Berwick Test Track Park
It's a big weekend in Berwick... plenty of things to do at Test Track Park on South Eaton Street. There... the Berwick Boat Club... the American Power Boat Association and the Berwick Area United Way are hosting are a regatta on the Susquehanna River. For Berwick Mayor Tim Burke it's a way to get more folks to use the river. The event begins Friday night. Saturday there will be the regatta on the Susquehanna.... and a car show.
Pennsylvania's Auditor General says skyrocketing tuition at Penn State is making the university unaffordable to the middle class. Over the last three decades, the price of tuition at Penn State rose 535 percent...while the median income in Pennsylvania rose only 164 percent. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says Penn State must create a tuition task force focused on lowering costs. The audit found, over the past 4 years, operating expenses at the university rose about 10% while revenues grew by 6.7%
A bill unveiled this week aims to encourage Pennsylvanians to stock up on items used in an emergency. The bill would temporarily suspend Pennsylvania's 6 percent sales tax for the purchase of emergency preparedness supplies. Items include flashlights, batteries, generators, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, and smoke detectors. If approved, it would establish 2 sales tax holiday periods, September 4th through the 10th this year and March 6th through the 12th of next year.
An honor recognizing the Berwick – built Stuart Tank. Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach... head of the Stuart Tank Committee.. said county resident Ray Weaver has developed a 3-D drawing of the tank in a battle scene. The Stuart tank committee plans to hold an event in Berwick next month.
Guidelines for prescribing powerful opioid painkillers would be strengthened under legislation headed to the state Senate. The guidelines were developed by the Governor's Task Force on Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices. Right now they're voluntary, but a bill approved by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee would make them mandatory. The guidelines deal with prescribing opioids to manage pain in 9 areas, including non-cancerous chronic pain, emergency room treatment, dental practices, Ob/GYN treatment and sports medicine.
A pair of thieves are under arrest after a bank heist in Luzerne County. Police say 36 – year old Douglas Sicker Jr., of Hanover Township, and 35 – year old Shawn Cavanaugh of Wilkes-Barre, allegedly robbed the PNC on Main Street in Avoca on Wednesday. They showed guns to the tellers, got some cash and took off. They were picked up early Thursday morning.
As the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport marks its 70th anniversary, it's also celebrating a record-breaking month. More than 24,000 people flew out of the airport in May. Officials said that is the highest number of departing passengers in the airport's 70-year history.The airport didn't just have a record-breaking May, it also had a record-breaking April. Airport officials said it brings in nearly $340 million into the local economy every year.
One man is dead and another is behind bars after a stabbing in Williamsport. According to police, the victim was found around 1 a.m. Thursday just off of Locust Street in the city. Officers say Scott Cole of Williamsport suffered cuts and punctures to his head, chest, and back. He died at the hospital.
Police in Hazleton arrested a robbery suspect seen on security camera video. Officers say 45 – year old Louis Arcelay of Hazleton, had a gun and a knife when he robbed the cashier at the Convenient Market on Juniper Street in the city early Wednesday morning. No one was hurt. Arcelay will be charged with robbery, aggravated assault, theft, simple assault, criminal mischief and has confessed to three other crimes in the city...