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News Archive Archives for 2013-11

What's Happening? Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013


BTE's TreeFest opens again this weekend, and December 6, 7, & 8th at the Caldwell Consistory, Main & Market streets in downtown Bloomsburg. Come and see the decorated trees, hear some music, check out some local artisans and help suppourt your local theatre troupe! Admission is $6 for adults. Children 12 and under get in free.

 

Visit Downtown Bloomsburg and Santa Claus at Santa's Cottage through December 22nd. Santa's Cottage is located on the corner of Main Street and Lightstreet at the Bloomsburg Diner and will be open on Thursday and Friday's 6 til 8pm and Saturday and Sunday's 2 til 4pm.

 

BTE's annual holiday family show, A Very Special Christmas Special, runs through December 28th, with a preview today at 2pm. Admission to this performance only is one non-perishable food item to be donated to the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. For more information about the show or Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, go to BTE.org

 

The Unityville Community Volunteer Fire Company will be serving their 54th annual Buckwheat Cakes and Sausage Supper from now 'til 9 pm Sunday,  December 1st; all-you-can-eat, 24 hours a day! No one leaves feeling hungry. The Fire Company is on Log Cabin Road in Unityville.

 

Join your friends on Saturday mornings now until December 21st from 9 am til 1 pm for breakfast benefiting the brand-new Starving Artists at the Moose Exchange in downtown Bloomsburg. They'll serve a diner-style breakfast including eggs, biscuits, hash browns, french toast and more. Enjoy the community atmosphere in the Grille Room while supporting your local artists.

 

The Jamison City Hotel is hosting the second annual Christmas benefit to help a child have a Merry Christmas. Bring an uwrapped toy or gift today at the Hotel between 9 am and 1 pm. All proceeds will benefit The Women's Center Of Columbia and Montour Counties.

 

You can enjoy a short stack for a tall cause today. Come on out for a flapjack fundraiser breakfast at Applebee's in Bloomsburg and support the Columbia County Rampage softball team. Price is $7 each. The breakfast runs from 8am - 10am.

 

The Luzerne County Community College center in Berwick is sponsering a community food drive today and tomorrow at the Homestead Furniture Building in Nescopeck. The drive runs from 9am - 6pm both days.

 

Wesley United Methodist Church is hosting The Advent of Jesus Christ with Carols of Christmas, Christmas music and fellowship on Sunday, 2 pm til 4 pm. An offering will be taken up to help to support Agape's heating Assistance Fund. The Church is located at Third and Market Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

The Danville Stadium Council is hosting the Trans-Siberian Orchestra inspired group, Twelve-Twenty Four at the Danville Middle School on Sunday at 6 pm. Tickets are 25 dollars at the door with proceeds benefiting the Danville Stadium Council Track and Turf project.

 

Liberty Township Fire Company in Mooresburg is serving an all-you-can-eat Breakfast and Brunch on Sunday from 7 am until 1 pm. Price is $8 for adults and only $4 for kids. All proceeds will benefit the Fire Company.

 

Fabulous Felines has a Vera Bradley Bingo coming up tomorrow to benefit the cat rescue and adoption group. The bingo will be held at the Bloomsburg Fire Department on Market Street. Doors open at 12:30 pm, games begin at 2 pm.  Cost is $20 for 20 games.  There will be food and drinks available for purchase and there will also be a raffle, Chinese auction, and 50/50 drawing. 

 

Don't forget to place your order for the 2013 Historic Bloomsburg Collector's Crock, featuring the Columbia County Courthouse. You can print out an order form from BloomsburgPL.org, or stop by the Library on Market Street. There are still some of the 2012 crocks left too! Crocks are $40 each - 100% of the proceeds from the Collectors Crocks goes to the Bloomsburg Public Library.

 

The Kozy Kids winter wear donation drive is under way. Donations of hats, gloves and scarves will be distributed to children in our local commuinity this winter. Donation boxes can be found at AGAPE, New Covenant Christian Church, the Berwick United Way, the Hope Center, First Columbia Bank in the Buckhorn Wal-Mart, and at My Town in the Columbia Mall.

 

The Roaring Creek Valley Grange # 2041 in Numidia is holding a gift card christmas bingo on Sunday. Doors open at 11:30, bingo starts at 1 pm. There will be food, a raffle, and door prizes. Part of the proceeds from the evening will benefit the locate food bank.

 

St. John's Lutheran Church in Mifflinville is giving you an opportunity to give the gift of charity this holiday season, as they host Mission Mall on Sunday Dec. 1st and 8th. Stop by the church from Noon til 3pm and consider donating to one of the non-profit groups who will be participating in the Mall.

 

Rise early and join your friends for a Deer Hunter's Breakfast this Monday at the Hunlock Creek Fire Hall at 1114 Main Road. Doors open at 4:30 AM till 11 AM. $7 gets you pancakes, sausage, eggs, potatoes and more. All proceeds will benefit next year's Calvary Bible Chapel Youth Group mission to Haiti.

 

It's another edition of Toddler Time on Monday at the Bloomsburg Public Librairy. The program is for kids eighteen months to three years old. It Begins at 9:15 AM and runs about twenty minutes, full of music, movement, stories and fun. There’s no need to register. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Katys Church will be holding their annual Hungry Hunters Lunch This Monday and Monday Dec. 7th from 11AM - 5PM. Enjoy some Hot soups, sandwiches, desserts and hot drinks. Proceeds benefit the continued renovation and restoration to the Historical 1869 Church on the corner of Katys Church Road and Wolf Hollow Road.

 

WHLM Sports

Berwick HS Football

The Berwick High School football team will go to the state semifinals for the first time since 2004. Friday night the Bulldogs trounced Clearfield 44-7 in a Class AAA state quarterfinal at Central Mountain High School in Mill Hall. Berwick remains unbeaten going into the Semifinals against Archbishop Wood, who beat Academy Park 42-12 Friday night.

 

BU Football

It was a rematch for the Bloomsburg University football team on Saturday as they faced West Chester in an NCAA regional quarterfinal at Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium. Bloomsburg never gave up, but the Huskies ultimately could not overcome the Rams, West Chester winning 40-38. BU ends with the highest-scoring season in school history. West Chester will move on to play Shepherd in the next round of playoffs. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

 

BU Womens BB

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team plays Goldy-Beacom Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock at Nelson Field House. Coverage on the whlm stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.

Friday / November 29, 2013


Run for the Diamonds

1,716 runners started the 104th Run for the Diamonds on Thursday in Berwick. They were challenged by the 9 – mile course up Foundryville Road towards the twin churches at Summerhill... through Kachinka Hollow... to Martzville Road returning on the finish line at 3rd and Market Streets. Paul Thistle crossed the line first... making the distance in 45-minutes, 46-seconds. The first woman to cross the finish line... and 27th overall... was Karaleigh Foster of Boalsburg... in Centre County. Now... organizers will assess this year's Run for the Diamonds... as they prepare for the 2014 version of the event.

 

Ted Stuban

One of the area's senior politicians passed away at the start of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Ted Stuban died at his home following a bout with cancer. He served on Berwick Borough Council... was the Mayor of Briar Creek... and served in the state house in Harrisburg for 16 years. And while in politics... he ran an auction house. A visitation is Friday night... with service are set for Saturday morning at the Mayo Funeral Home in Berwick.

 

Church Burglary

A 36 – year old Freeland man remains in the Columbia County Prison after he was allegedly caught burglarizing the First Presbyterian Church on Market Street this week. Police say Scott Navar was found hiding on a window sill by police early Wednesday morning. It's believed he also broke into the Wesley United Methodist church... at 3rd and Market making off with laptop computers and a monitor. Navar was arraigned. Bail was set at $100,000.

 

BTE

The Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble is kicking off the holiday season with their production of a “Very Merry Christmas Special” set in 1967 when televised holiday specials were at the top of the ratings. During an appearance this week on the WHLM Morning Buzz... the BTE's Richie Cannaday says all members of the ensemble contributed to the writing of the production. The first performance is Friday at 7:30... and then throughout the weekend. The shows will take place through December 28th at the Alvina Krause Theater in Bloomsburg.

 

Bombs Discovered

State police in neighboring Schuylkill County arrested a man and charged him with possessing weapons of mass destruction. 26 year old Tony Weiss of Auburn was found in possession of bombs during an eviction from his home in the 1600 block of Summer Hill Road in South Manheim Township. Weiss remains in the Schuylkill County Jail.

 

Gambling

Gambling opportunities may soon be coming to a restaurant, bar or tavern near you. Gov. Corbett signed into law the state’s first major gambling expansion since table games were legalized at its casinos in 2009. The new law allows bars and restaurants to offer pull tab games, daily drawings and raffles. The legislation takes effect in 60 days when permits and applications to get a gaming license become available.

 

Pension

A judge in neighboring Luzerne County is weighing arguments about whether former Clerk of Courts Robert Reilly may keep his county pension in the wake of his 2010 corruption plea. Reilly was sentenced in November 2010 to serve two years of probation. He was convicted of lying to FBI agents who questioned him about money he received from a county contractor.

 

Wilkes – Barre Fire

Three Wilkes – Barre resident were displaced from their homes Thanksgiving morning. Authorities say the blaze at 72 Howard Street was discovered around 4 O'clock in the morning. Most of the units were vacant... but three people lived in the building. They were helped by the American Red Cross. Cause of the early morning fire remains under investigation.

 

Hearing Continued

The preliminary hearing for a man in a brutal sexual attack this month... has bee continued. 30 – year old Emmanuel Paulino is facing numerous sex related charges stemming from an attack on a Hazel Township woman. State Police says the attack so brutal... she is still recovering from injuries. No date has been set for Paulino's hearing.

 

WHLM Sports

Berwick HS Football

The Berwick High School football team will go to the state semifinals for the first time since 2004. Friday night the Bulldogs trounced Clearfield 44-7 in a Class AAA state quarterfinal at Central Mountain High School in Mill Hall. Berwick remains unbeaten going into the Semifinals against Archbishop Wood, who beat Academy Park 42-12 Friday night. You can hear the details from the game with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team faces West Chester tomorrow afternoon in an NCAA regional semifinal game at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium. It's a rematch of a game played at West Chester on November 9th won by the Huskies 31-28. Saturday's game kicks off at noon. Coverage on the whlm stations begins at 10 O'clock with The Husky Tailgate Show.

 

BU Womens BB

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team plays Goldy-Beacom Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock at Nelson Field House. Coverage on the whlm stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.

 

NFL

In the NFL Sunday afternoon, the Detroit Lions routed the Green Bay Packers 40-10 and the Dallas Cowboys got by the Oakland Raiders 31-24. Thursday night in Baltimore... the Ravens holding off the Pittsburgh Steelers 22 to 20.

 

 

Thursday, November 28, 2013


Bloomsburg Churches Burglarized

A 36 year-old Freeland man is in the Columbia County Prison after allegedly burglarizing two Bloomsburg churches early Wednesday morning. The Press - Enterprise is reporting on it's Facebook page that Scott Navar was found hiding in a window well at the first Presbyterian Church at the corner of Market and 4th Streets. It appears Navar ransacked the interior of the church. One of the items found in a pocket was small flashlight with the imprint “Wesley UM Church.” Upon checking the church at 3rd and Market, police found that the place had been ransacked. Cash drawers were opened, and three laptops and a monitor were missing. Navar is facing a long list of felony charges. After a preliminary arraignment he was hustled off to the prison with bail set at $100,000.

 

WHLM Sports

Run for the Diamonds

Around 1,700 runners made their way around the historic course of the Berwick Run For The Diamonds on Thanksgiving morning. The top four finishers in the Men's division were Paul Thistle, Matt Gillette, Bobby Torphy, and C. Fred Joselyn. The Top three Women's finishers were Kara Leigh Foster, Katie O'Reagan, and Rosie Mascoli. WHLM's Jim Doyle has the details:

 

 

BU Football

When the Bloomsburg University football team plays West Chester Saturday in an NCAA playoff game at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium, the Huskies will be facing one of the best offenses in the PSAC. Saturday's West Chester at Bloomsburg game, which starts at noon, is a regional semifinal. In the other semifinal, Winston Salem State plays Shepherd in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

 

BU Wrestling

On Sunday, the Bloomsburg University wrestling team will be competing in a venue known as "The World's Most Famous Arena." The Huskies will be wrestling in an event called "The Grapple at the Garden" at Madison Square Garden in New York City. At 10 O'clock the Huskies will take on Illinois, and at noon, they will go up against Penn.

 

Wednesday / November 27, 2013


Bloomsburg Churches Burglarized

A 36 – year old Freeland man is in the Columbia County Prison after allegedly burglarizing two Bloomsburg churches early Wednesday morning. The Press – Enterprise is reporting on it's Facebook page that Scott Navar was found hiding in a window well at the first Presbyterian Church at the corner of Market and 4th Streets. It appears Navar ransacked the interior of the church. One of the items found in a pocket was small flashlight with the imprint “Wesley UM Church.” Upon checking the church at 3rd and Market... police found that the place had been ransacked... cash drawers opened... as well as three laptops and a monitor missing. Navar is facing a long list of felony charges. After a preliminary arraignment.. he was hustled off to the prison with bail set at $100,000.

 

School Bus Accident

The driver of a school bus which went off the road and flipped on it's side Tuesday in Montour County... will be cited for driving too fast for conditions. Authorities say 72 – year old Calvin Straub lost control of the bus on a right hand turn on Klein Road and went down an embankment. He was transporting kids to the Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech school in North Centre Township. 14 kids were on the bus. All were taken to Geisinger Medical Center where most were treated and released. Three of the kids were held overnight for observation.

 

Heroin Death

One of two men remain in the Columbia County Prison... facing a host of felony drug – related charges after an Elysburg woman overdosed on herion and later died. 34 – year old Erika Smith overdosed at the Winding Way home of 26 – year old Gregory Shepard of Catawissa. Also charged is 25 – year old Bryant Leiby of Danville. Shepard is out of jail... with bail money provided by his parents. Smith died Sunday of the overdose at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

 

Susquehanna Thruway

It's been kicked around for 40 years or so, but ground may be broken next year for the $558 – million Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway. In Shamokin Dam Tuesday... PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch says the proposed project is funded through the newly adopted $2.3 - billion Transportation bill signed into law this week. Schoch says the Thruway is a “legacy” project. The Thruway would run from Routes 147 and 405 in Chillisquaque Township in Northumberland County to Routes 11 and 15 near the Susquehanna Mall.

 

PennDOT / Bridges

The 500 bridges posted with lower weight restrictions by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation over the past three months may remain posted for two years or more. That... despite the state’s new multi-billion dollar transportation plan, according to a department spokesman. Two hundred more bridges targeted for posting may receive a reprieve in light of the controversial plan signed into law by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett this week.

 

Hazleton Budget

Hazleton City officials are trying to put together a budget for next year... but first they must close a $500,000 spending gap in this year's budget. To cover that... Hazleton city workers may go the rest of the year without being paid. Under current plans.... Fifty of 110 city employees will be furloughed next Monday if council doesn’t find a way to close the budget gap. Essential employees, like city firefighters would continue to work, but without pay.

 

Sentence

A Hazleton man will spend up to ten years in prison for sexually assaulting a child. Lanning Vagts was sentenced Tuesday from 18 to 120 months in prison. A Luzerne County court judge also found him to be a sexually violent predator... and subject to Megan's Law registration for life.

 

Corbett Poll

Governor Tom Corbett's approval rating is not what it should be. A new poll by Democratic – leaning Public Policy Polling shows only a quarter of the 693 registered voters survey approve of the governor's job performance... with 65% disapproving. The head of the North Carolina – based firm suggesting that Corbett resign. But a Corbett spokesman says that's not going to happen.

 

WHLM Sports

Run for the Diamonds

Anywhere from 1,500 to 1,800 runners are expected to answer the starting gun Thursday morning at Second and Market Streets in Berwick for the 104th annual Run for the Diamonds. The nine mile road race begins at 10:30. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins following the ten o'clock news.

 

BU Football

When the Bloomsburg University football team plays West Chester Saturday in an NCAA playoff game at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium, the Huskies will be facing one of the best offenses in the PSAC. Saturday's West Chester at Bloomsburg game, which starts at noon, is a regional semifinal. In the other semifinal, Winston Salem State plays Shepherd in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

 

BU Wrestling

On Sunday, the Bloomsburg University wrestling team will be competing in a venue known as "The World's Most Famous Arena." The Huskies will be wrestling in an event called "The Grapple at the Garden" at Madison Square Garden in New York City. At 10 O'clock the Huskies will take on Illinois, and at noon, they will go up against Penn.

 

 

Tuesday / November 26, 2013


School Dismissals

Our first batch of winter weather is starting to force schools to close early on Tuesday.

 

* Bloomsburg Area - secondary school to dismiss at 12:30 with the Elementary school to close at 1:30 PM

* St. Columba School will close at 12:30

* Benton Area will close at 12 Noon.

* Central Columbia Middle and High School at 12 Noon... with the Elementary school dismissed at 1 PM.

* Berwick Area Schools to dismiss early. Secondary will be relased at 12:15 with the Elementary students released at 1:00 PM. There will be NO parent - teacher conference.

* Columbia County Christian School will let out at 12 noon...

* The Sullivan County School district will dismiss students at 1 PM.

* The Columbia - Montour Vo - Tech School is dismissing early

* Luzerne County Community College will close at 2 PM.

* The Catherine Treon School of Dance in Sunbury will not hold classes today.

 

Other school district are formulating their plans as to shut down early for the day... or follow their usual dismissal times.

 

Winter Weather

A mixed bag of wintry precipitation will roll across PA starting Tuesday... and there is a winter weather advisory posted through 9 PM. The precipitation began across the Susquehanna Valley around 4 O'clock Tuesday morning... with slippery road reported. PennDOT spreading anti – skid material on highways. National Weather Service meteorologist Aaron Tyburski says the changeover from snow to rain will occur as the storm moves eastward. The NWS says we could get up to two inches of snow in our area.

 

Interstate 80 Crash

A collision between a tractor – trailer and a car... and the resulting fire shut down the eastbound lane of Interstate 80 for hours Monday afternoon. Our media partner... Newswatch 16... says the accident happened near the Mifflinville interchange... when a trucker pulled out to pass... and didn't see a car in his blind spot. The two collided with the big rig with the car stuck under the rear tires of the trailer. The accident backed up traffic all the way to the Lightstreet Interchange. No one was injured in that accident in Mifflin Township.

 

Scott Twp. Budget

Scott Township supervisors are expected to put their stamp of approval on the townships $1.2 - million 2014 budget when they meet Tuesday night. Township Secretary Eric Stahley says supervisors reached a consensus on the proposed spending plan without too much hemming and hawing since the proposal is pretty straight forward. Stahley says services remain status quo... as well as the property tax bill despite the loss of assessment of homes lost in the 2011 Lee flood which no longer exist.

 

Salem Township Meth Lab

State and federal officers took at 37 – year old man into custody in Salem Township after they found an active meth lab in a trailer on Sleepy Hollow Lane. Chris Cragle... and a companion were busted Monday after authorities got information from an informant. This is not the first time Cragle has been busted. He was charged a year ago with several drug making offenses. Cragle is being held at the Luzerne County Correctional facility.

 

Selenski Trial

He was charged with a double murder eleven years ago... and now he's scheduled to head to trial. Hugo Selenski's trial will begin in Luzerne County Court March 3rd. The 39 – year old Selenski is accusing of the 2002 killing of a Pharmacist and his girlfriend... burying the bodies on his Kingston Township property.

 

WHLM Sports

Berwick Football

It will be a match up of two unbeaten high school football teams when Berwick plays Clearfield Friday night in a Class AAA state quarterfinal. Clearfield coach Tim Janocko telling WHLM's Jim Doyle he has alot of respect for Berwick coach George Curry and the Bulldogs. Friday night's Clearfield-Berwick game will be played in Central Mountain High School in Mill Hall. Coverage on Classic Rock 103.5 will start at 6 O'clock with The Coach Curry Show.

 

Harlon Hil Award

Two of the nation's top running backs will be on display Saturday when Bloomsburg University plays West Chester in an NCAA playoff game at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium. On Monday... the nine finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy were announced and Bloomsburg's Franklyn Quiteh and West Chester's Rondell White are both on the list. The Harlon Hill trophy goes to the nation's top Division II player.

 

NFL

In the NFL Monday night... the San Francisco 49er's defeated the Washington Redskins 27 to 6...

 

 

Monday / November 25, 2013


T-giving Storm

The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Weather Advisory through 9 O'clock Tuesday night. We could be in for some rough weather the next two days.

Forecasters are keeping an eye on a big glob of moisture coming from deep in Dixie... possibly disrupting travel plans for those of us who have plans to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday. The questionable weather in the Susquehanna Valley late Tuesday with a wintry mix. Depending what model you're looking at we could get as little as an inch of snow... as well as freezing rain and sleet.... to anywhere to up to two inches.

 

I-80 Closed for Accident

A collision between a tractor – trailer and a car... and the resulting fire shut down the eastbound lane of Interstate 80 for hours Monday afternoon. Our media partner... Newswatch 16... says the accident happened near the Mifflinville interchange... when a trucker pulled out to pass... and didn't see a car in his blind spot. The two collided with the big rig overturning. That backed up traffic all the way to the Lightstreet Interchange. No one was injured in that accident in Mifflin Township.

 

Columbia Co. Budget

Columbia County Commissioners are expected to give a final approval on a proposed 2014 budget. It totals $21.3 – million with no tax increase... something that Commissioner David Kovach is part of being frugal. Meantime... the county's 2013 budget will finish the year with a $600,000 surplus... something not many county's across the state will experience. Approval on the proposed spending plan will take place early next month.

 

Schoch / Transportation

By the end of business Monday.... Governor Corbett will sign that newly approved $2.3– billion dollar transportation bill into law. It was approved last week by the state House and Senate. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch telling Joe and Norm that there are 25,000 bridges across the state... half of them are structurally deficient. Secretary Schoch said may were built in the 30's by Governor Pinchot to get farmers out of the mud so they could get their products to market.... others were built when the Interstate highway system was constructed and need attention.

 

Transportation / Hazleton

The newly passed $2.3 - billion dollar transportation bill brings at least one major road project to the Hazleton area. It involves Route 424... and extends the route into the Humboldt Industrial Park. Once constructed it would be a secondary access to Interstate 81... relieving traffic on Route 924.

 

Underage Drinking

Bloomsburg Police... along with State Liquor Control Enforcement officers raided an party with alleging underage drinker at a house on East Third Street at the start of the weekend. BloomUtoday is reporting that of the 68 people at the party... 42 were given citations for underage drinking and possession. The incident taking place in the 400 – block of East Third Street.

 

Burglary Suspect

A Berwick man remains in the Columbia County Prison after he was arrested by police on a long list of charges. Police Chief Ken Strish say 25 – year old Thomas Thoryk of Good Avenue is charged with burglarizing a half – dozen homes... allegedly taking four firearms... a pick up truck and $2,000 in currency and jewelry. Thoryk's crimes came to an end when he sold one of the stolen firearms to a local gun store. He's jailed on $50,000 straight cash bond.

 

Wright Twp. Fire

A Wright Township family is getting help from the American Red Cross after a fire damaged their home at the start of the weekend. The fire apparently began in the basement of the home on Wood Street.. and spread to the first floor. No injuries were reported..

 

Hunlock Creek Crash

Police aren't saying much about a crash in the Sweet Valley area of Luzerne County early Sunday morning. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting that a car ran off Main Road in Hunlock Creek... slamming into the foundation of a wooden barn. It was first believed the barn would collapse... but it was stabilized while getting the driver out. The crash remains under investigation.

 

Barletta / Shippensburg

Congressman Lou Barletta is on the road Monday... in Cumberland County. He's expected to make remarks at the Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce at noon time. Mr. Barletta later moves on to a tour of Shippensburg businesses... followed by attending Student Financial Aid Night at Shippensburg University. A spokesperson for Congressman Barletta says it allows the two – term Republican from Hazleton to get familiar with businesses in the 11th congressional district.

 

 

What's Happening Sunday, November 24, 2013


News Break

Area firemen were called to the Southern Columbia High School shortly before 1 AM Sunday morning for a report of smoke in the building. Units from Catawissa, Numidia, Bloomsburg and a tanker from Hemlock Township responded. From the outside, no smoke was spotted, but once maintenance crews arrived, they found a faulty heating unit that was setting of a smoke alarm. That was changed out... and crews were released at 1:50 AM and returned to their stations.

 

Community Calander

Town Hill United Methodist Church will celebrate Anniversary Sunday with a visit from Bishop Jeremiah J. Park at 9am worship this morning. There will be a covered dish brunch following the service. Everyone is welcome to attend.

 

The Women of the Moose Chapter 2417 at the Moose Lodge 623 is collecting food for Agape for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Drop off is at the Lodge behind Sheets in Bloomsburg. Doors open at 3pm on Monday.

 

Stop by the Bloomsburg Library on Tuesday Nov. 26 for a book signing by BU Archivist Robert Dunkelberger on the release of his new book, Keller's Jungle Killers; the story of BU Professor George Keller, the world's only College Professor and Wild Animal trainer. The signing runs from 6:15pm til 7:30pm. Refreshments will be served.

 

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church will host this years Thanksgiving Eve worship service

Wednesday, Nov. 27th. The service begins at 7pm. The church is on Lightstreet road in Bloomsburg.

 

Don't forget to place your order for the 2013 Historic Bloomsburg Collector's Crock, featuring the Columbia County Courthouse. You can print out an order form from BloomsburgPL.org, or stop by the Library on Market Street. There are still some of the 2012 crocks left too! Crocks are $40 each - 100% of the proceeds from the Collectors Crocks goes to the Bloomsburg Public Library.

 

The Kozy Kids winter wear donation drive is under way. Donations of hats, gloves and scarves will be distributed to children in our local commuinity this winter. Donation boxes can be found at AGAPE, New Covenant Christian Church, the Berwick United Way, the Hope Center, First Columbia Bank in the Buckhorn Wal-Mart, and at My Town in the Columbia Mall.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Berwick HS Football

Berwick stays unbeaten as they held back Bethlehem Catholic in Allentown in a Class AAA first round state playoff game. The final score was a 29-27 Bulldogs victory. Berwick will face Clearfield on Friday night in a 7PM playoff game. You can hear coverage on Classic Rock 103.5 starting with the Coach Curry show at 6PM.

 

Danville HS Football

The Ironmen of Danville came up short in their bid for their second straight District 4 championship as they fell to Troy in the Class AA final at Ironmen Stadium. The final score was Troy 35, Danville 14.

 

Southern Columbia HS Football

The Tigers of Southern Columbia were handed their first defeat of the season by Old Forge in a Class A first round state playoff game. That game ended in a final of Old Forge 19, Southern Columbia 14.

 

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team beat Arizona State Friday night at Nelson Field House, 18-15.

 

College Basketball

Saturday afternoon, the BU Huskies played on the road at Lock Haven. The Women's team won their game 66-62. The Men won their match 62-57. You can hear the details from the afternoon's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

 

BU Football Playoffs

The Huskies will face West Chester when they enter the NCAA playoffs next week, after the Golden Rams defeated American International in the first round of post-season play Saturday afternoon 38-7.

What's Happening Saturday, November 23, 2013


Join your friends on Saturday mornings now until December 21st from 9 am til 1 pm for breakfast benefiting the brand-new Starving Artists at the Moose Exchange in downtown Bloomsburg. They'll serve a diner-style breakfast including eggs, biscuits, hash browns, french toast and more. Enjoy the community atmosphere in the Grille Room while supporting your local artists.

 

The loose ties model railroad club will be having its public display at the Columbia Mall this holiday season today and tomorrow, and on December 14th & 15th. Operating times on Saturdays are 11 am -5 pm and 11 am - 4 pm on Sundays.

 

The Montour-DeLong Fair Association is holding an all-you-can-eat haddock fish dinner today from 3 - 7 pm. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12, kids 5 and under eat free! Any active military personnel who come in uniform will recieve their dinner for free. The Fairgrounds are at 2628 Broadway road in Danville.

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church will celebrate Anniversary Sunday with a visit from Bishop Jeremiah J. Park tomorrow at 9am worship. There will be a covered dish brunch following the service. Everyone is welcome to attend.

 

The Women of the Moose Chapter 2417 at the Moose Lodge 623 is collecting food for Agape for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Drop off is at the Lodge behind Sheets in Bloomsburg. Doors open at 3pm on Monday.

 

Don't forget to place your order for the 2013 Historic Bloomsburg Collector's Crock, featuring the Columbia County Courthouse. You can print out an order form from BloomsburgPL.org, or stop by the Library on Market Street. There are still some of the 2012 crocks left too! Crocks are $40 each - 100% of the proceeds from the Collectors Crocks goes to the Bloomsburg Public Library.

 

The Kozy Kids winter wear donation drive is under way. Donations of hats, gloves and scarves will be distributed to children in our local commuinity this winter. Donation boxes can be found at AGAPE, New Covenant Christian Church, the Berwick United Way, the Hope Center, First Columbia Bank in the Buckhorn Wal-Mart, and at My Town in the Columbia Mall.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Berwick HS Football

Berwick stays unbeaten as they held back Bethlehem Catholic in Allentown in a Class AAA first round state playoff game. The final score was a 29-27 Bulldogs victory. Berwick will face Clearfield on Friday night in a 7PM playoff game. You can hear coverage on Classic Rock 103.5 starting with the Coach Curry show at 6PM.

 

Danville HS Football

The Ironmen of Danville came up short in their bid for their second straight District 4 championship as they fell to Troy in the Class AA final at Ironmen Stadium. The final score was Troy 35, Danville 14.

 

Southern Columbia HS Football

The Tigers of Southern Columbia were handed their first defeat of the season by Old Forge in a Class A first round state playoff game. That game ended in a final of Old Forge 19, Southern Columbia 14.

 

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team beat Arizona State Friday night at Nelson Field House, 18-15.

 

College Basketball

Saturday afternoon, the BU Huskies played on the road at Lock Haven. The Women's team won their game 66-62. The Men won their match 62-57. You can hear the details from the afternoon's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

 

BU Football Playoffs

The Huskies will face West Chester when they enter the NCAA playoffs next week, after the Golden Rams defeated American International in the first round of post-season play Saturday afternoon 38-7.

Friday / November 22, 2013


Berwick Roundtable

A range of updates Thursday night... as the Berwick Area United Way held a community round table as to how issues have progressed over the past year. One group really getting a foot hold in Berwick's way of life is the Blue Print Community... trying to spruce up neighborhoods... especially on the west side.

The organizer is Jay Jarrett.... and he told me residents are responding. For example... over the past couple of weeks... the Blue Print Community has held walks through neighborhoods on Mulberry, Vine and LaSalle Streets in order to show borough solidarity.

 

Transportation Bill

A $2.3 – billion transportation funding bill is expected to be on Governor Corbett's desk by the end of the day. It's designed to raise money to repair roads and bridges... and to help mass transit in the state's larger cities. But State Representative David Millard says one of the highlights is an increase in the liquid fuel tax coming back to Columbia County. Representative Millard making his remarks on the Thursday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.

 

Musto Indictment

An indictment has been handed down against former state Senator Raphael Musto of the Wyoming Valley. He is now accused of taking a $1,000 bribe from a municipal official days before voting in favor of an $11 – million loan. Although the official or municipality isn't named in the indictment... state records show PENNVEST okayed the loan to Salem Township... near Berwick... for a 2006 sewer project. A trial is set for January on earlier indictments against the former long – time Pittston lawmaker.

 

Minimum Wage

Democratic State Representative Patty Kim of Dauphin County is proposing legislation calling for a high in the minimum wage. Good for those who are paid minimum wage... bad for small business.

Fred Gaffney... president of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce... doesn't believe the issue will gain traction. Representative Kim's legislation calls for hiking the minimum wage from it's current $7.25 to $9.00an hour... then to $10.10 the following year.

 

Artist Reception

If you stop by the Bloomsburg office of State Representative David Millard... you'll be able to take a look at the work of several area artisans. Tillie Wenner – Chapman... used to live in Benton... and does oil paintings on plaster board of bays, boats and street scenes. Ms. Wenner – Chapman says artists don't get the respect they deserve. Artwork from Ms. Wenner – Chapman... Linda Densberger of Danville and Anna Shecktor of Berwick will be on display in Representative Millard's office the next few weeks.

 

Court Ruling

A Luzerne County judge has ruled that a 16 – year old driver accused of hitting a man during a high speed crash will stand trial for third degree murder. Tyler Duda of Wyoming is accusing of hitting 59 – year old Nickolas Zurilla in the 300 block of West Union Street while traveling at 72 miles an hour. The incident happened July 5th of this year. Duda is being held in the Luzerne County Jail on a million dollars bail.

 

Coal Twp Burglary

Authorities in Northumberland County are searching for the burglars that made off with an estimated $4,000 in tools. The tools were taken from a house church volunteers are remodeling. The volunteers are from Restoration Ministries Church in Coal Township... and they were remodeling a house on Spruce Street. The thieves got into the house by kicking in the front door.

 

WHLM Sports

Three area high school football teams tried to advance in the postseason playoffs Friday night. You can hear the results in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

Berwick HS Football

Berwick stays unbeaten as they held back Bethlehem Catholic in Allentown in a Class AAA first round state playoff game. The final score was a 29-27 Bulldogs victory.

 

Danville HS Football

The Ironmen of Danville came up short in their bid for their second straight District 4 championship as they fell to Troy in the Class AA final at Ironmen Stadium. The final score was Troy 35, Danville 14.

 

Southern Columbia HS Football

The Tigers of Southern Columbia were handed their first defeat of the season by Old Forge in a Class A first round state playoff game. That game ended in a final of Old Forge 19, Southern Columbia 14.

 

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team beat Arizona State Friday night at Nelson Field House, 18-15.

 

College Basketball

Saturday afternoon, the BU Huskies play on the road at Lock Haven. The Women's game tips off at 1PM. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the pregame at 12:40.

 

NFL

In the NFL Thursday night... the New Orleans Saints downed the Atlanta Falcons 17 – 13.

 

 

Thursday / November 21, 2013


Dockside Fire

The sound of the fire siren punctuated the call of Wednesday night bingo at the Bloomsburg Fire Department shortly before 7:30. Firemen rushing to the 200 block of Iron Street to douse a dryer fire at the Dockside Laundromat. Chief Bob Rupp said it clothing in a dryer caught fire with some of the flaming material ending up on the floor. Deputy Chief Hugh Gross dousing the fire with an extinguisher. Firemen with air packs entered the first floor of the two story building and simply pulled the rest of the burning clothing out of the building where the flames were doused.

 

Frank Brogan

He's making a tour of university campus' these days... and Frank Brogan... the Chancellor of the State System of Higher Education... likes what he sees. Chancellor Brogan was on the Bloomsburg University campus Wednesday... chatting with students and educators in a classroom – type setting. In an interview with WHLM News... Chancellor Brogan says he's excited about the state education system. Brogan started his job only six weeks ago... coming from a similar position with the State of Florida. Thus far... he's visited 12 of the 14 state universities in Pennsylvania.

 

United Water Work

United Water crews braved freezing temperatures overnight to replace a 300 pound valve that caps the end of a 6 inch in diameter water line at Main and Iron Streets in Bloomsburg. They tried to preform the same job earlier this week but ran into some issues. With some water being shut off while we slept... the utility's Bob Manbeck says if you have discolored water... simply run the cold water tap and it should clear. One upgrade crews preformed is bring the valve closer to curbside so future maintenance can be preformed quicker and easier.

 

Bloomsburg Robbery

Bloomsburg Police are keeping an eye out for a man who took drugs and money at gunpoint around 7:30 Wednesday night. Police say the man entered an apartment at 465 E. 8th Street... pulled a weapon... and threatened the unnamed resident. The apartment dweller complied and the suspect made off with a bottle of medication and $400 in cash. Police now looking for a white male... six feet tall with a stocky build... with a black knit hat and scarf... wearing clothing with the Carhart logo. Have information call Bloomsburg Police.

 

Elderly Couple Injured

An elderly Almedia couple are recovering from injuries received in a two vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon in the 34 – hundred block of Old Berwick Road. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition Harold Snyder and his wife, Jane... had just left their home when their van collided with a parked Post Office truck. The impact flipping the van on it's side with the couple ended up on one another on the driver's side door. Postal truck driver... 55 – year old Paul Peritz was slightly injured in the crash.

 

Residents Evacuated

An estimated 40 residents of the Mountain City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hazle Township were evacuated from their building Wednesday afternoon. That's when firefighters were called after smoke was discovered inside the building. Authorities say a heater problem produced the smoke in a stairwell and part of a building.

 

Notebook Computer

Someone in the Hazleton area is missing a notebook computer. State Police at Hazleton tell us the Hewlett Packard notebook was found in the parking lot of the Turkey Hill Store in Hazle Township. If you believe the computer is yours... contact State Police in Hazleton.

 

Wilkes – Barre Church Targeted

A Wilkes – Barre church is the target of vandals... just hours after a crime watch meeting. The incident happened earlier this week at the Wyoming Valley Presbyterian when thieves ripped off copper gutters... nearly a century old. The thieves didn't get all they wanted since heating elements used to deter an ice build up are attached to the gutters.

 

State College Death

Police believe a synthetic drug being marketed as LSD, or acid, led to the death of a 20-year-old Penn State student who fell from a downtown apartment balcony last weekend. Investigators said use of the psychedelic drug appears to have resulted in the accidental death of Conor MacMannis of Virginia... and overdoses for several others who were with him.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Millersville Wednesday night in their PSAC East openers. The Lady Huskies dropping their game by a score of 80 to 74. In the nightcap, the men's team won 83 to 77. Both Bloomsburg University basketball teams will play at Lock Haven Saturday afternoon starting with the women's game at 1 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.

 

High School Football

The unbeaten Berwick High School football team plays Bethlehem Catholic Friday night in a Class AAA first round state playoff game in Allentown. It will be the first meeting of the schools since 1993. Friday night's game kicks off at 7 O'clock. Coverage on Classic Rock 103.5 begins with The Coach Curry Show at 6.

 

NBA

In the NBA Wednesday night... the Toronto Raptors rolled over the Philadelphia 76er's 108 to 98.

 

NFL

Thursday night in the NFL, the New Orleans Saints play the Falcons in Atlanta.

 

Wednesday / November 20, 2013


 

Dockside Laundromat Fire 

The sound of the fire siren punctuated the call of Wednesday night bingo at the Bloomsburg Fire Department shortly before 7:30. Firemen rushing to the 200 block of Iron Street to douse a dryer fire at the Dockside Laundromat. Chief Bob Rupp said that clothing in a dryer caught fire with some of the flaming material ending up on the floor. Deputy Chief Hugh Gross doused the fire with an extinguisher. Firemen with air packs entered the first floor of the two story building and simply pulled the rest of the burning clothing out of the building, where the flames were doused.

 

Frank Brogan

He's only been on the job six weeks, and already the Florida transplant is getting the lay of the land when it comes to higher education. Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor Frank Brogan spent part of Wednesday at Bloomsburg University chatting with a group of educators and students. During his talk Chancellor Brogan spoke about the challenges facing higher education such as declining enrollment and the price point of putting a cap on tuition. Brogan came to Pennsylvania after serving as chancellor of Florida's state system of higher education.

 

Kline Verdict

A Columbia Court court jury in Bloomsburg has found a Benton area man guilty of killing his girlfriend. It's a story we first told you about in May of 2011... when Abraham Kline allegedly killed his girlfriend when she wanted to end the relationship. After firing a weapon and hitting Jocelyn Romano... Kline turned the weapon on himself. He later recovered. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 says Kline faces anywhere from 20 to 40 years in prison on the 3rd degree murder conviction. He'll be sentenced at a later date.

 

United Water Repair

United Water crews will be back out on the street overnight to complete repairs to a six inch in diameter water main at Main and Iron Streets in Bloomsburg... for many... one of the busiest intersections in town. The utilities Bob Manbeck said crews started to replace a valve early Tuesday morning, but ran into space issues. Now... the work has been rescheduled starting late Wednesday night... going into early Thursday morning. The utility's Manbeck says the repair work will make it easier to service the valve and pipe connection in the future. Meantime... starting Thursday morning... apartment dwellers and business who experience discolored water should simply run their cold water tap for a couple of minutes to take care of the issue.

 

Transportation Bill

Gov. Tom Corbett’s hopes for a major transportation funding program came roaring back to life Tuesday, as the state House voted 104-95 to give key preliminary approval to a multi-pronged, $2.4 billion infrastructure investment program. After a long day of lobbying by Corbett and House Speaker Sam Smith, won a slim, but apparently solid majority for an amendment carrying major cash infusions for highway projects, bridge repairs and public transit needs. Columbia County State Representatives David Millard... Kurt Masser and Karen Boback voted “for” the measure. Tuesday’s vote sets the stage for what supporters hope will be a series of General Assembly votes that could get the bill to Corbett’s desk this week.

