Bloomsburg / Geisinger
That proposed merger between the Bloomsburg Hospital... and the Geisinger Medical center continues at a slow... calculated pace with a lot hinging on what state health officials see. Bloomsburg Hospital officials were looking at a purchase plan of the local facility by a Tennessee – based “for profit” company.... but Geisinger turned out to be the suitor of choice... something that made Bloomsburg Hospital administrator Regis Cabonor pretty happy. It's expected to take State health officials anywhere from six months to a year to approve the proposed merger between Geisinger and Bloomsburg.... nearly the same amount of time it took regulators in Harrisburg to give their blessing to the merger of Geisinger and the Shamokin Community Hospital.
A Bloomsburg University wrestler from Connecticut is out of jail after he was charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at a frat house party last month. 21 – year old Richard Perry made an appearance at the office District Judge Russell Lawton... were bond was reduced from $100,000 to $25,000. Perry's defense attorney questioned the accuser if the alleged assault ever took place. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition.... Judge Lawton now sending the case to Columbia County Court for a future trial.
A Bloomsburg teen remains in the Columbia County Jail... despite having his bond reduced... in connection with the alleged theft of two silver bars from his grandmothers home last month. The Press – Enterprise is reporting Trentin Beaver's case now goes to Columbia County Court... following an appearance Wednesday in front of District Judge Russell Lawton. Beaver has admitted to having a heroin problem... and is accused from breaking into his grandmother's home on Zehner Street... twice... and making off with the silver bars with an estimated $5,000.
A couple of weeks ago it was the BMW Motorcycle convention at the Bloomsburg Fair Grounds. This weekend... a trip down memory lane as custom cars and their owners set up shop starting late this afternoon. Event coordinator Lisa Makara says pre – registration for this weekend's show is going through the roof.... with roughly 500 cars already pre – registered... with another 200 to 300 additional cars to be on the show field. There will be plenty of things to do and see at the fairgrounds. For the public... it's a trip back in time... while those participating will have a cruise or two to take part in... as well as a slow drag and burnout competition. The rod and custom show benefits the Bloomsburg Hospital.
Figures out of Harrisburg... provided by the state Liquor Control Board shows many wine and spirit stores across the Commonwealth lost money last year. Now... State House Majority Leader Mike Turzai continues his quest to take the system private. Turzai saying most people are in favor of privatization. A hearing on the Turzai privatization bill will be held today in Hershey.
State representative Kurt Masser... who represents Columbia... Montour and Northumberland Counties in Harrisburg is on the road Friday. He and his staff will be available for talks at the Anthony Township Municipal Building in Turbotville on Friday. Representative Masser will meet with constituents starting at 9 AM.
The “help wanted” sign is out at the Weatherly Area School District... and already 21 people have applied for the superintendent's job. The successful candidate will replace Frank Victor who retired at the end of June. One school board member says the 21 candidates will be interviewed later this month or early in September.
Because of July's smokin' hot temperatures, PPL Electric Utilities delivered more electricity than in any previous summer month. PPL says electric sales were about two-point-four percent higher than in both July of 2006 and July of 2010. Last month's usage was also less than one percent lower than the all-time record for monthly electric sales set in January of 2009.
Labor Agreement Ratified
About 10,000 state workers ratify a four-year labor agreement. Service Employees International Union Local 668 gave the thumbs up to the agreement reached with Governor Corbett's administration. The contract freezes pay for this year, but over the life of the deal, ensures raises of more than 11%.
Zogby Waives A Preliminary Hearing
The wife of State Budget Secretary Charles Zogby waives a preliminary hearing on shoplifting charges. Georgina Zogby is charged with taking nearly a thousand dollars worth of groceries from a Wegmans in Western Pennsylvania back in May. Zogby is also facing charges for speeding away from State Police after a July 10th traffic stop. Zogby faces DUI and other charges in that incident. The shoplifting episode is her second in as many years.
Pennsylvania's legislature is the largest and costliest in the country and some lawmakers want to do something about it. Six proposals floating around Harrisburg seek to reduce the number of lawmakers. The most severe proposal would reduce the state legislature from 253 seats to 151. Similar proposals have been bandied about for four decades now and in order for voters to weigh in, a measure would have to pass the House and Senate in two consecutive, two-year sessions.