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News Archive Archives for 2012-08

Friday / August 31, 2012


Trooper Death

Funeral services are expected to be announced Friday for an off – duty state trooper... based in Hazleton. 27 – year old Royce Engler, Jr died when he lost control of his motorcycle Wednesday night on the entrance ramp to Route 42 in Montour Township... striking a guardrail and landing on the pavement. Investigators say Engler was not wearing a helmet. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Man Burned

A Bloomsburg man is in the Lehigh Valley Hospital after being burned late Thursday afternoon by an apparent punctured propane tank. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition... 82 – year old Lasalo Balla of Summit Avenue was in his workshop... when for some unknown reason... the tank apparently exploded. Balla was first rushed to Geisinger in Danville... before being transferred to the Lehigh Valley Hospital.

 

Hurricane Relief

As Hurricane Isaac exits the Gulf Coast... the American Red Cross is moving in with relief efforts. Rita Inklovich of the Bloomsburg chapter of the American Red Cross says the northeast region has sent 25 relief workers... as well as two fully – stocked trucks.

 

Scott Township

It's been a pretty tough year for anyone affected by the flood waters produced by Tropical Storm Lee... nearly a year ago. Area's of Scott Township between the Susquehanna River and the North Shore Railroad was especially hard hit... the municipal building enduring four feet of muddy water... but Township Secretary Eric Stahley says recovery efforts were quick because of township employees.

 

Mile Run

Registrations are still coming in for the 5th annual Market Street Mile which will be held next Friday in Downtown Bloomsburg. Bloomsburg University's Bernard Empie says the event has become an annual tradition to support scholarships for cross country and track and field teams.

 

Hazleton Schools

The school year at the Hazleton Area District started Thursday... without much of a hitch. However... students at the high school were faced with metal detectors as they entered the building. Students and faculty members had to empty their pockets before going through the scanners... something we all do at airports. Superintendent Francis Antonelli says the detectors are designed to keep kids and teachers safe.

 

Delbridge Retrial

A former Hazle Township man will face trial for the second time October 2nd on child sex abuse charges. Gerald Delbridge had been in prison for 14 - years... until his 1999 conviction was recently overturned. Now... he's back in the Luzerne County Jail awaiting re - trial. His initial conviction was overturned by the State Superior Court after it was determined the two kids who accused him of abuse may have had their testimony tainted by counselors and police.

 

Union County Fire

Fire investigators will try and figure out today what started a blaze Thursday evening which destroyed a sawmill near Mazeppa... in Union County. The four – alarm blaze began early last evening at Kuhns Brothers Log Homes. It took volunteer firemen from Union, Snyder and Northumberland Counties an estimated 30 minutes to bring the fire under control.

 

Woman Arrested

A Berwick woman has been charged with stealing pills from a drug store where she used to work in State College. The Centre Daily Times reports, 23-year-old Brianna Harner, is accused of stealing 220 hydrocodone tablets worth $144 from the CVS pharmacy at the Nittany Mall. Police say she also took makeup, cigarettes and other merchandise worth $328. Harner was arrested by the Attorney General’s Office after a report from the pharmacy. She is free on bail awaiting a preliminary hearing.

 

Drug Buy

Two Northumberland County men are jailed after they allegedly delivered 70 packets of heroin to a police informant. 26 – year old Darryl Kashner of Shamokin... and 18 – year old Jordan Scicchitano of Coal Township face a long list of felony drug charges. The pair was arraigned.... and were hustled off to the Northumberland County jail on $100,000 bond each.

 

Free Fishing

Families and friends visiting Pennsylvania’s popular outdoor spots on the Labor Day holiday weekend can enjoy a day of free fishing, thanks to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Labor Day... on Monday... marks the second of two free fishing days this year in the Commonwealth. Fish For Free Days allow anyone – residents and non-residents – to legally fish in Pennsylvania with out a fishing license.

 

Food Stamps

An estimated 14% of Northumberland County residents are receiving food stamps... roughly the same as the state average... according to the Department of Public Welfare. That's a bit higher than Montour County... where 9% of the residents there getting assistance. Overall... Pennsylvania had 1.8 - million people are eligible for food stamps.

 

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Berwick Football

The return of head coach George Curry to the Berwick sideline highlighted the opening to the High School football season. Friday night... Curry's Bulldogs beat Crestwood 48-21. You can hear the details in the WHLM Friday Night Football report:

 

 

Huskies Football

In College action Friday night, the Bloomsburg Huskies were on the road at Stonehill College to open their season. Bloomsburg beat Stonehill in that match 44-28.

 

Other Games

In other local action Friday night, Central Columbia beat Hughesville 45-7... Danville defeated Milton 35-8... and Bloomsburg fell to South Williamsport 34-27.

 

Saturday Schedule

Saturday afternoon Southern Columbia is at Pius the Tenth... and Columbia Montour Vo Tech is at home against Sayre in a game you can hear on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com starting with the pregame show at 12:30.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Despite giving up two home runs in the first two inning's Kyle Kendrick came through as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the New York Mets 3 to 2 Thursday afternoon. Although the Mets took an early lead... the Phils came back in the third, fourth and fifth innings to establish a one run lead.

The Phils now travel to Atlanta where they'll face the Braves in a weekend series starting Friday evening. You can all the action following Bloomsburg University football on the WHLM Stations.

 

Thursday / August 30, 2012


Trooper Death

We now know the name of an off – duty state trooper killed Wednesday night in Montour Township. Authorities say 27 – year old Royce Engler, Jr. died when he lost control of his custom – made bike... while attempting to negotiate the ramp from Route 11 south to Route 42 leading to Rupert. Engler's bike hit the guardrail... then tumbling over on the highway. Investigators say Engler was not wearing a helmet... and was pronounced dead at the scene due to multiple tramatic injuries. Engler had been a trooper since 2008 and was stationed at Troop N in Hazleton since October of 2011.

 

Dan Knorr / Campaign

One of the more competitive races for a state house seat this fall is in the 109th District. Incumbent Republican David Millard is facing Democratic challenger Dan Knorr... Bloomsburg's Mayor of four years. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Mayor Knorr telling Joe and Norman the situation must change in Harrisburg when it comes to funding programs... and reducing taxes. Meantime... Millard and Knorr will highlight a candidate forum on Thursday, October 4th at the Central Columbia High School on Old Berwick Road.

 

Main Street Designation

Shop owners in Bloomsburg's downtown area could be in line to receive some cash... if Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated's application is accepted by the Pennsylvania Department of Community Development. DBI wants the business district recognized for it's on – going Keystone Community Main Street program. DBI's Adrieene Mael says there are matching grants for facades... as well as for advertising in order to draw shoppers into downtown. The Bloomsburg Town Council this week throwing their support behind DBI in it's quest for the Main Street designation.

 

DUI Checkpoints

Headed out on the highway over the Labor Day holiday... you may encounter a sobriety checkpoint in Montour County. The Pottsville – based North Central Highway Safety Network saying those checkpoints will be established Friday and Saturday. And the Network's Dave Everly says drivers under the influence just don't come out at night... they're spotted more and more during the day... between 7 AM and 12 noon. It's expected to checkpoints will be set up on Route 54 between Interstate 80 and Danville... as well as Route 11... two of the most heavily – traveled highways in Montour County.

 

Guilty Plea

An ex – Benton cop will spend the next two to 23 months in the Columbia County prison after pleading guilty to shaking down a farmworker he pulled over two years ago. 40 – year old Christopher Brock of Orangeville pleaded guilty to official oppression and records tampering... with charges of bribery... theft and forgery dropped. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition, Brock was frustrated with “illegals” and his inability not to do anything about it.

 

Prayer Vigil

Crime in Hazleton prompted about a hundred people to meet at the Emmanuel Christian School to pray for peace on the streets. The school was the scene of a drive – by shooting last week... and two men are in jail... charged in the beating death of a 29 – year old man who was found nearly dead in the middle of the street earlier this month. One change at the school since the shooting.... the presence of a police officer when classes are dismissed at the end of the day.

 

MinSec Escapee

For the second time in a week a man staying at MinSec in Hazleton has disappeared. Authorities say 24 – year old James Eugene Rought has failed to return. Rought is at MinSec on forgery charges. He left the facility early Tuesday morning... and has not been seen since. A warrant for arrest has been issued.  It was only a week ago a man left to perform community service. He didn't return, but eventually surrendered to Bloomsburg Police last weekend.

 

NEPA Unemployment

For the third consecutive month... there has been an increase in the unemployment rate in northeastern Pennsylvania... including Hazleton. Figures from the state labor department show a 9.3% unemployment rate for July... up .03% from June... and up eight – tenths of a percent during May. Some economists say the unemployment rate has gone up due to the number of people who initially gave up looking for work... are now back... seeking gainful employment.

 

Construction Site Rescue

It took about three hours Wednesday to rescue the driver of a large construction vehicle that fell into a pit in Conyngham Township... in southern Columbia County. The active mine property is owned by the Blaschak Coal Corporation and is located along Route 61 between Mt. Carmel and Centralia. Published reports say 60 – year old Allan Johnson of Ashland was alert as rescuers pulled him from his truck. Once freed... Johnson was taken to Geisinger Medical Center by Lifeflight where he's being treated for his injuries.

 

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College Football

While the Bloomsburg University football team opens the season tomorrow night at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts,eight PSAC teams open Thursday night. Among this evening's openers, defending PSAC champ Kutztown is at home against Saint Anselm College , and West Chester is at Delaware.

 

High School Football

The area high school football season kicks off Friday night. You can hear a preview of the upcoming season on The Countdown to Kickoff Show. That show begins after Thursday's 5 o'clock news on News Radio 930, 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280 and WHLM.com.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Despite giving up two home runs in the first two inning's Kyle Kendrick came through as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the New York Mets 3 to 2 Thursday afternoon. Although the Mets took an early lead... the Phils came back in the third, fourth and fifth innings to establish a one run lead. The Phils now travel to Atlanta where they'll face the Braves in a weekend series starting Friday evening. You can all the action following Bloomsburg University football on the WHLM Stations.

 

Wednesday / August 29, 2012


TPC Power Expands

The ribbon was cut Tuesday for the expansion of a long time Columbia County business. TPC Power Center in Scott Township... has acquired a 40,000 square foot building to be used for the assembly and distribution of Mahindra Tractors to the Northeast US and Canada. The new location... in an industrial park north of Lime Ridge in South Centre Township... is the fourth distribution center for India – based Mahindra. Up to 30 new jobs will be created by the expansion of TPC Power.

 

Central Columbia Renovations

Now that Central Columbia and the Bloomsburg area School Districts have turned down a proposal to merge into one super system.... Central isn't wasting any time getting its $28 – million renovation plan in place for the current 50 – year old high school. The architects are in town this week... so says Central Superintendent Harry Mathias. There will be a complete rebuild of some of the school on Old Berwick Road starting late next year.

 

Benton Wrestler

17 – year old Zain Retherford of Benton was welcomed home in a big way Tuesday night. The borough throwing a parade in his honor after winning a gold medal he won during an international wrestling competition in Azerbaijan.... a former Russian country which earned it's independence in 1991. Retherford is a senior at Benton High School and began training for the event in June. He now turns his attention to wrestling for the Benton Tigers this winter.

 

Mt. Carmel Meth House

Authorities in Mt. Carmel busted a meth lab Tuesday in the 200 block of South Beech Street. Two people... 33 – year old Jason Hunsinger and his 30 – year old girlfriend, Kimberly Metcalf, were discovered allegedly cooking the drug when police served a probation warrant. Neighbors in a nearby row home were evacuated as a precaution while a team cleared the house. Mt. Carmel firefighters stood by in case of problems. Hunsinger and Metcalf are in the Northumberland County Jail.

 

Work Release

A 28 – year old man who used to be an athletic trainer for the Warrior Run school district has been okayed for a work – release program. Matthew Godfrey must register as a sex offender and pay the cost of counseling for his victims. Godfrey pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with two female students... sending them inappropriate text messages between August and November of last year. The work release program will allow Godfrey to keep his new job with a gas drilling company.

 

Hughesville Bank

Still on the run is a man wanted by police who held up the first National Bank in Hughesville this week. Surveillance pictures show the man strolling into the bank... wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt... a baseball cap and sun glasses. He got some cash from the teller... and fled. If you have information about the robbery... call Hughesville Police.

 

Blood Challenge

A blood drive is on tap for Wednesday... but this one is unique. Columbia County Commissioners are challenging Montour County Commissioners... in order to see who gets the most donations... thus the most support. It all begins at 1 O'clock at either the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg... or the first Baptist Church in Danville.

 

Metal Detectors

When school starts Thursday in Hazleton... students at the district's high school will have to go through metal detectors. School officials say it's all due to the changing times schools are facing today. The detectors are in place at four of the buildings on campus.... increasing safety for students and teachers.

 

Beaver Meadows

Neighbors along a section of Route 93 near Beaver Meadows... south of Hazleton... says something needs to be done about that stretch of highway. Three fatal crashes have occurred there... the latest one earlier this month. People who live in the area telling authorities the crashes take place every time it rains due to poor drainage. PennDOT says they're investigating the complaints.

 

Selenski Trial

It appears Hugo Selenski will go on trial in Luzerne County Court September 10th in the murders of two people... found buried in his back yard back in Wilkes – Barre. The murders of a pharmacist and his girlfriend taking place in May of 2002. A state appeals court has denied Selenski's last minute double jeopardy challenge. However, his lawyer could appeal the ruling to the State Supreme Court.

 

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BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team will face a brand new opponent when the Huskies open the season Friday night in Easton, Massachusetts against Stonehill College. Bloomsburg coach Danny Hale feels the Skyhawks have an offense that could give his team some problems. Friday night's game kicks off at 6 O'clock. Coverage starts at 5:30 with the Husky Countdown Show on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 & WHLM.com.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Ike Davis hit a tie breaking double during a four – run, 10th inning... giving the New York Mets a 9 to 5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday night. The bright spot for the Phillies... a grand slam by Ryan Howard and a solo shot for Chase Utley. The Mets and the Phils tangle tonight at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.

Tuesday / August 28, 2012


Bloomsburg Town Council

On a vote of 5 to 2 Monday night... Bloomsburg Town Council has approved a plan that will proceed with the advertising for an assistant Town Administrator. The successful candidate would relieve some of the burden off the shoulders of Mayor Dan Knorr... as well as current town administrator Bill Lowthart. It would provide depth such as Berwick had when they lost their administrator earlier this year. One of the two councilmen voting against the proposal was Fred Trump who says the time just isn't right to hire someone... and rather wait to 2013. But Trump and Councilman Carey Howell voted in the minority. The job will be advertised with a salary of between $36 to 46,000 a year with a benefits package. Mayor Knorr, who pushed for the proposal, said the town nearly faced disaster between the end of the six week run of Ron Mull... and the hiring of Lowthart.... and was literally saved by former town administrator Carol Mas who worked at as a consultant under contract.

 

Airport Grant Money

It's been a busy time at the Bloomsburg Municipal Airport. The Governor's office giving out a $131,000 grant for debris removal from last September's flooding.... which devastated the facility. Town administrator Bill Lowthart says the grant is money is welcomed as the airport continues construction on realigning and extending the runway. Other facilities in line for grant money is the Danville Airport for tree removal... as well as the Hazleton airport for maintenance equipment and two new fuel trucks.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

It's a sign of the times.... gas prices across Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as northeastern Pennsylvania continues to inch upward. The latest Triple - A Fuel Gauge report shows self – serve, unleaded regular is hovering around the $3.74 – a – gallon mark... the same as it was over the weekend... but up five cents a gallon from a week ago. Gasoline is .25 – cents a gallon higher than a month ago. The reason... unrest in the middle east... supply problems... now the threat of Isaac in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Shamokin Schools

Shamokin area schools were to ring the bell Monday to start the 2012 – 2013 school year... but that didn't happen. And it won't take place until Wednesday at the earliest. The reason... construction underway at the Shamokin Elementary School. Funding problems put the renovation work behind... causing the delay. Contractors are spending the next couple of day putting in the finishing touches and cleaning up... so kids have the best environment to work in.

 

BU Athletics

What's better than free.... how 'bout free Bloomsburg University football on September 8th... as Husky's take on Edinboro at their first home game of the season. BU Sports Information Director Tom McGuire says the event is flood recovery recognition day at Danny Hale field and everyone is welcomed. Helping to make the day possible is First Columbia Bank and Trust Company of Bloomsburg.

 

West Nile Death

A Luzerne County man is the first to die from West Nile Virus. That word coming from a Department of Health official in Harrisburg. The death of 82 – year old Joseph Krawetz occurred on Sunday... three weeks after being hospitalized for West Nile. It's the first death from West Nile in four years. As we've told you in the past... West Nile is transmitted by mosquitoes.

 

Hazleton Accident

An unusual accident in Hazleton Monday afternoon. A late model Cadillac ended up in the side of the Duplan Building near the corner of Diamond Avenue and Cedar Streets. The driver... who remains unidentified... says a woman seated next to him grabbed his throat. Police, thus far, have not given any reason as to why she would do that. No one in the car or inside the building was injured.

 

Escapee Surrenders

Authorities say a 24 – year old man who failed to return to a half – way house in Hazleton... surrendered over the weekend to Bloomsburg Police. Justin Lee Vaughn left the MinSec House last Thursday to preform some community service work... and never returned. An arrest warrant was issued... but published reports says Vaughn surrendered to Bloomsburg Police late Saturday night.

 

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High School Football

Two area high school football teams are in the top ten of the Pennsylvania Football News preseason state rankings. In Class AAA, Berwick is ranked 9th, and in Class A Southern Columbia is ranked second to Clairton, the team that beat the Tigers in last season state championship game. Berwick opens the season Friday night at Crestwood in a game that will mark the return of George Curry to the Berwick sideline. You can hear that game on Classic Rock 103.5 starting with the Coach Curry Show at 6 o'clock. Southern Columbia opens the season Saturday afternoon against Pius the 10th in Bangor. Last season the Tigers beat the Royals in the second round of the state playoffs.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies had Monday off... as they prepare for a three game series with the New York Mets which begins Tuesday night. Vance Worley will be on the mound for the Phillies.... while Chris Young gets the call for the Mets. You can catch all the action of Tuesday night's match up starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Monday / August 27, 2012


Danville Schools

The Danville Area School District opens for business Monday. There have been some changes thanks to last year's Lee flood, however, Superintendent Cheryl Latorre says the district has a comprehensive core curriculum... with a lot of alternatives for students. And Ms. Latorre says there may be some confusion... with 6th grade located in the primary school... and 7th and 8th graders headed to the former elementary school... which is now being used as a middle school.

 

Bloom U

It's a busy week on the Bloomsburg University campus. Starting Monday... an estimated 2,000 freshmen.... and hundreds of upper classmen will be moving in on campus. It all starts Monday morning at Elwell Hall.... and at various university apartments around the camps. Other residence hall will begin their move – in throughout the week.

 

TPC Power

Some good economic news for the area... as up to 30 new jobs may be created. In essence... TPC Power Center in Scott Township is expanding it's existing business and will now assemble and distribute Mahindra tractors to the Northeast US. According to a Mahindra news release... a grand opening is set for Tuesday for the latest Mahindra tractor distribution center in the nation. It's located in a building at a business park nestled in between Old Berwick Road and Columbia Boulevard. The assembly and distribution center becomes the fourth distribution center for the India – based company.

 

Lou Barletta

Stark reality from Washington... delivered at the start of the weekend to area business owners by Congressman Lou Barletta. Speaking on the Bloomsburg University campus... Barletta says one of the reasons the federal government is in financial trouble is that entitlement programs are driving the debt.  Barletta says the government could cut out all discretionary spending.... and it would not put a dent in the Nation's debt.

 

Turbotville Station

A busy weekend for volunteers in Turbotville... in Northumberland County... as they cleared away the remains of an old train station... blown down by a storm earlier this month. It's not just any old train station... but one that stood at the former Magee Transportation Museum in Bloomsburg... and endured flooding in '72... '75...'06 and just last year. It was moved to the Turbotville community park less than a year ago. Now... the Turbotville Historical Society will rebuild... using whats salvageable from the former Wilkes – Barre and Western Railroad station.

 

Shotgun Fight

No shots were fired... but West Hazleton police did take a man into custody over the weekend after a shotgun was pointed at a man during an argument. The wepon was pointed at the man as he allegedly tried to break into a car on West Clay Avenue... near South Broad Street. Police say they'll file charges against the man who held the shotgun. No names have been released.

 

MinSec Escapee

Authorities say a 24 – year old man who failed to return to a half – way house in Hazleton... surrendered over the weekend to Bloomsburg Police. Justin Lee Vaughn left the MinSec House last Thursday to perform some community service work... and never returned. An arrest warrant was issued... but published reports says Vaughn surrendered to Bloomsburg Police late Saturday night.

 

Ashley Breaker

A piece of history has been unearthed in Luzerne County. As workers were excavating... preparing a footer for the miner's memorial near the Huber Breaker near Ashley... they uncovered the foundation of the old engine house. A decision has been made to place the memorial on top of the engine house floor.  The group working on the memorial hope to have it in place by late May of next year.

 

Montour Bridge

PennDOT has opened the Preserve Road Bridge to traffic in Montour County. The previous 17 foot - long bridge over White Hall Creek, located about 3 and a half miles east of Route 54 in Anthony Township. It was originally built in 1937. A PennDOT bridge crew replaced it on the same alignment with a new, precast concrete box culvert. The only other work to be preformed... is the installation of a guardrail.

 

Berwick Construction

There is more work scheduled for Front Street in Berwick this week. PennDOT's Rick Mason construction began late Sunday night.... as contractors closed the right lane of Route 11 between Oak and Mulberry Streets... so crews could begin round the clock work of excavating... placing a sub – base material... and then paving that section of road. Work will continue through late Friday. Then... starting Monday night... crews will begin placing the final coat of pavement on West Second Street between Vine Street and LaSalle. In both cases... traffic will be reduced to one – lane.

 

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BU Football

Redshirt freshman Tim Kelly will make his debut as Bloomsburg University's starting quarterback when the Huskies open the season Friday night. Kelly will be surrounded by talent as the Huskies return 6 all conference selections on offense. Head Coach Danny Hale hopes that will take the pressure off his quarterback. The Huskies open the season Friday night against Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. The game begins at 6 O'clock. You can hear it starting with the Husky Countdown Show at 5:30 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 & whlm.com.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Cliff Lee tossed seven sharp innings Sunday for his first win at home in nearly a year as the Philadelphia defeated the Washington Nationals 4 to 1. The wins allowed the Phils to sweep Washington... which has one of the best records in the majors. Philadelphia has the night off... as they get ready for a three game series with the New York Mets starting Tuesday night... starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.

What's Happening Sunday August 26th, 2012


This is the second to last weekend to make it to the Animal Resource Center's Indoor Yard Sale. The sale is in the building next to the cinemas on Route 11 in Bloomsburg...it's open today from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The sale wraps up next weekend.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library Diner's Club hopes you'll join them at The Turkey Hill Brewing Company Pub and Grille today. Plan to have your lunch or dinner there, and 20% of your bill can be donated to the library.

 

St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Danville is hosting a blood drive today from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The church is located on East Center Street in Danville.

 

And, Wesley United Methodist Church invites you to their annual Sundae Sunday tonight. Join them for ice cream sundaes, fellowship, live music, and clowns at the steps of the church from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. There's no charge...this is Wesley's way of saying “thank you” for being their neighbor.

What's Happening Saturday August 25th, 2012


It's a busy weekend in Bloomsburg as we welcome University students back to town.

 

This is the second to last weekend to make it to the Animal Resource Center's Indoor Yard Sale. The sale is in the building next to the cinemas on Route 11 in Bloomsburg...it's open today and tomorrow from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The sale wraps up next weekend.

 

The Catawese Chapter Order of the Eastern Star has an indoor yard sale happening today in the Opera House in Catawissa from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 

The Columbia Montour Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International has their meeting at the Bloomsburg Community Church today. Guest speaker is John Killian of Slegehammerministries.com.

 

There's a bake sale to benefit the Alzheimer's Association today in Millville Town Park rain or shine from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

 

The Dream Machines Motor Club has their monthly car cruise in tonight at the Columbia Mall Parking lot. Vehicle parking is from 5:30 to 6:00 pm...and the cruise in goes until 9:00 pm. The next cruise in is scheduled for Saturday September 15th.

 

The Schuylkill County Island Park Festival is happening today from 1:00 to 10:00. The festival features music including the Mahoney Brothers and other top acts. Tickets are five dollars...Island Park is on Fritz Reed Ave in Schuylkill Haven.

 

Tomorrow the Bloomsburg Public Library Diner's Club hopes you'll join them at The Turkey Hill Brewing Company Pub and Grille. Plan to have your lunch or dinner there, and 20% of your bill can be donated to the library. All you'll need to do is pick up a flyer at the library today to take with you tomorrow.

 

St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Danville is hosting a blood drive on Sunday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The church is located on East Center Street in Danville.

 

And, Wesley United Methodist Church invites you to their annual Sundae Sunday tomorrow. Join them for ice cream sundaes, fellowship, live music, and clowns at the steps of the church from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. There's no charge...this is Wesley's way of saying “thank you” for being their neighbor.

Friday / August 24, 2012


Rep. Millard / Flood Wall

Now that the federal government has turned down Bloomsburg's request for floodwall funding... State Representative David Millard of Millville is now trying to get state dollars through legislation. Mr. Millard says House Bill 1916 provides $20 – million for flood protection. Rep. Millard said the money outlined in his bill would save up to a thousand jobs at Autoneum and Bernardi Foods through the construction of floodwalls around the two plants. And Millard said he would like to extend the money to help residents who missed applying for federal and state buyouts.

 

Underage Drinking

The folks who have liquor licenses and officers from area police departments met Thursday to talk about compliance with liquor control laws on the books. The get together is timely... especially in light of university students moving back into town for the start of classes on Monday. For Sgt. Leonard Rogutski of the Bloomsburg Police Department... it was a way to work out problems facing bar owners... and officers... such as the ever – increasing problem of fake identifications.

 

Alleged Meth Lab Discovered

Three people are in trouble with the law after they were busted Thursday morning at a Mifflinville Motel after meth making ingredients were found. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... 23 – year old Anthony Maisey... 21 – year old Ashley Golon and Ricky Gauthreaux... all of Berwick... are facing a long list of drug related charges. The trio was spotted at the Comfort Inn early Thursday by a South Center Township police officer on patrol. All were arraigned on the charges in front of a District Magistrate.

 

Teens Getting High

Police in Watsontown... in Northumberland County... are keeping an eye on kids... as well as drug stores after four teenagers were found high... getting there using over the counter cold medication. The kids were found in a Pennsylvania Avenue apartment... and needed medical treatment. Police say the drugs are on the shelves... out in the open... and believed stolen by the kids aged 13 to 18. No charges will be filed against the four teens.

 

Odor Sweeps Bloomsburg

A strange smell around parts of Bloomsburg late Thursday morning... all do to the dismantling of a former natural gas plant separator by UGI... near 7th Street... at the rear of the Children's Museum.  That sent volunteer firemen scrambling from one end of town to the other to find the source of the odor according to the BFD's Scott McBride. For many... the odor smelled like a strong cleaning solution... or someone sealing their driveway... but it was nothing more than residual additive that went into the natural gas. Whatever the case.... McBride said no one was ever in any danger.

 

Hazleton Robbery

Hazleton Police are looking for a man who robbed a convenience store gas station this week. The robbery went down at the Uni-Mart in the 200 block of South Church Street... with the bandit demeaning money from the clerk... then making his get a way on a mountain bike. The only information investigators have to go on is the man was white... wearing a dark bandanna over his face. If you have information about the robbery... call Hazleton Police.

 

The Stirling Project

Although three companies have expressed interest in developing the Sterling Hotel site in Wilkes – Barre... only one solid proposal has been submitted. But, Wilkes – Barre officials refuse to say who it is. Whatever the case... once the title is transferred to a site developer... the city may fund the demolition of the building... thus paving the way for a mixed use commercial and residential development.

 

Nescopeck Police

Nescopeck will soon have two new police officers patrolling the streets... although they will be part – timers. Borough council Thursday night... hiring Donald Morgan of McAdoo... and John Stoker of Berwick. Both will work a maximum of 28 – hours a month. Morgan is currently an officer in Weatherly... while Stoker is employed at the Berwick Hospital... but has been an officer in Catawissa.

 

Shamokin Board

The Shamokin Area School Board has a new president. Brian Persing has been appointed president... following the resignation this week of Tracey Witmer. Published reports say Witmer believed she was left out of the loop by the board's vice president and the district superintendent. Meantime... Persing will fill Witmer's term which runs through the end of the year.

 

Northumberland Fair

The Northumberland County Fair began on Thursday. The 12th annual edition is taking place at the former Sunbury Armory on Mile Hill Road. It runs through Saturday night. The fair features contests... exhibits and entertainment.

 

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High School Football

The high school football regular season kicks off a week from Friday night. Area teams will play their final preseason scrimmages this weekend. Bloomsburg is at home Friday night against Mahanoy Area... Southern Columbia is at Montoursville... Central Columbia is at home against Warrior Run... and Danville is at home against Canton. On Saturday morning, Columbia Montour Vo Tech has a home scrimmage against Holy Redeemer.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies ended their series with the Cincinnati Reds Thursday night with a 4-3 walk-off win in extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th... John Mayberry, Jr singled to left field to easily score Chase Utley from third base to capture the win. The Phil's begin a weekend series Friday night with the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Thursday / August 23, 2012


Berwick Meth Lab

A suspected meth lab in Berwick... busted Wednesday... with ten people arrested... including three juveniles... the youngest 14. Our media partner... NewsWatch 16 is reporting... it all went down when police and a SWAT team raided a home in the 400 block of West Front Street. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish said all were caught red – handed... making the product. Those arrested were arraigned Wednesday night and sent to the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg. The bust is the sixth meth lab raided in Berwick since last December.

 

Danville Schools

It has been a trying year for the Danville Area School District... finding room for students following last September's flooding. But, this year... it's somewhat different... so says Superintendent Cheryl Latorre. She says FEMA and PEMA money was used to bring the district back to what it was before the flood. Ms. Latorre say when school opens Monday.... there will be some confusion... with 6th grade located in the primary school... with 7th and 8th graders headed to the former elementary school... which is now being used as a middle school.

 

Blood Donations

The Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross continues to look for blood donors... and heading into the Labor Day Holiday next weekend... time is of the essence. The Chapter's Sue Norton says it's been an uphill fight with a lot of regular donors doing other things during the summer. There are various blood drives throughout the area... check to find the closet near you by going to the community section of our website... WHLM.com.

 

Bloomsburg Airport Money

The Governor's office says the Bloomsburg Airport is in line to receive just over $131,000 in state aviation development funds. It's part of $3.7 – million in grants announced Wednesday. The money will be used for additional site preparation necessary to continue runway extension construction. The Danville Airport... as well as Hazleton are also in line to receive grant money.

 

Evansville Bridge

A new bridge carrying Evansville Road over the East Branch of Briar Creek... west of Berwick.. has been open to traffic. The new bridge replaces a 33 – foot long span initially built in 1936... and was structurally deficient. The structure is located between Heller Hill and Lights Road in Briar Creek Township.

