Liberty Twp Fire
A state police fire marshal is expected to be called in to investigate a Sunday night barn fire in Liberty Township... west of Danville. Nine fire departments responded to the 7:30 blaze at the farm of Neil Jenkins at the intersection of Potts Grove and Rine Road. Fire department investigators say they couldn't come up with an origin of the blaze... and that's why the fire marshal will be called in to investigate. Published reports say Jenkins lost hay and equipment... but the animals inside the barn were led to safety by neighbors.
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania officials have announced a $2 - million commitment to the University's Foundation by philanthropist Susan McDowell of Selinsgrove. The gift is the largest in the history of the BU Foundation. It's given in support of the College of Education to establish the McDowell Institute for Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support. The McDowell gift is the second multimillion dollar gift received by the BU Foundation. Last year, alumni Terry and JoAnn Zeigler contributed $1.6 - million to establish the Zeigler Institute for Professional Development within the College of Business.
Congressman Tom Marino was in Northumberland County at the start of the weekend honoring two veterans of World War Two. Marino giving long forgotten medals to 84 – year old James Welliver at the Mt. Carmel Living Center... and to the son of the late Stanley Todzia who died last March. Congressman Marino says it's a program started by his office to honor “the greatest generation.” And Representative Mario says his office... through the library of congress... is starting a video library of those veterans who served in World War Two who are from the area.
Masser / Marcellus Shale
It's not known when Governor Tom Corbett will sign that Marcellus Shale bill into law dealing with how much the state and the municipalities get from drillers. State Representative Kurt Masser... who keeps an eye on Southern Columbia County in Harrisburg... voted for the measure... calling the issue a compromise. The measure will give 60% of the revenues collected to local governments... the remaining 40% is earmarked for the state treasury.
It's not your “grandmother's traveling library.” That word from Lydia Kegler who runs the Columbia County Traveling Library. The non – profit organization held a fund raiser over the weekend at the Columbia Mall.. and Ms Kegler says it costs a lot of money every year to provide library services to outlying areas of the county. The traveling library was flooded out last September... and now they're trying to find a place for a permanent home.... but until then... they've set up shop at the Columbia Mall.
Danville Blood Drive
The East End Fire Company in Danville... opens their doors at 1 O'clock Monday afternoon to host a blood drive for the Danville Chapter of the American Red Cross. The ARC's Deanna Hollenbach says not only does the Red Cross have to keep current donors happy.. but they have to cultivate new donors. Monday's blood drive at the East End Fire Company runs from 1 until 5 O'clock.
A Luzerne County man is dead after his pick up truck crashed into trees over the weekend. Police say 51 – year old George Grega of Hazle Township was eastbound on Diamond Avenue... near Hazleton ... when he lost control of his truck on a curve. It struck an embankment... trees and a utility pole. Police add... Grega was not wearing a seat belt.
A Muncy man is dead following a Sunday afternoon crash in Lycoming County. Police say Brian Gresh was apparently traveling too fast when he lost control of his pickup while traveling on Much Exchange Road near Muncy Creek. The truck striking an embankment and rolling over. Gresh was tossed from the truck... and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Nanticoke man is being sought after he allegedly used stolen credit cards at to Hazleton area stores the past few week. Nanticoke police say they're looking for 25 - year old Joseph Klesmer... accused of stealing credit cards during a burglary at a home last month. Police say Klesmer used the cards at a Hazleton area Wal – Mart and K-mart stores.
With just four games remaining in the regular season, the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams are both in first place in the PSAC East. The men have a one game lead while the women have a two game advantage. Both teams play at Mansfield Wednesday night.
This is the final week of high school basketball's regular season. Both the Central Columbia boys and girls teams need to win their final games to qualify for the District playoffs. The girls play South Williamsport tomorrow night, and the boys play Mount Carmel on Wednesday.
In girls basketball tonight, Berwick is at home against Coughlin. You can hear that game starting with the pregame show at 7:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com.