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News Archive Archives for 2012-06

Friday / June 29, 2012


Senate Okays State Budget

On a vote of 32 to 17... the Pennsylvania Senate gave final approval Friday afternoon to a $27.7 – billion state budget. It provides funding for basic and higher education at 2011 levels, cuts county-run human services programs... and end a long standing state welfare program. The proposed budget is $370 – million more than the current spending plan without any new taxes or fees. State Senate passage comes a day after the PA House approved the measure The bill now goes to Governor Corbett for his signature by midnight Saturday.
 

Blood Supplies

American Red Cross officials... here in Columbia County... as well as across the nation are making a plea for blood donations. Sue Norton of the Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross says the issue is critical. Nationwide the amount of readily available blood is roughly half of what it was this time last year. Meantime... there are blood drives throughout the area. Just go to our community calendar here on the website to find out where they are.

 

AAA Travel

Many of us will be getting out of Columbia and Montour County for a long awaited summer vacation this weekend. It comes as we celebrate the 4th of July next Wednesday. The Triple – A's Jenny Robinson says gas prices are roughly 15 - cents a gallon lower on average compared to last year at this time. The Triple A says 5 per cent more people will be traveling over the 4th of July holiday.

 

Fresh Air Kids

About a half – dozen New York City – area kids are getting a chance to get out into the a prominently rural setting the next two weeks. They arrived at Bloomsburg Town Park by bus Thursday afternoon... and were warmly greeted. Rebecca Shappell of Danville... and her husband, Fred, have been a host family for the past eight years. Ms. Shappell says the kids will be involved in a lot of activities over the next couple of weeks... such as swimming and going to area amusement parks... doing things that aren't available in the city.

 

United Way

The final phase of the United Way of Columbia County 2011 campaign has come to an end. The organization handing out $370,000 to 15 local member agencies. The biggest outlay of nearly $129,000 went to the Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross... the Salvation Army Service Units... and the Women's Center. The 2011 drive collected $543,000... down somewhat from the $560,000 raised in 2010.

 

Barletta React

There is reaction to the U-S Supreme Court's decision upholding President Obama's health care plan. The latest coming from Congressman Lou Barletta... who represents Columbia County and most of northeastern Pennsylvania. He says the high court's decision is a defeat for individual freedom. In a news release sent to media outlets... Barletta says he has voted against Obamacare as it made it's way through the house... and will continue to do so. Barletta went on to say that senior citizens will be hurt the most because the law cuts $500 – million from Medicare.

 

Hazleton Schools

As expected... the Hazleton Area School Board placed their stamp of approval on their 2012 – 2013 school budget Thursday evening. Under the plan... property owners in Luzerne County will see a tax increase of 4.6%. Lower tax increases are expected in Schuylkill and Carbon Counties. The so – called “Option C” plan would place the renovations at Drums and Maple Manor on the back burner for at least a year... and would create a surplus of nearly $600,000.

 

LCCC Probation

The Luzerne County Community College is no longer on probation. That... following a meeting Thursday by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The school was placed on probation a year ago... when the commission alleged L-C-C-C did not meet some standards for accreditation.

 

Mt. Carmel Celebrates

A lot of celebrating this weekend in Mount Carmel... in Northumberland County. The borough will celebrate it's 150th anniversary on Saturday... and the Six – County Firemen's Association Convention began Thursday. The convention and the celebration come together Saturday when a joint parade will be held, beginning at 2 O'clock. Emergency apparatus will be grouped in eight divisions, with marching bands and antique cars.

 

Briar Creek Bridge

PennDOT has launched a construction project aimed at replacing a 33 – foot, structurally deficit bridge which carries Evansville Road over the East Branch of Briar Creek... near Berwick. The agency's Rick Mason says crews will remove the existing bridge and install a new box culvert... then they'll reconstruct the roadway approaches and preform other necessary work. Detours are in place... with the new bridge set to open in Briar Creek Township by late summer.

 

PennDOT Maintenance

A PennDOT maintenance crew in Northumberland County will patch a section of Route 11 in Northumberland Borough Friday. The work will be performed between Route 147 and the Union County line near the railroad underpass, just north of the Barry King Bridge. The southbound lane of Route 11 will be worked on. Traffic flow will be controlled with flagmen. Expect delays or use an alternate route.
 

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HS Football

A number of area high school football players will be playing for the South squad in tonight's District 4 All Star game. The game will be played at Rodney K. Morgans field in South Williamsport. It kicks off at 7 o'clock.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

After giving up five first-inning runs, Philadelphia's Kyle Kendrick tossed six scoreless innings, but a late rally fell short. At the end of the 9th inning.... the Pittsburgh Pirates had defeated the Phillies 5 to 4. The Phil's finishing a ten game home stand with a disappointing record of five and five. The Phillies are in South Florida to take on the Miami Marlins Friday night. You can catch all the action with the pre – game show at 6:35... with the first pitch at 7:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Thursday / June 28, 2011


Geisinger-Bloomsburg

The Pennsylvania Attorney General's anti – trust division and the federal court... paving the way for Geisinger Health Systems to merge with the Bloomsburg Health Care Systems on July 1st. The concept of Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital has been in the legislative and judicial mix for the past year or so. During a recent speech in Shamokin... Geisinger CEO Dr. Glenn Steele says he's committed to an open staff hospital... allowing physicians practicing at Bloomsburg to apply for privileges at Geisinger. In a Geisinger news release... those folks working for the Bloomsburg Health System will become Geisinger employees... providing 24 – 7 care to patients.

 

Lions Gate

Scott Township has settled with the developers of Lions Gate... all in an effort to keep students from renting apartments at the complex. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition that the township didn't want a protracted legal fight against the developers. The settlement now allows Lions Gate management to lease its 3 bed room apartments to those who qualify... and that includes students.

 

BU Fire

Contractors working on the clock tower at Carver Hall on the Bloomsburg University campus caused some excitement Wednesday morning. Bloomsburg Deputy Fire Chief Hugh Gross says workers grinding on some metal set tar paper on fire. BU President Dr. David Soltz says there's a lot of history associated with the clock tower which was added to the building around 1900. According to the book... Columbia County Places and Names by Walter Brasch... Carver Hall was first constructed in 1867 and is now used as the University's administration building.

 

SkyWarn Classes

When rough weather and flash flooding took place a few weeks ago on Columbia County's south side... there were not enough people to call in damage reports to either Columbia County Emergency Dispatch or the National Weather Service. Now... County Emergency Management has set July 18th as an opportunity to get training as a SkyWarn Storm Spotter. The EMA's Michelle Frye says the one – time only class will take place on the evening of the 18th at the county building in the 700 – block of Sawmill Road... just outside Lightstreet.

 

Concert Series

A perfect Wednesday night for a blue grass concert in Bloomsburg's Town Park. Cabin Run provided Pennsylvania Bluegrass for the fourth of nine concerts in the park this summer. Next Wednesday... thousands of people are expected at the 4th of July concert featuring the Catawissa Military Band... with fireworks at dusk.

 

Hazleton School Budget

Hazleton Area school board directors are expected to vote today on the district's 2012 – 2013 budget. It calls for the furlough of a half – dozen employees. Some workers will be cut from full to part – time... and others will be re-assigned to fill vacancies created by retirements. The board will also set taxing rates... selecting from four options... when they meet Thursday night at 6 O'clock at the district administration building on 22nd street.

 

Teen Suspects

Three teenage boys... suspected of breaking into a Hazleton woman's home earlier this week... have been captured in New Jersey. The trio is wanted for an incident in the 900 block of Meade Court. There... police say... the three entered her home while in her basement... all running when they were discovered. The three now face a multitude of charges and will be processed through the Luzerne County juvenile court.

 

Hitman Hire

An inmate at the Luzerne County Correctional facility has waived his right to a preliminary hearing... after he was accused by state police of trying to hire a hit man to kill a witness in the 2002 Hugo Selenski case. 39 – year old Michael Scerbo is accusing of hiring... what he believed... was a hitman to kill prime witness Paul Weakley. It turns out... he was talking with a state police undercover officer. Scerbo isn't going anywhere soon... he's jailed on $250,000 bond.

 

Sexting

A substitute teacher... who at one time worked for the Shamokin Area School District... has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. 23 – year old Michael Zack of Marion Heights... in Northumberland County... is accused of sending graphic text messages to four female students last year. He is scheduled for a plea hearing in August. That's where he can plead not guilty and have a trial... or pleading guilty or no contest.

 

Sentenced

A former Selinsgrove man will spend the next 11- and – a - half years in a federal prison. 33 – year old Jesse Curtis Morton... who converted to Islam... pleaded guilty to federal charges for posting on – line threats against the creator of the TV show “South Park.” He also threatened others he felt were enemies of Islam. Morton believed his Revolution Muslim website was protected by the first amendment.

 

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Bloomsburg University

One of the greatest players in the history of Bloomsburg University football is one of five former Huskies who will be inducted into the Bloomsburg University Athletic Hall of Fame this fall. Irv Sigler, from the Class of 1999, was an outstanding running back who won the Harlon Hill Award as the top player in the nation in Division II, in 1997. Joining Sigler in this year's class are track & field star Edward Mulhearn from the class of 1938... women's lacrosse standout Meghan Vernon Mozi form the Class of 1995... and two former athletes from the Class of 2000... women's tennis star Danielle Faretta Trego and field hockey standout Jess Kircher. The Hall of Fame dinner will be held on campus on Friday, November 2nd.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies 2nd baseman Chase Utley made his 2012 debut Wednesday night... and right out of the box he slams a home run... but that didn't stop the Pittsburgh Pirates from defeating the Phil's 11 to 7. It was Utley's first game of the season since encountering a knee injury earlier this year. Overall... Utley went three for five. The Phil's and the Pirates play an afternoon matinee at Citizens Bank Park Thursday. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 12:30... the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Wednesday / June 27, 2011


Alleged Abuse

A Jackson Township man is in the Columbia County Prison after he was accused of 50 counts of allegedly assaulting a 13 – year old female foster child. State Police at Bloomsburg tells us 50 – year old Leon Mengine is charged and is being held on $200,000 bail. He was arrested as his wife... Luella appeared for a preliminary hearing... but it was postponed. A month ago... Luella Mengine... was charged with torturing four foster children at their home near Benton. She is free on $100,000 bond.

 

PennDOT

PennDOT's north central region... which includes Columbia and Montour County... has launched a seat belt initiative... featuring a Montgomery woman who works for the agency. Bonnie Brown and her husband hit a deer in their car late last year while eastbound on Interstate 80... flipping their Honda. Luckily, both were wearing seatbelts... and now she's a one – woman campaign advocating the use of seat belts. During a news conference at an Interstate 80 rest area west of Danville on Tuesday... PennDOT's Rick Mason said that for the first six months of this year in the 9 – county region of District 3... 65% of those who died on the highways were not wearing seatbelts.

 

Cherokee Pharmaceuticals

An estimated 30 employees at Cherokee Pharmaceuticals in Riverside are expected to be pink slipped in the not too distant future. That... as its contract for fermentation operations comes to an end this fall. Published reports say Cherokee's parent company... Merck says some of the employees have been told of the terminations... others will be notified soon. If you recall... Merck announced last year that it plans to sell the plant as they consolidate operations and trim staff world wide.

 

Doctor Cleared

A Montour County court jury has decided a Geisinger Medical Center physician was not negligent while caring for a Bloomsburg man. William Glenney and his wife, Deborah, sued Dr. Nicholas Inverso... claiming that injected dye lead to irreparable damage to Glenney's pancreas back in 2004. The injection was part of a medical procedure. The jury reaching their verdict after deliberating two days.

 

Tree Removal / Bridge

That 90 – year old double track bridge, which connects West Main Street in Bloomsburg to Fernville, will soon be coming down. But first tree removal is underway. On Tuesday crews from Dincher & Dincher Tree Surgeons of Williamsport started taking out trees and vegetation... putting them into a wood chipper to be recycled at a later date. It's a noisy job... but it has to be done in order for a contractor to come in and remove the concrete span. Many who live on Bloomsburg's west side believe once the bridge is gone... that will alleviate a lot of the flooding problem which has devastated that part of town.

 

Autism Conference

A one – day conference dealing with Autism presented by the Jones Center is on tap for next month in Bloomsburg. The conference entitled autism... attitude and acceptance. Appearing on the Tuesday edition of the WHLM Morning buzz... Bloomsburg University's Anne Katona says Autism remains a mystery. Registration is underway for the one day conference which is scheduled for July 13th at the Bloomsburg High School.

 

Luzerne Carjacking

Three men and a teenager from the Hazleton area are in custody after they allegedly carjacked a mini – van driven by a 23 – year old Mountain Top woman early Tuesday morning. Authorities say the incident happened when the four walked up behind the van on Interstate 81 near the Nuangola interchange as it was parked on the berm. Then one of the men slipped behind the wheel... the other in the passenger seat... taking 23 year old Maryanna Millner for a ride. The incident came to an end near Beaver Meadows around daybreak with the four alleged carjackers caught a short time later.

 

Teen Caught

Police have arrested a Freeland juvenile who fled from the law nearly two weeks ago... moments before he was to be sentenced at the Luzerne County Courthouse. The unnamed juvenile was busted for retail theft on Public Square in Wilkes Barre. As we reported earlier this month... the 16 – year old was being transported from a non – secure facility... and was not shackled or wearing handcuffs at the time of his escape.

 

Disaster Declaration

U-S Senator Bob Casey announcing the Department of Agriculture has declared five counties in PA disaster areas as the result of freezing temperatures from March through May. Schuylkill County is one of the areas coming under the declaration... and that means that the contiguous counties of Columbia, Luzerne and Northumberland are also included. In all 21 counties are on the list. Under the declaration, producers in the counties will be eligible for aid... including emergency loans and other measures that will cover production and other expenses that the freeze cost farmers in the region.

 

Grants / Boback
Communities along the Susquehanna River now have an opportunity to apply for mini – grants in order to fund small projects designed to improve the quality of life of towns, cities and boroughs... as well as the river. That word from State Representative Karen Boback... who's district takes in Benton and Benton Township in northern Columbia County... as well as Luzerne and Wyoming. She said the Susquehanna Greenway projects could include trail connections with the river... waterfront parks... river access... and infrastructure that protect the quality of the river. Ms. Boback says applications can be submitted by municipalities... agencies and non profit groups.

