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News Archive Archives for 2013-08

What's Happening Saturday August 31, 2013


The 162nd Sullivan County Fair continues through Monday.  Daily admission is $6.00, and includes rides.  For more information go to www.sullivancountyfair.com.

 

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Susquehanna Valley is hosting a yard sale all weekend long today through Monday.  The sale will start at 8:00 AM each day and features winter clothing and holiday times.  It’s happening rain or shine at the church located on Point Township Drive in Northumberland.

 

AGAPE is hosting an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast today at Applebee’s in Bloomsburg.  Serving is from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.  Tickets are $7.00 for adults, and $5.00 for children 12 and under.

 

The 4th annual Southern Columbia Boys Basketball Golf Outing will be held today at Knoebels Three Ponds Golf Course.  It’s a 4-man scramble with shotgun start at 9:00 AM.  For information call, 672-2434.

 

Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ invites you to their free “Fun In The Sun” carnival tomorrow from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Join for food, free games, a bounce house, cupcake wheel, crafts and more.  The church is located at 260 East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The free Saturday Trains Program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church is open today as usual in Danville, and the Wheelchair Engineers Train Program at the Columbia Mall in Bloomsburg will be open too.

 

The Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg presents a family friend musical directed by Paige and Hayley Morgans this weekend.  “Tafton and the Deep” will be on stage tonight at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 1:00 PM.  There is a spaghetti dinner today before the show with serving starting at 6:00 PM.  Proceeds will be donated to the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard.

 

The Liberty Township Fire Company 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, sausage gravy and biscuits, and a ton of other breakfast favorites.

 

You’re invited to the 5th annual Schuylkill County Wine Festival happening in Hegins Park tomorrow from 1:00 to 6:00 PM.  Tickets are $15 per person or $5 for designated drivers.

 

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Bloomsburg HS Football

The 2013 high school football regular season kicked off Friday night with all area teams in action. Mike Kogut made his Bloomsburg head coaching debut as the Panthers opened at home versus South Williamsport. Bloomsburg came within reach of a last-minute victory but missed on a 2-point conversion, ending the game in a 27-26 South Williamsport win.

 

Berwick HS Football

At Crispin Field, Berwick handily defeated Crestwood 41-7.

 

Other HS FB

In other games Friday night, Danville beat Milton 41-0, Central Columbia beat Hughesville 13-12, Southern Columbia beat Pius X 66-28 and Columbia Montour Vo Tech came up short against Sayre, 34-14 was the final.

 

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

 

Friday / August 30, 2013


Prevailing Wage / David Millard

One of the hottest issues in Harrisburg starting next month is expected to be raising the prevailing wage threshold. A hearing on the issue was held Thursday in Stroudsburg. Currently the threshold is $25,000 for a project... above that... union - type wages must be paid. But State Representative David Millard has introduced a bill boosting it to $100,000... saving cash strapped township a lot of money. The current threshold was established in 1963. No rumblings out of Harrisburg yet if Millard's bill will get traction since it's opposed by labor unions...

 

Scott Twp Crash

Police investigated a one car crash which happened around 3 O'clock this morning at the Route 487 and the Interstate 80 interchange near Lightstreet. It incident happened when 21 – year old Timothy Cardoni of Aston.. near Philadelphia... lost control of his VW Jetta while trying to enter Interstate 80 at Lightstreet Road.

Scott Township police tell us Cardoni lost control of his car... hit a jersey barrier and came to rest against an embankment... trapping him inside the car temporarily. Lightstreet and Espy firefighters responded to the scene to extricate the driver... who was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment.

 

Holiday Travel / Troop N

With most of us taking the next couple of days off for the Labor Day weekend... state troopers with Hazleton's Troop N won't have that opportunity. Trooper David Peters says cops stationed in Hazleton will be busy all weekend keeping the highways safe. Trooper Peters says many of the checkpoints will be in neighboring Luzerne County... but they're expected to spill over into Columbia County and near – by jurisdictions.

 

Berwick United Way

It's a fund raiser... but at the same time a way to have fun. The Berwick Area United Way presenting a so – called Zombie Run a week from Saturday at the Test Track Park off of Eaton Street. The bottom line is about being prepared for any emergency or natural disaster which may pop up in our lives. Want more information about next week's Zombie Run... give United Way CEO Ginny Crake a call.

 

Geisinger Deaths

Geisinger Health System’s pediatric and congenital heart program has reported zero moralities in association with approximately 60 procedures surgeons performed in 2012. A Geisinger spokesman says among the surgeries, 13 percent were classified as having “high complexity” according to national standards of risk for congenital heart surgery. Such procedures have a 6 percent mortality rate according to 2012 Society of Thoracic Surgeons national data. Thirty percent of the Geisinger surgeries were also classified as having “moderate complexity,” which also has a national mortality rate of 3 percent according to the same data.

 

Wilkes – Barre Fire

An elderly Wilkes – Barre woman is dead after a three – alarm fire raced through her home on Kent Lane Thursday night. The first arriving fire crews find the woman unresponsive. Now it's up to the Luzerne County Coroner to determine cause of death. The careless use of smoking materials has been labeled as the cause of last night's fire in Wilkes – Barre.

 

West Hazleton Fire

Fire investigators say it was arson which extensively damaged a vacant home in West Hazleton this week. That word from a state police fire marshal. It's the third arson fire in the home on North 3rd Street in West Hazleton in the last three years.

 

Hazleton Hit & Run

Hazleton Police are looking for the driver of a gray, 2010 Volkswagen Jetta... wanted for questioning in running down an elderly man early Thursday morning. The unidentified man was struck as he tried to cross North Church Street and West Diamond Avenue. Police finding the man while on patrol. If you have information about the incident... call Hazleton Police.

 

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Bloomsburg HS Football

The 2013 high school football regular season kicked off Friday night with all area teams in action. Mike Kogut made his Bloomsburg head coaching debut as the Panthers opened at home versus South Williamsport. Bloomsburg came within reach of a last-minute victory but missed on a 2-point conversion, ending the game in a 27-26 South Williamsport win.

 

Berwick HS Football

At Crispin Field, Berwick handily defeated Crestwood 41-7.

 

Other HS FB

In other games Friday night, Danville beat Milton 41-0, Central Columbia beat Hughesville 13-12, Southern Columbia beat Pius X 66-28 and Columbia Montour Vo Tech came up short against Sayre, 34-14 was the final.

 

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

 

 

College Football

In college football Thursday night... number 6 South Carolina defeated North Carolina 27 – 10...

 

PHL Phillies

In baseball, in the final game of their series in New York Thursday afternoon... the New York Mets got by the Philadelphia Phillies 11 to 3. The Phil's open a weekend series Friday afternoon against the Cubs in Chicago. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 1:45.

 

Other games...

In a game played Thursday night... the Milwaukee Brewers downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 4 to nothing.

Thursday / August 29, 2013


Berwick Meth Bust

Six people are facing a host of drug charges after they were busted Wednesday at an apartment building at 530 West Front Street in Berwick. The half – double house is owned by Berwick Borough Councilman Arden Oliver. Police Chief Ken Strish said the operation went smoothly. Chief Strish says all six suspects were hosed down on the spot by Berwick firemen... then hustled off to the police station for processing. They appeared before district Justice Marvin Shrawder in Danville before being sent to the Columbia County Prison. Chief Ken Strish identified those busted as 24 – year old James Eveland, 33 – year old Kenneth McCollum, 30 – year old Levi Whitesell, 33 – year old Ronald Sharpnick, 52 – year old Debra Hoskins, and 29 – year old Kelly Bromley. Strish noted that Debra Hoskins is the mother of Kenneth McCollum.

 

Benton Twp Stabbing

What led to the stabbing of an unidentified man yesterday afternoon on Route 254 in Benton Township. State Police investigators don't know for sure but the man was found sitting in his car along the highway. He was taken by ambulance to the Orangeville ball field where he was Life – Flighted to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville where he's recovering. Now... a language barrier is standing in the way between the stabbing victim, police and the ongoing investigation.

 

PennDOT Bridges

The first in a number of bridges to be posted in PennDOT's District three area... which includes Columbia County... will be posted for weight reduction Thursday morning. The span takes Route 706 over Cold Creek...two miles north of Camptown in Bradford County... so says PennDOT's Rick Mason.  The agency's Mason says the posting will reduce the weight of vehicles crossing the bridge from 40 – tons to 32 – tons. It may not seem like much... but as Mason explained it will cut down on the number of tractor – trailers cross the span.

 

House Hearing

A hearing dealing with legislation aimed at reducing burdensome environmental regulations... which could lead to excessive delays for fledgling business... was held this week in Pottsville... in neighboring Schuylkill County. State Representative Mike Tobash who represents the county says environmental permitting is a serious concern. Tobash says the length it takes to get a permit drives up the cost of major infrastructure projects.

 

Sandusky Hearing

The appeals hearing for Jerry Sandusky has been moved from the Dallas High School... to the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes – Barre. The reason... due to public interest and the crush of expected media. The former assistant football coach under Joe Paterno at Penn State... Sandusky is asking the superior court to over turn his verdict of sexually abusing young boys.

 

Endangerment Charges

A Hazleton couple is in trouble with the law following an argument... which led to their 15 – month old child to wander in the street. 19 – year old Leslie Peguero is charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Meantime, an arrest warrant was issued for 23 – year old Nelson DeJesus... also charged with child endangerment. The incident happening near the corner of South Wyoming and Noble Streets.

 

Luzerne Co. Controller

Luzerne County has named a new controller. He's Walter Mitchell of Bear Creek... who will serve four months until a new controller is elected. Mitchell replaces Walter Griffith who resigned earlier this year after charged with recording conversations without the other person's consent.

 

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Bloomsburg HS Football

Last season the Bloomsburg High School football team lost only three games, but two of those losses were to South Williamsport, the team the Panthers face Friday night in the season opener at the Stadium. The game will mark the the Bloomsburg head coaching debut of Mike Kogut who knows what to expect from South Williamsport. Friday night's South Williamsport at Bloomsburg game is the WHLM game of the week. Coverage begins at 6 O'clock with The Friday Football Commute.

 

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball Wednesday night... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the New York Mets 6 to 2. Both teams wrap up their series in New York Thursday afternoon. Game time is 1:10. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:35.

 

Other MLB games

In other games last night... the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Milwaukee Brewers 7 to 1... and the Toronto Bluejays got the best of the New York Yankees 7 to 2.

Wednesday / August 28, 2013


Berwick Meth Bust

Six people were taken into custody Wednesday morning following a suspected meth bust. Police Chief Ken Strish telling us the bust in an apartment building in the 500 block of West Front Street... near LaSalle went down just before dawn. The six in custody were brought out of the house... and hosed down for drug residue by Berwick firemen. They were then transported to the police station to be processed.

All faced arraignment in Danville and were transported to the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg

 

Meth Bust Suspects Identified

Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish identify those busted as:

24 – year old James Eveland

33 – year old Kenneth McCollum

30 – year old Levi Whitesell

33 – year old Ronald Sharpnick

52 – year old Debra Hoskins

29 – year old Kelly Bromley

Strish noted that Debra Hoskins is the mother of Kenneth McCollum.

 

Meth Bust

A Catawissa Township woman is jailed after probation officers found an active meth lab at her grandmothers home in the Bree – Zee Knolls sub – division.

22 – year old Korteny Lunger was initially busted on a probation violation, but authorities spent six hours Tuesday clearing the home of Marilyn Lunger.

The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... that cops got a tip that Lunger and 54 – year old Scott Trivelpiece were allegedly making meth in the home. Meantime... Trivelpiece was also arrested when authorities found meth residue at his home on Mill Road in Salem Township.

 

State Stores

State stores in Montour and Luzerne Counties will soon have new, expanded hours for their customers. That word from the State Liquor Control Board. The PLCB's Dale Horst says the agency reviewed store hours after the end of the fiscal year... challenging district managers. Horst says even with the changes, the latest any of the stores will be open is 10 pm.

 

Weekend Pursuit

A Tower City man is in the Columbia County Prison after a high speed pursuit through three counties, which began in Conyngham Township... ending in Mt. Carmel early Sunday morning. 36 – year old Robert Miller tried to slide through a stop sign in Aristes... that's where the pursuit began... ended at 5th and Locust in Mt. Carmel. The chase involved cops from ten different jurisdictions... going through three counties before it was stopped. Miller is wanted on outstanding warrants issued by several different counties.

 

Luzerne County Transit

The Luzerne County Council was told last night by Hazleton City administrators... there is no upside to merging it's transit system with the Luzerne County Transportation Authority. PennDOT say the proposed merger would save a million dollars a year... and would not reduce services, but would merge administrative issues. Both Hazleton mayor Joseph Yannuzzi and acting city administrator Steve Hahn have called the proposal a power and money grab on the part of Luzerne County.

 

Wilkes – Barre School Super

The Wilkes – Barre Area School Board has hired Bernard Prevuznak as their full – time superintendent. And he gets a bump in salary as well. Prevuznak was paid $121,000 a year as acting superintendent.... but will now earn $140,000 a year to head the 575 employee district.

 

Unemployment

Figures released by state Department of Labor and Industry shows the unemployment rate in the the Wilkes – Barre area dipped somewhat in July to 9.1%... the lowest since March of 2012. Despite the downturn... the figures show that joblessness in Northeastern Pennsylvania remains the highest in the state's 14 metro areas.

 

Charges Filed

A Kingston man had additional charges filed against him. William Esser is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at the Wilkes – Barre intermodal transportation center in June. Esser was already in jail for allegedly assaulting a second woman.

 

PennDOT

As part of the update to the commonwealth’s 12-Year Transportation Program, Pennsylvanians are invited to provide input on their transportation priorities and to register for the program’s first-ever interactive online public meeting. The program serves as a blueprint of prioritized transportation projects, is updated every two years through a cooperative effort among the State Transportation Commission... PennDOT and its 23 regional planning partners. The online public meeting will be held September 26th... starting at 6 PM.

 

Caldwell Production

Two Bloomsburg High School Seniors are taking a big shot this weekend... producing an original stage production at the Caldwell Consistory on Market Street. Appearing on the Tuesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Hailey and Paige Morgan says “Tafton and the Deep” has a pretty simple premise.... with the lead character falling off a ship and washing ashore. The production to be unveiled Saturday night... with a second showing... a matinee... Sunday afternoon at the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg.

 

Tuesday / August 27, 2013


Downtown Bloomsburg's Very Own Geyser

 

In Photo Above:  A geyser formed in a parking lot behind the WHLM Stations Tuesday afternoon.

 

In Photo Above: United Water Workers stop the water from flowing.

 

Bloomsburg Town Council

In an effort to spiff up the area... the Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night okayed two projects which will make a difference in our lives... through the use of state Community Development Block Grant dollars. SEDA – COG's Bill Seigel telling local lawmakers an estimated $163,000 are available for the town. Projects selected include a trail from the Town Park to Streater Field. Also 109,000 is earmarked for the replacement of curbs which are ADA compliant... and another $29,000 for administration and planning. The town should know by the end of the years if they're successful in getting funding.

 

Pat Toomey

The talk around the water cooler these days is what to do about the Affordable Care Act... or Obamacare. Many employers and employees getting hit with higher premiums. US Senator Pat Toomey... in Danville for a town hall meeting on Monday... telling reporters there is an opportunity to derail it's implementation. However, Columbia – Montour County Chamber of Commerce President Fred Gaffney says he didn't hear any recommendations for solutions. For his part... Senator Toomey says he'll continue to fight the implementation of the Mr. Obama's Affordable Care Act.

 

Northumberland Crash

State Police are investigating a truck crash in rural Northumberland County which left two people dead. The accident happened at midday Monday on Rushtown Road... outside of Elysburg. The names of the victims have not yet been released. Investigators say the truck was eastbound when the driver lost control... hit a tree and flipped on it's roof... catching fire. One person was found inside the truck... the other trapped under it. Right now... police are trying to notify relatives.

 

PA Education Secretary
Governor Tom Corbett asked for his resignation and he got it...Acting Education Secretary Dr. William Harner is resigning immediately after a little more than two months on the job. That's according to a statement from Governor Corbett's office. Dr. Carolyn Dumaresq...the department's executive deputy secretary...is taking his place. Dumaresq has been with the education department for at least nine years. She's also held several leadership positions at the P-A State Education Association. The statement did not give a reason for the department change.

 

Labor Travel

The countdown is on for the start of the last big travel weekend of summer. The Labor Day Holiday weekends means millions of Americans will be traveling 50 – miles or more from home starting Friday.  The Triple – A's Jenny Robinson says all of us are ready to get back on the road. The bottom line... there will be a 4.2% increase in travel... putting an estimated 34 – million Americans on the highway.

 

Gas Prices

The price of gasoline around Northeastern Pennsylvania is holding steady as we head into the Labor Day holiday weekend. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.52 - a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend. A week ago... we were paying an average of $3.53 a gallon.

 

Schuylkill County Shooting

An assault of a person in the St. Clair area of Schuylkill County... has led to the shooting of the driver of an SUV near Hometown... south of Hazleton. Authorities have not released the name of the man shot along Route 54... or whether State Police or a municipal officer shot him. Whatever the case... the SUV's driver was treated by first responders along White Owl Drive... then air lifted to a trauma Center.

 

Shooting Folo

A Kingston man is facing attempted murder charged following an incident earlier this month in Wilkes – Barre. 22 – year old Andre Fuller is facing a list of charges... including attempted murder in the August 3rd shooting of William Uggaino of Park Avenue. Uggaino was critically injured in the shooting.

 

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BU Football

Several NFL scouts have already been to Bloomsburg University practices this preseason and many more are expected. Two players that have the attention of those scouts are senior offensive linemen Brian Clark and Matt Feiler. Huskies offensive coordinator Brian McBryan says both players must step up to the plate in order to get to the next level. The Husky's open the season September 7th at home against Stonehill College of Massachusetts.

 

PHL Phillies

In the first game of a four game series in New York last night... the Philadelphia Phillies downed the New York Mets 2 to 1. Game two is Tuesday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.

 

Other games

In other action last night... the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees 5 to 2.

Monday / August 26, 2013


Columbia – Montour Tourism

With the Covered Bridge and Arts Festival on the horizon... the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau is out with the economic impact left in wake in 2012. The agency's Otto Kurecian said direct spending totaled $8.5 - million... with the overall impact checking in at $14.2 – million. The agency is now gearing up for the 2013 edition of the festival to be held over four days, the first weekend in October, at the Knoebels Amusement Resort near Elysburg.

 

Bloomsburg University

Monday is the first day of classes for students attending Bloomsburg University. For the past week students have been moving into apartments in town... with the University's Bonnie Martin telling us that enrollment is expected to peak at just north of 10,000. Final figures won't be available from the University until the middle of next month

 

Danville Schools

The construction zone at Routes 11 and 54 in Danville will be a very busy place Monday morning. Not only are crews involved in a flood control project... bunching up traffic at the intersection... but the newly re-constructed Danville Middle School is open for the first time in two years. Also spending the morning there will be four Danville police officers ready to write tickets... so says Chief Eric Gill. Chief Gill urging parents to have their kids take buses to school to avoid turning left on Route 11 while southbound attempting to turn in from of northbound traffic.

 

State Aviation Grants

The Hazleton Municipal Airport is in line to receive a $50,000 grant to complete design work for obstruction removal. That word from Governor Corbett's office... part of $5.4 – million dollars in state and federal investments that will enhance safety and operations at 15 – airports across the state. The $286,000... the state's portion of the funding from PennDOT comes from a jet fuel tax.

 

Road Work

Work is expected to begin Monday on a nearly $400,000 resurfacing project through the Borough of Benton on State Route 487. Prime contractor... Pennsy Supply... with do ADA – complaint curb ramp upgrades... pavement base repair... bridge deck work... topping off the project with milling and paving 487 from L & K Mills... north through Mendenhall Lane. The project is expected to be wrapped by mid – October.

 

2013 Funfest

Funfest in Hazleton is scheduled for September 7th and 8th... and for this year's event... there are some new sponsors... as well as some first time vendors. For the past few year's the event has been losing money... so vendors are now a flat fee, instead of a percentage of their take... and sponsors... such as Mohegan Sun have stepped up to the plate. Funfest and it's parade is produced by the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce.

 

Wilkes – Barre Shooting

There are still no suspects in custody after two kids were shot over the weekend at a Wilkes – Barre housing project. The two and five year old children were apparently caught in the cross fire at the Sherman Hill Apartment complex. Police say the two kids are in critical condition.

 

Mahanoy City

A state police fire marshal has not determined the cause of a blaze which destroyed the Washington Hook and Ladder Company in Mahanoy City Saturday morning. It happened only hours before the borough's Sesquicentennial... and annual firemen convention took place. Lost is a ladder truck they purchased a couple of years ago... as well as turnout gear used by the volunteer firemen.

 

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Henry Hynoski

Former Southern Columbia star Henry Hynoski is now off the "physically unable to perform list." That means he is eligible to play in the New York Giants regular season opener September 8th at Dallas. Hynoski, the Giants starting fullback, injured his knee on May 22nd and had surgery. He is in his third season in the NFL.

 

PHL Phillies

In his first appearance since May 5th... Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay went 6 innings Sunday in a 9-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Monday night the Phil's open a four game series against the Mets in New York. Coverage on the WHLM Stations stations begins with the pre - game show at 6:35.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the San Francisco Giants 4-0. The Pirates remain tied for first in the National League Central with Saint Louis. The New York Mets lost to the Detroit Tigers 11-3 and the New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 in 11 innings.

 

Little League World Series

In the championship game of the Little League World Series in South Williamsport... Japan downed California 6 to 4...

 

Tennis

In tennis, the US Open begins Monday morning in Flushing, New York.

Sunday / August 25, 2013


Columbia – Montour Tourism

With the Covered Bridge and Arts Festival on the horizon... the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau is out with the economic impact left in wake in 2012. The agency's Otto Kurecian said direct spending totaled $8.5 - million... with the overall impact checking in at $14.2 – million. The agency is now gearing up for the 2013 edition of the festival to be held over four days, the first weekend in October, at the twin covered bridges in Forks... as well as at the Knoebels Amusement Resort near Elysburg.

 

Bloomsburg University

Monday is the first day of classes for students attending Bloomsburg University. For the past week students have been moving into apartments in town... with the University's Bonnie Martin telling us that enrollment is expected to peak at just north of 10,000. Final figures won't be available from the University until the middle of next month

 

Danville Schools

The construction zone at Routes 11 and 54 will be a very busy place Monday morning. Not only are crews involved in a flood control project... bunching up traffic at the intersection... but the newly re-constructed Danville Middle School is open... the first time in two years. Also spending the morning there will be four Danville police officers... all with unused citations... ready to write tickets... so says Chief Eric Gill. Chief Gill urging parents to have their kids take buses to school to avoid turning left on Route 11 while southbound into northbound traffic.

 

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PHL Phillies

In his first appearance since May 5th... Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay went 6 innings Sunday in a 9 to 5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Monday night the Phil's open a four game series against the Mets in New York. Coverage on the WHLM Stations stations begins with the pre - game show at 6:35.

 

What's Happening Sunday August 25, 2013


The Centre County Grange and Encampment Fair in Centre Hall is happening through next Thursday.  It’s a family tradition with food, concerts, competitions, rides and games.

 

You’re invited to Mother Cabrini’s Festival happening today from Noon to 6:00 PM.  It’s at the RCA Picnic Grounds located off Route 61 near Shamokin.

 

Camp Victory in Millville invites you along on Dr. O’s Victory Ride today.  The ride starts with breakfast then departs from camp at 10:0 AM.  It’ll return to the camp for a chicken barbeque dinner.

 

The Catawissa Fire Hall will host a benefit raffle today from 1:00 to 3:00 PM for a local family.  Enjoy shopping and baked goods with direct sale companies along with the raffles.

What's Happening Saturday August 24, 2013


The Centre County Grange and Encampment Fair in Centre Hall is happening through next Thursday.  It’s a family tradition with food, concerts, competitions, rides and games.

 

You’re invited to Mother Cabrini’s Festival happening today from 3:00 to 10:00 PM, and Sunday from Noon to 6:00 PM.  It’s at the RCA Picnic Grounds located off Route 61 near Shamokin.

 

The annual Washingtonville Fire Company Festival starts today at 3:00 PM.  There will be live music both days and today at 5:00 PM it’s their Pet and Toy Parade.

 

Plymouth Alive presents the 10th Anniversary Kielbasa Festival today happening on Main Street in Plymouth.  There’s entertainment, a parade, and kielbasa competition.

 

The Columbia – Montour Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International meets today at 10:00 AM at Spirit Life Church in Bloomsburg.

 

The Columbia Montour Aging Office is hosting the annual Pig Pickin’ Corn Roastin’ Good Time at the Catawissa Boat Club today from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for kids 6 to 12 and kids under 6 get in free.

 

The Saturday trains programs at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville and the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn will be open as usual today.

 

The Reliance Fire Company in Berwick invites you to an open house today from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Stop by the station to meet firefighters, check out the trucks and equipment, and get fire prevention and safety tips.

 

The Gate House of Montour and Columbia Counties is hosting the 4th annual golf tournament at the Links Golf Course in Buckhorn today.  It’s a 4-person scramble with shotgun start at 9:00 AM.  Contact the Gate House for more information.

 

Katy’s Church is holding their annual festival today from 3:00 PM to dusk.  They’ll have home cooked food, desserts and tricky trays.  Visit the 1869 historical church located in Madison Township.

 

The Twin Covered Bridges Fine Arts Festival is happening today from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Twin Covered Bridge Park in Orangeville.

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church is hosting an ice cream social today from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.  They’re selling homemade ice cream, pies, cakes, soups and sandwiches.

 

Camp Victory in Millville invites you along on Dr. O’s Victory Ride tomorrow.  The ride starts with breakfast then departs from camp at 10:0 AM.  It’ll return to the camp for a chicken barbeque dinner.

 

The Catawissa Fire Hall will host a benefit raffle tomorrow from 1:00 to 3:00 PM for a local family.  Enjoy shopping and baked goods with direct sale companies along with the raffles.

Friday / August 23, 2013


Police Investigate Accident

Bloomsburg Police are investigating a two car accident which took place Friday night at the corner of Lightstreet and Country Club Road. Reports from the scene indicate a Porsche and a Volkswagen collided at the intersection. The driver of the Porsche was entraped inside his car. The accident shut down Lightstreet Road for at least an hour.

A condition report of the drivers is pending.

 

Bridge Weight Limits

Since lawmakers could not agree on a transportation funding package this summer, now PennDOT will be posting new weight limits over the new few months on about one thousand bridges across the state.  530 state owned bridges and about 470 locally owned bridges are getting new or added weight restrictions to ensure safety and increase their life span. PennDOT will start posting the bridges on August 29th. Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch says trucks... and in some cases delivery trucks, ambulances and school buses will be affected.

 

Hydrant Flushing

United Water Company says it should wrap – up it's fire hydrant flushing operation Friday. During the past week... the Utility's Bob Manbeck says hydrants have been open and let run in Bloomsburg... as well as Montour and Scott Townships. The operation is designed to get sediment out of the lines. United Water's Manbeck say if you find discoloration of the water... simply open the cold water tap and let it run a couple of minutes.

 

Immigrants Benefits

House Representative Doyle Heffley of near – by Carbon County will introduce legislation aimed at insuring illegal immigrants will not receive taxpayer funded state benefits. Rep. Heffley says the legislation is aimed at protecting and preserving public benefits for those in the country legally. The state house reconvenes next month... so right now there is no indication how much traction the Heffley proposal will gain.

 

Prevailing Wage

The prevailing wage issue got the first in a series of hearings before the state house Labor and Industry Committee Thursday. The law requires a prevailing minimum wage be paid for most public construction projects and some feel the way the wages are set and the threshold for projects that should be exempt need to be reformed. There's also a bill to exempt road repair projects. Supporters of the law say it protects skilled workers and helps local economies. Another hearing is planned for Monroe County next week.

 

Hunlock Creek Fire

Fire investigators are trying to figure out how an illegal dumping site near Hunlock Creek... in Luzerne County... caught fire Thursday. One fire chief says the illegal dumping... next to a vacant home along Route 11... has been there for some time.

 

Luzerne Controller

Six Republicans were interviewed last night that could lead to a four – month term for the Luzerne County controller position. Earlier this month.... Walter Griffith resigned after he was charged with illegally recording conversations without the other persons consent. County counsel says they'll have a decision next week.

 

Trial

A Luzerne County judge has ruled that there is enough evidence to send Joshua Ovallesto to court to send him to trial on murder charges. Ovallesto is accused of shooting and killing 24 – year old Vaughn Kemp of Wilkes – Barre following a fight along South Grant Street last month.

 

 

Thursday / August 22, 2013


Central Schools Open

The Central Columbia School District is welcoming students and teachers back to the classroom Thursday... after a summer break. But the best made plans for the school year may change if the School Board has it's way... so says Superintendent Harry Mathias. The district will undertake the renovation of the Junior / Senior High School. The building in the 4700 block of Old Berwick Road was first opened 50 – years ago... and is in dire need of renovation.

 

White Deer School

Some vandalism won't keep schools from opening in Union County Thursday. Earlier this week... a couple of classrooms and a teachers lounge at White Deer Elementary were vandalized. Not a problem for a maintenance crews who cleaned up the mess. State Police at Milton are investigating the break-in and vandalism... but thus far... no one has been arrested.

 

Danville Middle School

An eye opening experience for Danville Police Chief Eric Gill Wednesday. He spent some time at the intersection of Routes 11 and 54... now under construction due to a flood project... thinking about what Monday will bring when Danville schools open. Chief Gill saying the area was a bit crazy... with drivers making up rules of the road as they went along. The big problem Chief Gill sees... is parents south on Route 11 and want to turn left into the middle school to drop off their kids. He suggests using school busing to get the kids to the middle school until the flood control project is wrapped up later this year.

 

Office of Aging

It's one of the biggest events held yearly... and it involves the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging. The agency is holding its sixth annual Pig Roast Saturday at the Catawissa Boat Club... on the west side of the Catawissa Bridge. Director Kathy Lynn says the event raises a lot of money for some programs not normally covered in their budget. Ms. Lynn says the event gets underway at midday Saturday at the Boat Club. Tickets are available at the door.

 

Hazleton Bank / Woman

Hazleton police spent part of Wednesday looking for a woman in the city's Heights section... that after police were sent to the Landmark Bank on South Poplar Street... responding to a call of an attempted robbery. No one is saying what happened at the bank... or why the woman is being sought.

 

Crime Watch

A group of Hazleton residents met with city officials this week... and they're talking about crime. The big issues include robberies... break – ins... a drug problem and shootings. Meantime... Police Chief Frank DeAndrea will hold a meeting with area law enforcement officers in October dealing with a dog fighting problem which recently surfaced.

 

Francis Slocum

A lack of lifeguards has closed the swimming pool at the Frances Slocum State Park in Luzerne County. Folks stopping by this week found the facility locked... and the pool empty. The reason the park has no lifeguards is the fact many of the folks watching over the pool are headed back to school

 

Match Six

While its a lot less than those multi - state lottery jackpots of several hundred million dollars, a Pennsylvania lotto game is in the middle of a long jackpot run. It started in mid-May and now the Match 6 lotto jackpot has topped 4 million dollars. The drawing is Thursday night. One ticket gives you three sets of numbers- three chances to win the big prize and four chances to win a smaller prize by combining all of the numbers.

 

WHLM Sports

 

HS Football

Four area high school football teams are ranked in the state's preseason top ten by the Pennsylvania Football News. In Class AAA, Berwick is ranked 8th in the state. In class AA, Danville is also ranked 8th. In Class A, Southern Columbia is ranked second in the state and Bloomsburg is ranked 9th. The high school football regular season kicks off next Friday.

 

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball Wednesday night... The Philadelphia Phillies got by the Colorado Rockies 4 to 3. The final game of the series is Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park. Coverage on the whlm stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Wednesday... the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 4-1 in ten innings. The red – hot Pittsburgh Pirates were downed by the San Diego Padres 2 to 1... and the New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Bluejays 4 to 2.

Wednesday / August 21, 2013


School Opens

School is opening Wednesday morning for students in the Bloomsburg and Berwick Area School Districts. In Bloomsburg... teachers wrapped up three days of in – service training on Tuesday... and they're ready to greet an estimated 1600 students. Area police will pay extra attention to school zones... especially in the area around the Memorial School at 5th and Market Streets in Bloomsburg... and the elementary schools in Berwick. Central Columbia teachers and students return to the classroom Thursday.

 

Bloomsburg Fair

Headed to take in the Bloomsburg Fair in a couple of weeks... if you have a backpack... a purse or stroller... they'll be searched by security personnel before entering the fairgrounds. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition that a new policy has been developed for the searches stemming from the Sandy Hook school shootings... and the Boston Marathon explosions. Folks working security will be looking for things like knives... weapons or drugs... and even fireworks. The Fair begins September 21st.

 

Downsizing the State House

State Representative David Millard of Berwick says a move by State House Speaker Sam Smith to reduce the size of the House won't gain any traction. Smith has authored legislation calling for the state house to be reduced by 25%. Speaker Smith has called the 203 member house... too large and too inefficient.

 

Hydrant Flushing

United Water Company workers are busy this week flushing fire hydrants in Bloomsburg... as well as Montour and Scott Townships. The utilities Bob Manbeck says the flushing operation helps to cleanse the build up of mineral deposits. Manbeck adds that if there is a hydrant flushed in your neighborhood... it may be some discolored water. To solve that problem... just run the cold water tap for a few minutes... and the discoloration will go away.

 

Berwick YMCA

The Berwick YMCA has launched a fund raising campaign... and will also... send two people to the NFL Superbowl next February. Board member Maureen Kocher says the money raised through ticket sales the next few months will go to good use like funding the continuation of programs. Ms. Kocher says tickets can be obtained at a number of events around the Berwick area... as well as at the Berwick YMCA at Third and Vine Streets.

 

Dog Fighting

Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea says he's planning on holding a training session in October dealing with dog fighting. During the past few months... police officers have come across either dead or severely injured dogs on the streets. That's lead DeAndrea to conclude dog fighting is running rampant in Hazleton and surrounding suburbs.

 

Lawsuit Filed

A lawsuit has been filed by the company which insures Kings College... in order to get it's money back from a fired employee. Travelers Insurance is suing Erin Savitski...a former human resources director... who allegedly embezzled $57,000 from the college. Savitski was fired two years ago when school officials learned of the scheme to fatten her pay check. No civil charges were ever filed in the case.

 

Obama in Scranton

The White House is laying out plans for President Obama's trip to Scranton on Friday. They say Mr. Obama and Vice – President Joe Biden will visit Lackawanna College in Scranton starting at 5 O'clock. They'll talk about the rising prices for higher education. Tickets to see the Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden are on a first come, first serve basis... and will be distributed Wednesday starting at 4 O'clock at the Angeli Hall Main Building in the 500 block of Vine Street in Scranton.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team is ranked 18th in the nation in the American Football Coaches Association preseason poll. Two PSAC teams are ranked ahead of the Huskies- Shippensburg is 7th and IUP is 10th.

 

BU Kicker

Bloomsburg University senior Dan Fisher needs just five field goals and 19 total points this season to become the PSAC's career leader in both categories. Ed Rush, the Huskies kicking coach, says Fisher does not see failure in what he does. The Huskies open the season September 7th at home against Stonehill College of Massachusetts.

 

PHL Phillies

In the second game of their home series against Colorado Tuesday night...the Rockies defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 5 to 3. The two teams meet again Wednesday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

In other games Tuesday night...

The Pittsburgh Pirates blasted the San Diego Padres 8 to 1.... the New York Mets downed the Atlanta Braves 5 to 3. In game one of a doubleheader... the New York Yankees took the best of the Toronto Blue Jays 8 to 4... in the second game... the Yankees just got by the Blue Jays 3 to 2.

Tuesday / August 20, 2013


I-80 Accident

The westbound lanes of Interstate 80 are open this morning following a tractor – trailer crash last night near the Mifflinville exit. Police say the wreck happened in the on – going construction zone near the closed on – ramp. Just one big rig was involved... the Michigan driver was not injured despite the fact the cab of the tractor was ripped from the chassis... ending up in the median. It was a six hour operation with the last of the first responders departing the area around 2:15 Tuesday morning.

 

Bloomsburg Schools

The Bloomsburg Area School District opens Wednesday for the 2013 – 2014 session... a day after teachers wrapped their three days of in – service training. An estimated 1,600 kids are enrolled... and keeping them safe is one issue Superintendent Cos Curry has on his plate. Superintendent Curry says he's working with area law enforcement on that plan... updating it when it's needed.

 

Berwick Armory

It's been at the corner of Third and Pine Streets since the early 1920's... and it's up for sale. Now... the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is taking bids on the 14,000 square foot building. At a public meeting in Berwick Monday night... the department's Mark Austin says it's surplus property the National Guard must get rid of. The less than an acre plot... plus the building is assessed at $375,000 and the Armory is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The bids are due in by November 4th.

 

Zahners Bridge

Work is underway to replace a 73 year old bridge... which has spanned Green Creek... a short distance from the intersection with Route 254 and the Rohrsburg Road. The Zahner's Creek Bridge is only 25 feet long... and PennDOT's Rick Mason says the work is being done by a in – house crew. The bridge will be replaced by a concrete box culvert which will allow the creek to flow through it. Construction is expected to be wrapped in September.

 

Berwick Football Pass

If you like Bulldog football... and you're over 65... the Berwick School Board has a deal for you. The board has decided that folks who are retirement age want something to do Friday night... so says school board member Rick Knorr. It's a freebee from the school board. Many were distributed Monday... but there is one more time to get one... and that's Thursday morning at the main entrance to the Berwick Senior High School on Fowler Avenue starting at 9 O'clock. After that.... passes can be obtained at the district offices on Line Street.

 

Banks Township

The Banks Township supervisors... near Hazleton... says thanks, but no thanks... and decided to drop the idea of purchasing the former Capriotti banquet hall to be used as township offices. Meantime.... a lawsuit against the purchase by township residents has been put on hold... remaining on stand – by... if the supervisors try to purchase the building for a second time. Also dropped was a plan to hire a private security firm to watch over township meetings as a result of those Ross Township shootings a few weeks ago.

 

Rush Township

Rush Township near Hazleton has hired a part – time police officer... and promoting a second. Patrolman Adam Sinton was promoted to corporal... while Robert Bechtel was hired as a part – time police officer... with a one – year probation period. The department is now up to three full time officers... while six part – timers are on the payroll.

 

Gas Prices

The price of gas across northeastern Pennsylvania is holding somewhat steady. The latest Triple - A fuel gauge report shows self – serve, unleaded regular in the Scranton, Wilkes – Barre... Hazleton area averaging $3.53 a gallon. That's down a penny from the weekend... but up a penny from a week ago. The big reason... crude oil is selling in the range of $107 a barrel.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Southern Columbia

With all of their starting running backs and four of their starting offensive linemen returning from a team that went 12 and 1 last season, Southern Columbia's football team should once again have a strong running attack. But head coach Jim Roth is confident that sophomore quarterback Nick Becker and junior wide receiver Luke Rarig will help them to be a good passing team as well. Southern Columbia opens the regular season August 30th at home against Pius the 10th.

 

PHL Phillies

In the first of a four game home series against Colorado Monday night... The Phillies defeated the Rockies 5 to 4. Game two is Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

In other Monday games...

The New York Mets defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-1... the Pittsburgh Pirates got by the San Diego Padres 3 to 1.

 

NFL

In NFL preseason action Monday night... the Washington Redskins rolled over the Pittsburgh Steelers 24 – 13.

Monday / August 19, 2013


Bloomsburg University

If you see some additional traffic around town... and SUV's stuffed with furniture... there's a good reason for that. Classes at Bloomsburg University begin next week... and students spent the weekend... and will spend this week moving into their apartments. BU's Bonnie Martin says the school will greet an estimated 1600 freshmen this fall. Starting next Monday... students will hit the textbooks until the first break of the semester comes up around the Thanksgiving day weekend.

 

Berwick Armory Meeting

The PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will hold a meeting Monday night dealing with the possible sale of the Berwick National Guard Armory... which sits at 3rd and Pine Streets. The meeting will also touch on the subject of selling state armories.. and the advantages of acquiring the property under a historic preservation covenant. Monday night's meeting will be held at the Berwick City Hall on North Market Street starting at 6 O'clock.

 

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is beginning to start its 36th season of providing the area with thought – provoking entertainment. Original ensemble member James Goode says the area has been generous with donations, but also provides the inspiration for some of their productions such as “Letters to the Editor” and “Flood Stories.” First up for the 36th season is Williams Shakespeare's “Merchant of Venice” which begins October 3rd at the Alvina Krause Theatre on Centre Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Millville Crash

A visitation will be held Wednesday for an 80 – year old Orangeville man who died in a one – car accident in Millville over the weekend. Authorities say Robert Cameron was driving his car west on State Route 254 when he failed to negotiate a curve and slammed into a utility poll on the opposite side of the road. State Police say Cameron was pronounced dead by Columbia County Deputy Coroner Ron Taylor.

 

Millville Road

A resurfacing project along a two-mile section of Iron Street and Millville Road begins Monday. Prime contractor Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. will be working on highway between Route 11 in the Town of Bloomsburg and Mall Boulevard in Hemlock Township. PennDOT's Rick Mason says the work includes roadway base repairs, milling of the existing top layer of pavement, inlet and manhole adjustments, ADA-compliant curb ramps and new blacktop pavement. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane and controlled by flaggers.

 

Rt 239 Bridge

A new bridge on Route 239, about two miles north of Benton in Sugarloaf Township is back open to traffic. PennDOT's Rick Mason says the new bridge was built on the same alignment as its predecessor, which had been in service since 1934, and was classified as structurally deficient. Some finishing work remains... such as guardrail installation.

 

Hanover Fire

Fire investigators are expected to show up at a Hanover Township home sometime Monday. Flames tore through a vacant, two story structure on Solomon Street.. near Wilkes – Barre.. over the weekend.  Many believe the origin is suspicious. Folks were told to vacate the home last month. But there was still a family living in the rear portion of the building... and it's believe that's where the fire started.

 

Obama Visit

Final plans are being put in place for Friday's visit to Scranton of President Obama. He'll deliver a speech at Lackawanna College. His topic... affordable higher education. Mr. Obama's visit coincides with with a bus tour of Buffalo... Syracuse and Binghamton... in upstate New York.

 

Walter Mitchell

Bear Creek Mayor Walter Mitchell says he doesn't plan to seek the job of Luzerne County controller. He had considered running for the job when Walter Griffith resigned earlier in the month. However, Mitchell says he'll stick with his insurance and financial services business. Griffin, meantime, is facing charges of secretly recording conversations with out the other person's knowledge.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Football 

The Bloomsburg University football team will hold their fifth preseason practice Monday afternoon. The Huskies have the nation's leading rusher from last season in senior Franklyn Quiteh but will be without Eddie Mateo who ran for over 1000 yards in 2012. He is no longer in school and head coach Paul Darragh and his staff are looking for his replacement. The Huskies open the season is September 7th at home against Stonehill College of Massachusetts.

 

PHL Phillies

Two Los Angeles errors in the bottom of the 9th gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 3-2 win over the Dodgers Sunday ... the first win for new manager Ryan Sandburg. Monday night the Phils open a four game home series against Colorado. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begin with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

MLB Other Games

In other games Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 in 16 innings... the New York Mets lost a 4-3 decision to the San Diego Padres... and the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 9 to 6...

 

NFL

In NFL preseason football Sunday night... the Indianapolis Colts rolled over the New York Giants 20 to 12.

 

NASCAR Cup Series

Joey Logano wins the NASCAR Cup Series 400 miler at the Michigan Speedway.

What's Happening Sunday August 18, 2013


Town Hill United Methodist Church invites you to a performance by Raven Creek today during their 9:00 AM worship service.

 

The Boondocker’s 4x4 Club invites you to their annual Mud Bog at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds today.  Registration is from 7:00 – 10:00 AM, and racing starts at 11:00 AM.  Donation for parking is $10.00 with proceeds going to local charities.

 

Cure Found will host a benefit concert today at 1:00 PM at the American Legion Grounds in Mountain Top…it’s a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 

The 5th annual Motorcycle Car Cruise benefit for the Mifflin Township Forest Ranger’s Truck is today.  Registration is from 8:00 to 11:00 AM with breakfast included.  Tickets are $15 each, or $25 per couple.

 

The 5th annual Hellbender 5K and Half Marathon is happening today at the Wesier State Forest Roaring Creek Tract.  Registration is from 7:00 to 8:15 AM, and the race starts at 8:30 AM.

What's Happening Saturday August 17, 2013


The 75th Annual Montour Delong Fair opens up today at Noon.


It’s Hillbilly Fever Days in Beavertown with entertainment at 7:00 and 9:00 PM.

 

The 55th annual Union Township Fire Company Carnival is going on with free parking and admission.  Dinner is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, entertainment is at 7:00 PM, and tonight they’ll do a money and prize raffle drawing at 10:00 PM.

 

St. Joseph’s Church in Berwick will host an Italian Festival this weekend.  Hours are 4:00 to 9:00 PM today and Noon to 5:00 PM Sunday.

 

Jack’s Mountain Blues Festival is happening at the West End fairgrounds in Laurelton today.  A portion of the proceeds benefit camp Spifida.

 

Roaring Creek Valley United Methodist church is hosting a breakfast for a donation today from 7:00 to 9:30 AM.  They’re located on Orchard Drive in Catawissa.

 

It’s a Ride for Leukemia in Berwick today.  Registration is at 11:00 AM, and kickstands up at 1:00 PM…at JJ’s Bar and Grill.  Cost is $15 per rider, $10 per passenger, and includes meal after.

 

AGAPE invites you to take a Kayak ride down the Susquehanna River from Espy to Bloomsburg this morning.  Then in Bloomsburg Town Park from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM today it’s AGAPE Palooza…a fun day with music, food, games, entertainment and fellowship.

 

The Buckhorn Community Volunteer Fire Company is hosting their 6th annual community yard sale and craft show today from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  They’re having a chicken barbeque from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

 

The Free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church and the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn will be open as usual today.

 

The Berwick Area United Way hopes you’ll come out to the Battle of the Bands today between The Elk’s Club and JJ’s.  It’ starts at 2:00 PM and benefits the BerVaughn Pool.

 

St. John’s United Church of Chirst in Wapwallopen is hosting a peach festival today from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church invites you to a performance by Raven Creek tomorrow during their 9:00 AM worship service.

 

The Boondocker’s 4x4 Club invites you to their annual Mud Bog at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds tomorrow.  Registration is from 7:00 – 10:00 AM, and racing starts at 11:00 AM.  Donation for parking is $10.00 with proceeds going to local charities.

 

Cure Found will host a benefit concert tomorrow at 1:00 PM at the American Legion Grounds in Mountain Top…it’s a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 

The 5th annual Motorcycle Car Cruise benefit for the Mifflin Township Forest Ranger’s Truck is tomorrow.  Registration is from 8:00 to 11:00 AM with breakfast included.  Tickets are $15 each, or $25 per couple.

 

The 5th annual Hellbender 5K and Half Marathon is happening tomorrow at the Wesier State Forest Roaring Creek Tract.  Registration is from 7:00 to 8:15 AM, and the race starts at 8:30 AM.

Friday / August 16, 2013


BREAKING NEWS:  The Phillies and Charlie Manuel decide to part ways.  For more tune into the Phillies on The WHLM Stations.

 

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Amber Alert Canceled

An amber alert issued late Thursday night for a missing 10 – year old girl from neighboring Schuylkill County has been canceled. Police say Alexandria Long of Gordon is safe... and was found early this morning.. but they aren't saying where. The child was allegedly abducted by 39 – year old Peter Tarbox late Thursday afternoon. Tarbox was taken into custody... while Alexandria Long is safe at an undisclosed location.

 

Bloomsburg Schools

Teachers in the Bloomsburg Area School District begin three days of in-service training Friday morning... as they get ready for the start of school next week. Superintendent Cos Curry says there is one primary issue teachers can expect and it deals with evaluations. Superintendent Curry says an estimated 16 hundred students and 138 teachers will be in the classroom starting Wednesday.

 

Car in House

A Danville man was uninjured Thursday afternoon when he backed his car out of the Dollar General parking lot in Millville... hitting two cars... and shooting across Route 42 and into a house. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... 83 – year old Carl Dildine, Senior, was not hurt when his car slammed into the rear of the home of John Orlaski. Dildine says he believes his car was stuck in reverse... others feel his mistook the gas pedal for the brakes.

 

Salem Meth Arrests

Three people were taken into custody Thursday in Salem Township... all accused of operating a meth lab in a house in the 17 – hundred block of Route 11. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition that 33 – year old Jeremy Broyan... 26 – year old Karl Baucher of Berwick... and 58 – year old Alan Kmietowicz were busted three months after police began their investigation. It was launched when Broyan's step – father alerted police he discovered meth making material in the trash. Still on the loose... 34 – year old Corry McCabe of Berwick.

 

Sheppton Disaster

A non – profit group known as Schuylkill on the Move... in neighboring Schuylkill County... is remembering the Sheppton Mine Disaster that began 50 – years ago this Sunday. That's the day David Fellin, Henry Thorne and Louis Bova entered the mine which eventually collapsed that day. Fellin and Thorne were rescued two weeks later, but Bova's remains are still entombed. That program begins Sunday at 2 PM... along Schoolhouse road... just off of Route 924 near Sheppton.

 

State House Downsizing

Republican State Representative Sam Smith has introduced legislation aimed at reducing the size of the State House by 25 %. Speaker Smith said he believes the 203 member house is too large and inefficient. Smith says the legislation calls for reducing the size of the state house through a Constitutional Amendment. Many political observers say they believe Representative Smith is going through the motions... since there has been no call for downsizing.

 

Man Struck / Dies

State Police say they have a man in custody... charged with hitting and killing a second man after a confrontation the pair had earlier in the day. Dead is 42 year old Fred Kleman of Plymouth. He was allegedly struck by a car driven by Lorenzo Burgos. The incident happened on Nottingham Street when Kelman asked Burgos to slow down.

 

Fire Department Money

The Mifflin Township Forest Rangers and Fire Company in Mifflinville... and the Montour Township Fire Company in Rupert are recipients in just over 500 – thousand dollars in grants earmarked in guarding against the threat of forest fires. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources acting secretary Ellen Ferretti said fire departments in rural area's of the state qualified to apply for the aid. According to the state... the Forest Rangers received the maximum grant of $7,500... while Montour Township got a check for $275.

 

Berwick Armory Meeting

The PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will hold a meeting Monday night dealing with the sale of the Berwick National Guard Armory... which sits at 3rd and Pine Streets. The meeting will deal with the disposing of state armories.. and the advantages of acquiring the property under a historic preservation covenant. Monday's meeting will be held at the Berwick City Hall on North Market Street starting at 6 O'clock.

 

WHLM Sports

 

HS Football

Just two weeks away from the kickoff to the 2013 regular season.... all area high school football teams will take part in preseason scrimmages tomorrow. Bloomsburg will play at Columbia Montour Vo Tech... Berwick travels to Central Mountain... Central Columbia takes on Wilkes Barre G.A.R. tomorrow morning at Bloomsburg University's Redman Stadium... Danville will scrimmage both Warrior Run and Canton at Canton... and tomorrow night, Southern Columbia plays Shikellamy in Sunbury.

 

PHL Phillies

The Phillies begin a ten game home stand Friday by taking on the hottest team in baseball- the Los Angeles Dodgers who have won 40 of their last 48 games. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

In games played Thursday

The St. Louis Cardinals downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 6 to 5.... The New York Mets... defeated the San Diego Padres 4 to 1... and the New York Yankees lost to the Los Angeles 8 to 4.

 

NFL Preseason

In preseason NFL action Thursday night... The Philadelphia Eagles getting by the Carolina Panthers 14 to 9.

Thursday / August 15, 2013


Danville Roads

As part of Danville's flood control project... the busy intersection of Routes 11 and 54 is getting an update. But... narrowing all that traffic from three to two lanes is causing a lot of confusion. One person telling WHLM's Mark Williams drivers are making up the rules of the road as they go along. For example... if you northbound on Route 11... and want to go west on Route 54... you have to go an extra block... through a detour... according to the Borough's Dan Knorr. And it's probably not going to get better anytime soon... says one observer.. since Fair week is a month away and will add to the bottleneck. The intersection is expected to be under construction for the remainder of the year.

 

Suspected Berwick Meth Lab

A suspected drug lab was dismantled in Berwick on Wednesday. It was located in the 100 block of Summerhill Avenue. Two people were taken into custody. Thursday's edition of the Press – Enterprise identify the pair as 44 – year old Brian McLellan and 37 – year old Stanley Lunger. Both face a long list of charges. A near by daycare center was evacuated while authorities searched the home.

 

Catawissa Meth Lab

A Catawissa man is behind bars at the Columbia County Prison after being busted on a host of drug charges. The Press – Enterprise reporting in Thursday's edition... police searching the home of 34 – year old Todd McCarthy on Wednesday... after going through bags of his garbage that were placed at street side. McCarthy now being held in lieu of $75,000 bail.

 

Montour / DeLong Fair

The Montour - DeLong Fair... the 75th annual edition... continues to chug along just west of Washingtonville through Saturday night. But, since it's inception... the agricultural event has been run by volunteers... something that association president Bill Miller says is important today... as it was back in the late 30's when the fair began. The fair runs through Saturday night... with the event coming to a close with a huge fireworks display.

 

Airline Merger

A planned airline merger is being challenged in federal court and Pennsylvania is one of six states that has joined the legal action. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane wants the planned merger between American Airlines... and US Airways stopped in it's tracks. The lawsuit comes after a decade of rapid consolidation of the nation’s airline industry.

 

Berwick Teen Hit

A Berwick teenager is recovering from injuries received Wednesday afternoon when she was struck by two cars... while dashing across Front Street... near Orange. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... 15 – year old Natasha Welch apparently ran across Front Street.. when she was hit by a car... tossing her under a second... the wheel just missing her head. Welch was Life Flighted to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville where she is listed in “fair” condition.

 

Teen Pleads

A teen has pleaded guilty to murdering his great-grandfather in December 2009, and faces 14 to 28 years in prison under a plea bargain reached Wednesday in Luzerne County Court. 19 – year old Cody Lee... who was 15 at the time... will return for sentencing October 25th in Luzerne County Court. Police say that Lee carefully plotted the shotgun murder of 80-year-old Herbert Lee.

 

Sentencing

37 – year old Lehighton man has been sentenced to anywhere from 8 to 16 months in prison. Steven Schock pleaded guilty earlier this year for hitting the Jim Thorpe fire chief Bill Diehm while he directing traffic. The accident happened last July while Schock was driving a delivery truck under the influence.

 

Conyngham Street

The Conyngham Borough Council may awards some street paving projects when they meet next week. The issue of paving three streets came to a screeching halt when councilman Gary Gregory told his colleague Richard Sebring that the additional work on the three streets was never okayed by the entire council. The issue is now being researched by solicitor Chris Slusser.

 

Ashley City Hall

The Ashley Borough Council has voted to purchase the J-C Ehrlich Company building... just off Cemetery Street... turning it into a new City Hall. The purchase price is $550,000... $400,000 of which comes from state gaming funds. The current city hall is not handicapped accessible and has limited use.

 

Heinz Layoffs

Pittsburgh – based H-J Heinz company is eliminating 600 jobs across the U-S and in Canada. 350 of the jobs are in the Pittsburgh area. The job cuts come after the company was sold to private investors.  It's offering severance packages and job placement for those workers effected.

 

CVS

Clerks at the CVS Pharmacy chain will now challenge you when purchasing nail polish remover. They'll ask for your driver's license. The new policy is the company's way to fight meth making... since the acetone in nail polish remover is an important ingredient in making the drug.

 

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BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team begins preseason drills Thursday afternoon. For the first time since 1993, the Huskies begin those drills with someone other than Danny Hale as head coach. Interim head coach Paul Darragh is one of three new head coaches in the PSAC East including Kutztown's Drew Fulmer and Millersville's Brett Breitbach. Breitbach might have the biggest challenge considering the fact that Millersville has had 11 straight losing seasons. Breitbach comes from North Dakota where he had been the offensive coordinator.

 

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball last night... the Philadelphia Phillies were defeated by the Atlanta Braves 6 to 3. The Phillies have Thursday off. They start a home series against the Los Angeles Dodger Friday night.

 

In other games Thursday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Saint Louis Cardinals 5 to 1... the Los Angeles Dodgers got the best of the New York Mets 5 to 4... and the New York Yankees hammered the Los Angeles Angels 11 to 3.

 

Little League

An estimated 40,000 people lined the streets of downtown Williamsport Wednesday night for the Little League baseball parade. The Little League World Series begins Thursday.

Wednesday / August 14, 2013


Bloomsburg School Start

Next week at this time... the estimated 1600 students in the Bloomsburg Area School District will be heading back to the classroom. The 2013 – 2014 school year will be challenging... as well as for the 138 – teachers in the district... and they'll hit the classroom this week... for in service training so says superintendent Cos Curry. The veteran teaching staff will be joined by newly – minted educators who will begin their first year in the classroom.

 

Bloomsburg / CDBG – DR

Big changes to Bloomsburg may be on the horizon if the Town gets the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery money it seeks. During a council meeting this week... the town... with the help of SEDA – COG will apply for $4.4 - million dollars in special funds created by the federal government's Housing and Urban Development Department. SEDA – COG's Bill Seigel says one of the more important projects on the list is relocated Snyder's Run which goes under Autoneum. That project, alone, comes in with a price tag of $552,000. Also on the town's wish list is acquiring and demolishing structures in six properties at $1 – million dollars.. as well as the reconstruction of the terminal building at the airport for $667,000. The application must be submitted by the end of the month.

 

Kuharchik / Temporary PFA

A WBRE – TV television personality has had a temporary protection of abuse ordered leveled against him by his ex – wife. Channel 28 meteorologist and “PA Live” host Dave Kuharchik is accused of sending threatening text messages and calling Kathleen Ankenbrand of West Pittston... wishing her ill – will in her battle with multiple sclerosis. The temporary PFA forbids Kuharchik from having contact with his ex... or any of his three kids. A hearing is now set for August 30th.

 

Sheppton Disaster

Remembering three men trapped underground in a Sheppton Mine in neighboring Schuylkill County. On Sunday... there will be a walk to the site of the Sheppton Mine Disaster... 50 – years to the day David Fellin... Henry Thorn... and Louis Bova were trapped underground. Fellin and Thorn were rescued in late August of 1963, but Bova didn't survive the cave in... and his body never recovered.

 

Katy Perry Truck

A man from Virginia was charged with driving under the influence after he crashed into the the tractor – trailer promoting entertainer Katy Perry's new album. Police say 46 – year old Donald Voight slammed into the big 18 – wheeler... with his tractor – trailer... and eventually returned to the scene... not wearing pants. Voight admitted he was drinking. The incident happening in the Wilkes – Barre Wal – Mart parking lot at the start of the weekend.

 

Business Closes

High rent... and a tumble in customer count has lead a long – time pizza shop to close it's doors in the Laural Mall in Hazleton. Dino's closed up shop the beginning of the month. The owner saying the one – two punch wasn't paying the bills. But, Dino's will be opening up at another location soon.

 

Northumberland County

If you're headed to Sunbury... you may be faced with additional security at the Northumberland County Courthouse. The County Commission voting to install a metal detector and place unarmed security guards at the building's entrance. The move follows the shootings in Ross Township... in Monroe County... last week. Commissioners say one metal detector will come out of storage. The changes are expected to be implemented quickly.

 

CVS / Nail Polish

Clerks at the CVS Pharmacy chain will now challenge you when purchasing nail polish remover. They'll ask for your driver's license. The new policy is the company's way to fight meth making... since the acetone in nail polish remover is an important ingredient in making the drug.

 

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Berwick Bulldogs

Last season the Berwick High School football team won ten games, a Wyoming Valley Conference championship, and finished as a District 2 runner up. They accomplished that success even though Head coach George Curry had a limited off - season after taking over for Gary Campbell. Senior quarterback C.J. Curry, the head coach's grandson, says there's a world of difference between last season... and this season. Berwick plays their first preseason scrimmage Saturday morning at Central Mountain.

 

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball Tuesday night... the Atlanta Braves downed the Philadelphia Phillies 3 to 1.  Both teams slug it out again Wednesday night at Turner Field in Atlanta. The match up begins at 7:10... but you can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:35 on the WHLM Stations.

 

Other MLB action...

The Pittsburgh Pirates opened a big series against the second place Cardinals in Saint Louis Tuesday night. The Cardinals defeating the Pirates 4 to 3. In other games, it was the Los Angeles Dodgers downing the New York Mets 4 to 3... and the New York Yankees overwhelmed the Los Angeles Angels 14 to 7.

Tuesday / August 13, 2013


Bloomsburg Town Council

The Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night gave Lewisburg – based SEDA – COG the go ahead to submit 14 proposed flood projects to the state for the nearly $30 – million dollars available for disaster recovery. The local projects total $4.4 – million dollars. Town administrator Bill Lowthert he believes the most challenging project on the list is the reconstruction of Ft. McClure Boulevard due to archeological artifacts that may be found... as well as due to the permitting process. Also on the list.. improvement in the drainage for the Snyder's Run / Port Noble area... the replacement of sidewalks in the 900 block of West Main Street.. as well as installing a generator at Town Hall.

 

State Supreme Court
Recent turmoil on the state supreme court has caused some delays and other unusual situations in important cases. Prior to the recent swearing in of newest Justice Correalle Stevens, the PA Supreme Court only had 6 justices, which meant the possibility of a tie. It's an issue for a case regarding Act 13 - which allows the state to supersede local zoning rules that aim to limit drilling. A lower court struck down that provision in favor of municipalities. Last year, six justices heard arguments in the case. Normally, that would mean Stevens wouldn't get a vote, but the state wants the case to be re-argued so that he can.

 

Montour – DeLong Fair

It's been around for the past 75 years... and the future is brighter than ever for the Montour – DeLong Fair near Washingtonville. The 2013 edition opened Monday night... and fair president Bill Miller says improvements have been made leading up to this years event... and more are planned. This year's Montour – DeLong Fair features live entertainment every night... as well as a tractor pull tonight. The fair runs through the week and opens everyday at 4:30... and at noon time on Saturday.

 

Obama Tour

It appears President Obama may visit Scranton next week. Officials in Washington say the president plans a swing starting Thursday in Buffalo.... then going to Syracuse and Binghamton. His tour ends in Scranton. The trip is all part of a series of speeches delivered around the country on his ideas for building the middle class and boosting the economy.

 

Powerball Winner

One Powerball ticket worth $2 - million from the August 10th drawing was sold at Wegmans Supermarket on Highland Boulevard in Wilkes – Barre. The winning ticket correctly matched all five white balls drawn... but not the red Powerball. Lottery officials say no one has come forward yet to claim the prize.

 

AVP Money

Some construction will be undertaken soon at the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton Airport at Avoca. U-S Senator Bob Casey announcing the airport is in line to receive a $480,000 grant. The money to be used for the reconstruction of the terminal's apron... in order to maintain it's structural integrity.

 

Rest Area

Work is continuing this week on the reconstruction of the Interstate 80 rest area in the westbound lane near Mifflinville. This week... the contractor performing the work has set up a daily quarter – mile lane closure in the west bound passing lane for a stone hauling operation. Also the truck parking area is closed. Work is expected to be wrapped up by the end of October.

 

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BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team is picked to finish second in the PSAC this season in the coaches poll released at Monday's preseason media day at Kutztown University. Defending divisional champion Shippensburg is the only team picked ahead of the Huskies. Defending conference champion IUP is picked to win the West.

 

PSAC

The PSAC has expanded with the addition of Seton Hill to the Western Division. Lock Haven has moved to the east, and Bald Eagles head coach John Allen likes the move. With 16 teams, the PSAC is now the largest football conference in the nation in all divisions.

 

PHL Phillies

In the first of a three game set in Atlanta Monday night... the Philadelphia Phillies hammered the Atlanta Braves 5 to 1. Game two is Tuesday night at Turner Field. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.

 

In other MLB games from last night... the Los Angeles Dodgers downed the the New York Mets 4 to 2... and the New York Yankees just got by the Los Angeles Angels 2 to 1.

