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Hidlay Church Road Fire

A fire marshal has been called in to determine the cause of a blaze which destroyed a recreational vehicle early Thursday morning. Orangeville... Lightstreet and Espy volunteer firefighters were called to the 200 block of Hidlay Church Road in North Center Township around 3:30. First due found the RV involved in flames. Those flames were brought under control with in an hour.

 

Bloomsburg Administrator

The Town of Bloomsburg has a new administrator.Lauren Martz was hired three years ago as an assistant to then – manager Bill Lowthart... was was the interim manager when Lowthart took at job in Lewisburg. But, now... the 30 – year old Martz heads up the operation of Town Government. Ms. Martz says the future of Bloomsburg includes

making Bloomsburg a destination location... since the courthouse and the university are located here.

 

Turzai / Budget

The dust is starting to settle following Governor Wolf's Budget address to lawmakers in Harrisburg. In a call to WHLM Radio News Wednesday... house speaker Mike Turzai says state representatives are getting one message from voters... and that is not allow the governor to raise taxes. In his address... Governor Wolf is proposing raising the personal income tax from three to 11 per cent... raising the minimum wage three bucks an hour... and tacking an extra dollar to the state cigarette tax.

 

State Senate can't Muster Votes
The measure to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office that failed in the Senate Wednesday may make a reappearance. A motion for reconsideration on the removal measure passed the Senate by simple majority... and it was referred back to the rules committee. Majority Leader Jake Corman says that means the door isn't completely closed on the removal process. The option to bring the measure back up for another vote is there... if events unfold that call for it. Corman says, for now however, it's time to move on.

 

Turnpike Trauma
Hundreds of vehicles rode out the blizzard last month stuck on a rural stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Turnpike officials faced questions from lawmakers during a hearing in Harrisburg. Top officials with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission were joined by officers of the Pennsylvania State Police in testifying before the House Transportation Committee. Lawmakers asked about the response to the massive snowfall January 23rd that stranded hundreds of motorists in the Breezewood-Everett-Bedford-Somerset corridor. Turnpike officials described a scenario where large trucks were already on the highway as the snow got out of hand and the highway was closed. While not an ideal situation, the officials said lessons were learned and there was no loss of life in the incident. Lawmakers were largely sympathetic...

 

Gas Prices

The average price of a gallon of gasoline continues to tumble. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report show's we're paying an average of a $1.93 a gallon. More at some station... less at others. A week ago we were paying a $1.98... and a month ago the average price of gasoline was $2.15 a gallon.

 

211 Day
A resolution approved in the state House recognizes this February 11th as 2-1-1 Day in Pennsylvania. The 2-1-1 system is operated by the United Way and serves as a one-stop shop for people in need. Callers are connected with the appropriate service, agency, or organization in their local area. State Representative Steven Bloom sponsored the resolution, and applauds the United Way for providing what he calls a common good in our Commonwealth.

 

Blakeslee Inn

An electrical outlet is being blamed for that massive fire which destroyed the Blakeslee Inn earlier this month. A state police fire marshal said the malfunction occurred inside a wall of an office... and spread throughout the building... owned by Pocono International Raceway. The Inn on Route 940 in near-by Monroe County was used as a restaurant and bar... and was destroyed by the flames.

 

Hazleton Cops

The new mayor of Hazleton wants to hire more police officers. Mayor Jeff Cusat wants to hire nine new cops... bringing the force to 49. But, how do you play for them... through an earned income tax. The problem is the tax is earmarked for pensions... and not new hires. Now.. state representative Tarah Toohil is looking into the possibility of legislation to allow the city to create a new earned income tax.

 

Zika

The state Department of Health says two Pennsylvania women have tested positive for the Zika virus after traveling to countries affected by the ongoing outbreak of the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the illnesses Tuesday. Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy said the cases pose no threat to the public. Zika is a generally mild illness that is spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito, but doctors believe the virus puts pregnant women at serious risks for birth defects.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men’s and women’s basketball teams played Kutztown last night at the Nelson Field House. WHLM's Larry White says the men downed Kutztown in overtime 81 – 77... with the women's team scoring a win with a score of 61 – 60. Next up for the Bloomsburg University basketball teams are games Saturday afternoon at Lock Haven.

 

Boys HS Basketball / Wednesday

In boys high school basketball Wednesday night... it was St. John Newmann over Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech 70 – 55.

 

Girls HS Basketball / Wednesday

In girls basketball... Hazleton Area defeated Berwick 67 – 53.... and Southern Columbia downed Selinsgrove 59 – 40.

 

Girls HS Basketball / Thursday

In girls basketball tonight, the Heartland Conference semifinals will be played at Shikellamy High School in Sunbury. In the first game at 6 O'clock... Mount Carmel plays Shamokin. That will be followed by the game between Danville and Southern Columbia. The championship game will be played Friday night at the same venue.

 

Southern Columbia Wrestling

The Southern Columbia wrestling team will go against Reynolds Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey in the Class AA team duels.

 

NBA / Wednesday

In the NBA Wednesday night... the Sacramento Kings got by the Philadelphia 76er's 114 to 110.

 

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State Senate Fails to Oust Kane

The state Senate on Wednesday failed to approve a historic proposal to remove Kathleen Kane as attorney general based on the assertion that her suspended law license may hamper her ability to do her job. The Trib Live is reporting with a 29-19 count, the petition didn't gain the constitutionally required two-thirds majority of 33 votes to remove a civil officer for reasonable cause. Senate Republican leaders won a vote to reconsider the petition if circumstances change. The House, at the same time, overwhelmingly approved a resolution to investigate whether Kane has committed “misbehavior in office.” That could lead to articles of impeachment, which would require a Senate trial.

 

Snow Fall / Plowing

In Bloomsburg overnight... the sound many of us woke up to Wednesday morning... the sound of private snow plows clearing snow out of parking lots and roadways. Around 2:30 Wednesday morning... a couple of members of the Bloomsburg Volunteer Fire Department clearing the one to two inch snow fall out of the department's driveway in the 900 block of south Market Street. The sound to be repeated up and down the Susquehanna Valley throughout the morning.

 

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Central Teacher

A former Central Columbia School District teacher is facing sexual assault charges. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... 31 – year old Mark Anthony Thomas of Mifflinville is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an 18 year old female student. Thomas had resigned from his teaching job this month. He appeared before a district judge Tuesday... and was released without having to post $50,000 bail.

 

Millard / Wolf Budget

Governor Wolf set a contentious tone when he delivered his 2016 -17 budget address in Harrisburg on Tuesday. The proposed spending plan checks in at $33.3 billion dollars... a two year increase of four point three billion. It was a combative second budget address, with Mr. Wolf telling legislators that if they won’t fulfill their responsibilities to Pennsylvania residents, they should find a different job. But state representative David Millard... a Republican from Berwick... says the rubber meets the road later this month. In his speech... Governor Wolf is proposing is proposing a $3 dollar an hour increase in the minimum wage... boosting personal income tax from 3-point-four percent to 11 Percent.... and tacking on a dollar a pack to the state cigarette tax.

 

Education / Budget
Education would see a boost in spending under the budget proposed by Governor Tom Wolf. The Governor is asking for an additional 200 million-dollars for K though 12 education in the next fiscal year, on top of the more than 370 million he is seeking in the current year's budget. The Governor is also seeking to increase spending for higher education, a total of ten percent this year and next for the 14 state owned universities and four state-related schools.

 

Zika Virus
The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the first cases of the Zika virus in Pennsylvania. The Department of Health announced that two women tested positive for the virus that could be causing birth defects.... after traveling to a country affected by the outbreak. Officials say the patients have already recovered and do not pose a public health risk... as most cases of Zika are transmitted by mosquitoes that do not live in Pennsylvania. All pregnant women who have traveled to affected countries are advised to get tested for Zika as soon as possible.

 

Animal Resource Center

The Columbia County - based Animal Resource Center says now is the time to give an animal a forever home. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Executive Director Linda Bird says there are some kittens ready for adoption. Check out and see the animals by going to their website... www.nokillarc.org... or on their Facebook page.

 

WHLM Sports

Jahri Evans

After ten seasons as a starting guard for the New Orleans Saints, former Bloomsburg University All American Jahri Evans has been cut by the team. Evans’ agent says the six time pro bowl selection plans to continue playing in the NFL.

