2013-02-27 05:49:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Wintery weather is forcing the Sullivan County School District to have a two hour delay with the start of school Wednesday morning.
Also: Kings College in Wilkes - Barre is operating on a compressed schedule with classes beginning at 10 AM.
Bloomsburg Officer Off Job
A Bloomsburg police officer is off the job... suspended without pay... after being handed a protection from abuse order. 35 – year old officer Shawn Hill was suspended officially by town council following an executive session Monday night. He has been off the job since the issue first surfaced the beginning of the month. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition the PFA was issued after a complaint was filed by 25 – year old Raychel Gingrich of Bloomsburg... Hill's former girlfriend. Hill has been ordered not to carry a firearm... and stay away from Gingrich and her place of work.
There is still fallout from that vote earlier this week by Bloomsburg Town Council with starting an inspection program for non – student and home rentals. Jim Davis of West Main Street has five rental units on Bloomsburg's west side. Davis telling WHLM News he's going to have to raise the rents on his tenets in order to cover the inspection costs. The inspection program is slated to begin October 1st and is designed to make rentals safer for tenants. The program will be administered through Bloomsburg's Code Enforcement department.
Mt. Carmel Twp Fire
Fire investigators are still trying to figure out what started a blaze Tuesday morning at a long time garage and used car dealership in Mt. Carmel Township along Route 61. Flames were spotted at George Tomol's Auto Sales... but were quickly squelched, but not before flames caused extensive damage. Investigators say the fire started at the rear of the garage. Tomol says he believes the fire is suspicious and connected with his daughter's divorce.
The investigation will continue this morning into the death of a federal corrections officer from Nanticoke. 34 – year old Eric Williams was assaulted by a prisoner using a homemade weapon at the United States Penitentiary near Waymart. The incident happened late Monday night. Authorities say Williams died of blunt force trauma... as well as multiple stab wounds.
Kim Schooley / Taxes
A deduction on your taxes for what you pay for medical insurance is now possible. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... Kim Schooley... who runs a tax preparation service between Bloomsburg and Danville says employers are now placing a value on heath care insurance they provide. And Mr. Schooley predicts in the next few years he believes a portion of the cost of health care will be taxable.
Humboldt Park / Coke
Soft drink maker Coca – Cola has put plans on hold... indefinitely in developing the 165 – acres of land they have at the Humboldt Industrial Park near Hazleton. The land was purchased in the mid 2000's... and since that time they've held on to the property. Just recently... company officials have asked about about the properties infrastructure... such as water and sewage... as well as natural gas service and rail lines. Whatever the case... the company has no firm plans for use of the land.
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. Another to be effected would be the shuttering of the air traffic control tower at the Williamsport Regional airport. However... air traffic... whether 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.
The March 1st deadline is approaching for anyone who receives Social Security, S-S-I payments or veterans benefits by mail. To save money... the federal government wants to make all it's payments electronically. That means direct deposits into a bank account... or onto a debit card. Christina Martin Firvida with AARP says while it's important to get it done... don't worry too much about the deadline. Firvida says a bank or a credit union can help arrange for direct deposits or a debit card.
High School Basketball
The Danville boys and girls basketball teams played Shikellamy Tuesday night in District 4 Class AA semifinal games at Shamokin. At the final buzzer on the girls side... the Lady Ironmen defeated Shikellamy Braves 47 to 35. They advance in the playoffs. For the boys... they'll try again next season. The Ironmen were defeated by Shikellamy 50 to 47. It's the first time since 2007 they'll miss state competition.
Benton High School Girls
The Benton girls were scheduled to play Lourdes Regional last night in a District 4 Class A semifinal. That game was postponed. It will be played this afternoon at 5 o'clock as the first part of a triple header at Montoursville High School. Also... the Southern Columbia girls play Lewisburg Wednesday night at 6 O'clock at Milton in a Class AA semifinal.
The Bloomsburg Huskies ended regular season play Wednesday night when they traveled to East Stroudsburg. The Women won 86-57 to claim the #1 seed in the PSAC East. The Men lost 102-44. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:
In the NBA Tuesday night... the Orlando Magic halted their 10 game road loosing streak as they defeated the Philadelphia 76er's 98 – 84.