One of Bloomsburg's largest employers asked... and received a zoning variance dealing with a flood plain ordinance already on the books. A representative from Windsor Foods appeared before Town Council Monday night... pleading the company's case for the variance for a large modular conference room that has a floor that sits inches from the 100 – year high water mark. But Windsor's Maintenance Manager Rick Carpenter said the issue becomes moot if a proposed flood wall is built around the plant. The variance was adopted on a 5 to 2 vote with Mayor Dan Knorr and vice – chair Diane Levan voting “no.”
A Berwick man is in the Columbia County Prison on $300,000 bail after he allegedly cut a woman's throat with a meat cleaver over the weekend. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition 63 - Roger Beebe is being charged with attempted homicide after he allegedly used the cleaver to cut the throat of 42 – year old Juanita Gray. The incident taking place Sunday afternoon at a home in the 600 – block of North Vine Street. Berwick Police taking Beebe into custody.
A Benton woman was uninjured after she lost control of her car near Stillwater on Monday. Pennsylvania State Police tell us 41 – year old Pamela Klock was eastbound on Paperdale Road when she hit a patch of ice on the roadway... while trying to make a left hand turn. Ms. Klock's car slid off the road... down an embankment... and into a tree. She was not injured... but her car had to be towed from the scene. No charges were filed.
Delays / Closings
Monday's freezing rain in some parts of the area forced school districts to start the day a little later than planned. But a two hour delay isn't as bad as just canceling school altogether. Bloomsburg Area school superintendent Cos Curry says the district has already had four snow days... and that has him worried since the rest of February, all of March and part of April could bring bad weather. Seniors are top of mind for Superintendent Curry since the school's graduation date is set in stone... and the possibility of having them return to the classrooms... on... say... Saturday... is not a decision he's looking forward to.
The possibility of building a second Kidsburg at Bloomsburg Town Park is gaining a lot of traction around town. Coordinator Deb Huckens says hundreds of designs have been submitted by kids around the area with the final drawings due in by this Friday. The drawings will be unveiled during Kidsburg Design Day Celebration next Monday at the Bloomsburg High School at 7 PM.
16 people were tossed out in the cold late last night in Hazleton when a fire damaged an apartment building on North James Street. Authorities say a fire erupted in a hallway at the top of the stairwell in the four unit apartment complex. The cause remains under investigation.
Hazleton City Hall
Hazleton City Hall is not the best place to work these days. Acting City Administrator Steve Hahn says carpet needs to be replaced on the second floor... and a wall needs to be repaired after a leaking pipe was fixed. There are also boxes of records ready to be carted off to be shredded... as well as other documents saved by the D.A.'s office... many of which are 20 – years old. Meantime... there are plans to bring Hazleton City Hall up to snuff.
Gas prices across northeastern Pennsylvania are the highest they've been in months. The latest Triple A fuel gauge report shows the average price of self – serve, unleaded regular is going through the roof at $3.76 a gallon. That's up 8 cents from a week ago... and up a whopping 22 – cents from a month ago. Experts say speculators.... plant maintenance and a low supply of products is blamed for a lot of the high prices.
High School Basketball
Danville was at Southern Columbia Monday night in boys' high school basketball. WHLM's Jim Doyle says at the final buzzer Danville defeated Southern 87 – 60. In other boys basketball action Monday night... Bloomsburg over Selinsgrove 54 – 32... it was Central Columbia over Hughesville 32 – 29... Montgomery cruised to a victory over Columbia Montour Vo Tech 59 – 38.
Girls HS Basketball
In girls basketball... Bloomsburg defeated Muncy 54 – 39... Benton downed Sullivan County 61-39... Millville got by Montgomery 36 – 28... Dallas squeaked by Berwick 43 – 42.
Bloomsburg University junior Donthe Jordan is the PSAC Eastern Division player of the week. Jordan had a total of 57 points in the Huskies' wins over Millersville and Cheyney. The Huskies are back in action Wednesday night at Shippensburg.
In the NBA Monday night... the Los Angeles Clippers rolled over the Philadelphia 76ers 107 – 90.
In the NHL, Toronto out - skated Philadelphia 5 to 2.