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Friday / January 31, 2014


Moose Exchange Fire

A state police fire marshal has been called in to determine what started a blaze which extensively damaged the Moose Exchange Arts and Cultural Center on Main Street in Bloomsburg on Thursday. Dozens of volunteer firefighters fought the smoke and flames which began in the rear of the 60 – year old building. Bloomsburg Fire Chief Bob Rupp was glad to have the help from area departments... not only for their apparatus, but their manpower. During the 4 – hour fire fight... hundreds of people came by to watch the operation... including Ken Miscannon of Bloomsburg... who spent years as a Moose member. Also standing at the corner of West Main and Jefferson Streets was Diane Warren of Buckhorn... who schedules events at the exchange... and her friend Mary Clapp. Moose Exchange Manager Oren Helbok says he believes the fire began in a custodial office due to a space heater. Meantime... the Destination Blues Festival scheduled for next week will go on as planned. It will now be held at the Caldwell Consistory.

 

I-80 Traffic

Traffic if flowing smoothly Friday morning on Interstate 80 in Black Creek Township in lower Luzerne County. That wasn't the case Thursday when a tractor – trailer and a pick up truck collided shutting down both lanes of the interstate. The wreck happened near the Conyngham / Nescopeck exit... and westbound traffic was forced to exit on Route 93... sending traffic into the Berwick / Nescopeck area... making the commute a nightmare. Both drivers involved in the wreck were taken to the hospital for treatment.

 

Heroin / Fentanyl

Federal, state and local drug investigators are working together on multiple fronts to combat the spread of a deadly batch of heroin in the Pittsburgh area that has killed as many as 22 people since January 19th. That concerns Max Furek... of the Berwick Drug Alliance... who says the drug is laced with Fentanyl. Mr. Furek says Fentanyl is used for patients with chronic pain and for heart surgery. Authorities in western PA don't know if the spiked herione has run it's course... or it's just the tip of the iceberg... getting ready to spread to other areas.

 

Poll / Millard

Poll numbers out this week show Governor Corbett has a lot of work to do if he wants to convince voters to re-elect him in November. A new Franklin and Marshall College poll shows only one in four voters believes Mr. Corbett has performed well enough to deserve re-election. State Representative David Millard of Berwick says he's listened to the pros and cons of professor Terry Madonna's poll results. Despite the poll numbers... eight democrats are seeking the nomination from their party to face Mr. Corbett.... a move many believee will leave the dems indisarray.....

 

Ray Musto

Ex – State Senator Ray Musto doesn't want to go to report to a medical prison in North Carolina next week. Attorney for Musto are seeking a so – called “emergency order” to the third circuit court of appeals to keep him out of prison. His attorney says the drive to the federal medical center at Butner could prove fatal... since Musto suffered from liver cirrhosis and an aneurysm. Musto is charged with corruption and still faces trial.

 

Lottery

A proposal to expand the Pennsylvania Lottery is under consideration in the state Senate. The plan would add games, such as the fast-paced Keno, to the Lottery's offerings. Republicans in the Senate say they hope to vote on the plan before the end of the current session. State Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser says he's on board, adding he'd like to expand the number regular players, especially 20 and 30-somethings, as well as middle and upper income Pennsylvanians. He would not say, however, if Legislative approval is needed to expand the Lottery.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

Four Bloomsburg University football players have been named first team All American by D2Football.com. Running back Franklyn Quiteh, offensive linemen Brian Clarke and Matt Feiler along with defensive end Larry Webster all gained that honor making Bloomsburg the only PSAC team with multiple players on the first team. Quiteh was named the offensive player of the year.

 

BU Sports

Bloomsburg University's Nelson Field House will be very busy this weekend. Friday night... the Husky wrestling team takes on Cleveland State in a match that starts at 7 O'clock. Saturday afternoon the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams play Lock Haven starting with the women's game at 1 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.

And Sunday afternoon, the wrestling team will be back in action taking on Clarion in a match that begins at 2 o'clock.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Thursday night... Southern Columbia defeated Warrior Run 69 – 64... It was Danville over Midd West 60 – 54... and Hazleton Area routed Berwick 93 – 42.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball... Berwick defeated Tunkhannock 42 – 38..

 

 

Thursday / January 30, 2014


* Breaking News *

Moose Exchange Fire

Fire companies from around the area were called to downtown Bloomsburg just before Noon on Thursday to battle a blaze at the Moose Exchange Arts and Cultural Center on Main Street. Everyone in the building got out safely. Early reports indicate the fire may have been sparked by a space heater. Traffic remains blocked between Market Street and West Street in downtown Bloomsburg. Drivers are advised to avoid Route 11 through town while fire crews are in operation.

 

Click to view more pictures of Thursday's fire:

 

Photos by WHLM's Larry Hopper

 

Autoneum Noise

One more complaint aired this week at Bloomsburg Town Council meeting over noise... produced at night... from the Autoneum factory on West Fifth Street. This time from David Rutkowski of the 100 block of West Fourth Street... taking a shot at the Code Enforcement office. Meantime... the folks at Autoneum have pinpointed the problem to three production lines... and Mayor Sandy Davis says they temporarily installed a muffler... and it seemed to work. Autoneum will now install mufflers over three production areas in order to reduce the noise coming from the plant.

 

Ship Sickness

What was to have been a ten day cruise to the Caribbean aboard the “Explorer of the Seas” was cut short his week due to a stomach bug. Two Bloomsburg are residents were on-board when the vessel pulled into Bayonne, New Jersey. Sue Rogutski and her husband... Leonard... a Bloomsburg Police officer were happy to get back to port. Overall... more than six hundred passengers and crew fell ill. Royal Caribbean says passengers will get some of their money back... and a discount voucher for their next trip.

 

Flu Season

Although the nation... as a whole... is experiencing less flu cases.... the season is far from over in Pennsylvania. That word from the person heading up the infection control department at Evangelical Hospital in Lewisburg. Michelle Lincoln says the best advice if you catch the flu... is to stay home... and stay hydrated. Flu shots are still available from Evan's Community Wellness Clinic in an effect to prevent from getting sick this winter.

 

Education Funding

A lawmaker wants to give a 250 million dollar boost to public schools and he's looking at the horse racing industry. Representative Todd Stephens proposes taking the funding from the Race Horse Development Fund, which receives money from gaming, and distributing it among districts that currently receive less than 35% of their funding from the state. He says that's 211 of the state's 500 districts. Stephens says it's about prioritizing spending and there are constitutional and moral obligations to fund schools.

 

Toomey / State of Union

He may agree with a few points the President made in his State of the Union address, but Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey assails the suggested use of executive order to raise the minimum wage. Assessing Tuesday's speech, Senator Toomey was in step with President Obama on the needs for tax reform and worker training. But the Republican senator calls the use of executive order troubling, and raising the minimum wage a bad idea that puts people out of work. He said the President should be governing by persuasion, not executive order. Senator Toomey also characterized Obamacare as having a chilling effect on the economy.

 

Murder Suspect Captured

The man wanted in the 2012 death of his girlfriend in Hazleton... has been captured by federal marshals. 36 – year old Oscar Lozano Garcia was picked up in Mexico. He's charged with homicide in the death of 32 – year old Maria Brea. She disappeared on December 14th, 2012... her body was found days later in the attic of her Hazleton apartment. By that time... Garcia was long gone... entering Mexico. Authorities have yet to tell us when he'll be brought back to the area.

 

House Fire

Investigators now say arson was the cause of a fire which destroyed a home on Goss Road near Rickets Glen State Park early Wednesday morning. The two story structure was mainly used for storage... and no one lived there. The house was leveled by the flames.

 

Student Abducted

A Penn State student was grabbed off a campus sidewalk early Saturday morning in State College and forced into a car during what university police are investigating as a kidnapping. The female student escaped sometime later as the abductors were trying to sexually assault her. University spokeswoman Lisa Powers said police will review video footage from security cameras in the vicinity of the incident, which happened on Shortlidge Road near Simmons Hall around 1 a.m.

 

Shamokin School Board

The Shamokin Area School Board is trying to fill a $3 – million budget gap in next year's spending plan without raising property taxes. The board adopting a resolution this week preventing a tax hike. Board members say the gap must be closed before the budget is adoped by June 30th.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played key PSAC East games Wednesday night at Millersville. The Women avenged an earlier loss with a last-second 79-77 win. The Men's team lost 88-77, bringing their streak to 13 straight losses at Millersville. You can her the details and the winning call from the Women's match with Jim Doyle and Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

 

 

BU will play a pair of games on Saturday, when they face Lock Haven at home.

- See more at: http://www.whlm.com/news-archive/87185#sthash.OvU7Bs5c.dpuf

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Millersville last night. WHLM's Jim Doyle tells us the women's team defeated Millersville 79 – 77... while in the men's contest... Millersville downed Bloomsburg 88 – 77. Both Bloomsburg University basketball teams are back in action Saturday afternoon against Lock Haven at the Nelson Field House.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Wednesday night... Shamokin defeated Danville 45 – 33.

 

College Basketball

In top ten college basketball Wednesday night... Arizona just getting by Stanford 60 to 57... and Kansas defeated Iowa State 92 – 81.

 

In the NBA:

The Philadelphia 76er's got by the Boston Celtics Wednesday night. The final 95 – 94.

 

 

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played key PSAC East games Wednesday night at Millersville. The Women avenged an earlier loss with a last-second 79-77 win. The Men's team lost 88-77, bringing their streak to 13 straight losses at Millersville. You can her the details and the winning call from the Women's match with Jim Doyle and Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

 

 

BU will play a pair of games on Saturday, when they face Lock Haven at home.

- See more at: http://www.whlm.com/news-archive/87185#sthash.OvU7Bs5c.dpuf

 

Wednesday / January 29, 2014


Flood Wall

There were a lot of questions tossed at the folks from SEDA – COG and engineering group Borton – Lawson of Wilkes – Barre... dealing with that proposed flood wall around the Autoneum and Windsor Foods plant in Bloomsburg. The biggest one... how much will the 30 – million dollar flood wall raise water around residential properties... about a tenth of an inch. And those attending last night's meeting at the high school also found out construction is on the fast track. Design is expected to be completed later this year... with ground broken in 2015... and the project protecting an estimated 700 jobs by 2017.

 

Fairmont Twp Fire

Firemen battled a house fire overnight in near zero temperatures. The blaze was first reported around 2:30 this morning in the 300 block of Goss Road... in Fairmont Township in Luzerne County... near Sweet Valley. Local fire crews... as well as crews from Benton responded on a mutual aid basis and brought the blaze under control.

 

Klingerstown Fire

Investigators will be in Klingerstown... in Schuylkill County today... trying to figure out what started a Tuesday afternoon fire... destroying an apartment building and damaging the post office. Firemen found flames shooting through the roof of the Main Street apartment complex. One person at home made it out safely. The post office sustained water damage.

 

Teacher Sex

Charges keep piling up against that former Wyoming Valley West English teacher... accused of having sex with male students. Lauren Harrington – Cooper was cuffed and appeared before a Magistrate on Tuesday... this time four new charges with allegedly having inappropriate contact with students. She is now locked up with bail set at $50,000.

 

Williamsport Police Officer

A 32 – year old Williamsport police officer was arraigned Tuesday morning on charges of homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter. Officer Jonathan Deprenda is charged in the death of 42 – year old James Robinson earlier this month. Investigators say Deprenda was on his way to assist a second officer when his cruiser collided with Robinson's car... sending it into a building... catching fire.

Deprenda was driving his cruiser at 88 miles an hour in a 35 – mile an hour zone when the crash took place. The officer is on paid administrative leave... and free on $25,000 bond.

 

Medical Marijuana

The Senate Law and Justice Committee heard impassioned testimony Tuesday for the legalized the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. WHLM's B.J. Small reports parents who say their children with seizures and epilepsy can benefit from it and medical professionals offered testimony on the use of medicinal cannabis a hearing at the Capitol. Committee minority chair Democrat Jim Ferlo of Allegheny County called for debate of Senate Bill 1182 on the Senate floor. Governor Tom Corbett says he won't back any use of medical marijuana without FDA testing and proof.

 

ObamaCare / Taxes

Many of us have received our W-2 forms from employers.... and have started to prepare our 2014 tax return. However, there is at least one issue tossing a chink in the armor... and that's ObamaCare... also known as the affordable care act... that word from Professional tax preparer Kim Schooley. He says filing with ObamaCare in place may affect your taxes slightly... so read you return instructions carefully or have them done by a professional.

 

Lottery Winner

Still no word as to who holds a half – million dollar Cash 5 ticket sold in Shickshinny for last Friday's drawing. The ticket was sold at Beertown on West Vine Street. It's worth $500,000 minus the 25% percent federal withholding tax. Whoever holds the ticket has a year to claim the money.

 

Pennsylvania Turnpike

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is recruiting travelers to help shape the strategic planning process. WHLM Radio's Cathy Clark tells us the turnpike is looking for four thousand people to give their opinions in a series of on-line surveys over the next year. There will even be an incentive for taking part- and those who sign up will help determine what that will be in the first of the surveys. You can learn more at www.paturnpike.com by clicking on Turnpike Traveler Advisory Panel.
 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played key PSAC East games Wednesday night at Millersville. The Women avenged an earlier loss with a last-second 79-77 win. The Men's team lost 88-77, bringing their streak to 13 straight losses at Millersville. You can her the details and the winning call from the Women's match with Jim Doyle and Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

 

BU will play a pair of games on Saturday, when they face Lock Haven at home.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys' high school basketball Wednesday night, first place in the Heartland Conference Division One is at stake when Danville plays at Shamokin. Both teams have just one loss in Divisional play.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball Tuesday night... Bloomsburg defeated Benton 55 – 34.... it was Danville over Shikellamy 59 – 36... Warrior Run downed Southern Columbia 50 – 31... and Millville beat Sullivan County 45 – 24...

 

NHL

In the National Hockey League Tuesday night... the Philadelphia Flyers blanked the Detroit Red Wings

5 – 0.

 

Tuesday / January 28, 2014


 

Kidsburg Build Out

Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night... approved final plans as one of the final steps to get Kidsburg 2.0 built. The original Kidsburg was wiped out by the floods of September of 2011... and since that time a lot of money has been raised to building a bigger and better facility. A build date has been slated between April 29th and May 4th. Permit applications were submitted late last year to the state Department of Environmental Protection. It's hoped that the required approved state permits will be back in town by March 1st.

 

AGAPE

It's something we don't see everyday.... folks trying to get out of our bitterly cold weather. Now... there is a place to turn... and that's AGAPE on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. The organization's Eileen Chapman says they've extended their hours... so not only are they open during the day.... but from 8 PM to 7 AM... in order to give folks a place to warm themselves. Ms. Chapman says the extended hours are in effect whenever the thermometer drops below 25 degrees

 

Berwick Christmas Boulevard

There is now a new group in Berwick who is charged with all the facets of running the annual Christmas Boulevard on Market Street. It was a week ago... Borough Council tuned over the responsibility to the Berwick Christmas Boulevard Association.... relieving the Jaycees of their duties after 67 years. Appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... the Association's Vikki Dietterick says time is of the essence. The Association will be approaching businesses that have given in the past... as well as prospective sponsors... in order to generate that seed money.

 

John Gordner

State Senator John Gordner of Berwick has been elected Majority Caucus Chair for the remainder of the 2013-2014 session by state Senate Republicans. He replaces former Sen. Mike Waugh who recently resigned to accept a position as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Farm Show. As Caucus Chair, Senator Gordner will assist the Majority Leader and Majority Whip in formulation of the Senate’s daily legislative calendar. He will also preside over the Republican caucus meetings.

 

Concealed Class

State Representative David Millard is bring back a Concealed Carry Seminar... this time to the Benton area during March. Millard... a Berwick Republican... says there is an overwhelming demand for the classes. On hand for the March 20th presentation at the Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center will be Sheriff Tim Chamberlain... and District Attorney Tom Leipold. The class is free, but you must sign up by calling Representative Millard's Bloomsburg office.

 

Interlock Devices
A state senate committee is considering a bill to expand the use of interlock devices for drunk drivers. The State Senate Transportation Committee holds a hearing this week on a bill to require all convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlock devices, not just repeat offenders. Frank Harris of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, says its time to expand PA's interlock device law. Interlocks devices prevent a driver who has been drinking from starting and operating a vehicle.

 

Catholic School Week

Catholic schools across the commonwealth have plenty to boast about during their annual celebration this week. Joe Aponick of the Diocese of Harrisburg, says the annual observance is a time for Catholic schools to celebrate their gift of education. National Catholic Schools Week through Saturday will feature Masses, open houses and projects to celebrate education and emphasize a commitment to service in communities.

 

Hugo Selenski

A Luzerne County grand jury has handed down indictments against a murder suspect... his attorney and the lawyer's investigator. Hugo Selenski... attorney Shelly Centini and investigator James Sulima have all been charged with jury tampering... in essence... allegedly intimidating witnesses and lying under oath. The 40 – year old Selenski was to have gone on trial in March... and that obviously has been pushed back. He's accused of murdering two people back in 2003... and burying their bodies in the back yard of his home.

 

Man Faces Charges

A lower Luzerne County man faces new charges. Victor Mumtaz was already facing burglary charges in Hazleton. Now he faces more burglary charges in West Hazleton. Mumtaz is charged with receiving stolen property... after he was found with $12,000 of U.S. Treasury bonds belonging to another man. He is now being held in the Luzerne County Jail.

 

Deer Season

Members of the Pennsylvania Game Commission are being urged to expand deer hunting opportunities in the commonwealth. There are published reports that deer were the game species most talked about at the start of the commission's annual winter meeting in Harrisburg. Commissioners are expected to consider opening the firearms deer season on the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving, rather than on the following Monday.

 

WHLM Sports

Boys High School Basketball

The boys basketball teams of Bloomsburg and Central Columbia renewed their neighborhood rivalry last night. WHLM's Jim Doyle says the Blue Jays easily defeated the Panthers 62 to 40. In other boys basketball games Monday night... Danville defeated Midd West 51 – 34... Milton downed Southern Columbia 71 – 54. It was Warrior Run over Millville 56 – 40.

 

Girls High School Basketball... Crestwood downed Berwick 45 – 34.

 

Men's College Basketball

In top 20 men's college basketball Monday night... Duke defeated Pittsburgh 80 to 65... and Villanova got by Georgetown 65 to 60.

 

Monday / January 27, 2014


* Operation Storm Watch *

School Delays for Tuesday, Jan. 28:

* Southern Columbia - 2-hour Delay

* Berwick - 2-hour Delay

* Millville - 2-hour Delay

* Benton - 2-hour Delay

* Greenwood Friends  - 2-hour Delay

 

Winter Weather

It's going to remain cold.... downright bone-chilling... for the next few days. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory which goes into effect Tuesday morning. The main reason... gusty winds of 24 miles an hour producing a wind chill factor of 15 below zero. And although the advisory runs only six hours.... there is a potential for hypothermia and frost bite to unprotected skin.

 

Cold Elderly

This cold weather that has been with us for the past week... and promises to stay around for a while... and it plays havoc on the elderly. Kathy Lynn of the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging says it only takes a couple of minutes to check on an elderly neighbor or relative. If they do have needs... and you need help providing the essentials... call the Office of Aging on Sawmill Road.

 

Flood Wall

How will the closing of Windsor Foods on 11th Street in Bloomsburg affect that proposed flood wall project around that location... as well as Autoneum. Not much... according to SEDA – COG's Glenda Ruch. As a matter of fact... it may make the Windsor Foods building more marketable... even getting the okay from two state funding agencies. Now... a meeting on the proposed flood wall project will be held at the Bloomsburg High School cafeteria Tuesday night starting at 7 O'clock.

 

United Water / Kocher Park

The Columbia County Conservation District has received a $10,000 grant from the United Water Foundation. It's earmarked for the purchase of 51 acres of land adjacent to Kocher Park... north of Lightstreet in Scott Township. Conservation District Manager Maryruth Wagner says the purchase of the land will allow more access to Fishing Creek... as well as some walking trails which could eventually lead to Bloomsburg.

 

State Money Woes

With Pennsylvania's budget forecast gloomy, the legislature looks to be placing its bets on gambling. As budget discussions unfold over the next few months, it is widely expected that the GOP-controlled House and Senate, along with the Corbett administration, will seriously consider a proposal to expand lottery gambling and, possibly, one to legalize online gambling. Both measures could mean hundreds of millions in annual tax revenue at a time when the state is in the red.

 

Church Burglaries

Police in Freeland are looking for those responsible for break into St. Luke' Evangelical Lutheran Church late last week. Cops say burglars got in through a window... taking numerous items and damaging the place. Police are also investigating other church burglaries in the Freeland area that have occurred.

 

Wilkes – Barre Robbery

Cops in Wilkes – Barre are looking for two men who held up a convenience store over the weekend. The incident happened Saturday night when the duo walked into the Sunoco A – Plus store at Academy Street and Carey Avenue... fired two shots... grabbed some money and got away. It's not known how much cash the pair got away with.

 

Mountain Top Road

The most direct route from Mountain Top in Luzerne County to the Pocono's remains closed to traffic. Route 437 has been closed the past week or so... ever since the road started to buckle... forcing PennDOT to shut down the road and put a detour into effect. It's not known when the weather will break... so PennDOT crews have a chance to repair the road.

 

New Bishop

Pope Francis has appointed a new bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg... and that includes Columbia and Montour Counties. The Most Reverend Ronald Gainer is the 11 bishop of the Diocese. He replaces Bishop Joseph McFadden who died last May. Bishop Gainer is originally from Pottsville, but for the past eleven years has been the bishop of Lexington, Kentucky. Installation ceremonies will take place in Harrisburg March 19th.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Boys Basketball

The Central Columbia basketball team swept neighborhood rival Bloomsburg with a 62-40 win at home Monday night. You can hear the details in the WHLM High School Hoops Report with Jim Doyle:

 

 

Other Games

In other boys games Monday night: Southern Columbia is at Milton, Danville is at Midd West, and Millville plays at Warrior Run.

 

Girls Basketball

A Bloomsburg High School girls basketball player reached a career milestone over the weekend. On Friday night in a home game against Muncy, senior Natalie Wittman scored a game high 23 points... and in the process... went over 1000 points for her career.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team extended their winning streak to 8 with Saturday's 74 - 56 win at Kutztown. The Huskies are now 15-3 on the season. On Wednesday night they will try to avenge one of their three losses when they play at Millersville.

 

 

 

What's Happening Sunday, January 26, 2014


Project Frozen is in effect at AGAPE in Bloomsburg. Starting this weekend, AGAPE's building on East 7th Street will be open overnight from 8 PM til 7 AM on nights when temperatures reach 25 degress or lower. Extended hours will be posted on the building's front door and online at AgapeLoveFromAbove.com 

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Kutztown on Saturday afternoon. The Women won 74-56. The Men lost 72-61. Listen to the details in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report with Jim Doyle:

 

 

BU is back on the road Wednesday night at Millersville. The Women's game starts at 6 PM, the Men play at 8 PM. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pre-game at 5:40.

What's Happening Saturday, January 25, 2014


Class is in session, as Late Night Catechism has come to BTE in downtown Bloomsburg. One of the longest-running comedy shows in US Theater history, the show takes you into Sister's Catechism classroom in the days of Latin, meatless Fridays, and rulers across the knuckles - and you are the class! The show is a limited run through Sunday the 26th. For show times and ticket information, call the box office at 570-784-8181, or go to BTE.org

 

The Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library will hold their annual book sale this Monday from 9 AM – 1 PM. Stop by the Library and pick up a membership form. The Library is on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Project Frozen is in effect at AGAPE in Bloomsburg. Starting this weekend, AGAPE's building on East 7th Street will be open overnight from 8 PM til 7 AM on nights when temperatures reach 25 degress or lower. Extended hours will be posted on the building's front door and online at AgapeLoveFromAbove.com 

 

Suppourt the Bloomsburg Public Library when you eat at Perkins restaraunt in Buckhorn today. Perkins will donate 20% of your bill to the Library when you present a coupon for the fund raiser. Coupons can be picked up at the library on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

There's a Pampered Chef bingo today at the Bloomsburg Middle School on Railroad Street. Doors open at 11:30, games start at Noon. Cost is $20 for 20 games, and Lunch will be availiable. Proceeds will benefit the Bloomsburg Middle School Student Ambassadors.

 

It's an All-you-can-eat Haddock dinner at the Montour-DeLong Fairgrounds this afternoon from 3 – 7 PM. Entry is $12 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12, and kids 5 and younger eat free. Take-out is availible. Call 570-437-2178 for more information. The Fairgrounds are on Broadway Road in Danville.

 

Benton United Methodist Church is holding a ham supper this evening from 4 – 7 PM. It's a hearty meal including ham, mashed potatoes & gravy, corn, green bean casserole and much more. $8 for adults, $4 for kids 6-12, and hids five and under get in free! Benton UMC is on Main Street.

 

Sign-ups for Central Columbia Girls Youth Little League Softball open Sunday from 1:30 – 3:30 PM. Sign-ups will be held in the school cafe, at Central Columbia School on Old Berwick Road.

 

Get fit with Elysburg Alliance Church this season. Starting February 2nd, the "Made to Crave" 6 week Bible study and exercise program will meet Sunday nights from 6:00-7:30 PM. Women of all ages and sizes are invited to attend. Children ages 3-12 are welcome to attend their children's program. Sign up by tomorrow by calling the church office at 570-672-2176 or emailing them at EA.Church@verizon.net

 

The Columbia-Montour Women's Center is holding spring volunteer training classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6-9 PM starting February 13th. If you would like to learn how to help the staff at the Women's Center, call Jessica at 784-6632 for more information. Registration is open until Thursday, February 6th.

 

Artspace Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg presents "Quilting Expressions - Painting With Fabric" by guest artist Winona Cochran, running through February 23rd. The show features quilts designed from real-life landscapes.

 

Tax time is approaching, and if you make less than $51,000 a year, the Columbia County United Way and Bloomsburg Univerity can help you complete your State and Federal taxes for free. Call 570-759-1005 to set up an appointment with a volunteer today.

 

Stop by the Shenandoah Area Free Public Library on Main Street and check out the newly-released history book, “Shenandoah, A Look Back in Time,” compiled by local educator Robert C. Yudinsky. The book contains over 200 photograps of the area, spanning the years from the late 1800s through the 1970s.

 

If you need food for your Super Sunday party this year, Saint Joseph's Church in Berwick is selling Fireball sandwiches, Porkettes, Sausage Barbecue, and Wedding soup. Call Phil at 570-759-8027 or Jeanette at 570-759-3135 to place an oder. Orders must be placed by Monday, and can be picked up from 3 – 1 PM On Saturday the 1st, or on Sunday the 2nd from 9 AM – Noon. The Church is on Monroe Street in Berwick.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Kutztown on Saturday afternoon. The Women won 74-56. The Men lost 72-61. Listen to the details in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report with Jim Doyle:

 

 

BU is back on the road Wednesday night at Millersville. The Women's game starts at 6 PM, the Men play at 8 PM. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pre-game at 5:40.

Friday / January 24, 2013


New Bishop

Pope Francis has appointed a new bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg... and that includes Columbia and Montour Counties. The Most Reverend Ronald Gainer is the 11 bishop of the Diocese. He replaces Bishop Joseph McFadden who died last May. Bishop Gainer is originally from Pottsville, but for the past eleven years has been the bishop of Lexington, Kentucky. Installation ceremonies will take place in Harrisburg March 19th.

 

Project Frozen

AGAPE on East 7th Street in Bloomsburg will be keeping their office doors open overnight on evenings when the temperature dips below 25 degrees. A schedule for extended hours will be posted on AGAPE's main door. Daytime hours will run from 9:00 AM til 4:00 PM, extended overnight hours run from 8:00 PM til 7:00 AM and go into effect tonight.

 

Berwick Boulevard

The 68th annual Berwick Christmas Boulevard should have a new feel when the lights are switched on in December. Berwick Borough Council is handing the responsibility of producing the plots on Market Street over the the Berwick Christmas Boulevard Association. The Association's Victoria Detterick says she hopes to get volunteer help from years past. Ms. Detterick has assured us Santa Claus has been lined up for the 2014 Boulevard... and hopes to contact prospective sponsors soon.

 

Boscov's

The Boscov's department store in the heart of Wilkes – Barre is expected to open it's doors on time this morning. A broken water pipe... leading to a sprinkler... burst when it froze... sending water all over the first floor and into the basement. The store was closed late Thursday afternoon and last night to get the building back in shape.

 

Lou Barletta

Congressman Lou Barletta... a Republican from Hazleton... says he'll seek a third term to his northeast Pennsylvania seat. Barletta citing his work in his district for his decision to seek re-election. He was propelled to his house seat after serving as Hazleton Mayor from 2000 to 2010. The 57 – year old Barletta's district stretches from Luzerne County... south through Cumberland County in south central PA.

 

Ashland Mayor

The Mayor of Ashland... in neighboring Schuylkill County... who suddenly retired as a deputy sheriff... is under investigation by Pennsylvania State Police. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting... that Dennis Kane is being investigated for Facebook messages sent to a 16 – year old boy. Kane telling Channel 16 reporter Bob Reynolds by phone that he's done nothing wrong. No word when State Police will wrap up their investigation.

 

Wheelchair Stolen

Police are trying to find the person who stole the wheelchair belonging to a 70 – year old Vietnam vet from Coal Township. Martin Glover needed the chair ever since his left leg was amputated several years ago. The theft was discovered when Glover and his wife returned from the hospital. Northumberland County Office of Aging has come through... replacing Glover's wheelchair.

 

BU Student Representative

There is a new student representative to the Bloomsburg University Council of Trustees. She's 21 year old Shannon Phillips of Bloomsburg... appointed to the council this week by Governor Tom Corbett. Although most of her work will be locally... Ms. Phillips she'll be in Harrisburg this spring to attend a PASHEE board meeting. Phillips is a BU junior and a public relations major... replacing Marcus Fuller who is student teaching during the spring semester.

 

Huber Breaker

Demolition has begun on the historic Huber Breaker in Ashley... in Luzerne County. Paselo Logistics of Philadelphia... the owner of the breaker... has begun raising the structure. Already the breaker's foothouse... a coal conveyor and rotary dump building have been demolished. Still standing it the large breaker... a powerhouse and a smoke stack. The breaker has been a fixture in Ashley for generations.

 

Sexual Assault

A Dallas man is in the Luzerne County jail after he was charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a 14 – year old girl last year. 26 – year old Maurice Porter allegedly committed the assault inside an apartment at the troubled Sherman Hills apartment complex in Wilkes – Barre. Porter's bail has been set at $200,000.

 

Banks Township

The supervisors of Banks Township...near Hazleton... should soon have a new 2014 operating budget in place. They plan to meet Monday night at the Tresckow Fire Company starting at 6 O'clock.

 

School Funding

As he prepares to unveil his budget for 2014-15, Governor Tom Corbett calls the funding system for schools unfair. In giving a rare preview of his next proposed budget with reporters... Mr. Corbett announcing an increase for domestic violence efforts... and also took the occasion to criticize the system of funding schools as being not what it should be. He said the state doesn't have a voice in negotiating how the funding is spent, and is not optimistic that will change. He expressed support for a funding formula bill currently in the state Senate.

 

Response

A new Senate bill... authored by a Luzerne County Democrat... would streamline the process for Pennsylvania to lend and receive aid from emergency disaster responders. Senator Lisa Baker's legislation will set up a Volunteer Health Practitioner Registry System to cut red tape and permit quicker access for professionals to serve across state lines in times of disaster. Senate Bill 1235 would certify the credibility of those who would respond and allows multiple agencies to get involved in coordinating responses. Fourteen other states have adopted similar language. The PA Emergency Management Agency would regulate the location and duration of any response.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

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

 

BU Wrestling

The Husky wrestling team is at Edinboro tomorrow night at 7

 

 

Thursday / January 23, 2014


Furnace Explosion

It appears a home in the 100 block of Millville Road in Bloomsburg is beyond repair after an oil - fired furnace exploded early Wednesday. It's a story we first told you about during the morning news. Mike Harner is a neighbor to Phil and Brenda Vaughn... telling our media partner Newswatch 16 that smoke was billowing from the structure. Phil Vaughn was tossed across the room when the furnace exploded. He's okay... and so is his wife. The Vaughn's are living elsewhere until a determination is made about their home.

 

Berwick Christmas Boulevard

A new group will produce the 2014 version of the Berwick Christmas Boulevard in December. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... on a vote of four to one... Berwick Borough Council has taken the responsibility of the Boulevard out of the hands of the Jaycees... giving it to a newly formed group called the Berwick Christmas Boulevard Association. Members of the Association...at one time... belonged to the Jaycees. The Jaycees have had financial problems... and in 2013 had to ask the Borough for help to get the display up in time.

 

TV Personality Sued

A WBRE – TV personality is being sued by his former gal pal stemming from an allegedly abusive relationship that 36 – year old David Kaharchick had with Sharon Lynett. The Dunmore woman says Kaharchick cost her $26,000 during the relationship... knocking out the windshield of her car... and hitting Lynett with his fists... all following a drinking binge. Kaharchick remains on the air... hosting their afternoon show “PA Live...” and as one of the WBRE's meteorologist.

 

I-80 Roadwork

PennDOT says motorists traveling Interstate 80 eastbound in Columbia County are asked to be alert for a lane closure around mile marker 234 starting Thursday morning. Northridge Group, a hazmat company, will perform cleanup work at the scene of a truck crash that occurred there two weeks ago. The area is about half-way between the Buckhorn and Lightstreet exits.

The eastbound right lane will be closed during daylight hours for the cleanup activities, which may require three to four days to complete.

 

Book Sale

The annual Friends of the Library book sale got underway last night at the Bloomsburg Library on Market Street. The event runs through Monday afternoon.... and there is plenty of reading material to pick up... so says the organization's Mary Clapp. To take part in this year's sale... just visit the library in the 200 block of Market Street..

 

Polluted Runoff

Nearly 2,500 miles of Pennsylvania waterways are consider "impaired" because of pollution – and a new report takes a look at possible solutions. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says storm water runoff from blacktop and roofs in cities and suburbs is putting valuable water resources at great risk. Harry Campbell of the Foundation says some communities are tackling the problem head on. The report says in PA... the impacts in some areas include contamination of drinking water sources and property damage.

 

Point Twp Project

A $7.4 - million dollar sewer project for Point township has been okayed by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Development Authority... also known as Pennvest. State Senator John Gordner of Berwick and State Representative Lynda Culver of Sunbury says the Point Township Sewer Authority will get a grant of $3.7 - million... and an equal sum in the form of a loan. The money will be used to undertake a sewage project in Lithia Springs... as well as the Ridge and Bulk Road areas of the township.

 

Sonestown Burglary

State Police at Laporte are investigating a break – in that happened this week at the Nittany Minit Mart On Route 220 in Sonestown. Investigators say someone entered the closed store through a back door... making off with cash... then fleeing the scene. If you have information about the burglary... call state police at Laporte.

 

WVW Teacher

That Wyoming Valley West teacher... accused of having sex with two of her students... has resigned. Lauren Harrington – Cooper sent her resignation letter to the board of education... and it was promptly accepted. Harrington – Cooper allegedly had sex with the two students in her car last year.

 

Hanover Teacher

A Hanover Area high school teachers is headed for trial after he was accused of sexually assaulting a male student. Social studies teacher Edward Evans allegedly sexually assaulted the student in his Luzerne County home. Evans was suspended from his job when the charges first surfaced last month.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Mansfield last night at the Nelson Field House. WHLM's Jim Doyle is reporting the Lady Huskies recorded their seventh consecutive victory by defeating Mansfield 84 – 53. The men extended their record to 10 and 6 overall as they downed Mansfield 86 to 70. The Huskies next action will be Saturday afternoon at Kutztown.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball last night... Loyalsock defeated Central Columbia 54 – 36.

 

In boys basketball Thursday tonight, Central Columbia beat Hughesville at home 44-41. You can hear the details in the WHLM High School Hoops report with Jim Doyle:

 

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball last night... Millville downed Bloomsburg 55 – 49... it was Mount Carmel over Central Columbia 55 – 45... Danville defeated Mifflinburg 48 – 36... and it was Southern Columbia over Hughesville 40 – 30...

 

ACC Action

In ACC college basketball last night... 18th ranked Duke defeated Miami 67 – 46...

 

Wednesday / January 22, 2013


I-80 Roadwork on Tap

PennDOT says motorists traveling Interstate 80 eastbound in Columbia County are advised to be alert for a lane closure around mile 234 starting Thursday. Northridge Group, a hazmat company, will perform cleanup work at the scene of a truck crash that occurred there two weeks ago. This area is about half-way between the Buckhorn and Lightstreet exits.The eastbound right lane will be closed during daylight hours for the cleanup activities, which may require three to four days to complete.

 

Bloomsburg Fire

Bloomsburg firemen were out Wednesday morning. They were called to a reported structure fire at 123 Millville Road shortly after 4:30. Police and firemen found heavy smoke coming from the building. Everyone got out safely. The problem was not a fire... but rather a boiler which exploded in the building's basement.

 

Tom Corbett

Neighboring Lycoming County has become a hot bed of activity for the Marcellus Shale industry... and that's where Governor Corbett was Tuesday afternoon... unveiling a new program called Energy equals Jobs. The governor visiting the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Montgomery... telling a select group of students... school officials and area political leaders that jobs in energy have a ripple effect on the state's economy. Corbett's program also features a 73 – page guide chock – full of information about state resources and programs... aimed at businesses and local government officials.

 

Point Twp Project

A $7.4 – million dollar sewer project for Point township has been okayed by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Development Authority... also known as Pennvest. State Senator John Gordner of Berwick and State Representative Lynda Culver of Sunbury says the Point Township Sewer Authority will get a grant of $2.7 – million... and an equal sum in the form of a loan. The money will be used to undertake a sewage project in Lithia Springs... as well as the Ridge and Bulk Road areas of the township.

 

Sonestown Burglary

State Police at Laporte are investigating a break – in that happened early Tuesday morning at the Nittany Minit Mart On Route 220 in Sonestown. Investigators say someone entered the closed store through a back door... making off with cash... then fleeing the scene. If y you have information about the burglary... call state police at Laporte.

 

BTE

The Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble is at it again... this time it's opening night for Late Night Catechism on the stage of the Alvina Krause Theater. BTE's Jon White – Sprunner appearing on the Tuesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz said the play consists of only one person. There are seven performances starting Wednesday night... and running through Sunday. Evening performances are at 7 PM... with weekend matinees at 3 O'clock.

 

Man Caught

A Drifton man on the run for several months has been captured by Freeland police... and all it took was an entry on the social media site Facebook. Anthony Lescowitch is now off the street... captured by police... after his mug shot was posted on Freeland P-D's Facebook page. Lescowitch even re – posted his own picture. He's facing numerous charges stemming from a bar fight last summer.

 

Charges Dropped

A Luzerne County district judge has tossed out theft charges brought against three Harveys Lake municipal authority officials. Richard and Jason Boice... and Denise Sult were charged with making personal purchases between 2008 and 09... with the money repaid before charges were filed. A district judge finding there wasn't enough evidence against the trio to send the case to trial.

 

Road Closed

There is a busy road shut down in Wright Township near Mountain Top. Route 437 was closed Tuesday by PennDOT when it began to buckle... causing problems for drivers. Drivers will have to find another way to get from Mt. Top to White Haven.

 

Ray Musto

More legal wrangling in the case of former state Senator Ray Musto. Federal prosecutors want him to report to a federal medical prison early next month... but lawyers for Musto says they plan to appeal. Earlier this month... a judge ruled the 84 – year old Musto was not mentally competent to stand trial on corruption charges. No word when a decision will be made on the appeal.

 

WHLM SPORTS

 

Huskies Basketball

Bloomsburg University's Men's & Women's teams played a pair of home games Wednesday night against Mansfield. BU won both by a sizeable margin. The Women won 84-53. The Men won 86-70. Listen to the details from the night's games in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report with Jim Doyle:

 

 

BU will be on the road when they play at Kutztown this Saturday. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame show at 12:40.

Tuesday / January 21, 2014


*Operation Stormwatch*

School Delays and Cancellations for Wednesday, Jan. 22:

 

2-Hour Delays:

*Benton

*Berwick

*Bloomsburg

*Bloomsburg Christian

*Central Columbia

*Columbia County Christian (the Learning Center will be open)

*Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech

*Danville

*Millville

*Southern Columbia

*St. Columba in Bloomsburg

*St. Joseph's in Danville

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Winter Storm

Clouds, snow showers and wind will dominate our weather picture Tuesday. Those snow showers could produce anywhere from one to three inches of accumulation during the day. And talk about cold.... Meteorologist Barry Lambert of the National Weather Service in State College says the Commonwealth will feel a breakaway chunk of the ever – present “polar vortex” as the week progresses.

 

Group Rescued

A group of Bloomsburg University students and staff are lucky to be alive after a harrowing experience over the weekend when got stranded on Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. It is the highest peak in the northeast. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting four of the fifteen hikers with BU's Quest program got separated from the group and had to endure frigid temperatures and wind gusts of nearly 100 miles an hour before they were rescued. One person was treated for frostbite... but overall they're in good shape.

 

Flood Meeting

Getting closer to breaking ground and constructing a flood wall around two of Bloomsburg's major businesses. Now... a meeting will be held next Tuesday designed to take the wraps off what that flood wall around Autoneum and Windsor Foods will look like when their finally constructed. SEDA – COG's Glenda Ruch says questions asked a year ago will be answered about the effects the flood wall will have on surrounding properties. The meeting to be held at the Bloomsburg High School Cafeteria starting at 7 O'clock.

 

National Flood Insurance
A north central Pennsylvania state lawmaker says changes to the National Flood Insurance program will have a "disastrous" impact on premiums. The federal Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 is intended to make the National Flood Insurance Program self-sufficient, and it moves policies to full actuarial rates. State Senator Gene Yaw of neighboring Lycoming County says homeowners who need flood insurance have or will soon see their premiums skyrocket. A public hearing on the matter will be held next Tuesday at 9:30AM in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building in Harrisburg.

 

Fire Hall Politics

Congressman Lou Barletta and PA U.S. Senator Pat Toomey will be in Bloomsburg Tuesday to discuss legislation to protect volunteer first responders from federal mandates when it comes to Obama Care. During the past couple of weeks... Barletta and Toomey have been putting the pressure on the Obama administration not to count volunteer first responders... such as firemen and EMS personnel as full – time employees to determine if they fall under the requirements of the health care law. Both men... plus State Senator John Gordner of Berwick and State Representative David Millard... and county officials are expected to be a news conference at the Bloomsburg Fire Department on Market Street.

 

Energy / Corbett

Governor Tom Corbett and his entourage will be in southern Lycoming County Tuesday afternoon. There... he'll launch his so – called “Energy = Jobs” at the PA College of Technology's Earth Science Center in Montgomery. According to a release from the Governor's office... “Energy = Jobs” reflects Mr. Corbett's vision and commitment to position the commonwealth as a national leader in both energy and natural resources. Today's launch takes place at the Center on Allenwood Camp Lane.

 

YMCA

A lot of you have probably made a New Years resolution to eat healthier and lose some weight... but most don't adhere to that. Now... there is an incentive at the Bloomsburg YMCA on 7th Street... with their Fresh and Fitness Challenge... so says the Y's Chris Fuller. Ms. Fuller says the three month program is being held in association with the Subway Restaurant on East Main Street in Bloomsburg. Call the “Y” for more information.

 

Gas Prices

Pinching pennies..... The price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded gas continues to fall. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of $3.49 a gallon... the same as the weekend... and off four cents from a week ago.

 

Hanover Twp

A case of solidified acid sent the Scranton bomb squad to the Hanover Industrial Park... in Luzerne County on Monday. Cops swarmed over the Bridon American Plant... where they discovered an acid used for treating steel ropes evaporated... and turned solid. Dozens of workers were forced to evacuate the plant... but they were never in danger.

 

Wilkes – Barre Robbery

Wilkes – Barre police are investigating a weekend robbery of a man in the parking lot of the Holy Redeemer High School. The incident happened Sunday night after meeting a man at the Martz Bus station. As the pair walked under the South Street Bridge... the man pulled a weapon... relieving the victim of his iPhone and wallet.

 

Lofty Dam

The Mahanoy Township Authority now says the mandated upgrade of the Lofty Dam... south of Hazleton... will include structural testing of the spillway. That is required in the work to raise the breast of the dam... rehab upstream embankments and repair outlets. Lofty Dam is in upper Schuylkill County... and is an impoundment area providing water to several municipalities.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

Bloomsburg University junior Jocelyn Ford is the PSAC Eastern Division player of the week. Ford averaged 20 points, five an a half rebounds and 6 assists in leading the Huskies to wins over East Stroudsburg and West Chester. Wednesday night, the Huskies play Mansfield at Nelson Field House.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball last night, in a key game in the Heartland Conference Division I, Shamokin was at Danville. In a game heard on the WHLM Stations... Sports Director Jim Doyle reporting that Danville defeated Shamokin 64 – 58.

 

Girls Basketball 

In girls basketball last night... Southern Columbia downed Williamsport 65 – 55... Danville outscored Loyalsock 56 – 41.

 

NBA

In the NBA Monday... the Washington Wizards defeated the Philadelphia 76er's 107 – 99...

 

NHL

In the NHL... the New York Islanders skated by the Philadelphia Flyers 4 to 3..

 

Monday / January 20, 2014


Cold Weather

The second major cold snap of the season will bring chilly air and periods of light snow to our area over the next couple of days. The National Weather Service says a cold front will march through the region later Monday... plunging temperatures into the teens and single digits during the next few nights... with daytime highs barely getting out of the teens. And with that... snow is expected midday Tuesday.

 

Neurology Clinic

It's been in the planning stages for a while... and Monday... the doors open to a new neurology clinic at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital. Geisinger's Dr. Edgar Kenton says it's designed to keep people who need treatment for neuromuscular diseases closer to their home... instead of traveling to Danville. The new 7,300 square foot facility came on line at a cost of $371,000. Next up for Geisinger – Bloomsburg... telestroke services providing stroke care through the emergency department.

 

NTSB Preliminary Report

A preliminary report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board says a twin – engine Piper Comanche with two Columbia County resident aboard... broke up in the air before crashing last month. Killed in the crash near Biglersville... in Adams County was the pilot.. 46 – year old Michael Bronzburg... and 17 – year old Miranda Rose... his girlfriend's daughter. The NTSB says the plane's debris field was a half – mile long leading to the crash site. The pair took off from Bloomsburg in the pre – dawn darkness of December 26th and were en-route to South Carolina when the plane ran into trouble. A final report won't be ready for another nine to twelve months.

 

Don Engle Remembered

Teaching young people about life. That's what the late Don Engle did when he was a teacher... a coach and athletic director at Central Columbia High School in South Centre Township. Mr. Engle passed away last week... and he is remembered by close friend and superintendent Harry Mathias. A memorial service for Don Engle to be held Monday at noon time at the Roger Bunnell Funeral Home on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Schuylkill Murder

A 66 – year old Shenandoah area man is in jail in neighboring Schuylkill County after he allegedly shot an killed his neighbor of 35 years over the weekend. Police say Ronald Kozak got into an argument with 60 – year old Joseph Boris. That's when Kozak allegedly pulled the trigger on a weapon... killing Boris outside his home on Indiana Avenue in the Shenandoah Heights sub - division. Kozak is facing a long list of charges.

 

Lottery Revenue

Governor Tom Corbett sees added PA lottery revenue as important as ever in 2014. WHLM's B.J. Small telling us from our Harrisburg News Bureau... The Governor may have allowed the bid by the Camelot Global Services to manage the state lottery to expire, but his determination to raise the revenue is unwavering. He cites how the costs of services have outstretched the funding stream. The Governor hasn't ruled out keno and says additional lottery revenue could help what he is calling a tough budget period ahead.

 

Voter ID

A Commonwealth Court judge has permanently blocked the states Voter ID law. WHLM's Cathy Clark is reporting the judge's ruling was two fold- it says the Voter ID law placed an unreasonable burden on the fundamental right to vote and it criticizes the state's effort to implement the law. Attorneys for the plaintiffs saw if the law took effect, hundreds of thousands of voters would not have valid ID. A statement from the general counsel to the governor says they continue to evaluate the opinion.
 

Postal / Staples

Pennsylvania is one of four states in which the U-S Postal Service is opening retail centers in Staples stores. The move is being met by protests and threats from the Postal Service workers union... since the centers are staffed by Staples employees and not post office staffers. The dispute comes as the financially struggling Postal Service continues to form partnerships with private companies, and looks to cut costs and boost revenues.

 

Wilkes – Barre Robbery

Wilkes – Barre police are searching for a armed robber who knocked off the Hazle Mini Mart at the start of the weekend. The clerk telling police the man had a pistol... and escaped on foot... getting away with an undetermined amount of cash. No one was hurt in the Friday night stick up.

 

Drive By Shooting

A Wilkes – Barre man has been arrested after allegedly firing a weapon at an Ashley home. 36 – year old Edwin Cortez was arrested at the start of the weekend in connection with a drive – by shooting on North Main Street. Cortez says he didn't do it. Despite his plea.... Cortez is locked up in the Luzerne County Prison.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team beat Hofstra 24-21 yesterday afternoon at Nelson Field House. The win evened the Huskies record to 5 and 5. Their next match will be Saturday night at Edinboro.

 

BU Football

Bloomsburg University running back Franklyn Quiteh scored on a 20 yard touchdown run, and defensive end Larry Webster recorded a sack in nationally televised all star games on Saturday. Quiteh and Husky teammate Brian Clarke played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Los Angeles, and Webster was joined by teammate Matt Feiler in the East West Shrine game in St. Petersburg, Florida.

 

BU Basketball

It was a sweep for Bloomsburg University basketball on Saturday as both the men's and women's teams won at West Chester. The Huskies will be at home this Wednesday taking on Mansfield.

 

HS Boys Basketball

In high school boys basketball Monday night it was a big game in the Heartland Conference Division I as Shamokin played at Danville. The Ironmen defended their status as Division champions by taking down Shamokin, previously unbeaten in the conference, 64-58. You can hear the details in the WHLM High School Hoops Report:

 

 

In high school ball on Thursday night, Hughesville plays at Central Columbia. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts after the 7 PM news.

 

Superbowl

The Superbowl will be the Denver Broncos against the Seattle Seahawks. On Sunday, in the AFC final, it was Denver 26 and New England 16. In the NFC final, it was Seattle 23 San Francisco 17. The Super Bowl will be played on February 2nd at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium

 

What's Happening Sunday, January 19, 2014


Late Night Catechism opens this Wednesday at BTE in downtown Bloomsburg. One of the longest-running comedy shows in US Theater history, the show takes you into Sister's Catechism classroom in the days of Latin, meatless Fridays, and rulers across the knuckles - and you are the class! The show is a limited run through Sunday the 26th. For show times and ticket information, call the box office at 570-784-8181, or go to BTE.org

 

Get fit with Elysburg Alliance Church this season. Starting February 2nd, the "Made to Crave" 6 week Bible study and exercise program will meet Sunday nights from 6:00-7:30 PM. Women of all ages and sizes are invited to attend. Children ages 3-12 are welcome to attend their children's program. Sign up by January 26th by calling the church office at 570-672-2176 or emailing them at EA.Church@verizon.net

 

WHLM Sports

 

College Basketball

The BU Men's & Women's basketball teams were on the road at West Chester on Saturday. The Huskies swept the afternoon; the Women won 88-80, the Men held on til the very last seconds for a 77-76 win. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU is back in action Wednesday night when they will host Mansfield.

What's Happening Saturday, January 18, 2014


Support the Millville Maniacs kids Baseball team this evening with a spaghetti supper from 5 - 8 PM at the Millville American Legion on Legion Road. There will be a dessert aucion and games for the kids. Dinner is just $10 for adults and $6 for kids. Take-out will be availible.

 
It's a night of live gospel music tonight at Shiloh Bible Church in Almedia. The show starts at 7 PM at the church on Church Street.
 
Artspace Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg presents "Quilting Expressions - Painting With Fabric" by guest artist Winona Cochran, running through February 23rd. The show features quilts designed from real-life landscapes. Artist Reception will be this evening from 6-8 PM at Artspace.
 

The third annual St. Columba School Winter Gala will be held tonight at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville, from 6 - 11 PM. The benefit dinner costs $50 each, and includes raffles, a silent auction, a cash bar, and dance music by DJ Jerry Whitenight. Tickets can be bought at Exclusively You in downtown Bloomsburg, or call 570-441-5826 for more information.

 

The ninth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner will be held Sunday at the Moose Exchange in Downtown Bloomsburg, sponsored by the Bloomsburg University and Community Racial Equality Task Force. Come enjoy a free community meal and hear local organizations from the Girl Scouts to the Childrens Museum discuss "What are you doing for others?" The program starts at 4 PM. Families and children are welcome.

 

Get fit with Elysburg Alliance Church this season. Starting February 2nd, the "Made to Crave" 6 week Bible study and exercise program will meet Sunday nights from 6:00-7:30 PM. Women of all ages and sizes are invited to attend. Children ages 3-12 are welcome to attend their children's program. Sign up by January 26th by calling the church office at 570-672-2176 or emailing them at EA.Church@verizon.net

 

WHLM Sports

 

College Basketball

The BU Men's & Women's basketball teams were on the road at West Chester on Saturday. The Huskies swept the afternoon; the Women won 88-80, the Men held on til the very last seconds for a 77-76 win. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU is back in action Wednesday night when they will host Mansfield.

 

BU Football

Four Bloomsburg University football players will play in nationally televised all-star games today. Defensive End Larry Webster and Offensive Tackle Matt Feiler will play in the East-West shrine game in Florida. That game begins at 4 PM, and will be televised by the NFL Network. At 6 PM, Running Back Franklyn Quiteh and Guard Brian Clarke will compete in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Los Angeles. That game will be carried on ESPN2.

Friday / January 17, 2014


Voter ID Law Struck Down

A Pennsylvania judge Friday struck down a law requiring voters in the state to show photo identification at the polls, saying the requirement imposed "unreasonable burden" on voters and represented "a legislative disconnect from reality." State Judge Bernard McGinley's ruling comes nearly two years after civil and voters' rights groups challenged the law, which Gov. Tom Corbett signed in March 2012, that never went into effect because of the court case. Joseph Cercaine, lead organizer of PA Voting Rights Coalition, called the ruling a victory for those who fought against what he called the hardships imposed by the requirements of Act 18, as the law is called.

 

Fake Report of “Active Shooter”

Berwick Police are trying to track down the person who's call to Columbia County emergency dispatchers launched a massive manhunt for a so – called “active shooter” Thursday morning near the Berwick Offray Plant on Susquehanna Avenue. Police say someone called from a second Offray plant at Third and Oak Streets saying people would be shot if they came to work. Cops also racing to the Offray plant in the BIDA Complex... but found no one. Dozens of police officers from agencies outside Berwick responded... and after searching the area of the Susquehanna Avenue plant... came up empty handed... and the incident labeled “a hoax.”

 

Danville Fire

A fire believed started due to faulty wiring extensively damaged a Danville home Thursday afternoon. Firemen were called to a two – story home at 109 Spruce Street shortly before 1 O'clock. Fire Chief Chris Dickinson was one of the first on the scene... finding flames shooting out the rear of the building.

No one was at home with the fire broke out. The structure was extensively damaged

 

Berwick United Way

Folks at the Berwick Area United Way are bustin' their buttons after it was revealed last night that the organization surpassed their fall fund raising goal by an estimated $114,000. United Way CEO Ginny Crake is pretty happy with the $514,000 total. Ms. Crake says some of the bigger businesses in the area... such as P-P-L came through with more money than expected despite rough economic times.

 

911 Service

Legislative reform to generate adequate funding for 9-1-1 services upgrades is among the priorities for Pennsylvania's county commissioners in 2014. WHLM's B.J. Small reports the rising costs of keeping up with technology and an inadequate fee structure that has not followed trends, make funding 9-1-1 systems the number one economic concern for counties across the commonwealth. The fee structure, based on land lines, hasn't kept up with the shift to modern digital technology of smartphones and even texting. Legislation is being drafted for fees to cover all types of communication devices.

 

Emergency Care

A physician's group is giving the nation a low grade for it's emergency care environment, but Pennsylvania fares better in the report. The American College of Emergency Physicians gives the nation a D plus, warning that decreases in the number of emergency departments, staffed inpatient beds and psychiatric beds has led to crowding. Pennsylvania does better in the report, getting high marks for quality and patient safety environment. But PA's emergency preparedness ranking declined due in part to a decrease in intensive care beds.

 

Dunkin' Robbery

A 31 – year old woman has been charged with robbery after she allegedly held up a Dunkin' Donuts in Plains Township... looking for cash to buy drugs. Diana Marie Hardy allegedly walked into the store on Route 315... threatened the cashier and asked for money from the register. She got what she requested... and was arrested a short time later... with the cash stuffed in her bra.

 

Arraigned

A Wilkes – Barre man was arraigned on a murder charge in the death of an 18 – year old man. 27 – year old Jordan Stevens was picked up from the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg... and was arraigned before a judge on Thursday... charged with aggravated assault... reckless endangerment... possessing a firearm as a felon... and having a weapon without a license. He is accused of murdering Christopher Narainasami... shooting him during a random attack at Boulevard Townhomes. Stevens is now behind bars in Luzerne County.

 

Lou Barletta

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton has been named a member of a special panel of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The committee focuses on the use of and opportunities for public-private partnerships across all modes of transportation. Barletta was named to the panel by Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania.

 

WB Robbery

An robbery of a Wilkes – Barre convenience store. Police say a man... dressed in all red... entered the Turkey Hill store on Hazle Street shortly after 1 O'clock Thursday morning. He demanded cash from the clerk... and left the store. No word on how much money was taken.

 

WHLM Sports

Don Engle

Our area lost one of its most prominent sports figures yesterday when long time Central Columbia baseball coach and athletic director, Don Engle, died after a lengthy illness. In 29 seasons as the Bluejays baseball coach, Engle had 555 career wins including the 1991 state championship. He coached two players that made it to the major leagues- Paul Hartzell and Doug Davis.

 

BU Football

Four Bloomsburg University football players will play in nationally televised all star games Saturday. Defensive end Larry Webster and offensive tackle Matt Feiler will play in the East-West Shrine game in St. Petersburg, Florida. That game , which starts at 4, will be on the NFL Network. At 6 o'clock, running back Franklyn Quiteh and guard Brian Clarke will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Los Angeles. That game will be carried by ESPN 2.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Thursday night, Berwick was at home against Dallas. WHLM's Jim Doyle says Dallas defeated Berwick 42 – 33. In another girls game Thursday night... Benton defeated Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech 51 – 41.

 

Thursday / January 16, 2013


Central Columbia Teacher & Coach Passes

Our area lost one of its most prominent sports figures Thursday when long time Central Columbia baseball coach and athletic director, Don Engle, died after a lengthy illness. In 29 seasons as the Bluejays baseball coach, Engle had 555 career wins including the 1991 state championship. He coached two players that made it to the major leagues- Paul Hartzell and Doug Davis.

 

Hoax Call of Active Shooter

It was all a hoax... a report of an active shooter with police officers from around the region sent racing to the Berwick Offray plant on Susquehanna Avenue Thursday morning. Officers with guns drawn... searched the area... coming up empty handed.

Late this morning... Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish said the call came from within an Offray building at Third and Oak Streets from a cordless phone. When police arrived... the caller and the phone were gone. Folks arriving for work at the Susquehanna Avenue site sat in their cars... for nearly two hours before being allowed into the building.

 

Danville Fire

A fire of undetermined origin extensively damaged a Danville home Thursday afternoon. Firemen were initially called to a two – story home at 109 Spruce Street shortly before 1 O'clock. Now... an investigation is underway to determine what started this afternoon's fire in Danville.

 

Rental Inspection Meeting

The first in a series of meetings was held at Bloomsburg Town Hall on Wednesday. Several council members and property owners sat down and discussed an ordinance aimed at the inspection of rental apartments. Bloomsburg Mayor Sandy Davis says talks were productive. The controversial inspection ordinance went into effect last October... but council has since placed a 45 – day moratorium on enforcing the law... in order to hear concerns from apartment landlords and property managers.

 

Arrest

A 42 – year old nurses aide at the VA Hospital in Plains Township has been arrested. Warren Wells of Moscow... in Lackawanna County... is charged with taking a 14 – karat gold crucifix from a woman dying of cancer. The incident happened last month at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center near Wilkes-Barre. After he was arraigned.... Wells was ordered held in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility... with bail set at $10,000.

 

Legislation

Legislation to require school board to provide no less than 48 – hours public notice prior to voting on proposed collective bargaining agreements or employment contracts has been approved by the PA House. The bill was sponsored by Representative Fred Keller... a republican from Snyder and Union Counties. Keller's House Bill now advances to the state Senate for consideration.

 

Elderly / Winter

During the winter... we all have a habit of being cooped up inside our homes... especially during times of bad weather. And... Kathy Lynn who runs the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging suggests checking on your elderly neighbors. Checking on your neighbor only takes five minutes... giving them... and you... peace of mind. Questions... call the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging on Sawmill Road.

 

Welfare Reform
As Senate Republicans consider a bill to crack down on welfare fraud, some on the other side of the aisle see it simply as "red meat" for the GOP in an election year. Senator Vincent Hughes, the ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, wonders about the timing of raising the issue during an election year. Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati of Jefferson County and Senator Dave Argall of neighboring Schuylkill County are drafting a bill that would increase penalties and fines for welfare fraud.

 

AccuWeather

State College – based AccuWeather says it will launch a 24-hour weather channel later this year. AccuWeather Founder and President Joel Myers says creating a 24-hour weather source that will be available on the web, mobile devices and television, was the next natural step for the company. Myers says the advantages include the company's 45-day, hour-by-hour and minute-by-minute forecasts. Right now... the Weather Channel is the only existing 24-hour TV channel dedicated to weather. Myers says AccuWeather's channel will differ in that it will solely offer forecasts.

 

Murder Suspect

A Wilkes – Barre murder suspect remains in the Columbia County Prison on a parole violation. 27 – year old Jordan Stevens was initially identified as a person of interest in the shooting death of an 18 – year old teenager at an apartment complex. Stevens is also charged with aggravated assault... reckless endangerment... possessing a firearm as a felon... and carrying an unlicensed weapon. He'll be held at the local prison until extradited back to Luzerne County.

 

Sunbury Burglaries

A rash of burglaries are being investigated in Sunbury. Most have taken place since January 9th at a number of locations. Police are now suggesting that businesses should have outdoor lights to deter the burglars... and maybe have a security system to record any suspicious activities

 

Beech Mountain

The Aqua Pennsylvania Water Company says crews have repaired nearly a dozen leaks discovered at the Beech Mountain Lakes sub – division near Hazleton... in Butler Township. Residents there began experiencing low water pressure last weekend. Now the water company says the cold weather caused the pipes to leak.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played East Stroudsburg Wednesday night. WHLM's Jim Doyle tells us the Bloomsburg women defeated East Stroudsburg 63 to 51... while the men were defeated 74 to 62. The Huskies next games will be Saturday afternoon at West Chester.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Wednesday night... Bloomsburg defeated Sullivan County 60 to 21.... Southern Columbia downed Central Columbia 53 – 38... Danville getting by Shamokin in overtime 47 – 43... It was Millville over Montgomery 53 – 39... and Muncy defeated Benton 58 – 31...

 

Girls HS BB / Thursday night

In in girls basketball Thursday night, Berwick lost to Dallas 42-33. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report:

 

 

Wednesday / January 15, 2014


Black Ice / Accident

It may be challenging ride to work Wednesday morning. Freezing rain overnight... coupled with freezing temperatures make conditions ideal for black ice... not only on the roadway... but in your driveway or parking lot. Ice conditions may have led to a one – car accident on Beach Glen Road... north of Benton around 11:30 Tuesday night. The driver was trapped in the car for a short time... and was transported to the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville by Benton Ambulance.

 

School Bus Crash

Still no word as to why a empty school bus crashed into a home Tuesday morning in Shamokin. For some unknown reason... the driver of the bus collided with a porch on Bear Valley Avenue... rupturing a gas line and water main. The 74 – year old driver was not hurt.

 

Stuart Tank

The quest continues to bring a Berwick – built World War Two Stuart tank back to it's hometown. An estimated 15,000 Stuart tanks were built at the former A-C-&-F plant during the war, but there are only a handful in existence. Stuart committee co – chair.... County Commissioner David Kovach says they have leads on machines in Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts... but they need some cold, hard cash for negotiations. Over the past few months there has been a number of fundraisers.... and more are planned this winter as we head into spring. Once acquired... the tank will be on display at the entrance to the BIDA Complex at Third and Oak Streets in Berwick.

 

Farm Show Attendance

It may have been cold and icy, but Mother Nature didn't keep a half-million visitors from enjoying the flavors of the 98th PA Farm Show. 500,000 people went through the doors of the Farm Show that closed last Saturday. Weather kept overall attendance down 15 % against record numbers the previous year. As expected, visitors proved they love their farm food. They ate more than 275,000 potato donuts and 27,000 baked potatoes. The Dairymen's Association used 13,500 gallons of milkshake mix and and 7,000 pounds of Mozzarella cheese.

 

Mike Waugh
York County in south central PA will have a new state senator, after a special election in March. Republican State Senator Mike Waugh resigned from his position... and instantly became executive director of the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Waugh says he's been working toward the Farm Show gig for some time. The special election March 18 will fill the 28th Senatorial District seat.

 

Free Man

A Numidia man is out of prison after serving a month behind bars stemming from a child abuse charge. 25 – year old Matthew Sacks was set free after initially jailed in lieu of $10,000 cash bail. No date has been set for his next court proceedings. Sacks is charged with felony counts of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children... and three misdemeanor counts of simple assault and recklessly endangering a person.

 

Mobile Mets Lab

Two men are in custody... caught by State Police... parked next to the Dorrance Township municipal building near Hazleton. The men... inside a black SUV... allegedly making meth in a suspected rolling drug lab. This is not the first time the SUV was spotted within feet of the building... the pair parking there several times since last Thanksgiving.

 

Hazle Twp. Fire

Investigators say a fire at a trailer at the Rossi Coal Company in Hazle Township was intentionally set. Flames destroyed the trailer... damaging files and paperwork, but no one was hurt. Thus far, no one is in custody... and the investigation into the fire at the coal company along Route 93 remains under investigation.

 

I-81 Accident

Distracted driving and a car fire on Interstate 81 near the Nanticoke exit in Luzerne County led to a four car accident Tuesday night. Police say a car caught fire in the southbound lane... that's when traffic started backing up... and a driver in the northbound lane couldn't stop for the cars ahead. That driver jumped the median and slammed into other cars.

 

Endangered Species
Dialog between industry and wildlife managers, continues toward legislation that could change how threatened and endangered species are listed in Pennsylvania. The Senate Game & Fisheries Committee heard from business and wildlife managers at a hearing, as it formulates Senate Bill 1047 that could add an oversight committee to review decisions made by the Game and Fish & Boat commissions on listing endangered and threatened species. The House has a similar bill. Committee chair Senator Rich Alloway... a Republican from Adams County... said the dialog was constructive. Industry wants more transparency and wildlife managers say another layer of review will slow down the process.

 

McCord Campaign

Pennsylvania state Treasurer Rob McCord says he's raised $6.6 million in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor. The McCord campaign said this week he finished 2013 with $6 million in the bank. He's among at least eight people running for the nomination in the May 20 primary... hoping to unseat incumbent Republican Governor Tom Corbett.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

The Huskies Men's & Women's teams faced a formiddable opponent in East Stroudsburg in their games Wednesday night. The Women held tight to a 63-51 win. The Men were outstripped in the closing minutes, taking a 74-63 loss. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Bloomsburg will be on the road Saturday to face West Chester. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame show at 12:40.

Tuesday / January 14, 2014


Bloomsburg Meth Bust

At least two people were arrested Monday and a suspected Bloomsburg meth house was shut down by authorities. The home at 225 East 6th Street was first visited by probation officers... who noticed the making for a meth lab.... although one was not in operation. Neighbors watched throughout the day to all the police activity. Authorities say Patrick Cameron and Cameron's gal – pal, Angela Gould, arrested were snared on variety of charges. The pair are lodged in the Columbia County Prison as police continue their investigation.

 

Medical Marijuana

Despite recent buzz in the media, the Governor isn't changing his mind on the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. At least one proponent in the Senate isn't happy about it. A spokesman for Governor Tom Corbett says recent reports that the Governor might be softening his opposition to the use of medical marijuana are not accurate. Mr. Corbett was reported to be more agreeable, if the Food and Drug Administration were consider it legitimate medicine. Montgomery County Senator Daylin Leach, who sponsored a bill to legalize its use, says the Governor can make the medical marijuana decision on his own.
 

Domestic Violence

Recognizing area police officers who go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to domestic violence issues. Three officers and a victim witness coordinator were honored for their work Monday by Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold. One of officers is Benton PD's Jimmy Hill who talked about domestic violence... even in the small borough he patrols. Hill... along with Bloomsburg PD's Melanie Readler... Berwick's Scott Sienkiewicz and victim witness coordinator Fran Frailey were honored for their on-going work.

 

Fuel Gauge Report

Headed someplace this week... you may be able to save a couple of cents a gallon when you fill up the car... mini – van or the SUV. The latest Triple - A fuel gauge report shows self – serve, unleaded regular across northeastern PA is averaging $3.53 a gallon. That's the same as it was over the weekend... but three cents a gallon less than it was a week ago. Nationwide... the Lundburg survey says gasoline is averaging $3.36 a gallon.

 

Milton Fire

An investigation is underway to determine what started a fire in one of the buildings at ACF Industries in Milton. Firefighters from Union and Northumberland Counties were called to the blaze around 3 O'clock Monday afternoon. They spent several hours at the scene. No one was injured in Monday's fire at ACF Industries in Milton.

 

Beech Mountain

Aqua of Pennsylvania hopes to have leaks in some piping fixed soon. The pipes carry water which supply folks who live in the Beech Mountain Lakes sub – division in the Butler Township portion of Luzerne County... near Hazleton. The leaks are forcing homeowners to conserve water until the problem is fixed. The company is bringing in tankers filled with water to make sure the system doesn't run dry.

 

Robbery Suspects

Two men have been arrested stemming from at least nine robberiesin Luzerne County dating back to last month. 42 - year old Jeffrey Townsley and 47 – year old Charles Conden were picked up at a motel in Plains Township... and charged with the robberies. The crime spree started the day before Christmas when the two allegedly knocked off a bank in Kingston. The pair is being held in the Luzerne County Jail.

 

Wilkes – Barre Robbery

An early Monday morning robbery in Wilkes – Barre. This time... the victim told investigators the incident happened around 1 O'clock in the morning at the corner of North Washington and Butler Streets... when he was relieved of his cell phone... after the robber pointed a weapon at him. A search of the area came up empty handed.

 

Applications

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has scheduled workshops and is accepting applications for grants under the 2014 Community Conservation Partnerships Program. That word from State Senator John Gordner of Berwick. In 2014, DCNR will focus on grant awards that advance local recreation and conservation priorities delineated in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. The application period opens January 15th and will remain open until April 16th.

 

Shamokin Rental Inspection

Shamokin may be the next city in the region to consider a rental inspection ordinance. City Codes officer Rick Bozza has been pushing for an ordinance the last 18 months... and council has gone as far as having a first reading a year ago... but since then the issued has hit loggerheads between property owners and lawmakers. It's somewhat similar to one approved by the Bloomsburg Town Council... now on a 90 day hold... but it calls for an inspection when occupancy turns over... not on an annual basis.

No word when the proposed ordinance will have a second reading in Shamokin.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

For the second game in a row, the Bloomsburg University men's basketball team will face an unbeaten nationally ranked opponent. Last Wednesday it was 6th ranked IUP. Wednesday night at the Nelson Field House, the Huskies will face an East Stroudsburg team that has won a school record 15 straight games to start the season. The Warriors, ranked 10th in the nation, are the highest scoring team in the PSAC and have scored more than 100 points in a game four times. Wednesday night's doubleheader starts with the women's game at 5:30. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 5:10.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Monday night... Berwick defeated Coughlin 55 to 21... and Montoursville downed Bloomsburg 59 to 50.

 

Boys Basketball

In a game you heard on the WHLM stations Tuesday night, Berwick beat Coughlin 67-48. Listen to the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report:

 

 

Thursday night, it's Berwick Girls' basketball, when they will play Dallas at home. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts after the 7 PM news.

 

Women's Basketball

In women's college basketball Monday night... the University of Connecticut ended Baylor's 69-game home winning streak last night... defeating the Lady Bears 66 – 55.

 

Monday / January 13, 2014


Suspected Meth House Bust

At least three people were arrested Monday and a suspected Bloomsburg meth house was shut down by authorities. The home at 225 East 6th Street was first visited by probation officers... who noticed the making for a meth lab.... although one was not in operation. Neighbors watched throughout the day all the police activity. The two men and a woman arrested were snared on parole violations. All are lodged in the Columbia County Prison as police continue their investigation.

 

Fair President

The membership of the Bloomsburg Fair Association... over the weekend... re-elected Paul Reichart as their President. He was challenged by former President Todd Lehman... but when the votes were counted Reichart won by 34 votes out of the 778 cast. The vote came only days after two board members took issue with Reichart's leadership. Meantime... Lehman says he may seek the association's top job when it opens in three years.

 

Curbside Trees

If you took a drive over the weekend up and down some of Bloomsburg's streets... folks are finally taking down their Christmas trees for pick – up by town crews. Each Monday through the end of the month... crews will be picking up discarded trees to be turned into mulch. Recycling center director Charles Fritz says the trees need to be stripped of bulbs and tinsel. The mulch will be given away this spring from the recycling center's compost site on Sands Avenue.

 

Farm Show Attendance

Icy temperatures were largely blamed for a dip in attendance at this year's Pennsylvania Farm Show, which closed Saturday. Show spokesperson Nicole Bucher says overall attendance at the 98th annual show was about 17 % lower than the record 585,000 estimated to have attended last year's exposition.

Bucher speculated that this week's unusually harsh cold spell likely discouraged many prospective visitors.

 

James Franklin

Penn State has a new head football coach. It's James Franklin who comes to state college after coaching Vanderbilt the past couple of years. During a new conference over the weekend... Franklin has a specific goal in his new job... such as bringing cohesiveness to the group. Franklin replaces Bill O'Brien who took a head coaching job with the NFL Houston Texans earlier this month.

 

Danville Newsletter

The Borough of Danville is becoming pro – active... and is now publishing a quarterly newsletter to keep folks informed. Borough administrator Dan Knorr says... although there hasn't been any breakdown of communication in the past... council feels it wants to stay ahead of the curve. But where can you see or get a copy of the latest newsletter.... simply go to Borough Hall on Mill Street... or on – line at the Borough's website. Knorr says the newsletter is designed to keep borough residents up to speed of the priority's of council during the coming year.

 

Williamsport Crash

Investigators spent Sunday night at the scene of a fatal crash in Williamsport... involving a police cruiser. State Police at Montoursville say the cruiser and another vehicle collided at East Third and Railway Streets.... the car slamming into a utility poll then went into a building where it caught fire. he building also went up in flames. They say the driver... 42 – year old James Robinson... was pronounced dead at the scene. The police officer was taken to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

 

Hazleton City Council

Hazleton City Council plans a work session Tuesday night. At the top of the agenda.... taking another look at the newly adopted $8.9 – million 2014 budget. Cuts were made when the budget was formulated.... but other cuts may be offered in different areas to close a lingering budget gap.

