2011-10-07 05:05:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
The four men seeking openings as Columbia County Commissioner squared off last night in a debate at Central High School on Old Berwick Road. Incumbents Chris Young and David Kovach... as well as challengers Rich Ridgway and Earl Mordan tackled issues ranging from economic development to tourism... to a floodwall for Bloomsburg. The last day to sign up to vote in the November 8th general election is next Tuesday.
The Wesley United Methodist Church and the Bloomsburg Community Foundation will administer and distribute the $100,000 dollars for flood relief from former Bloomsburg resident Gary Hock... now a California contractor. His attorney Jack Mahalik says applications for the $500 dollar gift begins next week. Mahalik says those eligible are flood victims in the Town of Bloomsburg... in Hemlock Township affected by the flooding of Fishing Creek... as well as along Perry Avenue in Montour Township.
The deadline is nearing for residents and business owners who had damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee to apply for federal disaster assistance. The registration deadline is November 14th for folks living in a 28 county area of Eastern Pennsylvania... including residents of Columbia and Montour Counties. The deadline to submit a disaster loan application to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for disaster-related losses is also November 14th.
Homecoming / Police
It's going to be a busy weekend in Bloomsburg. Homecoming at Bloomsburg University begins today... and with that an influx of people which swells the town population. It's also homecoming weekend for Bloomsburg High School. Private homecoming celebrations begin later close to the B-U campus. It's all capped off Saturday by a parade down Main Street... as well as a football game between the Huskie's and Cheney on the upper campus.
DUI / Bauman
DUI charges have been dropped against former Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Bauman. The 81 – year old Bauman had been arrested for driving with his high beams on as he approached a Hemlock Township police car last February. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition the charges were dropped... and Bauman cleared... when prosecutors said they didn't have enough evidence to go forward with the case.
A Mountain Top man... in Luzerne County... has been convicted in the stabbing death of his girl friend. 46 – year old Robert Zola was convicted of third degree murder in a Wilkes – Barre courtroom. The jury deliberating only three hours before finding Zola guilty in the death of 35 – year old Rosemarie Cave. She was stabbed to death at her Plymouth home in December of 2009. Zola to be sentenced November 9th.
Plans have been unveiled by a New Jersey firm to construct a prototype wind turbine facility at City View Park in Hazleton. The city... and V3 Power have reached an agreement for the firm to build an integrated wind system. Power from the turbines and energy generation unit would be sold to utility companies for distribution. If approved by Hazleton City Council.... construction could start early next year.
A disabled Marine has a fight on his hands. He wants the State Department of Transportation to cough up money to repair his driveway along Route 54 in Derry Township. Don Reitmeyer says the highway was closed due to flooding last month... but PennDOT failed to post signs... so truckers were turning around... using his driveway... damaging it. At one time... PennDOT said they would fix the driveway... but a local supervisor says that won't happen. Meantime... the situation remains in limbo.
The Panthers of Bloomsburg challeneged Southern Columbia for their Homecoming game Friday night. Bloom put up a valiant effort but fell to the the tigers 67-27. In Bulldogs action, Berwick took down Tunkhannock 35-13. In other local games Mount Carmel fended off Central Columbia 33-24 and Danville shut out Jersey Shore 44-0. You can hear all the details from the night's action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update: