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Tuesday / January 31, 2012


Suspect Sought

Bloomsburg Police are looking for a suspect wanted in the attempted armed robbery of a woman Monday night. Police say the incident happened on First Street... near Penn around 8 O'clock. That's when a man... wearing a ski mask and holding a pocketknife... attempted to take the purse of a woman... but instead... cut her leg with the knife. The man fled the scene... and despite a search of the area... police came up empty handed. The person being sought is described as 6 feet tall... wearing a black hoodie and gloves. If you have information about the attempted armed robbery... call Bloomsburg Police.

 

Mifflin Man Jailed

A 28 – year old Mifflin Township man is in the Columbia County Prison on a million dollars bail after he was arrested and charged with holding a Briar Creek Township couple at gunpoint ... and allegedly robbing them of cash. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition Harrison Karns the Third is accused of holding Cynthia and Ralph Gitz against their will the day after Christmas. Karns was picked – up on Monday after leaving his mother's home. He was taken before a district justice Richard Knecht. A preliminary hearing is set for next week.

 

Super Bowl / Drunk Driving

It's a big weekend in the sports world... with the NFL Super Bowl kicking off Sunday in Indianapolis. But here at home... the Super Bowl means party time and drinking. That's a concern of Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski... who says there will be more cops on the road watching for impaired drivers. In addition, DUI checkpoints will be established on highways based on crash data.

 

PA Budget

Governor Corbett takes the wraps off his proposed 2012 – 2013 budget during a joint session of the State House and Senate next Tuesday. Two weeks later... according to State Representative David Millard... budget hearings begin. First up... a look at how the state's treasury is connected to the global economy. The House and Senate must concur on a budget proposal before the end of June... so it can be signed into law by July 1st.

 

LIHEAP Program

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton has called on President Obama to increase or at least continue at the current level the funding for home heating assistance for veterans and seniors through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Barletta's letter requests the president to place least $4.7 - billion for the program in Fiscal Year 2013. The LIHEAP helps low-income families to pay their heating bills through a cash grant sent directly to the utility company or as a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat.

 

Butler Twp. Manager

Butler Township... north of Hazleton in Luzerne County... has a new manager. As expected former Luzerne County Commissioner Maryann Pretrilla returns to a job she held for eleven years before seeking the office of County controller back in 2005. Supervisors voting two to nothing for Pretrilla's hiring. Losing out on the job was Ransom Young and Charles Altmiller.

 

Luzerne County Budget

Luzerne County's newly – installed county council may soon have a new leaner budget in front of them to vote on. Interim County Manager Tom Pribula says council may get an estimated $118,7 - million proposed revised budget by as early as Thursday. Under the plan... up to 106 Luzerne County employees could lose their jobs in order to make ends meet.

 

Danville District

The Danville Area School District's Board of Education has approved a preliminary budget for the 2012 – 2013 school year. The proposal checks in at an estimated $32 – million... just about the same as this year. But the board is waiting to see how much money is earmarked for education in Governor Corbett's proposed budget. Those numbers should be revealed when the governor unveils his proposal February 7th.

 

Product Recall

Two of the biggest grocery store chains in Bloomsburg have removed several varieties of Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes from store shelves. Weis Markets and Giant Food removed the products from the shelves after a recall due to a possible cross – contamination with soy products. There have been no reports of illness and the products are safe to consume for individuals who do not suffer from a soy allergy.

 

WHLM Sports

A big night on the hardwood last night....

In boys high school basketball action... Central Columbia defeated Midd West 67 to 31.... and Montgomery got by Columbia Montour Vo Tech 60 to 53.

 

Girls Basketball

Dallas over Berwick 41 to 35..

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams are both tied for first place in the PSAC East. The men's team is tied with Kutztown and the women's team shares first with West Chester. The Huskies have two road games this week... Wednesday night at Millersville and Saturday afternoon at Cheyney. Wednesday's games start with the women's contest at 6 O'clock. You can hear all the action starting with the pregame show at 5:40 on News Radio 930, 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com.

Monday / January 30, 2012


I-80 Project

That 5 – year, $50 – million project to replace and rehabilitate the two bridges which carry Interstate 80 over the Susquehanna River near Mifflinville continues despite the fact we're in the middle of winter. PennDOT's Rick Mason tells us beams for a third bridge will take place next month... with the concrete deck to be poured in April. The on-going project is expected to be wrapped up in 2015.

 

Hotels / Bed Tax

Hoteliers in the area are seeing an increase in the number of rooms rented by guests. But, according to Otto Kurecian of the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau... most of the increase can be attributed to business travelers. Meantime... the local visitors bureau is gearing up for a very decent summer travel season... filled with dozens of events in Columbia and Montour Counties.

 

Mattioli Funeral

Funeral services will be held Monday for Dr. Joseph Mattioli... the founder of Pocono Raceway near Long Pond. Mattioli died last week at the age of 86. He was instrumental in building the 2.5 mile super speedway in a spinach patch... and introducing NASCAR Cup Series racing to the Northeast... making the two – events – a – year the biggest sporting events in the region. The services to be held at St. Peter of the Fisherman Catholic Church in Lake Harmony.

 

Sugarloaf Wreck

Authorities are investigating a one vehicle accident that happened overnight in Sugarloaf Township in northern Columbia County. The accident took place around 4:30 Monday morning. It involved a pick – up truck which rolled over on State Route 118 between West Creek and Central Roads. At least one person was injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

 

Sullivan Fatal

Route 220 near Muncy Valley in Sullivan County is open to traffic... following a fatal accident early Sunday morning. Authorities say a man from Phillipsburg was killed in the crash when his pick up truck slammed into a tractor trailer. The crash closed down the highway through mid-morning Sunday.

 

Stabbing

A Hazleton man has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed a second man over the weekend. Police say 34 – year old Job Paredes is facing a long list of charges after he allegedly stabbed Omar Castro Robles... who was found bleeding on the steps of Hazleton City Hall. Robles was stabbed in his abdomen with a large kitchen knife. He was rushed to the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown where he's in the intensive care unit.

 

Butler Township

Before the close of business Monday... Butler Township north of Hazleton in Luzerne County... may have a new township manager. Published reports say the leading contender is MaryAnn Pretrilla... who served in the position until 2005. Also seeking the position is Ransom Young and Charles Altmiller. After leaving the township job... Petrilla became Luzerne County controller... then was elected county commissioner.

 

Union County Robbery

Police are looking for two men who pulled off a weekend robbery at gunpoint at a convenience store near Mifflinburg... in Union County. The robbers demanded cash from the register... but when one of the clerks failed to open the drawer.... the bandits took a money bag filled with cash... and fled.

 

WHLM Sports

NFL Post Season

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 176 yards... and four touchdowns... as the AFC defeated the NFC 51-49 in the NFL Pro – Bowl.

 

High School Boys Basketball

In boys high school basketball Monday night Southern Columbia is at Line Mountain... Central Columbia is at home against Midd West... and Columbia Montour Vo Tech is at Montgomery.

 

High School Girls Basketball

The Berwick Bulldogs are at home against Dallas.

What's Happening Sunday January 29, 2012


The Columbia Valley Moose is having a breakfast today from 8:00 am to noon…cost is $6.50.  The Moose is located behind Sheetz off of Route 11 in Bloomsburg.

 

The Wheel Chair engineers train program will be open at the Columbia Mall on Monday from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

 

Wesley United Methodist Church invites you out to the Taize worship service on Tuesday at 7:00 PM…the church is located on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The Berwick Chapter of the American Red Cross has a CPR AED Adult Class coming up on Tuesday from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

 

Tickets go on sale for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s annual fundraising event Taming the Brew this Wednesday.

 

And, voting continues for the Columbia County Traveling Library to win $5,000 in gas.  Vote for the library daily through February 9th.

 

WHLM Sports

In Girls High School basketball Friday night, the Ironmen of Danville rallied in the closing seconds to win 38-28 against Montoursville.

 

In College ball Saturday the BU Huskies were at home to play Kutztown. The Women won their game 72-65. The Men lost their match 74-65. You can hear all the details from the afternoon with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU is back Wednesday night when they play at Millersville. Coverage on the WHLM Stations and here at WHLM.com starts with the Women's Pregame show at 5:40.

 

 

What's Happening Saturday January 28, 2012


The free trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open again today.  The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

The Columbia-Montour Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship will meet today at the Bloomsburg Community Church.

 

Benton United Methodist Church will host a ham supper this afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00.  The church is located on Main Street in Benton.

 

Bethany United Methodist Church presents a special speaker for outdoor lovers tonight at 5:00…they’ll be serving up wild game and fish dishes too.

 

The Montour Delong Fairground Association invites you out to their all you can eat haddock fish dinner this afternoon from 3:00 to 7:00.  Active Military people who come dressed in uniform will receive their meal free.

 

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare tonight.  Tickets are $12 general admission, $5 for Bloomsburg University students with ID.

 

The Columbia Valley Moose is having a breakfast tomorrow from 8:00 am to noon…cost is $6.50.  The Moose is located behind Sheetz off of Route 11 in Bloomsburg.

 

The Wheel Chair engineers train program will be open at the Columbia Mall on Monday from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

 

Wesley United Methodist Church invites you out to the Taize worship service on Tuesday at 7:00 PM…the church is located on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The Berwick Chapter of the American Red Cross has a CPR AED Adult Class coming up on Tuesday from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

 

Tickets go on sale for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s annual fundraising event Taming the Brew this Wednesday.

 

And, voting continues for the Columbia County Traveling Library to win $5,000 in gas.  Vote for the library daily through February 9th.

 

WHLM Sports

In Girls High School basketball Friday night, the Ironmen of Danville rallied in the closing seconds to win 38-28 against Montoursville.

 

In College ball Saturday the BU Huskies were at home to play Kutztown. The Women won their game 72-65. The Men lost their match 74-65. You can hear all the details from the afternoon with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU is back Wednesday night when they play at Millersville. Coverage on the WHLM Stations and here at WHLM.com starts with the Women's Pregame show at 5:40.

 

 

Friday January 27, 2012


Millard To Seek Another Term

State Representative David Millard says eh will see re-election for another term as the State Representative for the 109th legislative district, which covers most of Columbia County. Millard says he will continue to focus on the agricultural issues that affect the county along with other issues like jobs and higher education. Last week Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr announced his plans to run against Millard on the Democratic ticket. Both candidates will have to get through the Democratic and Republican April primaries to face each other in the November general election.

 

Redistricting In Pennsylvania

Republicans and democrats in Harrisburg anxiously await more information from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices regarding legislative redistricting. As we reported to you Thursday morning Pennsylvania's high court has thrown out the legislative maps by a vote of 4-3 saying the maps are “contrary to law.” The old maps will be used until the legislative reapportionment commission.

 

Citizens For Dan Knorr Question Interview

A bit of political scuffle in Columbia County due to comments made by Incumbent State Representative David Millard of the 109th district, which includes most of Columbia County. A letter was sent from the Citizens for Dan Knorr campaign to WHLM News questioning comments Representative Millard made on the Thursday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz. During the interview Millard spoke about the possibility of representing Benton and Benton Township, which under current legislative maps are not a part of the 109th district, and as we learned the new legislative maps that would move those areas to the district were thrown out by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court earlier this week. Millard said that knowing the decision on the maps was not final his campaign approached it by keeping Benton and Benton Township on different papers.

 

Another portion of the interview being questioned in the letter was an exchange between Morning Buzz co-host Norman Mael and Representative Millard about Pennsylvania losing one congressional representative. In the letter Citizens for Dan Knorr wanted to make sure it was clear that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision “does not affect congressional districts, but it does affect all state House and Senate districts.” During Thursday morning's interview Millard stated “The Supreme Court thing yesterday was senatorial and representative, not congressional.” Congressional, for example, refers to US Representative Lou Barletta for our area. Talks continue regarding Pennsylvania redistricting. To learn more you can visit www.redistricting.state.pa.us.

 

Food Stamps

The Corbett administration is taking more heat for a plan to return to assets testing for food stamp recipients. The latest call to reverse the plan comes from former Governor Ed Rendell as he hand delivered a letter, calling on Governor Corbett to reverse the plan. Kendall Hanna, of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, says hunger in the US is at an all time high. Hanna says the change would also put more pressure on food banks.