 

Autopsy Results

We won't know for a while how and why an 11 – month old child died in Northumberland County. The reason... lab tests results are needed to determine the cause of death of the little girl. The child was rushed to the Sunbury hospital after she was taken from her mother's home on Orange Street in Northumberland late last week. Coroner James Kelly says it will be anywhere from 12 to 15 weeks before any of the results of an autopsy are known.

 

Second Mile

Fallout from the arrest... and conviction of Jerry Sandusky. The Second Mile's building is up for sale. The charity that Sandusky founded owns the building in State College. Now the Second Mile sign on the road side is replaced with a realtors sign. A real estate website has the property listed for $750,000.

 

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College Football

The preseason college football editions of magazines are hitting the news stands. Lindy's magazine does not have Bloomsburg University listed in its top 20 Division II teams, but it does list two other PSAC teams. Defending PSAC champ Kutztown is listed as 19th in the nation while California is ranked 21st.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies won their second consecutive game Tuesday night... as they defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 to 4. The Phils moving ahead in the early innings off a Ty Wiggington two run homer. Both teams meet again Wednesday night in game three of their four game series at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch at 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7,  104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Tuesday / June 26, 2012


Bloomsburg Police Hire

A veteran police officer now working part - time in the Kulpmont and Danville departments will soon be joining the Bloomsburg Police Department. On a vote of 6 to 1 the Town Council Monday night voted to hire David Bowman to be the 15th officer on the force. Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says the new hire is an important addition to his roster. The only council person to vote against the hire was Fred Trump. He believes the hiring of Bowman will place stress on the current town budget.

 

Gas Prices

Gas prices across northeastern Pennsylvania continue to tumble. The Triple A Fuel Gauge report out Tuesday morning shows that self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.26 - a gallon... the same as it was Monday... and is down 28 – cents a gallon from a month ago. Gas prices are expected to continue the downward trend since the cost of a barrel of crude is coming down as well.

 

Barletta / Supreme Court Ruling

Congressman Lou Barletta says he's happy the U-S Supreme Court has upheld the cornerstone of Arizona's anti – illegal immigration law. The high court ruled Monday that Arizona police officers can check the immigration status if they believe that a person is in this country illegally. Barletta says law enforcement officers in Arizona can help the federal government enforce immigration laws. If you recall.. Barletta instituted the first local ordinance cracking down on illegal immigration when he was mayor of Hazleton.

 

Challenger Baseball

It's part of Little League baseball few of us know about... it's called Challenger Baseball... for kids 5 through 18 with mental or physical disabilities. Director Greg Molter says the program has grown in popularity... now with 52 players. Challenger Baseball is holding a fundraiser Saturday with a pig roast and an auction at the Southside Fire Company in Riverside on Avenue B.

 

Montour Road Project

A resurfacing project along a 1.1 stretch of route 254 in Derry Township... in Montour County is now underway. The work will take place from Steffens Road... east of Washingtonville... to the intersection with Cromley Road. New Enterprise Stone and Lime Company will preform roadway and shoulder resurfacing... pavement markings... and center and edge line rumble strips. The $241,000 contract should be wrapped up by the end of July.

 

Sandusky Says

As Jerry Sandusky sits in the Centre County Jail... he insisted through a lawyer Monday that he is not guilty of sexually abusing children. Graphic testimony was given last week during his trial in Bellefonte over the past two weeks by several of his victims... saying they were molested in the showers at Penn State and in the basement of his home. That was enough for jurors to find Sandusky guilty over the weekend of 45 of 48 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 – years.

 

Sandusky Appeal

With Jerry Sandusky now convicted.... his defense team's attention turn to a possible appeal. Sandusky attorney Joe Amendola says there are plenty of reasons to get the conviction overturned. Sandusky remains in the Centre County Correctional facility in Bellefonte... where he is segregated from other prisoners... and has been placed on a suicide watch. Sentencing to take place by the end of August.

 

Nanticoke Robbery

A 40 – year old Wilkes – Barre man is jail after he allegedly robbed a Nanticoke pharmacy at midday Monday. Police say Mark Benjamin strolled into Spotanski's Pharmacy... pulled a weapon on employees... demanding pain medication. About an hour following the robbery... Benjamin was picked up along South Main Street in Hanover Township. He was arraigned and is now in the Luzerne County Jail on $100,000 bond.

 

Hazleton Fireworks

If you want to set off fireworks in the City of Hazleton this 4th of July... you'll need a permit. And the Hazleton Police Department plans to look for folks who break the city's ordinance if illegal fireworks are spotted. However, if you have devices that that are used close to the ground... a permit isn't needed. Thus far permits have been granted to the Hazleton Recreation Department and a business that plans to hold a display.

 

Robbery

An investigation is underway into the robbery of a jewelry store owner late Sunday night. The heist took place at A-1 Gold and Diamonds on Route 315 in Plains Township. Our media partner... NewsWatch 16... is reporting the owner was headed for his car when a man in a plastic mask flashed a gun... making off with bags of coins and gold. The bandit left the area in a gray Ford Mustang.

 

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George Curry

Since he has not been the head football coach at Berwick since the 2005 season, George Curry doesn't know the players he's working with right now and they don't know him. Curry telling our Jim Doyle that the kids have responded well to his leadership. With 413 career wins, Curry is the winningest coach in the history of Pennsylvania high school football. His Bulldogs open the 2012 season, Friday night, August 31st, at Crestwood.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies began a four game series with cross – state rival Pittsburgh Monday night. In the end the Phil's defeated the Pirates 8 to 3 on Joe Blanton's seven hitter. Both teams meet Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park in South Philly. You can catch all the action starting with the Phillie's pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch expected at 7:05... on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Monday / June 25, 2012


Double Track Bridge

Before the end of the summer... a landmark bridge in place since the 1920's will be a memory. PennDOT plans to remove the so – called “double track bridge” spanning Fishing Creek as part of a contract to install traffic signals and widen Route 42 at Perry Avenue. For West Bloomsburg resident Gerald Libey... its removal may take care of some of the flooding which has plagued that part of town. The double track concrete bridge was built in the 1920's... replacing a wooden bridge originally built in 1840.

 

Creek Rescue

An estimated 45 foot jump from a railroad trestle into Fishing Creek on Sunday apparently knocked the wind out of a 15 – year old Berwick teenager swimming with friends. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition... Bryce Kersey was pulled from the water by friends... who called Columbia County Emergency Dispatch. Bloomsburg Firemen responded... and were able to stabilize Kersey until he was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

 

Man Arrested

A 27 – year old Mount Carmel man has been arrested and charged with using a stolen credit card to make more than $1,200 in purchases. Police in Locust Township say 27 – year old Adam Powell is facing a long list of charges after he allegedly broke into several cars and trucks... using the credit cards he found to make purchases in the Coal Township area. Powell was arraigned before District Judge Craig Long of Catawissa and was sent to prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.

 

Berwick Festival

Judging by the crowds at Berwick's Test Track Park over the weekend... the Columbia County Bassmasters fishing tournament and Family Fun Festival was a huge success. Part of that success came from the PPL Fun Fest Express... a train ride from the test track to Lime Ridge and return. The excursion was a collaborative effort between the North Shore Railroad... SEDA – COG and Jeff Pontius of Penn Valley Railroad who supplied the vintage passenger cars. Other trips are planned later this year from the Catawissa area... as well Bloomsburg.

 

Sandusky

Former Penn State Assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky spent another night in the Centre County Correctional Facility.... after being found guilty on 45 of 48 counts of child abuse. Jailers say Sandusky is in protective custody and on suicide watch for his protection. Sandusky is expected to remain in the correctional facility until his sentencing takes place... which is sometime in the next 90 days. He could spend the rest of his life in prison.

 

Union Vote

Luzerne County's new home rule government will try and come to terms with it's 110 – employee court – related bargaining unit. The union members will decide whether to accept or reject the county's final offer. If the new contract isn't accepted... it will go to binding arbitration... since the union isn't allowed to strike.

 

I-80 Work

More work is expected to be preformed between the Mifflinville and Lime Ridge interchanges on Interstate 80 next week... where a $50 – million bridge project is being undertaken. On Wednesday.... the contractor will be setting a daylight signing pattern in order to close the right, westbound lane for traffic line removal and painting work. The following day... the right lane will see concrete barrier placement work. The work both days runs from 7 AM to 7 PM.

 

Montour Preserve

Portions of Heron Cove at PPL's Montour Preserve will be closed this week... and that includes the boat ramp. A utility spokesperson says it's all due to blacktop sealing work on the preserve's parking lot. The work is expected to be wrapped up by Saturday... weather permitting.

 

Shenandoah Arrest

A Shenandoah resident is in the Schuylkill County Jail after being charged with shooting a man. 27 – year old Juan Jose Perez is being held in lieu of a half million dollars bail. Perez allegedly shot 24 – year old Ledis Hernandez after the pair got into an altercation on April 7th. A preliminary hearing for Perez is set for July 12th.

What's Happening Sunday June 24, 2012


The Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau Family Fun Festival continues today at the Berwick Test Track Park. There will be crafters, vendors, rides, a petting zoo, games and other entertainment for your family.

 

The Animal Resource Center's annual long-term indoor yard sale started up this week, and it will continue through the end of August. Hours are Wednesdays through Sundays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. You can also drop off your donations. It's happening next to the cinemas on Route 11 in Bloomsburg.

 

The Roaring Creek Valley Grange is having a theme basket bingo today. Doors open at 11:30 am and games start at 1:00 pm. The grange is located in Numidia.

 

The Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library will wrap up their book sale on Monday...it's happening right at the library located on Market Street in Bloomsburg. The sale is not open today.

Saturday / June 23, 2012


Sandusky Verdict

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky faces life in prison following his conviction late Friday of assaulting 10 boys over a 15 – year span. After being found guilty of 45 of 48 counts, the 68 – year old Sandusky was hustled off to the Centre County Jail in Bellefonte. Sentencing will take place in 90 – days, but the mandatory minimums will keep him behind bars for life. Over the past two weeks... testimony has been heard from eight of Sandusky's victims... telling of sexual abuse which took place at the Sandusky home... and in the showers of the Penn State football facility. Sandusky's defense attorney, Joe Amendola telling reporters that the defense team expected a guilty verdict... and wished he had more time to prepare for the trial and review all the evidence.

What's Happening Saturday June 23, 2012


The Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library continues their book sale today. The sale will wrap up on Monday...it's happening right at the library located on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

At the Benton Firemen's Carnival this afternoon it's the annual parade and waterbattle. This year's theme is “Fabulous 50's.” The parade will form at 5:00 pm and move at 6:00 pm.

 

The Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau Family Fun Festival is happening today and tomorrow at the Berwick Test Track Park. There will be crafters, vendors, rides, a petting zoo, games and other entertainment for your family.

 

The final Bloomsburg AYSO registration for the fall 2012/spring 2013 season is going on today at the Bloomsburg Fire Department. You must have a copy of birth certificates for all first time players. Registration is for your children born between August 1998 and Jly 2008.

 

The Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Epsicopal Church is sponsoring a coloring contest now through the Iron Heritage Festival in July. To get details on the contest for your kids, just visit the free train program open today and every Saturday at the church located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

Jackson Baptist Church in Derrs is hosting a clothing and household goods giveaway. To get to the church take Route 254 from Millville toward Rohrosburg and follow the Austin Trail to Derrs by the cemetry.

 

Liberty Township is hosting a blood drive until 3:00 pm this afternoon. The fire hall is located on Mooresburg Road in Danville.

 

The Unityville Volunteer Fire Company invites you to their 3rd annual community day today starting at 2:00 pm. The day starts with a car show. There will be free food, games, vendors, and an auction. The day caps off with fireworks tonight at 9:30 pm presented by Hot Shotz.

 

Town Hill United Methodist will host an ice cream social this afternoon from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. They're serving homemade soups, sandwiches, ice cream, pies and cakes...menu is ala carte with take outs available. The church is located in Shickshinny.

 

The Dream Machines Motor Club has their monthly car cruise in tonight from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the Columbia Mall parking lot. Vehicle parking is from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

 

The Animal Resource Center's annual long-term indoor yard sale started up this week, and it will continue through the end of August. Hours are Wednesdays through Sundays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. You can also drop off your donations. It's happening next to the cinemas on Route 11 in Bloomsburg.

 

The Roaring Creek Valley Grange is having a theme basket bingo tomorrow. Doors open at 11:30 am and games start at 1:00 pm. The grange is located in Numidia.

Friday / June 22, 2012


 

 

Sandusky Trial Update

The jury in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case have had their dinner and continue to deliberate the fate of the former Penn State assistant football coach charged with 48 counts of abusing boys over a fifteen year period of time. Court was back in session a little before 9:30 Friday morning as the jury was brought back in to go over the testimony of Mike McQueary and Dr. Jonathan Drainoff. WHLM's Tony Riccardi reports from the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte the McQueary testimony was re-enacted. A prosecution attorney playing the role of Mike McQueary.. then attorney Joe Amendola played the role of Dr. Drainoff. The jury took notes throughout the entire proceedings... with Dottie Sandusky in attendance and hearing Mike McQueary's testimony for the first time.

Overnight Thunderstorms

Most of us were awakened from a sound sleep around 2 O'clock this morning when a thunderstorm rumbled across Columbia County. It's all in association with a cold front making its way from west to east across the Commonwealth. That will bring with it somewhat cooler temperatures. Instead of being in the mid – 90's has it has been the past two days... the temperature will be in the upper 80's today.... cooling off even more over the weekend.

 

Town Administrator

Bloomsburg's newest Town Administrator has a check list of goals to accomplish in the long term.... as he wraps up his second week at his new job. Bill Lowthart says he's meeting with everyone he can in order to make his transition from SEDA – COG in Lewisburg.... to the top job in Bloomsburg as smooth as it can be. But one thing he's likely to do is getting town government involved with Bloomsburg's Main Street business district. Lowthart applied for the job the third time it was advertised... and was the successful candidate. He replaces Ron Mull who resigned earlier this year after being on the job for two months.

 

Road Work

PennDOT says some road work will be taking place next week in Roaring Creek Township... near Catawissa. The agency's Rick Mason says a maintenance crew will remove an aging box culvert along Old Reading Road... and replace it with a new 6 – foot diameter metal pipe which will improve drainage. The work will take place... starting next Tuesday... near the intersection with Mensch and Creek Roads. Detours will be in place.

 

Berwick Concert

What a beautiful evening in Berwick last night.... temps falling into the upper 80's... and the folk rock group Gift, Troutman and Gift performing on the lawn of the Jackson Mansion on Market Street. Folks in lawn chairs or on their blankets taking in the sounds of the Selinsgrove – based group. Gift, Troutman and Gift are making the rounds.... they're scheduled to preform in July for the Bloomsburg Town Park Association's Summer Concert Series.

 

Area Carnivals

A couple of carnivals begin around the area this weekend. The Benton Fireman's carnival began Thursday night. The big event is Saturday night's Fireman parade which marches down Main Street.... featuring the annual water fight at the end of the event. The Benton Fireman's Carnival runs through Saturday night. In Beach Haven... the annual fireman's carnival kicks off there Friday night... and runs through Saturday, June 30th.

 

Assault Alleged

A 29 – year old Mt. Carmel man is in the Northumberland County Prison on $100,000 bail after he was accused of sexually assaulting a Marion Heights woman. Authorities say Johnathan Mazak was arraigned this week by an on – call magistrate. Mazak is accused of assaulting the woman as she slept at her friend's parents' home in Mt. Carmel in late April.

 

Agnes Anniversary

Where were you 40 years ago this week.... for many of us living in the Bloomsburg area... we were trying to combat the effects of Tropical Storm Agnes which destroyed the Wyoming Valley and caused havoc on Bloomsburg's west end... similar to what we experienced last fall. Alan Remley had just been appointed the town's Civil Defense director... during a 2011 interview... Mr. Remley remembers Martial Law being imposed. Mr. Remley went on to serve two terms as Mayor of Bloomsburg.

 

Hazleton Schools

The Hazleton board of education is trying to figure out how to close a million dollar budget gap from their proposed 2012 – 2013 budget. They have less than two weeks to come up with a solution... since the budget must be put in place by the end of the month. The board is looking at least four options.  The main thought is letting go an unknown number of district employees through furloughs and retirements.

 

Hazleton School Pools

It appears that swimming pool operated by the Hazleton Area School District will not re – open this summer. The pools at four schools were closed a year ago... saving the district about $180,000 annually... and no money was allocated in the 2012 – 2013 proposed spending plan. The board saying this week... there doesn't appear to be enough community financial support to open the pools for the swimming season.

 

Allegiant Air

There is now new air service out of the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton Airport.

Allegiant Airlines debuted their non – stop service from Avoca to the Orlando – Sanford International Airport in Central Florida ever Sunday and Thursday. Allegiant says you can grab some one – way flights as low as $99.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Berwick / Curry

As a head coach, George Curry has won more games than any other coach in the history of high school football in Pennsylvania. Back as the coach at Berwick, Curry spent the past three seasons doing radio for WHLM and television for WNEP / Channel -16. Curry telling WHLM's Jim Doyle it felt great to get back to Crispin Field.

 

NBA

LeBron James had a triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to win his first N.B.A. championship as the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5. The final... the Heat over Oklahoma 121 to 106.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies couldn't clinch the series sweep against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night. The Phil's losing to the Rockies 4-1. Vance Worley giving up two earned runs off of four hits in seven innings. Philadelphia begins a weekend series with the Tampa Bay Rays Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch the action starting at 6:30 with the pre – game show... the first pitch is expected at 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Thursday / June 21, 2012


Sandusky Trial Update

As of early Thursday afternoon... the fate of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is in the hands of the jury. Sandusky is accused of sexually abusing ten boys over a 15 – year span. WHLM's Tony Riccardi says the first order of business is to select a foreman... then the jury is pretty much on it's own time schedule as they go over the now 48 counts against Sandusky at the Centre County Courthouse. Right after court began Thursday morning... defense attorney Joe Amendola gave a feisty closing argument... saying the charges against his client do not make sense. He says inconsistency's and testimony … monetary motives and a lack of physical evidence do not add up to his client being guilty. Deputy Attorney General Joe McGettigan painted a picture of a predatory man who used his status to gain the trust of children only to take away a piece of their souls... pieces they will never get back.

 

Beating the Heat

It was a hot day Wednesday for Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as the rest of Northeast Pennsylvania. It was 94 degrees at 4 O'clock at the National Weather Service reporting station in Williamsport. And we can expect the same for Thursday. A heat advisory remains in effect through Thursday evening... that's when a cold front will make it's way through the state... dropping temperatures tomorrow in the 80's.

 

Hearing Postponed

The preliminary hearing for a Sugarloaf Township man... charged with the shooting death of his live – in girlfriend... has been continued. 38 – year old Abraham Kline is accused of killing 35 – year old Jocelyn Romano earlier this year... after she told him she was returning to her husband and kids in western Pennsylvania. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... a hearing in front of District Judge Doug Brewer was postponed until July 2nd... since Kline didn't have legal representation.

 

DEP Probe

Inspectors from the state Department of Environmental Protection spent Wednesday at an oil recycling firm south of Hazleton... along route 309 in Banks Township. Hazleton Oil and Environmental... is the target of a DEP probe... although the agency isn't saying what they're looking for... only acknowledging search warrants were served on the company this week.

 

Flood Levees

Repairing and reinforcing the Wyoming Valley Levee system in Luzerne County will begin next month... so says the flood protection authority. At their meeting this week.. the board said the Army Corps of Engineers will begin repairs of relief wells in South Wilkes – Barre sometime in July. Those wells are used to control water seepage. But until the entire 15 mile system is brought up to snuff... the corps said the entire levee system is strong enough to preform in case of another high water event.

 

Hazleton Clean up

There will be a clean up of at least one Hazleton street on Saturday. A group of businesses owners known as POWER plan to clean up and remove trash from North Wyoming Street. The group is also partnering with other business owners across the city.... encouraging them to keep the area in front of... and around their shops clear of trash and debris. The clean up gets underway at 8 O'clock Saturday morning.

 

Boil Water

A water main break in Dushore... in Sullivan County... is forcing water authority subscribers to boil their tap water before using. The authority says water should be brought to a rolling boil three minutes before consuming. The water boil advisory is expected to be in effect through Friday.

 

Concert Series

As the first notes played for last night's Summer Concert Series at Bloomsburg Town Park... summer arrived with temps in the lower 90's.... a lot cooler in the shade. Seasoned Sounds... directed by Todd Hunter... preformed their 90 – minute set as part of the Wednesday night series. Their specialty is tunes from the early 40's.... and despite generational differences... everyone enjoyed the toe – tapping music. Next Wednesday... the blue grass group Cabin Run will preform at Town Park beginning at 7 O'clock.

 

Church Break In's

The Snyder County District Attorney says churches in a three county area must protect themselves against burglars. Over the past few months... no fewer than 18 churches have been the target of burglars in Snyder, Union and Northumberland Counties. So the DA is holding a community meeting next Monday at the Grace Covenant Church in Middleburg... in the hope of educating residents on how to prevent church burglaries.

 

Shamokin Schools

The Shamokin Area School board has adopted a 29 – million dollar budget for the 2012 – 2013 school year when they met this week. That means a dozen employees slated for lay – off will be called back.... but an additional nine staffers will probably have to find a new job. The initial $5.6 - million dollar deficit ended through staff furlough... retirements and resignation... as well as not replacing equipment and materials... and find some extra money hidden away. Also closing the gap was the elimination of the Shamokin Area's K-4 program.

 

Liquor Stores

The legislature's leading advocate of taking liquor and wine sales private in Pennsylvania has thrown in the towel... at least for the time being. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai has acknowledged that he lacks the votes to get his bill through the House. Turzi says legislators need to focus now on passage of a state budget... which must be signed into law by the end of June.

 

Agnes / Edwards

It was this week in June of 1972.... 40 – years ago... flood waters of Tropical Storm Agnes changed a lot of lives up and down the Susquehanna Valley... and for many of us in Bloomsburg. Radio then.... as it was last September during the Lee flood... played a huge role in keeping listeners informed and safe. Ed Edwards was a radio reporter in June of '72... working for WHLM when it was owned by the Magee Family. Edwards says listeners were hanging on to every word said. A minimum of a half – dozen reporters kept the folks of Bloomsburg informed of developments as they happened... and of the clean – up which followed.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Gary Campbell

Now that Gary Campbell's tenure as Berwick's head football coach is over, Campbell has had time to reflect on his six seasons with the Bulldogs. When asked for some of his best memories, he listed the relationships he had with several long time assistant coaches as well as the off-season trips he made with his team including the one to Notre Dame where they were hosted by former Bulldog great Ron Powlus. Campbell had only one losing season at Berwick- that was in his first season in 2006. He fondly remembers a big upset his team pulled off in the final game of that season when Berwick defeated Hazleton. Campbell's record at Berwick was 46-25. His Bulldogs made postseason appearances five times.

 

NBA Finals

The Miami Heat can clinch the NBA championship with a win Thursday night over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Miami. The Heat lead the series three games to one.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia's Hunter Pence scored the winning run on an error on the part of Colorado.... as the Phil's defeated the Rockies 7 to 6 Wednesday night. It's the second consecutive victory for the Phils... but they're still eight games out of first place in the National League east... playing sub – 500 ball. Philadelphia and Colorado meet once again Thursday night. You can catch the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch at 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

Wednesday / June 20, 2012


Sandusky Trial Update

The jury in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case is scheduled to begin deliberations Thursday. Sandusky's defense team rested at mid-day Wednesday without putting the defendant on the stand. His lawyers had hinted he would address the jury, but opted against it. The flurry of activity came after Sandusky, the prosecution and the defense lawyers huddled in chambers with the judge. The judge will give the jury specific instructions at 9 AM Thursday, following by closing arguments. The jury will not be allowed to go home during its deliberations and the judge told its members to prepare for sequestration. In testimony earlier Wednesday, a former Second Mile participant who stayed at Sandusky's home more than 50 times testified Wednesday he believed police tried to get him to say things about Sandusky that were false. 21 – year old David Hilton of Lancaster County, said he met Sandusky when he was in fifth grade. They went to football games and traveled to San Franciso. Nothing inappropriate happened, he said. Sandusky is charged with 51 counts he sexually abused 10 young boys over a 15-year span. His wife, Dottie, testified Tuesday she never saw inappropriate contact between Sandusky and boys.

 

Bloomsburg React

A consultant's report is now in the public domain... dealing with the options the Bloomsburg Area School District... as well as Central Columbia... have for possible consolidation. Central is in need of a new high school.... while Bloomsburg is trying to get away from the middle and high school being on the flood plain. Consolidation with Central is one option... but Bloomsburg Superintendent Cos Curry says there are others... such as buying land and building new schools… or building flood protection. The Central and Bloomsburg School Boards now have time to digest the report... with public meetings scheduled in July.

 

 

Susquehanna Nuclear Plant

Unit 1 at the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station... north of Berwick... in Salem Township is off line Wednesday morning... after the nuclear reactor was shut down on Tuesday. A spokesman for PPL said they wanted to investigate the source of a minor water leak inside the containment building which surrounds the reactor. The leak is not affecting the plant's safety... or that of the public. No word when Unit 1 will come back on line.

 

Berwick Fun Festival

It will be a busy time this weekend at Test Track Park... along the Susquehanna River in Berwick. At least a hundred boats will be on the water with anglers taking part in the Columbia County Bassmasters fishing tournament. Also... plenty of things to do in the park during the annual Family Fun Festival... so says Otto Kurecian of the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau... such as taking a ride on the PPL's Fun Fest Express on the North Shore Railroad line.

 

Inappropriate Photos

A former Dallas Middle School Special Education teacher has been charged with invasion of privacy. 49 – year old David Shuga is accused of taking inappropriate photos of female students. Shuga... a Berwick High School and Bloomsburg University graduate... was arraigned Tuesday in front of a District Judge and released on $5,000 unsecured bail. He resigned his job earlier this month.

 

Men Charged

Two 19 – year old men are free... but face a long list of charges after their friend overdosed on heroin... and they didn't get immediate help. Kyle Yatsko and Robert Pupko the third... both of Drums telling police they were at a loss when Ryan Kline passed out and became unresponsive. Police were alerted when the pair were seen dragging Kline from a wooded area. Kline was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

 

Missing Woman

Pennsylvania State Police continue their search for a missing 42 – year old Hazleton woman. Candice McGeehan has been missing for the past month. She was last seen a month ago at the Hazleton Apartments complex in Hazle Township. If you know of McGeehan's whereabouts... or have seen her... call State Police at Hazleton.

 

Robbery

A stick up of a Sheetz mini – mart in Wilkes – Barre Township early Tuesday morning. Now... police are looking for a man who showed a weapon at a clerk... taking money from the cash register. The clerk wasn't hurt in the overnight stick up in Wilkes – Barre Twp.

 

Gaming Revenue

Gross revenue from table games was up 7.4% last month compared to a year ago, boosted by the second full month of play at the state's newest casino. That word from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem showed a 50% gain last month. In northeastern Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs showed a slight increase, while Mount Airy Casino Resort declined about 12% from a year ago, with about $2.8 - million in gross revenue from table games last month.

 

WHLM Sports

Gary Campbell

It was the decision of the Berwick school board to bring back George Curry as head coach when they learned that Gary Campbell was returning to Massachusetts to be coach and athletic director at Waconah Regional. But, it was Campbell who first told Curry that the job would soon be open. Campbell was the head coach at Berwick for six seasons.

