United Water - Update
Problems for a work crew from United Water. That crew attempted to replace a valve on a 6 inch in diameter water main at Main and Iron Streets in Bloomsburg early Tuesday morning when they ran into problems. The utility's Bob Manbeck says there was a “fitting issue” and could not secure the new equipment in place. As a temporary fix they replaced the old valve with a section of pipe to assure a continuous flow of water in the main which serves the downtown. They are expected to return Wednesday night... and work into the early morning hours of Thursday to complete the repair.
Another effort to advance a plan to fund roads, bridges, mass transit, and more in Pennsylvania failed on the House floor Monday night. Legislative leaders and aides to Governor Corbett say at one point Monday, an amendment containing a negotiated transportation infrastructure funding deal only needed one more vote. When the dust settled, the bill fell short by four votes. Legislative leaders say they're not sure what will happen next...there were negative votes from blocks on both sides of the aisle. Governor Corbett had been joined by business and labor groups urging lawmakers to pass a transportation funding bill.
Faith – based AGAPE is doing it's part to get aid to the cyclone – stricken Philippines. They're working with partner Mission Central... who AGAPE worked with during the flooding of September of 2011.... so says AGAPE's Kathy Lowe. Items such as unopened medical supplies... infant formula and personal care items. Ms. Lowe says items can be dropped off at AGAPE on East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.
Pursuing drivers... and stopping them cold in their tracks. That's the object of the Bloomsburg Police Department purchasing ten stop sticks... not only for the new cruisers coming on line... but for outlying departments, as well. Bloomsburg Police Chief Roger Van Loan says the $4,300 purchase comes from suspected drunk drivers who come through the Columbia – Montour County DUI Center at 8th and Catherine Streets. Chief Van Loan says there really haven't been pursuits in town in recent memory... but adds they're nice to have when the situation arises.
One Powerball ticket worth a million dollars for Saturday's drawing was sold in Luzerne County. Lottery officials tell us that the winning ticket was sold at the Grand Smoke Shop in the 200 block of West Mine Street in Hazleton. The ticket matched all the white numbers drawn... but not the red Powerball number. So far... no one has come forward with the winning ticket.
Kennedy / Pennsylvania
In the focus on the assassination of President John Kennedy, the story of how he got to the White House is often forgotten. Terry Madonna of Franklin and Marshall College, says Mr. Kennedy faced a number of challenges in his bid for the presidency, most especially his faith. In the end, Pennsylvania backed Kennedy, who won the state by a narrow 116,000 votes, nearly the margin that won him the nation's highest office.
A Former Wilkes – Barre Area School Board attorney is not competent to stand trial. 78 – year old Anthony Lupas is accused in a multimillion dollar Ponzi scheme. The ruling came from a federal judge on Monday. It's alleged Lupas scammed his victims by promising annual tax – free investments returns.
Instead... it's alleged he pocketed the money. No word when his trial will get underway.
Geisinger Health Systems says it will open a walk – in clinic in West Hazleton early next month. Careworks... similar to the one at the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital... will open December 2nd... and is designed to handle non – emergency health issues. A GHS spokesman says it's part of Geisinger's plan to open up to 30 clinics in the system's 44 – county coverage area.
The price of gasoline has stabilized somewhat across northeastern Pennsylvania. The latest Triple – A fuel gauge report shows that self – serve, unleaded regular is holding steady at $3.32 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend. That's down four cents from a week ago, but up two cents a gallon compared to a month ago.
Four Tamaqua area residents are facing shoplifting charges after they allegedly tried to take products from the Wal – Mart store on Airport Road... in Hazle Township. State Police at Hazleton telling us the incident happened late Sunday afternoon when the four were spotted by store security allegedly taking clothing items... holiday cards and DVD's. All faced preliminary arraignments.
A man who used to live in Shenandoah has admitted in Schuylkill County Court that he damaged life-saving and other equipment in February at the Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville. 35 – year old Larry Dettery Jr., of Ashland was sentenced to serve one to two years in a state correctional institution after pleading guilty to criminal trespass, criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia. Prosecutors withdrew two other charges.
Planes, trains and automobiles will be taking people to their Thanksgiving destinations next week. The Triple – A says train and bus travel over Thanksgiving has been increasing for the past few years and they expect this year will be no different. The busiest travels days are expect to be the day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after. If you need a bus or train ticket and want the best choice of travel times... the Triple – A suggests you book your trip quickly.
Three area high school football teams- Berwick, Danville, and Southern Columbia, will try to advance in the postseason playoffs Friday night. Unbeaten Berwick plays Bethlehem Catholic in Allentown in a Class AAA first round state playoff game. Danville is at home against Troy in the District 4 Class AA final. Unbeaten Southern Columbia takes on once beaten Old Forge in a Class A first round state playoff game. Old Forge is coming off an impressive 27-7 win over previously unbeaten Dunmore in the District 2 final. Old Forge running back Brandon Yescavage ran for 225 yards earning the praise of Southern Columbia coach Jim Roth. The Old Forge-Southern Columbia game will be played Friday night at Kemp Memorial Stadium in Shamokin.
In the NFL Monday night... the Carolina Panthers getting by the New England Patriots 24 to 20.
In the NBA... the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 97 to 94.