BACKYARD BROADCASTING WEEKEND NEWS MAY 2, 2020

LYCOMING COUNTY ADDS TWO DEATHS FROM COVID-19
North central Pennsylvania added 4 deaths from COVID- 19 yesterday. According to the sun gazette the Lycoming and Tioga County coroners both confirmed 2 deaths in each of their counties bringing Tioga County to 16 cases and 2 deaths. Charles E Kiessling Jr., Lycoming County Coroner, also added 3 positive cases here, bringing Lycoming county to 71 cases and 2 deaths. Statewide there are 1,307 new cases of the coronavirus bringing the total to 45,763.  2,753 of those cases occur in health care workers.

LYCOMING COUNTY MOVES FROM RED TO YELLOW DESIGNATION ON MAY 8
Governor Wolf announced in a his daily press release yesterday that 24 counties will have some covid-19 mitigation restrictions lifted with Lycoming, Montour, Sullivan, Tioga and Northumberland county being among them. Wolf stated that these counties are being moved from the red into the yellow. Red having the most risk, yellow being less severe. These counties still have a possibility of infections breaking out among the population but are being reopened because of factors such as testing availability and population density. You can find the link to the full press release here.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CANCELS IN-PERSON EVENTS
The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of River Valley, scheduled for the end of this month, has canceled all in-person events until June. According to the Sun Gazette the leadership team met virtually and decided to postpone the 26th year for a later date. Individual teams are encouraged to raise funds using creative social media campaigns for the American Cancer Society.

DRIVER’S LICENSE RENEWAL DEADLINE EXTENDED
Expiration dates for driver’s licenses and learner’s permits that were scheduled to expire March through May have been extended for Pennsylvania residents. According to the state department of transportation, residents whose ID cards are expiring have until June 30th to renew. Previous extensions were announced march 27th but as a reminder services are available at DMV.PA.gov. Statewide, all DMV offices are closed but services online are still available. There are no additional fees for using online services.

SPORTS

NASCAR
The 2020 NASCAR cup series will resume next month in Darlington, SC. According to officials, Sunday,  May 17th the Cup Series will run without fans in attendance. Two other races will occur that week including the Xfinity Series on the 19th and an additional Cup Series event on the 20th.

In Horse Racing, with the 146th Kentucky Derby postponed until Labor Day weekend, NBC will re-broadcast the 2015 Kentucky Derby today at 3pm, followed by a virtual Kentucky Derby featuring winners of the past.  Fans will be able to choose a favorite horse by making a charitable donation to coronavirus relief efforts. Some contributors may be chosen for a VIP experience for next year’s Derby.

HS WRESTLING

Some minor rule changes in high school wrestling were handed down by the National Federal of High Schools this week which addressed hair length, weigh-in procedures and scoring, in addition the number of weight classes were reduced from 14 to 13.

MiLB
The Williamsport Crosscutters have joined a new initiative with minor league baseball.  “MILB – CommUNITY First”  to honor those working on the front line of the pandemic.  According to the Sun Gazette, if fans visit the online site, www.milb.com/communityfirst they can choose a donation amount and designate it for the Crosscutters.  Those direct funds will benefit the Central PA Food Bank.

NBA

The NBA board of governors voted Friday to postpone the draft lottery and draft combine in may. The league has not voted yet to delay the NBA draft on June 25 but is expected to. NBA officials are discussing a December start.

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