about three years ago by Mark Williams / News Director
Remit / Parking Tickets
The Town of Bloomsburg has a problem with a back log of parking tickets and trying to track down the scofflaws. Just ask Police Chief Leo Sokoloski where there are an estimated 4,000 outstanding tickets stashed away in two tall filing cabinets. Now... the town council is turning to Remit of West Main Street to recover money the town is owed. Remit will charge the Town $5.00 a ticket for their recovery effort.... and if a person doesn't pay... the fine will be on the individual's credit record.
It may not be as easy as first seemed... a contract with a British firm to privatize Pennsylvania Lottery management. Attorney General Kathleen Kane says the contract has failed to pass legal muster. In essence.... Ms. Kane says the contract infringes on the General Assembly's constitutional powers. Ms. Kane also says that the development of electronic lottery games... such as KENO... violates the state Gaming Act.
The governmental issues of the state are complex and diverse... so the local Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau this week launched a website looking for feedback to be delivered to local and state governmental leaders. The Visitors Bureau Otto Kurecian says the new site is being run by the Joint Governmental Affair's Committee... its members coming from the field of publishing... non – profits... as well as business and industry.
Gaffney / Minimum Wage
If you had an opportunity to hear President Obama's State of the Union address earlier this week... he's calling on congress to raise the minimum wage from it's current $7.25 and hour... up to $9.00 a hour. Fred Gaffney of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says raising the minimum wage is a deterrent to business. Mr. Gaffney calling the proposal an unnecessary mandate to businesses to what they need to pay their employees.
A report on the health of the Susquehanna River points out the importance of being able to monitor both water quantity and quality. The Susquehanna River Basin Commission says one of the biggest threats to the river is the lack of steady funding for the gauge system. The Commission's John Balay says the gauge system is the backbone of the Susquehanna's infrastructure. He adds the gauges are used in times of flood and drought, to help monitor the health of drinking water and whether the state is meeting targets for helping clean up the Chesapeake Bay.
Some funny money is being circulated in the Hazleton area. Counterfeit $100 bills have been showing up in merchants cash drawers... and now the feds have been called into investigate. Authorities say about 15 bogus bills have been passed... and some shop owners have posted signs they won't accept a $100 bill.
State Health Centers
If Governor Corbett has his way... an undetermined number of state health centers will be closed... across the commonwealth saving the state health department an estimated $3.4 - million dollars. In Northeastern PA... state centers are located from Jim Thorpe... near Hazleton... north through the Wyoming Valley... including Sunbury and Pottsville.
A Ringtown man has won a million dollars... thanks to the December 22nd Powerball drawing. Lottery officials refused to say if Leonard Kamarousky took his winnings in one lump sum... or how the winnings were distributed. When contacted by reporters... Kamarousky refused to talk about hitting it big. He purchased the ticket at a convenience store in the Ringtown area the day of the drawing.
Clinic / GSACH
Work is well underway for a $1.2 - million dollar Ophthalmology clinic on the campus at Geisinger – Shamokin Area Community Hospital. It's a 4,000 square foot building... attached to the Geisinger Specialty Care building. The clinic is expected to be opened by June.
The Northumberland County Commission is moving ahead with streamline video conferencing.... between the County Prison and the Court System. Commissioners allocating $12,000 for the project.In essence... it would allow prisoners to stay where they are for their court appearances before district magistrates... using a remote camera and audio hook up... saving transportation costs and keeping security of the prisoner a high priority.
Boys HS Basketball
In boys high school basketball Thursday night, Danville played Lewisburg in the Heartland Conference semifinals. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports Lewisburg got by Danville 61 – 56. In Saturday night's girls conference final.... Benton plays Danville starting at 6 O'clock at the Williamsport High School.
Boys HS Basketball / Thursday
In regular season boys basketball action Thursday night.... Hazleton Area defeated Berwick 82 – 54 and Bucktail Area downed Millville 56 – 42.
Boys HS Basketball / Friday
In boys basketball Friday night Central Columbia and Bloomsburg renewed their rivalry at the Bloomsburg Middle School gym. The Panthers took a 59-36 victory in the regular season closer. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report:
In college wrestling Friday night, Bloomsburg University takes on Lock Haven at the Nelson Field House in a match that begins at 7 O'clock.