The Columbia County Traveling Library is trying to make up a $70,000 difference between what they lost in the September flood and what their insurance check covers. One way they are asking for help is by having people vote for them to win a $5,000 gas card. The contest can be found at the website: www.fuelinggood.com, and you can vote once daily through February 9th. Lydia Kegler M.L.S director of the Columbia County Traveling Library says winning the contest would provide enough gas money to cover a year of travel. Currently the library has moved their physical location to a spot in the Columbia Mall, and the bookmobile is up and running. The library is available to any residents of Columbia County.
Mobile Meth Lab Found
Police in Scott Township had to call in a special State Police meth lab team Tuesday afternoon to an apartment on Salem Blvd. According to a report in today's edition of the Press Enterprise 23-year old Heather Pollick and 28-year-old Eric Simons were served arrest warrants at their home. When police arrived on scene to serve the warrants they found a mobile meth lab. The special team was called in to secure the area and remove the lab parts from the apartment. The investigation continues.
Accident Causes Injury
Route 11 in Danville was tied up yesterday afternoon while emergency crews cleared the roadway after a two vehicle accident that left one man injured. James Snyder of Riverside was traveling north on Route 11 when another driver made a right turn on red at the intersection with State Hospital Drive. Snyder's vehicle collided with the back of the other vehicle. According to the Daily Item Snyder was taken to Geisinger for treatment of a back injury, and the other driver involved was not injured.
Barletta Responds to Obama
US Representative Lou Barletta released a statement Tuesday night responding to President Obama's State of the Union Address in which he said he hopes “we can work together to solve the issues we face.” Barletta was critical of the President in his statement citing many of President Obama's failed policies and the increase in unemployment, the rise in gas and food prices, and also the number of Americans living in the poor or low income category.
Reducing Size of House
A key committee has advanced legislation that would reduce the size of the state house. Some say the 203 member house is too big for it's own good. This bill would slash membership by 50 following the 2020 Census. The State Government Committee sent it to the house floor with some bipartisan support. The bill would require a constitutional amendment, which means it would have to pass two consecutive legislative sessions before being put to the voters. Critics believe broadening the house districts would create a whole new set of problems, and not necessarily save money.
Aircraft Tax Talk
State lawmakers from both parties say it's time for Pennsylvania to join neighboring states and reform its sales and use tax on fixed wing aircraft. PA is losing business and available jobs to neighboring states, which have enacted some type of tax reform, that's according to proponents of the bill. John Graham III, President of the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics says 80% of their grads go to jobs in other states and it's time to stop the “brain drain.”
Democrats in Harrisburg weren't happy with Governor Corbett's first budget, and with the upcoming budget address they are voicing concerns. Pennsylvania's Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn says he's wary of the address, which is coming up on February 7th. Burn says that Corbett's budget priorities are in the wrong place, and his refusal to impose a Marcellus Shale severance tax is having a negative impact on the state's economy.
PA Wind Energy
With 17 wind farms in the state, and 23 in development, Pennsylvania's wind energy industry is on the rise. Columbia County is home to 50 operational wind turbines in Conyngham Township. Neighboring Schuylkill County has a site planned for another wind farm that will house 35 turbines. Everpower President and CEO Jim Spencer says PA's wind farms are creating economic benefits. He says more than 3,000 Pennsylvanians are employed either directly or indirectly with wind industry jobs.
Despite efforts to increase awareness about radon since the mid-1980s, many Pennsylvania homes have never been tested. Radon is a colorless, ordorless, radio active gas that occurs naturally and can seep into homes through cracks in the basement or foundation. Robert Lewis, who is Radon Division chief of the Bureau of Radon Protection, says it's a significant problem in the state. The DEP just awarded a grant to the American Lung Association to continue statewide public outreach and awareness about the importance of radon testing.
Shell Oil Facility
Governor Tom Corbett is leading the push to bring a giant new natural gas processing plant to Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia are all wooing Shell Oil Company, in hopes it will located the giant new facility within their borders. The company's decision will likely come in the first half of this year.
In Huskies basketball on Wednesday, the Men's and Women's teams were on the road at East Stroudsburg. The Women's final was 76-64; a BU victory. The Men held onto a tenuous lead to end in another close win; 70-67 was the Men's final. Listen to the details from the night's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:
BU is back in action at the Nelson Field House Saturday afternoon when they play Kutztown. You can catch those games on the WHLM stations and here at WHLM.com starting with the Women's pregame at 12:40.
High School Basketball
In boys' basketball tonight, Bloomsburg and South Williamsport are tied for first place in the Heartland Conference Division 3 going into their game tonight at the Bloomsburg Middle School gymnasium.