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** Operation Storm Watch **

** Closings and Cancellations **

 

** Espy Fire Hall Bingo for Thursday night has been canceled.

 

 

Update: Scott Twp Accident 

Two people were airlifted to Geisinger medical Center in Danville following a collision between a box truck and a pick up truck. in the 32 – hundred block of Columbia Boulevard Thursday morning. Two separate life flight helicopters took both of the accident victims to Geisinger. Reports from the scene indicate one person was ejected... while the second person was entrapped, but was quickly freed. The accident shut down a portion of Route 11... near Tower Micro... for seven hours while an investigation was underway. The road reopened around 1:15 PM. 

 

United Water

Hummelstown – based United Water.... the provider of drinking water in the Bloomsburg area... has requested a rate increase with the Public Utility Commission. The company's Bob Manbeck says it's associated with 91 – million dollars worth of capital investments. That includes a new $35 – million water treatment facility under construction on Irondale Road in Bloomsburg. No word when the PUC will get around to approving all... or some of United Waters request.

 

Downtown Bloomsburg

The wraps were taken off last night of a very preliminary look at improving the downtown Bloomsburg business district. It's all part of a plan by Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated to breath new life onto Main Street. Alex Belavitz of Scranton – based Facility Design and Development, Limited says downtown Bloomsburg has plenty of potential. Now... Belavitz says some data has already been collected in the Downtown area... and more needs to be gleaned... as well as long talks with stakeholders about the future of Main Street.

 

GoDaddy Ad

One advertisement from GoDaddy – dot – com has been pulled from the Super Bowl broadcast on Sunday at the behest of a Berwick woman. Helena Yurcho said a lost puppy... finding it's way home... only to be sold on – line through a GoDaddy – dot – com domain name was a bit much. Yurcho created an on – line petition to remove the ad which caught the eye of Go Daddy.... which gathered 42,000 signatures... forcing the company to pull the ad. Go Daddy says a replacement ad is produced and ready to go on Sunday.

 

Local Elections

We may be in the dead of winter... but the folks in the Columbia County Registrar's office are staying busy.... preparing for this year's elections. Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says this year's balloting deals with local offices. Mr. Repasky says the all – important primary election takes place in May... leading to the November general election.

 

Possible Luring

The Muncy School District is telling students and their parents that a man tried to lure two elementary school kids into his van. The incident happened earlier this week at the intersection of Lincoln and South Washington Streets. The van... according to our media partner Newswatch 16... was a large, black work van with a scratch on the drivers side. If you have information about the vehicle or the drive... call police.

 

Deer Hunting Licenses

Proposed legislation would change the way antlerless deer hunting licenses are issued in Pennsylvania. The licenses are currently distributed through county treasurers' offices, which Rep. Gerald Mullery describes as antiquated. He says licenses for fishing and hunting other game can be obtained online in Pennsylvania, and the same should be true for antlerless deer licenses. Mullery's bill would allow the state Game Commission to take over the process.

 

Accountable Lawmakers

Two Pennsylvania senators are re-introducing legislation they say will hold lawmakers more accountable. Senators Randy Vulakovich and Pat Stefano are bringing back a bill that will require legislators show receipts for daily expenses. Right now lawmakers in Harrisburg can claim up to 159 dollars per day...for performing legislative duties outside of their districts without proof. Stefano says that would be unthinkable in the private sector...and he hopes this common sense measure will receive quick consideration.

 

Thefts

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is calling on volunteer groups to take extra steps to guard against theft of funds, usually from persons within the organization. One of the most recent examples reported by DePasquale comes from a small volunteer fire company in Allegheny County, where 2 officials stole more than $26,000 over a 3 year period. He says the this most often occurs when only one person is authorized to sign the checks. DePasquale says many small volunteer groups need to be proactive in preventing this type of crime, and authorizing additional signers is a good first step.
 

Luzerne 911 Center

It appears Luzerne County will soon hiring seven additional emergency dispatchers. It will bring the number to 65. The hiring follows several mistakes... such as sending a fire department or an ambulance to a wrong locations with resulting deadly consequences. Right now... a committee is reviewing policies and procedures at the Luzerne County Emergency Dispatch Center.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Cheyney last night at the Nelson Field House. WHLM's Jim Doyle says the women's team defeated Cheney 83 to 56... while the men came from behind for an 80 – 74 victory. Both Bloomsburg University basketball teams will be back in action Saturday afternoon at Shippensburg.

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys' high school basketball Wednesday night... Danville downed Southern Columbia 64 to 48... Lewisburg defeated Central Columbia 71 to 40... It was Bloomsburg over Mt. Carmel 48 to 30... Benton downed Bucktail 59 – 31... and it was Millville over Columbia Montour Vo – Tech 74 – 45.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball Thursday night, Berwick is at home against Dallas, a game you can hear on the WHLM Stations starting with the pregame show at 7:15

 

College Basketball

Wednesday night in men's college basketball, in a match - up of two ot the nation's top teams... 8th ranked Notre Dame just getting by 4th ranked Duke 77 to 73.

 



 

Bloomsburg Codes Office

It appears as the head of the Town of Bloomsburg's Code Enforcement has fallen from the grace of town council. There is a report in Wednesday's edition of the Press – Enterprise that Codes Officer Ed Fegley's salary has been cut a nearly $10,000.... from $59,000 to $50,000 a year. The move follows two closed door executive session's during council meetings this month. Council members call it simply a shift in duties... not a demotion. But the entire Code's office has come under fire recently by at least two business people who claim the office is very difficult to work with... with a habit of loosing paperwork and dragging their feet.

 

Town Park

The Town of Bloomsburg wants you input into the future of Town Park. But, a controversy may be brewing over what should be.... or should not be... available. During our newscast's on Tuesday... Town Council person Diane Levan talked about the rental of recreational equipment... but does not want food trucks selling their products. Park Association President Chuck Wagner says he'd would like to see kayak and bike rentals... but added that the park should avoid over - commercialization. If you have an idea as what should be available at the town park... drop town government a line by simply going to the town's website... and giving your ideas on the comment page.

 

Plowing

It was a sound heard all over the region Tuesday... folks with a single – blade plow.... mounted on a pick – up truck... moving snow from one area to another. One place with a lot of plowing took place at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall on Market Street. The driveways and huge parking lot plowed in short order.... not only for volunteers, but for folks headed for Wednesday night bingo at the fire hall.

