They keep hammering away at it.... Bloomsburg Town Council... trying to reach a 2013 budget. Despite numerous meeting's.... council is an estimated $300,000 short when it comes to expenditures verses income. But during a recent interview... Mayor Dan Knorr says it all comes down to raw material to make the town work. Already... council has turned down a request for an additional police officer... but has agreed to fill one of two vacancies in the public works department. Council holds a budget session Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 at Town Hall.
People are hurting in Columbia County... and don't have the resources to make ends meet. That word from Lt. Kevin Polito of the Berwick Salvation Army. 160 families were helped during Thanksgiving, but now they're looking to serve an estimated 500 families in Berwick and Bloomsburg during the Christmas holiday. For their part... Lt. Polito says there is generous giving from the community... as well as the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle campaign.
A lot of people are looking for bargains when it comes to cars and trucks... and Monday an auction begins in Grantville... near Harrisburg of hundreds of state – owned vehicles. The auction begins at 10 AM Monday at the Manheim Auto Auction in Grantville.
Eleven people will wake up elsewhere Monday after they were forced out of their Hazleton apartments Sunday morning. The fire on North Cedar near Green Streets was discovered coming from the attic eaves at midday... forcing eight adults and three kids out into the street. One child was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation... while a fireman sustained cuts from glass. The cause of the fire is under investigation... with a state fire marshal expected back on the scene Monday.
At one time anthracite coal used to rule the roost in Northeastern PA... with men working in the deep mines... providing fuel to heat homes. Now... the business is gone... and so will be the coal miners compensation office in Wilkes – Barre by the end of February. The state saying there isn't enough business to keep it open to take care of former miners suffering from “Black Lung” disease. It will now all be handled by phone in an office near Pittsburgh.