 

NBA Final

The Miami Heat are one win away from capturing the NBA title. On Tuesday night... the Heat downed the Oklahoma City Thunder 104 to 98... taking a three to one lead in the NBA Finals. Game five... Thursday night night in Miami.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies were looking to get back on the winning track Tuesday night. They did so by defeating the Colorado Rockies 7 to 2... in the first of three games at Citizens Bank Park. Cole Hamels picked up his tenth win of the season. The Phil's and Rockies slug it out again Wednesday night. Catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch at 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

Tuesday / June 19, 2012


Sandusky Trial Update

For 16 minutes the tape rolled, apparently unknown to two state police officers investigating Sandusky and the defense attorney of Victim No. 4 during an April 2011 meeting. It's turned into the strongest evidence yet that could create reasonable doubt in the minds of jurors about the guilt of Sandusky, who is facing 51 counts of child molestation. And it all played out Tuesday morning at Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte. During the 2011 interview with police, Victim No. 4 was on a break and not in the room. The tape was left on and recorded a candid conversation between police and Victim No. 4's attorney. Sandusky's defense attorneys, and even Judge John Cleland, suggested Tuesday that it may call into question whether police led witnesses in their lengthy investigation. From the start, the Sandusky defense has alleged the former Penn State defensive coordinator was subjected to an overaggressive investigation that targeted him for years.

 

Unit 1 Shut Down

Operators at the Susquehanna Steam Electric station... north of Berwick in Salem Township... performed a planned and controlled shutdown of the Unit 1 reactor Tuesday morning. They wanted to investigate the source of a minor water leak inside the containment structure that surrounds the reactor. A PPL spokesman says the leak is not affecting the safety of the plant or the public. While Unit 1 was shut down.... it's companion... Unit 2 is operating at full power. The two units at the Susquehanna plant have a generating capacity of about 2,500 megawatts of power.

 

Central / Bloomsburg Consolidation

The wraps were taken off last night of a feasibility study dealing with possible consolidation of the Central and Bloomsburg School Districts. The detailed 100 – plus page study took a look at remaining status quo... or consolidating at Central's Old Berwick Road campus. The biggest issue is building an estimated $43 – million school to take in 3,500 – hundred students from a combined district.

 

Guilty Plea

A Danville man could spend the next 40 – years in prison... after pleading guilty in Montour County Court of sexually assaulting a 6 – year old girl. 26 – year old Brandon Mowrer now will be registered as a sex offender for life under Megan's Law. He was accused of assaulting the child for a year starting in July of 2007. Our media partner... NewsWatch 16... says he'll be sentenced at a later date.

 

Berwick Construction

The next phase of work on Route 11 resurfacing in Berwick gets underway Tuesday morning. PennDOT spokesman Rick Mason says the right lane of Route 11 southbound at Market Street will be closed. Barletta Materials will work into the night... and the road is expected to reopen to traffic by noon time Wednesday. Mason says Market Street traffic will be detoured using Mulberry and Third Streets.

 

Airport Beltway

Safety improvements could be on the way for the Airport Beltway near Hazleton. The project... involving Route 309 and Hazle Township Boulevard... will be put out to bid this week by PennDOT.  An agency spokesperson says the project involves installing turning lanes and the installation of traffic signals. Cost of the project is pegged at $12.4 - million... and will take two years to complete.

 

Hazleton PD / MinSec

It's something they always wanted to do... but never asked. Hazleton police now have the opportunity to look at the computer data base of MinSec residents... a half – way house for offenders out of prison... but not yet completely free to be on their own. The request for the data base was prompted by Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea. The data base shows what time MinSec residents check out... their destination... and expected time back at the facility.

 

Church Break - In's

We're finding out about two more Snyder County church break-in's over past week. Police say someone broke into the Grace Reformed Church near Middleburg... making off with chips and drinks. In addition... Old Shreiners Church near Shamokin Dam was broken into, but nothing was taken. Over the past couple of months... 18 churches have been the target of either vandals or thieves in Snyder and Union Counties.

 

WHLM Sports

Gary Campbell

George Curry was not planning to return to coaching high school football... and Gary Campbell was not planning to leave his position as head coach at Berwick. But, both of those occurrences were set in motion recently when Campbell got an offer to return to his home area of Dalton, Massachusetts to be the football coach and Athletic Director at Waconah Regional where he had coached for ten years prior to taking over for Curry at Berwick. Campbell says it's an opportunity to move his family back to his hometown... in essence was an offer he couldn't refuse. When Campbell decided he was returning to Massachusetts, he reached out to George Curry hoping he would return to coach the Bulldogs.

 

NBA Finals

Tuesday night in Miami it's game four of the NBA finals. The Miami Heat lead the Oklahoma City Thunder two games to one.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies had last night off... but tonight they begin a three game series with the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. Catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch at 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

Monday / June 18, 2012


Sandusky Wrap / Monday

Deliberations in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial could begin as early as Thursday. Sandusky is accused of 52 counts of allegedly sexually abusing ten boys over a 15 – year span. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting that during proceedings on Monday... the prosecution wrapped up some loose ends... then the defense started presenting their witnesses.... mainly character witnesses who testified Sandusky's reputation was solid and was a stand – up guy... before the charges were filed. The session ended at mid-afternoon due to... what the Judge said... were technical issues that need to be addressed. It's not known if Sandusky will take the stand in his own defense... that is still to be determined. Court resumes Tuesday morning in Bellefonte.

 

New Intersection

Some changes are coming to the intersection of Route 42 and Perry Avenue in Hemlock Township. PennDOT's Rick Mason says starting Monday... a contractor will begin constructing a new signalized intersection. Eventually, new turning lanes will be installed. As part of the project... the now – closed Double – Track Bridge spanning Fishing Creek between Route 11 and Red Mill road will be removed.  The entire $1.3 - million project is expected to be wrapped up by early November.

 

Bike Fatal

A Stillwater man is dead after he crashed his motorcycle on Route 487 in Orange Township over the weekend... but it wasn't spotted in a ditch until hours later. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition 51 – year old Robert Boccardo, Jr. died instantly when he apparently lost control of his Honda Gold Wing while southbound on 487 on Saturday. The bike and Boccardo's body were found hours later by a farmer who came upon the scene while driving his tractor near Moore's Grove.

 

Caregiver Forum

Providing care for relatives confronts all of us at one time or another. That's why State Representative David Millard is holding a senior caregiver support forum tomorrow in Orangeville. Millard says calls to his office deal with programs available to caregivers. The forum will be held at 10 O'clock at the Orangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center at 200 Berwick Road... just off of Main Street.

 

Downtown Bloomsburg

The revitalization of Main Street in Bloomsburg will not happen overnight. That word from Adrienne Mael... Bloomsburg's latest Downtown Manager. During a recent interview.... Ms. Mael says one of her goals is to get Main Street redesignated through the Harrisburg – based Pennsylvania Downtown Center. The designation... according to Ms. Mael... would open the town to grant money which could be used for developing programs to bring people back to Main Street.

 

Montour Unemployment

The US Labor Department has released figures showing Montour County has the lowest unemployment rate among the state's 67 counties. Montour County's April unemployment rate checked in at 4.9%... down a full percentage point from April of 2011. The Labor Department said Montour is the only county in the Commonwealth under 5%.

 

Barletta / Obama

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton... who represents Columbia County says he's not happy with President Obama's plan to grant amnesty to illegal aliens. Barletta says the start of the weekend announcement is nothing more than backdoor amnesty for an estimated 800,000 undocumented people. He also questioned how far the President will go before the the November general election.

 

Mitt Romney

The race for the White House came through northeastern Pennsylvania over the weekend. Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a stop at the Weatherly Casting and Machine Company in near-by Carbon County. Romney talked about jobs and the nation's economy. The stop at Weatherly by the former Massachusetts Governor is part of a tour of the northeast and the midwest... and ends in Michigan on Tuesday.

 

Shamokin Fire

Investigators will spend the day trying to figure out what started a fire over the weekend at an Oak Street home in Coal Township near Shamokin. The blaze destroyed a three story home... forcing out a family of three out into the street. Tim Reigle and Amy Masden are now being helped from different sources.

 

North Shore

The rail line which runs through Bloomsburg and as well as Columbia and Montour Counties has been sold. Richard Roby's interest in the North Shore Railroad... and other short lines started in the 80's... has been sold to 12 of his managers. There are published reports that the move has been okayed by the SEDA – COG Joint Railroad Authority. The operations of the railroads are expected to remain status quo.

 

WHLM Sports

Big 33

Although his team didn't win, Blake Rankin's return to the football field was certainly a success. The recent Bloomsburg High School graduate, threw for 134 yards and two touchdowns and was named the Pennsylvania player of the game in Saturday's Big 33 Football Classic at Hershey Park Stadium. It was Rankin's first game action since suffering a devastating ankle injury early in the District 4 title game against Mount Camel last November. Despite Rankin's heroics on Saturday night, his Pennsylvania All Stars lost to Ohio 24-21.

 

Southern Columbia

The best season in the history of Southern Columbia softball ended on Friday morning with the Tigers 1-0 loss to Fannett - Metal in the Class A state championship game at Penn State. Southern Columbia will return all but one starter from this year's team that finished with a record of 23-4.

 

NBA

LeBron James collected 29 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Miami Heat to a 91 - 85 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the NBA Finals Sunday night. Miami leads the series two games to one.... and will host Game Four on Tuesday.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Toronto's Colby Rasmus went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI's as the Blue Jays swept a three-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies with a 6-2 victory Sunday. The Phillies have the day off. They'll begin a three game home stand against the Colorado Rockies Tuesday night. Catch all the action with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch thrown at 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

What's Happening Sunday June 17, 2012


The American Red Cross is hosting a few blood drive today at Trinity United Methodist Church in Danville on Lombard Avenue from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and there's one scheduled at the Columbia Mall from Noon to 5:00 pm today.

 

Today is the third Sunday of the month, and that means it's time for the Potts Grove Fire Company's all you can eat breakfast buffet. It's being served from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm. The fire company is located off of Route 642 between Danville and Milton.

 

Sweet Valley Church of Christ will start up their vacation bible school today. This year's program includes bible lessons, crafts, snakcs, and a fun fair next Friday. It's scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 each night this week. For information call 477-2320.

What's Happening Saturday June 16, 2012


Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Catawissa is hosting their monthly breakfast for a donation this morning from 7:00 to 9:30. Your donation for breakfast this month will go to EOS Riding Stable and Mission Central. The church is located on Orchard Drive in Catawissa.

 

The Berwick Area Relay For Life continues at the Berwick High School today through 3:00 pm. The event raises funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society.

 

St. Columba Music Ministry has a rummage sale going on today from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the school located at 3rd and Iron Streets in Bloomsburg. Proceeds will benefit the education of Tanzanian Children.

 

The Columbia Valley Women of the Moose hope you'll join them at their indoor rummage sale today from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. They're are located on Seiple Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

Katy's Church is hosting a yard, antique, and craft sale today with food from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. It's to raise money for the church, and is happening at Hotel Iola located on State Route 42 in Millville.

 

MC Federal Credit Union is hoping to raise funds for the Danville Area Little League Girls' softball field today. They're having a car wash and selling hot dogs and other refreshments at their location on Walnut Street in Danville from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The field was damaged in the 2011 flood.

 

In Fernville Family Park there's a festive get together planned today from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm to celebrate the revival after the flood. There will be free hot dogs, soda, chips, children's games and entertainment.

 

The Children's Museum in Bloomsburg invites you and your kids to their “You and Me Woodshop” today from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Your kids will be able to bulid with a hammer, nails and wood.

 

The American Red Cross is hosting a few blood drives this weekend. Today there's a drive at the Orangeville Fire Hall from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Tomorrow Trinity United Methodist Church in Danville on Lombard Avenue will host a drive from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. And there's one scheduled at the Columbia Mall from Noon to 5:00 pm tomorrow.

 

Tomorrow is the third Sunday of the month, and that means it's time for the Potts Grove Fire Company's all you can eat breakfast buffet. It's being served from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm. The fire company is located off of Route 642 between Danville and Milton.

 

Sweet Valley Church of Christ will start up their vacation bible school tomorrow. This year's program includes bible lessons, crafts, snakcs, and a fun fair next Friday. It's scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 each night this week. For information call 477-2320.

Friday / June 15, 2012


Southern Defeated in Quest for Title

Try as they might.... Southern Columbia was defeated by Fannett – Metal for their first PIAA title in the PIAA Class A Championship. The final was 1 – 0 in a game played Friday morning at Beard Field on the Penn State campus. Fannett – Metal pitcher Blaire Lauthers threw a one – hitter... driving in the only run of the game.

Southern's Mallory Tomaschick pitched a complete game... and took the loss

Fannett – Metal finishes the season with a record of 24 – 4... while Southern compiles a solid season of 23 wins and 4 losses.

 

Sandusky Trial

The first week of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial is over. It's set to resume Monday after prosecutors on Thursday finished calling the last of several of the former Penn State assistant football coach's alleged victims to testify. Sandusky is facing more than 50 counts for allegedly sexually assaulting boys over a 15-year period.

 

Bloomsburg / Bill Lowthart

After working with SEDA – COG for the past seven years... and closely associated with key projects in Bloomsburg... Bill Lowthart wraps up his first week as Town Administrator. Lowthart was raised in Carrol Park in Scott Township... and coming back to Bloomsburg to work is like wearing a pair of comfortable shoes. Lowthart didn't apply for the job the first two times it was advertised... but after the fiasco with last administrator Ron Mull... he felt the time was right to submit his resume.

 

Budget / Dan Meuser

Time is running out for the house and senate... as well as Governor Corbett to settle on a new 2012 – 2013 state budget. All sides have until the end of the month to agree on a plan. During a recent stop in the Danville area... State Treasury Secretary Dan Meuser says he believes Governor Corbett's $28 – billion budget is realistic. This was the day state lawmakers hoped to be looking at the state capitol in Harrisburg in their rear view mirror. But, unless an agreement is reached before midnight Friday... that's not going to be the case.

 

Montour Fire

Firefighters from five different departments.... including Millville... battled a blaze Thursday night in Anthony Township... in Montour County... near Exchange. Melvin Hostettler... his wife and 6 – month old child lost everything they had when flames broke out at their home on Stamm Road shortly after 9 O'clock. Neighbors rushing to the scene... saving little of the family's belongings. No word as to what caused that house fire near Exchange.

 

Northumberland Fatal

State Police are still investigating a Thursday crash near Treverton... which killed one teenager and injured four others. Authorities say the crash happened on Anthracite Road in Zerbe Township... in Northumberland County. They say 18 – year old Kyle Koontz of Shamokin was traveling too fast... when he lost control of the '98 Crown Victoria... going out of control and rolling over. 19 – year old David Dorsett of Coal Township was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected. Dorsett was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Closed Bridge

If you're trying to get from Berwick to Nescopeck.... or vise – versa... you'll have to take a detour. Crews from Barletta Construction will have the Route 93 bridge across the Susquehanna River shut down so they can continue paving work between the bridge and Front Street. It's all part of the final phase of sewer and water line construction taking place during the past year. Alternate routes... such as 339 to Mifflinville... will be in use. The Berwick – Nescopeck bridge to be re-opened late Sunday night.

 

Road Programs

Resurface, rehabilitate, and replace are the basic elements of the proposed Transportation Improvement Program for an eight county area.... including here in Columbia and Montour. In our area... Route 11 would be the target of resurfacing. The program is prepared by the SEDA-COG Rural Planning Organization... in partnership with PennDOT. The plans are available to be viewed at SEDA – COG headquarters in Lewisburg... with a public meeting to be held Monday afternoon at 5 O'clock. Final action on the program is scheduled for July 13th.

 

Teen Escapes

The search is on for a 16 - year old boy from Freeland escaped custody on Thursday... as he arrived at the Luzerne County Courthouse for a hearing. District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said the youngster... of Egyptian descent... was being transported from a non – secure facility... and was not shackled or wearing handcuffs. Despite a search.... authorities could not locate the missing teen.

 

Mitt Romney

The heir apparent to the Republican Presidential nomination is expected to be in Weatherly Saturday for a campaign stop. Mitt Romney buscapade leaves New Hampshire Friday morning... on it's way to Michigan... making dozens of stops along the way. Although Romney's website confirms his appearance... it's not clear where he'll stop... or at what time.

 

Wilkes – Barre Shooting

One of two 17 year old teenagers shot under the South Street Bridge in Wilkes – Barre this week remains hospitalized. Police say the pair was shot near a playground in the Boulevard Townhomes section of the city... but investigators say they don't know who pulled the trigger.... or why. One of the teens was shot in the back and remains at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center... while the second was hit in the leg.

 

GMC / Hood

Geisinger Health System will celebrate the life and legacy of its former president and chief executive officer Henry Hood next Thursday. The event will be at the Henry Hood Center for Health Research on the Geisinger Medical Center campus. Hood died in February at his home in New Hampshire. He came to Geisinger in 1957 and during his tenure as president and CEO from 1974 to his retirement in 1991, he elevated Geisinger to one of the best medical facilities in the country.

 

Teachers Rally
Hundreds of people protesting education funding cuts are hoping their rallies in Harrisburg might sway state lawmakers, though a spokesman for the governor says its unlikely. Parents, teachers and even students filled the State Capitol rotunda in the first of two protests this week. Protestors also gathered in front of the governor's mansion, demanding more state funding for public education. A spokesman for the state Department of Education says the loss of $1.7 - billion in federal stimulus funding is to blame for reduced education funds.

 

Wiretapping Changes
A measure approved by the state House this week could make it legal for people to record conversations without consent if the person recording believes a law is being broken. Current Pennsylvania law bans recording any conversation either in-person or via telephone without the consent of both parties. The proposed law now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

 

WHLM Sports

NBA Finals

LeBron James dropped in 32 points and the Miami Heat held on for a 100 - 96 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the NBA Finals. James was 12-of-12 at the free-throw line.... also grabbing eight rebounds to help Miami even the best-of-seven series at a game apiece. Miami will host Game Three on Sunday.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Jim Thome hit a three-run homer Thursday night to push the Philadelphia Phillies past the Minnesota Twins, 6 - 1. Joe Blanton tossed a complete-game, seven-hitter, giving up one run and striking out seven. The Phillies begin a three game series with the Toronto Blue Jays... north of the border... Friday night. All the action will be on the WHLM Stations beginning with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch tossed at 7:05.

 

Thursday / June 14, 2012


Berwick / Orange Street Elementary

Could the generations old Orange Street Elementary School in Berwick be closed? That's a question the Berwick Area School Board is looking at following the delivery of a feasibility study. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... the study shows the school has some major problems... such as cracks between the building constructed in 1927... and additions built in the 80's. Also... traffic on Orange Street is a big problem. No word when the board will make a final decision on the issue.

 

Sandusky / Wednesday

More alleged victims of Jerry Sandusky have testified in his child sex abuse trial. Two men testified Wednesday that Sandusky molested them several times as children. The court also heard from the father of Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary. John McQueary confirmed testimony from his son. Sandusky is being tried on more than 50 counts of sexually molesting ten boys over a 15-year period.
 

Downtown Bloomsburg

There is promising movement along Main Street in Bloomsburg.... especially west of Market Street. Newly – hired Downtown Manager Adrienne Mael says new shops to be constructed by the Zarrett family... next to Towne Camera.... as well as the new life being pumped into the Moose Exchange... is good for the community. Ms. Mael says changes along Main Street don't happen overnight, but rather take some time to bring to fruition.

 

Love Triangle

A Danville man is in the Montour County jail after he allegedly fired a shotgun into an SUV owned by a Bloomsburg man. Police says 28 – year old Joseph Zeager... and 47 – year old Michael Deski were seeing the same woman when they came upon each other earlier this month. Zeager getting a shotgun and firing it into Deski's SUV which was parked in a lot on Route 254 in Derry Township. Zeager is being held on 200 – thousand dollars bail.

 

Lotto Winner

A Shamokin woman has claimed her 1 – million dollar prize after winning in the Powerball lottery a couple of weeks ago. Lottery officials in Harrisburg say the woman is Dawn Drumheiser. The Danville State Hospital worker... and single mother of two... purchased her winning ticket at the Turkey Hill Convenience store in Shamokin.... with the winning ticket confirmed at a Leighow Food Shop in Danville.

 

Guilty Verdict

A West Hazleton man is going to spend a lot of time in prison following his conviction Wednesday of sexually assaulting a teenage girl over three years. It took a Luzerne County court jury about an hour to convict 40 – year old Hernan Torres. He's now in the Luzerne County prison in lieu of 75 – thousand dollars bail. Torres is due in court for sentencing in late September.

 

Wilkes – Barre Crash

Three people are in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township following a Wednesday accident at a construction site at Wilkes – Barre General Hospital. Police say the driver of a car... identified as Margaret Tomascik... blew through a construction zone... and hit two men laying concrete. The Tomascik car eventually hit a light pole. All three were transported to the hospital's Trauma unit for treatment.

 

Wright Township Chief

Wright Township... near Mountain Top in Luzerne County... has a new top cop. Supervisors naming Sgt. Royce Engler to the job this week. He replaces Joseph Jacob... who retired earlier this month after 20 – years of service. Jacob... then taking a job as deputy superintendent of the Capitol Police Department in Harrisburg.

 

Vet Expo

In an effort to bring veterans and their families living in Northumberland and Smyder County's in contact with area organizations, Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver will host a Veterans Benefit Expo Thursday. The event begins at 2 PM at the Shikellamy High School in Sunbury. Representatives from federal, state and county veterans agencies will be on hand... as well as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Mobile Veterans Center and a number of area veteran-related vendors.

 

Little League

If you're allegedly going to vandalize a Little League field media box... don't leave your cell phone behind. That's what happened to 39 – year old Brian Gashi of Harding. He's accused of breaking into... and then setting fire to the press box in at the Plains Little League field in Luzerne County. Police say Gashi set two fires... then made off with items used by the league to keep score and supply concession stands. Authorities caught Gashi when they discovered his cell phone in the rubble.

 

Teachers Rally
Hundreds of people protesting education funding cuts are hoping their rallies in Harrisburg might sway state lawmakers, though a spokesman for the governor says it's unlikely. Parents, teachers and even students filled the State Capitol rotunda in the first of two protests Wednesday. Protestors also gathered in front of the governor's mansion, demanding more state funding for public education. A spokesman for the state Department of Education says the loss of one-point-seven-billion in federal stimulus funding is to blame for reduced education funds.

 

Wiretapping Changes
A measure approved by the state House yesterday could make it legal for people to record conversations without consent if the person recording believes a law is being broken. Current Pennsylvania law bans recording any conversation either in-person or via telephone without the consent of both parties. The proposed law now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

 

Concert Series

A nice night to be in Bloomsburg Town Park. The Danville Community Band provided the toe – tapping music for last night's Summer Concert Series. When the sun started to go down... it got a bit cool... but it didn't chill the enthusiasm for the band's performance at the band shell. The Summer Concert continues next Wednesday night with the appearance of the Seasoned Sounds... a big band era orchestra.

 

WHLM Sports

Blake Rankin

When Bloomsburg High School grad Blake Rankin takes the field in Saturday night's Big 33 Football Classic, it will be his first game action since he suffered a devastating ankle injury last November in the District 4 Class AA final against Mount Carmel. Rankin isn't worried about his ankle. He's more concerned with playing quarterback in a system he's not used to. Rankin is expected to split time at quarterback with Skyler Mornhinwig of St. Joseph's Prep when the Pennsylvania stars face the best from Ohio in Saturday night's game which begins at 7 at Hershey Park Stadium.

 

NBA Finals

Game two of the NBA final series between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder takes place Thursday night in OKC. The Thunder lead the series one game to none.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies finally got the monkey off their back Wednesday night... as they defeated the Minnesota Twins 9 to 8 at Target Field. Philadelphia getting a trio of home runs... putting up six runs in the top of the first inning. Thursday night... the rubber game of the series with the Twins. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 7:35... with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.

 

Perfect Game

San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain threw the 22nd perfect game in MLB history during 10-0 win over the Houston Astros in the City by the Bay.

 

 

Wednesday /June 13, 2012


 

 

Sandusky Trial / Wednesday
Jerry Sandusky's lawyer is trying to imply that some of the alleged victims are conspiring to create false accusations of child molestation. As attorney Joe Amendola cross-examined Victim 7 on Wednesday, he noted the man told a grand jury certain things didn't happen with Sandusky. Amendola said Victim 7 changed his story once he hired an attorney. Victim 7's testimony painted a story of sexual abuse by Sandusky that's similar to those of other alleged victims who've taken the witness stand. Amendola noted in court Wednesday that some of Sandusky's accusers stayed in contact with him and accepted Penn State football tickets from him until the first alleged victim came forward in 2009. Sandusky is facing more than 50 charges of child sex abuse against ten boys over a 15-year period.

Pipeline Ruling

A federal court has rejected a bid by a coalition of environmental groups to stop the construction of a natural gas pipeline in northern Pennsylvania's Endless Mountains region. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled federal energy regulators were right to approve the 39-mile MARC 1 pipeline. The line will go through neighboring Sullivan and Lycoming Counties... as well as Bradford. The company building the pipeline says it's needed in getting gas out of the Marcellus Shale region.

 

Theft Plea

A Danville woman has admitted stealing money from a boy scout troop. Tracey Myers pleaded guilty this week in Montour County Court to making off with $4,000 to pay personal and medical expenses from the treasury of Troop 37. She has since paid back the money. Sentencing will take place at a later date.

 

Coal Mining Exhibit

There is a newly revamped attraction at the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg... and it deals with coal mining.... prevalent in neighboring Luzerne, Northumberland and Schuylkill Counties. The museum holding it's grand opening for the display late Tuesday... an on hand was Bryan Dunnigan of the Eckley Miner's Village who gave the exhibit high marks. There are still operating mines in the region.... but not as many as they're were 50 years ago... with most major mining coming to a halt in the early 70's.

 

Unemployment Comp

Governor Corbett took a stroll over to the Department of Labor and Industry Building for a bill signing at midday Tuesday. The Governor signing Senate Bill 1310 into law. It paves the way to eliminate nearly $4 – billion the state has borrowed from the federal government to keep the state's unemployment trust fund afloat. State Senator John Gordner of Berwick authored the bill....

 

Skrepenak Out

Former Luzerne County Commissioner Greg Skrepenak has been freed from a Scranton half way house. The 42 – year old Skrepenak pleaded guilty to accepting a $5,000 bribe from a developer who was the successful bidder on a contract through the county. He had been sentenced to two years in prison... but got out early for good behavior.

 

Dallas Teacher

A Dallas School District middle school special education teacher is no longer in the classroom. David Shuga resigned earlier this week after he was accused of using a cell phone to photograph a mentally challenged female student. Shuga had been with the district for the past seven years. Meantime his actions are being investigated by the Luzerne County D-A's office... as well as Dallas Township Police.

 

Ashland Physician

The federal government has accused a Schuylkill County doctor of abusing alcohol and cocaine and writing prescriptions for people who didn’t need them. Dr. Stephanie Tarapchak has been practicing medicine in Pennsylvania for 14 years. But now her state license has been suspended, her office in Ashland is closed and she’s under scrutiny by the federal government.

 

Northumberland Fatal

Route 147 in Point Township in Northumberland County is back open this morning following a fatal crash between a car and a tractor – trailer Tuesday afternoon. Police say 40 – year old Christopher Renn of Sunbury died when his car was hit by the big rig near Montandon. The road was re-opened last night following an investigation into the crash by State Police.

 

Food Awareness

It is Summer Food Awareness Week in Pennsylvania and the Department of Education is reminding families about the services provided by the Summer Food Service Program. Through the program, more than two-thousand sites statewide will be open this summer to provide children 18 years of age or younger with free meals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture created the program to make sure children have access to nutritious meals during the summer break.

 

Liquor Privatization
The House is debating a bill that could change the way alcohol is sold in Pennsylvania. House Bill 11 would privatize alcohol sales and would let beer distributors sell beer, wine and liquor. Representative Mike Turzai says he is confident the bill will pass the House. If it does, it will then go on to the Senate.

 

WHLM Sports

Big 33

A recent Bloomsburg High School grad will be playing for the Pennsylvania team when they take on the best from Ohio Saturday night in the annual Big 33 Football Classic in Hershey. Quarterback Blake Rankin is practicing this week preparing for the game which kicks off at 7 o'clock at Hershey Park Stadium.

 

Southern Softball

It will be a matchup of two very young, but very talented teams when Southern Columbia plays Fannett Metal of Franklin County Friday in the Class A state championship softball game. Fannett-Metal with a season's record of 23-4, has only three seniors on their roster. Southern Columbia, with a 23-3 mark, has only one senior... starting catcher Mary McGinley. Friday's game at Beard Field at Penn State begins at 10 A.M. You can catch the action starting with the pregame show at 9:30 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280, and www.whlm.com.

