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Wednesday / February 29, 2012


Shickshinny Flood Recovery

Six months after the floods of September... Shickshinny is adapting. During a meeting Tuesday night plans were unveiled calling for businesses to move to higher ground on West Union Street... getting away from the flood plain. That... after the federal government told Shickshinny borough officials they don't plan to build a levee system along the Susquehanna. Meantime... the Wells Fargo Bank at Union and Main Street is expected to be demolished this week.

 

Bloomsburg Community Development

A final public hearing on the proposed use of federal Community Development Block Grant dollars for the Town of Bloomsburg is scheduled for April 23rd. How to allocate the estimated $152,000 surfaced during this week's council meeting. One of the projects that could use the money is the Streater Recreation Area on Ft. McClure Boulevard. SEDA – COG's Bill Lowthert says plans call for the money to be earmarked for roads... parking and preliminary grading of the area. Other Block Grant dollars are proposed for street lighting improvement... a town park restroom rebuild... as well as a curbing and sidewalk planning study.

 

Luzerne Jobs

Layoff slips are going out by the end of the week in Luzerne County... as up to sixty-five people will be told they're losing their jobs due to budget cuts. That word comes from interim County Manager Tom Pribula during a Luzerne County Commission meeting last night. In all... the layoffs will save the county an estimated 2.7- million dollars in salaries and benefits. The action is in addition to increasing property taxes two percent.

 

PennDOT Cleanup

As soon as the weather turns more towards spring... you'll be seeing more and more volunteers along the state's highway's cleaning up the trash left behind. PennDOT says the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania begins Thursday... and in the agency's District Three office out of Montoursville is doing its part... according to PennDOT's Jamie Legenos. Statewide... according to Legenos... 159,000 volunteers collected 7 – million pounds of trash along 13,000 miles of roadway.

 

Transportation

As lawmakers are growing restless on the transportation funding issue... many options remain on the table. Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch telling reporters in Harrisburg this week, how Governor Corbett's no tax pledge may impact the transportation funding debate. One option... according to Schoch... is a fuel tax swap... uncapping the oil franchise tax while temporarily reducing the gas tax.

 

Guilty Plea

A 22 – year old Bloomsburg man has pleaded guilty in the sexual assault of a 16 - year old girl in a wooded area of Mt. Carmel Township back in 2010. Kenneth Mull the Third... also known as “Sammy” and “Skitz” was sentenced to five to ten years in state prison by a Northumberland County Judge. Mull... who's last known address was the Stone Castle Motel on Route 11... remains in the Columbia County Prison on a theft charge.

 

Animal Cruelty Alleged

A Millville woman is now facing a cruelty to animals charge after remains of a horse were found on her property earlier this month. Pennsylvania State Police at Bloomsburg telling us 50 – year old Bonnie Elaine Heddings of Pine Tree Road in Millville is facing the cruelty charges. Police say the charges were filed after a horse carcass remained on her property for more than a week... and a second horse was underweight... and after examined by a vet... has to be put down.

 

Hazleton Fire

Hazleton firemen made quick work of a small blaze which erupted Tuesday at a home in the 200 hundred block of East Mine Street. Investigators say towels brushing up against a hot light bulb sparked the blaze. Firemen simply had to remove the towels from the door and tossed them. The door was removed from its hinges and the fire on top of it extinguished.

 

Rep. Marino

U.S. Representative Tom Marino joined three other congressmen Wednesday to talk about the newly – formed Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth. Marino represents Montour County in Washington. Representative Marino says the caucus is committed to protection and promoting the welfare of the more than 420,000 children and youth in the nation's foster care system.

 

WHLM Sports

Bloomsburg University

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played PSAC quarterfinal games last night at Nelson Field House. In the women's game.. Bloomsburg defeated Shippensburg 69 to 61... while in the men's contest... West Chester got by Bloomsburg 83 to 70.

 

High School Basketball

In the District 4 high school basketball playoffs last night, there was a doubleheader at Williamsport High School. In the first game, a girls Class Triple A semifinal.. Danville defeated Athens 29 to 24... The second game was a boys Class AA semifinal... Southern Columbia just got by Athens 44 to 42.

Tuesday / February 28, 2011


Lewis Update

More information is coming out dealing with a former Danville cop who took his own life over the weekend. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... 68 – year old Richard Lewis of Danville allegedly sexually assaulted a 16 – year old teenage girl more than two dozen times over a ten month period of time. The assaults taking place at a hunting cabin in the Turbotville area... as well as as his Danville home. Lewis was on his way to surrender to State Police on the pending charges when he ended his life in an Interstate 80 rest area near Limestoneville.

 

Council / United Water

A two page letter... and not much else from United Water at last night's Bloomsburg Town Council meeting. If you recall... at a council meeting two weeks ago... folks who live along West Third Street from Market to Railroad complained about the shoddy performance by a United Water contractor. At last night's meeting... a letter from United Water documenting what they've done. Meantime... council okayed a plan to hire the Larson Design Group to come up with a plan to re-construct the curbs and sidewalks after the construction is complete.

 

Council / Hospital Merger

The Bloomsburg Town Council will be soon sending a letter to Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly... throwing their support behind the merger of the Bloomsburg Hospital and Geisinger Health Systems. It follows a meeting Mayor Dan Knorr and councilperson Diane LeVan had recently with hospital officials... trying to get the approval process off dead center. The letter to be sent goes on to say that town council sees the merger as a way to save an estimated 800 jobs... and grow with Geisinger.

 

Zarrett Building

Pending bank financing... it appears the vacant corner of Main and Jefferson Streets in Bloomsburg may see some new construction. It's an area where an October 2009 fire destroyed the original building. Mike and Susan Zarrett... the owners of Town Camera... received approval from Council to build on vacant property next to their current site. The proposed building would house two businesses on the ground floor with apartments on the second and third floors.

 

Animal Cruelty

A Millville woman is now facing a cruelty to animals charge after remains of a horse was found on her property earlier this month. Pennsylvania State Police at Bloomsburg telling us 50 – year old Bonnie Elaine Heddings of Pine Tree Road in Millville is facing the cruelty charges filed with Magisterial District Judge Doug Brewer. Police say the charges were filed after a horse carcass remained on her property for more than a week... and a second horse was discovered to be underweight... and after examined by a vet... had to be put down.

 

Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of gas has shot upward in the past week... how about ten cents a gallon across Northeastern Pennsylvania.... including Columbia and Montour Countys. The latest Triple A fuel gauge report out Tuesday morning shows... self – serve, unleaded regular is now averaging $3.77 – a – gallon... up a penny from Monday. But last week at this time we were paying $3.67- a - gallon... and a month ago $3.52. The reason for the increase... market demand and unrest in the middle east.

 

Bloomsburg Airport

It appears the Bloomsburg Airport is in line to receive $500,000 from PennDOT... thanks to Governor Corbett's $10 – million reinvestment fund for airport projects. The money to be earmarked for the rehabilitation on the airport hanger... its back wall taken out by September flooding. It also calls for replacing electrical wiring and installing a heating system.

 

Rail Projects

Governor Corbett is chugging along... awarding $ – million for rail projects across the state. Under the plan announced... neighboring Luzerne... and two other counties will be getting $3 – million to construct and rehabilitate track related to infrastructure development. Also on the list is the Interstate Distribution Center in Pittston... in Luzerne County. That company to get $700,000 to construct and rehab track for expanded rail access in the center.

 

Wilkes - Barre Twp Chief

A Wilkes – Barre Township Volunteer fire chief is headed to Luzerne County Court. Chief John Yuknavich is facing a long list of charges after he allegedly mishandled $11,000 earmarked for the fire department. Not only was he the fire chief... Yuknavich was also the treasurer for the firemen's relief association. A district judge ruled Monday there is enough evidence to send the case to court. Yuknavich's attorney says the charges are false.

 

Murder Investigation

An autopsy is scheduled for today for 30 – year old Greg Demage of Jim Thorpe. He took his own life along Route 61 in Coal Township over the weekend after police spotted him in a Cadillac belonging to an elderly couple found dead in their Split Rock resort home in Carbon County over the weekend. Demage is the grandson of 77 – year old John Carnochan and his 75 – year old wife, Mildred. He is the only suspect in the crime. An autopsy on the couple yesterday revealed they died of blunt force trauma.

 

BU Concert

Bloomsburg University's Chamber Orchestra is tuning up for the annual spring concert. The concert will be presented this Sunday at 2 PM at the St. Matthew Lutheran Church in the 100 block of Market Street. The performance is open to the public.... and is free.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men's basketball team reached the postseason for the first time in a decade this year, but the Huskies were denied an extension to their season as they lost to West Chester 83-70 on Tuesday night. The Women's team will move on in the playoffs - they beat Shippensburg in their match 69-61. They'll face IUP in the PSAC semifinals at Edinboro on Friday. You can hear all the details from Tuesday night's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

District 4 Basketball

In the District 4 high school basketball playoffs Tuesday night, the Danville girls and Southern Columbia boys both played Athens at Williamsport High School. Danville won their game 29-24. Southern won as well, beating Athens 44-42.

 

Daytona 500

Matt Kenseth wins Monday night's rain – delayed... season – opening NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500.

Monday / February 27, 2012


Flood Reassessment

If you're a flood victim... and you pay Columbia County property taxes... you have roughly a week and a half to get your property reassessed. That word from Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach. He says if your property has sustained major damage from September flooding.... there is a good possibility that your assessment can be reduced for the 2011 – 2012 tax year.

 

David Millard / Penn State

Penn State University has been under the gun since last fall regarding the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal. Sandusky... a former assistant football coach... is accused of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15 – year period of time. But who is paying for the university's legal bills ??? Penn State says the University maintains insurance policies which are expected to cover claims brought against the school and its officers.

 

Fire Alarm

Volunteer firemen from Montour Township... Buckhorn and Catawissa were called out shortly after 2 O'clock Monday morning for a report of a house fire on Legion Road... off of Rupert Drive. But despite an intense search of the area.... nothing was found. All were back in quarters a short time later.

 

Lewis Case

An ex – Danville Police officer is dead... apparently taking his own life after he was charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a 16 – year old girl in Snyder County. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition.... 68 – year old Richard Lewis was apparently on his way to surrender to State Police... when he stopped at a rest area in Liberty Township and ended it all. Lewis had been held in high regard as he served on the Danville Police force for 21 – years... retiring in 2001.

 

Investigation Ongoing

State police are trying to figure out the connection between the death of a couple in the Pocono's and a man who took his own life in the couple's car along Route 61 in nearby Coal Township. Police say 30 – year old Greg Demage of Jim Thorpe was found inside the car... dead of an apparent self – inflicted gunshot wound following a high speed pursuit. Now authorities are trying to figure out of Demage had anything to do with the deaths of 77 – year old John Carnochan... and his 75 – year old wife, Mildred. Both were found dead in their Split Rock Resort home in Carbon County Saturday afternoon.

 

Court Upholds Columbia County Ruling

The State's Commonwealth Court has backed a ruling made two years ago by the Columbia County Court that set fair values for those who have condemned property in Centralia. The seven residents who live there contend that condemnation proceedings against them should stop... saying the mine fire... which began back in 1962... has moved to another location... and air quality in Centralia... has improved. The ruling is the latest step in a lengthy court battle by the Centralia Seven to remain in their homes despite eminent domain procedure... and the $42 – million federal dollars set aside for relocation.

 

SUV vs Cruiser

A 22 – year old Bloomsburg man has been cited by Pennsylvania State Police for failing to drive in the proper lane... after his SUV collided with a police cruiser in North Centre Township at the start of the weekend. Police say the SUV driven by Nickolas Eckroth was northbound... when for some unknown reason collided with a Briar Creek Township police car driven by 34 – year old Randy Gaugler. Both drivers slightly injured in the crash... and were treated at Geisinger Medical Center.

 

Hazleton Drugs

There was a drug sweep in Hazleton over the weekend. Police say five men were taken into custody Saturday. Authorizes raiding three homes on North Church Street... West Oak and West Maple. All are in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility

 

In WHLM Sports

 

Bloomsburg University

The regular season ended Saturday with victories.... and both the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams will be at home to start the PSAC playoffs Tuesday night. The women play Shippensburg at 5:30 and the men face West Chester at 7:30. You can catch both games starting with the pregame show at 5:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280, and www.whlm.com.

 

District 4 Playoffs

The Danville and Southern Columbia boys' and the Danville girls' are the three area high school basketball teams still alive in the District 4 playoffs. Tuesday night at Williamsport High School, the Danville girls play Athens followed by the Southern Columbia boys against Athens. Both of those games are District semifinals. The Danville boys will play Shikellamy in the Class AAA final later in the week at a time, date, and site to be determined.

 

Wrestling Championships

Four area high school wrestlers finished first in the District 4 wrestling championships at Williamsport over the weekend. Winning gold medals were Colt Cotten of Benton at 132 pounds, Kurt Meske of Central Columbia at 160, Jake Mankey of Benton at 182 and Eric McCraken of Central Columbia at 220 pounds. Central Columbia finished second to Mifflinburg in the team competition.

Sunday February 26, 2012


The Columbia Valley Moose Lodge will host a breakfast tomorrow from 8:00 am to noon.  The Moose is located behind Sheets on Route 11 in Bloomsburg.

 

The Southern Columbia Varsity Girls’ soccer team invites you to a Vera Bradley Bingo on Sunday in the elementary school gym.  Doors open at 12:30 and games start at 2:00 PM.

 

PA P.E.T.S will host a thrift store open house on Tuesday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Stop in to meet the volunteers, browse through the store, and find out how you can become involved in spay and neuter work in our area.  The store is located at 203 East Fifth Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Holy Family Convent in Danville is selling homemade soups, subs, and baked goods on Wednesdays during Lent.  Call 275-3141 to place your order for this Wednesday…orders can be picked up between noon and 4:00 PM.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Basketball

Both the Danville boys and girls basketball teams played at Shikellamy High School on Friday night as playoffs continue on WHLM. The Danville girls beat Montoursville 43-34 and will go on to face Athens. In the boys game Danville's Andrew Andreychik was fouled with .3 seconds remaining and the score tied. He sank the first of his two foul shots for the 31-30 win. Danville will next play Shikellamy in the District Final. They defeated Selinsgrove in their game Friday 36-34.

 

Saturday afternoon in a D4 AA boys quarterfinal it was Southern Columbia over East Juniata 65-46.

 

Bloomsburg University

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams closed out their regular season at home against Millersville on Saturday. The Women won decisively 73-60. The Men barely held on to their lead after a furious end to their game, winning 72-71. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Both teams enter the postseason at home Tuesday night. You can follow all the action on the WHLM stations and here at WHLM.com starting with the Women's pregame after the 5PM news.

 

 

Saturday February 25, 2012


Jorge’s Orange Tree is sponsoring a flapjack fundraiser at Applebee’s in Bloomsburg this morning from 8:00 am to 10:00 am.  Money raise supports the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ALS Association.

 

The Bloomsburg University women’s basketball team is sponsoring National Girls’ and Women in Sports Day today with an event for girls in elementary and middle school.

 

The free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville is open as usual today.  The display features dozens of trains and you and your kids can play with.

 

Christ United Lutheran Church in Catawissa invites you to their mid-winter soup sale this afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00.  Cost is $6.00 per quart, and they’ll have beef vegetable, chicken corn and ham chowder.

 

The Montour Delong Fairgrounds are serving up an all you can eat haddock fish dinner today from 3:00 to 7:00 PM.

 

The Millville American Legion’s annual ice cream, cake and pie contest starts today at Noon.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company is hosting an all you can eat pork and sauerkraut dinner from 4:00 to 7:00.  The dinner costs $7.00 for you, $3.50 for your children ages 4 to 12, and free for your children ages 3 and younger.

 

Shiloh Bible Church presents Gospel Bond in concert tonight at 7:00 PM.  The church is located at 123 Church Street in Almedia.

 

The Columbia Valley Moose Lodge will host a breakfast tomorrow from 8:00 am to noon.  The Moose is located behind Sheets on Route 11 in Bloomsburg.

 

The Southern Columbia Varsity Girls’ soccer team invites you to a Vera Bradley Bingo on Sunday in the elementary school gym.  Doors open at 12:30 and games start at 2:00 PM.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Basketball

Both the Danville boys and girls basketball teams played at Shikellamy High School on Friday night as playoffs continue on WHLM. The Danville girls beat Montoursville 43-34 and will go on to face Athens. In the boys game Danville's Andrew Andreychik was fouled with .3 seconds remaining and the score tied. He sank the first of his two foul shots for the 31-30 win. Danville will next play Shikellamy in the District Final. They defeated Selinsgrove in their game Friday 36-34.

 

Saturday afternoon in a D4 AA boys quarterfinal it was Southern Columbia over East Juniata 65-46.

 

Bloomsburg University

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams closed out their regular season at home against Millersville on Saturday. The Women won decisively 73-60. The Men barely held on to their lead after a furious end to their game, winning 72-71. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Both teams enter the postseason at home Tuesday night. You can follow all the action on the WHLM stations and here at WHLM.com starting with the Women's pregame after the 5PM news.

 

 

Friday / February 24, 2012


Weekend Weather

A jolt back to reality this weekend... as a storm moving out of Chicago... will skirt us to the north.. as it heads to upstate New York and New England. However, it will bring seasonal temperatures to Columbia and Montour Counties over the next couple of days... making us bundle up. Meantime... the National Weather Service at State College has issued a wind advisory through this evening.

 

Fishing Creek Clean Up

The Fishing Creek Watershed Association needs help in their clean – up efforts of a portion of the waterway which runs close to Orangeville. The Association's Rachel Strausser says the project is slated for next Saturday, March 3rd... taking place from Char Mund Road... to Route 487 north of the borough. Volunteers are needed to help in the project. Sign – up takes place at 487 and Char Mund Road at 7:30 AM on March 3rd.

 

Kurt Masser

State Representative Kurt Masser will be in his district Friday to meet his constituents. Representative Masser... who serves a portion of Southern Columbia County... as well as Montour and Northumberland... will have office houses at the Cleveland Township Building in Elysburg. Masser and his staff are expected to talk to folks about their needs and wants... as well as help them with problems they may be having with various state agencies in Harrisburg. Friday's session begins at 10 AM.

 

Jerry Sandusky Folo

Penn State has received a federal subpoena related to a former assistant football coach accused of molesting boys and is cooperating with the request. It all deals with sex abuse case of Jerry Sandusky... who is accused of molesting 10 boys over a 15 – year period. Sandusky to go on trial later this year.

 

Freeland Incident

An arrest has been made after a Freeland police officer was injured by a hit and run driver. Police say Michael Mokshefski of Blakeslee was busted Thursday night. He is accused of allegedly dragging officer Matthew Williams when the officer tried to get the keys from a pick up truck as he was dragged down the street. Officer Williams was rushed to Geisinger Wyoming Valley where he was treated for injuries... and later released. Mokshefski is being held on $100,000 bail at the Luzerne County Prison.

 

Sex Assault

State police at Hazleton are looking for a man with a couple of tattoos on his body. He's wanted for questioning following a sexual assault Wednesday afternoon near the Mountain View Cemetery in Hazle Township. The victim telling investigators that the man they want was riding a red mountain bike. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at Hazleton.

 

Postal Service

The US Postal Service is out with a listing of mail processing centers to be shut down. On that list is the processing centers in Williamsport and Scranton. Harrisburg will pick up the mail destined for the Williamsport location... while the Lehigh Valley Postal Center will preform the work of the Scranton processing center. The effect on the consumer is additional time for first class mail to get to its destination.

 

CPR Training

Want to know how to preform cardio – pulmonary resuscitation... and use an automatic defibrillator... the Berwick YMCA will teach you. They'll kick off two classes.. starting Monday... to teach folks American Red Cross First Aid... and CPR. Want more information or to register, call the Berwick YMCA.

 

Two Busted

Two Mifflinburg women are in jail on a $100,000 each after they were busted in connection with a robbery of a convenience store earlier this month. Milton State Police busting 38 – year old Holly Hoffman... and 21 – year old Maura Smith as allegedly being complicit in the robbery of a West Buffalo Township store. Already charged with the robbery are Jeffrey Stahl and Michael Gulli... accused of entering the store... and ripping off the two clerks at gunpoint.

 

Ashland Fire

Authorities in Ashland say a late Tuesday night fire at a vacant home is a case of arson. The blaze was discovered in the middle room of the first floor in a home in the 12 – hundred block of Walnut Street. It was quickly extinguished. Investigators say the building has been empty for several years. Whoever set the first gained entry to the building through an unlocked rear door.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Basketball

Both the Danville boys and girls basketball teams played at Shikellamy High School on Friday night as playoffs continue on WHLM. The Danville girls beat Montoursville 43-34 and will go on to face Athens. In the boys game Danville's Andrew Andreychik was fouled with .3 seconds remaining and the score tied. He sank the first of his two foul shots for the 31-30 win. Danville will next play Shikellamy in the District Final. They defeated Selinsgrove in their game Friday 36-34. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Basketball Update:

 

 

High School Wrestling / Swimming

In other high school sports Friday night, the District 4 wrestling championships get underway at Williamsport high school, and the District 4 swimming championships begin at Bucknell University.

 

Bloomsburg University

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams will close out the regular season and prep for the PSAC Playoffs when they play Millersville Saturday afternoon at the Nelson Field House. The action starts with the women's game at 1 o'clock. You can hear both games on the WHLM stations beginning with the pregame show at 12:40.

 

 

Thursday / February 23,2012


Berwick Fire

Two Berwick families will pick up the pieces of their lives after a Wednesday fire extensively damaged their double home at 421 and 423 East Eighth Street. Fire Chief Bill Coolbaugh says the blaze began when one of the renters left grease on a stove... and from there... the fire spread. Chief Coolbaugh says nine members of two families were left homeless.

 

Locust Twp.

Drivers coming out of the Southern Columbia school complex Wednesday afternoon got a friendly reminder from Locust Township Police. Wear you seat belt. Bob Shaeffer with the North Central Highway Safety Network says new seat belt laws became effective late last year... and they affect teens.

 

PA Pets

The over population of unwanted and homeless animals has been the focus of a group known as PA Pets for the past 25 – years or so. Jo Wright of Bloomsburg says the group trying to do something about the problem.... such as offering low cost spay and neutering.

 

Motorworld Theft

A former employee of MotorWorld in Wilkes – Barre is accused of taking more than $130,000 from the dealership over a year's period of time. Authorities say 35 – year old Denise Zbiersky told them she needed the money for a gambling habit... and to pay off credit cards. Zbiersky had easy access to the money... since she worked in the payroll department of the dealership... adding thousands of dollars a month to her paycheck. She faces a preliminary hearing next week.

 

Freeland Porn

A 20 – year old youth street hockey coach from Freeland... has been arrested by Luzerne County Detectives. 20 - year old David Kish, Jr... is accused of downloading dozens of kiddie porn images on his computer. Detectives say there is no evidence that any of the images are of local kids. Kish is free on $25,000 bail.

 

Hazleton Super

The Hazleton Area School district will have a news superintendent come early August. Francis Antonelli... now the acting superintendent will continue on the job... but given the new title. Antonelli was named acting Superintendent late last year... when the board bought out the contract of then – super Samuel Marolo.

 

Reapportionment

A PA Senate Republican leader says he expects the state's April 24th primary to be held using boundaries based on the the year 2000 census data. Earlier this year the Pennsylvania Supreme Court tossed out districts drawn up by the General Assembly based on the 2010 census. The expected eventual decision came during a five minute meeting of the Legislative Reapportionment Commission in Harrisburg.

 

Gus is Gone

Gus the Groundhog is headed for the unemployment line... fired by the Pennsylvania Lottery commission. Gus has been billed as the second most famous groundhog in the state... and has been the face of the commission's TV ad campaign since 2004. Lottery officials hope to unveil a new marketing campaign next month... aimed at making people more aware of everything the lottery does.

 

Shamokin Rail Traffic

An increase of rail traffic through Shamokin... in Northumberland County... is prompting the upgrade to rail crossings. Work has been wrapped on new traffic warning signals along Walnut Street by the North Shore Railroad out of Northumberland on their Shamokin Valley Line. Increased rail traffic is expected over the next couple of years with some of it destined for Timber End on Route 901 in Coal Township.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Bloomsburg University Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played East Stroudsburg last night at Nelson Field House. In a game you heard on the WHLM Stations... the Bloomsburg men forced East Stroudsburg into overtime... eventually winning the game 80 to 78. Earlier in the evening...the Bloomsburg women defeated East Stroudsburg 78 to 63. The Huskies close out the regular season Saturday afternoon at home against Millersville.

 

High School Basketball

In high school basketball Wednesday night, in a District 4 Class AA girls quarterfinal at the McCloskey Center in Danville... South Williamsport defeated Southern Columbia 62 to 45. The second game of that doubleheader at Danville was a boys Class AA first round game... Southern just getting by Central Columbia 50 to 47.

 

High School Basketball Preview

Wednesday night in a District 4 Class A girls semifinal at Troy High School, Benton plays Cowanesque Valley. That game starts at 7 o'clock.

Wednesday / February 22, 2012


Gary Doby

A former Bloomsburg University professor has decided not to fight extradition to Oklahoma. 65 – year old Gary Doby has been behind prison bars for the past two months unable to raise a half million dollars bond after he was charged with child pornography. Prosecutors say Doby... of Beaver Township.. is accused of working with a third grade teacher in the Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma school district to make kiddie porn. Now... Oklahoma authorities have until the middle of March to transport Doby back to the Sooner State.

 

Henry Hood

The man who was a visionary for Geisinger Medical Center in Danville has died. Dr. Henry Hood passed away over the weekend in Exeter, New Hampshire. The expansion of Geisinger Health System... as we know it... began in the mid – 70s when Dr. Hood became president and CEO.  The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition that the hospital system plans a memorial for Dr. Hood sometime in the future.

