2013-01-16 10:15:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Storm / PennDOT
PennDOT... as well as municipal crews were out overnight... trying to keep roads passable following Wednesday morning's snowfall. Snow depths are generally 2 to three inches.... more in higher elevations. PennDOT's Rick Mason says crews got a head start on the storm by pre – treating roads Tuesday afternoon and evening.... and then plowed road surfaces.... then spreading anti – skid material.
Despite the snow clearing efforts of State and local road crews... a number of accidents have been reported overnight. For the most part... people driving at or near the speed limit on snow and slush covered roadways.
Geisinger Visitor Restrictions
The flu is putting a restriction on visitors allowed at Geisinger Health System campuses in the the region. The hospitals... including Geisinger in Danville... and Geisinger – Bloomsburg are restricting visitors under the age of 12 on impatient floors. A GHS spokesman says the restriction will remain in place until the threat of influenza has passed.
Scott Twp. Recycling
Homeowners and renters in Scott Township are going to be faced with something new starting this weekend. It's mandatory recycling. Charles Fritz... who heads up Bloomsburg's recycling program has been named recycling coordinator for the township.... and he says there's a pretty simple reason for the state to mandate the curbside program. It deals with the growth of population which triggers mandatory recycling programs. Pickup's south of Route 11 takes place the third Saturday of the month.... with areas in the north side of the township being serviced on the fourth Saturday of every month.
Trash to Treasure
The United Way of Columbia County holds it's semi – annual Trash to Treasure sale Saturday on the Bloomsburg University campus. It begins at 9 O'clock.... but if you get your hands on some Early Bird tickets... you'll get first dibs on a lot of items... so says the United Way's John Thomas. Thomas says there are hundreds of items for sale at the Kehr Union on the BU campus... including some out – dated, but handy video cassette recorders... and computer laptops.
A Hazleton man is dead after he was involved in a one car crash late Tuesday afternoon. The Luzerne County Coroner says 75 – year old Donald Meiser was driving a Jeep when it crash near the intersection of 15th and Church Streets late in the afternoon. Meantime... authorities believe Meiser suffered from a medical condition moments before the crash.
The Tamaqua Area board of education is taking a look at a policy... allowing certain staff member to carry firearms. Board members last night saying discussions are very preliminary. The initial proposal would call for up to three staff members in each school to carry a weapon once their trained. The idea surfaced following the Newtown, Ct. school shootings last month.
Former State Senate Democratic leader Robert Mellow is expected to report to a federal prison camp in South Carolina by Friday. A U-S District Court Judge directed the 70 – year old Mellow to a federal correctional institution in Williamsburg, South Carolina. Once there... he'll begin a 16 – month sentence for conspiracy.
If you attended last weeks 97th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg... you knew it was crowded. The State Agriculture Department says an estimated 585,000 visitors attended the eight day show. That's up from the estimated 450,000 who visited the show in 2012. Attendants parking just over 71,000 cars. The show featured 10,000 competitive exhibits... nearly 300 commercial exhibitors and and estimated 7,000 animals.
In boys high school basketball Tuesday night... Bloomsburg was at home against Sullivan County. It was a game you heard on the WHLM Stations. At the final buzzer... Sullivan County defeating Bloomsburg 52 to 46.
In other boys' games Tuesday night…. In double overtime... Mt. Carmel defeated Central Columbia 61 – 53... Southern Columbia downed Montoursville 58 – 40... Muncy got by Millville 58 to 50.... It was Montgomery over Benton 43 – 33... Danville defeated Shikellamy 51 – 27... Berwick just got by Coughlin 50 – 47.
The Huskies Men's & Women's teams faced Shippensburg at the Nelson Field House when they played Wednesday night. The Women won handily, 70-40. The Men struggled against Ship, 79-58 was the Red Raiders' final. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report: