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Emmanuel Baptist Church will hold a free community spaghetti & meatball lunch today from 11:30 - 12:30. Everyone is welcome. The church is at 1314 State Route 254 in Millville.

 

The Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg is celebrating deaf culture this afternoon from 1-3. There will be sign-language crafts, activities, and even sign-language songs by BU's Image club. Deaf community members, ASL students and interpreters get $1 off regular admission. For more information, visit the Children's Museum under our Community Organizations list at the top of the page.

 

The Elysburg Fire Company on East Mill Street will be hosting a benefit 80's party tonight starting at 6. There will be prizes for the best dressed in 80's attire, 50-50's, raffles, and more. Tickets are $25 each and includes food, drinks, and alcohol. Must be 21 or over to attend. Proceeds benefit the Gallagher scholarship fund. For more information call 570-903-4728.

 

Come to the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg this evening at 7 for a Variety Show to benefit the Children's Dyslexia Center. Performances will include appearances by area high school musical productions, the Caldwell Lumber Jacks, the Elite Dance Company and more. Tickets are available at the door at $10 for adults, or just $5 for kids 12 and under. For more information call 570-204-9746.

 

Today is your last chance to submit your work to the Exchange Stairwell Gallery's Blues Exhibition, a collection of blue and Blues-inspired works to coincide with the Destination Blues Music Festival. Works can be in any medium. A reception will be held Friday February 19 at 5PM. The exhibition will run through April 1 at the gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Escape The Library, 9AM - 9PM every Saturday in February at the McBride Memorial Library in Berwick. The interactive puzzle-solving game challenges your group to solve the clues in 60 minutes to escape the room you've been trapped in. There are different rooms for different levels of difficulty. Families are welcome. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under. Reservations are encouraged. To sign up and for more information visit McbrideLibrary.org

 

Operation Frozen continues at AGAPE during the cold Winter weather. The center on 7th street in Bloomsburg will be open overnight for anyone who needs a warm place to stay. For more information, visit AGAPE under our Community Organizations list at the top of the page.

 

 

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BU Huskies Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men’s and Women’s basketball teams played at Lock Haven Saturday afternoon. The Women's team lost 66-62 and the Men's team won 96-76. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

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Bloomsburg Flood Wall

Work began Thursday on installing flood wall panels near West Fifth and Scott Avenue... just across from the Autoneum plant in Bloomsburg. Crews will install an estimated 350, six – foot wide panels in pylons already driven into the ground. SEDA – COG's Bill Seigel says all should be installed and ready for use by June... with the project to be wrapped in November. If you recall... ground was broken for the $30 – million flood wall project last spring... with the flood control structure designed to keep high water out of Autoneum... as well as the former Windsor foods plant near the Bloomsburg high school. 

 

Pictures of the on-going construction are available here.

 

 

Cold Snap / PEMA
State officials are asking Pennsylvania residents to brace themselves for the coldest weather of the season this weekend. Temperatures across the state could dip below zero Friday and Saturday nights. When it gets that cold, some residents may turn to supplemental heating sources like stoves or generators... but officials say using those puts your home and family at greater risk of carbon monoxide poisoning... which presents itself with flu-like symptoms. If you suspect carbon monoxide, seek immediate help by calling 911.

 

State Budget
While the present budget battles continue in Harrisburg, some lawmakers are seeking to look toward the future. Calling the current situation embarrassing, State Senator Pat Stefano says he will introduce the Commonwealth Budget Impasse Act. The measure would create a fund to be distributed to school districts, county governments, and social service agencies in the event future budgets are not passed on time. It would also limit spending for the Governor, lawmakers, and their staffs until a budget deal is reached.

 

House Action
Shortly after Governor Tom Wolf delivered his budget address for the next fiscal year, the state House voted to restore funding cut from the current year's spending plan. Governor Tom Wolf used his line-item veto in December to eliminate state funding from a Republican-backed budget for everything except schools, county government and social service programs. The House this week voted mainly along party lines to restore some of that funding, to hospital burn units, child advocacy centers and the state corrections system. The bills now head to the Senate, but the Governor has already threatened a veto.

 

Automobile Registration

We'll be getting one less envelope in the mail after the first of 2017. We won't be getting a license plate registration sticker. Instead... police departments will be able to purchase Automated License Plate Readers to see if a tag is expired. PennDOT's David Thompson says the new way to do business is thanks to act 89, Not sending out stickers will save PennDOT millions of dollars. The Automated License Plate Readers cost in the neighborhood of $5,000 a copy... and could really impact police department budgets.

 

United Way / 211

Trying to improve the way 2-1-1 service is handled in our area. It's a service tied to United Way agencies... and is designed to give folks a place to turn to if they need help on social service issues. That word coming from Adrienne Mael who runs the Columbia County United Way in the form of rent or heat assistance. 2-1-1 can be accessed in our area by dialing the number from your landline or wireless device.

 

Pine Grove Fire

Fireman in neighboring Schuylkill County have called for a state police fire marshal to try an figure out how a blaze broke out in two homes on Maple Street in Pine Grove. The fire sent one teenager to the hospital. Right now... investigators aren't saying if the fire is suspicious... but they aren't ruling it out.

 

Gas Prices

The average price of a gallon of gasoline continues to tumble. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of a $1.93 a gallon. More at some station... less at others. A week ago we were paying $1.98. A month ago the average price of gasoline was $2.15 a gallon. The price reflects the $30 – dollar a barrel price of crude oil.

 

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Boys HS Basketball / Thursday

In boys high school basketball Thursday night... Hazleton defeated Berwick 75 – 50... and Hughesville topped Millville 64 – 45.

 

Girls HS Basketball / Thursday

In girls basketball... Lewisburg downed Millville 53 – 35..

 

Heartland Conference

In the girls Heartland Conference semifinals... Mt. Carmel just got by Shamokin 45 -44... and Danville got by Southern Columbia 43 to 40.

 

HS Basketball / Friday

The championship game will be played tonight at 6 O'clock at Shikellamy High School in Sunbury. That will be followed by the boys final between Shamokin and Lewisburg.

 

HS Wrestling

In high school wrestling yesterday, in the state dual meet tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey... Reynolds defeated Southern Columbia 44 – 22.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men’s and women’s basketball teams play at Lock Haven Saturday afternoon starting with the women’s game at 2 o’clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 1:40...

 

College Basketball

In Top 25 men’s college basketball last night... Indiana defeated 4th ranked Iowa 85 – 78.

 

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Hidlay Church Road Fire

A fire marshal has been called in to determine the cause of a blaze which destroyed a recreational vehicle early Thursday morning. Orangeville... Lightstreet and Espy volunteer firefighters were called to the 200 block of Hidlay Church Road in North Center Township around 3:30. First due found the RV involved in flames. Those flames were brought under control with in an hour.

 

Bloomsburg Administrator

The Town of Bloomsburg has a new administrator.Lauren Martz was hired three years ago as an assistant to then – manager Bill Lowthart... was was the interim manager when Lowthart took at job in Lewisburg. But, now... the 30 – year old Martz heads up the operation of Town Government. Ms. Martz says the future of Bloomsburg includes

making Bloomsburg a destination location... since the courthouse and the university are located here.

 

Turzai / Budget

The dust is starting to settle following Governor Wolf's Budget address to lawmakers in Harrisburg. In a call to WHLM Radio News Wednesday... house speaker Mike Turzai says state representatives are getting one message from voters... and that is not allow the governor to raise taxes. In his address... Governor Wolf is proposing raising the personal income tax from three to 11 per cent... raising the minimum wage three bucks an hour... and tacking an extra dollar to the state cigarette tax.

 

State Senate can't Muster Votes
The measure to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office that failed in the Senate Wednesday may make a reappearance. A motion for reconsideration on the removal measure passed the Senate by simple majority... and it was referred back to the rules committee. Majority Leader Jake Corman says that means the door isn't completely closed on the removal process. The option to bring the measure back up for another vote is there... if events unfold that call for it. Corman says, for now however, it's time to move on.

