Barn Fire Investigation
A State Police fire marshal is still trying to determine the cause of a blaze which leveled a barn Thursday morning in South Centre Township. Firemen were called to the 7 – thousand block of Chapin's Road around 6 AM for the second time in two days. This time... the building was fully involved... and horses usually kept inside were elsewhere. Not only was the barn a total loss... but several horse trailers were damaged.
Kidsburg Build - out
We're about six weeks out from starting the task of building Kidsburg 2-point – oh at the Bloomsburg Town Park. The build will start April 30th and will run a week through May 4th. During a recent interview... organizer Deb Huckens says hundreds of people will be needed.... since the original Kidsburg took nearly 3,000 volunteers to complete. The new Kidsburg will be constructed on the former tennis court on the east side of the Town Park. Want to help... go to the sign up section on the Kidsburg 2.0 website.
Robert Morris Poll
A familiar motif of an unpopular Gov. Tom Corbett and surging Democratic challenger Tom Wolf are revealed in a new Robert Morris University poll released Thursday. Corbett earned a meager 29.4% favorable rating from poll respondents, and a 32.5 % job approval rating. 501 likely voters were polled on-line last week. Some 20.7 % of likely Pennsylvania voters said they plan to vote for the governor, but 40.3 % said they would vote for the Democratic candidate... indicating it would be York County Businessman Tom Wolf.
Two Hazleton pawn shops were the targets of police raids on Thursday. Cops first raiding a pawn shop on East Broad Street... as well as a second shop on Vine Street... both owned by the same person. Authorities say they found items which appear to be brand new... in the box... and may have been stolen. Officers taking the action due to a new city law which make shop owners more accountable.
Grease / The Play
Students at Bloomsburg High School took to the stage Thursday night... the opening night of their production of Grease. Appearing on the Thursday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... Lauren McGinty says stage production adapts the motion picture version quite well. There are two more performances.... Friday night at 7:30 and tomorrow afternoon at 1 O'clock. Tickets are available at the box office at the high school... or on line at the District's web page.
Car Carrier Accident
Two men are recovering from their injuries suffered when their tractor – trailer... hauling two cars... went off Interstate 81 in Plains Township near Wilkes – Barre Thursday morning. Authorities are still trying to figure out why the driver lost control and went down an embankment. An SUV and a foreign sports car were extensively damaged. Police still investigating the accident in Plains Township.
Firefighters in Hazleton and West Hazleton are looking towards the future. They would like to create a regional fire department. Both municipalities have had a mutual aid agreement for the past year... and now they'd like to establish something solid for the future. First responders hope to meet with elected officials soon to lay out their proposal.
Pedestrian fatalities on U.S. roadways declined by 8.7 % during the first half of last year, reversing four years of increases, according to preliminary data released by the Governors Highway Safety Association. Pennsylvania saw one of the biggest drops in pedestrian deaths, nearly 36%, compared to the same six-month period of 2012. The association reported... there were 52 pedestrians killed on state roads from January to June 2013.
High School Wrestling
Seven area high school wrestlers, four from Benton and three from Southern Columbia, won their opening round matches Thursday at the Class AA state championships at the Giant Center in Hershey. Winning for Benton were Alan Diltz at 106 pounds, Mike Stuart at 120, Jeric Kasunic at 160, and Logan Womels-dorf at 195. Winning for Southern Columbia were Todd Lane at 120 pounds, Kent Lane at 138, and Blake Marks at 152. The state championships continue Friday.
BU Women's Basketball
The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team has won 17 straight games. The last time the Huskies lost was December 21st to Gannon. Saturday they will get a chance to avenge that defeat when they face Gannon in the PSAC semfinals at Edinboro. Game time is 1 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.
Two Bloomsburg University seniors have earned all PSAC honors. Donthe Jordan is a first team selection for the third time in his career, and Lorenzo Christmas was named to the second team.
Four area high school basketball teams play first round state playoff games this weekend. Friday night, the Central Columbia boys play Abington Heights in Scranton while the Central Columbia girls play Minersville at Martz Hall in Pottsville. Saturday at 6 O'clock... the unbeaten Millville girls take on Upper Dauphin at the McCloskey Center in Danville. You can hear that game on the WHLM Stations starting with the pregame show at 5:40. Also Saturday night, the Danville girls play Scranton Prep at Marywood University in Scranton.