Rep. Millard / Flood Wall
Now that the federal government has turned down Bloomsburg's request for floodwall funding... State Representative David Millard of Millville is now trying to get state dollars through legislation. Mr. Millard says House Bill 1916 provides $20 – million for flood protection. Rep. Millard said the money outlined in his bill would save up to a thousand jobs at Autoneum and Bernardi Foods through the construction of floodwalls around the two plants. And Millard said he would like to extend the money to help residents who missed applying for federal and state buyouts.
The folks who have liquor licenses and officers from area police departments met Thursday to talk about compliance with liquor control laws on the books. The get together is timely... especially in light of university students moving back into town for the start of classes on Monday. For Sgt. Leonard Rogutski of the Bloomsburg Police Department... it was a way to work out problems facing bar owners... and officers... such as the ever – increasing problem of fake identifications.
Alleged Meth Lab Discovered
Three people are in trouble with the law after they were busted Thursday morning at a Mifflinville Motel after meth making ingredients were found. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... 23 – year old Anthony Maisey... 21 – year old Ashley Golon and Ricky Gauthreaux... all of Berwick... are facing a long list of drug related charges. The trio was spotted at the Comfort Inn early Thursday by a South Center Township police officer on patrol. All were arraigned on the charges in front of a District Magistrate.
Teens Getting High
Police in Watsontown... in Northumberland County... are keeping an eye on kids... as well as drug stores after four teenagers were found high... getting there using over the counter cold medication. The kids were found in a Pennsylvania Avenue apartment... and needed medical treatment. Police say the drugs are on the shelves... out in the open... and believed stolen by the kids aged 13 to 18. No charges will be filed against the four teens.
Odor Sweeps Bloomsburg
A strange smell around parts of Bloomsburg late Thursday morning... all do to the dismantling of a former natural gas plant separator by UGI... near 7th Street... at the rear of the Children's Museum. That sent volunteer firemen scrambling from one end of town to the other to find the source of the odor according to the BFD's Scott McBride. For many... the odor smelled like a strong cleaning solution... or someone sealing their driveway... but it was nothing more than residual additive that went into the natural gas. Whatever the case.... McBride said no one was ever in any danger.
Hazleton Police are looking for a man who robbed a convenience store gas station this week. The robbery went down at the Uni-Mart in the 200 block of South Church Street... with the bandit demeaning money from the clerk... then making his get a way on a mountain bike. The only information investigators have to go on is the man was white... wearing a dark bandanna over his face. If you have information about the robbery... call Hazleton Police.
The Stirling Project
Although three companies have expressed interest in developing the Sterling Hotel site in Wilkes – Barre... only one solid proposal has been submitted. But, Wilkes – Barre officials refuse to say who it is. Whatever the case... once the title is transferred to a site developer... the city may fund the demolition of the building... thus paving the way for a mixed use commercial and residential development.
Nescopeck will soon have two new police officers patrolling the streets... although they will be part – timers. Borough council Thursday night... hiring Donald Morgan of McAdoo... and John Stoker of Berwick. Both will work a maximum of 28 – hours a month. Morgan is currently an officer in Weatherly... while Stoker is employed at the Berwick Hospital... but has been an officer in Catawissa.
The Shamokin Area School Board has a new president. Brian Persing has been appointed president... following the resignation this week of Tracey Witmer. Published reports say Witmer believed she was left out of the loop by the board's vice president and the district superintendent. Meantime... Persing will fill Witmer's term which runs through the end of the year.
The Northumberland County Fair began on Thursday. The 12th annual edition is taking place at the former Sunbury Armory on Mile Hill Road. It runs through Saturday night. The fair features contests... exhibits and entertainment.
In WHLM Sports
High School Football
The high school football regular season kicks off a week from Friday night. Area teams will play their final preseason scrimmages this weekend. Bloomsburg is at home Friday night against Mahanoy Area... Southern Columbia is at Montoursville... Central Columbia is at home against Warrior Run... and Danville is at home against Canton. On Saturday morning, Columbia Montour Vo Tech has a home scrimmage against Holy Redeemer.
The Philadelphia Phillies ended their series with the Cincinnati Reds Thursday night with a 4-3 walk-off win in extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th... John Mayberry, Jr singled to left field to easily score Chase Utley from third base to capture the win. The Phil's begin a weekend series Friday night with the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.