 

Graham Spanier

Penn State's disgraced former president Graham Spanier is going on the offensive. Spanier is trying to convince the public he had no idea that Jerry Sandusky was a child molester... and that he most certainly did not protect one. He started Wednesday with a news conference by his lawyers who said the report on the Sandusky affair by former FBI Director Louis Freeh... is nothing more than a rush to judgment.

 

Robbery Suspect Caught

The man wanted in connection with robbing a Wilkes – Barre movie theater last weekend is now in custody. However, 33 – year old Sean Flavin didn't go quietly. He held off Watertown, Connecticut police for a while... before he was captured, cuffed and sent to a secure holding facility. He's wanted in connection with Sunday night's robbery of a money bag from a theater employee. No word when Flavin will be extradited back to Luzerne County.

 

Centax / Berkheimer

The Luzerne County Tax Collection Committe voted last night to end it's contract with Centax... a company that was supposed to collect and distribute earned income tax money. The firm has had trouble doing its job... leaving Luzerne County and its municipalities looking for millions of dollars to pay its bills. Meantime... H.A. Berkheimer will step in... at least temporarily... replacing Centax until the end of the year.

 

Robbery Conviction

A man who robbed a Shamokin Dam bank of $6,000 last November... will spend anywhere from five to twenty years in state prison. 32 – year old William Cowell of Marysville said he needed the money to pay bills. Police say Cowell walked into the first National Bank on Routes 11 and 15... demanding money from the teller. He left the area in a cab that brought him from Marysville to Shamokin Dam. The cab driver was not implicated in the robbery.

 

Threat

A Hazleton man is in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bail after he allegedly made terroristic threats against a District Attorney. 43 – year old Sean Donahue is accused of threatening Stefanie Salavantis through a series of e-mails. Donahue was arraigned in front of a District Judge... after he was charged with marking terroristic threats and harassment. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for the 29th of the month.

 

Williamsport Physician

A Williamsport cardiologist is dead following a water skiing accident in upstate New York State earlier this week. 57 – year old Dr. Christopher Tobiasz was skiing on the St. Lawrence River near Chippewa Bay. But when he attempted to get into the boat from the water... when the propeller sliced open his leg. Dr. Tobiasz was rushed to a hospital in Alexandria Bay... where he was pronounced dead.

 

Lake Augusta

This year's boating season on the Susquehanna River near Sunbury is being cut short. Repair work of the Fabridam will prevent the season from being it's usual length. The operators of the dam will deflate two bags damaged during last September’s flooding... so they can be repaired. It will take several months... so that's why the boat season on Lake Augusta will be shortened.

 

Marcellus Shale

The State’s Department of Environmental Protection is under fire from groups keeping a close eye on the state’s Marcellus Shale production. A report released by the department on natural gas production is flawed according to critics. They say the report does not mention any numbers for Chesapeake Energy Company which has been among the top gas producing companies in the state over the past several reports. Officials with DEP are not apologizing for not mentioning the missing data.
 

Marino Trip

A nine-day trip to Israel, in which a local congressman was involved, is being investigated by the FBI. Congressman Tom Marino of Williamsport... who represents Montour County... joined a group of several congressmen on the trip last August. The trip was paid for by The American Israel Education Foundation. The FBI probed events on the trip that involved drinking, with reports of several intoxicated congressmen and staffers. The report states one member of congress swam naked in the Sea of Galilee after drinking. Although these actions are not illegal, some are questioning the purpose of the trip and what work was accomplished. A statement by Marino’s staff says the congressman was not part of the incident.

 

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Berwick / George Curry
This will be the 43rd season as a head football coach for Berwick's George Curry, but it will be the first time he has a female on his team. Curry has a lot of confidence in sophomore placekicker Olivia Seeley telling WHLM's Jim Doyle she is the real deal. Berwick plays their final preseason scrimmage Thursday night at 6 against Mifflin County at Crispin Field. The Bulldogs open the regular season, Friday night, August 31st at Crestwood

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Bronson Arroyo went eight innings... giving up just three hits on 86 pitches to lead the Cincinnati Reds past the Philadelphia Philles 3 to 2 last night at Citizens Bank Park. Try as he might... Philadelphia's Vance Worley didn't have much help from his teammates.. with the loss keeping the Phils in the National League East cellar. Both teams meet again Thursday night for the fourth and final game in their series. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Wednesday / August 22, 2012


Meth Lab Busted

Police in Berwick have broken up a meth lab operation in Berwick. The 400 block of West Front Street was blocked off for a while Wednesday by fire trucks and police cars as authorities busted a large drug lab. Our media partner... NewsWatch 16 is reporting about a dozen people were rounded up... and may face charges in connection with that meth lab.

 

Danville Schools

The administration at the Danville Area School district say they're ready to take on the 2012 – 2013 school year. Last September... the distirct was faced with the loss of schools due to the flooding of tropical storm Lee... but Superintendent Cheryl Latorre says they're ready to get on with the program.

 

Blood Donors Sought

The Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross continues to look for blood donors... and heading into the Labor Day Holiday next weekend... time is of the essence. The Chapter's Sue Norton says it's been an uphill fight trying to find and cultivate donors. Meantime, there are various blood drives throughout the area. Check to find the closet near you by going to the community section of our website at WHLM.com. 

 

Anti - Heroin Rally

A Berwick woman is doing her part to make the area aware of the dangers of drugs.... especially heroin. Vicki Lowery's daughter was swept up by heroin... and now Ms. Lowery says she plans a rally at the Jackson Mansion next month to show her support in stamping out heroin and other drugs. The rally will be one of about a dozen being held around the U-S at the same time. It takes place Saturday, September 15th at the Jackson Mansion on Market Street starting at 1 O'clock.

 

Geisinger Grants

Researchers at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville have received nearly $4 – million in the form of two grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. DOH Secretary Dr. Eli Avila says $2.9 million is earmarked for the study of abdominal aortic aneurysm... and $1 - million to better predict cancer of the esophagus. Dr. Avila says Geisinger is an important part of the health care component. The money for the grants are funded through a program based on a 2001 Master Settlement Agreement with major tobacco manufacturers.

 

Labor Day Travel

Americans are ready to travel for Labor Day weekend despite the higher gas prices. The Triple – A expects travel to be up almost 3% nationwide for the Labor Day holiday with increases in both car and air travel. Jenny Robinson of Triple – A Mid Atlantic says there's improving consumer confidence compared to a year ago and more people are prioritizing travel. There are signs of economizing to help pay for increased fuel costs... and more than half say their trips will be shorter.
 

Walson Funeral

Funeral services will be held in Allentown Thursday for John Walson... the chief executive officer of Service Electric Cable. The company provides cable TV service to the Bloomsburg area... as well as other parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Walson died over the weekend after battling cancer. Service Electric was initially started in the late 1940's by his father... then passed it on to his son. John Walson was 63.

 

Murder Investigation

Hazleton police have released very little information in the death of a 29 – year old Hazle Township man... found in the middle of Carson Street earlier this month. Aaron Reznick died last Monday at an Allentown hospital. Despite a news conference on Tuesday... Investigators did not release much information. In custody charged in Reznick's death is 19 – year old Breon Judon and 17 – year old Michael Dedes. Both are in the Luzerne County Jail.

 

Former Cop Sentenced

A former Mt. Carmel police officer has been sentenced to eight years in prison. 56 – year old Blaine Handerhan must also pay $75,000 in restitution after he was found guilty last October... and sentenced Tuesday... on a child pornography conviction. Court documents say Handerhan's home computer contained 147,000 pictures... and more than 1,200 video files of kiddie porn.

 

Embezzelment Arrest

A Luzerne County woman has been charged with allegedly stealing $83,000 from her employer. Our media partner... NewsWatch 16... says 41 - year old Amy McCamley is accused of making off with the money from the Independent Chemical Corporation in Pittston Township over a one year period starting in April of 2011. McCamley telling investigators she had a problem with prescription drugs... and credit card debt.

 

Day Care Theft

A 41 – year old Milton woman is accused of taking nearly $35,000 from a non – profit daycare center in Snyder County. Pamela Sue Crites allegedly took the money from the Children's Discovery Center in Penn Township. Police say Ms. Crites said her personal finances were “tight...” and started taking the money in 2010 when she deposited checks... but kept cash payments. Crites is facing a long list of theft charges.

 

Shamokin Schools

Shamokin area schools are scheduled to begin next week.... but the year may be delayed a day or two. The reason... on going construction at the District's elementary school. It's expected to be done by Saturday... but if it isn't... parents and guardians will receive an automated call on Sunday.... telling of the district's decision.

 

Warrant Issued

An arrest warrant has been issued for a man who W-B police say robbed Movies 14 over the weekend. They're looking for 33 – year old Patrick Falvin. It's believed he strolled into the theater Sunday night... pointed a handgun an an employee with a bank bag... and slipped into the darkness. Flavin is facing a long list of charges.

 

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BU Football

Last season Bloomsburg University had the only college football team in the nation with two running backs who rushed for over a thousand yards... Franklin Quiteh and Eddie Mateo. Both are juniors this season... and Mateo says they both work toward one goal... and that is getting a PSAC championship ring. Handing off to the running backs this season will be Tim Kelly... a redshirt freshman from Camp Hill who has won the starting position according to head coach Danny Hale.

 

PSAC Expansion

The PSAC is expanding. During a news conference in Johnstown Tuesday... it was announced that Seton Hill and Pitt – Johnstown will be joining the conference in the 2013 / 2014 season. It will make the PSAC the largest Division two conference in the nation.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies dropped the second game of their series against the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night. The final score was 5 to 4. The Phil's led for much of the game until the Reds scored in each of the final three innings. The two teams tangle in game three of their four game series Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... followed by the first pitch at 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Tuesday / August 21, 2011


 

Geisinger Grants

Geisinger Medical Center in Danville has been awarded nearly $4 – million dollars in grants for two programs undertaken by GMC Physicians. During a presentation Tuesday... Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Eli Avila handed out a check for $2.9 - million dollars for to study abdominal aortic aneurysm research... and an additonal $1 – million dollars in order to develop a test to better predict patients at risk of getting cancer of the esophagis. Funding for the grants... comes from the Tobacco Settlement act of 2001... and provides money to support clinical... health serivces and biomedical research.

 

Lou Barletta / Immigration

The issue of illegal immigrants is a touchy subject in Washington these days... so says congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton. Appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Barletta telling Joe... discussing illegals is almost taboo since most congressmen are afraid of offending anyone leading up to election day. Meantime... President Obama has signed a measure giving 1.2 – million illegals work permits... good for two years. That happened... according to Barletta as 24 – million American workers go without a job.

 

Bloom / Central Consolidation

It appears consolidation between the Bloomsburg Area School District and Central Columbia is dead in the water. School directors for both districts defeating proposals Monday night calling for a merger of the two systems. Increased property taxes and questions about academics were the biggest stumbling blocks. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition that the move paves the way for Central to begin planning for an estimated $28 - million renovation of the district's 50 – year old high school on Old Berwick Road. Bloomsburg, meantime, will spend an estimated $100,000 to flood proof the middle and high school in the event of future high water.

 

School Open

Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says the first day of school Monday... in the Bloomsburg District... went off without a hitch. The chief spending some time at the Memorial School at the corner of Fifth and East Streets. Chief Sokoloski says officers will be posted at the Memorial school to aid and assist students and their parents... as well as at the Bloomsburg middle and senior high school.

 

Power Outage

That power outage experienced Monday morning from Buckhorn to Bloomsburg... into Montour Township is a thing of the past. A PPL spokesperson says an undetermined problem with a circuit breaker at 7:45 left an estimated 1,400 homes and businesses without power. The lack of juice forced businesses in the Buckhorn area to close down... or severely curtail their activities. Traffic was slowed on Mall Boulevard since most the traffic lights were effected. The power was restored before noon time.

 

Stuff the Bus

There are a lot of happy elementary age students in the Berwick Area District. The Berwick Area United Way handing out nearly 500 backpacks to public and private school children getting ready to go back to school on Wednesday. United Way CEO Ginny Crake says kids will get backpacks at two church – based schools... as well as Nescopeck... Salem... 14th Street... and Orange Street. Ms. Crake says during the past month... folks have been purchasing school supplies and dropping them off at designated locations... with volunteers stuffing the backpack with the goodies.

 

Murder Suspect

Hazleton police have charged a 17 – year old teenager in connection with the death of a 29 - year old man beaten and left for dead in the theft of his iPhone. Mitchell Dedes was initially arrested and charged with threatening people with a 44 – magnum handgun. But now, cops say he's been charged in the death of Aaron Reznick. Already in custody charged with Reznick's death is 19 – year old Breon Judon of Hazleton. He's in jail... as well as Dedes.

 

Wal-Mart Thefts

The Wal-Mart in Hometown... south of Hazleton was the target of thieves early Monday morning. Authorities say three men made off with an estimated 10 – thousand dollars worth of consumer electronics from the Rush Township store. The bandits taking Kindles... and laptop computers... and every other electronic item in the cases. Police say they were so organized two getaway cars were used in their escape.

 

Wilkes – Barre Theater Robbery

Police are looking for a man with a gun who held up the R/C Wilkes–Barre Movies 14 late Sunday night... taking an undisclosed amount of cash off a theater employee. Surveillance video shows a man... wearing an “Army” T – shirt strolling through a garage just prior to the stickup. The unidentified man was last seen running down South Washington Street.

 

Selinsgrove Fire

A Selinsgrove family is spending time with relatives after a fire caused extensive damage of their home in the 100 – block of Susquehanna Avenue. Authorities say a child knocked over a lamp... setting a bed on fire. Two nearby firemen used a garden hose to help squelch the flames. The fire caused an estimated $15,000 worth of damage.

 

Union County Crash

An elderly Milton woman is dead following a two car crash Sunday near Lewisburg. State Police say a car driven by 83 – year old Hazel Hock collided with a foreign compact driven by a 17 – year old Milton teenager. Hock was pronounced dead at the scene... the teenage driver was rushed to Geisinger Medical Center where he's being treated.

 

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Southern Columbia

For the second consecutive year, the Southern Columbia football team must replace the entire starting backfield from the previous season. Head Coach Jim Roth evaluates his starting quarterback- senior Taylor Young. Roth says Young has a pretty good arm, but during the off – season they worked on Young's consistency. Southern Columbia has a scrimmage at Montoursville this Friday night. The Tigers open the season Saturday afternoon, September 1st at Pius the 10th.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

John Mayberry, Jr hit a two run homer... and Ryan Howard and Erik Kratz had solo shots... as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Cincinnati Reds 12 to 5 Monday night. Winning pitcher Roy Halladay allowed five runs and ten hits in seven innings. The Phil's and the Reds meet again Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch at 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

Philadelphia Vs. New England

In pre – season NFL action last night... the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 27 to 17.

Monday / August 20, 2012


 

Bloomsburg Schools

Schools in the Bloomsburg Area School District open their doors today in order to start the 2012 – 2013 school year. Superintendent Cos Curry says there are 182 instructional days on the calendar... but there is some wiggle room at the end of the year in the event of snow days. Meantime... the Central Columbia and Berwick district's ring their school bells this Wednesday... with Danville's first day of class a week from today.

 

Bloomsburg SkatePark

Volunteers spent the weekend working on the new and improved SkatePark.... nestled in between the Bloomsburg swimming pool and town park. Team leader Travis Creveling says the centerpiece of the new SkatePark will be a cement bowl... 30 by 60 feet in length... and eight feet deep. Creveling says the committee in charge of the work has raised an estimated $12,000 with donations coming in every day. The work is being preformed by volunteers... with materials for the project deeply discounted.

 

Relay for Life

It took 24 hours... but folks involved with the Relay for Life event at Bloomsburg's Town Park raised just over $11,000 in their fight against cancer. An although the skies opened up late Friday night... into Saturday morning... organizer Patti Zwalkuski says volunteers stuck it out... walking around the track... making the difference. The money raised by the event will be used locally so the American Cancer Society can continue their many programs which support cancer patients.

