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News Archive Archives for 2011-11

Wednesday / November 30, 2011


Barletta / Mica

Freshman Congressman Lou Barletta brought some heavy duty influence to Bloomsburg on Tuesday in the form of Republican congressman John Mica. Mica chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure committee... and has a lot of influence with the US Army Corps of Engineers. It was an eye opening experience for central Florida's John Mica. The tour comes a week since the Army Corps of Engineers told local officials they don't plan to spend any more money in a study of flood protection for Bloomsburg... saying in essence... local officials are on their own.

 

Fair Grounds

The Bloomsburg Fair Association board of directors has spent the past two months assessing damage caused by the flood water produced by Tropical Storm Lee. Fair President Paul Reichart says damage has been estimated at more than a million dollars... and there are days when that figure grows. Mr. Reichart telling WHLM News he has met with FEMA... and has reached out to the Small Business Administration.... as well as local banks. The 157th annual fair was canceled a week after floodwater receded... but now plans are underway to make the 2012 edition top notch.

 

FEMA DRC's

It's been nearly three months since the floods of September heavily damaged most of Northeastern Pennsylvania... including Columbia and Montour Counties. Now... those FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will be a thing of the past by Wednesday afternoon at the close of business. Ever since September 14th... one center had been in operation on Sawmill Road near Lightstreet. That center... and the others that will shutter... have served people in need with... literally... one stop disaster shopping. The agency says if you haven't wrapped up business on a face to face basis... you can call 1 – 800 – 621 – FEMA.

 

Hurricane Season
The Atlantic hurricane season officially ends at midnight tonight. It's tied for third most active season on record with 19 named storms-- seven of them hurricanes. Daniel Brown at the National Hurricane Center says Irene in early September was the first hurricane to hit the U S mainland since Ike in 2008, breaking the "hurricane amnesia" that had started to develop. Brown says improvements in technology helped them accurately predict the path of Irene more than four days in advance.

 

Cycle Crash

Nanticoke Police... in Luzerne County... say they're looking for people who may have witnessed a motorcycle accident earlier this week. 45 – year old Myron Malloy of Nanticoke dumped his bike in the 400 block of East Main Street Monday night... sending him to the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for treatment. Police say Malloy didn't possess a motorcycle license... and his bike wasn't registered.

 

Obama Visit

President Obama will be in northeastern Pennsylvania Wednesday afternoon... pushing tax cuts and jobs in a state that could be very important to his re-election bid. The White House tells us... Air Force One will land at the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton International Airport around 1:30 PM... then takes a quick motorcade northbound on Interstate 81 to Scranton High School where he'll deliver his speech around 2:30. By 4:30... it's wheels up for Air Force One. Also on Wednesday's schedule.... Mr. Obama to attend fund raisers in the New York City area.

 

Marcellus Housing

There is a lack of affordable housing in neighboring Lycoming and Sullivan Counties... as well as in Bradford. That word from two researchers at Lycoming College in Williamsport. Professors Bonita Kolb and Jonathan Williamson says it's due to the impact of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale fields.  Their research shows those hardest hit are low income earners... as well as seniors. And they say the situation isn't going to get any better soon.

 

Felons Caught

Two men are in the Columbia County prison after they got into a fight inside a van over who would sit in the front seat. State Police at Bloomsburg say it turns out 44 – year old Keith Watkins of Wilkes – Barre... and 30 – year old Jerry Masi are wanted felons. Watkins is accused of assaulting Masi in the 1000 block of Commerce Drive in Briar Creek Borough. Police running a name check and finding that Watkins is wanted in Illinois on a controlled substance warrant... while Masi is wanted in New Jersey on an aggravated assault charge.

 

Lawmakers Pay

State lawmakers are scheduled to get a cost of living bump in pay starting Thursday... but it appears Luzerne County politicians will not take the money. Published reports say they will donate the extra $2,400 dollars to charities across Luzerne County... or write a check and return it to the state treasury. Beginning Thursday... rank and file lawmakers salary will jump from $7979,623 to $82,026 a year.

 

Hazleton Little League

The Hazleton Little League is trying to raise money for the 2012 season.... so they're holding a fund raiser this weekend. “A Magical Christmas” will begin at 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Hazleton Area High School. The money raised during the event will be earmarked to renovate Correale Stadium.

 

Death Investigation

Still no word dealing with the death of a White Haven woman. The body of 63 – year old Joann Hagen was found late last week along the Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail in Carbon County. Ms. Hagen's death is being investigated by State Police in Hazleton.

 

Fire Probe

A state police fire marshal is still scratching his head... as to not being able to find the cause of a fire which destroyed the Cressona Textile waste facility over the weekend... near Schuylkill Haven. It's the third fire in the past couple of years to hit the plant... burning it to the ground.

 

Sewer Authority

In the not too distant future.. the sewer authorities in Northumberland and Point Township may merge.  Published reports say the Northumberland Borough Council met this week... and voted 4 to 2 to go ahead with the plan. The initial approval was given earlier this month. It's not known when the final deal will be voted upon.

 

High School Football

It will be a match - up of two high school football teams with identical 12 and one records when Southern Columbia faces Pius X Friday night in Nazareth in a Class A state quarterfinal. Pius X coach Phil Stambaugh scouted the Tigers last Friday and came away impressed. Friday night's Southern Columbia- Pius X game kicks off at 7. You can hear it starting with the pre-game show at 6:30 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com.

 

Football Champion

Two other regional teams are also playing state quarterfinal games this weekend. In Class AAA.... Shamokin plays Allentown Central Catholic Friday night at Mount Carmel. In Class AA.... Mount Carmel plays Lancaster Catholic at noon on Saturday at Kemp Memorial Stadium in Shamokin.

 

College Basketball

In a college basketball game Tuesday night involving two of the nation's top ranked teams... Ohio State defeated Duke 85 to 63.

Tuesday / November 29, 2011


Berwick United Way

The Berwick United Way has nearly reached its goal. It's now just $4,000 dollars short of its $400,000 goal. CEO Joy McGuinnis says major contributions have come in from Pennsylvania Power and Light.... and a golf tournament they held recently in which the utility raised $67,000. However, Ms. McGinnis says there is still time to donate by visiting their office at Second and Pine Streets... or dropping a check in the mail.

 

Parade of Lights

The WHLM Parade of Lights may be over for the 2011 holiday season... but the glow remains. Bloomsburg University Athletic Director Mike McFarland was one of three judges for the event... telling Joe on the Monday edition of the Morning Buzz that seeing it for the first time was amazing.  The grand prize float winner went to the Raup Family Holiday Rock 'n' Roll Stage show. They win the $1,000 grand prize. Second place went to the Bloomsburg Diner... grabbing the $500 prize.... with third place and the $250 dollar prize going to the Downtown Bloomsburg Merchants Association.

 

Holiday Party

'Tis the season.... and with it comes the office party. Getting drunk at the office holiday party can leave you with more than a hangover--- it could permanently damage your reputation. Dr. Paul Hokemeyer, an addictions therapist, says a Harris survey this fall found people are witnessing inappropriate behavior at holiday parties. Dr. Hokemyer cautions moderate drinkers to limit their intake to no more than two.... and not back to back.

 

Car Vs. Deer

Monday was the first day of deer season across Pennsylvania... and on Interstate 80 near Lightstreet and two woman got the surprise of her life when a deer jumped across the highway crashing into the car's windshield. State Police at Bloomsburg telling us 64 – year old Maureen Probst of Lock Haven was westbound when a deer jumped in front of her BMW. Probst and 69 – year old Sarah Gilbert were slightly injured by flying glass. Both were transported to the Bloomsburg Hospital for treatment.

 

Megan's Law Violation

State Police at Bloomsburg have taken a 42 – year old man into custody for allegedly violating Megan's Law. Police telling us Robert Babb, Junior moved into his girlfriend's home in the 12 – hundred block of Orange Street. His problem... he didn't tell authorities. Babb was jailed over the weekend on $10,000 bail. He makes a preliminary hearing before District Justice Richard Knecht on Thursday.

 

Powerball Winner

A Luzerne County man has claimed his $37.6 – million windfall from playing a Powerball ticket on November 19th. Lottery officials handing Steven Lloyd of Harding a ceremonial check in front of the Turkey Hill Store in Exeter. Lloyd deciding to take a lump sum payment.

 

Sentence

A 31 – year old Freeland man has pleaded no contest to third degree murder in the shooting death of a Shenandoah man back in March of 2010. Damon Ennett made his plea just prior to jury selection taking place in Schuykill County in his murder trial. He was sentenced to 13 to 27 – years in prison for the murder... burglary and assault in the death of 24 – year old Bruce Forker.

 

Obama Visit

With President Obama due in Scranton on Wednesday.... people lined up outside Scranton High School on Monday... hoping they'd get a ticket to see the President. Mr. Obama is expected to talk to about 400 people around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon about his jobs... and payroll tax cut plan. Pennsylvania is considered a swing – state in Mr. Obama's re-election plans... and it's believed he'll spend a lot of time campaigning in the Keystone state in 2012.

 

Fire Shuts Down Business

Business is back up and running this morning... after a fire forced the evacuation of Michael's Arts and Crafts Distribution Center in the Humboldt Industrial Park... in East Union Township in Luzerne County. A fire in a cardboard bailer was extinguished quickly after firemen had to dig through the bailed material. Hazle Township firemen were assisted by crews from Sheppton – Oneida and the Ringtown Fire Company.

 

New Flights

Delta Airlines says it's adding a flight... and upgrading another from the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton International Airport in Avoca. An airport official says Delta will upgrade an Avoca to Atlanta flight from a 50 to a 65 passenger regional jet. In the first quarter of 2012... Delta will add a fourth flight from Wilkes – Barre / Scranton to Detroit. The Motor City has become an important part to Delta's worldwide system.

 

In WHLM Sports

The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams are on top of the world after winning Monday night. The women defeated Lincoln University 85 to 63. Dana Wieller scored her 1,000th career point. The men outscored Penn State Hazleton to win 87 to 41. Both teams now go 5 and 1 on the season. Both Bloomsburg University basketball teams will be on the road for two games this weekend. The Huskies play at IUP on Saturday afternoon and California on Sunday. Both doubleheaders start with the women's game at 1 o'clock.

 

Monday Night Football

In the NFL Monday night football game... the New Orleans Saints blew by the New York Giants 49 – 24.

Monday / November 28, 2011


Teen Arrested

Although State Police at Bloomsburg are still investigating.... it appears a 16 – year old Berwick boy faces a long list of charges after allegedly stealing a car in Mt. Pleasant Township early Sunday... and taking it for a joy-ride... wrecking it in the process. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition... the unnamed teen was under the influence of alcohol when he went on a crime spree... wrecking the car along Route 254 near Rohrsburg. Two other cars were allegedly stolen by the teen... and wrecked. He was finally taken into custody by police along route 487 near Orangeville.

 

Obama Visit

We're learning more about President Obama's trip to Scranton on Wednesday. The White House telling us by e-mail that the president will be in Lackawanna County to push Congress to act to extend and expand the payroll tax cut. He'll make his pitch in a speech at the Scranton High School which is slated to begin around 2 O'clock.

 

FEMA Deadline

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the deadline for applying for FEMA aid is December 14th. That's the same case if you own a business and want to apply to the Small Business Administration for a loan. The FEMA and SBA aid is for damage caused by either Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee. The 28 – county area eligible for the FEMA assistance includes Columbia and Montour counties... as well as 26 other counties of eastern Pennsylvania. A FEMA spokesperson telling us the number to call to sign up is 1 – 800 – 621 – 3362.

