BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 22, 2022

MAN ACCUSED OF STALKING FREE ON BAIL

A man who police say threatened a Williamsport woman and her family has been charged with terroristic threats, stalking and harassment.  According to the Sun Gazette, 43 year old Ryan Morgan obtained a phone number of the victim from his workplace, she was a coworker, and initially called and contacted her on social media using fake accounts up to 100 times per week.  The calls then allegedly progressed to threatening messages as well as to threatening a member of the woman’s family.  Morgan waived his preliminary hearing and is free on 10 thousand dollars bail.

GRANT AWARDED FOR NEW TRAFFIC SIGNALS IN OLD CITY

The City of Williamsport was awarded $326,796 for the upgrade of traffic signals at East Fourth and Mulberry Streets as part of Pennsylvania’s Green Light-Go project.  According to a press release from Derek Slaughter,  he has gratitude that the city is one of 70 municipalities in Pennsylvania that received a portion of the Green Light-Go grants  -part of more than $37.8 million. The grant will complete the funding needed to make East Fourth Street two-ways between Basin and Mulberry Street and new streetscape to match the improvements completed on East Third Street in 2019.  Slaughter said the revitalized area of Williamsport’s Old City will be a convenient, accessible place for walking, biking and regular traffic.

PENN COLLEGE TO AWARD MASTER’S DEGREES

Master’s degrees will be awarded for the first time in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s history at their upcoming commencement ceremonies at the Community Arts Center.  New Penn College President Michael J. Reed will preside over the event in which almost 170 students have petitioned to graduate. According to a press release from Penn College, Summer 2022 Commencement will begin Saturday August 6th at 11am, and will feature student speaker, Brian Bilbao of Old Forge, who is one of the first students to be awarded the Combined Bachelor/Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies.

LYCO FAIR TODAY

The 151st Lycoming County Fair continues tonight for the final Friday, featuring the Dale Wheeland Memorial Tractor Pull at 6pm. The fair opens at 4pm tonight but at 10am tomorrow with the Pony Pulling Contest kicking off the day in the Grandstand. Backyard Broadcasting will be live on the midway from 5-8 tonight and tomorrow for Saturday, the final night of the fair

TWO TEENS REMOVED FROM ALLEGED ABUSIVE HOME

Two adopted teenagers have been removed from the home of a Northumberland County couple accused of abuse along with other charges.  According to North Central PA dot com, Jennifer and Christopher Marks were reported by one child who reported the abuse at school after she got in trouble for stealing a pop tart because she said she was starving. The girl went on to tell authorities other forms of abuse she and her brother suffer at the hands of the couple and that they are told to lie about what happens at home.  Jennifer Marks denies the allegations.  The couple were arraigned in district court Wednesday and are free on 20 thousand dollars unsecured bail.

UNCLAIMED CORONAVIRUS FUNDS DISTRIBUTED IN PA

Unclaimed funds from the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery program of the American Rescue Plan Act last year will be distributed to municipalities in the Commonwealth by the PA Treasury.  According to a press release from the office of Stacy Garrity, Pennsylvania Treasurer, 1.5 million dollars have already been allocated for municipalities across the Commonwealth in one round of payments.  The surplus is from the unused funds from 75 municipalities who didn’t apply for the recovery funds. Current payment information can be found on the Treasury’s Department’s website – PATREASURY.GOV

PA’S AG ANNOUNCES HERO-RETENTION BONUSES

Hero-pay retention bonuses have been announced by the office of Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General for police officers in the Commonwealth who have been working in short-staffed departments.  According to the Wolf administration the 1200 dollar bonuses are funded from the recently authorized Local Law Enforcement Support Grant Program administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.  The statewide grant program awards $135 million to local police departments.  A recent survey also says Pennsylvania’s 9-1-1 call centers are short staffed and have at least 350 openings statewide.

NORTHUMBERLAND AND COLUMBIA COUNTY HAVE JOB FAIRS SOON

PennDOT of Northumberland and Columbia Counties will hold job fairs at the beginning of August for those with valid PA CDL licenses class A or B with no restrictions, wishing to join the Department of Transportation team.  According to a press release, Tuesday, August 2nd from 4 til 7pm, a job fair will be held at the Columbia County Maintenance Office in Bloomsburg . The next day, August 3rd from 4 til 7, a job fair for openings in Northumberland County will be held at the Norry maintenance office on Dewart Street in Sunbury.  Recruiters will be on hand to talk about current job openings.

SPORTS

MLB
   Astros 3 Yankees 2 in Game 1
   Astros 7 Yankees 5 in Game 2
Tiger 7       A’s 2 Game 1
A’s 5          Tigers 0 Game 2

 Dodgers 9 Giants 6 
 Rangers 8 Marlins 0

MLB Draft League
The Williamsport Crosscutters are back at home tonight to kick off a three gane series against the Trenton Thunder @ Muncy Bank Ballpark with a 6:35 first pitch.

NASCAR has planned a street race through downtown Chicago during its 75th season next year. The Cup Series will race against the backdrop of Lake Michigan and Grant Park next July 2 as part of a three-year deal with the city of Chicago. It will be a festival atmosphere weekend leading up to the 12-turn, 2.2-mile street course race.

M&M Fan Appreciation 400 at Pocono Raceway is this Sunday with race coverage beginning at 3pm Sunday on our sister station the Twin Valley’s Talk Radio Network or WILQ’s HD3

NFL Arizona Cardinals star Kyler Murray has agreed to a five-year extension worth $230.5 million, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, a deal that makes him one of the NFL’s highest-paid quarterbacks.  The deal, which runs through the 2028 season, includes $160 million guaranteed for injury, the source told Schefter. Murray will make $105 million fully guaranteed upon signing the deal, 

Smithsonian Magazine reports that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that Pennsylvania’s  Jim Thorpe will be reinstated as the sole winner of two events, the pentathlon and decathlon, in which he competed during the 1912 Games in Stockholm.  Thorpe originally won both events, becoming the first Native American to secure an Olympic gold medal for the United States. But officials stripped him of his medals in 1913 because of their strict amateurism rules – for a short time, Thorpe played minor-league baseball for 25 dollars a week.

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