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News Archive Archives for 2014-02

Friday / February 28, 2014


 

Fraternity Assault

A Kutztown University football player has been arrested in connection with the beating of a Bloomsburg University student. Our media partner... Newswatch 16... is reporting that 20 – year old Angel Cruz was arrested Thursday. He's accused of allegedly punching 19 – year old Jackie Lithgow of Carlisle... allowing him to fall... with his head hitting the ground. The incident happened during a party at a frat house on North Iron Street last weekend. Lithgow remains in a coma at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Meantime, the Press – Enterprise is reporting that 20 – year old Justin Weider of Quakertown has been arrested after he allegedly knocked 19 – year old Donald Hoover to the ground... kicking him in the head.

 

If you know something about the attack, Bloomsburg Police are asking you to please call them at 570-784-4155 ex. 163.

 

Budget / Zogby

State lawmakers are in the middle of coming up with a budget we can live with. Their base is a nearly $30 – billion dollar plan proposed by Governor Corbett. Appearing on the Thursday Edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... state Budget Secretary Charles Zogby says the Governor is taking an approach many of us follow... such as budgeting the state's money wisely. And Mr. Zogby says that includes funding education... and protecting those who can't help themselves... as well as law enforcement and transportation.

 

Governor Corbett

Governor Tom Corbett has been released from a Pittsburgh hospital where he underwent hernia surgery Thursday. His office said Mr. Corbett will recuperate for a few days at his home in Shaler, in suburban Pittsburgh, and he is expected to return to Harrisburg by Monday. The procedure for a hernia was considered to be routine.

While Mr. Corbett was under general anesthesia... Lt. Gov. James Cawley was acting governor for 90 minutes.

 

Tech Schools

Manufacturers across the state are turning to tech schools for their future employees. State Representative Doyle Heffley of near – by Carbon County says tech schools need to be promoted... as they provide students with a low – cost education and skills... yielding high – paying jobs. Heffley was in Hamburg this week as the House Majority Policy Committee met for a hearing on opportunities provided by tech schools.

 

Wilkes Coach

He's been the head basketball coach at Wilkes College for the past 22 – years. Now Jerry Rickrode says he's resigning the position and move inside the college to become a major gifts officer. While coach... Rickrode compiled a record of 382 wins and 191 losses... taking the Colonels to MAC and Freedom Conference playoff games... as well as appearing in five NCAA Division Two championship appearances.

 

WSVA Director

The man who was the head of the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority for 30 – years has pleaded guilty to theft charges. Fred DeSanto was accused of using sanitary authority personnel to preform work at Little League and recreation facilities using authority workers on company time. His lawyer said DeSanto has already made restitution... and will be sentenced in April.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

If the Bloomsburg University men's basketball team is to advance in the PSAC playoffs, the Huskies will have to do something they could not do during the regular season- beat Kutztown. Saturday afternoon at Nelson Field House, the Huskies take on a Kutztown team that beat them twice this season including Wednesday night's game. Tip off time is at 2 O'clock. Coverage on the WHLM stations begins with the Husky Warmup Show at 1:40.

 

HS Basketball

Four area high school basketball teams will play in District 4 championship games Saturday afternoon. In a triple header at Shikellamy High School, The Central Columbia girls play Mount Carmel in the Class AA final which starts at noon. That will be followed by the Central Columbia boys against Shamokin in the Class AAA championship game. The final game of the afternoon will be a girls AAA final with Danville taking on Mifflinburg. The unbeaten Millville girls play Northeast Bradford in the Class A final. That game will be played Saturday at Montoursville High School starting at 3 o'clock.

 

HS Wrestling

Fourteen area high school wrestlers will be competing in the Class AA Northwest Regional Championships which begin Friday night at Williamsport High School. The top three wrestlers in each weight class will advance to the state championships in Hershey which will be held March 6th through the 8th.

 

Thursday / February 27, 2014


Governor Corbett's Medical Procedure

Governor Tom Corbett underwent a successful surgical procedure to repair an abdominal hernia Thursday morning at Allegheny General Outpatient Surgical Center in Pittsburgh. The procedure, performed by general surgeon, Dr. John J. Raves, was considered to be routine for the treatment of an abdominal hernia. Raves described the procedure as successful and said Corbett was resting comfortably. First Lady Susan Corbett was with her husband at the surgical center during the procedure. While undergoing the procedure Lt. Governor Jim Cawley was acting governor for 90 minutes while Mr. Corbett was under general anesthesia. The governor was cleared to resume his duties around 8:35 AM.

 

Iron Street Fight

Charges may be filed before the weekend against several people wanted in connection with a fight which sent two Bloomsburg University students to the hospital. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting several suspects have been identified stemming from the incident on North Iron Street last weekend. Those sent to the hospital include 19 – year old Jackie Lithgow of Carlisle... and Donald Hoover of Berks County. The pair being treated at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

 

PennDOT / Salt Use

Governor Corbett is ordering trucks to the docks in Wilmington, Delaware to get highway salt... taking it to areas such as Philadelphia, Allentown and Harrisburg... before the next storm. But, PennDOT's District Three... which includes Columbia and Montour Counties... is in pretty good shape... so says the agency's Rick Mason with an estimated 12 tons of the product either stockpiled or on order. Some of that road salt is expected to be used early next week... as forecasters are looking at a model of a storm which could dump up to a foot of snow on the area... starting Sunday evening.

 

Transportation Bill
The House Appropriations Committee heard about ways local municipalities can benefit from a myriad programs the comprise Pennsylvania's new transportation bill. WHLM's B.J. Small is reporting from our Harrisburg News Bureau... Department of Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch telling the committee how local governments can benefit from the new $2.4 billion transportation law that passed last year. Secretary Schoch said taxpayers will appreciate the liquid fuels payments, which can preclude raising property taxes. The Secretary detailed how municipalities can take advantage of signal, and dirt and gravel road subsidies, a prevailing wage change, and bridge bundling aspects of Act 89.

 

Fire Folo

A mother and daughter are doing okay Thursday morning... despite the fact they had to escape their flaming home in Danville Wednesday morning. Julie Albertson and her daughter... Kari... were forced out into the street when flames were discovered at the rear of their two story home on DL & W Avenue. They weren't hurt. And although the origin of the blaze remains under investigation... authorities say it's not suspicious in nature.

 

Red Cross / Blood Donations

It might be a pretty tough week in the blood collection business. Donations may be off now that another round of cold weather is here... and the possibility of more snow and sleet may fall Sunday night into Monday. That word from Rita Inklovich of the Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross. Despite the cold and snow... the local ARC chapter continues to hold their blood drives... the biggest one every Tuesday at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn starting at 8 AM.

 

Cabbie Robbed

Hazleton police are looking for a man who robbed a woman cab driver Wednesday night. The driver telling police her fare got into the cab at Seventh and Church Streets... pulled a knife... and made off with her money and cell phone. Police say the cabbie wasn't hurt.

 

Hazleton Crash

Police continue to look into a crash between an SUV and a garbage truck Wednesday morning in Hazleton. Police say it happened at the corner of East Diamond Avenue and Pardee Street... when the SUV slammed into the truck. The driver of the SUV was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

If you're headed out somewhere this week... you'll be paying more to gas up the family car... mini – van or SUV. The latest Triple A fuel gauge report out for northeastern Pennsylvania shows we're paying an average of $3,63 a gallon for self – serve, unleaded regular. That's the same as it was earlier in the week... but gas 15 cents a gallon higher than it was a month ago... and five cents a gallon higher than a week ago at this time. The reason... political unrest in several oil producing countries.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

In the regular season finale for both teams, the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Kutztown on senior night at Nelson Field House last night. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports... Kutztown defeated BU 73 – 64. Bloomsburg finishing the season with a record of 15 and 11. The Husky women went on a tear... defeating Kutztown 88 to 68. The victory was BU's 16th consecutive win... wrapping up the season with a record of 23 and 3.

 

BU Women

The Bloomsburg University women's team, ranked 14th in the country this week, earned a first round bye for the PSAC playoffs which begin Saturday. The men's team will play Kutztown again Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Nelson Field House in a first round game.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball playoff action Wednesday night, there was a triple header at the MCloskey Center in Danville. In the first game, a District 4 Class A semfinal... Millville down St. John Neumann 70 – 53. The other two games were Class AA semfinals. It was Central Columbia over Warrior Run 35 – 31.... and Mount Carmel defeated Montoursville 42 to 40.

 

Wednesday / February 26, 2014


Danville Fire

An early Wednesday morning fire in Danville extensively damaged a home along DL & W Avenue... right across the street from the Giant Market. The alarm sounded around midnight... and it's believed everyone inside the home escaped safely. Pictures posted on the Facebook page of Montour Fire Wire shows smoke pouring from the two – story structure. At last report... the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

 

Terdiman Celebration

Welcoming a home town hero back to Berwick. For the past couple of weeks we've been following the trilogy of Berwick's own Jayson Terdiman as he competed in the double Luge in the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Now... a huge homecoming parade is planned for Saturday in Berwick... so says Amy Shortledge from the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce. That parade begins at 1 O'clock Saturday afternoon at the Berwick – Briar Creek Township line... and proceeds north to the Berwick High School.

 

Budget / Flat Funding

Proposed flat funding of the commonwealth's four state-related universities would trigger tuition increases across the board. Penn State, Pittsburgh, Temple and Lincoln universities agreed in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee, that their tuition's would go up by at least three percent, if they continue to receive flat funding in the next budget. Retiring PSU president Dr. Rodney Erickson says deferred maintenance and faculty recruitment and retention would also suffer. Lincoln University loses students to tuition hikes because they can't afford to stay there.

 

Budget / Courts

The state's chief justice says level funding for the court system will not be enough next year. WHLM's Cathy Clark says the courts have modernized, cut costs and improved the collection of fees, fines, costs and restitution. But Chief Justice Ronald Castille told the House Appropriations committee they need $25 million more than what Governor Tom Corbett has proposed in his budget for next year. He says it would have a devastating impact on the budget to try to maintain level funding.

Taxes

If you haven't figured out or filed your income tax return... time is a wastin'. Professional tax preparer Kim Schooley of Danville says many earners with higher incomes are affected the most by new tax laws. Schooley says you're returns must be filed by April 15th... or you can request an extension from the IRS.

 

Hazleton Fire

A former Catholic School... turned into a sports academy... is in ruins after a fire tore through the building this week. Authorities say whoever started the fire at the Hazleton Sports Academy Fusion on North Wyoming Street apparently also took cash... copper pipes and security cameras. The Academy was aimed at kids to teach them sports such as basketball... cycling... as well as track and field. Cause of the fire remains a mystery.

 

USAir Flight

Some tense moments in the air for some US Airways passengers on a commuter flight from Manchester, New Hampshire to Philadelphia on Tuesday. The flight had to make an emergency landing at the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton Airport when the plane developed trouble with the trim... which helps pilots fly the plane with more precision. No one was hurt in the emergency landing... and passengers either grabbed rental cars or took a bus to get to Philadelphia.

 

New Jobs

New jobs are coming to Luzerne County. C3i says it's expanding... opening a call center in Plains Township... and company officials want to hire 250 people. C3i is a technical support company... and the new center would be it's third location in the county. The first 100 jobs are expected to be filled as soon as possible.

 

Max Myers

There is one less Democrat in the race to grab that party's gubernatorial nomination. Max Myers says he'll withdraw from the crowded field... since donations haven't come in as expected. His day job is that of a Pentecostal minister near Mechanicsburg. Seven other candidates remain in the race for the nomination... one of which hopes to take on Governor Corbett in the November general election.

 

WHLM Sports

High School BB Playoffs

The Danville boys' and girls' basketball teams played District 4 Class AAA semifinal games last night in Shamokin. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports the Central Blue Jays boy's team downed Danville 64 – 48. The Danville Girl's taking on Shikellamy. Danville coming out on top 52 – 42. In a District 4 Class AA boys semifinal last night at Milton... Lewisburg defeated Southern Columbia 49 – 35.

 

More High School BB Playoffs

There will be a triple header of girls basketball playoff action Wednesday night at the McCloskey Center in Danville. At 5 o'clock Millville plays Saint John Neumann In a District 4 Class A semifinal. At 6:30 Central Columbia faces Warrior Run in a Class AA semifinal. The final game of the night will be the other Class AA semifinal... Mount Carmel against Montoursville.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams closed out their regular season Wednesday with a pair of games against Kutztown at the Nelson Field House. The Women won 88-68. The Men lost their game 73-64. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

The men will face Kutztown again on Saturday in the first round of PSAC playoffs. Tipoff is 2 PM. We'll be on the air with the pregame show at 1:40.

 

College BB

In top 25 college basketball Tuesday night... top ranked Florida defeated Vanderbilt 57 – 54... and Duke downed Virginia Tech 66 – 48.

 

Tuesday / February 25, 2014


 

Berwick Meth Bust

Five people are in custody following a suspected meth lab bust in the 12 – hundred block of Orange Street in Berwick. Police Chief Ken Strish identified those arrested at 42 – year old Floyd Walter... 25 – year old Lee Longenberger... 47 – year old Elizabeth Walker... 23 – year old Felicia Cressinger and 27 – year old Ashley Titman. Strish said when a team of officers and state drug agents raided the building they found a three year old girl. She was taken off the property to the Berwick Hospital for a check up and is in the custody of juvenile authorities. The lab was set up in the child's bedroom... and at the time of the raid... a so – called “one pot vessel” was cooking a batch of the drug. All five are facing a long list of drug charges and will be arraigned before District Justice Richard Knecht Tuesday night and are expected to be sent to the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg.

 

Meth Puppies

Those puppies and their mother found in a suspected meth lab last week in a trailer park on Perry Avenue in Montour Township are doing well. That word from Linda Bird of the Animal Resource Center of Bloomsburg. All will be adopted out in about ten weeks. The eight puppies of a boxer lab mix were living in the house were the meth was allegedly being made. Authorities finding the mother without food or water trying to nurse the week old puppies.

 

Martzville Rd Fire

A fire ruled an accident by investigators destroyed a two - story home in the 300 block of Martzville Road... in Briar Creek Township near Berwick Monday afternoon. The home was vacant and was being prepared for sale. It took firemen an estimated two – hours to squelch the blaze. The fire rekindled several times overnight. Investigators say it's believed a fireplace may have started the blaze.

 

Danville Flood Protection

If you needed to get from one side of Danville to the other over Mahoning Creek overnight... you couldn't. The contractor hired to construct the Borough's flood control project shut down Route 11, near Route 54, to try out flood gates which is part of the overall system... so says Danville Administrator Dan Knorr. The road was re-opened this morning... with the contractor's installation timed... and was given points for the tightness of fit.

 

Snow Removal

The sound of heavy equipment on Main Street in Bloomsburg on Monday as a town crews with two front end loaders and a parade of dump trucks made easy work of the hard – packed snow and ice along the curbs... by the parking meters. For the past two weeks... parking your car along main street was an adventure... since the snow was plowed... then became packed and formed ice making it tough to get into a spot... let alone plug the meter. This week, expect temperatures not to get out of the upper 20's... with overnight lows hanging around zero. Only snow showers are noted in the forecast.

 

Admits Stabbing

A 17 – year old Wilkes – Barre teen surrendered to police on Monday... accused of stabbing a high school student. Kevin Espinoza said he stabbed another teenager after he was jumped from behind following a basketball game last Wednesday at the GAR high school. Police say the stabbing victim remains in the hospital... being treated for his wound.

 

Busted

Police say three people are jailed after they allegedly broke into ten cars in the Ashley area of Luzerne County late last week. Jarod Hospodar... Jeremiah Shepherd and a juvenile were busted... after they allegedly made off with small items from cars... such as GPS devices. Most of the stolen items have been recovered. Hospodar and Shepherd are in the Luzerne County prison... while the juvenile is in a detention center.

 

Mark Kessler

Now that former Gilberton Police Chief Mark Kessler has settled his differences with the borough for $30,000 and a promise not to sue... Kessler has now started a new chapter in his life. If you recall... the chief showed up on You Tube last summer... liberally using the “f-bomb” and firing automatic weapons owned by the city. During a news conference on Monday... Kessler telling reporters he has signed a contract for a development deal for a TV reality show. He doesn't get paid for the show unless it's picked up... something the production company hopes the History Channel will do.

 

Max Myers

There is one less Democrat in the race to grab that party's gubernatorial nomination. Max Myers says he'll withdraw from the crowded field... since donations haven't come in as expected. His day job is that of a Pentecostal minister near Mechanicsburg. Seven other candidates remain in the race for the nomination... one of which hopes to take on Governor Corbett in the November general election.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

Bloomsburg University defensive end Larry Webster was very impressive yesterday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He ran the second fastest time of any defensive lineman in the 40 yard dash.

His time of 4.58 seconds was second only to South Carolina's Jadaveyen Clowney. Webster also had the 5th best vertical jump.

 

BU Women's Basketball

Bloomsburg University junior Jocelyn Ford is the PSAC Eastern Division women's basketball player of the week. Ford averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds a game in wins over West Chester and Mansfield. The Bloomsburg University women's team will take a 22 and 3 record into their regular season finale Wednesday against Kutztown at the Nelson Field House.

 

HS Basketball

In District 4 semifinal games Tuesday night, The Danville girls beat Shikellamy 52-42. In boys' basketball, Central Columbia took an early lead on Danville and held on to a 64-48 win. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report:

 

 

College BB

In top 25 college basketball last night... Syracuse barely got by Maryland 57 – 55 and Kansas downed Oklahoma 83 – 75.

 

Monday / February 24, 2014


Berwick Meth Bust

Five people are in custody following a suspected meth lab bust in the 12 – hundred block of Orange Street in Berwick. Police Chief Ken Strish identified those arrested at 42 – year old Floyd Walter... 25 – year old Lee Longenberger... 47 – year old Elizabeth Walker... 23 – year old Felicia Cressinger and 27 – year old Ashley Titman. Strish said when a team of officers and state drug agents raided the building they found a three year old girl. She was taken off the property to the Berwick Hospital for a check up and is in the custody of juvenile authorities. The lab was set up in the child's bedroom... and at the time of the raid... a so – called “one pot vessel” was cooking a batch of the drug. All five are facing a long list of drug charges and will be arraigned before District Justice Richard Knecht Tuesday night and are expected to be sent to the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg.

 

Bloomsburg University

Bloomsburg University is ramping up to celebrate it's 175th year of existence. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... BU President Dr. David Soltz there will be added programming during the 10 – month long celebration. That includes an appearance on Tuesday of the wife of Civil Right activist Medgar Evers... assassinated in front of his home in 1963. Myrlie Evers – Williams will talk about the future of civil rights in this country during the Martin Luther King, Junior commemoration at 7 O'clock at Gross Auditorium at Carver Hall.

 

Universities

There is a published report... that financial problems at three state – owned universities could leave their future in doubt. Chancellor Frank Brogan said Clarion... Edinboro and Mansfield universities are the schools with the most serious challenges. They have eliminated programs and laid off employees in order to make ends meet.

 

Campus Weapons

The State System of Higher Education isn't sure it that wants to establish a weapons on campus policy that would supersede those already set by its fourteen universities. Guns on university campuses was a hot topic for the House Appropriations Committee when it met with the State System of High Education. Representative Steve Santarsiero... a Democrat from Bucks County... questions Chancellor Frank Brogan about the mixed weapons policies at PASSHE's fourteen universities. Schools like Slippery Rock University with students who hunt, allow guns as long as they are locked up at security offices.

 

Trucks / Environment

Big trucks making their way across Pennsylvania will be held to tighter fuel standards in the coming years. President Obama has directed federal agencies to develop higher fuel-efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by March of 2016. The standards will affect all vehicles weighing more than 8,500 pounds... from large pick-up trucks to 18-wheelers.

 

Hazleton Robbery

Hazleton Police are investigating the armed stick – up of a convenience store on West Diamond Avenue Sunday night. Authorities say a man strolled into the Pantry Quick armed with a knife... and pushed the woman clerk to the floor. An inventory is underway to determine what was taken.

 

Lansford Shooting

Two people are in separate hospital's after they were shot Saturday night in Lansford... south of Hazleton. Melissa Price and Levi Zagata were involved in a domestic dispute when shots were fired. Both are in critical condition. Investigators have yet to figure out who pulled the trigger.

 

Coaldale Bust

The investigation continues into the arrest of a neighboring Schuylkill County couple... busted on drug related charges at the start of the weekend. 33 – year old Jason Shiffert was arrested and charged with allegedly operating a meth lab at his East Ruddle Street home. Also busted was 21 – year old Jenny Heydt. She is six months pregnant and has a 18 month old child. She's been charged with reckless endangerment.

 

Wilkes – Barre Stabbing

One person was stabbed along South Main Street over the weekend. Police are now investigating. They say the person stabbed was treated for minor injuries.

 

Tobyhanna

The Wilkes – Barre Citizens Voice is reporting that the Tobyhanna Army Depot has eliminated about a third of it's workforce over the past two years. That's about 17 – hundred people losing their jobs. And its believed there are even more reductions in the future due to a hiring freeze... a modified plan to upgrade facilities.. cutbacks on purchases and an offer of early retirement.

 

 

Weekend Sports


 

WHLM Sports

 

Boys HS Basketball 

The Central Columbia boys were at home Friday night against Shikellamy in a District 4 Class AAA quarterfinal game. Central took Shik to a 50-33 win that took shape in the last quarter. Central moves into the District 4 AAA semifinals against Danville on Tuesday night Our coverage starts with the Danville vs Shikellamy girls match at 6 PM, followed immediately by the Danville vs Central Columbia boys match.

 

BU Basketball 

In their final road games of the regular season, the Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams were at Mansfield on Saturday. The Women won handily 63-55. The Men pulled back from a double-digit defecit to win 89-90. Listen to the details from the day's action in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report with Jim Doyle:

 

 

The Huskies will play their last regular-season game at Home on Wednesday night, when they will host Kutztown. Our coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame after the 5 PM news.

 

What's Happening Sunday, February 23, 2014


Have some fun at Bloom Bounce -for Kidsburg- this weekend at the Columbia Mall. This weekend, 50% of admissions to Bloom Bounce will be donated to the Kidsburg rebuilding effort. While you're there enjoy some treats, face painting, and craft a loom bracelet. Don't forget your socks! For more information check out Kidsburg.org

 

Toddler Time is back at the Bloomsburg Public Library on Market Street this Monday. Bring your kids, ages 18 months to 3 years old for 20 minutes of stories, songs, puppets, and fun starting at 9:15 AM. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Bring your good listeners age three to five to the Bloomsburg Public Library on Wednesday for Storytime at 10:00 AM. A coloring project will follow the half hour of stories. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The Library is on Market Square in Bloomsburg.

 

Stop by Artspace in downtown Bloomsburg starting this Thursday and check out Austral Blue, a photographic exhibiton by Robert H. Brown featuring vintage-process images of Patagonia. Artist's reception is this Saturday from 6 - 8 PM. The show runs through April 6, at the gallery on Center Street.

 

If your kids are already starting to miss the Christmas season, stop by the Bloomsburg Public Library this Thursday for craft projects and a reading by author Vivian Yenika Agbaw of her new book, "Christmas Counting." The program starts at 6:30 PM at the library on Market Street. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Boys HS Basketball 

The Central Columbia boys were at home Friday night against Shikellamy in a District 4 Class AAA quarterfinal game. Central took Shik to a 50-33 win that took shape in the last quarter. Central moves into the District 4 AAA semifinals next week.

 

BU Basketball 

In their final road games of the regular season, the Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams were at Mansfield on Saturday. The Women won handily 63-55. The Men pulled back from a double-digit defecit to win 89-90. Listen to the details from the day's action in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report with Jim Doyle:

 

 

The Huskies will play their last regular-season game at Home on Wednesday night, when they will host Kutztown. Our coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame after the 5 PM news.

 

What's Happening? Saturday, February 22, 3014


It's a busy day at the Bloomsburg Public Library today. It's the 125th anniversary of the founding of the library! Festivities kick off at 10 AM with a Chololate Frenzy Coffeehouse and music by Jeff Eichner. At Noon, it's the premiere performance of BTE's newest Theater In The Classroom, The Amazing Mr. Franklin -or- Ben There, Done That,  a dramatization of the astounding true story of Benjamin Franklin, a man with the super-power of Curiosity Children must be accompanied by an adult. The library is on Market Street in Bloomsburg. To find out more about having BTE perform at your school, check them out under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Head to First Reformed United Church of Christ this morning at 10 AM for a free couponing class, and learn how “Couponing Makes Cents.” Feel free to bring a donation of soda tabs, soup labels, nonperishable food, or personal hygene products. The church is at 2nd and Vine Streets in Berwick.

 

The Montour-DeLong Fair Association is hosting another all-you-can-eat haddock dinner this evening from 3-7 PM at the Fairgrounds on Broadway Road in Danville. Dinner is $12 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12, and kids under 6 eat free. Any active military personnel who come in uniform will recieve their dinner on the house! Take-out is availible: call 570-437-2178 to place an order.

 

The Columbia-Montour Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International will hold a meeting this morning at 10 AM at the Spirit Life Church, 1338 Old Berwick Rd., Bloomsburg. The guest speaker will be evangelist and missionary Dr. Jerry Fitzgerald. Free coffee and snacks will be offered. Everyone is welcome. For more information call Joe at 570-799-0231.

 

There will be a beneft lasagna dinner and chinese auction at the Millville Grange on State Street this afternoon, in memory of Brentlee Jackson Fritz, starting at 2 PM. Dinner is $10 for adults, $7.50 for children 5-12, and free for kids under 5. Tickets for the auction are $1 each or 6 for $5. Proceeds benefit the Children's Miracle Network.

 

Have some fun at Bloom Bounce -for Kidsburg- this weekend at the Columbia Mall. Today and tomorrow, 50% of admissions to Bloom Bounce will be donated to the Kidsburg rebuilding effort. While you're there enjoy some treats, face painting, and craft a loom bracelet. Don't forget your socks! For more information check out Kidsburg.org

 

WHLM Sports

 

Boys HS Basketball 

The Central Columbia boys were at home Friday night against Shikellamy in a District 4 Class AAA quarterfinal game. Central took Shik to a 50-33 win that took shape in the last quarter. Central moves into the District 4 AAA semifinals next week.

