We're a little more than a month away from next month's Pennsylvania primary election... and that means the soft roll out of the state's voter ID law. Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Rapasky says poll workers will ask for ID... but if you don't have it... that's okay. But come November... if you don't have any picture identification from a governmental agency... you'll be directed to cast a provisional ballot... then show up at the voter office with the proper ID or sign an affidavit swearing you're the person allowed to vote.
It's been a long road to recovery for flood victims in Bloomsburg... as well as Columbia and Montour Counties. Faith – based AGAPE was the provider of volunteers and products needed for recovery. But the organization's Cathy Lowe says little more than 200 people have asked for help... but adds more are expected to ask for assistance as the spring weather continues.
PennDOT says there were 33 fewer people killed in crashes on state highways in 2011 compared to the previous year. The agency's Barry Schoch said nearly 1,300 people died on state highways last year. Schoch says PennDOT has invested an estimated $50 - million over the past five years to improve safety on highways.
Hazleton Bar Fight
Two men remained locked up at the Luzerne County prison... after they were arrested for assaulting and robbing a man outside a Hazleton bar on North Wyoming Street. 37 – year old Henry Carrasquillo – Diaz and 21 – year old Victor Cruz – Romero... both of Puerto Rico... and now living in Hazleton... face a long list of charges. The pair is accused of beating and robbing a man outside the Penn Palace bar early Sunday morning. They are also accused of firing shots at the Pine Street Playground in Hazleton.
Luzerne Tax Collectors
The Luzerne County Council says it may look into a contractor to collect taxes... cutting out elected municipal collectors. Council Chairman Jim Boback says lawmakers will need to find out first if the county has the ability to do it... and if a private company could do it cheaper. Whatever the case... the move could save Luzerne County hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
The Hunlock Creek Volunteer Fire Company... in Luzerne County... will receive nearly $30,000 from the Federal Emergency management agency. Congressman Lou Barletta who serves the area says the money will come from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for on – going operations and safety.
Work progresses on that $50 – million project to provide a series of new or rehabilitated bridges on Interstate 80 near Mifflinville. PennDOT's Rick Mason says starting Wednesday... the eastbound right lane will be closed during the day from the Lime Ridge / Berwick interchange to Mifflinville. On Thursday... the eastbound left lane will be closed by the contractor in order to move equipment through the area.
In WHLM Sports
A 2-1 loss to Walt Peppleman of Harvard on Friday left Bloomsburg University's 157 pounder Frank Hickman one win shy of All-American status. The NCAA Wrestling Championships concluded Saturday in Saint Louis. Penn State won its second straight National Championship.
Central Columbia Swimmers
The Central Columbia girls' swimming team finished second in Class AA in the state championships which concluded Saturday at Bucknell University. The Bluejays, under first year head coach Tim Gardner, set 16 school records and one state mark in recording their highest point total ever in a state championship.
NCAA Basketball Tournament
The NCAA men's basketball tournament is down to 16 teams. Lehigh, the last Pennsylvania team in the tourney, was eliminated by Xavier 70-58.
In a second round game yesterday afternoon in the National Invitational Tournament, Bucknell saw its season come to an end with a 75-67 loss at Nevada.