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       ** A Winter Weather Advisory is Posted **

A mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain... changing to all rain begins this afternoon. Up to two inches of snow is expected.

 

 

 

Governor Savings

The Wolf Administration is reporting progress in finding savings in the state budget. The Governor's Office of Transformation, Innovation, Modernization, and Efficiency, or GO TIME, had a goal of finding $150 - million in savings for fiscal year 2015-2016. Two weeks into the office's creation, the Wolf Administration says they've already identified 109-million. Spokesman Jeff Sheridan says they expect to exceed the 150 million-dollar goal as the budget process gets underway.

 

Mrs T's

Problems for a coal region favorite food product distributed nationally. Mrs. T's Pierogies of Shenandoah says it's recalling the 16 – ounce box of Mrs. T's Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Pierogies. The company says it may contain plastic. The product was distributed in the northeast and mid Atlantic states.

 

United Water

We're making it through the brutal winter without water main breaks. That can't be said for business competitors in the Wyoming and Lackawanna Valley who have been plagued with major problems. United Water's Bob Manbeck says there's a reason for that... and thanks to the help of a continual leak detection program... the water through the mains keeps flowing. Mr. Manbeck also credits continual maintenance conducted during the summer months by United Water crews.

 

Vaccinations

Two state lawmakers are calling for more support for their legislation... which would limit the number of people who can opt out of vaccinations. Parents claim philosophical exemptions for 34 - hundred children each year in Pennsylvania...and it's caused the state's immunization rate to drop to 87 %... 8 percentage points below where it should be for herd immunity to viruses like measles. Bills from Republican Rep. Becky Corbin and Democratic Rep. Mike Schlossberg would get rid of that exemption and the 8-month vaccination grace period for kindergarteners.

 

Gas Prices

The price of what we pay for self – service, unleaded regular gas is creeping upward. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report show's we're paying an average of $2.52 a gallon in northeastern Pennsylvania. That's up 7 cents a gallon from a week ago.... and up thirty cents a gallon from last month at this time...

 

Stuart Tank

A group of Berwick and Columbia County residents continue their quest to find a Stuart Tank build on the assembly line of the A-C-F on the Borough's west side. 15,000 of them were made... and served throughout the duration of World War Two. County Commissioner David Kovach is spearheading the drive. Commissioner Kovach will be in Bloomsburg Tuesday night telling the story of the Stuart Tank to the Dream Machines Car Club... when they meet at the fire hall on Market Street.

 

Animal Resource Center

Looking to adopt a dog or cat for the family.... the Animal Resource Center is the first place to look. That word from executive Director Linda Bird... making an appearance on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe. Ms. Bird says dogs and cats as well as kittens are looking for forever homes. Check out what the ARC has to offer either on their website... or their Facebook page.

 

Planned Shoot - out

Wilkes – Barre police have taken a man into custody to face charges of threatening cops. 26 - year old Roberto Herrera telling workers at a job placement service he had a weapon... and would not leave. When police arrived, Herrera told them about his shoot - out plans. He was taken into custody and will undergo a mental evaluation.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Women's Basketball

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team takes on Kutztown tonight at the Nelson Field House in the PSAC quarterfinals. The winner of Tuesday night's game advances to the conference final four scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. That final four will be held in Bloomsburg if the Huskies win. The Kutztown at Bloomsburg game will begin at 5:30. It was originally scheduled for 7 O'clock, but the starting time was changed because of the wintery conditions in tonight's forecast. You can hear the Kutztown at Bloomsburg game on the WHLM Stations starting with the pregame show at 5:10.

 

Powlus Returns to Notre Dame

Ron Powlus is back at Notre Dame. On Monday, the Berwick native, who led the Bulldogs to a 1992 unbeaten state championship season, was named the Director of Player Development at the school. After his high school career at Berwick, Powlus was the starting quarterback at Notre Dame from 1994 to 1997.

 

College Hoops

In top 25 men's college basketball last night... Virginia downed Syracuse 59 – 47.... Texas defeated Baylor 61 – 59... and it was Iowa State over Oklahoma 77 to 70.

 

Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies play their first exhibition game today taking on the New York Yankees in Florida.

 



 

 

Scott Twp Fire

A close call for a man confined to a motorized wheelchair... with smoke and flames slowly closing in around him Sunday afternoon at his Crestwood Drive home in Scott Township. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition that 53 – year old Mark Zaber was rescued by two neighbors... who handed him off to two Scott Township police officers. Zaber was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment. A fire marshal will try and figure out what happened.

 

Trailer Fire

It was a case of thawing pipes under a mobile home that took a turn for the worse. Bloomsburg firemen were called to the mobile home at 924 East 8th street... near Old Berwick Road... when things got a bit too much to handle. Two people lived in the structure. They slept elsewhere Sunday night.

 

Liquor Bill

It could be a week of peaks and valleys in Harrisburg. It was late last week that the house passed a 192 page measure to privatize the sale of liquor... the proposed legislation headed for the state Senate. But.. State Representative David Millard says if the senate passes the bill.... Governor Wolf has promised to veto the package. No word if there are enough votes to derail an expected Wolf veto.

 

Colleges & Universities

A state lawmaker wants to shine a little more light on state – related universities. Lackawanna County Democrat state Senator John Blake is proposing a legislative package that he says would strengthen and update the state's Right-to-Know law, especially with regard to the 4 state-related universities - Penn State, PITT, Temple & Lincoln. He says taxpayers deserve to know more about how the 4 schools, which are not owned by the state, spend their money. Blake says another bill in the package would clean up some loose ends from the original Right-to-know law involving campus police records and prison inmates...

 

Veterans Education

At a recent state senate committee hearing... lawmakers learned how the state is helping veterans continue their education. There are just about 24-hundred people enrolled in Pennsylvania's 14 state colleges that get veterans benefits. Representatives from the PA State System of Higher Education Veterans Advisory Committee testified before lawmakers that all the state universities have gone beyond the requirements to accommodate veterans. Some of the ways state colleges support veterans are by giving credit for military service...and priority when selecting courses.
 

Hooka Shooting

Two men are jailed after police say they opened fire on a Hazleton hookah lounge early Saturday morning. Charged in the shooting is 30 year old Raymond Williams... and 33 – year old Herman Ayala.

Police say one of the men opened fire at the hookah Lounge on East Diamond Avenue using an AK – 47. No one was hurt in the spray of gunfire.

 

Tamaqua Accident

A 17 – year old Nesquehoning girl is dead after being tossed from her car when it was involved in an accident near Tamaqua Sunday morning. The accident happened when her car skidded on snowy Route 309 and collided with an SUV. The driver of the SUV was taken to a Lehigh Valley Hospital for treatment.

 

Public Meetings
Pennsylvania's Auditor General will hold public meetings across the state this month on a possible constitutional amendment he says could have a big impact on local communities. Starting March 12th... Auditor General Eugene DePasquale will make stops in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Scranton, and Philadelphia to get the word out about a measure in the legislature...that could change the way tax-exempt charities get their designation. DePasquale says the meetings will have people speaking from both sides of the issue and be open to questions from the public. You can find more information on the auditor general's website.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Wrestling

Twelve area high school wrestlers qualified for the state championships based on their performances at the Class AA Northeast Regionals which wrapped up Saturday at Williamsport High School. Among the 12 are three who won regional gold medals: Kent Lane and Billy Barnes of Southern Columbia and Alan Diltz of Benton. The state championships begin Thursday morning in Hershey.

 

Girls HS Basketball

Two area girls high school basketball teams will compete in the state playoffs this weekend. On Friday night at Shikellamy High School in Sunbury, Central Columbia, the District 4 Class AA champs, will play Holy Redeemer, the District 2 runner up. Saturday afternoon at Marywood University in Scranton, the Millville girls, the District 4 Class A runner up, will play District 2 champion Old Forge.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team will play Kutztown tomorrow night at the Nelson Field House in a PSAC quarterfinal playoff game. The Huskies earned a first round bye while Kutztown beat Lock Haven 74 - 52 on Saturday afternoon. Tuesday night's game begins at 5:30 PM. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 5:10.

 

 



 

Newsradio 930 / WHLM

Operation Stormwatch is underway for Monday.

We have school districts with two hour delays..

They include..

 

** Benton Area

 

** Berwick Area

 

** Bloomsburg Area

 

** Bloomsburg Christian

 

** Central Columbia

 

** Columbia County Christian – Learning Center open

 

** Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech

 

** Danville Area

 

** Luzerne County Community College – Compressed schedule – Classes begin at 10 AM

 

** Millville Area

 

** St. Columba

 

** St. Joe's / Danville

 

** Crestwood

 

** Hazleton Area

 

** MMI Prep

 

 



 

       ** Winter Weather Advisory **

 

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 AM EST

MONDAY...

 

* LOCATIONS... THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND MIDDLE SUSQUEHANNA

VALLEY.

 

* HAZARD TYPES... SNOW.

 

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 2 TO 4 INCHES.

 

* TIMING... LIGHT SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE REGION THIS MORNING AND

CONTINUE INTO THIS EVENING BEFORE ENDING AS A FEW FLURRIES OR

PATCHY FREEZING DRIZZLE BY MIDNIGHT.

 

* IMPACTS... HAZARDOUS TRAVEL FROM SNOW OR SLUSH COVERED ROADS

AND POOR VISIBILITY AT TIMES.

 

               --OO--

 
The 28th annual CSBA Home and Outdoor Living Show returns to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this weekend. Today 10AM - 4PM, see exhibitors from construction and landscaping to RV's, hunting, fishing, and more.
 
The BU Players present The Nosemaker's Apprentice - The Chronicles of a Medieval Plastic Surgeon, at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. The last show starts this afternoon at 3PM. Tickets are just $6 for adults and $4 for students and Seniors. The show is intended for mature audiences. For more information, call 570-389-4409.
 
Town Hill United Methodist Church is holding a homemade soup and ice cream sale this month. Choose from Vegetable or Ham and Bean soup, and Chocolate, Vanilla, and Peanut Butter ice cream. All are just $5.50 a quart. Please place your orders by today. Orders can be picked up Saturday March 14 from 10AM - 2PM at the church on Town Hill Road in Shickshinny. To place your order, call 570-864-2401.
 
 
WHLM Sports
HS Hoops

In girls high school basketball Saturday night, Millville played North Penn/Mansfield in the District 4 Class A championship game at Montoursville High School. North Penn/Mansfield won over Millville 55-47.

 



 

** Winter Weather Advisory **

 

.MORE SNOW AND ICE HEADED TO CENTRAL PA SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT.

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER

WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN...WHICH IS IN EFFECT

FROM 7 AM SUNDAY TO 7 AM EST MONDAY.

 

* LOCATIONS... LAUREL HIGHLANDS...CENTRAL MOUNTAINS... ENDLESS

MOUNTAINS AND MIDDLE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER VALLEY

 

* HAZARD TYPES... SNOW AND AREAS OF FREEZING RAIN.

 

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 2 TO 4 INCHES...EXCEPT 4 TO 6 INCHES ACROSS

THE NORTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS.

 

* ICE ACCUMULATIONS... RANGING FROM A LIGHT GLAZE TO BETWEEN ONE

AND TWO TENTHS OF AN INCH SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND LOWER

SUSQUEHANNA RIVER VALLEY.

 

* TIMING... LIGHT SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE REGION SUNDAY MORNING

AND CONTINUE SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. SNOW WILL MIX WITH OR

CHANGE TO FREEZING RAIN LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON OR EVENING FROM

SOUTH TO NORTH. ALL PRECIPITATION WILL END IN THE PRE DAWN

HOURS MONDAY.

 

* IMPACTS... HAZARDOUS TRAVEL FROM SNOW OR SLUSH COVERED ROADS AND

POOR VISIBILITY AT TIMES. ACROSS SOUTHERN PARTS OF THE SOUTH

CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND LOWER SUSQUEHANNA RIVER VALLEY WHICH SEE

LITTLE IN THE WAY OF SNOW ACCUMULATION..UNTREATED ROADWAYS AND

WALKWAYS WILL BECOME SLIPPERY DUE TO AREAS OF FREEZING RAIN.

                         

                              --oo--

 

The 28th annual CSBA Home and Outdoor Living Show returns to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this weekend. Today 10AM - 8PM, and Sunday 10AM - 4PM, see exhibitors from construction and landscaping to RV's, hunting, fishing, and more.
 
The Columbia-Montour chapter of the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship International will meet this morning at Spirit Life Church on Old Berwick Road in Bloomsburg. There will be a guest speaker, and coffee and snacks will be provided. The meeting starts at 10 AM.
 
Learn gross science today with the Bloomsburg University Biology Lab at the Bloomsburg Children's Museum's Grossology Lab. Dissect an actual heart using real laboratory equipment. Two sessions of the 1-hour program start at 11AM and Noon at the museum on 7th street. The program is designed for kids ages 8 years and up. Call to reserve a seat, 570-389-9206.
 
The Millville American Legion post 564 will hold an ice cream, cake, and pie contest today starting at Noon. Entry fee for the contest is just $5 with a $50 top prize in each category. Judging starts at 1PM. Ice and salt will be provided for on-site churning. The post is at 259 Legion Road in Millville. For more information, call 570-458-4572.
 
The Montour-DeLong fair association is holding another of their all-you-can-eat haddock fish dinners this evening from 3-7PM. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. Take-out is available. Any active-duty military personnel who come in uniform will get their dinner for free. The fairgrounds are on Broadway Road, West of Danville.
 
The BU Players present The Nosemaker's Apprentice - The Chronicles of a Medieval Plastic Surgeon, at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Showtimes are tonight at 7:30PM, and Sunday at 3PM. Tickets are just $6 for adults and $4 for students and Seniors. The show is intended for mature audiences. For more information, call 570-389-4409.
 

Come to the Moose Exchange Antler Gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg for their latest community exhibition - The Photographic Process - featuring works submitted by local amateur and professional photographers. The showing opens tonight with a reception at 6PM and runs through April 3.

 

Come to Artspace gallery in downtown Bloomsburg and check out their latest exhibition, Vista Gradients, by local fine art photographer Danielle deLeon. A reception will be held tonight at 6PM. The showing runs through April 5.

 

The Bloomsburg YMCA's Bugle Boy Bash is tonight at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. From 6-10 PM enjoy a night of dining, dancing, and celebration featuring live music by the Statesmen Duo. Tickets can be purchased at the Bloomsburg YMCA on 7th Street for $50 each. Military uniforms, period clothing or red white and blue attire is encouraged.
 
It's the sixth annual Dance Your Heart Out for BTE, tonight at Frosty Valley Country Club in Danville. Starting at 7PM, dance to live music by the Bedbugs, and put in your bid on the silent auction. Tickets are $55 dollars each and include food and drink. All proceeds benefit the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.
 
Town Hill United Methodist Church is holding a homemade soup and ice cream sale this month. Choose from Vegetable or Ham and Bean soup, and Chocolate, Vanilla, and Peanut Butter ice cream. All are just $5.50 a quart. Please place your orders by Sunday, March 1. Orders can be picked up Saturday March 14 from 10AM - 2PM at the church on Town Hill Road in Shickshinny. To place your order, call 570-864-2401.
 
 
WHLM Sports
 
HS Hoops

In girls high school basketball Saturday night, Millville played North Penn/Mansfield in the District 4 Class A championship game at Montoursville High School. North Penn/Mansfield won over Millville 55-47. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 

 



Leonard Nimoy Passes

Leonard Nimoy, the legendary actor who played Mr. Spock in the ‘Star Trek’ movies and TV series, has died aged 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed that the cause of his death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He died at his home in Los Angeles on Friday morning. The actor had been battling the disease for months – he attributed it to years of smoking - though he gave up the habit thirty years ago. More from the CBS Radio Network at the top of the hour.

 

Liquor Privatization

By a vote of 114 to 87 the state House approved legislation to dismantle the state-run liquor store system. Under the bill, most state stores would close and the state would sell more than 1,200 retail licenses for wine or liquor. Most members of the GOP-controlled House are in favor of privatization, with most Democrats opposed. The measure faces an uncertain future in the Senate, which failed a to consider an almost identical bill in the last session.

 

Flood Disaster Meeting

The effects of 2011's Tropical Storm and the resultant flooding is still being felt in Bloomsburg. Now... the Department of housing and Urban Development is making a billion dollars available nationwide... and the town wants to make application through the state's department of community and economic development. That word from town administrator Bill Lowthert. An information meeting dealing with the application process... will be held Monday, March 9th at 4 O'clock in council chambers.

 

Corporate Taxes
Governor Tom Wolf's plan to lower the corporate tax burden in Pennsylvania is being met with mixed responses in Harrisburg. Governor Tom Wolf says his budget address next week will include one thing the GOP has had at the top of its tax policy wish list: reducing the 9.99 percent corporate net income tax. He wants to cut it in half over two years, but that phase-in won't make everyone happy. The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants says stretching out tax cuts makes them less of a sure thing. Meanwhile, Republicans are taking a wait-and-see approach, saying they need more details about Wolf's plans...

 

Outside Income

With one of the highest-paid state legislatures and a recent history of corruption... one Pennsylvania lawmaker is introducing measures he says will restore public trust. Representative Anthony DeLuca is proposing a constitutional amendment... to limit lawmakers' outside income to 35 percent of their General Assembly base pay. He's also sponsoring a bill to require his colleagues to report the range of their outside income, in addition to the sources of income they now report. With an open records request...citizens could then see what their elected officials made before and after taking office

 

Joe Yannuzzi

The man who replaced Lou Barletta five years ago as Hazleton Mayor... says he wants to stay in the job. Joseph Yannuzzi says he'll seek re-election this fall. Yannuzzi citing the revitalization of downtown... and getting city finances back on track as a big plus in his first four year term.

 

Sentencing Date

A Hunlock Creek man will have to wait until April to find out what his sentence is in Luzerne County Court. 46 – year old Bobby John Anderson of Village Drive... pleading guilty this week to meth charges. If you recall... Anderson was arrested back in June of 2013 on the drug charges... as well as shooting at a neighbor in a wheelchair with a shotgun. Sentencing takes place April 2nd.

 

Aviation Grant

PennDOT has handed out grants earmarked for for airport improvements around the state. In our area... the Hazleton Regional Airport is in line for a 300,000 grant for the upgrading of hangers. Also... $5 - million dollars is designated to the construction of a new terminal building at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville.

 

West Pittston Fire

A fire marshal is trying to find the cause of a blaze which extensively damaged a West Pittston home this week. The fire was discovered at the home on Luzerne Avenue... and it may be suspicious. Authorities say the house has been the scene of two other arson fires. Four people lived in the structure... with everyone getting out okay.

 

WHLM Sports

Girls HS Basketball

Saturday night, the Millville High School girls basketball team will play North Penn/Mansfield in the District 4 Class A Championship game. That game tips off at 6 o'clock at Montoursville High School. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 5:45.

 

HS Wrestling

Fourteen area high school wrestlers will be competing in the Northeast Regional wrestling championships which begin tonight at Williamsport High School.

 

College Hoops

In top 25 men's college basketball Thursday night... 3rd ranked Gonzaga defeated San Diego 59 – 39... 7th ranked Arizona downed Colorado 82 – 54 and it was 21st ranked SMU over Memphis 66 – 57.

 

 



 

Liquor Privatization

By a vote of 114 to 87 the state House approved legislation to dismantle the state-run liquor store system. Under the bill, most state stores would close and the state would sell more than 1,200 retail licenses for wine or liquor. Most members of the GOP-controlled House are in favor of privatization, with most Democrats opposed. The measure faces an uncertain future in the Senate, which failed a to consider an almost identical bill in the last session.

 

Southern School District

It will be business as usual Thursday in the Southern Columbia School District. The lack of water in the Elementary School building forced the district to close down the district on Wednesday. Superintendent Paul Caputo said the pump used to supply water to the Elementary building just gave out thanks to frigid temperatures. Water was restored to the building around 9:30 Wednesday night.

 

PLCB

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board released a report on underage drinking rates in the state. WHLM's Rachel McDevitt reports it shows room for improvement. According to the biennial Act 85 Report... 75 % of Pennsylvania high school seniors have used alcohol at least once... higher than the national average. PLCB officials say they need to reach kids as early as middle school to effectively curb dangerous underage drinking... and that parents play a big part in whether their children experiment with alcohol at a young age.

 

Run for the Cookies 

An estimated 300 runners are expected in Berwick Saturday morning for the 13th annual “Run for the Cookies.” Organizer Bill Bull says runners will travel a course... taking them through the Borough... into Salem Township and returning to the starting spot at 3rd and Market Streets. The top prize... a dozen raisin and cherry filled cookies from Dalo's Bakery. You can still sign up to participate Saturday morning behind the Elks building on Third Street.

 

Don Rishe

Folks in the area are remembering former Central Columbia School Superintendent Don Rishe of Bloomsburg. He died earlier this week at the age of 96. Current Central Superintendent Dr. Harry Mathias says although Mr. Rishe retired in 1974... he left a legacy such as embracing and implementing the middle school concept replacing out of date facilities which dotted the countryside.

 

Medical Marijuana

A hearing of the Senate State Government Committee focused on a bill which would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. Those who testified in favor of legalization included a researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, who authored a study pointing to a reduction in deaths from opioid overdoses in states which legalized medical marijuana, which is seen as an alternative to powerful painkillers. Those opposed include the PA Medical Society, which says we need more than anecdotal accounts of the effectiveness of medical marijuana.

 

Home Invasion

Four people are in the Schuylkill County jail charged in connection with a home invasion in Frackville Tuesday afternoon. Police say the four... three men and a woman... broke into a North Nice Street home... attacking the people inside. The four... all from Shenandoah... were taken into custody. They're being held on $100,000 bond each.

 

US Marshals

The state House paused Wednesday to recognize federal law enforcement officers who were instrumental in the capture of accused cop killer Eric Frein. Five members of the US Marshal Service Special Operations Group received a lengthy standing ovation when they were introduced by state Rep. Mike Regan on the House floor. The Marshals located and apprehended Frein deep in the woods of the Poconos, ending a 48 day manhunt. In thanking the officers Regan praised them for being the greatest man hunters in the world, and for living up to their motto, "Let No Guilty Man Go Free."

 

Pizza Shop

That pizza shop in Schuylkill County... hit by a tractor – trailer earlier this week... has reopened. Russo's Pizza Den opened less than 24 – hours after a big 18 – wheeler slammed into the dining room... literally destroying the place. The driver telling police he slid on a piece of ice. Although the dining room was destroyed... the shop is providing their product on a carry out basis.

 

Low Income Housing

With strong bipartisan support the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania is looking to get the PA Housing Trust Fund Bill on a roll. The PA Housing Trust Fund Bill is looking to expand the market of low-income housing statewide and provide new revenue for the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund. Currently the only money being funneled into PHARE is coming from the Marcellus Shale Act, which funds low-income housing for those living in the shale regions.

 



 

Block Party

A lot of misinformation.... or no information is being circulated about Block Party in Bloomsburg. That word from Bloomsburg University's Jim Hollister... who represents BU at every council meeting. Hollister... taking the gloves off at Monday night's council meeting... when he was the target of Greek organizations who claimed that the University was unwilling to help in solving the event's problems. Mr. Hollister continued by saying simply shepherding the party to the upper campus throws up roadblocks since the University is a public institution. Council... this week... approving a change in the Social Gathering Ordinance... limiting Block Party functions to 150 people in the name of safety.

 

Emergency Sirens

The emergency sirens on the Bloomsburg University campus will be tested Wednesday. A university spokesperson says the test will take place shortly before ten O'clock. The sirens are installed on Elwell Hall, McCormick Center and on the upper campus. Also... vital emergency information is available via email, voice mail and text message.

 

Freeland

A state of emergency has been declared in Freeland... near Hazleton... after water pipes have frozen leading to nearly sixty homes. Now... crews have been working around the clock to try and thaw those frozen pipe... which started popping up a week ago. Borough officials will meet with Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to see if they can help Freeland.

 

Governor's Power

Two decisions handed down by Gov. Tom Wolf are igniting battles over how much power lies within the office of the state's chief executive. The Governor's firing of the head of the Office of Open Records is being challenged in Commonwealth Court, while the state Supreme Court is being asked to weigh in on Mr. Wolf's moratorium on the death penalty. Legal experts say this type of challenge is nothing new in Pennsylvania, because of the way state government is structured. Gubernatorial discretion can be defined more in terms of perception than something actually spelled out the way it is at the federal level.

 

Bowling for Kids

Helping Big Brothers, Big Sisters make ends meet. You can do so on March 28th during their annual Bowling for Kids event at the Peanut Bowl in Scott Township. The organization's Diane Macri says funds raised from the event keep the program afloat. During the past year... the Sunbury and Williamsport chapters have dropped out of the organization. Want to take part in Bowling for Kids just visit the website BBBSnepa.org.

 

Drug Costs

Rising prescription drug costs were the hot topic at a committee meeting discussing mandates under the Affordable Care Act. Lawmakers say drug prices are jumping out of reach. They went up 13 % between 2013 and 2014, when other healthcare costs held steady. When figuring out new healthcare mandates... insurance company representatives say the state will need to strike the right balance between all the branches of the healthcare field, from pharmaceuticals to providers to patients. Lawmakers are planning to reach out to drug companies to discuss costs.
 

Hazleton Robbery

Hazleton Police are looking for four men wanted for a robbery in a school parking lot. The incident happened this week at the Castle Elementary and Middle School on North Wyoming Street. Police haven't said if the bandits got away with anything.

 

Poaching Business
The Governor of Florida was in Pennsylvania this week on a somewhat dubious mission. Florida Governor Rick Scott was in Philadelphia making a pitch to Pennsylvania – based companies. Saying his state is more business – friendly than PA. Governor Scott telling those who would listen that PA – based WaWa will open nearly four dozen stores over the next two years... but plans to keep it's headquarters in the Keystone State.

 

AG Kane

Lawyers for Pennsylvania’s attorney general say the judge who supervised a grand jury that’s recommended charges against her should be removed from any future proceedings in the matter. Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s legal team argued in a filing with the state Supreme Court on Monday that Montgomery County Judge William Carpenter has demonstrated personal animosity toward her. The latest filing comes about a week after Carpenter defended the legality of his appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate allegations that secret grand jury material was leaked to a Philadelphia newspaper last year. The grand jury recommended charges against Kane that include perjury.

 

 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Basketball

Despite a 27 point performance by Shayne Riley, the Danville boys basketball lost to top seeded Loyalsock 62 – 58 Tuesday night in a District 4 Class AA semifinal.

 

Girls HS Basketball

The Central Columbia girls defeated top seeded Wyalusing 58 - 45 to advance to the District 4 AA championship game. The Blue Jays will face Montoursville at a date, time and site to be decided. Montoursville downed Mount Carmel Tuesday night 55 – 50.

 

Wednesday HS Basketball Games

Two area girls team play in District 4 semifinal games Wednesday night. In Class A Millville plays Sayre at Sullivan County in a game that starts at 7 O'clock. In Class AAA Danville plays Athens at Montoursville in a game that starts at 7:30.

 

BU Basketball

It was senior night at the Nelson Field House when the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Lock Haven in the regular season finale for the Huskies. The Women won 87-53 and are headed into the post season while the Men finished out their final game this season with a 94-71 win which broke a 6 time losing streak. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

 

College Hoops

In top 25 men's basketball Tuesday night... 5th ranked Wisconsin lost to 14th ranked Maryland 59 – 53... and 6th ranked Villanova defeated Providence 89 – 61.

 

 



 

Water Main Break in Berwick

Water troubles in Berwick.... American Water crews continue to work on a water main break in the 19 – hundred block of North Market Street. The work is being preformed near the Berwick City Hall... which is out of water. The ruptured pipe shut off water to the complex. It's not known how long the water will be shut off to City Hall... and the dozens of homes in north Berwick. It's believed the break of the water main is weather – related.

 

Town Council / Block Party

The Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night took a step to further curb Block Party activities along the East and Iron Street corridor. On a six to one vote... council tightening zoning restrictions designed to cut down on large parties associated with Block Party the third weekend of April. During an information session prior to the vote... Anace Ahmed is the president of a Greek fraternity.... made a plea to council members. Mayor Sandy Davis said the adjustment in the ordinance is designed to make the event safe. The only councilman to vote against the ordinance was Bill Kreischer. His contention that the new restrictions will only push party goers to the Main Street commercial district.

 

Geisinger CEO

A new leader for the Geisinger Health System. The Foundation's Board of Director says Dr. David Feinberg has been hired as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. His first day on the job is May 1st. Dr. Feinberg will replace Dr. Glenn Steele who has decided to retire... and becomes only the 6th CEO in Geisinger's 100 – year history. Right now... Dr. Feinberg is the President of the University of California at Los Angeles Health System.

 

Bloomsburg Schools

Our cold and snow the past couple of months has tossed a monkey wrench into the school years. Bloomsburg School Superintendent Cos Curry says without any additional snow days... graduation will be held June 5th... with the last day of school now scheduled for June 10th. However.... it appears seniors will need to go to school one Saturday prior to graduation. Dr. Curry added that a couple of staff members will take care of the 110 seniors of the Class of '15 will will need to make up their mandatory 180 days of classroom activity.

 

Liquor Privatization
The state House Liquor Control Committee voted 15 - 10 in favor of bill privatizing the state store system in Pennsylvania. The bill is almost identical to a measure passed in the House during the last session but was never brought up in the Senate. As in the past, Republicans feel the state should get out of the liquor store system and point to the financial windfall the state could receive, while Democrats point to the job losses, as well as the potential negative impact on the state's economy. Gov. Wolf has already stated his opposition to privatization.

 

State Spending Cap

State Republicans are introducing legislation meant to put a cap on government spending. Senators Camera Bartolotta and Mike Folmer say Pennsylvania is in the minority of states by not having spending controls in place. They say their bills aren't meant to cut spending...just to keep it in check. Folmer's Taxpayer Protection Act would limit increases in government spending to inflation plus population growth...and Bartolotta's bill would make that measure a constitutional amendment.

 

Freeland Water

Frozen water pipes are beginning to be a problem in Freeland... near Hazleton. Water pipes continue to burst... affecting more than a dozen homes. Even the fire department is calling out tankers for response... since it's not known how extensive the pipes are frozen. Meantime... water is available at the fire stations... but bring your own containers.

 

Gas Prices

The latest Triple A fuel gauge report shows it's costing us more to drive. Right now... in Columbia and Montour Counties... we're paying an average of 2.45 a gallon for self – serve, unleaded regular. That's up six cents from a week ago... and up 20 cents from a month ago. The reason... the higher cost of a barrel of crude oil.

 

Emergency Building

Carbon County... south of Hazleton... is apparently the new home of a multi – million dollar first responders training facility. The facility on Broad Mountain could cost anywhere from 5 to 10 million dollars. Authorities believe state and federal tax money will pay for most of the construction.

 

Animals / ARC

If you looking to give an animal a forever home... be sure to check out the Animal Resource Center. Appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe.... the ARC's Linda Bird said there's a pretty good selection of kittens available. In addition... there are adult cats and dogs who are looking for forever homes. Just go to NoKillARC.org to get a look at the animals available for adoption.

 

 

WHLM Sports

Girls HS Basketball

In a girls basketball District 4 Class A quarterfinal game Monday night,,, Millville downed Northeast Bradford 49 – 18.

 

Boys & Girls HS Basketball

Both the Danville boys and the Central Columbia girls play top seeded teams Tuesday night in District 4 AA semifinal games. Danville plays Loyalsock at Milton in a game that starts at 7 O'clock. Central Columbia takes on Wyalusing at Montoursville in a game that begins at 6.

 

BU Basketball

For the 6th time this season, Bloomsburg University women's basketball player Camden Boehner is the PSAC Eastern Division freshman of the week. She averaged 9.5 points a game in helping her team to wins over Kutztown and Millersville. Next up for Boehner and the Huskies – Wednesday night's regular season finale against Lock Haven at the Nelson Field House.

 

College Hoops

In Top 25 men's college basketball Monday night... Kansas State defeated 8th ranked Kansas 70 to 63... and 12th ranked Louisville just got by Georgia Tech 52 to 51.

 

 

 



 

Geisinger Leader Chosen

There is a new leader selected to head Geisinger Health System. Dr. David Feinberg will replace Glenn Steele as the System's new president and chief executive office starting May 1st. Dr. Feinberg will become only the sixth chief executive officer in Geisinger’s 100-year history. He currently serves as president of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Health System; chief executive officer, UCLA Hospital System; and Associate Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences in California. During his tenure he has consistently focused on high quality clinical standards for patient care, safety and satisfaction, and the UCLA Health System hospitals have regularly ranked among the best in the United States by U.S. News and World Report.

 

Block Party

Bloomsburg Town Council will hold a hearing Monday night... dealing with proposed amendments to the so – called Social gathering ordinance. In essence trying to stop Block Party through zoning. During council's last discussion on the proposal two weeks ago... Councilman Bill Kreischer cautioned about trying to kill block party through legislation... forcing party – goers to bring their activities to the Main Street commercial district. Monday night's hearing gets underway at 6 O'clock in Town Council chambers...The Council is expected to vote on zoning changes later in the evening.

 

Man injured

A Berwick man is being treated for injuries after being struck by his own car Sunday afternoon in South Center Township. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition... 26 – year old Steven Sitler pulled his car off on the side of Route 11... got out to make some adjustments under the hood. That's when the car... still in gear... lurched forward... dragging Sitler for an estimated 75 feet. He was Life Flighted to Geisinger Medical Center where he's being treated.

 

Mt Pleasant Fire

It appears an electrical problem may have been the cause of an early Sunday morning fire in Mt. Pleasant Township. The blaze was first discovered around 8 AM in a house off Rhodomoyer Road. Our Media Partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting the couple who lived their got out safely

 

PPL Usage

PPL Electric Utilities says arctic - like temperatures created a new peak power record for its customers at the start of the weekend. The utilities Joe Nixon says the demand for power always goes up during a cold snap. The 1.4 - million PPL subscribers used 7.8 - million kilowatt-hours of electricity between 7 and 8 o' clock Friday morning.

 

Danville FFA

It's national Future Farmers of America week... and in Danville... members associated with the local FFA recently brought cash and food to the Ronald McDonald House on the Geisinger Campus. The chapter's Mark Hilkert says their donation of 1.200 is a big help to those parents who travel great distances seeking treatment for their kids. the Danville chapter was joined by other FAA chapters in a 17 county area who donated to the Ronald McDonald house.

 

Dairy Farmers
Pennsylvania dairy farmers running a neat operation can now apply for a unique honor. The Dairy of Distinction Award program was started in 1987 by volunteers who wanted to reward Pennsylvania's dairy farms for their efforts... as well as increase consumer confidence in their products. Contestants are judged by a roadside evaluation that factors neat landscaping and cleanliness of the animals. There's no monetary award just pride. You can apply online at dairy of distinction dot com...the deadline for applications is April 15th.

 

Drug Bust

Two Luzerne County residents are jailed... after they were arrested on drug charges. 36 – year old Gregg Zagata of Shickshinny... and 33 – year old Deena Meikrantz of Nanticoke were busted on charges of making Meth. The pair accused of making meth at a house in the 12 – hundred block of Bethel Hill Road in Shickshinny. A preliminary hearing is set for March 4th.

 

Prescription Drugs
Legislation signed into law last fall intended to improve the monitoring process for prescription drugs in the state.. something was left out... how to pay for the process. A total of one million dollars is needed to improve a database letting doctors and law enforcement check for suspicious prescription activity. State Senator Pat Vance says the entire sum wasn't put in the state budget when it was approved last year. She says they can come up with about a third of what's needed by transferring funds from the state Attorney General's office, and may have to rely on federal finding to come up with the remainder.

 

Wilkes – Barre Robbery

Wilkes – Barre Police are still looking for the man who knocked off a Turkey Hill convenience store at the start of the weekend. Investigators say the man entered the store before midnight Friday. Even though the bandit was not armed... the clerk handed over the money from the register. The robber fled in an unknown direction.

 

Bar Exam Changes
A University of Pittsburgh law professor is calling for a change in the bar exam... to better test the skills of future lawyers. Professor Ben Bratman argues that the bar exam focuses too much on memorization... and not enough on the practical skills that students need to succeed in the legal field. He says research shows that skills like factual analysis and legal research are under tested or untested in bar exams across the country. He hopes bar examiners will hear this call...and reconfigure the assessment to put more emphasis on performance.

 

 



 
Bloom Bounce at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn is holding a free bounce night for special needs families this evening from 5 - 7 PM. All family members including siblings are included. For more information call 317-2555.
 
St Joseph Church in Berwick is holding a pasta dinner today from 11:30AM - 2PM. There will be penne pasta, meatballs, salad, dessert and more. Eat in or Take out. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 & under. The church is at 721 Monroe Street in Berwick.
 
The North Mountain Art League presents their winter show at Artspace Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg. The show features works by League members in many different mediums. The show runs through this weekend.
 
 
WHLM Sports
 
Huskies Basketball
The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams played their last regular-season road game at Millersville Saturday afternoon. The Women won 87-59 and the Men lost 73-60.
 


 

 

** Winter Storm Warning **

 

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA

934 AM EST SAT FEB 21 2015

 

 

WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST SUNDAY...

 

* HAZARDS... SNOW.

 

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 4 TO 6 INCHES.

 

* TIMING... SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AND INTO THE

EVENING. ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL END EARLY TONIGHT WITH AREAS OF

FREEZING DRIZZLE INTO SUNDAY MORNING.

 

* IMPACTS... DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS AND REDUCED VISIBILITY.

SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLE LATER THIS

AFTERNOON.

 

BU College Basketball

The Men's and Women's teams of Bloomsburg University played against Millersville Saturday afternoon. The Women won 87-59 and the Men lost 73-60. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

 



* Operation Storm Watch *
* Winter Storm Warning *
 
The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area from 11AM Saturday through 9AM Sunday. 3-5 inches of heavy snow are predicted for Saturday afternoon, followed by 2-4 more inches of snow, freezing rain, and ice on Saturday night.
 
 
What's Happening?
 
Come to the 25th Annual Columbia Montour Family Center's Children's Fair today at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. There will be hands-on activities and guest appearances by Hal Pratt of the Bloomsburg Public Library, Kozmo from Knoebels, presentations by Appalachian Reptiles and more. The fair runs from 10AM - 2PM.
 
It's a Human-Powered Winter Festival today at Quest on Bloomsburg University's upper campus. Take part in Snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, kayak sledding and more. Check out their winter sports workshops on snow biking, gourmet cooking, hypothermia and many other topics. The festival runs from 10AM - 3PM. For more information call 570-389-4323.
 
Come to the Mifflinville United Methodist church social hall for a free community lunch today from 11AM - 2PM. The meal will include ham, beef, and chicken pot pie. The church is at 4th and Market Streets in Mifflinville.
 
The Columbia Valley Moose Lodge will hold a 21-and-over singles dance tonight from 7-11 PM featuring DJ Eddie. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Couples are also welcome. Cover charge is just $8 and includes snacks, door prizes, and drinks. The Moose Lodge is located behind Sheetz on Route 11 between Berwick and Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-441-3534.
 
Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series continues with Tango Buenos Aires, tonight at 8PM in the Haas Center for the Arts. Direct form Argentina, the dance and music troupe will present Song of Eva Perón, a journey through the life of Argentina's most beloved heroine. Tickets are $30 for adults or just $15 for children and BU students. For more information, check out the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.
 
Bloom Bounce at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn is holding a free bounce night for special needs families Sunday evening from 5 - 7 PM. All family members including siblings are included. For more information call 317-2555.
 
St Joseph Church in Berwick is holding a pasta dinner on Sunday from 11:30AM - 2PM. There will be penne pasta, meatballs, salad, dessert and more. Eat in or Take out. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 & under. The church is at 721 Monroe Street in Berwick.
 
The North Mountain Art League presents their winter show at Artspace Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg. The show features works by League members in many different mediums. The show runs through Sunday.
 
 
WHLM Sports
 
Huskies Basketball
The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams played their last regular-season road games at Millersville Saturday afternoon. The Women won 87-59 and the Men lost 73-60. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.
 
 
 


 

Winter Storm Warning

If we didn't have enough snow and cold this week... an unexpected snow storm is headed for the Susquehanna Valley prompting the National Weather Service to issue a winter storm warning starting Saturday morning.

This is what the National Weather Service says....

 

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA

310 PM EST FRI FEB 20 2015

 

MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED SATURDAY INTO SATURDAY

NIGHT...

 

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM SATURDAY TO 9 AM EST

SUNDAY...

 

* LOCATIONS... THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND PORTIONS OF THE POCONOS.

 

* HAZARD TYPES... HEAVY SNOW. A LIGHT COATING OF ICE MAY ALSO OCCUR

SATURDAY NIGHT.

 

* ACCUMULATIONS... SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 5 TO 9 INCHES... ALONG WITH

A LIGHT COATING OF ICE.

 

* TIMING... SNOW WILL ARRIVE BEFORE NOON ON SATURDAY. THE SNOW WILL

BECOME HEAVY WITH THE HIGHEST SNOWFALL RATES IN THE LATE

AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE EVENING. ADDITIONALLY... THERE COULD BE

SOME LIGHT FREEZING RAIN OR DRIZZLE SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY

MORNING AS THE SNOW TAPERS OFF.

 

* IMPACTS... HAZARDOUS TRAVEL FOR MUCH OF SATURDAY INTO EARLY

SUNDAY.

 

* WINDS... BECOMING SOUTH AT 5 TO 10 MPH.

 

Cold Weather

We're waking up to temperatures at or below sub - zero temperatures. Meteorologist Bill Gartner with the National Weather Service in State College, says the entire state will feel the effects of this latest Arctic air mass. Wind chill values are even lower.

 

PennDOT

PennDOT snow removal crews have had a tough week... with a couple of overnight shifts just to keep the roads cleared of snow from some wayward storms. The bottom line... says the agency's David Thompson... is the fact crews have a serious job to do. Despite the numerous time plowing and salting this winter season... Thompson says there is still a lot of snow removal product throughout Columbia and Montour Counties...

 

Snow and Ice

Proposed legislation seeks to strengthen a law aimed at preventing accidents caused by snow and ice flying off tractor trailers. The bill would allow police officers to issue a fine if they believe a truck covered with snow and ice presents a danger to other motorists. Under current law the fine can only be issued if an accident resulting in serious injury or death has already occurred. Boscola says she doesn't buy the argument from the trucking industry that drivers can not safely clear their trucks before hitting the highway.

 

Chicken Round Up

Authorities had their hands full Thursday morning... trying to round up chickens after a truck lost it's load on Interstate 80 in Nescopeck Township. State police say crates of live chickens blew off the rear of a tractor trailer just before dawn. Several hundred chickens died. First responders rounding up an unknown number of the birds.

 

Taxes / Schooley

We're in the middle of the tax preparation season... and guys like Kim Schooley are about to get swamped with work. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe and Norm... Schooley mentioned that folks having returns prepared... to make sure you take advantage of all credits. All state and federal returns must be in the hands of the respective governments by midnight April 15th.

 

Pension Commission

Legislation has been introduced in Harrisburg meant to streamline the search for answers to Pennsylvania's pension problems. Senator Judy Schwank says the growing pension deficit affects every citizen of the commonwealth...and that it's time to re-frame the conversation and look beyond the numbers and towards PA's future. Her bill would establish a Public Pensions Review Commission that would look at data and present solutions no later than 6 months after the bill is passed. She says this transparent process would help lawmakers reach the best decision in this issue.

 

Development
A bill has been introduced in Harrisburg that's meant to encourage development at mass transit hubs. The legislation introduced by Chester County Senator Dominic Pileggi... is meant to streamline the creation process for a Transit Revitalization Investment District... laying out guidelines for how to access funds more clearly...and encouraging private investors to develop... making public transportation more appealing... and boosting local economies across the state.

 

Armed Robbery

Wilkes – Barre police are looking for a man who held up a Turkey Hill convenience store along Hazle Street Thursday night. Police say the robbery went down around 8 O'clock. No one was hurt in that armed robbery.

 

Edwardsville Driver

A Luzerne County drive is in trouble with the law after slamming into several vehicles. The yet to be named driver was apparently under the influence when he lost control of his truck... hitting a police cruiser in the process. The truck ended up at an Edwardsville apartment complex.

 

Southern Tier

The Southern Tier of New York state has not pulled itself out of the recession of five year ago... and that is pushing one organization in the Upstate area to pose a question... is it possible to secede to Pennsylvania? The Upstate New York Towns Association is researching this very topic. The group says a few factors pushing its research are high property taxes, low sales tax revenue and the recent decision to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York.

 

HB 109

Smoking while driving kids could soon become a very expensive proposition if one bill banning and fining people who do it gets passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Rep. Dom Costa... a Democrat from Allegheny County... has proposed a bill that aims to protect children secondhand smoke. House Bill 109 bans people from smoking in vehicles that are transporting children 12-years-old or younger. Under the proposed bill, people in vehicles transporting kids would not be allowed to smoke cigars, cigarettes, pipes or other smoking devices.

 

 

WHLM Sports

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Thursday night, Danville was at home against Midd West in a District 4 Class AAA quarterfinal. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports that Danville defeated Midd West 31 – 20. In girls District 4 AA quarterfinal action Thursday night... Montoursville defeated Bloomsburg 65 – 35... Central Columbia downed East Juniata 42 – 33... and Mt. Carmel held off Southern Columbia 48 – 42.

 

Boys HS Basketball

The Benton and Millville boys basketball teams are in action tonight in District 4 Class A quarterfinals.

Benton is at home against Cowanesque Valley and Millville plays Mansfield at Mansfield University.

 

College Wrestling

In college wrestling Thursday night at Nelson Field House... Lock Haven defeated Bloomsburg 31 to 3.

 

High School Wrestling

In high school wrestling, the District 4 Class AA championships begin today at 5 O'clock at the Williamsport High School.

 



 

Schools Operating Under A 2 Hour Delay:

 

**Benton

 

**Berwick

 

**Bloomsburg

 

**Columbia County Christian School

   (Learning Center is still open)

 

**Millville

 

**Saint Columba

 

Closed Tomorrow:

 

**St. Matthews Preschool

 

 

Cold Weather Moves In
Bitter Arctic air is moving in on the Commonwealth and believe it or now... it's going to be even colder the rest of the week. Many cities and towns are canceling school for the rest of the week as an arctic cold front descends on the Keystone State. The National Weather Service in State College is projecting an overnight low of -18 in Coudersport...-17 in Bradford...and -13 in Erie tonight. Those aren't wind chill numbers - those are actual temperatures. Pittsburgh is expected to reach 10-below. Factor in winds of up to 15 MPH in some of these towns and it will feel like minus-35 to minus-40. While the worst of the cold front will affect northern and western P-A, the lows tonight in southeastern and central Pennsylvania will still hover around zero with negative wind chills. Daytime temperatures aren't expected to be much balmier, only reaching lower single digits in much of the Commonwealth.

 

Stuart Tank

The quest continues to find a Berwick – built Stuart tank to grace the entrance of the BIDA Complex at Third and Oak Streets. Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach is the driving force behind the “Bring Stuie Home” movement. Right now... the group has leads on four Stuart tanks... built at the Berwick A-C and F plant during World War Two.... and have enough money in the bank to put a sizable down payment one one of the machines.

 

Car Smoke

Child advocates want to make sure high quality preschool programs are a priority when lawmakers start discussing the state budget. According to the latest School Readiness report from PA Partnerships for Children... policymakers increasingly recognize the value of pre-k programs that prepare students to succeed... but they aren't providing the funding to back that up. Right now only one in six children in Pennsylvania have access to high-quality public preschool. Advocates say the benefits of preschool programs... like lower drop-out and crime rates...help both the child and the community as a whole.
 

911 Systems
After a hearing on the "true costs" of emergency call services... state lawmakers have a lot of information to sift through before they can reauthorize enhanced 911. Representatives from PEMA... county 911 officials and lawmakers met to discuss how changing technologies are driving up the cost of 911 service. Current laws only collect fees from phone users to fund operations, but now more and more people are turning to other devices to reach 911, like iPads. Lawmakers have until the end of June to address the funding shortfalls. That's when the current 911 law is set to expire.

 

Minimum Wage

There is a move afoot... proposed by Governor Wolf... to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10. State representative David Millard of Berwick... a Republican.. says there is no questions that the minimum wage need to be bumped up a bit. There's been very little indication in Harrisburg if there is interest in legislating a higher minimum wage.

 

Oil and Gas
Conventional oil and natural gas production in Pennsylvania is receiving a boost in 2 ways. In seeking to highlight the differences from the types of drilling taking place in the Marcellus Shale region, the Department of Environmental Protection has created the Conventional Oil and Gas Advisory Committee. In addition, the state Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Scott Hutchinson to promote conventional drilling, and to protect it from state and federal regulations meant for the Marcellus Shale industry.

 

Huge Selenski Trial

A decision in the murder trial of Hugo Selenski. He was found guilty Wednesday by a Luzerne County Jury following two days of deliberations. He is now convicted in the murders of Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett. The bodies were buried in Selenski's back yard of his Kingston Township home in 2002 and unearthed a year later. Selenski was sentenced to life in prison

 

Cab Crash

A Hazleton cab driver is recovering from injuries sustained in a crash this week. Police say the cabbie was found... knocked out... after his Hazle Yellow Cab collided with a utility pole at the corner of East Chestnut and South Pine Street. The driver was not seriously hurt in the early Tuesday morning crash.

 

Hazleton School Board

The Hazleton Area School Board is proposing a tentative budget. It contains a 10 – million dollar deficit. The board also sought the ability to increases taxes beyond a state limit without seeking voters' approval. No time table has been established to approve the proposed spending plan.

 

Boback Bill

State Representative Karen Boback of Harveys Lake.... who's district includes a portion of Columbia County... has introduced legislation to create a Marcellus Shale Health Registry. All health – related data … which may be associated with drilling activity.. would be provided by health care practitioners to the state department of health. A similar bill was introduced several years ago... which was adopted... but did not gain any traction in the state senate.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Kutztown last night. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports the women's team defeated Kutztown last night 71 to 58. The means team went down to defeat... as they were defeated by Kutztown 99 – 94. Both Bloomsburg University basketball teams will be back in action Saturday afternoon at Millersville.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball last night, in the District 2 Class AAA playoffs... Berwick defeated Hanover Area 60 to 43. Thursday night in high school girls basketball, Danville played Midd West at the Whitey McCloskey Center in a Class AAA quarterfinal. Danville won over Midd West 30-21. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 

 

Class AA Games

In Class AA quarterfinal games, Bloomsburg is at Montoursville; Central Columbia is at home against East Juniata; and Southern Columbia is at Mount Carmel.

 

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team takes on Lock Haven tonight at Nelson Field House. That match begins at 7 O'clock.

 

College Hoops

In men's top 25 college basketball last night.. Duke just got by North Carolina 92 to 90... and Syracuse downed Louisville 69 – 59.

 

 

 



 

** Operation Storm Watch **

* Wind Chill Advisory *

 

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for our area from Wednesday night through Friday morning. Extreme cold combined with strong winds could bring dangerous wind chills as low as -25 degrees Farenheit. Make sure to dress appropriately and cover up when outdoors. Exposed skin can easily become frostbitten in these conditions.

 

        *** Operation Stormwatch ***

The overnight weather is forcing schools in the area to operate with a two hour delay...

They include...

 

** Berwick Area

 

** Central Columbia

 

** Danville Area

 

More delays are expected.. so check back with us after 3:00 AM Thursday

 

 

Schools Operating Under A 2 Hour Delay:

 

**Benton

 

**Berwick

 

**Bloomsburg

 

**Columbia County Christian School

   (Learning Center still open)

 

**Millville

 

**Saint Columba

 

**Southern Columbia

 

 

Open House

Bloomsburg Town Council chambers was somewhat packed Tuesday night. No... there wasn't a council meeting, but rather an open house hosted by Mayor Sandy Davis... the first time it's happened in years. It was a big plus... so says council member Eric Bower. In addition to meet and greets in council chambers... Mayor Davis opened her office... displaying art and photographs from area artisans..

 

Future Farmers of America

The Danville School District's Future Farmers of America has come through for the Ronald McDonald house near Geisinger Medical Center. It was all due to the 17th annual Pennsylvania Farm Bureau's Farmer's Care event. Mark Hilkert is with the Danville Future Farmer's of America telling us the Danville chapter donated $1,200 in food and cash. Danville's donation... as well as those made by Sullivan and Bradford County's FFA's will allow the Ronald McDonald's home to stretch their budget's further during the coming year.

 

Tim Holden

Former congressman Tim Holden of Schuylkill County has a new job. Thanks to Governor Wolf... Holden will now oversee the state's liquor control board. Holden has served as a member of the board the past two years. He had served ten terms in congress before losing his seat in 2012.

 

DUI Arrest

Troubles for a state liquor control enforcement officer. 34 – year old Michael Rutkowski of Nanticoke is charged with driving under the influence after he destroyed his car in a Hanover Township accident in January. Police say Rutkowski's alcohol level was over three times the legal limit. It's not known what his job status is following the charges... but he'll be formerly arraigned at the Luzerne County Courthouse next month.

 

PA High Speed Rail

A high-speed rail line was on Governor Wolf's wish list before he took office but it may be out of reach. A study by PennDOT on possible rail improvements says that it would cost nearly two billion dollars to shave just ten minutes off the 5 – and – a - half hour trip from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg. For $10 billion... you could save a half hour. That's because rough terrain across the state means even a high speed train has to take its time. PennDOT is now asking for public input to see if railroad upgrades are worth it.

 

Kane / Poll

State Attorney general Kathleen Kane is taken to task in a recent poll. The latest Morning Call / Muhlenberg College survey out of Allentown shows she deserves neither re-election nor impeachment.

By slim margins, pluralities of Pennsylvania voters who have made up their minds reject either course.

Pennsylvanians also disapprove of the job Kane is doing after a year of intense scrutiny, rough headlines and a grand jury recommending criminal charges against her.

 

Death Penalty Moratorium React

Law enforcement organizations are among those announcing their opposition to Gov. Wolf's issuing a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania. Joseph Kovel, President of the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, calls the Governor's decision an attack on a the judicial system. The troopers have a direct involvement in this issue, in the wake of last September's fatal shooting of Cpl. Bryon Dickson and critical wounding of Trooper Alex Douglass. Prosecutors had announced their intent to seek a death sentence against accused shooter Eric Frein before the moratorium was issued.

 

Turkey Hill Robbery

Police in Plains Township near Wilkes – Barre are looking for the person who robbed a business at knife point. Cops say some one held up the clerk at the Turkey Hill Minit Mart on South Main Street sometime early Tuesday morning. The bandit getting away with an unknown amount of cash.

 

Equal Pay

A resolution before the state House seeks to address pay equity in the workplace. The resolution would direct the Joint State Government Commission to study the issue of workplace pay disparity between men and women in Pennsylvania. Rep. Kathy Watson who sponsored the measure, cites US Census Bureau data from 2013, showing that in Pennsylvania, women make an average of 77 cents for each dollar a man makes. She'd like to know if that's purely based on gender, or if there are other contributing factors.

 

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters will use the 500-worker, 1 million-square-foot warehouse that has been rising over the past year near Gap... in Lancaster County... close to its earlier distribution center. It will replace its ten-year-old "E-commerce Fulfillment Center" in Trenton, South Carolina, when the Gap center opens in July. The partly automated warehouse, in a Keystone state tax break zone, will speed Urban Outfitters deliveries. The company hopes some of its South Carolina workers will move to Lancaster County to work.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Basketball

The first game of the District 4 high school basketball playoffs was Tuesday night's boys Class AA play-in game with Mount Carmel playing at Bloomsburg. WHLM's Jim Doyle says Mt. Carmel downed Bloomsburg 47 – 43. In a boys District 2 Class AAA first round game Tuesday night...Nanticoke defeated Berwick 45 – 32.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In a District 2 girls AAA game Wednesday night, Berwick is at home against Hanover Area.

 

BU Basketball Teams

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Kutztown Wednesday night. The Women won 71-58 and the Men lost 99-94. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

 

College Hoops

In top 25 men's college basketball Tuesday night... top ranked Kentucky rolled over Tennessee 66 – 48... while 10th ranked Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 88 – 75.



 

Man Struck

A Stillwater man remains in the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after he was struck by a car early Monday morning. State Police tell us 48 – year old Eric Barnes was standing at the intersection of Route 487 and McHenry Road... when he was struck by a car driven by 77 – year old Ronald Caldwell of Stillwater. Police say Caldwell was southbound on Route 487 when he traveled off the roadway... striking Barnes.

 

Animals / Cold

This week we're waking up to temperatures in the single digits... and if you keep animals outdoors... you need to take some extra precautions. That... from Linda Bird of the Animal Resource Center who made an appearance with Joe on Monday's edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz. Ms. Bird said even animals as large as horses... should be kept in a barn... out of the weather with plenty of extra straw and feed.

 

Berwick United Way

Good news for the Berwick Area United Way. They've announced they made their goal of $450,000 ... going over the top by $28,000 so says the Berwick Area United Way's Ginny Crake. Ms. Crake says the money raised will be directed to non – profit groups who apply... and show their ability to help people.

 

Gas Prices

The average cost of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular gasoline is going up.... after dropping nearly a dollars the past three months. The Triple – A Fuel Gauge report out this morning shows that we're paying an average of $2.39 a gallon here in Columbia and Montour Counties. That's up a penny from the weekend and up six cents from a week ago.

 

Those on Death Row

Governor Tom Wolf issued a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania last week... so now what happens to the inmates on death row? For now, nothing changes for the 186 death row inmates in Pennsylvania. Department of Corrections representatives say they will still live in specialized units under the same heightened security. While DOC stands behind the Governor's decision....it can't take any action unless a new law is passed. Representatives say the department will just have to wait and see what comes with the report from the capital punishment task force.

 

Presidential Ties

As we celebrated President's Day on Monday... there is one former Chief Executives who had close ties to the Commonwealth. Dwight Eisenhower and his wife Mamie purchased a 189-acre diary farm in Gettysburg 2 years before he was elected President. The main house and surrounding land had to be completely refurbished, and according to Rick Levers with the National Park Service, the Eisenhower's first used it as a Presidential retreat in March 1955. The historic site is where the couple lived out their years when Ike left office in 1961.

 

Severance Tax
A state lawmaker has announced his support of Gov. Tom Wolf's natural gas tax proposal. The Governor's plan calls for a 5% severance tax on natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region. Sen Andy Dinniman, the highest ranking Democrat on the Sen. Education Committee, says public schools are in serious need of this revenue. Some Republicans claim higher taxes would hurt the natural gas industry, but Dinniman disagrees, saying he's simply asking those extracting this natural resource to give something back.

 

Kingston Fire

A midday fire in Kingston on Monday tossed an elderly couple out into the streets. Authorities say the blaze broke out in the Johns Street home. It didn't take fire fighters long to squelch the flames. Now... investigators want to know how the fire started.

 

Carbon County Fire

A bad start to the week for a Carbon County family. They tried to thaw out frozen pipes with a blow dryer. But instead the heat from the dryer caught cob webs on fire... setting their house on fire near Palmerton. Fire crews battled the blaze on Wintergreen Road in freezing freezing temperatures. The house was destroyed.

 

Rob McCord

Former State Treasurer Rob McCord is expected in court Tuesday, where it is believed he will plead guilty to federal extortion charges. McCord is accused of pressuring a law firm and property management company into making campaign contributions during his failed attempt to become governor last year. He resigned last month... and is now facing a maximum of 40 – years in prison.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Basketball

The Bloomsburg boys basketball team played a District playoff game Tuesday night. Bloomsburg played at home against Mount Carmel in a District 4 Class AA play-in game. Bloomsburg lost to Mount Carmel 47-43. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 

 

BU Sports

Bloomsburg University swept the men's and women's freshmen of the week honors in the PSAC East. The men's honor went to Christian Mortelllite who averaged 31 points and 5 rebounds in games against West Chester and Mansfield. His 37 points against West Chester is believed to be a school record for a freshman. For the fifth time this season, Camden Boehner is the women's freshman of the week. She averaged over 14 points a game. The Bloomsburg University basketball teams are back in action Wednesday night at Kutztown.

 

College Hoops

In top 25 men's college basketball last night... second ranked Virginia defeated Pitt 61 – 49... and 8th ranked Kansas was beaten by 23rd ranked West Virginia 62 – 61...

 



 

Cold Weather

The coldest weather of the season has settled into the Susquehanna Valley. How about minus 2 on the square in Bloomsburg Monday Morning. The Weather Eye Weather Center telling us it will only get to 15 degrees by mid – afternoon, but the wind chill factor will make it feel like 22 below zero. One to two inches of light, fluffy snow is expected overnight. We'll wake up Tuesday morning to a low of six degrees with temps barely getting into the double digits.

 

Car Battery Life

This frigid Valentine's Day weekend, the Triple – A is reminding you to show your car some love. A brand new battery loses 35% of its power trying to start your car in 32 degree weather. At zero degrees... it can lose 60%. Triple A representatives say they always see more roadside assistance calls come in during extended cold snaps like this weekend.

 

Town Park

What is the future of Town Park on South Market Street in Bloomsburg. Town Council is now looking for suggestions... such as... does town government want kayak and bicycle rentals... how about food trucks. During a recent council meeting... Councilman Bill Kreischer telling Park Improvement Associated President Chuck Wager... it's not a zoning issue... but simply what do you want at the park. A meeting to hear from the public on the issue is expected to be held in April.

 

State House Legislation

Legislation introduced in the state House recently is aimed at public officials who use their offices for illegal purposes. The bill is designed to strengthen Pennsylvania's public pension forfeiture law. Rep. Scott Petri says it would close a loophole which currently allows a state official accused of a crime to plead to a lesser offense which would still allow them to collect a pension. Just this week a former state lawmaker and an ex-Turnpike Commission official who pleaded guilty in separate corruption cases were allowed to collect monthly benefits, along with a lump sum in excess of 100-thousand-dollars each.

 

Soledad O'Brien

NBC is into week two of main anchor Brian Williams being off the air. He's serving a six month suspension for allegedly stretching the truth of a story he report on from Iraq in 2003. During a recent stop at Bloomsburg University... former CNN journalist Soledad O'Brien defended Williams on a personal level. Williams has been suspended for six months by Comcast... the owner of the NBC Television Network. Until an ongoing investigation is completed... it's up in the air as to whether Williams will be back in the “Air Chair.”

 

Cigarette Trafficking

Law enforcement experts say illegal cigarette trafficking in Pennsylvania is an issue lawmakers need to address. Just two weeks after cigarette taxes were raised in Philadelphia....Retired ATF Agent Richard Marianos says investigators found organized crime already taking advantage of it to make money. He says even though Pennsylvania's tobacco taxes aren't as high as some neighboring state... organizations in southern states are transporting their goods through PA to get to the New England states, where cigarette taxes are much higher.

 

Black History Month

A resolution approved by the state Senate declares February Black History Month in Pennsylvania. The resolution, sponsored by Senator Shirley Kitchen, acknowledges the significant contributions African Americans have made to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States. She says Black History Month doesn't just call attention to the accomplishments of well-known black figures; it also serves to celebrate farmers, educators, manufacturers, and those who make a difference in American life and society every day.

 

Open House

Big doin's at Bloomsburg Town Hall Tuesday night. Mayor Sandy Davis and Town Council will hold an open house. It's your opportunity to meet Ms. Davis and all council members at town hall... as well as viewing artwork displayed by local artists. The open house to get underway Tuesday night at 6 O'clock.

 

Man Shot

Gunfire rings out in Hazleton over the weekend... and cops say they want to know who did did. Police say a man was shot early Sunday morning on East Diamond Avenue. They say the 27 – year old victim was shot several times... and had to undergo surgery. The man's name has not been released... and cop says they don't have a suspect in custody.

 

Woman Threatened

A Hazleton man is facing a long list of charges after police say he allegedly assaulted and threatened a woman. 22 – year old Manuary Suarez of Hazleton allegedly hit the woman several times during an argument. He also threatened to kill her family. The incident happened early Sunday morning on West Birch Street. Suarez was taken to the Luzerne County Jail.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Wrestling

Benton and Southern Columbia each had multiple winners at the District 4 Class AA wrestling tournaments over the weekend. Benton had four first place finishers at the Central Sectional at Montoursville, and Southern Columbia had three gold medal winners at the Southern Sectional. This weekend the District 4 championships will be held at Williamsport High School.

 

HS Basketball

Twelve area high school basketball teams will be competing in District playoffs this week. The highest seeded teams among the 12 are the Millville and Danville girls. Millville is second seed in District 4 Class A. On Saturday afternoon Millville is at home against Northeast Bradford. Danville is seeded third in District 4 Class Triple A. Thursday night Danville is at home against Midd West.

 

College Hoops

In top 25 men's college basketball Sunday... Wisconsin downed Illinois 68 to 49... It was Arizona over Washington State 86 – 59.

 

NHL

In the National Hockey League.. The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2 to 1... and the Chicago Black Hawks downed the Pittsburgh Penguins 2 to 1.

 

 

 



 

** Operation Stormwatch **

**Wind Chill Warning**

 

WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM / Eastern MONDAY...

 

* HAZARDS... DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS.

* WIND CHILLS... 25 TO 30 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.

* TIMING.... MINIMUM WIND CHILLS WILL OCCUR LATE TONIGHT INTO EARLY MONDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS... FROSTBITE TO EXPOSED SKIN IN 15 MINUTES.

 

School Delays

We have school districts starting with a two hour delay on Monday:

 

** Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech

** Danville Area

** Southern Columbia

** St. Joe's / Danville

 



** Operation Storm Watch **

* Wind Chill Warning *

 

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Wind Chill Warning for our area through Monday morning. Frigid temperatures combined with strong winds could bring dangerous wind chills as low as -35 degrees Farenheit. Make sure to dress appropriately and cover up when outdoors. Exposed skin can easily become frostbitten in these conditions.

 

What's Happening?

 

The annual Kiwanis Winterfest is this weekend at Camp Brule, off route 154, North of Forksville. Take part in the primitive biathlon and snowmobile challenges today. There's ice carving, sled dogs, hot food and much more. Gates open at 7AM. For more information, check out SCKiwanis.com or call 570-924-4224.
 
The Berwick Archery Club will hold their 10th annual Money Shoot this weekend. The final shoot-offs will be held today at the indoor club in Nescopeck. For more information find the Berwick Archery Club on Facebook or call 570-336-8885.
 
The Loose Ties Model Railroading club will open their huge layout at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn this weekend. Today from Noon - 4PM check out the more than 60 trains and 10,000 feet of track.
 
 
WHLM Sports
 
Huskies Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Mansfield Saturday afternoon at Nelson Field House. The Women won 91-45 and the Men lost 78-76.
 

 



** Operation Storm Watch **

* Wind Chill Warning *

 

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Wind Chill Warning for our area from Saturday night through Monday morning. Frigid temperatures combined with strong winds could bring dangerous wind chills as low as -35 degrees Farenheit. Make sure to dress appropriately and cover up when outdoors. Exposed skin can easily become frostbitten in these conditions.

 

What's Happening?

 

The annual Kiwanis Winterfest is this weekend at Camp Brule, off route 154, North of Forksville. Take the Polar Bear Plunge or join the ice fishing tournament on Saturday, and race in the primitive biathlon and snowmobile challenges on Sunday. There's ice carving, sled dogs, hot food and much more. Gates open at 7AM both days. For more information, check out SCKiwanis.com or call 570-924-4224.
 
The Berwick Archery Club will hold their 10th annual Money Shoot this weekend. Qualifying shots will be held today, with the final shoot-offs on Sunday. For more information find the Berwick Archery Club on Facebook or call 570-336-8885.
 
The Loose Ties Model Railroading club will open their huge layout at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn this weekend. Today from 11AM - 5PM and Sunday from Noon - 4PM check out the more than 60 trains and 10,000 feet of track.
 
Today is your last day to stop by the Moose Exchange Antler in downtown Bloomsburg and check out their latest exhibition featuring longtime local artist Ken Conner.
 
 
WHLM Sports
 
Huskies Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Mansfield Saturday afternoon at the Nelson Field House. the Women won over Mansfield 91-45 and the Men's had a devastating loss in overtime to Mansfield with the score 78-76. You can hear the detail with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

 

Girls HS Hoops

Mifflinburg will play Mount Carmel in the HS girls' Heartland Conference championship basketball game. That game starts Saturday night at 7 O'clock at Shikellamy high school in Sunbury.

 

 



** Operation Storm Watch **

* Wind Chill Watch *

 

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Wind Chill Watch for our area through Monday morning. Frigid temperatures combined with strong winds could bring dangerous wind chills as low as -25 degrees Farenheit. Make sure to dress appropriately and cover up when outdoors. Exposed skin can easily become frostbitten in these conditions.

 

Danville Fire

Danville firemen were battling a house fire Friday morning. They were called to 8 C Street shortly after daybreak. Video supplied by Montour County Firewire... arriving firemen found thick, black smoke pouring from the two – story structure. No word what started this morning's fire on C Street.

 

Soledad O'Brien

Nationally – know journalist Soledad O'Brien brought her “Black in America” tour to the Bloomsburg University campus Thursday night. During a news conference prior to the event... Ms. O'Brien says one of the biggest issues is how blacks and whites get along. The major problems for blacks is being stereotyped... challenges and divisions facing the black community. Thursday night's visit to BU is one of eight Ms. O'Brien is under taking this month.

 

Democratic National Convention

Officials in Philadelphia say they're very excited after being chosen to host next year's Democratic National Convention. In the words of Kevin Washo, Executive Director of the Philly 2016 Host Committee, the city has a great story to tell and a great product to sell. He adds that with the city already hosting this fall's Papal visit during the World Meeting of Families, city leaders could have opted out of bidding for the convention, but then decided on both, helping to further put Philadelphia on the list of recommended destinations.

 

State Stores

The state's possible $2 – billion sale of the state store industry to outsiders... is possibly headed for a vote later this month. State Representative David Millard... a Republican from Berwick... says he believes a possible sale is not a cure – all... but could go along way to plug the budget gap. The proposal is being pushed by house majority leader Dave Reed of Indiana County. Reed believes the selling of the state stores would help with the state's budgetary problems.

 

PLCB Decision

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has voted to ban powdered alcohol products. Citing consumer safety and a variety of unknowns about potential to abuse powdered alcohol...the PLCB joined 9 other states in banning the product. Companies like Palcohol insist their product... that comes pre-measured in pouches to equal about one shot... is less likely to be abused than traditional alcohol. Still... it has not gotten approval from the federal government.

 

Data Breach
Law enforcement officials in Pennsylvania and ten other states are trying to assess the damage following a reported data breach affecting health insurer Anthem. State Attorney General Kathleen Kane and her counterparts in nine other states are criticizing Anthem for taking too long to notify their customers that their personal financial information may have been stolen. Investigators say the breach involves a total of 80 million customers, former customers and employees, but it's not certain how many of them are in Pennsylvania.

 

More Charges Expected

A Hazleton woman is expected to face additional charges now that a person she allegedly ran over died. Authorities say 32 – year old Betty Sawkulich of Scranton died on Thursday of injuries received after she was struck by a car driven by Tiffany Timko of Hazleton. The mother of seven was struck as she was trying to cross South Main Avenue in Scranton last Friday. Timko's charges are expected to be upgraded now that Sawkulich has died.

 

Savings Program
Pennsylvania's 5-2-9 College savings program saw record numbers last year. According to the state Treasury Department, families contributed more than 447-million-dollars to the program in 2014, a 6 % improvement over the previous year, with the program reporting total asserts of over 3.4-billion-dollars. More than 78 thousand students have used their accounts to attend some 21 hundred schools since the program's inception in 1993.

 

Hazle Twp Drugs

150 bags of heroin were seized from a vehicle parked behind a Hazle Township hotel. Published reports say the car was left behind the Ramada Inn on Route 309. The investigation led police to 19 – year old Omar Rojas Cepeda of Hazleton... who rented a room at the hotel. Cepeda was taken to jail... and two juveniles with him.. were released to their parents.

 

Jim Thorpe

A federal appeals court says it won't hear arguments from the family of athlete Jim Thorpe. The decision means his remains will stay put in Carbon County. The court case was brought by the family of the Olympic champion and pro football and baseball player. His remains were moved to Carbon County in the 1950's.

 

Hanover Twp Folo

The death of a Hanover Township woman is being ruled a homicide. Police say 50 – year old Gail Monahan was found in her home in a quiet townhouse sub – division earlier this week. An autopsy indicates she died of a gunshot wound to the head. Now... cops say the prime suspect is Monahan's boy friend... 53 – year old Randy Herman. A warrant for his arrest has been issued. It's believed he's somewhere in Alabama.

 

Sweepstakes

Too good to be true... State police say a Jersey Shore man is out $4,000... after he got a letter saying he won a raffle. The letter went on to say... he could not get the money from the Communication Mega Sweepstakes until he sent a check to a New York address. He did... he got nothing... and now he's sorry.

 

WHLM Sports

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Thursday night... in the Heartland Conference semifinals... Mifflinburg defeated Bloomsburg 46 – 38.. Mt. Carmel downed Southern Columbia 49 – 39.

 

Other Action

Mifflinburg will now play Mount Carmel in the championship game Saturday night at 7 O'clock at Shikellamy high school in Sunbury.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys basketball Thursday night... it was Hazleton over Berwick 61 – 53.

 

BU Basketball

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

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team has announced its team captains for the 2015 season. They are quarterback Tim Kelly, center Ryan Geiger and defensive backs Gary Postell and Donavan Morris. The Huskies begin spring drills on March 27th.

 

 



 

** Operation Storm Watch **

* Wind Chill Advisory *

 

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for our area from Thursday evening through Noon on Friday. Frigid temperatures combined with strong winds could bring dangerous wind chills as low as -20 degrees Farenheit. Make sure to dress appropriately and cover up when outdoors. Exposed skin can easily become frostbitten in these conditions.

 

Verdict

A Luzerne County court jury in Wilkes – Barre has found 41 – year old Hugo Selenski guilty of two counts of first degree murder. The verdict came in around 8:30 last night after two days of jury deliberations. The jury finding Selenski guilty in the murder of Michael Kerkowski and his girlfriend Tammy Fassett back in 2002. Their bodies were found on Kingston Township property owned by Selenski.

 

Endless Records

One piece in the puzzle of the revitalization of downtown Bloomsburg is underway. Nick McGaw and his haven for music on vinyl opened the doors Wednesday to Endless Records in the shop that used to be occupied by Finn's newsstand. McGaw says he hopes his shop is a rebirth of the Main Street area. McGaw had been one of the original tenants of the Moose Exchange on West Main Street... and was forced to move following a fire there a little more than a year ago.

 

NCAA Documents
State Senator Jake Corman released thousands of pages of documents from his lawsuit with the NCAA. Corman reached an agreement in his lawsuit last month... effectively removing all sanctions placed against Penn State in the consent decree... but he says with the release of these documents. He hopes the NCAA will re-evaluate its leadership. Corman says the organization was deliberately manipulative in its dealings with the university after the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal... and it imposed the sanctions to protect its own image.

 

Severance Tax
Governor Tom Wolf announced his plan for a 5 % severance tax on natural gas drillers Wednesday...and now state lawmakers are sounding off in response. The chairman of the Senate committee on Environmental Resources and Energy... John Yudichak... is putting his support behind the Governor's proposal... but he believes it's a mistake to let the impact fee go.... since it's been so helpful to those counties where drilling takes place. Still he says the tax is a necessity... and he doesn't think it will drive the industry out of Pennsylvania.

 

Sports Day

Bloomsburg University will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports this Saturday on campus. The BU's Women's basketball team will play an intricate part of Saturday's event... so says head coach Bill Cleary. Other women's sports on the BU campus will also take part in the event... which will be held starting at 10 O'clock Saturday at the Nelson Field House.

 

Murder Investigation

A murder investigation in the Wyoming Valley. This time at a town house complex in Hanover Township. Now... authorities are treating the death of Gail Monahan as a homicide. Police finding Monahan's body as they did a well being check at the Townhomes at Hanover development.

 

Little League

Williamsport – based Little League Baseball has stripped the U.S. championship from Chicago's Jackie Robinson West. Little League also suspended its coach for violating a rule prohibiting the use of players who live outside the geographic area that the team represents, it was announced Wednesday. Now... Jackie Robinson West must vacate wins from the 2014 Little League Baseball International Tournament -- including its Great Lakes Regional and United States championships.