 

Northumberland County

In Northumberland County... still no budget for 2014. Two of the three commissioners met Tuesday in Sunbury, but they could not agree on a spending plan. If they don't reach an agreement... Northumberland County could shut down at midnight on December 31st. Commissioner Rick Shoch opposes the current spending plan... Commissioner Steve Bridy supports it. Meantime... Commissioner Vinny Clausi was not at the meeting, but in the past has said he opposes the measure. The commission will have one more meeting in December to vote on the proposed budget.

 

Brutal Sexual Assault

A West Hazleton man is in the Luzerne County prison after he sexually assaulted a woman early Tuesday morning. State police say 29 – year old Emmanuel Paulino attacked the woman so brutally... she had to be flown to a hospital for surgery. Court papers indicate Paulino took a half – dozen “molly” pills prior to the attack. Bail is set at a quarter – million dollars.

 

LCCC President

The President of Luzerne County Community College has pleaded guilty to a hit and run accident while driving a college vehicle. 62 – year old Thomas Leary was charged after he backed into a parked car in a Kingston restaurant parking lot earlier this month. He was fined just over $400.

 

Luzerne County Fire

A fire... believed started in a wood burning stove... destroyed a home late Monday night in the Lehman Township section of neighboring Luzerne County. Missing are eight dogs belonging to the homeowner. The cause of the fire on Stonehouse Lane remains under investigation.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

The Huskies Men's and Women's basketball teams opened PSAC play Wednesday night with a pair of home games versus Millersville. The Women lost to the Marauders 80-74. The Men won their game against Millersville 83-77. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

Tuesday / November 19, 2013


United Water - Update

Problems for a work crew from United Water. That crew attempted to replace a valve on a 6 inch in diameter water main at Main and Iron Streets in Bloomsburg early Tuesday morning when they ran into problems. The utility's Bob Manbeck says there was a “fitting issue” and could not secure the new equipment in place. As a temporary fix they replaced the old valve with a section of pipe to assure a continuous flow of water in the main which serves the downtown. They are expected to return Wednesday night... and work into the early morning hours of Thursday to complete the repair.

 

Transportation Bill

Another effort to advance a plan to fund roads, bridges, mass transit, and more in Pennsylvania failed on the House floor Monday night. Legislative leaders and aides to Governor Corbett say at one point Monday, an amendment containing a negotiated transportation infrastructure funding deal only needed one more vote. When the dust settled, the bill fell short by four votes. Legislative leaders say they're not sure what will happen next...there were negative votes from blocks on both sides of the aisle. Governor Corbett had been joined by business and labor groups urging lawmakers to pass a transportation funding bill.

 

AGAPE Aid

Faith – based AGAPE is doing it's part to get aid to the cyclone – stricken Philippines. They're working with partner Mission Central... who AGAPE worked with during the flooding of September of 2011.... so says AGAPE's Kathy Lowe. Items such as unopened medical supplies... infant formula and personal care items. Ms. Lowe says items can be dropped off at AGAPE on East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Stop Sticks

Pursuing drivers... and stopping them cold in their tracks. That's the object of the Bloomsburg Police Department purchasing ten stop sticks... not only for the new cruisers coming on line... but for outlying departments, as well. Bloomsburg Police Chief Roger Van Loan says the $4,300 purchase comes from suspected drunk drivers who come through the Columbia – Montour County DUI Center at 8th and Catherine Streets. Chief Van Loan says there really haven't been pursuits in town in recent memory... but adds they're nice to have when the situation arises.

 

Powerball

One Powerball ticket worth a million dollars for Saturday's drawing was sold in Luzerne County. Lottery officials tell us that the winning ticket was sold at the Grand Smoke Shop in the 200 block of West Mine Street in Hazleton. The ticket matched all the white numbers drawn... but not the red Powerball number. So far... no one has come forward with the winning ticket.

 

Kennedy / Pennsylvania
In the focus on the assassination of President John Kennedy, the story of how he got to the White House is often forgotten. Terry Madonna of Franklin and Marshall College, says Mr. Kennedy faced a number of challenges in his bid for the presidency, most especially his faith. In the end, Pennsylvania backed Kennedy, who won the state by a narrow 116,000 votes, nearly the margin that won him the nation's highest office.

 

Attorney

A Former Wilkes – Barre Area School Board attorney is not competent to stand trial. 78 – year old Anthony Lupas is accused in a multimillion dollar Ponzi scheme. The ruling came from a federal judge on Monday. It's alleged Lupas scammed his victims by promising annual tax – free investments returns.

Instead... it's alleged he pocketed the money. No word when his trial will get underway.

 

Geisinger

Geisinger Health Systems says it will open a walk – in clinic in West Hazleton early next month. Careworks... similar to the one at the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital... will open December 2nd... and is designed to handle non – emergency health issues. A GHS spokesman says it's part of Geisinger's plan to open up to 30 clinics in the system's 44 – county coverage area.

 

Gas Prices

The price of gasoline has stabilized somewhat across northeastern Pennsylvania. The latest Triple – A fuel gauge report shows that self – serve, unleaded regular is holding steady at $3.32 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend. That's down four cents from a week ago, but up two cents a gallon compared to a month ago.

 

Shoplifting Arrest

Four Tamaqua area residents are facing shoplifting charges after they allegedly tried to take products from the Wal – Mart store on Airport Road... in Hazle Township. State Police at Hazleton telling us the incident happened late Sunday afternoon when the four were spotted by store security allegedly taking clothing items... holiday cards and DVD's. All faced preliminary arraignments.

 

Damaged Equipment

A man who used to live in Shenandoah has admitted in Schuylkill County Court that he damaged life-saving and other equipment in February at the Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville. 35 – year old Larry Dettery Jr., of Ashland was sentenced to serve one to two years in a state correctional institution after pleading guilty to criminal trespass, criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia. Prosecutors withdrew two other charges.

 

Thanksgiving Travel

Planes, trains and automobiles will be taking people to their Thanksgiving destinations next week. The Triple – A says train and bus travel over Thanksgiving has been increasing for the past few years and they expect this year will be no different. The busiest travels days are expect to be the day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after. If you need a bus or train ticket and want the best choice of travel times... the Triple – A suggests you book your trip quickly.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football

Three area high school football teams- Berwick, Danville, and Southern Columbia, will try to advance in the postseason playoffs Friday night. Unbeaten Berwick plays Bethlehem Catholic in Allentown in a Class AAA first round state playoff game. Danville is at home against Troy in the District 4 Class AA final. Unbeaten Southern Columbia takes on once beaten Old Forge in a Class A first round state playoff game. Old Forge is coming off an impressive 27-7 win over previously unbeaten Dunmore in the District 2 final. Old Forge running back Brandon Yescavage ran for 225 yards earning the praise of Southern Columbia coach Jim Roth. The Old Forge-Southern Columbia game will be played Friday night at Kemp Memorial Stadium in Shamokin.

 

NFL

In the NFL Monday night... the Carolina Panthers getting by the New England Patriots 24 to 20.

 

NBA

In the NBA... the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 97 to 94.

 

November 18, 2013


Water Valve Replacement

There will be a construction project on Main Street in Bloomsburg overnight. United Water will begin a valve replacement project at Main and Iron Streets starting at 1 AM Tuesday morning. The utility's Bob Manbeck says the four hour project will cause sporadic water outages to subscribers along Main Street... between Iron and Market. The valve has been a problem for United Water for some time... witnessed by water seeping from the under the street. Manbeck says the problem should be taken care of by installing a 300 pound valve on a six inch in diameter water main at the heavily – traveled intersection.

 

AGAPE Aid

Faith – based AGAPE is doing it's part to get aid to the cyclone – stricken Philippines. They're working with partner Mission Central... who AGAPE worked with during the flooding of September of 2011.... so says AGAPE's Kathy Lowe. Items such as unopened medical supplies... infant formula and personal care items. Ms. Lowe says items can be dropped off at AGAPE on East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Stop Sticks

Pursuing drivers... and stopping them cold in their tracks. That's the object of the Bloomsburg Police Department purchasing ten stop sticks... not only for the new cruisers coming on line... but for outlying departments, as well. Bloomsburg Police Chief Roger Van Loan says the $4,300 purchase comes from suspected drunk drivers who come through the Columbia – Montour County DUI Center at 8th and Catherine Streets. Chief Van Loan says there really haven't been pursuits in town in recent memory... but adds they're nice to have when the situation arises.

 

Powerball

One Powerball ticket worth a million dollars for Saturday's drawing was sold in Luzerne County. Lottery officials tell us that the winning ticket was sold at the Grand Smoke Shop in the 200 block of West Mine Street in Hazleton. The ticket matched all the white numbers drawn... but not the red Powerball number. So far... no one has come forward with the winning ticket.

 

Berwick Mayor – Elect

The new mayor – elect of Berwick can't wait to assume office. Tim Burke says he has goals starting in 2014... and he wants to work closely with Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish. Burke is sworn into office in early January and has high expectations in cleaning up crime in the Borough....

 

Meth House Legislation

Legislation is in the works to provide notification to buyers or renters when a property they're looking at has been used as a meth lab. It's a proposed law being promoted by State Senator John Rafferty... a Republican of Berks County. Senators Rafferty and Gene Yaw of Lycoming County says meth production can leave residual chemicals that can cause severe respiratory and nervous system ailments.

 

Frank Brogan

The state's newly hired state university chancellor will be in Bloomsburg this week. Frank Brogan will visit the BU campus Wednesday to attend a midday forum. Brogan came to Pennsylvania last month... after serving as the chancellor of the Florida public university system.... and at one time was the Sunshine State's Lt. Governor. Wednesday's forum will be held in the McCormick Center.

 

Run for the Diamonds

With the terrorist bombing in Boston earlier this year... security will be paramount on Thanksgiving day for the annual Run for the Diamonds in Berwick. Race organizer Margaret Livsey says security will be heightened... and a couple of new rules will be in place.... such as no back packs inside the Elk's building on 3rd Street. The Run for the Diamonds gets underway at mid-morning on Thanksgiving Day... with live coverage on the WHLM Stations.

 

Bloomsburg Fire Alarm

Bloomsburg firemen were called out shortly before midnight on Sunday to the 100 block of West Main Street. Someone calling in a report of the smell of electrical smoke in an apartment building. The fire chief... his deputies and one engine responded to scene only to discover the hot water heater for the apartment had gone on the fritz. All were back at the fire station 20 minutes after they were called.

 

Shenandoah Fire

The State Fire Marshal should know by the end of business Monday as to what sparked a blaze over the weekend... which extensively damaged three vacant homes... as well as a fourth occupied structure in the 200 block of Chestnut Street in Shenandoah. Authorities say a kitchen fire may have started in the home of Eugene Jadus... but they want to know the exact cause.

 

Shoplifting Arrest

Four Tamaqua area residents are facing shoplifting charges after they allegedly tried to take products from the Wal – Mart store on Airport Road... in Hazle Township on Sunday. State Police at Hazleton telling us the four were spotted by store security allegedly taking clothing items... holiday cards and DVD's. All faced preliminary arraignments.

 

Penn State Death

The investigation resumes today into the death of a Penn State student who fell from the 9th floor of an apartment building over the weekend in State College. Police believe drugs and alcohol may have been a factor in the death 20 – year old Conor MacMannis of Virginia. The incident happening at the Penn Towers Apartments early Saturday morning.

 

 

What's Happening Sunday, November 17, 2013


November 18, 2013

The Berwick Anti-Durg Alliance will have a presentation and panel discussion on the topic “The positive impact of the drug court system.” Monday, November 18, 6 pm at the McBride Memorial Library, 500 Market Street, Berwick.

 

November 20, 2013

The Happy Homemakers are sponsoring a blood drive on Wednesday November 20th at the Anthony Township Municipal building from 1 pm - 6 pm. The building is at 1295 White Hall Road in Turbotville.

 

November 22, 2013

The PA Department of Health can help you receive all of your vaccinations if you are uninsured or underinsured. November 22nd and December 13th At Columbia Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, 310 East 3rd Street Mifflinville. For more information call 570-387-4258.

 

WHLM Sports

 

You can hear team coverage of this weekend's games in the WHLM Saturday Sports Report:

 

 

Southern Soccer
The Southern Columbia girls' soccer team lost their bid for the Class A state championship in Hershey Friday evening. They were defeated by defending champions Greensburg Central Catholic. Southern Columbia had a 1-0 lead going into halftime, But Greensburg came back in the second half to make the final 2-1 in Greensburg's favor.

Danville Football
In Friday night High School Football playoff action on News Radio 930 Danville hosted Loyalsock.  Loysock was leading 21-7 going into halftime.  Danville came back to win the very close game 28-21.  With their win they will host Troy next Friday night.

 

Berwick Football

The Bulldogs continue their post-season run as they defeated Abington Heights Saturday afternoon. The final was Berwick 35, Abington 28.

 

Southern Football

Southern Columbia bolstered their playoff run as they beat South Williamsport on Saturday night by a score of 47-21.

 

BU Football

In Huskies college ball Saturday afternoon, Bloomsburg University defeated Slippery Rock 35-28 in front of a wild crowd as BU claimed the PSAC Championship title for the first time since 1985. The winning touchdown came from MVP Franklyn Quiteh with 27 seconds to go in the game. The NCAA will announce the teams in this year's Division II playoffs on Sunday afternoon.

 

BU Basketball

The Huskies Men's team beat Lincoln University Saturday night in a game at the Nelson Field House. The Final score was 89-79 in double-overtime. In Huskies Women's basketball BU beat Wilmington 105-69.

What's Happening Saturday, November 16, 2013


You can get breakfast for a donation at Roaring Creek Valley U. M. Church - Formerly the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church at 6 Orchard Drive Catawissa, on Saturday November 16, 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM. Bacon, Eggs, Toast, French Toast, Ham, Sausage, Pancakes, Coffee, and Juice. Donations will go to the Lori Lowery for Heart Transplant fund.

 

Black Creek UMC is sponsoring a "Chicken & Waffle Dinner, Saturday, November 16, from 3:00pm-7:00pm, Adults: $10.00 per person, Children: 6-10  $5.00

Children: 5 & Under: Free. The church is located at 158 Golf Course Road, Sugarloaf.

