Fire investigators are expected to return to a Main Street Mocanaqua home... destroyed by fire on Thursday. 52 – yearold Michelle Dzoch was able to get her daughter and two grand kids out of the structure... but apparently returned to try an put the flames out. That's when the roof collapsed... and attempts to save her didn't work. Investigators will try to determine what started that midday Thursday blaze.
Flash Flood Watch
We're in for a soggy Friday. The National Weather Service in State College has posted a Flash Flood Watch for most of Eastern and Central Pennsylvania. Precipitation making it's way ahead of a cold front could produce an estimated 1 to 2 inches of rain before sunset. The runoff could lead to rising creeks and streams.
Elysburg – based National Ticket Company is looking for a few good people to fill a half – dozen positions.. and that's why they were at a job fair Thursday at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. Aaron Yoder of the company's human resources department says they're looking for people that can work well with others. Pre – employment screening for the company takes place next week at the PA Career Link office in Sunbury.
Berwick / Dumpster Day
It's a great time to do some spring cleaning.... but what do you do with the things you no longer want or need. In Berwick on Saturday it's dumpster day... a place to get rid of junk. Mayor Tim Burke says borough officials will take just about anything. Berwick's Dumpster day will be held at the borough test track starting at 8 O'clock Saturday morning..
Planning to vote in Tuesday's primary by absentee ballot.... they must be back at the Columbia County registrar's office by Friday afternoon. That word from Chief Registrar Matt Rapasky. And that drop dead time is 4:30 Friday afternoon. Repasky says there are up to 40 absentee ballots to be returned to his office in the Columbia County courthouse annex.
PUC / Electric
The P U C is hoping to help electric customers avoid another round of sticker shock. Over the winter, customers on variable rate plans were hit with skyrocketing bills when electric prices went up. Now with the heat of summer on the horizon the PUC is alerting people who stayed with their local utility that prices may be rising for their electricity June 1st. Many of the utilities serving the state are increasing their price per kilowatt hour by 20 to over 50%. The PUC says you can price compare at PAPowerswitch.com.
Summer is not too far away and the power grid that serves the region says its ready to meet the demand from whatever heat the season throws at it. Demand is expected to increase by about 1.3% over last summer according to the PJM Interconnection, which serves PA, 12 other states and Washington DC. That's due to weather, the economy and population growth. The grid says it has large customers ready to reduce demand in the event of a system emergency and its member utilities have enhanced transmission since last summer.
It's been sixty years since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to end segregation in public education. In Pennsylvania, the struggle continues. The Brown versus School Board decision created equal access to schools and ended segregation. Yet groups like the American Federation of Teachers says school closings, privatization, zero-tolerance approaches to school discipline, austerity and testing all threaten to undercut communities of color. AFT, a union that represents 1.5 million, blames funding cuts, including those in PA.
Turkey Hill Robbery
Wilkes – Barre police are looking for a man who robbed a curb store early Wednesday morning. Investigators say the man strolled into the Turkey Hill Market on Hazle Street... produced a box cutter and demanded money from the clerk. He left the store running towards Ashley. No one was injured in Wednesday's stick up in Wilkes – Barre.
Hazleton's Broad Street
If you use the Broad Street corridor in Hazleton to get to work... you might find some slow going. A section of Broad Street... from Winters Avenue in West Hazleton and Locust Street in Hazleton will be reduced to one – lane traffic in each directions. Weather permitting... the project should be wrapped up in about a week.
Boys HS Baseball
In high school baseball Thursday...Bloomsburg downed Millville 8 to 2...
Girls HS Softball
In girls high school softball... Southern Columbia defeated Bloomsburg 11 to 1... and Loyalsock just got by Central Columbia 11 to 10
The high school baseball and softball regular seasons end with this weekend's games. Seedings and pairings for the start of the District 4 playoffs will be determined at a meeting this Sunday.
The District 4 track & field championships will be held tomorrow at Athens High School. The top two finishers in each event plus those that meet qualifying standards will compete in next weekend's state championships at Shippensburg University.
The Philadelphia Phillies had a day off Thursday. Friday night they open a weekend home series against the Cincinnati Reds starting at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.
Other MLB Games
In games played Thursday night... the New York Yankees blanked the New York Mets 1 to nothing... and the Milwaukee Brewers downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 4 to 3.
In the NBA playoffs Thursday night... The Indiana Pacers clinched the second round of playoffs with a 93 to 80 victory over the Washington Wizards... and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 104 to 98... thus clinching that series.