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What's Happening Sunday September 30, 2012


The Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Free Clinic hope you’ll join them today at the Berwick High School Track for “100 Miles to Save Lives.”  They're walking from 1:00 to 5:00 PM hoping to reach their 100 mile goal.  Entertainment will be provided by Mike Lewis and the Jeff Gray Band.

 

Tomorrow, Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville will host an evening of music, sharing and healing at 7:00 PM.  Award winning artist Alan Pedersen will perform original songs geared toward overcoming personal grief and loss.

 

Tuesday the Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society will host a training session for volunteers from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at their location in the Bloomsburg Public Library.

 

Volunteers are needed for the American Cancer Society “Road To Recovery” program, and they’re planning a training session for Thursday at 10:00 AM at their office in Selinsgrove.

 

The candidates in the 109th District of the PA State House will participate in a forum on Thursday at 7:00 PM at the Central Columbia High School Auditorium.  Questions will be presented to each candidate with a fixed length of time for response.  There is no charge for the event.

 

From the WHLM Future File,  the Crusaders rummage sale is coming up at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg next Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 

The 31st annual Covered Bridge and Arts Festival is happening next Thursday through Sunday at Knoebels, and the 3rd annual Twin Covered Bridges Arts festival is next Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the twin bridges in Forks.

 

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Central / Danville

A match up of unbeaten teams highlights this weekend's high school football schedule. Danville and Central Columbia, both 4-0, met Friday night at Central in our game of the week. Central Columbia remained the unbeaten victor with a 21-7 win against Danville.

 

Berwick Football

Berwick and Selinsgrove held eachother to a low scoring game that ended in a 17-7 Berwick victory.

 

Other Games

In other action Friday night Southern Columbia trounced previously unbeaten Muncy 47-7, and Bloomsburg beat Montgomery 48-21.

 

Bloomsburg University Football

In college football Saturday, the unbeaten Huskies of Bloomsburg University stayed unbeaten, beating Gannon at Redman Stadium 43-24.

 

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

 

 

What's Happening Saturday September 29, 2012


Today is the final day of the Bloomsburg Fair.  This afternoon the Demolition Derby will be on the Grandstand…main stage entertainment tonight is Alan Jackson.  The free stage has entertainment all day long including the Dazzling Mills Family tonight.

 

The Berwick YMCA is hosting a “Zumbathon” today to benefit United Cerebral Palsy.  Proceeds go directly to UCP.

 

The Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Free Clinic hope you’ll join them tomorrow at the Berwick High School Track for “100 Miles to Save Lives.”  They're walking from 1:00 to 5:00 PM hoping to reach their 100 mile goal.  Entertainment will be provided by Mike Lewis and the Jeff Gray Band.

 

On Monday, Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville will host an evening of music, sharing and healing at 7:00 PM.  Award winning artist Alan Pedersen will perform original songs geared toward overcoming personal grief and loss.

 

Tuesday the Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society will host a training session for volunteers from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at their location in the Bloomsburg Public Library.

 

Volunteers are needed for the American Cancer Society “Road To Recovery” program, and they’re planning a training session for Thursday at 10:00 AM at their office in Selinsgrove.

 

The candidates in the 109th District of the PA State House will participate in a forum on Thursday at 7:00 PM at the Central Columbia High School Auditorium.  Questions will be presented to each candidate with a fixed length of time for response.  There is no charge for the event.

 

From the WHLM Future File,  the Crusaders rummage sale is coming up at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg next Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 

The 31st annual Covered Bridge and Arts Festival is happening next Thursday through Sunday at Knoebels, and the 3rd annual Twin Covered Bridges Arts festival is next Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the twin bridges in Forks.

 

 

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Central / Danville

A match up of unbeaten teams highlights this weekend's high school football schedule. Danville and Central Columbia, both 4-0, met Friday night at Central in our game of the week. Central Columbia remained the unbeaten victor with a 21-7 win against Danville.

 

Berwick Football

Berwick and Selinsgrove held eachother to a low scoring game that ended in a 17-7 Berwick victory.

 

Other Games

In other action Friday night Southern Columbia trounced previously unbeaten Muncy 47-7, and Bloomsburg beat Montgomery 48-21.

 

Bloomsburg University Football

In college football Saturday, the unbeaten Huskies of Bloomsburg University stayed unbeaten, beating Gannon at Redman Stadium 43-24.

 

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

 

 

Friday / September 28, 2012


United Water

The supplier of water to Bloomsburg and the surrounding area... has placed a newly re-located line into service. United Water's Bob Manbeck says the 16 – inch transmission line is 2,000 feet long and is buried under the Rail Trail near the water plant...off Millville Road. The project cost the company an estimated $253,000... but the new line will assure customers, particularly on the west end of Bloomsburg, constant pressure coming from the tap.

 

Memorial Service

A memorial service will be held next Saturday for a Benton teenager who died in a one – car crash this week. 17 – year old Ashley Reabuck of Market Street in Benton died when her '97 Toyotaa Camry ran off the Zehner – Rohrsburg Road in Fishing Creek TownshipWednesdayy night... overturning when it went down an embankment. State police say she was not wearing a seat belt... and was partially ejected through the car's sunroof. Ms. Reabuck's memorial service will be held October 6th at 2 O'clock... at the Benton Park.

 

Fair Skyride / Paul Reichart

He said he didn't like it when it was first proposed... and then built it... but Bloomsburg Fair Association President Paul Reichart is singing a different tune these days about the Sky Ride. The newest attraction at this year's Fair has been running at capacity since it opened last Saturday... and that makes Reichart happy. By the time the 2013 Bloomsburg Fair rolls around... an additional 60 chairs will be added. The attraction was purchased and is operated by Reithoffer Shows... who then split the proceeds with the Fair Board.

 

Fair Attendance

Despite Thursday's weather... Fair officials say 47,620 guests came through the turnstiles. Thats up from 13,800 who visited on the sixth day of the exposition back in 2010... the last time the fair was held.

 

Wilkes – Barre / Scranton Airport

It's the busiest transportation hub northeast Pennsylvania... and Friday the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton Airport in Avoca will have a new control tower to use. U.S. Transportation secretary Ray LaHood... and officials from the Federal Aviation Administration will be at airport to dedicate a new... $21 – million air traffic control tower. The new facility will allow controllers to get air traffic into and out of the area safely.

 

Election's Director

With the presidential election six weeks away... Luzerne County is trying to find a director of elections. Current interim director... Tom Pizano... is retiring at the end of business Friday. That has the Luzerne County Commission scrambling to find a replacement. Commissioners will meet Friday to discuss the situation... and go over a list of people who have applied for the job.

 

Tax Breaks

Two former bank buildings in downtown Hazleton have been given ten years of tax breaks by the city's school board. On a vote of 6 to 3 Thursday night... the board gave their okay to take properties at 101 West Broad and 2 East Broad Streets off the tax rolls. The building are in the Keystone Opportunity Expansion zones. The district will lose an estimated $20,000 dollars a year.

 

Mohegan Sun

There will soon be changes in top management at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino in Luzerne County. CEO Bobby Soper will leave the Plains Township gaming facility in late October... taking over the top spot at the company's casino in Connecticut. Pocono's assistant GM, Mike Bean, will take over Soper's job.

 

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Central / Danville

A match up of unbeaten teams highlights this weekend's high school football schedule. Danville and Central Columbia, both 4-0, met Friday night at Central in our game of the week. Central Columbia remained the unbeaten victor with a 21-7 win against Danville.

 

Berwick Football

Berwick and Selinsgrove held eachother to a low scoring game that ended in a 17-7 Berwick victory.

 

Other Games

In other action Friday night Southern Columbia trounced previously unbeaten Muncy 47-7, and Bloomsburg beat Montgomery 48-21. On Saturday afternoon... Columbia Montour Vo Tech is at home against Wellsboro.

 

Bloomsburg University Football

In college football Saturday, the unbeaten Huskies of Bloomsburg University play Gannon in a 1:30 kickoff at Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium. Coverage on the WHLM stations begins at 11:30 with The Husky Tailgate Show.

 

NFL / Thursday

In Thursday night NFL action.... the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Cleveland Browns 23 to 16.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies took it on the chin last night... as they were defeated by the Washington Nationals 7 to 3. Washington's Gio Gonzalez became the first 21 game winner in the majors. The Phil's are now on the brink of post – season elimination. Philadelphia now moves on to meet the Marlins in South Florida for a weekend series. They lost the first game of the series by a score of 2-1 on Friday night.

Thursday / September 27, 2012


Fishing Creek Township Fatal

State Police will continue their investigation Thursday into a Wednesday night crash which killed a 17 – year old Benton teenager. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... Ashley Reabuck of Market Street in Benton... died when she lost control of her car on the Zaners – Rohrsburg Road. The car overturning as it went down an embankment. The accident happened in the rain around 7 O'clock. Columbia County Deputy Coroner Linda Kessler telling the paper Reabuck died of blunt force trauma.

 

Concessionaires Upbeat

For the most part... folks are glad the Bloomsburg Fair is up and running.... and recovered from last September's flood... which forced cancellation of the 2011 event. Jan Dubbs of Bloomsburg who operates an Apple Cart location in the Ag Building says it's the economic shot the area needs. Fair officials announcing overnight that only 26,000 people came through the turnstiles Wednesday... that's down from the 57,000 who visited the Fair on Wednesday back in 2010.

 

Fair / Livestock

The 157th Bloomsburg fair is past midweek in it's run... and one of the areas where fairgoers congregate is at the live stock barn. It's an opportunity for folks to see the cows... many coming from Columbia and Montour Counties. Livestock Superintendent Jeff Giger says there are a lot of animals being displayed at this year's exposition.... something in the neighborhood of 1,300.  Giger and his staff are giving tours of the barn area each day at 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM.

 

Traveling Library

The Columbia County Traveling Library knows how to stretch its budget dollars. Executive Director Lydia Kegler says they get $98,000 a year from Columbia County Commissioners... and that money has to stretch an entire year. Meantime, the traveling library has recently moved into a new location at the county – owned building on Sawmill Road... a replacement for their former Perry Avenue location which was destroyed by last year's flooding.

 

F & M Poll

Governor Corbett is not getting high marks from voters for one of the high profile cases he handled while attorney general. However, Franklin and Marshall's Terry Madonna says a poll conducted by the school indicates voters are not happy with the way Mr. Corbett handed the Jerry Sandusky case while attorney general. Sandusky... if you recall... was found guilty of 45 of 48 charges leveled against him for abusing young boys. He'll be sentenced in early October.

 

Hazleton Buildings

The Hazleton area School Board is expected to approve taking two properties off the tax rolls. Earlier this week the Luzerne County Council voted to remove two former bank building off the rolls since they're in the Keystone Opportunity Zone. That move means the county loses about $11,000 a year in property taxes. A developer has a conditional agreement to purchase properties at 101 West Broad and 2 thru 8 East Broad Streets.

 

Dorrance Township Meeting

They were suppose to meet this week in Dorrance Township... north of Hazleton... but it didn't happen. The sixth hearing dealing with a conditional use permit for Small Mountain Quarry scheduled for this week was canceled. Thus far... five hearings have been held... between the township and Harrisburg – based Pennsy Supply. The company wants to move it's operations from one side of the property to the other.. but there is a concern that the water supply for residents could be affected.

 

PA Crime

The overall number of crimes in Pennsylvania decreased by seven – tenths of a percent in 2011. That word from PA State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan. The report said there were 927,000 crimes called into state police last year... compared to 934,000 the previous year.

 

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BU Football

When the unbeaten Bloomsburg University football team plays Gannon Saturday at Redman Stadium, it will be the first meeting since the Huskies lost to the Golden Knights at Redman in the last game of the 2009 season. Huskies coach Danny Hale remembers that game well when the Husky's were taken to the woodshed. Gannon at Bloomsburg kicks off Saturday at 1:30. Our coverage starts at 11:30 with The Husky Tailgate Show on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 & www.whlm.com.

 

Central / Danville

Jason Hippenstiel, head coach of the unbeaten Central Columbia High School football team, will be part of the Countdown to Kickoff Show this afternoon following the 5 o'clock news. Friday night, Jason's Bluejays face unbeaten Danville in our game of the week.

 

NFL

In NFL action tonight, the Cleveland Browns play at the Baltimore Ravens... and they'll have regular referees officiating the game. The refs coming to terms with the NFL overnight... following Monday nights fiasco at the end of the Seattle – Green Bay game.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies were defeated Wednesday night by the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. The final 8 to 4. The two teams wrap up their three game series Thursday night. You can catch all the action starting at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.

Wednesday / September 26, 2012


Fair Fee

Four days of pretty good weather for this year's Bloomsburg Fair has translated to folks coming through the turnstiles. That's happening despite an eight dollar entrance fee... up three bucks from the 2010 fair. Fair Association President Paul Reichart says visitors get a pretty good bang for the buck.... such as when it comes to free entertainment... plus the exhibits and the experience. Meantime, Fair officials announcing Tuesday's attendance was 38,700... a boost of 7,000 people over the same day in 2010.

 

Geisinger Life / Tom Marino

The congressman who represents Montour and Northumberland County got a first hand look at a program for seniors run by Geisinger Health System. Life Geisinger in Kulpmont provides alternatives to nursing home living. Rep. Tom Marino says seniors in a four county area... including Columbia... have a pretty good place to go to during the day... and get the required health care they need. Funding for the program comes from the federal and state governments... with Geisinger working closely with senior programs in Columbia... Montour... Northumberland and Schuylkill Counties.

