Scott Twp Buyout
Scott Township has received two checks from the federal and state governments. The nearly $1.9 – million earmarked to purchase 22 houses substantially damaged by the flood of 2011. Township Secretary Eric Stahley says governmental leaders are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. Stahley says once the houses are purchased... the township has 90 days to demolish the properties along the riverside section... south of Old Berwick Road and along White Birch Lane.
It's not too early to think about the May 21st primary in Columbia County... and across the state. Columbia County Registrar Matt Repasky says there will be many slots vacant for positions such as township supervisor... tax collector.... school board... as well as borough and town council seats. Repasky says there has been a flurry of activity in his Courthouse Annex office from prospective candidates as to how the election system works.
Eastern Sports Expo
The state's largest outdoor show was supposed to open in Harrisburg on February 2nd. But that won't happen now because of a Second Amendment debate. The organizers have decided to postpone the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show due to the controversy over a decision to limit the display of assault weapons. Reed Exhibitions said in a statement the company felt allowing assault rifles would distract from the theme of hunting and fishing at the show. The decision followed the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. But dozens of exhibitors pulled out of the show. Reed Exhibitions has not said when the show would be rescheduled.
Fire investigators are expected to be at what's left of two vacant buildings... that went up in flames in Shamokin Thursday night. The fire was discovered around 7 O'clock by two teens passing by the former Hardshell Cafe in the 400 block of North Shamokin Street. The fire also affecting an adjoining building. Thursday night's fire in Shamokin make the fourth fire on Shamokin Street in the past few months.
Hazleton Fire / Third St.
A maintenance man using an acetylene torch to thaw out frozen pipes started a fire in a three story apartment building on West Third Street in Hazleton on Thursday. Authorities say the fire began in the basement... and spread to a second floor apartment. Five people living there rushed into the cold air. Firemen ruled the blaze accidental.
Hazleton Fire / Locust St.
A fire marshal is investigating an early Thursday morning blaze on North Locust Street in Hazleton. With temperatures hovering in the single digits... firemen fought the flames in the double block home. Five people resided in the home, but were not there do to problems with power. Authorities are initially saying the origin of the fire isn't suspicious.
Wilkes – Barre says it will re-hire eleven firefighters given the boot in December. Mayor Tom Leighton's office say the first day on the job will be February 8th. The firefighters were originally laid off when tax revenues didn't come in as planned.
Allentown – based PPL says it will invest an estimated $40 - million in vegetation management actives this year. The utility wants to reduce the number and duration of power outages across their system. A company news release says most of he work will take place along 725 miles of 69 – kilovolt transmissions lines... as crews remove trees and non – compatible vegetation from rights of way... and taking down trees not on the right of way... but could jeopardize power lines.