnes was standing at the intersection of Route 487 and McHenry Road... when he was struck by a car driven by 77 – year old Ronald Caldwell of Stillwater. Police say Caldwell was southbound on Route 487 when he traveled off the roadway... striking Barnes.

 

Animals / Cold

This week we're waking up to temperatures in the single digits... and if you keep animals outdoors... you need to take some extra precautions. That... from Linda Bird of the Animal Resource Center who made an appearance with Joe on Monday's edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz. Ms. Bird said even animals as large as horses... should be kept in a barn... out of the weather with plenty of extra straw and feed.

 

Berwick United Way

Good news for the Berwick Area United Way. They've announced they made their goal of $450,000 ... going over the top by $28,000 so says the Berwick Area United Way's Ginny Crake. Ms. Crake says the money raised will be directed to non – profit groups who apply... and show their ability to help people.

 

Gas Prices

The average cost of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular gasoline is going up.... after dropping nearly a dollars the past three months. The Triple – A Fuel Gauge report out this morning shows that we're paying an average of $2.39 a gallon here in Columbia and Montour Counties. That's up a penny from the weekend and up six cents from a week ago.

 

Those on Death Row

Governor Tom Wolf issued a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania last week... so now what happens to the inmates on death row? For now, nothing changes for the 186 death row inmates in Pennsylvania. Department of Corrections representatives say they will still live in specialized units under the same heightened security. While DOC stands behind the Governor's decision....it can't take any action unless a new law is passed. Representatives say the department will just have to wait and see what comes with the report from the capital punishment task force.

 

Presidential Ties

As we celebrated President's Day on Monday... there is one former Chief Executives who had close ties to the Commonwealth. Dwight Eisenhower and his wife Mamie purchased a 189-acre diary farm in Gettysburg 2 years before he was elected President. The main house and surrounding land had to be completely refurbished, and according to Rick Levers with the National Park Service, the Eisenhower's first used it as a Presidential retreat in March 1955. The historic site is where the couple lived out their years when Ike left office in 1961.

 

Severance Tax
A state lawmaker has announced his support of Gov. Tom Wolf's natural gas tax proposal. The Governor's plan calls for a 5% severance tax on natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region. Sen Andy Dinniman, the highest ranking Democrat on the Sen. Education Committee, says public schools are in serious need of this revenue. Some Republicans claim higher taxes would hurt the natural gas industry, but Dinniman disagrees, saying he's simply asking those extracting this natural resource to give something back.

 

Kingston Fire

A midday fire in Kingston on Monday tossed an elderly couple out into the streets. Authorities say the blaze broke out in the Johns Street home. It didn't take fire fighters long to squelch the flames. Now... investigators want to know how the fire started.

 

Carbon County Fire

A bad start to the week for a Carbon County family. They tried to thaw out frozen pipes with a blow dryer. But instead the heat from the dryer caught cob webs on fire... setting their house on fire near Palmerton. Fire crews battled the blaze on Wintergreen Road in freezing freezing temperatures. The house was destroyed.

 

Rob McCord

Former State Treasurer Rob McCord is expected in court Tuesday, where it is believed he will plead guilty to federal extortion charges. McCord is accused of pressuring a law firm and property management company into making campaign contributions during his failed attempt to become governor last year. He resigned last month... and is now facing a maximum of 40 – years in prison.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Basketball

The Bloomsburg boys basketball team played a District playoff game Tuesday night. Bloomsburg played at home against Mount Carmel in a District 4 Class AA play-in game. Bloomsburg lost to Mount Carmel 47-43. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 

 

BU Sports

Bloomsburg University swept the men's and women's freshmen of the week honors in the PSAC East. The men's honor went to Christian Mortelllite who averaged 31 points and 5 rebounds in games against West Chester and Mansfield. His 37 points against West Chester is believed to be a school record for a freshman. For the fifth time this season, Camden Boehner is the women's freshman of the week. She averaged over 14 points a game. The Bloomsburg University basketball teams are back in action Wednesday night at Kutztown.

 

College Hoops

In top 25 men's college basketball last night... second ranked Virginia defeated Pitt 61 – 49... and 8th ranked Kansas was beaten by 23rd ranked West Virginia 62 – 61...

 



 

Cold Weather

The coldest weather of the season has settled into the Susquehanna Valley. How about minus 2 on the square in Bloomsburg Monday Morning. The Weather Eye Weather Center telling us it will only get to 15 degrees by mid – afternoon, but the wind chill factor will make it feel like 22 below zero. One to two inches of light, fluffy snow is expected overnight. We'll wake up Tuesday morning to a low of six degrees with temps barely getting into the double digits.

 

Car Battery Life

This frigid Valentine's Day weekend, the Triple – A is reminding you to show your car some love. A brand new battery loses 35% of its power trying to start your car in 32 degree weather. At zero degrees... it can lose 60%. Triple A representatives say they always see more roadside assistance calls come in during extended cold snaps like this weekend.

 

Town Park

What is the future of Town Park on South Market Street in Bloomsburg. Town Council is now looking for suggestions... such as... does town government want kayak and bicycle rentals... how about food trucks. During a recent council meeting... Councilman Bill Kreischer telling Park Improvement Associated President Chuck Wager... it's not a zoning issue... but simply what do you want at the park. A meeting to hear from the public on the issue is expected to be held in April.

 

State House Legislation

Legislation introduced in the state House recently is aimed at public officials who use their offices for illegal purposes. The bill is designed to strengthen Pennsylvania's public pension forfeiture law. Rep. Scott Petri says it would close a loophole which currently allows a state official accused of a crime to plead to a lesser offense which would still allow them to collect a pension. Just this week a former state lawmaker and an ex-Turnpike Commission official who pleaded guilty in separate corruption cases were allowed to collect monthly benefits, along with a lump sum in excess of 100-thousand-dollars each.

 

Soledad O'Brien

NBC is into week two of main anchor Brian Williams being off the air. He's serving a six month suspension for allegedly stretching the truth of a story he report on from Iraq in 2003. During a recent stop at Bloomsburg University... former CNN journalist Soledad O'Brien defended Williams on a personal level. Williams has been suspended for six months by Comcast... the owner of the NBC Television Network. Until an ongoing investigation is completed... it's up in the air as to whether Williams will be back in the “Air Chair.”

 

Cigarette Trafficking

Law enforcement experts say illegal cigarette trafficking in Pennsylvania is an issue lawmakers need to address. Just two weeks after cigarette taxes were raised in Philadelphia....Retired ATF Agent Richard Marianos says investigators found organized crime already taking advantage of it to make money. He says even though Pennsylvania's tobacco taxes aren't as high as some neighboring state... organizations in southern states are transporting their goods through PA to get to the New England states, where cigarette taxes are much higher.

 

Black History Month

A resolution approved by the state Senate declares February Black History Month in Pennsylvania. The resolution, sponsored by Senator Shirley Kitchen, acknowledges the significant contributions African Americans have made to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States. She says Black History Month doesn't just call attention to the accomplishments of well-known black figures; it also serves to celebrate farmers, educators, manufacturers, and those who make a difference in American life and society every day.

 

Open House

Big doin's at Bloomsburg Town Hall Tuesday night. Mayor Sandy Davis and Town Council will hold an open house. It's your opportunity to meet Ms. Davis and all council members at town hall... as well as viewing artwork displayed by local artists. The open house to get underway Tuesday night at 6 O'clock.

 

Man Shot

Gunfire rings out in Hazleton over the weekend... and cops say they want to know who did did. Police say a man was shot early Sunday morning on East Diamond Avenue. They say the 27 – year old victim was shot several times... and had to undergo surgery. The man's name has not been released... and cop says they don't have a suspect in custody.

 

Woman Threatened

A Hazleton man is facing a long list of charges after police say he allegedly assaulted and threatened a woman. 22 – year old Manuary Suarez of Hazleton allegedly hit the woman several times during an argument. He also threatened to kill her family. The incident happened early Sunday morning on West Birch Street. Suarez was taken to the Luzerne County Jail.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Wrestling

Benton and Southern Columbia each had multiple winners at the District 4 Class AA wrestling tournaments over the weekend. Benton had four first place finishers at the Central Sectional at Montoursville, and Southern Columbia had three gold medal winners at the Southern Sectional. This weekend the District 4 championships will be held at Williamsport High School.

 

HS Basketball

Twelve area high school basketball teams will be competing in District playoffs this week. The highest seeded teams among the 12 are the Millville and Danville girls. Millville is second seed in District 4 Class A. On Saturday afternoon Millville is at home against Northeast Bradford. Danville is seeded third in District 4 Class Triple A. Thursday night Danville is at home against Midd West.

 

College Hoops

In top 25 men's college basketball Sunday... Wisconsin downed Illinois 68 to 49... It was Arizona over Washington State 86 – 59.

 

NHL

In the National Hockey League.. The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2 to 1... and the Chicago Black Hawks downed the Pittsburgh Penguins 2 to 1.

 

 

 



 

** Operation Stormwatch **

**Wind Chill Warning**

 

WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM / Eastern MONDAY...

 

* HAZARDS... DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS.

* WIND CHILLS... 25 TO 30 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.

* TIMING.... MINIMUM WIND CHILLS WILL OCCUR LATE TONIGHT INTO EARLY MONDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS... FROSTBITE TO EXPOSED SKIN IN 15 MINUTES.

 

School Delays

We have school districts starting with a two hour delay on Monday:

 

** Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech

** Danville Area

** Southern Columbia

** St. Joe's / Danville

 



** Operation Storm Watch **

* Wind Chill Warning *

 

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Wind Chill Warning for our area through Monday morning. Frigid temperatures combined with strong winds could bring dangerous wind chills as low as -35 degrees Farenheit. Make sure to dress appropriately and cover up when outdoors. Exposed skin can easily become frostbitten in these conditions.

 

What's Happening?

 

The annual Kiwanis Winterfest is this weekend at Camp Brule, off route 154, North of Forksville. Take part in the primitive biathlon and snowmobile challenges today. There's ice carving, sled dogs, hot food and much more. Gates open at 7AM. For more information, check out SCKiwanis.com or call 570-924-4224.
 
The Berwick Archery Club will hold their 10th annual Money Shoot this weekend. The final shoot-offs will be held today at the indoor club in Nescopeck. For more information find the Berwick Archery Club on Facebook or call 570-336-8885.
 
The Loose Ties Model Railroading club will open their huge layout at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn this weekend. Today from Noon - 4PM check out the more than 60 trains and 10,000 feet of track.
 
 
WHLM Sports
 
Huskies Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Mansfield Saturday afternoon at Nelson Field House. The Women won 91-45 and the Men lost 78-76.
 

 



** Operation Storm Watch **

* Wind Chill Warning *

 

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Wind Chill Warning for our area from Saturday night through Monday morning. Frigid temperatures combined with strong winds could bring dangerous wind chills as low as -35 degrees Farenheit. Make sure to dress appropriately and cover up when outdoors. Exposed skin can easily become frostbitten in these conditions.

 

What's Happening?

 

The annual Kiwanis Winterfest is this weekend at Camp Brule, off route 154, North of Forksville. Take the Polar Bear Plunge or join the ice fishing tournament on Saturday, and race in the primitive biathlon and snowmobile challenges on Sunday. There's ice carving, sled dogs, hot food and much more. Gates open at 7AM both days. For more information, check out SCKiwanis.com or call 570-924-4224.
 
The Berwick Archery Club will hold their 10th annual Money Shoot this weekend. Qualifying shots will be held today, with the final shoot-offs on Sunday. For more information find the Berwick Archery Club on Facebook or call 570-336-8885.
 
The Loose Ties Model Railroading club will open their huge layout at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn this weekend. Today from 11AM - 5PM and Sunday from Noon - 4PM check out the more than 60 trains and 10,000 feet of track.
 
Today is your last day to stop by the Moose Exchange Antler in downtown Bloomsburg and check out their latest exhibition featuring longtime local artist Ken Conner.
 
 
WHLM Sports
 
Huskies Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Mansfield Saturday afternoon at the Nelson Field House. the Women won over Mansfield 91-45 and the Men's had a devastating loss in overtime to Mansfield with the score 78-76. You can hear the detail with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

 

Girls HS Hoops

Mifflinburg will play Mount Carmel in the HS girls' Heartland Conference championship basketball game. That game starts Saturday night at 7 O'clock at Shikellamy high school in Sunbury.

 

 



** Operation Storm Watch **

* Wind Chill Watch *

 

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Wind Chill Watch for our area through Monday morning. Frigid temperatures combined with strong winds could bring dangerous wind chills as low as -25 degrees Farenheit. Make sure to dress appropriately and cover up when outdoors. Exposed skin can easily become frostbitten in these conditions.

 

Danville Fire

Danville firemen were battling a house fire Friday morning. They were called to 8 C Street shortly after daybreak. Video supplied by Montour County Firewire... arriving firemen found thick, black smoke pouring from the two – story structure. No word what started this morning's fire on C Street.

 

Soledad O'Brien

Nationally – know journalist Soledad O'Brien brought her “Black in America” tour to the Bloomsburg University campus Thursday night. During a news conference prior to the event... Ms. O'Brien says one of the biggest issues is how blacks and whites get along. The major problems for blacks is being stereotyped... challenges and divisions facing the black community. Thursday night's visit to BU is one of eight Ms. O'Brien is under taking this month.

 

Democratic National Convention

Officials in Philadelphia say they're very excited after being chosen to host next year's Democratic National Convention. In the words of Kevin Washo, Executive Director of the Philly 2016 Host Committee, the city has a great story to tell and a great product to sell. He adds that with the city already hosting this fall's Papal visit during the World Meeting of Families, city leaders could have opted out of bidding for the convention, but then decided on both, helping to further put Philadelphia on the list of recommended destinations.

 

State Stores

The state's possible $2 – billion sale of the state store industry to outsiders... is possibly headed for a vote later this month. State Representative David Millard... a Republican from Berwick... says he believes a possible sale is not a cure – all... but could go along way to plug the budget gap. The proposal is being pushed by house majority leader Dave Reed of Indiana County. Reed believes the selling of the state stores would help with the state's budgetary problems.

 

PLCB Decision

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has voted to ban powdered alcohol products. Citing consumer safety and a variety of unknowns about potential to abuse powdered alcohol...the PLCB joined 9 other states in banning the product. Companies like Palcohol insist their product... that comes pre-measured in pouches to equal about one shot... is less likely to be abused than traditional alcohol. Still... it has not gotten approval from the federal government.

 

Data Breach
Law enforcement officials in Pennsylvania and ten other states are trying to assess the damage following a reported data breach affecting health insurer Anthem. State Attorney General Kathleen Kane and her counterparts in nine other states are criticizing Anthem for taking too long to notify their customers that their personal financial information may have been stolen. Investigators say the breach involves a total of 80 million customers, former customers and employees, but it's not certain how many of them are in Pennsylvania.

