BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS FEB 18, 2022

A MONUMENTAL MEETING FOR WILLIAMSPORT CITY COUNCIL

The community showed up in numbers to the Williamsport City Council Meeting, the draw seemed to be one of the big ticket items, transportation. It was by unanimous vote that City Council chose to favor the creation of a transit authority with the end goal of relieving the city of dealing with the finances for the local bus system. The authority will begin to oversee River Valley Transit starting on July 1 without effecting either bus day to day operation or employees.

 

LOOKING TO ADD TO THE WORKFORCE

It is back to work inside the Shop-Vac plant located at 2323 Reach Road in Williamsport. Following the sudden closure, September 2020, the plant was silent until January, when Hangzhou Equipment Holdings LLC acquired the assets of Shop-Vac Corp, including the Williamsport plant. As projected, the group re-hired a number of employees who were separated after the company’s shut down. Charlie Lawrence, chief operating officer of Shop-Vac USA LLC, in a recent interview with SUN Gazette, reported the facility could use another 25 workers. He’s excited to tell more people about the Shop-Vac story and wants employees with the right attitude who want to join a winning team.

 

GOING TO SALE IN LYCOMING COUNTY

A sheriff’s sale is the final story for a local staple who has suffered greatly through the years. The Lycoming Mall in Muncy Township, with 13 stores left, will see a sale on May 6 due to the failure to pay thousands in water and sewer bills. As reported by northcentralpa.com, overdue bills include those to Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority, who by the way, filed a judgment at the Lycoming County courthouse against Lycoming Mall Realty Holdings, LLC. As reported in court paperwork, judgement total is $240,282.35.

 

AN EXPLOSION AND FIRE IN LOCK HAVEN

Seven different fire companies responded for a reported explosion and fire at at 725 E. Main Street in Lock Haven last evening. According to Lock Haven Fire Chief Bob Neff the flames caused significant damage to the residence and moderate damage in the neighboring unit at 723 E. Main Street. As reported by therecordonline.com, the occupants of the two-and-half story brick structure escaped without injury. Firemen from all three Lock Haven companies, along with Dunnstown, Flemington, Avis and Castanea responded. The fire remains under investigation.

COVID CASES FOR THE UPPER TIER

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Thursday reported new cases. Clinton County reported 13 new cases Centre County added 48 cases and Lycoming County listed 16 new.

CHARGES FILED IN SUNBURY STABBING

A February 6th stabbing in Sunbury has two Sunbury men facing charges.  As reported by the Daily Item, Blake Dunbar and Paul Byer were officially charged with simple assault and recklessly endangering, while Dunbar also faces additional tampering with evidence charges. The men will now appear in front of Sunbury District Judge Mike Toomey to face their charges.

IN TOUCH SUNDAY MORNING WZXR (6:30 AM), WILQ (6:40 AM), WBZD (7 AM), WHTO (720 AM) AND TWIN VALLEY TALK NETWORK (11 AM)

The Ronald McDonald House in Danville is more than a house. Michael Turless, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House in Danville explains that the house is a place where parents can sleep, eat a meal, wash clothes and take a breath, all without cost, while their child receives the medical care they need. Sitting on the campus of GMC, Danville, the House is also participating in Raise the Region on March 9th and 10th. To learn more, tune in to In Touch on Sunday morning.

IN TOUCH SUNDAY MORNING WZXR (6:30 AM), WILQ (6:40 AM), WBZD (7 AM), WHTO (720 AM) AND TWIN VALLEY TALK NETWORK (11 AM)

Emily Gorski, Founder of DIG Furniture Bank, a unique non-profit organization based in Union County. Emily explains they provide furniture, household needs and even art to those who have just experienced a life changing event, such as divorce or incarceration (among others).  DIG Furniture Bank is also participating in Raise the Region Fundraiser on March 9th and 10th. But, you can learn more about the DIG Furniture Bank on the Backyard Broadcasting’s In Touch, Sunday morning.

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