2013-10-18 05:51:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Bloomsburg Zoning Meeting
On a unanimous vote Thursday night... Bloomsburg's zoning hearing board said “no” to a request to re-zone part of the 10th Street Plaza... turning 2,400 square feet of the 13,000 square foot building into student housing. The request was made by building owner Richard Angelo. He went on to say he has trouble renting his building at the corner of 10th and Iron Streets. The proposal did not sit well with neighbors who were dead set against the idea. Angelo has thirty days to appeal the zoning board's decision in court.
There will be another in a series of fund raisers Saturday... the proceeds going to the re-construction of Kidsburg 2.0 Bloomsburg's Town Park. The event is called “Whack – a – Knight” for Kidsburg... designed to show us the Medieval and Renaissance eras with combat demonstrations... basket weaving and food sampling.
The Columbia – Montour Office of Aging is holding it's 13th annual senior expo next Tuesday at the Espy Fire Hall. Agency director Kathy Lynn says it's the perfect opportunity to get your free flu shot. If you want to take advantage of getting a flu shot... give the office of aging on Sawmill Road a call. The expo gets underway at 9 O'clock Tuesday and runs through early afternoon.
The man convicted of the death of the only Shamokin police officer to die in the line of duty... has passed at the State Correctional Institution at Rockview. 63 – year old Preston Pfeifly died over the weekend. He was convicted in 1984 in the October '83 shooting death of Corporal David Witmer. Now... state police are investigating around the circumstances of Pfeifly's death.
Hazleton City Council
A show of support for Hazleton City Police Thursday night at a city council meeting. There was a lot of praise for the department... a day after Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis released a report showing the shooting death of 26 – year old Jonathan Garay by cops earlier this month was justified. The incident taking place at the Garay family home on Alter Street when he allegedly went for a weapon... and police fired.
Two Nanticoke residents have been charged in connection with a bar fight in January of 2012... resulting in a woman being slashed in the face. Melanie Figueroa and Jamil Tucker were charged with assault and obstruction following the slashing at the Prospect Street Cafe in Nanticoke. Although there are charges... investigators still don't know who slashed Jennifer Mieczkowski. The bar has since closed.
Wright Township has hired a full – time police officer. This week supervisors hired Aaron Fromm... who has worked as a part – time for the past 14 months. He comes on – board for a 180 – day probationary period without benefits. Fromm has also patrolled the streets and roads of White Haven and Fairview Township.
PUC / Winter
It may be mild so far this fall... but the cold days of winter are coming and the state Public Utility Commission wants consumers and utilities to be ready for higher home heating bills. The PUC is reminding utilities to reach out and educate consumers, especially those on low or fixed incomes, about programs that can help them with their winter heating bills. Even if you don't qualify, there may be a budget plan to let you stretch out winter costs over the milder months. The PUC says its also a good time to winterize your home to keep warm air in and cold air out.
Children were the focus Wednesday as Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program and released funding for Philadelphia schools. Some $45 – million dollars in one time funds is headed to the Philadelphia School District. Mr. Corbett said sufficient progress had been made by the district to warrant the release. The Governor also cited children on another topic- transportation. He called on lawmakers to take action on funding roads, bridges and mass transit, saying 1.5 million children ride school buses every day on PA roads.
You can hear all the details from the area's High School fottball action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:
Bloomsburg / Mifflinburg
In their final home game of the season, the Bloomsburg high school football team defeated Mifflinburg by a score of 24-13. The Wagner's Trophies and Engraveables Player of the Game was Bloomsburg's Colby Klingerman.
The unbeaten Bulldogs of Berwick stay unbeaten following their 50-0 trouncing of Pittston Area at Crispin Field on Friday.
In other Friday night games... Danville beat Shikellamy 45-7, unbeaten Southern Columbia shut out Shamokin 56-0, and Central Columbia fell to Lewisburg 28-6. Saturday afternoon, Columbia Montour Vo - Tech is at home against Carson Long.
In college football Saturday, the unbeaten Huskies of Bloomsburg University play at East Stroudsburg in a game that kicks off at 1 0'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 12:30 with The Husky Countdown Show.
In the NFL Thursday night... the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Arizona Cardinals 34 – 22.
MLB / ALCS
In major league baseball, in game five of the ALCS... the Boston Red Sox downing the Detroit Tigers 4 to 3. Boston now leads the series 3 games to two.