 

More Charges Expected

A Hazleton woman is expected to face additional charges now that a person she allegedly ran over died. Authorities say 32 – year old Betty Sawkulich of Scranton died on Thursday of injuries received after she was struck by a car driven by Tiffany Timko of Hazleton. The mother of seven was struck as she was trying to cross South Main Avenue in Scranton last Friday. Timko's charges are expected to be upgraded now that Sawkulich has died.

 

Savings Program
Pennsylvania's 5-2-9 College savings program saw record numbers last year. According to the state Treasury Department, families contributed more than 447-million-dollars to the program in 2014, a 6 % improvement over the previous year, with the program reporting total asserts of over 3.4-billion-dollars. More than 78 thousand students have used their accounts to attend some 21 hundred schools since the program's inception in 1993.

 

Hazle Twp Drugs

150 bags of heroin were seized from a vehicle parked behind a Hazle Township hotel. Published reports say the car was left behind the Ramada Inn on Route 309. The investigation led police to 19 – year old Omar Rojas Cepeda of Hazleton... who rented a room at the hotel. Cepeda was taken to jail... and two juveniles with him.. were released to their parents.

 

Jim Thorpe

A federal appeals court says it won't hear arguments from the family of athlete Jim Thorpe. The decision means his remains will stay put in Carbon County. The court case was brought by the family of the Olympic champion and pro football and baseball player. His remains were moved to Carbon County in the 1950's.

 

Hanover Twp Folo

The death of a Hanover Township woman is being ruled a homicide. Police say 50 – year old Gail Monahan was found in her home in a quiet townhouse sub – division earlier this week. An autopsy indicates she died of a gunshot wound to the head. Now... cops say the prime suspect is Monahan's boy friend... 53 – year old Randy Herman. A warrant for his arrest has been issued. It's believed he's somewhere in Alabama.

 

Sweepstakes

Too good to be true... State police say a Jersey Shore man is out $4,000... after he got a letter saying he won a raffle. The letter went on to say... he could not get the money from the Communication Mega Sweepstakes until he sent a check to a New York address. He did... he got nothing... and now he's sorry.

 

WHLM Sports

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Thursday night... in the Heartland Conference semifinals... Mifflinburg defeated Bloomsburg 46 – 38.. Mt. Carmel downed Southern Columbia 49 – 39.

 

Other Action

Mifflinburg will now play Mount Carmel in the championship game Saturday night at 7 O'clock at Shikellamy high school in Sunbury.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys basketball Thursday night... it was Hazleton over Berwick 61 – 53.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams will play Mansfield Saturday afternoon at the Nelson Field House starting with the women's game at 1 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team has announced its team captains for the 2015 season. They are quarterback Tim Kelly, center Ryan Geiger and defensive backs Gary Postell and Donavan Morris. The Huskies begin spring drills on March 27th.

 

 



 

** Operation Storm Watch **

* Wind Chill Advisory *

 

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for our area from Thursday evening through Noon on Friday. Frigid temperatures combined with strong winds could bring dangerous wind chills as low as -20 degrees Farenheit. Make sure to dress appropriately and cover up when outdoors. Exposed skin can easily become frostbitten in these conditions.

 

Verdict

A Luzerne County court jury in Wilkes – Barre has found 41 – year old Hugo Selenski guilty of two counts of first degree murder. The verdict came in around 8:30 last night after two days of jury deliberations. The jury finding Selenski guilty in the murder of Michael Kerkowski and his girlfriend Tammy Fassett back in 2002. Their bodies were found on Kingston Township property owned by Selenski.

 

Endless Records

One piece in the puzzle of the revitalization of downtown Bloomsburg is underway. Nick McGaw and his haven for music on vinyl opened the doors Wednesday to Endless Records in the shop that used to be occupied by Finn's newsstand. McGaw says he hopes his shop is a rebirth of the Main Street area. McGaw had been one of the original tenants of the Moose Exchange on West Main Street... and was forced to move following a fire there a little more than a year ago.

 

NCAA Documents
State Senator Jake Corman released thousands of pages of documents from his lawsuit with the NCAA. Corman reached an agreement in his lawsuit last month... effectively removing all sanctions placed against Penn State in the consent decree... but he says with the release of these documents. He hopes the NCAA will re-evaluate its leadership. Corman says the organization was deliberately manipulative in its dealings with the university after the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal... and it imposed the sanctions to protect its own image.

 

Severance Tax
Governor Tom Wolf announced his plan for a 5 % severance tax on natural gas drillers Wednesday...and now state lawmakers are sounding off in response. The chairman of the Senate committee on Environmental Resources and Energy... John Yudichak... is putting his support behind the Governor's proposal... but he believes it's a mistake to let the impact fee go.... since it's been so helpful to those counties where drilling takes place. Still he says the tax is a necessity... and he doesn't think it will drive the industry out of Pennsylvania.

 

Sports Day

Bloomsburg University will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports this Saturday on campus. The BU's Women's basketball team will play an intricate part of Saturday's event... so says head coach Bill Cleary. Other women's sports on the BU campus will also take part in the event... which will be held starting at 10 O'clock Saturday at the Nelson Field House.

 

Murder Investigation

A murder investigation in the Wyoming Valley. This time at a town house complex in Hanover Township. Now... authorities are treating the death of Gail Monahan as a homicide. Police finding Monahan's body as they did a well being check at the Townhomes at Hanover development.

 

Little League

Williamsport – based Little League Baseball has stripped the U.S. championship from Chicago's Jackie Robinson West. Little League also suspended its coach for violating a rule prohibiting the use of players who live outside the geographic area that the team represents, it was announced Wednesday. Now... Jackie Robinson West must vacate wins from the 2014 Little League Baseball International Tournament -- including its Great Lakes Regional and United States championships.

 

Broken Leg

The father of a 5 – year old Wilkes – Barre youngster is in the Luzerne County Jail... charged with breaking his son's leg. Police say 26 – year old Mark Hickman kneed the boy in the leg as punishment for not clearing up his room. Also arrested... 28 – year old Kristy Rackinson... for letting Hickman into her home in violation of a PFA order.

 

Possible Liquor Store Sale
Republicans in the state House are renewing their push to privatize the liquor store system in Pennsylvania. This time it's being led by the new Majority Leader in the House, Rep. Dave Reed. He wants it to be part of state budget negotiations with the Senate and the Wolf Administration. A similar measure passed the House in the previous session, but stalled in the Senate. Gov. Wolf says he's opposed to privatization, adding he does support changes which would make the current state store system more convenient and competitive

 

Kids for Cash Folo

The State Supreme Court on the recommendation of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel has accepted the resignation of Robert Powell, of Luzerne County, from the Pennsylvania Bar. The high court also ordered Powell disbarred retroactive to August 31, 2009 the date of his temporary suspension. Powell was a key figure in the “kids for cash” scandal that unfolded in 2008 over judicial kickbacks at the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas in Wilkes-Barre.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at West Chester last night. WHLM's Jim Doyle is reporting that the women tried to accomplish a come from behind victory and ended up short... as Lady Huskies were defeated by West Chester 93 – 88 in overtime. The same story for the men... they were beaten by West Chester 88 – 82. Both Bloomsburg University basketball teams will be back in action Saturday afternoon against Mansfield at Nelson Field House.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Wednesday night... Bloomsburg defeated Benton 47 to 28.

 

Playoffs

Bloomsburg ended up in a three way tie with Southern Columbia and Millville for first place in Division 3 of the Heartland Conference. For the second season in a row, Millville has decided not to compete in the conference's post season tournament which begins Thursday night. Southern Columbia plays Mount Camel at Shamokin and Bloomsburg takes on Mifflinburg at Milton. Both of those games begin at 7 O'clock. The championship game will be played Saturday night at Shikellamy.

 

Other Basketball

In other girls basketball Wednesday night.. Hazleton downed Berwick 41 – 38.

 



 

Downtown Bloomsburg

A strategic plan aimed at downtown Bloomsburg got some more money to operate with this week. Mayor Sandy Davis giving Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated's Adrienne Mael a check for $25,000. But that move didn't set well with Bloomsburg resident Doug Chiado of Arbutis Park Road who says the problem with downtown lies with past and current council members. It was two weeks ago... developer Alexander Belavitz from Facility Design and Development Limited of Scranton took the wraps off a proposal to spruce up and get stores back on Bloomsburg's Main Street. The money will be used to further study the issue.

 

State Minimum Wage

Gov. Tom Wolf says passage of a higher minimum wage in Pennsylvania is a priority of his in the current legislative session. During an impromptu news briefing after speaking before a closed-door meeting sponsored by the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, Mr. Wolf said Tuesday he supports a bill sponsored by Rep. Patty Kim, a Dauphin County Democrat. It would boost the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour over two years.

 

Selenski Case

The jury in the Hugo Selenski case in Wilkes – Barre will resume deliberations Wednesday morning. Selenski is accused of murdering a Wyoming County pharmacist and his girl friend and burying their bodies on his Kingston Township property. Following closing arguments on Tuesday... the judge telling jurors to take their time in reaching a verdict.

 

BTE

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble has teamed up with a band known as the Bedbugs for a fund raiser for BTE at the Frosty Valley County Club later this month. The group's Todd Campbell says the Bedbugs has a pretty deep Rock 'n' Funk playlist. The BTE fund raiser will be held the 28th at Frosty Valley. Tickets are available at BTE on Centre Street in Bloomsburg by either stopping by the box office or giving them a call on the phone.

 

Juvenile Justice

A new report on juvenile justice in Pennsylvania has been presented. WHLM's David Payne tells us the report was presented by the PA Juvenile Court Judges Commission, during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. Executive Director Keith Snyder presented a wide-ranging analysis, including ways to reduce the rate of recidivism among youthful offenders. One way this is being done is through a research tool known as the Youth Level of Service, which uses a number of factors to determine who is at highest risk of re-offending.
 

MADD

The organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving is asking lawmakers in Pennsylvania to pass legislation they say will save innocent lives. MADD says that deaths from drunk driving are 100 percent preventable...and that's why they've made ignition interlock bills like the ones introduced in the PA House and Senate...their top legislative priority. If a bill is passed, DUI first offenders will be able to immediately apply to be placed on the interlock program...which statistics show is much more effective at reducing repeat offenses than suspending their drivers license.

 

Hazleton Stabbing

Hazleton Police are investigating the stabbing and robbery of a person Tuesday night. The incident taking place at 10th and Alter Streets around 7 O'clock. The name of the victim hasn't been released... but that person is being treated for non life – threatening injuries. No one is in custody.

 

Cab Robbery

Still no suspects in the armed robbery of a Hazleton cab driver early Tuesday morning. Police say two men, wearing ski masks... showed weapons and demanded money from the driver at the corner of 8th and Seybert Street. The driver was assaulted... some of his cash taken with the pair getting away in a dark – colored Honda.

 

Violence Awareness Month

The death of a Millersville University student, allegedly at the hands of her boyfriend, just happens to coincide with the observance of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Judy May Bennett, CEO of the American Trauma Society's Pennsylvania Division, says she cannot speak directly to the death of 18 year-old Karlie Hall, but says it's important for friends and family to look for signs that a teen may be involved in an unhealthy relationship. They include constantly receiving text messages or phone calls, a change in school work or behavior, signs of substance abuse, and visible evidence of physical abuse.
 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at West Chester Wednesday night. Both the Men's and Women's teams lost against West Chester. The Women's score in overtime was 88-93 and the Men's 82-88. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskie Postgame Report.

 

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Tuesday night... Tunkhannock just got by Berwick 63 to 60... Benton defeated Millville 52 – 46... Loyalsock downed Bloomsburg 76 – 37... and it was Southern Columbia over Central Columbia 54 – 51.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball Tuesday night... Southern Columbia squeaked by Montgomery 45 – 42. With that win, the Tigers clinched at least a tie for The Heartland Conference Division 3 title and a spot in the conference tournament which begins Thursday night.

 

College Hoops

In top 25 men's college basketball Tuesday night... Top ranked Kentucky getting by LSU 71 – 69... 5th ranked Wisconsin downed Nebraska 65 to 55... 8th ranked Kansas defeating Texas Tech 73 to 51.... and 10th ranked Notre Dame got by Clemson 60 – 58.

 

NHL

In the National Hockey League... the Montreal Canadiens edged the Philadelphia Flyers 2 to 1..

 

 



 

Bloomsburg Town Council

Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night has decided to advertise for a change in the ordinance dealing with the regulations of outdoor social gatherings.... in essence targeting Block Party which takes place the third Saturday of April every year. It's an event that isn't sanctioned by anyone... but for the most part take place in backyards and parking lots where the students live... and it's fueled by social media. The only “no” vote came from Councilman Bill Kreischer whose fearful that any change in zoning would push the party out into the Main Street area. A public meeting dealing with the issue will take place at 6 O'clock an hour prior to the next council meeting on the 23rd.

 

College Mental Health
An annual report from the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State shows an increase in the number of students seeking help for suicidal thoughts. Dr. Ben Locke, of the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State, says years ago there were concerns that the amount of mental health needs on college campuses was growing, but there wasn't reliable data. The center has now collected data sets for five years...enough to start noticing trends.

 

Medicaid Expansion
Governor Tom Wolf announced a move to throw out former Governor Tom Corbett's Healthy PA initiative in favor of a more traditional Medicaid expansion. Wolf's office says complications under Healthy PA jeopardized coverage, so they've directed the Department of Human Services to ask the federal government to ignore Corbett's plan. No coverage will be immediately impacted by this move....and the transition won't be complete until the fall. The DHS will notify enrolled Pennsylvanians during the transition period...before any changes take effect.

Measles Vaccine
Pennsylvania's top public health official is once again stressing the safety and effectiveness of the Measles vaccine. Acting PA Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine is joining other health professionals urging parents to make sure their children are vaccinated. She says a study from the 90s which linked the vaccine to autism in children has been widely discredited along with its author. Dr. Levine says the latest data in Pennsylvania shows the immunization rate among kindergartners is 85-percent, which she admits should be improved.

 

Animal Resource Center

The Animal Resource Center on Boone Road in Bloomsburg continues it's part of taking in unwanted dogs and cats. Appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Executive Director Linda Bird says they have cats ready to go out the door... to forever homes. Want to get a glimpse of the animals offered... visit their web page or Facebook account.... or simply stop by the ARC no kill shelter in the 300 block of Boone Road.

 

Parental Rights

State lawmakers say new legislation will protect the parental rights of rape victims. House Bill 4-10 would prohibit the courts from granting a convicted rapist any form of custody if the victim objects. It would also require a rapist to pay child support even if those parental rights are terminated. The courts will be able to over-rule the victim's objection if the child is of a certain age and the court determines custody with the father is in the child's best interest.
 

Selenski Trial

Closing arguments for a double murder trial are expected to get underway Tuesday... following a one day delay. According to the Luzerne County District Attorney, day 13 of the Hugo Selenski trial was postponed until 10:00 O'clock Tuesday morning. If you recall... Selenski is accused of killing Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett back in 2002 and burying their bodies at his Kingston Township home.

 

National Guard

A new number one is now in office at the PA National Guard. During a weekend ceremony at Fort Indiantown Gap, Maj. Gen. Joseph James was installed as Pennsylvania's 52nd Adjutant General. Along with heading up the Guard, Joseph will also lead the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs if confirmed by the Senate. The PA National Guard consists of 35 hundred full-time and more than 15-thousand part-time members.

 

Recycling Center

A Luzerne County recycling center is back up to speed. That follows a fire Monday that started in a heating unit on the roof of the building of PGA, Incorporated on South Street in Freeland. The building was evacuated... with firemen dousing the flames in short order.

 

Gas Prices

That downturn in gasoline prices has apparently come to an end. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report... shows the average price of gas in Northeastern Pennsylvania... including Columbia and Montour Counties is now average $2.33 a gallon. That's the same price as it was over the weekend...

 

 

WHLM Sports

Tournament

The Heartland Athletic Conference will hold its third annual post - season boys and girls basketball tournament this week featuring the three divisional winners plus one wild card team. Two area teams - the Bloomsburg and Southern Columbia girls teams - could be in that tournament. Those teams are tied for first in Division 3. If they remain tied after their regular season ending games, both will be in the tourney. Southern Columbia plays at Montgomery tomorrow night and Bloomsburg is at Benton on Wednesday.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In a girls game played Monday night... Central Columbia downed Warrior run 47 – 20.

 

Soccer Coach

Bloomsburg University athletic director Mike McFarland has named Matt Haney interim women's soccer coach. Former head coach Stephanie Anderson stepped down earlier this month. A national search for the position will begin this week.

 

Men's College Hoops

In men's top 25 college basketball Monday night... 4th ranked Duke just got by Florida State 73 to 70... 21st ranked Oklahoma State defeated 16th ranked Baylor 74 to 65... 21st ranked Oklahoma toppled 14th ranked Iowa State 94 to 83...

 

Women's College Hoops

In women's college basketball, the top two teams in the nation squared off... 2nd ranked Connecticut defeated top ranked South Carolina 87 – 62.

 

 



* Closings and Cancellations *

 

* The Bloomsburg Public Library will close at 5PM Monday evening.

 

 

Shooting Investigation

Still no suspect or suspects in custody in connection with the shooting of two Bloomsburg University students last week. The pair are from the Philadelphia area. They were shot in an apartment on Fetterman Avenue. One of the victims was rushed to Geisinger in Danville... the second shooting victim walked into Geisinger – Bloomsburg seeking emergency treatment. Meantime... investigators have the weapon believed used in the shootings.

 

Storm / PennDOT

PennDOT crews have been out all night battling rain freezing on the highways.... as well as snow in some of the higher elevations. This is the third consecutive stormy Monday... the crews have been out and about in Columbia County. The agency's David Thompson says crews have a serious job every time they leave the yard. As for priorities for salting and plowing... Interstate 80 is number one on the list... followed by state roads.... then secondary roads fall into place.

 

Collegiate Mental Health
An annual report from the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State shows an increase in the number of students seeking help for suicidal thoughts. The center has now collected data sets for five years...enough to start noticing trends. While the number of students who previously had counseling for substance abuse is down...the number of those seeking treatment for self-harm or suicidal thoughts is trending up. While the reasons for that aren't clear now, researchers say they hope all the data in the report will prompt universities to review and improve their services.

 

Tax Returns

Accounting majors at Bloomsburg University will be doing some community service as well as preparing tax returns for folks who qualify. Their program begins Monday afternoon at the Wesley United Methodist Church at Third and Market Streets in Bloomsburg. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... BU student Scott Boearet was asked what sort of paperwork one needs. The accounting students will be preforming the service through the first week in April... with a few days off in March. To make an appointment call 570-389-5234

 

Black Caucus / Cops
After meeting with the state's Chiefs of Police Association, leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus say it will take an open dialogue to create positive change. The first-of it's-kind meeting was sparked by unrest across the country...and now state lawmakers are already working on proposals meant to address potential excessive police force against minorities. Caucus Chairwoman Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown says people should be calling attention to racial issues and opening a dialogue about them. The Caucus hopes to do that with public hearings on drafted legislation.

 

Health Insurance

The open enrollment period to sign up for health insurance coverage is quickly approaching. The period started on December first and runs through February 15th. The group Get Covered America has been holding sign up events throughout Pennsylvania and will continue to do so right up to the deadline. To find an event nearby log onto getcoveredAmerica.org/connector, or call the Pennsylvania Health Access Network at 1-877-570-3642.

 

Pennsylvania Supco Nominee
Centre County President Judge Thomas Kistler says he was surprised and flattered to be nominated to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The 57 year-old Kistler, who was first elected to the bench in 1997, says his nomination came in the form of a phone call from Gov Wolf himself. He was chosen for the high court along with 59 year-old Ken Gormley, Dean of the Duquesne School of Law and a former President of the Allegheny County Bar Association. If confirmed by the Senate, neither judge is expected to seek election to a full term on the court when their current terms expire.

 

Hazleton Vandalism

Hazleton police say cars parked on several streets had their windows smashed out over the weekend. The vandalism was reported along Beech and Hawthorne Streets... as well as diamond Avenue. The windows were shot out with either a pellet or a BB gun. If you have information about the weekend vandalism... call Hazleton PD.

 

Hazleton Woman

A 25 – year old Hazleton woman is now charged with the hit and run of a Lackawanna County woman last week. 25 – year old Tiffany Timko was on Main Avenue in Scranton when she allegedly struck Betty Sawkulich... the mother of seven... who was trying to cross the street. Timko fled the scene. Sawkulich is fighting for her life in a Scranton hospital.

 

Dan Flood Towers

Just about everyone who lives in the Dan Flood Towers in Kingston are back in their homes. A fire there over the weekend... forcing everyone to evacuate. The blaze was contained to a kitchen of an apartment on the 16th floor. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

 

Powerball Jackpot

The Powerball jackpot is climbing again. There was no winner for Saturday night's drawing... so the jackpot goes from $394 million to an estimated $450 – million dollars. The next drawing is Wednesday night at 11 O'clock.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Women Basketball

Bloomsburg University women's basketball coach Bill Cleary got his 200th career win Saturday afternoon when the Huskies beat East Stroudsburg 62-40 at the Nelson Field House. With that win Bloomsburg set a PSAC record for consecutive victories over division opponents. It was their 24th straight win over teams from the PSAC East. Next up for the Huskies is a game at West Chester on Wednesday.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Monday night, Bloomsburg is at Benton, and Southern Columbia plays at Montgomery. If both Bloomsburg and Southern Columbia win, they will join Millville in a three way tie for first place in the Heartland Conference Division One. Millville has finished its regular season. Monday night is the regular season finales for Bloomsburg and Southern Columbia.

 

BU Football Awards

Awards were given out at the Bloomsburg University football banquet at Rolling Pines Saturday night. Running back Eddie Mateo was named the team's offensive player of the year. Linebacker Justin Shirk was the defensive player of the year... and Lawrence Elliot was named the top special teams player. The Huskies begin spring drills on March 27th.



 

** Winter Weather Advisory **

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER

WEATHER ADVISORY FOR FREEZING RAIN AND SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT

FROM 6 AM MONDAY TO 1 AM EST TUESDAY.

 

* LOCATIONS... THE MIDDLE SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY AND POCONOS

 

* HAZARD TYPES... FREEZING RAIN FOLLOWED BY SNOW.

 

* ACCUMULATIONS... LESS THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE FOLLOWED BY

1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW.

 

* TIMING... RAIN WILL TURN TO FREEZING RAIN LATE TONIGHT AND EARLY

MONDAY MORNING... THEN TO SNOW AND SLEET MONDAY AFTERNOON.

 

* IMPACTS... SLOWED TRAVEL DUE TO SLIPPERY ROADS AND SIDEWALKS ON

MONDAY.

 

 

* Closings and Cancellations *

 

* Stillwater Christian Church's winter clothing giveaway on Monday has been cancelled.

 

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The Destination Blues winter music festival marks its second year this weekend. This afternoon wraps things up with a Gospel Blues concert featuring Alexis P. Suter and a choir of local singers. That concert starts at 1PM at Wesley United Methodist on Market Street in Bloomsburg. For ticket information visit DestinationBlues.org
 
Columbia-Montour Vocational-Technical school is holding an open house this afternoon. High School students, Adult students, Parents, and anyone who is interested in their courses are invited to attend. The open house will run from 1-4 PM. The school is on Sweppenheiser Drive, off Route 11 East of Bloomsburg.
 

 

WHLM Sports

HS Hoops

In girls high school basketball Friday night, Southern Columbia played at Bloomsburg.

 

Huskies Basketball

In college basketball Saturday afternoon the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played East Stroudsburg at Nelson Field House. The Women won 62-40 and the Men lost 89-61.

 



 

The Destination Blues winter music festival marks its second year this weekend. This afternoon is packed with performers on two stages from 3PM - Midnight at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Sunday afternoon wraps things up with a Gospel Blues concert featuring Alexis P. Suter and a choir of local singers. That concert starts at 1PM at Wesley United Methodist church on Market Street in Bloomsburg. For details and ticket information visit DestinationBlues.org
 
Monica's Heart greyhound adoption group will be holding two simultaneous events in the Bloomsburg area today. From 11AM - 2PM stop by Tractor Supply Company on Route 11 East of Bloomsburg or at PetCo in the Wal-Mart complex in Buckhorn. Learn more about greyhounds, meet some of the dogs, and maybe even adopt. For more information, call 570-644-2358.
 
It's a Lincoln Extravaganza today at the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. From 11AM - 1PM, learn about the power of the penny with penny games and crafts, and learn about the star of the penny, Abraham Lincoln. The Museum is on 7th Street, next to the Bloomsburg YMCA.
 
St Joseph Church in Danville is holding a Countdown Raffle and Wild West Dinner Dance this evening at Frosty Valley Country Club in Danville. It's a night of raffle, drawings, 5 card draw and Blackjack. Tickets are $50 each and includes a chance at the $1,000 Grand Prize. Events start at 6PM. Proceeds benefit St Joseph School in Danville. For more information, stop by the church office or call 570-275-2435.
 
The Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center in Benton is hosting a Texas Dance Party tonight at 6PM. Dance to live country music by Grand Junction and enjoy food and drinks. Tickets are $8 for adults, $3 for teens 13-17, and free for kids 12 and under. For more information, call the Center at 570-925-0163.
 
Columbia-Montour Vocational-Technical school is holding an open house this Sunday. High School students, Adult students, Parents, and anyone who is interested in their courses are invited to attend. The open house will run from 1-4 PM. The school is on Sweppenheiser Drive, off Route 11 East of Bloomsburg.
 
Learn how to improve your singing voice and be a star on the stage at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's Super Singing Sundays, starting this weekend at the BTE Mitrani production building in downtown Bloomsburg. The five-week course for all ages 8 & up will cover both basic and advanced vocal techniques, wrapping up with a live performance on March 8. No experience is necessary. Course fee is $55 per student. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

 

WHLM Sports

HS Hoops

In girls high school basketball Friday night, Southern Columbia played at Bloomsburg. Bloomsburg won over Southern Columbia 39-31.

 

Huskies Basketball

In college basketball Saturday afternoon the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played East Stroudsburg at Nelson Field House. The Women won 62-40 and the Men lost 89-61. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

 



 

Shooting Investigation

Still no suspect in the shooting of two Bloomsburg University students from the Philadelphia area this week. The incident taking place in an apartment on Fetterman Avenue. One of the victims was taken to Geisinger in Danville... while the second person walked into the emergency room of Geisinger – Bloomsburg. Authorities say the shootings of the two, 20 – year old men was not a random act... and people who live in the area are not in danger.

 

Transformation

More bureaucracy... or a way to save money in the future. Gov. Wolf said Thursday he was forming a new state office aimed at identifying hundreds of millions in savings as a way to trim a multi - billion-dollar budget deficit. Wolf said he expects to introduce details of the so – called “Transformation” office in the coming weeks. The executive order he signed Thursday creating the office came with a directive to state agencies to immediately identify a total of $150 million in potential savings.

 

PennDOT / Storm

With an impending multi – day storm on the horizon for Columbia and Montour County starting over the weekend.... PennDOT says they're ready. The agency's David Thompson out of Montoursville says all the districts across the state have been on the phone with Harrisburg. Thompson added the crews across District Three are rested from storms earlier in the week that canceled and delayed schools. With proper treatment... the road should be fine for the start of the week.

 

Millville Trucker

A Millville truck driver is being cited by State Police in Dunmore for causing a wreck on Interstate 81... south of Scranton... that took hours to clean up. Police say 71 – year old Jerry Masser was following another vehicle too closely... when he veered off the super slab... and rolled over. The wreck backed up traffic for miles since his cargo of yogurt had to be unloaded by hand. Masser was not hurt.

 

Destination Blues

Have a case of cabin fever... the next three days you have an opportunity to break out and enjoy the music... thanks to Destination Blues. The event begins Friday night... and it's a three day opportunity to take in blues music from some of the greatest stars of our time... so says Otto Kurecian from the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau. Tickets are still available at The Antler on Main Street in Bloomsburg... as well as at the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce on Market Street.

 

Non Profits

Pennsylvania's Auditor General weighed in on a proposed constitutional amendment concerning public charities. Eugene DePasquale testified before the Senate Finance Committee, on a measure granting the legislature the sole authority to determine who can qualify as a tax-exempt charity. DePasquale said it's a critical issue, with municipalities dealing with a shrinking tax base and growing expenses. If the measure ends up going before the voters, DePasquale says it should be during a general election which would give as many Pennsylvania voters as possible the chance to decide.
 

Government Benefits
The Senate State Government Committee has approved a bill which would deny government benefits to illegal immigrants. Sen. Pat Stefano who sponsored the bill, says Pennsylvania has been too lenient when it comes to enforcing federal law in regards to undocumented immigrants. The measure which now heads to the full Senate, would require anyone receiving public benefits in Pennsylvania to provide identification proving they are legal residents, and to sign an affidavit stating they are a US citizen, or an immigrant lawfully residing in this country.

 

Protecting Physicians
Members of the medical community are working on legislation that they say would protect physicians from the hospitals they work for. The Pennsylvania Medical Society is hoping to gain protections for employed physicians in the state this session. They want doctors to be in charge of all medical decision - making...and be free from retaliation by administrators if they aren't happy with those decisions. They also want to eliminate restrictive contracts...that prevent a doctor from practicing within a certain mile radius or period of time after leaving an institution.

 

Tortillas Fire

There was a fire early Thursday morning in Wright Township... between Hazleton and Wilkes – Barre. Authorities say a tortillas oven caught fire at the Mission Foods factory in Mountain Top. Everyone inside the building was evacuated. The oven is used to manufacture tortillas.

 

Man Jailed

An Upper Augusta Township resident of Northumberland County is in jail on $300,000 bail. Authorities say 63 – year old Robert Snyder, Jr. allegedly assaulted a woman... then grabbed a loaded handgun... threatening to kill her. During a struggle with Snyder... the weapon went off. The woman managed to flee... but not before grabbing the gun and calling the cops.

 

Hazleton Super

There is word that former Hazleton School Superintendent Dr. Geraldine Shepperson has died. She lived her entire life in Hazleton. No word of funeral services for Dr. Geraldine Shepperson... the former superintendent for the Hazleton School District.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Women

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team played at Philadelphia University last night. WHLM Larry White is reporting the Lady Huskies defeated Philadelphia 81 – 65. It was the 11th consecutive win for Bloomsburg. Saturday afternoon the Huskies play East Stroudsburg at 1 o'clock at Nelson Field House. That will be followed by the men's game. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Thursday night.. Milton downed Central Columbia 65 – 58.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball... Mifflinburg defeated Danville 58 to 50... and it was Crestwood over Berwick 45 – 36.

 

More Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball Friday night, Southern Columbia played at Bloomsburg. Bloomsburg won over Southern Columbia 39-31. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Highs School Hoops Report.

 

 

 

College Hoops

In top 25 men's college basketball last night... Second ranked Gonzaga outdistanced Santa Clara 77 to 63... and 23rd ranked SMU was defeated by Cincinnati 62 – 54.

 



 

Roller Coaster

The big question this Thursday... will construction crews complete their work on a new, steel coaster at Knoebel's Amusement Resort for opening day in April. That's the big hope right now... as steel track arrives at the work site. The company breaking ground last September... with Rick Knoeble telling those assembled that the first few seconds of the ride comes out of the chute... up a ninety degree lift... then down on the other side into a Cobra roll. Some roads in southern Columbia County are expected to be closed Thursday due to trucks delivering parts and pieces of the coaster to the construction site.

 

Taxes

When you file you income tax return this year... there is a box to check to indicate you had health insurance during 2014. That word from professional tax preparer Kim Schooley of Danville who appeared earlier this week on the WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe and Norm. Schooley said if you didn't have health insurance last year... you could be fined. Our returns are due to the federal and state Government on April 15th.

 

Open Records Chief
The case over whether Governor Tom Wolf can remove the head of the Office of Open Records will go before a 7- judge Commonwealth Court panel next month. During a Wednesday hearing, Attorneys for Eric Arneson and the Wolf Administration reached a deal to withdraw his request to be immediately reinstated, in exchange for Arneson not participating in any Open Records Office business prior to Commonwealth Court hearing the case. In the meantime, Arneson says he may go back to work for his former employer, the Senate Republican Caucus.

 

Legislative Package

Democrats in the state Senate have unveiled a 13-bill legislative package known as CAP, or the College Access Plan. Provisions include $5,000 in merit-based assistance for students who stay in Pennsylvania after graduation, additional counselors and training to target high-needs schools, and a $10 - million loan forgiveness fund for applicants with incomes of $70,000 a year or less. Supporters say the goal is to make it easier and more affordable to attend college in Pennsylvania, while decreasing the debt load.


Goggling Patients
A professor with Penn State Hershey Medical Center has published a paper arguing for professional guidelines about searching for patients...online. Dr. Maria Baker says as more students who grew up in the Internet Age become doctors....the issue of when it's appropriate to Google your patients will become more prevalent. That's why she's arguing for professional medical societies to establish ethical guidelines now. Baker says patient safety should be a priority...but doctors will have to be careful not to violate patients' boundaries.

 

Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of self – serve unleaded regular gasoline is creeping up slowly across Columbia and Montour counties.... as well as all of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying $2.25 - a - gallon. That's up three cents from earlier in the week. A week ago we were paying and average of $2.23... and a month ago $2.47 a gallon.

 

Hazleton Fire

An early Tuesday morning fire in Hazleton has forced a dozen people out of their home. Authorities say the blaze began in an attic of a double block home on East Broad Street. The American Red Cross is providing assistance to six of the twelve victims... while the other six are staying with family and friends.

 

Wilkes - Barre Stabbing

A Wilkes – Barre woman is behind bars after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend during a domestic disturbance. 28 – year old Tameeka Buggs of the Sherman Hills housing project allegedly pulled off the stabbing early Tuesday morning. The 23 – year old man was taken to the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center where he's being treated for his stab wound.

 

 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball last night, Bloomsburg was at Danville. WHLM's Jim Doyle is reporting that the Danville Ironmen defeated the Bloomsburg Panthers 64 – 38. In other boys basketball action last night, it was: Millville over Warrior Run 64 – 49... St. John Neumann got the best of Benton 64 – 45... and Weatherly defeated Columbia Montour Vo – Tech 48 – 46.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball Wednesday night... Millville downed Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech 62 – 27.

 

BU Women's Basketball

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team, riding a ten game winning streak and ranked 17th in the nation, played at Philadelphia University Thursday night. They kept the winning streak going by winning over Philadelphia 81-63. You can hear the details with Larry White in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

 

College Basketball

In top 20 men's college basketball last night... 4th ranked Duke defeated Georgia Tech 72 – 66... and 7th ranked Villanova defeated Marquette 70 – 52.

 

 



 

Parking Lots Plowed

More plowing of parking lots in Bloomsburg overnight... in an attempt to clear away the snow from permitted areas. In the Pine Avenue lot in the 100 block of East Main Street... a contractor and his front end loader were called in. And as was the case Monday night... cars parked where they shouldn't be were slapped with tickets and taken by towing companies to impound lots.

 

Community College

The Danville Borough Council president is attempting to persuade an educational group to place it's proposed Community College in Danville. Scott Richardson says he has sent a letter to the Susquehanna Valley Community Education Project to look into the former St. Cyrils School for it's campus. Mr. Richardson says the school grounds are outside the flood area... and Route 80 intersects they county's they plan on drawing students from. No timetable for a decision is set.

 

Sexual Assault Probe
A state lawmaker is introducing legislation he says will speed up investigations into sexual assaults. There are an estimated 400,000 untested rape kits nationwide. Because Pennsylvania doesn't have a system for keeping track of those...we don't know how we stack up against other states. That's just one reason Representative Brandon Neuman says he's introducing a bill that would require evidence from sexual assault cases be submitted to a lab within 15 days of collection, have those test results put into a database...and mandate that victims be kept informed of the process.

 

Program Performance
The PA Department of Corrections has released a performance report on a program which combines incarceration and treatment for non-violent drug offenders. The State Intermediate Punishment program has been in effect since May 2005. The 24 month program is divided into 4 phases-confinement in a state prison, community-based treatment, outpatient treatment, and supervised release. The report shows a 42 percent recidivism rate after three years, but that's compared to 52 percent for offenders who don't go through the program.

 

Destination Blues

Three days of blues music up and down the Susquehanna Valley begins Friday. Destination Blues is returning for a three day run this weekend.... and Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated manager Adrienne Mael says the initial ticket for the three days is 40 – dollars a person. But, there are other options. You can get your tickets at various locations around Bloomsburg... but also at “the Antler” on Main Street.... and the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce on Market Street.

 

Affordable Care
The state Senate Banking and Insurance Committee has approved a bill which focuses on navigators who help enroll health insurance customers under the Affordable Care Act. The bill would require navigators to be certified by the state Insurance Department, as well as undergo a criminal background check. Sen. Don White who chairs the committee, says navigators handle sensitive and personal information from health insurance enrollees, and this would provide an extra level of security. The bill now heads to the full Senate.

 

Church Leader

A 34 – year old former youth pastor in neighboring Luzerne County is facing charges. Adam D'Albero of Drums is accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl. D'Albero is charged with corruption of minors... and having sexual contact with the 13 – year old girl. Police say the relationship happened in White Haven... starting in 2011... and lasted for a year... while he served as the leader of a youth group at Mountain View Community Church.

 

Applebee's Robbery

Two of three men are in custody... after they tried to carjack the night manager at the Applebee's Restaurant in West Hazleton. Police say Victor Soto – Santanna... and Pablo Valenzuela... both of Hazleton... and another man tried to rob the manager on Sunday night. The manager was forced to empty a safe in the building... and was later taken hostage. But police showed up... arresting Santanna and Valenzuela on a long list of charges. The third man remains on the loose.

 

Commissioners

We may be in the dead of winter... but the political season in Columbia County is heating up. County Commission Chair Chris Young has announced his re – election bid for his fifth term. The Rohrsburg Republican says his goal is to bring existing projects to completion... such as flood protection for Bloomsburg West Side. Also announcing his re-election bid is Democrat David Kovach of Berwick. In making his intentions known... Mr. Kovach his three drug workshops held around the county... as well as the Bloomsburg Flood wall... saving 700 jobs.

 

Blood Donations
This is the time of year when donations to local blood banks usually fall off, Jay Wymer, of the Central PA Blood Bank says this is always a difficult time for blood donations, partly because the need for blood is greater.

 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Tuesday night... Lewisburg defeated Bloomsburg 52 – 29... and Pittston Area got by Berwick 37 – 34.

 

HS Basketball Wednesday

In boys' high school basketball Wednesday night, Bloomsburg played at Danville. Danville won over Bloomsburg 64-38. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball Tuesday night... Danville downed Loyalsock 46 to 39... Millville defeated Benton 53 – 42... It was Central Columbia over South Williamsport 55 to 34... Southern Columbia downed Sullivan County 49 – 34... and Berwick just got by Pittston Area 51 to 50.

 

College Hoops

In top 25 college basketball last night...top – ranked Kentucky downed Georgia 69 to 58... 5th ranked Wisconsin got by Indiana 92 to 78... and 15th ranked West Virginia toppled 21st ranked Oklahoma 71 to 52.

 



 

Overnight Snow Clearing

The Bloomsburg Department and Public Will be removing snow from Permit locations C-D-E-G and I. The snow removal will begin at midnight Monday night (tonight) at midnight and run through 9 AM Tuesday. Permit holders for these zones must move their vehicles to the metered spaces in the public lots and on Main Street until 9AM. You must be back in your zone by 9 AM. Failure to move your vehicle will result in a $50.00 ticket and a tow bill to be determined by the tow companies.

 

The following night, February 4th starting at midnight to 9 AM, metered sports in all public lots and permit zones F and J will be plowed. Zone F and J permit holders may park on Main Street at a meter until 9 AM. You must be back in your zone by 9 AM. Failure to move your vehicle will result in a $50.00 ticket and a tow bill to be determined by the tow companies. Ticketing on Main Street from 2AM to 5AM on these 2 nights will not be in effect. Any questions contact Bloomsburg Police Department 570-784-6779.

 

The Zones:

Zone C = Diner lot

Zone D = E Pine Ave lot (behind WHLM)

Zone E = Pine Ave lot (behind Rose Maries)

Zone F = Former Employee lot by St Columba Church

Zone G = Library lot

Zone I = W Pine Ave lot behind Post office

Zone J = Hoppes lot

 

Cold Animals

With temperatures dipping into the single digits overnight... Linda Bird of the Animal Resource Center in Bloomsburg is hoping you brought your animals in overnight to get them out of the bone – chilling weather. Appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe... Ms. Bird says the ARC is the place to get your next pet. To check out the dogs... and kittens up for adoption... visit the ARC in the 300 block of Boone Road in Bloomsburg.

 

Snow Shoveling

In Bloomsburg... and up and down the Susquehanna Valley yesterday... the sound of shoveling snow from sidewalks. Bloomsburg businessman Bruce Bowman... spent some time during the morning... cleaning off the sidewalks in front of Sneidman Jewelers in the 100 block of East Main Street. But the scene was repeated over and over... not only on Main Street... but side streets as well.

 

Berwick Shoveling

When it was all said and done Monday.... Berwick High School athletes shoveled an estimated 80 sidewalks in the borough... all part of donating their time to the elderly and the disabled who just could not get out in the cold and snow. Stone Force was one of the individuals... who told us an amazing story... of a 99 – year old resident who watched his walk being shoveled. For Athletic Director Frank Sheptock.... it all comes down to the leadership abilities of young people. The cleaning of the walks was arranged by Borough Council President Alvin Hill.... as well as Mayor Tim Burke.

 

Measles Outbreak
Hundreds of measles cases have broken out on the west coast, and now the Pennsylvania Department of Health is warning of a case in the mid-state. The Health Department is warning of possible exposure in Cumberland and Franklin counties. Measles was thought to be eradicated in the United States, but now the highly contagious and sometimes deadly virus is making a reappearance because some people are not getting their vaccinations. Health professionals are urging the public to get the vaccine as soon as possible if they haven't already.

 

Gas Prices

The average price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded gas is holding steady across Columbia and Montour Counties.... and all of northeast Pennsylvania. The Triple A fuel gauge is showing that we're paying $2.22 a gallon.... that's what it's been for a while. A week ago we were paying $2.24 a gallon... and a month ago... $2.45 a gallon.

 

Bills Package
A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced a package of bills meant to protect jobs and promote small business. State Senator Rob Teplitz of Dauphin County says we can always be doing more to spark job growth in the commonwealth. His 7 bills will create tools to help veterans start their own businesses, establish a Made in PA program to bolster local products, promote small businesses for government contracts, and establish an Office of New Americans to attract skilled immigrants to the state.

 

Commissioners Seek Reelection

We may be in the dead of winter... but the political season in Columbia County is heating up. County Commission Chair Chris Young has announced his re – election bid for his fifth term. The Rohrsburg Republican says his goal is to bring existing projects to completion... such as flood protection for Bloomsburg West Side. Also announcing his re-election bid is Democrat David Kovach of Berwick. In making his intentions known... Mr. Kovach his three drug workshops held around the county... as well as the Bloomsburg Flood wall... saving 700 jobs.

