For the past six months a committee of consultants have been looking at the feasibility of consolidating two of the biggest school districts in Columbia County. They plan to release figures later this month to see if a merger between the Bloomsburg and Central Columbia Districts would be a good fit. Central superintendent Harry Mathias says he's looking forward to see what the consultants have to say. A final report is due to be released by the committee when the Central Columbia School Board meets on the 18th of the month.
Starting this weekend the final phase of road construction in Berwick gets underway. It's all designed to repairs all the pot holes and patches made by the installation of new water and sewer lines under Front and Second Streets. For Berwick Borough Manager Robert Hivish it's a case of temporary inconvenience... permanent improvement. The first phase begins Saturday when Barletta Construction begins the paving of Market Street begins between Front and Second Streets
If you headed eastbound on Interstate 80 in Columbia County... traffic could stack up a bit throughout the day Tuesday. PennDOT says one of it's contractors will close the right lane of the superhighway between the Lime Ridge and the Mifflinville interchanges. Construction crews will be performing road widening work through early the evening. It's part of PennDOT's $50 million effort to rebuild two bridges built in the 60's.... and construct a new bridge over the Susquehanna River near Mifflinville.
Jury selection begins Tuesday in the sex abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The State Supreme Court on Monday refused to delay the proceedings. He is accused of abusing ten boys over a 20 – year period of time. The trial is taking place at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte... and it's attracted journalists from around the country.
Have you checked the price at the pumps within the past couple of days. Self – serve, unleaded regular averaging $3.45 – a - gallon in Columbia and Montour County's. The Triple A's Jenny Robinson says we probably won't see any major price increases unless there are refinery shutdowns... or international political events that would drive them up again. Crude oil prices have dropped substantially over the past couple of weeks... leading to the downturn in pump prices.
The man who escaped from the Minsec halfway house in Hazleton over the weekend has been found and arrested. State Police at Hazleton didn't say where 38 – year old Alfonso Quinones was arrested. But, they said he was arranged before a District Justice on Monday. Quinones was at the Minsec facility as part of a pre – release assignment.
An Ashley man is in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility after he was arrested on a robbery charge. 23 – year old Richard Hadvance, Jr is accused of robbing the Turkey Hill convenience store on E. Main Street in Wilkes – Barre over the weekend. He's being held in lieu of $15,000 bond.
Grief Counselors are at the Pottsville area high school this week following a weekend crash on Route 61 near the Frackville Mall. The crash killed three people and injured one. A 16 - year old girl died in the crash... and her friend who survived... were juniors at the school. They were in a car driven by a 19 – year old man from Fredensburg. He died in the crash... as well as his 23 – year old friend. Police say Shawn Centeleghe was driving too fast on a wet roadway.
A Sunbury couple was forced from their north 3rd Street home over the weekend after a fire caused extensive damage. Fire investigators said an overheated extension cord caused an estimated $130,000 in damage to the home of the Kingston family. They were able to escape from the two – story structure and are now being helped by the American Red Cross.
In girls' softball Monday, in a Class A first round state playoff game played at Blue Mountain high school, Southern Columbia defeated Minersville 2 to 1. Southern will play the winner of the Girard Academy Music Program and Bristol on Thursday.
NBA Playoffs / Western Conference
In the NBA playoffs Monday night, in the Western Conference final series... the Oklahoma City Thunder downed the San Antonio Spurs 108 to 103. Oklahoma leads the series three games to two. The next game is Wednesday night.
NBA Playoffs / Eastern Conference
In Miami Tuesday night, it will be Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final series. That series between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat is tied at two game each.
In the Stanley Cup final series Monday night... Los Angeles out-skated New Jersey 4 to 0.
A rough Monday night for the Philadelphia Phillies as the Los Angeles Dodgers came to town... handing the Phils a 4 to 3 loss. The Phillies have now lost three in a row. Game two between the Phil's and the Dodgers on tap for Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch set for 7:05 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.