Starting October 1st non – student and rental homes will be licensed and inspected by the Code Enforcement department in the Town of Bloomsburg. The 4 to 3 vote to approve the measure came Monday night during a packed council meeting at the fire hall... following a litany of concerns... and impassioned pleas to table the proposal or... as resident Sandy Davis put it..... enforce the ordinances the town already has. Mayor Dan Knorr voted for the measure.... as did council members Diane Levan... Bill Kreischer and Carey Howell. Council members Fred Trump... Sylvia Costa and Eric Bower voted against the measure. It would require the Town to hire at least one more full – timer for Code Enforcement... with benefits... as well as associated items such as a car... a computer and office equipment. Knorr said he doesn't believe the ordinance... which spells out licenses and fees... won't see much change before it goes into effect.... and the political impact to council members will be minimal at best.
Within the next couple of weeks... if not sooner... PennDOT will have crews out repairing pot holes which may show up on highways in the region. The agency's Rick Mason says it's nothing more from a transition from winter into spring... as the thaw and freezing cycle continues. Pot holes left uncovered can do damage to vehicles... which could lead to hundreds of dollars in repairs. See a pot hole.... or any other road problem you can report it to PennDOT at 1–800–Fix–Road.
Next month's Columbia County Bicentennial celebration gets an added boost. One of the 19,000 Stuart Tanks built at Berwick's A-C & F plant will be part of the huge parade scheduled for Main Street in Bloomsburg on March 23rd. The Berwick Historical Society's Tom McLaughlin said it's being brought in from Oregon. It's not cheap to do that... and the society is paying for it through donations to the Stuart tank fund. Following the parade... the tank will be on display in front of the Arts and Crafts building at the fair grounds.
Hazleton Person of Interest
Hazleton Police have taken a so – called “person of interest” into custody in connection with the Saturday night shooting death of a 19 – year old man. Although 20 – year old Adami Arias was taken into custody near a James Street home... he has not been charged yet in the death of Angel Villalobos... and the wounding of an unidentified man in the 500 block of West Maple. For the time being, Arias is being held on a parole violation.
Luzerne District Magistrate
The State Supreme Court has okayed new boundary lines for magisterial districts in Luzerne County. The plan eliminates the office of District Judge Gerald Feissner of Freeland in five years. It's part of a long – term plan to reduce court costs. Three other magistrates will pick up Judge Feissner's case load when he closes his office on or before January 1st of 2018.
Shenandoah Fire Folo
A State Police fire marshal says the cause of a blaze, which damaged 11 homes in Shenandoah over the weekend... may never be determined. The fire began early Saturday morning at 36 W. Coal Street... and quickly spread... to homes on Jardin Street. One woman forced to jump from a second floor window remains in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville
One of the busiest transportation hubs in Northeast Pennsylvania could feel federal budget cuts this weekend. The overnight shift in the control tower at the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton Airport could be eliminated... part of the Federal Aviation Administrations effort to cut their budget by $600 – million dollars. Another to be effected would be the shuttering of the air traffic control tower at the Williamsport Regional airport. However... air traffic... weather it be commercial or general aviation would be able to take off and land since most pilots are trained to fly at airports without air traffic control tower.
NEPA Gas Prices
The price of gas is 27 cents a gallon higher than it was a month ago. The figures contained in the latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report. It shows... that across Northeastern Pennsylvania... we're paying an average of $3.80 a gallon for self serve, unleaded regular. That's down a penny from the weekend. A week ago we were paying $3.77 a gallon. The higher prices are due to refineries going off line... performing maintenance and switching from winter to summer blends of gasoline... as well as unrest in the middle east.
High School Basketball
Three area high school basketball teams play District 4 semifinal games Tuesday night. In a doubleheader at Shamokin High School, the Danville boys and girls play Shikellamy in Class AAA starting with the girls' game at 6 O'clock. Catch all the action on the WHLM Stations starting with the pregame show to the girls game at 5:40.
The Benton girls play Four- time defending District 4 Class A champion Lourdes Regional. That game will be played at the McCloskey Center in Danville starting at 6 O'clock.
Bloomsburg University's Wes Lyons has been named the PSAC Eastern Division freshman of the week for the second time this season. In two games last week, Lyons averaged 18 points and 9.5 rebounds a game. On Wednesday night, Lyons and his Husky teammates close the regular season at East Stroudsburg.
In the NHL Monday night, The Toronto Maple Leafs over the Philadelphia Flyers 4 – 2.