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News Archive Archives for 2013-12

Tuesday / December 31, 2013


O'Brien May be headed for Houston

ESPN is reporting the Houston Texans have ended their coaching search early, as the team has agreed to hire Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien to helm the franchise. The Texans sported the worst record in the NFL in 2013. O'Brien follows Dom Capers and Gary Kubiak as just the third head coach in the franchise's history, the first to be hired from the collegiate ranks. In two years at Penn State, under the restrictions of NCAA sanctions, O'Brien posted a 15-9 record, with a 10-6 mark in conference play. In 2012, his Nittany Lions went 8-4, giving him the most wins ever by a first-year head coach at Penn State. O'Brien was an assistant coach with the Patriots from 2007 to '11, helping to lead them to a Super Bowl as an offensive coordinator in his final season.

 

New Year's Eve Walk / Run

An estimated 500 runners braved temperatures in the mid 20's to take part in the Bloomsburg YMCA's 5K run / walk Tuesday night. The event taking runners north on Market Street to Main.... down East to 5th Street... back out to Market... south to Ft. McClure Boulevard... north on Market... back to the finish line at the YMCA. The winner in just over 19 minutes was Michael Hause of Kulpmont the defending race winner. Hause is a member of the Misericordia University track team... and is the fourth time he's competed in the YMCA event.

 

Investigation Continues

The FAA and the NTSB are continuing to investigate the small plane crash near Gettysburg the day after Christmas that sourses say took the life of 17 year old Miranda Rose, a student at Southern Columbia, and her mom's boyfriend, Michael Bronzburg. DNA results won't be available for several days. The family says a memorial service will be planned. The plane was scheduled to fly to South Carolina to pick up family members for the holidays.

 

Fire Started by Accident

Investigators think a fire that killed a dog in Benton Township last Friday was started by accident. A faulty coal stove pipe is suspected of being the cause of the blaze. Two people were renting the cabin and the dog was a stray that they found along the side of the road. Investigators originally thought that the dog may have started the fire.

 

Amateur Night

It's New Year's Eve and law enforcement will be out looking for partiers that have had too much to drink but get behind the wheel anyway. It's called "Amateur Night" because people who usually don't drink decide to celebrate with alcohol. No word if checkpoints will be set up but Routes 11 and 487 as well as Route 54 will be patrolled by police.

 

No Privitization

Governor Tom Corbett has called time out in his effort to privitize the Pennsylvania lottery. After two years of political battles and negociations the plan for privitization will be put on hold at least for the time being. The governor says he could still bring back the issue later on.

 

College Aid

Those seeking college aid for the acedemic year which beginsnext September can start the process beginning in January. Students and their parents must first determine what types of aid they're eligible for, by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It's available through the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.

 

Merle Phillips Passes

Former state representative Merle Phillips died Monday morning at the age of 85. State Senator John Gordner, in a statement, said Merle Phillips was always working hard to do what is best for the area. Phillips served the 108th legislative district. He was appointed as a Northumberland County Commissioner in 2010.

 

 

 

 

Monday / December 30, 2013


Millard / Gas Tax

With the passage earlier this year of the $3.2 - billion dollar transportation bill.... there will be some restructuring of the gas tax we pay at the pump starting the first of the year. Other changes we can look forward to will be increased fees for drivers licenses... and car registration.

 

Speed Limit

The speed limit on Pennsylvania's interstate highways will go up to 70 miles per hour, but it won't happen soon or on every roadway. The new speed limit was included in the controversial $3.2 - billion billion dollar transportation funding bill signed into law last month. PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch, says analysis is needed to determine where the speed limit will go up. No word if sections of Interstate 80 in Columbia and Montour County's will be raised from it's current 65 to 70 MPH.

 

Former Chief Buried

Private funeral services were held over the weekend for former Bloomsburg Police Chief Larry Smith. The former chief died while shoveling snow at his Montour Township home last Thursday. Smith was laid to rest at the Rosemont Cemetery on Old Berwick Road near Espy.

 

Chief Kopitsky Retires

Catawissa Police Chief Tony Kopitsky rides off into the sunset as he retires at the end of the year. He's been Catawissa's top cop for the past five years... and at one time he patrolled the street as a Bloomsburg officer. During a recent exit interview... Chief Kopitsky says some shifts were pretty tough... but he always got the information he needed by citizens of the Borough. Chief Kopitsky doesn't plan anything special after the first of the year.. instead he'll settle into a routine. Starting January 1st... the department will be led by Josh Laidacker.

 

Minersville Fire

Six people are without a home after a fire swept through a double – block structure in Minersville on Sunday. Two people lived on one side of the home... while four lived on the other. No word what sparked Sunday's blaze... but it did begin on the ground floor.

 

Freeland Church

Word from the Scranton Diocese says the Reverend J. Duane Gavitt of St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church in Freeland will soon be moved to Our Lady of Fatima Church in Wilkes – Barre. Reverend Gavitt has been pastor at the Freeland church since 2009. Meantime... the diocese has appointed the Reverend Michael Kloton as administrator of the Freeland church.

 

College Aid

Those seeking college aid for the academic year which begins next September can start the process beginning in January. Students and their parents must first determine what types of aid they're eligible for, by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It's available through the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency website.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Basketball

The Danville High School boys basketball team defeated Southern Columbia on Monday night. The final score was 72-51. Danville goes into the new year with a 4-2 overall record, while Southern Columbia is 4-4. You can hear the details from Monday night's game ith Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Update:

 

 

WHLM's 2014 coverage of local High School sports kicks off the new year on Thursday night when the Berwick girls host Pittston.

 

NFL

The National Football League regular season came to an end Sunday. In a game Sunday night that decided the NFC East title as well as a playoff spot... the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Dallas Cowboys 34 - 22. In the afternoon, the Steelers downed the Cleveland Browns 20-7, but were eliminated from the playoffs when San Diego beat Kansas City 27-24 in overtime.

 

In other games Sunday afternoon...

It was the New York Jets over the Miami Dolphins 20-7.... and the New York Giants defeated the Washington Redskins 20-6.

 

 

Weekend Sports


WHLM Sports

 

High School Basketball

The boys of Southern Columbia will battle it out against Danville tonight in our last sports broadcast of 2013. Coverage with Jim Dolye on the WHLM stations starts after the 7PM news. In our next game on Thursday night, the Berwick girls will host Pittston.

What's Happening? Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013


Endless Mountain Zendo in Stillwater will ring in the New Year with a Zen Meditation and Candlelight Ceremony from 8:30 pm - 2 am on Tuesday. Join in Zazen Buddhist meditation, beginner's instruction, Walking Zen, chants and other activities. Green tea and noodles will be served. Dress comfortably and bring warm clothes for outdoor activites. Everyone is welcome. The center is on Hollow Road in Stillwater.

 

Get a running start on the New Year with the Bloomsburg YMCA New Year's Eve 5K run & Walk. Registration opens at 5 PM on Tuesday evening. Starting time is 7PM at the Bloomsburg YMCA on 7th Street. To register early or for more information, call the Bloomsburg Y at 570-784-0188.

 

MC Federal Credit Union in Bloomsburg is hosting a holiday candle fundraiser this season to benefit the re-building of Kidsburg in the Bloomsburg Town Park. The fundraiser will continue into the spring.

 

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 Bloomsburg Rotary is selling their 2014 Lucky Lottery calendars. They're just $20 each. You can grab them in Downtown Bloomsburg at Al's Men's Shop, Towne Camera, First Columbia Bank, Oppenheimer Funds, and at the WHLM Main Street Studio. Proceeds benefit local and worldwide Rotary projects.

 

The Moose Exchange in downtown Bloomsburg is looking for your suppourt this holiday season. The non-profit arts and cultural center is running a fund-raising drive for maintainace and improvements through the end of the year. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, check out their homepage at MooseExchange.org

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Basketball

The boys of Southern Columbia will battle it out against Danville on Monday night in our last sports broadcast of 2013. Coverage with Jim Dolye on the WHLM stations starts after the 7PM news. In our next game on Thursday night, the Berwick girls will host Pittston.

 

What's Happening? Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013


BTE will present the final performance of their annual holiday family show, A Very Special Christmas Special this evening. For more information about the show or Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, go to BTE.org

 

Endless Mountain Zendo in Stillwater will ring in the New Year with a Zen Meditation and Candlelight Ceremony from 8:30 pm - 2 am on Tuesday. Join in Zazen Buddhist meditation, beginner's instruction, Walking Zen, chants and other activities. Green tea and noodles will be served. Dress comfortably and bring warm clothes for outdoor activites. Everyone is welcome. The center is on Hollow Road in Stillwater.

 

Get a running start on the New Year with the Bloomsburg YMCA New Year's Eve 5K run & Walk. Registration opens at 5 PM on Tuesday evening. Starting time is 7PM at the Bloomsburg YMCA on 7th Street. To register early or for more information, call the Bloomsburg Y at 570-784-0188.

 

MC Federal Credit Union in Bloomsburg is hosting a holiday candle fundraiser this season to benefit the re-building of Kidsburg in the Bloomsburg Town Park. The fundraiser will continue into the spring.

 

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 Bloomsburg Rotary is selling their 2014 Lucky Lottery calendars. They're just $20 each. You can grab them in Downtown Bloomsburg at Al's Men's Shop, Towne Camera, First Columbia Bank, Oppenheimer Funds, and at the WHLM Main Street Studio. Proceeds benefit local and worldwide Rotary projects.

 

The Moose Exchange in downtown Bloomsburg is looking for your suppourt this holiday season. The non-profit arts and cultural center is running a fund-raising drive for maintainace and improvements through the end of the year. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, check out their homepage at MooseExchange.org

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Basketball

The boys of Southern Columbia will battle it out against Danville on Monday night in our last sports broadcast of 2013. Coverage with Jim Dolye on the WHLM stations starts after the 7PM news. In our next game on Thursday night, the Berwick girls will host Pittston.

 

Friday / December 27, 2013


Plane Crash

Who were those two people aboard a twin engine Piper Comanche... and why did the plane crash in a rural Adams County field near Gettysburg. That's what National Transportation Safety Board investigators are trying to figure out... But there is a twist in the probe. The Press - Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition that the flight began early Thursday morning at the Bloomsburg Airport. Whatever the case... the plane was about 30 minutes into it's flight when it apparently developed engine trouble. Mike Wertz lives near the area of the crash.. telling WGAL - TV news that he heard the crash and thought it was at a near - by intersection. Authorities say autopsies will be preformed on the bodies of the two people to get a positive identification. No word where the ill - fated flight was headed.

 

Funeral Services

No word yet on funeral services for former Bloomsburg Police Chief Larry Smith. He died Thursday while shoveling snow from his driveway at his Montour Township home. Smith was Bloomsburg's top cop for nearly two decades... first joining the force back in 1968. In recent years, he worked as a security guard at the Columbia County Courthouse. Former Bloomsburg Police Chief Larry Smith was 80.

 

Drinking / Driving

We're entering the last weekend of 2013... and there are still party's to be held... and that means cops are on the watch for impaired drivers. Bloomsburg PD Sgt. Leonard Rogutski says if you plan to imbibe... make sure you have a designated driver... since judgment and reaction time begin to dull after the first drink. Sgt. Rogutski says officers across Columbia and Montour will be out this weekend.... as well as New Years Eve to keep impaired drivers off the highway.

 

Millard / Lottery

The controversial process of privatizing management of the Pennsylvania lottery may have to start over. State lawmakers are tinkering with legislation that would privatize the lottery system, which could cause the Corbett administration to back up and rebid the current deal with Britain's Camelot Global Services. Some Democrats have called on the Governor to rebid the deal.

 

Hazleton Robbery

The man who robbed a PNC Bank in Hazleton on Thursday remains on the loose. It happened at the corner of Broad and Church Streets. A witness telling police the man strolled in and handed the teller a note. The bandit getting away with some money... leaving a couple of hundred on the floor when he fled. If you have information about the crime... call Hazleton Police.

 

NEPA Gas prices

The price of a gallon of self - serve, unleaded regular gasoline is creeping up. The latest Triple - A Fuel Gauge report shows that gas prices across northeastern Pennsylvania is averaging $3.45 a gallon. That's up a penny from Wednesday... and up six cents from a week ago. The reason... the demand for gas is higher than what it's been in the past few weeks.

 

Football League

Officials of the Hazleton Area Football League have instituted safeguards so one one else can take money from their bank account. We told you last week that Colleen Bresnock admitted she made off with an estimated $8,500 to pay bills. Now, one league official says the organization has taken steps from being ripped off in the future. Although she is giving back the money... Bresnock still faces court charges. The League teaches football... competition and sportsmanship

 

WHLM Sports

Boys Basketball

The Danville High School boys basketball team plays the Academy of New Church Friday night in the opening game of a holiday tournament at Pine Grove High School. The Southern Columbia boys play North Schuylkill tonight in the first game of the Milton Holiday tournament.

 

Girls Basketball

In girls basketball Friday afternoon at 4:30... Southern Columbia plays Lourdes Regional in the first game of the Knights of Columbus tournament at Shamokin High School.

 

Judy Knorr Tournament

At Berwick, the annual Judy Knorr tournament begins Friday night. The Central Columbia girls play Dallas in the first game at 6 O'clock. That will be followed by Berwick against Selinsgrove.

 

College Bowl Games

In college football bowl games Thursday night... in the Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit... Pittsburgh just got by Bowling Green 30 to 27. In the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego... Utah State crushed Northern Illinois 21 to 7.

 

NFL

Two Divisional titles will be on the line this Sunday when the NFL regular season comes to an end. Sunday afternoon the Green Bay Packers play the Bears in Chicago for the NFC North title and Sunday night... the Philadelphia Eagles play the Cowboys in Dallas for the NFC East title.

 

 

Thursday / December 26, 2013


Larry Smith

The man who led the Bloomsburg Police Department for two decades has died. Former Chief Larry Smith died Thursday morning at his Montour Township home while shoveling snow. The Press – Enterprise is reporting Smith was a fixture on the police force for 35 – years... retiring in 2001. In his retirement... he worked part time as a security officer at the entrance of the Columbia County Courthouse. Former chief Larry Smith was 80.

 

Gift Returns

It is expected to be a busy day at the return desks of the big box stores in the region. The reason... the person returning the Christmas gift they received Wednesday... isn't what they wanted... or if it's clothing... it doesn't fit. The mad dash always happens the day after Christmas. Retailers are expected to have extra personnel on the return desk.

 

Berwick Robbery

In the Columbia County Prison for the holiday... That's what happened to 34 - year old James Hopper... charged with one county of robbery on Christmas Eve. Hopper and a partner... 36 - year old Jason Adamo allegedly barged into a home in the 600 block of Mulberry Street. They forced three people to disrobe.. taking their money and cell phones. However, the owner of the home fired a round from a shot gun as the duo tried to flee. Later... Hopper returning to the scene to tell Berwick cops about his damaged car. He was identified as one of the alleged robbers... and was cuffed and jailed. Adamo remains on the loose with a warrant out for his arrest.

 

Blood Needs

This is not only the holiday season.... but it's a season for accidents at home and on the highways... and the need for blood is the greatest. That's the case for the American Red Cross and it's northeast region. The word coming from the Bloomsburg Chapter's Rita Inklovich. Even though it's the holiday season... there are blood drive on a daily basis up and down the Susquehanna Valley. The biggest one is held each Tuesday at Buckhorn... at the Columbia Mall.

 

Sullivan Co Fire

A Christmas day fire destroyed a home in Forks Township... in Sullivan County... killing the man who lived there. The fire started around 7 O'clock in a two story structure on Academy Terrace. Firemen found the man's body near a wood burning stove which was being used to warm the two story structure.

The identity of the man has not been released.

 

United Way / Tax Returns

If you need help with your income tax return... the Berwick Area United Way is doing it's part to help. The organizations CEO Ginny Crake says they had 314 families pass through their Berwick site in 2013... each getting an average of $1,200 back from the federal government. The preparation site is at the McBride Library in Berwick... and they plan to partner with the Columbia County United Way and Bloomsburg University to prepare returns at the Wesley United Methodist Church at Third and Market Streets.

 

Sherman Hills Shooting

More troubles at the beleaguered Sherman Hills Apartment Complex in Wilkes – Barre Tuesday night. Police say one man was shot... and a second is in custody. Tyrone Scott is accused of shooting a man in the leg. The incident happened as Christmas eve turned into Christmas Day.

 

Kingston Robbery

Police in Kingston are still looking for the man who held up the First National Community Bank on Wyoming Avenue. The robbery going down Christmas Eve. The robber getting getting a couple of hundred dollars in cash... some of it found near the bank.

 

Quit Smoking

It's a yearly rite for many, a resolution to quit smoking for the new year, but not everyone succeeds in kicking the habit. WHLM's Pete Primak telling us you have to buy into it, and believe you can indeed quit smoking. The American Lung Association says if you've tried and failed before, learn from the experience, remember what you did right to stop for as long as you did. FDA-approved medications such as nicotine patches and gum can help smokers quit, and you don't have to go it alone... if you have friends or family members who smoke, tell them about it... maybe they will try to quit as well.
 

Students Over Holiday's

During the holidays, parents may want to review progress or lack of it that their students have made so far - and maintain at least a minimal schedule of studying. Consider it a "reboot" for the second half to the school year. WHLM's B.J. Small tells us studying may be a four-letter word to students during the holidays, but it can be an opportunity to brush-up on subjects they are struggling with. Education consultant and author Marc Lapointe says parents should at least think of the long-term benefits of an educational reset during the break in classes. Lapointe says prioritizing and time management skills are also good lessons to learn over the holidays.

 

 

 

Wednesday / December 25, 2013


One man Arrested

One man is in the Columbia County Prison... and a second is being sought in connection with a Christmas Eve robbery in Berwick. Police say James Hopper is charged with one count of robbery... with an arrest warrant issued for Jason Adamo. Berwick police were called to 619 North Mulberry Street Tuesday night after a single gunshot was heard. It's alleged Hopper and Adamo entered the home... forcing three people to disrobe... taking their money and cell phones. As they made their getaway... the homeowner fired a round from a shotgun. Hopper later going back to the scene to report the damage to his car, but ended up being identified as one of the bandits... and was promptly arrested.

Tuesday / December 24, 2013


Danville Fire

One person is dead after a fire swept through a Danville home Monday afternoon. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting 88 – year old Eugene Yohn died when the fire broke out in his home. His wife, Doris, made it out of the house safely. Fire company's were dispatched around 1:30 to 11 Cross Street... just behind Dunkin' Donuts. A state police fire marshal says it's believed the fire started on a side porch of the home where several oxygen tanks were kept. Their probe continues.

 

Uni-Mart Arrest

He was already in jail... accused of robbing the Mifflinville Market earlier this month.... and now 22 – year old Andrew Klingerman is charged with allegedly holding up the Uni – Mart on Lightstreet Road last Monday. BloomUtoday is reporting the Mifflinville man wore the same clothing that was used in the convenience store heist. Not only is Klingerman accused of the two robberies... but also violating his probation. He remains remains in the Columbia County Prison.

 

Shamokin Cop Shop

Shamokin's City Council has given their okay to a 2014 budget. It came during Monday night's meeting... and calls for the elimination of two full - time... as well as two part - time meter officers. It's designed to help close the city's 600 - thousand dollar budget gap. Originally... Chief Ed Griffiths was prepared to loose four full time officers... cutting his department nearly in half. Now... the nine other officers will take care of the slack created by the furloughs.

 

Airport Safety Questioned

We should know within the next month or so if the federal government will address a safety concern at the Wilkes - Barre / Scranton Airport in Avoca. The sequential landing lights leading to Runway 4 during inclement weather have been out of service since the first of the year... and according to US Senator Bob Casey... it could lead to cancellation of commercial flights. It's believed the system could be fixed at a cost from $2 to $5 - million dollars.

 

Tamaqua Meth Lab

Tamaqua authorities brought down a suspected meth lab... arresting four people in the process over the weekend. Cops say the home... and adjoining properties were evacuated. The six people inside the building, including a six month old baby, we're decontaminated... with four of the adults taken to jail.

 

WHLM Sports

Girls HS Basketball

The Danville and Southern Columbia girls basketball teams were both unbeaten going into last night's game at Danville. But it was the Lady Ironmen to emerge unscathed... defeating Southern 49 to 26.

 

Other BB Games

In boys basketball Monday night... Millville downed Northwest 57 to 38.

 

NFL / Monday

In the NFL Monday night, in the final regular season game ever to be played at Candlestick Park in San Francisco... the 49er's got past the Atlanta Falcons 34 to 24.

 

NHL / Monday

In the National Hockey League Monday night... the Philadelphia Flyers skated past Minnesota 4 to 1... while Ottawa blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins 5 to nothing.

 

Monday / December 23, 2013


Danville Fire Update

  One person is dead after a fire swept through a Danville home Monday afternoon. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting 88 – year old Eugene Yohn died when the fire broke out in his home. His wife, Doris, made it out of the house safely. Fire company's were dispatched around 1:30 to 11 Cross Street... just behind Dunkin' Donuts. A state police fire marshal says it's believed the fire started on a side porch of the home where several oxygen tanks were kept. Their probe continues.

 

Uni-Mart Arrest

He was already in jail... accused of robbing the Mifflinville Market earlier this month.... and now 22 – year old Andrew Klingerman is charged with allegedly holding up the Uni – Mart on Lightstreet Road last Monday. The Press – Enterprise is reporting the Mifflinville man wore the same clothing that was used in the convenience store heist. Not only is Klingerman accused of the two robberies... but also violated his probation. He remains remains in the Columbia County Prison.

 

Holiday Travel

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The holiday highway travel period got underway Sunday night... and the Triple A's Ginny Robinson says travelers get an extra day.... but that's not the only factor with folks taking the entire week for vacation. And although the Susquehanna Valley and the nation are recovering from a five year long economic recession... the Triple – A's Robinson says the year – end holiday's are not as susceptible to economic conditions.

 

Millard / Budget

There is a real possibility that the state of Pennsylvania may not make their budget revenue projections by the end of June. That has State Budget Secretary Charles Zogby worried... as well as State Representative David Millard of Columbia County. It could occur if “structural deficits” start popping up. Those includes programs mandated and paid for by the federal government... but the state could be on the hook if the fed's don't pay. And that could put the state government in a bind... so much so... it could leave a deficit to make up as we enter the new fiscal year on July 1st of 2014.

 

Shamokin Police

A vote on Shamokin's 2014 budget will take place Monday night... and if it's adopted the city's police force could be cut in half. The city is facing a $600,000 budget shortfall... and Police Chief Ed Griffiths' could be forced to cut six of thirteen officers. The blame is being placed squarely on the shoulders of the city clerk Steve Bartos. Griffiths says Shamokin has the busiest police department in Northumberland County... answer an estimated 6,000 calls already this year.

 

Susquehanna River

If you go by the Susquehanna River sometime today... you may be seeing a rapid rise. That's due to a lot of rain dumped over the weekend in the Susquehanna watershed of New York State. The National Weather Service is predicting the Susquehanna in Bloomsburg will rise to 12.7 feet by 1 O'clock Tuesday morning and quickly recede. No low level flooding is expected since the river would have to rise to 19 feet to get into low-lying structures. The 12.7 - foot mark is five feet lower than originally forecast over the weekend.

 

Temperatures

Temperatures are expected to become seasonal across the Susquehanna Valley within the next 24 hours... thanks to a cold front marching it's way to the east coast. Temps are expected to fall into the upper 40's Monday afternoon... about ten degrees cooler than Sunday. The mid 20's will greet us in the morning... struggling to rise into the mid 30's Tuesday.

 

Obamacare / Firemen

There's fear the Affordable Care Act could hurt volunteer fire companies... and it has to do with the employer mandate portion of the law. Now.. 11th District Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton has introduced a measure to exempt them from the mandate. There's fear it could force fire companies to shut down if it were enforced. In essence... organizations with 50 or more full time equivalent employees will be required to offer health care coverage or face a fine in 2015. The IRS considers volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians as employees for tax purposes.
 

Burglary Arrest

Police in Nanticoke have arrested two men for burglary. But now authorities want to know if there is a connection between Earl Hoopingarner and Shane Hempel both of Nanticoke... and the murder of a 97 year old woman. Gertrude Price was killed Thanksgiving night when someone tried to burglarize her home. They're tracking down the men's whereabouts in order to see if they're involved in the Price murder.

 

Harveys Lake Crash

Five people are lucky to be alive after the car they were in plunged into a chilly Harveys Lake early Sunday morning. Authorities say the car ran off Lakeside Drive... but all were able to escape under their own power.

 

WHLM Sports

Monday night girls High School Basketball, Southern Columbia was at Danville.  After a close first half of play, it was all Danville.  Leading by just one point at halftime Danville went on a 34-12 run in the second half to win by 49-26.  Danville goes in to the break at 6-0 while Souther Columbia goes in at 4-1

 

Tuesday / December 24, 2013


Danville Fire Update

One person is dead after a fire swept through a Danville home Monday afternoon. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting 88 – year old Eugene Yohn died when the fire broke out in his home. His wife, Doris, made it out of the house safely. Fire company's were dispatched around 1:30 to 11 Cross Street... just behind Dunkin' Donuts. A state police fire marshal says it's believed the fire started on a side porch of the home where several oxygen tanks were kept. Their probe continues.

 

Uni-Mart Arrest

He was already in jail... accused of robbing the Mifflinville Market earlier this month.... and now 22 – year old Andrew Klingerman is charged with allegedly holding up the Uni – Mart on Lightstreet Road last Monday. The Press – Enterprise is reporting the Mifflinville man wore the same clothing that was used in the convenience store heist. Not only is Klingerman accused of the two robberies... but also violated his probation. He remains remains in the Columbia County Prison.

 

Holiday Travel

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The holiday highway travel period got underway Sunday night... and the Triple A's Ginny Robinson says travelers get an extra day.... but that's not the only factor with folks taking the entire week for vacation. And although the Susquehanna Valley and the nation are recovering from a five year long economic recession... the Triple – A's Robinson says the year – end holiday's are not as susceptible to economic conditions.

 

Millard / Budget

There is a real possibility that the state of Pennsylvania may not make their budget revenue projections by the end of June. That has State Budget Secretary Charles Zogby worried... as well as State Representative David Millard of Columbia County. It could occur if “structural deficits” start popping up. Those includes programs mandated and paid for by the federal government... but the state could be on the hook if the fed's don't pay. And that could put the state government in a bind... so much so... it could leave a deficit to make up as we enter the new fiscal year on July 1st of 2014.

 

Shamokin Police

A vote on Shamokin's 2014 budget will take place Monday night... and if it's adopted the city's police force could be cut in half. The city is facing a $600,000 budget shortfall... and Police Chief Ed Griffiths' could be forced to cut six of thirteen officers. The blame is being placed squarely on the shoulders of the city clerk Steve Bartos. Griffiths says Shamokin has the busiest police department in Northumberland County... answer an estimated 6,000 calls already this year.

 

Susquehanna River

If you go by the Susquehanna River sometime today... you may be seeing a rapid rise. That's due to a lot of rain dumped over the weekend in the Susquehanna watershed of New York State. The National Weather Service is predicting the Susquehanna in Bloomsburg will rise to 12.7 feet by 1 O'clock Tuesday morning and quickly recede. No low level flooding is expected since the river would have to rise to 19 feet to get into low-lying structures. The 12.7 - foot mark is five feet lower than originally forecast over the weekend.

 

 

Obamacare / Firemen

There's fear the Affordable Care Act could hurt volunteer fire companies... and it has to do with the employer mandate portion of the law. Now.. 11th District Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton has introduced a measure to exempt them from the mandate. There's fear it could force fire companies to shut down if it were enforced. In essence... organizations with 50 or more full time equivalent employees will be required to offer health care coverage or face a fine in 2015. The IRS considers volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians as employees for tax purposes.
 

Burglary Arrest

Police in Nanticoke have arrested two men for burglary. But now authorities want to know if there is a connection between Earl Hoopingarner and Shane Hempel both of Nanticoke... and the murder of a 97 year old woman. Gertrude Price was killed Thanksgiving night when someone tried to burglarize her home. They're tracking down the men's whereabouts in order to see if they're involved in the Price murder.

 

Harveys Lake Crash

Five people are lucky to be alive after the car they were in plunged into a chilly Harveys Lake early Sunday morning. Authorities say the car ran off Lakeside Drive... but all were able to escape under their own power.

 

WHLM Sports

Monday night girls High School Basketball, Southern Columbia was at Danville.  After a close first half of play, it was all Danville.  Leading by just one point at halftime Danville went on a 34-12 run in the second half to win by 49-26.  Danville goes in to the break at 6-0 while Souther Columbia goes in at 4-1

Weekend Sports


WHLM Sports

 

BU Football

In 1997, Bloomsburg University running back Irv Sigler received the Harlon Hill trophy which goes to the top Division II player in the country. Friday night another Bloomsburg running back was presented that award. Senior Franklyn Quiteh is the second Husky to be given the top honor in DII football.

 

HS Basketball

Among Friday night's boys basketball games, Central Columbia was at Hughesville in a Heartland Conference Division II match up. The Blue Jays beat Hughesville in that game 65-57.

 

Monday night, the Southern Columbia girls will be on the road at Danville. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts at 7 PM.

 

BU Basketball

The Huskies Men's and Women's basketball teams played their final games before the holiday break Saturday afternoon when they hosted Gannon at the Nelson Field House. The Women battled it out but came out on the short end, losing 65-63. The Men's team took Gannon to overtime and nabbed the Huskies' first ever win against the Golden Knights, 67-64 in overtime. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

 

The Huskies' first game of 2014 will be Friday, January 3rd, when they will host Clarion.

What's Happening? Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013


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Visit Downtown Bloomsburg and Santa Claus at Santa's Cottage through this afternoon. Santa's Cottage is located on the corner of Main Street and Lightstreet at the Bloomsburg Diner and will be open today 2 til 4pm.

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church will present their annual Christmas Cantata this morning at 9 am. Join the Congregation after the service for a coverd dish brunch. The Church is at 417 Town Hill Road in Shickshinny.

 

Ebenezer Faith Bible Church invites you to their annual Christmas program tonight at 6 pm. The children and teens will present "Bethlehem's Big Day". Light refreshments will follow the show. The church is on Route 93 near Orangeville.

 

Katys Church will be holding an old-fashioned candlelight Christmas Service (weather permitting) this evening at 7 pm.  Refreshments will be served after the service. Regular Sunday Service is at 12:30 pm. The historic 1869 church on Katy's Church Road will be open all day.

 

Emmanuel Dutch Hill Bible Church will present their annual Christmas Musical today at 10AM. An offering will be taken up to beneft AGAPE.

 

Bring your friends, family, chairs, and a warm blanket this Monday night and enjoy an evening at the Manger In The Park. This live depiction of the Nativity story includes live animals, and there will be free cocoa and cookies for everyone. It starts at 6:30 PM, Monday the 23rd in the Bloomsburg Town Park.

 

BTE's annual holiday family show, A Very Special Christmas Special , runs through December 28th. For more information about the show or Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, go to BTE.org

 

Re-discover Christmas with your friends at Emmanual Bible Chapel on Tuesday, at their Community Christmas Eve Service; 6 PM in the Haas Center on the campus of Bloomsburg University. Everyone is welcome. For more information, check them out at EBCHome.Org

 

Sweet Valley Church of Christ will present "Fear Not!" a Christmas Eve musical performed by the SVCC Junior Choir on Tuesday at 6:30 pm. The church is at 5439 Main Road in Sweet Valley.

 

MC Federal Credit Union in Bloomsburg is hosting a holiday candle fundraiser this season to benefit the re-building of Kidsburg in the Bloomsburg Town Park. The fundraiser will continue into the spring.

 

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 Bloomsburg Rotary is selling their 2014 Lucky Lottery calendars. They're just $20 each. You can grab them in Downtown Bloomsburg at Al's Men's Shop, Towne Camera, First Columbia Bank, Oppenheimer Funds, and at the WHLM Main Street Studio. Proceeds benefit local and worldwide Rotary projects.

