Council / Flood Protection
Bloomsburg Town officials are not going to be deterred in their quest for flood protection... despite the fact the U-S Army Corps of Engineers decided not to invest any money in the proposed project. During a town council meeting Monday night... Mayor Dan Knorr says there is a tentative meeting next month with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. No word when the meeting will take place... or what interest the DEP has in providing flood protection for Bloomsburg's west side. But earlier this summer DEP chief Michael Krancer spent some time in Bloomsburg and Fernville... getting a first hand look at the damage caused by Lee flooding last September.
We could know as early as this week if the state's proposed Voter ID law is legal. Proponents say needing an ID to vote is an effort to cut down on perceived voter fraud. But, Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach says there are no problems here... saying when you come into the courthouse annex to register... you know where to cast your ballot. Already... the Commonwealth and the ACLU says they plan to appeal any decision made by the courts.
Penn State University has been put on notice by an accrediting organization that says the university's status is "in jeopardy" based on recent developments in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education cited information in the school's internal investigation led by former FBI director Louis Freeh and the severe penalties imposed by the NCAA.
Montour DeLong Community Fair
The week long Montour – DeLong Community Fair getting underway Monday night.... just west of Washingtonville. Fair Association President Bill Miller says although the fair is relatively small to other expositions in the state... it remains family – oriented. The other thing making the fair family friendly is free admission and entertainment. Speaking of which... entertainment Tuesday night is provided by “Memory Lane” playing in the pavilion with shows at 5 and 8 O'clock.
Pennsylvania Power and Light says it will conduct the annual test of all sirens in it's Susquehanna Nuclear plant emergency notification system. The sirens will sound at 11 O'clock Thursday morning. A Susquehanna plant spokesman says the sirens will sound for three minutes. They're used to notify the area in case of an emergency at the plant.
A curb store in southern Luzerne County has been told by state lottery officials it sold a winning Mega Million ticket from last Friday night's drawing. The ticket was sold at PQ Express on N. Broad Street in West Hazleton. The winning ticket correctly matched all five numbers selected... plus the bonus number... all worth an estimated $250,000. The owner of PQ Express is in line to receive $500 from the lottery commission. Thus far.. no one has come forward with the winning ticket.
Cash Five Winner
A Turbotville lotto outlet is $5,000 to the good after selling one of the winning tickets in last Friday's Cash 5 drawing. Turbotville Great Valu on State Route 54 in Northumberland County sold one of two winning tickets... worth an estimated $733,000. Thus far... no one has come forward with the winning ticket. The ticket holder has a year to claim the prize.
Two volunteer firefighters have entered guilty pleas in Montour County Court.... admitting setting several properties on fire. Charles Jacobs and Zane Snyder admitted to setting four fires this year... so they could return and fight them as members of the Potts Grove Volunteer Fire Company. The pair will be sentenced September 6th. Jacobs and Snyder are also charged with setting buildings on fire in Northumberland County... but no court date has been established.
A Mahoning Township man pleaded guilty on Monday to simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Our media partner... NewsWatch 16.. is reporting Robert Alteri was in Montour County court in Danville... where he entered a guilty plea to both charges. Alteri initially telling Danville police back in December 2011... his girlfriend’s baby suffered accidental injuries. However they later found out he lost his temper... hitting the child with his fist.
Gas prices across northeastern Pennsylvania continue to climb. The Triple - A Fuel Gauge report shows the price of self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.64 a gallon. That's up a penny from the weekend... and up 12 – cents from a week ago. The current average price is 32 – cents a gallon higher than it was a month ago. The big reason for the spike is refinery and pipeline issues across the country.
I-80 / Bridges
More traffic trouble spots to deal with on Interstate 80 in Columbia County this week. PennDOT spokesman Rick Mason says construction on the bridges over Fishing Creek near the Buckhorn exit will provide headaches for drivers.... especially during their afternoon commute. Mason says traffic will be restricted to single lanes as a contractor places an epoxy – based surface on the bridge decks... preforms bridge approach paving... waterproofing and places new pavement markings on the roadway.
Governor Corbett will continue his commitment to job creation. He plans to take a two – day trip to California's Silicone Valley in order to attract new investments and jobs. During the trip... Mr. Corbett and his delegation will meet with meet with seven firms in order to explore interest in future expansions.
Whoever wins the job as Bloomsburg University's starting quarterback will have the luxury of taking snaps from a three year starter at center.... Mount Carmel product Chris Steck. Huskies offensive coordinator Bryan McBryan praises Steck for his hard work ethic. Steck is one of four starters returning on the offensive line for the Huskies. BU opens the season Friday night, August 31st against Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.
Philadelphia's Cole Hamels pitched his second consecutive shutout last night as the Phil's defeated the Miami Marlins 4 to nothing. Hamels allowed seven hits, one walk and struck out five Monday against the Marlins. He is in the midst of a 22-inning scoreless streak. The Phil's and the Marlins play again tonight in South Florida. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:35... with the first pitch at 7:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.