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Thursday / February 28, 2013


Berwick Apartment Complex

An apartment building in the 700 block of North Warren Street in Berwick is temporarily condemned until repairs can be to the chimney system. Firemen were called to 710 North Warren when a mother and her three kids ended up in an emergency room suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. Berwick fire chief Bill Coolbaugh telling our media partner... Newswatch 16 he believes the CO fumes built up due to improper ventilation and a broken pipe that connected eight furnaces to one chimney. 15 people lived in the 8 unit apartment building are are now staying with relatives until the problem is fixed.

 

Budget Cuts

Still no movement from either side on coming to an agreement to stop $85 – billion dollars in federal budget cuts come midnight tonight amidst $1.6 - trillion in spending. Columbia County Commission Chairman Chris Young says the county shouldn't be affected that much since most of the federal money is in grant form, which is already in – house. The biggest effect.... according to Mr. Young... would be in the area of the head start program, which relies on federal dollars.

 

Sequestration
Meantime... without Congressional action, automatic federal spending cuts -- known as the sequester -- will be triggered on Friday. The $85-billion dollar, across-the-board cuts were designed to spur action on a compromise to reduce the federal deficit. US Senator Bob Casey says Senate Democrats are proposing a plan that combines $55-billion dollars in spending cuts with $55-million in new revenues. Republican leaders insist the savings should come from spending reductions alone.

 

Bloomsburg School Play

Members of the drama club at Bloomsburg High School are busy this week... with their adaptation of the Broadway production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie." In essence... a small town girl from Kansas hits New York City in search of romance during the Roaring 20's. Dante Green says the first presentation begins tonight at 7:30.... as well as Friday night at 7:30. There will be Saturday performances at 1:00 and 7:30 PM. The production taking place at the high school at the corner of Railroad and 12th Streets.

 

Education Hearing

Talk about being on the hot seat.... in a budget hearing that lasted three hours on Wednesday. WHLM's Cathy Clark is reporting State Education Secretary Ron Tomalis found himself continuing to defend the Corbett administration's education funding history.

 

Hazleton Shooting

Hazleton Police are investigating more violence in the city. The latest occurring Wednesday when someone shot out the rear window out of a police car... with the officer behind the wheel. It happened at the corner of 4th and Alter Streets. Police Chief Frank DeAndrea says a detective was sitting inside an unmarked patrol car when the rear window exploded. Thus far... no bullet or shell casing has been found.

 

Former Teacher Sentenced

A former substitute teacher in the Shamokin Area School District was sentenced in Northumberland County Court this week to six months of house arrest and will now be listed on Megan’s Law as a sex offender. 24-year-old Michael Zack, of Marion Heights pleaded guilty in December to a felony count of unlawful contact with a minor and a misdemeanor charge of corruption. Zack was originally charged with sending around 4,300 text messages to two 17-year-old and two 16-year-old girls who attended Shamokin schools.

 

Millville Man Jailed

He hasn't had a drivers license since the 1980's. Now a Millville man faces felony charges after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase that began in Williamsport and ended in Muncy. Officers from three departments joined in the pursuit, which exceeded speeds of 100 miles-per-hour. 55-year-old Robert Kepner faces one felony charge for fleeing and eluding police along with other charges. Kepner is now jailed on $150,000 bail.
 

Cops on Line

The Bloomsburg Police Department has transformed its communications methods by recently implementing “Twitter” to get out important Public Safety information to the public. The newest form of Public Relations offers a fast direct line of communication between the community and the police department. Bloom PD's Twitter account was implemented through the assistance of two Bloomsburg University interns.

 

Accepting Applications

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are now accepting applications for federal grants now available to help the state's rural fire departments. It comes at a time with the increased risk of forest and brush fires. A year ago... the department awarded an estimated $540,000 to 141 volunteer fire departments across the state. Since the program began 31 – years ago $10 - million dollars has been awarded to various fire departments.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

It was the regular season finale for the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams last night as they played at East Stroudsburg. WHLM's Jim Doyle said the Bloomsburg men went down to defeat by a score of 102 to 44. The women's team fared much better... defeating Stroudsburg 86 to 57... winning their third consecutive PSAC East Division title.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball last night, in a District 4 Class A semifinal game... Lourdes Regional defeated Benton 64 – 47. In a girls Class AA semifinal... Southern Columbia downed Lewisburg 54 – 40.

 

NHL

In the NHL last night... the Philadelphia Flyers skated by the Washington Capitals 4 to 1.

Wednesday / February 27, 2013


School Delays

Wintery weather is forcing the Sullivan County School District to have a two hour delay with the start of school Wednesday morning.

 

Also: Kings College in Wilkes - Barre is operating on a compressed schedule with classes beginning at 10 AM.

 

Bloomsburg Officer Off Job

A Bloomsburg police officer is off the job... suspended without pay... after being handed a protection from abuse order. 35 – year old officer Shawn Hill was suspended officially by town council following an executive session Monday night. He has been off the job since the issue first surfaced the beginning of the month. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition the PFA was issued after a complaint was filed by 25 – year old Raychel Gingrich of Bloomsburg... Hill's former girlfriend. Hill has been ordered not to carry a firearm... and stay away from Gingrich and her place of work.

 

Inspection Law

There is still fallout from that vote earlier this week by Bloomsburg Town Council with starting an inspection program for non – student and home rentals. Jim Davis of West Main Street has five rental units on Bloomsburg's west side. Davis telling WHLM News he's going to have to raise the rents on his tenets in order to cover the inspection costs. The inspection program is slated to begin October 1st and is designed to make rentals safer for tenants. The program will be administered through Bloomsburg's Code Enforcement department.

 

Mt. Carmel Twp Fire

Fire investigators are still trying to figure out what started a blaze Tuesday morning at a long time garage and used car dealership in Mt. Carmel Township along Route 61. Flames were spotted at George Tomol's Auto Sales... but were quickly squelched, but not before flames caused extensive damage. Investigators say the fire started at the rear of the garage. Tomol says he believes the fire is suspicious and connected with his daughter's divorce.

 

Prison Death

The investigation will continue this morning into the death of a federal corrections officer from Nanticoke. 34 – year old Eric Williams was assaulted by a prisoner using a homemade weapon at the United States Penitentiary near Waymart. The incident happened late Monday night. Authorities say Williams died of blunt force trauma... as well as multiple stab wounds.

 

Kim Schooley / Taxes

A deduction on your taxes for what you pay for medical insurance is now possible. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... Kim Schooley... who runs a tax preparation service between Bloomsburg and Danville says employers are now placing a value on heath care insurance they provide. And Mr. Schooley predicts in the next few years he believes a portion of the cost of health care will be taxable.

 

Humboldt Park / Coke

Soft drink maker Coca – Cola has put plans on hold... indefinitely in developing the 165 – acres of land they have at the Humboldt Industrial Park near Hazleton. The land was purchased in the mid 2000's... and since that time they've held on to the property. Just recently... company officials have asked about about the properties infrastructure... such as water and sewage... as well as natural gas service and rail lines. Whatever the case... the company has no firm plans for use of the land.

 

Budget Sequestration

One of the busiest transportation hubs in Northeast Pennsylvania could feel federal budget cuts this weekend. The overnight shift in the control tower at the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton Airport could be eliminated... part of the Federal Aviation Administrations effort to cut their budget by $600 – million. Another to be effected would be the shuttering of the air traffic control tower at the Williamsport Regional airport. However... air traffic... whether it be commercial or general aviation would be able to take off and land since most pilots are trained to fly at airports without air traffic control tower.

 

Paperless Checks

The March 1st deadline is approaching for anyone who receives Social Security, S-S-I payments or veterans benefits by mail. To save money... the federal government wants to make all it's payments electronically. That means direct deposits into a bank account... or onto a debit card. Christina Martin Firvida with AARP says while it's important to get it done... don't worry too much about the deadline. Firvida says a bank or a credit union can help arrange for direct deposits or a debit card.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Basketball

The Danville boys and girls basketball teams played Shikellamy Tuesday night in District 4 Class AA semifinal games at Shamokin. At the final buzzer on the girls side... the Lady Ironmen defeated Shikellamy Braves 47 to 35. They advance in the playoffs. For the boys... they'll try again next season.  The Ironmen were defeated by Shikellamy 50 to 47. It's the first time since 2007 they'll miss state competition.

 

Benton High School Girls

The Benton girls were scheduled to play Lourdes Regional last night in a District 4 Class A semifinal. That game was postponed. It will be played this afternoon at 5 o'clock as the first part of a triple header at Montoursville High School. Also... the Southern Columbia girls play Lewisburg Wednesday night at 6 O'clock at Milton in a Class AA semifinal.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg Huskies ended regular season play Wednesday night when they traveled to East Stroudsburg. The Women won 86-57 to claim the #1 seed in the PSAC East. The Men lost 102-44. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

NBA

In the NBA Tuesday night... the Orlando Magic halted their 10 game road loosing streak as they defeated the Philadelphia 76er's 98 – 84.

Tuesday / February 26, 2013


Housing Inspections

Starting October 1st non – student and rental homes will be licensed and inspected by the Code Enforcement department in the Town of Bloomsburg. The 4 to 3 vote to approve the measure came Monday night during a packed council meeting at the fire hall... following a litany of concerns... and impassioned pleas to table the proposal or... as resident Sandy Davis put it..... enforce the ordinances the town already has. Mayor Dan Knorr voted for the measure.... as did council members Diane Levan... Bill Kreischer and Carey Howell. Council members Fred Trump... Sylvia Costa and Eric Bower voted against the measure. It would require the Town to hire at least one more full – timer for Code Enforcement... with benefits... as well as associated items such as a car... a computer and office equipment. Knorr said he doesn't believe the ordinance... which spells out licenses and fees... won't see much change before it goes into effect.... and the political impact to council members will be minimal at best.

 

Pot Holes

Within the next couple of weeks... if not sooner... PennDOT will have crews out repairing pot holes which may show up on highways in the region. The agency's Rick Mason says it's nothing more from a transition from winter into spring... as the thaw and freezing cycle continues. Pot holes left uncovered can do damage to vehicles... which could lead to hundreds of dollars in repairs. See a pot hole.... or any other road problem you can report it to PennDOT at 1–800–Fix–Road.

 

Stuart Tank

Next month's Columbia County Bicentennial celebration gets an added boost. One of the 19,000 Stuart Tanks built at Berwick's A-C & F plant will be part of the huge parade scheduled for Main Street in Bloomsburg on March 23rd. The Berwick Historical Society's Tom McLaughlin said it's being brought in from Oregon. It's not cheap to do that... and the society is paying for it through donations to the Stuart tank fund. Following the parade... the tank will be on display in front of the Arts and Crafts building at the fair grounds.

 

Hazleton Person of Interest

Hazleton Police have taken a so – called “person of interest” into custody in connection with the Saturday night shooting death of a 19 – year old man. Although 20 – year old Adami Arias was taken into custody near a James Street home... he has not been charged yet in the death of Angel Villalobos... and the wounding of an unidentified man in the 500 block of West Maple. For the time being, Arias is being held on a parole violation.

 

Luzerne District Magistrate

The State Supreme Court has okayed new boundary lines for magisterial districts in Luzerne County. The plan eliminates the office of District Judge Gerald Feissner of Freeland in five years. It's part of a long – term plan to reduce court costs. Three other magistrates will pick up Judge Feissner's case load when he closes his office on or before January 1st of 2018.

 

Shenandoah Fire Folo

A State Police fire marshal says the cause of a blaze, which damaged 11 homes in Shenandoah over the weekend... may never be determined. The fire began early Saturday morning at 36 W. Coal Street... and quickly spread... to homes on Jardin Street. One woman forced to jump from a second floor window remains in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville

 

Budget Sequestration

One of the busiest transportation hubs in Northeast Pennsylvania could feel federal budget cuts this weekend. The overnight shift in the control tower at the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton Airport could be eliminated... part of the Federal Aviation Administrations effort to cut their budget by $600 – million dollars. Another to be effected would be the shuttering of the air traffic control tower at the Williamsport Regional airport. However... air traffic... weather it be commercial or general aviation would be able to take off and land since most pilots are trained to fly at airports without air traffic control tower.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

The price of gas is 27 cents a gallon higher than it was a month ago. The figures contained in the latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report. It shows... that across Northeastern Pennsylvania... we're paying an average of $3.80 a gallon for self serve, unleaded regular. That's down a penny from the weekend. A week ago we were paying $3.77 a gallon. The higher prices are due to refineries going off line... performing maintenance and switching from winter to summer blends of gasoline... as well as unrest in the middle east.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Basketball

Three area high school basketball teams play District 4 semifinal games Tuesday night. In a doubleheader at Shamokin High School, the Danville boys and girls play Shikellamy in Class AAA starting with the girls' game at 6 O'clock. Catch all the action on the WHLM Stations starting with the pregame show to the girls game at 5:40.