 

Catawissa Building

In Catawissa... a demolition crew began tearing down the former Eagles building in the 100 block of Main Street Tuesday. The building... between First and Railroad Streets... was damaged by the Lee flood of 2011. The demolition is part of a plan to get rid of flood – ravaged buildings that are no longer deemed fit to live in.

 

Jail Time

A former bookkeeper for a Bloomsburg real estate office... who stole an estimated 230 – thousand dollars in an elaborate checking scheme... will spend six months in federal prison. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today edition that 59 – year old Mary Ann Gillespie is expected to report to federal marshals on February 26th.

She was convicted of making off with $132,000 from her former employer Century 21 Covered Bridges Realty... and $98,000 from First Columbia Bank of Bloomsburg... over a five year period.

 

GOP Sues Wolf

The Republican majority in the Pennsylvania Senate is suing Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf over his firing of his predecessor's appointee as head of the state Office of Open Records. The lawsuit filed this week in Commonwealth Court said Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's appointee, Erik Arneson, is entitled to serve a full six-year term and that Wolf illegally terminated him without cause. The lawsuit seeks to restore Arneson as the agency's executive director and declarations that Wolf violated the state Right-to-Know Law and the state constitution.

 

Medical Marijuana

Advocates for medical marijuana are hoping for better luck in the new legislative session. Senators Daylin Leach and Mike Folmer are re-introducing legislation to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. The bill passed the Senate in the last session, but was never acted on in the House. Folmer says he feels it has a better chance this time around, after receiving several encouraging messages from House members, as well as an impromptu visit from Gov. Wolf at Tuesday's news conference.

 

First Responders

Fire and emergency response organizations in Columbia County have been awarded more than $220,000 in state grants. That word from Representative David Millard of Berwick. The grants ranged from $14,000 for the Bloomsburg Fire Department to a little more than $7,000 for Millville EMS. Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire hall or ambulance company... as well as training.

 

Liquor Privatization

The debate over liquor privatization is back with the new legislative session. A plan to privatize liquor sales passed the House about two years ago...but couldn't make it past the Senate. Now some House Republicans have listed privatization among their top priorities...and say it should be part of any policy compromises between the legislature and the Governor's office...especially with such a difference in opinions. Senate leaders are looking for pension reform and Governor Tom Wolf has put a shale drilling tax at the top of his list.
 

Attempted Robbery

Police in the Wyoming Valley are looking for two people who tried to rob a jewelry store in Kingston at midday Tuesday. A man and woman walking into Steve Hydock Diamonds on Wyoming Avenue. Security surveillance showing the woman holding a weapon in her hand. The pair left without getting any of the jewelry.

 

Homeless Man Arrested

A homeless man is in the Luzerne County lockup... after allegedly tried to hold up a convenience store. Wilkes – Barre police say 27 – year old Matthew Vantine led police on a chase after he allegedly robbed the Turkey Hill store on North Pennsylvania Avenue early Tuesday morning. Vantine also struggled with cops while being taken into custody. He is charged with robbery... ag assault and other related charges.

 

Arrests

Mixing heroin with guns. Police say two men are jailed in Luzerne county when one tried to trade a stolen weapon for heroin. 19 – year old Gary Rackowski of Ashley... and 20 – year old Ryan Robles of Wilkes – Barre were busted after police spotted the pair trying to pull off an alleged drug deal in a parking lot on the San Souci Parkway Monday afternoon. Investigators say the stolen weapons was traded for 50 packets of heroin. Both men face a long list of charges.

 

PA Drivers

A study from a Washington DC-based safety organization says changes in traffic laws in Pennsylvania could save lives. One of the examples put forth by the group Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, if failure to wear seatbelts while driving was a primary offense in Pennsylvania, 136 lives could have been saved in 2012. The group is also pushing for ignition interlock devices for all drivers convicted of driving under the influence, not just for repeat offenders under current state law.
 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams won at home Wednesday night against Cheyney. The Women won 83-56 and the Men won 80-74. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.

 

 

Boys HS Basketball

In boys high school basketball Tuesday night.. Berwick defeated Coughlin 45 to 27.

 

Girls HS Basketball

In girls high school basketball... Central Columbia downed Loyalsock 58 – 38... Bloomsburg defeated Sullivan County 50 – 26... It was Danville over Shikellamy 45 – 33... And Millville downed Southern Columbia 61 – 37.

 

College Basketball

In top 25 men's basketball Tuesday night... 17 ranked West Virginia got by Kansas State 65 – 59... and 20th ranked Baylor was defeated by Oklahoma State 64 – 53.



 

Snow Storm

We dodged a bullet.... As a big nor'easter continues to churn off the coast of New England... we're assessing the snowfall received. In the Susquehanna Valley... we got up to six inches... while higher elevations and the Pocono's got more. Now... the forecast is calling for some more light snow by the end of the week.

 

Emergency Ops Center

With more snow possible throughout the day in Eastern Pennsylvania, the Wolf Administration is taking steps to make sure they're prepared once the snow stops falling. The Governor has issued a disaster emergency proclamation, mainly as a precautionary move to ensure that personnel, vehicles, and equipment are in place and ready to be activated when and where they're needed. The state's emergency operations center just outside Harrisburg is also up and running, coordinating efforts by the State Police, PennDOT, the Turnpike Commission and the state Health Department.
 

Falling Snow

A Pennsylvania state Senator has re-introduced a bill that would require large trucks be cleared of ice and snow. Senator Lisa Boscola says drivers of trucks over 48,000 pounds should face fines for failing to clear accident-causing snow and ice from their vehicles. Her bill asks for a fine up to $1,500 for each offense where snow from a truck strikes another vehicle or pedestrian and causes serious injury or death. The bill has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee for consideration.
 

Animals and the Cold

Cold, snowy weather and animals don't mix. That word from Linda Bird of the Animal Resource Center. Appearing on Monday's edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... Ms. Bird telling Joe some precautions to take if the animals usually stay outdoors... such as making sure they have straw and plenty of water. Meantime... the ARC is asking for blankets and sheets for their shelter in the 300 block of Boone Road in Bloomsburg.

