BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 7. 2020

BODY FOUND IN CLINTON COUNTY
Human remains were discovered along the Susquehanna River by fishermen in Pine Creek Township last Thursday.  State police at Lamar are investigating with Clinton County Coroner Zach Hanna.  According to the Sun Gazette, the remains are speculated to be those of 31 year old Alex Mardis who disappeared in October of 2019 last seen fishing in Wayne Township, but those reports were not confirmed.  The investigation is ongoing and no further details are available.

HIT AND RUN SENDS THREE TO HOSPITAL
A hit and run accident Sunday night in Crawford County involving an Amish buggy sent a young family to the hospital and SUV in question now located by police.  According to Erie News now, a black 2018 Chevrolet Traverse rear-ended the Amish buggy while traveling westbound on Canadohta Lake Road just west of the intersection with Route 89. The diver fled the scene.   A 23 year old woman was taken to UMPC Hamot and an 1 year old boy and an infant were life-flighted to UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.  The 24 year old man driving the buggy sustained minor injuries.   Spartansburg residents told media outlets that more crashes like these have happened recently in Altoona and Meadville.  No word on the condition of the victims today.

PENNDOT WILL WORK ON I-80 EAST AND WEST THROUGH JULY
Center Line Joint work continues this week on I80 east and west in West Buffalo and White Deer Townships this week.  There will be short term alternating lane closures eastbound between mile markers 199 and 2020 near the Mile Run exit and westbound between mile markers 207 and 204.  HRI incorporated will continue repairing the center line joint as well as the shoulders today through Friday July 24th.

WILLIAMSPORT LIBRARY OPEN TO BROWSE AGAIN WITH PRECAUTIONS
Precautions and protocols are in place that has allowed the James V. Brown Library to reopen for browsing throughout the facility. Summer programs have started again and the computer area, has been rearranged to allow for social distancing.  Fees for DVDs have been reinstated, and those with fines are asked to clear their accounts at the help desk. According to a statement by the library staff, they will continue to clean and sanitize areas frequently, and eturned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours. Plexiglass shields have also been installed in front of all desks.  The library is open 9 to 6 Monday to Friday, Saturday 9 to 2 and closed Sunday.

WILLIAMSPORT FIRE DISPLACES TWELVE PEOPLE
Another Williamsport house fire this week has left a dozen people homeless and firefighters battling the intense heat in the city.  According to the Sun Gazette, flames broke out in an exterior wall on the second floor of the 3 story unit at 614 Pine Street about 2pm Monday.  A family in one unit noticed smoke in their apartment and called 911.  Asecond-alarm was ordered, bringing Old Lycoming Township, South Williamsport and Montoursville volunteer firefighters to help breaking up the exterior wall and dousing any hidden hot spots. The local chapter of the American Red Cross  is helping the displaced families

FIREWORKS ORDINANCE COULD BE CHANGED
City Council may re-examine a city fireworks ordinance.  The ordinance now allows for their use seven days prior to July 4 and seven days after, providing the user is 150 feet from any structure. Some council members said there could be less legal days days before the holiday than exists now.   Some more powerful fireworks are available for sale in Pennsylvania over the last three years since the state statute was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf.  According to the Sun Gazette, as far as incidents in Lycoming County, state police at Montoursville responded to seven complaints of noise or fireworks between July 1 and Monday, as compared to two noise complaints from the same time in 2019.

AVIS ACCEPTS PAVING BID, SEEKING APPROVAL FROM BOROUGH
Five borough streets in Avis will be paved after the borough council there unanimously agreed to pass along a bid by Glenn O Habaker for 73,900 and 70 cents (just under $74k) at their latest in-person meeting yesterday.  According to the Sun Gazette, Clinton, Cliff and Kirby streets and Myrtle and Ivy alleys will be paved after a recommendation is sent to the streets committee borough engineer and the county municipal services for approval.  The funds will come from liquid fuels money and additional general funds.

MORE COVID-19 POSTPONEMENTS
There are a few more events and activities that have been officially cancelled this year in the wake of COVID-19.  The Sullivan County Fair board voted last week to postpone the fair held at the Sullivan County Fairgrounds in Forksville, September 1st to the 5th until 2021.  Montandon’s safety celebration, scheduled for Friday is also postponed with a new date to be announced.  And the season at Bucknell University’s Weis Center for the Performing Arts in Northumberland County will not host any public large-scale performances through December 2020.  In addition to local health and safety concerns officials there said that many of the international artists have cancelled their schedules.  According to the Sun Gazette, they are actively planning a Spring 2021 season with hopes that they will be able to perform.

SPORTS

NFL
The Chiefs and Super Bowl MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes have reached agreement on a 10-year contract extension that ties him to Kansas City through the 2031 season, the team announced Monday.  League sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the deal is worth $450 millionover the 10-year period and could be worth up to $503 million. The extension includes a $140 million injury guarantee, as well as a no-trade clause.  With his landmark payout over the next 12 seasons, Mahomes will have the richest valued contract in American professional sports

NBA
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard said he will be joining his team in Orlando  for the league’s restart at the end of the month.He will donate the remainder of his salary for the 2019-20 season — approximately $700,000 to his charitable initiative Breathe Again.  Howard, started the charity Breathe Again through his D12 Foundation in 2015 and is restarting the campaign in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis .

Boxing promotions run by Floyd Mayweather, Bob Arum and Oscar De La Hoya and teams in MLS, NASCAR and IndyCar were among the sports organizations that navigated the federal loan programs to cope with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Data released Monday showed hundreds of thousands of Paycheck Protection Program recipients across a wide range of industries, and sports-related businesses were well represented. None of the four major North American sports leagues — the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB — were among the businesses that applied.

President Donald Trump criticized the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians on Twitter for considering changes to their respective team names. The Redskins appear likely to change their name amid a nationwide movement to erase racially insensitive symbols, given the national focus on human rights and social justice

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