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News Archive Archives for 2011-08

PPL Outage

Utility crews are working at fever pitch to restore electric and phone service to residents in their coverage area. System wide for PPL... 26,000 customers are without power... down from the 236,000 – earlier this week thanks to Hurricane Irene. PPL spokesperson Terri McBride out of the Bloomsburg office says if you don't have power... safety is of essence... such as not running generators inside a confined space... and dealing with electrical boxes that have been underwater in basements. At last check... nearly a thousand PPL subscribers were without juice in Columbia... down from the original 5,000. In Luzerne County... 400 customers were waiting for power... down from 13,000 who were in the dark during the storm.


Irene Death Toll

Authorities say three people have died as the result of Hurricane Irene. In Ross Township... in neighboring Luzerne County... near Hunlock Creek... 41 – year old Richard Shotwell of Wilkes – Barre died when an uprooted tree crashed into his camper at the Hidden Lake Campground. Several people in the camper were injured. Other storm related fatalities taking place in Hellersville... and along the Northeast Extension of the P-A turnpike.


Irene Scam Artists
The Internet Crime Complaint Center is reporting Irene-related scams, and the feds are warning us to be wary about donating to Hurricane Irene relief efforts. The FBI says it is common for scam artists to prey on the unsuspecting following a natural disaster. To avoid being a victim of fraud do not respond to unsolicited e-mails, never provide personal or financial information to anyone soliciting contributions, and donate directly to charities you trust rather than paying a third party collector.


Car Fished From Water

Bloomsburg Police are trying to figure out how a stolen car ended up in the water at the confluence of Fishing Creek and the Susquehanna River. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... the Nissan Altima was reported stolen Tuesday afternoon.... and was spotted hours later the water by someone driving by the area. Once pulled from the water by a wrecker... investigators found the car's radio missing... as well as an interior part of the door. No word yet as to who owns the car.


Ground Breaking

Ground was broken at mid-day Tuesday for a new banquet facility at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. Geisinger's Bruce Thomas said the new facility is a commitment to the system's continued growth and expansion. Thomas added that the new facilities 85 – square feet of space is needed. Construction costs for the expansion has been pegged at 2-point-eight million dollars... with the doors scheduled to open in mid - 2012.


NEPA Unemployment

The State Department of Labor says unemployment across northeastern Pennsylvania gained three – tenths of a point in July... rising to 9.4 percent. The increase was the third consecutive gain in the Hazleton / Wilkes – Barre / Scranton metro area. The big reason for the increase... according to the state... teachers out of work for the summer... school bus drivers not needed... and a drop in manufacturing workers.


Aging Office

The Columbia-Montour Aging Office are putting the finishing touches on this Sunday's 4th annual Pig Pickin' / Corn Roastin' Good Times fund raising event Sunday at the Catawissa Boat Club. This year's entertainment is former television news anchor and now aspiring Nashville singer Mike Lewis.... so says the agency's Kathy Lynn. Sunday's event is a fund raiser for the agency's in – home services.


Shale Job Creation

How many jobs have been created by the Marcellus shale boom. It may come down to the funding behind the study. Last year's study funded by the Marcellus Shale Coalition found that directly or indirectly, drilling created more than 44,00 jobs in 2009. Now... a state-funded study released this week said 23,500 jobs were created by Marcellus shale drilling that same year. Penn State researches were commissioned for both studies.


Senator Perzel
Former state House Speaker John Perzel is expected to plead guilty Wednesday to charges brought against him. Purzel is accused in a scheme to allegedly use ten-million dollars in taxpayer money to purchase computer software that would bolster Republican campaigns in the state. The longtime Northeast Philadelphia lawmaker had claimed no wrongdoing in the scandal. Lawyers for Perzel did not indicate to which charges he'd change his plea.



Disaster Declaration

President Obama has declared 13 counties in Pennsylvania a disaster area thanks to Hurricane Irene. Two of the counties include neighboring Sullivan and Luzerne. Both counties were hard hit over the weekend by the storm. The declaration clears the way for the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management agency to coordinate all disaster relieve efforts. The 13 counties... in eastern and Southeastern PA were hard hit over the weekend by wind... rain and flooding.


Power Out

Despite the efforts of Pennsylvania Power and Light... thousands of people in their service area are still without power... thanks to a weekend visit by Hurricane Irene. In Columbia County... just over 2,500 subscribers remain in the dark... while in neighboring Luzerne County... 1,819 customers are without juice. The power has been restored to all of Montour County. Whatever the case... PPL workers... as well as those brought in from out of town... will spend today attempting to restore power to the area.


Susquehanna River

We're keeping an eye on the Susquehanna River for you. Forecasters say the river will rise to just about 12.9 feet around 2 O'clock this afternoon.... and then rapidly recede. It's all due to the runoff of the rain from Hurricane Irene which inundated the Binghamton, New York - area on Sunday... forcing some evacuations. The 12.9 foot mark is three feet below action stage in Bloomsburg... and well below the 19 foot flood stage.


Ag Tourism

It's becoming one of the big staples when it comes to tourism across the state. We're talking about Ag Tourism. So much so... that State Representative David Millard of Millville plans to hold an information hearing next month. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Millard telling Joe and Norm... events like the upcoming Bloomsburg Fair is ag tourism at its best. By the way... the Fair begins September 24th.


211 Service

If things go according to plan... we should all be able to tap into the planned 2-1-1 system expected to be rolled out in January. The Berwick United Way's Joy McGinnis says when that happens... and you need information... just pick up the phone and punch in 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 system is expected to free 9-1-1 emergency operators from the thousands of non – emergency calls for information.


The Guys

The Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble will be on stage next weekend... remembering the lives lost of first responders in New York City. BTE's Monica Johnson says “The Guys...” written by Ann Nelson is about 9-1-1, but not about the event itself, but rather the story of a fire captain attempting to write a eulogy about the men he lost. Ms. Johnson says the play will be presented from September 8th to the 11th at the Alvina Krause Theater in the 200 block of Center Street.



Authorities in the Luzerne County area are looking for seven people... including a woman with a baby... wanted for questioning in the robbery of a West Hazleton convenience store. The robbery went down Monday afternoon when the group entered the West Hazleton Tobacco and Convenience store... and Curry Donuts on East Broad Street. The clerk was distracted... and moments later the business owner said they had taken a large amount of money. The group is described as appearing to be Arabic Descent.


Pine Barn Inn Expansion

Ground will be broken at midday Tuesday for an expansion of the Pine Barn Inn in Danville... near the Geisinger Medical Center. The expansion will lead to a new banquet hall that will seat an estimated 225 people. Officials say the expansion will create some new, badly needed jobs in the area. Ground breaking to be held at 11:30 Tuesday morning.


Man Charged

A Luzerne man has been charged with purchasing alcoholic beverages for a group of teens who attended a party last July. 21 – year old Kenneth Rushinski is accused of buying alcohol at a convenience store. One of the teens allegedly taking advantage of the beer was 16 – year old Adam Fredmund of Fairview Township. He was the driver of a late model sport utility vehicle which crashed in Wright Township... killing 16 – year old Brian Madry. Fredmund is charged with homicide by vehicle.



Damage Overview

Downed trees... toppled over by rain and wind... has caused havoc with power and phone lines. Right now... PPL says they have an estimated 139,026 subscribers across the state without power Monday morning. 3,935 subscribers are in the dark in Columbia County.... with an additional 47 out of juice in Montour County. 5,559 subscribers are with power in neighboring Luzerne County. A PPL spokesman says crews are working around the clock to restore power.


Susquehanna River

After a weekend of rain and wind... it's time to turn our attention to the Susquehanna. Over the weekend... the Susquehanna at Bloomsburg was just a tick under two feet, but forecasters say the river is expected to rise dramatically... only to crest at 15.6 feet on Wednesday. The action stage in Bloomsburg is 16 feet... with the town having a 19 foot flood stage. We'll be keeping a close eye on the Susquehanna.


Morning Commute

There are some roadways still closed due to downed trees.. that will make the commute to work a bit stressful Monday morning. PennDOT telling us that Route 42 between the American Legion and Fairview Drive is closed due to downed power line. However, State Route 487 between Savage Hollow and Pealertown Road in Fishing Creek Township is opened. That road closed Sunday due to power line issues.


Irene Death Toll
The death toll from Hurricane Irene is at four so far Pennsylvania. Two of the fatalities were in our area. In Luzerne County, a man in a camper was killed by a fallen tree. Another man was killed when his car hydroplaned on the Northeast Extension of the turnpike and went over an embankment in Carbon County. Governor Corbett asked FEMA for emergency disaster aid for eleven eastern Pennsylvania counties.