 

The Moose Exchange in downtown Bloomsburg is looking for your suppourt this holiday season. The non-profit arts and cultural center is running a fund-raising drive for maintainace and improvements through the end of the year. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, check out their homepage at MooseExchange.org

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Football

In 1997, Bloomsburg University running back Irv Sigler received the Harlon Hill trophy which goes to the top Division II player in the country. Friday night another Bloomsburg running back was presented that award. Senior Franklyn Quiteh is the second Husky to be given the top honor in DII football.

 

HS Basketball

Among Friday night's boys basketball games, Central Columbia was at Hughesville in a Heartland Conference Division II match up. The Blue Jays beat Hughesville in that game 65-57.

 

Monday night, the Southern Columbia girls will be on the road at Danville. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts at 7 PM.

 

BU Basketball

The Huskies Men's and Women's basketball teams played their final games before the holiday break Saturday afternoon when they hosted Gannon at the Nelson Field House. The Women battled it out but came out on the short end, losing 65-63. The Men's team took Gannon to overtime and nabbed the Huskies' first ever win against the Golden Knights, 67-64 in overtime. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

 

The Huskies' first game of 2014 will be Friday, January 3rd, when they will host Clarion.

 

What's Happening? Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013


Visit Downtown Bloomsburg and Santa Claus at Santa's Cottage through this Sunday. Santa's Cottage is located on the corner of Main Street and Lightstreet at the Bloomsburg Diner and will be open today and Sunday 2 til 4pm.

 

Wesley United Methodist Church on Market Street in Bloomsburg is holding a christmas cookie sale today starting at 9 am featuring Welsh cookies and other holiday favorites. Proceeds will benefit the United Methodist Women's mission projects.

 

Join your friends at the Moose Exchange in Downtown Bloomsburg for the last Starving Artists Breakfast of the season this morning from 9 am - 1 pm. They'll feature their omlettes, quiche, hash browns, and other favorites as well as holiday pizelles for the Christmas weekend.

 

The Bloomsburg School of Dance presents The Nutcracker this afternoon at 2 pm in the Haas Auditorium on the campus of Bloomsburg University. Tickets can be ordered online at tututix.com or bought at the door.

 

Catawissa First United Methodist Church will be holding a Christmas bake sale today, from 8:30 am til Noon. Cookies are just $5 a pound. Other baked good will be for sale, too. Entrance will be at the rear of the church, at 228 South Street in Catawissa.

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church will present their annual Christmas Cantata on Sunday at 9 am. Join the Congregation after the service for a coverd dish brunch. The Church is at 417 Town Hill Road in Shickshinny.

 

Ebenezer Faith Bible Church invites you to their annual Christmas program on Sunday at 6 pm. The children and teens will present "Bethlehem's Big Day". Light refreshments will follow the show. The church is on Route 93 near Orangeville.

 

Katys Church will be holding an old-fashioned candlelight Christmas Service (weather permitting) on Sunday evening at 7 pm.  Refreshments will be served after the service. Regular Sunday Service is at 12:30 pm. The historic 1869 church on Katy's Church Road will be open all day.

 

Emmanuel Dutch Hill Bible Church will present their annual Christmas Musical on Sunday at 10AM. An offering will be taken up to beneft AGAPE.

 

Bring your friends, family, chairs, and a warm blanket this Monday night and enjoy an evening at the Manger In The Park. This live depiction of the Nativity story includes live animals, and there will be free cocoa and cookies for everyone. It starts at 6:30 PM, Monday the 23rd in the Bloomsburg Town Park.

 

BTE's annual holiday family show, A Very Special Christmas Special , runs through December 28th. For more information about the show or Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, go to BTE.org

 

Re-discover Christmas with your friends at Emmanual Bible Chapel on Tuesday, at their Community Christmas Eve Service; 6 PM in the Haas Center on the campus of Bloomsburg University. Everyone is welcome. For more information, check them out at EBCHome.Org

 

Sweet Valley Church of Christ will present "Fear Not!" a Christmas Eve musical performed by the SVCC Junior Choir on Tuesday at 6:30 pm. The church is at 5439 Main Road in Sweet Valley.

 

MC Federal Credit Union in Bloomsburg is hosting a holiday candle fundraiser this season to benefit the re-building of Kidsburg in the Bloomsburg Town Park. The fundraiser will continue into the spring.

 

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 Bloomsburg Rotary is selling their 2014 Lucky Lottery calendars. They're just $20 each. You can grab them in Downtown Bloomsburg at Al's Men's Shop, Towne Camera, First Columbia Bank, Oppenheimer Funds, and at the WHLM Main Street Studio. Proceeds benefit local and worldwide Rotary projects.

 

The Moose Exchange in downtown Bloomsburg is looking for your suppourt this holiday season. The non-profit arts and cultural center is running a fund-raising drive for maintainace and improvements through the end of the year. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, check out their homepage at MooseExchange.org

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Football

In 1997, Bloomsburg University running back Irv Sigler received the Harlon Hill trophy which goes to the top Division II player in the country. Friday night another Bloomsburg running back was presented that award. Senior Franklyn Quiteh is the second Husky to be given the top honor in DII football.

 

HS Basketball

Among Friday night's boys basketball games, Central Columbia was at Hughesville in a Heartland Conference Division II match up. The Blue Jays beat Hughesville in that game 65-57.

 

Monday night, the Southern Columbia girls will be on the road at Danville. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts at 7 PM.

 

BU Basketball

The Huskies Men's and Women's basketball teams played their final games before the holiday break Saturday afternoon when they hosted Gannon at the Nelson Field House. The Women battled it out but came out on the short end, losing 65-63. The Men's team took Gannon to overtime and nabbed the Huskies' first ever win against the Golden Knights, 67-64 in overtime. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

 

The Huskies' first game of 2014 will be Friday, January 3rd, when they will host Clarion.

Friday / December 20, 2013


General Assembly Size

The state house has given it's approval to a bill reducing the number of members of the house and the senate. It's a controversial move... but House Speaker Sam Smith of Jefferson County says it's the only way to deal with proposed legislation in a bi-partisan fashion. State Representative David Millard of Berwick voted for the bill telling WHLM News that when you're trying to get the consensus of 203 members... it's challenging. But, Millard went on to say... if the plan is approved and takes effect in 2020... satellite offices in realigned districts must be maintained to provide service to constituents. Under the two bills up for consideration... the Senate would be reduced from 50 to 38... with the house going from 203 member to 153.

 

Teacher Sex

A Wyoming Valley West teacher was arrested and charged with having sex with a student. English teacher Lauren Harrington - Cooper of Plymouth is accused of having sex with the male student in her car. The relationship was discovered when the parents of the senior went to school officials saying they found explicit text messages between the pair. Cooper is due in court December 26th.

 

Holiday DUI

With Christmas and New Years quickly approaching... police across the region have a heightened sense of awareness of the possibility of drivers under the influence. Bloomsburg PD Sgt. Leonard Rogutski says the season comes with holiday parties and possible heavy drinking. Sgt. Rogutski says police may go as far as to set up checkpoints. If you do plan to drink at a party... Sgt. Rogutski suggests you have a designated driver to get you to your destination safely.

 

Berwick Vs. Danville

Do you remember that basketbrawl they had back at the Berwick High School back in 1963 when Danville came to play. That will be the focus of the pre – game Saturday... when Danville comes north on Route 11 to renew their rivalry so says Berwick School Superintendent Wayne Brookhart. Admission to Saturday night's game has been rolled back to a dollar. The game will be played in the old gym... and players will dress for warm up with clothing indicative of the time. It all gets underway at 7 O'clock Saturday night.

 

Theft

A Hazleton woman has been arraigned after being accused of making off with an estimated 85 – hundred dollars from the treasury of the Hazleton Area football league. Now 44 – year old Colleen Bresnock is talking to our media partner Newswatch 16. She admits taking the money to pay utility bills... and is paying it back. Ms. Bresnock went on to say that past board members also took money... and then made restitution.

 

Bell House Folo

The owner of the Bell House Cafe on Route 309 near Hazleton... says he'll rebuild following this weeks fire that leveled the popular restaurant. Flames were shooting from the structure when firemen arrived... now it's up to investigators to determine what started the fire. Tom Bell said he is insured, but does not know when he'll start rebuilding.

 

Hunlock Creek Fire

Authorities say a wood burning stove apparently malfunctioned... forcing a Hunlock Creek family out of their home this week. The family said they spotted the smoke and evacuated the structure. Damage was considered minimal... with the family hoping to get back into their home by Christmas day.

 

Market St. Scare

A scare in Wilkes – Barre on Thursday when someone spotted a snowboard and gloves were found laying on the ice – caked Susquehanna River at the Market Street Bridge. Examining the scene... authorities felt it was too dangerous to send divers into the water. Firemen were at the bridge for about an hour before calling off their operation... saying no one has been reported missing.

 

Food Banks

The holidays usually keep food banks busy and this year there's another reason more people are turning to them for help. Since the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits were cut in November when a stimulus boost ended, food banks says many of their member pantries have been seeing an increase in the number of people seeking help. Brad Peterson of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank says in recent years, they've seen a shift from people seeking emergency assistance a few times a year to seeking supplemental food assistance monthly.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

In 1997, Bloomsburg University running back Irv Sigler received the Harlon Hill trophy which goes to the top Division II player in the country. Friday night another Bloomsburg running back was presented that award. Senior Franklyn Quiteh is the second Husky to be given the top honor in DII football.

 

HS Boys BB

Among Friday night's boys basketball games, Central Columbia was at Hughesville in a Heartland Conference Division II match up. The Blue Jays beat Hughesville in that game 65-57. You can hear the detials with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report:

 

 

Wrestling

In college wrestling Thursday night... Bloomsburg University pulled off a come from behind victory as they defeated Lock Haven 19 to 16.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams play their final games before the holiday break Saturday afternoon when they play Gannon at the Nelson Field House. The women's game starts at 1 O'clock. Coverage of both games on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.

 

NHL

In the National Hockey League last night... the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated Minnesota 5 to 2... and the Philadelphia Flyers skated past Columbus 5 to 4.

 

 

Thursday / December 19, 2013


Giving Blood

Blood donations tend to drop this time of year... and there's always a push to find new donors in order to keep the supply in northeastern Pennsylvania at a certain level. The big reason for the need includes accidents on the highway or at home. Rita Inklovich of the Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross says the big reason people don't give is there fear of needles. Ms. Inklovich says various blood drives are held weekly across the region... with the biggest taking place every Tuesday at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn...

 

Winter Tourism

The Bloomsburg Fairgrounds plays an intricate part in winter tourism in the region. That word from Otto Kurecian who head's up the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau. He says the highly anticipated Early Bird Sportsman's Expo is an event draws thousands of people to town in the dead of winter.... and fills motel rooms. The Expo is scheduled to be held starting January 23rd. 

 

Forty Fort Shooting

A Plains Township man is in the Luzerne County jail after he allegedly shot and killed a man he knew for years... but didn't like... in front of a Forty Fort law office this week. It was all over a snowblower. Brian Pavia is now charged with criminal homicide in the death of 38 – year old John Dulsky of Hanover Township after he punched Pavia in the face. It's expected Pavia will say he acted in self – defense.

 

State Budget
The mid-year report card for Pennsylvania's budget carries mixed grades. Budget Secretary Charles Zogby offered a mid-year briefing on the state's $28.4 - billion spending plan, highlighting the addition of 143,000 private sector jobs, and weathering a government shutdown. Zogby said little change in the economic forecast for the state could bode well. Adding to the budget challenge, Zogby says, are significant increases in pension and benefit costs, and loss of federal medical assistance.

 

Last Minute Shopping

Christmas shoppers are running out of time for free on line shipping- most of those deals end this week. However, WHLM's Cathy Clark reports you may be able to enjoy the convenience of on line shopping without the worry about delivery as Christmas draws closer- if you deal with a retailer who also has brick and mortar stores. Trae Bodge of ReatileMeNot.com says a number of companies offer in store pick up. She adds some retailers will still offer discounts on shipments guaranteed for Christmas- just make sure you read the fine print.

 

Governor's Approval Rating

Pennsylvania voters give Gov. Tom Corbett a negative 36 - 53 % approval rating, his worst net score ever... and voters say he doesn't deserve to be re-elected. That information contained in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. That compares to the Governor's negative 35 to 48 % approval in a June survey. Meantime... there are at least seven democrats who want to replace Mr. Corbett. The front runner... U.S. Representative Allyson Schwartz who has a 45 % approval score.

 

Restaurant  Fire

A fire marshal will be at the scene of a popular sandwich shop which burned to the ground Wednesday night along Route 309 in Butler Township... near Hazleton. They'll try to determine how the fire broke out at the Bell House Cafe just before 6 O'clock. When firemen arrived... flames were shooting out every window of the business. Owner Tom Bell has insurance on his business... but is not sure he can recover from such a devastating fire.

 

Conyngham Borough

Some changes on the Conyngham Borough Council. The council president and two long - time borough employees submitted letters of resignation at this week's council meeting. President Rose Hart... Borough secretary Maureen Schramm and treasurer Betty Jean Gasper say they'll resign January 3rd. The council will hold a special meeting December 30th for personnel, contracts, and any other business to come before council.

 

Hearing

A public hearing dealing with a proposed drug and alcohol treatment facility near Drums has been postponed. The Butler Township community center wasn't big enough to hold the crowd which turned out for the Butler Township Zoning Hearing Board. John Darrow and Jude Sidari are seeking a special exemption to operate the facility near a golf center on St. Johns Road. The hearing has been rescheduled for January 28th at a yet-to-be-designated location.

 

Hazle Twp Derailment Folo

Still no word as to what caused the derailment this week of a couple of coal cars in Hazle Township near Jeddo. The three cars that were in a Reading and Northern freight train rolled over on their side into a stand of pine trees. No one was injured in the derailment.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Baksetball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Mercyhurst College in Erie last night. WHLM's Jim Doyle says The BU women defeated Mercyhurst 71 to 63. The men didn't fare that well... defeated by Mercyhurst 66 to 62. Both Husky basketball teams will be back in action Saturday afternoon when they play Gannon at the Nelson Field House starting with the women's game at 1 o'clock.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball last night... Berwick defeated Meyers 45 to 30... Mt. Carmel got by Central Columbia 37 - 31... it was Danville over Mifflinburg 42 - 36... and Southern Columbia downed Hughesville 40 - 26.

 

Daktronics Squad

Bloomsburg University senior running back Franklyn Quiteh has been named to the Daktronics All America squad. The list was released Wednesday by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America. Quiteh was named the Ron Lenz Offensive Player of the year. Joining Quiteh on the squad are teammates Brian Clarke... a first team selection... while Larry Webster was named to the second team.

 

Wednesday / December 18, 2013


Uni-Mart Robbery

Bloomsburg Police are investigating a robbery which went down early Tuesday afternoon along Lightstreet Road. It happened at the Uni – Mart at the corner of Lightstreet Road and Penn Avenue. Initial reports from the scene indicate a man wearing a tan jacket with a gray ski mask walked in and demanded money. He left moments later either on foot or by car. No one is in custody for the robbery of the Uni – Mart on Lightstreet Road.

 

Security Video

How good must security video be and how important is it in the prosecution of a case. That... after South Centre Township police have video of 22 - year old Andrew Klingerman... who allegedly robbed the Mifflinville Market over the weekend. The Press - Enterprise is reporting Klingerman was arrested... arraigned and sent to the Columbia County Prison. Bloomsburg security consultant Eric Bower says having the security video of the person involved with the crime streamlines the prosecution's case. 17 – year old Courtney Disadoro was the lone clerk on duty at the market when the man held up the place... and fled with money from the cash register.

 

Crake / Food Program

For the past year or so... the Berwick Area United Way has been helping kids at the Orange Street and 14th Street Elementary Schools get better nutrition when they're away from the building. United Way's Ginny Crake calls it “kid friendly” food that's packed for the kids at the end of each week and taken home to the family. An estimated 80 disadvantaged kids at the Orange and 14th Street schools are involved in the program financed by Berwick Area United Way contributions.

 

Size Reduction

Two bills designed to amend the state constitution to downsize the state House and Senate has been approved by the house. House Bill 1234 is authored by State House speaker Sam Smith... a republican from Jefferson County. Under the proposal... the state house would shrink from it's current 203 members to 153.... while the State Senate would end up with 38 members... down from it's current 50. The measure has a long way to go before it appears on a ballot for voter approval.

 

Banks Township

The supervisors of Banks Township... near Hazleton... say a death threat means they have to move their regular township meeting to the Harrisburg Hilton. The meeting is scheduled for Friday. The shooting deaths of three Ross Township officials in August have officials worried. But an attorney for the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association says the move of the meeting presents serious public access issues and may run afoul of the Sunshine Act.

 

Hazle Twp Derailment

An investigation has been launched to determine why three coal cars of a Reading and Northern Railroad train jumped the track Tuesday in Jeddo... in Hazle Township. The cars coming to rest against a stand of pine trees. Now... it will be up to crews to re-rail the cars and clean up the coal left behind by the derailment

 

Crash Charges

A West Nanticoke man has been arrested on a vehicular homicide charge. Police say 22 – year old John Ward was driving under the influence when he rear – ended a vehicle driven by 68 – year old Daniel Markowski who died of his injuries. The incident happening on the Sans Souci Parkway last April. Following Tuesday's arrest... Ward was hustled off to the Luzerne County Jail.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams played in their second of back-to-back game nights in the Erie area on Wednesday, as they faced Mercyhurst. The Women won their match 71-63. The Men lost their game after a stron effort, 66-62. You can hear all the details from Wednesday's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

The Huskies will play once more before the New Year, when they host Gannon this Saturday at the Nelson Field House. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts at 12:40.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Tuesday night... Loyalsock downed Central Columbia 58 to 41... Southern Columbia defeated Warrior Run 63 to 50... and it was St. John Newmann over Benton 79 to 40.

 

BU Football

Bloomsburg University's record setting senior running back Franklyn Quiteh leaves for Florence, Alabama Wednesday. He is one of three finalists for the Harlon Hill trophy which goes to the nation's top Division II player. The winner will be announced on Friday.

 

Tuesday / December 17, 2013


*Operation Stormwatch*

Closings and Cancellations:

 

* Luzerne County Community College - Closed today. Tuesday exams will be held Friday.

* St. Matthews pre school - Closed for the day

* The Bloomsburg YMCA pre - school canceling morning class. The afternoon class will be held.

* The Columbia County Traveling Library will not be making any stops this afternoon.

 

Bloomsburg Robbery

Bloomsburg Police are investigating the report of a robbery which went down early Tuesday afternoon along Lightstreet Road. It happened at the Uni – Mart at the corner of Lightstreet Road and Penn Avenue. We're awaiting a police report, but radio traffic indicated a man wearing a tan jacket with a gray ski mask walked in and demanded money from the clerk. He left moments later either on foot or by car. No word if he got anything. No one is in custody for the robbery of the Uni – Mart on Lightstreet Road.

 

Salvation Army

It is a make it or break it week for Salvation Army Red Kettle bell ringers stationed outside area stores. That had Lt. Kevin Polito of the Berwick chapter wringing this hands trying to determine what sort of assistance he's handing out to families in need later this week. The big problem is a compressed shopping season... thus less time for the bell ringers. In addition to gift cards and turkeys... the kids will be getting their fair share of toys.

 

Body Found

That body found in the Susquehanna River... near Fishing Creek Sunday night has been identified as a Bloomsburg University Junior from the Philadelphia area. The Press - Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition 21 - year old Timothy Robinson of Willow Grove parked his car along Ft. McClure Boulevard... climbed down the embankment... and shot himself with a handgun and slid into the water.

 

Proposed Law

A Tobyhanna woman escaped injury last week when ice flew off a box truck and hit the driver's side window of her car. Now... State Senator Sen Lisa Boscola of Northampton County is proposing a bill to require that ice and snow be removed from trucks weighing over 48,000 pounds. Senator Boscola says police would be able to stop a driver if they felt the vehicle was creating a risk and the driver could be fined.

 

Overnight Snow

The commute to work was a bit tricky Tuesday morning. A dusting of overnight snow left the roads slick... and secondary road treacherous. PennDOT crews were out all night applying anti - skid material and salting to the roadways. This snow moved in from the Great Lakes... and should be out of the area by Tuesday afternoon.

 

Sherman Hills

The first meeting of the so - called Sherman Hills task force was held Monday in Wilkes - Barre. The beleaguered housing project has been the scene of numerous crimes... including shootings and robberies.

The task force was formed a few weeks ago. One of the many items discussed was beefing up security at the complex.

 

Rockne Newell

The man accused of shooting and killing three people at a Ross Township Supervisors meeting in Monroe County last August has pleaded not guilty. Rockne Newell's plea came during a video conference in Stroudsburg. He's accused of killing three and wounding two others because the township condemned his property... then bought it back at a sheriff's sale. The judge did not set a date for Newell's trial.

 

Banks Township

The supervisors of Banks Township... near Hazleton... say a death threat means they have to move their regular township meeting to the Harrisburg Hilton. The meeting is scheduled for Friday due to specific threats. The shooting deaths of three Ross Township officials in August have officials worried.

But an attorney for the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association says the move of the meeting presents serious public access issues and may run afoul of the Sunshine Act.

 

Table Games

Table games at Pennsylvania’s casinos are seeing an increase in revenue compared to a year ago. The state Gaming Control Board said Monday the games brought in nearly $64 - million last month, up 14% from November 2012. The agency says the record monthly total is $67.4 - million, which was collected in March.

 

Pay Pal Shopping

Time is ticking for holiday shoppers and with a compressed season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more are looking to technology to save time. Pay Pal has found that people are looking for ways to avoid crowds and long lines and are not just shopping on line and doing price comparison with mobile devices... they're also using them to interact with brick and mortar stores. That can include using devices to order of in store pick up or using the Pay Pal app to make a purchase in store.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Huskies Men's and Women's teams are on the road in the Erie area this week. On Tuesday night they played at Edinboro. The Women beat the Scots in their game 84-71. The Men lost their game 70-61. You can hear the details from the night's action with Jim Doyle in the Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

The Huskies play again Wednesday night at Mercyhurst. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame at 5:10.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Monday night... Danville defeated Central Columbia 52 – 43... Mifflinburg getting by Bloomsburg 52 – 47... and Southern Columbia downed South Williamsport 32 – 25.

 

NFL

In Monday Night Football... the Baltimore Ravens squeaked by the Detroit Lions 18 to 16.

 

 

 

Monday / December 16, 2013


Body Discovered

Bloomsburg Police are investigating the discovery of a body last night in the Susquehanna River near the confluence with Fishing Creek.

According to a news release police first responded to the area of Ft. McClure Boulevard and Streeter field shortly before 6-30.

Bloomsburg fire police were called to shut down Ft. McClure Boulevard at Railroad Street... and at the covered bridge near Rupert for several hours as the initial investigation was underway.

 

Mifflinville Robbery

Police across the region are looking for a man wanted in connection with the robbery of the Mifflinville Market Saturday night. The Press - Enterprise is reporting in Monday's  edition the young man paced about the convenience store for about twenty minutes before pulling a knife on 17 - year old clerk Courtney Disidoro. He demanded money... getting what he wanted... then strolling out of the store into the on - going snow storm. Despite a heavy presence of police... the bandit slipped away.

 

United Water

Two months ago... United Water announced plans for a new treatment plan along Irondale Road. But what has happened since then. A lot of give and take in the permitting process with the Town of Bloomsburg and the PA Department of Environmental Protection. The utility's Bob Manbeck says there are a lot of questions to be answered for DEP approval. That testing is expected to begin in February and run through April. Once the permit is okayed... ground breaking can take place on the estimated $21 – million plant.

 

Northumberland Co. Fire

A state police fire marshal is expected to be at the Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury Monday. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting there was a small kitchen fire inside the prison late Saturday night... forcing corrections officers to move prisoners to another area of the building. There was minor damage reported. No one was injured.

 

Fishing Gifts
Shoppers angling for good stocking stuffers might consider a Pennsylvania fishing license. A fishing license can be a Christmas gift that gives all year long and they are on sale in time for the holidays. John Arway, executive director of the PA Fish and Boat Commission, says a license is a good sports value. Anyone at least 16 years old must have a license, which are effective January 1. They are available online, from agents and at sporting goods stores across the commonwealth. About 850,000 are sold each year.

 

Bear Attacks

Wildlife officials say bear attacks in Pennsylvania, like the one that injured a young female hunter last week in Centre County, are rare. While hunting deer, 18-year-old Camille Bomboy was mauled by a female black bear last Monday on the family farm in Lock Haven. She apparently got between a mother and her cubs. PA Game Commission spokesman Travis Lau says a growing bear population may lead to more bear-human encounters. Bomboy suffered injuries to her ear and is recovering well. Hunters with Bomboy may have hit the bear with one or two rounds. The commission hopes to trap the bear, so it can be tested for disease.

 

Snowy Owl
If you look closely around open fields atop a high post or a silo- you might just spot a snowy owl this year. It's unusual for the snowy owl to migrate into PA and even more rare for such a large number. But the state Game Commission says that's what's happening this year. It's the biggest owl in North America and will feast on pesky rodents. Make sure to observe the snow white owl with black markings at a respectful distance- its a protected bird of prey.

 

Hazleton Budget

Hazleton City Council is expected to vote soon on a proposed $8.9 - million dollar operating budget for 2014. The big chinks in the armour.... rising pension contributions... contractual pay increases... and the proposed take over of the Hazleton Parking Authority. Hazleton must have a budget in place by the end of the month.

 

PA Physicians

Pennsylvania ranks high in the number of active physicians, but is not doing as good a job in retaining new med school grads. Hans Zuckerman says his student debt has topped $200,000 as he finishes his final year of studies. He says new med school grads will look for the best deals they can get to whittle away at that kind of debt, and he says vibrant debt relief programs and further incentives to train in primary care will make a difference. Those are parts of the Governor's Healthy PA plan.

 

Wilkes - Barre Home Invasion

Wilkes - Barre police are investigating a home invasion which took place Sunday night. The incident going down around 7 O'clock at a home on Scott Street. Investigators are remaining tight lipped about the home invasion... but they did say no one was hurt.

 

Black Creek Tree

Black Creek Township has a new community Christmas tree. Last week we told you someone cut the bottom branches of a tree dedicated two weeks ago in Alumni Park. Since hearing the news.... a new tree has been secured and set into place over the weekend with a lot of fanfare. Still... authorities say no one has been charged in the incident.

 

WHLM Sports

Girls Basketball

The Central Columbia girls basketball team is now 2-0 after Friday's 50-35 win at Bloomsburg. Monday night the Bluejays are at home against Danville is a game that has been declared "Cure for Cancer- Chris Jimison Night". The Central team is showing its support for Mrs. Jimison, who is battling cancer... as well as her three children. All proceeds from the concession stand will go to the family and there will be donation barrels and a halftime shoot out. Monday night's varsity game begins at 7:30.

 

High School Football

Pennsylvania's high school football season came to an end Sunday with two state finals which were postponed from Saturday. In the Class AA final... South Fayette topped Imhotep Charter 41 to nothing.

In the Quad A final... St. Joe's Prep downed Pittsburgh Central Catholic 35 to 10.

 

NFL

In the NFL Sunday the Eagles five game winning streak came to an end in a 48-30 loss to the Minnesota Vikings... the Giants lost to the Seattle Seahawks 23-0... and it was the New York Jets falling to the Carolina Panthers 30 – 20. Sunday night... the Pittsburgh Steelers downed the Cincinnati Bengals 30 to 20

 


 

Weekend Sports


WHLM Sports

High School Basketball

It was rivalry night in Girls' High School Basketball on Friday, as Central Columbia was at Bloomsburg. The Jays led early and took the Panthers to a 50-35 Central win. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report:

 

 

BU Basketball

Coming up on Tuesday evening, the Huskies of Bloomsburg University will travel to Edinboro for a brace of games. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame after the 5 PM news.

 

BU Football

Bloomsburg University's senior defensive end Larry Webster has been named a finalist for the Cliff Harris award which goes to the small college defensive player of the year.

What's Happening? Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013


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 Thursdays and Fridays 6 til 8pm and Saturdays and Sundays 2 til 4pm.

 

BTE's annual holiday family show, A Very Special Christmas Special, runs through December 28th. For more information about the show or Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, go to BTE.org

 

Christain Gospel Fellowship Church on Route 42 in Iola wil host their annual Living Christmas Tree this weekend. Show times are Sunday at 2pm and 7pm. Admission is free.

 

Stillwater Christian Church presents, “A Journey to Bethlehem" Live Nativity Hay-ride.  Step back in time as you experience for yourself that very first Christmas.  Pet live animals.  Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate! The rides run between 6 pm and 8 pm.  Stillwater Christian Church is at 42 Wesley Street in Stillwater.

 

The loose ties model railroad club will be having its public display at the Columbia Mall this holiday season this weekend. Operating times are 11 am - 4 pm. There will be a drawing for two free train sets during the holiday season, open to children 14 years old and younger. The winner does not need to be present to win.

 

The Berwick Boys' Basketball Team is having a flapjack fundraiser breakfast this morning from 8 am - 10 am at the Bloomsburg Applebee's.  All-you-can-eat for just $7.  Walk-ins are welcome.  For advance tickets call 759-6400 ext. 3507.

 

BU Library Archivist Robert Dunkelberger will be giving a presentation on the life of BU Professor and Wild Animal Trainer George Keller this afternoon, in the First Presbyterian Fellowship Hall at the church on Market Street in Bloomsburg. The talk wich runs from 2pm - 3:30pm will include an overview of Keller's life and exploits as well as rare film never before seen in public.

 

The 4th annual free Christmas Dinner at the Caldwell Consistory will be held today starting at 12:30 pm. There will be music and children's activities followed by dinner. The Consistory is on Market Square in Bloomsburg.

 

Come add your voice in a Godspell Sing-Along this evening at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg. A carry-in dinner will start at 5 pm, followed by the program. Everyone is welcome! For more information call 570-784-1407. The church is at 3rd and Market Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

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.

 

MC Federal Credit Union in Bloomsburg is hosting a holiday candle fundraiser this season to benefit the re-building of Kidsburg in the Bloomsburg Town Park. The fundraiser will continue into the spring.

 

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 Moose Exchange in downtown Bloomsburg is looking for your suppourt this holiday season. The non-profit arts and cultural center is running a fund-raising drive for maintainace and improvements through the end of the year. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, check out their homepage at MooseExchange.org

 

WHLM Sports

High School Basketball

It was rivalry night in Girls' High School Basketball on Friday, as Central Columbia was at Bloomsburg. The Jays led early and took the Panthers to a 50-35 Central win. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report:

 

 

BU Basketball

Coming up on Tuesday evening, the Huskies of Bloomsburg University will travel to Edinboro for a brace of games. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame after the 5 PM news.

 

BU Football

Bloomsburg University's senior defensive end Larry Webster has been named a finalist for the Cliff Harris award which goes to the small college defensive player of the year.

 

What's Happening? Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013


**OPERATION STORM WATCH**

Winter Storm Warning

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Susquehanna Valley... and all of central and eastern Pennsylvania. It's all due to a complex storm system stretching from the Southern Plains to the Great Lakes. We could see anywhere from five to eight inches of snow across the region... bringing with it sloppy driving conditions... and a secondary blast of cold air. The Warning runs from 5 O'clock this morning through 4 O'clock Sunday morning.

 

Cancellations & Postponments:

* Luzerne County Community College will be closed on Saturday.

* Santa will not be at his cottage in Downtown Bloomsburg Saturday but will be there on Sunday between 2 pm and 4 pm.

* Saturday Night's High School Boys' Basketball game between Central Columbia and Bloomsburg has been postponed to a date yet to be determined.

* Saturday Night's High School Girls' Basketball game between Bloomsburg and Vo-Tech has ben postponed to a date yet to be determined.

* St Mary's in Berwick's Christmas Play and Party has been re-scheduled from Sunday the 15th to Epiphanny Sunday, January 5th at 11 am.