 

BTE

Holiday Memories.... The latest stage production by the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble... revolves around the life of a young Truman Capote shipped off to relatives in the heart of Dixie during the holiday season. You can catch BTE's production of Holiday Memories at the Alvina Krause Theater on Centre Street in Bloomsburg from now through the end of December. For show time and ticket information... simply click on the BTE Logo under our partners on www.whlm.com.

 

Senator Gordner's Office

Damaged by flooding back in September... the Bloomsburg office of state senator John Gordner in the 600 block of West Main Street is open for business Monday. Since the flooding produced by Tropical Storm Lee.... Senator Gordner has been set up in the Bloomsburg Technology Center on Market Street. His office on Main Street is now open daily from 8:30 AM thru 4:30 PM.

 

Body Found

State Police in West Hazleton are trying to figure out how 63 – year old Joann Hagen of White Haven ended up in the river near a Lehigh Gorge State Park trail. Two kayakers found her remains at the start of the weekend... but investigators want to know how she got there. They have very little to go on.  If you have information... call the Troop N barracks in West Hazleton.

 

Mt. Airy Slots

The Mt. Airy Casino Resort will soon have 200 less slot machines for play. The state giving approval to the plan to remove the machines... leaving Mt. Airy with nearly 2,100 slots. The machines to be removed are of the older type which don't see much action anymore. The area will be converted to a high limit slot room.

 

I-81 Crash

A one – vehicle accident in the northbound lane of Interstate 81... near the McAdoo exit sent four people to the hospital. All four... transported by medical helicopter. State police say a Jeep Cherokee went off 81... over an embankment near Mile Marker 136... crash onto some railroad tracks below.  Police say the investigation is continuing.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Huskies Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams, both off to 4 and 1 starts, extended their records to 5 and 1 Monday night. The Women's team beat Lincoln University 85-63; BU's Dana Wheeler reaching her 1000th career point during the game. The Men's team took control in the second half to take Penn State Hazleton 87-41. You can hear all the details from the night's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

Southern Columbia

Southern Columbia is the only local high school football team still alive in the state playoffs. This Friday night the Tigers will play Pius the 10th in the Class A state quarterfinals at Nazareth High School. That game will begin at 7 0'clock.

 

NFL

In the NFL Sunday afternoon, it was the New York Jets getting by the Buffalo Bills 28 to 24... The New England Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38 to 20. Sunday night, it was the Pittsburgh Steelers over the the Kansas City Chiefs 13 to 9. Monday night's game features the New York Giants in New Orleans to take on the Saints.

What's Happening Sunday November 27, 2011


Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents Treefest this weekend and next.  Come to the Caldwell Consistory to view hundreds of decorated Christmas trees.  Hours are noon to 5:00 pm today.

 

The Southside Fire Company Christmas Tree lot is now open.  They are located behind the fire company at 200 Avenue D in Riverside…all proceeds from tree sales benefit the fire company.

 

Downtown Bloomsburg presents the annual Northpole Express today…the train ride departs from the corner of Market and 7th Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

This weekend the Unityville Fire Company is hosting their 52nd annual 24 hour buckwheat cakes and sausage supper…they’ll be serving up food straight through 9:00 pm tonight.

 

The Turn the Page free book giveaway continues at the Columbia Mall.  Sunday hours are 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents Holiday Memories on stage…this is opening weekend, and the show runs through Friday December 30th.  Get show times and ticket info online click on the BTE logo under our partners.

 

The Animal Resource Center is hosting a gun raffle party today at the Epsy Fire Hall.  Doors open at 3:00 PM.

 

The Bloomsburg Fire Department is hosting a Pampered Chef and Vera Bradley bingo today.  Cost is 20 games for $20.  Doors open at noon, games start at 2:00 PM.

 

And…From the WHLM Future File…next Friday the Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series presents the State Ballet Theater of Russia with The Nutcracker.  For ticket information call 389-4409 or click on the Celebrity Artist Series logo under Our Partners.

 

WHLM Sports

In High School Footbal playoffs Friday night, On Newsradio 930 Mount Carmel shut out Bloomsburg 28-0 after Bloomsburg QB Blake Rankin left the game injured within the first few minutes. On Classic Rock 103.5 Southern Columbia traded blows with Old Forge and emerged the victor 45-34. You can hear the details from the night's action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

 

What's Happening Saturday November 26, 2011


Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents Treefest this weekend and next.  Come to the Caldwell Consistory to view hundreds of decorated Christmas trees.  Hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm today and noon to 5:00 pm tomorrow.

 

The Southside Fire Company Christmas Tree lot is now open.  They are located behind the fire company at 200 Avenue D in Riverside…all proceeds from tree sales benefit the fire company.

 

Downtown Bloomsburg presents the annual Northpole Express today and tomorrow…the train ride departs from the corner of Market and 7th Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

This weekend the Unityville Fire Company is hosting their 52nd annual 24 hour buckwheat cakes and sausage supper…they’ll be serving up food all day today straight through 9:00 pm tomorrow.

 

The Turn the Page free book giveaway continues at the Columbia Mall.  Saturday hours are 1:00 to 7:00 pm and Sunday hours are 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

 

Hill Crest Canine Country Club invites you to join them today for Howl-A-Day.  There will be lots of specials, give-a-ways, and pet photos…funds will be donated to the Danville SPCA and Animal Resource Center.

 

Wesley United Methodist Church will be holding their weekly community meal today.  Today they’re serving up a Thanksgiving meal.

 

The Montour Delong Fairgrounds are hosting an all you can eat haddock fish dinner from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents Holiday Memories on stage…this is opening weekend, and the show runs through Friday December 30th.  Get show times and ticket info online click on the BTE logo under our partners.

 

AGAPE is hosting their second annual holiday performance with a dramatization of the story of Amazing Grace.  “But Now I See,” will be performed at the Central Columbia High School Auditorium this evening at 7:00 PM.

 

The Animal Resource Center is hosting a gun raffle party tomorrow at the Epsy Fire Hall.  Doors open at 3:00 PM.

 

The Bloomsburg Fire Department is hosting a pampered chef and vera Bradley bingo tomorrow.  Cost is 20 games for $20.  Doors open at noon, games start at 2:00 PM.

 

And…From the WHLM Future File…next Friday the Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series presents the State Ballet Theater of Russia with The Nutcracker.  For ticket information call 389-4409 or click on the Celebrity Artist Series logo under Our Partners.

 

WHLM Sports

In High School Footbal playoffs Friday night, On Newsradio 930 Mount Carmel shut out Bloomsburg 28-0 after Bloomsburg QB Blake Rankin left the game injured within the first few minutes. On Classic Rock 103.5 Southern Columbia traded blows with Old Forge and emerged the victor 45-34. You can hear the details from the night's action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

 

Friday / November 25, 2011


Run for the Diamonds

An exciting finishing to Thursday's Run for the Diamonds in Berwick. As thousands of people watched along Market Street.... a surge of adrenalin helped propel Fred Joslyn of East Syracuse, N.Y. past Nick Hilton of Lock Haven in the final ten feet of the 102nd annual Run for the Diamonds. Joslyn covering the course in 45 – minutes, 20 – seconds. Katie O'Regan of Lebanon was the first woman to crossed the finish line in Thursday's run.

 

Mummey Death

Funeral services will be held next week for the 31 – year old owner / operator of a feed mill who died of injuries sustained at the Shamokin Township plant earlier this week. The Press – Enterprise is reporting that Jeffrey Mummey, Jr. of Catawissa was taken off life support Wednesday. Mummey was injured earlier this week when his hooded jacket got caught on a drive shaft while working in a grain bin at Shamrock Mills.

 

Flood Meeting

Columbia County lawmakers didn't like what they heard earlier this week with a representative of the U-S Army Corps of Engineers. In the opinion of the Corps..... there is no cost – benefit ratio which could lead the government to build a flood wall along the west end of Bloomsburg. But Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach said 1.7 million dollars has been already spent by the Corps to study the situation. One alternative is to buy out residents of Fernville... making the area a park.... thus increasing the flood – cost benefit to Bloomsburg's west side.

 

Mt. Pleasant Accident

A 17 – year old unnamed Millville teenager was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville Thursday afternoon... after crashing his car in Mt. Pleasant Township. State Police at Bloomsburg tell us the teen was northbound on Millertown road when he lost control of his 2001 Chrysler... striking a utility pole and ending up in a field. The teen suffering minor injuries.

 

MinSec

The U-S Department of Labor is looking into the new director of the MinSec correctional facility in Hazleton. It's alleged that director Jerry Cesare allegedly altered time clock records... leaving at least 31 people without their overtime. The Department of labor was called in... and the situation was amended... with the employees receiving their pay. The investigation is on-going.

 

LCCC President

The board of trustees at Luzerne County Community College has agreed to a new contract for President Thomas Leary. Details of the contract are not known... but the trustee's are expected to meet on December 6th to finalize the deal. Leary has been president of the school since 2007... and makes estimated $142,000 a year.

 

WHLM Sports

In High School Footbal playoffs Friday night, On Newsradio 930 Mount Carmel shut out Bloomsburg 28-0 after Bloomsburg QB Blake Rankin left the game injured within the first few minutes. On Classic Rock 103.5 Southern Columbia traded blows with Old Forge and emerged the victor 45-34. You can hear the details from the night's action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

 

What's Happening Thanksgiving Thursday November 24, 2011


 

The Berwick Marathon Association presents the Annual Run For The Diamonds this morning.  The nine-mile course travels through Berwick, and Diamonds are presented to the winners.  You can hear the race live on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick’s 1280 and here at www.whlm.com.

 

The Danville Knights of Columbus are hosting their 28th annual free community Thanksgiving dinner today.  The meal starts promptly at noon at St. Joseph School Hall in Danville.

 

Santa Claus is coming to Downtown Bloomsburg tomorrow in the second annual WHLM Parade of Lights.  The parade forms in the Lightstreet Hospital Parking Log and moves at 6:00 PM.  The route will cover Lighstreet Road, Main Street, and Market Street to the Bloomsburg Fire Department.

 

The annual downtown Berwick Christmas parade is scheduled for tomorrow at 10:30 AM.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will open Treefest at the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg tomorrow.  You can view hundreds of decorated Christmas trees this weekend and next.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will also open up their newest performance this weekend.  You can catch “Holiday Memories” on stage at the Alvina Krause Theatre through December 30th.  For show times click on the BTE logo under Our Partners.

 

Sweet Valley Church of Christ invites you to Black Friday’s best deal tomorrow for free supper and movie.  Dinner will be served from 4:00 to 8:00, and the movie starts at 7:00 PM.

 

The Southside Fire Company Christmas tree lot will open tomorrow.  This weekend’s hours are 9:00 am to 9:00 pm tomorrow and Saturday, and noon to 6:00 pm on Sunday.

 

The Unityville Fire Company is hosting their 52nd annual buckwheat cakes and sausage supper.  They’ll be serving up food 24-hours a day starting tomorrow at 6:00 am straight through Sunday night at 9:00 pm.

Wednesday / November 23, 2011


New Charges

That Penn State sex abuse scandal involving former coach Jerry Sandusky is exploding. The Harrisburg Patriot News... and CNN is reporting two new investigations have been opened by the department of Children and Youth Services. Sandusky was arrested earlier this month following the release of a grand jury report detailing crimes that he is accused of committing between 1994 and 2009. He has denied the allegations and is free on $100,000 bail.

