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On – Line Voter Registration

The state is making it easier to register to vote or to change your information. Now... you can simply go on – line and do all that. Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says the entire process is keyed off the information on your PA driver's license. Mr. Repasky says all the information is returned to the Registrar's office for their file. The last day to register or change information for the November election... either on line.... or in person... is October 5th.

 

The Blame Game

More than half of Pennsylvania voters are blaming the legislature for the late state budget, according to a recent poll. 54 % of voters in the latest Franklin and Marshall College Poll hold the legislature responsible for holding up the state budget while only 29% point to Governor Tom Wolf. Poll Director Dr. Terry Madonna says, historically, governors have taken more heat for a late budget... but there's been no noticeable hardship as of yet... and Governor Wolf's agenda is popular.. so it's easy to believe the late budget is the legislature's fault. That could change as the impasse drags on.

 

Barletta / Flood Wall

Since spring... contractors have been working on a new $30 – million dollar flood wall on the west end of Bloomsburg. And late last week... 11th district congressman Lou Barletta got a first hand look at the construction. Mr. Barletta telling us... the flood wall will protect Autoneum... an important industry which makes Bloomsburg's economy work. That importance is saving the estimated 700 jobs provided by Autoneum on Fifth Street... as well as the jobs of the next industry which will occupy the former Windsor Foods plant on 11th Street.

 

Food Security

Officials with the Department of Agriculture visited a Southwest Pennsylvania county recently to draw attention to the issue of food insecurity in the commonwealth. One point 8 million people in Pennsylvania are food insecure... that's about one out of every 7 people at risk of hunger. But the community organizations that play a big part in getting food to the needy are voicing concerns about the late state budget. Officials with the Agriculture Department say state assistance is fundamental to the success of the state's charitable food system.

 

I - 80 Work

There will be more work preformed on the Interstate 80... Mifflinville River Bridge project. Beginning Monday... and lasting through Thursday... the westbound lane right shoulder of I-80 from mile marker 242 to 241 will be closed. The contractor will spend those days running through a list of items that need to be tied up. A PennDOT spokesman says no travel lanes will be closed... but some backup's are possible. The work starts each morning at six.... and runs through 6 O'clock in the evening.

 

Pa Turnpike
The Pennsylvania Turnpike has reached a major milestone for motorists who use the service plazas. The re-opening of the Valley Forge Service Plaza near Philadelphia marked the end of a process lasting close a decade, which saw all 17 Turnpike rest stops completely rebuilt. The $170 million project is the result of a public-private partnership between the Turnpike Commission, Philadelphia - based Sunoco, and HMS Host Corporation of Bethesda, Maryland.

 

Drug Arrest

A Hazleton man is in trouble with the law. West Hazleton police say they stopped Franklin Anziani... finding narcotics and drug paraphernalia inside his car. He was also driving without a license. Anziani is in a Luzerne County lockup... awaiting further court action.

 

Turkey Hill

An early Sunday morning robbery in Hazleton. Police say a man wearing a ski mask strolled into the Alter Street Turkey Hill early Sunday morning asking the clerk for cash. He got what he wanted... then fled. Police didn't say if the robber had a weapon.

 



 

The 26th annual Hazleton Street Machine and Muscle Car Show-N-Go is happening today. Registration and judging will be open from 8 - 10:30 AM at the Laurel Mall in Hazleton. The show rolls out at Noon and ends at Quaker Steak and Lube in Buckhorn. For more information call 570-401-8949.

 

Come to the front steps of Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg this evening for Sundae Sunday from 6 - 8 PM. There's free ice cream and entertainment for all ages. The church is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The Animal Resource Center's annual indoor yard sale wraps up today in Liberty Hall on the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. Stop by from 10AM - 4PM to find antiques, collectibles, and more. Donations are no longer being accepted. For more information call 570-275-2313.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

The Phils will host the San Diego Padres this weekend. This afternoon's game gets under way at 1:35. You can hear coverage on the WHLM starting with the pregame show at 1 o'clock.

 



 

AGAPE's 6th annual Palooza is happening today from 10AM - 4PM at the Bloomsburg Town Park.  There will be food, family-friendly live music, pony ride, face painting and more. For more information visit AGAPE under our Community Organizations list at the top of the page.

 

The first annual Kirk Williams memorial Motorcycle ride will roll out this afternoon. Registration will be open from 10:30 - 11:30 AM at Quaker Steak & Lube in Buckhorn. Cost is $15 per person. Breakfast will be available before the run for just $7. The ride moves at Noon. There will be dice hands, 50/50s, auctions and more, including dinner and drinks afterward at the Fort Ricketts VFW. The ride is open to all vehicles. Proceeds benefit the Kirk Williams Memorial Fund. For more information call 570-854-0488.

 

The Columbia Valley Moose Lodge will hold another 21-and-over singles dance tonight from 8-11 PM featuring live music by Lucky Afternoon. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Couples are also welcome. Cover charge is just $8. The Moose Lodge is located behind Sheetz on Route 11 between Berwick and Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-441-3534.

 

Come see the latest exhibit at the Exchange's Antler Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg. "Stairwell Gallery Crew Collects" features works of art from the personal collections of Stairwell Gallery committee members. The show runs through Friday September 25 at the gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Come to Artspace Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg to check out Bazaar, a show by member artists inspired by the marketplaces of the world. A reception will be held tonight at 6PM in conjunction with the Stairwell Gallery's new show. The show runs through Sunday October 4 at the Gallery on Center Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The 26th annual Hazleton Street Machine and Muscle Car Show-N-Go is happening Sunday. Registration and judging will be open from 8 - 10:30 AM at the Laurel Mall in Hazleton. The show rolls out at Noon and ends at Quaker Steak and Lube in Buckhorn. For more information call 570-401-8949.

 

Come to the front steps of Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg Sunday evening for Sundae Sunday from 6 - 8 PM. There's free ice cream and entertainment for all ages. The church is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The Animal Resource Center's annual indoor yard sale wraps up this weekend in Liberty Hall on the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. Stop by from 10AM - 4PM to find antiques, collectibles, and more. Donations are no longer being accepted. The sale runs through Sunday. For more information call 570-275-2313.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

The Phils will host the San Diego Padres this weekend. Tonight's game gets under way at 7:05. You can hear coverage on the WHLM starting with the pregame show at 6:30.

 


 

 

Millard / Budget

We're into our 7th week of the state not having a budget for the 2015 -16 fiscal year. If you recall... Governor Wolf refused to sign the proposed spending plan... and just this week... attempts to over ride nearly two – dozen items failed along party lines. Now... State Representative David Millard says it won't be too long until social programs and schools run out of money.

 

Kathleen Kane
Slightly less than half of Pennsylvania voters believe state attorney general Kathleen Kane should step down.. The school's Dr. Terry Madonna says the latest results of a poll show 46% of surveyed voters say Kane should be booted from office. Ms. Kane was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury for allegedly leaking leaking secret testimony to a reporter... then lying about it.

 

Tropical Storm Erica

Something to keep top of mind as we head into the weekend.... we continue to watch Tropical Storm Erica... now taking shape in the Caribbean. Meteorologist say a forecast track shows the storm brushing the east coast of Florida next week. From where it goes from there is anyone's guess. It could turn out into the Atlantic Ocean.... brush the entire east coast.... or come inland and track towards Pennsylvania.

Whatever the case... you may want to take some precautions for personal safety... just in case Erica wants to visit PA over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

 

Lou Barletta / Iran Deal

Congressman Lou Barletta says he'll be one person to say “no” against the Iranian nuclear deal when it comes up for a vote. Appearing at a gathering hosted by the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce on Thursday... the three term Republican congressman says the deal negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry over the past couple of months does not favor the US.. since it's inspectors won't be allowed to check to see if Iran is in compliance. Congress is on break this week... and Mr. Barletta is spending the time touring the 11 congressional district.