 

NBA Finals

In game one of the NBA finals Tuesday night...the Oklahoma City Thunder downed the Miami Heat 105 to 94. Game two is tomorrow night in Oklahoma City.

 

Philadelphia / Minnesota

The Philadelphia Phillies can't catch a break. They were in Minneapolis last night to face the Twins... but instead were defeated 11 to 7. The Twins with 17 hits off of five Phillies pitchers. The two teams meet Wednesday night at Target Field. The action on the WHLM Stations begins with the pre – game show at 7:35... with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10.

Tuesday / June 12, 2012


Bloomsburg Council

On a vote of 4 to 2... the Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night approved the hiring of a police officer to bring the department up to 15 sworn officers. The issue has been on the back burner since late last year... and money has been allocated for the position. Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr says the new hire would bring the force up to one officer for every thousand of the town's population. The only dissenting votes came from Fred Trump and Cary Howell. Trump wanted to wait for June revenue figures... while Howell was concerned about the pension and personnel costs.

 

George Curry

As we told you on on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... former championship winning football coach... George Curry will be on the sidelines this year for the Berwick Bulldogs. On a vote of 8 to 1... the Berwick School Board voted to hire Curry... until a replacement is found for current coach Gary Campbell. He's expected to be hired later this week in Dalton, Massachusetts. Berwick's football program kicks into high gear with practice set to begin in mid – August.

 

Sandusky Trial

Testimony continues Tuesday in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte. Opening arguments were heard on Monday... then testimony of one of the alleged victims. Victim number 4 testified... at the age of 12... he received Penn State Football sideline passes and other goodies. In return... Sandusky allegedly took advantage of him. The trial is expected to take three weeks to wrap up... and if convicted... Sandusky could spend the rest of his life in prison.

 

Plane Crash

Any time you walk away from a plane crash.... it's your lucky day. That was the case Monday afternoon when a single engine Piper Cherokee went down near the Hazleton Airport. Pilot Thomas Hall of Eagle Rock was getting ready to land at Hazleton after a trip from Burlington, Vermont when he ran out of fuel... ending up in a field close to Sleepy Hollow Road near Drums. Hall was not injured... the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

 

Training Exercise

The Danville Middle School on Route 11 will see a lot of activity Tuesday afternoon... all designed to get first responder trained in what to do in the event of a crisis. Montour County Emergency Management Chief Walt Peters says the exercise begins with a simulated school shooting... and escalates to a car bombing... and there is a school filled with kids in the middle of it all. Peters says it's a good opportunity for police, firemen and emergency medical personnel. The exercise begins at 3 O'clock at the middle school... and lasts for a couple of hours.

 

Unemployment Compensation

Governor Corbett gets out of the office at midday Tuesday... and takes a stroll over to the Department of Labor and Industry Building for a bill signing. The Governor placing pen to paper allowing Senate Bill 1310 to become law. In essence it paves the way to eliminate nearly $4 – billion the state has borrowed from the federal government to keep the state's unemployment trust fund afloat. State Senator John Gordner of Berwick authored the bill. The reason for the insolvency is the fact P-A is third in the nation when it comes to the amount of benefits it pays out to those unemployed.

 

Hazleton Stabbing

A West Hazleton woman is in the Luzerne County Correctional facility after she was charged with allegedly stabbing her boyfriend... then tossing a brick at him. 20 – year old Stephanie Torres is facing a long list of charges. The incident occurred during a domestic disturbance at a home in the 100 – block of South Broad Street on Sunday night. Police say 20 – year old Adrian Vega of West Hazleton was treated for the stab wound to his back.

 

Theft Plea

A Danville woman has admitted stealing money from a boy scout troop. Tracey Myers pleaded guilty to making off with $4,000 to pay personal and medical expenses from the treasury of Troop 37. She has since paid back the money. Sentencing will take place at a later date.

 

Gas Prices

The price of gas across northeastern Pennsylvania continues to tumble. The Triple A Fuel Gage report shows the average price of self – serve, unleaded at $3.35 a gallon... down two cents from the weekend. Last week at this time... gas was averaging $3.42 a gallon.

 

WHLM Sports

Southern Softball

For the first time in the program's history, a Southern Columbia girls softball team has advanced to the state finals. In the Class A semifinals Monday at Bloomsburg University's Hutchinson Field, the Tigers exploded for 5 runs in the first two innings and went on to post a 5-2 win over Greenwood. Southern Columbia coach Al Cihoki said his team's offensive aggressiveness in the early innings really helped.

On Friday.... Southern Columbia will face Fannett Metal for the Class A state Championship. The game starts at 10 O'clock at Beard Field on the Penn State University Campus. You can hear all the action starting with the pregame show at 9:30 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 and Berwick's 1280... as well as www.whlm.com.

 

NHL

In the NHL's Stanley Cup final last night... the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6 to 1. The kings taking the Stanley Cup for the first time.

 

NBA

The NBA final series between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder begins Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies had last night off.... but they meet the Minnesota Twins Tuesday night at Target Field. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show tonight at 7:35. The first pitch to be tossed at 8:15 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

 

 

Monday / June 11, 2011


Geisinger Outlook

It's been just over six months since Geisinger Health Systems took over the Shamokin Hospital... now it will acquire Bloomsburg Hospital at the end of the month. During a visit to Shamokin at the start of the weekend... Geisinger President and CEO...Dr. Glenn Steele.. says overall performance of the system is doing well. In the case of the Bloomsburg Hospital... the state attorney general has signed off on the deal... and sent to the feds for their approval... some expected to happen within the next week or so.

 

Bloomsburg Administrator

A new Town Administrator will be introduced to employees at Bloomsburg Town Hall Monday... but Bill Lowthart is someone most everyone knows. Lowthart starts his new job Monday... and has been instrumental in major Bloomsburg projects through his work with Lewisburg – based SEDA – COG. Lowthart comes on board three months after former Administrator Ron Mull left under questionable circumstances. His first council meeting as Administrator is Monday night.

 

PA Dairy Month

This is Dairy Month in Pennsylvania... and it's time to salute the farmers who have “stayed with it” in a tough business. And dairy farmers are the backbone of agri – business here in Columbia and Montour Counties. The Farm Bureau's Mark O'Neill says farmers give back to their local communities. Overall... dairy farmers play a major role in the state's economy... generating nearly $2 - billion a year in revenue.

 

I-80 Traffic

It will be a slow go between two interchanges on the eastbound side of Interstate 80 in Columbia County starting Monday. A contractor working on that $50 – million bridge project over the Susquehanna River is setting a daylight signing pattern between the Lime Ridge and the Mifflinville interchanges. The right lane will be closed in order to preforming Slope Benching and widening work.

The work lasts until the early evening hours.

 

Sandusky

The first alleged victims of Jerry Sandusky could confront the former Penn State University assistant football coach as early as Monday. It could happen following opening statements in the trial at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte. The 68-year-old Sandusky is accused of sexually abusing 10 boys during a period of 15 years.... an allegation he denies.

 

Aging Hearings

Three public hearings will be held across the Commonwealth to gather input on the state's so – called plan on aging. Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging Brian Duke says the plan charts a course for the Department for the next four years... and that the initial draft can be seen on line. The first hearing will be held June 18th at Penn State University in University Park.

 

Flood Relief

Residents of McAdoo will have to finance the clean up of Memorial Day weekend flash flooding on their own. The borough says there is no state or federal funding available... since McAdoo wasn't declared a disaster area. The flooding was caused by a slow moving line of thunderstorms which dumped three inches of rain an hour on Luzerne... Schuylkill and Carbon counties.

 

Nanticoke Police Chief

Funeral Service to be held this week for Nanticoke Police Chief Jame Cheshinski. He died at the start of the weekend after spending the last three weeks in the hospital. The 60 – year old Cheshinski had been on the force since '72 and was names chief in 2003.

 

Luzerne Council

The search for a clerk to the newly formed Luzerne County Council is underway. An estimated 100 people applied for the job. One councilman says 15 applicants will be interviewed and tested for the job. The clerk job is to prepare motions and resolutions... and assist council chairman Jim Boback with meeting agendas.

 

WHLM Sports

Berwick Football

A school board meeting in Dalton, Massachusetts this Thursday could have a profound effect on the Berwick High School football program. At that meeting ,current Berwick coach Gary Campbell is expected to be offered the positions of football coach, athletic director, and health coordinator at Waconah Regional where he coached for ten years before taking over at Berwick in 2006. If he accepts that offer, Berwick will be looking for a new coach for the 2012 season which starts with preseason practices on August 13.

 

Southern Girls

The Southern Columbia girls softball team is one win away from advancing to the Class A state finals. At 2 o'clock Monday afternoon... the Tigers play Greenwood in the semifinals at Hutchinson Field at Bloomsburg University.

 

NHL

The NHL's Stanley Cup final series shifts to Los Angeles Monday night for game 6. The Los Angeles Kings lead the New Jersey Devils three games to two.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies lost Sunday's game against Baltimore. The final 5 to 4... and it came in extra innings at Camden Yards when Matt Wieters double in the game winning run in the bottom of the 10th.

The Phils have the day off. They'll take on the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on Tuesday. You can hear all the action starting with the pre – game show at 7:35... with the first pitch to be tossed at 8:10 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

 

NASCAR / Pocono

Connecticut's Joey Logano wins Sunday 400 mile NASCAR Cup Series event at the Pocono Raceway.

 

What's Happening Sunday June 10, 2012


The Bloomsburg Bicentennial Choir Concert is this weekend. They present “This is My Song” tonight at 7:30 PM at Wesley United Methodist Church. There is no charge for admission, but you will need a ticket to get a seat. Contact the church office...located at the corner of Third and Market Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

The annual Dream Machines Motor Club auto show happening at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm today

 

The Hetlerville/Mifflinville United Methodist churches will hold their vacation bible school today through next Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 PM each evening. This year's teme is “Shake it Up Cafe.”

 

On Tuesday the Mifflinville United Methodist church will host a blood drive from 1:00 to 6:00 pm, and the blood drive at the Columbia Mall will be open as usual.

 

Story Hour in the Park starts on Wednesday at Danville Memorial Park at 6:30 PM. This week's theme is “The Beach.”

 

The Berwick Summer concert series continues on Thursday with “The Shoreliners” at 7:00 PM at the Jackson Mansion.

 

And from the WHLM Future File...the Berwick Area Relay for Life is scheduled for next Friday and Saturday at the Berwick High School. The WHLM Stations will be broadcasting live with Bobby Gale Friday afternoon.

What's Happening Saturday June 9, 2012


The Bloomsburg Bicentennial Choir Concert is this weekend. They present “This is My Song” tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30 PM at Wesley United Methodist Church. There is no charge for admission, but you will need a ticket to get a seat. Contact the church office...located at the corner of Third and Market Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

Camping season at the PA Lions Beacon Lodge starts today. The camp provides individuals with special needs the oppourtuity to enjoy a camping experience.

 

The Calvary Bible Chapel Youth Group invites you to their yard and bake sale today from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. The church is located on Harveyville Road in Hunlock Creek.

 

Tomorrow it's the annual Dream Machines Motor Club auto show happening at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

 

The Hetlerville/Mifflinville United Methodist churches will hold their vacation bible school Sunday through next Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 PM each evening. This year's teme is “Shake it Up Cafe.”

 

On Tuesday the Mifflinville United Methodist church will host a blood drive from 1:00 to 6:00 pm, and the blood drive at the Columbia Mall will be open as usual.

 

Story Hour in the Park starts on Wednesday at Danville Memorial Park at 6:30 PM. This week's theme is “The Beach.”

 

The Berwick Summer concert series continues on Thursday with “The Shoreliners” at 7:00 PM at the Jackson Mansion.

 

And from the WHLM Future File...the Berwick Area Relay for Life is scheduled for next Friday and Saturday at the Berwick High School. The WHLM Stations will be broadcasting live with Bobby Gale Friday afternoon.

Friday / June 8, 2011


Domestic Dispute

Some tense moments in the 200 block of West 12th Street in Bloomsburg Thursday night. It was around 8:15... police getting a call about a man threatening to harm himself... as well as officers since he had weapons in the home. Bloomsburg police responded. The unidentified man was eventually taken into custody... and transported to the Bloomsburg Hospital for evaluation.

 

John Gordner

We're in challenging times... so says State Senator John Gordner of Berwick. The Senate and the House have been trying to put together a budget that will get the signature of Governor Corbett. The 2012 – 2013 proposal stands at an estimated $28 – billion... but Senator Gordner says there may not be enough money to cover it.

 

Flood Money

Good news for the Danville Area School District. The Federal Emergency Management Agency... and the state of Pennsylvania is giving the district a $3.1 - million grant. It's designed to either repair or replace buildings and equipment damaged by the floods produced by Tropical Storm Lee last September. A FEMA news release says more than $1- million of the grant has been allocated to alleviate future flooding to the school.

 

Flood Website

A new website is now up and running to help homeowners who need to insure their property against flooding... such as what we experience in Columbia and Montour Counties last fall. www.pafloodmaps.com contains new digital flood insurance rate maps established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Theresa Elliott with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development says the site serves as a clearinghouse for flood insurance information.
 

Bloomsburg YMCA

Massive improvements are coming to the Fitness Center at the Bloomsburg YMCA. The “Y's” Roger Brown says starting Saturday the center will be closed for a week... while workout equipment is reupholstered and repainted. But, Brown says the biggest improvement members will feel is the installation of a new heating and air conditioning system... replacing a couple of units which originally came with the building back in the mid 90's.

 

Pocono / Tourism

One of the biggest sporting events in the Northeast US takes place this weekend in our own backyard. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond for Sunday's 400 mile race. Otto Kurecian of the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau says the economic impact of tourism from the race weekend is becoming less noticeable.

 

Berwick Pet & Toy Parade

They came in all shapes and sizes... the marchers and their prized possessions in last night's Berwick Pet & Toy Parade. The line of march was led by Berwick Police cruiser.... followed by a military color guard who got a round of applause from folks sitting on the curb of Market Street. Included in the parade... animals of every size and description... including a live alligator... and a couple of snakes. The event was capped by a line of apparatus from the Berwick Fire Department. Last night's Pet & Toy parade was sponsored by the Berwick Elks Lodge.

