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News Archive Archives for 2012-12

Monday December 31, 2012


PA Lotto Management

State lawmakers have called a hearing on the Corbett administration's plan to privatize Pennsylvania Lottery management. The Senate Finance Committee has scheduled the hearing for January 14th, and administration officials say they are happy to answer questions in any format. Meanwhile, Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser says the bid deadline may be extended. Any extensions would probably last two to three weeks.

 

State Representatives

The State Representatives who serve Columbia County will be sworn into office for another term New Years Day. Representatives David Millard, Kurt Masser, and Karen Boback will be sworn-in on Tuesday at noon on the floor of the House of Representatives. The state house facing many challenges before...such as pension reform and coming up with a 2013-2014 budget.

 

Small Games Seminar

State Representative Lynda Culver of Northumberland and Snyder Counties will be hosting a small games of chance seminar on Thursday January 10th at 6:00 PM at the Sunbury Social Hall. The seminar is open to the public, and Culver encourages all officers, trustees and committee members who are responsible for complying with the rules and regulations of operating local small games of chance events to attend this seminar. It will be approximately 2 hours in length with a question and answer session to follow. Call Culver's office at 286-5885 to RSVP.

 

Wheelchair Engineers

If you're looking for something to do today, why not stop by the Columbia Mall this afternoon and get a look at the Wheelchair Engineer Train Program? It's a volunteer effort headed by Robert Bomboy of Danville. A once-vacant storefront is now the home to the program. The Wheelchair Engineers display is open to everyone, and will be operating this afternoon starting at 3:00 PM at the Sears end of the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn.

 

YMCA 5K Run/Walk

The streets of Bloomsburg will be crowded tonight thanks to the 11th annual YMCA 5K walk/run. For many it's the perfect way to usher in the new year. The “Y's” Roger Brown says an estimated 400 runners were hosted last year, and this year more are expected. Registration for tonight's event begins at 5:00 PM at the YMCA on 7th Street. The start is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

Playing their first game in 11 days, the Bloomsburg University women's basketball team was at Philadelphia University yesterday afternoon. The Huskies came out on top 86-65. Their next game will be Friday night at Gannon University in Erie.

 

High School Basketball

In boys high school basketball last night, in the championship game of the Southern Columbia Holiday Tournament, Southern Columbia beat North Schuylkill 59-44. In girls basketball today at noon Central Columbia plays Berwick in the championship game of the Judy Knorr tournament in Berwick.

 

National Football League

The NFL 's regular season ended yesterday. Former Southern Columbia star Henry Hynoski scored his first career touchdown on a one yard pass from Eli Manning to help the New York Giants beat the Philadelphia Eagles 42-7. In other games, it was The Pittsburgh Steelers 20 and the Cleveland Browns 10. And the Buffalo Bills 28 and the New York Jets 9.

What's Happening Sunday December 30, 2012


On Monday there are trains at the Columbia Mall.  The Wheel Chair Engineers train program will be open from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  It’s a wheel chair accessible layout…and features the new Dillon Floral limited-edition train with puffing MTH steam engine.  It’s at the Sears end of the Columbia Mall.

 

Singles Meeting Singles has a New Years Eve party planned at the Columbia Valley Moose in Bloomsburg.  Tickets are $15.00.  For more information contact Mary Lou at 204-7563.

 

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA has their New Years Eve 5K Run/Walk planned to start at 7:00 PM.  Race day registration is at the YMCA from 5:00 to 6:45 PM.  The course travels through Main Street in Bloomsburg this year.

 

From the WHLM Future File on the Community Calendar for 2013 is the first meeting of La Leche League in the New Year this Thursday at 7:30 PM at St. Lukes Lutheran Church on Lightstreet Road in Bloomsburg.

 

Next weekend the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is hosting a second community cast meet-up for Flood Stories, Too.  If you’re interested in being a part of the performance plan to be at the theatre next Saturday at 10:00 AM.

 

And also on the January Calendar is the annual Trash To Treasure Yard Sale Saturday January 19th to benefit the Columbia County United Way happening Bloomsburg University.

 

WHLM Sports

Boy's HS Basketball Tournament

The Southern Columbia boys will host a Holiday Tournament starting Friday night. In the first game at 6 O'clock.... Milton fell to North Schuylkill 50-46. In the second match Northwest came up short against Southern Columbia 54-45. Listen to all the details from the game with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Update:

 

 

You can catch all the action of the second round between Southern and North on the WHLM Stations Sunday night at 6PM.

What's Happening Saturday December 29, 2012


This afternoon it’s your last chance to see the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s performance of “A Christmas Carol.”  Showtime is at 2:00 PM at the Alvina Krause Theatre in Downtown Bloomsburg.  Box office number is 784-8181.

 

The Free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church is open today.  They have their talking train with dozens of other trains you and children can play with.  Over 1,000 icicle lights decorate the display now.  The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

On Monday there are trains at the Columbia Mall.  The Wheel Chair Engineers train program will be open from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  It’s a wheel chair accessible layout…and features the new Dillon Floral limited-edition train with puffing MTH steam engine.  It’s at the Sears end of the Columbia Mall.

 

Singles Meeting Singles has a New Years Eve party planned at the Columbia Valley Moose in Bloomsburg.  Tickets are $15.00.  For more information contact Mary Lou at 204-7563.

 

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA has their New Years Eve 5K Run/Walk planned to start at 7:00 PM.  Race day registration is at the YMCA from 5:00 to 6:45 PM.  The course travels through Main Street in Bloomsburg this year.

 

From the WHLM Future File on the Community Calendar for 2013 is the first meeting of La Leche League in the New Year this Thursday at 7:30 PM at St. Lukes Lutheran Church on Lightstreet Road in Bloomsburg.

 

Next weekend the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is hosting a second community cast meet-up for Flood Stories, Too.  If you’re interested in being a part of the performance plan to be at the theatre next Saturday at 10:00 AM.

 

And also on the January Calendar is the annual Trash To Treasure Yard Sale Saturday January 19th to benefit the Columbia County United Way happening Bloomsburg University.

 

WHLM Sports

Boy's HS Basketball Tournament

The Southern Columbia boys will host a Holiday Tournament starting Friday night. In the first game at 6 O'clock.... Milton fell to North Schuylkill 50-46. In the second match Northwest came up short against Southern Columbia 54-45. Listen to all the details from the game with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Update:

 

 

You can catch all the action of the second round between Southern and North on the WHLM Stations Sunday night at 6PM.

Friday / December 28, 2012


Winter Weather Advisory

We could be in for a rough weekend... now that the National Weather Service in State College has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Saturday. It includes all of central Pennsylvania... including Columbia and Montour Counties. We could get anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of snow starting Saturday morning... just before daybreak... from a system coming out of the southwest. That may make it a slow – go for travel Saturday... as snow could be heavy at times... cutting down visibility to a quarter – mile.

 

Snow Removal

Folks were busy on Thursday.... removing snow from roadways... sidewalks as well parking lots and streets. We caught up with some snow blower action at the corner of 3rd and Iron Streets in Bloomsburg Thursday morning. Although it appeared the snow wasn't deep enough... the blower made quick work of what was on the ground.

 

Fair Grounds Assessment

The Bloomsburg Fair Association says they're seeking relief on the property taxes they pay every year on their five parcels of land, which make up the fairgrounds. Right now... the board is paying an estimated $150,000 a year on an assessment of $5 – million dollars. They would like to see it reduced by $100,000. Board Association member David Millard says there are other revenue streams that can provide tax money to local governments and schools. Association attorney Jeff Hill recently filed an appeal for lower taxation. A pre-hearing on the issue is scheduled for January 29th.

 

Reward Offered

The operator of a Wilkes – Barre towing company and several other businessmen are offering a reward in order to find the driver of a car which killed a 5 – year old boy last Friday night. The group is pledging $1,500 to find the driver of a red, Pontiac Grand Am who struck and killed Kevin Miller of Dallas... and then fled the scene. The incident happened a week ago on North Street as the little boy and his family left a party.

 

Plane Crash Update

The pilot of that single – engine Piper Cherokee which crashed in northern Lycoming county last weekend remains in serious condition at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Authorities say Vincent Mow of Waukesha, Wisconsin was behind the controls of the plane when it went down Sunday... off Route 44... near the Potter County line. The FAA says Mow was on his way to a Kingston, New York airport when the plane went down... scattering Christmas packages across the debris field. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

 

Holiday Fatalities

The Pennsylvania State Police say seven people were killed on the state highways over the Christmas holiday. Of the 1,300 crashes.... 315 people were injured. A PSP spokesperson says 108 of the crashes were alcohol related... including one of the fatalities... and two of the seven people who died were not wearing seat belts. In 2011... five people died in Christmas holiday crashes.

 

YMCA Walk / Run

What a way to usher out the old year.... and ring in 2013 with the Bloomsburg YMCA's 11th annual 5 K walk / run through the streets of the town. The “Y's” executive director Roger Brown says just over 400 people competed last year.... and more are expected this year. The event will get underway 7 O'clock Monday night... with the start / finish line in front of the YMCA building on 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Hazleton Budget

The Hazleton City Council has tentatively approved its operating budget for 2013. During a special meeting Thursday... council okayed the plan proposed by Mayor Joseph Yanuzzi... which includes a 83% tax hike. But in order to get the plan through council.... the Police Department loses $175,000 in funding. Other departments getting cut are the fire department... code enforcement... public works... as well as contracted engineering services. Now the plan must be okayed during second and third readings. That could take place before Monday.... with the budget expected to be okayed by December 31st.

 

Luzerne Money

The Luzerne County government is in a cash squeeze... so the Council has okayed a plan loan itself $916,000 from the county's domestic relations account. Right now... the county has $1.5 - million dollars in it's treasury to pay bills... and the money borrowed from domestic relations plus a $2 – million dollar transfer from a landfill account will allow the county to pay $4.4 million dollars in bills now due.

 

Eligibility Requirements

The Department of General Services has launched a new website to assist contractors, subcontractors and state and local government bodies bidding public works projects in meeting the requirements of the Public Works Employment Verification Act. That new law goes into effect the first of the year. The measure was signed by Governor Corbett last summer... and it requires those working in the construction business to verify the employment eligibility of each new employee.

 

NCAA Fine

A high-ranking state senator has proposed a new law that would keep Penn State’s $60 - million NCAA fine over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal within Pennsylvania. Republican Senator Jake Corman, who represents State College, said much of the money was generated within the state, so he believes the child abuse prevention grants it is earmarked for should be distributed for... what he calls... the betterment of Pennsylvanians. Corman said he hoped lawmakers would act quickly on his proposal, as the school has already made its first $12 million payment. He also plans to ask a court to prevent any of that initial payment from being released to organizations outside Pennsylvania.

 

Arrest

A 32 – year old Watsontown man is accused of breaking into a house... and taking up residence. Lynn Davis is charged by Point Township police in Northumberland County with facing a long list of charges after he was spotted earlier this month on the back porch of a home on Susquehanna Trial. After several attempts to catch Davis.... police apprehended him... after finding contents inside the home which did not belong to him. He was arraigned... and sent to the Northumberland County Jail.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Evans / Pro Bowl

Former Bloomsburg University All American Jahri Evans has been named to the NFL Pro Bowl for the 4th consecutive season. Evans has started 111 straight games at right guard for the New Orleans Saints and is currently tied for the fifth longest streak of games started among active NFL players.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Thursday night, in the Pine Grove Tournament... Mahanoy Area defeating Danville 53 to 48.

 

Boys HS Tournament

The Southern Columbia boys will host a Holiday Tournament starting Friday night. In the first game at 6 O'clock.... Milton fell to North Schuylkill 50-46. In the second match Northwest came up short agaist Southern Columbia 54-45. Listen to all the details from the game with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Update:

 

 

You can catch all the action of the second round between Southern and North on the WHLM Stations Saturday night beginning with the pregame show at 7:15.

 

Girls HS Results

In girls basketball Thursday night... Benton getting by Northwest 53 to 44... and: Southern Columbia over Sullivan County 54 to 18.

 

Judy Knorr Tournament

The Judy Knorr Girls basketball tournament begins Friday night in Berwick. In the first game at 6 O'clock... Central Columbia plays Selinsgrove followed by Berwick against Bethlehem Freedom.

Thursday / December 27, 2012


Snow Removal

Folks were busy on Thursday.... removing snow from roadways... sidewalks as well parking lots and streets. We caught up with some snow blower action at the corner of 3rd and Iron Streets on Thursday morning. Although it appeared the snow wasn't deep enough... the blower made quick work of what was on the ground. Now... the National Weather Service out of State College says we can expect anywhere from a dusting to two inches of snow during Saturday.

 

Fairground Assessment

The Bloomsburg Fair Association says they're seeking relief on the property taxes they pay every year on their five parcels of land which make up the fairgrounds. Right now... the board is paying an estimated $150,000 a year on an assessment of $5 – million dollars. They would like to see it reduced by $100,000. Board Association member David Millard says there are other revenue streams that can provide tax money to local governments and schools. Association attorney Jeff Hill recently filed an appeal for lower taxation. A pre-hearing on the issue is scheduled for January 29th.

 

Reward Offered

The operator of a Wilkes – Barre towing company and several other businessmen is offering a reward in order to find the driver of a car which killed a 5 – year old boy last Friday night. Bob Kadluboski says his group is pledging 15 – hundred dollars to find the driver of a red, Pontiac Grand Am who struck and killed Kevin Miller of Dallas... and then fled the scene. The incident happened a week ago on North Street as he and his family left a party.

