BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS DEC. 15, 2021

2022 BUDGET HAS NO TAX INCREASE IN LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP

No increase in real estate or other taxes in Loyalsock Township, according to the 2022 budget adopted by the Township Supervisors Tuesday. As reported by SUN Gazette, the tax rate remains at 0.5 mills. In other township news, sketch plans were presented to the Supervisors in an attempt to remedy the Dunkin Donuts traffic debacle. Two drive-thru lanes were proposed to improve safety on the Golden Strip, where traffic issues have been a regular occurrence at this location for many years.

 

WILLIAMSPORT GIRL NEEDS A KIDNEY

Focal segmental glomerulosclereosis or FSGS is a rare disease affecting the filters in the kidneys. It has been part of Madeline Fausnaught’s life since she was 7. Now, as a 8th grader at the Williamsport Area Middle School, the community has come together to find her a kidney.  #RedKidneyStrong is the hashtag we use to try and show awareness that I need a kidney and try to get donors,” according to SUN Gazette. Maddy needs a donor between 18 and 55 years old with type “O” blood. For more details see the #RedKidneyStrong page on Facebook

 

TAX INCREASE BY A QUARTER OF A MILL FOR 2022 IN JERSEY SHORE

An increase in taxes by a quarter of a mill for 2022 in Jersey Shore was approved by the borough council, who voted to increase taxes in hope of balancing expenditures of $1.7 million. According to SUN Gazette, property taxes for the new year will be 9.216 mills. In addition, it was approved for Lycoming County to collect taxes for Jersey Shore borough at $1.50 per tax bill, in a renewed 4-year-contract.  Finally, the contract with River Valley Transit was renewed for the another year  at $2,280.25. A reorganizational meeting is scheduled for Jan. 3, where the new mayor will be sworn in and a new President of Borough Council will be selected. Their next public meeting is Jan 10 th at 7 pm.

 

SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR SENTENCED

Gideon L. Miller, 32, of North Mill Street, Loganton, was sentenced Monday afternoon to a maximum term of 22 years in a State Correctional Institution on 10 counts of Indecent Assault, 3rd degree felonies, and Indecent Assault, 1st degree misdemeanors.  Miller will be eligible to apply for parole after 5 years.  Clinton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael F. Salisbury imposed the sentence on Miller on the charges stemming from Miller sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl.  Gideon Miller was also classified as a Sexually Violent Predator and a lifetime Megan’s Law registrant.  Source:  Clinton County District Attorney’s Office

 

LOCALLY UPDATED COVID CASES

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Tuesday reported new COVID-19 cases. Clinton County reported seven new cases. In Centre County 52 new cases were recorded. Lycoming County added 67 new cases. State Health officials recorded 83 new cases in Northumberland County, 51 in Snyder, 41 in Union and six in Montour.  Tioga County had 23 new cases listed yesterday.

US DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION GRANT

Governor Tom Wolf announced ​today that the ​commonwealth will receive a $17 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) to buoy the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation sectors as part of the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act. After consulting with tourism partners across the state and colleagues around the nation, the Pennsylvania Tourism Office at the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) will invest the $17,086,197 in multiple projects, as it was part of $510 million directed through EDA’s Travel, Tourism & Outdoor Recreation program, which is focused on accelerating the recovery of communities that rely on the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors.

 

PENNSYLVANIANS ARE ASKED TO SUBMIT A PROPOSED CONGRRESSIONAL REDISTRICTING MAP

Governor Tom Wolf is encouraging Pennsylvanians to submit their own proposed congressional redistricting maps for him to consider by Wednesday, Dec. 15.  Pennsylvanians can submit maps and comments and view maps submitted by other people at the Redistricting Public Comment Portal. The governor has repeatedly said that gerrymandering is harmful to democracy and that politicians should not redraw district boundaries to choose their own voters. The maps will determine the boundaries of 17 congressional seats that Pennsylvania voters will select starting with the primary and general election.

STRANGULATION CHARGES

Charged with Strangulation, simple assault and harassment, which stemmed from an incident Sunday in the 100 block of Bennage Ave, sent a Lock Haven man before MDJ Kibler.  Following his arraignment, Barnard Scott was given a bail of $10,000 and then incarcerated in the Clinton County Correctional Facility when he was unable to post bail.

 

FLAG AT HALF STAFF FOR UNION COUNTY FIREFIGHTER

Governor Tom Wolf ordered the commonwealth flag on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds in Union County to fly at half-staff immediately in honor of firefighter Tod “Cleever” Steese, of the Mifflinburg Fire Department, who died on Sunday, December 12, 2021. The commonwealth flag shall be flown at half-staff until sunset on Monday, December 20, 2021. The United States flag is to remain at full-staff. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.

STATE SENATOR GENE YAW HONORS LEWISBURG BOYS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

State Sen. Gene Yaw welcomed the Lewisburg High School Green Dragons Boys Cross Country Team to the state Capitol building in Harrisburg. The team was honored by the Pennsylvania Senate upon capturing First Place in the Class AA Boys’ Team Rankings during the 2021 PIAA State Cross Country Championships in Hershey on Nov. 6. Earning their fourth undefeated season and having a record with a total 61 wins and zero losses, the team distinguished itself by winning their third consecutive District IV title and their fourth Pennsylvania Heartland Athletic Conference title.

MAN SENDS HIS AGGRESSIVE DOGS TO ATTACK STATE TROOPERS IN NEW COLUMBIA

“Sick em boy, go get em.” Orders to an aggressive Pit-Bull sent to attack State Troopers from Milton when they responded on Monday to check the welfare of a 9 year-old-juvenile. Reports to the police were that Jerry Proffit of New Columbia had strangled and then struck the juvenile victim in the head. When the troopers attempted to make contact with the Proffit, he released his aggressive dog. When he ran at the police, following behind the dog, he was placed into custody and evaluated by EMS on scene for injuries, but not before kicking an EMT in the head. Proffit was arraigned by MDJ Hackenburg and placed in Union County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail.

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