*The Christmas Meal at United Church of Christ in Numedia has been postponed to Dec 22nd.  Sunday service will be at 10 am.

* The Saturday morning Starving Artists Breakfast at the Moose Exchange Cultural Center in Bloomsburg has been cancelled this week.

* The Florence Thompson plaque dedication at the Bloomsburg Recycling Center has been postponed from Saturday to a date to be determined.

 


 

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 Thursdays and Fridays 6 til 8pm and Saturdays and Sundays 2 til 4pm.

 

BTE's annual holiday family show, A Very Special Christmas Special, runs through December 28th. For more information about the show or Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, go to BTE.org

 

Christain Gospel Fellowship Church on Route 42 in Iola wil host their annual Living Christmas Tree this weekend. Show times are tonight at 7pm, and on Sunday at 2pm and 7pm. Admission is free.

 

Stillwater Christian Church presents, “A Journey to Bethlehem" Live Nativity Hay-ride.  Step back in time as you experience for yourself that very first Christmas.  Pet live animals.  Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate! Tonight and Sunday between 6 pm and 8 pm.  Stillwater Christian Church is at 42 Wesley Street in Stillwater.

 

Christ United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Catawissa is holding a winter clothing give-away this morning from 8 am - Noon. There will be a special Activity Center for kids during the give-away. Christ United is on Church Street in Catawissa.

 

The loose ties model railroad club will be having its public display at the Columbia Mall this weekend. Operating times today are 11 am -5 pm and 11 am - 4 pm on Sunday. There will be a drawing for two free train sets during the holiday season, open to children 14 years old and younger. The winner does not need to be present to win.

 

The Berwick Boys' Basketball Team is having a flapjack fundraiser breakfast on Sunday from 8 am - 10 am at the Bloomsburg Applebee's.  All-you-can-eat for just $7.  Walk-ins are welcome.  For advance tickets call 759-6400 ext. 3507.

 

BU Library Archivist Robert Dunkelberger will be giving a presentation on the life of BU Professor and Wild Animal Trainer George Keller on Sunday afternoon, in the First Presbyterian Fellowship Hall at the church on Market Street in Bloomsburg. The talk wich runs from 2pm - 3:30pm will include an overview of Keller's life and exploits as well as rare film never before seen in public.

 

The 4th annual free Christmas Dinner at the Caldwell Consistory will be held this Sunday starting at 12:30 pm. There will be music and children's activities followed by dinner. The Consistory is on Market Square in Bloomsburg.

 

Come add your voice in a Godspell Sing-Along this Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg. A carry-in dinner will start at 5 pm, followed by the program. Everyone is welcome! For more information call 570-784-1407. The church is at 3rd and Market Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

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.

 

MC Federal Credit Union in Bloomsburg is hosting a holiday candle fundraiser this season to benefit the re-building of Kidsburg in the Bloomsburg Town Park. The fundraiser will continue into the spring.

 

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 Moose Exchange in downtown Bloomsburg is looking for your suppourt this holiday season. The non-profit arts and cultural center is running a fund-raising drive for maintainace and improvements through the end of the year. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, check out their homepage at MooseExchange.org

 

WHLM Sports

High School Basketball

It was rivalry night in Girls' High School Basketball on Friday, as Central Columbia was at Bloomsburg. The Jays led early and took the Panthers to a 50-35 Central win. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report:

 

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball Thursday night... Southern Columbia downed Montgomery 54 to 48... and Benton defeated Columbia Montour Vo – Tech 43 to 24.

 

BU Football

Bloomsburg University's senior defensive end Larry Webster has been named a finalist for the Cliff Harris award which goes to the small college defensive player of the year.

Friday / December 13, 2013


**OPERATION STORM WATCH**

Winter Storm Warning

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Susquehanna Valley... and all of central and eastern Pennsylvania. It's all due to a complex storm system stretching from the Southern Plains to the Great Lakes. We could see anywhere from five to eight inches of snow across the region... bringing with it sloppy driving conditions... and a secondary blast of cold air. The Warning runs from 5 O'clock Saturday morning through 4 O'clock Sunday morning.

 

Cancellations & Postponments:

* Luzerne County Community College will be closed on Saturday.

* Saturday Night's High School Boys' Basketball game between Central Columbia and Bloomsburg has been postponed to a date yet to be determined.

* St Mary's in Berwick's Christmas Play and Party has been re-scheduled from Sunday the 15th to Epiphanny Sunday, January 5th at 11 am.

* The Saturday morning Starving Artists Breakfast at the Moose Exchange Cultural Center in Bloomsburg has been cancelled this week.

* The Florence Thompson plaque dedication at the Bloomsburg Recycling Center has been postponed from Saturday to a date to be determined.

 

Red Kettle Bell Ringers

It appears Salvation Army Red Kettle bell ringers aren't bringing in as much money as they had during the past holiday seasons. Lt. Kevin Polito of the Berwick Salvation Army chapter ringers are at area Wal – Mart stores... but they began on Black Friday.... a week after the Red Kettle program began at other stores. Despite getting a late start, Lt. Polito says contributions to the Red Kettle remain steady. The money raised will be used for the local Salvation Army's gift giving and food giveaway.

 

Shamokin Probe

Fire investigators now say that a discarded cigarette tossed in a trash can led to a row home fire which killed a 13 – year old Shamokin girl this week. Melissa Pangburn was trapped on the third floor of the building on South Rock Street... after the fire began on the second floor. Despite efforts... no one could get to the teen. A candlelight vigil for Ms. Pangburn was held Thursday night.

 

Water Employees

Berwick Police are still searching for two men who entered a woman's house this week dressed as water company employees... stealing money and jewelry. The Hispanic and Caucasian men said they were from the water company. But, United Water spokesman Bob Manbeck says don't be fooled by imposters. Manbeck says United Water employees drive trucks with the company's logo on the side... another sure way to know if the people at your front door do... in fact... work for the water company.

 

Victorian Nights

For most of us... this weekend is jam – packed full of activities. In Berwick... it's Victorian Nights beginning at 5 O'clock Saturday afternoon... when Santa arrives to light the community Christmas tree at St. Charles Park at Front and Market Streets. That word from Amy Shortlidge of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce. Earlier in the day there will be a free showing of the motion picture “The Polar Express” at the Berwick Theatre.

 

Black Creek Twp Tree

Who stole Christmas for the residents of Black Creek Township... near Hazleton. The lower branches of the township's Christmas tree were hacked off earlier this week less than two weeks after the tree was lit in Alumni Park. The lights were thrown on the ground. Township supervisors reporting the incident to state police at the Hazleton barracks. The Township's recreation committee is now offering a reward for the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

 

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

A half – dozen Hazleton residents are lucky to be alive after they were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning. It happened in a half – double home on North Lee Court when a plugged flue and chimney forced the toxic fumes into the structure. The home's heating system was recently converted from oil to gas heat... with the residue collapsing... blocking the chimney. All were treated at Hazleton General Hospital.

 

Hanover Twp Drugs

A big time drug operation in Hanover Township... near Wilkes – Barre has been shut down. Police say 26 – year old Jessica Muchler of the Marion Terrace apartment complex was busted this week. Not only did they find psychedelic mushrooms growing... they also found heroin... ecstasy and drug packaging materials inside her apartment. Muchler is now in the Luzerne County Jail awaiting someone to post bail.

 

WHLM Sports

High School Basketball

It was rivalry night in Girls' High School Basketball on Friday, as Central Columbia was at Bloomsburg. The Jays led early and took the Panthers to a 50-35 Central win. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report:

 

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball Thursday night... Southern Columbia downed Montgomery 54 to 48... and Benton defeated Columbia Montour Vo – Tech 43 to 24.

 

BU Football

Bloomsburg University's senior defensive end Larry Webster has been named a finalist for the Cliff Harris award which goes to the small college defensive player of the year.

 

NFL / Thursday

In the final NFL Thursday night game of the season... the San Diego Chargers out scoring the Denver Broncos 27 to 20.

 

Thursday / December 12, 2013


Bloomsburg Rental Ordinance

That controversial Bloomsburg rental inspection ordinance has been placed on the back burner for 90 days. Town Council this week agreeing to work closer with the owners of rental properties... in essence forming a committee to hash out problems with the ordinance. But councilman Fred Trump want's to see the law disappear... but that's not going to happen according to councilman Eric Bower. No word when the committee will be formed... or when they'll meet. As it stands now... the controversial ordinance won't go into effect until April 1st.

 

Shamokin Probe

Still no word on what started a fire in some row homes on South Rock Street in Shamokin this week. A 13 – year old girl died in the fire... despite attempts by several people to rescue her. Melissa Pangburn was a 7th grader at Shamokin Middle School. Counselors were brought in Wednesday for folks who are have trouble coping with the tragedy.

 

Sult Funeral

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon for an 18 – year old Shickshinny teenager killed in a one – car crash over the weekend. Jordan Sult died when he lost control of his car on Route 239... two miles north of the borough and slammed into a utility poll. The service to be held at the Clarke Piatt Funeral home in Hunlock Creek.

 

Berwick Crime

Folks trying to kick criminals out of neighborhoods in Berwick walked in 20 degree weather Wednesday night. Specifically... members of Berwick Area Crime Watch strolled east on Spring Garden Avenue from their starting point at Scanlon Street. Berwick Mayor – elect Tim Burke says Spring Garden and nearby Fairview Avenue are seeing their share of burglaries. And while Spring Garden is become the hotbed for burglaries... some neighborhoods are also getting some unwanted attention due to domestic violence calls.

 

Berwick SWAT Training

If you cruised Wednesday in the 300 block of LaSalle Street in Berwick... you probably witnessed the Columbia – Montour SWAT team in action. It was all part of a training exercise carried out in vacant homes owned by the Columbia County Housing Authority. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish says the SWAT training is important. Chief Strish said... in the past... the department would take care of problems which popped up. But with increased crime... they've joined the two county SWAT team in order to get extra help... and the training needed for high – risk situations.

 

Hospital Merger

That proposed merger between Hazleton General Hospital and the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown... will become a reality the first of the year. The merger was given a stamp of approval from the Federal Trade Commission and the PA Attorney General's office. The merger was initially announced last April. After January 1st... the Hazleton hospital will be known as Lehigh Valley Hospital – Hazleton.

 

Rice Twp Fire

Investigators still don't know how a vacant house caught fire in Rice Township late Tuesday night. The house on Blythburn Road in Mountain Top was extensively damaged. Even though the home was empty... there was electricity going into the structure.

 

Geisinger Wyoming Valley

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center near Wilkes – Barre has issued restrictions... prohibiting children under 5 from visiting impatient units. The restrictions are the result of a seasonal increase in pediatric respiratory illness... or RSV. A doctor says young patients have vulnerable immune systems... that may not fight off the respiratory virus.

 

Musto Request

A second request has been filed by lawyers for former state senator Raphael Musto... asking for a continuance of his corruption trial indefinitely due to health problems. Musto was scheduled to go on trial January 13th. If you recall... the 85 – year old Musto was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2011...charging him with accepting $25,000 dollars from a contractor to develop properties in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.

 

PA Doctors
Pennsylvania ranks high in the number of active physicians practicing in the state, but is not doing as good a job in retaining new med school grads. WHLM Cathy Clark reports from our Harrisburg News Bureau... the commonwealth is 10th in the number of active physicians but 37th in retaining those completing in state medical education. That's according to the State Physicians Workforce Data Book. Concerns about the number of primary care physicians have been raised as the state looks to expand access to health care. Governor Tom Corbett's Healthy PA plan would take some steps to address the issue.

 

WHLM Sports

Southern Columbia

The Southern Columbia football program has won a record tying six Class A state championships, but next season, for the first time in school history, the Tigers will compete in Class AA. A slight increase in male enrollment plus a change in the cutoff numbers by the P.I.A.A. brought about the change which head coach Jim Roth looks forward to. Southern Columbia's football program will also be moving from Division 3 to Division 2 in the Heartland Conference next fall.

 

Boys Basketball

In boys high school basketball last night... Berwick downed Selinsgrove 62 to 49...

 

In the NBA

The Philadelphia 76er's were defeated by the Minnesota Timberwolves 106 to 99.

 

In the NHL 

The Chicago Blackhawks skated by the Philadelphia Flyers 7 to 2.

 

NFL

In the NFL Thursday night, the San Diego Chargers play the Broncos in Denver.

 

Wednesday / December 11, 2013


Shamokin Fatal Fire

A 13 – year old Shamokin girl is dead after a fire destroyed a number of row homes along South Rock Street at midday Tuesday. Melissa Pangburn was found by firefighters on the third floor at 5 South Rock. She was a seventh grader at Shamokin Middle School. The four alarm fire was first spotted around 11 O'clock at 5 South Rock and spread to neighboring homes. Ms. Pangburn was pronounced dead by Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley.

 

Elder Abuse
A state house panel held its third hearing this week on the issue of elder abuse, taking testimony from law enforcement. Montour County District Attorney Rebecca Warren told the panel she's seeing a rise of the theft of pain medication from seniors. Meantime... fraud and scams are running rampant according to David Shallcross of the state Attorney General's office.

 

BU Graduation

A busy weekend is planned at Bloomsburg University with an estimated 550 students up for graduation. BU spokesperson Bonnie Martin says the weekend starts Friday eventing with commencement for 73 graduate students... including seven doctoral candidates. Also two graduation ceremonies will be held Saturday. All the ceremonies will be held in the Haas Center for the Arts.

 

Juvenile Found

A 17 – year old Benton juvenile is in custody after he allegedly made off with an SUV... later found in a Briar Creek trailer court. State Police tell us... the teen allegedly took the SUV from the 400 block of third street in Benton. It was later found on Lark Drive at the Berlin Trailer court... across the street from Ber – Vaughn Park. Also discovered... a number of credit cards not in the teen's name. The unnamed teen was turned over to Columbia County Juvenile authorities... since he was serving probation.

 

Luzerne Co. Budget

As expected... the Luzerne County Council has given their okay to a 2014 budget on a six to five vote. The $124 – million spending plan call for a property tax increase... averaging $42.00... with the possibility of 40 workers furloughed. Right now... Luzerne County is facing a $1.4 – million budget gap. In the past... County Executive Robert Lawton has said that number could go up to as high as 200 people if concessions aren't forth coming from the unions who represent workers.

 

Plymouth Meth House

A drug bust of a Meth lab in Plymouth sent dozens of people into the streets... and without anywhere to live. Police arresting three people in the process... but due to the lab inside the building on Main Street at least two dozen people were forced to seek shelter elsewhere. No one knows why there were people living there... since the place was condemned two years ago.

 

Barletta / Public Safety

11th District congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton... who represents Columbia County... has introduced a measure exempting volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel from the Employer Mandate Provision of Obamacare. Mr. Barletta says has been concerned... since the Internal Revenue Service views volunteer firefighters as employees. That would force fire companies and municipalities to provide health insurance or pay a fine... increasing their financial burden... and threaten public safety.

 

Bomb Threat

Did you try to visit the Wal – Mart in Buckhorn... in Hemlock Township Monday night to do some shopping.... but you couldn't in because it was closed... something unheard of. A bomb threat shuttered the 24 – hour store for seven hours. No device was found... and the store reopened around 3 Tuesday morning.

 

Sentence

A Hazleton man is going to prison for life. 20 – year old Breon Judon was convicted two months ago of murdering 29 – year old Aaron Reznick in August of 2012 in order to steal his iPhone. Judon and a partner... 18 -year old Michael Dedes... kidnapped... robbed and beat the Hazle Township chemist.... leaving him for dead on a Hazleton street. Dedes, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the case and agreed to serve a 25-to-50-year's behind bars in state prison.

 

PA Preferred

A state lawmaker wants to encourage Pennsylvanians to buy products that are made in the commonwealth. Rep. Neal Goodman of neighboring Schuylkill said he introduced House Bill 1800 to help the state's economy. Goodman said his legislation would establish a new "Made in PA" logo for products manufactured or produced in Pennsylvania, and would build on the PA Preferred program started in 2004 by the state Department of Agriculture to promote food and agricultural products grown or produced in the state.

