New Head Coach
There will be a new head Panther on the sidelines at this fall's Bloomsburg High School football games. Mike Kogut was hired as head football coach Tuesday night by the Bloomsburg school board on a vote of 5 to 3. He'll replace Larry Sones who resigned. Following the vote... Coach Kogut telling WHLM News he's happy to be coaching the Panthers. Coach Kogut will commute between his day job as a teacher of gifted students in the Tri – Valley district in neighboring Schuylkill County.
It's a new program being launched recently by the Berwick Industrial Development Association... designed to generate good paying jobs in the region. The BIDA's Steve Phillips says the association has a million dollars set aside in it's treasury for companies, which want to expand their work force. Right now.... Phillips says $800,000 has been set aside to loan to large businesses and an additional $200,000 for smaller firms.
The Central Columbia School district is in a bind these days as they head into budget deliberations for the 2013 – 2014 school year. They're facing an estimated million dollar shortfall... and Monday night at the district's school board meeting there was discussion of several options. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... one proposal calls for a librarian to teach English classes... as well as a cut in part – time positions... and a property tax hike. The board will take up the issue again when the board is expected to vote on a preliminary budget April 15th.
A Berwick man will spend up to ten years in a state prison for a 2012 wreck, which killed a woman near Bell Bend in Salem Township... north of Berwick. Authorities say Theodore Luciw was drunk when his pick up collided with a car driven by 84 – year old Rachel Wolfe. Ms. Wolfe's car was in the turning lane of Route 11... on her way home... when Luciw struck her car head on.
The state's revenue figures are in for March... and they show the Commonwealth collected $4.2 – billion dollars in revenue. That's 1.6%... or nearly $70 – million less than anticipated in order to fund the current state budget. However... Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser says overall... year to date... tax collections are running two – tenths of a percent ahead of estimates.
Bloomsburg Rotary Club
The Rotary Club of Bloomsburg is continuing a project they started six years ago. Club Member Tom Tobin says the organization is giving out something that doesn't plug into a game console... or use the internet... but rather dictionarys. Tobin says it's much more than a dictionary... it includes facts and figures about the presidents... some history... along with weights and measures... thus a hand – held encyclopedia.
A condemned Hazleton home was damaged by fire Monday night. The blaze was spotted around 6:30 in the home on North Fulton Court. No one had been living there in a while. The structure was condemned earlier this year. No cause has been giving for Monday night's fire in Hazleton.
PA Fatal Accidents
PennDOT says there were just over 1,310 people killed in crashes on Pennsylvania roads last year. That's the third-lowest number on record and 24 more than in 2011. The agency says the reason... improved highway safety... toughened by laws Governor Tom Corbett has signed. PennDOT data from police reports also show that there were just over 124,062 crashes on Pennsylvania roadways in 2012, a decrease from 125,322 in 2011. Fifteen years ago... 144,542 people died on state highways.
Investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a fire in a vacant house Monday morning in Shenandoah. Crews were called out around 4 O'clock to battle the flames in the dwelling on Chelton Street in the William Penn section of West Mahanoy Township. No one was injured in Monday's blaze in Shenandoah.
Union Co Fatal
A Turbotville woman is dead after her car was hit head on by a car and driver headed the wrong way. Authorities say the accident happened Sunday night on Route 15 north of Lewisburg. 35 – year old Ellen Kear of Turbotville died... after her car was struck by a second car driven by an 81 – year old New York State man going the wrong direction. Police say he slammed into four other cars stopped at a traffic signal before coming to a stop.
The Bloomsburg University softball team swept PSAC Central Division honors this week. Junior Mandi Baer was the Division's athlete of the week... and senior Kate Paine was the pitcher of the week. The Huskies have a record of 16 and 4. They play Lock Haven Friday in a double header at Hutchinson Field.
In high school baseball Monday... St. John Neuman defeated Columbia Montour Vo tech 17 to 11.
Southern Columbia defeated Benton 7 – nothing.
In major league baseball... the Philadelphia Phillies opened the regular season Monday night in Atlanta... with the Braves taking advantage of starter Cole Hamels... with three home runs. The final... the Braves downing the Phils 7 to 5. In other games... it was the Mets over the Padres 11 – 2... the Pirates lost to the Cubs 3-1 and the Yankees were beaten by the Red Sox 8-2.
Two tickets to the final four were punched last night in the NCAA women's basketball tournament: California just getting by Georgia 65 – 62... and Connecticut downs Kentucky 83 - 53.