Hidlay Church Road Fire
A fire marshal has been called in to determine the cause of a blaze which destroyed a recreational vehicle early Thursday morning. Orangeville... Lightstreet and Espy volunteer firefighters were called to the 200 block of Hidlay Church Road in North Center Township around 3:30. First due found the RV involved in flames. Those flames were brought under control with in an hour.
The Town of Bloomsburg has a new administrator.Lauren Martz was hired three years ago as an assistant to then – manager Bill Lowthart... was was the interim manager when Lowthart took at job in Lewisburg. But, now... the 30 – year old Martz heads up the operation of Town Government. Ms. Martz says the future of Bloomsburg includes
making Bloomsburg a destination location... since the courthouse and the university are located here.
Turzai / Budget
The dust is starting to settle following Governor Wolf's Budget address to lawmakers in Harrisburg. In a call to WHLM Radio News Wednesday... house speaker Mike Turzai says state representatives are getting one message from voters... and that is not allow the governor to raise taxes. In his address... Governor Wolf is proposing raising the personal income tax from three to 11 per cent... raising the minimum wage three bucks an hour... and tacking an extra dollar to the state cigarette tax.
State Senate can't Muster Votes
The measure to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office that failed in the Senate Wednesday may make a reappearance. A motion for reconsideration on the removal measure passed the Senate by simple majority... and it was referred back to the rules committee. Majority Leader Jake Corman says that means the door isn't completely closed on the removal process. The option to bring the measure back up for another vote is there... if events unfold that call for it. Corman says, for now however, it's time to move on.
Hundreds of vehicles rode out the blizzard last month stuck on a rural stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Turnpike officials faced questions from lawmakers during a hearing in Harrisburg. Top officials with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission were joined by officers of the Pennsylvania State Police in testifying before the House Transportation Committee. Lawmakers asked about the response to the massive snowfall January 23rd that stranded hundreds of motorists in the Breezewood-Everett-Bedford-Somerset corridor. Turnpike officials described a scenario where large trucks were already on the highway as the snow got out of hand and the highway was closed. While not an ideal situation, the officials said lessons were learned and there was no loss of life in the incident. Lawmakers were largely sympathetic...
The average price of a gallon of gasoline continues to tumble. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report show's we're paying an average of a $1.93 a gallon. More at some station... less at others. A week ago we were paying a $1.98... and a month ago the average price of gasoline was $2.15 a gallon.
A resolution approved in the state House recognizes this February 11th as 2-1-1 Day in Pennsylvania. The 2-1-1 system is operated by the United Way and serves as a one-stop shop for people in need. Callers are connected with the appropriate service, agency, or organization in their local area. State Representative Steven Bloom sponsored the resolution, and applauds the United Way for providing what he calls a common good in our Commonwealth.
An electrical outlet is being blamed for that massive fire which destroyed the Blakeslee Inn earlier this month. A state police fire marshal said the malfunction occurred inside a wall of an office... and spread throughout the building... owned by Pocono International Raceway. The Inn on Route 940 in near-by Monroe County was used as a restaurant and bar... and was destroyed by the flames.
The new mayor of Hazleton wants to hire more police officers. Mayor Jeff Cusat wants to hire nine new cops... bringing the force to 49. But, how do you play for them... through an earned income tax. The problem is the tax is earmarked for pensions... and not new hires. Now.. state representative Tarah Toohil is looking into the possibility of legislation to allow the city to create a new earned income tax.
The state Department of Health says two Pennsylvania women have tested positive for the Zika virus after traveling to countries affected by the ongoing outbreak of the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the illnesses Tuesday. Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy said the cases pose no threat to the public. Zika is a generally mild illness that is spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito, but doctors believe the virus puts pregnant women at serious risks for birth defects.
The Bloomsburg University men’s and women’s basketball teams played Kutztown last night at the Nelson Field House. WHLM's Larry White says the men downed Kutztown in overtime 81 – 77... with the women's team scoring a win with a score of 61 – 60. Next up for the Bloomsburg University basketball teams are games Saturday afternoon at Lock Haven.
Boys HS Basketball / Wednesday
In boys high school basketball Wednesday night... it was St. John Newmann over Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech 70 – 55.
Girls HS Basketball / Wednesday
In girls basketball... Hazleton Area defeated Berwick 67 – 53.... and Southern Columbia downed Selinsgrove 59 – 40.
Girls HS Basketball / Thursday
In girls basketball tonight, the Heartland Conference semifinals will be played at Shikellamy High School in Sunbury. In the first game at 6 O'clock... Mount Carmel plays Shamokin. That will be followed by the game between Danville and Southern Columbia. The championship game will be played Friday night at the same venue.
Southern Columbia Wrestling
The Southern Columbia wrestling team will go against Reynolds Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey in the Class AA team duels.
NBA / Wednesday
In the NBA Wednesday night... the Sacramento Kings got by the Philadelphia 76er's 114 to 110.