 

Benton Girls

The Benton girls play Four- time defending District 4 Class A champion Lourdes Regional. That game will be played at the McCloskey Center in Danville starting at 6 O'clock.

 

BU Basketball

Bloomsburg University's Wes Lyons has been named the PSAC Eastern Division freshman of the week for the second time this season. In two games last week, Lyons averaged 18 points and 9.5 rebounds a game. On Wednesday night, Lyons and his Husky teammates close the regular season at East Stroudsburg.

 

NHL

In the NHL Monday night, The Toronto Maple Leafs over the Philadelphia Flyers 4 – 2.

Monday / February 25, 2013


Housing Inspections

Starting October 1st non – student and home rentals will be licensed and inspected by the Code Enforcement department in the Town of Bloomsburg. The 4 to 3 vote to approve the measure came Monday night during a packed council meeting at the fire hall... following a litany of concerns... and impassioned pleas to table the proposal or... as resident Sandy Davis put it..... enforce the ordinances the town already has. Mayor Dan Knorr voted for the measure.... as did council members Diane Levan... Bill Kreischer and Carey Howell. Council members Fred Trump... Sylvia Costa and Eric Bower voted against the measure. It would require the Town to hire at least one more full – timer for Code Enforcement... with benefits... as well as associated items such as a car... a computer and office equipment. Knorr said he doesn't believe the ordinance... which spells out licenses and fees... won't see much change before it goes into effect.... and the political impact to council members will be minimal at best.

 

Flood Protection

State Representative David Millard says he's happy that flood walls will be built around two of Bloomsburg's flood – prone industries. The federal government's Economic Development Agency announced last week will co – invest 15 million dollars... along with 12 million from the state... and three million from Autoneum and Windsor Foods for the walls. Millard... a Mt. Pleasant Township Republican... says the money and flood walls will be a help. The walls around Autoneum and Windsor Foods is designed to save an estimated 900 jobs at the two plants... forced to shut down and clean up... following the flooding produced by Tropical Storm Lee back in 2011.

 

Shenandoah Fire

An early Saturday morning fire in Shenandoah either destroyed or damaged nine row homes along West Coal Street... the flames jumping from house to house. Before the flames were brought under control... four alarms had been sounded. Two people were taken to hospitals... one of them taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for traumatic injuries. No word as to what caused Saturday morning's fire in Shenandoah.

 

Hale Retirement

Now that Danny Hale announced his retirement as head football coach at Bloomsburg University at the start of the weekend... there will be a changing of the guard. Hale's assistant for the past sixteen year... Paul Darragh moves into Hale's role on an interim basis. But, Darragh says don't expect to see many changes in the program. Hale's retirement is effective at the end of June.... leaving the program after twenty years with a 173 – 56 and 1 record.

 

Sequestration
With $85 - billion dollars in automatic, across-the-board spending cuts bearing down on the federal government... that is expected to be a big problem for Pennsylvanians. From housing aid to childcare assistance -- few federal programs are immune to the sequester. Marianne Bellesorte of Pathways PA says federal sequestration would cut critical funding for job training programs. In Pennsylvania alone... an estimated 45,000 fewer people can get the job skills they need.

 

Hazleton Shooting

The investigation continues today into the shooting death of a 19 – year old man in Hazleton over the weekend. Angel Villalobos died late Saturday after he was shot and killed. A subsequent autopsy shows Villalobos died of multiple gunshot wounds. A second man... aged 24... was also injured in the gunfire. He was treated and released from Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.

 

Government Cheat

The State Office of Inspector General says a 32 – year old Hazleton man tried to cheat the welfare system. In a news release... Inspector General Kenya Mann Faulkner said Danial Bonardi received more than a thousand dollars in cash assistance benefits. Bonardi was caught.... and after court proceedings... .was sentenced to up to two months in jail... and was ordered to pay full restitution.  17 other individuals were convicted last month of swindling an estimated $101,000 from the state government.

 

Wilkes – Barre Robbery

The investigation is on – going into an armed robbery in Wilkes – Barre. It went down Sunday morning when a man allegedly held up the Quick Food Mart at West Maple and North Main Streets. The man allegedly strolled into the store... threatened the clerk with a weapon... and fled. He was captured a short time later by Wilkes – Barre Police.

 

Rebate Forms

Forms for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for tax year 2012 are now available. The state says eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2012. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities. You can pick up forms at state offices across the region.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Benton Wrestling

The Benton High School wrestling team crowned three champions and finished first in the District 4 Class AA championships which concluded Saturday at Williamsport High School. Winning gold medals for the Tigers were Matt Welliver at 120 pounds, Zain Retherford at 138 pounds... and Colt Cotten at 145 pounds.

 

High School Basketball

Four area high school basketball teams are still alive in the post season playoffs. All four will play in District 4 semifinals this week. Tuesday night, the Danville boys and girls teams will both play Shikellamy in Class AAA games at Shamokin High School. Catch the action on the WHLM Stations starting with the pregame show at 5:40.

 

The Benton girls play Lourdes Regional Tuesday night at 6 O'clock at the McCloskey Center in Danville in a Class A semifinal... and Wednesday night at 6, the Southern Columbia girls play Lewisburg at Milton in a Class AA semifinal.

 

Daytona 500

Jimmie Johnson wins the 55th annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 in Florida. Dale Earnhardt, Jr and Mark Martin round out the top three. Danica Patrick fished 8th.

What's Happening Sunday February 24, 2013


From the WHLM Future File:

 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance will be at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10 AM to 12 PM.

 

Mark your calendars; Grace Bible Church is holding a Ladies’ Spring Brunch on Saturday March 9th From 10 AM to 12PM. RSVP by calling the Grace Bible Church at 356-2644.

 

Central Columbia High School presents their production of “Anything Goes” next weekend. Get tickets and information by calling the school at 784-2850.

 

Bloomsburg High School Drama also presents their show “Thoroughly Modern Millie” next weekend. Tickets can be purchase at the box office or online by visiting the schools website.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Basketball

In High School Girls' Basketball Friday night, the Benton Tigers defeated East Juniata by a score of 47-17, and Southern Columbia beat Montoursville 41-32.

 

BU Huskies Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's teams played their last home games of the regular season Saturday afternoon, when they faced Kutztown at the Nelson Field House. The Women won convincingly, 75-53. The Men took their 5th overtime win of the season at 85-80. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

Whats Happening Saturday Feburary 23rd, 2013


The Men of Wesley are serving the 64th annual Spaghetti Dinner today from 11 AM to 7 PM at the Wesley United Methodist Church. Tickets are available at the door. The Wesley United Methodist Church is located on Third and Market streets in Bloomsburg

 

The Montour-Delong Fairgrounds is serving up an all-you-can-eat Haddock Fish Dinner today from 3 to 7 PM. Any active military person who comes in uniform will receive their dinner for free. The Montour-Delong Fairgrounds is located on Broadway Road in Danville.

 

The Bloomsburg American Legion, Legion Riders are hosting a Flapjack Breakfast at the Bloomsburg Applebees today from 8 to 10 AM. Tickets can be bought at the door. All proceeds support the veteran and active duty members.

 

The Loose Ties Model Railroad Club has their display open at the Columbia Mall.  Check it out from 10 AM to 5 PM today.

 

The Columbia Mall will host their annual children’s fair today. Admission is free.

 

The Free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open today from 10:00 AM to Noon.

 

The Columbia Valley Moose is hosting a “Ladies Night” tonight from 7 to 11 PM. It is a “Singles Meeting Singles Event”. The Moose Lodge is located behind Sheetz on Route 11.

 

The Columbia- Montour Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International is meeting today at 10AM at the Spirit Life Church on Old Berwick Road in Bloomsburg.

 

The PA Pyro’s are hosting their annual gathering tonight from 6 to 8 PM at the Lightstreet Fire Company.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Basketball

In High School Girls' Basketball Friday night, the Benton Tigers defeated East Juniata by a score of 47-17, and Southern Columbia beat Montoursville 41-32.

 

BU Huskies Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's teams played their last home games of the regular season Saturday afternoon, when they faced Kutztown at the Nelson Field House. The Women won convincingly, 75-53. The Men took their 5th overtime win of the season at 85-80. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

Friday / February 22, 2013


 

 

Danny Hale Retires from BU Football Program

He's been the head football coach at Bloomsburg University the past 20 – years... and late Friday afternoon Danny Hale announced his retirement from the program and the school. Citing health reasons... Hale telling reporters it's time to pass the baton. The responsibility of Bloomsburg University football now falls to assistant head football coach Paul Darragh who has been with the program since the 90's. Hale has coached thousands of student athletes through the years.... and Franklyn Quiteh is one of his success stories... taking a look at Quiteh's video's at the last minute... and inviting him to the Bloomsburg program. Coach Hale leaves the Bloomsburg program with a record of 173 wins.. 56 losses... and is ranked in the top five among actives coaches in the NCAA Division Two. Hale telling reporters he plans to stay in Bloomsburg with his family helping out University programs whenever and wherever he can.

 

PennDOT Bridge

If you use Route 44 near Jerseytown to get to town... or work... you'll soon have find another way. PennDOT says it will replace a bridge over the East Branch of the Chillisquaque Creek starting March 6th. The agency's Rick Mason says the span was constructed in 1949... and is now is structurally deficient. The project includes replacing the 35 – foot long bridge on the existing roadway alignment... along with new guardrails on the approach at a cost of $704,000.

 

Flood Wall

Two businesses on Bloomsburg's West Side got the news they were looking for this week.... the Economic Development Administration of the federal government coming up with $15 - million dollars as a co – investment in a flood wall around Autoneum and Windsor Foods. Fred Gaffney of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says the move saves an estimated 900 well – paying jobs. The federal money will be coupled to $12 million dollars from Pennsylvania.... and three million dollars chipped in by Autoneum and Windsor. Ground breaking on the project could take place within two years.

 

College Program

More families than ever have opened college savings accounts with the Pennsylvania Treasury. This week's budget hearings have given Treasurer Rob McCord the chance to hail the success of the state's two 529 College Savings Plans. McCord telling lawmakers more Pennsylvania families than ever are taking advantage of the programs. McCord is asking state lawmakers to restore funds for marketing the program, because it provides middle class families with substantial tax and investment benefits.

 

Gaming Board
The head of the state Gaming Control Board fielded questions about the health of the casino industry and his board's budget request. Board chairman Bill Ryan was asked about the Attorney General's opinion that a private lottery management contract conflicts with his board's authority. He said he would have to examine the issue before coming to a decision. Mr. Ryan's testimony came in front of the State Senate's appropriation committee in Harrisburg.

 

Hazleton Student

Hazleton Area School District officials say they want to know more about a student who had a skin reaction to a tuberculosis screening test. So... they're turning to the State Department of Health for answers. Superintendent Francis Antonelli said the West Hazleton Elementary Middle School student will not enter any school facility he's has visited with his family doctor. Those test results to be sent to the State Health Department.

 

NCAA Challenge

The NCAA wasted no time in challenging a new Pennsylvania law designed to keep the $60 - million Penn State fine over the Jerry Sandusky scandal in the state. They filed a federal challenge to the legislation hours after Governor Tom Corbett signed the legislation into law this week. State and congressional lawmakers have objected to use of the NCAA fine to finance child abuse prevention efforts in other states.

 

Sandusky Appeal

Jerry Sandusky's attorney has filed notice that he'll appeal a judge's ruling made last month. Judge John Cleland rejected arguments that defense attorneys didn't have enough time to prepare for the three-week trial at which the former Penn State assistant football coach was convicted on 45 child sex abuse charges. The documents filed this week in Centre County Common Pleas Court do not explain the issues defense attorney Joseph Amendola plans to raise in his Superior Court appeal.

 

Arrest

Trouble for a Meyers High School Student. Wilkes – Barre Police arresting an unidentified person in connection with the theft of a money bag from the safe of a Barney Street hot dog restaurant. Police say the teen was caught on tape... allegedly taking the money. The suspect allegedly taking the money so he could purchase marijuana.

 

Murder Charge

A Sunbury woman faces murder charges in connection with the death of her husband's grandmother. Jennifer Snook is now charged with 2nd degree murder in the death of 71 – year old Bonnie Snook... stabbed to death at her Middleburg home last weekend. Police say she was an accomplice. Her husband, Joshua Snook, is also expected to face murder charges in his Grandmother's death.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Wrestling

The 16th-ranked Bloomsburg University wrestling ended its regular season Thursday night with a 36-9 win over Binghamton University. The Huskies improved to 17-3 on the year. They now get ready for the Eastern Wrestling League Championships to be held at Edinboro on March 9th.

