Bloomsburg Town Council
More changes in the highly emotional world of parking in or near the downtown business district. Town Council... Monday night... putting their stamp of approval on a revised parking in the downtown area. Specifically... 50 spaces will see new meters... allowing for parking behind the Bloomsburg Diner... and the Pine Avenue lot. Bloomsburg Mayor Knorr says the plan isn't perfect... but it will allow the parking task force some “wiggle room” as they prepare for the December 2012 round of parking permit sales.
A Luzerne County man is in jail after he allegedly robbed the Susquehanna Bank on Route 93 in Sugarloaf Township... then tried to return the cash. Police say Otto McNab was arrested at his Butler Township home a short time after walking into the bank and claiming he had a bomb. Waiting outside was his girlfriend... who ordered McNab to return the money to the bank. McNab is in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility and is held on $50,000 bond.
School is now back in session for the Bloomsburg Area School District... and Superintendent Dr. Cos Curry said the day went smoother than expected. Now... Dr. Curry says it's time to get a lot of issues taken care of before next month's break for the Bloomsburg Fair. Dr. Curry says once attendance figures settle in... the district's 137 teachers will be educating an estimated 1,640 students.
With the school year opening in Bloomsburg Monday... and getting ready to open in the Central Columbia District Wednesday... there are some words of advice from Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski. Simply... watch out for kids. Especially in areas in Bloomsburg... such at the Elementary School at 5th and Market Streets... as well as at the Middle and High School complex on Railroad Street. Those areas will be patrolled by officers who will keep traffic flowing... and the kids separated from cars.
80 members of the Communications Workers of America in Bloomsburg will be back on the job following a two week contract dispute with phone company Verizon. All together an estimated 45,000 workers began their strike against the company earlier this month. Local CWA union representative Pete Sanders says the main purpose to return to work is to provide quality customer service. No word when the CWA and Verizon will sit down and talk about a new contract.
The price of a gallon of gas in northeastern Pennsylvania continues to drop. An overnight check by the Triple – A shows we're paying an average of $3.56 a gallon for self – serve, unleaded regular. At this time Monday... gas was averaging $3.57... and a week ago it was an average of $3.59 a gallon.
UGI Utilities... the folks who supply natural gas to most of northeastern Pennsylvania... say the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton market will be the first to get their gas from Marcellus Shale. A company spokesperson says it all depends on when a natural gas pipeline is constructed from the northern tier counties. The first to get the gas will be UGI subscribers in Mahoopany... and will eventually migrate to the Wilkes – Barre area.
A ribbon cutting will be held early next month for Lantern Lane Plaza in Conyngham. If you recall the original complex was torched... forcing two 90 – year old women to flee for their lives. Four businesses were destroyed. The building is owned by Ken Temborski... who reconstructed the complex. A day after the ribbon cutting... trial will begin for Gail Schneider of Berwick who is accused of torching the place.
A Wilkes – Barre man is in custody after he was charged with stabbing a Mountain Top man earlier this month. 24 – year old Armoni Johnson is accused of stabbing Justin Barna of the Capital Hill Apartment complex. Wright Township Police say Barna was stabbed when Johnson and a friend couldn't find drugs in Barna's apartment. Johnson is being held on $75,000 bond. The search is on for the second assailant.
The State Treasury Department has loaned money to the Corbett administration so work can continue on a range of state-supported construction and improvement projects. Those projects include hospitals and bridges. The low-interest $500 - million loan is expected to be repaid in the fall, when the Corbett administration will have to issue higher-priced bonds. A spokesman for Treasurer Rob McCord's office says the loan will save millions of taxpayer dollars.
The state of Pennsylvania has taken the lead of Columbia... and other counties around the state... by banning the sale of those so – called Bath Salts. Columbia County has had a ban on the sale of the product since April. Bath salts have been linked to cases of erratic or violent behavior, and until Monday were openly available at retail stores in Pennsylvania. The law took effect Monday, two months after Governor Corbett signed a bill imposing the new restrictions.
The team from Clinton County might be the most popular team in the history of the Little League World Series. Last night in South Williamsport, the Keystone All-Stars team defeated a team from Lafayette, Louisiana in front of over 28,000 fans. In their three games so far they have drawn over 103,000 people. The All – Stars take to the field tonight at 8 O'clock... as they meet a team from Georgia.