 

Online Registration
Pennsylvanians can now register to vote online. Officials with the Wolf Administration say the launch of online registration in the commonwealth will save the state and the counties money... while making it more convenient for Pennsylvanians to register.... and hopefully encourage them to turn-out to vote. They say theses two factors will contribute to a "government that works." Eligible voters with a PennDOT issued I-D card can go to www.register.votesPA.com.

 

Paving Project

If you're headed north out of Millville... planing to go to Lycoming County... you might run into a traffic bottleneck. PennDOT says that starting today... crews will begin a resurfacing project on Route 442. The project runs from the Village of Iola... in Greenwood Township... north to the Lycoming County line. The work begins at the start of the morning commute each day. The paving job is expected to be finished in two weeks.

 

Climate Change

A new report shows the effects of climate change on air and water quality in Pennsylvania. The report was produced for the Department of Environmental Protection by scientists at Penn State. It predicts a temperature increase of 5-point-4 degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2050. Not only will the state be warmer, but also wetter, with more frequent and severe storms. The report also predicts a changing landscape in Pennsylvania, affecting the food grown here, the future of animal and plant life, as well as human health.

 

Hazleton Shooter

A Hazleton man is in the Luzerne County lockup. 25 – year old Jonathan Alvarez is accused of pulling a weapon... and opening fire Wednesday afternoon... wounding two people... sending them to the hospital. The incident happened near Cedar Street. Authorities say Alvarez is facing assault charges.

 

 

WHLM Sports

Col – Mont Vo-Tech

Last season the Columbia Montour Vo Tech football team was led by running back Chris Zanolini who become the school’s all time leading rusher. Zanolini has graduated, but Rams coach Mark Varner thinks his team will still have a strong running game. Columbia Montour Vo Tech has a scrimmage at Muncy Saturday. The Rams open the regular season next Saturday against North Penn/Mansfield.

 

PHL Phillies

In the major league Thursday night... the New York Mets swept the fourth game of a four game series with the Philadelphia Phillies 9 to 5. Friday night the Phils open a weekend series at home against the San Diego Padres starting at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:30.

 

Other Games

In other major league action Thursday... the Pittsburgh Pirates got by the Miami Marlins 2 to 1.

 

LLWS

In the Little League World Series Thursday night... Texas defeated California 9 to 7.

Texas faces Pennsylvania tomorrow in the U.S. Title game

 

 



 

Geisinger Raises

If you work for Danville – based Geisinger Health System... you could be in line for a pay raise. The biggest employer in the area will implement a $10.00 - an - hour minimum hire rate... and will increase shift differential... and on – call rates. An estimated 1,000 employees will see bigger pay check starting September 6th... anywhere from $500 to $4,000 annually... with workers seeing an average of an extra $1,400 a year boost in their overall salary. A health system spokesperson says the estimated annualized cost of the increases is estimated at $3.3 - million.

 

Bloomsburg Police

With the University now in session... Bloomsburg Police and how they operate changes somewhat. That word from Police Chief Roger Van Loan. For example... Chief Van Loan says officers will get an increase in calls for service as we head into the weekend starting Thursday night... and runs into Sunday morning. The hot spots... according to Chief Van Loan is north of 5th Street... between Country Club and West

 

Calling for Kane's Resignation
Slightly less than half of Pennsylvania voters think Kathleen Kane should step down, according to the latest Franklin and Marshall College Poll. Forty-six percent of surveyed voters think Kathleen Kane should resign from the Attorney General's office while she is facing criminal charges. 43 percent say she should continue to serve...and 11 percent don't know. Poll Director Dr. Terry Madonna says the issues facing Kane are complicated...and rather than try to understand them...voters seem content to let Kane's legal troubles work themselves out in the courts.

