BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS FEB 3, 2022

A NEW FOOTBALL COACH

The Williamsport Area School District hired a new head football coach on Tuesday night. Michael Pearson will take over as head coach for varsity football.  Pearson, who replaces Chuck Crews, comes to the district with more than 30 years of high school and college football coaching experience. In addition, he’s been a member of the instructional camp staff at Lycoming College and Penn State University. Pearson was a four-year letter winner at receiver at Lycoming College from 1987-90.

TERRORISTIC THREATS DURING WORK RELEASE

A Lycoming County inmate has been charged with terroristic threats a mere few days before he was scheduled to be released from jail. William Watson had been assigned work at the Lycoming County landfill. On Jan 4th, Watson allegedly refused to continue to work, remarking to a supervisor at the site, that he was getting out in five days and he had a gun with plans on using it on him. Watson waived his preliminary hearing before District Judge Allen P. Page III and is now free on $5,000 bail.

COVID CASES FROM YESTERDAY IN THE AREA

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Wednesday reported 7,305 new cases. Clinton County reported 42 new cases. In Centre County 107 new cases were recorded. Lycoming County added 112 and Tioga added 28. Northumberland County added 113 new cases. State Health officials also recorded 44 new cases in Snyder County, 28 in Union and nine in Montour.

SUPREME COURT STEPPING IN

Pennsylvania’s Democratic-majority Supreme Court wrested control Wednesday of choosing new district lines for the state’s shrinking congressional delegation, a process that deadlocked the governor and Legislature. The five Democratic justices issued an order directing a lower judge to give them a report by Monday that recommends a new map, along with her legal and factual findings that support it. It’s the second time in four years the state’s high court has stepped in to direct congressional districting in the politically polarized state, and the latest example around the country of state courts potentially giving Democrats a boost in highly charged battles over redistricting.

NO PARKING DURING SNOW EVENTS REMINDER

Residents of Loyalsock Township are reminded of the no parking during snow events ordinance. Residents on township streets that have driveways are not to park any motor vehicle on the public streets following the accumulation of ice or snow of two inches or greater on the road surface. Vehicles are not to be parked on the street until the township plow trucks have cleared the full width of the street (both sides).  The full ordinance can be found on the Planning and Zoning Page for Loyalsock Township.  Also, in the event of heavy snow, observe the odd-even parking requirement. The township works hard to maintain the 68.05 miles of roads and streets in the township.

MOTORISTS URGED TO AVOID UNNECESSARY TRAVEL IN COMING STORM, VEHICLE RESTRICTIONS ANTICIPATED

​ In anticipation of potentially hazardous wintry and icy conditions in much of the state on Thursday and Friday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) are advising motorists to monitor local forecasts and avoid unnecessary travel. Additionally, the agencies anticipate implementing various speed and vehicle restrictions throughout the storm.

50 YEARS OF SERVING THE AREA

The Montour Preserve near Washingtonville turns 50 this year. The Montour preserve’s history will be celebrated on Friday night with a special event where Jon Beam, the preserve’s assistant director, will talk about their history and how close they came to extinction in 2015 when PPL divested themselves of outdoor educational facilities.   You can attend at their headquarters in Anthony Township or you can go online for the Zoom meeting from 7 to 8:30pm.

AREA CONTRACTOR FAILED TO KEEP HIS END OF THE BARGIN

Deceptive business practices charges for a Jordan Township contractor after he has failed to follow through with renovations. According to state police, Adam Potts of Unityville allegedly failed to perform work after he received advance payment.   Two victims took their concerns to the state police, where charges were filed Jan 10th. According to SUN Gazette, Potts is out on $15,000 bail.

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