BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JANUARY 15, 2020

NATIONAL GUARD AT THE CAPITOL AND IN THE COMMONWEALTH
About 1000 members of the PA National Guard have been sent to Washington DC to assist with security measures in the Nation’s Capital ahead of President elect Joe Bidens’ inauguration, but according to Governor Tom Wolf, about 450 more members of the Pennsylvania National Guard have been put on active duty for security in the state. Governor Tom Wolf said yesterday he will not allow what happened at our nation’s capital to happen in Pennsylvania.

MUNICIPAL ELECTION PETITIONS CAN BEGIN IN FEBRUARY
Lycoming County Voter services has announced that potential political candidates interested in running for office in the 2021 Municipal Primary can begin circulating nomination petitions for the race that will take place on May 18th. The deadline for filing the petitions at the county voter registration office is Tuesday March 9, 2021.  Instructions specific to running for the positions as well as for poll worker offices will be available February 9 at lyco.org.

BIDS OPENED FOR LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP PROJECTS
Loyalsock Township supervisors reviewed bids and awarded contracts Tuesday for removing architectural barriers and will begin the process to meet more requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act . According to the Sun Gazette, the bids were reviewed by Anthony Visco Architects and SEDA-COG and will be funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.  A curb cut and a handicapped ramp project was approved and construction bids are expected to out by April with the work to be performed in Summer of 2021.

USAC DIRT TRACK CHAMP TO TEST NEW BLOOMSBURG RACEWAY TRACK TODAY
Dirt Track Racing returns to the Bloomsburg Fair in 2021, and with it comes a brand new one million dollar dirt track designed by 5 time Sprint National Champion of dirt track racing and vice president of USAC Levi Jones, who will test the track this morning at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds raceway before they complete the grandstand constuction.  Brian Wawroski, Superintendent of the Grandstand and Bloomsburg Fair board member, says Jones will test the new track this morning.  Rapid Tire Service USAC East Coast Series is the first event on the new track… <<OPENING DAY – BRIAN W>>Fans can expect the Bloomsburg Fair to return September 24th through October 2nd 2021.

WOMAN CHARGED WITH ENDANGERING CHILD AFTER DUI ACCIDENT
A Union County woman on probation in Northumberland County was charged with endangering her child after crashing her vehicle while under the influence of drugs.  According to north Central PA dot com, 25 year old Tommie Schoolie of Lewisburg and a juvenile were found injured outside the vehicle following an accident on September 13th  on Stein Lane in East Buffalo Township.  Buffalo Valley Regional Police say Schooley denied the use of drugs, but officials at Geisinger Medical Center confirmed drug use in a toxicology screening.  The juvenile boy sustained a skull fracture in the incident.  Schoioley’s preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 4 in Lewisburg.

WATER AUTHORITY BOARD RE-ELECTED
All five of the board members of the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority were re-elected this week with Paul Wentzler and Victor Marquardt serving as president  and vice-president respectively.  According to the Sun Gazette, in addition to re-electing officers, the Authority approved an 80 thousand dollar “Growing Greener” grant that will help the area adhere to state mandated pollution requirements as part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Program as part or Eck’s Run Stormwater Basin Retrofit Project.

VIRTUAL DREAM WEEK STARTS MONDAY
In the spirit of diversity and engagement, a Virtual Dream week will kick off in Williamsport Monday with the theme of “Better Together”.  In a joint effort by Pennsylvania College of Technology, Lycoming College, STEP Americorp and the Beloved Community Council, the week is for citizens to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. whose birthday is January 18th and a federal holiday.  The annual peace walk will not be held in person but a small group will kick off the week while being livestreamed by members of the BBC.  Penn College holds it’s fundraising event THON next Tuesday and Wednesday along with an American Red Cross blood drive.  Links to events will be on the STEP Americorp Facebook page.

PIAA MUST ADHERE TO RIGHT TO KNOW LAW
Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records has determined that the PIAA the governing body for scholastic sports in Pennsylvania is subject to the Right to Know law and must turn over a large amount of documents, including financial records from District 4 to a man from Bucks County who filed the request last November. According to the Daily Item, Simon Campbell filed the request in response to the paper seeking the information  about District 4, to which the PIAA responded by asking the court to remove them from being included in the Right to Know law.  According to a recent final determination from the OOR, the PIAA through school districts uses public funds for fees and memberships and both the association and Campbell have 30 days to respond.

SPORTS

NBA
76ers beat Heat 125 to 108, Raptors beat the Hornets 111 to 108, the Rockets beat the Spurs 109 to 105, Nuggets beat Warriors 114 to 104, and Pacers beat the Trailblazers 111 to 87

NBA tonight
New York Knicks go to Cleveland @7:30

NFL Division playoffs
Saturday

NFC – Rams vs Packers @4:35 @Lambeau
AFC Ravens vs the Bills @ 8:15
Sunday
AFC – the Browns vs the Chiefs in Kansas City @ 3:05
NFC – Buccaneers vs the Saints @6:40 in New Orleans

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