Fishing Creek Township Fatal
State Police will continue their investigation Thursday into a Wednesday night crash which killed a 17 – year old Benton teenager. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... Ashley Reabuck of Market Street in Benton... died when she lost control of her car on the Zaners – Rohrsburg Road. The car overturning as it went down an embankment. The accident happened in the rain around 7 O'clock. Columbia County Deputy Coroner Linda Kessler telling the paper Reabuck died of blunt force trauma.
For the most part... folks are glad the Bloomsburg Fair is up and running.... and recovered from last September's flood... which forced cancellation of the 2011 event. Jan Dubbs of Bloomsburg who operates an Apple Cart location in the Ag Building says it's the economic shot the area needs. Fair officials announcing overnight that only 26,000 people came through the turnstiles Wednesday... that's down from the 57,000 who visited the Fair on Wednesday back in 2010.
Fair / Livestock
The 157th Bloomsburg fair is past midweek in it's run... and one of the areas where fairgoers congregate is at the live stock barn. It's an opportunity for folks to see the cows... many coming from Columbia and Montour Counties. Livestock Superintendent Jeff Giger says there are a lot of animals being displayed at this year's exposition.... something in the neighborhood of 1,300. Giger and his staff are giving tours of the barn area each day at 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM.
The Columbia County Traveling Library knows how to stretch its budget dollars. Executive Director Lydia Kegler says they get $98,000 a year from Columbia County Commissioners... and that money has to stretch an entire year. Meantime, the traveling library has recently moved into a new location at the county – owned building on Sawmill Road... a replacement for their former Perry Avenue location which was destroyed by last year's flooding.
F & M Poll
Governor Corbett is not getting high marks from voters for one of the high profile cases he handled while attorney general. However, Franklin and Marshall's Terry Madonna says a poll conducted by the school indicates voters are not happy with the way Mr. Corbett handed the Jerry Sandusky case while attorney general. Sandusky... if you recall... was found guilty of 45 of 48 charges leveled against him for abusing young boys. He'll be sentenced in early October.
The Hazleton area School Board is expected to approve taking two properties off the tax rolls. Earlier this week the Luzerne County Council voted to remove two former bank building off the rolls since they're in the Keystone Opportunity Zone. That move means the county loses about $11,000 a year in property taxes. A developer has a conditional agreement to purchase properties at 101 West Broad and 2 thru 8 East Broad Streets.
Dorrance Township Meeting
They were suppose to meet this week in Dorrance Township... north of Hazleton... but it didn't happen. The sixth hearing dealing with a conditional use permit for Small Mountain Quarry scheduled for this week was canceled. Thus far... five hearings have been held... between the township and Harrisburg – based Pennsy Supply. The company wants to move it's operations from one side of the property to the other.. but there is a concern that the water supply for residents could be affected.
The overall number of crimes in Pennsylvania decreased by seven – tenths of a percent in 2011. That word from PA State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan. The report said there were 927,000 crimes called into state police last year... compared to 934,000 the previous year.
When the unbeaten Bloomsburg University football team plays Gannon Saturday at Redman Stadium, it will be the first meeting since the Huskies lost to the Golden Knights at Redman in the last game of the 2009 season. Huskies coach Danny Hale remembers that game well when the Husky's were taken to the woodshed. Gannon at Bloomsburg kicks off Saturday at 1:30. Our coverage starts at 11:30 with The Husky Tailgate Show on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 & www.whlm.com.
Central / Danville
Jason Hippenstiel, head coach of the unbeaten Central Columbia High School football team, will be part of the Countdown to Kickoff Show this afternoon following the 5 o'clock news. Friday night, Jason's Bluejays face unbeaten Danville in our game of the week.
In NFL action tonight, the Cleveland Browns play at the Baltimore Ravens... and they'll have regular referees officiating the game. The refs coming to terms with the NFL overnight... following Monday nights fiasco at the end of the Seattle – Green Bay game.
The Philadelphia Phillies were defeated Wednesday night by the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. The final 8 to 4. The two teams wrap up their three game series Thursday night. You can catch all the action starting at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.