 

BU Baseball

In Hampton, Virginia.... the Bloomsburg University baseball team scored three runs to tie the game in the eighth inning, but allowed the Apprentice School to score on a wild pitch in the bottom half of the inning as the Huskies fell to the Builders 4-3 Thursday afternoon. It was the season opener for the Huskies. The Huskies return to action at the Builder Invitational... facing Briarcliffe College this morning.... and Lock Haven this evening.

 

High School Basketball

In High School Girls' Basketball Friday night, the Benton Tigers defeated East Juniata by a score of 47-17. You can hear all the details from the evening with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Sports Update:

 

 

Daytona Duels

Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch win the Budweiser Duals Thursday at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. It all leads up to Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series season – opening Daytona 500.

Thursday / February 21, 2013


Flood Wall

The Economic Development Administration of the federal government announced Wednesday they're contributing $15 – million dollars toward a flood wall at Autoneum and Windsor Foods on Bloomsburg's west side. They employ an estimated 900 people... and were knocked out of commission during the September 2011 flood. The commitment from the fed's will be coupled with an estimated $12 – million from the state... and another $3 – million dollars from the two companies. The project is spearheaded by Congressman Lou Barletta... who represents Columbia County in Washington... with the cash coming from money set aside by congress for flood protection following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

 

Fire Update

A day after a devastating fire destroyed two homes and damaged a third... at the corner of East 8th and Poplar Streets in Bloomsburg... a retired town worker took time to look over the scene... despite the cold weather. Don Strausser telling WHLM News he was fearful the entire block of homes on the east side of 8th Street would go up in flames... due to Tuesday's wind and low water pressure coming from the hydrants. Another problem faced by firemen... all of the structures are of wood – frame construction. No word as to what caused the blaze... but the flames destroyed the homes of Gwen Zubler... and that of next door neighbor Larry Poust... with heat damaging the vinyl siding of a Barnes family home across the street from the Zubler home.

 

Art Walk - In

Looking for a little something to do Thursday night. Why not take in the 4th annual Art Walk-In at the Moose Exchange in the 200 block of West Main Street in Bloomsburg. Moose Exchange manager Oren Helbok says up to 30 talented artisan's will be on hand... as well as plenty of food from downtown restaurants... and bands with different genres. The 4th Annual Art Walk-In begins at 4 O'clock Thursday afternoon at the Moose Exchange on West Main Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Bridge Replacement

You can tell spring is just around the corner when PennDOT starts road construction programs. First up... a bridge replacement project on Route 44... two miles west of Jerseytown in Madison Township. PennDOT's Rick Mason says the existing 35 – foot long bridge over the east branch of Chillisquaque Creek will be replaced. The 704 – thousand dollar project begins May 6th ... and runs through August. Detours will be in place.

 

Pa Insurance Dept

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department says it's not happy over an announcement last week by the Federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. That government entity plans to suspend enrollment in pre-existing condition insurance plans by March 2nd. Pennsylvania’s pre-existing condition insurance plan, called PA Fair Care, was established in 2010 to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act. The program supports more than 6,500 Pennsylvanians.

 

Wilkes – Barre Fire

Wilkes – Barre fire investigators say a blaze at an apartment building in the Heights section of the city is a case of arson. The flames were discovered at Park Avenue and Dana Streets Wednesday morning... taking firefighters a couple of hours to bring the fire under control. The couple who live there were able to escape the flames. Two of the three kids were at school. Investigators believe the fire started in a vacant first floor apartment.

 

Tobyhanna Depot

With impending automatic federal budget cuts threatened for March 1st.... the Tobyhanna Army Depot could face an estimated $300 – million in cuts. According to an Army report... if budget sequestration take effect... Tobyhanna would see $309 – million worth of cuts thorough the end of September.... all part of a $500 – billion to be sliced from defense department spending over the next ten year. Congress and the President still sparing with each other over the cuts.

 

Gaming

The Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City has filed for bankruptcy. The Shore's newest and most expensive gambling location filing the paperwork... as Pennsylvania casino's continue to thrive. Financial records show Garden State gaming revenue started to decline... when the Commonwealth gave it's okay to open the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs near Wilkes – Barre.

 

In WHLM Sports

 

Bloomsburg University

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Mansfield Wednesday night. WHLM's Jim Doyle says the Mansfield men defeated Bloomsburg 73 – 66. On the women's side... Bloomsburg downed Mansfield 63 – 51. The Huskies play their final regular season home games Saturday afternoon against Kutztown.

 

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team faces Binghamton Thursday night at the Nelson Field House in the Huskies final dual meet of the season. Thursday night's match starts at 7 O'clock.

 

High School BB

In high school basketball Wednesday night... in a District 2 Class AAA girls playoff game... Holy Redeemer defeated Berwick 59 – 44.

 

More High School BB

Friday night... the Benton girls play East Juniata in a District 4 Class A quarterfinal at Montoursville. You can catch all the action on the WHLM Stations beginning with the pregame show at 6:10.

 

NBA

In the NBA Wednesday night... the Minnesota downed Philadelphia 94 – 87.

 

NHL

And in the NHL... the Philadelphia Flyers skated by the Pittsburgh Penguins 6 – 5.

Wednesday / February 20, 2013


Federal Money for Floodwall

The Economic Development Administration of the federal government announced Wednesday they're contributing $15 – million dollars towards a flood wall at Autoneum and Windsor Foods on Bloomsburg's west side. They employee an estimated 900 people... and were knocked out of commission during the September 2011 flood. The commitment from the fed's will be coupled with an estimated $12 – million from the state... and another $3 – million dollars from the companies. The project is being spearheaded by Congressman Lou Barletta... who represents Columbia County in Washington... with the money coming from money set aside by congress for flood protection following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

 

Bloomsburg Fire Update

Still no word as to what caused a fire at a two story home at the corner of 8th and Poplar Streets in Bloomsburg Tuesday. The blaze destroyed the home of Gwen Zubler of 304 E. Eighth... and that of next door neighbor Larry Poust. Joanne Kelley... who lives across Poplar... was having coffee with a friend when she first spotted the flames. Deputy Bloomsburg Fire Chief Hugh Gross was one of the first people on the scene... and all he saw was smoke... and immediately requested a second alarm. Firemen were faced with high winds and a heavy snow showers. The flames were so intense... it melted the aluminum siding on the home directly across the street belonging to David Barnes. Poust collapsed at the scene and was taken to the Bloomsburg Hospital... and later transferred to Geisinger in Danville. Two firefighters were also injured. Deputy Chief Gross says he believes the fire started in the kitchen area of the building. Investigators are expected to be back at the fire scene Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

Diane Levan Announces

The local political season has opened now that potential candidates can pick up nominating petitions from Columbia County's chief registrar's office. One person to do that is Bloomsburg Town Council Vice – Chair Diane Levan. She would like to replace current Mayor Dan Knorr. Ms. Levan is expected to face first term councilman Eric Bower in the May 21st primary.

 

Kidsburg

Conceptual drawings of what Kidsburg 2.0 should look like was unveiled last night in Bloomsburg. An estimated 1,000 entries were received from elementary age kids in the Bloomsburg and Central School Districts. Coordinator Deb Huckens says once $250,000 dollars is raised... the committee will proceed with the construction of Kidsburg 2.0. If you recall... the original Kidsburg was severely damaged during the floods of September of 2011.

 

Hazleton Drugs

Hazleton police now say tainted drugs are making their way through the city... and apparently a mother – daughter got a hold of some bad cocaine. As we told you Tuesday... the pair were found in a Carson Street home and rushed to Hazleton General Hospital. Although the pair has yet to be identified... the mother is in her 50's will recover. But her daughter... in her 30's might not make it.

 

Hazleton Infant

Hazleton detectives still don't know how a two month old child was injured... and is now in the Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown with head injuries. Investigators are trying to determine if the injuries are accidental... or child abuse. Already... a second child in the home has been removed as a precaution.

 

Hafey School Auction

There will be an auction Saturday in Hazleton... selling what's left of the Bishop Hafey High School... and the former Holy Family Academy. A Sheppton auction company will begin the bidding at 9 O'clock Saturday at the former school in the 1700 block of West 22nd Street. The building is now the property of the Hazleton Area School district who purchased it last year.

 

Crash Folo Up

A Mt. Carmel man remains in critical condition at the Geisinger Medical Center... two weeks after his pick up truck collided head on with an SUV near Marion Heights. 52 – year old Glenn Meredith's pick up truck was swerving and slammed head on into the SUV... killing two passengers in the rear seat. Thus far police have not filed any charges against Meredith.

 

Snyder Stabbing

State police at Selinsgrove say two people are being held in the Snyder County jail in connection with the weekend stabbing death of a 71 – year old Middleburg woman. Bonnie Jean Snook of Creek Road in Beaver Township was found dead early early Sunday morning. Her husband was stabbed. In custody... is Snook's grandson Joshua.... as well as his wife, Jennifer.... both of Sunbury.

 

WHLM Sports

Basketball Playoff

The Bloomsburg High School boys and girls basketball teams opened the District 4 AA playoffs Tuesday night in Danville. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports... the Bloomsburg Panthers boys high school basketball team captured their first playoff victory since the late 90's with a 49 – 45 win over Hughesville. They advance to the next playoff round at a time, date and place to be announced. On the girls side... Lewisburg defeated Bloomsburg 58 to 37. While Bloomsburg's season comes to an end.... Lewisburg advances into the next round of playoffs.

 

High School Girls

In a District 4 Class A girls game last night... St. John Newman defeated Millville 47 – 33.

 

High School Boys

In a boys District 2 Class AAA playoff game... Abington Heights downed Berwick 90 – 46.

 

More High School Girls

Wednesday night in a District 2 girls AAA game. Berwick is at Holy Redeemer

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams played Mansfield Thursday night at the Nelson Field House. The Women won their game 63-51. The Men lost theirs 73-66. You can listen to the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

The Huskies play their last home game of the regular season this Saturday when they face Kutztown. Coverage on the WHLM stations kicks off with the pregame show at 11:40.

 

College Basketball

In college basketball Tuesday night, top ranked Indiana faced 4th ranked Michigan State. At the buzzer... Indiana getting by Michigan State 72 – 68.

Wednesday February 20, 2013


Bloomsburg Fire Update

Still no word as to what caused a fire at a two story home at the corner of 8th and Poplar Streets in Bloomsburg Tuesday. The blaze destroyed the home of Gwen Zubler of 304 E. Eighth... and that of next door neighbor Larry Poust. Joanne Kelley... who lives across Poplar... was having coffee with a friend when she first spotted the flames. Deputy Bloomsburg Fire Chief Hugh Gross was one of the first people on the scene... and all he saw was smoke... and immediately requested a second alarm. Firemen were faced with high winds and a heavy snow showers. The flames were so intense... it melted the aluminum siding on the home directly across the street belonging to David Barnes. Poust collapsed at the scene and was taken to the Bloomsburg Hospital... and later transferred to Geisinger in Danville.

 

Two firefighters were also injured. Deputy Chief Gross says he believes the fire started in the kitchen area of the building. Investigators are expected to be back at the fire scene Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

Diane Levan Announces

The local political season has opened now that potential candidates can pick up nominating petitions from Columbia County's chief registrar's office. One person to do that is Bloomsburg Town Council Vice – Chair Diane Levan. She would like to replace current Mayor Dan Knorr. Ms. Levan is expected to face first term councilman Eric Bower in the May 21st primary.

 

Kidsburg

Conceptual drawings of what Kidsburg 2.0 should look like was unveiled last night in Bloomsburg. An estimated 1,000 entries were received from elementary age kids in the Bloomsburg and Central School Districts. Coordinator Deb Huckens says once $250,000 dollars is raised... the committee will proceed with the construction of Kidsburg 2.0. If you recall... the original Kidsburg was severely damaged during the floods of September of 2011.

 

Hazleton Drugs

Hazleton police now say tainted drugs are making their way through the city... and apparently a mother – daughter got a hold of some bad cocaine. As we told you Tuesday... the pair were found in a Carson Street home and rushed to Hazleton General Hospital. Although the pair has yet to be identified... the mother is in her 50's will recover. But her daughter... in her 30's might not make it.

 

Hazleton Infant

Hazleton detectives still don't know how a two month old child was injured... and is now in the Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown with head injuries. Investigators are trying to determine if the injuries are accidental... or child abuse. Already... a second child in the home has been removed as a precaution.

 

Hafey School Auction

There will be an auction Saturday in Hazleton... selling what's left of the Bishop Hafey High School... and the former Holy Family Academy. A Sheppton auction company will begin the bidding at 9 O'clock Saturday at the former school in the 1700 block of West 22nd Street. The building is now the property of the Hazleton Area School district who purchased it last year.

 

Crash Folo Up

A Mt. Carmel man remains in critical condition at the Geisinger Medical Center... two weeks after his pick up truck collided head on with an SUV near Marion Heights. 52 – year old Glenn Meredith's pick up truck was swerving and slammed head on into the SUV... killing two passengers in the rear seat. Thus far police have not filed any charges against Meredith.

 

Snyder Stabbing

State police at Selinsgrove say two people are being held in the Snyder County jail in connection with the weekend stabbing death of a 71 – year old Middleburg woman. Bonnie Jean Snook of Creek Road in Beaver Township was found dead early early Sunday morning. Her husband was stabbed. In custody... is Snook's grandson Joshua.... as well as his wife, Jennifer.... both of Sunbury.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Basketball Playoff

The Bloomsburg High School boys and girls basketball teams opened the District 4 AA playoffs Tuesday night in Danville. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports... the Bloomsburg Panthers boys high school basketball team captured their first playoff victory since the late 90's with a 49 – 45 win over Hughesville. They advance to the next playoff round at a time, date and place to be announced. On the girls side... Lewisburg defeated Bloomsburg 58 to 37. While Bloomsburg's season comes to an end.... Lewisburg advances into the next round of playoffs.

 

High School Girls

In a District 4 Class A girls game last night... St. John Newman defeated Millville 47 – 33.

 

High School Boys

In a boys District 2 Class AAA playoff game... Abington Heights downed Berwick 90 – 46.

 

More High School Girls

Wednesday night in a District 2 girls AAA game. Berwick is at Holy Redeemer

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams play Mansfield Thursday night at the Nelson Field House starting with the women's game at 5:30. Catch all the action on the WHLM Stations starting with the pregame show at 5:10.

 

College Basketball

In college basketball last night, top ranked Indiana faced 4th ranked Michigan State. At the buzzer... Indiana getting by Michigan State 72 – 68.

Monday / February 18, 2013


Creekside Fire

Still no word as to what caused an early Sunday morning fire at the Creekside Family Restaurant north of Orangeville. Flames were shooting through the roof when firemen arrived... and although they had some water aboard their apparatus... it was initially in short supply.... so says Orangeville fire chief Kevin Boyd. Chief Boyd said a State Police Fire Marshal has been called in, but he was unable to pinpoint the cause. Owner Rod Kile says he doesn't know if he'll rebuild.

 

Montour Fire

A Montour County mobile home went up in flames Sunday night... and was destroyed. Authorities responding to a structure fire found the home involved in flames on Blee Hill Road... in Derry Township. But despite help from a half dozen different companies... plus the Millville fire department's tanker... nothing was able to be saved.

 

Berwick Drug Bust

A Berwick couple is facing a host of drug charges after they were arrested over the weekend at a Fifth Street home. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition 22 – year old Zachariah Babb... and his gal pal 20 – year old Shalyn Blankenship were arrested Saturday night as cops served a warrant. Found by police were bundles of heroin worth about $5,000 on the street... in addition to just over $400 in cash. The pair is lodged in the Columbia County Prison on $75,000 bail.

 

Election 2013

If you're in the political game.... or thinking about jumping in... Tuesday is the first day you can pick up nominating petitions from the Columbia County Election office in Bloomsburg. Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says some folks forget following the presidential election.... is still are elected positions to fill through a primary held in March. Repasky says many of the offices up for election include school district seats... as well as borough and town of Bloomsburg openings.... such as in the case to select a new Mayor in the fall of 2013.

 

Julian Bond

Civil Rights activist Julian Bond was in Bloomsburg at the start of the weekend. He was delivering a speech at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. dinner on the Bloomsburg University campus. Speaking with reporters late Friday afternoon... he gave high marks to President Obama. Bond says Mr. Obama has done a lot despite being stonewalled by Congress and the Senate. Mr. Bond's activism goes back to the heyday of the civil rights struggle... forming the Student Non – violent Coordinating Committee... and serving four terms in the Georgia house... and six terms in the Georgia Senate. Today... he continues to write and lecture about the civil rights movement.

 

Hazleton Home Invasion

Hazleton police are investigating a home invasion which took place early Sunday morning along Hayes Street. Police say three men...holding weapons... smashed through the front door... holding the homeowner and his two kids at bay. The trio demanded money and ransacked the home... making off with a TV and a video game console. No one is in custody.

 

Theft Suspect

A Bloomsburg woman was arrested for her alleged role in a conspiracy to steal jewelry from a Sugar Notch home... in Luzerne County. 27 – year old Stacey Paul is out on bail after she was charged with theft and receiving stolen property. Paul and two others... targeted a Freed Street home... taking items and selling them to stores that deal in gold in the Wyoming Valley.

 

Job Corps

House and Senate lawmakers are investigating a nearly $100 - million shortfall at the federal Job Corps program that has prompted the Labor Department to freeze enrollment at all 125 job centers around the country. The move would effect the Job Corps Center in Drums... near Hazleton... and could lead to the layoff of nearly 260 people who work there... and lose an estimated 400 student. Meantime... Senator Bob Casey has called on the agency's inspector general to investigate.. what he calls... serious questions about the management by the department.

 

New Digs

Construction is well underway for a new 3 – point – 8 million dollar district forestry office along Route 42 in the Weiser forest complex between Aristes and the Kline Reservoir. The complex will replace the district office in Cressona... where space has become a premium. The 38 district employees are expected to be in their new home by this summer.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Girls HS Basketball

The Danville High School girls basketball team had a very successful weekend. On Friday night, they beat Shamokin to clinch the Heartland Conference Division One title. On Saturday night at Williamsport High School, they beat Benton 66-61 in overtime to win the first ever overall Heartland Conference championship.

 

More HS Basketball

The Bloomsburg High School boys and girls basketball teams will begin the District 4 Class AA playoffs Tuesday night at the McCloskey Center in Danville. At 6 O'clock... the Bloomsburg girls will play Lewisburg followed by the Bloomsburg boys against Hughesville. You can hear both of those games Tuesday on the WHLM Stations starting with the pregame show at 5:40.

 

BU Wrestling

Two area wrestling teams won titles over the weekend. On Friday night at Nelson Field House, Bloomsburg University beat Lock Haven 30-7 to win the school's first outright Eastern Wrestling League Championship. The Huskies final dual meet will be this Thursday night at home against Binghamton.

 

Central Columbia Wrestling

The Central Columbia High School wrestling team finished first in the East Sectional tournament which concluded Saturday at Hughesville. Next up for area wrestlers is the District 4 tournament which begins Friday at Williamsport High School.

 

NASCAR Cup Series

Danica Patrick grabs the pole position for next Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series season – opening Daytona 500. It's the first time a woman will lead a 43 car field to a green flag in a NASCAR Cup Series event.

What's Happening Sunday February 17, 2013


Fire Destroys Orangeville Restaurant

The popular Creekside Family Restaurant... on Nor – Pole Road just north of Orangeville on SR 487... is no more. The eatery was destroyed by a fire of an undetermined origin. The flames were discovered shortly after 3 O'clock Sunday morning. Orangeville Fire Chief Kevin Boyd says when he rolled up to the scene he saw flames shooting through the roof of the metal - sided building. Orangeville firemen got help in squelching the flames from across the region... especially when it came to tankers. At least a dozen were called in to shuttle water from nearby creeks to the scene. Chief Boyd said he plans to call in a state police fire marshal to figure out what started the blaze at the Creekside Family Restaurant near Orangeville.

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Here's Whats Happening

The March of Dimes Team DNA is hosting a flapjack fundraiser today at the Applebees in Bloomsburg from 8:00 to 10:00 AM.  Cost is $7.00 for you, $5.00 for your kids ages six and younger.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company will serve up their monthly all you can eat breakfast buffet and brunch today from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  They start serving brunch items at 10:00 AM.  The fire hall is located on Route 642 between Danville and Milton.

 

The Kidsburg 2.0 committee and the Bloomsburg Area YMCA present “Family Move and Groove Day” today from Noon to 4:00 PM.  There will be lots of activities happening…and it’s all free of charge.  Donations will be accepted to build up the Kidsburg playground funds.

 

Tonight the Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series presents Luciana Souza with “The Sound of Brazil” at 7:30 PM in Carver Hall.  You can find more information about that under Our Partners.

 

St. Cyril Spiritual Center is hosting a scriptural Lenten series starting tomorrow running for 7 weeks, they also have a Lenten Retreat Day on Tuesday this week.  Register for both of those things this weekend by calling 441-1496.

 

Tomorrow the Bloomsburg Police Department invites you to have coffee with them at McDonalds in Bloomsburg.  Get to know the officers from 7:00 to 9:00 AM.

 

And from the WHLM Future File, Grace Bible Church in Catawissa has a ladies’ spring brunch coming up on Saturday March 9th.  Get more information and register now by calling 356-2644.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Huskies Basketball

In college ball action Saturday afternoon, Bloomsburg University's Men's & Women's teams were on the road to face West Chester. The Women won 64-54. The Men's team suffered the loss of two starters to injuries; the game ending in a 96-75 WCU win. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

What's Happening Saturday February 16, 2013


Catawissa First United Methodist Church is hosting their annual “Trash or Treasures” rummage sale today…food will be available.

 

The Orangeville Public Library has their winter book sale happening today, along with an Oral Antique and Collectible Appraisal with John A Shuman III.  The library is located on Mill Street in Orangeville.

 

The Children’s Museum invites your kids to their penny party today…bring spare change, pennies, coins, and dollars to add to the exhibits fund.  Abe Lincoln impersonator will be stopping by.  The Children’s Museum is located on 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

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

 

The Black Creek United Methodist Church is hosting a chicken and waffle dinner today...cost is $10 for you, and $5 for your children ages 6 to 10.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is hosting “Dance Your Heart Out for BTE” tonight at the Frosty Valley Country Club in Danville.  You can get more information on the BTE website, link up under Our Partners.

 

Tomorrow night the Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series presents Luciana Souza with “The Sound of Brazil” at 7:30 PM in Carver Hall.  You can also find more information about that under Our Partners.

 

The March of Dimes Team DNA is hosting a flapjack fundraiser tomorrow at the Applebees in Bloomsburg from 8:00 to 10:00 AM.  Cost is $7.00 for you, $5.00 for your kids ages six and younger.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company will serve up their monthly all you can eat breakfast buffet and brunch tomorrow from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  They start serving brunch items at 10:00 AM.  The fire hall is located on Route 642 between Danville and Milton.

 

The Kidsburg 2.0 committee and the Bloomsburg Area YMCA present “Family Move and Groove Day” tomorrow from Noon to 4:00 PM.  There will be lots of activities happening…and it’s all free of charge.  Donations will be accepted to build up the Kidsburg playground funds.

 

St. Cyril Spiritual Center is hosting a scriptural Lenten series starting this Monday running for 7 weeks, they also have a Lenten Retreat Day on Tuesday this week.  Register for both of those things this weekend by calling 441-1496.

 

On Monday the Bloomsburg Police Department invites you to have coffee with them at McDonalds in Bloomsburg.  Get to know the officers from 7:00 to 9:00 AM.

 

And from the WHLM Future File, Grace Bible Church in Catawissa has a ladies’ spring brunch coming up on Saturday March 9th.  Get more information and register now by calling 356-2644.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Huskies Basketball

In college ball action Saturday afternoon, Bloomsburg University's Men's & Women's teams were on the road to face West Chester. The Women won 64-54. The Men's team suffered the loss of two starters to injuries; the game ending in a 96-75 WCU win. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Boys HS Basketball

In Boys' basketball Friday night Central Columbia and Bloomsburg renewed their rivalry at the Bloomsburg Middle School gym. The Panthers took a 59-36 victory in the regular season closer.

 

Friday / February 15, 2013


Remit / Parking Tickets

The Town of Bloomsburg has a problem with a back log of parking tickets and trying to track down the scofflaws. Just ask Police Chief Leo Sokoloski where there are an estimated 4,000 outstanding tickets stashed away in two tall filing cabinets. Now... the town council is turning to Remit of West Main Street to recover money the town is owed. Remit will charge the Town $5.00 a ticket for their recovery effort.... and if a person doesn't pay... the fine will be on the individual's credit record.

 

Pennsylvania Lottery

It may not be as easy as first seemed... a contract with a British firm to privatize Pennsylvania Lottery management. Attorney General Kathleen Kane says the contract has failed to pass legal muster. In essence.... Ms. Kane says the contract infringes on the General Assembly's constitutional powers. Ms. Kane also says that the development of electronic lottery games... such as KENO... violates the state Gaming Act.

 

JGA Website

The governmental issues of the state are complex and diverse... so the local Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau this week launched a website looking for feedback to be delivered to local and state governmental leaders. The Visitors Bureau Otto Kurecian says the new site is being run by the Joint Governmental Affair's Committee... its members coming from the field of publishing... non – profits... as well as business and industry.