 

Turnpike Trauma
Hundreds of vehicles rode out the blizzard last month stuck on a rural stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Turnpike officials faced questions from lawmakers during a hearing in Harrisburg. Top officials with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission were joined by officers of the Pennsylvania State Police in testifying before the House Transportation Committee. Lawmakers asked about the response to the massive snowfall January 23rd that stranded hundreds of motorists in the Breezewood-Everett-Bedford-Somerset corridor. Turnpike officials described a scenario where large trucks were already on the highway as the snow got out of hand and the highway was closed. While not an ideal situation, the officials said lessons were learned and there was no loss of life in the incident. Lawmakers were largely sympathetic...

 

Gas Prices

The average price of a gallon of gasoline continues to tumble. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report show's we're paying an average of a $1.93 a gallon. More at some station... less at others. A week ago we were paying a $1.98... and a month ago the average price of gasoline was $2.15 a gallon.

 

211 Day
A resolution approved in the state House recognizes this February 11th as 2-1-1 Day in Pennsylvania. The 2-1-1 system is operated by the United Way and serves as a one-stop shop for people in need. Callers are connected with the appropriate service, agency, or organization in their local area. State Representative Steven Bloom sponsored the resolution, and applauds the United Way for providing what he calls a common good in our Commonwealth.

 

Blakeslee Inn

An electrical outlet is being blamed for that massive fire which destroyed the Blakeslee Inn earlier this month. A state police fire marshal said the malfunction occurred inside a wall of an office... and spread throughout the building... owned by Pocono International Raceway. The Inn on Route 940 in near-by Monroe County was used as a restaurant and bar... and was destroyed by the flames.

 

Hazleton Cops

The new mayor of Hazleton wants to hire more police officers. Mayor Jeff Cusat wants to hire nine new cops... bringing the force to 49. But, how do you play for them... through an earned income tax. The problem is the tax is earmarked for pensions... and not new hires. Now.. state representative Tarah Toohil is looking into the possibility of legislation to allow the city to create a new earned income tax.

 

Zika

The state Department of Health says two Pennsylvania women have tested positive for the Zika virus after traveling to countries affected by the ongoing outbreak of the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the illnesses Tuesday. Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy said the cases pose no threat to the public. Zika is a generally mild illness that is spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito, but doctors believe the virus puts pregnant women at serious risks for birth defects.

 

WHLM Sports

The Southern Columbia wrestlers lost to District 10 Reynolds 44 - 22 at the Giant Center in Hershey...

 

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State Senate Fails to Oust Kane

The state Senate on Wednesday failed to approve a historic proposal to remove Kathleen Kane as attorney general based on the assertion that her suspended law license may hamper her ability to do her job. The Trib Live is reporting with a 29-19 count, the petition didn't gain the constitutionally required two-thirds majority of 33 votes to remove a civil officer for reasonable cause. Senate Republican leaders won a vote to reconsider the petition if circumstances change. The House, at the same time, overwhelmingly approved a resolution to investigate whether Kane has committed “misbehavior in office.” That could lead to articles of impeachment, which would require a Senate trial.

 

Snow Fall / Plowing

In Bloomsburg overnight... the sound many of us woke up to Wednesday morning... the sound of private snow plows clearing snow out of parking lots and roadways. Around 2:30 Wednesday morning... a couple of members of the Bloomsburg Volunteer Fire Department clearing the one to two inch snow fall out of the department's driveway in the 900 block of south Market Street. The sound to be repeated up and down the Susquehanna Valley throughout the morning.

 

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Central Teacher

A former Central Columbia School District teacher is facing sexual assault charges. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... 31 – year old Mark Anthony Thomas of Mifflinville is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an 18 year old female student. Thomas had resigned from his teaching job this month. He appeared before a district judge Tuesday... and was released without having to post $50,000 bail.

 

Millard / Wolf Budget

Governor Wolf set a contentious tone when he delivered his 2016 -17 budget address in Harrisburg on Tuesday. The proposed spending plan checks in at $33.3 billion dollars... a two year increase of four point three billion. It was a combative second budget address, with Mr. Wolf telling legislators that if they won’t fulfill their responsibilities to Pennsylvania residents, they should find a different job. But state representative David Millard... a Republican from Berwick... says the rubber meets the road later this month. In his speech... Governor Wolf is proposing is proposing a $3 dollar an hour increase in the minimum wage... boosting personal income tax from 3-point-four percent to 11 Percent.... and tacking on a dollar a pack to the state cigarette tax.

