With nearly 1,400 head of cattle checked in over the weekend... the livestock barns at the Bloomsburg Fair are bustling. Jeff Giger is the fourth generation of the Giger family to be the Association's livestock superintendent... making sure everything runs smoothly... and on top of that... he runs a barn tour every morning. Many of the participants in this year's fair are 4 – H members... some of which will have their cattle auctioned to the highest bidder later this week.
Fair / Corbett
The 158th edition of the Bloomsburg Fair rolls into it's fourth day... and with the promise of brilliant sunshine.. it could be a record setting day for attendance. On Monday... just over 40,000 people paid to go through the turnstiles... and that doesn't count those over 62 who got into the event free. That's a little less than a thousand more than what went through the gate a year ago. Meantime... Governor Corbett is expected to drop by the fairgrounds Tuesday afternoon. As in years past... he'll be making his way across the grounds... shaking hands and visiting with vendors.
The Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau is now accepting requests for funding by tourism – based groups. The bureau's Otto Kurecian says the money comes from a 3% bed tax that hotel guests pay to stay overnight. Kurecian says non – profit groups are eligible for the funding. Kurecian said the deadline to apply for the grant money is October 24th.
A victory in federal court in Pennsylvania for those in favor of recently established pollution limits for the Chesapeake Bay. Groups including the Farm Bureau and that National Association of Home Builders took the issue to court... claiming the EPA exceeded it's authority by setting limits... that the limits are based on faulty science. The judge in the case rejecting the suit saying when it comes to the EPA's Clean Water Act... the federal government must play a key role in pollution reduction.
Wilkes – Barre Shooting
Wilkes – Barre police are investigating a shooting. It happened Monday night on Hazle Street near a donut shop... when a person accidentally shot himself in the foot during a domestic disturbance. At least one person is in custody... and charges are pending.
Another state – owned bridge in our area will be posted with a weight restriction as part of a statewide initiative to ensure bridge safety. PennDOT spokesperson Rick Mason says starting Thursday... the Perry Avenue bridge over Hemlock Creek will be restricted to single vehicles of 32 tons and to 40 tons for combinations. Mason says the restrictions go into effect as soon as signs are erected.
A Tamaqua man... is in prison after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 12 – year old girl in Schuylkill County. 21 – year old Angel Resto was arrested over the weekend. The incident allegedly taking place in January. Resto remains in prison with bail set at $25,000.
Some property tax reform bills are making their way through the state house. Bills that won the approval of the house finance committee would give school districts more options to shift the burden from property taxes to other levies. The Optional Property Tax Elimination Act includes options for earned income tax and business taxes. A second bill would allow districts to increase the earned income tax rate for the purpose of providing homestead exclusions without seeking voter approval.
In WHLM Sports..
The unbeaten Bloomsburg University football team has moved up to 11th in the nation in the latest American Football Coaches Association Poll. Two other PSAC teams are in the top 25- defending conference champion IUP is 7th and West Chester is ranked 19th.
Hynoski / Giants
It's been a tough year for former Southern Columbia football star Henry Hynoski. Now in his third season as the New York Giants starting fullback, Hynoski battled back from an off - season knee injury to make it for the opening game of the regular season. Sunday, in the Giants' loss at Carolina, Hynoski suffered an injury to his left shoulder. It's not known how much playing time he will miss from this latest injury.
In the NFL Monday night the Denver Broncos blew past the Oakland Raiders 37 – 21...
In baseball... the Miami Marlins blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 4 to nothing. The second game of the series is in Miami is Tuesday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:35.
In other games Monday night.. the Cincinnati Reds just getting by the New York Mets 3 to 2... and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Chicago Cubs 2 to 1.