Governor Wolf says an online restaurant supply company, WebstaurantStore.com, will build and operate a 586,000 square foot distribution center in Buckhorn and the project will bring at least 400 new, full-time jobs to our area. The $33-million dollar distribution center project in Hemlock Township, Columbia County near Home Depot will help the company better serve the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. The Wolf Administration is providing an $800,000 grant and an $800,000 tax credit to the company for expanding and investing in Pennsylvania. The governor’s office says WebstaurantStore.com is the largest online restaurant supply store serving food service professionals and individual customers worldwide. The company, which was launched in 2004 and is headquartered in Lancaster County, has expanded its offerings over the years beyond the restaurant industry, to include healthcare, educational, and hotel supplies.
A second person has been charged in connection with operating that meth lab that exploded Tuesday morning heavily damaging a double-block home in the 300 block of Chamber Street in Danville. 40-year-old Nikki Doebler of 321 Chamber Street is facing charges of operating a meth lab, causing or risking a catastrophe, manufacture of meth with a child present, endangering the welfare of a child and three counts of recklessly endangering another person. Doebler’s boyfriend, 33-year-old Richard McHugh, who also lived in the home is facing similar charges. They were filed on Tuesday. Both Doebler and McHugh are in the county lock-up on $250,000 bail. Authorities say they also expect to file charges against Michael Mowrer, Jr., who was burned in the fire and taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital, once his condition improves.
A bill which seeks to clarify the rights of parents, minors, and providers when it comes to the mental health treatment for minors has been advanced by the state House Human Services Committee. The bill would repeal parts of Act 147 of 2004 and replace them with language that supporters of the measure say is less likely to be misinterpreted and cause confusion. State Representative Jason Ortitay says he wants to make it clear that parents have control when it comes to decisions about mental health treatment for their children. If the bill is passed and signed into law, Representative Ortitay believes it could save lives.
The PA Game Commission has a simple message when it comes to baby wildlife--leave it alone. State Game officials say that while some young animals may appear abandoned, it's very likely the mothers are close by, even possibly watching if you get too close to their offspring. Humans should also keep in mind there are several diseases and parasites carried by wild animals, and it's illegal to take or try to adopt them. The best thing to do when encountering chicks, fawns or other young critters is to simply stay away, while keeping in mind it's dangerous for wild animals to lose their fear of humans.
A Columbia County man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for supplying the heroin and fentanyl that killed a Bloomsburg man back in 2016. 62-year-old Jeffrey Jones, of Orangeville, had pleaded guilty in federal court in Williamsport in December to selling the drugs to 27-year-old David Dietz, Jr., of Bloomsburg, on July 28th, 2016. Dietz was found unresponsive in a bathroom of The Press-Enterprise newspaper, where he was employed. He died despite being given a shot of Narcan in an effort to reverse the effects of the drugs. The federal prosecutor in the case was seeking an 18-year sentence for Jones.
The Millville baseball team will take a 17 and 2 record into their District 4 Class A semifinal game today against Canton. That game will be played at Central Columbia starting at 6:30.
In softball today, in the District 4 Class AAA quarterfinals, Bloomsburg is at Athens; and Central Columbia is at home against Wellsboro. Both of those games start at 4:30.
The Bloomsburg and Central Columbia baseball teams will both play District playoff games today. Bloomsburg plays Sayre in a District 4 AA semifinal at Montgomery. That game begins at 4:30. Central Columbia is at home against Hughesville in a District 4 AAA quarterfinal beginning at 6:30.
Southern Columbia junior Julian Fleming won three gold medals and a silver, and the Central Columbia boys won the team title at the District 4 Track & Field Championships which concluded Saturday in Williamsport. The state championships begin Friday morning at Shippensburg University.