The Danville Area School District opens for business Monday. There have been some changes thanks to last year's Lee flood, however, Superintendent Cheryl Latorre says the district has a comprehensive core curriculum... with a lot of alternatives for students. And Ms. Latorre says there may be some confusion... with 6th grade located in the primary school... and 7th and 8th graders headed to the former elementary school... which is now being used as a middle school.
It's a busy week on the Bloomsburg University campus. Starting Monday... an estimated 2,000 freshmen.... and hundreds of upper classmen will be moving in on campus. It all starts Monday morning at Elwell Hall.... and at various university apartments around the camps. Other residence hall will begin their move – in throughout the week.
Some good economic news for the area... as up to 30 new jobs may be created. In essence... TPC Power Center in Scott Township is expanding it's existing business and will now assemble and distribute Mahindra tractors to the Northeast US. According to a Mahindra news release... a grand opening is set for Tuesday for the latest Mahindra tractor distribution center in the nation. It's located in a building at a business park nestled in between Old Berwick Road and Columbia Boulevard. The assembly and distribution center becomes the fourth distribution center for the India – based company.
Stark reality from Washington... delivered at the start of the weekend to area business owners by Congressman Lou Barletta. Speaking on the Bloomsburg University campus... Barletta says one of the reasons the federal government is in financial trouble is that entitlement programs are driving the debt. Barletta says the government could cut out all discretionary spending.... and it would not put a dent in the Nation's debt.
A busy weekend for volunteers in Turbotville... in Northumberland County... as they cleared away the remains of an old train station... blown down by a storm earlier this month. It's not just any old train station... but one that stood at the former Magee Transportation Museum in Bloomsburg... and endured flooding in '72... '75...'06 and just last year. It was moved to the Turbotville community park less than a year ago. Now... the Turbotville Historical Society will rebuild... using whats salvageable from the former Wilkes – Barre and Western Railroad station.
No shots were fired... but West Hazleton police did take a man into custody over the weekend after a shotgun was pointed at a man during an argument. The wepon was pointed at the man as he allegedly tried to break into a car on West Clay Avenue... near South Broad Street. Police say they'll file charges against the man who held the shotgun. No names have been released.
Authorities say a 24 – year old man who failed to return to a half – way house in Hazleton... surrendered over the weekend to Bloomsburg Police. Justin Lee Vaughn left the MinSec House last Thursday to perform some community service work... and never returned. An arrest warrant was issued... but published reports says Vaughn surrendered to Bloomsburg Police late Saturday night.
A piece of history has been unearthed in Luzerne County. As workers were excavating... preparing a footer for the miner's memorial near the Huber Breaker near Ashley... they uncovered the foundation of the old engine house. A decision has been made to place the memorial on top of the engine house floor. The group working on the memorial hope to have it in place by late May of next year.
PennDOT has opened the Preserve Road Bridge to traffic in Montour County. The previous 17 foot - long bridge over White Hall Creek, located about 3 and a half miles east of Route 54 in Anthony Township. It was originally built in 1937. A PennDOT bridge crew replaced it on the same alignment with a new, precast concrete box culvert. The only other work to be preformed... is the installation of a guardrail.
There is more work scheduled for Front Street in Berwick this week. PennDOT's Rick Mason construction began late Sunday night.... as contractors closed the right lane of Route 11 between Oak and Mulberry Streets... so crews could begin round the clock work of excavating... placing a sub – base material... and then paving that section of road. Work will continue through late Friday. Then... starting Monday night... crews will begin placing the final coat of pavement on West Second Street between Vine Street and LaSalle. In both cases... traffic will be reduced to one – lane.
Redshirt freshman Tim Kelly will make his debut as Bloomsburg University's starting quarterback when the Huskies open the season Friday night. Kelly will be surrounded by talent as the Huskies return 6 all conference selections on offense. Head Coach Danny Hale hopes that will take the pressure off his quarterback. The Huskies open the season Friday night against Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. The game begins at 6 O'clock. You can hear it starting with the Husky Countdown Show at 5:30 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 & whlm.com.
Cliff Lee tossed seven sharp innings Sunday for his first win at home in nearly a year as the Philadelphia defeated the Washington Nationals 4 to 1. The wins allowed the Phils to sweep Washington... which has one of the best records in the majors. Philadelphia has the night off... as they get ready for a three game series with the New York Mets starting Tuesday night... starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.