Millard / State Police
Pennsylvania State Police could be facing budget cuts in the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year... as much as five percent... and that could lead to the layoff of between 400 and 500 state troopers. That word contained in a memo circulating among lawmakers in Harrisburg as Governor Corbett's staff prepares a proposed budget. State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township doesn't like what he sees and hears since many small communities without police protection rely on PSP services. The memo says the layoffs would be the worst case scenario... as well as eliminating trooper classes... and shutting down some barracks if they don't get the $900 – million requested for next year.
Central / Bloomsburg
The possibility of sharing services... or even consolidation between the Bloomsburg School District and Central Columbia will take center stage the next six months or so. A committee will look into it.
Appearing on a recent edition of WHLM's Morning Buzz... Bloomsburg superintendent Dr. Cos Curry outside suggestions are taken into consideration. Two main reasons for shared services or consolidation... Central must decide what to do with their 50 – year old High School on Old Berwick Road... and Bloomsburg Middle and Senior High School is constantly being threatened by the Susquehanna River during high water events.
Thinking about drinking and driving over the New Years Holiday weekend..... the thought shouldn't cross through your mind. It could cost you big bucks if you get cost.... and George Geisler of the P-A DUI Association says any drug use on top of a drunk driving arrest will bring the penalty to it's maximum. And Geisler says if you plan to do a bit of imbibing this coming weekend... be sure to have a designated driver.
State Police at Bloomsburg are trying to find the person responsible for the vandalism of mailboxes in Pine Township. Troopers say the incident happened Christmas Eve along Pine Tree Road and Cherry Hollow road sometime between 8 and 10 O'clock. 57 – year old John Raby and 67 – year old Edward Beagle telling police someone damaged their mailboxes. If you have information about the incidents... call State Police at Bloomsburg.
The investigation is underway into a Sunday night fire which which destroyed a home just off Route 309... near Drums... in Luzerne County. The half – double home was located in the 400 block of Route 309... but it's believed no was was living there. It took firefighters from a dozen different departments about an hour to get the flames under control. The investigation will be undertaken by a State Police fire marshal.
Rails to Trails
The Susquehanna Warrior Trail Council has received a $321,000 state grant... the money to be earmarked to extend a rail to trail area in Luzerne County by three miles. The trail currently runs from PPL's Susquehanna Riverlands... to the Garden Drive – In Theater near Hunlock Creek. The trail will be extend another three miles into West Nanticoke... as well as paving a portion near a salvage yard on what used to be the right of way of the former Erie – Lackawanna Railroad Bloomsburg line.
Two northeastern Pennsylvania fire departments are in line to receive an estimated $73,000 in federal grants. Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton says the Wilkes – Barre City Fire Department will get $44,000 for new breathing systems used by firefighters who enter smokey buildings. Barletta adds that the Hauto Volunteer Fire Department in Nesquehoning... in Carbon County will get nearly $29,000 to upgrade their radio system. The money coming from FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.
In WHLM Sports...
The lockout-delayed NBA regular season opened Sunday. The New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 106 – 104. The defending champion Dallas Mavericks lost at home to the Miami Heat 105 - 94 and the Chicago Bulls beat the Lakers in Los Angles 88 - 87
In the NFL last night... it was the Green Bay Packers defeated the Chicago Bears 35 to 21...