BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS OCTOBER 2, 2020

PHILLY JUDGE RULES ON PANDEMIC APPEAL
On Thursday, Pennsylvania was given the green light by a federal appeals court to restore pandemic restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings. This comes just after a judge recently threw out state wide limits on crowd size and other measures meant to limit the spread of COVID-19, according to the Associated Press.  Governor Tom Wolf’s order will be restored to enforce size limits on gatherings by the 3rd US District Court of Appeals while it appeals the lower court order.  A Philadelphia based appeals court was asked to intervene after the Pittsburgh district judge refused to stay his own order and invalidated key parts of Wolf’s early pandemic response.

JAIL WORKER CHARGED WITH PERJURY
The Northumberland County District attorney is filing felony charges of perjury against a former county jail worker after she was arrested yesterday.  According to media outlets 48-year-old Holly Olvany of Sunbury had faced charges earlier this year of having drugs at the prison but 5 of the 6 criminal charges were dropped.  Now the DA found that Olvany made two false statements under oath.  She was arraigned and released with bail set at 50 thousand dollars .

NEW CRAFT STORE IN TOWN
Representatives from Hobby Lobby have confirmed a new location with a signed lease in the former Kmart building on the Golden Strip in Loyalsock Township. According to the Sun-Gazette ,Loyalsock Township officials said that Hobby Lobby will fill a void left with the shutdown of other similar stores in the area.  The craft supply retailer has more than 900 stores in 47 states and an employee base exceeding 43,000.  They announced in September a starting full time wage of $17 dollars per hour.  Hobby Lobby is scheduled to open in May, 2021

FREE FLU SHOTS IN DANVILLE
There will be a free flu shot clinic at Geisinger Hughes Center in Danville this weekend.  According to the hospital system, the shots are available at no cost to the public and the visit does not require pre-registering.  Geisinger’s health and wellness, primary care, and pediatric teams are providing the preventative wellness program at the facility at 9 Stearns Lane Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m

Another step in officially transferring administrative oversight of the Community Arts Center to Pennsylvania College of Technology has occurred after the Penn College Board of Directors approved  plans to merge at their meeting Thursday. For final approval, the next step is to get approval for the consolidation proposal from state Attorney General’s office and  Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas.   Lycoming College also benefits from use of the 2,100 seat facility for its own curricular and co-curricular programs.  The merger with Penn College is expected to be completed in 2021.

A Williamsport man has been arrested after he took part in a home invasion last Friday night at 2113 West Third Street in which he and an unidentified suspect threatened a family with a firearm.  According to the Sun Gazette, police say 22 year old Nicholas Heisley and another man who remains at large, kicked in the door to Gary Lohman’s home after 11:45pm , knocking down an 8 year old before pulling a gun causing Lohman’s wife and their children to flee the home.  Police say Heisley assaulted Lohman when he was confronted and then fought in the front yard before the two men fled.  Police detained and tool Heisley into custody a

The investigation into nine military ballots that were discarded in Willkes-Barre was a mistake and not intentional fraud.  According to an online news conference, the state’s top election officials said there is training going on in the Luzerne County election offices on how to handle overseas ballots Some arrive in unmarked envelopes and an official must follow the procedure to secure the ballots while they are awaiting canvassing.  The unidentified worker who was involved in the unintentional mix-up reportedly did not consult others in the office when the ballots were thrown out and was fired.

Mahoning Street in Milton, Northumberland County will be closed for a railroad crossing replacement next week.  Route 642 Street will be closed between Shakespeare Avenue Arch Street in Milton while Norfolk Southern Railroad replaces the railroad crossing.  A detour using Arch Street, Route 254 and Route 147 will be in place.  Crews will be removing the existing crossing and replacing it with a new rail seal and asphalt crossing
SPORTS
NFL
Broncos over the Jets 37-28 – Upcoming   Monday night football Falcons in Wisconsin to play the Packers with an 815 kick off
The NFL has rescheduled the Tennessee Titans’ game against Pittsburgh til later in the season after two more positive coronavirus cases  came out Thursday among the Titans.   The game, originally set for Sunday in Nashville, is the first NFL contest postponed due to the pandemic.  Thursday’s additional positive test announcements, raise the total to five players and six staff personnel testing positive.
NBA
Heat play the Lakers tonight at 9 PM in Game 2 of the NBA finals – LA up one

MLB
National League Wildcard Series Game 2’s –  Braves over the Reds 5-nothing Padres beat the Cardinals 11-9,  Dodgers over the Brewers 3-nothing and Cubs, Game 2 of the Marlins and Cubs were postponed, Miami leads that series 1-nothing American League Wildcard Series – A’s over the White Sox 6-4

HS Thursday night football
Bloomsburg over Warrior Run 40 to nothing, Southern Columbia beat Loyalsock 50 to 20 –  Southern Columbia‘s 84th straight regular season win
Backyard  broadcasting high school football game of the week – Montoursville Danville at Montoursville pregame coverage (on WILQ’s HD3) at 6:30 PM with kick off at seven.

HS Girls Tennis
Selinsgrove over Hughesville 3- 2, South Williamsport over St John Neumann 7-Oh, Montoursville beat Lewisburg 4-1, Central Columbia over Loyalsock 3-2
HS Girls Soccer – Northumberland Christian beat Sullivan County 7-1, Midwest over Williamsport 3-nothing, Wellsboro beat Williamson 14 -nothing
HS Boys Soccer
Sullivan County over Benton 2-nothing, Milton over Bloomsburg 4-nothing, South Williamsport beat Muncie 81

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