 

Town Park

The Bloomsburg Town Council says it wants to hear from you.... you're ideas on added activities at the Town Park. The idea came up with discussions with a kayak vendor. Councilperson Diane Levan says how 'bout bicycle rentals.... but not food vendors. You can e-mail your idea's for the park to Town Council through their web site by simply clicking on the contact page.

 

Drug Bust

A Heroin ring has been broken up by Berwick Police on Monday. Police Chief Ken Strish says the bust went down in a mobile home in the 100 block of Jessup Street... rented by 36 – year old Bryan Smith. That's when authorities found Smith... 39 – year old Sincere Johnson of New York City... as well as 24 – year old Shannon Schrader of Lime Ridge. Overall nearly 700 packets of Heroin was seized... and $4,800 in cash. All were arraigned and remanded to the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg.

 

Child Abuse Training

The University of Pittsburgh is among those offering child abuse awareness training in accordance with a law passed in 2014. The School of Social Work at Pitt has developed a free online, three-hour training course, called Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania. The training is the result of Act 31, which requires licensed professionals who regularly come in contact with children to receive training to spot the signs of abuse or neglect.

 

Shots Fired

Hazleton Police are investigating a case where shots were fired into a home early Monday morning. Authorities say five shots were squeezed off... aimed at a home in the 100 block of East 5th Street in Hazleton. Their target, police say, was the man who lived there... but he was not injured. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, contact Hazleton Police.

 

WHLM Sports

PSAC Award

Bloomsburg University senior Marla Simmons has earned Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division Women's Basketball Athlete of the Week honors. Simmons led the Huskies to a pair of PSAC East wins over the past seven days – 69-47 victory over Millersville and 59-53 win at Lock Haven. Simmons was instrumental to both victories, notching double-double efforts in both

 

BU Football

Bloomsburg University linebacker Justin Shirk has been selected to participate in the College Gridiron Showcase. The event is a postseason all-star game held on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington on Jan. 31st.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams hit the hardwood Wednesday night. They'll take on Cheney at the Nelson Field house. First up... the Husky women hit the floor at 5:30. You can catch all the action on the WHLM Stations starting with the pre – game show at 5:10... followed by the men's contest at 7:30.

 

NBA

In the NBA Monday night... the New Orleans Pelicans rolled over the Philadelphia 76er's 93 – 83.

 

College Basketball

In Men's College Basketball Monday night... Syracuse was defeated by North Carolina 93 to 83... and Iowa State just got by Texas 89 – 86.

 

 

 



** Cancellations & Closings **

 

** The La Leche League program scheduled for tonight at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville has been canceled for tonight. It has not been rescheduled.

 

** Dr. Ball's office in Bloomsburg is closed for the day.

 

** The Bloomsburg Public Library will close at 5PM this evening. Their book sale has been extended through Tuesday afternoon.

 

** The Catherine Treon School of Dance has cancelled all Monday evening classes.

 

** Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech Boys' Basketball vs Muncy has been postponed until Tuesday evening, 1/27.

 

 

Bracing for impact

Folks in Pennsylvania.... as well as from Northern New Jersey to Southern Maine are gearing up for what's being called a "potentially historic" storm that's threatening to dump 2-to-3 feet of snow over a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast late Monday. PennDOT Salt trucks spent most of Sunday - getting the roads ready.

 

Berwick Shoveling

The Borough of Berwick is doing it's part to remove ice and snow from sidewalks. Borough Council President Alvin Hill is offering shoveling services for seniors and those on disabilities. The program begins at 4 PM. Now... if you would like your walks shoveled.... or would like to volunteer... just give Berwick City Hall a call at 570 – 752 – 2723, Extension 0.

 

AGAPE

Faith – based AGAPE's Project Frozen continues. It started earlier this month when the temperatures fell.... and now it appears it will go through at least March 15th. That word from AGAPE's Eileen Chapman. Project Frozen helps those who are homeless or down on their luck to get out of the cold and snow each night at 7 O'clock.... and to grab a sandwich and soup. The only expectation is that the person be drug and alcohol free.

 

Bloom YMCA

Seven years as a Senior Program Director at a YMCA facility north of Pittsburgh has led the new CEO of the Bloomsburg Y to a new home. Joe Reinard said that gave him the experience mixture he needed to snare the top job. Reinard says he doesn't anticipate any changes at the Bloomsburg Y... but rather the low impact of new programs designed to give current members new challenges...

 

US Supco
A non-partisan court reform organization is closely watching a case recently argued before the U-S Supreme Court, which may have implications in Pennsylvania. The case centers on a law in Florida prohibiting judges from actively seeking contributions when running for re-election. Opponents want it overturned. The group Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts submitted a brief in favor of keeping the law intact, since an identical one is on the books here. If the Florida law is overturned, court watchers feel that Pennsylvania might not be far behind.

 

LGBT Discrimination
The largest LGBT civil rights organization in the United States says Pennsylvania's equality laws are seriously lacking. The Human Rights Campaign says it is trying to show that the fight for equality is far from over with a new report...which categorized Pennsylvania as a "high priority to achieve equality." Although PA has marriage equality...the campaign says the state has failed to enact laws that protect LGBT youth and health among other things. A spokesperson says they would like to see more anti-bullying laws..and an expansion for non-discrimination laws.

 

Hazleton Gunfire

Gunfire following a fight outside a club in Hazleton early Sunday morning. Police called to the Lounge 5 Bar and Restaurant on Laurel Hill. Police say the fight started in the club, but ended up in the parking lot. No one was injured... and police need you help in trying to sort out the issue.

