The following area schools have announced early dismissal:
Benton Area - All Schools dismissed at Noon
Berwick Area - High School and Middle School dismissed at Noon, Elementary School at 12:45
Millville Area - Elementary School dismissed at 12:25, High School at 12:35
Sullivan County - All Schools dismissed at 12:30
Dozens of firefighters from Columbia and Montour counties braved single-digit temperatures early Tuesday morning as they battled a blaze in Catawissa. The fire destroyed a large pole barn used for storage along Railroad Street at the Catawissa Railroad and Whistle Stop Fence Company property. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but the fire chief says it may have been caused by heat tape.
A Township Supervisor in Montour County has given up his right to preliminary hearing in front of a Magisterial District Judge on charges stemming from a drunk driving crash last month. His case will now proceed to Montour County Court. Police say Mahoning Township Supervisor John Whelan’s blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when he crashed his pick-up truck into two vehicles parked along Bloom Road in the township on December 30th. Whelan was sworn into office to a two-year term as a supervisor in early January 2018.
A bill being introduced in the state House would allow eligible Pennsylvanians to register and vote on election day. The bill would allow what's known as same-day registration, where a voter shows up at the polls on election day, presents a valid ID and casts a ballot. The vote would count once the information is verified by the Department of State. Represntative Ryan Bizzaro says his bill would make it easier to cast a ballot and has been proven to increase voter participation in the states where it's currently legal.
The Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group says a new report highlights the need for improved food safety. PennPIRG report says an 83 percent increase in the most hazardous Class 1 recalls for meat and poultry over the past five years shows that more needs to be done to protect the nation's food supply. And PennPIRG says fewer inspectors on the job due to the partial federal government shutdown could also be impacting the safety of food.
On a game you heard Monday night on WHLM, the Central Columbia boys basketball team beat the Southern Columbia Tigers 66 to 47.
In a game you heard on the WHLM Sports broadcast, Berwick played against MMI Prep at Berwick. MMI Prep beat Berwick by a score of 49-34.
Tonight is Youth League night at the Varsity Gym in Berwick. Prior to the boys basketball game against MMI Prep, over 90 players in grades 2 through 6 will be recognized. You can hear the Berwick-MMI Prep game on the WHLM stations starting with the pregame show at 7:15