 

Wolfe / Gordner

The son of former State Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolfe... has been sentenced from 8 to 23 months for his conviction of attacking a handyman working at the Wolfe homestead. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition 37 – year old Benjamin Wolfe received the sentence for attacking 55 – year old Keith Gordner last August. Gordner was performing work at the elder Wolfe's Millville – area farm... when he was viciously attacked. In addition to serving time in prison... Wolfe will have to repay Gordner more than $3,000 in medical costs... not covered by insurance.

 

Assessments

Time is running out for folks who feel their property needs to be assessed due to the floods of last September. County Commissioner David Kovach says the deadline to ask for a re-assessment request is March 9th. Thus far.. the personnel from the assessors office has visited 175 properties... in 16 Columbia County municipalities... with 95 percent of property owners getting some relief.

 

State Tax Relief
The deadline to apply for slots – funded property tax relief is fast approaching.

Attorney General Jack Wagner believes that over 90% of qualified homeowners have filed for this property tax relief... but many are still missing out. The deadline to apply for tax relief is March 1st.

 

Budget / Millard

It was the State Senate Appropriations committee... which last week grilled a parade of department heads appearing before it. This week the House Appropriations Committee started the annual state budget hearing process in Harrisburg. Sitting on the committee is Rep. David Millard of Millville.  The committee kicked off this week's session by getting a prospective of the global economy... followed by the state's independent fiscal office... as well as the Department of Revenue. Representative Millard telling us that those particular agencies were brought in first to set the stage for the rest of the hearings.

 

Barletta / VA

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton spent some time at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Wilkes – Barre on Tuesday... handing out medals to four veterans... which were long overdue. Included in the group was Vietnam vet Jerry Lee Smith of Berwick. He received a half – dozen medals for his service while in the U.S. Navy from 1965 thru '69. Also honored for their service was James Kellum of Huntington Mills... near Shickshinny... Michael Gatcha of Bear Creek Township... as well as Edward Bush of Palmerton.

 

Wilkes – Barre Bones

Bones discovered earlier this week in a vacant lot in Wilkes – Barre... are not human bones. The discovery on Loomis Street brought police and the Luzerne County coroner to the scene. But coroner Bill Lisman said the bones weren't human... but rather are from pigs and cows from nearly 15 - year ago. It's not known how the bones ended up on that vacant lot on Loomis Street... near Stanton.

 

Shenandoah Fire

Authorities in Shenandoah are trying to figure out if it was a case of arson which sparked a blaze in a duplex... sending a woman to an Allentown hospital for treatment. The woman has been identified as Christine Hanlon. The fire broke out at the rear of the two story building early Monday evening the 300 block of West Center Street. A Shenandoah police officer was slightly injured when he led the landlord to safety. A state police fire marshal has been called in to determine the exact cause of Monday night's fire in Shenandoah.

 

Jeep / Motor coach

A trip to a Wilkes – Barre area casino for Shamokin – area residents got off to a rocky start Tuesday... when the driver of a Jeep Cherokee rammed into a motor coach in Kulpmont. Police say 23 – year old Andrew Kowaleski apparently fell asleep at the wheel... ramming the King Coal Tours bus on Route 61 in Kulpmont. Several of the 19 passengers on board the bus received minor bumps and bruises... while

Kowaleski was taken to a Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Basketball

The District 4 Class AA high school basketball playoffs began last night. In a boys first round game at Sullivan County, Bloomsburg played Towanda. The game crept into overtime... and that's when Towanda surged ahead... defeating Bloomsburg 52 to 45.

 

Basketball Playoffs

Both the Southern Columbia boys and girls teams played Class AA playoff games Wednesday night at the MCloskey Center in Danville. In the girls semifinal South Williamsport beat Southern 63-48. In the boys first round game Southern beat Central Columbia 50-47.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University basketball teams came out on top in their games Wednesday night at the Nelson Field House. The Women beat East Stroudsburg 78-63 to win the PSAC East outright, making the Huskies #1 for the second year in a row. The Men struggled against ESU for much of the game but sent it into overtime and snatched the win on the strength of a last-second shot from Junior Nnamdi Njoku. The final was 80-78. You can hear that winning call with Jim Doye in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU is back at the Nelson Field House on Saturday to face Millersville. Coverage on the WHLM Stations and here at WHLM.com starts with the Women's pregame at 12:40.

 

 

Tuesday / February 21, 2012


Pole Fire

Some power outages across the region Monday afternoon as two major electrical lines caught fire at Ferry and Ft. McClure Boulevard in Bloomsburg. The lines fell to the roadway and sparked a small grass fire... necessitating the Bloomsburg Fire Department. Chief Bob Rupp says PPL crews were pretty quick to get there... with an estimated 900 subscribers without juice for a couple of hours.

 

Seat Belt Enforcement

The Locust Township Police Department kicks off a seat belt enforcement campaign Wednesday afternoon at the Southern Columbia High School. Chief Allen Breach says It's all designed to get those who don't buckle up to do so... on one of the most busy highways on the county's south side. The Chief also says his department will then spend the next week cracking down on aggressive driving and speeding.

 

ACLU

A new report calls into question women's health care at county prisons. The two year study from the ACLU concludes that Pennsylvania's county prisons are not meeting the health care needs of women inmates. The study's author, Carol Petraitis came up with a revelation known to many... that prisons are built for men... and not women.

 

Gas Prices

A cut in oil production by Saudi Arabia... and unrest in the straight of Hormuz is pushing gas prices through the roof across Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Triple A's Fuel Gauge report out Tuesday morning shows the average price for self – serve, unleaded regular is $3.67 a gallon. That's up two cents from Monday... and up six cents from a week ago.

 

Schuylkill Arsonist

Police are looking for an arsonist who struck over the weekend in Schuylkill County. The latest target... a fire in the 400 block of Auburn. The fire began on the porch of the home. This is the second arson fire in Auburn this month.

 

Bus / SUV

A Hazleton City Transit Bus and an SUV collided Monday... with five people taken to the hospital. Police says it all happened at North Laurel and West Green. Investigators say the SUV failed to yield the right of way to the city bus.

 

Bob Casey

U.S. Senator Bob Casey said flood levees in the Wyoming Valley are sound, but they did sustain damage during the floods of last September.... and they need to be repaired. Casey spent Monday at the levee near the Forty Fort Cemetery. The Scranton - native says he'll send a letter to the US army Corps of Engineers... to make sure repairs are made before another high water event.

 

Bones Discovered

It's going to be a few more days until officials determine if bones found in a Loomis Street lot in Wilkes – Barre are animal or human. Whatever the case W-B PD and a deputy Luzerne County coroner found a dozen bone fragments Monday. Authorities were called to the lot on Loomis... near Stanton... when someone found the bones.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Basketball

The District 4 high school basketball playoffs got underway Tuesday night. The Bloomsburg boys met Towanda in a Class AA first round game at Sulllivan County High School. Both teams came into the match with records of 15 and 7. Bloomsburg's Zach Marosic sent the game into overtime but Towanda came out on top 52-45 in OT. Listen to the details from Tuesday's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Update:

 

 

Dramatic Shot

Kutztown's dramatic last second shot that beat the Bloomsburg University men's basketball team on Saturday got a lot of play on ESPN, and Monday it was named the best play of the entire weekend.

 

The Huskies will try to bounce back from that loss when they take on East Stroudsburg tomorrow night at Nelson Field House. The doubleheader starts with the women's game at 5:30. Hear both games on the WHLM stations starting with the pregame show at 5:10.

Monday / February 20, 2012


Parking Garage

Could we see a parking garage in downtown Bloomsburg during the next couple of years. It's an idea which has been kicked around since the mid - 2000... but it surfaced once again during a recent Bloomsburg Town Council meeting. Fred Gaffney is the president of the Columbia – Montour County Chamber of Commerce he says the development of student housing has only increased the demand for parking. Mayor Dan Knorr said he's like to see a study undertaken to make sure a parking garage is the right thing to do.

 

Route 11 Crash

Three people were hurt and taken to a local hospital following a car crash early Monday morning near the Berwick exit of Interstate 80... in South Center Township. The accident happened shortly after midnight. Police are continuing their investigation.

 

Ralpho Wreck

An Atlas man is hospitalized after demolishing his SUV late Friday night along Route 54 at Airport Road... near Elysburg. Police say 41 – year old Robert Broat was taken to the Geisinger Medical Center after losing control of his 2001 Ford... which rolled over. Broat was taken to Geisinger by Elysburg Ambulance.

 

Locust Twp Police

The Locust Township Police Department to be out and about this week.... and all the way through March 4th conducting a seat belt enforcement. In a news release issued by Chief Allen Breach... Officers will be at the Southern Columbia High School on Wednesday... handing out pamphlets to drivers dealing with seat belt safety. Then... officers to be conducting traffic enforcement details across the township through March 4th.

 

Shikellamy Super

A surprising e-mail from Shikellamy School District Superintendent Robin Musto to members of the school board over the weekend. Musto says she's taking a leave of absence to at least March 19th... due to medical issues. The move has left the board in the dark. However... at their meeting this Thursday... the board is expected to land on the shoulder's of business manager Dave Sinopoli

 

Non - Union Workers

For the past four years... the salaries of the state's non – union workers have been frozen... and Budget Secretary Charles Zogby says their in for a little bump in their paychecks... equal to that called for in state union contracts. Zogby telling the State Senate appropriations committee that overall Governor Corbett's proposed 2012 – 2013 budget would eliminate an estimated 650 positions from state government... primary through vacancies.

 

Hazle Twp Fire

An early Sunday evening fire brought Hazle Township firefighters to the Penn Terrace Motel on Route 93 South near Beaver Meadows. The small blaze began in an electrical ballast on one of the room... but it was quickly put out by a guest using an extinguisher. But the flames got into the ceiling and roof... but that was squelched by firemen. No one was injured.

 

Strip Club

Thieves were busy over the weekend at a Luzerne County men's club. Police in Plymouth said someone broke into the Carousel Lounge on Route 11 early Sunday morning... making off with an estimated $2,000 in cash from a lock box. No one knows who did it... and Plymouth police are asking for your help in trying to solve the burglary.

 

WHLM Sports

CC Wrestling

Central Columbia won the team title in the District 4 East Sectional wrestling tournament which concluded Saturday in Hughesville. The Blue Jays are advancing eleven wrestlers to the District 4 championships which begin Friday at Williamsport High School.

 

High School Basketball

Seven area high school basketball teams will compete in the District 4 playoffs which begin this week. Tuesday night... the Bloomsburg boys play Towanda at Sullivan County High School. On Wednesday night, in a double header at the Whitey McCloskey Center in Danville, the Southern Columbia girls play South Williamsport in the first game... and the Southern Columbia boys play Central Columbia in the second game. On Thursday night, the Benton girls play Cowanesque Valley at Troy. On Friday night, both the Danville boys and girls teams play at Shikellamy High School in Sunbury- the girls play Montoursville in the first game... and the boys play Shamokin in the nightcap.

 

What's Happening Sunday February 19, 2012


The Bloomsburg Fire Department is serving up their monthly breakfast buffet today from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Hall will host their monthly all you can eat breakfast buffet today from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The fire hall is located off of route 642 between Danville and Milton.

 

The Bloomsburg University Protestant Campus Ministry invites you to the premier Winterfest Banquet tonight in the Kehr Union Ballroom at 6:00 PM.  It will be a festive evening of food, fellowship, and entertainment.  Tickets are $18.00…$12.00 for students.

 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Basketball

In boys basketball Friday night, in a match-up of two Heartland Conference champions, Southern Columbia beat Bloomsburg in the closing game of the regular season. The final was 46-37 Southern.

 

BU Basketball

The Huskies of BU were on the road at Kutztown to defend their postseason rankings Saturday. The Women rallied back after the first half to beat Kutztown 69-50. The Men took the lead in the closing seconds only to have victory snatched from their hands by a Hail Mary throw; the final, Kutztown 56 - Bloomsburg 55. Listen to the details from the afternoon's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU is back in action Wednesday when they will play ESU. Coverage on te WHLM Stations and here at WHLM.com starts with the Women's pregame show after the 5PM news.

 

What's Happening Saturday February 18, 2012


The Men of Wesley United Methodist Church are hosting their 63rd annual spaghetti dinner today.  Serving is from 11:00 to 7:00 today…and ticket prices are $7.00 for you, $3.00 for your children ages 6 to 12, and free for children under the age of 6.  The church is located at the corner of Third and Market Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

The free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church is open today from 10:00 am to noon.  The display features a talking train and dozens of other trains to play with.  The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Streets in Danville.

 

The Columbia Mall is hosting the annual children’s health fair today from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  The fair features many hands on activities for your children with information for you on their health and welfare.

 

The Columbia County Diamond Girl’s softball team is hosting a Rita’s Quart fundraiser in Bloomsburg today from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Your purchase of a quart of ice for $5.00 will benefit the teams traveling expenses and equipment costs.

 

Catawissa First United Methodist Church is hosting a trash or treasures rummage sale today from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The sale features furniture, appliances, clothing, knick-knacks, and more.  Lunch will be served.  The church is located on South Street in Catawissa.