 

Hazleton Man Jailed

A Hazleton man is in the Luzerne County lockup following a fight... which got ugly for police. Hazleton police were breaking up a fight on Alter Street early Sunday morning when some of the people turned on police. They say 20 – year old Visneydy Martinez went after an officer's Taser. Martinez is now locked up on a host of charges including aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

 

Car Theft

A Berwick man remains in the Columbia County Prison after he allegedly stole a '95 Jeep Grand Cherokee from a convenience store parking lot. Chief Ken Strish says Shane Bankes was spotted in the Jeep... and was pulled over in the vicinity of the Turkey Hill Store... and try to flee officers. But they collard him. Not only is Bankes facing a host of charges stemming from the car theft... he's also facing felony warrants.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

Lock Haven caught fire from beyond the arc and pulled away late in the second half for a 94-82 victory over the Bloomsburg University men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon in front fans at the Thomas Field House. Meantime.... the Lady Huskies held off Lock Haven for a 59-53 victory. Both teams have the next couple of days off... but return to the hardwood Wednesday night when the Huskies take on Cheney at the Nelson Field house. The Husky women hit the floor at 5:30

 

NFL Pro Bowl

In the NFL Pro Bowl Sunday night. Team Michael Irvin won the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl... defeating team Chris Carter 32-28 behind two touchdowns from Matthew Stafford to go along with two from Matt Ryan. The beneficiaries of the Pro Bowl arms were Emmanuel Sanders and Jimmy Graham who each had two scores. Next Week... the Super Bowl to be played at the same stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

 



 

** Operation Storm Watch **

* Winter Weather Advisory *

 

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA

 

MORE SNOW ON THE WAY FOR CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...

 

.A STORM SYSTEM WILL TRACK SOUTH OF PENNSYLVANIA TONIGHT AND

MONDAY...BRINGING SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW TO THE AREA. AN

EXPLOSIVE SECONDARY COASTAL STORM WILL DEVELOP LATER MONDAY...

AND BRUSH EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE LOWER SUSQUEHANNA RIVER VALLEY

WITH ADDITIONAL SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY.

 

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO

7 PM / Eastern MONDAY...

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER

WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS

EVENING TO 7 PM EST MONDAY.

 

* LOCATIONS... SOUTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA.

 

* HAZARD TYPES... SNOW.

 

* ACCUMULATIONS... 2 TO 4 INCHES TONIGHT THROUGH MIDDAY MONDAY.

 

* TIMING... SNOW WILL ARRIVE LATE THIS EVENING AND LAST THROUGH

MONDAY. HOWEVER...MOST OF THE ACCUMULATION SHOULD OCCUR LATE

TONIGHT THROUGH MID MORNING MONDAY.

 

* IMPACTS... HAZARDOUS TRAVEL.

 

 

What's Happening?

 

Come to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds for the annual Early Bird Sports Expo this weekend. There's boats, RV's & ATV's, hunting and fishing equipment, outfitters, taxidermists, artists and much more. The expo runs through today at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library's winter Book Sale runs now through Monday, during regular hours. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents Yazmina Reza's "Art" running now through February 1 at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Laugh out loud as three fully-grown adults fight like children over a modern art painting. For tickets and showtimes visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The Berwick Assembly of the Knights of Columbus are inviting their fellow area members to their annual Winter Dinner this afternoon at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. All members and their guests are welcome. Dinner starts at 1PM. To make your reservation, call 570-441-2662.

 

 

WHLM Sports:

 

High School Hoops

In boys high school basketball Friday night, Bloomsburg and Central Columbia renewed their neighborhood rivalry. Central Columbia won over Bloomsburg 43-35. 
 
BU Huskies Basketball
Saturday afternoon in Huskies College Basketball, the Men's and Women's teams were on the road at Lock Haven. The Women won over Lock Haven 59-53 and the Men lost 94-82. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Postgame Report.
 

 

 

Upcoming events:

 

Jan 26 thru Summer

Toddler Time is back at the Bloomsburg Public Library, starting Monday, January 26 at 9:15AM. The weekly 20-minute program of stories, songs, puppets, and more is perfect for kids ages 18 months to three years and their parents or guardian. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Thru Jan 27

St Joseph Church in Berwick is taking your orders for Super Sunday take-out, including soups, sandwiches, barbecue and more. Food can be picked up Saturday, January 31 from 3 - 6PM and Sunday, February 1 from 9AM - Noon. Orders must be in by Tuesday, January 27. The church is on Monroe Street in Berwick. For more information, call 570-759-8027.

 

Jan 29 - April 23

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, consider attending the Grief Share weekly grief support group program at Bloomsburg Christian Church. The 13-week program starts Thursday, January 29 at 7PM. Registration is required. The $15 registration fee covers the cost of the workbook and materials. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-784-3740.

 

Jan 31

Benton United Methodist Church is holding a Ham Supper on Saturday, January 31 from 4 - 7PM. Dinner is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for kids 6-11, and free for kids 5 and under. Take out is available. The church is on Main Street in Benton.

 

Jan 31

Come listen to Hang Drum musician Jerry Decker at The Art of Floating on Old Berwick Road during their benefit floating event, Saturday January 31 from 7-9 PM. All donations gathered during the evening will benefit the Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic.

 

Feb 2 - April 8

Sign up your curious kid today for one or both of the upcoming after-school activity courses for ages 6-12 at the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. Mondays, starting February 2, there's Faces 101, which will explore drawing, painting, and sculpting faces of all kinds. Wednesdays, starting February 4, Science Club presents Pirates of Bloomsburg, with a look at navigation, meteorology, ocean science and nutrition on the High Seas. Both 10-week courses cost $100 or just $90 for museum members. For more information, call the museum at 570-389-9206.

 

Feb 5 (Feb 3) - April 2

The Columbia/Montour Women's Center will host volunteer training classes Thursday evenings from 6-9PM beginning February 5. The 60-hour training class will prepare you to work directly with the Women's Center staff and clients. Registration is open until Tuesday, February 3. For more information call 570-784-6632.

 

Feb 6

The Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series continues with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, Friday February 6 at 8PM in the Haas Center for the Arts. Led by Conductor and Artistic Director Enrique Batiz, the orchestra is internationally renowned for their emotional interpretations of works from both the Old and New World. Tickets are $30 for adults or just $15 for children and BU students. For more information, check out the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Feb 6-8

The Destination Blues winter music festival marks its second year the weekend of February 6, 7, & 8. Friday night starts with 11 different venues to visit from Berwick to Danville. Saturday has events all day with the main stage at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Sunday afternoon wraps things up with a Gospel Blues concert at Wesley United Methodist on Market Street. For details and ticket information visit DestinationBlues.org

 

Feb 7

Monica's Heart greyhound adoption group will be holding two simultaneous events on Saturday February 7. From 11AM - 2PM stop by Tractor Supply Company on Route 11 East of Bloomsburg or at PetCo in the Wal-Mart complex in Buckhorn. Learn more about greyhounds, meet some of the dogs, and maybe even adopt. For more information, call 570-644-2358.