 

Murder Charges

A 19 – year old Hazleton man is in jail... now charged in the death of a 29 – year old Ebervale resident. Our media partner NewsWatch 16 is reporting Breon Judon is charged in the death of Aaron Reznick. He died a week ago... after he was found in the middle of Carson Street earlier this month. Police say Reznick was allegedly beaten over an iPhone. The most serious charged lodged against Judon over the weekend is homicide... kidnapping... robbery. Police say one more arrest is expected in the case.

 

Plea Deal

A 24 – year old West Hazleton woman could spend the next ten years in a state correctional facility after she pleaded “no contest” to an aggravated assault charge. Andrea Lynn Vargas admitted in court at the start of the weekend... that she beat and then shook her six month old son in February of 2011. The nearly 2 – year old youngster is in a long – term care facility... being kept alive. In making her plea... prosecutors cannot use it against her if she comes to trial again in the event the youngster dies from his injuries.

 

Traffic Troublespot

If you're headed to neighboring Luzerne County using Interstate 80... you may have to face some delays. PennDOT says the right lane of I-80 eastbound between the Berwick and Mifflinville interchanges will be closed until 5 O'clock Monday afternoon to preform road widening work. That means traffic will be funneled into a single lane... and that may mean back – up's as you approach the Berwick / Lime Ridge interchange.

 

Berwick / Front Street

If you plan to use northbound Route 11 in Berwick... between Oak and Mulberry Streets... there may be some delays. PennDOT spokesman Rick Mason says Barletta Materials began a paving project Sunday night... which consists of closing the left lane so crews can excavate... place sub – base materials... and then paving the roadway. When that's finished... the right lane will have the same procedure preformed. Paving will continue on an around – the – clock basis through next Saturday.

 

Death Warrants

While Pennsylvania has not executed a death-row inmate since 1999, a rash of death warrants signed in the past 10 days by Gov. Tom Corbett could see four men lethally injected within 11 days in October. Mr. Corbett has signed four execution warrants since August 8th, including three last week... bringing his total to 19 in fewer than two years in office.

 

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BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team is just two weeks away from their season opener. The Huskies strength on defense should be at linebacker. All three starters return including two all conference selections. Defensive coordinator Paul Darragh sophomore Justin Shirk has decent skill sets... adding Shirk is “football smart.” The Huskies open the 2012 season Friday night, August 31st in Easton, Massachusetts against Stonehill College.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Kyle Kendrick tossed his second straight scoreless outing and Domonic Brown collected three hits with four RBI's as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated beat the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, 8-0, in the finale of a four-game set. Kendrick scattered three hits and walked one while striking out seven over eight innings, helping him win consecutive starts. The Phil's return home to Citizens Bank Park Monday night to take on the Cincinnati Reds in a four game set. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

What's Happening Sunday August 19, 2012


First English Baptist Church hopes you'll join them for worship in the park this morning starting at 10:00 AM.

 

The Millville Youth Tournament Team “The Cornhuskers” are hosting a baseball tournament at the Millville Little League Field. There will be a Chinese auction, games and food. The games feature kids from around our area...it's all to raise money for a 3-day Labor Day tournament at the Cal Ripken Experience.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company invites you to their monthly all you can eat breakfast buffet from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 

There's a chicken bar-be-que at Don's Truck Trailer and Auto Repair this afternoon to raise money in the support of the fight against breast cancer...they are located on Columbia Boulevard in Bloomsburg.

 

The Mifflin Township Fire Hall is hosting the 4th annual motorcycle and car cruise benefit today. Registration starts at 8:00 am and the ride leaves at 11:00 am.

 

And, Benton Christian Church is sponsoring a concert in the park tonight at 5:30 PM.

What's Happening Saturday August 18, 2012


In Bloomsburg Town Park this weekend Relay for Life continues until Noon today. From 2:00 to 7:00 PM it's AGAPE-Palooza in the park. Then tomorrow First English Baptist Church hopes you'll join them for worship in the park tomorrow morning starting at 10:00 AM.

 

The Millville Youth Tournament Team “The Cornhuskers” are hosting a baseball tournament today and tomorrow at the Millville Little League Field. There will be a Chinese auction, games and food. The games feature kids from around our area...it's all to raise money for a 3-day Labor Day tournament at the Cal Ripken Experience.

 

At the Children's Museum in Bloomsburg today it's “Back to School Art Start” with projects for your kids to do and take home. You can also get 10% off of tuition for upcoming classes at the museum by signing up today.

 

The Saturday Trains program is open at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville today.

 

There will be people out on the walking trail in Bloomsburg by Steve Shannon to clean up the trail and raising funds for two additional dog waste stations along the trail. It's part of a local girl scouts project.

 

The Buckhorn Volunteer Fire Company invites you to their annual community yard and craft show today. They're also hosting their chicken bar-be-que.


Bethany United Methodist Church has an ice cream social going on this afternoon starting at 4:00 PM. The church is on Summerhill Avenue in Berwick.

 

The Central Columbia Class of 1970 has their annual class picnic today on Millertown Road in Bloomsburg.

 

The Valley Chemical annual carnival is happening today...they are located behind the Locust Township municipal building on Route 42 in Numidia.

 

St. Joseph Church in Berwick is holding an Italian Festival on the Maria Assunta Grounds today from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

 

Katy's Church will hold their annual festival today from 3:00 pm to dusk.

 

First Presbyterian Church in Berwick invites you to join them for their last blast of summer festival from noon to 3:00 pm.

 

At Lourdes Regional School today it's Raiderfest with a chicken bar-be-que, punt-pass-kick contest, other food and vendors.

 

The Boondockers 4x4 truck club invites you to their mud bog today. It's happening at the Summerhill Fire Company.

 

Tomorrow, the Potts Grove Fire Company invites you to their monthly all you can eat breakfast buffet from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 

There's a chicken bar-be-que at Don's Truck Trailer and Auto Repair tomorrow afternoon to raise money in the support of the fight against breast cancer...they are located on Columbia Boulevard in Bloomsburg.

 

The Mifflin Township Fire Hall is hosting the 4th annual motorcycle and car cruise benefit tomorrow. Registration starts at 8:00 am and the ride leaves at 11:00 am.

 

And, Benton Christian Church is sponsoring a concert in the park tomorrow night at 5:30 PM.

Friday / August 17, 2012


School Begins

There is nothing like getting a head start on the school year. And that's what the Bloomsburg School District is doing... as students and teachers hit the classroom for the first time on Monday. Superintendent Dr. Cos Curry says there's a reason for that.... and it deals with testing... and the week off for the Bloomsburg Fair in late September. Central Columbia and Berwick schools begin their year next Wednesday. Classes in the Danville Area School District begin Monday the 27th.

 

DUI Checkpoints

Cracking down on suspected impaired drivers across Columbia County this weekend. That's what police will be doing as they set up checkpoints on some of the county's busiest highways... including Route 11, 42 and 487. In a news release... Sgt. Leonard Rogutski of the Bloomsburg Police Department says the checkpoints will start Friday night... and run through late Saturday. Funding for the checkpoints starts at the federal level... then filters down to PennDOT... and local police departments.

 

State Unemployment

The unemployment numbers are in... and they're up a bit. The State Labor Department says the Pennsylvania rate was up three tenths of a percent in July... to 7.9%. However, that's below the national rate of 8.3%. The hottest jobs in July in Pennsylvania are mining and logging... as well as professional and business services.

 

Bloomsburg Area Fire Calls

Area firemen were kept busy Thursday night responding to automatic fire alarms. Around 8:45 Thursday night... Buckhorn firemen were called to the Holiday Inn Express when a smoke alarm went off in a third floor room. Arriving firemen found nothing more than some burned food. Then at midnight... Bloomsburg fire sirens sounded when smoke was detected in the elevator area of the Bloomsburg Health Care Center. The problem was taken care off... and crews returned to their station in short order.

 

Drive By Shooting

Hazleton police are investigating a daring, daylight drive by - shooting in the 700 block of Locust Street... across the street from the Immanuel Christian School. Witnesses telling police they saw a car roll by... with someone firing shots into an empty double home. No one was hurt... but kids and parents were unloading items for a thrift store when the gun shots rang out. No one is in custody, but police are looking for either a silver or black car that fled south on Locust.

 

School Raises

The two top administrators in the Hazleton Area School District will have a fatter paycheck in the future. The School Board naming Francis Antonelli as superintendent and awarding him a new three year employment agreement... and boosting his pay $22,000... to $150,000 a year. He had been interim super since September of 2011. The board also giving his assistant Donald Bayzik a $34,000 boost... matching Antonelli's salary at $150,000 a year... plus renewing his work agreement for another year. Of the nine people on the school board... eight agreed to the deal, but Director Clarence John turned it down... saying he didn't have time to look at the documents.

 

ID Law Appealed

Challengers to Pennsylvania's tough new law requiring voters to show photo identification are appealing a judge's decision to let it take effect for the November election. The lawyers for the people and rights groups filed suit Thursday afternoon with the lower Commonwealth Court. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson... earlier this week... rejected claims the law is unconstitutional and ruled the challenge didn't meet the stiff requirements to win an injunction

 

Sunbury/Riverfront Park

The ribbon was cut Thursday.... opening the $9.5 - million Sunbury Riverfront Park along Front Street. Three years of work went into the park... which now has ramps... an amphitheater... boat docks... lighting and new sidewalks. Upkeep of the new facility will be done by city staffers and volunteers.

 

Dimmock Settlement

Residents of Dimmock... in Susquehanna County... who claim water wells were poisoned due to fracking... are nearing a settlement in their federal lawsuit with Houston – based Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation. Court documents filed this week indicate a confidential agreement is in the works between residents of Dimmock and Cabot Oil. Dimmock became a flashpoint in the national debate over gas drilling and a technique called hydraulic fracturing... after residents claimed in 2009 that Cabot polluted their water supply with methane gas and toxic chemicals and made some of them ill.

 

All Home Days

All Home Days in Elysburg is almost here... and organizers say they looking for participants for the annual parade... and sumo wrestling competition. It's the 93rd year for the event... which marks a home coming of sorts for thousands of people. The event will kick off with a parade on September 1st.... with the event taking place in the Ralpho Township Community Park. Organizers says the sumo wrestling competition takes place the following day... Sunday, September 2nd.

 

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High School Football

Area high school football teams will finish their first week of preseason drills Friday and then play the first of two preseason scrimmages Saturday. At Panther Stadium Saturday morning Bloomsburg will go against Columbia Montour Vo Tech. At Crispin Field in Berwick, the Bulldogs will play Central Mountain coached by former Bulldog Vinnie Kishbaugh. Other scrimmages include Central Columbia at Wilkes Barre G-A-R... Danville at Warrior Run and Southern Columbia against Shikellamy Saturday night at 7 O'clock at Tiger Stadium.

 

Henry Hynoski

Beginning his second season as the starting fullback for the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, former Southern Columbia star Henry Hynoski and his team will play The New York Jets Saturday night. That game will be televised nationally on the NFL Network.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Kevin Frandsen's error opened the door... and the Milwaukee Brewers took advantage with Corey Hart's go-ahead grand slam in eighth inning in a 7-4 victory last night over the Philadelphia Phillies. The game was the first in a weekend series. Cliff Lee tied a season-high with 12 strikeouts. The Phils and the Brewers meet again Friday night at Miller Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 7:35... with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Thursday / August 16, 2012


Voter ID

When you go to vote in November... make sure you have a government issued picture identification with you when you hit the polling place. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson refused to grant an injunction to halt the requirement. The ruling did not surprise Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky. He also says his office has been preparing for ID decision. Meantime, the American Civil Liberties Union is expected to file an appeal of the ruling by the end of the week to the State Supreme Court.

 

AGAPE Palooza

There is a day of celebration Saturday as to what we do in Bloomsburg. AGAPE Palooza is designed to make people more aware of the faith – based organization... not just after the flood we experienced last September.... but what the organization does on a year – round basis... so says spokesperson Kathy Lowe. Ms. Lowe says AGAPE Palooza is open to everyone... with local churches and non – profit groups taking part in the event. It begins Saturday at 2 PM at Bloomsburg Town Park.

 

Shickshinny Recovery

A year after the Lee Flood.... the Borough of Shickshinny continues to slowly bounce back. Although Shickshinny's main bank is gone... replaced by an ATM machine... other businesses have come to life... such as a hardware store... some restaurants and gas stations. Fred Lombardo who co – owns a shopping plaza hard hit by September flooding says he has watched the resilience of the people over the past year. Also another bright spot in Shickshinny.... the opening of a new Thomas' Family Market sometime next month. It will be the first big time market in the borough since the owners of a former market at the same location decided not to rebuild.

 

Bloomsburg Skate Park

It could be sometime in October that we could see the first phase of a skate park open for business. It's located adjacent to the swimming pool. Work got underway this week... after $11,000 was received thanks to various fund raisers. The original skate park was made of plywood.... and over time that warped... but if things go according to plan... the wood will be replaced by an 8 - foot cement bowl which will last for years. Those folks building the park says another couple of thousand dollars is needed to complete the first phase of construction..

 

Bridge Replacement

One of the state bridges lost during last September's flooding in Columbia County will be replaced during a project starting next week. The previous, 28 foot -long bridge on Whites Church Road over Deer Lick Run, just south of Mount Pleasant Road in Mount Pleasant Township, was heavily damaged during the flood and was removed late last year. PennDOT's Rick Mason says the new bridge will consist of a concrete box culvert.. with crews restoring approaches and all the work needed to re-open the road in early October.

 

Luzerne County Deficit

The Luzerne County Manager is out with his estimate of a budget deficit. Manager Robert Lawton says the current budget has a $1.8 -point- million shortfall. And... if the county doesn't tighten it's belt... it could get a lot worse. Lawton telling County Commissioners this week... he believes he can lessen the shortfall without eliminating too many jobs. He says if something isn't done soon... the county could be facing a $2.1 - million deficit.

 

Guilty Plea

A Shickshinny man may be doing some hard prison time. There is a published report 43 – year old Walter Joseph Engle pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary sexual intercourse. The Wilkes – Barre Times Leader says Engle engaged in sex with a girl... with the 13 – year old teen becoming pregnant. Luzerne County prosecutors are seeking a 10 – year mandatory prison sentence on each count.

 

Nanticoke Arson

A state police fire marshal has been called in to investigate an arson fire at a Nanticoke area church. A storage building behind the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church on Middle Road was torched early Wednesday morning. The pastor says the shed contained items to be used at an upcoming flea market... as well as some lawn equipment.

 

PPL Sirens

Pennsylvania Power and Light says it may get a bit noisy in Salem Township Thursday morning. The utility will conduct the annual test of all sirens in it's Susquehanna Steam Electric plant emergency notification system. The sirens will sound at 11 O'clock... and run for three minutes. They are used to notify the area near the plant when an emergency arises.

 

Curley / Schultz

The two men in the middle of the Sandusky sex scandal at Penn State University will have their lawyers in court Thursday. Oral arguments will be held in Dauphin County Court on pre – trial motions in the case of former university athletic director Tim Curley... and former PSU Vice President Gary Shultz. Curley and Schultz are awaiting trial on charges they lied to a grand jury investigating former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, and didn't properly report suspected child abuse.

 

Immigration Law

The U-S Third Court of Appeals in Philadelphia heard the pros and cons Wednesday of Hazleton's six year old immigration law. It was formulated when current 11th District Congressman Lou Barletta was mayor... but it was never enacted due to court challenges. Under the law businesses cannot hire.... and property owners cannot rent to illegal immigrants. The U-S Supreme court initially got the case, but decided to kick it down to the Court of Appeals.