 

Holiday Fatalities

The Pennsylvania State Police say seven people were killed on the state's highways over the Christmas holiday. Of the 1,300 hundred crashes.... 315 people were injured. A PSP spokesperson says 108 of the crashes were alcohol related... including one of the fatalities... and two of the seven people who died were not wearing seat belts. In 2011... five people died in Christmas holiday crashes.

 

Gas Prices

Gas prices across northeastern Pennsylvania are holding steady. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.42 – a - gallon... the same as it was earlier this week... as well as a week ago. A month ago... we were paying an averaging $3.57 a gallon.

 

Centax

Will the records be destroyed. The lawyer handling the bankruptcy of Centax... Luzerne County's former tax collection agency... says there is no money to pay for records storage... and wants to have the records destroyed. So... he's seeking an okay from the court. But, Luzerne County says that's not such a good idea... since the company still owes the county and municipalities an estimated $9 – million dollars. It includes property and school district taxes for the first half of 2011.

 

DUI / Sullivan

A Sweet Valley man was arrested early Tuesday morning on a DUI charge. State Police at Laporte say 40 – year old Donald Space was stopped for a traffic violation near a convenience store. He was arrested for DUI and other traffic violations. Troopers say charges will be filed in a Sullivan County District Court.

 

 

Wednesday / December 26, 2012


Winter Storm Warning

It is a mess across our region Wednesday night... as snow and freezing rain continues to fall. As of 6 PM an estimated 2 to 3 inches of snow had fallen in mid – town Bloomsburg... with the National Weather Service in State College telling us we can expect to get anywhere from six to ten inches of total snow accumulation before the storm ends. We remain under a Winter Storm Warning through 7 O'clock Thursday morning... but it could be lengthened depending on how fast the snow, sleet and rain travels from the south to the northeast. Wednesday's storm has produced a rash of traffic accidents... including a major one on Interstate 80 near the Lightstreet interchange. At one point... PennDOT lowered the speed limits on all interstates to 45 MPH from their usual 65. We'll keep you up to date.

 

PennDOT

With a winter storm warning with us through daybreak Thursday.... the folks at PennDOT headquarters in Montoursville have established an incident command center. The people in the center keep an eye on the big... as well as the small weather picture... so says the Agency's David Thompson... and that includes constant contact with PennDOT Headquarters in Harrisburg. Crews spent Tuesday morning pre – treating some of the busiest roads across District 3.... with plowing and anti – skid material hitting the roadway once a thin layer of snow began to accumulate.

 

PPL / Storm

With the National Weather Service issuing a winter storm warning for central and northeastern Pennsylvania through Thursday morning... the folks at PPL have been busy. As of mid – morning Pennsylvania Power and Light's Terri McBride says the giant utility was getting ready. Ms. McBride told WHLM News crews have been called in off vacation... and they're standing by for the first sign of trouble. If you loose your juice... call PPL at 1 – 800 – 342 – 5775.

 

DUI Patrols

Now that Christmas is slipping away in our rear view mirror.... the next big holiday is this weekend. The New Years holiday weekend is straight ahead... and for many.... it's a reason to drink more than your usual share of alcohol. However, David Everly of the Pottsville – based PA Traffic Safety Enforcement Resource Center... says lawmen will be lurking to find impaired drivers. As we head into the weekend... roving patrols will be out.... as well as DUI checkpoints established along some of Columbia and Montour Counties busiest highways.

 

Cop Safety

If you've noticed small, blue lights in windows this holiday season... they're to show support for police officers. With the murders of at least a half – dozen officer this month alone across the nation... it's been a tough month for law enforcement. Locust Township police chief Allen Breach says there is one recurring theme among officers before hitting the street... and that is to be safe and go home to your family at the end of the shift. And the job that Chief Breach and his officers preform is even more stressful... since Locust Township is predominantly rural... and the closest backup officer could be 15 to 20 minutes away.

 

Butler Twp Fire

Fire investigators say a late Sunday night house fire in Butler Township... north of Hazleton... began in a propane gas fireplace. The family lost everything they had in their home in the Beech Mountain gated community. Now... they're being helped by the American Red Cross... as well as the Valley Regional Fire and Rescue Company... as the unidentified family tries to get their lives back in order.

 

Northumberland County Fire

A rough start to Christmas Day in Northumberland County for one Shamokin Township couple. They awoke around 2:30 Tuesday morning to a fire which swept through their mobile home along Route 61.  Authorities say Paul Singara and his girlfriend escaped the flames. The fire is being blamed on his wood burning stove.

 

Hazleton Budget

Hazleton City Council will meet Thursday afternoon... in order to reach a new property tax rate... and approve a budget for 2013. If they don't... Hazleton's government could shut down. Top of mind... a proposed 83 – percent property tax hike.... slash spending to the bone or find new revenue streams.  Whatever the case... city code says Hazleton must have a budget in place by the 31st of the month.

 

Powerball Winning Tickets

Two Powerball tickets sold for last Wednesday's drawing in Pennsylvania are worth a million dollars each. The state lottery commission says one of the tickets was sold at Stauffer's One Stop in Ringtown in neighboring Schuylkill County. No one has stepped forward with the winning ticket. The convenience store owner will receive a $5,000 bonus.

 

 

Tuesday / December 25, 2012


Winter Storm Warning

The National Weather Service in State College has posted a Winter Storm Warning for most of central Pennsylvania... including Columbia and Montour Counties. A winter storm warning is in effect from 10 AM Wednesday through 7 AM Thursday. The warning replaces a winter storm watch which had been in effect. The Susquehanna valley may see 3 to 6 inches of snow followed by a heavy layer of sleet.

In essence... heavy snow will spread in from the south during late Wednesday morning and afternoon. It will mix with and turn to sleet. Freezing rain may also become mixed in the evening. The mixed precip will taper off to snow showers late Wednesday night. For the most part the wind will be 5 to 10 MPH... with gusts of up to 25 MPH. We'll keep you up to date starting with the WHLM Morning Buzz beginning 6 AM Wednesday morning on Newsradio 930 / WHLM.

 

Mobile Home Fire

A rough start to Christmas Day in Northumberland County for one Shamokin Township couple. They awoke around 2:30 Tuesday morning to a fire which swept through their mobile home along Route 61.

Authorities say Paul Singara and his girlfriend escaped the flames. The fire is being blamed on his wood burning stove.

 

Powerball Tickets

Two Powerball tickets worth a million dollars each from last Wednesday's drawing. One of the tickets was sold at Stauffer's One Stop in Ringtown in neighboring Schuylkill County. No one has stepped forward with the winning ticket. The convenience store owner will receive a 5 – thousand dollar bonus.

 

 

Christmas Day December 25, 2012


Monday / December 24, 2012


Millard / Budget

We're only half – way through the state's fiscal year... and already lawmakers in Harrisburg are trying to anticipate what Governor Corbett will included in his February budget message. During a recent interview... State Representative David Millard of Millville says money for on – going Mental Health and Retardation programs is a major concern... especially in the areas of unfunded mandates either from the state or federal governments. And Representative Millard says there have been meager or no increases in program funding the past several years.

 

Scott Twp Fire

Lightstreet and Espy firemen were called out early this morning to... what was first believed to be.. a structure fire in the 600 block of Crestwood Drive in Scott Township. Although it turned to be much less... reports from the scene indicate that a thermostat malfunctioned... sending an elderly couple into the chilly night air. Firemen arrived... checked the wall where thermostat was mounted for flame extensions... then ventilated the structure.

 

Plane Crash

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to be in northwest Lycoming County this Christmas Eve... trying to figure out how a single – engine airplane crashed in a wooded area. They want to know why the Piper fell out of the sky Sunday afternoon near Route 44 close to the Lycoming – Potter County line. The pilot survived... and was flown to Geisinger in Danville. He has not been identified, but a quick search of FAA records show the plane registered in Delaware.

 

Kidsburg Donation

A boost for the committee trying to build Kidsburg 2 – point – zero at the Bloomsburg Town Park. First Columbia Bank and Trust donating $50,000 to kick start their fund raising drive to make the park a reality. Committee organizer Deb Huckens says it's a pretty good feeling to get community support. First Columbia's donation comes just days after Kawneer and the Alcoa Foundation gave the committee $20,000... as well as the Mitrani Foundation coming through with a $10,000 check.

 

Wilkes – Barre Hit & Run

Police in up and down the Wyoming Valley continue their search for the driver of a red, two – door Pontiac Grand Am... with a sun roof and damage on the front end. The car and driver are wanted in connection with the hit and run death of five year Kevin Miller of Dallas in Wilkes – Barre late Friday night. The child and his family had just left a party when he was struck. He died later at a hospital.

 

Hazleton Grants

Five Hazleton area group have received grants from the Luzerne Foundation. Overall 15 grants were given across the county... and were chosen from 67 applicants. The grants were given to groups dealing with child sexual abuse to a veterans assistance program.

 

Freeland Streetscape

Freeland... in Luzerne County... is in the middle of it's Streetscape project and it needs more money to finish it... so the Borough Council is turning to the Local Share Account. That's the group which manages gaming revenues from state casinos. During a council meeting over the weekend... it was determined they need $400,000 for crosswalks... sidewalks... lighting and landscaping. The application for the money to the Share Account must be submitted by the end of business Monday.

 

Schuylkill Meth Lab

A hit and run accident in a parking lot in neighboring Schuylkill County led to the discovery of a mobile meth lab. It happened in St. Clair on Sunday when a car hit a parked van... and when cops went to speak to the driver... they discovered the man passed out and found evidence meth manufacturing.

Now... 39 year old Felix Ferrer of the Reading area is locked up... facing felony charges. One crime uncovered another in Schuylkill County. What started as a hit and run crash, led to the discovery of a meth lab.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Basketball

There are just two area high school basketball teams still unbeaten at this Christmas holiday break: the girls teams from Danville and Southern Columbia. Those teams meet at Southern Columbia on January 3rd. Both have one game before that.

 

NFL Sunday

The Washington Redskins defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27 – 20... The Cincinnati Bengals beat the Steelers 13-10 in Pittsburgh... It was San Diego over the New York Jets 27 – 17... Also... the Baltimore Ravens defeated the New York Giants 33 – 14.

 

NBA

In the NBA Sunday... it was the Brooklyn Nets over the Philadelphia 76ers 95 - 92

 

College Football

The college football bowl season continues this afternoon with The Hawaii Bowl. Fresno State faces SMU.

 

Here's What's Happening Sunday December 23rd, 2012


The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is on stage again this weekend with “A Christmas Carol,” showtime this afternoon is at 3:00 PM.

 

Visit the Manger in Bloomsburg Town Park tonight at 6:30 PM. Join the community to see live actors and animals tell the Christmas Story. There will be free hot chocolate and cookies. Bring a chair if needed.

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church invites you to enjoy Christmas Music by their Chancel Choir during their worship service at 9:00 AM today. At their 10:00 AM service they'll have a family Christmas covered dish dinner and talent show. On Tuesday they have planned a Christmas Eve service at Bonham's Nursing Center at 2:00 PM....and at 7:00 PM they have their candlelight service at 7:00 PM...that's all at Town Hill United Methodist Church.

 

Katy's Church is hosting a musical Christmas service tonight at 7:00 PM with Reverend Acor officiating the service. The 1869 historical church is located in Madison Township near Millville next to the state game lands.

 

Sweet Valley Church of Christ will have a Christmas Eve Children's Musical tomorrow at 6:30 PM. The program is called “Angel Alert.”

 

Stillwater Christian Church invites you to a Christmas eve service at 7:00 PM at Benton High School. Then they are hosting their annual Christmas Meal on Christmas Day from Noon to 2:00 PM at the church.

Here's What's Happening Saturday December 22nd, 2012


Catawissa First United Methodist Church is holding their annual Christmas Cookie Bake Shop today. They're selling homemade cookies, other baked goods, candy and peanuts. Cookies are $5.00 per pound.

 

The Children's Museum is hosting “Thank You” day today. You're kids are invited out for cocoa, cookies, holiday music, crafts, ornaments and more. If you're wearing a holiday sweater you'll get a dollar off of admission.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is on stage again this weekend with “A Christmas Carol,” showtime tonight is at 7:30 PM and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM.

 

The Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville is hosting their eighth annual public Christmas party today. You're invited for the music, sparkling lights, homemade cookies, hot cider, cocoa and coffee.

 

The Lower Anthracite Model Railroad Club will have their display open tonight from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Shamokin Public Library.

 

Visit the Manger in Bloomsburg Town Park tomorrow night at 6:30 PM. Join the community to see live actors and animals tell the Christmas Story. There will be free hot chocolate and cookies. Bring a chair if needed.

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church invites you to enjoy Christmas Music by their Chancel Choir tomorrow during their worship service at 9:00 AM. At their 10:00 AM service they'll have a family Christmas covered dish dinner and talent show. On Tuesday they have planned a Christmas Eve service at Bonham's Nursing Center at 2:00 PM....and at 7:00 PM they have their candlelight service at 7:00 PM...that's all at Town Hill United Methodist Church.

 

Katy's Church is hosting a musical Christmas service tomorrow night at 7:00 PM with Reverend Acor officiating the service. The 1869 historical church is located in Madison Township near Millville next to the state game lands.

 

Sweet Valley Church of Christ will have a Christmas Eve Children's Musical Monday at 6:30 PM. The program is called “Angel Alert.”

 

Stillwater Christian Church invites you to a Christmas eve service at 7:00 PM at Benton High School. Then they are hosting their annual Christmas Meal on Christmas Day from Noon to 2:00 PM at the church.

Friday / December 21, 2012


Bloomsburg Fire

Only days before Christmas... a fire swept through an apartment building at 250 West Street in Bloomsburg. The alarm sounded shortly before 2:30 Friday afternoon when smoke and flames were seen coming from the rear of the two story building. Bloomsburg police officer Ken Auchter telling WHLM News when he spotted the smoke, he immediately wheeled his patrol car to the scene... getting residents out of the building. One resident, John Moore was chased from the structure by the flames wearing only a pair of pajama bottoms. He had to shoes or shirt. Bloomsburg firemen asked for... and received... mutual aid from area fire companies. The cause of the Friday afternoon blaze remains under investigation.

 

Weather

A rough Thursday night and Friday Morning in the Susquehanna Valley as winds associated with a cold front knocked down trees on roadways... fell on power lines knocking out juice to nearly 600 PPL customers in Columbia and Montour Counties. The winds also scattered loose items and Christmas decorations on porches into neighbor's yard. In some areas in Columbia County... the wind was out of the east... clocked with gusts of up to 35 miles an hour. Officially.. at the Selinsgrove Airport... gusts of up to 24 miles an hour were recorded overnight.

 

PPL Reactor Shutdown

The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is investigating the second shut down of Unit Two at the PPL Steam Electric Station in Salem Township in the past week. Unit 2 came to a safe shutdown late Wednesday night when there was a problem with a water pump as operators tried to put it into operation. If you recall... the unit shut down automatically a week ago when a valve on it's main turbine system failed. Although the NRC has launched an investigation... in the past... an agency engineer has told WHLM News the plant is safe.

 

Bloomsburg Budget

The Town of Bloomsburg has a new operating budget in place for 2013. Council unanimously giving their stamp of approval last night. It contains no property tax increase, but it does show a nearly $100,000 deficit. But councilman Eric Bower says... for the most part... he's pretty happy with the plan. That budget gap is expected to be covered by Federal Emergency Management Agency money due to the town treasury stemming from the flood of 2011.

 

Holiday DUI

There is a big crack down on suspected drunken drivers across a ten county area... including Columbia and Montour Counties. It's the number one criminal offense in Columbia County. During a news conference Thursday at the State Police barracks... Sgt. Leonard Rogutski of the Bloomsburg Police Department says drinking and driving remains a major problem. Sgt. Rogutski says that during the holidays... there will be roadblocks established to check on drivers... as well as roving patrols.

 

Berwick Burglaries

Berwick has been plagued with a rash of home burglaries over the past few months. Some crooks have been caught in the act... others escaping with goods taken from the homes and cars that were unlocked. And those stolen items may be fenced to buy drugs. During a recent interview... Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish says they need help from the pubic in combating the crimes. Most of the burglaries have been in the area of LaSalle and Washington Streets... as well as the area of Front and Mulberry.

 

Drug Arrests

Two West Hazleton residents were taken into custody late Thursday afternoon after a search warrant was served on their home on Ridge Avenue. The pair aren't being identified... but police say the home at 303 Ridge has been the focal point of several heroin buys over the past few months. The investigation, meantime, continues into the Hazleton area heroin trade.

 

Fatal Crash Probe

Investigators want to know why a Wapwallopen man was traveling an estimated 100 miles an hour on Interstate 81... earlier this week... crashing his car and winding up dead. Police say 44 – year old John Kosko was traveling at that speed on the left shoulder of the highway near the Nuangola exit. That's when he lost control... the car rolling over in the median. Kosko was tossed from the car.

 

Kiddie Porn Sentence

A Hazleton man will spend the next ten years in federal prison. 22 – year old Rafael Polonia pleaded guilty earlier this year to using a computer to download and distribute kiddie porn. Polonia was originally arrested nearly a year ago... but those charges were eventually dropped. But the feds stepped in leading to a more severe penalty.

 

School Lockdown

A 37 – year old Snyder County man is in the Northumberland County jail after making threats toward an elementary school in Point Township. Police say Jeremy Church made the threats... just a week after the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school. The Priestly Elementary School on Cannery Road went into an immediate lock down... with many parents rushing to the building. Police arrested Church... who lives in Middleburg... charging him with making terroristic threats.

 

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AP Team All – State

The Susquehanna Valley was well represented in the Associated Press Class A and Class AA all state football teams announced Thursday. In Class A, Bloomsburg wide receiver John Klingerman made the team along with two Southern Columbia players - offensive lineman Ryan Cherwinski and linebacker Cody Pavlick. In Class AA, two members of Danville's District 4 championship team were named all state - linebacker Eric Haney and defensive back Cale Rice.

 

Girls Basketball

In girls high school basketball Thursday night.. Berwick defeated Meyers of Wilkes – Barre 33 – 25.

 

Boys Basketball

In boys' basketball Thursday night... it was Benton over Bucktail Area 61 – 44.

 

Friday Night Basketball

Among Friday's boys' basketball games, Central Columbia is at Hughesville. You can hear that match up on the WHLM Stations beginning with the pregame show at 7:10.

 

High School Wrestling

In high school wrestling Thursday night.. Central Columbia shut – out Danville 76 to nothing.

Thursday / December 20, 2012


Bloomsburg Budget

The Town of Bloomsburg has a new operating budget in place for 2013. Council unanimously giving their stamp of approval Thursday night. In it... no property tax increase, but it does show a nearly 100 – thousand dollar deficit. But councilman Eric Bower says... for the most part... he's pretty happy with the plan, but would have like to have seen an additional police officer added to the force. That budget gap is expected to be covered by Federal Emergency Management Agency money due to the town treasury stemming from the flood of 2011.

 

Holiday DUI

“Operation Safe Holiday....” designed to crack down on drunk drivers is underway in a ten county area including Columbia and Montour Counties. It comes through establishing DUI checkpoints and roving patrols. Sgt. Leonard Rogutski of the Bloomsburg Police Department is co-coordinator for the region. He says a lot of things happen when one gets behind the wheel of a car while impaired. Sgt. Rogutski says between Thanksgiving and the New Years holiday last year... there were 64 reportable crashes in two county area... with 13 accidents DUI related... with one person losing their life.

 

Berwick Burglaries

Berwick has gotten a reputation for being the meth capital of Northeast Pennsylvania.... now it's for a rash a burglaries which have taken place since late summer. Police Chief Ken Strish says most of the burglaries have happened to homes and cars which were unlocked... with some of the items possibly being fenced for drugs. Most of the burglaries have been in the area of LaSalle and Washington Streets... as well as the area of Front and Mulberry Streets.

 

Kidsburg 2.0

A boost for the committee trying to build Kidsburg 2 – point – zero at the Bloomsburg Town Park. First Columbia Bank and Trust donating $50,000 to kick start their fund raising drive to make the park a reality. Committee organizer Deb Huckens says it's a pretty good feeling to get community support. First Columbia's donation comes just days after Kawneer and the Alcoa Foundation gave the committee $20,000... as well as the Mitrani Foundation coming through with a $10,000 check.

 

New Tool for Area Cops

It costs $360,000... and weighs 9 - and - a - half tons. It's an armored personnel carrier manufactured by Massachusetts – based Lenco... and it's stationed in Bloomsburg. Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says it's main purpose is to get law enforcement officers into an out of dangerous situations... as well as protect personnel from chemical attacks and gunfire. Although the APC... known as the Bearcat will be housed in Bloomsburg... it will be used in a seven county area stretching from Wyoming to Berks County.

 

Slashing Sentence

A man originally from Florida... with a 37 – page rap sheet... will spend the next 20 to 40 years in state prison. 40 – year old Kim Roquet was handed the sentence after being convicted of the slashing of Bernardo DiGirolamo... a worker at the Decker Scrap Yard in Berwick. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... the unprovoked attack took place in January of 2011... when Roquet slashed DiGirolamo... and beat him in the head with a blunt object.

 

School Security

The Bloomsburg Area School District is always tweaking it's security plans... weather at the Elementary... or the middle or high schools. That word from Superintendent Cos Curry in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting nearly a week ago. Superintendent Curry says it's simply a case of being pro – active instead of re-active.... plus the ability of having open lines of communications with the Bloomsburg Police Department.

 

Manger in the Park

A collaboration between area United Methodist Churches has led to the production of Sunday's Manger in the Park in Bloomsburg. It will be held in Town Park on Market Street and began as a concept a couple of year's ago... so says Pastor Sue Rogutski. The program... featuring a live cast and animals gets underway Sunday evening at 6:30 near the Town Park Bandshell.

 

Local Shopping

Buy local... and that's what appears to be the case in downtown Bloomsburg. With only days away from Christmas folks are discovering the downtown area... so says businessman Tim Wagner. And Wagner says there will be late night shopping Friday... with downtown merchants staying open late.... and Santa will be at his cottage to greet the kids who have gift requests.

 

Danville Middle School

The rebuilding of the Danville Middle School began Wednesday... more than a year after the flood of September of 2011 forced the school to close. The project began less than a day after the Danville School Board okayed a contract with Zartman Construction of Northumberland. Since the floods... students have been scattered throughout the district... but hope to return to the Route 11 campus at the start of the 2013 school year. Cost of reconstruction is pegged at $9.3 – million... with the Federal Emergency Management Agency picking up most of the tab.

 

Murder Investigation

The body of a woman found strangled to death in a Hazleton apartment... will be returned to the Dominican Republic. 32 – year old Maria Brea is expected to be buried in her home country over the weekend. Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea says there are no suspects in the case... but they do want to question Brea's former boyfriend... Oscar Garcia. He's been missing since the woman's death last Friday.

 

Murder / Suicide Probe

It could take weeks before investigators know what went on in a Butler Township home near Freeland... which led to the murder – suicide of a couple going through a divorce. 51 – year old John Walton... and his 41 – year old wife, Stacy, were found dead in their Butler Drive home earlier this week. One of the issues to be determined... who shot whom... and that question is expected to be answered by a crime lab.

 

Murder Charge Lodged

A Nanticoke man is facing a fourth homicide charge in Luzerne County Court. 19 – year old Shawn Hamilton is now charged with murdering his cousin... 22 – year old Kenyatta Hughston last July in the middle of Jay Street in Wilkes – Barre. Hamilton is already charged with three murders in a Plymouth apartment last summer... when a drug deal went south.

 

 

Wednesday / December 19, 2012


Lenco Bearcat

It costs $300,000... and weighs in at 9 and a half tons. It's an armored personnel carrier manufactured by Massachusetts – based Lenco... and it's stationed in Bloomsburg. Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says it's main purpose is to get law enforcement officers into an out of dangerous situations... as well as extricate people from dangerous situations and to sniff the air for chemical weapons. Although the APC... known as the Bearcat will be housed in Bloomsburg... it will be used in a seven county area stretching from Wyoming to Berks County.... including Columbia, Montour and Luzerne.

 

School Security

In the wake of that school shooting in Connecticut last week... educators across the state... and here locally... are checking their security plans. For the most part... all are taking a pro – active approach... so says Bloomsburg School Superintendent Dr. Cos Curry. Those plans also include tweaking for things such as fire drills and lock downs in the event of any trouble on any of the school campuses.

 

Local Shopping

Buy local... and that's what appears to be the case in downtown Bloomsburg. With only days away from Christmas folks are discovering the downtown area... so says businessman Tim Wagner. And Wagner says there will be late night shopping this Friday... with downtown merchants staying open late.... and Santa will be at his cottage to greet the kids who have gift requests.

 

Manger in the Park

Who says the Bloomsburg Town Park is only for summer activities. The Methodist churches in the area are producing a “Manger in the Park” presentation Sunday at the park bandshell. Pastor Jake Woodward appearing on the Wednesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz says there is a live cast for the event... as well as live animals. The Manger in the Park presentation gets underway Sunday at 6:30 at the Bloomsburg Town Park.

 

Danville Middle School

The Danville School Board Tuesday night voted to renovate the District's middle school... along Route 11... closed since the flooding of September of 2011. The repair work will cost in the neighborhood of $9.3 - million... with most of the tab being picked up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... that work is expected to start soon with the school open for business at the beginning of the 2013 – 2014 school year. Zartman Construction of Northumberland is the prime contractor.

 

Hazleton Murder Probe

Hazleton police say a woman found dead inside an apartment on East Diamond Avenue is 32 – year old Maria Brea. She had been missing since last Friday... and so has her ex - boyfriend Oscar Lozano Garcia. Authorities say Brea was strangled. She initially was reported missing when she failed to pick up her two kids at school Friday afternoon. Now... authorities are on the lookout for Garcia... as the investigation continues into Brea's death.

 

Charged in Valley Fatality

A Wilkes – Barre man has surrendered to police... and is now charged with an accident involving a death. That's a third degree felony. 40 – year old Daniel Loughnane of Hanover Township is accused in the hit and run death of a 19 – year old Rebecca McCallick last July. Loughnane allegedly stuck and killed McCallick on Hazle Avenue with his Ford pickup truck. During a search of the truck... police found evidence... such as hair and bone fragments. Loughnane is now free on bail.