 

Purse Snatching

Another week... another purse snatching in Hazleton. This time... police are looking for a man who stole a purse from a woman on Bennett Court... between Cranberry and Juniper Streets. But the robber didn't have an easy time... with the woman trying to hold on to her purse until the strap finally gave way. It's the sixth purse – snatching in Hazleton over the past couple of weeks.

 

Drug Bust

A 21 – year old Hazleton man has been busted by police for allegedly selling drugs. Hazleton police taking Jeffrey Castillo into custody for allegedly selling heroin during the past couple of months. A search warrant executed on Castillo's home turned up some marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

 

West Nile

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says three cases of West Nile Virus have been confirmed in Luzerne County. West Nile is a virus carried by mosquitoes.... and it's arriving earlier than usual due to a soggy fall and a warm winter. Earlier this year... the DEP sprayed the banks of the Susquehanna River in Columbia County to keep the West Nile Virus in check.

 

Northumberland Cash

The Northumberland County and the federal government has come through with money for two municipalities thanks to the Community Development Block Grant program. Marion Heights getting $129,000... while Kulpmont received a check for $94,000. The money is earmarked to improve storm water systems. Kulpmont will use the money near Scott and 8th streets... while Marion Heights will focus on an area of Rosenthal Street where the area is owned by the borough and Mount Carmel Township.

 

WHLM Sports

Southern Columbia Softball

The best season in the history of Southern Columbia softball continues. On Thursday, the Tigers defeated Bristol 6 - 1 in a Class A state quarterfinal game at Lebanon Valley College. On Monday Southern Columbia will take on Greenwood in the semifinals. Greenwood beat Northeast Bradford 3-1 on Thursday to advance into the quarterfinal game. Monday's Southern Columbia - Greenwood game will be played at Hutchinson Field at Bloomsburg University at 2 PM.

 

NBA / Eastern Conference

Miami's LeBron James had one of his best performances of his NBA career Thursday night... pumping in 45 points... leading the Heat to a 98 – 79 victory over the Boston Celtics. The win tied the Eastern Conference finals at three games each. The conference championship will be decided Saturday night in Miami. The winner to meet the Oklahoma City Thunder in the finals on Tuesday.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

More of the same for the Philadelphia Phillies. The Los Angeles Dodgers taking four straight games.

Thursday's final was 8 to 3. Philly has now lost six straight games... but they hope to get a fresh start when they play the American League's Baltimore Orioles Friday night. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

 

Thursday / June 7, 2012


PPL Plant

Unit 1 at PPL's Steam Electric station in Salem Township... north of Berwick... back on line Thursday morning. The unit started producing power overnight after a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage which began in late March. Meantime... PPL says inspectors found no turbine blade cracks on Unit two... which was shut down as a precautionary measure last month... after cracks were found on the blades of Unit 1.

 

Town Administrator

With “Mullgate” behind Bloomsburg government... there will be a new face at Town Hall come Monday morning. Bill Lowthart becomes Town Administrator... after spending the last half – dozen years with SEDA – COG in Lewisburg. Lowthart replaces Ronald Mull who was Administrator for less than two months earlier this year.... then leaving under questionable circumstances.

 

PSU Abuse

Jury selection has concluded in the child molestation case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The 68 – year old Sandusky accused of molesting ten boys over a 20 year period. Court observers say the jury processes went faster than expected. Testimony in the Sandusky trial begins Monday morning at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.

 

Back Branch Road

If you use Back Branch Road between Whites Church and Millertown Road in Mt. Pleasant Township you're going to have to find an alternate route. PennDOT plan to close the road so crews can begin a stream bank stabilization project along Fishing Creek near a major curve where the creek is eroding the ground. The project has been planned since last September's flooding... but was placed on the back burner until the erosion problem threatened the road.

 

Flag Day

Members of Elks Lodge 436 in Bloomsburg will salute the Stars and Stripes this Sunday as they celebrate Flag Day. Lodge Exalted Ruler Mary Ann Dickerson says Flag Day is as important now as it was in the past. Sunday's Flag Day ceremony gets underway at 1 O'clock at the Elks Lodge on Old Berwick Road.

 

Concert Series

What a difference eight months makes. Last September... the band shell at Bloomsburg Town Park under eight feet of Susquehanna River water. Wednesday night... a pretty good turnout for the Shoreliners kicking off the 2012 Summer Concert Series. Town Park Improvement Association President Chuck Wagner telling us... the series consists of nine events through the 55th annual Ice Cream and Cake Festival on August 9th. Next Wednesday... the Danville Community Band led by Ted McCafferty.

 

Church Theft

Who would want to steal two religious statues from a Hazleton Church. That's what police want to know. The statues of Saint Theresa and the Virgin Mary were taken sometime late last month from Most Precious Blood Church in the 100 block of East Fourth Street. The thieves went to some trouble to take the statues... since they were cemented to a base. If you have information about the theft... call Hazleton Police.

 

Mohegan Sun Hotel

Officials at Mohegan Sun Casino at Pocono Downs... near Wilkes – Barre... have filed for a building permit with Plains Township. They want to build a 7 story... 238 room hotel with a convention center. Casino officials hope to break ground for the estimated $40 – million complex this year.

 

Accident Investigation

The investigation into that accident last month between Hazleton’s police chief and a motorcyclists has been turned over to Pennsylvania State Police. A marked SUV driven by Chief Frank D'andrea collided with a motorcycle driven by 80 – year old Walter Bloss of Hazleton. Troopers will try and determine who had the green light at that busy downtown intersection.

 

Tremont Bank Robber

A bank robber is on the loose. Police in neighboring Schuylkill County are looking for a man who robbed the Miners Bank in Tremont Wednesday. He strolled into the bank... asked for money and was last seen walking across Main Street where he got into a car. Now... authorities are looking at video from a surveillance camera to see if they know the bank bandit.

 

Sentence

A Pottsville woman is headed for prison for embezzling more than $200,000 from the Rape and Victims Assistance Center of Schuylkill County. 57 – year old Mary Beth Semerod was sentenced to two years in prison for pilfering the money. Now... she has to pay it back. Semerod is the former executive director of the agency.... and court records show she didn't have any financial or gambling problems. She will report to prison in August.

 

Fun Day

Looking for something to do Thursday afternoon... State Rep. Lynda Culver is hosting the 2nd annual Family Fun Expo at the Sunbury Community pool. It will be a time to kick back and relax... and maybe talk to Rep Culver about problems in Harrisburg. Free swimming begins at 4 O'clock.... with a movie on the lawn in the early evening.

 

Boback Visit

If you live in the 117th state house district you'll have a chance Thursday to chat with State Representative Karen Boback... or one of her staff members. Starting at 9 O'clock... you're invited to stop by the Salem Township Municipal Building on Bomboy Lane in Berwick to discuss issues of the day. Ms. Boback represents a portion of Columbia... as well as Luzerne and Wyoming Counties.

 

WHLM Sports

Southern Columbia

The Southern Columbia girls softball team plays Bristol this afternoon at 2 o'clock at Lebanon Valley College in a Class A state quarterfinal. Southern Columbia will be counting on star pitcher Mallory Tomaschik who has earned the praise of head coach Al Cihocki. Southern Columbia takes a 21-3 record into today's state quarterfinal.

 

NBA Western

In the NBA Western Conference final series Wednesday night... the Oklahoma City Thunder clinched the series by downing San Antonio 107 to 99...

 

NBA Eastern

In the Eastern Conference final series, the Celtics lead the Miami Heat three games to two going into Thursday night's game in Boston.

 

NHL Finals

In the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup final series last night... the New Jersey Devils stay alive with a 3 to 1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Game five is Saturday.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies lost their fifth straight game Wednesday night... as the Los Angeles Dodgers handed them a 6 to 5 defeat. The loss comes despite home runs from Ty Wiggington... Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino. Both teams playing a matinee Thursday afternoon at Citizens Banks Park. You can catch all the action with the pre – game show at 12:30... with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

 

Wednesday / June 6, 2012


Sandusky Trial

Jury selection continues this morning in Centre County Court in Bellefonte in the sex abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Nine jurors were selected on the first day of proceedings. Three additional jurors are needed as well as four alternates. The 68 – year old Sandusky faces 52 criminal counts and potential penalties that could result in life in prison. He has denied the allegations.

 

Hospital Merger

It appears the proposed merger between Geisinger Medical Center in Danville... and the Bloomsburg Health Care Systems is shooting for a June 30th deadline. Bloomsburg Health Care runs the local hospital... and once the merger is complete... Bloomsburg Hospital would come under the wing of Geisinger. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition that the state's attorney general's office will file the necessary paperwork with the federal court to be approved.

 

Unemployment Comp

The state's Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund may be solvent in the future thanks to a measure authored by state senator John Gordner of Berwick and okayed by the senate on Tuesday. Gordner... on the floor of the Senate... says benefits continue to increase based upon the average weekly wage... meaning more money for the unemployed. Those benefits has forced the state to borrow 4 – billion dollars from the feds. Gordner says the legislation calls for the issuance of bonds to pay benefit bills. The state house now gets the measure for their consideration.

 

Road Construction

A nearly two mile section of Route 42 between Centralia and Aristes in southern Columbia County will be resurfaced under a project set to start Wednesday. The resurfacing will take place in Conyngham Township, from the intersection with Route 61 and Big Mine Run Road in Centralia, to the intersection with Aristes - Ringtown Road in Aristes. When the work is completed, the stretch of roadway should not require any major maintenance for the next 8 to 10 years. Work will be performed during daylight hours... with single-lane closures and flaggers controlling traffic flow.

 

Geisinger Article

Geisinger Health System is featured this week on the cover of TIME Magazine. TIME columnist Joe Klein visited Geisinger in April after being impressed by the care his elderly parents received at the end of their lives from two Geisinger physicians. Klein’s story not only reports on the decisions he faced as his parents’ health declined, but on the Geisinger care delivery model that pays its physicians a salary and rewards them for achieving favorable patient outcomes.

 

Concert Series

Time to dust off the lawn chairs. You'll be needing them Wednesday night... as the Bloomsburg Town Park Improvement Association kicks off it's Summer Concert Series. The Shoreliners kick off the series at 7 O'clock.

 

Shenandoah Streetscape

Shenandoah's business district is in line to get spruced up. Construction of the fourth and final phase of the borough's Streetscape program will get underway soon. Heim Construction Company of Pottsville was the low bidder at $309,000. The firm will improve sidewalks and lighting along several downtown streets

 

Missing Woman

It's the case of the missing Hazleton woman. State Police say they're trying to find 42 – year old Candice Ann McGeehan. She hasn't been seen in weeks... and police want to know where the Hazleton Apartments resident wandered off too... and if she is okay. If you have information about Candice Ann McGeehan... call police.

 

Hazleton Gunfire

Hazleton police want to know more about gunshots being fired over the weekend a couple of hours apart. Investigators say someone fired a weapon at the corner of Wyoming and Fourth Streets twice late Saturday night. No one was hurt, but a car parked in the area was hit several times. Some shell casings were found... but no one has been linked to the gunfire.

 

GOP Committeeman

Will the Luzerne County Republican Committee kick out one of it's own. Committee members are researching that issue right now after Steve Smith was elected to the committee during the primary two months ago. Smith has a criminal record and has tied to racist organizations. He was elected with one write in vote. Smith says he wants to serve on the committee to help elect Republican candidates.

 

Infrastructure
A $2.8 - billion "Infrastructure Investment Plan" to upgrade roads, bridges and other services in Pennsylvania has been unveiled by state Senate Democrats. It's a plan to get some projects off dead center. Senator John Yudichak of neighboring Luzerne County says the stalled South Valley Parkway project is a prime example of how inaction in Harrisburg on transportation issues has paralyzed P-A's economy.

 

Biker Hurt

A 43 – year old Beaver Springs man remains in the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after he was critically injured Monday afternoon in a motorcycle accident. State Police say Michael Zimmerman was tossed from his 2002 Harley after an extension ladder fell off an unidentified pick up truck on Route 522. Zimmerman fell from his bike when he braked for the ladder.

 

In WHLM Sports

Southern Columbia

The Southern Columbia girls softball team has advanced to the Class A state quarterfinals. The Tigers will play Bristol tomorrow... a site and time to be determined. On Tuesday.... Bristol blanked the Girard Academic Music Program 15 to nothing.

 

NBA / East

The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 94 - 90 Tuesday night in South Florida to take a three games to two lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference final series. Game six will be Thursday night in Boston.

 

NBA / West

The Oklahoma City Thunder can clinch the Western Conference final series Wednesday night with a win at home against San Antonio. The Thunder lead the Spurs three games to two.

 

NHL

In the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night... the Los Angeles Kings can clinch the title with a win at New Jersey. The Kings lead the series three games to none.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

One bad pitch ruined Cliff Lee’s chance at his first win. Elian Herrera hit a two-run double off Lee in the eighth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 Tuesday night. Philadelphia and Los Angeles tangle again Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch at 7:05 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

 

 

Tuesday / June 5, 2012


School Consolidation

For the past six months a committee of consultants have been looking at the feasibility of consolidating two of the biggest school districts in Columbia County. They plan to release figures later this month to see if a merger between the Bloomsburg and Central Columbia Districts would be a good fit. Central superintendent Harry Mathias says he's looking forward to see what the consultants have to say. A final report is due to be released by the committee when the Central Columbia School Board meets on the 18th of the month.

 

Berwick Construction

Starting this weekend the final phase of road construction in Berwick gets underway. It's all designed to repairs all the pot holes and patches made by the installation of new water and sewer lines under Front and Second Streets. For Berwick Borough Manager Robert Hivish it's a case of temporary inconvenience... permanent improvement. The first phase begins Saturday when Barletta Construction begins the paving of Market Street begins between Front and Second Streets

 

I-80 Work

If you headed eastbound on Interstate 80 in Columbia County... traffic could stack up a bit throughout the day Tuesday. PennDOT says one of it's contractors will close the right lane of the superhighway between the Lime Ridge and the Mifflinville interchanges. Construction crews will be performing road widening work through early the evening. It's part of PennDOT's $50 million effort to rebuild two bridges built in the 60's.... and construct a new bridge over the Susquehanna River near Mifflinville.

