Volunteer firemen did what they could... but there was no saving a huge barn from flames early Tuesday night. The fire broke out around 6 O'clock at 5005 of Oppenheimer Drive when owner Todd Hampton went to mow some grass. By the time he returned... Lime Ridge Fire Chief Scott Fedder said the 80 – year old barn was in flames. It was filled with hay and straw... and that fueled the fire. There were no animals in the barn... except for a rooster... which was saved. No official cause of the fire has been listed... but Chief Fedder says it could be electrical in nature.
Fair Improvement Sought
Although this year's Bloomsburg Fair went smoothly.... the President of the Fair Association says there is one problem. Paul Reichart says it deals with getting folks off the highways... out of traffic jams and into the event. A second problem deals with drainage on the lower part of the grounds... and that.. Reichart says... will be addressed.
The Bloomsburg Recycling Center is expanding their hours in order to accommodate those folks dropping off material. Environmental Service Administrator Charles Fritz says they'll be open their regular hours Monday thru Thursday... but will remain open until 5 O'clock those days... instead of three.... as well as being opened the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.
An economic boost to northeastern Pennsylvania next summer. The open wheel IndyCar Series returns to Pocono Raceway next July... the first time since 1989. There had been open wheel racing in the past starting in 1971... and ending 19 years later. Since that time... Pocono upgrading their property and paved the 2 – and – a – half - mile speedway. The Pocono IndyCar 400 is scheduled for July 7th.
Unattended food on the stove is being blamed for a Monday fire which extensively damaged a duplex in the 6-hundred block of Cleveland Street in Hazleton. Two women who lived in the building were led to safety by a neighbor... as well as Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea. One of the women taken to the hospital to be checked out. Most of the fire was contained to 607 Cleveland... while the other side of the building sustained smoke damage.
The price of self – serve, unleaded regular gas is hovering in the mid $3.80 range. The Triple - A Fuel Gauge report out shows that right now... across northeastern Pennsylvania... gas is averaging $3.86 a gallon... up a penny from the weekend... but the same price it was last week at this time. Overall... gas is up an average of eight cents a gallon as compared to a month ago.
Work continues this week on the new bridges that carry Interstate 80 over the Susquehanna River between the Lime Ridge / Berwick and Mifflinville interchanges. PennDOT's Rick Mason says starting Tuesday and lasting through Wednesday... the eastbound right lane will be closed until 5 PM each day in order to remove temporary concrete barriers and paint new traffic lines. This will open the acceleration lane for the eastbound on – ramp at Lime Ridge... eliminating the stop sign now in place.
The undefeated Bloomsburg University football team has moved up to 7th in the nation in the latest American Football Coaches Association poll. The Huskies are one of four PSAC teams in the nation's top 25. California and Shippensburg are tied for 16th and IUP is ranked 22nd. The Huskies play at Millersville Saturday afternoon at 12:30. The coverage begins with The Husky Countdown Show at noon on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 & www.whlm.com.
Monday Night Football
Turnovers were the story... as Dallas quarterback Tony Romo tossed five interceptions Monday Night....as the Chicago Bears defeated the Cowboys 34 to 18.
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick did what he had to last night... pacing the Phils to a 2 to nothing shut out win over the Washington National's. Despite the loss... the Nats secure a spot in the playoffs... after the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves. The Phil's and Nats meet again Tuesday Night in Washington. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.