 

Broken Leg

The father of a 5 – year old Wilkes – Barre youngster is in the Luzerne County Jail... charged with breaking his son's leg. Police say 26 – year old Mark Hickman kneed the boy in the leg as punishment for not clearing up his room. Also arrested... 28 – year old Kristy Rackinson... for letting Hickman into her home in violation of a PFA order.

 

Possible Liquor Store Sale
Republicans in the state House are renewing their push to privatize the liquor store system in Pennsylvania. This time it's being led by the new Majority Leader in the House, Rep. Dave Reed. He wants it to be part of state budget negotiations with the Senate and the Wolf Administration. A similar measure passed the House in the previous session, but stalled in the Senate. Gov. Wolf says he's opposed to privatization, adding he does support changes which would make the current state store system more convenient and competitive

 

Kids for Cash Folo

The State Supreme Court on the recommendation of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel has accepted the resignation of Robert Powell, of Luzerne County, from the Pennsylvania Bar. The high court also ordered Powell disbarred retroactive to August 31, 2009 the date of his temporary suspension. Powell was a key figure in the “kids for cash” scandal that unfolded in 2008 over judicial kickbacks at the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas in Wilkes-Barre.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at West Chester last night. WHLM's Jim Doyle is reporting that the women tried to accomplish a come from behind victory and ended up short... as Lady Huskies were defeated by West Chester 93 – 88 in overtime. The same story for the men... they were beaten by West Chester 88 – 82. Both Bloomsburg University basketball teams will be back in action Saturday afternoon against Mansfield at Nelson Field House.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Wednesday night... Bloomsburg defeated Benton 47 to 28.

 

Playoffs

Bloomsburg ended up in a three way tie with Southern Columbia and Millville for first place in Division 3 of the Heartland Conference. For the second season in a row, Millville has decided not to compete in the conference's post season tournament which begins Thursday night. Southern Columbia plays Mount Camel at Shamokin and Bloomsburg takes on Mifflinburg at Milton. Both of those games begin at 7 O'clock. The championship game will be played Saturday night at Shikellamy.

 

Other Basketball

In other girls basketball Wednesday night.. Hazleton downed Berwick 41 – 38.

 



 

Downtown Bloomsburg

A strategic plan aimed at downtown Bloomsburg got some more money to operate with this week. Mayor Sandy Davis giving Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated's Adrienne Mael a check for $25,000. But that move didn't set well with Bloomsburg resident Doug Chiado of Arbutis Park Road who says the problem with downtown lies with past and current council members. It was two weeks ago... developer Alexander Belavitz from Facility Design and Development Limited of Scranton took the wraps off a proposal to spruce up and get stores back on Bloomsburg's Main Street. The money will be used to further study the issue.

 

State Minimum Wage

Gov. Tom Wolf says passage of a higher minimum wage in Pennsylvania is a priority of his in the current legislative session. During an impromptu news briefing after speaking before a closed-door meeting sponsored by the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, Mr. Wolf said Tuesday he supports a bill sponsored by Rep. Patty Kim, a Dauphin County Democrat. It would boost the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour over two years.

 

Selenski Case

The jury in the Hugo Selenski case in Wilkes – Barre will resume deliberations Wednesday morning. Selenski is accused of murdering a Wyoming County pharmacist and his girl friend and burying their bodies on his Kingston Township property. Following closing arguments on Tuesday... the judge telling jurors to take their time in reaching a verdict.

 

BTE

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble has teamed up with a band known as the Bedbugs for a fund raiser for BTE at the Frosty Valley County Club later this month. The group's Todd Campbell says the Bedbugs has a pretty deep Rock 'n' Funk playlist. The BTE fund raiser will be held the 28th at Frosty Valley. Tickets are available at BTE on Centre Street in Bloomsburg by either stopping by the box office or giving them a call on the phone.

 

Juvenile Justice

A new report on juvenile justice in Pennsylvania has been presented. WHLM's David Payne tells us the report was presented by the PA Juvenile Court Judges Commission, during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. Executive Director Keith Snyder presented a wide-ranging analysis, including ways to reduce the rate of recidivism among youthful offenders. One way this is being done is through a research tool known as the Youth Level of Service, which uses a number of factors to determine who is at highest risk of re-offending.
 

MADD

The organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving is asking lawmakers in Pennsylvania to pass legislation they say will save innocent lives. MADD says that deaths from drunk driving are 100 percent preventable...and that's why they've made ignition interlock bills like the ones introduced in the PA House and Senate...their top legislative priority. If a bill is passed, DUI first offenders will be able to immediately apply to be placed on the interlock program...which statistics show is much more effective at reducing repeat offenses than suspending their drivers license.

 

Hazleton Stabbing

Hazleton Police are investigating the stabbing and robbery of a person Tuesday night. The incident taking place at 10th and Alter Streets around 7 O'clock. The name of the victim hasn't been released... but that person is being treated for non life – threatening injuries. No one is in custody.

 

Cab Robbery

Still no suspects in the armed robbery of a Hazleton cab driver early Tuesday morning. Police say two men, wearing ski masks... showed weapons and demanded money from the driver at the corner of 8th and Seybert Street. The driver was assaulted... some of his cash taken with the pair getting away in a dark – colored Honda.

 

Violence Awareness Month

The death of a Millersville University student, allegedly at the hands of her boyfriend, just happens to coincide with the observance of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Judy May Bennett, CEO of the American Trauma Society's Pennsylvania Division, says she cannot speak directly to the death of 18 year-old Karlie Hall, but says it's important for friends and family to look for signs that a teen may be involved in an unhealthy relationship. They include constantly receiving text messages or phone calls, a change in school work or behavior, signs of substance abuse, and visible evidence of physical abuse.
 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at West Chester Wednesday night. Both the Men's and Women's teams lost against West Chester. The Women's score in overtime was 88-93 and the Men's 82-88. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskie Postgame Report.

 

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Tuesday night... Tunkhannock just got by Berwick 63 to 60... Benton defeated Millville 52 – 46... Loyalsock downed Bloomsburg 76 – 37... and it was Southern Columbia over Central Columbia 54 – 51.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball Tuesday night... Southern Columbia squeaked by Montgomery 45 – 42. With that win, the Tigers clinched at least a tie for The Heartland Conference Division 3 title and a spot in the conference tournament which begins Thursday night.

 

College Hoops

In top 25 men's college basketball Tuesday night... Top ranked Kentucky getting by LSU 71 – 69... 5th ranked Wisconsin downed Nebraska 65 to 55... 8th ranked Kansas defeating Texas Tech 73 to 51.... and 10th ranked Notre Dame got by Clemson 60 – 58.

 

NHL

In the National Hockey League... the Montreal Canadiens edged the Philadelphia Flyers 2 to 1..

 

 



 

Bloomsburg Town Council

Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night has decided to advertise for a change in the ordinance dealing with the regulations of outdoor social gatherings.... in essence targeting Block Party which takes place the third Saturday of April every year. It's an event that isn't sanctioned by anyone... but for the most part take place in backyards and parking lots where the students live... and it's fueled by social media. The only “no” vote came from Councilman Bill Kreischer whose fearful that any change in zoning would push the party out into the Main Street area. A public meeting dealing with the issue will take place at 6 O'clock an hour prior to the next council meeting on the 23rd.

 

College Mental Health
An annual report from the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State shows an increase in the number of students seeking help for suicidal thoughts. Dr. Ben Locke, of the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State, says years ago there were concerns that the amount of mental health needs on college campuses was growing, but there wasn't reliable data. The center has now collected data sets for five years...enough to start noticing trends.

 

Medicaid Expansion
Governor Tom Wolf announced a move to throw out former Governor Tom Corbett's Healthy PA initiative in favor of a more traditional Medicaid expansion. Wolf's office says complications under Healthy PA jeopardized coverage, so they've directed the Department of Human Services to ask the federal government to ignore Corbett's plan. No coverage will be immediately impacted by this move....and the transition won't be complete until the fall. The DHS will notify enrolled Pennsylvanians during the transition period...before any changes take effect.

Measles Vaccine
Pennsylvania's top public health official is once again stressing the safety and effectiveness of the Measles vaccine. Acting PA Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine is joining other health professionals urging parents to make sure their children are vaccinated. She says a study from the 90s which linked the vaccine to autism in children has been widely discredited along with its author. Dr. Levine says the latest data in Pennsylvania shows the immunization rate among kindergartners is 85-percent, which she admits should be improved.

 

Animal Resource Center

The Animal Resource Center on Boone Road in Bloomsburg continues it's part of taking in unwanted dogs and cats. Appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Executive Director Linda Bird says they have cats ready to go out the door... to forever homes. Want to get a glimpse of the animals offered... visit their web page or Facebook account.... or simply stop by the ARC no kill shelter in the 300 block of Boone Road.

 

Parental Rights

State lawmakers say new legislation will protect the parental rights of rape victims. House Bill 4-10 would prohibit the courts from granting a convicted rapist any form of custody if the victim objects. It would also require a rapist to pay child support even if those parental rights are terminated. The courts will be able to over-rule the victim's objection if the child is of a certain age and the court determines custody with the father is in the child's best interest.
 

Selenski Trial

Closing arguments for a double murder trial are expected to get underway Tuesday... following a one day delay. According to the Luzerne County District Attorney, day 13 of the Hugo Selenski trial was postponed until 10:00 O'clock Tuesday morning. If you recall... Selenski is accused of killing Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett back in 2002 and burying their bodies at his Kingston Township home.

 

National Guard

A new number one is now in office at the PA National Guard. During a weekend ceremony at Fort Indiantown Gap, Maj. Gen. Joseph James was installed as Pennsylvania's 52nd Adjutant General. Along with heading up the Guard, Joseph will also lead the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs if confirmed by the Senate. The PA National Guard consists of 35 hundred full-time and more than 15-thousand part-time members.

 

Recycling Center

A Luzerne County recycling center is back up to speed. That follows a fire Monday that started in a heating unit on the roof of the building of PGA, Incorporated on South Street in Freeland. The building was evacuated... with firemen dousing the flames in short order.

 

Gas Prices

That downturn in gasoline prices has apparently come to an end. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report... shows the average price of gas in Northeastern Pennsylvania... including Columbia and Montour Counties is now average $2.33 a gallon. That's the same price as it was over the weekend...

 

 

WHLM Sports

Tournament

The Heartland Athletic Conference will hold its third annual post - season boys and girls basketball tournament this week featuring the three divisional winners plus one wild card team. Two area teams - the Bloomsburg and Southern Columbia girls teams - could be in that tournament. Those teams are tied for first in Division 3. If they remain tied after their regular season ending games, both will be in the tourney. Southern Columbia plays at Montgomery tomorrow night and Bloomsburg is at Benton on Wednesday.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In a girls game played Monday night... Central Columbia downed Warrior run 47 – 20.

 

Soccer Coach

Bloomsburg University athletic director Mike McFarland has named Matt Haney interim women's soccer coach. Former head coach Stephanie Anderson stepped down earlier this month. A national search for the position will begin this week.

 

Men's College Hoops

In men's top 25 college basketball Monday night... 4th ranked Duke just got by Florida State 73 to 70... 21st ranked Oklahoma State defeated 16th ranked Baylor 74 to 65... 21st ranked Oklahoma toppled 14th ranked Iowa State 94 to 83...

 

Women's College Hoops

In women's college basketball, the top two teams in the nation squared off... 2nd ranked Connecticut defeated top ranked South Carolina 87 – 62.

 

 



* Closings and Cancellations *

 

* The Bloomsburg Public Library will close at 5PM Monday evening.

 

 

Shooting Investigation

Still no suspect or suspects in custody in connection with the shooting of two Bloomsburg University students last week. The pair are from the Philadelphia area. They were shot in an apartment on Fetterman Avenue. One of the victims was rushed to Geisinger in Danville... the second shooting victim walked into Geisinger – Bloomsburg seeking emergency treatment. Meantime... investigators have the weapon believed used in the shootings.

 

Storm / PennDOT

PennDOT crews have been out all night battling rain freezing on the highways.... as well as snow in some of the higher elevations. This is the third consecutive stormy Monday... the crews have been out and about in Columbia County. The agency's David Thompson says crews have a serious job every time they leave the yard. As for priorities for salting and plowing... Interstate 80 is number one on the list... followed by state roads.... then secondary roads fall into place.

 

Collegiate Mental Health
An annual report from the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State shows an increase in the number of students seeking help for suicidal thoughts. The center has now collected data sets for five years...enough to start noticing trends. While the number of students who previously had counseling for substance abuse is down...the number of those seeking treatment for self-harm or suicidal thoughts is trending up. While the reasons for that aren't clear now, researchers say they hope all the data in the report will prompt universities to review and improve their services.

 

Tax Returns

Accounting majors at Bloomsburg University will be doing some community service as well as preparing tax returns for folks who qualify. Their program begins Monday afternoon at the Wesley United Methodist Church at Third and Market Streets in Bloomsburg. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... BU student Scott Boearet was asked what sort of paperwork one needs. The accounting students will be preforming the service through the first week in April... with a few days off in March. To make an appointment call 570-389-5234

 

Black Caucus / Cops
After meeting with the state's Chiefs of Police Association, leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus say it will take an open dialogue to create positive change. The first-of it's-kind meeting was sparked by unrest across the country...and now state lawmakers are already working on proposals meant to address potential excessive police force against minorities. Caucus Chairwoman Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown says people should be calling attention to racial issues and opening a dialogue about them. The Caucus hopes to do that with public hearings on drafted legislation.

 

Health Insurance

The open enrollment period to sign up for health insurance coverage is quickly approaching. The period started on December first and runs through February 15th. The group Get Covered America has been holding sign up events throughout Pennsylvania and will continue to do so right up to the deadline. To find an event nearby log onto getcoveredAmerica.org/connector, or call the Pennsylvania Health Access Network at 1-877-570-3642.

 

Pennsylvania Supco Nominee
Centre County President Judge Thomas Kistler says he was surprised and flattered to be nominated to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The 57 year-old Kistler, who was first elected to the bench in 1997, says his nomination came in the form of a phone call from Gov Wolf himself. He was chosen for the high court along with 59 year-old Ken Gormley, Dean of the Duquesne School of Law and a former President of the Allegheny County Bar Association. If confirmed by the Senate, neither judge is expected to seek election to a full term on the court when their current terms expire.

 

Hazleton Vandalism

Hazleton police say cars parked on several streets had their windows smashed out over the weekend. The vandalism was reported along Beech and Hawthorne Streets... as well as diamond Avenue. The windows were shot out with either a pellet or a BB gun. If you have information about the weekend vandalism... call Hazleton PD.

 

Hazleton Woman

A 25 – year old Hazleton woman is now charged with the hit and run of a Lackawanna County woman last week. 25 – year old Tiffany Timko was on Main Avenue in Scranton when she allegedly struck Betty Sawkulich... the mother of seven... who was trying to cross the street. Timko fled the scene. Sawkulich is fighting for her life in a Scranton hospital.

 

Dan Flood Towers

Just about everyone who lives in the Dan Flood Towers in Kingston are back in their homes. A fire there over the weekend... forcing everyone to evacuate. The blaze was contained to a kitchen of an apartment on the 16th floor. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

 

Powerball Jackpot

The Powerball jackpot is climbing again. There was no winner for Saturday night's drawing... so the jackpot goes from $394 million to an estimated $450 – million dollars. The next drawing is Wednesday night at 11 O'clock.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Women Basketball

Bloomsburg University women's basketball coach Bill Cleary got his 200th career win Saturday afternoon when the Huskies beat East Stroudsburg 62-40 at the Nelson Field House. With that win Bloomsburg set a PSAC record for consecutive victories over division opponents. It was their 24th straight win over teams from the PSAC East. Next up for the Huskies is a game at West Chester on Wednesday.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Monday night, Bloomsburg is at Benton, and Southern Columbia plays at Montgomery. If both Bloomsburg and Southern Columbia win, they will join Millville in a three way tie for first place in the Heartland Conference Division One. Millville has finished its regular season. Monday night is the regular season finales for Bloomsburg and Southern Columbia.

 

BU Football Awards

Awards were given out at the Bloomsburg University football banquet at Rolling Pines Saturday night. Running back Eddie Mateo was named the team's offensive player of the year. Linebacker Justin Shirk was the defensive player of the year... and Lawrence Elliot was named the top special teams player. The Huskies begin spring drills on March 27th.



 

** Winter Weather Advisory **

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER

WEATHER ADVISORY FOR FREEZING RAIN AND SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT

FROM 6 AM MONDAY TO 1 AM EST TUESDAY.

 

* LOCATIONS... THE MIDDLE SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY AND POCONOS

 

* HAZARD TYPES... FREEZING RAIN FOLLOWED BY SNOW.

 

* ACCUMULATIONS... LESS THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE FOLLOWED BY

1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW.

 

* TIMING... RAIN WILL TURN TO FREEZING RAIN LATE TONIGHT AND EARLY

MONDAY MORNING... THEN TO SNOW AND SLEET MONDAY AFTERNOON.

 

* IMPACTS... SLOWED TRAVEL DUE TO SLIPPERY ROADS AND SIDEWALKS ON

MONDAY.

 

 

* Closings and Cancellations *

 

* Stillwater Christian Church's winter clothing giveaway on Monday has been cancelled.

 

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The Destination Blues winter music festival marks its second year this weekend. This afternoon wraps things up with a Gospel Blues concert featuring Alexis P. Suter and a choir of local singers. That concert starts at 1PM at Wesley United Methodist on Market Street in Bloomsburg. For ticket information visit DestinationBlues.org
 
Columbia-Montour Vocational-Technical school is holding an open house this afternoon. High School students, Adult students, Parents, and anyone who is interested in their courses are invited to attend. The open house will run from 1-4 PM. The school is on Sweppenheiser Drive, off Route 11 East of Bloomsburg.
 

 

WHLM Sports

HS Hoops

In girls high school basketball Friday night, Southern Columbia played at Bloomsburg.

 

Huskies Basketball

In college basketball Saturday afternoon the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played East Stroudsburg at Nelson Field House. The Women won 62-40 and the Men lost 89-61.

 



 

The Destination Blues winter music festival marks its second year this weekend. This afternoon is packed with performers on two stages from 3PM - Midnight at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Sunday afternoon wraps things up with a Gospel Blues concert featuring Alexis P. Suter and a choir of local singers. That concert starts at 1PM at Wesley United Methodist church on Market Street in Bloomsburg. For details and ticket information visit DestinationBlues.org
 
Monica's Heart greyhound adoption group will be holding two simultaneous events in the Bloomsburg area today. From 11AM - 2PM stop by Tractor Supply Company on Route 11 East of Bloomsburg or at PetCo in the Wal-Mart complex in Buckhorn. Learn more about greyhounds, meet some of the dogs, and maybe even adopt. For more information, call 570-644-2358.
 
It's a Lincoln Extravaganza today at the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. From 11AM - 1PM, learn about the power of the penny with penny games and crafts, and learn about the star of the penny, Abraham Lincoln. The Museum is on 7th Street, next to the Bloomsburg YMCA.
 
St Joseph Church in Danville is holding a Countdown Raffle and Wild West Dinner Dance this evening at Frosty Valley Country Club in Danville. It's a night of raffle, drawings, 5 card draw and Blackjack. Tickets are $50 each and includes a chance at the $1,000 Grand Prize. Events start at 6PM. Proceeds benefit St Joseph School in Danville. For more information, stop by the church office or call 570-275-2435.
 
The Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center in Benton is hosting a Texas Dance Party tonight at 6PM. Dance to live country music by Grand Junction and enjoy food and drinks. Tickets are $8 for adults, $3 for teens 13-17, and free for kids 12 and under. For more information, call the Center at 570-925-0163.
 
Columbia-Montour Vocational-Technical school is holding an open house this Sunday. High School students, Adult students, Parents, and anyone who is interested in their courses are invited to attend. The open house will run from 1-4 PM. The school is on Sweppenheiser Drive, off Route 11 East of Bloomsburg.
 
Learn how to improve your singing voice and be a star on the stage at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's Super Singing Sundays, starting this weekend at the BTE Mitrani production building in downtown Bloomsburg. The five-week course for all ages 8 & up will cover both basic and advanced vocal techniques, wrapping up with a live performance on March 8. No experience is necessary. Course fee is $55 per student. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

 

WHLM Sports

HS Hoops

In girls high school basketball Friday night, Southern Columbia played at Bloomsburg. Bloomsburg won over Southern Columbia 39-31.

 

Huskies Basketball

In college basketball Saturday afternoon the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played East Stroudsburg at Nelson Field House. The Women won 62-40 and the Men lost 89-61. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

 



 

Shooting Investigation

Still no suspect in the shooting of two Bloomsburg University students from the Philadelphia area this week. The incident taking place in an apartment on Fetterman Avenue. One of the victims was taken to Geisinger in Danville... while the second person walked into the emergency room of Geisinger – Bloomsburg. Authorities say the shootings of the two, 20 – year old men was not a random act... and people who live in the area are not in danger.

 

Transformation

More bureaucracy... or a way to save money in the future. Gov. Wolf said Thursday he was forming a new state office aimed at identifying hundreds of millions in savings as a way to trim a multi - billion-dollar budget deficit. Wolf said he expects to introduce details of the so – called “Transformation” office in the coming weeks. The executive order he signed Thursday creating the office came with a directive to state agencies to immediately identify a total of $150 million in potential savings.

 

PennDOT / Storm

With an impending multi – day storm on the horizon for Columbia and Montour County starting over the weekend.... PennDOT says they're ready. The agency's David Thompson out of Montoursville says all the districts across the state have been on the phone with Harrisburg. Thompson added the crews across District Three are rested from storms earlier in the week that canceled and delayed schools. With proper treatment... the road should be fine for the start of the week.

 

Millville Trucker

A Millville truck driver is being cited by State Police in Dunmore for causing a wreck on Interstate 81... south of Scranton... that took hours to clean up. Police say 71 – year old Jerry Masser was following another vehicle too closely... when he veered off the super slab... and rolled over. The wreck backed up traffic for miles since his cargo of yogurt had to be unloaded by hand. Masser was not hurt.

 

Destination Blues

Have a case of cabin fever... the next three days you have an opportunity to break out and enjoy the music... thanks to Destination Blues. The event begins Friday night... and it's a three day opportunity to take in blues music from some of the greatest stars of our time... so says Otto Kurecian from the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau. Tickets are still available at The Antler on Main Street in Bloomsburg... as well as at the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce on Market Street.

 

Non Profits

Pennsylvania's Auditor General weighed in on a proposed constitutional amendment concerning public charities. Eugene DePasquale testified before the Senate Finance Committee, on a measure granting the legislature the sole authority to determine who can qualify as a tax-exempt charity. DePasquale said it's a critical issue, with municipalities dealing with a shrinking tax base and growing expenses. If the measure ends up going before the voters, DePasquale says it should be during a general election which would give as many Pennsylvania voters as possible the chance to decide.
 

Government Benefits
The Senate State Government Committee has approved a bill which would deny government benefits to illegal immigrants. Sen. Pat Stefano who sponsored the bill, says Pennsylvania has been too lenient when it comes to enforcing federal law in regards to undocumented immigrants. The measure which now heads to the full Senate, would require anyone receiving public benefits in Pennsylvania to provide identification proving they are legal residents, and to sign an affidavit stating they are a US citizen, or an immigrant lawfully residing in this country.

 

Protecting Physicians
Members of the medical community are working on legislation that they say would protect physicians from the hospitals they work for. The Pennsylvania Medical Society is hoping to gain protections for employed physicians in the state this session. They want doctors to be in charge of all medical decision - making...and be free from retaliation by administrators if they aren't happy with those decisions. They also want to eliminate restrictive contracts...that prevent a doctor from practicing within a certain mile radius or period of time after leaving an institution.

 

Tortillas Fire

There was a fire early Thursday morning in Wright Township... between Hazleton and Wilkes – Barre. Authorities say a tortillas oven caught fire at the Mission Foods factory in Mountain Top. Everyone inside the building was evacuated. The oven is used to manufacture tortillas.

 

Man Jailed

An Upper Augusta Township resident of Northumberland County is in jail on $300,000 bail. Authorities say 63 – year old Robert Snyder, Jr. allegedly assaulted a woman... then grabbed a loaded handgun... threatening to kill her. During a struggle with Snyder... the weapon went off. The woman managed to flee... but not before grabbing the gun and calling the cops.

 

Hazleton Super

There is word that former Hazleton School Superintendent Dr. Geraldine Shepperson has died. She lived her entire life in Hazleton. No word of funeral services for Dr. Geraldine Shepperson... the former superintendent for the Hazleton School District.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Women

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team played at Philadelphia University last night. WHLM Larry White is reporting the Lady Huskies defeated Philadelphia 81 – 65. It was the 11th consecutive win for Bloomsburg. Saturday afternoon the Huskies play East Stroudsburg at 1 o'clock at Nelson Field House. That will be followed by the men's game. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Thursday night.. Milton downed Central Columbia 65 – 58.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball... Mifflinburg defeated Danville 58 to 50... and it was Crestwood over Berwick 45 – 36.

 

More Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball Friday night, Southern Columbia played at Bloomsburg. Bloomsburg won over Southern Columbia 39-31. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Highs School Hoops Report.

 

 

 

College Hoops

In top 25 men's college basketball last night... Second ranked Gonzaga outdistanced Santa Clara 77 to 63... and 23rd ranked SMU was defeated by Cincinnati 62 – 54.

 



 

Roller Coaster

The big question this Thursday... will construction crews complete their work on a new, steel coaster at Knoebel's Amusement Resort for opening day in April. That's the big hope right now... as steel track arrives at the work site. The company breaking ground last September... with Rick Knoeble telling those assembled that the first few seconds of the ride comes out of the chute... up a ninety degree lift... then down on the other side into a Cobra roll. Some roads in southern Columbia County are expected to be closed Thursday due to trucks delivering parts and pieces of the coaster to the construction site.

 

Taxes

When you file you income tax return this year... there is a box to check to indicate you had health insurance during 2014. That word from professional tax preparer Kim Schooley of Danville who appeared earlier this week on the WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe and Norm. Schooley said if you didn't have health insurance last year... you could be fined. Our returns are due to the federal and state Government on April 15th.

 

Open Records Chief
The case over whether Governor Tom Wolf can remove the head of the Office of Open Records will go before a 7- judge Commonwealth Court panel next month. During a Wednesday hearing, Attorneys for Eric Arneson and the Wolf Administration reached a deal to withdraw his request to be immediately reinstated, in exchange for Arneson not participating in any Open Records Office business prior to Commonwealth Court hearing the case. In the meantime, Arneson says he may go back to work for his former employer, the Senate Republican Caucus.

 

Legislative Package

Democrats in the state Senate have unveiled a 13-bill legislative package known as CAP, or the College Access Plan. Provisions include $5,000 in merit-based assistance for students who stay in Pennsylvania after graduation, additional counselors and training to target high-needs schools, and a $10 - million loan forgiveness fund for applicants with incomes of $70,000 a year or less. Supporters say the goal is to make it easier and more affordable to attend college in Pennsylvania, while decreasing the debt load.


Goggling Patients
A professor with Penn State Hershey Medical Center has published a paper arguing for professional guidelines about searching for patients...online. Dr. Maria Baker says as more students who grew up in the Internet Age become doctors....the issue of when it's appropriate to Google your patients will become more prevalent. That's why she's arguing for professional medical societies to establish ethical guidelines now. Baker says patient safety should be a priority...but doctors will have to be careful not to violate patients' boundaries.

 

Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of self – serve unleaded regular gasoline is creeping up slowly across Columbia and Montour counties.... as well as all of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying $2.25 - a - gallon. That's up three cents from earlier in the week. A week ago we were paying and average of $2.23... and a month ago $2.47 a gallon.

 

Hazleton Fire

An early Tuesday morning fire in Hazleton has forced a dozen people out of their home. Authorities say the blaze began in an attic of a double block home on East Broad Street. The American Red Cross is providing assistance to six of the twelve victims... while the other six are staying with family and friends.

 

Wilkes - Barre Stabbing

A Wilkes – Barre woman is behind bars after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend during a domestic disturbance. 28 – year old Tameeka Buggs of the Sherman Hills housing project allegedly pulled off the stabbing early Tuesday morning. The 23 – year old man was taken to the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center where he's being treated for his stab wound.

 

 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball last night, Bloomsburg was at Danville. WHLM's Jim Doyle is reporting that the Danville Ironmen defeated the Bloomsburg Panthers 64 – 38. In other boys basketball action last night, it was: Millville over Warrior Run 64 – 49... St. John Neumann got the best of Benton 64 – 45... and Weatherly defeated Columbia Montour Vo – Tech 48 – 46.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball Wednesday night... Millville downed Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech 62 – 27.

 

BU Women's Basketball

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team, riding a ten game winning streak and ranked 17th in the nation, played at Philadelphia University Thursday night. They kept the winning streak going by winning over Philadelphia 81-63. You can hear the details with Larry White in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

 

College Basketball

In top 20 men's college basketball last night... 4th ranked Duke defeated Georgia Tech 72 – 66... and 7th ranked Villanova defeated Marquette 70 – 52.

 

 



 

Parking Lots Plowed

More plowing of parking lots in Bloomsburg overnight... in an attempt to clear away the snow from permitted areas. In the Pine Avenue lot in the 100 block of East Main Street... a contractor and his front end loader were called in. And as was the case Monday night... cars parked where they shouldn't be were slapped with tickets and taken by towing companies to impound lots.

 

Community College

The Danville Borough Council president is attempting to persuade an educational group to place it's proposed Community College in Danville. Scott Richardson says he has sent a letter to the Susquehanna Valley Community Education Project to look into the former St. Cyrils School for it's campus. Mr. Richardson says the school grounds are outside the flood area... and Route 80 intersects they county's they plan on drawing students from. No timetable for a decision is set.

 

Sexual Assault Probe
A state lawmaker is introducing legislation he says will speed up investigations into sexual assaults. There are an estimated 400,000 untested rape kits nationwide. Because Pennsylvania doesn't have a system for keeping track of those...we don't know how we stack up against other states. That's just one reason Representative Brandon Neuman says he's introducing a bill that would require evidence from sexual assault cases be submitted to a lab within 15 days of collection, have those test results put into a database...and mandate that victims be kept informed of the process.

 

Program Performance
The PA Department of Corrections has released a performance report on a program which combines incarceration and treatment for non-violent drug offenders. The State Intermediate Punishment program has been in effect since May 2005. The 24 month program is divided into 4 phases-confinement in a state prison, community-based treatment, outpatient treatment, and supervised release. The report shows a 42 percent recidivism rate after three years, but that's compared to 52 percent for offenders who don't go through the program.

 

Destination Blues

Three days of blues music up and down the Susquehanna Valley begins Friday. Destination Blues is returning for a three day run this weekend.... and Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated manager Adrienne Mael says the initial ticket for the three days is 40 – dollars a person. But, there are other options. You can get your tickets at various locations around Bloomsburg... but also at “the Antler” on Main Street.... and the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce on Market Street.

 

Affordable Care
The state Senate Banking and Insurance Committee has approved a bill which focuses on navigators who help enroll health insurance customers under the Affordable Care Act. The bill would require navigators to be certified by the state Insurance Department, as well as undergo a criminal background check. Sen. Don White who chairs the committee, says navigators handle sensitive and personal information from health insurance enrollees, and this would provide an extra level of security. The bill now heads to the full Senate.

 

Church Leader

A 34 – year old former youth pastor in neighboring Luzerne County is facing charges. Adam D'Albero of Drums is accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl. D'Albero is charged with corruption of minors... and having sexual contact with the 13 – year old girl. Police say the relationship happened in White Haven... starting in 2011... and lasted for a year... while he served as the leader of a youth group at Mountain View Community Church.

 

Applebee's Robbery

Two of three men are in custody... after they tried to carjack the night manager at the Applebee's Restaurant in West Hazleton. Police say Victor Soto – Santanna... and Pablo Valenzuela... both of Hazleton... and another man tried to rob the manager on Sunday night. The manager was forced to empty a safe in the building... and was later taken hostage. But police showed up... arresting Santanna and Valenzuela on a long list of charges. The third man remains on the loose.

 

Commissioners

We may be in the dead of winter... but the political season in Columbia County is heating up. County Commission Chair Chris Young has announced his re – election bid for his fifth term. The Rohrsburg Republican says his goal is to bring existing projects to completion... such as flood protection for Bloomsburg West Side. Also announcing his re-election bid is Democrat David Kovach of Berwick. In making his intentions known... Mr. Kovach his three drug workshops held around the county... as well as the Bloomsburg Flood wall... saving 700 jobs.

 

Blood Donations
This is the time of year when donations to local blood banks usually fall off, Jay Wymer, of the Central PA Blood Bank says this is always a difficult time for blood donations, partly because the need for blood is greater.

 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Tuesday night... Lewisburg defeated Bloomsburg 52 – 29... and Pittston Area got by Berwick 37 – 34.

 

HS Basketball Wednesday

In boys' high school basketball Wednesday night, Bloomsburg played at Danville. Danville won over Bloomsburg 64-38. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball Tuesday night... Danville downed Loyalsock 46 to 39... Millville defeated Benton 53 – 42... It was Central Columbia over South Williamsport 55 to 34... Southern Columbia downed Sullivan County 49 – 34... and Berwick just got by Pittston Area 51 to 50.

 

College Hoops

In top 25 college basketball last night...top – ranked Kentucky downed Georgia 69 to 58... 5th ranked Wisconsin got by Indiana 92 to 78... and 15th ranked West Virginia toppled 21st ranked Oklahoma 71 to 52.

 



 

Overnight Snow Clearing

The Bloomsburg Department and Public Will be removing snow from Permit locations C-D-E-G and I. The snow removal will begin at midnight Monday night (tonight) at midnight and run through 9 AM Tuesday. Permit holders for these zones must move their vehicles to the metered spaces in the public lots and on Main Street until 9AM. You must be back in your zone by 9 AM. Failure to move your vehicle will result in a $50.00 ticket and a tow bill to be determined by the tow companies.

 

The following night, February 4th starting at midnight to 9 AM, metered sports in all public lots and permit zones F and J will be plowed. Zone F and J permit holders may park on Main Street at a meter until 9 AM. You must be back in your zone by 9 AM. Failure to move your vehicle will result in a $50.00 ticket and a tow bill to be determined by the tow companies. Ticketing on Main Street from 2AM to 5AM on these 2 nights will not be in effect. Any questions contact Bloomsburg Police Department 570-784-6779.

 

The Zones:

Zone C = Diner lot

Zone D = E Pine Ave lot (behind WHLM)

Zone E = Pine Ave lot (behind Rose Maries)

Zone F = Former Employee lot by St Columba Church

Zone G = Library lot

Zone I = W Pine Ave lot behind Post office

Zone J = Hoppes lot

 

Cold Animals

With temperatures dipping into the single digits overnight... Linda Bird of the Animal Resource Center in Bloomsburg is hoping you brought your animals in overnight to get them out of the bone – chilling weather. Appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe... Ms. Bird says the ARC is the place to get your next pet. To check out the dogs... and kittens up for adoption... visit the ARC in the 300 block of Boone Road in Bloomsburg.

 

Snow Shoveling

In Bloomsburg... and up and down the Susquehanna Valley yesterday... the sound of shoveling snow from sidewalks. Bloomsburg businessman Bruce Bowman... spent some time during the morning... cleaning off the sidewalks in front of Sneidman Jewelers in the 100 block of East Main Street. But the scene was repeated over and over... not only on Main Street... but side streets as well.

 

Berwick Shoveling

When it was all said and done Monday.... Berwick High School athletes shoveled an estimated 80 sidewalks in the borough... all part of donating their time to the elderly and the disabled who just could not get out in the cold and snow. Stone Force was one of the individuals... who told us an amazing story... of a 99 – year old resident who watched his walk being shoveled. For Athletic Director Frank Sheptock.... it all comes down to the leadership abilities of young people. The cleaning of the walks was arranged by Borough Council President Alvin Hill.... as well as Mayor Tim Burke.

 

Measles Outbreak
Hundreds of measles cases have broken out on the west coast, and now the Pennsylvania Department of Health is warning of a case in the mid-state. The Health Department is warning of possible exposure in Cumberland and Franklin counties. Measles was thought to be eradicated in the United States, but now the highly contagious and sometimes deadly virus is making a reappearance because some people are not getting their vaccinations. Health professionals are urging the public to get the vaccine as soon as possible if they haven't already.

 

Gas Prices

The average price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded gas is holding steady across Columbia and Montour Counties.... and all of northeast Pennsylvania. The Triple A fuel gauge is showing that we're paying $2.22 a gallon.... that's what it's been for a while. A week ago we were paying $2.24 a gallon... and a month ago... $2.45 a gallon.

 

Bills Package
A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced a package of bills meant to protect jobs and promote small business. State Senator Rob Teplitz of Dauphin County says we can always be doing more to spark job growth in the commonwealth. His 7 bills will create tools to help veterans start their own businesses, establish a Made in PA program to bolster local products, promote small businesses for government contracts, and establish an Office of New Americans to attract skilled immigrants to the state.

 

Commissioners Seek Reelection

We may be in the dead of winter... but the political season in Columbia County is heating up. County Commission Chair Chris Young has announced his re – election bid for his fifth term. The Rohrsburg Republican says his goal is to bring existing projects to completion... such as flood protection for Bloomsburg West Side. Also announcing his re-election bid is Democrat David Kovach of Berwick. In making his intentions known... Mr. Kovach his three drug workshops held around the county... as well as the Bloomsburg Flood wall... saving 700 jobs.

 

Blood Donations
This is the time of year when donations to local blood banks usually fall off, but the need is always there. In fact, according to Jay Wymer of the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank, the need for blood transfusions usually increases at the same time there's a drop in donations. When people are away from home as with the recent Christmas holidays, the risk for accidents and hospitalizations goes up. The good news, he says, blood supplies are in relatively good shape, especially compared the the shortages they experienced due to severe weather last winter.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

For the second straight week, Bloomsburg University's senior basketball player Marla Simmons is the PSAC Eastern Division athlete of the week. Simmons averaged 21 and a half points and 7 and a half rebounds in wins over Cheyney and Shippensburg. In Saturday afternoon's one point win at Shippensburg, she scored a career high 30 points including the game winning basket with 13 seconds to play. Next up for Marla Simmons and the Huskies is a non - conference game Thursday at Philadelphia University.

