2014-02-12 18:57:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
*Operation Storm Watch*
School Delays and Cancellations for Thursday:
** Benton - Closed
** Berwick - Closed
** Bloomsburg - Closed
** Central Columbia - Closed
** Columbia County Christian - Closed, no Learning Center
** CM Vo-Tech - Closed
** Danville - Closed
** Greenwood Friends - Closed
** Southern Columbia - Closed
** St. Columba - Closed
** St. Joseph's in Danville - Closed
** St. Matthew's Pre-School in Bloomsburg - Closed
* Bloomsburg Rotary - Thursday meeting Cancelled
Winter Storm Warning
A complex winter storm system is headed our way overnight. Starting early Thursday morning, a Winter Storm Warning will be in effect through Thursday evening. The storm could dump several inches of snow on our area by the time it's done. Stay tuned to Newsradio 930 for up-to-the-minute weather updates.
A couple of reminders...
** A parking ban will be in effect in Berwick starting at 7 AM. No parking is allowed on the side of the street with even addresses. The ban runs for 24 – hours and could be extended depending on when the snowfall ends... and the amount of snow removal borough crews accomplish.
** The Town of Bloomsburg cardboard collection for Areas 4 and 5 scheduled for Thursday has been postponed. Recycling Coordinator Charles Fritz tells us that the Thursday pickup has been postponed until Thursday, February 20th due to the weather.
PennDOT Web Site
PennDOT has announced improvements to its "5-1-1PA" traveler information website. The redesigned website at 511PA.com now offers incident and construction information for 40-thousand miles of state roads, up from 2,900 miles originally covered. More real-time speed data is available for 15,000 miles of highway... and you can sign up to get personal travel alerts through email and text messages. Alerts can also be found on Twitter and on the phone.. just dial 511 within PA.
Bloomsburg Fire Department
2013 was a busy year for the Bloomsburg Fire Department... and this year is on track to put bigger numbers in the book. In 2013 the department answering just over 300 calls for service. Chief Bob Rupp says there were an estimated dozen structure fires... but the rest of the calls dealt with automatic fire alarms... food burning on a stove and natural gas leaks. Chief Rupp says in addition to responding to calls... there are hundreds, if not thousands of hours of training involved in being a volunteer firefighter.
We're all doing it this time of year.... preparing our state and federal income tax returns. They're due by April 15th. But, there are some changes in a couple of areas... so says professional tax preparer Kim Schooley of Danville.... such as a tax on Medicare and capital gains.
A Larksville man accused of sexually assaulting three children last year has pleaded guilty in Luzerne County Court. 43 – year old Francis Parsons assaulted an 11 – year old and two 12 – year old girls. He pleaded guilty to a host of charges. Parsons will be sentenced in May.
A 23 – year old Hanover Township man is jailed after he was arrested on drug and gun charges. Moses Sam was arrested at his home on Crystal Street this week. Police seized an estimated $4,000 worth of cocaine and three weapons. Sam is being held in the Luzerne County Prison on $70,000 bail.
The Wyoming Valley is in line to get up to more than a hundred full time jobs later this year. That... as Governor Corbett announced that Greiner Packaging Corporation will offer 128 new jobs at their plant at the CenterPoint Commerce and Trade Park in Pittston Township. Greiner is a European packaging company producing plastic cups... lids... and other items used by the food service industry.
The main road between Mountain Top and the Pocono's is re – opened. PennDOT was forced to shut down state route 437 last month when the water in a culvert below the road froze... forcing the road to buckle... lifting the pavement. Repairs have been made... with the road open to traffic Tuesday afternoon.
The inmate population in Pennsylvania's prisons edged up slightly last year after dropping the previous year. A Department of Corrections official tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the one-year increase of 328 inmates or 0.6 percent is largely due to a 15 percent increase in the number of parole violators returning to the system. Bret Bucklen, director of the office of planning, research & statistics, says it also stems from elimination of a program that allowed prisoners to live in the community before being paroled. The prison population had declined by 454 inmates in 2012, so the total at the end of last year is still smaller than the total in December 2011.
The Huskies Men's team played their last non-conference game of the season on Wednesday night, when they hosted Goldy-Beacom. The Huskies flexed some muscle in defeating the Lightning of G-B 94-67. Senior Lorenzo Christmas claimed the top BU record for 3-pointers during the game. WHLM's Jim Doyle has the details in the Husky Post-Game Report:
The Men & Women are back on the road this Saturday to face East Stroudsburg. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Women's pregame at 12:40.