When you go to vote in November... make sure you have a government issued picture identification with you when you hit the polling place. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson refused to grant an injunction to halt the requirement. The ruling did not surprise Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky. He also says his office has been preparing for ID decision. Meantime, the American Civil Liberties Union is expected to file an appeal of the ruling by the end of the week to the State Supreme Court.
There is a day of celebration Saturday as to what we do in Bloomsburg. AGAPE Palooza is designed to make people more aware of the faith – based organization... not just after the flood we experienced last September.... but what the organization does on a year – round basis... so says spokesperson Kathy Lowe. Ms. Lowe says AGAPE Palooza is open to everyone... with local churches and non – profit groups taking part in the event. It begins Saturday at 2 PM at Bloomsburg Town Park.
A year after the Lee Flood.... the Borough of Shickshinny continues to slowly bounce back. Although Shickshinny's main bank is gone... replaced by an ATM machine... other businesses have come to life... such as a hardware store... some restaurants and gas stations. Fred Lombardo who co – owns a shopping plaza hard hit by September flooding says he has watched the resilience of the people over the past year. Also another bright spot in Shickshinny.... the opening of a new Thomas' Family Market sometime next month. It will be the first big time market in the borough since the owners of a former market at the same location decided not to rebuild.
Bloomsburg Skate Park
It could be sometime in October that we could see the first phase of a skate park open for business. It's located adjacent to the swimming pool. Work got underway this week... after $11,000 was received thanks to various fund raisers. The original skate park was made of plywood.... and over time that warped... but if things go according to plan... the wood will be replaced by an 8 - foot cement bowl which will last for years. Those folks building the park says another couple of thousand dollars is needed to complete the first phase of construction..
One of the state bridges lost during last September's flooding in Columbia County will be replaced during a project starting next week. The previous, 28 foot -long bridge on Whites Church Road over Deer Lick Run, just south of Mount Pleasant Road in Mount Pleasant Township, was heavily damaged during the flood and was removed late last year. PennDOT's Rick Mason says the new bridge will consist of a concrete box culvert.. with crews restoring approaches and all the work needed to re-open the road in early October.
Luzerne County Deficit
The Luzerne County Manager is out with his estimate of a budget deficit. Manager Robert Lawton says the current budget has a $1.8 -point- million shortfall. And... if the county doesn't tighten it's belt... it could get a lot worse. Lawton telling County Commissioners this week... he believes he can lessen the shortfall without eliminating too many jobs. He says if something isn't done soon... the county could be facing a $2.1 - million deficit.
A Shickshinny man may be doing some hard prison time. There is a published report 43 – year old Walter Joseph Engle pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary sexual intercourse. The Wilkes – Barre Times Leader says Engle engaged in sex with a girl... with the 13 – year old teen becoming pregnant. Luzerne County prosecutors are seeking a 10 – year mandatory prison sentence on each count.
A state police fire marshal has been called in to investigate an arson fire at a Nanticoke area church. A storage building behind the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church on Middle Road was torched early Wednesday morning. The pastor says the shed contained items to be used at an upcoming flea market... as well as some lawn equipment.
Pennsylvania Power and Light says it may get a bit noisy in Salem Township Thursday morning. The utility will conduct the annual test of all sirens in it's Susquehanna Steam Electric plant emergency notification system. The sirens will sound at 11 O'clock... and run for three minutes. They are used to notify the area near the plant when an emergency arises.
Curley / Schultz
The two men in the middle of the Sandusky sex scandal at Penn State University will have their lawyers in court Thursday. Oral arguments will be held in Dauphin County Court on pre – trial motions in the case of former university athletic director Tim Curley... and former PSU Vice President Gary Shultz. Curley and Schultz are awaiting trial on charges they lied to a grand jury investigating former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, and didn't properly report suspected child abuse.
The U-S Third Court of Appeals in Philadelphia heard the pros and cons Wednesday of Hazleton's six year old immigration law. It was formulated when current 11th District Congressman Lou Barletta was mayor... but it was never enacted due to court challenges. Under the law businesses cannot hire.... and property owners cannot rent to illegal immigrants. The U-S Supreme court initially got the case, but decided to kick it down to the Court of Appeals.
Residents of Dimmock... in Susquehanna County... who claim water wells were poisoned due to fracking... are nearing a settlement in their federal lawsuit with Houston – based Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation. Court documents filed this week indicate a confidential agreement is in the works between residents of Dimmock and Cabot Oil. Dimmock became a flashpoint in the national debate over gas drilling and a technique called hydraulic fracturing... after residents claimed in 2009 that Cabot polluted their water supply with methane gas and toxic chemicals and made some of them ill.
Starting his 9th season as Bloomsburg University's secondary coach, Chet Henicle faces a real challenge. Three of last season's starters in the Huskies secondary graduated including all conference corners Oscar Rivera and Vince Browning. The lone returning starter is senior safety Dan Haverstock.
Henicle says Haverstock is up to the challenge and will need to take charge. The Huskies are into their second week of preseason drills. They open the season next Friday in Easton, Massachusetts against Stonehill College.
The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team will face one of the biggest challenges in school history to start the season. On November 4th, the Huskies will play an exhibition game against Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse is coming off one of their most successful seasons. They were 34-3 and ranked first in the nation for much of the season.
The Miami Marlins scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday to make it difficult for the Philadelphia Phillies to make a comeback in the ninth. The final 9 to 2. The Phils are now in Milwaukee for Thursday evenings start of a weekend series against the Brewers. You can catch all the action starting with the Phillie's pre – game show at 7:35... with the first pitch at 8:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.