Southern Defeated in Quest for Title
Try as they might.... Southern Columbia was defeated by Fannett – Metal for their first PIAA title in the PIAA Class A Championship. The final was 1 – 0 in a game played Friday morning at Beard Field on the Penn State campus. Fannett – Metal pitcher Blaire Lauthers threw a one – hitter... driving in the only run of the game.
Southern's Mallory Tomaschick pitched a complete game... and took the loss
Fannett – Metal finishes the season with a record of 24 – 4... while Southern compiles a solid season of 23 wins and 4 losses.
The first week of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial is over. It's set to resume Monday after prosecutors on Thursday finished calling the last of several of the former Penn State assistant football coach's alleged victims to testify. Sandusky is facing more than 50 counts for allegedly sexually assaulting boys over a 15-year period.
Bloomsburg / Bill Lowthart
After working with SEDA – COG for the past seven years... and closely associated with key projects in Bloomsburg... Bill Lowthart wraps up his first week as Town Administrator. Lowthart was raised in Carrol Park in Scott Township... and coming back to Bloomsburg to work is like wearing a pair of comfortable shoes. Lowthart didn't apply for the job the first two times it was advertised... but after the fiasco with last administrator Ron Mull... he felt the time was right to submit his resume.
Budget / Dan Meuser
Time is running out for the house and senate... as well as Governor Corbett to settle on a new 2012 – 2013 state budget. All sides have until the end of the month to agree on a plan. During a recent stop in the Danville area... State Treasury Secretary Dan Meuser says he believes Governor Corbett's $28 – billion budget is realistic. This was the day state lawmakers hoped to be looking at the state capitol in Harrisburg in their rear view mirror. But, unless an agreement is reached before midnight Friday... that's not going to be the case.
Firefighters from five different departments.... including Millville... battled a blaze Thursday night in Anthony Township... in Montour County... near Exchange. Melvin Hostettler... his wife and 6 – month old child lost everything they had when flames broke out at their home on Stamm Road shortly after 9 O'clock. Neighbors rushing to the scene... saving little of the family's belongings. No word as to what caused that house fire near Exchange.
State Police are still investigating a Thursday crash near Treverton... which killed one teenager and injured four others. Authorities say the crash happened on Anthracite Road in Zerbe Township... in Northumberland County. They say 18 – year old Kyle Koontz of Shamokin was traveling too fast... when he lost control of the '98 Crown Victoria... going out of control and rolling over. 19 – year old David Dorsett of Coal Township was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected. Dorsett was pronounced dead at the scene.
If you're trying to get from Berwick to Nescopeck.... or vise – versa... you'll have to take a detour. Crews from Barletta Construction will have the Route 93 bridge across the Susquehanna River shut down so they can continue paving work between the bridge and Front Street. It's all part of the final phase of sewer and water line construction taking place during the past year. Alternate routes... such as 339 to Mifflinville... will be in use. The Berwick – Nescopeck bridge to be re-opened late Sunday night.
Resurface, rehabilitate, and replace are the basic elements of the proposed Transportation Improvement Program for an eight county area.... including here in Columbia and Montour. In our area... Route 11 would be the target of resurfacing. The program is prepared by the SEDA-COG Rural Planning Organization... in partnership with PennDOT. The plans are available to be viewed at SEDA – COG headquarters in Lewisburg... with a public meeting to be held Monday afternoon at 5 O'clock. Final action on the program is scheduled for July 13th.
The search is on for a 16 - year old boy from Freeland escaped custody on Thursday... as he arrived at the Luzerne County Courthouse for a hearing. District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said the youngster... of Egyptian descent... was being transported from a non – secure facility... and was not shackled or wearing handcuffs. Despite a search.... authorities could not locate the missing teen.
The heir apparent to the Republican Presidential nomination is expected to be in Weatherly Saturday for a campaign stop. Mitt Romney buscapade leaves New Hampshire Friday morning... on it's way to Michigan... making dozens of stops along the way. Although Romney's website confirms his appearance... it's not clear where he'll stop... or at what time.
Wilkes – Barre Shooting
One of two 17 year old teenagers shot under the South Street Bridge in Wilkes – Barre this week remains hospitalized. Police say the pair was shot near a playground in the Boulevard Townhomes section of the city... but investigators say they don't know who pulled the trigger.... or why. One of the teens was shot in the back and remains at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center... while the second was hit in the leg.
GMC / Hood
Geisinger Health System will celebrate the life and legacy of its former president and chief executive officer Henry Hood next Thursday. The event will be at the Henry Hood Center for Health Research on the Geisinger Medical Center campus. Hood died in February at his home in New Hampshire. He came to Geisinger in 1957 and during his tenure as president and CEO from 1974 to his retirement in 1991, he elevated Geisinger to one of the best medical facilities in the country.
Hundreds of people protesting education funding cuts are hoping their rallies in Harrisburg might sway state lawmakers, though a spokesman for the governor says its unlikely. Parents, teachers and even students filled the State Capitol rotunda in the first of two protests this week. Protestors also gathered in front of the governor's mansion, demanding more state funding for public education. A spokesman for the state Department of Education says the loss of $1.7 - billion in federal stimulus funding is to blame for reduced education funds.
A measure approved by the state House this week could make it legal for people to record conversations without consent if the person recording believes a law is being broken. Current Pennsylvania law bans recording any conversation either in-person or via telephone without the consent of both parties. The proposed law now goes to the state Senate for consideration.
LeBron James dropped in 32 points and the Miami Heat held on for a 100 - 96 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the NBA Finals. James was 12-of-12 at the free-throw line.... also grabbing eight rebounds to help Miami even the best-of-seven series at a game apiece. Miami will host Game Three on Sunday.
Jim Thome hit a three-run homer Thursday night to push the Philadelphia Phillies past the Minnesota Twins, 6 - 1. Joe Blanton tossed a complete-game, seven-hitter, giving up one run and striking out seven. The Phillies begin a three game series with the Toronto Blue Jays... north of the border... Friday night. All the action will be on the WHLM Stations beginning with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch tossed at 7:05.