Danville Borough officials have opened the 4 bids they received for construction of new police station on the playground next to the former Danville Elementary School on East Front Street. The apparent low-bidder was T. Ross Brothers Construction of Montandon with a quote of nearly $1.75 million. The next closest bid came from Zartman Construction of Northumberland at $2.2 million. The bids will be reviewed to make sure they are eligible. Borough Council could take action to name the winning bid at their next meeting set for April 2nd. Borough Officials hope to have the police station completed by the end of the year.
The NCAA men's college basketball tournament known as "March Madness" got underway last week, with many folks chipping in a few bucks and filling out the familiar brackets in a betting pool with friends or coworkers. Technically, such betting pools are illegal, but a state lawmaker wants to change that. State Senator Lisa Boscola is the sponor of a bill to decriminalize betting pools, if the amount bet is less than 20 dollars, there are fewer than 100 participants, and all the money stays within the group.
Fire destroyed about half dozen buildings in a Schuylkill County borough where an earlier blaze destroyed six buildings last month. Fire crews were called to 100 block of Centre Street in Ashland at about 3:40 Sunday morning and found the back of several buildings engulfed in flames. Authorities sat the M&M Sandwich Shop and five homes next to it were destroyed. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Last month, a similar blaze destroyed six row homes in Ashland.
Legislation to set minimums for nurse-patient ratios at Pennsylvania hospitals has been introduced in Harrisburg. The bill, introduced by state Senator Maria Collett of Montgomery County would establish a minimum number of nurses, compared to how many patients they care for in hospitals and other medical facilities. Different ratios would be set, depending on the nature of the unit. The legislation is part of keeping patients safe and ensuring they receive the best care possible; it also represents ways for hospitals to make an investment that pays off in overall savings.
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says the state Turnpike system is now almost $12-billion in debt and is on the brink of financial collapse. At issue is a 2007 state law, known as Act 44, which requires the Turnpike to transfer $450 million a year to PennDOT to fund mass transit across the state. In order to meet the payments, the Turnpike has had to borrow billions of dollars. The Turnpike was supposed to get some help in making the payments with the tolling of Interstate 80, but that was blocked by the Obama Administration. DePasquale says ever-increasing tolls aren’t putting a dent in the Turnpike’s debt, and it's actually making the money problems worse by forcing less people to use the Turnpike. His suggestions include drastically reducing toll subsidies for mass transit or legalizing recreation marijuana which he estimates would raise $600 million a year. More details on the Auditor General’s report about the Turnpike are available here.
The Danville girls were the last local high school basketball team still playing in the state playoffs. Their run ended Saturday afternoon in Hazleton with a 60-37 loss to Bethlehem Catholic in the Quad A state quarterfinals. Danville finished the season with a record of 24-5.
Danville senior Coleman Cush is the first recipient of the Heartland Conference scholar athlete award. The starting point guard helped the Ironmen win the Heartland Conference Division One title as well as the District 4 Quad A championship.
The Millville High School boys basketball team lost to North Star Wednesday night 52-51 in a Class AA second round state playoff game. The Quakers end the season with a record of 25 and 2.
The Danville girls beat Elco 51-41 in a Quad A second round game at Martz Hall in Pottsville. Danville advances to Saturday's state quarterfinals with a record of 24 and 4.
The long and successful season of the Danville boys' basketball team came to an end Tuesday night. The Ironmen lost to two time defending state champion Imhotep Charter 68-37 in the second round of the Class Quad A State playoffs. Danville finishes the season with a record of 23 and 5.
Three area teams will play second round state playoff games tonight. The Millville boys, with a season record of 25 and 1, will play North Star at Bald Eagle Area High School in Wingate starting at 6.
The Danville girls play Elco this afternoon at 5 at Martz Hall in Pottsville in Quad A ; and the Benton girls play Weatherly tonight at 7:30 at Bloomsburg University in a Class A game.