 

Pennsylvania Lottery

There are reasons why a proposal to expand and privatize the state lottery may have to wait until next year. The lottery plan was created, in part, to net more revenue for the commonwealth ahead of what could be a rough budget year. Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, doubts the legislature can pass a plan before the holiday break. Senator Pileggi says issues that need to be addressed include authority of the governor to engage a private firm, and the authority of the lottery to conduct keno-style games. Some lawmakers are concerned that, because of saturation, there's little money left to reap from expanding gambling opportunities.

 

WHLM Sports

Paul Darragh

Now that Paul Darragh has been named the head coach of the Bloomsburg University football team, he and his coaching staff can hit the recruiting trial with certainty. Darragh sat down with our Jim Doyle to talk about the hiring process which was made official at the start of last weekend. As interim head coach Darragh led the Huskies to a 10 and 2 record and a PSAC championship.

 

BU Football

Three senior members of the Bloomsburg University football team have accepted invitations to play in post season All Star games. Offensive tackle Matt Feiler will play in the East-West shrine game on January 18th in Saint Petersburg. On that same day, running back Franklyn Quiteh will play in the National Football League players association collegiate bowl in Los Angeles. The Huskies record setting placekicker Dan Fisher will play in the Division 2 vs. NAIA Senior Bowl on December 21st in Myrtle Beach.

 

College Basketball

In top 20 college basketball... it was Florida over Kansas 67 – 61.

 

Tuesday / December 10, 2013


Fatal Shamokin Fire

A 13 – year old Shamokin girl is dead after a fire destroyed a number of row homes along South Rock Street at midday Tuesday. The name of the victim has not been released. The four alarm fire was first spotted around 11 O'clock at 5 South Rock and spread to neighboring homes. The girl was found by firefighters in the third floor at 5 South Rock. She was pronounced dead by Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley.

 

Afternoon Commute

It could be a sloppy drive home from work this afternoon. Snow began to move into the Susquehanna Valley around 9 O'clock Tuesday morning. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service still say we can get up to three inches of the white stuff before it ends. The threat of snow forced school districts to close across Columbia and Montour Counties. All are expected to be ready to go Wednesday morning.

 

Town Council / Rental Inspection

They initially passed a rental inspection ordinance earlier this year... but demand from property owners and second thoughts by Bloomsburg Town Council has pushed the implementation of the plan back 90 – days. That came during Monday night's Council meeting. Councilman Eric Bower proposed that council and the property owners meet to give the ordinance a second look and hash out differences. The motion for the 90 day delay came on a five to one vote.... with Fred Trump simply wanting to get rid of the inspection plan to disappear.

 

Robert Dunkelberger

There is a new book making the rounds... dealing with the life and times of former Bloomsburg University professor George Keller... who... in his spare time... was a wild animal trainer... performing with various circus' University archivist Robert Dunkelberger has spent the past three years writing “Keller's Jungle Killers...” with more than 200 pictures. Dunkelberger says professor Keller would teach classes in the winter.... and when spring came around... he would hit the road with his animals... many of which were kept behind his house on Lightstreet Road.

 

Rice Twp FD

A former volunteer firefighter has been arrested for allegedly stealing $30,000 dollars from the former Rice Township Fire Department near Hazleton. Gina Tombasco has been charged with felony theft and forgery. The fire department was decertified earlier this year... but money went missing from the volunteer's bank account. Bank officials became suspicious and called in Luzerne County Detectives.

 

Elderly Drivers

PennDOT is doing it's part to look out for older drivers... and to make sure they're safe behind the wheel. The agency's David Thompson says 19% of the state's 8.9-million licensed drivers are 65 and older... and some of the skills needed for driving may begin to go away. Meantime... there are driver improvement courses offered by various organizations such as PennDOT and A-A-R-P.

 

Elder Abuse
A state house panel held its third hearing this week on the issue of elder abuse, taking testimony from law enforcement. Montour County District Attorney Rebecca Warren told the panel she's seeing a rise of drug diversion or theft of pain medication from seniors. Meantime... fraud and scams are running rampant according to David Shallcross of the state Attorney General's office.

 

Bomb Threat

Did you try to visit the Wal – Mart in Buckhorn... in Hemlock Township last night to do some shopping... but you couldn't because it was closed. A bomb threat shuttered the 24 – hour store for seven hours. No device was found... and the store reopened around 3 this morning.

 

Sentence

A Hazleton man is going to prison for life. 20 – year old Breon Judon was convicted two months ago of murdering 29 – year old Aaron Reznick in August of 2012 in order to steal his iPhone. Judon and a partner... 18 -year old Michael Dedes... kidnapped... robbed and beat the Hazle Township chemist.... leaving him for dead on a Hazleton street. Dedes, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the case and agreed to serve a 25-to-50-year's behind bars in state prison.

 

PA Preferred

A state lawmaker wants to encourage Pennsylvanians to buy products that are made in the commonwealth. Rep. Neal Goodman of neighboring Schuylkill said he introduced House Bill 1800 to help the state's economy. Goodman said his legislation would establish a new "Made in PA" logo for products manufactured or produced in Pennsylvania, and would build on the PA Preferred program started in 2004 by the state Department of Agriculture to promote food and agricultural products grown or produced in the state.

 

Tuesday / December 10, 2013


Operation Stormwatch

 

There are school closures to report on due to expected snowfall...

 

Benton Area Schools – Closed today

 

Berwick Area - Closed

 

Bloomsburg Area School District - Closed

 

Central Columbia – Closed

 

Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech - Closed

 

Columbia County Christian School – Closed / Learning Center also closed

 

Danville Area - Closed

 

Greenwood Friends School – Closed

 

Millville School District – Closed

 

Southern Columbia – Closing for the day

 

St. Columba - Closed

 

Bloomsburg YMCA pre – school classes closed for the day.

 

Crestwood – 2 hour delay

Monday / December 9, 2013


More Bad Weather Headed our Way

 

SNOW FOR THE TUESDAY MORNING COMMUTE...

 

** THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER

WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 4 PM EST

TUESDAY.

 

** LOCATIONS...SOUTHERN PENNSYLVANIA AND THE POCONOS.

 

** HAZARD TYPES...SNOW.

 

** ACCUMULATIONS...2 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW.

 

** TIMING...BEGINNING BEFORE SUNRISE...TAPERING OFF IN THE LATE

MORNING AND AFTERNOON.

 

** IMPACTS...THE SNOW WILL CAUSE POOR VISIBILITY AND SNOW COVERED

ROADS. THIS WILL SLOW TRAFFIC...ESPECIALLY DURING THE MORNING

COMMUTE.

 

** WINDS...WEST 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

 

** TEMPERATURES...IN THE UPPER 20S.

 

** VISIBILITIES...AS LOW AS ONE-QUARTER OF A MILE.

 

Weis Recall
Sunbury – based Weis Markets is recalling some of their milk products. The recall is for Weis Quality Milk in whole, two-percent, one-percent and skim varieties with a sell-by date of December 5th, and for Weis one-percent chocolate milk with a sell-by date of December 2nd. The affected milk may contain antibiotic residue, which can cause problems for people who are allergic to antibiotics. The recall does not affect any other milk that Weis sells. Customers may return the product to their local stores for a full refund.

 

Thrill Killers

Now there are two people charged and arrested with the stabbing death of a Port Treverton man in Sunbury last month. 18 – year old Miranda Barbour has been charged in the death of Troy LaFerrara... whose body was found behind a home on Catawissa Street. Now her 22 – year old husband also now been charged. Elytte Barbour said they wanted to murder someone and she found LaFerrara through Craigslist. Miranda Barber is in the Northumberland County prison... while Elytte Barbour is being held in the Columbia County Prison... both without bond.

 

Berwick Fire

Berwick firemen made quick work of what could have been a disastrous blaze in the 1100 hundred block of 5th Avenue Sunday afternoon. Fire Chief Bill Coolbaugh says they alarm sounded around 12-45... with arriving firemen finding a problem with a wood burning stove. Chief Coolbaugh confirmed that a ceramic ring which goes from the stove to the chimney apparently cracked allowing flames to eat into the wall.... spreading the fire through a ceiling heading into the main part of the structure. Crews had the situation under control within minutes... and were on the scene for about an hour.

 

Town Budget

The Bloomsburg Town Council meets tonight and at the top of their agenda is the passage of the 2014 budget. It totals an estimated $5.3 - million dollars.... so says town administrator Bill Lowthert. It calls for badly needed improvements to town hall... as well as hiring a new police officer. The yet – to – be – approved budget also comes with a 1 – mil tax increase... costing property owners an extra dollar for each thousand dollars of assessed valuation. Monday night's meeting gets underway at 7 O'clock.

 

Speeders

If you traveled Route 11 from Danville to Berwick this weekend... you probably spotted former railway Maintenance of Way cars traveling North Shore Railroad tracks. The owners of the so – call “Speeders...” such as Cody Martin of Milesburg in Centre County belong to the North American Railcar Operators Association... and they spent Saturday collecting gifts for the Toys for Tots program. Martin says his “speeder” has a pretty interesting heritage... having been part of the Canadian Pacific Railroad until the early 80's when they were sold. A couple of times a year... NARCOA members are allowed to organize rides on the former Erie – Lackawanna Bloomsburg line from Northumberland to the PPL information center in Salem Township... north of Berwick.

 

Christmas Trees

If you traveled across the area Sunday... you probably saw a number of cars with freshly cut Christmas trees tied to their roofs. No surprise... with a couple of weeks until the big day... folks were out and about trying to find that perfect tree. Tom Parr of Orangeville runs a mom and pop operation... says you should look for a tree without disease... and are green and plump. Parr says once you get the tree home.... be sure to keep it in a stand... filled with plenty of water. That.. he says... should keep the tree in good shape until the first of the year.

 

Bob Dunkelberger

The archivist at Bloomsburg University is out with a new book... dealing with the life and times of of professor George Keller... who was also the tamer of wild animals... who traveled with the circus. Appearing on Monday's edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... Robert Dunkleberger says Keller was a larger than life figure. Dunkelberger says Professor Keller was able to balance his teaching career at the university... while at the same time... hitting the road to preform with his animals.

 

Shickshinny Accident

A Shickshinny man is dead following a weekend accident north of the Borough. State police say 18 – year old Jordan Sult died when he lost control of his car while southbound on Route 239... his car slamming into a utility poll. Sult was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Sallie Mae

Good economic news for neighboring Luzerne County. Sallie Mae... the folks who service student loans... will hire an estimated 300 new employees in 2015. That... as they expand their Hanover Township facility. The company has grown over the past 25 years to where a thousand employees are serving 16 million accounts.

 

WB Shooter

A Wilkes – Barre man is jailed after he allegedly shot at police over the weekend. 19 – year old Nasim Hickson had an altered 22 – caliber rifle in his possession when he was arrested. The incident taking place early Saturday morning in the area of Park Avenue and Lehigh Street. Hickson is facing charges of aggravated assault... simple assault... and reckless endangerment.

 

Hazleton Wreck

The driver of a car which smashed into a business early Sunday morning is in custody on suspicion of driving under the influence. Although Hazleton Police have not released his name... he slammed his car into Al's Fashions on West 20th Street. The driver received minor injuries... and the business is expected to be open Monday.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

Bloomsburg University removed the "interim" tag from Paul Darragh on Friday. He is the Huskies head football coach. Darragh lead the team to a 10 and 2 record and the PSAC Championship.

 

HS Basketball

High School Basketball's regular season is underway. In our first broadcast of the season Monday night, the Southern Columbia boys beat Bloomsburg 61-48. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Update:

 

 

HS Basketball

A Heartland Conference boys basketball coach made history on Friday night. Loyalsock's 79-30 win over Warrior Run was the 802nd career win for Loyalsock head coach Ron Insinger- that is a new state record.

 

NFL

In the NFL Sunday... the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Detroit Lions 34-20... the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Miami Dolphins 34-28... and the New York Jets downed the Oakland Raiders 37-27, On the west coast.... The San Diego Chargers defeated the New York Giants 37 – 14.

 

 

Monday / December 9, 2013


Winter Storm

The start of Sunday afternoon's snow storm had first responders busy... thanks to icy streets. Bloomsburg Fire Police were called to Iron and Glen Avenue when the road became slippery, hanging up drivers who attempted to drive up the hill. Other problems were found on Second Street on the campus of Bloomsburg University. The slippery conditions also produced an accident on Fifth Street Hollow Road when a minivan went over the embankment. The roads remained problematic until public works crews got out... placing anti – skid and salt on the roadways. Meantime... PPL Electric Utilities employees are prepared for the overnight storm in order to respond to customers who may loose their juice. The utilities Terry McBride says PPL takes every storm seriously... to plan ahead in case the power goes out. The National Weather Service in State College has posted a Winter Weather Advisory for the region and is in effect until 10 O'clock Monday morning.

 

Berwick Fire

Berwick firemen made quick work of what could have been a disastrous blaze in the 1100 hundred block of 5th Avenue Sunday afternoon. Fire Chief Bill Coolbaugh says they alarm sounded around 12-45... with arriving firemen finding a problem with a wood burning stove. Chief Coolbaugh confirmed that a ceramic ring which goes from the stove to the chimney apparently cracked allowing flames to eat into the wall.... spreading the fire through a ceiling heading into the main part of the structure. Crews had the situation under control within minutes... and were on the scene for about an hour.

 

Nationl Weather Service Advisory 

The National Weather Service at State College has posted a Winter Weather Advisory from 1 PM Sunday afternoon through 10 AM Monday.

 

* LOCATIONS...PORTIONS OF THE LOWER SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY AND EAST

CENTRAL MOUNTAINS.

 

* HAZARD TYPES...LIGHT SNOW...CHANGING TO SLEET THEN FREEZING

RAIN.

 

* ACCUMULATIONS...2 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW...FOLLOWED BY ONE TO TWO

TENTHS OF AN INCH OF ICE. THE HIGHER ACCUMULATIONS OF SNOW AND

ICE WILL BE SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 80.

 

* TIMING...LIGHT SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE REGION FROM SOUTH TO

NORTH DURING THE LATE MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON HOURS TODAY

AND LIKELY ACCUMULATE ONE TO THREE INCHES BY DARK. THE SNOW

WILL CHANGE TO SLEET THEN FREEZING RAIN TONIGHT...WITH SOME

FREEZING RAIN AND FREEZING DRIZZLE LINGERING INTO MONDAY

MORNING.

 

* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE PROBABLE DUE TO

SLICK ROADS AND ICY CONDITIONS.

 

* WINDS...EAST 5 TO 10 MPH.

 

* TEMPERATURES...UPPER 20S TO THE LOWER 30S.

 

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WHLM Sports

Berwick HS Football

The last time a Berwick High School football team was in the state finals was 1997. Fridaynight, the Bulldogs faced an Archbishop Wood team that has been in the finals in each of the past two seasons, winning it all in 2011. Berwick gave it their all and never gave up, but fell short as Archbishop Wood won 42-14.  Berwick ends the season with a 14-1 record.

BU Basketball
The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Shippensburg on Saturday. The Women had the score tied up, but fell behind and ultimately lost their match 92-83. The Men won their game 80-61. The Huskies next play on Tuesday the 17th when they will be on the road at Edinboro. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's Pregame at 5:10.

 

What's Happening? Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013


Winter Storm

The start of Sunday afternoon's snow storm had first responders busy... thanks to icy streets. Bloomsburg Fire Police were called to Iron and Glen Avenue when the road became slippery, hanging up drivers who attempted to drive up the hill. Other problems were found on Second Street on the campus of Bloomsburg University. The slippery conditions also produced an accident on Fifth Street Hollow Road when a minivan went over the embankment. The roads remained problematic until public works crews got out... placing anti – skid and salt on the roadways. Meantime... PPL Electric Utilities employees are prepared for the overnight storm in order to respond to customers who may loose their juice. The utilities Terry McBride says PPL takes every storm seriously... to plan ahead in case the power goes out. The National Weather Service in State College has posted a Winter Weather Advisory for the region and is in effect until 10 O'clock Monday morning.

 

Berwick Fire

Berwick firemen made quick work of what could have been a disastrous blaze in the 1100 hundred block of 5th Avenue Sunday afternoon. Fire Chief Bill Coolbaugh says they alarm sounded around 12-45... with arriving firemen finding a problem with a wood burning stove. Chief Coolbaugh confirmed that a ceramic ring which goes from the stove to the chimney apparently cracked allowing flames to eat into the wall.... spreading the fire through a ceiling heading into the main part of the structure. Crews had the situation under control within minutes... and were on the scene for about an hour.

 

Nationl Weather Service Advisory 

The National Weather Service at State College has posted a Winter Weather Advisory from 1 PM Sunday afternoon through 10 AM Monday.

 

* LOCATIONS...PORTIONS OF THE LOWER SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY AND EAST

CENTRAL MOUNTAINS.

 

* HAZARD TYPES...LIGHT SNOW...CHANGING TO SLEET THEN FREEZING

RAIN.

 

* ACCUMULATIONS...2 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW...FOLLOWED BY ONE TO TWO

TENTHS OF AN INCH OF ICE. THE HIGHER ACCUMULATIONS OF SNOW AND

ICE WILL BE SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 80.

 

* TIMING...LIGHT SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE REGION FROM SOUTH TO

NORTH DURING THE LATE MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON HOURS TODAY

AND LIKELY ACCUMULATE ONE TO THREE INCHES BY DARK. THE SNOW

WILL CHANGE TO SLEET THEN FREEZING RAIN TONIGHT...WITH SOME

FREEZING RAIN AND FREEZING DRIZZLE LINGERING INTO MONDAY

MORNING.

 

* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE PROBABLE DUE TO

SLICK ROADS AND ICY CONDITIONS.

 

* WINDS...EAST 5 TO 10 MPH.

 

* TEMPERATURES...UPPER 20S TO THE LOWER 30S.

 

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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 TreeFest continues this weekend 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.

 

Stop by the store front across from Santa's throne when you're shopping the Columbia Mall this weekend. Animal Resource Center is offering free gift wrapping in exchange for a donation to the no-kill animal shelter. They'll be open from 11 am - 6 pm on Sunday. For more information, check them out at NoKillARC.org

 

The Benton British Car Club is holding a meeting this Sunday at 3 pm at Strevig's Family Restaraunt on route 487 in Benton. Anyone who owns a British-made car is welcome to attend.

 

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.

 

Christ's United Lutheran Church in Millmont is offering a free community holiday meal this Sunday from 4 - 6 pm. The menu will include at traditional Turkey dinner with all trhe trimmings. Santa Claus will make an appearance with gifts for the kids! The Church is on Old Turnpike Road.

 

Spend a Sunday afternoon at the Twin Bridges on Route 487 in Forks this weekend for Christmas on the Bridge. The Columbia County Covered Bridge Association is running free hayrides with Santa Claus from 1 - 3 pm Sunday. There will be refreshments for sale, soup, baked goods, and the limited-edition Rupert collector's crock.

 

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.

 

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. 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.

 

MC Federal Credit Union in Bloomsburg is hosting a holiday candle fundraiser this season to benefit the re-building of Kidsburg in the Bloomsburg Town Park. The fundraiser will continue into the spring.

 

Emmanuel Dutch Hill Bible Church is presenting a Christmas Musical and a night of worship this Sunday at 6:30 pm. The performance is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken up to benefit AGAPE. The church is at 592 Dutch Hill Road in Bloomsburg.

 

The Moose Exchange in downtown Bloomsburg is looking for your suppourt this holiday season. The non-profit arts and cultural center is running a fund-raising drive for maintainace and improvements through the end of the year. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, check out their homepage at MooseExchange.org

 

BTE will present a series of school matinees of this year's holiday show, A Very Special Christmas Special, on December 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19. Matinees begin at 10:00 am. and the cost is $9 for all audience members. School representatives are encouraged to call soon for best seating availability. The show runs through the 28th. For more information on the show or the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, go to BTE.org

 

Applebee's on Route 11 in Bloomsburg is holding a community food drive through the 22nd. Bring perishable or non-perishable food items for donation to the food cupboard and get a $5 coupon towards your next visit.

 

WHLM Sports

Berwick HS Football

The last time a Berwick High School football team was in the state finals was 1997. Fridaynight, the Bulldogs faced an Archbishop Wood team that has been in the finals in each of the past two seasons, winning it all in 2011. Berwick gave it their all and never gave up, but fell short as Archbishop Wood won 42-14.  Berwick ends the season with a 14-1 record.

BU Basketball
The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Shippensburg on Saturday. The Women had the score tied up, but fell behind and ultimately lost their match 92-83. The Men won their game 80-61. The Huskies next play on Tuesday the 17th when they will be on the road at Edinboro. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's Pregame at 5:10.

 

What's Happening? Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013


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 TreeFest continues this weekend 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.

 

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.

 

St Joseph School in Danville is holding their first annual Christmas Craft Show today from 9 am - 4 pm. There will be home-baked goods, tricky trays, a Chineese auction, and lots of gift ideas for the holidays. The school is on Ferry Street in Danville.

 

Katys Church will be holding their annual Hungry Hunters Lunch today 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.

 

Get your pets in on the holiday spirit and have their photo taken with Santa Claus today at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg, sponsored by the Animal Resource Center. Pet photos will be taken in the church gymnasium from 9 am - 4 pm. Wesley UMC is on the corner of Third and Market Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

Stop by the store front across from Santa's throne when you're shopping the Columbia Mall this weekend. Animal Resource Center is offering free gift wrapping in exchange for a donation to the no-kill animal shelter. They'll be open from 9 am - 8 pm on Saturday, and from 11 am - 6 pm on Sunday. For more information, check them out at NoKillARC.org

 

The Benton British Car Club is holding a meeting this Sunday at 3 pm at Strevig's Family Restaraunt on route 487 in Benton. Anyone who owns a British-made car is welcome to attend.

 

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.

 

Christ's United Lutheran Church in Millmont is offering a free community holiday meal this Sunday from 4 - 6 pm. The menu will include at traditional Turkey dinner with all trhe trimmings. Santa Claus will make an appearance with gifts for the kids! The Church is on Old Turnpike Road.

 

Spend a Sunday afternoon at the Twin Bridges on Route 487 in Forks this weekend for Christmas on the Bridge. The Columbia County Covered Bridge Association is running free hayrides with Santa Claus from 1 - 3 pm Sunday. There will be refreshments for sale, soup, baked goods, and the limited-edition Rupert collector's crock.

 

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.

 

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. 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.

 

MC Federal Credit Union in Bloomsburg is hosting a holiday candle fundraiser this season to benefit the re-building of Kidsburg in the Bloomsburg Town Park. The fundraiser will continue into the spring.

 

Emmanuel Dutch Hill Bible Church is presenting a Christmas Musical and a night of worship this Sunday at 6:30 pm. The performance is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken up to benefit AGAPE. The church is at 592 Dutch Hill Road in Bloomsburg.

 

The Moose Exchange in downtown Bloomsburg is looking for your suppourt this holiday season. The non-profit arts and cultural center is running a fund-raising drive for maintainace and improvements through the end of the year. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, check out their homepage at MooseExchange.org

 

BTE will present a series of school matinees of this year's holiday show, A Very Special Christmas Special, on December 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19. Matinees begin at 10:00 am. and the cost is $9 for all audience members. School representatives are encouraged to call soon for best seating availability. The show runs through the 28th. For more information on the show or the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, go to BTE.org

 

Applebee's on Route 11 in Bloomsburg is holding a community food drive through the 22nd. Bring perishable or non-perishable food items for donation to the food cupboard and get a $5 coupon towards your next visit.

 

WHLM Sports

Berwick HS Football

The last time a Berwick High School football team was in the state finals was 1997. Fridaynight, the Bulldogs face an Archbishop Wood team that has been in the finals in each of the past two seasons, winning it all in 2011. The Bulldogs played there hearts and never gave up.  But fell short as Archbishop Wood was to much for the Bulldogs.  Archbishop Wood 42-14.  Congratulations to Berwick on the great season of 14-1

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Shippensburg on Saturday. The Women had the score tied up, but fell behind and ultimately lost their match 92-83. The Men won their game 80-61. The Huskies next play on Tuesday the 17th when they will be on the road at Edinboro. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's Pregame at 5:10.

 

Friday / December 6, 2013


Operation Storm Watch

Dismissals & Cancellations:

* Sullivan area School District - 1 PM dismissal, no after-school activities.

 

WHLM Sports Bulletein:

Tonight's High School Football State Semi-final match between Berwick and Archbishop Wood has been postponed until Saturday due to the wintery mix moving through the area. The new kickoff time Saturday will be at 5 PM. Coverage on Classic Rock 103.5 starts with the Coach Curry Show at 4 PM.

 

Attempted Bloomsburg Robbery

Bloomsburg Police are looking for a suspect wanted in connection the overnight armed stick up in the parking lot of the corner of East Main Street and Lightstreet Road. A news release says the person they're looking for is a white man... five feet, nine inches tall... of average build and dirty blond hair. He was dressed in black... with a black garbage bag hiding his identity... and threatened the victim with a utility razor knife. If you have information about the incident... call Bloomsburg Police.

 

I-80 Fire

Some folks in Connecticuit may be getting their UPS pacakges a little late. The tractor – trailer they were in caught fire late Thursday night in the rest area of I-80... east of Mifflinville. Fire Chief Dave Mausteller says when they arrived... the cab of the 18 – wheeler was involved in flames... and the fire was creeping towards the 53 foot trailer. Mifflinville firemen getting help from Lime Ridge and Espy. Mausteller telling us UPS took the trailer to a Wyoming Valley distribution center in order to forward the packages to their destination.

 

Bloomsburg / Late Shopping

With one less week for Christmas shopping this year... the Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated is promoting late night shopping Friday. DBI manager Adrienne Mael says it's a great way to draw shoppers to the downtown area. It's also a way to support the downtown is by buying local..

 

Berwick Theatre

Trying to keep the dream alive of her late grandfather.... now it's up to Renee DiAugustine – Bower and her family to keep the Berwick Theatre open... rather than go dark as they try and raise the $70 – thousand dollars needed for digital projection equipment. That was the goal of her grandfather Vince DiAugustine before he passed away earlier this year... and is going the social media route to do just that. Ms. DiAugustine – Bower says there is no drop dead date to switch to digital projection... but the sooner the better... since 35 – millimeter prints of motion pictures will not be available from film distributors.

 

Drug Busts

Hanover Township Police and the Luzerne County Drug Task Force have arrested a half dozen people on various drug charges. The first arrest took place on Sunday on Boland Avenue... and wrapped up late this week with the arrests of others. All are in the Luzerne County Jail awaiting bail money.

 

Home Invader Sentenced

A Luzerne County man... convicted of a home invasion could spend anywhere between 7 to 9 years in prison. In Luzerne County Court on Thursday Matthew Graziano was sentenced for his part in the September 2012 home invasion in Ashley. Graziano is no stranger to law enforcement... having had encounters with officers since the late '90's.

 

NEPA Unemployment Rate

The State Department of Labor and Industry says the jobless rate across Northeastern Pennsylvania remained unchanged at 9.2 % in October. It's the third consecutive month the rate has remained the same. The latest numbers give Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming County's the distinction of having the highest unemployment rate in the state.

 

Little League

The City of Hazleton is looking for Council's approval for a request to seek $2.7 - million in state gaming funds to spiff up some recreational areas. Specifically... the city want to upgrade the Hazleton Little League complex... and renovate two buildings in the downtown area... putting them back on the tax rolls.

 

Transportation Bill

Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch says that opposition to a new law that raises billions of dollars in higher fees and taxes to fund transportation needs has not surprised him. Schoch has been countered by support from those who believe passage of the legislation was the right thing to do. Lawmakers passed the major transportation bill two weeks ago to fix roads, rebuild bridges and help the state’s mass transit systems. The new law will be phased in over five years and will raise gasoline taxes at the wholesale level plus levy a range of motorist fees to eventually generate more than $2.3 billion annually.

 

WHLM Sports

Berwick HS Football

The last time a Berwick High School football team was in the state finals was 1997. Fridaynight, the Bulldogs face an Archbishop Wood team that has been in the finals in each of the past two seasons, winning it all in 2011. The Class AAA state semifinal will be played at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown starting at 5 O'clock Saturday afternoon. Coverage on Classic Rock 103.5 begins at 4 with The Coach Curry Show. The other semifinal between Bishop McDevitt and Erie Cathedral Prep will be played tonight in Clearfield.

 

High School Basketball

The boys high school basketball regular season tips off Friday night. Among the games on this evening's schedule, Danville is at Pottsville; Central Columbia is at Shikellamy; and Columbia Motour Vo Tech is at Benton.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams play at Shippensburg 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.

 

College Football

In college football Thursday night... the Lousiville Cardnials defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats 31 to 24...

 

NFL

In the NFL... the Jacksonville Jaguars downed the Houston Texans 27 to 20.

 

 

Thursday / December 5, 2013


Bloomsburg Budget

The proposed $5.3 - million 2014 budget for the Town of Bloomsburg comes up for a vote Monday evening. But, Town Administration Bill Lowthert says the proposal contains a 1 - mil tax hike which equates to $1 - dollar per thousand of assessed valuation... meaning an owner of a home assessed at $100,000 you'll see a hike of $100 dollars on your annual bill. You can see a copy of the proposed spending plan at town hall during business hours.

 

Speeders / Toys for Tots

They're called “Speeders...” and you'll be able to get a close up look at these former railroad rail cars when they make an appearance along the North Shore Railroad.. as folks collect gifts for Toys for Tots. Larry Maynard will bring out his “speeder” decorated in the holiday spirit. Maynard says the “speeders” are expected in Danville around 9 O'clock Saturday morning... then on to Rupert in Montour Township... Bloomsburg... then it's to Berwick... collecting toys along the way.

 

Gas Prices

Despite a jump in late November, gas prices ended the month about where they started it and AAA says we should see some improvement for the Christmas holiday. The spike in prices heading into Thanksgiving was not due to the holiday. Jenny Robinson of AAA Mid-Atlantic says unexpected refinery problems and tightening supplies, mainly coming out of the Gulf Coast area lead to the uptick in prices. She adds prices are likely to drop 10 to 15 cents a gallon by the end of the year if supplies build as expected due to lower crude oil prices.

 

Arcus Theft

Bloomsburg Police say they've questioned a “person of interest” in the theft of a cash bag from the Arcus Brothers store at the corner of East and Third Streets... but no charges have been filed. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... the bag contained cash, jewelery, coins and a watch... swiped from behind the counter this week. However, several of the items have been recovered. If you have information about the theft... call Bloomsburg Police.

 

Reward

Still no suspect in the murder of a 97 – year old Nanticoke woman over the Thanksgiving holiday. Now... Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers will be offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in the case of the death of Gertrude Price. Already... an estimated $3,000 has been pledged to a reward fund at PNC Bank. Ms. Price was found Thanksgiving night inside her home on East Grand Street.

 

Murder Charge

An 18 – year old woman has been charged with murder in the death of a man whose body was found last month in Sunbury. Miranda Barbour is in the Northumberland County Jail... charged in the death of Troy LaFerrara. His body was found behind a Catawissa Avenue home. LaFerrara stabbed at least twenty times. Police say Barbour... who is married... would often search for men seeking women on Craig's List... getting money in return for companionship. A preliminary hearing will be held December 10th in Sunbury.

 

Mt. Carmel Neglect

A Northumberland County man is accused of neglecting his own 86 – year old mother. Authorities say the mother of 56 – year old Joseph Campbell was malnourished... unattended and covered in waste. Campbell is also charged with forging his mother's name to withdraw money from her bank account. He is in the Northumberland County Prison in lieu of 150 – thousand dollars bail.

 

Sherman Hills

More troubles for a beleaguered housing project in Wilkes – Barre. A stray bullet nearly hit a sleeping girl at the Sherman Hills Apartment Complex. Authorities say the weapon accidentally went off early Wednesday morning... the bullet going through a floor... coming within feet of the sleep child. Over the past year... Sherman Hills has become the center of crime in Wilkes – Barre due to numerous shootings and a lack of security.