 

Animal Resource Center is having their 9th annual banquet and auction on Saturday, November 16th, at Washies Fire Hall in Danville. Doors open at 5 pm, dinner at 6, tickets 30 dollars at the door and the proceeds go to ARC, the animal Resource Center.

 

McBride Memorial Library will highlight local wines from the Central Susquehanna Valley Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the library. There will be beer too, plus food prepared by some of Berwick’s finest cooks, free photo booth, music, and games, raffle baskets, a silent auction with over 30 items and a door prize. The money raised with this event will be used to pay the operating expenses of the library located at 500 Market Street, Berwick.

 

Join your friends on Saturday mornings now until December 21st from 9 am til 1 pm for breakfast benefiting the brand-new Starving Artists at the Moose Exchange in downtown Bloomsburg. They'll serve a diner-style breakfast including eggs, biscuits, hash browns, french toast and more. Enjoy the community atmosphere in the Grille Room while supporting your local artists.

 

The Children's Museum invites your kids to turkey-day on Saturday, November 16th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Your kids can meet live turkeys and learn about them. The Children's Museum is located on 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

WHLM Sports

 

You can hear team coverage of this weekend's games in the WHLM Saturday Sports Report:

 

 

Southern Soccer
The Southern Columbia girls' soccer team lost their bid for the Class A state championship in Hershey Friday evening. They were defeated by defending champions Greensburg Central Catholic. Southern Columbia had a 1-0 lead going into halftime, But Greensburg came back in the second half to make the final 2-1 in Greensburg's favor.

Danville Football
In Friday night High School Football playoff action on News Radio 930 Danville hosted Loyalsock.  Loysock was leading 21-7 going into halftime.  Danville came back to win the very close game 28-21.  With their win they will host Troy next Friday night.

 

Berwick Football

The Bulldogs continue their post-season run as they defeated Abington Heights Saturday afternoon. The final was Berwick 35, Abington 28.

 

Southern Football

Southern Columbia bolstered their playoff run as they beat South Williamsport on Saturday night by a score of 47-21.

 

BU Football

In Huskies college ball Saturday afternoon, Bloomsburg University defeated Slippery Rock 35-28 in front of a wild crowd as BU claimed the PSAC Championship title for the first time since 1985. The winning touchdown came from MVP Franklyn Quiteh with 27 seconds to go in the game. The NCAA will announce the teams in this year's Division II playoffs on Sunday afternoon.

 

BU Basketball

The Huskies Men's team beat Lincoln University Saturday night in a game at the Nelson Field House. The Final score was 89-79 in double-overtime. In Huskies Women's basketball BU beat Wilmington 105-69.

Friday / November 15, 2013


Southern Soccer

The Southern Columbia girls soccer team lost their bid for the Class A state championship in Hershey Friday evening. They were defeated by defending champions Greensburg Central Catholic. In a game televised on PCN television... Southern Columbia got a 1 to nothing lead... and held that going into half – time. However, during the second half... Greensburg got their act together. The final score... Greensburg over Southern 2 to 1.

 

Arrest Made in Berwick Shooting

A 17 – year old teenager is facing a long list of charges stemming from a shooting last month in the 500 block of LaSalle Street in Berwick. Police Chief Ken Strish telling us William Cordell Emmett is charged with four counts of aggravated assault... one count of receiving stolen property... one count of trying to erase a serial number from a weapon.. and one count of carrying a firearm without a license. 21 – year old Tyler Joseph Arias sustained a single gunshot would to his leg. Investigators putting their hands on an Iberia Firearms 40 – caliber handgun... as well as two two discharged cartridges. The serial number had been scratched from the weapon... which had been stolen from a Nescopeck home. Emmett was arraigned in front of District Justice Richard Knecht... with bail set at $125,000 straight cash. He's now in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg.

 

Geisinger Wins!!

The campaigning is done, the last vote is in and the winner of Medline Industries, Inc.’s third annual national Pink Glove Dance video competition is… Geisinger Health System in Danville. The Pink Glove Dance unites 80,000 clinicians, survivors and communities throughout North America in a fun and memorable way to support breast cancer awareness and prevention – all through the spirit of dance. Thanks to record number 95,623 votes cast for Geisinger Health System’s video, the hospital will receive a $25,000 donation from Medline to its breast cancer charity of choice, the American Cancer Societies of Central and Northeastern PA. Geisinger also donated $2,500 to The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition as part of their participation in the competition, contributing to the nearly $1 million raised by all the participants for breast cancer education and early detection.

 

Philippines Help

Nearly a week since a powerful typhoon struck a part of the Philippines... relief supplies are finally getting to the victims. The international Red Cross is in charge... doing it's best to help... but they're getting some assistance from the American Red Cross.... so says Rita Inklovich of the Bloomsburg Chapter. In this country... and locally as well... money is being donated either through social media... smart phones... or checks being dropped off at the local chapters... money, if so designated, will go to relief efforts.

 

Berwick Roundtable

A roundtable discussion is on tap for next Thursday... hearing from non – profit groups trying to make a difference in Berwick. Ginny Crake of the Berwick Area United Way... says next week's roundtable is some what different that a similar meeting which took place last fall. The community wide meeting will take place next Thursday... starting at 5:30 in the Berwick High School Auditorium.

 

Newell Hearing

The man accused of killing three people at a Ross Township supervisors meeting... in Monroe County... in August will stand trial. Rockne Newell was the focus of a preliminary hearing in Stroudsburg on Thursday. Bone – chilling audio tape of the incident was played. No trial date has been set, but prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

 

Sunbury Murder

Police are now looking for the individuals responsible for the death of a man who's body was found in the backyard of a Catawissa Avenue home in Sunbury this week. Authorities say Troy LaFerrara of Port Treverton was stabbed to death. Sunbury Police Chief Stephen Mazzeo said investigators are following leads... adding that despite the stabbing death.... people who live in the neighborhood aren't in any danger.

 

Holden / Liquor Control Board

Former US Representative Tim Holden has been sworn in for a seat on the state liquor control board. He won confirmation earlier this week. Earlier this year... the Schuylkill County Democrat was nominated for the job. It comes at a time when Governor Corbett is trying to take the state's liquor system private.

 

Mohegan Sun

There was a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday for a new hotel at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The 7 story... 238 room hotel and 20,000 square foot convention center has a price tag of an estimated $50 – million. Construction began more than a year ago... with the company hiring 250 people for the hotel and convention center.

 

Man Caught

A Hazleton man is behind bars after police chased and caught a suspected drug dealer. Police say 28 – year old Ariel Alvarez was caught selling an estimated 600 bags of heroin early Thursday morning. He took off and was eventually found in a home on Pierce Street in Kingston. Alvarez is now in the Luzerne County Jail.

 

WHLM Sports

Friday night playoff action on News Radio 930 Danville hosted Loyalsock.  Loysock was leading 21-7 going into halftime.  Danville came back to win the very close game 28-21.  With there win they will host Troy next Friday night.

Thursday / November 14, 2013


Philippines Help

Nearly a week since a powerful typhoon struck a part of the Philippines... relief supplies are finally getting to the victims. The international Red Cross is in charge... doing it's best to help... but they're getting some assistance from the American Red Cross.... so says Rita Inklovich of the Bloomsburg Chapter. In this country... and locally as well... money is being donated either through social media... smart phones... or checks being dropped off at the local chapters... money, if so designated, will go to relief efforts.

 

 

Berwick Roundtable

A roundtable discussion is on tap for next Thursday... hearing from non – profit groups trying to make a difference in Berwick. Ginny Crake of the Berwick Area United Ways... says next week's roundtable is some what different that a similar meeting which took place last fall. The community wide meeting will take place next Thursday... starting at 5:30 in the Berwick High School Auditorium.

 

Holden / Liquor Control Board

Former US Representative Tim Holden has been sworn in for a seat on the state liquor control board. He won confirmation earlier this week. Earlier this year... the Schuylkill County Democrat was nominated for the job. It comes at a time when Governor Corbett is trying to take the state's liquor system private.

 

Mohegan Sun

There was a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday for a new hotel at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The 7 story... 238 room hotel and 20,000 square foot convention center has a price tag of an estimated $50 – million. Construction began more than a year ago... with the company hiring 250 people for the hotel and convention center.

 

Berwick Walk

Standing up for what's right in neighborhoods across Berwick. That's what members of the Berwick Blue Print Community is doing... attempting to rid streets of drugs and crime. Wednesday night... about two dozen people walked the length of LaSalle Street... a somewhat troubled neighborhood these days. Organizer Tim Burke says the groups efforts will work. Burke is also Berwick's Mayor – elect and takes office the first of the year. He told me he's looking forward to working closely with Police Chief Ken Strish.

 

GHS / AtlantiCare

Danville – based Geisinger Health System could get bigger in the future. GHS has signed a letter of intent to explore ways to provide better health care to AtlantiCare Health System of Atlantic City. The signing of the letter of intent enables each organization to investigate in greater detail the opportunities to affiliate. A Geisinger spokesman says the approval process could take up to a year to complete. AtlantiCare has more than than 5,400 employees and 600 physicians serving the coastal area of New Jersey in nearly 70 locations.

 

Scott Twp Budget

It is budget preparation time for municipalities across the region. Reading the legal notices... it appears places like Scott Township is way ahead of the curve. Township Secretary Eric Stahley says supervisors have done their work... and the $1.1 - million proposal is on display at the municipal building on Tenny Street. Stahley says there are no surprises in the proposed 2014 spending plan... including no plans to raise property taxes. The Supervisors are expected to approve the package when they meet on the 26th of the month.

 

DNA Testing
A state house committee heard arguments from both sides over a senate bill to require DNA testing for people arrested for certain crimes. Jayann Sepich of New Mexico became a national advocate for pre-conviction DNA testing after her daughter was murdered in 2003. She disputes claims the testing is an invasion of privacy. But, Lt. Col. Scott Snyder, a Pennsylvania State Police Deputy Commissioner, says it's not an invasion of privacy question... but rather has concerns about the impact of expanded testing on the state police lab. No one knows if the issue will get traction.

 

Police Officer Remembered

Shamokin's only police officer to die in the line of duty was remembered Wednesday night. It was 30 – years ago Corporal David Witmer was gunned down by Preston Pfeifly after setting a garage fire. Pfeifly was convicted in 1984... and died just last month in a state prison.

 

PGA, Inc

A Freeland building... vacant for the past 3 and a half years... has a new owner. PGA, Incorporated that recycles plastics has purchased... and will move their operations into the 154,000 - thousand square foot Garland Commercial Industries building. The company will make their move from their 25,000 – thousand square foot White Haven operation before the end of December.

 

Sherman Hills

This week's murder of a woman in a troubled housing project in Wilkes – Barre has caught the attention of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The federal agency giving the owner of the Sherman Hills apartment complex until the end of the month to get their act together. HUD inspectors gave the management staff an “unsatisfactory” grade. Sherman Hills management had “no comment” on HUD's action.

 

Luzerne Budget

An estimated $15 – million dollar Luzerne County cash gap for 2013 has been closed. County Manager Robert Lawton said that through a plan to secure money from the state and federal government... as well as some short – term borrowing... closed the cash crunch. Overall... Luzerne County is in the red by an estimated $400 – million dollars. 2014 even looks worse with Lawton threatening to lay off up to 250 county employees in order to make ends meet.

 

 

Wednesday / November 13, 2013


Berwick Walk

Standing up for what's right in neighborhoods across Berwick. That's what members of the Berwick Blue Print Community is doing... attempting to rid streets of drugs and crime. Wednesday night... about two dozen people walked the length of LaSalle Street... a somewhat troubled neighborhood these days. Organizer Tim Burke says the groups efforts will work. Burke is also Berwick's Mayor – elect and takes office the first of the year. He told me he's looking forward to working closely with Police Chief Ken Strish.

 

Scott Twp Budget

It is budget preparation time for municipalities across the region. Reading the legal notices... it appears places like Scott Township is way ahead of the curve. Township Secretary Eric Stahley says supervisors have done their work... and the $1.1 - million proposal is on display at the municipal building on Tenny Street. Stahley says there are no surprises in the proposed 2014 spending plan... including no plans to raise property taxes. The Supervisors are expected to approve the package when they meet on the 26th of the month.

 

PennDOT / Winter

We're getting our first seasonal shot of cold weather... but it's the snow and ice experienced on our daily drive that worries a lot of us. However, PennDOT is looking out for us when snow and ice hit.... so says the agency's Rick Mason. He says there is plenty of staffing throughout District 3... which includes Columbia and Montour Counties... and there is unused money in the budget to make sure road clearing operations are not hampered.

 

Run for Diamonds

Last minute details are being ironed out for this month's Run for the Diamonds in Berwick... scheduled to be held on Thanksgiving Day. Event organizer Margaret Livsey says entries for the event continue to pour in... with about 600 people entering thus far, with the list to grow to 1,800 on race day. And Ms. Livsey says security will be tightened for the 104th annual Run for the Diamonds following the finish line terrorist attack in Boston earlier this year.

 

Catholic Survey

Catholics in Pennsylvania and around the world are intrigued by the first-ever pastoral survey to originate from the Vatican. Victoria Laskowski of the Diocese of Harrisburg says the survey has been circulated to 89 parishes. A 39-question survey deals with topics ranging from marriage according to natural law, to Catholic teaching on the value of family.

 

Alinsky Charged

A Hazle Township woman is headed to court to stand trial in the death of her boyfriend. Jessica Alinsky is accused of shooting and killing Matthew Gailie at the home they shared at the Eagle Rock development near Hazleton in September of 2011. Investigators say Alinsky shot Gailie... then telling troopers he was shot by someone... changing her story to taking his own life. Following an appearance before a district judge on Tuesday... she was hustled off to the Luzerne County lockup.

