2012-11-15 19:48:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Flood Project Money
The Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved $11.8 – million in funding for a project to provide flood protection. The word coming from State Senator John Gordner of Berwick and State Representative David Mallard of Millville. The money would be earmarked for flood protection around Autoneum and Windsor Foods in west Bloomsburg. Both companies are the keys to an estimated 1,000 jobs. Gordner and Millard started talking with the Commonwealth Financing Authority when the US Army Corps of engineers decided to to proceed with flood protection around the entire west side of town.
Geisinger Visits Halted for Children
Geisinger Medical Center has issued temporary restrictions prohibiting children under the age of 5 from visiting Children's and women's impatient units. The reason... a seasonal increase in pediatric Respiratory Syncytial Virus cases. According to Dr. Michael Ryan... young patients have vulnerable immune systems that may not be able to fight of the potentially dangerous virus. Age related visitation restrictions serve as a protective measure to eliminate the threat of exposure.
There still some hard decisions to make before the Town of Bloomsburg comes up with a proposed budget for 2013. Council met for four hours Monday night... going over the proposal line by line... taking a look at next year's expected income... trying to match it with proposed spending. The result thus far... an estimated $400,000 shortfall. But, Mayor Dan Knorr says there was a lot of give and take to bring that figure down... from an initial $1 – million dollar deficit. The council will meet on November 29th...with an attempt to close that budget deficit.
Meth Task Force
The state attorney general's office... as well as local law enforcement has formed a meth lab task force in Columbia County. It's mission... so says District Attorney Tom Leipold is to stop meth labs in their tracks... and there has been some in roads made thus far. The state attorney general's office provides some manpower... while local law enforcement know where the bad guys are cooking up the drug.
Keep an eye on your mailbox... since the Bloomsburg Public Library has sent direct mail flyers about the Library's “no bake sale.” Appearing on Wednesday's Edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... Director Hal Pratt says it's one way to develop a new funding source in the light of state funding cuts. And, Pratt says, the Bloomsburg Library is making an all important transition from printed material to the digital age.
It appears homes in the Catawissa area have become targets of daring daylight burglars. Our media partner... NewsWatch 16 is reporting break in's have taken place in Catawissa... as well as Franklin Township. An estimated $5,000 worth of jewelry... coins... computers... and even a handgun have been stolen. Police say they have no leads... but it does appear the thefts are the work of more than one person.
West Hazleton Fire
A state police fire marshal has been called in to investigate a Wednesday afternoon blaze in West Hazleton. The fire broke out in the 100 – block of East Green Street at midday... causing extensive damage to the home. Authorities say four people were displaced by the smoke and flames.
Mark Ciavarella Appeal
The attorney for former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella... telling the U-S Third Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday that his client deserves a new trial. The 62 – year old Ciavarella was sentenced earlier this year in a so – called kids – for – cash scheme which sent millions of dollars in cash across his desk... while sentencing wayward teens to a for – profit detention center run by his buddies. No word when the court will make it's decision.... and until then Ciavarella continues to serve a 28 – year sentence at a medium security prison in Illinois.
Those folks who live all Birkbeck Street in Freeland ... from Front Street to the Cemetery... may have their water interrupted Thursday... and possibly Friday. Other areas affected include Pine Street... between Walnut and Foster. The reason is some work underway. In addition to losing water service... the product would be discolored with very low pressure.
PSP / Dispute
State Police at LaPorte are still investigating a domestic dispute which landed a man in jail. Troopers tell us 28 – year old David Showalter of Hillsgrove got into an argument with his gal pal over the weekend. When the argument got heated... Showalter allegedly tossed his girlfriend into a wall... struck her on the face and thrown to the floor. Showalter was arrested.... given a preliminary arraignment... with bail set at $10,000. He couldn't post it... so Showalter was hustled off to the Wyoming County Correctional facility.
There are 167 Division II college football teams in the country, but only 24 make it to the NCAA Playoffs. That puts Bloomsburg University in select company as the Huskies prepare for their opening round playoff game Saturday at Shippensburg. That game kicks off at noon. Our coverage on the WHLM stations begins at 11:30 with the Husky Countdown Show.
Berwick HS Football
Berwick High School's last District football championship came back in 2008 when they beat Abington Heights in the District 2 AAA final. This Saturday those teams meet once again in the District final at Crispin Field. The game begins at 1. Our coverage on Classic Rock 103.5 begins at noon with The Coach Curry Show.
The Bloomsburg University Men's basketball team played at Penn State-Hazleton Thursday night. The Huskies held on in a back-&-forth game to wind up with a 79-78 win. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:
In the NBA last night...the Detroit Pistons defeated the Philadelphia 76er's 94 to 76.