Bloomsburg Town Council meets Thursday afternoon in special session. The reason... to adopt the Town's proposed 2013 budget.... crafted by Council and Mayor Dan Knorr. The spending plan totals an estimated $4.4 - million... and includes a $99,000 deficit. But property taxes remain the same. Council member Diane Levan says it's one of the toughest budgets she's had to work on. Not included in the budget is a new police officer... and the town's public works director will only be able to hire one new person... instead of two... and the town will have to dip into its reserves to the tune of $164,000 for one time expenses. That special council meeting gets underway at 5:30 Thursday afternoon.
Wise Foods Sold
Wise Foods... the producer of Wise potato chips and other snack foods is in the process of being sold to a Latin America – base company. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... Palladium Equity Partners has made a deal to sell the company to Arca Continental which bottles Coca – Cola to countries south of the border. No changes are expected at the Berwick plant... and all the employees now there... will stay. No purchase price has been announced... but the sale faces regulatory scrutiny. Wise is the second largest employer in Columbia County.
PennDOT Ready for Winter
It's been a pretty decent winter... thus far. Just a dusting of snow... and the forecast is only calling for snow showers later in the week. That's kept the folks at PennDOT happy. But, when the snow does fall... the agency's David Thompson says the first roads to get plowed are the interstates and expressways... followed by secondary roads. Thompson says the district... which includes Columbia and Montour Counties has plenty of anti – icing and anti – skid materials to cover the road surface.
Two Berwick teenagers were in Columbia County Court in Bloomsburg yesterday... apologizing for the damage they caused to Crispin Field... and at least one business... in October. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... Nick Happle and Jobe Halteman said they were sorry for causing an estimated $18,000 worth of damage to the facility... as well as a near – by restaurant. Both pleading guilty to criminal trespassing and mischief. A third person... a 12 – year old did not show up at court... and an arrest warrant was issued. The pair will be sentenced at a later date.
Murder – Suicide
Two Butler Township residents... near Freeland... are dead... the result of a murder – suicide says the Luzerne County District Attorney's office. Dead are 51 – year old John Walton... and his wife... 41 – year old Stacy. The pair was found Monday morning by relatives. The couple had been going through divorce proceedings. Stacy Walton was a school teacher in the Hazleton district... while John Walton was a contractor.
NEPA Gas Prices
The price of self serve, unleaded regular gas is holding steady across northeastern Pennsylvania... including Columbia and Montour Counties. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows gasoline averaging $3.43 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend... and down five cents from a week ago. That average could be more or less... depending on location.
Police are looking for a man wanted for attempted murder in the Lehigh Valley. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting... cops are looking for Victor Rivera after he crashed his car during a traffic stop on Route 309 near McAdoo in Schuylkill County. Following the crash... Rivera ran into a wooded area and disappeared. Police finding drugs in the car he was driving.
A case of theft at the Red Rock Job Corps Center in Sullivan County. State Police at Laporte tell us some one made off with an iPad belonging to Richard Powers of Allentown. The device was on a chair in the Corps recreation center prior to it's disappearance.
A weekend robbery of a convenience store near Williamsport netted the robber a cash register full of money. Police say the bandit strolled into the Quick Mart on Northway road Saturday night.... showed a gun and demanded cash. Instead of just getting the money... the clerk just handed over the register. No one was hurt in the stick up.
The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams both face nationally ranked opponents Tuesday night as the Huskies play at IUP in their first game action in ten days. The Bloomsburg women's team, ranked 22nd in the nation, play the 15th ranked Crimson Hawks in the first game at 5:30 followed by the men's game against 18th ranked IUP. You can hear both of those contests on the WHLM Stations beginning with the pregame show at 5:10.
Boys HS Basketball
In boys' high school basketball Monday night.... Bloomsburg Christian defeated Columbia Montour Vo-Tech 56 – 37.
Girls HS Basketball
In girls basketball Monday night... Central Columbia beat Towanda 44 – 34... and Southern Columbia downed South Williamsport 68 - 49.
High School Wrestling
In high school wrestling Tuesday night, Bloomsburg and Central Columbia renew their neighborhood rivalry at Central.
There's college wrestling Tuesday night at Nelson Field House as the Huskies of Bloomsburg University take on Buffalo. That match begins at 7 O'clock
In the NFL Monday night... the Tennessee Titans getting by the New York Jets 14 to 10.