 

High School Basketball

The weather was the big winner in high school sports Monday night. The Central Columbia at Milton boys basketball game was postponed until Thursday... the Pittston Area at Berwick girls game will be played Tuesday night... and the Williamsport at Danville girls game has been rescheduled for next Monday.

 

College Basketball

In top 20 men's college basketball last night.. 3rd ranked Virginia dominated 12th ranked North Carolina 75 to 64.... 8th rank Kansas defeated 11th ranked Iowa State 89 – 76

 

NBA

In the NBA... the Philadelphia 76ers were defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers 97 – 84.

 



 

Bloomsburg Parking lots to be Plowed Overnight

The Bloomsburg Departmet and Public Will be removing snow from Permit locations C-D-E-G and I. The snow removal will begin at midnight Monday night (tonight) at midnight and run through 9 AM Tuesday. Permit holders for these zones must move their vehicles to the metered spaces in the public lots and on Main Street until 9AM. You must be back in your zone by 9 AM. Failure to move your vehicle will result in a $50.00 ticket and a tow bill to be determined bythe tow companies.

 

The following night, February 4th starting at midnight to 9 AM, metered sports in all public lots and permit zones F and J will be plowed. Zone F and J permit holders may park on Main Street at a meter until 9 AM. You must be back in your zone by 9 AM. Failure to move your vehicle will result in a $50.00 ticket and a tow bill to be determined by the tow companies. Ticketing on Main Street from 2AM to 5AM on these 2 nights will not be in effect. Any questions contact Bloomsburg Police Department 570-784-6779.

 

The Zones:

Zone C = Diner lot

Zone D = E Pine Ave lot (behind WHLM)

Zone E = Pine Ave lot (behind Rose Maries)

Zone F = Former Employee lot by St Columba Church

Zone G = Library lot

Zone I = W Pine Ave lot behind Post office

Zone J = Hoppes lot

 

Rate Increase

It appears that you and I will be digging into our pockets deeper soon to pay our water bill. United Water... the folks who supply drinking water to the Bloomsburg Area... has asked the Public Utility Commission for a request to raise rates to cover current and future construction costs across the eight systems operated by the company in Pennsylvania. United Water's Bob Manbeck says the utility has invested an estimated $91 – million across the state. Including an estimated $35 – million dollars for a new water treatment plant in Bloomsburg... which is located above the flood plain and out of harms way. That project should be wrapped up in the middle of 2016.

 

XGR /Tarah

With a Democratic Governor now in power... the Republican controlled state house and senate have their work cut out for them. For state representative Tarah Toohil of Hazleton... who's district includes Berwick... the business at hand is taking care of some old issues... such as pension reform... taxation and the sale of the state liquor store. Rep. Tohil went on to say she is waiting to meet Governor Wolf... but despite being a Democrat.. Ms. Toohil says it appears that the governor wants to work with the republican – controlled State Legislature.

 

State Treasure

Pennsylvania's state treasurer abruptly resigned on Friday, admitting he's facing federal corruption charges. Rob McCord was halfway through his second term when he announced his resignation earlier this week, which originally wasn't to take place for several weeks. Then came word of the possibility of charges related to fund raising abuses, which were quickly made public, leading McCord to step down effective immediately. In a recorded statement released by his attorney, McCord apologized and acknowledged his actions along with his intention to plead guilty.

 

PTSD

The state Senate's committee on veterans affairs has announced a new grant program for victims of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Veterans' service organizations can now apply for up to $750,000 in grant money to provide treatment to those suffering from PTSD. This is the first time these funds have been made available...and senators on the veterans affairs committee say it's a much needed, proactive approach to this issue...which affects not only veterans...but everyone surrounding them. Organizations can apply for the grants through the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs website.
 

Keeping Animals Safe

Animal advocates want to remind you that when the winter wind blows, make sure you don't forget about your pets' safety. The PA State Animal Response Team has come out with a list of recommendations to keep your pets safe and warm this winter...because even though that fur looks toasty warm...it won't completely protect Fido and Fifi from the elements. The Team reminds you to keep an eye on your companions for signs of frost bite and hypothermia...and to keep them away from toxic anti-freeze and salt melt. They say the safest place for your pet this winter...is in your home.

 

Coal Industry Caucus

A new committee in the state Senate seeks to emphasize the relevance of Pennsylvania's Coal industry. The Coal Caucus will be co-chaired by Republican Senator Gene Yaw and Democrat John Wozniak. Members say they want to ensure that coal remains a vital part of Pennsylvania's economy and its industrial base. Sen. Yaw points out that coal accounted for an estimated 40 percent of the state's electricity needs in 2014, and the industry supports about 36-thousand jobs in Pennsylvania.

 

 



 
**Operation Storm Watch**
 
WINTER STORM WARNING
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND MIXED PRECIPITATION...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM SUNDAY TO 1 PM EST MONDAY. 
 
* LOCATIONS...THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND MIDDLE SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY.
 
* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW FOLLOWED BY SOME FREEZING RAIN.
 
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...6 TO 8 INCHES.
 
* ICE ACCUMULATIONS...LESS THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH.
 
* TIMING...SNOW WILL BEGIN SUNDAY MORNING AND CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY NIGHT. THE SNOW WILL TURN TO FREEZING RAIN AND THEN BRIEFLY TO RAIN EARLY MONDAY MORNING. IT SHOULD GO BACK TO SNOW BY NOON MONDAY AS IT TAPERS TO SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS.
 
* PERIOD OF HEAVIEST SNOW...SUNDAY EVENING AND EARLY SUNDAY NIGHT.
 
* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL DUE TO SNOW COVERED ROADS. A COATING OF ICE WILL THEN MAY SIDEWALKS AND UNTREATED SURFACES SLIPPERY.
 
* WINDS...LIGHT AND VARIABLE. BECOMING NORTH TO NORTHWEST AND INCREASING TO AROUND 10 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS ON MONDAY.
 
 
WHLM Sports
 
BU Basketball
In college basketball Saturday afternoon, the Men's and Women's teams of Bloomsburg University played at Shippensburg. The Women won 65-64 over Shippensburg and the Men lost 68-65.
 
The Women will be back in action Thursday night, when they play at Philadelphia in a 6PM start. Coverage on the WHLM stations gets underway with the pregame at 5:40.
 


 
**Operation Storm Watch**
 
WINTER STORM WARNING
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND MIXED PRECIPITATION...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM SUNDAY TO 1 PM EST MONDAY. 
 
* LOCATIONS...THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND MIDDLE SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY.
 
* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW FOLLOWED BY SOME FREEZING RAIN.
 
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...6 TO 8 INCHES.
 
* ICE ACCUMULATIONS...LESS THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH.
 
* TIMING...SNOW WILL BEGIN SUNDAY MORNING AND CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY NIGHT. THE SNOW WILL TURN TO FREEZING RAIN AND THEN BRIEFLY TO RAIN EARLY MONDAY MORNING. IT SHOULD GO BACK TO SNOW BY NOON MONDAY AS IT TAPERS TO SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS.
 
* PERIOD OF HEAVIEST SNOW...SUNDAY EVENING AND EARLY SUNDAY NIGHT.
 
* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL DUE TO SNOW COVERED ROADS. A COATING OF ICE WILL THEN MAY SIDEWALKS AND UNTREATED SURFACES SLIPPERY.
 
* WINDS...LIGHT AND VARIABLE. BECOMING NORTH TO NORTHWEST AND INCREASING TO AROUND 10 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS ON MONDAY.
 
 
What's Happening?
The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents Yazmina Reza's "Art" running through Sunday at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Laugh out loud as three fully-grown adults fight like children over a modern art painting. For tickets and showtimes visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.
 
Benton United Methodist Church is holding a Ham Supper this evening from 4 - 7PM. Dinner is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for kids 6-11, and free for kids 5 and under. Take out is available. The church is on Main Street in Benton.
 
 
WHLM Sports
 
BU Basketball
In college basketball Saturday afternoon, the Men's and Women's teams of Bloomsburg University played at Shippensburg. The Women scored a one point win over Shippensburg being 65-64 and the Men lost to Shippensburg 68-65. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskie Postgame Report.
 
 
 
The Women will be back in action Thursday night, when they play at Philadelphia in a 6PM start. Coverage of that game on the WHLM stations gets underway with the pregame at 5:40.
 


 

** Closings and Cancellations **

 

** Millville vs Bloomsburg Girls' Friday night Basketball has been canceled.

 

** Millville Area School's Fridy night Band concert has been canceled.

 

Things to do...

St. Joe's in Danville will have their Winterfest activities starting at 5:30 Friday afternoon...

 

Rough Weather Weekend

Here is the latest from the National Weather Service in State College

 

              *** Winter Storm Watch ***

 

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA

342 PM EST FRI JAN 30 2015

 

**WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM Friday EVENING

TO 11 AM SATURDAY...

 

** WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH

MONDAY MORNING...

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER

STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH

MONDAY MORNING.

 

* WIND CHILLS...10 TO 20 BELOW ZERO TONIGHT THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.

 

* IMPACTS...FROSTBITE TO EXPOSED SKIN IN 30 MINUTES.

 

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...POTENTIAL FOR 6 INCHES OR MORE SUNDAY

AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY MONDAY.

 

 

 



 

** Operation Storm Watch **

** Closings and Cancellations **

 

** Espy Fire Hall Bingo for Thursday night has been canceled.

 

Update: Scott Township Accident

One person is dead... and a second critically injured after a box truck and a pick – up collided Thursday morning in Scott Township. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 telling us that Michael Moskovich of Bloomsburg died at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after being trapped in the cab of his pick – up. The driver of the Baltimore – based bakery truck...Joshua Sietsma of Dalton... was tossed through the windshield to the pavement. He underwent treatment all day.

Both drivers were Life Flighted to Geisinger. Police say the box truck veered into on – coming traffic on Route 11 near Tower Micro around 6:15 this morning.

 

Bloomsburg Firemen Requested

They didn't go anywhere fast. Danville firemen had requested mutual aid from the Bloomsburg Fire Department when there was a report of smoke inside the Hospital for Advanced Medicine on the Geisinger Medical Campus in Danville. But, right after the request was made... Danville firemen sized up the situation... telling BFD to remain in quarters. So Bloomsburg's Truck 42 stayed inside the fire station. Danville firemen mittigating the situation at GMC.

 

United Water

Hummelstown – based United Water.... the provider of drinking water in the Bloomsburg area... has requested a rate increase with the Public Utility Commission. The company's Bob Manbeck says it's associated with 91 – million dollars worth of capital investments. That includes a new $35 – million water treatment facility under construction on Irondale Road in Bloomsburg. No word when the PUC will get around to approving all... or some of United Waters request.

 

Downtown Bloomsburg

The wraps were taken off last night of a very preliminary look at improving the downtown Bloomsburg business district. It's all part of a plan by Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated to breath new life onto Main Street. Alex Belavitz of Scranton – based Facility Design and Development, Limited says downtown Bloomsburg has plenty of potential. Now... Belavitz says some data has already been collected in the Downtown area... and more needs to be gleaned... as well as long talks with stakeholders about the future of Main Street.

 

GoDaddy Ad

One advertisement from GoDaddy – dot – com has been pulled from the Super Bowl broadcast on Sunday at the behest of a Berwick woman. Helena Yurcho said a lost puppy... finding it's way home... only to be sold on – line through a GoDaddy – dot – com domain name was a bit much. Yurcho created an on – line petition to remove the ad which caught the eye of Go Daddy.... which gathered 42,000 signatures... forcing the company to pull the ad. Go Daddy says a replacement ad is produced and ready to go on Sunday.

 

Local Elections

We may be in the dead of winter... but the folks in the Columbia County Registrar's office are staying busy.... preparing for this year's elections. Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says this year's balloting deals with local offices. Mr. Repasky says the all – important primary election takes place in May... leading to the November general election.

 

Possible Luring

The Muncy School District is telling students and their parents that a man tried to lure two elementary school kids into his van. The incident happened earlier this week at the intersection of Lincoln and South Washington Streets. The van... according to our media partner Newswatch 16... was a large, black work van with a scratch on the drivers side. If you have information about the vehicle or the drive... call police.

 

Deer Hunting Licenses

Proposed legislation would change the way antlerless deer hunting licenses are issued in Pennsylvania. The licenses are currently distributed through county treasurers' offices, which Rep. Gerald Mullery describes as antiquated. He says licenses for fishing and hunting other game can be obtained online in Pennsylvania, and the same should be true for antlerless deer licenses. Mullery's bill would allow the state Game Commission to take over the process.

 

Accountable Lawmakers

Two Pennsylvania senators are re-introducing legislation they say will hold lawmakers more accountable. Senators Randy Vulakovich and Pat Stefano are bringing back a bill that will require legislators show receipts for daily expenses. Right now lawmakers in Harrisburg can claim up to 159 dollars per day...for performing legislative duties outside of their districts without proof. Stefano says that would be unthinkable in the private sector...and he hopes this common sense measure will receive quick consideration.

 

Thefts

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is calling on volunteer groups to take extra steps to guard against theft of funds, usually from persons within the organization. One of the most recent examples reported by DePasquale comes from a small volunteer fire company in Allegheny County, where 2 officials stole more than $26,000 over a 3 year period. He says the this most often occurs when only one person is authorized to sign the checks. DePasquale says many small volunteer groups need to be proactive in preventing this type of crime, and authorizing additional signers is a good first step.
 

Luzerne 911 Center

It appears Luzerne County will soon hiring seven additional emergency dispatchers. It will bring the number to 65. The hiring follows several mistakes... such as sending a fire department or an ambulance to a wrong locations with resulting deadly consequences. Right now... a committee is reviewing policies and procedures at the Luzerne County Emergency Dispatch Center.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Cheyney last night at the Nelson Field House. WHLM's Jim Doyle says the women's team defeated Cheney 83 to 56... while the men came from behind for an 80 – 74 victory. Both Bloomsburg University basketball teams will be back in action Saturday afternoon at Shippensburg.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys' high school basketball Wednesday night... Danville downed Southern Columbia 64 to 48... Lewisburg defeated Central Columbia 71 to 40... It was Bloomsburg over Mt. Carmel 48 to 30... Benton downed Bucktail 59 – 31... and it was Millville over Columbia Montour Vo – Tech 74 – 45.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Thursday night, Berwick played at home against Dallas. Berwick won over Dallas 59-42. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 

 

College Basketball

Wednesday night in men's college basketball, in a match - up of two ot the nation's top teams... 8th ranked Notre Dame just getting by 4th ranked Duke 77 to 73.

 



 

Bloomsburg Codes Office

It appears as the head of the Town of Bloomsburg's Code Enforcement has fallen from the grace of town council. There is a report in Wednesday's edition of the Press – Enterprise that Codes Officer Ed Fegley's salary has been cut a nearly $10,000.... from $59,000 to $50,000 a year. The move follows two closed door executive session's during council meetings this month. Council members call it simply a shift in duties... not a demotion. But the entire Code's office has come under fire recently by at least two business people who claim the office is very difficult to work with... with a habit of loosing paperwork and dragging their feet.

 

Town Park

The Town of Bloomsburg wants you input into the future of Town Park. But, a controversy may be brewing over what should be.... or should not be... available. During our newscast's on Tuesday... Town Council person Diane Levan talked about the rental of recreational equipment... but does not want food trucks selling their products. Park Association President Chuck Wagner says he'd would like to see kayak and bike rentals... but added that the park should avoid over - commercialization. If you have an idea as what should be available at the town park... drop town government a line by simply going to the town's website... and giving your ideas on the comment page.

 

Plowing

It was a sound heard all over the region Tuesday... folks with a single – blade plow.... mounted on a pick – up truck... moving snow from one area to another. One place with a lot of plowing took place at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall on Market Street. The driveways and huge parking lot plowed in short order.... not only for volunteers, but for folks headed for Wednesday night bingo at the fire hall.

 

Catawissa Building

In Catawissa... a demolition crew began tearing down the former Eagles building in the 100 block of Main Street Tuesday. The building... between First and Railroad Streets... was damaged by the Lee flood of 2011. The demolition is part of a plan to get rid of flood – ravaged buildings that are no longer deemed fit to live in.

 

Jail Time

A former bookkeeper for a Bloomsburg real estate office... who stole an estimated 230 – thousand dollars in an elaborate checking scheme... will spend six months in federal prison. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today edition that 59 – year old Mary Ann Gillespie is expected to report to federal marshals on February 26th.

She was convicted of making off with $132,000 from her former employer Century 21 Covered Bridges Realty... and $98,000 from First Columbia Bank of Bloomsburg... over a five year period.

 

GOP Sues Wolf

The Republican majority in the Pennsylvania Senate is suing Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf over his firing of his predecessor's appointee as head of the state Office of Open Records. The lawsuit filed this week in Commonwealth Court said Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's appointee, Erik Arneson, is entitled to serve a full six-year term and that Wolf illegally terminated him without cause. The lawsuit seeks to restore Arneson as the agency's executive director and declarations that Wolf violated the state Right-to-Know Law and the state constitution.

 

Medical Marijuana

Advocates for medical marijuana are hoping for better luck in the new legislative session. Senators Daylin Leach and Mike Folmer are re-introducing legislation to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. The bill passed the Senate in the last session, but was never acted on in the House. Folmer says he feels it has a better chance this time around, after receiving several encouraging messages from House members, as well as an impromptu visit from Gov. Wolf at Tuesday's news conference.

 

First Responders

Fire and emergency response organizations in Columbia County have been awarded more than $220,000 in state grants. That word from Representative David Millard of Berwick. The grants ranged from $14,000 for the Bloomsburg Fire Department to a little more than $7,000 for Millville EMS. Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire hall or ambulance company... as well as training.

 

Liquor Privatization

The debate over liquor privatization is back with the new legislative session. A plan to privatize liquor sales passed the House about two years ago...but couldn't make it past the Senate. Now some House Republicans have listed privatization among their top priorities...and say it should be part of any policy compromises between the legislature and the Governor's office...especially with such a difference in opinions. Senate leaders are looking for pension reform and Governor Tom Wolf has put a shale drilling tax at the top of his list.
 

Attempted Robbery

Police in the Wyoming Valley are looking for two people who tried to rob a jewelry store in Kingston at midday Tuesday. A man and woman walking into Steve Hydock Diamonds on Wyoming Avenue. Security surveillance showing the woman holding a weapon in her hand. The pair left without getting any of the jewelry.

 

Homeless Man Arrested

A homeless man is in the Luzerne County lockup... after allegedly tried to hold up a convenience store. Wilkes – Barre police say 27 – year old Matthew Vantine led police on a chase after he allegedly robbed the Turkey Hill store on North Pennsylvania Avenue early Tuesday morning. Vantine also struggled with cops while being taken into custody. He is charged with robbery... ag assault and other related charges.

 

Arrests

Mixing heroin with guns. Police say two men are jailed in Luzerne county when one tried to trade a stolen weapon for heroin. 19 – year old Gary Rackowski of Ashley... and 20 – year old Ryan Robles of Wilkes – Barre were busted after police spotted the pair trying to pull off an alleged drug deal in a parking lot on the San Souci Parkway Monday afternoon. Investigators say the stolen weapons was traded for 50 packets of heroin. Both men face a long list of charges.

 

PA Drivers

A study from a Washington DC-based safety organization says changes in traffic laws in Pennsylvania could save lives. One of the examples put forth by the group Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, if failure to wear seatbelts while driving was a primary offense in Pennsylvania, 136 lives could have been saved in 2012. The group is also pushing for ignition interlock devices for all drivers convicted of driving under the influence, not just for repeat offenders under current state law.
 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams won at home Wednesday night against Cheyney. The Women won 83-56 and the Men won 80-74. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Tuesday night.. Berwick defeated Coughlin 45 to 27.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball... Central Columbia downed Loyalsock 58 – 38... Bloomsburg defeated Sullivan County 50 – 26... It was Danville over Shikellamy 45 – 33... And Millville downed Southern Columbia 61 – 37.

 

College Basketball

In top 25 men's basketball Tuesday night... 17 ranked West Virginia got by Kansas State 65 – 59... and 20th ranked Baylor was defeated by Oklahoma State 64 – 53.



 

Snow Storm

We dodged a bullet.... As a big nor'easter continues to churn off the coast of New England... we're assessing the snowfall received. In the Susquehanna Valley... we got up to six inches... while higher elevations and the Pocono's got more. Now... the forecast is calling for some more light snow by the end of the week.

 

Emergency Ops Center

With more snow possible throughout the day in Eastern Pennsylvania, the Wolf Administration is taking steps to make sure they're prepared once the snow stops falling. The Governor has issued a disaster emergency proclamation, mainly as a precautionary move to ensure that personnel, vehicles, and equipment are in place and ready to be activated when and where they're needed. The state's emergency operations center just outside Harrisburg is also up and running, coordinating efforts by the State Police, PennDOT, the Turnpike Commission and the state Health Department.
 

Falling Snow

A Pennsylvania state Senator has re-introduced a bill that would require large trucks be cleared of ice and snow. Senator Lisa Boscola says drivers of trucks over 48,000 pounds should face fines for failing to clear accident-causing snow and ice from their vehicles. Her bill asks for a fine up to $1,500 for each offense where snow from a truck strikes another vehicle or pedestrian and causes serious injury or death. The bill has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee for consideration.
 

Animals and the Cold

Cold, snowy weather and animals don't mix. That word from Linda Bird of the Animal Resource Center. Appearing on Monday's edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... Ms. Bird telling Joe some precautions to take if the animals usually stay outdoors... such as making sure they have straw and plenty of water. Meantime... the ARC is asking for blankets and sheets for their shelter in the 300 block of Boone Road in Bloomsburg.

 

Town Park

The Bloomsburg Town Council says it wants to hear from you.... you're ideas on added activities at the Town Park. The idea came up with discussions with a kayak vendor. Councilperson Diane Levan says how 'bout bicycle rentals.... but not food vendors. You can e-mail your idea's for the park to Town Council through their web site by simply clicking on the contact page.

 

Drug Bust

A Heroin ring has been broken up by Berwick Police on Monday. Police Chief Ken Strish says the bust went down in a mobile home in the 100 block of Jessup Street... rented by 36 – year old Bryan Smith. That's when authorities found Smith... 39 – year old Sincere Johnson of New York City... as well as 24 – year old Shannon Schrader of Lime Ridge. Overall nearly 700 packets of Heroin was seized... and $4,800 in cash. All were arraigned and remanded to the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg.

 

Child Abuse Training

The University of Pittsburgh is among those offering child abuse awareness training in accordance with a law passed in 2014. The School of Social Work at Pitt has developed a free online, three-hour training course, called Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania. The training is the result of Act 31, which requires licensed professionals who regularly come in contact with children to receive training to spot the signs of abuse or neglect.

 

Shots Fired

Hazleton Police are investigating a case where shots were fired into a home early Monday morning. Authorities say five shots were squeezed off... aimed at a home in the 100 block of East 5th Street in Hazleton. Their target, police say, was the man who lived there... but he was not injured. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, contact Hazleton Police.

 

WHLM Sports

PSAC Award

Bloomsburg University senior Marla Simmons has earned Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division Women's Basketball Athlete of the Week honors. Simmons led the Huskies to a pair of PSAC East wins over the past seven days – 69-47 victory over Millersville and 59-53 win at Lock Haven. Simmons was instrumental to both victories, notching double-double efforts in both

 

BU Football

Bloomsburg University linebacker Justin Shirk has been selected to participate in the College Gridiron Showcase. The event is a postseason all-star game held on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington on Jan. 31st.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams hit the hardwood Wednesday night. They'll take on Cheney at the Nelson Field house. First up... the Husky women hit the floor at 5:30. You can catch all the action on the WHLM Stations starting with the pre – game show at 5:10... followed by the men's contest at 7:30.

 

NBA

In the NBA Monday night... the New Orleans Pelicans rolled over the Philadelphia 76er's 93 – 83.

 

College Basketball

In Men's College Basketball Monday night... Syracuse was defeated by North Carolina 93 to 83... and Iowa State just got by Texas 89 – 86.

 

 

 



** Cancellations & Closings **

 

** The La Leche League program scheduled for tonight at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville has been canceled for tonight. It has not been rescheduled.

 

** Dr. Ball's office in Bloomsburg is closed for the day.

 

** The Bloomsburg Public Library will close at 5PM this evening. Their book sale has been extended through Tuesday afternoon.

 

** The Catherine Treon School of Dance has cancelled all Monday evening classes.

 

** Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech Boys' Basketball vs Muncy has been postponed until Tuesday evening, 1/27.

 

 

Bracing for impact

Folks in Pennsylvania.... as well as from Northern New Jersey to Southern Maine are gearing up for what's being called a "potentially historic" storm that's threatening to dump 2-to-3 feet of snow over a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast late Monday. PennDOT Salt trucks spent most of Sunday - getting the roads ready.

 

Berwick Shoveling

The Borough of Berwick is doing it's part to remove ice and snow from sidewalks. Borough Council President Alvin Hill is offering shoveling services for seniors and those on disabilities. The program begins at 4 PM. Now... if you would like your walks shoveled.... or would like to volunteer... just give Berwick City Hall a call at 570 – 752 – 2723, Extension 0.

 

AGAPE

Faith – based AGAPE's Project Frozen continues. It started earlier this month when the temperatures fell.... and now it appears it will go through at least March 15th. That word from AGAPE's Eileen Chapman. Project Frozen helps those who are homeless or down on their luck to get out of the cold and snow each night at 7 O'clock.... and to grab a sandwich and soup. The only expectation is that the person be drug and alcohol free.

 

Bloom YMCA

Seven years as a Senior Program Director at a YMCA facility north of Pittsburgh has led the new CEO of the Bloomsburg Y to a new home. Joe Reinard said that gave him the experience mixture he needed to snare the top job. Reinard says he doesn't anticipate any changes at the Bloomsburg Y... but rather the low impact of new programs designed to give current members new challenges...

 

US Supco
A non-partisan court reform organization is closely watching a case recently argued before the U-S Supreme Court, which may have implications in Pennsylvania. The case centers on a law in Florida prohibiting judges from actively seeking contributions when running for re-election. Opponents want it overturned. The group Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts submitted a brief in favor of keeping the law intact, since an identical one is on the books here. If the Florida law is overturned, court watchers feel that Pennsylvania might not be far behind.

 

LGBT Discrimination
The largest LGBT civil rights organization in the United States says Pennsylvania's equality laws are seriously lacking. The Human Rights Campaign says it is trying to show that the fight for equality is far from over with a new report...which categorized Pennsylvania as a "high priority to achieve equality." Although PA has marriage equality...the campaign says the state has failed to enact laws that protect LGBT youth and health among other things. A spokesperson says they would like to see more anti-bullying laws..and an expansion for non-discrimination laws.

 

Hazleton Gunfire

Gunfire following a fight outside a club in Hazleton early Sunday morning. Police called to the Lounge 5 Bar and Restaurant on Laurel Hill. Police say the fight started in the club, but ended up in the parking lot. No one was injured... and police need you help in trying to sort out the issue.

 

Hazleton Man Jailed

A Hazleton man is in the Luzerne County lockup following a fight... which got ugly for police. Hazleton police were breaking up a fight on Alter Street early Sunday morning when some of the people turned on police. They say 20 – year old Visneydy Martinez went after an officer's Taser. Martinez is now locked up on a host of charges including aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

 

Car Theft

A Berwick man remains in the Columbia County Prison after he allegedly stole a '95 Jeep Grand Cherokee from a convenience store parking lot. Chief Ken Strish says Shane Bankes was spotted in the Jeep... and was pulled over in the vicinity of the Turkey Hill Store... and try to flee officers. But they collard him. Not only is Bankes facing a host of charges stemming from the car theft... he's also facing felony warrants.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

Lock Haven caught fire from beyond the arc and pulled away late in the second half for a 94-82 victory over the Bloomsburg University men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon in front fans at the Thomas Field House. Meantime.... the Lady Huskies held off Lock Haven for a 59-53 victory. Both teams have the next couple of days off... but return to the hardwood Wednesday night when the Huskies take on Cheney at the Nelson Field house. The Husky women hit the floor at 5:30

 

NFL Pro Bowl

In the NFL Pro Bowl Sunday night. Team Michael Irvin won the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl... defeating team Chris Carter 32-28 behind two touchdowns from Matthew Stafford to go along with two from Matt Ryan. The beneficiaries of the Pro Bowl arms were Emmanuel Sanders and Jimmy Graham who each had two scores. Next Week... the Super Bowl to be played at the same stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

 



 

** Operation Storm Watch **

* Winter Weather Advisory *

 

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA

 

MORE SNOW ON THE WAY FOR CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...

 

.A STORM SYSTEM WILL TRACK SOUTH OF PENNSYLVANIA TONIGHT AND

MONDAY...BRINGING SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW TO THE AREA. AN

EXPLOSIVE SECONDARY COASTAL STORM WILL DEVELOP LATER MONDAY...

AND BRUSH EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE LOWER SUSQUEHANNA RIVER VALLEY

WITH ADDITIONAL SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY.

 

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO

7 PM / Eastern MONDAY...

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER

WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS

EVENING TO 7 PM EST MONDAY.

 

* LOCATIONS... SOUTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA.

 

* HAZARD TYPES... SNOW.

 

* ACCUMULATIONS... 2 TO 4 INCHES TONIGHT THROUGH MIDDAY MONDAY.

 

* TIMING... SNOW WILL ARRIVE LATE THIS EVENING AND LAST THROUGH

MONDAY. HOWEVER...MOST OF THE ACCUMULATION SHOULD OCCUR LATE

TONIGHT THROUGH MID MORNING MONDAY.

 

* IMPACTS... HAZARDOUS TRAVEL.

 

 

What's Happening?

 

Come to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds for the annual Early Bird Sports Expo this weekend. There's boats, RV's & ATV's, hunting and fishing equipment, outfitters, taxidermists, artists and much more. The expo runs through today at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library's winter Book Sale runs now through Monday, during regular hours. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents Yazmina Reza's "Art" running now through February 1 at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Laugh out loud as three fully-grown adults fight like children over a modern art painting. For tickets and showtimes visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The Berwick Assembly of the Knights of Columbus are inviting their fellow area members to their annual Winter Dinner this afternoon at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. All members and their guests are welcome. Dinner starts at 1PM. To make your reservation, call 570-441-2662.

 

 

WHLM Sports:

 

High School Hoops

In boys high school basketball Friday night, Bloomsburg and Central Columbia renewed their neighborhood rivalry. Central Columbia won over Bloomsburg 43-35. 
 
BU Huskies Basketball
Saturday afternoon in Huskies College Basketball, the Men's and Women's teams were on the road at Lock Haven. The Women won over Lock Haven 59-53 and the Men lost 94-82. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Postgame Report.
 

 

 

Upcoming events:

 

Jan 26 thru Summer

Toddler Time is back at the Bloomsburg Public Library, starting Monday, January 26 at 9:15AM. The weekly 20-minute program of stories, songs, puppets, and more is perfect for kids ages 18 months to three years and their parents or guardian. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Thru Jan 27

St Joseph Church in Berwick is taking your orders for Super Sunday take-out, including soups, sandwiches, barbecue and more. Food can be picked up Saturday, January 31 from 3 - 6PM and Sunday, February 1 from 9AM - Noon. Orders must be in by Tuesday, January 27. The church is on Monroe Street in Berwick. For more information, call 570-759-8027.

 

Jan 29 - April 23

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, consider attending the Grief Share weekly grief support group program at Bloomsburg Christian Church. The 13-week program starts Thursday, January 29 at 7PM. Registration is required. The $15 registration fee covers the cost of the workbook and materials. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-784-3740.

 

Jan 31

Benton United Methodist Church is holding a Ham Supper on Saturday, January 31 from 4 - 7PM. Dinner is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for kids 6-11, and free for kids 5 and under. Take out is available. The church is on Main Street in Benton.

 

Jan 31

Come listen to Hang Drum musician Jerry Decker at The Art of Floating on Old Berwick Road during their benefit floating event, Saturday January 31 from 7-9 PM. All donations gathered during the evening will benefit the Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic.

 

Feb 2 - April 8

Sign up your curious kid today for one or both of the upcoming after-school activity courses for ages 6-12 at the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. Mondays, starting February 2, there's Faces 101, which will explore drawing, painting, and sculpting faces of all kinds. Wednesdays, starting February 4, Science Club presents Pirates of Bloomsburg, with a look at navigation, meteorology, ocean science and nutrition on the High Seas. Both 10-week courses cost $100 or just $90 for museum members. For more information, call the museum at 570-389-9206.

 

Feb 5 (Feb 3) - April 2

The Columbia/Montour Women's Center will host volunteer training classes Thursday evenings from 6-9PM beginning February 5. The 60-hour training class will prepare you to work directly with the Women's Center staff and clients. Registration is open until Tuesday, February 3. For more information call 570-784-6632.

 

Feb 6

The Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series continues with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, Friday February 6 at 8PM in the Haas Center for the Arts. Led by Conductor and Artistic Director Enrique Batiz, the orchestra is internationally renowned for their emotional interpretations of works from both the Old and New World. Tickets are $30 for adults or just $15 for children and BU students. For more information, check out the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Feb 6-8

The Destination Blues winter music festival marks its second year the weekend of February 6, 7, & 8. Friday night starts with 11 different venues to visit from Berwick to Danville. Saturday has events all day with the main stage at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Sunday afternoon wraps things up with a Gospel Blues concert at Wesley United Methodist on Market Street. For details and ticket information visit DestinationBlues.org

 

Feb 7

Monica's Heart greyhound adoption group will be holding two simultaneous events on Saturday February 7. From 11AM - 2PM stop by Tractor Supply Company on Route 11 East of Bloomsburg or at PetCo in the Wal-Mart complex in Buckhorn. Learn more about greyhounds, meet some of the dogs, and maybe even adopt. For more information, call 570-644-2358.

 

Feb 7

St Joseph Church in Danville is holding a Countdown Raffle and Wild West Dinner Dance on Saturday February 7 at Frosty Valley Country Club in Danville. It's a night of raffle, drawings, 5 card draw and Blackjack. Tickets are $50 each and includes a chance at the $1,000 Grand Prize. Events start at 6PM. Proceeds benefit St Joseph School in Danville. For more information, stop by the church office or call 570-275-2435.

 

Feb 7

It's a Lincoln Extravaganza on Saturday, February 7 at the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. From 11AM - 1PM, learn about the power of the penny with penny games and crafts, and learn about the star of the penny, Abraham Lincoln. The Museum is on 7th Street, next to the Bloomsburg YMCA.

 

Feb 8 - March 8

Learn how to improve your singing voice and be a star on the stage at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's Super Singing Sundays, starting February 8 at the BTE Mitrani production building. The five-week course for all ages 8 & up will cover both basic and advanced vocal techniques, wrapping up with a live performance on March 8. No experience is necessary. Course fee is $55 per student. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Feb 13 -15

The Berwick Archery Club will hold their 10th annual Money Shoot the weekend of February 13th through the 15th. Qualifying shots will be held Friday and Saturday, with the final shoot-offs on Sunday. For more information find the Berwick Archery Club on Facebook or call 570-336-8885.

 

Feb 14 & 15

The annual Kiwanis Winterfest is coming up Presidents' Day Weekend, February 14 & 15 at Camp Brule, off route 154, North of Forksville. Take the Polar Bear Plunge or join the ice fishing tournament on Saturday, and race in the primitive biathalon and snowmobile challenges on Sunday. There's ice carving, sled dogs, hot food and much more. Gates open at 7AM both days. For more information, check out SCKiwanis.com or call 570-924-4224.

 

Thru Feb 14

Stop by the Moose Exchange Antler in downtown Bloomsburg and check out their latest exhibition featuring longtime local artist Ken Conner, running through February 14.

 

Feb 21

Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series continues with Tango Buenos Aires, Saturday February 21 at 8PM in the Haas Center for the Arts. Direct form Argentina, the dance and music troupe will present Song of Eva Perón, a journey through the life of Argentina's most beloved heroine. Tickets are $30 for adults or just $15 for children and BU students. For more information, check out the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Feb 22

St Joseph Church in Berwick is holding a pasta dinner on Sunday, February 22 from 11:30AM - 2PM. There will be penne pasta, meatballs, salad, dessert and more. Eat in or Take out. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 & under. The church is at 721 Monroe Street in Berwick.

 

Thru Feb 22

The North Mountain Art League presents their winter show at Artspace Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg. The show features works by League members in many different mediums. The show runs through February 22.

 

Feb 28

The Bloomsburg YMCA's Bugle Boy Bash is coming up Saturday, February 28 at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. From 6-10 PM enjoy a night of dining, dancing, and celebration featuring live music by the Statesmen Duo. Tickets can be purchased at the Bloomsburg YMCA on 7th Street for $50 each. Get your tickets before February 14 and be entered to win two more tickets for free. Military uniforms, period clothing or red white and blue attire is encouraged.

 

Feb 28

It's the sixth annual Dance Your Heart Out for BTE, Saturday February 28, at Frosty Valley Country Club in Danville. Starting at 7PM, dance to live music by the Bedbugs, and put in your bid on the silent auction. Tickets are $55 dollars each and include food and drink. All proceeds benefit the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

March 14

Come to the Children's Museum in Bloomsburg for Tales And Tunes From The Frontier, Saturday, March 14 from 10AM - 2PM. Learn how to make music from household items with Randy & Josey Brendle. Build your own instrument, and enjoy music and stories from frontier life. The museum is on 7th Street next to the Bloomsburg YMCA.

 

Thru March 15

AGAPE's Project Frozen is in effect now through mid-March. The AGAPE Care Center on 7th Street in Bloomsburg will be open from 7PM - 7AM every night for anyone who needs a warm place to stay. Guests must be drug and alcohol free. Volunteers are needed for the overnight shifts. For more information, call 570-854-6141.

