It's hard to imagine... six months following the floods of September... and people still need help in getting their lives back in order... as well as a place to live in. Faith – based AGAPE on 7th Street in Bloomsburg has been a clearing house for volunteers... but the organization's Kathy Lowe says more help is needed... such as in tradesmen who are needed to install wiring and dry wall.
Texting / Driving
If that police officer is giving you the once over on your way to work Thursday morning... it's due to a new law which into effect overnight. The law prohibits all drivers from texting and driving. Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says there really aren't any problems in Town.
In some areas of northeastern Pennsylvania the price of gas seems to be headed through the roof... but there may be a decline on the horizon. But, whatever the case Columbia County's budget is taking a hit with the current average price of gas at $3.76 a gallon... with a forecast of it hitting a high of just over four dollars a gallon this summer. County Commissioner David Kovach of Berwick says local lawmakers have given department heads some advice... such as consolidating errands.
Police still have not released the name of a man killed when he lost control of his motorcycle... then smashing in a mini – van in on Route 54 in Ralpho Township near Elysburg Wednesday afternoon. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition the man on the bike crested a hill... lost control and slid into the left front of a van carrying a Mt. Carmel area school student. Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley says he believes the biker was 60 – year old man who lived in the Danville area.
Berwick may soon have a new Borough Manager. Council members have decided that 28 – year old Robert Hivish... the assistant manager for Kingston Township... will replace Shane Pepe who has moved on to another job. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... council members voted 4 to 3 in favor of hiring Hivish at a salary of $53,000 in the first year of a two year contract. Hivish will come on board after a background check is complete.
That year and a half old child who was critically injured in a four – car crash in West Hazleton earlier this week... has died. The accident happened at the corner of Broad and Fifth Streets when a car driven by 76 – year old Thomas Horvath of Hazleton collided with three other cars at the busy intersection. The child was rushed to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown to be treated for head trauma... but died Wednesday afternoon.
Beaver Meadows Water
A water main break is forcing the borough of Beaver Meadows... near Hazleton... to issue a boil water advisory. Overnight... service was shut off as they replaced a water main. Starting Thursday morning... residents of Beaver Meadows should boil their water at least a minute before consuming. The boil water advisory is expected to last anywhere from 24 to 48 – hours.
Hazleton Police Chief
Hazleton City Council is expected to okay the hiring of a former Pennsylvania State Trooper as the city's police chief when they meet Thursday. Frank DeAndrea, Jr was selected for the job by Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi. DeAndrea's proposed salary is estimated to be in the range of $65,000 a year.
Wilkes – Barre Fire
The names of the men who died in a Wilkes – Barre apartment fire have been released. The Luzerne County coroner identified the men as William Aponte and Jose Herrera. Both died of smoke inhalation when fire swept through their apartment on Pine Street. A dozen people who lived in the building are now trying to find places to live.
Still no word as to what caused a fire late Tuesday night on the campus of Lycoming College in Williamsport. However... flames destroyed the school's General Service Building causing more than a million dollars worth of damage. The building stored equipment used by the school's maintenance staff... and some items... such as tractors... were started and moved to other locations.
BU Woman's Basketball
For the first time since the 2001-2002 season, a Bloomsburg University women's basketball team is nationally ranked. The Huskies are 25th in the country in Division 2 according to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Bloomsburg will take a 26 and 5 record into Friday night's game against IUP in the NCAA Atlantic Region in Edinboro. IUP is ranked 21st in the coaches poll.
The Bucknell University men's basketball team will not be in the NCAA tournament this season. On Wednesday night in Lewisburg, the Bison lost to Lehigh 82-77 in the Patriot League Championship game.
Bloomsburg University wrestler Bryce Busler has earned one of the wild card entries into next week's NCAA championships in St. Louis. Busler, who wrestles at 149 pounds, will be joined by teammates Frank Hickman, Mike Dessino... as well as Richard Perry.
High School Wrestling
Eight area high school wrestlers will be competing in the Class AA state championships in Hershey. Those championships begin Thursday.