Blood donations tend to drop this time of year... and there's always a push to find new donors in order to keep the supply in northeastern Pennsylvania at a certain level. The big reason for the need includes accidents on the highway or at home. Rita Inklovich of the Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross says the big reason people don't give is there fear of needles. Ms. Inklovich says various blood drives are held weekly across the region... with the biggest taking place every Tuesday at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn...
The Bloomsburg Fairgrounds plays an intricate part in winter tourism in the region. That word from Otto Kurecian who head's up the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau. He says the highly anticipated Early Bird Sportsman's Expo is an event draws thousands of people to town in the dead of winter.... and fills motel rooms. The Expo is scheduled to be held starting January 23rd.
Forty Fort Shooting
A Plains Township man is in the Luzerne County jail after he allegedly shot and killed a man he knew for years... but didn't like... in front of a Forty Fort law office this week. It was all over a snowblower. Brian Pavia is now charged with criminal homicide in the death of 38 – year old John Dulsky of Hanover Township after he punched Pavia in the face. It's expected Pavia will say he acted in self – defense.
The mid-year report card for Pennsylvania's budget carries mixed grades. Budget Secretary Charles Zogby offered a mid-year briefing on the state's $28.4 - billion spending plan, highlighting the addition of 143,000 private sector jobs, and weathering a government shutdown. Zogby said little change in the economic forecast for the state could bode well. Adding to the budget challenge, Zogby says, are significant increases in pension and benefit costs, and loss of federal medical assistance.
Last Minute Shopping
Christmas shoppers are running out of time for free on line shipping- most of those deals end this week. However, WHLM's Cathy Clark reports you may be able to enjoy the convenience of on line shopping without the worry about delivery as Christmas draws closer- if you deal with a retailer who also has brick and mortar stores. Trae Bodge of ReatileMeNot.com says a number of companies offer in store pick up. She adds some retailers will still offer discounts on shipments guaranteed for Christmas- just make sure you read the fine print.
Governor's Approval Rating
Pennsylvania voters give Gov. Tom Corbett a negative 36 - 53 % approval rating, his worst net score ever... and voters say he doesn't deserve to be re-elected. That information contained in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. That compares to the Governor's negative 35 to 48 % approval in a June survey. Meantime... there are at least seven democrats who want to replace Mr. Corbett. The front runner... U.S. Representative Allyson Schwartz who has a 45 % approval score.
A fire marshal will be at the scene of a popular sandwich shop which burned to the ground Wednesday night along Route 309 in Butler Township... near Hazleton. They'll try to determine how the fire broke out at the Bell House Cafe just before 6 O'clock. When firemen arrived... flames were shooting out every window of the business. Owner Tom Bell has insurance on his business... but is not sure he can recover from such a devastating fire.
Some changes on the Conyngham Borough Council. The council president and two long - time borough employees submitted letters of resignation at this week's council meeting. President Rose Hart... Borough secretary Maureen Schramm and treasurer Betty Jean Gasper say they'll resign January 3rd. The council will hold a special meeting December 30th for personnel, contracts, and any other business to come before council.
A public hearing dealing with a proposed drug and alcohol treatment facility near Drums has been postponed. The Butler Township community center wasn't big enough to hold the crowd which turned out for the Butler Township Zoning Hearing Board. John Darrow and Jude Sidari are seeking a special exemption to operate the facility near a golf center on St. Johns Road. The hearing has been rescheduled for January 28th at a yet-to-be-designated location.
Hazle Twp Derailment Folo
Still no word as to what caused the derailment this week of a couple of coal cars in Hazle Township near Jeddo. The three cars that were in a Reading and Northern freight train rolled over on their side into a stand of pine trees. No one was injured in the derailment.
The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Mercyhurst College in Erie last night. WHLM's Jim Doyle says The BU women defeated Mercyhurst 71 to 63. The men didn't fare that well... defeated by Mercyhurst 66 to 62. Both Husky basketball teams will be back in action Saturday afternoon when they play Gannon at the Nelson Field House starting with the women's game at 1 o'clock.
Girls HS Basketball
In girls high school basketball last night... Berwick defeated Meyers 45 to 30... Mt. Carmel got by Central Columbia 37 - 31... it was Danville over Mifflinburg 42 - 36... and Southern Columbia downed Hughesville 40 - 26.
Bloomsburg University senior running back Franklyn Quiteh has been named to the Daktronics All America squad. The list was released Wednesday by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America. Quiteh was named the Ron Lenz Offensive Player of the year. Joining Quiteh on the squad are teammates Brian Clarke... a first team selection... while Larry Webster was named to the second team.