 

Clinic Fundraiser

Getting exercise... and at the same time helping out a Mifflinville non – profit clinic is on tap for Sunday. The group running the Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine is holding a walk around the track at the Berwick High School. It's designed to raise money for the clinic's on going operations.... so says the organization's Bette Grey. The clinic on Mifflinville's main street is hoping to raise an estimated $5,000 in order to keep their operation afloat.

 

Damaged Equipment

State police at Laporte are investigating thousands of dollars worth of damage caused to equipment at a natural gas pipeline work site in in Sullivan County. Investigators say someone this week... started an excavator... and proceeded to damage three other excavators and two side booms. The damage could total $350,000. The equipment is used for gas pipeline construction... and is owned by Precision Pipeline of Wisconsin. If you have information about the crime... call State Police at Laporte.

 

Karen Boback

State Representative Karen Bobak says she plans to hold satellite office hours Wednesday at the Shickshinny Senior Center. Ms. Boback... or a representative... will try and answer questions dealing with state issues. The 117th District Republican represents Benton and Benton Township in Columbia County... as well as Luzerne and Wyoming Counties.

 

Teen Suicides

Grief counselors will be at some Hazleton schools Wednesday to talk to students about the death of a 13 – year old boy... who took his own life this week in a Church Street home. He is the second teen in as many days to die by their own hand. Overall... Four teens in Luzerne County have died this month. It's prompting school officials and police to try and do something the problem.

 

Hotel Sterling

It appears the former Hotel Sterling in Wilkes – Barre may soon meet the wrecking ball. County Council approving legislation last night to spend up to $233,000 to demolish the hotel... condemned a year ago. That money would be added to an estimated $260,000 the City of Wilkes – Barre already has in the bank. No word yet when the demolition will take place.

 

Home Invasion Suspects

Police in Nanticoke are searching for two men wanted in a home invasion. The incident taking place at a home on West Noble Street in Nanticoke last week. The pair allegedly beating 50 – year old Edward Ryan... and his 45 – year old wife, Paula... then taking prescription drugs and cash.

 

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Berwick High Football

The Berwick High School football team will be trying to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they play at Selinsgrove on Friday night. The Seals are unbeaten, but their head coach, Dave Hess, is very concerned with Berwick's offense. Berwick at Selinsgrove kicks off Friday night at 7 O'clock. You can hear the game on Classic Rock 103.5. The coverage starts at 6 O'clock with The Coach Curry Show.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Darin Ruf hit his first career major league home run Tuesday night... to lead to Phils to a 6 to 3 win over the Washington Nationals. The Phils and Nat's meet again tonight 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 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

Tuesday / September 25, 2012


Fair Attendance

Thousands of people crowded the Bloomsburg fairgrounds Monday.... as sunshine and temps in the mid 60's provided perfect weather. Fair officials said nearly 40,000 people passed through the turnstiles on the third official day of the exposition. That's compared to an estimated 26,600 who attended the same day back in 2010... the last year the fair was held. At the conclusion of the third official fair day... attendance is off an estimated 6,700... but it's expected to exceed that since decent weather is forecast from Thursday to the fair's conclusion on Saturday night.

 

Fair / Carl Shaffer

Farming and the nation's economy go hand in hand... as agri – businessmen plow... plant... and harvest crops to feed the world. It's never been more evident than at this year's Bloomsburg Fair. One man who knows that first hand is Mifflinville Farmer Carl Shaffer who is the president of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. Shaffer says the future of farming comes from 4-Her's and their projects... as well as Future Farmers of America organizations found at local high schools... and across the state.

 

Fair / George Greig

He was tapped by Governor Corbett to be state agriculture commissioner.... but he's never been to the Bloomsburg Fair until this week. Ag Secretary George Greig got an education of a lifetime when he walked the fair grounds with Governor Corbett. Greig will be back to the Bloomsburg Fair Wednesday evening when the Fair Association presents it's annual ho – down for animal exhibitors and vendors.

 

Voter ID

With Pennsylvania's Voter ID law on the books for the November general election... PennDOT is doing its best to make sure those who need an official form of identification gets one. The agency setting up shop in an area in the rear of the School Exhibits Building at the Fair to make sure the forms for making an application for an ID are available... and questions answered. PennDOT's Michael Taluto says there are only two forms to fill out to get the required documentation. As it stands now... some form of Government identification is required before you get a ballot when you go to vote on November 6th.

 

Danville Middle

The Danville Borough Council approved a zoning variance during their meeting Monday night. It will allow the Danville Middle School on Route 11... to be used, once again, to educate kids. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... the variance was needed to the District could “wet proof” the building damaged during last September's flooding. The cost to do the work is estimated at $8 – million... with the building possibility coming back on line next year. However, Council cautioned if flooding takes place again... the school may be damaged since levees designed to hold back water have not been either repaired or replaced.

 

Hazleton Arson

A West Hazleton man is jailed after he allegedly set seven fires in a one hour period on Monday in Hazleton. Authorities say 49 – year old Lawrence Ustenofski is charged with setting the fires to a sign at a fast food restaurant... to two vending machines at Hazleton General Hospital... to Grand Central Plaza where a second sign was set on fire. Ustenofski was caught coming out of the woods where tires were set on fire. He was arrested and is now awaiting a preliminary hearing.

 

Carbondale Stabbing

A Hazleton resident has been charged in the stabbing death of a Carbondale man over the weekend. Authorities finding 37 – year old Joseph Cedeno of West Broad Street in his mother's Carbondale home. Cedeno is facing a long list of charges... including criminal homicide in the death of 28 – year old Dennis Doherty... who was stabbed 9 times. Doherty and Cedeno were friends... and robbery is believed to be a motive in the slaying.

 

Weis / Farm Show

Governor Corbett cut the ribbon Monday... officially welcoming Sunbury – based Weis Markets as the newest sponsor of the Pennsylvania Farm Show complex in Harrisburg. The governor says it's a three – quarters of a million dollar deal with Weis now having the naming rights to Expo Hall... the location of the Farm Show's food court.

 

Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular is dropping... but not as fast as it went up. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report out shows that gas across northeastern Pennsylvania is averaging $3.84 a gallon... that's down a penny from Monday.... and down ten cents for the week. The reason for the drop... more gas in the pipelines... and refiners nearly completing the change over to winter blended gas.

 

Golf Cart Theft

Police in Northumberland County are looking for thieves who made off with a golf cart from an elderly man's yard along Route 147 in Point Township. Cops say the pair discovered the cart in the man's yard.... and after they took it.... abandoned the machine in a field adjacent to Ridge Road. If you have information about the theft... call police.

 

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Bloomsburg University Football

The unbeaten Bloomsburg University football team is now ranked in the nation's top 10. The Huskies moved up to number 10 in the American Football Coaches Association Division II poll. This Saturday at Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium, the Huskies will face Gannon University. That game will start at 1:30.

 

High School Football

There are three local high school football teams still unbeaten. Two of them... Danville and Central Columbia... meet Friday night at Central in our game of the week. The coverage begins at 6 O'clock with The Friday Football Commute on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com. The area's other unbeaten team, Southern Columbia, has a home game against Muncy on Friday.

 

Monday Night Football

Seattle's Russell Wilson threw a disputed 24-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate on the final play of the game... as the Seattle Seahawks rallied to defeat the Green Bay Packers 14-12 in Monday night football.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies had Monday off. They take on the Washington National's Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Two lefties are on the mound.... Cole Hamels faces Ross Detwiler. You can hear all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.

Monday / September 24, 2012


Fair / Corbett

The Bloomsburg Fair is part of our culture. That word from Governor Tom Corbett who spent two hours on the ground at the 157th exposition late Sunday afternoon. The Governor pressing the flesh with fairgoers and vendors alike... telling WHLM News the fair has a huge economic impact. Joining Governor Corbett was State Agriculture Secretary George Greig. Bloomsburg Fair Association Directors showing off the fairgrounds thanks to the thousands of hours of work preformed by volunteers following last September's flood.

 

Fair / Barn Tour

Want a little something extra while you visit this year's 157th Bloomsburg Fair.... why not take an in depth tour of the barns which house cattle... goats and sheep. Livestock Superintendent Jeff Giger says it's an opportunity for kids and adults to get a little closer to the animals and to find out where dairy products come from. Tours are given daily at 10:30 and 4:30... with folks meeting in front of the Arena.

 

Geisinger Financials

Continuing a positive operational performance trend, Geisinger Health System ended fiscal year 2012 on June 30th in a strong financial position. According to a hospital spokesperson... Geisinger achieved an operating margin just over $154 – million... on revenue of $2.9 - billion. That's an 11% growth over 2011. In addition... Geisinger continued their friendly take - over strategy... by absorbing the Bloomsburg Hospital... as well as Shamokin Area Community Hospital.

 

Barletta Bill

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton hopes a bill dealing with flood recovery will soon become law. Just last week... congress okayed a measure authored by Mr. Barletta designed to reduce interest rates to disaster victims who borrow money from the Small Business Administration. During a stop last month in flood – ravaged Shickshinny, Rep. Barletta said instead of a 6% SBA interest rate... it would range anywhere from ¾ to 2% of the current market rate... not to exceed 4%. One important provision calls for the measure to be retro – active to January of 2011. Although Rep. Barletta is urging action on the part of the Senate.... it's not known when the measure will come up for a vote.

 

Bridge Replacement

There will be a road closure starting Monday as PennDOT shuts down Mt. Pleasant Road... between Lick Run and Diehls Road. The road will be closed through Wednesday morning. The road closure is necessary so PennDOT crews can operate a large crane needed to install a new box culvert creating a bridge on Whites Church Road. The original bridge which carries traffic over a stream was destroyed during last September's flooding. The agency's Rick Mason says there is a detour in effect using Millertown Road... Route 254 and Rohrsburg Road. The new bridge should be opened to traffic sometime in October.

 

Pennsylvania Unemployment

Pennsylvania's unemployment was up slightly last month. The State Department of Labor and Industry says the unemployment rate for August was 8.1%... up two - tenths of a percent over July. The state unemployment rate was the same as August 2011. Meantime.... Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate equaled the U.S. rate in August and has been at or below the U.S. rate for 70 consecutive months.

 

Hazleton Crash

Hazleton police are staying tight lipped about an accident... which found a car slamming into a house in the 800 block of North Church Street. The car left a gaping hole in the side of the home. That has since been covered up with plywood.

 

Bullying Program

The Hazleton Area School District is becoming pro – active as it launches a a new bully prevention program. It's a program three years in the making... and many feel it's the most comprehensive ever. Those who must take the program include every adult employee... as well as kids who attend district schools. Also scheduled to take the training are outside vendors and school bus drivers.

 

Freeland

The Borough of Freeland has a new full – time police officer patrolling the streets. Michael Racho appointment now brings the force up to two full-time... and seven part – time officers. Racho earned the job based on seniority... and having the right qualifications.

 

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Bloomsburg University

The three game winning streak of the Bloomsburg University football team was in jeopardy Saturday in Long Island as the Huskies trailed L.I.U. Post by six points early in the 4th quarter. Then a pass to Kyle Fisher tied the score for a touchdown and an extra point kick put the Husky's in the lead for the rest of the game... winning with a score of 42 – 27. It was one of three touchdown receptions for Fisher who was named the PSAC Eastern Division offensive player of the week.

 

NFL Sunday

The New York Jets defeated in the Miami Dolphins in overtime 23 to 20... the Oakland Raiders got by the Pittsburgh Steelers 34 to 31.. and The Philadelphia Eagles were defeated by the Arizona Cardinals 27 to 6.,,

 

Philadelphia Phillies

A tough day for the Philadelphia.... as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Phil's 2 – 1 on Sunday afternoon. The Phil's are not eliminated from securing a wild-card race for a playoff spot in the National League, but they're going to need a miracle. They're five game behind the St. Louis Cardinals in an attempt to go to the playoffs. The Phil's have Monday off.... as they get ready to take on the Washington Nationals Tuesday night. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

What's Happening Sunday September 23, 2012


The Bloomsburg Fair is in full swing this weekend. The fairgrounds are filled with agricultural and craft exhibits, food vendors, rides and games, free entertainment and big name shows. The fair runs this weekend through next Saturday.

 

On Monday, the Bloomsburg public library hosts toddler time at 9:15 AM. The program is for your children ages eighteen months to three years.

 

The free Wheel Chair Engineers Train program will be open at the Columbia Mall from 3:00 to 5:00 PM Monday. You can help improve the train layout, which is wheel chair accessible.

 

There’s a blood drive on Monday at the Berwick Hospital Center from 10:00 am to 3:00 PM.

 

Wednesday the Bloomsburg Christian Church free library will be open from 9:30 Am to 4:00 PM. The church is located on Duessen Drive off of Route 11 South in Bloomsburg.

 

Thursday at the Bloomsburg Public Library it’s the Lonely Sock Club at 6:30 PM. The craft group will be making cornhusk dolls…all materials will be provided.

 

And also from the WHLM Future File next Thursday…the Bloomsburg University Gender Studies Minor Foreign Film Series will showcase “The Whistleblower.” The film starts at 7:00 PM in McCormick Hall on the BU Campus.

 

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Berwick Football

The last time George Curry walked the sidelines at Spartan Stadium, he was the head football coach of Wyoming Valley West. Friday night he was on the opposite sideline leading his Bulldogs as they attempted to break WVW's winning streak against them. Unfortunately for Berwick, the Spartans made it a 5-game streak as they came out on top of a hard-fought game 33-15.