 

Black Creek United Methodist Church is serving up chicken and waffles today from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.  Cost is $9.00 for you, $4.00 for your children ages 6 to 10, and free for children 5 & younger.  The church is located on Golf Course Road in Sugarloaf.

 

Christ United Lutheran Church in Catawissa invites you to their mid-winter soup sale this afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.  Cost is $6.00 per quart.  They’ll have beef vegetable, chicken corn, and ham chowder.

 

The Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series presents the national Broadway tour of the musical “The Color Purple” tonight at 8:00.  For tickets contact the Celebrity Artist Series Box Office…you’ll find a link to their website by clicking on “Our Partners."

 

The Bloomsburg Fire Department is serving up their monthly breakfast buffet tomorrow from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Hall will host their monthly all you can eat breakfast buffet tomorrow from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The fire hall is located off of route 642 between Danville and Milton.

 

The Bloomsburg University Protestant Campus Ministry invites you to the premier Winterfest Banquet tomorrow in the Kehr Union Ballroom at 6:00 PM.  It will be a festive evening of food, fellowship, and entertainment.  Tickets are $18.00…$12.00 for students.

 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Basketball

In boys basketball Friday night, in a match-up of two Heartland Conference champions, Southern Columbia beat Bloomsburg in the closing game of the regular season. The final was 46-37 Southern.

 

BU Basketball

The Huskies of BU were on the road at Kutztown to defend their postseason rankings Saturday. The Women rallied back after the first half to beat Kutztown 69-50. The Men took the lead in the closing seconds only to have victory snatched from their hands by a Hail Mary throw; the final, Kutztown 56 - Bloomsburg 55. Listen to the details from the afternoon's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU is back in action Wednesday when they will play ESU. Coverage on te WHLM Stations and here at WHLM.com starts with the Women's pregame show after the 5PM news.

 

Friday / February 17, 2012


I – 80 Wreck

A trucker received minor injures when he lost control of his 18 – wheeler on I-80 near the Lightstreet exit and overturned. The accident happening around 1:15 Friday morning. Pennsylvania State Police at Bloomsburg telling us the wreck was confined to the median... with the interstate remaining opening during the investigation.

 

Berwick Accident

Three people were taken to the Berwick Hospital following a two car crash in the 1000 block of Walnut Street Thursday afternoon. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition.. Christopher DeLuca of Berwick was northbound... when for some unknown reason... he collided head – on with a mini – van. DeLuca was treated and released in the hospital's emergency room... as were the two women who were in the mini – van.

 

Rosini Funeral

Funeral services will be held Friday at the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Elysburg for James and Patricia Rosini... and William Rosini. All three were killed in a car accident near Everglades City, Florida last week. Meantime, visitation and a funeral service for 59 – year old Deborah Korbich of Elysburg... also killed in the crash... will be held Saturday at the James Kelley Funeral Home in Coal Township.

 

Spaghetti Dinner

The Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg will be busy Saturday... as they hold their 63rd annual Spaghetti Dinner. A couple of hundred people usually make their way to the church's basement. One of the organizers says the money raised is used for church activities. The 63rd annual Spaghetti Dinner from the Men of the Wesley United Methodist Church kicks off Saturday morning at 11 O'clock.

 

Award

WHLM Radio... as well as the Bloomsburg Fire Department were honored Thursday night by Elks Lodge 436 on Old Berwick Road. Lodge officials recognizing WHLM and the fire department's chief Bob Rupp for work preformed during Tropical Storm Lee last September. WHLM remaining on the air... informing residents of Columbia and Montour Counties as to flood conditions... while the fire department putting in thousands of hours of manpower to insure residents of the town were safe... as well as evacuated from areas of high water.

 

Luzerne County Sheriff

The sheriff of neighboring Luzerne County will be without a job come March 1st. Sheriff John Gilligan will be on an island of his own... a causality of the County's $122 million budget approved this week by County Commissioners. The 61 – year old Gilligan is one of an estimated 50 county employees who will eventually let go in order to make ends meet. Interim County Manager Tom Pribula has not appointed anyone to replaced.

 

Security Guard Suspended

A Luzerne County man has been charged with making a statement under penalty. 56 – year old Kenneth Leon Holley.. a security guard working for Luzerne County and as a Wilkes – Barre constable is off the job without pay. Authorities said Holley did not put on his application he made to the county in the mid – 90's... that he had been charged with receiving stolen property in Passaic County, New Jersey back in 1975.

 

Child Abuse

A Schuylkill County man is in jail... charged with child abuse and aggravated assault. Peter Howard is accused of abusing his two month old son so badly... the child suffered a heart attack. Our news partner... Newswatch 16... is reporting the incident happened in September. Howard telling the child mother... he accidentally sat on the infant. He is currently jailed on a quarter – million dollars bond.

 

Arrest

A man with no permanent address is behind bars... wanted by three municipalities for convenience store robberies over the past month. 18 – year old Tysheed Laron Hargove is accused of stick-up's in Carbon County.. Tamaqua.. and along Route 940 in Foster Township in Schuylkill County. He also lead police on a high speed chase moments before being captured. He's being held in the Schuylkill County Jail.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team will close out its regular season Friday night  when it travels to Lock Haven to face the Bald Eagles in an Eastern Wrestling League match-up. A win for Bloomsburg over Lock Haven would be the 16th of the season and would tie for the second-most wins in a season in school history.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Thursday night... Holy Redeemer defeated Berwick 46 to 20.. and Bucktail got by Millville 49 to 29.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys basketball Friday night, in a match-up of two Heartland Conference champions, Southern Columbia beat Bloomsburg in the closing game of the regular season. The final was 46-37 Southern. Listen to the details from the night's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Friday Night Sports Update:

 

 

BU Basketball

A big game Saturday afternoon for the Bloomsburg University men's basketball team. The Huskies play at Kutztown. They enter the contest with a one game lead over Kutztown and East Stroudsburg in the PSAC East. The doubleheader starts with the women's game at 1 O'clock. You can catch all the action on the WHLM stations starting with the pregame show at 12:40.

Thursday / February 16, 2012


Marcellus Shale Money

Drilling in the Marcellus Shale natural gas fields is being felt economically in Columbia and Montour Counties. That word coming from Fred Gaffney with the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce. And despite the signing of legislation calling for an impact fee on drillers... Gaffney believes businesses related to the Marcellus industry in the area will continue to grow.

 

Tom Marino

Despite all the early Republican presidential primary elections and caucuses held around the country this year.. it really doesn't matter. Congressman Tom Marino... who represents Montour County... says the road to the White House comes through Pennsylvania... despite the state's April 24th primary.

 

Huntington Twp Fire

Although the official determination hasn't been made yet... it's believed a heat lap used to keep animals warm is the cause of a fire which destroyed a small barn in Huntington Township... in Luzerne County on Wednesday. Firemen were dispatched to the property of Mary and Butch Kivler at midday when flames were spotted. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition the Kivler's kept turkey's and chickens on their property near New Columbus. In all... 14 birds … a cat and some equipment was lost in the fire in Huntington Township.

 

Luzerne Co. Fire

Fire fighters in the Back Mountain area of Luzerne County were busy midday Wednesday. Firemen called out to squelch a fire on Jackson Road west of Dallas. Authorities say two people in the single story were taken to an area hospital for treatment of injuries. No cause listed... yet... for that fire near Dallas.

 

Schools

The Wilkes – Barre Area School Board may soon have to face a tough decision.... what high school to close during difficult economic times. Next week... the board gets a study as to what school is targeted.... but it's believed Myers High School may be in the cross-hairs. But Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Namey says Coughlin and GAR could also be be considered for closing.

 

Paterno Mass

There was a memorial Mass in Harrisburg late Wednesday afternoon for Penn State's late football coach Joe Paterno. It was organized by Harrisburg area alumni and fans who couldn't get to the initial service in State College a few weeks ago. Joseph McFadden... the bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg... celebrated the Mass.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played at Mansfield last night. In the opening women's game... Bloomsburg just got by Mansfield 62 to 59... while in the men's contest the Husky's rolled over the Mountaineers 81 to 60. Saturday afternoon, the Husky basketball teams play at Kutztown.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball last night. Sullivan County defeated Bloomsburg 45 to 40. With that loss the Panthers have to share the Heartland Conference Division 3 title with both Sullivan County and South Williamsport. Southern Columbia shares the Heartland Conference Division 2 title with Loyalsock. Wednesday night, Southern Columbia defeating Montoursville 59 to 49... while Loyalsock beat Lewisburg 58-47. In other action: Central Columbia getting by Mount Carmel 51 to 41. With the win, the Bluejays qualify for the District playoffs which begin next week. Danville has already clinched the Heartland Conference Division one title before their last regular game of the season. In that finale... Danville defeated Shikellamy 69 to 53.

Wednesday / February 15, 2012


Parking Garage

Could downtown Bloomsburg see a parking garage in it's future? The issue surfaced during this week's Town Council meeting... with Tim Wagner of Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated telling council his group is behind the concept. After Wagner made his remarks... council members saying there is are no plans or engineering specs. The parking garage idea is purely conceptual... but could come to fruition if a study is undertaken.

 

Streater Park

The plans have been on the board since last summer. The development of the Streater Field Master Site Plan... and this week Bloomsburg Town Council giving the proposal they're okay. Bill Lowthert of SEDA – COG says the plan is original... except for just a few changes... such as relocating a football field. That field... along with a couple of of soccer fields... as well as a baseball diamond will eventually grace the property at the confluence of the Susquehanna River and Fishing Creek.

 

Day Care Worker

A former worker at a Danville Daycare Center is charged with theft... after allegedly giving hefty discounts at the Busy Little Beavers Day Center to her seven grandchildren. Since 2009... Karen Kruleski gave her grand kids a 50% discount... which she was allowed to do. However, Kruleski gave them a little more... allegedly a 75% discount. That's added up to an estimated $16,000 loss for business owner Jennifer Enterline. She says not having that money has placed her business into a financial bind.

 

Luzerne Co. Budget

Despite objections earlier this week... Luzerne County residents will be paying more property taxes... thanks to a newly revised budget. During Tuesday night's County Council meeting... commissioners voting six to five to approve the revised $122 – million spending plan. That means property owners will see a 2 % increase in their taxes. In addition... up to fifty current Luzerne County employees could be losing their jobs.

 

Machete Attack Folo

We're learning more about that machete attack near Wilkes – Barre's GAR High School last week... which severed the hand of a 15 - year old boy. Police say they found the weapon hidden in the bushes in the 2-hundred block of Lehigh Street... near Grant on Tuesday, but don't know if it was involved in the attack. Investigators plan to send it off to a lab to check for fingerprints or other incriminating evidence.

 

Manager to Arrive Late

The man hired to become Luzerne County's first manager under home rule will start a week later than expected. Robert Lawton was to start his new job on the 21st of the month. But, that's been pushed back to the 29th. The reason... relocating from California to Luzerne County is going to take some extra time.

 

Business Portal

One northeastern Pennsylvania State Representative has authored legislation... to improve the process of doing business in the state. The bill by Representative Mike Peifer and approved recently by the house would create an on-line portal that would offer a one-stop-shop for companies seeking to obtain permits, applications and information on setting up a business.

 

Sandusky Update

It doesn't appear that former Penn State assistant football coach will be seeing three of his grandkids soon. A judge ruling he can have supervised visits with his 11 of his grandchildren at his home until his sex abuse trial begins in May. However... his former daughter-in-law Jill Thomas said she doesn't plan to take the kids to Sandusky's home. Right now... 29 – year old Thomas is involved in a custody dispute with her former husband... Sandusky's son... Matt.

 

Williamsport Homicide

A Williamsport man is in jail... charged with a late – Monday night homicide in Lycoming County. Police say 32 – year old William Kemp... allegedly shot and killed 42 – year old Thomas Schmidt from Allentown during a fight. The incident happening in the 1,000 block of Franklin Street. Police say they found a handgun believed to be used in the shooting. They also say alcohol may be a factor in the shooting death.

 

In WHLM Sports...

 

Girls HS BB

In girls high school basketball last night.. Shamokin just got by Danville 41 to 40 giving the Indians the Heartland Conference Division One Championship. South Williamsport defeated Central Columbia 55 to 44. The loss means the Blue Jays do not qualify for the district playoffs. In other games Montgomery downed Millville 36 to 14... Muncy defeated Benton 38 to 33..

 

Boys HS BB

In boys basketball Wednesday night, Bloomsburg can clinch the Heartland Conference Division 3 championship with a win at Sullivan County. If the Panthers lose, they will have to share the title with Sullivan County and possibly South Williamsport as well. Meantime... The Southern Columbia boys can clinch at least a share of the Heartland Conference Division 2 title with a win Wednesday night against Montoursville. The Central Columbia boys play at Mount Carmel needing a win to qualify for the District playoffs which begin next week.

 

Bloomsburg University Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams are still in first place in the PSAC East following their games at Mansfield Wednesday night. The Women won their game 62-59. The Men won theirs 81-60. Listen to the details from the night's action with Jim Dolye in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

You can catch all the action starting with the Women's pregame show at 12:40 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 and here at www.whlm.com.

 

 

Tuesday / February 14, 2012


Fishing Creek

An $829,000 contract has been awarded by the State Department of Environmental Protection to clean up parts of Fishing Creek. State Representative David Millard tells us the first portion of the project is in West Bloomsburg and calls for the removal of a concrete overflow dam near the former Magee Museum. The second project is in Mt. Pleasant Township where 540 feet of bank protection along Fishing Creek near the location of a previous dam and railroad bridge... as well as bank protection near the Back Branch Road Bridge over Fishing Creek. Millard said the project is being undertaken by an Elysburg – based contractor... who is expected to have it finished by November.

 

Skate Ramp / Knorr

The Bloomsburg Town Council... and the police department have thrown down the gauntlet.... no one is allowed to use the Skateboard area of Town Park. The town has been trying to keep skate boarders off the wooden ramps... ever since the flooding of Lee took it's toll. Bloomsburg Mayor Knorr says barricades have been put in place... and some skate boarders have already been cited by police for trespassing on the property.

 

Bloom Residents Unhappy

Residents who live along West Third Street between Market and Railroad Streets in Bloomsburg are not a bit happy about construction in front of their homes... and they made sure Town Council knew that Monday night. The issue came up when an ordinance surfaced calling for new curbs and sidewalks on West Third. However, the small, but vocal group complained about the poor work preformed by a sub – contractor hired by United Water. It deals with the quality of their construction... and the alleged severing of severed natural gas lines. That issue wasn't resolved... but a representative from United Water will be called on the carpet in an effort to determine why a particular company was hired and who's going to pay for the damage crews caused.

 

Accident Probe

The investigation continues into a fatal, one – car accident which happened early last month in the 500 block of Millville Road. Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says investigators are looking for information... or better yet... witnesses who may have seen the crash. Colton Eyer died when he lost control of his Honda Civic as it crested a hill near Kressler's Garage... and slammed into a parked car. His compact car coming to rest on it's roof in the middle of Millville Road. If you have information about the crash... call Sgt. Leonard Rogutski at the Bloomsburg Police Department.

 

Barn Fire Folo

A state police fire marshal has ruled that a Sunday night blaze in Liberty Township... west of Danville... is arson. The fire broke out early Sunday evening at the Neil Jenkins farm... and destroyed hay and some equipment inside a barn, but animals were led to safety. Authorities say the building was torched... but are holding off on saying if there is a serial arsonist on the loose.

 

Luzerne County Budget

The Luzerne County Commission is expected to approve a revised $122.6 - million dollar budget when they meet Tuesday night in Wilkes – Barre. During a public hearing on Monday... residents indicated they didn't like the plan... since the revised budget contains a 2% tax hike... and the reducing of Luzerne County's workforce by 50 – positions. Taxpayers say they aren't happy about the salaries of some county employees... union contracts and health care benefits for part – time lawyers.

 

McAdoo Pair

Sentencing in federal court has been postponed for a father and son from McAdoo. Craig and Shawn Christy pleaded guilty of using the phone to harass Sarah Palins attorney's. Palin is a former Alaska Governor... and a one – time Republican vice presidential candidate. The sentencing put on hold until the Christy's can undergo a mental health evaluation.

 

In WHLM Sports....

 

Boys High School Basketball

A big night in boy's high school basketball Monday night. Bloomsburg defeated Selinsgrove 52 to 44... Southern Columbia rolled over Line Mountain 79 to 40...

 

Girls High School Basketball

In girls' high school basketball last night.... Berwick was at home against Coughlin. At the final buzzer Berwick dominated Coughlin 45 to 19.

 

Heartland Conference

Tuesday night is a big big night for the Danville and Central Columbia girls basketball teams. Danville plays at Shamokin needing a win to share the Heartland Conference Division One championship with Shamokin. Central Columbia is at home against South Williamsport needing a win to qualify for the District playoffs.

 

Bloomsburg University Women's Basketball

Bloomsburg University junior Dana Weiller is the PSAC Eastern Division athlete of the week. Weiller had a career high 32 points in Saturday's win over West Chester.

Monday / February 13, 2012


Liberty Twp Fire

A state police fire marshal is expected to be called in to investigate a Sunday night barn fire in Liberty Township... west of Danville. Nine fire departments responded to the 7:30 blaze at the farm of Neil Jenkins at the intersection of Potts Grove and Rine Road. Fire department investigators say they couldn't come up with an origin of the blaze... and that's why the fire marshal will be called in to investigate. Published reports say Jenkins lost hay and equipment... but the animals inside the barn were led to safety by neighbors.

 

BU Gift

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania officials have announced a $2 - million commitment to the University's Foundation by philanthropist Susan McDowell of Selinsgrove. The gift is the largest in the history of the BU Foundation. It's given in support of the College of Education to establish the McDowell Institute for Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support. The McDowell gift is the second multimillion dollar gift received by the BU Foundation. Last year, alumni Terry and JoAnn Zeigler contributed $1.6 - million to establish the Zeigler Institute for Professional Development within the College of Business.

 

Honoring Veterans

Congressman Tom Marino was in Northumberland County at the start of the weekend honoring two veterans of World War Two. Marino giving long forgotten medals to 84 – year old James Welliver at the Mt. Carmel Living Center... and to the son of the late Stanley Todzia who died last March. Congressman Marino says it's a program started by his office to honor “the greatest generation.” And Representative Mario says his office... through the library of congress... is starting a video library of those veterans who served in World War Two who are from the area.

 

Masser / Marcellus Shale

It's not known when Governor Tom Corbett will sign that Marcellus Shale bill into law dealing with how much the state and the municipalities get from drillers. State Representative Kurt Masser... who keeps an eye on Southern Columbia County in Harrisburg... voted for the measure... calling the issue a compromise. The measure will give 60% of the revenues collected to local governments... the remaining 40% is earmarked for the state treasury.

 

Traveling Library

It's not your “grandmother's traveling library.” That word from Lydia Kegler who runs the Columbia County Traveling Library. The non – profit organization held a fund raiser over the weekend at the Columbia Mall.. and Ms Kegler says it costs a lot of money every year to provide library services to outlying areas of the county. The traveling library was flooded out last September... and now they're trying to find a place for a permanent home.... but until then... they've set up shop at the Columbia Mall.

 

Danville Blood Drive

The East End Fire Company in Danville... opens their doors at 1 O'clock Monday afternoon to host a blood drive for the Danville Chapter of the American Red Cross. The ARC's Deanna Hollenbach says not only does the Red Cross have to keep current donors happy.. but they have to cultivate new donors. Monday's blood drive at the East End Fire Company runs from 1 until 5 O'clock.

 

Luzerne Fatal

A Luzerne County man is dead after his pick up truck crashed into trees over the weekend. Police say 51 – year old George Grega of Hazle Township was eastbound on Diamond Avenue... near Hazleton ... when he lost control of his truck on a curve. It struck an embankment... trees and a utility pole. Police add... Grega was not wearing a seat belt.

 

Lycoming Crash

A Muncy man is dead following a Sunday afternoon crash in Lycoming County. Police say Brian Gresh was apparently traveling too fast when he lost control of his pickup while traveling on Much Exchange Road near Muncy Creek. The truck striking an embankment and rolling over. Gresh was tossed from the truck... and was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Man Sought

A Nanticoke man is being sought after he allegedly used stolen credit cards at to Hazleton area stores the past few week. Nanticoke police say they're looking for 25 - year old Joseph Klesmer... accused of stealing credit cards during a burglary at a home last month. Police say Klesmer used the cards at a Hazleton area Wal – Mart and K-mart stores.

 

WHLM Sports

Bloomsburg University

With just four games remaining in the regular season, the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams are both in first place in the PSAC East. The men have a one game lead while the women have a two game advantage. Both teams play at Mansfield Wednesday night.

 

Boys Basketball

This is the final week of high school basketball's regular season. Both the Central Columbia boys and girls teams need to win their final games to qualify for the District playoffs. The girls play South Williamsport tomorrow night, and the boys play Mount Carmel on Wednesday.

 

Girls Basketball

In girls basketball tonight, Berwick is at home against Coughlin. You can hear that game starting with the pregame show at 7:10 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com.

What's Happening Sunday February 12, 2012


Loose Ties Model Railroad Society will have their huge display of trains open at the Columbia Mall today from Noon to 4:00 pm.

 

The Benton Gun Show is happening today and tomorrow at the Benton Fire Hall.  Today’s hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  You can buy, sell, and trade…and breakfast and lunch will be served.  All proceeds benefit the Benton Volunteer Fire Company.

 

The Millville Fire Hall is serving up an all you can eat breakfast buffet this morning from 7:00 to 11:00.

 

The Columbia Mall is hosting a blood drive today from Noon to 5:00 PM.

 

The Berwick YMCA will host Dental Health Clinic Day this afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00.

 

The Bloomsburg High School Band invites you out to their Pampered Chef Bingo fundraiser at the Bloomsburg Middle School Cafeteria today at 2:00 PM.  Cost is $20.00 for twenty games, and refreshments will be available.

 

At Hazleton Area High School you can catch the ethnic folk festival.

 

From the WHLM Future File, Valentine's Day is just a few days away, and New Found Sound is once again sponsoring singing valentines.  Call 387-7918 to set up your special gift for your special someone.

 

WHLM Sports

In College basketball Saturday afternoon, the BU Huskies hosted West Chester for a pair of games heard on WHLM. The Women won their match 84-76 to split the series with the Golden Rams. The Men lost 74-71 but keep their #1 place thanks to losses elsewhere in the PSAC East this weekend. You can hear all the details from the day's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Bloomsburg is at Mansfield Wednesday night. You can catch all that action on the WHLM Stations and here at WHLM.com starting with the Women's Pregame after the 5PM news.

 

 

What's Happening Saturday February 11, 2012


Wesley United Methodist Church’s two-day crafters’ show continues today from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The show features handmade crafts and homemade food.  The church is located at the corner of Market and Third Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

The free Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville will be open from 10:00 am to Noon.

 

The Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library are sponsoring a Winter Coffeehouse today from 10:00 to 11:30 am featuring technology in the library.

 

The Columbia County Traveling Library is hosting a used book sale at the Columbia Mall today from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  They’ll have coffee and baked treats too.  All donations will benefit the Traveling Library’s efforts to recover from flood losses.

 

Geisinger Medical Group in Berwick is hosting a blood drive from 9:00 am to noon today.

 

Today at Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre it’s the 19th Mid-Winter Festival from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

 

Loose Ties Model Railroad Society will have their huge display of trains open at the Columbia Mall today from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and tomorrow from Noon to 4:00 pm.

 

The Benton Gun Show is happening today and tomorrow at the Benton Fire Hall.  Today’s hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and tomorrow it’s open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  You can buy, sell, and trade…and breakfast and lunch will be served.  All proceeds benefit the Benton Volunteer Fire Company.

 

The Millville Fire Hall is serving up an all you can eat breakfast buffet tomorrow morning from 7:00 to 11:00.

 

The Columbia Mall is hosting a blood drive tomorrow from Noon to 5:00 PM.

 

The Berwick YMCA will host Dental Health Clinic Day tomorrow afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00.

 

The Bloomsburg High School Band invites you out to their Pampered Chef Bingo fundraiser at the Bloomsburg Middle School Cafeteria tomorrow at 2:00 PM.  Cost is $20.00 for twenty games, and refreshments will be available.

 

Tomorrow at Hazleton Area High School you can catch the ethnic folk festival.

 

From the WHLM Future File, Valentine's Day is just a few days away, and New Found Sound is once again sponsoring singing valentines.  Call 387-7918 to set up your special gift for your special someone.

 

WHLM Sports

In College basketball Saturday afternoon, the BU Huskies hosted West Chester for a pair of games heard on WHLM. The Women won their match 84-76 to split the series with the Golden Rams. The Men lost 74-71 but keep their #1 place thanks to losses elsewhere in the PSAC East this weekend. You can hear all the details from the day's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Bloomsburg is at Mansfield Wednesday night. You can catch all that action on the WHLM Stations and here at WHLM.com starting with the Women's Pregame after the 5PM news.

 

 

Friday / February 10, 2012


Barletta on House Floor

US Representative Lou Barletta of Hazleton has joined with Catholic leaders in speaking out against the Obama administration's plan to force religious employers to provide heath care coverage... which includes contraception. On the floor of the house this week... Representative Barletta says religious group have an opportunity to “opt out...” but not catholic organizations. He also also accused the administration of overreaching federal authority.

 

Gordner / Unemployment Benefits

A bill now sits on Governor Corbett's desks... awaiting his signature... extending unemployment benefits of those folks who dropped off the role February 4th. The measure was authored by State Senator John Gordner of Berwick. No word on when Governor Corbett will sign the legislation.

 

Central Kindergarten

We should know later this month if the Central Columbia School District board will okay a plan allowing for full day kindergarten. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition that if the proposal is approved... it would be the first time the district has undertaken a full day schedule for that age group. The proposal was given a stamp of approval from a committee looking into the issue... and could cost the district an estimated $334,000.

