BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS AUGUST 7, 2020

PIAA TO RELEASE STATEMENT TODAY ABOUT WOLF’S SPORTS RECOMMENDATION
The PIAA had an emergency board meeting after Governor Tom Wolf’s strong recommendation to pause school athletics until January 2021 during his daily press conference yesterday.  According to the Sun Gazette, the executive session was closed to the public and media, but the board of directors issued a statement, noting that they are tremendously disappointed after staff has worked so hard to develop protocols allowing the safe return of school sports.  At the local level, the governor says school administrators and locally elected school boards should make the final decisions on sports.  The PIAA board says they are continuing to review the governor’s action and will make an official statement today.

DA MAY FILE CHARGES OVER CONCEALED GUN AT RESTAURANT
The District Attorney is considering whether to press charges against a man who showed a gun at a Loyalsock Township restaurant when two employees asked him to wear a mask inside the facility.  According to the Sun Gazette, on July 25th, an unidentified man flashed a concealed handgun at two 17 year-old employees at TGIFridays and police were called.  The Lycoming County District Attorney’s office is considering all the evidence and said they will do their due diligence before making any arrests.  State police in PA have declared that during the pandemic, wearing a facemask and carrying a concealed weapon is legal.

FATAL ACCIDENT CLOSED ROAD
PennDOT reported that Route 204 was blocked between Kratzerville and New Berlin because of a fatal accident on Thursday. The wreck happened around 8am in Jackson Township, between Benfer Road and Hollenbach Road, near New Berlin.  Central Susquehanna Valley Regional 9-1-1 says the road was blocked and state police are investigating. PennDot said the road was reopened at 3pm.

LYCOMING COUNTY BRIDGE WORK NEXT WEEK
A bridge rehabilitation and preservation project will begin Monday, August 10 on Slacks Run Road in Lewis Township. The bridge spans over Lycoming Creek and will be closed for seven days for crews to preform maintenance.  A detour using Route 14, Field Station Road and Shoemaker Road in Lewis and Gamble Townships as well as Rose Valley Road and Flannigan Road in Gamble and Cascade Townships will be in place.

GOVERNOR WOLF MAKES SPORTS RECOMMENDATION
Governor Tom Wolf, in his daily press conference yesterday strongly recommended, along with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of Education, that Pre-K–12 school and recreational youth sports be postponed until at least January 1st.  Governor Wolf stated that he was not making an order or mandate and that school officials at a local level should make the decisions on sports.You can find the details of Governor Wolf’s recommendation at WILQ.com in the news section.….at WBZD.com in the news section……at any Backyard broadcasting website in the news section.

SUNBURY HEALTH INSPECTOR LEAVING POSITION
Sunbury is losing its health inspector as of the end of September when Mary Sue Smith leaves the position. Smith was set to resign from the job two weeks ago, but due to a city employee testing positive for COVID-19, the council meeting was postponed. Smith had held the $4,000 a year position for nearly 10 years, City Administrator Jody Ocker said. Smith inspected close 70 properties in Sunbury and files reports. As per third-class city code, Sunbury is required to have a health inspector.

PRIDE RALLY IN MILTON SATURDAY
There will be an LGBTQ PRIDE rally this Saturday in Milton organized by the “I Am Alliance” organization.  According to the group’s Facebook page, the group is meant to be a safe place for LGBTQ teens, their families and allies.  The rally will take place Saturday from 3-7pm in Milton at the intersection of Routes 405 and 642 and the group will be based out of the Merle Phillips Outdoor Life Park.

NO FANS FOR PENN STATE ATHLETICS
There won’t be any fans in the stands at Penn State football games this season.  According to Penn Live, Penn State Athletics sent an update to season ticket holders yesterday that the current policies to help slow the spread of the coronavirus mean that the university is planning to conduct fall sporting events, including football games, without fans at this time.

SPORTS

MLB

Pirates over the Twins 6-5, Phillies over the Yankees 5-4. Rockies 6-4 over the Giants, A’s beat the Rangers 6-4, The Angels beat the Mariners 6-1, The Indians shut out the Reds 13-0, Braves beat the Blue Jays 4-3, The Diamondbacks over the Astros 5-4, The Royals all over the Cubs 13-2, The Marlins over the Orioles 8-7 and the Brewers beat the White Sox 8-3. The Tigers and the Cardinals PPD due to Covid 19.

NBA

The Kings over The Pelicans 140-125, The Bucks beat the Heat 130 -116, Suns beat the The Pacers 114-99, Clippers over the Mavericks 126-111, Trailblazers 125 the Nuggets 115, and the Rockets beat the Lakers 113-97

NHL

Canucks 3 The Wild 0, The Flyers 3-1 over the Capitals, The Golden Knights 6-4 over the Blues, In OT The Blue Jackets lasted the Maple Leafs 4-3

 

Penn State junior linebacker Micah Parsons made an official statement yesterday that he has elected to forgo the 2020 season to prepare for the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft.  The Harrisburg native reached the 100-tackle mark, becoming the first Penn State player since Marcus Allen in 2016 to reach that feat.  He finishes his career tied for seventh all-time at Penn State with six forced fumbles.

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