 

Game of Week

The Panthers of Bloomsburg secured their third straight win Friday night when they beat Jersey Shore at Panther Stadium in our game of the week. The Mercy Rule came into effect early in the game, the final was 35-13.

 

High School Football

Southern Columbia, Central Columbia, and Danville all remained unbeaten Friday night. Southern beat South Williamsport 42-21, Central beat Milton 21-8, and Danville beat Mifflinburg 23-13.

 

BU Huskies Football

In college ball Saturday afternoon, Bloomsburg U traveled to Long Island to face LIU Post, who defeated the Huskies last year in a driving October snowstorm. BU got their revenge with a 42-27 victory over Post. You can hear the details from the afternoon's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

What's Happening Saturday September 22, 2012


The Bloomsburg Fair is in full swing this weekend. The fairgrounds are filled with agricultural and craft exhibits, food vendors, rides and games, free entertainment and big name shows. The fair runs this weekend through next Saturday.

 

The Montour Delong Fairgrounds are hosting an all you can eat haddock fish dinner this Saturday from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. Meals are $12.00 for adults, $6.00 for children ages 6 to 12, and children under 5 are free. Any service members dressed in uniform will receive their meal for free. The fairgrounds are located on Broadway Road in Danville.

 

The Town Hill United Methodist Church is hosting an ice cream social, bazaar, and bake sale today. Join them for homemade soups, sandwiches, ice cream and cake from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Make sure to be there at Town Hill Road in Shickshinny.

 

The 3rd annual sportsman’s banquet at the North Mountain Fire Hall is happening today. The Huckleberry Mountain QDMA is sponsoring the event. The fire hall is located at 991 Elk Grove Road in Benton.

 

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Berwick Football

The last time George Curry walked the sidelines at Spartan Stadium, he was the head football coach of Wyoming Valley West. Friday night he was on the opposite sideline leading his Bulldogs as they attempted to break WVW's winning streak against them. Unfortunately for Berwick, the Spartans made it a 5-game streak as they came out on top of a hard-fought game 33-15.

 

Game of Week

The Panthers of Bloomsburg secured their third straight win Friday night when they beat Jersey Shore at Panther Stadium in our game of the week. The Mercy Rule came into effect early in the game, the final was 35-13.

 

High School Football

Southern Columbia, Central Columbia, and Danville all remained unbeaten Friday night. Southern beat South Williamsport 42-21, Central beat Milton 21-8, and Danville beat Mifflinburg 23-13.

 

BU Huskies Football

In college ball this afternoon, Bloomsburg U traveled to Long Island to face LIU Post, who defeated the Huskies last year in a driving October snowstorm. BU got their revenge with a 42-27 victory over Post. You can hear the details from the afternoon's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Friday / September 21, 2012


Fair Sky Ride

It was to have made its debut last year...but a flood put those plans on hold. The Sky Ride looming over the north side of the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds is now ready for guests. State ride inspectors giving the thumbs up to the attraction during a Thursday visit. However, the ride is still controversial... game operators and food vendors saying it will take foot traffic from their stands. Not so says ride provider Rick Reithoffer. As a matter of fact... the ride manufacturer says traffic should increase in front of games of chance on the midway. Reithoffer's company footing the million dollar plus bill for the construction of the attraction... taking riders on a 2,000 foot journey 50 to 60 feet above the fairgrounds. Friday... a preview of the 157th exposition... with the opening day scheduled Saturday.

 

Bloomsburg Budget

Bloomsburg Town Council began budget deliberations this week... which will eventually lead to a 2013 spending plan. The session dealt with possible capital expenditures... a wish list of items that are either needed or nice to have. Under that heading... a camera monitoring system for Town Hall... in order to see who's entering and who's leaving the building. Also... a paint job and wood work repair for Town Hall.

 

Woman Assaulted

A woman remains in the Geisinger Medical Center... and the man who allegedly assaulted her with a weapon is in the Columbia County Prison. Bloomsburg Police say 33 – year old Gary Bowman of Berwick faces a long list of charges after he allegedly struck a woman early Thursday morning with the barrel of a shotgun... leaving her with severe lacerations. The Press – Enterprise identifying the victim as Juanita Gill. The incident happened in a home at West First Street and Murray Avenue. Bail for Bowman is been set at $100,000.

 

Berwick Schools

The Berwick Area School board has given the go – ahead to submit plans to the state for a new elementary school. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... plans call for the school to replace aging structures at Orange and 14th Street. Although no site for the school has been selected. However, it's believed it could end up at the current Orange Street site. The next step... plans must be submitted to the state by the end of the month in order to qualify for matching funds.

 

Killer Sought

Hazleton police are continuing to look for a person of interest in the death of a 34 – year old man. Erick Gwaltney was shot to death on September 1st. His body was found at Alter and Forth Streets.... just blocks away from his home. Police say they have no motive for the shooting.

 

ID Ring

A Hazleton man has been busted in an alleged ID – theft ring... broken up earlier this week in New Jersey. Federal authorities say 44 – year old Porfirio Paredes is alleged to be part of a stolen identity tax refund scheme. 13 others were arrested and face a long list of charges.

 

Prank

It's a case of a prank that went bad. A Michigan man was arrested after he sprayed a fire extinguisher under a co – worker's door early Wednesday morning at the Candlewood Suites in Sugarloaf Township. Robert Birckelbaw was allegedly intoxicated... and sprayed a dry chemical fire extinguisher... setting off fire alarms. Birckelbaw was arrested on the spot.

 

Mount Carmel Chief

Mt. Carmel has a new police chief. Borough Council okayed the appointment of 48 – year old Todd Owens as chief when they met Thursday night. Owens is a 20 – year veteran of the department.

 

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Bwk Football

The last time George Curry walked the sidelines at Spartan Stadium, he was the head football coach of Wyoming Valley West. Friday night he was on the opposite sideline leading his Berwick Bulldogs as they attempted to break WVW's winning streak against them. Unfortunately for Berwick, the Spartans made it a 5-game streak as they came out on top of a hard-fought game 33-15.

 

Game of Week

The Panthers of Bloomsburg secured their third straight win Friday night when they beat Jersey Shore at Panther Stadium in our game of the week. The Mercy Rule came into effect early in the game, the final was 35-13.

 

High School Football

Southern Columbia, Central Columbia, and Danville all remained unbeaten Friday night. Southern beat South Williamsport 42-21, Central beat Milton 21-8, and Danville beat Mifflinburg 23-13.

 

You can hear all the details from Friday's action with WHLM Team Coverage in the WHLM Friday Night Football Report:

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies completed their sweep of the New York Mets Thursday night with a 16-1 thrashing. Philly had huge rallies for the 15-run win. The Phils travel to Atlanta for a weekend series with the Braves. Catch all the action following high school football on the WHLM Stations.

Thursday / September 20, 2012


Bloomsburg Budget

Bloomsburg Town Council has until the end of the year to come up with a 2013 spending plan... and Wednesday night the members holding the first in a number of budget sessions. They heard from the department heads of Recycling... the Fire Department... Public Works and Code Enforcement... looking over their capital expenditure requests.

 

Bloomsburg Fair Setup

They're still pulling trailers of all shapes and sizes... rolling into the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. Concessionaires still setting up shop for this year's 157th exhibition. Brenda Scott and her husband, George, rolled in Wednesday from Bellefonte towing two big trailers for their pork roasting business. Ms. Scott said it took a lot of effort to become a concessionaire six years ago. The fair opens Friday with a preview... with the first official day on Saturday.

 

Drug Bust

A Berwick man is in the Columbia County Prison after he was arrested Wednesday on numerous drug – related charges. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's  edition.. 32 – year old Andre Popov allegedly had the ingredients for making meth... stashed in a backpack. He never had an opportunity to produce any of the drug before police collared him. Popov is homeless... and is being held on $250,000 bond.

 

Absentee Ballots

If you're not going to be in Columbia County on election day... you can vote by absentee ballot... but first you must make an application with the election office. Chief Registrar Matt Rapasky says the new Voter ID law will play a part in requesting a ballot. Repasky says the applications are now being processed with the first absentee ballots in the mail the first week of October.

 

BTE Auditions

They're getting ready for the holiday season. The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will hold tryout's tonight for two Christmas time productions... “A Christmas Carol...” and “Live from Bloomsburg, a Very Special Christmas.” The BTE's Syreeta Cannaday says those auditioning should come prepared to read a nursery rhyme and sing a Christmas Carole. Ms. Cannaday says they're looking for kids and teens from 7 through 18 for the shows. BTE is also looking for prospective actors with dance, gymnastics and other types of performance experience. Auditions get underway tonight at 6 at the Alvina Krause Theatre on Center Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Barletta / Disaster Loans

The U.S. House of Representatives... on a voice vote Wednesday night... has passed legislation authorized by Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton. The Disaster Loan Fairness Act would lower interest rates of disaster loans issued by the federal government's Small Business administration to victims of presidential declared disasters. Rates would be capped at 4%. Included in the legislation would be those affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee last August and September. The measure now goes to the Senate for its consideration.

 

Conyngham / Sugarloaf

The agreement has been around since the early 70's... now the Conyngham Borough Authority wants to break a sewage treatment contract with Sugarloaf Township. There are three issues for potential litigation... and solicitor Christopher Slusser has been given the go – ahead as to weather the contract can be terminated. The authority would then come up with a new, up to date agreement.

 

Hazleton Housing

The Hazleton Housing Authority plans to spend an estimated $136,000 for improvements for families living in the Vine West neighborhood. According to a plan to be submitted... the money would be earmarked for roofs... downspouts and rain gutters. In addition... money for home appliances such as refrigerators... stoves and toilets is also included in the plan to be submitted to the federal department of Housing and Urban Development by the middle of October.

 

Encephalitis Case

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is reporting a case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis that killed a horse in neighboring Luzerne County earlier this month. The virus can be fatal to humans... and is carried by mosquitoes. It's not known where the horse was stabled... but a Luzerne County health department spokesperson says no areas have been quarantined.

 

Mount Carmel Chief

Mt. Carmel could have a new police chief by the end of the week. Borough Council is expected to okay the appointment of Todd Owens as chief when they meet Thursday night. Owens is a 20 – year veteran of the department. He'll succeed Brian Shurock who resigned this past May.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team was unbeaten last season when they lost to L.I.U. Post in a snowstorm at Redman Stadium. This Saturday afternoon in Long Island, the Huskies will once again take an unbeaten record into the game against the Pioneers who are 2-0 on the season. Bloomsburg at L.I.U. Post kicks off Saturday at 1 o'clock. You can hear the game starting with The Husky Countdown Show at 12:30 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 & www.whlm.com

 

New York Giants

Henry Hynoski and his New York Giants are on the road tonight after opening the season with two straight home games. The Giants play the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies continue to keep their playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 victory against the New York Mets Wednesday night. Trailing 2-1 in the ninth inning, the Phillies rallied for two runs to take the lead. The Phil's and Mets end their three game series tonight. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:35 on the WHLM Stations.

Wednesday / September 19, 2012


Central Columbia Project

Big improvements coming to the Central High School on Old Berwick Road. Funded through private donations.... the school plans a new sports facility.. including a wellness center... a six lane all weather track for running or walking... and the installation of artificial turf on the current grass – covered football field. Superintendent Harry Mathias says it will make the playing surface available year round for students and the community. Also to be included in the overall project are lights for Central's baseball diamond allowing for multi – team use during different time of the day.

 

Danville Evacuation

An exciting hour or so in downtown Danville on Tuesday... after a contractor sliced through a natural gas line in the basement of a building on Mill Street. Our media partner NewsWatch 16 says that forced the evacuation of an estimated 60 people from the Montour County Courthouse... as well as several near-by apartments. The contractor had thought crews had shut down the line before a worker cut through the line with a saw. Now... UGI Penn Natural Gas may have to dig up part of Mill Street to make permanent repairs.

 

2-1-1 Service

Consider it a 9-1-1 number for non – emergencies. Now... all across central Pennsylvania... including Columbia and Montour Counties... there is a number you can dial to get your questions answered. John Thomas of the United Way of Columbia County says it's 2-1-1... when you're faced with using a human service agency... and you don't know where to turn. The new 2-1-1 service is now live... with operators on duty 24 / 7 to help folks who need help in the human service field. Thomas says the new service is expected to cut down on non – emergency calls going to 9-1-1 emergency dispatch operators.

 

Apple Harvest

The Columbia County Office of the Aging is planning it's annual Apple Harvest Health Festival in Espy. The agency's director Kathy Lynn says it's a great place to get your yearly flu shot... and an opportunity to check out some of the services the agency provides. The annual Apple Harvest Health Festival will take place October 2nd at the Espy Fire Hall.

 

Shickshinny Homes

Buyouts have been completed... and now flood damaged homes in Shickshinny are coming down. Work by Stell Enterprises began this week... and soon 14 homes will be gone. The structures are along Main and Canal Streets... as well as Susquehanna Avenue. The work will last into next week.

 

Kiddie Porn

A 21 – year old Hazleton man could be spending a lot of time in prison... after pleading guilty this week to receiving and distributing child pornography. Rafel Polonia pleaded guilty in U-S District court this week to downloading... and then sharing the videos. He could get anywhere from 8 to 11 years in prison... with supervised released for the remainder of his life. Sentencing to take place at a future date.

