BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 6, 2019

LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS
With all 85 precincts reporting unofficial results in the 2019 Municipal Election in Lycoming County, there are some new faces in local government, starting with a the first democrat to be elected mayor since 1998.  City native Derek Slaughter edged Republican Eric Beiter by 752 votes, taking 56% of the vote in a race that garnered 38 percent voter turnout.  According to the Sun Gazette, Slaughter, a current city council member will vacate his city council seat, allowing current members of the group to interview potential candidates for the vacated seat.   Two Lycoming County Commissioners retained their seats but will be joined by a new commissioner, Republican Scott Metzger who received the highest number of votes followed by Tony Mussare and Democrat, Rick Mirabito.  Four City Council Seats were filled, Republican incumbent Councilwoman Bonnie Katz won the most votes followed by republican Adam Yoder, Vincent Pulizzi and Democrat Jon Mackey.  Click here for the full 2019 Municipal election results as reported by Lycoming County Voter Services.

METH DEALER CHARGED WITH FELONY COUNTS
A Montgomery man has been arrested after selling methamphetamine to an undercover informant in March and April of this year.  According to North Central Pa Dot com Cody Allen Benyo,  of West Huston Ave., Montgomery arranged the sale of the drug and allegedly approached a vehicle outside of his home to make the exchange.  According to police, the substance was  tested at Montoursville State Police headquarters, where they reportedly proved positive for the presence of meth.  Benyo was charged with four ungraded felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance, and bail was set at 90 thousand dollars on October 30th.

VOTING MACHINE OPINIONS ARE GOOD
Voters gave their opinions of the new voting machines in exit polls yesterday with a mixed bag of reactions that ran the gamut of approval.  According to the Sun Gazette, precinct judges and election officials in Loyalsock Township’s 5th district said they were satisfied with the new machine process.  Officials at the Montoursville borough offices said that the new voting stations there doubled the capacity and some people told the media the paper ballot used for validation purposes were a preferred way to vote.

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY ROAD MAINTENANCE TODAY
PennDOT maintenance crew in Northumberland County will replacing damaged delineators today on the Route 61 Veterans Memorial Bridge between the City of Sunbury and Shamokin Dam Borough. The left lane of Route 61 will be closed in each direction from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

MORE LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS
By the unofficial numbers in the Williamsport City Council election, Republican incumbent Councilwoman Bonnie Katz had the most in last night’s general election with 2,565 and 15% of the vote.  Three new members of City Council were elected, Republicans Adam Yoder and Vincent Pulizzi, as well as Democrat Jon Mackey who had 14.44% of the vote.  Other close county row office races include the Lycoming County Register and Recorder in which incumbent Kathy Rinehart was defeated by republican nominee Dave Huffman by 288 votes.  Republican Thomas Heap won for Lycoming County prothonotary over Jeni Nash-Harvey with just over 70 % of the vote.  Voters approved the retention of the Lycoming County Common Pleas Judges on the ballot, giving over 80 percent approval from the 67, 854 registered voters to Judges Joy McCoy and Judge Marc Lovecchio.

OUTLYING LYCOMING COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS
In other areas of Lycoming County election results are a little more unclear, According to the Sun Gazette and unofficial results, the mayoral race in Montgomery appears to be undecided until write-in votes can be tallied.  Sean Leet receiving 91 votes while a write-in candidate received 166. Incumbent supervisors in Loyalsock Township Paul Nyman and John Bower will remain after receiving a majority of the votes for the six-year term. In Montgomery Borough Council’s three four-year term seats, Clayton Steward Sr. lead with 172 votes, followed by Rocky Sanguedolce with 156 votes and Laurel K. Green with 144 votes.  In Montoursville, Eric Greenway won the First Ward 4-year seat with 318 votes, with uncontested write-in candidates.  Robert Cronin,  from South Williamsport won the race to represent First Ward with  206 votes, followed by 185 votes for a write-in. Hilarie S. German had 132 votes.

TRANSPORTATION STUDY ADOPTED
A coordinated transit plan has been adopted by the Williamsport Area Transportation Study (WATS) Technical Committee.  After public feedback and a study by the SEDA-COG, the joint plan update considers all human service transportation needs with an emphasis on low-income populations, seniors, and persons with disabilities as they consider fixed transportation needs in the region. The newly updated plan considers transportation needs for the multi-county region as required by the federal government every five years.

SUNDAY HUNTING MAY HAVE TO WAIT
The law that will allow hunting on Sundays in Pennsylvania may not take effect until next season.  According to the PA Game Commission, the senate is scheduled to vote on the bill November 18th, but if it passes and is signed into law quickly, it doesn’t take effect until 90 days after the ruling which will be after early archery and firearm deer seasons have ended.  Commission officials say the best possible scenario is that they could choose one Sunday for Hunting in early 2020, either in the spring turkey season or another open season.
Sports
NBA
Hornets beat the Pacers 122 to 120, Celtics over the Cavaliers 119 to 113, Hawks beat the Spurs 108 to 100, Thunder beat Magic 102 to 94, Lakers over the Bulls 118 to 112, and Nuggets beat the Heat 109 to 89
NHL
The Islanders beat the Senators 4 to 1, Flyers over the Hurricanes 4 to 1, Golden Knights beat the blue jackets 2-1, Canadians beat the Bruins 5-4, Maple Leafs over the Kings 3-1, Devils beat the Jets 2-1, Stars over Avalanche 4-1, Flames beat the Coyotes 4-3, Blues over the Canucks 2-1, Wild beat the Ducks 4-2, Sharks beat the Blackhawks 4-2
HS Girls soccer
1st round of PIAA class 4A playoffs
Williamsport lost to North Penn 5-nothing
1st round of the PIAA class 2A playoffs
ELCO beat Lewisburg 3-nothing
HS Boys Soccer
Lewisburg beat Wyoming seminary 4-nothing in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs  – they play Lansdale Catholic Saturday in the quarterfinals
Girls Volleyball
PIAA class 2A Girls Volleyball playoffs
North Penn Liberty beat Holy Redeemer 3- nothing
North Penn liberty advances to play Panther Valley from District 11 Saturday in the state quarterfinals
PIAA class A Girls Volleyball playoffs
Canton beat Mount Calvary Christian 3-1 They will play Berlin Brothers Valley Saturday in the state tournament with the site and time to be determined

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