 

Feb 7

St Joseph Church in Danville is holding a Countdown Raffle and Wild West Dinner Dance on Saturday February 7 at Frosty Valley Country Club in Danville. It's a night of raffle, drawings, 5 card draw and Blackjack. Tickets are $50 each and includes a chance at the $1,000 Grand Prize. Events start at 6PM. Proceeds benefit St Joseph School in Danville. For more information, stop by the church office or call 570-275-2435.

 

Feb 7

It's a Lincoln Extravaganza on Saturday, February 7 at the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. From 11AM - 1PM, learn about the power of the penny with penny games and crafts, and learn about the star of the penny, Abraham Lincoln. The Museum is on 7th Street, next to the Bloomsburg YMCA.

 

Feb 8 - March 8

Learn how to improve your singing voice and be a star on the stage at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's Super Singing Sundays, starting February 8 at the BTE Mitrani production building. The five-week course for all ages 8 & up will cover both basic and advanced vocal techniques, wrapping up with a live performance on March 8. No experience is necessary. Course fee is $55 per student. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Feb 13 -15

The Berwick Archery Club will hold their 10th annual Money Shoot the weekend of February 13th through the 15th. Qualifying shots will be held Friday and Saturday, with the final shoot-offs on Sunday. For more information find the Berwick Archery Club on Facebook or call 570-336-8885.

 

Feb 14 & 15

The annual Kiwanis Winterfest is coming up Presidents' Day Weekend, February 14 & 15 at Camp Brule, off route 154, North of Forksville. Take the Polar Bear Plunge or join the ice fishing tournament on Saturday, and race in the primitive biathalon and snowmobile challenges on Sunday. There's ice carving, sled dogs, hot food and much more. Gates open at 7AM both days. For more information, check out SCKiwanis.com or call 570-924-4224.

 

Thru Feb 14

Stop by the Moose Exchange Antler in downtown Bloomsburg and check out their latest exhibition featuring longtime local artist Ken Conner, running through February 14.

 

Feb 21

Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series continues with Tango Buenos Aires, Saturday February 21 at 8PM in the Haas Center for the Arts. Direct form Argentina, the dance and music troupe will present Song of Eva Perón, a journey through the life of Argentina's most beloved heroine. Tickets are $30 for adults or just $15 for children and BU students. For more information, check out the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Feb 22

St Joseph Church in Berwick is holding a pasta dinner on Sunday, February 22 from 11:30AM - 2PM. There will be penne pasta, meatballs, salad, dessert and more. Eat in or Take out. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 & under. The church is at 721 Monroe Street in Berwick.

 

Thru Feb 22

The North Mountain Art League presents their winter show at Artspace Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg. The show features works by League members in many different mediums. The show runs through February 22.

 

Feb 28

The Bloomsburg YMCA's Bugle Boy Bash is coming up Saturday, February 28 at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. From 6-10 PM enjoy a night of dining, dancing, and celebration featuring live music by the Statesmen Duo. Tickets can be purchased at the Bloomsburg YMCA on 7th Street for $50 each. Get your tickets before February 14 and be entered to win two more tickets for free. Military uniforms, period clothing or red white and blue attire is encouraged.

 

Feb 28

It's the sixth annual Dance Your Heart Out for BTE, Saturday February 28, at Frosty Valley Country Club in Danville. Starting at 7PM, dance to live music by the Bedbugs, and put in your bid on the silent auction. Tickets are $55 dollars each and include food and drink. All proceeds benefit the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

March 14

Come to the Children's Museum in Bloomsburg for Tales And Tunes From The Frontier, Saturday, March 14 from 10AM - 2PM. Learn how to make music from household items with Randy & Josey Brendle. Build your own instrument, and enjoy music and stories from frontier life. The museum is on 7th Street next to the Bloomsburg YMCA.

 

Thru March 15

AGAPE's Project Frozen is in effect now through mid-March. The AGAPE Care Center on 7th Street in Bloomsburg will be open from 7PM - 7AM every night for anyone who needs a warm place to stay. Guests must be drug and alcohol free. Volunteers are needed for the overnight shifts. For more information, call 570-854-6141.

 

March 23

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 37th season of Theater In The Classroom returns with William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Teachers and administrators, it's time to sign up your school, library or community center for one of the traveling performances, beginning March 23rd. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

March 25, April 11

The 6th annual Believe In Hope 5K Run & Walk in memory of Carissa Barrett will be held Saturday, April 11 at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Registration opens at 8AM. The race starts at 10AM. Pre-registration before March 25 is $18 or just $5 without a t-shirt. Fee after March 25 is $20 or $8 without a shirt. Proceeds benefit St Jude's Children's Hospital. For more information, call 570-764-5778.

 

April 18

The Danville Child Development Center's annual Celebrity Waiter dinner is coming up Saturday, April 18, at the historic Danville Borough Ballroom on Mill Street. Step back to the Roaring Twenties with flappers, casino games, and live music. Cost is $60 each or $100 per couple. Cocktails start at 5PM with dinner at 5:45. For more information, call 570-275-4047.

 

TFN

Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintenance to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM till 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

TFN

The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM – Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

TFN
The free Wheelchair Engineers program at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn will be open from Noon - 4 PM every Saturday at the Sears end of the mall. The handicapped-accessible model train layouts are open to everyone. See a classic American Flyer and the Dillon Floral limited-edition train with its puffing MTH steam engine and MTH controls. Everyone is welcome.

 


 

** Operation Storm Watch **

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area effective through 1PM this afternoon. The storm could bring as much as 5-8 inches of snow by the time it is done late this morning, possibly mixed with rain and icy conditions.

 

* Briar Creek Township has put a parking ban in effect for the Avenue section of the township. The ban expires at 3PM this afternoon.

 

What's Happening?

 

Come to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds for the annual Early Bird Sports Expo this weekend. There's boats, RV's & ATV's, hunting and fishing equipment, outfitters, taxidermists, artists and much more. The expo runs through Sunday at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library's winter Book Sale runs now through Monday, during regular hours. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International will meet this morning at the Spirit Life Church, 1338 Old Berwick Road in Bloomsburg. The guest speaker will be Peggy Jones. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome. The meeting starts at 10AM.

