BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

LAST COMMERCIAL FLIGHT FROM WILLIAMSPORT REGIONAL AIRPORT … FOR NOW

As the last commercial flight is slated to leave the Williamsport Regional Airport this afternoon, Richard Howell, executive director says he remains “cautiously optimisitic” for a new carrier by spring. Howell went on to remind residents the airport is not closing with the ending of commercial flights. “We run 20,000 operations a year,” he said. According to a media outlet, the market here is healthy with businesses, colleges and factories that “call this airport home.”

LIVE LINE ELECTRICAL SAFETY EXHIBIT BY PPL

PPL Electric Utilities recently offered a Live Line Electrical Safety Exhibit used to teach first responders, contractors, businesses, school students and the public about the dangers of live wires and how to stay safe around them at Pennsylvania College of Technology on Sept. 15. Total attendance was more than 100 for the day with more than 20 first responders from Lycoming County, including local firefighters and paramedics. According to SUN Gazette,  PPL is slated to return  for the spring semester on Monday, April 18.

YOUTUBE BOOTING LOCAL VIDEOS

A Jersey Shore Area School Board meeting was initially among the videos booted when YouTube announced a sweeping crackdown of vaccine misinformation Wednesday. According to Jersey Shore Area School District Superintendent Brian Ulmer,  the district learned last week that its Sept. 13 board meeting was removed from YouTube, but it has since been reuploaded to the platform. According to SUN Gazette, the video-sharing platform said it will no longer allow users to baselessly speculate that approved vaccines, like the ones given to prevent the flu or measles, are dangerous or cause diseases.

LYCOMING COLLEGE RANKED ONE OF THE NATION’S BEST

Lycoming College was ranked once again as one of the nation’s best liberal arts colleges in a series of rankings released this fall by the Princeton Review, the Wall Street Journal and Washington Monthly. Lycoming ranked No. 124 in U.S. News & World Report National Liberal Arts Colleges list for 2022, and ranked No. 32 on the publication’s Top Performers on Social Mobility list. In addition to academic excellence, U.S. News cites Lycoming’s strengths in alumni giving, financial resources and faculty resources. Lycoming was recognized as one of the nation’s “Best 387 Colleges and Universities” in the 2022 edition of the annual college guide published by the Princeton Review. In this year’s Washington Monthly Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings, Lycoming College took the No. 77 spot, with a No. 30 ranking in social mobility. According to a media outlet, the Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education U.S. College Rankings, ranked Lycoming as being among the top 37 percent of nearly 800 colleges and universities in its database.

45TH SEASON FOR THE COMMUNITY THEATRE LEAGUE

The Community Theatre League as it celebrates its 45th season entertaining and educating Greater Williamsport. The league of thespians and educators was recently awarded a $47,800 grant awarded by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. According to a media source, the money will be used to update equipment and websites and to provide training to employees.

DOMESTIC BRINGS CHARGES FOR LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP MAN

Charges lodged against Loyalsock Township man Brandon Mull of Country Club Lane, faces several charges following a domestic disturbance with a woman at their home in which he said he was going to shoot her and himself, according to court records filed by state police at DJ Whiteman’s office. According to a media outlet, Mull has been charged with terroristic threats, false imprisonment, simple assault and harassment and although initially jailed, Mull is now free on $15,000 bail.

CHILD ENDANGERMENT IN WILLIAMSPORT

Detectives with the Lycoming County District Attorney’s office said a search of a person’s phone turned up multiple videos and images of a child being assaulted. Tyree Hakim Holly, 26, of Williamsport was in custody when authorities received a search warrant for his iPhone. Detective Loretta Clark said Holly’s phone possessed images of him with a juvenile engaged in several sexual acts. According to a media source, Holly was charged with multiple felonies is being held at the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $125,000 bail waiting a preliminary hearing Sept. 30.

COVID-19 LOCAL RESULTS

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Wednesday reported new COVID-19 cases statewide. In Clinton County 20 new cases were reported, Centre County saw an increase of 40, while Lycoming County increased by 77, 40 in Northumberland County, 19 in Snyder, 13 in Union and nine in Montour.

RETIREMENT FOR FORMER CHIEF LYCOMING COUNTY DETECTIVE

Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner announced the retirement of former Chief Lycoming County detective William Weber yesterday. In a press release, “Upon arrival to the office Tuesday, September 28, I was provided with a copy of the Attorney General’s Sealed Search Warrants in the Myrtle Beach/Williamsport Baseball matter. I immediately requested a meeting with Detective Weber. During this meeting, Detective Weber informed me that he was retiring, effective immediately. Today is Detective Weber’s 40th anniversary as a law enforcement officer. The “Myrtle Beach/Williamsport Baseball matter” referenced in the DA’s statement is related to an investigation into allegations of sexual assault of a former Williamsport Area High School baseball player in March of 2018 during a trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. According to northcentralpa.com, Detective William Weber was involved with handling the DA’s investigation at the time of the allegations.

INFORMATIONAL PICKET ALONG ROUTE 15

A Presidential Executive Order to enforce vaccinations of Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) staff (not inmates) will begin on Oct. 8, 2021. If staff are not fully vaccinated by Nov. 22, 2021, they will face employment termination. Andy Kline, the President of the Council of Prison Locals, Local 148, USP Lewisburg, relayed the following details on the Bureau Of Prisons response to the national mandate. As reported by a media source, in opposition to the mandate, union members from USP Lewisburg, USP Allenwood, FCI Schuylkill  and others will organize an Informational Picket along Route 15 in Lewisburg and Montgomery on Thursday Sept. 30 from 7am-12pm.

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