2012-02-01 05:27:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Columbia County agri - businessmen gathered Tuesday to talk about the issues facing farmers... all trying to make a living. Columbia County Farm Bureau president... John Zaginaylo of Briar Creek Township... says the biggest issue is stream bank erosion caused by last fall's flooding... and that leads to crop damage in the field. Meantime, Joel Rotz of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau says it's not impossible to cut through red tape in Harrisburg, but admitted it is difficult.
Residents who live near the Lion's Gate development in Scott Township have decided to drop their lawsuit against developers. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition... that in return... the developers won't seek $2.5 - million in damages from the residents. The half – dozen or so people living near the complex brought the suit... claiming developers are renting to college students... and feared their property values would decrease.
If you attend a Catholic School... that gives you the foundation for a lifetime. That word from Nancy Becker... the principal of the St. Columba School in Bloomsburg. It's Catholic Schools Week.... and Ms. Becker says St. Columba provides the foundation one needs to succeed once attending public schools after 8th grade graduation. This year's theme of Catholic Schools week is Faith... Academics and Service... something that all St. Columbia students... have or will... experience this week.
Bishop McFadden Visit
Students at Saint Monica Catholic School in Sunbury got the surprise on Tuesday when Bishop Joseph McFadden showed to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Bishop McFadden is in charge of the Harrisburg Diocese. He said mass and toured the school. There are 40 schools and 100 churches in the Harrisburg Diocese.
A Scott Township woman escaped major injury when her car was run over by a tractor – trailer on Tuesday at the corner of Front and Eaton Streets in Berwick. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... truck driver Dale Garrison of Berwick was attempting to make a wide, right hand turn... when his trailer ran over a Honda Accord driven by 60 – year old Jacquelyn Cook... who was on Garrison's right side. Cook was slightly injured due to flying glass.
Barletta / Transportation
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta... who represents Columbia County... has joined his colleagues on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to unveil a $260 – billion, five-year re-authorization of transportation programs. The proposal is designed to create jobs and rebuild infrastructure in the district and the nation. The so – called American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act will be the largest transportation reform bill since the Interstate Highway System was created in 1956.
The Federal and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency says it has poured more than a half – billion dollars into the state... following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee last September. The biggest chunk.... $267 – million was paid out in flood insurance claims... with $138 million earmarked for housing assistance... as well as paying medical costs to folks affected by the disaster.
Could Jerry Sandusky's trial on sex abuse charges... have a jury from outside Centre County? That's want prosecutors want. They say they're worried about pre – trial publicity... and the ability to find an impartial jury. Sandusky is accused of allegedly sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15 – year period of time. He denies he's done anything wrong.
It appears property owners in Luzerne County will see an estimated 2% increase in their tax bills. A newly revised county budget says the increase and other moves will eliminate the need to lay off 106 workers. Instead... an estimated 56 may lose their jobs. The newly revised budget comes in at $120.7 million... which must be adopted prior to the middle of the month.
Job Corps Fire
A state police fire marshal has been called in to determine the cause of a blaze at the Keystone Job Center Tuesday morning in Butler Township... in neighboring Luzerne County. The pre – dawn fire was contained to a trailer where residents keep their clothing. The building was destroyed. Initial reports say a faulty heating unit might have sparked the fire at the Keystone Job Center near Hazleton.
Boy's High School Basketball
On Tuesday night.... Dallas defeated Berwick 55 to 45.
Girls High School Basketball
Southern Columbia got by Benton 48 to 44... Central Columbia downed Hughesville 52 to 12... It was Danville over Jersey Shore 46 to 31... Saint John Neuman getting by Millville 63 to 40... and Muncy defeated Bloomsburg 41 to 35...
The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams were at Millersville Wednesday night. The Women rallied back from 23 down to win their game 77-73. The Men lost their game 75-68. Listen to the details from Wednesday's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report: