The two candidates who want to represent Columbia County in the State House in Harrisburg debated the issues Thursday night. From economic development... to health care... to gun control... Republican incumbent David Millard and Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr... a Democrat... were able to explain the differences in their beliefs. Representative Millard... then Mayor Knorr... said they believe they got their message out to the audience. Thursday night's debate at the Central High School auditorium was sponsored by the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce and the local visitor's bureau.
If you're not registered to vote in the November general election... you only have a few day to stop by the Columbia County elections office at the Courthouse Annex in Bloomsburg. Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says new registrations are pretty much in line with past presidential election years. And although you have until Tuesday at the close of business to register... Monday isn't an option since most local, state and federal offices will be closed due to the Columbus holiday.
Covered Bridge Festival
The 31st Covered Bridge Festival got underway Thursday at the Knoebels Amusement Resort... just off Route 487. Otto Kurecian of the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau said despite rain showers through midday... the first day was a success. But Kurecian said the folks also took in the AgriTourism part of the festival... with animals from Columbia County farms adding to the day's event. The Covered Bridge Festival runs through Sunday at the Knoebels Resort.
A Columbia County man was in Court Thursday where he was sentenced on charges of stealing an estimated $20,000 worth of farm equipment. Our media partner, NewsWatch 16 is reportingDavid Lodewyks was ordered to pay $8,000 in restitution... and serve probation. Police say Lodewyks and Michael Albert made off with oil tanks... and other items from the Pet Dome earlier this year... then turned around selling them to a scrapyard.
Vote Jam 2012
Bloomsburg University students got an opportunity Wednesday to delve into the world of local and national politics during Vote Jam 2012. The event was coordinated by the Mass Communications Department and the on – campus American Democracy Project. Mass Comm Associate Professor... Maria Mendoza – Enright says things have changed since she first arrived on campus a generation ago. Also the Kehr Union was a place to register to vote... the last day of which is next Tuesday.
I – 80 Accident
An unidentified truck driver was taken to the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville... following an accident this morning on Interstate 80... in the westbound lane at Mile Marker 240. First responders were dispatched to the scene around 5-45... and when they go there... the trucker was pinned in his cab. It took rescuers an estimated 40 minutes to free him. The driver suffering multiple fractures to the legs.
Some tense moments for employees working at a convenience store and gas station at the corner of State Route 487 and Paper Mill Road. Firemen from three fire companies ended up at the Sunoco station after they spotted... what appeared to be... smoke inside the building. Lightstreet Fire Chief Darren Shaffer said the problem was traced to an apparent bad florescent light bulb inside a cooler. Lightstreet... as well as Espy and Bloomsburg firemen responded to the call at the Sunoco Station on Paper Mill Road.
We can't ignore the changing of the leaves on the trees across Columbia – Montour County's... from green of summer... to the golden brown of fall. Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources forester John Maza is keeping track of the changing leaves across northeastern Pennsylvania. Maza says colors will be at their peak across northeastern Pennsylvania and the Pocono's this weekend..... with leaf colors in Columbia and Montour counties hitting their peak next weekend.
The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble takes the wraps off their latest production Thursday night. Leads Danny Roth and Elizabeth Dowd says Moon over Buffalo is a comedy based on a couple who are actors in the summer of 1953. The story line continues with the possibility of getting out of the city by the lake is they can catch a break from movie maker Frank Capra. Moon over Buffalo begins Thursday night... and runs through the 21st at the Alvina Krause Theater on Center Street in Bloomsburg. Thursday night's performance starts at 7:30.
A Hazleton man is headed for court after charges of threatening and harassing the Luzerne County District Attorney were held for further judicial proceedings. Sean Donahue is accused of sending e-mails to DA Stefanie Salavantis. Donahue is facing charges of terroristic threats and harassment. He is currently being held on $100,000 bail.
IRS agents and State Police were busy across the region on Wednesday. They raided at least three storage buildings in Nanticoke... as well as several bars... all designed to seize illegal video poker machines. Investigators are remaining tight – lipped about the raids. However, a storage building at Hill and North Market Streets in Nanticoke were searched... with poker machines taken from the property. Machines were also confiscated from several bars and clubs in the Nanticoke area.
A Hazleton professional group known as POWER!!! is promoting a movie night under the stars. It will be held on October 12th... featuring the motion picture “The Lorax.” It's a free event held starting at 7 O'clock in the parking lot of the Citiscape / Hayden Tower at 8 West Broad Street. Organizers say they're trying to bring people together and start a dialogue about the community.
Central HS Football
The Central Columbia High School football team will take an unbeaten record into their game at Mount Carmel Friday night. Mount Carmel has a 2-3 record, and the Red Tornadoes have lost three straight games, but Central Columbia Coach Jason Hippensteel considers them a dangerous opponent. Friday night's Central Columbia at Mount Carmel game is our game of the week. The coverage starts at 6 O'clock with The Friday Football Commute on News Radio 930, 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com.
The heads are beginning to roll in Philadelphia. The Phils loosing their last game of the season to the Washington National's 5 to 1 on Wednesday... then came the box walks. The team firing first base coach Sam Perlozzo... bench coach Pete Makanin and hitting coach Greg Gross. The Phils finishing the season with a record of 81 and 81.