 

Wilkes – Barre Fire

A Wilkes – Barre family escaped their burning home over the weekend when a fire broke out late Saturday afternoon. firemen rushing to South Fulton Street... and finding the blaze had broken out in a children's bedroom. The two story structure suffered moderate fire, smoke and water damage. Investigators say there's no reason to believe the blaze is suspicious.

 

 

 

 

Weekend Sports


WHLM Sports

 

Boys HS Basketball 

In boys basketball Friday night, Central Columbia beat Southern Columbia 51-44. Our next High School Hoops broadcast will be Tuesday night, when the Berwick boys host Coughlin. Coverage starts with the pregame show after the 7 PM news.

 

BU Women's Basketball

In women's college basketball Saturday afternoon, Bloomsburg University defeated Philadelphia University at the Nelson Field House 85-82. The Huskies' Kat Noack made her 1000th career point during the game. You can hear the details with Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

 

The Huskies next play on Wednesday night when both teams host East Stroudsburg. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame after the 5 PM news.

What's Happening? Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014


Flood Watch Cancled

The National Weather Service in State College has canceled a flood watch it had posted for Columbia and Montour County. Originally... The NWS had foretasted the Susquehanna to crest at 13 feet... three feet below the “action” stage. But now the river is forecast to crest at 9.6 feet at 7 O'clock Monday evening. Meantime... the start of the week should find high temperatures in the mid 40's... with overnight lows in the upper 20's.                     

 

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The Women of Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg will be serving up some soup in soupport of Kidsburg today. Stop by the church on market street following the 10:30 AM worship service to sample a variety of soups for just $1 each. There will also be sandwiches for just $2.50. Proceeds will benefit the re-building of Kidsburg. 

 

Team Partylite Friends for Freedom will host a Basket & Purse Bingo today at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall. Proceeds from the games will benefit Bloomsburg Relay for Life. Doors open at 12:30 pm. Games start at 2pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Call 570-441-9069 for tickets and more information.

 

The Bloomsburg Elks Club is sponsoring a Kid’s Basketball Hoop Shoot at the Bloomsburg YMCA this afternoon at 12:30 PM. The shoot is free and open to all Boys and Girls ages 8 through 13. Winners from today's shoot can advance to the district and state events. For more information call 570-764-6772.

 

It's time to sign up for Little League in 2014! Sign ups and registration for Baseball and Softball will be held at the Moose Exchange on Tuesday the 14th from 5 - 8 PM. You can sign up online at eteamz.com/bloomsburglittleleague - though payment must be made in person on Tuesday. The Moose Exchange Arts and Cultural Center is on Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

It's the return of the Book Buddies at the Bloomsburg Public Library on Tuesday night. Bring your kids starting at 6:30 PM to practice their read-aloud skills to Bella, Chloe, and Reilly - therapy dogs who love to listen. Bring a favorite book or pick one from the Library collection.

 

Enjoy a day of golf and other activites in suppourt of a local family at Nolan's Heart of Steel Day, Saturday, February 1st, at Frosty Valley Country Club. Five-month-old Nolan McLaughlin is in need of a heart transplant. You can help by signing up for a round of golf for $65 per person or take the Polar Bear Plunge for a $100 sponsorship. There will be food, live music, raffles and more. Call 570-394-1479 for more information.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Boys HS Basketball 

In boys basketball Friday night, Central Columbia beat Southern Columbia 51-44. Our next High School Hoops broadcast will be Tuesday night, when the Berwick boys host Coughlin. Coverage starts with the pregame show after the 7 PM news.

 

BU Women's Basketball

In women's college basketball Saturday afternoon, Bloomsburg University defeated Philadelphia University at the Nelson Field House 85-82. The Huskies' Kat Noack made her 1000th career point during the game. You can hear the details with Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

 

The Huskies next play on Wednesday night when both teams host East Stroudsburg. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame after the 5 PM news.

What's Happening? Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014


Flood Watch

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a flood watch for the Columbia and Montour Counties and the entire Susquehanna Valley through Sunday evening. The expected rain over the next day or so... combined with melting snow and ice jams on rivers and creeks may push water to the top of their banks. In the Bloomsburg area... the Susquehanna will rise to an estimated 13 feet early Monday afternoon. That's three feet below the so – called “action” stage... and six feet below “flood” stage. Authorities say keep an eye on both the Susquehanna and it's tributaries through early Sunday evening.

 

Penn State Coach

Penn State has hired James Franklin as it's new head football coach. The 41 – year old Franklin has headed Vanderbilt to bowl games in all three of his seasons there. He'll replace Bill O'Brien who was lured away from Penn State to coach the NFL Houston Texans earlier this month.

 

Reichart Re-Elected

In Bloomsburg Fair news, Paul Reichart has been re-confirmed as President of the Fair Board for 2014, with 406 of 778 votes cast in Board elections Saturday afternoon.

 

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The Columbia County United Way's winter Trash-to-Treasure sale is under way today! Get your hands on second-hand computers, furniture, appliances and other great stuff. The sale will run from 9 AM til Noon in the Bloomsburg University Kehr Union ballroom. Tickets for the 8 AM Early Bird sale are just $5! Call 570-784-3134 for more information.

 

It's time to sign up for Little League in 2014! Sign ups and registration for Baseball and Softball will be held at the Moose Exchange today from 9 AM - Noon, and on Tuesday the 14th from 5 - 8 PM. You can sign up online at eteamz.com/bloomsburglittleleague - though payment must be made in person today or on Tuesday. The Moose Exchange Arts and Cultural Center is on Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Enjoy a day of golf and other activites in suppourt of a local family at Nolan's Heart of Steel Day, Saturday, February 1st, at Frosty Valley Country Club. Five-month-old Nolan McLaughlin is in need of a heart transplant. You can help by signing up for a round of golf for $65 per person or take the Polar Bear Plunge for a $100 sponsorship. There will be food, live music, raffles and more. Call 570-394-1479 for more information.

 

The Women of Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg will be serving up some soup in soupport of Kidsburg this Sunday. Stop by the church on market street following the 10:30 AM worship service to sample a variety of soups for just $1 each. There will also be sandwiches for just $2.50. Proceeds will benefit the re-building of Kidsburg. 

 

Team Partylite Friends for Freedom will host a Basket & Purse Bingo this Sunday at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall. Proceeds from the games will benefit Bloomsburg Relay for Life. Doors open at 12:30 pm. Games start at 2pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Call 570-441-9069 for tickets and more information.

 

The Bloomsburg Elks Club is sponsoring a Kid’s Basketball Hoop Shoot at the Bloomsburg YMCA this Sunday at 12:30 PM. The shoot is free and open to all Boys and Girls ages 8 through 13. Winners from Sunday's shoot can advance to the district and state events. For more information call 570-764-6772.

 

It's the return of the Book Buddies at the Bloomsburg Public Library on Tuesday night. Bring your kids starting at 6:30 PM to practice their read-aloud skills to Bella, Chloe, and Reilly - therapy dogs who love to listen. Bring a favorite book or pick one from the Library collection.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Boys HS Basketball 

In boys basketball Friday night, Central Columbia beat Southern Columbia 51-44. Our next High School Hoops broadcast will be Tuesday night, when the Berwick boys host Coughlin. Coverage starts with the pregame show after the 7 PM news.

 

BU Women's Basketball

In women's college basketball Saturday afternoon, Bloomsburg University defeated Philadelphia University at the Nelson Field House 85-82. The Huskies' Kat Noack made her 1000th career point during the game. You can hear the details with Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

 

The Huskies next play on Wednesday night when both teams host East Stroudsburg. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame after the 5 PM news.

Friday / January 10, 2013


* A Flood Watch is in effect for our area this weekend through Sunday Evening *

 

I-80 Problems

Interstate 80 Eastbound has reopened following a multiple truck crash at Mile 220 in Montour County early Friday morning. The highway had been closed from the Limestoneville to the Danville Exit. PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to 511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check interstate traffic conditions before heading out.

 

Decisions

The rough weather we've had this week has led to school closings and two hour delays up and down the Susquehanna Valley. That was the case Friday morning when there was a plethora of 2 - hour delays. For Bloomsburg School Superintendent Cos Curry... sometimes it's a no – brainer when there's snow on the ground... but other times... its a gut wrenching decision. It leads to sleepless nights... and getting up early to make the all important decision.

 

Farm Show Attendance

Mother Nature has taken a bite out of turnout at the 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show. Icy conditions on opening weekend January fourth and then severe cold on Tuesday, has cut down the expected half-million visitors to the Farm Show Complex. Nicole Bucher of the state Department of Agriculture, describes attendance so far as "strong," but down twenty-three percent when put up against last year's record numbers. Bucher said the show was also a bit earlier on the calendar this year, which could have had an affect.
 

Danville Newsletter

If you live in Danville... you soon may get something extra in your mail... or at the next governmental meeting you attend. The Borough government is now producing a quarterly newsletter... the latest edition which is now out. Danville's administrator Dan Knorr says the Borough is always looking for a better way to reach people. The newsletter features a mix of community activities... departmental updates... and Borough Council priorities.

 

Oil Trains

As a freight train carrying crude oil and propane continues to burn in a sparsely populated area of Canada, just north of the Maine border, questions are being raised again about the safety of moving oil by rail. The incident in New Brunswick is the latest derailment involving a freight train carrying crude oil. There was another in North Dakota less than two weeks ago and a deadly derailment in Quebec in July. State Representative Joe Hackett of Delaware County is calling for a state house hearing involving the rail industry in March as rail shipments of crude oil increase in southeastern PA.

 

Teacher Sex

A Wyoming Valley West English teachers has been arrested for a second time... charged with having sex with a student. Lauren Harrington - Cooper of Kingston was arraigned on a host of charges. Harrington - Cooper allegedly sent sexually explicit messages to a student last fall... which allegedly led to the pair having encounters in a car. She is suspended from the job without pay.

 

Education Report
The state's largest teacher's union has issued its "Solutions that Work" report, expanding on strategies first outlined three years ago to improve student performance. Mike Crossey, President of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, agrees that it "takes a village" to educate a child and says that's addressed in the report. Many of the recommendations are tied to funding but the report also calls for charter school reform and efforts to encourage more parental, family and community involvement in education.

 

Hazleton Beating

Hazleton police are looking for a man after he allegedly pistol whipped and robbed another Wednesday night. Moises Pichardo allegedly used a pistol to beat a man in the face... then robbed him. The incident taking place at First and Garfield Streets. Pichardo faces a long list of charges

 

Route 309 Accident

A Tamaqua woman is hospitalized after being critically injured in a two vehicle crash on Route 309 in Kline Township Thursday morning. Police say 37 - year old Grace DiMarco was northbound on 309... when she lost control... crossing over into the opposite lane... and collided with an SUV driven by 52 - year old Thomas Deliman of Drums. DiMarco was flown to the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.

 

WHLM Sports

James Franklin

In 1993 in Danny Hale's first season as Bloomsburg University's head football coach, his Huskies lost to an East Stroudsburg team that was led by quarterback James Franklin. As early as today, Franklin is expected to be named the new head coach at Penn State. Franklin built his coaching reputation at Vanderbilt which he led to three bowl games in the past three seasons.

 

Boys HS Basketball 

In boys' high school basketball Thursday night Southern Columbia defeated Mt. Carmel 62 - 44... and Benton defeated Columbia Montour Vo Tech 48 - 29.

 

In boys basketball Friday night, Central Columbia beat Southern Columbia 51-44. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report:

 

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball Thursday night... It was Danville over Bloomsburg 55 - 32... and Southern Columbia defeated Benton 58 - 30.

 

BU Women's Basketball

In women's college basketball Saturday afternoon, Bloomsburg University will play Philadelphia University at the Nelson Field House. The game begins at 1 O'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.

 

College Basketball

In men's college basketball last night, Arizona, the number one ranked team in the nation, played at UCLA.... with Arizona getting the victory 79 - 75.

 

 

 

Thursday / January 9, 2014


Freezing Rain Advisory Posted

All of us who live in the Susquehanna Valley could be in for some questionable weather Friday. The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory for most of central and eastern Pennsylvania starting at 4 O'clock Friday morning. In it's advisory... the NWS says most of the freezing rain will be south of Interstate 80. Although less than a tenth of an inch of ice is expected to accumulate... there will be a build up on bridges and overpasses. We'll keep you posted on developments during the Friday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.

 

PPL Sets Record

A blast of arctic air, the coldest in decades, spurred a new record for peak power demand this week from PPL Electric Utilities customers. Preliminary figures show the demand on the system for the hour ending at 6 p.m. Tuesday was 7.7 megawatt-hours. That eclipsed the previous all-time winter peak of 7.5 megawatt-hours set in early February of 2007. A PPL spokesperson says the utility delivered the power without any notable problems.

 

Triple - A

The cold weather kept roadside assistance crews busy as AAA Mid Atlantic saw double the usual number of calls this week. Battery trouble was the top cause of calls for help says the Triple A's Jenny Robinson. With temperatures at 0, a battery loses about 60% of its power. Even at 32 degrees... it loses about 35% percent, which means you may still not be in the clear, especially if you have an older battery. Robinson says batteries over three years old are nearing the end of their life span.

 

Time Warp

For the third consecutive year, the Montour County team “Time Warp” wove a winning wrap during 35th Sheep-to-Shawl Competition Wednesday at the 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. Team member Katherine Dashner of Woolrich... in Clinton County... telling me that weaving an item from scratch provides a sense of accomplishment. The team began weaving in the Sheep to Shawl competition in 2002... and since that time has won the event a total of seven years. The 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show runs through Saturday evening.

 

Trash to Treasure

The Columbia County United Way will do a bit of fund raising Saturday... as they hold their winter Trash – to – Treasure sale on the Bloomsburg University campus. Appearing on the WHLM Morning Buzz Wednesday with Joe and Norm.... the United Way's John Thomas says there are some laptop computers... which won't last long. The sale will be held Saturday starting at 9 O'clock in the Kehr Union ballroom. You can get early bird tickets which gets you in the building an hour earlier by stopping by the United Way office on Penn Street.

 

Northumberland Sheriff

The Northumberland County Sheriff says he'll resign later this month. Sheriff Chad Reiner says his resignation is effective on the 24th. The reason... County Commissioners cutting the sheriff's salary in half from $54,000 to $31,000 a year. Reiner says he can't support his family... and in this case... family comes first. Late last year... commissioners Vinni Clausi and Stephen Bridy supported the move to slash salaries for eight row officers... including the sheriff... to save the county money. Now... the Sheriff's duties will be turned over to the department's chief deputy.

 

Evacuation

More than 40 residents of a personal care home in the back mountain area of Luzerne County had to be moved to another facility due to a broken sprinkler on the third floor.... flooding their building. First responders were called to the Meadow Manor in Dallas early Wednesday morning. The residents were evacuated to another care home in the area. It's believed the residents will be back in their rooms this week following clean up.

 

Larksville Robbery

A robbery in Larksville Wednesday afternoon... on Wyoming Valley's west side. Authorities say a masked man strolled into Thomas' Market... produced a black handgun... and got away with an estimated $300 in cash. No one was hurt. Now... investigators are looking at security video of the incident.

 

Tower City Fire

Fire investigators will try and figure out what started a blaze in a Schuylkill County machine shop Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters were called to K&E Precision in the 1700 block of East Grand Avenue outside Tower City around 4 O'clock. The business was extensively damaged. No injuries were reported.

 

 

Wednesday / January 8, 2014


PPL / MacBride

The past 24 to 48 hours have been stressful for PPL... as customers place added demand on the utility for power. But, PPL's Terri MacBride says you might want to think about conserving a bit so everyone has enough juice to go around. Meantime... crews are standing by at their Sawmill Road facility... as well as on the road waiting to respond to trouble at a moment's notice.

 

Central Columbia

Remember Tuesday morning.... area school districts in Columbia and Montour Counties were closed for the day due to the sub – zero weather. The only district to remain open was Central Columbia on Old Berwick Road. Superintendent Harry Mathias took a lot of heat for his decision. He told our media partner Newswatch 16... his reasoning to keep the district open was based on information from the National Weather Service. And even though the air temperature was at least two below... the NWS said students waiting for the bus should be okay for up to 30 minutes.

 

Travel Delays
It has been a tough winter for travelers so far with snow and ice storms and bitter cold delaying flights. Jeanenne Tornatore of Orbitz.com, says even if your destination and departure points are in the clear, you can still be affected by delays in other parts of the country. Ms. Tornatore says you might want to consider travel insurance just in case you plans derail.

 

Danville Fire

Danville firemen fought cold weather to put out a fire Tuesday morning in the 100 block of Ash Street. Crews found flames shooting from the structure and called for help from departments outside of Danville. They not only faced the flames, but the ice which formed from the water. No one was at home when the fire broke out.

 

Shenandoah Fire

A state police fire marshal is expected to be in Shenandoah today to try and determine what started a blaze in a double – block home early Tuesday. The fire was discovered in a home in the 200 block of South Ferguson Street. Firefighters battled the flames in sub – zero temperatures. Their biggest problem... water turning to ice... making the fire grounds slippery. Luckily... no one was hurt fighting that blaze in Shenandoah.

 

Ray Musto

A federal judge has ruled that former State Senator Ray Musto is not fit to stand trial on corruption charges. That ruling from U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo. On Monday... Musto's lawyers said the trial would kill their client since he's battling a liver disease. Judge Caputo ordered the 84 – year old Musto into the custody of the U.S. Attorney General's office and hospitalized at a treatment facility.

 

Teacher Charged

A 33 – year old teacher for the Hanover Area School District near Wilkes – Barre has been charged with allegedly sexually assaulting an 18 – year old student. 33 – year old Edward Evans is accused of assaulting the teen last March. Evans was arraigned Tuesday... and released on $20,000 unsecured bail.

 

Evacuation

More than 3 dozen residents of a personal care home in the back mountain area of Luzerne County had to be moved overnight due to a broken sprinkler.... flooding their building. First responders were called to the Meadow Manor in Dallas early Wednesday morning. The residents were evacuated to another care home in the area. It's not known if the sprinkler broke due to the cold weather.

 

University Weapons

A proposal to limit where people can carry deadly weapons at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities is flawed, say people on both sides of the gun control debate. The proposal before the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education would bar firearms and deadly weapons in “sensitive areas,” including residence halls, classrooms and other university buildings. There are 112,000 students in the state University system.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

In college basketball on Wednesday night, the Huskies Men & Women were on the road at IUP. BU Split the series. The Women won 74-62. The Men lost to Indiana 63-53. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

The Women are back in action this Saturday afternoon when they host the University of Philadelphia. The Men are off until next Wednesday, when both teams face unbeaten East Stroudsburg in a pair of games at the Nelson Field House.

Tuesday / January 7, 2014


* Operation Storm Watch *

Tuesday delays and cancellations:

 

* Southern Columbia schools will have a 2-hour delay.

 

Schools that will be closed on Tuesday:

* Benton

* Sullivan Area

* Millville

* Berwick

- See more at: http://www.whlm.com/#sthash.kGnybnLu.dpuf

* Operation Storm Watch *

Tuesday delays and cancellations:

 

* Southern Columbia schools will have a 2-hour delay.

 

Schools that will be closed on Tuesday:

* Benton

* Sullivan Area

* Millville

* Berwick

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Central Columbia

Remember Tuesday morning.... area school districts in Columbia and Montour Counties were closed for the day due to the sub – zero weather. The only district to remain open was Central Columbia on Old Berwick Road. Superintendent Harry Mathias took a lot of heat for his decision. He told our media partner Newswatch 16... his reasoning to keep the district open was based on information from the National Weather Service. And even though the air temperature was at least two below... the NWS said students waiting for the bus should be okay for up to 30 minutes.

 

Danville Fire

Danville firemen fought cold weather to put out a fire Tuesday morning in the 100 block of Ash Street. Crews found flames shooting from the structure and called for help from departments outside of Danville. They not only faced the flames, but the ice which formed from the water. No one was at home when the fire broke out.

 

Shenandoah Fire

A state police fire marshal is expected to be in Shenandoah Wednesday to try and determine what started a blaze in a double – block home. The fire was discovered in a home in the 200 block of South Ferguson Street Tuesday morning. Firefighters battled the flames in sub – zero temperatures. Their biggest problem... water turning to ice... making the fire grounds slippery. Luckily... no one was hurt fighting that blaze in Shenandoah.

 

Route 11 Accident

A two car crash in the vicinity of Bloomsburg Carpet temporarily shut down Route 11 Tuesday morning. The accident happened around 11:25 Tuesday morning. Reports from the scene indicate that two people were injured. One man was trapped inside his car, but was extracated. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital by ambulance.

 

Cold Weather

We've talked about it since late last week... now it's become a reality... the coldest weather of the winter has settled in. It was minus 2 degrees on the Square in Bloomsburg Tuesday morning. Greg DeVoir of the National Weather Service in State College says the chill will stay with us through at least Wednesday... then there will be a warm up. Meantime... the National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory through early Tuesday evening.

 

Precautions

If you have to stay outside for an extended period... frostbite could play into the equation... so says emergency room physician Dr. Armando Marquez. Another risk with exposure to freezing temperatures is hypothermia. That's when the core body temperature drops... leading to confusion, unconsciousness and even death.

 

Blues Festival

Taking a tour of four local breweries... and listening to some blues music is a way to chase away the winter doldrums. The event takes place February 7th at the Berwick Brewery... Marley's in Bloomsburg... Turkey Hill Brewery near Lightstreet and the Old Forge Brewery in Danville.... so says Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated manager Adrienne Mael. Ms. Mael says the event is designed to pump some winter tourist dollars into the local economy... during an unusually slow time of the year. Call the Columbia - Montour Chamber of Commerce for ticket information.

 

Medical Helicopter

There will soon be a new tenant at the Hazleton Regional Airport. That merger between Hazleton General and Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown will find Lehigh Valley's helicopters based at the airport. It's all part of a deal between Hazleton City Council and the hospital. Lehigh runs a trauma center... and having a helicopter based in Hazleton means quicker transport for critically ill patients.

 

Gal Fight

A Plains Township woman... near Wilkes – Barre... has been released on bond after she allegedly stabbed her gal pal in the hand with a pair of successors...... and slicing off a tip of her thumb. 22 – year old Tenisun Kronmiller is facing a long list of charges afteallegedlyly struggling with Brittany Cabrera. Police say Kronmiller was arrested under a domestic violence law. Cabrera was treated at a hospital and released.

 

Bank Robbery

Authorities in the Central Susquehanna Valley are looking for a man who robbed a bank in Shamokin Dam on Monday. The robbery went down at the Mifflinburg Bank and Trust on the North Susquehanna Trail. The bandit was wearing a mask to pull the stick up. If you have information about the robbery... call Snyder County authorities.

 

 

Monday / January 6, 2013


* Operation Storm Watch *

Tuesday delays and cancellations:

 

* Southern Columbia schools will have a 2-hour delay.

 

Schools that will be closed on Tuesday:

* Benton

* Sullivan Area

* Millville

* Berwick

 

Interstate 80 Reopens

Traffic is flowing smoothly Monday morning between the Buckhorn and Lightstreet interchanges on Interstate 80. The superhighway was shuttered for nearly twelve hours following a collision Sunday afternoon between an SUV and a gasoline tanker hauling an estimated 8,500 gallons of product. The tanker rolled over several times... springing a leak... forcing the shutdown. The gasoline was off - loaded to a second tanker overnight. The westbound lane was opened around 2 O'clock Monday morning... with the eastbound lane opened two hours later.

 

PA Farm Show

More than a half million people are expected to come through the doors of the 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show this week in Harrisburg. For Boots Hetherington of neighboring Schuylkill County... it's a chance or farmers to strut their stuff. The 98th Farm Show runs through Saturday...

 

Tom Corbett

As Governor Tom Corbett heads into a re-election battle this fall.... he doesn't put too much stock in a recent Quinnipiac University poll showing him vulnerable in November. But during an interview at the Farm Show over the weekend with WHLM News... Governor Corbett talked about the accomplishments of his administration... such as not raising taxes and cutting spending where necessary. Right now.... there are at least eight announced candidates seeking the Democratic nomination during the spring primary.

 

PSU Interim Coach

Penn State has announced the appointment of an interim head football coach. Larry Johnson is no stranger to Penn State Football. He has served the last 18 seasons as the Nittany Lions' Defensive Line Coach. Johnson says his biggest priorities now focus on the players and the program. Even so, Johnson has announced that he will apply for the position full time, as the search gets underway for a successor to Bill O'Brien, who left Penn State to become Head Coach of the Houston Texans.

 

Coach Search

Meantime.... the search goes on for a new head football coach at Penn State University. Over the weekend... there was word that the school was considering offering a contract to University of Miami coach Al Golden. But on Sunday.... Golden issuing a statement saying thanks... but no thanks... he plans to stay in south Florida.


Winter Travel

With holiday travel wrapping up, the winter travel season arrives... and there are deals to be found: Major tourist destinations and theme parks usually see their bookings drop after the holidays so Jeanenne Tornatore of Orbitz.com says January and February are good times for a get away. She says just avoid the two long holiday weekends... Martin Luther King Junior and Presidents Days... when flights tend to fill up. She adds you can also find mid-week deals in Vegas in January and February.

 

Geisinger Clinic

A new Geisinger Careworks walk in clinic in Hazleton has opened it's doors. The latest clinic is in the Staples Plaza which opened at the start of the weekend. The clinic is designed to keep people from clogging up the emergency rooms of area hospitals. A second Careworks clinic is scheduled to open later this month in Nanticoke.

 

Wilkes - Barre Robbery

Police in Wilkes – Barre are looking for a lone armed robber who knocked off a Deli at the corner of Park Avenue and Lehigh Street over the weekend. They say a man... just over six feet tall... came into the story carrying a handgun. He got cash and left the store on foot. No one was hurt.

 

Turnpike Tolls

If you travel any portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike... including the Northeast Extension... you'll be paying higher tolls. Rates went up anywhere from 20 cents to a $1.10 depending on the destination. EZ pass users see an increase from 2 to 15 cents. Money from the rate increase go to funding obligations under Act 44... as well as capitol improvements.

 

WHLM Sports

Jahri Evans

Former Bloomsburg University All American Jahri Evans has been named to the Pro Bowl for the 5th time in his career, but the New Orleans Saints right guard is hoping to play in the Super Bowl rather than the Pro Bowl. On Saturday night, the Saints beat the Philadelphia Eagles in an NFL wild card playoff game. This Saturday they will play the Seahawks in Seattle.

 

NFL

In the NFL playoffs yesterday... the San Diego Chargers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 27-10... and the San Francisco 49ers getting by the Green Bay Packers 23-20.

 

College FB

College football's national championship will be decided tonight at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena where Florida State will play Auburn.

 

HS Basketball

Two milestones were reached in local high school basketball on Saturday. Central Columbia coach Chris Snyder won his 100th career game as his Bluejays defeated Bloomsburg 36-22. In girls basketball Madi Bower went over 1000 points for her career in leading Millville to a 60-27 win over Sullivan County.

 

Monday night, in a game you heard on the WHLM stations, the Southern Columbia girls beat Bloomsburg 54-49. You can get the full story with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report:

 

Weekend Sports


WHLM Sports

 

You can hear the detalils from this weekend's basketball action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Saturday Sports Report:

 

 

BU Basketball

In college basketball Friday afternoon, the Huskies of BU won both their games versus Clarion in their first action of the new year. The Women's final was 72-52. The Men's final was 61-53.

 

On Saturday, the Huskies split a pair of games against new Conference members Pitt-Johnstown. The Women won convincingly, 90-64. The Men's game was delayed just before halftime due to a medical emergency in the stands. Both teams came back strong, fighting it out to a 71-69 win for Pitt-Johnstown.

 

The Huskies will be on the road for their next games, when they will travel to IUP on Wednesday night.

 

HS Basketball

In High School Hoops this weekend, the boys from Central Columbia faced arch-rivals Bloomsburg in a Saturday night game. Central came out on top 36-22.

 

Our next High School backetball broadcast will be Monday night, when the Bloomsburg girls play at Southern Columbia. Coverage on the WHLM stations gets under way after the 7PM news.

What's Happening Sunday, January 5, 2014


I-80 Shutdown

Interstate 80 between the Lightstreet and Buckhorn interchanges is shut down due to a gasoline tanker rollover. Initially, the tanker and an SUV collided after the road became ice covered. Witnesses say the tanker rolled over several times. Reports from the scene indicate the tanker was filled with gasoline and diesel fuel. The tanker springing a leak prompting the notification of Columbia County's Emergency Management Agency. Traffic from the interstate is being diverted to Route 11 through Bloomsburg.

 

Weather Advisory

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a freezing rain advisory starting at 1 PM Sunday through 9 PM. The primary area of the advisory is the central mountains through the Lycoming and Susquehanna Valley including Columbia and Montour Counties. A storm pushing in from the west will produce a glaze to a light coating of ice through Sunday evening. That will make roads and sidewalks icy and treacherous. When that passes... extremely cold weather moves in plunging the thermometer to minus four degrees Tuesday morning... the chilliest weather of the season.             

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The Columbia County United Way's winter Trash-to-Treasure sale is less than a week away! Saturday, Jan. 11th, get your hands on second-hand computers, furniture, appliances and other great stuff. The sale will run from 9 AM til Noon in the Bloomsburg University Kehr Union ballroom. Get your tickets now for the 8 AM Early Bird sale for just $5! Call 570-784-3134 for more information.

 

Edward Snowden - Hero or Traitor? That's the question this month's Socrates Cafe meeting will try to tackle on Tuesday night at the Bloomsburg Public Librairy. Bring your opinions. Discussion starts at 6:30 PM at the Librairy on Market Street.

 

Wesley United Methodist Church on Market Street in Bloomsburg will host a blood drive this Wednesday in honor of Dan Gensemer. The drive will run from 1 - 6 PM in the church gymnasium.