 

BU Basketball 

In their final road games of the regular season, the Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams were at Mansfield on Saturday. The Women won handily 63-55. The Men pulled back from a double-digit defecit to win 89-90. Listen to the details from the day's action in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report with Jim Doyle:

 

 

The Huskies will play their last regular-season game at Home on Wednesday night, when they will host Kutztown. Our coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame after the 5 PM news.

 

Friday / February 21, 2014


Danville Flood Gates

Danville will get an opportunity to check out part of it's flood control system next week. On Monday night... the contractor that built the borough's dike closure project will have a trial run at Routes 11 and 54... so says administrator Dan Knorr. That means Route 11 will be closed from 7 PM through 4 AM Tuesday morning.... prompting a detour which will be clearly marked.

 

Theft

A Coal Township woman is charged with allegedly taking money earmarked for the family who lost their daughter in a Shamokin fire last December. Authorities say Victoria Fortune established a donation page on the internet for the family of 13 – year old Melissa Pangburn. She collected about $1,200... allegedly spending half on herself. Fortune was arraigned on the theft charges this week.

 

Kessler / Gilberton

Remember that Gilberton police chief who created such a controversy last summer... using borough issued weapons... and ranting profanities on You Tube. Mark Kessler is no longer police chief of that Schuylkill County borough. Gilberton and Kessler have reached a settlement. That was confirmed by Mayor Mary Lou Hannon. Kessler has been off the job since last July without pay... days after the You Tube video surfaced on the internet.

 

Paterno Run

Jay Paterno says he'll seek the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor. Paterno is the son of ex – Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Right now... Paterno is circulating petitions in order to get on the May 20th primary ballot. Lt. Governor candidates run separately of gubernatorial candidates in the primary... and together in the general election.

 

Student Debt

Student debt loads and increased difficulties in paying for a higher education, were points made by the State System of Higher Education at a budget hearing before the House Appropriations. WHLM's B.J. Small is reporting the debt load for students in the PA State System of Higher Education's fourteen universities is below the national average. But the gap is closing quickly and the governor is proposing flat funding for next year. Chancellor Frank Brogan, says that threatens the futures of PASSHE schools. PASSHE gets 27 percent of its funding from the state and is facing a $61 - million deficit. It is asking for a four percent increase.

 

Jayson Terdiman

Winter Olympian Jayson Terdiman of Berwick has had ten day to think about his performance in the double Luge at Sochi. Terdiman said he and his partner has had better days at the track... but to come in 11th... that's not too shabby. Terdiman will return to the United State next week... spend a couple of days in Lake Placid in upstate New York before returning home to Berwick to take part in a parade in his honor next Saturday.

 

Flu Season

We've had a milder flu season than last year but the CDC says this one has hit young and middle age adults the hardest. The surge in the H1N1 flu was especially hard on younger and middle age adults. People ages 18 to 64 represent a higher proportion of the hospitalizations and deaths according to CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden. He says a low vaccination rate among those groups played a role. Those who were hospitalized were also more likely to have an underlying medical condition like lung disease, asthma, diabetes or obesity.
 

Wilkes – Barre Fight

Wilkes – Barre police are searching for a suspect in a stabbing outside the GAR High School Wednesday night. Cops say a fight broke out on Lehigh Street following a basketball game. That's when a 17 – year old teenager was stabbed. That person... taken to the hospital... treated for the wound.

 

Sagging Overhang

Authorities say the owner of a large metal overhang at the Sunoco on West Broad Street in Hazleton is responsible for taking it down. The large roof over the pumps collapsed this week after the snow over the past couple of weeks placed too much weight on the structure and buckling it.

 

Marcellus Shale

State regulators report that Marcellus Shale natural gas production in Pennsylvania topped three trillion cubic feet in 2013. That's more than double the previous year's production, and the energy equivalent of over 500 million barrels of oil. The Department of Environmental Protection reported the production figures. The Marcellus Shale is a gas-rich formation deep underground that extends across several states, but most of the current production is in Pennsylvania.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Basketball Playoff

In girls high school basketball playoff action Thursday night... in a District 4 Class A quarterfinal... Central Columbia Downed Muncy 47 – 45... In a District 2 AAA game... Pittston Area defeated Berwick 46 – 28...

 

Boys HS Basketball 

The Central Columbia boys were at home Friday night against Shikellamy in a District 4 Class AAA quarterfinal game. Central took Shik to a 50-33 win that took shape in the last quarter. Listen to the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops report:

 

 

Central moves into the District 4 AAA semifinals next week.

 

BU Basketball 

In their final road games of the regular season, the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams are at Mansfield 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.

 

 

Thursday / February 20, 2014


 

Montour Twp. Drug Bust

Three people are in custody... charged with running a meth lab in a Perry Avenue trailer park in Montour Township. Kristy Shultz telling our media partner Newswatch 16... the raid on the mobile home began Wednesday without a lot of fanfare. Authorities discovered something they hadn't expected …. eight new born puppies and their mother. They're being cared for by the folks at the Animal Resource Center. Police say William Parks, Matthew Smith and Michael Ridall face a long list of drug charges. Two women found in the trailer were also arrested on outstanding warrants.

 

Drug Bust

Up to thirty people have been arrested in the Hazleton area this week in one of the largest round ups of drug – trade suspects in Hazleton's history. The arrests from “Operation Rising Star” follows a six month investigation. One area targeted was East Diamond Avenue between Wyoming Street and Fulton Court. All suspects were remanded to the Luzerne County Jail.

 

Snow Removal

Overnight... crews made short work of collecting the snow and placing it in the rear of dump trucks to be hauled away. That happened in the East Pine Avenue parking lot. The old snow had been sitting around the past couple of weeks, but it was packed by cars pulling into and parking in the lot... and that produced some icy conditions. Also tackled overnight was East Fourth Street between Railroad and Market... and Jefferson Street between Main and Sixth. Whatever snow is left over will soon disappear due to temperatures in the 40's... as well as expected overnight rain.

 

Weather Business

It's been cold the past couple of weeks... and during the next few days daytime temps will be warmer by at least twenty degrees. Traditionally the first quarter of the year is slow for business, but accentuated by the cold, so says Fred Gaffney of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce... and that means less traffic going into and out of stores. However, one thing that has helped... according to Gaffney... are a number of special events... such as Destination Blues... and Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series.

 

Games of Chance

There's only a trickle of tavern owners seeking small games of chance licenses and state senators expressed concern at a budget hearing this week. The Corbett administration has estimated that tavern games will bring in about $100 million in the next fiscal year, but so far only a few establishments are seeking licenses. Gaming Control Board Chairman William Ryan told the Senate Appropriations Committee the time line might be a little longer than some people hoped. Senator Jake Corman asked Ryan to review the background check process to make sure its not too intimidating.

 

Sherman Hills

The troubled Sherman Hills Apartment complex is expected to soon become a gated community. The Wilkes – Barre City Planning Commission okayed a plan surrounding the complex with a fence... with only two points of entry. The plans call for a guard house... manned 24 / 7... as well as a roaming patrol.

The owners of Sherman Hill says fence construction will begin once permits are secured.

 

Suspect Sought

Wilkes – Barre police are looking for a man who allegedly exposed himself to two Meyers High School Students this week. The kids telling police a man in a red Buick asked the students if they wanted a ride, but they refused. After following them for a short distance... he exposed himself. Parents have been alerted to the incident through the school's web site.

 

Coach Suspended

Lake Lehman Wrestling Coach Tom Williams was suspended earlier this month. Solicitor John Audi dismissed speculation it was over a player being allowed to compete without medical clearance. Audi declined to explain the reasons for Williams suspension, noting it was a confidential matter involving personnel.

 

Gas Royalties

Apparently having a couple of gas wells on your property isn't producing the money promised by gas companies drilling in the Marcellus Shale fields. A Bradford County farmer says he recently got a $1.10 royalty check from Chesapeake Energy for the natural gas taken from two well pads on his farm in the Sayre area. Glenn Aitkens says the return from the gas company is far below what was promised. There is no response from Chesapeake Energy.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played West Chester Wednesday night at the Nelson Field House. In the women's game... Bloomsburg defeated West Chester 66 to 58... and later in the men's contest... West Chester downed the Huskies 81 to 68. The Huskies next action will be Saturday afternoon at Mansfield.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In high school basketball Wednesday night, in a District 4 Class AA boys first round game..Southern Columbia defeated Mt. Carmel 56 – 44. In a boys District 2 Class AAA game...Wilkes – Barre GAR picked up the victory... downing Berwick 81- 34.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball playoff action Thursday night, Central Columbia is at Muncy in a District 4 Class AA quarterfinal. In a District 2 Class AAA game, Berwick is at Pittston Area

 

College Basketball

In top 10 college basketball Wednesday night... top ranked Syracuse was taken out by Boston College 62 – 59... and 10th ranked Saint Louis got by George Mason in overtime 89 – 85.

 

Wednesday / February 19, 2014


** Operation Stormwatch **

 

Traffic Advisory

Crews in downtown Bloomsburg will continue their snow remvoval efforts tonight beginning at 2 AM. You must move your vehicle if you are parked in:

 

Zone D - The entire East Pine Ave lot

Zone F - The entire Employee lot near St. Columba

East 4th Street - between Railroad and Market Streets

Jefferson Street -  between Main and 6th Streets

 

Any cars left in these areas overnight will be ticketed and towed. If you have to move from a permit zone you may park on Main Street, but your vehicle must be moved back by Noon on Thursday

 

PA Floods
With more snow this week in some parts of the Commonwealth and milder temperatures with rain expected the next few day... there is a possibility of some flooding. PA is one of the most flood prone states so it will depend on how much rain and how quickly the snow melts. Pennsylvania Emergency Management Director Glenn Cannon telling lawmakers at a budget hearing in Harrisburg... his agency has addressed issues in some flood prone areas... such as Shickshinny in neighboring Luzerne County. Cannon telling lawmakers the state has purchased home in the flood plain along the Susquehanna River. Because spring flooding is common, communities are encouraged to flood proof as much as possible.

 

State Pensions

The governor's proposed plan to reduce state payments into the indebted state and public school employees retirement systems met with mixed reaction at a budget hearing before the House Appropriations Committee. WHLM's B.J. Small reports from Harrisburg Governor Corbett's proposed budget for 2014-15 includes the tapering, or deferring, by more than two percent, the regularly scheduled payments by the commonwealth into the public school employees retirement and state employees retirement systems. Jeffrey Clay, executive director of PSERS, told the House Appropriations Committee that tapering would have a negative, ripple effect in that it harms the cash flow of the system.

 

Ronald McDonald House

As in years past... the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau... and the Danville High School Chapter of the Future Farmers of America came through with a substantial donation to the Ronald McDonald House on the Geisinger campus. The Farm Bureau's Joanna Rohrer says the effort to raise money and non – perishable foods is spread over a ten county area of central Pennsylvania. Just over $18,000 in cash was raised with an additional thousand dollars worth of non – perishable items for the McDonald's facilities. The Ronald McDonald house allows parents to stay close to their children who are hospitalized at Geisinger being treated for cancer or any other childhood illnesses.

 

Concealed Carry

There has been a lot of interest over the past couple of months dealing with information needed to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. A recent seminar in Berwick was standing room only... and now state representative David Millard is offer a Concealed Carry Seminar in Benton... and the 4 – C's Cultural Center on March 20th. The Berwick Republican says he gets a lot of help explaining the rules and regulations from Columbia County Sheriff Tim Chamberlain and District Attorney Tom Leipold. Space is limited... and if you want to sign up for the seminar... you can do so by filling out a registration area on Representative Millard's web site.

 

Wal – Mart Fire

A Hazleton man has been arrested by police in connection with a fire in the lawn and garden section of Wal – Mart in Hometown early Tuesday morning. Authorities say 20 – year old Jonathan Maldanado has confessed to starting the fire. Three other people seen on security video are being sought. The blaze shut down the giant Schuylkill County store for more than 13 – hours while clean up was underway.

 

Sex Assault Charges

Additional charges have been filed against a Wilkes – Barre woman. Authorities say 32 – year old Misty Machinshok is accused of plotting to get a teenager pregnant... because she was not able to conceive. Machinshok is now charged with rape and sexual assault. Her husband, 28 – year old Gary, is facing similar charges. Both are in the Luzerne County Jail.

 

Police Station

Government officials in West Hazleton says they plan to move forward with a project to build a new police stations... but it will be smaller than anticipated. A portion of the Broad Street annex will be converted... but some of the money earmarked for the project didn't come through. The borough says they'll use a quarter million dollars of a gaming grant secured in 2012r... but officials say their request for an additional 200 – thousand dollars didn't come through as expected.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

Wednesday was possibly the biggest night of the season for the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams when they met West Chester at the Nelson Field House. The women take over first place after a 66-58 win. The men's team had an all-around bad night, losing 81-68. You can hear the details in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report with Jim Doyle:

 

 

Bloomsburg will be on the road at Mansfield this Saturday. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame at 12:40.

 

District 4 HS Basketball

In District 4 high school basketball playoff action Tuesday night, in a boys' Class A first round game...Millville defeated Sayre 58 – 47. Wednesday night in a District 4 Class AA boys first round game, Southern Columbia is at home against Mount Carmel. Also Wednesday night in a District 2 Class AAA boys' game, Berwick is at Wilkes Barre G.A.R.

 

NBA

The NBA regular season resumed last night following the all star break. In one of the eight games scheduled. At the buzzer... the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Philadelphia 76er's 114 to 85.

 

Tuesday / January 18, 2014


*WHLM Traffic Advisory*

 

** Bloomsburg Public Works will be clearing the snow from public and permit parking lots in downtown Bloomsburg starting early Wednesday morning at 2 AM. If your vehicle is left in one of these areas overnight it will be ticketed and towed:

 

Zone C - Permit Area of the Bloomsburg Diner lot

Zone J - All of the Hoppes lot

Zone I - Permit Area of the West Pine Ave lot

Zone E - Pine Ave lot behind Rose Marie's

And all spaces South of Pine Avenue

 

You may park at any meter that is not in one of these areas, or on Main Street. Permit holders parked on Main Street or in a temporary spot must be moved by Noon on Wednesday. Other zones to be cleared will be announced on Wednesday.

 

Catawissa Bust

Two men are in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg... after they were charged with operating a suspected meth lab in Catawissa Monday. 32 – year old Larry Thompson and 30 – year old Matthew Crusan were busted by police after a raid on Crusan's apartment.. and Thompson's Jeep... in the 200 – block of Main Street. Both are facing a long list of charges... and were arraigned before District Judge Rusty Lawton... and remanded to the prison in lieu of $75,000 straight cash bail. Thompson and Crusan face a preliminary hearing later this month.

 

Berwick / Snow

With all the snow storms we've had this winter... there are many communities who are either stretching... or running their snow removal budget on fumes. That's not the case in the borough of Berwick. That word from Borough Manager Robert Hivish who says snow removal money comes from the State Liquid Fuel tax they receive. Hivish says the big drawback to all the snow removal is the more money spent... the less the borough has for summer road projects which begin in the spring.

 

Big Event

The Community Government Association on the Bloomsburg University campus is gearing up for the so – called “Big Event.” It's designed to get University students involved with local residents to help them do projects around their properties.... so says Justine Albright... appearing on the WHLM Morning Buzz to explain the program. This year's “Big Event” takes place March 29th. A year ago... an estimated 1,700 students turned out to take part in the project.

 

Wal – Mart Fire

Firefighters in Schuylkill County were called out early Tuesday morning to a Wal – Mart near Hometown... in Rush Township. The blaze was centered in the lawn and garden section of the store. Right now... authorities are searching for four men seen on security video... and are calling the fire an arson.

 

Infant Death

Nanticoke police are investigating the death of a 2 – month old infant last Friday. Littlee Jaxon Eckrote died Friday in a home in an ally behind Noble Street. An autopsy was preformed Saturday. Police want to know if the child died of an accident or a crime.

 

Penn State President

Penn State has officially named its next president. Florida State’s Eric Barron has strong ties as a longtime professor and dean, was introduced Monday after Penn State’s trustees unanimously approved his appointment. Barron has been the president at Florida State since 2010, and he will succeed Rodney Erickson, who, instead of retiring, took over the reins in November 2011 as the Jerry Sandusky scandal rocked the university and community.

 

WHLM Sports

High School Basketball

In high school basketball Monday night, the Heartland Conference championship games were played at Montoursville High School. In the girls final Mount Carmel beat Warrior Run 40-35. In the boys final, Saint John Neumann remained unbeaten with a 64-58 win over Loyalsock.

 

District 4

The District 4 basketball playoffs begin Tuesday night. One area team is in action. The Millville boys play at Sayre in a Class A first round game.

 

Central Basketball

The Central Columbia boys, with a regular season record of 16 and 6, are the number 2 seed in the Class AAA tournament. The Bluejays are at home against Shikellamy Friday night in a quarterfinal game which starts at 7. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:45.

 

BU Basketball

Fans are encouraged to wear pink to Wednesday night's Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball games against West Chester at Nelson Field House. It's all part of the Play 4 Kay Project in support of breast cancer awareness. Kay Yow was a Hall of Fame women's basketball coach who died from Stage 4 breast cancer in 2009. There will be several giveaways including a prize basket as part of tomorrow night's festivities.

 

College Basketball

Unbeaten Syracuse remains the top ranked men's college basketball team in this week's Associated Press top 25 poll. Florida is second; unbeaten Wichita State is third; Arizona is 4th and Duke is 5th.

 

Monday / February 17, 2014


Winter Weather Advisory

The Susquehanna Valley and Central Pennsylvania are under the gun again. The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Winter Weather Advisory beginning Monday evening... ending late Tuesday morning. The latest weather system is due to low pressure at the surface and a potent upper air disturbance which could produce up to five inches of new snow before noon time Tuesday. Forecasters say the snow will begin falling after 2 AM with patchy, freezing drizzle towards morning.

That will make the drive to work tricky... and puts a question mark on the start of school. If classes are delayed... or school's shut down for the day... we'll tell you about them during Operation Stormwatch Tuesday on the WHLM Morning Buzz as well as on the web at www.WHLM.com and Twitter.

 

Route 54 Open

Route 54 in the Washingtonville area of Montour County is back open to traffic. That word from PennDOT. The busy two - lane highway was closed for the Monday morning rush hour due to a car crash... which draped lived power lines across the road. The lines have been replaced and the accident investigation completed.

 

Haskell Services

Funeral services for the two Berwick children killed in a grinding two vehicle crash near Forks on Friday will be held Wednesday at the Emmanuel Bible Chapel on Kachinka Hollow Road. 8 – year old Abigail Haskell... and her 3 – year old sister... Charlotte... died when the mini – van they were riding in and driven by their mother... went out of control and was broadsided by a work truck. Both children died at the scene. Meantime... the children's mother... Amanda... has been released from Geisinger... while a third child... Allison... remains in the hospital, but alert.

 

Martin / BU Construction 01

Bloomsburg University will undertake a lot of building projects and upgrades on campus as we roll into the spring and summer of 2014. BU's Bonnie Martin says many of the 15 projects deal with routine maintenance, but the biggest project is the improvement of the intersection of Lightstreet Road and Country Club Drive. Late last year... the University purchasing a parcel of land to provide new turning lanes and added traffic improvements to the area.

 

Flu Shots / Evangelical

We are at the peak of flu season here in the Susquehanna Valley... and there are flu injections available at area hospital's. At Evangelical Hospital in Lewisburg... the folks who run the Health and Wellness Center have been giving the vaccines on a daily basis. Evangelical's Sheila Packer says there is no shortage of the drug. You can visit Evangelical's Health and Wellness Center... next to the hospital north of Lewisburg by giving them a call to make an appointment. There is a cost for the injection... which is... in many cases... covered by insurance.

 

Jayson Terdiman

American double Luge competitor Jayson Terdiman of Berwick has some time on his hands now that his Olympic competition is over. He and his partner finished 11th last week... and now all Terdiman wants to do is catch a bit of Russian snow,,, and so some snowboarding near Sochi. Terdiman will return home to Berwick following the games. He'll be honored with a parade through the borough on March 1st.

 

Hazleton Robbery

Hazleton police are searching for a man who held up a convenience store at the start of the weekend. Police say the man strolled into the Pantry Quick on West Diamond Avenue on Friday night... forcing the clerk to give him money... before fleeing the scene. No one was hurt in Friday night's stick up in Hazleton.

 

Wilkes - Barre Fire

Investigators are trying to figure out what sparked an blaze in a Wilkes – Barre apartment Monday morning. The fire happened shortly after midnight on Carlisle Street. About a dozen people were forced out into the street... but were later allowed to return.

 

Keystone Job Corps

The Keystone Job Corps Center in Drums now has a full compliment of students... but an estimated 129 less than they had a year ago. That's due to a $100 – million budget shortfall... nationwide... dating back two years. And it comes a year after a freeze on admission of new students was imposed.

 

Thrill Kill

Federal and local law enforcement around the country are looking into a claim by a young woman that she has killed more than 20 people ....... from Alaska to North Carolina. Miranda Barbour and and her newlywed husband... Elytte... are now charged in Northumberland County with killing a Port Treverton man they met thru Craigslist.

 

PSU President

Penn State University could have a new President by the end of the day. The University's board of trustees will meet Monday and are expected to name 62 – year old Eric Barron to lead the school. Barron is a former PSU dean... and is currently Florida State University president. His selection culminates a yearlong search.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team lost to two nationally ranked teams at the National duals yesterday at Saint John Arena at Ohio State University. The Huskies lost to 11th ranked Oklahoma 21-15 and to 18th ranked Illinois 23-8. They will close out the regular season with a match at Binghamton University Saturday afternoon.

 

BU Football

Two Bloomsburg University football players have been invited to the NFL Combine. Defensive end Larry Webster and offensive tackle Matt Feiler are two of a total of 14 Division 2 athletes to receive invitations. Bloomsburg is the only Division 2 school in the nation with multiple invitations. The NFL Combine will take place February 22nd through the 25th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

 

HS Basketball Finals

Postponed from Saturday, the Heartland Athletic Conference basketball championships will be played Monday night at Montoursville High School. In the girls final, Mount Carmel will play Warrior Run.

That will be followed by the boys final with Loyalsock going against Saint John Neumann.

 

More HS Basketball

Eight area high school basketball teams have qualified for the District 4 playoffs which begin this week. For the first time ever, the first two rounds of those playoffs will be played on the home court of the higher seeded team. The first area team to play will be the Millville boys. The Quakers play at Sayre Tuesday night in a Class A first round game.

 

 

Weekend Sports


WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams traveled to East Stroudsburg Saturday afternoon. The Women extended their winning streak to 13 games with a decisive 61-48 win. The Men fell to ESU 93-77, and now sit at 2 and a half games behind now 1st place ESU. Listen to the details from both games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU is at home this Wednesday night when they play West Chester. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame show at 5:10 PM.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys basketball Friday night, in the final regular season game for both teams, Millville beat Bloomsburg 68-50 to secure their place in the post-season. Stay tuned to the WHLM stations and WHLM.com for information on post-season broadcasts.

What's Happening Sunday, February 16, 2014


*Operation StormWatch*

 

Closings and Cancellations:

 

** Hetlerville UMC will be closed all day Sunday.

 

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Berwick area school district will be offering grief counseling this afternoon in light of Friday's fatal road accident in Forks. Counseling sessions will be held from 1-4 PM at Salem Elementary School on East 10th Street in Berwick.

 

Today is Wing Day at the Kehr Union on the campus of Bloomsburg University, to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Take-out or have your wings delivered from 1:30 - 6 PM  -or-  enter the wing eating contest for a cash prize at 3 PM! Wings are $4 for six, or $7.50 for a dozen. Enter the contest ahead of time for $8, or $10 at the door. Call 570-266-2165 to order or to enter the contest.

 

Head to the Thomas Beaver Free Library in Danville this coming Monday at 3:30 PM for some Playground stories with the Kidsburg crew. Jion in on postcard art and loom crafts, and check out the design for the new Kidsburg. The library is on Ferry Street in Danville.

 

Join the congregarion of St Mary's Catholic Church in Berwick for a monthly video series, "Catholicism: The New Evangelization" starting this Monday night at 6:30 PM. For more information, call 570-759-9225. St. Mary's is on Fowler Avenue in Berwick.

 

It's time for BTE's 36th annual Theater In The Classroom program. This year's presentation is The Amazing Mr. Franklin -or- Ben There, Done That,  a dramatization of the astounding true story of Benjamin Franklin, a man with the super-power of Curiosity. A preview show will be held at the Bloomsburg Public Library on Saturday at Noon. Book a performance at your school today. Find out more by checking out BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams traveled to East Stroudsburg Saturday afternoon. The Women extended their winning streak to 13 games with a decisive 61-48 win. The Men fell to ESU 93-77, and now sit at 2 and a half games behind now 1st place ESU. Listen to the details from both games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU is at home this Wednesday night when they play West Chester. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame show at 5:10 PM.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys basketball Friday night, in the final regular season game for both teams, Millville beat Bloomsburg 68-50 to secure their place in the post-season. Stay tuned to the WHLM stations and WHLM.com for information on post-season broadcasts.

What's Happening Saturday, February 15, 2014


*Operation StormWatch*

 

Closings and Cancellations:

 

** The Berwick YMCA will close at 6 PM this evening.

 

** Hetlerville UMC will be closed all day Sunday.

 

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The annual Kiwanis Winterfest is underway today at Camp Brule, off route 154 near Forksville, starting at 6:30 AM. Dress warm and enjoy a day of sleigh rides, ice carving, ice fishing, dog sledding, delicious food, and a polar bear plunge at noon with a $5000 prize. Admission is just $5 for ages 13 and over. 

 

The Orangeville Public Library will hold its Annual Winter Book Sale today from 9 AM – 1 PM. Stop by, check out the books, and suppourt your local library. The library is at 301 Mill Street in Orangeville.

 

The 9th annual PA State Snownhoe Championships will be held today at Nescopeck State Park in Drums, starting at 11 AM. Events will include a 5-K snowshoe run and a no-snow trail. Beginners are welcome, and rentals will be availible. Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross. Go to SnowShoeRacing.com for more information.

