Enrollment this year at Bloomsburg University is holding it's own. That word from President Dr. David Soltz... making an appearance on the Thursday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz. Overall... enrollment dropped a bit last year... due to a decline in high school graduates. Just over ten thousand full and part – time students dot the campus for the 2013 – 2014 school year... and that number will fluctuate during the year.
Columbia Co. United Way
The Columbia County United Way in Bloomsburg... launching their annual fall fund raising campaign on Thursday. The organization's John Thomas says it takes a lot of volunteers to make the capitol campaign a huge success. Thomas says the $511,000 raised last year really didn't cover the expectations of 15 member agencies. However, the volunteers hope to meet and exceed that figure this year.
With September being designated as Emergency Preparedness Month... it's time to take stock with what you would do is a sudden crisis. Michelle Frye of Columbia County Emergency Management says you should consider emergency's you might face. Ms. Frye says every crisis... and every emergency is different. Have questions... call Columbia County Emergency Management.
An unexpected stumbling block to the proposed flood wall project in Bloomsburg to protect two large businesses on the town's west end. One of those firms... Windsor Foods... says it doesn't want a flood wall around its West 11th Street plant... then pulled the million dollars they pledged for the project. But County Commissioner David Kovach says he... and the two other commissioners aren't giving up. Ground breaking for the project was expected this year... but no one is certain how the decision made by Windsor Foods will effect overall plans.
With the start of the Bloomsburg Fair just weeks away... the Fair Association's directors met with the media to talk about the 158th exposition. Also on hand was Rick Reithoffer who has brought his rides to the fair grounds as long as anyone can remember. He told us there will be new rides for the kids... as well as for teens and adults. The fair begins with a “soft opening” on the 20th.... with the exposition getting underway the following day.
Local police officers who make up the regional DUI Enforcement Group says Sobriety Checkpoints will be in Columbia County this weekend. The enforcement action begins Friday night... and will continue Saturday. Usual spots to watch are Routes 11, 487 and 42. The checkpoints are funded by PennDOT with money from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
We've known about it for months... but on September 21st... all of us will have to dial ten digits to reach others by phone if we're in the 570 area code. You would think businesses in the Susquehanna Valley would need new stationary... business cards and the like... but that apparently isn't the case... so says Tom Hower of Custom Advertising of Berwick. The overlay okayed by the PUC kicks in the 21st... and in essence for local calls you'll have to use 570... then the rest of the number to reach who you're calling. 911 calls are not effected.
The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue releases its collection data for August. It shows Pennsylvania collected about $1.8 - billion in general fund revenue during the month. That's about .1%point one percent below what the department estimated. Though P-A collected more in sales tax receipts this month than anticipated personal income, corporate, inheritance and realty transfer tax collections are all down. The commonwealth collected slightly more revenue from cigarettes, malt beverages, liquor and table games than expected this month. But non - tax revenue collected for the year so far is more than 32 percent below state estimates.
Four alleged burglars... described as professionals by police... are now in the Luzerne County Jail. All are from the DC Metro area... and were caught in Schuylkill County following a high speed chase. They were busted after surveillance video showed the men grabbing thousands of dollars in cash from a safe at the Top of the 80's convenience store near Sugarloaf.
One of Hazleton's biggest events is getting ready to kick off for the weekend. Funfest brings an estimated 100,000 people to the city each year. This year's event follows the belief by organizers that there wasn't enough money to produce one this year... due to the cost of city services such as police department overtime and trash removal. But some corporate sponsors have stepped up to the plate. The event begins Saturday morning and runs through Sunday evening.
A Tulsa, Oklahoma man is dead after he lost control of his car Wednesday morning... and plowed into some trees in the median of Interstate 80... eastbound... in Butler Township in Luzerne County. State police at Hazleton say 34 – year old Michael Mitchell's foreign compact drifted into the median... slamming into two trees. Mitchell was killed on impact and pronounced dead by Luzerne County coroner Gerald Jones.
One motorcyclist is dead following a Tuesday night crash in Snyder County. The crash taking place on Route 104 near Middleburg... but details surrounding the wreck have not been released. Also not released... the name of man on the bike who died..