 

Bloom Alarm

Bloomsburg firemen were called out overnight. The department's sirens went off around 1 O'clock Friday morning due to an activated alarm at 53 West Main Street. Authorities discovered burned food on a stove triggered the alarm.

 

Danville Blood Drive

The Danville Chapter of the American Red Cross... is partnering with the East End Fire Company in Mahoning Township for a blood drive on Monday. The two groups have done similar projects in the past... but the ARC's Deanna Hollenbach says there is somewhat of a special relationship between the two. Monday's blood drive gets underway at 1 O'clock at the fire station in the 1300 block of Bloom Road.

 

Foot pursuit

A Hazleton man is in the Luzerne County Jail... after he led cops on a foot pursuit. 30 – year old John Paul Edstrom of N. Wyoming Street is facing a long list of charges. Hazleton police say officers spotted a car in a motel parking lot... and when they approached it.. Edstrom got out... pushing an officer who sustained a knee injury. The foot chase was on.. with Edstrom eventually caught near the driver's licensing center on South Church. He's being held in lieu of $5,000 bail.

 

Mine Blast

The windows shook.... and people were startled in Hazleton early Thursday afternoon by a large explosion. Authorities say it originated from the Hazleton Shaft Corporation. A fire department spokesman says the mine operation is permitted to blast on it's property in the northeast section of the city.

 

Garbage Truck Fire

A close call for the crew of a refuse truck near Drifton on Thursday. A volunteer firefighter discovered the load in the garbage truck was ablaze... and called Luzerne County emergency dispatch. The crew also spotted it about the same time... dumping the rubbish in a parking lot adjacent to Route 940. Firefighters who responded say the small blaze was started by hot ashes from a coal stove discarded as garbage.


Sandusky / Court

There will be courtroom action in the case of former Penn State Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky in Center County Friday. It seems state prosecutors don't want the people who live near Sandusky to sit as jurors in his pending child sex-abuse trial. When they appear in court... they will try to persuade a judge to fill the jury box with people from outside the State College area instead. Also expected to be addressed is Sandusky's request to have his house - arrest bail conditions modified so that he can have contact with his grandchildren.

 

WHLM Sports

High School Wrestling

In high school wrestling yesterday, in the first round of the P.I.A.A. team duals in Hershey... Central Columbia defeated Mount Union34 to 21.

 

Girls High School Basketball

In girls high school basketball last night... Wyoming Valley West rolled by Berwick 55 to 17...

 

Bloomsburg University Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams are both in sole possession of first place in the PSAC East going into Saturday afternoon's games against West Chester at the Nelson Field House. Both teams will be out to avenge losses to West Chester back on January 21st. Saturday's doubleheader starts with the women's game at 1 o'clock. You can catch all the action starting with the pregame show at 12:40 on News Radio 930, 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com.

 

Thursday / February 9, 2012


Ice Scraper Action

What a way to start the day.... using an ice scrapper getting snow and ice off the windshield. Although our latest round of winter began with flurries at midday... all the snow... and freezing rain turned to ice during the early evening hours. That made roads slick and intersections treacherous. But the snow and freezing rain led to a series of accidents in which drivers lost control of their cars... ending up in ditches. Road crews were out overnight salting the highways... making sure the drive to work this morning went smoothly.

 

Gov. Corbett Visits Milton

Governor Corbett was in the Susquehanna Valley pushing his $27.1 dollar budget presented to the House and Senate earlier this week. Using Minuteman Environmental Services in Milton as a backdrop... Mr. Corbett says he'll sit down with lawmakers in order to iron out a budget by the June 30th deadline. Mr. Corbett also hammered home that his budget plan focuses on job creation and economic opportunity... such as in the Marcellus Shale fields which Minuteman Environmental has cultivated the past few years.

 

Berwick Fire

Cooking oil left on the stove is the apparent cause of a fire which gutted a two story home in the 200 block of West 9th Street in Berwick Wednesday night. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... 37 – year old Shawn Docherty was making some french fries... when he went to a nearby store. But the oil apparently caught fire... temporarily trapping his wife... and a relative on the second floor. Both escaped with what they had. One fire fighter suffered a rib injury... and was taken to the Berwick Hospital for treatment

 

Northumberland County Residents Dead

Four people from Northumberland County are dead following a two – car crash in Florida... near Naples. The Florida Highway Patrol identified the dead as 66 - year old James Rosini ... 68 – year old William Rosini... 65 – year old Patricia Rosini all of Coal Township... as well as 59 – year old Deborah Korbich of Elysburg. The FHP said James Rosini blew a stop sign... and his Ford was struck by a van driven by 63 – year old David Dahl of South Williamsport. Rosini was a former judge in Northumberland County... and was serving as the County's assistant solicitor. Patricia Rosini was the director of Northumberland County's Agency on Aging.

 

Bank Construction

For the most part... you can't beat our winter weather. It's allowed contractors to do what they do best.... build. Workers were busy Wednesday on the new First Columbia Bank branch at the Market Street Plaza in Bloomsburg. Before the first flurries flew... crews were using hand held saws to cut wood.... then hammering them in place. The original building at that location was a causality of the floods of September. The new branch should be up and running by spring or early summer.

 

Fire Chief

A Wilkes – Barre Township fire chief... in Luzerne County... has pleaded guilty on an assault charge. We've been following the legal saga of John Yuknavich. He pleaded guilty Wednesday on charges to being drunk when he stole his ex – girlfriend's cellphone... assaulted her friend and threatened to shoot both of them. Meantime, he faces theft charges after state police say he allegedly made off with more than $10,000 dollars from the W-B Township Fire Department.

 

Lou Barletta

US Representative Lou Barletta of Hazleton has joined with Catholic leaders in speaking out against the Obama administration's plan to force religious employers to provide heath care coverage... which includes contraception. Speaking on the house floor on Wednesday... congressman Barletta said the Obama plan violates their most basic principals. He also also accused the administration of overreaching federal authority.
 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

There was a doubleheader of college basketball action last night at Bloomsburg University's Nelson Field House. In games you heard on the WHLM Stations... the Huskies taking on the Shippensburg Raiders. At the final buzzer.. the women's team defeated the Lady Raiders 72 to 63... while the men's team rolled over Shippensburg 75 to 54. The Huskies will be back in action Saturday afternoon taking on West Chester at the Nelson Field House starting with the women's game at 1 o'clock.

 

Boys High School Basketball

There was plenty of boys high school basketball action Wednesday night... Bloomsburg defeated Muncy 56 to 44... Benton downed Millville 57 to 40... Central Columbia just getting by Lewisburg 45 to 43... Danville rolled over Mifflinburg 55 to 40... and Southern Columbia got by Mount Carmel 52 to 34...

 

High School Wrestling

In high school wrestling Thursday afternoon... Central Columbia faces Mount Union in the PIAA team duals in Hershey. That match starts at 2 o'clock.

Wednesday / February 8, 2011


State Budget

Governor Tom Corbett has taken the wraps of his proposed $27.14 - billion budget for the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year. The governor says he wishes he had more money for education. The governor proposing a slight increase in funding for basic education... but a 20% cut for higher education.. such as Bloomsburg University... and a 30% reduction for Penn State, Temple and Pitt. Whatever the case... State Representative David Millard of Millville says the budget proposed on Tuesday is not what will come out of the house and senate. Hearings on the measure begin on the 21st of the month in Harrisburg.

 

Man Arrested

A Shickshinny man is in jail... charged with attempted murder... aggravated assault and robbery. Berwick police say 39 – year old Kim Roquet is accused of stabbing and robbing a worker at Decker's Scrap Yard in Berwick in January of 2011. The worker suffering life – threatening wounds... but has since recovered and identified Roquet from photographs. Roquet was arraigned... with bail set at 750 – thousand dollars. He is expected to appear at a preliminary hearing next week.

 

Shamokin Heist

Shamokin police are looking for a man who held up a customers at the First National Bank at the corner of Market and Chestnut Street Tuesday night. Police say the victim was making a deposit when he was robbed by a suspect wearing a mask and toting a hand gun. The bandit was also wearing a hoodie... with a Shamokin Indians logo.

 

Shale Bill

On a vote of 31 to 19.. the Pennsylvania Senate has okayed a Marcellus shale bill. The Republican-negotiated measure calls for fee amounts of up to $355,000 per well over the next 15 – years. State Senator John Gordner of Berwick says environmental issues plays a big part in the legislation. Under the plan.... 60% of the revenue raised from the fee would go to local governments impacted by drilling.  The remaining 40% of the revenue would be for statewide projects.

 

Luzerne Co. Budget

The Luzerne County Council plans on holding a budget meeting next Monday... after placing their seal of approval on a proposed $122.6 - million budget. Published reports say they plan to vote on the issue the following day. Under the proposed plans... property taxes would go up two percent. 24 vacancies would not be filled... and an estimated 60 employees would lose their jobs.

 

Tainted Yogurt

Two years in prison... that's the sentence handed down in Lackawanna County to a Luzerne County man... convicted of tainting yogurt with his bodily fluids. Joseph Bartorillo could have received five years behind bars. A plea deal allows Bartorillo to spend the next two years in a federal prison. The incident taking place at the Proctor and Gamble plant in Mahoopney... where two women co-workers discovered the fluids in their yogurt.

 

Homeless Vets
Homeless Vets nationwide have now topped the 76,000 mark... 1,400 hundred of them in Pennsylvania.
State Senator Lisa Baker of neighboring Luzerne County chairs the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee which held a meeting on the issue this week. Ms. Baker citing several stories documenting the plight of homeless veterans. And Senator Baker says many times homeless veterans don't fit the stereotype of someone living under a bridge or on a bench.

 

Morning After Pill

There is a vending machine you won't see anywhere but Shippensburg University. Students can get the so – called “morning after” pill by sliding $25 into a vending machine. It's an idea that has drawn the attention of federal regulators... and raising questions about emergency contraception.

 

WHLM Sports...

Boys High School Basketball

A lot of high school basketball action on the hardwood last night... In one boy's game... Tunkhannock defeated Berwick 54 to 36...

 

Girls High School Basketball

Benton downed Millville 58 to 25.... Central Columbia getting by Warrior Run 47 to 29... and Southern Columbia defeated Muncy 51 to 36.

 

BU Basketball

The Huskies Men's and Women's teams both came away with victories as they hosted Shippensburg Wednesday night. The Women won 72-63. The Men won 75-54, securing their first post-season slot since 2001 in the process. Listen to the details from the night's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Bloomsburg is on the road at West Chester this weekend. You can hear all that action on the WHLM Stations and here at WHLM.com Saturday afternoon starting with the Women's pregame show at 12:40.

 

Ticker Tape Parade

It was another great experience Tuesday for former Southern Columbia High School football star Henry Hynoski. He and his Super Bowl winning New York Giant teammates were treated to a ticker tape parade in lower Manhattan in the area known as the Canyon of Heroes.

Tuesday / February 7, 2011


State Budget Proposal
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has unveiled his budget proposal for the next fiscal year.
For many... it might sound familiar. WHLM's Brad Cristman reporting from our Harrisburg News Bureau says in many ways, the Governor's budget plan for the 2012-2013 fiscal year is something of a carbon copy of last year's proposal. It includes a slight increase in state funding for basic education - a move that was overshadowed by the loss of federal stimulus dollars last year. Governor Corbett is also once again proposing deep cuts in state subsidies for higher education - 20% for the state-owned universities and 30% for Penn State, Temple and PITT.

 

Geisinger Hospice

It's an issue that doesn't come up that much among friends... hospice care at the end of life. That's the topic of an informational event tomorrow night at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Volunteer coordinator Jane Brockman says there are many misconceptions... but there is just one conclusion. Wednesday night's talk about hospice care begins at 6 O'clock at the Henry Hood Center on the Geisinger campus in Danville.

 

Meth Bust

There was a lot of activity around a Briar Creek Township hotel room on Monday. That's when police... using a search warrant... raided a room at the Red Maple Inn that doubled as a suspected meth lab. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition that no one was inside the room... and no arrests were made.

 

Drug Arrests

Eight people were arrested over the weekend by police in the Berwick area on various drug charges. A big break came when 45 – year old Brian Boom and 44 – year old Melissa Dodge were busted an an apartment in the 300 block of North Vine Street. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... that police say the pair manufactured meth... and allegedly sold it to an informant on at least three occasions.

 

Hazle Twp Fire

An elderly couple were rescued from their burning home on Winters Avenue Monday night in the Greenridge section of Hazle Township. Published reports say neighbors helped get an elderly woman... and her wheelchair – bound husband out of the home in the 600 block of Winters Avenue. The woman was not hurt, but her husband was airlifted to an Allentown hospital for treatment.

 

Propane Truck Crash

Route 93... from Main Street to Country lane near Sugarloaf... is open Tuesday morning.... after the two lane road was closed for hours on Monday. It followed the crash of a propane tank truck with an estimated 2,400 gallons of the product on – board. The driver of the truck telling investigators he dropped a bottle on the floor... when he tried to retrieve it... he crashed into a wooded area. The driver.. who was not identified... was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment of injuries.