 

Dimmock Water

Residents of Dimmock... in Susquehanna County... who claim water wells were poisoned due to fracking... are nearing a settlement in their federal lawsuit with Houston – based Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation. Court documents filed this week indicate a confidential agreement is in the works between residents of Dimmock and Cabot Oil. Dimmock became a flashpoint in the national debate over gas drilling and a technique called hydraulic fracturing... after residents claimed in 2009 that Cabot polluted their water supply with methane gas and toxic chemicals and made some of them ill.

 

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BU Football

Starting his 9th season as Bloomsburg University's secondary coach, Chet Henicle faces a real challenge. Three of last season's starters in the Huskies secondary graduated including all conference corners Oscar Rivera and Vince Browning. The lone returning starter is senior safety Dan Haverstock.

 

Henicle says Haverstock is up to the challenge and will need to take charge. The Huskies are into their second week of preseason drills. They open the season next Friday in Easton, Massachusetts against Stonehill College.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team will face one of the biggest challenges in school history to start the season. On November 4th, the Huskies will play an exhibition game against Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse is coming off one of their most successful seasons. They were 34-3 and ranked first in the nation for much of the season.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Miami Marlins scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday to make it difficult for the Philadelphia Phillies to make a comeback in the ninth. The final 9 to 2. The Phils are now in Milwaukee for Thursday evenings start of a weekend series against the Brewers. You can catch all the action starting with the Phillie's pre – game show at 7:35... with the first pitch at 8:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Wednesday / August 15, 2012


I-80 Crash

The westbound lane of Interstate 80 near Lightstreet is back open following a chain reaction crash shut it down Tuesday afternoon. State police tell WHLM News a tractor - trailer driven by 38 - year old Richard Went of New Jersey was westbound when he slowed for traffic in a construction zone. Behind him... a compact driven by 25 – year old Joseph Kemper, Jr of Northumberland. But a second tractor trailer driven by 46 – year old Roger Eck of California failed to slow... ramming the compact into the first big rig. Eck.. Kemper and an unidentified passenger in his car were all taken to Geisinger. Police tell us the investigation is continuing.

 

Bridge Inspection

The inspection of the Iron Bridge on Millville Road... linking Bloomsburg with Mt. Pleasant Township is expected to be wrapped up late Wednesday afternoon. A contractor has spent the past three days checking the connections on the girder – style span... and will later give PennDOT a comprehensive report.  But, the agency's Rick Mason says the state still has a lot of structurally deficient bridges to deal with. The check of the 82 – year old, 159 foot span is designed to see if it can still take the loads it has in the past and also check for damage produced by Tropical Storm Lee last September.

 

Relay for Life

Bloomsburg's 17th annual Relay for Life kicks off Friday at noon at the Town Park on Market Street. Local chairperson Patti Zwalkuski says they hope to raise thousands of dollars through participants who walk for 24 – hours in order to fight the disease. The event begins Friday at noon time at Town Park. Meantime... the Relay for Life team receiving a proclamation this week from Bloomsburg Town Council... noting Friday and Saturday “Relay for Life Day.”

 

Constable in Trouble

A state constable from Luzerne County... is on the other side of the law. Our media partner... NewsWatch 16 is reporting... 54 – year old John Gould of Kingston is accused of spying on girls 15 and 17 while they took a shower in his camper at a neighboring Northumberland County campground. The teens are his foster children. Authorities say he's charged with six counts of invasion of privacy.

 

Preliminary Hearing

A preliminary hearing is set for today for a Berwick woman accused of embezzling an estimated $24,000 from the accounts of guests at the Berwick Retirement Village. 37 – year old Sarah Pineda – Scott allegedly took money. Authorities say the woman opened credit card accounts. She also used money to cover personal bills. Pineda – Scott is currently free... after an arraignment earlier this month in front of Judge Richard Knecht.

 

Death Investigation

An Ebervale man... found on Carson Street in Hazleton earlier this month has died. 29 – year old Aaron Reznick died without regaining consciousness earlier this week at the Lehigh Valley Medical Center. Now... investigators want to know how he ended up in the middle of the street... bleeding and missing some clothing. If you have information... you're asked to call Hazleton Police.

 

Snatch & Grab Robbery

Freeland police are looking for a man who snatched money from a grocery store register this week. The incident happened late Monday night at Carone's Market on Front Street... and it was all caught on video tape. The video shows the unidentified man checking out... grabbing cash from the register... and leaving the store on foot. Authorities say he only got about a hundred dollars.

 

Dove Industries

More than a hundred people are... or will soon be... out of work in neighboring Luzerne County. Dove Vinyl Windows on the San Souci Parkway in Hanover Township is shutting down placing 106 people in the unemployment line. Dove Industries officials say their business is a “faltering company...” adding that financing was no longer available and that unforeseen business circumstances played a part in the decision. Those still on the job are wrapping up projects started before the announcement was made.

 

Sleep Habits

Summer vacations are winding down... and the school year in Bloomsburg, Berwick and Danville is set to begins... it's important that kids readjust their sleep schedules. Experts says starting to go to bed early... and rise at a decent hour should start now... and two days before school begins. The most important part of the component... says one expert... is getting your kids up earlier than on a typical summer day.

 

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BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team is ranked 25th in the nation in the American Football Coaches Association preseason Division 2 poll. Two other PSAC teams cracked the top 25- California is 11th and defending PSAC Champ Kutztown is ranked 12th.

 

High School Football

Being the starting quarterback at a storied program like Berwick, wearing the jersey number that Ron Powlus once wore, and being the grandson of the winningest coach in the history of the state all would seem to add up to a lot of pressure on Berwick junior C.J. Curry. But, he doesn't see it that way. C.J. Curry and his Berwick teammates scrimmage Central Mountain Saturday morning at 11 O'clock at Crispin Field. The Bulldogs open the season Friday night, August 31st at Crestwood.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Kyle Kendrick and the Philadelphia Phillies shutout the Miami Marlins for the second time Tuesday night 1 to 0. Kendrick who had allowed nine runs -- eight earned -- over his last two starts, tossed seven scoreless innings. Philadelphia and Miami wrap up their series with a matinee Wednesday afternoon. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 12:05... followed by the first pitch at 12:40 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Tuesday / August 14, 2012


Council / Flood Protection

Bloomsburg Town officials are not going to be deterred in their quest for flood protection... despite the fact the U-S Army Corps of Engineers decided not to invest any money in the proposed project. During a town council meeting Monday night... Mayor Dan Knorr says there is a tentative meeting next month with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. No word when the meeting will take place... or what interest the DEP has in providing flood protection for Bloomsburg's west side. But earlier this summer DEP chief Michael Krancer spent some time in Bloomsburg and Fernville... getting a first hand look at the damage caused by Lee flooding last September.

 

Voter ID

We could know as early as this week if the state's proposed Voter ID law is legal. Proponents say needing an ID to vote is an effort to cut down on perceived voter fraud. But, Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach says there are no problems here... saying when you come into the courthouse annex to register... you know where to cast your ballot. Already... the Commonwealth and the ACLU says they plan to appeal any decision made by the courts.

 

PSU Troubles

Penn State University has been put on notice by an accrediting organization that says the university's status is "in jeopardy" based on recent developments in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education cited information in the school's internal investigation led by former FBI director Louis Freeh and the severe penalties imposed by the NCAA.

 

Montour DeLong Community Fair

The week long Montour – DeLong Community Fair getting underway Monday night.... just west of Washingtonville. Fair Association President Bill Miller says although the fair is relatively small to other expositions in the state... it remains family – oriented. The other thing making the fair family friendly is free admission and entertainment. Speaking of which... entertainment Tuesday night is provided by “Memory Lane” playing in the pavilion with shows at 5 and 8 O'clock.

 

PPL Sirens

Pennsylvania Power and Light says it will conduct the annual test of all sirens in it's Susquehanna Nuclear plant emergency notification system. The sirens will sound at 11 O'clock Thursday morning. A Susquehanna plant spokesman says the sirens will sound for three minutes. They're used to notify the area in case of an emergency at the plant.

 

Mega Millions

A curb store in southern Luzerne County has been told by state lottery officials it sold a winning Mega Million ticket from last Friday night's drawing. The ticket was sold at PQ Express on N. Broad Street in West Hazleton. The winning ticket correctly matched all five numbers selected... plus the bonus number... all worth an estimated $250,000. The owner of PQ Express is in line to receive $500 from the lottery commission. Thus far.. no one has come forward with the winning ticket.

 

Cash Five Winner

A Turbotville lotto outlet is $5,000 to the good after selling one of the winning tickets in last Friday's Cash 5 drawing. Turbotville Great Valu on State Route 54 in Northumberland County sold one of two winning tickets... worth an estimated $733,000. Thus far... no one has come forward with the winning ticket. The ticket holder has a year to claim the prize.

 

Volunteer Firefighters

Two volunteer firefighters have entered guilty pleas in Montour County Court.... admitting setting several properties on fire. Charles Jacobs and Zane Snyder admitted to setting four fires this year... so they could return and fight them as members of the Potts Grove Volunteer Fire Company. The pair will be sentenced September 6th. Jacobs and Snyder are also charged with setting buildings on fire in Northumberland County... but no court date has been established.

 

Guilty Plea

A Mahoning Township man pleaded guilty on Monday to simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Our media partner... NewsWatch 16.. is reporting Robert Alteri was in Montour County court in Danville... where he entered a guilty plea to both charges. Alteri initially telling Danville police back in December 2011... his girlfriend’s baby suffered accidental injuries. However they later found out he lost his temper... hitting the child with his fist.

 

Gas Prices

Gas prices across northeastern Pennsylvania continue to climb. The Triple - A Fuel Gauge report shows the price of self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.64 a gallon. That's up a penny from the weekend... and up 12 – cents from a week ago. The current average price is 32 – cents a gallon higher than it was a month ago. The big reason for the spike is refinery and pipeline issues across the country.

 

I-80 / Bridges

More traffic trouble spots to deal with on Interstate 80 in Columbia County this week. PennDOT spokesman Rick Mason says construction on the bridges over Fishing Creek near the Buckhorn exit will provide headaches for drivers.... especially during their afternoon commute. Mason says traffic will be restricted to single lanes as a contractor places an epoxy – based surface on the bridge decks... preforms bridge approach paving... waterproofing and places new pavement markings on the roadway.

 

Corbett Trip

Governor Corbett will continue his commitment to job creation. He plans to take a two – day trip to California's Silicone Valley in order to attract new investments and jobs. During the trip... Mr. Corbett and his delegation will meet with meet with seven firms in order to explore interest in future expansions.

 

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BU Football

Whoever wins the job as Bloomsburg University's starting quarterback will have the luxury of taking snaps from a three year starter at center.... Mount Carmel product Chris Steck. Huskies offensive coordinator Bryan McBryan praises Steck for his hard work ethic. Steck is one of four starters returning on the offensive line for the Huskies. BU opens the season Friday night, August 31st against Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia's Cole Hamels pitched his second consecutive shutout last night as the Phil's defeated the Miami Marlins 4 to nothing. Hamels allowed seven hits, one walk and struck out five Monday against the Marlins. He is in the midst of a 22-inning scoreless streak. The Phil's and the Marlins play again tonight in South Florida. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:35... with the first pitch at 7:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Monday / August 13, 2012


Bridge Inspection

If you use the Iron Bridge on Millville road... which spans Fishing Creek... you may get delayed a bit. PennDOT's Rick Mason says a contractor will begin inspection work Monday on the 82 – year old bridge... checking out every girder and joint... to see if there are any deficiencies. Mason says a sign crew will be stationed at both sides of the bridge... limiting traffic to one lane at a time. The work is expected to be wrapped up by late Wednesday afternoon.

 

Immigration Law

Hazleton's immigration law will be back in court this week. Lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union and the City of Hazleton will be in front of the US Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. The Hazleton immigration law bans businesses from hiring.... and landlords from renting to illegal immigrants. However, the law was never enforced. The appearance in front of the 3rd district panel is on orders from the US Supreme Court.

 

Bloomsburg Nationals

Judging by the car count and the number of people at the fairgrounds... it appears the Bloomsburg Nationals car show... promoted by Carlisle Events of Cumberland County... was a huge success. Jeff Eister of Danville brought his red 1968 Dodge Charger to the event to show. Eister says it's easier to get parts to restore classic cars than what it was 10 to 15 – years ago. The Bloomsburg Nationals returns in August of 2013... with the hope of a bigger and better show.

 

Berwick Project

If you're trying to get through Berwick for the next week... traffic will be a nightmare. Reconstruction of Front Street began late last night when Barletta Materials began working in the northbound lane between LaSalle and Oak Street. PennDOT says the work deals with excavation, placing a sub – base... and paving. That particular project is expected to be wrapped up Saturday.

 

I-80 Construction

Construction work continues on Interstate 80 between the Lime Ridge / Berwick and the Mifflinville interchanges. A PennDOT spokesman says the right lane of I-80 eastbound at the Lime Ridge interchange will be closed until until late Monday afternoon... so trucks have access to perform road widening work. And if you try to get on I-80 westbound at Mifflinville... the exit is closed so you must use a well – marked alternate to get on the highway.

 

PSU Board

They didn't take a formal vote, but the vast majority of Penn State trustees voiced support for the university president Rodney Erickson's acceptance of severe penalties imposed by the NCAA over the school's handling of the Sandusky sex scandal. Board chairwoman Karen Peetz told fellow trustees during a Sunday evening conference call that the panel could not vote because 10 days' notice of the meeting was required... an objection two members raised at the outset of the call. But more than two dozen members of the 32-member board then voiced support for President Erickson's decision and a desire to move forward, although many criticized the NCAA sanctions.

 

Fugitive Surrenders

A 35 – year old Benton man is free on bond... after he was picked up over the weekend on three outstanding warrants issued in Indiana. John Lloyd Dildine surrendered to State Police at the Bloomsburg Barracks early Saturday evening. Dildine was arraigned before District Magistrate Judge Marvin Shrawder... and was released on 25 – thousand dollars unsecured bail. Police say Dildine will have an extradition hearing scheduled in Columbia County Court.

 

Gorge Accident

A Schuylkill County man is dead after he slipped and fell while biking in the Lehigh Gorge State Park on Sunday. State Police at Hazleton says 44 – year old Lee Mantz of Coaldale stopped to take a snapshot... and apparently lost his footing falling when he stepped on a rock... and ended up in the River. An autopsy is expected to be preformed Monday... but police are ruling the death accidental.

 

Carbon Fatal

A Freeland man is dead... after he crashed his pick- up truck on Route 93 in Hudsondale... in Packer Township... in Carbon County... southeast of Hazleton. Police say Nathan Hoffman lost control of his truck early Saturday morning... smashed into some trees. He was pronounced dead at the scene. State police at Hazleton are investigating.

 

Barletta / VP

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton says the selection of US Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as a vice – presidential candidate to Republican Mitt Romney is a pretty smart move. Barletta says Ryan knows the federal budget... inside and out... and will be an invaluable resource on the Republican ticket.

 

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Berwick Football

With the season openers just three weeks away, area high school football teams begin preseason practices Monday. Even though his team has worked hard all summer, Berwick coach George Curry is looking forward to the first contact drills. Berwick has their first preseason scrimmage Saturday morning at 11 O'clock against Central Mountain at Crispin Field. The Bulldogs open the regular season August 31st at Crestwood.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-7, in 11 innings on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. With the win, the Phillies took two games out of the three-game set. The winning run was scored when Philadelphia's Juan Pierre hit an infield single... allowing Jimmy Rollins to come home.

 

The Phils hit the road this week... starting Monday night with a three game series against the Miami Marlins. Catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:35... with the first pitch expected at 7:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7,104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

NASCAR / Watkins Glen

Australian Marcos Ambros wins Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series event on the road course at Watkins Glenn, New York.

What's Happening Sunday August 12, 2012


The Bloomsburg Nationals are happening at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds today. The event is hosted by Carlise Events, one of the world's largest presenters of collectors cars, and the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds with the Dream Machines Motor Club. Weekend activities include the car show, food, games, and musical entertainment. It's all happening at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.