 

March 23

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 37th season of Theater In The Classroom returns with William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Teachers and administrators, it's time to sign up your school, library or community center for one of the traveling performances, beginning March 23rd. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

March 25, April 11

The 6th annual Believe In Hope 5K Run & Walk in memory of Carissa Barrett will be held Saturday, April 11 at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Registration opens at 8AM. The race starts at 10AM. Pre-registration before March 25 is $18 or just $5 without a t-shirt. Fee after March 25 is $20 or $8 without a shirt. Proceeds benefit St Jude's Children's Hospital. For more information, call 570-764-5778.

 

April 18

The Danville Child Development Center's annual Celebrity Waiter dinner is coming up Saturday, April 18, at the historic Danville Borough Ballroom on Mill Street. Step back to the Roaring Twenties with flappers, casino games, and live music. Cost is $60 each or $100 per couple. Cocktails start at 5PM with dinner at 5:45. For more information, call 570-275-4047.

 

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Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintenance to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

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Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM till 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

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The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM – Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

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The free Wheelchair Engineers program at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn will be open from Noon - 4 PM every Saturday at the Sears end of the mall. The handicapped-accessible model train layouts are open to everyone. See a classic American Flyer and the Dillon Floral limited-edition train with its puffing MTH steam engine and MTH controls. Everyone is welcome.

 


 

** Operation Storm Watch **

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area effective through 1PM this afternoon. The storm could bring as much as 5-8 inches of snow by the time it is done late this morning, possibly mixed with rain and icy conditions.

 

* Briar Creek Township has put a parking ban in effect for the Avenue section of the township. The ban expires at 3PM this afternoon.

 

What's Happening?

 

Come to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds for the annual Early Bird Sports Expo this weekend. There's boats, RV's & ATV's, hunting and fishing equipment, outfitters, taxidermists, artists and much more. The expo runs through Sunday at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library's winter Book Sale runs now through Monday, during regular hours. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International will meet this morning at the Spirit Life Church, 1338 Old Berwick Road in Bloomsburg. The guest speaker will be Peggy Jones. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome. The meeting starts at 10AM.

 

The Montour-DeLong fair association is holding another of their all-you-can-eat haddock fish dinners this evening from 3-7PM. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. Take-out is available. Any active-duty military personnel who come in uniform will get their dinner for free. The fairgrounds are on Broadway Road, West of Danville.

 

The Peace and Social Justice Committee of Saint Joseph Church is sponsoring a Vera Bradley and Longaberger Valentines Bingo night, tonight at the Washies fire hall. 20 games plus door prizes and raffles are just $20. Doors open at 5PM. Games start at 6:30. There will be refreshments and dinner available as well. The fire hall is on Railroad Street in Danville. For more information call 570-275-2191.

 

Shiloh Bible Church will be hosting a night of Gospel music tonight starting at 7PM. Shiloh Bible is at 123 Church Street in Almedia, just off Old Berwick Road.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents Yazmina Reza's "Art" running now through February 1 at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Laugh out loud as three fully-grown adults fight like children over a modern art painting. For tickets and showtimes visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The Berwick Assembly of the Knights of Columbus are inviting their fellow area members to their annual Winter Dinner this Sunday at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. All members and their guests are welcome. Dinner starts at 1PM. To make your reservation, call 570-441-2662.

 

 

WHLM Sports:

 

High School Hoops

In boys high school basketball Friday night, Bloomsburg and Central Columbia renewed their neighborhood rivalry. Central Columbia won over Bloomsburg 43-35. 
 
BU Huskies Basketball
Saturday afternoon in Huskies College Basketball, the Men's and Women's teams were on the road at Lock Haven. The Women won over Lock Haven 59-53 and the Men lost 94-82. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskie Postgame Report.
 
 

 

Upcoming events:

 

Jan 26 thru Summer

Toddler Time is back at the Bloomsburg Public Library, starting Monday, January 26 at 9:15AM. The weekly 20-minute program of stories, songs, puppets, and more is perfect for kids ages 18 months to three years and their parents or guardian. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Thru Jan 27

St Joseph Church in Berwick is taking your orders for Super Sunday take-out, including soups, sandwiches, barbecue and more. Food can be picked up Saturday, January 31 from 3 - 6PM and Sunday, February 1 from 9AM - Noon. Orders must be in by Tuesday, January 27. The church is on Monroe Street in Berwick. For more information, call 570-759-8027.

 

Jan 29 - April 23

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, consider attending the Grief Share weekly grief support group program at Bloomsburg Christian Church. The 13-week program starts Thursday, January 29 at 7PM. Registration is required. The $15 registration fee covers the cost of the workbook and materials. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-784-3740.

 

Jan 31

Benton United Methodist Church is holding a Ham Supper on Saturday, January 31 from 4 - 7PM. Dinner is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for kids 6-11, and free for kids 5 and under. Take out is available. The church is on Main Street in Benton.

 

Jan 31

Come listen to Hang Drum musician Jerry Decker at The Art of Floating on Old Berwick Road during their benefit floating event, Saturday January 31 from 7-9 PM. All donations gathered during the evening will benefit the Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic.

 

Feb 2 - April 8

Sign up your curious kid today for one or both of the upcoming after-school activity courses for ages 6-12 at the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. Mondays, starting February 2, there's Faces 101, which will explore drawing, painting, and sculpting faces of all kinds. Wednesdays, starting February 4, Science Club presents Pirates of Bloomsburg, with a look at navigation, meteorology, ocean science and nutrition on the High Seas. Both 10-week courses cost $100 or just $90 for museum members. For more information, call the museum at 570-389-9206.

 

Feb 5 (Feb 3) - April 2

The Columbia/Montour Women's Center will host volunteer training classes Thursday evenings from 6-9PM beginning February 5. The 60-hour training class will prepare you to work directly with the Women's Center staff and clients. Registration is open until Tuesday, February 3. For more information call 570-784-6632.

 

Feb 6

The Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series continues with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, Friday February 6 at 8PM in the Haas Center for the Arts. Led by Conductor and Artistic Director Enrique Batiz, the orchestra is internationally renowned for their emotional interpretations of works from both the Old and New World. Tickets are $30 for adults or just $15 for children and BU students. For more information, check out the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Feb 6-8

The Destination Blues winter music festival marks its second year the weekend of February 6, 7, & 8. Friday night starts with 11 different venues to visit from Berwick to Danville. Saturday has events all day with the main stage at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Sunday afternoon wraps things up with a Gospel Blues concert at Wesley United Methodist on Market Street. For details and ticket information visit DestinationBlues.org

 

Feb 7

Monica's Heart greyhound adoption group will be holding two simultaneous events on Saturday February 7. From 11AM - 2PM stop by Tractor Supply Company on Route 11 East of Bloomsburg or at PetCo in the Wal-Mart complex in Buckhorn. Learn more about greyhounds, meet some of the dogs, and maybe even adopt. For more information, call 570-644-2358.

 

Feb 7

St Joseph Church in Danville is holding a Countdown Raffle and Wild West Dinner Dance on Saturday February 7 at Frosty Valley Country Club in Danville. It's a night of raffle, drawings, 5 card draw and Blackjack. Tickets are $50 each and includes a chance at the $1,000 Grand Prize. Events start at 6PM. Proceeds benefit St Joseph School in Danville. For more information, stop by the church office or call 570-275-2435.

 

Feb 7

It's a Lincoln Extravaganza on Saturday, February 7 at the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. From 11AM - 1PM, learn about the power of the penny with penny games and crafts, and learn about the star of the penny, Abraham Lincoln. The Museum is on 7th Street, next to the Bloomsburg YMCA.

 

Feb 8 - March 8

Learn how to improve your singing voice and be a star on the stage at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's Super Singing Sundays, starting February 8 at the BTE Mitrani production building. The five-week course for all ages 8 & up will cover both basic and advanced vocal techniques, wrapping up with a live performance on March 8. No experience is necessary. Course fee is $55 per student. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Feb 13 -15

The Berwick Archery Club will hold their 10th annual Money Shoot the weekend of February 13th through the 15th. Qualifying shots will be held Friday and Saturday, with the final shoot-offs on Sunday. For more information find the Berwick Archery Club on Facebook or call 570-336-8885.

 

Feb 14 & 15

The annual Kiwanis Winterfest is coming up Presidents' Day Weekend, February 14 & 15 at Camp Brule, off route 154, North of Forksville. Take the Polar Bear Plunge or join the ice fishing tournament on Saturday, and race in the primitive biathalon and snowmobile challenges on Sunday. There's ice carving, sled dogs, hot food and much more. Gates open at 7AM both days. For more information, check out SCKiwanis.com or call 570-924-4224.

 

Thru Feb 14

Stop by the Moose Exchange Antler in downtown Bloomsburg and check out their latest exhibition featuring longtime local artist Ken Conner, running through February 14.

 

Feb 21

Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series continues with Tango Buenos Aires, Saturday February 21 at 8PM in the Haas Center for the Arts. Direct form Argentina, the dance and music troupe will present Song of Eva Perón, a journey through the life of Argentina's most beloved heroine. Tickets are $30 for adults or just $15 for children and BU students. For more information, check out the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Feb 22

St Joseph Church in Berwick is holding a pasta dinner on Sunday, February 22 from 11:30AM - 2PM. There will be penne pasta, meatballs, salad, dessert and more. Eat in or Take out. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 & under. The church is at 721 Monroe Street in Berwick.

 

Thru Feb 22

The North Mountain Art League presents their winter show at Artspace Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg. The show features works by League members in many different mediums. The show runs through February 22.

 

Feb 28

The Bloomsburg YMCA's Bugle Boy Bash is coming up Saturday, February 28 at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. From 6-10 PM enjoy a night of dining, dancing, and celebration featuring live music by the Statesmen Duo. Tickets can be purchased at the Bloomsburg YMCA on 7th Street for $50 each. Get your tickets before February 14 and be entered to win two more tickets for free. Military uniforms, period clothing or red white and blue attire is encouraged.

 

Feb 28

It's the sixth annual Dance Your Heart Out for BTE, Saturday February 28, at Frosty Valley Country Club in Danville. Starting at 7PM, dance to live music by the Bedbugs, and put in your bid on the silent auction. Tickets are $55 dollars each and include food and drink. All proceeds benefit the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

March 14

Come to the Children's Museum in Bloomsburg for Tales And Tunes From The Frontier, Saturday, March 14 from 10AM - 2PM. Learn how to make music from household items with Randy & Josey Brendle. Build your own instrument, and enjoy music and stories from frontier life. The museum is on 7th Street next to the Bloomsburg YMCA.

 

Thru March 15

AGAPE's Project Frozen is in effect now through mid-March. The AGAPE Care Center on 7th Street in Bloomsburg will be open from 7PM - 7AM every night for anyone who needs a warm place to stay. Guests must be drug and alcohol free. Volunteers are needed for the overnight shifts. For more information, call 570-854-6141.

 

March 23

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 37th season of Theater In The Classroom returns with William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Teachers and administrators, it's time to sign up your school, library or community center for one of the traveling performances, beginning March 23rd. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

March 25, April 11

The 6th annual Believe In Hope 5K Run & Walk in memory of Carissa Barrett will be held Saturday, April 11 at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Registration opens at 8AM. The race starts at 10AM. Pre-registration before March 25 is $18 or just $5 without a t-shirt. Fee after March 25 is $20 or $8 without a shirt. Proceeds benefit St Jude's Children's Hospital. For more information, call 570-764-5778.

 

April 18

The Danville Child Development Center's annual Celebrity Waiter dinner is coming up Saturday, April 18, at the historic Danville Borough Ballroom on Mill Street. Step back to the Roaring Twenties with flappers, casino games, and live music. Cost is $60 each or $100 per couple. Cocktails start at 5PM with dinner at 5:45. For more information, call 570-275-4047.

 

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Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintenance to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

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Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM till 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

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The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM – Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

TFN
The free Wheelchair Engineers program at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn will be open from Noon - 4 PM every Saturday at the Sears end of the mall. The handicapped-accessible model train layouts are open to everyone. See a classic American Flyer and the Dillon Floral limited-edition train with its puffing MTH steam engine and MTH controls. Everyone is welcome.

 


 

** Operation Storm Watch **

 

Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA

 

.A FAST MOVING STORM SYSTEM WILL TRACK UP THE EAST COAST...

BRINGING AN 8 TO 12 HOUR PERIOD OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW TO THE

AREA TONIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY.

 

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 1 PM

EST SATURDAY...

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER

STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS

EVENING TO 1 PM EST SATURDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO

LONGER IN EFFECT.

 

* LOCATIONS... THE SOUTH-CENTRAL MOUNTAINS...PORTIONS OF THE MIDDLE

AND LOWER SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY...AND WESTERN POCONO MOUNTAINS.

 

* HAZARD TYPES... SNOW.

 

* ACCUMULATIONS... 5 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW.

 

* TIMING... SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE REGION THIS EVENING. THE SNOW

WILL FALL HEAVY AT TIMES EARLY SATURDAY BEFORE TAPERING OFF LATE

SATURDAY MORNING. THE SNOW COULD POTENTIALLY MIX WITH LIGHT RAIN

OR FREEZING RAIN SATURDAY MORNING FROM AROUND THE HARRISBURG

AND LEBANON AREA...SOUTH AND EASTWARD.

 

* IMPACTS... ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY TONIGHT

INTO EARLY SATURDAY.

 

* WINDS... EAST 5 TO 10 MPH.

 

* TEMPERATURES... IN THE UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S.

 

 

Closings and Cancellations:

 

* Briar Creek Township has put a parking ban in effect for the Avenue section of the township effective at Midnight tonight. The ban expires at 3PM Saturday afternoon.

 

 

Columbia County Prison

Following a fire last week which destroyed the Northumberland County Prison... folks here in Columbia County are reviewing contingency plans... just in case. That word from Columbia County Commissioner... David Kovach of Berwick who says they're going over every contingency. The prison at 721 Iron Street was first built in 1877.... to accommodate 50 inmates. Since that time... the place has grown to house 250 prisoners. The last addition was built in the mid – 1990's

 

Wolf Recalls Nominations

Governor Tom Wolf has recalled all of the pending executive nominations made by former Governor Tom Corbett. Mr. Corbett made several nominations for executive positions in his final days in office... but there's a new Governor in town...and Tom Wolf has thrown out all of those nominations... and removed Eric Arneson as executive director of the Office of Open Records. Wolf named Nathan Byerly the acting director of the office and says he will conduct a national search to fill the position. In the meantime...he says Byerly knows the office inside and out. As reason for this move...Wolf says his top priority is to restore public trust in government....and Corbett's appointments were anything but open and transparent. Wolf says he will work with both parties to fill the outstanding slots.
 

Destination Blues

Checking out area waterholes by bus. It's part of this years Destination Blues event. Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated's Adrienne Mael says the three day event begins Friday, February 6th and through the 8th involving 11 area bars and restaurants. For information about ticket prices.... and featured restaurants and bars.... contact Adrienne Mael at the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

North Center Fire Investigation

The investigation continues into pin-pointing the cause of a fire which extensively damaged a North Centre Township home Thursday morning. Authorities say Frank Haubert... his wife and two kids got out of the burning Mountain Road structure safely. It's believed the fire started in the garage. Thursday's cold weather made it tough for firefighters to get to the scene due to slippery roads. They remained on scene until shortly before 11 O'clock Thursday morning.

 

State of Union React

There is mixed reaction to President's Obama's State of the Union address earlier this week. Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton says he doubts the President really wants to work with congress.

In addition... according to Mr. Barletta... the nation's voters rejected the policies and procedures of Mr. Obama during last November's general election.

 

Big Drug Bust

Law enforcement officials in Pennsylvania have made 22 arrests in connection with a major prescription drug operation. The drug of choice was the powerful pain killer Oxycodone, according to state Attorney General Kathleen Kane. The operation was based in Philadelphia, but officials say its distribution network stretched into 44 of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania. Investigators say the members obtained more than 59-thousand pills using forged prescriptions, and made a 1.7-million-dollar profit from the operation.

 

Luzerne Co. Stabbing

Police in Plains Township... near Wilkes – Barre in Luzerne County are looking for two people wanted in a stabbing. The incident took place early Thursday morning... with the victim finding a convenience store on South Main Street in Wilkes – Barre looking for help. Cops have yet to say where exactly the attack took place.

 

Medical Society Objections

The Pennsylvania Medical Society is voicing concern about the reappearance of bills from the last legislative session. The Society says it is concerned about the re-introduction of bills that would tax healthcare services... and will oppose them if they get put back on the table. Last session... both the House and the Senate wrote bills that would have allowed school districts to lower property taxes... and create sales taxes for other services...which could have included everything from doctors visits to nursing homes. The House bill passed into the Senate last session....but neither became law.
 

Non - Profits

Legislation involving non-profit charities in Pennsylvania is now before the state Senate. The bill approved by the Senate Finance Committee would give the General Assembly the exclusive role of defining a not for profit public charity. The measure would amend the state Constitution and was also passed in the last legislative session. If it's approved by the Senate and the House this session and then signed by the Governor it would then go to the voters, and could appear as early as the May Primary election.

Executive Orders

Governor Wolf has signed two executive orders only day after his inauguration. One would ban gift taking by executive Branch employees. The other deals with the hiring of outside lawyers... and the move should curtail the state's use of them. Former Governor Tom Corbett used outside counsel to defend gay marriage, lottery privatization and the lawsuit against the NCAA.

 

 

WHLM Sports

HS Basketball

Friday night in High School Boys Basketball, Bloomsburg was at Central Columbia and lost to Central Columbia 43-35. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 

Boys Basketball

In boys basketball Thursday night... Loyalsock defeated Southern Columbia 85 to 50...

 

Girls Basketball

In girls basketball Thursday night... Berwick downed Wyoming Valley west 56 to 45.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams will play at Lock Haven Saturday afternoon starting with the women's game at 2 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 1:40.

 

College Hoops

In top 20 men's basketball Thursday night... Arizona defeated Stanford 89 – 82... and Notre Dame downed Virginia Tech 85 to 60.

 



 

 

 

Mountain Road Fire

Authorities want to know what started a blaze which destroyed a multi – story home on Mountain Road in North Center Township Thursday morning. Dispatchers first toned out Orangeville... Lightstreet and Lime Ridge firemen at 5 O'clock... and those first on the scene described the home as fully involved. Firemen had difficulty getting to the scene due to slippery roads. Other tankers were called in. No one was injured in this morning's blaze in North Center Township.

 

Northumberland Co. Jail

It appears Northumberland County is in line to settle on last weeks fire at the county jail. Published reports says the 140 – year old building is insured for a maximum of $31 – million... but it's not expected to get the full amount due to depreciation. That issue is still to be worked out. Meantime... Commission Chairman Vinny Clausi has been appointed to handle the day to day operations at the facility until the issue is resolved. A fire a week ago destroyed the building... forcing county officials to send 208 inmates to Muncy and Coal Township correctional institutes.

 

Snyder Fatal

A southeast Pennsylvania man involved in an accident in Snyder County last week... has died. Police telling us 44 – year old Kirk Olavage of Levittown died after his car crashed into a home near Selinsgrove... knocking it off it's foundation. It left a gaping hole in the home... and leaving it unlivable.

 

California Basketball

A western Pennsylvania university student and basketball player likely inhaled chewing gum into her lungs while asleep before being found dead in her dormitory over the weekend. The Washington County coroner's office said 21-year-old Shanice Clark of Toronto was found unresponsive at about 3 O'clock Sunday at California University of Pennsylvania. California borough police say a preliminary report from medical personnel indicated that the death appeared to be accidental.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Millersville Thursday night at Nelson Field House. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports the Bloomsburg Men defeated Millersville 84 to 66. Earlier... the woman defeated Millersville 69 – 47. Both Bloomsburg University basketball teams will be back in action Saturday afternoon at Lock Haven. That doubleheader starts with the women's game at 2 o'clock.

 

Bloomsburg Vs. Central

The Bloomsburg at Central Columbia boys basketball game scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed until Friday night. You can hear that game on the WHLM Stations beginning with the pregame show at 7:15.

 

Investigation

Officials from District 2 are investigating the Holy Redeemer girls basketball team to determine if that team and their coach may have violated the PIAA's code of sportsmanship and ethics in a recent game.

In that game, Holy Redeemer defeated Freeland M.M.I. 125 to 13...

 

NBA

In the National Basketball Association Wednesday night... the New York Knicks down the Philadelphia 76er's 98 – 91.

 



 

 

** Closings & Cancelations **

 

** The Bloomsburg Fire Department has canceled tonight Bingo

 

** Catherine Treon School of Dance in Danville - classes cancelled 

 

** Bloomsburg Christian Church Bible Study and Kids Connect - Cancelled

 

** Bloomsburg Public Library Friends of the Library preview book sale - Cancelled

 

** LCCC - Closed at 5PM, no evening classes

 

** Bloomsburg @ Central Columbia Boys' Basketball - PPD' Friday at 7:30PM

 

Tom Wolf

Democrat Tom Wolf took office Tuesday as Pennsylvania's 47th chief executive, portraying himself as a political outsider and appealing for bipartisanship in a divided state government plagued by budget deficits and partisan stalemate. Wolf outlined his goals in positive, general terms - creating good-paying jobs, equalizing educational opportunity in public schools and providing "a government that works." He did not mention a projected $2 billion - plus revenue gap for the fiscal year that starts July 1 or his proposals that include levying a new tax on the natural gas industry, overhauling the state income tax and increasing public school funding.

 

Mike Stack

Also sworn in Tuesday was Lt. Governor Mike Stack. After taking the oath, Stack spoke of cooperation - continuing a theme trumpeted by his new boss - Governor Tom Wolf. After publicly speculating that he would continue to hold his state Senate seat, Stack instead opted to resign as he becomes Pennsylvania's 33rd Lieutenant Governor.

 

Schools that Teach
in his first days in office, Governor Wolf has promised “Schools that Teach” during his administration. But, he's going to have to work with Republican leaders to increase any funding for those schools. York County's Stan Saylor in the House and Lancaster County's Lloyd Smucker in the Senate are the chairmen of their respective education committees...and they're both Republicans...but that doesn't necessarily mean they'll be 100 percent against Wolf's call for more education spending. Saylor says he wants to work on a new funding formula...and Mr. Smucker says a strong public school system...will ultimately benefit the economy.

 

Federal Taxes

Federal taxes are becoming more complex each year. To file by the April 15th deadlines.... there is a new form you must have to complete you're chore... so says tax specialist Kim Schooley of Danville. Mr. Schooley says the additional form for federal Heath Insurance tacks on some additional time to get the final product back to their clients.

 

Gas Prices

The price of gas continues to fall in Pennsylvania, despite a dubious distinction of a ten cent a gallon tax hike earlier this year. Jim Lardear with the Triple A says Pennsylvania has the highest gas tax in the nation, at 68.9 cents a gallon. Despite the newly – imposed gas tax.... a gallon of self – serve, unleaded gasoline is average $2.28 a gallon in Columbia and Montour County.

 

Selenski Trial

The murder trial of 41 – year old Hugo Selenski is expected to get underway Wednesday at the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes – Barre. He's charged with the 2002 murder of Michael Kerkowski... and his girlfriend Tammy Lynn Fassett. Both bodies were found buried in the back yard of Selenski's Kingston Twp. home. Once underway... the trial is expected to take four to five weeks to present.

 

Gun Lawsuit

The city of Harrisburg is one of the first municipalities to be sued under a new state law seeking to overturn local gun ordinances. Individuals and groups are now free to challenge ordinances passed by local governments, with the argument that only the state can approve these types of laws. While one court is hearing the case against Harrisburg, another court will be hearing arguments against the law itself. The Mayors of Philadelphia, Lancaster, Pittsburgh and other cities have filed a shut of their own, seeking to have the law overturned.

 

Mahanoy City Fire

A fire marshal has still not decided what started an early Tuesday morning blaze in Schuylkill County. He's trying to figure out what started a blaze in a Mahanoy City home early Tuesday morning. The fire was in a building on South D Street. It was first reported around 3:30 AM. Firemen rescuing a man from the roof of the building.

 

Chris Carney

Former northeastern PA Rep. Chris Carney says he is "weighing" a campaign for the Senate in Pennsylvania, a move that would set up a Democratic primary collision with his party's 2010 Senate nominee, Joe Sestak. Sestak... a former Navy Admiral... has already been preparing for another campaign for almost two years. Carney... a onetime House member, who represented a district in the state's conservative northeast corner from 2007 to 2011, said he would decide about a campaign "fairly soon." But Carney's entrance would nonetheless give Sestak his first credible primary challenger, at a time when many Democratic operatives in the state had started to believe Sestak would run unopposed.

 

Sullivan Fatal

A Sullivan County woman is dead following a one car crash over the weekend. Authorities say 35 – year old Jessica Pedro of Mildred was southbound on Route 497... when her car left the roadway... and slammed into a couple of trees. She was transported to a near – by hospital... where she died.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU College Basketball

Wednesday night in Bloomsburg University Basketball, the Men and Women played Millersvillle at home. Both the Men and Women won with the Women's score being 69-47 and the Men's being 84-66. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

 

College Basketball

In men's top 20 college basketball Tuesday night,.... Wisconsin downed Iowa 82 to 50... Syracuse defeating Boston College 69 to 61...

 

NHL

In the National Hockey League.... the Philadelphia Flyers just getting by the Pittsburgh Penguins 3 to 2.

 

 



 

Inauguration

Pennsylvania has a new Governor. Tom Wolf of York County became Pennsylvania's 47th governor during a ceremony at the state capitol. In his inaugural address, the new governor talked about the need for cooperation in Harrisburg and even acknowledged fracking protesters, telling them Pennsylvania needs to get the most out of its natural resources responsibly and he needs their support to make that happen. Protestors also tried to disrupt Wolf's election night speech November 4th...

 

 

ARC

Linda Bird and her friends at the Animal Resource Center on Boone Road in Bloomsburg continue to get animals that need forever homes. Appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Ms. Bird says if you're interest in dogs.... or any of the kittens and cats who also need “forever homes”... give the Animal Resource Center a call in the 300 block of Boone Road.

 

XGR Audit

An annual audit of the state Legislature could be released by the end of the month. State Representative Mark Keller of Perry County who chairs the panel that formally accepts the audit, says he was struck by the revelation that the House gives several people access to the legislative bank account. Keller says changing accounting practices would require legislation. It's not known exactly when the audit will be released, with Keller saying they're not on a deadline.

 

Bridge Repair

A bridge in Shamokin remains closed Tuesday following a Monday water main break. The 8th Street bridge in Shamokin will remain closed until crews from Aqua America repair the bridge pavement. A line broke in the area Monday.... it was fixed, but some customers may still have some discolored water. The bridge is expected to be open late Tuesday. 

 

Gift Card Legislation
Maintaining the full value of gift cards is the goal of a state Senator from Dauphin County. Gift cards are great to give and receive, but in some cases their redemption value can be chipped away by fees or even expire if you haven't used a card in time. In response, State Senator Rob Teplitz is sponsoring legislation that would retain the full value of all gift cards purchased from stores and national chains with a presence in Pennsylvania. .In the meantime it's buyer and user beware... make sure you check the fine print and expiration dates on those gift cards.

 

Police Probe

Police in Wilkes – Barre are investigating a hit and run that took place Monday night. Police say someone was hit by a car near the Sherman Hills apartment complex along Coal Street. One person was taken to the hospital.

 

Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular gasoline... continues to plummet. Over the weekend... gas was averaging $2.28 a gallon in Columbia and Montour Counties. That's down ten cents a gallons from a week ago... and off 48 cents from a month ago. We have gas stations checking in at $2.25 a gallon at the Turkey Hill on West Front Street in Berwick... as well as 2-27 a gallon at the Citgo at Market and Railroad in Danville... and at the Penn Jersey location on Northumberland Street in Danville.

 

Knox Disaster

Thursday marks the 56th anniversary of the Knox Mine Disaster in the Wyoming Valley. Many historians say the disaster was the one event... ending the mining industry in NEPA. The Susquehanna River came in through cracks in the roof of a shaft which went from the east to the west side of the valley... an illegal move, but ordered by the mine company. 12 people died that day. Two members of Luzerne County Historical Society... will speak on their book, “Anthracite Labor Wars,” at the Wyoming Presbyterian Church, 454 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming.

 

 

 



School Delays

 

We have two school districts operating with a delay this morning.

 

** Millville Area

 

** Columbia Montour Vo - tech

 

Operating on a two hour delay.

 

Wolf Tax

If you make above 70 to 90 thousand dollars a year.... you could be on the hit list for incoming governor Tom Wolf. There is a published report that Wolf will propose raising taxes in that bracket.... redistributing wealth to lower wage owners. Gov. elect Wolf campaigned with a pitch to reach into their pockets for more taxes. Wolf, a Democrat who will take office Tuesday, seeks to establish an exemption for low- and middle-income workers. But first he must get his idea through a GOP Controlled House and senate.

 

Brian Duke

The man who has headed up the state's Office of Aging in Harrisburg in the Corbett Administration the past couple of years.... will be out of a job come Tuesday at Noon time. That's when Governor – elect Tom Wolf is sworn – in and those associated with the Corbett administration will be leaving the capitol city in droves. Even through last week.... Brian Duke's concern was helping the elderly of the state. Mr. Duke will be replaced by Teresa Osborne of Lackawanna County. Her nomination will need to be okay by the state senate.

 

Hanover Accident

Police are still investigating a roll – over accident which took place Sunday Morning on Route 309 in Hanover Township. The driver of the truck was not badly hurt... and was taken to a Wilkes – Barre Area Hospital for treatment. The accident closed a portion of 309 for about an hour... while first responders cleaned up the mess.

 

Coach guilty

A former high school wrestling coach has been found guilty of having sex with a female student ten years ago. Stephen Stahl of Hunlock Creek was found guilty at the start of the weekend... and had nothing to say as he left the Luzerne County Courthouse. Stahl was found guilty on a count of corruption of a minor... for having sexual relations with a teenage girl ten years ago. Stahl remains free on bail. His sentencing date has been set for March 23rd at the Luzerne County Courthouse.

 

 

 

WHLM Sports

Loyalsock Vs Danville

Monday night in High School Boys Basketball, Loyalsock was at Danville and won 65-54 over Danville. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team defeated Kutztown Saturday afternoon and gave head coach Bill Cleary a milestone win. It was Cleary's 138th win at Bloomsburg moving him into second place in school history. He trails only Joe Bressi who had 175 wins from 1981 to 1994. Next up for the Bloomsburg University women's basketball team is a game against Millersville Wednesday at the Nelson Field House.

 

Final Playoffs

It was championship Sunday yesterday in the NFL... in the NFC Championship... Seattle Seahawks came from behind to down the Green Bay Packers 28 to 22. In the AFC final... the New England Patriots rolled over the Indianapolis Colts 45 to 7. The Super Bowl will be played Sunday, February 1st in Glendale, Arizona

 



The Destination Blues winter music festival is coming up the weekend of February 6, 7, & 8. Sunday afternoon features a Gospel Blues concert by Alexis P. Suter and the Ministers of Sound at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg backed by a choir drawn from the local community. Rehersals begin this afternoon at 2PM. If you are interested in joining the festival choir, contact director Pat Gensemer at Wesley Church at 570-784-1407.

 

 

WHLM Sports

Saturday in Bloomsburg University College Basketball, the Men's and Women's teams faced Kutztown. The Women won 70-57 and the Men lost 89-85. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the Huskie Postgame Report.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Jan 19

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will hold a presentation at the McBride Memorial Library in Berwick, Monday January 19, at 6PM. Medical professionals from the Berwick Hospital will discuss substance abuse from the point of view of an emergency room, from bath salts to amphetamine, to an overdose of energy drinks. The talk is free and open to the public. The library is on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Jan 22 - Feb 1

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensembe presents Yazmina Reza's "Art" January 22 through February 1 at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Laugh out loud as three fully-grown adults fight like children over a modern art painting. The show opens with a pay-what-you-wish pereview on Thursday January 22nd at 7PM. For tickets and showtimes visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Jan 22

The Lonely Sock Club returns to the Bloomsburg Public Library on Thursday, January 22 at 6PM. Spend an evening decorating wooden beads and create beautiful and useful items with them. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Jan 21 - 26

The Bloomsburg Public Library's winter Book Sale starts this Thursday and runs through Monday, January 26 during regualr hours. Members of the Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library are invited to the members-only preview sale on Wednesday night from 5:30 - 7PM. You can find membership forms at the library front desk. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Jan 24

The Peace and Social Justice Committee of Saint Joseph Church is sponsoring a Vera Bradley and Lonaberger Valentines Bingo night, Saturday January 24 at the Washies fire hall. 20 games plus door prizes and raffles are just $20. Doors open at 5PM. Games start at 6:30. There will be refreshments and dinner available as well. The fire hall is on Railroad Street in Danville. For more information call 570-275-2191.

 

Jan 24

The Montour-DeLong fair association is hoding another of their all-you-can-eat haddock fish dinners on Saturday, January 24 from 3-7PM. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. Take-out is available. Any active-duty military personnel who come in uniform will get their dinner for free. The fairgrounds are on Broadway Road, West of Danville.

 

Jan 24

Shiloh Bible Church will be hosting a night of Gospel music Saturday January 24th starting at 7PM. Shiloh Bible is at 123 Church Street in Almedia, just off Old Berwick Road.

 

Jan 25

The Berwick Assembely of the Knights of Columbus are inviting their fellow area members ito their annual Winter Dinner on Sunday, January 25 at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. All members and their guests are welcome. Dinner starts at 1PM. To make your reservation, call 570-441-2662.

 

Jan 26

Toddler Time is back at the Bloomsburg Public Library, starting Monday, January 26 at 9:15AM. The weekly 20-minute program of stories, songs, puppets, and more is perfect for kids ages 18 months to three years and their parents or guardian. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Thru Jan 27

St Joseph Church in Berwick is taking your orders for Super Sunday take-out, including soups, sandwichs, barbecue and more. Food can be picked up Saturday, January 31 from 3 - 6PM and Sunday, February 1 from 9AM - Noon. Orders must be in by Tuesday, January 27. The church is on Monroe Street in Berwick. For more information, call 570-759-8027.

 

Jan 29 - April 23

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, consider attending the Grief Share weekly grief support group program at Bloomsburg Christian Church. The 13-week program starts Thursday, January 29 at 7PM. Registration is required. The $15 registration fee covers the cost of the workbook and materials. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-784-3740.

 

Jan 31

Benton United Methodist Church is holding a Ham Supper on Saturday, January 31 from 4 - 7PM. Dinner is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for kids 6-11, and free for kids 5 and under. Take out is available. The church is on Main Street in Benton.

 

Feb 5 (Feb 3) - April 2

The Columbia/Montour Women's Center will host volunteer training classes Thursday evenings from 6-9PM beginning February 5. The 60-hour training class will prepare you to work directly with the Women's Center staff and clients. Registration is open until Tuesday, February 3. For more information call 570-784-6632.

 

Feb 6-8

The Destination Blues winter music festival marks its second year the weekend of February 6, 7, & 8. Friday night starts with 11 different venues to visit from Berwick to Danville. Saturday has events all day with the main stage at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Sunday afternoon wraps things up with a Gospel Blues concert at Wesley United Methodist on Market Street. For details and ticket information visit DestinationBlues.org

 

Feb 7

It's a Lincoln Extravaganza on Saturday, February 7 at the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. From 11AM - 1PM, learn about the power of the penny with penny games and crafts, and learn about the star of the penny, Abraham Lincoln. The Museum is on 7th Street, next to the Bloomsburg YMCA.

 

Feb 8 - March 8

Learn how to improve your singing voice and be a star on the stage at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's Super Singing Sundays, starting February 8 at the BTE Mitrani production building. The five-week course for all ages 8 & up will cover both basic and advanced vocal techniques, wrapping up with a live performance on March 8. No experience is necessary. Course fee is $55 per student. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Feb 13 -15

The Berwick Archery Club will hold their 10th annual Money Shoot the weekend of February 13th through the 15th. Qualifying shots will be held Friday and Saturday, with the final shoot-offs on Sunday. For more information find the Berwick Archery Club on Facebook or call 570-336-8885.

 

Feb 22

St Joseph Church in Berwick is holding a pasta dinner on Sunday, February 22 from 11:30AM - 2PM. There will be penne pasta, meatballs, salad, dessert and more. Eat in or Take out. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 & under. The curch is at 721 Monroe Stree in Berwick.

 

Feb 28

The Bloomsburg YMCA's Bugle Boy Bash is coming up Saturday, February 28 at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. From 6-10 PM enjoy a night of dining, dancing, and celebration featuring live music by the Statesmen Duo. Tickets can be purchased at the Bloomsburg YMCA on 7th Street for $50 each. Get your tickets before February 14 and be entered to win two more tickets for free. Military uniforms, periord clothing or red white and blue attire is encouraged.

 

March 14

Come to the Children's Museum in Bloomsburg for Tales And Tunes From The Frontier, Saturday, March 14 from 10AM - 2PM. Learn how to make music from household items with Randy & Josey Brendle. Build your own instrument, and enjoy music and stories from frontier life. The museum is on 7th Street next to the Bloomsburg YMCA.

 

Thru March 15

AGAPE's Project Frozen is in effect now through mid-March. The AGAPE Care Center on 7th Street in Bloomsburg will be open from 7PM - 7AM every night for anyone who needs a warm place to stay. Guests must be drug and alcohol free. Volunteers are needed for the overnight shifts. For more information, call 570-854-6141.

 

March 23

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 37th season of Theater In The Classroom returns with William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Teachers and administrators, it's time to sign up your school, library or community center for one of the traveling performances, beginning March 23rd. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

April 18

The Danville Child Develpment Center's annual Celebrity Waiter dinner is coming up Saturday, April 18, at the historic Danville Borough Ballroom on Mill Street. Step back to the Roaring Twenties with flappers, casino games, and live music. Cost is $60 each or $100 per couple. Cocktails start at 5PM with dinner at 5:45. For more information, call 570-275-4047.

 

TFN

Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintenance to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM till 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

TFN

The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM – Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

TFN
The free Wheelchair Engineers program at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn will be open from Noon - 4 PM every Saturday at the Sears end of the mall. The handicapped-accessible model train layouts are open to everyone. See a classic American Flyer and the Dillon Floral limited-edition train with its puffing MTH steam engine and MTH controls. Everyone is welcome.

 


 

It's a Winter Celebration today at the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. From 11AM - 1PM, there will be live music, art activities, and a  appearance by Elsa from Disney's Frozen.

 

It's an evening of art in downtown Bloomsburg tonight. The North Mountain Art League presents their winter show at Artspace Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg. The show features works by League members in many different mediums. The show runs through February 22. And, the Moose Exchange Antler in downtown Bloomsburg is holding their latest exhibition featuring longtime local artist Ken Conner, running through February 14. Simultaneous receptions for both shows get underway tonight at 6PM.

 

The Destination Blues winter music festival is coming up the weekend of February 6, 7, & 8. Sunday afternoon features a Gospel Blues concert by Alexis P. Suter and the Ministers of Sound at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg backed by a choir drawn from the local community. Rehersals begin Sunday at 2PM. If you are interested in joining the festival choir, contact director Pat Gensemer at Wesley Church at 570-784-1407.

 

 

WHLM Sports

Saturday in Bloomsburg University College Basketball, the men's and women's teams faced Kutztown. The Women won 70-57 and the Men lost 89-85. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the Huskie Postgame Report.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Jan 19

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will hold a presentation at the McBride Memorial Library in Berwick, Monday January 19, at 6PM. Medical professionals from the Berwick Hospital will discuss substance abuse from the point of view of an emergency room, from bath salts to amphetamine, to an overdose of energy drinks. The talk is free and open to the public. The library is on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Jan 22 - Feb 1

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensembe presents Yazmina Reza's "Art" January 22 through February 1 at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Laugh out loud as three fully-grown adults fight like children over a modern art painting. The show opens with a pay-what-you-wish pereview on Thursday January 22nd at 7PM. For tickets and showtimes visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Jan 22

The Lonely Sock Club returns to the Bloomsburg Public Library on Thursday, January 22 at 6PM. Spend an evening decorating wooden beads and create beautiful and useful items with them. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Jan 21 - 26

The Bloomsburg Public Library's winter Book Sale starts this Thursday and runs through Monday, January 26 during regualr hours. Members of the Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library are invited to the members-only preview sale on Wednesday night from 5:30 - 7PM. You can find membership forms at the library front desk. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Jan 24

The Peace and Social Justice Committee of Saint Joseph Church is sponsoring a Vera Bradley and Lonaberger Valentines Bingo night, Saturday January 24 at the Washies fire hall. 20 games plus door prizes and raffles are just $20. Doors open at 5PM. Games start at 6:30. There will be refreshments and dinner available as well. The fire hall is on Railroad Street in Danville. For more information call 570-275-2191.

 

Jan 24

The Montour-DeLong fair association is hoding another of their all-you-can-eat haddock fish dinners on Saturday, January 24 from 3-7PM. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. Take-out is available. Any active-duty military personnel who come in uniform will get their dinner for free. The fairgrounds are on Broadway Road, West of Danville.

 

Jan 24

Shiloh Bible Church will be hosting a night of Gospel music Saturday January 24th starting at 7PM. Shiloh Bible is at 123 Church Street in Almedia, just off Old Berwick Road.

 

Jan 25

The Berwick Assembely of the Knights of Columbus are inviting their fellow area members ito their annual Winter Dinner on Sunday, January 25 at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. All members and their guests are welcome. Dinner starts at 1PM. To make your reservation, call 570-441-2662.

 

Jan 26

Toddler Time is back at the Bloomsburg Public Library, starting Monday, January 26 at 9:15AM. The weekly 20-minute program of stories, songs, puppets, and more is perfect for kids ages 18 months to three years and their parents or guardian. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Thru Jan 27

St Joseph Church in Berwick is taking your orders for Super Sunday take-out, including soups, sandwichs, barbecue and more. Food can be picked up Saturday, January 31 from 3 - 6PM and Sunday, February 1 from 9AM - Noon. Orders must be in by Tuesday, January 27. The church is on Monroe Street in Berwick. For more information, call 570-759-8027.

 

Jan 29 - April 23

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, consider attending the Grief Share weekly grief support group program at Bloomsburg Christian Church. The 13-week program starts Thursday, January 29 at 7PM. Registration is required. The $15 registration fee covers the cost of the workbook and materials. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-784-3740.

 

Jan 31

Benton United Methodist Church is holding a Ham Supper on Saturday, January 31 from 4 - 7PM. Dinner is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for kids 6-11, and free for kids 5 and under. Take out is available. The church is on Main Street in Benton.

 

Feb 5 (Feb 3) - April 2

The Columbia/Montour Women's Center will host volunteer training classes Thursday evenings from 6-9PM beginning February 5. The 60-hour training class will prepare you to work directly with the Women's Center staff and clients. Registration is open until Tuesday, February 3. For more information call 570-784-6632.

 

Feb 6-8

The Destination Blues winter music festival marks its second year the weekend of February 6, 7, & 8. Friday night starts with 11 different venues to visit from Berwick to Danville. Saturday has events all day with the main stage at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Sunday afternoon wraps things up with a Gospel Blues concert at Wesley United Methodist on Market Street. For details and ticket information visit DestinationBlues.org

 

Feb 7

It's a Lincoln Extravaganza on Saturday, February 7 at the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. From 11AM - 1PM, learn about the power of the penny with penny games and crafts, and learn about the star of the penny, Abraham Lincoln. The Museum is on 7th Street, next to the Bloomsburg YMCA.

 

Feb 8 - March 8

Learn how to improve your singing voice and be a star on the stage at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's Super Singing Sundays, starting February 8 at the BTE Mitrani production building. The five-week course for all ages 8 & up will cover both basic and advanced vocal techniques, wrapping up with a live performance on March 8. No experience is necessary. Course fee is $55 per student. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Feb 13 -15

The Berwick Archery Club will hold their 10th annual Money Shoot the weekend of February 13th through the 15th. Qualifying shots will be held Friday and Saturday, with the final shoot-offs on Sunday. For more information find the Berwick Archery Club on Facebook or call 570-336-8885.

 

Feb 22

St Joseph Church in Berwick is holding a pasta dinner on Sunday, February 22 from 11:30AM - 2PM. There will be penne pasta, meatballs, salad, dessert and more. Eat in or Take out. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 & under. The curch is at 721 Monroe Stree in Berwick.

 

Feb 28

The Bloomsburg YMCA's Bugle Boy Bash is coming up Saturday, February 28 at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. From 6-10 PM enjoy a night of dining, dancing, and celebration featuring live music by the Statesmen Duo. Tickets can be purchased at the Bloomsburg YMCA on 7th Street for $50 each. Get your tickets before February 14 and be entered to win two more tickets for free. Military uniforms, periord clothing or red white and blue attire is encouraged.

 

March 14

Come to the Children's Museum in Bloomsburg for Tales And Tunes From The Frontier, Saturday, March 14 from 10AM - 2PM. Learn how to make music from household items with Randy & Josey Brendle. Build your own instrument, and enjoy music and stories from frontier life. The museum is on 7th Street next to the Bloomsburg YMCA.

 

Thru March 15

AGAPE's Project Frozen is in effect now through mid-March. The AGAPE Care Center on 7th Street in Bloomsburg will be open from 7PM - 7AM every night for anyone who needs a warm place to stay. Guests must be drug and alcohol free. Volunteers are needed for the overnight shifts. For more information, call 570-854-6141.

 

March 23

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 37th season of Theater In The Classroom returns with William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Teachers and administrators, it's time to sign up your school, library or community center for one of the traveling performances, beginning March 23rd. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

April 18

The Danville Child Develpment Center's annual Celebrity Waiter dinner is coming up Saturday, April 18, at the historic Danville Borough Ballroom on Mill Street. Step back to the Roaring Twenties with flappers, casino games, and live music. Cost is $60 each or $100 per couple. Cocktails start at 5PM with dinner at 5:45. For more information, call 570-275-4047.

 

TFN

Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintenance to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM till 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

TFN

The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM – Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

TFN
The free Wheelchair Engineers program at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn will be open from Noon - 4 PM every Saturday at the Sears end of the mall. The handicapped-accessible model train layouts are open to everyone. See a classic American Flyer and the Dillon Floral limited-edition train with its puffing MTH steam engine and MTH controls. Everyone is welcome.

 


 

Flu

Sometimes you can't avoid getting a head cold or flu this time of year. The emergency room at Evangelical Hospital in Lewisburg are seeing their share of patients. Dr. Michelle Lincoln says at least twenty people have been admitted. The best way to avoid catching the flu is always washing your hands... and avoiding large groups of people.

 

Northumberland Jail

It will cost a lot of money... millions of dollars... to rebuild the Northumberland County Jail in Sunbury. The 139 – year old prison caught fire this week... sending 208 inmate out into the cold and to other State Correctional Institutes for the next thirty days. During a special Commission meeting on Thursday... Commissioner Vinni Clausi said the prison could cost in the neighborhood of 40 – million dollars. Meantime... Northumberland Commissioners will decide soon if the county will partner with surrounding counties to build a regional jail.... or go it alone to build a replacement.

 

Selenski Trial

Twelve jurors... and four alternates... have been selected for the murder trial of Hugo Selenski. The proceedings are expected to begin next Wednesday at the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes – Barre. The panel will decide if Selenski murdered a pharmacist and his gal – pal back in 2002. Selenski isn't going anywhere fast... he's been convicted of the stick up of a convenience store in the Pocono's

 

PA Taxes

A new report finds Pennsylvania remains among the 10 states with the most regressive state and local tax policies. The report shows the poorest residents paying nearly three times what the wealthy pay in taxes as a share of income. Middle-income wage earners pay twice as much as their richest counterparts, due largely to the state's flat income tax rate. The report is prepared every 2 years by the non-partisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Pennsylvania has maintained this ranking for the last decade.
 

Elks Lodge

A big Thursday night for the members of Lodge 436 of the Benevolent Protective order of Elks on Old Berwick Road. 13 new members were accepted into the group... and Exalted Ruler Fred Whitenight shows gaining new membership means strength in the organization. During the course of the year... the local Elks Lodge hands out thousands of dollars in college scholarships... as well as donating to civic causes...

 

Driller Purchases Livestock

A little good will goes a long way... said one natural gas driller as it bought some livestock at the state Farm Show. Natural gas driller Seneca Resources made at least two purchases at the Farm Show's youth livestock auction, from sellers residing on farms in two counties where the company has a presence. Seneca bought a lamb for 800-dollars sold by 15-year-old Brady Feicht of Clarion County, where the company is actively drilling, and a hog from 18-year old Abby Gillis of Westmoreland County, where the company has pipelines.
 

Low Cost Loans

The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority has approved low-interest loans meant to help businesses and the economy grow. $5.5 million dollars in low-interest state loans will be used for seven projects expected to generate more than $13 - million in total investments. The loans are projected to result in 157 new jobs and in the retention of 94 jobs. Businesses in Allegheny, Butler, Juniata, Lancaster, Lehigh and Tioga Counties have been approved for the loans.

 

Robberies

Police in Luzerne County's Wyoming Valley are looking for a woman who allegedly knocked off two businesses on Thursday. The first robbery took place at the Express Mart along the San Souci Parkway north of Nanticoke.... the second taking place at the Family Dollar in Ashley. No one was hurt... and the bandit got away.

 

Tom Wolf Appointees

Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf wants Maryland’s top cop to become Pennsylvania’s top trooper. During a series of Cabinet announcements Thursday, Wolf said he’ll select Marcus Brown, Maryland’s state police superintendent, to take over as Pennsylvania’s state police commissioner. The Democrat also says he’ll nominate Maj. Gen. James Joseph as the state’s adjutant general, overseeing the Pennsylvania National Guard. Wolf takes the oath of office Tuesday.

 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball last night, Central Columbia played at Hughesville. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports that Central Columbia defeated Hughesville 67 – 56. In other boys basketball last night... Milton downed Southern Columbia 70 – 67... Bloomsburg just got by Benton 35 – 33... Millville defeated Meadowbrook Christian 67 – 55.... and it was Montgomery over Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech 55 -42.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball... Berwick downed Tunkhannock 48 -27... and Southern Columbia defeated St. John Neumann 69 – 47.

 

BU Basketball

The men's and women's basketball teams of Bloomsburg University will play Kutztown Saturday afternoon at the Nelson Field House starting with the women's game at 1 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.



 

Northumberland County Jail

The Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury won't be housing prisoners anytime soon, if at all. Fire of undetermined origin swept through the building yesterday afternoon. All together 208 prisoners were inside the structure. The women were bussed to the Muncy State Correctional Instate, while the men went across the street to a church and eventually taken to the Coal Township SCI near Shamokin. No one was injured in the blaze which destroyed the complex. The cause of the fire is under investigation

 

Kulpmont Robbery

A Northumberland County Bank in Kulpmont was the target of a stick up artist Wednesday afternoon. Police say the robbery of the Susquehanna Bank on Chestnut Street happened just before noon. The robber got away with an undetermined about of cash. No was injured in the daring daylight robbery.

 

Plains Twp Robbery

Still no suspects in custody following a bank robbery in Luzerne County Wednesday afternoon. Police rushed to the First Community Bank on North River Street in plains Township around 3:30. The tellers told investigators said the bandit had a gun and got away with cash. Police have surveillance video of the suspect.

 

Garbage Truck

An Exchange family in Montour County are still picking up the pieces after a garbage truck crashed into their home this week. Police say the driver of the truck fell asleep at the wheel and the big rig crashed into the building. It ended up next to a bedroom where two kids were sleeping. Luckily, no one was hurt.
 

Attorney General Kane

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane spoke defiantly Wednesday about an investigation into press leaks from her office, saying she intended to serve out her term despite a newspaper report that a grand jury has recommended criminal charges against her. Kane told reporters outside a Farm Show event in Harrisburg that she has been disappointed by the process used to investigate her office, and predicted that an independent review would find she has done nothing wrong.

 

Administration Picks

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf is again turning to appointees of Pennsylvania’s last Democratic governor, Ed Rendell, for his administration. Wolf said Tuesday he’ll nominate former state Treasurer Robin Wiessmann to be banking secretary and former Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding to the job for a second time. Both require Senate confirmation.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Mansfield last night. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports that the Bloomsburg women defeated Mansfield 85 – 45... while the men were defeated by Mansfield 91 – 81. Both Bloomsburg University basketball teams will be back in action Saturday afternoon against Kutztown at the Nelson Field House on the BU Campus.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Wednesday night...Millville defeated Sullivan County 47 – 24...it was Bloomsburg over Muncy 45 – 29... Central Columbia downed Milton 63 – 42... Montgomery got the best of Benton 50 to 29... and it was Danville over Shamokin 54 – 29.

 

Boys HS Basketball

Thursday night in Boys High School Basketball, Central Columbia played at Hughesville and won 67-56. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 



 

Million Dollar Scratch-off

How would you like to win a million dollars with a scratch – off Pennsylvania Lottery ticket. A customer who frequents the Valley Quick Mart in Slabtown... near Catawissa did that. He scratched off the winning combination on a 20 dollars ticket. Lottery officials in Middletown don't know who the man is, since he hasn't turned in the winning ticket. After taxes... he should get an estimated $750,000

 

Moose Exchange

Where will a new Moose Exchange land. Their building in the 200 block of West Main Street was extensively damaged by fire nearly a year ago... and since that time... a small storefront called “the Antler” has sprouted on East Main in Bloomsburg. Executive Director Oren Helbok says the board has decided not to fix the original building, but rather move on. Another decision to make... sell the Moose Exchange building to a developer who has deep pockets to pick up the estimated 4 – million dollar repair bill in order to get the doors open again.

 

Watch Group

Berwick Area Community Watch group has been a part of the fabric of Berwick during the past year – and – a – half. Jay Jarrett is one of the founders.... and during a meeting Tuesday night at Berwick City Hall.... Mr. Jarrett says the watch group has made a difference. Guest speaker for last night's session was Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold. He said drugs... particularly Meth... remains the big problem in Columbia County.

 

Livestock Auction

Champion livestock were auctioned off Tuesday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. One of the first animals up for bids was the the Grand Champion Jr. Market Steer, an animal named "Juicy Jay," owned and raised by 19 year-old Casey Myers, whose family owns a farm in Wellsville, York County. The high bid of $15,000 was made by Hoss' Steak and Sea House. Myers has participated in the Farm Show since she was 8, and the steer was her first grand champion entry.

 

John Wetzel

Bloomsburg University grad John Wetzel... will stay on as secretary of the Department of Corrections under incoming Democratic governor Tom Wolf. Wolf's announcement this week was made as Republican Gov. Tom Corbett touted his administration's success under Wetzel in decreasing Pennsylvania's skyrocketing prison population.

 

State's Open Records

The new head of the state's Office of Open Records says he doesn't think his appointment will have any effect on pending revisions to the so-called Right-to-Know law. Erik Arneson, picked by Governor Corbett to lead the office beginning this week, says most of the proposed updates are widely supported by lawmakers from both parties. He says he's also spoken with the chief of staff for Governor - elect Tom Wolf, who criticized the 11th-hour appointment of Arneson as rushed and made behind closed doors. Arneson helped craft the law that created the Office of Open Records as a top aide to Republican state Senator Dominic Pileggi, the former majority leader.

 

NCAA Sanctions

The NCAA, state officials, and Pennsylvania State University are in talks to reconsider the historic punishment imposed on the school stemming from the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal. It's a step that could include restoring 111 victories stripped from the late football coach Joe Paterno's record, according to people familiar with the discussions. Also under consideration is a proposal to have the state and the university use the $60 million fine levied by the NCAA for child protection. Details of the negotiations were unclear, but the talks seemed designed to stave off a court battle.

 

High Energy Costs

People are cranking up the heat as the temperatures go down... but there are some ways to keep from getting "burned" by high energy costs this winter. Make sure your heating system is in tip-top shape, consider getting a digital thermostat, and insulate windows and doors. If you have electric heat, shop around for a generation provider. New rules make that easier... the waiting period to change providers is now just three days instead of up to a month, enabling you to get the most competitive price as quickly as possible.
 

Barletta Leadership

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton will continue in his role as chairman of a key subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, tasked largely with governing federal real estate assets and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In the 114th Congress, Barletta will again be Chairman of the Subcommittee for Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management. Barletta first assumed the role in the 113th Congress.

 

Administration Picks

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf is again turning to appointees of Pennsylvania’s last Democratic governor, Ed Rendell, for his administration. Wolf said Tuesday he’ll nominate former state Treasurer Robin Wiessmann to be banking secretary and former Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding to the job for a second time. Both require Senate confirmation. Wolf, who takes office next week, also picked longtime Senate aide Randy Albright to be budget secretary.

 

 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball last night, Central Columbia played at Southern Columbia. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports that Southern Columbia defeated Central 71 – 67 in overtime. In other basketball games.. last night... Crestwood defeated Berwick 63 – 39... Millville just got by Benton 59 to 58... Danville downed Hughesville 65 – 51...and Loyalsock beat Bloomsburg 63 – 39.

 

College Basketball

In college basketball Wednesday night, Bloomsburg University men's and women's teams played at Mansfield. The Women won over Mansfield 85-45 and the Men lost to Mansfield 91-81. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

Other College Basketball

In top 20 college basketball last night... Top ranked Kentucky blew out Missouri 86 – 37... and 4th ranked Duke was beaten by Miami 80 – 74.



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Two (2) hour delay

 

** Southern Columbia

 

 

Moose Exchange

It appears that the Moose Exchange will not be returning to their iconic building on West Main Street. The building was extensively damaged by fire nearly a year ago. According to a new release distributed late Monday... the board which ran the building only received $1.4 – million from their insurance company to cover repairs... but it appears it could take up to $4 – million to repair it completely. Now... the organization will operate out of their current building on East Main Street... as the board looks for a larger site. The Moose Exchange building could be sold to a developer... since the building structure was undamaged during the blaze.

 

Geisinger ER

Geisinger Medical Center's Emergency Room in Danville is seeing it's fair share of patients with cold weather – related injuries. That word from Dr. Douglas Kupas... who sees patients in two groups.... folks with frostbite and hypothermia. The second according to Dr. Kupas are folks who suffer from chronic cold injuries... such as the elderly or suffers from diabetes... and need to stay warm.

 

Animal Resource Center

It's going to be a typical January week for temperatures across the area. Mostly in the 20's to lower 30's during the day... and down to the single digit's to the teens at night. But the cold increases the needs of the Animal Resource Center. That word from Linda Bird making an appearance on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz. The organization is seeking towels and blankets. The ARC's no kill shelter is located in the 300 block of Boone Road in Bloomsburg.

 

PennDot

This week is PennDOT's Winter Driving Awareness Week...and with it...the department hopes to get motorists thinking about preparation for snow and ice on the roads. If they haven't yet, PennDOT says drivers need to prepare for winter driving by having a mechanic look over their car and check that everything is in working order. Motorists should also keep an eye on their tire tread and pressure... lights... wiper blades and fluid levels. An in-car emergency kit with water... non perishable food... blankets... and first aid supplies is also recommended.
 

Pennsylvania Farm Show
A number of VIP's are stopping by the Pennsylvania Farm Show this week. US Sen. Bob Casey toured the exhibits and demonstrations along with members of the Pennsylvania chapter of Future Farmers of America. He says it's young people he wants most to talk with and hear from on the current state and more important, the future of agriculture. Casey says he's also hearing from those concerned with federal policy, especially how it affects the dairy industry, which is the largest farming sector in Pennsylvania.

 

Tom Corbett
Governor Tom Corbett will become a private citizen again one week from today. Mr. Corbett will be unemployed as of noon on Tuesday of next week. The big question is...does he want to continue in public service? The governor says while he isn't ruling anything out, he believes it is time for others to take the stage. The governor says he did tell the state GOP party chair that he'd like to stay involved in some capacity. Corbett also says going back to teaching would be an attractive option and he still fondly remembers his days as a prosecutor...

 

NEPA Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular has dropped 41-cents a gallon in the last month across Columbia and Montour Counties... and all of northeastern Pennsylvania. That contained in the latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report, Specifically... we're paying an average of $2.38 a gallon for regular... more at some stations... less at others. That's compared to $2.46 a week ago... and $2.79 a month ago. Prices are expected to bottom out in the next few weeks.

 

Forest Pests

The state isn't wasting any time in announcing plans to fight one of the most destructive forest pests in the Keystone state this spring. The gypsy moth usually hatches and begins feeding as early as mid-to-late April in PA.. and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says it will spray nearly 27,000 acres to fight the pest in six northeastern counties this year. Spraying this spring depends on damage observed last spring, and it will take place in Carbon, Columbia, Luzerne, Northumberland, Pike and Schuylkill Counties.

 

Jury Selection

Jury selection continues Tuesday at the Luzerne County courthouse in Wilkes – Barre for the murder trial of Hugo Selenski. Already eight jurors have been chosen... with four more jurors and four alternates still to be selected. Selenski is accused of killing a Wyoming County pharmacist and his girlfriend back in 2002... their bodies found buried in Selinski's backyard in Kingston Township. Thus far a total of 65 potential jurors have been questioned on their feelings of the case.

 

Murder Charges Filed

A Schuylkill County pair are now accused of the death of their friend nearly a year ago. Authorities say they've filed homicide charges against 21 – year old Oliver Trizarri and 17 – year old Stanley Kralik. The remains of Corey Samuels were discovered in a wooded area near Coaldale... south of Hazleton last September. Police say the pair have admitted to killing Samuels... saying they were trying to get back at Samuels for allegedly assaulting a woman.

 

Hazleton Robbery

Hazleton Police are looking for a person who robbed the Wendy's fast food restaurant on South Church Street early Monday morning. Police say there was an undisclosed amount of cash taken from the register. Thus far.... Hazleton Police have come up empty handed in their probe.

 

Foster Care

Thousands of children in Pennsylvania are living in temporary foster care. WHLM's Rachel McDevitt says they face many challenges if they can't find a permanent home. About one thousand of the 15,000 children in foster care in Pennsylvania... won't be adopted before they turn 21..and that puts them at a higher risk for unemployment and homelessness. Members of the advocacy group Family Design Resources...say their highest goal for foster children is to reunite them with their families... but if that's not an option...they need someone to give those children a safe and permanent home.
 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

For the second time this season, the Bloomsburg University basketball team has swept the PSAC Eastern Division weekly honors. Junior Adreana Sadowski is the player of the week while Camden Boehner is the freshman of the week. The pair helped the Huskies to wins over Slippery Rock and West Chester. Wednesday night, the Huskies play at Mansfield.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Monday night, Southern Columbia played at Central Columbia. WHLM Jim Doyle is reporting that the Blue Jays downed the Tigers 57 to 32.

 

Other Games

In other girls games Monday night... Montoursville defeated Bloomsburg 57 – 18... South Williamsport downed Benton 49 – 38... and it was Bucktail over Columbia Montour Vo – Tech 68 – 52..

 

Boys HS Basketball

Tuesday night in boys high school basketbal, Central Columbia played at Southern Columbia. Southern Columbia claimed the victory in overtime with the score being 71-67. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 

 

College Football

In the first ever college football playoff championship game Monday night in Arlington, Texas... Ohio State downed Oregon 42 to 20...

 



 

 

Corbett / Farm Show

The 99th annual edition of the Pennsylvania Farm Show is in full swing. The exposition opened Saturday in Harrisburg... and one of the visitors was Governor Tom Corbett. The governor says agriculture is important to the state's economy. The Pennsylvania Farm Show continues through Saturday evening.... and this reminder... we'll have special reports about the event during the 12 noon and 4 O'clock newscasts.

 

Gift Limit

The incoming Senate Majority Leader says he's not sure about the future of legislation strengthening the law when it comes to gifts. Current law sets the minimum value where lawmakers must report gifts at 250 dollars, and 650-dollars for travel and lodging, but it doesn't cover other public officials in the state. Sen. Jake Corman says it'll be up the the GOP caucus if they want to advance any legislation tightening the restriction. Mr. Corman says there doesn't seem to be much support, even after 2 lawmakers were charged late last year with in an undercover sting operation.

 

Project Frozen

Faith – based AGAPE of Bloomsburg is entering week two of it's “Project Frozen...” It's designed to get the homeless and folks down on their luck off the streets during bone – chilling weather... and into AGAPE's building on 7th street for something hot to drink... and maybe a sandwich or two. AGAPE's Eileen Chapman says “Project Frozen” runs seven days a week with volunteers starting at 7 O'clock every night.

 

Urban Affairs

The New Chairman of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee says he's anxious to get to work. Sen. Scott Wagner says he's well aware of the issues facing urban areas in Pennsylvania. Wagner's district includes the City of York which is facing numerous financial difficulties, and is in the middle of a court battle over the future of the York City School District. Wagner says his committee has the task of proposing solutions to the problems facing York, and a number of other cities, townships and boroughs in the state.

 

Commissioner Seeks Re-election

Columbia County Commissioner Rich Ridgeway announced his intentions over the weekend to seek a second four – year term. In a news release.... Ridgeway... of Scott Township... says he wants to continue working on projects dealing with flood control... as well as the formation of county – wide Flood and Storm Water Authority. Another issue top of mind is developing a shared services agreement with other counties in order to reduce the cost of 911... transportation... prison and Children and Youth Services.

 

Carbon County Fatal

State Police are still investigating a fatal crash which left one person dead and a second critically injured. The accident happened in Carbon County on Sunday. Police say 68 – year old John Molosky of Beaver Meadows... south of Hazleton.. died when his car went off of Route 93... slamming into trees.

His passenger 67 – Gloria Molosky... also of Beaver Meadows... was rushed to a hospital for treatment.

 

Bear Creek Fire

There's nothing left of a Bear Creek Township home near Wilkes – Barre destroyed by flames. Now... a state police fire marshal is on the scene of the ruins Monday off Bear Creek Boulevard. Flames were spotted Saturday... and by the time firemen arrived... the home was fully involved. The residents who live there were on vacation.

 

Schuylkill Co. Fire

A weekend fire in Schuylkill County is believed to be suspicious. Authorities say flames broke out in a vacant home on Coal Street... near New Philadelphia... Saturday night. Investigators say they're still looking for the cause of the blaze.

 

Medical Marijuana

Two Pennsylvania lawmakers plan to reintroduce legislation to legalize medical marijuana in the state. State Reps. Jim Cox... a Republican from Berks County... and Democrat Ed Gainey of Allegheny County said their bill is identical to a proposal that passed the Senate 43-7 in September, but never received a vote by the House. The legislation would allow doctors to recommend medicinal cannabis to patients who would medically benefit from it, including children with seizure disorders.

 

WHLM Sports

BU wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team dropped a pair of matches Sunday at the Pitt duals falling to Drexel 27-6 and North Carolina State 42-0. The Huskies, now 0-5, will be idle until January 25th when they wrestle Edinboro at the Nelson Field House.

 

Girls HS Basketball

Monday night in High School Girls basketball, Southern Columbia played Central Columbia at the Central Columbia Elementary School Gymnasium. Central Columbia beat Southern Columbia 57-32. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 

 

NFL

In the NFL Playoffs Sunday... the Green Bay Packers got by the Dallas Cowboys 26-21, and the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Denver Broncos 24-13.

 

College Basketball

In college basketball Sunday, two of the nation's top five teams were upset... second ranked Duke lost to North Carolina State 87-75... and 4th ranked Wisconsin lost to Rutgers 67-62.



 

** Winter Weather Advisory is Posted **

 

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT

TONIGHT TO 1 PM EST MONDAY...

 

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS AN INCH OR LESS

WITH UP TO A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE.

 

* TIMING...THE WINTRY MIX WILL START DURING THE EARLY MORNING

HOURS AND CONTINUE THROUGH MIDDAY BEFORE CHANGING TO RAIN OR

TAPERING OFF BY AFTERNOON.

 

* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS DUE TO SNOW OR ICE

COVERED ROADS. EXPECT SOME DELAYS FOR THE MONDAY MORNING

COMMUTE.



 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Hoops

In a game you heard on the WHLM station Friday night, the Southern Columbia Boy's team played at Bloomsburg.

 

BU Huskies Basketball

In college basketball Saturday afternoon, the Men's and Women's teams of Bloomsburg University will play West Chester at Nelson Field House starting with the Women's game at 1 0'clock. Coverage on the WHLM stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Jan 12

Take to the skies in the Bloomsburg Public Library's Children's Library this Monday with the paper airplane club. The club meets after school until 4:30PM and will cover a new airplane design each month. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Jan 13

Transportation Tuesday is coming up January 13 at CareerLink in Sunbury. If you are interested in a commercial driver's license, stop by from 9:30 - 11:30 AM and get the process started. Representatives from several transportation companies will also be on hand. The CareerLink offices are in the Sunbury Municipal Building on Market Street. To reserve your spot, call 570-988-7300.

 

Jan 13

The Columbia Montour Vo-Tech Alumni will hold their monthly meeting this Tuesday night at Bandit's on Route 11 in Berwick. The meeting starts at 6:30 PM.

 

Jan 16

The Elysburg Fire Department is holdinga spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Friday, January 16th from 4-7 PM. Cost is $10 for adults, or $6 for kids. Eat in or take out. Proceeds go toward the New Truck Fund. The fire hall is on Mill Street in Elysburg.

 

Jan 17

It's a Winter Celebration this Saturday at the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. From 11AM - 1PM, there will be live music, art activites, and a  appearance by Elsa from Disney's Frozen.

 

Jan 19

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will hold a presentation at the McBride Memorial Library in Berwick, Monday January 19, at 6PM. Medical professionals from the Berwick Hospital will discuss substance abuse from the point of view of an emergency room, from bath salts to amhpetemine, to an overdose of energy drinks. The talk is free and open to the public. The library is on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Jan 24

Shiloh Bible Church will be hosting a night of Gospel music Saturday January 24th starting at 7PM. Shiloh Bible is at 123 Church Street in Almedia, just off Old Berwick Road.

 

Feb 6-8

The Destination Blues winter music festival marks its second year the weekend of February 6, 7, & 8. Friday night starts with 11 different venues to visit from Berwick to Danville. Saturday has events all day with the main stage at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Sunday afternoon wraps things up with a Gospel Blues concert at Wesley United Methodist on Market Street. For details and ticket information visit DestinationBlues.org

 

Feb 8

The Destination Blues winter music festival is coming up the weekend of February 6, 7, & 8. Sunday afternoon features a Gospel Blues concert by Alexis P. Suter and the Ministers of Sound at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg backed by a choir drawn from the local community. If you are interested in joining the festival choir, contact director Pat Gensemer at Wesley Church at 570-784-1407.

 

Feb 8 - March 8

Learn how to improve your singing voice and be a star on the stage at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's Super Singing Sundays, starting February 8 at the BTE Mitrani production building. The five-week course for all ages 8 & up will cover both basic and advanced vocal techniques, wrapping up with a live performance on March 8. No experience is necessary. Course fee is $55 per student. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru Feb 14

Stop by the Moose Exchange Antler in downtown Bloomsburg and check out their latest exhibition featuring longtime local artist Ken Conner, running through February 14. A reception will be held Saturday, January 17 at 6PM at the Antler Gallery in Main Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Thru March 15

AGAPE's Project Frozen is in effect now through mid-March. The AGAPE Care Center on 7th Street in Bloomsburg will be open from 7PM - 7AM every night for anyone who needs a warm place to stay. Guests must be drug and alcohol free. Volunteers are needed for the overnight shifts. For more information, call 570-854-6141.

 

TFN

Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintenance to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

TFN

The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM – Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

TFN
The free Wheelchair Engineers program at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn will be open from Noon - 4 PM every Saturday at the Sears end of the mall. The handicapped-accessible model train layouts are open to everyone. See a classic American Flyer and the Dillon Floral limited-edition train with its puffing MTH steam engine and MTH controls. Everyone is welcome.

 


 

The Columbia County United Way's annual winter Trash-To-Treasure sale is this morning in the Kehr Union ballroom on Bloomsburg University's lower campus. Find computers, electronics, appliances, furniture and much more. Doors open at 9AM and the sale runs until Noon.

 

Bounce for Soul Food at Bloom Bounce at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn today from 10AM - 2PM. Half of all open bounce admissions will go to support the Soul Food hunger ministry in Danville. For more information, call 570-317-2555.

 

Catawissa First United Methodist Church is offering a free pork & sauerkraut dinner for area veterans this afternoon from Noon - 2PM. Spouses and guests are welcome as well for a donation. If you are a veteran and would like to attend, RSVP by Friday the 9th by calling 570-356-2152. The church is on South Street in Catawissa.

 

The Bloomsburg Elks are sponsoring a youth Basketball Hoop Shoot at the Bloomsburg YMCA on Seventh Street this afternoon at 12:30 PM. The foul-shooting contest is free and open to all boys and girls eight to thirteen years old. For more information, Call 764-6772.

 

Start the new year with a new you at the Bloomsburg YMCA open house tonight from 5-7 PM. Come meet the new Chief Executive, and get a special membership discount when you sign up during the open house at the YMCA on 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Hoops

In high school boys basketball Friday night, Southern Columbia played at Bloomsburg and won 70-65 in overtime. 

 

BU Huskies Basketball

In college basketball Saturday afternoon, the Men's and Women's teams of Bloomsburg University played West Chester at Nelson Field House with the Women winning 76-65 and the Men breaking their 8 time losing streak beating West Chester 74-71. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Jan 12

Take to the skies in the Bloomsburg Public Library's Children's Library this Monday with the paper airplane club. The club meets after school until 4:30PM and will cover a new airplane design each month. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Jan 13

Transportation Tuesday is coming up January 13 at CareerLink in Sunbury. If you are interested in a commercial driver's license, stop by from 9:30 - 11:30 AM and get the process started. Representatives from several transportation companies will also be on hand. The CareerLink offices are in the Sunbury Municipal Building on Market Street. To reserve your spot, call 570-988-7300.

 

Jan 13

The Columbia Montour Vo-Tech Alumni will hold their monthly meeting this Tuesday night at Bandit's on Route 11 in Berwick. The meeting starts at 6:30 PM.

 

Jan 16

The Elysburg Fire Department is holdinga spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Friday, January 16th from 4-7 PM. Cost is $10 for adults, or $6 for kids. Eat in or take out. Proceeds go toward the New Truck Fund. The fire hall is on Mill Street in Elysburg.

 

Jan 17

It's a Winter Celebration this Saturday at the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. From 11AM - 1PM, there will be live music, art activites, and a  appearance by Elsa from Disney's Frozen.

 

Jan 19

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will hold a presentation at the McBride Memorial Library in Berwick, Monday January 19, at 6PM. Medical professionals from the Berwick Hospital will discuss substance abuse from the point of view of an emergency room, from bath salts to amhpetemine, to an overdose of energy drinks. The talk is free and open to the public. The library is on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Jan 24

Shiloh Bible Church will be hosting a night of Gospel music Saturday January 24th starting at 7PM. Shiloh Bible is at 123 Church Street in Almedia, just off Old Berwick Road.

 

Feb 6-8

The Destination Blues winter music festival marks its second year the weekend of February 6, 7, & 8. Friday night starts with 11 different venues to visit from Berwick to Danville. Saturday has events all day with the main stage at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Sunday afternoon wraps things up with a Gospel Blues concert at Wesley United Methodist on Market Street. For details and ticket information visit DestinationBlues.org

 

Feb 8

The Destination Blues winter music festival is coming up the weekend of February 6, 7, & 8. Sunday afternoon features a Gospel Blues concert by Alexis P. Suter and the Ministers of Sound at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg backed by a choir drawn from the local community. If you are interested in joining the festival choir, contact director Pat Gensemer at Wesley Church at 570-784-1407.

 

Feb 8 - March 8

Learn how to improve your singing voice and be a star on the stage at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's Super Singing Sundays, starting February 8 at the BTE Mitrani production building. The five-week course for all ages 8 & up will cover both basic and advanced vocal techniques, wrapping up with a live performance on March 8. No experience is necessary. Course fee is $55 per student. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru Feb 14

Stop by the Moose Exchange Antler in downtown Bloomsburg and check out their latest exhibition featuring longtime local artist Ken Conner, running through February 14. A reception will be held Saturday, January 17 at 6PM at the Antler Gallery in Main Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Thru March 15

AGAPE's Project Frozen is in effect now through mid-March. The AGAPE Care Center on 7th Street in Bloomsburg will be open from 7PM - 7AM every night for anyone who needs a warm place to stay. Guests must be drug and alcohol free. Volunteers are needed for the overnight shifts. For more information, call 570-854-6141.

 

TFN

Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintenance to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

TFN

The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM – Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

TFN
The free Wheelchair Engineers program at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn will be open from Noon - 4 PM every Saturday at the Sears end of the mall. The handicapped-accessible model train layouts are open to everyone. See a classic American Flyer and the Dillon Floral limited-edition train with its puffing MTH steam engine and MTH controls. Everyone is welcome.

 


 

Weather Outlook

The weather is starting to slowly change in Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as all across northeastern Pennsylvania. We're waking up to temperatures in the teens. However, a light dusting of snow is expected this morning amounting to only a half – inch or so. But, it will remain blustery.... with winds gusting to 30 miles an hour... which could lead to white out conditions. Overnight... the wind will continue to blow... with overnight wind chill values as low as minus 8.

 

Consumer Alert

The cold weather is taking its toll on plumbing and heating systems in homes statewide, but if you need work done, you don't want to get ripped off by a contractor who might take advantage of a bad situation. Broken pipes and malfunctioning furnaces are problems requiring immediate attention, but you don't want to fall victim to an unscrupulous home repair scammer. Make sure any contractor you hire is registered with the state Attorney General's Office, and get a written contract, including prices and when the work will be done. Consumers should get multiple estimates for any major project and check references for recent work before committing to any repairs.

 

Flu Epidemic

The flu season is hitting the local area hard... and is widespread across Pennsylvania. Michelle Lincoln... the Director of Infectious Disease Control at Evangelical Hospital in Lewisburg... tells us that emergency room doctors are staying busy. And this year's flu bug is really affecting the very young... and the elderly. The biggest way to prevent getting the flu is regular washing of hands... and getting a flu shot.

 

Kathleen Kane

A Philadelphia newspaper is reporting a grand Jury is recommending that State Attorney General Kathleen Kane be indicted. The recommendation comes from Kane allegedly leaking 2009 grand jury testimony. Kane of Lackawanna County telling our media partner Newswatch 16 she hasn't seen the presentment... and has not broken any laws.

 

PA Farm Show

As a prelude to the 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show, officials today unveiled the 2015 butter sculpture. The sculpture depicts a farmer, his cow, a dairy case, and several recipients of milk, with the theme Fill A Glass With Hope." It's part of an anti-hunger campaign by local food banks and the Mid Atlantic Dairy Association. The model was crafted by Conshohocken-based husband and wife sculptors James and Marie Pelton. The 8-day Pennsylvania Farm Show officially opens Saturday. The WHLM Stations will have coverage of the Pennsylvania Farm Show starting Monday at 12 Noon.

 

XGR
With a new legislative session underway, a state lawmaker has outlined what she feels needs to be at the top of the agenda. Sen. Judy Schwank says she'd like to see movement on such issues as public pension reform, changes in education funding which may include elimination of local property taxes, streamlining state agencies, and reduction in the size of the legislature. Schwank says the lines of communication must remain open between the Republican controlled House and Senate, and the Governor's office, which will soon be occupied by a Democrat.

 

Chesapeake Bay Report

The Susquehanna River which flows through Bloomsburg eventually ends up in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. The condition of the Bay is still very fragile, according to a report just released by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Its overall score is a D-plus – the same as the last report in 2012 – but it contains some good news... such as levels of dissolved oxygen is going up... as well as Oysters... underwater grasses and clarity of the bay. On the other hand the health of the rock fish and the iconic blue crab populations has declined.

 

Hugo's Trial

Jury selection continues Friday in the double murder trial of Hugo Selenski at the Luzerne County Courthouse. Selenski is accused of murdering a Wyoming County pharmacist and his girlfriend... and burying the bodies in his backyard 12 – years ago. There is a pool of an estimated 150 potential jurors were called. A dozen could hear the case and decide his fate.

 

Horse Death

A Drums man has pleaded guilty in the December death of a malnourished horse under his care in Butler Township near Hazleton. 65 – year old Edward Balliet entered his plea to a charge of cruelty to animals earlier this week. The horse was found last month... neglected... at a boarding facility on Deep Hole Road in Butler Township.

 

Radon Month
January is Radon Action Month and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection wants you to make sure that your home is safe. During the winter months...closed-up homes allow the odorless...radioactive radon to build up in homes...and cause serious health problems like lung cancer. But that also means this is a good time to test your home for the gas. No home is completely safe no matter how old or new. Pennsylvania homes are at a particularly high risk because of the state's uranium-rich soil. You can buy a home testing kit at local hardware stores.

 

WHLM Sports

Sheptock

Frank Sheptock has had a change of heart. It was recently announced that he would be the new head football coach and athletic director at Mount Carmel where he played high school football. Instead, the former Bloomsburg University All American linebacker and former head coach at Wilkes University will remain at Berwick as that school's athletic director.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Friday night, Southern Columbia played at Bloomsburg and won 70-65 in overtime. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report

 

 

Boys HS Basketball Recap

In boys basketball Thursday night.. Berwick defeated Dallas 69 – 58... and Benton downed Columbia – Montour Vo-Tech 49 – 33.

 

BU Basketball

First place in the PSAC East will be at stake Saturday afternoon at the Nelson Field House when the Bloomsburg University women's basketball team takes on West Chester. Bloomsburg has an 8 and 1 record in the East while West Chester is 8 and 2. Saturday's game tips off at 1 o'clock and will be followed by the men's game. You can hear both of those games on the WHLM Stations starting with the pregame show at 12:40.

 



 

 

Cold Weather

It is a brutally cold morning as we get up to head out for our daily activities. It's 4 degrees in the Susquehanna Valley.... with the wind chill factor estimated at minus 4 degrees... with our high for Thursday not expected to go beyond the mid teens. All of us are bundling up to get from the house to the car... or the school bus stop. The best way to beat the cold is to dress in layers.... and don't expose skin to the cold. It takes less than 15 minutes to get frost bite... which could lead to a trip to a hospital emergency room.

 

State Response to Cold

Pennsylvania's top health official is urging citizens to take precautions during this period of bitter cold weather. Physician General Dr. Carrie DeLone says those most vulnerable include infants and toddlers, the elderly, and those with chronic conditions. The two biggest concerns are frostbite and hypothermia, which could result in permanent physical damage, and even put your life at risk. Dr. DeLone also says it's a good idea to check in on those who may have trouble paying utility bills, or are who are using a stove, space heater, or similar non-traditional sources of heat.

 

Trash → Treasure

It's an event all of us have been waiting for.... it's the United Way of Columbia County's Trash to Treasure sale... Saturday... on the Bloomsburg University campus. The United Way's John Thomas says the event begins at 9 O'clock.. but tickets are still available for Early Bird specials starting at 8. There will be plenty of consumer electronics for sale such as Apple laptops and desktop computer systems. Thomas says you can get Early Bird tickets at the United Way office on Penn Street.... near the hospital.

 

Montour Twp Meth Lab

Two men are in the Columbia County Prison after they were busted this week... allegedly making meth in a mobile home off Perry Avenue in Montour Township. The Press – Enterprise is reporting that 35 – year old William Frankenfield of Bloomsburg and 24 – year old John Mark Cronover the Second of Watsontown were discovered allegedly making the Meth late Tuesday. The pair was arraigned Wednesday... and remain in the local lockup on $200,000 dollars bail each.

 

Geisinger Visits

Geisinger Health System has issued restrictions temporarily prohibiting children under the age of 5 from visiting children’s and women’s inpatient units because of the seasonal increase in pediatric respiratory virus cases. Hospitals with visitation restrictions in place are Geisinger Medical Center, Danville; Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital and Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, Coal Township. Geisinger affiliated hospitals in the Wyoming Valley and Lewistown are also following the restrictions. One Geisinger doctor says young patients have vulnerable immune systems and may not be able to fight off the potentially dangerous virus.

 

State Budget
As Governor Tom Corbett prepares to leave office in less than 2 weeks, he leaves his predecessor with a state budget very similar to the one he inherited... and criticized. When Governor Tom Corbett took office, he soundly criticized former Governor Ed Rendell's final spending plan, which was loaded with federal stimulus money that was set to expire in 2011. Such one-time revenues leave structural gaps when inserted into line items. Flash forward to 2015, and Governor Corbett is about to leave office having signed a budget that includes many of those same kinds of one-time revenues. Governor Corbett now says that's common, but one possible solution would be to stop crafting a year-to-year spending plan and go to a 2-year budget cycle...

 

Inaugural Construction
Construction is taking place in and around the Capitol Complex, but it's not expected to interfere with the swearing in of Pennsylvania's next Governor. The lighting, roofing and fountain upgrades have been going on since the summer. Troy Thompson of the Department of General Services says the work won't be completed before Inauguration Day January 20th, but those on hand to see Tom Wolf take the oath of office won't be affected. All activity will be suspended for the day and resume on the 21st.

 

Schuylkill County

The Schuylkill County Conservation off near Pottsville is missing an estimated $400,000. Now... police have filed charges against former employee Virginia Kunigonis...accusing her of ripping off the agency for the past seven years. Court papers indicates she admits using the money to pay credit card bills and to go on vacation. Kunigonis free on bond... but could face jail time. Her next court appearance is February 18th.

 

Home Invasion

Hazleton Police are investigating a home invasion. It happened early Wednesday morning when three men gained entrance to a home on Alter Street. Two people were in the house at the time. No one was hurt... according to police... and nothing was stolen.

 

Dispatching Problems

Luzerne County 911 emergency dispatch center may be the target of an investigation. Last year alone... dispatchers sent first responders to wrong address... resulting in the deaths of two people. The Council wants to know how many times fire departments and ambulance crews are sent to the wrong addresses. Lawmakers are expected to vote on the pending investigation in two weeks.

 

PA Hardwood Industry
Pennsylvania's hardwood industry will be in the spotlight at this year's edition of the state Farm Show. A brand new Pennsylvania Woodmobile trailer will be on display in the Main Hall of the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg...complete with upgrades including interactive touch screens. It replaces an earlier version in service since 2002 and highlights PA's hardwoods industry. The Farm Show opens Saturday and runs for eight days, admission is free.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Slippery Rock Wednesday night. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports that Slippery Rock women lost to the Bloomsburg women 80 to 47. In the men's game... Slippery Rock remain unbeaten at home... downing the Huskies 82 - 55. Both Bloomsburg University basketball teams will be back in action Saturday afternoon against West Chester at the Nelson Field House.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Wednesday night.. Southern Columbia defeated Bloomsburg 56 – 37... Central Columbia downed Hughesville 40 to 23... Danville got by Midd – West 45 – 24... and Millville topped St. John Neumann 64 – 56.

 

 

 



 

Operation Storm Watch

** 2-Hour Delays - Thursday, Jan 8 **

* Benton 

* Berwick 

* Bloomsburg 

* Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech

* St Columba Catholic School

 

Elderly / Cold

The cold weather coupled with the snow always leads to a case of wintertime “cabin fever.” Now... the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging is offering fellowship and a hot meal at one of six senior centers across the two county area. Executive Director Kathy Lynn says in some cases transportation will be provided to centers in Benton... Berwick... Bloomsburg... Danville... Catawissa and Wilburton.

 

House / Kaufer

Newly elected members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly gathered on Tuesday in the state capitol to take the oath of office and to begin reorganizing the state’s legislative branch. Rep. Aaron Kaufer... a Republican from neighboring Luzerne County... said he is honored to represent the people of the 120th legislative district. The next big event in Harrisburg is the inauguration of governor – elect Tom Wolf on January 20th... then he'll face the house and senate which is majority Republicans.

 

XGR Session
A new session of the state legislature got underway Tuesday in Harrisburg. The main order of business in the Senate was re-electing Joe Scarnati to the post of Senate President Pro Tem. Scarnati, who won on unanimous voice vote, told his fellow lawmakers that addressing the budget will be a major challenge, and compromise has to part of the process. Rep. Mike Turzai was elected Speaker of the House, succeeding the retiring Sam Smith.

 

Clean & Green

Allowing farmers in the state's Clean and Green program to lease their land for agricultural businesses is the impetus behind a bill circulating in the state Senate. A discrepancy in rules between PA's Clean and Green and Farmland Preservation Programs is preventing participating farmers from leasing their land to those who want to use it to establish agricultural enterprises. Senator Judy Schwank of Berks County is circulating legislation to change that. The bill would amend the Clean and Green program to allow farmers to lease their lands for ag businesses, aligning it with the Farmland Preservation Program.

 

Mental Illness
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has reached a settlement with an organization that advocates for the rights of the mentally ill. 12,000 of the commonwealth's 50.000 inmates are currently receiving treatment for mental illness. The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania brought their lawsuit against the DOC to make sure those inmates are getting the right attention...and not being held in restrictive housing units for misconduct. As part of the settlement agreement the DOC now has special treatment units for those inmates in 14 of 27 state prisons.

 

Hazleton Budget

Still no 2015 budget in place for the City of Hazleton. During a council meeting Tuesday night... lawmakers voted to table the proposed measure. Now... it's up to council members to meet Friday to decide whether or not to overturn Mayor Joe Yannuzzi's veto of the budget that council initially okayed. Meantime... it's believed the issue could end up in court... just like a year ago when a compromise couldn't be reached.

 

Medical Marijuana
Last year medical marijuana saw a rise in public support across the country. Advocates in Pennsylvania say they won't stop pushing for legalization. A bill to legalize medical marijuana made it through the state Senate last year but House leaders...and the health community...weren't so sure about it. The bill's champion...Republican Senator Mike Folmer says advocates need to keep educating others about the benefits of medical cannabis. Representatives from the Pennsylvania Medical Society say there haven't been enough studies on it to say what the real benefits are...or even what the dosage should look like.

 

Sentence

Two to five years in prison. That's the sentence for a former Shamokin Area School District teacher. Victor Swaboski admitted hitting five teenagers with his vehicle... then taking off. The sentence in Northumberland County Court in Sunbury follows a guilty plea to a host of charges last October stemming from the 2012 incident.

 

Teachers Aide Sentenced

A former teachers aid at the Shamokin Area Junior-Senior High school will spend between 9 to 23 months in jail. Amanda Dreher pleaded guilty in October to having sex with an 18 – year old student. Dreher was sentenced this week in Northumberland County Court.

 

Hazleton Home Invasion

Hazleton police are investigating a home invasion which took place Monday night. They say the incident happened on South Bennett Court around 7:30. Two men broke into the home... pointing weapons at the person inside. Thus far... no one is in custody.

 

Hugo Selenski

Jury selection is expected to begin Thursday in the second Hugo Selenski murder trial in a Luzerne County courtroom. He is accused of murdering a pharmacist and his girlfriend back in the early 2000's

The couple bodies were found buried in Selenski's backyard. Jury selection was to have begun earlier this week, but legal wrangling took up most of the day's proceedings.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Women's Basketball

The Bloomsburg University women's and men's basketball teams played at Slippery Rock. The Women's team won 80-47 over Slippery Rock and the Men's team lost to Slippery Rock 55-82. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's teams will be at home to face West Chester 1/10/15. Tip off begins at 12:40 pm. 

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Tuesday night.. Danville defeated Bloomsburg 51 – 46... Coughlin downed Berwick 53 – 43... It was Central Columbia over Mt. Carmel 52 to 40... Millville downed Warrior Run 78 to 54... and St. John Neumann defeated Benton 68 – 41.

 

College Hoops

Villanova rallied to defeat St. John's 90 to 72... and in overtime action... Kentucky just getting by Mississippi 89 – 86.



 

Wind Chill Advisory

A WIND CHILL AVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM WEDNESDAY TO

10 AM EST THURSDAY...

 

* IMPACTS...DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS.

 

* WINDS...WEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.

 

* WIND CHILL READINGS...15 TO 24 BELOW ZERO WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

IF YOU WILL BE OUTDOORS...DRESS IN LAYERS AND WEAR A HAT AND

GLOVES. YOUNG CHILDREN...THE ELDERLY AND THE HOMELESS ARE

ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE TO THE COLD. APPROPRIATE ACTION SHOULD BE

TAKEN TO ENSURE PETS HAVE ADEQUATE PROTECTION FROM THE COLD

TEMPERATURES.

 

Project Frozen

Faith – based AGAPE on 7th Street in Bloomsburg has launched it's “Project Frozen” designed to get those homeless or down on their luck into a warm place overnight. It began just as bitterly cold weather moves into the Susquehanna Valley. AGAPE's Eileen Chapman says their overnight program is an extension of the services they provide during the day... with food and a warm place to stay. Ms. Chapman says the seven day a week program begins at 7 O'clock each night... and runs through day break the next morning. One caveat.... those warming up must be drug and alcohol free.

 

No Heat Homes
Just in time for the frigid conditions, a new report finds the number of homes without heat-related utility service has nearly doubled since 2003. More than 23,200 households are entering the winter season without heat related utility service, according to the Public Utility Commission's annual Cold Weather Survey . That's nearly 36-hundred more than last year at this time.. The PUC says people who are struggling to pay their bills should contact their local utility provider to work out a payment plan...there's also the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program-- information on that is available at County Assistance Offices.

 

Pets / Cold Weather

It's going to be a brutal week weather - wise... with overnight temperatures plunging into the single digits Wednesday morning.... and not getting out of the mid – 20's all week. If you have pets... it's time to bring them in. That word from Linda Bird of the Animal Resource Center appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe. But, Ms. Bird says if animals are left outside... make sure they have straw for warmth... as well as having plenty of food and drinking water.

 

Winning Ticket

A Pennsylvania Lottery retailer in Mifflinville has sold one of the four $1 million top-prize winning tickets from the last weekends Millionaire Raffle drawing. The winning ticket was sold at the Love's Travel Stop at the Mifflinville interchange of Interstate 80 and Route 339. Lottery officials in Middletown tell us no one has come forward yet to claim the prize. Other million dollar winning tickets were sold in Allegheny... Bucks and York Counties.

 

Bloomsburg Town Council

Bloomsburg Town Council's meeting was quick and to the point. Their re-organizational session last night... the first of 2015... dealt mainly with establishing working committee's as well as setting fees. Mayor Sandy Davis re – affirmed that despite property taxes going up 9 per cent in 2015... the level of service from employees will remain the same... and no one's job is on the chopping block.

 

New Legislative Session
As a new legislative session gets underway Tuesday, one state lawmaker is expressing optimism that important things can be accomplished. Democratic State Sen. Sean Wiley says even though Republicans hold solid majorities in both the House and Senate, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle will be able to work with each other, and with Tom Wolf, who will be sworn in as Governor in 2 weeks. Wiley says over 75 % of the Senate's business is bipartisan in nature, and both sides know that dealing with the budget has to be their first order of business.

 

Old Issues

A new legislative session gets underway Tuesday, but an old issue will be revived. The issue is over the size of the legislature, and efforts to reduce the Senate from its current 50 seats, and the House from its current 203. Proposed amendments to the state Constitution stalled in the last session, even with the support of Governor Tom Corbett. Incoming Gov. Tom Wolf has already announced his opposition. Pennsylvania currently has the largest full-time state legislature in the nation.
 

Eric Frein

Accused cop killer Eric Frein will be held over for trial. That's the determination of a district judge during proceedings at the Pike County Courthouse. Frein is accused of murdering Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Byron Dickson and wounding trooper Alex Douglass during a late night ambush at the Blooming Grove Barracks in the Pocono's. One of the factors in holding Frein over was video from a surveillance camera at the barracks which showed Dickson dying... and Douglas shot... and being pulled to safety.

 

Hugo Selenski

Jury selection is expected to begin Thursday in the second Hugo Selenski murder trial in a Luzerne County courtroom. Selenski is accused of murdering a pharmacist and his girlfriend back in the early 2000's. The couple bodies were found buried in Selenski's backyard. Jury selection was to have begun yesterday, but legal wrangling took up most of the day's proceedings.

 

New Year Stats

State police have released statistics from the three-day New Year's holiday travel period in the commonwealth. State police responded to a total of 404 crashes during the New Year's driving period which ran from last Wednesday to Friday. That compares to 836 crashes during the same time frame last year. The crashes this year resulted in 133 injuries and one death. Troopers made 277 arrests for driving under the influence and issued more than 56-hundred speeding citations during the holiday period.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

Despite a ten cent a gallon increase in the gas tax that went into effect last Thursday... the cost of gasoline continues to plummet in Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as across all of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of

$2.46 a gallon for self – serve, unleaded regular. Last week the average prices was $2.53... and a month ago... $2.86 a gallon.

 

Teachers Aide Sentenced

A former teachers aid at the Shamokin Area Junior-Senior High school will spend between 9 to 23 months in jail. Amanda Dreher pleaded guilty in October to having sex with an 18 – year old student. Dreher was sentenced Monday in Northumberland County Court in Sunbury.

 



 

South Centre Twp Fire

Volunteers from three departments were called out Monday morning to battle flames which broke out in a two – story home overnight. The alarm was sounded around 12:30 when flames were discovered coming from a laundry room at a home at 160 Amron Drive... off of Cryders Lane. Lime Ridge Fire Chief Charles Fedder says there was heavy smoke coming from the bi – level home when he arrived on the scene. In addition to the laundry room... and first floor of the structure sustained considerable smoke and water damage. Lime Ridge firemen received mutual aid from Mifflinville and Espy.

 

Millard / Wolf

Before the end of the month... we'll have a new governor taking the reins of state government. Democrat Tom Wolf replaces Tom Corbett in the state's top job on January 20th. With that... a new way to do business in Pennsylvania... so state Representative David Millard. Mr. Wolf will be faced by a GOP dominated House and Senate. Meantime... Representative Millard... as well as the entire house and senate will be sworn in Tuesday and will immediately get to work... and attempt to pass some pending bills in the waning days of the Corbett Administration.

 

Budget Problems
It's a new year with the same old state budget problems. But, one of the big issues is what to do with Pennsylvania's pension issues. Pennsylvania's budget is loaded with debt to its pension funds, which is one of the reasons state payments into those funds are spiking in the next few years. Republicans have argued against borrowing more money to solve that downward spiral in the past, but they now seem to be open to the idea...only if it comes with more long-term fixes. Senate Republican leaders are said to be studying the impact of borrowing more, but only if that option is accompanied by other long-term changes to pension benefits...

 

State Revenue / December
State Revenue Collections remained strong in December. The money collected by the Commonwealth in December was 6.3% higher than anticipated - $2.7 billion. That helps the fiscal year-to-date totals which remain 2.1% above estimates at the official midway point of the fiscal year. Personal income, corporate and sales taxes all came in above estimates in December while inheritance taxes were down. Other taxes that came in above estimates included cigarette, malt beverage, liquor and table games. Governor-Elect Tom Wolf will deliver his budget plans in March, about 6 weeks after taking office.

 

Agriculture Debate
This is the time of year when agriculture is in the spotlight in Pennsylvania. It's also when an annual debate is revived. The debate is over whether agriculture is truly Pennsylvania's number one industry. Most sectors are measured solely on employment and wage data, but state agriculture officials use other factors, such as what it takes to get food from the farm to the many places where it's sold, and all that related economic impact. Despite the disagreement, the 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show gets underway this weekend in Harrisburg.

 

Settlement

A major gas driller has agreed to pay more than $11 - million to settle a class-action lawsuit in Pennsylvania. Chesapeake Energy is one of the biggest drillers in the Marcellus Shale field. Jackie Root, head of the PA chapter of the National Association of Royalty Owners... says this is a decision that can effect you, and others for years to come. Chesapeake was accused of cheating landowners out of their royalty money.

 

Eric Frein

There is a hearing Monday in Pike County for accused cop killer Eric Frein. He'll be in court for a preliminary hearing in the shooting death of Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Bryon Dickson... and the wounding of trooper Alex Douglas last fall at the Blooming Grove Barracks in in the Poconos.

 

Hunlock Creek Murder

State Police are being tight lipped about the death of a woman in a home near Hunlock Creek. However, they do say 57 year old Rachel Dukus died in the home along Pavlick Road in Plymouth Township. Police are not telling us the motive... or if an arrest has been made.

 

Numidia Accident

A close call for an Ashland man Saturday night while driving through Numidia. Police say 63 – year old Donald Oakley lost control of his pick up truck.... ran off icy Route 42 at Drag Strip Road... and flipped on it's side. It landed between two trees... trapping him in the cab. He was freed by firefighters who had to cut out the window of his '98 Dodge pickup truck.

 

Turnpike Toll Increase

If you'll be using the Pennsylvania Turnpike... you'll be digging deeper into your pockets to pay the tolls. The rates went up five percent over the weekend for both cash and E-Z Pass customers on the main turnpike... as well as the Northeast Extension. The extra money to be used for widening projects... and to fill a gap in the transportation funding bill okayed by the legislature a couple of years ago. It's the first time since 2011 that E-Z Pass customers will be paying the higher rates.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Sports

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played California Sunday afternoon at the Nelson Field House on the BU Campus. WHLM's Jim Doyle says the Bloomsburg men lost to California University 75 to 68. Earlier... the BU women defeated California 68 – 56. The Husky basketball teams will be back in action Wednesday night when they play at Slippery Rock.

 

Girls HS Basketball

Monday night in High School Girls Basketball, Central Columbia played Danville with the score Central Columbia-32 Danville-36 FINAL. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 

 

NFL Football

In the NFL playoffs Sunday... the Indianapolis Colts downed the Cincinnati Bengals 26 to 10.... and the Dallas Cowboys came from behind to defeat the Detroit Lions 24 to 20...

 

 



 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Hoops

Friday night in High School Boys Basketball, Central Columbia beat Montoursville 51-33. 
 
BU Basketball
In college basketball Saturday afternoon, the BU Huskies played Seton Hill in their first action of the new year. The games were delayed by two hours due to hazardous road conditions eariler in the day. At the end, the Women won 71-63, and the Men lost 67-58.
 
Sunday afternoon, the Huskies were right back in action to face California. The Women won that game 68-56. The Men lost 75-68. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:
 
 
The BU teams will be on the road at Slippery Rock Wednesday night. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame at 5:10.
 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Jan 5 - Feb 14

Stop by the Moose Exchange Antler in downtown Bloomsburg and check out their latest exhibition featuring longtime local artist Ken Conner, running through February 14. A reception will be held Saturday, January 17 at 6PM at the Antler Gallery in Main Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Jan 5 Thru March 15

AGAPE's Project Frozen goes into effect starting Monday and running through mid-March. The AGAPE Care Center on 7th Street in Bloomsburg will be open from 7PM - 7AM every night for anyone who needs a warm place to stay. Guests must be drug and alcohol free. Volunteers are needed for the overnight shifts. For more information, call 570-854-6141.

 

Jan 6

Learn how to keep that Christmas Poinsettia fresh for more than just the holidays with the Master Gardners of Columbia County at the McBride Memorial Library this Tuesday. Mary Jo Gibson will teach you about the Care of Christmas Plants starting at 6PM at the library on Market Street in Berwick. Reservations are requested. Call 570-752-2241 for more information.

 

Jan 6

The Socrates Café will hold their first meeting of the new year at the Bloomsburg Public Library, Tuesday night, January 6 at 6:30 PM. They start the year with the question, “Whatever happened to the common good? Does anybody ever do anything anymore just to benefit others?" Bring your opinions. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Jan 7

Wesley United Methodist Church on Market Street in Bloomsburg will host a Red Cross blood drive this Wednesday from 1-6PM in the church Gymnsasium. Walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment call 1-800-733-2767 or go to RedCrossBlood.org

 

Jan 10

The Bloomsburg Elks are sponsoring a youth Basketball Hoop Shoot at the Bloomsburg YMCA on Seventh Street, Saturday January 10 at 12:30 PM. The foul-shooting contest is free and open to all boys and girls eight to thirteen years old. For more information, Call 764-6772.

 

Jan 10

The Columbia County United Way's annual winter Trash-To-Treasure sale is coming up Saturday, January 10, in the Kehr Union ballroom on Bloomsburg University's lower campus. Find computers, electronics, appliances, furniture and much more. Doors open at 9AM. Get your 8AM Early Bird tickets for just $5 at the United Way office on Penn Street near the Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital, or by calling 784-3134.

 

Jan 10

Bounce for Soul Food at Bloom Bounce at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn Saturday, January 10, 10AM - 2PM. Half of all open bounce admissions will go to support the Soul Food hunger ministry in Danville. For more information, call 570-317-2555.

 

Jan 24

Shiloh Bible Church will be hosting a night of Gospel music Saturday January 24th starting at 7PM. Shiloh Bible is at 123 Church Street in Almedia, just off Old Berwick Road.

 

Feb 6-8

The Destination Blues winter music festival marks its second year the weekend of February 6, 7, & 8. Friday night starts with 11 different venues to visit from Berwick to Danville. Saturday has events all day with the main stage at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Sunday afternoon wraps things up with a Gospel Blues concert at Wesley United Methodist on Market Street. For details and ticket information visit DestinationBlues.org

 

TFN

Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintenance to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

TFN

The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM – Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

TFN
The free Wheelchair Engineers program at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn will be open from Noon - 4 PM every Saturday at the Sears end of the mall. The handicapped-accessible model train layouts are open to everyone. See a classic American Flyer and the Dillon Floral limited-edition train with its puffing MTH steam engine and MTH controls. Everyone is welcome.

 


 

Come to the Children's Museum in Bloomsburg today from 11AM - 1PM and learn all about "Spa Science." Learn the secrets behind scents and suds and make your own bath bombs, oatmeal scrubs and more. The museum is on 7th Street, next to the Bloomsburg YMCA.

 

The Central Columbia Lady Jays will conduct a girls youth basketball program for girls in 3rd through 8th grades January 10th through February 21st. Deadline for registration submission is today! Questions can be directed to Coach Murtin at 570-784-7816.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Hoops

Friday night in High School Boys Basketball, Central Columbia beat Montoursville 51-33. 
 
BU Basketball
In college basketball Saturday afternoon, the BU Huskies played Seton Hill in their first action of the new year. The games were delayed by two hours due to hazardous road conditions eariler in the day. At the end, the Women won 71-63, and the Men lost 67-58. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:
 
 
The Huskies are back in action Sunday afternoon at home vs California. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame at 12:40.

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Jan 5 - Feb 14

Stop by the Moose Exchange Antler in downtown Bloomsburg and check out their latest exhibition featuring longtime local artist Ken Conner, running through February 14. A reception will be held Saturday, January 17 at 6PM at the Antler Gallery in Main Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Jan 5 Thru March 15

AGAPE's Project Frozen goes into effect starting Monday and running through mid-March. The AGAPE Care Center on 7th Street in Bloomsburg will be open from 7PM - 7AM every night for anyone who needs a warm place to stay. Guests must be drug and alcohol free. Volunteers are needed for the overnight shifts. For more information, call 570-854-6141.

 

Jan 6

Learn how to keep that Christmas Poinsettia fresh for more than just the holidays with the Master Gardners of Columbia County at the McBride Memorial Library this Tuesday. Mary Jo Gibson will teach you about the Care of Christmas Plants starting at 6PM at the library on Market Street in Berwick. Reservations are requested. Call 570-752-2241 for more information.

 

Jan 6

The Socrates Café will hold their first meeting of the new year at the Bloomsburg Public Library, Tuesday night, January 6 at 6:30 PM. They start the year with the question, “Whatever happened to the common good? Does anybody ever do anything anymore just to benefit others?" Bring your opinions. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Jan 7

Wesley United Methodist Church on Market Street in Bloomsburg will host a Red Cross blood drive this Wednesday from 1-6PM in the church Gymnsasium. Walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment call 1-800-733-2767 or go to RedCrossBlood.org

 

Jan 10

The Bloomsburg Elks are sponsoring a youth Basketball Hoop Shoot at the Bloomsburg YMCA on Seventh Street, Saturday January 10 at 12:30 PM. The foul-shooting contest is free and open to all boys and girls eight to thirteen years old. For more information, Call 764-6772.

 

Jan 10

The Columbia County United Way's annual winter Trash-To-Treasure sale is coming up Saturday, January 10, in the Kehr Union ballroom on Bloomsburg University's lower campus. Find computers, electronics, appliances, furniture and much more. Doors open at 9AM. Get your 8AM Early Bird tickets for just $5 at the United Way office on Penn Street near the Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital, or by calling 784-3134.

 

Jan 10

Bounce for Soul Food at Bloom Bounce at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn Saturday, January 10, 10AM - 2PM. Half of all open bounce admissions will go to support the Soul Food hunger ministry in Danville. For more information, call 570-317-2555.

 

Jan 24

Shiloh Bible Church will be hosting a night of Gospel music Saturday January 24th starting at 7PM. Shiloh Bible is at 123 Church Street in Almedia, just off Old Berwick Road.

 

Feb 6-8

The Destination Blues winter music festival marks its second year the weekend of February 6, 7, & 8. Friday night starts with 11 different venues to visit from Berwick to Danville. Saturday has events all day with the main stage at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Sunday afternoon wraps things up with a Gospel Blues concert at Wesley United Methodist on Market Street. For details and ticket information visit DestinationBlues.org

 

TFN

Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintenance to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

TFN

The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM – Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

TFN
The free Wheelchair Engineers program at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn will be open from Noon - 4 PM every Saturday at the Sears end of the mall. The handicapped-accessible model train layouts are open to everyone. See a classic American Flyer and the Dillon Floral limited-edition train with its puffing MTH steam engine and MTH controls. Everyone is welcome.

 


 

Carbon Monoxide Death

One teenager is dead and two other teens and an adult were treated after carbon monoxide filled their home in New Columbia... in Union County. Authorities say the dead teen is a 17 – year old female student who attends Lewisburg Area High School. The teens and the adult were taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment. State police say they believe the carbon monoxide was caused by a malfunctioning furnace.

 

Bulldawg Plunge

Just over a dozen people ran down the Berwick Test Track Park boat ramp and into the Susquehanna River... with nothing more than their bathing trunks and Speedo's. And lets mention the temperature was holding steady at 32 degrees. Berwick Fire Chief Bill Coolbaugh says he's been involved with river rescues... but this time he learned a lesson on what a victim goes through. The Bulldawg Plunge was for a good cause... raising money for the Reliance Fire Company's River Rescue Squad.

 

Berwick Fire

Two Berwick residents are waking up elsewhere Friday morning... after a fire extensively damaged their mobile home in the 300 block of East 13th Street yesterday. The blaze began when oil used to prepare some food caught fire. The flames spread to the cupboard area and the ceiling before being extinguished. The folks who live there... and their two dogs... are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

 

Berwick Sexual Assault

A Berwick man is in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg after allegedly having sexual relations with a 22 – year old woman against her will. Berwick police say Rakieem Harvey allegedly sexually assaulted the woman twice at her home in Berwick on New Year's Eve. They say Harvey has admitted having sex with the woman.

 

Public Safety

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial says 126 men and women in uniform didn't make it home following their shifts last year. That's up from 96 officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2013. For Bloomsburg Police Chief Roger Van Loan... he and his officers are always vigilant when on patrol... says traffic stops have the biggest unknowns. Many of the deaths involved criminals with firearms... other causes include officer – involved traffic accidents.

 

Handgun Limits

A bill that would limit the number of handguns sold in Pennsylvania will be among the first introduced by a newly-elected state Senator from Philadelphia. Incoming state Senator Art Haywood says one of the first bills he'll introduce would limit the purchase of handguns to one per person in a 30-day period. He says the goal is to prevent gun traffickers from purchasing multiple weapons at gun shops for resale. Haywood says any fines levied on those breaking the proposed law would go into a violence prevention fund in the state treasury.

 

First Child / Geisinger

A family from Selinsgrove are the proud parents of the first baby born in 2015 at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Ricki Noel Newman came into the world shortly after 2 O'clock on New Year's morning. It's the first child for Ashley and Dave Newman.

 

Electric Vehicle Rebate

The deadline to apply for a program offering rebates to owners of plug-in electric vehicles has been extended. The state Department of Environmental Protection has extended the deadline to apply for the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate program to June 30th of 2015. Large-battery vehicles with system capacities of 10 kilowatts or more are eligible for the highest rebate amount of two-thousand dollars. Plug-ins with lower capacities qualify for a thousand. You can find more information or apply online at www.dep.state.pa.us.

 

EPA Report
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a report on the quality of the state's waterways. The 2014 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report is a water quality synopsis of PA's streams, rivers, lakes and waterways. Since the last report in 2012, a total of 333 miles of previously-impaired flowing waters and 853 lake acres were restored. The report is required every two years by the federal Clean Water Act.

 

Organ Donations

Pennsylvania's Physician General says becoming an organ and tissue donor is a New Year's resolution everyone can keep. According to Dr. Carrie DeLone, 21 people die in the US every day due to a shortage of donated organs, and more than 85 hundred people in Pennsylvania remain on waiting lists. Dr. DeLone says you no longer have to wait until driver's license renewal time to become an organ or tissue donor. You can register online, at www.DonateLife PA.org.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball 

After a long holiday break, the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams return to action with games Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the Nelson Field House. Saturday the Huskies play Seton Hill. On Sunday they face California. Saturday's action begins with the women's game at 1 O'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.

 

High School Basketball

Friday night in High School Boys Basketball, Central Columbia beat Montoursville 51-33. 

 

College Football 

Thursday was an historic day for major college football with the first ever College Football Playoff. In one semifinal played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena... Oregon rolled over Florida State 59 to 20. In the other semifinal at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans Ohio State defeated Alabama 42 to 35. The championship game will be played January 12th in Arlington, Texas.



 

New Years Eve

With the start of the New Year at midnight... police officers will be patrolling area roadway Wednesday night... looking for drivers who may have had too much to drink. It may be in the form of a single officer... or a task force with roving patrols or with checkpoints. But... whatever the case... Bloomsburg Police Department Sgt. Leonard Rogutski says officers are seeing higher Breathalyzer readings. Lt. Rogutski says roving patrols and DUI checkpoints are often found where there is a high accident rate according to PennDOT statistics... such as Route 42 and 487... as well as Route 11.

 

Holiday Period Traffic

The Christmas Holiday travel period ran last Wednesday through Sunday, and the same time frame applies to the New Year's holiday. There were eight fatalities during the Christmas driving period, none of whom were wearing seat belts. 98 crashes to which state police responded involved alcohol, a statistic state police are much concerned about given the revelry of New Year's celebrations.
 

YMCA 5K Run

An estimated 500 runners face the starter's pistol Wednesday night in the annual Bloomsburg YMCA 5K run through the streets of the town. The event begins at 7 O'clock in front of the Y on 7th street... and goes north on Market... to Main... down East.... to 5th then to the Fairgrounds... and returns to the starting point. Y organizer Chris Fuller says it's a fun, family event. If you haven't pre – registered to participate in the run... you can do so at the YMCA starting at 5 O'clock Wednesday afternoon.

