TPC Power Expands
The ribbon was cut Tuesday for the expansion of a long time Columbia County business. TPC Power Center in Scott Township... has acquired a 40,000 square foot building to be used for the assembly and distribution of Mahindra Tractors to the Northeast US and Canada. The new location... in an industrial park north of Lime Ridge in South Centre Township... is the fourth distribution center for India – based Mahindra. Up to 30 new jobs will be created by the expansion of TPC Power.
Central Columbia Renovations
Now that Central Columbia and the Bloomsburg area School Districts have turned down a proposal to merge into one super system.... Central isn't wasting any time getting its $28 – million renovation plan in place for the current 50 – year old high school. The architects are in town this week... so says Central Superintendent Harry Mathias. There will be a complete rebuild of some of the school on Old Berwick Road starting late next year.
17 – year old Zain Retherford of Benton was welcomed home in a big way Tuesday night. The borough throwing a parade in his honor after winning a gold medal he won during an international wrestling competition in Azerbaijan.... a former Russian country which earned it's independence in 1991. Retherford is a senior at Benton High School and began training for the event in June. He now turns his attention to wrestling for the Benton Tigers this winter.
Mt. Carmel Meth House
Authorities in Mt. Carmel busted a meth lab Tuesday in the 200 block of South Beech Street. Two people... 33 – year old Jason Hunsinger and his 30 – year old girlfriend, Kimberly Metcalf, were discovered allegedly cooking the drug when police served a probation warrant. Neighbors in a nearby row home were evacuated as a precaution while a team cleared the house. Mt. Carmel firefighters stood by in case of problems. Hunsinger and Metcalf are in the Northumberland County Jail.
A 28 – year old man who used to be an athletic trainer for the Warrior Run school district has been okayed for a work – release program. Matthew Godfrey must register as a sex offender and pay the cost of counseling for his victims. Godfrey pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with two female students... sending them inappropriate text messages between August and November of last year. The work release program will allow Godfrey to keep his new job with a gas drilling company.
Still on the run is a man wanted by police who held up the first National Bank in Hughesville this week. Surveillance pictures show the man strolling into the bank... wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt... a baseball cap and sun glasses. He got some cash from the teller... and fled. If you have information about the robbery... call Hughesville Police.
A blood drive is on tap for Wednesday... but this one is unique. Columbia County Commissioners are challenging Montour County Commissioners... in order to see who gets the most donations... thus the most support. It all begins at 1 O'clock at either the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg... or the first Baptist Church in Danville.
When school starts Thursday in Hazleton... students at the district's high school will have to go through metal detectors. School officials say it's all due to the changing times schools are facing today. The detectors are in place at four of the buildings on campus.... increasing safety for students and teachers.
Neighbors along a section of Route 93 near Beaver Meadows... south of Hazleton... says something needs to be done about that stretch of highway. Three fatal crashes have occurred there... the latest one earlier this month. People who live in the area telling authorities the crashes take place every time it rains due to poor drainage. PennDOT says they're investigating the complaints.
It appears Hugo Selenski will go on trial in Luzerne County Court September 10th in the murders of two people... found buried in his back yard back in Wilkes – Barre. The murders of a pharmacist and his girlfriend taking place in May of 2002. A state appeals court has denied Selenski's last minute double jeopardy challenge. However, his lawyer could appeal the ruling to the State Supreme Court.
The Bloomsburg University football team will face a brand new opponent when the Huskies open the season Friday night in Easton, Massachusetts against Stonehill College. Bloomsburg coach Danny Hale feels the Skyhawks have an offense that could give his team some problems. Friday night's game kicks off at 6 O'clock. Coverage starts at 5:30 with the Husky Countdown Show on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 & WHLM.com.
Ike Davis hit a tie breaking double during a four – run, 10th inning... giving the New York Mets a 9 to 5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday night. The bright spot for the Phillies... a grand slam by Ryan Howard and a solo shot for Chase Utley. The Mets and the Phils tangle tonight at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.