 

Education / Budget
Education would see a boost in spending under the budget proposed by Governor Tom Wolf. The Governor is asking for an additional 200 million-dollars for K though 12 education in the next fiscal year, on top of the more than 370 million he is seeking in the current year's budget. The Governor is also seeking to increase spending for higher education, a total of ten percent this year and next for the 14 state owned universities and four state-related schools.

 

Zika Virus
The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the first cases of the Zika virus in Pennsylvania. The Department of Health announced that two women tested positive for the virus that could be causing birth defects.... after traveling to a country affected by the outbreak. Officials say the patients have already recovered and do not pose a public health risk... as most cases of Zika are transmitted by mosquitoes that do not live in Pennsylvania. All pregnant women who have traveled to affected countries are advised to get tested for Zika as soon as possible.

 

Animal Resource Center

The Columbia County - based Animal Resource Center says now is the time to give an animal a forever home. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Executive Director Linda Bird says there are some kittens ready for adoption. Check out and see the animals by going to their website... www.nokillarc.org... or on their Facebook page.

 

WHLM Sports

Jahri Evans

After ten seasons as a starting guard for the New Orleans Saints, former Bloomsburg University All American Jahri Evans has been cut by the team. Evans’ agent says the six time pro bowl selection plans to continue playing in the NFL.

 

BU Basketball

Bloomsburg University senior Adreana Sadowski is the PSAC Eastern Division women’s basketball player of the week. Sadowski averaged 18 point and nine and a half rebounds in games against West Chester and Mansfield. Both the Women's and Men's teams played at home against Kutztown Wednesday night. The mens team won 81-77 and the womens team won 61-60. You can hear the details with Larry White in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

 

Boys HS Basketball / Tuesday

In boys high school basketball Tuesday night... Berwick defeated Tunkhannock 57 – 44.

 

Boys HS Basketball / Wednesday

In boys basketball Wednesday night, the Heartland Conference Championship semifinals will be played at Shikellamy High School in Sunbury. In the first game at 6 O'clock... Shamokin takes on Sullivan County. After that game Lewisburg will play Shikellamy.

 

College Basketball / Tuesday

In Top 25 men’s college basketball Tuesday night...top ranked Villanova downed Depaul 86 – 59... 6th ranked Kansas topped 10th West Virginia 75 – 65... and 18th ranked Purdue just getting by Michigan State 82 – 81.

 

 

 

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Bloomsburg Town Council

A victory for downtown Bloomsburg merchants. Town Council Monday night on a vote of three to three killed a proposal calling for extended time to plug parking meters. Fred Gaffney is president of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says council finally listened to the will of the people... and the merchants. The proposal would have called for plugging the meters from 10 AM to 7 PM on weekdays and Saturday from 10 till 3. The parking sub – committee will now take a look at the issue.

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Bloomsburg Town Council

A victory for downtown Bloomsburg merchants. Town Council Monday night on a vote of three to three killed a proposal calling for extended time to plug parking meters. Fred Gaffney is president of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says council finally listened to the will of the people... and the merchants. The proposal would have called for plugging the meters from 10 AM to 7 PM on weekdays and Saturday from 10 till 3. The parking sub – committee will now take a look at the issue.

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*Operation Storm Watch*

Delays, Closings, and Cancellations for Wednesday 2/10:

 

The following schools are on a 2-hour delay:

* Benton Area

* Berwick Area

* Bloomsburg Area

* Bloomsburg Christian

* Central Columbia

* Columbia County Christian

* Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech

* Danville Area

* Hazleton Area

* Millville Area

* Mount Carmel Area

* Southern Columbia

* St. Columba in Bloomsburg

* St. Joseph's in Danville

* Sullivan County

 

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Wolf to Lawmakers:: :"Find Another Job"

Gov. Tom Wolf today delivered a combative second budget address, telling legislators that if they won’t fulfill their responsibilities to Pennsylvania residents, they should find a different job. As the governor spoke, introducing a budget proposal that renews his calls for increased school spending and higher taxes, audible grumbles rose from the Republican side of the House chamber, while Democrats applauded. Republican reaction was swift and harsh. Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, called the governor's proposal “a massive tax and spend budget built on a pile of rubble.” Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, called it the "most absurd" budget address of the 18 he has heard. He said the tone of Mr. Wolf's address was divisive. Mr. Wolf, a Democrat, delivered his budget address after a contentious year at the Capitol that has left Pennsylvania without a complete state spending plan seven months into its fiscal year.