 

The Christmas season officially comes to a close at the Bloomsburg Public Librairy on Thursday night with the annual Twelfth Night program of stories, songs, and crafts. Your good listeners age three and up are invited to drop by at 6:30 PM to see the tree and Grand Castle illuminated for the last time. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The librairy is on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

It's time to sign up for Little League in 2014! Sign ups and registration for Baseball and Softball will be held at the Moose Exchange on Saturday the 11th from 9 AM - Noon, and on Tuesday the 14th from 5 - 8 PM. You can sign up online at eteamz.com/bloomsburglittleleague - though payment must be made in person on the 11th or the 14th. The Moose Exchange Arts and Cultural Center is on Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

WHLM Sports

 

You can hear the detalils from this weekend's basketball action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Saturday Sports Report:

 

 

BU Basketball

In college basketball Friday afternoon, the Huskies of BU won both their games versus Clarion in their first action of the new year. The Women's final was 72-52. The Men's final was 61-53.

 

On Saturday, the Huskies split a pair of games against new Conference members Pitt-Johnstown. The Women won convincingly, 90-64. The Men's game was delayed just before halftime due to a medical emergency in the stands. Both teams came back strong, fighting it out to a 71-69 win for Pitt-Johnstown.

 

The Huskies will be on the road for their next games, when they will travel to IUP on Wednesday night.

 

HS Basketball

In High School Hoops this weekend, the boys from Central Columbia faced arch-rivals Bloomsburg in a Saturday night game. Central came out on top 36-22.

 

Our next High School backetball broadcast will be Monday night, when the Bloomsburg girls play at Southern Columbia. Coverage on the WHLM stations gets under way after the 7PM news.

What's Happening Saturday, January 4, 2014


The Columbia County United Way's winter Trash-to-Treasure sale is just one week away! Saturday, Jan. 11th, get your hands on second-hand computers, furniture, appliances and other great stuff. The sale will run from 9 AM til Noon in the Bloomsburg University Kehr Union ballroom. Tickets for the 8 AM Early Bird sale are just $5! Call 570-784-3134 for more information.

 

Edward Snowden - Hero or Traitor? That's the question this month's Socrates Cafe meeting will try to tackle on Tuesday night at the Bloomsburg Public Librairy. Bring your opinions. Discussion starts at 6:30 PM at the Librairy on Market Street.

 

Wesley United Methodist Church on Market Street in Bloomsburg will host a blood drive this Wednesday in honor of Dan Gensemer. The drive will run from 1 - 6 PM in the church gymnasium.

 

The Christmas season officially comes to a close at the Bloomsburg Public Librairy on Thursday night with the annual Twelfth Night program of stories, songs, and crafts. Your good listeners age three and up are invited to drop by at 6:30 PM to see the tree and Grand Castle illuminated for the last time. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The librairy is on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

It's time to sign up for Little League in 2014! Sign ups and registration for Baseball and Softball will be held at the Moose Exchange on Saturday the 11th from 9 AM - Noon, and on Tuesday the 14th from 5 - 8 PM. You can sign up online at eteamz.com/bloomsburglittleleague - though payment must be made in person on the 11th or the 14th. The Moose Exchange Arts and Cultural Center is on Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

WHLM Sports

 

You can hear the detalils from this weekend's basketball action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Saturday Sports Report:

 

 

BU Basketball

In college basketball Friday afternoon, the Huskies of BU won both their games versus Clarion in their first action of the new year. The Women's final was 72-52. The Men's final was 61-53.

 

On Saturday, the Huskies split a pair of games against new Conference members Pitt-Johnstown. The Women won convincingly, 90-64. The Men's game was delayed just before halftime due to a medical emergency in the stands. Both teams came back strong, fighting it out to a 71-69 win for Pitt-Johnstown.

 

The Huskies will be on the road for their next games, when they will travel to IUP on Wednesday night.

 

HS Basketball

In High School Hoops this weekend, the boys from Central Columbia faced arch-rivals Bloomsburg in a Saturday night game. Central came out on top 36-22.

 

Our next High School backetball broadcast will be Monday night, when the Bloomsburg girls play at Southern Columbia. Coverage on the WHLM stations gets under way after the 7PM news.

Friday / January 3, 2014


Operation Stormwatch

 

Newsradio 930 WHLM.... Operation Stormwatch is underway for Friday, January 3rd.

The latest school delays...

 

Bloomsburg Area - Closed

 

Central Columbia Schools - Closed

 

Columbia County Christian Schools - Closed - No after school activities. Learning Center Open

 

Columbia - Montour Vo - Tech - Closed

 

Danville Schools - Closed

 

Millville Area - Closed

 

Southern Columbia - Closed

 

St. Columba - Closed

 

St. Mattew Pre - School - Closed

 

Bloomsburg YMCA pre - school - Closed

 

Sullivan County - Closed

 

Hazleton Area Schools - Closed / Offices open at 10 O'clock

 

Kings College - Closed

 

Luzerne Co. Community College - Closed

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Area Snow

The Friday morning drive to work may be a challenge. Anywhere from four to six inches of snow fell overnight... and for the most part it's over. Public works crews... as well as PennDOT have been out overnight... plowing the highways... as well as spreading salt and anti - skid material. Now... we're bracing for the cold weather... with today's high barely getting into the teens... while tonight's overnight low bottoming out at zero.

 

Shots Fired

Bloomsburg Police are working on a case of shots fired New Year's Day in front of the Moose Exchange in the 200 block of West Main Street. A news release says that officers were called there at midnight... but came up empty handed. A couple of hours later... Philadelphia police called... saying a hospital was treating a gunshot wound victim... who said he was shot in Bloomsburg in front of the Moose Exchange. The wound is considered minor. If you have information about the shots fired... call Bloomsburg PD.

 

Swearing In Ceremonies

After campaigning for the last year... and surviving a Democratic primary last spring... retired school teacher Sandy Davis is officially Bloomsburg's new Mayor. She was sworn in Thursday during ceremonies at the Courthouse. Ms. Davis telling WHLM News she has no magic wand to fix all the problems within the town. Also sworn in yesterday were council members Carey Howell and Sylvia Costa. The Council's re-organizational meeting is Monday at 7 O'clock

 

Tree Recycling

It's easier than ever to recycle those Christmas trees that served us so well during the holiday season. That word from Bloomsburg Recycling Center director Charles Fritz. He says it's a pretty easy process..... with trucks picking up trees from curbside. Then the remains of the trees are used in the town's mulch program. Fritz says trees are picked up at curbside every Monday through the month... or they can be dropped off at the town's compost pile on Sands Drive.

 

Farm Show

The butter sculpture at this year's Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg is sure to shake things up. The 1,000-pound butter sculpture unveiled Thursday adds a twist to the 98th edition of the Farm Show. The work features a pair of dancing cows doing the twist, and a vendor selling the creamy treat, whimsically paying homage to the 60th anniversary of the milkshake. Butter sculptors Jim and Marie Victor of Conshohocken, wanted to set a lighter tone. The Show officially opens Saturday morning and runs through January 11. Admission is free.

 

Credit Cards Skimmed

State Police closed down a family – run Chinese restaurant in Hazle Township... as they investigated a former employee who skimmed customer credit card numbers. The employee only worked at the Jumbo China Buffet on North Church Street a couple of times... but during that period he grabbed enough numbers to run up to $20,000 in fraudulent credit card charges. The former employee has not been identified... and remains on the loose.

 

McAdoo Fire

Police in neighboring Schuylkill County... have taken a man into custody after confessing to torching a restaurant in McAdoo early Thursday morning. The fire striking Gene's Gray Goose Food and Drinks on North Kennedy Drive. One officer says he questioned a man dragging a trash bag full of alcohol... who then confessed to setting the fire.

 

Tax Revenues

There is a mixed bag of revenue figures coming out of Harrisburg. State Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser says the state collected $2.4 – billion in General Fund Revenue in December... which was $40 - million dollars less than anticipated. However... year to date... revenue coming into the state is running $2.6 - million above estimates. The reason for the drop in December... consumers keeping their dollars close to the vest... keeping a tight fist on what money they have.

 

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All-State Team

Twelve area athletes were named to the Pennsylvania Football News All State team. In class AAA, Berwick offensive lineman Kyle Stearly was a first team pick while Dain Kowalski of the Bulldogs was a second team selection at defensive back. Three Danville players made it in Class AA- Eric Haney was a second team linebacker and Shayne Riley was a second team kicker. In Class A- Southern Columbia had four selections- Cody Pavlick was a first team linebacker and Luke Rarig a first team defensive back while Trent Donlan was a second team defensive lineman and Adam Feudale was named to the third team as a running back. Three Bloomsburg players made the team - Cade Harmon was on the second team as a kicker; Colby Klingerman was a third team wide receiver; and freshman Javell Hemphill was a third team defensive lineman.

 

BU Basketball

In college basketball Friday afternoon, the Huskies of BU won both their games versus Clarion in their first action of the new year. The Women's final was 72-52. The Men's final was 61-53. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

 

The Huskies are back in action Saturday when they host Pitt-Johnstown. Coverage on the WHLM stations gets under way with the Women's pregame at 12:40.

 

HS Basketball

In High School Hoops this weekend, the boys from Central Columbia take on arch-rivals Bloomsburg in a Saturday night game. Coverage starts at 7 PM.

 

College Football

In college football Thursday night, in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans... Oklahoma stunned the Alabama Crimson Tide 45 - 31. Friday night in the Cotton Bowl, Missouri plays Oklahoma State.

 

 

 

Thursday / January 2, 2014


Operation Stormwatch

The Berwick girls basketball game against Pittston area has been postponed until Friday night at the Berwick High School.

 

The Veterans Memorial Meeting at the Bloomsburg Town Council tonight has been cancelled.

 

LCCC will be closed today after 4:00 PM.

 

Tonight's Weight Watchers meeting at Bloomsburg Christian Church has been cancelled.

 

And tonight's bingo at the Espy Fire Hall is canceled.

 

Shots Fired in Bloomsburg

Bloomsburg Police are working on a case of shots fired New Year's Day in front of the Moose Exchange in the 200 block of West Main Street. A news release says that officers were called there at midnight... but came up empty handed. A couple of hours later... Philadelphia police called... saying a hospital was treating a gunshot wound victim... who said he was shot in Bloomsburg in front of the Moose Exchange.

The wound is considered minor. If you have information about the shots fired... call Bloomsburg PD.

 

Winter Weather

We could be in for a day's worth of rough weather starting Thursday afternoon. The National Weather Service in State College has issued a winter weather advisory for snow for the Susquehanna Valley from noon Thursday to 7 AM Friday. Forecasters say we could get anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of accumulation... with the most intense snowfall taking place Thursday afternoon into the evening hours. Hazardous travel is a byproduct... with winds out of the northeast at 10 to 15 MPH... gusting to 25 MPH. To make matters worse... temps will be falling into the single digits producing wind chill factors of zero or below.

 

O'Brien / Houston

Penn State University is expected to launch a search soon for a replacement for head football coach Bill O'Brien. He's apparently agreed to become head coach of the NFL's Houston Texans... as first reported earlier this week by ESPN. The formal announcement is expected Thursday. Houston is expected to pay Penn State nearly $7 - million to buy out O'Brien contract which has 3 - and - a - half years to run.

 

Counselors at Southern

When Southern Columbia students return to the classroom today... they'll be greeted by grief counselors on hand following the death of 17 – year old Miranda Rose... a junior at the school. She was aboard a Piper Twin Comanche which crashed the day after Christmas in a field in Adams County... near Gettysburg. The high – performance plane took off from the Bloomsburg Municipal Airport and was on it's way to the Carolina's when people on the ground reported hearing a plane with engine trouble. Also believed killed in the crash was the pilot... 46 – year old Michael Bronzburg of Catawissa. And although formal ID's have not been released by authorities... the pair's preliminary obituaries have been posted in local publications.

 

State Lottery

Senate Democrats are calling for more transparency after the Corbett administration bailed on a bid to allow a British company to manage the state lottery. Meantime, Senate Democrats are planning for the next phase of lottery system management, now that it won't be outsourced to a company overseas. Governor Tom Corbett decided to allow a bid by Camelot Global Services to expire this week. In hailing the decision, Senate Democratic leader Jay Costa of Allegheny County, called for more legislative oversight and transparency going forward. The Camelot bid had been extended numerous times and fees paid by the state exceeded $4.5 million.
 

Millard / Vet Rep

If you're a veteran... you might want to circle January 7th on your calendar.... so says State Representative David Millard. That's when a veterans representative will be at his office in the Market Street Plaza to take care of problems facing vets starting at 10 AM Tuesday morning.

 

Phillips Funeral services

Saying good-bye to a long time state lawmaker. Funeral services will be held Saturday for former State Representative Merle Phillips. He died Monday at the age of 85. Those services taking place at the Emmanuel Bible Fellowship Church in Sunbury. A viewing will take place Friday at the church starting at 5 O'clock... and then Saturday starting at noon. Phillips served Northumberland County from the early 80's through 2010.

 

YMCA 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.

 

Luzerne County

Nearly two dozen Luzerne County workers are no longer employed. The County Commission says 22 workers were given their pink slips Tuesday. It's all part of the county's way to balance their 2014 budget. Also... a new insurance company takes over health coverage Wednesday in a move to cut costs. And if you own property in Luzerne County... you tax bill will go up an estimated eight percent.

 

Warrant Issued

A warrant has been issued for a Wilkes – Barre woman... wanted on assault charges. Police say Lauren Rushton attacked a man early New Year's morning on North Main Street in Ashley. The victim was rushed to a hospital... reported now in serious condition... but is expected to recover. Police aren't saying what sparked the incident.

 

Ashland Fire

Investigators are probing the origin of a fire which damaged an Ashland home on New Year's Day. Police were called to Walnut Street early Wednesday morning for a domestic dispute. When they arrived... they saw smoke pouring out of the structure. They say they found two fires blazing. Everyone got out of the building safely.

 

I-81 Fatal

A Ringtown man is dead after being tossed from his car on Interstate 81... near the Mahanoy City exit at the start of the New Year's Holiday. Authorities say 53 – year old Ralph Rumbel of Ringtown lost control of his car... hit an embankment and flipped over. Rumbel was ejected from the car and died at the scene.

 

WHLM Sports

Bowl Games

Wednesday was a busy day for college football bowl games. In the Gator Bowl, Nebraska got by Georgia 24-19... in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, it was South Carolina over Wisconsin 34-24. In the Outback Bowl, LSU got by Iowa 21-14... and in the Rose Bowl Michigan State beat Stanford 24-20. Wednesday night in the Fiesta bowl, it was Central Florida over Baylor 52 to 42. Thursday night in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Alabama takes on Oklahoma

 

 

January 1, 2014


Winter Weather Advisory

We could be in for a day's worth of rough weather. The National Weather Service in State College has issued a winter weather advisory for snow for the Susquehanna Valley from noon Thursday to 7 AM Friday. Forecasters say we could get anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of accumulation... with the most intense snowfall taking place Thursday afternoon into the evening hours. Hazardous travel is a byproduct... with winds out of the northeast at 10 to 15 MPH... gusting to 25 MPH. To make matters worse... temps will be falling into the single digits producing wind chill factors of zero or below.

 

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.

 

Luzerne County Cuts

Nearly two dozen Luzerne County workers are no longer employed. The County Commission says 22 workers were given their pink slips Tuesday. It's all part of the county's way to balance their 2014 budget. Also... a new insurance company takes over health coverage Wednesday in a move to cut costs. And if you own property in Luzerne County... you tax bill will go up an estimated eight percent.

 

 

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