BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS APRIL 2 & 3, 2022

OPENING FOR BIDS

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has opened bids for the first construction contract for the southern section of the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation Project (CSVT).

According to acting PennDot District 3 Executive Justin Blakeney, “This is the first of three contracts for the Southern Section of the CSVT, which will ease congestion, improve safety and accommodate growth in the region and is a major step toward completion of this project, which will have a significant impact in the area. Bids were opened for the earthwork for the roughly 6 miles of new four-lane, limited access highway in Shamokin Dam Borough and Monroe Township, Snyder County.

LAWSUIT FILED IN FEDERAL COURT

Indifference to racial harassment and discrimination were the charges alleged in a lawsuit an Army recruiter and his family have filed against Jersey Shore Area School District in federal court. As reported by SUN Gazette, the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. Middle District Court, names the school board, district Superintendent Dr. Brian Ulmer, high school principal Steven Keen and assistant principal Elizabeth Seagraves. Reports say Adam Williams reported his son and daughter allegedly suffered from bullying, harassment and discrimination.

UHY ADVISORS

Williamsport has $25.4 million in American Rescue Plan funds to distribute before 2026.  A daunting task, but at their most recent meeting, Williamsport City Council awarded UHY Advisors with the tasks of ARPA fund compliance and oversight. As reported by SUN Gazette, the firm, carrying a price tag of $85,000 a year for three years, has promised transparency with the public.

STORM DAMAGE

The community, five miles east of Hughesville, felt the brunt of a violent spring thunderstorm event Thursday night.  Here, house and barn roofs were torn and tossed; trees and wires were sent every which way.  According to the National Weather Service, winds in the area were in excess of 80 mph.  Friends, family and neighbors were there Friday morning to pick up the pieces and reconstruct Lairdsville.  As reported by SUN Gazette, upwards of 200 customers of PPL remained without power into Friday afternoon.  This morning, there were no residents without power.

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