BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS AUGUST 12, 2021

CRITICAL RACE THEORY MOTION ENDS AT 1

It was Montoursville Area School Board member Ron Snell who introduced the motion to ban teaching of Critical Race Theory in the district. The vote never received a second motion. Those in attendance of the meeting, shared emotionally charged reasons both for and against the instruction known as Critical Race Theory. According to SUN Gazette, the resolution suggested the board would oppose “public school and publicly funded charter school curriculum instruction or materials promoting critical race theory or advocating similar divisive concepts relating to sex, race, ethnicity, color or national origin.”

BUILDING SEARCH FOR  NEW LYCOMING COUNTY CORONER’S OFFICE

A meeting was scheduled between the Lycoming County Commissioners  and the owner of a building the Commissioners are considering purchasing.  The building would complete a 9-year-search for the ideal structure for the Lycoming County Coroner’s Office.  According to a media outlet, the three commissioners are meeting with Don Lundy to explore the possibility of purchasing the property in Newberry.  The commissioners advised they would update the public on any and all decisions as they become available.

SAFETY FENCING FOR JOB SITE IN LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP

A four month, or 16 week, timeline was provided to the Loyalsock Township Supervisors for the construction of the Texas Roadhouse restaurant.  With the project looming, township officials have begun preparing for  the process of installing safety fencing around the commercial job site. The township supervisors stated at their last meeting they were beginning to look into the criteria for fence requirements, based on needs by Dave Carson, site inspector. Thoughts on the project included concern for safety on the site, who’s responsibility was it to place and fence and how much would it add to the overall cost of the project.  Research continues.

STATE POLICE IN STONINGTON AND MILTON 

According to State Police in Stonington, the incident was in the area of the 3400 block of Snydertown Rd., in Snydertown, when Garry Reigle of Sunbury observed a state trooper. He began yelling profanities at the trooper, as he asked him to get off the roadway. Reigle remained standing on the roadway, and was cited for disorderly conduct.  State Police at Milton were called Sunday morning to a residence in West Chillisquaque Township, Northumberland County, for a burglary in progress. The suspect fled the scene prior to troopers’ arrival around 2 a.m. at the residence on Ivy St. State police observed pry marks on the front and back doors of the residence. According to northcentralpa.com, anyone with information may contact PSP Milton at (570) 524-2662.

PA DEPT OF CORRECTIONS DASHBOARD

It was designed to enhance the state’s efforts to promote data transparency in the criminal justice atmosphere. The Pa Department of Corrections initiated the new dashboard on July 30. Recidiviz is a non-profit organization which facilitates data sharing inside the criminal justice system, thereby creating a public-facing website to answer questions dealing with prisons and parole in Pa. The dashboard, which is updated weekly, shares data related to Pennsylvania’s corrections system along with analysis and educational context.

MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTOR GETS FELONY CHARGE

A Williamsport Area High School mathematics teacher was suspended after authorities said he made inappropriate comments to students on several occasions. Christopher P. Yoder, Williamsport was charged with multiple felonies following an investigation by the Williamsport Bureau of Police. During a Snapchat conversation with a student, Yoder allegedly made comments about wanting to see her in the shower and other  suggestive comments. Two witnesses, who went to authorities, explained they were fearful of Yoder, according to northcentralpa.com. Yoder was held on $85,000 monetary bail at the Lycoming County Prison.

CROSSCUTTERS PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Troy Taylor, the 19-year-old who became a full-time pitcher in October of 2019 during his freshman year at Long Beach State. With raw talent and a great desire to refine his craft, Taylor has seen rapid progression and has come a long way in the past year and a half. But what kept radar guns pointed at Taylor were his mean slider and 95 mph fastball.  Taylor will follow through with his original plan to report to UC Irvine and play more Division I ball before he declares for next year’s draft.

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