 

Heroin Crisis

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania has wrapped up its second round of public hearings in to the heroin crisis affecting the state. The final hearing took place just last week in the city of York after earlier gatherings in Latrobe and Scranton. The center has taken more than 30 hours of testimony from 90 presenters and more than 350 pages of testimony have been submitted, examining the growing epidemic which is affecting both urban and rural areas in the state. Findings from the most recent hearings will be presented to the legislature this fall.

 

Hot Pets

A state lawmaker is trying to protect animals from being left inside of a hot car. The temperature of a parked car left out in the sun can rise dramatically in just a short time...doing damage to pets left inside. Senator Rob Teplitz of Dauphin County is introducing a bill that would subject vehicle owners to a summary offense for leaving a pet in a hot car. It also removes liability from police officers who take a distressed animal from a vehicle for veterinary care.

 

Stuart Tank

Non – profit groups in the area usually need volunteers to keep their programs going. That's the case of the “Bring Stuie Home” committee... seeking to bring a Berwick – built tank back to Columbia County. Wednesday night a group known as “Friends of Stuie” held their organizational meeting... with Sue Younker leading the volunteers. The committee is looking for folks to be at community events...explaining the Stuie story. You can get involved by contacting Ms. Younker through her Facebook page.

 

PennDOT Web Site

PennDOT has unveiled a new web site to help keep motorists aware of new and ongoing highway construction. Projects.penndot.gov shows work underway or slated to begin this year, as well as those in the planning stages as part of the agency's 4 and 12-year plans. Officials say the transportation funding law known as Act 89 is helping them move forward with long-delayed projects in the state. Officials also welcome feedback about the new site, with motorists encouraged to contact their local PennDOT office.

 

Little League World Series

Pennsylvania's Little League entry is one step closer to glory in South Williamsport. The Red Land team beat a squad from Pearland, Texas 3-0 Wednesday night to advance to the U-S Championship game, which will be played on Saturday. PA pitcher Adam Cramer led the way with 13 strikeouts in 5 innings
If Pennsylvania wins on Saturday, they advance to take on the international title winner for the 2015 overall championship. Saturday's opponent will be determined tonight as Texas takes on a team from California...

 

Death Warrant Signed

A Lehigh Valley man... convicted of killing four people... has had his execution notice signed by the Secretary of the State Department of Corrections. Michael Ballard is set to be executed on October 19th. Ballard was found guilty five years ago in the stabbing death of his ex – girlfriend... her father... grandfather and a neighbor who all lived in Northampton. If you recall.. Governor Wolf issued a moratorium on the death penalty earlier this year... so it's up in the air if Ballard will ever see his date with death.

 

Carbon Co Fire

Officials call an early Wednesday morning fire in Carbon County suspicious. There’s not much left of a mobile home after it went up around 4 AM Wednesday. According to authorities, there was no power hooked up to the mobile home in East Side Borough, near White Haven. The fire marshal has been called in to investigate what caused the fire on Route 940.

 

Sullivan Fatal

A 76 – year old Sullivan County farmer died in a tractor accident on Tuesday. State Police in Laporte tell us that Robert Smith was trying to move a tree on his property. The machine flipped backwards... pinning Smith between the ground and the 1956 Ford Tractor.

 

Places to Live

A web site known as Roadsnacks – dot – net is out with it's list of the states 10 worst places to live. In our area... Nanticoke is number 2.... Wilkes-Barre checks in number 4... Shenandoah fifth, Hazleton seventh and Tamaqua ninth. The website considering unemployment... income... crime... school funding and home vacancies. Leading the list of the worst places to live in PA is New Castle... in Lawrence County... north of Pittsburgh.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

Bloomsburg University football is ranked 14th in the nation in the D2Football.com preseason poll. The only other PSAC team in the poll is West Chester. The Golden Rams are ranked 22nd.

 

Danville HS Football

In Jim Keiser’s first five seasons as Danville High School’s head football coach, the Ironmen won 48 games and lost only 14. Last season, Danville struggled to a 1 and 9 record. Keiser telling our Jim Doyle that the players will have to be physically and mentally tougher... and the younger kids are going to have to step up and fill positions. Danville kicks off the regular season next Friday at home against Bloomsburg.

 

LL World Series

In the Little League World Series in South Williamsport Wednesday night... Pennsylvania blanked Texas 3 to nothing.

 

PHL Phillies

In the major leagues...the red hot New York Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday night 9 to 4. The series in Philadelphia concludes Thursday night at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Wednesday night... The Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Miami Marlins 7 to 2... and it was the Houston Astro's over the New York Yankees 6 to 2.

 



 

Virginia TV Reporter & Photog Shot Dead

Tragedy in Southwest Virginia Wednesday morning. A reporter and photographer of WDBJ – TV in Roanoke, Virginia were gunned down during a live broadcast. A third person was injured in the shooting. Authorities say reporter.. 24 – year old Alison Parker and cameraman.. 27 – year old Adam Ward were both gunned down while doing a live shot on tourism in the Roanoke area. A third person, Vicki Gardner of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce was injured... and was rushed into surgery. Gardner was being interviewed by Parker when the shots rang out. The alleged gunman is identified as a former WDBJ – TV employee who later took his own life when confronted by police.

 

Doctor Charged

A prison doctor at the State Correctional Institute near Muncy is now charged with allegedly sexually assaulting an inmate. 63 – year old Donald Stone of Bloomsburg is accused of allegedly sexually assaulting a female inmate in her cell. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting that Stone admitted to authorities that he kissed the inmate... after she made the first move.... but said he never touched her inappropriately. Stone is charged with institutional sexual assault... indecent assault and harassment. Stone is now free without having to post $50,000 bail.

 

Flood Wall

Construction crews continue to hammer away at that estimated $30 – million dollar flood protection project separating Autoneum and the Bloomsburg Fair grounds. During a Bloomsburg Council meeting this week... SEDA – Cog's Bill Seigel telling WHLM News that the most visible part of the project is coming along nicely with the installation of hundreds of steel pilings. Those crews will work up to a week before fair time... vacate the project... and resume construction a few days after the event ends. When completed the flood wall is designed to protect Autoneum... and the former Windsor Food plant from flood waters... thus saving up to 700 jobs alone at Autoneum.

 

Budget

Governor Wolf's veto of the Republican - backed state will remain in place, despite an override attempt. The House voted 13 different times on a total of 20 line items, and each time the result was the same - supporters failed to achieve a 2/3rds majority and the Governor's veto was sustained. Republicans hold a 119 to 84 majority in the House, and at least 17 Democrats would have been needed for the override to be successful. Meanwhile, Governor Wolf is scheduled to meet for a second day with legislative leaders on the budget.
 

Budget / Schools

The continued lack of a state budget will soon begin to have an impact on public schools as students begin returning to class this week. State Education Secretary Pedro Rivera says schools across Pennsylvania are opening on time, but if the budget impasse stretches into September and October, they will begin to feel the effects. In order to make up for the lack of state funds, some districts will be headed to the bond market to issue tax anticipation notes, while others are dipping into their reserve accounts. No word on how long some districts can stay open while the impasse continues.

 

Ramierz Folo

The man shot in the shoulder by a Berwick Police officer earlier this month... remains in the Columbia County Prison on $250,000 bond. 21 – year old Edwin Ramos – Ramierz was shot in the shoulder by Regan Rafferty during a domestic dispute at a home in the 13 – hundred block of Spring Garden Avenue... as he was allegedly going after a second man with a knife. The jailing follows an arraignment this week in front of District Justice Craig Long in Catawissa.