 

Ice Rink

The YMCA in Bloomsburg is wishing for something this Christmas season.... how 'bout some cold weather so they can get some use out of their 5,000 square foot ice rink at their 7th Street property.  The “Y's” Roger Brown says the rink is full of water... the lights are up for nighttime skating... and rental skates are ready for use. All they need is some cold temperatures... below 32 degrees overnight... as well as during the daytime hours.

 

Wilkes – Barre Robbery

Police in Wilkes – Barre Township are looking for an armed robber who held up a convenience story early Tuesday morning. Cops say a man strolled into the Turkey Hill store near Wilkes – Barre and threatened the clerk with a knife. The bandit getting away with an unknown amount of cash from the clerk.

 

Guilty Plea

A former high school football coach has pleaded guilty in federal court to child pornography charges.  28 – year old Joseph Ostrowski of Wilkes – Barre... the former gridiron coach at Holy Redeemer High School was arrested last may. He made his plea on Tuesday. Ostrowski could be sentenced 25 years to life... with a lifetime of supervised release.

 

Bixler Folo Up

He may have died from an accidental overdose of prescription medicines. That word from authorities in the death of 57 – year old Julian Bixler of Millville. Deputy Columbia County Coroner Linda Kessler telling the Press – Enterprise that additional testing has been ordered to see if that's the case... or if Bixler died due to hypothermia. His body was found Friday between two school buses in a parking lot... north of Millville.

 

Warrior Run Teachers

The Warrior Run School Board member didn't cultivate any good will... when he told student and teachers... he worked more hours as a professor... than anyone in Warrior Run. Lyle Horn later apologized. It came during a board meeting in Turbotville this week. For the past year and a half... the board and teachers have been trying to hash out a new contract. Horn's remarks didn't set well with the teachers.... sparking them to walk out of the meeting.

 

Table Games Revenue

Pennsylvania gambling regulators say gross revenue from table games at the state’s 11 casinos was up 3.4% last month compared to November 2011. The state’s gaming board says table games revenue was $55.9 - million last month, up from $54 - million during the same period the year before. This year’s figures, however, include $2.6 - million generated from table games at the state’s newest casino in suburban Philadelphia.

 

Sunbury Burglary

A Sunbury man was charged with breaking into the Pennsylvania Dutch Market on Market Street in Sunbury over the weekend. Police say 38-year-old Chad Wolfe was spotted in the back of the store which was closed at the time. Police found a window had been broken and arrested Wolfe shortly thereafter. He’s jailed in lieu of $75,000 in the Northumberland County Prison.
 

WHLM Sports

In BU College Basketball action Wednesday, the Huskies were on the road to play the Vulcans of California in a pair of close games. The BU Women's team won their game 63-61. The Men's team traded the lead with Cal in the closing minutes but ultimately lost their match 71-68. You can hear all the details from the night's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Tuesday / December 18, 2012


Bloomsburg Budget

Bloomsburg Town Council meets Thursday afternoon in special session. The reason... to adopt the Town's proposed 2013 budget.... crafted by Council and Mayor Dan Knorr. The spending plan totals an estimated $4.4 - million... and includes a $99,000 deficit. But property taxes remain the same. Council member Diane Levan says it's one of the toughest budgets she's had to work on. Not included in the budget is a new police officer... and the town's public works director will only be able to hire one new person... instead of two... and the town will have to dip into its reserves to the tune of $164,000 for one time expenses. That special council meeting gets underway at 5:30 Thursday afternoon.

 

Wise Foods Sold

Wise Foods... the producer of Wise potato chips and other snack foods is in the process of being sold to a Latin America – base company. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... Palladium Equity Partners has made a deal to sell the company to Arca Continental which bottles Coca – Cola to countries south of the border. No changes are expected at the Berwick plant... and all the employees now there... will stay. No purchase price has been announced... but the sale faces regulatory scrutiny. Wise is the second largest employer in Columbia County.

 

PennDOT Ready for Winter

It's been a pretty decent winter... thus far. Just a dusting of snow... and the forecast is only calling for snow showers later in the week. That's kept the folks at PennDOT happy. But, when the snow does fall... the agency's David Thompson says the first roads to get plowed are the interstates and expressways... followed by secondary roads. Thompson says the district... which includes Columbia and Montour Counties has plenty of anti – icing and anti – skid materials to cover the road surface.

 

Teen Confess

Two Berwick teenagers were in Columbia County Court in Bloomsburg yesterday... apologizing for the damage they caused to Crispin Field... and at least one business... in October. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... Nick Happle and Jobe Halteman said they were sorry for causing an estimated $18,000 worth of damage to the facility... as well as a near – by restaurant. Both pleading guilty to criminal trespassing and mischief. A third person... a 12 – year old did not show up at court... and an arrest warrant was issued. The pair will be sentenced at a later date.

 

Murder – Suicide

Two Butler Township residents... near Freeland... are dead... the result of a murder – suicide says the Luzerne County District Attorney's office. Dead are 51 – year old John Walton... and his wife... 41 – year old Stacy. The pair was found Monday morning by relatives. The couple had been going through divorce proceedings. Stacy Walton was a school teacher in the Hazleton district... while John Walton was a contractor.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

The price of self serve, unleaded regular gas is holding steady across northeastern Pennsylvania... including Columbia and Montour Counties. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows gasoline averaging $3.43 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend... and down five cents from a week ago. That average could be more or less... depending on location.

 

Wanted

Police are looking for a man wanted for attempted murder in the Lehigh Valley. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting... cops are looking for Victor Rivera after he crashed his car during a traffic stop on Route 309 near McAdoo in Schuylkill County. Following the crash... Rivera ran into a wooded area and disappeared. Police finding drugs in the car he was driving.

 

Theft

A case of theft at the Red Rock Job Corps Center in Sullivan County. State Police at Laporte tell us some one made off with an iPad belonging to Richard Powers of Allentown. The device was on a chair in the Corps recreation center prior to it's disappearance.

 

Lycoming Robbery

A weekend robbery of a convenience store near Williamsport netted the robber a cash register full of money. Police say the bandit strolled into the Quick Mart on Northway road Saturday night.... showed a gun and demanded cash. Instead of just getting the money... the clerk just handed over the register. No one was hurt in the stick up.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams both face nationally ranked opponents Tuesday night as the Huskies play at IUP in their first game action in ten days. The Bloomsburg women's team, ranked 22nd in the nation, play the 15th ranked Crimson Hawks in the first game at 5:30 followed by the men's game against 18th ranked IUP. You can hear both of those contests on the WHLM Stations beginning with the pregame show at 5:10.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys' high school basketball Monday night.... Bloomsburg Christian defeated Columbia Montour Vo-Tech 56 – 37.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball Monday night... Central Columbia beat Towanda 44 – 34... and Southern Columbia downed South Williamsport 68 - 49.

 

High School Wrestling

In high school wrestling Tuesday night, Bloomsburg and Central Columbia renew their neighborhood rivalry at Central.

 

BU Wrestling

There's college wrestling Tuesday night at Nelson Field House as the Huskies of Bloomsburg University take on Buffalo. That match begins at 7 O'clock

 

NFL Monday

In the NFL Monday night... the Tennessee Titans getting by the New York Jets 14 to 10.

Monday / December 17, 2012


PPL Reactor Shutdown

Unit 2 at the PPL nuclear plant north of Berwick remains shut down Monday. The unit automatically shut down during routine testing of a valve on the main turbine system. A utility spokesman says all systems responded as expected... with the reactor in a safe and stable condition. Unit 1 continues to chug along... producing power and is no way effected by the shutdown of Unit 2.

 

Bloomsburg Fire Call

Bloomsburg firemen were called out shortly before 2:30 Monday morning when folks living in an apartment complex discovered smoke in one of the units. Firemen rushed to 424 Chestnut Avenue... and the source of the smoke had firemen stumped for a few minutes.  Assistant Deputy Chief Scott McBride said the filter was plugged with dirt and debris... eventually burning out the furnace motor. As a precaution people living in the complex were evacuated... while firemen found the source for the smoke. Then they simply ventilated the smoke from the one unit Chestnut Street complex.

 

State Revenue

Sales tax revenue coming into the state during November took a bit of a slide. That word from State Representative David Millard of Millville. How 'bout to the tune of $23.2 - million below anticipated revenues. It's money used to fund the current state budget. But, Millard said revenues should rebound when the December figures are in... putting the state on an even keel for the second half of the fiscal year.

 

Holiday Crackdown

This is the time of year there is a lot of drinking... and some may get behind the wheel of their car instead of having a designated driver. That's where law enforcement plays a part in establishing checkpoints... as well as having roving patrols... so says David Everly with the PA Traffic Safety Enforcement Resource Center in Pottsville. Everly says checkpoints will be established during the holiday season in Columbia and Montour Counties... mainly along Route 11 and 487.... and Route 54 near Danville.

 

Millville Death

An autopsy will be performed on the body of a Millville man found dead in a school bus parking lot at the start of the weekend. Authorities said 57 – year old Julian Bixler didn't have any signs of foul play... and had been suffering from health issues for some time. Bixler's body was found by a school bus driver and her young son who had just completed her afternoon route.

 

Kiddie Porn Charge

The case of a 27 – year old Hazleton man... accused of downloading and viewing kiddie porn.. is headed to Luzerne County Court. Jhow Calderon faces a long list of charges following his arrest last month. Calderon and a second man... arrested at the same time... remain in the Luzerne County Prison.

 

Sugarloaf Twp Budget

Sugarloaf Township supervisors will vote on their proposed 2013 budget when they meet in special session on the 27th of the month. It calls for no tax increase... because supervisors said it wasn't necessary. Between now and the 27th... the proposal is open for pubic review.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team lost to 7th ranked Missouri 22-9 Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in New York City as part of the Grapple at the Garden. It was the first ever collegiate wrestling event at the world famous arena. The Huskies now have a record of 6 and 2.  They will be at home Tuesday night against Buffalo.

 

Franklyn Quiteh

Bloomsburg University's All American running back Franklyn Quiteh finished third in the voting for the Harlon Hill Award which goes to the nation's top Division II football player. The award was given to Shippensburg University quarterback Zack Zulli. Both Quiteh and Zulli are juniors.

 

NFL

In the NFL on Sunday.... the Atlanta Falcons beat the New York Giants 34 – nothing. In overtime... the Dallas Cowboys got by the Pittsburgh Steelers 27 – 24. Monday night... the New York Jets play the Titans in Tennessee.

 

NBA

In the NBA Sunday... the Los Angeles Lakers took the measure of the Philadelphia 76er's 111 – 98.

Sunday / December 16, 2012


Millville Death

An autopsy will be preformed on a Millville man found dead in a school bus parking lot at the start of the weekend. Authorities said 57 – year old Julian Bixler didn't have any signs of foul play... and had been suffering from health issues for some time. Bixler's body was found by a school bus driver and her young son who had just completed her afternoon route.

 

PPL Unit 1

A shut down of unit two at the PPL Susquehanna Steam Electric plant in Salem Township... north of Berwick. It happened early Sunday morning when the unit automatically shut down during routine testing of a valve on the unit's main turbine system. PPL spokesman Joe Scopelliti says all systems responded as expected... and the reactor is in a safe and stable condition. Unit 1 continues to produce power... and is no way effected by the shutdown of Unit 2.

 

Kiddie Porn Suspect

The case of a 27 – year old Hazleton man... accused of downloading and viewing kiddie porn.. is headed to Luzerne County Court. Jhow Calderon faces a long list of charges following his arrest last month. Calderon and a second man... arrested at the same time... remain in the Luzerne County Prison.

 

What's Happening Sunday December 16, 2012


Unit 2 at Nuke Plant Shutdown

A shut down of unit two at the PPL Susquehanna Steam Electric plant in Salem Townshp... north of Berwick. It happened early Sunday morning when the unit automatically shut down during routine testing of a valve on the unit's main turbine system. PPL spokesman Joe Scopelliti says all systems responded as expected... and the reactor is in a safe and stable condition. Unit 1 continues to produce power... and is no way effected by the shutdown of Unit 2.     

 

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The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is busy again this weekend. Catch their performance of “A Christmas Carol” on stage at the Alvina Krause Theatre this afternoon at 3:00 PM. For adult audiences they present “The Santaland Diaries” at the Moose Exchange in Downtown Bloomsburg. The final show time for that is tonight at 8:00 PM.

 

The Bloomsburg Fire Department will have their breakfast buffet today from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company is serving their monthly breakfast and brunch today from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

 

Community of Christ Church in Bloomsburg is hosting their congregational Christmas program tonight at 6:00 PM. They invite you out for the program and refreshments after.

 

S.M.I.L.E is hosting a cookie exchange for single mom's at New Covenant Christian Center in Berwick tonight at 6:00 PM. To participate just bring a two-dozen of your favorite cookies with a written recipe. There will be craft activities and snacks for your kids.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Girls HS Basketball

Central Vs Bloomsburg

In girls basketball Friday night.... Bloomsburg and Central Columbia renewed their neighborhood rivalry. Central defeated the Panthers by a score of 63-44.

 

Benton Vs Southern

On Saturday night the Benton girls were at Southern Columbia. Southern won that game 65-55. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Update:

 

 

What's Happening Saturday December 15, 2012


You can visit several of Danville's most interesting homes decked in holiday splendor today and tomorrow from noon to 5:00 PM during the Iron Heritage Festival Holiday House Tour.