 

Polar Plunge

For folks who want to get a chilly start on 2015... you'll have an opportunity to do so during the Polar Plunge New Year's Day at the boat ramp at the Test Track Park in Berwick. Dozens of people are expected to be on hand to take a dunk in the Susquehanna River... while the Reliance Fire Company raises money for it's water rescue team. Reliance spokesperson Bridgette Coolbaugh says registration begins at noon time Thursday... with the leap into the Susquehanna taking place at 1 O'clock.

 

Flu Epidemic

No doubt about it, the flu is firmly entrenched here in Pennsylvania, but it's not too late for a flu shot if you haven't gotten one yet. The flu season is in full swing, having been classified as widespread with more than 51-hundred cases statewide as of December 20th. If you haven't had a flu shot yet, doctors say you should do it now... it takes about two weeks for the shot to reach full effectiveness and the season usually peaks in January or February. The flu vaccine is expected to be only about 50 % effective this season but doctors say it's better than nothing.

 

Government Revenue
Advocates say that government could have a better grasp on their revenue pictures with new standards for the disclosure of tax breaks. The government tracking organization Good Jobs First reports that Pennsylvania has nearly 9,000 agreements to extend about $4.5 billion in tax incentives. The problem, according to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board is that these agreements are often difficult to track. Proposed new standards would require governments to report that information more freely. Comments on the proposed changes will be heard through the end of next month, with implementation possible by 2017.

 

NEPA Unemployment

The State Department of Labor and Industry says the unemployment rate in the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton area checked in at 6 % in November. It fell three – tenths of a point to it's lowest rate since June of 2008. Despite the move downward... it is still the highest of all of the state's metropolitan area... lagging behind the state average of 5.1%... and the national average of 5.8%.

 

Blue Cross Comes Through

Capitol Blue Cross is contributing funds to equip local police departments with a drug known as Naloxone. The drug reverses the effects of an overdose from heroin or prescription painkillers, and is seen as a potential lifesaver. The health insurer says its $50,000 contribution will benefit police departments in 21 counties in Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. According to a recent study, Pennsylvania ranks 14th in the nation in the number of deaths related to a drug overdose.

 

Dead Cattle

Still no suspect in the killing of four dairy cows in Schuylkill County. The incident happened this week at the Hepler Homestead Farms near Ashland... just south of the Columbia County line. A fifth cow was wounded. The four dead female cows were all pregnant. State Police in Schuylkill Haven are investigating the shootings.

 

Evacuation

Life has returned to normal in one section of Wilkes – Barre. People living near the West Sidney Street Bridge project were evacuated from their homes for a short while after a construction crew punched a hole in a natural gas line Tuesday afternoon. Residents in four homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution.

 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Tuesday night, in the championship game of the York Holiday Classic... Danville defeated York Suburban 64 – 55.

 

Other Boys Games

In other boys games Tuesday night... Shamokin downed Berwick 68 – 39... while it was Millville over Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech 69 – 30.

 

Wednesday Afternoon

Wednesday at 12:30 Central Columbia plays at unbeaten Lewisburg

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball, in the championship game of the Judy Knorr Tournament at Berwick, it was Central Columbia over Emmaus 48 to 39.

 

Other Games

In the consolation game... Berwick downed Dallas 48 – 34. In other girls games Tuesday night... Danville defeated Southern Columbia 47 – 36... and it was Bloomsburg over Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech 61 – 17.

 

College Bowl Games

In college football bowl games Tuesday, in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, it was Notre Dame over LSU 31-28... Georgia defeated Louisville in the Belk Bowl 37 – 14... and in the Foster Farms Bowl... Stanford topped Maryland 45 – 21.

 

 

 



Gas Prices

As of Thursday the state's uncapping of another third of its oil company franchise tax will cause it to rise by ten cents a gallon and that most likely will affect what we pay at the pump. We'll have to wait and see if the full ten cents is passed on. Nationally, Pennsylvania already ranks near the top with the highest gas taxes, according to the American Petroleum Institute. State and federal gas taxes combined account for over 60 cents of the price of a gallon of gas.

 

Fees Increasing

Gas prices aren't the only thing that will probably be going up in Pennsylvania. Later in the new year increases are scheduled for the cost of vehicle registration, driver's licenses and inspection stickers.

 

Holiday Accidents

According to State Police, during the five-day period from Christmas Eve through Sunday, there were 728 crashes. Eight people died and 224 people were hurt. All eight who died were not wearing seat belts. The report says 98 of the crashes were alcohol-related. Last year eight people were killed and 255 were injured in 900 crashes.

 

Robbery

Bloomsburg State Police say that somebody broke into the Wilburton Number 2 fire hall in Conyngham Township in Columbia County recently and stole over 500 dollars in cash. It happened sometime between December 17th and December 28th. The money taken belonged to the Columbia County Office of Aging and the Wilburton Senior Center. The money is used to fund several senior programs. If you have any information call police at 570-387-4261.

 

Hazleton Beating

There was an assault and robbery of an 83 year old man on Monday in Hazleton in the middle of the day. Police report the victim and a witness both say that four dark-skinned men attacked the man as he was walking to the dentist near Third and Vine Streets. He was knocked to the ground after being punched in the head several times. He received multiple injuries to his head and was taken to the hospital. His condition isn't known. Police have two suspects in custody.

 

Help for Kid's Allergic Reaction

Starting January 2nd, a new law in Pennsylvania will make it easier for school teachers and faculty to help a child suffering from an allergic reaction. The law makes epi-pens more accessible in schools, where the Pennsylvania Medical Society reports up to a quarter of epinephrine administrations have traditionally been given to children who didn't know they had an allergy.

 

Shale Tax

A Democratic state senator from Allegheny County is proposing a severance tax on Marcellus shale natural gas drillers to boost education funding. State Senator Jim Brewster is proposing a five-percent Marcellus shale severance tax that would generate between 700-million and one billion dollars for public education. His "Extraction for Education" plan would retain an impact fee on drillers that currently brings in around 200-million a year for local and state governments. Brewster says drillers would be able to credit the impact fee expenses against the severance tax liability.

 

In WHLM Sports:

Girls high school basketball action on Monday night at the Judy Knorr Tournament in Berwick, Central Columbia handed Berwick its first loss of the season, 50-48. In the first game, Emmaus beat Dallas, 54-42. Tonight at 6 Berwick faces Dallas in the consolation game. That will be followed by the championship game between Central Columbia and Emmaus. In other girls games on Monday, Lewisburg beat Millville 44-36, Benton lost to Northwest 54-42. In boys action on Monday, Danville beat Bethlehem Catholic 59-37.

 

In college football Texas A&M got by West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl 45-37. In the Russel Athletic Bowl, Clemson routed Oklahoma 40-6 and in the Texas Bowl it was Arkansas 31, Texas 7.
 



Danville Traffic Signals

Danville will get about $12,000 to put towards traffic signal timing issues. The intersection of Routes 11 and 54 just had some work done to correct timing issues. Danville is getting the money thanks to the states “Green Light and Go” project that will see almost two million dollars in grant money be used statewide to fix traffic light problems. Danville will get the money to use for technology and to monitor the signals.

 

FAA Break-In

State police are investigating a break-in by four men at the Federal Aviation Administration tower in Selinsgrove. Police say the men flipped a switch which set off an alarm. They say it also caused some equipment in the tower to malfunction and aircraft radar was not working.

 

DUI Laws

A new law in Pennsylvania will mean tougher penalties for drunk drivers arrested for repeat violations. It allows prosecutors to charge drunk driving suspects as repeat offenders if they are re-arrested for DUI before they are convicted for the first offense. It was introduced after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled a driver arrested for drunk driving twice in the same night could only be charged as having committed a first offense because he hadn't yet been convicted of the first charge.

 

Infant Death

State Police in Schuylkill County are investigating the death of a one-year-old girl. Authorities say it happened at a home on West Centre Street over the weekend. According to investigators, the mother was at work and her boyfriend was home babysitting. When the mother came home, she checked on the child and found the child face down in the crib.

 

Possible Voting Changes

Lawmakers in Harrisburg will be looking at new ways to vote or get registered to vote in the coming year. One idea being floated would provide for electronic voter registration and another would allow people to register the same day as an election and then vote. Another proposal would allow early voting starting 30 days before an election. Pennsylvanians can already vote via absentee ballot but have to meet certain criteria.

 

More Preserved Farmland

The addition of 28 farms in 16 counties in December brought the total number of farms preserved this year to 200, adding up to more than 18-thousand 400 acres, the largest total in five years. The biggest news, though, came in October, when the state reached the half-million-acre mark, dating back to when the program began in 1988. 57 counties are participating in Pennsylvania's farmland preservation program.
 

Fishing Licenses

Sen. Rob Teplitz reminds anglers that the discounts for 2015 licenses are good through Wednesday. Under the deal, the price is just 20-dollars for residents, 50-dollars for non-residents, and 9-dollars for senior citizens. There are also discounts for 3 and 5 year licenses. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission sees this as a way to get Pennsylvanians interested in the sport, or come back to it if you've been away for awhile.
 

School District in Trouble

The Corbett Administration has been given the authority to place the York City School District into receivership. The decision makes York the third school district in Pennsylvania to be placed in receivership, but the first to be turned completely into privately run charter schools. Those opposed to the move include the union representing teachers in the district, as well as the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. An attorney for the district has already announced their decision to appeal.

 

WHLM Sports

In girl's basketball Monday night, Central Columbia plays Berwick on the opening night of the Judy Knorr Tournament in Berwick.

In boy's basketball Danville plays Bethlehem Catholic in the York Holiday Classic.

 

In the NFL on Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New York Giants 34-26; the Jets beat the Miami Dolphins 37-24 and in Sunday night's game it was Pittsburgh 27 and the Bengals 17.

 

Sunday's 23-20 win over Tampa Bay was the last game of the season for the New Orleans Saints, but not the last game for starting right guard and former Bloomsburg University All American Jahri Evans. Evans has been selected to the Pro Bowl for the 6th time in his 7 year career. The Pro Bowl will be played in Phoenix on January 25th.
 



Fatal Crash

State police in Bloomsburg have identified then person who died in a one car accident on highway 487 in Benton Borough on Christmas Eve. The body is that of 61 year old Robert Laroche of Orangeville. Police say he was driving at a high rate of speed when he lost control and hit an embankment. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Columbia County Deputy Coroner Jeremy Reese.

 

Giving Down

Programs at the Hazleton Salvation Army are in danger according to the Standard Speaker. The Red Kettle drive was down this year. The commander said the Army's toy drive and food drives were also below expectations. Last year they got about $25,000 but this year only about $20,000.

 

Medicaid Revamp

With only days until Pennsylvania launches a revamp of its Medicaid program, two law groups have filed a class-action lawsuit charging that the state is illegally cutting benefits to nearly 200,000 low-income Pennsylvanians. Those changes take effect on January 1.

 

Beer Delivery

Pennsylvania liquor control authorities have decided restaurants can deliver beer with food orders. The change comes from a legal opinion by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. It allows restaurants and grocery stores with delivery service to transport up to 192 ounces of beer per order. The beer has to be paid for over the phone bu debit or credit card.

 

Attorney General Under Fire

Critical statements by Philadelphia's most powerful Democrat may be a sign of trouble for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Kane is awaiting the outcome of a grand jury investigation into whether she leaked information about a man never charged with a crime in order to embarrass a prosecutor with whom she is feuding. Recent critical comments from U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Committee show signs of lack of confidence even among Democrats.

 

UGI Warning

UGI says some of its customers may have been the target of a phone scam by someone claiming to be from the company and asking for gift cards or money orders to pay off delinquent gas bills. The utility urges customers to get in touch if there is ever a doubt about the validity of someone claiming to be from UGI.

 

Child Abuse Laws

Teachers, doctors and any mandated reporter of child abuse in Pennsylvania will see some changes in the process of reporting suspected abuse starting January 1st. One change will involve who receives the reports - they'll all go to the state now. Other changes include allowing reports to be filed electronically and changing the specific definitions of child abuse.

 

WHLM Sports

Several area high school basketball teams are back in action this weekend. Friday night the Berwick boys play West York on the opening night of West York Christmas tournament. Saturday night the Southern Columbia boys and girls will play in the Knights of Columbus Tournament in Shamokin.



 

Berwick Woman Jailed

A Berwick woman is spending her Christmas in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg.

Berwick police say 44 – year old Rachel Fallat is charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault in the stabbing of her 22 – year old son, Mark Goodson. The stabbing taking place Wednesday following a violent argument at their home in the 300 block of Summerhill Avenue. EMS was first called to the scene around 8 AM for a “chest laceration.” But police finding Fallat over her son who was lying on the ground. Goodson was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Fallat was arraigned and remanded to jail without bond.

 

Christmas Day Weather

We're waking up on this Christmas day with rain... and somewhat cooler temperatures.

That's been the case the past day or so. But, by Thursday afternoon... it will become partly sunny with temperatures in the 40's. The National Weather Service in State College says we can expect sunny skies Friday and into the weekend after the passage of a cold front.



 

Home Invasion

Still no suspects in custody in connection with that violent home invasion Monday night in Almedia in Scott Township. Police are looking for three men who tied up three people inside a home in the 400 block of Bissetts Lane... forcing them into the basement... and ransacking the home... making off with valuables. Authorities say the people and the home were targeted...

 

Pipeline Project

Montour County could become the next battleground for anti – pipeline activists. That... after UGI Energy Services announcing plans to construct a new 35 – mile... 20 – inch in diameter natural gas pipe line... which is expected to go through Montour County. The so-called Sunbury Pipeline would begin in Lycoming County and end at a proposed natural gas-fired power plant near Shamokin Dam. The announcement comes amid a flurry of other pipeline projects in Pennsylvania, as energy companies work to move the abundant Marcellus Shale gas to new markets.

 

DUI Enforcement

'Tis the season... that police officers will be out and about Columbia and Montour Counties... trying to get impaired drivers off the road. It's part of a push by PennDOT to make sure suspected DUI drivers don't get behind the wheel. Bloomsburg PD Sgt. Leonard Rogutski says in 2012, 860 people died on Pennsylvania highways due to drinking and driving... 26 alone on Christmas day. Sgt. Rogutski says the local DUI Task Force will be using checkpoints and roving patrols over the holidays to get suspected drivers off the high

 

China Trade

There was a meeting recently in Chicago dealing with bilateral trade.... and the loss of jobs. Steven Herzenberg... the executive director of the Keystone Research Center... says trade with China has led to a loss of three-point-two million jobs in the U.S., including 122,000 in Pennsylvania.

 

ARC Wrap

You have only hours left to do some last minute Christmas shopping. Now... the Animal Resource Center is offering to wrap you gift for a donation... one of the many fund raisers throughout the year for their animal shelter. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Linda Bird say's the ARC easy to find in a store front at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. The Animal Resource Center is the area's no – kill facility... and have plenty of dogs and cats ready for adoption.

 

Reading Christmas Tree.
The Christmas Tree in Reading... that has made national headlines is still standing tall as Christmas day approaches. The city of Reading was supposed to get a tree from a nearby farm, but the owner wouldn't allow trucks to drive on the wet ground... so the Reading tree came from a park and it was...underwhelming. Still, the community seized on the Charlie Brown Christmas story and rallied around the spindly spruce. For many, the tree stands as a hopeful metaphor for a city trying to shake off poverty, crime and other struggles of recent years...

 

A Corbett Christmas
For Governor Tom Corbett, this Christmas will be his last in the Governor's mansion. Just inside the back door to the governor's residence, you'll find a large Christmas tree... but the governor is looking forward to a quiet Christmas with his family in the private sections of the house. The governor says Christmas will be a smaller affair than Thanksgiving, when more than 2 dozen family members were in town for the holiday. And this may be the last private Christmas in the governor's residence for a while as Governor-Elect Tom Wolf has said he'll mostly favor his own private home over the one provided by the state...

 

Hazleton Bank Robbery

State Police in Hazleton are searching for two men who held up a Hazle Township bank earlier this week. Investigators tell us the pair entered the Community Bank on Airport Road late Monday afternoon toting... what appears to be automatic weapons. The pair apparently got some money and fled. If you have information about the robbery of the Community Bank near Hazleton... call state police.

 

Drug Suspects

Hazleton Police... probing a shooting of a 17 – year old teen last week... have nabbed two drug suspects. 32 – year old Joseph Forty and 21 – year old Ariel Espinoza... both of Hazleton... are facing a whole slew of drug charges. The pair were arraigned in front of a Hazle Township District Judge and remanded to the Luzerne County lockup.

 

Higher Education Audit

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says his office will conduct a performance audit of the State System of Higher Education. DePasquale says they'll be looking at everything from the process of setting tuition, to policies and procedures concerning the handling of sexual assault cases. He says safety and affordability are key factors. One of the schools, Cheyney University, is coming in for special attention, with DePasquale saying just last week, that Cheney's very survival is at stake unless some major changes are made.

 

Population

Pennsylvania is slowly closing in on Illinois in population, according to Census Bureau figures released this week. Pennsylvania remained the sixth-most populous state with 12.8 million people, gaining an estimated 5,000 residents between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014. Fifth-ranked Illinois lost 99 – hundred people, but still had about 12.9 million residents. California and Texas remained the two most-populous states, but Florida passed New York for the No. 3 spot on the list.

 

 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Tuesday night, Danville was at Southern Columbia. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports Southern defeated Danville 60 to 48. In other boys basketball Tuesday night... Benton defeated Bucktail Area 50 to 40. 

 

College Bowl

In college football, in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego.. Navy just getting by San Diego State 17 to 16.

 

NBA

In the NBA... the Philadelphia 76er's downed the Miami Heat 91 – 87...

 

NHL

In the NHL.. the Philadelphia Flyers got by Minnesota 5 to 2.... and Tampa Bay just got by the Pittsburgh Penguins 4 to 3.

 



 

Home Invasion

A violent home invasion in Almedia... in Scott Township last night. Police tell our media partner Newswatch 16 three people were tied up... and locked in a basement around 9:30 last night after three men held up the homeowner at his house on Bissetts Lane. After the trio was herded into the basement... the house was ransacked... with the home invaders fleeing the scene. No word of what was taken... and it's not known why that particular house was targeted.

 

Staying Safe

The assassination of two New York City police officers is having an effect on local police departments.

In Bloomsburg, Chief Roger Van Loan says facing an individual who wants to cause harm is a problem they deal with everyday. Chief Van Loan says he and his officers take as many precautions as they can... and in a town the size of Bloomsburg... since they know who they're dealing with.

 

Special Prosecutor

Proposed legislation would require the appointment of a Special Prosecutor to investigate cases in which police officers use deadly force. The highly publicized incidents in Ferguson Mo and Staten Island, New York, prompted Sen.-Elect Arthur Haywood to sponsor the bill. Haywood, who will be sworn into office January 6th, says he wants the public to know that lawmakers respond to their concerns, and he wants to provide the public with the peace of mind that the criminal justice system will treat them fairly.

 

Metcalfe / Kane

A state lawmaker is renewing his call for the impeachment of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Rep. Darryl Metcalfe will re-introduce his impeachment measure in January. His call for Kane's ouster in the last session came amid criticism for a number of her decisions, including not defending Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage. The last straw this time around followed Kane's dropping of a bribery case against 2 state lawmakers, which was revived by Philadelphia's DA. Metcalfe is accusing Kane of disregarding and disrespecting the law.

 

Flu Season Arrives

The flu activity is now officially widespread in Pennsylvania... and it isn't going away anytime soon. The flu season doesn't typically peak until January or February, but so 2,175 cases have already been reported statewide with four deaths as a result. And this season's H3N2 flu strain is more severe, so doctors say you should get a flu shot now if you haven't done so. Also make sure you wash your hands frequently and avoid contact with others who might be sick to further protect yourself.

 

Berwick Salvation Army

The leadership and volunteers at the Berwick Salvation Army got a workout Monday as they distributed toys and food to about 300 families who find themselves in need this Christmas season. Lt. Kelley Snyder – Polito was checking folks in... and says the donations you give to the annual Red Kettle drive... and other fund raising programs throughout the year... finance their holiday program. You can find bell ringers and their red kettles at various locations around the area... including K-Mart in Berwick and the Wal – Mart in Buckhorn.

 

Fracking Ban
Governor-Elect Tom Wolf has an opinion on New York State's Decision to ban fracking. The announcement by the state of New York that it was placing a ban on hydraulic fracturing was met with cheers by the oil & gas industry in Pennsylvania and environmentalists, although they celebrated for very different reasons. Mr. Wolf though says he was sorry to see New York take this step. He says he believes fracking can be done safely and he's directing some of his transition team members to more closely examine New York's review...

 

Hazleton Robbery

Hazleton police are investigating an alleged armed robbery. It happened late Sunday night in the 700 block of Garfield Street. Cops say that two men wearing black clothing... and holding a knife... demanded money from a woman. The two men taking a cell phone and fled. If you have information about the robbery... give Hazleton PD a call.

 

Resignation

A Luzerne County 9-1-1 dispatcher has resigned. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting the dispatcher in question sent an ambulance to an address in Wilkes – Barre instead of the correct address in Kingston for a 46 – year old man suffering chest pains Thanksgiving morning. Vincent Marcario died when he went into cardiac arrest.

 

Bank Holdup

A suspect is being sought in the armed stick – up an M&T Bank branch on the San Souci Parkway in Hanover Township. Police say a masked man... holding revolver made off with an undetermined amount of money after the lunch hour. The bandit fled south towards a fast food restaurant. Police scoured the area looking for the suspect, but they came up empty handed.

 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Tuesday night, Danville was at Southern Columbia. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 

Basketball / Tuesday

In boys basketball Tuesday night Danville is at Southern Columbia in a game you can hear on the WHLM Stations starting with the pregame show at 7:15.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball Monday night... Millville defeated Bloomsburg 56 – 46... St. John Newmann got by Benton 47 – 41... it was Mifflinburg over Danville 52 – 35... and Southern Columbia downed Muncy 52 – 23.

 

College Football

In college football Monday... in the Miami Beach Bowl... Memphis defeated BYU

55 – 48.

 

NFL / Monday

Last night in the NFL... it was the Cincinnati Bengals over the Denver Broncos 37 – 28.

 



 

Berwick Man Arrested

Troubles for a Berwick man. Berwick police tell us 57 – year old Rickie Sitler was arrested after someone found his cell phone allegedly containing pictures and video of a four year old girl. That person gave it to authorities. Police say in addition to child pornography charges... Sitler is accused of indecent assault. Sitler was arraigned over the weekend in front of District Justice Craig Long of Catawissa... and remanded to the Columbia County Prison.

 

Christmas Trees

The last weekend before Christmas... and folks were busy purchasing Christmas trees for their homes and apartments. Orangeville Christmas tree grower Tom Parr says be sure to keep water in the holder at the base of the tree. But, Parr says they can dry out and become a fire hazard. Experts say you should dispose of the tree immediately after the holiday season to prevent you tree catching on fire.

 

Millard / District

There will be some changes in the area's served by member of the state house. State Representative David Millard loses some territory in southern Columbia County... while picking up some territory in the Benton area. Before redistricting... Representative Karen Boback had Benton and Benton Township... but now serves a portion of Lackawanna County... as well as Luzerne and Wyoming Counties

 

Tom Wolf Tour
Gov-Elect Tom Wolf spent much of this week on the road, preparing his soon-to-be constituents for some tough time ahead. Stops for the Gov.-Elect this week included locations in neighboring Luzerne... Philadelphia and York Counties, all with the same message-difficult decisions lie ahead as the state budget faces a deficit expected to top $2 – billion for the fiscal year which begins July first 2015. Wolf has also been meeting with legislative leaders with the equally tough job of convincing a Republican-dominated House and Senate to agree with his economic priorities.

 

Polar Plunge

It's a fund raiser... but it's also a time to cleanse you soul. The Reliance Fire Company of Berwick is holding a plunge into the Susquehanna River on New Year's day at the Test Track boat dock. The company's Bridgette Coolbaugh says registration for the event begins at noon time on Thursday, January 1st with the plunge slated for 1 O'clock. The event is a fund raiser for Reliance who conducts river rescues year around... and needs equipment to make it all work.

 

Watsontown Fire

Investigators are expected to on the scene of a Sunday morning house fire near Watsontown in Northumberland County. The flames were spotted around 8-30 and extensively damaged the home. The family who lives there is temporarily living elsewhere.

 

Gaming Control Audit

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will be the focus of a performance audit. State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says the audit will begin in early 2015, following up on the last one completed four years ago. The goal is to see if recommendations made following that previous audit are being carried out. Other goals will include job creation targets, the amount of property tax relief generated by casino revenue, and the extent that casino gambling is benefiting the state's horse racing industry.

 

Sugarloaf Twp Crash

Six people were treated at Hazleton area hospital following a three vehicle crash Sunday in Sugarloaf Township... in Luzerne County. Police say two cars and a truck came together at the intersection of Tomhicken and Prospect Roads. No one suffered life – threatening injuries.

 

Nanticoke Meth Bust

A 31 – year old Nanticoke woman is jailed after she was arrested after police found meth inside her home. Cheryl Lee Kemper of Apollo Circle was taken into custody over the weekend. Kemper's 13 – year old son was in the apartment at the time of the bust. He had to be rushed to an area hospital for treatment after breathing in the meth fumes.

 

Fatal Crash

Autopsy's will be preformed Monday on the four teenagers who died over the weekend in a one car crash in Carbon County. The crash happened on Dairy Road... near Palmerton. Two other teens were taken to the hospital. Police say speed was a factor when the Chevrolet Cavalier collided head on with a second car... splitting the Chevrolet with the teens in half. Meantime... grief counselors will be at Palmerton high school Monday.

 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Basketball

Monday night in local high school boys basketball Berwick pulled it out and defeated Bloomsburg 58-57 in overtime. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report. 

 

 

 

Girls HS Basketball

Among Monday night's girls' games, Bloomsburg will take a 6 game winning streak into their game at Millville, and Central Columbia is on the road to face an unbeaten Montoursville team.

 

NFL / Sunday

In the NFL Sunday... the Pittsburgh Steelers downed the Kansas City Chiefs 20 – 12... the New England Patriots just got by the New York Jets 17 – 16... and the New York Giants defeated the St. Louis Rams

37 – 27,

 

NFL / Monday

In the Monday night game, the Denver Broncos play the Bengals in Cincinnati

 

 



Crumpet is back – and crankier than ever! It's the return of The Santaland Diaries, presented by BTE at the Capitol Restaurant in downtown Bloomsburg. Showtime is at 8PM tonight. This show is intended for mature audiences. A select dinner and bar menu will be available. For more information, visit the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Katy's Church will be holding an old-fashioned candlelight Christmas service this evening at 7PM, with Reverend Acor officiating.  Refreshments will be available after the service. The historical 1869 church is located at 440 Katy's Church Road in Madison Township near Jerseytown & Millville, next to the State Game Lands. Donations for homeless veterans are currently being gathered. For more information call 764-2412.

 

Bring a lawn chair to the Bloomsburg Town Park tonight for Manger In The Park, a live nativity presented by the Bloomsburg area Methodist churches. Meet the actors, see the live animals, and enjoy free cookies and hot chocolate. The pageant starts at 6 PM.

 

 

WHLM Sports

In their final games before the Christmas holiday break, the Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams played IUP Saturday afternoon at Nelson Field House. Both Huskies teams played hard against tough opponents. The Women lost 67-53. The Men took their game to overtime, but also lost 80-70. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

The BU basketball teams will be back at home after the new year, playing Seton Hill on Saturday, January 3rd.

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Dec 24 & 25

Christmas Services

Shiloh Bible Church, Church Street, Almedia

* Christmas Eve candlelight services - 6PM, 8PM

* Christmas Eve communion service 11PM

 

Calvary Baptist Church, Ridge Road, Lightstreet

* Candlelight Christmas Eve service with carols - 7PM

 

Lightstreet United Methodist Church, Main Street, Lightstreet

* Contemporary Christmas Eve service - 4PM

* Traditional Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

Community Alliance Churches

* Bloomsburg Christmas Eve service - 5PM

* Danville Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

Wesley United Methodist Church, Market street, Bloomsburg

* Traditional candlelight Christmas Eve services - 2PM, 11PM

* Contemporary family Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

Good Shepherd Unted Methodist Church, 5th Street, Bloomsburg

* Candlelight Chrstmas Eve service - 7PM

 

St Columba Catholic Church, Iron Street, Bloomsburg

* Christmas Eve Vigil Mass - 5PM, 7:30PM, 10PM

* Christmas Day Mass - 9AM

 

St Luke Lutheran Church, Lightstreet Road, Bloomsburg

* Christmas Eve services - 5PM, 7PM, 9PM

 

St Matthew Lutheran Church, Market Street, Bloomsburg

* Christmas Eve family service - 6PM

* Christmas Eve candlelight service - 9PM

 

St Paul's Episcopal Church, Main Street, Bloomsburg

* Christmas Eve Mass - 9PM

* Christmas Day Mass - 10AM

 

Trinity Reformed UCC, 7th Street, Bloomsburg

* Christmas Eve Family service - 7PM

* Candlelight Christmas Eve service - 11PM

 

Bethany United Methodist Church, Summerhill Ave, Berwick

* Kid-friendsly Christmas Eve service - 5PM

* Traditional Candllight Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

St Paul's United Methodist Church, Orange Street, Berwick

* Christmas Eve candlelight service - 11PM

 

First Presbyterian Church, Market Street, Berwick

* Candlelight Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

First Reformed Church of Christ, 2nd & Vine Streets, Berwick

* Candlelight Christmas Eve service - 7:30PM

 

Saint Joseph Church, Monroe Street, Berwick

* Christmas Eve Masses - 4PM, 10PM

* Christmas Day Masses - 8AM, 10:30AM

 

Christ United Lutheran Church, Church Street, Catawissa

* Christmas Eve candlelight service - 9PM

* Christmas Day informal service - 10:30AM

 

First Baptish Church, Brookside Drive, Danville

* Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

Trinity United Methodist Church, Lombard Ave, Danville

* Christmas Eve family service - 7PM

* Christmas Eve candlelight communion - 9PM

 

Trinity Lutheran Church, Market Street, Danville

* Christmas Eve family service - 5PM (Musical Prelude 4:15PM)

* Christmas Eve traditional service - 7:30PM

 

St John Lutheran Church, Old Berwick Road, Espy

* Christmas Eve candlelight services - 7PM, 11PM

 

 

Thru Dec 28

Experience the magic of Christmas with Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's presentation of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, running through December 28 at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. The show is fun for the whole family filled with adventure, mystery, and a mouse named Amos. For show times and ticket information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru Dec 30

Come to the Moose Exchange Antler Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg and check out the Cash and Carry Community Art Exhibition. Pieces can be bought for $25 each - $20 goes to the artist and $5 goes to the Moose. Artists are encouraged to create new pieces throughout the run of the show. 

 

Thru Dec 31

All Occasion Rentals in Buckhorn is holding a Multiple Myeloma Awareness and Benefit Raffle for John Yoder through the end of the year. Tickets are $10 each with a grand prize of $2,000 in rental credit from All Occasion. Drawing will be held January 3rd. Call 570-441-1101 for more information.

 

Thru Dec 31

The Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library are offering the third in their series of ceramic crocks commemorating Bloomsburg's iconic sites. This year's crock features the 1892 Town Fountain. The 1/2 gallon crock is hand-made by a local Pennsylvania potter. You can see one at the Library on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg. Order forms are available at the Library front desk.

 

TFN

Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintenance to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

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Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

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The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM – Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

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The free Wheelchair Engineers program at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn will be open from Noon - 4 PM every Saturday at the Sears end of the mall. The handicapped-accessible model train layouts are open to everyone. See a classic American Flyer and the Dillon Floral limited-edition train with its puffing MTH steam engine and MTH controls. Everyone is welcome.

 


Crumpet is back – and crankier than ever! It's the return of The Santaland Diaries, presented by BTE at the Capitol Restaurant in downtown Bloomsburg. Showtime is at 8PM tonight and Sunday night. This show is intended for mature audiences. A select dinner and bar menu will be available. For more information, visit the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Visit downtown Bloomsburg this holiday season for the annual Home-based Business Expo, at 36 and 40 East Main Street. Find locally-made jewelry, artwork, baked goods and more. The expo will be open from 10 AM – 3 PM.

 

Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg will be holding a Welsh cookie sale today starting at 9AM. Welsh cookies are $6 a dozen - other cookies will be on sale for $7 a pound. The church is at the corner of Market and 3rd Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

Community of Christ Church on Market Street in Bloomsburg will hold a community Christmas Dinner and night of caroling this evening from 5 - 7 PM. Everyone is invited.

 

The Columbia Valley Moose Lodge will be holding another 21 & over singles dance tonight from 8-11 PM, featuring DJ Eddie. Doors open at 7 PM. Entry fee is $8 at the door. There will be snacks, and drinks. The Moose Lodge is located behind Sheetz on Route 11 between Berwick and Bloomsburg. For more information, call 570-441-3534.

 

Katy's Church will be holding an old-fashioned candlelight Christmas service on Sunday at 7PM, with Reverend Acor officiating.  Refreshments will be available after the service. The historical 1869 church is located at 440 Katy's Church Road in Madison Township near Jerseytown & Millville, next to the State Game Lands. Donations for homeless veterans are currently being gathered. For more information call 764-2412.

 

Bring a lawn chair to the Bloomsburg Town Park on Sunday night for Manger In The Park, a live nativity presented by the Bloomsburg area Methodist churches. Meet the actors, see the live animals, and enjoy free cookies and hot chocolate. The pageant starts at 6 PM.

 

 

WHLM Sports

In their final games before the Christmas holiday break, the Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams played IUP Saturday afternoon at Nelson Field House. Both Huskies teams played hard against tough opponents. The Women lost 67-53. The Men took their game to overtime, but also lost 80-70. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

The BU basketball teams will be back at home after the new year, playing Seton Hill on Saturday, January 3rd.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Dec 24 & 25

Christmas Services

Shiloh Bible Church, Church Street, Almedia

* Christmas Eve candlelight services - 6PM, 8PM

* Christmas Eve communion service 11PM

 

Calvary Baptist Church, Ridge Road, Lightstreet

* Candlelight Christmas Eve service with carols - 7PM

 

Lightstreet United Methodist Church, Main Street, Lightstreet

* Contemporary Christmas Eve service - 4PM

* Traditional Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

Community Alliance Churches

* Bloomsburg Christmas Eve service - 5PM

* Danville Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

Wesley United Methodist Church, Market street, Bloomsburg

* Traditional candlelight Christmas Eve services - 2PM, 11PM

* Contemporary family Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

Good Shepherd Unted Methodist Church, 5th Street, Bloomsburg

* Candlelight Chrstmas Eve service - 7PM

 

St Columba Catholic Church, Iron Street, Bloomsburg

* Christmas Eve Vigil Mass - 5PM, 7:30PM, 10PM

* Christmas Day Mass - 9AM

 

St Luke Lutheran Church, Lightstreet Road, Bloomsburg

* Christmas Eve services - 5PM, 7PM, 9PM

 

St Matthew Lutheran Church, Market Street, Bloomsburg

* Christmas Eve family service - 6PM

* Christmas Eve candlelight service - 9PM

 

St Paul's Episcopal Church, Main Street, Bloomsburg

* Christmas Eve Mass - 9PM

* Christmas Day Mass - 10AM

 

Trinity Reformed UCC, 7th Street, Bloomsburg

* Christmas Eve Family service - 7PM

* Candlelight Christmas Eve service - 11PM

 

Bethany United Methodist Church, Summerhill Ave, Berwick

* Kid-friendsly Christmas Eve service - 5PM

* Traditional Candllight Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

St Paul's United Methodist Church, Orange Street, Berwick

* Christmas Eve candlelight service - 11PM

 

First Presbyterian Church, Market Street, Berwick

* Candlelight Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

First Reformed Church of Christ, 2nd & Vine Streets, Berwick

* Candlelight Christmas Eve service - 7:30PM

 

Saint Joseph Church, Monroe Street, Berwick

* Christmas Eve Masses - 4PM, 10PM

* Christmas Day Masses - 8AM, 10:30AM

 

Christ United Lutheran Church, Church Street, Catawissa

* Christmas Eve candlelight service - 9PM

* Christmas Day informal service - 10:30AM

 

First Baptish Church, Brookside Drive, Danville

* Christmas Eve service - 7PM

 

Trinity United Methodist Church, Lombard Ave, Danville

* Christmas Eve family service - 7PM

* Christmas Eve candlelight communion - 9PM

 

Trinity Lutheran Church, Market Street, Danville

* Christmas Eve family service - 5PM (Musical Prelude 4:15PM)

* Christmas Eve traditional service - 7:30PM

 

St John Lutheran Church, Old Berwick Road, Espy

* Christmas Eve candlelight services - 7PM, 11PM

 

 

Thru Dec 28

Experience the magic of Christmas with Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's presentation of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, running through December 28 at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. The show is fun for the whole family filled with adventure, mystery, and a mouse named Amos. For show times and ticket information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru Dec 30

Come to the Moose Exchange Antler Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg and check out the Cash and Carry Community Art Exhibition. Pieces can be bought for $25 each - $20 goes to the artist and $5 goes to the Moose. Artists are encouraged to create new pieces throughout the run of the show. 

 

Thru Dec 31

All Occasion Rentals in Buckhorn is holding a Multiple Myeloma Awareness and Benefit Raffle for John Yoder through the end of the year. Tickets are $10 each with a grand prize of $2,000 in rental credit from All Occasion. Drawing will be held January 3rd. Call 570-441-1101 for more information.

 

Thru Dec 31

The Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library are offering the third in their series of ceramic crocks commemorating Bloomsburg's iconic sites. This year's crock features the 1892 Town Fountain. The 1/2 gallon crock is hand-made by a local Pennsylvania potter. You can see one at the Library on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg. Order forms are available at the Library front desk.

 

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Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintenance to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

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The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM – Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

TFN
The free Wheelchair Engineers program at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn will be open from Noon - 4 PM every Saturday at the Sears end of the mall. The handicapped-accessible model train layouts are open to everyone. See a classic American Flyer and the Dillon Floral limited-edition train with its puffing MTH steam engine and MTH controls. Everyone is welcome.

 

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