2014-01-03 08:41:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Newsradio 930 WHLM.... Operation Stormwatch is underway for Friday, January 3rd.
The latest school delays...
Bloomsburg Area - Closed
Central Columbia Schools - Closed
Columbia County Christian Schools - Closed - No after school activities. Learning Center Open
Columbia - Montour Vo - Tech - Closed
Danville Schools - Closed
Millville Area - Closed
Southern Columbia - Closed
St. Columba - Closed
St. Mattew Pre - School - Closed
Bloomsburg YMCA pre - school - Closed
Sullivan County - Closed
Hazleton Area Schools - Closed / Offices open at 10 O'clock
Kings College - Closed
Luzerne Co. Community College - Closed
The Friday morning drive to work may be a challenge. Anywhere from four to six inches of snow fell overnight... and for the most part it's over. Public works crews... as well as PennDOT have been out overnight... plowing the highways... as well as spreading salt and anti - skid material. Now... we're bracing for the cold weather... with today's high barely getting into the teens... while tonight's overnight low bottoming out at zero.
Bloomsburg Police are working on a case of shots fired New Year's Day in front of the Moose Exchange in the 200 block of West Main Street. A news release says that officers were called there at midnight... but came up empty handed. A couple of hours later... Philadelphia police called... saying a hospital was treating a gunshot wound victim... who said he was shot in Bloomsburg in front of the Moose Exchange. The wound is considered minor. If you have information about the shots fired... call Bloomsburg PD.
Swearing In Ceremonies
After campaigning for the last year... and surviving a Democratic primary last spring... retired school teacher Sandy Davis is officially Bloomsburg's new Mayor. She was sworn in Thursday during ceremonies at the Courthouse. Ms. Davis telling WHLM News she has no magic wand to fix all the problems within the town. Also sworn in yesterday were council members Carey Howell and Sylvia Costa. The Council's re-organizational meeting is Monday at 7 O'clock
It's easier than ever to recycle those Christmas trees that served us so well during the holiday season. That word from Bloomsburg Recycling Center director Charles Fritz. He says it's a pretty easy process..... with trucks picking up trees from curbside. Then the remains of the trees are used in the town's mulch program. Fritz says trees are picked up at curbside every Monday through the month... or they can be dropped off at the town's compost pile on Sands Drive.
The butter sculpture at this year's Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg is sure to shake things up. The 1,000-pound butter sculpture unveiled Thursday adds a twist to the 98th edition of the Farm Show. The work features a pair of dancing cows doing the twist, and a vendor selling the creamy treat, whimsically paying homage to the 60th anniversary of the milkshake. Butter sculptors Jim and Marie Victor of Conshohocken, wanted to set a lighter tone. The Show officially opens Saturday morning and runs through January 11. Admission is free.
Credit Cards Skimmed
State Police closed down a family – run Chinese restaurant in Hazle Township... as they investigated a former employee who skimmed customer credit card numbers. The employee only worked at the Jumbo China Buffet on North Church Street a couple of times... but during that period he grabbed enough numbers to run up to $20,000 in fraudulent credit card charges. The former employee has not been identified... and remains on the loose.
Police in neighboring Schuylkill County... have taken a man into custody after confessing to torching a restaurant in McAdoo early Thursday morning. The fire striking Gene's Gray Goose Food and Drinks on North Kennedy Drive. One officer says he questioned a man dragging a trash bag full of alcohol... who then confessed to setting the fire.
There is a mixed bag of revenue figures coming out of Harrisburg. State Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser says the state collected $2.4 – billion in General Fund Revenue in December... which was $40 - million dollars less than anticipated. However... year to date... revenue coming into the state is running $2.6 - million above estimates. The reason for the drop in December... consumers keeping their dollars close to the vest... keeping a tight fist on what money they have.
Twelve area athletes were named to the Pennsylvania Football News All State team. In class AAA, Berwick offensive lineman Kyle Stearly was a first team pick while Dain Kowalski of the Bulldogs was a second team selection at defensive back. Three Danville players made it in Class AA- Eric Haney was a second team linebacker and Shayne Riley was a second team kicker. In Class A- Southern Columbia had four selections- Cody Pavlick was a first team linebacker and Luke Rarig a first team defensive back while Trent Donlan was a second team defensive lineman and Adam Feudale was named to the third team as a running back. Three Bloomsburg players made the team - Cade Harmon was on the second team as a kicker; Colby Klingerman was a third team wide receiver; and freshman Javell Hemphill was a third team defensive lineman.
In college basketball Friday afternoon, the Huskies of BU won both their games versus Clarion in their first action of the new year. The Women's final was 72-52. The Men's final was 61-53. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:
The Huskies are back in action Saturday when they host Pitt-Johnstown. Coverage on the WHLM stations gets under way with the Women's pregame at 12:40.
In High School Hoops this weekend, the boys from Central Columbia take on arch-rivals Bloomsburg in a Saturday night game. Coverage starts at 7 PM.
In college football Thursday night, in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans... Oklahoma stunned the Alabama Crimson Tide 45 - 31. Friday night in the Cotton Bowl, Missouri plays Oklahoma State.