 

Town Council

A victory for downtown Bloomsburg merchants. Town Council Monday night on a vote of three to three killed a proposal calling for extended time to plug parking meters. Fred Gaffney is president of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says council finally listened to the will of the people... and the merchants. The proposal would have called for plugging the meters from 10 AM to 7 PM on weekdays and Saturday from 10 till 3. The parking sub – committee will now take a look at the issue.

 

Governor's Budget Preview

Governor Wolf plans to deliver his second budget address later today for the 2016 – 17 fiscal year... even though the 2015 – 16 budget still needs to be resolved. The Governor signing some portions into law... but zeroing out things like money for agricultural items such as the Penn State Extension Service. State Representative David Millard... a Republican from Berwick... says it should be interesting in what the Governor has to say. Meantime... Northumberland County Representative Linda Culver says what the Governor proposes is far from what will be in the final budget package.

 

Berwick Incident

A Berwick man is in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg after he allegedly assaulted his girl friend at a home on North Vine Street... was found by police at his home in the 800 block of LaSalle Street... then damaged a holding cell at the Berwick Police Department. Police Chief Ken Strish says Chad Anewalt went on a rampage... finally subdued by cops after threatening to kill himself. Anewalt was arraigned and taken to the prison. He faces a February 18th preliminary hearing.

 

Shamokin Robbery

Police in Northumberland County area are searching for a man who robbed a bank in Shamokin Monday afternoon. The robbery taking place at mid-afternoon at the BB and T Bank on Independence Street. Authorities say the bandit strolled into the bank... produced a handgun.. getting away with an unknown amount of cash. A camera inside the bank got a pretty good picture of the robber... now police want to know who it is.


 

 

Severance Tax
If a severance tax on natural gas drilling is passed in the state legislature this session, there's a chance it will come from a Republican. A house committee held a hearing Monday to discuss two separate severance tax proposals from Republican Representatives Kate Harper and Scott Petri... both of the southeastern part of the state. Harper would like to add a 3-point-5 percent tax on gas to the current impact fee... while Petri would do away with the impact fee and impose a 5 percent severance tax.

 

Bridge Construction

PennDOT's District 3 out of Montoursville will begin some bridge construction projects... the first one... starting next month. The projects were explained by Andy Dressler of Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners during a public meeting in Danville on Monday. That first project includes Replacing the bridge on Rohrsburg Road... over a tributary to Mud Run in Greenwood Township. PWKP finances the projects... and maintains the spans for twenty – five years.

 

Tax Assistance

The income tax filing season is upon us... and has been the case in years past... accounting students from Bloomsburg University will be volunteering their time to help those folks who make under $54,000 a year. The program takes place at the Greenly Center on East Main Street in Bloomsburg... Monday – thru – Wednesday of each week starting at 4 PM.

 

Kiddie Danger
The cold winter weather keeps kids inside, where they often see the home as a giant playground. Bookcases, tables and even televisions all become an indoor jungle gym when the kids are stuck inside, but it takes little effort to topple over a TV. The most important thing you can do is to make sure your TV is secure... older, heavier TVs should be placed on low, stable furniture and if you have a flat-screen TV it should be secured to the wall. And remove any tempting objects such as remotes and toys from the TV area.

 

Ashland Area Fire

Fire investigators are still trying to figure out what started an early Monday morning fire... just across the Columbia County line... near Ashland in Schuylkill County. The trailer home along Airport Road caught fire... with the man who lives there alone.. getting out safely. It took firefighters nearly two hours to bring the blaze under control. For the time being... that man is staying with family members.

 

 

 

WHLM Sports

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball last night... Mifflinburg knocked off Danville from the ranks of the undefeated Monday night by a score of 48 – 43. Mifflinburg spoiling Danville’s bid to become the first girls basketball team in school history to have an unbeaten regular season

 

Central vs Bloomsburg

Bloomsburg and Central Columbia renewed their neighborhood rivalry Monday night. WHLM's Jim Doyle says the Blue Jays defeated the Panthers 44 – 34. Central's Taylor Knorr scored 12 points and a dozen rebounds. The Blue Jays now get ready for their final game of the season when they play Milton next week.