 

Sanctuary Cities
A state lawmaker is introducing a bill that seeks to crack down on sanctuary cities. The Municipal SAFE Act from Senator Rich Alloway would open up municipalities to lawsuits for negligence and close them off to state law enforcement grants... if they violate federal immigration policy. Alloway says this is not an attempt to "round up" all illegal immigrants and send them back to where they came from.... but a public safety measure meant to get criminals off the streets.

 

School Buses

The Central Columbia and Danville Area School districts open their doors Thursday for the 2015 – 16 school year. That means the return of yellow school buses to the roads. The Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians is offering the familiar reminder to motorists to watch out for the yellow buses, and maybe even to brush up on the laws regarding when and where you should stop. As for students, the organization advises to help guard against the risk of injury by taking the simple step of paying greater attention to your surroundings when headed to and from bus stops.

 

AGAPE

With Saturday's predicted nice weather with temperatures in the 80's add up to a combination of thousands of people heading to Bloomsburg Town Park on Saturday. It's the sixth annual AGAPE Palooza... an event featuring non – profit groups... vendors of all types and food... so says AGAPE's Eileen Chapman. Appearing on the Tuesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Ms. Chapman says AGAPE Palooza is a time to say “thanks” to area residents for all they do for the faith – based organization.

 

Nanticoke Finances

The financially struggling city of Nanticoke in neighboring Luzerne County has reached a major milestone on the road to economic recovery. Dennis Davin, Secretary, PA Dept, of Community and Economic Development says this marks a significant benchmark for the city. Nanticoke is now the first city and 10th municipality in Pennsylvania to emerge from financially distressed status, under the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act.

 

Cash 5 Winner

Someone purchased a Cash 5 ticket from a store in Hazleton... and it turned out to be a winner. The folks who run the state lottery says the Sunday cash five drawing correctly matched all five numbers on a ticket sold at the Cigar Box at the Laurel Mall. It's worth an estimated $225,000... minus 25 percent federal withholding tax. No one has come forward yet to claim their prize... but they have a year to do so.

 

Geisinger CEO

Geisinger Health System President and CEO David Feinberg, has been named one of the most influential leaders in health care. The honor is published in Modern Health Car magazine. This is the first time Dr. Feinberg has made the annual list of policy leaders, hospital leaders and insurance executives.

 

 



 

CDBG Money

Despite some objections from a taxpayer... the Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night voted to apply for $167,000 in Community Development Block Grant money. It's cash handed out each year by the federal government... through the state... to improve the quality of life in not only in the town, but across PA. During a public hearing... SEDA – COG's Tyler Dombrowski said the money would be earmarked for Phase Two construction of fields and parking areas... as well as drainage at Streater Park along Ft. McClure Boulevard. The vote to apply for the money was unanimous... with SEDA – COG to help the town fill out the paperwork needed to apply.

 

Justin Wilson Update

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has passed away from injuries received during Sunday's ABC 500 at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond... in near – by Monroe County. A video taped replay of the accident shows the 37 – year old Wilson suffered massive head injuries when a piece of debris from Sage Karem's crashed car stuck Wilson's vehicle. He was air lifted to the trauma unit at the Lehigh Valley Medical Center where he died Monday afternoon. Wilson is survived by his wife and two daughters.

 

Kathleen Kane

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is headed to trial on charges she leaked protected material to a newspaper and lied about it under oath. Kane was held for trial on all charges following a preliminary hearing Monday in Montgomery County. She faces up to seven years in prison on the most serious charge, perjury. Ms. Kane is also charged with official oppression, false swearing, and obstruction.

 

Education Contracts

A Republican state lawmaker wants to take a closer look at the Department of Education's contracts... to make sure as much money as possible is making it into the classroom. Citing a history of occasionally inappropriate contracts to Intermediate Units... Senator Mike Folmer is proposing to assess and rank education department contractors similarly to the state's international trade contractors. Included in that... the Department would be required to rebid contracts and agreements with I-Us that fail to meet 80% of established goals after three years.

