2012-11-09 11:05:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Unit 2 Shut Down at Susquehanna
Operators at PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant safely shut down the Unit 2 reactor Friday because a computer system that controls the reactor's water level was not functioning properly. Operators manually shut down the reactor when they identified the malfunction and plant systems responded as designed. Susquehanna employees are investigating the reason for the loss of the computer system. While the unit is shut down, employees will address the control system malfunction and begin a previously announced turbine blade inspection as part of ongoing efforts to address turbine blade cracking as the plant finalizes long-term solutions. Unit 1 is operating safely and is unaffected by the loss of the system on Unit 2.
The Bloomsburg YMCA was the recipient Thursday of the generosity of Lycoming County – based new car dealership group. The Alexander Family Group group... with a location in Espy... coming through with a $25,000 donation for “the Y.” Cleve Hummel... the Y's Chief Volunteer Officer... says the donated dollars goes a long way. Dealership founder Blaise Alexander says it all comes down to keeping people healthy. Also receiving a $10,000 donation was Central Columbia School Superintendent Harry Mathias. He says the money will be earmarked for their health and wellness complex at the school's Old Berwick Road campus.
Berwick Man Jailed
A 24 – year old Berwick man remains lodged at the Northumberland County Jail after he faced a preliminary hearing earlier this week. Justin Cressinger of West Front Street in Berwick was pulled over last week by a Ralpho Township police officer. But when cops went to place the cuffs on him... Cressinger escaped... leading to a massive manhunt across Elysburg and Ralpho Township. He was captured a couple of hours later at the home of 19 – year old Brittney Anecki. She's facing a long list of charges... including concealing a fugitive.
Bloomsburg Area Schools
Officials with the Bloomsburg Area School District held a public meeting Thursday night dealing with testing and what will be required to graduate a few years down the road. In essence... Superintendent Cos Curry... appearing on the WHLM Morning Buzz... says it comes down to passing a minimum requirement test... some of it still in the proposal stage. Curry says it's part of the federal “no child left behind” program.
Whites Church Bridge
Another piece of flood recovery in Columbia County. One of the bridges lost during the September 2011 flooding is now opened to traffic. The new Whites Church Road Bridge is fully functional. The previous 28 – foot long bridge over Deer Lick Run... near Mt. Pleasant Road was heavily damage during the flood. Finishing touches... such as guardrails... will be installed at a later date.
Millard Senior Forum
State Representative David Millard of Millville... is holding a senior caregiver support forum next Thursday at the Columbia – Montour Aging Office on Sawmill Road... near Lightstreet. The forum is designed to give local residents... serving as caregivers for seniors... awareness of resources that are available. Millard says many people are thrust into the roll of a caregiver... at times with little or no preparation.
We told you last week about the roof being ripped off the Hazleton Area Ninth Grade Center due to Superstorm Sandy. Now, we're happy to report the holes have been temporarily patched... and there are oversized dehumidifier's blowing air through the 12 classrooms affected. Superintendent Francis Antonelli says the kids should be back in the classrooms after the Thanksgiving Holiday break.
An unknown... U.S. - based pallet rental service company will soon set up in the Humboldt Industrial Park... near Hazleton. The move will create 40 new jobs... in nearly 99 – thousand square feet of space.
Word of the company comes from Mericle Commercial Real Estate. The company provides pallet service to grocery... warehouse... club and discount retails in the US, Canada and Mexico.
Wilkes – Barre Jobs
We should know by the end of Friday... who stays as a Wilkes – Barre city worker... and who goes. The city is facing a 2 million dollar budget crunch and the administration of Mayor Tom Leighton asked 300 employees to accept furloughs through the end of the year. There weren't many takers... so Leighton's staff will pick and choose who stays on the job... and who hits the bricks. An announcement is forthcoming late Friday as to how to maintain service... but with less people.
The Bloomsburg High School football team tried to avenge their season-opening loss as they played South Williamsport in the first round of D4 Class A playoffs Friday. The Panthers were unable to pull out the win; the final was 32-16 South Williamsport. In the other Class A semifina, Southern Columbia remains unbeaten with a 28-21 win against Line Mountain. In the District 4 Class AA playoffs Friday night, Danville beat Loyalsock 31-6 and Central Columbia fell to Mount Carmel 17-0.
You can hear all the details from Friday's action in the WHLM Friday Night Sports Update:
Saturday afternoon at Crispin Field, Berwick plays Dallas in a District 2 Class AAA semifinal in a game that begins at 1 O'clock. You can hear that match-up on Classic Rock 103.5 starting with The Coach Curry Show at noon.
In college football Saturday Bloomsburg University ends the regular season with a game at Slippery Rock, a game the Huskies need to clinch an NCAA playoff spot. You can hear that contest on the WHLM Stations beginning with the Husky Countdown Show at 12:30.
The Bloomsburg University Women's basketball team opened the season Friday afternoon against Chestnut Hill at Nelson Field House. The Huskies took a decisive 84-54 win in that game. The Husky Men's team officially opens their season tomorrow at 3 at the Nelson Field House.
In Thursday night football.... Indianapolis downed Jacksonville 27 to 10.