That three to five inches of snow forecast for Columbia and Montour County didn't materialize overnight. The National Weather Service coming up a bit short. However, to our east... there was more snow on the ground. PennDOT crews were out overnight taking care of slippery roads in the region... with snow and ice forming on roads... mainly in southern Columbia County. Meantime... spotty power outages are being reported by PPL throughout their service area... including a hundred or so subscribers in Main, Catawissa and Madison Townships.
We now know the name of a woman killed last night in a traffic accident in Locust Township. Police Chief Allen Breach telling us 18 – year old Eleni Bennett of Mountain Road, Shamokin... in the overlook section of Ralpho Township... died when her foreign compact slammed into a PennDOT snow plow near on Route 487 near Rohrbach's Farm Market. Ms. Bennett died at the scene. Icy roads may have been a contributing factor. Chief Breach says the investigation is continuing.
Ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested and arraigned Wednesday on new sex abuse charges brought by two new accusers.
One of the men claims Sandusky molested him numerous times in a basement bedroom. The claims bring the number of Sandusky's alleged victims to 10 and he now faces more than 50 charges stemming from accusations he molested boys for years on Penn State property... in his home and elsewhere.
What does the borough of Shickshinny want to be in the future. The place was devastated by September flooding... and there is a meeting Thursday evening night designed to get ideas from residents. The session is hosted by FEMA and the state of Pennsylvania... and is being chaired by the Reverend Terry Hughes... who tells me the flood plain has changed greatly. Thursday evening meeting is scheduled for 6:30 at the Northwest High School on Thorn Hill Road.
Husky Laundromat Fire
Authorities originally thought they had a major fire late Wednesday afternoon at the Husky Corners Laundromat on East Street... near Main in Bloomsburg. However, it was a dryer which caught fire... destroying the clothes inside. Bloomsburg Fire Chief Bob Rupp said damage was confined to a dryer.
A South Center Township man is in the Columbia County Jail after being busted for allegedly growing marijuana at his apartment in the 42 – hundred block of Old Berwick Road. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition that 33 – year old Jacob Lee Howell's the pot growing operation was discovered by a neighbor. Police seizing an estimated 130 plants. Howell telling police he sold the pot to make ends meet... since he didn't have a job.
School of Excellence
Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary School is just one of five elementary schools in the state to be named a National Blue Ribbon School. The 431 students were recognized for the achievement during an assembly Wednesday. Principal Ryan Moran says it's not only high test scores which made a difference... it's the people. Overall... 14 schools in Pennsylvania... including Bloomsburg Memorial... were the only schools to receive the national award.
The Bloomsburg Kiwanis is providing a holiday experience for kids in the area this weekend. The organization's Mary Ann Foglesanger says kids will have their choice of two different pictures which carry a PG Rating. The doors to the Cinema Center on Route 11 opens at 8:30... with the movies getting underway around 9 O'clock.
The Hazleton City Council has approved a second reading of their proposed $7.7-million dollar budget. That happened during a long meeting Wednesday night... but they still haven't voted final approval of the proposal. The big sticking point is trying to establish a real estate tax rate for 2012.... with property owners possibly facing a 14% tax increase. Council must have the budget in place.. with a tax rate.. by the end of the year.
Barletta / Post Office
If you recall earlier this week... the US Postal Service said it was consolidating operations in order to avoid bankruptcy... but now two Congressmen from the region are fighting the proposal. Lou Barletta... who represents Columbia County.... and Tom Marino from the 10th district... have fired off a letter to the postal service supporting the continuing operations at the Scranton and Williamsport processing and distribution facilities. Barletta and Marino cited the impact on constituents who rely on the Postal Service to pay their bills and deliver mail-order prescriptions. No response from the postal service.. yet... but any changes won't happen until spring.
If you or your business suffered damage from either Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee... you have a week to apply for the reimbursement of losses through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A FEMA spokesperson says folks living in a 29 county area of central and eastern Pennsylvania... including residents of Columbia and Montour counties are eligible for disaster aid. Simply call 1 – 800 – 621 – 3362 to apply and get your FEMA number.
The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team has won 7 straight games. That streak will be challenged by two strong opponents this weekend at the Nelson Field House. Friday night the Huskies play Slippery Rock and Saturday afternoon they go against Mercyhurst. Those two teams have a combined record of 9 and 3. Huskies coach John Sanow says it's important that his team finishes strong before the pre-holiday break. Friday night's game against Slippery Rock will be preceded by the women's game at 5:30. You can catch the action starting with the pregame show at 5:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280, as well as www.whlm.com.