 

Sandusky Trial

Jury selection begins Tuesday in the sex abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The State Supreme Court on Monday refused to delay the proceedings. He is accused of abusing ten boys over a 20 – year period of time. The trial is taking place at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte... and it's attracted journalists from around the country.

 

Gas Prices

Have you checked the price at the pumps within the past couple of days. Self – serve, unleaded regular averaging $3.45 – a - gallon in Columbia and Montour County's. The Triple A's Jenny Robinson says we probably won't see any major price increases unless there are refinery shutdowns... or international political events that would drive them up again. Crude oil prices have dropped substantially over the past couple of weeks... leading to the downturn in pump prices.

 

Escapee Captured

The man who escaped from the Minsec halfway house in Hazleton over the weekend has been found and arrested. State Police at Hazleton didn't say where 38 – year old Alfonso Quinones was arrested. But, they said he was arranged before a District Justice on Monday. Quinones was at the Minsec facility as part of a pre – release assignment.

 

Arrest

An Ashley man is in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility after he was arrested on a robbery charge. 23 – year old Richard Hadvance, Jr is accused of robbing the Turkey Hill convenience store on E. Main Street in Wilkes – Barre over the weekend. He's being held in lieu of $15,000 bond.

 

Fatal

Grief Counselors are at the Pottsville area high school this week following a weekend crash on Route 61 near the Frackville Mall. The crash killed three people and injured one. A 16 - year old girl died in the crash... and her friend who survived... were juniors at the school. They were in a car driven by a 19 – year old man from Fredensburg. He died in the crash... as well as his 23 – year old friend. Police say Shawn Centeleghe was driving too fast on a wet roadway.

 

Sunbury Fire

A Sunbury couple was forced from their north 3rd Street home over the weekend after a fire caused extensive damage. Fire investigators said an overheated extension cord caused an estimated $130,000 in damage to the home of the Kingston family. They were able to escape from the two – story structure and are now being helped by the American Red Cross.

 

WHLM Sports

Girl's Softball

In girls' softball Monday, in a Class A first round state playoff game played at Blue Mountain high school, Southern Columbia defeated Minersville 2 to 1. Southern will play the winner of the Girard Academy Music Program and Bristol on Thursday.

 

NBA Playoffs / Western Conference

In the NBA playoffs Monday night, in the Western Conference final series... the Oklahoma City Thunder downed the San Antonio Spurs 108 to 103. Oklahoma leads the series three games to two. The next game is Wednesday night.

 

NBA Playoffs / Eastern Conference

In Miami Tuesday night, it will be Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final series. That series between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat is tied at two game each.

 

NHL Playoffs

In the Stanley Cup final series Monday night... Los Angeles out-skated New Jersey 4 to 0.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

A rough Monday night for the Philadelphia Phillies as the Los Angeles Dodgers came to town... handing the Phils a 4 to 3 loss. The Phillies have now lost three in a row. Game two between the Phil's and the Dodgers on tap for Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch set for 7:05 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

 

Monday / June 4, 2012


State Budget

The state house is back in Harrisburg Monday to take up the issue of Pennsylvania's 2012 – 2013 proposed budget. On the agenda is funding for higher education... such as state – run universities. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... State Representative David Millard of Millville said no matter how much money the state contributed... that didn't prevent tuition increases. Money earmarked for higher education remains in a state of flux... but it's believed it will remain at current levels.

 

Ralpho Robbery

Police have issued an all points bulletin after a 79 – year old Ralpho Township man was robbed of an estimated $2,500 over the weekend. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Mondays edition 79 – year old Irving Snyder was relieved of his money after a man and a woman came to his home... saying they had car trouble. When they stepped inside the door... the man shoved a sharp object in Snyder's ribs and took the money... while the woman grabbed some painkiller medication. Both fled... and remain on the loose.

 

Tourism

Tourism dollars apparently do pay off. And visitors to the state... as well as to the region means dollars in local cash registers. Otto Kurecian of the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau says Pennsylvania has always been successful in it's marketing efforts, but that may change. The state has allocated to spend $4 – million this fiscal year... but under the 2012 – 2013 proposed spending plan... Governor Corbett has cut a million dollars off the tourism spending line.

 

Susquehanna River
Fishermen are concerned about the health of the Susquehanna River. Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway wants the Department of Environmental Protection to list the Susquehanna River as a "high-priority impaired and threatened water..." There has been concern about the heath of the river... ever since lesions have been found on fish caught in the Susquehanna.

 

Missing Man

The search is on in the Hazleton area for a man who left the Minsec halfway house over the weekend. 38 – year old Alfonso Quinones was discovered missing on Sunday.... after tripping the emergency exit door alarm. Quinones was at the pre – release facility for a 2009 guilty plea on a drug charge in Monroe County.

 

Joann Curley

Parole has been denied for convicted killer Joann Curley. She was convicted 20 years ago for poisoning her husband Robert Curley by slipping a potion into his drink. Following a five year investigation... Curley was convicted and sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison. It believed Curley will again seek parole a year from now.

 

Luzerne Fatal

State Police are expected to wrap up their investigation of a one vehicle crash over the weekend south of Hazleton. Authorities say 28 – year old John Lupcho of Weston died after his pick up truck went off the Nuremburg Bypass in Black Creek Township. The truck striking two trees... rolling down an embankment and ending up on it's roof.

 

Sandusky Trial

The child sex abuse trial of former Penn State defensive football coordinator Jerry Sandusky begins Tuesday at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte. Sandusky is accused of abusing at least 10 boys over the last two decades. Prosecutors say he met the boys through his charity for neglected children.

 

WHLM Sports

Southern Columbia

The Southern Columbia softball team faces a real challenge in their first round state playoff game Monday afternoon. The Tigers face defending state champion Minersville at Blue Mountain High School. The game starts at 2 o'clock.

 

NBA / Eastern Conference

In the NBA Eastern Conference final series Sunday night, Boston over Miami 93 to 91. Both teams are tied two games apiece.

 

NBA / Western Conference

Monday night in San Antonio, it's game five of the Western Conference final series. That series between the Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder is tied at two games each.

 

NHL

The Stanley Cup final series shifts to Los Angeles Monday night for game three. The Los Angeles Kings lead the New Jersey Devils two games to none.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Miami's Carlos Zambrano beat the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday with his arm and bat. Zambrano homered and pitched into the eighth inning leading the Marlins to a 5-1 victory over the Phils. Monday night... the Phils meet the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting at 6:30 with the pre-game show... with the first pitch tossed at 7:05 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

 

 

What's Happening Sunday June 3, 2012


On Tuesday the Greater Shenandoah Area Historical Society will present the Eckly Miner's Village skit players and the 19th Century Funeral Customs at 6:00 PM. There is no admission charge.

 

You can help the Bloomsburg Public Library by eating at Quaker Steak and Lube this Tuesday. Twenty-percent of your check will benefit the library. You'll need a flyer to get the library their credit...you can pick that up at the library on Market Street in Bloomsburg or the WHLM Studios on Main Street.

 

Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ invites you to their annual Strawberry Festival scheduled for Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. They'll have fresh strawberries, hot sandwiches, and beverages for sale. The church is located at 260 East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

If you haven't checked it out yet, make plans this Wednesday to visit the Bloomsburg Christian Church free library. The library is open every Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM.

 

Thursday the Berwick Summer Concert Series continues with Kids' Night and the Elks Pet and Toy Parade. It all starts at 6:00 PM at the Jackson Mansion.

 

La Leche League of Bloomsburg has their monthly meeting this Thursday at 7:30 PM at St. Lukes Lutheran Church on Light Street Road.

 

And coming up next Friday night it's the annual Catawissa's Battle of the Bands at 6:30 Pm in Cara Park. This year's theme is a pledge of abstinence of drugs and alcohol. Remember a chair and a blanket.

What's Happening Saturday June 2, 2012


The Southern Columbia Area Relay for Life continues today. The event is held to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society.

 

Today it's Wonka-Palooza 3 in Downtown Bloomsburg. Visit Karen's Candy Barrel to start, and then being the Golden Ticket hunt throughout Downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The Columbia County Conservation District is sponsoring Fish-n-Fun day at Kocher Park. They have a day of events planned including fishing,c rafts, a scavenger hunt, therapy dogs, and much more...Van Wagner will be there with live music.

 

On Tuesday the Greater Shenandoah Area Historical Society will present the Eckly Miner's Village skit players and the 19th Century Funeral Customs at 6:00 PM. There is no admission charge.

 

You can help the Bloomsburg Public Library by eating at Quaker Steak and Lube this Tuesday. Twenty-percent of your check will benefit the library. You'll need a flyer to get the library their credit...you can pick that up at the library on Market Street in Bloomsburg or the WHLM Studios on Main Street.

 

Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ invites you to their annual Strawberry Festival scheduled for Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. They'll have fresh strawberries, hot sandwiches, and beverages for sale. The church is located at 260 East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

If you haven't checked it out yet, make plans this Wednesday to visit the Bloomsburg Christian Church free library. The library is open every Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM.

 

Thursday the Berwick Summer Concert Series continues with Kids' Night and the Elks Pet and Toy Parade. It all starts at 6:00 PM at the Jackson Mansion.

 

La Leche League of Bloomsburg has their monthly meeting this Thursday at 7:30 PM at St. Lukes Lutheran Church on Light Street Road.

 

And coming up next Friday night it's the annual Catawissa's Battle of the Bands at 6:30 Pm in Cara Park. This year's theme is a pledge of abstinence of drugs and alcohol. Remember a chair and a blanket.

Friday / June 1, 2012


Southern Suit

The Southern Columbia Area School District Board of Education... as well as high school principal James Becker... are facing a federal lawsuit filed by a former student. Our media partner... NewsWatch 16 is reporting.. the student who filed the suit was sexually assaulted by two athletes... both later convicted of sex crimes. However, the suit says, the district circled the wagon when the teenaged girl was allegedly harassed... with the district allowing the two boys to play football and basketball.

 

David Millard / Budget

State Representative David Millard of Millville says he believes a budget will be in place by the middle of the month. Appearing on the Thursday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Rep. Millard telling Joe and Norm the house won't re-write the Senate's version of Governor Corbett's proposed spending plan. Instead, it will head for a conference committee for an up or down vote... then, if approved, be sent to Governor Corbett for his signature.

 

Hostess Brands

Hostess Brands, incorporated may be on the verge of closing 13 of it's Pennsylvania facilities by the end of the summer. Included in that is a plant in Berwick which employes 9 people. A notice has already been filed with the Department of Labor and Industry that could forecast the layoffs of nearly 700 employees across the state. Earlier this year... Hostess entered chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to get it's financial house in order.

 

Schuylkill Haven Fire

Investigators are expected at the scene this morning following a four – alarm fire in Schuylkill Haven Thursday night. No one knows what touched off a fire at the Schuylkill Gun Works. Volunteer firemen were had a difficult time battling the blaze due to exploding containers of gunpowder. The blaze destroyed the building that housed the gun shop... and up to a have dozen adjoining building were received smoke damage.

 

Musto Trial

The corruption trial of former state senator Ray Musto was to have gotten underway next week in Luzerne County Court. But that won't happen now. Instead... the trial has been postponed until October. Attorneys for the 83 – year old Musto says he's not healthy enough to stand trial. Musto is fighting a liver disease... and attorney's say any complications could be fatal.

 

Lemmond

A former State Senator who served Luzerne County has died. 83 – year old Charles Lemmond of Dallas died this week. In addition to serving 20 – years as a state senator in Harrisburg... he was a Luzerne Count Judge... and a district attorney.

 

Gun Charges

A Wilkes – Barre man remains in the Luzerne County Jail... charged with making terroristic threats. Police capturing Robert Deleo moments after he allegedly threatened people with a loaded gun in the 300 block of Hanover Village. Deleo was stopped... with cops finding a loaded gun in his car.

 

Bank Robbery

Still no suspect in Tuesday's Snyder County bank robbery. Police say a man strolled into the MCS Bank in McClure... pulled a handgun on a teller and demanded money. The bandit got his cash and fled. Luckily... no one was injured in that stick up in McClure.

 

In WHLM Sports

High School Baseball

In high school baseball Thursday, in the District 4 Class AA semifinals played at Bowman Field in Williamsport... South Williamsport defeated Danville 3 to 2... and Loyalsock got by Central Columbia 5 to 3. In the District 2 Class AAA championship game at Scranton High School... North Pocono blanked Berwick 10 to nothing.

 

Girls Softball

In girls softball, in the District 4 Class A championship game at Elm Park in Williamsport.. Northeast Bradford just getting by Southern Columbia 2 to 1.

 

NBA

In the NBA Western Conference final series Thursday night Oklahoma City defeated San Antonio 102 to 82. San Antonio now leads the series two games to one.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies had last night off. They're back at Citizens Bank Park Friday night when they begin a weekend set with the Miami Marlins. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30. The first pitch is tossed at 7:05 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.

 

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High School Basketball

 

Heard On...

News Radio 930 WHLM

94.7, 104.3

Berwick's 1280

Danville's 105.5

& WHLM.com

 

*All broadcasts start at 7:10 PM*

*Unless otherwise noted*

 

Monday, Dec 22

Boys' Basketball

Bloomsburg

@ Berwick 

 

 

Tuesday, Dec 23

Boys' Basketball

Danville

@ Southern Columbia

 

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For the WHLM 2014-15

HS Basketball Schedule

 

  

BU Women's Basketball

 

Heard On...

News Radio 930 WHLM

94.7, 104.3

Berwick's 1280

Danville's 105.5

& WHLM.com

       

Saturday, Dec 20

@ Nelson Field House

vs IUP

1:00 PM

 

 Saturday, Jan 3

@ Nelson Field House

vs Seton Hill

1:00 PM

 

BU Men's Basketball

 

Heard On...

News Radio 930 WHLM

94.7, 104.3

Berwick's 1280

Danville's 105.5

& WHLM.com

      

Saturday, Dec 20

@ Nelson Field House

vs IUP

3:00 PM

 

 Saturday, Jan 3

@ Nelson Field House

vs Seton Hill

3:00 PM

 

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