Even though that flash flood watch for rivers and streams expired Monday night... the folks at Columbia County Emergency Management continue to keep an eye on the stream levels. But the County's Michelle Frye says that's harder to do these days... since funding for some rain gauges has been eliminated upstream along the Susquehanna and Fishing Creek. Meantime... the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service is forecasting the Susquehanna at Bloomsburg to reach a height of 14.2 feet Thursday afternoon... well below flood stage.
Holiday Drinking & Boating
A big 4th of July holiday this week... means officers will be out looking for alleged drunk drivers... not only on the highways... but on the water as well. State conservation officer Steven Boughter says he'll be out on the Susquehanna River this weekend.... conducting safety checks... and checking for drunk boaters. Officer Boughter says BUI isn't as prevalent as it was a couple of years ago... but it does exist.
Governor Corbett has placed pen to paper... and has signed into law... the states $28.4 billion dollar 2013 – 2014 budget. It was a long struggle for lawmakers over the past few months. State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township... a member of the house appropriations committee is happy with the spending plan since it does not contain a tax increase. Representative Millard said the budget meets the core needs of Pennsylvanian's.
Work on replacing a railroad grade crossing on the west side of the Susquehanna River at Route 42 and Legion Road in Montour Township is well underway. Work began Saturday morning... and by the time the project is wrapped up Wednesday... crews will have replaced the hard rubber crossing for the North Shore Railroad... to a state – of – the – art concrete surface. If you're headed to the county's south side... you will need to take an alternate route... such as the Bloomsburg Bridge on State Route 487.... or if headed to Knoebles.... south on Route 11 to Danville.... then Route 54 to Elysburg.
The State Senate has confirmed Judge Correale Stevens to fill a position on the state Supreme Court. Stevens... of Sugarloaf Township... near Hazleton is the current president judge of the state Superior Court. He was initially nominated to the position by Governor Corbett... and will serve two and a half years until he faces re-election.
Police in Salem Township... north of Berwick... want to know who was firing shots from a gun late Saturday night into Sunday morning. Police were called to the area of Route 11 and Thomas Road... even closing the highway for a period of time. Thus far... whoever fired the shots remains on the loose.
Getting out of a hot and steamy New York City... and into places such as Columbia and Montour Counties.... and staying with host families. That's the experience of 19 Fresh Air Fund kids who arrived in Bloomsburg at the start of the weekend. Rebecca Shappell... and her husband Fred... have been a fresh air family the past eight years. The Fresh Air Fund kids range in age from 6 to 18... and will spend up to two weeks in the area... experiencing things that you can't find in the big city.
If you're the Secretary for Scott Township... and a member of the school board at Southern Columbia... what do you do in your spare time. In the case of Eric Stahley... you become a reenactor at Civil War battles... such as the one coming up in Gettysburg this week. Stahley portrays a member of an independent artillery battalion based in Pittsburgh. Thousands of reenactors will be in Gettysburg this week... with reenactments viewed by thousands of people.
Hazleton Man Injured
A Hazleton man is in the hospital after he received head injuries while walking in the rear of the 6 – hundred block of Grant Street. The incident happened Sunday morning. The name of the victim... or what happened has not been released. Right now... Hazleton police are receiving help in their investigation from Pennsylvania State Police and their forensics unit.