 

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society offers many services to patients with programs like the free wig program and Road to Recovery. Road to Recovery offers patients free rides to get to their treatments and doctor appointments. You can help by volunteering. Between September and November of last year 230 free rides were given. If you are interested call 884-1027.

 

WHLM Sports

In Girls High School basketball Friday night, the Ironmen of Danville rallied in the closing seconds to win 38-28 against Montoursville. Listen to the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Sports Update:

 

 

In College ball Saturday the BU Huskies are at home to play Kutztown. Coverage on the WHLM stations and here at WHLM.com starts with the Women's pregame show at 12:40.

 

Saturday night High School Hoops returns with the Bloomsburg Boys taking on Millville. Coverage of that match starts after the 7PM news.

 

 

Thursday January 26, 2012


Shippensburg Students Help Bloomsburg

Neighbors helping neighbors...a well known concept, and one exercised well in our community after the devastating September flood. And we all know what tremendous efforts the Bloomsburg University Student community put out for flood relief...and now the community is receiving help from another school. AGAPE was delivered a check from the Shippensburg University Athlete Advisory Committee for $1,000. Ashley Grimm Acting Assistant Director of Athletics at Shippensburg says that when the football and swim teams visited Bloomsburg they couldn't believe what they saw, and they wanted to do something.  The student athlete's raised money at their sporting events. The money was sent to AGAPE to help purchase needed items.

 

Taxes and Flood Losses

The end of January means the start of Tax Season. Kim Schooley of Schooley Tax and Accounting says that if you had substantial loss due to the flood you'll be able to claim that on your taxes, but it's a complicated process. Schooley added that if you've filled out FEMA paperwork..then you've already done half of the homework. A decrease in home value can also be claimed on taxes, if that decrease was caused due to the disaster. You can contact Schooley Tax and Accounting at 275-4038...we will have several segments on the WHLM Morning Buzz this Tax Season with more information.

 

Berwick Sewer Loan

The Berwick Area Joint Sewer Authority was approved for a loan of $5.3-million dollars through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. The loan will be used for a $5.8-million dollar project that will involved separation of storm water and sewer lines to eliminate sewage overflows in the Susquehanna river during periods of high water. Senator John Gordner assisted in a previous grant of $500,000 dollars for the project from the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The Berwick Joint Sewer Authority serves five municipalities.

 

Danville Flood Project

The Commonwealth Financing Authority has released $3.15 –million dollars for the completion of the Danville Flood Control Project. That money is the final component of the borough's flood protection system, and also a critical component of the decision making process related to the flooded Danville Middle School. The school was overtaken by flood waters in the September flood and school officials are now in the decision making process for reconstruction of the middle school. If the school remains in its current location completion of this flood control system is necessary. School district officials will continue to meet with state and federal emergency agencies to make that decision.

 

Redistricting Thrown Out

A divided state supreme court has invalidated the plan to redraw Pennsylvania's state legislative districts. The current district lines will remain until the commission comes up with another more acceptable plan that can pass legal muster.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's baksetball teams played at East Stroudsburg last night. Both teams came away with wins. The women beat East Stroudsburg 76-64, and it was the BU men over East Stroudsburg 70-67. The Husky basketball teams take on Kutztown Saturday afternoon at the Nelson Field House starting with the women's game at 1:00 PM.

Wednesday January 25, 2012


FuelingGood.COM

The Columbia County Traveling Library is trying to make up a $70,000 difference between what they lost in the September flood and what their insurance check covers. One way they are asking for help is by having people vote for them to win a $5,000 gas card. The contest can be found at the website: www.fuelinggood.com, and you can vote once daily through February 9th. Lydia Kegler M.L.S director of the Columbia County Traveling Library says winning the contest would provide enough gas money to cover a year of travel. Currently the library has moved their physical location to a spot in the Columbia Mall, and the bookmobile is up and running. The library is available to any residents of Columbia County.

 

Mobile Meth Lab Found

Police in Scott Township had to call in a special State Police meth lab team Tuesday afternoon to an apartment on Salem Blvd. According to a report in today's edition of the Press Enterprise 23-year old Heather Pollick and 28-year-old Eric Simons were served arrest warrants at their home. When police arrived on scene to serve the warrants they found a mobile meth lab. The special team was called in to secure the area and remove the lab parts from the apartment. The investigation continues.

 

Accident Causes Injury

Route 11 in Danville was tied up yesterday afternoon while emergency crews cleared the roadway after a two vehicle accident that left one man injured. James Snyder of Riverside was traveling north on Route 11 when another driver made a right turn on red at the intersection with State Hospital Drive. Snyder's vehicle collided with the back of the other vehicle. According to the Daily Item Snyder was taken to Geisinger for treatment of a back injury, and the other driver involved was not injured.

 

Barletta Responds to Obama

US Representative Lou Barletta released a statement Tuesday night responding to President Obama's State of the Union Address in which he said he hopes “we can work together to solve the issues we face.” Barletta was critical of the President in his statement citing many of President Obama's failed policies and the increase in unemployment, the rise in gas and food prices, and also the number of Americans living in the poor or low income category.

 

Reducing Size of House

A key committee has advanced legislation that would reduce the size of the state house. Some say the 203 member house is too big for it's own good. This bill would slash membership by 50 following the 2020 Census. The State Government Committee sent it to the house floor with some bipartisan support. The bill would require a constitutional amendment, which means it would have to pass two consecutive legislative sessions before being put to the voters. Critics believe broadening the house districts would create a whole new set of problems, and not necessarily save money.

 

Aircraft Tax Talk

State lawmakers from both parties say it's time for Pennsylvania to join neighboring states and reform its sales and use tax on fixed wing aircraft. PA is losing business and available jobs to neighboring states, which have enacted some type of tax reform, that's according to proponents of the bill. John Graham III, President of the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics says 80% of their grads go to jobs in other states and it's time to stop the “brain drain.”

 

Budget Concerns

Democrats in Harrisburg weren't happy with Governor Corbett's first budget, and with the upcoming budget address they are voicing concerns. Pennsylvania's Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn says he's wary of the address, which is coming up on February 7th. Burn says that Corbett's budget priorities are in the wrong place, and his refusal to impose a Marcellus Shale severance tax is having a negative impact on the state's economy.

 

PA Wind Energy

With 17 wind farms in the state, and 23 in development, Pennsylvania's wind energy industry is on the rise. Columbia County is home to 50 operational wind turbines in Conyngham Township. Neighboring Schuylkill County has a site planned for another wind farm that will house 35 turbines. Everpower President and CEO Jim Spencer says PA's wind farms are creating economic benefits. He says more than 3,000 Pennsylvanians are employed either directly or indirectly with wind industry jobs.

 

Radon Testing

Despite efforts to increase awareness about radon since the mid-1980s, many Pennsylvania homes have never been tested. Radon is a colorless, ordorless, radio active gas that occurs naturally and can seep into homes through cracks in the basement or foundation. Robert Lewis, who is Radon Division chief of the Bureau of Radon Protection, says it's a significant problem in the state. The DEP just awarded a grant to the American Lung Association to continue statewide public outreach and awareness about the importance of radon testing.

 

Shell Oil Facility

Governor Tom Corbett is leading the push to bring a giant new natural gas processing plant to Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia are all wooing Shell Oil Company, in hopes it will located the giant new facility within their borders. The company's decision will likely come in the first half of this year.

 

WHLM Sports


BU Basketball

In Huskies basketball on Wednesday, the Men's and Women's teams were on the road at East Stroudsburg. The Women's final was 76-64; a BU victory. The Men held onto a tenuous lead to end in another close win; 70-67 was the Men's final. Listen to the details from the night's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU is back in action at the Nelson Field House Saturday afternoon when they play Kutztown. You can catch those games on the WHLM stations and here at WHLM.com starting with the Women's pregame at 12:40.

 

High School Basketball

In boys' basketball tonight, Bloomsburg and South Williamsport are tied for first place in the Heartland Conference Division 3 going into their game tonight at the Bloomsburg Middle School gymnasium.

Tuesday January 24, 2012


Joe Paterno Remembered

The public will get it's chance to say goodbye to Joe Paterno. Two public viewings are scheduled the first is today from 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM and the second tomorrow from 8:00 AM to Noon. A public memorial is planned for Thursday at the Bryce Jordan Center at 2:00 PM. Meanwhile, Governor Tom Corbett has all Pennsylvania flags at the State Capitol Complex flying at half staff until Paterno is laid to rest.

 

Getting It Wrong

In a statement on www.onwardstate.com managing editor and Penn State student Devon Edwards apologized for releasing incorrect information Saturday night about the passing of Joe Paterno. The college community news website reported that Joe Paterno had died Saturday after receiving what they thought was credible information. Not too long after, major news networks picked up that news and republished it. A family spokesman corrected that public release, and Joe Paterno did not pass away until Sunday morning. Edwards has stepped down as managing editor of the website due to this error.

 

Benton Council

There is an opening on the Benton Borough council. Council is accepting applications to fill that position. Applicants must have lived in the borough for at least a year. All applications should be submitted to the borough office by February 3rd.

 

Library Gas Card

You know about the Bloomsburg Public Library and the McBride Memorial Library in Berwick...but if you are a resident of Columbia County do you know about the Columbia County Traveling Library? Lydia Kegler – M.L.S – Director of the Columbia County Traveling Library says it's worth checking out their bookmobile. During the September Flood the library was heavily damaged and lost $90,000 in books supplies and furnishings...they have a temporary physical location set up in the Columbia Mall and the bookmobile is currently running. The library is hoping to win a $5,000 gas card in a contest going on right now...and you can vote daily through February 9th by going to www.fuelinggood.com. Kegler says that amount would fuel the bookmobile for a year...helping to make up some of their lost funds from the flood.

 

Berwick Health Fair

The Berwick High School cafeteria will turn into a health fair on Wednesday for parents and students of the Berwick Area School District. The health fair is being put together by Mulberry Street Chiropractic, located in Berwick. Dr. Amanda Collier says the health fair will cover topics like physical, financial and emotional health. Collier says she is interested in helping young people make healthy choices before they become unhealthy. The health fair is happening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Wednesday and is open to all Berwick Area School District students and parents.

 

State Budget

The Governor's annual budget address is scheduled for February 7th. Half-way into this fiscal year, revenues are lagging expectations to the tune of a half-billion dollars. Governor Tom Corbett says he's dealing with the difficult budget reality. Corbett added that last year's cuts to basic education were the direct result of the loss of federal stimulus money, and he stresses that state funding of public schools actually increased.

 

State Unemployment

The State Senate is working on legislation to implement extended federal unemployment benefits. Pennsylvania's unemployment compensation law must be amended to allow the benefits and authorized by congress to take effect. If the benefits are to be extended business owners want to see some changes in eligibility. Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Vice President Same Denisco says Pennsylvania has the highest percentage of unemployed people eligible for benefits in the country. There's another bill awaiting legislative action, which would essentially refinance the $4-billion dollars in UC debt, which the state owes the federal government.

 

Does The PA Primary Matter?

In three Republican presidential contests so far, there have been three different winners in the race for the nomination. The Republican presidential race is still unpredictable according to Franklin and Marshall College political science professor Terry Madonna. He says voters have been unable to latch on to a single candidate, with five different polling leaders in six months. He thinks Pennsylvania could still play a key role, even with the late April primary. Newt Gingrich is the current front runner after his South Carolina victory.

 

Women's Right To Know Act

On the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, state representative Kathy Rapp is working to build momentum for a bill to help women be more informed when deciding whether to end a pregnancy. The Women's Right to Know Act would provide all pregnant women in Pennsylvania with the right to view an ultrasound of their babies when considering an abortion. The bill is expected to be considered in the near future by the House Health Committee.

Monday January 23, 2012


2 Hour Delays For Monday 1/23/12:

 

Benton Area

Danville Area

Millville Area

 

Remembering A Legend

Millions of fans are mourning the loss of a Pennsylvania icon. Joe Paterno died Sunday morning, succumbing to lung cancer just 74 days after his dismissal as head football coach at Penn State, a position he had held since 1966. Paterno was a member of the college football Hall of Fame, and his 409 Division I wins stands as an NCAA record that may never be broken. Joe Paterno was 85 years old.

