BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

PENN COLLEGE CONSIDERING A MERGE WITH CAC
Pennsylvania College of Technology has announced it is taking steps to merge officially with the Community Arts Center in Williamsport even after most costs related to the operation and infrastructure are already subsidized by the college along with community support  through the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.  The potential merger, which could be authorized by the Penn College Board at their meeting Oct. 1, would allow the CAC to benefit from marketing and other resources it can provide.  The next steps would then be approvals by the college’s Board of Directors and state and local entities before becoming final.

RULING ALLOWS FOR EXTRA DAYS TO COUNT BALLOTS
Three extra days to count ballots in Pennsylvania was granted yesterday by the State Supreme Court after the Democratic Party filed for the extension.  According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the ruling allows mail ballots to be counted if they arrive by the Friday after Election Day, as well as authorize the use of satellite election offices and drop boxes to keep pressure from the arrival of mail-in ballots off heavily populated areas of the state.  Under a 2019 law, this is the first year any Pennsylvania voter can vote by mail without having to provide a reason.

DRUG CHARGES COME AFTER ALLEGED TRESPASSING
A 27 year old Williamsport woman who allegedly used heroin on a Williamsport church property and left paraphernalia behind was caught last month and now faces charges for drug possession and reckless endangerment.  Police charged Lindsey Stewart of Railroad Street after she was seen trespassing a couple days in a row around July 5th at Calvary Baptist Church on Thompson Street via surveillance video by church officials.  There is now a bench warrant out on Stewart after she failed to appear at a preliminary hearing.

BLOOMSBURG TO JOIN OTHER NORTHEAST PA SCHOOLS IN CONSILIDATION CONSIDERATION
Bloomsburg University will now be joining Lock Haven University and Mansfield University in the potential integration plan as the state higher education system considers consolidation.  According to a statement by Lock Haven University, the merger increases the probability of success allowing more support, stability, and scalability.  At the board of governors meeting in October there will be a progress review about the ongoing analysis and financial review of the potential merger.

RESTAURANTS CAN APPLY FOR SELF-CERTIFICATION NEXT WEEK
The order has been signed by Governor Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Rachel Levine that will now allow restaurants who self-certify to increase indoor capacity to 50 percent starting Monday.  There is a change from the original plan, alcohol consumption must end at 11:00 p.m. and alcoholic beverages must be off the premesis by patrons by midnight. Alcohol sales originally were to be stopped at 10pm.   Monday, restaurants can begin submitting their self-certification documents to the state.  They have until October 5 when enforcement will begin.

LYCOMING COUNTY There are 7 new cases of the coronavirus reported in Lycoming County as of yesterday at midnight according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health with 610 positive cases to date here, with 8 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, one being on a ventilator.  In the state, 933 additional positive cases were reported, bringing the total now to 147,923.  Ten new deaths were reported yesterday  bringing the total fatalities to 7,913

POLICE SEEK THIEF WHO TOOK MONEY FROM NON-PROFIT EVENT
Police in Clinton Township are seeking a suspect who took a bag of money from a non-profit event last weekend.  State police in Montoursville say that $1000 of entrance fee money was taken from New Mountain Tavern, 5146 U.S. Route 15 after a stand-up comedy event at about 8pm.  Anyone with information is asked to call state police at (570) 368-5700.

BUCKNELL REQUIRES STUDENTS TO SHELTER AND STUDY IN PLACE
In an email to students, Bucknell administrators have stated students cannot leave campus, even for quick trips to visit friends at nearby universities due to a resurgence of COVID-19 on many campuses and amongst young people 19-24.  According to Bucknell Dean of Students, Amy Badal, students will only be able to leave the area if they have extenuating circumstances and have notified the campus office in advance of their trip, as well as agreeing to a quarantine upon their return.  Students who are found to have traveled without permission will be required to leave campus and finish the semester remotely.

 

SPORTS
NFL

Browns beat the Bengals 35-30
NBA
Heat beat Celtics  106 to 101 in the east finals Game 2 – Miami up the first 2
MLB
Red Sox beat the Marlins 5-3, White Sox over the Twins 4-3, Angels beat the Diamondbacks 7-3, Giants over the Mariner 6-4, Rays beat the Orioles 3-1 in Game 1, Rays beat the Orioles 10-6 in Game 2, Yankees beat the Blue Jays 10-7, Mets over the Phillies 10-6, Pirates beat the Cardinals 5-1, Indians over the Tigers 10-3, Astros beat the Rangers 2-1, and Dodgers beat the Rockies 9-3
NHL
Tampa Bay wraps up the Stanley Cup East finals Game 6 beating Islanders 2-1, winning the series 4 Games to 2.
US Open

HS Football
Friday night Football Backyard Broadcasting High School Game of the Week
Bucktail at Muncy live coverage begins 6:30pm and kick off at 7pm on our sister station WWPA

HS Girls Soccer
Benton beat Muncie 8-0, South Williamsport over Montgomery 7-nothing, Williamsport beat Shamokin 3-2
HS Girls Tennis
Muncy defeated St. John Neumann 3-2 Montgomery beat Bucktail 4-1, Loyalsock Hughesville 4-1,  Jersey shore over Milton 5-0 and 4-1 in Match 2 of a doubleheader, Central Columbia over Montoursville 3-2, Central Mountain defeated Williamsport 5-0
HS Golf
Montoursville came in under Shikellamy 37-41

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