By the end of business Monday... the 40 plus polling precincts in Columbia County will have their voting machines installed for Tuesday's primary election. That word from Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky. The biggest draw this year is the race for the Democratic nomination for Governor... the winner going up against Governor Corbett in November. The polls open at 7 O'clock Tuesday morning... and close at 8 O'clock.
Bloomsburg Race Driver Injured
Bloomsburg Sprint car driver Duane Mausteller is in the Geisinger Medical Center after being injured in a Saturday night crash at the Selinsgrove Speedway. Penn Live.com is reporting the incident happened on lap three of a consolation event when Canadian driver Jamie Collard flipped his sprint car at the end of the back stretch. Mausteller tried to avoid the wreckage but hit Collard's car and also flipped. He was trapped in his Sprinter until emergency crews extricated him. A family member say Mausteller suffered a broken right leg and ankle.
Click It or Ticket
Starting Monday.... you might see an extra police presence on the streets and highways... not only in Columbia and Montour County... but nationwide. It's the start of a crackdown on drivers not wearing their seat belts. The money for the overtime for police officers locally... comes from the federal government through PennDOT... so says Bloomsburg PD Sgt. Leonard Rogutski. Sgt. Rogutski said the target of the enforcement are drivers of pick up trucks late at night. Statistic say those are the drivers who don't buckle up and are likely to be killed or injured in a traffic accident.
Genomic / Geisinger
A $100,000 state grant is expected to go a long way in furthering a tel-medicine program aimed Genomics... or the genetic make up of patients in the Geisinger Medical System hospitals which dot the area. Governor Tom Corbett was in Danville at the start of the weekend to make the announcement. For project coordinator Dr. David Ledbetter... it's one way to keep Geisinger clients well. The money from the Discovered in PA... Developed in PA program will help a Geisinger facility in Luzerne County to build the infrastructure for telemedicine initiatives.
Shamokin / Coal Twp Fire
Investigators are expected to be in Coal Township Monday... trying to figure out what started a Sunday night blaze which damaged seven row homes. The fire taking place in the 1300 block of West Walnut Street near Shamokin. Authorities do know the blaze began on the second floor of one of the homes... and spread. No one was injured fighting last night's fire near Shamokin.
Schuylkill County Fire
Fire investigators say an electrical problem sparked a house fire over the weekend in Butler Township... Schuylkill County. The fire breaking out before dawn on Saturday morning on Broad Street... near Ashland. No one was injured, but it took firemen an estimated two hours to squelch the flames.
A truck driver was flown to the hospital Sunday morning after his rig overturned on the exit ramp leading from Interstate 80 to Route 93 Southbound in Sugarloaf Township. State police say the driver was hauling a mixture of manure and water... and apparently tried to take the curve faster than allowed.
The truck went over on it's side... closing down both lanes of Route 93 for about an hour. The driver... life flighted to a regional trauma center for treatment.
The city of Hazleton may undertake a program designed to replace 14 hundred streetlight fixtures with high efficiency LED units. That would reduce the cost of energy an estimated 65 – thousand dollars a year. The city would contract with a firm which would do the change over. No word when City Council plans to vote on the issue.
Vehicle Vs. House
A 53 – year old man apparently fell asleep at the wheel... then crashed into a home in the 2000 block of Main Street in Dewart... in Northumberland County Sunday morning. Timothy Emery slammed into the structure after to failing to stop at a stop sign... then slammed into a porch. Two people were inside the building, but the got out safely. Emery was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries.
If you have travel plans for Memorial Day weekend, you're not alone. WHLM's Cathy Clark says travel is expected to be at a post-recession high for Memorial Day with more than 36.1 million Americans planing a trip at least fifty miles from home. That's 1.5% higher than last year. Most will drive and they should see gas prices easing. Those who fly can expect to see airfares about six percent higher. Hotel and car rental costs are also up slightly.
Track & Field
Senior Ellen Shepard finished first in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes and anchored two winning relay teams to lead the Central Columbia girls to the District 4 Class AA team title in the track & field championships Saturday at Athens High School. The top two finishers in each event plus those that met qualifying standards will compete in the state championships which begin Friday morning at Shippensburg University.
The District 4 baseball and softball tournaments begin this week. In Class AA softball Tuesday afternoon, Columbia Montour Vo Tech plays Montoursville. The winner of that game will play at top seeded Central Columbia on Thursday.
The Phillies defeated the Cincinnati Reds Sunday 8-3. The Phils have the day off. Tuesday night they will begin a three games series in Miami against the Marlins.
In other games Sunday, the New York Mets lost a 6-3 decision to the Washington Nationals. The Yankees and Pirates played a doubleheader in New York. The Yankees won the first game 4-3... the Pirates took the nightcap 5-3.
In the first game of the NBA's Eastern Conference final series, it was the Indiana Pacers beating the Miami Heat 107-96.
In the first game of the NHL's Western Conference final series, the Chicago Blackhawks downed t the Los Angeles Kings 3-1.