 

Beaver Meadows

State Police at Hazleton are investigating a crash which involved the Beaver Meadows police Chief. It happened over the weekend on Route 93 while Chief Michael Morresi... who was on duty... tried to pass a car on the left while responding to a call. Instead, the car driven by 18 year old Frederick Bobal turned left... hitting the police cruiser. No one was injured. Police won't say who's at fault.

 

PSU

The former Penn State administrators facing charges for their role in the Jerry Sandusky scandal are asking the court for separate trials. In motions filed this week in Dauphin County Court, attorneys for Gary Schultz and Tim Curley argue that their clients’ trials will be prejudiced by being held together. They are scheduled to stand trial together starting January 7th. In addition to felony perjury charges for testimony they gave to the grand jury investigating Sandusky, Curley and Schultz are facing failure to report child abuse charges. Their attorneys are asking the court to separate those charges as well.

 

GMC / BU

Geisinger Medical Center is teaming up with Bloomsburg University to provide bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in nursing. The program is designed to increase the number of local nurses who have earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Master of Science in Nursing to meet the health care needs of patients. The partnership will allow for an increased enrollment in the University’s existing Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, with courses offered on the GMC campus beginning in the fall 2013.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Berwick Football

Wyoming Valley West has beaten Berwick three straight times going into the renewal of their high school football rivalry Friday night in Kingston. Berwick coach George Curry says the game is important. Berwick at Wyoming Valley West kicks off Friday night at 7 O'clock. You can hear the game on Classic Rock 103.5 starting with the Coach Curry Show at 6.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Tuesday night's scheduled game between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets was postponed because of inclement weather. It will be made up Thursday night. Wednesday night... the Phils and Mets meet in game two of their three game set.

You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:35 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Tuesday / September 18, 2012


Hit & Run Arrest

An 18 – year old Berwick man is in the Columbia County Prison on a quarter – million dollars bond after he was charged with hitting and killing a bicyclist on Ridge Road over the weekend. Our media partner NewsWatch 16 is reporting Joseph Rish allegedly struck 50 – year old Robert Mohr early Sunday morning with a borrowed SUV. Rish telling police he didn't stop because he believed he hit a deer... and he had been drinking and has a suspended drivers license. Mohr was on his way home to Brookside Village after working the third shift at a Lightstreet restaurant when he was hit. He later died at Geisinger Medical Center.

 

Budgets

It's budget preparation time for Columbia County... as well as its municipalities. And there is expected to be a lingering impact from the flood of the fall of 2011. Some flooded properties are being restored... but County Commissioner David Kovach says those homes slated for buyouts... leave a big question mark. Meantime... Bloomsburg Town Council meets late Wednesday afternoon to start their budget preparation for 2013. That meeting begins at 5:30 in council chambers.

 

Fair Preps

With only days remaining until the 157th edition of the Bloomsburg Fair opens... concessionaires... folks from Reithoffer Shows... and others are setting up shop for the exposition's eight day run. Power saws were busy... and hammers nailing boards together all in anticipation of the opening. Also strolling the grounds Monday was fair director Jim Burrows... the association's treasure... watching the preparations. The Fair has a preview day this Friday.... with the event officially getting underway Saturday.

 

Media Summit

Schools from the Pennsylvania University System will gather at Bloomsburg this weekend for the first of it's kind media summit. Hundreds of students will be in town for the event. BU Senior Paul Rosa says the sessions are aimed at underclassmen still trying to figure what major to take. Rosa says a number of panelists will be on hand for the two – day event.... including WBRE – TV's Andy Mahalshick who speaks Saturday morning at 10 O'clock at Carver Hall.

 

Motorcycle Fatal

Traffic was backed up for eight miles Monday afternoon following a motorcycle crash on Interstate 80 in Nescopeck Township. Authorities say the unidentified biker died when he lost control and apparently hit a guardrail near Mile Marker 249... between the Conyngham and Mifflinville interchanges... near the Village of Tank. The investigation continues... and police say no one else was involved in the accident.

 

Hazleton rentals

Hazleton City Council is expected to revisit a rental registration proposal when they meet on Wednesday. The big changes... the registration to include places such as day care and rehabilitation centers... halfway houses and residential care facilities. The proposal also includes an annual fee for a license... as well as an inspection fee. The measure is designed to cover all properties in Hazleton and to clean up dilapidated homes.

 

Sandusky Sentencing
Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky will be sentenced on October 9th. The former assistant Penn State football coach was convicted in June of 45 counts of sexual abuse involving young boys. Some of the attacks taking place in the teams locker room. It's believed Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in prison.

 

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BU Football

After defeating Kutztown on Saturday for their third straight win, the Bloomsburg University football team has moved up to 11th in the nation in this week's American Football Coaches Association Poll.  Two other PSAC teams are in the poll- California is 6th and IUP is 14th. Bloomsburg plays at LIU Post Saturday afternoon while IUP plays at California.

 

High School Football

In a high school football game played last night in Selinsgrove, it was Selinsgrove over Shikellamy 37 to nothing.

 

NFL Action

In the NFL last night, it was the Atlanta Falcons over the Denver Broncos 27 to 21.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies opened a three game series with the New York Mets last night in dominating fashion. Cliff Lee outlasting Mets knuckleballer R-A Dickey to get a 3 to 1 win. The two teams play again Tuesday night. You can catch all the action starting with the Phillie's pre – game show at 6:35 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Monday / September 17, 2012


Hit &  Run Suspect

An 18 – year old Berwick man is in the Columbia County Prison on a quarter – million dollars bond after he was charged with hitting and killing a bicyclist on Ridge Road over the weekend. Our media partner NewsWatch 16 is reporting Joseph Rish alleged struck 50 – year old Robert Mohr early Sunday morning with a borrowed SUV. Rish telling police he didn't stop because he believed he hit a deer... and he had been drinking and has a suspended drivers license. Mohr was on his way home to Brookside Village after working the third shift at a Lightstreet restaurant when he was hit.

 

Motorcycle Fatal 

Traffic was backed up for eight miles Monday afternoon following a motorcycle crash on Interstate 80 in Nescopeck Township. Authorities say the unidentified biker died when he lost control and apparently hit a guardrail near Mile Marker 249... between the Conyngham and Mifflinville interchange. The investigation continues... and police say no one else was involved in the accident.

 

Veterans Memorial

Within the next few years... it's hoped ground will be broken and a memorial erected to all men and women from Columbia County who served in the military. The wraps were taken off plans Sunday for the Veterans Memorial of Columbia County by a project committee. Those plans call for the memorial to be placed in the middle of Market Street in Bloomsburg... at the entrance to town park... inside a traffic circle.

 

Hit & Run Death

A 50 – year old North Center Township man... riding his bicycle on his way home from working the third shift at a Lightstreet restaurant... was struck and killed by a hit and run driver early Sunday morning. 50 – year old Robert Mohr of Brookside Village was wearing a green safety vest when he was struck from behind on Ridge Road. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition... Mohr was found alongside the road by people driving by. He was rushed to Geisinger in Danville where he died.

Now.. police are looking for the driver of that hit and run vehicle.

 

Drug Rally

A weekend afternoon at the Jackson Mansion in Berwick.... a rally against drugs... one of twenty around the country on Saturday... especially against the use of heroin. The rally was not only a way to eliminate the drug problem... but a rally for the memories of those lost to drug use... and a hope for a new beginning.

 

I – 80 Work

Work continues on that $50 – million Interstate 80 bridge project over the Susquehanna River. Starting Monday... there will be intermittent lane closures and rolling roadblocks to slow traffic on the east and westbound lanes of I-80 between mile marker 240 and 244 until 7 O'clock Monday night. A PennDOT spokesman says the work is in preparation to switch traffic to the next phase, which is four lanes of traffic on the new and reconstructed bridges on the westbound alignment by the end of the today.
 

Berwick Paving

A big part of the repaving project on Front Street in Berwick gets underway Tuesday. PennDOT spokesman Rick Mason says that beginning at 5 AM... Barletta Construction will start the process of bringing Front Street... between Market and Walnut up to spec. Specifically... they begin digging up 18 inches of old pavement... placing a sub – base material in the right lane. Mason says traffic will be restricted to one lane. The reconstruction of Front Street is expected to be done by the 29th.

 

Traveling Library

A year after they were evicted from their Perry Avenue location by the flood of 2011... the Columbia County Traveling Library has finally found a new home. It's in the county - owned building on Sawmill Road. Director Lydia Kegler says there is a big difference between the two locations... with being on the ground floor and aisles wide enough to host folks using walkers or mobility devices. The traveling library had spent seven months at a storefront location in the Columbia Mall until the new space on Sawmill Road was available.

 

Test Results

The Hazleton area school district is awaiting word from the state education department dealing with what is called... unusual results... on student assessment tests in 2008 and 2009. The state education department is still trying to determine if the scores on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests were through legitimate academic gains... cheating... or just an anomaly. The test results from five other districts are also being examined closely.

 

Turbine Project

Remember about a year ago... big plans were unveiled for a prototype wind turbine facility in Hazleton Heights. Since that time... nothing has been done to the property on the south side of City View Park near the BMX Track. But Hazleton Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi... as well as the president of New Jersey – based V3 Power is assuring city council... the project is alive and well... and V3 is in the midst of trying to find financing.

 

Drug Arrest

A Hazleton man is one of nearly two dozen suspected drug dealers rounded up at the start of the weekend in a Wilkes – Barre narcotics investigation. Police say 26 – year old Saheed Coleman was charged with delivery of a control substance... as well as a count of possession of a controlled substance. Authorities believe “Operation Square Deal” is a major blow to drug trafficking in Wilkes – Barre.

 

WHLM Sports

Weekend Football

It was a payback weekend for three area football teams. The Bloomsburg University Huskies avenged a 52-14 loss to Kutztown last season with a 44-37 win over the Golden Bears Saturday afternoon at Redman Stadium. In high school football on Friday night Berwick beat Dallas 50-14 just one season after a 33 point loss to the Mountaineers... and Southern Columbia avenged a close loss to Mount Carmel last season with a 49-33 win over the Red Tornadoes.

 

NFL

In the NFL Sunday... the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Baltimore Ravens 24 to 23... and the New York Giants came from behind to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 41 to 34. In other action... the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the New York Jets 27 to 10.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Houston Astro's rallied Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies. The final 7 to 6... after Justin Maxwell hit a two run double... and Matt Dominguez added a two run single in Houston's four run seventh inning. The Phillies take on the New York Mets Monday night in the Big Apple. Catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:35 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

What's Happening, Sunday September 16, 2012


The T-Rail Quilt Guild will be hosting their “Quilted to a T Quilt Show” 10:00AM to 5:00PM today including quilts, quilter vendors, and a raffle quilt. All of that going on today at the DeLong fairgrounds in Washingtonville.

 

The Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary School PTO will be selling mums today from 9:00AM to 4:00PM. The 9” mums will be $7.00 each or 3 for $18. The school is located on Market St. in Bloomsburg.

 

Bloomsburg Public Library is hosting Toddler time on Monday at 9:15AM at the Library on Market St. The program is for children age eighteen months to three years. An adult is required to stay with children through the program.


The Free Wheelchair Engineers Train Program will be at the Columbia Mall on Monday from 3:00PM to 5:00PM. Come out and help improve the wheelchair accessible train layout.


The Orangeville Public Library will hold a Family Scarecrow Decorating Contest this September and October. Scarecrow pickup starts on Monday, Voting begins October 15th.

 

The Bloomsburg Christian Church Free Library is open every Wednesday from 9:30AM to 4:00PM. The church is located on Duessen Drive off of Route 11 South in Bloomsburg.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will have auditions for “A Christmas Carol” and “Live from Bloomsburg: A Very Special Christmas Special” on Thursday, September 20th at the Alvina Krause Theatre. BTE is looking for kids and teens ages 7 to 18 for the shows, Be prepared to act out a famous nursery rhyme and sing a famous Christmas carol.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Southern / Mt Carmel

Southern Columbia renewed their high school football rivalry with Mount Carmel Friday night at Tiger Stadium in our game of the week. The Tigers went back and forth but came out victorious, 49-33.

 

Berwick Bulldogs

The Bulldogs of Berwick took their third straight win in their game against Dallas Friday night at Crispin Field. he final was Berwick 50 - Dallas 14.

 

High School Football

In other Friday night games... Danville beat Shamokin 20-10... Bloomsburg trounced Warrior Run 49-7... Central Columbia beat Loyalsock 22-6... and Columbia Montour Vo Tech fell to South Williamsport 55-0.

 

BU Huskies Football

In college football Saturday afternoon Bloomsburg University and Kutztown, two of the nation's top ranked teams, met once again at Redman Stadium. Bloomsburg proved themselves the victor of the PSAC East opener with a 44-37 win over the Golden Bears.

 

You can hear all the details from Saturday's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

What's Happening Saturday, September 15, 2012


Mt. Zion United Methodist Church is hosting a breakfast for donation from 7:00-9:00 AM today. Breakfast includes bacon,eggs, sausage, pancakes and french toast.

 

Columbia County Traveling Library is opening their brand new “walk-in” library. From 10:00AM to 3:00PM including Pickles the Mommy Clown, at 10:30 AM on Sawmill Road off Route 487 in Bloomsburg.

 

The Children's Museum is hosting Grandparents Day from 10:00AM to 4:00PM with free admission for grandparents accompanying a child. Old fashioned games, special crafts and more will be available!

