BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 21, 2022

WASD SCHOOL BOARD ADDRESSES PARENT CONCERNS

The president of the Williamsport Area School Board, Dr. Timothy S. Bowers addressed the concerns parent have about the two district employees recently accused of having sexual relationships with students at the public meeting last night.  According to the Sun Gazette, Bowers told the parents in attendance that the district will cooperate with law enforcement about the recent allegations against a former teacher and principal, so that due process proceeds correctly.  He said that background and clearance checks are done for employees every five years as dictated by the state.

PA STILL HAS COUNTIES WHO NEED TO CERTIFY THE ELECTION

Certification of the primary elections for three remaining counties in the commonwealth is on hold while a dispute over whether to count the mail-in ballots that didn’t contain a handwritten date.  According to Penn Live, once the the litigation is resolved, certification will take place in Berks, Fayette, and Lancaster Counties.  Governor Wolf has sued these counties recently to include the ballots without the date in the results to be certified.  A 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel and a state Commonwealth Court judge have agreed that throwing out the ballot violates a voters’ rights.  A decision is now in front of the  Supreme Court.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE DRILLS TODAY IN WILLIAMSPORT

A local business will be performing evacuation drills today, tomorrow and Saturday and the community will hear a siren as part of the daylight drills in the event of an actual chemical release at the Arxada facility.  According to a press release, Arxada LLC, formerly Lonza Specialty Ingredients on Trenton Avenue in Williamsport, will work in coordination with the Lycoming County Department of Public Safety and the Williamsport Police and Fire Departments.  No response is required of local citizens, but you will hear the siren coming from the Arxada property at 5:30pm today, 10am tomorrow and 9am on Saturday.  

DUNKIN’ DONUTS TO CLOSE FOR REMODELING

The Dunkin’ on East Third Street is planning a remodeling project that will temporarily close that location for a month starting tomorrow night.  According to North Central PA dot com, the Loyalsock Township shop will shut down Friday night at 9pm in order to begin construction to install a second drive-thru.  Employees will relocate to other stores while they remodel.

SUNBURY POLICE ARREST TWO FOR HEROIN, FENTANYL DEALING

Charges were filed against two Sunbury residents who were caught selling heroin and fentanyl in a North 4th Street apartment to a confidential informant earlier this month. According to North Central PA dot com, 40 year old Randy Baylor and 27 year old Bridget Miller were found with over 150 bags of the narcotics and were charged with possession with intent to deliver.  Baylor, who had been charged in 2021 for possession or drugs and firearms, and Miller were arraigned yesterday and both are being held on 20 thousand dollars bond.

MORE CONTENTION BETWEEN CONTROLLER, COMMISSIONERS

A new lawsuit has been filed which brings more contention to light between the Williamsport Controller’s office and the Lycoming County Commissioners that has been going on since April of 2021.  According to the Sun Gazette, Controller Krista Rogers has filed for the recovery of attorney’s fees in the amount of almost 46 thousand dollars from previous lawsuits.  The same day Rogers filed her suit, the Lycoming County Commissioners asked a Potter County Judge to vacate his ruling  that previously came down in favor of the Controller’s office having control of the payroll, accounts receivable and the general ledger.

LANDFILL GETTING READY TO COMPLETE A CLOSURE

The Lycoming County Landfill is beginning their Phase I closure process as well as add six new wells into the landfill on the eastern slope along Route 15.  According to the Sun Gazette, closure, involves of a liner going over the full field,  with massive amounts of soil placed over until grass can be planted. A system to collect gas generated by decomposition is in place as well.  The Lycoming County Commissioners approved more than an 8.7 million dollar bid by R&L Development Company to do the work – the money has been earmarked for the 16 month project.

LYCO FAIR TODAY

It’s Military appreciation day today at the 151st Lycoming County Fair .  Tonight, Lycoming County Fair Motorsports presents Throwback Thursday in the Grandstand at 7 with Tommy Hedrick’s Memorial Figure 8 Racing….. and tomorrow it’s the Dale Wheeland  Memorial Tractor Pull at 6pm.  Backyard Broadcasting will be live on the midway from 5-8 tonight and each night through Saturday.

SPORTS

The 2022 ESPYS presented by Capital One celebrated the best players, teams and moments in the world of sports last night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Some winners included, Best NFL Player: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers Best NBA Player: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, Best NASCAR DriverKyle Larson.

NBA
James Harden  has reached agreement on a two-year, $68.6 million contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, According to ESPN, The deal includes a player option for the 2023-24 season, The contract represents a significant reduction in salary for Harden. On the eve of free agency, he declined to exercise his $47.3 million player option for 2022-23


NFL

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have  replaced Rob Gronkowski, with a new veteran tight end.  Kyle Rudolph is signing a one-year deal with the Bucs. 32 year old Rudolph, spent the majority of his productive NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings before leaving last offseason to sign with the New York Giants. 

 

Charles Johnson, a star wide receiver at Colorado and first-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, has died at 50. Raleigh TV stations report that police found his body in a hotel room Sunday and don’t suspect foul play. He had been working as a High School assistant athletic director in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Johnson was selected by the Steelers with the 17th overall pick in the 1994 NFL draft and played five seasons for Pittsburgh.  In 1996 he had 60 catches for a career-high 1,008 yards and three touchdowns.

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