 

It's the 65th annual Spaghetti Dinner today at Wesley United Methodist in Bloomsburg from 11 AM - 7 PM. It's all-you-can-eat for just $8. Children 6-12 get in for $3, and kids 5 and under eat free. Advance tickets can be purchased from any member of the Men of Wesley or at the church office on 3rd and Market Streets.

 

Tickets for BTE's annual Taming of the Brew go on sale online today at Noon! You can bookmark the website ahead of time at TamingOfTheBrew.org Tickets are $75 each, and are limited to 4 per customer. The Taming of the Brew is coming up on April 12, at Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Black Creek UMC is offering a chicken and waffle dinner tonight from 3 - 7 PM. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-10 years old, kids 5 and under eat free.The Church is on Golf Course Road in Sugarloaf.

 

 

Sunday is Wing Day at the Kehr Union on the campus of Bloomsburg University, to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Take-out or have your wings delivered from 1:30 - 6 PM  -or-  enter the wing eating contest for a cash prize at 3 PM! Wings are $4 for six, or $7.50 for a dozen. Enter the contest ahead of time for $8, or $10 at the door. Call 570-266-2165 to order or to enter the contest.

 

Head to the Thomas Beaver Free Library in Danville this coming Monday at 3:30 PM for some Playground stories with the Kidsburg crew. Jion in on postcard art and loom crafts, and check out the design for the new Kidsburg. The library is on Ferry Street in Danville.

 

Join the congregarion of St Mary's Catholic Church in Berwick for a monthly video series, "Catholicism: The New Evangelization" starting this Monday night at 6:30 PM. For more information, call 570-759-9225. St. Mary's is on Fowler Avenue in Berwick.

 

It's time for BTE's 36th annual Theater In The Classroom program. This year's presentation is The Amazing Mr. Franklin -or- Ben There, Done That,  a dramatization of the astounding true story of Benjamin Franklin, a man with the super-power of Curiosity. A preview show will be held at the Bloomsburg Public Library on Saturday, Feb 22 at Noon. Book a performance at your school today. Find out more by checking out BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams traveled to East Stroudsburg Saturday afternoon. The Women extended their winning streak to 13 games with a decisive 61-48 win. The Men fell to ESU 93-77, and now sit at 2 and a half games behind now 1st place ESU. Listen to the details from both games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU is at home this Wednesday night when they play West Chester. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame show at 5:10 PM.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys basketball Friday night, in the final regular season game for both teams, Millville beat Bloomsburg 68-50 to secure their place in the post-season. Stay tuned to the WHLM stations and WHLM.com for information on post-season broadcasts.

Friday / February 14, 2014


Snow Issues

** The Borough of Berwick is extending it's parking ban due to the storm. There is no parking on the side of the streets with even number addresses until noon time. From noon until 11 PM... no parking on the side of the streets with odd number addresses...

 

** - The senior centers operated by the Columbia - Montour Office of Aging will be closed today. However, there will be Meals on Wheels.

 

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  Two Children Dead

Two children died Friday morning in a grinding two vehicle crash around 9 O'clock Friday morning on State Route 487 near Forks... in Fishing Creek Township. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting that a mini – van carrying a mother and her three children was southbound... when the driver lost control... sliding sideways. The mini – van was struck broadside by a northbound Ford E-350 work truck. Two of the children died at the scene... while the driver and another child were transported to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment. Reporter Julie Sidoni says the family is from the Berwick area. Now... state police from the Bloomsburg sub – station are reconstructing what happened.

 

Snow Storm Folo

It's the sound all of us heard Thursday.... snow plows making their way through the streets of boroughs and towns. Plow crews trying to clear and salt main and side streets during a lull in the storm. They were re-enforced by pick up trucks with plows who moved snow off out of driveways and parking lots. Follow up plowing is expected to take place today up and down the Susquehanna Valley.

 

National Guard / Corbett

All of eastern Pennsylvania got battered Thursday... into Friday morning... by Mother Nature who produced snow, sleet and freezing rain. That prompted Governor Corbett to call out the military.... with the governor telling reporters that PA National Guard member are ready to help if needed.

 

Nanticoke

The borough of Nanticoke is nearly out of salt to spread on their streets and roads... and the major problem... their next delivery is weeks away. Public Works crews have about ten tons of rock salt remaining... as well as 20 tons of other anti – skid material. Government officials hope to get through the latest storm... with the sun helping melt the snow and ice on the roads.

 

Humane Officer

The Bloomsburg Town Council has given councilman Bill Kreischer the okay to talk with Columbia County officials about the possibility of hiring a Humane Officer. That person would deal with unwanted animals from Berwick to Danville. The overall plan would be the construction of a shelter... possibly on a piece of county – owned land off Back Branch road in Mt. Pleasant Township.

 

Life Flight

A Life Flight medical helicopter operated by Danville – based Geisinger Health System... was forced to make an emergency landing at the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton Airport this week. A GHS spokesman said the helicopter was transferring a patient from Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock to Geisinger in Danville when the pilot experienced a so – called “mechanical abnormality.” The chopper landed safely and the patient was taken to Geisinger by a second helicopter.

 

Miss PA Teen

She's 16... she attends Cyber school and she's Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA. Sydney Robertson of Montoursville spent some time at the Janet Weis Children's Hospital at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville this week... reading stories to pediatric patients. Sydney has held the title since late last year. Ms. Robertson will compete in the Miss Teen USA pageant... with dozens of other young women this summer.

 

McCord Candidacy

State Treasurer Rob McCord has received the endorsement of one of the largest unions in the state. McCord getting the backing in his run for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination from the Pennsylvania State Education Association. Earlier he was endorsed by the United Food and Commercial Workers local 1776... the teamsters union and AFSCME.. the state's largest employees union. McCord wants to square off against Republican Governor Tom Corbett this fall.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams play at East Stroudsburg Saturday afternoon. The men's team is in second place in the PSAC East trailing East Stroudsburg by two games.

The Husky women's team will take a 12 game winning streak into Saturday's game. The doubleheader starts with the women's game at 1 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.

 

HS Basketball

In high school basketball,weather permitting, the Heartland Conference tournament semifinals will be held Friday night. In the boys semifinals at Montoursville... Loyalsock will play Shamokin and Saint John Neumann will go against Lewisburg. In the girls semifinals at Shamokin... Mount Carmel will play Muncy and Danville will play Warrior Run. The finals will be Saturday night at Williamsport High School.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys basketball Friday night, in the final regular season game for both teams, Millville beat Bloomsburg 68-50 to secure their place in the post-season. Listen to the details in the WHLM High School Hoops report with Jim Doyle:

 

 

Thursday / February 13, 2014


Operation Stormwatch

 

Closings & postponements

 

Friday:

 

** Holy Family Consolidated School in Berwick - Closed 

 

Thursday:

 

** Bloom Quilters Guild meeting - Cancelled

** The Bloomsburg Sportsplex will close at Noon

** All branches of First Columbia Bank will close at 2 PM

** The Catawissa American Legion #541 is closed

** The Berwick YMCA Closing at 6 PM

** The David J. Thompson Mailing Corporation will close at 11:30. No 2nd or 3rd shift.

** The Bloomsburg YMCA is closing at noon time

** No Bloomsburg YMCA gymnastics tonight.

** The M-C Federal Credit Union are now closed.

** Funeral services for William Motto at the Horne Funeral Home in Catawissa has been postponed. They will now be held Friday at the Kulp United Methodist Church in Roaring Creek Township. Visitation begins at 12 noon... with the services at 2 PM

** The Columbia County Traveling Library will not operate today..

** The snow ban parking regulations are in effect for the Avenue sector of Briar Creek Township. The ban will remain in effect until noon time Friday

** The Sanctuary Choir of Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg will not practice tonight

** UNB Bank in Mt. Carmel and Numidia will close at 12 noon

** The Bloomsburg and Berwick offices of state Representative David Millard are closed today.

** The Bloomsburg Library closed... that includes the Columbia County Historical Society

** Also closed... the Career Link offices in Bloomsburg and Sunbury

** The Columbia – Montour Senior Centers - Closed / No Meals on Wheels

** A snow parking ban is in effect in Berwick for addresses on the even side of the streets

** No recycling today in Area 4 and 5 in Bloomsburg.

** The Bloomsburg Kiwanis will not meet Thursday

 

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Snow Removal  

It's the sound all of us heard Thursday.... snow plows making their way through the streets of boroughs and towns. Plow crews trying to clear and salt main and side streets during a lull in the storm. They were re-enforced by pick up trucks with plows who moved snow off out of driveways and parking lots. Follow up plowing is expected to take place today up and down the Susquehanna Valley.

 

National Guard / Corbett

All of eastern Pennsylvania got battered Thursday... into Friday morning... by Mother Nature who produced snow, sleet and freezing rain. That prompted Governor Corbett to call out the military.... with the governor telling reporters that PA National Guard member are ready to help if needed.

 

 PPL / Storm

PPL crews are keeping an eye on the weather... and the power... as a major winter storm moves through the service area. The Allentown – based utility tells us crews are ready to respond, but tough travel conditions could hamper them getting to the scene. Very few outages have been reported in Columbia and Montour County since the storm began early Thursday morning. If you do have an outage... give PPL a call by dialing 1-800-DIAL – PPL.

 

Humane Officer

The Bloomsburg Town Council has given councilman Bill Kreischer the okay to talk with Columbia County officials about the possibility of hiring a Humane Officer. That person would deal with unwanted animals from Berwick to Danville. The overall plan would be the construction of a shelter... possibly on a piece of county – owned land off Back Branch road in Mt. Pleasant Township.

 

Millard / Online Gambling

State Representative David Millard of Berwick has co-sponsored legislation designed to put penalties in place to combat the growth of on – line gambling in Pennsylvania. He says there are a lot of people at the other end of a computer... waiting to take our hard earned money... and placing it into their pockets. Millard says young folks are the most susceptible. No indication as of yet if the proposed legislation will gain any traction among the house... let alone the state Senate.

 

Miss PA Teen

She's 16... she attends Cyber school and she's Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA. Sydney Robertson of Montoursville spent some time at the Janet Weis Children's Hospital at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville this week... reading stories to pediatric patients. Sydney has held the title since late last year. Ms. Robertson will compete in the Miss Teen USA pageant this summer with dozens of other young women.

 

Hazleton Robbery

Hazleton police continue their search for the person who robbed a convenience store Wednesday night. Police say the robber walked into the Turkey Hill on Alter Street... and banished a weapon. Moments later he fled the business. If you have information about the stick up... call Hazleton Police.

 

Wilkes - Barre Fire

Fire investigators in Wilkes – Barre are still trying to figure out what sparked a blaze in a double block house in the 14 – hundred block of North Washington Street early Wednesday morning. Flames broke out overnight... forcing firefighters to battle the blaze in sub – zero temperatures. A woman who lives there... and her granddaughter... made it out of the building thanks to a neighbor who alerted the pair to the flames.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday / February 12, 2014


*Operation Storm Watch*

School Delays and Cancellations for Thursday:

 

** Benton - Closed

** Berwick - Closed

** Bloomsburg - Closed

** Central Columbia - Closed

** Columbia County Christian - Closed, no Learning Center

** CM Vo-Tech - Closed

** Danville - Closed

** Greenwood Friends - Closed

** Southern Columbia - Closed

** St. Columba - Closed

** St. Joseph's in Danville - Closed

** St. Matthew's Pre-School in Bloomsburg - Closed

 

* Bloomsburg Rotary - Thursday meeting Cancelled

 

Winter Storm Warning

A complex winter storm system is headed our way overnight. Starting early Thursday morning, a Winter Storm Warning will be in effect through Thursday evening. The storm could dump several inches of snow on our area by the time it's done. Stay tuned to Newsradio 930 for up-to-the-minute weather updates.

 

  A couple of reminders...

** A parking ban will be in effect in Berwick starting at 7 AM. No parking is allowed on the side of the street with even addresses. The ban runs for 24 – hours and could be extended depending on when the snowfall ends... and the amount of snow removal borough crews accomplish.

 

** The Town of Bloomsburg cardboard collection for Areas 4 and 5 scheduled for Thursday has been postponed. Recycling Coordinator Charles Fritz tells us that the Thursday pickup has been postponed until Thursday, February 20th due to the weather.

 

PennDOT Web Site

PennDOT has announced improvements to its "5-1-1PA" traveler information website. The redesigned website at 511PA.com now offers incident and construction information for 40-thousand miles of state roads, up from 2,900 miles originally covered. More real-time speed data is available for 15,000 miles of highway... and you can sign up to get personal travel alerts through email and text messages. Alerts can also be found on Twitter and on the phone.. just dial 511 within PA.

 

Bloomsburg Fire Department

2013 was a busy year for the Bloomsburg Fire Department... and this year is on track to put bigger numbers in the book. In 2013 the department answering just over 300 calls for service. Chief Bob Rupp says there were an estimated dozen structure fires... but the rest of the calls dealt with automatic fire alarms... food burning on a stove and natural gas leaks. Chief Rupp says in addition to responding to calls... there are hundreds, if not thousands of hours of training involved in being a volunteer firefighter.

 

Tax Returns

We're all doing it this time of year.... preparing our state and federal income tax returns. They're due by April 15th. But, there are some changes in a couple of areas... so says professional tax preparer Kim Schooley of Danville.... such as a tax on Medicare and capital gains.

 

Guilty Plea

A Larksville man accused of sexually assaulting three children last year has pleaded guilty in Luzerne County Court. 43 – year old Francis Parsons assaulted an 11 – year old and two 12 – year old girls. He pleaded guilty to a host of charges. Parsons will be sentenced in May.

 

Man Jailed

A 23 – year old Hanover Township man is jailed after he was arrested on drug and gun charges. Moses Sam was arrested at his home on Crystal Street this week. Police seized an estimated $4,000 worth of cocaine and three weapons. Sam is being held in the Luzerne County Prison on $70,000 bail.

 

Packaging Company

The Wyoming Valley is in line to get up to more than a hundred full time jobs later this year. That... as Governor Corbett announced that Greiner Packaging Corporation will offer 128 new jobs at their plant at the CenterPoint Commerce and Trade Park in Pittston Township. Greiner is a European packaging company producing plastic cups... lids... and other items used by the food service industry.

 

Route 437

The main road between Mountain Top and the Pocono's is re – opened. PennDOT was forced to shut down state route 437 last month when the water in a culvert below the road froze... forcing the road to buckle... lifting the pavement. Repairs have been made... with the road open to traffic Tuesday afternoon.

 

Prison Population

The inmate population in Pennsylvania's prisons edged up slightly last year after dropping the previous year. A Department of Corrections official tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the one-year increase of 328 inmates or 0.6 percent is largely due to a 15 percent increase in the number of parole violators returning to the system. Bret Bucklen, director of the office of planning, research & statistics, says it also stems from elimination of a program that allowed prisoners to live in the community before being paroled. The prison population had declined by 454 inmates in 2012, so the total at the end of last year is still smaller than the total in December 2011.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

The Huskies Men's team played their last non-conference game of the season on Wednesday night, when they hosted Goldy-Beacom. The Huskies flexed some muscle in defeating the Lightning of G-B 94-67. Senior Lorenzo Christmas claimed the top BU record for 3-pointers during the game. WHLM's Jim Doyle has the details in the Husky Post-Game Report:

 

 

The Men & Women are back on the road this Saturday to face East Stroudsburg. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame at 12:40.

Tuesday / February 11, 2014


New Zoning District

The Bloomsburg Town Council last night okayed a move to established a Business Campus Zoning District... as well as a companion sign ordinance. The approval came following a public hearing. The only area to fall under the new zoning law is a project where the old Bloomsburg Mills once stood and is being developed by Matt Zoppetti... and the issue of signage came up. That produced a heated exchange between town attorney Jack Mihalik and Zoppetti. Whatever the differences... the Town will continue to tweak the laws pertaining to the new zoning district.

 

Jayson Terdiman

Berwick High School grad Jayson Terdiman goes for the gold tomorrow at the winter Olympics in Sochi when he competes in the double luge. Since news surfaced he was headed to Russia... Terdiman says his fan base has grown quickly on social media. Meantime... there is a community – wide pep rally scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Reliance Fire Hall in Berwick. That rally starts at 5 AM...

 

VITA Program

The Bloomsburg University Accounting Association is providing free tax help to low to moderate income individuals to their families. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program began Monday night at the Wesley United Methodist Church. Appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz Brian Kutz said the service is for individuals and families with an income of less than $52,000 a year. The Vita program involves an estimated 100 students and takes place every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday... except the week of March 17th... between 4 and 8 PM... until April 9th.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

The average price of a gasoline across northeastern Pennsylvania is holding steady. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows that self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.47 – a - gallon. That's up a penny from the weekend... and the same as it was a week ago. However, prices may be going up a tick due to refinery shut downs for maintenance... and a change over from a winter to a summer blend of gasoline.

 

Selenski Trial

Hugo Selenski won't be going on trial next month after all. If you recall... Selenski... his former attorney Shelley Centini and a defense investigator were indicted last month for witness tampering. Selinski is accused in the 2002 deaths of two people... found buried in the backyard of his Kingston Township home. Now... it appears his trial will be held in May with a new lawyer handling his defense.

 

Teacher Charged

The suspended Dean of Students at Coughlin High School in Wilkes – Barre... has been charged with having an on – going sexual relationship with a student. 47 – year old Stephen Stahl of Hunlock Creek is free on bail. The alleged incident happened 10 – years ago, but the allegations surfaced December 31st when the victim came forward. Stahl was suspended from his school duties late last week.

 

Teacher Suspended

A Wilkes – Barre District school teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave. 55 – year old Karen Block of Plains Township pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges earlier this month. Court records show she placed bowls of anti – freeze around her property to poison cats.

 

Sam Smith to Retire

Pennsylvania House Speaker Sam Smith is expected to retire rather than face a second conservative primary challenge to his office. That word coming from two well-connected Republican lobbyists. Smith... a Republican from Jefferson County... will forgo a contentious Republican primary after being instrumental in the passage of Governor Corbett's $2.6 - billion dollar transportation bill late last year. A year earlier, he’d been targeted as an establishment, big government Republican by unknown tea party challenger Chris Dush.

 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Basketball

In boys' high school basketball Monday night, Bloomsburg was at home against Selinsgrove. WHLM's Jim Doyle says that Selinsgrove defeated Bloomsburg 68 – 54. In other boys basketball action Monday night... Southern Columbia defeated South Williamsport 70 – 66... it was Central Columbia over Warrior Run 68 – 41... and Muncy downed Columbia Montour Vo Tech 68 – 35...

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball... Dallas defeated Berwick 59 – 40... and Sullivan County downed Columbia Montour Vo – Tech 41 – 21..

 

Tuesday Basketball

In girls basketball Tuesday night, Millville stays unbeaten after a riveting 57-56 victory against Muncy at home. WHLM's Jim Doyle has the details and the winning call in the High School Hoops Report:

 

 

High School basketball coverage continues on the WHLM stations Friday night, when the Millville boys will play at Bloomsburg. Our broadcast starts with the pregame show at 7PM.

 

BU Basketball

The start time for Wednesday night's men's basketball game between Bloomsburg University and Goldy Beacom College at the Nelson Field House has been changed to 6 pm. due to the snowstorm that is expected to hit the region late Wednesday night.

 

College Basketball

In college basketball Monday night... 11th ranked Iowa State was beaten by West Virginia 102 – 77... 17th ranked Virginia downed Maryland 61 – 53...

 

In the NBA...

The Golden State Warriors defeated The Philadelphia 76ers 123 – 80.

 

Monday / February 10, 2013


Terdiman Rally

The eyes of the sports world will be watching Berwick's Jayson Terdiman when he goes for the gold this Wednesday in the double Luge in Sochi. Amy Shortlidge of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says a pep rally will be held at the Reliance Fire Hall on West Third Street in Berwick starting at 5 AM. There will be fun, food and refreshments at the community – wide pep rally.... including live shots with WBRE – TV personality Jasmine Brooks.

 

Millard / Budget Hearings

The house appropriations committee will begin hearing today from state department heads who have a stake in Governor Corbett's $29.4 - billion dollar proposed budget. State Representative David Millard of Berwick... who sits on the committee... says it is an exhaustive process. At the same time.... the state Senate appropriations committee begins the same long and grueling hearings... trying to figure out what stays in departmental budgets... and what goes.

 

Hazleton Playground

The Hazleton City Council is attempting to secure a $100,000 state grant to spruce up the Fifth Street Playground. It's been there for generations... and council wants to ensure it will be there for years to come. If the grant is secured... the money will be used for LED lighting... security cameras... new fencing... a safety surface and new playground equipment.

 

Hazleton CAP

It appears the Civil Air Patrol based at the Hazleton Airport was not included in Governor Corbett's budget he delivered to lawmakers last week. The Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary of the United States Air Force and it's members are involved in search and rescue operations across northeastern Pennsylvania.

Now... Patrol personnel say they will continue their fund raising activities throughout the year in order to continue their mission.

 

Shamokin Twp Shooting

A Milton woman is fighting for her life in the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after she was shot over the weekend. Police first believed Salicia Yost was involved in an accident along Irish Valley Road in Shamokin Township... but later discovered she was shot. Now... police are search for a person of interest.

 

Body Found

A neighboring Schuylkill County man is dead.... discovered in the snow over the weekend. The body of 23 – year old Nicholas McCabe of Shenandoah was discovered Sunday morning between Lehigh and Bower Streets. Now... an autopsy is scheduled for Monday to determine the exact cause of death.

 

Liquor Issue

While state lawmakers try to hammer out an agreement on the liquor privatization issue in closed door talks, it appears public attitudes might be shifting. Support for privatization has weakened over the past year according to the latest Franklin and Marshall College poll, but more significant is evidence of a possible shift in what voters prefer. When asked if they support selling state stores to private companies or modernizing the system - the results are almost even. Last May, there was a double digit difference in favor of privatization over modernization.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Wrestling

In their final home match of the season, the Bloomsburg University wrestling team beat George Mason 33-6 Sunday afternoon at the Nelson Field House. Senior Mike Dessino led the way by recording a pin at 174 pounds for his 100th career win. The Huskies will be back in action February 16th and 17th at the National Wrestling Duals at Ohio State.

 

HS Basketball

This is the final week for high school basketball's regular season. In boys action Monday night, Bloomsburg hosted Selinsgrove. The Seals took the win in that game, by a score of 68-54. Listen to the details with WHLM's Jim Doyle in the High School Hoops Report:

 

 

Tuesday night, the WHLM sports crew will be in Millville for a girls' match against Muncy. Coverage starts with the pregame show at 6:40.

 

College BB

In college basketball Sunday... ninth ranked Michigan State was upset by Wisconsin 60-58. In other action. Top ranked Syracuse overpowered Clemson 57 – 44... and St. John's defeated Creighton 70 to 65.

 

NBA

In the NBA Sunday night... the Los Angeles Clippers downed the Philadelphia 76ers 123 – 78.

 

Weekend Sports


WHLM Sports

 

College Basketball

In Huskies basketball Saturday afternoon, the BU Men and Women played Shippensburg in a pair of games at the Nelson Field House. The Women extended their winnin streak to 12 games with a 68-65 win. The Men won their game 78-53. Hear the details from the day's games in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report with Jim Doyle:

 

 

The Men's team will be back in action at the Field House on Wednseday when they play Goldey Beacom. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the pregame show at 7:10.

 

High School Basketball

In girls basketball on Friday night, in a game you heard on the WHLM Stations, Central Columbia beat Southern Columbia by a score of 49-25. Our next high school hoops broadcast will be Monday night, when the Bloomsburg boys host Selinsgrove. Coverage starts with the pregame show at 7:10.

What's Happening Sunday, February 9, 2014


Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech is holding an open house for you and prospective students to check out the school this afternoon. Stop by from 1 – 4 PM to find out more about high school and adult education courses at the school on Sweppenheiser Drive, East of Bloomsburg.

 

Project Frozen is in effect at AGAPE in Bloomsburg. Through the winter, 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 - you can find Agape under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The Book Buddies Chloe, Riley and Bella will be back at the Bloomsburg Public Library this Tuesday at 6:30 PM, to meet with your young readers who'd like to brush up on their read-aloud skills. They're certified therapy dogs wholove to listen. Bring a book or choose one from the library's collection. The library is on Market Square in Bloomsburg.

 

Bring your good listeners age three to five to the Bloomsburg Public Library on Wednesday for Storytime at 10:00 AM. A coloring project will follow the half hour of stories. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The Library is on Market Square in Bloomsburg.

 

Tickets for BTE's annual Taming of the Brew go on sale online this Saturday at Noon! You can bookmark the website ahead of time at TamingOfTheBrew.org Tickets are $75 each, and are limited to 4 per customer. The Taming of the Brew is coming up on April 12, at Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

WHLM Sports

 

College Basketball

In Huskies basketball Saturday afternoon, the BU Men and Women played Shippensburg in a pair of games at the Nelson Field House. The Women extended their winnin streak to 12 games with a 68-65 win. The Men won their game 78-53. Hear the details from the day's games in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report with Jim Doyle:

 

 

The Men's team will be back in action at the Field House on Wednseday when they play Goldey Beacom. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the pregame show at 7:10.

 

High School Basketball

In girls basketball on Friday night, in a game you heard on the WHLM Stations, Central Columbia beat Southern Columbia by a score of 49-25. Our next high school hoops broadcast will be Monday night, when the Bloomsburg boys host Selinsgrove. Coverage starts with the pregame show at 7:10.

What's Happening Saturday, February 8, 2014


It's not too late to get to the Destination Blues Music Festival, going on all day today. Starting at 10:30, head to the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg for a day of Blues from Local and National artists. For tickets and more information check out the Columbia-Montour Blues Fest on Facebook.

 

The Orangeville Public Library will hold its Annual Winter Book Sale today, and Saturday, February 15 from 9 AM – 1 PM. Local author Heidi Brandt will be on hand for a reading and signing of her book, Chicken Pox And Posies at 10 AM this morning. The library is at 301 Mill Street in Orangeville.

 

It's the 5th annual Dance Your Heart Out for BTE tonight at 7 PM at the Frosty Valley Country Club, featuring music by the Bedbugs. Admittance is $55 per person. A limited number of advance tickets to The Taming of the Brew will be available for purchase by attendees of the dance. For tickets, call the BTE Box Office at (570) 784-8181, or find them under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech is holding an open house for you and prospective students to check out the school this Sunday afternoon. Stop by from 1 – 4 PM to find out more about high school and adult education courses at the school on Sweppenheiser Drive, East of Bloomsburg.

 

Project Frozen is in effect at AGAPE in Bloomsburg. Through the winter, 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 - you can find Agape under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

College Basketball

In Huskies basketball Saturday afternoon, the BU Men and Women played Shippensburg in a pair of games at the Nelson Field House. The Women extended their winnin streak to 12 games with a 68-65 win. The Men won their game 78-53. Hear the details from the day's games in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report with Jim Doyle:

 

 

The Men's team will be back in action at the Field House on Wednseday when they play Goldey Beacom. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the pregame show at 7:10.

 

High School Basketball

In girls basketball on Friday night, in a game you heard on the WHLM Stations, Central Columbia beat Southern Columbia by a score of 49-25. Our next high school hoops broadcast will be Monday night, when the Bloomsburg boys host Selinsgrove. Coverage starts with the pregame show at 7:10.

Friday / February 7, 2014


Jayson Terdiman / Olympics

Opening ceremonies to be held today for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. A Columbia County athlete is in Sochi where he'll compete next week in the double luge. Berwick graduate Jason Terdiman hopes to go downhill for the gold next Wednesday. Terdiman describes the luge as one wild ride. Meantime... there is a pep rally for Terdiman next Wednesday morning at the Reliance Fire Hall on West Third Street in Berwick. It begins at 5 AM... and the public is welcome to drop in.

 

Cheryl Cerasoli

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning for Cheryl Cerasoli who founded... then became executive director of Berwick – based Beyond Violence... a shelter for battered women. She died this week at the age of 69. Ginny Crake of the Berwick Area United Ways says Beyond Violence came along at the right time. A visitation will be held Friday afternoon starting at 5 O'clock at the McMichael – Rarigh and Baker Funeral home on east Third Street.

 

BU National Women's

It's a big day on the Bloomsburg University campus Saturday. It's National women and girls sports day... a time when girls and women get a chance to interact with BU women's athletes. The event begins with registration starting at 9:30 AM.

 

Geisinger / Glenn Steele

The President and Chief Executive officer of Geisinger Health System has been named again to the US Congressional Budget Office's panel of health advisers. Dr. Glenn Steele who has been an adviser for the past two years... is one of 22 nationwide experts in the health care field to be named to the panel. The panel provides the CBO with understanding on research... as well as health care delivery and financing.

 

Chamber Awards

The Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce holding their annual meeting Thursday night.. in Briar Creek Township... recognizing some of their members for their contributions. The Small Business of the year award going to InnoTek Computer Consulting of Bloomsburg... with PPL Corporation recognized at the Large Business of the year. First Keystone Community Bank earned the Community Progress Award... and the Outstanding Citizen Award was presented to Tim Wagner... the owner of Wagner's Trophies and Engraveables of Bloomsburg.

 

Federal Grant

The way has been paved for the Wilkes – Barre Fire Department to hire eight new firefighters. It's made possible through a $1.2 million federal grant. Fire chief Jay Delaney says the money will also be used to reopen a station on Parrish Street. It will mean better response time to the Rolling Mill Hill... the Heights and the south sections of the city.

 

Wilkes – Barre Cops

There are ten new police officers on the streets of Wilkes – Barre. All were sworn in Thursday. The new hires include former Scranton police chief Dan Duffy.... who wanted to get back to doing basic police work.

 

McAdoo Water

McAdoo has a problem. The tiny community five miles south of Hazleton has a problem with frozen water pipes. It's affected at least 25 property owners... many of which have to rely on neighbors... carrying buckets of water for drinking... and to flush toilets. For many in McAdoo... spring can't get to northern Schuylkill County quickly enough.

 

Stabbing Sentence

A Luzerne County man is headed to prison after his conviction of stabbing his girlfriend at Kraft Food in the Hanover Industrial Park last May. Now... Fred Koptcho from Dallas will spend the next four to ten years in prison. He was found guilty last December.

 

Budget / Education
Increased education spending and optimistic revenue projections in Governor Tom Corbett's proposed budget for 2014-15, leave questions on how the money is to be spent and where it might come from.
Franklin and Marshall College political science professor Terry Madonna says the additional 240 million dollars for education is a targeted block grant and so may not help with basic school district budgets. As for $2 billion in revenue to cover the current debt and projected expenditures, Madonna isn't sure the economy can produce it.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Cheyney Thursday night. WHLM's Jim Doyle tells us that Bloomsburg defeated Cheney 62 – 56. In the Women's contest... Bloomsburg downed Cheney 89 – 49. The Bloomsburg University basketball teams will play Shippensburg Saturday afternoon at the Nelson Field House starting with the women's game at 1 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.

 

HS Boys Basketball

In boys high school basketball Thursday night... Jersey Shore downed Danville 83 – 74.

 

HS Girls Basketball 

In girls basketball... Shamokin defeated Danville 43 – 38.

 

High School Basketball

In girls basketball on Friday night, in a game you heard on the WHLM Stations, Central Columbia beat Southern Columbia by a score of 49-25. Our next high school hoops broadcast will be Monday night, when the Bloomsburg boys host Selinsgrove. Coverage starts with the pregame show at 7:10.

 

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team takes on George Mason Sunday afternoon at 2 0'clock at the Nelson Field House. It's the Huskies final home match of the season.

 

Thursday / February 6, 2014


Millard / Budget

Governor Corbett has taken the wraps off a proposed $29.4 billion budget for the 2014 – 15 fiscal year. That's 3.3% more than the state's current spending plan. The governor... pointing to extra revenue from an expansion in gaming... such as adding Keno to the mix... so says state representative David Millard. Meantime.. hearings are scheduled to get underway Monday as state department heads make an appearances in front of the House and Senate appropriations committees... justifying every cent of their proposed operating budget.

 

Casinos

Pennsylvania casino regulators are blaming bad winter weather for a big drop in revenue from slot machines. The state's 12 casinos reported collecting $171.8 million from slot machines in January, down 8.7 percent from a year ago. The biggest loser... Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester County.

 

PPL

Allentown – based PPL stayed ahead of the Wednesday's storm... keeping electricity flowing through the lines. Even now... the utility's Terri MacBride says line crews are in position to get to a trouble spot quickly and safely. MacBride said Columbia and Montour Counties dodged the bullet... with no power outages reported. But the biggest trouble spot appears to be Lancaster County with an estimated 16,000 subscribers without power since Wednesday.

 

Evangelical Flu

Despite the flu bug peaking across the U.S.... it has yet to level out in central and eastern Pennsylvania. That word from Sheila Packer... of the Community Health and Wellness Clinic at Evangelical Hospital in Lewisburg. Ms. Packer says flu shots are still available. Ms. Packer says there is a cost for the shot... but in the long run it's worth it... if you can prevent getting the flu this winter.

 

Endangerment Charges

A 34 – year old Hazleton woman is jailed... after police say she allegedly struck her 9 – year old son in the back with a plastic spatula. Holly Johnson was arrested at her Hazle Township home after her son when to the school nurse complaining of pain... and that's when bruises were discovered. Johnson is facing a child endangerment charge.

 

Sherman Hills

An apartment complex with a troubled past has agreed to pay a $17,000 fine to the city of Wilkes – Barre. The owners of Sherman Hills say they'll fork over the money for not complying with rental inspection regulations. The city had originally wanted $33,000 in fines, but were reduced when management began correcting what was wrong.

 

Murder Suspect Held

An Allentown man is in custody... held in a North Carolina jail without bond... in the death of 35 – year old Angelia Steigerwalt of Tamaqua. 24 – year old Darrell Heath was taken into custody over the weekend driving Steigerwalt's Buick. The woman's body was found Saturday near Jim Thorpe by firefighters who were called to extinguish a brush fire. She was last seen Friday afternoon when she left for her job in Fogelsville.

 

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BU Basketball

In a pair of games that were re-scheduled due to the Winter weather this week, Bloomsburg's Men & Women had a strong showing on the road at Cheyney. The Women won 89-49. The Men won 62-56. Listen to the details from the night's games in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report with Jim Doyle:

 

 

The Huskies are back at home this Saturday when they face Shippensburg in a pair of games. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the pregame show at 12:40.

 

HS Basketball

The area's only unbeaten high school basketball team is in action Thursday night. The Millville girls will take a 17-0 record into their home game against Columbia Montour Vo Tech.

 

NBA

In the NBA Wednesday night..The Boston Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76er's 114 – 105.

 

College Basketball

In men's college basketball... Louisville downed Houston 77 – 66... It was Stanford over California 80 to 69... West Virginia downed Oklahoma 91 – 86..

 

NHL

In the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins skated past the Buffalo Sabres 5 – 1.

 

Wednesday / February 5, 2014


Operation Stormwatch

 

** The Bloomsburg Public Library – Closed

** PA Department of Health in Montour County – Closed

** The Columbia – Montour Aging Office closed today. There is no meals on wheels.

** Bloomsburg YMCA Gymnastics canceled Wednesday evening

** Bingo at the Danville Elks is cancelled Wednesday night

** Bloomsburg Christian Church - Bible Study and Kids Connect - Cancelled

** The Catherine Treon School of Dance in Danville - Classes Cancelled

** Gone Vintage in downtown Bloomsburg will be closed until 11 AM Thursday

** CM Vo-Tech Girls Basketball @ Millville - Postponed until Thursday night

** CM Vo-Tech Wrestling vs Williams Valley - Postponed until Thursday night

 

** A 24 - hour snow parking ban is in effect for the Avenue sector of Briar Creek Township starting at 12 noon Wednesday. 

 

** Drivers in Berwick are being asked to please park on the *odd* side of the street until plows can clear the road. Vehicles should then be moved to the *even* side.

 

** If you are an elderly or disabled resident in the Berwick Boro area, you can call City Hall to have your sidewalk shoveled. Call 570-752-2723 and leave your name and address.

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Winter Weather
We woke up Wednesday morning to an estimated four to six inches of snow on the ground across the Susquehanna Valley... and freezing rain by midday. A storm system in the middle of the country is pulling Gulf of Mexico moisture into cold air, dumping a wintry mess from Missouri to western New England. Ever since the snow began to fall late Tuesday night... Town and Borough public works crews have been out plowing the streets. That's the same for PennDOT who have been plowing and treating all the major highways.

 

PPL

Allentown – based PPL is staying in front of the latest winter storm. The utility says crews are positioned to respond quickly and safely to any situation which may arise. Spokesperson Terri MacBride says Monday's storm left behind heavy snow clinging to trees... and raised the possibility for customers to endure power outages due to the snow.... ice and freezing rain. Thus far, there are no reported outages in Columbia and Montour Counties... but the hardest hit area seems to be Lancaster County where an estimated 45,000 subscribers are without juice. MacBride says if you do have a power outage... you can tell the utility by calling 1 – 800 – DIAL – PPL.

 

United Way

The United Way of Columbia County in Bloomsburg has fallen short of their fall campaign goal... falling about $110,000 short. That word from Executive Director John Thomas... so there is a big push on this month to fill the void. Thomas gave no specific reason for the short – fall.... but the organization has until the end of the month to get the cash or pledges so they can wrap up their 2013 campaign.

 

State Budget

Governor Corbett has unveiled his budget plan for the fiscal year which begins July 1st. The Governor pitched a general fund budget plan to the state legislature that totals $29.4 billion... that's almost a billion dollars higher than the spending plan in place for the current year. The administration is projecting a 4% increase in revenue collections next year - an aggressive forecast, but one that will include some additional new revenue sources, like small games of chance at bars and taverns. The budget plan includes new money for educational block grants and college scholarships...and the governor is renewing his call for public pension reform.

 

Bring Stuie Home

A group of Berwick residents... with a desire to bring home a Stuart tank... built at the former A-C-F plant have started canvassing the community through a letter writing campaign trying to raise funds. Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach... who makes up part of the committee... says the letter is direct and outlines their goals. The committee has found three of the tanks in the northeast... and with the donations in hand they can negotiate with current owners in order to bring home one of the 15,200 tanks produced in Berwick.

 

Endangerment Charges

A 34 – year old Hazleton woman is jailed... after police say she allegedly struck her 9 – year old son in the back with a plastic spatula. Holly Johnson was arrested at her Hazle Township home after her son when to the school nurse complaining of pain... and that's were bruises were discovered. Johnson is facing a child endangerment charge.

 

Shenandoah Church

The congregation of the Holy Ghost Polish National Catholic Church in Shenandoah has held their last service in the 91 year old building. That happened Tuesday. The church has been loosing members over the years. The building will remain a religious symbol... with the structure becoming a Mennonite church.

 

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Southern Gym Dedicated

The home for Southern Columbia Area boys and girls basketball was named the Charles T. Nesbitt Gym Tuesday night in ceremonies prior to the boys varsity game against Selinsgrove. The 90 year old Nesbitt, who was the school's first athletic director and served in that capacity for 26 years, received a standing ovation after his brief acceptance speech.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In one important boys game from last night... Wyoming Valley West defeated Berwick 63 – 43.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball last night... St. John Neumann downed Bloomsburg 53 – 45... it was Montoursville over Southern Columbia 43 – 35... Millville South Williamsport... and Berwick defeated Wyoming Valley West 42 – 32.

