A funeral mass will be held next Wednesday in Harrisburg for Bishop Joseph McFadden... who died Thursday in Philadelphia. Bishop McFadden was a regular visitor to catholic schools in Columbia... Montour and Northumberland Counties. Now comes the naming of a new Bishop... but that won't happen right away. Thus far no cause of death has been released. The Diocese did say that when Bishop McFadden awoke Thursday morning... he didn't feel well so he was taken to a hospital where he died.
Scott Twp. Demolition
Scott Township is doing what neighboring Bloomsburg did.... buy out 22 houses in the flood zone... and now they're trying to find a contractor. Township Secretary Eric Stahley says the bid documents have been put together... and specs published... and now it's a waiting game to see who wants the work. The buyouts of the 22 homes was made possible with FEMA and PEMA dollars. The home flooded during tropical storm Lee in September of 2011.
Teen Star Competition
We should know soon who the finalists are and thus be on stage later this month taking part in First Columbia Bank's third annual Teen Star competition. A dozen of the area's best teens will go head to head on May 19th for a $2,500 first prize. The bank has been sponsoring the competition for the past couple of years... so says First Columbia's Pam Young since there is a lot of undiscovered talent in the area. The money raised from the event through an admission charge is earmarked for the music departments at Columbia County high schools.
Danville Spring Fling
With temperatures to be touching 70 on Saturday... Danville is the place to be for their annual Spring Fling along Mill Street. More than 250 vendors... and non – profit groups will be set up. But what makes the event... according to Jim Wilson of the Danville Business Alliance are the marathon and half marathon events Saturday morning. With the great weather forecast... thousands of people will be on hand... with plenty of off – site parking with shuttle buses bringing folks to the festival site.
April was another "off" month for slot machine revenue in Pennsylvania. Revenue from slots play at Pennsylvania's 11 casinos was down 4% last month. The only bright spot was the Valley Forge Resort Casino which posted a nearly 34% increase. Doug Harbach of the Gaming Control Board says the state is seeing the impact of additional competition from Ohio and Maryland. Harbach adds the state still has room for expansion. Another resort casino is scheduled to come on line this summer.
Hazleton School District
The Hazleton Area School District is trying to trim and estimated 4 – point- 1 million dollar deficit it's projecting in it's 2013 – 2014 proposed operating budget. The board is taking a look at health care costs... as well as a tax increase to close the budget gap. The board must have a budget in place within the next two months.
Bus Stop Issues
Police in Butler Township... near Hazleton... are investigating complaints of a suspicious vehicle near school bus stops. The initial calls came in earlier this week by residents living in Country Club Estates and Valley View Estates. Police have yet to snag the small, silver car involved in the alleged incidents.
Governor Corbett says he's keeping an open mind on the Medicaid expansion issue. WHLM's Matt Paul reports from our Harrisburg News Bureau... if Pennsylvania expands Medicaid to cover adults with incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty line, the Governor says one in four residents will be enrolled in the program. Speaking on the "Ask the Governor" radio program, he questioned its sustainability. Corbett's office is still talking to the feds about potentially reforming and expanding Medicaid at the same time.
The Bloomsburg University football team concludes spring drills Friday night with the annual Maroon & Gold game at Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium. Interim head coach Paul Darragh says it's good to get the players in front of a crowd. Friday night's Maroon & Gold game begins at 7 o'clock.
Leann Bell hit a home run with two outs in the 4th inning to give the Bloomsburg University softball team a 3-2 win over California in the PSAC playoffs in Quakertown. With the victory, Bloomsburg stays in the winners' bracket. The Huskies play Kutztown Friday.
Track & Field
In boys track & field Thursday... Central Columbia defeated Bloomsburg 114 to 36... In girls track & field.. Central Columbia downed Bloomsburg 127 – 23.
In the first game of a four game home series last night The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Miami Marlins 7 – 2. Game two is Friday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.