The problem with drugs infiltrating the family was the focus of a drug and alcohol awareness program Thursday night in Danville. Keynote speaker George Rutherford of the White Deer Run treatment center in Allenwood says it comes down to education... because the drugs on the street yesterday are going to be different than what's on the streets today. The program at the Danville Middle School was hosted by State Representative Kurt Masser who serves Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties in Harrisburg.
Long time northeastern PA State Senator Ray Musto has died. He passed at his Pittston home Thursday of cancer. Although Musto spent time as a state representative, congressman and state senator... he was indicted back in 2010 for allegedly receiving kickbacks on several projects. Earlier this year... he spent time at a federal hospital... and was finally discharged only weeks ago to return to his home. Former Senator Musto was 85.
One of the keystones of Governor Tom Corbett's administration is taking the state store system private. There are mixed feelings about that. But now there is a proposal being put forth by Representative Gene DiGirolamo of Bucks County calling for the state store system not to be sold off. In essence... go the way of the private sector... allowing store to set their own prices... and establish store hours based on the ebb and flow of traffic.
The historic Irondale Inn in Bloomsburg will soon be thing of the past... now that United Water has purchased it to make room for their new water filtration plant. D. Owen Grove Auctions has the task of parting out historic items in the structure. Auctioneer Dan Grove says he's found many significant and unique items. The auction of the historic items will begin late Saturday afternoon at the Grove Auction House in the 200 block of East Seventh Street in Bloomsburg.
Bloomsburg Police Chief Roger Van Loan has been in favor of it... and now a coalition of mayors and police chiefs have come together in an effort to make radar guns available to local departments. Local police officers across the commonwealth say they could best enforce speeding laws by using radar guns, now only allowed for use by state police. A plan has been introduced in the state Senate to add radar to local law enforcement arsenals. Tom King, the police chief in State College, says current tools are outdated, and that the argument that departments will abuse radar to get rich is misguided. Bloomsburg Chief Van Loan says radar is more efficient and accurate than the system now in use to clock speeding drivers.
Police in Tamaqua... in neighboring Schuylkill County are looking for two people... who they believe... was making meth when a fire broke out late Wednesday evening. Investigators say household items used in making the product were found inside the fire – damaged apartment on West Broad Street. Being sought are Thomas Heiser and Kelsey Anderson who have not been seen since Wednesday night.
Hazle Twp Sewer
An estimated 50 Hazle Township residents in the Greenwood section could be hooked up to a sewer project ready to be launched. It will cost home owners about $1,500 to be connected. Sewage now is either collected in septic tanks... or literally dumped into a wooded area. A contract for the project is expected to be let in June... with a completion date of April 2015.
Governor Corbett has nominated Robert Wolfe for Northumberland County Sheriff. Wolfe is currently the Acting Sheriff and Chief Deputy Sheriff of the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office. He has served for 20 years in various positions with the City of Shamokin Police Department and attained the rank of corporal.
A study of the Susquehanna River is entering its third year. WHLM's Cathy Clark tells us that the DEP has been looking at the health of the Susquehanna River basin, sampling water and aquatic life. Officials say they've already learned a great deal but want to collect more information this year to help create policy affecting the river. The study is also looking at the health problems affecting small mouth bass in the lower Susquehanna.
State Auto Auction
More than 360 vehicles will be auctioned off when the commonwealth holds its second state fleet auction next Tuesday at the Manheim Central Penn Auto Auction in Grantville. Trucks, SUV’s and sedans used by state agencies from various vehicle manufacturers will be available for bid. Also, vehicles seized by state law enforcement agencies will be up for auction as well. A vehicle preview for the public to inspect the vehicles will take place daily starting at 9 AM Friday through Monday.
The Bloomsburg University football team concludes spring drills Saturday morning with the annul Maroon & Gold game which starts at 11:30 at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium. Larry White and Andy Ulicny will provide updates on the WHLM Stations during our coverage of the Renaissance Jamboree.
The Bloomsburg University softball team rallied from two early deficits on the way to a double header sweep of visiting Kutztown Thursday afternoon. The Huskies defeating the Golden Bears 5 to 2... and 10 to 3. The victories move Bloomsburg to 22 and 13 overall on the season... and 14 and 8 in the PSAC East.
In High School Baseball
Bloomsburg defeated Columbia – Montour Vo-Tech 12 to 2...
High School Softball
Muncy downed Benton 4 to 2... it was Bloomsburg over Sullivan County 25 to nothing... Central blanked Warrior Run 11 to nothing.. Milton downed Danville 14 to nothing... Newmann outscored Millville 21 to 10... and Southern defeated Hughesville 12 to nothing..
In the final game of their series Thursday night... the Philadelphia Phillies downed the Los Angles Dodgers 7 to 3. Friday night the Phil's begin a weekend series with the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. Catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 9:05 on the WHLM Stations.
In other Major League action...
The Cincinnati Reds got by the Pittsburgh Pirates 2 to 1... the New York Mets outscored the St. Louis Cardinals 4 to 1... and the New York Yankees trounced the Boston Red Sox 14 to 5...