BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS AUGUST 28TH, 2019

Coach Franklin Denies Wrong Doings

After allegation of pressuring a former team doctor to clearing athletes to return from injuries, Penn State Football Head Coach James Franklin denied any wrong doing. According to ESPN News Services, Franklin stated the school would “vigorously defend our program”. Former director of athletic medicine, Dr. Scott Lynch filed a lawsuit in Dauphin County last Friday, claiming Franklin attempted to interfere with the doctor’s authority on “multiple and repeated occasions” leading to his dismissal.

DCA Makes Way to Williamsport

More than 25 Corps will descend upon Williamsport as Drum Corps Associates will be holding their World Championships Friday, August 30th through Sunday, September 1st. According to North Central Pa dot com, the event kicks off Friday morning at City Hall and runs through Sunday night. More information and tickets are available online at www.dcabilltown.com.

Money to Be Saved By County Commissioners

The Lycoming County commissioners intend to save the $1.2 Million realized in bond refinancing. According to the Sun Gazette, due to low interest rates, the commissioners announced that the Build America Bonds, which were issued after the collapse of the economy in 2008, would be refinanced for significant savings. The Money could go towards multiple county projects.

More Details in Fatal Plane Crash Released

Additional details into the Lycoming County plane crash that left two men dead have been released. According to WKOK, as the National Transportation Safety Board continues their investigation, they stated the plane, called “an experimental and amateur-built aircraft, was purchased just two weeks before the crash. The report also stated, the men had not filed a flight plan prior to the crash.

Natural Gas Plant Under Construction

The construction of a natural gas plant has begun in Wyalusing. According to WNEP, people are expecting the new $800 Million facility to bring jobs and business to Bradford County. The company plans to employ around 500 workers during construction and 50 full-time employees once the plant is operational. New Fortress Energy expects the plant to begin operations in 2021.

City Hall Upgrade Needs Grow

City Codes administrator Joseph Gerardi has made a recommendation to form a committee to specifically look at accessibility needs for City Hall. According to the Sun-Gazette, Gerardi told City Council’s public works committee Tuesday the $650,000 in bids for City Hall improvements are just a start and it could be millions of dollars in accessibility upgrades necessary.

Refinancing of Bonds to Save Jersey Shore Schools Thousands

The Jersey Shore Area School District board approved a motion on Monday night to refinance bonds issued in 2013 to potentially realize a minimum net savings target of $50,000. According to the Sun-Gazette, PFM’s Jamie Doyle noted in a presentation that the current bonds have a fairly low interest rate, but the hope is the rates will go even lower, making refinancing even more attractive.

City Man Arrested After Meth Induced Attack

A Williamsport man was arrested Monday morning after he allegedly possessed a pipe and assaulted a motel employee after consuming methamphetamine. According to the Sun-Gazette, Jared R. Blair, 38, was arrested at a motel on Lycoming Creek Road on multiple charges, including simple assault and criminal mischief.  Blair was arraigned and is prisoned in lieu of $20,000 bail.

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