BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS FEB 24, 2022

APPROVED REVISED SITE PLAN

Dunkin Donuts drive through on E. Third Street in Loyalsock Township may soon be getting a much needed face lift. At the Loyalsock Township Supervisors meeting last evening, PennDot and the township approved the revised site plan. In such, Dunkin is set to begin the reconstruction of its drive through to include two lanes and stretch through its property and wrap around the building. According to Loyalsock Township Manager William Burdett, this may reduce traffic tie ups on 3rd E. Street, by allowing upwards of 25 more cars to be in line and not on the street. The time required to begin or complete the construction has not been discussed.

YEARLY BIDS APPROVED

Competitive bids were received and accepted at the Tuesday night Loyalsock Township Supervisors meeting. According to Loyalsock Township Manager William Burdett, the township obtains various competitive bids, once a year. These bids not only assist in saving the township money, but they allow any contractor to enter a bid, with the possibility they would be chosen. Approved at the meeting were bids for paving and paving materials, line painting, tree removal, stones and others.

 

BUS SERVICE UNDER AGREEMENT

It was called an intergovernmental agreement and it was signed by the Loyalsock Township Supervisors at their meeting on Tuesday night. This agreement is a contract between Loyalsock Township and River Valley Transit. Although it is unclear when River Valley Transit completes the move to the authority, this contract covers bus service in the township until a new contract is constructed with the new entity, the authority.

SPLIT INTO TWO DISTRICTS

Following the Wednesday ruling by the state Supreme Court, Lycoming County officials are left scratching their heads as the Lycoming County is fractured into two distinct districts. As reported by Sun Gazette, the updated redistricting map illustrates the City of Williamsport and Loyalsock Township in the 9th Congressional District under U.S. Representative Dan Meuser. Meanwhile, Jersey Shore borough and Old Lycoming Township fall into the 15th Congressional District and under U.S. Representative Glenn Thompson. Now, election petitions for congressional and statewide offices can move forward.

FRACTURED DISTRICTS IN COMMONWEALTH

Split into two districts. Following the Wednesday ruling by the state Supreme Court, Lycoming County officials are left scratching their heads as the Lycoming County is fractured into two distinct districts. But the ruling did not do is address party offices and state legislative offices. As reported by the SUN Gazette, the ruling however, did set the amount of time congressional and statewide candidates have to file petitions to run in the primary, which remains slated for May 17. Prospective candidates can file their petitions Friday through March 15.

FALL AND SPRING HEAD COACHES APPROVED

The Muncy School Board approved the reappointments of several head coaches for varsity sports teams and approved the official school calendar. As reported by SUN Gazette, the returning head coaches for upcoming spring and fall seasons are: Sean Tetreault, football; Jason Gresh, girls’ soccer; John Karichner, boys’ soccer; Rae-Ellah Biddle, field hockey; and Joann Reeves, girls tennis. The board approved Shawn Finn and Michael Weber Jr. as assistant baseball coaches and Bob Koslop as an assistant softball coach. The board approved the calendar for the 2022-23 school years. The first day of school is set for Aug. 29, 2022. The last day will be June 2, 2023.

 

COVID CASES IN AREA COUNTIES

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Wednesday reported new cases. Clinton County reported 12 new cases. Centre County added 36 and Lycoming County listed 20. In the Valley, there were 24 in Northumberland County, 14 in Union, eight in Snyder and seven in Montour. Tioga County added 13.

 

NEW MAP APPROVED

Pennsylvania’s highest court broke a partisan deadlock Wednesday over a new map of congressional districts by selecting boundaries that broadly adhere to the outlines of current districts, even as the state loses one seat because of sluggish population growth. The Democratic-majority state Supreme Court in a 4-3 decision picked a 17-district map that had been proposed by a group of Democratic Party-aligned voters who sued last year in an effort to get the court involved. It is unlikely to create a big shift in the makeup of the congressional delegation, as the state loses a seat, going from 18 to 17, to account for relatively stagnant population growth in census findings over the past decade, particularly in rural white areas predominantly represented by Republicans.

 

RAPE CASE SOLVED WITH MAN ARRESTED AND IN JAIL

An 8-year-old girl was victim of rape to a 33-year-old Milton man upwards of 30 times throughout 2017. As reported by the Daily Item, Milton Police charged Jose Hernandez of multiple felonies including rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. He was arraigned on Feb 18 in the District Court of Judge Diehl and committed to Northumberland County Jail in Coal Township in lieu of $150,000 bail.

PUBLIC HEARING WITH WILLIAMSPORT AREA SCHOOL BOARD

A public hearing dealing with the nearly 100-year-old Stevens Primary School was last week with the Williamsport Area School District officials. The public will have the opportunity to provide the district comments and opinions for the next three months on the district’s website or by attending meetings. As reported by the Sun Gazette, construction of a new school on the site or renovation of the structure carries a price tag of roughly the same amount, $23 million.

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