State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township will be facing a democrat this fall in the general election. Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr launched his campaign Wednesday night to unseat Millard who has been in Harrisburg since 2004. Knorr is first expected to face James Geffken of Sugarloaf Township during the April primary. The winner of that race would then face Millard in the November general election.
State Representative Lynda Culver, who represents Northumberland and Snyder Counties will meet with constituents today. Ms. Culver will hold office hours at the Jackson Township building in Herndon starting at 9:00 AM. This is the first time to meet with voters since announcing her re-election bid for state house.
US Representative Lou Barletta says almost $14-million in federal funding for Pennsylvania was announced by the US Department of Agriculture on Wednesday. The funds will help farmers, land owners, communities and others recover and rebuild after the September 2011 flooding. A majority of the funds will come from the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service Emergency Watershed Protection Program. $2-million will come from the Farm Service Agency's Emergency Conservation Program.
State Gaming Oversight
Committee action is pending on two bills to ensure oversight of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control board. The bills currently await action in the house gaming oversight committee. Auditor General Jack Wagner says the reimbursement bill would put the auditor general's office on equal footing with other oversight agencies. Meanwhile, the board announced Wednesday that the state's 10-casinos grossed more than $3-billion dollars in 2011. That translates into more than $1.4-billion dollars in state tax revenue.
If you're ready you can now start filing your state taxes. As of Thursday Pennsylvania's e-filing option is up and running for the season. Elizabeth Brassell, spokeswoman for the State Department of Revenue, says when you file electronically this year, you will find a new mandatory field. The “use tax” field. When sales tax is not collected by an online seller, the use tax takes its place. You can e-file online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling 1-888-4PAFILE.
The friends of the Bloomsburg public library book sale has begun. The sale runs today, tomorrow, Saturday and Monday at the Bloomsburg Public Library on Market Street. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library.
Young's Funny Farm
Young's Funny Farm that runs out of the Berwick area said goodbye to a dear friend this week. The organization is home to many therapy animals, and Neil Young has informed WHLM News that their therapy dog Timmy passed away recently. Timmy was nationally known for his time spent at Ground Zero in New York City after 911, and you may remember stories about Timmy and his hearing aid. Neil Young says that as a therapy dog he is certain that Timmy helped over 10,000 people in his life...and that number may even be closer to 20,000. You can read more about Young's Funny Farm and Timmy online at www.youngsfunnyfarm.org.
High School Basketball
In girls' high school basketball Wednesday night it was...Benton 46 – Montgomery 32, Bloomsburg 50 – Saint John Neuman 47, Line Mountain 46 – Central Columbia 29, Danville 39 – Selinsgrove 27, and Southern Columbia 56 – Millville 16.
In girls' basketball Thursday night, in a game heard on Newsradio 930 Hazleton beat the Lady Bulldogs of Berwick 49-41. Listen to the details from the night's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report:
The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Mansfield last night at the Nelson Field House. Both teams came away with victories. The men beat Mansfield 75 – 72. In the women's game it was BU 84 – Mansfield 75. The Huskies' next games will be Saturday afternoon at West Chester.