 

Wise Pleads

A Montour County man has pleaded guilty to the stabbing death of his gal – pal earlier this year in Danville. 33 – year old Westley Wise was accused of stabbing 26 – year old Jessica Frederick last January at their Front Street home. Now... he's pleaded to third degree murder of Ms. Frederick. Although no date has been set for sentencing.... Wise could get up to 40 years at a state penitentiary.

 

Run for Diamonds

Final preparations are being made for Thursday's 102nd annual Run for the Diamonds in Berwick.  Race organizer Margaret Livsey says last year's men's winner Jon Phillips of Brooklyn is expected to be back, but women's running champ... Heidi Peoples of Scranton... isn't. Overall... Ms. Livsey says an estimated 1,800 people could participate in tomorrow's Run for the Diamonds. You can catch all the action Thursday morning at 10 O'clock on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280... and www.whlm.com.

 

Berwick Borough

With the 102nd annual Run for the Diamonds scheduled for Thursday in Berwick... the borough is doing a little sprucing up. A borough spokesman says there is no parking Wednesday on Market Street... from the 300 to the 1500 block due to street sweeping. Signs are posted. On Thursday... there is no parking on Market Street starting at 8 AM. Any parked cars will be towed prior to the Run for the Diamonds.

 

Holiday Travel

Many of us will be hitting the road Wednesday to enjoy the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  As a matter of fact... the Triple – A says more than 42 – million American's will be on the road. The Triple – A's Jenny Robinson says a lot of folks come into their offices looking for road information.  The holiday period starts Wednesday and ends midnight Sunday.

 

Car / Cemetery

An 84 – year old Mifflinville woman had a wild ride through an Espy Cemetery on Tuesday. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition that Martha Seiwell had just left an auto repair shop... when for some unknown reason... she drove directly across Old Berwick Road... slamming through the fence at the New Rosemont Cemetery. Her Geo Prism ran over at least a half dozen head stones before coming to a stop. Seiwell was not injured.

 

PEMA / FEMA

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management agency says their counterpart at the federal level... FEMA... has issued close to $312 – million dollars in funding to residents effected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. It was Lee that caused millions of dollars in damage to Bloomsburg and Columbia County nearly three months ago. The total includes $69 - million dollars in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans and $115 - million dollars in settled National Flood Insurance Program claims.

 

Obama to Visit

President Obama is coming to Scranton next Wednesday. The White House says he'll be in the Electric City to talk about the American Jobs act. That trip to Lackawanna County dealing with promoting his shovel – ready jobs programs across Northeastern Pennsylvania.

 

Mountain Top Robbery

Police in Luzerne County continue their search for a knife – wielding bandit who held up a convenience store early Tuesday morning. The robbery happened at the Good – 2 – Go store on Route 309 in Mountain Top. The man jumping over a counter and grabbing the cash in the register. If you have information about the robbery... you're asked to call Fairview Township police.

 

Drug Charges

A Shickshinny man remains in the Carbon County Jail after he was arrested over the weekend in Beaver Meadows near Hazleton. Police say 25 – year old Brian Engler, Jr. was arrested after a fight which began over counterfeit drugs. Engler is facing a host of felony and misdemeanor drug charges.  He's being held on $30,000 bail.

Tuesday / November 22, 2011


Assault

A Bloomsburg University student is in the Columbia County Jail after being accused of assaulting an out – of – town man earlier this month. Bloomsburg police tell us 21 – year old Corey Winkler of Sparta, New Jersey... allegedly assaulted 21 – year old Michael Walsh of New Milford during the early morning hours of November 12th. Police finding Walsh at the rear of student housing at 385 Lightstreet Road. Walsh remains in the intensive care unit of Geisinger. Winkler is facing a long list of charges and remains in prison on $50,000 bail.

 

Industrial Accident

A Catawissa – area man is in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville... after his clothing got caught in a shaft drive at his feed mill Monday morning. 31 - year old Jeff Mummey, Jr. was apparently attempting to loosen some grain when his clothing became caught by a piece of machinery at Shamrock Mills in Shamokin Township... near Paxinos. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... Mummey was pulled from the equipment by emergency workers... who had LifeFlight whisk him to GMC. Mummey has operated the business for the past year.

 

Berwick Fire

Berwick Firemen were called out overnight to douse hot spots which remained from a garage fire in the 400 block of East 11th Street. A Monday afternoon fire leveled the three bay garage. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition that the fire was discovered around 1:30. Berwick Fire Chief Bill Coolbaugh says the blaze does not appear to be suspicious.

 

Bloomsburg Budget

Bloomsburg Town Council is in the middle of preparing their operating budget for 2012. The proposed spending plan is coming from two sources... a $4.2 million dollar proposal from Mayor Dan Knorr... and one totaling $4.6 million being proposed by Council. Councilman – elect Eric Bower says both plans are well thought out.

 

AGAPE / Toys

AGAPE of Bloomsburg... on 7th street is now collecting toys for the innocent victims of September's flooding. The organization's Kathy Lowe telling us the group is accepting new, unwrapped toys through the 10th of December. Ms. Lowe say toy distribution will take place a week later at former Bloomsburg Mills Warehouse on 6th Street.

 

TreeFest

The Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble's 23rd annual TreeFest gets underway this weekend at the Caldwell Consistory on the square in Bloomsburg. The event features 142 highly decorated Christmas Trees.  The yearly program is made possible by area Christmas Tree growers who donate the trees. The trees are decorated... and will be given to families in time for the holidays.

 

Hazleton Budget

Residents of Hazleton could see a 12% increase in property taxes under a proposed 2012 budget. Council... Monday night... adopted the measure 3 – to - 1 during a first reading. Hazleton City Council has until the end of next month to approve the spending plan.

 

Suspect Sought

Police near Hazleton are looking for a masked man who allegedly held up the manager of a convenience store over the weekend while making a deposit. The incident happened at the PNC Bank on Route 93 in Hazle Township. Police say that's when the woman encountered the robber... who shot her in the face and the back of the head with a BB gun... grabbing the money. Investigators have surveillance video of the suspect. Anyone with information about the robbery are asked to call police.

 

Southern / Old Forge

After winning their 4th straight District 4 championship, the Southern Columbia High School football team plays District 2 champion Old Forge this Friday. The teams to square off at Kemp Memorial Stadium in Shamokin in a first round Class A state playoff game. Old Forge has a record of 10 and 2 while Southern Columbia is 11 and 1. Friday's game begins at 7 O'clock. You can hear it on Classic Rock 103.5 starting with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Monday Night Football

In the NFL last night... the New England Patriots scored 24 second – half points to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 34 to 3. New England now has control of the AFC's top spot.

Monday / November 21, 2011


Knapp Ave. Fire

A couple of people... a quiet Sunday afternoon... and then everything breaks loose. Norris Hornberger of 85 Knapp Avenue telling WHLM News he settled in to watch football. His son Mike and his gal – pal did the same in another part of the house... that's when someone came rapping on the door of their home telling them of the fire. The Hornberger's were alerted by a couple of Bloomsburg University students who spotted the flames in a garage which adjoined 85 Knapp... and 84 Pine Street. Bloomsburg Chief Bob Rupp says it's believed the fire started in the garage. An investigator will be on – scene Monday. The Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross is helping the Hornberger family.

 

Train Ride

Trying to find something to do this weekend following shopping.... and taking in the Parade of Lights Friday night in downtown Bloomsburg.... how does a holiday train ride on the North Shore Railroad sound? It's being sponsored by the Downtown Business Association.... and starts Saturday morning according the organization's Tim Wagner. You can get tickets for this weekend's train ride at the Bloomsburg Chamber of Commerce office on Market Street.

 

Bank Replaced by ATM

The only bank in Shickshinny will soon be gone. A Wells Fargo company spokesman said their only location in the five mountain area... at Main and Union Streets will soon be demolished. In its place... a full – service ATM machine. The bank was flooded during September.... shifting it off its foundation. A spokesman says it would cost prohibitive to bring the building... and the bank... back on line.

 

Bloomsburg Man Sentenced

A Bloomsburg man has admitted in Schuylkill County Court he ran a meth lab out of a motel in West Mahanoy Township. The plea of 44 – year old Larry Wilcox was accepted by the judge... and now Wilcox will spend the next two months at the state correctional facility in Camp Hill... until it's determined where he'll serve his time. He was busted in June at a hotel at the interchange of Interstate 81 and Route 61. Co – defendant... 36 year old Catherine Womer of Pottsville is awaiting trial.

 

Musto Trial
It appears that former State Senator Raphael Musto may not go on trial February 1st as scheduled. His attorney says the 82 – year old Musto is too ill to help prepare his corruption trial.... so attorney John Riley wants it moved back to June. Musto represented the Wyoming Valley for 30 - years in Harrisburg.... and is accused of receiving free building renovations from a developer who later got state supported financing for the construction of a commercial park.

 

PennDOT Project

PennDOT has wrapped up a Bridge Deck Project on Creek Road in Locust Township. The Agency's Rick Mason says the contractor completed it's work on a bridge deck replacement on Creek Road. That's over Roaring Creek in Locust Township... on the south side of Columbia County. The detour that had been in effect since early September when repair work began.

What's Happening Sunday November 20, 2011


The Loose Ties Model Railroad display at the Columbia Mall will be open today from noon to 4:00 PM.

 

The Turn The Page free book giveaway is open at the Columbia Mall today from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

 

The Buckhorn Fire hall will host basket and doll bingo today.  Doors open at noon and games start at 2:00 PM…tickets are $20.00.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Hall is serving up their monthly all you can eat breakfast buffet today from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 

WHLM Sports

Area High School Football teams went head-to-head as postseason play continued Friday night. In a game heard on Newsradio 930 Bloomsburg defeated Towanda 35-20 in the D4 Class AA Final. On Classic Rock 103.5 Berwick ended their 2011 season by taking the Eastern Conference D3 title 57-46 against Southern Lehigh. In the D4 Class A Final Southern Columbia beat Line Mountain 35-14.

 

In BU College Basketball Saturday the Huskies were at home against Lock Haven. The Women won their game 73-55. The Men won their game as well 82-50. On Sunday the Huskies faced Edinboro. The Women lost that match 98-73. The Men won theirs 77-68. Listen to the details from Sunday's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

 

What's Happening Saturday November 19, 2011


The Washingtonville Fire Company is hosting a breakfast today from 7:00 am to 11:00 am.

 

The Danville Stadium Council will be holding a cash bingo at the Danville Moose today.  Doors open at 10:30 am and games start at noon.  Tickets are $25.00 at the door.

 

Bethany United Methodist Church in Berwick is hosting a holiday craft show today from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

St. Columba Church invites you out to their 7th annual Winterfest today from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

The Children’s Museum invites your kids out for Living History Day.  They are open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm today.

 

Downtown Bloomsburg will celebrate Oktoberfest today at the Moose Exchange on Main Street.

 

The Animal Resource Center invites you to their annual banquet and auction today.  Doors open at 4:30 PM, and tickets are a donation of $25.00.  The night includes dinner, auction, 50/50, cash bar, and entertainment…for information call 271-1135.

 

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church will host a free turkey dinner today at 5:00 PM.  The church is located at 5th and Iron Streets in Bloomsburg, call 784-7430 to make reservations.

 

The Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center will host a free OATS prefest raffle and jam session tonight starting at 6:00 pm at the center.

 

Mill Green United Methodist Church invites you to their special evening of music hymn sing with special numbers tonight at 7:00pm.  The church is located in Greenwood four miles east of Millville.

 

The Loose Ties Model Railroad display at the Columbia Mall will be open today from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Tomorrow from noon to 4:00 PM.

 

The Turn The Page free book giveaway is open at the Columbia Mall today from 1:00 to 7:00 pm and tomorrow from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Hall is serving up their monthly all you can eat breakfast buffet tomorrow from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 

The Buckhorn Fire hall will host basket and doll bingo tomorrow.  Doors open at noon and games start at 2:00 PM…tickets are $20.00.

 

WHLM Sports

Area High School Football teams went head-to-head as postseason play continued Friday night. In a game heard on Newsradio 930 Bloomsburg defeated Towanda 35-20 in the D4 Class AA Final. On Classic Rock 103.5 Berwick ended their 2011 season by taking the Eastern Conference D3 title 57-46 against Southern Lehigh. In the D4 Class A Final Southern Columbia beat Line Mountain 35-14.

 

In BU College Basketball Saturday the Huskies were at home against Lock Haven. The Women won their game 73-55. The Men won their game as well 82-50. The Huskies are at home again Sunday against Edinboro. You can hear all the action in those games on the WHLM Stations and here at WHLM.com starting with the pregame to the Women's game at 12:40. Listen to the details from Saturday's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

 

Friday November 18, 2011


House Passes Shale Bill

The State House has passed legislation dealing with local and state impacts, environmental concerns, and increased regulation of drilling for Marcellus Shale natural gas in Pennsylvania. The bill now moves onto the State Senate for consideration. State Representative David Millard told us that the State Senate has passed their own bill that calls for an overall tax of a little under 3%. The bill passed in the House calls for a little over a 1% tax. Millard says that the House tax would put us at the bottom of the barrel, and the Senate tax would put the state in the middle of the pack compared to other states.

 

Loose Ties Model Railroad

You may have been walking through the Columbia Mall and noticed the big train display. That display is thanks to the Loose Ties Model Railroad Club. The group started in Central Pennsylvania in 1986, and Jeff Johnstonbaugh, Club President, says they take their portable layout to different places to share the train. Johnstonbaugh says that Christmas, trains, and kids all go together...and with that mindset the group has a Christmas event coming up this weekend. The display will be open to the public at no charge at the Columbia Mall Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from noon to 4:00 pm.

 

Operation Safe Holiday

PennDOT and police across Pennsylvania will partner for “Operation Safe Holiday,” an aggressive effort to keep travelers safe this holiday season. Through early January, police will use sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols, and regular traffic safety patrols to crack down on motorists who are speeding, driving aggressively or driving while impaired. Pennsylvania will also conduct Click It or Ticket seat-belt enforcement now through December 4th.

 

Berwick United Way

Joy McGinnis of the Berwick Area United Way has checked in with totals for this year's campaign. The Berwick Campaign has raised 92% of their total goal so far this year, at just under $369,000. The campaign continues and if you'd like to donate you can go online to www.berwickareaunitedway.org or call 759-8203.

 

Red Cross Help

One way to help our area is to donate blood, and the Danville Area Red Cross would like to raise awareness of blood donations in our community and what you can do to help. To schedule a time for a red cross representative to come in to speak to your group, please call 275-1441. If you're looking for a blood drive coming soon keep Monday and Tuesday marked on your calendar. Go to the community calendar here on our website for dates and times of the drives happening next week.

 

Megan's Law

The State Senate has voted to strengthen Megan's Law. The law requires sex offenders to register with state police and provide up-to-date information on where they live and work. The senate legislation would close loopholes in PA's Megan's Law, and make it conform with federal law. After unanimous passage in the senate the bill now heads to the state house, which has routinely shown support for improving the law.

 

Governor Former and Present Weigh In

While many members of the General Assembly rush to pass legislation in the wake of the Penn State scandal, Governor Tom Corbett urges caution. At the same time former Governor Ed Rendell says Penn State must clean up their own rules first, and he does acknowledge that state law could be improved. Meanwhile, a $3-million dollar state grant that had been approved for the charity Jerry Sandusky founded has been put on hold.

 

WHLM Sports

Area High School Football teams went head-to-head as postseason play continued Friday night. In a game heard on Newsradio 930 Bloomsburg defeated Towanda 35-20 in the D4 Class AA Final. On Classic Rock 103.5 Berwick ended their 2011 season by taking the Eastern Conference D3 title 57-46 against Southern Lehigh. In the D4 Class A Final Southern Columbia beat Line Mountain 35-14. Listen to the details from Friday's action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

 

Thursday November 17, 2011


Flood Bill Passed In Senate

The State Senate approved a bi-partisan, eight bill, package on Wednesday designed to provide relief to those affected by heavy flooding caused by tropical storm Lee. Senator John Gordner of Columbia County authored part of the legislation. The bills include legislation that would provide supplemental state assistance, highway bridge and rail rehabilitation projects, real estate tax abatement, low interest loan programs for small businesses, and interest rate assistance and loan guarantees to assist farmers. The legislation now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

 

Occupy Moves to Colleges

Will we see the “Occupy” movement hit Bloomsburg University? Students all across the United States are ready to strike in protest of the cost and quality of college education today. The Occupy movement has taken hold at Susquehanna University, and students there plan to leave classes Thursday afternoon in protest. Just a few weeks ago students from Bloomsburg University were involved in an Occupy Bloomsburg protest that involved about a dozen people, both town residents and BU students, at the town fountain.

 

United Way Campaign Checks In

The 2011 United Way Campaign has been going on for some time now, and John Thomas of the Columbia County United Way checked in with us. He says they have raised at total of $372,000 so far this year. There are fifteen local member agencies that benefit. To donate you can check with your employer to see if they do paycheck withdrawals or contact the Columbia County United Way by calling 784-3134. You can also donate online at www.unitedwaycolumbiacounty.com.

 

Young's Funny Farm In Need

“We Bring Smiles,” that's what you'll see when you visit Young's Funny Farm's website. The organization visits hospitals, camps, fairs, carnivals, schools...the list goes on...with their therapy dogs, donkeys, ducks, and other animals to bring smiles to the community. They are in the process of looking for a donation of a used tow vehicle. The have had to limit the number of visits they are able to make with their animals due to the lack of transportation. To help or find out more contact Neil Young by visiting them online at www.youngsfunnyfarm.org.

 

Shale Bill

A comprehensive Marcellus Shale Bill has passed the Senate. The per well impact fee would start out at $50,000, under the GOP-backed bill. In years 2011-20, the fee would be $10,000. State Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati says they worked diligently to find a “sweet spot” on revenues. 55% of the fee would stay local, the rest would be used for statewide infrastructure and environmental programs. Many democrats say it's a free pass for the industry.

 

Fracking Concerns

A new poll finds that the public is not sure who to believe when it comes to issues related to natural gas fracking. The poll finds Pennsylvanians have doubts about the credibility of the media, environmental groups and scientists when it comes to information about the fracking process. 48% of participants felt environmental groups overstate the impacts.

 

Schools

Former Governor Ed Rendell is defending his record on education. The National Assessment of Education progress singles out Pennsylvania as one of only a few states to make significant progress across all grades and subjects from 2003 to 2011. Former Governor Ed Rendell says the number of students attaining the highest levels of PSSA scores doubled on his watch. He wants State Lawmakers to rebuild public education funding. Regardless of what happens in the voucher debate, Rendell says not one dollar should be taken from public schools.

 

WHLM Sports: BU Basketball

College basketball returned to the Nelson Field House Wednesday night as The Bloomsburg University Huskies took on Philadelphia's University of the Sciences. The double-header ended in victories for both BU teams. The Women's final was 83-61, the Men's final was 71-56.

 

WHLM Sports: PSAC All Conference

The PSAC all conference team was announced yesterday, and Bloomsburg University led the way with 13 all conference picks including 9 first team selections. Leading the way was senior cornerback Oscar Rivera, a first team pick for the third straight season.

Wednesday November 16, 2011


World COPD Day

The Meadows Community Center in Danville is hosting world COPD day today from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and is a common form of lung disease. The event today includes education about the disease, a guest speaker, vendors, and refreshments. The Meadows are located on the grounds of Maria Joseph Manor off Route 11 in Danville.

 

Free Flu Vaccines

The Columbia County Clinic in conjunction with the Department of Health will offer free flu vaccines Thursday from 9:00 to 11:00 am. The Vaccines are open to the general public. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome. Please call 752-1780.

 

Drug Bust

Heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and prescription pain pills...that's what reports say led to a major drug bust of more than 100 people in Northumberland and Montour Counties. WNEP News reports that the Northumberland-Montour Drug Task Force filed the drug possession and drug dealing charges on Tuesday following a major investigation.

 

Penn State Gets Ready

Penn State's interim football coach has been busy preparing for the Ohio State game, as the school deals with the child sexual abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach. Tom Bradley says he is trying to keep the players as informed as possible, and playing an away game will give them more time together. Bradley says the players will do something special before the coin toss at Ohio State, but he's left it up to the team. Last Saturday the team came out for unity, the victims and Penn State...Bradley says the signified what they were all about.

 

S.M.I.L.E

Single Mothers Individually Living Empowered...or S.M.I.L.E for short. It's a group that meets weekly in Berwick at the New Covenant Christian Center. Founder Vicki Berlin says the group is there to help single mothers in our community. Berlin says she wanted to do something in our community and saw a need for support of single mothers after seeing many suicides. For more information on the group you can visit their website at: www.smilesinglemoms.org.

 

Turn The Page

When Amelia Blackledge said she wanted to replace books that local children lost in the flood she wasn't kidding. She organized the Turn the Page book drive, and with the help of thousands of donations there is now a location open at the Columbia Mall with free books for local children. The books were originally given out to only children affected by the flooding, but now the books are available for all children ages pre-k to teen. The location at the mall has moved next to Victoria Secret, and is open Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, Saturdays from 1:00 to 7:00 PM and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 PM now through December 10th.

 

WHLM Sports: BU Basketball

College basketball returned to the Nelson Field House Wednesday night as The Bloomsburg University Huskies took on Philadelphia's University of the Sciences. The double-header ended in victories for both BU teams. The Women's final was 83-61, the Men's final was 71-56. Listen to the detalis from Wednesday's action in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

WHLM Sports: Berwick Bulldogs

Berwick has won 9 Eastern Conference football championships. This Friday at Crispin Field, the Bulldogs will try for the school's 10th title when they take on Southern Lehigh in the Eastern Conference Division 3 Championship game. The game kicks off at 7:00 pm. You can hear it on Classic Rock 103.5. The coverage begins at 6:00 pm with the Coach Campbell Show.

Tuesday November 15, 2011


Bloomsburg School Options

Bloomsburg School District officials are looking at their options in the aftermath of the September flooding. One question they are now asking is should the high school and middle school be moved to higher ground. Bloomsburg School's Superintendent Coz Curry stressed that the idea is in it's infancy. He says there is a long process ahead to investigate this idea further including coming up with options, weighing those options, and deciding what would be best.

 

A Tour Of Bloomsburg

Two sets of well known Washington eyes were in Bloomsburg on Monday. House Speaker John Boehner and Congressman Lou Barletta met with town officials and residents regarding the September flooding. They toured Reiter Automotive and the west end of Main Street by the fairgrounds. Boehner had been in Bloomsburg back in 2010 as part of Barletta's campaign, so he was able to see the flood damage.

 

Readying For Winter

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission wants you to “Prepare Now.” Their latest program is aimed at making homeowners aware of what they need to do to prepare for the cold winds of winter that are not too far off. Pamela Witmer, Commissioner of the PUC, says there are programs for low income customers and even budget plans that can help spread out the costs of winter heating. The PUC's idea is to get people to take action BEFORE the big heating bills come in the mail.

 

WHLM Traffic: I-80 Travel

PennDOT is advising motorists that the eastbound and westbound lanes from mile 241 to 242 on Interstate 80 in Columbia County will have daylight signing patterns switching from right to left lanes to perform concrete barrier resetting and line panting. The work will last from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm daily through Wednesday.

 

WHLM Traffic: Back Branch Road

PennDOT asks for patience during flood recovery projects. Motorists are advised that Route 4008, Back Branch Road, in Bloomsburg is officially closed while emergency flood repairs continue. The contractor is working six days a week to expedite the flood repairs. In the meantime, PennDOT asks motorists to find alternate routes. The contractor is expected to have the road reopened to traffic by early next week.

 

WHLM Sports: High School Football

The Bloomsburg High School football team is preparing for Friday night's District 4 Class AA semifinal game at Towanda. The Panthers have won four straight games and will take an 8-2 record into the game, while Towanda is 9-1. You can hear Friday's game starting with the pregame show at 6:30 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 as well as www.whlm.com. Friday night's other district semi-final will be Lewisburg at Mount Carmel.

 

WHLM Sports: BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams will play their home openers Wednesday night against The University of the Sciences. The action at the Nelson Field House begins with the women's game at 6:00 pm. You can hear both of those games on the WHLM Stations beginning with the pregame show to the women's game at 5:40.

Monday / November 14, 2011


Penn State / Corbett

Governor Tom Corbett made the rounds of the Sunday morning TV shows. On NBC's Meet the Press... the governor was asked about then graduate assistant Mike McQueary... who spotted Defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky allegedly sexually assaulting a boy in the shower nine years ago... and should he have done more than just report it up the chain of command. McQueary's future as an assistant coach for the Nittany Lions is up in the air and will ultimately be decided by the university's board of trustees... of which Corbett is a member.
 

AGAPE

Flood victims from across the region still need our help as they continue to recover from the floods of September. Monday... for example... AGAPE spokesperson Kathy Lowe says there is a clothing giveaway for folks who need a little something to get through the winter. It starts at 10 O'clock at AGAPE headquarters on 7th Street. Meantime... AGAPE will take applications through the end of the month for flood victims who want to get a portion of the $189,000 the organization is handing out.

However, you need to fill out an application... and you can get one at AGAPE headquarters on 7th Street or at the WHLM Stations... on East Main Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Flooding / David Millard

Many times the wheels of progress turn slowly. Take for example... after the '06 flood... State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township requested a million dollars for flood mitigation along Fishing Creek... a grant given to the area late last year by then - Governor Rendell. Meantime.... Representative Millard has gone on record for a flood wall as protection around the west end of Bloomsburg.

 

Return Board

If you thought the elections for 2011 ended at midnight last Tuesday.... you're mistaken. In Columbia County.... the counting of some returns continues Monday... but they should only effect the outcome of the final numbers... and not the candidate who won the particular office... so says chief Registrar Matt Rapasky.

 

Fire Alarm

Residents of Bloomsburg were roused from their sleep shortly after 1:15 Sunday morning. The fire department's siren went off. The reason... smoke coming from the Husky Corners at Main and East Streets. Police... then firemen finding light smoke on the second floor of the building which was traced over overcooked food. Firemen were back in quarters within a half hour. Cops continued their patrol of the town.

 

Schuylkill Fire

A Mahony Township woman... south of Hazleton... is recovering from burns she sustained over the weekend when her home caught fire. Bertha Wargo was treated at the scene... and eventually airlifted to the Leigh Valley Hospital in Allentown where she is being treated for burns on her face and hands. Authorities say the fire was accidental... with it's origin at the rear of the building.

 

Hazleton Fire

Trash which caught fire in a receptacle in a 7th flood bathroom of the Minsec building in Hazleton Saturday night prompted Hazleton firemen to check it out. The smoke forced the evacuation of the building... while firemen extinguished the smoldering remains. No one was injured... it's not known how the fire at the Minsec building began.

 

Person Pushed

A Middleburg man is in the Snyder County jail after shoving another man out of his car. Police say Kevin Hause is facing a charge of aggravated assault... after he allegedly got into an argument with a passenger in his car... then simply shoved him out the door. That person was treated for his injuries at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Sunday / November 13, 2011


Fire Alarm

Residents of Bloomsburg were roused from their sleep shortly after 1:15 Sunday morning. The fire department's siren went off. The reason... smoke coming from the Husky Corners at Main and East Streets. Police... then firemen finding light smoke on the second floor of the building which was traced over overcooked food. Firemen were back in quarters within a half hour. Cops continued their patrol of the town.

 

Schuylkill Fire

A Mahony Township woman is recovering from burns she sustained over the weekend when her home caught fire. Bertha Wargo was treated at the scene... and eventually airlifted to the Leigh Valley Hospital in Allentown where she is being treated for buns on her face and hands. Authorities say the fire was accidental... with it's origin at the rear of the building.

 

Minsec Fire

Trash which caught fire in a receptacle in a 7th flood bathroom of the Minsec building in Hazleton Saturday night prompted Hazleton firemen to check it out. The smoke forced the evacuation of the building... while firemen extinguished the smoldering remains. No one was injured... it's not known how the fire at the Minsec building began.

 

Person Pushed

A Middle burg man is in the Snyder County jail after shoving another man out of his car. Police say Kevin Hause is facing a charge of aggravated assault... after he allegedly got into an argument with a passenger in his car... then simply shoved him out the door. That person was treated for his injuries at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

 

WHLM Sports

The first round of postseason play in High School Football kicked off Friday night. On Newsradio 930 Bloomsburg defeated Mifflinburg 48-20. On Classic Rock 103.5 The Bulldogs of Berwick beat Coughlin on the strength of a missed extra point 29-28. In other local team action Danville fell to Towanda 35-20, Southern Columbia beat Sayre 55-7, and Columbia Montour Vo-Tech lost to Milton 49-13.

 

Bloomsburg University closed out the 2011 regular football season with a 34-3 win at home against Lock Haven. The Huskies now await the announcement of postseason play to be made Sunday afternoon.

 

In Huskies basketball Saturday, the BU Women's team beat Seton-Hill 71-60. On Sunday, the Women's team beat Bowie State 53-43.

 

You can hear all the details from Sunday's action in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

What's Happening Sunday November 13th


First English Baptist Church is hosting mission mall today.  It’s an alternative gift giving fair where you can give monetary donations to local charities in the name of your family and friends.

 

Free books are available for flood victims thanks to the Lets Turn The Page Together location in the Columbia Mall.  The location is open today from 1:00 to 5:00.

 

Millville Christian Church is hosting “What’s It Worth” with Dr. Lori this afternoon starting at 1:00 PM.

 

The Bloomsburg University Chamber Orchestra will be in concert today at 2:30 PM in Mitrani Hall on the BU Campus.

 

Tonight it’s the 5th annual Night of Giving happening at the Columbia Mall from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.  Proceeds benefit local flood victims.

 

WHLM Sports

The first round of postseason play in High School Football kicked off Friday night. On Newsradio 930 Bloomsburg defeated Mifflinburg 48-20. On Classic Rock 103.5 The Bulldogs of Berwick beat Coughlin on the strength of a missed extra point 29-28. In other local team action Danville fell to Towanda 35-20, Southern Columbia beat Sayre 55-7, and Columbia Montour Vo-Tech lost to Milton 49-13.

 

Bloomsburg University closed out the 2011 regular football season with a 34-3 win at home against Lock Haven. The Huskies now await the announcement of postseason play to be made Sunday afternoon.

 

In Huskies basketball Saturday, the BU Women's team beat Seton-Hill 71-60. They play Sunday afternoon in Shepherdstown, West Virginia against Bowie State in our first basketball broadcast of the season. You can catch that game starting with the pregame at 1:40 on the WHLM Stations as well as here on WHLM.com.

 

You can hear all the details from Sunday's action in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

 

What's Happening Saturday November 12th


Today is the day that Bloomsburg honors veterans with the annual Veterans Day parade at 10:00 am.

 

Victory Baptist Church in Bloomsburg is hosting a free giveaway for flood victims and people in need today…they’ll have household items, clothes toys and other items.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Hall will host a craft bazaar today, they are located off of route 642 between Danville and Milton.

 

Good Shepherd Church located at 5th and Iron Streets in Bloomsburg is hosting a rummage sale today…proceeds benefit the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard.

 

Stillwater Christian Church is hosting a gift fair today they’ll have handmade items from around the world, and your purchases will provide support to women, children and families in impoverished areas around the world.

 

The Mifflinville United Methodist Church is holding a soup and bake sale at the social hall today…cost is $5.00 per quart.

 

The Bloomsburg University Flood buddies will be selling baked goods and hot chocolate before the BU Home game today to raise money for families affected by the flood.

 

Holy Family Convent in Danville is serving up a spaghetti dinner this afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

 

Elysburg Alliance Church will offer a contemporary worship service tonight at 6:30 PM.

 

The Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series presents Anthony Zerbe with “It’s All Done With Mirrors,” tonight at 8:00 PM.

 

First English Baptist Church is hosting mission mall today and tomorrow.  It’s an alternative gift giving fair where you can give monetary donations to local charities in the name of your family and friends.

 

Free books are available for flood victims thanks to the Lets Turn The Page Together location in the Columbia Mall.  The location is open from 1:00 to 7:00 today and 1:00 to 5:00 tomorrow.

 

Millville Christian Church is hosting “What’s It Worth” with Dr. Lori tomorrow afternoon starting at 1:00 PM.

 

The Bloomsburg University Chamber Orchestra will be in concert tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 PM in Mitrani Hall on the BU Campus.

 

Tomorrow night it’s the 5th annual Night of Giving happening at the Columbia Mall from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.  Proceeds benefit local flood victims.

 

WHLM Sports

The first round of postseason play in High School Football kicked off Friday night. On Newsradio 930 Bloomsburg defeated Mifflinburg 48-20. On Classic Rock 103.5 The Bulldogs of Berwick beat Coughlin on the strength of a missed extra point 29-28. In other local team action Danville fell to Towanda 35-20, Southern Columbia beat Sayre 55-7, and Columbia Montour Vo-Tech lost to Milton 49-13.

 

Bloomsburg University closed out the 2011 regular football season with a 34-3 win at home against Lock Haven. The Huskies now await the announcement of postseason play to be made Sunday afternoon.

 

In Huskies basketball Saturday, the BU Women's team beat Seton-Hill 71-60. They play Sunday afternoon in Shepherdstown, West Virginia against Bowie State in our first basketball broadcast of the season. You can catch that game starting with the pregame at 1:40 on the WHLM Stations as well as here on WHLM.com.

 

You can hear all the details from Sunday's action in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

Friday / November 11, 2011


Interim PSU Coach

There's a new face of Penn State football -- for now. Interim coach Tom Bradly is no stranger to the program. During a news conference on the PSU campus in state college... after the sacking of head coach Joe Paterno in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.. he declined comment on the ongoing investigation. But the longtime Paterno assistant did seem to get emotional when talking about his former boss. He says Paterno's meant more to him than anybody but his father.

 

Governor Corbett
Governor Tom Corbett is speaking out on the Penn State sex abuse scandal. Mr. Corbett says he's disappointed in the actions of former Penn State President Graham Spanier and former coach Joe Paterno. Now, Corbett says, it's time to refocus the attention on the children. The governor also reminded the students that they have a right to rally and to express their opinions... but that nobody has a right to violence.

 

Trustees

Penn State's trustees will meet in public for the first time on Friday.... after forcing out the university's football coach and president amid an unfolding child sex abuse scandal. The session of the 32-member board follows two days of private meetings.

 

McQueary

Another decision has been made about a key name in the Penn State child sex scandal. Assistant Penn State coach Mike McQueary will not be on the sidelines of Saturday's game with Nebraska. Authorities say McQueary has been threatened. It was McQueary who... back in 2002... witnessed former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually assaulting a 10 – year old boy in a football facility shower.

 

Lawyer Called

Embattled former Penn State coach Joe Paterno has contacted a criminal defense attorney in the child sex abuse case that has rocked the university. NBC news says Paterno's advisers have reached out to J. Sedgwick Sollers, who had previously represented President George H.W. Bush. Paterno is not charged with any crimes in connection with the case, but was fired late Wednesday for his role, and said that he regretted not doing more after learning about allegations against ex-defensive coordinator Jerry Sandunsky.

 

BU Policy

The damage caused by the Sandusky sex scandal at Penn State University... is having a wide reaching effect. It's caused Bloomsburg University to look at it's policy. In a university – wide e-mail.... BU president Dr. David Soltz reminded students and personnel that if they see sexual abuse... they to notify university police. That was apparently not something done in the PSU case with administrators trying to cover up Sandusky's alleged misdeeds.

 

PSU Fallout

Far and wide there is fall out from the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal at Penn State University. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Bloomsburg University's Women's head basketball coach Bill Cleary called the entire situation unbelievable.

 

Chris Young

Now that the dust has settled in the Columbia County Commissioners race... Republican Chris Young says he's ready to get down to business. But, whatever the case... with a new commission coming on board... Young says how the board does it's business in the future comes down to relationships.

Although the commission has a couple of more meetings this year.... Young, Kovach and new comer Rich Ridgway will be sworn in during early January.

 

Hazleton Fire

A fire in a modular classroom earlier this week next to the high school has been ruled accidental. A state police fire marshal said a heating unit malfunctioned. No one was injured in the fire.... but the modular buildings are used to ease overcrowding in the Hazleton Area School District.

 

Shots Fired

State police aren't saying much about a case of “shots fired” at U.S. Trucks and Parts on the Can Do Expressway this week near Hazleton. Troopers taking one man into custody... with two others being sought in a case of alleged trespassing. If you have information about the incident... give state police at Hazleton a call.


WHLM Sports

The first round of postseason play in High School Football kicked off Friday night. On Newsradio 930 Bloomsburg defeated Mifflinburg 48-20. On Classic Rock 103.5 The Bulldogs of Berwick beat Coughlin on the strength of a missed extra point 29-28. In other local team action Danville fell to Towanda 35-20, Southern Columbia beat Sayre 55-7, and Columbia Montour Vo-Tech lost to Milton 49-13. You can catch all the details from Friday's action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

 

Thursday / November 10, 2011


PSU

He's gone... Penn State University's football coach Joe Paterno fired by the board of trustees last night. Also gone.... PSU President Graham Spanier. It all stems from last week's indictment of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky who allegedly sexually abused boys... on and off the campus. Meantime... Paterno's duties will be taken over by assistant coach Tom Bradley. The team heading into a game with Nebraska on Saturday.

 

Crossing Accident

An elderly Nescopeck driver is dead after he apparently went around crossing gates and was struck by a Norfolk Southern freight train in Catawissa. The incident happened around 10 O'clock Wednesday morning. Police say 81 – year old Robert Young... apparently went around the down crossing gates... and was broadsided by a Norfolk Southern locomotive.... pushing his truck down the track for more than a quarter mile. Young was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Christmas Tree

A 75 - foot tall Norway spruce tree which has been a mainstay in Mifflinville is headed for New York City. Specifically... it will be the tree that will stand in Rockefeller Plaza during the holiday season. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition that the Keller family tree was spotted by a 30 Rock official last spring as he was driving on Interstate 80. The tree will be taken to the big apple by truck... placed in the plaza... decorated... and lit for the world to see in early December.

 

Blood Supply

With the holiday season fast approaching blood supplies historically hit a critical low. Now... American Red Cross chapters across the region are trying to get their donors set up for some holiday giving... as they roll up their sleeve. Blood drives are being held across Columbia and Montour Counties on a daily basis. To check one near you... simply go to www.whlm.com and click on the community calender.

 

Hazleton Fire

A state police fire marshal still hasn't come up with the cause of a blaze which extensively damaged a building on the Hazleton Area High School Campus. The fire was first spotted early Wednesday morning in a modular building. Authorities say the building sustained heavy roof damage.

 

Bloomsburg Library

Been to the Bloomsburg Library lately on Market Street. It's a huge place where you can get lost for a couple of hours. However.... librarian Hal Pratt... telling Joe on the WHLM Morning Buzz this week times are tough. To make ends meet... the Library is holding a fund raiser at the Stone Fired Grill on Route 11... east of Bloomsburg... Thursday night. A donation from food sales from 5 to 7 O'clock... goes to the library.

 

Wednesday / November 9, 2011


Columbia County Election

Election night 2011 is over and there are some candidates re-elected.... but there is a new face among the crowd. In complete, but unofficial returns.... in the hotly contested race for Columbia County Commissioner.... incumbent Republican Chris Young won re-election... getting 34% of the vote. Also winning re-election to his commission seat was Democrat David Kovach of Berwick. He received 26 % of the ballots cast in the race. And a new face will join Young and Kovach come January. He is Republican Rich Ridgway.... receiving 22 % of the vote.

 

Columbia County DA

In the race for Columbia County District Attorney... Republican Tom Leipold easily outdistanced Democrat Leslie Bryden 63 to 36 %. Leipold replaces Gary Norton... who was unopposed on both the Republican and Democratic tickets for a Columbia – Montour County judgeship.

 

Montour County DA

In Montour County... Rebecca Warren easily won the seat of District Attorney. She defeated Tim Bowers as she got 78 % of the ballots cast in Tuesday's election.

 

Bloomsburg Town Council

Even though it was an off year election.... there were several races at the local level. In the race for three open seats on Bloomsburg Town Council... political newcomer Eric Bower and veteran council member Diane Levan each gathered 27 % of the votes cast on Tuesday... while former Fair President Fred Trump received 25 %. Barry Thorne receiving 18 % of the vote.

 

Berwick Council

Berwick Borough Council will see a fresh face or two. Alvin Hill was the top vote getter garnering 22 % of the ballots cast... followed by Joanne Huntington with 19 %... and Arden Oliver... also with 19 %. Vickey Walton Fish... and Scott Bower rounded out the field.

 

Hazleton Election

Elections were held in Luzerne County on Tuesday. In unofficial returns.... Republican incumbent Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi retained his seat over challenger... Democrat Grace Cuozzo. Unofficially... there was only a 158 vote difference. Independent John Medashefski finished a distant third.

 

Luzerne County DA

There will be a new District Attorney in Luzerne County come January. In unofficial returns... Republican Stefanie Salavantis has defeated incumbent D-A Jackie Musto Carroll. Just over a thousand votes separated the two candidates. Salavantis will serve a four year term... earning $168,000 dollars a year.

 

Paterno

The scandal involving former Penn State University defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is starting to take it's toll. Sandusky... indicted last week on charges that he allegedly sexually assaulted eight young boys between 1994 and 2009. Already the Universities Athletic Director and V-P of Business have been causalities.... and many believe with eroding support from the school's board of trustees.... head football coach Joe Paterno will either be asked to retire... or outright fired... when the board meets on Friday.

 

AGAPE

How far can you stretch 189 – thousand dollars among flood victims. Faith – based AGAPE of Bloomsburg is getting ready to find out. That's the amount of money they have... all donated from outside sources. Appearing on the Tuesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... AGAPE's Kathy Lowe says applications are available at AGAPE on 7th Street... as well as the WHLM Studios on East Main Street.

 

Nuremberg Fatal

A Nuremberg man is dead following a crash earlier this week. 32 – year old Travis Johnson's pick up truck ran off Tomhicken Road in Sugarloaf Township... and slammed into some trees. The accident happened west of the Tomhicken Post Office. Police say Johnson was not wearing his seatbelt. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Wednesday / November 9, 2011


Election Returns

Election night 2011 is over and there are some candidates re-elected.... but there is a new face among the crowd. In the hotly contested race for Columbia County Commissioner.... incumbent Republican Chris Young won re-election... getting 34% of the vote. Also winning re-election to his commission seat was Democrat David Kovach of Berwick. He received 26 % of the ballots cast in the race. And a new face will join young and Kovach come January is republican Rich Ridgway. He received 22 % of the vote.

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In the race for Columbia County District Attorney... Republican Tom Leipold easily outdistanced Democrat Leslie Bryden 63 to 36 %. Leipold replaces Gary Norton... who was unopposed on both the Republican and Democratic tickets for a Columbia – Montour County judgeship.

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In the race for three open seats on Bloomsburg Town Council... political newcomer Eric Bower and veteran council member Diane Levan each gathered 27 % of the vote... while former Fair President Fred Trump received 25 %. Barry Thorne receiving 18 % of the vote.

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Berwick Borough Council will see a fresh face or two. Alvin Hill was the top vote getter garnering 22 % of the vote... following by Joanne Huntington 19 %... and Arden Oliver... also with 19 %. Vickey Walton Fish... and Scott Bower rounded out the field.

Tuesday / November 8, 2011


Election Day

It's election day across Columbia and Montour Counties.... as well as the state of Pennsylvania. The polls are open from 7 AM through 8 PM... and weather-wise... it should be a pretty decent day. On the ballot... races for municipal elections. The races with the most interest in Columbia County is that for District Attorney. Tom Leipold faces Leslie Bryden. The other hotly contest race is that for county commission where incumbents Chris Young and David Kovach... are faced by challengers Rich Ridgway and Earl Mordan. Three out of the four will be elected. There are also council elections for the Bloomsburg and Berwick.

 

AGAPE

Two months ago many of us didn't know what Bloomsburg – based AGAPE was.... now we know it as a faith – based group that came through feeding thousands of people... pulling mud out of hundreds of homes following the September floods. AGAPE was organized two years ago... but it was the Columbia County Commissioner's kicked it into high gear during the floods making it the volunteer clearing house for everything flood recovery related.

 

Penn State Scandal

Two high ranking Penn State administrators have been arraigned in that sex abuse case involving former PSU football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Former Athletic director Tim Curley and former V-P of Business Gary Schultz were arraigned in a Harrisburg courtroom on Monday... charged with failing to report the abuse of eight children allegedly by Sandusky. Meantime... state Attorney General Linda Kelley says PSU head coach Joe Paterno is not a target of the on-going investigation.

 

Main Twp. Accident

The investigation is ongoing into a one car crash Monday afternoon in Main Township which injured two people. State Police say 22 – year old Jonathan Woll of Bloomsburg was westbound on East Hillcrest... when he failed to negotiate a curve... and struck two utility poles with his car. The Lincoln Mark 7 flipped over... tossing Woll from the car... and trapping a passenger inside. Woll and 21 – year old Alysa Karpa were rush to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment of injuries.

