2013-09-06 05:55:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Enrollment this year at Bloomsburg University is holding its 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.
Someone in the Berwick area is going to pocket some big bucks. The state Lottery Commission says someone purchased a ticket worth a million dollars at the Fresh N Quik on Market Street in Berwick. It all stems from last Saturday's Powerball drawing. The ticket correctly matched all five white balls... but not the red powerball. The person holding the ticket has a year to claim the prize.
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.
A state police fire marshal is expected to be at the home of Jim and Cheryl Hoffman Friday... trying to figure out what sparked a Thursday night blaze near Shamokin. Jim Hoffman is the Coal township fire chief.... and watched as flames ripped through the home in the 1300 block of Independence St. The fire turned into a two – alarm blaze. The double unit house was extensively damaged.
The former executive director of the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority is in trouble with the law. 63 – year old Fred DeSanto of Pittston has been charged by the Luzerne County District Attorney's office with diversion of services stemming from an alleged theft which took place nine years ago. DeSanto abruptly quit his job last month only days before he was to be questioned in the case.
A Luzerne County man was found guilty yesterday... in the robbery of a strip club in Plymouth last year. William Gronosky of Nanticoke is accused of sticking up the Carousel Lounge. Still on the table... court proceedings on a charge of firing at a state trooper... as well as a home invasion in Luzerne County.
PPL Steam Electric
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it's keeping an eye on Unit 2 at PPL's Steam Electric plant in Salem Township... north of Berwick. It's up for a so – called supplemental inspection later this month. It's all due to unplanned shutdown of the reactor last year. The NRC says the public was never in danger... and a plant spokesman says corrective actions are being implemented.
After winning their season opener on the road, the Danville High School football team defeated Loyalsock in its home opener Friday night. The final was 23-21. In Bulldogs action Berwick trounced Pottsville 56-7. You can hear the details from those games in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:
In other action Friday, Bloomsburg beat Hughesville 35-21, Southern Columbia beat Montgomery 58-6, Central Columbia were shut out by Montoursville 41-0, and Columbia Montour Vo-Tech were denied by nanticoke 48-0. Check out the WHLM High School Football Scoreboard for more area scores.
When the Bloomsburg University football team opens the season at home against Stonehill College of Massachusetts Saturday afternoon, it will be the first time since 1992, that Danny Hale is not theHuskies' head coach. Paul Darragh makes his head coaching debut in the game that kicks off at 1 O'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the Husky Tailgate Show at 11 O'clock.
In the NFL's opening game Thursday night... the Denver Bronco defeated the Baltimore Ravens 49 to 27.
In baseball... the New York Yankees downed the Boston Red Sox 9 to 8...
The Philadelphia Phillies were idle Thursday. They start a weekend home series against Atlanta Friday night.