 

Blood Donations
This is the time of year when donations to local blood banks usually fall off, but the need is always there. In fact, according to Jay Wymer of the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank, the need for blood transfusions usually increases at the same time there's a drop in donations. When people are away from home as with the recent Christmas holidays, the risk for accidents and hospitalizations goes up. The good news, he says, blood supplies are in relatively good shape, especially compared the the shortages they experienced due to severe weather last winter.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

For the second straight week, Bloomsburg University's senior basketball player Marla Simmons is the PSAC Eastern Division athlete of the week. Simmons averaged 21 and a half points and 7 and a half rebounds in wins over Cheyney and Shippensburg. In Saturday afternoon's one point win at Shippensburg, she scored a career high 30 points including the game winning basket with 13 seconds to play. Next up for Marla Simmons and the Huskies is a non - conference game Thursday at Philadelphia University.

 

High School Basketball

The weather was the big winner in high school sports Monday night. The Central Columbia at Milton boys basketball game was postponed until Thursday... the Pittston Area at Berwick girls game will be played Tuesday night... and the Williamsport at Danville girls game has been rescheduled for next Monday.

 

College Basketball

In top 20 men's college basketball last night.. 3rd ranked Virginia dominated 12th ranked North Carolina 75 to 64.... 8th rank Kansas defeated 11th ranked Iowa State 89 – 76

 

NBA

In the NBA... the Philadelphia 76ers were defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers 97 – 84.

 



 

Bloomsburg Parking lots to be Plowed Overnight

The Bloomsburg Departmet and Public Will be removing snow from Permit locations C-D-E-G and I. The snow removal will begin at midnight Monday night (tonight) at midnight and run through 9 AM Tuesday. Permit holders for these zones must move their vehicles to the metered spaces in the public lots and on Main Street until 9AM. You must be back in your zone by 9 AM. Failure to move your vehicle will result in a $50.00 ticket and a tow bill to be determined bythe tow companies.

 

The following night, February 4th starting at midnight to 9 AM, metered sports in all public lots and permit zones F and J will be plowed. Zone F and J permit holders may park on Main Street at a meter until 9 AM. You must be back in your zone by 9 AM. Failure to move your vehicle will result in a $50.00 ticket and a tow bill to be determined by the tow companies. Ticketing on Main Street from 2AM to 5AM on these 2 nights will not be in effect. Any questions contact Bloomsburg Police Department 570-784-6779.

 

The Zones:

Zone C = Diner lot

Zone D = E Pine Ave lot (behind WHLM)

Zone E = Pine Ave lot (behind Rose Maries)

Zone F = Former Employee lot by St Columba Church

Zone G = Library lot

Zone I = W Pine Ave lot behind Post office

Zone J = Hoppes lot

 

Rate Increase

It appears that you and I will be digging into our pockets deeper soon to pay our water bill. United Water... the folks who supply drinking water to the Bloomsburg Area... has asked the Public Utility Commission for a request to raise rates to cover current and future construction costs across the eight systems operated by the company in Pennsylvania. United Water's Bob Manbeck says the utility has invested an estimated $91 – million across the state. Including an estimated $35 – million dollars for a new water treatment plant in Bloomsburg... which is located above the flood plain and out of harms way. That project should be wrapped up in the middle of 2016.

 

XGR /Tarah

With a Democratic Governor now in power... the Republican controlled state house and senate have their work cut out for them. For state representative Tarah Toohil of Hazleton... who's district includes Berwick... the business at hand is taking care of some old issues... such as pension reform... taxation and the sale of the state liquor store. Rep. Tohil went on to say she is waiting to meet Governor Wolf... but despite being a Democrat.. Ms. Toohil says it appears that the governor wants to work with the republican – controlled State Legislature.

 

State Treasure

Pennsylvania's state treasurer abruptly resigned on Friday, admitting he's facing federal corruption charges. Rob McCord was halfway through his second term when he announced his resignation earlier this week, which originally wasn't to take place for several weeks. Then came word of the possibility of charges related to fund raising abuses, which were quickly made public, leading McCord to step down effective immediately. In a recorded statement released by his attorney, McCord apologized and acknowledged his actions along with his intention to plead guilty.

 

PTSD

The state Senate's committee on veterans affairs has announced a new grant program for victims of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Veterans' service organizations can now apply for up to $750,000 in grant money to provide treatment to those suffering from PTSD. This is the first time these funds have been made available...and senators on the veterans affairs committee say it's a much needed, proactive approach to this issue...which affects not only veterans...but everyone surrounding them. Organizations can apply for the grants through the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs website.
 

Keeping Animals Safe

Animal advocates want to remind you that when the winter wind blows, make sure you don't forget about your pets' safety. The PA State Animal Response Team has come out with a list of recommendations to keep your pets safe and warm this winter...because even though that fur looks toasty warm...it won't completely protect Fido and Fifi from the elements. The Team reminds you to keep an eye on your companions for signs of frost bite and hypothermia...and to keep them away from toxic anti-freeze and salt melt. They say the safest place for your pet this winter...is in your home.

 

Coal Industry Caucus

A new committee in the state Senate seeks to emphasize the relevance of Pennsylvania's Coal industry. The Coal Caucus will be co-chaired by Republican Senator Gene Yaw and Democrat John Wozniak. Members say they want to ensure that coal remains a vital part of Pennsylvania's economy and its industrial base. Sen. Yaw points out that coal accounted for an estimated 40 percent of the state's electricity needs in 2014, and the industry supports about 36-thousand jobs in Pennsylvania.

 

 



 
**Operation Storm Watch**
 
WINTER STORM WARNING
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND MIXED PRECIPITATION...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM SUNDAY TO 1 PM EST MONDAY. 
 
* LOCATIONS...THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND MIDDLE SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY.
 
* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW FOLLOWED BY SOME FREEZING RAIN.
 
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...6 TO 8 INCHES.
 
* ICE ACCUMULATIONS...LESS THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH.
 
* TIMING...SNOW WILL BEGIN SUNDAY MORNING AND CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY NIGHT. THE SNOW WILL TURN TO FREEZING RAIN AND THEN BRIEFLY TO RAIN EARLY MONDAY MORNING. IT SHOULD GO BACK TO SNOW BY NOON MONDAY AS IT TAPERS TO SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS.
 
* PERIOD OF HEAVIEST SNOW...SUNDAY EVENING AND EARLY SUNDAY NIGHT.
 
* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL DUE TO SNOW COVERED ROADS. A COATING OF ICE WILL THEN MAY SIDEWALKS AND UNTREATED SURFACES SLIPPERY.
 
* WINDS...LIGHT AND VARIABLE. BECOMING NORTH TO NORTHWEST AND INCREASING TO AROUND 10 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS ON MONDAY.
 
 
WHLM Sports
 
BU Basketball
In college basketball Saturday afternoon, the Men's and Women's teams of Bloomsburg University played at Shippensburg. The Women won 65-64 over Shippensburg and the Men lost 68-65.
 
The Women will be back in action Thursday night, when they play at Philadelphia in a 6PM start. Coverage on the WHLM stations gets underway with the pregame at 5:40.
 


 
**Operation Storm Watch**
 
WINTER STORM WARNING
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND MIXED PRECIPITATION...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM SUNDAY TO 1 PM EST MONDAY. 
 
* LOCATIONS...THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND MIDDLE SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY.
 
* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW FOLLOWED BY SOME FREEZING RAIN.
 
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...6 TO 8 INCHES.
 
* ICE ACCUMULATIONS...LESS THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH.
 
* TIMING...SNOW WILL BEGIN SUNDAY MORNING AND CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY NIGHT. THE SNOW WILL TURN TO FREEZING RAIN AND THEN BRIEFLY TO RAIN EARLY MONDAY MORNING. IT SHOULD GO BACK TO SNOW BY NOON MONDAY AS IT TAPERS TO SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS.
 
* PERIOD OF HEAVIEST SNOW...SUNDAY EVENING AND EARLY SUNDAY NIGHT.
 
* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL DUE TO SNOW COVERED ROADS. A COATING OF ICE WILL THEN MAY SIDEWALKS AND UNTREATED SURFACES SLIPPERY.
 
* WINDS...LIGHT AND VARIABLE. BECOMING NORTH TO NORTHWEST AND INCREASING TO AROUND 10 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS ON MONDAY.
 
 
What's Happening?
The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents Yazmina Reza's "Art" running through Sunday at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Laugh out loud as three fully-grown adults fight like children over a modern art painting. For tickets and showtimes visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.
 
Benton United Methodist Church is holding a Ham Supper this evening from 4 - 7PM. Dinner is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for kids 6-11, and free for kids 5 and under. Take out is available. The church is on Main Street in Benton.
 
 
WHLM Sports
 
BU Basketball
In college basketball Saturday afternoon, the Men's and Women's teams of Bloomsburg University played at Shippensburg. The Women scored a one point win over Shippensburg being 65-64 and the Men lost to Shippensburg 68-65. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskie Postgame Report.
 
 
 
The Women will be back in action Thursday night, when they play at Philadelphia in a 6PM start. Coverage of that game on the WHLM stations gets underway with the pregame at 5:40.
 


 

** Closings and Cancellations **

 

** Millville vs Bloomsburg Girls' Friday night Basketball has been canceled.

 

** Millville Area School's Fridy night Band concert has been canceled.

 

Things to do...

St. Joe's in Danville will have their Winterfest activities starting at 5:30 Friday afternoon...

 

Rough Weather Weekend

Here is the latest from the National Weather Service in State College

 

              *** Winter Storm Watch ***

 

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA

342 PM EST FRI JAN 30 2015

 

**WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM Friday EVENING

TO 11 AM SATURDAY...

 

** WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH

MONDAY MORNING...

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER

STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH

MONDAY MORNING.

 

* WIND CHILLS...10 TO 20 BELOW ZERO TONIGHT THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.

 

* IMPACTS...FROSTBITE TO EXPOSED SKIN IN 30 MINUTES.

 

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...POTENTIAL FOR 6 INCHES OR MORE SUNDAY

AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY MONDAY.

 

 

 



 

** Operation Storm Watch **

** Closings and Cancellations **

 

** Espy Fire Hall Bingo for Thursday night has been canceled.

 

Update: Scott Township Accident

One person is dead... and a second critically injured after a box truck and a pick – up collided Thursday morning in Scott Township. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 telling us that Michael Moskovich of Bloomsburg died at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after being trapped in the cab of his pick – up. The driver of the Baltimore – based bakery truck...Joshua Sietsma of Dalton... was tossed through the windshield to the pavement. He underwent treatment all day.

Both drivers were Life Flighted to Geisinger. Police say the box truck veered into on – coming traffic on Route 11 near Tower Micro around 6:15 this morning.

 

Bloomsburg Firemen Requested

They didn't go anywhere fast. Danville firemen had requested mutual aid from the Bloomsburg Fire Department when there was a report of smoke inside the Hospital for Advanced Medicine on the Geisinger Medical Campus in Danville. But, right after the request was made... Danville firemen sized up the situation... telling BFD to remain in quarters. So Bloomsburg's Truck 42 stayed inside the fire station. Danville firemen mittigating the situation at GMC.

 

United Water

Hummelstown – based United Water.... the provider of drinking water in the Bloomsburg area... has requested a rate increase with the Public Utility Commission. The company's Bob Manbeck says it's associated with 91 – million dollars worth of capital investments. That includes a new $35 – million water treatment facility under construction on Irondale Road in Bloomsburg. No word when the PUC will get around to approving all... or some of United Waters request.

 

Downtown Bloomsburg

The wraps were taken off last night of a very preliminary look at improving the downtown Bloomsburg business district. It's all part of a plan by Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated to breath new life onto Main Street. Alex Belavitz of Scranton – based Facility Design and Development, Limited says downtown Bloomsburg has plenty of potential. Now... Belavitz says some data has already been collected in the Downtown area... and more needs to be gleaned... as well as long talks with stakeholders about the future of Main Street.

 

GoDaddy Ad

One advertisement from GoDaddy – dot – com has been pulled from the Super Bowl broadcast on Sunday at the behest of a Berwick woman. Helena Yurcho said a lost puppy... finding it's way home... only to be sold on – line through a GoDaddy – dot – com domain name was a bit much. Yurcho created an on – line petition to remove the ad which caught the eye of Go Daddy.... which gathered 42,000 signatures... forcing the company to pull the ad. Go Daddy says a replacement ad is produced and ready to go on Sunday.

 

Local Elections

We may be in the dead of winter... but the folks in the Columbia County Registrar's office are staying busy.... preparing for this year's elections. Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says this year's balloting deals with local offices. Mr. Repasky says the all – important primary election takes place in May... leading to the November general election.

 

Possible Luring

The Muncy School District is telling students and their parents that a man tried to lure two elementary school kids into his van. The incident happened earlier this week at the intersection of Lincoln and South Washington Streets. The van... according to our media partner Newswatch 16... was a large, black work van with a scratch on the drivers side. If you have information about the vehicle or the drive... call police.

 

Deer Hunting Licenses

Proposed legislation would change the way antlerless deer hunting licenses are issued in Pennsylvania. The licenses are currently distributed through county treasurers' offices, which Rep. Gerald Mullery describes as antiquated. He says licenses for fishing and hunting other game can be obtained online in Pennsylvania, and the same should be true for antlerless deer licenses. Mullery's bill would allow the state Game Commission to take over the process.

 

Accountable Lawmakers

Two Pennsylvania senators are re-introducing legislation they say will hold lawmakers more accountable. Senators Randy Vulakovich and Pat Stefano are bringing back a bill that will require legislators show receipts for daily expenses. Right now lawmakers in Harrisburg can claim up to 159 dollars per day...for performing legislative duties outside of their districts without proof. Stefano says that would be unthinkable in the private sector...and he hopes this common sense measure will receive quick consideration.

 

Thefts

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is calling on volunteer groups to take extra steps to guard against theft of funds, usually from persons within the organization. One of the most recent examples reported by DePasquale comes from a small volunteer fire company in Allegheny County, where 2 officials stole more than $26,000 over a 3 year period. He says the this most often occurs when only one person is authorized to sign the checks. DePasquale says many small volunteer groups need to be proactive in preventing this type of crime, and authorizing additional signers is a good first step.
 

Luzerne 911 Center

It appears Luzerne County will soon hiring seven additional emergency dispatchers. It will bring the number to 65. The hiring follows several mistakes... such as sending a fire department or an ambulance to a wrong locations with resulting deadly consequences. Right now... a committee is reviewing policies and procedures at the Luzerne County Emergency Dispatch Center.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Cheyney last night at the Nelson Field House. WHLM's Jim Doyle says the women's team defeated Cheney 83 to 56... while the men came from behind for an 80 – 74 victory. Both Bloomsburg University basketball teams will be back in action Saturday afternoon at Shippensburg.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys' high school basketball Wednesday night... Danville downed Southern Columbia 64 to 48... Lewisburg defeated Central Columbia 71 to 40... It was Bloomsburg over Mt. Carmel 48 to 30... Benton downed Bucktail 59 – 31... and it was Millville over Columbia Montour Vo – Tech 74 – 45.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Thursday night, Berwick played at home against Dallas. Berwick won over Dallas 59-42. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 

 

College Basketball

Wednesday night in men's college basketball, in a match - up of two ot the nation's top teams... 8th ranked Notre Dame just getting by 4th ranked Duke 77 to 73.