 

One of Santa's Reindeer is going to be in Canal Park in Danville this afternoon at 3:00 PM.

 

The free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church is open as usual today. The display is decorated with more than 1,000 icicle lights...a great Christmastime display.

 

The lower Anthracite Model Railroad Club will have their H-O scale model railroad display open today from 3:00 to 9:00 PM at the Shamokin Public Library.

 

It's a cookie filled weekend with Trinity United Church of Christ's cookie walk that will continue today from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The church is located at 260 East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

St. Paul's Lutheran Church is hosting a cookie sale from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM today. The church is located on Frosty Valley Road in Danville.

 

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is busy again this weekend. Catch their performance of “A Christmas Carol” on stage at the Alvina Krause Theatre tonight at 7:30 PM or tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM. For adult audiences they present “The Santaland Diaries” at the Moose Exchange in Downtown Bloomsburg. Show times for that are tonight at 8:00 PM and 10:15 PM and tomorrow night at 8:00 PM.

 

The Bloomsburg Fire Department will have their breakfast buffet tomorrow from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company is serving their monthly breakfast and brunch tomorrow from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

 

Community of Christ Church in Bloomsburg is hosting their congregational Christmas program tomorrow night at 6:00 PM. They invite you out for the program and refreshments after.

 

S.M.I.L.E is hosting a cookie exchange for single mom's at New Covenant Christian Center in Berwick tomorrow at 6:00 PM. To participate just bring a two-dozen of your favorite cookies with a written recipe. There will be craft activities and snacks for your kids.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Girls HS Basketball

Central Vs Bloomsburg

In girls basketball Friday night.... Bloomsburg and Central Columbia renewed their neighborhood rivalry. Central defeated the Panthers by a score of 63-44.

 

Benton Vs Southern

On Saturday night the Benton girls were at Southern Columbia. Southern won that game 65-55. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Update:

 

 

 

Friday / December 14, 2012


Kidsburg 2.0 Donation

A big financial boost for the volunteers attempting to raise money for Kidsburg 2.0, which will eventually be built at Bloomsburg Town Park... replacing the original kids playground. It happened Thursday when First Columbia Bank and Trust came through with a $50,000 donation. The First Columbia donations comes a week after Kawneer and the Alcoa Foundation started the drive for construction money with a $20,000 gift... and earlier this week... the Mitrani Foundation came through with a $10,000 donation.

 

Berwick Fire

An electric heater too close to a bed is believed to have sparked a fire, which destroyed a mobile home in Berwick late Thursday afternoon. The home was located at a trailer court on Warren Street... near the 1100 block of West Front. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... 23 year old Nicholas Haubner was house sitting for his mother... and went out to pay a bill... when the fire broke out. Initially... it was believed someone was trapped in the structure... but the only causality was the family's Labrador retriever.

 

Winter Commencement

It's winter commencement weekend at Bloomsburg University. 559 graduate and undergraduate students will receive their diploma's. 88 graduate students will be honored Friday night at 6 O'clock... while undergraduate students will have ceremonies Saturday at 10 AM and 2 PM at the Haas Center for the Arts in Mitrani Hall.

 

BTE

Really want to get into the Christmas spirit? Drop by the Moose Exchange on West Main Street for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's “Santaland Diaries.” The Santaland Diaries began Thursday night.... and will continue Friday and Saturday at 8 O'clock... with a late night show Saturday at 10:15 PM.  Meantime... on stage at the Alvina Krause Theater this weekend is BTE's “A Christmas Carol.”

 

Sexting Plea

An ex – substitute teacher for the Shamokin Area School District has pleaded guilty to sending graphic texts to four female students. 24 – year old Michael Zack of Marion Heights entered his plea to sending 4,300 messages between March and October of 2011. Zack is expected to be sentenced before the end of February.

 

Orange Twp Folo

A Milton man remains in serious condition following a crash earlier this week on Route 487... at Megargell Road in Orange Township. Authorities say say 65-year-old Harold Reiner drifted into the opposite lane and slammed head-on into a vehicle driven by Waldemar Lysk of Benton. Both Reiner and Lysk were taken to Geisinger Medical Center. Lysk was treated and released.

 

Hazleton Center

A former parochial school in Hazleton... will be converted into the Hazleton Integration Project... a community center for the city. That word from Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon.... who is from Hazleton. Maddon... along with former New York Yankee player Tito Martinez says the center will be a place for the community to gather. Opening of the center is scheduled for March.

 

Mt Top Fire

Still no official word as to the cause of a Wright Township fire which destroyed a home along Route 309. Jack and Amy Gentilesco got out of the house in time... and so did their cats. Their kids were at school when Wednesday's fire broke out. As investigators search for the cause... Jack Gentilesco says he believes a wood burning stove caused the fire.

 

WHLM Sports

 

State HS Football Championships

The high school football teams that eliminated two local teams in the state playoffs will play in the state finals this weekend at Hershey Park Stadium. Dunmore, the team that beat Southern Columbia, will play unbeaten Clairton Friday at 1 o'clock in the Class A state final. Saturday at noon, Wyomissing, the team that eliminated Danville, will take on Aliquippa in the Class AA state championship game.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball Thursday night.... Benton downed Columbia Montour Vo Tech

67 – 34.

 

Central Vs Bloomsburg

In girls basketball Friday night.... Bloomsburg and Central Columbia renewed their neighborhood rivalry. Central defeated the Panthers by a score of 63-44. You can hear the details from the night's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Update:

 

 

NFL Thursday

In the NFL Thursday night the Cincinnati Bengals blew by the Philadelphia Eagles 34 – 13.

Thursday / December 13, 2012


Attempted Abduction

Benton police are investigating an attempted child abduction. It happened Tuesday afternoon with a 7 – year old boy telling police two men approached him at the corner of Main and North Streets...with the pair offering him candy. The child got away... telling police the men were in a rusty, red pick – up truck with a silver tool box in the bed. If you have information about the attempted child abduction...call police.

 

Briar Creek Twp Burglary

Briar Creek Township police are looking for two people...wanted in connection with a daylight burglary along Twin Church Road near Summerhill. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... homeowner Lou DiPippa surprised the pair as he arrived home Wednesday morning. That's when they pepper – sprayed DiPippa and got away in a gray – colored SUV. The thieves ransacking the home and getting away with some cash. The burglary in Briar Creek Township is just the latest in a series of break – in's across the area.

 

State Budget

No new taxes.... those words coming from Governor Corbett to state lawmakers as they get ready to tackle the Commonwealth's 2013 – 2014 budget. State Representative David Millard of Millville sits on the House Appropriations Committee... and says the Governor means what he says. Representative Millard says the proposed budget will probably look like this year's spending plan... with programs getting level funding... without any kind of an increase in dollars.

 

PPL Rate Increase

Customers of PPL Electric Utilities will see monthly bills increase by about 4% next year. It's due to recent state Public Utility Commission action. The PUC granting Allentown-based PPL a 10.4 % rate of return on income for shareholders. The approval will increase the average bill for residential customers using 1,000 kilowatts of electricity monthly by about $4.77 to $116.37. The increase totals approximately $71 – million.

 

Barletta Assignment

Congressman Lou Barletta... who represents Columbia County in Washington... has been given a new committee assignment. Once he's sworn in for his second term next month... he'll take a seat as a member of the Committee on Homeland Security. That committee is responsible for boarder security... protecting the country from terrorist attacks... responding to disasters... and national security infrastructure. Mr. Barletta will come off the Committee on Small Business to accept his new assignment.

 

Life Flight

We hear them in the air just about every day.... Geisinger Health System's Life Flight helicopters headed to emergency medical calls. Since it's inception in 1981... it's been through contracts with various organizations who supplied the personnel. But now... Life Flight has received it's Federal Aviation Administrations Air Carrier Certificate... and they're bringing the program in – house... so says program manager Jerry Splitt. He says Geisinger will now hire the pilots... maintenance crews and aviation support personnel. The six helicopters based across northeastern Pennsylvania averaging 2,600 flights a year.

 

Ralpho Township

Ralpho Township has a new 2013 budget. Township supervisors approving a $1.3 - million budget this week. Property owners will see an estimated tax increase of between $20 and $25. Supervisors say the budget is roughly the same as 2012.

 

Mountain Top Fire

Wright Township firemen... north of Hazleton... had their hands full Wednesday afternoon... battling a house fire on Route 309. Jack and Amy Gentilesco... and their cats... escaped the flames. Investigators are trying to figure out what started the blaze.

 

Robbery Suspect

Authorities have snagged the man believed to be responsible for a late Tuesday night hold up at a Wilkes – Barre Deli. Bashier Edwards is believed to have robbed a deli on Blackman Street... taking off with an unknown amount of cash. He was later found in a stolen car in Plains Township... with a stolen handgun in his possession. Edwards is now in the Luzerne County Prison.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Bloomsburg HS Basketball

The Bloomsburg high school boys basketball team played their home opener last night. The Shamokin Indians came calling... but at the final buzzer... the Panthers defeated Shamokin 74 – 54. In other boys games Wednesday night... Selinsgrove downed Central Columbia 54 to 46.... And: Freeland MMI defeated Benton 48 to 38...

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball Wednesday night... Southern Columbia getting the best of Montgomery 63 – 32...Bloomsburg defeated Mifflinburg 49 to 37... and: Shenandoah Valley down Central Columbia 53 – 45.

 

National Basketball Association

In the NBA Wednesday night... The Chicago Bulls beating the Philadelphia 76ers 96 – 89.

 

NFL / Thursday

Thursday night in the NFL... The Cincinnati Bengals play the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Wednesday / December 12, 2012


Attempted Abduction

Benton police are investigating an attempted child abduction. It happened Tuesday afternoon with a 7 – year old boys telling police two men approached him at the corner of Main and North Streets... with the pair offering him candy. The child got away... telling police the men were in a rusty, red pick – up truck with a silver tool box in the bed. If you have information about the attempted child abduction.... call police.

 

PPL Rate Increase

Customers of PPL Electric Utilities will see monthly bills increase by about 4 percent next year. It's due to recent state Public Utility Commission action. The PUC granting Allentown-based PPL a 10.4 % rate of return on income for shareholders. The approval will increase the average bill for residential customers using 1,000 kilowatts of electricity monthly by about $4.77 to $116.37. The increase totals approximately $71 - million.

 

State Budget

More than six months before it becomes effective... state lawmakers are thinking about the Commonwealth's 2013 – 2014 budget. State Representative David Millard of Millville says Governor Corbett has already issued an edict.... no new taxes. Representative Millard... who sits on the House Appropriations Committee... says if lawmakers try to put in a new tax to fund programs... it's guaranteed that the Governor will not sign the proposed spending plan.

 

Berwick Man Innocent

It took Columbia County Judge Tom James less than two hours on Tuesday to find a 28 – year old Berwick man innocent of sex charges following a non – jury trial. Our media partner... NewsWatch 16... is reporting Daniel Galindo is free following the judge's decision. Galindo has spent the last 16 months at the Columbia County Prison. He was accused of having a young boy and girl engage in sex acts... but one of the kids testified Galindo wasn't present when the alleged acts took place. Galindo's former girlfriend... Christina Allen... faces the same charges. Allen is expected to go on trial early next year.

 

Luzerne County Budget

Luzerne County Commissioners Tuesday night... postponed voting on the county's proposed $122 – million dollar... no tax hike... budget. The decision was made after several residents complained that they're wasn't enough time to take a look at the proposal. Council relented... saying they'll post the proposal on line.... and meet next Monday to okay the plan.

 

Luzerne County Bills

Luzerne County officials are having a tough time paying their bills this month. They're trying to come up with $1.4 - million dollars. The county council is at wit's end. They had planned to transfer the money from 911 emergency funds... however... County Controller Walter Griffith said that would be illegal.

 

New Superintendent

The Southern Columbia School District has a new superintendent. The School board voting this week to hire 51 – year old Paul Caputo to replace out – going super Charles Reh. Caputo is no stranger to Southern... having been the high school principal before moving on to the job of Superintendent at the Upper Dauphin Area School District. He'll begin his new job in February at a salary of $103,000 a year salary... if he's released from his current contract.

 

Death Penalty

Luzerne County prosecutors will seek the death penalty for one of two brothers charged with killing three people, including a 15-year-old girl, during a botched drug deal. The district attorney's office says it wants 18-year-old Shawn James Hamilton put to death if he's convicted of first-degree murder in the July shooting in Plymouth.

 

Hazleton Scare

A possible structure fire at a Hazleton turned out to be nothing more than a malfunctioning furnace Monday afternoon. Firemen were called to a double house in the 100 - block of South Laurel when smoke was seen coming from the building. However... it was the furnace producing all the smoke.  Fans were used to clear the air... with the owners told to call a furnace technician to take care of the problem.

 

PSU Board

A state lawmaker is proposing legislation aimed at reforming Penn State's Board of Trustees. The suggested reforms from Rep. Scott Conklin of Centre County include reducing the size of the board by 10 to 22 members and fully extending the state Right-to-Know law to the university. The board has been under scrutiny for more than a year for its handling of the child molestation scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Women's Basketball

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team is ranked 22nd in the nation in the latest USA Today Sports Division 2 Coaches Poll. The Huskies are coming off their first loss of the season to unbeaten Millersville last Saturday. Bloomsburg's next game is next Tuesday at 15th ranked IUP.

