Concealed Carry Class
An estimated 200 people showed up Thursday night at the Reliance Fire Hall in Berwick to take concealed carry class for firearms. Columbia County Sheriff Tim Chamberlain was there and so was District Attorney Tom Leipold... who spoke on the law of self – defense. Sheriff Chamberlain spoke on how to safely interact with police while you are carrying a weapon. Due to popularity... it's expected more concealed carry classes will be held right after the first of the year.
State Representative David Millard holding one in a series of seminars designed for individuals who act as caregivers... for family and friends... in the twilight of their years. The concerns... according to Representative Millard... is finances and care. Thursday's seminar was held at the Millville Health Care Center... featuring a elder care attorney... the Columbia – Montour office of aging.. as well as folks representing other facets of end of life care.
The state of Pennsylvania is offering up substantial subsidies for natural gas production... and Governor Corbett is leading the charge. Those state subsidies could top a billion dollars in the next decade. But, Christina Simeone of PennFuture Energy Center says that money may be better invested elsewhere. It's Governor Corbett's view that natural gas exploration is a way the state can become an industrial powerhouse again.
38 businesses and non – profit groups set up their wares... showing folks what they had to offer during Wednesday's Community Expo at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds... produced by the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce. The Columbia County Traveling Library was there with Director Lydia Kegler answering questions about the mission of the bus full of books. Ms. Kegler along with board President James Patterson says hundreds of miles of month are driven by the bookmobile to reach people in places like Sugarloaf Township in the northern part of the county.... and as far south as Wilburton.
Helbok / Council
Now that the general elections are over... one candidate who sought a vacancy on the Bloomsburg Town Council is reviewing his campaign. Oren Helbok... the manager of the Moose Exchange on West Main Street... said it was a pretty good experience. Helbok says he'll continue to attend town council meetings in order to make sure the right questions are asked.
Governor Tom Corbett made it official....he wants a second term. Mr. Corbett making the announcement in several locations... including Pittston in neighboring Luzerne County. The theme of the Governor's campaign is promises kept... saying leadership is about doing what's right... not what's easy. Meantime Democrat's have at least eight candidates who want Mr. Corbett's job... but they first must make it through a 2014 spring primary.
Downtown Blbg, Inc. / T-Biz
There will be a transformation of the Moose Exchange on West Main Street in Bloomsburg after the first of the year. Downtown Bloomsburg Manager Adrienne Mael says a program called T-Biz will take up some of the empty space by high schoolers who plan to start a retail outlet... and get involved in high – tech. T-Biz will begin it's operation at the Moose Exchange early next year.
Huntington Twp. Fire
Investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a blaze in Huntington Township in Luzerne County Wednesday morning. Firefighters were called to the two story home near Shickshinny... finding flames coming from the building. Major damaged was confined to the second floor. The people who live in the home along Route 239 got out of the burning building safely.
A Bloomsburg man is facing charges of driving under the influence in Luzerne County. State Police at Hazleton says 29 – year old Andrew Michael Langford was arrested early Wednesday morning in Sugarloaf Township. Police say Langford was stopped after he nearly struck a marked State Police cruiser on Rock Glen Road. Troopers were removing a dead deer from the roadway when they were nearly hit. Police say Langford showed signs of intoxication... and was arrested for DUI
We're getting word that a Lansford police officer is being investigated... and has been charged with corruptions and giving alcohol to minors. Officer Robert Shubeck is accused of starting a sexual relationship in 2012 with a boy who wanted to become a cop. We're learning that Shubeck has been off the job for nearly a year... a development which surfaced this week.
Authorities in Wilkes – Barre are now in the middle of a death investigation dealing with a man found without life Wednesday morning. 46 – year old Eduardo Madera was found dead in the kitchen of a house on East Northampton Street. Investigators aren't saying how Madera died... but they are calling it an apparent homicide.
Farmers in the region could be on the verge of being invaded by a new type of Stink Bug. In essence... they're creepy and somewhat crawly, but their relatively harmless. The stink bug is also known as the kudzu bug because of it's appetite for the invasive for the invasive Kudzu vine.