 

The Montour-DeLong fair association is holding another of their all-you-can-eat haddock fish dinners this evening from 3-7PM. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. Take-out is available. Any active-duty military personnel who come in uniform will get their dinner for free. The fairgrounds are on Broadway Road, West of Danville.

 

The Peace and Social Justice Committee of Saint Joseph Church is sponsoring a Vera Bradley and Longaberger Valentines Bingo night, tonight at the Washies fire hall. 20 games plus door prizes and raffles are just $20. Doors open at 5PM. Games start at 6:30. There will be refreshments and dinner available as well. The fire hall is on Railroad Street in Danville. For more information call 570-275-2191.

 

Shiloh Bible Church will be hosting a night of Gospel music tonight starting at 7PM. Shiloh Bible is at 123 Church Street in Almedia, just off Old Berwick Road.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents Yazmina Reza's "Art" running now through February 1 at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Laugh out loud as three fully-grown adults fight like children over a modern art painting. For tickets and showtimes visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The Berwick Assembly of the Knights of Columbus are inviting their fellow area members to their annual Winter Dinner this Sunday at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. All members and their guests are welcome. Dinner starts at 1PM. To make your reservation, call 570-441-2662.

 

 

WHLM Sports:

 

High School Hoops

In boys high school basketball Friday night, Bloomsburg and Central Columbia renewed their neighborhood rivalry. Central Columbia won over Bloomsburg 43-35. 
 
BU Huskies Basketball
Saturday afternoon in Huskies College Basketball, the Men's and Women's teams were on the road at Lock Haven. The Women won over Lock Haven 59-53 and the Men lost 94-82. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskie Postgame Report.
 
 

 

Upcoming events:

 

Jan 26 thru Summer

Toddler Time is back at the Bloomsburg Public Library, starting Monday, January 26 at 9:15AM. The weekly 20-minute program of stories, songs, puppets, and more is perfect for kids ages 18 months to three years and their parents or guardian. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Thru Jan 27

St Joseph Church in Berwick is taking your orders for Super Sunday take-out, including soups, sandwiches, barbecue and more. Food can be picked up Saturday, January 31 from 3 - 6PM and Sunday, February 1 from 9AM - Noon. Orders must be in by Tuesday, January 27. The church is on Monroe Street in Berwick. For more information, call 570-759-8027.

 

Jan 29 - April 23

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, consider attending the Grief Share weekly grief support group program at Bloomsburg Christian Church. The 13-week program starts Thursday, January 29 at 7PM. Registration is required. The $15 registration fee covers the cost of the workbook and materials. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-784-3740.

 

Jan 31

Benton United Methodist Church is holding a Ham Supper on Saturday, January 31 from 4 - 7PM. Dinner is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for kids 6-11, and free for kids 5 and under. Take out is available. The church is on Main Street in Benton.

 

Jan 31

Come listen to Hang Drum musician Jerry Decker at The Art of Floating on Old Berwick Road during their benefit floating event, Saturday January 31 from 7-9 PM. All donations gathered during the evening will benefit the Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic.

 

Feb 2 - April 8

Sign up your curious kid today for one or both of the upcoming after-school activity courses for ages 6-12 at the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. Mondays, starting February 2, there's Faces 101, which will explore drawing, painting, and sculpting faces of all kinds. Wednesdays, starting February 4, Science Club presents Pirates of Bloomsburg, with a look at navigation, meteorology, ocean science and nutrition on the High Seas. Both 10-week courses cost $100 or just $90 for museum members. For more information, call the museum at 570-389-9206.

 

Feb 5 (Feb 3) - April 2

The Columbia/Montour Women's Center will host volunteer training classes Thursday evenings from 6-9PM beginning February 5. The 60-hour training class will prepare you to work directly with the Women's Center staff and clients. Registration is open until Tuesday, February 3. For more information call 570-784-6632.

 

Feb 6

The Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series continues with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, Friday February 6 at 8PM in the Haas Center for the Arts. Led by Conductor and Artistic Director Enrique Batiz, the orchestra is internationally renowned for their emotional interpretations of works from both the Old and New World. Tickets are $30 for adults or just $15 for children and BU students. For more information, check out the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Feb 6-8

The Destination Blues winter music festival marks its second year the weekend of February 6, 7, & 8. Friday night starts with 11 different venues to visit from Berwick to Danville. Saturday has events all day with the main stage at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Sunday afternoon wraps things up with a Gospel Blues concert at Wesley United Methodist on Market Street. For details and ticket information visit DestinationBlues.org

 

Feb 7

Monica's Heart greyhound adoption group will be holding two simultaneous events on Saturday February 7. From 11AM - 2PM stop by Tractor Supply Company on Route 11 East of Bloomsburg or at PetCo in the Wal-Mart complex in Buckhorn. Learn more about greyhounds, meet some of the dogs, and maybe even adopt. For more information, call 570-644-2358.

 

Feb 7

St Joseph Church in Danville is holding a Countdown Raffle and Wild West Dinner Dance on Saturday February 7 at Frosty Valley Country Club in Danville. It's a night of raffle, drawings, 5 card draw and Blackjack. Tickets are $50 each and includes a chance at the $1,000 Grand Prize. Events start at 6PM. Proceeds benefit St Joseph School in Danville. For more information, stop by the church office or call 570-275-2435.

 

Feb 7

It's a Lincoln Extravaganza on Saturday, February 7 at the Children's Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. From 11AM - 1PM, learn about the power of the penny with penny games and crafts, and learn about the star of the penny, Abraham Lincoln. The Museum is on 7th Street, next to the Bloomsburg YMCA.

 

Feb 8 - March 8

Learn how to improve your singing voice and be a star on the stage at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's Super Singing Sundays, starting February 8 at the BTE Mitrani production building. The five-week course for all ages 8 & up will cover both basic and advanced vocal techniques, wrapping up with a live performance on March 8. No experience is necessary. Course fee is $55 per student. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Feb 13 -15

The Berwick Archery Club will hold their 10th annual Money Shoot the weekend of February 13th through the 15th. Qualifying shots will be held Friday and Saturday, with the final shoot-offs on Sunday. For more information find the Berwick Archery Club on Facebook or call 570-336-8885.