 

Bloomsburg HS Basketball

After three games on the road to start the season, the Bloomsburg High School boys basketball team played their home opener Wednesday night taking on Shamokin at the Bloomsburg Middle School Gymnasium. Bloomsburg won that game 74-54. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report:

 

 

Tuesday Results

In boys high school basketball last night Benton defeated Warrior Run 60 to 58. In girls basketball last night Benton scored big over Bucktail Area 75 – 61.

 

NBA

In the NBA tonight, the Philadelphia 76ers are at home against the Chicago Bulls.

Tuesday / December 11, 2011


Bloomsburg Buyouts

The Town of Bloomsburg is on a buying binge... purchasing flood damaged homes in the 900 block of West Main Street. Town Administrator Bill Lowthert says one house was acquired last week... a second Monday... with six other properties expected to be acquired by the end of the week. That leaves three homes to be acquired... something the town hopes to consummate by the end of December. Total cost.. an estimated $800,000 which will be reimbursed by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

 

Vending Machines

Pennsylvania State Police are trying to find the culprits who broke into vending machines at Interstate 80 rest areas in Columbia and Montour... as well as Luzerne County. The latest rash of break – in's took place over the weekend. Not only did the thieves steal thousands of dollars... they caused hundreds... if not thousands of dollars worth of damage. The machines are owned by Williamsport – based North Central Sight Services... and the money is used for programs designed for the visually impaired. If you have information about the break – in's... call State Police.

 

Gas Prices

Gas prices across northeastern Pennsylvania are holding steady... but it's dropped five cents a gallon over the past week. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows the current price for self – serve unleaded regular is $3.48 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend... but down from $3.53 a week ago. During the past month... gas is down an average of 10 cents a gallon.

 

Wheelchair Engineers

It takes place every Monday afternoon.... kids and adults getting a chance to run model trains at an area at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. It's been going on the past couple of years... and the space is handicapped accessible for folks in wheelchairs... that's why the name Wheelchair Engineers. The Wheelchair Engineers exhibit is open every Monday starting at 3 O'clock... featuring O – Gauge... American Flyer and H-O layouts.

 

Kidsburg Donation

The committee trying to get Kidsburg 2.0 built in Bloomsburg Town Park recently received it's first big donation. The $20,000 check coming from Kawneer of Bloomsburg and the Alcoa Foundation. Organizer Deb Huckens hopes it's just the first of many big donations. Ms. Huckens and her committee want to construct Kidsburg 2.0 to replace the original Kidsburg built in the early 90's... and lost to the flood of 2011.

 

Bar Stabbing

Still no suspects in custody in connection with a stabbing at a Hanover Township bar near Nanticoke over the weekend. One man was stabbed in the stomach at the Slate Bar on the San Souci Parkway Saturday night. The unidentified victim was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for treatment.

 

Penn State

Penn State will make the first of five payments to its $60 - million fine to the NCAA next week. The money from the fine, paid out over five years, will be used to create an endowment that will support programs on child sexual abuse prevention and victims services. It was part of the punishment leveled on Penn State by the NCAA in the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU's Quiteh

Bloomsburg University's junior running back Franklyn Quiteh has been selected as a first team All American by the American Football Coaches Association. Quiteh led the nation in rushing and touchdowns. He is one of three finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy that goes to the nation's top Division II player. That award will be announced on Friday.

 

Girls Basketball

In girls high school basketball Monday night, Central Columbia was at Danville. In a game you heard on the WHLM Stations... Danville defeated Central 46 to 37, In other girls' games last night... East Stroudsburg defeated Berwick 41 – 37.... Southern Columbia downed Selinsgrove 65 – 56... Saint John Neuman beating Columbia Montour Vo Tech 61 – 33...

 

Boys Basketball

In boys games Monday night: Mount Carmel got by Bloomsburg 47 – 44... Milton downed Central Columbia 48 – 46.

 

Monday Night Football

In the NFL Monday night.... the New England Patriots got the best of Texas 42 to 14...

 

NBA

In the NBA... Philadelphia defeating Detroit 104 to 97...

Monday / December 10, 2012


Buyouts

The Town of Bloomsburg is on a buying binge... purchasing flood damaged homes in the 900 block of West Main Street. Town Administrator Bill Lowthart said Monday night one house was acquired last week... a second Monday... with six other properties acquired by the end of the week. That leaves three homes to be acquired... something the town hopes to consummate by the end of December. Total cost.. an estimated $800,000 which the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency will reimburse.

 

Bloomsburg Budget

Within the next week and a half... the Bloomsburg Town Council will approve a final budget for 2013. It contains a $99,000 deficit... with council having to dip into reserves to the tune of $164,000 for one – time expenditures. But... Mayor Dan Knorr says the spending plan will balance itself out. The proposal is now available for viewing at town hall during business hours. Council will vote on the proposed spending plan the 21st.

 

Heroin Bust

Two Berwick area residents face arraignment later this month after they were busted Sunday on a number of drug charges. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition... Christopher Keim... and his girlfriend.. 21 – year old Abby Long were arrested by Berwick Police after they stopped Keim's car. Police finding a couple of bundles of heroin on Long... and what appeared to be more of the drug... in the center console of the car. Following a preliminary hearing Sunday night... the pair was remanded to the Columbia County Prison.. awaiting a December 18th arraignment.

 

Kiddie Porn Charges

A Bloomsburg man has been arrested by Luzerne County authorities on kiddie porn charges after allegedly downloading an estimated 54 files of children on his laptop. Authorities looked in four different counties before finding 28 – year old Jeremy Box of Bloomsburg at a work site along Route 11. Box was arraigned before district judge Doug Brewer... then remanded to the Columbia County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

 

Road Repair

If you plan to use Route 11 between Berwick and Bloomsburg Monday... you might want to consider an alternate route. PennDOT crews are expected to pick up where they left off last week... in trying to complete the sealing of cracks in one of the most heavily used roads in Columbia County. The agency's Rick Mason says the project is designed to cut down on the formation of potholes.... and to stretch... already thin... maintenance dollars.

 

Foster Twp. Fire

Foster Township firemen... near Hazleton... made quick work of a fire over the weekend. They were called to a home along Woodhaven Drive in the Hickory Hills sub – division... where they stopped a chimney fire in it's tracks. No one was at home when the blaze broke out. Cause of the fire is believed to be related to the home's heating system.

 

Attempted Murder

A Hazleton area man is jailed after he was charged with trying to kill his unborn child. Hazleton police say they arrested 22 – year old Daniel Delese of Jeddo at the start of the weekend after he threatened his pregnant girlfriend.... then allegedly punched her several times in the abdomen. Delese was arrested on a number of charges in connection with the case.

 

 

What's Happening Sunday December 9, 2012


The Loose Ties Model Railroad Club has their huge display of trains up and running this weekend at the Columbia Mall. The display is open today from Noon to 4:00 PM.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble invites you to their performance of “A Christmas Carol” this afternoon at 3:00 PM.

 

The Jubilate Choir and Orchestra presents “The Spirit of the Christmas Season” today at 3:00 PM at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. The church is located on North Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The Bloomsburg University Jazz Ensemble invites you to a flapjack fundraiser this morning from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at Applebees in Bloomsburg. Cost is $7.00, and proceeds benefit the ensemble's trip to New Orleans for The Crescent City Jazz Festival.

 

The 3rd Annual Community Christmas Dinner is this afternoon at the Caldwell Consistory in Downtown Bloomsburg. There is no charge for the meal, and there will be activities for children during the meal. Doors open at Noon, music and activities start at 12:30 PM.

 

The annual German School Christmas open house is this afternoon from 1:00 to 5:00 PM in Mifflinville. The school is located at the corner of Third and Race Streets.

 

Emmanuel Dutch Hill Bible Chapel invites you to their Christmas musical “Sing Gloria” tonight at 6:30 PM. The church is on Dutch Hill Road in Bloomsburg.

 

The Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series presents “The Midtown Men” tonight at 7:30 PM at Mitrani Hall on the BU Campus.

 

First United Methodist Church in Berwick presents the Touch of Brass 16th annual community carol sing tonight at 7:00 PM.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

Three members of the Bloomsburg University football team were named to the Beyond Sports Network Division II All American team. Junior running back Franklyn Quiteh was named to the first team; junior offensive lineman Brian Clarke was named second team; and senior defensive end Larry Webster was a third team selection.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams both faced challenges Saturday afternoon when the Huskies played at Millersville. Both Husky teams lost; the Women's final was 62-55, the Men's final was 62-49. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

HS Basketball

High school basketball's regular season tipped off Friday night. At the McCloskey Center in Danville, two boys' teams that combined for 45 wins last season- Danville and Pottsville, met in a game you heard on the WHLM Stations. Danville was the winner in the close match, 46-45.

 

What's Happening Saturday December 8, 2012


Christ Lutheran Church is hosting their annual winter clothing give-away today from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. They'll have a special children's activity center during the giveaway.

 

It's Dinosaur Day at the Children's Museum in Bloomsburg today. They invite your kids to learn about dinosaurs, go on a scavenger hunt, look at fossils, and enjoy crafts. You'll get a dollar off admission for wearing a dinosaur shirt.

 

The Loose Ties Model Railroad Club has their huge display of trains up and running this weekend at the Columbia Mall. The display is open today from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and tomorrow from Noon to 4:00 PM.

 

The Lower Anthracite Model Railroad Club has their HO scale model railroad display open tonight from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the library in Shamokin.

 

Santa will fly into Mountain Aviation this afternoon at 1:00 PM.

 

The Berwick Historical Society is giving Victorian Candlelight Tours at the Jackson Mansion tonight from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Tour guides will be dressed in period costume and there will be refreshments. Musical entertainment includes harps, violins, piano and caroling.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble invites you to their performance of “A Christmas Carol” tonight at 7:30 PM and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM.

 

BTE also presents “Live From Bloomsburg, A Very Special Christmas Special” this afternoon at 4:00 PM and tonight at 7:00 PM at the Moose Exchange in Downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The Jubilate Choir and Orchestra presents “The Spirit of the Christmas Season” tonight at 7:00 PM and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. The church is located on North Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The Bloomsburg University Jazz Ensemble invites you to a flapjack fundraiser tomorrow from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at Applebees in Bloomsburg. Cost is $7.00, and proceeds benefit the ensemble's trip to New Orleans for The Crescent City Jazz Festival.

 

The 3rd Annual Community Christmas Dinner is tomorrow afternoon at the Caldwell Consistory in Downtown Bloomsburg. There is no charge for the meal, and there will be activities for children during the meal. Doors open at Noon, music and activities start at 12:30 PM.

 

The annual German School Christmas open house is tomorrow afternoon from 1:00 to 5:00 PM in Mifflinville. The school is located at the corner of Third and Race Streets.

 

Emmanuel Dutch Hill Bible Chapel invites you to their Christmas musical “Sing Gloria” tomorrow night at 6:30 PM. The church is on Dutch Hill Road in Bloomsburg.

 

The Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series presents “The Midtown Men” tomorrow night at 7:30 PM at Mitrani Hall on the BU Campus.

 

First United Methodist Church in Berwick presents the Touch of Brass 16th annual community carol sing tomorrow night at 7:00 PM.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

Three members of the Bloomsburg University football team were named to the Beyond Sports Network Division II All American team. Junior running back Franklyn Quiteh was named to the first team; junior offensive lineman Brian Clarke was named second team; and senior defensive end Larry Webster was a third team selection.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams both faced challenges Saturday afternoon when the Huskies played at Millersville. Both Husky teams lost; the Women's final was 62-55, the Men's final was 62-49. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

HS Basketball

High school basketball's regular season tipped off Friday night. At the McCloskey Center in Danville, two boys' teams that combined for 45 wins last season- Danville and Pottsville, met in a game you heard on the WHLM Stations. Danville was the winner in the close match, 46-45.

 

Friday / December 7, 2012


Berwick Meth

For the 12th time this year... Berwick police have busted a suspected meth lab...taking two people into custody. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting... 27 – year old Jason Mussleman was arrested at a house in the 800 block of Vine Street... after eluding police at a second house a block away while they tried to serve a warrant. Also busted was 33 – year old Michael Mitchell who had suspected meth making ingredients inside the second home. Both men face drug charges and are in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg.

 

Berwick Boulevard Vandalism

Police in Berwick want to find the person responsible for breaking into a building at the Berwick Boulevard on Market Street... and may have taken cash from a donation box. Since the Boulevard was opened last Saturday... the building has been broken into twice. The boulevard is a production of the Berwick Jaycees who have been putting on the event for the past 66 – years.

 

Bloomsburg Budget

Bloomsburg Town Council is expected to vote on a proposed $4 – million plus 2013 budget later this month. If approved, the town will start the year with a $99,000 deficit... and will have to use $164,000 of cash reserves for one time expenses. For councilperson Diane Levan... it was one of the toughest spending plans she's worked on. What could effect the budget one way or the other is lease negotiations with Columbia Aircraft at the airport... as well as whether the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency will come through the the money promised for flood recovery.

 

Hazleton Arrest

A Hazleton man is in the Luzerne County lock up after he allegedly fired shots at a 19 – year old man who was arguing with his son. Following an appearance before a district judge... Ramon Diaz was sent to the Luzerne County Correctional facility in lieu of $75,000 bail. Police say the incident happened at North Locust and 5th Streets late Wednesday night when Diaz allegedly fired two shots at the unidentified man... who called authorities. No one was injured.