 

Hynoski Goes To The Big Show

In his rookie season in the NFL, Southern Columbia grad Henry Hynoski is headed to the Super Bowl. Hynoski and the New York Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 in overtime yesterday in the NFC Championship game. They will play the New England Patriots Sunday, February 5th in the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. The Patriots beat the Balitmore Ravens in yesterday's AFC final 23-20.

 

I80 Ramp Closure

The I80 westbound on-ramp at exit 242 in Columbia County from Route 339 in Mifflinville is closed to traffic as PennDOT continues work on their major bridge project there. The ramp will remain closed until the end of August. Meanwhile, a signed detour using Market Street at Mifflinville to Route 11 Southbound at the Lime Ridge interchange will be used.

 

Winter Driving

PennDOT is reminding us that during winter weather events like this past weekend, their primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. During times of winter storm PennDOT's main focus are roadways such as interstates and expressways. Motorists are advised to pack emergency kits in their cars with items like nonperishable food, water, first aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket and a small shovel.

 

BU Classes Begin

If Bloomsburg seems a little more busy than it has lately, that may be because Bloomsburg University students are back on campus. Today is the first day of the spring 2012 semester. Classes run through Friday May 4th. The 2012 commencement ceremonies will be held May 11th and 12th.

 

PA Senior Care System

There's a new call to overhaul the state's senior care system. Advocates believe the discussion should be a part of the upcoming budget process. The state's current senior care funding system is being described as an outdated labyrinth of bureaucratic line items. Leadingage PA President Ron Barth wants policy makers to sit down and discuss an overhaul. Leadingage PA is a trade association representing nonprofit service providers for Pennsylvania's seniors.

 

Game Commission Meeting

The state game commission is in the middle of their annual three day winter meeting. The annual season and bag limit preliminary approval meeting is one of two big meetings for the commission. Spokesman Jerry Feaser says the limits won't be finalized until spring.

 

Red Cross Oppourtunties

The Danville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for volunteers interested in being trained to carry a disaster response kit for fires, floods and other local emergencies. They are also looking for volunteers who would like to be trained to be deployed to disasters in other states. If you're interested call the Danville Red Cross office at 275-1441..

 

There is a blood drive this afternoon at the Meadows at Maria Joseph Manor. The drive is happening from 1:00 to 6:00 pm this afternoon. Maria Joseph is located at 93 Tower Circle in Danville. And the Danville Red Cross is looking to raise awareness of blood donation in our community. You can have a Red Cross Representative come in to speak with your support, youth or even scout troop. Call 275-1441 to speak with a Danville Red Cross representative.

 

Berwick Health Fair

The Berwick High School cafeteria will turn into a health fair on Wednesday for parents and students of the Berwick Area School District. The health fair is being put together by Mulberry Street Chiropractic, located in Berwick. Dr. Amanda Collier says the health fair will cover topics like physical, financial and emotional health. Collier says she is interested in helping young people make healthy choices before they become unhealthy. The health fair is happening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Wednesday and is open to all Berwick Area School District students and parents.

 

Airline Regulations

You've probably seen the commercials, or the jokes, about passengers walking up to the ticket booth at the airport and getting blindsided with baggage fees before they board their flight. After this week there won't be anymore of those surprises. Airlines will be required to include baggage checking fees in their prices when you book and pay for a ticket online. They will also have to disclosed complete fares in their advertising, including taxes and fees, and passengers will have a 24-hour grace period to change airline reservations.

What's Happening Sunday January 22nd 2012


The Southern Columbia Music Department will host a gift card bingo today in the high school cafeteria.  Doors open at 11:30 am and games begin at 1:00 pm.

 

The Wheelchair Engineers program at the Columbia Mall will be open on Monday from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

 

And, from the WHLM Future File, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare next Friday and Saturday.  Tickets are $12.00 general admission or $5.00 with Bloomsburg University Student ID.  For tickets go to www.bte.org.

 

 

WHLM Sports

In Boys' High School basketball Friday night, Bloomsburg defeated Sullivan County in a game heard on Newsradio 930. The final was 61-55 Bloomsburg.

 

In College basketball Saturday afternoon, the Huskies of BU had a rough time on the road at West Chester. The Women's team lost 79-65. The Men lost their game 70-64. Listen to the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

The Huskies will try to bounce back Wednesday night when they travel to East Stroudsburg. You can hear all the action on the WHLM stations and here at WHLM.com starting with the Women's pregame at 5:40.

 

 

What's Happening Saturday January 21st 2012


The Columbia County United Way Trash to Treasure sale is happening today at the Kehr Union Multicultural center on the BU campus.  The sale includes computers, furniture, electronics, and household appliances.  All proceeds benefit the Columbia County United Way.

 

The Friends of the Bloomsburg Public library book sale continues today.  The sale will also be open Monday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

The McBride Memorial Library in Berwick is hosting a book sale until 1:00 pm this afternoon.  The library is located at 500 North Market Street in Berwick.

 

Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will host the free Saturday trains program today.  The display features the new talking train and dozens of other trains to play with.  The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA invites you to check out their brand new ice skating rink this afternoon.  The open house is scheduled for noon to 4:00 pm.  You can skate for free and enjoy some hot chocolate.  You’ll have to bring your own skates, and children ages 10 and younger must have a parent with them.  The Y is located on 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Columbia County Christian School invites you to their winter “Seussival” carnival today.  The Dr. Seuss themed day includes games, food, prizes, and fun.  The school is located on Schoolhouse Road in Buckhorn.  Snow date is next Saturday.

 

Shiloh Bible Church presents Gospel Bond in concert tonight at 7:00 PM.  A free will offering will be taken.  The church is in Bloomsburg.

 

The Southern Columbia Music Department will host a gift card bingo tomorrow in the high school cafeteria.  Doors open at 11:30 am and games begin at 1:00 pm.

 

WHLM Sports

In Boys' High School basketball Friday night, Bloomsburg defeated Sullivan County in a game heard on Newsradio 930. The final was 61-55 Bloomsburg.

 

The weather this weekend has meant cancellation for some sporting events. Central Columbia's Girls Youth Basketball has been postponed until Feb. 5th, and Millville Elementary Boys' and Girls' basketball for Saturday has been cancelled.

 

In College basketball Saturday afternoon, the Huskies of BU had a rough time on the road at West Chester. The Women's team lost 79-65. The Men lost their game 70-64. Listen to the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

The Huskies will try to bounce back Wednesday night when they travel to East Stroudsburg. You can hear all the action on the WHLM stations and here at WHLM.com starting with the Women's pregame at 5:40.

 

 

Friday January 20, 2012


New Major

The Board of Governor's of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education approved a new major for Bloomsburg University. The Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership will be the first of it's kind in the state system, and only the second in the commonwealth. The major will address the growing demand for technical skills combined with professional skills. It will also be open to those already in the workforce. The first class will enroll this fall.

 

Transcript Available

If you weren't there when Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr announced that he'll run to become the state representative of the 109th district, you can still get a full transcript of what he said. Mayor Knorr has made the transcript available on his Facebook page. As we reported to you earlier this week, Knorr is expected to face James Geffken of Sugarloaf Township in the April primary. Incumbent David Millard would face the winner of that race in the November General Election.

 

CLICK HERE FOR TRANSCRIPT

 

Winter Weather

With snow on it's way this evening the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory, which will be in effect from 7:00 this evening through 10:00 tomorrow morning. The National Weather Service is expecting moderate to heavy snow with the possibility of some sleet or freezing rain south of interstate 80. While most area's will see only snow they are still reminding drivers to restrict travel and practice caution. Our area could see an accumulation anywhere between 1 to 4 inches.

 

Ice Rink

While some of us may have hoped to get through the winter without actually experiencing winter weather, there are some events that depend on the winter weather. One new winter attraction in Bloomsburg was supposed to open up last weekend, but it didn't happen due to above average temperatures. That attraction is the new ice skating rink at the bloomsburg area ymca. The YMCA is now planning to have their grand opening event tomorrow afternoon from noon to 4:00 pm. You can take your family out for free skating and hot chocolate.

 

Trash to Treasure

The annual Columbia County United Way Trash to Treasure sale is happening on the BU Campus this Saturday from 9:00 am to noon. Early bird sales start at 8:00 am for $5.00. Call 784-3134 for information.

 

Book Sale

The Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library book sale is happening through Monday. Hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm today, 8:00 am to noon tomorrow, and 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday at the library on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Theft and Drugs

The Press Enterprise is reporting in the Friday edition that police found a large amount of heroin on a man who stole over $1,300 from the Tenny Town Motel in Scott Township. 32-Year-old Kevin Blunck was taken into custody after the motel manager reported the theft. Police found Blunck in Bloomsburg where he was in possession of the drugs.

 

Office Hours

State Representative Kurt Masser who represents Columbia and Montour counties will meet with constituents today at the Mt. Carmel Township building on Laurel Street in Atlas. Masser's office hours begin at 10:00 am.

 

Marcellus Shale Safety

Governor Tom Corbett is expected to sign a Marcellus Shale safety measure that's on its way to his desk. The bill to improve emergency management at wellsites passed both legislative chambers with only one negative vote. Among other things, the bill would require drillers to share their emergency pans with local first responders, and provide them with GPS coordinates to all wellpad locations and access roads.

 

AG to Governor?

Some House Democrats are backing a bill that would make attorney's general wait before running for governor. The proposed constitutional amendment would require a wait of at least four years after leaving office before running for governor. The bill's prime sponsor State Representative Babette Josephs says Pennsylvanians don't want an AG who uses the office as a stepping stone. However, at this point only nine representatives have signed on a co-sponsors.

 

WHLM Sports

In Boys' High School basketball Friday night, Bloomsburg defeated Sullivan County in a game heard on Newsradio 930. The final was 61-55 Bloomsburg. Listen to Jim Doyle as he gives you the details from the night's action in the WHLM High School Sports Update:

 

 

The weather this weekend has meant cancellation for some sporting events. Central Columbia's Girls Youth Basketball has been postponed until Feb. 5th, and Millville Elementary Boys' and Girls' basketball for Saturday has been cancelled.

 

In College basketball Saturday afternoon, the Huskies of BU are traveling to West Chester. You can hear all that action starting with the Women's Pregame show at 12:40 on the WHLM stations and here at WHLM.com.

 

 

Thursday January 19, 2012


Knorr Announcement

State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township will be facing a democrat this fall in the general election. Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr launched his campaign Wednesday night to unseat Millard who has been in Harrisburg since 2004. Knorr is first expected to face James Geffken of Sugarloaf Township during the April primary. The winner of that race would then face Millard in the November general election.

 

Office Hours

State Representative Lynda Culver, who represents Northumberland and Snyder Counties will meet with constituents today. Ms. Culver will hold office hours at the Jackson Township building in Herndon starting at 9:00 AM. This is the first time to meet with voters since announcing her re-election bid for state house.

 

Flood Funding

US Representative Lou Barletta says almost $14-million in federal funding for Pennsylvania was announced by the US Department of Agriculture on Wednesday. The funds will help farmers, land owners, communities and others recover and rebuild after the September 2011 flooding. A majority of the funds will come from the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service Emergency Watershed Protection Program. $2-million will come from the Farm Service Agency's Emergency Conservation Program.

 

State Gaming Oversight

Committee action is pending on two bills to ensure oversight of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control board. The bills currently await action in the house gaming oversight committee. Auditor General Jack Wagner says the reimbursement bill would put the auditor general's office on equal footing with other oversight agencies. Meanwhile, the board announced Wednesday that the state's 10-casinos grossed more than $3-billion dollars in 2011. That translates into more than $1.4-billion dollars in state tax revenue.

 

E-File

If you're ready you can now start filing your state taxes. As of Thursday Pennsylvania's e-filing option is up and running for the season. Elizabeth Brassell, spokeswoman for the State Department of Revenue, says when you file electronically this year, you will find a new mandatory field. The “use tax” field. When sales tax is not collected by an online seller, the use tax takes its place. You can e-file online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling 1-888-4PAFILE.

 

Book Sale

The friends of the Bloomsburg public library book sale has begun. The sale runs today, tomorrow, Saturday and Monday at the Bloomsburg Public Library on Market Street. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library.

 

Young's Funny Farm

Young's Funny Farm that runs out of the Berwick area said goodbye to a dear friend this week. The organization is home to many therapy animals, and Neil Young has informed WHLM News that their therapy dog Timmy passed away recently. Timmy was nationally known for his time spent at Ground Zero in New York City after 911, and you may remember stories about Timmy and his hearing aid. Neil Young says that as a therapy dog he is certain that Timmy helped over 10,000 people in his life...and that number may even be closer to 20,000. You can read more about Young's Funny Farm and Timmy online at www.youngsfunnyfarm.org.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Basketball

In girls' high school basketball Wednesday night it was...Benton 46 – Montgomery 32, Bloomsburg 50 – Saint John Neuman 47, Line Mountain 46 – Central Columbia 29, Danville 39 – Selinsgrove 27, and Southern Columbia 56 – Millville 16.

 

In girls' basketball Thursday night, in a game heard on Newsradio 930 Hazleton beat the Lady Bulldogs of Berwick 49-41. Listen to the details from the night's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report:

 

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Mansfield last night at the Nelson Field House. Both teams came away with victories. The men beat Mansfield 75 – 72. In the women's game it was BU 84 – Mansfield 75. The Huskies' next games will be Saturday afternoon at West Chester.

Wednesday / January 18, 2012


Millville Fatal

Slick roads near Millville Tuesday are being blamed as a contributing factor in the traffic death of a Huntington County man. State Police at Bloomsburg tell us 30 – year old Theodore Cromwell of Mt. Union died behind the wheel of his Mazda when he lost control... and slammed head on into a pick-up truck on slush – covered Route 642 near Millville. Cromwell was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pick – up.. 51 – year old Gale Stackhouse of Unityville was injured and transported to a hospital for treatment.

 

PennDOT Winter

It's been a mild winter for us here thus far in Columbia and Montour Counties.... and that keeps the folks at PennDOT happy. That translates into less spending for snow removal... but it also means crews are more pro – active than in the past tracking approaching storms... so says the agency's Rick Mason. For example... prior to the overnight storm of this week... crews were out early spreading anti – skid material and salt prior to the arrival of freezing rain.

 

Trash to Treasure

Bloomsburg University will host it's annual Trash to Treasure fund raising event this Saturday... starting at 9 AM... at the Multicultural Center of Kher Union Building. The proceeds go to the Columbia County United Way... and the organization's John Thomas said the hot items this year will be computer equipment. Thomas says tickets to the early bird sale are available at the United Way Office on Penn Street... near the Bloomsburg Hospital.

 

Mahoning Burglary

Five people... three from our area... and two from New Jersey... are in jail after they allegedly burglarized a Mahoning Township home last week.. making off with $12,000 in stolen goods. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition.. 23 – year old Brian Mellor of Shickshinny... as well as 20 – year old Nicholas Harker.. and 23 – year old Charity Cooper of Almedia were arrested along with two New Jersey men. All are accused of burglarizing the Myers Road home of Cindy and Robert Munsch while they were out.

 

Geisinger

A new study ranks Geisinger Health System as one of the top 15 health systems in the United States. The fourth annual Thomson Reuters 15 Top Health Systems study is reporting that Danville – based Geisinger was among the 15 hospital systems singled out for achievement in clinical outcomes based on balanced system-wide clinical performance according to data collected from more than 300 organizations. That performance measures included care quality, patient perception of care and efficiency.

 

Delaware Water Gap

Congressman Lou Barletta is delivering. The Hazleton Republican announcing that the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area will receive $530,000 from the Federal Transit Administration for a program to reduce traffic congestion in the park. The grant will be used to study and implement a regional alternative transportation system in the Recreation Area.... in order to coordinate and connect existing and new systems to best serve visitors.

 

Attempted Kidnapping

Hazleton police still trying to find two men who allegedly attempted to pull a 21 – year old woman from her car earlier this month. The incident taking place at a shopping center on West Broad Street last Thursday. Police say they're looking for two heavy – set Hispanic men in their 20's who drove a white mini – van. If you have information about the case... call Hazleton Police.

 

Teens Jailed

Two juveniles are in jail after being arrested on a long list of charges stemming from a fight involving four people in Banks Township... in Carbon County... south of Hazleton. The names of the 16 and 17 year old teens have not been released... but they're accused of fighting with three men... and in the process displaying a handgun. The two teens were jailed when they couldn't come up with 100 – thousand dollars bail.

 

Kraft Layoffs

Northfield, Illinois – based Kraft Foods says it will eliminate 60 jobs at its financial services unit in Hanover Township... near Sugar Notch in Luzerne County. An estimated 730 people work at the location. The cuts are part of a plan to eliminate 1,600 jobs across North America... as well as streamlining Kraft's business units.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Boys Basketball

On Tuesday night... Central Columbia was at Southern Columbia. At the final buzzer... Southern getting by Central 37 to 35. In other boys' games last night... Dallas defeated Berwick 64 to 42... Bloomsburg got by Saint John Neuman 65 to 51... Danville over Jersey Shore 77 to 54... South Williamsport got by Millville 66 to 38... and Muncy defeated Benton 76 to 40..

 

Bloomsburg University

In Huskies College Basketball Wednesday the Men's & Women's teams were at home to host Mansfield. The Women won their game 84-75. The Men broke an eight-game losing streak against the Mountaineers with another close 75-72 victory. Listen to the details from the night's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU is on the road at West Chester Saturday afternoon. You can catch all the action starting with the Women's pregame show at 12:40 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com.

 

 

Tuesday / January 17, 2012


Weather / Sullivan Co. Schools

It's not as bad as weather forecasters had predicted. We got snow, freezing rain and sleet overnight... which turned to rain early Tuesday morning. PennDOT crews pre – treated the highways with anti – skid material and salt... so for the most part roads are generally wet. But in the higher elevations... there are some slippery spots. That has forced the Sullivan County School District to delay classes by two hours Tuesday morning. District officials telling us that there are some icy patches around... and since the majority of students use busing... they don't want to take any chances... so that's why Tuesday's classes in Sullivan County will be delayed two hours.

 

Dan Knorr

It appears Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr is seeking a new political office. According to a news release... Mayor Knorr is expected to announce that he's seeking the state house seat in the 109th district... the one currently held by state representative David Millard. The announcement is set for Wednesday night. Meantime... James Geffken of Sugarloaf Township is also expected to enter the race... and would face Knorr in the April democratic primary election. Millard has held the seat since 2004... and has successfully defeated challengers in the past... the last time in 2010 when two candidates sought the seat.

 

Election Cycle

A week from today is the first day for candidates seeking elective office in the 2012 election cycle to circulate nominating petitions. That's the first step in getting on the April primary election ballot. But, for the most part this year's elections deal with state and federal offices. And with a presidential election this year... Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Rapasky says his office will see a lot of activity.

 

Shickshinny Recovery

As Shickshinny... in neighboring Luzerne County... recovers from September Flooding... officials there are turning to the Susquehanna River to revitalize it's economy. In essence... it appears borough officials want to make the waterway a destination spot... so says Mayor Beverly Moore. During a recent interview with WHLM Radio News... Mayor Moore talked about boating and kayaking on the Susquehanna as well as using the Warrior Trail next to the waterway.

 

Turkey Hill Store

For the third time in as many weeks... the Turkey Hill store on Alter Street in Hazleton has been the target of robbers. Police say this time three men strolled into the store at the corner of 15th Street early Monday morning. The bandits taking cash and cigarettes. The clerk was not hurt in the stick up.

 

Gas prices

It appears gasoline prices of self serve, unleaded regular have stabilized somewhat in northeastern Pennsylvania. The latest survey by the Triple - A shows prices averaging $3.46 a gallon... the same as it was all weekend... and as far back as a week ago. A month ago we were paying $3.31 a gallon.... and in January of 2011... the price of a gallon of gas was $3.16.

 

Northumberland Accident

State Police are investigating a one vehicle accident which happened last night on Route 901 between Excelsior and Ranshaw... in Coal Township... in Northumberland County. One person was killed... a second was injured. Witnesses telling authorities the driver of a pick up truck lost control on an icy bridge and it flipped over several times before plunging down an embankment. The dead person is described as a woman... the injured a man. No names have been released. The man taken to a near – by hospital for treatment.

 

Wood - Mode Cabinets

The manufacturer of kitchen cabinets in Snyder County is being hit... once again... by the nation's economic downturn. A spokesman for Wood – Mode in Kremer says 90 people of it's 1,100 person workforce will be let go through mid – February. The big reason is the recession and the fact contractors aren't building new homes. Wood – Mode is the largest employer in Snyder County.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Basketball

The Southern Columbia boys' basketball team is unbeaten in the Heartland Conference Division 2. Tuesday night the Tigers are at home against long time rival Central Columbia. You can catch the action starting with the pre - game show at 7:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7 and 104.3, Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com.

 

Boys BB

In boys basketball Monday night... Columbia Montour Vo Tech defeated Bloomsburg Christian 61 to 51.

 

Girls BB

In girls basketball from Monday night... Dallas downed Berwick in overtime 41 to 21... Danville got by Southern Columbia 42 to 31... and Saint John Neuman defeated Columbia Montour Vo – Tech 42 to 23.

Monday / January 16, 2012


Winter Weather Advisory

Our weather is going to be changing during the next 24 hours or so. The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the area... including Columbia and Montour County beginning at 9 O'clock Monday night. Meteorologists are forecasting snow... freezing rain and sleet overnight... with the mixture changing to rain after 4 Tuesday morning. That could make driving overnight a bit treacherous. Road crews throughout the area will spend the day preparing for the weather coming their way.

 

Burn Victim Dies

A 27 – year old Montour Township woman... burned over 90% of her body.. died over the weekend at the Lehigh Valley Hospital's Burn Center. If you recall... 27 – year old Elizabeth Kopitsky was severely burned last month when her nylon clothing caught fire after she handled gasoline at the family home on Grovania Drive. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition that Ms. Kopitsky died early Sunday morning. Funeral arrangements will be announced later this week.

 

Tourism

Is the tourism industry in Pennsylvania fractured ??? The executive director of the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau believes it is. Otto Kurecian says the tourism industry in the state does not speak with a single voice. Kurecian says the problem could be solved by taking tourism out of the Community and Economic Development Department... and allowing the tourism to become a commission.

 

David Millard / Marcellus

Governor Corbett and his advisers are trying to come up with a proposed budget for the state's fiscal year which begins July 1st. That may be six months away, but already the state treasury is facing a half – billion dollar shortfall this year alone. State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township says getting dollars from the Marcellus Shale industry will play an important role in the 2012 – 2013 budget.

 

Hazle Twp Fire

A fire at a plant in the Valmont Industrial Park near Hazleton was knocked down quickly by Hazle Township firemen. They were called out to Fabri – Kal on Lyons drive at midday Sunday. The company makes plastic cups. Authorities say plastic on one line caught fire... and spread to a second line when employees tried to extinguish it. No injuries were reported.

 

Hunlock Creek Fire

A Hunlock Creek home... in Luzerne County... was extensively damaged by fire midday Sunday. Firemen were called to Remond Road when the owner of the home spotted a fire around his chimney when trying to retrieve some firewood. The two story home was effected by smoke and water damage.  The family who lived there is being helped by the American Red Cross.

 

Post Office/Shickshinny

Congressman Lou Barletta has fired off a letter to two high – ranking postal officials urging them to re-open the Shickshinny Post Office as soon as possible. The Post Office sustained substantial damage during the flooding produced by tropical storm Lee back in September. Barletta says the post office is often the focal point of small communities... such as Shickshinny. No response yet from postal officials.

 

Danville Evaluations

By this time next year... all Danville Borough employee will be graded under an evaluation system. That word coming out of a recent council meeting. Under the proposal... 32 employes will be evaluated for job performance. It's all designed to make workers more efficient so they can do a better job for the borough.