 

Other Girls Games

In other games... Berwick downed Tunkhannock 55 – 47... Sullivan County defeated Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech 57 – 28.

 

HS Wrestling

In high school wrestling, in a Class AA state dual meet pig tail round match... Southern toppled Northwest Lehigh 40 – 26.

 

College Basketball

In Top 25 men’s college basketball Monday night... 3rd ranked Oklahoma defeated 24th ranked Texas 63 – 60... and Duke downed 19th ranked Louisville 72 – 65.

 

 

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Bloomsburg Town Council

A victory for downtown Bloomsburg merchants. Town Council Monday night on a vote of three to three killed a proposal calling for extended time to plug parking meters. Fred Gaffney is president of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says council finally listened to the will of the people... and the merchants. The proposal would have called for plugging the meters from 10 AM to 7 PM on weekdays and Saturday from 10 till 3. The parking sub – committee will now take a look at the issue.

 

Berwick Man Jailed

A Berwick man is in the Columbia County Prison after he allegedly beat his girlfriend... then threatened Berwick police officers with a knife... eventually damaging a holding cell at the police Station. Police chief Ken Strish says the incident happened Sunday which began with a domestic dispute between Chad Anewall and his girlfriend... who he allegedly beat up in a house in the 300 block of North Vine Street. Police later found Anewalt at his apartment in the 800 block of LaSalle Street. That's where he threatened officers with a knife... eventually taking him to a holding cell at the police station. That's when he allegedly kicked a hole in the drywall... getting his hands on an electrical outlet where he threatened officers with a sharp edge. He was subdued and arraigned... and taken to the prison. Anewalt faces a February 18th preliminary hearing.

 

Attempted Robbery

Still no suspect in custody in... what appears to be... the attempted hold up of a woman Sunday night near the Bloomsburg University Campus. Bloomsburg Police tell us the woman was walking near Green and Rose Avenues around 9:30 Sunday night... when she was approached by a white male between 30 and 40 – years of age. The man pulled a hand gun on the woman... asking the victim to put her hands up. Instead... she ran from the scene... but not before the man got into an older, gold colored sedan parked near the intersection. The unidentified woman was not hurt.

 

Bloomsburg Flood Wall

Crews are expected to install the first of the flood wall panels near the Autoneum plant Monday on Bloomsburg's West Side. It's all part of the $30 – million project which got underway last spring. Mr. Seigel says all the panels will be installed.... and ready for any flooding in June... with the project to be wrapped in November.

 

Game Commission

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is hoping this is the year the price of a hunting license will finally be raised. An adult resident hunting license in Pennsylvania has been about 20 dollars for over a decade... and the Game Commission says that's contributed to it's current fiscal crisis. An increase must be approved by the general assembly...and though there's been legislative support, there's no clear time frame on when it could happen. In the meantime, the agency has eliminated positions and postponed recruitment of a new class of officers.

Cooperative Extension / Farm Bureau

One of the causalities of not having a 2016 – 17 state budget is the lack of money for the Penn State Extension Service. That line item was zeroed by Governor Wolf last month as he tries to put pressure on lawmakers to deliver what he wants... such as higher taxes. But, in a recent interview... John Bell with the PA Farm Bureau says the folks who work for the extension will tough it out. The Extension Service serves Columbia County through the 4 – H and the Master Gardner programs from offices on Sawmill Road.

 

Kathleen Kane
The Kathleen Kane Saga has drawn out far too long according to most observers, but as the state attorney General refuses to resign and the state senate is poised to vote on her ouster. But how much damage is being done to her office. Kathleen Kane is facing serious criminal charges including felony perjury; she has comported herself - according to many observers - in bizarre fashion during news conferences and other public events. Now that the state Supreme Court has rejected her appeal of her law license suspension, the wheels should start turning quickly to attempt to remove her from office. Kane remains suspended from practicing law in Pennsylvania.

