Dozens of Catholics came out to Queen of the Most Holy Rosary church in Elysburg last night to attend a listening session with Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Diocese of Harrisburg. This session and others like it around the diocese are being held in the wake of last summer’s Grand Jury Report exposing decades of child sexual abuse by clergy in Pennsylvania. A listening session was supposed to be held at Immaculate Conception church in Berwick on Wednesday night but due to wintry weather its been moved to March 14th.
A fast moving fire ripped through 6 row homes in Ashland Thursday afternoon. Nearly 2 dozen people are homeless as a result of the blaze on Brock street in the borough. A state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of that blaze in Schuylkill County.
Penn State’s president when the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal erupted may soon be going to jail after Pennsylvania’s highest court declined Thursday to hear the appeal of his conviction for child endangerment. The state Supreme Court ruled it will not take up Graham Spanier’s appeal of the misdemeanor conviction related to Spanier’s handling of a 2001 complaint about Sandusky showering with a boy in the football team locker room.
Following recent passage in committee, the sponsor of a bill that seeks to pave the way for Sunday hunting in PA is hopeful it will become a reality. State Senator Dan Laughlin's bill, approved by the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee which he chairs, would allow the Pennsylvania Game Commission to decide if there should be Sunday hunting in PA. Laughlin says allowing hunting on Sundays would give him and other people who are busy every other day time to hunt with their kids. Laughlin says lifting the ban on Sunday hunting, which goes back about 125 years, is long overdue.
Testifying before the state Senate Appropriations Committee during budget hearings this week, the state's top elections official defended the need for counties to have new voting systems with voter-verifiable paper trails in time for next year's elections. Given the challenges counties may have in being able to afford the new voting systems, Senator Bob Mensch questioned the rush to have the new technology in place by next year.
But Acting Secretary of the Department of State Kathy Boockvar says PA does not want to be the only state with election systems lacking voter-verifiable paper trails. Currently PA is one of 13 states which doesn't have the new technology completely in place.
Four area high school basketball teams advanced to the District 4 semifinals with wins Thursday night. The Millville boys improved their record to 22 and 1 with a 66-38 win over East Juniata. The Millville girls routed Meadowbrook Christian 58-26.
The Bloomsburg boys got by Wyalusing 50-42; Central Columbia beat North Penn/Mansfield 69-53, and the Southern Columbia boys were eliminated by Mount Carmel 52-43.
High school wrestling’s post season continues tonight with the District 4 Class AA tournament at Williamsport High School.
In girls high school basketball Wednesday night, in the semifinals of the Heartland Conference championships at Shikellamy High School, Danville beat Warrior Run 49-43 and Mifflinburg beat Loyalsock 57-54 in overtime. The championship game between Danville and Mifflinburg will be played Friday night at 6.
Tonight in the boys semifinals, Danville plays Montoursville at 6 followed by Loyalsock against Mount Carmel.
The regular season game between Southern Columbia and Bloomsburg was postponed Wednesday night. That game will be played tonight starting at 7 at the Bloomsburg Middle School Gym.
In boys high school basketball Thursday night In the Heartland Conference semifinals at Shikellamy, Montoursville upset Danville 61-57, and Loyalsock beat Mount Carmel 85-63. Tonight in the girls championship game at 6, Danville plays Mifflinburg. That will be followed by the boys final between Montoursville and Loyalsock.
In boys regular season games Thursday night, Millville beat Saint John Neumann 66-49 to move into a first place tie with Neumann in the Mid Penn Conference, and Bloomsburg Beat Southern Columbia 62-54. In girls basketball Thursday night, Bloomsburg beat Central Mountain 59-44.