 

Barletta / Trucks

Heavier trucks on the highways... including Interstate 80 was expected to be the norm rather than the exception in a proposal being considered by congress. But that won't happen overnight. Congressman Lou Barletta... who represents Columbia County.. offered an amendment along with Congressman Jerry Costello... a Democrat from Illinois. Mr. Barletta says a three year study could prove to be important before heavier truck weights could be approved thanks to an e-mail from PennDOT. The Barletta / Costello amendment was adopted 33 to 22.

 

Sugarloaf Robbery Folo

Police say it was a woman who robbed a Convenience store Sunday afternoon near Sugarloaf... in Luzerne County. Now... 27 – year old Valeria Weston of McAdoo is charged with robbing Joe's Choice Convenient Mart along Route 93. Weston telling investigators blamed the robbery of the store on her drug habit.

 

Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of gas across northeastern Pennsylvania is holding steady at $3.56 a gallon for self – serve unleaded regular. That's what it's been the past couple of days. The Triple – A fuel gauge report shows that a week ago we were paying an average of $3.54 a gallon. A month ago... the average price for a gallon of gas was $3.49.

 

Marcellus Legislation

A final framework is at hand on sweeping legislation to impose an impact fee and update safety regulations on Pennsylvania’s booming natural gas industry, top Republican state lawmakers say. Republicans notified rank-and-file lawmakers over the weekend that they hope to hold votes this week on a framework reached by negotiators from the House, Senate and Gov. Tom Corbett’s office during closed-door negotiations over the past six weeks

 

In WHLM Sports....

Boys High School Basketball

In a game heard on the WHLM Stations, the Danville boys' basketball team extended their winning streak to 17 games after their 68 - 32 victory over Central Columbia Monday night. Danville is now 17 and 2 on the season. Central Columbia must win 2 of their remaining 3 games to qualify for the district playoffs. In other boys basketball action last night.... Selinsgrove just got by Southern Columbia 54 to 53... Saint John Neuman downed Columbia Montour Vo Tech 82 to 47... and Nanticoke defeated Benton 52 to 48...

 

Girls High School Basketball

Danville got by Milton 40 to 26... Tunkhannock bested Berwick 41 to 38... and Weatherly defeated Columbia Montour Vo Tech 58 to 23...

Tuesday / Feburary 7, 2012


Pennsylvania's Proposed Budget

We should know by midday... what sort of budget plan for the coming fiscal year Governor Corbett will unveil. No one really knows... but State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township hopes a balanced budget doesn't come at the expense of education which was hammered a year ago. Meantime... Central Columbia School District Superintendent Harry Mathias is also waiting to see what Mr. Corbett has to say. Superintendent Mathias says he expects the governor to announce flat funding for schools... no increase in money, but no decrease. Hearings on the proposed 2012 – 2013 budget begin in two weeks in Harrisburg.

 

Geisinger Hospice

It's an issue that doesn't come up that much among friends... hospice care at the end of life. That's the topic of an informational event tomorrow night at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Volunteer coordinator Jane Brockman says there are many misconceptions... but there is just one conclusion. Wednesday night's talk about hospice care begins at 6 O'clock at the Henry Hood Center on the Geisinger campus in Danville.

 

Meth Bust

There was a lot of activity around a Briar Creek Township hotel room on Monday. That's when police... using a search warrant... raided a room at the Red Maple Inn that doubled as a suspected meth lab. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition that no one was inside the room... and no arrests were made.

 

Drug Arrests

Eight people were arrested over the weekend by police in the Berwick area on various drug charges. A big break came when 45 – year old Brian Boom and 44 – year old Melissa Dodge were busted an an apartment in the 300 block of North Vine Street. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... that police say the pair manufactured meth... and allegedly sold it to an informant on at least three occasions.

 

Hazle Twp Fire

An elderly couple were rescued from their burning home on Winters Avenue Monday night in the Greenridge section of Hazle Township. Published reports say neighbors helped get an elderly woman... and her wheelchair – bound husband out of the home in the 600 block of Winters Avenue. The woman was not hurt, but her husband was airlifted to an Allentown hospital for treatment.

 

Propane Truck Crash

Route 93... from Main Street to Country lane near Sugarloaf... is open Tuesday  morning.... after the two lane road was closed for hours on Monday. It followed the crash of a propane tank truck with an estimated 2,400 gallons of the product on – board. The driver of the truck telling investigators he dropped a bottle on the floor... when he tried to retrieve it... he crashed into a wooded area. The driver.. who was not identified... was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment of injuries.

 

Barletta / Trucks

Heavier trucks on the highways... including Interstate 80 was expected to be the norm rather than the exception in a proposal being considered by congress. But that won't happen overnight. Congressman Lou Barletta... who represents Columbia County.. offered an amendment along with Congressman Jerry Costello... a Democrat from Illinois. Mr. Barletta says a three year study could prove to be important before heavier truck weights could be approved thanks to an e-mail from PennDOT. The Barletta / Costello amendment was adopted 33 to 22.

 

Sugarloaf Robbery Folo

Police say it was a woman who robbed a Convenience store Sunday afternoon near Sugarloaf... in Luzerne County. Now... 27 – year old Valeria Weston of McAdoo is charged with robbing Joe's Choice Convenient Mart along Route 93. Weston telling investigators blamed the robbery of the store on her drug habit.

 

Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of gas across northeastern Pennsylvania is holding steady at $3.56 a gallon for self – serve unleaded regular. That's what it's been the past couple of days. The Triple – A fuel gauge report shows that a week ago we were paying an average of $3.54 a gallon. A month ago... the average price for a gallon of gas was $3.49.

 

Marcellus Legislation

A final framework is at hand on sweeping legislation to impose an impact fee and update safety regulations on Pennsylvania’s booming natural gas industry, top Republican state lawmakers say. Republicans notified rank-and-file lawmakers over the weekend that they hope to hold votes this week on a framework reached by negotiators from the House, Senate and Gov. Tom Corbett’s office during closed-door negotiations over the past six weeks

 

In WHLM Sports....

Boys High School Basketball

In a game heard on the WHLM Stations, the Danville boys' basketball team extended their winning streak to 17 games after their 68 - 32 victory over Central Columbia Monday night. Danville is now 17 and 2 on the season. Central Columbia must win 2 of their remaining 3 games to qualify for the district playoffs. In other boys basketball action last night.... Selinsgrove just got by Southern Columbia 54 to 53... Saint John Neuman downed Columbia Montour Vo Tech 82 to 47... and Nanticoke defeated Benton 52 to 48...

 

Girls High School Basketball

Danville got by Milton 40 to 26... Tunkhannock bested Berwick 41 to 38... and Weatherly defeated Columbia Montour Vo Tech 58 to 23...

Monday / February 6, 2012


Redistricting / Candidates

Still no word from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dealing with redistricting for state house and senate seats with boundaries based on the 2010 census. And there won't be any new redistricting until all court cases dealing with the issue are resolved. That indecision has not had much of an impact on the Chief Registrar's office at the Columbia County Courthouse annex... according to Registrar Matt Rapasky... since all state house and senate candidates file their nominating petitions with the state elections office in Harrisburg.

 

PennDOT Project

PennDOT has started a project to bring the interchange of Interstate 80 and 180... into the 21st century. The agency's Rick Mason says it's all part of the Intelligent Transportation System. Mason says PennDOT will install closed circuit TV camera's at the Interstate 80 and 180 interchange. Also to be erected throughout Montour... Northumberland and Union Counties are electronic sign board designed to warn drivers of problems on the road ahead. The $1.5 – million project is now underway... and should be completed by late Summer.

 

Constitutional Cap

Just days before Governor Corbett's annual budget address... Representative Tim Kreiger has called for a constitutional cap on state spending. The Westmoreland County Republican says... spending has reached a point where it threatens Pennsylvania's economic well being.

 

Small Games of Chance

We have all played games of chance provided by either volunteer fire companies or civic organizations. But now... Pennsylvania's civic and non – profit groups will benefit from updates to the state's small games of chance law. WHLM's Matt Paul reports from our Harrisburg News Bureau it's the first time the law has been updated since 1988.

 

Hazle Township Burglary

State Police are looking for thieves responsible for making off with more than a dozen smart phones from an AT&T store in Hazle Township. The burglary taking place over the weekend at the Susquehanna Boulevard store. Cops say they have surveillance of someone tossing a rock through a window. If you have information about the burglary and theft... call State Police at Hazleton.

 

Agency Probe

The 2009 assessment tests taken by Hazleton area School District students come under scrutiny when officials from the State Department of Education arrive Monday. They will be examining scores. The district was one of fifty across the state to be flagged for being statistically atypical by a Minnesota - base firm which examines test scores.

 

Barletta Letter

US Representative Lou Barletta of Hazleton who serves Northeastern Pennsylvania... as well as Luzerne County... has shot off a letter to the US Department of Agriculture. In it... he's asking that two farm service agency offices remain open in Lehighton and Tunkhannock. Barletta says the agency provides valuable information for farmers in those area... and closing them will do harm to agri - businessmen

 

Curb Store Stick Up

A woman claiming to have a gun made off with cash... and a carton of iced tea Sunday afternoon as she held up Joe's Choice convenience store at the corner of Route 93 and Rock Glen Road in Sugarloaf. There is video surveillance showing the woman at the counter... manhandling the clerk and demanding money from the register. The bandit got away with a little more than $200 in cash. State Police are investigating.

 

Power Plant

That huge power plant you can spot from Routes 11 and 15 in Shamokin Dam has been shut down... putting an estimated 63 people out of work. The shutdown was prompted by the mild winter we've had. This is the second time in three months the plant has powered down. No word when or if the workers will return to work.

 

WHLM Sports

 

NY Giants / Henry Hynoski

In his rookie season in the NFL, former Southern Columbia high school football star Henry Hynoski contributed to a Super Bowl Championship. Hynoski caught two passes both for first downs, recovered a fumble, and did his usual great job of blocking in the News York Giants 21 - 17 win over the New England Patriots last night in Indianapolis.

 

Bloomsburg University Basketball

It was a great weekend for the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams. Both teams won at Cheyney Saturday afternoon and both improved their position in the PSAC East standings. The women's team is in sole possession of first place, and the men's team is tied for first with Kutztown. The Huskies have two home games this week- Wednesday night against Shippensburg and Saturday afternoon against West Chester.

 

Boys' High School Basketball

In a game heard on the WHLM Stations and here at WHLM.com, the Danville boys' basketball team extended their winning streak to 17 games after their 68-32 victory over Central Columbia Monday night. Listen to the details from Monday's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Sports Update:

 

 

 

What's Happening Sunday Feburary 5, 2012


Columbia County will cheer on one of their own, as Henry Hynoski of Southern Columbia plays with the New York Giants against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.  Kick off is scheduled for 6:30 tonight.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library will host come knit with me on Monday at 6:00 PM.  The group is for both experienced and novice knitters.

 

The Wheel Chair Engineers train program at the Columbia Mall will be open Monday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

 

The Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School alumni will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 PM in room #114 the gym lobby.

 

The Children’s Museum in Bloomsburg  is hosting a winter Wednesday this week at 10:30 Am…it’s for your children ages 2 years and younger.

 

From the WHLM Future File,  The Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series presents the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra next Friday at 7:30 PM.

 

Wesley United Methodist Church invites you to their indoor two-day crafter’s show coming up next Friday and Saturday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm each day.

 

WHLM SPORTS

 

Boys HS Basketball

Central Columbia and Bloomsburg renewed their boys high school basketball rivalry Friday night at Central's Elementary School Gymnasium. In a game heard on the WHLM stations it was Central Columbia that took the 48-34 win.

 

Huskies Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams were on the road at Cheyney Saturday afternoon. The Women soundly defeated the Wolves in their game 86-30. The Men bounced back after a string of losses last week and won their game 82-72. Listen to the details from the afternoon with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU is back in action Wednesday night when they face Shippensburg. Coverage on the WHLM Stations and here at WHLM.com begins with the pregame to the Women's game starting after the 5PM news.

 

 

What's Happening Saturday February 4, 2012


The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville is open as usual today.

 

The St. Luke Lutheran church youth are holding an all you can eat spaghetti dinner this afternoon from 4:30 to 7:00.  Proceeds benefit the trip to the 2012 Lutheran Youth Gathering.  Cost is $6.00 for you, $5.00 for seniors, $4.00 for your kids ages 5 to 12, and free for children 4 and younger.  The church is located along Lightstreet Road in Bloomsburg.

 

St. Paul’s Church in Berwick is hosting a craft and vendor show today until 2:00 pm.  There will be a Chinese auction and baked goods.  The church is located at 1000 Orange Street in Berwick.

 

The Millville Fire Company will have a soup sale today from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  Cost is $2.25 per bowl, or $4.00 per quart.  Soup choices are ham and bean, chili, vegetable and chicken corn.  They’ll have bar-b-que, hot dogs, and desserts available too.  It’s happening at the Millville Fire Company.

 

Tomorrow Columbia County will cheer on one of their own, as Henry Hynoski of Southern Columbia plays with the New York Giants against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.  Kick off is scheduled for 6:30 tomorrow night.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library will host come knit with me on Monday at 6:00 PM.  The group is for both experienced and novice knitters.

 

The Wheel Chair Engineers train program at the Columbia Mall will be open Monday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

 

The Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School alumni will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 PM in room #114 the gym lobby.

 

The Children’s Museum in Bloomsburg  is hosting a winter Wednesday this week at 10:30 Am…it’s for your children ages 2 years and younger.

 

From the WHLM Future File,  The Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series presents the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra next Friday at 7:30 PM.

 

Wesley United Methodist Church invites you to their indoor two-day crafter’s show coming up next Friday and Saturday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm each day.

 

WHLM SPORTS

 

Boys HS Basketball

Central Columbia and Bloomsburg renewed their boys high school basketball rivalry Friday night at Central's Elementary School Gymnasium. In a game heard on the WHLM stations it was Central Columbia that took the 48-34 win.

 

Huskies Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams were on the road at Cheyney Saturday afternoon. The Women soundly defeated the Wolves in their game 86-30. The Men bounced back after a string of losses last week and won their game 82-72. Listen to the details from the afternoon with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU is back in action Wednesday night when they face Shippensburg. Coverage on the WHLM Stations and here at WHLM.com begins with the pregame to the Women's game starting after the 5PM news.

 

 

Friday / February 3, 2012


Super Bowl / Domestic Violence

A big sports weekend is on the horizon. Super Bowl 46 kicks off Sunday night in Indianapolis. But there has always been a notion that the Big Game leads to domestic violence. Not so says Berwick's Beyond Violence executive director Cheryl Cerosoli. However, Ms Cerosoli says domestic violence DOES increase every year around the holiday season... as well as at the end of the school year.

 

Berwick Fire

A state police fire marshal is expected Friday to probe a burned out home in the 300 block of East Second Street in Berwick. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... the blaze was discovered around 7:45 Thursday night. Damage was contained to the first floor. The house had been vacant the past year... so last night's fire in Berwick is considered suspicious in nature.

 

Lehman Township Fire

Benton Firemen found themselves in neighboring Luzerne County Thursday night... battling a huge barn fire along Moretown Road... just off State Route 118... in Lehman Township. Initially... Sweet Valley and Fairmont Township firemen were called to the scene, but they quickly found out they needed lots of help. The barn contained livestock... but they were led to safety. The investigation continues as to what sparked that blaze in Lehman Township.

 

Shavertown Fire

A man and his two twin children escaped from the family home near Shavertown... in the back mountain area of Luzerne County last night. The fire was discovered in the home in the 100 – block of Summit Street around 6:30. By the time firemen arrived flames and smoke were pouring out of the rear of the structure. No one was hurt. The cause of the fire near Shavertown is under investigation.

 

Federal Dollars

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Hazleton... who represents Columbia County... says the Benton Volunteer Fire Company is in line to receive a $76,000 grant for operations and safety. A spokesman for Mr. Barletta says the money come from the FEMAs Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. A second agency in East Stroudsburg will be getting 695 – thousand dollars for emergency vehicle acquisition... as well as money for operations and safety.

 

Tax Help

The Student Accounting Association at Bloomsburg University are sharpening their number 2 pencils in order to help low income and folks over 60 prepare their simplified IRS forms. Their free service begins February 13th at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg. The association's Brian Kutz says tax code changes keeps preparers on their toes. The service runs each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday through April 11th.

 

Housing Authority

Members of the Nanticoke Housing Authority say they want an audit of the authorities finances dating back to 2009. One published report said the request came during a special meeting of the authority on Thursday after finding questionable purchases on the authorities credit card. The purchase which triggered the yet – to – be done probe was from a TV shopping network.

 

Stick Up Suspects

Two men have been arrested in connection with the robbery of a Union County convenience store we told you about earlier this week. Jeffrey Stahl was arraigned this week after being charged with two felony counts of robbery... theft... receiving stolen property and simple assault during a robbery at the Forest Hill store on Route 192. State Police say 44 – year old Michael Gulli of West Milton was also taken into custody. Gulli was the alleged stick up artist... while Stahl was the get-a-way driver following the hold up.


Insurance Agents

Two insurance agents in neighboring Luzerne County are in trouble with the state Insurance Department for allegedly mishandling clients account. The Department taking the way the license of Susan Kamowski of Wapwallopen after she allegedly created false documents... and didn't handle account in an appropriate manner. The second agent... from the Back Mountain area of Luzerne County... in Shavertown... is on five years supervision and fined for after failing to submit forms for a policy he handled.

 

Mt. Carmel Folo

That weekend fire at a Mt. Carmel home we told you about earlier this week... forcing a hearing impaired man to flee... has been ruled accidental. That word from a state police fire marshal who said arcing inside an electrical box ignited combustible material. 30 – year old Paul Ventelli was able to escape... but the blaze caused an estimated $230,000 in damage.

 

WHLM Sports

In girls high school basketball Thursday night... Crestwood rolled over Berwick 46 to 33.

 

Boys HS Basketball

Central Columbia and Bloomsburg renewed their boys high school basketball rivalry Friday night at Central's Elementary School Gymnasium. In a game heard on the WHLM stations it was Central Columbia that took the 48-34 win. Listen to all the details from the night's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Fridat Night Sports update:

 

 

BU Wrestling

The Bloomsburg University wrestling team has their final two home matches of the season this weekend. Friday night at 7 O'clock... the Huskies take on Clarion at the Nelson Field House. Saturday afternoon at 1... they face Cleveland State.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams play at Cheyney Saturday starting with the women's game at 1 o'clock. You can hear that hardwood action on the WHLM stations beginning with the pregame show at 12:40.

Thursday / February 2, 2012


The Choir

The auditorium of the Berwick High School was nearly filled to capacity last night.... and more than the 100 – plus voices of the Berwick Community Choir took the stage. The event... the taping of a pilot TV show... called “The Choir...” for the USA Network. A British version of the show has been aired on the BBC for the past four years. From this point on... the producers will edit the final version and present it to network brass. If they like what they see... they're expected to order an additional 12 shows to make up a basic 13 week run.

 

Kiddie Porn Alleged

A 19 – year old Bloomsburg University student has been released on $10,000 bail after he was arrested and charged with having kiddie porn on a laptop and thumb drive. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition Alexander LaRosa of Hatboro... was busted on a long list of charges after someone found his thumb drive on the floor of an on – campus restaurant. The drive allegedly containing video and images of children preforming sex acts. Similar content was allegedly found on his lap top. LaRosa will have a hearing on the charges next week.

 

Scouting Theft

A Danville – area Boy Scout leader was arraigned Wednesday... after she was accused of theft from a scout troop's treasury. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition... 44 – year old Tracey Myers of Danville was arrested and charged with theft and receiving stolen property. Authorities say an estimated $4,000 was missing from the bank account of Boy Scout troop 37 when the discovery was made by another troop member in a leadership position. Myers allegedly used the money to cover her bills. A preliminary hearing is set for later this month.

 

Redistricting

Election offices in Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as across the state are in limbo when it comes to State House and Senate districts. The PA supreme court striking down districts based on the 2010 census. But, Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Rapasky says the indecision of the courts is making things tough in his office. No timetable for redistricting has been set by the state's highest court.... and until there is... local election offices will be forced to use district maps based on the 2001 census.

 

Berwick Borough

The borough of Berwick continues it's search for a new manager. Shane Pepe who held the position the past few years moved on to become manager in Emmaus last month. Assistant Borough manager Lauren Martz now filling in on a interim basis. Mayor Jim Timbrell said 20 people have applied for the job. No time table has been set as to select a new Berwick Borough Manager.

 

School Lockdown

The Hazleton Area School District locked down the systems 9th grade center on Wednesday... after one student was injured in a fight. Authorities say two 14 – year old boys got into a scuffle for some unknown reason... with one of the teens cut on the face. The complex which includes the high school and career center were locked down for about an hour. The injured teen was treated at Hazleton General Hospital.

 

Theft Alleged

Hazleton police have charged a Berwick man with stealing copper while he was working for a contractor. 36 – year old Quinn Keck is accused of allegedly making off with an estimated $4,000 of copper pipes for a heating systems... as well as rolled copper from an antique sign last September from Hayden Tower on West Broad Street. Keck is in the Luzerne County Prison awaiting arraignment in April.

 

New Contract

There won't be any union strife the next five years at the Cargill Meat Solutions plant in the Humboldt Industrial Park... south of Hazleton. 97% of the unionized workers voted for a new, five year contract. That pact calls for wage increases and the continuation of health care benefits.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Bloomsburg Universal Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams were on the road Wednesday night... playing at Millersville. In games you heard on the WHLM Stations... the Millersville men defeated Bloomsburg University 75 to 68.... while in the women's game... BU just got by Millersville 77 to 73. The next game for the Huskies will be Saturday afternoon at Cheyney.

 

Boys High School Basketball

Loyalsock defeated Southern Columbia 52 to 48... Bloomsburg down Montgomery 72 to 18... It was Central Columbia over Hughesville 49 to 26... Danville defeated Milton 74 to 35... and Saint John Neuman getting by Millville 57 to 38.

 

Girls High School Basketball

Panther Valley over Columbia Montour Vo Tech 70 to 16.

Wednesday / February 1, 2012


Ag Issues

Columbia County agri - businessmen gathered Tuesday to talk about the issues facing farmers... all trying to make a living. Columbia County Farm Bureau president... John Zaginaylo of Briar Creek Township... says the biggest issue is stream bank erosion caused by last fall's flooding... and that leads to crop damage in the field. Meantime, Joel Rotz of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau says it's not impossible to cut through red tape in Harrisburg, but admitted it is difficult.

 

Lion's Gate

Residents who live near the Lion's Gate development in Scott Township have decided to drop their lawsuit against developers. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition... that in return... the developers won't seek $2.5 - million in damages from the residents. The half – dozen or so people living near the complex brought the suit... claiming developers are renting to college students... and feared their property values would decrease.

 

Catholic Schools

If you attend a Catholic School... that gives you the foundation for a lifetime. That word from Nancy Becker... the principal of the St. Columba School in Bloomsburg. It's Catholic Schools Week.... and Ms. Becker says St. Columba provides the foundation one needs to succeed once attending public schools after 8th grade graduation. This year's theme of Catholic Schools week is Faith... Academics and Service... something that all St. Columbia students... have or will... experience this week.

 

Bishop McFadden Visit

Students at Saint Monica Catholic School in Sunbury got the surprise on Tuesday when Bishop Joseph McFadden showed to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Bishop McFadden is in charge of the Harrisburg Diocese. He said mass and toured the school. There are 40 schools and 100 churches in the Harrisburg Diocese.

 

Berwick Accident

A Scott Township woman escaped major injury when her car was run over by a tractor – trailer on Tuesday at the corner of Front and Eaton Streets in Berwick. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... truck driver Dale Garrison of Berwick was attempting to make a wide, right hand turn... when his trailer ran over a Honda Accord driven by 60 – year old Jacquelyn Cook... who was on Garrison's right side. Cook was slightly injured due to flying glass.

 

Barletta / Transportation

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta... who represents Columbia County... has joined his colleagues on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to unveil a $260 – billion, five-year re-authorization of transportation programs. The proposal is designed to create jobs and rebuild infrastructure in the district and the nation. The so – called American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act will be the largest transportation reform bill since the Interstate Highway System was created in 1956.

 

FEMA Aid

The Federal and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency says it has poured more than a half – billion dollars into the state... following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee last September. The biggest chunk.... $267 – million was paid out in flood insurance claims... with $138 million earmarked for housing assistance... as well as paying medical costs to folks affected by the disaster.

 

Sandusky

Could Jerry Sandusky's trial on sex abuse charges... have a jury from outside Centre County?  That's want prosecutors want. They say they're worried about pre – trial publicity... and the ability to find an impartial jury. Sandusky is accused of allegedly sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15 – year period of time. He denies he's done anything wrong.

 

Luzerne Budget

It appears property owners in Luzerne County will see an estimated 2% increase in their tax bills. A newly revised county budget says the increase and other moves will eliminate the need to lay off 106 workers. Instead... an estimated 56 may lose their jobs. The newly revised budget comes in at $120.7 million... which must be adopted prior to the middle of the month.

 

Job Corps Fire

A state police fire marshal has been called in to determine the cause of a blaze at the Keystone Job Center Tuesday morning in Butler Township... in neighboring Luzerne County. The pre – dawn fire was contained to a trailer where residents keep their clothing. The building was destroyed. Initial reports say a faulty heating unit might have sparked the fire at the Keystone Job Center near Hazleton.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Boy's High School Basketball

On Tuesday night.... Dallas defeated Berwick 55 to 45.

 

Girls High School Basketball

Southern Columbia got by Benton 48 to 44... Central Columbia downed Hughesville 52 to 12... It was Danville over Jersey Shore 46 to 31... Saint John Neuman getting by Millville 63 to 40... and Muncy defeated Bloomsburg 41 to 35...

 

Bloomsburg University

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams were at Millersville Wednesday night. The Women rallied back from 23 down to win their game 77-73. The Men lost their game 75-68. Listen to the details from Wednesday's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

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