 

Hazleton Break In

Hazleton Police are continuing their probe into the break in of a Dollar General store on West Walnut Street this week. Authorities say a man broke a glass door... strolled in... and made off with several cartons of cigarettes. If you have information about this week's break in.... call Hazleton Police.

 

House / Education
Three bills before the state house would give school districts more leeway for economic furloughs. Currently, schools can't furlough teachers solely for economic reasons- there must be other driving factors. But the bills would allow economic furloughs and remove seniority as the main factor for determining which teachers are laid off. Supporters say it would keep the best teachers in the classroom in tough times. Opponents fear teachers with seniority-- and higher salaries-- would be the first to go.

 

E-Cigarettes
A state senate committee has unanimously approved a bill to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. The bill would ban the sale of the e-cigarettes to anyone under age 18 - just like regular cigarettes. Although the electronic devices emit a vapor rather than smoke, the bill's sponsor says nicotine addiction is a major concern. Senator Tim Solobay says the product should be in adult hands only. He says the bill has bipartisan support and over two dozen other states have taken similar action.

 

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BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Cheyney last night at the Nelson Field House. The men defeating Cheney 72 – 57... while the women cruised to a 78 – 35 victory. The Husky basketball teams return to action Saturday afternoon at Shippensburg starting with the women's game at 1 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.

 

NCAA Basketball

In Division I men's college basketball last night, in the ACC/Big Ten challenge... North Carolina knocked off Number one Michigan State 79 – 65.

 

NHL

In the National Hockey League Wednesday night... the Philadelphia Flyers outskated the Detroit Redwings 6 to 3.

 

NFL

Thursday night in the NFL, The Houston Texans take on the Jaguars in Jacksonville.

 

 

Wednesday / December 4, 2013


Bloomsburg Budget

The proposed $5.3 - million 2014 budget for the Town of Bloomsburg comes up for a vote Monday evening. But, Town Administration Bill Lowthert says the proposal contains a 1 - mil tax hike which equates to $1 - dollar per thousand of assessed valuation... meaning an owner of a home assessed at $100,000 you'll see a hike of $100 dollars on your annual bill. You can see a copy of the proposed spending plan at town hall during business hours.

 

Speeders / Toys for Tots

They're called “Speeders...” and you'll be able to get a close up look at these former railroad rail cars when they make an appearance along the North Shore Railroad.. as folks collect gifts for Toys for Tots. Larry Maynard will bring out his “speeder” decorated in the holiday spirit. Maynard says the “speeders” are expected in Danville around 9 O'clock Saturday morning... then on to Rupert in Montour Township... Bloomsburg... then it's to Berwick... collecting toys along the way.

 

Gas Prices

Despite a jump in late November, gas prices ended the month about where they started it and AAA says we should see some improvement for the Christmas holiday. The spike in prices heading into Thanksgiving was not due to the holiday. Jenny Robinson of AAA Mid-Atlantic says unexpected refinery problems and tightening supplies, mainly coming out of the Gulf Coast area lead to the uptick in prices. She adds prices are likely to drop 10 to 15 cents a gallon by the end of the year if supplies build as expected due to lower crude oil prices.

 

Berwick Christmas Boulevard

The Berwick Jaycees are working down to the wire... getting items at the annual Christmas Boulevard in place. The electricity will be supplied to all eleven plots for the first time Saturday night. Brian Powlus is chairing this year's event and says Santa Claus will appear nightly at the intersection of Market and 9th Streets. As in past years... thousands of cars filled with people are expected to make the mile – long trek to see what the Jaycees have come up with this year.

 

Winter Tourism

Despite the fact we're into the holiday season... tourism continues to chug along. Otto Kurecian of the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau telling us that the main draw continues to be the covered bridges... especially after a snowfall. Another big event taking place in Danville according to Kurecian is the Iron Heritage Holiday House tours which starts December 14th.

 

State Revenue

Revenues are running slightly ahead of projections... so says the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. In the fifth month of the fiscal year, Pennsylvania collected $1.7 billion in general fund revenue to support its $28.4 billion state budget. That is $800,000 more than was anticipated for November, one of the lowest months in terms of revenue collection, according to the state Department of Revenue.

That brings the fiscal year-to-date collections to $9.9 billion, which is $42.6 million ahead of what Governor Tom Corbett's administration had estimated for this point in time.

 

Luzerne County

Despite financial problems this year... the Luzerne County Council's proposed 2014 budget will be headed for final approval next week. Over the past two months... County Manager Robert Lawton has been torn between increasing taxes and layoff workers in order to fill a 400 – million dollar budget gap. The Council is expected to vote on an eight percent property tax hike... getting concessions from unions... and possible the layoff of up to 200 employees.

 

Union County Fire

Investigators in Union Country are trying to find the cause of a blaze that gutted a house near Mifflinburg early Tuesday morning. The home is located on Cedar Run Lane. Firefighters say the structure had flames shooting out of every window. Authorities say a couple rented the home.

 

Hartleton Chief

A Union County Court jury in Lewisburg found Hartleton Police Chief Donald Zerbe guilty of theft by extortion. Police say when Chief Zerbe pulled over a car for a traffic infraction... he would tell the driver of two choices... get a ticket or donate to the Hartleton playground fund instead. Over the past five years... the borough has collected an estimated $5,000 for the playground fund. No word yet when Chief Zerbe will be sentenced.

 

Hazleton Fire

A Hazleton man is being credited with saving two people from a house fire early Tuesday morning. Ralph Rodriguez and a firefighter pulled a mother and her daughter from their burning home on East Diamond Avenue. Amanda Yanac and her 5 – year old daughter were trapped in their apartment until rescued by Rodriguez and firefighter Brian Madrak. Mother and daughter are being treated in a hospital. Investigators say the fire isn't suspicious... and started in the living room.

 

Christmas Pets
The Pennsylvania SPCA has a few words of wisdom for those thinking about giving pets as Christmas gifts. Animal shelters see a surge in surrendered animals in January, often after the owners realize they were not suitable as Christmas gifts. Linda Torelli, of the PA SPCA in Philadelphia says adding a pet should be a family decision. Torelli says it's important that new owners are present and allow time for the new pet to transition to its new surroundings during the holiday season. She also suggests checking out the diversity of animals at shelters before purchasing one.

 

Uninsured Kids

While the number of uninsured children has been declining nationwide, a new report says Pennsylvania is not sharing in the most recent progress. The report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families says Pennsylvania has started to lag behind after being a model for children's health insurance. Director Joan Alker says the state's rate has stagnated. While she believes the decision to eliminate the waiting period for the CHIP program will help, she says expanding Medicaid coverage to parents would do more.

 

Movie Bandit

A man who was supposed to go to trial for a series of thefts from a movie theater box office has pleaded guilty. Sean Flavin said he held up Movies 14 on Northampton Street in Wilkes – Barre last August. He could face up to ten years in state prison when he's sentenced in Luzerne County Court at a later date.

 

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BU Basketball

The Huskies Men's and Womens' teams played Cheyney in a double-header at the Nelson Field House on Wednesday night. The Women won 78-35. The Men won 72-57. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

Tuesday / December 3, 2013


Free Parking

If you notice the bags on top of the parking meters along Main Street in Bloomsburg... it's not just for decoration... but rather signals the start of free parking during the holiday season. Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated's Adrienne Mael telling us that DBI and the Bloomsburg Town Council is collaborating free parking during the holiday season. The promotion lasts through December 31st... and is good for two hours at a clip... otherwise you will be ticketed for taking up a space. Free parking will be expanded to the permit – only area on December 16th.

 

Susquehanna Thruway

The wraps were taken off recently for a $558 – million highway project... making the trip from Central Pennsylvania to Harrisburg a lot easier. PennDOT District Three engineer Sandy Tosca says we're about a year and a half away from letting the first contract for a bridge. That bridge would span the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. The Susquehanna Valley Central Thruway would send traffic from the Winfield area... north of Shamokin Dam and Selinsgrove... connecting with Routes 11 and 15 near the Susquehanna Valley Mall.

 

Reward Grows

Although there is no suspect in the case... the reward continues to grow in the case of the murder of a 97 – year old Nanticoke woman on Thanksgiving day. Business owners and residents have pitched in 3-thousand dollars into a reward fund in the death of Gertrude Price of East Grand Street.

 

Cyber Monday
It may have been tagged Cyber Monday, but shopping online got as early a jump start, as did Black Friday. Cyber Monday was created in 2005 to encourage online commerce the Monday after the traditional shopping season kicks off on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. This year, the buying period is compacted by only 26 shopping days in the period before Christmas. Just like with Black Friday Cyber Monday shopping started as early as Thanksgiving. Mobile applications are allowing shoppers to do product research and compare prices while in the stores where they might make a purchase.

 

Representative Mundy

State Representative Phyllis Mundy of neighboring Luzerne County says she will not seek another term. First elected in 1990... and has served the 120th district as a Democrat. Her district includes the west side of the Susquehanna River from Kingston to West Pittston... and part of the back mountain area.

 

Hospital Strike

Nurses at Wilkes – Barre General Hospital will be striking Tuesday over the lack of a contract since April. It's a one – day work disorder to show their displeasure with management. But hospital officials say the hospital's daily routine won't be interrupted... hiring temporary nurses and rearranging other staffers to fill in the void.

 

Weekend Crashes

The numbers are out dealing with highway crashes investigated by Pennsylvania State Police over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Police investigating 936 crashes... in which 9 people died and another 236 were injured. Of those... 74 of the mishaps were alcohol related... with one death reported. A year ago... 13 people died on the state's highways... injuring 11 – hundred others

 

Property Tax / Rent Rebate Assistance

State Senator John Gordner of Berwick says that PA Property Tax and Rent Rebate Assistance is available at his many offices throughout the district. Person 65 and older... widows or widowers over 50... and those permanently disabled are eligible for the rebates. Questions... just call Senator Gordner's offices in Bloomsburg, Millersburg, Mt. Carmel and Shamokin Dam for more information.

 

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Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated is the latest publication to recognize the talents of Bloomsburg University's senior running back Franklyn Quiteh. In the latest issue of the magazine, Quiteh is listed on the Faces in the Crowd page. Quiteh is one of nine finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy that goes to the top Division II player in the nation. The voting ends this Saturday. The award will be presented on December 20th in Alabama.

 

Berwick High School

The Berwick high school football team will make the school's first appearance in a state semifinal since 2004 when the Bulldogs take on Archbishop Wood Friday night in Allentown. Archbishop Wood has been in the state finals the past two seasons. In 2011, the Vikings crushed Bishop McDevitt in the final. Last season they lost to Erie Cathedral Prep 24-14. Friday's game kicks off at 7 O'clock. Coverage on Classic Rock 103.5 starts at 6 with The Coach Curry Show.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams both have 4 and 1 records going into Wednesday night's home games against Cheyney at the Nelson Field House. The doubleheader starts with the women's game at 5:30. Coverage on the whlm stations begins with the pregame show at 5:10.

 

Monday Night Football

In the NFL Monday night... the Seattle Seahawks defeated the New Orleans Saints 34 – 7.

 

Monday / December 2, 2013


Deer Season

The 2013 deer season opens Monday morning. A good turnout of hunters is expected since the weather is forecast to be ideal. An estimated 750,000 hunters will be in the woods... now through December 14th. Last year... hunters harvested more than 340,000 deer. A PA Game Commission spokesman says the first day can be the best day... since more than half of the bucks brought down are taken the first Monday of the season.

 

Parade of Lights

The Christmas season has been ushered into Bloomsburg thanks to the WHLM Parade of Lights. It happened Friday night... with the Bloomsburg High School Band leading the way. Up to thirty lighted floats... as well as cars and trucks traveled the mile plus route of march.. bringing joy to thousands of people jammed curbside along the route of march. The parade also brought Santa Claus into town for the holiday season. He'll spend weekends at his cottage in front of the Bloomsburg Diner... greeting the folks who stop by.

 

BPD Firepower

The Bloomsburg Town Council has given the go – ahead to the police department to purchase some additional firepower. Seven patrol rifles will be purchased... as well as associated gear for $8,711. It's a good investment so says Chief Roger Van Loan. Also included with the purchase are several cruiser locking gun racks... Barricade entry tool kits... as well as ballistic shields.

 

Shale Jobs

The Multi – State Shale Research Collaborative is out with a report that shows shale drilling in Pennsylvania and five other states has produced far fewer jobs than the industry and it backers claim.

Frank Mauro of the Fiscal Policy Institute says the numbers aren't as true as they appear to be. Lycoming, Bradford, Tioga and Susquehanna County's are seeing the most jobs created due to on – going Marcellus Shale drilling operations.

 

Hazleton Layoffs

Those layoff of Hazleton City workers has been delayed at least a week. Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi had threatened the layoffs in order to close a half – million dollar budget gap. But since the threat first surfaced... it appears the city and financial institutions have come to a loan agreement... the administration has placed the layoffs on “hold.” The next time the issue is expected to surface is at city council meeting scheduled for Thursday.

 

Nanticoke Murder

Still no suspect in the death of a 97 – year old Nanticoke woman who died last Thursday at the hands of a home invader. Gertrude Price was found dead in her in her East Grand Street home by her family. Now... a group of Nanticoke area residents plan to offer a reward for the arrest and conviction of the killer.

 

Nanticoke Fire

Investigators that Friday night fire on West Field Street in Nanticoke was accidental in nature. The flames were discovered at 42 West Field... and spread quickly next door. The family of eight who lived there got out safely.

 

Hazleton Careworks

Geisinger Health System says it will cut the ribbon Monday... opening their next urgent care center. The Careworks clinic is near the Staples store in West Hazleton... and is designed to handle non – emergency cases... as to not to clog up local emergency rooms. The 1,600 square foot facility will be opened 7 days a week... and is staffed by health care professionals.

 

Penn State Security

Pennsylvania State University is installing more than 600 cameras in dormitories and dining commons on its main campus. Officials say the $1.4 million upgrade is meant to deter theft and vandalism and increase security. The university began installing the digital video cameras in 60 buildings on its State College campus at the end of October and plans to complete the project by May. Penn State already has cameras in dorms at eight of its campuses including the PSU campus in Hazleton.

 

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BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team played Goldy-Beacom yesterday afternoon at Nelson Field House. WHLM's Larry White says Bloomsburg came out on top with a score of 60 to 48.

Bloomsburg now goes to 4 and 1 on the season. The Huskies now play Cheney Wednesday... starting with the women's game at 5:30 and the men's contest at 7:30.

 

BU Wrestling

In the Grapple at the Garden Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the Bloomsburg University wrestling team split a pair of matches. The Huskies lost to 7th ranked Illinois 29-18 and then beat Penn 21-16. The Huskies will compete in the PSAC championships at Edinboro this Saturday.

 

HS Playoffs

The J. Birney Krum Stadium in Allentown will be the venue for the Class AAA state semifinal football game between Berwick and Archbishop Wood. Friday's game begins at 7 O'clock. Friday's other semifinal is Bishop McDevitt against Erie Cathedral Prep.

 

NFL

In the NFL Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Arizona Cardinals 24-21... the New York Jets lost to the Miami Dolphins 23-3... and it was the New York Giants over the Washington Redskins

24 – 17.

 

NFL / Monday

There is a great NFL match up Monday night in Seattle. The Seahawks who are 10 and 1 play the New Orleans Saints who are 9 and 2.

 

 

What's Happening? Sunday, Dec. 1, 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. 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 'til 9 pm tonight; all-you-can-eat, 24 hours a day! No one leaves feeling hungry. The Fire Company is on Log Cabin Road in Unityville.

 

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

 

Wesley United Methodist Church is hosting The Advent of Jesus Christ with Carols of Christmas, Christmas music and fellowship this afternoon, 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 tonight 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 today, 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 this afternoon 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 this afternoon. 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 today 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 tomorrow morning 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.

 

BU Womens BB

The Bloomsburg University Women's basketball team beat Goldy-Beacom Sunday afternoon 60-48. Both Huskies teams next play Cheyney at the Nelson Field House on Wednesday night. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's Pregame after the 5PM news.You can hear all the details from Sunday's game with Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

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