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News Archive Archives for 2013-03

What's Happening Sunday March 31, 2013


Lime Ridge Fire Company is hosting their annual Easter egg hunt tomorrow at 2:00 PM in Columbia Park in Lime Ridge…it’s for your kids ages 12 and younger.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library welcomes visitor Lisa Doerschelr for “Toddler Time” tomorrow morning at 9:15 AM.

 

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive on Tuesday at the Columbia Mall from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Socrates Café will meet at the Bloomsburg Public Library this Tuesday to discuss the question “Why Are We Afraid of Death?”

 

Next Friday the Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series presents Canadian Folk Music Award vocal group of the year “Dala” at 7:30 PM in Carver Hall.

 

The Kidsburg 2.0 committee is looking for your help at their big Casino Night coming up next Saturday…they are in need of some volunteer dealers.  If you’re interested call Deb at 301-518-7089.

Saturday / March 30, 2013


Berwick Man Missing in New Zealand

We are learning of a Berwick native who is missing on a private plane flight in New Zealand. First discovered in a Facebook posting... and confirmed by the New Zealand Herald... 58 – year old Eric Hertz and his wife, 64 – year old Kathy, are missing after Eric's twin – engine Beechcraft Baron developed engine trouble and crashed into the water off the Waikato coast. The couple were on flying to Timaru on Friday to visit their daughter in Christchurch, but they never arrived.

 

Posted on the Facebook page of Johanna Hertz:

 

Hi everyone: For those of you who know Eric Hertz, there is bad news. He and his wife were killed in a plane crash in Eric's private plane in New Zealand yesterday. Our family has been in touch with the police and others. Eric and Kathy have a daughter, Ariella who also lives in New Zealand.

 

Eric Hertz grew up in Berwick and in 2009 became the chief executive of 2Degree Mobile... a New Zealand mobile phone company. The search for the pair has been going on for at least two days. Now, authorities in New Zealand will continue the search and the investigation into the disappearance of the plane and Eric and Kathy Hertz.

 

 

What's Happening Saturday March 30, 2013


It’s an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids at the soccer fields at Bloomsburg High School today.  Kids ages 1 to 12 will be searching for eggs to celebrate the Easter holiday.

 

There’s plenty of other stuff to keep your kids busy today…like the free Saturday Trains Program happening at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville.  The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets.

 

The Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble presents their classroom production for this year “Patch Works” at Noon today at the Bloomsburg Public Library…it’s a free performance.

 

And the Children’s Museum is open all day for Pencil Day.  Your kids will celebrate the invention of the pencil and learn about how they are made…make sure they wear the color yellow for a dollar off of admission.

 

The Lewisburg Alliance Church hosts the annual Men’s Resurrection Breakfast today with guest speaker Dr. Joe Martin, Director of Biblical Discipleship Ministries out of Texas.

 

If you’re looking for something to eat today head on over to the Liberty Township Fire Company.  They’re serving up a barbeque dinner starting at 4:00 PM this afternoon.  Cost of the meal is $8.00, and that’ll get you a ½ chicken, macaroni salad, baked beans, roll and cake.  You can eat in or take out.  The Liberty Township Fire Company is located on Mooresburg Road.

 

Sweet Valley Church of Christ presents an Easter Concert tonight at 7:00 PM.  It’s titled “As Sure As My Redeemer Lives.”  The church is located on Main Road in Sweet Valley.

 

The Columbia Valley Moose is hosting a Spring Fling Easter Dance for Singles Meet Singles tonight at 7:00 PM.  Refreshments and door prizes will be provided.

 

Lime Ridge Fire Company is hosting their annual Easter egg hunt tomorrow at 2:00 PM in Columbia Park in Lime Ridge…it’s for your kids ages 12 and younger.

 

The Kidsburg 2.0 committee is looking for your help at their big Casino Night coming up next Saturday…they are in need of some volunteer dealers.  If you’re interested call Deb at 301-518-7089.

Friday / March 29, 2013


Bloomsburg Coach

The Bloomsburg High School district is closer to hiring a new head football coach. Superintendent Cos Curry confirming to WHLM News a job offer has been extended to 37 – year old Mike Kogut of the Tri – Valley School District in Schuylkill County. Mr. Kogut has five years of head coaching experience at Tri – Valley, which is similar in size to Bloomsburg. Tri – Valley's website lists Kogut as a teacher for gifted students at the district's Junior / Senior High School in Hegins. Superintendent Curry says Kogut plans to keep his teaching job at Tri – Valley... while commuting to Bloomsburg to coach the Panthers. He faces school board approval at next Tuesday's meeting.

 

Millard / Liquor

Within the next ten days or so... the State Senate is expected to start considering a bill that would take the state store system private. The initial measure was adopted by the state house last week. State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township says state residents pushed the issue... looking for convenience in purchasing their products. However, during a recent interview... State Senator John Gordner of Berwick says the measure faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

 

Natural Gas Expansion

There is proposed new legislation designed to encourage the extension and expansion of natural gas service in the Keystone State. WHLM's Matt Paul is reporting from our Harrisburg News Bureau Pennsylvania is sitting on top of one of the largest natural gas deposits in the world, but some 50% of its residents do not have access to natural gas service. That's why the Natural Gas Consumer Access Act would require natural gas utilities to develop extension and expansion plans, and submit them to the PUC. State Senator Gene Yaw of neighboring Lycoming County wants to give Pennsylvanians the opportunity to use energy from home-grown natural gas. Representative Yaw says natural gas is currently running at about 25% of the cost of home heating oil.

 

Northumberland Co. Crash

One person was taken to the hospital after an SUV and a dump truck collided on Route 61 and Juniper Road near Paxinos... in Northumberland County. Police say the SUV driver drifted across the road... into the path of the truck. The accident shut down a portion of the highway for several hours until the investigation was completed.

 

Kidsburg

The folks who are behind rebuilding Kidsburg at Bloomsburg Town Park have another fundraiser planned for Saturday, April 6th. Co – chair Deb Huckans says Casino Night will take place at the Capital Restaurant in Bloomsburg. As the organization tries to build up their treasury... they're looking for volunteers to help their cause. Tickets are required for the event... which begins at 7 O'clock at the Capitol Saturday, April 6th.

 

Mosquito Money

The state has awarded over $2 - million in grants to 26 counties to help control mosquitoes that can carry West Nile Virus. Neighboring Luzerne County is slated to receive nearly $80,000 for mosquito control. Right now, it's too early to tell how the colder weather this year affected the mosquito population because one type is more resilient. Some counties will start their surveillance programs in April and the rest will begin in May.

 

Man Stunned by Police

A 49 – year old Plymouth man is in the Luzerne County Prison after he was arrested by State Police while he walked along Interstate 81 in Rice Township. 49 – year old Herbert Pyle was found stabbing himself with scissors. As troopers approach... he walked towards them making a stabbing motion. That's when he was zapped twice with a stun gun and subdued.

 

Hanover Twp.

Police in Hanover Township... in Luzerne County... continue their probe into the report of shots fired near the intersection of Luzerne and Division Streets. Several people were seen running from the area... and shell casings were found on the ground. No word yet on what triggered the gunfire.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team improved their record to 14 and 4 by sweeping a doubleheader from Georgian Court yesterday at Hutchinson Field. The Huskies won the first game 2-0 and the nightcap 10-1. Their next action will be a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at IUP.

 

NCAA / Thursday

In the NCAA basketball tournament last night... Ohio State defeated Arizona 73 – 70... Marquette downed Miami 71 – 61... Syracuse outscored Indiana 61 – 51... and it was Wichita State over La Salle 72 – 58.

 

NCAA / Friday

There are four more games Friday night including Florida Gulf Coast taking on Florida. Florida Gulf Coast is the biggest surprise of the tournament- the first 15 seed to make it this far. The team has a connection to Bloomsburg. Their school's President, Wilson Bradshaw, was the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Bloomsburg University from 1995 to 2000.

 

NHL

In the NHL Thursday night... the New York Islanders just getting by the Philadelphia Flyers 4 – 3.

Thursday / March 28, 2013


 

Bloomsburg HS Football Coach Update

The Bloomsburg High School district is closer to hiriing a new head football coach.

Superintendent Cos Curry confirming to WHLM News... that a job offer has been extended to 37 – year old Mike Kogut of the Tri – Valley School District in Schuylkill County. Mr. Kogut has five years of head coaching experience at Tri – Valley which is similar in size to Bloomsburg. Tri – Valley's website lists Kogut as a teacher for gifted students at the district's Junior / Senior High School in Hegins.He faces Bloomsburg school board approval at next Tuesday's meeting.

 

United Way

The capital campaign of the United Way of Columbia County during 2012 was a huge success. It was announced Wednesday... an estimated $511,000 in cash or pledges came in during the three month long campaign. Executive Director John Thomas says the importance of the small, individual contributor... plays a big factor in the final total. Large business and industry... such as PPL... Weis Markets and Autoneum topped the list of corporate contributors in 2012.

 

Atlas Crash

A Luzerne County man was taken to the hospital for treatment after he lost control of his tri – axle dump truck near Mt. Carmel Wednesday. 44 – year old Ronald Dowd of Drums... destroyed his truck... two cars and damaged an auto parts store when he apparently missed a downshift while carrying coal dust near Atlas. Dowd suffered cuts and was taken to a hospital for a check up. The accident shutting down Route 61 for a couple of hours for an investigation..

 

Bloomsburg LL Fundraiser

A year ago... two Bloomsburg kids came through with a $2,000 donation to faith – based AGAPE.... now 9 – year old Arrick Beagle... and his 7 – year old brother, Alexander, want to the same thing for Bloomsburg Little League... especially following the floods of the fall of 2011. So the Beagle brothers plan called “Ball Four” at the Links in Buckhorn this July. Little Arrick Beagle says there is still a lot of work to do at the Town Park little league location since the flood. The fund raising event on July 13th will provide participants with mini – golf.. an obstacle course... as well as laser tag.

 

Lions Gate Blood Drive

A new location for a blood drive for the Bloomsburg chapter of the American Red Cross. It takes place Thursday afternoon in the community room at the Lions Gate complex in Scott Township. The chapter's Sue Norton hopes to get some new blood donors involved in the on – going program. Thursday's blood drive at Lions Gate begins at 1 O'clock and runs through late afternoon.

 

PA Horse Racing

An annual report that looks at the impact of Pennsylvania's casinos on the state's horse racing industry shows signs of continued growth. The amount of tax revenue generated by slots play for the Race Horse Development fund was down slightly, but the number of days with live racing was up slightly and there was a 12% increase in wagering on live racing. Doug Harbach of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board says the state is also seeing better and bigger breeding operations as a result of the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act.
 

Drug Bust

A Hazleton man is jailed after he was busted while allegedly possessing marijuana... heroin and a lot of cash. 26 – year old Adam Castro was a passenger in a van stopped by a Hazleton patrolman this week.  The officer stopped the van on Sixth Street.... and that's when Castro started running with a large shopping bag. He was caught a short time later and arrested.

 

Metal Detectors

The Hazleton Area school board has decided to install metal detection security at elementary and middle schools in the district. The board approving a deal to purchase 16 walk – though detectors for the district's eight middle and high schools for $78,000. The money coming from a recent tax settlement.

 

Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Wednesday at the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital. The event celebrated the newly – renovated emergency department... as well as Geisinger's newest Careworks Clinic. The clinic is open seven days a week... and provides treatment for medical issues that does not require an emergency room.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Lacrosse

The Bloomsburg University women's lacrosse team lost 5 to 2 at West Chester Wednesday afternoon in the Huskies PSAC opener. Bloomsburg will take a 2 and 4 record into Saturday afternoon's game at Mercyhurst.

 

NBA

The second longest winning streak in the history of the NBA came to end Wednesday night. The Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat 101-97 in Chicago. It ended the Heat's 27 game winning streak. In other NBA action Wednesday night... The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 100 – 92.

 

NCAA

The NCAA men's basketball tournament resumes Thursday with four games. Wichita State plays Lasalle... Arizona goes against Ohio State... Indiana plays Syracuse... and Marquette faces Miami.

Wednesday / March 37, 2013


 

United Way

The capital campaign of the United Way of Columbia County during 2012 was a huge success. It was announced Wednesday... an estimated $511,000 in cash or pledges came in... during the three month campaign. Executive Director John Thomas the importance of the small, individual contributor... plays a big factor in the final total. Large business and industry... such as PPL... Weis Markets and Autoneum topped the list of corporate contributors in 2012.

 

Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Wednesday at the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital. The event celebrate the newly – renovated emergency department... as well as Geisinger's newest Careworks Clinic. The clinic is open seven days a week... and provides care for medical issues that does not require an emergency room.

 

Bloomsburg Coach

Phone calls were made Monday... and a job offer extended to one of the three finalists who wants to be the next head football coach in the Bloomsburg Area School District. Superintendent Cos Curry confirms to WHLM News it's been a long process to select the strongest possible candidate... a person he hopes to have ready for board approval next week. And once all the hiring is done... Curry says the new coach and his assistants will have a couple of months to get the Panthers into shape for the opening game.

 

Block Party

It appears spring has finally arrived... and students are back at Bloomsburg University for the current semester.... and that can only mean one thing... Block Party 2013 is just around the corner. Block party began back in the early 90s as a fund raiser... and is not endorsed by the University... and it places an extra burden on local cops... so says Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski. Block party happens the third weekend of April... and already applications have been received by the department for permission to hold small, off – street parties.

 

Berwick Firemen

Berwick Firemen were called out overnight to douse a dumpster fire in the 800 block of Vine Street.  Companies responded... and extinguished the flames around 1:30 Wednesday morning. No other damage was reported. Firemen were back in quarters within 20 minutes.

 

Gas Prices

Gas prices across northeastern Pennsylvania are starting to stabilize somewhat. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows that self – serve unleaded regular is averaging $3.63 a gallon... holding steady from earlier in the week... and down three cents from a week ago. The average price may be more in some locations... less at other retailers.

 

Sequester Effects

Federal sequester cuts are about to hit home for several thousand Pennsylvanians. WHLM's Cathy Clark reports about 99,000 people in PA who are out of work and have exhausted their state jobless benefits will see their federal emergency unemployment compensation check shrink. The change takes effect in benefits for the week ending April 6th. The cut is 10.7% and will cost the average recipient in PA about $37.00 a week. The state is notifying everyone who will be affected.
 

Traffic Stop

A Pennsylvania Child Protective Services worker allegedly drove under the influence through McAdoo last month with two kids in his car. Published reports say 39 – year old Eladio Matos of Hazleton was stopped for speeding by McAdoo police where he failed a field sobriety test. Matos had his two kids under the age of ten... his wife... and an adult passenger in his car at the time of the traffic stop. He's facing a long list of charges... as well as a preliminary hearing.

 

Threat Charges

He's already behind bars for a robbery conviction at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility... but now 28 – year old John Calk of Edwardsville is accused of making terroristic threats. Calk allegedly threatening to shoot facility guards with a semi – automatic rifle once getting out of prison. That's not going to happen... since he's been charged with two counts of terroristic threats... with bail in the case set at $100,000.

 

Hanover Twp. FD

The Hanover Township Fire Department is in line to receive a $1 – million dollar grant from state gaming revenues. The money will be earmarked to pay for a new headquarters building on the San Souci Parkway... as well as consolidating other stations. Once ground is broken... the new six bay headquarters should be on – line in two years.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Lacrosse

Julie Falk of the Bloomsburg University women's lacrosse team has been named the PSAC athlete of the week. Falk had 14 points in three games last week. The Huskies have a record of 2 and 3. Wednesday afternoon they play their PSAC opener at West Chester.

 

Girls Softball

In girls high school softball yesterday... Benton defeated Sullivan County 18 to 3 in their season opener.

 

NCAA / Women

Three of the number one seeds in the NCAA women's Division One basketball tournament, Baylor, Notre Dame, and Stanford, were in action Tuesday night. Baylor downed Florida State 85 – 47... Stanford defeated Michigan 73 – 40.... Notre Dame outscored Iowa 74 – 57. In other tournament action last night LSU got by 3rd seed Penn State 71 – 66.

 

NHL

In the NHL Tuesday night... the New York Rangers skated by the Philadelphia Flyers 5 to 2.

 

Tuesday / March 26, 2013


 

 

Bloomsburg Football Coach 

Phone calls are being made Tuesday and a possible job offer extended to one of the three finalists who want to be the next head football coach in the Bloomsburg Area School District. Superintendent Cos Curry confirmed to WHLM News it's been a long process to select the strongest possible candidate... a person he hopes to have ready for board approval next Tuesday. And once all the hiring is done... Curry hopes that the new coach and his assistants will have four months to get the Panthers into shape for the opening game.

 

Kawneer

Officials at Kawneer in Bloomsburg officially cut the ribbon Monday on an $8.5 - million dollar flood wall that surrounds the plant near the airport. Six million dollars came in the form of a state grant... with the remaining paid by Kawneer's parent company Alcoa. Until the flood wall was built... many of the 400 or so employees feared the company would move elsewhere. The plant suffered substantial damage during the Lee flood of 2011... with 5 – and – a – half feet of muddy river water on the production floor. Meantime... Windsor Foods and Autoneum on Bloomsburg's west side will soon break ground on flood walls around their plants.

 

Second Suspect Arrested

A second person wanted in connection with the robbery of a student on the Bloomsburg University campus has surrendered to police. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... 22 – year old Samuel Jeannot was wanted for the robbery and the assault of Jeffrey Rush. Jeannot's alleged partner 24 – year old Carlin Edwards was picked up moments after the incident. Jeannot was arraigned with bail set at $100,000. A preliminary hearing is set for April 3rd.

 

Senate / Liquor

It will be another two weeks or so until the State Senate takes up the issue of privatizing State Stores. That... after the State House adopted their version of the measure... sending it on to the Senate. State Senator John Gordner of Berwick says it's one of the most important decisions facing government. Senator Gordner says the fate of the proposal is up in the air.... but it's one of Governor Corbett's pet issues being pushed through the halls of state government.

 

AGAPE Giveaway

After spending the last two business days collecting clothing for those in need... faith – based AGAPE is ready to distribute the items. The organization's Kathy Lowe telling us the clothing distribution begins at 5 O'clock Tuesday afternoon... and will run through the early evening. The items are for those folks who need a little help to stay spiffy... either at their place of employment... or simply finding a job. No infant or children's items will be available at the distribution.

 

West Hazleton Donation

Thanks to a $43,000 check from an anonymous donor... the West Hazleton Police Department is getting a new cruiser... and four bulletproof vests. The donation came after the unnamed donor met with Mayor Frank Schmidt and police Chief Brian Buglio. By the way... the cost of a new cruiser, alone, with a computer checks in at $39,000.

 

Unsolved Crimes

Who do those remains belong to... They were found in a wooded area of Newport Township... near Nanticoke late last year... but they do not belong to Phylicia Thomas. She's the Lake Township woman missing since early 2004. Now... authorities don't know the identity of the remains... and Thomas remains missing... placing two unsolved murders on the plates of Luzerne County detectives.

 

Schuylkill Fatal

A second child has died as the result of a grinding two – car collision near Orwigsburg over the weekend. 3 – year old Catrina Williams of Minersville died Monday at an Allentown hospital. On Sunday, 6 – year old Carianna Kroh died hours after the crash. Police say a car driven by 27 – year old Victoria Place pulled out of a church parking lot into the path of a car driven by a 17 – year old teen.  Both are in the hospital. Police are continuing their investigation into the West Brunswick Township crash.

 

Girl Friend Beaten

Police in St. Clair... in Schuylkill County... have arrested a Pawn Shop owner... charging him with beating his girlfriend because she voted for President Obama. 52 – year old George Prutzman allegedly also threatened to kill his gal pal. Police say the attack happened at a home on South Second Street. After his arrest... Prutzman was hustled off to the Schuylkill County jail where he faces a long list of charges.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Softball

Chrissy Belko of the Bloomsburg University softball team has been named the PSAC Central Division Player of the Week. Belko, a junior from Old Forge, batted 346 and hit three home runs in leading the Huskies to 6 wins.

 

BU Baseball

The Husky baseball team was scheduled to play Lock Haven Tuesday afternoon, but that game has been postponed. The Huskies' next action will be a home doubleheader against Millersville Friday afternoon.

 

NCAA

The NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament resumed Monday night. Connecticut was the only top seed in action. Connecticut defeating Vanderbilt 77 to 44.

 

NBA

In the NBA last night, the Miami heat extended their winning streak to 27 with a 108-94 win over the Orlando Magic. Also, the Utah Jazz downed the the Philadelphia 76ers 107 – 91.

Monday / March 25, 2013


Snow Expected

Mother nature will not give up her grip on Columbia and Montour Counties. The National Weather Service in State College says we could get anywhere from one to two inches of snow... then rain and snow late in the day. Whatever the case... no advisories or watches have been posted... and most of the wintery weather will be south of Interstate 80. Already... PennDOT trucks are out on the roads... pre – treating the higher elevations.

 

Levan Endorsement

One of the three candidates seeking the democratic nomination for Bloomsburg mayor got a boost in her campaign. Council person Diane Levan received the endorsement of out – going Mayor Dan Knorr. Ms. Levan called the Mayor's endorsement important. For Mayor Knorr... tossing his support behind Ms. Levan was a no – brainer. Ms. Levan faces political new comer Sandy Davis and council person Eric Bower in the May primary election.

 

Bicentennial

A 5K run.... one of the largest parades Bloomsburg has seen in quite a while... and music and fun and fireworks at the fairgrounds. What a way to celebrate Columbia County's 200th birthday over the weekend. Also... a time capsule which will be opened in 2063 containing WHLM broadcasts leading up to Bicentennial weekend... several editions of the Bloomsburg Press – Enterprise... and dozens of other items. County commissioner and Bicentennial organizer David Kovach says the time capsule won't be buried, but rather a traveling time piece over the next fifty years.

 

AGAPE

Faith – based AGAPE is accepting unused, but clean men's and women's clothing and shoes Monday at their headquarters on 7th Street in Bloomsburg starting at 10 O'clock. What they're looking for is casual clothing and business attire... as well as shoes. The project is part of the group's mission to make sure everyone is clothed properly. AGAPE plans to be open Tuesday... starting at 5 O'clock to distribute the clothing to those who are in need of the items.

 

Pennsylvania Unemployment

The February employment statistics released by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry show that the state’s unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 8.1% February. The department reported unemployment decreased 5,000 over the month to 532,000. This was the second largest decrease of the past twelve months and the fourth largest since January 2011.

 

Hazleton Bar

A Hazleton bar and apartments adjoining it have been condemned by the city's code enforcement department. Coal Crackers bar and apartments in the building in the 500 – block of Alter Streets were evacuated... and the building condemned when a tenant called asking the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. The fire department arrived finding a malfunctioning furnace. Firemen also discovering electrical problems... and no working smoke detectors.

 

Prospect Cafe

Police in Nanticoke are investigating vandalism to a bar... which has had a troubled past. When the new owners visited the Prospect Cafe on South Prospect Street... they found the basement flooded.... the ceiling ripped out... and cooking equipment removed. No word yet on suspects or the dollar amount of the vandalism at the Prospect Cafe in Nanticoke.

 

Schuylkill County Accident

State Police say a six-year-old girl is dead following a crash in Schuylkill County on Sunday. Investigators say the child was in a car... which pulled out of a parking lot near Orwigsburg... along Route 61... when it collided with another car. The two kids were taken to an Allentown hospital... where the one died. Both drivers were taken to the hospital as well.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team swept a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Philadelphia University. The Huskies won the first game 9-0 and the nightcap 3-0. Bloomsburg now has a record of 12 and 4. Thursday afternoon the Huskies will be at home against Georgian Court.

 

NCAA

The original field of 68 teams in the NCAA basketball tournament is now down to 16. In Sunday night's games Florida Gulf Coast defeated San Diego State 81 – 71... LaSalle getting by Mississippi 76 – 74... Miami downed Illinois 63 to 59.... and Duke scooted by Creighton 66 to 50.

 

NBA

In the NBA Sunday night... the The Philadelphia 76ers easily defeated the The Sacramento Kings 117 – 103...

 

NHL

In the NHL... the Pittsburgh Penguins got by the Philadelphia Flyers 2 to 1.

What's Happening Sunday March 24, 2013


The Columbia Valley Moose is hosting an Easter Egg hunt for your kids ages 12 and under today from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

 

Lightstreet United Mehtodist Church is hosting a Sound of Music Sing-A-Long tonight at 6:00 PM. Dress up as your favorite character and be ready to sing.

 

The Free Wheelchair Engineers Train program will be open at the Columbia Mall in Bloomsburg tomorrow afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library will host toddler time tomorrow morning at 9:15 Am.


 

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will host a program titled “The Deadly Trend of Methamphetamine What Can We Do” tomorrow night at 6:00 PM at the McBride Memorial Library.

AGAPE is hosting a super shopper workshop Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Learn to get more for the money you have, and receive a free AGAPE super shopper kit. They are located on East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

What's Happening Saturday March 23, 2013


It's the big day for Columbia County as the Bicentennial Celebration continues today. Events today include vendors at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds until 9:00 PM tonight. The 5K Run/Walk starts at Noon. The big parade kicks-off at 2:00 PM...you'll hear live coverage of that on the WHLM Stations. At 7:00 PM the time capsule will be sealed, and the events wrap up with fireworks at dusk.

 

Also happening today is the adult-only fundraising event at the Moose Exchange in Bloomsburg for the Millville Maniacs. It's a BYOB event with a big Chinese Auction, plenty of food, and live music...happening from 2:00 to 10:00 PM. You'll get a wrist band at the event so you'll be able to come and go. Proceeds benefit the Millville Maniacs Youth Baseball Tournament team.

 

If you're looking for an Easter Egg hunt today you're in luck. Sunlight Feed and Pet Supply is hosting an egg hunt for dogs today to benefit the Mostly Mutts Dog Shelter. The Columbia Valley Moose in Bloomsburg has a hunt planned for your kids ages 12 and under tomorrow from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. And Faith Assembly in Hazleton is hosting their annual Easter Eggstravaganza today with over 10,000 Easter eggs.

 

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

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents Mooreland the Magician this afternoon at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds Arts and Crafts Building and tonight at the Alvina Krause Theatre.

 

It's an all-you-can-eat haddock fish dinner this afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the Montour-Delong Fairgrounds. Active Military Personnel dressed in uniform will receive their meal free.

 

The Black Creek United Methodist Church is serving up a ham and dandelion dinner from 3:00 to 7:00 PM today.

 

Grace United Church of Christ invites you to their all-you-can-eat dandelion/hot lettuce ham dinner today from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. The church is located in Millgrove.

 

Lightstreet United Methodist Church is hosting a Sound of Music Sing-A-Long tomorrow night at 6:00 PM. Dress up as your favorite character and get ready to sing.

Friday / March 22, 2013


Northumberland Co. Fatal

We still don't know the identities of two people killed at midday Friday in a grinding two vehicle crash on Route 11... south of Danville in Point Township in Northumberland County. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting the crash happened at Route 11 and Ridge Road when a southbound minivan crossed the center line and collided with a Ford Taurus. The driver of the van died.... while a passenger in the Ford was killed. The impact tossed the van on the North Shore Railroad tracks that border Route 11. The accident closed Route 11 for hours... but the highway is now reopened.

 

Bicentennial Kickoff

200 years ago... Columbia County wanted their independence... so they broke off from Northumberland County.... and Friday afternoon the moment was recreated in a courtroom of the Columbia County Courthouse in Bloomsburg. It kicked off this weekends Bicentennial celebration. Columbia and Montour County commissioners taking part in the event.... including actors from the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Current day lawmakers were on hand to deliver proclamations. The Bicentennial celebration continues Saturday with a big event at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds... as well as a 5K Run / Walk.... and a 70 unit parade which heads west on Main Street Saturday afternoon. The WHLM Stations will have live coverage of the County's Bicentennial parade starting at 2 O'clock.

 

Privatization Bill

A Republican plan to phase out Pennsylvania's 600 state-operated liquor stores passed the state House easily on Thursday and was sent to the state Senate.

The vote was 105 – 90. The sale of the stores would raise millions of dollars in revenue by selling licenses to private businesses. There was hours of debate leading up to last night's vote... including Democrats who warned thousands of state store workers would be left without jobs... and would cost more and generate less revenues than what supporters predict. No word when the Senate plans to take up the measure.

 

Berwick Accident

Berwick's west end was thrown into darkness overnight when a car collided with a utility poll at the corner of Route 93 and Freas Avenue. Luckily... no one was injured. The incident happened around midnight. According to reports from the scene... the car sheared off the poll about half – way up from it's base. PPL was called to replace the poll and get the juice back to people in the dark.

 

Bloomsburg Break-in's

We were the first media outlet to tell you Thursday about the two break – in's during the early morning hours in Bloomsburg. The suspects being sought are still on the lam. Initially, the Bloomsburg YMCA on 7th Street was broken into. Game consoles and a large screen TV was taken. Moments later... the Fuel On Convenience Store was targeted. A window was smashed out. Now... police are looking at surveillance video from the store in the hope of identifying the two wanted for questioning.

 

AGAPE

Faith – based AGAPE is accepting unused, but clean men's and women's clothing and shoes Friday at their headquarters on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. What they're looking for is casual clothing and business attire. Meantime... a second donation day is set up for Monday according to AGAPE's Kathy Lowe.

AGAPE plans to be open Tuesday... starting at 5 O'clock to distribute the clothing to those who are in need of the items.

 

Nanticoke / Newport Twp

That squabble between Nanticoke Community Ambulance and neighboring Newport Township has spilled over into Luzerne County Court. Nanticoke has filed a lawsuit... saying Newport Township owes an estimated $30,000 in reimbursements for paramedic services. Published reports say both sides have a contract calling for Nanticoke to be paid each time paramedics are used on calls in Newport Township. Nanticoke says it's suing for breach of contract and unjust enrichment.

 

Ostrowski

He's already in federal custody on sex related charges... now convicted child pornographer Joseph Ostrowski was arraigned on a charge he allegedly molested a football player while coaching at Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes – Barre. The 29 – year old Ostrowski had bail set at $50,000, but he's not going anywhere soon since he pleaded guilty to kiddie porn charges earlier this year. The latest incident happened between March and May of 2012.

 

EBT Cards

If you use an state electronic benefit transfer card.... you won't be able to use them starting Saturday at 11 PM.... through noon Sunday. The temporary outage is needed because of changes in information technology due to switching card vendors. What it comes down to.... cardholders will not be able to make purchases with their card or access account information while the transfer is taking place.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team advanced five of its six wrestlers to day two action at the 2013 NCAA Division I wrestling championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Kim Schooley is covering the championships for the WHLM Stations. You can hear Kim's updates today in the noon news and in the 5 o'clock report.

 

BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team split a doubler - header with Catawba College yesterday in Salisbury, North Carolina. Both scores were one to nothing. The Huskies play Lafayette State this afternoon.

 

NCAA Basketball

In the NCAA basketball tournament Thursday, Bucknell had a 6 point lead in the second half, but couldn't hold that lead in a 68-56 loss to Butler in Lexington, Kentucky. The Bison end the season with a school record 28 wins and 6 losses.

 

NBA

In the NBA Thursday night... the Denver Nuggets squeezed by the Philadelphia 76er's 101 to 100.

 

 

Thursday / March 21, 2013


Bloomsburg Break-In's

Bloomsburg police... as well as other agencies in Columbia County are searching for two individuals wanted in connection with break – in's at two local businesses early Thursday morning. The two white men are wanted for questioning in the break in's at the Fuel On Convenience Store at 7th and Market Streets... as well as the Bloomsburg YMCA at 7th and Iron. Surveillance video show the pair wearing hoodies... one with the name of “Michael Jordan” across the front. If you have information about the incidents... call Bloomsburg Police.

 

Berwick Community Watch

Folks with the Berwick Area United Way are going determine next month if there's enough interest to form a community watch group. United Way CEO Ginny Crake says it's a way to give Berwick police a set of extra eyes on the street. The April 9th organizational meeting will begin at 5:30 at the Berwick High School Auditorium.

 

BIDA Loans

The Berwick Industrial Development Association has launched a program designed to loan money to businesses so they can create good paying jobs in the area. BIDA Executive Director Steve Phillips says $800,000 has been set aside for large business... while an addition $200,000 is earmarked for smaller firms. Phillips emphasized that the BIDA program is for loans... and not a grant program.  Interested... call Mr. Phillips at the BIDA offices in the former Eagles building on South Market Street in Berwick.

 

BU Recycling

The work load will get a little heavier for the folks who work at Bloomsburg's Recycling Center on Patterson Avenue... just off Old Berwick Road. The recycling center's Charles Fritz said the decision to take on all of BU's recyclables follows a look at how other schools deal with their trash. Fritz says an agreement has been signed... and starting July 1st... the Recycling Center will collect all of BU's recyclable products. The university will pay the town 15 – thousand dollars for picking up recyclables

 

Shamokin District

The events at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. continue to reverberate around the Susquehanna Valley. The Shamokin Area School District hired three armed guards this week to patrol its schools. The guards go along with the purchase of four metal detectors earlier this year.

 

Hazleton Slumlords

The city of Hazleton is putting some teeth in a law adopted late last year. It requires out – of – town landlords to hire someone to keep an eye on their properties. In essence... the city is trying to crack down on slumlords. The city says if landlords are cited and don’t fix up their properties or pay the fines, it’s considered a crime, and the case moves up to the county level for prosecution.

 

Pipeline

Community groups are mounting opposition to a 120-mile natural gas pipeline project in eastern Pennsylvania. The pipeline will come through western Columbia County... as well as Montour... under the Susquehanna River into Northumberland County near Danville.... on it's way to Berks County. The gas begins it's journey at Marcellus Shale deposit in Lycoming County. The Reading Eagle reports Missouri-based Commonwealth Pipeline hasn't released details on the project since December. The company says it hopes to have the pipeline in service by 2015.

 

Ostrowski Charged

A former Holy Redeemer High School football coach has been charged with indecent assault, corruption of minors and manufacturing child pornography. Authorities say 29 – year old Joseph Ostrowski of Wilkes – Barres is accused of molesting a male student between March and May of last year. This is not the first time Ostrowski has had sex – related charges filed against him. Earlier this year he pleaded guilty to federal charges of kiddie porn and cyber stalking.

 

Gaming Money

The city of Hazleton is the big winner when it comes from casino gaming. It has won a $2 – million dollar grant from the state's share of gambling proceeds. The money is already earmarked to renovate Traders Bank in Hazleton... and open a youth center being proposed by Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon. The money is also earmarked for roads in Black Creek and Butler Townships.

 

Dushore Death

State Police at Laporte are investigating the death of a 46 – year old man at the Sullivan Terrace Apartments in Dushore. Police says George Knouff was found in his apartment late Tuesday morning.  It doesn't appear the death stems from foul play.... but investigators are awaiting the result of an autopsy.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team will be well represented when the NCAA Division One National Championships begin Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. Six Huskies will be competing. Kim Schooley is covering the championships for the WHLM Stations. You can hear his first report in Thursday's 5 o'clock news.

 

BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team swept a doubleheader at Winston Salem State Wednesday by scores of 7 to 6 and 11 to 5.

 

NCAA Tournament

The field of 64 is set for the NCAA basketball tournament. In last night's play-in games James Madison defeated LIU – Brooklyn 68 to 55... and La Salle downed Boise State 80 to 71.

 

Bucknell

Bucknell opens the NCAA tournament Thursday at 12:40 PM against Butler. That game will be played in Lexington, Kentucky.

 

NBA

In the NBA Wednesday night, the Miami Heat staged a big comeback to keep their winning streak alive. Trailing the Cavaliers by 27 points in the third quarter of their game in Cleveland, the Heat rallied for a 98-95 win, extending their streak to 24 straight games.

Wednesday / March 20, 2013


Bicentennial Muster

Activities pick up at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds starting Friday in support of the 200th birthday of Columbia County. And one of the displays this weekend deals with life in the military in 1863... in the middle of the Civil War. About a dozen reenactors depicting a federal artillery battery will be on hand for the event so says Eric Stahley. All the reenactors will be dressed in period clothing and will be part of the Bicentennial celebration of Columbia County. There will be a lot of things to do at the fairgrounds Saturday... including a fireworks display at dusk.

 

ATV Accident

A 13 – year old Numidia youngster is in the Geisinger Medical Center recovering from injuries received when the ground under his ATV collapsed... ejecting him. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition.. Jeffrey Cox and a friend were on a quick, pre – dinner drive when the accident occurred. That sent first responders scurrying to the 21 – hundred block of Mill Road. A medical helicopter transported the teen to Geisinger... where he's being treated for an apparent broken leg.

 

Caregiver Support Forum

State Representative David Millard is holding another session on Thursday in a series dealing with caregiver support. There are times... according to Representative Millard... when we're thrust into a position of taking care of an elderly relative. The session will be held Thursday evening at 6:30 at the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital. Call Representative Millard's office to RSVP.

 

AGAPE Clothing

Faith – based AGAPE is on a mission.... they're seeking clothing that is clean and good condition... as well as shoes for distribution. AGAPE's Kathy Lowe says clothing donations will be accepted this Friday and next Monday starting at 10 AM. Ms. Lowe says no children's clothing will be accepted. You can drop off your clothing at the AGAPE building at 19 East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Shickshinny Fire

A Huntington Township family... near Shickshinny... is homeless after a fire raced through the modular home on Thornehill Road Tuesday afternoon. 35 – year old Jamie Piatt was apparently lighting the furnace when he heard a “pop” and saw smoke and flames shooting from the air ducts. By the time firemen arrived... the home was fully involved. Now, Piatt and his mother, 57 – year old Jenna, are staying with relatives.

 

Hazleton Fire

One Hazleton firefighter was injured and rushed to a hospital Tuesday after falling through the floor of a home that was on fire. The name of the firefighter wasn't released... but he was treated for injuries and later discharged. The firemen were fighting a blaze in the 400 block of Keifer Avenue when the first responder fell about eight feet while battling flames on the second floor. A state police fire marshal will be called in to determine how the Keifer Avenue fire started.

 

Mt. Carmel Fire

A 13 – year old Mt. Carmel teenager is in trouble with the law. The teen admitting to police he set a vacant building on North Chestnut Street on fire Sunday night to keep warm. A 12 – year old companion is also in trouble. Authorities say the building has been vacant for the past three years. The 13 – year old is charged with arson... the 12 – year old with trespassing.

 

ACF Jobs

An estimated 100 job applicants showed up Tuesday to fill out paperwork for a possible job with ACF Industries in Milton. The plant made rail cars, but shuttered operations three years ago. Now... the company says it plans to re – open the plant... but didn't say when. A second career fair will take place Wednesday... at Career Link in Sunbury.

 

Beating Probe

Police investigators in Hazleton now say a man beaten and left for dead was dragged at least 175 feet from in front of a home. 33 – year old Andrew Groyl remains in the trauma unit at an Allentown hospital after he was found near North Locust Street nearly two weeks ago. Now... police have seized computers... cell phones... weapons... as well as blood – spattered material from a Lafayette Court home.

 

Nanticoke Assault

A Nanticoke businessman has been arrested after confronting police at his bar. 38 – year old Paul Halliday was busted after police responded to a report of an assault... later finding his girlfriend hurt and lying on a restroom floor. Halliday initially nailed the door shut at the Prospect cafe... threatening cops who responded. They later called for an ambulance... and that upset Halliday. Now... Halliday is charged with allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.

 

Unemployment Rate

Unemployment in the Hazleton / Wilkes – Barre / Scranton area is up during January. It jumped three – tenths of a percent... to a seasonally adjusted 9.8%. That's eight - tenths of a percentage point higher than during January of last year.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Swimming

The Bloomsburg University men's swimming program won two post season awards. Jake Harner of the Huskies was named the PSAC freshman of the year, and Stu Marvin is the PSAC Coach of the year.

 

BU Wrestling

Six Bloomsburg University wrestlers are in Des Moines, Iowa preparing for the NCAA Division One Championships which begin Thursday. Kim Schooley will be covering the championships for the WHLM Stations. You can hear Kim's first report in Thursday afternoon's 5 o'clock news.