 

Cash 5

Someone purchased a Cash 5 ticket from a store in Hazleton... and it turned out to be a winner. The folks who run the state lottery says the Sunday cash five drawing correctly matched all five numbers on a ticket sold at the Cigar Box at the Laurel Mall. It's worth an estimated $225,000... minus 25% federal withholding tax. No one has come forward yet to claim their prize... but they have a year to do so.

 

Bring Stuie Home

There will be an inaugural meeting Wednesday night... all in an effort to get some volunteer help for the “Bring Stuie Home” committee.... the group trying to obtain a Berwick – built Stuart tank. Now, the 11 members need help through the newly = formed “Friends of Stuie” committee... so says chairman David Kovach. He says the committee needs help at various events around the area... and there are days when they are stretched too thin. Mr. Kovach says the meeting takes place Wednesday night at 7 O'clock at the Reliance Fire Hall on W. Third Street in Berwick.

 

Utility Scammers

Utility companies are warning consumers about a common scam. UGI Utilities which serves the Bloomsburg area... says it has gotten several reports in the last few weeks about people posing as utility workers to try and get in someone's home. Officials with the company say real utilities employees wear uniforms with their company's logo and usually drive an official vehicle. They also operate within normal business hours unless there is some kind of emergency.

 

Nanticoke in the Clear

A struggling city in neighboring Luzerne County has reached a major milestone on the road to economic recovery. Nanticoke has become the first city and 10th municipality in Pennsylvania to emerge from financially distressed status, under the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act, better known as Act 47. It took more than 9 years to reach this point, and Dennis Davin, Secretary of the state Department of Community and Economic Development, says he knows was not easy. He says he hopes this can serve as an example for other distressed communities in the state.

 

Foster Children Needs

The Pennsylvania branch of a national organization that advocate for the needs of foster children has a new leader. Suzanne Flinn came home to Pennsylvania from Florida where she worked as a recruiter for CASA... or Court Appointed Special Advocates. Volunteers with the organization meet with children now in the court system because of neglect or abuse... and speak up for the child's best interest. Flinn says it's her goal to grow CASA in PA to cover courts in all 67 counties. Those interested in volunteering can learn more at pa-casa dot org.

 

Animal Resource Center

As the Animal Resource Center winds down it's annual yard sale at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds... there are plenty of cats, kittens and dogs which need to be adopted. Appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Executive Director Linda Bird says all the cats and kittens … as well as dogs... have their up to date shots. Want more information on what the Animal Resource Center has to offer... just go to the community organizations page on our website... www.WHLM.com

 

Geisinger CEO

Geisinger Health System President and CEO David Feinberg, has been named to the most influential leaders in health care list by Modern Healthcare magazine. This is the first time Dr. Feinberg has made the annual list, which includes a range of policy leaders, hospital leaders and insurance executives, most notably President Obama, Supreme Court Justice John Robert and CEOs of the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic and Kaiser Permanente.

 

WHLM Sports

Bloomsburg HS Football

When the Bloomsburg High School football team opens the season Friday night, September 4th at Danville, that game will mark the debut of Tony Russo as the Panthers head coach. Meantime, this Friday, Bloomsburg will scrimmage Mahanoy Area at Panther Stadium.

 

PHL Phillies

In the first of a four game series in Philadelphia Monday night... the New York Mets clobbered the Phillies 16 to 7. The Phils and Mets meet again Tuesday night at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:30.

 

Other games

In other MLB games last night... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Miami Marlins 5 to 2... and the New York Yankees blanked the Houston Astros 1 to nothing.

 

NFL

In NFL preseason action last night the Tampa Bay Buccaneers out-lasted the Cincinnati Bengals 25 to 11.



