Bloomsburg Code Enforcement
Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night approved a proposal to create a position.... and advertise for a new Code Enforcement officer. The approval came on a six to one vote with Councilman Fred Trump the only deserting member on the seven person board. The position has been budgeted for some time, but is expected to become a necessity when the new non – student apartment and housing inspection law kicks in October 1st.
And now there are three people seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat of Bloomsburg Mayor in May's primary election. Sandy Davis is the latest person to file her nominating petition with the Columbia County elections office.... saying Bloomsburg has it's share of challenges... such as it's relationship with Bloomsburg University. A second challenge is the lack of flood protections for folks living on the town's west side. Ms. Davis will face councilman Eric Bower and Council vice – chair Diane Levan in the May 21st primary.
Tuesday is the final day to get your nominating petitions into the Columbia County Election Office if you plan to run for political office during the current election cycle. Many candidates have filed their petitions already... but Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says time is running out. The deadline to file your petition is 4:30 Tuesday afternoon at the courthouse annex on Main Street in Bloomsburg.
A Danville woman remains in the Montour County Jail after she was charged with allegedly stabbing her boyfriend. 38 – year old Betty Jo Gross is accused of stabbing Ricky Huber early Monday morning at the Red Roof Inn on Route 54 near Interstate 80. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... the stabbing took place after Huber tossed a magazine at her. He was treated and released at Geisinger Medical Center for a puncture wound to his side. Gross is being held on $50,000 bail.
St. Columba St. Patrick's Run / Walk
It's not too early to plan for the upcoming St. Patrick's holiday weekend. St. Columba School in Bloomsburg has been planning this Saturday's 5K Run / Walk for the past couple of months.... so says the school's EJ Moore. You can pre-register on - line at the school's web site..... or sign up the day of the race at the school at the corner of Iron and Third Streets in Bloomsburg starting 7:30 Saturday morning. The event begins at 9 AM in front of the Caldwell Consistory.
The price at the pump we pay for gas is slowly coming down. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows that across northeastern PA... including Columbia and Montour Counties... the average price is $3.68 a gallon.... more in some locations... less elsewhere. That's off two cents a gallon from the weekend... and down eight cents over last week at this time.
Hazleton police are still investigating a fight between two women late Monday afternoon. Police finding the two women slugging each other at the corner of Alter and First Streets. One of the women refused medical treatment... while the second was taken to Hazleton General Hospital. The pair have not been identified by police.
Rice Township FD
A former volunteer firefighter has been charged by state police with theft by deception. 31 – year old Donald Bly is the former acting treasurer of the Rice Township Volunteer Fire Department near Hazleton. He is accused of writing nearly $4,400 in checks for equipment never delivered to the department. Police say he used the money for personal use.
Unsettling news for civilian contract workers at the Tobyhanna Army Depot... a spokesperson for the base says starting Friday... and running through the end of April... 400 workers will be laid off. Tobyhanna blames of of the layoffs on a decreased workload from the end of the Iraqi war... as well as the on – going sequestration out of Washington. Just week ago... the Army facility said an estimated 5,000 workers will be furloughed from the depot.
In defeating Gannon last Saturday night in the PSAC final, the Bloomsburg University women's basketball team avenged a regular season loss to the Golden Knights. When the Huskies play IUP Friday night in a first round NCAA playoff game in Erie, they will once again try to avenge a regular season loss. On December 18th, the Huskies lost at IUP 68-54. Bloomsburg will take a 9 game winning streak into Friday night's game, which begins at 8:30. Live coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 8:10.
In state high school basketball playoff action tonight, the Mount Carmel girls, champions of District 4, will play Pine Grove in a Class AA second round game. The game will be played at Martz Hall in Pottsville starting at 7:30.
In the NBA last night.... the Philadelphia 76er's defeated the Brooklyn Nets 106 – 97.