The capital campaign of the United Way of Columbia County during 2012 was a huge success. It was announced Wednesday... an estimated $511,000 in cash or pledges came in... during the three month campaign. Executive Director John Thomas the importance of the small, individual contributor... plays a big factor in the final total. Large business and industry... such as PPL... Weis Markets and Autoneum topped the list of corporate contributors in 2012.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Wednesday at the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital. The event celebrate the newly – renovated emergency department... as well as Geisinger's newest Careworks Clinic. The clinic is open seven days a week... and provides care for medical issues that does not require an emergency room.
Phone calls were made Monday... and a job offer extended to one of the three finalists who wants to be the next head football coach in the Bloomsburg Area School District. Superintendent Cos Curry confirms to WHLM News it's been a long process to select the strongest possible candidate... a person he hopes to have ready for board approval next week. And once all the hiring is done... Curry says the new coach and his assistants will have a couple of months to get the Panthers into shape for the opening game.
It appears spring has finally arrived... and students are back at Bloomsburg University for the current semester.... and that can only mean one thing... Block Party 2013 is just around the corner. Block party began back in the early 90s as a fund raiser... and is not endorsed by the University... and it places an extra burden on local cops... so says Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski. Block party happens the third weekend of April... and already applications have been received by the department for permission to hold small, off – street parties.
Berwick Firemen were called out overnight to douse a dumpster fire in the 800 block of Vine Street. Companies responded... and extinguished the flames around 1:30 Wednesday morning. No other damage was reported. Firemen were back in quarters within 20 minutes.
Gas prices across northeastern Pennsylvania are starting to stabilize somewhat. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows that self – serve unleaded regular is averaging $3.63 a gallon... holding steady from earlier in the week... and down three cents from a week ago. The average price may be more in some locations... less at other retailers.
Federal sequester cuts are about to hit home for several thousand Pennsylvanians. WHLM's Cathy Clark reports about 99,000 people in PA who are out of work and have exhausted their state jobless benefits will see their federal emergency unemployment compensation check shrink. The change takes effect in benefits for the week ending April 6th. The cut is 10.7% and will cost the average recipient in PA about $37.00 a week. The state is notifying everyone who will be affected.
A Pennsylvania Child Protective Services worker allegedly drove under the influence through McAdoo last month with two kids in his car. Published reports say 39 – year old Eladio Matos of Hazleton was stopped for speeding by McAdoo police where he failed a field sobriety test. Matos had his two kids under the age of ten... his wife... and an adult passenger in his car at the time of the traffic stop. He's facing a long list of charges... as well as a preliminary hearing.
He's already behind bars for a robbery conviction at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility... but now 28 – year old John Calk of Edwardsville is accused of making terroristic threats. Calk allegedly threatening to shoot facility guards with a semi – automatic rifle once getting out of prison. That's not going to happen... since he's been charged with two counts of terroristic threats... with bail in the case set at $100,000.
Hanover Twp. FD
The Hanover Township Fire Department is in line to receive a $1 – million dollar grant from state gaming revenues. The money will be earmarked to pay for a new headquarters building on the San Souci Parkway... as well as consolidating other stations. Once ground is broken... the new six bay headquarters should be on – line in two years.
Julie Falk of the Bloomsburg University women's lacrosse team has been named the PSAC athlete of the week. Falk had 14 points in three games last week. The Huskies have a record of 2 and 3. Wednesday afternoon they play their PSAC opener at West Chester.
In girls high school softball yesterday... Benton defeated Sullivan County 18 to 3 in their season opener.
NCAA / Women
Three of the number one seeds in the NCAA women's Division One basketball tournament, Baylor, Notre Dame, and Stanford, were in action Tuesday night. Baylor downed Florida State 85 – 47... Stanford defeated Michigan 73 – 40.... Notre Dame outscored Iowa 74 – 57. In other tournament action last night LSU got by 3rd seed Penn State 71 – 66.
In the NHL Tuesday night... the New York Rangers skated by the Philadelphia Flyers 5 to 2.