 

Gaffney / Minimum Wage

If you had an opportunity to hear President Obama's State of the Union address earlier this week... he's calling on congress to raise the minimum wage from it's current $7.25 and hour... up to $9.00 a hour. Fred Gaffney of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says raising the minimum wage is a deterrent to business. Mr. Gaffney calling the proposal an unnecessary mandate to businesses to what they need to pay their employees.

 

Susquehanna River

A report on the health of the Susquehanna River points out the importance of being able to monitor both water quantity and quality. The Susquehanna River Basin Commission says one of the biggest threats to the river is the lack of steady funding for the gauge system. The Commission's John Balay says the gauge system is the backbone of the Susquehanna's infrastructure. He adds the gauges are used in times of flood and drought, to help monitor the health of drinking water and whether the state is meeting targets for helping clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

 

Counterfeit Money

Some funny money is being circulated in the Hazleton area. Counterfeit $100 bills have been showing up in merchants cash drawers... and now the feds have been called into investigate. Authorities say about 15 bogus bills have been passed... and some shop owners have posted signs they won't accept a $100 bill.

 

State Health Centers

If Governor Corbett has his way... an undetermined number of state health centers will be closed... across the commonwealth saving the state health department an estimated $3.4 - million dollars. In Northeastern PA... state centers are located from Jim Thorpe... near Hazleton... north through the Wyoming Valley... including Sunbury and Pottsville.

 

Lotto Winner

A Ringtown man has won a million dollars... thanks to the December 22nd Powerball drawing. Lottery officials refused to say if Leonard Kamarousky took his winnings in one lump sum... or how the winnings were distributed. When contacted by reporters... Kamarousky refused to talk about hitting it big. He purchased the ticket at a convenience store in the Ringtown area the day of the drawing.

 

Clinic / GSACH

Work is well underway for a $1.2 - million dollar Ophthalmology clinic on the campus at Geisinger – Shamokin Area Community Hospital. It's a 4,000 square foot building... attached to the Geisinger Specialty Care building. The clinic is expected to be opened by June.

 

Video Conferencing

The Northumberland County Commission is moving ahead with streamline video conferencing.... between the County Prison and the Court System. Commissioners allocating $12,000 for the project. In essence... it would allow prisoners to stay where they are for their court appearances before district magistrates... using a remote camera and audio hook up... saving transportation costs and keeping security of the prisoner a high priority.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Thursday night, Danville played Lewisburg in the Heartland Conference semifinals. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports Lewisburg got by Danville 61 – 56. In Saturday night's girls conference final.... Benton plays Danville starting at 6 O'clock at the Williamsport High School.

 

Boys HS Basketball / Thursday

In regular season boys basketball action Thursday night.... Hazleton Area defeated Berwick 82 – 54 and Bucktail Area downed Millville 56 – 42.

 

Boys HS Basketball / Friday

In boys basketball Friday night Central Columbia and Bloomsburg renewed their rivalry at the Bloomsburg Middle School gym. The Panthers took a 59-36 victory in the regular season closer. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report:

 

 

BU Wrestling

In college wrestling Friday night, Bloomsburg University takes on Lock Haven at the Nelson Field House in a match that begins at 7 O'clock.

Thursday / February 14, 2013


Millard / Pensions

State Representative David Millard has been named chairman of a sub – committee... part of the house appropriations committee... dealing with education funding and what to do with state pension reform. The Mt. Pleasant Township Republican says he and other committee members try and get the best ideas to solve the issue. Millard says pension reform is needed since it costs state taxpayers billions of dollars a year.

 

Block Grant

As Governor Corbett continues his push to take the state store system private... he says a billion dollars raised from the sale of the stores and liquor licenses would be directed towards his proposed education block grant program. Brian Earley... who heads the Hazleton Area School Board... spoke in support of the program... saying it will help fund the district's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs. State Education Secretary Ton Tomalis says the block grant program is an enrichment that will accelerate a lot of things that are already happening in Pennsylvania education.

 

National Beef

Some cruel economic times in near - by Snyder County. The management at the National Beef Company in Hummels Wharf are scrambling these days. They were told recently that Wal – Mart doesn't want the product they produce anymore... and that will toss 70 people out of work by the end of business Friday. Another 80 may be pink slipped by mid – April if new business can't be found.

 

PSP / Theft

State Police at Bloomsburg are searching for those responsible for a theft from Pennsylvania Aluminum on Route 11 in Briar Creek Borough over the weekend. Investigators say someone removed some aluminum from the property without the permission of the owners. The thieves were tracked by footprints through the snow. The trail ended along Sparrow Drive... close to the business. If you have information about the theft... give state police a call.

 

PSP / Rocks

State police are looking for someone who threw rocks at a passing motorist this week. 42 – year old Eugene Coolbaugh of Lost Creek... in Schuylkill County... telling troopers he was southbound on State Route 42... near Aristes in Conyngham Township... when someone tossed the rocks... damaging the driver's side window and hood of his KIA. If you have information about the incident... call State Police at the Bloomsburg Barracks.

 

Mt. Carmel Fire

Still no word as to what caused a fire which destroyed three row homes last night in Mt. Carmel... in Northumberland County. A fire breaking out in one of the homes in the 400 block of Centre Street... before spreading to two other home. No one was injured.... with the three home destroyed. The American Red Cross is helping those affected.

 

National Guard

Ninety members of the Pennsylvania National Guard have been placed on State Active Duty to assist with recovery efforts in Connecticut as a result last weekends blizzard. The troops are assisting with closed roadways, motorists trying to retrieve their cars... and transportation of health care professionals to hospitals. They will also assist communities by performing area welfare checks of residents who still may be cut off from power, food, or medical care.

 

Theft Trial

The theft trial of Wilkes – Barre Township Fire Chief John Yuknavich is off for the time being.... halted Wednesday after the trial judge and the lead prosecutor squared off against each other. Judge Joseph Sklarosky accused prosecutor Michael Melnick of continuing to avoid questions about the case. Melnick asking the judge to step down due to having dinner with the defense attorney and a dozen other people. The jury has been dismissed. Yuknavich is accused of writing $11,000 in checks from the fire department account... as well as using the department's credit card for personal use.

 

UGI Building

The former UGI building in Kingston is being demolished. Fidelity Bank purchased the structure recently... and ordered the building destroyed to make way for more parking... and a better way into the bank. The Wyoming Avenue building has been vacant for at least the past ten years.

 

Dollar General

New business may soon be headed to Kline Township in Schuylkill County... near Hazleton. Supervisors have given their conditional approval to build a new Dollar General store on Hancock Street. Now... the township planning commission will hold a public hearing to hear from folks living in the area about the pros and cons of building the store.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Shippensburg last night. WHLM's Jim Doyle says the Shippensburg men defeated Bloomsburg 68 – 59... while on the women's side of the ledger... the Bloomsburg women downed Shippensburg 66 – 58. The Huskies next play Saturday afternoon at West Chester.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Wednesday night, in the Heartland Conference semifinals... Danville defeated Mount Carmel in overtime 58 – 53... and Benton downed Shamokin 57 – 50. The championship game will be played Saturday night at Williamsport High School

 

Heartland Boys

The Heartland Conference boys semifinals took place at Mifflinburg Thursday night. In the first game, Loyalsock beat Saint John Neuman. The Ironmen of Danville were defeated by Lewisburg in the second game 61-56. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report:

 

 

NBA

In the NBA Wednesday night the Milwaukee Bucks edged the Philadelphia 76er's 94 – 92.

Wednesday / February 13, 2013


Mt. Carmel Fire

Investigators are expected to be at the scene of a fire, which extensively damaged three homes last night in Mt. Carmel in the 400 block of Center Street... at Locust. The fire began shortly before 6:30 Tuesday night in one of the homes. The multi – alarm fire was fought by several different volunteer departments before being brought under control. No injuries were reported.

 

Lightstreet Road Crash

A Bloomsburg University nursing instructor was slightly injured Tuesday afternoon after her SUV rolled over on Lightstreet Road near Hospital Drive. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition 60 – year old Mary Ann Cegielsky of Shenandoah was apparently distracted. Her 2007 Subaru Outback hit the embankment along Lightstreet Road... overturning on it's roof. Cegielsky managed to crawl out of the SUV with the help of near-by BU Students.

 

Bloomsburg Carpet / SOU

President Obama delivered his customary State of the Union speech Tuesday night at the nation's capitol... in the chamber of the House of Representatives... before a joint session of both houses of congress. As he took the long walk down the aisle to the applause of lawmakers... Mr. Obama stepped on floor covering made by Bloomsburg Carpet on Route 11. That makes the company's Marty Bowman pretty happy. Bloomsburg Carpet floor covering products are found not only in the House Chamber... but in the Senate chamber... as well as the hallways of the capitol.

 

Plea Change

A former Potts Grove fire fighter will attempt to change his plea during his trial in April. 35 – year old Charles Jacobs of Lewisburg wants to withdraw his guilty plea to false alarms. That request surfaced this week during a pre – trial conference in Montour County Court. Jacobs is being represented by Bloomsburg attorney Leslie Bryden.

 

Go Direct

If you get an assistance check from the federal government... the days of receiving it in the mail is coming to an end. Starting March 1st... the feds will require you to have a direct deposit checking account.... or they'll send your benefits on a government – issued debit card. Kathy Lynn of the Columbia – Montour Office of the Aging says there's a big advantage... such as knowing where every penny of your government payment is... anytime you check. If you have any questions about the new way the federal government plans to do business... simply give the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging on Sawmill Road a call.

 

Wilburton Crash

A Shenandoah man remains in serious condition after a Monday accident near Wilburton. Police say 50 – year old Yazeed Azar of Shenandoah missed a stop sign in the fog... on Midvalley Road and crashed his Jeep into a maintenance building at the Zion Methodist Cemetery. Azar sustained head trauma and complained of back pain.

 

Block Grant Program

$17.6 - million dollars could be headed to the Hazleton Area School District over the next four years... if the state – run liquor system goes private. The Corbett Administration is out with a break down of the money coming from the “Passport for Learning Block Grant.” School board president Brian Earley said the grant could help the district open a magnet school.

 

Hazleton Fire

Authorities now say a candle is to blame for an apartment building fire on North James Street earlier this week. Although no one was at home when the fire broke out... more than a dozen people were displaced. Investigators say the fire erupted in a hallway at the top of the stairwell in the four unit apartment complex.

 

Wilkes - Barre Twp Trial

Testimony is expected to resume Wednesday morning in the theft trial for Wilkes – Barre Township fire chief John Yuknavich. The trial began on Monday with jury selection.. but it came to a grinding halt on Tuesday due to a lengthy disagreement between the prosecutor and the judge. Authorities accuse Yuknavich of writing an estimated $11,000 worth of checks on the fire department's account.... and using the department's credit card for unauthorized personal use.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

The Husky Men's and Women's teams were on the road Wednesday night at Shippensburg. The Women won their game 66-58. The Men lost theirs 68-59. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball last night... Lewisburg defeated Southern Columbia 52 – 48... Dallas got by Berwick 58 – 49... and it was Sullivan County over Benton 60 – 28.

 

In boys high school basketball Thursday night, Danville plays Lewisburg in the Heartland Conference semifinals at Mifflinburg. That game can be heard on the whlm stations starting with the pregame show at 7:15.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball... Bloomsburg downed South Williamsport 55 – 49... Montoursville edged Central Columbia 42 – 39... Southern Columbia got by Lewisburg 41 – 37... Muncy defeated Millville 50 – 38... and Danville downed Midd West 53 – 18.

 

Heartland Conference

Wednesday night at Mifflinburg, the girls semifinals will be played in the first ever Heartland Conference Tournament. In the first game at 6 O'clock, Danville plays Mount Carmel followed by Benton against Shamokin.

 

NHL

In the NHL last night... Philadelphia edged Winnepeg 3 to 2.

Tuesday / February 12, 2013


Windsor Foods

One of Bloomsburg's largest employers asked... and received a zoning variance dealing with a flood plain ordinance already on the books. A representative from Windsor Foods appeared before Town Council Monday night... pleading the company's case for the variance for a large modular conference room that has a floor that sits inches from the 100 – year high water mark. But Windsor's Maintenance Manager Rick Carpenter said the issue becomes moot if a proposed flood wall is built around the plant.  The variance was adopted on a 5 to 2 vote with Mayor Dan Knorr and vice – chair Diane Levan voting “no.”

 

Cleaver Attack

A Berwick man is in the Columbia County Prison on $300,000 bail after he allegedly cut a woman's throat with a meat cleaver over the weekend. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition 63 - Roger Beebe is being charged with attempted homicide after he allegedly used the cleaver to cut the throat of 42 – year old Juanita Gray. The incident taking place Sunday afternoon at a home in the 600 – block of North Vine Street. Berwick Police taking Beebe into custody.