 

NCAA

The NCAA men's basketball tournament began last night with two play-in games in Dayton, Ohio. In the first game, North Carolina A & T beat Liberty 73-72. North Carolina A & T will play Louisville Thursday night. In last night's second game Saint Mary's defeated Middle Tennessee 67 – 54. St Mary's play's Michigan State Thursday afternoon.

 

NCAA Wednesday

Two more play-in games will be played tonight in Ohio: LIU, Brooklyn plays James Madison and Boise State takes on La Salle.

Tuesday / March 19, 2013


Bloomsburg Robbery

A 22 – year old man remains on the loose this morning after he and a partner allegedly pistol – whipped a Bloomsburg University student during a robbery Sunday night. Police now on the lookout for Samuel Jeannot... a BU student from the Philadelphia area. Jeannot and a second man... 24 – year old Carlin Edwards a former BU student... allegedly attacked Jeffrey Rush... a BU senior... behind Elwell Hall. Police believe Rush was targeted by the two men. Edwards was captured moments after the incident... arraigned Monday and remains in the Columbia County Prison with bail set at $100,000.

 

PennDOT / Aggressive Drivers

Police in Bloomsburg... South Centre... Hemlock and Montour Townships... as well as the Pennsylvania State Police are taking part in trying to get aggressive drivers off the road. It's a PennDOT program with funding filtering down to the agencies. PennDOT spokesman David Thompson says aggressive driving is a big problem in Columbia and Montour Counties. Tracking down aggressive drivers runs through April... with a big push expected this Friday.

 

Board Vacancies

If you live in Bloomsburg... and want something to do with a meaningful purpose. Town government is looking for folks to fill some vacancies on various boards. Mayor Dan Knorr says vacancies currently exist on the Historic Review Board... an alternate for the zoning hearing board... the shade tree commission.... as well as four openings on the code of appeals board.

 

Gas Island Fire

Some tense moments Monday afternoon.... when smoke was seen coming from one of the pump islands at the Fuel On convenience store at the corner of 7th and Market Streets in Bloomsburg. Bloomsburg firemen were on the scene in a matter of moments to check things out... so says Fire Chief Bob Rupp. There was very little damage, if any, to one of the two pumps on the island.

 

Nanticoke Teacher

A Nanticoke Area High School teacher is being investigated after allegations were made by three female students. The name of the male teacher in question has not been released... the alleged incident is being described as misconduct... as well as inappropriate contact with the students. After the allegations were made... the teacher was suspended from his job.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

Your dollar will go a little bit further at the gas pumps these days. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows self – serve, unleaded regular averaging $3.66 a gallon... more in some locations... less at others. That's what it was over the weekend. In the past week... the average price of a gallon of gas has dropped 11 cents.

 

Mt. Carmel Fire

A 13 – year old Mt. Carmel teenager is in trouble with the law. The teen admitting to police he set a vacant building on North Chestnut Street on fire Sunday night to keep warm. A 12 – year old companion is also in trouble. Authorities say the building has been vacant for the past three years. The 13 – year old is charged with arson... the 12 – year old with trespassing.

 

Sullivan County Dispute

A Sullivan County man is locked up after he was charged with making terrorist threats. State Police at Laporte say 18 – year old Hunter Austin of Sonestown got into an argument with his mother... 54 – year old Cynthia. During the spat... the younger Austin is allegedly to have thrown items at his mother... using a kitchen knife to threaten her. Police were called and Hunter Austin was arrested. He was arraigned before a district magistrate and remanded to the Wyoming County Correctional Facility when he couldn't post $10,000 bail.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Ms. Dalious

Any girl who has played a high school sport in this area since 1963 owes a debt of gratitude to Freda Dalious who passed away on Sunday at age 74. When Dalious was hired as a physical education teacher at Southern Columbia there were no girls sports teams at the school and few in the region. Dalious formed and coached field hockey, softball and girls basketball. In 30 years as a coach her combined record in those three sports was 729 wins, 308 losses, and 34 ties.

 

BU Softball

Bloomsburg University softball player Kate Paine has been named the PSAC Central Division pitcher of the week. Paine, a senior, won two games for the Huskies in a tournament in Salem, Virginia.

 

NBA 

In the NBA Monday night, the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 23 games with a 105-103 win over the Celtics in Boston. In other action, the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Portland Trailblazers 101-100.

 

NHL

In the NHL.... the Tampa Bay Lightening out-skated the Philadelphia Flyers 4 to 2.

 

Monday / March 18, 2013


Weather Advisory

   A Winter Weather Advisory remains posted in Columbia and Montour Counties until 8 AM Tuesday morning.

   Road crews have been out overnight clearing the snow and slush which has accumulated on the highways.

   They've also been placing salt on the roadway as a precaution.

 

Messy Weather / Wintery Mix

Mother Nature is not through with us yet and the weather in the area could get downright nasty the next day or so. The National Weather Service in State College issuing a Winter Weather Advisory for the region with the forecast calling for snow, sleet and freezing rain through Tuesday morning. An estimated 1 to 3 inches of snow could fall over Columbia and Montour Counties... starting in the daylight hours... punctuated with sleet and freezing rain overnight. In most cases travel will become hazardous. We're keeping an eye on the weather... and we'll update you through the day.

 

Bloomsburg Robbery

Bloomsburg Police say one man is on the loose after an armed robbery in the 400 block of East 4th Street late Sunday night. Sgt. Leonard Rogutski telling us one person has been arrested, but they're looking for 22 – year old Samuel Andre Jeannot... a Bloomsburg University student from the Philadelphia area. Jeannot is wanted on a charge of felony robbery and assault. Police say a handgun was used in the robbery... and Jeannot is considered armed and dangerous. If you have information dealing with the case... call 9-1-1 or the Bloomsburg Police Department.

 

Berwick Drug Bust

Three Berwick residents are in the Columbia County Prison after they were busted for drugs at the start of the weekend. 28 – year old Courtney Fairbanks... 27 – year old David Fenton and 23 – year old Timothy Rodenhaver were taken into custody at an apartment in the 800 block of West Front Street.  Police finding heroin and money. It was the first major bust in weeks... with Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish says that's due to drug dealers already busted and in jail. Fairbanks is jailed on $150,000 bond... while Fenton and Rodenhaver are jailed on $100,000 bond each.

 

Berwick Fire

Three people were able to escape a burning mobile home early Sunday morning thanks to a smoke alarm. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition... 42 – year old Missy Long.... her 19 – year old son, Larry and David Bankes fled the structure into the chilly pre – dawn air. It's believed the blaze began in an electrical outlet in a bedroom. All are staying with family members.

 

Bloomsburg Fire

A 20 – year old woman and her infant daughter will try and get their lives back in order this week... following a fire which destroyed their mobile home in the 200 block of Wirt Street Saturday afternoon. Bloomsburg Rescue Chief Chief Hugh Gross was one of the first people on the scene. He said a mobile home was on fire... and it had spread to an attached structure and a work area. Carrie Millington and her 4 – year old daughter are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

 

Snow Crash

Snowy conditions Saturday contributed to a 20-vehicle pileup on Interstate 80 in the Hazleton area. State Police say the multi - car crash happened when several vehicles lost control on the slick roadway during the snowstorm which rolled through the area. Several people were taken to area hospitals.

 

Mobile Home Explosion

A rough weekend for five people in Conyngham Township... near Hazleton. Authorities say a man went to light a furnace in a mobile home when it exploded. No one was injured... but the resulting fire forced five people out of their home along Fire Hall Road in Conyngham Township.

 

Drug Charge

A Hazleton man is in trouble with the law... arrested on drug charges after he was stopped by police in McAdoo. Cody Raymond Tatro of North Locust Street was busted on a long list of charges after he was stopped along Tresckow Road late Friday. An officer detecting a strong odor of burnt marijuana inside the car. Tatro failed a field sobriety test and was jailed.

 

Wilkes – Barre Shooting

Gunshots rang out early Saturday morning in Wilkes – Barre. Police say 26 – year old Renold Julien was gunned down in the parking lot of a bar known as Locals 88 on Poplar Street. Friends taking Julien to Wilkes – Barre General Hospital, but he was later transferred to Geisinger Wyoming Valley where he died. The person who did the shooting remains on the loose.

 

Wal - Mart Assault

Coal Township and Shamokin police... in Northumberland County... are looking for the person who allegedly assaulted a loss prevention associate at the Wal-Mart in along Route 61 Saturday night. The assault happened after the suspect was confronted after he allegedly made off with some items. Following the assault... a knife was pulled. The store employee suffered a jaw injury. No word as to who police are looking for.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team improved their record to 6 and one with a 6 to 1 win over Fairmont State of West Virginia Sunday afternoon at tournament in Salem, Virginia. The Huskies' next action is a doubleheader tomorrow afternoon against Wingate in North Carolina.

 

BU Women's Basketball

One of the most successful seasons in the history of Bloomsburg University women's basketball ended Friday night in Erie where the Huskies lost to IUP 72-59 in the NCAA Atlantic Regional. The Huskies finished the season with the PSAC title and a 24 and 6 record. Gannon plays California in Monday night's regional final.

 

District Four

The final two District 4 high school basketball teams remaining in the state playoffs were eliminated on Saturday in the state quarterfinals. The Loyalsock boys lost to Trinity 73-68 in overtime while the Lourdes Regional girls lost to Southern Fulton 47-29.

 

Bucknell BB

The Bucknell University basketball team will play Butler in the opening round of the NCAA basketball tournament. That game will played Thursday in Lexington, Kentucky.

What's Happening Sunday March 17, 2013


Flood Stories, Too continues this weekend. Show time is today at 3:00 PM. All performances are pay what you wish.

 

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

 

The Kidsburg 2.0 committee is hosting a Saint Patty's Children's Party at My Town in the Columbia Mall this from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Cost is $5.00 per child.

 

The Catawissa VFW is serving up a Corned Beef Brisket and Cabbage dinner today from Noon to 6:00 PM. Take outs will be available.

 

You're invited to an old fashioned hymn sing tonight at Bloomsburg Christian Church at 6:30 PM. There will be an ice cream social following the hymn sing.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Women's Basketball

The season came to an end for the Huskies Friday night, as did the journey of the four departing Seniors, when BU fell to IUP 72-59 in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. The Seniors end their careers with a 75% winning record. You can hear the details with Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

What's Happening Sunday March 16, 2013


Saint Columba Catholic School is hosting their first annual Leprechaun Loop 5K run and walk this morning starting at 9:00 AM.

 

The Washingtonville Volunteer Fire Company is hosting an all you can eat breakfast buffet today from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

 

Mount Zion United Methodist Church is serving up a breakfast for a donation this morning from 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM...the church is on Orchard Drive in Catawissa.

 

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

 

It's Art Day at the Children's Museum today..there will be five different stations for make and take crafts for your kids.

 

The church of Saint Joseph in Berwick is hosting their spring craft/vendor and food fair today from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

 

The Central Columbia Band Boosters hope you'll come to their Chinese Auction this afternoon in the High School's Gym. Doors open at 1:00 PM and the auction starts at 3:00 PM.

 

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

 

Flood Stories, Too continues this weekend. Show times today are at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM...and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM. All performances are pay what you wish.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company is serving up their monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast and brunch buffet tomorrow from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

 

The Kidsburg 2.0 committee is hosting a Saint Patty's Children's Party at My Town in the Columbia Mall tomorrow from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Cost is $5.00 per child.

 

The Catawissa VFW is serving up a Corned Beef Brisket and Cabbage dinner tomorrow from Noon to 6:00 PM. Take outs will be available.

 

You're invited to an old fashioned hymn sing tomorrow at Bloomsburg Christian Church at 6:30 PM. There will be an ice cream social following the hymn sing.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Women's Basketball

The season came to an end for the Huskies Friday night, as did the journey of the four departing Seniors, when BU fell to IUP 72-59 in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. The Seniors end their careers with a 75% winning record. You can hear the details with Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Friday / March 15, 2013


Briar Creek Twp Accident

Still no word as to who died in a one car crash this morning in Briar Creek Township northeast of Berwick. Authorities were dispatched around 5:45 this morning. Reports from the scene indicate that the driver of the car lost control... and slammed head – on into a tree... the car bursting into flames. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene by personnel from the Columbia County Coroner's office.

 

Highway Improvements

Federal Highway Safety Funds totaling almost a half million dollars will be dedicated to improvements at Route 54 in conjunction with the Danville Flood Control Project. State Senator John Gordner of Berwick... and State Representative Kurt Masser who represents southern Columbia and Montour Counties worked with Danville officials and the state Department of Transportation to secure funding.  The money will be used for rail crossing improvements... and provide for a new signal system at Routes 11 and 54. Last year, Senator Gordner and Representative Masser helped secure $3.8 million in state funds to complete the Danville Flood Control System.

 

Web Site

It's difficult to navigate... and tough to get information from... and overall... clunky. With that... the Bloomsburg Town Council this week okayed a plan with a Lewisburg company to update the town's website. Mayor Dan Knorr says one can extract the information needed from the town's current web site placed on line years ago. Under the terms of the deal... the town will pay Summit $7,900 to make and bring the new site to life... plus a yearly hosting fee of $360. Knorr says he hope the new site will be launched by the end of the year.

 

Denny's Fire

Lightstreet, Espy and Bloomsburg firemen were called out Thursday night to a reported fire at the Denny's restaurant on Papermill Road at Interstate 80. Restaurant guests were being evacuated as firemen rolled in. What they found... according to reports... was nothing more than a malfunctioning florescent light ballast. The problem was taken care off... and crews returned to quarters within an hour.

 

Man Goes Ballistic

A Nesquehoning man is cooling his heels after he allegedly used a tire iron to smash in part of the Lansford Police station. 33 – year old Carl Stevens was also caught on video tape taking the tire iron to the borough's tax collectors office. And if that wasn't enough... during an arraignment after his arrest... he destroyed the district magistrate's office. Lansford's police chief said the path of destruction was over a girlfriend. Steven's won't be going anywhere soon... bail was set at $50,000 cash.

 

Fire Agreement

A signing of a couple of pieces of paper later this morning... will allow two Hazleton – area fire departments to co-operate more freely. When they set pen to paper... Hazleton Mayor Joe Yannuzzi and West Hazleton Mayor Frank Schmidt will complete an agreement allowing both fire departments to come to each other's aide. The document signing to take place at 11:30 at Hazleton City Hall.

 

Rice Twp. Fireman

The former treasurer of the Rice Township Volunteer Fire Department has surrendered. Earlier this week... 31 year old Donald Bly was charged with theft by deception after allegedly writing $4,400 worth of checks to himself... instead of purchasing equipment for the department. Bly is currently free on $5,000 unsecured bond following a preliminary arraignment.

 

Chili Cook Off

A unique event is on tap for next Wednesday in Bloomsburg. It's the first annual Chili Cook Off at the Moose Exchange. Area cooks are signing up to bring their specialty to the Exchange where they'll be judged... so says Downtown Bloomsburg Manager Adrienne Mael. The first annual chili cook off starts at 5 PM next Wednesday at the Moose Exchange in the 200 block of West Main Street.

 

Geisinger Expands

Danville – based Geisinger Health Systems is expanding it's influence in northeastern Pennsylvania. They broke ground this week at Scranton's Mt. Pleasant Corporate Center for an estimated $27 – million dollar medical facility. The new building will combine several Geisinger facilities scattered around the Scranton area.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Women's Basketball

The season came to an end for the Huskies Friday night, as did the journey of the four departing Seniors, when BU fell to IUP 72-59 in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. The Seniors end their careers with a 75% winning record. You can hear the details with Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Wrestling

The NCAA announced the pairings for next week's NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Bloomsburg University will be sending six wrestlers to Des Moines, Iowa after qualifying at the Eastern Wrestling League Championships last weekend. Action will get underway with the opening session on March 21st. .

 

NHL

In NHL action from Thursday night.. the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3 to 1. Friday night the New Jersey is at Philadelphia.

Thursday / March 14, 2013


United Way Roundtable

What's good about Berwick.... and what's not so great about the Borough was the focus of a community roundtable held Wednesday night and presented by the Berwick Area United Way. But discussion also focused on objectives such as being a safe place... prosperity... having a hometown feel... and being a good citizen. Berwick Mayor Jim Timbrell was on hand for the discussion and he expected to hear what was discussed. And Mayor Timbrell said the Borough Council could also get involved to reach the objectives outline during last night's meeting in Berwick.

 

Sunbury Fire

A house fire that killed a Sunbury man Tuesday night... rekindled early Thursday morning destroying an adjoining home. Authorities say Kriss Berry's home at 1003 Penn Street escaped damage initially... but an apparent flare – up at 1005 Penn... sparked the fire at the Berry home around 1:30 Thursday morning. Three alarms were eventually called to squelch the flames. Authorities say Tuesday's fire claimed the life of 53 – year old Keith Bordner... who was confined to a wheel chair. It's believed a faulty power cord sparked Tuesday night's initial blaze.

 

PA Turnpike Commission

A former state senator has been named in what state attorney general Kathleen Kane says was a “pay to play” scheme dealing with the Pennsylvania turnpike commission. Robert Mellow and five officials or workers with the commission... as well as two businessmen have been charged with corruption. Mellow getting the word as he sat at a federal prison camp in South Carolina where he's doing time after being found guilty on similar charges.

 

Games of Chance

We all volunteer our time to either non – profit agencies... or fraternal organizations.... and doing so... raising money through small games of chance. But last year... the state changed some of the laws... and that has created some concern. So tonight at the Bloomsburg Fire Department... the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce is holding a seminar to explain the changes... so says Chamber President Fred Gaffney. Mr. Gaffney says the Pennsylvania State Police has put together a program explaining those changes... and that's the crux of Thursday night's seminar. It gets underway at 6:30 at the Bloomsburg Fire Department in the 900 block of Market Street.

 

Flood Stories, Too

The second weekend of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's “Flood Stories, Too” is on tap starting Thursday night. BTE's emeritus member Jerry Stropnicky is directing the production.... literally the play springing from visiting friends in the west end of Bloomsburg... and in Fernville following the Lee flooding of September 2011. There are performances at 7:30 Thursday... Friday and Saturday evening... with Saturday matinee at 2 O'clock... and a Sunday show at 3.

 

Person Wanted

Bloomsburg Police are searching for a person seen in the vicinity of a fight, which resulted in the assault of a person last week. Police telling us the incident took place near the corner of Main and Iron Streets last Friday morning. The person cops want to talk to left the area traveling east on Main Street and last seen in a black passenger car.

 

Big Event

An estimated 11-hundred Bloomsburg University students will fan out across town on April 6th to say “thanks” to residents in the so – called “Big Event.” It's an opportunity for young adults to help residents kick off spring by picking up trash or raking leaves... or doing some odd jobs around the house. BU Students have until Friday to sign up to take part in the “Big Event.”

 

Death Investigation

The death of a 48-year-old Mount Carmel woman over the weekend is not considered suspicious. Police say ATV riders found the body of Rochelle Stief lying near her car in a wooded area along Route 901... outside of Locust Gap. Police arrived at the scene and examined her vehicle while Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley pronounced Steif dead at the scene. Kelley said a cause of death has not been determined.

 

Pursuit

A wild pursuit through the streets of Hazleton... and cops getting the man they were looking for. They say 27 – year old Jesus Delgado collided with a police cruiser at North Laurel and 10th Streets. He was wanted for prole violation stemming from a past robbery. The pursuit ending following a 15 block chase.

 

Man IDed

A Hazleton man remains in critical condition at a trauma center at an Allentown hospital after he was beaten over the weekend. Andrew Goryl, Jr. was identified as the man found on West Fifth Street... between Lafayette Court and Locust Street early Sunday morning. Anyone with information about the beating is asked to call Hazleton Police.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Women

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team is ranked 23rd in the country in the latest USA Today Division II Coaches Poll. Friday night the Huskies play IUP in the NCAA Atlantic Regional in Erie. You can hear all the action on the WHLM Stations.

 

Bucknell Basketball

The Bucknell University men's basketball team will be part of the NCAA tournament that begins next week. Wednesday night in Lewisburg, the Bison beat Lafayette 64-56 in the Patriot League Championship game.

 

Loyalsock Coach

Loyalsock High School boys basketball coach Ron Insinger tied a state record Wednesday night. His Lancers beat Communications Tech 51-48 in a second round Class AA state playoff game. The win was the 801st of his career. That ties him with Don Graham, the former coach of North Catholic in the Pittsburgh area. Loyalsock advances to the state quarterfinals. Meantime, the Lourdes Regional girls advanced to the Class A state quarterfinals with a 51-48 win over Girard College.

 

NBA

In the NBA Wednesday night, the Miami Heat won their 20th straight game, defeating the 76ers in Philadelphia 98-94.

 

NHL

In the NHL... the New Jersey Devils getting by the Philadelphia Flyers 5 to 2.

Wednesday / March 13, 2013


New Pope Selected

76 year – old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina was elected as the Catholic Church's new pope. Thousands of Catholics gathered under umbrellas outside St. Peter's Basilica as they eagerly heard from the church's 266th pontiff to address the faithful from the balcony. The new pope will replace Benedict XVI, whose surprise resignation last month prompted the 115 Roman Catholic cardinals to initiate a conclave, a Latin phrase meaning "with a key," to pick a new leader for the world's almost 2 billion Catholics. Bergoglio will become the first pope from Latin America, a region of the world with 480 million Catholics. He won the necessary two-thirds vote after only two days of the conclave. Several other candidates were considered front runners, including Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, who would have become the first African pope in modern times.

 

LCB Training

Bloomsburg Town Council went to school this week..... getting an update dealing with the transferring of liquor licenses in a community. Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says the training was conducted by state officers assigned to the liquor control board. At the last unofficial count... at least two liquor licenses were not being used due to businesses being closed... a third now in use could hang in limbo later this year.... and could be transferred to others seeking to open a new restaurant or bar business.

 

Sunbury Fire

At least one person is believed dead following a Tuesday night Sunbury house fire. Firemen were called to 1005 Penn Street around 9 O'clock... with flames consuming the two – story structure in a matter of minutes. There was a report that a man was trapped in the house... and Northumberland County Corner James Kelley was called to the scene. A state fire marshal will be called in to determine what started last night's blaze on Penn Street in Sunbury.

 

Berwick Community Roundtable

Berwick... at one time... was a great place to live, work and play.... with plenty of recreation... as well as major industry... such as American Car and Foundry.... but over the generations that has changed to a much different image. Now... the Berwick Area United Way wants find out what it would take to bring the borough up to snuff. United Way Executive Director Ginny Crake says it not only comes down to fixing houses and keeping streets clean, but side programs as well... such as community gardens and block parties. Wednesday's roundtable gets underway at 5:30 at the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation building in the 700 block of West Front Street.

 

Wildfires
Happen to listen to Columbia County Emergency dispatch over the weekend? They were busy dispatching fire department's to numerous brush fires around the county. WHLM's Cathy Clark says it's a gentle reminder that spring is a busy time of year for wildfires... and firefighters.

 

Abuse Alleged

A Northumberland County man is locked up in jail... with bail set at a quarter million dollars. Police charging 37 – year old Adam Vigo of Northumberland with allegedly sexually abusing at 11 – year old girl. It's alleged Vigo abused the child several time starting in 2007.

 

Hanover Twp Man

A Hanover man is in the Luzerne County Jail after he allegedly took money for a construction job and failed to come through with the repairs. Kenneth Wolfe is charged with theft. Police say Wolfe allegedly took $2,500 from a client in Sugar Notch for roof repairs, but didn't come through with the fix as planned.

 

Drunk Driving

A Freeland man has been busted after police pulled him over... finally charging him after he allegedly drove drunk with kids aged 2 and 4 in the car. Daniel Scholl was arrested in Hanover Township. Police say he appeared drunk and smelled of alcohol. Scholl faces DUI... and reckless endangerment charges.

 

Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is slimming a bit. An estimated 12 jobs have been cut... mostly among management and salaried positions... impacting less than one percent of the work force. The job cuts come after slot machine revenue at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs dropped nearly 14% from nearly $20.2 million in February 2012 to about $17.4 million last month. Slot machine revenue at casinos throughout Pennsylvania was down 9.2 percent in February from a year ago, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Bucknell Basketball

A league championship and a trip to the NCAA basketball tournament will be on the line tonight in Lewisburg. Bucknell takes on Lafayette in the Patriot League championship game. The teams split a pair of regular season games.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In a girls High School Class AA second round state playoff game last night... Pine Grove defeated Mt. Carmel 50 to 43.

 

Boys HS Basketball

A regional boys high school basketball coach could tie a state record Wednesday night. Loyalsock coach Ron Insinger has 800 career wins going into his team's game against Communications Tech in a second round Class AA game. If Loyalsock wins, Insinger would tie former North Catholic Coach Don Graham for the state record of 801 career victories.

Tuesday / March 12, 2013


Bloomsburg Code Enforcement

Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night approved a proposal to create a position.... and advertise for a new Code Enforcement officer. The approval came on a six to one vote with Councilman Fred Trump the only deserting member on the seven person board. The position has been budgeted for some time, but is expected to become a necessity when the new non – student apartment and housing inspection law kicks in October 1st.

 

Sandy Davis
And now there are three people seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat of Bloomsburg Mayor in May's primary election. Sandy Davis is the latest person to file her nominating petition with the Columbia County elections office.... saying Bloomsburg has it's share of challenges... such as it's relationship with Bloomsburg University. A second challenge is the lack of flood protections for folks living on the town's west side. Ms. Davis will face councilman Eric Bower and Council vice – chair Diane Levan in the May 21st primary.

 

Petition Deadline

Tuesday is the final day to get your nominating petitions into the Columbia County Election Office if you plan to run for political office during the current election cycle. Many candidates have filed their petitions already... but Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says time is running out. The deadline to file your petition is 4:30 Tuesday afternoon at the courthouse annex on Main Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Danville Stabbing

A Danville woman remains in the Montour County Jail after she was charged with allegedly stabbing her boyfriend. 38 – year old Betty Jo Gross is accused of stabbing Ricky Huber early Monday morning at the Red Roof Inn on Route 54 near Interstate 80. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... the stabbing took place after Huber tossed a magazine at her. He was treated and released at Geisinger Medical Center for a puncture wound to his side. Gross is being held on $50,000 bail.

 

St. Columba St. Patrick's Run / Walk

It's not too early to plan for the upcoming St. Patrick's holiday weekend. St. Columba School in Bloomsburg has been planning this Saturday's 5K Run / Walk for the past couple of months.... so says the school's EJ Moore. You can pre-register on - line at the school's web site..... or sign up the day of the race at the school at the corner of Iron and Third Streets in Bloomsburg starting 7:30 Saturday morning. The event begins at 9 AM in front of the Caldwell Consistory.

