2013-02-22 18:19:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Danny Hale Retires from BU Football Program
He's been the head football coach at Bloomsburg University the past 20 – years... and late Friday afternoon Danny Hale announced his retirement from the program and the school. Citing health reasons... Hale telling reporters it's time to pass the baton. The responsibility of Bloomsburg University football now falls to assistant head football coach Paul Darragh who has been with the program since the 90's. Hale has coached thousands of student athletes through the years.... and Franklyn Quiteh is one of his success stories... taking a look at Quiteh's video's at the last minute... and inviting him to the Bloomsburg program. Coach Hale leaves the Bloomsburg program with a record of 173 wins.. 56 losses... and is ranked in the top five among actives coaches in the NCAA Division Two. Hale telling reporters he plans to stay in Bloomsburg with his family helping out University programs whenever and wherever he can.
If you use Route 44 near Jerseytown to get to town... or work... you'll soon have find another way. PennDOT says it will replace a bridge over the East Branch of the Chillisquaque Creek starting March 6th. The agency's Rick Mason says the span was constructed in 1949... and is now is structurally deficient. The project includes replacing the 35 – foot long bridge on the existing roadway alignment... along with new guardrails on the approach at a cost of $704,000.
Two businesses on Bloomsburg's West Side got the news they were looking for this week.... the Economic Development Administration of the federal government coming up with $15 - million dollars as a co – investment in a flood wall around Autoneum and Windsor Foods. Fred Gaffney of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says the move saves an estimated 900 well – paying jobs. The federal money will be coupled to $12 million dollars from Pennsylvania.... and three million dollars chipped in by Autoneum and Windsor. Ground breaking on the project could take place within two years.
More families than ever have opened college savings accounts with the Pennsylvania Treasury. This week's budget hearings have given Treasurer Rob McCord the chance to hail the success of the state's two 529 College Savings Plans. McCord telling lawmakers more Pennsylvania families than ever are taking advantage of the programs. McCord is asking state lawmakers to restore funds for marketing the program, because it provides middle class families with substantial tax and investment benefits.
The head of the state Gaming Control Board fielded questions about the health of the casino industry and his board's budget request. Board chairman Bill Ryan was asked about the Attorney General's opinion that a private lottery management contract conflicts with his board's authority. He said he would have to examine the issue before coming to a decision. Mr. Ryan's testimony came in front of the State Senate's appropriation committee in Harrisburg.
Hazleton Area School District officials say they want to know more about a student who had a skin reaction to a tuberculosis screening test. So... they're turning to the State Department of Health for answers. Superintendent Francis Antonelli said the West Hazleton Elementary Middle School student will not enter any school facility he's has visited with his family doctor. Those test results to be sent to the State Health Department.
The NCAA wasted no time in challenging a new Pennsylvania law designed to keep the $60 - million Penn State fine over the Jerry Sandusky scandal in the state. They filed a federal challenge to the legislation hours after Governor Tom Corbett signed the legislation into law this week. State and congressional lawmakers have objected to use of the NCAA fine to finance child abuse prevention efforts in other states.
Jerry Sandusky's attorney has filed notice that he'll appeal a judge's ruling made last month. Judge John Cleland rejected arguments that defense attorneys didn't have enough time to prepare for the three-week trial at which the former Penn State assistant football coach was convicted on 45 child sex abuse charges. The documents filed this week in Centre County Common Pleas Court do not explain the issues defense attorney Joseph Amendola plans to raise in his Superior Court appeal.
Trouble for a Meyers High School Student. Wilkes – Barre Police arresting an unidentified person in connection with the theft of a money bag from the safe of a Barney Street hot dog restaurant. Police say the teen was caught on tape... allegedly taking the money. The suspect allegedly taking the money so he could purchase marijuana.
A Sunbury woman faces murder charges in connection with the death of her husband's grandmother.Jennifer Snook is now charged with 2nd degree murder in the death of 71 – year old Bonnie Snook... stabbed to death at her Middleburg home last weekend. Police say she was an accomplice. Her husband, Joshua Snook, is also expected to face murder charges in his Grandmother's death.
The 16th-ranked Bloomsburg University wrestling ended its regular season Thursday night with a 36-9 win over Binghamton University. The Huskies improved to 17-3 on the year. They now get ready for the Eastern Wrestling League Championships to be held at Edinboro on March 9th.
In Hampton, Virginia.... the Bloomsburg University baseball team scored three runs to tie the game in the eighth inning, but allowed the Apprentice School to score on a wild pitch in the bottom half of the inning as the Huskies fell to the Builders 4-3 Thursday afternoon. It was the season opener for the Huskies. The Huskies return to action at the Builder Invitational... facing Briarcliffe College this morning.... and Lock Haven this evening.
High School Basketball
In High School Girls' Basketball Friday night, the Benton Tigers defeated East Juniata by a score of 47-17. You can hear all the details from the evening with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Sports Update:
Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch win the Budweiser Duals Thursday at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. It all leads up to Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series season – opening Daytona 500.