 

BU Basketball

Wednesday night's Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball game at Cheney State... has been postponed until Thursday due to the weather. The night begins with the women's game at 6 O'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 5:40.

 

College Basketball

The highest ranking men's college basketball team in action Tuesday night was 3rd ranked Florida. The final score... Florida downed Missouri 68 – 58.

 

Tuesday / February 4, 2014


Weather

All of us heard the sounds of a snow shovel hitting the cement or pavement on Monday... people clearing snow from their property. Also the order of the day.... snow blowers and plow trucks. The estimated 3 to 4 inches of snow first produced two hour delays for area schools... but they later changed to outright closings. Meantime... old man winter continues to slap us around.... and we'll be bracing for another round of snow and freezing rain Wednesday. Already... the National Weather Service has posted a winter storm warning beginning Tuesday night.

 

PennDOT Budget

The so-called nuisance storms which have pounded the area the last two months... dropping anywhere from one to three inches of snow... continues to play havoc with PennDOT's budget. That word from District Three spokesperson Rick Mason. But... will the winter weather have a crunch on summer construction. Not so... according to Mason... reminding us that a lot of the summer construction will be financed through the newly adopted transportation bill. Mason says the agency has plenty of anti – skid and salt to spread on the roads... as well as equipment and personnel to get the job done.

 

Budget

Gov. Tom Corbett rolls out a proposed $29.4 billion state budget that increases spending by 3.3 percent... and counts on new revenue from legalization of keno, a fast-paced game typically played in bars and restaurants. That word from Budget secretary Charles Zogby. Keno revenue would fortify programs for seniors under the state Department of Aging through the Pennsylvania Lottery, freeing up other revenue for general purposes. It's not clear how Corbett proposes to address an expected $1.2 billion to $1.4 billion deficit.

 

Snyder Co. Fire

A 16 – year old Snyder County girl is locked up this morning... charged with trying to kill her aunt and uncle by allegedly setting their house on fire. Teasia Long is accused of starting a fire which destroyed the home of Nancy and Gerald Bickhart of Port Trevorton Monday morning. Police say they believe Long got into an argument Sunday night with the Bickhart's over the music she was listening to. Both of the Bickhart's were treated for injuries.


Destination Blues

With the Moose Exchange heavily damaged by fire last week... events scheduled to take place there have been moved to other venues. Case in point... the Destination Blues Festival scheduled for Friday and Saturday has been moved around the corner to the Caldwell Consistory.. so says Downtown Bloomsburg Manager Adrienne Mael. The Destination Blues Festival consists of four venues in Columbia and Montour Counties. For more information give Ms. Mael a call at the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce in Bloomsburg.

 

Carbon Co. Murder

The car belonging to a Carbon County murder victim has been found in North Carolina. State police aren't saying much... but 35 – year old Angelia Stegerwalt's car was discovered around the same time her body was found in a wooded area near Jim Thorpe. Firemen discovered the body Saturday while battling a brush fire near Flagstaff Road. What's not known by investigators is who killed Ms. Stigerwalt... why and when did the murder take place.

 

Kiddie Sex Charges

A 22 – year old Kingston man is in jail after he admitted to police of having sexual contact with a 14 – year old girl. Edgar Coulter surrendered to police... telling them he met the girl through Facebook. He is also accused of offering the girl drugs at his Kingston home.

 

Ray Musto

Despite his lawyers appeal... former state Senator Ray Musto has reported to a federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina. The trip to the Carolina's is an end result of a competency hearing last month in Wilkes – Barre to see if the 84 – year old former politician could stand trial on corruption charges. Musto's lawyers pleaded for an emergency stay of incarceration... but that motion was denied late last week. No word how long Musto will stay in federal custody.

 

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BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams swept PSAC player of the week honors. Senior Donthe Jordan won the men's award. He scored 15 points and had 12 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in Saturday's win over Lock Haven. Last Wednesday at Millersville he scored 19 points and had a season high 14 rebounds. Senior Cat Noack led the women's team to wins over Millersville and Lock Haven. Her three point shot with 3.4 seconds to play beat Millersville, and she had a game high 26 points in Saturday's win over Lock Haven. The Bloomsburg University basketball teams will play Wednesday night at Cheyney. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 5:40 with the pregame show.

 

High School BB

The big winner in high school sports last night was the weather with all games postponed. In boys basketball Tuesday night, Selinsgrove is at Southern Columbia. Between the Jayvee and varsity games, the Southern Columbia gymnasium will be named for former athletic director Charlie Nesbitt. The 90 - year old Nesbitt was Southern Columbia's first athletic director.

 

College Basketball

In college basketball Monday night, Syracuse, the number one ranked team in the nation was at home against Notre Dame. At the buzzer... Syracuse defeated Notre Dame 61 – 55...

 

NBA

In the NBA Monday night... Brooklyn getting by the Philadelphia 76er's 108 to 102.

 

NHL

In the NHL... the Philadelphia Flyers chalked up another win by defeating the San Jose Sharks 5 to 2.

 

Monday / February 3, 2014


Operation Stormwatch

 

Most the school districts in the area are closed Monday due to the inclement weather. They include...

 

** Kings College - Closing at 3 PM, all Classes Cancelled

** Luzerne County Community College closing at 12 Noon

** Penn State, Hazleton - campus is closed

** McCann School of Business, Hazleton – Classes Canceled, Staff reports at 10 AM

** MMI Prep – Closed

** The Catherine Treon School of Dance, Danville - No Classes Monday

** Bloomsburg YMCA Monday night Gymnastics - Cancelled

** Compassionate Friends of the Susquhanna Valley - Meeting Cancelled

** CM Vo-Tech Boys Basketball vs Montgomery - Postponed Thursday, 2/6

** Central Columbia Boys Basketball @ Danville - Postponed

** Bloomsburg Public Library - Closed after 6 PM

 

Weather

It's the start... of what could be... a rough weather week. A fast moving storm is dumping snow Monday along the East Coast from West Virginia to southern New England. In Columbia and Montour Counties... we're in store for up to two inches of accumulation. PennDOT crews have been out overnight... pre-treating the roads and pre – positioning themselves at places they may be needed. Wednesday could be a challenging day... since a wintery of snow and ice are expected.

 

Punxsutawney Phil

It's 6 more weeks of winter. Pennsylvania's world-famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow Sunday morning at Gobblers Knob near Punxsutawney. Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on February 2nd... winter will last another month-and-a-half. If he doesn’t see it, spring will come early.

 

Moose Exchange

A structural engineer is expected to be at the Moose Exchange Arts and Cultural Center in the 200 block of West Main Street in Bloomsburg. A fire swept through the building last Thursday... extensively damaging the three story structure. Manager Oren Helbok said the destruction was unbelievable... with the grill area on the second floor completely blacked by the fire and it's associated smoke. Authorities now believe the fire started with faulty wiring... and not a space heater as previously thought.

 

AGAPE

With temperatures expected to fall into the mid teens Monday night... the extended hours at AGAPE on 7th Street in Bloomsburg will continue... as they take in folks who are seeking shelter from the cold.

During the past couple of years... the LIHEAP program has been able to tide folks over with heating fuel... but AGAPE's Kathy Lowe says the program has run out of money. Application for other supplemental heating grants have been... or will be made... but that money won't be available until next year at this time. To bridge the gap... AGAPE will extend it's hours overnight... whenever the temperature dips below 25 degrees

 

Budget Address

Public schools and pensions will top the agenda when Gov. Corbett delivers his fourth budget address Tuesday. And overall, the news is expected to be good. That word from Budget Secretary Charles Zogby... saying the governor... in his words... will be making "substantial new investments" in education, health care, and jobs programs.

 

Drug Suspect Jailed

A Berwick man is in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg after he was busted Friday on a variety of drug related charges. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish says officers executed a search warrant on an apartment at 139 West Second Street. They seized a little more than $300.00 in cash... 31 bags of Heroin... and drug paraphernalia. Taken into custody was Kevin Jose DeJesus. He's charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance... and possession of drug paraphernalia. DeJesus was arraigned before District Justice Doug Brewer... who set bail at $75,000 straight cash.

Since he didn't have that... DeJesus was hustled off to the Columbia County Prison.

 

Hazleton Homicide

Authorities in Hazleton are investigating the shooting of a man early Sunday morning. Police say 45 – year old Garey Cox was shot in the parking lot of a bar in the 700 block of West Broad Street. Cox was rushed to the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown where he later died. In custody is the alleged shooter... Terrence Clarke. The death of Cox is being ruled as a homicide.

 

Stabbing

A McAdoo man remains locked up at the Schuylkill County jail after he allegedly stabbed his sister over the weekend. Police say Ralph Lucherra is charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault. The stabbing taking place at his sister's South Cleveland Street apartment late Saturday night. Authorities say the victim is being treated for wounds at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.

 

Body Found

State Police have a murder mystery on their hands... that after firefighters found human remains while fighting a bush fire over the weekend near Jim Thorpe. Police say they believe the body is that of Angela Steigerwalt of Tamaqua. She was last seen heading for work in Lehigh County.

 

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BU Wrestling

It was a great weekend for the Bloomsburg University wrestling team. Sunday afternoon at the Nelson Field House, the Huskies beat Clarion 28-8. On Friday night, they defeated Cleveland State. Their next match will be next Sunday afternoon at home against George Mason.

 

BU Basketball

Bloomsburg University's point guard John Riles did not start Saturday afternoon's game at Nelson Field House, but Riles was on the court at the end of the game against Lock Haven... shooting one of the most critical shots of the game. WHLM's Jim Doyle tells us after Riles shot, Lock Haven made one of two foul shots as the Huskies won 77-76. In the women's game, the Huskies won their 10th straight 69-57. Both Bloomsburg basketball teams play at Cheyney Wednesday night.

 

High School Basketball

It will be a match-up of two boys high school basketball teams with identical 12 and 5 records when Central Columbia plays at Danville Monday night. You can hear that game on the whlm stations beginning with the pregame show at 7:15.

 

Player Named

Former Kutztown University and Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed is the first player in PSAC history to be named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Reed played 15 seasons for the Bills and played in 4 Super Bowls.

 

Super Bowl

Concerns about the weather for Sunday's Super Bowl at the Met Life Stadium in New Jersey were unwarranted. t was 49 degrees at game time. That was supposed to help Denver, but it didn't. The final Seattle 43... Denver 8.

 

 

 

 

What's Happening Sunday, February 2, 2014


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College Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams met Lock Haven Saturday afternoon at Nelson Field House. The Huskies ended the week on a good note, nabbing vicotries in both games. The Women won 69-57 to extend their winning streak to 10 games. The Men snatched a win in the closing seconds, 77-76. Listen to the details from the day's games in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report with Jim Doyle:

 

 

BU will be on the road Wednesday when they travel to play at Cheyney. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame at 5:10.

What's Happening Saturday, February 1, 2014


Berwick Man Busted

A Berwick man is in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg after he was busted Friday on a variety of drug related charges. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish says officers executed a search warrant on an apartment at 139 West Second Street. They seized a little more than $300.00 in cash... 31 bags of Heroin... and drug paraphernalia. Taken into custody was Kevin Jose DeJesus. He's charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance... and possession of drug paraphernalia. DeJesus was arraigned before District Justice Doug Brewer... who set bail at $75,000 straight cash. Since he didn't have that... DeJesus was hustled off to the Columbia County Prison.

 

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Get your tickets now for the Destination Blues Music and Brewpub Festival, coming up February 7th & 8th. Friday the 7th, take a tour of four local microbreweries, and Saturday the 8th, head to the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg for a day of Blues from Local and National artists. For more information check out the Columbia-Montour Blues Fest on Facebook.

 

Project Frozen is in effect at AGAPE in Bloomsburg. Through the rest of this Winter, 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

 

Project Trio is coming to the campus of Bloomsburg University as part of the Celebrity Artist Series this Friday night. Internationally famous through their releases on YouTube, beatboxing flautist Greg Patillo, cellist Eric Stephenson, and bassist Peter Seymour blend the finley-honed skill of classical chamber music with the spirit of modern genres from Hip-Hop to Bebop. Tickets are on sale now. The concert at Carver Hall starts at 7 PM, Friday. Check out the Clebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Sign up your tuneful tots for Our Time Kindermusik this Spring at Grove Presbyterian Church, Bloom Street in Danville. The young children and parents musical course runs February 12 through May 2nd, and is geared toward kids 16 months to 3 years old. Cost is $85 for non-members, $70 for Church members. Scholarships are availible for qualifying families! Sign up by Sunday by calling 570-275-0692.

 

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.

 

WHLM Sports

 

College Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams met Lock Haven Saturday afternoon at Nelson Field House. The Huskies ended the week on a good note, nabbing vicotries in both games. The Women won 69-57 to extend their winning streak to 10 games. The Men snatched a win in the closing seconds, 77-76. Listen to the details from the day's games in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report with Jim Doyle:

 

 

BU will be on the road Wednesday when they travel to play at Cheyney. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame at 5:10.

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