 

Powerball

If you play the multi-state Powerball game Wednesday... it's going to cost you more, but the basic jackpot will be bigger. Following this past weekend's drawing... it will cost you two dollars per ticket... an increase of a buck over last week. But instead of the basic $20 – million jackpot... the initial payout will now be $40 – million. The PA Lottery Commission say players have a one - in - 35 chance of winning a prize.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Wrestling

College wrestling Sunday afternoon at Nelson Field House, Bloomsburg University saw its 10 match winning streak come to an end in a 30 to 3 loss to Pitt. The Huskies only win came at 285 pounds where Zach Walsh won a decision. With the win, Pitt improved their record to 10 and one. Bloomsburg is now 12 and four. The Huskies next match is Saturday night at West Virginia.

 

NFL NFC Playoff Game

In his first season in the NFL, Southern Columbia product Henry Hynoski will be playing in an NFC Championship game. On Sunday... Hynoski and his New York Giants defeated the Green Bay Packers 37-20. Next Sunday they will play the 49ers in San Francisco.

 

NFL AFC Playoff Game

In Sunday's other playoff game, Baltimore over Houston 20-13. The Ravens will play the New England Patriots next Sunday in the AFC final.

What's Happening Sunday January 15, 2012


The Loose Ties Model Railroad Club will open up their huge display of trains at the Columbia Mall today noon to 4:00 pm.  The display features more than 60 trains and 10,00 feet of track.

 

The Bloomsburg University Huskies for the Community hope you’ll join them today at the wrestling match against Pitt at no charge.

 

The Bloomsburg Fire Department invites you to their monthly all-you-can eat breakfast buffet today from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company is also serving up their monthly all-you-can eat breakfast buffet today from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The fire hall is located off Route 6642 between Danville and Milton.

 

The Maria Assunta Society on Monroe Street in Berwick will host a spaghetti benefit dinner for Joe “Buzz” Difebo this afternoon from noon to 3:00 pm.  There will also be a Chinese auction, bake sale, and 50/50.

 

Bloomsburg High School is the place for bingo today.  It’s a Pampered Chef, Twenty-One, and Lia Sophia bingo.  Tickets are $20.00 for twenty games, and doors open at noon.  Proceeds benefit two Camp Victory and Special Olympic families in our area.

 

From the WHLM Future File, the first ever Berwick Area YMCA Indoor triathlon is next weekend.  Today is the last day to register.

 

The Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library book sale is happening next Thursday through Monday at the library.

 

The Bloomsburg YMCA has postponed their grand opening of the brand new ice skating rink to next Saturday from noon to 4:00 pm.

 

And, the Columbia County United Way Trash to Treasure Sale is happening next Saturday from 9:00 am to noon at Bloomsburg University.  Get your early bird tickets now to get in at 8:00 am by contacting the Columbia County United way.

 

Bloomsburg University Basketball

The Huskies were back at the Nelson Field House on Saturday in their first home stand since December for a pair of games against the Wolves of Cheyney University. Both BU teams dominated in their games. The Women won 77-50. The Men won 83-61. You can hear the details from the day's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU is back in action Wednesday night when they face Mansfield. You can hear those games on the WHLM Stations and here at WHLM.com with the Women's Pregame starting after the 5PM news.

What's Happening Saturday January 14, 2012


The final registration for the Bloomsburg Little League is today from 9:00 am to noon at the Moose Exchange in Downtown Bloomsburg.  If your child is a new player, then you will need a birth certificate.

 

As usual the free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

The Loose Ties Model Railroad Club will open up their huge display of trains at the Columbia Mall today from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and tomorrow from Noon to 4:00 pm.  The display features more than 60 trains and 10,00 feet of track.

 

The Bloomsburg University Huskies for the Community hope you’ll join them today at the Huskies Men’s and Women’s Basketball games at no charge.  The wrestling match against Pitt is open to the community tomorrow at no charges as well.

 

The Bloomsburg Fire Department invites you to their monthly all-you-can eat breakfast buffet tomorrow from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company is also serving up their monthly all-you-can eat breakfast buffet tomorrow from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The fire hall is located off Route 6642 between Danville and Milton.

 

The Maria Assunta Society on Monroe Street in Berwick will host a spaghetti benefit dinner for Joe “Buzz” Difebo tomorrow from noon to 3:00 pm.  There will also be a Chinese auction, bake sale, and 50/50.

 

Bloomsburg High School is the place for bingo tomorrow.  It’s a Pampered Chef, Twenty-One, and Lia Sophia bingo.  Tickets are $20.00 for twenty games, and doors open at noon.  Proceeds benefit two Camp Victory and Special Olympic families in our area.

 

Bloomsburg University Basketball

The Huskies were back at the Nelson Field House on Saturday in their first home stand since December for a pair of games against the Wolves of Cheyney University. Both BU teams dominated in their games. The Women won 77-50. The Men won 83-61. You can hear the details from the day's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU is back in action Wednesday night when they face Mansfield. You can hear those games on the WHLM Stations and here at WHLM.com with the Women's Pregame starting after the 5PM news.

 

 

Friday / January 13, 2012


Changing Weather

Our weather will be changing drastically Friday. Daytime high's have been in the 40's and 50's this past week... but Friday it's a different matter. A cold front pushing through the area will produce snow showers Friday morning... with temperatures today falling to the mid – 30's. The National Weather Service in State College has posted a wind advisory through 7 O'clock tonight.

 

Power Outages

There are some PPL subscribers waking up to power outages this morning across the region. The big reason is our changing weather. The utilities power outage website shows nearly 1,700 subscribers were without juice Friday morning across Columbia County... with the biggest outage reported in Briar Creek and South Center Townships. In Montour County... an estimated 200 PPL subscribers are out of power in Derry Township.

 

2012 Election Cycle

The Columbia County chief registrar is getting ready for the 2012 election cycle... and it appears it will be a bit easier than in the past. Matt Rapasky says there are no local elections to speak of... since most are on the state and federal level. Rapasky said from his office in the Courthouse Annex in Bloomsburg... the entire election process has been moved up a month since it's a Presidential election year. That means Pennsylvania's primary takes place on April 24th.

 

Shickshinny Rebounds

A couple of dozen people turned out Thursday for the grand re-opening of a Subway restaurant in the heart of Shickshinny's business district. It's not so much one restaurant getting back on it's feet after the September floods, but rather the entire borough bouncing back... so says Shickshinny Mayor Beverly Moore. Mayor Moore says other stores are expected to follow suit, but acknowledged that Shickshinny has a long way to go in it's rebuilding process.

 

Northumberland County Fatal

A Paxinos man is dead after his pick up truck slammed into a tree on Route 61... near Old Reading Road on Thursday. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition 41 – year old Matthew Persing died of blunt force trauma after his truck collided with a tree as he was southbound on Route 61. Authorities say Persing was not wearing a seat belt.

 

Liberty Twp. Fire

A state police fire marshal has been called in to try and determine the cause of an early Thursday morning fire in Liberty Township... in Montour County... which destroyed a century old home. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition the vacant home at 215 Kelly's Dam Road was full involved when firemen arrived. State fire marshal Norm Fedder is ruling the origin of the fire as undetermined. A volunteer firemen who lives near the home spotted the flames and called it in to Montour County emergency dispatch.

 

Luzerne Taxes

The new Luzerne County Council have voted to reject a 3.9% property tax rate increase. That action during a Council work session Thursday night in Wilkes – Barre. If taxes were raised... it would cover an estimated $3.5 – half million projected shortfall in the current $121 – million budget. Council has until the middle of February to make changes to the spending plan.

 

Freeland Elderly

Residents of a Freeland Senior Citizens complex are back in their apartments Friday morning after being evacuated Thursday night. Authorities say a bag... filled with clothing... and leaning against an electric heater and that caused a lot of smoke throughout the second and third floors of Freeland Elderly Apartments on Centre Street. Residents taking temporary shelter in a near-by American Legion and a video rental store. No injures were reported.

 

Book Company

The unemployment picture in Luzerne County is looking bleak. We've learned that Offset Paperback near Dallas will lay off nearly 70 of their 600 hundred full time employees at the end of the month. The company produces an estimated 350 – million paperback books a year. Competition from e-books is being blamed for the layoffs. The full timers will be replaced by part – time personnel.

 

WHLM Sports

Bloomsburg University

Halfway through the season, the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams have a combined record of 23 and 6, and both teams are in first place in the PSAC East standings. Saturday afternoon the Huskies play Cheyney at Nelson Field House. You can catch all the action starting with the pregame show to the women's game at 12:40 on News Radio 930, 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com.

 

BU Wrestling

Sunday afternoon there will be college wrestling at Nelson Field House as the Huskies take on the 9th ranked Pitt Panthers. That match begins at 2 o'clock.

 

Girls High School Basketball

In girls high school basketball Thursday night... Berwick downed Tunkhannock 36 to 25.

 

Boys High School Basketball

In boys high school basketball Friday night... long time rivals Benton and Millville met once again. The game ended in a 45-35 Benton victory. You can hear all the detalis from the match with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Friday Night Sports Update:

 

 

 

 

Thursday / January 12, 2012


Shickshinny Man Charged

A 26 year old Shickshinny man has been arrested on drug charges... following a raid at a suspected meth lab this week in Mocanaqua. Brian Engle was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on a long list of drug – related charges. He is accused of manufacturing meth in a basement of a home on Hill Street. Engle is behind bars at the at the Luzerne County prison on $100,000 bond.

 

Indictment

A Hazleton man has been busted by the feds in an on-going investigation in the trafficking of stolen identities of Puerto Rican citizens allegedly giving them to illegal aliens living in the U.S. Authorities say Orlando Guzman Garcia was indicted on a charge to commit identity fraud. Garcia was one of fifty people indicted across the country.

 

Tourism

We may be in the middle of winter... but the Columbia – Montour Visitors bureau is hard at work to make sure 2012 is a banner year for tourism in the region. The agency's Otto Kurecian says the season doesn't slow down activities in the bureau's Lightstreet or Danville offices. Conversely... during the summer.... the folks from the visitors bureau are at the events they cultivated during the winter to make sure they go off without a hitch.

 

Liquor Prices

Customers of Pennsylvania's state-owned liquor stores can expect to see prices increase in the coming months on hundreds of wine and liquor products. That after a vote Wednesday by the 3 to nothing vote by Liquor Control Board. The measure approves suppliers' requests and ended an 18-month moratorium on price increases imposed because of the economic downturn. The increase will affect 313 items.

 

Milton Sewage Plant

Ground was broken Wednesday by the Milton Regional Sewer Authority for a $65 – million sewage treatment system. The new system is greener and more efficient. It was first proposed back in 2002... and it's taken ten years for the waste water-to-energy project to take root. The project is being funded by $60 – million in federal loans... with the additional $5 – million coming from the state. The plant is slated for completion in two years.

 

Shell Plant

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey has written to Shell Oil Company executives in hopes of persuading the oil and gas giant to choose a Pennsylvania site to build a huge new chemical plant that could mean thousands of new jobs and millions of tax dollars for the state. The company has said it will decide early this year where to build the plant. Shell says Pennsylvania is being considered for the plant site... as well as Ohio and West Virginia.

 

Penn State

Penn State University President Rodney Erickson had comforting words but few answers to tough questions at a town hall meeting last night in Pittsburgh. Erickson is attempting to repair the school's image more than two months after former football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's arrest on sex abuse charges.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Bloomsburg University

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams opened PSAC East play last night at Shippensburg. WHLM's Jim Doyle says the men's team just got by Shippensburg 67 to 66... while the women rolled over Shippensburg 70 to 59. The Huskies will be back in action Saturday afternoon against Cheyney at the Nelson Field House on the BU campus.

 

High School Girls Basketball

In girls high school basketball Wednesday night... Benton defeated Bloomsburg 57 to 47... Lewisburg getting by Central Columbia 47 to 37... Danville downed Shikellamy 64 to 49... Sullivan County outlasted Millville 38 to 27... and Southern Columbia over Montgomery 47 to 31.

 

High School Boys Basketball

Southern Columbia just getting by Lewisburg 63 to 61 in overtime.