 

Stillwater Crash

A Benton woman was uninjured after she lost control of her car near Stillwater on Monday. Pennsylvania State Police tell us 41 – year old Pamela Klock was eastbound on Paperdale Road when she hit a patch of ice on the roadway... while trying to make a left hand turn. Ms. Klock's car slid off the road... down an embankment... and into a tree. She was not injured... but her car had to be towed from the scene. No charges were filed.

 

Delays / Closings

Monday's freezing rain in some parts of the area forced school districts to start the day a little later than planned. But a two hour delay isn't as bad as just canceling school altogether. Bloomsburg Area school superintendent Cos Curry says the district has already had four snow days... and that has him worried since the rest of February, all of March and part of April could bring bad weather. Seniors are top of mind for Superintendent Curry since the school's graduation date is set in stone... and the possibility of having them return to the classrooms... on... say... Saturday... is not a decision he's looking forward to.

 

Kidsburg 2.0

The possibility of building a second Kidsburg at Bloomsburg Town Park is gaining a lot of traction around town. Coordinator Deb Huckens says hundreds of designs have been submitted by kids around the area with the final drawings due in by this Friday. The drawings will be unveiled during Kidsburg Design Day Celebration next Monday at the Bloomsburg High School at 7 PM.

 

Hazleton Fire

16 people were tossed out in the cold late last night in Hazleton when a fire damaged an apartment building on North James Street. Authorities say a fire erupted in a hallway at the top of the stairwell in the four unit apartment complex. The cause remains under investigation.

 

Hazleton City Hall

Hazleton City Hall is not the best place to work these days. Acting City Administrator Steve Hahn says carpet needs to be replaced on the second floor... and a wall needs to be repaired after a leaking pipe was fixed. There are also boxes of records ready to be carted off to be shredded... as well as other documents saved by the D.A.'s office... many of which are 20 – years old. Meantime... there are plans to bring Hazleton City Hall up to snuff.

 

Gas Prices

Gas prices across northeastern Pennsylvania are the highest they've been in months. The latest Triple A fuel gauge report shows the average price of self – serve, unleaded regular is going through the roof at $3.76 a gallon. That's up 8 cents from a week ago... and up a whopping 22 – cents from a month ago.  Experts say speculators.... plant maintenance and a low supply of products is blamed for a lot of the high prices.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Basketball

Danville was at Southern Columbia Monday night in boys' high school basketball. WHLM's Jim Doyle says at the final buzzer Danville defeated Southern 87 – 60. In other boys basketball action Monday night... Bloomsburg over Selinsgrove 54 – 32... it was Central Columbia over Hughesville 32 – 29... Montgomery cruised to a victory over Columbia Montour Vo Tech 59 – 38.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball... Bloomsburg defeated Muncy 54 – 39... Benton downed Sullivan County 61-39... Millville got by Montgomery 36 – 28... Dallas squeaked by Berwick 43 – 42.

 

PSAC Player

Bloomsburg University junior Donthe Jordan is the PSAC Eastern Division player of the week. Jordan had a total of 57 points in the Huskies' wins over Millersville and Cheyney. The Huskies are back in action Wednesday night at Shippensburg.

 

NBA

In the NBA Monday night... the Los Angeles Clippers rolled over the Philadelphia 76ers 107 – 90.

 

NHL

In the NHL, Toronto out - skated Philadelphia 5 to 2.

Monday / February 11, 2013


 

Shoveling Sounds

The sound of snow shovels is what we heard a lot of over the weekend... only hours after the latest storm flew over us... dumping less than two inches of snow in Bloomsburg. Some hilly area's received more... folks living in the valley's getting less. Whatever the case.... the weekend sunshine melted most of the snow.

 

Millard / Pensions

Now that Governor Corbett has unveiled his proposed 28 – point – four billion dollar budget for th 2013 – 2014 fiscal year.... it's up to the house and senate appropriations committee to do it's work.

That means weeks of hearings with department heads. But one of the major issues is pension reform... and State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township says we've reached a crossroads.

 

Marijuana

If State Senator Daylin Leach of suburban Philadelphia gets his way... Pennsylvania would become the next state to legalize marijuana. He plans to introduce legislation this week in Harrisburg to decriminalize the use of marijuana for any purpose in Pennsylvania. Leach hopes to end what he calls the "prohibition" of marijuana and treat it the same as certain types of alcohol - regulated by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

 

Theft Arrest

Wilkes – Barre police have arrested three people after they allegedly stole copper from a home. The incident happened at the start of the weekend. In the Luzerne County Correctional facility are Kevin Atkinson and Michael Sczyrek, both of Nanticoke... and Elizabeth Lynch of Blakeslee.

 

Robbery Arrests

One man and a juvenile are in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility after they surrendered to Wilkes – Barre police over the weekend. 18 – year old Quincy Michael Patrick of Larksville is facing a long list of charges stemming from a series of armed robberies. A companion... a 16 – year old juvenile is also facing a list of charges as well. The robberies took place from January 20th through the 22nd.

 

WHLM Sports

The High School Basketball season is moving closer to playoff time. On the WHLM stations Monday night, the Ironmen of Danville beat the Southern Columbia boys 87-60. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Update:

 

 

 

What's Happening Sunday February 10, 2013


The Loose Ties Model Railroad Club has their display open at the Columbia Mall. Check it out from Noon to 4:00 PM today.

 

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA is hosting a free community day today from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. They'll have free classes, clinics, and more for you to try. Light refreshments will be available, along with tours of their main building. Make sure you get in on the free drawing for a membership. The YMCA is located on 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The Bloomsburg Girls' Basketball Booster club is having a flapjack fundraiser breakfast this morning from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at Applebees in Bloomsburg. Tickets are $7.00 for you, $5.00 for your kids under 12.

 

The Bloomsburg High School Band boosters are hosting a pampered chef bingo today at the Bloomsburg Middle School Cafeteria. Doors open at 12:30 PM and games start at 2:00 PM. They'll have door prizes, Chinese auction along with food and snacks.

 

The Relay for Life of Bloomsburg will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser this afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. It's happening at the Morris Family Restaurant on Route 11 between Bloomsburg and Danville.

 

Get to know Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech School in Bloomsburg this afternoon at their open house. From 1:00 to 4:00 PM there will be demonstrations and hands-on activities to showcase their 16 training programs.

What's Happening Saturday February 9, 2013


The Orangeville Public Library is hosting their annual winter book sale today from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The sale will also be happening next Saturday.

 

The Bloomsburg University Athletic Department is hosting their second annual National Girl and Women in Sports Day free basketball clinic today. They're teaching girls basketball skills...and clinic participants are invited to this afternoon's BU Women Huskies' home game against Cheyney.

 

The Free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open today from 10:00 AM to Noon.

 

The Loose Ties Model Railroad Club has their display open this weekend at the Columbia Mall. Check it out between Noon to 5:00 PM today and Noon to 4:00 PM tomorrow.

 

The Children's Museum in Bloomsburg is hosting Boy Scouts Day today..half price admission for boy scouts today The museum is located on West 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA is hosting a free community day tomorrow from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. They'll have free classes, clinics, and more for you to try. Light refreshments will be available, along with tours of their main building. Make sure you get in on the free drawing for a membership. The YMCA is located on 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The Bloomsburg Girls' Basketball Booster club is having a flapjack fundraiser breakfast tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at Applebees in Bloomsburg. Tickets are $7.00 for you, $5.00 for your kids under 12.

 

The Bloomsburg High School Band boosters are hosting a pampered chef bingo tomorrow at the Bloomsburg Middle School Cafeteria. Doors open at 12:30 PM and games start at 2:00 PM. They'll have door prizes, Chinese auction along with food and snacks.

 

The Relay for Life of Bloomsburg will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser tomorrow afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. It's happening at the Morris Family Restaurant on Route 11 between Bloomsburg and Danville.

 

Get to know Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech School in Bloomsburg tomorrow afternoon at their open house. From 1:00 to 4:00 PM there will be demonstrations and hands-on activities to showcase their 16 training programs.

Friday February 8, 2013


Closings/Cancellations For Friday February 8th:

 

Central Columbia Schools - Middle & High School Dismissing 1:00 PM, Elementary Dismissing 2:00 PM

 

Bloomsburg Secondary 1:00 PM, Elementary 2:00 PM

 

Millville Elementary 12:20 PM...12:30 PM High School

 

Berwick Secondary 1:00 PM, Elementary 1:45 PM

 

Benton @ Noon

 

Columbia County Christian School Noon - Basketball Cancelled

 

Danville Area Schools Dissmissing 3 Hours Early - All sporting events cancelled

 

Southern Columbia Area School District dimissing @ Noon -

 

Sullivan County District dismissing at 1:00 PM - No sporting events or after school activities

 

Greenwood Friends School Dismissing at 12:30 PM

 

Briar Creek Township has issued "Snow Emergency Parking" for the Avenue Section from noon today to noon Saturday.

 

St. Matthew Prayer Breakfast for Saturday Cancelled

 

 

Winter Storm

The National Weather Service at State College has issued a winter storm warning for Columbia and Montour counties. Meteorologists are predicting two massive storms will collide over eastern Pennsylvania producing a wintry mix. We could get up to two inches before night fall, and three to five more before daybreak Saturday. Blizzard conditions are expected in New England with up to two feet of snow in some areas. The storm is forcing airlines to cancel thousands of flights.

 

PPL Prepares

PPL Electric Utilities is preparing for the thrashing we could get from Mother Nature. The utilities' Terri McBride says the company is activating their central emergency response center this morning...alerting personnel to prepare for extended shifts, and calling up 100 utility workers from it's Louisville affiliates to assist in power outage restoration. McBride says if you lose power, give them a call at 1-800-Dial-PPL.

 

Go Direct

If you're one of the thousands of people across Columbia and Montour Counties who get benefits from the federal government, such as Social Security, SSI, or VA benefits...you soon won't be getting checks in the mail. The feds are pushing recipients to get direct deposit accounts or they'll send benefits on a government issued debit card. The switch happens March 1st.

 

Hit and Run

Police are investigating a hit and run crash that happened Thursday evening in Briar Creek Plaza. An unknown model pick up truck struck an unoccupied vehicle in front of the Giant Grocery Store around 6:00 PM. If you have any information regarding the hit and run call state police at Bloomsburg at 387-4261.

 

National Girl and Women In Sports

The Bloomsburg University Athletic Department is hosting the second annual National Girl and Women in sports day tomorrow at the Nelson Field House. The day starts with a free basketball clinic for girls in elementary up to, and including, high school at 10:00 AM. Following the clinic all girls participating will be given a free ticket to the Huskies game with Cheyney that starts at 1:00 PM. Walk-up registration will be accepted.

 

YMCA Open House

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA has taken the wraps off their improvements over the past few months. Y Executive Director Roger Brown says he expects a pretty good turnout for the refurbished building's open house. The open house is this Sunday afternoon starting at 1:00 PM. It features tours of the main building and the field house, with plenty of activities taking place.

 

Tax Filing

The Berwick Area United Way will host a free tax filing site again this year. If you made less than $52,000 in 2012 you could qualify for the program. For information...or to make an appointment...call the Berwick Area Untied Way at 759-1005.

 

Budget and Kids

Governor Corbett's budget is getting low marks from educators, but another group sees signs of encouragement for Pennsylvania's children. The Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children says the governor's budget proposal is a turn in direction after cuts during the recent bleak economic times.

 

Kid Fit

There's a new campaign moving in the classroom, as statistics show few schools provide opportunities for daily physical activity. The program “Fit For a Healthier Generation” includes a three to five minute physical activity that can get kids moving in the classroom. Access the videos at www.healthiergeneration.org.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BHS Football Coach Says Goodbye

After 11 very successful seasons, Bloomsburg High School football coach Larry Sones is stepping down. Sones handed in his resignation yesterday. In the 2007 season, he led the Panthers to a 13 and 2 record including a District 4 Class A championship. That season his team advanced to the state semifinals.

 

High School Basketball

On Wednesday Bloomsburg High School senior Zach Mrozek went over one thousand points for his career in the Panthers' win over previously unbeaten Saint Jon Neuman. Tonight, Southern Columbia senior Kayla Lavella needs nine point to reach the one thousand career milestone when her team plays at Central Columbia.

 

In boys' high school basketball tonight, Berwick is at home against Coughlin. You can hear that game on the whlm stations starting with the pregame show at 7:15.

 

College Wrestling

In college wrestling tonight, the 14th ranked Huskies of Bloomsburg University are at Rutgers.

 

National Hockey League

Last night in the NHL, Florida beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2.

