The ballots are cast... and the results are in. It appears Republican Governor Tom Corbett will be facing Democrat Tom Wolf of York County in the run for governor in the November General Election. In Columbia County... unofficially... Wolf garnered 59 – percent of the votes cast by democrats... with a 40 percent edge over nearest competitor Rob McCord. But overall... according to County chief registrar Matt Repasky... turnout was light with 13 – percent of the registered voters casting ballots. In statewide returns... Wolf continued his juggernaut late Tuesday night... collecting 58 – percent of the vote. In the race for Democratic Lt. Governor candidate... Michael Stack with 48 – percent of the ballots cast... leading Mark Critz who captured 16 percent of the vote. We'll have more on the 2014 primary during the news on the Wednesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz starting at 6 O'clock.
A close call for residents Tuesday morning who live in an apartment building at 148 West Street in Bloomsburg. Columbia Medical Transport paramedic Alyse Litwhiler and her partner spotted trouble around 1:45 while on the way back from a call. They smelled smoke and saw flames shooting from the rear of the apartment building. Fire Chief Bob Rupp says he saw the flames when he arrived on scene. But, most of the fire was knocked down by a neighbor using a garden hose. And if the fire wasn't discovered by the alert EMS crew... it could have been disastrous... since everyone in the building was sleeping. All the tenants got out okay... and sought shelter with friends or relatives.
Berwick Borough Council
The Berwick Borough Council and Columbia County Commissioners giving accolades Monday night to the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble... and the kids who produced the play “We Are Berwick.” The group presenting two performances to rave reviews. Borough Council President Alvin Hill says it was a unique way to look at Berwick's problems through the eyes of kids. Funding for the production came from Kawneer of Bloomsburg and the Alcoa Foundation.
Route 42 Project
A $1.5 - million realignment project on Route 42 in Jordan Township... in Lycoming County... is set to begin next week. According to PennDOT Rick Mason... the project involves realigning Route 42 with Route 118 by cutting both roads short... with a new alignment put in place. It will improve traffic flow and sight lines at the intersection. The project is scheduled to be wrapped up by late October.
Distracted drivers may be more annoying than aggressive drivers according to the annual Expedia Road Rage survey. Texting behind the wheel outranks tailgating as the behavior that angers or aggravates more drivers. Coming in third in the Expedia survey is the multi tasker-- that person who is eating, reading or grooming while driving. Drivers drifting in a lane or changing lanes frequently also draw ire as do those going well below the speed limit.
Special Education Funding
Concerns by charter schools have stalled progress on a bill to change the state's formula for special education funding. WHLM's B.J. Small is reporting a proposed new formula for funding special education, would pay charter schools based on the needs of each student. Now, when it's a special education student, the tuition is a higher, flat amount. Charter schools say the new system comes with deductions and not the same considerations for their budgets as the plan grants to school district. Charters say it would be devastating, others disagree. Hence the hold up.
State Police at Hazleton says there is a man posing as a utility worker... gaining access to homes. The latest incident happened late last week when a man in his 30's... dressed as a water company employee.. got into a South Church Street home... managing to make off with nearly 500 dollars in cash. If you're approached by a man dressed as a utility worker you're not expecting... call State Police.
Coughlin High School
If you're trying to get to Coughlin High School in Wilkes – Barre Tuesday morning... you'll be faced with orange fencing and barricades. It's the results of concerns over the structural integrity of the Washington Street side of the building. Now... entry to the school is gained through Coughlin's annex building and courtyard area.
Gas prices across Northeastern Pennsylvania are holding somewhat steady as we get ready for the Memorial Day weekend. The latest Triple A fuel gauge report shows self – serve, unleaded regular retailing for $3.71 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend. That's three cents less than a week ago. And pump prices are expected to go down further due to worldwide volatility in the oil markets.