 

Berwick will be hosting an Anti-Heroin Rally from 1:00PM to 5:00PM this afternoon at the Jackson Mansion. Bring your sign and Rally against drug abuse.

 

This afternoon from 4 to 7, the Mooresburg Presbyterian Church is hosting a chicken barbeque dinner for Tammy Franks. Meal is seven fifty, and includes half a chicken with all the fixings.

 

The Dream Machines Motor Club will be hosting their monthly car cruise tonight from 6:00PM to 9:00PM, Parking is from 5:30 to 6:00.

 

Bloomsburg Celebrity Artist Series kicks off tonight at 7:00PM with “Squirm Burpee.” It is being called “Cirque du Silly,” and for more information on Celebrity Artist Series check out the University website.

The T-Rail Quilt Guild presents “Quilted to a T Quilt Show” 9:00AM to 5:00PM today, and 10:00AM to 5:00PM Sunday. Admission will be $5.00 and will be located at DeLong Fairgrounds, in Washingtonville.

 

Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary School PTO is selling mums from 9:00AM to 4:00PM all weekend, the 9” mums will be $7.00 each or 3 for $18, at the school on Market St. Bloomsburg.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Southern / Mt Carmel

Southern Columbia renewed their high school football rivalry with Mount Carmel Friday night at Tiger Stadium in our game of the week. The Tigers went back and forth but came out victorious, 49-33.

 

Berwick Bulldogs

The Bulldogs of Berwick took their third straight win in their game against Dallas Friday night at Crispin Field. he final was Berwick 50 - Dallas 14.

 

High School Football

In other Friday night games... Danville beat Shamokin 20-10... Bloomsburg trounced Warrior Run 49-7... Central Columbia beat Loyalsock 22-6... and Columbia Montour Vo Tech fell to South Williamsport 55-0.

 

BU Huskies Football

In college football Saturday afternoon Bloomsburg University and Kutztown, two of the nation's top ranked teams, met once again at Redman Stadium. Bloomsburg proved themselves the victor of the PSAC East opener with a 44-37 win over the Golden Bears.

 

You can hear all the details from Saturday's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Friday / September 14, 2012


Bloomsburg Arrests

Two Bloomsburg University students are in the Columbia County Prison after they allegedly held up two men early Thursday morning in the 300 block of East Second Street. Police say 18 – year old DeJuan Franks... a BU football player... and 19 – year old Laye Donzo approached the victim. Franks displayed what appeared to be a handgun and slugged one of the men... getting away with about a hundred dollars in cash and a cell phone. The gun turned out to be fake. Bloomsburg PD is investigating the incident.

 

Marcellus Study

Geisinger Health System is partnering with Guthrie Health of Sayre to determine the impact the Marcellus Shale field workers. Dr. David Carey of the Weis Research Center in Danville says Geisinger brings a lot to the table... such as a files of patient information. Guthrie Health decided to get involved in the study... since they're about a mile south of the New York State Border. Most of Guthrie's patients are from New York state where fracking is not allowed. Preliminary results should be out within a year.

 

Barletta Vote

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton... who represents Columbia County... has voted with the House Committee on Education and Workforce to block President Obama's plan to undermine the 1996 welfare reform law. The house committee voting 22 to 16 to approve legislation that would prevent Mr. Obama from implementing his plan to waive work requirements contained in the '96 measure. Barletta says the move by the president is similar to the government's failure to enforce illegal immigration laws.

 

Caregiver Forum

It's something we don't like to think about... being a primary caregiver to a relative... or simply an end of life issue. Prior to a forum in Berwick on Thursday hosted by State Representative David Millard of Millville... elder care attorney Mary Ann Kreischer of Bloomsburg... says the most important aspect is planning. Panelists for the forum included representatives from Columbia County's Veterans Affairs.. Columbia – Montour Home Health.. as well as the Office of Aging.

 

Danville Schools

Danville officials are willing to review last week’s variance denial that would have forced the school district to abandon the Danville Middle School and pay as much as $30 - million to construct a new building. At a school board’s meeting this week... borough secretary Tom Graham said a variance could be offered if the board clarified what proof of hardships would stem from not receiving the variance.

School board President Allan Schappert estimated that the total cost of repairing the middle school building and wet flood-proofing it would be around $8 - million. The Borough says they are willing to work with the school district to get a variance so that the Danville Middle School could be open for the 2013-2014 school year.

 

Reithoffer Shows

With the opening of the Bloomsburg Fair a little over a week away.... Reithoffer Shows is starting to bring in the rides for the midway. One of the most spectacular and exciting attractions this year is The Stinger. Rick Reithoffer says the ride is a big hit on the European carnival circuit. The 157th annual exposition begins with a preview next Friday... with the fair opening on the 22nd... running thru the 29th.

 

Hazle Township

Hazle Township has award a $205,000 contract earmarked for the paving of 19th and 20th Streets... near the Hazleton High School complex. But... the work is predicated on getting a 75 – thousand dollar grand from the Luzerne County Community Development Department. No word when that department will award the grant to Hazle Township.

 

Investigation

There is a criminal investigation underway by the Luzerne County District Attorney's office at the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority. They say it's a probe into possible wrongdoing... and it centers on former executive director Fred DeSanto. He resigned late last month... hours before he was to be interviewed by investigators. The authority... meantime... is cooperating with the on – going probe.

 

Train Station

The Turbotville Heritage Society is putting the pieces together... as they try an rebuild their train station they acquired from the former Magee Transportation Museum late last year. They were putting the finishing touches on the project when it was blown down by high winds last month... and since that time... volunteers have been picking through the rubble to see what is salvageable. Now... there is frame work in place. Volunteers hope to use the doors and windows from the original station.

 

Williamsport Bridge

There is a new bridge open in Lycoming County. It links Williamsport and DuBoistown.... and crosses the west branch of the Susquehanna River. It's been under construction the past two years... and was finally open to traffic this week.

 

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Southern / Mt Carmel

Southern Columbia renewed their high school football rivalry with Mount Carmel Friday night at Tiger Stadium in our game of the week. The Tigers went back and forth but came out victorious, 49-33.

 

Berwick Bulldogs

The Bulldogs of Berwick took their third straight win in their game against Dallas Friday night at Crispin Field. he final was Berwick 50 - Dallas 14.

 

High School Football

In other Friday night games... Danville beat Shamokin 20-10... Bloomsburg trounced Warrior Run 49-7... Central Columbia beat Loyalsock 22-6... and Columbia Montour Vo Tech fell to South Williamsport 55-0.

 

You can hear all the details from Friday's action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday afternoon Bloomsburg University and Kutztown, two of the nation's top ranked teams, play at Redman Stadium. It is the PSAC East opener for both teams. The game begins at 2:30. Coverage on the WHLM stations begins at 12:30 with The Husky Tailgate Show.

 

NFL

In the NFL Thursday night... the Green Bay Packers downed the Chicago Bears 23 to 10. Chicago's Jay Cutler sacked seven times in the loss.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies seven game winning streak came to an end last night. They were defeated by the Houston Astro's 6 to 4. The two teams meet again Friday night. Catch the action following Friday night's high school football on the WHLM Stations.

Thursday / September 13, 2012


Bloomsburg Arrests

Two Bloomsburg University students after they allegedly held up a man early Thursday morning in the 300 block of East Second Street... near the Newman House. Bloomutoday.com is reporting the pair approached the victim... displayed what appeard to be a handgun and slugged the man... getting away with about a hundred dollars. The gun turned out to be fake. Bloomsburg PD is investigating the incident.

 

Caregiver Forum

It's something we don't like to think about... being a primary caregiver to a relative... or simply an end of life situation. Prior to a caregiver's forum in Berwick on Thursday  hosted by State Representative David Millard of Millville... elder care attorney Mary Ann Kreisher of Bloomsburg... says the most aspect is planning. And long term care is a greater possibility as one gets older. Panalists for the forum included representatives from Columbia County's Veterans Affairs.. Columbia – Montour Home Health.. as well as the Office of Aging.

 

Voter Registration

With the 2012 election cycle in full swing... many folks are thinking about registering to vote if they haven't done so in the past. Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says you have until October 9th to register if you want to cast a ballot November 6th. Registration is an easy thing to do. You can walk into the Columbia County Courthouse annex on Main Street in Bloomsburg... or by requesting a voter registration application by mail.

 

Economic Impact

How much of an economic impact does the Bloomsburg Fair have. No one knows for sure since a study hasn't been done in recent memory. However, Otto Kurecian of the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau says his organization will undertake such a study next year. Kurecian says they want to determine how many times money turns over from folks who work at the fair... and vendors who purchase supplies from local companies.

 

Parent's Weekend

Some parent – child bonding will go on this weekend as Bloomsburg University holds it's annual Parents and Family Weekend. The University's Jimmy Gilliand says parents may have helped their kid move on campus last month.. and that may have been the last face to face contact they've had. There will be plenty of on – campus activities... including the highly anticipated football game between the Bloomsburg Husky's and Kutztown Saturday afternoon at 2:30.

 

Flood Repair

Flood damage from 2011 is being repaired in Mt. Pleasant Township. A PennDOT spokesman says the agency will finally replace a bridge washed out during the flooding of last September on Whites Church Road... at the intersection with Mt. Pleasant Road. The three day project begins the 24th of the month. That's when crews will use a huge crane to install a new box culvert on Whites Church Road... as well as other work associated with the project. Mt. Pleasant road will temporarily be shut down. Detours will be in place.

 

Clinic Fundraiser

The Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in Mifflinville says they plan to hold a fund raiser later this month. It will take place at the Berwick High School Track on Fowler Avenue... where they're hoping for 400 walkers to lap the track 100 times. Clinic co-ordinator Bette Gray says donations are needed to keep the organization in the black... in order to provide free medical care to the uninsured.

Entertainment will be provided by Mike Lewis... and the Jeff Grey Band. Call the Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in Mifflinville for more information.

 

Plymouth Murder Suspect

The man accused of shooting and killing a bar patron early Sunday morning... and wounding a second person... was arraigned in his hospital room Wednesday on a murder charge. 24 – year old William Allabaugh of Plymouth is charged with the shooting death of an Edwardsville man outside Bonnie's Bar on Main Street... the the wounding of a second man. 39 – year old Scott Luzetsky was shot dead.... and 29 – year old Stephan Hollman was wounded... shot in the back of the head allegedly by Allabaugh. Another bar guest shot Allabaugh. Hollman and Allabaugh are recovering from their wounds at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

 

Indictments

Two Hazleton men have been indicted by a federal Grand Jury in connection with 11 armed robberies that took place in a three county area... including Luzerne... and began in late 2011. Authorities say 19 – year old Tysheeb Hargrove... and 19 – year old Jose Nunez were indicted. Both men face multiple charges... Hargrove is being blames on all 11 robberies... while Nunez was involved in seven. Both were captured and jailed after leading Tamaqua police on a chase in late January.

 

Sewer Project

Ground has been broken for a new $9.4 – million sewer project in the Borough of Nuangola. The waste water collection system will serve just over 400 homes... as well as the Rice Elementary School. Funding for the project comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program.... as well as the USDA's program for Water and Environment.

 

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BU Football

When the Bloomsburg University football team plays Kutztown at Redman Stadium Saturday afternoon, the Huskies will be trying to avenge a 52-14 loss to the Golden Bears last season- one of the worst defeats in Danny Hale's head coaching career. Kutztown, the defending PSAC champion, is led by senior quarterback Kevin Morton who has thrown 95 career touchdown passes. Kutztown at Bloomsburg kicks off Saturday at 2:30. You can hear the game on News Radio 930, 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com. The coverage starts at 12:30 with The Husky Tailgate Show.

 

Thursday NFL

In NFL action tonight, the Chicago Bears take on the Packers in Green Bay.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Jimmie Rollins connected on a two-run homer and Cliff Lee pitched seven strong innings to lead the streaking Phillies to their seventh straight win... a 3 to 1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday.

The second NL wild-card spot is firmly in sight for the Phillies with 19 games remaining. Up next for the Phillies, four games in Houston against the Astros starting tonight. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 7:30 on the WHLM Stations.

Wednesday / September 12, 2012


9/11 Taps

It was a day of remembrance in Berwick on Tuesday... for the victims of the 9/11 terrorists attacks on America back in 2001. AMVETS Honor Guard Bugler Gary O'Neal visited four locations in Berwick and Nescopeck... playing taps at the same minute hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center... the Pentagon and a field in Somerset County... in Western PA. O'Neal highlighting the remembrance at the Ranger Hose and Reliance Fire Companies in Berwick... the Nescopeck VFW... as well as in front of the borough's Jackson Mansion on Market Street.

 

Nanticoke Remembers

In Nanticoke... in Luzerne County... a ceremony to remember what happened on September 11th, 2001 on the campus of Luzerne County Community College. Administrators.... students as well as state senator John Yudichak were there to remember. The school has a memorial to those who died in the terrorist attacks on America... the center piece a portion of one of the World Trade Center Buildings.

 

Death Investigation 

The investigation continues into the apparent accidental death of a Wapwallopen man. 43 – year old Mark Cragle died early Monday night when his pick – up truck either fell or rolled over him while he was under it. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition he was waiting for two friends in a field adjacent to the Susquehanna River in Beach Haven when he was crushed. Authorities are now awaiting the results of a autopsy preformed Tuesday in Wilkes – Barre.

 

Gas Prices

If you've been out and about in the area the past day or so... have you noticed the price of gas ?? It is now spiking upward at a pretty good clip. Some convenience stores gas stations are now selling self – serve, unleaded regular at $3.99 a gallon. A jump across the $4.00 a gallon barrier could be possible this week... as new gas deliveries are made just in time for the weekend. Experts say dwindling oil inventory following Hurricane Issac is pushing up prices.

 

Heroin Rally

Dozens of anti – heroin rallies are being held around the nation on Saturday... including one scheduled for Berwick's Jackson Mansion. Vicky Lowery's family has seen the self - destruction of the drug firsthand.... so she is organizing the event. Lowery says not only is Saturday's event looking at the dangers of heroin... but it is also a day of recovery. The rally begins at 1 O'clock on the lawn of the Jackson Mansion on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Bloomsburg Fair Tickets

With the Bloomsburg Fair opening in less than two weeks.... tickets to the night shows are becoming the hottest attraction in town. That word from Carey Howell.... the superintendent of the grandstand. And despite speculation on the street... Howell said the Allen Jackson show for Saturday night, the 29th, is not sold out... with plenty of good seats still available.

 

Hazle Township Signs

Supervisors in Hazle Township have decided to wait an additional 30 days  before adopting a new sign ordinance. The proposal calls for a ten dollar fee for each sign... with the signs separated by 150 feet for a maximum of 30 days. Business owners say it's a prohibitive expense... and could cause them to go out of business.

 

Fight Investigation

Hazleton Police are investigating a fight which broke out as the downtown street fair... known as Fun Fest was coming to an end. Police getting a call saying some teenagers were fighting at Pine and Oak Streets. When they arrived they only found a 17 – year old boy from Hazle Township... but apparently the ruckus was caused by some teenage girls fighting. As of yet... no charges have been filed.

 

Fatal Accident

A Unityville man who was thrown from a vehicle he was riding in a week ago in Sullivan County... has died from his injuries. 24-year-old Jesse Richart was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Luke Higley of New Albany. The accident happened on Route 487 in Cherry Township. Reichart was ejected from the vehicle when it rolled over. Higley faces aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI... and could face other charges filed by State Police.

 

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BU Football

After last Saturday's impressive 30-14 win over Edinboro, the Bloomsburg University football team has moved up to 12th in the nation in the American Football Coaches Association Poll. This Saturday at Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium, the Huskies take on another nationally ranked team- Kutztown.

The defending PSAC Champion Golden Bears are ranked 21st. Kutztown is coming off a 48 to 45 loss to 6th ranked California. Saturday will be the Eastern Division opener for both the Huskies and Golden Bears. Last season Kutztown crushed the Huskies 52-14.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Jimmy Rollins homered and drove in three runs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 9-7 win over the Miami Marlins Tuesday. Roy Halladay allowed five runs on seven hits and struck out six over 6 1/3 innings to earn his fourth win in five starts. The Phils and the Marlins meet each other Wednesday in an afternoon matinee at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 3:30 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

Tuesday / September 11, 2011


Bloomsburg Deficit

Bloomsburg Town Council found out Monday night that revenue coming into the treasury is down substantially from where it was projected to be at. That word from Mayor Dan Knorr. Mayor Knorr says it's a problem with a switch in tax collection agencies from Centax to Berkheimer Associates... and it's created a half – million dollar shortfall... at least on paper. Mayor Knorr says he believes the money should be at the town hall by the end of the year. Meantime... another area of deficit is reimbursement for flood costs which happened in 2011 and spilled into 2012.

 

Flood Meeting

The importance of saving an estimated 850 jobs through flood protection for Bloomsburg west end is the topic of a meeting Tuesday in Harrisburg. It involves State Representative David Millard... staffers from the governor's office... and the past and current president of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce. President Fred Gaffney says it comes down to helping Autoneum and Windsor Foods weather future flood waters. Both businesses were severely effected by the floodwaters of last September. Also on the agenda... how to protect people living on the west side... now that the U-S Army Corps of Engineers has decided not to take part in funding a floowall along the Susquehanna and Fishing Creek.

 

Death Investigation

The investigation continues into the death of a man... crushed beneath his truck near Beach Haven Monday night. The still unidentified man from the Wapwallopen area was discovered by friends he was to meet early last evening in a field along the Susquehanna River near the Beach Haven Carnival grounds. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition the victim was apparently going to do some work on his pick – up truck when it either fell or rolled back over him.

 

911 Remembrance

It was back on this date in 2001... the fabric of America was torn by hijackers who took over four planes... crashing them into the World Trade Center in New York... the Pentagon outside of Washington... and in a farmer's field in Somerset County. Now.. Gary O'Neal.... an AMVETS Honor Guard Bugler... will play taps at four different locations around the Berwick area.... starting at 8:46 Tuesday morning in front of the Ranger Hose Company on Front Street. He'll then travel to the Reliance Fire Company... and the Nescopeck VFW... before completing his journey at the Jackson Mansion. O'Neal will play taps in remembers to firefighters... police officers... EMS workers and civilians who lost their lives on this date back in 2001.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of gas is inching upward. The Triple – A Fuel Gauge report out Tuesday morning shows that self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.88 – a - gallon across northeastern Pennsylvania. That's up 2 cents a gallon from Monday. Overall... gas is up ten cents from a week ago... and up twenty – five cents a gallon from a month ago. The big problem... Hurricane Isaac and issues in the distribution system.

 

PPL Plant

Security officers at PPL's Susquehanna Steam Electric Station north of Berwick... in Salem Township... will be taking part in planned security – related drills this week. Those drills are conducted by the the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission as part of it's independent oversight of nuclear power plants. A spokesperson for the company says residents living in the area may hear some firing noises related to the drill... but it's nothing to worry about.

 

Jared / Subway

The guy we see in the TV ads for the Subway restaurants spent some time in Bloomsburg on Monday Jared Fogle was in town as part of a promotion... and stopped by the Bloomsburg Elementary School to talk to kids about health and wellness... and childhood obesity. At one time tipping the scale at 400 pounds... the 34 – year old Fogle also brings along a pair of pants he used to wear that have a 60 – inch waste line.

 

AVP Numbers

If you use the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton airport... you probably have found it not as crowded as in the past. Airport officials say traffic was off 10% in June... and 11% in July as compared to the same months in 2011. For the first seven months of the year... employment was off nearly 4 % compared to a year ago. The reason... fewer people flying... and a 9% unemployment rate in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

 

Freeland Stench

Neighbors in one Freeland neighborhood... near Hazleton... are complaining about a stench. Those people who live in the area say it's coming from a meat processing plant on Route 940... and directly across the street is the company's sewage plant. The company telling our media partner NewsWatch 16... that they're working on the problem spending a lot of money to resolve the situation.

 

Boback Satellite Hours

State Representative Karen Boback who represents part of Columbia... Luzerne and Wyoming County's will have satellite office hours for constituents on Tuesday. Either she or a member of her staff will be at the Dorrance Township Municipal building on in the 78 hundred block of Blue Ridge Road starting at 10 O'clock. Then at 1 O'clock... either Ms. Boback or a staffer will have satellite office hours at the Wright Township Municipal Building on South Mountain Boulevard in mountain Top.

 

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HS Football

One of the top matchups in high school football this weekend will be Mount Carmel at Southern Columbia. Both teams won their first two games. Mount Carmel at Southern Columbia is our game of the week. The coverage starts with The Friday Football Commute at 6 O'clock on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 as well as Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com.

 

NFL Monday

There were two NFL games last night. The Baltimore Ravens downed the Cincinnati Bengals 44 to 13.... and the San Diego Chargers got by the Oakland Raiders 22 to 14.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Kyle Kendrick has helped turn the surging Phillies from September spoiler into a potential playoff contender... making a late push to get into the National League wild – card race. Kendrick pitching seven strong innings as the Phil's defeated the Miami Marlins last night 3 to 1. Both teams square off tonight at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.

Monday / September 10, 2012


Flood Meeting

A pow – wow in Harrisburg Tuesday between State Representative David Millard... as well as the governor's office dealing with the effects of flooding in Bloomsburg. Also scheduled to attend is former Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce president Ed Edwards... and current president Fred Gaffney. It was Gaffney who said the meeting deals with preventing flooding at Autoneum... and Windsor Foods... always targets of high water. Both Autoneum and Windsor Foods holds the key to an estimated 850 Bloomsburg – based jobs... and preventing flooding at their locations is of prime importance.

 

Jared Comes to Visit

He's been a pitch man for the Subway restaurant chain for the past 14 years.... now Jared Fogle tours the country visiting local stores... and stopping by elementary schools to get the word out about childhood obesity. The 34 – year old Fogle was in Bloomsburg Monday to thank the local store owner for raising the most money for this spring's Joe Snedeker charity bike ride... but also visit with the kids at the Memorial Elementary School. The message... get out from in front of the television and computer screens and exercise or you can become obese. He knows what he's talking about. Back in the mid to late 80's... the once portly Jared Fogle tipped the scale at just north of 400 pounds wearing pants with a 60 – inch waste.

 

Drilling Study

Geisinger Health Systems and Guthrie Health of Sayre... are joining forces to study the impact the Marcellus shale gas industry is having on patients. Dr. David Carey of Geisinger's Weis Center for Research says it's the first large – scale assessment of the health effects impacting patients they care for. Dr. Carey says there is very little hard data dealing with the effects of the gas drilling industry. Guthrie is about a mile south of the border with New York State... a state where drilling is not allowed.

 

Columbia County Budget

The Columbia County Commissioners are getting ready to tackle a proposed budget for 2013. But, according to commissioner David Kovach... there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes with Chief Clerk Gail Kipp collecting a lot of information and talking to department heads. One unknown according to Kovach is how the flood buyout properties will affect the tax rolls. Some houses in the flood plain have been renovated.... while others are going off the tax rolls permanently.

 

Fair Preparations

With the opening of the Bloomsburg Fair in less than two weeks... final preparation work is underway. Over the weekend... the chairs for the new Sky Ride were installed. More than a hundred chairs in all will transport fair guests from the Main gate to the midway attractions. The $1 – million ride was installed by Reithoffer Shows... and Rick Reithoffer says it's part of being an innovate amusement company. Reithoffer characterizes the Sky Ride as the longest aerial tram operating on any fairground in the U-S. The Fair begins with a preview day on the 21st. The 157th exposition officially opening the 22nd... and running through the 29th.

 

Flood Service

A year after flood waters covered a quarter of Bloomsburg... the local ministerium gave thanks for the recovery of the area. It happened during a special Sunday night service at Town Park. Ministerium President Steven Engelhardt reaching out and giving thanks to those who volunteered their time and efforts to get the town back in shape in such short order. Flood survivors told their stories. Also on hand... the Bicentennial Choir.

 

I-80 Traffic

PennDOT says you might experience some delays the next two days... when the right lanes of Interstate 80...both eastbound and westbound... between the Lime Ridge and Mifflinville interchanges will be closed until 7 O'clock Monday night. The agency's Rick Mason says the closures are in preparation to switch traffic on the new and reconstructed bridge over the Susquehanna River along the westbound alignment. The same situation happens Tuesday... but the right lanes will be shuttered until 5 PM.

 

Ryman Funeral

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Dean Kriner Funeral Home in Bloomsburg for 27 – year old Jason Ryman... originally from Danville... who spent the last five years in Philadelphia. He was a 2003 graduate of Danville High School and graduated in 2008 from Bloomsburg University. He died over the Labor Day weekend after fall overboard while boating on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. His body was recovered late last week.

 

Plymouth Shooting

One man is dead... and two are wounded during a shootout at a bar in Plymouth early Sunday morning. Police say 39 – year old Scott Luzetsky of Edwardsville died in the hail of bullets at Bonnie's Bar in the 100 block of East Main Street. Two other people... 24 – year old William Allabaugh and 29 – year old Stephen Hollman... both of Plymouth... were wounded and are being treated at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Allabaugh has been charged with homicide and attempted homicide. Police aren't saying what happened.... since the investigation is continuing.

 

Accident Folo

A Drums man remains in critical condition at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. 20 – year old Matthew Kaschak was tossed from his motorcycle last week when he struck the side of a car driven by a 78 – year old Sugarloaf woman. Lillian Curry was apparently pulling out of a private driveway on Route 309... north of Hazleton when the bike collided with her car.

 

Purchasing Director

Luzerne County will soon be looking for a new purchasing director. Current director Frank Pugliese has submitted his resignation... moving on as physical plant director and buildings – and – grounds supervisor for the Wyoming Area School District. Pugliese has been on the job since 2009.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

Junior placekicker Dan Fisher has had a fine career at Bloomsburg University, but he has never had a better game than he did Saturday in the Huskies home opener against Edinboro. Fisher kicked three field goals including one from 52 yards for a new school record. In addition, he was three for three in extra points and had a career best 65 yard punt in helping the Huskies to a 30-14 win. Bloomsburg , now 2-0 will face defending PSAC Champ Kutztown this Saturday at Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium. Kutztown beat the Huskies last season 52-14.

 

NFL Action

In NFL action yesterday afternoon, the Philadelphia Eagles opened their season with a 17-16 win over the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland. In Sunday night football... the Denver Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31 to 19.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies swept a double header from Colorado on Sunday. In the first game... Philadelphia got by the Rockies 3 to 2.... in the night cap... the Phils sweeping Colorado 7 to 4. The Phil's begin a home stand with the Miami Marlins Monday night. The pre – game show begins at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.

What's Happening Sunday September 9, 2012


The Loose Ties Model Railroad Club will have their display of trains open at the Columbia Mall this weekend. It's open today at noon.

 

The Liberty Nitro Nationals presented by Vreeland's Harley Davidson are happening at the Numidia Dragway this weekend.

 

The Bloomsburg University Players present “Jack and Jill...A Romance” this afternoon at 3:00 PM. Ticket price is $6.00, $4.00 for students or seniors...it's happening at the BU Theatre Lab.

 

The Espy Fire Hall will host gift card bingo today. Doors open at noon, and games begin at 1:00 PM. It's twenty games for twenty dollars. There will be a chinese auction, bake sale, 50/50, and food. For non-bingo players doors open at 4:00 PM. It's all to benefit Joseph “Buzz” Difebo, who is battling cancer.

 

The Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center in Benton is holding their first annual talent show today at 4:00 PM. Price is $5.00 per family, or $2.00 per person.

 

The Bloomsburg Ministerium will have an outdoor service tonight at Town Park at 6:00 PM to remember the events of the 2011 September Flood.

 

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HS Football

Three area high school football teams played their home openers Friday night. The Bulldogs of Berwick beat Pottsville 41-0 in the first meeting of the schools since 2004. Bloomsburg was at home to defeat Hughesville 41-14 in our game of the week. Southern Columbia beat Montgomery 55-3, Danville beat Loyalsock 20-6, and Central Columbia was at home to beat Montoursville 27-17.

 

Bloomsburg U Football

In college football Saturday, Bloomsburg University played their Home opener against Edinboro in the midst of rainy and gusty weather. The Huskies took the lead early and finished with a 30-14 win. You can listen to the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

What's Happening Saturday September 8, 2012


Today in Danville it's the Fall Arts and Crafts Festival on Mill Street. There will be free shuttle bus and parking.

 

The Columbia Mall is hosting a community day today, local non-profit organizations will be set up to provide information on the services they provide.

 

The Children's Museum invites your kids to Science Saturday, drop in for demonstrations and interactive experiments. The museum is located in Bloomsburg.

 

The Free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open as usual today. The church is located at the corner of East Pine and Market Streets in Danville.

 

The Loose Ties Model Railroad Club will have their display of trains open at the Columbia Mall this weekend. It's open today until 2:00 pm, and will re-open tomorrow at noon.

 

The Liberty Nitro Nationals presented by Vreeland's Harley Davidson are happening at the Numidia Dragway this weekend.

 

Camp Victory, located in Millville, is hosting an open house today from noon to 3:00 PM. There are lots of events for your family including face painting, swimming, paddle boating, and more.

 

Catawissa First United Methodist Church invites you to block party today from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The day includes free food, free games and prizes, and live entertainment.

 

Elysburg Alliance Church will offer a contemporary worship service tonight at 6:30 PM. The church is located on Alpha Ave in Elysburg.

 

The Bloomsburg University Players present “Jack and Jill...A Romance” tonight at 7:30 PM and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM. Ticket price is $6.00, $4.00 for students or seniors...it's happening at the BU Theatre Lab.

 

The Espy Fire Hall will host gift card bingo tomorrow. Doors open at noon, and games begin at 1:00 PM. It's twenty games for twenty dollars. There will be a chinese auction, bake sale, 50/50, and food. For non-bingo players doors open at 4:00 PM. It's all to benefit Joseph “Buzz” Difebo, who is battling cancer.

 

The Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center in Benton is holding their first annual talent show tomorrow at 4:00 PM. Price is $5.00 per family, or $2.00 per person.

 

The Bloomsburg Ministerium will have an outdoor service tomorrow at Town Park at 6:00 PM to remember the events of the 2011 September Flood.

 

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HS Football

Three area high school football teams played their home openers Friday night. The Bulldogs of Berwick beat Pottsville 41-0 in the first meeting of the schools since 2004. Bloomsburg was at home to defeat Hughesville 41-14 in our game of the week. Southern Columbia beat Montgomery 55-3, Danville beat Loyalsock 20-6, and Central Columbia was at home to beat Montoursville 27-17.

 

Saturday afternoon, Columbia Montour Vo Tech is at home against Nanticoke.

 

Bloomsburg U Football

In college football Saturday, Bloomsburg University played their Home opener against Edinboro in the midst of rainy and gusty weather. The Huskies took the lead early and finished with a 30-14 win. You can listen to the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Friday / September 7, 2012


United Way

The Bloomsburg – based United Way of Columbia County kicked off their annual fall fund raising effort Wednesday. A year ago... the organization raised just over $543,000 dollars despite massive flooding... a questionable economy and the closing of the R-R Donnelley Corporation. Executive Director John Thomas says the annual capital campaign partially or fully funds 15 non – profit agencies here in Columbia County.

 

Burn Victim

A Bloomsburg man has died of burns suffered at his Summit Avenue home last week. 82 – year old Laszlo Balla died early Thursday at the Lehigh Valley Medical Center after a propane tank caught fire in his workshop... allowing his clothing to catch fire. Mr. Balla was first rushed to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for initial treatment... then flown to Lehigh Valley's burn center.

 

Shamokin Fire

Still no word as to what started a three – alarm fire late Wednesday night which destroyed four empty apartment buildings in Shamokin... so investigators have listed it as undetermined. The building is at the corner of Sunbury and Shamokin Streets. The three alarm blaze began Wednesday night around 10 O'clock. Investigators spent Thursday sifting through the building.... filling evidence boxes for closer examination. The building has been empty since 2005... and there wasn't any electricity running into the building.

 

Spencer Case

State Police personnel spend about an hour on Thursday along Route 11 in Northumberland County... looking for evidence in the Frank Spencer murder case. They used metal detectors and sticks to comb the side of the road. The 46 – year old Spencer was murdered in June... just inside the doorway... at his home on Fairview Drive in Hemlock Township. Investigators refused to say what they were looking for.

 

Recycling

If you live in Bloomsburg.... and you have a lot of old and unwanted papers around the house... and you don't know what to do with them... the Town of Bloomsburg's recycling center is offering to... in their word's... “Shred it” on Saturday. Town Environmental Coordinator Charles Fritz says no one working the industrial strength shredder sees the materials before they're destroyed. “Shred It” day takes place Saturday at the Town's recycling center on Patterson Drive... off of Old Berwick Road.

 

Flood / Red Cross

It's not an easy task... heading into disaster area's... setting up shelters and trying to feed people. But that's what the American Red Cross does week in and week out. We all witnessed it a year ago when Tropical Storm Lee paid a visit to the Susquehanna Valley... and just two weeks ago when Hurricane Issac slammed the gulf coast. Rita Inklovich of the Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross says it takes money to run relief operations. Those relief efforts continue in the Gulf and the Midwest as the result of Isaac.

 

Plea Deal

A Wilkes – Barre man has made a plea deal in a murder case... sending him to prison for a maximum of 40 – years. The deal for 46 - year old Stanley Davis stems from the murder of Carlotta Springer – Howard in her Sterling Avenue home late last year. The pair were arguing... when Davis grabbed a shotgun and shot Springer – Howard in front of her 18 – year old son. The plea deal was reached with the approval of the dead woman's family.

 

Selenski Trial

It appears the September 10th trial of Hugo Selenski may be placed on hold. Selenski's lawyers telling the judge hearing the case... they would take a last minute, double jeopardy challenge to the state supreme court. Selinski is accused of murdering pharmacist Michael Kerkowski... and his girlfriend Tammy Fassett ten years ago... then burying their remains in his back yard.

 

Hazleton Area Accident

A 20 – year old Drums man is recovering from critical injuries suffered Thursday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with the side of a car... north of Hazleton. Authorities say the accident happened on Route 309... near Foothills Drive in Butler Township when Matthew Kaschak collided with the side of a car driven by 78 – year old Lillian Curry of Sugarloaf Township. Police say the woman was pulling out of a private driveway. The Curry woman was injured and taken to a Hazleton hospital for treatment.

 

Columbia County Recognized

Columbia County government was recognized Thursday as having achieved StormReady status. Bruce Budd... a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College made a presentation during the County Commission meeting Wednesday to the three commissioners and the Department of Public Safety. The StormReady program mandates county's to take a proactive approach to improving hazardous weather operations and public awareness.

 

Scam

State Police at Milton say a 78 – year old man... who lives in West Chillisquaque Township has become a victim of a scam... costing Ralph Guffey $7,000. Police say someone convinced Guffey to get money orders... then send them overseas. In return... the scammer said Guffey would receive a large amount of money. But... he never received anything. Police are remind folks... especially the elderly... to beware of scammers working the phones... and offering things that may be too good to be true.

 

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HS Football

Three area high school football teams played their home openers Friday night. The Bulldogs of Berwick beat Pottsville 41-0 in the first meeting of the schools since 2004. Bloomsburg was at home to defeat Hughesville 41-14 in our game of the week. Southern Columbia beat Montgomery 55-3, Danville beat Loyalsock 20-6, and Central Columbia was at home to beat Montoursville 27-17. Listen to all the details from the night's action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

Saturday afternoon, Columbia Montour Vo Tech is at home against Nanticoke.

 

Bloomsburg U Football

In college football Saturday, Bloomsburg University plays its home opener as the Huskies take on Edinboro in a 1 o'clock start. Coverage on the WHLM stations begin at 11 O'clock with The Husky Tailgate Show.

 

Other College Football

In college football from Wednesday night... the Cincinnati Bearcats defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers 34 to 10.

Thursday / September 6, 2012


Bloomsburg Fair

The Bloomsburg Fair Association Board of Directors say they'll be ready to open the gates to the 157th exposition later this month. And although the fairgrounds were under water a year ago.... volunteers have been a tremendous asset in cleaning up the place... something Association President Paul Reichart says helped the bottom line. This year's fair is being dedicated to the hundreds... if not thousands... of volunteers who spend their spare time getting the fairgrounds back in shape. The 157th exposition opens Saturday, September 22nd.

 

Scott Township

Keep an eye on the Susquehanna River. That word from Scott Township Secretary Eric Stahley when asked about lessons learned from last September's flooding. During a recent interview at the municipal building... Stahley says one has got to pay attention to upper Susquehanna watershed. Despite the township being inundated from the river's edge to the North Shore Railroad tracks... Stahley said the area has recovered... and with the help of the federal and state government... 23 homes will be included in a buyout designed to get home off the flood plain.

 

Flood Service

It's hard to believe... but a year ago this week... we were battling flood waters produced by Tropical Storm Lee. Now... the Bloomsburg Ministerium will remember the events of September 2011 during an outdoor service Sunday evening at the Town Park bandshell according to the Reverend Steve Engelhardt. The service gets underway Sunday evening at 6 O'clock.

 

Shamokin Fire

What caused that overnight fire in a vacant building in Shamokin.

That's what fire investigators will try and determine this morning.

The blaze was reported around 10 last night in a vacant building at the corner of Sunbury and Shamokin Streets... and before it was brought under control... it went to three alarms. Several Columbia County fire units were sent to the fire station in Kulpmont to stand by. The building... according to authorities... has been vacant the past seven years... and did not have electrical service.

 

Class Disrupted

Thursday should be pretty normal in the for students... faculty and staff at the Holy Family Academy at North Laurel and Fifth Streets in Hazleton. About 200 people were ordered out of the building on Wednesday... after leaking natural gas was discovered. A UGI crew came in and fixed the inactive gas main... but everyone was sent home for the day as a precaution.

 

Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate in Luzerne County is one of the highest in the state. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the seasonally unadjusted Luzerne County's jobless rate was 10.1% in July... up four - tenths of a percent from July of 2011. Columbia County's rate held steady at 8.2%. Meantime... the State Department of Labor and Industry says the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton metro area has been the highest among the state's urban regions since April of 2011.

 

Kiddie Porn Plea

A Luzerne County man is expected to spend the next eight to eleven years in prison. Investigators say 21 – year old Rafael Polonia of Hazleton used his computer to grab kiddie porn off the internet in January. Polona has has agreed to plead guilty... with sentencing at a future date.

 

ACF Plant

An Ohio – based company has been taking a look at the former ACF complex in Milton during the past few months. Published reports says investors would like to establish a factory to build propane tanks for the Marcellus Shale gas industry. Already... environmental tests on the property have been completed. If the plant comes back on line... up to a hundred new jobs would be created.

 

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BU Football

Ranked 19th in the nation, the Bloomsburg University football team plays its home opener Saturday afternoon against the Fighting Scots of Edinboro, a team that will be playing its opening game of the season. There will be free admission for all fans on Saturday on the Huskies' "One Town, One Team, Flood Recovery Recognition Day." You can hear the game starting with The Husky Tailgate show at 11 O'clock on News Radio 930, 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com.

 

NFL Football

The Dallas Cowboys dominated the New York Giants last night... as the NFL football season got underway. In the end.... the Cowboys defeated the Giants 24 to 17.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies concluded a three-game set against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday afternoon with a 6-2 victory. The Phil's have the day off. They'll now return home.. back at Citizens Bank Park for a weekend series with the Colorado Rockies starting Friday. We'll join that game in progress following high school football on the WHLM Stations.

Wednesday / September 5, 2012


Federal Flood Measure

Congressman Lou Barletta who represents Columbia County... is pushing a disaster loan bill through the house with a lower interest rate than what business people and flood victims could receive elsewhere. The proposal is Barletta's answer to the flood we suffered a year ago this week. During a recent appearance in Bloomsburg... Mr. Barletta says it's only right to have low, low interest rates on borrowing... citing the U-S government giving Pakistan $215 million in interest free loans with no payback required for flooding disasters in that country.

 

Kovach / Convention

Thousands of delegates are attending this week's Democratic Convention in Charlotte. They're ramping up to re-nominate President Obama for a second term... as well as his running mate... Vice – President Joe Biden. Democratic Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach is watching the activities from a distance... telling WHLM News... we ARE better off than what we were four years ago. Commissioner Kovach went on to say... Mr. Obama hasn't received much help from the Republicans now sitting in congress in order to get their nation back to prosperity.

 

Holiday Arrests

Six people died and just over 260 were injured in nearly 750 crashes investigated by Pennsylvania State Police over the long Labor Day weekend. PSP Commissioner Frank Noonan said of the total crashes... 88 were alcohol related... including one fatal crash. Meantime, troopers handed out 7,700 speeding citations... arrested for 440 people for driving under the influence.

 

Man Sought in Murder

Hazleton police say they're looking for someone to come forward in the weekend shooting death of a 34 – year old man. Erick Gwaltney was gunned down early Saturday morning at the corner of West Fourth and Alter Streets. Now... they're looking for a person of interest going by the name of “Richard” or “Ricardo.” Authorities say if you have information on the shooting call Hazleton Police or 911.

 

Trio Arrested

Two men and a woman are facing a host of drug charges... after police found them in an abandoned Hazleton church. The trio was found inside the former St. Paul's United Methodist Church on Green Street. They're also facing theft charges... since police believe they stealing copper pipes from the church.

 

Engler Services

Hundreds of police officers paid final respects to a Pennsylvania State trooper killed in an off – duty motorcycle accident west of Bloomsburg a week ago. Funeral services were held Tuesday in Ashley for 27 – year old Royce Engler of Dorrance Township. He died last week when he lost control of his motorcycle on the Route 42 on – ramp which leads to Rupert in Montour Township.

 

DEP Action

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection have been cited for burning a barn on Hilkert Road... in Montour County.... last month. Contractor Marvin Yoder of Milton and Doug Divan... who was considering purchasing the property... were cited for not notifying the DEP of the demolition... failure to check for asbestos and burning waste for disposal. Still to be determined... if the two men face fines for their actions.

 

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Berwick Football

When Pottsville takes on Berwick Friday night at Crispin Field, it will be the first meeting of the two schools since the 2004 playoffs. Both teams won their season openers last Friday. Kevin Keating is in his 24th season as head coach of the Crimson Tide of Pottsville. Pottsville at Berwick kicks off Friday at 7 O'clock. You can hear the game on Classic Rock 103.5. The coverage starts with The Coach Curry Show at 6.

 

NFL Wednesday

The NFL regular season kicks off tonight with the Dallas Cowboys playing at the New York Giants. Former Southern Columbia star Henry Hynoski will be the starting fullback for the defending Super Bowl champion Giants.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

A tough loss for the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. The Phil's were defeated by the Cincinnati Reds 2 to 1. The rubber match of their three game series is Wednesday afternoon. You can catch all the action on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Tuesday / September 4, 2012


Geisinger Bugs

Geisinger Medical Center in Danville says it had a problem with bed bugs.

Our media partner NewsWatch 16 says an exterminator was called in to take care of the issue. The infestation was confined to a small area of the hospital... and no patients were effected.

 

Millard / Floodwall

State Representative David Millard of Millville says despite being turned down by the feds for a floodwall on Bloomsburg's west side... he has come up with his own measure. House Bill 1916 would be a $50 – million bond issue... with $20 million earmarked for flood protection or buyouts. Millard said the money could also be earmarked for flood protection for Autoneum and Bernardi Foods who currently hold the key to an estimated 1,000 jobs.

 

Central Renovations

It's not an easy job trying to renovate a 50 year old school that has stood the test of time. And that's what the Central Columbia School District will do with their current high school in the 4700 block of Old Berwick Road. Central Superintendent Harry Mathias says final plans must be okayed by the State Department of Education... and permits from Scott Township and Columbia County. It was only a few weeks ago the Central Schoolboard... and that of Bloomsburg... turning down a consolidation proposal.... opting to renovate the sprawling school at an estimated cost of $28 – million.

 

I-80 Work

There will be some traffic trouble spots to contend with this week... if you use Interstate 80. PennDOT's Rick Mason says the right lane of I-80 eastbound from the Berwick / Lime Ridge interchange to Mifflinville... will be closed until 6 O'clock Tuesday night. It's designed to allow trucks working on the Susquehanna River bridge to have enough room for road paving work. Starting Wednesday... the right lane of I-80 westbound at Mifflinville will be closed for paving work to tie into the reconstructed bridge over Route 339. Traffic, in both instances, will be funneled down to one lane... and that could lead to a backup.

 

Hazleton Shooting

Hazleton police have no suspects in custody in the shooting death of a 34 – year old man early Saturday morning. Erick Gwaltney of the 600 block of Alter Street was found in the area of Fourth and Alter... after police received calls of shots fired. Detectives are at a standstill in their investigation as they search for a person of interest. Authorities say Gwaltney was shot in the shoulder... the chest and stomach... and was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Freeland Fire

Fire investigators say a Saturday morning blaze at a Freeland apartment building was deliberately set. The fire began when someone doused a “for sale” sign with an accelerant... attached to vinyl siding. There wasn't much damage to the building... and the folks who live there weren't forced out of their homes.

 

Luzerne Co Fair

The Luzerne County Fair kicks off Wednesday. This is the 50th annual edition... behind held at the fairgrounds in Lehman Township... near Dallas. Entertainment this year ranges from a top – pop band from the 50's and 60's to an Elvis impersonator. The fair runs thorough Sunday.

 

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BU Football

After opening the season with a 44 - 28 win over Stonehill College, the Bloomsburg University football team moved up 6 spots to 19th in the nation in the latest American Football Coaches Association Poll. Bloomsburg is one of four PSAC teams in the national poll. California is 10th; Kutztown is 11th, and IUP is 23rd. The Huskies play their home opener this Saturday against Edinboro at 1 o'clock. There will be free admission to the game. It will be part of the Huskies One Town, One Team, Flood Recovery Recognition Day.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Cincinnati Reds in the first game of a three-game set Monday by a final score of 4 - 2. It marked the first Major League win for rookie starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd. Jimmie Rollins came to Cloyd's aide when he hit a three-run home runn in the fifth inning and John Mayberry added to it by hitting a solohome runn in the sixth. The Phils and the Reds play again Tuesday evening. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:35 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Monday / September 3, 2012


Labor Day

It's Labor Day 2012... the last major holiday of the summer. However, in the Columbia – Montour County area... the days activities may be a bet tempered. The Weather Eye Weather Center is calling for clouds with a chance of showers. The high will top out around 79. More of the same overnight with a 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms. The low 68.

 

Activated Alarm

Berwick firemen were called out around 7 O'clock this morning for an activated fire alarm at Wise Foods on Rasley Street. No fire was found... and all the apparatus stayed in quarters.

 

Fire Folo

Fire investigators in Berwick say a blaze which extensively damaged a two story home in the 500 block of West Front Street is suspicious. Those investigators spent the weekend trying to determine the fire's exact cause.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

A tough Sunday for the Phil's as they lose to the Atlanta Braves. Jonathan Papelbon served up a three – run walk – off home run to Chipper Jones in the ninth inning. The Phil's remain on the road as they take on the Cincinnati Red in a three game series. Catch the pre – game show starting Monday afternoon at 12:35 on the WHLM Stations.... News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

 

 

What's Happening Labor Day September 3, 2012


All Home Days are happening this weekend in Elysburg. Today is the Chicken Barbeque. The weekend has plenty of other events including entertainment each night...a Run for Fun 5K, car shows and more. It's all happening in Elysburg Community Park.

 

Due to the Labor Day holiday the Bloomsburg Public Library is closed tonday. The wheelchair engineers train program at the Columbia Mall will be closed this week.

 

Wednesday marks the opening of the Bloomsburg Middle School Pool for morning lap swimming and water aerobics. Cost to use the pool is $2.00, and it will be open Monday, Wednesdays, and Friday mornings from 5:30 AM to 6:50 Am.

 

Thursday night is the Berwick Ice Cream and Cake Festival at the Jackson Mansion at 6:00 PM.

 

Alpha Sigma Alpha at Bloomsburg University is hosting a dunk tank fundraiser Thursday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on the Lycoming Hall Lawn on the BU Campus. The “Making A Splash” fundraiser benefits the S. June Smith Center to help children with developmental needs.

 

Next Friday is the annual Market Street Mile in Downtown Bloomsburg. Runners will start at the Town Fountain and make their way to Bloomsburg Town Park. After the mile race there will be ½ and ¼ mile races for your little kids in the park. It's hosted by the Bloomsburg University Track and Field team. To register go to the BU Huskies website online...link up under Our Partners at WHLM dot com.

 

And, mark your calendar for next Saturday. Camp Victory will host an open house from noon to 3:00 PM. There will be free events for your family like face painting, swimming, paddle boating, wall climbing, zip line, and more. You'll have the chance to see what the camp is all about and enjoy the day with your family. Camp Victory is in Millville.

What's Happening Sunday September 2, 2012


The Columbia Montour Aging Office is hosting their annual Pig Pickin' Corn Roastin' Good Time today at the Catawissa Boat Club from 11:30 to 4:00 PM. Tickets are fifteen dollars. It's a day of music, prizes, games, fun and beverages. All proceeds will be used for in-home services for the elderly of Columbia and Montour Counties.

 

All Home Days are happening this weekend in Elysburg. Today is basket bingo, and Monday is the Chicken Barbeque. The weekend has plenty of other events including entertainment each night...a Run for Fun 5K, car shows and more. It's all happening in Elysburg Community Park.

 

Due to the Labor Day holiday the Bloomsburg Public Library is closed Monday. The wheelchair engineers train program at the Columbia Mall will be closed this week.

 

Wednesday marks the opening of the Bloomsburg Middle School Pool for morning lap swimming and water aerobics. Cost to use the pool is $2.00, and it will be open Monday, Wednesdays, and Friday mornings from 5:30 AM to 6:50 Am.

 

Thursday night is the Berwick Ice Cream and Cake Festival at the Jackson Mansion at 6:00 PM.

 

Alpha Sigma Alpha at Bloomsburg University is hosting a dunk tank fundraiser Thursday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on the Lycoming Hall Lawn on the BU Campus. The “Making A Splash” fundraiser benefits the S. June Smith Center to help children with developmental needs.

 

Next Friday is the annual Market Street Mile in Downtown Bloomsburg. Runners will start at the Town Fountain and make their way to Bloomsburg Town Park. After the mile race there will be ½ and ¼ mile races for your little kids in the park. It's hosted by the Bloomsburg University Track and Field team. To register go to the BU Huskies website online...link up under Our Partners at WHLM dot com.

 

And, mark your calendar for next Saturday. Camp Victory will host an open house from noon to 3:00 PM. There will be free events for your family like face painting, swimming, paddle boating, wall climbing, zip line, and more. You'll have the chance to see what the camp is all about and enjoy the day with your family. Camp Victory is in Millville.

What's Happening Saturday September 1, 2012


The Columbia Montour Aging Office is hosting their annual Pig Pickin' Corn Roastin' Good Time Sunday at the Catawissa Boat Club from 11:30 to 4:00 PM. Tickets are fifteen dollars. It's a day of music, prizes, games, fun and beverages. All proceeds will be used for in-home services for the elderly of Columbia and Montour Counties.

 

All Home Days are happening this weekend in Elysburg. Today there's a breakfast, tomorrow is basket bingo, and Monday is the Chicken Barbeque. The weekend has plenty of other events including entertainment each night...a Run for Fun 5K, car shows and more. It's all happening in Elysburg Community Park.

 

Monica's Heart Greyhounds are in Bloomsburg today at Petco and Tractor Supply.

 

Due to the Labor Day holiday the Bloomsburg Public Library is closed Monday. The wheelchair engineers train program at the Columbia Mall will be closed this week.

 

Wednesday marks the opening of the Bloomsburg Middle School Pool for morning lap swimming and water aerobics. Cost to use the pool is $2.00, and it will be open Monday, Wednesdays, and Friday mornings from 5:30 AM to 6:50 Am.

 

Thursday night is the Berwick Ice Cream and Cake Festival at the Jackson Mansion at 6:00 PM.

 

Alpha Sigma Alpha at Bloomsburg University is hosting a dunk tank fundraiser Thursday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on the Lycoming Hall Lawn on the BU Campus. The “Making A Splash” fundraiser benefits the S. June Smith Center to help children with developmental needs.

 

Next Friday is the annual Market Street Mile in Downtown Bloomsburg. Runners will start at the Town Fountain and make their way to Bloomsburg Town Park. After the mile race there will be ½ and ¼ mile races for your little kids in the park. It's hosted by the Bloomsburg University Track and Field team. To register go to the BU Huskies website online...link up under Our Partners at WHLM dot com.

 

And, mark your calendar for next Saturday. Camp Victory will host an open house from noon to 3:00 PM. There will be free events for your family like face painting, swimming, paddle boating, wall climbing, zip line, and more. You'll have the chance to see what the camp is all about and enjoy the day with your family. Camp Victory is in Millville.

 

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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 defeated Pius the Tenth 61-0... and Columbia Montour Vo Tech was home against Sayre in a game you heard on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com  Sayre beat Columbia Montour Vo Tech 27-0

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