 

Feb 14 & 15

The annual Kiwanis Winterfest is coming up Presidents' Day Weekend, February 14 & 15 at Camp Brule, off route 154, North of Forksville. Take the Polar Bear Plunge or join the ice fishing tournament on Saturday, and race in the primitive biathalon and snowmobile challenges on Sunday. There's ice carving, sled dogs, hot food and much more. Gates open at 7AM both days. For more information, check out SCKiwanis.com or call 570-924-4224.

 

Thru Feb 14

Stop by the Moose Exchange Antler in downtown Bloomsburg and check out their latest exhibition featuring longtime local artist Ken Conner, running through February 14.

 

Feb 21

Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series continues with Tango Buenos Aires, Saturday February 21 at 8PM in the Haas Center for the Arts. Direct form Argentina, the dance and music troupe will present Song of Eva Perón, a journey through the life of Argentina's most beloved heroine. Tickets are $30 for adults or just $15 for children and BU students. For more information, check out the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Feb 22

St Joseph Church in Berwick is holding a pasta dinner on Sunday, February 22 from 11:30AM - 2PM. There will be penne pasta, meatballs, salad, dessert and more. Eat in or Take out. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 & under. The church is at 721 Monroe Street in Berwick.

 

Thru Feb 22

The North Mountain Art League presents their winter show at Artspace Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg. The show features works by League members in many different mediums. The show runs through February 22.

 

Feb 28

The Bloomsburg YMCA's Bugle Boy Bash is coming up Saturday, February 28 at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. From 6-10 PM enjoy a night of dining, dancing, and celebration featuring live music by the Statesmen Duo. Tickets can be purchased at the Bloomsburg YMCA on 7th Street for $50 each. Get your tickets before February 14 and be entered to win two more tickets for free. Military uniforms, period clothing or red white and blue attire is encouraged.

 

Feb 28

It's the sixth annual Dance Your Heart Out for BTE, Saturday February 28, at Frosty Valley Country Club in Danville. Starting at 7PM, dance to live music by the Bedbugs, and put in your bid on the silent auction. Tickets are $55 dollars each and include food and drink. All proceeds benefit the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

March 14

Come to the Children's Museum in Bloomsburg for Tales And Tunes From The Frontier, Saturday, March 14 from 10AM - 2PM. Learn how to make music from household items with Randy & Josey Brendle. Build your own instrument, and enjoy music and stories from frontier life. The museum is on 7th Street next to the Bloomsburg YMCA.

 

Thru March 15

AGAPE's Project Frozen is in effect now through mid-March. The AGAPE Care Center on 7th Street in Bloomsburg will be open from 7PM - 7AM every night for anyone who needs a warm place to stay. Guests must be drug and alcohol free. Volunteers are needed for the overnight shifts. For more information, call 570-854-6141.

 

March 23

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 37th season of Theater In The Classroom returns with William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Teachers and administrators, it's time to sign up your school, library or community center for one of the traveling performances, beginning March 23rd. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

March 25, April 11

The 6th annual Believe In Hope 5K Run & Walk in memory of Carissa Barrett will be held Saturday, April 11 at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Registration opens at 8AM. The race starts at 10AM. Pre-registration before March 25 is $18 or just $5 without a t-shirt. Fee after March 25 is $20 or $8 without a shirt. Proceeds benefit St Jude's Children's Hospital. For more information, call 570-764-5778.

 

April 18

The Danville Child Development Center's annual Celebrity Waiter dinner is coming up Saturday, April 18, at the historic Danville Borough Ballroom on Mill Street. Step back to the Roaring Twenties with flappers, casino games, and live music. Cost is $60 each or $100 per couple. Cocktails start at 5PM with dinner at 5:45. For more information, call 570-275-4047.

 

TFN

Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintenance to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM till 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

TFN

The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM – Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

TFN
The free Wheelchair Engineers program at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn will be open from Noon - 4 PM every Saturday at the Sears end of the mall. The handicapped-accessible model train layouts are open to everyone. See a classic American Flyer and the Dillon Floral limited-edition train with its puffing MTH steam engine and MTH controls. Everyone is welcome.

 


 

** Operation Storm Watch **

 

Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA

 

.A FAST MOVING STORM SYSTEM WILL TRACK UP THE EAST COAST...

BRINGING AN 8 TO 12 HOUR PERIOD OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW TO THE

AREA TONIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY.

 

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 1 PM

EST SATURDAY...

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER

STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS

EVENING TO 1 PM EST SATURDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO

LONGER IN EFFECT.

 

* LOCATIONS... THE SOUTH-CENTRAL MOUNTAINS...PORTIONS OF THE MIDDLE

AND LOWER SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY...AND WESTERN POCONO MOUNTAINS.

 

* HAZARD TYPES... SNOW.

 

* ACCUMULATIONS... 5 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW.

 

* TIMING... SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE REGION THIS EVENING. THE SNOW

WILL FALL HEAVY AT TIMES EARLY SATURDAY BEFORE TAPERING OFF LATE

SATURDAY MORNING. THE SNOW COULD POTENTIALLY MIX WITH LIGHT RAIN

OR FREEZING RAIN SATURDAY MORNING FROM AROUND THE HARRISBURG

AND LEBANON AREA...SOUTH AND EASTWARD.

 

* IMPACTS... ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY TONIGHT

INTO EARLY SATURDAY.

 

* WINDS... EAST 5 TO 10 MPH.

 

* TEMPERATURES... IN THE UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S.

 

 

Closings and Cancellations:

 

* Briar Creek Township has put a parking ban in effect for the Avenue section of the township effective at Midnight tonight. The ban expires at 3PM Saturday afternoon.

 

 

Columbia County Prison

Following a fire last week which destroyed the Northumberland County Prison... folks here in Columbia County are reviewing contingency plans... just in case. That word from Columbia County Commissioner... David Kovach of Berwick who says they're going over every contingency. The prison at 721 Iron Street was first built in 1877.... to accommodate 50 inmates. Since that time... the place has grown to house 250 prisoners. The last addition was built in the mid – 1990's

 

Wolf Recalls Nominations

Governor Tom Wolf has recalled all of the pending executive nominations made by former Governor Tom Corbett. Mr. Corbett made several nominations for executive positions in his final days in office... but there's a new Governor in town...and Tom Wolf has thrown out all of those nominations... and removed Eric Arneson as executive director of the Office of Open Records. Wolf named Nathan Byerly the acting director of the office and says he will conduct a national search to fill the position. In the meantime...he says Byerly knows the office inside and out. As reason for this move...Wolf says his top priority is to restore public trust in government....and Corbett's appointments were anything but open and transparent. Wolf says he will work with both parties to fill the outstanding slots.
 

