On a vote of 5 to 2... the Bloomsburg Town Council approved a motion sending a transcript of Tuesday night's meeting dealing with the transfer of a liquor license to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. The transfer involves the liquor license of Harry's Grille on Main Street... to the owner of the yet – to – be opened Hardware bar. In a public comment session there were pros and cons dealing with the establishment.
The question around the water cooler this morning... where were you when that 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck. Marie Bedio, who lives in the shadow of the PPL Steam Electric station in Salem Township, says her house shook. As for the 30 – year old plant... PPL declared a so – called unusual event. No radioactivity escaped from building... and the two units continued to produce electricity as if nothing happened. Larry LaHiff with Columbia County Emergency management says the office was flooded with phone calls. Lahiff telling us there appears to be no damage in Columbia County from the quake.
PennDOT bridge inspectors in each of the agency's 11 districts are doing precautionary inspections of bridges around the state after Tuesday's earthquake. No problems are expected to be found. The first bridges to be inspected are those that are at least 200-feet or longer and at least 60-feet high. PennDOT says the inspections are expected to last through Thursday.
The Central Columbia school district is back in session this morning.... but it's a meaner, leaner system on Old Berwick Road. Superintendent Harry Mathias says their revenue shortfall is somewhere in the neighborhood of $800,000 to $900,000.... and that meant a property tax increase... downsizing of programs and eliminating positions.
There is proposed legislation would crackdown on thieves who steal veterans grave markers. State Rep. Jerry Mullery of neighboring Luzerne County says three cemeteries in Newport Township were recently hit by thieves. Rep. Mullery has introduced legislation that would classify theft from a cemetery as a third degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 dollar fine.
Luzerne County is short a sheriff's deputy. The commissioners relieving Deputy Jennifer Roberts of her duties. Roberts faces charges of harassment... burglary and assault. Court papers say Roberts barged into the home of another woman... allegedly punching her in the face.
Little League World Series
Clinton County's Keystone All – Stars continue to advance in the Little League World Series in South Williamsport. Keystone defeated Georgia 7 to 5 in front of a crowd estimated at 32 – thousand Tuesday night. Keystone will be back on the field Thursday night... facing the loser of tonight's game between California and Montana.