Bloomsburg AD Fired
He's gone as the Bloomsburg School Districts Athletic Director... but Bill Perkins will remain as a health and physical education teacher. Perkins... fired by the school board last night... after he signed a ten year contract in May with an Ohio company who secures advertising to be placed at Panther Stadium. But, he failed to get permission from the school board. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... Perkins had the opportunity to approach the board and talk about the deal on at least three occasions... but he didn't. Perkins had been the district's AD for the past 17 years.
Council / Airport
The Bloomsburg Town Council is trying to save a long time airport business... but at the same time get the rent money the town is owed. The discussion surfaced Monday night when Kelly Green of Columbia Aircraft came up with a plan to renegotiate the lease with the town since the company couldn't operate for six months after last September's flooding. Mayor Dan Knorr says it will come down to negotiations between the town and the aircraft engine building company. Knorr says the plan centers around for forgiveness for the first six months of rent following the flood... the second six months only paying half the rent...with the rest of the lease, through 2014 negotiable. Council's finance committee will take a look at the proposal when they meet December 5th.
A second devastating fire of a vacant house in Mocanaqua in less than a month... and that has people in that Luzerne County Borough a bit worried. Our media partner... Newswatch 16... is reporting the latest blaze Monday afternoon at 38 Main Street is only a couple of doors away from the first fire a few weeks ago. The fire destroyed the three – apartment buildings. Firemen from Mocanaqua, Shickshinny and Berwick responded. Now.. a state police fire marshal will be on the scene Tuesday to figure out how the blaze started.
It was an event held at Geisinger campuses around the region... the raising of the American Flag in honor of all veterans. Vietnam era vet Jack Pollard.... and Sam Haynes of the Bloomsburg University Police Department raised the flag during the ceremony at the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital. The event taking place near the emergency room entrance to the hospital.
Gas prices across northeastern Pennsylvania have stabilized some what. According to the latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report... the price of self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.58 a gallon... holding steady from the weekend... but up a penny over the past week. Overall... gas has dropped thirty – one cents a gallon over the past month.
Central / Donations
Donations continue to come in for a new health and wellness center on the Central Columbia School District campus. The latest contribution... amounting to $10,000 came in late last week from the Alexander Family Dealerships. The center... as well as a new track... artificial turf for the football field... and lights for a ball diamond is being funded totally with donations... with no tax dollars involved.
Burglars have been busy in Nanticoke... in Luzerne County. Police say five homes along East Union... and South Prospect... as well as South Market and West South Streets have been the targets of burglars. They've made off with a cross – section of consumer electronics. Most of the burglaries have taken place during the daylight and early evening hours.
Wilkes – Barre Shooting
Police in Wiles – Barre are looking for a suspect wanted in connection with a shooting in the Sherman Hills Apartment Complex. One man was rushed to the hospital late Sunday afternoon. At least six shots were fired, but police are remaining tight – lipped about how many times the victim was shot... his name or age. The victim now in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.
Twenty-four freight-rail projects across Pennsylvania will improve business rail access, upgrade rail infrastructure and provide much-needed repairs with the aid of a nearly $18.6 million state investment. In Lycoming County... SEDA Cog will received $3.5 million to replace a railroad bridge over Loyalsock Creek that was destroyed as a result of flooding in September of 2011. In Union County... the Lewisburg & Buffalo Creek Railroad will get nearly $88,000 to rehabilitate the railroad's Buffalo Creek Bridge and St. George Street overpass in the Borough of Lewisburg. Okayed earlier this year by the General Assembly.... the grants are administered by PennDOT's Bureau of Rail Freight, Ports and Waterways.
The Bloomsburg University football team swept the PSAC Eastern Division player of the week honors. Junior running back Franklyn Quiteh was the offensive player of the week for his 183 yards rushing and four touchdowns against Slippery Rock. Quiteh went over 5000 yards for his career and is now in second place in school history. Sophomore linebacker Justin Shirk was the defensive player of the week for the second straight time. Shirk had a career high 14 tackles including two sacks in that 49-41 win over the Rock. The Huskies completed the regular season with a 10-1 record. This Saturday they will get a chance to avenge their only loss when they play at Shippensburg in an NCAA first round playoff game. That game will start at noon. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 11:30 with The Husky Countdown Show.
In the NFL Monday night... the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 16 to 13 in overtime. Now... the team is concerned about the health of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who received a right shoulder injury early in the third quarter...
In the NBA... the Milwaukee Bucks downed the Philadelphia 76er's 105 - 96.