David Millard / Flood Funding
Thanks to legislation ushered through Harrisburg by Rep. David Millard of Millville... and okayed by the State House... Columbia County will see it's fair share of flood relief. House Bill 1916 calls for $3.5 – million earmarked for the Bloomsburg Municipal Authority for improvements and repairs to the waste water treatment plant on Ft. McClure Boulevard... a utility inundated by September flooding. The legislation also calls for an estimated 20 – million dollars would be put into position for a Bloomsburg flood wall.
A Jerseytown man is in the Montour County Prison... held on $250,000 bond... after allegedly slashing the throat of a Bloomsburg man Wednesday afternoon. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition 25 – year old Leslie Smith of Whitehall Road finding David Drucker of Bloomsburg in the apartment of Cassandra Poole in the 400 block of East Market Street of Danville. Smith and Drucker got into a struggle... with Drucker getting a three – inch gash from Smith's utility knife. Drucker was treated and released at Geisinger Medical Center... while Smith appeared before a district magistrate... then hustled off to prison.
A Shamokin Area Elementary school teacher... accused of hitting five kids with his Jeep last week... appeared in a Mt. Carmel Courtroom Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. 38 – year old Victor Swaboski is accused of striking the group... then driving off and hiding. Police arresting him on a long list of charges... including DUI. Swaboski pleaded not guilty sending the case to Northumberland County court. The Judge also lowering his bond from $75,000 to $50,000 cash.
It's been an interesting spring thus far in Columbia and Montour Counties.... warm weather followed by a distinctive chill in the area... with temps dropping below freezing. If you're an agri – businessman you're now trying to decide when to plant your crops... and take a gamble so says Briar Creek Township Farmer John Zaginaylo. And Zaginaylo says if farmers don't plan it just right... they could lose thousands of dollars worth of seed and fertilizer.
Hazleton / Bullets
A clearing crew was just doing their job this week... when they stumbled upon 83... 22 caliber bullets inside the 9th grade center in Hazle Township. State Troopers spent the day on campus Wednesday looking for clues as to how the bullets got into the building. Authorities say no weapons were found... and at no time were any of the students in danger.
You see them out starting each year at this time... PennDOT employees trying to fix the roads caused by rough winter weather. It's not an easy job... trying to work with cars whizzing by. That has prompted Work Zone Safety Awareness Week... so say PennDOT secretary Barry Schoch. He says since 1970... 83 PennDOT workers have died while working on roads statewide... including a worker who died near Wapwallopen... in Luzerne County back in 1999.
Hazleton Bus Service
That proposed merger between Hazleton Public Transit... and Luzerne County Transportation Authority may not get off the ground... as a matter of fact... the issue has been tabled by Hazleton City Council. That happened during Wednesday night's meeting at the request of PennDOT. The agreement was first okayed last fall... but since that time it was learned that the LCTA is withholding a $129,000 a month payment given to the company by the state for Hazleton bus service.
Pennsylvania is poised to become the 18th state to opt out of the federal REAL ID act. Under the law... state – issued drivers licenses would have to meet certain criteria... and would require PennDOT to store information... and link it to other states. Andy Hoover of the ACLU says he's pleased with the action the commonwealth has taken. Governor Corbett is expected to sign the bill into law once it's on his desk.
The Bloomsburg University baseball team split a pair of high scoring games at Clarion Wednesday. The Huskies won the first game 15 - 7 and lost the nightcap 12 - 7. Bloomsburg now has a record of 16 - 14. The Huskies play a home double header against East Stroudsburg Friday afternoon. The first game starts at 1 0'clock.
High School Baseball
In high school baseball yesterday Wyoming Valley West defeated Berwick 6 to 3... Shenandoah Valley got by Columbia Montour Vo Tech 9 to 4... Muncy downed Benton 20 to 1... Bloomsburg blanked Lewisburg 10 to nothing... Hughesville downed Central Columbia 10 to 6... Mifflinburg defeating Danville 7 to 4... Montgomery got by Millville 16 to 6 and South Williamsport swept Southern Columbia 12 to 2..
In a major league baseball regular season opener last night... the champion St. Louis Cardinals started the 2012 season where they left off last fall. St. Louis defeating Miami 4 to 1... .in a game which christened the Marlin's new multi – million dollar ball park in South Florida.