 

PHL 76er's

In NBA news, former San Antonio Spurs assistant Brett Brown has been named the new head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Monday / August 12, 2013


BU / McFarland

Celebrating the football coaching career of Bloomsburg University's Danny Hale. That's what will take place on Saturday, September 7th at a retirement dinner for the former Husky coach at the Caldwell Consistory. Money from the $50 ticket affair will go to a good cause... so says BU Athletic Director Mike McFarland. The dinner follows BU's season opening football game against Stone Hill College of Massachusetts.

 

Mountain Top Fire

A Mountain Top woman and her grandson are dead after a fire swept through their Wright Township house at the start of the weekend. Authorities say 70 – year old Mary Ann Navin and grandson, 2 – year old Jack Navin were trapped in the home. Arriving first responders found flames shooting from the Walden Drive structure. Now... a state fire marshal will try and determine what started the weekend fire.

 

State Police

There are some new troopers among the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police. 79 cadets graduated from the state police academy in Hershey recently... and will be assigned across the state. Trooper David Peters of Troop N in Hazleton... says every time you get some fresh folks into the organization it's a big help. Of those nearly 80 graduating cadets.... four will be assigned to Troop N... Hazleton... while five will be assigned to Troop P... Wyoming.

 

Hurricane Preps

We're headed into the height of the Atlantic Hurricane season... and state officials ask if you're prepared for any eventually. Cory Angell from the PA Emergency Management Agency... says Lee, Irene and Sandy... are reminders that Pennsylvanian's must be prepared for tropical weather. But first... you should have enough food and water for at least three days...

 

Montour – DeLong Fair

It's the start of the fair season. The 75th edition of the Montour – DeLong Fair gets underway Monday in Washingtonville. The event featuring agriculture competition and exhibits... as well as entertainment. The Montour – DeLong Fair runs through Saturday.

 

Conyngham Crash

A Pittsburgh area couple were taken to the hospital after the driver lost control of their car and it collided with Gould's ShurSave supermarket on Route 93 in Conyngham late Sunday afternoon. Investigators say the car hit a pole attached to the building... slamming into the building. The store was not damaged. Investigators are still trying to figure out why the driver lost control.

 

Man Hit

A Nanticoke man is recovering in the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after he was struck by a car at the beginning of the weekend on the Sans Souci Parkway in Hanover Township. Police say 24 – year old Dominic Serra is listed in critical condition. He was struck by a car driven by Nicholas Kosek of Shickshinny. No charges have been filed.

 

Office Hours

Have a problem with state government... or need a question answered... State Representative Karen Boback will have office hours Tuesday... starting at 10 O'clock at the Dorrance Township Municipal Building on Blue Ridge Trail in Mountaintop. Later in the day... starting at 1 O'clock... Ms. Boback or a representative will be at the Wright Township Municipal Building on South Mountain Boulevard.

 

Scranton Funeral

Funeral services will be held Wednesday for former Pennsylvania Governor William Scranton. He died last month at the age of 96 on the family's California estate. Wednesday's services will be held starting at 10:30 at the Covenant Presbyterian Church on Madison Avenue in Scranton.

 

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HS Football

It is the first day for official high school football practices in the area. This Saturday will be the first preseason scrimmage for all area teams. The regular season kicks off August 30th.

 

PHL Phils

The Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Washington Nationals 6-0 on Sunday. It was their 11th straight road loss. Monday night... the Phil's open a three game series against the Braves in Atlanta. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.

 

In other games Sunday...

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Colorado Rockies 3-2... the New York Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5... and the New York Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Brett Gardner's walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th.

 

PGA

In golf, Jason Duffner won the PGA, finishing two strokes ahead of Jim Furek. It was Duffner's first major championship.

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup

Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup event on the road course in Watkins Glen International in upstate New York.

 

 

Sunday / August 11, 2013


BU / McFarland

Celebrating the football coaching career of Bloomsburg University's Danny Hale. That's what will take place on Saturday, September 7th at a retirement dinner for the former Husky coach at the Caldwell Consistory. Money from the $50 ticket affair will go to a good cause... so says BU Athletic Director Mike McFarland. The dinner follows BU's season opening football game against Stone Hill College of Massachusetts.

 

Luzerne Fire

A Mountain Top woman and her grandson are dead after a fire swept through their Wright Township house at the start of the weekend. Authorities say 70 – year old Mary Ann Navin and grandson, 2 – year old Jack Navin were trapped in the home. Arriving first responders found flames shooting from the Walden Drive structure. Now... a state fire marshal will try and determine what started the weekend fire.

 

State Police

There are some new troopers among the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police. 79 cadets graduated from the state police academy in Hershey recently... and will be assigned across the state. Trooper David Peters of Troop N in Hazleton... says every time you get some fresh folks into the organization it's a big help. Of those nearly 80 graduating cadets.... four will be assigned to Troop N... Hazleton... while five will be assigned to Troop P... Wyoming.

 

Hurricane Preps

We're headed into the height of the Atlantic Hurricane season... and state officials ask if you're prepared for any eventually. Cory Angell from the PA Emergency Management Agency... says Lee, Irene and Sandy... are reminders that Pennsylvanian's must be prepared for tropical weather. But first... you should have enough food and water for at least three days...

 

 

What's Happening Sunday August 11th, 2013


The Bloomsburg Nationals, Powered By Carlisle Events, are in town this weekend at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.  There are family activities and of course cars, trucks, bikes and machines of all types.

 

The Loose Ties Model Railroad Society has their display of trains open this weekend at the of the Columbia Mall.

 

Moyer’s Grove Campground is hosing their annual fantastic Make A Wish weekend with games, food, basket raffles, entertainment, tricky trays and more.  The campground is located in Hobbie outside of Berwick.

 

Eagles Mere presents their 43rd annual Arts and Crafts Festival this weekend from 9:00 to 5:00 PM today.  There are over 90 vendors, live music, and great food.  Admission is $5.00.

 

The 2nd annual softball tournament and homerun derby continues today in BerVaughn Park in Berwick.  There will be a homerun derby.  There’s also food, beverages, Chinese auction, and 50/50.  Proceeds benefit Cystic Fibrosis.

 

The Benton British Car Club is meeting this today at 3:00 PM at Strevigs Family Restaurant…located on Route 487 in Benton.

What's Happening Saturday August 10th, 2013


The Bloomsburg Nationals, Powered By Carlisle Events, are in town this weekend at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.  There’s a wing eating competition, beauty contests and more with family activities, and of course cars, trucks, bikes and machines of all types.

 

The Catawissa Carnival is happening this weekend, carnival grounds open at 4:30 PM.  Entertainment starts at 7:00 PM tonight.

 

The Defender Fire Company of Berwick is hosting a block party with food, kiddie rides, and nightly entertainment.  Tonight it’s Joe Lapchack…starting at 7:00 PM.  The fire company is on Monroe Street in Berwick.

 

The Clinton County Fair is happening for one last day.  Gate admission is $4.00.  It’s happening in Mackeyville Exit 170 off I-80.

 

The Mill Green United Methodist Church in Millville is hosting a Community Block Party today from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.  They’ll have free food, free games for kids, and three mini concerts.  The church is on State Street in Millville.

 

The free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville will be open as usual today.  The Wheelchair Engineers Train program at the Columbia Mall is open today from Noon to 4:00 PM, and the Loose Ties Model Railroad Society has their display of trains open this weekend at the same end of the Columbia Mall.

 

A benefit bingo to support the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K is happening today at Washies Fire Company in Danville.  Doors open at 1:00 PM, and games start at 3:00 PM.

 

St. John Lutheran Church is hosting a chicken bar-be-que this afternoon starting at 2:00 PM.  Entertainment is provided by the Greenwood Valley Boys.  The church is on Gordner Church Road in Unityville.

 

Moyer’s Grove Campground is hosing their annual fantastic Make A Wish weekend with games, food, basket raffles, entertainment, tricky trays and more.  The campground is located in Hobbie outside of Berwick.

 

Eagles Mere presents their 43rd annual Arts and Crafts Festival this weekend from 9:00 to 5:00 PM both today and tomorrow.  There are over 90 vendors, live music, and great food.  Admission is $5.00.

 

The 2nd annual softball tournament and homerun derby is planned in BerVaughn Park in Berwick today and tomorrow starting at 8:00 AM.  There will be a homerun derby.  There’s also food, beverages, Chinese auction, and 50/50.  Proceeds benefit Cystic Fibrosis.

 

The Benton British Car Club is meeting this tomorrow at 3:00 PM at Strevigs Family Restaurant…located on Route 487 in Benton.

Friday / August 9, 2013


Stout / Harrison Hearing

We should know by Monday how a special master rules in the case of suspended Millville Police Chief Ted Stout and his girlfriend... Tori Harrison... who is also a borough police officer. Both facing each other in court in Bloomsburg Thursday during a hearing on protection from abuse orders filed against each other. Stout and Harrison testifying that they would have knock down, drag out fights at Stout's Millville home with Harrison alleging Stout punched her... tossed her to the ground... subjecting Harrison to emotional abuse. Stout and Harrison are off the job until the issue is resolved.

 

Municipal Building Safety

Investigators in Ross Township in Monroe County are still trying to assess the events of Monday night when a man walked into the municipal building and opened fire on Supervisors... killing three people. Now... at least one local township secretary is made aware of what could happen. Eric Stahley of Scott Township says when something happens... such as in Ross Township... it's always in the back of your mind. Scott Township supervisors meet Tuesday night... and as always... Stahley says there will be police presence.

 

Bloomsburg Nationals

Friday is the opening day of the second annual Bloomsburg National's Powered by Carlisle Events at the fairgrounds. Anywhere between 800 and a thousand classic cars will be on display during the three day event. But... if you really want to get a street side look... there will be a gridlock... Friday afternoon... on Main Street... so says Mike Garland of Carlisle Events. The gridlock starts around 2 O'clock. Detours around Main Street will be clearly marked.

 

Veterans Affairs

It's a little known branch of Columbia County government... but it's gaining notoriety. The office of Veterans Affairs is taking on a bigger caseload. That word from James Merk... who was recently elevated to full – time status... with a part – time assisting him. Merk says they're current working on a case load of 800 servicemen and their dependents. Merk says his clients include veterans from World War Two... the Korean and Vietnam war... as well as those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Point Twp. Fatal

A Tharptown man is dead... after suffering a heart attack at the wheel of his pick – up truck at the intersection of Routes 147 and 405 in Point Township... Northumberland County. Authorities say 45 – year old Harley Gonsar was pronounced dead at the scene. Northumberland County Corner James Kelley said Gonsar died of sudden cardiac arrest. His truck striking a mail box... and going across a lawn... before ending up in a field.

 

Stolen Markers

A Freeland cemetery has become the target of vandals. Authorities say nearly 500 brass grave markers which at one time held American flags have been stolen from St. Ann's cemetery. It happened overnight Wednesday. Now... state police at Hazleton are investigating.

 

Man Charged

A 46 – year old Hazleton man is in trouble with the law. Police say Joseph Lombardo is accused of allegedly exposing himself to a young child in Pocono Summit late last month. Lombardo is charged with indecent exposure and open lewdness against a 10-year-old victim.

 

Traffic Charges

In Schuylkill County... charges have filed stemming from a crash which killed two young girls on Palm Sunday. The 17 – year old driver of the car that hit another vehicle pulling from a church parking lot faces speeding and reckless driving charges. Meantime... Victoria Place of Minersville... who lost her two daughters facing charges of pulling into the path of the other vehicle.

 

Hurricane Season

The federal government's latest look at the Atlantic Hurricane season concludes it could still be very active. We could see as many as 19 named storms... 9 hurricanes and potentially up to five major hurricanes.

 

WHLM Sports

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies routed the Cubs 12-1 yesterday afternoon to take the series two games to one. Friday night the Phils open a weekend series against the Nationals in Washington. The first pitch is at 7:05. Coverage on the whlm stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other Games

In other games Thursday... the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Florida Marlins 5-4 in 10 innings... and the New York Mets topped the Colorado Rockies 2-1.

 

PGA

The PGA Golf tournament opened yesterday at Oak Hill in Rochester... in upstate New York. Tied for the first round lead are Jim Furek and Adam Scott. Tigers Woods, seeking his first major title in over five years, is 6 strokes behind the leaders.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

In preseason NFL action Friday night... the Philadelphia Eagles play their first game at home against the New England Patriots.

Thursday / August 8, 2013


Municipal Building Safety

Investigators in Ross Township in Monroe County are still trying to assess the events of Monday night when a man walked into the municipal building and opened fire on Supervisors... killing three people. Now... at least one local township secretary is made aware of what could happen. Eric Stahley of Scott Township says when something happens... such as in Ross Township... it's always in the back of your mind. Scott Township supervisors meet Tuesday night... and as always... Stahley says there will be police presence.

 

Bloomsburg National's

Friday is the opening day of the second annual Bloomsburg National's Powered by Carlisle Events at the fairgrounds. Anywhere between 800 and a thousand classic cars will be on display during the three day event. But... if you really want to get a street side look... there will be a gridlock... Friday afternoon... on Main Street... so says Mike Garland of Carlisle Events.

 

Point Twp. Fatal

A Tharptown man is dead... after suffering a heart attack at the wheel of his pick – up truck at the intersection of Routes 147 and 405 in Point Township... Northumberland County. Authorities say 45 – year old Harley Gonsar was pronounced dead at the scene. Northumberland County Corner James Kelley said Gonsar died of sudden cardiac arrest. His truck striking a mail box... and going across a lawn... before ending up in a field.

 

Stolen Markers

A Freeland cemetery has become the target of vandals. Authorities say nearly 500 brass grave markers which at one time held American flags have been stolen from St. Ann's cemetery. It happened overnight recently. Now... state police at Hazleton are investigating.

 

Animal Cruelty Charges

A Mifflin Township woman has been charged by state police with five counts of animal cruelty. Police say they first investigated 37 – year old Marla Hayes of Zenith Road back in February after a vet was called to take care of one of the horses Hayes boards at her farm. The horse eventually had to be put down and a subsequent examination found the animal died of malnutrition. A further investigation revealed four other horses also showed signs of not being fed. A date has not been set for a preliminary hearing.

 

Senior Expo

An estimated 500 people turned out for Wednesday's Senior Expo at the Espy Fire Hall sponsored by State Representative David Millard. Among the vendors promoting their products was Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold who's trying to get a year round drug take – back program established. DA Leipold says accidental drug overdoses is becoming the second leading cause of death in the USA.... second only to heart disease. DA Leipold says he's trying to get some permanent collection stations at police department's across the county where people can drop off the medications they don't need.

 

BTE

It's been a long journey for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble... as they get ready to head into their 36th season of productions. For one original BTE cast member... James Goode... it all started pretty simply back in the mid 1970's. He and some other folks came to Bloomsburg to study with Alvina Krause and started the acting company. Now... BTE heads into it's 36th season... starting with the production of William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice which debuts October 3rd.

 

Wilkes – Barre Twp. Fire Chief

Wilkes – Barre Township Fire Chief John Yuknavich is in trouble with the law again. The 49 – year old Yuknavich... already facing theft charges... was arrested on a half – dozen theft counts alleging he made off with $48,000 in fire company money for his own use. He initially ran afoul of the law last year on a number of charges... including allegedly writing himself $11,000 in checks from the fire department account... and unauthorized use of a fire department charge card.

 

Luzerne Controller

Walter Griffith is no longer Luzerne County's controller. He tendered his resignation Wednesday... with county officials naming senior auditor Patricia Llewellyn to serve in his place through the end of the year. No reason given for the resignation... but Griffith is facing felony charges of making recordings of conversations with several people... without their knowledge in 2010 and 2011.

 

New Chancellor

Former Florida Lt. Governor Frank Brogan has been selected as the next chancellor of PA's 14 university State System of High Education. The unanimous decision was made Wednesday. Mr. Brogan served under governor Jeb Bush... and has been the chancellor of the State University System of Florida since 2009. Salary for Frank Brogan is set at $327,000 a year.

 

Powerball

No winners in Pennsylvania following last night's multi – state Powerball drawing. A pair of ticket holders in New Jersey... and one in Minnesota will share an estimated $448 – million dollar jackpot.

 

 

Wednesday / August 7. 2013


 

Ross Twp. Shooting
Authorities in Monroe County... in the Pocono's... are still trying to figure out what triggered 59 – year old Rockne Newell to get some weapons... and fire shots into the Ross Township municipal building Monday night. Three people died... several others were injured. Newell, had a long-running dispute with the township over his property, which was recently condemned.

 

Geisinger Expands

Geisinger Health Systems says it plans to purchase the Holy Family Convent on Montour Street... converting the six – story building to general office and conference space... as well as construct additional parking. The purchase price is $4.5 – five million. The Convent is run by the Society of the Sisters of Christian Charity of New Jersey... and has been owned by the sisters since 1898. The 60 residents at the convent will eventually be moved to a new facility in Mendham, New Jersey. Closing is expected early next month.

 

National Night Out

Bloomsburg residents got an opportunity to speak one on one with the area's first responders during National Night Out Tuesday evening. The event taking place at the Bloomsburg Town Pool... with police, fire and EMS personnel. The Pennsylvania State Police had a presence there from Troop N in Hazleton. Trooper David Peters says he got his law enforcement message to those folks at the event. In a previous interview... Ken Auchter of the Bloomsburg Police Department felt National Night Out is a way to break down barriers between police and the public.

 

Zaners Bridge

PennDOT says it expects to close down the Zaners Road Bridge in Greenwood Township. In it's place a brand new bridge... ready for another 50 – years of service. The current 25 – foot span has been in place since 1940 and it's classified as structurally deficient. PennDOT's Rick Mason says most of the work will be preformed by agency crews. Mason says a detour will be in place next weeks as work begins using Rohrsburg Road and Route 487.

 

Luzerne Controller

Luzerne County Controller Walter Griffith is expected to resign Wednesday. Griffith is facing wiretapping charges filed by the state attorney general's office for recording three conversations back in 2010 and 2011 without the other persons consent. The resignation means Griffith will also drop his bid for reelection.

 

Hazleton Police Department

Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea is trying to spiff up the image of his department. HPD taking delivery of five sport utility vehicles at KME Kovatch in Nesquehoning this week. The big change is the new deep blue and gold colors on the latest batch of cruisers. The 2013 Ford Interceptors are being obtained through a lease – purchase agreement.

 

Kiddie Porn Charges

A Dallas area man is in jail... charged with child pornography. 25 – year old Caleb Fox of Dallas Township is facing 17 felony charges. Investigators from the State Attorney General's office finding images on his desktop computer... four laptops and a smart phone. He was arraigned... and is now locked up on $50,000 bail.

 

Wilkes – Barre Robbery

Still no suspect in custody after a Wilkes – Barre convenience store was held up early Tuesday morning. Police say a man with a mask strolled into the Turkey Hill outlet on East Main Street... demanding money. The bandit getting away with cash from the register.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Football

Two senior members of the Bloomsburg University football team have been selected as two of the top 100 Division 2 players in the nation by D2Football.com Those players are center Chris Steck and defensive tackle Chris Kennedy.

 

PHL Phillies

Chase Utley had three hits Tuesday night, including a triple, and two RBIs, and Darin Ruf and Carlos Ruiz homered as the Philadelphia Phillies survived Domonic Brown dropping a potential game-ending fly ball in left field to hold off the Chicago Cubs 9 to 8. It was the first of their three game home series against the Cubbies. Game two is Wednesday night at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Tuesday night... the New York Yankees were defeated by the Chicago White Sox 3 to 2... the Pittsburgh Pirates just got by the Miami Marlins 4 to 3... and the New York Mets downed the Colorado Rockies 3 to 2.

Tuesday / August 6, 2013


Municipal Building Shooting

Three people are dead... shot at a town meeting in Ross Township... in Monroe County in the Poconos. Authorities say 59-year-old Rockne Newell allegedly opened fire at the township's municipal building Monday night. Two people were dead at the scene... a third person died at an Allentown hospital... while a fourth person underwent surgery at a hospital in near – by Stroudsburg. Newell had an on – going dispute with Ross Township officials involving his property... which was recently condemned.

 

Disaster Money

Although it's been nearly two years since Tropic Storm Lee... and it's resulting flood waters made a mess of Bloomsburg... disaster money for business is still available. All you have to do to possibly get some of it... according to the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce President Fred Gaffney... is to apply. The deadline to apply is Thursday... and the requests will be sent on to Columbia County as they apply for the low interest loan money through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.

 

Point Twp. Fire

A state police fire marshal will spend some time this week trying to figure out what started a blaze which destroyed a home on Dogwood Lane... in Point Township... near the drive – in theater. Firemen were called to the 9 year old home at mid – afternoon Monday... and all they could do is watch while the flames swept through the wood – frame structure. The people who lived there were in the swimming pool... discovering flames in their garage and were quickly spread by the winds. No one was injured. The home is a complete loss.

 

Bloomsburg Nationals

Cumberland County – based Carlisle Events is starting to roll into town for this weekend's Bloomsburg Nationals. By the time the event is history... anywhere from 800 to a thousand classic cars will be on the show field. Carlisle Event's Mike Garland says the car's aren't the only highlights.... fair food is the big anchor for the event. Although the advance personnel will be in town by mid – week... the cars will start rolling into the fairground Friday morning...

 

Powerball Jackpot

The Powerball jackpot is now up to 400 million for Wednesday's drawing and could go higher. WHLM's Cathy Clark tells us it's possible the jackpot could be pushed higher with brisk ticket sales--- that happened back in November. Pennsylvania Lottery Director Todd Rucci says sales had already basically doubled for Saturday's $300 - million dollar drawing and they're expecting increased sales to continue. Even though no one hit on Saturday-- one ticket for the multi state game sold in PA was worth one million dollars.
 

Boback Expos

State Representative Karen Boback who represents Benton and Benton Township... plus most of Wyoming and Luzerne County's... is holding a series of Senior Expos over the next couple of weeks. The first one this Thursday at the Banks Student Life Center on the Misericordia University campus in Dallas. A second senior event takes place August 22nd at the Triton Hose Company in Tunkhannock.

 

Man Hit

State police say a 49 – year old man was stuck and killed while sitting on Route 239 near Shickshinny... in Union Township over the weekend. Wayne Burnside was struck by the car early Sunday morning driven by 42 – year old John Kalinas. Burnside was rushed to Geisinger – Wyoming Valley were he died. Authorities say they're still investigating the fatal accident.

 

Wilkes – Barre Shooting

Still no suspect in the shooting of 19 – year old William Uggiano of Wilkes – Barre. He was shot five times late Saturday night on Wayne Street... south of Grant. Uggiano was rushed to Geisinger – Wyoming Valley Medical Center... where he's being treated. No word from police what sparked the shooting.

 

Zaners Bridge

It's going to be built to last 50 – years.... PennDOT telling us that construction on a new Zaners Bridge in Greenwood Township should begin next week. The current 25 foot span has been in place since 1940... and it classified as structurally deficient. The bridge carriers Zaners Bridge Road over a tributary to Green Creek... a short distance east of the intersection with Route 254 and Rohrsburg Road.

 

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BU Wrestling 

Bloomsburg University has a new head wrestling coach. He's Jason Mester, a graduate of Central Michigan University where he was a two time All American. Mester says he's looking forward to the start of the wrestling season. Last season, Mester was an assistant at Central Michigan. In the two seasons prior to that one, he was an assistant at Missouri. He replaces John Stutzman who was named the head coach at the University of Buffalo in May.

 

MLB 

Major League baseball lowered the boom on 13 players implicated in a drug scandal. Twelve of those players accepted 50 game suspensions. The only player who appealed his suspension was Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez who is facing a 211 game suspension starting this Thursday. Rodriguez was in the Yankees lineup last night in Chicago and he got a chilly reception. In the end... Chicago defeated the Yankees 8 to 1.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies open a three game home series against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday night. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

Monday / August 5, 2013


 

Gunman Opens Fire at Municipal Meeting in Poconos

Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting at least two people dead after a gunman opened fire Monday night during a municipal meeting in Ross Township, near Saylorsburg. Three other people were critically hurt. They were transported to hospitals in Stroudsburg and Allentown. Police say the gunman is in police custody. The incident happened around 7:20 Monday evening

 

Man Hit

State police say a 49 – year old man was stuck and killed while sitting on Route 239 near Shickshinny... in Union Township. Wayne Burnside was struck by the car early Sunday morning driven by 42 – year old John Kalinas. Burnside was rushed to Geisinger – Wyoming Valley were he died. Authorities say they're investigating the fatal accident.

 

Zaners Bridge

It's going to be built to last 50 – years.... PennDOT telling us that construction on a new Zaners Bridge in Greenwood Township should begin next week. The current 25 foot span has been in place since 1940... and it classified as structurally deficient.

The bridge carriers Zaners Bridge Road over a tributary to Green Creek... a short distance east of the intersection with Route 254 and Rohrsburg Road.

 

211 / Berwick

It's been on line for about a year... but very few people know about it. Dialing 2-1-1 on your phone... connects you with a resource person who can guide you to a social service agency who can help you in your time of need. Ginny Crake of the Berwick Area United Way says the service is funded through United Way chapters across the state. The 2-1-1 program is designed for folks who don't know where to turn to for issues such as where to get food.... rental or heat assistance.

 

National Night Out

A special night out Tuesday at the Bloomsburg Town Pool. It's National Night Out where first responders display the equipment they use... and police officers, EMS and the fire department talk one on one with the folks they serve. Bloomsburg Police Officer Ken Auchter says he's peppered with questions. National Night Out begins at six O'clock at the Bloomsburg Town Pool... where a free swimming session is available.

 

Senior Expo

State Representative David Millard's annual senior expo will be held this Wednesday at the Espy Fire Hall at Third and Tenny Streets. Representative Millard say up to five hundred people will attend the three hour affair. The Senior Expo also features vendors who are there to show their wares. The event begins at 9 O'clock Wednesday morning and runs through noon.