Thursday / February 7, 2013


Nor'easter Predicted

Forecasters are growing more confident that a major winter storm will impact parts of the Northeast and New England Friday into Saturday. This Nor'easter-type storm system will bring strong winds and heavy snow to New England. The National Weather Service in Binghamton has already issued a Winter Storm Watch for neighboring Luzerne County as well as the Wyoming Valley... east through the Pocono's. However, the NWS in State College have not issued any watches for Columbia and Montour Counties... and are forecasting freezing rain and sleet Friday... turning to rain... changing to snow with very little accumulation expected.

 

Kurt Masser / Budget

It's been a couple of days... and state lawmakers are finally getting a grip of Governor Corbett's proposed $28.4 – billion dollar 2013 – 2014 state budget. It's an increase of $678 – million over the current spending plan. Representative Kurt Masser who watches out for Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties in Harrisburg said the governor provided a good starting point for budget negotiations. Masser says another important issue is an uptick in funding for education... despite the state's fragile economy.

 

Corbett / CHIP

A day after his budget address... Governor Corbett was in the Wyoming Valley... at the Osterhout Library in Wilkes – Barre. While there midday Wednesday... Mr. Corbett touted his plan to increase outreach and enrollment for the state Children's Health Insurance program... also known as CHIP. The Governor said the $8.5 - million he placed in his proposed budget could enroll and cover an additional 9,300 uninsured children under the age of 19.

 

Dog Trouble

Two Jackson Township brothers... in trouble with the law last summer for having too many dogs at their home... have been charged again. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... 54 – year old Albert Ambrosia... and his 59 – year old brother, Tom... are now accused of housing 32 Chihuahuas without a kennel license at their Ridge Road home near Benton. Last summer... the Ambrosia's were charged with animal cruelty when authorities found 200 Chihuahuas at their home. The majority ended up in shelters for adoption. Now... the Ambrosia's face a preliminary hearing on the latest charges March 6th.

 

Spamalot

If you're looking for some stress relief... the national tour of “Spamalot” comes to the Bloomsburg University campus Friday night at 8 O'clock. It's billed as an outrageous musical comedy ripped off from the classic film “Monty Python and The Holy Grail. The one – time only performance of “Spamalot” takes place at 8 O'clock at the Haas Center for the Arts on the BU Campus. It's part of the University's Celebrity Artist Series.

 

Pallets Stolen

A Luzerne County man is in jail after he allegedly stole Aluminum pallets from a meat packing plant over the weekend... and then again... earlier this week. State Police arresting Bryan Polascik who allegedly made off with the ten pallets from the Citterio plant on Route 940 in Foster Township. The pallets were valued at an estimated $3,500.

 

Arson Suspect

A man accused of setting fire last month that destroyed two homes in the 600 block of East Sunbury Street in Shamokin has been offered a plea deal. 21 – year old James Neidinger has been offered a deal for him to plead guilty to two felony counts of arson. But right now, the deal has not been accepted. Earlier this week... Neidinger 's attorney asked a district judge in Shamokin for a reduction in bail... but that was rejected. He's currently in the Northumberland County Prison in lieu of $200,000 cash bail.

 

Condition Update

A Mt. Carmel man remains in “critical” condition at Geisinger Medical Center after his pick up truck slammed into an SUV... killing two people this week. Authorities say 52 – year old Glenn Meredith was swerving all over Route 54 on the Natalie Mountain... when his truck collided head on with an SUV driven by 40 – year old Tina Alexander of Gordon. She's listed in “fair” condition at GMC. The crash killed Alexander's relatives... 92 – year old Charles Carl and 76 – year old Ronald Matejick. Police say charges are expected to be filed.

 

Vets Plates

Pennsylvania motorists can now show their support of veterans by purchasing a new license plate. The new "Honoring Our Veterans" plate which was approved last year features an image of the American Flag and bald eagle and costs $35.00. Fifteen dollars will be donated to the veterans trust fund. The plate is available for passenger cars and light trucks.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball 

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Millersville last night at the Nelson Field House. WHLM's Jim Doyle says in triple overtime... the Bloomsburg men downed Millersville 100 – 94. The women played a heart breaker of a game, but was defeated by Millersville 64 – 62. The Huskies return to action Saturday afternoon against Cheyney at Nelson Field House. You can hear that game on the WHLM Stations.

 

Boys HS Basketball 

In boys high school basketball Wednesday night... Bloomsburg handed Saint John Neuman their first loss of the season 59 – 53... Muncy defeated Benton 49 – 44... Southern Columbia got by Central Columbia 34 – 30... Danville downed Jersey Shore 74 – 60... and Millville out scored South Williamsport 60 – 53.

 

NBA

In the NBA Wednesday night... The Indiana Pacers rolled over the Philadelphia 76ers 89 – 69.

Wednesday / February 6, 2013


Millard / Corbett Budget

Governor Corbett taking the wraps off a budget for fiscal year 2013 – 14 on Tuesday. Mr. Corbett is calling for $28.4 - billion in expenditures... an increase of 2.4% over the current budget... with a revenue growth of just 1.5%. State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township says the figure was arrived at by looking at revenue figures that came in during December. Rep. Millard went on to say... year to date... general fund collections of $14.5 – billion exceeded the estimate overall in this fiscal year by $153 – million. And if that's not enough to cover expenditures... Mr. Corbett says he'll toss in another $500 – million from reserves.

 

Corbett in Wilkes - Barre

A day after delivering his budget speech to lawmakers in Harrisburg... Governor Corbett is on the road Wednesday. He'll be making a stop at the Osterhout Free Library on South Franklin Street in Wilkes – Barre. During his visit... the governor will talk about the additional $8.5 – million proposed for the state Children's Health Insurance Program... also known as CHIP. The program is entering it's 20th year of providing health care coverage to eligible uninsured children and teens in Pennsylvania up to the age of 19.

 

Obama Care

It's going to get tougher in the next year on businesses and individuals when Obama Care kicks in... requiring all of us to have health insurance... either through an individual policy or through our employer. Appearing on the Tuesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... tax consultant Kim Schooley says an additional 40,000 IRS workers will enforce the new rules and regulations. The result if you don't have health insurance... a hefty fine handed out by the federal government.

 

Gloria Cohen – Dion

Funeral services will be held Thursday morning in the Philadelphia area for Bloomsburg University Political Science professor Gloria Cohen – Dion. She collapsed in her classroom Monday night... was rushed to the hospital... where she died. BU Dean, James Brown, telling us that Cohen – Dion was well known and liked across the University campus. The University will now bring in counselors to talk with students and staff. Professor Cohen – Dion was a fixture on the BU campus for the past twenty years.

 

Transportation Study

Montour and Northumberland Counties will take part in a PennDOT study dealing with options involving public transportation. An agency spokesperson says the two counties will look at consolidation and cooperation opportunities. The study is expected to take a year to complete. Still trying to make a decision as to weather or not be included in the study is Union and Snyder Counties.

 

Sex Assault

A Sunbury man remains in the Northumberland County Jail is now accused of allegedly sexually assaulting a 14 – year old teenage girl he was caring for. 38 – year old Andrew Moore was already behind bars for trying to intimidating witnesses when he appeared before a district Judge this week. Moore is alleged to have relations with the teen dating back to last summer.

 

Lawsuit Settled

A West Hazleton family has won a court settlement of $75,000 for a lawsuit they filed against state, local and federal law enforcement agencies for a raid that took place in 2007. The Taveras family filed the lawsuit after the Luzerne County Drug Enforcement Task Force raided the family's West Monroe Street home... searching the property for several hours. The Community Justice Project getting involved... and on Tuesday... four family members received an $8,000 settlement from the state attorney general's office. The remainder going to the non – profit Justice Project.

 

Sno Mountain

Sno Mountain at Montage Mountain may soon have a new owner. The ski area has been operating at a loss for year... and last fall filed for bankruptcy. Several potential buyers have looked at the property. Now... representatives from Camelback Mountain Resort plan to tour the facility... in an effort to get a value on the property if it decides to place a bid on the complex.

 

Powerball Tix

There is a person walking around Lycoming County with a winning lottery ticket. Someone has a ticket worth a million dollars from last Wednesday's Powerball drawing. The ticket was sold at the Turkey Hill store on Route 87 in Montoursville. It contained the numbers on the white balls drawn... but not the red Powerball number. That person has yet to come forward to claim their prize.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

Back on December 8th, the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams both lost at Millersville. Wednesday night the Huskies faced them again at the Nelson Field House. The Women led at the half but lost 64-62. The Men came back from being down at the half and through three overtime periods to take a 100-94 win. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Tuesday night... South Williamsport defeated Millville 64 – 60... Benton downed Montgomery 53 – 36... It was Bloomsburg over Saint John Neuman 64 – 44... Danville defeated Selinsgrove 60 -39... and Southern Columbia just getting by Montoursville 46 – 42.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Tuesday night... Wyoming Valley West downed Berwick 63 – 51.

 

NHL

Tuesday night in the NHL... the Philadelphia Flyers outscored the Tampa Bay Lightening 2 – 1.

Tuesday / February 5, 2013


Governor Corbett Unveils Budget Proposal

An ambitious budget proposal released Tuesday by Gov. Tom Corbett would boost Pennsylvania's core state government spending by nearly 3 percent while increasing support for public schools, cutting business taxes and counting on the Legislature to adopt long-term changes to public pensions. The Republican governor's third annual budget plan takes the risky legal and political strategy of assuming that his proposed pension changes are approved by lawmakers, saving hundreds of millions of dollars a year right away. In addition, Corbett, as expected, called for an increase on wholesale gas taxes to come to the rescue of the state's highways, bridges and mass transit systems.

 

Budget / Health Care

Governor Corbett delivers his budget address at midday Tuesday to a joint session of the state house and senate. It is... a multi – million dollar health care proposal aimed at rural and underserved areas of the Commonwealth. During a recent appearance at St. Luke's Miners Health Center in McAdoo... acting PA Health Secretary Michael Wolf said the money should go a long way in expanding programs. The Governor's proposal also calls for expanding a program to help attract and retain health care practitioners in rural and underserved areas of the state.

 

Mt. Carmel Twp Fatal

Charges are pending following a two vehicle collision midday Monday which killed two cousins from Gordon... in neighboring Schuylkill County. Authorities say the accident happened on Route 54... about a half mile from the Route 61 intersection on Natalie Mountain in Mt. Carmel Township. Authorities say 92 – year old Charles Carl and 76 – year old Roland Matejick were on their way to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville in an SUV driven by 40 – year old Tina Alexander of Gordon.... a relative of the two men. The SUV was struck head – on by a pick up truck driven by 52 – year old Glenn Meredith of Mt. Carmel. Carl and Matejick were pronounced dead at the scene... while Alexander and Meredith were taken to Geisinger for treatment.

 

Bwk United Way

With the Berwick Area United Way surpassing it's $400,000, 2012 capital campaign... it allows the organization to expand their ongoing mission. This year... a group of volunteer's will be preparing tax returns... so says United Way Executive Director Ginny Crake. To get the free service, one must make less than $50,000 a year. To make an appointment give the Berwick United way on Second street a call.

 

Firefighter Sentenced

A former Potts Grove volunteer firefighter has been sentenced to anywhere from four to nine years in prison for his role in two arson fires in Northumberland County. Charles Jacobs of Lewisburg is already serving time for arson fires in Montour and Union Counties. The sentence stems from setting fire to a barn and a truck near Milton.

 

Col – Mont Vo – Tech

If you have a goal about what you want to do in life.... the Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech may be the answer. The school is holding an open house on Sunday. While some parents insist their kids go to college to find a trade... the Vo – Tech's Jennifer Hain.. says the Sweppenheiser Drive school may provide the education and credentials needed to find a real world job. The Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech open house is Sunday... starting at 1 O'clock.

 

Foster Twp Fire

A state police fire marshal has been called in to determine what caused a Sunday night blaze at a vacation cabin in Foster Township near Hazleton. The fire taking place on Tannery Road... after near – by residents heard an explosion. No one was at the cabin Sunday night... and no injuries were reported.

 

Hazleton / W. Hazleton

The Hazleton and West Hazleton fire departments should be working in unison next week under a deal reached by both departments. In the past... the departments have backed each other during time of need of major emergencies. The agreement just formalizes the arrangement. Hazleton City Council okayed the deal last week... and West Hazleton's council is expected to due the same during a meeting next week.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

Gas prices across northeastern Pennsylvania have climbed 12 – cents a gallon over the past week. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report out this morning shows the price of self – serve regular is averaging $3.68 - a gallon... up a penny from Sunday... but up a whopping 12 - cents from a week ago. The reason... the increasing price of crude... refinery maintenance and low inventories of gasoline.

 

Sandusky Investigation

She kept her campaign promise... Democratic State Attorney General Kathleen Kane appointed a special deputy on Monday... to investigate Governor Corbett's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case. Former federal prosecutor H – Geoffrey Moulton will try and find out why it took so long to bring charges against Sandusky... a former Penn State University assistant football coach. There has been no time line in completing the investigation.

