2011-10-21 05:13:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
If you had tickets to attend the night shows at this year's Bloomsburg Fair... now you can get refunds. The 157th annual edition of the fair was canceled following the flooding produced by Tropical Storm Lee. According to the Fair's Facebook page... an estimated 30,000 refund transactions have taken place this week alone. The entry goes on to say that personnel will be at the office at the Grandstand Monday thru Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM... and on Saturday from 9 to 3.
The general election on November 8th is fast approaching... and your last opportunity to pick up an absentee ballot is November 1st. Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Rapasky says to get an absentee ballot... just call or stop by the Voter Registration off at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex on Main Street. All ballots must be returned by the close of business on November 4th.
PennDOT / Orangeville
Work began this week on two state roads west of Orangeville... damaged by flood waters last month. PennDOT's Rick Mason says contractor Robert C. Young has started repairs along Green Creek and Charmund Roads in Orange Township. Both roads have been closed since the September floods. The $286,000 project is expected to be wrapped up in mid – November.
The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is getting ready for their production of Holiday Memories starting November 25th. The BTE's Richard Cannaday says the Truman Capote story deals with his upbringing in the deep south during the depression... with his two friends... his dog and an eccentric aunt. The production running from November 25th to December 30th at the BTE Theater on Center Street.
Governor Corbett has signed legislation on Thursday that allows for the takeover of the state's capital city of Harrisburg, setting up a legal confrontation between the state and the city. The bill paves the way for the governor to declare a state of fiscal emergency that leads to a recovery plan for Harrisburg, which filed for bankruptcy last week.
West Hazleton Oversight
The city of West Hazleton will soon be operating in the black. For the past five years... the city treasury had been running at a deficit... but due to some pencil sharpening... and getting volunteer help for projects.... the city will soon be on the plus side of the ledger. When West Hazleton achieves it's goal early next year... it will be the first time since 2006 the city has not been operation with state oversight.
Butcher Knife Attack
A Hazleton man is in trouble with the law. 35 – year old Omar Rivera of North Vine Street... is charged with attacking a woman with a butcher knife in mid – September. Police say Maria Perez was arguing with Rivera... when he allegedly grabbed a butcher knife... cutting her face. Rivera is facing a host of charges... and remains in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.
An area soldier killed in Iraq in 2003 has been honored by the State House... and now has a road in his name. Representative Linda Culver says a portion of State Route 642 in Northumberland and Montour counties is now known as the Zachariah Long Highway. Ms. Culver's office says the newly named highway stretches from the intersection of Route 642 and Route 54... and proceeding west to the boarder of Northumberland and Union counties.
In High School football Friday night, in a game heard on Newsradio 930 Central Columbia fell to Lewisburg in their Homecoming match 28-12. On 103.5 Berwick and Pittston traded blows with Berwick emerging the 42-31 victor. In Pregame ceremonies at Southern Columbia Henry Hynoski's #27 jersey was retired. Hynoski was on hand for the honor and for the 41-0 Southern win over Loyalsock. In other local action Friday, Bloomsburg soundly beat Warrior Run 57-6, and Danville beat Shamokin 42-14. You can hear all the details from Friday's action in the WHLM Friday NIght Football Update: