2013-03-08 05:51:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Two weeks from Friday.... big doin's at the Columbia County Courthouse in Bloomsburg as we celebrate the County's 200th anniversary. First up... a reenactment of Columbia breaking away from Northumberland County at the courthouse on Main Street so says County Commissioner David Kovach. On Saturday... the 23rd... a massive celebration at the fairgrounds... as well as a 5K run/walk... and a parade starting at the hospital parking lot.... making its way to the town's west side.
Benton School Director
The Benton Area School District is short a school board member. Calvin Musser is off the board when a racial slur turned up on his Facebook page. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition the word appeared under the heading of “favorite quotations.” Musser telling PE reporter Mike Lester the word was placed on the page six years ago... saying he's not a racist. He wasn't on the board long... appointed on February 27th.... serving only four days.
A group of folks will get together next week at the invitation of the Berwick Area United Way to take a look at the future of the borough. At one time... Berwick was a pretty decent place to live, work and play... but not in the past couple of years with the infiltration of undesirable elements. The United Way's Ginny Crake says the roundtable is designed to get ideas and to work with borough officials. The roundtable taking place the the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation building in the 700 – block of West Front Street... starting at 5:30 PM.
Police say they're awaiting DNA test results to come back before making arrests in the gang assault on a mentally challenged Hazleton woman. It's a story we first told you about last week... in which the 18 – year old woman was allegedly sexually attacked by five men in a house along Winters Avenue in West Hazleton. Thus far... four of the five men taking part in the alleged assault have been identified... and police say it could be months before the results come back.
A 24 – year old Hazleton man is in the Luzerne County Correctional facility after he was arrested by police this week. Sean Cox of Hilltop Road is accused of threatening people with a knife in a business in the 700 – block of Alter Street. Cops responded... subduing Cox... and taking him into custody. He faces a long list of charges.
Jim Thorpe Parade
All is ready for Sunday's St. Patrick's Parade in Jim Thorpe. Up to 10,000 people are expected to line the streets of the business district... and that makes merchants happy. The parade steps off Sunday afternoon at 1 O'clock.
A Kingston man is jailed... after police raided a home Thursday. Police say 31 – year old Jovon Martin was busted on a number of drugs and weapons charges. Police confiscating drugs and weapons... including a machine gun. Martin was busted after an informant said he was selling crack cocaine and marijuana from a home on South Gates Avenue.
State Police at Bloomsburg are looking for someone who stole a 2008 Polaris ATV from a home in Benton Township. Troopers say someone made off with the ATV from 715 Steinruck Road sometime this week. The ATV is owned by Scott Wilkerson. If you have information about the theft... call State Police at the Bloomsburg barracks.
Bomb Threat Restitution
A 17 – year old Mt. Carmel teenager has been ordered to pay $2,100 dollars for police services used when she called in three bomb threats to the Mt. Carmel School District. Crystal Clark made the threats last October... with district judge Charles Saylor ordering her to pay the Pennsylvania State Police... Mt. Carmel police as well as the Mt. Carmel township police force. Clark made the threats since she wanted a day off from school... believing police wouldn't find her.
It was a great day for area high school wrestlers at the Class AA state championships which began Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey. Nine of the ten area wrestlers competing won their opening round matches to advance to the quarterfinals which begin Friday. All five Benton wrestlers advanced including Matt Welliver who trailed by 5-0, but came back to win his opening bout 8-7. Southern Columbia's trio of Kent Lane, Blake Marks, and Jake Becker all won their opening bouts as did Central Columbia's Alex Shiber.
Bloomsburg University's Nelson Field House was the site for the PSAC women's basketball semifinals this weekend. The Huskies beat Edinboro 76-73 in the semifinals on Friday night. You can listen to the details with Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:
BU goes on to face Gannon in the Confrence Final on Saturday. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the pregame at 6:40.
Girls HS Basketball
In girls high school basketball Friday night, the state playoffs begin. Southern Columbia takes on Notre Dame Green Pond at Catasaqua High School in a Class AA first round game which begins at 6 o'clock.
In the NHL last night... the Pittsburgh Penguins skated by the Philadelphia Flyers 5 to 4.