 

Sherman Hills Shooting

A 21 - year old man is in custody... charged the the death of of a woman... shot three times at the Sherman Hills apartment complex in Wilkes – Barre. Kenneth Evans the Third is charged with criminal homicide in the death of Shantique Goodson. The death of Ms. Goodson is the 13th homicide in Wilkes – Barre this year. Police say Goodson was arguing with two men... one of them Evans... when three gunshots were fired. The woman later died at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Both Evans and Goodson have been in trouble with the law in the past.

 

Sunbury Death

Police investigators in Sunbury say they're investigating the death of a man in his 40's. His body was found behind a home on Catawissa Avenue on Tuesday. Police aren't saying much... but Police Chief Stephen Mazzeo called the death suspicious. They have yet to release the man's name.... or how he died.

 

Danville Detour

That detour on Routes 11 and 54 in Danville will soon be lifted. Danville Borough Administrator Dan Knorr says the detour was established some months ago for a levee closure project... but will disappear Thursday evening. The detour has been a pain in the neck for commuters... forcing driver to go an additional block north... then making a left hand turn to get on Route 54.

 

Drug Bust

A Williamsport man is in trouble with the law. Matthew Romero was arrested in Milton... in Northumberland County following a traffic stop over the weekend. Police say officers found 98 bags of heroin worth about $2,000. After making his first court appearance... Romero was locked up in the Northumberland jail in Sunbury.

 

Schuylkill County Fire

A fire marshal will try an determine what started a blaze in a vacant home in Schuylkill County on Monday. The house on Kaska Street in Middleport has been vacant for some time. No first responders were hurt battling the blaze.

 

Tuesday / November 12, 2013


Cold Shot

Our first shot of cold weather for the season has arrived across the region. The mild temperatures seen in parts of our area on Veterans Day will quickly come to an end as a strong cold front sweeps through the region. Behind it... rain and snow showers and a massive amount of cold weather. Temps Tuesday will only get into the 30's. Clouds will give way to clearing with temperatures plunging into lower 20's Tuesday night.

 

Montour County Fire

Investigators are looking for the cause of a Monday morning house fire in Montour County. Montour and Columbia County fire crews.... including an engine and a tanker from Millville were called out around to Degreen Road... in Derry Township... near Danville. Firefighters say they found smoke billowing out of the roof of the one story modular structure. The residents.... 65 – year old Louise Travelpiece... and her daughter, 47 – year old Angela Gross were at work when the fire was discovered. Gross’s son, 14 – year old Matthew was at an aunt’s house in Danville.

 

Benner – Hudock Center

Bloomsburg University dedicated the Benner – Hudock Center for Financial Analysis in Sutliff Hall Monday. 1975 BU graduate Barbara Benner Hudock has made her mark in the financial world through Hudock Moyer Wealth Resources... a company she established in Williamsport. Ms. Hudock spoke about her BU roots and the importance of professors and instructors. The Hudock family has been instrumental in making donations to the university over the years... and making a difference in the lives of students.

 

Corbett Reelection

Governor Corbett has been stumping the state ever since he made an announcement he planned to seek a second term. A staunch supporter is State Representative David Millard of North Center Township.

Representative Millard says the governor has tried to contain several issues affecting the state such as inheriting a multi – billion dollar deficit. Meantime up to eight Democratic candidates are seeking to take on Mr. Corbett in next November's general election. However, the Dems will have an internal fight as they head for the primary next March.

 

Sherman Hills

A 21 - year old man is in custody... charged the the death of of a woman... shot three times at the Sherman Hills apartment complex in Wilkes – Barre.

Kenneth Evans the Third is charged with criminal homicide in the death of Shantique Goodson. The death of Goodson is the 13th homicide in Wilkes – Barre this year. Police say Goodson was arguing with two men... one of them Evans... when three gunshots were fired. The woman later died at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

 

Vandalism

Police in the Wyoming Valley says they're investigating a rash of vandalism over the weekend. In essence... BB and pellet guns were used to break windows... sending automobile glass everywhere. Most of the cases dozens of shattered windows were confined to Wilkes – Barre, but some was reported in Kingston and Plains Township. No one has been charged in the vandalism.

 

Wilkes - Barre Fire

An apparent vacant building in the old Murray Complex on South Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilkes – Barre caught fire Monday. Fire crews were called out shortly after day break. Right now.... investigators are looking for a cause... since no utilities were hooked up to the building.

 

Birds

Feeding and watching wild birds in the winter is a common cold-weather hobby for Pennsylvanians. Taking care of our wild feathered friends is one way to soothe Cabin Fever when the winter days get cold and short. Jon Dale of the Appalachian Audubon Society, says birds can fend for themselves, but appreciate supplemental feeding. He adds that winter bird watching can be enjoyed in any setting and says the type of food offered can influence what types of birds that show up. He says a seed mixture tends the draw the widest variety.

 

Health Care Impact

A new study says the economic impact of the health care industry in Pennsylvania continues grow. The report, commissioned by the PA Homecare Association, indicates the industry is growing and its positive impact is staying within commonwealth borders. Paul Umbach, president of Tripp Umbach, which conducted the study, said the setting where many of the services used to be offered, has changed and that personal care and home health aide jobs are projected to grow by 70% in the next several years.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

After Saturday's 31-28 win over previously unbeaten West Chester, the Bloomsburg University football team has moved up to 3rd in the Super Region One rankings. The top 6 teams in those ranking at the end of play on Saturday will make it to the NCAA playoffs. The Huskies play Slippery Rock Saturday in the PSAC championship game at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium. Game time is 12:30.

 

BU Basketball

The BU Men's team rallied back after their season-opening loss last Friday to take a 79-61 win in their Home opener against PSU-Hazleton on Tuesday night. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

SC Girls Soccer

The Southern Columbia girls soccer team is two wins away from a state championship. Tuesday night the Tigers play Tulpehocken at Hamburg High School in a Class A state semifinal.

 

NFL

In the NFL Monday night... The Tampa Bay Buccaneers getting by the Miami Dolphins 22 to 19.

 

NBA

In the NBA... the San Antonio Spurs outscored the Philadelphia 76er's 109 to 85.
 

Monday / November 11, 2013


Corbett Reelection

Governor Corbett has been stumping the state ever since he made an announcement he planned to seek a second term. A staunch supporter is State Representative David Millard of North Center Township. Representative Millard says the governor has tried to contain several issues affecting the state such as a budget deficit he recieved from the Rendell administration... and balloning state pensions. Mean time up to eight Democratic candidates are seeking to take on Mr. Corbett in next November's general election. However, the Dems will have an internal fight as they head for the primary next March.

 

Montour Fire

Investigators are looking for the cause of a house fire in Montour County Monday morning. Montour and Columbia County fire crews.... including an engine and a tanker from Millville were called out around 5 O'clock Monday morning to Degreen Road... in Derry Township... near Danville. Firefighters say they found smoke billowing out of the roof of the one story modular structure. Fire crews have yet to say if anyone was inside the building when the flames erupted.

 

Veterans Day Parade

Thousands of people lined the streets of Bloomsburg Saturday for the annual Veterans Day Parade... remembering those who fought and served. The procession went south on Lightstreet Road... to Main Street... making a hard left at Market. At the Bloomsburg Fire Hall... Greg Moore of VFW Post 804 talked about Veterans Day during a quick ceremony. A meal was served to vets as a “thank you” for the time they spent in the military... protecting our country.

 

Berwick Police Investigations

The huge influx of meth making in Berwick in 2012.... and this year... has not gone away. That word from Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish. During a recent interview... Chief Strish said his men continue to investigate tips the department is getting. Chief Strish says his investigation and the capturing of drug suspects couldn't happen without the help of outside agencies from State and Federal governments.

 

Man Captured

A Berwick man is in the Columbia County Prison Monday morning after trying to flee from South Centre Township police. The Press – Enterprise and other media outlets are reporting... the chase started when Stephen Whitenight allegedly urinated in public and police were called to the Pleasant View Mobile Home Park... off of Ft. Jenkins Lane. Whitenight tried to give them the slip and ended up in the Susquehanna River. Lime Ridge firemen were called in to rescue Whitenight off an island. Bloomsburg Firefighters launched their Marine unit. Whitenight was eventually brought back to land... arraigned last night in Danville... then taken to the prison.

 

Freeland Fire

A Freeland family of eight was made homeless over the weekend after a malfunctioning wood burner sent flames shooting from the chimney. Firemen were called to the 400 block of Ridge Street... and they found an overheated wood burning stove in the second floor apartment. That family was displaced and assisted by the American Red Cross.

 

Church Fire

The congregation of a church in downtown Hazleton are still cleaning up for a fire in a kitchen which sent an oily coating of soot through the sanctuary of the House of Worship on East Broad Street late Thursday night. But, the pastor of the church believes they're going to have to call in professional's to clean up the mess. No services were held at the church on Sunday.

 

Wilkes – Barre Demolition

If you're headed to Wilkes – Barre on Monday... a word of caution if you're headed to south Main Street... just off of Public Square. Four buildings in the area will to fall to the wrecking ball Monday. The demolition is expected to run nearly two weeks. The project stems from an engineering firms believe that the four building from 61 to 75 Main Street are in danger of collapsing.

 

LIHEAP

Slightly more than one in every ten Pennsylvania households is expected to get federal taxpayer assistance in paying their heating bills this winter, based on state data. The federal government recently released $2.9 - billion in tax dollars for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to mostly northern states to assist households that are unable to pay their own heating bills. A spokesperson for the state Department of Public Welfare says Pennsylvania will receive between $175 - million and $190 - million of that total.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

For the first time since 1985, a PSAC football championship game will be played at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium. The Huskies clinched a spot in the title game with Saturday's 31-28 win over previously unbeaten West Chester. In the process, Bloomsburg swept individual honors in the PSAC East. Senior Franklyn Quiteh is the offensive player of the week. He ran for 154 yards and a touchdown, going over 7000 career yards and setting PSAC records for touchdowns and total points.

Junior linebacker Justin Shirk won defensive honors. Shirk recorded 16 tackles. Saturday at 12:30 the Huskies will play Slippery Rock for the PSAC title.

 

NFL / Sunday

In the NFL yesterday, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Buffalo Bills 23-10... the New York Giants got by the Oakland Raiders 24-20... and the Philadelphia Eagles downed the Green Bay Packers 27-13.

 

NFL / Monday

Monday night's game is the Miami Dolphins battling the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

 

What's Happening Sunday, November 10, 2013


The 6th Annual Night of Giving is Sunday November 10th between 6pm and 9pm at the Columbia Mall.  Join Team Haney and WHLM for a night of family fun to benefit the National Lung Cancer Partnership to raise money in a fun way. $5 for adults and $2.50 for children for food sampling, door prizes, mall wide discounts and lots of free stuff.  The Mall is located at the Buckhorn Exit off of I-80.

 

The Bloomsburg Women's Shelter 5K walk/run is Sunday November 10th at 1 pm at the Bloomsburg University Stadium Track on upper campus. There will be a $20 registration fee.

 

The Benton British Car Club will meet Sunday, November 10th, at 3 pm at Strevig's Family Restaurant, Route 487 in Benton.  Anyone who owns a British car is welcome to attend.

 

Central Susquehanna Sight Services is hosting a car raffle. They’re giving away a 2013 Honda Insight Hybrid with 49 other prizes valued at $100. You can get tickets now for the November 14th drawing. Raffle tickets are a donation of $15 per ticket. Tickets are available at Bloom Vision and The Albertson Eye Care Center.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Football

High school football's postseason playoffs began Friday night. In our Game of the Week, Defending District 4 AA champion Danville staved off Lewisburg in a quarterfinal game that ended 23-6.

 

In a District 4 Class A semifinal heard on Classic Rock 103.5, Southern Columbia beat Bloomsburg 49-14.

 

Saturday Football

Saturday afternoon Berwick edged past Crestwood 14-13 in a District 2 AAA Semifinal.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday, Bloomsburg University defeated previously unbeaten West Chester 31-28. Bloomsburg goes on to play Slippery Rock in the PSAC Championship.

 

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

 

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men's basketball team fell to Chestnut Hill in their season opener Friday night 68-62. On Saturday the Women won their match against Chestnut Hill 97-57.

 

What's Happening Saturday, November 9, 2013


This year's Veteran’s Day Parade is this morning. It forms at the Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital parking lot and moves at 10am, down Lightstreet Road to Main Street, south on Market Street, ending at the Fire Hall with a short program and meal.

 

It's the Community Market and Starving Artists' Breakfast this morning at the Moose Exchange on Main Street in Bloomsburg. Stop by for coffee, some baked goods, produce, and other handmade goods from local producers. The Market is open from 9am - 1pm.

 

The St. Cyril Basket Bonanza is today at St. Cyril school gym, 580 Railroad Street in Danville. Doors open at 11 am. Drawing begins at 1 pm. Tickets for baskets must be entered before 1 pm. and are available at the door. There will be over 30 themed baskets a 50/50 - and there will be food.

 

The Danville Area Community Center presents their 17th annual 5k run/walk today. Registration is from 7:00 to 8:30 am and the race starts at 9am.

 

The Bloomsburg University Players present "Avenue Q" at the Alvina Krause theater this weekend. Showtimes are at 7:30pm tonight and 3pm Sunday afternoon.

 

Central Susquehanna Sight Services is hosting a car raffle. They’re giving a way a 2013 Honda Insight hybrid, with 40 second prizes valued at $100. You can get tickets now for the November 14th drawing. Raffle tickets are a donation of $15.00 per ticket. Tickets are available at Bloom Vision and The Albertson Eye Care Center.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Football

High school football's postseason playoffs began Friday night. In our Game of the Week, Defending District 4 AA champion Danville staved off Lewisburg in a quarterfinal game that ended 23-6.

 

In a District 4 Class A semifinal heard on Classic Rock 103.5, Southern Columbia beat Bloomsburg 49-14.

 

Saturday Football

Saturday afternoon Berwick edged past Crestwood 14-13 in a District 2 AAA Semifinal.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday, Bloomsburg University defeated previously unbeaten West Chester 31-28. Bloomsburg goes on to play Slippery Rock in the PSAC Championship.

 

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

 

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men's basketball team fell to Chestnut Hill in their season opener Friday night 68-62. On Saturday the Women won their match against Chestnut Hill 97-57.

 

Friday / November 8, 2013


Concealed Carry Class

An estimated 200 people showed up Thursday night at the Reliance Fire Hall in Berwick to take concealed carry class for firearms. Columbia County Sheriff Tim Chamberlain was there and so was District Attorney Tom Leipold... who spoke on the law of self – defense. Sheriff Chamberlain spoke on how to safely interact with police while you are carrying a weapon. Due to popularity... it's expected more concealed carry classes will be held right after the first of the year.

 

Caregiver Forum

State Representative David Millard holding one in a series of seminars designed for individuals who act as caregivers... for family and friends... in the twilight of their years. The concerns... according to Representative Millard... is finances and care. Thursday's seminar was held at the Millville Health Care Center... featuring a elder care attorney... the Columbia – Montour office of aging.. as well as folks representing other facets of end of life care.

 

Natural Gas

The state of Pennsylvania is offering up substantial subsidies for natural gas production... and Governor Corbett is leading the charge. Those state subsidies could top a billion dollars in the next decade. But, Christina Simeone of PennFuture Energy Center says that money may be better invested elsewhere. It's Governor Corbett's view that natural gas exploration is a way the state can become an industrial powerhouse again.

 

Bob Mellow in NEPA

Former state Senate Democratic Leader Robert Mellow is back in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The 70 year old Mellow is now staying at a half – way house in Scranton. If you recall, he was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison after he was convicted on bribery and kickback charges. Mellow's sentenced is due to end in March.

 

PSU President

Still no President announced to head Penn State University. Their top prospect is Dr. David Smith who currently heads the Upstate Medical University in Albany, New York. However, PSU's search for a new president uncovered questions about Dr. Smith... according to a report on Syracuse.com. The website says Dr. Smith was placed on leave by the State University of New York over allegations he padded his pay.

 

Sewer Line Extension

Rush Township supervisors... near Hazleton... say plans are underway for the Lincoln Drive sanitary sewer line extension. Now... environmental impact statements will be assessed and funding secured. The million dollar project will connect residential and commercial properties at Lincoln Drive... going under US 309... and connecting to an existing line. Construction could begin as early as the spring of 2014.

 

Suspected Meth Lab

A suspected rolling meth lab went up in flames Thursday near the Frances Slocum State Park in Luzerne County. Five people were eventually taken to the hospital for treatment... including a Good Samaritan and two EMT's. Police say Jennifer Arnold and Lee Marshal were in the SUV... when a container with the meth blew up. Thus far... no charges have been filed.

 

PPL Ripped Off

A Wilkes – Barre man is facing charges after he allegedly stole power from Pennsylvania Power and Light. 59 – year old Joseph Brown of Carbon Lane is charged with risking a catastrophe... theft of services and criminal mischief. The utility getting a tip that Brown was ripping off PPL since the house had no power for several years. It's believe Brown stole an estimated $3,800 worth of juice.

 

WHLM Sports

 

You can hear the results from the first week of HS Football playoff action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

High School Football

High school football's postseason playoffs began Friday night. In our Game of the Week, Defending District 4 AA champion Danville staved off Lewisburg in a quarterfinal game that ended 23-6.

 

More Football

In a District 4 Class A semifinal heard on Classic Rock 103.5, Southern Columbia beat Bloomsburg 49-14.

 

Saturday Football

Saturday afternoon Berwick plays Crestwood at Crispin Field in a District 2 Class AAA semifinal. Coverage on Classic Rock 103.5 begins at noon with The Coach Curry Show.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday, Bloomsburg University plays at unbeaten West Chester with the winner to play in next week's PSAC championship game. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 12:30 with The Husky Countdown Show.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men's basketball team fell to Chestnut Hill in their season opener Friday night 68-62.

 

NFL Thursday

In the NFL Thursday night... the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Washington Redskins 34 to 27.

 

College Football

In college football, in a match up of two of the nation's top five teams..Stanford getting by Oregon 26 to 20.

 

Thursday / November 7, 2013


Concealed Carry Class

An estimated 200 people showed up Thursday night at the Reliance Fire Hall in Berwick to take concealed carry class for firearms. Columbia County Sheriff Tim Chamberlain was there and so was District Attorney Tom Leipold... who spoke on the law of self – defense. Sheriff Chamberlain spoke on how to safely interact with police while you are carrying a weapon. Due to popularity... it's expected more concealed carry classes will be held right after the first of the year.

 

Caregiver Forum

State Representative David Millard holding one in a series of seminars designed for individuals who act as caregivers... for family and friends... in the twilight of their years. The concerns... according to Representative Millard... is finances and care. Thursday's seminar was held at the Millville Health Care Center... featuring a elder care attorney... the Columbia – Montour office of aging.. as well as folks representing other facets of end of life care.

 

Natural Gas

The state of Pennsylvania is offering up substantial subsidies for natural gas production... and Governor Corbett is leading the charge. Those state subsidies could top a billion dollars in the next decade. But, Christina Simeone of PennFuture Energy Center says that money may be better invested elsewhere. It's Governor Corbett's view that natural gas exploration is a way the state can become an industrial powerhouse again.

 

Community Expo

38 businesses and non – profit groups set up their wares... showing folks what they had to offer during Wednesday's Community Expo at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds... produced by the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce. The Columbia County Traveling Library was there with Director Lydia Kegler answering questions about the mission of the bus full of books. Ms. Kegler along with board President James Patterson says hundreds of miles of month are driven by the bookmobile to reach people in places like Sugarloaf Township in the northern part of the county.... and as far south as Wilburton.

 

Helbok / Council

Now that the general elections are over... one candidate who sought a vacancy on the Bloomsburg Town Council is reviewing his campaign. Oren Helbok... the manager of the Moose Exchange on West Main Street... said it was a pretty good experience. Helbok says he'll continue to attend town council meetings in order to make sure the right questions are asked.

 

Governor Corbett

Governor Tom Corbett made it official....he wants a second term. Mr. Corbett making the announcement in several locations... including Pittston in neighboring Luzerne County. The theme of the Governor's campaign is promises kept... saying leadership is about doing what's right... not what's easy. Meantime Democrat's have at least eight candidates who want Mr. Corbett's job... but they first must make it through a 2014 spring primary.

 

Downtown Blbg, Inc. / T-Biz

There will be a transformation of the Moose Exchange on West Main Street in Bloomsburg after the first of the year. Downtown Bloomsburg Manager Adrienne Mael says a program called T-Biz will take up some of the empty space by high schoolers who plan to start a retail outlet... and get involved in high – tech. T-Biz will begin it's operation at the Moose Exchange early next year.

 

Huntington Twp. Fire

Investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a blaze in Huntington Township in Luzerne County Wednesday morning. Firefighters were called to the two story home near Shickshinny... finding flames coming from the building. Major damaged was confined to the second floor. The people who live in the home along Route 239 got out of the burning building safely.

 

DUI Charge

A Bloomsburg man is facing charges of driving under the influence in Luzerne County. State Police at Hazleton says 29 – year old Andrew Michael Langford was arrested early Wednesday morning in Sugarloaf Township. Police say Langford was stopped after he nearly struck a marked State Police cruiser on Rock Glen Road. Troopers were removing a dead deer from the roadway when they were nearly hit. Police say Langford showed signs of intoxication... and was arrested for DUI

 

Lansford Cop

We're getting word that a Lansford police officer is being investigated... and has been charged with corruptions and giving alcohol to minors. Officer Robert Shubeck is accused of starting a sexual relationship in 2012 with a boy who wanted to become a cop. We're learning that Shubeck has been off the job for nearly a year... a development which surfaced this week.

 

WB Homicide

Authorities in Wilkes – Barre are now in the middle of a death investigation dealing with a man found without life Wednesday morning. 46 – year old Eduardo Madera was found dead in the kitchen of a house on East Northampton Street. Investigators aren't saying how Madera died... but they are calling it an apparent homicide.

 

Kudzu

Farmers in the region could be on the verge of being invaded by a new type of Stink Bug. In essence... they're creepy and somewhat crawly, but their relatively harmless. The stink bug is also known as the kudzu bug because of it's appetite for the invasive for the invasive Kudzu vine.

 

 

Wednesday / November 6, 2013


Bloomsburg Elections

The three incumbents seeking reelection to their seats on the Bloomsburg Town Council have won. In voting Tuesday.... and unofficial returns show that it appears Bill Kreischer... Carey Howell and Sylvia Costa have retained their seats. Challengers Oren Helbok... Joe Martarano and Tyson Auchter failed in their bid to unseat the incumbents. Bloomsburg officially has a new Mayor – elect. Although Sandy Davis won the spring primary for the job... it wasn't official until Tuesday's voting. Ms. Davis... a retired Berwick school teacher... says she learned one big issue during the campaign and that is to listen to residents.

 

Berwick Elections

Turning our attention to the Mayor's race in Berwick... unofficial returns show that Democrat Tim Burke has easily defeated Republican Kirk Bower. Seven candidates were seeking the four vacant seats on Borough Council. Travis Petty... Jim Meighan... Scott Bower and Pete Talanca were elected. Matt Rishkofski... Jean Greco and Vicky Fish coming up short in their election bid.

 

Elections Office

One Columbia County official said his day was slower than usual. Chief Registrar Matt Repasky said there were no problems in any of the 42 precincts across the county. No machine troubles or power outages. Now... Mr. Repasky and his staff will start producing a ballot for the 2014 spring primary right around the first of the year.

 

Luzerne County Elections

A big win for incumbents in Luzerne County. They retained control of the Luzerne County Council and fended off a challenge from a Democratic slate hostile to the current administration.

 

Route 45 Fatal

A former Millville woman is dead. Megan Dilick... now of Lewisburg.... was killed in a two – vehicle crash on Route 45 in West Chillisquaque Township. State police believe Ms. Dilick may have fallen asleep at the wheel after completing her shift as a registered nurse at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Wednesday's edition of the Press – Enterprise is reporting she lost control of her car on a curve... and slammed into an SUV driven by John McIlwaine... another Geisinger employee... apparently on his way to work. She was pronounced dead at Geisinger's E-R.

 

Conceal Classes

Another in a series of concealed carry class for firearms is on tap for Thursday at the Reliance Fire Hall in Berwick. For Columbia County Sheriff Tim Chamberlain License to carry concealed firearms permits are on the rise. Also on hand for the class will be Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold. The class is being sponsored by State Represented David Millard... and begins at 6 O'clock Thursday at the Reliance Fire Hall on West Third Street in Berwick.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

The price of self – serve, unleaded regular gasoline is holding somewhat steady. The Triple A Fuel Gauge report out shows that... across northeastern Pennsylvania... that gas is retailing for an average of $3.28 – a – gallon... the same as it was earlier in the week. That's down two cents a gallon from a week ago.... and down 9 cents from a month ago.

 

Man Arrested

A Wilkes – Barre resident is facing aggravated assault and driving under the influences charges after leading police on a pursuit. 29 – year old Anthony Scott crashed into a marked cruiser. When cops pulled him from his car... they found crack caked around his mouth. The incident stemmed from a surveillance operation on Empire Street

 

Casino & Kids

Children as young as 14 are sneaking into casinos to try their luck at a roulette wheel or slot machine — a costly problem for Pennsylvania gaming operators who are lobbying for tougher penalties for underage gamblers. Doug Harbach, spokesman for the state Gaming Control Board, said underage gambling is a “pretty big issue” at the state's 12 casinos.

 

New Report

A new report says too many children still lack the skills they need to success by third grade and there are differences based on race and income. Laura Speer, Associate Director for Policy Reform Advocacy at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, says the report shows many children are not where they should be by third grade. Ms. Speer says 61% of PA low income children are not enrolled in preschool, slightly below the national average, but still too high:

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football

When the Southern Columbia and Bloomsburg high school football teams meet this Friday in a District 4 Class A semifinal, it will be a rematch of a game on October 11th won by Southern. Tigers coach Jim Roth is concerned with Bloomsburg's passing attack. You can hear Friday's Bloomsburg at Southern Columbia game on Classic Rock 103.5 starting with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team is 6th this week in the Super Region One rankings that will eventually decide which teams make it to the NCAA playoffs. The Huskies play at West Chester Saturday afternoon. The Golden Rams are unbeaten and ranked first in the region.

 

Soccer

In the first round of the state high school soccer playoffs Tuesday... in boys Class A... Bloomsburg defeated Trinity 1 to nothing. In boys Class AA... Danville downed Tunkhannock 2 to 1. In Girls Class A... it was Southern Columbia over Schuylkill Haven 5 to 3... and Tuplehocken defeated Millville 3 to 1.

 

Tuesday / November 5, 2013


 

 

 

News Update

Good Evening... I'm WHLM's Mark Williams at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex in Bloomsburg. It's apparent that the three incumbents seeking reelection to their seats on the Bloomsburg Town Council have won. In complete, but unofficial returns from the five precincts in Bloomsburg... it appears Bill Kreischer... Carey Howell and Sylvia Costa have retained their seats. Challengers Oren Helbok... Joe Martarano and Tyson Auchter failed in their bid to unseat the incumbents. In Berwick's 2nd Ward... Jim Meighan is the top vote getter thus far... followed by Travis Petty... Pete Talanka... Scott Bower... Vicky Fish... Jean Greco and Matt Rishkofski.

 

 

Energy Help

The Berwick Blueprint Community and the Reliance Fire Company is hosting a seminar Wednesday night dealing with lowering energy consumption and assistance. The Fire Company's Bridgette Coolbaugh says there will be a representative from the Public Utility Commission on hand to talk about billing... how to safe money and a host of other issues. The seminar gets underway at 6 O'clock at the Reliance Fire Hall on West Third Street...

