Hock Flood Money
It's been just about a month since former Bloomsburg resident Gary Hock earmarked $100,000 for flood recovery in the area. Hock is now a California developer... based in Montecito... and has directed Bloomsburg attorney John Mihalik to take care of of distributing the money... in $500 chunks... to flood victims who need it the most. Mihalik telling us... that through e-mails. Mr. Hock appears to be pleased with the distribution efforts. Attorney Mihalik says applications from an estimated 200 people were processed over the past couple of weeks.
Officials of municipalities will spend a some time with representative FEMA and PEMA as to how to be reimbursed from all the flooding we endured a month ago. In most cases... municipalities and non – profits can recoup up to 75% of their expenses from FEMA... with the remaining 25% from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Thursday night's meeting gets underway at 7 O'clock at the Bloomsburg High School on Railroad Street.
Bloomsburg Police and other cop shops around the area are looking for 38 – year old Dennis James Conklin. Police chief Leo Sokoloski says Conklin is wanted on a felony burglary arrest warrant. If you know the whereabouts of Dennis Conklin.... call BPD officer Kenneth Auchter at 784-6779.
Construction continues this week in association with the Interstate 80 river bridges project in South Centre and Mifflin Townships. PennDOT tells us the eastbound right lane will be closed between the Lime Ridge and the Mifflinville interchanges... now through noontime Friday. The agency's Rick Mason also says stop signs remain in place at the top of the ramps entering westbound I-80 from Route 339 south and eastbound I-80 from Route 11 north.
YMCA / 5 K
The Bloomsburg Area YMCA is expanding their 10th annual 5 K run through the streets of Bloomsburg on New Year's eve. The Y has produced a package to please just about everyone... centered around the run... which includes a hotel stay... and a new years eve party. Call the Y... on 7th Street in Bloomsburg for more information.
State Supreme Court
The Pennsylvania State Supreme court is now using social networking to alert all of us about decisions and rulings. A Twitter feed is now being used to provide quick notification of new orders... rules... opinions and statements written by the justices. A spokesperson for the justices says it's part of the court's commitment to provide access to proceedings and documents.
There is a pilot program underway in the Hazleton School District... and could change the way public school teachers are evaluated. It's all part of Governor Corbett's education reform package. Hazleton teachers will now be graded as in the past... but student progress is also being thrown in for good measure. The program also calls for feedback to the evaluation... as well as resources to help teachers improve in their weak areas.
A Freeland man is in trouble with the law. 28 – year old Jonathan Searfoss has been arrested on a number of drug – related charges... when Beaver Meadows police allegedly found a dozen heroin packets on him during a traffic stop earlier this week. Police say Searfoss is in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of 25 – thousand dollars bond. They add the driver of the car... 28 – year old Keith Roberts of Junedale failed a field sobriety test and could be charged with DUI.
If you're route takes you near Broad Street and Jefferson Avenue in West Hazleton... be prepared to spend some time in traffic. Work on a road project... part of the Broad Street Corridor Project... is now a daytime only job. That... after residents in the area complained of all the noise associated with overnight road work. If you're headed into that area... PennDOT is asking you to use an alternate route.