 

Gas Prices

The price at the pump we pay for gas is slowly coming down. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows that across northeastern PA... including Columbia and Montour Counties... the average price is $3.68 a gallon.... more in some locations... less elsewhere. That's off two cents a gallon from the weekend... and down eight cents over last week at this time.

 

Hazleton Fight

Hazleton police are still investigating a fight between two women late Monday afternoon. Police finding the two women slugging each other at the corner of Alter and First Streets. One of the women refused medical treatment... while the second was taken to Hazleton General Hospital. The pair have not been identified by police.

 

Rice Township FD

A former volunteer firefighter has been charged by state police with theft by deception. 31 – year old Donald Bly is the former acting treasurer of the Rice Township Volunteer Fire Department near Hazleton. He is accused of writing nearly $4,400 in checks for equipment never delivered to the department. Police say he used the money for personal use.

 

Tobyhanna Depot

Unsettling news for civilian contract workers at the Tobyhanna Army Depot... a spokesperson for the base says starting Friday... and running through the end of April... 400 workers will be laid off. Tobyhanna blames of of the layoffs on a decreased workload from the end of the Iraqi war... as well as the on – going sequestration out of Washington. Just week ago... the Army facility said an estimated 5,000 workers will be furloughed from the depot.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Women

In defeating Gannon last Saturday night in the PSAC final, the Bloomsburg University women's basketball team avenged a regular season loss to the Golden Knights. When the Huskies play IUP Friday night in a first round NCAA playoff game in Erie, they will once again try to avenge a regular season loss. On December 18th, the Huskies lost at IUP 68-54. Bloomsburg will take a 9 game winning streak into Friday night's game, which begins at 8:30. Live coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 8:10.

 

HS Playoffs

In state high school basketball playoff action tonight, the Mount Carmel girls, champions of District 4, will play Pine Grove in a Class AA second round game. The game will be played at Martz Hall in Pottsville starting at 7:30.

 

NBA

In the NBA last night.... the Philadelphia 76er's defeated the Brooklyn Nets 106 – 97.

Monday / March 11, 2013


Inspection Ordinance

It was adopted two weeks ago by Bloomsburg Town Council.... an ordinance calling for the inspection of non – student and rental housing. But since that time... the actions of town council have come under fire both around the water cooler and in print and on the airwaves. Councilman Bill Kreischer... who authored the ordinance... said the town is prepared to challenge possible lawsuits by property owners. Meantime... Jim Davis who has five rental properties on the town's west side says he plans to fight the ordinance by hiring a lawyer and supporting candidates that would overturn the ordinance. The newly enacted law goes into effect October 1st.

 

Blood Drives

It's another week for American Red Cross blood drives in Columbia and Montour counties. The big one is always held Tuesday at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. The Bloomsburg Chapter's Sue Norton says fulfilling 350 units of blood on a daily basis for it's regional center is no easy task. Want to find out where there's a blood drive in your area... just go to our website... www.whlm.com.

 

Greenwood Drug Bust

Two area residents are in the Columbia County Prison... facing a long list of drug charges stemming from an incident over the weekend. State Police at Bloomsburg tell us they were called to a domestic disturbance at 2 Boyer Bottom Road in Greenwood Township. But when troopers arrived... 24 – year old Michelle Kreski of Danville... and 27 – year old Karl Greenburgh of Millville... fled the home. They were captured following a foot pursuit. That's when police discovered illegal drugs and money. The pair were arraigned and sent to the prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

 

Rittenhouse Mill Road Accident

A Nescopeck man is facing charges after his car ran off Rittenhouse Mill Road... in Briar Creek Borough... on Saturday... and ended up inside a house. State Police at Bloomsburg tell us that Seth Yoder apparently lost control of his car... and it ended up slamming into the side of a house owned by Steven Kratzer. Neither Yoder or Kratzer were injured... but a wrecker had to be called to pull the car out of the home.

 

Hazleton Beating

A Hazleton man is in the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown... after he was found Sunday morning severely beaten. Police have not identified the man... but he was found unresponsive on Fifth Street... between Lafayette Court and Locust Street. Investigators spent most of Sunday searching for clues between Locust and Alter Streets... as well as Fourth and Fifth Streets.

 

Ringtown Fatal

A 41 – year old Schuylkill County man is dead... after apparently being crushed by a car he was working on. Authorities say Ricky Dye of Ringtown was pronounced dead at the scene behind his home on Pattersonville Road home. Apparently Dye was working on a car when it slipped off the supports it was resting on.

 

Sewer Systems

It appears sewer bills will be going up in Hazleton and West Hazleton. Now that the Greater Hazleton Joint Sewer Authority will soon take over the sanitary systems... customers will pay an average of $120 a year. That's an increase of $36 for each customer in Hazleton and $48 more a year for property owners in West Hazleton.

 

McAdoo Man

A 27 – year old McAdoo man is dead after he was hit by a car on Interstate 83 near Harrisburg over the weekend. Pennsylvania State Police have not identified the man... yet... but there are reports the man was walking on the shoulder of the southbound lane... when he darted into traffic and was struck by a car. The impact tossed him into the northbound lane. There is no word as to why the unidentified man stepped into traffic near Harrisburg on Saturday.

 

Contract Okayed

Unionized faculty members at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities... including staffers at Bloomsburg University.... have overwhelmingly endorsed a new four-year contract. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties said vote totals show 95% of the faculty members who voted supported the pact. The board of the State System of Higher Education is scheduled to consider ratifying the contract on March 20th.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Women

For just the second time in school history and the first time since 1992, a Bloomsburg University women's basketball team is a PSAC Champion. The Huskies won the title with a convincing 74-57 win over Gannon in the conference final Saturday night at Nelson Field. Next up for the Huskies- a first round NCAA playoff game. They will play IUP Friday at Gannon University in Erie

 

HS Wrestling

Six area high school wrestlers won medals at the Class AA state championships, which concluded Saturday at the Giant Center In Hershey. Leading the way was Benton's Zain Retherford who won a gold medal at 138 pounds. Three of his teammates also won medals... Colt Cotten finished second at 145 pounds; Matt Welliver took third at 120; and Jeric Kusinic finished 6th at 160. Two Southern Columbia wrestlers also won state medals... Kent Lane finished 6th at 126 pounds and freshman Blake Marks finished 8th at 152 pounds.

 

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team had two first place finishers and the Huskies finished 3rd as a team in the Eastern Wrestling League Championships at Edinboro on Saturday. Frank Hickman finished first at 157 pounds and Josh Veltre was first at 165. Hickman, Veltre and four other Huskies qualified for the Division I national championships which will be held in Des Moine, Iowa March 21-23.

 

NBA

In the NBA Sunday... the Orlando Magic downed the Philadelphia 76er's 99 to 91.

 

NHL

In the NHL The Philadelphia Flyers snapped a three game losing streak as they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3 to 2.

 

NASCAR

Matt Kenseth won Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

What's Happening Sunday March 10, 2013


Catch the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s “Flood Stories, Too” this weekend.  Showtime is this afternoon at 3:00 PM.  The show runs through next weekend at the Alvina Krause Theatre.

 

In conjunction with “Flood Stories, Too” the Bloomsburg University Institute for Culture and Society present “Bloomsburg Explores…Community, Arts and the 2011 Flood.”  They have events happening each day this weekend.

 

The Bloomsburg Food Cupboard is hosting the annual Empty Bowls Banquet today from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM in the Kehr Union Ballroom at Bloomsburg University.

 

There is also an egg hunt happening at Bloomsburg University today to raise funds for the Endometriosis Association…it’ll be on Schuylkill Hall Lawn.

 

And, the Animal Resource Center is sponsoring a 31 Purse Bingo at the Espy Fire Hall today.  Doors open at 12:30 PM and games begin at 1:45 PM.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

Bloomsburg University's Nelson Field House was the site for the PSAC Women's basketball finals this weekend. The Huskies beat Edinboro 76-73 in the semifinals on Friday night.

 

In the Confrence Final on Saturday the Huskies took the title and clinched an NCAA bid with a 74-57 win over Gannon. You can hear all the details with Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

What's Happening Saturday March 9, 2013


Catch the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s “Flood Stories, Too” this weekend.  Showtimes are today at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM, and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM.  The show runs through next weekend at the Alvina Krause Theatre.

 

In conjunction with “Flood Stories, Too” the Bloomsburg University Institute for Culture and Society present “Bloomsburg Explores…Community, Arts and the 2011 Flood.”  They have events happening each day this weekend.

 

The Columbia County Traveling Library is having a book sale today from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at their location in the Columbia County Building Complex on Sawmill Road in Scott Township.

 

The Free Saturday Trains Program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville is open today from 10:00 AM to Noon.  And the Loose Ties Model Railroad Society are opening their huge display of operating trains at the Columbia Mall this weekend.

 

While you’re at the mall today, check out the information on display from different local non-profit organizations during the “Community Day.”

 

Downtown Bloomsburg presents a special “Local Artist Day” today with art openings at Artspace, The Moose Exchange and other locations featuring the Susquehanna River Arts Artists.

 

The Autism Speaks Group at Bloomsburg University is hosting a 5K run and 3K walk at the Nelson Field House today.

 

SMILE invites you to a paddle auction today from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall.

 

There’s a flap-jack fundraiser happening at Applebees in Bloomsburg this morning to benefit the families affected by the Bloomsburg 8th Street Fire.

 

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church invites you to their Thanksgiving for Spring Dinner today from 5:00 to 7:00 PM…it’s a full turkey meal with the sides.  Take out is available from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.  The church is on the corner of Main and Iron Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church is serving up soup and sandwiches this afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.  And Boy Scout Troop 51 of Benton hopes you’ll join them at their spaghetti supper this afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Benton Fire Hall.

 

The Bloomsburg Food Cupboard is hosting the annual Empty Bowls Banquet tomorrow from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM in the Kehr Union Ballroom at Bloomsburg University.

 

There is also an egg hunt happening at Bloomsburg University tomorrow to raise funds for the Endometriosis Association…it’ll be on Schuylkill Hall Lawn.

 

And, the Animal Resource Center is sponsoring a 31 Purse Bingo at the Espy Fire Hall tomorrow.  Doors open at 12:30 PM and games begin at 1:45 PM.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

Bloomsburg University's Nelson Field House was the site for the PSAC Women's basketball finals this weekend. The Huskies beat Edinboro 76-73 in the semifinals on Friday night.

 

In the Confrence Final on Saturday the Huskies took the title and clinched an NCAA bid with a 74-57 win over Gannon. You can hear all the details with Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Friday / March 8, 2013


Bicentennial

Two weeks from Friday.... big doin's at the Columbia County Courthouse in Bloomsburg as we celebrate the County's 200th anniversary. First up... a reenactment of Columbia breaking away from Northumberland County at the courthouse on Main Street so says County Commissioner David Kovach. On Saturday... the 23rd... a massive celebration at the fairgrounds... as well as a 5K run/walk... and a parade starting at the hospital parking lot.... making its way to the town's west side.

 

Benton School Director

The Benton Area School District is short a school board member. Calvin Musser is off the board when a racial slur turned up on his Facebook page. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition the word appeared under the heading of “favorite quotations.” Musser telling PE reporter Mike Lester the word was placed on the page six years ago... saying he's not a racist. He wasn't on the board long... appointed on February 27th.... serving only four days.

 

Community Roundtable

A group of folks will get together next week at the invitation of the Berwick Area United Way to take a look at the future of the borough. At one time... Berwick was a pretty decent place to live, work and play... but not in the past couple of years with the infiltration of undesirable elements. The United Way's Ginny Crake says the roundtable is designed to get ideas and to work with borough officials. The roundtable taking place the the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation building in the 700 – block of West Front Street... starting at 5:30 PM.

 

Gang Assault

Police say they're awaiting DNA test results to come back before making arrests in the gang assault on a mentally challenged Hazleton woman. It's a story we first told you about last week... in which the 18 – year old woman was allegedly sexually attacked by five men in a house along Winters Avenue in West Hazleton. Thus far... four of the five men taking part in the alleged assault have been identified... and police say it could be months before the results come back.

 

Hazleton Arrest

A 24 – year old Hazleton man is in the Luzerne County Correctional facility after he was arrested by police this week. Sean Cox of Hilltop Road is accused of threatening people with a knife in a business in the 700 – block of Alter Street. Cops responded... subduing Cox... and taking him into custody. He faces a long list of charges.

 

Jim Thorpe Parade

All is ready for Sunday's St. Patrick's Parade in Jim Thorpe. Up to 10,000 people are expected to line the streets of the business district... and that makes merchants happy. The parade steps off Sunday afternoon at 1 O'clock.

 

Kingston Bust

A Kingston man is jailed... after police raided a home Thursday. Police say 31 – year old Jovon Martin was busted on a number of drugs and weapons charges. Police confiscating drugs and weapons... including a machine gun. Martin was busted after an informant said he was selling crack cocaine and marijuana from a home on South Gates Avenue.

 

ATV Theft

State Police at Bloomsburg are looking for someone who stole a 2008 Polaris ATV from a home in Benton Township. Troopers say someone made off with the ATV from 715 Steinruck Road sometime this week. The ATV is owned by Scott Wilkerson. If you have information about the theft... call State Police at the Bloomsburg barracks.

 

Bomb Threat Restitution

A 17 – year old Mt. Carmel teenager has been ordered to pay $2,100 dollars for police services used when she called in three bomb threats to the Mt. Carmel School District. Crystal Clark made the threats last October... with district judge Charles Saylor ordering her to pay the Pennsylvania State Police... Mt. Carmel police as well as the Mt. Carmel township police force. Clark made the threats since she wanted a day off from school... believing police wouldn't find her.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Wrestling

It was a great day for area high school wrestlers at the Class AA state championships which began Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey. Nine of the ten area wrestlers competing won their opening round matches to advance to the quarterfinals which begin Friday. All five Benton wrestlers advanced including Matt Welliver who trailed by 5-0, but came back to win his opening bout 8-7. Southern Columbia's trio of Kent Lane, Blake Marks, and Jake Becker all won their opening bouts as did Central Columbia's Alex Shiber.

 

BU Basketball

Bloomsburg University's Nelson Field House was the site for the PSAC women's basketball semifinals this weekend. The Huskies beat Edinboro 76-73 in the semifinals on Friday night. You can listen to the details with Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU goes on to face Gannon in the Confrence Final on Saturday. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the pregame at 6:40.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Friday night, the state playoffs begin. Southern Columbia takes on Notre Dame Green Pond at Catasaqua High School in a Class AA first round game which begins at 6 o'clock.

 

NHL

In the NHL last night... the Pittsburgh Penguins skated by the Philadelphia Flyers 5 to 4.

Thursday / March 7, 2013


Landlords Association

Still plenty of Bloomsburg property owners upset over an ordinance passed last week by Town Council dealing with the inspections of non – student and home rental property. More discussion as the Bloomsburg Area Landlords Association met Wednesday night. Councilman Bill Kreischer authored the ordinance... and voted for it... keeping safety of tenants top of mind. The measure goes into effect October 1st... and calls for the hiring of at least one additional person for the town's Code Enforcement department.

 

Sex Charges Filed

A Bloomsburg man is in the Columbia County Prison after state police filed more than a dozen sex related charges against him. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition.. 55 – year old Clark Abresch allegedly sexually abused the girl when she was between the ages of 4 and 7. The child is now 12... telling police in 2011 what happened. The charges were filed by state police this week following a hearing last summer. Abresch contends he believed the child was his girlfriend when she crawled into bed. He's being held on $100,000 bail.

 

David Millard / Budget

The House Appropriations committee is continuing budget hearings in Harrisburg this week. Appearing before the committee officials with the State System of Higher Education were asked pointed questions. State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township said he was pleased to hear the state system schools are striving to hold tuition increases to a minimum in this tight budget environment. Those budget hearings continue the rest of the week in Harrisburg.

 

Ice Rescue

A dramatic rescue of one person who fell through the ice of a lake at Francis Slocum State Park near Dallas on Wednesday. Authorities say two teenage girls fell through the thin ice on the lake... one getting free... the other struggling, but couldn't get out of the water. A driver who saw what was happening and a Kingston Township police officer went to rescue the girl, but both went through the ice... but got out of the water on their own. The teenage girl was rescued moments later by a Trucksville volunteer firefighter. All are expected to be okay.

 

Fire Department

Brandonville's Citizens Fire Company... south of Hazleton... in neighboring Schuylkill County... is out of business. Two months ago... the East Union Township supervisors ordered the volunteer fire company to shut down due to the lack of certified firefighters. At a meeting of the supervisors Wednesday night... they were told the fire company is no longer in business.


Budget Cuts / Airport

Federal budget cuts could effect some service at Northeastern Pennsylvania's busiest airport. The overnight shift in the control tower at the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton Airport could be a thing of the past.  It's one of 72 airports across the nation that could lose overnight service. Airport Director Barry Centini says the move shouldn't effect commercial air traffic.

 

Mobile Meth Lab

Two Berwick men are in the Columbia County Prison after they were arrested by State Police when they were discovered allegedly making meth over the weekend. State Police at Bloomsburg tell us they collared 51 – year old Walter Ridall and 34 – year old Kenneth Crumb while their van was parked on the Old Tioga Turnpike in Fishing Creek Township. Police say Ridall was behind the wheel... while Crumb was in the rear of the van allegedly making meth. Both face a long list of charges.... and were jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.

 

Burglary

State Police at Laporte... in Sullivan County... say they're looking for the person responsible for breaking into a summer home in Fox Township. Police tell us that sometime between November of last year... and Tuesday... someone broke into the seasonal home of Delores Moore of Red Lion. The burglars also broke into two sheds on the property. If you have information about the Sullivan County break in.... call State Police in Laporte.

 

Leprechaun Loop

Looking for something to do the day before St. Patrick's Day.... why not take part in the 1st Annual 5K Run / Walk Leprechaun Loop on March 16th sponsored by the St. Columba Catholic School in Bloomsburg. The school's EJ Moore says a fun time will be had by all. The run / walk begins Saturday the 16th near the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg. Check out St. Columba web site for pre – registration information.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Women's Basketball

Riding a seven game winning streak, the Bloomsburg University women's basketball team has moved up one spot to 7th in this week's Atlantic Region Rankings. Friday night at 7:30 at the Nelson Field House, the Huskies will play Edinboro in the PSAC semifinals. In the first game at 5:30, Millersville will take on Gannon. The championship game will be played Saturday night at 7 O'clock.

 

HS Wrestling

Ten area high school wrestlers will compete in the Class AA state championships. Those championships begin this morning at 9 at the Giant Center in Hershey.

 

BU Wrestling

On Saturday, the Bloomsburg University wrestling team will compete in the Eastern Wrestling League championships at Edinboro University. The tournament is the qualifying event for the NCAA championships.

 

College Basketball

In men's college basketball last night, in a Patriot League quarterfinal, Bucknell beat Navy 58-42. Saturday afternoon in Lewisburg, Bucknell will play Army in a semifinal game.

 

NBA

In the NBA Wednesday night,... the Atlanta Hawks downed the Philadelphia 76ers 107 – 96.

Wednesday / March 6, 2013


Landlords Association

Still plenty of Bloomsburg property owners upset over an ordinance passed last week by Town Council dealing with the inspections of non – student and home rental property. More discussion as the Bloomsburg Area Landlords Association met Wednesday night. Councilman. Bill Kreischer was there He authored the ordinance... and voted for it... keeping safety of tenants in mind. The measure goes into effect October 1st... and calls for the hiring of at least one additional person for the town's Code Enforcement department.

 

David Millard / Budget

The House Appropriations Committee is continuing budget hearings in Harrisburg this week. Appearing before the committee State System of Higher Education officials were asked pointed questions. State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township said he was pleased to hear the state system schools are striving to hold tuition increases to a minimum in this tight budget environment. Those budget hearings continue the rest of the week in Harrisburg.

 

Leprechaun Loop

Looking for something to do the day before St. Patrick's Day. Why not take part in the 1st Annual 5K Run / Walk Leprechaun Loop on March 16th sponsored by the St. Columba Catholic School in Bloomsburg. The school's E-J Moore says a fun time will be had by all with prizes handed out to all age groups. The run / walk begins Saturday the 16th near the Caldwell Consistory.... and money raised goes to St. Columba School. Check out St. Columba web site for pre – registration information.

 

Locustdale Fire

Firemen from Aristes and Wilburton were call on for mutual aid to fight a structure fire in Schuylkill County early Wednesday morning. Columbia County Emergency dispatch sending firemen to Hill Avenue in Locustdale where two homes were on fire. Locustdale is just over the Columbia County line... in Butler Township. No word yet as to what started that early morning fire in Schuylkill County.

 

House Clean Up

What's left of a home at the corner of Popular and East Eighth Street in Bloomsburg is no more. Fire ravaged the two story home of Gwen Zubler last month... and within the past few days crews have torn down what's left of the building... and Tuesday afternoon continued their work to remove the foundation. The fire also destroyed the home of Larry Poust. Still no word as to what caused the blaze which leveled the two homes on February 19th.

 

Bridge Project

A project to replace a bridge on Route 44... two miles west of Jerseytown in Madison Township is expected to begin Wednesday. The existing 35 foot long bridge over the East Branch of the Chillisquaque Creek will be replaced... through a contract let by PennDOT. The agency's Rick Mason says there will be a detour in place. The bridge was originally built back in 1949... and has stood the test of time. The $704,000 project is expected to be wrapped up by the end of August.

 

Kim Schooley / Taxes

Not many of the budget cuts signed into law last week by President Obama are being felt at the local level. And tax preparer Kim Schooley says the Sequester should have no effects on tax return refunds you may be getting. He adds if the checks are held up by the IRS... it will be nothing more than the agency playing politics. The Sequester amounts to $85 – billion dollars... or just about 2% in the government's $1.6 - trillion in spending.

 

Hazleton Drug Bust

A Hazleton man is in trouble with the law. 23 – year old Luis Martinez of North Laurel Street is facing a number of felony drug charges after being busted by police. Martinez was arraigned before a district judge... then hustled off to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility awaiting $100,000 bond.

 

Free Clinic

A new free clinic in Hazleton is set to open its doors next month for those chronically uninsured. Starting April 11th the clinic will treat people who have non – emergency medical problems... with a subsidy coming from Hazleton General Hospital. The clinic will be open two Thursdays each month... in the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church on South Church Street.

 

Theft Charges Lodged

A Kingston business owner is accused of making off with an estimated $38,000 from two bank accounts for a Wyoming County non – profit hunting club. Robert Morgan, Jr. of Dallas was arraigned and released without posting bail. Morgan is an electrical contractor.... and police say at least 29 checks were written on the hunting club's account.... and deposited into an account for Morgan's business.

 

Daycare Theft

A Danville woman has pleaded guilty in Montour County Court to theft charges. 54 – year old Karen Kruleski was initially accused of giving large discounts to family members for child care at the Busy Little Beavers daycare center in Danville. Kruleski will be sentenced at a later date.... with Judge Gary Norton saying he would consider house arrest.

 

Murder Charge

A Sunbury man has been charged with murdering his grandmother last month. Joshua Snook is accused of killing 71 – year old Bonnie Snook inside her Snyder County home. He's been arraigned on a long list of charges. Authorities say Snook went to the home looking for a handgun so he could settle a score at a Northumberland bar. That's when he used a knife to kill the elderly woman... and stab his grandfather. Joshua Snook's wife, Jennifer has also been charged in the crime.

 

Banana Split

Selinsgrove's plan for a five mile long banana split down the middle of Market Street won't happened as planned. It seems since organizers are not a non – profit group... they can't get insurance for the event. If it would have happened... it would have broken the borough's own record of the longest banana split it established in 1988. Organizers hope to form a non – profit group... and get insurance for next year.

 

 

Tuesday / March 5, 2013


Blood Drive

The Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross continue their series of blood drives across Columbia and Montour Counties. The Chapter's Sue Norton says a very important blood drive is set for Tuesday at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. A second drive will be held at the mall this Saturday starting at 12 noon. You can always check where blood drives are located by going to the Community Page of our website... www.whlm.com.

 

Flood Stories, Too

The flooding of September 2011 has reshaped our lives for those of us who live in Bloomsburg. And now the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble will present the words of those who went through those dark days in a production called Flood Stories, Too. It debuts Thursday night and runs through the next two weekends. The BTE's Syreeta Combs Cannaday we'll discover the relationship between Bloomsburg University and the town.... and how university students helped in many ways to bring the town back to pre – flood conditions. Performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings the next two weekends start at 7:30.... with a 2 PM Saturday afternoon matinee.... and one on Sunday at 3 O'clock. It all takes place at the Alvina Krause Theater on Center Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Senate Education

State Education Secretary Ron Tomalis spent Monday on the hot seat talking about education funding. During testimony in front of the Senate appropriations committee... Tomalis defended a proposal dealing with block grants for education. More hearings are scheduled for Tuesday.

 

Animal Cruelty

A Hazleton man is the focus of an animal cruelty investigation. Authorities say 53 – year old Gino Saullo, Senior was walking the mixed – breed pit bull in the 1300 block of Harwood Road in Hazle Township over the weekend. That's when the dog jumped into a yard. Saullo allegedly pulled up on the leash until it died.... leaving the body alongside the road. They found Saullo through a Luzerne County dog license.

 

Sentence

A Mahanoy City man will spend up to the next seven years in prison after being pleading guilty last month to a charge of homicide by vehicle while under the influence. 40 – year old Edward O'Boyle received the sentenced in Schuylkill County Court on Monday. O'Boyle admitting he was drunk when his car struck and killed motorcyclist Jeff Donnelly of Barnesville. Donnelly was a teacher at the Mahanoy Area High School.

 

Metal Detectors

Hazleton elementary and middle schools may soon see permanently installed metal detectors at those buildings. Now... the district's school board is evaluating the purchase of the units and their on – going maintenance. Already... there are four metal detectors at the main campus where kids must pass through before entering the building.

 

Gas Prices

Averages gas prices across Northeastern Pennsylvania are slowly coming down. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows self – serve unleaded regular averaging $3.75 a gallon. More at some locations... less expensive at others. That's down two cents from the weekend... and five cents from a week ago. 30 – days ago... we were paying $3.65 a gallon.

 

Montour County Fire

A close call for the owners of Seibel Construction in Limestone Township in Montour County on Sunday. A malfunctioning wood stove caused insulation and some ceiling tile to smolder in the garage area at the building at 49 Strict Road. Firemen were called and they squelched whatever flames they found. Damage was minor.

 

WHLM Sports

 

PSAC Playoffs

There will be PSAC playoff basketball Tuesday night at the Nelson Field House as the Bloomsburg University women's team takes on Kutztown in a conference quarterfinal. The Huskies are 21 and 5 this season and beat Kutztown twice in the regular season. If Bloomsburg wins, they will host the PSAC final four this Friday and Saturday. Tuesday night's game tips off at 7 O'clock. Catch all the action on the WHLM Stations starting with the pregame show at 6:40. In the other quarterfinal games tonight, Millersville is at Shippensburg, California at Gannon, and IUP at Edinboro.

