BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 1, 2021

HIS RETIREMENT BEGAN ON FRIDAY

After 15 years as its director, Eric Butler’s last day was Friday. He leaves his position at the Lycoming Career and Technology Center. Butler saw many improvements since he began. For example, the new building on the East Lycoming School District campus has allowed for all class types to be in the same building. He saw their attendance increase, as the number of districts sending kids increased from 4 to 5. According to SUN Gazette, Butler, looking back, truly enjoyed his job, saying the kids, staff and support were great. “Honestly, it’s a great place.”

NEW JOB,  NEW YEAR

A new director will be stepping into his new role, at the Lycoming Career and Technology Center. Nathan Minium begins in January, as Eric Butler retires. Minimum arrives with experience from the Warrior Run and Milton Area School Districts. His principal and assistant principal work extended from the elementary to the high schools.  According to SUN Gazette, a local man, he hails from New Columbia and graduated from Lycoming College.

COVID-19 UPDATED NUMBERS FOR LOCAL AREA

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Sunday reported new COVID-19 cases statewide, a second straight day of declining numbers. In Clinton County 12 new cases were reported, Centre County saw an increase of 39, while Lycoming County increased by 49, Tioga County had 17 new cases, 48 new infections in Northumberland County, the fifth consecutive day with at least that many in the county. There were also six new cases in Montour and Snyder counties and four in Union.

POLICE PURSUIT ONTO ROUTE 80         

A police pursuit that began in Lycoming County, 2 a.m.  Saturday morning. It continued, according to state police in Montoursville, south on Route 15 and onto Route 80.  Although they did not release further information, sources say police employed spike strips and pit maneuvers in an attempt to end the pursuit. As reported by an online news source, the pursuit ended in an accident and that investigation continues.

A NEW CHRISTMAS PROGRAM FOR SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT

It’s a new Christmas program for the South Williamsport Police Department and they are holding sign up nights for families that wish to be a recipient of gifts provided by the Christmas program. There will be two (2) sign up dates: Saturday, November 13th from noon-3pm and Monday, December 6th from 5pm-8pm. If you have any questions or concerns about the program, please contact: the South Williamsport Police Department.

IMPORTANT HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS TO REMEMBER

Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter asks residents to please save the dates for these two upcoming events; Friday, November 19th at 6:00 — Children’s Magical Christmas Parade will take place downtown on 4th Street from Market Street to Elmira Street and  Friday, December 3rd from 5:00-8:00 — Festival of Lights and Open-Air Holiday Market in Brandon Park.

SENATOR YAW WORKS TO STOP SPOOFING

State Senator Gene Yaw recently announced in  an effort to crack down on deceptive and nuisance telephone calls, the Senate on Monday approved a bill, 49-0, banning the practice of caller ID “spoofing.” Senate Bill 236 is designed to protect citizens from misleading telemarketing “robocalls,” particularly those that disguise their real phone number by making it look like a local number, increasing the likelihood that the call will be answered.

 

GOVERNOR VISITS THE VALLEY ON FRIDAY

Governor Tom Wolf toured the Fresh Roasted Coffee in Sunbury  and announced the state is investing more than $1.7 million to support the company’s expansion in Northumberland County, which is growing its production capacity, creating 46 new, full-time jobs and retaining 35 jobs. “My administration is pleased to support Fresh Roasted Coffee as the company continues to grow in Pennsylvania,” said Gov. Wolf. “This expansion project will create nearly 50 jobs in the Sunbury area and redevelop a large and important building for this community. Projects like this benefit families, strengthen our economy and build a brighter future for Pennsylvania.”

THE OBSTETRICS UNIT RECEIVES HONORS

The Family place, which is the obstetrics unit at Evangelical Community Hospital, has earned several honors recently from both The Jewish Healthcare Foundation and the Vermont Oxford Network. According to a news release from the hospital the Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative award of $15,000 in recognition of quality improvement milestones. This provided because the hospital improved care for pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorder and their newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome just one of 17 hospitals in the state that achieved the excellence designation.

WHERE TO FIND THE FINAL TALLY ON TUESDAY NIGHT

You have your sticker and you have voted. Now, you want to discover where your government hopefuls place in the final tally.  When the polls close 8 p.m. Tuesday night, you can utilize the lyco.org/electionresults website to find the Election Night results for local contests within Lycoming County. These unofficial results are counted, including those votes cast in person throughout Lycoming County’s 81 precincts. It also includes most of the mail in votes.  Write-in numbers will show but no name or individual vote counts. Those take up to ten days to tally. The Pennsylvania Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth Court results can be found electionreturns.pa.gov.

NATURAL GAS INTO GASOLINE IN NORTHEASTERN PA

A Texas-based company has announced plans to build a multibillion-dollar plant on the site of a former coal mine in northeastern Pennsylvania to develop fuels from natural gas, which officials say will bring thousands of jobs to the area. Officials announced at an online news conference Friday that Houston-based Nacero Inc. plans to invest $6 billion in the Newport Township plant, which will use gas from the Marcellus Shale reservoir, which has produced more gas than any other reservoir in the nation. “We are going to be making gasoline, which is our largest commodity consumer product, from natural gas and renewable natural gas,” said Thomas Tureen, chairman of the board. Pennsylvania is second only to Texas in the production of natural gas.

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