Pickett lines are expected to be picketing the entrance to Danville Area Schools today as rank and file teachers continue their work stoppage in their contract dispute with the school board. Now... union leaders say the stoppage will only be off the job five days... returning to the classroom next week. Department of Education rules say the educators can only strike for five days... so students can complete the required 180 days of instruction.
A majority of voters believe public schools affect the economy and funding should be increased. They are also calling for a funding formula to do it fairly. WHLM's B.J. Small reports Opinion Outreach's spring survey, commissioned by school groups, shows that three-quarters of 800 voters asked, strongly favor a funding formula to ensure fair distribution. Jay Himes, of the PA School Business Officials, laments that there has not been a funding formula since 2010. Also in the survey, 84 % believe the state investment in public schools needs to be larger.
All is ready for one of the biggest spring festival's of the season. Renaissance Jamboree on Main Street is Bloomsburg kicks off Saturday morning.... something Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated Manager Adrienne Mael has been working on for months. Main Street will become the home of scores of artisans and non – profit groups. And the weather is forecast to cooperate with clouds and sunshine with temps in the mid 60's.
Congressman Lou Barletta has been spending the past couple of weeks in the district chatting with civic clubs... and listening to constituents. That was the case recently in Danville where he talked with us about Obamacare and the soon to be departed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebellus... saying the former Kansas Governor fell on the sword for Obamacare. She is expected to be replaced by Sylvia Mathews Burwell... the current director of the office of Budget and Management.
Nearly 2,800 additional acres of Pennsylvania farmland will be preserved statewide thanks to a state program. Since the state's farmland preservation program began in 1988, more than one-point-two billion dollars has been invested to preserve nearly a half-million acres on farms in 57 counties for future agriculture production. The latest round includes land on 28 farms in 13 counties. The goal is to slow the loss of prime farmland to non-agricultural uses by purchasing development rights from farmers.
The deadline is midnight Wednesday if you want to participate in this year's Teen Star competition sponsored by First Columbia Bank and Trust in Bloomsburg. The Banks Maria Valles says the fourth annual contest is open to vocalist and instrumentalists. This year's Teen Star finals take place June First at the Haas Auditorium on the Bloomsburg University campus. Entry forms can be obtained from school district music teachers... on line... or any branch of First Columbia.
The Luzerne County coroner says the death of a 2 month old baby in Nanticoke has been ruled a homicide. Little Jaxon Eckrote died in a home in February. Now... the coroner says the child died of asphyxiation.
Luzerne County Council
Luzerne County Council Edd Brominski has called for the resignation of County Manager Robert Lawton. The request came as a motion when the county council met this week. But the proposal died on a six to five vote. Some say Lawton is nothing more than a dictator... while supporters say Lawton is trying to mend a dysfunctional government.
A Dallas man... from Luzerne County's back mountain area is in jail... charged with arson. 27 – year old James Cummings was busted over he weekend and charged with setting a fire which destroyed a home on Woodlawn Avenue in Dallas last month. The house was vacant. Police say Cummings has admitted breaking into the home... and lighting a fire to keep warm.
The Danville Municipal Authority will receive a 7 – point – eight million dollar loan to update it's sewer system. The project will also allow for the lifting of a sewer connection moratorium... leading to the creation of 224 new jobs, the retention of nearly 10 – thousand jobs... and investing $255 – million into the local economy economy. The money for the loan came from the PA Infrastructure Investment Authority.
A PennDOT maintenance crew in Columbia County is scheduled to perform roadway base repairs... starting next week... along Fisherdale Road/Tyson School Road in Cleveland and Locust townships.
A large milling machine will be used to remove failing areas of roadway, and new blacktop will be placed. Traffic will be detoured during the work, scheduled Monday and Tuesday of next week... weather permitting.
The Bloomsburg University football team will play its annual spring game this Saturday morning. Huskies coach Paul Darragh says the purpose of the game is to expose players to the public and to coaches. Saturday's Maroon & Gold game begins at 11:30 at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium.
High School Baseball
In high school baseball Tuesday... Millville defeated Columbia Montour Vo-Tech 6 to 3... and Midd – West downed Benton 12 to 1.
High School Softball
In girls High School softball... it was Central Columbia over Montoursville 6 to 5...
and Columbia – Montour Vo-Tech blanked Millville 18 to 0...
In game two of their series in Los Angeles Tuesday night... the Philadelphia Phillies got by the Los Angeles Dodgers 3 to 2.Both teams meet again Wednesday night.
Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 9:35.
Other MLB games
In other games Tuesday night...the Cincinnati Reds downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 4 to 1... the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the New York Mets 3 to 0... and the New York Yankees got the best of the Boston Red Sox 9 to 3.
In the NHL playoffs Tuesday night... the New York Rangers out – skated the Philadelphia Flyers 4 to 1... with New York with a two games to one lead in the series.