Donnelley Closing

It's been a few days now... and the shock of Columbia County's largest employer closing their doors is settling in. The R-R Donnelley book binding plant on Old Berwick Road will be shuttered in late October. The plant has been a valuable commodity in the Bloomsburg – Berwick economy since the late 60's. Fred Gaffney is the president of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce telling us the estimated 300 people losing their jobs are our friends and neighbors. Gaffney says those tossed out of work by Donnelley will have an opportunity to find other work by visiting the Job Link Center


Tom Leipold

One of the candidates seeking the post of Columbia County District Attorney this fall undergoes surgery Monday at the Geisinger Medical Center. Republican candidate... and current assistant D-A... Tom Leipold will be at Geisinger for by-pass surgery... something his cardiologist said must be done now. On a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Leipold says he'll be up and around to face Bloomsburg Attorney Leslie Bryden in the race for the District Attorney's job.


Vaccination Requirements
A new school year has either started... as in our area... or it soon will begin across the state... along with new state vaccination regulations. The Pennsylvania Health Department is now requiring school students to get a series of three shots for hepatitis-B and an additional dose of the vaccines for mumps and chicken pox. Parents have eight months to get children up to date with shots and can opt out for religious reasons.








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Hurricane Irene

The biggest storm to hit the east coast in years is now in New England. Hurricane Irene has left down trees... power outages.... and lots of flooding in it's wake and there could be a lot of water to come. Now... authorities are assessing the mess.

At mid afternoon.... Allentown – based PPL says there are 262,310 subscribers are without power. In Columbia County... 4,337 locations don't have power. Most of the outages are in Sugarloaf... Benton and Fishing Creek Townships. Also effected is Benton and Sillwater Borough. 7 people have lost power in Montour County. In Luzerne County... 8,594 PPL subscribers are without power. The hardest hit area in the PPL coverage area include Lancaster... Lehigh... Northampton... Cumberland as well as Dauphin.


Road Closures in North Central Pa.
PennDOT advises drivers that state roads may be closed or restricted in north central Pa. because of flooding and/or downed trees and power lines caused by Hurricane Irene.


Here is the latest list of road closings in PennDOT Engineering District 3 which includes Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union and Bradford counties:

** Columbia County
SR 42 between Millville Road/Iron Street intersection and Fairview Drive due to downed power lines;

SR 118 in Sugarloaf Township between Routes 487 and 239 (detour routes) due to downed power lines;

SR 487 between Savage Hollow Road and Pealertown Road due to downed power lines;

** Lycoming County
SR 2019 (Moreland Baptist Road) in Jordan Township between Gordner Church Road and Elizabeth Road for downed power lines;

SR 2021 (Log Cabin Road) near Unityville, between Richarts Grove Road and Peischel Hill Road for a downed tree and power lines;

** Snyder County
SR 235 between Route 522 and Route 35 due to downed utility lines;

** Sullivan County
SR 87 at the twin bridges in Forksville, closed between Elk Creek Road in Hillsgrove Township and Forksville due to flooding;

SR 154 between Route 87 at Forksville and Route 220 at Laporte due to flooding at World's End State Park;

SR 220 between Route 42 at Muncy Valley and Route 87 at Dushore due to flooding at several locations;

SR 220 at the north end of Dushore Borough due to flooding;

SR 487 between Route 118 and Main Street in Lopez due to flooding at the bridge in Lopez;

SR 2002 (Nordmont Road) between Route 220 and SR 2003 in Davidson Township;

SR 3009 (World's End Road) between Route 42 at Eagles Mere and Route 154 at World's End State Park due to flooding issues.



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Hurricane Irene Update

The biggest storm to hit the east coast in years is now in New England.

Hurricane Irene has left down trees... power outages.... and lots of flooding in it's wake and there could be a lot of water to come. Now... authorities are assessing the mess. Allentown – based PPL says there are 203,837 subscribers are without power. In Columbia County... 5,231 locations don't have power. Most of the outages are in Sugarloaf... Benton and Fishing Creek Townships. Also effected is Benton and Sillwater Borough. 7 people have lost power in Montour County. In Luzerne County... 6,297 PPL subscribers are without power at midday. The hardest hit area in the PPL coverage area include Lancaster... Lehigh... Northampton... Cumberland as well as Dauphin.


Road Closures 
PennDOT advises drivers that state roads may be closed or restricted in north central Pa. because of flooding and/or downed trees and power lines caused by Hurricane Irene.

Here is the latest list of road closings in PennDOT Engineering District 3 which includes Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union and Bradford counties:

** Columbia County
SR 42 between Millville Road/Iron Street intersection and Fairview Drive due to downed power lines;

SR 118 in Sugarloaf Township between Routes 487 and 239 (detour routes) due to downed power lines;

SR 487 between Savage Hollow Road and Pealertown Road due to downed power lines;

** Sullivan County
SR 87 at the twin bridges in Forksville, closed between Elk Creek Road in Hillsgrove Township and Forksville due to flooding;

SR 154 between Route 87 at Forksville and Route 220 at Laporte due to flooding at World's End State Park;

SR 220 between Route 42 at Muncy Valley and Route 87 at Dushore due to flooding at several locations;

SR 220 at the north end of Dushore Borough due to flooding;

SR 487 between Route 118 and Main Street in Lopez due to flooding at the bridge in Lopez.

** Snyder County
SR 235 between Route 522 and Route 35 due to downed utility lines;



Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene continues it's march up the east coast. It should be a wind and rain event for Columbia and Montour Counties. The National Weather Service in State College has issued a wind advisory which is in effect through early Sunday evening. Meteorologists says once the winds arrive... they will be from the north at 25 to 35 miles per hour... with wind gusts up to 50 MPH.


PPL on Alert

PPL is closely tracking the forecasts... and have actively prepared for the storm's potential impact in eastern and central Pennsylvania. Spokesperson Terri McBride working out of the Bloomsburg office tells us... about 150 employees and contractors form PPL's utility operations in Kentucky are on stand by. McBride said crews spent Friday wrapping up maintenance, repair and upgrade work on the company's transmission and distribution system.


American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is preparing to respond to Hurricane Irene.

Deanna Hollenbach of the Danville Chapter says volunteers and supplies will be needed from North Carolina to New England. The organization has also already deployed hundreds of trained volunteers to the effected area... and thousand of more are on alert.


Other Areas

As Hurricane Irene pulls closer to the New York area, some communities are opening shelters for residents in need. Community colleges, high schools and community centers are among the facilities in and around New York City that will remain open throughout the storm. Officials are urging local residents to stay indoors during the storm and to avoid venturing out to "sight-see" and view damage or flooding that may occur. They add unnecessary travel can hamper first responders rushing to emergencies. In some low-lying areas, local officials have distributed sandbags to residents to prevent possible flooding. Meantime, trying to get around the “Big Apple” is nearly impossible. Subways, busses and trains stopped service at 12 noon Saturday. Amtrak, the nation's passenger rail service will not run the Northeast Corridor from Washington, DC to Boston on Sunday. Even the PATH system and New Jersey Transit are shuttered until at least Monday. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomburg telling commuters that he expect the system not to be up to speed until Tuesday.



Support the Alzheimer’s Association today at a yard and bake sale from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, rain or shine, in Millville Town Park.


Geisinger Medical Group on Front Street in Berwick will host a blood drive from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm today.


Hamline Church Fellowship is hosting a yard sale today from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Lunch will be available starting at 11:00 am.  The church is located on Route 239 near Benton.


The Columbia Montour Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International will hold a meeting today at New Birth Ministries located on Main Street in Lightstreet.


Today is the last day to sign up for the Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society fall bus tour, call Linda Childs at 317-4011.


Locks of Love hair donations will be accepted today at Hair Raising Experience Salon in Bloomsburg.  They’ll be collecting hair and money donations, holding raffles, and refreshments will be served.


Bloomsburg High School is the place for a Vera Bradley Bingo today.  Tickets are twenty-five dollars at the door.  Doors open at noon and bingo starts at 12:30.  All proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen 3-Day.


Mother Cabrini’s festival is this today from 3 to 10, and tomorrow from 1 to 9 at the picnic grounds in Ranshaw off route 61 near Shamokin.


The Washingtonville Volunteer Fire Company Festival is today.  The fun starts at 3:00.


