Impulse / Knoebels
A new attraction will be constructed over the winter at the Knoebels Amusement Resort near Elysburg. The Knoebel family on Monday... taking the wraps of a new steel roller coaster called the Impulse. Rick Knoebel says the ride cars will shoot out of the loading platform.... climb a track 98 foot, 90 degree hill... reach the apex... and shoot straight down. The Impulse is produced by a German coaster company. The foundation will be set by the end of January... with construction to take place over the winter... with the attraction opening next spring.
Masser / Corbett
With the general election for Governor only weeks away... Democratic challenger Tom Wolf continues to allege in his TV and Radio ads... that incumbent Republican Tom Corbett took away money from education. State Representative Kurt Masser of Northumberland County says that's not true.... calling it a lie. The one – time cash was originally sent to Harrisburg as Obama stimulus dollar and then on to Governor Ed Rendell who used it for education. When the money dried up... funding went back to original levels... which schools getting an estimated $2,900 a year for each child in the classroom... the highest among most states in the nation.
Governor Tom Corbett has only gotten part of his agenda through a sometimes fragmented legislature in his first term. Meantime, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf is not worried about bridging a partisan divide with a Republican legislature if elected Governor. Wolf and Corbett meet each other in the General Election on November 4th.
It came off without a hitch... the Town of Bloomsburg conducted a test of their emergency siren system.
One portion of the test took place around 10:55 Monday morning. Police Chief Roger Van Loan wants to make the tests mandatory at least once a year in order to make residents aware of the system... even though it's checked daily internally. The system consists of a siren and a public address system with devices mounted at the top of utility polls at 8th and Catherine Streets.... at the Fair grounds and the Bloomsburg High School.
The U S Consumer Productive Safety Commission is taking a closer look at ROV's - Recreational Off highway Vehicles- after a rash of accidents over the last decade. Carl Purvis of the CPSP says an ROV is different from an All Terrain Vehicle. At least a dozen of the accidents leading to injury or death for drivers or passengers of ROV's have been reported in Pennsylvania.
Authorities now say that fires set over the weekend at four vacant houses in Shenandoah was apparently caused by an arsonist. 13 buildings were damaged early Sunday morning... resulting in firemen from two counties to battle the flames. The flames claimed home on East Lloyd... North and South Ferguson and East Center Streets during a four hour period.
PennDOT / Transit Agencies
Transit agencies across Pennsylvania are being scrutinized by the state over the subsidies they claim for transporting riders 65 and older, with at least four agencies being docked millions for inflating senior ridership numbers. Criminal charges are pending against two high-ranking employees of the transit agency in Wilkes-Barre. PennDOT has demanded it pay a $3.1 million refund after three-quarters of the senior riders it reported over a four-year span were deemed bogus. PennDOT is also getting back $5.7 million from the Scranton system, $264,000 from Mount Carmel and about $1 million from New Castle.
Grant for Weis Markets
Governor Corbett announcing the award of a $1 – million Economic Growth Initiative Grant to support the expansion of a Weis Markets cold storage distribution facility in the Milton area. The governor saying the grant will secure the jobs of 773 workers. Weis will invest 12 million dollars to expand it's existing 1-point-2 million square foot facility.
Governor Corbett has announced completion of an $8 - million New Markets Tax Credits transaction to help fund construction of a critically needed outpatient services center in Williamsport.... in neighboring Lycoming County. The new, 88,000 square foot Susquehanna Health Innovation Center is intended to fill an urgent need for community medical services and outreach in inner-city Williamsport.
The Health Innovation Center’s location on the campus of Williamsport Regional Medical Center and its inclusion of targeted healthcare services will enable patients and their families – particularly those with transportation challenges – to more conveniently access high-demand services in one location.
IED / Millersburg
State police in Dauphin County are searching for the person responsible for placing an explosive device in a Millersburg man's mailbox. Officials say the incident happened late last week in Washington Township. According to state police, the improvised explosive device included nails and when it exploded it damaged the mailbox.
The unbeaten Bloomsburg University football team has moved up one place in the latest American Football Coaches Association Division II top 25. The Huskies are now 12th in the nation. Two other PSAC teams are in the top 25- West Chester is 9th and Slippery Rock is 20th. Next up for the Huskies is a game at Cheyney Saturday afternoon.
n the NFL Monday night... the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the New England Patriots 41-14.
The major league baseball post season playoffs begin Tuesday night with the American League wild card game. The Oakland A's play the Royals in Kansas City. The winner of the one game playoff will advance to play the Los Angeles Angels in a five game series.
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The National League wild card game will be played Wednesday night with the Pirates at home against the San Francisco Giants.