 

Carbon County Crash

A man and a woman died in a one – vehicle crash early Sunday morning near on Fireline Road in Carbon County... south of Hazleton. State Police at Hazleton say 45 – year old Richard Zabroski and 44 – year old Rebecca Pilla died in the crash. Two other people were injured. Authorities say no one was wearing seat belts when the SUV crashed. Alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

 

Wilkes – Barre Shooting

Wilkes – Barre Police are investigating a weekend shooting on Wayne Street. Police say an unidentified man was shot in the head and body late Saturday night. The victim taken to a hospital for treatment.  Authorities are now looking for a suspect.

 

Kiddie Porn

A man from neighboring Schuylkill County is in jail after he was charged with distributing child pornography. Tyler Kennedy of Orwigsburg was arrested at the start of the weekend by the state attorney general's Child Predator Unit. Kennedy is accused of having and sharing kiddy porn pictures over the internet.

 

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A-Rod Suspended

Alex Rodriguez, the highest-paid player in baseball history and once regarded as an antidote to the game's steroid era, was suspended on Monday for 211 games after being found in violation of Major League Baseball's anti-drug policy. The suspension begins Thursday. Rodriguez is appealing the ban – which extends through the 2014 season – and, as a player who has not been suspended previously, can play during the appeal process. He is expected to be in the New York Yankees lineup Monday night for their game against the Chicago White Sox. Rodriguez becomes the most decorated player to be disciplined over the nearly decade-long program, a list that includes noted sluggers Rafael Palmeiro, Manny Ramirez and, recently, Ryan Braun.

 

PHL Phillies
Aided by early run support, rookie Alex Wood limited the Philadelphia Phillies to one run over six impressive innings, leading the Atlanta Braves to their 10th straight victory. The final... the Braves downing the Phillies 4 to 1. The Phils are idle Monday. They'll start a three game home series against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday evening. In other major league baseball Sunday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Colorado Rockies 5 to 1... the New York Mets lost to the Kansas City Royals 6-2... and the New York Yankees lost to the San Diego Padres 6-2.

 

Notre Dame

Many college football teams begin their preseason practices this week including Notre Dame. With last year's starting quarterback Everett Golson ineligible for this season, Brian Kelly has already named Tommy Reese as his starting quarterback. Notre Dame opens the season against Temple on August 31st.

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup

Kasey Kahne wins the GoBowling.com 400 at the Pocono Raceway in near – by Long Pond. Jeff Gordon was second.

What's Happening Sunday August 4, 2013


The Hobbie Volunteer Fire Company carnival is happening this weekend.  Today’s entertainment is Southbound.

 

The Liberty Township Fire Company is serving an all you can eat breakfast and brunch today from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM, cost is $8.00 for adults…and $4.00 for children.

 

You’re invited to participate in the 2nd annual Heat and Hills Challenge Hobbie 5K run for scouting today.  Registration is $20.00 and begins at 10:30 AM at the Hobbie Fire Hall.  The race starts at Noon.  All proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 300 of Hobbie.

What's Happening Saturday August 3, 2013


Downtown Bloomsburg is the place to be this weekend.  With Main Street Days Sales happening at the stores and Artfest on Center Street.  All of that happening in Downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Holy Angels Church in Kulpmont invites you to their parish picnic today.  It’s happening from 4:00 PM to midnight with entertainment by the Shoreliners from 7:00 to 11:00 PM, and fireworks at 10:00 PM.  The church is located on Scott Street in Kulpmont.

 

The Hobbie Volunteer Fire Company carnival is happening this weekend.  Tonight’s entertainment is Kartune, and Sunday it’s Southbound.

 

The Clinton County Fair is happening today through next Saturday.  Gate admission is $4.00.   There are rides and entertainment each day.  This weekend features include a chili cook off today, and a worship service at 10:00 AM tomorrow.

 

Our Lady of Mercy Church in Slabtown invites you to their annual picnic happening today from 6:00 to 11:00 PM.

 

Be a part of the Big Latch On in Bloomsburg Town Park today at Pavilion #5.  It’s an attempt to break the world record for the most women breast-feeding at the same time around the world.  Registration starts at 9:30 AM and breast-feeding is happening from 10:30 to 10:31 AM.  Refreshments will be provided by the Pine Barn Inn.

 

The Montour Motorcycle Riders invite you to “Ride for Isaiah” today.  All vehicles are welcome.  Registration is from 10:30 to 11:30 AM at the Smokehouse Bar and Grill in Danville, and the ride ends at the Catawissa Boat Club at 4:00 PM.

 

The Free Saturday Trains Program is open today as usual at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville, and the Wheelchair Engineers Train program is at the Columbia Mall from Noon to 4:00 PM.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents a free Noh Training Project Recital this afternoon at 2:00 PM at the Alvina Krause Theatre in Downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Sons of the American Legion Post 40 are hosting a pig roast today from 5:00 to 9:00 PM.  They have entertainment by DJ Stamm Sound from 9:00 PM to midnight.  Tickets are $7.00.  They’re located at 175 Northumberland Street in Danville.

 

The Liberty Township Fire Company is serving an all you can eat breakfast and brunch on Sunday from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM, cost is $8.00 for adults…and $4.00 for children.

 

You’re invited to participate in the 2nd annual Heat and Hills Challenge Hobbie 5K run for scouting on Sunday.  Registration is $20.00 and begins at 10:30 AM at the Hobbie Fire Hall.  The race starts at Noon.  All proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 300 of Hobbie.

Friday August 2, 2013


Bloomsburg Town Hall

If you've driven by Bloomsburg Town Hall the past couple of days... you've probably taken a look at a heavy duty lift being used by a crew to take a look at the exterior of the building. Loose bricks were discovered in a chimney over the police department and on the Lightstreet side of the 100 – year old structure. Town Administrator Bill Lowthert says the area's in question aren't in danger of collapsing. Mr. Lowthert says town hall is in pretty good shape despite the foot traffic it gets on a daily basis... calling the latest check of the exterior “preventative maintenance.”

 

CDBG Projects

Bloomsburg could be in line to receive up to $3 – million dollars in Community Development Block Grant money... due to the floods of 2011. During a public hearing at Town Hall Thursday.... Bill Seigel of Lewisburg – based SEDA – COG.. outlined the 15 projects that are priorities to bring flood control to neighborhoods. Seigel said Bloomsburg is in a pretty good position to have it's applications approved and thus.. get the money. The proposed projects include the widening of Ft. McClure Boulevard to the relocation of Snyder's Run. All the paperwork must be into the State Department of Commerce and Economic Development by the 23rd of the month.

 

The Bridges of Luzerne County

Sixteen bridges in Luzerne County could soon see new weight restrictions because there isn't any money to repair the spans. On the list... a bridge on Dump Hill Road over Nescopeck Creek in Nescopeck Township... as well as a bridge on Main Road... over a branch of Shickshinny Creek in Union Township. State Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch says the bridge will be posted later this month.

 

Ice Cream & Cake Festival

Hundreds of people turned out for last night's 56th annual Cake and Ice Cream Festival at the Bloomsburg Town Park. The event was the culmination of mid-summer activities... which have been going on since 1957. Just in the nick of time.... the weather turned nice.... leading to a simply wonderful evening at the town park... as the crowd listened to the Catawissa Military Band under the leadership of Jessica Martz.

 

Dante Green

Bloomsburg High School Junior... and local Teen Star winner... Dante Green nearly made it to prime time television. Dante traveled to New York on Thursday for further audition to appear on the NBC Television show “The Voice.” Unfortunately he didn't make the cut. But despite the set back... Dante says auditioning is not really nerve wracking. The producers of “The Voice” continues their auditioning process for the upcoming 2013 – 2014 television season...

 

Death Investigation

A Hazleton man was found dead inside his home in the 400 block of Anchor Street this week. 65 – year old Darrell Brenner did not come outside his home often. Authorities first believed there was something suspicious about Brenner's death... but later ruled the man died of natural causes.

 

Alleged Theft

It allegedly happened between 2007 and 2009... now state police have filed charges against three members of the Harveys Lake Municipal Authority. Authority chief Richard Boice... his son, Jason... and secretary Denise Sult are accused of using Authority money to purchase personal items. All face a hearing next month.

 

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PHL Phillies

Three outs away from a tough-luck loss, the San Francisco Giants made a winner of Matt Cain with a two-run rally against Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. Cain tossing eight innings of one-run ball... and defeating the Phillies 2 to 1. The Phil's now move on to their weekend series with the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show Friday night at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.

 

In Other games...

St. Louis embarrassed the red – hot Pittsburgh Pirates 13 to nothing.... Miami blanked the New York Mets 3 to nothing... and the New York Yankees had the night off... but they'll step up to the plate tonight and tangle with the San Diego Padres on the west coast.

 

Pocono / Sprint Cup

It's the biggest sporting event this weekend in Pennsylvania... and it's in our own backyard. The stars and cars of the NASCAR Cup Series return to the Pocono Raceway. This Sunday it's the GoBowling.com 400 at the three corner, 2-and-a-half-mile tricky triangle. Jeff Gordon won the event a year ago. Qualifying begins at 3:10 this afternoon... followed by the ARCA Racing Series ModSpace 125.

 

Thursday / August 1, 2013


Berwick / Decker's

Three Berwick residents are in the Columbia County Prison after a long investigation into the theft of metal from Decker's Scrap Yard on Canal Street. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish says an estimated 40 charges have been filed against Todd Fowler... Anthony Traver and Nicholas Perry. An arrest warrant has been issued for Justin Cressinger. Meantime... during a search of an apartment at 909 West Front Street... officers finding Sharon Perry... wanted on an outstanding warrant for manufacturing meth.

She was also taken into custody and hustled off to the prison... awaiting further proceedings.

 

Pine Twp. Fatal

State Police say a Benton woman is dead after her car collided with an electric utility truck Wednesday morning in Pine Township... north of Millville. The victim is identified as 49 – year old Margaret Haddow. Authorities say she was turning onto Route 42 from Sereno Hollow Road... pulling into the path of the truck around 8 O'clock. The accident forced the closure of the highway for several hour while police conducted their investigation.

 

Gilberton Video

Gilberton borough council... in neighboring Schuylkill County... is giving their police chief a 30 – day time out. That action by borough council Wednesday night. A profanity – laced video... backed by automatic weapon fire of Chief Mark Kessler showed up on You Tube recently... and has received hundreds of thousands of hits. Now... the chief is getting a 30 day suspension without pay. Outside the borough building... supports and detractors of the chief verbally clashed. Now... police protection for Gilberton will be provided by Pennsylvania State Police.

 

Bloomsburg Concert Series

At the Bloomsburg Town Park last night... the final performance of the summer concert series. Gift – Troutman – Gift closed out the summer concert series last night... one which began in early June. As in weeks past... it was a perfect night to hear contemporary music preformed by three talented musicians from the Selinsgrove area. All who preformed did not disappoint. Now... plans are being formulated to book top name regional entertainment for the 2014 edition of the Bloomsburg Town Park summer concert series.

 

Ice Cream & Cake Festival

It's one of the biggest social events of the year takes place Thursday night at the Bloomsburg Town Park. The 56th annual Cake and Ice Cream festival gets underway at 5 O'clock. Park Improvement Association President Chuck Wagner says since 1957... the event has brought people together. Wagner says the Association is still in need of cakes for tonight's event. All you need to do is bake one... and drop it off at the refrigerated trailer parked along Ft. McClure Boulevard.

 

Downtown Doin's

A lot of things happening in the downtown area of Bloomsburg over the weekend. That word from Downtown manager Adrienne Mael who says events begin late Friday afternoon with a sidewalk sale and First Friday. In addition... they'll be an art walk on Saturday... introducing people to artists who set up on Centre Street in Bloomsburg... showing their wares.

 

Woman Arrested

A Hazle Township woman is locked up after she was charged with homicide in the death of her live in boyfriend. Jessica Alinsky's arrest by state police comes less than 24 – hours after a Luzerne County coroner's inquest found Matthew Gailie did not die at his own hand... blaming his death on Alinsky. Gailie died two years ago during an argument with Alinsky at their home they shared in the Eagle Rock development.

 

Tech Packaging

Florida – based Tech Packaging says the company will build a new 223,000 square foot building in the Humboldt Industrial Park near Hazleton. An estimated 95 full – time workers will be hired between the spring of 2014 and the fall of 2017. Tech Packaging hopes to have the new plant up and running by next spring. The company also has a plant in Berwick.

 

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PHL Phillies

Kyle Kendrick got fewer outs than he allowed runs, and the San Francisco Giants handed the Philadelphia Phillies their ninth loss in 10 games. The final... 9-2. The third game in their three game series is Thursday night from Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.

 

Other Games

The Pittsburgh Pirates just got by the St. Louis Cardinals 5 to 4.... the Miami Marlins got the best of the New York Mets3 to 2... and on the west coast... the New York Yankees blanked the Los Angeles Dodgers 3 to nothing.

 

Drug Investigation

Major League Baseball is getting set to announce which players it will suspend as part of it's on-going drug investigation. The league telling the players' union who is on the list. New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez could face the stiffest penalty of all.

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