New BU President
A big day on the Bloomsburg University campus... the naming of a new president. Dr. Bashar Hanna is the new president at the univeristy.
He succeeds Dr. David Soltz who's retirement is coming up on June 30th.
In his opening speech... Dr. Hanna says he's happy to be here... and looks forward continued success.
Click it or Ticket
Now that police agencies have gotten behind the Click it or Ticket program... officers are now on the watch for people who drive, but don't wear their seatbelts. It's especially a problem for rural community's... such as Buckhorn where Mike VanDine is the police chief of Hemlock Township. On Monday PennDOT is traveling is in Sayre... in Bradford County... where the agency and police will team up to launch a border to border enforcement effort.
As the state's budget deadline creeps closer, one group is warning proposed funding reductions to one program would hurt farmers. House Republicans and Democratic Governor Tom Wolf have called for cutting 30 million dollars from PennVet - the state's only veterinary school. Jonathan Martin, a dairy farmer at Wheatland Dairy in Narvon, Lancaster County, says the program has been critical to keeping his operation running. At one point last year, about 90 percent of his herd was suffering from a disease called milk fever. But with the help of PennVet, he was able to get the situation under control and save his cows. A spokesman for Gov. Wolf calls PennVet's work tremendous, but says it has to cut the funding to help close the state budget deficit.
It's been a short four months since his inauguration... but Columbia County Congressman Lou Barletta remains high on Team Trump. During a recent interview... Mr. Barletta says President Trump has kept his promises. Mr. Barletta was in town recently to get a first hand look at the newly renovated Central Columbia High School on Old Berwick Road.
Surrounded by family and friends, 93-year-old World War II Veteran Michael Yonkovig was presented with one of the highest military honors by Congressman Lou Barletta. Knoebels Amusement Resort near Elysburg celebrated Michael Yonkovig and other veterans as part of Armed Forces Day. Yonkovig, from Northumberland County, received several medals. He served as a member of the United States Army Air Corps as a radio operator. He flew 23 missions in the Pacific theater, including 13 over Japan. Yonkovig witnessed the dropping of the atomic bombs that effectively ended World War II.
Central Columbia Sophomore Maiah Farley is this years Teen Star winner. Competition was held Sunday at Mitrani Hall. Ms Farley beat out competitors to win the event.
Legislation on the use of police body cameras is headed to the state House. The bill sets a uniform standard for the use of body cams, allowing police officers to keep them operating even after entering a private residence. Supporters see this as a means of protecting the public as well as the officers. One issue which will likely be raised when the bill reaches the House is a provision limiting the amount of time the public can request a copy of a police video to 20 days. The original bill had a 60 day window.
Convicted cop killer Eric Frein was moved to SCI Greene in western Pennsylvania. The maximum-security facility is one of two prisons in the state that houses inmates sentenced to death. Frein was convicted last month for the shooting death of Corporal Bryon Dickson and injuring Trooper Alex Douglass at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove in 2014.
Dozens of activists are marching from Philadelphia to Harrisburg to demand government reform. Once they arrive, members of the group March on Harrisburg will spend three days of intensive lobbying, trying to convince lawmakers to vote on three pieces of legislation that have stalled in the past. They're calling for the creation of an independent commission to take redistricting out of the hands of lawmakers, automatic voter registration, and a bill regulating gifts that elected officials can accept.
One family is out of their home after an early morning fire broke out in Schuylkill County. According to authorities, the first alarm was called around 1 a.m. Sunday along Center Avenue in Schuykill Haven. Everyone was able to get out safely without injury, however the home did sustain damage. The home located next door was also damaged in the flames, and investigators are still searching for the cause of the fire.
Schuylkill Burn Ban
The burn ban that was issued April 21nd for Schuylkill County has been lifted. The Schuylkill County Commissioners enacted a 30 day burn ban lasting until Sunday. The recommendation for the burn ban came from the Pennsylvania Department of conservation and Natural Resources.