2012-03-09 05:25:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
It was six months ago Friday... flooding from the Susquehanna River and Fishing Creek inundated Bloomsburg... as well as Columbia County. The Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross was there... and director Rita Inklovich telling WHLM News... every disaster is different... and adds if a flood of the magnitude of Lee strike again... the chapter's sheltering will be different and more responsive to the needs of the people.
Friday is the last day to apply for a reassessment from Columbia County on your flood – ravaged homes. .. not useable since last September. Chief Assessor David Good says homeowners could receive up to a 50 percent break. Thus far Good and his crew have looked at up to 300 homes across the county with 95% of the homeowners getting a property tax break.
Demolition crews spent Thursday tearing down the Wells Fargo Bank at the corner of Main and West Union Streets in Shickshinny. The big, granite building has been the cornerstone of the community for generations, but last September's flood damaged it so much... that Wells Fargo decided it was not worth rebuilding. The company says an ATM machine should be able to serve their customers. However First Keystone Community Bank says they'll be building a new branch at a yet-to-be-disclosed location to serve Shickshinny residents.
Six months after Irene and Lee devastated portions of eastern Pennsylvania, disaster assistance to support the ongoing recovery topped one-half billion dollars. That word from the Federal Emergency Management Agency... as well as the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Just over 94,000 people registered for assistance... $140 – million worth of individual assistance grants were approved.
That includes temporary housing... home repairs and personal property losses. The two agencies say there is still a long road ahead in the recovery process.
A Shenandoah mother is jailed.... after she was arrested for allegedly abusing her one year old child. Patricia Carter was arrested after guests in her home set up a video camera to record her actions. Carter says she was merely playing with her child... but the images on the camera told a different story. She remains behind bars in the Schuylkill County Jail... pregnant with her second child.
Barletta / Heritage
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Hazleton has cosponsored a bipartisan bill to reform and modernize the nation’s National Heritage Areas. The pending legislation... according to Barletta is critical to the region... creating jobs.. increasing community development... and promotes tourism.
A man convicted of killing two Bradford County sheriff’s deputies will not be executed this week as expected. Dustin Briggs' execution was to be Thursday, but earlier this week, the U.S District Court issued an order to postpone it because of a petition they expect to be made to try to overturn the case.
As the state house appropriations committee held its final day of budget hearings, the budget secretary spent three hours answering questions about the Governor's spending priorities. Several of the questions surrounded education. Democratic Representative Deb Kula asked Secretary Charles Zogby to restore some education funding. Zogby telling the panel as a former secretary of education he feels passionately about basic education, but it's frustrating when some folks are only willing to measure it by the size of the state's wallet.
Murder @ HoJo's
The Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble kicked off their latest production last night... Murder at the Howard Johnson's. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... BTE's Richie Cannaday says the play is set in the late 70's. The second showing of Murder at the Howard Johnson's at the Alvina Krause Theater is Friday night at 7:30.... with the production running through the 25th of the month.
Davy Jones Memorial
Beavertown... in Snyder County... will be a busy place Saturday. That's where a memorial service will be held for entertainer Davy Jones... one of the four people who became stars from the made for TV sitcom... the Monkee's. Jones was a 22 – year resident of the county... purchasing a horse farm back in the late 80's. He died last week in Florida at the age of 66.
In WHLM Sports
High School Wrestling
It was a great day yesterday for area athletes competing in the Class AA wrestling championships in Hershey. All eight area wrestlers won their opening matches to advance to the quarterfinals. Among the eight was Central Columbia's Kurt Menske who remained unbeaten at 160 pounds. The quarterfinals gets underway Friday morning.
BU Women's Basketball
The Bloomsburg University Women's basketball team went to the NCAA playoff for the first time in more than a decade Friday night. Their re-match against IUP was hard-fought but the Huskies ultimately came just short; 77-76 was the IUP final. BU ends their season with a 26 and 6 record.
High School Basketball
Several area high school basketball teams enter the state playoffs this weekend. At Shamokin Friday night... the Danville boys extended their winning streak to 23 games as they beat Scranton Prep 61-50. They go on in the playoffs to face Holy Ghost Prep on Tuesday night. Saturday night at 6:30, the Southern Columbia boys play Holy Cross at Marywood University in Scranton.
You can listen to the details from Friday's action in the WHLM Post-Game Report: