BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS AUGUST 7, 2022

Pennsylvania workers who work on tips, have seen the state try to improve on how much stays with them. The new state regulations revise how employers pay tipped employees and process noncash tips, among other changes. The changes also bring Pennsylvania regulations more in line with federal ones. The updated regulations, now in effect, include where employers cannot deduct credit card and noncash payment processing fees from their employees’ tips.  A tipped employee must make at least $135 in monthly tips before an employer can reduce his or her salary to $2.83 an hour.

The Summer Commencement of Pennsylvania College of Technology took place Saturday morning at the Community Arts Center. It was the first commencement for new college President, Michael J. Reed. The graduation ceremonies also marked the first time that Masters degrees were conferred by the college.

A merger is underway for several United Way agencies across the Susquehanna Valley. The United Way of Columbia and Montour County and the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way will officially merge September 1st. Officials estimate that the merger will increase the organizations’s reach area to approximately 260,000 people, and include 58 agencies across 5 counties.

A non-profit group is looking at challenging residents of Lycoming County to present their best ideas to advance racial equity. The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, will provide $25,000 and the help of local nonprofits to implement the top idea. Creative people with dreams and ideas to make the community better are invited to submit an application. Each application must outline the project, the steps on how it will be offered to the community, how the $25,000 grant will be spent, and lasting changes that the project will bring. Online applications will be accepted through September 30th. In-person presentations will be conducted in November, with winners announced in December.

A 32 year old Williamsport man was recognized by a police officer, after he drove by him on an electric scooter and realized that he was wanted on a Protection From Abuse warrant. Ju Michael Drummond was stopped and checked and was discovered that Drummond had approximately 36 grams of crack cocaine in his pants. In addition to other drugs and paraphanalia, Drummond was charged with felony possession with intent, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, and three counts of intentional possession of a controlled substance. Drummond was incarcerated at the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $95,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 16th with Judge Christian Frey.

A 26 year old Hughesville man pleaded guilty last month in Lycoming County Court for assaulting a woman and pointing a gun at her head. Dakota Engle, hit his female passenger in a January incident, as he drove on Route 118. A felony aggravated assault charge, misdemeanors of simple assault, terroristic threats, and summaries of harassment were filed with Muncy District Judge William C. Solomon. Engle entered a plea on July 8 for two counts of misdemeanor simple assault. The felony aggravated assault charge, misdemeanor of terroristic threats, and summary harassment charges were dismissed. Sentencing for Engle is scheduled for September 1st in front of Lycoming County Senior Judge Kenneth D. Brown. 

Penn DOT crews in Clinton County will be busy this coming week as various projects are completed. Numerous jobs will have an impact in Western Clinton County, along the Hyner Road and Route 144. In addition, shoulder repair work on the Pine Run Road and mowing along Interstate 80.

IN SPORTS…

The Williamsport Crosscutters now have taken two games on the road from the Trenton Thunder, after their 6 to 4 victory on Saturday. The Cutters look to make the sweep in a contest this afternoon.

The Keystone Junior Little League team is looking to continue their winning ways in the Eastern Regional playoffs when they play in a winners bracket game against Berlin, Maryland; this afternoon at 1pm.

NASCAR racing action is on tap for today, as the Firekeepers Casino 400 will take place this afternoon at Michigan International Speedway. Catch all of the action on The Twin Valley’s Talk Radio Network, 1340 AM / 101.7 FM – WWPA, 1380 AM / 94.5 FM – WMLP, and WILQ’s HD3 Channel; beginning at 3pm.

MLB SCORES…

Phillies 11, Nationals 5

Orioles 6, Pirates 3

Cardinals 1, Yankees 0

Mets 8, Braves 5 (Game 1)             Mets 6, Braves 2 (Game 2)

Guardians 4, Astros 1

Royals 5, Red Sox 4

Reds 7, Brewers 5

Cubs 4, Marlins 0

Rangers 8, White Sox 0

Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 2

Dodgers 8, Padres 3

Mariners 2, Angels 1 (G1)               Angels 7, Mariners 1(G2)

Tigers 9, Rays 1

Giants 7, A’s 3

Twins 7, Blue Jays 3

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