 



 

Bloomsburg Codes Office

It appears as the head of the Town of Bloomsburg's Code Enforcement has fallen from the grace of town council. There is a report in Wednesday's edition of the Press – Enterprise that Codes Officer Ed Fegley's salary has been cut a nearly $10,000.... from $59,000 to $50,000 a year. The move follows two closed door executive session's during council meetings this month. Council members call it simply a shift in duties... not a demotion. But the entire Code's office has come under fire recently by at least two business people who claim the office is very difficult to work with... with a habit of loosing paperwork and dragging their feet.

 

Town Park

The Town of Bloomsburg wants you input into the future of Town Park. But, a controversy may be brewing over what should be.... or should not be... available. During our newscast's on Tuesday... Town Council person Diane Levan talked about the rental of recreational equipment... but does not want food trucks selling their products. Park Association President Chuck Wagner says he'd would like to see kayak and bike rentals... but added that the park should avoid over - commercialization. If you have an idea as what should be available at the town park... drop town government a line by simply going to the town's website... and giving your ideas on the comment page.

 

Plowing

It was a sound heard all over the region Tuesday... folks with a single – blade plow.... mounted on a pick – up truck... moving snow from one area to another. One place with a lot of plowing took place at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall on Market Street. The driveways and huge parking lot plowed in short order.... not only for volunteers, but for folks headed for Wednesday night bingo at the fire hall.

 

Catawissa Building

In Catawissa... a demolition crew began tearing down the former Eagles building in the 100 block of Main Street Tuesday. The building... between First and Railroad Streets... was damaged by the Lee flood of 2011. The demolition is part of a plan to get rid of flood – ravaged buildings that are no longer deemed fit to live in.

 

Jail Time

A former bookkeeper for a Bloomsburg real estate office... who stole an estimated 230 – thousand dollars in an elaborate checking scheme... will spend six months in federal prison. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today edition that 59 – year old Mary Ann Gillespie is expected to report to federal marshals on February 26th.

She was convicted of making off with $132,000 from her former employer Century 21 Covered Bridges Realty... and $98,000 from First Columbia Bank of Bloomsburg... over a five year period.

 

GOP Sues Wolf

The Republican majority in the Pennsylvania Senate is suing Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf over his firing of his predecessor's appointee as head of the state Office of Open Records. The lawsuit filed this week in Commonwealth Court said Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's appointee, Erik Arneson, is entitled to serve a full six-year term and that Wolf illegally terminated him without cause. The lawsuit seeks to restore Arneson as the agency's executive director and declarations that Wolf violated the state Right-to-Know Law and the state constitution.

 

Medical Marijuana

Advocates for medical marijuana are hoping for better luck in the new legislative session. Senators Daylin Leach and Mike Folmer are re-introducing legislation to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. The bill passed the Senate in the last session, but was never acted on in the House. Folmer says he feels it has a better chance this time around, after receiving several encouraging messages from House members, as well as an impromptu visit from Gov. Wolf at Tuesday's news conference.

 

First Responders

Fire and emergency response organizations in Columbia County have been awarded more than $220,000 in state grants. That word from Representative David Millard of Berwick. The grants ranged from $14,000 for the Bloomsburg Fire Department to a little more than $7,000 for Millville EMS. Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire hall or ambulance company... as well as training.

 

Liquor Privatization

The debate over liquor privatization is back with the new legislative session. A plan to privatize liquor sales passed the House about two years ago...but couldn't make it past the Senate. Now some House Republicans have listed privatization among their top priorities...and say it should be part of any policy compromises between the legislature and the Governor's office...especially with such a difference in opinions. Senate leaders are looking for pension reform and Governor Tom Wolf has put a shale drilling tax at the top of his list.
 

Attempted Robbery

Police in the Wyoming Valley are looking for two people who tried to rob a jewelry store in Kingston at midday Tuesday. A man and woman walking into Steve Hydock Diamonds on Wyoming Avenue. Security surveillance showing the woman holding a weapon in her hand. The pair left without getting any of the jewelry.

 

Homeless Man Arrested

A homeless man is in the Luzerne County lockup... after allegedly tried to hold up a convenience store. Wilkes – Barre police say 27 – year old Matthew Vantine led police on a chase after he allegedly robbed the Turkey Hill store on North Pennsylvania Avenue early Tuesday morning. Vantine also struggled with cops while being taken into custody. He is charged with robbery... ag assault and other related charges.

 

Arrests

Mixing heroin with guns. Police say two men are jailed in Luzerne county when one tried to trade a stolen weapon for heroin. 19 – year old Gary Rackowski of Ashley... and 20 – year old Ryan Robles of Wilkes – Barre were busted after police spotted the pair trying to pull off an alleged drug deal in a parking lot on the San Souci Parkway Monday afternoon. Investigators say the stolen weapons was traded for 50 packets of heroin. Both men face a long list of charges.

 

PA Drivers

A study from a Washington DC-based safety organization says changes in traffic laws in Pennsylvania could save lives. One of the examples put forth by the group Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, if failure to wear seatbelts while driving was a primary offense in Pennsylvania, 136 lives could have been saved in 2012. The group is also pushing for ignition interlock devices for all drivers convicted of driving under the influence, not just for repeat offenders under current state law.
 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams won at home Wednesday night against Cheyney. The Women won 83-56 and the Men won 80-74. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Tuesday night.. Berwick defeated Coughlin 45 to 27.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball... Central Columbia downed Loyalsock 58 – 38... Bloomsburg defeated Sullivan County 50 – 26... It was Danville over Shikellamy 45 – 33... And Millville downed Southern Columbia 61 – 37.

 

College Basketball

In top 25 men's basketball Tuesday night... 17 ranked West Virginia got by Kansas State 65 – 59... and 20th ranked Baylor was defeated by Oklahoma State 64 – 53.



 

Snow Storm

We dodged a bullet.... As a big nor'easter continues to churn off the coast of New England... we're assessing the snowfall received. In the Susquehanna Valley... we got up to six inches... while higher elevations and the Pocono's got more. Now... the forecast is calling for some more light snow by the end of the week.

 

Emergency Ops Center

With more snow possible throughout the day in Eastern Pennsylvania, the Wolf Administration is taking steps to make sure they're prepared once the snow stops falling. The Governor has issued a disaster emergency proclamation, mainly as a precautionary move to ensure that personnel, vehicles, and equipment are in place and ready to be activated when and where they're needed. The state's emergency operations center just outside Harrisburg is also up and running, coordinating efforts by the State Police, PennDOT, the Turnpike Commission and the state Health Department.
 

Falling Snow

A Pennsylvania state Senator has re-introduced a bill that would require large trucks be cleared of ice and snow. Senator Lisa Boscola says drivers of trucks over 48,000 pounds should face fines for failing to clear accident-causing snow and ice from their vehicles. Her bill asks for a fine up to $1,500 for each offense where snow from a truck strikes another vehicle or pedestrian and causes serious injury or death. The bill has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee for consideration.
 

Animals and the Cold

Cold, snowy weather and animals don't mix. That word from Linda Bird of the Animal Resource Center. Appearing on Monday's edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... Ms. Bird telling Joe some precautions to take if the animals usually stay outdoors... such as making sure they have straw and plenty of water. Meantime... the ARC is asking for blankets and sheets for their shelter in the 300 block of Boone Road in Bloomsburg.

 

Town Park

The Bloomsburg Town Council says it wants to hear from you.... you're ideas on added activities at the Town Park. The idea came up with discussions with a kayak vendor. Councilperson Diane Levan says how 'bout bicycle rentals.... but not food vendors. You can e-mail your idea's for the park to Town Council through their web site by simply clicking on the contact page.

 

Drug Bust

A Heroin ring has been broken up by Berwick Police on Monday. Police Chief Ken Strish says the bust went down in a mobile home in the 100 block of Jessup Street... rented by 36 – year old Bryan Smith. That's when authorities found Smith... 39 – year old Sincere Johnson of New York City... as well as 24 – year old Shannon Schrader of Lime Ridge. Overall nearly 700 packets of Heroin was seized... and $4,800 in cash. All were arraigned and remanded to the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg.

 

Child Abuse Training

The University of Pittsburgh is among those offering child abuse awareness training in accordance with a law passed in 2014. The School of Social Work at Pitt has developed a free online, three-hour training course, called Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania. The training is the result of Act 31, which requires licensed professionals who regularly come in contact with children to receive training to spot the signs of abuse or neglect.

 

Shots Fired

Hazleton Police are investigating a case where shots were fired into a home early Monday morning. Authorities say five shots were squeezed off... aimed at a home in the 100 block of East 5th Street in Hazleton. Their target, police say, was the man who lived there... but he was not injured. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, contact Hazleton Police.

 

WHLM Sports

PSAC Award

Bloomsburg University senior Marla Simmons has earned Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division Women's Basketball Athlete of the Week honors. Simmons led the Huskies to a pair of PSAC East wins over the past seven days – 69-47 victory over Millersville and 59-53 win at Lock Haven. Simmons was instrumental to both victories, notching double-double efforts in both

 

BU Football

Bloomsburg University linebacker Justin Shirk has been selected to participate in the College Gridiron Showcase. The event is a postseason all-star game held on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington on Jan. 31st.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams hit the hardwood Wednesday night. They'll take on Cheney at the Nelson Field house. First up... the Husky women hit the floor at 5:30. You can catch all the action on the WHLM Stations starting with the pre – game show at 5:10... followed by the men's contest at 7:30.

 

NBA

In the NBA Monday night... the New Orleans Pelicans rolled over the Philadelphia 76er's 93 – 83.

 

College Basketball

In Men's College Basketball Monday night... Syracuse was defeated by North Carolina 93 to 83... and Iowa State just got by Texas 89 – 86.

 

 

 



** Cancellations & Closings **

 

** The La Leche League program scheduled for tonight at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville has been canceled for tonight. It has not been rescheduled.

 

** Dr. Ball's office in Bloomsburg is closed for the day.

 

** The Bloomsburg Public Library will close at 5PM this evening. Their book sale has been extended through Tuesday afternoon.

 

** The Catherine Treon School of Dance has cancelled all Monday evening classes.

 

** Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech Boys' Basketball vs Muncy has been postponed until Tuesday evening, 1/27.

 

 

Bracing for impact

Folks in Pennsylvania.... as well as from Northern New Jersey to Southern Maine are gearing up for what's being called a "potentially historic" storm that's threatening to dump 2-to-3 feet of snow over a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast late Monday. PennDOT Salt trucks spent most of Sunday - getting the roads ready.

 

Berwick Shoveling

The Borough of Berwick is doing it's part to remove ice and snow from sidewalks. Borough Council President Alvin Hill is offering shoveling services for seniors and those on disabilities. The program begins at 4 PM. Now... if you would like your walks shoveled.... or would like to volunteer... just give Berwick City Hall a call at 570 – 752 – 2723, Extension 0.

 

AGAPE

Faith – based AGAPE's Project Frozen continues. It started earlier this month when the temperatures fell.... and now it appears it will go through at least March 15th. That word from AGAPE's Eileen Chapman. Project Frozen helps those who are homeless or down on their luck to get out of the cold and snow each night at 7 O'clock.... and to grab a sandwich and soup. The only expectation is that the person be drug and alcohol free.

 

Bloom YMCA

Seven years as a Senior Program Director at a YMCA facility north of Pittsburgh has led the new CEO of the Bloomsburg Y to a new home. Joe Reinard said that gave him the experience mixture he needed to snare the top job. Reinard says he doesn't anticipate any changes at the Bloomsburg Y... but rather the low impact of new programs designed to give current members new challenges...

 

US Supco
A non-partisan court reform organization is closely watching a case recently argued before the U-S Supreme Court, which may have implications in Pennsylvania. The case centers on a law in Florida prohibiting judges from actively seeking contributions when running for re-election. Opponents want it overturned. The group Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts submitted a brief in favor of keeping the law intact, since an identical one is on the books here. If the Florida law is overturned, court watchers feel that Pennsylvania might not be far behind.

 

LGBT Discrimination
The largest LGBT civil rights organization in the United States says Pennsylvania's equality laws are seriously lacking. The Human Rights Campaign says it is trying to show that the fight for equality is far from over with a new report...which categorized Pennsylvania as a "high priority to achieve equality." Although PA has marriage equality...the campaign says the state has failed to enact laws that protect LGBT youth and health among other things. A spokesperson says they would like to see more anti-bullying laws..and an expansion for non-discrimination laws.

 

Hazleton Gunfire

Gunfire following a fight outside a club in Hazleton early Sunday morning. Police called to the Lounge 5 Bar and Restaurant on Laurel Hill. Police say the fight started in the club, but ended up in the parking lot. No one was injured... and police need you help in trying to sort out the issue.

 

Hazleton Man Jailed

A Hazleton man is in the Luzerne County lockup following a fight... which got ugly for police. Hazleton police were breaking up a fight on Alter Street early Sunday morning when some of the people turned on police. They say 20 – year old Visneydy Martinez went after an officer's Taser. Martinez is now locked up on a host of charges including aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

 

Car Theft

A Berwick man remains in the Columbia County Prison after he allegedly stole a '95 Jeep Grand Cherokee from a convenience store parking lot. Chief Ken Strish says Shane Bankes was spotted in the Jeep... and was pulled over in the vicinity of the Turkey Hill Store... and try to flee officers. But they collard him. Not only is Bankes facing a host of charges stemming from the car theft... he's also facing felony warrants.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

Lock Haven caught fire from beyond the arc and pulled away late in the second half for a 94-82 victory over the Bloomsburg University men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon in front fans at the Thomas Field House. Meantime.... the Lady Huskies held off Lock Haven for a 59-53 victory. Both teams have the next couple of days off... but return to the hardwood Wednesday night when the Huskies take on Cheney at the Nelson Field house. The Husky women hit the floor at 5:30

 

NFL Pro Bowl

In the NFL Pro Bowl Sunday night. Team Michael Irvin won the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl... defeating team Chris Carter 32-28 behind two touchdowns from Matthew Stafford to go along with two from Matt Ryan. The beneficiaries of the Pro Bowl arms were Emmanuel Sanders and Jimmy Graham who each had two scores. Next Week... the Super Bowl to be played at the same stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

 



 

** Operation Storm Watch **

* Winter Weather Advisory *

 

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA

 

MORE SNOW ON THE WAY FOR CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...