 

The Loose Tiles Model Railroad Club has their huge display of model trains open at the Columbia Mall this weekend. You can see the more than 60 trains with 10,000 feet of track from noon to 4 today.

 

Benton British Cars will meet today at Strevigs Family Restaurant in Benton at 3:00 PM. All British cars are welcome. The restaurant is located on Route 487.

 

Monday there's a Look Good Feel Better session for cancer patients scheduled at the Geisinger Knapper Clinic in Danville. Preregistration is required call 800-227-2345.

 

On Tuesday the Children's Museum in Bloomsburg invites you out for Tie-Dye Day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Bring your own material to dye...it's free with admission to the museum.

 

From the WHLM Future File. Next weekend will be busy at Bloomsburg Town Park. Friday and Saturday are the Bloomsburg Area Relay for Life. Following the Relay Saturday afternoon it's AGAPE-Palooza starting at 2:00 PM.

 

The Boondocker's 4x4 truck club has their Mud Bog planned rain or shine next Saturday at the Summerhill Fire Company.

 

And, the Millville Youth Tournament Team “The Cornhuskers” are hosting a weekend baseball tournament next Saturday and Sunday at the Millville Little League Field. There will be a Chinese auction, games, and food. The baseball games will feature kids from the surrounding area. They are raising money for a 3-day Labor Day tournament at the Cal Ripken Experience.

What's Happening Saturday August 11, 2012


The Bloomsburg Nationals are happening at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds today and tomorrow. The event is hosted by Carlise Events, one of the world's largest presenters of collectors cars, and the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds with the Dream Machines Motor Club. Weekend activities include the car show, food, games, and musical entertainment. It's all happening at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.

 

The Central Pennsylvania Cystic Fibrosis Foundation invites you to their family fun day at the Draus Family Barn today from 11 to 4. The day's activities include a zipline, hayrides, food, games, nature trails, arts and crafts. The farm is located at 97 Riverhill Drive in Bloomsburg. Proceeds benefit the foundation.

 

The American Cancer Society is hosting a registration for the Cancer Prevention Study-3 today at their office in Selinsgrove. You can enroll in the long-term study that will help researchers understand the lifestyle, genetic and environmental factors that cause and prevent cancer.

 

The Catawissa Firefighter's Carnival is going on today...the fun starts at 4:30 PM. Tonight's entertainment is Lucky Afternoon at 7:00 PM.

 

It's the last day of the Defender Fire Company block party in Berwick. They have music, food, games and all of the fun is happening at Pine and 6th Streets in Berwick.

 

The Loose Tiles Model Railroad Club has their huge display of model trains open at the Columbia Mall this weekend. You can see the more than 60 trains with 10,000 feet of track from 11 to 5 today and tomorrow from noon to 4.

 

Benton British Cars will meet tomorrow at Strevigs Family Restaurant in Benton at 3:00 PM. All British cars are welcome. The restaurant is located on Route 487.

 

Monday there's a Look Good Feel Better session for cancer patients scheduled at the Geisinger Knapper Clinic in Danville. Preregistration is required call 800-227-2345.

 

On Tuesday the Children's Museum in Bloomsburg invites you out for Tie-Dye Day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Bring your own material to dye...it's free with admission to the museum.

 

From the WHLM Future File. Next weekend will be busy at Bloomsburg Town Park. Friday and Saturday are the Bloomsburg Area Relay for Life. Following the Relay Saturday afternoon it's AGAPE-Palooza starting at 2:00 PM.

 

The Boondocker's 4x4 truck club has their Mud Bog planned rain or shine next Saturday at the Summerhill Fire Company.

 

And, the Millville Youth Tournament Team “The Cornhuskers” are hosting a weekend baseball tournament next Saturday and Sunday at the Millville Little League Field. There will be a Chinese auction, games, and food. The baseball games will feature kids from the surrounding area. They are raising money for a 3-day Labor Day tournament at the Cal Ripken Experience.

Friday / August 10, 2011


Cawley Tours Fairgrounds

Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Jim Cawley spent a couple of hours on the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds Thursday... taking a look at the progress made over the past year following the floods of September. Cawley was at the fairgrounds weeks following the flooding from Tropical Storm Lee... and says Thursday's tour is the definition of Pennsylvania resilience. The flood caused a million dollars worth of damage to the fairgrounds... and try as they might to get the 2011 show off the ground... the fair association board had to cancel the event. But, the mud and debris have been swept away... with this year's Fair now scheduled to get underway September 22nd.

 

Lost Tractor Trailer

An unusual sight at the top of North Street in Bloomsburg.... at First Street... behind the Bloomsburg Health Care Center. An out of state tractor – trailer stuck with no where to go. Bloomsburg Police officer Jim Cromley said the driver went north on North Street... the wrong way on a one – way street. When the driver found he couldn't make a left turn... he attempted to back down. When he did... the driver snagging a utility poll... bringing down power lines. A PPL crew had to cut power to make repairs... and that tossed homes and traffic lights in the dark. The unidentified driver eventually backed down North Street... and went on his way.

 

Tip Jar Theft

Bloomsburg Police have arrested two men wanted in connection with the theft of a tip jar at a East Main Street business. The theft taking place earlier this month at Franks Pizza. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... 20 – year old Mark McCord of Carbondale... and 18 – year old Luke Cramer of Fairvew... surrendered after a security camera video began making the rounds. McCord and Cramer... two summer freshmen students at Bloomsburg University... admit to the theft... and face a preliminary hearing next month.

 

Flood Mitigation

Work continues in the middle of Fishing Creek on the west end of Bloomsburg to remove the gravel island that has built up over the years. The flood mitigation project... near the former Magee boat dock.... is being performed by contractor Bill Anskis of Elysburg. The work is being funded by a million dollar grant earmarked for Fishing Creek flooding requested several years ago by State Representative David Millard through the former Rendell administration.

 

Bloomsburg Nationals

The 1st annual Bloomsburg Nationals classic car show kicks off today at the fairgrounds. Thousands of cars from across the northeast will descend on the area... now through Sunday. One of the highlights... the Friday afternoon gridlock cruise – in on Main Street from Iron to West Streets. Lance Miller of Carlisle Events says it not only brings people downtown, but give car owners to strut their stuff.

Carlisle Events of Cumberland County... as well as the Dream Machines Motor Club of Bloomsburg are co – hosting this weekend's event.

 

Ice Cream & Cake Festival

The 55th annual Ice Cream and Cake Festival at the Bloomsburg Town Park lasted only 90 – minutes or so thanks to thundershowers rolling through the area. The always – enjoyable Catawissa Military Band was just getting into the patriotic music set when the skies opened up. The rain sent a couple of hundred folks scrambling for cover. But, before that happened... it was a pretty enjoyable night... with plenty of baked cake to go around... plus gallons of home made ice cream dished out by celebrity servers.

 

Hazleton Power Outage

Most of the 6,900 PPL customers in Hazleton... Schuylkill and Carbon Counties have had power restored... after loosing juice for about 30 – minutes during a storm Thursday afternoon. A utility spokesperson said the problem was centered in a sub – station in East Hazleton. Now... PPL workers are trying to track down what caused Thursday's outage.

 

McAdoo Fatal

A 64 – year old McAdoo man is dead... after falling in front of a dump truck... and being run over. The incident happened on South Kennedy Drive in McAdoo when Michael Dormer was trying to walk across the street. Police ruled Mr. Dormer's death an accident... saying the driver of the truck will not be charged.

 

Hazleton Chief DeAndrea

Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea says he wants a hearing dealing with a traffic citation he recently received... stemming from a crash between his police cruiser and a motorcyclist. DeAndrea was cited for running a red light... thus causing the crash. The 83 – year old man on the motorcycle was also cited for not having an inspection sticker. State Police... who conducted the crash investigation... say Chief DeAndrea blew through the light at Broad and Laurel Streets this past May.

 

Bicyclist Killed

A Hunlock Creek resident is being questioned after he allegedly ran down an elderly man on a bicycle earlier this week in West Nanticoke. 19 – year old Matthew Perkins was picked up when a witness claims Perkins swerved and hit the 73 – year old Richard Stadts as he peddled along Route 11 near a Bar-b-Que restaurant. Stadts died Wednesday. Police say Perkins was arrested back in May for public drunkenness. Now... police are awaiting the results of some tests to see if Perkins was drunk at the time of the accident.

 

Barletta / Stilp

The race for congress in the 11th congressional district... which includes Columbia County may heat up a bit. Democratic congressional candidate Gene Stilp is challenging incumbent Representative Lou Barletta to a series of nine debates leading up to the November 6th election. Stilp is already committed to a debate at Luzerne County Community College. Barletta... through his campaign manager... says he looks forward to the challenge.

 

Shooting Folo

Northumberland County District Attorney Anthony Rosini has not determined if charges will be filed against the parents of an eight year old boy who shot himself last weekend. The child apparently got into a gun cabinet... got a loaded semi – automatic handgun... and accidentally shot himself in the hip. The incident happening at his parent's home on Dogwood Lane in Point Township. The youngster is listed in serious, but stable condition at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

 

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Notre Dame

As part of the NCAA sanctions against the Penn State football program, all Nittainy Lion players were allowed to transfer to another school without having to sit out a season. Some schools actively recruited Penn State players while other schools stayed away. Although Notre Dame did not recruit any current Penn State players... Coach Brian Kelly said they did pick up Will Fuller, a wide receiver who will be a senior this fall at Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia. Fuller had given a verbal commitment to Penn State before changing his mind.

 

NFL Preseason

It was the battle of Pennsylvania in NFL preseason football last night in Philadelphia. Alex Henery kicked a 51-yard field goal with 12 seconds left to lift the Philadelphia Eagles to a 24-23 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in their preseason opener last night.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies begin a weekend series with the St. Louis Cardinals Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. Roy Halladay is on the mound for Philadelphia... while Kyle Lohse heads for the hill for St. Louis. Catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... the first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

 

Thursday / August 9, 2012


Tractor Trailer Snags Wires

An unusual sight at the top of North Street in Bloomsburg Thursday night.... at First Street... behind the Bloomsburg Health Care Center. An out - of - state tractor – trailer stuck with no where to go. Bloomsburg Police officer Jim Cromley telling WHLM News... when the driver discovered he couldn't turn left.... he tried to back down the street. That's when he snagged a power line crossing North Street... breaking a utility poll in the process.... bringing them down into the street. No one lost power. Police were assisted by the Bloomsburg Fire Department.

 

Cawley Tours Fairgrounds

Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Jim Cawley spent a couple of hours on the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds Thursday... taking a look at the progress made over the past year following the floods of September. Cawley was at the fairgrounds weeks following the flooding from Tropical Storm Lee... and says Thursday's tour is the definition of Pennsylvania resilience. The flood caused a million dollars worth of damage... and try as they might to get the 2011 show off the ground... the fair association board had to cancel the event. But, the problems have been swept away... with this year's Fair now scheduled to get underway September 22nd.

 

AVP Future

The Wilkes – Barre / Scranton International Airport in Avoca could be one of a hundred airports around the country to loose their air traffic control facilities early next year.... that could force airlines to go elsewhere. ATC is used to clear planes to land and take off. The ATC elimination is mandated under automatic federal spending cuts that will take effect January 2nd. The elimination of service is aimed at airports which have less than 750,000 passengers arriving and departing. The list of airports scheduled to have their services eliminated is contained in a Center for American Progress study. Other PA airports in danger of losing ATC service are Allentown, Harrisburg and Erie.

 

Evansville Death

Funeral services were held Wednesday for a 27 – year old Marshall's Creek man who died last weekend at the Evansville Raceway in Briar Creek Township... near Berwick. The details are just surfacing. Marc Rudolph died when the ATV he was riding landed on it's nose Saturday night. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... Rudolph died when he landed face – first in the dirt. Deputy Columbia County Coroner Ron Taylor telling the paper he died instantly.

 

Railroad Crossing

Railroad Street in Bloomsburg... at 8th Street... remains closed as crews continue to update the crossing. The crossing is used by Northumberland – based North Shore Railroad... and is being replaced by a crew from Finkbeiner and Associates of Altoona. That crew... is taking out the old crossing and rails... and replacing it with a crossing that's more up to date. Railroad Street is expected to be re-opened by Monday.

 

Backpack Program

The Berwick Area United Way continues it's “Stuff the Bus” campaign... collecting back to school items to be placed in backpacks... to be given to students in Berwick who who qualify. The United Way's Ginny Crake says it's simple to participate... just purchase back to school supplies and drop them off in barrels at area businesses. Drop off barrels are located at the Berwick Area United way... the Faith United Lutheran Church... Fuel Fitness and the Berwick YMCA. The first day of school in Berwick is August 22nd.

 

Hazleton Luring

West Hazleton Police are searching for a man who attempted to lure a 10 – year old boy into his car earlier this week. Police say the man approached the child on Fourth Street... offering him a sticker... but the child didn't accept it. Officers say the car they're looking for is green... with the letter “V” on the front.

 

Man Overcome

A Conyngham Borough Authority worker was treated at a Hazleton hospital after he was overcome by chlorine fumes Wednesday morning. An authority spokesman says the employee opened the door of a well on Banks Avenue... and immediately felt the effects of the chemical. An investigation determined that up to 30 – gallons of Chlorine leaked from a small hole into a well hose. No one living near the well was ever in danger.

 

Mission Foods

Mission Foods in the Crestwood Industrial Park... in Luzerne County... is expanding it's operations. The company has now leased a 40,000 square foot building... which will be linked to a 110,000 square foot building on Elmwood Road. The firm is already operating out of a 136,000 square foot facility for it's tortilla production. The new space will allow for the overflow... and keep an estimated 400 employees space to work.

 

Burglary Investigation

State Police in Laporte... in neighboring Sullivan County... are looking for the persons responsible for a home burglary that occurred over the weekend. Investigators tell us that someone arrived at the home of Margaret Brass on Linwood Avenue in Eagles Mere sometime over the weekend... cut a screen on the back porch to unlock the door. Once inside... the thieves made off with a half dozen bottles of liquor. If you have information about the burglary... call state police at Laporte.

 

Millard / Forum

State Representative David Millard of Millville says he plans to sponsor a Senior Caregiver Support Forum next month. It's an effort to ensure local residents acting as caregiver are up to speed on all resources available to them. The forum will be held Thursday, September 13th at the Berwick Hospital on East 16th Street beginning at 10 AM. Please call any of Representative Millard's office to register.

 

Shooting Probe

The Northumberland County District Attorney is not sure whether charges of neglect will be filed against the parents of an 8 – year - old boy who accidentally shot himself over the weekend in Point Township. Police say the boy removed a weapon from a gun cabinet his parent's home... took it outdoors... and it discharged. Police say the child remains in serious but stable condition at Geisinger Medical Center.
 

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Huskies Football

The Bloomsburg University football team begins preseason drills Thursday afternoon. The Huskies will begin to prepare for the 2012 season which kicks off Friday night, August 31st when they take on Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Dan Uggla's three-run double in the seventh inning helped the Atlanta Braves take a 12-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the rubber match of a three-game set Wednesday night. Atlanta's Tim Hudson didn't get out of the fifth as he was pounded for six runs on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts. The Phillies have Thursday off... as they get ready for a weekend series with the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show Friday at 6:30... with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

Wednesday / August 8, 2012


United Water

Water service to Bloomsburg was restored late Tuesday afternoon... hours after a construction crew punched through a 12 – inch water main serving the the downtown area. Pressure was reduced to other parts of United Water's System. The utility's Bob Manbeck said the problem began with a crew was installing a new 16 – inch transmission line... snagging the adjacent pipe. Manbeck says despite the loss of pressure for a couple of hours.... no “boil water advisory” has been issued for subscribers of United Water.