 

Hummels Wharf Fire

Authorities say a half – million dollar fire at EMS Surgical equipment in Hummels Wharf started in the furnace of the building. The firm designs post – surgical garments and is located along the Old Trail in Monroe Township. Now... the business owner plans to move production to a building next door.

 

Milton Fight

Details are sketchy... but an estimated ten people were involved in a street fight in Milton on Sunday afternoon. The incident happened in front of 31 Rose Street... with several of those involved having knives. Up to four people required medical attention. Milton Police received backup from Watsontown, Mifflinburg and Buffalo Valley Regional police in order to stop the fighting. No arrests were reported... however a teenage boy and girl were seen being placed in a squad car.

 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Monday night, Danville made the drive to Central Columbia High School on Old Berwick Road. WHLM's Jim Doyle says the Ironmen came away with a 54 – 26 victory. In other boys' games Monday night... Selinsgrove just got by Southern Columbia 54 – 53... and Muncy outscored Columbia Montour Vo Tech 63 – 48.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls' basketball... Wyoming Valley West defeated Berwick 54 – 47... and it was Muncy over Benton 52 – 48.

 

NBA

In the NBA Monday night... the Philadelphia 76er's won their third straight game by defeating the Orlando Magic 78 – 61.

Monday / February 4, 2013


Millard / Corbett

Governor Corbett is placing the finishing touches on his speech dealing with the 2013 – 2014 state budget. For State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township... we'll hear about taking the lottery private... the selling of liquor stores... changes in Transportation funding and education. Governor Corbett delivers his speech at midday Tuesday at the state capitol.

 

Bicentennial Celebration

Many of us are circling March 22nd and 23rd on the calender. That's the weekend of the Bicentennial celebration here in Columbia County. It begins the 22nd with a re-enactment of when Columbia broke away from Northumberland County... but on Saturday... there will be big doin's at the Industrial Arts Building at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds... so say Cathy Lynn of the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging with displays... food and fun. Saturday, the 23rd also features a 5K Run / Walk down Main Street in Bloomsburg... followed by a Bicentennial parade which begins at 2 PM. There will be huge firework's that night at the fairgrounds.

 

Bloomsburg Fire Scare

Bloomsburg Firemen were called out around 10 O'clock Sunday night when there was an indication of a problem with a clothes dryer in an apartment building at 36 East Main Street. Firemen rushed to the scene... and upon a detailed check... it was determined that a bad indicator tripped an automatic fire alarm. Crews were back in quarters within 30 minutes of the initial alarm.

 

Masser Office

State Representative Kurt Masser who represents Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties in Harrisburg opens a satellite office in Danville Monday. It's located in the Danville Borough building in the 200 block of Mill Street. The office is opened two days a week... Monday and Thursday from 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM. Rep. Masser's full – time office is located on Industrial Road in Elysburg.

 

Traffic / PennDot

If you use Old Berwick Road... north of Lime Ridge... it could be a slow – go starting Monday... and lasting through Thursday. PennDOT spokesman Rick Mason says there will be single laning near the Interstate 80 bridge so the contractor working on the 50- million dollar bridge project over the Susquehanna River can preform pile – driving operations on the eastbound river bridge. Also... the same contractor wants to remove steel beams from the old westbound I-80 roadway.

 

Lycoming Fatal

Memorial services will be held Tuesday evening for 52 – year old Gary Deets of Millville who died in a one car accident in Lycoming County at the start of the weekend. Police say Deets died when he lost control of his car along Route 118 near Lairdsville... jumped a guard rail and slammed into a tree. The services to be held at the Bunnell Funeral Home in Millville.

 

Hazleton Overtime

Hazleton city officials are looking at the cost of overtime. It has averaged an estimated 113 – thousand dollars each year... for the past three. Records show that in 2010... the city budgeted $106,000, but the city spent $196,000. In 2012, employees earned $225,000 in overtime... when only $89,000 was budgeted. Two of the biggest overtime expenditures comes from the police and fire department's where it's difficult to budget extra pay due to the unpredictability of assignments.

 

Ashley Fire

An early Sunday morning fire in Ashley... in Luzerne County... destroyed a home... and sent one person out into the chilly air. The flames were discovered around 1 O'clock in the double block home on Wyoming Street. Although a fire marshal is investigating... it's believed the blaze began in the kitchen.

 

Shenandoah / Fire Arrest

A 28 – year old Shamokin woman is jail... after authorities charged her with setting fire to a Shenandoah home last month. Cheyvonne Martinson is accused of setting a fire at a home in the 400 block of West Centre Street... which spread to five other row homes. An apparent domestic dispute led to the fire. Ms. Martinson is now lodged in the Schuylkill County Prison.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Wrestling 

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team beat Clarion yesterday 21-9 for its 8th straight win. The victory clinched at least a tie for the Eastern Wrestling League title for the Huskies. They can win the school's first outright title with a win over Lock Haven on February 15th. Bloomsburg now has a dual meet record of 14 and 2. The Huskies wrestle Friday night at Rutgers.

 

Central Wrestling 

The Central Columbia wrestling team is the District 4 Class Double A dual meet champion. The Blue Jays beat Benton 45-24 in Saturday's final. Both Central Columbia and Benton will be competing in the state team tournament which begins Thursday in Hershey.

 

Boys HS Basketball 

In boys high school basketball Monday night, Danville was at Central Columbia. The Ironmen came out on top in that game, 54-26. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Update:

 

 

Super Bowl

The Baltimore Ravens built a 28-6 lead early in the third quarter. Baltimore then overcame a 34 minute power outage in the Super Dome and a big San Francisco comeback to defeat the 49ers in last night's Super Bowl 34-31.

What's Happening Sunday February 3, 2013


The Church of Saint Joseph in Berwick is having a food sale this weekend…they’re selling porkette with rolls, Italian wedding soup, and fireball sandwiches.  Pick up is today from 8:30 AM to Noon.

 

The Liberty Township Fire Company in Mooresburg will serve an all-you-can-eat breakfast and brunch today.  The meal is ham, scrapple, sausage gravy and biscuits, home fries, pancakes, macaroni and cheese, and more.  Cost is $8.00 for you, $4.00 for your children…and all proceeds benefit the Liberty Township Fire Company.

 

And from the WHLM Future File, the Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series presents the National Broadway Tour of Monty Python’s Spamalot next Friday at 8:00 PM in Mitrani Hall.  For ticket and show information visit the Celebrity Artist Series website, there’s a link under “Our Partners."

 

WHLM Sports

In College Hoops on Saturday, the Huskies of BU traveled to Kutztown. The Women beat the Golden Bears in their game, 79-68. The Men lost their match, 71-64. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

What's Happening Saturday February 2, 2013


Today is Ground Hog’s Day…and there are a couple of events going on to mark the occasion today.  Take your Children to the Children’s Museum to get their picture taken with their resident stuffed groundhog, make shadow portraits, shadow puppets and more.  The museum is open until 4:00 PM this afternoon.

 

The Moose Exchange invites you to “Come See Your Shadow” this afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  The Moose Exchange now owns their own building, and today is a celebration.  They’ll have the jazz trio “So What”, artwork by exchange tenants, a silent auction, food and drink, tours of the building, and free bowling.  The Moose Exchange is located in Downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The Berwick Area United Way is hosting a walk for warmth today at the Salem Elementary Track.  Prizes will be awarded for individuals and teams with the most miles walked and most money raised.  Hot drinks and snacks will be provided.

 

The free Saturday Trains Program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church is open today as usual.  The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

St. Paul’s Church of Berwick is hosting a craft and vendor show today…there’s a Chinese auction, baked goods, and food.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents their adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” tonight at the Alvina Krause Theatre in Downtown Bloomsburg.  The show features a local Indie Rock Band.  Showtime is 7:30 PM tonight.

 

The Church of Saint Joseph in Berwick is having a food sale this weekend…they’re selling porkette with rolls, Italian wedding soup, and fireball sandwiches.  Pick up is from 3:00 to 6:00 PM today and tomorrow from 8:30 AM to Noon.

 

The Liberty Township Fire Company in Mooresburg will serve an all-you-can-eat breakfast and brunch tomorrow.  The meal is ham, scrapple, sausage gravy and biscuits, home fries, pancakes, macaroni and cheese, and more.  Cost is $8.00 for you, $4.00 for your children…and all proceeds benefit the Liberty Township Fire Company.

 

And from the WHLM Future File, the Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series presents the National Broadway Tour of Monty Python’s Spamalot next Friday at 8:00 PM in Mitrani Hall.  For ticket and show information visit the Celebrity Artist Series website, there’s a link under “Our Partners."

 

WHLM Sports

In College Hoops on Saturday, the Huskies of BU traveled to Kutztown. The Women beat the Golden Bears in their game, 79-68. The Men lost their match, 71-64. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Friday / February 1, 2013


Fired Trainer

A Geisinger Sports Medicine trainer... is no longer on the job after she allegedly had a inappropriate relationship with a Central High School student. The Press - Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... 24 – year old Brittany Schreppel of Williamsport was a sports trainer at the school... contracted through Geisinger. As speculation of a relationship began to get traction... school officials asked she not return. She didn't and was suspended... then fired by Geisinger. Now... an apparent police investigation into the issue is underway.

 

Millard / Liquor

It's not going to be an easy.... or an overnight transition... if Pennsylvania gets out of the state store business... selling stores, licenses and inventories to the private sector. That's what's being proposed by Governor Corbett... at the demand of the consumer. State Rep. David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township says that's just one part of the component. But there's a second... the rank and file employees... some 6,000 of them statewide. But what Governor Corbett is proposing... and what will really happen in the end are separated by a couple of years... with the State House and Senate giving it's okay... then the entire plan must get the approval of the legal eagles in Harrisburg.

 

Hello Kitty

A 5 – year old kindergarten student in the Mt. Carmel area district was back in the classroom Thursday... after the district dropped her suspension. The child got the boot from school after allegedly telling several classmates she was going to shoot them... and then herself... with a pink Hello Kitty Bubble gun. The issue got national attention. The child's mother Kelly Gauarna and her attorney met with district officials this week and straightened out the situation. The school will now delete the suspension from the child's records.

 

Hazleton Garage

Hazleton Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi is proposing a robotic parking garage in the downtown... and he wants to use a million dollars to get the job done. During his State of the City address this week... he said the one million dollars is part of an estimated $4 – million set aside to repair the current parking garage on South Wyoming Street. It will be all part of a project to renovate the former Trader's and Hazleton National Bank.

 

AVP Terminal Building

The board that runs the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton International Airport wants to get rid of it's old terminal building. The 57 – year old building has not been used since 2006... and now the board would like it raised by the end of the year. Representatives of a demolition company is expected to do a walk through next week... but board members question where they'll get the estimated $2 – million to get the job done.

 

Route 61 Detour

A portion of Route 61 in Northumberland County closed to traffic on Thursday... is now back open. That storm that blew through the area early yesterday morning downed trees and power lines... keeping a portion of the highway between Sunbury and Shamokin closed. Driver had to use detours to get to where they were going. Meantime... Shakespeare Road in East Chillisquaque Township, between Route 45 and Hobbes Road... is expected to be open Friday. Flooding from the storm has had the road closed since early Thursday morning.

 

Coal Twp. Fire

Coal Township firemen... near Shamokin... in Northumberland county say a bad electrical outlet is to blame for a fire earlier this week. The blaze took place in a house in the 1400 block of Wabash Street... where it intersects with Sherman. Mike Borich and Lizzette Velazquez... formerly of Bloomsburg were not at home when the fire began. The only causalities were several animals which were inside the house when the flames broke out.

 

Bloomsburg YMCA

Officials of the Bloomsburg YMCA on 7th Street cut the ribbon Thursday on a refurbished aerobics room which sees a lot of use. For “Y” Executive Director Roger Brown... it's an upgrade the building needed. The upgrade.... with the addition of exercise equipment was made possible through a donation made late last year by the Alexander Family dealerships.

 

In WHLM Sports

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Thursday night... it was Berwick over Tunkhannock 62 – 28...

 

High School Wrestling

In high school wrestling Thursday night... Benton defeated South Williamsport 45 – 25...

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams play at Kutztown Saturday afternoon starting with the women's game at 1 o'clock. You can hear all the action on the WHLM Stations starting with the pregame show at 12:40.

 

BU Wrestling

The 14th ranked Bloomsburg University wrestling team has two matches on the road this weekend.

Saturday afternoon, the Huskies are at Cleveland State. Sunday, they wrestle at Clarion.

 

Super Bowl

Sunday's Super Bowl has a Bloomsburg University connection. Former Husky Juney Barnett is an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens game against the San Francisco 49ers kicks off Sunday evening at 6:30 in New Orleans.

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