 

.A STORM SYSTEM WILL TRACK SOUTH OF PENNSYLVANIA TONIGHT AND

MONDAY...BRINGING SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW TO THE AREA. AN

EXPLOSIVE SECONDARY COASTAL STORM WILL DEVELOP LATER MONDAY...

AND BRUSH EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE LOWER SUSQUEHANNA RIVER VALLEY

WITH ADDITIONAL SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY.

 

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO

7 PM / Eastern MONDAY...

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER

WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS

EVENING TO 7 PM EST MONDAY.

 

* LOCATIONS... SOUTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA.

 

* HAZARD TYPES... SNOW.

 

* ACCUMULATIONS... 2 TO 4 INCHES TONIGHT THROUGH MIDDAY MONDAY.

 

* TIMING... SNOW WILL ARRIVE LATE THIS EVENING AND LAST THROUGH

MONDAY. HOWEVER...MOST OF THE ACCUMULATION SHOULD OCCUR LATE

TONIGHT THROUGH MID MORNING MONDAY.

 

* IMPACTS... HAZARDOUS TRAVEL.

 

 

What's Happening?

 

Come to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds for the annual Early Bird Sports Expo this weekend. There's boats, RV's & ATV's, hunting and fishing equipment, outfitters, taxidermists, artists and much more. The expo runs through today at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library's winter Book Sale runs now through Monday, during regular hours. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents Yazmina Reza's "Art" running now through February 1 at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Laugh out loud as three fully-grown adults fight like children over a modern art painting. For tickets and showtimes visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The Berwick Assembly of the Knights of Columbus are inviting their fellow area members to their annual Winter Dinner this afternoon at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. All members and their guests are welcome. Dinner starts at 1PM. To make your reservation, call 570-441-2662.

 

 

WHLM Sports:

 

High School Hoops

In boys high school basketball Friday night, Bloomsburg and Central Columbia renewed their neighborhood rivalry. Central Columbia won over Bloomsburg 43-35. 
 
BU Huskies Basketball
Saturday afternoon in Huskies College Basketball, the Men's and Women's teams were on the road at Lock Haven. The Women won over Lock Haven 59-53 and the Men lost 94-82. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Postgame Report.
 

 

 

Upcoming events:

 

Jan 26 thru Summer

Toddler Time is back at the Bloomsburg Public Library, starting Monday, January 26 at 9:15AM. The weekly 20-minute program of stories, songs, puppets, and more is perfect for kids ages 18 months to three years and their parents or guardian. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Thru Jan 27

St Joseph Church in Berwick is taking your orders for Super Sunday take-out, including soups, sandwiches, barbecue and more. Food can be picked up Saturday, January 31 from 3 - 6PM and Sunday, February 1 from 9AM - Noon. Orders must be in by Tuesday, January 27. The church is on Monroe Street in Berwick. For more information, call 570-759-8027.

 

Jan 29 - April 23

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, consider attending the Grief Share weekly grief support group program at Bloomsburg Christian Church. The 13-week program starts Thursday, January 29 at 7PM. Registration is required. The $15 registration fee covers the cost of the workbook and materials. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-784-3740.

 

Jan 31

Benton United Methodist Church is holding a Ham Supper on Saturday, January 31 from 4 - 7PM. Dinner is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for kids 6-11, and free for kids 5 and under. Take out is available. The church is on Main Street in Benton.

 

Jan 31

Come listen to Hang Drum musician Jerry Decker at The Art of Floating on Old Berwick Road during their benefit floating event, Saturday January 31 from 7-9 PM. All donations gathered during the evening will benefit the Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic.

 

Feb 2 - April 8

Sign up your curious kid today for one or both of the upcoming after-school activity courses for ages 6-12 at the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. Mondays, starting February 2, there's Faces 101, which will explore drawing, painting, and sculpting faces of all kinds. Wednesdays, starting February 4, Science Club presents Pirates of Bloomsburg, with a look at navigation, meteorology, ocean science and nutrition on the High Seas. Both 10-week courses cost $100 or just $90 for museum members. For more information, call the museum at 570-389-9206.

 

Feb 5 (Feb 3) - April 2

The Columbia/Montour Women's Center will host volunteer training classes Thursday evenings from 6-9PM beginning February 5. The 60-hour training class will prepare you to work directly with the Women's Center staff and clients. Registration is open until Tuesday, February 3. For more information call 570-784-6632.

 

Feb 6

The Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series continues with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, Friday February 6 at 8PM in the Haas Center for the Arts. Led by Conductor and Artistic Director Enrique Batiz, the orchestra is internationally renowned for their emotional interpretations of works from both the Old and New World. Tickets are $30 for adults or just $15 for children and BU students. For more information, check out the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Feb 6-8

The Destination Blues winter music festival marks its second year the weekend of February 6, 7, & 8. Friday night starts with 11 different venues to visit from Berwick to Danville. Saturday has events all day with the main stage at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Sunday afternoon wraps things up with a Gospel Blues concert at Wesley United Methodist on Market Street. For details and ticket information visit DestinationBlues.org

 

Feb 7

Monica's Heart greyhound adoption group will be holding two simultaneous events on Saturday February 7. From 11AM - 2PM stop by Tractor Supply Company on Route 11 East of Bloomsburg or at PetCo in the Wal-Mart complex in Buckhorn. Learn more about greyhounds, meet some of the dogs, and maybe even adopt. For more information, call 570-644-2358.

 

Feb 7

St Joseph Church in Danville is holding a Countdown Raffle and Wild West Dinner Dance on Saturday February 7 at Frosty Valley Country Club in Danville. It's a night of raffle, drawings, 5 card draw and Blackjack. Tickets are $50 each and includes a chance at the $1,000 Grand Prize. Events start at 6PM. Proceeds benefit St Joseph School in Danville. For more information, stop by the church office or call 570-275-2435.

 

Feb 7

It's a Lincoln Extravaganza on Saturday, February 7 at the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. From 11AM - 1PM, learn about the power of the penny with penny games and crafts, and learn about the star of the penny, Abraham Lincoln. The Museum is on 7th Street, next to the Bloomsburg YMCA.

 

Feb 8 - March 8

Learn how to improve your singing voice and be a star on the stage at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's Super Singing Sundays, starting February 8 at the BTE Mitrani production building. The five-week course for all ages 8 & up will cover both basic and advanced vocal techniques, wrapping up with a live performance on March 8. No experience is necessary. Course fee is $55 per student. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Feb 13 -15

The Berwick Archery Club will hold their 10th annual Money Shoot the weekend of February 13th through the 15th. Qualifying shots will be held Friday and Saturday, with the final shoot-offs on Sunday. For more information find the Berwick Archery Club on Facebook or call 570-336-8885.

 

Feb 14 & 15

The annual Kiwanis Winterfest is coming up Presidents' Day Weekend, February 14 & 15 at Camp Brule, off route 154, North of Forksville. Take the Polar Bear Plunge or join the ice fishing tournament on Saturday, and race in the primitive biathalon and snowmobile challenges on Sunday. There's ice carving, sled dogs, hot food and much more. Gates open at 7AM both days. For more information, check out SCKiwanis.com or call 570-924-4224.

 

Thru Feb 14

Stop by the Moose Exchange Antler in downtown Bloomsburg and check out their latest exhibition featuring longtime local artist Ken Conner, running through February 14.

 

Feb 21

Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series continues with Tango Buenos Aires, Saturday February 21 at 8PM in the Haas Center for the Arts. Direct form Argentina, the dance and music troupe will present Song of Eva Perón, a journey through the life of Argentina's most beloved heroine. Tickets are $30 for adults or just $15 for children and BU students. For more information, check out the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Feb 22

St Joseph Church in Berwick is holding a pasta dinner on Sunday, February 22 from 11:30AM - 2PM. There will be penne pasta, meatballs, salad, dessert and more. Eat in or Take out. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 & under. The church is at 721 Monroe Street in Berwick.

 

Thru Feb 22

The North Mountain Art League presents their winter show at Artspace Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg. The show features works by League members in many different mediums. The show runs through February 22.

 

Feb 28

The Bloomsburg YMCA's Bugle Boy Bash is coming up Saturday, February 28 at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. From 6-10 PM enjoy a night of dining, dancing, and celebration featuring live music by the Statesmen Duo. Tickets can be purchased at the Bloomsburg YMCA on 7th Street for $50 each. Get your tickets before February 14 and be entered to win two more tickets for free. Military uniforms, period clothing or red white and blue attire is encouraged.

 

Feb 28

It's the sixth annual Dance Your Heart Out for BTE, Saturday February 28, at Frosty Valley Country Club in Danville. Starting at 7PM, dance to live music by the Bedbugs, and put in your bid on the silent auction. Tickets are $55 dollars each and include food and drink. All proceeds benefit the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

March 14

Come to the Children's Museum in Bloomsburg for Tales And Tunes From The Frontier, Saturday, March 14 from 10AM - 2PM. Learn how to make music from household items with Randy & Josey Brendle. Build your own instrument, and enjoy music and stories from frontier life. The museum is on 7th Street next to the Bloomsburg YMCA.

 

Thru March 15

AGAPE's Project Frozen is in effect now through mid-March. The AGAPE Care Center on 7th Street in Bloomsburg will be open from 7PM - 7AM every night for anyone who needs a warm place to stay. Guests must be drug and alcohol free. Volunteers are needed for the overnight shifts. For more information, call 570-854-6141.

 

March 23

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 37th season of Theater In The Classroom returns with William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Teachers and administrators, it's time to sign up your school, library or community center for one of the traveling performances, beginning March 23rd. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

March 25, April 11

The 6th annual Believe In Hope 5K Run & Walk in memory of Carissa Barrett will be held Saturday, April 11 at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Registration opens at 8AM. The race starts at 10AM. Pre-registration before March 25 is $18 or just $5 without a t-shirt. Fee after March 25 is $20 or $8 without a shirt. Proceeds benefit St Jude's Children's Hospital. For more information, call 570-764-5778.

 

April 18

The Danville Child Development Center's annual Celebrity Waiter dinner is coming up Saturday, April 18, at the historic Danville Borough Ballroom on Mill Street. Step back to the Roaring Twenties with flappers, casino games, and live music. Cost is $60 each or $100 per couple. Cocktails start at 5PM with dinner at 5:45. For more information, call 570-275-4047.

 

TFN

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 maintenance to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

TFN

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

 

TFN

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.

 

TFN
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 classic American Flyer and the Dillon Floral limited-edition train with its puffing MTH steam engine and MTH controls. Everyone is welcome.

 


 

** Operation Storm Watch **

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area effective through 1PM this afternoon. The storm could bring as much as 5-8 inches of snow by the time it is done late this morning, possibly mixed with rain and icy conditions.

 

* Briar Creek Township has put a parking ban in effect for the Avenue section of the township. The ban expires at 3PM this afternoon.

 

What's Happening?

 

Come to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds for the annual Early Bird Sports Expo this weekend. There's boats, RV's & ATV's, hunting and fishing equipment, outfitters, taxidermists, artists and much more. The expo runs through Sunday at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library's winter Book Sale runs now through Monday, during regular hours. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International will meet this morning at the Spirit Life Church, 1338 Old Berwick Road in Bloomsburg. The guest speaker will be Peggy Jones. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome. The meeting starts at 10AM.

 

The Montour-DeLong fair association is holding another of their all-you-can-eat haddock fish dinners this evening from 3-7PM. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. Take-out is available. Any active-duty military personnel who come in uniform will get their dinner for free. The fairgrounds are on Broadway Road, West of Danville.

 

The Peace and Social Justice Committee of Saint Joseph Church is sponsoring a Vera Bradley and Longaberger Valentines Bingo night, tonight at the Washies fire hall. 20 games plus door prizes and raffles are just $20. Doors open at 5PM. Games start at 6:30. There will be refreshments and dinner available as well. The fire hall is on Railroad Street in Danville. For more information call 570-275-2191.

 

Shiloh Bible Church will be hosting a night of Gospel music tonight starting at 7PM. Shiloh Bible is at 123 Church Street in Almedia, just off Old Berwick Road.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents Yazmina Reza's "Art" running now through February 1 at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Laugh out loud as three fully-grown adults fight like children over a modern art painting. For tickets and showtimes visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The Berwick Assembly of the Knights of Columbus are inviting their fellow area members to their annual Winter Dinner this Sunday at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. All members and their guests are welcome. Dinner starts at 1PM. To make your reservation, call 570-441-2662.

 

 

WHLM Sports:

 

High School Hoops

In boys high school basketball Friday night, Bloomsburg and Central Columbia renewed their neighborhood rivalry. Central Columbia won over Bloomsburg 43-35. 
 
BU Huskies Basketball
Saturday afternoon in Huskies College Basketball, the Men's and Women's teams were on the road at Lock Haven. The Women won over Lock Haven 59-53 and the Men lost 94-82. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskie Postgame Report.
 
 

 

Upcoming events:

 

Jan 26 thru Summer

Toddler Time is back at the Bloomsburg Public Library, starting Monday, January 26 at 9:15AM. The weekly 20-minute program of stories, songs, puppets, and more is perfect for kids ages 18 months to three years and their parents or guardian. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Thru Jan 27

St Joseph Church in Berwick is taking your orders for Super Sunday take-out, including soups, sandwiches, barbecue and more. Food can be picked up Saturday, January 31 from 3 - 6PM and Sunday, February 1 from 9AM - Noon. Orders must be in by Tuesday, January 27. The church is on Monroe Street in Berwick. For more information, call 570-759-8027.

 

Jan 29 - April 23

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, consider attending the Grief Share weekly grief support group program at Bloomsburg Christian Church. The 13-week program starts Thursday, January 29 at 7PM. Registration is required. The $15 registration fee covers the cost of the workbook and materials. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-784-3740.

 

Jan 31

Benton United Methodist Church is holding a Ham Supper on Saturday, January 31 from 4 - 7PM. Dinner is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for kids 6-11, and free for kids 5 and under. Take out is available. The church is on Main Street in Benton.

 

Jan 31

Come listen to Hang Drum musician Jerry Decker at The Art of Floating on Old Berwick Road during their benefit floating event, Saturday January 31 from 7-9 PM. All donations gathered during the evening will benefit the Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic.

 

Feb 2 - April 8

Sign up your curious kid today for one or both of the upcoming after-school activity courses for ages 6-12 at the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. Mondays, starting February 2, there's Faces 101, which will explore drawing, painting, and sculpting faces of all kinds. Wednesdays, starting February 4, Science Club presents Pirates of Bloomsburg, with a look at navigation, meteorology, ocean science and nutrition on the High Seas. Both 10-week courses cost $100 or just $90 for museum members. For more information, call the museum at 570-389-9206.

