Some of the coldest weather of the season dropped into the Susquehanna Valley overnight... thanks to a high pressure area over the mid – Atlantic States. For the most part... you're waking up to temps in the mid 20's. A chilly night... but since there wasn't much humidity... you won't be using the edge of a credit card to get frost off your windshield. It will warm up to an estimated 45 degrees early Monday afternoon... with temps plunging into the upper 20's overnight.
Although the generations – old Bloomsburg Airport has been open following the flood of 2011... a grand re-opening took place over the weekend. Over the past two years the runway has been re-aligned and lengthened... as well as cutting down some trees on the Susquehanna River approach. Bloomsburg Mayor Carey Howell says the airport fits well into the Transportation Security Administration's over all plans. According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilot's Association web site... 22 planes are permanently based at the airport year round... pumping dollars into the local economy.
It's been a week since we broke the news that Windsor Foods in Bloomsburg notified their 170 workers that they would shuttle their 11th Street plant the first quarter of next year. Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach say they have yet to chat with their partners at the state and federal level... but Windsor's decision shouldn't alter the project for flood walls around Autoneum and Windsor.
Not only did Windsor place notice it was closing the Bloomsburg plant.... employees at second plant in Riverside, California also got word their plant would also close in the not too distant future.
Hazleton City officials have taken the wraps off their $8.9 – million 2014 budget proposal. It contains no tax increase and maintains all city services. It will also absorbs three employees the city gets from taking over the city's parking authority. Hazleton City Council must okay the proposed spending plan by the end of the year.
Mitchell Dedes Sentenced
A Hazleton man will spend the next 20 to 40 years in a state prison. 18 – year old Mitchell Dedes was convicted of killing Aaron Reznick of Hazle Township in August of 2012. Three months ago he pleaded guilty to third degree murder.
Pennsylvania collected $2.1 billion in general fund revenues in October. That's $29 million or 1.4% more than anticipated. That word coming from Secretary of Revenue Daniel Meuser. Overall... general fund collections for the year total $8.2 - billion dollars... which is nearly $42 – million above estimate.
Some offenders on probation in Pennsylvania are now being watched from above. The state Board of Parole and Probation is using the global positioning system to track offenders under parole supervision.
Fifty offenders are wearing ankle units with GPS that allows them to be monitored around the clock, should they get into or out of places they shouldn't be. Probation and Parole says tracking can change offender behavior and allows them to be treated in the community as opposed to prison. As many as 275 offenders could be put under GPS watch.
High school football's regular season is over, but four area teams will enter the postseason playoffs this weekend. On Friday night Bloomsburg plays Southern Columbia in a District 4 Class A semifinal at Tiger Stadium... and Danville is at home against Lewisburg in a District 4 Class AA quarterfinal. On Saturday afternoon at Crispin Field, Berwick plays Crestwood in a District 2 Class AAA semifinal.
Three area high school soccer teams won District 4 championships on Saturday. The Bloomsburg boys remained unbeaten in winning the Class A title; the Danville boys won the AA crown; and the Southern Columbia girls are the Class A champions. The state playoffs begin this week.
NFL / Sunday
In the NFL Sunday... The Philadelphia Eagles easily defeated the Oakland Raiders 49 to 20... The New England Patriots downed the Pittsburgh Steelers 41 to 31.... and the New York Jets defeated the New Orleans Saints 26 to 20.
NFL / Monday Night Football
Monday night... the Chicago Bears play the Packers in Green Bay.