BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 15, 2022

COMS TO APPEAL RULING OVER MOVING OF COUNTY FUNCTIONS

The Lycoming County Commissioners will be appealing last week’s ruling in Potter County Court that functions of county employees be returned to the office of Controller Krista Rogers.  According to the Sun Gazette, the commissioners said they interpret the General Assembly statute that divided the functions of the controllers and the Commissioner’s offices and they will seek clarity through an upcoming appeal process.  The functions to be transferred are payroll, accounts receivable and the general ledger.  Rogers told the paper that the Judge’s ruling last week was clear and believes an appeals court will rule the same way.

FORMER EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR CREATING DISTURBANCE

Police say a man who was fired from a Williamsport business two months ago, returned to the Reach Road property Friday night and ignited fireworks near a propane fill station.  According to the Sun Gazette, Joseph Dragani was allegedly drunk when he created a disturbance at Overhead Door by yelling for his former supervisor inside the business and then igniting the fireworks.  When police arrived on the scene to arrest him, Dragani fled in an SUV, driving at high speeds to his home in Muncy where police took him into custody without incident.  He was charged with felony fleeing police, DUI, and reckless endangerment, and committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of 25 thousand dollars bail.

PENN COLLEGE ACCREDITED FOR EIGHT MORE YEARS

Pennsylvania College of Technology has received their accreditation from the Middle States Commission of Higher Education for 8 more years.  According to a press release from Penn College, universities and colleges must reapply every eight years, which entails meeting the seven standards for accreditation including, a self-study to be evaluated by the MSCHE.  Penn College has had held accreditation since 1970 and the next review takes place in 2029.  Find out the details on the school’s website, PCT.edu.

FESTIVAL RAISES FUNDS FOR RIVERPARK

Woodward Township’s Riverfest 2022 started up yesterday with proceeds for the event going toward the Woodward Township Recreation Committee’s maintenance of Riverpark and the Lockport Boat launch area.  There will be bands on the Riverfest stage each night through Saturday afternoon before the Duck Derby starts at 5pm. and fireworks wrap up the evening at 10pm.  The Dunnstown Fire Company is one of the various food vendors at the festival offering sausages, hot dogs, pizza and more.

MOTHER GETS PROBATION IN 2020 DEATH OF INFANT

A woman who plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of her infant in April of 2020 was sentenced yesterday to seven years probation and 12 months of electronic monitoring.  According to North Central PA dot com, 22 year old Demsey Mae Long told the court she had a lot of guilt and grief  over the 3 month old infant’s death who was discovered deceased after being covered by a blanket very near to a space heater in a very warm room while Long was passed out from drug use.  A first degree felony charge had been dismissed as part of Long’s plea agreement.

MASKS WILL BE OPTIONAL AGAIN AT MONTOURSVILLE THIS YEAR

The optional masking plan that students and teachers observed last year at Montoursville Area School Board was approved to continue for this upcoming school year.  According to the Sun Gazette, the board approved the health and safety plan that also calls for them to follow contact tracing requirements by the Department of Health.  In 2021 a group of  Montoursville parents filed a lawsuit challenging the state mask mandate, but ceased litigation when the school board changed to the mask optional plan.

GOVERNOR WOLF SIGNS PA FARM BILL AGAIN

Governor Wolf signed the budget for the Commonwealth last Friday, part of which will fully fund the Pennsylvania Farm Bill for the fourth time with bipartisan support from the General Assembly.  According to the Record Online, the bill allocates millions in federal American Rescue Plan funds to agricultural conservation efforts in Pennsylvania, including $154 million to provide cost-share to farmers. Governor Wolf has supported the PA Farm Bill for four years in a row which provides investments in state agriculture to grow opportunities and resources, remove barriers to success and inspire future leaders within agriculture.

MILTON LEAGION NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO CLEAN UP FIRE DAMAGE

The Clean up event at the Milton American Legion Post 71 will happen tomorrow at 10am.  They are asking for help from anyone with construction or carpentry skills in the community after a fire did damage to the building.   Bar manager, May Seeley said fire officials told her the fire started in the dry mulch outside the building.  They are looking for donations of cleaning supplies and any funds to help with effort at 401 North Front Street in Milton tomorrow at 10 am.

SPORTS

MLB
Marlins 3             Pirates 2
Braves 5              Nationals 4
Reds 7                  Yankees 6
Ray 5                   Red Sox 4
Guardians 4        Tigers 0
Met 8                   Cubs 0

MLB Draft League

Williamsport Crosscutters on the road at Medlar Field in Lubrano Park
State College Spikes 9  Williamsport Crosscutters 5
MLB Draft League tonight
The Cutters are back home tonight to
play the State College Spikes @ Muncy Bank Park with a 6:35 first pitch

GOLF
The second round of the 150th Open Championship is underway again today on the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland. After Round 1 yesterday, American rookie Cameron Young leads all golfers at 8-under-par.   Open Championship favorite Rory McIlroy is  in second place at 6-under and Cameron Smith is in third place after putting five under par.   Three-time Open champion Tiger Woods, is currently tied for 148th at 6-over. 

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