 

Feb 5 (Feb 3) - April 2

The Columbia/Montour Women's Center will host volunteer training classes Thursday evenings from 6-9PM beginning February 5. The 60-hour training class will prepare you to work directly with the Women's Center staff and clients. Registration is open until Tuesday, February 3. For more information call 570-784-6632.

 

Feb 6

The Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series continues with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, Friday February 6 at 8PM in the Haas Center for the Arts. Led by Conductor and Artistic Director Enrique Batiz, the orchestra is internationally renowned for their emotional interpretations of works from both the Old and New World. Tickets are $30 for adults or just $15 for children and BU students. For more information, check out the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Feb 6-8

The Destination Blues winter music festival marks its second year the weekend of February 6, 7, & 8. Friday night starts with 11 different venues to visit from Berwick to Danville. Saturday has events all day with the main stage at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Sunday afternoon wraps things up with a Gospel Blues concert at Wesley United Methodist on Market Street. For details and ticket information visit DestinationBlues.org

 

Feb 7

Monica's Heart greyhound adoption group will be holding two simultaneous events on Saturday February 7. From 11AM - 2PM stop by Tractor Supply Company on Route 11 East of Bloomsburg or at PetCo in the Wal-Mart complex in Buckhorn. Learn more about greyhounds, meet some of the dogs, and maybe even adopt. For more information, call 570-644-2358.

 

Feb 7

St Joseph Church in Danville is holding a Countdown Raffle and Wild West Dinner Dance on Saturday February 7 at Frosty Valley Country Club in Danville. It's a night of raffle, drawings, 5 card draw and Blackjack. Tickets are $50 each and includes a chance at the $1,000 Grand Prize. Events start at 6PM. Proceeds benefit St Joseph School in Danville. For more information, stop by the church office or call 570-275-2435.

 

Feb 7

It's a Lincoln Extravaganza on Saturday, February 7 at the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. From 11AM - 1PM, learn about the power of the penny with penny games and crafts, and learn about the star of the penny, Abraham Lincoln. The Museum is on 7th Street, next to the Bloomsburg YMCA.

 

Feb 8 - March 8

Learn how to improve your singing voice and be a star on the stage at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's Super Singing Sundays, starting February 8 at the BTE Mitrani production building. The five-week course for all ages 8 & up will cover both basic and advanced vocal techniques, wrapping up with a live performance on March 8. No experience is necessary. Course fee is $55 per student. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Feb 13 -15

The Berwick Archery Club will hold their 10th annual Money Shoot the weekend of February 13th through the 15th. Qualifying shots will be held Friday and Saturday, with the final shoot-offs on Sunday. For more information find the Berwick Archery Club on Facebook or call 570-336-8885.

 

Feb 14 & 15

The annual Kiwanis Winterfest is coming up Presidents' Day Weekend, February 14 & 15 at Camp Brule, off route 154, North of Forksville. Take the Polar Bear Plunge or join the ice fishing tournament on Saturday, and race in the primitive biathalon and snowmobile challenges on Sunday. There's ice carving, sled dogs, hot food and much more. Gates open at 7AM both days. For more information, check out SCKiwanis.com or call 570-924-4224.

 

Thru Feb 14

Stop by the Moose Exchange Antler in downtown Bloomsburg and check out their latest exhibition featuring longtime local artist Ken Conner, running through February 14.

 

Feb 21

Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series continues with Tango Buenos Aires, Saturday February 21 at 8PM in the Haas Center for the Arts. Direct form Argentina, the dance and music troupe will present Song of Eva Perón, a journey through the life of Argentina's most beloved heroine. Tickets are $30 for adults or just $15 for children and BU students. For more information, check out the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Feb 22

St Joseph Church in Berwick is holding a pasta dinner on Sunday, February 22 from 11:30AM - 2PM. There will be penne pasta, meatballs, salad, dessert and more. Eat in or Take out. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 & under. The church is at 721 Monroe Street in Berwick.

 

Thru Feb 22

The North Mountain Art League presents their winter show at Artspace Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg. The show features works by League members in many different mediums. The show runs through February 22.

 

Feb 28

The Bloomsburg YMCA's Bugle Boy Bash is coming up Saturday, February 28 at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. From 6-10 PM enjoy a night of dining, dancing, and celebration featuring live music by the Statesmen Duo. Tickets can be purchased at the Bloomsburg YMCA on 7th Street for $50 each. Get your tickets before February 14 and be entered to win two more tickets for free. Military uniforms, period clothing or red white and blue attire is encouraged.

 

Feb 28

It's the sixth annual Dance Your Heart Out for BTE, Saturday February 28, at Frosty Valley Country Club in Danville. Starting at 7PM, dance to live music by the Bedbugs, and put in your bid on the silent auction. Tickets are $55 dollars each and include food and drink. All proceeds benefit the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

March 14

Come to the Children's Museum in Bloomsburg for Tales And Tunes From The Frontier, Saturday, March 14 from 10AM - 2PM. Learn how to make music from household items with Randy & Josey Brendle. Build your own instrument, and enjoy music and stories from frontier life. The museum is on 7th Street next to the Bloomsburg YMCA.

 

Thru March 15

AGAPE's Project Frozen is in effect now through mid-March. The AGAPE Care Center on 7th Street in Bloomsburg will be open from 7PM - 7AM every night for anyone who needs a warm place to stay. Guests must be drug and alcohol free. Volunteers are needed for the overnight shifts. For more information, call 570-854-6141.

 

March 23

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 37th season of Theater In The Classroom returns with William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Teachers and administrators, it's time to sign up your school, library or community center for one of the traveling performances, beginning March 23rd. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

March 25, April 11

The 6th annual Believe In Hope 5K Run & Walk in memory of Carissa Barrett will be held Saturday, April 11 at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Registration opens at 8AM. The race starts at 10AM. Pre-registration before March 25 is $18 or just $5 without a t-shirt. Fee after March 25 is $20 or $8 without a shirt. Proceeds benefit St Jude's Children's Hospital. For more information, call 570-764-5778.

 

April 18

The Danville Child Development Center's annual Celebrity Waiter dinner is coming up Saturday, April 18, at the historic Danville Borough Ballroom on Mill Street. Step back to the Roaring Twenties with flappers, casino games, and live music. Cost is $60 each or $100 per couple. Cocktails start at 5PM with dinner at 5:45. For more information, call 570-275-4047.

 

TFN

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 maintenance to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

TFN

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

 

TFN

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.

 

TFN
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 classic American Flyer and the Dillon Floral limited-edition train with its puffing MTH steam engine and MTH controls. Everyone is welcome.

 


 

** Operation Storm Watch **

 

Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA

 

.A FAST MOVING STORM SYSTEM WILL TRACK UP THE EAST COAST...

BRINGING AN 8 TO 12 HOUR PERIOD OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW TO THE

AREA TONIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY.

 

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 1 PM

EST SATURDAY...

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER

STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS

EVENING TO 1 PM EST SATURDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO

LONGER IN EFFECT.

 

* LOCATIONS... THE SOUTH-CENTRAL MOUNTAINS...PORTIONS OF THE MIDDLE

AND LOWER SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY...AND WESTERN POCONO MOUNTAINS.

 

* HAZARD TYPES... SNOW.

 

* ACCUMULATIONS... 5 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW.

 

* TIMING... SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE REGION THIS EVENING. THE SNOW

WILL FALL HEAVY AT TIMES EARLY SATURDAY BEFORE TAPERING OFF LATE

SATURDAY MORNING. THE SNOW COULD POTENTIALLY MIX WITH LIGHT RAIN

OR FREEZING RAIN SATURDAY MORNING FROM AROUND THE HARRISBURG

AND LEBANON AREA...SOUTH AND EASTWARD.

 

* IMPACTS... ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY TONIGHT

INTO EARLY SATURDAY.

 

* WINDS... EAST 5 TO 10 MPH.

 

* TEMPERATURES... IN THE UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S.

 

 

Closings and Cancellations:

 

* Briar Creek Township has put a parking ban in effect for the Avenue section of the township effective at Midnight tonight. The ban expires at 3PM Saturday afternoon.

 

 

Columbia County Prison

Following a fire last week which destroyed the Northumberland County Prison... folks here in Columbia County are reviewing contingency plans... just in case. That word from Columbia County Commissioner... David Kovach of Berwick who says they're going over every contingency. The prison at 721 Iron Street was first built in 1877.... to accommodate 50 inmates. Since that time... the place has grown to house 250 prisoners. The last addition was built in the mid – 1990's

 

Wolf Recalls Nominations

Governor Tom Wolf has recalled all of the pending executive nominations made by former Governor Tom Corbett. Mr. Corbett made several nominations for executive positions in his final days in office... but there's a new Governor in town...and Tom Wolf has thrown out all of those nominations... and removed Eric Arneson as executive director of the Office of Open Records. Wolf named Nathan Byerly the acting director of the office and says he will conduct a national search to fill the position. In the meantime...he says Byerly knows the office inside and out. As reason for this move...Wolf says his top priority is to restore public trust in government....and Corbett's appointments were anything but open and transparent. Wolf says he will work with both parties to fill the outstanding slots.
 

Destination Blues

Checking out area waterholes by bus. It's part of this years Destination Blues event. Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated's Adrienne Mael says the three day event begins Friday, February 6th and through the 8th involving 11 area bars and restaurants. For information about ticket prices.... and featured restaurants and bars.... contact Adrienne Mael at the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

North Center Fire Investigation

The investigation continues into pin-pointing the cause of a fire which extensively damaged a North Centre Township home Thursday morning. Authorities say Frank Haubert... his wife and two kids got out of the burning Mountain Road structure safely. It's believed the fire started in the garage. Thursday's cold weather made it tough for firefighters to get to the scene due to slippery roads. They remained on scene until shortly before 11 O'clock Thursday morning.

 

State of Union React

There is mixed reaction to President's Obama's State of the Union address earlier this week. Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton says he doubts the President really wants to work with congress.

In addition... according to Mr. Barletta... the nation's voters rejected the policies and procedures of Mr. Obama during last November's general election.

 

Big Drug Bust

Law enforcement officials in Pennsylvania have made 22 arrests in connection with a major prescription drug operation. The drug of choice was the powerful pain killer Oxycodone, according to state Attorney General Kathleen Kane. The operation was based in Philadelphia, but officials say its distribution network stretched into 44 of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania. Investigators say the members obtained more than 59-thousand pills using forged prescriptions, and made a 1.7-million-dollar profit from the operation.

 

Luzerne Co. Stabbing

Police in Plains Township... near Wilkes – Barre in Luzerne County are looking for two people wanted in a stabbing. The incident took place early Thursday morning... with the victim finding a convenience store on South Main Street in Wilkes – Barre looking for help. Cops have yet to say where exactly the attack took place.

 

Medical Society Objections

The Pennsylvania Medical Society is voicing concern about the reappearance of bills from the last legislative session. The Society says it is concerned about the re-introduction of bills that would tax healthcare services... and will oppose them if they get put back on the table. Last session... both the House and the Senate wrote bills that would have allowed school districts to lower property taxes... and create sales taxes for other services...which could have included everything from doctors visits to nursing homes. The House bill passed into the Senate last session....but neither became law.
 

Non - Profits

Legislation involving non-profit charities in Pennsylvania is now before the state Senate. The bill approved by the Senate Finance Committee would give the General Assembly the exclusive role of defining a not for profit public charity. The measure would amend the state Constitution and was also passed in the last legislative session. If it's approved by the Senate and the House this session and then signed by the Governor it would then go to the voters, and could appear as early as the May Primary election.

Executive Orders

Governor Wolf has signed two executive orders only day after his inauguration. One would ban gift taking by executive Branch employees. The other deals with the hiring of outside lawyers... and the move should curtail the state's use of them. Former Governor Tom Corbett used outside counsel to defend gay marriage, lottery privatization and the lawsuit against the NCAA.

 

 

WHLM Sports

HS Basketball

Friday night in High School Boys Basketball, Bloomsburg was at Central Columbia and lost to Central Columbia 43-35. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 

Boys Basketball

In boys basketball Thursday night... Loyalsock defeated Southern Columbia 85 to 50...

 

Girls Basketball

In girls basketball Thursday night... Berwick downed Wyoming Valley west 56 to 45.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams will 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.

 

College Hoops

In top 20 men's basketball Thursday night... Arizona defeated Stanford 89 – 82... and Notre Dame downed Virginia Tech 85 to 60.

 



 

 

 

Mountain Road Fire

Authorities want to know what started a blaze which destroyed a multi – story home on Mountain Road in North Center Township Thursday morning. Dispatchers first toned out Orangeville... Lightstreet and Lime Ridge firemen at 5 O'clock... and those first on the scene described the home as fully involved. Firemen had difficulty getting to the scene due to slippery roads. Other tankers were called in. No one was injured in this morning's blaze in North Center Township.

 

Northumberland Co. Jail

It appears Northumberland County is in line to settle on last weeks fire at the county jail. Published reports says the 140 – year old building is insured for a maximum of $31 – million... but it's not expected to get the full amount due to depreciation. That issue is still to be worked out. Meantime... Commission Chairman Vinny Clausi has been appointed to handle the day to day operations at the facility until the issue is resolved. A fire a week ago destroyed the building... forcing county officials to send 208 inmates to Muncy and Coal Township correctional institutes.

 

Snyder Fatal

A southeast Pennsylvania man involved in an accident in Snyder County last week... has died. Police telling us 44 – year old Kirk Olavage of Levittown died after his car crashed into a home near Selinsgrove... knocking it off it's foundation. It left a gaping hole in the home... and leaving it unlivable.

 

California Basketball

A western Pennsylvania university student and basketball player likely inhaled chewing gum into her lungs while asleep before being found dead in her dormitory over the weekend. The Washington County coroner's office said 21-year-old Shanice Clark of Toronto was found unresponsive at about 3 O'clock Sunday at California University of Pennsylvania. California borough police say a preliminary report from medical personnel indicated that the death appeared to be accidental.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Millersville Thursday night at Nelson Field House. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports the Bloomsburg Men defeated Millersville 84 to 66. Earlier... the woman defeated Millersville 69 – 47. Both Bloomsburg University basketball teams will be back in action Saturday afternoon at Lock Haven. That doubleheader starts with the women's game at 2 o'clock.

 

Bloomsburg Vs. Central

The Bloomsburg at Central Columbia boys basketball game scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed until Friday night. You can hear that game on the WHLM Stations beginning with the pregame show at 7:15.

 

Investigation

Officials from District 2 are investigating the Holy Redeemer girls basketball team to determine if that team and their coach may have violated the PIAA's code of sportsmanship and ethics in a recent game.

In that game, Holy Redeemer defeated Freeland M.M.I. 125 to 13...

 

NBA

In the National Basketball Association Wednesday night... the New York Knicks down the Philadelphia 76er's 98 – 91.

 


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