 

Diabetes Month
Nearly 26 million children and adults in the U S have diabetes. Prevention is the focus as we make American Diabetes Month. Nearly 1 in 10 adults in Pennsylvania is living with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association is focusing on the toll the disease takes on health. Two out of three people die from related heart disease or stroke. Its the leading cause of kidney failure and the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults. The rate of amputations is 10 times higher than people without diabetes.

 

Fatal Accident

A 21 – year old Hazleton man is dead after his car crashed on Commerce Drive in Hazle Township. State Police at Hazleton say Edward Cabezas – Bonilla sustained massive head injuries as his car flipped and rolled over into a storage late Sunday night. But... his car wasn't discovered until after daybreak Monday. Police say the driver died at the scene.

 

Carbon Co. Explosion

One person is dead after a Monday afternoon explosion tore through a home in Kidder Township in near by Carbon County at Lake Harmony. Authorities have not released the name of the victim... but two other people who lived in the home were taken to a hospital for treatment. Now... it's up to a state fire marshal to determine what called Monday's explosion and fire in Carbon County.

 

Wilkes Sex Assault

Heightened awareness is a must these days on the campus of Wilkes University. That... after a students was allegedly sexually assaulted. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting that the attack happened early Sunday morning in an off – campus apartment. The suspect in the attack has not been identified.

 

Construction Project

That detour at the intersection of Routes 11 and 54 in Danville has been extended... at least until the 7th of the month. Construction on a flood control project in the area has been going on since July... and it was originally believed that the detour could be lifted late last week. However... delayed concrete delivery has affected the work of the contractor to preform curbing and paving work... necessitating the detour extension.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday / November 4, 2013


Cold Weather

Some of the coldest weather of the season dropped into the Susquehanna Valley overnight... thanks to a high pressure area over the mid – Atlantic States. For the most part... you're waking up to temps in the mid 20's. A chilly night... but since there wasn't much humidity... you won't be using the edge of a credit card to get frost off your windshield. It will warm up to an estimated 45 degrees early Monday afternoon... with temps plunging into the upper 20's overnight.

 

Bloomsburg Airport

Although the generations – old Bloomsburg Airport has been open following the flood of 2011... a grand re-opening took place over the weekend. Over the past two years the runway has been re-aligned and lengthened... as well as cutting down some trees on the Susquehanna River approach. Bloomsburg Mayor Carey Howell says the airport fits well into the Transportation Security Administration's over all plans. According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilot's Association web site... 22 planes are permanently based at the airport year round... pumping dollars into the local economy.

 

Windsor Foods

It's been a week since we broke the news that Windsor Foods in Bloomsburg notified their 170 workers that they would shuttle their 11th Street plant the first quarter of next year. Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach say they have yet to chat with their partners at the state and federal level... but Windsor's decision shouldn't alter the project for flood walls around Autoneum and Windsor.

Not only did Windsor place notice it was closing the Bloomsburg plant.... employees at second plant in Riverside, California also got word their plant would also close in the not too distant future.

 

Hazleton Budget

Hazleton City officials have taken the wraps off their $8.9 – million 2014 budget proposal. It contains no tax increase and maintains all city services. It will also absorbs three employees the city gets from taking over the city's parking authority. Hazleton City Council must okay the proposed spending plan by the end of the year.

 

Mitchell Dedes Sentenced

A Hazleton man will spend the next 20 to 40 years in a state prison. 18 – year old Mitchell Dedes was convicted of killing Aaron Reznick of Hazle Township in August of 2012. Three months ago he pleaded guilty to third degree murder.

 

State Revenue

Pennsylvania collected $2.1 billion in general fund revenues in October. That's $29 million or 1.4% more than anticipated. That word coming from Secretary of Revenue Daniel Meuser. Overall... general fund collections for the year total $8.2 - billion dollars... which is nearly $42 – million above estimate.

 

GPS

Some offenders on probation in Pennsylvania are now being watched from above. The state Board of Parole and Probation is using the global positioning system to track offenders under parole supervision.

Fifty offenders are wearing ankle units with GPS that allows them to be monitored around the clock, should they get into or out of places they shouldn't be. Probation and Parole says tracking can change offender behavior and allows them to be treated in the community as opposed to prison. As many as 275 offenders could be put under GPS watch.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football

High school football's regular season is over, but four area teams will enter the postseason playoffs this weekend. On Friday night Bloomsburg plays Southern Columbia in a District 4 Class A semifinal at Tiger Stadium... and Danville is at home against Lewisburg in a District 4 Class AA quarterfinal. On Saturday afternoon at Crispin Field, Berwick plays Crestwood in a District 2 Class AAA semifinal.

 

HS Soccer

Three area high school soccer teams won District 4 championships on Saturday. The Bloomsburg boys remained unbeaten in winning the Class A title; the Danville boys won the AA crown; and the Southern Columbia girls are the Class A champions. The state playoffs begin this week.

 

NFL / Sunday

In the NFL Sunday... The Philadelphia Eagles easily defeated the Oakland Raiders 49 to 20... The New England Patriots downed the Pittsburgh Steelers 41 to 31.... and the New York Jets defeated the New Orleans Saints 26 to 20.

 

NFL / Monday Night Football

Monday night... the Chicago Bears play the Packers in Green Bay.

 

 

What's Happening Sunday, November 3, 2013


Emanuel Dutch Hill Bible Church, 592 Dutch Hill Road, Bloomsburg is having a Rediscover Church Homecoming today at 10 am. You are invited to the 120th birthday celebration featuring a renovated and expanded sanctuary. There will be a special service exploring the history of the church. Stay for light refreshments afterward and meet new friends!

 

The Mount Carmel Lions' all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner is today from 11:30 - 2:00 pm. Price is $7.00 per person at the Mount Carmel Elks, North Oak Street, Mount Carmel. Bring a container; take-outs will be available.

 

Berwick Blue Print Community and Reliance Fire Company, No. 1 is holding a power seminar about assistance programs, budget billing, shopping for electricity, conserving energy and saving money Heating on Wednesday, November 6th. Reliance Fire Company, No. 1 is located at 501 W Third Street, Berwick. The program starts at 6pm.

 

Catawissa First United Methodist Church, 228 South Street, Catawissa is having a dagwood sandwich sale for $3.00 each. Order before Thursday, November 7th, and pick up Thursday, November 14th, 11 a.m. to noon. Call the church at 356-2152.

 

WHLM Sports

High School Football

The high school football regular season ended Friday night with Bloomsburg renewing its rivalry with Central Columbia in our game of the week. The teams were at each others throats as Bloomsburg came out on top with a 29-26 win.

 

More Football

Two area teams, Berwick and Southern Columbia, completed unbeaten regular seasons Friday night. Berwick soundly defeated Hazleton Area 43-7. Southern Columbia beat Warrior Run 47-13.

 

BU Men's Basketball

In our premiere broadcast of college basketball for the 2013-14 season, the Huskies faced Binghamton in an exhibition match Saturday afternoon. The close game ended in a 48-47 Binghamton win. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

What's Happening Saturday, November 2, 2013


St Matthew Lutheran Church will host the 4th annual fair-trade-fair 9AM til 1PM today. Proceeds will benefit the Womens Center. The church is located north of the fountain on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

St Peters at Grovania is having a bazaar on Saturday November 2nd at 9AM. There will be crafts, baked good, home made ice creme, barbeque and soup.

Holy Family Convent will be holding its annual spaghetti dinner on Saturday, November 2nd, from 4PM to 7PM. Tickets at the door will be $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children, with take-out orders available. Children 6 and under eat free. There will be craft items and homemade baked goods for sale, as well as a rummage sale. The convent is located at 1 Montour Street in Danville. Please contact Sister Joanne Maria Powers at 570-275-3141.

Emannuel Dutch Hill Bible Church at 592 Dutch Hill Road, Bloomsburg is having a Rediscover Church Homecoming on Sunday, November 3rd at 10AM. You are invited to the 120th birthday celebration featuring a renovated and expanded sanctuary. There will be a special service exploring the history of the church. Stay for light refreshments afterward and meet new friends!

The Mount Carmel Lions' all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner is Sunday, November 3rd, 11:30 - 2:00PM. Price: $7.00 at the Mount Carmel Elks, North Oak Street, Mount Carmel. Bring a container - take-outs will be available.

 

WHLM Sports

BU / Shippensburg Football

Harlon Hill trophy winning quarterback Zach Zulli threw five touchdown passes and Shippensburg's defense held Franklyn Quiteh to just 82 yards rushing. That, as the Red Raiders handed the Huskies their first defeat of the season 34-18 Thursday night at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium. The next game for the Huskies will be Saturday November 9th at West Chester.

 

High School Football

The high school football regular season ended Friday night with Bloomsburg renewing its rivalry with Central Columbia in our game of the week. The teams were at each others throats as Bloomsburg came out on top with a 29-26 win.

 

More Football

Two area teams, Berwick and Southern Columbia, completed unbeaten regular seasons Friday night. Berwick soundly defeated Hazleton Area 43-7. Southern Columbia beat Warrior Run 47-13.

 

Soccer

In high school soccer... the District 4 Class A boys final between Bloomsburg and Wellsboro was postponed. The teams will play tonight at 7 O'clock in Williamsport.

 

BU Men's Basketball

In our premiere broadcast of college basketball for the 2013-14 season, the Huskies faced Binghamton in an exhibition match. The close game ended in a 48-47 Binghamton win. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

Friday / November 1, 2013


Police Car Involved in Crash

A Bloomsburg police officer is okay after slamming his cruiser into a utility poll at midday Friday. WHLM's Joe Reilly says Patrolman Lewis Carl was heading towards Main Street and swerved as a called pulled out of Fourth Street in front of of him. Instead of hitting the car.... he slammed the left front from the marked Ford Crown Victoria into the poll. His air bag deployed and the left front fender and suspension of the car was damaged. Patrolman Lewis was slightly injured at taken to Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital for a check up. The driver of the second car will be cited... according to Police Chief Roger Van Loan.

 

Halloween Night

A big night for trick or treaters in Bloomsburg. At the home of Mark Gardner at 5th and Market Streets.... a steady stream of kids dressed in a variety of costumes. Mr, Gardner is a banker by day.... and a vampire... at least on Halloween night. Gardner and company giving out an estimated 600 pieces of candy during the 2 and a half hours of greeting trick or treaters....

 

David Millard

We should know early next week... how much tax revenue came into the state during October. But, whatever the case, State Representative David Millard said the Commonwealth is able to pay their bills... and other ongoing obligations. The Berwick Republican says the true test comes during December... and the holiday shopping period. And to some extent the 2014 – 2015 state budget will be crafted on the numbers coming into the state treasury.... as well as to determine if the state has come out of the recession.

 

Columbia County Voting

It's going to bet busier the next few days in the Columbia County Voter Registration and Elections office at the Courthouse Annex in Bloomsburg. This Tuesday is general election day... and all 42 precincts will be up and running. Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says an estimated 40,000 people are registered to vote. However, voter turnout is expected to be light. And Repasky says other than a borough council race in Berwick.... and a Town Council race in Bloomsburg... there isn't too much on the ballot this year. BTW... the polls open at 7 O'clock Tuesday morning... closing 13 – hours later.

 

Teen Fatal

Counselors will be at the Line Mountain High School near Herndon after one of their seniors died in a one car crash this week. 18 – year old Kayla Miller was on her way to her grandmother's funeral when she lost control of her car on Route 225 in Lower Mahanoy Township... near Shamokin. She had recently transferred to Line Mountain from the Shikellamy School District. Ms. Miller was planning to attend Bloomsburg University next year.

 

Wilkes – Barre Robber

A would – be deli robber has been snagged by Wilkes – Barre police. Scott Kosek was arrested for the failed robbery attempt of Peter's Deli along North Main Street last Friday. Kosek's plans were foiled when an employee grabbed a metal baseball bat... chasing the robber into the street. He's now being held in the Luzerne County lockup.

 

Penn State

An abrupt about face by Penn State officials. They've canceled a Friday meeting to name a university president... but that won't be the case. The cancellation triggered more complaints from critics who say the university's culture of secrecy erodes public trust. Current interim president Rodney Erickson says he wants to retire by the middle of next year. No word yet when the board will make it's announcement.

 

Corbett / Poll

Governor Tom Corbett still has a lot of work ahead to win approval of the voters according to a new poll. The Franklin and Marshall College poll shows only very slight improvement in Governor Corbett's approval rating, with just one in five voters saying he's doing an excellent or good job. Poll director Terry Madonna says the Governor is not without possibilities to improve his standing, but his current numbers are the worst of any governor in modern history seeking re-election.

 

WHLM Sports

BU / Shippensburg

Harlon Hill trophy winning quarterback Zach Zulli threw five touchdown passes and Shippensburg's defense held Franklyn Quiteh to just 82 yards rushing. That, as the Red Raiders handed the Huskies their first defeat of the season 34-18 last night at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium. The next game for the Huskies will be Saturday November 9th at West Chester.

 

High School Football

The high school football regular season ended Friday night with Bloomsburg renewing its rivalry with Central Columbia in our game of the week. The teams were at each others throats as Bloomsburg came out on top with a 29-26 win.

 

More Football

Two area teams, Berwick and Southern Columbia, completed unbeaten regular seasons Friday night. Berwick soundly defeated Hazleton Area 43-7 . Southern Columbia beat Warrior Run 47-13.

 

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

 

 

Soccer

In high school soccer... the District 4 Class A boys final between Bloomsburg and Wellsboro has been postponed. The teams will play tomorrow night at 7 O'clock in Williamsport.

 

NFL

In the NFL Thursday night... the Miami Dolphins getting by the Cincinnati Bengals 22 to 20.

 

 

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