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Thursday / January 31, 2013


Weather / EMA

The folks at Columbia County Emergency Management kept an eye on the storm which passed through the area overnight. For the most part... the rain has ended. The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Wind Advisory... and has dropped the Flood Watch issued Wednesday, but the EMA's Michelle Frey says small stream flooding and low level flooding from the Susquehanna may be a problem. Forecasters say the Susquehanna will crest at 17.9 feet at Bloomsburg Friday night at 7 O'clock.

 

Scott Township

Scott Township is sitting nearly $2 – million federal and state dollars earmarked for the buyout of 22 homes severely damaged by the September 2011 floods. The homes are located on the south side of Old Berwick Road near Edgar Avenue... as well as White Birch Lane. Township Secretary Eric Stahley says the property will be returned to a park – like setting and included in the township's comprehensive plans. Stahley says the area could be turned into recreation areas for soccer fields or softball diamonds... but whatever the case... no permanent structures will be constructed on the properties.

 

Flu Shots

One of the busiest places Thursday afternoon will be the PA Health Department office in the 1000 block of Market Street in Bloomsburg. Department personnel will be providing free flu shots to those folks not already immunized. The department's Kait Gillis in Harrisburg says the current flu season has left it's mark with 27,000 confirmed cases resulting in a hundred deaths. Before you can take advantage of the flu shot offer... make an appointment by calling 387 – 4257. The free program begins at 3 O'clock Thursday afternoon... and runs through 7 O'clock.

 

Fire Update

Investigators have determined that a fatal fire in a Hazleton home Sunday night was deliberately set. They say 54 – year old Anthony Gentle told them his girlfriends started the fire. 47 – year old Mary Cook was found outside the home in the 13 – hundred block of North Church Street. She died at a hospital. Gentle was rushed to a hospital in Allentown... treated and released.

 

Job Corps

A shortfall of $60 – million federal dollars is forcing the Keystone Job Corps Center in Drums to slash its population by two – thirds. That's deeper than was originally expected. Overall... the federal department of labor placing a freeze on new students at 125 – job corps centers nationwide.

 

Airport Beltway

Work could begin soon on a $10 – million project... upgrading traffic signals and adding a turn lane on the Airport Beltway near Hazleton. During a meeting in Hazleton Wednesday night... PennDOT officials said five traffic lights will be upgraded... as well as a turning lane added near the Laurel Mall.  The project is expected to be wrapped up sometime next year.

 

Jail Sentence

Anywhere between 45 days and 18 months in jail. That's the sentence 57 – year old Suzanne Thomas received for shooting and killing a neighbor's dog in Derry Township in Montour County. Thomas says she was justified in eliminating the yellow lab a year ago when the dog allegedly killed one of her rabbits. In addition to the jail time... Thomas must also preform community service and provide restitution. She must report to the Montour County Jail by Monday

 

Sandusky Looses Bid

Jerry Sandusky lost a bid for a new trial Wednesday when a judge rejected his argument that his lawyers were not given enough time to prepare for the three-week proceeding that ended with a 45-count guilty verdict. Judge John Cleland's 27-page order said lawyers for the former Penn State assistant football coach conceded that their post-trial review turned up no material that would have changed their trial strategy. Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence on a child sex abuse conviction.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played East Stroudsburg Wednesday night. The results were mixed according to WHLM's Jim Doyle. In the women's game the Huskies defeated East Stroudsburg 86 to 43. In the men's contest... East Stroudsburg got a grip on the game... downing the Huskies 77 to 68. In their next game, the Huskies play at Kutztown Saturday afternoon.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Wednesday night... Bloomsburg defeated Benton 61 – 44... it was Danville over Shamokin 58 – 44... Hughesville just getting by Southern Columbia 45 – 42... Central Columbia downed Warrior Run 65 – 47... and it was Sullivan County over Millville 67 – 32..

 

NBA

Wednesday night in the NBA... The Philadelphia 76ers defeated The Washington Wizards 92 – 84.

Wednesday / January 30, 2013


Sandusky Denied New Trial

Jerry Sandusky lost a bid for a new trial Wednesday when a judge rejected his argument that his lawyers were not given enough time to prepare for the three-week proceeding that ended with a 45-count guilty verdict. Judge John Cleland's 27-page order said lawyers for the former Penn State assistant football coach conceded that their post-trial review turned up no material that would have changed their trial strategy. He also rejected post-sentencing motions regarding jury instructions, hearsay testimony and other matters. Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence on a child sex abuse conviction.

 

Flood Watch

Mother nature has been giving all of us fits. A week ago... we had single digit temperatures... and Wednesday we're expected to be in the upper 50's... touching 60. It's all due to a warm front pushing its way east... and once that passes... temps will be more seasonable. That warm front will bring us a lot of rain over the next day... and that's prompted the National Weather Center to issue a flood watch up and down the Susquehanna Valley. The Susquehanna River will rise, but Meteorologist say they don't believe we'll see river flooding. However, we'll need to keep an eye on the creeks and streams running through our area.

 

Dillon Sentenced

A Bloomsburg man will spend the next 10 months to two year in the Columbia County Prison for a wreck that paralyzed his then – girlfriend. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... 21 – year old Patrick Dillon will be allowed to work in the family business as he serves his jail time. Dillon's sentence stemmed from a conviction of drunk driving in a June 2011 wreck which left ex – girlfriend Alexandria Allen in a wheel chair for life as a paraplegic with the her family facing million of dollars worth of future care.

 

Health Care

We got a sneak peak at Governor Corbett's budget address he'll deliver next week. In it... a multi – million dollar health care proposal. Acting PA Health Secretary Michael Wolf made the announcement during a news conference at the St. Luke's Miners Health Center in McAdoo....in Schuylkill County. The proposal also calls for expanding program to help attract and retain health care practitioners in rural and underserved areas of the state.

 

Barletta / Obama

President Obama on the road in Las Vegas on Tuesday says now is the time to fix the nation's broken immigration system. And 11th District Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton agrees. But, Barletta in a statement from his Washington office, says the Obama plan is nothing new... adding it does not address the underlying causes of illegal immigration. The two – term Republican congressman went on to say that the government needs to enforce laws now on the books.

 

Shamokin Fire Folo

Shamokin police have arrested a 22 – year old man... charging him with a Monday night arson fire which extensively damaged four vacant buildings. James Neidlinger was arraigned before a district magistrate in Shamokin Tuesday afternoon... after he told police he set fire to a pile of leaves outside the vacant buildings on Sunbury Street. Now... Neidlinger is charged with four counts of arson.. and is lodged in the Northumberland County Prison. What has yet to be determined... if Neidlinger is the person responsible for seven other fires in the Shamokin area the past week.

 

BTE

The Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble is on stage this weekend. BTE's Laurie McCants says the company will be performing an updated version of Shakespeare's “As You Like It.” Ms. McCants says “As You Like It” will be preformed Friday and Saturday night at 7:30... at the Alvina Krause Theatre on Center Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Hazleton Budget

After months of discussion... the Hazleton city council Tuesday night okayed their final budget for the 2013 fiscal year on a vote of 3 to 2. Property owners will see a 45% tax increase... far from the initial 83% first proposed late last year. Also a new storm water system maintenance fee will be imposed.... and increased per capita and earned income taxes. The current plans keep police and fire department staffing at 2012 levels.

 

Boat Docks

Authorities are investigating the theft of eight aluminum boat docks and copper wiring... locked inside a storage building... at Moon Lake Park near Hunlock Creek. The items were stolen sometime between the 15th and 23rd of this month... and it's believed they're destined for a scrap dealer. Even though the gates to the park are locked... there hasn't been security since budget cutbacks went into effect a couple of years ago.

 

Corbett Poll

A new poll shows Gov. Tom Corbett's popularity shrinking, even though he scored points for challenging the NCAA sanctions against Penn State. The Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday says 51% of registered voters believe the Republican does not deserve re-election next year.  31% said Corbett should be re-elected.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men's basketball team met the PSAC's hottest team Wednesday night at the Nelson Field House. East Stroudsburg, the defending conference champion, had a 15 and 2 overall record going into the bout with the Huskies. BU brought the score within one point but couldn't hold on; the ESU final was 77-68. The Women's team won their game handily, 86-43. Listen to the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team has moved up to 14th in the nation in Division I. The Huskies have two dual meets this weekend. They wrestle at Cleveland State Saturday afternoon and at Clarion on Sunday afternoon.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Tuesday night... Crestwood downed Berwick 50 – 39 and Southern Columbia defeated Milton 46 - 34

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball Tuesday night... It was Warrior Run over Southern Columbia 57 – 38... Lewisburg defeating Central Columbia 45 – 26... Danville downed Shikellamy 65 – 45... Millville getting by Sullivan County 47 – 36 and Benton defeating Bloomsburg 60 – 40.

 

NHL

In the National Hockey League Tuesday night: The New York Rangers skated by the Philadelphia Flyers 2 to 1.

Tuesday / January 29, 2013


Flood Watch for Area

A COLD FRONT WILL PUSH THROUGH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. HEAVY RAIN FROM SHOWERS AND SCATTERED

THUNDERSTORMS DUE TO THE FRONT COULD PRODUCE FLOODING AS THE

SHOWERS MOVE THROUGH. SNOW MELT WILL ALSO ADD TO THE STREAM RISES.

RIVER FLOODING IS THEN POSSIBLE INTO THURSDAY.

 

** A FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH

THURSDAY EVENING**

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A

FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA INCLUDING

ADAMS... COLUMBIA... CUMBERLAND... DAUPHIN... FRANKLIN... FULTON... HUNTINGDON... JUNIATA... LANCASTER... LEBANON... MIFFLIN... MONTOUR... NORTHUMBERLAND... PERRY... SCHUYLKILL... SNYDER... SOUTHERN LYCOMING... SULLIVAN... UNION AND YORK.

 

* FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING.

 

* HEAVY RAIN AND MELTING SNOW WILL PUSH SMALLER AREA WATERWAYS HIGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING...AND THEN POSE A THREAT FOR MINOR FLOODING ALONG THE LARGER CREEKS AND RIVERS.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

 

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING ON SMALL

STREAMS... CREEKS... POOR DRAINAGE... URBAN AND LOW-LYING AREAS BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS. RIVER FLOODING IS ALSO POSSIBLE.

 

Weather & Roads

What a difference a day makes. On Monday... we were battling wet snow on the way to work. Tuesday morning...it's fog and black ice. That has forced Benton Area... Millville Area... Southern Columbia... as well as Sullivan County into starting school two hours later than usual. PennDOT trucks have been keeping main highways clear... but it's the in – town roads that are treacherous... especially near intersections. With temperatures headed into the mid 40's... coupled with a bit of rain... all the snow received on Monday should disappear quickly.

 

339 Wreck

The snow and freezing rain on Monday produced a host of crashes across the region. One of the most spectacular happened late Monday morning on Route 339... the Nescopeck – Mifflinville Road. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... 29 – year old Shawn Smith lost control of his SUV. It jumped the guardrail and ended up on the ice of Drake's Pond. Smith was able to get out, but 22 – year old Katy Stang was trapped and eventually rescued by a first responder from the Berwick Area Ambulance Association.

 

Bloomsburg Mills Project

If things fall into place... a vacant lot across from the former Bloomsburg Mills complex on 6th Street could see a lot of construction activity early next year. The wraps were taken off last night in front of Town Council on plans to construct a three story, 40 unit apartment complex for low income elderly.  The proposed project is funded with state dollars. And if the funding is approved... and permits granted... ground could be broken in about a year.

 

Water Line Repair

United Water crews spent Monday morning repairing a six inch in diameter water main which broke overnight Sunday... shutting off water to homes along a portion of Lightstreet Road. The utility's Bob Manbeck says the crew dug up the street... then simply placed a clamp over the leaking portion of the pipe. It's believed cold weather played a factor in damaging the pipe... as well as several others around Bloomsburg since Sunday.

 

Gas Prices

The price of gasoline is slowly creeping upward. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows gas six cents higher than it was a week ago. At the pump... the price for self – serve, unleaded regular is checking in at an average of $3.56 a gallon... up a penny from the weekend. The reason... high crude oil prices.

 

Hazle Twp Fire

Authorities in Luzerne County have identified the woman who died in a Sunday night house fire in Hazle Township. 47 – year old Mary Louise Cook died in the blaze at 1354 North Church Street. A man... identified as Anthony Gentle... was burned. He's being treated at an Allentown hospital. Court records show Cook had a history of setting fire. Police are still interviewing people in an effort to determine how the Sunday night fire started in Hazle Township.

 

Hazleton Fire

A state police fire marshal has ruled a blaze in the 700 block of Seybert Street in Hazleton as being of an undetermined origin... but it did start in the basement. The fire was discovered early Monday morning... forcing three people out of the two story structure. One of the families two dogs died. The home was extensively damaged.

 

Kulpmont Fire

A fire marshal walked through the ruins of a house in Kulpmont in Northumberland County on Monday... hours after flames broke out at a home on Chestnut Street. No determination as to what started the fire in Kulpmont.

 

Coal Twp Fire

A fire marshal is expected to be on the scene of a Monday night fire which destroyed a home in the Springfield section of Coal Township. Firefighters were called to Wabash Street early Monday evening when flames were spotted. No one was at home when the blaze broke out... but a dog and cat didn't survive.

 

Shamokin Fire

Firemen were called late last night to a house fire at the corner of East Sunbury and Franklin Streets in Shamokin. That escalated into a multi – alarm blaze before the flames were put out.

 

NEPA Unemployment

Unemployment in the Hazleton, Scranton / Wilkes – Barre area was up one tenth of a percentage point in December... with the area checking in at 9.5 %. In November... unemployment stood at 9.4 %. The Department of Labor and Industry says the region's rate was the highest in the state for the 33rd consecutive month. The department says that gains in sales jobs were offset by reductions in the service industry.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Wrestling

Bloomsburg University's Justin Grant has been named the co-PSAC wrestler of the week. A junior from Easton, Grant improved his record to 18 and 3 on Friday with a 9-4 win over Edinboro's Ernest James at 285 pounds. That helped the Huskies to a 19-18 win which improved their dual meet record to 12 and 2. Bloomsburg wrestles at Cleveland State this Saturday afternoon.

 

Postponements

Monday night's weather was a contributing factor to the postponement of boys and girls high school basketball games across the region. All will be made up at a later date.

 

Boys HS Basketbal

Tuesday night in boys high school basketball... Berwick is at home against Crestwood.

 

Girls High School Basketball 

In girls basketball Tuesday night... Danville is at Shikellamy... Central Columbia is at Lewisburg... Millville plays at Sullivan County... Southern Columbia is at Warrior Run and Bloomsburg is at Benton.

 

 

Monday / January 28, 2013


Weather

The commute to work Monday morning was touch and go. The National Weather Service in State College posted a winter weather advisory for much central and eastern Pennsylvania... including Columbia and Montour Counties. Snow started falling around 4 Monday morning with it changing to freezing rain.... then rain. PennDOT was out overnight pre – treating major highways with salt brine to keep the water from freezing on roadway surfaces. Monday night... the rough weather continues with drizzle and fog.

 

Water Problems

United Water crews spent Monday morning repairing a six inch in diameter water main which broke overnight... shutting off water to homes along a portion of Lightstreet Road. The utility's Bob Manbeck says the crew dug up the street... then simply placed a clamp over the leaking portion of the pipe. It's believed cold weather played a factor in damaging the pipe... as well as several others around Bloomsburg since Sunday afternoon.

 

Millard / Revenues

State Representative David Millard has keeping a sharp eye on the amount of money coming into the state... and going out. The Millville Republican says December income beat expectations to the tune of $112 – million when compared to 2011... and that means the state treasury is $171 - million to the good. Meantime, Millard has been selected to chair a subcommittee on education funding through the house appropriations committee.... a committee to look at school funding and pension reform.

 

Bicentennial Celebration

Columbia County's 200th birthday is right around the corner.... March 22nd and 23rd …. to be exact... and preparation is coming together to celebrate breaking away from Northumberland County in 1813. On Saturday the 23rd... the day starts with a 5K run / walk... events at the Fairgrounds... as well as a parade through the heart of Bloomsburg... so says BU's Jimmie Gilliland. He suggest that non – profit groups... businesses and municipal government build a small floats... dress up or in Gilliland's words... “do something paradeish. The event forms at the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital parking lot at midday on March 23rd.

 

Gas Prices

The price of gasoline is slowly creeping upward. The Triple A Fuel Gauge report out this morning shows gas six cents higher than it was a week ago all across northeastern Pennsylvania. At the pump... the price for self – serve, unleaded regular is checking in at an average of $3.56 a gallon... up a penny from the weekend. The reason... high crude oil prices.

 

Kulpmont Fire

A fire marshal is expected to walk through the ruins of a house in Kulpmont in Northumberland County. Flames breaking out around 5 O'clock Monday morning at a home on Chestnut Street. PennDOT says a section of Route 61 between 8th and 12th Streets in Kulpmont will be closed through early Monday evening.

 

Hazleton Fire

A home in the 1300 block of north Church Street in Hazleton is being treated as a crime scene. The woman who lived in the house is dead.... and a man was injured in the Sunday evening fire. Authorities say the woman was not responsive when pulled from the burning building... while the man was flown to the burn center at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. Their names have not been released. Investigators are on scene trying to figure out what happened.

 

Rush Twp. Fire

Still no word as to what started a fire that destroyed a family home on Crest Haven Road... near Route 54 in Northumberland County's Rush Township Saturday night. Marvin and Janelle Eshbach... and their four children... were not at home when the fire broke out. It's believed to have started in the breezeway of the ranch – style home. The family is now staying with relatives.

 

Butler Twp. Explosion

The power is back on in Butler Township near Hazleton... after a malfunctioning transformer exploded Sunday afternoon. When the transformer on Four Seasons Drive in the Beech Mountain Lakes area exploded... about a thousand PPL subscribers were tossed into the dark. Also going dark was the stop light at busy State Route 309 and Butler Drive. PPL crews had the problem taken care of quickly.

 

Hazleton Ice Rink

Could there be an outdoor ice skating rink in Hazleton's future. That could be the case if State Representative Tarah Toohil has her way. Right now... the 116th District Republican is looking for a suitable area. Toohil is working with a Hazleton area hockey league... and city officials to make the proposal a reality.

 

Commissioners Request

County commissioners across the state are calling for an extension of a human services block grant program beyond the 20 counties already participating in a pilot. The program gives commissioners some flexibility to shift money among seven programs with fewer state requirement. Commissioners say it's working... and should be available to all counties that want to participate.

 

WHLM Sports

Monday HS Basketball

There is boys high school basketball on the WHLM Stations Monday night. Central Columbia welcomes Hughesville to the district's Elementary School gymnasium. The last time these two teams met... Hughesville snatched the win by four points. Catch the action on the WHLM Stations beginning with the pre – game show at 7:15.

 

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team is very likely to move up in the Division one national rankings after Friday's 19-18 win over 15th ranked Edinboro. The Huskies were ranked 19th prior to that match. Bloomsburg now has a dual meet record of 12 and 2. Their next match is Saturday afternoon at Cleveland State.

Sunday / January 27, 2013


** Winter Weather Advisory **

 

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA

301 PM EST SUN JAN 27 2013

 

PAZ004-005-010>012-017>019-024>028-033>036-045-046-049>053-

056>059-063>066-280415-

/O.CON.KCTP.WW.Y.0003.130128T0900Z-130128T2000Z/

WARREN – MCKEAN – ELK – CAMERON - NORTHERN CLINTON – CLEARFIELD -

NORTHERN CENTRE - SOUTHERN CENTRE – CAMBRIA – BLAIR – HUNTINGDON - MIFFLIN – JUNIATA – SOMERSET – BEDFORD – FULTON – FRANKLIN - SOUTHERN CLINTON - SOUTHERN LYCOMING – UNION – SNYDER – MONTOUR – NORTHUMBERLAND – COLUMBIA – PERRY – DAUPHIN – SCHUYLKILL – LEBANON – CUMBERLAND – ADAMS – YORK – LANCASTER

 

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF WARREN... BRADFORD... ST. MARYS...

RIDGWAY... EMPORIUM... RENOVO... DUBOIS... CLEARFIELD... PHILIPSBURG...

STATE COLLEGE … JOHNSTOWN... ALTOONA... HUNTINGDON... MOUNT UNION...

LEWISTOWN... MIFFLINTOWN... SOMERSET... BEDFORD... MCCONNELLSBURG...

CHAMBERSBURG... LOCK HAVEN... WILLIAMSPORT... LEWISBURG...

SELINSGROVE... DANVILLE... SUNBURY... SHAMOKIN... BLOOMSBURG...

BERWICK... NEWPORT... HARRISBURG... HERSHEY... POTTSVILLE... LEBANON...

CARLISLE... GETTYSBURG... YORK... LANCASTER...

 

 

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 3 PM EST MONDAY...

 

* LOCATIONS...MOST OF CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA.

 

* HAZARD TYPES...SNOW AND SLEET CHANGING TO A PERIOD OF FREEZING RAIN.

 

* ACCUMULATIONS...1 OR 2 INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET...FOLLOWED BY AROUND A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE ACCRETION.

 

* TIMING...AFTER MIDNIGHT IN THE WESTERN MOUNTAINS AND IN THE PREDAWN HOURS MONDAY...LASTING THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON.

 

* IMPACTS...SNOW COVERED AND SLUSHY ROADS...THEN A LIGHT ACCUMULATION OF ICE ON OUTDOOR OBJECTS AND UNTREATED ROAD SURFACES AND WALKWAYS. IN MANY AREAS... A WINTRY MIX OF PRECIPITATION WILL BE HEAVIEST DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE.

 

* TEMPERATURES...WARMING TO ABOVE FREEZING MONDAY AFTERNOON.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW... SLEET... OR

FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES... AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING. MOTORISTS SHOULD BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES... WHERE SLIPPERY SPOTS DEVELOP FIRST.

 

What's Happening Sunday January 27, 2013


The skating rink at the Bloomsburg Area YMCA will be open today from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  There's no charge for skating...you should bring your own skates if you have them, but if you don't they have a few pairs available to use.

 

The Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library are hosting their annual book sale this weekend.  The library is closed today, but you can stop by tomorrow from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM for the final day of the sale.

 

The Bloomsburg High School swimming and diving team is sponsoring a flap-jack fundraiser on tomorrow at the Applebees in Bloomsburg from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.  Cost is $7.00 per person and funds support the swimming and diving team.

 

Ongoing this month is the cell phone drive for the Women’s Center Inc.  Drop off your unwanted cell phones to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on Lightstreet Road in Bloomsburg, The Berwick YMCA, Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville, The Thomas Beaver Free Library in Danville, or the Bloomsburg Public Library.

 

The Susquehanna River Arts Group show is up and running at Artspace Gallery in Bloomsburg.  You have until February 24th to check out the works of art from artists living in Columbia and Montour Counties.

 

WHLM Sports

In Bloomsburg University Basketball on Saturday, the Huskies Hosted West Chester. Both the Men's and Women's teams fell to the Golden Rams; the Women 65-59, the Men 88-82 in overtime. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

What's Happening Saturday January 26, 2013


The skating rink at the Bloomsburg Area YMCA will be open today and tomorrow from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  There's no charge for skating...you should bring your own skates if you have them, but if you don't they have a few pairs available to use.

 

The Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library are hosting their annual book sale this weekend.  Sale hours are today from 8:00 AM to Noon, closed tomorrow, and Monday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM…it’s happening at the library.

 

The free Saturday Trains Program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open today from 10:00 AM to noon.  The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

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

 

The Memorial Elementary School PTO invites you to their Bingo and Chinese Auction today at the school gym.  Doors open at 11:00 AM, games start at Noon, and Chinese auction prizes will be drawn following bingo.  You must be present to win.  Food will be available to purchase the entire day.

 

This weekend the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is on stage with an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.”  Tonight’s performance starts at 7:30 PM.  You can catch the show next weekend too.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Hall is hosting an Italian Dinner this evening from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  Cost is $7.00 for you, $3.50 for your kids ages 4-12, and free for kids 3 and younger.  The fire hall is located off Route 642 between Danville and Milton.

 

The Benton United Methodist Church invites you for a Ham Supper today from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  Take-outs will be available, and the church is located on main Street in Benton.

 

Join the Millville Maniacs tonight from 5:00 to 8:00 PM for a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at the Millville American Legion.  The 12 and under baseball tournament team is raising money to go to a week-long tournament at Walt Disney World this July.

 

Singles Meeting Singles is hosting a dance tonight at The Columbia Valley Moose on Route 11 in Bloomsburg.  The dance is from 7:00 to 11:00 PM…attire is dress casual and the event is non-smoking.

 

The Bloomsburg High School swimming and diving team is sponsoring a flap-jack fundraiser on tomorrow at the Applebees in Bloomsburg from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.  Cost is $7.00 per person and funds support the swimming and diving team.

 

WHLM Sports

In Bloomsburg University Basketball on Saturday, the Huskies Hosted West Chester. Both the Men's and Women's teams fell to the Golden Rams; the Women 65-59, the Men 88-82 in overtime. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Friday / January 25, 2013


 

Scott Twp Buyout

Scott Township has received two checks from the federal and state governments. The nearly $1.9 – million earmarked to purchase 22 houses substantially damaged by the flood of 2011. Township Secretary Eric Stahley says governmental leaders are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. Stahley says once the houses are purchased... the township has 90 days to demolish the properties along the riverside section... south of Old Berwick Road and along White Birch Lane.

 

Local Politics

It's not too early to think about the May 21st primary in Columbia County... and across the state. Columbia County Registrar Matt Repasky says there will be many slots vacant for positions such as township supervisor... tax collector.... school board... as well as borough and town council seats. Repasky says there has been a flurry of activity in his Courthouse Annex office from prospective candidates as to how the election system works.

 

Eastern Sports Expo
The state's largest outdoor show was supposed to open in Harrisburg on February 2nd. But that won't happen now because of a Second Amendment debate. The organizers have decided to postpone the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show due to the controversy over a decision to limit the display of assault weapons. Reed Exhibitions said in a statement the company felt allowing assault rifles would distract from the theme of hunting and fishing at the show. The decision followed the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. But dozens of exhibitors pulled out of the show. Reed Exhibitions has not said when the show would be rescheduled.

 

Shamokin Fire

Fire investigators are expected to be at what's left of two vacant buildings... that went up in flames in Shamokin Thursday night. The fire was discovered around 7 O'clock by two teens passing by the former Hardshell Cafe in the 400 block of North Shamokin Street. The fire also affecting an adjoining building. Thursday night's fire in Shamokin make the fourth fire on Shamokin Street in the past few months.

 

Hazleton Fire / Third St.

A maintenance man using an acetylene torch to thaw out frozen pipes started a fire in a three story apartment building on West Third Street in Hazleton on Thursday.  Authorities say the fire began in the basement... and spread to a second floor apartment. Five people living there rushed into the cold air.  Firemen ruled the blaze accidental.

 

Hazleton Fire / Locust St.

A fire marshal is investigating an early Thursday morning blaze on North Locust Street in Hazleton. With temperatures hovering in the single digits... firemen fought the flames in the double block home. Five people resided in the home, but were not there do to problems with power. Authorities are initially saying the origin of the fire isn't suspicious.

 

WB Firefighters

Wilkes – Barre says it will re-hire eleven firefighters given the boot in December. Mayor Tom Leighton's office say the first day on the job will be February 8th. The firefighters were originally laid off when tax revenues didn't come in as planned.

 

PPL

Allentown – based PPL says it will invest an estimated $40 - million in vegetation management actives this year. The utility wants to reduce the number and duration of power outages across their system. A company news release says most of he work will take place along 725 miles of 69 – kilovolt transmissions lines... as crews remove trees and non – compatible vegetation from rights of way... and taking down trees not on the right of way... but could jeopardize power lines.