Destination Blues

Checking out area waterholes by bus. It's part of this years Destination Blues event. Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated's Adrienne Mael says the three day event begins Friday, February 6th and through the 8th involving 11 area bars and restaurants. For information about ticket prices.... and featured restaurants and bars.... contact Adrienne Mael at the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

North Center Fire Investigation

The investigation continues into pin-pointing the cause of a fire which extensively damaged a North Centre Township home Thursday morning. Authorities say Frank Haubert... his wife and two kids got out of the burning Mountain Road structure safely. It's believed the fire started in the garage. Thursday's cold weather made it tough for firefighters to get to the scene due to slippery roads. They remained on scene until shortly before 11 O'clock Thursday morning.

 

State of Union React

There is mixed reaction to President's Obama's State of the Union address earlier this week. Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton says he doubts the President really wants to work with congress.

In addition... according to Mr. Barletta... the nation's voters rejected the policies and procedures of Mr. Obama during last November's general election.

 

Big Drug Bust

Law enforcement officials in Pennsylvania have made 22 arrests in connection with a major prescription drug operation. The drug of choice was the powerful pain killer Oxycodone, according to state Attorney General Kathleen Kane. The operation was based in Philadelphia, but officials say its distribution network stretched into 44 of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania. Investigators say the members obtained more than 59-thousand pills using forged prescriptions, and made a 1.7-million-dollar profit from the operation.

 

Luzerne Co. Stabbing

Police in Plains Township... near Wilkes – Barre in Luzerne County are looking for two people wanted in a stabbing. The incident took place early Thursday morning... with the victim finding a convenience store on South Main Street in Wilkes – Barre looking for help. Cops have yet to say where exactly the attack took place.

 

Medical Society Objections

The Pennsylvania Medical Society is voicing concern about the reappearance of bills from the last legislative session. The Society says it is concerned about the re-introduction of bills that would tax healthcare services... and will oppose them if they get put back on the table. Last session... both the House and the Senate wrote bills that would have allowed school districts to lower property taxes... and create sales taxes for other services...which could have included everything from doctors visits to nursing homes. The House bill passed into the Senate last session....but neither became law.
 

Non - Profits

Legislation involving non-profit charities in Pennsylvania is now before the state Senate. The bill approved by the Senate Finance Committee would give the General Assembly the exclusive role of defining a not for profit public charity. The measure would amend the state Constitution and was also passed in the last legislative session. If it's approved by the Senate and the House this session and then signed by the Governor it would then go to the voters, and could appear as early as the May Primary election.

Executive Orders

Governor Wolf has signed two executive orders only day after his inauguration. One would ban gift taking by executive Branch employees. The other deals with the hiring of outside lawyers... and the move should curtail the state's use of them. Former Governor Tom Corbett used outside counsel to defend gay marriage, lottery privatization and the lawsuit against the NCAA.

 

 

WHLM Sports

HS Basketball

Friday night in High School Boys Basketball, Bloomsburg was at Central Columbia and lost to Central Columbia 43-35. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Report.

 

 

Boys Basketball

In boys basketball Thursday night... Loyalsock defeated Southern Columbia 85 to 50...

 

Girls Basketball

In girls basketball Thursday night... Berwick downed Wyoming Valley west 56 to 45.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams will play at Lock Haven Saturday afternoon starting with the women's game at 2 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 1:40.

 

College Hoops

In top 20 men's basketball Thursday night... Arizona defeated Stanford 89 – 82... and Notre Dame downed Virginia Tech 85 to 60.

 



 

 

 

Mountain Road Fire

Authorities want to know what started a blaze which destroyed a multi – story home on Mountain Road in North Center Township Thursday morning. Dispatchers first toned out Orangeville... Lightstreet and Lime Ridge firemen at 5 O'clock... and those first on the scene described the home as fully involved. Firemen had difficulty getting to the scene due to slippery roads. Other tankers were called in. No one was injured in this morning's blaze in North Center Township.

 

Northumberland Co. Jail

It appears Northumberland County is in line to settle on last weeks fire at the county jail. Published reports says the 140 – year old building is insured for a maximum of $31 – million... but it's not expected to get the full amount due to depreciation. That issue is still to be worked out. Meantime... Commission Chairman Vinny Clausi has been appointed to handle the day to day operations at the facility until the issue is resolved. A fire a week ago destroyed the building... forcing county officials to send 208 inmates to Muncy and Coal Township correctional institutes.

 

Snyder Fatal

A southeast Pennsylvania man involved in an accident in Snyder County last week... has died. Police telling us 44 – year old Kirk Olavage of Levittown died after his car crashed into a home near Selinsgrove... knocking it off it's foundation. It left a gaping hole in the home... and leaving it unlivable.

 

California Basketball

A western Pennsylvania university student and basketball player likely inhaled chewing gum into her lungs while asleep before being found dead in her dormitory over the weekend. The Washington County coroner's office said 21-year-old Shanice Clark of Toronto was found unresponsive at about 3 O'clock Sunday at California University of Pennsylvania. California borough police say a preliminary report from medical personnel indicated that the death appeared to be accidental.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Millersville Thursday night at Nelson Field House. WHLM's Jim Doyle reports the Bloomsburg Men defeated Millersville 84 to 66. Earlier... the woman defeated Millersville 69 – 47. Both Bloomsburg University basketball teams will be back in action Saturday afternoon at Lock Haven. That doubleheader starts with the women's game at 2 o'clock.

 

Bloomsburg Vs. Central

The Bloomsburg at Central Columbia boys basketball game scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed until Friday night. You can hear that game on the WHLM Stations beginning with the pregame show at 7:15.

 

Investigation

Officials from District 2 are investigating the Holy Redeemer girls basketball team to determine if that team and their coach may have violated the PIAA's code of sportsmanship and ethics in a recent game.

In that game, Holy Redeemer defeated Freeland M.M.I. 125 to 13...

 

NBA

In the National Basketball Association Wednesday night... the New York Knicks down the Philadelphia 76er's 98 – 91.

 


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