 

Women Military Veterans
The state Senate has unanimously approved a resolution creating a task force to study issues related to women military veterans. Pennsylvania ranks seventh in the country in population of female veterans. This task force would be made up of eight lawmakers, four women veterans, and five additional experts. These members would look at laws, policies, and practices that surround women veterans and mental health, substance abuse, and military sexual trauma...and come up with recommendations.

 

Stolen Lottery Tickets

Police in neighboring Luzerne County are investigating a robbery of a gas station in Kingston over the weekend. Surveillance video show the man taking lottery tickets from a Sunoco station on Wyoming Avenue. Cops have yet to identify the man in the video.

 

Hazleton Shooting

An investigation is underway into the shooting of a man over the weekend in a Hazleton parking lot. Authorities say the incident went down at Puffs and Pics on 15th Street. Witnesses tell our media partner Newswatch 16 that the shooter was the owner of the store. The unidentified man was rushed to a Hazleton hospital with non – life threatening injuries.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Basketball

High school basketball’s regular season ends this week with the District playoffs to begin next week. Monday night Danville will try to become the first girls basketball team in school history to finish an unbeaten regular season when they play at Mifflinburg. Danville is 21 and 0 while Mifflinburg is 15 and 6.

 

Girls HS Basketball

The Bloomsburg and Central Columbia girls basketball teams renewed their neighborhood rivalry Monday night at the Bloomsburg Middle School Gymnasium. Central Columbia beat Bloomsburg 44-34. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 

 

HS Wrestling

Hoping to advance to the state wrestling duels championships, Southern Columbia faces District 11 runner - up Northwestern Lehigh Monday night in a pig tail round at Whitehall High School. That match begins at 6 O'clock.

 

College Basketball

In Top 25 men’s college basketball yesterday, 5th ranked Iowa beat Illinois 77-65... 12th ranked SMU routed South Florida 92-58... and 17th ranked Miami got by Georgia Tech 75-68.

 

Super Bowl

In Super Bowl 50... the Denver Bronco's out – lasted the Carolina Panthers 24 to 10.

 

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Join the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble for Super Singing Sundays starting today through March 13. The 6-week course taught by professional singer Elsie Mark includes tracks for both younger beginners and advanced students. For more information visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

 

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BU Huskies Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men’s and Women’s basketball teams played at Mansfield Saturday afternoon. The Women lost 65-61. The Men won 79-71. The Huskies will be at home Wednesday night when they face Kutztown.

 
High School Hoops
The Central Columbia Girls' basketball team play at neighboring Bloomsburg Monday evening. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30. Coverage on Newsradio WHLM starts with the pregame after the 7PM news.
 

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Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg will host a vendor's fair today from 8AM - 1PM. Come to the church gymnasium to find a variety of items from local vendors. The church is at the corner of Market and 3rd Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

The annual Benton Gun Show is happening today 6 at the Benton Fire Hall from 9AM - 4PM. Admission for adults is just $5 at the door, free for kids under 12. The fire company is on Colley Street in Benton

 

Monica's Heart retired racing greyhound group will hold an an adoption event today at PETCO in the Buckhorn Wal-Mart complex. Stop by from 11AM - 2PM to meet some of the dogs, learn more about the breed, and maybe find your new best friend. For more information call 570-644-2358.

 

The Exchange Antler will hold a "Re-Reception" for the Nature Calls art exhibition tonight. Stop by starting at 6PM to view the plein-air collection submitted by community artists from around the area. The show will run through Friday February 12. The gallery is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg. 

 

Escape The Library, 9AM - 9PM every Saturday in February at the McBride Memorial Library in Berwick. The interactive puzzle-solving game challenges your group to solve the clues in 60 minutes to escape the room you've been trapped in. There are different rooms for different levels of difficulty. Families are welcome. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under. Reservations are encouraged. To sign up and for more information visit McbrideLibrary.org

 

Join the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble for Super Singing Sundays February 7 through March 13. The 6-week course taught by professional singer Elsie Mark includes tracks for both younger beginners and advanced students. For more information visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

 

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The Bloomsburg University Men’s and Women’s basketball teams played at Mansfield Saturday afternoon. The Women lost 65-61. The Men won 79-71. The Huskies will be at home Wednesday night when they face Kutztown.

 

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