Riverside needs a new Mayor. Joe Oberdof who has been Mayor since 2014 and before that was a long-time borough manager in Riverside submitted his letter of resignation to borough council last night and it’s effective immediately. The Danville News reports the mayor’s resignation was the result of a borough council member hanging up on Oberdorf during a phone conversation Friday discussing police coverage during last week’s winter storm.
A Lycoming County contractor who failed to show up October 1st to begin serving a jail term for bilking a couple out of $6,500 is now in the Montour County lock-up. 42-year Chad Barto, of Muncy, was sentenced back in August to pay restitution and serve 6 to 23 months in Montour County Prison after pleading guilty to theft by deception after taking money from an Anthony Township couple, but failing to do work he was hired to do. Barto now faces a new felony charge for failing to appear at the prison voluntarily as he was supposed to on October 1st. A hearing on the new charge was postponed yesterday by Danville District Judge Marvin Shrawder because Barto didn’t have an attorney.
A Montour County businessman has broken a Guinness World Record. Stan Kohl of Kohl’s Stony Hill Tree Farm near Danville has broken the world record for the largest collection of Christmas tree stands. Kohl’s collection began with 10 Christmas tree stands back in 2004 and has grown to more than 1,200. Even though he has the Guinness World Record, Kohl plans to continue adding to his collection.
The state Auditor General says he plans to conduct a new audit of the state Health Department’s oversight of nursing homes. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says his department will examine how well the Department of Health has followed 23 recommendations contained in a 2016 audit on the oversight of Pennsylvania nursing homes. DePasquale says the audit two years ago identified and made recommendations regarding nurse staffing levels, as well as the handling of complaints and sanctions against poor-performing nursing homes.
Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office has released an annual budget report showing Pennsylvania lawmakers will probably have to fill a significant deficit in the next fiscal year. When the current fiscal year ends on June 30th 2019, the Independent Fiscal Office projects a budget deficit as high as one and a half billion dollars. IFO Director Matthew Knittel says it could be even higher if the economy slows down. He adds one-time revenue sources helping to fuel the current budget won’t be available next year, and even with no increase in spending, mandatory expenses such as Medicaid and other federal programs will send the state into the red without additional sources of revenue.
Matt Gillette has finished first three straight times in the Run for the Diamonds. The native of Orefield, Pennsylvania will be back to try to make it four in a row when the 9 mile road race takes place Thanksgiving morning in Berwick. You can hear live coverage of the 109th Run for the Diamonds on the whlm stations Thursday morning starting with the broadcast following the 10AM news.
Because of yesterday's snowstorm, the Mount Camel at Southern Columbia District 4 Class AA championship football game has been postponed until tomorrow night at 7. Coverage on the whlm stations will begin at 6:30 with the pregame show. The AAA final will also be played tomorrow night with Danville at home against Montoursville.
Two area soccer teams will be playing Class A state championship games today at Hershey Park Stadium. At 11 this morning, the Southern Columbia girls play Freedom Area. This afternoon at 1:30, the Millville boys play Avonworth.