The 8th annual kielbasa festival is happening today on Main Street in Plymouth.  They’ll have food from over 100 vendors and 20 acts of music.


Town Hill United Methodist Church will host an ice cream social this afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.  They’ll be serving homemade soups, sandwiches, pies and ice cream.  Menu is a-la carte with takeouts available.

The Dream Machines Motor Club monthly car cruise in is tonight in the Columbia Mall parking lot from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.


RR Donnelley

One of Columbia County's largest employers is closing up shop. We broke the news Thursday that R-R Donnelley book publishing plant on Old Berwick Road will be closing by late October. That is expected to place an estimated 300 people on the unemployment line. With the county's unemployment rate at 7.7%... Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce President Fred Gaffney says the loss of jobs could have a major effect. The plant has been a staple in Columbia County manufacturing for the past 40 – years or so under different owners.


Hurricane Irene

With Hurricane Irene putting a bulls eye on the northeast... it still too early to tell what it's effect will be on Columbia and Montour Counties. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg is asking all of us to be prepared.. such as having enough essentials to get us through a couple of days of bad weather. Irene is now a category three storm and is barreling up the east coast... with a landfall expected in the Carolina's late Saturday night. It is forecast to brush the Jersey coast Sunday and could have a direct hit on New York City.


David Millard

It's looking a bit better for the Pennsylvania economy... now that revenue collection stats are in for July... the first month of Governor Corbett's budget. They total 1 – point – seven billion dollars. That word coming from State Representative David Millard of Millville... appearing on the Thursday Edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz. Millard says if revenue collections remain on target... the state should be able to fund this years budget without a problem.


Millville Assault

A Millville man is in the Columbia County Prison after he allegedly assaulted a second man Thursday afternoon. Bloomsburg State police say 54 – year old Keith Gordner was working on a bathroom at the Pen Col Dairy in Greenwood Township shortly before 3 O'clock when 36 – year old Benjamin Wolfe allegedly assaulted Gordner in an unprovoked attack. Gordner called police... .and Wolfe was captured a short time later. Wolfe was arraigned and sent to the Prison in Bloomsburg on $10,000 bail.


WB Cop Contract

Police who work for the City of Wilkes – Barre... in Luzerne County... have a new, five – year contract in hand. It calls for pay raises of 3% a year.... and a change in health benefits expected to save the city about $100,000 annually. Police Benevolent Association President Phillip Myers called the new contract a fair deal... for both the PBA members... and the city.


Hazle Twp. Robbery

Authorities in the Hazleton area are looking for a man who robbed the Shell gas station and convenience store early Thursday morning. State Police say a man strolled into the business on Route 924... ordering the clerk to give him the cash in the register. The clerk complied... handing over a couple of hundred dollars. Police say the man was wearing an orange hoodie.


Federal Grants
State officials are scratching their heads over a lack of grant applications from some of the state's neediest schools. According to Pennsylvania's Secretary of Education, some 140-schools across the state are eligible for federal grant money but only 40-schools applied. Of those, 26 were awarded money.


Little League World Series

The magical month of August for the Keystone All – Stars from Clinton County ended Thursday night as they squared off against California in the Little League World Series in South Williamsport. The final California 2... the All - Stars nothing. Now... California goes on to play Montana Saturday. The winner goes to the final for the Little League title.


High School Football

The high school football season kicks off a week from Friday, and all area teams play their final preseason scrimmage this weekend. Friday night, Berwick is at home against Central Dauphin, Bloomsburg is at home against Mahanoy Area, Southern Columbia is at home against Milton, and Central Columbia is at Northwest. Saturday, Danville is at Canton and Columbia - Montour Vo - Tech is at home against Holy Redeemer.


Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies begin a weekend series with the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park Friday night. The only change in the schedule... Sunday's game will be part of a Saturday day – night doubleheader. Sunday's game... now on Saturday will have a 1:05 PM start. Saturday's scheduled contest will have a 7:05 PM first pitch. You can catch all the action of Friday night's game starting at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations... News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3.


Philly Vs. Cleveland

In pre – season NFL action Thursday night... Michael Vick threw for 98 yards and added a rushing touchdown as the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Cleveland Browns, 24 to 14.



RR Donnelley to Close

An estimated 350 – to – 400 people will be out of work by the end of October... now that word of the closing of the R-R Donnelley publishing plant is making the rounds.

Reliable sources telling WHLM Radio News that the first and thirds shifts were given the word Thursday morning... with the second shift has yet to hear the details of the closing. Efforts to reach Donnelley officials at the Old Berwick Road book binding plant were not available for comment... but were told to call corporate headquarters in Chicago. There has yet to be a reply from a Donnelly spokesperson. What is known is that the plant will close on or about October 24th... since a sixty day notice is required in order to inform local and state government officials. No word yet as to how the nearly 400 layoffs will effect Columbia County's unemployment rate..


Sex Charges

Two people are in the Columbia County Prison after they were arrested on sex – related charges. 27 – year old Daniel Galindo of Orangeville and 23 – year old Christine Allen of Nescopeck are accused of forcing two children to allegedly strip and simulate sex. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... the allegations against the pair surfaced when one of the kids told her mother what happened in a home in the 400 block of East 5th Street in Berwick. Galindo and Allen are charged with two counts of sexual exploitation and two counts of indecent assault.


Leslie Bryden

The Labor Day weekend is the traditional start of political campaigns... and in Columbia and Montour County... it's no different. Democrat Leslie Bryden and Republican Tom Leipold square off in the November election for the office of District Attorney... the office charged with the prosecution of those arrested. Bryden says it's not a numbers game... and there are program to get people out of jail. Ms. Bryden... who is a Bloomsburg attorney... making her remarks on the Wednesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.


Farm Accident

A father and son from Northumberland County are in the Lehigh Valley Hospital... after suffering burns in a farming accident near Turbotville on Wednesday. Todd and Jesse Bixler were removing a gas tank... when sparks from a metal grinder caused an explosion. Fumes from near by gas cans also caught fire. Jesse Bixler is a senior at Warrior Run High School... and authorities say he was burned over 90% of his body.


Bridge Open

A bridge over Fishing Creek... near Lightstreet is back open to traffic. The two – lane bridge on Back Branch Road at the Scott – Mt. Pleasant Township line was open Wednesday. Back Branch Road is used by people who live in Mt. Pleasant Township to get to interstate 80... or drive to Bloomsburg. The rehab project cost PennDOT an estimated $616,000.... and was the first make over of the bridge since the Agnes Flood of 1972.


PD Award

The Bloomsburg Police Department has received a recent "atta – boy" in the way officers enforce underage drinking laws and education. Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says awards were issued recently by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency... and the office of Juvenile Justice... and dealt with the way the department spent government grants. The award was handed out during a conference in Orlando, Florida.


Sink Holes

If you're headed towards the Harrisburg area today... you might find it slow – going along Routes 11 and 15 in Snyder County. Several sinkholes have opened up on the busy highway. One lane of traffic was closed between Shamokin Dam and Selinsgrove when a hole opened in the roadway while crews were repairing a leaking pipe which washed away some ground causing the holes to develop. In addition to the initial sink hole... two others opened up as well.


Homicide by Vehicle

A Luzerne County teenager has been charged with homicide following a crash last month near Mountain Top. 16 – year old Adam Fredmund is charged with homicide by vehicle. Fredmund and some friends were on a joy ride in his SUV... when he lost control and crashed. The impact killing 16 – year old Brian Madry of Fairview Township. Now... Fredmund is in a Northampton County detention center waiting to appear in court next Wednesday.


New Jobs

New jobs are headed to the Hazleton area... in Luzerne County... thanks to an online cigar retailer. New Global Marketing is now operating out of Kingston, New York... but it's currently renovating a 25,000 square foot building in the CAN DO Corporate Center near Drums. New Global will start off by employing up to 40 people... but company CEO Greg Fox believes that number will expand to 60. New Global and hope to be up and running out of the Drums location in October.


Phils / Mets

Nick Evans went 3-for-4 with four RBI's, including a three-run homer in the first inning, as the New York Mets topped the Philadelphia Phillies, 7-4. on Wednesday. Kyle Kendrick taking the loss for the Phils. Philadelphia has the day off... but a weekend series... starting Friday... is on tap with the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action beginning with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations... News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3.


Hardware Bar

On a vote of 5 to 2... the Bloomsburg Town Council approved a motion sending a transcript of Tuesday night's meeting dealing with the transfer of a liquor license to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. The transfer involves the liquor license of Harry's Grille on Main Street... to the owner of the yet – to – be opened Hardware bar. In a public comment session there were pros and cons dealing with the establishment.



