Marcellus Shale Money
Drilling in the Marcellus Shale natural gas fields is being felt economically in Columbia and Montour Counties. That word coming from Fred Gaffney with the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce. And despite the signing of legislation calling for an impact fee on drillers... Gaffney believes businesses related to the Marcellus industry in the area will continue to grow.
Despite all the early Republican presidential primary elections and caucuses held around the country this year.. it really doesn't matter. Congressman Tom Marino... who represents Montour County... says the road to the White House comes through Pennsylvania... despite the state's April 24th primary.
Huntington Twp Fire
Although the official determination hasn't been made yet... it's believed a heat lap used to keep animals warm is the cause of a fire which destroyed a small barn in Huntington Township... in Luzerne County on Wednesday. Firemen were dispatched to the property of Mary and Butch Kivler at midday when flames were spotted. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition the Kivler's kept turkey's and chickens on their property near New Columbus. In all... 14 birds … a cat and some equipment was lost in the fire in Huntington Township.
Luzerne Co. Fire
Fire fighters in the Back Mountain area of Luzerne County were busy midday Wednesday. Firemen called out to squelch a fire on Jackson Road west of Dallas. Authorities say two people in the single story were taken to an area hospital for treatment of injuries. No cause listed... yet... for that fire near Dallas.
The Wilkes – Barre Area School Board may soon have to face a tough decision.... what high school to close during difficult economic times. Next week... the board gets a study as to what school is targeted.... but it's believed Myers High School may be in the cross-hairs. But Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Namey says Coughlin and GAR could also be be considered for closing.
There was a memorial Mass in Harrisburg late Wednesday afternoon for Penn State's late football coach Joe Paterno. It was organized by Harrisburg area alumni and fans who couldn't get to the initial service in State College a few weeks ago. Joseph McFadden... the bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg... celebrated the Mass.
The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Mansfield last night. In the opening women's game... Bloomsburg just got by Mansfield 62 to 59... while in the men's contest the Husky's rolled over the Mountaineers 81 to 60. Saturday afternoon, the Husky basketball teams play at Kutztown.
Boys HS Basketball
In boys high school basketball last night. Sullivan County defeated Bloomsburg 45 to 40. With that loss the Panthers have to share the Heartland Conference Division 3 title with both Sullivan County and South Williamsport. Southern Columbia shares the Heartland Conference Division 2 title with Loyalsock. Wednesday night, Southern Columbia defeating Montoursville 59 to 49... while Loyalsock beat Lewisburg 58-47. In other action: Central Columbia getting by Mount Carmel 51 to 41. With the win, the Bluejays qualify for the District playoffs which begin next week. Danville has already clinched the Heartland Conference Division one title before their last regular game of the season. In that finale... Danville defeated Shikellamy 69 to 53.