The Board of Governor's of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education approved a new major for Bloomsburg University. The Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership will be the first of it's kind in the state system, and only the second in the commonwealth. The major will address the growing demand for technical skills combined with professional skills. It will also be open to those already in the workforce. The first class will enroll this fall.
If you weren't there when Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr announced that he'll run to become the state representative of the 109th district, you can still get a full transcript of what he said. Mayor Knorr has made the transcript available on his Facebook page. As we reported to you earlier this week, Knorr is expected to face James Geffken of Sugarloaf Township in the April primary. Incumbent David Millard would face the winner of that race in the November General Election.
With snow on it's way this evening the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory, which will be in effect from 7:00 this evening through 10:00 tomorrow morning. The National Weather Service is expecting moderate to heavy snow with the possibility of some sleet or freezing rain south of interstate 80. While most area's will see only snow they are still reminding drivers to restrict travel and practice caution. Our area could see an accumulation anywhere between 1 to 4 inches.
While some of us may have hoped to get through the winter without actually experiencing winter weather, there are some events that depend on the winter weather. One new winter attraction in Bloomsburg was supposed to open up last weekend, but it didn't happen due to above average temperatures. That attraction is the new ice skating rink at the bloomsburg area ymca. The YMCA is now planning to have their grand opening event tomorrow afternoon from noon to 4:00 pm. You can take your family out for free skating and hot chocolate.
Trash to Treasure
The annual Columbia County United Way Trash to Treasure sale is happening on the BU Campus this Saturday from 9:00 am to noon. Early bird sales start at 8:00 am for $5.00. Call 784-3134 for information.
The Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library book sale is happening through Monday. Hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm today, 8:00 am to noon tomorrow, and 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday at the library on Market Street in Bloomsburg.
Theft and Drugs
The Press Enterprise is reporting in the Friday edition that police found a large amount of heroin on a man who stole over $1,300 from the Tenny Town Motel in Scott Township. 32-Year-old Kevin Blunck was taken into custody after the motel manager reported the theft. Police found Blunck in Bloomsburg where he was in possession of the drugs.
State Representative Kurt Masser who represents Columbia and Montour counties will meet with constituents today at the Mt. Carmel Township building on Laurel Street in Atlas. Masser's office hours begin at 10:00 am.
Marcellus Shale Safety
Governor Tom Corbett is expected to sign a Marcellus Shale safety measure that's on its way to his desk. The bill to improve emergency management at wellsites passed both legislative chambers with only one negative vote. Among other things, the bill would require drillers to share their emergency pans with local first responders, and provide them with GPS coordinates to all wellpad locations and access roads.
AG to Governor?
Some House Democrats are backing a bill that would make attorney's general wait before running for governor. The proposed constitutional amendment would require a wait of at least four years after leaving office before running for governor. The bill's prime sponsor State Representative Babette Josephs says Pennsylvanians don't want an AG who uses the office as a stepping stone. However, at this point only nine representatives have signed on a co-sponsors.
In Boys' High School basketball Friday night, Bloomsburg defeated Sullivan County in a game heard on Newsradio 930. The final was 61-55 Bloomsburg. Listen to Jim Doyle as he gives you the details from the night's action in the WHLM High School Sports Update:
The weather this weekend has meant cancellation for some sporting events. Central Columbia's Girls Youth Basketball has been postponed until Feb. 5th, and Millville Elementary Boys' and Girls' basketball for Saturday has been cancelled.
In College basketball Saturday afternoon, the Huskies of BU are traveling to West Chester. You can hear all that action starting with the Women's Pregame show at 12:40 on the WHLM stations and here at WHLM.com.