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Wednesday / October 31, 2012


PPL Storm Update

PPL crews have spent the day... in 40 – degree weather... trying to restore power to an estimated 1,000 customers still without power and in the dark. The utility's website says despite the outages, an estimated 2,292 subscribers have been restored. In neighboring Montour County 225 homes and businesses remain in the dark... with 218 customers having power restored since the storm began. Overall, 256,354 customers are out of power in the 29 county area serviced by the giant utility. Meantime, PPL has made arrangements with a number of stores in Columbia and Montour... and other counties to provide free ice and water to customers without electricity. Most Weis Markets... as well as Boyer's Markets in Berwick and Ashland are participating in the program. Also included are Sheetz convenience stores and Red Rock Corners on State Route 118 near Benton.

 

Berwick Schools

Despite having the past two days off due to Storm Sandy... it's back to business Wednesday for students and teachers at the Berwick Area School District. However, no one will be able to use the swimming pool for at least a week at the Berwick Middle School. That.... after part of the roof got caught with a gust of wind from the storm... so says Superintendent Wayne Brookhart. Superintendent Brookhart said he expects the damaged to be covered by the school's insurance policy... and hopes to have the roof repaired in the next week to ten days.

 

Hazleton Schools

The Hazleton Area Ninth Grade Center is having problems after the passing of Hurricane Sandy this week. Winds peeled a section of the roof off the building... exposing a dozen classrooms to rain water. That damaged ceilings... insulation... dry wall and wiring.

 

Governor Update

Governor Corbett will be on the road Wednesday. The governor plans to travel to the hardest hit area of the state... devastated by storm Sandy earlier in the week. Mr. Corbett says he want to get a first hand look at the damage caused in the Philadelphia area... as well as some of the surrounding counties.

 

Sandusky

After spending the last week at the state's Camp Hill diagnostic and classification center... Jerry Sandusky was transtered to the State Correctional Institution at Green... near Waynesburg. That's where the former assistant Penn State Football coach will serve his 30 to 60 sentence for his conviction of sexually abusing young boys. A spokesman for the state prison system says Sandusky will be in protective custody to assure his safety.

 

Hazleton Fires

Hazleton Firefighters had two fires to deal with at the height of Storm Sandy. Firemen were called to the 400 – block of Samuels Avenue late Monday night... where they found an electrical line on the ground... causing a yard and a porch to catch fire. About the same time... firemen responded to 510 Samuels when a garage caught fire. A surge of electricity is being blamed for overheating an electrical box... catching combustible material on fire.

 

Berwick Fire

A state police fire marshal will be called in to see what started a blaze in a vacant home in the 300 – hundred block of Vine Street in Berwick. Flames were spotted coming from the building at the height of Monday night's storm. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition that neighbors saw three people running from the structure moments before it was spotted. Neighbors also say the home had been vacant for the past eight years.

 

State Stores

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board said the 600 Wine and Spirit stores they operate should be up and running Wednesday. They were shut down at the start of the week as Sandy approached the state. Tuesday was spent assessing damage from the storm.

 

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HS Football

Bloomsburg and Central Columbia will renew their neighborhood high school football rivalry Friday night at Panther Stadium. Both teams will bring 7-2 records into the game. Friday night's Central Columbia at Bloomsburg game is our high school football game of the week. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6 O'clock with The Friday Football Commute.

 

BU Basketball

Preparing for the regular season, the Bloomsburg University men's basketball team plays two exhibition games against Division I opponents. On Thursday night... the Huskies play at Towson, and Sunday afternoon they play at Syracuse. You can hear both of those games on the WHLM Stations.

 

NBA Opener

On the opening night of the NBA season last night... it was the Miami Heat defeating the Boston Celtics 120 to 107.

Tuesday / October 30, 2012


 

PPL Update

PPL crews have been out... around the clock try to get power restored to customers who lost their juice when Sandy blew through our area. Tuesday afternoon robo calls were made to subscribers... such as one from PPL Bob Genesco... the VP of customer service... saying the utility company is working on the problems... mostly from downed trees. As of late Tuesday afternoon.. 25-hundred, 77 PPL subscribers were without power in Columbia County... as opposed to 361 in Montour County. The hardest hit area in the 28 County in the PPL service area was Leigh County with an 111 – thousand homes and businesses without power.

 

 

Berwick Schools

The wind and rain of Sandy left it's calling card on the Berwick Area School District. Overnight... gusts of wind caused a considerable amount of damage to the roof at the District's Middle School. Superintendent Wayne Brookhart said the wind apparently peeled back the roof over the school's swimming pool. Damage is estimated at $30,000 dollars... and is covered by insurance. Kids will be back in the classroom at the Berwick Middle School Wednesday.

 

Flood Wall

Congressman Lou Barletta says that an estimated $15 - million will headed to the Bloomsburg area for flood protection. The money earmarked for the design and the construction of flood walls around Autoneum and Windsor Foods. That is expected to save roughly a thousand jobs. Both businesses were heavily damaged during the Lee flood of September of 2011. Other money for the project will come from the state... as well as the two companies.

 

Governor's Update

State officials are assessing the mess left behind by Storm Sandy which blew into Pennsylvania overnight. During a Tuesday morning briefing... Governor Corbett says “we dodged a bullet..” but there is one major issue to contend with and that is restoring power to the nearly 400,000 utility customers in the dark. Meantime... despite the onslaught of Sandy... P-A's infrastructure held up well.... and with plenty of supplies at Ft. Indiantown Gap... the state is ready to lend a hand to New Jersey and New York State.

 

Columbia County

Columbia County Emergency dispatchers have been busy Monday night and Tuesday morning... taking care of issues that pop up... such as dispatching police officers or EMS. But, County Emergency Management Agency spokesman John Thomas says 9 – 1 – 1 is isn't the clearing house for non – emergency calls. Thomas said there are other numbers to call and can be found either in the phone book or utility bills.

 

State Stores

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board telling us the PA Wine & Spirits Stores statewide will be closed for a second day on Tuesday to assess the damage from Hurricane Sandy. The closure impacts more than 600 stores. Most PA Wine & Spirits stores will reopen on Wednesday.

 

Speeds

As Sandy rapidly becomes a fading memory... the PA Turnpike Commission and PennDOT have lifted speed limits imposed Monday on eastern and south central PA roadways. Due to the hazardous conditions associated with Sandy, many of the speed limits went as low as 45 mph on interstates. A slow crawl if you had to get anywhere fast.

 

Land Acquired

The state Bureau of Forestry has acquired a 343 – acre track of land in Mountain Top.... in Luzerne County... which it will preserve forever. The tract includes uplands and rare scrub oak barrens. The land was acquired for $480,000 and will connect to other Bureau property on Arbutus Peak and the Crystal Lake area.

 

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BU Football

As a result of last Saturday's loss to Shippensburg, the Bloomsburg University football team dropped from third to fourth in the Super Region One Rankings this week. Ahead of the Huskies are three unbeaten teams- Shippensburg, Winston - Salem State, and New Haven. If the Huskies can win their final two games of the regular season and hang onto that 4th spot, they would make it to the NCAA Playoffs and would be at home for the opening game. This Saturday the Huskies play West Chester in their final home game of the regular season. That game kicks off at 1 o'clock. Coverage on the whlm stations begins at 11 with The Husky Tailgate Show.

 

NFL

In the NFL Monday night... the San Francisco 49ers downed the Arizona Cardinals 24 to 3.

 

NBA

The NBA's regular season begins Tuesday night. The defending champion Miami Heat are at home against the Boston Celtics in the night's top match-up.

 

CLOSINGS CANCELLATIONS


Tuesday School Closings:

 

Benton Area Schools

 

Bloomsburg Area

 

Bloomsburg Christian

 

Berwick Area

 

Bloomsburg University – Liberal leave in effect

 

Central Columbia

 

Columbia County Christian School

 

Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech

 

Columbia Sullivan Head Start

 

Danville Area

 

Greenwood Friends

 

Millville Area

 

Southern Columbia

 

St. Columba

 

St. Matthew Pre – School

 

Sullivan County Schools

 

Wee Little Angles Pre – School

 

Bloomsburg YMCA Pre – School

 

Danville Child Development Center Closed

 

Other closures include:

 

Crestwood Area

 

Hazleton Area

 

Kings College

 

Lackawanna College

 

Luzerne County Community College

 

McCann Businesses

 

MMI Preparatory

 

Penn State Hazleton

 

Statement from the Columbia County Emergency Management Agency:

All Columbia County residents are advised to make sure you have all you need to sustain yourself and your family for at least 72 hours. This includes water (1 gallon per person per day), non-perishable food, and a manually operated can opener....flashlights and batteries.

 

Report power outages to PPL by calling 1-800-DIAL-PPL. Remember any non-working traffic signal is treated as a stop sign. If you do not need to, you are urged NOT to travel throughout the duration of the storm. Stay tuned to News Radio 930 WHLM for additional information as it becomes available.

 

www.columbiacountyema.org

 

Emergency shelter

An emergency shelter is open at the Columbia Montour Vo Tech school.  If needed call (570) 389 - 5729.

 

Other Closings and Cancellations:

 

Columbia Montour Area Agency on Aging and the Columbia Montour Senior Centers closed Tuesday – No Meals on Wheels

 

Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Free Clinic closed Tuesday.

 

Montour County Government offices closed Tuesday, Elections office will remain open for absentee ballots

 

Columbia County courthouse closed for business on Tuesday, absentee ballot period has been extended until close of business Friday

 

Columbia County Traveling Library bookmobile will not be on the road Tuesday

 

Bloomsburg Public Library closed

 

All first Columbia bank and trust locations will re-open at 11:00 AM Tuesday

 

Union National Bank of Mt. Carmel, Mt Carmel and Numidia offices, closed until Tuesday at 1:00 PM

 

K-Fab closed, will re-open Wednesday morning with day shift at 7:00 AM

 

David J Thompson Mailing Corporation Tuesday for all three shifts production will resume Wednesday at 6:00 AM.

 

Del Monte Pet Products closed for Tuesday's and 1st and 2nd shift, will start production with 3rd shift tonight.

 

Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society Closed Tuesday

 

Benton Halloween Parade Tuesday Canceled

 

Berwick YMCA Trick or Treat Trail postponed Wednesday 6 to 8 PM

 

Berwick trick or treat postponed to Wednesday and Thursday night

 

Lime Ridge Fire Company Halloween Parade canceled for Wednesday

 

Catawissa First United Methodist Church soup sale postponed to Thursday11/8

 

Bloomsburg Sportsplex will open at 12 Noon Tuesday

 

Berwick Retirement Village Safe Trick or Treat canceled

 

Espy Halloween parade Tuesday is postponed to Wednesday

 

Columbia Mall will Open at Noon

 

Curves in Bloomsburg Closed Tuesday

 

McBride Memorial Library Berwick Closed Tuesday

 

Monday / October 29, 2012


UPDATED 2:00 PM  (UPDATES IN RED)

 

Statement from the Columbia County Emergency Management Agency:

All Columbia County residents are advised to make sure you have all you need to sustain yourself and your family for at least 72 hours. This includes water (1 gallon per person per day), non-perishable food, and a manually operated can opener....flashlights and batteries.

 

Report power outages to PPL by calling 1-800-DIAL-PPL. Remember any non-working traffic signal is treated as a stop sign. If you do not need to, you are urged NOT to travel throughout the duration of the storm. Stay tuned to News Radio 930 WHLM for additional information as it becomes available.

 

www.columbiacountyema.org

 

Here are some of the school closings we have thus far

 

Benton Area

Bloomsburg Area

Bloom Christian

Berwick Area

Bloomsburg University – Closed Monday & Tuesday

Central Columbia

Columbia Co. Christian School

Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech

Columbia – Sullivan Head Start

Danville Area

Greenwood Friends

Magic Carpet Pre – School

Millville area

Southern Columbia

St. Columba

St. Matthew Pre School

The Bloomsburg YMCA pre – school canceled for Monday.

Sullivan County is closed today...

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Crestwood Area

Hazleton Area Schools

Kings College – Closed through Wednesday

Lackawanna College – Closed Monday & Tuesday

Luzerne County Community College Closed Monday & Tuesday

McCann Business

MMI Preparatory – Close today and tomorrow

Penn State Hazleton – Monday and Tuesday

 

Cancellations

 

** The Columbia Montour Area Agency on Aiging and the Columbia – Montour Senior Centers will be closed Monday and Tuesday... and there will be no Meals on Wheels.

 

** The Lime Ridge Fire Company has canceled their Halloween Parade scheduled for Wednesday, October 31st.

 

** Due to predictions of high wind and heavy rain... the Columbia County Traveling Library bookmobile will not be on the road Tuesday, October 30th. All stops scheduled for Tuesday are canceled.

 

** The Veterans Memorial meeting scheduled for Monday is canceled.

 

** The Tuesday meeting of Com – D at the Bloomsburg Town Hall canceled.

 

** Mother Cabrini Church in Shamokin has cancelled Bingo for Monday..

 

**Berwick Retirement Village Safe Trick or Treat Cancelled.

 

**Catawissa First United Methodist Church soup sale postponed to Thursday11/8

 

**Social Security office in Bloomsburg closed today

 

**Berwick Retirement Village Safe Trick or Treat canceled

 

**District 4 Swim and Dive Rules Interpretation postponed to Monday 11/5

 

** Espy Halloween parade Tuesday is postponed to Wednesday

 

**Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society Closed Tuesday

 

**Benton Halloween Parade Tuesday Canceled

 

**Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Free Clinic closed today & tomorrow

 

**Berwick YMCA Trick or Treat Trail postponed to Wednesday 6 to 8 pm

 

**Bloomsburg Veterinary Hopsital is closing at 3 PM today

 

**No classes for the Catherine Treon School of Dance in Danville Monday

 

**Bloomsburg YMCA afternoon and evening aerobics classes canceled Monday

 

**Bloomsburg Public Library closed today

 

**Bloomsburg Sportsplex closing at 3:00 PM

 

**K-Fab closing at 3:00 PM today, will re-open Wednesday morning with day shift at 7:00 AM

 

**Union National Bank of Mt. Carmel, mt carmel and numidia offices, closed until Tuesday at 1:00 PM

 

**Columbia Mall will close at 4:00 PM, Sears and Dunhams will remain open

Sunday / October 28, 2011


Preparing for Sandy

Columbia County Emergency Management officials are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Sandy as it slowly makes it's way inland and across Pennsylvania the next few days. Already a High Wind Warning and a Flood Watch is in effect. We'll be able to feel the affects of Sandy starting Monday.... lasting into Tuesday... and possibly Wednesday. Columbia County Commissioner Chris Young says the storm is nothing we can't deal with. However, Young says there will be some flash flooding along creeks... but the Susquehanna River should remain within it's banks. During a conference call Sunday with the National Weather Service in State College... meteorologists says we could expect a minimum of three inches of rain... more depending on how the slow moving storm exits the state. Winds of 25 to 35 miles an hour... with gusts to 60 will also be with us during the duration of Sandy's visit. That could lead to widespread power outages across the area. Stay with WHLM for the latest dealing with Hurricane Sandy as it targets Columbia and Montour Counties.

 

Cancelations

Along with the approaching Hurricane Sandy... we have cancellations to tell you about.

 

** Classes at Bloomsburg University are canceled Monday and Tuesday.

 

** The Lime Ridge Fire Company has canceled their Halloween Parade scheduled for Wednesday, October 31st.

 

** Due to predictions of high wind and heavy rain... the Columbia County Traveling Library bookmobile will not be on the road Tuesday, October 30th. All stops scheduled for Tuesday are canceled.

 

** The Veterans Memorial meeting scheduled for Monday is canceled.

 

** The Tuesday meeting of Com – D at the Bloomsburg Town Hall canceled.

 

What's Happening Sunday October 28th, 2012


The Bloomsburg Veterinary Hospital invites you to the third annual “Cause for Paws” fundraiser today from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. Bring your kids and pets for an afternoon of fun festive events.

 

The local historical and genealogical societies will host a genealogy fair from 2:00 to 5:00 PM today at the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg.

 

The Hetlerville United Methodist Church will hold their annual fall hymn sing tonight at 7:00 PM. Light refreshments will follow.

 

WHLM Sports

High School Football

Danville and Bloomsburg, two teams with a combined record of 13-3, renewed their rivalry at Panther Stadium Friday night in our high school football game of the week. The back-and-forth game saw Bloomsburg take the early lead and hold on to it for a 14-12 win.

 

Berwick / Coughlin

Berwick extended their winning streak to five in a row after beating Coughlin Friday night. The final was 34-7 Bulldogs.

 

Other HS Football

In other action, unbeaten Southern Columbia remains so with a 15-7 win against Central Columbia, and Columbia Montour Vo Tech fell to North Penn 42-0.

 

BU Football

It was a matchup of unbeaten teams Saturday afternoon as the Huskies of Bloomsburg University traveled to Shippensburg. Ship struck early to take a 14-0 lead in the first minutes of the game. The Huskies once again made an amazing rally down 35-7 at half to tie the game 42-42. But Shippensburg had one more touchdown to make with four seconds left making the final score 49-42 in favor of Shippensburg.

 

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

 

 

Saturday / October 26, 2012


Keeping an Eye on Sandy

Hurricane Sandy was upgraded Saturday just hours after forecasters said it had weakened to a tropical storm. It was in the Caribbean and is expected to pummel the eastern United States.... including Columbia and Montour Counties. Early Saturday evening, Sandy was 335 miles east southeast of Charleston, S.C.... 345 mile east of Cape Hatteras, N.C. The National Weather Service in State College has issued a flood watch for the region saying the a heavy surge of rain will arrive in our area late Monday into Tuesday. The flood watch will remain in effect from late Sunday night through Tuesday evening. Meteorologists says there will be widespread rainfall totals of 3 to 5 inches... with locally excessive rainfall over six inches. A high wind watch is in effect from Monday morning through Tuesday evening.

 

Corbett Declares Disaster Emergency

Governor Tom Corbett has declared a statewide disaster emergency to enable the state, county and municipal governments to respond effectively to Sandy's impact.

Not only could we get a lot of rain according to Corbett... the high elevations could experience snow. The proclamation authorizes state agency to use all available resources and personnel, as necessary, to cope with the magnitude and severity of the situation.

 

PEMA

The staff at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency has been monitoring conditions statewide in order to asses conditions and coordinating any response necessary. During a trip to Bloomsburg on Friday, PEMA Secretary Glenn Cannon said PEMA is working hand in hand with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington since Sandy is a multi – state emergency.

 

United Water

United Water is preparing for the worst but hoping for the best as Sandy churns north along the Atlantic Coast. United Water's Bob Manbeck says supervisors are holding daily conference calls. To avoid the problems experienced in September of 2011... United Water has installed a new 16 – inch diameter transmission main until the Rail Trail near their Irondale Road Plant. The move was necessitated when the former transmission line under the bed of Fishing Creek was washed out. In addition... the utility has a new superintendent managing the Bloomsburg operation... including Columbia, Luzerne and Wyoming Counties.

 

PPL

The Allentown – based electric company serving most of eastern Pennsylvania... including Columbia and Montour Counties... is asking customers to make preparations now to stay safe during the storm. PPL President Gregory Dudkin says the storm could cause widespread damage... resulting in power outages lasting several days. One of the utility's suggestions is to prepare a storm kid... and making a plan for the elderly and those families with small children in the event of an extended outage.

 

What's Happening Saturday October 27th, 2012


First Presbyterian Church in Bloomsburg continues their rummage and bake sale today at the church located at 4th and Market Streets.

 

Columbia Montour Vo Tech's annual Fall Craft Show is today...the school will be filled with crafters and food. The school is located in Bloomsburg just one mile north from the I-80 Route 11 Junction at the Lime Ridge Exit.

 

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

 

The Montour Delong Fairgrounds are hosting another all you can eat haddock fish dinner this afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. The meals will be served family style, and take outs will be available.

 

The Men of Wesley United Methodist Church are hosting their annual ham loaf dinner today from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. The dinner benefits the Gate House Transitional Care Center of Columbia and Montour Counties.

 

Elysburg Alliance Church is offering a contemporary worship service featuring current Christian Music and a meaningful message tonight at 6:30 PM.

 

Community Alliance Church will host Trunk or Treat tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The church is on Church Hill Road in Danville.

 

Tonight it's the annual 105th Catawissa Halloween Parade...the parade forms at 6:00 PM and moves at 7:30 PM. This year's theme is Jack-O-Lantern Jive, and there will be fireworks following the parade.

 

The Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic is hosting a sock-hop tonight at the Berwick Elks from 7:00 to 11:00 PM. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at the door.

 

The Bloomsburg Veterinary Hospital invites you to the third annual “Cause for Paws” fundraiser tomorrow from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. Bring your kids and pets for an afternoon of fun festive events.

 

The local historical and genealogical societies will host a genealogy fair from 2:00 to 5:00 PM tomorrow at the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg.

 

The Hetlerville United Methodist Church will hold their annual fall hymn sing tomorrow night at 7:00 PM. Light refreshments will follow.

 

WHLM Sports

High School Football

Danville and Bloomsburg, two teams with a combined record of 13-3, renewed their rivalry at Panther Stadium Friday night in our high school football game of the week. The back-and-forth game saw Bloomsburg take the early lead and hold on to it for a 14-12 win.

 

Berwick / Coughlin

Berwick extended their winning streak to five in a row after beating Coughlin Friday night. The final was 34-7 Bulldogs.

 

Other HS Football

In other action, unbeaten Southern Columbia remains so with a 15-7 win against Central Columbia, and Columbia Montour Vo Tech fell to North Penn 42-0.

 

BU Football

It was a matchup of unbeaten teams Saturday afternoon as the Huskies of Bloomsburg University traveled to Shippensburg. Ship struck early to take a 14-0 lead in the first minutes of the game. The Huskies once again made an amazing rally down 35-7 at half to tie the game 42-42. But Shippensburg had one more touchdown to make with four seconds left making the final score 49-42 in favor of Shippensburg.

 

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

 

 

World Series

Madison Bumgarner continued a brilliant stretch of starting pitching for the San Francisco Giants during Game 2 of the World Series Thursday night. He pitched seven shutout innings to defeat the Detroit Tigers 2 to nothing. Following an off day, the series shifts to Detroit for Saturday's Game 3

 

Friday / October 26, 2012


Hurricane Sandy

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is keeping a close eye on Hurricane Sandy as it makes it's way up the east coast. The National Hurricane Center says it could be on top of the state by Wednesday morning dumping anywhere between 4 and 7 inches of rain... which could cause problems for creeks and the river. Following a tour of Autoneum with Governor Corbett at midday Friday.... PEMA Secretary Glen Cannon his people know what to do. Right now... meteorologists still unsure if or when the storm will make landfall.

 

PPL Storm Preps

Allentown – based PPL Electric Utilities is preparing for potentially significant damage and power outages from Hurricane Sandy, poised to affect the region starting Sunday. The storm is now making it's way through the Bahamas... and should travel along the east coast the next few days... but forecasters don't know if... or where it will make landfall. Crews from PPL Electric Utilities' sister electric company in Kentucky will be in the area as early as Sunday night. In addition, contractors who normally assist PPL Electric Utilities with storm restoration have been notified to remain local so they can be called on if necessary.Danville Halloween Parade

Temperatures in the low 60's... somewhat of a breeze... and some cloud cover provided a spooktacular night for Danville's 52nd annual Halloween Parade. Floats... classic cars and tractors... including fire apparatus were in the line of march... led by the Danville High School Band. Next up in downtown Danville.... Pumpkin Palooza... all day Saturday along Mill Street.

 

Drug Forum

There is a drug problem in Berwick... as well as a growing gang problem. That word from Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach. So that's why he plans to hold a forum on the two subjects on Tuesday, November 13th at the Berwick High School. Kovach says any type of drug can wreck families in a heart beat. Kovach says speakers at the forum range from law enforcement personnel.... to Columbia County Judges. It begins at 6 PM at the Berwick High School and is open to the public.

 

Meth Arrests

Two Berwick residents are jailed... after they were arrested Thursday afternoon. Our media partner... NewsWatch 16 says 21 – year old Heather Sullivan and 17 – year old James Hughes were spotted allegedly trying to purchase the ingredients to make meth... all the time they were being watched. Cops eventually pulling over the pair in their SUV in the 500 block of Summerhill Avenue discovering the rolling meth lab.

 

Car Thefts

Don't leave your car unlocked.... or they could become the target of thieves. That word from Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski after a rash of car break – in's a week ago. Chief Sokoloski says the thieves were targeting loose change. Chief Sokoloski says the cars were parked in the area of 5th, 9th and the Railroad Streets.... and for the most part... were unlocked.

 

Hazleton Drug Bust

Two men are in the Luzerne County Prison... and more could be arrested after Hazleton Police made one of the largest heroin busts in a while. Police say Joshua Jimenez of Hazleton... and a New York man... Vencil Nunez... were busted this week. Cops seizing about $8,000 of heroin.... in addition to other drugs... a weapon and some cash.

 

Identity Theft

A Watsontown woman is now accused of forty counts of theft and forgery... in all amounting to $42,000 in credit card debt. Police say 30 – year old Emily Fitzgerald allegedly stole the identity of her parents... opening nine credit card accounts. She has now waived her right to a preliminary hearing... and is due in Northumberland County Court in December.

 

Drinking Bill

A bill pushed by a State Senator from Bellefonte.... raises maximum fines for alcohol offenses. It awaits the governor's signature and could generate an estimated $6 - million in new annual revenue spread across Pennsylvania municipalities. The legislation winning final approval would increase the maximum fines to $1,000 for underage drinking and public drunkenness. Currently, maximum fines are $300 for public drunkenness and first-time underage drinking citations. Repeat underage offenders are subject to $500 fines.

 

WHLM Sports

High School Football

Danville and Bloomsburg, two teams with a combined record of 13-3, renewed their rivalry at Panther Stadium Friday night in our high school football game of the week. The back-and-forth game saw Bloomsburg take the early lead and hold on to it for a 14-12 win.

 

Berwick / Coughlin

Berwick extended their winning streak to five in a row after beating Coughlin Friday night. The final was 34-7 Bulldogs.

 

Other HS Football

In other action, unbeaten Southern Columbia remains so with a 15-7 win against Central Columbia, and Columbia Montour Vo Tech fell to North Penn 42-0.

 

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

 

 

BU Football

It will be a match-up of unbeaten college football teams when Bloomsburg University plays at Shippensburg Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 12:30 with The Husky Countdown Show.

 

World Series

Madison Bumgarner continued a brilliant stretch of starting pitching for the San Francisco Giants during Game 2 of the World Series Thursday night. He pitched seven shutout innings to defeat the Detroit Tigers 2 to nothing. Following an off day, the series shifts to Detroit for Saturday's Game 3

 

NFL

In the NFL Thursday night.... the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Minnesota Vikings 36 to 17.

Thursday / October 25, 2012


Beaver Township Fire

As a State Police fire marshal is trying to figure out what sparked a blaze in a Scotch Valley Drive mobile home.... a 59 – year old Beaver Township man is trying to get his life together. Bill Guise had not been staying at his home for several weeks since a hospital stay... but was called Wednesday morning with someone telling him his house was on fire. Although Mr. Guise lost his home... his two dogs are safe... saved by firemen. The trailer and it's contents were destroyed... and for now... Mr. Guise is staying with family members.

 

Berwick Robbery

Two people are in custody... charged with robbing an insurance agency at gunpoint Wednesday morning. 38 – year old Clayton Kelley of Monroe Street and 19 – year old Nathan Young of Pine Street were arrested and are facing a long list of charges. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition that the pair allegedly walked into the Kocher Insurance Agency... brandished a handgun... but they left empty handed and fled the area on bicycles. No was was hurt in the stick – up.

 

Berwick Meth Lab

Meantime the arrest of Kelley led police to an allegedly inactive meth lab at his home in the 400 block of Monroe Street in Berwick. While searching the home for a weapon used in the robbery... police stumbled upon the lab. The Press – Enterprise is reporting Kelley is also facing drug charges... as well as his girlfriend... Amie Traugh.

 

Mobile Meth Lab Bust

A Berwick woman remains in the Columbia County Prison after she was arrested late Tuesday night on a variety of drug charges in Montour Township. Police Chief Terry Eckart said 40 – year old Christine Morgan was discovered actively cooking meth next to a pond.. in her car... on Dussen Drive. She was arrested... and faces misdemeanor and felony charges. Morgan had a video arraignment Wednesday morning... with District Judge Richard Knecht setting bail at $100,000.

 

Rush Township Fatal

A Hazleton man is dead following a one car crash on Route 54 in Rush Township on Wednesday. The incident taking place between the Hometown Nursing and Rehab Center and Lake Hauto. Dead is 40 – year old Harry Labenburg the Third. Police say... that for some unknown reason... Labenburg's pick up truck left the road and struck a tree. An autopsy is expected to be preformed.

 

Sex Charges Alleged

A 46 – year old Wright Township man has been arraigned before a district judge... charged with allegedly sexually abusing two young girls for years. David Zarn of Yorktown Road is facing a long list of charges after the two girls involved... both under 17... went to police. He is a surveillance manager at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.... and has been suspended from his job. Zarn was freed after post $50,000 bail.

 

Hazleton Fire

Hazleton firemen squelched a blaze in short order at a home in the 5-hundred block of Carson Street Wednesday afternoon. The fire was contained to a bathroom wall at 586 Carson. Chief Donald Leshko says the fire began when heat from a plumbing repair job spread and caught the wall on fire.

 

Purge

More than 100,000 Pennsylvania households booted from Medicaid amid a state effort to purge the program of waste will get a chance to have their medical benefits reinstated. Lawyers have reached a settlement with the Department of Public Welfare to resolve claims that eligible families were improperly purged from the health insurance program for the poor and disabled. Households will be able to submit a one-page form asking for reinstatement. Eligible families will be reimbursed for any out-of-pocket medical expenses they incurred while they were removed from the program.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Football

It will be a battle of unbeaten college football teams Saturday when Bloomsburg University plays at Shippensburg this weekend. Bloomsburg at Shippensburg kicks off Saturday at 1 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 12:30 with The Husky Countdown Show.

 

Soccer Playoffs

In the first round of the District 4 Class A girls' soccer playoffs Wednesday.... Millville got by Hughesville 4 to 3... Benton over Sayre 5 to 3... and Southern defeats Muncy 2 to 1.

 

MLB World Series

In the first game of the World Series last night the San Francisco Giants took the opener as Pablo Sandoval belted three home runs in an 8-3 rout of the visiting Detroit Tigers. Game two is tonight.

 

NFL

In the NFL Thursday night, Tampa Bay plays the Vikings in Minnesota.

Wednesday / October 24, 2012


 

Beaver Township Fire

A fire destroyed a mobile home in the 100 block of Scotch Valley Drive in Beaver Township Wednesday morning. Incident commander Ralph DeFrain of the Main Township Fire Company said the blaze had a pretty good start. Bill Geist has rented the home for the past 21 years... and he wasn't there when the fire broke out. A state police fire marshal is expected to be on the scene... trying to figure out what started this morning's fire in Beaver Township.

 

Meth Lab Bust

A woman remains in the Columbia County Prison after she was arrested last night on a variety of drug charges in Montour Township. Police Chief Terry Eckert said Christina Morgan was discovered actively cooking meth adjacent to a pond on Dussen Drive late last night. She was arrested... and faces misdemeanor and felony charges. Morgan had a video arraignment Wednesday morning... with judge Richard Knecht with an unspecified bond set.

 

Berwick Robbery

Police in Berwick are investigating the armed robbery of an insurance agency which went down around 10:30 Wednesday morning. There are reports that say two men... wearing hoodies... strolled into the Kocher Insurance Agency at 120 E. 3rd Street and held up the place. One of the men was carrying a handgun. Both fleeing on foot... then making their get away on bicycles. No one was hurt... and at last report... Berwick police were combing the streets attempting to find the pair.

 

Cleveland Township Fire

A state police fire marshal is expected to be called in to determine what started a blaze that destroyed a Cleveland Township homestead Tuesday afternoon. Right now... it appears the blaze which destroyed the farm house of Gary Welkom on Roosevelt Road started in an enclosed kitchen. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... the fire was spotted by a neighbor who called for help. The home was vacant... and was undergoing remodeling.

 

Absentee Ballots

If you're not going to be in town election day... time is running out to apply for an absentee ballot. That word from Columbia County Chief Voter Registrar Matt Repasky. He says you can either call or stop in at his office in the Courthouse Annex... and even apply online by October 30th. Repasky says the voter must have the absentee ballot back in his office by the close of business November 2nd to be counted in the November 6th general election.

 

Debate No - Show

What happens if you have a debate for the two congressional candidates in the 11th district... and only one candidate shows up. That was the case Tuesday night in Danville when Congressman Lou Barletta was a “no show” for a debate with Democratic opponent Gene Stilp. The Press – Enterprise reporting in Wednesday's edition... Barletta having a speaking engagement in another part of the sprawling district... leaving his chief spokesman Shawn Kelley to take on Stilp about the issues of the day.

 

Chamber Showcase

Support local businesses. That's the theme of Wednesday's 2012 Showcase Business Expo being held near Berwick... presented by the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce. Chamber president Fred Gaffney says the organization's primary mission is to promote and support members. The Showcase Business Expo begins at 2 O'clock... and runs through the early evening at the Rolling Pines Golf Course south of Berwick.

 

Vial of Life

For those over sixty... having a list of current medications is important... especially if you have a medical crisis. Now... there's a program being promoted by the Geisinger Medical Center called “Vial of Life.” It's been around for some time... but it's just starting to get traction in the Susquehanna Valley. GHS Pharmacist Angela Cindric says the vial will store you medication list so it can be grabbed quickly by first responders. Ms. Cindric and other pharmacists presented a program Tuesday at the Bloomsburg YMCA introducing folks to the concept during the celebration of national pharmacists week.

 

Hazleton Water

The Hazleton City Authority... the folks who provide water to 15,000 subscribers in the city... a businesses in Luzerne, Carbon and Schuylkill Counties has received a $6.5 - million grant from the state agency known as Pennvest. The money to be used to improving water service... such as water flow to fire hydrants on the city's northeast side. No word yet when the city will get the money... or how soon the improvements will get underway.

 

Accident

A Freeland woman is recovering from injuries sustained earlier this week... where her car slammed into the rear of a parked tractor – trailer. Investigators don't know why 23 – year old Samantha Gonzalez ran her car into the rear of the parked 18 – wheeler along State Route 940 in Hazle Township. Gonzalez was flown to a regional trauma center for treatment of head injuries.

 

Ray Musto

Former State Senator Raphael Musto may never see the inside of a courtroom. Citing the opinion of medical experts... Musto's attorney has asked a federal judge to dismiss the corruption charges against him... or place his trial on hold. The 84 – year old Wyoming Valley Democrat's llegal troubles began back in late 2010 when he was initially charged with fraud and bribery. His trial has been postponed in the past.... citing non – alcohol – related liver cirrhosis.

 

Jerry Sandusky Moved

Jerry Sandusky is now in the state prison system. He was taken from the Centre County Jail to the state correctional institute at Camp Hill on Monday. It will take another week before the former Penn State Assistant football coach is evaluated and sent to a prison where he'll serve his 30 to 60 year term for his conviction of molesting ten young boys over a fifteen year period of time. No word on where Sandusky will end up.. but there is a belief he may become an inmate at the state's Laurel Highland's prison... one designed for the elderly male inmate population... and close to his State College home.

 

Northumberland Commission

The Northumberland County Commission has brought the hammer down on the use of the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area. The commission voting two to nothing on Tuesday to ban people from entering the 65 – hundred acres of county owned land. Commissioners saying it all comes down to the possibility of a lawsuit. However under the ban.... hunting is permitted... but all other uses are banned... such as using off – road vehicles and ATV's.

 

WHLM Sports

Danville HS

The defensive unit for the Danville High School football team has helped the Ironmen to a 7-1 record this season. This Friday at Bloomsburg, that defense will be challenged by the passing attack led by Panther quarterback Ricky Klingerman. Danville coach Jim Keiser telling our Jim Doyle he has a lot of respect for Klingerman. Danville at Bloomsburg is our High School Football game of the week. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6 with The Friday Football Commute.

 

HS Golf

It was the final day of the Class AA state high school golf championships at Heritage Hills in York on Tuesday. Robbie Seebold of Danville finished 11th in the state. His Danville teammate, Austin Renz, finished tied for 17th. Central Columbia's Derek Duttrey finished 20th, and his Central Columbia teammate, C.J. Hollister finished 30th in the state.

 

BU Field Hockey

In women's field hockey Tuesday Bloomsburg University lost to Millersville 2-0 in the PSAC quarterfinals. Bloomsburg now awaits the NCAA Selection Show next Monday to see if it rates in the top 3 in the South Region to make the NCAA Playoffs.

 

MLB

In major League baseball... it's game one of the World Series Wednesday night. The Detroit Tigers play the Giants in San Francisco.

Tuesday / October 23, 2012


New Jobs

50 new jobs are headed to K-Fab in Berwick. That word coming from the state and local officials. K-Fab will expand its operations to support growth in the Marcellus shale field. The company will also invest an estimated $2.4 million in renovations... infrastructure improvement... new equipment and employee training. The expansion was possible due to state tax credits... grants... and loans. When the fifty additional employees are hired... K-Fab will have an estimated 300 people on their payroll.

 

Bloomsburg Budget

Bloomsburg Town Council got their first look Monday night at the proposed budget for 2013. And... if everything was approved... it would contain a million dollar deficit since department heads have included items... such as new cars and personnel... as well as new capital expenditures. But, Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr says what was unveiled Monday night... is far from what the final spending plan will look like. Council's next budget session is scheduled for the second week in November.

 

FEMA Exercise

FEMA says it will conduct an emergency drill at PPL's Susquehanna nuclear plant in Salem Township sometime this week. The purpose... trying to gauge the state's ability to respond to an emergency at the plant along Route 11. Also being assessed... is local emergency response capabilities within ten miles of the plant. Preliminary findings will be unveiled Friday at midday... with a final report due out early next year.

 

Window Painting

All up and down Main Street in Bloomsburg... you've probably noticed the transformation of the windows of most businesses. Downtown Bloomsburg Manager Adrienne Mael says it's all part of a window painting contest involving middle and high school students from area school districts. 45 businesses are taking part in the event... with 51 of their windows getting a make over. The windows will eventually be judged by three members of Bloomsburg Town Council.

 

Traffic Signals

There will be some changes starting Tuesday at the intersection of Route 42 and Perry Avenue in Hemlock Township near Bloomsburg. After several months of work... the new traffic lights will be placed on “flash”. PennDOT spokesman Rick Mason says they'll remain that way for the next week... then starting next Tuesday... they'll be fully activated. The new signals... along with adding a turning lanes... should make the area safer to drive.

 

Arrest

A Luzerne County man now faces felony charges after he allegedly shot at a Pennsylvania State Trooper earlier this year. 28 – year old William Gornosky of Nanticoke is accused of taking a couple of shots at a state trooper during a high speed pursuit in Plymouth Township. He was eventually arrested on robbery and burglary charges... and since that time he's been held in the Luzerne County jail on $100,000 bail.

 

Hazleton Cops

Trying to make ends meet... that's what Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea was doing over the weekend while out patrolling the streets due to a shortage of officers. That's when he became involved in a high speed chase... eventually taking out the 20 – year old woman who was high on drugs and booze. The woman was not injured and taken to jail. DeAndrea's patrol time doesn't cost the city... since he is a salaried employee and not an hourly worker.

 

Chainsaw Attack

A weekend attack by a man with a chainsaw has a 76 year old man behind bars in Northumberland County. Police say the attack took place in Delaware Township... near Turbotville... when 59 – year old Ronald Tanner locked out Guy Black from the home they share. Black... not a bit happy... grabbed a chainsaw and started swinging it towards Tanner... nipping Tanner in the process. Police were called in... and they hustled Black to a near by magistrate... who ordered the man to prison on $100,000 bail.

 

Gas Prices

The price of gas continues to fall across all of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The latest Triple - A Fuel Gauge survey shows that self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.76 a gallon... down a penny from the weekend. It's also down ten cents from a week ago. The price is expected it's downward trend thank to refineries changing over to their less expensive winter blend.... as well as pipeline distribution problems resolved.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Football

When the Bloomsburg University football team plays at Shippensburg Saturday in a battle of unbeaten teams, the game will not only decide the PSAC East title, but it will have playoff implications as well. The first rankings of the Super Region One were released Monday. Shippensburg is first in the region and Bloomsburg is 3rd. The top 6 teams in those rankings at the end of the regular season will make it to the NCAA playoffs.

 

HS Golf

Four area high school golfers will be competing for medals when the Boys Class AA state championships conclude Tuesday at Heritage Hills in York. Medals go to the top ten finishers. In yesterday's first round, Danville's Robbie Seebold shot a 78 and is tied for 9th. C.J. Hollister of Central Columbia and Austin Renz of Danville both shot 79's and are tied for 15th. Central's Derek Duttrey shot an 82 and is tied for 21st.

 

NFL

In the NFL... in Monday Night Football... the Chicago Bears defeated the Detroit Lions 13 to 7.

 

MLB

The San Francisco Giants finally won their first winner-take-all Game 7 to capture the National League pennant and advance to the 108th edition of the World Series. The convincing 9-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals completed another series comeback and sealed the Giants' second trip to the Fall Classic in three years. They'll face the AL champion Detroit Tigers in San Fran Wednesday night in the best of seven series.

Monday / October 22, 2012


PPL Nuclear Plant

Operators at the PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Salem Township are doing some preventative maintenance work and have shut down the Unit 1 reactor over the weekend in order to inspect turbine blades. A plant spokesman says the inspection will help confirm data that is expected to result in a long – term solution to blade cracking that was first discovered last year. Depending on what they find...will be the determining factor on whether or not shut down Unit 2 for an inspection at a later day. No word on how long the inspection of Unit 1 will take.

 

PPL / NRC

The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is bringing the hammer down on PPL... and their operation of their Steam Electric station in Salem Township... north of Berwick. The NRC's Paul Krohn says it about the way the company deals with on – site problems... as well as the quality of the procedures to fix them. Krohn says there is no doubt the 30 – year old plant is safe... but it boils down to paperwork. Meantime... plant management say they're aware of the problems... and continue to undergo a cultural change with workers.

 

Garrison School Sold

A spirited round of bidding Saturday morning for the former Garrison Elementary School in Shickshinny. The Northwest Area School board closed the school for good back in 2009... and since that time the board wanted it off its inventory... and back on the tax rolls. The eventual winning bid amounting to $51,500 came from Helina Shultz of Columbia County who told reporters plan were to keep it in Shickshinny. The building was opened back in 1936... and served the district well until the current high school was opened in 1957, whatever the case... Northwest Superintendent Ronald Gervera says the district is happy with the selling price. No word what the final use for the school will be.

 

I-80 Work

Work on the new river bridge which spans the Susquehanna will have traffic slowed.. and possibly stopped in the westbound lane of Interstate 80 the next few days. PennDOT's Rick Mason says the contractor will close the westbound right lane between the Mifflinville and Berwick exits during the daylight hours. Mason says the parapet on the old westbound bridge is being removed and there is the possibility of flying debris. The project should be wrapped up Wednesday afternoon.

 

Luzerne Co. Budget

Luzerne County Manager Robert Lawton has delivered his proposed budget to the County Commission. The proposal calls for a spending plan of an estimated $122 – million in 2013... the same as the 2012 budget. There will be no tax increases... but the proposal calls for the elimination of up to 61 jobs. However, 41 of those job positions are vacant... meaning a net of 21 county workers will be told they're no longer needed. The commission must okay some sort of a budget by the end of the year.

 

Freeland Robbery

Authorities are investigating the weekend robbery of a CVS drugstore on Centre Street in Freeland. State police say a man walked into the store... handed the cashier a note. What's not being released is if the unarmed man got away with anything. No one was threathened or hurt.

 

September Unemployment

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate for September inched upward ever so slightly... only a tenth of a percent over August... landing at 8.2%. Despite the upward trend... the state's overall labor force was 130,000 above the September 2011 level. A state Labor and Industries spokesperson said the increase was partially due to people who were marginally holding on to jobs... discouraged workers and those re-entering the labor force.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Football

The stage is set for the Bloomsburg University football team's biggest game of the season. On Saturday, the Huskies beat Cheyney 27-13 to remain unbeaten. Shippensburg rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat West Chester 42-24 keeping the Red Raiders unbeaten. This Saturday Bloomsburg plays at Shippensburg with the PSAC East title on the line.

 

High School Golf

Four area high school golfers will be competing in the state championships which begin this morning at Heritage Hills in York. Representing our area will be Austin Renz and Robbie Seebold of Danville and Derek Duttrey... as well as C.J. Hollister of Central Columbia.

 

NFL

In the NFL Sunday... The New York Giants defeated the Washington Redskins 27 to 23. In overtime, the New England Patriots squeezed by the New York Jets 29 to 26. In the Sunday night game.... the Pittsburgh Steelers are for real as they downed the Cincinnati Bengals 24 to 17.

 

Baseball

The San Francisco Giants cruised to a 6 to 1 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series last night. Game seven is tonight... and the winner heads to the World Series to take on the Detroit Tigers.

What's Happening Sunday October 21, 2012


The Potts Grove Fire Company will serve up their monthly all you can eat breakfast buffet and brunch today from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

 

The Orangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center is hosting their fall bazaar today from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

 

Sound of Gospel Church in Selinsgrove will host the Gloryway Quartet at 10:30 AM this morning.

 

The 2012 Crop Walk is today from 1:00 to 3:00 PM in Bloomsburg.

 

The Friends of the Bloomsburg University Library Association invite you to join them for a photo-essay project at 2:00 PM this afternoon. Parking is free, and light refreshments will be available.

 

WHLM Sports

 

HS Football

Central Columbia and Lewisburg... contenders for both conference and District championships... both brought 6-1 records into our high school game of the week Friday night at Central. The game was delayed in the third quarter due to lighting across much of the area. The game eventually resumed and fiished in a 16-15 Central victory.

 

Berwick Bulldogs

The Bulldogs of Berwick extended their winning streak to five Friday night with a 23-20 win over Pittston.

 

Important Games

In other games tonight, Bloomsburg beat Mifflinburg 39-22, Danville's shut out Shikellamy 24-0, and Southern Columbia held off Shamokin at home 45-6.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday, Bloomsburg University stayed unbeaten with a surprisingly hard-fought 27-13 win at Cheyney's Homecoming. You can hear the detail's from the game with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

What's Happening Saturday October 20, 2012


Grandview Health Home on Woodbine Lane in Danville is hosting their fall festival today from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. They'll have food, bingo, Chinese auction, and a bake sale. Proceeds benefit the resident activity fund.

 

Millville Health Center also has their fall festival scheduled for today from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. They have free blue-grass entertainment, food, crafts, antiques, animals, raffles and more.

 

The Free Saturday Trains program is open today at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville...the church is now offering a free diaper bank.

 

The Columbia County Traveling Library book sale continues today from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. It's at their new location on Sawmill Road off of Route 487 in Scott Township.

 

The Children's Museum in Bloomsburg invites your kids to Haunted Museum Day today. They have a scavenger hunt planned along with crafts, spooky science experiments, and games. Your kids will get a dollar off of admission for wearing a costume.

 

Bloomsburg University will host the Tournament of Bands Chapter 4 Greater Susquehanna Valley Regional Championship at Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium this evening. Competition starts at 5:30 PM.

 

Strawberry Ridge Trinity United Church of Christ is serving up an all you can eat homestyle chicken and waffles dinner today from 1:00 to 6:00 PM.

 

The American Ukranian Citizen's Club in Berwick is hosting a spaghetti and meatball dinner tonight from 4:00 to 7:00...the club is on Freas Ave in Berwick.

 

The Indian Artifact Collector's Association of the Northeast invite you to their show today at the Nescopeck Fire Hall from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM today.

 

The Berwick Historical Society is hosting their 2nd annual cemetery tour from 5:00 to 8:30 PM tonight. Take a guided tour of some off Berwick's past prominent citizens. Rain date is tomorrow.

 

The Celebrity Artist Series at Bloomsburg University presents the Koresh Dance Company tonight at 8:00 PM in Mitrani Hall.

 

Tomorrow the Potts Grove Fire Company will serve up their monthly all you can eat breakfast buffet and brunch from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

 

The Orangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center is hosting their fall bazaar tomorrow from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

 

Sound of Gospel Church in Selinsgrove will host the Gloryway Quartet at 10:30 AM tomorrow.

 

The 2012 Crop Walk is tomorrow from 1:00 to 3:00 PM in Bloomsburg.

 

The Friends of the Bloomsburg University Library Association invite you to join them for a photo-essay project at 2:00 PM tomorrow afternoon. Parking is free, and light refreshments will be available.

 

WHLM Sports

 

HS Football

Central Columbia and Lewisburg... contenders for both conference and District championships... both brought 6-1 records into our high school game of the week Friday night at Central. The game was delayed in the third quarter due to lighting across much of the area. The game eventually resumed and fiished in a 16-15 Central victory.

 

Berwick Bulldogs

The Bulldogs of Berwick extended their winning streak to five Friday night with a 23-20 win over Pittston.

 

Important Games

In other games tonight, Bloomsburg beat Mifflinburg 39-22, Danville's shut out Shikellamy 24-0, and Southern Columbia held off Shamokin at home 45-6.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday, Bloomsburg University stayed unbeaten with a surprisingly hard-fought 27-13 win at Cheyney's Homecoming. You can hear the detail's from the game with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

Friday / October 19, 2012


 

Cars Burglarized

Bloomsburg Police are out with a warning headed into the weekend.... lock your cars.

Police Chief Leo Sokoloski telling us that a dozen vehicles in the area of 5th... West 9th and Railroad Street were entered late night Wednesday through early Friday morning.

The Chief didn't say what, or if anything was taken.... but in the past burglars have gone through cars looking for loose change... cell phones.... and GPS units.

If you have information about the break-in's... or if you've been a victim... call Bloomsburg Police.

 

Garrison School

The former Garrison Memorial Elementary School in Shickshinny goes on the auction block Saturday morning. The Northwest Area School district is selling the 22,000 square foot building on Vine Street now that the building is no longer needed. The district hopes to raise a minimum of $5,000 from the sale.

 

Games of Chance

Legislation to further update the rules and regulations governing small games of chance in PA was okayed this week by the General Assembly. Republican State Representative Doyle Heffley of near-by Carbon County says he supported the changes. Representative Heffley says he hopes to continue to work on the issue during the next session. The measure is now on Governor Corbett's desk awaiting his signature.

 

Chamber Showcase

The Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce is putting the finishing touches on next week's Showcase Business Expo. The showcase is scheduled for Wednesday... so says the Chamber's Fred Gaffney... and gives the ability for members to connect with the public. The 2012 Showcase Business Expo will be held at the Rolling Pines Golf Course... south of Berwick... starting at 2 O'clock.

 

Farm Vehicles

Three bills will update the state's vehicle code in ways that will help farmers... not only in Columbia and Montour Counties... but across the state. The measures increase the width allowances to accommodate wider, modern equipment.. and increase the distance farm equipments and trucks can travel. Mark O'Neill of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau says they hope the governor signs the bill soon.

 

Traffic Signals

We'll all have to deal with a new set of traffic signals within the not too distant future. The newly installed signals at the intersection of Route 42 and Perry Avenue... in Hemlock Township... will be turned on into a “flashing” mode next Tuesday. They will remain that way until the following week.... when they become fully operational.

 

Sandusky Appeal

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky appealed his child sex abuse convictions on Thursday. His lawyers arguing they lacked time to prepare for the high-profile case. Sandusky's attorneys also asked that the convictions be tossed out or a new trial be held because prosecutors lacked evidence to convict him and statutes of limitations had run out. The 68 – year old was convicted in June on 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys. He is now serving a 30 – to 60 year prison term.

 

Crash Injures Two

Two Hazleton area teens are in the hospital this morning after the car they were riding in... crashed in Butler Township Thursday afternoon. 18 – year old Carl Wiseman the third... and a 16 – year old female passenger.. were critically injured when their car rolled over several times on St. John's Road.  The pair were rushed to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center by two life – flight helicopters.

 

Bound for Court

Two men are being bound over for court... after they were accused of beating a man to death over an iPhone back in August. 17 – year old Mitchell Dedes and 19-year old Breon Judon are charged in the beating death of 29 – year old Aaron Reznick of Hazle Township... found in the middle of Carson Street. The pair allegedly forced Reznick to strip at gunpoint... put him in the trunk of his car... and stomped on him until he died. No word when Dedes and Judon will go on trial.

 

Tamaqua Fire

A State Police fire marshal has been called in to determine what started an early Thursday morning fire at a popular Tamaqua bar. The fire broke out in the apartment above the Clamtown Tavern along route 443 in West Penn Township. That's where the business owner and his family live. The American Red Cross is helping out the family.

 

Hazleton City

Hazleton city council is not any closer to naming a new city administrator. Council... this week... failed to approve the appointment of Steve Hahn of Sugarloaf Township. Instead... they tabled the motion for his hiring. Some council member were concerned about the selection process... the lack of information about his salary and responsibilities... and the fact Hahn doesn't live in town. Meantime... Hahn says he'll re-assume he responsibilities as transit director.

 

WHLM Sports

 

HS Football

Central Columbia and Lewisburg... contenders for both conference and District championships... both brought 6-1 records into our high school game of the week Friday night at Central. The game was delayed in the third quarter due to lighting across much of the area. The game eventually resumed and fiished in a 16-15 Central victory.

 

Berwick Bulldogs

The Bulldogs of Berwick extended their winning streak to five Friday night with a 23-20 win over Pittston.

 

Important Games

In other games tonight, Bloomsburg beat Mifflinburg 39-22, Danville's shut out Shikellamy 24-0, and Southern Columbia held off Shamokin at home 45-6. On Saturday Columbia Montour Vo Tech is at Carson Long.

 

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

 

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday, Bloomsburg University is at Cheyney in a 1 o'clock start. Coverage on the WHLM stations begins at 12:30 with The Husky Countdown Show.

 

NFL

In the NFL last night: San Francisco 49er's downed the Seattle Seahawks 13 to 6.

 

MLB

In major league baseball, the Detroit Tigers completed a sweep of the New York Yankees Thursday with an 8-1 win to wrap up the American League title. Detroit is now headed to the World Series..

 

NLCS

In game four of the National League Championship Series.. St. Louis broke out of it's slump... defeating the San Francisco Giants 8 to 3. The Card's now have a three to one lead in the NLCS Series. Game five is Friday night.

Thursday / October 18, 2011


Berwick Vandalism

Berwick police have arrested three juveniles... and have charged them with vandalizing Crispin Field over the weekend. Two of the juveniles are 16... and the third is 12... and all live in the Berwick area. As we told you earlier this week... a concession trailer belonging to the Berwick Youth Football League was trashed... as well as the press box. The trio didn't stop there... also allegedly ripped off and vandalized a near by restaurant and damaged a window at an auto parts store. All three are facing felony and misdemeanor charges.

 

Voter Registration

It's been just over a week since voter registration closed for next month's general election... and Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky is out with the numbers. Repasky says there are 16,747 registered Republicans... and 17,092 Democrats in Columbia County. Add in an estimated 59 – hundred independent or third party voters... and it come out to nearly 40 – thousand registered voters.  With voting day here on November 6th... Mr. Repasky stressed poll workers will ask for identification... but none is needed since a state Commonwealth judge set aside the voter ID law.

 

Briar Creek Twp Wreck

Four people were sent to area hospitals late Wednesday afternoon following a two car crash in the 100 block of Kachinka Hollow Road in Briar Creek Township. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition.. 18 – year old Iris DiPasquale lost control of her car... hit a guardrail... and spun into the path of car driven by 26 – year old Joni Hummer. Two kids in the Hummer car were freed and taken to a local hospital. But Hummer was trapped behind the wheel... taking 45 minutes for her to be extracted by firemen. DePasquale had to be extracted as well from her badly damaged car. Both women were taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville by two Life – Flight helicopters for treatment.

 

Bicentennial Celebration

Plans are currently underway to celebrate Columbia County's 200th anniversary next March. It happens the weekend of March 22nd and 23rd... so says Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach.  He says it was back in 1813... that Columbia broke off from neighboring Northumberland County. On Saturday... March 23rd... Kovach says a huge parade takes place to celebrate our heritage. It begins at the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital parking lot and ends at the Fairgrounds.

 

Child Labor Law

A bill to revamp employment rules for children... especially working in the entertainment industry is expected to be signed by Governor Corbett. State Senator John Gordner of Berwick who chairs the Senate's Labor and Industry committee says a lot of research went into the proposed law. It's the first time in 80 years that the child labor laws have been amended... and it follows some questionable practices by the producers of reality television shows.

 

Tarah Toohill

A state lawmaker from the Hazleton area wants to teach young folks a lesson after a video surfaced questioning her behavior. Even though she believes the video is dirty politics the lawmaker still wants to get her message out. That state lawmaker is representative Tarah Toohil of Hazleton and the YouTube video shows her with what appears to be illegal drugs. Toohil telling our media partner NewsWatch 16... it is her in the video when she was a teen and now she wants people to learn from it.

 

Ray Musto

Former State Senator Ray Musto has had more criminal charges filed against him. The 84 – year old Musto has been charged with accepting cash in exchange for influence in handing out contracts for construction projects. He already faces five corruption charges which surfaced in 2010... forcing the Luzerne County State Senator from office. Musto was to have gone on trial in April of 2011, but that didn't happen due to health problems... and he probably won't see the inside of a courtroom until sometime next year. He is currently free on bond.

 

Hazle Township Fire

Theres a follow up to that Hazle Township fire we told you about this week. The Township fire chief says the fire in an apartment building in the 1100 block of Harwood Road on Tuesday... was electrical in nature.... and started in a first floor apartment. The blaze gutted the building... leaving the people living in the three apartments to find housing elsewhere.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Football

The unbeaten Bloomsburg University football team plays at Cheyney Saturday afternoon. Cheyney is the first true option team that Bloomsburg will face this season according to Huskies' coach Danny Hale. Bloomsburg at Cheyney kicks off Saturday at 1 O'clock. Our coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 12:30 with The Husky Countdown Show.

 

NFL

In the NFL Thursday night, the Seattle Seahawks play the 49ers in San Francisco.

 

Baseball

In Major League baseball.... in game three of the National League Championship series Wednesday.... it was the Saint Louis Cardinals downing the San Francisco Giants 3 to 1 following a three hour rain delay. The Cards now have a 2 to 1 lead in the NLCS. In the American League Championship Series was postponed last night due to the threat of rain. That means the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees square off against each other Thursday afternoon at 4:07. Detroit leads the series three games to none.

Wednesday / October 17, 2012


Berwick Meth Labs

Charges are expected to be filed today against eight people arrested at two suspected meth labs in Berwick. The first lab was discovered in a home in the 500 block of Susquehanna Avenue by probation officers. Later Berwick police were called to investigate a burglary in the 200 block of Summerhill Avenue... eventually ending up at a Dairy Road home in Briar Creek Township where a second suspected drug lab was found. One suspect later allegedly stole a pick – up truck... and was captured at 4th and Mercer Streets in Nescopeck. All are in jail.

 

NRC / PPL

Members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission were in Luzerne County last night to talk about performance issues facing management at PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Salem Township.  The NRC wanted to find out how the utility evaluates on – site problems... as well as the quality of the procedures to fix them... so says the agency's Paul Krohn. PPL's Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer Timothy Rausch says corrective actions are underway. But overall... so says the NRC's Krohn... the nuclear plant is safe... and it's just the management issues which keep popping up in on – going assessment reports.

 

Veteran Homelessness

You've seen them on the streets of major metropolitan areas.... veterans who are homeless and don't have anywhere to turn. It's a problem we don't see much of in Columbia or Montour Counties.... but Steve Berg of the National Alliance to End Homelessness... says the Veterans Administration is starting to step up to the plate with services. Berg addressed the issue when he appeared at a conference recently about rural homeless and how it effects Columbia and Montour Counties.

 

Quinnipiac Survey

Put Pennsylvania back in the "too close to call" column according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll on both the presidential and US Senate races. WHLM's Cathy Clark tells us Republican Mitt Romney has closed a double digit deficit down to 4 points. He now trails President Obama 50 to 46% among likely Pennsylvania voters with 7% undecided. The US Senate race is a bit closer. Incumbent Bob Casey's lead over Republican challenger Tom Smith has dwindled to 3% according to the Quinnipiac poll. In early August, Casey held an 18 point lead.

 

Theft

A Hazleton middle school social studies teacher is taking some time off from the classroom after he was charged with theft from the treasury of the Luzerne County Lightning basketball club. Authorities say 36 – year old Christopher Walsh of Dallas allegedly made off with $6,000 from the club's bank account. That forced one of the teams to forfeit a chance to play in a national tournament. Police in Kingston say Walsh allegedly shifted money from the teams account to his checking account. Walsh is free on $25,000 bail.

 

Hazle Twp Fire

A State Police fire marshal will be called in to try and figure out what caused a blaze in Hazle Township. Authorities say the fire broke out late Tuesday afternoon in an office of an apartment complex on Harwood Street... spreading to the second floor. Two people were living in the apartment... and are now being assisted by the American Red Cross.

 

Luzerne Budget

Luzerne County Manager Robert Lawton says he'll unveil his 2013 county budget this Friday. Right now the county is facing a $7 – million gap... and it will give him time to talk to department heads. Under the Lawton plan...41 jobs would be eliminated in order to balance the proposal... and not raise taxes...keeping spending at an estimated $122.6 million dollars...the same as this year.

 

Fire Follow Up

Still no word as to what caused that fire at the Castawayz Restaurant on Route 93... the Orangeville – Berwick highway late Sunday night. Authorities labeled the cause “suspicious in nature” and called in a state police fire marshal to find the origin of the blaze. Thus far... no word as to what triggered that suspicious fire Sunday night at Castawayz.

 

Lycoming Co Robberies

A Williamsport man has been arrested.... and it's believed Jess Kick is responsible for several armed robberies plaguing Lycoming County the past week. Keck is accused of knocking off the a cigarette outlet in Loyalsock Township... a convenience store in Williamsport... as well as a checking cashing facility. He faces a long list of charges... and more could be filed as the investigation wraps up.

 

Curley Contract

Penn State says it will not renew the contract of Athletic Director Tim Curley when it expires in June. He's been on leave since he was charged last year with purgery and failing to report child sex abuse in the Sandusky sex scandal. Curley and retired Vice President Gary Schultz are scheduled to stand trial in January in Harrisburg on purgery and failure to report charges.

 

Fatal Accident

A Washingtonville woman has died of her injuries sustained in a weekend crash. Authorities say 83 – year old Marjorie Heydenreich died at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. The crash took place Sunday... on Route 54... a half mile from County Line Road. The driver of the second car... 58 – year old Elizabeth Doughery of Wyomissing... was not seriously injured.

 

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Berwick Football

A Berwick sophomore is off to a great start in his high school football career. Andrew Force has caught five passes this season- all of them for touchdowns. He is averaging over 53 yards a reception. Andrew Force and the Berwick Bulldogs play at Pittston Area Friday night, a game you can hear on Classic Rock 103.5 starting with The Coach Curry Show at 6 O'clock.

 

HS Golf

Four area high school golfers qualified for the state championships with their performances Tuesday in the regionals at Glen Oaks near Reading. Austin Renz of Danville finished third; Derrick Duttrey of Central Columbia finished tied for fourth; and Danville's Robbie Seebold and Central Columbia's C.J. Hollister also finished in the top 16. The state championships will be held next Monday and Tuesday in York.

