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Monday / March 10, 2014


Town Council

A Bloomsburg woman says there must be a way to notify neighborhoods when a major crime occurs. Kim Shetler of Country Club Drive telling Town Council Monday night that she found out from her daughter in York... that a person was robbed at the corner of Country Club and Honeysuckle earlier this month. And the notification came three hours after the incident took place. Police Chief Roger Van Loan says when an incident happens... alerting a particular neighborhood is not a priority... since cops are trying to apprehend the bad guy. Bottom line... there will be discussion in the future to figure out how to open the lines of communication.

 

Blood Drives

The Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross needs you. Well... they really need a unit of your blood in order to keep supplies across the area at capacity... in case of accident or injury... or a disaster. That word from Rita Inklovich who runs the chapter. And since we're approaching Tuesday... a big drive is taking place at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. The drive begins in the morning... and runs thorough 1 O'clock Tuesday afternoon.

 

Dognapping

A case of dognapping in Greenwood Township in northern Columbia County. State Police at Bloomsburg say the theft happened at the start of the weekend when a woman entered the home of Darrell Travelpiece on Rorsburg Road and snatched two, mixed breed female dogs... placed them in her dark – colored car and took off. One of the dogs is 15 years old... while the other is eight. If you have information about the theft of the two dogs... call State Police at Bloomsburg.

 

School Days

As school district's head into the home stretch of the 2013 – 14 school year... many superintendent's are keeping a close eye on the calendar... in essence... when will the school year end if there are no further snow days. Bloomsburg superintendent Cos Curry says the district has missed six day so far this year. One of the days will be made up this Friday... which was to have been the start of a three day weekend. The other five days will be made up between June 5th through the 11th.

 

State Revenues
State revenue collections are down 2.1% for the month of February, the third month that revenues have come in below estimates. WHLM's David Payne is reporting for the fiscal year as a whole, revenues are down a total of $75 – million. State analysts say that's due in part to the harsh winter we've been having, in addition to unpredictable forces in the labor market. Matthew Knittel, Director of the state Independent Fiscal Office, says experts aren't too worried. They expect revenues to improve in March and April, mainly from corporate and sales tax receipts.

 

PennDOT Supplies

With all the snow this winter, most areas of Pennsylvania have depleted their supply of road salt. Now PennDOT has stepped in to remedy that situation. PennDOT has begun distributing 30,000 tons of salt to maintenance sheds across the state. This winter, the state has used a total of 1.24-million tons of salt, a 34-percent increase over the 831-thousand tons used on average in the past five winters. This week's emergency shipments are being delivered to maintenance sheds in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Altoona-Johnstown, Uniontown, and Pittsburgh. The last emergency shipment of 20-thousand tons was delivered between February 25th and March 4th. This latest delivery is expected to take about 2 weeks.
 

Liquor Privatization
Liquor Privatization was a big priority for Governor Tom Corbett last year, but after a lot of talk.. nothing was accomplish. But the issue is not dead. WHLM's Brad Christman reports Governor Corbett couldn't get it done last year after unions and others opposed his plan to privatize the state's liquor stores...but the governor says talks are still happening behind closed doors in Harrisburg. A spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati said GOP legislative leaders have a meeting scheduled with the governor Monday and liquor privatization is expected to be one of the issues to be discussed. That same source said aides to the governor have been meeting with leaders for the past 2 weeks

 

Food Stamps

Food stamps benefits will not be reduced to Pennsylvanians on heating assistance, as was threatened by the new farm bill passed by Congress. The new farm bill ended the practice of allowing a small amount of heating assistance to boost what some people received in food stamps. The Corbett administration announced it will use federal heating money to preserve $300 million in food assistance for 400,000 low-income households. A typical senior received a minimal amount in heating assistance and food stamps boosted by 65 dollars before the farm bill change.


Radar

Local police could soon be running radar if a state house bill is approved and okayed by the state senate. House bill 38 would allow local police to use radar to enforce speed limits... as is the case right now with state police. The bill was introduced earlier this year by State Representative Mario Scavello... a Republican from Monroe County. No word if the measure will gain traction. Right now... local police use timing devices to catch suspected speeders.

 

Unemployment Rate

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate dropped in January to its lowest rate since 2008, although hiring remained flat. The state Department of Labor and Industry says Pennsylvania's unemployment rate fell four-tenths of a percentage point to 6.4% in January. The national rate was 6.7% during that same month.

 

Jim Thorpe Parade

The population of Jim Thorpe... south of Hazleton... grew by thousands Sunday as the borough held it's 17th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. Not only were there plenty of marchers... but thousands lined the parade route. As for the luck of the Irish... the sun was out and temperatures were in the upper 40's... touching 50.

 

Schuylkill Fire

Investigators are trying to figure out what cause a fire which extensively damaged a home in West Mahanoy Township in Schuylkill County over the weekend. The flames were contained to the double block home on Virginia Avenue. One firefighter was injured and taken to the hospital for treatment.

 

Shots Fired

Wilkes – Barre Police are investigating a report of shots fired over the weekend in the 100 block of South Welles Street. Witnesses say they saw a man firing a weapon from the passenger side of a small white vehicle toward the rear of a black Cadillac. No one was apparently injured in the early Saturday morning shooting.

 

Biden to Speak

Vice – President Joe Biden is headed for northeastern Pennsylvania. He'll be the keynote speaker at Friday's Greater Pittston area Friendly sons of St. Patrick Banquet this Friday. It's the 100th anniversary of the organization. The banquet to take place at the Woodlands Inn and Resort in Plains Township.

 

 

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