Wednesday / January 11, 2011


Accident Investigation

Investigators shut down a portion of Millville Road... near Sunset Drive... on Tuesday as they continued their probe in a Sunday night fatal crash in Bloomsburg. Those investigators wanted to get precise GPS positions... trying to figure out how or why 20 – year old Colton Eyer of Millville lost control of his black Honda Civic. Hit car hit a parked car and a utility pole before coming to rest in a crumpled mess on it's roof. Eyer died in the accident... and was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say speed was a contributing factor... but we won't know for weeks if alcohol played a role in the crash. Eyer's funeral will be held Friday at 10 O'clock at the Bunnell Funeral Home in Millville.

 

Sex with Animals

Remember the incident a couple of years ago in Main Township where a man was convicted for having sex with with animals. Now 44 – year old Paul Ganter of Huntington County was back in Columbia County Court... having his probation revoked after telling his counselor he had sex with a number of horses and a cow. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... the confession from Ganter comes after his probation was nearly coming to an end. President Judge Tom James ordering Ganter to spend a weekend in jail.

 

Farm Show / Greig

Day five of the 96th annual Pennsylvania Farm Show will get underway this morning. As with any exhibition dealing with agribusiness... the 1 – million square foot Farm Show Complex is stretched to the limits each day. Agriculture Secretary Charles Greig says he's proud to be involved in this year's show. Wednesday's activities include an antique tractor display... flag racing... and a fleece to shawl contest. The 2012 edition of the PA Farm Show ends Saturday.

 

Farm Show Scholarships

Former Columbia and Luzerne County Dairy Princess Danielle Lehman has received a $3,500 scholarship to continue her education. Lehman was among 26 others who received the awards from the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation. Since 1993 the foundation has awarded nearly a million dollars in scholarships to 370 Junior Farm Show exhibitors.

 

Store Robbery

For the second time in less than a week... a Hazleton Turkey Hill store has been robbed. The latest robbery at 800 Alter Street was knocked off Tuesday morning. Police say the bandit strolled into the store... produced a handgun threatening the clerk... demanding money and cigarettes before leaving. The store was also the target of a stick up artist late last week... when two men robbed the clerk of cash.

 

Bar Shuttered

Hazleton police had to do something that's pretty unusual. They had to close a bar after a series a fights broke out over the weekend. Prestigio Bar and Restaurant on North Wyoming was shuttered after a trio of altercations occurred over a three hour period of time.

 

Penn State Football

Times are a changin' for Penn State's football program. Last week... the school hiring New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien to succeed Joe Paterno. Now... Paterno's son... Jay... is out after spending the past 17 – years as the teams quarterbacks coach. The departure was expected when O'Brien was hired. Jay Paterno now trying to figure out what his options are.

 

Execution Planned

The man convicted in the murder of two Bradford County Sheriff's Deputies is expected to be executed on March 8th. Governor Corbett signing an execution warrant for 34 – year old Dustin Briggs.... convicted in the shooting deaths of Christopher Burgert and Michael Van Kuren. The deputies were gunned down outside a mobile home while serving legal papers.

 

WHLM Sports

Danville / Shamokin

In boys high school basketball last night, Shamokin was at Danville in a key game in the Heartland Conference Division one. WHLM's Jim Doyle says the Ironmen shut down the Indians 63 to 40.

 

Boys Basketball

Berwick rolled over Wyoming Area 67 to 51... Bloomsburg defeating Benton 60 to 34... Central Columbia downing Warrior Run 49 to 29... Sullivan County outlasted Millville 62 to 26... and Southern Columbia getting by Hughesville 60 to 34.

 

Bloomsburg University

The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams opened PSAC Eastern Division play Wednesday night at Shippensburg. The Women's final was Bloomsburg 70, Shippensburg 59. The Men's team picked off another close 67-66 win in the final seconds of their game. BU is back in action Saturday when they host Cheyney at the Nelson Field House. You can hear all the action on the WHLM stations and here at WHLM.com starting with the pregame to the Women's match at 12:40.

 

Listen to the details from Wednesday's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

Tuesday / January 10, 2012


Woman Shot

A Shickshinny area woman is recovering at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville... after being shot in the groin during a domestic dispute early Monday morning. Authorities say Sundee Baran was allegedly shot with a hand gun held by her husband... Patrick.. when the weapon went off. Patrick Baran now faces a long list of charges... including aggravated assault. He is now jailed in Luzerne County in lieu of 25 – thousand dollars bail.

 

Doby Extradition

A former associate professor of early childhood education at Bloomsburg University is fighting extradition to Oklahoma. 65 – year old Gary Doby of Beaver Township is accused of manufacturing child pornography... with pictures of children allegedly taken by a former Oklahoma third grade teacher. The charges were first filed a month ago... and since that time Doby has been jailed at the Columbia County Prison on a half – million dollars bond. Now... a second hearing will be held dealing with Doby's extradition later this month.

 

Flood Update

Some victims of last September's flooding are struggling... others have had a better go of it... but it all comes down to the area being resilient. That was the message of Monday night's flood update meeting at the Bloomsburg Christian church. Pastor Eric Miller says although non – profit groups are doing what they can... such as his church and AGAPE of Bloomsburg... some government support would be helpful.

 

Road Money

Congressman Lou Barletta is announcing that the US Department of Transportation has given PennDOT nearly $40 – million. The money is earmarked for the repair and rebuilding of highways damaged in the storms of late August and early September. Some of that money is earmarked for repairs that have already been completed or now underway in Columbia and Luzerne Counties.

 

David Millard

We should know within the next couple of weeks what Governor Corbett has up his sleeve for the 2012 – 2013 budget which begins July 1st. State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township says whatever Corbett and his advisers come up with... it sure to be mean... lean and austere.

 

Gas Prices

The price of gasoline across northeastern Pennsylvania is holding steady. According to the Triple - A fuel gauge report out Tuesday morning... self serve, unleaded is averaging $3.46 a gallon. That's the same as it was Monday... and up eleven cents from a week ago. Sabre rattling by Iran is said to be driving up the price of crude oil.

 

Alleged Theft

A former Danville High swim team member is facing charges of allegedly taking a cash box during a swim meet over the weekend. Authorities say 20 – year old Nicholas Hein is accused of making off with a box containing more than $400 in cash from a concession stand at the Danville Area Community Center. He was spotted and chased to his home where police recovered the box and retrieved cash Hein had stashed. Hein was arranged and released on $500 cash bail.

 

Robbery

Police in Hazleton are still searching for two men who robbed the Pantry Quick in the 900 block of West Diamond Avenue Sunday night. Police say the men strolled into the store... one of them toting a weapon... getting away with money from the register and cigarettes. The clerk on duty was not hurt.

 

WHLM Sports

Southern / Central

Southern Columbia was at Central Columbia in girls high school basketball last night. When the final buzzer sounded Southern had defeated the Blue Jays 55 to 47.

 

Girls Basketball

In other girls' games last night: Berwick got by Wyoming Area 33 to 30... Montgomery defeated Columbia Montour Vo Tech 50 to 32... South Williamsport getting by Benton 67 to 53... Hughesville just got by Millville 37 to 34.

 

Boys Basketball

In boys basketball last night: Central Columbia defeated Wyoming Seminary 44 – 41... and Newport downed Millville 40 to 33.

 

WHLM on the Air

In boys basketball tonight Danville is at home against Shamokin. You can hear the action starting with the pre - game show at 7:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280, and www.whlm.com.

 

BCS

In college football last night, in the BCS championship game... Alabama rolled over LSU 21 to nothing in a winner take all contest.

Monday / January 9, 2012


Millville Road Fatal

A 20 – year old Orangeville man is dead following a violent crash Sunday night in the 500 block of Millville Road near Kressler's Garage. Bloomsburg Police tell us Colton Eyer was trapped in his burning car briefly but was freed and taken to an ambulance... and pronounced dead a short time later. An accident re-construction team spent most of the overnight hours trying to figure out what happened.

 

Flood Meeting

We'll be getting an update on flood recovery during a meeting to be held Monday night at the Bloomsburg Christian Church. The session is being organized by faith – based AGAPE who acted as a volunteer clearing house for flood recovery. Tonight's meeting takes place at the Bloomsburg Christian Church on Dussen Drive... just off Route 11 west of Bloomsburg.

 

Farm Show

It was a busy opening weekend at the 96th annual Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. Before the show is over next Saturday... an estimated 400,000 people are expected to come through the doors of the 1 – million square foot farm show complex. That makes Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett pretty happy. Corbett and Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Charles Greig toured the exhibition on the opening day. The show runs through Saturday. Admission is free, but there is a $10 parking fee.

 

Wheelchair Engineers

It's a labor of love for Bob Bomboy... and his organization called the Wheelchair Engineers at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. Wheelchair Engineers is located in a vacant store space in the mall... so says Bomboy... and everyone is welcome... handicapped or not. Bomboy says the three gauge layout is specifically built for handicapped people who are in wheelchairs...and it's an opportunity to get out and mingle with like – minded folks. The display is open every Monday afternoon at 3 O'clock at the Columbia Mall.

 

Luzerne County

Still no decision as to who will become the first – ever Luzerne County Manager after home rule charter took effect last week. There are five finalists for the position. Also to be decided... whether the eleven member county council will change a $121 – million budget agreed to late last month by the former three – member commission. The new council have until mid-February to make any changes.

 

In WHLM Sports

New York / Atlanta

Former Southern Columbia star Henry Hynoski was on the winning side in the first playoff game of his NFL career. Hynoski and the New York Giants beat Atlanta 24 -to- 2 Sunday. They will play the NFC's top seeded Green Bay Packers next weekend.

 

Denver / Pittsburgh

In the other NFL playoff game Sunday, Denver defeated Pittsburgh 29 -to- 23 in overtime.

 

College Football

In college football Monday night, the Division one national championship will be on the line when LSU takes on Alabama in New Orleans.

 

Girls Basketball

There is a heavy schedule of girls high school basketball games Monday night including Southern Columbia at Central Columbia. You can hear all the action... beginning with the pregame show at 7:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280, and www.whlm.com.

Sunday / January 8, 2012


Breaking News

Crash Claims Life

One person is dead following a one car crash Sunday night in the 500 block of Millville Road, just inside the Bloomsburg Town line. The accident knocked out power to the immediate neighborhood and shutdown Millville Road for several hours. Bloomsburg police tell us a black car was southbound at an apparent high rate of speed when the unidentified driver lost control... plowed into a parked PT Cruiser..... hit a PPL utility poll and came to rest on it's roof. A fire broke out... and the driver extricated from the wreck. The Columbia County Coroner was called to the scene. Life Flight also responded, but they were not needed. An accident reconstruction team kept Millville Road shut down for several hours as they tried to figure out what happened. The name of the driver is expected to be released overnight by police once family members are notified. More on the WHLM Morning Buzz starting at 6 AM Monday.

 

What's Happening Sunday January 8, 2012


The Millville Fire Company is hosting an all you can eat breakfast buffet open from 7:00 am to 11:00 am.  The breakfast buffet will feature old-fashioned sour buckwheat cakes.  Both buffets are at the fire hall.

 

The free wheel chair engineers train program at the Columbia Mall will be open on Monday from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

 

Also coming up on Monday the Greater Berwick Chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting a First Aid Review Class from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.  The Berwick Red Cross is located at 309 North Vine Street…for information call 752-7221.

 

AGAPE is hosting a public flood meeting on Monday at 6:30 PM at the Bloomsburg Christian Church located at 107 Deussen Drive off of Route 11 between Bloomsburg and Danville.

 

On Tuesday the Bloomsburg Public Library invites your kids out to practice their read-aloud skills with book buddies Chloe Bella and Reily.  They are therapy dogs who love to listen.  The library is located on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The American Cancer Society will hold training classes on Tuesday and Wednesday for Road to Recovery Volunteers.  Volunteers will help drive patients to their appointments.  For more information on the program contact the American Cancer Society Greater Susquehanna Area Office in Selinsgrove.

 

And from the WHLM Future File, Camp-A-Bility at Camp Victory and Special Olympics are sponsoring a bingo at Bloomsburg High School next Sunday to raise money for two local families.  The Pampered Chef, Thirty-One, and Lia Sophia bingo will start at 1:30 pm and doors will open at noon.

 

BU Men's & Women's Basketball

The Huskies had a bad start to the weekend as both teams fell to Gannon on Friday night. The Women's final was 63-53. The Men's final was 81-67. Saturday the Huskies snapped back with wins at Clarion; the Women winning 75-68 and the Men holding on to an 87-85 win. The teams are back in action Wednesday at Shippensburg. You can hear both matches on the WHLM stations and here at WHLM.com starting with the pregame to the Women's game at 5:40.

 

Listen to the details from Saturday's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

What's Happening Saturday January 7, 2012


The Millville Fire Company will be busy this weekend with two all you can eat buffets.  This afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 PM they’re serving up an all you can eat Italian buffet with lasagna, stuffed shells, manicotti and much more.

 

Then tomorrow at the Millville Fire Company is an all you can eat breakfast buffet open from 7:00 am to 11:00 am.  The breakfast buffet will feature old-fashioned sour buckwheat cakes.  Both buffets are at the fire hall.

 

The free trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church is open today.  They have their brand new talking train along with dozens more.  The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

The free wheel chair engineers train program at the Columbia Mall will be open on Monday from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

 

Also coming up on Monday the Greater Berwick Chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting a First Aid Review Class from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.  The Berwick Red Cross is located at 309 North Vine Street…for information call 752-7221.

 

AGAPE is hosting a public flood meeting on Monday at 6:30 PM at the Bloomsburg Christian Church located at 107 Deussen Drive off of Route 11 between Bloomsburg and Danville.

 

On Tuesday the Bloomsburg Public Library invites your kids out to practice their read-aloud skills with book buddies Chloe Bella and Reily.  They are therapy dogs who love to listen.  The library is located on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The American Cancer Society will hold training classes on Tuesday and Wednesday for Road to Recovery Volunteers.  Volunteers will help drive patients to their appointments.  For more information on the program contact the American Cancer Society Greater Susquehanna Area Office in Selinsgrove.

 

And from the WHLM Future File, Camp-A-Bility at Camp Victory and Special Olympics are sponsoring a bingo at Bloomsburg High School next Sunday to raise money for two local families.  The Pampered Chef, Thirty-One, and Lia Sophia bingo will start at 1:30 pm and doors will open at noon.

 

BU Men's & Women's Basketball

The Huskies had a bad start to the weekend as both teams fell to Gannon on Friday night. The Women's final was 63-53. The Men's final was 81-67. Saturday the Huskies snapped back with wins at Clarion; the Women winning 75-68 and the Men holding on to an 87-85 win. The teams are back in action Wednesday at Shippensburg. You can hear both matches on the WHLM stations and here at WHLM.com starting with the pregame to the Women's game at 5:40.

 

Listen to the details from Saturday's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

Friday / January 6, 2012


Mifflinville Fire

A State Police fire marshal will be in Mifflinville Friday to try and determine what started an overnight blaze in a former restaurant at the corner of 3rd and Market Streets. Firemen from Mifflinville... Berwick and Espy were toned out around 12:45 AM when flames were spotted coming from the former Giovano's Restaurant. Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control and knock it down in an hour.

 

Mobile Home Scare

Briar Creek Township and Berwick firemen were called out Thursday evening to Heller's Mobile Home Park near Evansville... when someone spotted smoke coming from a trailer. There were initial concerns that the people who live there were still inside. First responders quickly determined that the smoke was coming from a malfunctioning furnace. It's the second time firefighters have been called to the park in the past couple of days. Earlier this week... flames destroyed one mobile home... leaving a family of four homeless.

 

Traffic Homicide Investigation

State Police accident investigators are expected to shut down a portion of Route 11 near Bell Bend Road in Salem Township Friday. They'll be reconstructing the accident scene that claimed the life of 84 – year old Rachel Wolfe earlier this week. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... that Wolfe's Buick was struck head on by a pick up truck driven by 50 – year old Theodore Luciw. Ms. Wolfe car was in the center lane of the three lane highway as she was attempting to turn onto Bell Bend Road. Luciw is no stranger to police... having been arrested over the past few years for DUI.

 

Making Ends Meet

With state dollars slowly drying up to help counties across Pennsylvania maintain essential services... it's more difficult for commissioners... such as in Columbia County to ensure service levels are maintained. Commissioner David Kovach of Berwick says it's a never ending struggle in order to keep constituents served. Those essential services which countys must provide include marriage licenses... passports.... concealed weapons permits.. as well as the recording of deeds.

 

Farm Show / 4-H

With the Pennsylvania Farm Show getting underway tomorrow in Harrisburg... hundreds of 4-Hers from Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as from across the state will be there showing off project animals. Columbia County's Penn State Extension Service educator David Hartman says it's a growing experience for both the kids... and their parents. Hartman says the 4-Her's will be showing steers... market goats, lambs and pigs... as well as dairy cattle. Judging takes place early next week.

 

Video Piracy

A Lewisburg woman is in trouble with the law... after she was caught allegedly using an iPod to record part of a motion picture at a Selinsgrove movie theater. Ann Baja – Harpster was arrested on piracy charges as she walked out of the Cinema Center. She has a preliminary hearing later this month. If Harpster goes to trial and is convicted... she could face jail and a hefty fine.

 

Property Transfer

A parcel of property has changed hands south of Hazleton... in Schuylkill County. A Delaware trust is spending $33 - million to buy the Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation property at the Humboldt Industrial Park. Despite the sale... nothing is expected to change at the Cargill operation. The transaction is believed to be the largest in the area during the past ten years.

 

Sentenced

A 40 – year old Luzerne County man has been sentenced to spend the next 18 months to 8 years in prison. Richard Zehner of Sugarloaf pleaded guilty last may to inappropriate contact with two teenage girls... and possessing child pornography. In addition to the prison time.... Zehner was placed on three years probation.

 

Sunbury Rental Ordinance

The controversial plan to force landlords to kick-out repeat drug offenders renting Sunbury apartments was discussed by the Sunbury City Council this week. Berwick Borough Manager Shane Pepe was on hand to discuss a rental ordinance being challenged by the Berwick Landlord Association in State Superior Court. Association members say they should not be held responsible for the action of their tenants. Sunbury now has the option of enforcing such an ordinance.

 

BU Men's & Women's Basketball

The Huskies kicked off a busy weekend on the road Friday night as they played at Gannon. As you heard on the WHLM stations both games ended in Gannon's favor. The Women's final was 63-53. The Men's final was 81-67. Bloomsburg will try to bounce back from their losses as they face Clarion. You can hear all that action starting with the pregame to the Wome's game after the 5PM news.

 

Listen to the details from Friday's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

Thursday / January 5, 2012


Held for Trial

An athletic trainer at Warrior Run High School in Turbotville has been ordered to stand trial for alleged in appropriate contact with two teenage girls.... who were his students. No trial date has been set for 27 – year old Matthew Godfrey. He was bound over for trial during a preliminary hearing on Wednesday in Milton. Godfrey is accused of touching one of the girls.... and having sex with the second.

 

Salem Twp. Crash

A Salem Township woman remains at the Geisinger Medical Center after her car was rammed by a pick up truck Wednesday afternoon on Route 11... near Bell Bend Road. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition 50 – year old Teddy Luciw of Salem Township was southbound... and allegedly passed a car illegally. That's when his pick up collided head – on into a Buick driven by 84 – year old Rachel Wolfe... who was trying to make a turn from the center lane. Luciw was taken to the Berwick Hospital for treatment... while Wolfe was life-flighted to Geisinger.

 

Trailer Fire

Four people are homeless after a fire destroyed their mobile home Wednesday afternoon in Briar Creek Township... near Berwick. When firemen got to Heller's Mobile Home Park... there was little they could do. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... Danny Lemon and Kristina Hagan... and their two teenaged children lost everything to the flames. The origin of the fire is not believed to be suspicious.

 

PA Farm Show

The 96th annual Pennsylvania Farm Show opens its doors to the public Saturday morning in Harrisburg. The week long exposition will have an estimated 400,000 people come through the turnstiles of the Farm Show Complex... to view 6,000 animals... 10,000 competitive exhibits and nearly 300 commercial displays. Nicole Bucher of the State Agriculture Department says Columbia and Montour County's plays an important role in the Farm Show. The Pennsylvania Farm Show runs through January 14th.

 

Tourism Money

A half – dozen tourist related organizations will split $50,000 in grant money handed out this week by the Montour County Commissioners in Danville. The grants are earmarked for the Iron Heritage Festival... to the Montour – DeLong Fair and the Danville Business Alliance. Otto Kurecian of the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau says the grant money means a lot to the non – profit groups. The grants from Commissioners comes from a 3% bed tax... tacked onto motel and hotel rooms in Montour County.

 

Drug Arrest

Three people were arrested in two drug stings earlier this week at a Sheetz convenience store on Montour Boulevard near Danville. Police say the busts involved heroin and prescription painkillers. They allege 32-year-old Wayne Sult of Millville... as well as 28-year-old Heather Gordner of Danville, sold four packets of heroin to a confidential informant. Also 27-year-old Charles Coleman Jr. of Danville, allegedly sold an informant three OxyContin tablets. Coleman and Sult were jailed in the Montour County Prison while Gordner remains free on bail.

 

House Condemned

City of Hazleton code enforcement condemning an apartment in the 500 block of West 7th Street. Inspectors taking the action Wednesday when they found two people living there... without electricity and heat... with burst water pipes. The two people found inside were told to leave... but at the same time enforcement officials were attempting to find temporary housing for the pair and their animals.

 

State Revenue

The latest revenue report shows more of the same for state government. Holiday shoppers couldn't stop the state revenue free fall. General Fund collections were $141-million, or nearly 6%, below expectation in December. That means -- year-to-date -- Pennsylvania is $486-million dollars off the mark, and we're only six months into the fiscal year. Even sales tax receipts weren't up to expectation, in a month largely consumed by seasonal shoppers.

 

Pay Freeze

There is a published report that Governor Tom Corbett is ordering a pay freeze for top state employees, including himself. Corbett spokesman Kevin Harley the freeze applies to members of the governor's Cabinet and management employees in state government. Corbett's order blocked three-percent annual cost-of-living increases that were scheduled to take effect Sunday for executive branch employees.

 

WHLM Sports

Giants Preview

Former Southern Columbia football star Henry Hynoski helped the New York Giants into the NFL post season... and this Sunday he'll try and help them advance in those playoffs. Hynoski caught four passes and did his usual great job of blocking in last Sunday night's win over the Dallas Cowboys that gave the Giants the NFC East Title. On Sunday afternoon, Hynoski and the Giants will play the Atlanta Falcons in New York.

 

Orange Bowl

In college football last night, in the Orange Bowl in Miami...a high scoring game... as No. 22 West Virginia routed 14th – ranked Clemson 70 to 33.

 

Boys Basketball

In boys' high school basketball Wednesday night... Bucktail Area defeated Benton 67 to 38.

 

Girls Basketball

In girls high school basketball... St. John Neuman getting by Benton 46 to 40... Mt. Carmel defeated Central Columbia 62 to 48... In an overtime game... Montoursville got the best of Danville 40 to 32...and it was Southern Columbia over Sullivan County 43 to 24.

Wednesday / January 4, 2012


Oath of Office

The oath of office was administered to nearly two dozen county and municipal officials at the Columbia County Courthouse on Tuesday. Those who raised their right hand... swearing to uphold state laws.... won elections last November. First up was former District Attorney Gary Norton who is now serving his first term on the bench. Judge Norton said he made the transition weeks ago from a prosecutor... to an impartial officer of the court. President Judge Tom James administered the oath to Norton... saying there's a pretty decent generation of people seeking elected office. Norton ran for the open judgeship when then President Judge Scott Naus decided to retire early last year.

 

Tom Leipold

After serving the past eight years as first assistant Columbia County District Attorney... Tom Leipold now has his own shop. Leipold was administered the oath of office Tuesday during ceremonies at the Courthouse. He replaces Gary Norton who was sworn – in at the same time as the County's latest judge. Leipold said he had a pretty good teacher in former DA Norton. And in his new job.... Leipold becomes the first full – time district attorney for Columbia County.

