Union negotiators for Bloomsburg area school teachers... and the school board have agreed on a new three year contract. The school board giving their approval when they met Monday night. Under the plan... teachers in the district forgoing raises in the first two years... of a three year contract. Instead... according to today's edition of the Press – Enterprise... educators won't have to pay as much for health insurance. The new contract is retroactive to the 2011 – 2012 school year... but next year, teachers will see a pay raise based on years of service to the district.
The more the years pass by... the more they stay the same. That could be said of Bloomsburg Town Council... as they re – organized for 2013 when they met Monday evening. Mayor Dan Knorr telling council, committee assignments remain pretty much the same... and that's the case of the vice – chair.
Councilperson Diane Levan being elected to the position on a 5 to 2 vote... and one of her duties is to be the right hand person to Mayor Knorr. Councilmen Eric Bower and Carey Howell voting against the Levan nomination since there was a late move by Howell to nominate Bower for the job.
The Borough of Berwick is not only a pretty good place to live.... but it's a decent place to visit. So the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce is trying to organize business and community groups to Celebrate Berwick on May 11th.... along the Front Street Corridor... from the Briar Creek Township line... north to Luzerne County at Walnut Street. The Chamber's Amy Shortledge says a planning meeting for the event takes place Tuesday afternoon at 5:30... at the former Eagles Building on South Market Street.
A cultural diversity – professional training workshop will be held Tuesday in Bloomsburg. It's being hosted by the police department... with the training provided by the U S Justice Department... and is designed to identify how biases and prejudices can lead to conflict. Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says there has never been a diversity problem in town. The work shop is open to not only are police officers... but to the public as well. The session will be held at the DUI Booking Center at 8th and Catherine Streets.
One of the centerpieces of the 2013 edition of the Pennsylvania Farm Show is the butter sculpture in the main hall of the farm show complex. It's pays tribute to the state's diverse agriculture industry... so says the exhibition's Nicole Bucher. She says the sculpture weighs nearly a thousand pounds... and it showcases PA Preferred products... grown and produced in Pennsylvania.
Drive By Shooting
A drive by shooting in Wilkes – Barre Monday afternoon. Police say a gunman squeezed off five shots in the 3 – hundred block of Hazle Street. The bullets narrowly missed a 41 – year old woman holding her infant grandson in her home. Wilkes – Barre police have no one in custody... but they're looking for a silver car who's driver is wanted for questioning.
A West Hazleton gunshot victim remains in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital... after he was shot in the head over the weekend. Police have yet to release the name of the victim... shot at a home on Clay Avenue. State Police have now picked up the investigation from West Hazleton police who responded to the initial call. Thus far... no one is in custody
Watch What You Wear
If you want to go into some Hazleton area convenience stores... folks wearing “hoodies” are asked to take the hoods down from around their face. There are signs on the doors of a lot of small stores which remain open overnight. The biggest reason... the number of late night robberies committed by people wearing hoodies... preventing their face from being seen.
NEPA Gas Prices
The cost of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular is heading upward. The Triple - A fuel gauge reports shows that across northeastern Pennsylvania... we're paying an average of $3.55 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend.. but six cents higher than a week ago. You can fine higher or lower prices depending on the location.
A busy night in girls high school basketball Monday night... Southern Columbia downed Bloomsburg 54 – 27... Mount Carmel defeated Benton 65 to 50... It was Danville over Williamsport 66 to 40... Montgomery got by Columbia Montour Vo Tech 38 – 21..
In boys basketball Monday night... Bloomsburg Christian squeaked by Columbia Montour Vo Tech 46 to 44.
There are seven boys basketball games scheduled for Tuesday night including Millville at Benton, a game you can hear on the WHLM Stations starting with the pregame show at 7:15.
BCS Bowl Game
The college football bowl season ended Monday night with the BCS Championship game which was dominated by Alabama. In the end.... Alabama defeated Notre Dame 42 – 14.