The question around the water cooler this morning... where were you when that 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck. Marie Bedio, who lives in the shadow of the PPL Steam Electric station in Salem Township, says her house shook. As for the 30 – year old plant... PPL declared a so – called unusual event. No radioactivity escaped from building... and the two units continued to produce electricity as if nothing happened. Larry LaHiff with Columbia County Emergency management says the office was flooded with phone calls. Lahiff telling us there appears to be no damage in Columbia County from the quake.


Bride Inspections

PennDOT bridge inspectors in each of the agency's 11 districts are doing precautionary inspections of bridges around the state after Tuesday's earthquake. No problems are expected to be found. The first bridges to be inspected are those that are at least 200-feet or longer and at least 60-feet high. PennDOT says the inspections are expected to last through Thursday.


Central Columbia

The Central Columbia school district is back in session this morning.... but it's a meaner, leaner system on Old Berwick Road. Superintendent Harry Mathias says their revenue shortfall is somewhere in the neighborhood of $800,000 to $900,000.... and that meant a property tax increase... downsizing of programs and eliminating positions.


Grave Markers

There is proposed legislation would crackdown on thieves who steal veterans grave markers. State Rep. Jerry Mullery of neighboring Luzerne County says three cemeteries in Newport Township were recently hit by thieves. Rep. Mullery has introduced legislation that would classify theft from a cemetery as a third degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 dollar fine.


Deputy Gone

Luzerne County is short a sheriff's deputy. The commissioners relieving Deputy Jennifer Roberts of her duties. Roberts faces charges of harassment... burglary and assault. Court papers say Roberts barged into the home of another woman... allegedly punching her in the face.


Little League World Series

Clinton County's Keystone All – Stars continue to advance in the Little League World Series in South Williamsport. Keystone defeated Georgia 7 to 5 in front of a crowd estimated at 32 – thousand Tuesday night. Keystone will be back on the field Thursday night... facing the loser of tonight's game between California and Montana.



Bloomsburg Town Council

More changes in the highly emotional world of parking in or near the downtown business district. Town Council... Monday night... putting their stamp of approval on a revised parking in the downtown area. Specifically... 50 spaces will see new meters... allowing for parking behind the Bloomsburg Diner... and the Pine Avenue lot. Bloomsburg Mayor Knorr says the plan isn't perfect... but it will allow the parking task force some “wiggle room” as they prepare for the December 2012 round of parking permit sales.


Bank Robbery

A Luzerne County man is in jail after he allegedly robbed the Susquehanna Bank on Route 93 in Sugarloaf Township... then tried to return the cash. Police say Otto McNab was arrested at his Butler Township home a short time after walking into the bank and claiming he had a bomb. Waiting outside was his girlfriend... who ordered McNab to return the money to the bank. McNab is in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility and is held on $50,000 bond.


Bloomsburg Schools

School is now back in session for the Bloomsburg Area School District... and Superintendent Dr. Cos Curry said the day went smoother than expected. Now... Dr. Curry says it's time to get a lot of issues taken care of before next month's break for the Bloomsburg Fair. Dr. Curry says once attendance figures settle in... the district's 137 teachers will be educating an estimated 1,640 students.


School Opens

With the school year opening in Bloomsburg Monday... and getting ready to open in the Central Columbia District Wednesday... there are some words of advice from Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski. Simply... watch out for kids. Especially in areas in Bloomsburg... such at the Elementary School at 5th and Market Streets... as well as at the Middle and High School complex on Railroad Street. Those areas will be patrolled by officers who will keep traffic flowing... and the kids separated from cars.


Verizon Workers

80 members of the Communications Workers of America in Bloomsburg will be back on the job following a two week contract dispute with phone company Verizon. All together an estimated 45,000 workers began their strike against the company earlier this month. Local CWA union representative Pete Sanders says the main purpose to return to work is to provide quality customer service. No word when the CWA and Verizon will sit down and talk about a new contract.


Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of gas in northeastern Pennsylvania continues to drop. An overnight check by the Triple – A shows we're paying an average of $3.56 a gallon for self – serve, unleaded regular. At this time Monday... gas was averaging $3.57... and a week ago it was an average of $3.59 a gallon.


Marcellus Shale

UGI Utilities... the folks who supply natural gas to most of northeastern Pennsylvania... say the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton market will be the first to get their gas from Marcellus Shale. A company spokesperson says it all depends on when a natural gas pipeline is constructed from the northern tier counties. The first to get the gas will be UGI subscribers in Mahoopany... and will eventually migrate to the Wilkes – Barre area.


Conyngham Building

A ribbon cutting will be held early next month for Lantern Lane Plaza in Conyngham. If you recall the original complex was torched... forcing two 90 – year old women to flee for their lives. Four businesses were destroyed. The building is owned by Ken Temborski... who reconstructed the complex. A day after the ribbon cutting... trial will begin for Gail Schneider of Berwick who is accused of torching the place.


Stabbing Suspect

A Wilkes – Barre man is in custody after he was charged with stabbing a Mountain Top man earlier this month. 24 – year old Armoni Johnson is accused of stabbing Justin Barna of the Capital Hill Apartment complex. Wright Township Police say Barna was stabbed when Johnson and a friend couldn't find drugs in Barna's apartment. Johnson is being held on $75,000 bond. The search is on for the second assailant.


Treasury Loans

The State Treasury Department has loaned money to the Corbett administration so work can continue on a range of state-supported construction and improvement projects. Those projects include hospitals and bridges. The low-interest $500 - million loan is expected to be repaid in the fall, when the Corbett administration will have to issue higher-priced bonds. A spokesman for Treasurer Rob McCord's office says the loan will save millions of taxpayer dollars.


Bath Salts

The state of Pennsylvania has taken the lead of Columbia... and other counties around the state... by banning the sale of those so – called Bath Salts. Columbia County has had a ban on the sale of the product since April. Bath salts have been linked to cases of erratic or violent behavior, and until Monday were openly available at retail stores in Pennsylvania. The law took effect Monday, two months after Governor Corbett signed a bill imposing the new restrictions.


Little League

The team from Clinton County might be the most popular team in the history of the Little League World Series. Last night in South Williamsport, the Keystone All-Stars team defeated a team from Lafayette, Louisiana in front of over 28,000 fans. In their three games so far they have drawn over 103,000 people. The All – Stars take to the field tonight at 8 O'clock... as they meet a team from Georgia.



Bloomsburg / Geisinger

It could be early next year before the Pennsylvania Health Department... and other regulatory agencies give their final approval of a proposed merger between the Bloomsburg Hospital and Geisinger Health Systems. Bloomsburg administrator Regis Caboner says there are a lot of hoops to jump through to get approval. The approval process could take anywhere from six months to a year. If you recall... it took the state nearly eight months to okay that merger between Geisinger and Shamokin Community Hospital.


Weekend Accident

A Benton man was transported to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after crashing his Jeep early Saturday morning. State Police at Bloomsburg tell us... 22 – year old Joseph Grenewich demolished his Jeep in a one vehicle accident on Zaners Bridge Road... in Fishing Creek Township around 4:15 in the morning. Police say he was treated by EMTs then hustled off to Geisinger. The investigation into that crash on Zaners Bridge Road is continuing.


ArtFest 2011

With sunny skies and temps in the 80's downtown Bloomsburg visitors flocked to Centre Street for the ArtFest 2011 on Saturday. The street was blocked off to vehicular traffic.... and folks walked up and down Centre... looking at what artisans had to offer. Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr was also on hand. Planning is already underway for next year's ArtFest 2012 on Centre Street in Bloomsburg.



Union workers who have been on strike against Verizon plan to head back to work Tuesday. Members of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers went on strike earlier this month. The strike effected an estimated 80 landline technicians working in the Bloomsburg area. The strike ends despite the lack of a contract. Both sides are expected to work on the issues when they meet at the bargaining table.


World Youth Day
Roughly 250 Susquehanna Valley Catholics are due home from Madrid Monday. The participants, mostly teenagers, took part in a weeklong retreat that culminated with World Youth Day. Included on the trip were teens from St. Columbia Church in Bloomsburg... and St. Josephs in Danville. The event, which is held every three years, attracts at least a million Catholic youths from about 200 countries.


