Walking inside Palachick's General Store near Catawissa is like taking a step back in time. But after 65 years on Route 42 in the village of Numidia, Palachick's General Store is closing. The Palachick family bought the store in 1953. Peggy, JoAnne, and their siblings have worked here for as long as they can remember. There is a possible buyer for the place... and plans to keep the store the way it is.
Bloomsburg Police continue to search for a man wanted for burglary in the 1-hundred block of Railroad Street. Police tell us the incident went down shortly after 6 O'clock. The freighted home owner said the man brandished, what appeared to be, a black pistol and demanded money. The black male was wearing cargo shorts... a t-shirt and a green fishing hat. Anyone with information about the robbery... is asked to call the cop shop 570 – 784 – 4155.
The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education today approved the second smallest tuition increase in more than a decade for the 2018-19 academic year. The $112-a-semester increase—less than 3 percent—was possible largely because of a fourth consecutive year of increased state funding for the System. That combined with expected healthcare and energy cost savings. However, an additional $20 million in budget reductions by the universities still will be necessary.
Pennsylvania farmers are feeling the effects of the trade war between the U.S. and China. Pennsylvania Farm Bureau spokesman Mark O'Neill says China's tariffs against U.S. soybeans are negatively impacting farmers in Pennsylvania. Whether their soybeans go directly to China or are sold in other ways, the price they receive for soybeans is lower because of the trade war. O'Neill says the PA Farm Bureau hopes cooler heads will prevail, adding that the trade war is not benefiting anyone.
Governor Wolf is launching a new initiative to bridge the "skills gap" in Pennsylvania's workforce. Governor Tom Wolf was joined by leaders in government, education, labor, and business, for the latest phase in an initiative known as PA-SMART. The goal is to better collaborate to improve the skills need by the workforce to meet the needs of the jobs being created. It includes 20 million dollars in computer science and education in the STEM fields, and another 10 million for apprenticeships and job training.
Animal Resource Center
It's a busy time of the year at the Animal Resource Center... as folks adopt pets. The ARC's Linda Bird telling Joe earlier this week about shelter hours. Look at what the shelter has to offer. Just go to their web site... “NoKillARC.org” ... or join the conversation on Facebook.
Wilkes – Barre Fireworks
Wilkes-Barre City Council voted unanimously on Thursday night to approve an ordinance that would effectively ban most consumer fireworks in the city. Fire Chief Jay Delaney proposed the ordinance after last week's Fourth of July. It's the first year Pennsylvanians were allowed to buy bigger fireworks for personal use. The ordinance in Wilkes-Barre would not affect the city's annual fireworks show at Kirby Park.
Authorities in Allentown announced an arrest in last month's shooting at the Lehigh Valley Mall. Two men were shot in the mall parking lot on June 1st. The men both survived. Authorities announced the arrest of 19-year-old Miles Harper of Bethlehem on Thursday. Police believe the shooting in Lehigh County was gang-related.