BACKYARD BROADCASTING MAY 7, 2021

CROSSCUTTERS ON UPCOMING RELAXED MANDATES

Following the Governor Tom Wolf’s orders, 33 of the Cutters’ 34 home games in the first year of the MLB Draft League will be able to have as many fans as Bowman Field can hold. According to SUN Gazette, the home opener on May 25, is the only event subject to limitations at sports stadiums including capacity at 50% and 6 feet social distancing. The relaxed mandates forced the Cutters to shut down its online ticketing system temporarily. The availability of single-game tickets to the general public has also been put on hold until the middle of next week.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS LOOKING FOR STATE FUNDING

Public school superintendents spoke at the PA Schools Work Campaign Regional press conference at the district service center yesterday, warning that a “flat funding” model of state aid to districts won’t meet educational needs and can result in tax increases with fewer services now and in the future. Federal funding was not advised for reoccurring costs to the districts. However, one example of a recurring cost is cyber charter tuition. Those expenses are increasing by nearly $500,000 or 21 percent in Williamsport.

NO MEMORIAL PARADE IN MUNCY BOROUGH 

Muncy Borough Council turned down a request from the Muncy Veterans of Foreign Wars to host a Memorial Day parade citing compliance issues with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation policies. PennDOT also requires an indemnification releasing the department from liability if there is an accident or injury during the parade. In addition, condition of the route is questioned. There are safety concerns if the road is milled and not paved.

LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP ODYSSEY OF THE MIND COMPETITORS 

The Loyalsock Township School Board approved a request from Michelle Bartley, Loyalsock’s Odyssey of the Mind coordinator, for a contribution of one-third of the total expenditures for student participation in the World Finals Odyssey of the Mind Competition. The World Final Competition will be held in Orlando tentatively from June 9 through June 14. According to the SUN Gazette,the next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 12 at the district board room, 1605 Four Mile Drive.

CITY SURVEY FOR CITY PARKS

A community survey of city parks is the next project for the city accessibility advisory commission. The survey is a query of city residents and others offering them a chance to answer questions on their viewpoints of city parks, to ensure accessibility needs are met throughout the city. The commission also aims to gain a perspective on how much each of the city-owned parks are used, according to a media outlet.

COVID DASHBOARD FOR TODAY

The Pennsylvania Department of Health released an updated COVID-19 dashboard and locally Lycoming County 27 cases; Clinton 6; Tioga 12; Sullivan 3; and Northumberland 15 cases.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2001

A bill has been introduced which could amend the Workforce Development Act of 2001 of which Pa. is not fully in compliance, according to Northcentralpa.com. The bill goal is to get our state into compliance with federal requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The bill would establish state and local workforce development boards aimed at creating  and maintaining effective programs, training, and best practices which would prepare workers for higher-paying, family-sustaining jobs.

HOMICIDE SUSPECT WAVES PRELIMINARY 

Homicide suspect Tracy Ray Rollins Jr., 29, a truck driver from Dallas, Texas, waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday in front of District Justice Jeffrey Mensch. Rollins is accused of slaying former model Rebecca Landrith, of Virginia,  and allegedly leaving her body off an Interstate 80 ramp near Loganton in western Union County, sometime overnight between Feb. 6 and 7. His formal arraignment is at 8:30 a.m. July 26 at the Union County Court. According to an online media outlet, the maximum penalty for criminal homicide ranges from the death penalty to life prison.

FELONY SUSPECT EXTRADITED FROM SOUTH CAROLINA

The office of Clinton County District Attorney Dave Strouse said yesterday that Terrence Summers, has been extradited from South Carolina to answer charges stemming from an incident that allegedly took place on June 21, 2019 on South Hanna Street in Castanea Township:. According to therecordonline.com, Summers faces multiple charges when, according to Pennsylvania State Police, Summers is alleged to have committed an armed robbery of the Fuel On Convenience Store, stole several items and held the store clerk at gunpoint. Summers had been lodged in the Clinton County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail. The DA’s office said Summers subsequently posted bail and was released, pending his preliminary hearing.

Sports

High School Baseball

Central Mountain tops Hollidaysburg 6-5

St. John Neumann over Sugar Valley 5-2

Northeast Bradford tops Cowanesque Valley 8-7

Muncy over Montgomery 9-1

Central Columbia over Hughesville 11-1

High School Softball

Montgomery shut out Muncy 7-0

Central Mountain over Mifflinburg 4-2

Bucktail over Sugar Valley 21-3

Montoursville over Southern Columbia 14-1

Loyalsock over  Central Columbia 4-2

Williamsport over Hollidaysburg 12-1 (game 1)

Williamsport over Hollidaysburg 4-1 (game 2)

Warrior Run over Hughesville 6-2

Girls Track and Field

Loyalsock over Warrior Run 77-59

Boys Track and Field

Loyalsock over Warrior Run 79-60

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