Write In Votes
Columbia County election officials spent Tuesday going over ballots cast during last week's primary election... counting the write in votes. Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says there was one eye opener in the race for the last position on the Bloomsburg School Board. That tie involves write in's on the Republican side between Norman Mael and Josh Klingerman... each getting 25 write in votes each. The drawing to determine the fourth spot on the November ballot takes place noon time on Friday, June 7th in Repasky's office at the Courthouse Annex in Bloomsburg.
The American Red Cross is doing it's part to make sure blood supplies in the region remain up to snuff... through various drives. For example... a blood drive is being held Wednesday at PPL's Susquehanna Steam Electric Station Towers Club facility. Suzanne Norton of the Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross says getting donated units of blood is important this time of year due to the possibility of accidents. Wednesday's blood drive is open to PPL employes as well as friends and families. It begins at 9 AM in the Tower Club at 255 Confer's Lane.
Kidsburg / Celebrate Bloomsburg
The folks who want to construct Kidsburg 2.0 will remain out and about this summer... looking for donations and telling the Kidsburg story. Organizer Deb Huckens says committee members will be at the first Celebrate Friday on June 7th. A portion of the event features a kids theme along Centre Street... with other organizations on hand... as well as an appearance of Pickles the Clown.
Mifflinville / Memorial Day
Hundreds of people lined the streets of Mifflinville.... and a couple of hundred others participated in Monday's 125th Memorial Day Parade and Celebration. The procession led by a color guard and the Catawissa Military band... marched east on Third Street... turning onto Market Street and to the cemetery where services were held. Retired US Army Lt. Col. Brent Bankus delivered the keynote address. A sole bagpiper played taps to close out the event.... for those who lost their lives in all military action starting with the civil war... through the present day conflicts.
Folks in Moore, Oklahoma.... southwest of Oklahoma City... are still trying to pick up the pieces of their lives.... unsettled due to last week's tornado's. And the American Red Cross is doing what they can to provide relief. Rita Inklovich of the Bloomsburg Chapter says the way you can help is through a donation... either cash or check... dropping it off at the Bloomsburg chapter at 7th and Iron Streets... or go on line.... or donating by texting the Red Cross.
State Budget / David Millard
State lawmakers will be back in Harrisburg today... trying to hammer out a proposed budget for 2013 – 2014. In a recent interview... State Representative David Millard says community – based groups at the local level with government funding are concerned about how things may turn out during deliberations. And Mr. Millard... who represents most of Columbia County said.... that could lead to changes in services delivered to their clients. A budget must be on Governor Corbett's desk by the end of June.
Former President Jimmy Carter will be in the Wyoming Valley Wednesday afternoon for a fund raiser. He is scheduled to speak at mid – afternoon at the Wyoming Monument. Tuesday night... Mr. Carter and his wife take part in a fund raising dinner at the Stegmaier Mansion in Wilkes – Barre. The Carters last visited the area in April 2011 when they were the guests of honor at a benefit auction.
Hazleton Police are searching for a man who beat a second man with a baseball bat. The incident happening Monday morning near Fifth and Harrison Streets. The man who was attacked... was taken to a hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.
A Hazleton man is locked up in the Luzerne County Prison after police say he slammed his car into a business... slugged a witness and dragged another person with his car. 21 – year old Juan Rodriguez faces a host of charges... including disorderly conduct and driving under the influence after his car collided with the Abbey Coffee house on South Popular Street. The incident happened over the weekend.
Luzerne County says it's looking to enlarge it's pool of prospective applicants to be the next director of the flood control authority. Thus far... four have been received to replace Jim Brozena. The job pays in the $70,000 range... and the executive director oversees a 15 mile system of levee's along the Susquehanna River.