 

MinSec Sale

A half – way house for prison inmates in Hazleton... known as MinSic... may be moved to another location. That... after a New Jersey – based company recently purchased the facility. Community Education Centers is now searching for a site. The half way house has been in the former Hotel Altamonte since 2008... and since that time there have been problems with residents committing crimes.

 

Berwick Salvation Army

The Berwick Salvation Army has a list of 500 families who need assistance this holiday season... and they need your help in “stuffing a truck.” That's the theme of a campaign starting Saturday in conjunction with the Wal – Mart store in Buckhorn. Lt. Kevin Polito telling says they want to fill a donated truck with toys and coats. The “stuff the truck” campaign begins Saturday morning in the parking lot of Wal – Mart on Lunger Drive in Hemlock Township.

 

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble

In keeping with the Christmas Spirit... the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble began a three day run Thursday night of the latest production entitled “Live from Bloomsburg, a Very Special Christmas.” The second performance is Friday night at the Moose Exchange on Main Street. Show times for “Live from Bloomsburg” is 7 O'clock Friday and Saturday night... with a Saturday matinee at 4. At the same time... BTE is presenting “A Christmas Carol” at the Alvina Krause Theater on Center Street... every weekend through the 29th.

 

Gaming Money

State gaming officials say Pennsylvania casinos saw a slight rise in gross slots revenue last month, compared to November 2011. But the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board says the increase was less than a half a percent... up to $192.5 million... and it was boosted by the opening of Valley Forge Casino Resort earlier in the year. The gaming board says revenue figures declined about 1.9 percent when looking only at the 10 casinos open during both periods.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

Three members of the Bloomsburg University football team were named to the Beyond Sports Network Division II All American team. Junior running back Franklyn Quiteh was named to the first team; junior offensive lineman Brian Clarke was named second team; and senior defensive end Larry Webster was a third team selection.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams will both face challenges Saturday afternoon when the Huskies play at Millersville. Earlier this week, the Millersville men's team beat Goldy Beacom 60-48 for their 6th straight win. The Millersville women's team has won all four of their games. Bloomsburg at Millersville starts Saturday with the women's game at 1 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40

 

HS Basketball

High school basketball's regular season tipped off Friday night. At the McCloskey Center in Danville, two boys' teams that combined for 45 wins last season- Danville and Pottsville, met in a game you heard on the WHLM Stations. Danville was the winner in the close match, 46-45. You can hear all the details from the game with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Friday Night Basketball Update:

 

 

NFL

In the NFL Thursday night... the Denver Broncos rolled over the Oakland Raiders 26 – 13.

Thursday / December 6, 2013


Sitler Funeral

Funeral services will be held Thursday in Benton for a murder victim. 53 – year old Darlene Sitler was gunned down over the weekend at a Coudersport Church... in Potter County... allegedly by her ex – husband. Ms. Sitler grew up in Benton... and was involved in the district's music program before graduating in the late 70's... eventually working the past thirty years for the Northern Potter County School District. Ms. Sitler's funeral to take place at 11 O'clock at the Dean Kriner Funeral Home.

 

Alleged Burglar Arrested

A Danville area man is in the Columbia County Prison... charged with allegedly stealing items from unlocked cars... then selling them for drugs. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition 23 – year old Michael Crossley of Liberty Township allegedly made off with an estimated $2,200 worth of consumer electronic goods from unlocked cars in the Foxtail sub-division in Hemlock Township last month. Crossley was arrested Wednesday at a Perry Avenue mobile home. He was remanded to the prison in lieu of $35,000 bail.

 

Upgraded Charges for Anchor's Husband

Charges have been upgraded in that case against a former Scranton school director... who is the husband of a Channel 16 news anchor. A federal grand jury indicting Mark Kandel with several counts of online enticement stemming from messages he allegedly sent to two minors on the internet and a cell phone. Kandel is the husband of WNEP – TV news anchor Marisa Burke... originally from Riverside. He was arraigned in Scranton federal court on Wednesday... and jailed. His trial is expected to begin in February.

 

Route 11 Work

PennDOT crews have been busy this week sealing cracks on the surface of Route 11... starting at Bloomsburg and going north to the Briar Creek Township line. The agency's Rick Mason says the maintenance work is business as usual. Mason said the work was only to take five days.... but it appears the project will be extended through next week due to inclement weather earlier in the week.

 

Ordered to Prison

A former Luzerne County Community College dean has been ordered to prison January 3rd. 61 – year old Peter Moses was convicted two years ago of stealing an estimated $17,000 from the school's cafeteria... and making off with two laptop computers. The order was issued after the state Supreme Court rejected an appeal of his conviction.

 

Carbon County

Property owners in Carbon County may have to dig deeper into their checkbook to pay their taxes next year. The county's proposed budget calls for a 58 % property tax increase... all in an attempt to close a forecast $6 – million dollar shortfall. Carbon County Commissioners will vote on the plan December 20th.

 

Montour County

Montour County commissioners say they'll meet in Danville the 27th of the month to approve the proposed 2013 budget. The new spending plan calls for no property tax increases... but contains a 2 % cost of living raise for all county employees... including commissioners. What's helping make ends meet is a planned $193,000 surplus from the current budget.

 

Santa

Jolly old St. Nick.... also known as Santa Claus... returns to his cottage in front of the Bloomsburg Diner Thursday night. Ever since his arrival during the WHLM Parade of Lights... he has chatted with a lot of kids. Santa will have hours at his cottage in front of the Diner at Main and East Streets every Thursday and Friday night... as well as Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Men Swimming

The Bloomsburg University men's swimming team concluded the first stint of its season with a record-breaking performance at the Zippy Invitational at Akron University last weekend. It lifted the team to 21st in the latest Endless Polls Top 25 poll published by CollegeSwimming.com. During the event... the Huskies broke eight school records and posted five NCAA-qualifying times. Meantime... the Bloomsburg University women's swimming team has jumped into the national spotlight as it is ranked 20th.. according to CollegeSwimming.com. During the same Zippy Invitational... the the women set two school-records and posting six NCAA-qualifying times.

 

Baseball

It's not too early to think about baseball. Bloomsburg University will host a baseball coaching clinic on Sunday, Jan. 6 in preparation for the 2013 season. The speakers at the clinic include Gregg Legg... a former member of the Philadelphia Phillies... and Del Mintz, the Phillies' northeast scout.

 

Villanova – Temple

Scottie Randall scored 21 points and Anthony Lee had 16 to lead unbeaten Temple to a 76-61 win over Villanova Wednesday night.

 

Thursday Night Football

In the NFL Thursday night.... the Denver Broncos are in Oakland to take on the Raiders in Thursday night football.

 

76er's

The Philadelphia 76er's have Thursday night off. But, they'll hit the hardwood Friday night when Boston comes to town.

Wednesday / December 05, 2012


United Way

The United Way of Columbia County is out with a status report... and it's mixed as they continue their annual capitol fund raising campaign. Executive Director Thomas says figures show $258,000 of the organizations $525,000... or 49% of this year's goal has been raised. Meantime... Thomas says they're waiting for pledges from the area's largest employers such as Geisinger Health Systems... Pennsylvania Power and Light... and DelMonte Foods.

 

Bloomsburg Budget

Bloomsburg Town Council has put to bed the proposed 2013 budget... but it took some doing... such has not hiring a police officer... and only approving one of two positions in the public works department. But still the proposal has a projected deficit of $99,000 with council dipping into cash reserves to the tune of $164,000 to pay for one time expenses. Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr said it took several years to build up that reserve. Council now meets in special session on the 21st to see if there are any last minute changes... and to place their seal of approval on the 2013 spending plan.

 

Madison Township Fire

A Millville area home was extensively damaged Tuesday afternoon when a fire tore through the two – store structure on Legion Road in Madison Township.

The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition... that authorities believe the blaze broke out in the kitchen area... a half hour after Todd Johnson had left for work. The fire is believed to be accidental. One Benton firemen was taken to the hospital after experiencing breathing problems. The Red Cross is now helping Johnson get his life back in order.

 

Geisinger / Lewistown

Could Danville – based Geisinger Health Systems be expanding again. Hospital officials say they've signed a non – binding letter of intent with the Lewistown Hospital... in Mifflin County... to explore way they can work together. Geisinger already has a presence in the Juniata Valley with several out – patient facilities including a physician practice purchased nearly 30 – years ago. The move allows both hospitals to explore way to better serve the Lewistown area.

 

Kidsburg Donation

The organizers of Kidsburg 2.0 in Bloomsburg received a donation late Tuesday afternoon... giving a big boost to their fund raising drive to rebuild the flood – damaged play area. Deb Huckens... and Town Park Association President Chuck Wagner receiving a check for $20,000 from Kawneer and the Alcoa Foundation. Huckens says the donation is the jump start the project needed. For Kawneer Manager Axel Heinrich the donation was a no brainer. The organizing group wants to raise a quarter million dollars to be used to build a world class play area for kids.

 

Community Dinner

It's bigger and better each year... the annual Journeymate Ministry... and their annual Christmas dinner. It will be held this Sunday at the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg. The Ministry's Janice Labour said 400 people were fed a year ago... but organizers are ready to feed an estimated 500 people. The event begins noon time Sunday at the Caldwell Consistory on the square in Bloomsburg.

 

Hazleton Budget

The city of Hazleton has hit it's “fiscal cliff....” so says Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi. At a Tuesday news conference... he is pleading with council members to okay the city's 2013 budget... containing an 83% property tax increase. If not okayed by the end of the year.... Yannuzzi said there could be dire consequences... such as furloughs... and the inability to get loans or tax anticipation notes needed to operate.

 

Money Theft

A former secretary in the Nanticoke Area School District is in trouble with the law. Police putting the cuffs on Jacqueline Ruchinski... accusing her of pocketing an estimated $19,000 over the past six years.  At one time... Ruchinski was in charge of the food program and cafeteria money. After making a court appearance on Tuesday... she was released without posting bail.

 

Warden Search

The Luzerne County Council will soon be looking for a new prison warden. 61 – year old Joseph Piazza... the man who runs the Luzerne County Correctional Facility... plans to retire at the end of the month. Piazza has run the lock up since 2009.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Men's Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team has lost three straight games since the Thanksgiving Holiday break, dropping the Huskies record to 2-4. Despite that record, 6-7 freshman Matt Aikey is confident that his team can turn it around.

 

BU Women

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team is ranked 16th in the nation this week. The Huskies have a record of 5-0 after their 84-59 win over 15th ranked Edinboro on Sunday.

 

Game Weekend

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams play their PSAC Eastern Division openers Saturday afternoon at Millersville. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 12:40 with the pregame show to the women's game.

 

College Basketball

Two of the nation's top 25 college basketball team played in the Jimmy V Classic last night at Madison Square Garden in New York City:.. 15th ranked Georgetown shut down Texas 64 to 41... and 25th ranked North Carolina State got by Connecticut 69 to 65.

 

NBA

In the NBA last night... the Minnesota Timberwolves rolled over the Philadelphia 76ers 105 to 88.

Tuesday / December 4, 2012


Former Benton Woman Dead

A former Benton woman is dead was allegedly shot to death by her ex – husband during a church service Sunday in Coudersport... in Potter County. 53 – year old Darlene Sitler was shot as she played the organ during a church service... allegedly at the hand of her ex – husband... 52 – year old Greg Eldred. CoudyNews.com says Eldred fired two shots from a handgun before he was subdued by congregation members and hustled away by police. The pair divorced 2 – years ago following 20 – years of marriage.

 

Woman Pleads in Dog Death

A Montour County woman could be jailed up to five years and fined $10,000 after she pleaded guilty to shooting and killing a Labrador Retriever last January. 57 – year old Suzanne Thomas admitted to putting the one and a half year old dog down after the animal allegedly killed one of her pet rabbits at her Derry Township home. But owner James White says it didn't make sense... since the Lab friendly to his kids and pets. Thomas will be sentenced at a later date in Montour County Court.

 

Drugs / Leipold

The manufacturing of meth has become a problem in the Berwick area. Numerous arrests have been made over the past few months in order to stem the problem. Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold says the main reason that Berwick has become the center of the meth trade in the region is the availability of ingredients... and people to seek out those ingredients. Leipold said distribution isn't a problem since Berwick is close to Hazleton and Wilkes – Barre.... as well as the interstate highway system.

 

PennDOT

We all dodged a bullet last week when we got a light dusting of snow.... a prelude of what may happen this winter. Many of us are prepared for anything Mother Nature may toss our way.... but is PennDOT ?? You bet... so says the agency's David Thompson who said District 3, which makes up Columbia and Montour Counties has 220 plow trucks... 481 full time operators and tons of salt and anti – skid material. And since last winter was so mild.... PennDOT's Thompson says the agency has saved millions of dollars... rolling that money over to the 2012 – 2013 winter season.

 

Hazleton Fire Folo

Investigators say an electrical problem may have sparked that weekend fire in Hazleton which extensively damaged a six unit apartment building. The complex is located at North Cedar near Green Streets. Eleven people... including three kids were displaced by the fire. They're being helped by the Hazleton Chapter of the American Red Cross.

 

Wilkes - Barre Firefighters

Firefighters in Wilkes – Barre say they'll picket outside City Hall Tuesday in response to the furloughs of 11 firemen last week. Mayor Tom Leighton not only furloughed the 11, but four public works employees as well... all in an effort to close a budget gap through the end of the year. The move became a reality when there weren't enough city employees to voluntarily take furloughs between now and the end of the year.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular gas is dropping a bit. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report show prices across northeastern Pennsylvania has dropped to $3.53 a gallon.... down a penny from the weekend... and down four cents from a week ago. Overall... unleaded regular has dropped five cents a gallon in the last thirty days.

 

Sign up

Older Pennsylvanians are reminded that the deadline for Medicare annual enrollment is this Friday. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging says individuals are urged to utilize the state Department's APPRISE program to determine a Medicare health plan that works for them. The APPRISE program has trained volunteers who work through the local Area Agencies on Aging. They deal with questions and concerns of older adults and provide clear and concise information to help choose the right Medicare health or prescription plan.

 

New Exam

Something new in schools this year. High School Juniors began taking the Keystone exams on Monday.The New test replaces the 11th grade Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exam.... and focuses on Algebra 1.... literature and biology. Starting with the class of 2017... the exams must be passed in order to graduate.

 

University Store

Bloomsburg University's University Store has been nominated for the 2013 Collegiate Retailer of the Year Award. Through the National Association of College Stores, the Collegiate Retailer of the Year Award recognizes the highest level of retailing excellence. Nationwide, only 51 stores have been nominated, including BU.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Women

Bloomsburg University's senior guard Dana Weiller is the PSAC Eastern Division player of the week. Weiller had a total of 34 points in Husky wins over Slippery Rock and defending PSAC Champion Edinboro. She is averaging 15.8 points a game and is fifth in school history with 1,537 points. The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team is unbeaten in five games. The Huskies play at Millersville Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock.

 

High School Basketball

The high school basketball season tips off Friday night. The first broadcast on the WHLM stations will a boys game with Danville taking on Pottsville at the McCloskey Center in Danville. You can catch all the action starting with the pregame show at 7:10.

 

Monday Night Football

In the NFL Monday night...the Washington Redskins defeated the New York Giants 17 to 16.

 

NBA

In the NBA Tuesday night, the Philadelphia 76ers are at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Monday / December 3, 2012


Former Benton Woman Murdered

A former Benton woman is dead... allegedly shot to death by her ex – husband during a church service in Coudersport on Sunday. CoudyNews.com is reporting 52 – year old Greg Eldred... fired two shots from a handgun... killing his ex – wife 53 – year old Darlene Sitler... as she played the organ during a church service. Sitler was a long time music teacher at Northern Potter School. Her ex – husband is an elementary Music teacher in the Coudersport School District. The pair were married for 20 – years... going their separate ways two years ago. Thurs far... no motive has been established for the murder.

 

Montour Dog Death

A Montour County woman could be jailed up to five years and fined 10 – thousand dollars... after she pleaded guilty to shooting and killing a Labrador Retriever last January. Suzanne Thomas admitted to putting the one and a half year old dog down after the animal allegedly killed one of her pet rabbits.

But owner James White says it didn't make sense... since the Lab was close to his kids and pets. Thomas will be sentenced at a later date.

 

Drugs / Leipold

It's a cat and mouse game played by the folks who manufacture so – called designer drugs... such as Bath Salts. Nearly two years ago... then Columbia County District Attorney Gary Norton had their sale outlawed... but current D-A... Tom Leipold... says the ruling has become a big game for drug chemists who keep changing the formula of the drug. DA Leipold said every time the law is changed to combat designer drugs... the chemists involved simply change their formula to circumvent the new legislation.

 

PennDOT

We all dodged a bullet last week when we got a light dusting of snow.... a prelude of what may happen this winter. Many of us are prepared for anything Mother Nature may toss our way.... but is PennDOT ?? You bet... so says the agency's David Thompson who said District 3, which makes up Columbia and Montour Counties has 220 plow trucks... 481 full time personnal and tons of salt and anti – skid material. And since last winter was so mild.... PennDOT's Thompson says the agency has saved millions of dollars... rolling that money over to the 2012 – 2013 winter season.

 

Bloomsburg Budget

They keep hammering away at it.... Bloomsburg Town Council... trying to reach a 2013 budget. Despite numerous meeting's.... council is an estimated $300,000 short when it comes to expenditures verses income. But during a recent interview... Mayor Dan Knorr says it all comes down to raw material to make the town work. Already... council has turned down a request for an additional police officer... but has agreed to fill one of two vacancies in the public works department. Council holds a budget session Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 at Town Hall.

 

Salvation Army

People are hurting in Columbia County... and don't have the resources to make ends meet. That word from Lt. Kevin Polito of the Berwick Salvation Army. 160 families were helped during Thanksgiving, but now they're looking to serve an estimated 500 families in Berwick and Bloomsburg during the Christmas holiday. For their part... Lt. Polito says there is generous giving from the community... as well as the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle campaign.

 

Hazleton Fire

Eleven people are waking up elsewhere this morning after they were forced out of their Hazleton apartments Sunday morning.

The fire on North Cedar near Green Streets was discovered coming from the attic eaves at midday... forcing eight adults and three kids out into the street.

One child was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation... while a fireman sustained cuts from glass.

The cause of the fire is under investigation... with a state fire marshal expected back on the scene later today.

 

Theft

State police at Hazleton are continuing their investigation into the theft of three, 55 inch televisions.It happened at the Wal-Mart in Hazle Township last month when two men strolled into the store... grabbed a cart... and wheeled the large TV through the front door to a waiting pick up truck.Investigators have surveillance video of the theft and are trying to identify the men.

 

Coal Office

At one time anthracite coal used to rule the roost in Northeastern PA... with men working in the deep mines... providing fuel to heat homes. Now... the business is gone... and so will be the coal miners compensation office in Wilkes – Barre by the end of February. The state saying there isn't enough business to keep it open to take care of former miners suffering from “Black Lung” disease. It will now all be handled by phone in an office near Pittsburgh.

 

PennDOT Work
A PennDOT maintenance crew in Columbia County will be busy this week... sealing cracks along sections of Route 11. An agency spokesman says the crew will seal pavement cracks along the north and southbound lanes in Scott and South Centre townships, starting near Bloomsburg and continuing to the Briar Creek Township line. Traffic patterns will switch daily... with traffic shifted into the center turning lane throughout each day. The work is expected to be wrapped up by Friday.

 

Sign up

Older Pennsylvanians are reminded that the deadline for Medicare annual enrollment is this Friday. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging says individuals are urged to utilize the state Department's APPRISE program to determine a Medicare health plan that works for them. The APPRISE program has trained volunteers who work through the local Area Agencies on Aging. They deal with questions and concerns of older adults and provide clear and concise information to help choose the right Medicare health or prescription plan.

 

 

Sunday / December 2, 2012


Bloomsburg Budget

They keep hammering away at it.... Bloomsburg Town Council... trying to reach a 2013 budget. Despite numerous meeting's.... council is an estimated $300,000 short when it comes to expenditures verses income. But during a recent interview... Mayor Dan Knorr says it all comes down to raw material to make the town work. Already... council has turned down a request for an additional police officer... but has agreed to fill one of two vacancies in the public works department. Council holds a budget session Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 at Town Hall.

 

Salvation Army

People are hurting in Columbia County... and don't have the resources to make ends meet. That word from Lt. Kevin Polito of the Berwick Salvation Army. 160 families were helped during Thanksgiving, but now they're looking to serve an estimated 500 families in Berwick and Bloomsburg during the Christmas holiday. For their part... Lt. Polito says there is generous giving from the community... as well as the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle campaign.

 

Motor Monday

A lot of people are looking for bargains when it comes to cars and trucks... and Monday an auction begins in Grantville... near Harrisburg of hundreds of state – owned vehicles. The auction begins at 10 AM Monday at the Manheim Auto Auction in Grantville.

 

Hazleton Fire

Eleven people will wake up elsewhere Monday after they were forced out of their Hazleton apartments Sunday morning. The fire on North Cedar near Green Streets was discovered coming from the attic eaves at midday... forcing eight adults and three kids out into the street. One child was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation... while a fireman sustained cuts from glass. The cause of the fire is under investigation... with a state fire marshal expected back on the scene Monday.

 

Coal Office

At one time anthracite coal used to rule the roost in Northeastern PA... with men working in the deep mines... providing fuel to heat homes. Now... the business is gone... and so will be the coal miners compensation office in Wilkes – Barre by the end of February. The state saying there isn't enough business to keep it open to take care of former miners suffering from “Black Lung” disease. It will now all be handled by phone in an office near Pittsburgh.

 

Here's What's Happening Sunday, December 2, 2012


Treefest is happening again this weekend at the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg.  Visit to see hundreds of Christmas trees decorated for the holiday season.

 

The 66th annual Berwick Christmas Boulevard will light up Market Street in Berwick tonight.  The boulevard will be open from 5:30 to 10:30 PM each night through December 31st.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble invites you to join them for their holiday performance of “A Christmas Carol” this weekend.  Show this afternoon is at 3:00 PM.

 

Stillwater Christian Church is hosting “A Rockin’ Royal Christmas” this afternoon at 2:00 PM.

 

The Fishing Creek Players present Jack Sharkey’s “The Murder Room” this afternoon at 2:00 PM at the Benton Area High School.

 

Columbia Montour AVTS is hosting a Pampered Chef bingo today.  Doors open at 12:30 PM and bingo starts at 2:00 PM.

 

Roaring Creek Valley Grange is hosting a gift card surprise stocking bingo today.  Doors open at 11:30 AM and bingo starts at 1:00 PM.

 

Santa will be at the Twin Bridges in Forks today to take kids for hayrides.  There will be live music, soup, baked goods, hot drinks, door prizes, and more.  It’s happening from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

 

The Fort McClure Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution invite you to tour the McClure House from 2:00 to 4:00 PM this afternoon.  They’ll have the house decorated for Christmas as it was 100 years ago.

 

Join the Bethany Bells of Praise this night at 7:00 PM at Bethany United Methodist Church in Berwick for the joyful sounds of the Christmas season.

 

WHLM Sports

 

HS Football Quarterfinals

The Ironmen of Danville faced the Spartans of Wyomissing in a Sate Quaterfinal match Saturday afternoon. Danville fought valiantly, but Womissing shut out the Ironmen 52-0. Danville ends the 2012 season with an 11-3 record.

 

BU College Basketball

In Huskies basketball BU was at home to play Slippery Rock. The Women won their game 84-46. In the Men's game the Huskies lost 84-66. The Huskies are at home again Sunday afternoon to play Edinboro. You can catch all that action with the pregame to the Women's game starting at 12:40.

 

You can hear all the details from Saturday's action in the WHLM Weekend Sports Update:

 

 

Here's What's Happening Saturday December 1, 2012


Today is Bloomsburg High School’s second annual craft fair from 10 to 4 at the High School.


There is a walk at the Central Columbia Schools to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy today.

 

Katy’s Church is hosting their hungry hunters lunch today from 11 to 5.

 

The free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville is open as usual today.

 

Treefest is happening again this weekend at the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg.  Visit to see hundreds of Christmas trees decorated for the holiday season.

 

The Millville Community Players present “A Christmas Carol” tonight at the Millville High School at 7:00 PM.  Admission is $5.00 and proceeds benefit the Millville Service Committee.

 

Bloomsburg University presents “Carols By Candlelight” tonight at 7:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church in Bloomsburg.

 

The 66th annual Berwick Christmas Boulevard will light up Market Street in Berwick tonight.  The boulevard will be open from 5:30 to 10:30 PM each night through December 31st.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble invites you to join them for their holiday performance of “A Christmas Carol” this weekend.  Show times are tonight at 7:30 PM and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM.

 

Stillwater Christian Church is hosting “A Rockin’ Royal Christmas” tonight at 6:00 PM, and tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 PM.

 

The Fishing Creek Players present Jack Sharkey’s “The Murder Room” tonight at 7:00 PM and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM at the Benton Area High School.

 

Columbia Montour AVTS is hosting a Pampered Chef bingo tomorrow.  Doors open at 12:30 PM and bingo starts at 2:00 PM.

 

Roaring Creek Valley Grange is hosting a gift card surprise stocking bingo tomorrow.  Doors open at 11:30 AM and bingo starts at 1:00 PM.

 

Santa will be at the Twin Bridges in Forks on Sunday to take kids for hayrides.  There will be live music, soup, baked goods, hot drinks, door prizes, and more.  It’s happening from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

 

The Fort McClure Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution invite you to tour the McClure House from 2:00 to 4:00 PM tomorrow afternoon.  They’ll have the house decorated for Christmas as it was 100 years ago.

 

Join the Bethany Bells of Praise tomorrow night at 7:00 PM at Bethany United Methodist Church in Berwick for the joyful sounds of the Christmas season.

 

WHLM Sports

 

HS Football Quarterfinals

The Ironmen of Danville faced the Spartans of Wyomissing in a Sate Quaterfinal match Saturday afternoon. Danville fought valiantly, but Womissing shut out the Ironmen 52-0. Danville ends the 2012 season with an 11-3 record.

 

BU College Basketball

In Huskies basketball BU was at home to play Slippery Rock. The Women won their game 84-46. In the Men's game the Huskies lost 84-66. The Huskies are at home again Sunday afternoon to play Edinboro. You can catch all that action with the pregame to the Women's game starting at 12:40.

 

You can hear all the details from Saturday's action in the WHLM Weekend Sports Update:

 

 

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