 

MLB

In major league baseball last night, in the American League Championship series the Detroit Tigers got by the New York Yankees 2 to 1. Game four is Wednesday night in Detroit. The National League Championship Series continues this afternoon at 4 O'clock... as the San Francisco Giants are in Saint Louis to meet the Cardinals. That series is tied at one game each.

Tuesday / October 16, 2012


United Way

The people are in place and now the 2012 United Way campaign of Columbia County is hitting full stride. Executive Director John Thomas says the organization has received pledges of just over $181,000... that's about 35% of their $525,000 goal. But last year the United Way raised $543,000 and Thomas says he believes that was due to generous giving following the floods of September 2011. Thomas also says the big factor in getting a slow start this year... was the lack of campaign divisional chairmans not in place during last month's kickoff

 

Flood Stories, Too

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is already getting ready for their production of Flood Stories, Too which will hit the stage next spring. The BTE's Syreeta Cannady says they're sifting through story lines from the flood of 2011... many of which are compelling. Ms. Cannaday says Flood Stories, Too is a community production using BTE... and actors from the Bloomsburg University theater program... and folks off the street. Meantime... open auditions will take place next month at the Alvina Krause Theater on Center Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Berwick Officer Rsigns

A Berwick Police officer who resigned from the job over the weekend has been charged with furnishing liquor to a person underage. State Police... who conducted the investigation.. says 28 – year old Jimmie Hill of Maple Road... is accused of giving alcohol to Emily Potter who was 19 at the time. The incident took place somewhere between March and April of last year at an apartment near the intersection of Orange Street and Spring Garden Avenue. Potter... now 21... gave information to Berwick police earlier this month... which in turn... launched the state police investigation.

 

Firefighters Sentenced

Two former volunteer firefighters will spend the next couple of years in state prison for setting fires in Montour County earlier this year. 19 – year old Zane Snyder of Milton ... was sentenced to up to 17 years behind bars... while 35 – year old Charles Jacobs of Lewisburg will spend the next 18 – years in prison. Both were sentenced in Montour County Court in Danville yesterday after admitting to torching a barn and two homes in Liberty Township. Snyder and Jacobs were members of the Potts Grove fire department who responded to the call. Both face similar charges next month in Northumberland County.

 

Montour Sentence

A Danville man will spend the next 12 to 24 – years in state prison... after pleading guilty of having sexual contact with a child. Brandon Mower was sentenced Monday in Montour County Court.Earlier this year... Mower pleaded guilty of having sex with a six year old girl for a year starting in July of 2007.

 

NRC / PPL

Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will meet with representatives of Allentown – based Pennsylvania Power and light Tuesday afternoon. The meeting is being held to discuss the company's progress on improvements in the areas of corrective actions and human performance at the Susquehanna Steam Electric station in Salem Township... in neighboring Luzerne County. The session is open to the public... and begins at 5 O'clock at the Susquehanna Energy Information Center at 634 Salem Boulevard... near the plant. Sometime during the session... folks will have an opportunity to speak.

 

2013 Budget

Wilkes – Barre Mayor Tom Leighton has unveiled his proposed budget for 2013. It includes a 31% property tax hike. The tax hike would boost a homeowners tax bill an estimated $183. But the mayor said... if unions and city employees make concessions... it would be lower... saving the average property owner a lot of money. The spending plan must be in place at the end of the year.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

Heading out on the highway this week... You'll find the price of self – serve unleaded regular across northeastern Pennsylvania five cents a gallon cheaper than it was last week at this time. Now... it's down to $3.86 a gallon... instead of $3.91... and off ten cents compared to last month at this time.

 

West Hazleton Robbery

A West Hazleton man was busted by police after he tried to rob the same west Hazleton store twice in one day. The incident happened Saturday when 22 – year old Gary Kripp allegedly used a knife to rob the Puff 'n' Stuff store on N. 4th Street... getting away with an undisclosed amount of cash. He tried to pull off a second robbery at the same location, but was scared away with a clerk who picked up a baseball bat. Also nabbed with Kripp was his alleged getaway driver... 23 – year old Mitchell Klingerman of Zion Grove.

 

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BU Football

Of the 167 Division II football teams in the country, only three are ranked higher than Bloomsburg University in this week's American Football Coaches Association Poll. The unbeaten Huskies have moved up to 4th in the nation. Three other PSAC teams are in the poll- Shippensburg is 13th, California is 14th, and IUP is ranked 20th. Bloomsburg's next game is Saturday afternoon at Cheyney.

 

HS Golf

Four area high school golfers will be competing Tuesday at the regional championships at Glen Oaks near Reading. Austin Renz and Robbie Seebold from Danville and Derek Duttry and C.J.Hollister of Central Columbia will try to qualify for the state championships.

 

MNF

In Monday night football... Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos to a 35 – 24 win over the San Diego Chargers.

 

MLB

In major league baseball, in game two of the National League Championship Series... the San Francisco Giants defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 7 to 1. The series is now tied at one game apiece. Game three of the American League Championship series between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers will be played Tuesday night in Detroit. The Tigers lead the series two games to none.

Monday / October 15, 2012


 

United Way

After raising an estimated $543,000 in 2011... the United Way of Columbia County is steaming towards this year's goal of $525,000. Thus far... a month into the campaign... donors contributing just about $183,000 or roughly 35% of the overall goal... so says the United Way's John Thomas. The big factor... according to Thomas... is getting a slower start this year... and the lack of campaign division chairpersons not in place during last month's kickoff

 

Flood Stories, Too

The Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble is already getting ready for their production of Flood Stories, Too which will hit the stage next spring. The BTE's Syreeta Cannaday says they're shifting through story lines from the flood of 2011... many of which are compelling. Ms. Cannaday says Flood Stories, Too is a community production using BTE... and actors from the Bloomsburg University theater program... and folks off the street. Open auditions will take place next month and the Alvina Krause Theater on Center Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Flood Money

Congressman Lou Barletta is trying to get an estimated $15 – million out of the hands of the U.S. Economic Development Administration in order to finance a flood wall around two of Bloomsburg's biggest businesses. Autoneum and Windsor Foods... both on the west side of town... who employ a combed 1,000 people... were hit hard by flood waters in 2011... and Representative Barletta says money is a key to keeping those firms intact. Congressman Barletta is being helped in his request by Senators Pat Toomey and Robert Casey.

 

Salvation Army

It's hard to believe... but we're getting into the holiday season... and the folks at the Berwick Salvation Army will do their best to make sure those families who are having a tough time of it... have something to look forward at Christmas. Lt. Kevin Polito says orders for the holiday were taken last week... now they need help from the greater Berwick area in the area of donations and volunteers. If you want to help... give Lt. Polito a call at the Salvation Army on Second Street in Berwick.

 

Arlen Specter

Former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter died over the weekend at his Southeast PA home. He played a key role in many US Supreme Court nominations. But CBS News political reporter Dotty Lynch says he was a republican most of his career... worked to improve the Nation's health care system.  Specter lost a Democratic Senate primary bid in 2009... a year after switching parties... saying he became a democrat when the GOP became too conservative.

 

Crispin Field Vandalism

Berwick police are looking for vandals responsible for trashing Crispin Field and near by businesses late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Vandals hitting a concession trailer owned by the Berwick Youth Football League... as well as the stadium's press box. However, the damage was cleaned up by volunteers. Our media partner NewsWatch 16 is reporting a nearby restaurant was broken into and trashed... and a plate glass window at an auto parts store was damaged.

 

Castawayz Fire

A State Police fire marshal is due Monday at the scene of a late Sunday night fire at the Castawayz Bar and Grill on Route 93... between Berwick and Orangeville. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition... the blaze began in a crawl space between the bar and apartments at the rear of the building. An attempt was made to extinguish the flames... but they were just too much for owner Mick Kowalski... who then called Columbia County dispatch.

 

Hazleton Fire

Six people were chased out of their home at the corner of Second and Grant Streets at midday Sunday... after a fire started in a bedroom on the second flood. Investigators believe a faulty appliance started the blaze. The six people living in the home are now being helped by the American Red Cross

 

Underage Sex

A 47 – year old Hazle Township man is charged with having sex with an underage girl. Police say it first began when 47 – year old Lanning Vagts allegedly had sex with a girl who was eight at the time. Court papers say the assaults continued until 2004 when the girl... then in her teens... moved out of the area. Vagts was charged with statutory sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault. He's jailed on $50,000 straight cash.

 

Hispanic Outreach Center

An agency.... offering outreach to Hispanics in the Hazleton area... now has a new home. The Dominican House will move into a former bank building at 2 East Broad Street. The first floor used to house a restaurant. The group was established to help students with homework... and for Hispanics to help them settle in the Hazleton area... and provide classes for citizenship.

 

I-80 Construction

There will be some traffic slow downs over the next few days on Interstate 80. Beginning Monday and lasting through Thursday... the contractor working on the I – 80 bridge over the Susquehanna River will have the right, westbound lane closed... between Mifflinville and Berwick.. in order to remove the parapet on the old westbound bridge. The work will last until 5 PM each day.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

Franklyn Quiteh ran for a career best 282 yards and Tim Kelly threw four touchdown passes to help the Bloomsburg University football team remain unbeaten with a 48-27 win over East Stroudsburg on Saturday. Kelly's last touchdown pass was his longest... going 72 – yards. The Huskies next game is Saturday afternoon at Cheyney.

 

NFL

In the NFL Sunday... the Detroit Lions beat the Philadelphia Eagles 26-23 in overtime... the New York Jets defeated the Indianapolis Colts 35-9 and the New York Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers 26-3

 

Baseball

In major league baseball, in game two of the American League Championship Series, the Detroit Tigers took a two games to none lead with a 3-0 win over the Yankees. In game one of the National League championship series... the Saint Louis Cardinals downed the San Francisco Giants 6 to 4.

October 14, 2012


Coming up on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... Larry White joins Joe in the Main Street studio for his take on political news...

 

News Director Mark Williams tracked down Congressman Lou Barletta over the weekend while he was in Bloomsburg... and asked about the $15 – million dollars he's seeking aimed at flood control for two major businesses.

 

Also: The Berwick Salvation Army is trying to make Christmas brighter for a lot of folks...

And: Former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Spector is dead at the age of 82.

 

That and more... straight ahead on the WHLM Morning Buzz Monday at 6 AM / Eastern.

 

What's Happening Sunday October 14, 2012


In Berwick this weekend it’s the annual Riverfest at the Test Track Park.  Today it’s the Battle of the Bands.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents “Moon Over Buffalo” this weekend on stage at the Alvina Krause Theatre.  The comedy starts this afternoon at 3:00 PM.

 

Katy’s Church in Bloomsburg will host a gospel service that starts at 12:30 PM.

 

The Columbia Mall the Loose Ties Model Railroad Club has their display open today.

 

The  Dutch Wheelman Trek Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness ride starts at 9:00 AM from Bloomsburg Town Park, and there’s a memorial motorcycle ride leaving from the Millville Legion at 12:30 PM.

 

Also scheduled for today is the Bloomsburg Elks annual Soccer Shoot at the Bloomsburg YMCA starting at Noon.  The Bloomsburg University Fall Concert Choir concert is at 2:30 PM in Carver Hall.  And, Team Haney for the National Lung Cancer Partnership is hosting bingo at the Buckhorn Fire Hall this afternoon.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football

It's the Panthers' homecoming this weekend! In our Game of the Week Bloomsburg hosted unbeaten neighbors Southern Columbia. Southern retained their standing with a 32-20 win over Bloom. In Bulldogs action on 103.5, Berwick soundly beat Williamsport 54-14. In other local games Friday night, Danville beat Montoursville 21-0, and Central Columbia beat Central Mountain 14-6.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday... Bloomsburg University beat East Stroudsburg in the Huskies' Homecoming game. The final was BU 48 - ESU 27. You can hear all the details from the afternoon with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

What's Happening Saturday October 13, 2012


Bloomsburg University and High School celebrate homecoming this weekend.  Festivities started with the High School Football game last night.  Today it’s the parade in downtown blooms burg…men and women’s soccer and BU Husky Football.  There are also some alumni events planned on the BU Campus.

 

The Animal Resource Center invites you to celebrate Roongo’s 79th birthday today.  Roongo is the BU mascot, and you can bring some donations of dog and cat food and toys to the football game this afternoon.  Those donations will be given to the Animal Resource Center.

 

In Berwick this weekend it’s the annual Riverfest at the Test Track Park.  Weekend events include a cruise in, games, rides and fireworks tonight.  The Tommy Guns Band will perform today, and tomorrow it’s the Battle of the Bands.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents “Moon Over Buffalo” this weekend on stage at the Alvina Krause Theatre.  The comedy starts tonight at 7:30 PM and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM.

 

You’re invited to the Columbia County 4-H Centennial happening at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds from 1:00 to 9:00 PM.

 

Oriental Lodge 460 in Orangeville is hosting their fall craft festival today…there’s food throughout the day and entertainment by “A Touch of Brass.”

 

Mountain Aviation at the Danville Airport has their annual craft fair happening today…and in Sullivan County it’s the 32nd annual Fall Festival and Lumberjack Competition in Forksville.

 

The Catawissa Fire Hall is serving up their annual Roast Beef Dinner today from 4:00 to 7:00 PM to raise funds for the Halloween Parade.

 

There’s a contemporary worship service at Elysburg Alliance Church tonight at 6:30 PM, and tomorrow afternoon Katy’s Church in Bloomsburg will host a gospel service that starts at 12:30 PM.

 

Another train weekend….at the Columbia Mall the Loose Ties Model Railroad Club has their display open today and tomorrow.  The free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville is open today.

 

Tomorrow the Dutch Wheelman Trek Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness ride starts at 9:00 AM from Bloomsburg Town Park, and there’s a memorial motorcycle ride leaving from the Millville Legion at 12:30 PM.

 

Also scheduled for tomorrow is the Bloomsburg Elks annual Soccer Shoot at the Bloomsburg YMCA starting at Noon.  The Bloomsburg University Fall Concert Choir concert is at 2:30 PM in Carver Hall.  And, Team Haney for the National Lung Cancer Partnership is hosting bingo at the Buckhorn Fire Hall tomorrow afternoon.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football

It's the Panthers' homecoming this weekend! In our Game of the Week Bloomsburg hosted unbeaten neighbors Southern Columbia. Southern retained their standing with a 32-20 win over Bloom. In Bulldogs action on 103.5, Berwick soundly beat Williamsport 54-14. In other local games Friday night, Danville beat Montoursville 21-0, and Central Columbia beat Central Mountain 14-6.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday... Bloomsburg University beat East Stroudsburg in the Huskies' Homecoming game. The final was BU 48 - ESU 27. You can hear all the details from the afternoon with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Friday / October 12, 2012


Chilly Weather

It's going to be a chilly Friday night... into Saturday. The National Weather Service at State College says high pressure will build into the area Friday afternoon... and behind that... our first cold weather of the fall. The NWS issuing a Freeze Watch and a Frost Advisory for Friday night... into Saturday morning. Overnight temps will dip into the upper 20s... and the cold weather will do damage to vegetation and crops if they're not protected.

 

Gas to Power

It's been in the works the past couple of years... but finally the ribbon was cut on a project that takes the methane gas of rotting garbage... and turns into useable electricity... thanks to PPL. The power will run part of the Allenwood Correctional Complex near Montgomery. Most, if not all of Columbia County's trash goes to the Lycoming County landfill where it decomposes... but now it's a win – win situation... so says State Senator Gene Yaw. Senator Yaw... and PPL's Rick Klingensmith were at the ribbon cutting ceremonies Thursday... ushering in the latest project of it's type in a four state area.

 

Bloomsburg Zoning

The Bloomsburg Town Council has sent the issue of re – zoning to the Town's Planning Commission. What is involved is a section of land from Third to Pine Streets... boarded by East and Market Streets. The proposal would have rezoned the area from Commercial to Residential. During this week's council meeting developer Matt Zopetti called it a non – solution to a non – problem. After the planning commission takes a look at the pro's and con's of re-zoning... they'll give their recommendation to council... who will then hold a second public hearing.

 

Bloomsburg Assistant Manager

By the end of the month... Bloomsburg may have a new assistant town manager. Town Council offering Berwick Borough assistant manager Lauren Martz $44,500 a year... plus benefits... to jump ship. The offer was put to the 26 – year old Martz earlier this week. Administrator Bill Lowthart said Ms. Martz answered an ad in a local publication... and when interviewed... was the unanimous choice of town council. The offer was made... despite a petition of roughly two dozen residents who believe the town doesn't need an assistant manager.

 

Celebrity Artist Series

The Celebrity Artist Series kicks off on the Bloomsburg University Campus next month. Randall Presswood of the BU Preforming Arts Office... appearing on the Thursday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.. said the opening performance is the National Circus of the People Republic of China.The performance is November 16th.

 

Vets Trust Fund

Legislation designed to create a state Veterans Trust Fund is on the move in Harrisburg. At a time when every dollar counts in Harrisburg, the Veterans Trust Fund would combine public and private efforts to allow the state to pay for enhanced veterans services. Speaking on the Senate floor, Lisa Baker of neighboring Luzerne County said the Trust Fund would combined public and private funding to generate additional dollars. The bill already cleared the Senate... and is now in the state house for consideration.

 

GMC / Wal-Mart

Geisinger Medical Center in Danville is one of six health care organizations from across the country selected by Wal-Mart to participate in the company’s Centers of Excellence program. As part of this the arrangement, GMC will be providing heart surgery services for Wal-Mart associates and their dependents. According to a Geisinger spokesman... Wal-Mart associates can receive specialized care with no out-of-pocket costs.

 

Luzerne County Council

Luzerne County Council will hear from manager Robert Lawton on Monday when he delivers his proposed 2013 county budget. It's not known how much the budget is right now... but it's expected to hover around the $122.7 - million dollar mark... in essence what the county is currently working with. It calls for no tax increase... and some Luzerne County employees could face layoffs. The county council has until mid – December to adopt the plan.

 

NRC / PPL

There will be a public hearing Tuesday between the Nuclear Regulatory Commission staffers and folks from the PPL Steam Electric System north of Berwick in Luzerne County. It will be an opportunity for residents to ask the NRC about the performance of the 30 – year old plant in Salem Township. That meeting will be held at 5 O'clock... at the Susquehanna Energy Information Center on Route 11 near the plant.

 

Luzerne Computer Upgrade

Luzerne County says it will spent nearly three – quarter of a million dollars to upgrade it's computer system over a five year period of time. Under the plan... servers will be purchased for the County's new financial system.... replacing aging servers elsewhere... and the replacement of an estimated 1 – thousand desktop computers.

 

Sandusky Pension

The Pennsylvania public employee retirement system says Jerry Sandusky will get to keep more than $900,000 in state pension payments he received after his 1999 retirement from Penn State University. A spokesman for the State Employees' Retirement System said Thursday it won't seek repayment of the money Sandusky received from 1999 to September 2012 because the state's forfeiture law does not authorize SERS to go after money paid before the date of a plea or conviction. However, the agency notified Sandusky he will no longer receive his $59,000 annual pension following his conviction and sentence in the child sexual abuse scandal. Sandusky was sentenced this week to at least 30 years in prison for sexually molesting 10 boys.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football

It's the Panthers' homecoming this weekend! In our Game of the Week Bloomsburg hosted unbeaten neighbors Southern Columbia. Southern retained their standing with a 32-20 win over Bloom. In Bulldogs action on 103.5, Berwick soundly beat Williamsport 54-14. In other local games Friday night, Danville beat Montoursville 21-0, and Central Columbia beat Central Mountain 14-6.

 

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

 

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday... Bloomsburg University goes against East Stroudsburg in the Huskies homecoming game which starts at 3:30. Coverage on the WHLM stations begins at 1:30 with The Husky Tailgate Show.

Thursday / October 11, 2012


Freeze Watch

We could be in for our first freeze of fall this weekend. The National Weather Service in State College issuing a Freeze Watch for Columbia and Montour County's for late Friday night... into Saturday morning. And meteorologists say it could turn into a hard freeze. It's all due to high pressure which will build into the area Thursday. The NWS says temps will hover the in the upper 20's to lower 30's... and that could mean damage to unprotected and sensitive plants and crops.

 

Flood Protection

They're trying to save a thousand Bloomsburg – based jobs... Congressman Lou Barletta... as well as senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey... trying to get $15 – million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for flood protection. The money earmarked for building a flood wall around Autoneum and Windsor Foods... in order to protect them during times of flooding. Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach says the thousand jobs equates to a $30 – million payroll.

 

Coin Thefts

Two people are jailed... and two juveniles are in the custody of their families after they were arrested for allegedly breaking into a coin shop this week... then trying to sell the items to a second shop. Bloomsburg Police telling our media partner NewsWatch 16... 25 – year old Ryan Lee and 18 – year old Justin Lindsay... as well as two juveniles were busted for breaking into Bob's Coin Shop at East and Main Streets earlier this week. However, they tried to sell their goods Wednesday morning at Bloom Gold and Coin at 6th and East Streets. The owner became suspicious and called police. Lindsay was arraigned Wednesday afternoon... and cops didn't have to go far to find Lee. He's in the Columbia County Prison on an unrelated charge.

 

Rural Homeless

We've all seen the homeless in big cities... but the issue is making it's way to rural areas such as Columbia and Montour Counties. That was the basis of a forum on Wednesday at Bloomsburg University by the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania. Steve Berg of the National Alliance to End Homelessness says help for those folks out on the street starts locally. Berg says that involves working with non – profit groups... who in turn work with landlords in the community.... adding getting folks back in housing is important so they can get their lives back on track.

 

BU Homecoming

Everyone loves a parade.... and if you're in Bloomsburg Saturday morning you can catch the combined Bloomsburg University – Bloomsburg High School homecoming parade. The University's Jimmy Gilliland says the event steps off at 11 O'clock. Police will have alternate routes for traffic. The parade to be followed by the BU football game as the Huskies take on East Stroudsburg... a match up you can hear on the WHLM Stations.

 

Montour Arsonists

An Ohio insurance company is suing two volunteer firefighters for torching a barn on Potts Grove Road... in Montour County... earlier this year. The Celina Mutual Insurance Company has brought a suit against 35 - year old Charles Jacobs of Lewisburg... and 19 – year old Zane Snyder of Milton. Already the pair have pleaded guilty to torching the barn... as well as two homes and a field. Both remain in the Montour County jail pending sentencing.

 

Luzerne County Manager

The Luzerne County manager doesn't plan to vote in November... or anytime after that. Records show Manager Robert Lawton didn't register to vote by the end of business on Tuesday. Lawton says he wants to stay out of Luzerne County's political process... making his decisions non – political.

 

Robert Mellow

Former state Senate Democratic leader... Robert Mellow... is now scheduled to be sentenced November 30th. If you recall... the 70 – year old Mellow pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspire to use Senate staff members in order to do political campaign work.... as will as conspiring to file false tax returns.

 

Wilkes - Barre Furloughs

An estimated 290 people employed by the City of Wilkes – Barre may have a rough holiday season. They're being asked to take a voluntary furlough starting next week... through the end of the year. Although city workers won't be paid... they will still be covered by health insurance. The move is designed to bridge a looming budget gap in Wilkes – Barre.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Football

The unbeaten Bloomsburg University football team will have to deal with a very talented young quarterback when the Huskies play East Stroudsburg in Saturday's homecoming game. In a big upset of West Chester last Saturday, Warriors' freshman Matt Soltes completed a school record 81% of his passes. Huskies coach Danny Hale calls Soltes scary. East Stroudsburg at Bloomsburg will kick off Saturday at 3:30. Our coverage begins at 1:30 with the Husky Tailgate Show on the WHLM Stations.

 

NFL

In the NFL tonight.... the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Titans in Tennessee.

 

MLB

In the major league baseball playoffs yesterday, in the national league... the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Washington Nationals 8 to nothing. The Cardinals lead the best of five series two games to one. The San Francisco Giants beat Cincinnati 8-3. That series is tied at two games each.

 

In the American League, it was the New York Yankees getting by the Baltimore Orioles 3 to 2. New York now leads the series two games to one.

Wednesday / October 10, 2012


Flood Protection

Could we see flood protection on Bloomsburg's West Side anytime soon for two of Columbia County's largest businesses? Congressman Lou Barletta... U-S Senator's Bob Casey and Pat Toomey are working to get a $15 – million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration... aimed at a flood protection project on the town's west side. According to Barletta's office... the proposed project would design and construct a flood wall around Autoneum and Windsor Foods... saving an estimated 1,000 jobs. Both manufacturers flood when the Susquehanna River and Fishing Creek overflow their banks.

 

Sandusky Sentence

There will be no “get out of jail free” card for at least the next thirty years for former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. He'll be spending the next thirty to sixty years in prison on his convection of molesting ten young boys over a 15 – year period of time. Sandusky's attorney Joe Amendola said he believes there was a rush to investigate his client... because many wanted to knock down the football program... but added no one imagined it would explode the way it did. For now... Sandusky is being held in the Centre County jail... until a judge decides a state facility where he'll serve his sentence. Amendola says he'll appeal the conviction and the sentence.

 

Bloomsburg Drug Bust

An Elysburg woman is in the Columbia County Prison after she was busted on drug charges by Bloomsburg Police. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition 26 – year old Courtney Hollingshed was arrested after allegedly shooting up with heroin in the women's rest room at Dunkin' Donuts on Route 11 Tuesday morning. A search of Hollingshed revealed packets of the drug... and a syringe. She was arraigned and hustled off to the prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.

 

BU / Homecoming

The Bloomsburg University campus is gearing up for this week's homecoming... featuring a parade through town... and a football game with East Stroudsburg. B-U President Dr. David Soltz... appearing on the Tuesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... says the grand marshal for this year's parade is Chang Shub Roh, a sociology professor emeritus. The parade gets underway at 11 O'clock Saturday morning... following by the BU Huskies football game at 3:30... and will be heard on the WHLM Stations.

 

Mowing Accident

A Berwick area man is reported in serious condition... after his tractor rolled over on him Tuesday while mowing grass in Briar Creek Township. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... 68 – year old Leo Long was Life Flighted to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville following the afternoon accident. Long was discovered on the ground by his 66 – year old wife... Gail. He sustained cuts and bruises... as well as a broken leg.

 

Central Update

The Central Columbia School District continues it's quest to raise $1.5 - million for a new athletic and wellness center. Superintendent Harry Mathias telling WHLM News on Tuesday they've passed the $800,000 mark. The complex is to be constructed on school grounds... with the first phase to include a six lane, all – weather track to be used by the school... as well as the community. Plans also call for the installation of an artificial surface for the football field... and a lighted baseball diamond for use day and night.

 

Hazleton Fire

A state police fire marshal has ruled that a blaze in a vacant and condemned building in Hazleton is arson. The fire struck the building in the 100 block of North Wyoming Street earlier in the week. Investigators didn't say what sparked the blaze. If you have information dealing with the fire... give State Police at the Hazleton Barracks a call.

 

Freeland Construction

The Freeland Municipal Authority has a big project on it's plate. Authority members says it plans to replace a 40 – year old plus main to the new Wyoming Street Pumping Station next spring. The project calls for installing a 10 inch line... eliminating the current eight inch line running to the station. Cost of the project is pegged at $1.3 - million.

 

Hazleton Stick Up

Hazleton police are still looking for two robbers who held up a Pantry Quick along East Diamond Avenue late Monday night. Police say the pair strolled into the store... threatened the clerk with a knife... and made off with some cash. If you have information about the robbery... call Hazleton Police.

 

Montour Arsonists

An Ohio insurance company is suing two volunteer firefighters for torching a barn on Potts Grove Road earlier this year. The Celina Mutual Insurance Company has brought a suit against 35 - year old Charles Jacobs of Lewisburg... and 19 – year old Zane Snyer of Milton. The pair have already pleaded guilty to torching the barn... as well as two homes and a field. Both remain in jailed in Montour County pending sentencing.

 

WHLM Sports

 

HS Football

The Bloomsburg High School football team will take a five game winning streak into their homecoming game against unbeaten Southern Columbia Friday night at Panther Stadium. Southern Columbia coach Jim Roth thinks his team will be facing a great passing attack. Friday night's Southern Columbia at Bloomsburg game is our game of the week. Coverage starts at 6 O'clock with The Friday Football Commute on the WHLM Stations.

 

MLB Playoffs

In major league baseball Tuesday night, in the national league divisional series... San Francisco defeated the Cincinnati Reds 2 to 1. In the American League divisional series the Oakland A's got by the Detroit Tigers 2 to nothing.

Tuesday / October 9, 2012


Sandusky Sentenced

Sentencing day for former assistant Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky. A sentence of 30 to 60 years in prison stemming from his conviction of last June of molesting at least ten boys over a 15 – year period. During the proceedings.... Sandusky read his 15 – minute impact statement... his voice cracked as he spoke of missing his loved ones. Under Pennsylvania law, Sandusky cannot be released on parole before the minimum term is up. No word where he'll spend his sentence, but there is speculation that it may be at Laurel Highlands in Somerset County... a facility for elderly male inmates.

 

Bloomsburg Assistant Manager

Bloomsburg town government may have a new assistant manager soon. The town council Monday night offering a contract to Berwick's assistant borough manager Lauren Martz... with a starting salary of $44,500 a year... plus a benefits package. If she accepts... Martz will assist current manager Bill Lowthert in running the town. The contract was offered to Ms. Martz and approved despite the reading of a petition containing the names of at 32 residents and business owners who don't believe an assistant manager is needed. No word if she'll accept the salary and benefit package proposed.... or if she does... when she would start.

 

Danville Fire

Investigators say a malfunctioning furnace is the cause of an early Monday morning fire which extensively damaged a town house on Meadow Lane in Danville. Ken Strausser of the Friendship Fire Company said they sounded a second alarm after arriving on the scene. They got help from Bloomsburg and Espy. Strausser says Mike Sine and his son escaped safely... and were assisted by the American Red Cross.

 

Voting Registration Deadline

With the deadline Tuesday for folks to register to vote... Columbia County's Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says it's time for college age students and young adults to step up to the plate and get involved in the political process. If you haven't registered to vote for the November election... the deadline to do so at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex in Bloomsburg is 5 O'clock Tuesday afternoon.

 

Hazleton Vandalism

Hazleton Police want to know who vandalized a statute of Christopher Columbus... sitting on a pedestal in Memorial Park. The damage was discovered on Monday... which coincidentally... we celebrated as Columbus Day. The graffiti was washed off... but a gooey substance was left behind. If you have information dealing with the vandalism... call Hazleton Police.

 

Hazleton Fire

Fire officials in Hazleton say a fire which broke out in a vacant building on Wyoming Street was not accidental. The blaze broke out Monday afternoon at 100 and 104 North Wyoming Street. It's believed the fire started in the basement. Now... a state police fire marshal has been called in to determine how that fire started in Hazleton.

 

Jill Biden

The wife of Vice President Joe Biden spent some time in Hazleton on Monday. Jill Biden stopped by the the Obama for America campaign headquarters to rally supporters. Her stop in Hazleton followed a brief visit to Scranton. Ms. Biden will continue her campaign swing through the state Tuesday with scheduled stops in Reading... Lancaster and Philadelphia.

 

Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular gasoline remains somewhat steady. The Triple – A Fuel Gauge report shows that gas across northeastern Pennsylvania is averaging $3.91 – a gallon... down a penny from the weekend, but it's up five cents a gallon from a week ago. However, if you look hard enough... you'll find gas a little lower at some gas station convenience stores.

 

PennDOT Project

PennDOT... through a contractor will begin a short – term project Tuesday. It's designed to repair the embankment of Interstate – 80... westbound which abuts Fishing Creek... just west of the Lightstreet interchange. The construction company doing the work will close the westbound driving lane between mile marker 233 and 231.. removing a short section of guardrail... placing a rock entrance along the shoulder to access the eroded stream bank. The job should be wrapped up by late Tuesday afternoon.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The unbeaten Bloomsburg University football team has moved up to 6th in the nation in this week's American Football Coaches Association poll. The Huskies play East Stroudsburg Saturday in the annual homecoming game which kicks off at 3:30. Three other PSAC teams are in the poll... California is 15th, unbeaten Shippensburg is 16th, and IUP is ranked 22nd.

