BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS AUGUST 12, 2020

School Districts in Lycoming County have been given new recommendations for reopening for fall instruction from Governor Tom Wolf in coordination with the Department of Education and Department of Health that is based on 2 public health metric; including the number of cases per capita in a region and also the percentage of positive coronavirus tests reported within a 7 day period. There will be 3 thresholds for school boards to consider when deciding whether schools will operate under low, moderate or substantial levels of communal transmission. When low, full, in-person instruction is possible, at moderate schools can operate in hybrid or fully remote model and at substantial, schools are recommended to be fully remote.  Schools in Lycoming County are designated at moderate, with Clinton, Sullivan and Tioga at Low.  Union County is in the ‘substantial’ category, reportedly due to a recent spike at the prison in Lewisburg.

Police are investigating a crash that sent a Coal Township woman to the hospital Tuesday afternoon.  According to the Daily item, police say Robin Koza rear-ended another vehicle at the Route 61 traffic signal at 16th street in Tharptown when she failed to brake for a Selinsgrove man driving a Nissan Sentra. The accident entrapped Koza in her vehicle and after 30 minutes, rescue personnel got her out, she was flown by Life Flight helicopter to Geisinger, Danville.  Koza is reportedly in fair condition today.  The other driver sustained no injuries.

A total of $290,198 in Community Development Block Grant dollars through CARES ACT funding will be available for programs and projects in Lycoming County this year. A representative from SEDA-CoG, which administers funding, told the Lycoming County commissioners that the total allocation includes $166,152 to be dispersed through county government and the remaining dollars through Montoursville and Jersey Shore boroughs. Recipents include STEP Inc.’s Supportive Housing Program, American Rescue Workers Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, and  North Central Sight Services.

What would have been the 19th annual 9/11 Memorial Motorcycle Ride is cancelled for 2020 after organizers opted to focus on the ride in 2021 after new guidelines to obtain a permit from PennDOT became impossible to meet in a shortened period of time.  According to the 9/11 Memorial Coaltion, te ride is to honor the memories of lives lost in the September 11th Attacks and officials are urging the community to honor  the survivors and families this year by choosing alternative ways to remember stating that an unauthorized ride is discouraged.

Lycoming County has seven new cases of the coronavirus reported from the Pennsylvania Department of Health as of yesterday.  Statewide, there are 828 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing total in Pennsylvania to 120,281. The Department of Health confirmed 32 new Northumberland County cases at 507 since the pandemic. In the state, There are 7,352 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 35 new deaths reported as of yesterday.

A Trout Run man has been sent to the Lycoming County Prison without bail after court records stated that he is a danger to society. Thirty nine year old Samuel E. Page was charged with multiple involuntary sexual felonies with a child under the age of 13 between 2018 and 2020.  According to North Central PA dot com, the child disclosed the crime to a family member who reported it to police.  Page is scheduled for a preliminary hearing this month.

It’s official – no Penn State football this fall.  The Big Ten Conference announced the postponement of this year’s fall sports season, including all regular-season contests and Big Ten Championships and Tournaments, due to safety concerns related to the pandemic.  Morton Schapiro, Chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents  said in a press release that everyone associated with the Big Ten Conference and its member institutions is committed to getting everyone back to competition as soon as it is safe to do so.  The fall sports include men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball, and will be considered going forward for  competition in the spring.

 

SPORTS
MLB
Blue Jays over the Marlins 5- 4, Reds edged the Royals 6-5, Yankees over the Braves 9-6, Orioles beat the Phillies 10-9, Cubs beat the Indians 7-1 White Sox over the Tigers 8-4, National beat the Met 2-1, Rays bumped the Red Sox 8-2, Brewers over the Twins 6-4, Rockies with the Diamondbacks 8-7, Rangers beat the Mariners 4-2, Giants of the Astros 7-6, Angels shut out the A’s 6-nothing, Padres beat the Dodgers 6-2, Pirates and Cardinals game postponed.

NBA
Nets over Magic 108-96, Spurs beat Rockets 123-105, Suns  beat the 76ers 130-117, Celtics beat the Grizzlies 122 to 107, Trailblazers beat the Mavericks 134 to 131, Kings over the Pelicans 112-106, Bucks beat the Wizards 126-113

NHL The first game of the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs was yesterday between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets and it didn’t end until the fifth overtime, which was 6 hours, 13 minutes
Lightning beat Blue Jackets 3-2, in the West, Game One, Flames beat the Stars 3-2, and Golden Knights beat the Blackhawks 4-1.
Game 1 between the Bruins and Canes – originally scheduled for 8:00 pm last night – has been rescheduled for today at 11:00 a.m

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