 

 

Thursday / January 24, 2013


Cold Weather / Elderly

Another cold night in Columbia and Montour Counties... with temperatures dipping into the single digits. And it will be that way for the next few mornings... forcing all of us... especially the elderly... to take precautions. But Kathy Lynn with the Area Aging Office says the most important thing to do is check on people you know. Another good piece of advice is to dress in layers... and wear a hat and warm shoes if you have to go outside.

 

Officer Fires Weapon

A South Center Township police officer had to fire a shot from his service revolver Tuesday night in order to stop a driver with outstanding warrants. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... 31 – year old Franklin Snyder was eluding officers in his SUV. That's when Officer Dallas Herbert caught up with him on Smith Hollow Road. Snyder crashed... and that's when the officer ordered him out of the SUV. When Snyder kept inching toward Herbert... the officer pulled his revolver and fired a shot. No one was hit but it sent a message. Snyder is in the Columbia County prison on $250,000. He will have a preliminary hearing later this month in Catawissa.

 

Former BU Students Guilty

Two ex – BU field hockey players were found guilty Wednesday in connection with a street flight with a third woman. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... 22 – year old Laura McGinley of Wilkes – Barre... and 21 – year old Nicole Bruce of Susquehanna County were found guilty by a Columbia County court jury. Both are guilty of assaulting 25 – year old Ashley Ann Carsia of Drums... in Luzerne County. The incident happened in October of 2011... after Carsia danced with one of their boyfriends.

 

Bloomsburg Carpet

Next time you tour the nation's capitol in Washington, D.C.... look down... and your likely standing on floor covering produced by Bloomsburg Carpet Industries on the New Berwick Highway. The federal government ordered an estimated 500 – square yards from the company late last year for this week's inauguration. But, Executive Vice – President Marty Bowman says it's not the only location you'll find Columbia County – produced carpet. You'll also find it on the floors of the U.S. Senate and House. And Bowman says he believes the reason Bloomsburg Carpet was selected is due to the fact it's woven wool carpet... a high end product... rather than being tufted... as most carpets are today.

 

Columbia County Bicentennial

How do you celebrate Columbia County's 200th birthday? You start with a reenactment of breaking away from Northumberland County on March 22nd... followed the next day by a 5K run / walk through downtown Bloomsburg. The event will be followed by a parade which begins in the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital parking lot... and makes it's way down Main Street to festivities at the fairgrounds.

 

Friends / Library

Raising money for the Bloomsburg Library.... that's what the Friends of the Library are doing this weekend with their Winter Book Sale. The Friends Bob Weber says there are some high quality, hard cover books for the taking. It's not just books... there are also gently used CD's and DVD's. The winter book sale runs through Monday afternoon at the library on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

NEPA Flu

Flu cases are on the increase in Northeastern Pennsylvania... up 27% last week to an estimated 1,300. The Pennsylvania Department of Health says there were nearly three hundred confirmed cases from January 13th through this past Saturday. One Luzerne County death from the flu has been confirmed by the department.

 

Fire Fatal

A Harveys Lake man is dead after a fire broke out in his home. 81 – year old Robert Hart was found near his recliner by his daughter who was doing a well – being check. She found Hart and his dog dead. The state fire marshal is trying to determine how the blaze began.

 

Turnpike Commissioners

One sweet deal. A Philadelphia newspaper is reporting that the four appointed members of the PA Turnpike Commission are enjoying the perks of only attending two meetings a month. They receive salaries of $26,000 year.. a no – limit expense account... free tolls and free cars... all at the state's expense. The commission's acting chief executive... Craig Shuey... called the perks and the cars... “appropriate and necessary for the job.”

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Mansfield Wednesday night. WHLM's Jim Doyle tells us the women's team defeated Mansfield 93 to 73. Later in the evening the men just getting by Mansfield 82 to 81. The Huskies play West Chester Saturday afternoon at the Nelson Field House starting with the women's game at 1 o'clock.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys' high school basketball Wednesday night... Bloomsburg downed Millville 58 – 43... Saint John Neuman defeated Benton 61 – 20. It was Danville over Midd- West 80 – 46... Southern Columbia got by Warrior Run 49 – 41... and Loyalsock defeated Central Columbia 69 – 34.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Thursday night... Berwick fell to Pittston at home 49-43. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Update:

 

 

Wednesday / January 23, 2013


 

Bloomsburg Carpet

A little bit of a Bloomsburg business became a part of history earlier this week. Bloomsburg Carpet on the New Berwick Highway... providing about 500 square yards of carpet which became part of President Obama's inauguration. This is not the first time Bloomsburg Carpet has been called upon. The floors of the US Senate and the House of Representatives are also covered with Columbia County – produced carpet.

 

Cold Temps

The coldest weather of the season settled into the Susquehanna Valley early Wednesday morning. It's was 6 degrees in Columbia and Montour Counties during the morning drive to work... with a windchill factor of 1 below zero. However, one of the coldest area's in the region is Lopez in Sullivan County. The National Weather Service says the temperature dipped to 3 degrees... with a wind chill of minus ten.

 

Sunoco Station

Some tense moments for Lightstreet and Espy volunteer firefighters late Tuesday afternoon. They were called to the Sunoco gas station on Papermill Road... near Route 487 to track down a smoke odor. Lightstreet Fire Chief Darren Shaffer said it only took minutes to spot the trouble in a newly installed display case near the store's entrance. There was no damage to the building.... with firemen on scene for less than 30 minutes.

 

Fire / EMS Grant

A windfall for 19 volunteer fire departments and ambulance associations in Columbia County. State Representative David Millard says the state will split an estimated $214,000 from an ongoing grant program created by the state legislature and managed by the Pennsylvania Emergency management agency. For the most part... the grants range from $6,600 for Berwick Area Ambulance and Millville EMS to $12,600 dollars for the Reliance Fire Company of Berwick... as well as Bloomsburg. The average grant is $11,500. The money is designed for construction, renovation, equipment purchases... as well as training.

 

Berwick United Way

They went over the top. The Berwick United way reaching their goal of $400,000 for their 2012 campaign and then some. The organization's Ginny Crake said they did so despite a questionable economy in the greater Berwick area. The Berwick United Way helps at least a dozen non – profit agencies across the area.

 

Taxes

So you have your W-2 from your employer.... and your taxes are prepared.... but there's a problem. It seems the Internal Revenue Service is not accepting any paperwork from taxpayers so says tax preparer Kim Schooley. Appearing on the Tuesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Schooley says the tax code to be used in 2013 for 2012 returns was not passed by congress until very early in the year... and that means a delay within the IRS. However, Schooley says you should be able to file your tax forms by the end of the month.

 

Murder Suspect

Hazleton Police are charging a man with killing his ex – girlfriend last month... but they don't know where he is. 35 – year old Oscar Lozano Garcia is wanted in the strangulation death of 32 – year old Maria Brea. She was found dead in her East Diamond Avenue apartment... three days after being reported missing by her family. It's believed Garcia has fled the state.

 

Luzerne Flu

The Pennsylvania Department of Health says Luzerne County ranks 8th in the number of flu cases sweeping the state. The cases were counted from early October through January 12th. Overall... Luzerne County doctors were treating more than 600 flu cases... which included one death from the illness in Wilkes – Barre.

 

Victim Six

He's known as Victim 6... and he testified at Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial last summer. Now he's suing the former Penn State assistant football coach... Sandusky's founded Second Mile Charity and the university. In papers filed in Philadelphia federal court... Victim 6 said Sandusky's behavior was "ratified" by The Second Mile charity and Penn State and that the organizations acted with reckless indifference to his rights. He's seeking at least $75,000 in damages.
 

Allentown Fire

Fire investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a three alarm blaze in Allentown Tuesday Morning. Firemen were first called to Youell's Oyster House at 23rd and Walnut Streets before dawn... and the blaze escalated to three alarms. Authorities say five firefighters were injured. They were treated for minor injuries and released from an Allentown hospital.

 

Lourdes Regional

Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School in Shamokin will see an increase in Coal Township police patrolling the hallways. School officials says the extra police presence wasn't due to any particular threat... but due to the mass shootings at a Newtown, Ct. elementary school last month. Earlier this month... a student posted an allegedly threatening note on Facebook... but police say that situation has been taken care off.

 

WHLM Sports

Wednesday night in College basketball, the BU Men's & Women's teams were on the road at Mansfield. The Women won their game 93-73. The Men won theirs in their second double-overtime victory of the season, 82-81. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

Tuesday / January 22, 2013


School Delay

Luzerne County Community College is operating on a compressed schedule today.

Classes begin at 10 O'clock this morning.

 

Arrest

A McAdoo man is in trouble with the law after allegedly fondling three pre – teen girls at an Orange Township campground last fall. 36 – year old Gabriel Leshko is accused of fondling two nine year old girls... as well as a 10 – year old girl over the Labor Day weekend. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday edition Leshko got to know the children while he was being helped by a Bloomsburg area couple. He was taken into custody at the Laurel Mall near Hazleton... arraigned and set to the Columbia County Prison with bond set at 50 – thousand dollars.

 

Snow Driving

Trying to get home last night was a challenge for a lot of drivers in Columbia County Monday night... as snow fell... coating area highways. A number of multiple – car accidents were reported over a two hour period... with fire police closing down River Hill Road at the Bloomsburg Bridge... as well as Numidia Drive on the south side of the county near Southern Columbia High School.

 

I-80 Accident

Interstate 80 was not immune to a series of accidents late Monday afternoon thanks to snowy conditions. State Police at Bloomsburg tell us a 19 – year old Sugarloaf woman lost control of her car while westbound on 80 near Buckhorn... sliding in the median... flipping over... crossing into the eastbound lane... striking a pick – up truck. Lauren Williams was injured... and transported to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment. She was ticketed by police.

 

Millard / Education

State Representative David Millard has been chosen to head up a sub – committee within the appropriations committee to deal with education funding.... as well as that of pensions for educators. Pensions costs continue to hinder the state.... and the Millville Republican says there is a looming pension crisis. Millard went on to say... there is a massive shortfall in the funding for each of those pension plans... something that must be addressed... and is tied into educational dollars.

 

County Birthday

A 5K run... a huge parade through Bloomsburg... festivities and fireworks at the Fairgrounds. Those are just some of the highlights that will be part of Columbia County's celebration of turning 200 years of age the weekend of March 22nd. Planning meeting have been going on for months... and County Commissioner David Kovach says the celebration is important. The celebration begins with a reenactment of Columbia County's first commission meeting after breaking away from Northumberland County back in 1813.

 

Week of Prayer

Churches around the world are celebrating a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The event got underway over the weekend... and locally services were held. The Rev. Stephen Engelhardt says it's a reminder to pastors and churches that they are one... so why not act like it. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity dates back to the early years of the 20th century.

 

Hanover Twp. Wreck

A man remains in critical condition at a Wilkes – Barre Hospital following a single car accident Monday on the Sans Souci Parkway. Hanover Township police has not identified the driver... but was ejected from the vehicle when the car jumped a guardrail. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 says the driver may have been street racing with a second car.

 

Hazleton Fire Department

Hazleton City Council votes Wednesday on a cooperative fire protection agreement with West Hazleton. Under the proposal... Hazleton and West Hazleton firefighters would be able to render mutual aid to each other during emergencies. It could lead to the formation of a regional fire protection district... but that in – itself appears to be years away.

 

MAP Grant Money

Some grant money is headed to the area thanks to the state and the Corbett Administration. We've learned the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership has been awarded $35,000 in the form of a Municipal Assistance grant. It's earmarked for Hemlock Township... as well as Shickshinny and is designed to assist with flood mitigation and revitalization planning following the September 2011 flood. The partnership will implement a plan to minimize flooding... and introduce economic revitalization.

 

Sugarloaf Break In

State Police at Bloomsburg are investigating the break in of a home in Sugarloaf township... in northern Columbia County. A PSP news release says someone broke into the Five Points Road home of Brian Campbell sometime between the first of the year and this past weekend. Police say they have no suspects in custody... and an inventory of the home is still being taken to determine what's missing.  If you have information dealing with the burglary... call state police.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Monday night... Bloomsburg defeated Southern Columbia 71 – 48... and Meadowbrook Christian downed Benton 55 to 44.

 

Boys Basketball / Tuesday

In boys basketball Tuesday night, Berwick will take a three game winning streak into their game at Hazleton Area.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball last night... Danville moved into a tie for first place in the Heartland Conference Division I with a 48 – 34 victory over Shamokin... It was Hazleton Area over Berwick 45 – 39...Columbia Montour Vo – Tech squeaked by Bloomsburg Christian 27 to 25.

 

NBA

In the NBA last night... the San Antonio Spurs tripped up the Philadelphia 76ers 90 to 85.

Monday / January 21, 2013


Cold Weather

You better bundle up.... we're going to be blasted by cold, Canadian air the next few days... starting Monday. A cold front passing through the area Sunday... dropped temperatures overnight... and there is a second cold front on it's way which will allow thermometer readings to drop to the chilliest of the season. Although Monday's high will be in the lower 30's... the thermometer will have a tough time making it out of the 20's the rest of the week. Overnight temps are heading down to single numbers.

And to make it worse... there will be winds gusting to 28 miles an hour overnight Monday.

 

Flu Bug

The flu has been sweeping Columbia and Montour Country's with a vengeance the past couple of weeks... hitting the elderly and the very young. Hospital emergency rooms being filled with folks suffering from the flu's effect. But... to all of us... those not getting the flu are doctors. Not so... says Dr. Lisa Esolen of the Danville – based Geisinger Health System. Physicians do get sick... but not as much since they get their flu shots yearly... cutting down on the chance of getting ill. Meantime... Dr. Esolen says there is still time to get a flu shot in order to prevent from getting the illness this winter.

 

2nd Amendment Demonstration

As the horns of cars and trucks blared at the corner of Route 11 and 54 in Danville on Saturday... demonstrators took to the corner... showing their support of the right to keep and bear firearms. It was part of a show of support on Nationwide Gun Appreciation Day. Brock Hoyes of Danville organized Saturday's event. The street side demonstration came days after President Obama invoked 23 executive orders dealing with gun control... orders that do not need congressional approval.

 

National Guard / Inauguration

One of the most densely populated city today is four hours south of Columbia County. Washington, D.C. Is where President Obama will be given the oath of office for his second term. PA National Guardsmen will be among the throng so says the guards Sgt. Matt Jones. An estimated 1,300 soldiers and airmen are in the District to assist... joining guard units from 24 other states.

 

MinSec Resident

A 37 – year old man... a resident of the MinSec pre – release facility in Hazleton is still missing. Tyrone Echols left the facility Friday afternoon... heading to a work site in Berwick... failing to return Saturday morning. That forced authorities to issue an arrest warrant. Echols was at the half – way house after being convicted of having drug paraphernalia... and simple assault.

 

Murder Suspect Held

A Hazleton man has been arrested by Wilkes – Barre Police in connection with the murder of a 16 – year old Kearney, New Jersey girl. 41 – year old Cruz Martinez of 14th Street is accused of murdering the girl in the bedroom of her home with a gunshot wound to the head. Martinez is being held on $10 – million bail in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

 

Keystone Job Corps

There are changes coming to the Keystone Job Corps Center in Drums. The student population will be reduced by at least one -third. The reason... federal budget cuts by the U-S Department of Labor cited in a letter to Utah – based Management Training Corporation... who runs Keystone. That means 200 of 600 slots for students will be eliminated. Not known, however, if any of the center's 250 employees will be given their walking papers.

 

Berwick United Way

The Berwick Area United way has gone beyond it's goal set for it's 2012 fund raising drive. Executive Director Ginny Crake says the goal of $400,000 was surpassed by an estimated $37,000. The money raised will be used to help non – profit member agencies make life better for Berwick residents who need a helping hand.

 

I-80 Project

There will be some traffic trouble spots to contend with today on Interstate 80 between the Berwick and Mifflinville interchanges. PennDOT's Rick Mason says... that beginning Monday morning... the westbound left lane will be closed between the two interchanges. The contractor working on the bridge project over the Susquehanna River will remove asphalt waste in the median.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Wrestling

The 20th ranked Bloomsburg University wrestling team won seven of 10 bouts in a 24-9 win over Ohio University Sunday afternoon at the Nelson Field House. The Huskies, who now have a record of 11 and 2, face 16th ranked Edinboro Friday night at the Nelson Field House.

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team has named its captains for the 2013 season. They are running back Franklyn Quiteh, center Chris Steck, and linebacker Justin Shirk.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Monday night, Bloomsburg is at Southern Columbia. You can hear that game on the whlm stations starting with the pregame show at 7:15.

 

NFL Sunday

The Super Bowl opponents are now set. It will be the 49ers against the Ravens. In the NFC Championship game on Sunday... the San Francisco 49ers downed the Atlanta Falcons 28 – 24. In the AFC Final... the Baltimore Ravens defeated the New England Patriots 28 - 13. The Super Bowl will be played in two weeks in New Orleans.

 

What's Happening Sunday January 20, 2013


Today the Bloomsburg Fire Department will host their monthly breakfast buffet from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM...the fire hall is on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company is serving up their monthly all you can eat breakfast buffet and brunch today from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM...they have a new menu each month. The fire company is located off of Route 642 between Danville and Milton.

 

Saint Cyril and Methodius in Danville hopes you'll join them during this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity during their Ecumenical Prayer Service this afternoon at 2:00 PM. The theme of the service is “What Does God Ask of Us.”

 

There's an ice cream pie sale going on now to benefit the Berwick Theatre digital conversion fund. Pick up is next Saturday...you can order your pie online at www.berwicktheater.com or right at the theater in Berwick.

 

And from the WHLM Future File, the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents an adaption of William Shakespeare's “As You Like It” next weekend. Get information about the show by visiting BTE online...link up under “Our Partners.”

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

After three straight home games, the Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams were on the road Saturday afternoon at Cheyney. The Women won their game 80-45. The Men lost theirs 72-54. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team is now ranked 20th in the nation in Division One. Sunday afternoon at 2, the Huskies take on Ohio University at the Nelson Field House. Bloomsburg now has a dual meet record of 10 and 2.

What's Happening Saturday January 19, 2013


Today the Columbia County United Way is hosting their annual Trash To Treasure Yard Sale on the campus of Bloomsburg University. It's happening in the Kehr Union Multicultural Center.

 

The Columbia-Montour Chapter of Special Olympics is in Easton, PA today to take a Polar Plunge in the Leigh River. You can support the athletes by making a donation online at www.specialolympicspa.org.

 

The free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church is open today as usual...the church is at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

The Children's Museum in Bloomsburg invites your kids out for Bear Day today. Celebrate bears and learn about hibernation while making special crafts. Get a dollar off of admission for bringing a teddy bear...and join them for the teddy bear picnic at Noon. The museum is open until 4:00 PM today.

 

The Men of Wesley United Methodist Church are hosting a chicken bar-b-que dinner today from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Donations are $8.00 for you, $5.00 for children 12 and under. The church is located at the corner of Third and Market Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

Shiloh Bible Church presents Gospel Bond in concert tonight at 7:00 PM. A free will offering will be taken...the church is located on Church Street in the Almedia area of Bloomsburg.

 

The Susquehanna River Arts Group have opened their display at Artspace Gallery in Downtown Bloomsburg. The group is made up of artists living in Columbia and Montour Counties, and they feature several different art mediums. There will be an artist reception with light refreshments open to the public tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The display will be up through February 24th.

 

Tomorrow the Bloomsburg Fire Department will host their monthly breakfast buffet from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM...the fire hall is on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company is serving up their monthly all you can eat breakfast buffet and brunch tomorrow from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM...they have a new menu each month. The fire company is located off of Route 642 between Danville and Milton.

 

Saint Cyril and Methodius in Danville hopes you'll join them during this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity during their Ecumenical Prayer Service tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 PM. The theme of the service is “What Does God Ask of Us.”

 

There's an ice cream pie sale going on now to benefit the Berwick Theatre digital conversion fund. Pick up is next Saturday...you can order your pie online at www.berwicktheater.com or right at the theater in Berwick.

 

And from the WHLM Future File, the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents an adaption of William Shakespeare's “As You Like It” next weekend. Get information about the show by visiting BTE online...link up under “Our Partners.”

 

WHLM Sports

 

Boys HS Basketball

Among Friday night's boys high school basketball games, Bloomsburg was at South Williamsport. The Panthers beat South in that game 71-57.

 

BU Basketball

After three straight home games, the Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams were on the road Saturday afternoon at Cheyney. The Women won their game 80-45. The Men lost theirs 72-54. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team is now ranked 20th in the nation in Division One. Sunday afternoon at 2, the Huskies take on Ohio University at the Nelson Field House. Bloomsburg now has a dual meet record of 10 and 2.

Friday / January 18, 2013


Berwick Meth Lab

Berwick police busted a suspected meth lab last night... taking three people into custody. This time the lab was in an apartment in a residential area at the corner of Fourth and Chestnut Streets. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting probation officers were checking on 30 – year old Michael Olah when the lab was discovered. In addition to Olah... the Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition Samuel Konrad and Heather Wynnings were also taken into custody. They're expected to be charged.
 

Bicentennial Celebration

Columbia County will be celebrating it's 200th birthday the weekend of March 22nd... and plans are being made for a 5K run... a big parade through downtown Bloomsburg... and fireworks at the fairgrounds. County Commissioner David Kovach says those involved are trying to make the celebration as big and unique as possible. A planning meeting dealing with the bicentennial celebration will be held next Wednesday at the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg.

 

Central Money

The fund raising drive for a new athletic complex... for use by the public... on the campus of Central Columbia High School on Old Berwick Road has reached the million dollar mark. That word from Superintendent Harry Mathias. The drive has been underway since last October with most of the donations coming from foundations and businesses. The money will be used to fund a new athletic building.... replacing the turf on the football field... as well as installing lights on a heavily – used baseball diamond.

 

Leadership Central Penn

What does it take to be a journalist these days and how has the business of reporting has changed. That was the main point driven home by three area journalists who appeared before the current class of Leadership Central Penn meeting in Bloomsburg Thursday. Jim Sachetti, the editor of the Press – Enterprise... Metrocast's Doug Farley... and WHLM's Mark Williams gave the class an outline of what the job requires. Donna Eyerly of the Foundation of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce... says she found out it's not an easy job. The current class of Leadership Central Penn are getting an opportunity to explore areas in depth... such as the media... and the workings of local government.

 

Wilkes - Barre Shooting

One man is dead and another man shot in the head in a shooting in a residential neighborhood on Scott Street early Thursday morning. Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis identifies the victim as 42 year old Leroy Michael Smith Wilkes Barre. Police finding him in the 100 block of Scott Street. A second man... 20 – year old Jamal Martin was also discovered shot in the head. He's being treated at a Plains Township Hospital. Meantime, a man was found shot in the stomach outside a grocery store on Coal Street Thursday afternoon. He's being treated at a Wilkes – Barre hospital. No one is in custody.

 

Ostrowski Plea

At one time he was the head football coach at Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes – Barre... but now he's a convicted felon. 29 – year old Joseph Ostrowski pleading guilty in federal court to child pornography and cyber stalking charges. Sentencing will take place at a later date.

 

Luzerne Deputy

A Luzerne County deputy is hurting a bit after he was involved in a traffic accident in Dorrance Township this week. State police say 57 – year old Jerry Van Hoorn of Hazleton received a gash to the head when his county owned SUV sideswiped a utility poll on snow – covered North Main Road. He was treated and released at a Plains Township hospital. The K-9 cop riding with him was not injured.

 

Lawsuit

A new court filing says the NCAA has agreed not to spend the $12 - million paid to it under a consent agreement with Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday put on hold a request by state Sen. Jake Corman for an injunction citing a request by both Corman and the college sports' governing body. Corman's lawsuit argues that the NCAA's plans to spend $60 - million over five years from Penn State runs afoul of his oversight role in state spending.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls' high school basketball Thursday night... Dallas defeated Berwick 36 – 18.... and Benton downed Columbia Montour Vo Tech 68 – 37.

 

Boys HS Basketball

Among Friday night's boys high school basketball games, Bloomsburg was at South Williamsport. The Panthers beat South in that game 71-57. You can hear all the details from Friday's game with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Update:

 

 

BU Basketball

After three straight home games, the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams are on the road Saturday afternoon at Cheyney. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show to the women's game at 12:40.

 

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team is now ranked 20th in the nation in Division One. Sunday afternoon at 2, the Huskies take on Ohio University at the Nelson Field House. Bloomsburg now has a dual meet record of 10 and 2.

Thursday / January 17, 2013


Love's Truck Stop Fire

It could have been a lot worse. That word from Mifflinville fire chief Dave Mausteller... after volunteers from Berwick to Espy were called out around 4:30 Thursday morning to battle a reported fuel pump fire at Love's Truck Stop on Route 339... near Interstate 80. Chief Mausteller says heat tape used to warm an additive for diesel fuel caught fire. The small fire was put out by an employee using a dry chemical extinguisher.

 

Trash to Treasure

The United Way of Columbia County holds it's annual Trash to Treasure sale Saturday on the Bloomsburg University campus. It begins at 9 O'clock.... but if you get your hands on some Early Bird tickets... you have first dibs on a lot of items... so says the United Way's John Thomas. Up for grabs hundreds of items for sale at the Kehr Union on the BU campus... including some out – dated, but handy video cassette recorders... and computer laptops.

 

Women's Center

The Women's Center of Bloomsburg is trying to help their clients who may not have a cellphone, but need one in an emergency. They'll be accepting donations of old, wireless devices which may be cluttering up a junk drawer in your home. The Center's Zabrina Finn says the data cards will be scrubbed... the batteries charged and given to clients who may have to call 9-1-1... and it's environmentally friendly program. Finn says the Bloomsburg Library... the Berwick YMCA... and the Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville are accepting the old, but gently used phones.

 

Millard's New Assignment

State Representative David Millard... a Republican from Millville... has taken on an additional workload in Harrisburg. He's been named to chair a sub – committee dealing with education as part of his duties on the House Appropriations Committee. The sub – committee's goal this year is to to establish a cost – effective spending approach to education... as well as dealing with the public pension crisis. In addition to serving on Appropriations... Representative Millard is a member of the committees of Agriculture and Rural affairs... Tourism and Recreational Development and Gaming Control.

 

Games of Chance

It appears a state law dealing with small games of chance has led to the cancellation of a so – called “Night at the Races” for an auxiliary of Catholic Social Services in Hazleton. It was to have been held Saturday night. The event is used as a fund raiser... but after the legislature failed to pass an amendment last year... holding the event would technically be breaking the law. Now... State Rep. Tarah Toohill of Hazleton is favor of changing the law so non - profit groups can hold such fundraisers.

 

Hazleton School

Work continues on a second magnet school for the Hazleton area district.... this one in Butler Township. Renovations began last month on the $11 – million project. The new school will get kids out of modular buildings now being used... with the school focusing on science... technology... engineering and mathematics.

 

Paterno Vigil

A candlelight vigil is being planned in State College next Tuesday to mark the 1-year anniversary of the death of longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. A group known as Inspiration Way is hoping to build a memorial brick walkway in State College. Organizers say they will light 409 candles, one for each of Paterno's victories before 111 were stripped as part of NCAA sanctions in response to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Shippensburg last night. Bloomsburg defeating the Shippensburg women 70 to 40... while the Shippensburg men got by the Bloomsburg men 79 to 58.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball last night... Southern Columbia defeated Central Columbia 41 – 36... and Bloomsburg downed Sullivan County 52 – 29.

Wednesday / January 16, 2013


Storm / PennDOT

PennDOT... as well as municipal crews were out overnight... trying to keep roads passable following Wednesday morning's snowfall. Snow depths are generally 2 to three inches.... more in higher elevations. PennDOT's Rick Mason says crews got a head start on the storm by pre – treating roads Tuesday afternoon and evening.... and then plowed road surfaces.... then spreading anti – skid material.

 

Accidents

Despite the snow clearing efforts of State and local road crews... a number of accidents have been reported overnight. For the most part... people driving at or near the speed limit on snow and slush covered roadways.

 

Geisinger Visitor Restrictions

The flu is putting a restriction on visitors allowed at Geisinger Health System campuses in the the region. The hospitals... including Geisinger in Danville... and Geisinger – Bloomsburg are restricting visitors under the age of 12 on impatient floors. A GHS spokesman says the restriction will remain in place until the threat of influenza has passed.

 

Scott Twp. Recycling

Homeowners and renters in Scott Township are going to be faced with something new starting this weekend. It's mandatory recycling. Charles Fritz... who heads up Bloomsburg's recycling program has been named recycling coordinator for the township.... and he says there's a pretty simple reason for the state to mandate the curbside program. It deals with the growth of population which triggers mandatory recycling programs. Pickup's south of Route 11 takes place the third Saturday of the month.... with areas in the north side of the township being serviced on the fourth Saturday of every month.

 

Trash to Treasure

The United Way of Columbia County holds it's semi – annual Trash to Treasure sale Saturday on the Bloomsburg University campus. It begins at 9 O'clock.... but if you get your hands on some Early Bird tickets... you'll get first dibs on a lot of items... so says the United Way's John Thomas. Thomas says there are hundreds of items for sale at the Kehr Union on the BU campus... including some out – dated, but handy video cassette recorders... and computer laptops.

 

Hazleton Crash

A Hazleton man is dead after he was involved in a one car crash late Tuesday afternoon. The Luzerne County Coroner says 75 – year old Donald Meiser was driving a Jeep when it crash near the intersection of 15th and Church Streets late in the afternoon. Meantime... authorities believe Meiser suffered from a medical condition moments before the crash.

 

Tamaqua Schools

The Tamaqua Area board of education is taking a look at a policy... allowing certain staff member to carry firearms. Board members last night saying discussions are very preliminary. The initial proposal would call for up to three staff members in each school to carry a weapon once their trained. The idea surfaced following the Newtown, Ct. school shootings last month.

 

Bob Mellow

Former State Senate Democratic leader Robert Mellow is expected to report to a federal prison camp in South Carolina by Friday. A U-S District Court Judge directed the 70 – year old Mellow to a federal correctional institution in Williamsburg, South Carolina. Once there... he'll begin a 16 – month sentence for conspiracy.

 

Farm Show

If you attended last weeks 97th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg... you knew it was crowded. The State Agriculture Department says an estimated 585,000 visitors attended the eight day show. That's up from the estimated 450,000 who visited the show in 2012. Attendants parking just over 71,000 cars. The show featured 10,000 competitive exhibits... nearly 300 commercial exhibitors and and estimated 7,000 animals.

 

WHLM Sports

Boys Basketball

In boys high school basketball Tuesday night... Bloomsburg was at home against Sullivan County. It was a game you heard on the WHLM Stations. At the final buzzer... Sullivan County defeating Bloomsburg 52 to 46.

 

Other Games

In other boys' games Tuesday night…. In double overtime... Mt. Carmel defeated Central Columbia 61 – 53... Southern Columbia downed Montoursville 58 – 40... Muncy got by Millville 58 to 50.... It was Montgomery over Benton 43 – 33... Danville defeated Shikellamy 51 – 27... Berwick just got by Coughlin 50 – 47.

 

BU Basketball

The Huskies Men's & Women's teams faced Shippensburg at the Nelson Field House when they played Wednesday night. The Women won handily, 70-40. The Men struggled against Ship, 79-58 was the Red Raiders' final. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Tuesday / January 15, 2013


Nuke Plant

The PPL Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Salem Township... north of Berwick... is hosting a number of visitors. A three member special inspection team arrived at the plant Monday... checking out the circumstances surrounding last month's unplanned shutdown of Unit 2. The unit was just coming up to power... when it automatically shutdown. An NRC spokesman says inspectors will look at operator performance... and management oversight.

 

Flu / Elderly

The on – going spread of influenza around the region is putting a crimp in everyday life. At the Columbia – Montour County Senior Centers... attendance is usually off in the winter... but Director Kathy Lynn says more so now that the flu bug has hit. One way to prevent from getting sick... so says Lynn... is to use a lot of hand sanitizer... as well as drinking lots of liquids... such as soups and teas. Meantime, workers at the senior centers are doing their part... by wiping down surfaces with disinfectants in an effort to keep the flu bug from spreading.

 

Teacher Evaluation

Teachers across the state could be evaluated differently than what they are now under a proposal being pushed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It was explained during a roundtable discussion Monday night at the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit in Montandon. Central Columbia Superintendent Harry Mathias says the state is suggesting a system based on using more data than what has been done in the past. The remaining part of the evaluation will be based on several components including school level data... student performance on standardized tests... attendance and graduation rates.

 

Balzano's Gas Leak

A natural gas leak in the 100 block of East Main Street in Bloomsburg Monday afternoon led to some tense moments. Firemen couldn't find anything immediately out of place... until they went to the rear of the building. That's where they discovered a leaking connection. The area where the leak was discovered did have some ventilation... so the smell was intermittent. U-G-I was called and technicians arrived on scene and corrected the problem.

 

Lions Gate

Espy and Lightstreet volunteer firefighters were out overnight. Shortly after two this morning... they were summoned to the 13 – thousand building at the Lions Gate Apartment complex in Scott Township. An automatic fire alarm was tripped... and there were reports of smoke coming from the building... but it turned out to be nothing more than burned food on the stove in an apartment.

 

Gas Prices

If you're heading somewhere this week.... you'll find the price of a gallon of gas lower than it was a week ago. The Triple A Fuel Gauge report out shows that across northeastern Pennsylvania... including Columbia and Montour Counties... pump prices for self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.53 a gallon... down a penny from the weekend... and off two cents from a week ago. That average price could fluctuate depending on the location of the gas station.

 

Wiretapping Probe

Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis has launched a criminal investigation against County Controller Walter Griffith. It all deals with allegedly illegally recording dozens of conversations since 2011. Salavantis alleges Griffith never received permission to record telephone or face – to – face conversations with a number of people... a violation of the state's wiretapping laws. State Attorney General Kathleen Kane will decide if Griffith will be charged.

 

Denny's vs. SUV

The Denny's Restaurant on Kidder Street in Wilkes – Barre isn't a drive – thru... but one man behind the wheel of an SUV tried to make it so. Four people sitting inside the building were injured Monday Morning... when the SUV came across four lanes of traffic... plowing into the side of the building. The driver.... Alrick St. Michael Taylor of Wilkes – Barre... tried to flee the scene, but was captured. He's facing a host of charges.

 

Robbery Suspects

Two men wanted in connection with the stick up of a Wendy's fast food restaurant in Wilkes – Barre Township over the weekend have been captured. 22 – year old Aaron Flowers of Sugar Notch and 27 – Kristopher Rasmussen of Melbourne, Florida... were taken into custody near New York City's Times Square. The pair took money, personal effects... and herded the late night crew into a freezer. Police say they'll file the paperwork to have Flower and Rasmussen returned to Luzerne County.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

Bloomsburg University point guard Chuck Haigler is the PSAC Eastern Division freshman of the week. Haigler averaged 21.5 points a game in leading the Huskies to back to back wins over Lock Haven and Clarion. Wednesday night the Huskies play Shippensburg at Nelson Field House.

 

Girls High School Basketball

In girls high school basketball Monday night... Berwick defeated Coughlin 34 – 15... Bloomsburg downed Columbia Montour Vo Tech 62 – 23... and: it was Danville over Line Mountain 63 – 35.

 

Boys High School Basketball

Among Tuesday night's boys games, Bloomsburg is at home against defending District 4 Class A champion Sullivan County. You can catch all the action on the whlm stations starting with the pregame show at 7:15.

 

High School Wrestling

In high school wrestling Monday night... Southern Columbia came from behind to defeat Selinsgrove 38 – 36.

Monday / January 14, 2013


Restaurant Gas Leak

Some tense times Monday afternoon in the 100 block of East Main Street in Bloomsburg. A smell of natural gas near Balzano's Restaurant at 112 East Main brought out the town's fire units shortly before 4 O'clock. Firemen couldn't find anything out of place... until they went to the rear of the building. That's where they discovered a leaking connection. The area where the leak was discovered did have some ventilation... so the smell was intermittent. U-G-I was called and technicians worked to correct the problem.

 

Flu

If you haven't caught the flu this year... health professionals say there's a good chance you'll come down with it soon. That word from Geisinger Health System's Dr. Lisa Esolen. She says if you haven't got your flu shot for the season yet... don't wait. The flu is spreading so rapidly... that doctors, hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centers are seeing an increase in patients.

 

Gun Show

A gun show at a neighboring Luzerne county volunteer fire company drew a record number of people. An estimated 900 visitors attended the annual Nescopeck Hunting and Rifle Club gun show on Saturday. A similar number on Sunday. An estimated 25 vendors on hand selling their wares. The number of people visiting the show comes in the wake of the gun control debate in Washington.

 

Indecent Assault

A 20 – year old Catawissa man remains in the Columbia County jail after being busted late last week after he allegedly had unlawful contact with a 3 – year old boy. Dusty Fulkerson has been charged by state troopers with having inappropriate contact with the youngster.

 

Kidsburg Donation

The committee attempting to raise money for the construction of Kidsburg 2.0 has received a substantial donation. According to organizer Deb Huckens.... Bloomsburg Carpet Industries has contributed $10,000 to the on-going campaign. This brings the total amount raised to $100,000.... as the group attempts to reach a goal of $250,000. The original Kidsburg was destroyed by the September 2011 floods... and since that time toddlers and their parents have been hard pressed to find a place to play.

 

Monopoly

The makers of the well known board game Monopoly want to make a change-- one of the old tokens will go and a new one will be added. One of the tokens that could go is the race car... which has become a classic over the years. The Triple – A's Jenny Robinson is rallying members to vote to keep that token with the game. Right now... the little roadster appears to be safe. Hasbro... the maker of Monopoly... will keep the voting open through early next month.

 

Phil the Groundhog
Punxsutawney Phil will make his annual winter weather prognostication just a few weeks... February 2nd to be exact... predicting how much winter weather is ahead of us. Bill Deeley of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club says Phil has a lot of experience looking into the future. Crowds in the 30,000 range have been measured at Gobbler's Knob on Groundhog Day, and organizers are bracing for record numbers this year, as the event falls on a Saturday.

 

Wendy's Robbery

Police in the Wyoming Valley are still looking for two men who robbed a Wendy's fast food restaurant in Wilkes – Barre Township over the weekend. Police say two employees were taking out garbage early Saturday morning when they were forced back inside by two gunmen... who herded the crew inside a freezer. They made off with personnel effects and contents from a safe. No one was injured.

 

E-Waste

The Hazleton City Authority is looking into the possibility of opening a site to accept old, worn out computer equipment. The reason... a new state law takes effect later this month banning the disposal of computers, CRT's... and printers from landfills. The authority is considering opening up it's Hazleton Heights office as a collection site. But, the authority members are looking at issues such as cost, manpower and security.

 

Car / Bus Crash

Police say a West Hazleton man will be charged with ramming his car into the rear of a school bus at the start of the weekend. Maxwell Howe slammed into the rear of the stopped bus on Route 309 near Hazleton. The bus was stopped to drop off students. No one was injured in that Friday crash near Hazleton.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team won both matches at the Pitt duals Sunday afternoon. The Huskies beat the 12th ranked Pitt Panthers 19 to 18 and Eastern Michigan 24 to 9. Bloomsburg now has a dual meet record of 10 and 2. The Huskies' next match is Sunday afternoon against Ohio University at Nelson Field House. That match will begin at 2 o'clock.

 

Jahri Evans

Former Bloomsburg University All American Jahri Evans has been named the top player at his position in the National Football League. Evans is the right guard on the Associated Press All Pro team announced over the weekend. He recently completed his 7th season with the New Orleans Saints.

 

NFL Sunday

In the NFL playoffs Sunday... the Atlanta Falcons edged the Seattle Seahawks 30 to 28... and: the New England Patriots outscored the Houston Texans 41 to 28.

What's Happening Sunday January 13, 2013


The Loose Ties Model Railroad Society will open their huge display of operating trains at the Columbia Mall this weekend.  They have over 60 trains and 10,000 feet of track.  The display is open today from from Noon to 4:00 PM.

 

While you’re at the mall you can sign your pet up for their Pet With The Most Magnetic Personality contest.  Bring a photo of your pet in along with $3.00 to mall services to enter.  Proceeds from the contest will go to the Children’s Museum.

 

There will be a winter walk today at the PPL Riverlands in Berwick from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM.  Join James Montgomery to learn to identify trees without leaves, overwintering birds, and read tracks and signs for clues about animals’ habits.

 

St. John’s Community Church is hosting a soup sale.  Pickup date is next Friday, but you’ll need to place your order by Wednesday.  Order by calling the church at 356-7723.  They’re selling ham & bean, vegetable, chicken corn, potato, and handmade pot pie by the quart for $5.00.  Free delivery will be available to Catawissa borough and township residents.

 

Storytime begins at the Bloomsburg Public Library on Wednesday.  The half-hour of stories begins at 10:00 AM each Wednesday, and ends with a coloring project.  Your good listeners ages three to five are invited…you can sign your kids up in advance at the library.

 

Saint Mary’s Church in Berwick is hosting a Year of Faith program with monthly lessons about the Catholic faith.  Next Thursday they present session one part two “The Revelation of God Become Man” at 6:30 PM.  The women’s council will host a social following the video for those who attend.  The church is on Fowler Ave in Berwick.

 

The Susquehanna River Arts Group will open up their show at Artspace Gallery in Bloomsburg next Thursday.  The group is made up of local artists from Columbia and Montour Counties.  The art show runs through February 24th.

 

From the WHLM Future file, next weekend is the annual Trash to Treasure Yard Sale at Bloomsburg University to benefit the Columbia County United Way.  To get tickets for the early bird sale contact the United Way office at 784-3134.  The general sale starts at 9:00 AM, and you don’t need tickets for that.

 

Also coming up next weekend is the flap-jack fundraiser for the Bloomsburg Public Library at Applebees in Bloomsburg Saturday morning.  And the Special Olympics of Columbia and Montour County athletes will be taking a polar plunge in the Leigh River next Saturday.  To make a donation in support of the local Special Olympic Athletes go to www.specialolympicspa.org.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Bloomsburg University Basketball

There is college basketball Friday night at Bloomsburg University's Nelson Field House for the first time since December 2nd. The Huskies' Men's and Women's teams swept Lock Haven. The Women won their game 80-53. The Men took their game into Double Overtime, ending in a losing-streak-breaking 106-98 victory.

 

On Saturday night, BU hosted Clarion. The Huskies beat the Golden Eagles in both games. The Women's team won 79-53. The Men's game came down to the wire in a 66-64 Husky victory. You can hear all the details from the night's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

What's Happening Saturday January 12, 2013


The Loose Ties Model Railroad Society will open their huge display of operating trains at the Columbia Mall this weekend.  They have over 60 trains and 10,000 feet of track.  The display is open today from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and tomorrow from Noon to 4:00 PM.

 

While you’re at the mall you can sign your pet up for their Pet With The Most Magnetic Personality contest.  Bring a photo of your pet in along with $3.00 to mall services to enter.  Proceeds from the contest will go to the Children’s Museum.

 

There will be a winter walk tomorrow at the PPL Riverlands in Berwick from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM.  Join James Montgomery to learn to identify trees without leaves, overwintering birds, and read tracks and signs for clues about animals’ habits.

 

St. John’s Community Church is hosting a soup sale.  Pickup date is next Friday, but you’ll need to place your order by Wednesday.  Order by calling the church at 356-7723.  They’re selling ham & bean, vegetable, chicken corn, potato, and handmade pot pie by the quart for $5.00.  Free delivery will be available to Catawissa borough and township residents.

 

Storytime begins at the Bloomsburg Public Library on Wednesday.  The half-hour of stories begins at 10:00 AM each Wednesday, and ends with a coloring project.  Your good listeners ages three to five are invited…you can sign your kids up in advance at the library.

 

Saint Mary’s Church in Berwick is hosting a Year of Faith program with monthly lessons about the Catholic faith.  Next Thursday they present session one part two “The Revelation of God Become Man” at 6:30 PM.  The women’s council will host a social following the video for those who attend.  The church is on Fowler Ave in Berwick.

 

The Susquehanna River Arts Group will open up their show at Artspace Gallery in Bloomsburg next Thursday.  The group is made up of local artists from Columbia and Montour Counties.  The art show runs through February 24th.

 

From the WHLM Future file, next weekend is the annual Trash to Treasure Yard Sale at Bloomsburg University to benefit the Columbia County United Way.  To get tickets for the early bird sale contact the United Way office at 784-3134.  The general sale starts at 9:00 AM, and you don’t need tickets for that.

 

Also coming up next weekend is the flap-jack fundraiser for the Bloomsburg Public Library at Applebees in Bloomsburg Saturday morning.  And the Special Olympics of Columbia and Montour County athletes will be taking a polar plunge in the Leigh River next Saturday.  To make a donation in support of the local Special Olympic Athletes go to www.specialolympicspa.org.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Bloomsburg University Basketball

There is college basketball Friday night at Bloomsburg University's Nelson Field House for the first time since December 2nd. The Huskies' Men's and Women's teams swept Lock Haven. The Women won their game 80-53. The Men took their game into Double Overtime, ending in a losing-streak-breaking 106-98 victory.

 

On Saturday night, BU hosted Clarion. The Huskies beat the Golden Eagles in both games. The Women's team won 79-53. The Men's game came down to the wire in a 66-64 Husky victory. You can hear all the details from the night's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

Friday / January 11, 2013


Farm Show Rolls On

There are a lot of things to see and do at the 97th State Farm Show in Harrisburg. If you're a die hard agri – businessman... it will take you more than one day to get through the million square foot complex.  State Representative David Millard says he gets a real kick when he visits the exhibition... including chatting with teens involved in 4 – H and Future Farmers of America. This year's farm show runs through Saturday evening.

 

Wineries / PA Preferred

In an effort to support local wineries, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has announced a partnership with the Pennsylvania Winery Association. The agreement will allow PA Preferred wineries to place up to ten products in select PA Wine & Spirits Stores.

 

Berwick Theatre

Where else can you go see a first run motion picture for $4.00 a person... popcorn and soft drink a buck each... but at the Berwick Theatre on East Front Street?  88 – year old Vincent DiAugustine has run the place since 1957 when it was known as the Strand, but he may be forced to call it quits if his motion picture distributors force him to go to a digital playback system... instead of film. But DiAugustine says he's been told not to worry about getting the capital for the estimated $70,000 upgrade. Although no drop dead date has been given to small theater owners to convert their playback system... DiAugustine knows the time is near. Also on tap... a series of fundraisers to help DiAugustine to finance the conversion.

 

Brass Key Fire

An electrical problem in the basement is being blamed for a Thursday morning fire which substantially damaged a Sunbury bar. A state fire marshal says he's trying to pinpoint the problem which caused the Brass Key on Reagan Street to go up in flames. No one was inside the building when the fire broke out... and the two apartments on the second floor were vacant.

 

Weis Markets / Danville

Sunbury – based Weis Markets is expanding it's Danville store on Continental Boulevard. Company officials say the building will be enlarged by 3,200 square feet and will include a new pharmacy as well as other departments. Construction is expected to take about a year.

 

Sex Assault

A New York City man is in the Luzerne County Jail... charged with allegedly sexually abusing a 3 – year old girl. 57 – year old Michael Roman is accused of assaulting the toddler in the middle of the night... as people slept in an apartment on South Main Street in Wilkes – Barre.

 

Wilkes – Barre Shooting

Still no suspects in a shooting that has left a man with multiple gunshot wounds. Police say 21 – year old Michael Kubiak was shot as he walked along Metcalf Street in Wilkes – Barre late Wednesday night. Kubiak is being treated for wounds of the face, chest, ribs and thigh.

 

Pennsy Supply

A quarry operation in Dorrance Township may be expanding. Township supervisors voting to approve a conditional use permit to expand the operation of Pennsy Supply near Small Mountain Road. However, the operation is now closer to homes in the area. Thursday night's decision comes after eight hearings on the project.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Girls HS Basketball

The Berwick High School girls basketball team was at home last night against Wyoming Valley West. When the game was over... Wyoming Valley West went back home with a victory in their pocket beating Berwick 56 – 45. In girls basketball tonight, Central Columbia is at home against Loyalsock.

 

Boys Basketball

There is a busy schedule of boys basketball Friday night including Southern Columbia at Central Columbia... Bloomsburg at Saint John Neuman... and Danville at home against Jersey Shore.

 

Bloomsburg University Basketball

There is college basketball Friday night at Bloomsburg University's Nelson Field House for the first time since December 2nd. The Huskies' Men's and Women's teams swept Lock Haven. The Women won their game 80-53. The Men took their game into Double Overtime, ending in a losing-streak-breaking 106-98 victory. You can hear all the details from the night's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

The Huskies are back at home Saturday to face Clarion - coverage starts with the Women's pregame after the 5PM news.

Thursday / January 10, 2013


Doby Porn Plea

A former Bloomsburg University professor will spend the rest of his life in an Oklahoma prison... after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to child pornography charges. 65 – year old Gary Doby of Beaver Township was to have gone on trial next week... but instead changed his plea... and was immediately sentenced. Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smothermon telling KOKH TV in Oklahoma City he doubts Doby will ever get out of jail. Authorities say Doby conspired with Kimberly Crain... a former third grade teacher in the Mcloud Middle School... who snapped pictures of elementary age children during parties at her home.... then sent those pictures to Doby. Crain pleaded guilty as well. She is expected to be sentenced in March.

 

Sunbury Fire

An early Thursday morning fire has extensively damaged a popular Sunbury bar. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting the Brass Key in the 200 block of Regan Street went up in flames around 4 O'clock this morning. Now... a state police fire marshal is expected to be on the scene to determine what started that pre – dawn fire at the Brass Key in Sunbury.

 

Lewisburg Fire

Still no word as to what started a fire in a mobile home in Northumberland County early yesterday morning. A state fire marshal was called in... but no determination has been made. No one was at home when the blaze broke out.

 

Women's Center

Have an old cell phone sitting in a dark drawer.... since you upgraded your wireless service? If you do.... the Women's Center in Bloomsburg would like to have it to be given to their clients. Executive Director Zabrina Finn tells us the phones will have their data cards erased... and their batteries charged before being given to women in need. Cell phones not up to snuff will be recycled through the shelter's alliance. There are a number of places to drop off you old wireless devices such as the Bloomsburg Public Library... at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Lightstreet... and the Berwick YMCA.

 

Polar Plunge

It's probably going to be very chilly in Easton next Saturday when a group of special Olympic athletes will take a plunge in the Lehigh River to raise money. It's part of Polar Plunge activities being held around the state... in order to raise donations... so says the organization's Laura Davis. The event is taking place the 19th at Scott Park in Easton... and Special Olympians from around the eastern part of the state will be on hand.

 

Snow and Ice

A Hazleton City Councilman has asked the city's code enforcement division to start ticketing homeowners who haven't cleared snow and ice from their sidewalks... following the latest storm. Council vice – president Keith Bast says he's getting deluged with complaints. Bast says folks who don't clear sidewalks could be ticketed under Hazleton's quality of life ordinance.

 

Hazle Twp.

The Hazle Township Municipal Authority should be operating in new digs soon. Their new building in Harleigh should be ready for occupancy next month. The structure is the former Sacred Heart Church hall. Already, contracts have been awarded for painting... as well as cleaning the entire building prior to move in.

 

Serial Arsonist

A former Wyoming Valley volunteer firefighter has been charged with being a serial arsonist. 23 – year old David Donnora confessed to setting 13 fires from Dupont... to Laflin and Pittston Township since May of last year. Donnora was a member of the Laflin Fire Company. He is charged with multiple counts of arson, reckless burning and criminal mischief.

 

Ralpho Twp.

If you work for Ralpho Township government... you're in line for for a raise this year. Township supervisors voting this week to give raises to eleven employees. That includes police officers and department heads. The raises will cost taxpayers an estimated $6,200 this fiscal year.

 

Diners

Diners in Pennsylvania will soon be able to check out the cleanliness of a restaurant before they eat there. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is working on a system to allow customers to see the results of thousands of restaurant inspections online. The department has already posted more than 40,000 inspections on restaurants that don't have their own inspection programs on their website, yet another 60,000 inspections are reported locally. The state wants all inspections to be archived and available on its website within the next 12 months.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Girls High School Basketball

Plenty of girls high school basketball action Wednesday night... Mount Carmel defeated Southern Columbia 44 – 39.... Benton downed Millville 59 – 38.... Central Columbia getting past Warrior Run 60 – 52... Milton squeezed by Danville 43 to 40... and Bloomsburg defeating Montgomery 28 – 25.

 

Boys Basketball

In Boys high school basketball... It was Benton over Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech 52 – 31. The victory gave head coach Matt Aten his 100th career win.

 

Girls Thursday Action

In girls basketball Thursday night... Berwick was at home against Wyoming Valley West in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division one match up. The Spartans defeated the Lady Bulldogs 56-45. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Update:

 

 

Basketball Tournament 

For the first time since its inception, the Heartland Athletic Conference will hold a post season basketball tournament. The three division winners plus one wild card team will play in the semifinals at Mifflinburg high school with the girls playing on February 13th and the boys the next night. The championship games will be played at Williamsport High School on February 16th .

 

NBA

In the NBA Wednesday night... The Toronto Raptors hammered the The Philadelphia 76ers 90 to 72.

Wednesday / January 9, 2013


Flu Season

Have you had the flu yet this year.... if you haven't.... you're lucky. But if you have... you've joined the ranks of thousands of people who suffered through the sneezes and sniffles... and the rotten feeling you get. Geisinger Health Systems Dr. Lisa Esolen says it's a moderately severe year for flu.... and it's not in any one particular area of Columbia and Montour Counties. If you haven't had the flu yet this year... there is still time to get a flu shot from your health care professional.... designed to keep the illness at bay.

 

Chesapeake Bay Report

With the Susquehanna River flowing through Columbia and Montour Counties... it plays a very important part in the life of the Chesapeake Bay. Now...the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is out with its 2012 report... and it shows an improving picture... but still a failing grade in terms of pollution and it's effect on aquatic life and economics. The foundation's Harry Campbell says the report puts the bay's health at a score of 32... well short of the 70 score that would represent a saved bay.

 

Farm Show Honey
The 97th Pennsylvania Farm Show rolls along in Harrisburg.... as folks take in the sights and sounds of this year's exposition.  An area drawing a lot of interest is beekeeping. It's becoming a popular hobby in across the state. As a matter of fact, Lee Miller who chairs the show's Apiary Products division, says the number of honey products being judged at the Farm Show is growing. Just this year they added a category for "sauces." There are beekeeping demonstrations throughout the remaining days of the farm show, which ends Saturday evening.

 

Berwick Fire

A Berwick family is being helped by the American Red Cross after they were forced out their Vine Street home by fire late Monday night. It's believed the fire started in the chimney of the home... forcing a couple and their three kids... and two dogs out onto a second story roof. No one was injured.

 

Stillwater Crash

A Benton woman received minor injuries Tuesday night... when she rolled her car... trying to avoid a deer near Stillwater. State Police at Bloomsburg tell us 53 – year old Leeann Branas was northbound on Route 487 around 5:30 Tuesday night when a deer crossed in front of her Pontiac Aztec. That's when she lost control... and the car rolled over once. Ms. Branas was taken to Bloomsburg Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MMI Prep Protest

Students at MMI Preparatory School in Freeland aren't happy about the dismissal of a high – ranking school administrator.... so they staged a sit – in in the school's common area. An e-mail sent to parents last week... said MMI V.P. Dr. Jaclyn Fowler is no longer working at the school... for an unspecified reason. School officials says it was simply a one – day protest... saying the students were exercising their constitutional rights without fear of retribution.

 

West Hazleton Council

West Hazleton Borough Council has a new president. Mark Yeager... a Republican... was appointed to the job after serving the past seven years on council... replacing Democrat William Sharkey, Jr. It's the first time in five years... West Hazleton has had a new council president.

 

Home Burglar Held

A would – be home invader got more than what he bargained for this week when he tried to break into a home on Regent Street in Wilkes – Barre. When Augusto-Eber Pretzantzin-Barrios tried to enter the home... he was confronted by the home owner with a weapon. Robert King held Barrios at gunpoint until police arrived. Barrios is now in the Luzerne County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

 

Schuylkill Theft

Police continue their investigation into the theft of an estimated $40,000 worth of ATV's and dirt bikes in Schuylkill County. The two ATV and three bikes were snatched early Tuesday morning from Matto Cycle in Port Carbon... near Pottsville. Investigators say the thieves loaded to machines into a truck... and left the area.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Boys Basketball

Millville and Benton renewed their boys high school basketball rivalry last night. At the end of the fourth quarter... Millville defeated Benton 45 to 43. In other games: Tunkhannock downed Berwick 66 – 54... Danville rolled over Mifflinburg 67 – 22... Lewisburg defeated Central Columbia 55 – 46... Southern Columbia barely got by Mount Carmel 62 to 61... and Muncy defeated Bloomsburg 63 – 58.

 

Girls Basketball

In girls basketball Tuesday night Berwick downed Tunkhannock 51 - 24.

 

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team is ranked 24th in the nation in Division I this week. The Huskies have an 8 and 2 record after Saturday's win over Maryland.

 

NBA

In the NBA Tuesday night.... it was the Brooklyn Nets over the Philadelphia 76er's 109 – 89.

Tuesday / January 8, 2013


Bloomsburg Teachers

Union negotiators for Bloomsburg area school teachers... and the school board have agreed on a new three year contract. The school board giving their approval when they met Monday night. Under the plan... teachers in the district forgoing raises in the first two years... of a three year contract. Instead... according to today's edition of the Press – Enterprise... educators won't have to pay as much for health insurance. The new contract is retroactive to the 2011 – 2012 school year... but next year, teachers will see a pay raise based on years of service to the district.

 

Bloomsburg Council

The more the years pass by... the more they stay the same. That could be said of Bloomsburg Town Council... as they re – organized for 2013 when they met Monday evening. Mayor Dan Knorr telling council, committee assignments remain pretty much the same... and that's the case of the vice – chair.

Councilperson Diane Levan being elected to the position on a 5 to 2 vote... and one of her duties is to be the right hand person to Mayor Knorr. Councilmen Eric Bower and Carey Howell voting against the Levan nomination since there was a late move by Howell to nominate Bower for the job.

 

Berwick Celebration

The Borough of Berwick is not only a pretty good place to live.... but it's a decent place to visit. So the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce is trying to organize business and community groups to Celebrate Berwick on May 11th.... along the Front Street Corridor... from the Briar Creek Township line... north to Luzerne County at Walnut Street. The Chamber's Amy Shortledge says a planning meeting for the event takes place Tuesday afternoon at 5:30... at the former Eagles Building on South Market Street.

 

Diversity Training

A cultural diversity – professional training workshop will be held Tuesday in Bloomsburg. It's being hosted by the police department... with the training provided by the U S Justice Department... and is designed to identify how biases and prejudices can lead to conflict. Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says there has never been a diversity problem in town. The work shop is open to not only are police officers... but to the public as well. The session will be held at the DUI Booking Center at 8th and Catherine Streets.

 

Farm Show

One of the centerpieces of the 2013 edition of the Pennsylvania Farm Show is the butter sculpture in the main hall of the farm show complex. It's pays tribute to the state's diverse agriculture industry... so says the exhibition's Nicole Bucher. She says the sculpture weighs nearly a thousand pounds... and it showcases PA Preferred products... grown and produced in Pennsylvania.

 

Drive By Shooting

A drive by shooting in Wilkes – Barre Monday afternoon. Police say a gunman squeezed off five shots in the 3 – hundred block of Hazle Street. The bullets narrowly missed a 41 – year old woman holding her infant grandson in her home. Wilkes – Barre police have no one in custody... but they're looking for a silver car who's driver is wanted for questioning.

 

Shooting Victim

A West Hazleton gunshot victim remains in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital... after he was shot in the head over the weekend. Police have yet to release the name of the victim... shot at a home on Clay Avenue. State Police have now picked up the investigation from West Hazleton police who responded to the initial call. Thus far... no one is in custody

 

Watch What You Wear

If you want to go into some Hazleton area convenience stores... folks wearing “hoodies” are asked to take the hoods down from around their face. There are signs on the doors of a lot of small stores which remain open overnight. The biggest reason... the number of late night robberies committed by people wearing hoodies... preventing their face from being seen.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

The cost of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular is heading upward. The Triple - A fuel gauge reports shows that across northeastern Pennsylvania... we're paying an average of $3.55 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend.. but six cents higher than a week ago. You can fine higher or lower prices depending on the location.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Girls Basketball

A busy night in girls high school basketball Monday night... Southern Columbia downed Bloomsburg 54 – 27... Mount Carmel defeated Benton 65 to 50... It was Danville over Williamsport 66 to 40... Montgomery got by Columbia Montour Vo Tech 38 – 21..

 

Boys Basketball

In boys basketball Monday night... Bloomsburg Christian squeaked by Columbia Montour Vo Tech 46 to 44.

 

Tuesday Games

There are seven boys basketball games scheduled for Tuesday night including Millville at Benton, a game you can hear on the WHLM Stations starting with the pregame show at 7:15.

 

BCS Bowl Game

The college football bowl season ended Monday night with the BCS Championship game which was dominated by Alabama. In the end.... Alabama defeated Notre Dame 42 – 14.

Monday / January 7, 2013


Farm Show Opens

The 97th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg opened over the weekend. Governor Tom Corbett signaling the opening of one of the biggest agricultural events in the nation. Thousands of people made their way to the farm show complex to take a look at farm machinery and exhibits in the Main Hall. Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary George Greig says state agri-businessmen do things well. The 97th Farm Show runs through Saturday.

 

Shale Workers Study

Danville's Geisinger Medical Center says their partnering with Guthrie Hospital in Sayre. For the past few months... they've been collecting information for a data base dealing with the treatment of people... and their diseases... in relation to work in the Marcellus Shale fields of north Central Pennsylvania.  Dr. David Carey says this is a long – term study... which could last anywhere from five to fifteen years.

 

Christmas Tree Recycling

One of your last opportunities to get rid of that Christmas tree, which graced you home during the holidays, are Mondays during the remainder of January. Bloomsburg Town crews will collect the trees that are placed at curbside... and take them to the recycling center... where they'll be turned into mulch for springtime use. Recycling center director Charles Fritz says Christmas trees are the perfect product designed for reuse. For the trees to be picked up.... they must be at curbside... stripped of all decorations. If you'd rather get rid of the tree on your own terms... you can bring it to the compost site on Sands Street... just off of Ft. McClure Boulevard.

 

NCAA Lawsuit

Governor Tom Corbett continues to face questions about the timing and political implications of his lawsuit against the NCAA over the sanctions against Penn State. Senator John Yudichak of neighboring Luzerne County questions the impact of the lawsuit on the victims... and the school. Corbett says he wants to get the courts to overturn the sanctions against PSU stemming from the Sandusky child sex scandal.

 

Turnpike Prices

If you use the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike... you're going to have to dig deeper into you pockets. Over the weekend.... tolls increased by 10% for cash customers and 2% for E – Z Pass subscribers. The increases are expected to generate an estimated $25 – million in new revenue for 2013.

 

Drug Bust

A Frackville man is facing a long list of drug – related charges after he was busted over the weekend at a Hazleton area motel. Police say 43 – year old Brett Blankenbiller had a bag full of synthetic drugs... known as Bath Salts... as well as a wad of cash. He was taken into custody and hustled off to the Luzerne County Jail.

 

Hit & Run Probe

Wilkes – Barre authorities are expected to go over a red, Pontiac Grand – Am they seized in Hanover Township over the weekend. The car is believed to have stuck and killed 5 – year old Kevin Miller of Dallas on West North Street...only days before Christmas. Thus far... no charges have been filed against driver Thomas Letteer, Jr... named in a search warrant...or his girlfriend Abigail Tarver.

 

Land Purchase

The Greater Hazleton Health Alliance is growing. The organization has purchased 60 acres of land surrounding the Hazleton Health and Wellness Center on the Airport Beltway. The purchase price... $6 – million. The Health Alliance plans to expand the Center... and place a halt to expansion of non – health related businesses.

 

Storm Hearing

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has scheduled a forum Thursday to examine the state's electric utilities' planning measures in anticipation of Superstorm Sandy in late October. The session will also examine the various utilities' communication with customers and efforts to restore service during and after the storm. According to the commission, more than 1.8 - million Pennsylvania residents lost power over the course of the storm. That includes thousands of PPL subscribers in Columbia and Montour Counties. The forum will be held in the Commonwealth Keystone Building in Harrisburg starting at 1:30.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team came up with a big win Saturday at Nelson Field House as the Huskies knocked off 20th ranked Maryland 22-15. Bloomsburg is now 8 and 2 in dual meets. The Huskies next action will be this Sunday at the Pitt Duals.

 

NFL Playoffs

In the NFL playoffs Sunday... the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Indianapolis Colts 24-9... and it was the Seattle Seahawks over the Washington Redskins 24-14.

 

College Basketball

In college basketball Sunday, 6th ranked Kansas came from behind to beat Temple 69-62.

 

BCS Championship

In college football tonight in Miami, Notre Dame plays Alabama in the BCS Championship game.

What's Happening Sunday January 6, 2013


The Bloomsburg Area YMCA Ice Skating Rink is open today from Noon to 4:00 PM.

 

Next week, Columbia Montour Vo Tech Alumni will meet on Tuesday at 6:30 PM at the room #114, the school's gym lobby.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library will host Socrates Cafe on Tuesday night at 6:30 PM. This month they are tackling the question “How Do We Achieve Happiness.” If you're up for a discussion on the topic join the group at the library on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

And on Thursday the Bloomsburg Public Library will host their Twelfth Night celebration with stories, songs, and a craft project starting at 6:30 PM.

 

Kidsburg is hosting Winter Wednesday's this Month at Balzanos. They hope you'll dine at the restaurant any Wednesday this month as a portion of proceeds from your meal will help to rebuild the Kidsburg playground of Bloomsburg Town Park that was lost in the 2011 flood.

 

All this month the Women's Center is hosting a cell phone drive for local domestic violence programs. Phones will be used as emergency 911 phones or recycled through the Shelter Alliance Program. Drop off your unused, unwanted, or broke phones at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, The Berwick YMCA, Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville, The Bloomsburg Public Library, or the Thomas Beaver Free Library in Danville.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

It was a battle of nationally ranked women's college basketball teams Friday night in Erie when Bloomsburg University, ranked 22nd took on 8th ranked Gannon in a game that ended in a 72-68 Gannon victory. Gannon swept the evening, winning the Men's match 81-55.

 

Saturday night, the Huskies played at Mercyhurst. The Women won their game 78-55. The Men lost 65-52. Listen to the details from this weekend's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

What's Happening Saturday January 5, 2013


The Free Saturday Trains Program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville is open as usual today. They have dozens of trains for you and your kids to play with including the talking train. The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

Coming up next weekend the Loose Ties Model Railroad Club will open their huge display of trains at the Columbia Mall...

 

Going on at the Columbia Mall today is a blood drive from Noon to 5:00 PM. Their next blood drive is coming up Tuesday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

 

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA will open their ice skating rink this weekend. It's going to be open from Noon to 4:00 PM today and tomorrow.

 

Today is the day that the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is hosting a community meet up to find people to participate in “Flood Stories, Too.” That meet up is at the Alvina Krause Theatre in Downtown Bloomsburg...go to www.BTE.org to get details on that.

 

The Children's Museum invites your kids out to learn about birds today. Your kids will get to make gifts for backyard birds while learning about them. Receive a dollar off of admission for wearing a shirt with birds on it. The Children's Museum is open until 4:00 PM, and is located on West 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Next week, Columbia Montour Vo Tech Alumni will meet on Tuesday at 6:30 PM at the room #114, the school's gym lobby.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library will host Socrates Cafe on Tuesday night at 6:30 PM. This month they are tackling the question “How Do We Achieve Happiness.” If you're up for a discussion on the topic join the group at the library on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

And on Thursday the Bloomsburg Public Library will host their Twelfth Night celebration with stories, songs, and a craft project starting at 6:30 PM.

 

Kidsburg is hosting Winter Wednesday's this Month at Balzanos. They hope you'll dine at the restaurant any Wednesday this month as a portion of proceeds from your meal will help to rebuild the Kidsburg playground of Bloomsburg Town Park that was lost in the 2011 flood.

 

All this month the Women's Center is hosting a cell phone drive for local domestic violence programs. Phones will be used as emergency 911 phones or recycled through the Shelter Alliance Program. Drop off your unused, unwanted, or broke phones at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, The Berwick YMCA, Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville, The Bloomsburg Public Library, or the Thomas Beaver Free Library in Danville.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

It was a battle of nationally ranked women's college basketball teams Friday night in Erie when Bloomsburg University, ranked 22nd took on 8th ranked Gannon in a game that ended in a 72-68 Gannon victory. Gannon swept the evening, winning the Men's match 81-55.

 

Saturday night, the Huskies played at Mercyhurst. The Women won their game 78-55. The Men lost 65-52. Listen to the details from this weekend's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Friday / January 4, 2013


Berwick Meth Lab

We're only a couple of days into the new year... and already Berwick Police have taken down a suspected meth lab... this time in a residential neighborhood in the 400 – block of East 6th Street. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting... when police and drug agents came a calling on Thursday... arresting 49 – year old Barry Zwalkuski... and his 41 – year old cousin... Tracie. A third person was taken into custody, but was later released. Two kids living in the home were at school... but they're now staying with relatives. The Zwalkuski's are in the Columbia County Prison.

 

Millville Fire

Volunteer firefighters from the heart of Columbia County were called to Millville late Thursday night.  The alarm sounding around 11:30 when flames were spotted coming from Columbia Wood Industries on Route 42. Authorities say the fire began in a break room in the rear of the building... but it's not known what started the blaze. Investigators will try and figure that out. Columbia Wood Industries manufactures wooden pallets and crates.

