BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 18, 2020

Governor Wolf announced Friday 12 counties which are eligible to move into the yellow phase as of May 22nd. Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Wayne and York will all change from the red. This brings yellow phase counties to 37 statewide with only 18 states left to qualify.  Governor Wolf defended his administration’s actions <<< WOLF 1>>>. Wolf said the remaining 18 counties must remain vigilant, despite their frustrations, for any chance of normalcy in the future.

Police are searching for a man who fled on foot Sunday night after stabbing a woman at a convenience store in Loyalsock Township. According to the Sun Gazette, police responded to the store on Northway road where a 59 year old woman had been stabbed in the neck.  They say the suspect, a black male wearing a white mask ran from the scene about 7pm toward Loyalsock Township High School.  The unnamed woman was conscious and alert after the stabbing according to medical personnel.

There were accusations last week that there have been alleged violations of the Sunshine Act- which requires Pennsylvania agencies to conduct business in public – in Montgomery Borough Council proceedings, by former Council woman Shawn Coles.  According to the Sun Gazette,   Coles said she was given direction by Council President Susan Andrews on how to vote, and was excluded from secret meetings with other members of the council.  Coles’ resignation was accepted at last Tuesday’s meeting, along with letters of resignation from Mayor Fae Herb and Officer Ken Flewelling – with the reasons not disclosed.  Andrews stepped into the role as mayor following Herbs resignation, the council has 30 days to fill the vacancies.

There will be an opportunity for people in Williamsport to honor veteran’s this Memorial Day beginning Monday at the Williamsport Vet Center.   Anyone with a veteran’s memento, picture, or memorial is invited to hang it from the paracord display this Monday through Memorial Day.  A virtual ceremony will be held on GoTOMeeting  Monday at 10am to introduce the project.  Email juanita.cook@va.gov for details.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of midnight yesterday, that there are 623 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 62,234. Lycoming County has had 147 positive cases and 12 deaths to date according to the Lycoming County Coroner, Northumberland county reports 141 cases, Union 47 cases and 1 death reported. Clinton county has 44 cases, Sullivan, two cases now.  The Department of Health is reporting 76 new fatalities from the weekend with 4,418 total deaths in Pennsylvania

A man died from asphyxiation after being overcome by fumes in a 60 foot grass-silo at a farm between Washingtonville and Jerseytown Friday morning.  According to the Sun Gazette, the Montour County Coroner said 45 year old Abraham Stoltzfus was stuck in the silo chute when his 16 year old son called for help after also being affected by the fumes.   Other family members and a neighbor pulled Stolzfus from the silo, he was pronounced dead at the scene, his son was treated and released from Geisinger Medical Center

Today is the last day to register to vote before the June 2nd election in Pennsylvania.  You can register online at  pavoterservices.pa.gov or print a blank voter registration form from the same site and hand deliver it to your county voter registration office. You must be a Pennsylvania resident for 30 days before the election in order to be eligible to vote.  If you have any questions, please call 1.877.VOTESPA (1.877.868.3772)

Overnight work will continue this week in Loyalsock Township along the Golden Strip.  According to PennDOT, the project will continue along East Third Street between Country Club Drive to River Avenue. Repairs to the traffic signals will be completed after the resurfacing has been performed.  The work will be completed through Friday this week from 9pm to 6am with the project expected to be completed in the late-summer of 2020.

 

Sports
NASCAR
Within a silent empty grandstand, Kevin Harvick beat Alex Bowman to win NASCAR’s first race back Sunday.  The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Motor Speedway in South Carolina was dedicated to health care workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The names of health care workers across the country were substituted for the drivers’ name above the door on each of the 40 cars.

GOLF
Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson partnered up at Seminole Sunday as live golf returned to television for a skins game also with Matthew Wolff and, Rickie Fowler, that raised more than $5 million for COVID-19 relief funds. Next up in the sport is May 24th, where Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning will face Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in a match billed as “Champions for Charity” for more COVID-19 relief efforts.

MLB
Major league baseball is expected to lose an average of $640,000 per game this season due to the empty ball parks.

And once major-league baseball does return it will be without players spitting, part of the new draft of the return-plan for baseball.  Also banned, high-fives, fist bumps and hugging – plus chewing tobacco and sunflower seeds will probably be eliminated. They will also be encouraging players to not socialize with the other team and not throw the ball around after an out. Players will not be in the dugout, but in the stands 6 feet apart.

NBA

A signed pair of Air Jordan ones from Michael Jordan’s 1984-85 Rookie Season was sold at auction last night for $560 thousand dollars.  The shoes were expected to bring in only 150 thousand – but 10 bidders drove the price up 300 thousand in the last 20 minutes of a bidding war.

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