Sex Assault

A West Hazleton man is jailed after he allegedly had sexual relations with a teenage relative over the past three years. 39 – year old Hernan Torres faces a long list of sex – related charges after he allegedly sexually assaulted the teenage girl... who then told police and they launched an investigation. Torres was arraigned and taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility... and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing later this month.


Harveys Lake Fire

A high intensity light... left on by construction workers... is being blamed for a fire which destroyed a structure near Harveys Lake Sunday afternoon. Authorities say the light was shining directly on a mattress which caught fire. No one was injured in that structure fire near Harveys Lake.


September 11th Celebration

The tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America is only weeks away... and ceremonies will be held across Luzerne County. In Hazleton... there will be a parade during Funfest... as marchers honor the heroes of September 11th. At Luzerne County Community College... a steel piece from the World Trade Center in New York will be included into the design of the Walk of Honor at the Nanticoke Campus.


Kids & Heat
With pre – season high school football scrimmages underway.... the American Academy of Pediatrics is out with guidelines on practicing in extreme heat. Some say the guidelines do little more than affirm the policies most Susquehanna Valley football coaches already have in place. The instructions address what to wear and how to wear it, and chart the amount of water children should drink. The academy put out a set of guidelines after research was released that showed kids are no more susceptible to heat stroke than adults.


Here’s what’s happening Sunday August 21st:


The Third Annual Motorcycle and Car Cruise Benefit for the Mifflin Township Forest Ranger’s truck is today with registration from 8 am to 11 am with breakfast included.  After the run, return to the fire hall for a meal and music by the Tex Mowery Band.  Call Jay for more details at 441-2997.


The Potts Grove Fire Hall is serving up their monthly all you can eat buffet today from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.  They have eggs, homefries, sausage, bacon, scrapple and more on the menu.  Cost is $7.00 for you, $3.50 for your kids 4 to 12, and free for younger ones.  The fire company is located off of route 642 between Danville and Milton.


The Roaring Creek Valley Conservation Association is running the Hellbender Half Marathon and 5K race today in Weiser State Forest.  Proceeds promote clear water in the state forest. 


The Southern Gospel Group, True Heart Quartet, will be in concert in Benton Park on tonight at 6:00 pm.  Bring your lawn chair and your family and friends.  A free-will offering will be received.  Rain location is the Benton High School.  Sponsored by the Benton Christian Church and Living Word Baptist Church.


For more events check out our community calendar!


Here’s what’s happening Saturday August 20th:


The Boondockers 4x4 club is holding a mud bog today at the Summerhill Fire Company grounds in Berwick rain or shine.  Food is available, with breakfast starting at 8:00 am.  Bring along your lawn chairs and blankets.  No alcohol, grills or pets.


Join in the fight against Fracking in our area…come out to “Get The Frack Out Of Here” today at the Bloomsburg Town Park Band Shell. It’s an all day concert with free screenings of the Oscar nominated documentary “Gasland.”


The Buckhorn Community Volunteer Fire Company will host their 4th annual community yard sale, craft show, and chicken barbeque today.  It’s from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and meals cost eight dollars.  The event is rain or shine.


The Central Columbia Class of 1970 is holding their annual picnic is today at the Fishing Creek Campground in Orangeville.  Festivities begin at 1:00 pm and will last until the last person goes home.  Please bring a covered dish to share.  Meat and drinks will be provided.


Downtown Bloomsburg presents Artfest today from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Center Street.


The Moose Exchange in Downtown Bloomsburg is holding free introductory art classes today.  For more information call The Exchange at 317-2596.


The Columbia County Rampage 14U girls’ fast pitch softball travel team will be holding tryouts today at 4:00 pm at the Bloomsburg High School Softball field.  Eligible players must be 14 years old and younger and cannot be 15 years old before January 1st.


Bethany United Methodist Church in Berwick is throwing an ice cream social today starting at 4:00 pm.


The Montour Delong Community Fair will wrap up after today.  They’ll have free entertainment, free admission and $3.00 parking.


The Valley Chemical Annual Carnival is going on today.  They’ll have lots of carnival fun and entertainment starting at 6:00 pm.  Tonight’s entertainment is Lucky Afternoon. 


For more events check out our community calendar!


Berwick Arrest

A 45 – year old Berwick man is in the Columbia County Prison on $50,000 bail after he was arrested on several sex – related charges. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition Park Henry of East 7th Street was arrested when authorities raided his home Thursday. Henry is accused of using his computer to send pornographic pictures... and the computer's web cam to preform for... what he believed... was a 13 – year old girl. Instead... he was preforming for an agent in the State Attorney General's predator unit. Henry faces a preliminary hearing next week.


Montour DeLong Fair

It's been around for the past 73 years.... making the Montour DeLong Fair near Washingtonville one of the oldest, smaller county fairs in the area. Fair Association President Bill Miller telling me earlier this week that despite the size of the fair... things do change... somewhat... like the addition of a barn... and keeping local entertainment in the forefront. The Montour DeLong fair runs through Saturday night.


Ag Progress Days

One of the largest outdoor agricultural expositions has closed its fields for another year. The 43rd annual Ag Progress days... south of State College saw a lot of people come through its gates... including Governor Tom Corbett. He acknowledged many ag programs saw their funding reduced, but Corbett still believes that agriculture is an economic driver in the state.


McAdoo Fire

Seven people who live in a row house in McAdoo... in Schuylkill County... are homeless following an overnight fire. Authorities say the fire was contained to one of the homes on East Pine Street... but adjacent buildings received smoke and water damage. It's believed a surge protector started the fire.


Fire Update

Still no word as to the cause of a fire which destroyed a pool house on Hosler Road... in North Center Township... earlier this week. The structure is located on the Irzyk property. It's believed the fire started on the sun porch of the building.


Scrap Arrest

Police in Ashley... in Luzerne County... say three people have been arrested for allegedly stealing a couple of thousand pounds of scrap metal. The trio allegedly snagged the metal at a construction site in Ashley... then tried to sell it at a scrap yard in Wilkes – Barre. All were questioned by Ashley Police... then hustled off to the Luzerne County Jail.


Palin Harassers

A father and son from McAdoo... in Schuylkill County are headed north to Alaska.... that after a grand jury there indicted the pair. 47 – year old Craig Christy and his 19 – year old son, Shawn, were arrested by the FBI after the indictments were handed down. The pair are accused of harassing Sarah Palin's family.... as well as the Palin's lawyer. Both are locked up waiting to be sent to Alaska to face the charges.


Kids in Cars

There is a problem growing at some casinos across the state. It's simply labeled as “kids in cars." Parents leaving their kids... alone... while they gamble. It's a problem at the Parx Casino... and their attorney... Thomas Bonner telling the state gaming board in Harrisburg... offenders are subject to arrest... and the people are banned from the casino property. Nine incidents were reported at Parx last year... and three so far in 2011.


High School Football

Area high school football teams play their first preseason scrimmages Saturday. Bloomsburg goes against Columbia Montour Vo Tech, Central Columbia is at home against Milton, Danville is at home against Loyalsock, and Berwick travels to Allentown to play Liberty. Saturday night.... Southern Columbia is at Shikellamy.


Little League

The boys from Billings keep making Montana Little League history. They defeated the sluggers from Rapid City, South Dakota 6 to 4 Thursday afternoon. In the nightcap in South Williamsport... Lafayette, Louisiana defeated Warner Robins, Georgia 2 to 0.


Philadelphia / Arizona

John Mayberry Jr. hit a two-run homer as the Philadelphia Phillies outlasted the rain and the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-1 Thursday night. Rain delayed the contest for two hours and 17 minutes after three innings. Friday night Philadelphia takes on the Washington Nationals in the District. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations... News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3.


School to Open

It's hard to believe summer vacation for school students across Columbia and Montour Counties is nearly over. The doors at the Central Columbia School District on Old Berwick Road will be open for the 2011 - 2012 school year next Wednesday. Superintendent Harry Mathais says everyone in the district has been working hard to make the opening day a success. Meantime, Dr. Mathais says they've be able to weather the budgetary storm for now... but the district still lost an estimated $900,000 in revenue... an issue the board and the superintendent will keep a close eye on.


North Centre Fire

A State Police fire marshal will try to determine what caused a blaze which destroyed a pool house on the Irzyk property on Hosler Road. The Press – Enterprise is reporting volunteers from five different departments were dispatched to the scene.... that after smoke was seen coming from the building. The structure measured 20 by 20... and it's believed the fire began in the sunroom area.



One of the must do events takes place Saturday in downtown Bloomsburg. The fourth annual ArtFest gets underway Saturday morning... when Center Street.. from Main to 3rd is closed to traffic... and artisans strut their stuff. ArtFest 2011 continues through the early evening hours on Saturday on Centre Street.


Former Judge

You won't find former Luzerne County Judge Michael Toole serving on the bench... ever. The state Court of Judicial Discipline formally removed Toole from the bench... even telling him he can't hold judicial office for the rest of his life. The 51 – year old Toole is currently in jail in Minnesota... serving a prison term on a federal tax and corruption conviction. He's not expected out of prison until 2013.


Mark Ciavarella

The attorney for former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella has filed an appeal for his conviction and sentence. Attorney William Ruzzo took his request to the third circuit court of appeals. He also requested Ciavarella be declared indigent... so taxpayers can pick up the tab for his appeal. Ciavarella was sentenced earlier this month to 28 – years in prison in that so called “cash for kids” scheme... in which he sent juveniles to for – profit detention centers built by his associates. In return... he got hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash.


Wilkes – Barre Theaters

For sale.... the Movies 14 theater complex at University Corners in Wilkes – Barre. In essence... that cities Chamber of Commerce is putting its toe in the water... since it owns a portion of the complex. Asking price is 8 – and – a – half million dollars. Whatever the case... the movie theaters will remain intact until 2026. The entertainment venue sees about 500,000 people go through it's turnstiles on an annual basis.



Berwick Fire

Berwick firemen were called out this morning to battle a garage fire in the 500 block of West Second Street. Emergency dispatchers in Bloomsburg toning out department personnel around 3:45 Wednesday morning. Reports from the scene indicate there was heavy smoke coming from the structure. No word yet as to what started that garage fire in the 500 block of West 2nd street in Berwick.


Montour DeLong Fair

It's been underway since Monday.... and it runs through Saturday night.... the Montour DeLong Community Fair... just west of Washingtonville on Route 254. This year it's the 73rd time it's been held. Fair Association President Bill Miller says volunteer workers make the fair so special. Another thing which makes the fair special... according to Miller.... a small parking fee... but there's free admission and plenty of free nightly entertainment.


Pat Toomey

How do we get out of our budget crisis... and cutbacks. For freshman US Senator Pat Toomey the answer is simplifying the nation's tax code. During a recent stop on the Bloomsburg University campus.... Toomey is encouraging the repatriation of money from overseas. Toomey telling reporters... there is a lot of cash overseas sitting on the books of subsidiaries of American companies... which could be in the neighborhood of a trillion dollars. Just a week ago... President Obama named Toomey to a 12 – member congressional super – committee that has the mission of writing a bipartisan plan to reduce the federal government's deficit.


Underage Drinking

The Bloomsburg Police Department has been honored for its efforts to curb underage drinking. With the department using grant dollars provided by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board... the officers were able to increase patrols during the holidays... and other special events known for underage drinking. The grant money from the PLCB is earmarked to reduce underage drinking and dangerous alcohol consumption.


Siren Test

You may hear some sirens blaring late Thursday morning. It's nothing more than PPL testing their emergency siren system which surrounds the company's steam electric station in Bell Bend... in Salem Township. The Allentown – based company says the sirens will sound for three minutes starting at 11 O'clock Thursday morning. It's designed to make sure the plants emergency warning system is working properly.


I – 80 Bottleneck

There may be a bottleneck in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80. Starting Wednesday... and running through Friday... the I-80 westbound passing lanes will be closed for nearly 800 feet. That will allow trucks to maneuver inside the work zone in the area of the construction of the third bridge over the Susquehanna River. Specifically... the area is between the Mifflinville and Lime Ridge interchanges. The lane to be closed starting at 7 AM and runs through 7 at night.


Carjacking / Assault Arrest

Arrests have been made in the beating of the Nanticoke Mayor three months ago in front of his home. Police say Daniel Banks... Thomas Owens and Steven Brannigan are accused of beating 44 – year old Joseph Dougherty in front of his home... then taking his car. The trio is also accused of breaking into cars and businesses from Hanover Township... south to the Hunlock Creek area. All are in the Luzerne County Prison.


Cat Woman

A 48 – year old woman is now charged with at least 60 counts of animal cruelty charges stemming from the number of cats found on her abandoned Hazleton property. Aileen Kulpon of Swoyersville is facing the charges after at least 60 cats were found at her abandoned home in the 900 block of West 4th Street in Hazleton. All of the animals were checked by vets.... some have life – threatening diseases. There is no determination on the fate of the cats.


PA Casinos
Pennsylvania casinos recorded their best month to date in July. The state's ten gaming halls grossed nearly 300-million dollars. Slot machines generated most of that revenue but income from table games is up 45-percent since they were first introduced last year. Employment at casinos is up, too, by about seven-percent.


A ranking member of the state Department of Community and Economic Development has a solution to the state's financial woes. Department Secretary Alan Walker says Pennsylvania can earn about 60 - billion dollars a year if it OKs gas drilling at public forests across the state. Environmentalists strongly oppose the idea, but Walker says new drilling designs will have a minimal impact on forests.


Joe Paterno
It takes a lot to keep Penn State football coach from doing his normal routine. During a news conference held from a golf cart Tuesday... Paterno insists he feels great, despite some pain. The 84-year-old Paterno was knocked down... accidentally... by a player earlier this month during practice. If you recall... Paterno injured his right side... and spent a couple of days in the hospital.


Electrical Fire

Bloomsburg firemen were out on the street shortly before 5:30 Tuesday morning. They were called to a home at 183 East 11th. That...after a ceiling fan in a bathroom malfunctioned. Damage was minimal...with firemen using fans to clear smoke from the home.


Social Security Office

If you try and use the services of the Social Security office on Market Street in Bloomsburg after 3:30 in the afternoon... you're out of luck. New hours for the staff to meet the public is from 9:00 AM through 3:30 PM. The reason... congressional budget cuts totaling a billion dollars is forcing not only the Bloomsburg office... but other Social Security offices around the country to cut back on hours.



As we told you Monday... police officers from across the region will be out this weekend... establishing DUI checkpoints. The North Central Highway Safety Network will be coordinating the efforts with Columbia County police departments. The organization's David Everly says there are a number of factors leading up to exactly where the checkpoints will be established such as data from a particular township. However, it's expected cops will be targeting State Route 487... as well as 11 and 42.


Distinguished Citizen

Time is slowly running out to nominate an individual for the annual Robert Pursel distinguished citizen award. It's given yearly by the Danville Chapter of the American Red Cross. Chapter Executive Director Deanna Hollenbach says the recipient of the award will be announced November 5th.


Representative Lynda Culver

State Representative Lynda Culver... a Republican from Sunbury... will hold the first of a series of town hall meetings across her district Tuesday night. She will appear at the Hummels Wharf Fire Company for residents who live in Shamokin Dam and Monroe Township. The town hall meeting gets underway at 6 O'clock.


McAdoo Cops

The Borough of McAdoo... near Hazleton... has hired two part – time police officers. The council's voting was overwhelming to hire the pair to bring the department up to four part – time officers.... and three full time employees. The new hires will assure McAdoo will receive round – the – clock police coverage.


Robbery Suspect

A 17 – year old teenager... accused of robbing three people last week in Edwardsville... in Luzerne County... is now in jail. Adrian Lucy is being held on $25,000 bond. However, there is a twist in the story... one of the three being held up on Roosevelt Street... grabbed and ax... attacking Lucy and the second robbery suspect. With Lucy behind bars... police say his partner Timothy Drakes is still on the loose.


Gas Prices

Gas prices across northeastern Pennsylvania... including in Columbia and Montour Counties... continues to fall. A check by the Triple – A this morning shows that the average price for a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular is $3.59. That's down a penny from Monday... and eight cents lower than it was a week ago. Pump prices are expected to continue to drop.... as long as crude oil prices remain stable.


Cop Hearing

A hearing has been postponed for a former State Trooper who is alleged to have a sent nude video of himself to a person on a webcam that he believed was a 13 – year old girl. Instead... 44 – year old Douglas Sversko of Lewisburg was dancing nude to an undercover agents. The hearing for Sversko was to have taken place today in Dauphin County Court. But now... it's been postponed until September 19th. Sversko retired out of the Milton barracks... and is allowed to collect $3,000 a month in pension benefits.


In WHLM Sports....

After a day off... the Philadelphia Phillies are back at Citizens Bank Park to begin a mid week series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Roy Halladay is expected to take the mound against Arizona. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations... News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3.


