The Pennsylvania Attorney General's anti – trust division and the federal court... paving the way for Geisinger Health Systems to merge with the Bloomsburg Health Care Systems on July 1st. The concept of Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital has been in the legislative and judicial mix for the past year or so. During a recent speech in Shamokin... Geisinger CEO Dr. Glenn Steele says he's committed to an open staff hospital... allowing physicians practicing at Bloomsburg to apply for privileges at Geisinger. In a Geisinger news release... those folks working for the Bloomsburg Health System will become Geisinger employees... providing 24 – 7 care to patients.
Scott Township has settled with the developers of Lions Gate... all in an effort to keep students from renting apartments at the complex. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition that the township didn't want a protracted legal fight against the developers. The settlement now allows Lions Gate management to lease its 3 bed room apartments to those who qualify... and that includes students.
Contractors working on the clock tower at Carver Hall on the Bloomsburg University campus caused some excitement Wednesday morning. Bloomsburg Deputy Fire Chief Hugh Gross says workers grinding on some metal set tar paper on fire. BU President Dr. David Soltz says there's a lot of history associated with the clock tower which was added to the building around 1900. According to the book... Columbia County Places and Names by Walter Brasch... Carver Hall was first constructed in 1867 and is now used as the University's administration building.
When rough weather and flash flooding took place a few weeks ago on Columbia County's south side... there were not enough people to call in damage reports to either Columbia County Emergency Dispatch or the National Weather Service. Now... County Emergency Management has set July 18th as an opportunity to get training as a SkyWarn Storm Spotter. The EMA's Michelle Frye says the one – time only class will take place on the evening of the 18th at the county building in the 700 – block of Sawmill Road... just outside Lightstreet.
A perfect Wednesday night for a blue grass concert in Bloomsburg's Town Park. Cabin Run provided Pennsylvania Bluegrass for the fourth of nine concerts in the park this summer. Next Wednesday... thousands of people are expected at the 4th of July concert featuring the Catawissa Military Band... with fireworks at dusk.
Hazleton School Budget
Hazleton Area school board directors are expected to vote today on the district's 2012 – 2013 budget. It calls for the furlough of a half – dozen employees. Some workers will be cut from full to part – time... and others will be re-assigned to fill vacancies created by retirements. The board will also set taxing rates... selecting from four options... when they meet Thursday night at 6 O'clock at the district administration building on 22nd street.
Three teenage boys... suspected of breaking into a Hazleton woman's home earlier this week... have been captured in New Jersey. The trio is wanted for an incident in the 900 block of Meade Court. There... police say... the three entered her home while in her basement... all running when they were discovered. The three now face a multitude of charges and will be processed through the Luzerne County juvenile court.
An inmate at the Luzerne County Correctional facility has waived his right to a preliminary hearing... after he was accused by state police of trying to hire a hit man to kill a witness in the 2002 Hugo Selenski case. 39 – year old Michael Scerbo is accusing of hiring... what he believed... was a hitman to kill prime witness Paul Weakley. It turns out... he was talking with a state police undercover officer. Scerbo isn't going anywhere soon... he's jailed on $250,000 bond.
A substitute teacher... who at one time worked for the Shamokin Area School District... has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. 23 – year old Michael Zack of Marion Heights... in Northumberland County... is accused of sending graphic text messages to four female students last year. He is scheduled for a plea hearing in August. That's where he can plead not guilty and have a trial... or pleading guilty or no contest.
A former Selinsgrove man will spend the next 11- and – a - half years in a federal prison. 33 – year old Jesse Curtis Morton... who converted to Islam... pleaded guilty to federal charges for posting on – line threats against the creator of the TV show “South Park.” He also threatened others he felt were enemies of Islam. Morton believed his Revolution Muslim website was protected by the first amendment.
One of the greatest players in the history of Bloomsburg University football is one of five former Huskies who will be inducted into the Bloomsburg University Athletic Hall of Fame this fall. Irv Sigler, from the Class of 1999, was an outstanding running back who won the Harlon Hill Award as the top player in the nation in Division II, in 1997. Joining Sigler in this year's class are track & field star Edward Mulhearn from the class of 1938... women's lacrosse standout Meghan Vernon Mozi form the Class of 1995... and two former athletes from the Class of 2000... women's tennis star Danielle Faretta Trego and field hockey standout Jess Kircher. The Hall of Fame dinner will be held on campus on Friday, November 2nd.
Philadelphia Phillies 2nd baseman Chase Utley made his 2012 debut Wednesday night... and right out of the box he slams a home run... but that didn't stop the Pittsburgh Pirates from defeating the Phil's 11 to 7. It was Utley's first game of the season since encountering a knee injury earlier this year. Overall... Utley went three for five. The Phil's and the Pirates play an afternoon matinee at Citizens Bank Park Thursday. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 12:30... the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.