 

BU Basketball

Bloomsburg University senior Adreana Sadowski is the PSAC Eastern Division women’s basketball player of the week. Sadowski averaged 18 point and nine and a half rebounds in games against West Chester and Mansfield. Both the Women's and Men's teams played at home against Kutztown Wednesday night. The mens team won 81-77 and the womens team won 61-60. You can hear the details with Larry White in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

 

Boys HS Basketball / Tuesday

In boys high school basketball Tuesday night... Berwick defeated Tunkhannock 57 – 44.

 

Boys HS Basketball / Wednesday

In boys basketball Wednesday night, the Heartland Conference Championship semifinals will be played at Shikellamy High School in Sunbury. In the first game at 6 O'clock... Shamokin takes on Sullivan County. After that game Lewisburg will play Shikellamy.

 

College Basketball / Tuesday

In Top 25 men’s college basketball Tuesday night...top ranked Villanova downed Depaul 86 – 59... 6th ranked Kansas topped 10th West Virginia 75 – 65... and 18th ranked Purdue just getting by Michigan State 82 – 81.

 

 

 

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Bloomsburg Town Council

A victory for downtown Bloomsburg merchants. Town Council Monday night on a vote of three to three killed a proposal calling for extended time to plug parking meters. Fred Gaffney is president of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says council finally listened to the will of the people... and the merchants. The proposal would have called for plugging the meters from 10 AM to 7 PM on weekdays and Saturday from 10 till 3. The parking sub – committee will now take a look at the issue.

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Bloomsburg Town Council

A victory for downtown Bloomsburg merchants. Town Council Monday night on a vote of three to three killed a proposal calling for extended time to plug parking meters. Fred Gaffney is president of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says council finally listened to the will of the people... and the merchants. The proposal would have called for plugging the meters from 10 AM to 7 PM on weekdays and Saturday from 10 till 3. The parking sub – committee will now take a look at the issue.

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*Operation Storm Watch*

Delays, Closings, and Cancellations for Wednesday 2/10:

 

The following schools are on a 2-hour delay:

* Benton Area

* Berwick Area

* Bloomsburg Area

* Bloomsburg Christian

* Central Columbia

* Columbia County Christian

* Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech

* Danville Area

* Hazleton Area

* Millville Area

* Mount Carmel Area

* Southern Columbia

* St. Columba in Bloomsburg

* St. Joseph's in Danville

* Sullivan County

 

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Wolf to Lawmakers:: :"Find Another Job"

Gov. Tom Wolf today delivered a combative second budget address, telling legislators that if they won’t fulfill their responsibilities to Pennsylvania residents, they should find a different job. As the governor spoke, introducing a budget proposal that renews his calls for increased school spending and higher taxes, audible grumbles rose from the Republican side of the House chamber, while Democrats applauded. Republican reaction was swift and harsh. Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, called the governor's proposal “a massive tax and spend budget built on a pile of rubble.” Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, called it the "most absurd" budget address of the 18 he has heard. He said the tone of Mr. Wolf's address was divisive. Mr. Wolf, a Democrat, delivered his budget address after a contentious year at the Capitol that has left Pennsylvania without a complete state spending plan seven months into its fiscal year.

 

Town Council

A victory for downtown Bloomsburg merchants. Town Council Monday night on a vote of three to three killed a proposal calling for extended time to plug parking meters. Fred Gaffney is president of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says council finally listened to the will of the people... and the merchants. The proposal would have called for plugging the meters from 10 AM to 7 PM on weekdays and Saturday from 10 till 3. The parking sub – committee will now take a look at the issue.

 

Governor's Budget Preview

Governor Wolf plans to deliver his second budget address later today for the 2016 – 17 fiscal year... even though the 2015 – 16 budget still needs to be resolved. The Governor signing some portions into law... but zeroing out things like money for agricultural items such as the Penn State Extension Service. State Representative David Millard... a Republican from Berwick... says it should be interesting in what the Governor has to say. Meantime... Northumberland County Representative Linda Culver says what the Governor proposes is far from what will be in the final budget package.

 

Berwick Incident

A Berwick man is in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg after he allegedly assaulted his girl friend at a home on North Vine Street... was found by police at his home in the 800 block of LaSalle Street... then damaged a holding cell at the Berwick Police Department. Police Chief Ken Strish says Chad Anewalt went on a rampage... finally subdued by cops after threatening to kill himself. Anewalt was arraigned and taken to the prison. He faces a February 18th preliminary hearing.

 

Shamokin Robbery

Police in Northumberland County area are searching for a man who robbed a bank in Shamokin Monday afternoon. The robbery taking place at mid-afternoon at the BB and T Bank on Independence Street. Authorities say the bandit strolled into the bank... produced a handgun.. getting away with an unknown amount of cash. A camera inside the bank got a pretty good picture of the robber... now police want to know who it is.


 

 

Severance Tax
If a severance tax on natural gas drilling is passed in the state legislature this session, there's a chance it will come from a Republican. A house committee held a hearing Monday to discuss two separate severance tax proposals from Republican Representatives Kate Harper and Scott Petri... both of the southeastern part of the state. Harper would like to add a 3-point-5 percent tax on gas to the current impact fee... while Petri would do away with the impact fee and impose a 5 percent severance tax.

 

Bridge Construction

PennDOT's District 3 out of Montoursville will begin some bridge construction projects... the first one... starting next month. The projects were explained by Andy Dressler of Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners during a public meeting in Danville on Monday. That first project includes Replacing the bridge on Rohrsburg Road... over a tributary to Mud Run in Greenwood Township. PWKP finances the projects... and maintains the spans for twenty – five years.

 

Tax Assistance

The income tax filing season is upon us... and has been the case in years past... accounting students from Bloomsburg University will be volunteering their time to help those folks who make under $54,000 a year. The program takes place at the Greenly Center on East Main Street in Bloomsburg... Monday – thru – Wednesday of each week starting at 4 PM.

 

Kiddie Danger
The cold winter weather keeps kids inside, where they often see the home as a giant playground. Bookcases, tables and even televisions all become an indoor jungle gym when the kids are stuck inside, but it takes little effort to topple over a TV. The most important thing you can do is to make sure your TV is secure... older, heavier TVs should be placed on low, stable furniture and if you have a flat-screen TV it should be secured to the wall. And remove any tempting objects such as remotes and toys from the TV area.

 

Ashland Area Fire

Fire investigators are still trying to figure out what started an early Monday morning fire... just across the Columbia County line... near Ashland in Schuylkill County. The trailer home along Airport Road caught fire... with the man who lives there alone.. getting out safely. It took firefighters nearly two hours to bring the blaze under control. For the time being... that man is staying with family members.

 

 

 

WHLM Sports

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball last night... Mifflinburg knocked off Danville from the ranks of the undefeated Monday night by a score of 48 – 43. Mifflinburg spoiling Danville’s bid to become the first girls basketball team in school history to have an unbeaten regular season

 

Central vs Bloomsburg

Bloomsburg and Central Columbia renewed their neighborhood rivalry Monday night. WHLM's Jim Doyle says the Blue Jays defeated the Panthers 44 – 34. Central's Taylor Knorr scored 12 points and a dozen rebounds. The Blue Jays now get ready for their final game of the season when they play Milton next week.

 

Other Girls Games

In other games... Berwick downed Tunkhannock 55 – 47... Sullivan County defeated Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech 57 – 28.

 

HS Wrestling

In high school wrestling, in a Class AA state dual meet pig tail round match... Southern toppled Northwest Lehigh 40 – 26.

 

College Basketball

In Top 25 men’s college basketball Monday night... 3rd ranked Oklahoma defeated 24th ranked Texas 63 – 60... and Duke downed 19th ranked Louisville 72 – 65.

 

 

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Bloomsburg Town Council

A victory for downtown Bloomsburg merchants. Town Council Monday night on a vote of three to three killed a proposal calling for extended time to plug parking meters. Fred Gaffney is president of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says council finally listened to the will of the people... and the merchants. The proposal would have called for plugging the meters from 10 AM to 7 PM on weekdays and Saturday from 10 till 3. The parking sub – committee will now take a look at the issue.