Nescopeck Farm

It's a second day of clean up for a Nescopeck area couple who run a farm near Zehner Road. Late Saturday afternoon when a storm blew through the area... producing high winds... heavy rain and hail... which pretty much wiped out the Broyan family crop. Our news partner... WNEP / Channel 16... says the Broyans had to stand by as the weather blew across their property Saturday afternoon... destroying every fruit and vegetable in its path. Lucky... the Broyans weren't injured by the large pieces of hail falling from the sky.


Grid Lock

The folks who strolled along Main Street in Bloomsburg on Saturday... got an eyeful.... and an earful of American muscle. A couple of hundred classic cars took part... in what was called grid lock... Saturday at midday... blocking Main Street to show off their prized possessions. The rolling museum of car history took over four of the six lanes of Main Street... showing us all what the American car hobby is all about. The participants taking part in this past weekend's 8th annual Custom Rod and Cruise – in at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. The cruise in was a benefit for the Bloomsburg Hospital..


DUI Checkpoints

If you're planning on drinking... then driving... it might not be a good idea to do so this weekend. The North Central Highway Safety Network... with the help of local police... will be establishing DUI Checkpoints Friday and Saturday nights. In past interviews... Bloomsburg Police Sgt. Leonard Rogutski says most of the problems are concentrated on Route 11, 487 and 42. That's where the checkpoints are expected to be set up. The checkpoints are funded by PennDOT... and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Work Zones

PennDOT says there will be traffic work zones to contend with if you plan on using westbound Interstate 80 between the Mifflinville and Lime Ridge interchanges. The agency's Rick Mason says the passing lane will be closed... starting Wednesday at 7 AM... so trucks working on the third bridge over the Susquehanna River have room to work. Also... the area could become a bottleneck for afternoon traffic since the work will last until 7 O'clock each evening.


Home Invasion

Police in West Hazleton are looking for two intruders who pulled off a violent home invasion Sunday afternoon. The incident happening at 38 North Broad Street... when two people broke into the home... demanded cash... pistol whipping three of the men who live there. The two men got what they wanted and fled the area. One of the men was treated at a hospital for injuries received in the home invasion in West Hazleton.


Safety Study

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says it will conduct a safety study on State Route 93 near Hudsondale. That study was requested by Packer Township supervisors due to... what they say... is a problem. One supervisor says six accidents have taken place on the road in Hudsondale over the past year.... one involving a fatality. PennDOT's review of the area should be wrapped by either late this month.. or early September.



Hot Rod Cruise - In

The 8th annual Rod and Custom Cruise – in enters it's last day at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. Hundreds of custom cars from across the northeast are there. On Saturday at midday... Main Street in Bloomsburg was closed to traffic... while an estimated 200 cars cruised from the fairgrounds and parked for 90 minutes in the business district.


Turnpike Accident

The southbound lane of the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in neighboring Luzerne County is open after a Saturday night accident. The incident happened at mile marker 110 near State Route 115. Reports from the scene say at least one person was freeded from the wreckage and taken to a hospital for treatment.


Indiana State Fair

There were problems at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis Saturday night. Four people were killed and 40 others injured when the grandstand stage collapsed when winds from a storm toppled stage rigging. The grandstand area was being evacuated during a concert by Sugarland when the wind kicked up.


Distinguished Citizen

The Danville Chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for nominees for this year's Robert Pursel Distinguished Citizen Award. Nomination forms can be obtained by either stopping by the Red Cross office on Mill Street in Danville.


Philadelphia / Washington

Ryan Howard drove in four runs to support Roy Oswalt as the Philadelphia Phillies pounded the Washington Nationals, 11-3 on Saturday. Howard launched a two-run homer, his 26th of the year, to open the scoring in the first inning. The Phils and the Nats wrap up their series Sunday afternoon. You can catch all the action starting with the pre-game show at 1:00 O'clock... on the WHLM Stations... News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3.



The Annual Rod and Custom Cruise In is happening at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this weekend.


The Greene at Eagles Mere 41st Annual Arts and Crafts Fair is happening today and tomorrow from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Admission is $5.00…children under 12 are free.


The Susquehanna Valley Corral in conjunction with the Pine Street Lutheran Church in Danville will host a cancer benefit horse show tomorrow starting at 10:00 am.  All proceeds benefit the Relay for Life.


Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg invites you out to their outdoor worship service tomorrow at 6:30 pm.  The church is at the corner of Third and Market Streets in Bloomsburg.


In WHLM Sports the Philadelphia Phillies are at home against Washington this afternoon.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 you can hear full coverage starting with the pregame show at 1:00 on the WHLM Stations News Radio 930, 94.7 and 104.3.


The Annual Rod and Custom Cruise In is happening at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this weekend.  There are events for everyone in your family happening all day long today and tomorrow.


The Catawissa Firefighters Carnival wraps up tonight.  Proceeds benefit Catawissa Hose Company #1.


The Annual Rod and Custom Cruise In is happening at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this weekend.  There are events for everyone in your family happening all day long today and tomorrow.


The Defender Fire Company Annual Block Party is happening tonight with entertainment by Joe Lapchak.  They are located at 6th and Pine Streets in Berwick.


New Horizons for Singles will host a dance tonight at the Lewisburg American Legion from 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm.


In WHLM Sports the Philadelphia Phillies are at home against Washington this evening.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 you can hear full coverage starting with the pregame show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations News Radio 930, 94.7 and 104.3.


The Annual Rod and Custom Cruise In is happening at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this weekend.  There are events for everyone in your family happening all day long today and tomorrow.


The Moose Exchange in Downtown Bloomsburg will host sidewalk chalk art today in conjunction with the Hot Rod Gridlock from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  They’re also hosting a starving artists’ breakfast from 9:00 am to noon.


The Catawissa Firefighters Carnival wraps up tonight.  Proceeds benefit Catawissa Hose Company #1.


The Catawissa Boy Scout Troop 67 will be serving up a breakfast at the Catawissa Carnival Grounds this morning from 8:00 am to 11:00 am.


The Defender Fire Company Annual Block Party is happening tonight with entertainment by Joe Lapchak.  They are located at 6th and Pine Streets in Berwick.


Mountain Aviation at the Danville Airport is hosting a flea market today from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm…located on Sunbury Road.


New Birth Ministries invites you out for their chicken barbeque and rummage sale today from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Barbeque is from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.  They are located on Main Street in Lightstreet.


St. Joseph’s Italian Festival is happening today at the Maria Assunta Grounds in Berwick from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm and again from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.


The Corn festival in Northumberland is today from 11:00 to 7:00.  Come out to enjoy the great corn along with other foods and events for your whole family on King Street in Norry.


The LDS Church is hosting a community preparedness fair today from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  They’ll have local organizations there with information along with fun for kids and refreshments.  The church is located on Schoolhouse Road in Berwick.


In WHLM Sports the Philadelphia Phillies are at home against Washington this evening.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 you can hear full coverage starting with the pregame show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations News Radio 930, 94.7 and 104.3.


Berwick Disturbance

A disturbance outside a Berwick home early this morning sent at least one person to the hospital. Reports from the scene indicated a large number of people gathered in front of 233 Cemetery Street... between Vine and Mulberry shortly before 2:30 this morning. Berwick police calling for backup from other agencies. At least one person was sent to the hospital for injuries sustained in the fight early this morning in Berwick.


Ciavarella Sentence

It's going to be a generation before former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella gets out of prison. In Scranton Thursday... Ciavarella being handed a 28 – year sentence in that so – called “Cash for Kids” scheme he ran out of his office at the Luzerne County Courthouse. In essence... he would sentence teenagers to a for – profit detention center in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. No word where he'll serve his time. Ciavarella's attorney says the sentence will be appealed.


Verizon Strike

Roughly 45,000 Verizon workers remain off the job and on picket lines nearly a week after a strike was called by the Communication Works of America. In Bloomsburg... a handful of CWA members are walking the picket line. Tony DeAngelo of the CWA local union out of Hazleton appearing on the Thursday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz says the union is waiting to sit down and talk. Informational picketing took place at the fountain on the square in Bloomsburg... as well as the Verizon building on Third and Center Streets. The walkout involves the company's landline business. The wireless side of the company is not effected.


Distinguished Citizen

It began in 1995.... the Danville Chapter of the American Red Cross handing out the Distinguished Citizens award for those individuals who have made a significant impact and contributions to the area. Executive Director Deanna Hollenbach says that first award went to Robert Pursel. The award is named in Mr. Pursel's honor. It will be awarded during a holiday event at the Danville Elks Club on November 5th.


Truck into Restaurant

Three people are hospitalized after a pick up truck went through the wall at a Luzerne Count restaurant last night. Authorities say the driver of the truck was doing donuts in an adjacent parking lot... when he lost control of his truck... smashing through the wall of the Red Rooster Pancake House on State Route 118... where it intersects with Route 29... near Hunlock Creek. Two people sitting at a booth were injured... as well as the driver.


Officer Down

An autopsy is set to be preformed today on a Lehigh Valley police officer who died after being shot Thursday afternoon. 31 - year old Robert Lasso was responding to a report of a disturbance in Freemansburg when he was gunned down. Police have taken a 46 - year old suspect into custody... and he will be charged with murder. Lasso joined the department in 2004.


Senator Toomey
Pennsylvania freshman U-S Senator Pat Toomey is among the 12 so-called super-committee members charged with coming up with a solution to cut the federal deficit by more than a trillion dollars. Mr. Toomey said he'd like to see the tax base broadened and the tax rate lowered to promote economic growth.


Bloomsburg / Geisinger

That proposed merger between the Bloomsburg Hospital... and the Geisinger Medical center continues at a slow... calculated pace with a lot hinging on what state health officials see. Bloomsburg Hospital officials were looking at a purchase plan of the local facility by a Tennessee – based “for profit” company.... but Geisinger turned out to be the suitor of choice... something that made Bloomsburg Hospital administrator Regis Cabonor pretty happy. It's expected to take State health officials anywhere from six months to a year to approve the proposed merger between Geisinger and Bloomsburg.... nearly the same amount of time it took regulators in Harrisburg to give their blessing to the merger of Geisinger and the Shamokin Community Hospital.


Perry Hearing

A Bloomsburg University wrestler from Connecticut is out of jail after he was charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at a frat house party last month. 21 – year old Richard Perry made an appearance at the office District Judge Russell Lawton... were bond was reduced from $100,000 to $25,000. Perry's defense attorney questioned the accuser if the alleged assault ever took place. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition.... Judge Lawton now sending the case to Columbia County Court for a future trial.


Trentin Beaver

A Bloomsburg teen remains in the Columbia County Jail... despite having his bond reduced... in connection with the alleged theft of two silver bars from his grandmothers home last month. The Press – Enterprise is reporting Trentin Beaver's case now goes to Columbia County Court... following an appearance Wednesday in front of District Judge Russell Lawton. Beaver has admitted to having a heroin problem... and is accused from breaking into his grandmother's home on Zehner Street... twice... and making off with the silver bars with an estimated $5,000.


Car Show

A couple of weeks ago it was the BMW Motorcycle convention at the Bloomsburg Fair Grounds. This weekend... a trip down memory lane as custom cars and their owners set up shop starting late this afternoon. Event coordinator Lisa Makara says pre – registration for this weekend's show is going through the roof.... with roughly 500 cars already pre – registered... with another 200 to 300 additional cars to be on the show field. There will be plenty of things to do and see at the fairgrounds. For the public... it's a trip back in time... while those participating will have a cruise or two to take part in... as well as a slow drag and burnout competition. The rod and custom show benefits the Bloomsburg Hospital.


State Stores

Figures out of Harrisburg... provided by the state Liquor Control Board shows many wine and spirit stores across the Commonwealth lost money last year. Now... State House Majority Leader Mike Turzai continues his quest to take the system private. Turzai saying most people are in favor of privatization. A hearing on the Turzai privatization bill will be held today in Hershey.


Kurt Masser

State representative Kurt Masser... who represents Columbia... Montour and Northumberland Counties in Harrisburg is on the road Friday. He and his staff will be available for talks at the Anthony Township Municipal Building in Turbotville on Friday. Representative Masser will meet with constituents starting at 9 AM.


Weatherly Schools

The “help wanted” sign is out at the Weatherly Area School District... and already 21 people have applied for the superintendent's job. The successful candidate will replace Frank Victor who retired at the end of June. One school board member says the 21 candidates will be interviewed later this month or early in September.


PPL Usage
Because of July's smokin' hot temperatures, PPL Electric Utilities delivered more electricity than in any previous summer month. PPL says electric sales were about two-point-four percent higher than in both July of 2006 and July of 2010. Last month's usage was also less than one percent lower than the all-time record for monthly electric sales set in January of 2009.


Labor Agreement Ratified
About 10,000 state workers ratify a four-year labor agreement. Service Employees International Union Local 668 gave the thumbs up to the agreement reached with Governor Corbett's administration. The contract freezes pay for this year, but over the life of the deal, ensures raises of more than 11%.


Zogby Waives A Preliminary Hearing
The wife of State Budget Secretary Charles Zogby waives a preliminary hearing on shoplifting charges. Georgina Zogby is charged with taking nearly a thousand dollars worth of groceries from a Wegmans in Western Pennsylvania back in May. Zogby is also facing charges for speeding away from State Police after a July 10th traffic stop. Zogby faces DUI and other charges in that incident. The shoplifting episode is her second in as many years.


Shrinking Legislature
Pennsylvania's legislature is the largest and costliest in the country and some lawmakers want to do something about it. Six proposals floating around Harrisburg seek to reduce the number of lawmakers. The most severe proposal would reduce the state legislature from 253 seats to 151. Similar proposals have been bandied about for four decades now and in order for voters to weigh in, a measure would have to pass the House and Senate in two consecutive, two-year sessions.



Tablets for Distribution

Folks living or going to school within ten miles of nuclear power plants across the state are being given the opportunity to pick up Potassium Iodine Tablets Thursday. The PA Department of Health said the pills to be used protect the thyroid gland in case of an accidental release of radioactivity from the PPL Steam Electric Station in Salem Township... and at the direction of the department. The Department of Health's Jeff Blystone said the Potassium Iodine tablets will be available for distribution Thursday... from 4 to 7 PM at the state health office in the shopping center at 1000 Market Street in Bloomsburg.            


Transportation Plan 
Governor Corbett is still looking through a report given to him recently by the Transportation Funding Advisory Commission. The Governor giving thumbs up to the report, which outlines a blueprint to raise $2.5-billion transportation dollars by year five. The report recommends indexing driver and vehicle fees to inflation. Governor Corbett says that would NOT violate his no tax pledge.


Car Break – Ins 

Bloomsburg Police are being plagued with a rash of car break – in's. Chief Leo Sokoloski says it usually happens overnight.... when the car is parked. In most cases the doors aren't locked and thieves simply look inside for loose changes... cell phones and CD's... something they can stuff in their pockets. The Chief says the simplest solution is to lock you vehicle... take your keys... preventing thieves from making off with your property.


World Youth Day

Several people from our area leave on a trek Wednesday...traveling to Spain to take part in World Youth Day 2011. The trip involves 31 – parishes within the Harrisburg Diocese. Katherine Mullin from St. Columbia Church in Bloomsburg... as well as Monica Burke of St. Joseph's in Danville will be delegates to the Madrid conclave. St. Monica Parish in Sunbury... and a half dozen other churches... will hold a mass Wednesday for those taking part in World Youth Day...which runs through the 21st.


I-80 Construction

If you're planning on using Interstate 80 the next few days... it may become a traffic choke point on your journey. PennDOT says I-80 westbound will have a lane closure between the Mifflinville and Lime Ridge exit up until 7 O'clock Wednesday and Thursday. The reason... trucks involved in constructing a third bridge over the Susquehanna River need room to move about.  Meantime... now through Saturday... the I-80 eastbound passing lanes between those two exits will be closed with temporary concrete barriers. The agency says plan ahead if you want to use I-80.


Farm Credit

The impact of the decision by Standard and Poor's to downgrade the government's credit rating is still not clear, despite this week's Wall Street sell off. Mark O'Neill, of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, says it's too early to tell what impact the Standard and Poor's decisions will have on loans for farmers.

And O'Neill says... despite the ups and downs of the markets...  most farmers already have fixed-rate loans.



The lawyers for convicted Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella is asking the federal court to go easy on their client during sentencing Tomorrow in Scranton. If you recall... Ciavarella was convicted earlier this year on 12 of 39 counts in a “cash for kids” scheme.... in which he sentenced juveniles to for – profit detention centers run by friends... and in return... boxes full of cash flowed into his office.

Lawyers are asking judge Edwin Kosik to back off a possible life sentence because... of what they call... stress.


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