 

Women's College Basketball

In women's college basketball Monday night, in the regular season finale for both teams, second ranked Notre Dame beat third ranked Connecticut 96-87 in three overtimes.

 

Men's College Basketball

In men's basketball, Gonzaga is ranked first in the nation for the first time in school history. The Zags have a season's record of 29 and 2.

Monday / March 4, 2013


Rent Inspections

It's been a week since Bloomsburg Town Council okayed an ordinance calling for the inspection of non - student and home rentals. An unpopular move among landlords who have rental property.... and the topic of water cooler talk and newspaper columns the past week. But Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr says the inspection program will work... and has less regulation than one first proposed a couple of years ago. The inspection program takes effect October 1st... and is designed to make non – student and home rental properties safer through a once – over by code enforcement. However, it will cost landlords... who are expected to pass that expense on to their tenants through higher rents.

 

State Budget

State lawmakers on the House and Senate Appropriations committees have wrapped up two weeks of hearings with state department heads as they try and settle on a 2013 – 2014 proposed state budget. And although Governor Corbett has proposed a 28.4 - billion dollar spending plan... state house appropriations chairman Bill Adolph says the final budget will look a lot different. The proposal must be on Governor Corbett's desk by the end of June. Representative Adolph making his remarks during a recent appearance on the WHLM Morning Buzz.

 

Rate Shock

Next year could prove to be a tumultuous time for health insurance rates. State Insurance commissioner Michael Consendine told a state budget panel young, healthy American's will experience... what he calls “rate shock” with the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act.... or as some people know it.... “Obama Care.” Consedine says the question is weather young people will participate.... or opt to take the penalty instead.

 

Berwick Teachers

Berwick Area School District teachers have given their okay for a new three – year contract. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition... teachers will be getting an estimated 3% raise each year of the contract with an average salary of $64,000 annually the final year of the pact. In return... the 234 teachers have said it's all right to cap health insurance costs. Berwick Superintendent Wayne Brookhart says the district can now control costs.... while teachers get the security they're looking for over the next three years.

 

Williams Funeral

Hundreds of corrections officers were at funeral services held over the weekend in Nanticoke for 34 – year old Eric Williams. He's the federal corrections officer who was beaten and stabbed while he made his rounds last week at the US Penitentiary at Waymart. Also on hand was U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder who read a letter from President Obama. The prison system has yet to say who allegedly killed Williams or the status of the investigation.

 

Hazleton Cameras

It appears Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea would like to upgrade the city's camera system giving cops 24 hour monitoring and recording capabilities. The current system... says DeAndrea... relies on motion sensing... which failed to pick up a few crimes in the process. Three years ago... Hazleton area business bought into the program... but there are times the cameras don't work. DeAndrea would like to see a system that is stable and secure.

 

Shenandoah Shooting

Two people are in custody after an early Sunday morning drive - by shooting outside a Shenandoah bar. Authorities say Vanessa Najunas of Shenandoah and Jose Arroyo of Reading were picked – up moments after the shooting outside the Oyster Bar on South Main Street. An officer caught up with the pair... finding a handgun in the glove compartment. No one was hurt in the early Sunday morning shooting in Shenandoah.

 

Cyclorama Building

We've all been there when we visited the Gettysburg National Military Park... but now it's being demolished. The Cyclorama building used to house the 377-foot painting depicting a pivotal moment in the Civil War battle. The building was constructed in 1962... and back in 2008... the painting of Pickett's Charge has been moved to a new visitor's center.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Wrestling

Ten area high school wrestlers advanced to the state championships with their performances in the Class AA Northeast Regional which concluded Saturday in Williamsport. Four of those wrestlers won gold medals including three from Benton- Matt Welliver at 120 pounds, Zain Retherford at 138 and Colt Cotten at 145. That trio helped the Tigers finish first in the team standings. Our area's other gold medal winner was Kent Lane of Southern Columbia who finished first at 126 pounds. The state championships begin Thursday morning in Hershey.

 

Girls HS Basketball

Two area girls high school basketball teams lost in District 4 championship games on Saturday, but both will be be playing first round state playoff games this weekend. On Friday at 6 O'clock, Southern Columbia will play Notre Dame of Green Pond at Catasaqua High School. On Saturday night at 7 O'clock, Danville will play Honesdale at Marywood University in Dunmore.

 

BU Women's Basketball

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team plays Kutztown Tuesday night at Nelson Field House in a PSAC quarterfinal. If the Huskies win, they will host the conference's final four this Friday and Saturday. Tuesday night's game begins at 7 O'clock. You can catch all the action on the WHLM Stations starting with the pregame show at 6:40.

 

NBA

In the NBA Sunday night... the Washington Wizards defeated the Philadelphia 76er's 90 to 87.

 

NASCAR

Carl Edwards wins Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix.

What's Happening Sunday March 3, 2013


*BREAKING* An auto accident in downtown Bloomsburg sent at least one person away from the scene in an ambulance Saturday night. Two cars collided at the intersection of Main Street, East Street and Lightstreet Road, snarling traffic traveling through town.

 

 

 

Central Columbia High School presents their spring musical this afternoon.  The curtain goes up for “Anything Goes” at 2:00 PM.

 

The Liberty Township Fire Company in Mooresburgh is serving up an all you can eat breakfast and brunch today from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The meal is ham, scrapple, home fries, pancakes, eggs, and a whole lot more.

 

And, the Mount Carmel Lions Club is hosting an all you can eat spaghetti dinner today from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  You’ll get all you can eat spaghetti, salad, rolls, coffee, and a dessert buffet.  Cost is $7.00…the dinner will be held at the Mount Carmel Elks on North Oak Street.

 

There’s bingo today too!  The Southern Columbia Girls’ Soccer Team is hosting Vera Bradley Bingo this afternoon at the Southern Columbia Elementary Gym.  Doors open at 12:30 PM and games begin at 2:00 PM.

 

In Bloomsburg at the Fire Hall today it’s bingo for the Fabulous Felines Cat Rescue.  Doors open at 12:30 PM there…and it’s 20 games for $20.00.

 

WHLM Sports

The Bloomsburg University Men's team ended their season Saturday night when they fell to Mansfield in the first round of PSAC playoffs, 101-66. The Women enter post-season play on Tuesday when they face Kutztown. You can hear all the details from Saturday with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

What's Happening Saturday March 2, 2013


*BREAKING* An auto accident in downtown Bloomsburg sent at least one person away from the scene in an ambulance Saturday night. Two cars collided at the intersection of Main Street, East Street and Lightstreet Road, snarling traffic traveling through town.

 

 

 

It’s a high school musical weekend in Columbia County.  Bloomsburg High School Drama presents “Thoroughly Modern Mille” on stage today at 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM.

 

At Central Columbia High School it’s “Anything Goes.”  The curtain goes up at 7:00 PM tonight.  There’s a matinee tomorrow at 2:00 PM.

 

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

 

The Children’s Museum in Bloomsburg invites your kids to at Dr. Seuss birthday party today.  They’ll have stories each hour, special guests, and silly crafts.  Wear a crazy hat for a dollar off of admission.

 

If you’re looking for food this weekend there’s plenty.  Katys Church invites you to a spaghetti dinner at the Millville Valley Grange this afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  Tickets for you are $7.00, and $4.00 for your children ages 6 to 12.  Proceeds benefit the Katys Church restoration and renovation.

 

The Liberty Township Fire Company in Mooresburgh is serving up an all you can eat breakfast and brunch tomorrow from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The meal is ham, scrapple, home fries, pancakes, eggs, and a whole lot more.

 

And, the Mount Carmel Lions Club is hosting an all you can eat spaghetti dinner tomorrow from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  You’ll get all you can eat spaghetti, salad, rolls, coffee, and a dessert buffet.  Cost is $7.00…the dinner will be held at the Mount Carmel Elks on North Oak Street.

 

There’s bingo this weekend too!  The Southern Columbia Girls’ Soccer Team is hosting Vera Bradley Bingo tomorrow at the Southern Columbia Elementary Gym.  Doors open at 12:30 PM and games begin at 2:00 PM.

 

In Bloomsburg at the Fire Hall tomorrow it’s bingo for the Fabulous Felines Cat Rescue.  Doors open at 12:30 PM there…and it’s 20 games for $20.00.

 

WHLM Sports

The Bloomsburg University Men's team ended their season Saturday night when they fell to Mansfield in the first round of PSAC playoffs, 101-66. The Women enter post-season play on Tuesday when they face Kutztown. You can hear all the details from Saturday with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

Friday / March 1, 2013


David Millard / Budget

Budget hearings continue at the state capitol in Harrisburg. State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township says not only are lawmakers working on a new budget, which begins July 1st... but are trying to watch revenues coming in... which are about $50 – million below estimates in February... but are currently running about $100 – million ahead of estimates. Lawmakers are currently working on Governor Corbett's proposed $28.4 - billion spending plan.

 

Department of State
Democrats peppered Pennsylvania's Secretary of the Department of State with questions about Voter ID during a budget hearing on Thursday. There's concern among state house Democrats that the Corbett administration is not prepared to fully educate voters again if the courts clear a challenge to the Voter ID law in time for the November election. But, Secretary of state Carol Aichele says her department is prepared to do vigorous outreach. The Voter ID law will not be in effect for the May primary election, due to the court case.

 

Toomey / Budget Cuts

Still no movement in Washington dealing with an estimated 85 – Billion dollars in federal budget cuts which kick in at midnight Friday. Pennsylvania US Senator Pat Toomey contends the cuts are relatively modest... however, he says the design is flawed.

 

Bicentennial

We're less than a month away from celebrating Columbia County's Bicentennial. The county is turning 200 years old on March 22nd. County Commissioner David Kovach is heading up the celebration... featuring concerts... parades and fireworks. The celebration gets underway on March 22nd at the courthouse in Bloomsburg.

 

Benton Marine Honored

A Marine from Benton was honored this week by the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers as a “Community Hero.” Master Sgt. Joel Whitmoyer who graduated from Benton High School in the early 90's... was given a hero's welcome... seats in the owner's suite... as well as a personalized jersey. He has served one tour of duty in Afghanistan... and is training at Camp Lejeune for a second tour, which begins in April.

 

Prison Death / Funeral

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at the Holy Trinity church in Nanticoke for 34 – year old Eric Williams. He was beaten and stabbed to death earlier this week while working as a corrections officer at the federal prison in Waymart. A viewing will be held Friday night at the Nanticoke high school. Thus far... officials with the prison system have not said much about their investigation.

 

Sex Assault

West Hazleton Police say they plan to charge five men who allegedly sexually assaulted a mentally challenged woman. Police say the five men allegedly attacked the 18 – year old woman this week in a home along Winters Avenue... after making contact with her on Facebook. An affidavit shows some of the men threatened to kill the woman if she didn't do what they asked. Police say the arrests are expected next week.

 

False Alarms

A former West Nanticoke volunteer firefighter... now living in a personal care home... has been arrested after he allegedly made three calls to Luzerne County's 9-1-1 dealing with bogus emergencies. 50 – year old Lee Beatty was caught on a surveillance camera dropping a dime to emergency services at a pay phone across the street from the Tilbury fire station. The biggest fib... Beatty telling emergency dispatchers that a car had crashed into the Susquehanna River. In all cases fire department personnel responded.

 

Sunbury Incubator

There will be a new place in Sunbury where new businesses can set up shop. The Keystone Innovation Zone incubator on Chestnut Street is expected to open it's doors soon... allowing new, small business to flourish. Mayor David Persing said he hopes the incubator will help develop new companies.

 

Charged With Shooting

A 37 – year old Point Township man... in Northumberland County... has been charged with a misdemeanor in the accidental shooting of his son. Brian Patrick Long is charged with endangering the welfare of a child. His 8 – year old son accidentally shot himself last August with a pistol and suffered life – threatening injuries. The child has since recovered. A preliminary hearing for Long is set for March 13th.

 

Grant 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 has been awarded to various fire departments.

 

Outdoor Show Canceled

A popular Pennsylvania outdoors show that was postponed indefinitely because of a controversy over assault weapons will not be rescheduled this year. The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show had been scheduled to start February 2nd at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. But its ban on assault weapons in the wake of a Connecticut school shooting led to a backlash and vendor boycott. On Thursday, state officials who run the Farm Show Complex said the show would not be held this year.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Danville Girls

Two area girls high school basketball teams will bid for District 4 championships Saturday afternoon. At the Decker Gymnasium at Mansfield University, Danville plays Athens in the Class AAA final at 1 o'clock. In the Class AA final at Shamokin, Southern Columbia plays Mount Carmel. That game begins at 5.

 

Benton Girls

The Benton girls take on Northeast Bradford Saturday at 1 o'clock at Montoursville High School in the Class A consolation game. The winner will advance to the state playoffs.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University and Mansfield University men's basketball teams split a pair of games during the regular season. Saturday night they meet again at Mansfield in the PSAC Playoffs. That game begins at 7 O'clock. Catch all the action on the WHLM Stations starting with The Husky Warmup Show at 6:40.

 

HS Wrestling

A number of area high school wrestlers will try to qualify for the state championships when they compete in the Class AA Northeast Regional this weekend. That tournament begins Friday night at 6 O'clock at the Williamsport High School.

 

NBA

In the NBA Thursday night... The Chicago Bulls defeated The Philadelphia 76ers 93 – 82.

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