BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 4, 2020

DRIVE THROUGH TESTING AVAILABLE IN MONTOURSVILLE FRIDAY
The Pennsylvania Department of health announced yesterday that on Friday, June 5, various drive-thru testing locations across the state will provide testing for residents living in areas with fewer testing sites. These tests are being provided at no cost to Pennsylvanians. The 5 Walmart Supercenter sites across the state, which includes the Montoursville location, will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7-9 am. Registration is required 1 day in advance.  A link to the Quest Diagnostics portal to create an account and register for a free test is available here.

EDUCATION ACTIVITIES CAN RESUME SOON
Governor Tom Wolf announced guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Education that elementary and secondary schools can resume in-person instruction and activities such as school clubs beginning July 1st and colleges and other post-secondary programs can resume June5th. However, sports schedules are decided by the PIAA and NCAA for colleges. Schools must have a health and safety plan based on CDC guidelines and the state health department in place and on the public school website before starting.  State officials said that the guidance may evolve as circumstances change.  The full document from governor wolf is available here.

CRASH VICTIMS IDENTIFIED
The Lycoming County Coroner has identified the two people killed in Tuesday’s crash on Route 405.  Charles E Keissling Jr told the Sun Gazette that 67 year old Betsy Watts of Muncy and 55 year old Matthew Harter of Benton were both involved in the head-on collision near the Meadow Brook Trailer Park that took their lives.  Harter was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, but Watts passed in the emergency room at UPMC Muncy.

FISHING DERBY CANCLLED
In a report after Memorial day weekend, that the Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creeks successfully stocked over 11 thousand yearling trout and 82 2 and 3 year old trout into local streams in Lycoming and Sullivan Counties, they also reported a some bad news to North Central Pa.com.  The  Dick Harner Kids’ Trout Derby has been canceled for 2020, usually held on the first Sunday in May at Van Rensselaer Park in Picture Rocks.  Next year’s Derby is scheduled for May 2, 2021

STATE CONTACT TRACING CONSORTIUM CREATED
The department of Health has set up a consortium in southwestern Pennsylvania to bring together partners who will support the efforts of contact tracing due to the Coronavirus.  According to a press release yesterday, the consortium is the first of what they hope to be the first region of 6 to establish and conduct contact tracing.  Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said they are receiving support from schools across the state.   The Consortiums assess the number of contact tracers needed in each area, and ensure training and education as well as coordinate information and consistent data.

POLICE SEARCH FOR ONE SUSPECT IN DRIVE BY SHOOTING IN LEWISBURG
Police have two suspects in custody who were involved in a drive-by shooting  near the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail in Lewisburg Monday evening that injured two people. Buffalo Valley Regional Police say the incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. in the area of 1704 West Market Street. Officers say they found two people with gunshot wounds who were then taken to Geisinger where they were treated. Police arrested one suspect, as well as the driver of a light green Subaru Forrester XT that was allegedly used in the shooting. At this time the shooter who witnesses say was in the vehicle, is still at large.  Search warrants for evidence in the shootings were issued in District court Tuesday and they are asking the public with information about the shooting to call Buffalo Valley Police.

Millville Community Fire Company has decided to cancel the Millville Fire Company Carnival for 2020.  However, there will still be fireworks at 10pm on July 4th and there will be a caramel corn and peanut sale June 26th, 27th, July 3rd and 4th.  According to their social media pages the fire company will post information about the sales soon.

Ten Lycoming County High School Seniors have been recognized by Little League International through the Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball Scholarship, who excel in academics and citizenship.  The graduating senior must be in the top 25 percent of their class at one of the nine Lycoming County high schools.  Among the winners are Alexander Reed, and David Hutchinson from Loyalsock Township High School, Alexandra Tsikitas and Lauren Ogden from South Williamsport Area Jr./Sr. High School Maxwell Ferguson and Mackenzie Brooks  from Jersey Shore Area Senior High School, Alex McWilliams and London Mussina of Montoursville Area High School, Rachel Bitler and Jacob Corson Hughesville Jr./Sr. High School.

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