2012-01-13 05:31:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Our weather will be changing drastically Friday. Daytime high's have been in the 40's and 50's this past week... but Friday it's a different matter. A cold front pushing through the area will produce snow showers Friday morning... with temperatures today falling to the mid – 30's. The National Weather Service in State College has posted a wind advisory through 7 O'clock tonight.
There are some PPL subscribers waking up to power outages this morning across the region. The big reason is our changing weather. The utilities power outage website shows nearly 1,700 subscribers were without juice Friday morning across Columbia County... with the biggest outage reported in Briar Creek and South Center Townships. In Montour County... an estimated 200 PPL subscribers are out of power in Derry Township.
2012 Election Cycle
The Columbia County chief registrar is getting ready for the 2012 election cycle... and it appears it will be a bit easier than in the past. Matt Rapasky says there are no local elections to speak of... since most are on the state and federal level. Rapasky said from his office in the Courthouse Annex in Bloomsburg... the entire election process has been moved up a month since it's a Presidential election year. That means Pennsylvania's primary takes place on April 24th.
A couple of dozen people turned out Thursday for the grand re-opening of a Subway restaurant in the heart of Shickshinny's business district. It's not so much one restaurant getting back on it's feet after the September floods, but rather the entire borough bouncing back... so says Shickshinny Mayor Beverly Moore. Mayor Moore says other stores are expected to follow suit, but acknowledged that Shickshinny has a long way to go in it's rebuilding process.
Northumberland County Fatal
A Paxinos man is dead after his pick up truck slammed into a tree on Route 61... near Old Reading Road on Thursday. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition 41 – year old Matthew Persing died of blunt force trauma after his truck collided with a tree as he was southbound on Route 61. Authorities say Persing was not wearing a seat belt.
Liberty Twp. Fire
A state police fire marshal has been called in to try and determine the cause of an early Thursday morning fire in Liberty Township... in Montour County... which destroyed a century old home. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition the vacant home at 215 Kelly's Dam Road was full involved when firemen arrived. State fire marshal Norm Fedder is ruling the origin of the fire as undetermined. A volunteer firemen who lives near the home spotted the flames and called it in to Montour County emergency dispatch.
The new Luzerne County Council have voted to reject a 3.9% property tax rate increase. That action during a Council work session Thursday night in Wilkes – Barre. If taxes were raised... it would cover an estimated $3.5 – half million projected shortfall in the current $121 – million budget. Council has until the middle of February to make changes to the spending plan.
Residents of a Freeland Senior Citizens complex are back in their apartments Friday morning after being evacuated Thursday night. Authorities say a bag... filled with clothing... and leaning against an electric heater and that caused a lot of smoke throughout the second and third floors of Freeland Elderly Apartments on Centre Street. Residents taking temporary shelter in a near-by American Legion and a video rental store. No injures were reported.
The unemployment picture in Luzerne County is looking bleak. We've learned that Offset Paperback near Dallas will lay off nearly 70 of their 600 hundred full time employees at the end of the month. The company produces an estimated 350 – million paperback books a year. Competition from e-books is being blamed for the layoffs. The full timers will be replaced by part – time personnel.
Halfway through the season, the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams have a combined record of 23 and 6, and both teams are in first place in the PSAC East standings. Saturday afternoon the Huskies play Cheyney at Nelson Field House. You can catch all the action starting with the pregame show to the women's game at 12:40 on News Radio 930, 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com.
Sunday afternoon there will be college wrestling at Nelson Field House as the Huskies take on the 9th ranked Pitt Panthers. That match begins at 2 o'clock.
Girls High School Basketball
In girls high school basketball Thursday night... Berwick downed Tunkhannock36 to 25.
Boys High School Basketball
In boys high school basketball Friday night... long time rivals Benton and Millville met once again. The game ended in a 45-35 Benton victory. You can hear all the detalis from the match with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Friday Night Sports Update: