Bloomsburg Town Council
Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night approved a list of project that could be funded through Community Development Block Grants. The town is in line to get about $165,000 with the help of Lewisburg – based SEDA – COG. One of the paramount project... according to the organization's Bill Seigel... is removing architectural barriers at a number of intersections. Seigel said the curb cuts are estimated at $110,000. Now... Public Works Director John Barton says he's working to identify where the architectural barriers are located.
Voter ID Trial
The trial in state Commonwealth Court dealing with whether we need to show identification when we vote continues this week in Harrisburg. For the most part... ID's are not necessary... only when one is voting the first time. Columbia Country chief registrar Matt Repasky is keeping an eye on the developments in the court. A group has brought a lawsuit against the state... not wanting voters to show ID's... but the Commonwealth says an ID is necessary to eliminate any fraud which may be in the system. The trial is expected to be wrapped up this week.
Jo Ellen Litz
It's becoming a crowed field of candidates who want the honor of upsetting Governor Corbett. At least six people have announced their intentions... including Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz. She made a recent tour of Columbia County shaking hands and introducing herself to voters. Ms. Litz says Governor Corbett is vulnerable. A couple of areas stick out according to Ms. Litz... not being able to get a transportation funding bill approved... and the failure of the legislature to reach a pension reform bill. Whatever the case... she expects to stump the state between now and primary day in the spring of 2014.
It's a Boy!!!
Buckingham Palace officials say Prince William's wife Kate has given birth to a baby boy. Officials said the baby was born at 4:24 p.m. Monday afternoon... and weighs 8 pounds 6 ounces. The infant will become third in line for the British throne after Prince Charles and William. Kate checked into a private wing at St. Mary's Hospital in central London early Monday morning. William spent the long hours of labor at her bedside. This is the couple's first child.
A 24 – year old Selinsgrove man is dead as the result of a stabbing late Saturday night at an Almedia home. State police say Brandon Burns was allegedly stabbed by childhood friend... 26 – year old Brett Woodside... at his mother's home in the 39 – hundred block of Old Berwick Road shortly before midnight Saturday. Burns... Woodside and two women were having a get together at the home. Burns was rushed to Bloomsburg – Geisinger Hospital where he was pronounced dead. A question still to be answered is what sparked the tussle between the two men. Woodside is jailed... and has a preliminary hearing set for July 31st.
A couple of traffic trouble spots to contend with over the next few weeks. PennDOT says New York State – based Vestal Asphalt, Incorporated will begin micro – surfacing Old Berwick Road from Route 487 in the town of Bloomsburg... to the Mifflinville River Bridge in South Center Township. Once that job is completed... the company will begin micro – surfacing Route 11 from Shaffer Road in Scott township to the Berwick Borough line. At times there will be single laning through the construction zones. The two projects are expected to take three weeks to complete.
The east side of the BIDA Complex... between Oak and LaSalle Street in Berwick has been targeted to be improved. That plan unveiled by the Berwick Blueprint Community late last week. Community organizer Jay Jarrett says the area encompassing Oak to Mulberry... and from Third to Ninth Streets will be targeted. Jarrett says it comes down to relationships and knowing your neighbors. Students and staff at Bloomsburg University are helping Jarrett survey the neighborhood... going door to door... asking questions as to how to improve the area.
That drug bust made last week is still the talk of the south side of Columbia County. If you recall 53 – year old Richard Zambor was arrested following a three year investigation... into his alleged marijuana distribution operation out of his rural Numidia home. Locust Township Police Chief Allen Breach says he believes Zambor's distribution network effected a lot of people. Seized in the bust were 132 full grown marijuana plants... a number of rifles... a pistol... and $47,000 in cash.
Hazleton police say they're looking into gunshots fired early Sunday morning in the area of West Diamond Avenue and Lincoln Street. Police say apparently no one was reported injured, but there were spent shell casings in the area. Have information about the gunfire... call Hazleton Police.
Downtown Shenandoah, Inc. has received a donation. How about $100,000 from an anonymous donor to help the organization plan for the state's Main Street program. The money is earmarked for the Borough's capitol projects program to raise a quarter – million dollars to help beautify Shenandoah.