 

NFL Monday

In Monday night football the Houston Texans defeated the New York Jets 23 to 17.

 

MLB

In major league baseball Monday... in a National League Division Series game... the Saint Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 12 to 4. That best of five series is tied at one game each. In the American League Playoffs Monday night the Baltimore Orioles getting by the New York Yankees 3 to 2... to even the best-of-five set.

Monday / October 8, 2012


 

Bloomsburg Assistant Town Manager

Bloomsburg Town Government may have a new assistant manager soon. The town council Monday night offering a contract to Berwick's assistant borough manager Lauren Martz... with a starting salary of $44,500 a year... plus a benefits package. If she accepts... Martz will assist current manager Bill Lowthert in running the town. The contract was offered to Ms. Martz and approved despite the reading of a petition containing the names of at 32 residents and business owners who don't believe an assistant manager is needed. No word if she'll accept the salary and benefit package proposed.... or when she would start.

 

Danville Fire Update

A malfunctioning furnace is the apparent cause of a fire which extensively damaged a town house on Meadow Lane in Danville early Monday morning. That word from incident commander Ken Strausser... on the scene moments after the alarm sounded. Strauser says the blaze got more difficult to fight at time went on due to ducting throughout the house... used to deliver heat to the structure. Less than 25 – minutes after arriving on the scene, Strausser said Bloomsburg's ladder truck... and Espy's Rapid Intervention Team were called as mutual aid. Strausser said the townhouse belonging to Mike Fine and was extensively damaged.

 

 Christopher Columbus

It was a weekend to celebrate the Columbus Day holiday. It happened Sunday in Berwick at the Maria Assunta on Monroe Street. The Berwick High School band... veterans... politicians and emergency vehicles were in the line of march. Chris DiMattio.. the past national president of UNICO... the largest Italian – American service organization... said Christopher Columbus was a pretty brave explorer... when discovering the new world.

 

Fine Arts Festival

There were a lot of tourists in Columbia County this weekend... not only at the Covered Bridge Festival at Knoebels Amusement Resort... but Saturday at the Twin Covered Bridges Fine Arts Festival in Forks. Columbia County Commissioner Chris Young said the covered bridges scattered across the county does drive tourism. Meantime... the Covered Bridges Festival at Knoebels drew thousands of people over its four-day run to visit with an estimated 350 artisans who sold their crafts throughout the resort.

 

Jill Biden

The wife of Vice – President Joe Biden will spend some time in Luzerne County Monday as she campaigns for her husband and Barack Obama. According to the Obama – Biden campaign.... Jill Biden will drop by the the Democratic field office in Hazleton... in the 200 block of West Broad Street... at mid – afternoon. She will also visit reelection headquarters in Harrisburg and Allentown... before moving on to Reading and Lancaster on Tuesday.

 

Salem Crash

A pick up truck went up in flames early Sunday morning after it ran off Route 11 near Beach Haven in Salem Township. The name of the person driving the vehicle has not been released by police...but life flight was called to the scene and at least one person was flown to Geisinger in Danville for treatment.

 

Mocanaqua Fire

A State Police fire marshal has been called in to figure out what started a blaze in a vacant house in Mocanaqua. The fire was discovered late Saturday afternoon... and before it was distinguished eight area fire departments were called in... including a unit from Berwick. One fireman was slightly injured.

 

PennDOT

PennDOT... through a contractor will begin a short – term project on Tuesday... designed to repair the embankment of Interstate – 80... westbound abutting Fishing Creek... just west of the Lightstreet interchange. Kruger Construction will close the westbound driving lane between mile marker 233 and 231.. removing a short section of guardrail... placing a rock entrance along the shoulder to access the eroded stream bank. It's a day long job... but the shoulder will be closed through next month.

 

Sandusky Sentence

Former assistant Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky is expected to be sentenced Tuesday in Centre County Count in Bellefonte... for his conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. The sentencing comes four months after a jury found him guilty. Since his conviction... Sandusky has spent his time... segregated... in the Centre County Correctional Facility. It's expected the 68 – year old Sandusky will serve the remainder of his life behind bars... able to watch Penn State football on television... and work a 30 – hour week to make money... and be under the watchful eyes of prison guards.

 

WHLM Sports

Bloomsburg University

The Bloomsburg University football team is still unbeaten. The Huskies won easily 38-14 Saturday at Millersville. It figures to be tougher this Saturday when they play East Stroudsburg in the homecoming game at Redman Stadium. East Stroudsburg upset West Chester on Saturday 35-28.

 

NFL

In the NFL Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 16-14.... and the New York Giants got past the Cleveland Browns 41-27.

 

Baseball

In the major league baseball playoffs, it was the Detroit Tigers getting by the Oakland A's 5 to 4.. the Washington National defeating the Saint Louis Cardinals 3-2. The New York Yankees got by the Baltimore Orioles 7 to 2 and the Cincinnati Reds blanked the San Francisco Giants 9 to nothing.

 

 

What's Happening Sunday October 7, 2012


The Bloomsburg Public Library unveiled their first in a series of “Historic Bloomsburg” ceramic crocks this week to commemorate Bloomsburg’s iconic buildings.  To see a sample of this year’s crock and get more information visit the library on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Faith Assembly of God Church will host a “Teen Night” this Wednesday with special speaker Zach Adams at 7:00 PM.  The church is located in Hazle Township.

 

Bloomsburg Christian Church’s free library is open Wednesday from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  They have works of fiction, children & teen books, non-fiction, music, DVDs and more.

 

The Bloomsburg University Gender Studies Minor Foreign Film Series will show another film this Thursday at 7:00 PM…the screening is in McCormick Hall on the BU Campus.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Central Columbia put up a valiant fight against their Nemesis of Mount Carmel in our Game of the Week Friday night, but ultimately came up short against MCA 34-14. In Bulldogs action on 103.5 Berwick shut out Tunkhannock 49-0.

Other High School Football
In other action, Southern Columbia extended their winning streak with a 50-21 win against Selinsgrove, Danville beat Jersey Shore 42-14, Vo-Tech fell to Nativity 10-6, and Bloomsburg beat Muncy 42-20.


Bloomsburg University Football
In college football on Saturday... the unbeaten Huskies of Bloomsburg went to Millersville and stayed unbeaten with a 38-14 win. You can hear the details from Saturday's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

What's Happening Saturday October 6, 2012


The Crusader’s Rummage Sale at Wesley United Methodist Church is open from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm today.  Sales benefit missions work through the church, which is located at 3rd and Market Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

The Columbia County Christian School Class of 2014 hopes you’ll join them at their pancake breakfast today at Applebees on Route 11 in Bloomsburg.

 

Calvary Baptist Church in Mifflinburg hosts their Women’s Fall Conference today…the church is located on Chestnut Street in Mifflinburg.

 

You can take your kids out to the Free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville today.  The free train program is open every Saturday.

 

The 31st annual Covered Bridge and Arts Festival continues today and tomorrow from 10:00 to 6:00 PM.  The festival is held at Knoebels and features nearly 350 crafters with over 30 food vendors.

 

And today is the 3rd annual Fine Arts Festival at the Twin Covered Bridges in Forks from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Over a dozen local artists will gather to share their work with you, there’s entertainment, and food from Steph’s Subs.

 

Lyla’s Hope Community Day is happening at Washington Park in Ashland today from Noon to 6:00 PM.  There are activities planned for your kids and you including face painting and live entertainment.

 

S.M.I.L.E. is hosting a trivia night fundraiser at New Covenant Christian Center in Berwick tonight at 6:00 PM…cost is $10 per person or $80 for a team table.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library unveiled their first in a series of “Historic Bloomsburg” ceramic crocks this week to commemorate Bloomsburg’s iconic buildings.  To see a sample of this year’s crock and get more information visit the library on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Faith Assembly of God Church will host a “Teen Night” this Wednesday with special speaker Zach Adams at 7:00 PM.  The church is located in Hazle Township.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Central Columbia put up a valiant fight against their Nemesis of Mount Carmel in our Game of the Week Friday night, but ultimately came up short against MCA 34-14. In Bulldogs action on 103.5 Berwick shut out Tunkhannock 49-0.

Other High School Football
In other action, Southern Columbia extended their winning streak with a 50-21 win against Selinsgrove, Danville beat Jersey Shore 42-14, Vo-Tech fell to Nativity 10-6, and Bloomsburg beat Muncy 42-20.


Bloomsburg University Football
In college football on Saturday... the unbeaten Huskies of Bloomsburg went to Millersville and stayed unbeaten with a 38-14 win. You can hear the details from Saturday's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Friday / October 5, 2012


PPL Plant Reducing Output

PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant... north of Berwick in Salem Township... has reduced electricity output on both of its generating units... and is preparing for a planned shutdown of the Unit 1 reactor later this month. According to a PPL 

spokesperson... when the reactor is shut down... there will be time for additional turbine inspection, as the company looks to confirm data provided by new instrumentation that could lead to finalization of a plan to resolve the issue of turbine blade cracking that was first identified in 2011. Pending the outcome of the Unit 1 inspection, PPL Susquehanna will determine whether a similar inspection of the Unit 2 turbine is warranted.

 

109th State House Debate

The two candidates who want to represent Columbia County in the State House in Harrisburg debated the issues Thursday night. From economic development... to health care... to gun control... Republican incumbent David Millard and Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr... a Democrat... were able to explain the differences in their beliefs. Representative Millard... then Mayor Knorr... said they believe they got their message out to the audience. Thursday night's debate at the Central High School auditorium was sponsored by the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce and the local visitor's bureau.

 

Registration Deadline

If you're not registered to vote in the November general election... you only have a few days to stop by the Columbia County elections office at the Courthouse Annex in Bloomsburg. Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says new registrations are pretty much in line with past presidential election years. And although you have until Tuesday at the close of business to register... Monday isn't an option since most local, state and federal offices will be closed due to the Columbus holiday.

 

Covered Bridge Festival

The 31st Covered Bridge Festival got underway Thursday at the Knoebels Amusement Resort... just off Route 487. Otto Kurecian of the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau said despite rain showers through midday... the first day was a success. But Kurecian said the folks also took in the AgriTourism part of the festival... with animals from Columbia County farms adding to the day's event. The Covered Bridge Festival runs through Sunday at the Knoebels Resort.

 

Sentenced

A Columbia County man was in Court Thursday where he was sentenced on charges of stealing an estimated $20,000 worth of farm equipment. Our media partner, NewsWatch 16 is reporting David Lodewyks was ordered to pay $8,000 in restitution... and serve probation. Police say Lodewyks and Michael Albert made off with oil tanks... and other items from the Pet Dome earlier this year... then turned around selling them to a scrapyard.

 

Video Poker

It's being called the largest seizure of video poker machines in Pennsylvania. That... after federal and state authorities raided nearly 200 locations in a four county area... including Luzerne... seizing an estimated 400 machines. Bars, private clubs and other locations were raided earlier this week... as well as a storage area in Nanticoke belonging to Pennsylvania Coin... the vendor of the machines. No one has been arrested... and no citations have been issued yet.

 

Freeland Building

The Freeland Borough Council in Luzerne County says it plans to demolish the old Pitman's furniture store soon. The store in the 500 block of Centre Street has been deteriorating over time... and is a safety hazard. Franzosa Trucking of Hazleton was awarded the $68,000 contract to take down the building.

 

Barn Fire

Still no cause into a fire which leveled a barn in South Centre Township earlier this week. There is very little left in the structure at 5005 Sweppenheiser Drive... across the street from the Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech school. Earlier this week... Lime Ridge Fire Chief Scott Fedder said he believed the fire was electrical in nature. Meantime... the state fire Marshall has been sifting through the ashes trying to figure out what started the blaze.

 

Health Secretary

The Corbett administration is looking for a new Secretary of Health. Current Secretary... Dr. Eli Avila... has tendered his resignation... saying he plans to peruse other interests and be closer to his family. Within the past two months... Dr. Avila visited Geisinger Medical Center in Danville where he handed out $3.9 million for research. Until a replacement is named... Deputy Secretary Michael Wolf will serve in an acting capacity.

 

Sandusky Bail

The wife of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is getting back the $50,000 she put up for his bail before his conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. A judge granted a request to refund the bail to Dottie Sandusky and to release the court's hold on their home, which had been put up as $200,000 collateral. The 68-year-old Sandusky has been in a county jail since his June conviction on sexually abusing 10 boys, some on campus. He'll be sentenced next week.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Central Columbia put up a valiant fight against their Nemesis of Mount Carmel in our Game of the Week Friday night, but ultimately came up short against MCA 34-14. In Bulldogs action on 103.5 Berwick shut out Tunkhannock 49-0.

Other High School Football
In other action, Southern Columbia extended their winning streak with a 50-21 win against Selinsgrove, Danville beat Jersey Shore 42-14, and Bloomsburg beat Muncy 42-20.

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

 



Bloomsburg University Football
In college football on Saturday... the unbeaten Huskies of Bloomsburg play at Millersville in a game that starts at 12:30. Coverage on the WHLM stations begins at noon with The Husky Countdown Show.

 

NFL / Thursday

In Thursday night NFL action... the St. Louis rams downed the Arizona Cardinals 17 to 3.

 

MLB Post Season

Major league baseball's postseason begins today with two wild card games. In the National League St. Louis is at Atlanta. In the American League Baltimore is at Texas. The losers are eliminated as the winners advance.

Thursday / October 4, 2012


Debate

The two candidates who want to represent Columbia County in the State House in Harrisburg debated the issues Thursday night. From economic development... to health care... to gun control... Republican incumbent David Millard and Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr... a Democrat... were able to explain the differences in their beliefs. Representative Millard... then Mayor Knorr... said they believe they got their message out to the audience. Thursday night's debate at the Central High School auditorium was sponsored by the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce and the local visitor's bureau.

 

Registration Deadline

If you're not registered to vote in the November general election... you only have a few day to stop by the Columbia County elections office at the Courthouse Annex in Bloomsburg. Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says new registrations are pretty much in line with past presidential election years. And although you have until Tuesday at the close of business to register... Monday isn't an option since most local, state and federal offices will be closed due to the Columbus holiday.

 

Covered Bridge Festival

The 31st Covered Bridge Festival got underway Thursday at the Knoebels Amusement Resort... just off Route 487. Otto Kurecian of the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau said despite rain showers through midday... the first day was a success. But Kurecian said the folks also took in the AgriTourism part of the festival... with animals from Columbia County farms adding to the day's event. The Covered Bridge Festival runs through Sunday at the Knoebels Resort.

 

Sentenced

A Columbia County man was in Court Thursday where he was sentenced on charges of stealing an estimated $20,000 worth of farm equipment. Our media partner, NewsWatch 16 is reportingDavid Lodewyks was ordered to pay $8,000 in restitution... and serve probation. Police say Lodewyks and Michael Albert made off with oil tanks... and other items from the Pet Dome earlier this year... then turned around selling them to a scrapyard.

 

Vote Jam 2012

Bloomsburg University students got an opportunity Wednesday to delve into the world of local and national politics during Vote Jam 2012. The event was coordinated by the Mass Communications Department and the on – campus American Democracy Project. Mass Comm Associate Professor... Maria Mendoza – Enright says things have changed since she first arrived on campus a generation ago. Also the Kehr Union was a place to register to vote... the last day of which is next Tuesday.

 

I – 80 Accident

An unidentified truck driver was taken to the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville... following an accident this morning on Interstate 80... in the westbound lane at Mile Marker 240. First responders were dispatched to the scene around 5-45... and when they go there... the trucker was pinned in his cab. It took rescuers an estimated 40 minutes to free him. The driver suffering multiple fractures to the legs.

 

Fire Scare

Some tense moments for employees working at a convenience store and gas station at the corner of State Route 487 and Paper Mill Road. Firemen from three fire companies ended up at the Sunoco station after they spotted... what appeared to be... smoke inside the building. Lightstreet Fire Chief Darren Shaffer said the problem was traced to an apparent bad florescent light bulb inside a cooler. Lightstreet... as well as Espy and Bloomsburg firemen responded to the call at the Sunoco Station on Paper Mill Road.

 

Fall Foliage

We can't ignore the changing of the leaves on the trees across Columbia – Montour County's... from green of summer... to the golden brown of fall. Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources forester John Maza is keeping track of the changing leaves across northeastern Pennsylvania. Maza says colors will be at their peak across northeastern Pennsylvania and the Pocono's this weekend..... with leaf colors in Columbia and Montour counties hitting their peak next weekend.

 

BTE Production

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble takes the wraps off their latest production Thursday night. Leads Danny Roth and Elizabeth Dowd says Moon over Buffalo is a comedy based on a couple who are actors in the summer of 1953. The story line continues with the possibility of getting out of the city by the lake is they can catch a break from movie maker Frank Capra. Moon over Buffalo begins Thursday night... and runs through the 21st at the Alvina Krause Theater on Center Street in Bloomsburg. Thursday night's performance starts at 7:30.

 

Threats Charges

A Hazleton man is headed for court after charges of threatening and harassing the Luzerne County District Attorney were held for further judicial proceedings. Sean Donahue is accused of sending e-mails to DA Stefanie Salavantis. Donahue is facing charges of terroristic threats and harassment.  He is currently being held on $100,000 bail.

 

Poker Machines

IRS agents and State Police were busy across the region on Wednesday. They raided at least three storage buildings in Nanticoke... as well as several bars... all designed to seize illegal video poker machines. Investigators are remaining tight – lipped about the raids. However, a storage building at Hill and North Market Streets in Nanticoke were searched... with poker machines taken from the property. Machines were also confiscated from several bars and clubs in the Nanticoke area.

 

Hazleton Movie

A Hazleton professional group known as POWER!!! is promoting a movie night under the stars. It will be held on October 12th... featuring the motion picture “The Lorax.” It's a free event held starting at 7 O'clock in the parking lot of the Citiscape / Hayden Tower at 8 West Broad Street. Organizers say they're trying to bring people together and start a dialogue about the community.

 

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Central HS Football

The Central Columbia High School football team will take an unbeaten record into their game at Mount Carmel Friday night. Mount Carmel has a 2-3 record, and the Red Tornadoes have lost three straight games, but Central Columbia Coach Jason Hippensteel considers them a dangerous opponent. Friday night's Central Columbia at Mount Carmel game is our game of the week. The coverage starts 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.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The heads are beginning to roll in Philadelphia. The Phils loosing their last game of the season to the Washington National's 5 to 1 on Wednesday... then came the box walks. The team firing first base coach Sam Perlozzo... bench coach Pete Makanin and hitting coach Greg Gross. The Phils finishing the season with a record of 81 and 81.

 

Wednesday / October 3, 2012


ID Law

A Pennsylvania judge has delayed the full implementation of a controversial state law requiring photo identification to vote in next month's presidential election. Judge Robert Simpson's ruling says voters could be asked to produce ID... but if they don't... they could still vote. Columbia County's Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says we're taking a step back to last spring. And the ruling could still be appealed. Democrats and groups including the AARP and NAACP mounted a furious opposition to a law. Republicans say is necessary to prevent election fraud.

 

Doby Trial

January 14th is now the trial date for a former Bloomsburg University professor who is facing a long list of kiddie porn charges in Oklahoma. The Shawnee News–Star.com is reporting 66 – year old Gary Doby and former third grade teacher... 49 – year old Kimberly Crain... are ready for trial in Pottawatomie County Court. Prosecutors allege Crain worked as a third grade teacher... and allegedly took pictures of young girls... either at school or at her home.... sending the images to Doby. Both pleading innocent in earlier court appearances.

 

Covered Bridge Festival

The 31st Covered Bridge Festival is being held at the Knoebles Amusement Resort this weekend... with Thursday and Friday featured as AgriTourism Day. Mary Staley of the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau... which is producing the four day event...says it's an opportunity for folks to get close to animals... and fruits and vegetables grown by area agri-businessmen. The Covered Bridge Festival will feature nearly 350 craft vendors.... as well as more than 2 dozen food vendors. The event starts Thursday at 10 O'clock.

 

Apple Harvest Festival

There was a capacity turnout for Tuesday's annual Apple Harvest Health Festival for seniors at the Espy fire hall. Kathy Lynn from the Columbia County Office of Aging says the event is designed for those folks who take care of themselves. The festival also featured vendors who showcased their services including Trooper Shannon Yorke out of Troop N in Hazleton. She says those over 60 are perfect targets for scams. Trooper Yorke also giving tips on home security... as well as questions about elderly driving and the law.

 

Benton Fire

A Benton man is lucky to be alive after his home caught fire Tuesday Afternoon. Two neighbors alerted Joshua Rees... to a fire in his mobile home in the 300 block of West Third Street... moments after he dozed off. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition... that Rees was working on a computer using a soldering iron... he placed it on a window sill to cool, but it fell off... wedging itself between a mattress and a wall. Rees and four other people... including his mother and sister are living elsewhere... temporarily.

 

Power Line

A power line stretching from the PPL Susquehanna Steam Electric plant in Salem Township... north of Berwick... to New Jersey... has been given final approval by the National Parks Service. That okay was needed since the line goes through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area. The upgrade of the line will connect the Berwick plant to the Public Service Electric and Gas Company in New Jersey on a 145 – mile route.... and is expected to provide more reliable electrical service.

 

MinSec Escapee

A man who served time on felony drug charges... and now at the MinSec halfway house in Hazleton has disappeared. State Police at Hazleton say 33 – year old Claudie Robinson was on his way to a drug test when he fled from MinSec staffers Tuesday morning. They say he was on a pre – release assignment to the facility. Now... warrants have been issued for his arrest on a charge of escape.

 

Sugarloaf Twp Sewage

The Conyngham Borough Authority has told its lawyer to break a sewage treatment service agreement with Sugarloaf Township dating back to 1976. And an effort to come up with a new agreement between the Borough and the Township hasn't materialized. The problem appears to be Sugarloaf's failure not to fully pay a $109,000 payment for operation and maintenance costs. The township only coming up $100,000. Legal action... according to the borough... may be forth coming.

 

Ashley Shooter

A man accused with shooting a second man outside an Ashley bar earlier this year has returned to Luzerne County. 26 – year old Sean McPhail was found in the New York City area... and was arraigned Tuesday where bond was set at $300,000 and remanded to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.  McPhail is accused of shooting 31 – year old Sean Reilly outside a bar in Ashley in late July.

 

McQueary Suit

A former Penn State graduate assistant has filed a lawsuit against the University. Mike McQueary alleges defamation and misrepresentation after the school placed him on administrative leave last November... and failed to renew his contract in June. It was McQueary who found former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in a shower with a boy In 2001. He testified against Sandusky during his trial earlier this year. No word on the specific amount he's suing for... but his suit says future coaching earning would have amounted to $4 - million dollars over 25 – years.

 

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HS Football

With the high school football regular season having reached the halfway mark, four area teams have put themselves into great position for possible high seeding when the postseason playoffs begin. In District 2 Class AAA, Berwick is tied for first with Valley View in state points. In Distinct 4 Class AA, unbeaten Central Columbia has the most points and Danville is second. In District 4 Class A, Southern Columbia is in first place. This Friday night, Berwick is at home against Tunkhannock, Central Columbia plays at Mount Carmel, Danville is at home against Jersey Shore, and Southern Columbia plays at Selinsgrove.

 

BU Football

Bloomsburg University's junior running backs Franklyn Quiteh and Eddie Mateo are both in the nation's top ten in rushing yardage. Quiteh is 3rd while Mateo is 9th. Another highly ranked Husky is defensive end Larry Webster. He is 4th in the nation in quarterback sacks. The unbeaten Huskies play at Millersville Saturday afternoon at 12:30.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies rookie Darin Ruff hit two home runs Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals... but it just wasn't enough. The Phils were defeated by the Nats 4 to 2. Philadelphia wraps up the season Wednesday afternoon when the two teams meet for the final time. You can catch all the action of the Phillies / Nationals starting with the pre – game show at 12:30... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Tuesday / October 2, 2012


Barn Fire

Volunteer firemen did what they could... but there was no saving a huge barn from flames early Tuesday night. The fire broke out around 6 O'clock at 5005 of Oppenheimer Drive when owner Todd Hampton went to mow some grass. By the time he returned... Lime Ridge Fire Chief Scott Fedder said the 80 – year old barn was in flames. It was filled with hay and straw... and that fueled the fire. There were no animals in the barn... except for a rooster... which was saved. No official cause of the fire has been listed... but Chief Fedder says it could be electrical in nature.

 

Fair Improvement Sought

Although this year's Bloomsburg Fair went smoothly.... the President of the Fair Association says there is one problem. Paul Reichart says it deals with getting folks off the highways... out of traffic jams and into the event. A second problem deals with drainage on the lower part of the grounds... and that.. Reichart says... will be addressed.

 

Recycling

The Bloomsburg Recycling Center is expanding their hours in order to accommodate those folks dropping off material. Environmental Service Administrator Charles Fritz says they'll be open their regular hours Monday thru Thursday... but will remain open until 5 O'clock those days... instead of three.... as well as being opened the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

 

IndyCar

An economic boost to northeastern Pennsylvania next summer. The open wheel IndyCar Series returns to Pocono Raceway next July... the first time since 1989. There had been open wheel racing in the past starting in 1971... and ending 19 years later. Since that time... Pocono upgrading their property and paved the 2 – and – a – half - mile speedway. The Pocono IndyCar 400 is scheduled for July 7th.

 

Hazleton Fire

Unattended food on the stove is being blamed for a Monday fire which extensively damaged a duplex in the 6-hundred block of Cleveland Street in Hazleton. Two women who lived in the building were led to safety by a neighbor... as well as Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea. One of the women taken to the hospital to be checked out. Most of the fire was contained to 607 Cleveland... while the other side of the building sustained smoke damage.

 

Gas Prices

The price of self – serve, unleaded regular gas is hovering in the mid $3.80 range. The Triple - A Fuel Gauge report out shows that right now... across northeastern Pennsylvania... gas is averaging $3.86 a gallon... up a penny from the weekend... but the same price it was last week at this time. Overall... gas is up an average of eight cents a gallon as compared to a month ago.

 

I-80/PennDOT

Work continues this week on the new bridges that carry Interstate 80 over the Susquehanna River between the Lime Ridge / Berwick and Mifflinville interchanges. PennDOT's Rick Mason says starting Tuesday and lasting through Wednesday... the eastbound right lane will be closed until 5 PM each day in order to remove temporary concrete barriers and paint new traffic lines. This will open the acceleration lane for the eastbound on – ramp at Lime Ridge... eliminating the stop sign now in place.

 

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Bloomsburg University

The undefeated Bloomsburg University football team has moved up to 7th in the nation in the latest American Football Coaches Association poll. The Huskies are one of four PSAC teams in the nation's top 25. California and Shippensburg are tied for 16th and IUP is ranked 22nd. The Huskies play at Millersville Saturday afternoon at 12:30. The coverage begins with The Husky Countdown Show at noon on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 & www.whlm.com.

 

Monday Night Football

Turnovers were the story... as Dallas quarterback Tony Romo tossed five interceptions Monday Night....as the Chicago Bears defeated the Cowboys 34 to 18.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick did what he had to last night... pacing the Phils to a 2 to nothing shut out win over the Washington National's. Despite the loss... the Nats secure a spot in the playoffs... after the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves. The Phil's and Nats meet again Tuesday Night in Washington. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.

Monday / October 1, 2012


 

Barn Fire

You could see the smoke for miles.... and the flames were intense... that as a large barn caught fire on Sweppenheiser Drive in South Centre Township. Now... there's nothing left of the barn... which had been at 5005  Sweppenheiser for generations... across the street from the Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech School. Lime Ridge Fire Chief Scott Fedder telling WHLM News the owner of the barn walked away to do some mowing... and when he came back... the strucutre was on fire. Fedder says he believes the fire is electrical in nature. The barn packed full of hay and straw. The horses kept inside the structure were led to safety. We'll have more on the news during the WHLM Morning Buzz starting Tuesday morning at 6 O'clock.

 

Bloomsburg Fire

Bloomsburg firemen thought they had a house fire on their hands when they were dispatched to the 700 block of Catherine Street Sunday night. However, Fire Chief Bob Rupp said the emergency wasn't as bad as first thought... just a circuit breaker box which caught fire and burned itself out. The owner of the two story, half – double half home was called about the incident. An electrician expected to make repairs Monday.

 

United Water

The flooding of last September caused problems for United Water... the utility that supplies drinking water to Bloomsburg and surrounding areas. Not only did the town run out of water... hours into the flood event... but water lines on the west side were damaged. But... that's all been taken care of over the past year... so says the utility's Bob Manbeck. Also... put into service recently... was 2,000 feet of a new 16 inch in diameter transmission line... providing the west side with more... and consistent water pressure. The old transmission line was buried under Fishing Creek and was washed away during the flood.

 

Dairy Princess

What's the closing days of the Bloomsburg Fair without a dairy princes or two at the cattle barn. That's where we found Columbia – Luzerne County Dairy Princess Kate Dent of Briar Creek Township. Ms. Dent promotes dairy products in the two county area throughout the year. Ms. Dent and her court spent a couple of hours around the livestock area... having pictures taken for the 2013 Columbia County bicentennial calendar which will be distributed next year.

 

EPA Fine

The owners of Stony Brook Circle in Orangeville have  entered a consent degree with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. EPA have signed a $1.3 – million consent decree with GPS Management... Frank Perano and related management companies. It covers drinking and waste water issues at 73 mobile home parks... 70 of which are in Pennsylvania. The State EPA says the problem at Stony Brook Circle deals with the drinking water. The DEP and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency say inspectors discovered violations at the mobile home parks during five consecutive years.

 

Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular gas is hovering in the mid $3.80 range. The Triple A Fuel Gauge report out this morning shows that right now... across northeastern Pennsylvania... gas is averaging $3.86 a gallon... up a penny from Sunday... but the same price it was last week at this time. Overall... gas is up an average of 8 cents a gallon as compared to a month ago.

 

I-80/PennDOT

Work continues this week on the new bridges which carry Interstate 80 over the Susquehanna River between the Lime Ridge / Berwick and Mifflinville interchanges. PennDOT's Rick Mason says starting Tuesday... and lasting through Wednesday... the eastbound right lane will be closed from 7 AM until 5 PM... in order to remove temporary concrete barriers and paint new traffic lines. This will open the acceleration lane for the eastbound on – ramp at Lime Ridge... eliminating the stop sign now in place.

 

Sullivan County

A detour remains in effect for Monday morning commute in neighboring Sullivan County. Route 87 near Forksville was shut down on Sunday due to a rock slide which covered the road. A detour has been established... however some trucks used in the Marcellus shale fields are being allowed through the area. PennDOT says the road is expected to be open to traffic late today... or sometime tomorrow.

 

Hazleton Stabbing

Hazleton police say they're investigating a stabbing which occurred over the weekend at a North Laurel Street parking lot... near Green Street. Police aren't saying much about the incident... only saying that the unidentified man received a superficial wound.

 

Avoca ATC Tower

If you're flying out of the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton Airport.... your plane will be guided through the skies by air traffic controllers in a state of the art control tower. The ribbon cutting was held at the start of the weekend officially bringing the $20 – million tower on line. The tower it replaced had been in operation since 1952.

 

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BU Football

Junior running back Franklyn Quiteh rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bloomsburg University football team to a 43-24 win over Gannon on Saturday as the Huskies remained unbeaten. Quiteh became the third player in school history to rush for over 4000 career yards. The win came with a big cost- wide receiver Kyle Fisher suffered a severe shoulder injury which will sideline him indefinitely. The Huskies play at Millersvile next Saturday afternoon.

 

NFL Action

The Philadelphia Eagles just getting by the New York Giants Sunday night... 19 to 17. Sunday afternoon... the San Francisco 49er's blanked the New York Jets 34 to nothing.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Cole Hamels kept delivering for the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. He struck out eight while allowing five hits to lead the Phillies to a 4 to one victory over the Miami Marlins. The Phillies wrap up the season starting with their final series with the Washington National Monday night. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

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Friday, Oct. 24

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