 

Berwick Man Jailed

A Berwick man is in the Columbia County Prison after he allegedly beat his girlfriend... then threatened Berwick police officers with a knife... eventually damaging a holding cell at the police Station. Police chief Ken Strish says the incident happened Sunday which began with a domestic dispute between Chad Anewall and his girlfriend... who he allegedly beat up in a house in the 300 block of North Vine Street. Police later found Anewalt at his apartment in the 800 block of LaSalle Street. That's where he threatened officers with a knife... eventually taking him to a holding cell at the police station. That's when he allegedly kicked a hole in the drywall... getting his hands on an electrical outlet where he threatened officers with a sharp edge. He was subdued and arraigned... and taken to the prison. Anewalt faces a February 18th preliminary hearing.

 

Attempted Robbery

Still no suspect in custody in... what appears to be... the attempted hold up of a woman Sunday night near the Bloomsburg University Campus. Bloomsburg Police tell us the woman was walking near Green and Rose Avenues around 9:30 Sunday night... when she was approached by a white male between 30 and 40 – years of age. The man pulled a hand gun on the woman... asking the victim to put her hands up. Instead... she ran from the scene... but not before the man got into an older, gold colored sedan parked near the intersection. The unidentified woman was not hurt.

 

Bloomsburg Flood Wall

Crews are expected to install the first of the flood wall panels near the Autoneum plant Monday on Bloomsburg's West Side. It's all part of the $30 – million project which got underway last spring. Mr. Seigel says all the panels will be installed.... and ready for any flooding in June... with the project to be wrapped in November.

 

Game Commission

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is hoping this is the year the price of a hunting license will finally be raised. An adult resident hunting license in Pennsylvania has been about 20 dollars for over a decade... and the Game Commission says that's contributed to it's current fiscal crisis. An increase must be approved by the general assembly...and though there's been legislative support, there's no clear time frame on when it could happen. In the meantime, the agency has eliminated positions and postponed recruitment of a new class of officers.

Cooperative Extension / Farm Bureau

One of the causalities of not having a 2016 – 17 state budget is the lack of money for the Penn State Extension Service. That line item was zeroed by Governor Wolf last month as he tries to put pressure on lawmakers to deliver what he wants... such as higher taxes. But, in a recent interview... John Bell with the PA Farm Bureau says the folks who work for the extension will tough it out. The Extension Service serves Columbia County through the 4 – H and the Master Gardner programs from offices on Sawmill Road.

 

Kathleen Kane
The Kathleen Kane Saga has drawn out far too long according to most observers, but as the state attorney General refuses to resign and the state senate is poised to vote on her ouster. But how much damage is being done to her office. Kathleen Kane is facing serious criminal charges including felony perjury; she has comported herself - according to many observers - in bizarre fashion during news conferences and other public events. Now that the state Supreme Court has rejected her appeal of her law license suspension, the wheels should start turning quickly to attempt to remove her from office. Kane remains suspended from practicing law in Pennsylvania.

 

Women Military Veterans
The state Senate has unanimously approved a resolution creating a task force to study issues related to women military veterans. Pennsylvania ranks seventh in the country in population of female veterans. This task force would be made up of eight lawmakers, four women veterans, and five additional experts. These members would look at laws, policies, and practices that surround women veterans and mental health, substance abuse, and military sexual trauma...and come up with recommendations.

 

Stolen Lottery Tickets

Police in neighboring Luzerne County are investigating a robbery of a gas station in Kingston over the weekend. Surveillance video show the man taking lottery tickets from a Sunoco station on Wyoming Avenue. Cops have yet to identify the man in the video.

 

Hazleton Shooting

An investigation is underway into the shooting of a man over the weekend in a Hazleton parking lot. Authorities say the incident went down at Puffs and Pics on 15th Street. Witnesses tell our media partner Newswatch 16 that the shooter was the owner of the store. The unidentified man was rushed to a Hazleton hospital with non – life threatening injuries.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Basketball

High school basketball’s regular season ends this week with the District playoffs to begin next week. Monday night Danville will try to become the first girls basketball team in school history to finish an unbeaten regular season when they play at Mifflinburg. Danville is 21 and 0 while Mifflinburg is 15 and 6.

 

Girls HS Basketball

The Bloomsburg and Central Columbia girls basketball teams renewed their neighborhood rivalry Monday night at the Bloomsburg Middle School Gymnasium. Central Columbia beat Bloomsburg 44-34. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 

 

HS Wrestling

Hoping to advance to the state wrestling duels championships, Southern Columbia faces District 11 runner - up Northwestern Lehigh Monday night in a pig tail round at Whitehall High School. That match begins at 6 O'clock.

 

College Basketball

In Top 25 men’s college basketball yesterday, 5th ranked Iowa beat Illinois 77-65... 12th ranked SMU routed South Florida 92-58... and 17th ranked Miami got by Georgia Tech 75-68.

 

Super Bowl

In Super Bowl 50... the Denver Bronco's out – lasted the Carolina Panthers 24 to 10.

 

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Join the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble for Super Singing Sundays starting today through March 13. The 6-week course taught by professional singer Elsie Mark includes tracks for both younger beginners and advanced students. For more information visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Huskies Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men’s and Women’s basketball teams played at Mansfield Saturday afternoon. The Women lost 65-61. The Men won 79-71. The Huskies will be at home Wednesday night when they face Kutztown.

 
High School Hoops
The Central Columbia Girls' basketball team play at neighboring Bloomsburg Monday evening. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30. Coverage on Newsradio WHLM starts with the pregame after the 7PM news.
 

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Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg will host a vendor's fair today from 8AM - 1PM. Come to the church gymnasium to find a variety of items from local vendors. The church is at the corner of Market and 3rd Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

The annual Benton Gun Show is happening today 6 at the Benton Fire Hall from 9AM - 4PM. Admission for adults is just $5 at the door, free for kids under 12. The fire company is on Colley Street in Benton

 

Monica's Heart retired racing greyhound group will hold an an adoption event today at PETCO in the Buckhorn Wal-Mart complex. Stop by from 11AM - 2PM to meet some of the dogs, learn more about the breed, and maybe find your new best friend. For more information call 570-644-2358.

 

The Exchange Antler will hold a "Re-Reception" for the Nature Calls art exhibition tonight. Stop by starting at 6PM to view the plein-air collection submitted by community artists from around the area. The show will run through Friday February 12. The gallery is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg. 

 

Escape The Library, 9AM - 9PM every Saturday in February at the McBride Memorial Library in Berwick. The interactive puzzle-solving game challenges your group to solve the clues in 60 minutes to escape the room you've been trapped in. There are different rooms for different levels of difficulty. Families are welcome. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under. Reservations are encouraged. To sign up and for more information visit McbrideLibrary.org

 

Join the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble for Super Singing Sundays February 7 through March 13. The 6-week course taught by professional singer Elsie Mark includes tracks for both younger beginners and advanced students. For more information visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Huskies Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men’s and Women’s basketball teams played at Mansfield Saturday afternoon. The Women lost 65-61. The Men won 79-71. The Huskies will be at home Wednesday night when they face Kutztown.

 

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Bloomsburg Robbery

Bloomsburg police have no suspect in the armed robbery of a 62 – year old man walking along East Street this week. Police tell us the unidentified man was held up at gunpoint while on his way to work. The man telling police he was approached by two black men... one of them showing a pistol and demanded money. The victim giving the robber his cell phone and his wallet containing $60. The bandit and his companion escaped on foot. Police add the man was not hurt, but was badly shaken. If you have information about the robbery.. contact Detective Melanie Readler at Bloomsburg PD.

 

Teen Center

The Berwick Area United Way is seeking requests for proposals to establish and operate an after school teen center. CEO Ginny Crake says it would be a place to get kids off the street... giving them something to do after school. Right now... $110,000 has been set aside... donated by Talen Energy... for operation of the proposed center over the next three year. Call the Berwick Area United Way for a Request for Proposal application... which is due into the organization by the end of March.

 

Gay Discrimination

A new report gives Pennsylvania low marks when it comes to laws protecting LGBT individuals from discrimination. The State Equality Index was compiled by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization. The low rating doesn't surprise gay rights activist Dwayne Heisler of Bloomsburg. Mr. Heisler says there has been a bill of one sort or another in Harrisburg dealing with discrimination. But, it's been bottled up in the house and senate since 2001.... with very little hope of making it to the floor.

 

Keystone Exams

The Keystone Exam will not be a requirement to graduate from high school in Pennsylvania for the next two years. The governor signing legislation delaying the implementation of the Exam until the 2918 – 19 school year. For interim Bloomsburg Area School District superintendent Joe Kelly... it will be business as usual. In signing the legislation this week... Governor Wolf said high standards should be the goal..

 

Pharmaceutical Boss Questioned by Congress

Executives from the pharmaceutical industry – including an infamous new company – sat on the congressional hot seat Thursday. The biggest name to appear before the U.S. House Oversight & Government Reform Committee was Martin Shkreli, the indicted former head of Turing Pharmaceuticals, who jacked up the price of the life-saving HIV drug Daraprim by more than 5000% after acquiring it last year, sending the price from $13.50 per pill to $750. He refused to answer questions, invoking the 5th Amendment, other drug execs to face the wrath of angry lawmakers. Two Pennsylvania congressmen - Matt Cartwright & Brendan Boyle - sit on the Oversight Committee but did not take part in the questioning.

 

Water Quality
Pennsylvania is the recipient of 3 million dollars in federal funding which had been withheld due to the lack of a plan to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay. The funds will be used to help farmers develop plans to manage runoff into local waterways which eventually flow into the Chesapeake Bay. State Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley says the funds were released when his agency along with the Departments of Agriculture and Conservation and Natural Resources, combined to develop a comprehensive strategy for water quality improvements throughout the Susquehanna River Basin.

 

Montoursville High School Problems

Problems at the Montoursville High School in neighboring Lycoming County. Code enforcement officials recently inspected the building... finding cracks in the foundation... and the roof in need of repairs. The Montoursville Area School District has been notified... and given three months to fix the problems. The high school will stay open for the time being.

 

PennDOT Priorities
The state House Transportation Committee recently held a hearing to gather desired priorities from all sides of the field. The Associated Pennsylvania Constructors conducted a survey after the passage of the transportation funding bill Act 89... and found that safety within work zones is a big concern. Representatives said they will be working with the construction and design communities to determine how best to plan the entrance to a work zone and how to message the importance of slowing down beforehand.

 

Nanticoke Roundabouts

There will be some traffic changes in the Nanticoke area... as PennDOT begins a job of installing a half dozen traffic Roundabouts. That's designed to move traffic quickly through the area... especially on Middle Road where traffic can back up quickly near Luzerne County Community College. The first roundabout should be put into service by the end of the year... will all six operating by 2020.

 

 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Thursday night... Berwick defeated Pittston Area 58 – 48... and Shikellamy downed Danville 58 – 36.

 

Girls HS Basketball

Just two wins away from becoming the first girls basketball team in school history to complete an unbeaten regular season, Danville plays at Jersey Shore Friday night. Danville is the only girls team in District 4 still unbeaten. Two boys teams are still without a loss.... Lewisburg and Saint John Neumann. The District 4 playoffs begin the week of February 15.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men’s and women’s basketball teams play at Mansfield Saturday afternoon starting with the women’s game at 1 o’clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.

 

College Basketball

In Top 25 men’s college basketball Thursday night... Vanderbilt downed 8th ranked Texas A & M 77 – 60.

 

NHL / Thursday

In the NH...the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Nashville Predators 6 to 3.

 

 

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Bloomsburg Man Robbed

Bloomsburg Police have no suspect in the Wednesday morning armed robbery of a 62 – year old man walking along East Street. In a news release... police tell us the unidentified man was held up at gunpoint while on his way to work. The man telling police that around 5 O'clock he was approached by a man who showed a pistol and demanded money. The victim giving the robber his cell phone and his wallet containing $60. The bandit... described as a black man... escaped on foot with a companion. The release went on to say the man was not hurt, but was badly shaken. If you have information about the robbery.. contact Detective Melanie Readler at Bloomsburg PD.

 

Super Bowl / Drinking & Driving

You'll probably see a lot of police cars out on the road's of Columbia and Montour Counties on Sunday. The reason... area police department's working for one common goal... getting impaired drivers off the road... before and after Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco. Bloomsburg PD Sgt. Leonard Rogutski says the officers involved in the DUI eradication program are being paid through a grant provided by the federal government... filtered through PennDOT.... down to the local level.

 

Brew Pubs

A business opportunity for nearly a dozen brew pubs up and down the Susquehanna Valley... stretching from Berwick to Mifflinburg. The Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau... with the cooperating pubs... establishing a River Rat Brew Trail.... so says the Bureau's Otto Kurecian. The roll out of the River Rat Brew Trail is scheduled next month.

 

Gas Severance Tax
A Republican lawmaker is proposing a severance tax on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region. Representative Jim Christiana says the severance tax he is calling for would replace the impact fee currently in effect. Christiana says one of his goals is to counter the argument from Democrats that the state isn't getting enough from natural gas drillers compared to other states. Governor Tom Wolf has also been seeking a severance tax, but Republicans who control the House and the Senate have resisted, saying the votes aren't there.

 

Game Commission Land Lease
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has secured more than $14 million in revenue from a new lease on its oil and gas rights to game lands in the northern tier. Officials with the Game Commission say the agency is in a fiscal crisis because the cost of hunting licenses has not been raised in 17 years. The new lease on nearly 6,000 acres of state game land in Bradford and Sullivan counties to the Texas - based Chief Exploration and Development will provide $14.6 - million up front... then 20.5% of royalties in the years to follow.

 

Valley Unemployment

Unemployment in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metropolitan area dipped sharply in December, dropping to its lowest level since before the Great Recession began. The state Department of Labor and Industry says the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 5.1%, down from 5.5% in November. The unemployment rate is comparable to state and national unemployment rates for the month — 4.8% state and 5% on a national basis.

 

Low Marks for LBGT Protection
A new report gives Pennsylvania low marks when it comes to laws protecting LGBT individuals from discrimination. The State Equality Index was compiled by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization. It places Pennsylvania in the lowest-rated category, due to the absence of non-discrimination laws. Legislation is pending at the state level to offer LGBT protections in employment, housing, hate crimes and bullying in schools.

 

Celebrity Artist Series

The Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series is getting ready to welcome the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra to the Haas Center for the Arts, Matrani Hall Friday night. BU's Randall Presswood says the Philharmonic Orchestra plays a wide – ranging selection of tunes. The Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra makes it's appearance at the Haas Center for the Arts Friday night at 8 O'clock. Tickets are available at the Box Office..

 

Skiing Accident

The coroner in near by Carbon County has ruled the death of a Washington State man an accident. Authorities say 35 – year old Heo Hyunki was badly injured over the weekend while skiing at the Blue Mountain Ski area. He was rushed to an Allentown – area hospital where he died.

 

Nanticoke Roundabouts

There will be some traffic changes in the Nanticoke area... as PennDOT begins a job of installing a half dozen traffic Roundabouts. That's designed to move traffic quickly through the area... especially on Middle Road where traffic can back up quickly near Luzerne County Community College. The first roundabout should be put into service by the end of the year... will all six operating by 2020.

 

Kane Trial

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane's criminal trial is expected to begin August 8th, according to a schedule set by a Montgomery County judge. Kane faces charges of perjury, false swearing and obstruction related to the alleged leak of secret grand jury material. Throughout the court proceedings, Kane has maintained her innocence. The leak investigation, she has said, was initiated by individuals who sought to hide their involvement in an exchange of vulgar and offensive emails.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men’s and women’s basketball teams played West Chester last night at the Nelson Field House. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports the men's team was defeated by West Chester 87 – 64. The Huskies had entered the game with five straight victories. On the women's side... West Chester came through and defeated Bloomsburg 78 – 65... despite Adreana Sadowski's 16 points and 11 rebounds. Next up for BU.... Mansfield on Saturday afternoon.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball last night... Central Columbia defeated Danville 49 – 41...Montgomery just got by Benton 51 – 49...and Sullivan County downed Millville 40 – 38.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball... Pittston Area easily defeated Berwick 57 – 36 and it was Sullivan County over Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech 33 – 18.

 

College Basketball

In men’s Top 25 college basketball last night.... Creighton defeated 3rd ranked Villanova 83 – 58... 5th ranked Iowa defeated Penn State 73 – 49... and 7th ranked Kansas downed Kansas State 77 –

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