 

Embezzlement

A preliminary hearing is set for August 15th for a Berwick woman accused of embezzling an estimated $24,000 from the accounts of guests at the Berwick Retirement Village. 37 – year old Sarah Loui Pineda – Scott allegedly took the money. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition the woman opened credit card accounts... and used the money to cover the payments. She was arraigned Tuesday in front of Judge Richard Knecht... and was released without posting bond.

 

National Night Out

You couldn't have wanted a more perfect night as law enforcement across the region observed National Night Out at the Bloomsburg Town Pool. Kids and their parents got an opportunity to talk to officers who patrol the streets. Bloomsburg police officer Ken Auchter said the guys and gals in blue were getting out the crime prevention message. Also on hand Tuesday night were Bloomsburg volunteer firemen... as well as Pennsylvania State Police and the SWAT team.

 

Shickshinny Bounces Back

Work is underway at bringing a new supermarket to Shickshinny... in Luzerne County. Renovation work continues at the former Five Mountain Market... which never returned following the Lee Flood last September. Now... a Thomas' Family Market will take its space. Fred Lombardo... who is co - owner of the shopping center where Thomas' will move into says... Shickshinny residents need and deserve a supermarket of their own. Thomas' Family Market is expected to open next month... and will compliment their current locations in Hazleton.... Dallas... Tunkhannock... Shaverton... and Kingson.

 

Lawsuit Filed

A 19 – year old man has filed suit in federal court against Luzerne County Children and Youth Services. He is only identified as “T-A-P... “ but he alleges that he was in and out of foster homes between 2004 and 2008... allegedly enduring physical attacks... extensive physical labor... and only getting two meals a day. The experience... he says... left him with physical limitations. No comment from the county agency on the allegations.

 

West Nile / Schuylkill

The state Department of Environmental Protection says mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile virus in Schuylkill Haven and West Mahanoy Township. Mosquitoes in several other areas in Schuylkill County have also tested positive. Thus far... according to the DEP's website... no humans have contracted the disease in that particular area.

 

Reward Offered

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the family of 19 – year old Rebecca McCallick in hopes of finding the driver of a pick up truck who ran the young woman down two weeks ago. The incident taking place on Hazle Street in Wilkes – Barre. All police have to go on is grainy footage from a security camera. Anyone with information should call Wilkes – Barre Police.

 

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BU Schedules

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball team have released their schedule for the upcoming 2012-13 season. The BU men's first game is November 15th when the Huskies travel to Penn State Hazleton. Their home opener is on November 20th as Chestnut Hill makes the trip to the Nelson Field House. Meantime the Bloomsburg University women's basketball team begins play November 17th against Lincoln University. The women's home opener is November 20th at 5:30 taking on Chestnut Hill.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Cole Hamels went the distance for the first time in almost a year and Ryan Howard contributed a two-run homer in a three-run first inning. All that as the Philadelphia Phillies claimed a 3-0 victory over Atlanta Braves Tuesday night in the middle contest of a three-game series. Hamels gave up five hits, fanned six and did not issue a walk to gain his first win in four starts. Both teams meet again Wednesday night to wrap up the series. Catch all the action with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch expected at 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Tuesday / August 7, 2012


Bloomsburg Water Outage Update

Repairs have been completed to the ruptured water main in the Town of Bloomsburg and full water service has been restored. There is NO NEED to boil the water. Any United Water customers in Bloomsburg who experience discoloration in the water are advised that certain fire hydrants will be opened by United Water crew members to remedy such.

 

Bloomsburg Nationals

It was first announced in April... and now the second weekend of August is here... and it's time for the Bloomsburg Nationals... a huge car show Promoted by Carlisle Events at the Fairgrounds. For the past generation... or so... the organization has been promoting automotive and sportsman – type programs at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. Now Events co – owner Lance Miller says coming to Bloomsburg for the first time is a bit different. He says his company knows every nuance of the Carlisle Fairground... so now it's time to get used to Bloomsburg's layout. The three day event begins Friday... and runs through Sunday.... with plenty of activities to keep everyone busy.... including a gridlock of downtown Bloomsburg Friday starting at 12 Noon.

 

Lightning Victim Identified

A 41 – year old man from Moosic... in Lackawanna County... has been identified as the victim of a lighting strike Sunday afternoon at the Pocono Raceway. Monroe County coroner Robert Allen says Brian Zimmerman was standing near his car behind the main grandstand when lighting struck. He was administered CPR... but died later at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg. Authorities say nine other people were hurt by the strike.

 

Drought

The lack of summer rain... punctuated by local showers is making it tough on Columbia and Montour County farmers this growing season. John Esslinger from the Penn State Extension Service on Sawmill Road... says the field corn crop used to feed cows over the winter season... doesn't appear to be plentiful this year. But in the overall scheme of agri-business.... Esslinger says what farmers are experiencing in the two county area is far from what's being felt in the midwest.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

Gas prices across northeast Pennsylvania have risen 26 – cents over the past month... and it continues to climb slowly. The latest Triple -A Fuel Gauge report... shows the price of self – serve unleaded regular is averaging $3.52 a gallon. That's up a penny from the weekend... and up eight cents a gallon from a week ago.

 

Berwick Paving

Work continues Tuesday night on road reconstruction on Front Street in Berwick. PennDOT spokesman Rick Mason says crews from Barletta Materials will begin milling and paving operations of northbound Route 11 between the Sheetz gas station and the K-Mart. That work will continue through early Wednesday morning. On Monday night... Barletta Construction milled and paved the southbound lane to start that portion of the project.

 

Hazleton City Council

Hazleton City Council debated an ordinance which limits the number of animals that can be housed on property. It's part of a package of ordinances being pushed by Police Chief Frank DeAndrea and eventually approved by Council on a 3 to 2 vote. However... the bone of contention... and discussed during their most recent meeting.... authorities entering homes to see if they're are any violations.

 

Luzerne Co.

Where to store Luzerne County records. The issue remains on hold... while records not needed are being shredded at the Thomas C. Thomas warehouse in Wilkes – Barre. But a bigger issue is looming... either to purchase the warehouse... or to build a new facility... possibly on county land. Prothonotary Carolee Olenginski says the warehouse doesn't fit specifications since it isn't climate controlled... instead proposing new construction with office space on county property by the former Valley Crest nursing home in Plains Township. The current warehouse is costing Luzerne County $8,500 a month to rent.

 

Bridge Inspections

In-depth bridge inspections in two area counties are scheduled to take place Tuesday. PennDOT will conduct an in-depth inspection of the Route 487 plate-girder bridge over Shamokin Creek in Ralpho Township. Agency spokesman Rick Mason says there will be daylight flagging, with minor traffic impacts. Also on Tuesday.... an inspection will also take on the Route 254 plate-girder bridge over Chillisquaque Creek in Derry Township in Montour County.

 

I – 80 Bridges

There will be a traffic troublespot on Interstate 80 this week as work continues on the refurbishing of the twin bridges over the Susquehanna between Lime Ridge and Mifflinville. PennDOT spokesman Rick Mason telling us the right lane of I-80 eastbound at the Berwick / Lime Ridge interchange will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday from 6 AM through 5 PM. That allows room for truck traffic to maneuver to perform road widening work. Also: the westbound Mifflinville on – ramp remains closed until traffic is switched to the new bridges in late August or mid – September.

 

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PSAC Media Day

At its Media Day on Monday... the PSAC announced the results of its annual coaches’ poll. Defending PSAC East and Overall Champion Kutztown has been picked to win the Eastern Division, while California, PA; and IUP have been chosen as co-favorites in the PSAC West. The Golden Bears of Kutztown are coming off not only their first PSAC Championship in school history, but also just their second PSAC East Championship. The Bloomsburg Huskies were voted 2nd. It marks the seventh straight year that the Huskies have been elected as either number one or two in the poll. The Huskies will open their season on the road near Boston... as they take on a new opponent... the Skyhawks of Stone Hill. That game is scheduled for Friday, August 31st at 6 PM.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Ben Sheets pitched into the eighth inning and Freddie Freeman hit a two-run double as the Atlanta Braves took a 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park Monday night. Philadelphia's Vance Worley was tagged for four runs on six hits with three walks over 3 2/3 innings to take the loss. The Phils and Braves meet again Tuesday night. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Monday / August 6, 2012


Lightning Victim IDed

A 41 – year old man from Moosic... in Lackawanna County... has been identified as the victim of a lighting strike Sunday afternoon at the Pocono Raceway. Monroe County coroner Robert Allen says Brian Zimmerman was standing near his car behind the grandstand area when lighting struck. He was immediately administered CPR... but died later at a Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg. Authorities say nine other people were hurt by the strike. Five were taken to Pocono Raceway's infield medical Center... the others taken to near – by hospitals.

 

Barletta / Floodwall

There has been a lot of disappointment around Bloomsburg the past few weeks since the US Army Corps of Engineers said they would not participate in any floodwall project to protect the Town's west side. The decision is not setting well with Congressman Lou Barletta. He says a thousand jobs are hanging in the balance at Reiter Carpet and Bernardi foods.

 

Turbotville Train Station

A train station which had been a mainstay at the Magee Transportation Museum in the 70's... survived the floods of '72 and '06... then moved to the Turbotville Community Park last year... is in shambles. The one story building was flattened by winds produced by a thunderstorm Saturday afternoon. The only thing recognizable is the roof and the back wall. Since acquiring the building... volunteers have spent a lot of time getting it to shape. No word if the Turbotville Heritage Society will re-construct the building.

 

National Night Out

National Night Out.... a way for Bloomsburg Police to heighten crime prevention and awareness among all of us. The event takes place Tuesday evening at the Town's swimming pool at the corner of Catherine and Ft. McClure Boulevard. There will be free swimming with lifeguards on duty. The Bloomsburg Police Department... as well as the WHLM Stations are sponsoring the event... which begins at 6 O'clock.

 

Luzerne Time System

Luzerne County continues to struggle with implementing a time clock and an associated payroll system. County Manager Robert Lawton says converting information from the new biometric clock system... using fingerprints... to payroll information is proving to be a challenge. The system was purchased in 2010 by the former Luzerne County Commission for $462,000.

 

Huber Breaker

Huber Breaker... in Ashley... is one of the Luzerne County's most endangered historical landmarks. That word from the leaders of historical and preservation groups who met over the weekend. However, it appears the last standing anthracite breaker will not be restored anytime soon. The complex is tied up in US Bankruptcy Court due to the breaker's owner going bust in early 2010.

 

Rail Crossing

If you use Railroad Street in Bloomsburg for your daily commute... you'll need to find a way around the 8th street rail crossing. Starting Monday... Railroad at 8th street will be closed for the next week. The North Shore Rail crossing will receive some needed upgrades. Officials say there will be signs in place marking detours around the area.

 

Commissioner's Association

Members of the County Commissioners Association are headed to Hershey this week for their 126th annual conference. One of the hot topics is the voter ID Law... which is still up in the air. Executive Director Doug Hill says most counties are printing more provisional ballots than usual... in order to get ready for voters who come to the polls without a photo ID. The voter ID law is still in limbo for Pennsylvania's November election... due to a hearing held last week. A decision is expected by the end of the month.

 

Bridge Inspections

In-depth bridge inspections in two area counties are scheduled to take place thru Tuesday. PennDOT will conduct an in-depth inspection of the Route 487 plate-girder bridge over Shamokin Creek in Ralpho Township over the next two days. Agency spokesman Rick Mason says there will be daylight flagging, with minor traffic impacts. On Tuesday.... inspections will also take on the Route 254 plate-girder bridge over Chillisquaque Creek in Derry Township in Montour County. There will be single-lane conditions, with daylight flagging and minor traffic impacts.

 

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BU Football

Bloomsburg University's Danny Hale and the other head football coaches from the PSAC East schools will be meeting in West Chester Monday. The occasion is the pre - season media day. The Huskies first practice will be this Thursday. The season opener is Friday night, August 31st at Stonehill College near Boston.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

A big day Sunday for the Philadelphia Phillies. They defeated the Arizona Diamondback 5 to 4 thanks to a bases loaded RBI single by Ryan Howard in the bottom of the 9th. Cliff Lee pitched eight innings giving up eight hits... including three home runs. Philadelphia begins a three game series with the Atlanta Braves Monday night at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch to be tossed at 7:05... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

Pennsylvania 400

Jeff Gordon snaps a 31 – race winless streak... claiming victory Sunday in the rain – shortened Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway.

 

What's Happening Sunday August 5, 2012


In Hobbie the Volunteer Fire Company Carnival continues today from Noon to 9:00 PM.

 

The Animal Resource Center long-term indoor yard sale is still open next to the cinemas on Route 11 in Bloomsburg. Hours are 9:00 to 4:00 today.

 

There's a fundraiser at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall tomorrow for Rebuild Bloomsburg Skate Park today. It's a raffle with large prizes, food and drinks. Doors open at the fire hall at 12:30, and the raffle begins at 1:00 PM. It's sponsored by Rebuild Bloomsburg Stake Park and the Town Park Improvement Association.


The Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center in Benton has an artist reception this afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

 

The 1st annual Heat and Hills Challenge 5K run for scouting is scheduled for today in Hobbie. Registration is at 10:30 am and the race starts at Noon.

 

Today from noon to 6:00 PM at the Millville American Legion it's Xandra's Bike Rally and Car Show. Registration is $10.00. There will be a dunk tank, bike wash, food and fun.

 

On Tuesday it's National Night Out at Bloomsburg Town Pool from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Meet our local law enforcement and first responders. Admission to the pool is free, and there will be free food and giveaways.

 

And Thursday is the annual Ice Cream and Cake festival at Bloomsburg Town Park. You can help by baking a cake and dropping it off for the event.

What's Happening Saturday August 4, 2012


Downtown Bloomsburg is the place to be today. Artfest is happening on Center Street. Local artists will be set up, there will be food, music and more. Tonight in Downtown Bloomsburg it's free movie night. This year's movie is the Muppets. Fun starts at 7:00 PM the movie starts at dusk.

 

St. Paul's united Methodist Church is hosting an indoor yard sale today. Food will be available, and the church is located on Orange Street in Berwick.

 

Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ is hosting their fourth annual neighborhood carnival today. There will be free games and activities for your children through middle school age. The church is located on East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Monica's Heart Greyhound Adoption Members will sponsor two retired racing greyhound events today in Bloomsburg. You can visit the dogs from 11:00 to 2:00 at Petco and Tractor Supply.

 

It's Kids' night at Greenwood Valley Action Tracks tonight with free general admission and special prizes for kids, gates open at 3:00 PM.

 

The north Mountain Fire Company Carnival is happening in the village of Central this weekend and next. Tonight's entertainment is the Glenn Hess Band. Stands open at 5:30 PM.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company Carnival is open today from 4:00 to 11:00 PM. Tonight they feature the “Potts Grove's Got Talent.”

 

The Loyalsock Valley Antique Machinery Show is happening this weekend at the Lycoming County Sportsmen's grounds.

 

Edith's Kitchen has Blue Grass music tonight from 6:00 to 9:00 PM in Catawissa.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents the Noh Training Project in the Park tonight at 8:00 in Bloomsburg Town Park. For information visit BTE.org.

 

In Hobbie the Volunteer Fire Company Carnival continues tonight from 7:00 to 11:00 PM and tomorrow from Noon to 9:00 PM.

 

The Animal Resource Center long-term indoor yard sale is still open next to the cinemas on Route 11 in Bloomsburg. Hours are 9:00 to 4:00 today and tomorrow.

 

There's a fundraiser at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall tomorrow for Rebuild Bloomsburg Skate Park tomorrow. It's a raffle with large prizes, food and drinks. Doors open at the fire hall at 12:30, and the raffle begins at 1:00 PM. It's sponsored by Rebuild Bloomsburg Stake Park and the Town Park Improvement Association.


The Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center in Benton has an artist reception tomorrow afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

 

The 1st annual Heat and Hills Challenge 5K run for scouting is scheduled for tomorrow in Hobbie. Registration is at 10:30 am and the race starts at Noon.

 

Tomorrow from noon to 6:00 PM at the Millville American Legion it's Xandra's Bike Rally and Car Show. Registration is $10.00. There will be a dunk tank, bike wash, food and fun.

 

On Tuesday it's National Night Out at Bloomsburg Town Pool from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Meet our local law enforcement and first responders. Admission to the pool is free, and there will be free food and giveaways.

 

And Thursday is the annual Ice Cream and Cake festival at Bloomsburg Town Park. You can help by baking a cake and dropping it off for the event.

Friday / August 3, 2012


Accident Victim Identified

No autopsy is planned for a 52 - year old Danville woman who died in a one – car crash last night at the confluence of the Susquehanna River and Fishing Creek... on Bloomsburg's west end. Columbia County Deputy Coroner Linda Kessler says Rose Marie Galutia died of blunt force trauma to the neck. Ms. Galutia... of Drum Road... was westbound on Ft. McClure Blouvard... at an aparent high rate of speed when she failed to negotiate a sharp right hand turn. Her late model car hitting a stone memorial... flying through the branches of trees... and landing on it's roof in the creek. She was alone at the time of the accident.

 

Skate Park Fundraiser

The replacement and repair of Bloomsburg's Skate Park... between the town park and the swimming pool... on Ft. McClure Boulevard... will soon get underway. A fundraiser will be held Sunday to help bring in part of the the estimated $150,000 in repair work. During a recent interview... Town Park Improvement Association President Chuck Wagner says the park will be rebuilt a little at a time. This Sunday's fund raiser will take place at the Bloomsburg Volunteer Fire Department on Market Street.

 

Bloomsburg Art Fest

A big weekend on tap for downtown Bloomsburg. It begins with ArtFest on Centre Street starting at 10 AM... with plenty of artisans expected to be on hand. Tim Wagner of Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated says ArtFest transitions to a Saturday night movie at dusk. The feature... The Muppet's movie. Main Street in Bloomsburg... between Centre and Market becomes a car free street during the movie... which gets underway at 7 O'clock

 

Car Wash Donation

A Fernville businessman is doing his part to replay the kindness provided by the Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross following September Flooding. Lawrence Stoddard of Fernville says he'll donate proceeds from his car washing business back to the local chapter... telling us the Red Cross provided help to his family following the flood. Stoddard has his car wash and detailing business set up on West Main Street.... in the Romig's Tavern parking lot... the location of the former Hess gas station.

 

Barletta Legislation

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton who represents Columbia County and a majority of northeastern Pennsylvania... was in Shickshinny Friday. During a news conference at a local hardware store... he took the wraps off a modified Small Business Disaster Loan Bill which he introduced on Thursday. Mr. Barletta says the measure is critical to the recovery of businesses in the 11th District... and across the country where natural disaster has jeopardized livelihoods and communities. He hopes the measure will reach the house floor for a vote in September... around the time of the first anniversary of the flooding produced by Tropical Storm Lee.

 

Traffic Crash

Route 309 in Wright Township... between Birk Drive and Brookfield Way... is now open to traffic. A crash and ensuing fire between a tractor – trailer and and SUV shut down the highway during Thursday afternoon's commute home from work. The SUV collided with the big rig... shearing off it's fuel tanks.The driver of the SUV telling investigators he was swatting a wasp when he hit the truck. The unidentified driver was taken to the near – by hospital for treatment.

 

Cargo Airport

The Schuylkill County Zoning board has given it's okay to the construction of a proposed cargo airport in the northern part of the county... just south of Hazleton. It's a project that has been twisting in the wind the past five years. It includes an estimated 4,500 acres of land in East Union and Kline Townships in Schuylkill County... and Hazle Township in Luzerne County. The proposed project would have at least one 13,000 foot runway.

 

Hazleton Events

It appears Hazleton City Council won't take up the issue of asking for money for permit fees and charging for police... fire and EMS Services for non – profit special events until at least October. The issue led to a shouting match between council and the organizers of Funfest... saying that paying for the services would end the event. Other non – profits who also hold festivals would also be forced to get permits and pay for services.

 

Copper Theft

Reading – based UGI Utilities Inc. is alerting customers to the rising and dangerous incidents of the theft of copper pipes. The statement was issued after copper pipe... used for water and natural gas delivery... is being more attractive to thieves... and recycling businesses. UGI goes on to say... if you know of the theft of copper... give them a call immediately.

 

Jeep Jamboree

The inaugural Coal Mountain Jeep Jamboree is on tap this weekend at the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure in Northumberland County. An estimated 200 people and just over a hundred Jeeps will take part in the event... which kicked off Thursday night. Jeep Jamboree and the Northumberland County planning department is coordinating the three day show. It will be held on County – owned property... off Route 125 on the Burnside Mountain... south of Shamokin.

 

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Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies were not able to sweep the three games in their series with the division leading Washington Nationals. The Phil's were defeated Thursday night 3 to nothing. The offensive struggles wasted a good outing from Cole Hamels who struck out nine over seven innings and allowed only the three runs on eight hits. The Phil's are back home Friday night at Citizens Bank Park where they begin a weekend series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. You can catch all the action... starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch to be tossed at 7:05... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

Pennsylvania 400

One of the biggest sporting events this weekend takes place a short distance east of Bloomsburg adjacent to interstate 80. The NASCAR Cup Series drivers are in northeastern PA for Sunday's Pennsylvania 400 at the Pocono Raceway. There will be several practice sessions Friday... with qualifying set for Saturday at 10:30. Brad Keselowski is the defending race winner.

 

Thursday / August 2, 2012


Deadly Crash

Bloomsburg Police are spending the night investigating... what appears to be... a deadly one car accident on the western end of Ft. McClure Boulevard... near the confluence of the Susquehanna River and Fishing Creek. It happened around 7:45 Thursday evening when a black, compact car, was apparently driving at a high rate of speed... west bound... on Ft. McClure... missed the sharp right hand turn.

The car smashed through a stone memorial... flew through trees and landed upside down in the creek. The identity of the driver... the exact type of car... and how the car ended up in the creek is still under investigation. We'll have more on the WHLM Morning Buzz starting at 6 AM.

 

National Night Out

Police departments around the country... including the Bloomsburg Police Department... will observe National Night Out next Tuesday night. It will take place at the Norris Rock Memorial swimming pool at the corner of Catherine and Ft. McClure Boulevard starting at 6 O'clock. The event features displays... from the fire department and EMS... as well as area police agencies. Next Tuesday's National Night Out is presented by the Bloomsburg Police Department and the WHLM Stations.

 

Bloomsburg University

The Bloomsburg University football team is ready to get back into action this fall. The Huskies are coming off a 9 and 2 season... in which they won their first eight games in 2011. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM's Morning Buzz.... BU Athletic Director Mike McFarland said despite the search for a quarterback... the defense pretty good. The Huskie's open the 2012 season Friday... August 31st at Stonehill in Easton, Massachusetts.

 

Senior Expo

An estimated 300 people took advantage of a senior expo held Wednesday in Espy... sponsored by State Representative David Millard. Betty Harter of Lime Ridge got out of the house... and traveled south on Old Berwick Road to attend the expo. Ms. Harter told WHLM News she had an opportunity to take a look at services offered by vendors... and to meet and make new friends.

 

Hazleton Robbery

A 28 – year old Hazleton man is in jail... after he allegedly robbed the owner of a business in the 6 – hundred block of Alter Street. The incident happened Wednesday morning. Police say Shawn Shafer was cuffed by officers... but he got away briefly... and was apprehended the second time. Bail for Shafer was set at $150,000.

 

Extra Police

Hazleton city police will have a greater presence at the downtown bus station on Church Street. In essence... Hazleton Public Transit will pay the police department for increased patrols... supplementing a private security firm... in order to satisfy federal funding criteria. In the past... there have been troubles with panhandling... loitering... and thefts at the intermodal facility. HPT has pegged the cost of the city police at between $10,000 to $20,000 a year.

 

Lottery Ticket

A store in Conyngham has been notified it has sold a $1 – million lottery ticket. The Party Beverage has been told someone purchased a winning Millionaire Raffle lottery ticket... through an on – line machine. The PA Lottery website says people who purchased a ticket has a 1 in 2,500 chance of winning the jackpot when the numbers were drawn on July 7th. The person with the winning ticket hasn't come forward.

 

Money

A 47 – year old Northumberland woman remains free on bail... after she was accused of pilfering an estimated $16,000 from her elderly aunt's bank account. Published reports say Elizabeth Peterson waived her right to a preliminary hearing this week... sending the case to Montour County Court. It's alleged Ms. Peterson had the power of attorney for her aunt who lives in a nursing home in Mahoning Township... and had used the money for her and her husband... with the alleged scheme coming to an end when she tried to use money in the account for her son's college tuition. Peterson is free on $10,000 unsecured bail.

 

Berwick Home Invasion

Berwick police are remaining tight lipped about a home invasion late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... two men had stepped outside the home to walk some dogs...but when they returned they were faced with two other men... wearing masks. The homeowner and his friend were hustled off to a waiting car and driven around. The one man escaped... the second was let go. The home invaders are still on the loose. Police haven't identified the men... or where the house was located.

 

Embezzler

A 45 – year old Danville woman... who is the former treasurer of a Boy Scout troop... will spend 30 – days in jail. Tracey Lee Myers embezzled funds from Troop 37 for four years... taking just over $4,000. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition that Myers has made restitution. The money was used to pay household and personal expenses.

 

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Philadelphia Phillies

Jimmy Rollins hit two home runs... and Vance Worley and Nate Schierholtz pitched well as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Washington National's Wednesday night 3 to 2. The victory ensured the Phillies winning the series. Philadelphia and Washington play Thursday night in the District. You can catch all the action with the pre – game show at 6:30... the first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

A.J. Almendinger

With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series headed for Pocono Raceway this weekend... there will be one less driver. A-J Allmendinger has been fired by Penske Motorsports for testing positive... the second time... for having banned substances in his system. He had been suspended... but when a second drug test came back positive... Roger Penske had no other option. For the time being... Sam Hornish will drive Penske's No. 22 Dodge.

 

Olympics

The 2012 Olympics in London continue... and the medal count keeps rising. China has snagged 17 gold medals... 30 in all.... while the United States remains second with 12 gold... and 29 overall. The Republic of Korea is third... winning six gold and 12 total. The figure is expected to change throughout the day.

 

Wednesday / August 1, 2012


Drought

It's been a tough year for farmers across the country.... as well as in Columbia and Montour Counties... in some instances not enough rain... in other ways just enough to keep crops growing. But according to John Esslinger of the Penn State Extension Service on Sawmill Road... says some farmers rely on bringing water from an outside source. However, Esslinger said farmers dealing with field crops... such as corn, alfalfa and soybeans may have a short return this year... since those commodities aren't usually irrigated.

 

Pine Barn

A blue ribbon was cut late Tuesday afternoon... officially opening One Pine Barn Place... a banquet and meeting facility at the Pine Barn Inn... next to the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. It took contractors less than a year to turn a piece of ground next to the PBI... into a showplace. The 8,600 square foot Geisinger – owned facility will hold an estimated 250 banquet guests and will have a staff of 50. Cost of the project... including renovating the Pine Barn Inn... and estimated $4 – million.

 

Grant Money

The Bloomsburg Police Department will do it's part to combat underage and high - risk drinking. The department is just one of 29 across the state to get a $17,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Chief Leo Sokoloski says they'll use the grant money to increase officer presence at strategic times where underage drinking is prevalent... such as St. Patrick's Day... Block Party... and other weekends through the 2012 – 2013 school year.

 

AGAPE Palooza

Plans are being finalized for the third annual AGAPE Palooza to be held August 18th at Bloomsburg Town Park. AGAPE was instrumental in the flood clean-up effort stemming from Tropical Storm Lee... and organization spokesperson Kathy Lowe says it's a celebration of the community. Ms. Lowe says many churches across the area... as well as non – profit organizations will be taking part in AGAPE Palooza. The celebration begins the 18th at 2 O'clock.

 

Danville Embezzler

A 45 – year old Danville woman... who is the former treasurer of a Boy Scout troop... will spend 30 – days in jail. Tracey Lee Myers embezzled funds from Troop 37 for four years... taking just over $4,000 in the process. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition that Myers has made restitution. The money was used to pay household and personal expenses.

 

New Chairman

The Luzerne County Council... Tuesday night... electing Tim McGinley of Kingston as its next chairperson. McGinley... a Democrat... was elected on a vote of 6 to 5. He'll take over the job September 1st... after current chairman Jim Bobeck steps down on August 31st.

 

Bail Hearing

A Hazleton man... in prison since the late 1990's... remains in jail as he awaits a new trial on charges of sexually assaulting children. A request by Gerald Delbridge to be allowed out on bail... was denied this week. Earlier this year... the State Superior Court said Delbridge could have a new trial. He was convicted in 1999.. but since that time the courts have said he was entitled to a hearing on whether adults ranging from relative to police.. tainted the thoughts of 4 and 5 year old children who were victims in the case. Another bail hearing for Delbridge could come as early as next week.

 

Luzerne Unemployment

The state bureau of Labor and Industry says the unemployment rate in the Scranton / Wilkes-Barre area... including Hazleton... rose six - tenths of a percentage point in June... above 9% for the first time since February. Luzerne County getting hit the hardest with an jobless rate of 9.8% in June. However, once the rate is seasonally adjusted, it stands at 9.3%. The rate is the highest among Pennsylvania's 14 large labor markets.

 

Karen Boback

As part of her commitment to serve... 117th District State Representative Karen Boback will have satellite office hours Wednesday... starting at 9 O'clock.. at the Conyngham Township Municipal Building on Pond Hill Road in Mocanaqua. A member of her staff will be available to answer questions from constituents about Harrisburg issues.

 

Weis Recall

Weis Markets has removed several prepacked deli salads from its shelves since these products contain onions that are under voluntary recall. A the company says the products were produced by a California company. The removed items include Weis-brand prepacked coleslaw, potato, egg, ham and pasta salads; all Weis 2 Go Salads and Garden Fresh Salsa. Weis says it is doing this as a precaution since there have been no reports of illness related to this recall.

 

Beaver Stadium

The front of Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University campus looks nothing like it did a month ago. The area where a bronze statue of Joe Paterno stood... and carted away two weeks ago... is now lush grass with newly planted trees. The Paterno statue is now in a secure, undisclosed location... after it was learned that he worked with other high ranking college officials to cover up abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky... eventually found guilty and is now awaiting sentence.

 

Sports Development

Ground is expected to be broken later this year by a Wilkes – Barre based development group for a sports and events complex near Mohegan Sun casino at Pocono Downs. The group says 120 acres will be leased... with the complex to cost anywhere from $12 to $20 – million. It would include three domes for a number of sports... as well as outdoor areas for baseball, softball and Little League. The development will be done in phases... with the first to be completed by the end of the year.

 

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Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia's Cliff Lee and Jimmy Rollins combined to defeat the red hot Washington National's Tuesday night. The final was 8 to 0. Lee shut out the National's over seven innings.... while Rollins slugged an inside the park home run. The Phil's and Nat's meet again Wednesday night. You can catch all the action with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch expected at 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

Phillies Trades

The Philadelphia Phillies have traded Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence. Victorino is headed for the Los Angeles Dodgers for two pitchers.... while Pence will go to the San Francisco Giants for three players. Philadelphia management made the move... saying they wanted to overhaul their roster after a disappointing season.

 

PSU Player

Penn State University received its first big blow since the NCAA sanctions were handed down last week. Starting tailback Silas Redd will not return to the Nittany Lions... instead he'll move on to USC to join the Trojans. He'll be able to play immediately because of the penalties against PSU.

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