 

 

Justin Wilson Update

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has passed away from injuries received during Sunday's ABC 500 at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond. A video taped replay of the accident shows the 37 – year old Wilson suffered massive head injuries when a piece of debris from Sage Karem's crashed car stuck Wilson's vehicle. He was air lifted to the trauma unit at the Lehigh Valley Medical Center where he died this afternoon. Wilson is survived by his wife and two daughters.

 

Central High School

After serving the region the past 53 – years.... the wraps were taken off a completely re-modeled Central Columbia High School... just in time for the start of the new school year. Contractors spent the 2014 – 15 school year dismantling the 1963 – era school... updating everything and making a lot of changes to the building's interior. Hundreds of students... their parents and the public toured the new facility Sunday afternoon... giving Superintendent Harry Mathias and the Central School Board a lot of praise for the state – of – the art facility.

 

Budget / Schools

As students start to return for a new school year, districts are having to contend with lack of a state budget. The impasse is about to enter its third month with no end in sight. Districts, some of which have already begun the new term are taking such steps as, borrowing funds, dipping into reserves and postponing payments to some of their vendors. Governor Wolf has proposed that any final budget agreement include funds to repay school districts for interest accrued on loans taken out as a result of the late budget.

 

 

911 Project

It may looking like nothing than twisted metal.... but the twisted steel making the rounds in the Berwick area is part of the World Trade Center that once stood in New York City... taken down by terrorists flying hijacked airplanes into the buildings on September 11, 2001. For 14 – year old Colin Hill... it's his way to become an Eagle Scout. Colin received the pieces of the South Tower through the 9/11 Artifact program... and will eventually turn the 350 pounds of metal into a monument to first responders who died while on the job that day.

 

PSP Nominee
Governor Tom Wolf is pushing his latest pick to lead the Pennsylvania State Police. Governor Wolf struck out on his first nominee, as Marcus Brown was rejected by the state Senate. Brown is now heading the state Homeland Security Department. The governor's second try is a 30-year State Police veteran, Major Tyree Blocker and the governor is highlighting Blocker's academy experience after Brown was criticized for wearing the State Police uniform despite coming up through the ranks in Maryland. Blocker still need Senate confirmation but likely faces a much easier road than his predecessor...

 

Millville Project

A highway improvement project gets underway Monday in the Millville area. PennDOT tells us that the project begins along Route 254 in Millville... and extends to Lake Road. The work will include drainage improvements... base repairs to the road... covered with a fresh coat of asphalt. You can still get through the area... says an agency spokesman... but it will be a slow go... with flagging personnel at each end of the $532,000 project.

 

Wolf / Kane
Kathleen Kane remains deaf to calls for her resignation amid mounting legal problems. Ms Kane is charged with perjury, obstruction and other serious charged connected to alleged leaks of secret grand jury information. There have been numerous calls for her to resign or temporarily step down, but she remains in office. Governor Tom Wolf is one of the voices calling for resignation, saying he doesn't see how Kane can do the job while defending herself against such charges. The governor says he's had very little contact with Kane since he took office and he's taking a wait-and-see approach to impeachment efforts being pushed in the state House by Butler County Republican Daryl Metcalfe...

 

Shots Fired in Hazleton

Gunshots ringing out in Hazleton overnight. Police say people in a van... traded shots with others in a car at the corner of West Spruce and Vine Sunday night. A couple of hours later... someone jumped out of an SUV on West Fifth Street... firing shots. Thus far... there have been no reports of people being hurt.

 

Farm Preservation

Another farm has been added to Pennsylvania's Farmland Preservation Program. One of the newest additions is a 54-acre farm in Tulpehocken Township, Berks County, owned by Lawrence and Donna Arnold. The couple received $135,000 in conservation easements in exchange for their participation. Since the program began in 1988, Pennsylvania has protected over 48-hundred farms totaling more than half-a million acres with nearly $1.29 billion-dollars in easements.
 


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