Stoney Brook Fire
A mobile home on East Overlook Street at Stoney Brook Circle near Lightstreet was leveled in an early Tuesday morning blaze. Firemen from Lightstreet, Espy and Orangeville were dispatched around 1:45 AM in below freezing temperatures. Lightstreet Fire Chief Darren Shaffer said the fire was spotted pretty easily as he was leaving his home. David Dawalt lives in the structure. He was not at home when the fire broke out. A State Fire Marshall will be called in to determine the exact cause of Tuesday morning's fire at Stoney Brook Circle.
As you head into work Tuesday... you might want to be more careful than usual. Snow showers overnight left very little accumulation, but it did make some area highways slick.... especially on overpasses. Also... slippery spots may be encountered in some of the higher elevations in the area. Some road crews have been called out to take care of some of the trouble spots.
Swearing In Ceremonies
For the candidates who won in the November election... Tuesday will be a milestone in their lives... as a new Columbia / Montour County Judge... three Columbia County Commissioners... and a host of municipal officers take the oath of office at the Courthouse in Bloomsburg. Incumbent commissioner Chris Young who easily won in November begins his fourth term... and during a recent interview he told me commissioners are going to have to think outside the box. Young... and democrat David Kovach of Berwick... will be joined on the commission by Republican newcomer Rich Ridgway. Also to be sworn in is former District Attorney... now Judge Gary Norton.... as well as new Bloomsburg Council members Fred Trump and Eric Bower.
The Bloomsburg Fair Association.... hit hard financially by the Lee flood in September and the cancellation of the exposition... may consider boosting gate admission prices two or even three dollars a head. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition that the increase could lead to admission prices of seven or eight dollars a person. The higher admission prices would help make up the millions of dollars lost by the association due to flooding.
Starting January 15th... it going to cost you more to play the Powerball game. Instead of putting down a dollar for a chance to win millions.... it will now cost you two bucks to take part in the multi – state game. With the increase in ticket prices.... that means the minimum Powerball jackpot will double from 20 to 40 – million dollars.
Luzerne County Council
Neighboring Luzerne County now has an eleven member council to govern... instead of the three commissioners that had been the norm for year. The new council was sworn in Monday in Wilkes – Barre and give greater representation to residents and begins an era of Home Rule Charter. Now... it will be up to the council to select a County Manager from among five finalists seeking the job.
There was plenty of college football bowl action Monday. In the Ticketcity Bowl in Dallas... Houston defeated Penn State 30 to 14... In the Outback Bowl... it took three overtimes for Michigan State to get by Georgia 33 to 30. In the Capital One Bowl... it was South Carolina over Nebraska 30 to 13. In the Rose Bowl in Pasadena... Oregon got by Wisconsin 45 to 38. In last night's Fiesta Bowl...Oklahoma State defeated Stanford 41 to 38.
High School Basketball
The area's high school basketball season resumes Tuesday night. Among the boys' games, Central Columbia faces unbeaten Loyalsock at home. You can hear all the action starting with the pregame show at 7:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3,
Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com.