 

Danville Scam

Some senior citizens in Danville are being targeted by some scam artists. Police Chief Eric Gill telling WHLM News that they're investigating cases of individuals approaching the elderly... offing to assist with their grocery's. That's when the trouble begins. While doing so... those involved are making off with the person's wallet... or cash. If you have information about the scam... call Danville Police at 275 – 1911.

 

GMC Bus

A Sunbury woman has been charged with allegedly stealing a Geisinger Medical Center shuttle bus late last month. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition that 40 – year old Paula Clinton confessed to making off with the 25 passenger bus... and parking it at a garage in Point Township... then hitch – hiking to her home. Clinton faces a preliminary hearing on the 17th.

 

W-B Twp Fire Chief

The Wilkes – Barre Township Volunteer fire chief has been arrested after he assaulted his ex – girlfriend's companion. John Yuknavich is accused severely assaulting a man... pulling his ex – gal pal out of the car... and threatening to shoot both of them. Yuknavich was arrested and later charged with simple assault... terroristic threats... theft and harassment.

 

Butler Twp

The Zoning Board of Butler Township... near Hazleton... meets this week to resolve an issue facing a popular restaurant near the intersection of State Route 309 and the Freeland – Drums Highway. The board says the restaurant doesn't have enough parking spaces for the number seats inside Bobby's of New York. But the building owner contends there is enough parking... and is appealing other alleged zoning ordinances.

Monday / November 7, 2011


PSU Resignations

There isn't much happiness in Happy Valley this morning. Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley... and school administrator Gary Schultz have stepped down amid allegations of a child – sex abuse scandal and cover up... involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. The move came following an executive session of Penn State's Board of Trustees Sunday night. Curley and Schultz were charged over the weekend after a grand jury indicted Sandusky of allegedly sexually abusing eight boys over a 15 year period.

 

BU Players

Three Bloomsburg University field hockey players face a preliminary hearing later this month... all charged with beating another student senseless during BU's homecoming weekend. In addition... Nicole Bruce... Lauren McGinley... both 20 have been told they'll never play for the team again. A third student... 20 – year old Alexis Weber has been suspended indefinitely from competition. The trio face a long list of charges stemming from the incident... and remain free on bail.

 

State Budget

Will projected revenue cover this year's 27-point-1 – billion dollar state budget. It's supposed to... but State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township says it's still touch and go. During a recent interview.... Representative Millard says the telling point will be holiday retail sales....

 

Deadline

Pennsylvanian's now have additional 30 days to register for disaster aid. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the deadline to register for damaged caused by Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee is now December 14th. There are several ways to register... you can call toll free 1-800-621-FEMA or go on line and register at www.disasterassistance.gov.

 

Motorcycle Fatal

State Police at Hazleton are trying to figure out what caused a Luzerne County biker to go off a busy highway late Friday night and strike a brick sign promoting a near-by business. The body of 26 – year old Steven Bognar of Hazle Township wasn't discovered until Saturday morning along Route 309. Troopers spent the weekend trying to reconstruct how the the accident happened.

 

Mine Subsidence

Prospect Road in Upper Lehigh near Freeland has been closed nearly two months due to a mine subsidence... but now folks who use the Butler Township road want to know when it will be fixed. No one knows for sure. The subsidence measures 25 by 60 feet... and is about five feet deep. But the bad weather we've been having has borough any work to a stop. They need to know the exact parameters in order for the Department of Environmental to figure out how much material to fill the hole. Until that happens... residents who use Prospect Road will have to find an alternate means to get where they're going.

 

What's Happening Sunday November 6, 2011


The Bloomsburg University Library Association’s fall event is today at 2:00 PM in the Andruss Library.  Guest Speaker is Eileen Chapman, executive director of AGAPE.

 

The Roaring Creek and Catawissa Valley Historical Study Group is hosting an open house and cider press demonstration this afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the One Room Schoolhouse at 123 Fisherdale Road in Elysburg.

 

You have your choice of bingo today…The Bloomsburg Area Lions club are raising money for their 2011 Lions Christmas Project with a family bingo at the Buckhorn Fire Department.  Doors open at noon and games start at 2:00 PM.  $20.00 gets you in for twenty games.  Prizes include American Dolls, Longaberger baskets, Vera Bradley purses, and certain specialty item baskets.

 

Saint Mary’s Parish Center in Berwick invites you out to a Polish Pottery and Longaberger Basket bingo.  Doors open at 12:30…games start at 2:00 PM.  Tickets are $20.00.

 

And, Fabulous Felines Cat Rescue is hosting a Vera Bradley bingo at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall today.  Doors open at 12:30.  There will be a Chinese Auction, raffles and refreshments available.

 

True Heart Quartet is in concert tonight at 6:00 pm at Calvary Baptist Church in Mifflinburg…332 East Market Street.

 

WHLM Sports

The 2011 High School Football regular season came to a close this weekend. On the WHLM Stations Friday night Bloomsburg beat backyard rival Central Columbia 48-21. On 103.5 WHLM-FM Berwick defeated Hazleton 30-21. In other local action it was Danville over Warrior Run 42-21, Southern Columbia over Selinsgrove 42-0, and Thursday night Columbia Montour Vo-Tech fell to Northwest 56-0.

 

In College ball Saturday, the Huskies of BU fell to Kutztown for the first time in 18 seasons; the final 52-14. Bloomsburg misses their shot at the PSAC Championship and will likely end their season next week with a game against Lock Haven. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

Saturday / November 5, 2011


BU Field Hockey Players

Three players on the Bloomsburg University field hockey team... accused of assaulting a ambushing a woman... won't be seeing action at any more games. The University telling 20 – year old Nicole Bruce and 20 – year old Lauren McGinley that they'll never play with the team again. Suspended indefinitely from competition is 20 – year old Alexis Weber. The trio is accused of attacking Ashley Carsia on BU's Homecoming Weekend... beating her senseless after she and friends left a restaurant. All three face a long list of charges... remaining free after bail was posted. However, they face a preliminary hearing on November 30th. Earlier this week all three were allowed to play in a championship game they won against Shippensburg.

 

Past PSU Coach Indicted

A 40 – count indictment has been handed up by a Centre County Grand Jury against a long – time former Penn State University Coach. Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is alleged to have had inappropriate contact with a teenage boy from Clinton County. Allegations against Sandusky has been circulating for about a year... but this is the first time the 32 – year coach has been indicted.

 

Firemen Respond

Bloomsburg firemen were called out early Saturday morning after a report of smoke coming from the top floor of the Bloomin' Bagels building at Main and Iron Streets.

Upon further investigation... radio reports indicated that someone had discharged a dry chemical fire extinguisher. One piece of apparatus responded to the scene as a precaution. This is the second time in less than 30 days someone has discharged a fire extinguisher. Last month... someone set an extinguisher off on the third floor of 136 East Main Street. The culprit was never arrested.

 

Andy Rooney Passes

Andy Rooney, the "60 Minutes" commentator known to generations for his wry, humorous and contentious television essays - a unique genre he is credited with inventing - died Friday night in a hospital in New York City. It was due to complications following minor surgery. "It's a sad day at '60 Minutes' and for everybody here at CBS News," said Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of "60 Minutes." "It's hard to imagine not having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much." Rooney had announced on Oct. 2nd in his 1097th essay for "60 Minutes" that he would no longer appear regularly.

 

WHLM Sports

The 2011 High School Football regular season came to a close this weekend. On the WHLM Stations Friday night Bloomsburg beat backyard rival Central Columbia 48-21. On 103.5 WHLM-FM Berwick defeated Hazleton 30-21. In other local action it was Danville over Warrior Run 42-21, Southern Columbia over Selinsgrove 42-0, and Thursday night Columbia Montour Vo-Tech fell to Northwest 56-0.

 

In College ball Saturday, the Huskies of BU fell to Kutztown for the first time in 18 seasons; the final 52-14. Bloomsburg misses their shot at the PSAC Championship and will likely end their season next week with a game against Lock Haven. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

What's Happening Saturday November 5, 2011


The Central Columbia High School Football Boosters will host their annual Craft Show today from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

 

The Roaring Creek Conservation Association is organizing a clean up of the Roaring Creek Watershed today from 9:00 am to noon.  Volunteers should meet at the entrance to Knoebels.

 

The annual Danville Area Community Center 5K is happening today.

 

St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bloomsburg is hosting their 2nd annual Fair Trade Fair today from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm…the church is located north of the town fountain on Market Street in Bloomsburg…proceeds benefit AGAPE.

 

Catawissa Christian Church is hosting an item give away today from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, if you were affected by the flooding they ask you come to get items free of charge…the church is located at 102 Main Street in Catawissa.

 

There are free books available for children and teens affected by the flood thanks to the Turn the Page Book drive.  They are available at the Columbia Mall in the location near Dunham’s Sports today from 1:00 to 7:00 pm and tomorrow from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

 

AGAPE will be handing out frozen lasagnas to people affected by flooding today from 1:00 to 5:00 at the Bloomsburg Mills Warehouse on 6th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

It’s learn to homebrew day at the Breaker Brewing Company in Wilkes Barre today.

 

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is hosting a roast beef dinner this afternoon served family style from 3:00 to 6:30 PM.  The church is located at 60 Frosty Valley Road in Danville.

 

Christ United Methodist Church and their Schoolhouse Memorial Committee will host an all you can eat fish supper from 3:00 to 7:00 this afternoon at the Sugarloaf Schoolhouse in Grassmere Park near Benton.

 

The Bloomsburg University Library Association’s fall event is tomorrow at 2:00 PM in the Andruss Library.  Guest Speaker is Eileen Chapman, executive director of AGAPE.

 

The Roaring Creek and Catawissa Valley Historical Study Group is hosting an open house and cider press demonstration tomorrow from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the One Room Schoolhouse at 123 Fisherdale Road in Elysburg.

 

You have your choice of bingo tomorrow…The Bloomsburg Area Lions club are raising money for their 2011 Lions Christmas Project with a family bingo tomorrow at the Buckhorn Fire Department.  Doors open at noon and games start at 2:00 PM.  $20.00 gets you in for twenty games.  Prizes include American Dolls, Longaberger baskets, Vera Bradley purses, and certain specialty item baskets.

 

Saint Mary’s Parish Center in Berwick invites you out to a Polish Pottery and Longaberger Basket bingo tomorrow.  Doors open at 12:30…games start at 2:00 PM.  Tickets are $20.00.

 

And, Fabulous Felines Cat Rescue is hosting a Vera Bradley bingo at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall tomorrow.  Doors open at 12:30.  There will be a Chinese Auction, raffles and refreshments available.

 

True Heart Quartet is in concert tomorrow night at 6:00 pm at Calvary Baptist Church in Mifflinburg…332 East Market Street.

 

WHLM Sports

The 2011 High School Football regular season came to a close this weekend. On the WHLM Stations Friday night Bloomsburg beat backyard rival Central Columbia 48-21. On 103.5 WHLM-FM Berwick defeated Hazleton 30-21. In other local action it was Danville over Warrior Run 42-21, Southern Columbia over Selinsgrove 42-0, and Thursday night Columbia Montour Vo-Tech fell to Northwest 56-0. You can hear all the details from Friday's action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

Friday / November 4, 2011


Flood Wall

A visit to Washington this week by Bloomsburg civic and political leaders has grabbed the attention of our Senate and congressional delegation. It deals with a proposed flood wall around the west end of Bloomsburg... all in an effort to prevent the massive flooding received two months ago. Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce President Fred Gaffney says the issue is now on the front burner.

 

Kawneer Alarm

Bloomsburg Firemen were out of their quarters early Friday morning. Shortly after 12:30 Friday morning... they were called to the Kawneer Company on East 12th Street to check on a piece of machinery that caught fire. Kawneer employees were able to extinguish the flames... and drag the piece of equipment out of the building. Bloomsburg firemen were able to return to their quarters roughly 40 minutes after the initial alarm sounded.

 

Applebee's Alarm

Bloomsburg firemen were called to a Route 11 restaurant Thursday night in an effort to determine what caused a smell of smoke. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition... firemen searched Applebee's Restaurant... even using thermal cameras.... but they couldn't find the cause of the smell... although it was initially suspected to be coming from the bar area. The restaurant manager saying the business will remain closed until an electrician arrives to track down the problem.

 

Mifflinville Wreck

A spectacular accident last night in the westbound lane of Interstate 80... near the Love's truck stop in Mifflin Township. State Police telling us.. 53 – year old Robert Yuhas of Duryea lost control of his big rig... striking a guard rail... hitting other objects as it rolled down the embankment... before coming to rest against a construction storage trailer. State Police say Yuhas was taken to Geisinger Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries.

 

Indecent assault

A 56 – year old South Florida trucker is in the Columbia County Prison after he allegedly assaulted a woman in the parking lot of the Giant Supermarket in Briar Creek Township this week. State Police at Bloomsburg say Fabio Henao followed a woman to her car... and when she started to get in... the man allegedly embraced and fondled her. The woman calling police... who arrested Henao in the supermarket's parking lot near his truck.

 

Hazleton Power

Power has been restored to an estimated 36 – hundred Pennsylvania Power and Light subscribers in Hazle Township.... Hazleton and West Hazleton. Homeowners losing their juice around 5:30 Thursday afternoon. PPL has yet to say what caused the outage.

 

Trooper Troubles

A PA State Trooper has waived his right to a preliminary hearing in one of two DUI cases he's charged with. 47 – year old Bernerd Kizis of Fairview Township... in Luzerne County... is taking his case to court stemming from a July DUI arrest. Authorities say his blood alcohol content was point - 36... when the state's legal limit it point – 08. Meantime... Kizis was arrested in September in Hanover Township... on a second DUI charge. He remains on the job... doing restricted duty until the cases are resolved.

 

WHLM Sports

The 2011 High School Football regular season came to a close this weekend. On the WHLM Stations Friday night Bloomsburg beat backyard rival Central Columbia 48-21. On 103.5 WHLM-FM Berwick defeated Hazleton 30-21. In other local action it was Danville over Warrior Run 42-21, Southern Columbia over Selinsgrove 42-0, and Thursday night Columbia Montour Vo-Tech fell to Northwest 56-0. You can hear all the details from Friday's action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

Thursday / November 3, 2011


Flood Delegation

A delegation of Columbia County's movers and shakers is back from Washington where they spent Wednesday afternoon speaking with politicians who represent our area. Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach says it's a last ditch efforts to get a flood wall built and to save a thousand jobs.

 

Deadline

Pennsylvanians who suffered losses because of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee have been approved for more than 229 – million dollars in disaster relief. That word from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Of that number... 120 – million dollars has been okayed for individual assistance grants... and an additional 110 – million for housing assistance. Meantime... the deadline is November 14th to sign up for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  To do so... call 1 – 800 - 621 - FEMA or go on – line at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

 

AGAPE / Lasagna

Faith – based AGAPE of Bloomsburg is getting ready to wrap up its lasgana giveaway this coming weekend.... starting Thursday. The organization's Kathy Lowe says they've pretty much have gone through an estimated 5,000 pans of frozen lasagna... but distribution of the remaining product takes place starting Thursday. The distillation takes place at a frozen food trailer at the former Bloomsburg Mill's warehouse at the corner of 6th and Market Streets.

 

Shuttle Bus

Mahoning Township police... near Danville... want to know who made off with a Geisinger Medical Center Shuttle bus earlier this week. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition someone got behind the wheel of the bus as it sat on the GMC campus... with the keys in the ignition. The bus was found a couple of hours after it disappeared at a garage off Route 11 in Point Township.

 

Redistricting

There is some grumbling in Harrisburg over proposed redistricting... especially from Hazleton area legislators. Under a proposal released this week... preliminary plans calls for splitting Hazleton from West Hazleton... as well as separate Hazle Townships into two parts... shifting those municipalities from the 116th into the 119th District. The proposal has the backing of the Legislative Reapportionment Commission who okayed the plan on a three to two vote this week.

 

Hazleton Arrest

A Hazleton man is headed for court. 22 – year old Rashad Santiago of North Locust Street is charged with allegedly having about $50,000 worth of cocaine stashed in a home on North Sheridan last February. He was captured in New York City last month after he failed to pay a bus fare. Santiago... this week... waived his right to a preliminary hearing... and his case will no proceed to trial.

Wednesday / November 2, 2011


Millard / Flood Wall

State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township is throwing his support behind the construction of a flood wall on Bloomsburg's west side. Ever since flooding back in 2006... there has been a lot of debate on the issue, but it's intensified since the flood of September. Representative Millard says a flood wall will provide a level of protection. Meantime... it's expected any sort of flood protection for Bloomsburg is years away from fruition... since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers... the agency in the flood protection business... has literally run out of money for any future projects.

 

Mitigation Grants

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is accepting so – called “letters of intent” from those Columbia County Municipalities who plan to apply for a Hazard Mitigation Grant. The municipalities have until November 15th to do so. That word from Larry Lahiff of Columbia County Emergency management. Lahiff says the grant program is a way for municipalities to get federal funding for flood prevention projects which includes property acquisition. Residents who want their property included for consideration should contact their municipal officials.

 

Hemlock Twp.

In Hemlock Township Wednesday... two meetings will be held at the municipal building to get feedback from residents about the application process for the Hazard Mitigation Grant. The meetings will be held at 2 and 6 PM.

 

PennDOT

Roads damaged by September flooding in Columbia County... are slowly being repaired under emergency contracts. PennDOT's Rick Mason says emergency repairs are underway on Winding Road in Fishing Creek Township... as well as Back Branch Road in Mt. Pleasant Township. Also being repaired under an emergency contract are Green Creek Road... and Charmund and Mt. Pleasant Road. Still not on PennDOT's radar is the replacement of a bridge on Whites Church Road near the intersection of Mt. Pleasant and Back Branch Roads.

 

Aggressive Driving

If you're driving in Pennsylvania, pay careful attention to your driving - law enforcement will be watching. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation or PennDOT announces $2.5 million in federal funding to go towards Pennsylvania State Police, and municipal police. This extra effort is part of the state's Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project. It will help about 300 police departments crack down on aggressive driving behaviors such as tailgating, speeding, and running red lights.

 

I-80 Crash

Traffic on westbound Interstate 80 came to a slow crawl Tuesday afternoon after a car rear – ended a tractor trailer. State Police at Bloomsburg tell us a '97 Camry driven by 20 – year old Kelly Hummer of Danville plowed into the rear of a tractor – trailer driven by a Connecticut trucker about a mile east of the Lightstreet interchange. Hummer was transported to Geisinger for treatment of minor injuries.

 

Unemployment

The State Department of Labor says unemployment across Northeastern Pennsylvania is down. The area now has an unemployment rate of 9.3% in September... after checking in at 9.6% in August. Columbia County's unemployment rate increased to 8.6% in September... up two – tenths of a per cent from August. The increase is being blamed on the flood... students not in town... and the cancelation of the Bloomsburg Fair.

 

Gas Air

There is an urging by state lawmakers on the Department of Department of Environmental Protection to do more to address air pollution caused by Marcellus Shale drilling. Representative Greg Vitali says the DEP needs to increase its air pollution staffing to address the problems. Vitali adds the DEP needs to require drillers to use best available pollution control devices on the machinery used in the drilling process.

 

Geisinger / Wilkes-Barre

Danville – based Geisinger says it's expanding to a location in downtown Wilkes-Barre... and hiring 75 people in the process. Geisinger Health Plan says they're expanding their health services and wellness services... adding a technology and customer services to it's Wilkes-Barre location. The unit will take over a couple of floors at the former Verizon Building on Public Square.

 

Life Sentence

A Shickshinny man convicted of murdering his girlfriend a year ago has been sentenced to life in prison. 59 – year old John Stone received the sentence Tuesday in Luzerne County court for his conviction of murdering 37 – year old Catherine Tabit of Kingston. The pair was arguing at his Canal Street home when she was hit in the head with a 13 – inch hatchet in late October of 2010.

Tuesday / November 1, 2011


PPL Outages

The effects of the weekend's snow storm are still being felt across the state. An estimated 66,000 PPL customers remain without power Tuesday morning. That's down from the estimated 300,000 at the height of the late October snow storm on Saturday. Of that number... only a hand full of subscribers are without juice in Columbia, Montour and Luzerne Counties. However, the hardest hit areas remains Lehigh, Northampton and Lancaster Counties. PPL says power may not be restored in those areas until later this week.

 

Red Cross / Danville

We're slowly turning our attention from the flooding of eight weeks ago... into the holiday season. And the Danville Chapter of the American Red Cross is keeping up with the seasons... still attempting to collect blood for regional hospitals.... so says executive director Deanna Hollenbach. She says during the holiday season... blood supplies run low... and that's the times accidents occur.

 

David Soltz

It's been nearly two months since the floods of September devastated the region... an event that will take some time to recovery from. Bloomsburg University... both students and employees... continue to pitch in... so says BU President Dr. David Soltz. He says it's all part of a volunteer effort to bring the region back to pre – flood condition.

 

Rep Feese

The five week corruption trial of former State Representative Brett Feese of Lycoming County... could go to the jury Tuesday. Feese is charged with theft... conspiracy... as well as conflict of interest allegedly after misusing millions of taxpayers dollars in order to manipulate GOP campaigns. A former legislative aid is also on trial with former Representative Feese.

 

Gas Prices

Doing some midweek traveling.... you'll be happy to know... gas prices across northeastern Pennsylvania continue to fall... or even hold steady. The Triple A fuel gauge report out Tuesday morning shows the average price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular is $3.45... the same as Monday... and down a penny from the weekend. Last week at this time... we were paying an average of $3.48 cents a gallon.

 

Guilty

The Federal Courts have ordered a former Shamokin mail carrier pay $300 for not delivering roughly 3,000 circulars that were found at his home. In addition... 40 – year old Robert Hogan was ordered to pay a $200 fine. Hogan was originally charged with... what was called... “quitting and deserting commercial circulars” from July through September of 2010. He pleaded guilty to the charge last July.

 

Fatal Investigation

Still not complete... an investigation into a crash late last week which killed one high school student... and injured two others in Carbon County... just south of Hazleton. State police say they need... and want... more answers into the death of 17 – year old Carl Bittner of Weatherly. The accident happened on Wetzel Run Road in Packer Township. Troopers say Bittner was a passenger in a sports car driven by a friend.

 

Flood Fees

If you live along the Susquehanna River in Luzerne County... will you soon have to pay more for flood protection?? That's the question the County's Flood Protection Authority wants to answer. 14,000 property owners are now charged six different annual fees. Some city leaders... such as Kingston... believe the current fees do not reflect reality.

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