 

Red Cross

When you need them... they'll be there. We're talking about the Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross. Volunteers have been responding recently to a series of house fires... and Executive Director Rita Inklovich says volunteers are being kept busy. Ms. Inklovich says lodging is arranged for a three day stretch... so folks can get their lives back in order. Local operations... such as for fire victims... are financed through local donations... and the services are free to those folks effected.

 

Assault

A Danville woman remains in the Montour County Jail after she allegedly cut her boyfriend’s neck with a steak knife. The incident happened late New Year's Eve... landing 45 – year old Sharon Arndt of East Market Street behind bars. The stabbing happened after Arndt and boyfriend... Jeff Shearer... had an argument. Arndt is scheduled for a preliminary hearing January 9th.

 

Farm Show

A sneak preview of the State's 97th Farm Show gets underway at midday Friday in Harrisburg... with hundreds of thousands of people expected to go through the million square foot exhibition area during the next week. For State Representative David Millard... the annual event highlights what Pennsylvania is famous for. That sneak peak begins at 12 noon... with opening ceremonies scheduled for Saturday morning.

 

BTE / Flood Stories

Want to cure an acting bug you may have? You'll have the opportunity to do so when the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble holds open auditions Saturday for their spring production of Flood Stories, Too.  The BTE's James Goode says auditions will be held Saturday morning at 10 O'clock at the Alvina Krause Theatre in the 200 block of Centre Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Hazleton Budget

The City of Hazleton finally has a new budget. City council Thursday night adopting the $8.6 - million 2013 budget. It includes a 45% property tax hike... not the 83% first proposed by mayor Joseph Yannuzzi.... or the 23% plan pushed by council. Under the plan... the police department loses $125,000... while the fire department budget is trimmed by $75,000. There will be no layoffs in those two departments.

 

Hazleton Fire

The manufacturing of bottle caps at a Hazleton area plant came to a standstill on Thursday when a fire broke out at Silgan White Cap. Authorities say the fire is believed to have started in an oven at the Jaycee Drive plant. It eventually spread to the firm's ventilation system. Workers got out of the building, but later returned.

 

GENCO Expansion

One company at the Humboldt Industrial Park near Hazleton continues to grow. GENCO... a Pittsburgh – based logistics company... has expanded for the second time in four months... and is leasing a 408,000 square foot building from Mericle Commercial Real Estate. A spokesman for CAN DO, Incorporated said the expansion is due to the interstate highway system... as well as the quality of the area's workforce.

 

Barletta Swearing In

11th district Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton was sworn – in to his second term during ceremonies in Washington on Thursday. Barletta's district includes Columbia County. Also sworn in was congressman Tom Marino of Williamsport. Marino's sprawling district includes Montour, Northumberland and Lycoming Counties... and stretches north to the New York State line and east into the Pocono's.

 

Man Charged

Taking allegedly inappropriate pictures of a four year old girl you're babysitting can get you into a lot of trouble. That's what's happened to 21 – year old Brian Kelson, Junior... who allegedly took the snapshots while the Northumberland County family he was living with was out for the evening. The child's father discovered the photos. Kelson admitted taking one of the pictures.... but claims the rest are fake.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys' high school basketball Thursday night... Pittston Area defeated Berwick 65 – 49.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls basketball, in a match up of unbeaten teams Danville just getting by Southern 48 to 47... In another girls game... Shikellamy downed Bloomsburg 63 – 38.

 

BU Basketball

It was a battle of nationally ranked women's college basketball teams Friday night in Erie when Bloomsburg University, ranked 22nd took on 8th ranked Gannon in a game that ended in a 72-68 Gannon victory. Gannon swept the evening, winning the Men's match 81-55. You can hear the details from the night with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU plays at Mercyhurst Saturday night. The pregame to the Women's game starts at 5:10.

 

BU Wrestling

There will be college wrestling Saturday at Nelson Field House with Bloomsburg University taking on Maryland in a match that begins at 5.

 

Bowl Game

In college football, in the Fiesta Bowl Thursday night... Oregon raced by No. 7 Kansas State 35 – 17.

Thursday / January 3, 2013


Berwick Meth Bust Update

Two people face a long list of drug – related charges after a house in the 4 – hundred block of East 6th Street in Berwick was raided Thursday. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting that 49 – year old Barry Zwalkkuski... and his 41 – year old cousin... Tracie Jo... were arrested. A third person was questioned and released.

Two children living in the house were not at home... and are now staying with relatives.

 

PSU Lawsuit

It could get ugly in court... now that the state plans to sue the NCAA over sanctions against Penn State University in light of the Sandusky child sex scandal. During a news conference in State College on Wednesday... Governor Tom Corbett says the university has no alternative but to accept the sanction.  But, Mr. Corbett went on to say the NCAA seized upon the opportunity for publicity for their own benefit at showing aggressive discipline. The NCAA... for its part... says the legal action is without merit.

 

Sandy Hook Fallout

It's been a couple of weeks since a gunman entered a Connecticut elementary school in Newtown... killing 20 students and 6 teachers. The incident has heightened awareness of the issue so says Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski. So that's why the town police department has done school site surveys... checking out each building... and getting to know the people. Both Chief Sokoloski and Superintendent Cos Curry says there always has been open dialogue between the two entities.

 

PA Farm Show

The center of the agricultural universe turns its attention to Harrisburg this weekend... as the 97th Pennsylvania Farm Show gets underway. The exhibition offers a lot of things to see and do... so says the Farm Show's Nicole Bucher.... including a bulked up food court... featuring state – produced products. A sneak peak preview of the exposition begins Friday at noon at the Farm Show Complex... with opening ceremonies set for Saturday morning.

 

Christmas Trees

It's a problem we face every year at this time.... what to do with that Christmas tree that graced the living room of our homes during the holiday season. The Town of Bloomsburg Recycling Center has the answer.... they'll take you're old and discarded tree every Monday through January.. so says the Center's Charles Fritz. He says the old Christmas trees must be at curbside... in plain sight with all their decorations removed. Can't wait until Monday... simply bring the tree to the town's composting site on Sands Street... just off of Ft. McClure Boulevard.

 

Hazleton Crash

Police in Hazleton are still searching for the driver of a white SUV... which crashed earlier this week in the 500 block of West Broad Street. When police and firemen arrived on the scene early New Year's day... all they found was the SUV and a downed utility poll.... no driver or passengers. Authorities say they believe the driver fled the scene by climbing through the rear passenger window.

 

Turnpike Tolls

If you use any portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike... be prepared to pay higher rates starting Sunday. The turnpike commission says cash customers will see a 10% increase.... will those drivers will E – Z Pass will paying an extra 2 percent. E – Z Pass customers who now see a 17% savings on tolls... will save an estimated 25 % on average. The toll increase will generate an extra $25 – million a year.

 

Midweek Gas Prices

It's costing us more to fill up our car's gas tank these days. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of 3-53 for self – serve, unleaded across northeastern Pennsylvania. That's down a penny from the holiday... but up 11 cents a gallon over this time last week. Higher crude prices are being blamed for the increase.

 

Fatal Accident

State Police in Schuylkill County continue to investigate the death of a 10 – year old boy... killed by an SUV on New Years Eve. Chase Pahula died when he was struck by the right front of the SUV as he walked with his 17 – year old brother along Route 443 in Pine Grove Township. The SUV was driven by 52 – year old Donald Hunsicker... who told police he never saw the two boys. Funeral services are expected to be held later this week.

 

Blue Cross

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania has received approval from the state to hike premium insurance rates for its customers by nearly 10 percent in the coming year on several of its products.  The Wilkes-Barre-based company says the increases are necessary to keep pace with overall rising medical costs. At the same time, the number of Blue Cross customers has been dropping in recent years. Current enrollment is about 540,000 subscribers.

 

 

Wednesday / January 2, 2013


State to sue NCAA

Governor Tom Corbett unveiled plans Wednesday to file an anti – trust lawsuit against the NCAA over it's sanctions against Penn State University. It all stems from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Last July... the NCAA levied unprecedented sanctions against the university... including a fine of $60 – million. It also stripped 14 seasons of football victories from late head coach Joe Paterno. Governor Corbett also called a university – funded review of the scandal led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh an incomplete report. Freeh's 267 – page report blamed former university president Graham Spanier, Paterno, suspended Athletic Director Tim Curley and ex – Vice President Gary Schultz for allegedly taking part in a cover – up to avoid bad publicity.

 

Mt. Pleasant Twp. Fire

For the second time in a year and a half... the Mainzer family of Mt. Pleasant Township is trying to put their lives back together. A fire Tuesday night... damaged the rear portion of their home at 331 Rolling Hills North... just off of Millertown Road. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition.... a flue pipe from a wood burning stove got so hot it burst into flames where it went through a wall sparking the blaze. If you recall... back in the summer of 2011... Joe Mainzer was working on a truck when it backfired... catching the house on fire. The Red Cross is assisting.

 

Swearing – in Ceremony

A big day in the state house in Harrisburg on New Years Day... starting with former Representative Craig Dally... now a judge in Northampton County. He swore in 201 of 203 members of the State House of Representatives. According to the Pennsylvania Constitution... the state house and senate must meet at noon on the first Tuesday of January each year. The last time they convened on January 1st was back in 1991.

 

Millard / Big Issues

One person to be sworn – in on Tuesday was State Representative David Millard of Millville. During a recent appearance on the WHLM Morning Buzz, Rep. Millard said one of the big issues lawmakers must deal with is pension reform. The second is transportation and the state's aging infrastructure.

 

House / Culver

The State House has selected Republican Representative Sam Smith of Jefferson County as speaker of the house for it's 197th session. Representative Kurt Masser who covers the southern portion of Columbia County made the nomination... and was seconded by Lynda Culver of Sunbury. She found out early in her legislative career from Smith... that the house represents 12 – and -a – half million Pennsylvanians.

 

PPL Bill

If you're an electrical subscriber to PPL... and most of us are... you will see an increase in your monthly bill. The State's Public Service Commission approving the increase... which is expected to bring the utility an estimated $71 – million a year. The PUC says the extra money is earmarked for increased distribution charges... and to reflect higher operating and maintenance expenses. When it's all said an done... it will increase the bill of a residential customer 3% a month.

 

YMCA Run

Despite temperatures in the low to mid – 30's New Years Eve... and estimated 425 runners took part in the 11th annual Bloomsburg YMCA 5K Walk / Run. Nearly 18 minutes after the start.... Mt. Carmel's Michael Hause crossed the finish line first... battling ice spots on some of the streets. Hause goes to school at Misericordia in Dallas and runs competitively for the school's team.

 

Cash 5 Winner

Someone who purchased a Cash 5 lottery ticket at the Turkey Hill in Forty Fort... in Luzerne County... has yet to come forward to claim their $1 – million jackpot. The winning numbers were selected during Saturday night's drawing. State Lottery officials say Cash 5 winners have up to a year to claim their prize.

 

Northumberland Prison

It appears the male population at the Northumberland County prison is maxed out. Operations manager Brian Wheary says at last check there was space for only 25 additional male inmates.... putting the population at its 301 person limit. An additional dozen inmates were received last weekend... with Wheary asking the court to be... what he called... lenient in putting folks in the facility. Meantime... the female portion of the prison remains low... with no appreciable bump in inmates.

 

WHLM Sports

Girls BB

Two area girls high school basketball teams are back in action Wednesday night- unbeaten Danville is at home against Montoursville and Berwick is at Pittston Area.

 

Bowl Games

There were six college football bowl games played Tuesday. In the Rose Bowl Stanford defeating Wisconsin 20 – 14... In the Orange Bowl: Florida State defeated Northern Illinois 31 – 10.

 

Other Games

In other games Tuesday Northwestern downed Mississippi State 34 – 20... Georgia rolled over Nebraska 45 -31... Oklahoma State blew out Purdue 58 to 14... and South Carolina got by Michigan 33 – 28.

 

NBA

In the NBA Tuesday night the Philadelphia 76er's getting by the Los Angeles Lakers 103 – 99.

Tuesday / January 1, 2013


Mt Pleasant Township Fire

A Tuesday night fire destroyed part of a mobile home in Mt. Pleasant Township. The blaze began around 7 O'clock at 331 Rolling Hills North... just off Millertown Road. Reports from the scene indicate the blaze began at the rear of the structure. Since there are no fire hydrants in the area.... crews had to shuttle water into the scene from a point near the American Legion at Mall Boulevard and Millville Road. The family who lives in the home is being assisted by the American Red Cross.

 

PPL Rate Increase

If you're an electrical subscriber to PPL you will soon see an increase in your bill. The State's Public Service Commission approving the increase... which is expected to bring the utility an estimated $71 – million a year. The PUC says the extra money is earmarked for increased distribution charges... and to reflect higher operating and maintenance expenses. When it's all said an done... it will increase the bill of a residential customer 3% a month.

 

Swearing - in Ceremony

A big day in the state house in Harrisburg on New Years Day... starting with former Representative Craig Dally... now a judge in Northampton County. He swore in 201 of 203 members of the State House of Representatives. According to the Pennsylvania Constitution... the state house and senate must meet at noon on the first Tuesday of January each year. The last time they convened on January 1st for swearing in ceremonies was back in 1991.

 

Millard / Big Issues

One person to be sworn – in on Tuesday was State Representative David Millard of Millville. During a recent appearance on the WHLM Morning Buzz, Rep. Millard said one of the big issues lawmakers must deal with is pension reform. The second is transportation and the state's aging infrastructure.

 

What's Happening January 1, 2013


On the Community Calendar for 2013 is the first meeting of La Leche League in the New Year this Thursday at 7:30 PM at St. Lukes Lutheran Church on Lightstreet Road in Bloomsburg.

 

This coming weekend the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is hosting a second community cast meet-up for Flood Stories, Too.  If you’re interested in being a part of the performance plan to be at the theatre next Saturday at 10:00 AM.

 

And also on the January Calendar is the annual Trash To Treasure Yard Sale Saturday January 19th to benefit the Columbia County United Way happening Bloomsburg University.

 

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