 

Rich Ridgway

There is a new person who now sits as a Columbia County Commissioner. Rich Ridgway of Scott Township... taking the oath of office on Tuesday during ceremonies at the Courthouse in Bloomsburg. Although Ridgway had been a Scott Township supervisor in the past.... being a commissioner is a new experience... and we found him checking at his office at the courthouse annex. Ridgway will join commission veterans Chris Young and David Kovach as they lead Columbia County government through... what many feel... are uncertain times.

 

AGAPE Meeting

Faith – based AGAPE of Bloomsburg is holding a public meeting next Monday to talk about how far the area has come since September flooding. And all though a little more than three months have passed since those dark days. AGAPE's Eileen Chapman says life for the flood victims... as they know it... may never return to normal. Next Monday's meeting will take place at the Bloomsburg Christian Church on Dussen Drive... just off Route 11... west of Bloomsburg.

 

Fire Folo
Still no word from investigators as to what started a fire which destroyed a mobile home early yesterday morning in the Stoney Brook sub division near Lightstreet. Firemen were called to the home of David Dewald at the end of a cul-de-sac... on East Overlook Drive... but there was nothing they could do but protect neighboring homes. Dawald wasn't at his house when the fire broke out.

 

PSP Holiday Stats

Pennsylvania State Police say 10 people were killed.... and 172 were injured in 552 traffic accidents investigated by the agency over the New Year's Holiday weekend. A PSP spokesperson said during the same holiday a year ago... eleven people died on state highways. Of the 10 people killed... six were not wearing seat belts.

 

Stolen Bus

A 40 – year old Sunbury woman is headed to court soon. Paula Clinton is charged with allegedly stealing a shuttle bus from the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville last October. Clinton had just been treated in GMC's Emergency Room... and apparently became impatient... and allegedly swiped the 25 passenger bus.... driving it to a Point Township business. She is free on bail and faces charges of theft... receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

 

Luzerne County Woes

Times are tough in Luzerne County Government. Interim County Manager Tom Pribula says he'll impose a hiring freeze... rework the 2012 budget adopted just last week by the former county commission... and may have to go as far as to raise property taxes by 4 percent. The former commissions adopted a $121 – million budget... but Pribula says the tax increase is needed to cover debt services and insurance expenses.

 

Lotto Ticket

The Pennsylvania Lottery says a computer check shows a one million dollar Millionaire Raffle ticket was sold at a Nanticoke – area convenience store... in Luzerne County. The ticket holder has yet to come forward... but it is known that the winning ticket was sold at the Cocoa Hut on Middle Road. The lottery says other one million dollar winning tickets were sold in Erie... Delaware County... as well as Philadelphia.

 

Nanticoke Bar

The boom could be coming down on a Luzerne County bar. State Police from the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement are helping Nanticoke police to determine if the Prospect Cafe is a nuisance... and should be closed. A 30 – year old woman was brutally slashed in the face with a box cutter over the weekend when a brawl broke out. Police are now looking for the woman who allegedly did the slashing.

 

No Death Penalty

A Luzerne County judge has ruled convicted child killer Michael Bardo will no longer face the death penalty stemming from the 1992 death of his 3 - year old niece. The ruling by judge Patrick Toole comes after Bardo said indicated he wanted to fight the death penalty. Now Toole says a new hearing will be held to determine his punishment.

 

McAdoo Men to Plead

Two Schuylkill County men accused of harassing Sarah Palin's lawyers in Alaska plan to plead guilty... this time without a plea agreement. 20 – year old Shawn Christy... and his father... Craig... were ordered to stand trial in Anchorage. The pair were arrested last year... after they became upset about a retraining order on behalf of the former Alaska Governor who was also the 2008 Republican Vice – Presidential candidate.

 

WHLM Sports

Boys High School Basketball

In boys' high school basketball last night, Central Columbia played unbeaten Loyalsock. WHLM's Jim Doyle says the Lancers were strong all night... as they defeated the Blue Jays 32 to 26. In other boys' games last night... Pittston Area defeated Berwick 69 to 41... it was Saint John Neuman over Benton 67 to 33... Bloomsburg edged Millville 58 to 27... Danville getting by Midd West 79 to 17... And Southern Columbia defeated Warrior Run 67 to 50.

 

Girls High School Basketball

In girls basketball action from last night... Pittston Area getting by Berwick 48 to 32... and Bloomsburg defeating Columbia Montour Vo Tech 47 to 30...

 

Sugar Bowl

In college football last night .... Michigan capped an 11-win season with a 23-20 overtime victory in the Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech.

Tuesday / January 3, 2012


Stoney Brook Fire

A mobile home on East Overlook Street at Stoney Brook Circle near Lightstreet was leveled in an early Tuesday morning blaze. Firemen from Lightstreet, Espy and Orangeville were dispatched around 1:45 AM in below freezing temperatures. Lightstreet Fire Chief Darren Shaffer said the fire was spotted pretty easily as he was leaving his home. David Dawalt lives in the structure. He was not at home when the fire broke out. A State Fire Marshall will be called in to determine the exact cause of Tuesday morning's fire at Stoney Brook Circle.

 

Slippery Roads

As you head into work Tuesday... you might want to be more careful than usual. Snow showers overnight left very little accumulation, but it did make some area highways slick.... especially on overpasses. Also... slippery spots may be encountered in some of the higher elevations in the area. Some road crews have been called out to take care of some of the trouble spots.

 

Swearing In Ceremonies

For the candidates who won in the November election... Tuesday will be a milestone in their lives... as a new Columbia / Montour County Judge... three Columbia County Commissioners... and a host of municipal officers take the oath of office at the Courthouse in Bloomsburg. Incumbent commissioner Chris Young who easily won in November begins his fourth term... and during a recent interview he told me commissioners are going to have to think outside the box. Young... and democrat David Kovach of Berwick... will be joined on the commission by Republican newcomer Rich Ridgway. Also to be sworn in is former District Attorney... now Judge Gary Norton.... as well as new Bloomsburg Council members Fred Trump and Eric Bower.

 

Fair Admission

The Bloomsburg Fair Association.... hit hard financially by the Lee flood in September and the cancellation of the exposition... may consider boosting gate admission prices two or even three dollars a head. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition that the increase could lead to admission prices of seven or eight dollars a person. The higher admission prices would help make up the millions of dollars lost by the association due to flooding.

 

Powerball

Starting January 15th... it going to cost you more to play the Powerball game. Instead of putting down a dollar for a chance to win millions.... it will now cost you two bucks to take part in the multi – state game. With the increase in ticket prices.... that means the minimum Powerball jackpot will double from 20 to 40 – million dollars.

 

Luzerne County Council

Neighboring Luzerne County now has an eleven member council to govern... instead of the three commissioners that had been the norm for year. The new council was sworn in Monday in Wilkes – Barre and give greater representation to residents and begins an era of Home Rule Charter. Now... it will be up to the council to select a County Manager from among five finalists seeking the job.

 

WHLM Sports

College Football

There was plenty of college football bowl action Monday. In the Ticketcity Bowl in Dallas... Houston defeated Penn State 30 to 14... In the Outback Bowl... it took three overtimes for Michigan State to get by Georgia 33 to 30. In the Capital One Bowl... it was South Carolina over Nebraska 30 to 13. In the Rose Bowl in Pasadena... Oregon got by Wisconsin 45 to 38. In last night's Fiesta Bowl...Oklahoma State defeated Stanford 41 to 38.

 

High School Basketball

The area's high school basketball season resumes Tuesday night. Among the boys' games, Central Columbia faces unbeaten Loyalsock at home. You can hear all the action starting with the pregame show at 7:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3,

Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com.

January 2, 2012


David Millard / Budget

If state spending stays on it's same pace the next six months... the treasury could see a deficit of a half – billion dollars. That's not chump change according to State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township. During a recent interview... Representative Millard there are two things the state can do... curb spending... or consider a tax increase. And Representative Millard said that all the options will be discussed in the State Senate and House during the next few weeks.

 

Shuman Building

If you drive by Fifth and East Streets... you'll find something missing. The old Shuman Building is nothing more than a pile of rubble... most of it taken down at the start of the weekend by Sokol, Incorporated. Over the past two generations... the brick building has housed businesses... such as a gym... and before that... a Chevrolet dealership. Now... the parcel is expected to make way for student housing.

 

First Baby / Geisinger

One of the first babies of 2012 was born early Sunday morning at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. A hospital spokesperson tells us that Jared Anthony Allen Bump was born at 1:17 AM. The parents are Kimberly Whitney and Joseph Bump of Blossburg... in Tioga County. Meantime.. Mary Shuman and Corey Hutchinson of Bloomsburg are the parent of the second child born at Geisinger in 2012.

 

GHS / Shamokin

The Shamokin Area Community Hospital has a new owner. Geisinger Health Systems officially took over the facility on New Year's Day fourteen months after a merger proposal was announced. The merger will allow people in the Shamokin area to receive top – notch medical care through GMC - recognized doctors. Still going through the regulatory process is Geisinger's proposed merger with the Bloomsburg Hospital.

 

YMCA Run

You might call it beginners luck as Joe Stanek of Ashley... in Luzerne County... was the class of the field of 400 plus participants in Saturday night's 10th Annual YMCA 5 k Run / Walk through the streets of Bloomsburg. Money raised through the event's entry fee goes towards programs produced by the YMCA on a year round basis.

 

Interim Manager

The former Luzerne County budget and finance chief has been selected as the interim county manager. Tom Pribula has agreed to take the job... but is not being considered as a permanent County Manager. The new 11 member Luzerne County Council takes over this week... replacing the three person commission. It will be up to the council to select a permanent manager from five candidates within the next six months.

 

Turnpike Tolls

If you use the Pennsylvania Turnpike... whether it be the Northeast Extension or the east – west portion... you're paying high tolls. The tolls increased 10% starting on New Year's Day. However, rates have not increased if you use an E-Z Pass transponder. The reason for the increase... to pay off debt accumulated by the Turnpike Commission.... and help cushion a statewide transportation funding shortfall.

 

Hazleton Attorney

That Hazleton – area attorney charged with having sex with a teenage girl in a Wilkes – Barre motel... will be allowed to travel to Africa later this month. Attorney Robert Zanicky had his passport yanked by a judge last week. That document is back in his hands so he can travel to Africa to take part in a soccer camp for kids. However, Zanicky is not to have unsupervised contact with any of the children.

 

WHLM Sports

National Football League

The NFL regular season came to an end Sunday. In a game that decided the NFC East title and a trip to the playoffs... the New York Giants defeated the Dallas Cowboys 31 to 14. In other games Sunday... the Miami Dolphins getting by the New York Jets 19 to 17... The Philadelphia Eagles downed the Washington Redskins 34 to 10... and the Pittsburgh Steelers getting by the Cleveland Browns 13 to 9...

 

Bowl Games

College football takes center stage Monday with 6 bowl games on the schedule including Penn State taking on Houston at noon in Dallas.... and Oregon facing Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl at 5 o'clock.

 

What's Happening Sunday January 1, 2012


On Monday the free Wheelchair Engineers train program will be open at the Columbia Mall from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.  Master Craftsman Earl Wagner is helping children and adults enlarge the layout.

 

On Tuesday the Bloomsburg Public Library will host Come Knit With Me, a gathering for both novice and experienced knitters.  Socrates Café will also be held at the library on Tuesday at 6:30 PM.  This month’s discussion topic is “What Shall We Talk About in 2011.”  The library is located on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The Central Pennsylvania Historic Preservation group is holding a snowman quilt raffle.  Tickets are $2.00 each or three for $5.00.  The drawing is coming up on January 19th.  For tickets call 356-7346.

 

The Central Columbia baseball coaches and players will offer at 10-week baseball clinic on Sundays in January, February, and March.  Registration deadline is coming up on Wednesday.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library invites you out to say goodbye to Christmas on Thursday at the annual twelfth night program.  There will be stories, live music, and a craft project.  Your good listeners ages three and up are invited to drop by at 6:30 PM.

 

And from the WHLM Future File, the Columbia County United Way Trash to Treasure sale is coming on Saturday January 21st from 9:00 am to noon at Bloomsburg University.

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