That 5 – year, $50 – million project to replace and rehabilitate the two bridges which carry Interstate 80 over the Susquehanna River near Mifflinville continues despite the fact we're in the middle of winter. PennDOT's Rick Mason tells us beams for a third bridge will take place next month... with the concrete deck to be poured in April. The on-going project is expected to be wrapped up in 2015.
Hotels / Bed Tax
Hoteliers in the area are seeing an increase in the number of rooms rented by guests. But, according to Otto Kurecian of the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau... most of the increase can be attributed to business travelers. Meantime... the local visitors bureau is gearing up for a very decent summer travel season... filled with dozens of events in Columbia and Montour Counties.
Funeral services will be held Monday for Dr. Joseph Mattioli... the founder of Pocono Raceway near Long Pond. Mattioli died last week at the age of 86. He was instrumental in building the 2.5 mile super speedway in a spinach patch... and introducing NASCAR Cup Series racing to the Northeast... making the two – events – a – year the biggest sporting events in the region. The services to be held at St. Peter of the Fisherman Catholic Church in Lake Harmony.
Authorities are investigating a one vehicle accident that happened overnight in Sugarloaf Township in northern Columbia County. The accident took place around 4:30 Monday morning. It involved a pick – up truck which rolled over on State Route 118 between West Creek and Central Roads. At least one person was injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Route 220 near Muncy Valley in Sullivan County is open to traffic... following a fatal accident early Sunday morning. Authorities say a man from Phillipsburg was killed in the crash when his pick up truck slammed into a tractor trailer. The crash closed down the highway through mid-morning Sunday.
A Hazleton man has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed a second man over the weekend. Police say 34 – year old Job Paredes is facing a long list of charges after he allegedly stabbed Omar Castro Robles... who was found bleeding on the steps of Hazleton City Hall. Robles was stabbed in his abdomen with a large kitchen knife. He was rushed to the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown where he's in the intensive care unit.
Before the close of business Monday... Butler Township north of Hazleton in Luzerne County... may have a new township manager. Published reports say the leading contender is MaryAnn Pretrilla... who served in the position until 2005. Also seeking the position is Ransom Young and Charles Altmiller. After leaving the township job... Petrilla became Luzerne County controller... then was elected county commissioner.
Union County Robbery
Police are looking for two men who pulled off a weekend robbery at gunpoint at a convenience store near Mifflinburg... in Union County. The robbers demanded cash from the register... but when one of the clerks failed to open the drawer.... the bandits took a money bag filled with cash... and fled.
NFL Post Season
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 176 yards... and four touchdowns... as the AFC defeated the NFC 51-49 in the NFL Pro – Bowl.
High School Boys Basketball
In boys high school basketball Monday night Southern Columbia is at Line Mountain... Central Columbia is at home against Midd West... and Columbia Montour Vo Tech is at Montgomery.
High School Girls Basketball
The Berwick Bulldogs are at home against Dallas.