BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS OCTOBER 16, 2020

SECOND SHOOTING IN CITY IN LESS THAN TEN DAYS
A Williamsport woman was hospitalized after being shot last night while inside a home on the 500 block of Louisa Street .  According to the Sun Gazette, Williamsport police report the shooting took place just after 6:30 last night and she was transported to UPMC Williamsport.  Five young children, who were not injured, were seen being brought out of the house after the incident.  Police say they had sought a search warrant for the home involved in the second shooting in the city in 10 days and are following leads in the case.

MUNCY DECIDES ON COVID-19 PROTOCOL IN CASE OF INFECTION
The Muncy School District met this week to discuss the matter of following a health and safety plan if a potential COVID-19 outbreak at their schools occurred and how that was defined.  According to the Sun Gazette, the Muncy School board decided that if three students became infected at the school within a 14 day period, then the school buildings affected would close and distance learning would take place for 5 to 7 days – not the entire district.  The board meets again this Monday to approve the new plan.

SECOND LADY NOT SEEKING TO FILE CHARGES
After authorities determined that the woman who verbally attacked the Second Lady of Pennsylvania, Giselle Fetterman, at grocery store last weekend was in violation of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, no charges will be filed.  According to the Pennsylvania State Police the Fettermans want to avoid prosecuting the woman and instead wish her to take an opportunity to engage in what they said were appropriate social services and resources.

RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN TIME
With one of the most important elections in quite a while looming just weeks away and the deadline to register to vote coming up Monday,  Lycoming County residents are being encouraged to make sure they are all set registered and ready for November 3rd.  The Lycoming County Director of Voter Services, Forest Lehman, said there is an uptick in applications for mail in ballots for which the deadline to apply is October 27th, but those ballots can be mailed or hand delivered by 8pm on Election Day.  Lehman says the ballots which started going out in early October, can take up to 7 days to get to their destination.

COVID-19 CLINIC IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
With Northumberland County at the top of the list of percent-positivity rate for the coronavirus, the PA Department of Health has begun an outdoor testing clinic in Elysburg.  According to Dr Rachel Levine, today through next Tuesday there will see up to 440 patients each day in the lower parking lot at POLAR TECH, along Route 487 from 7am til 6pm.  The clinic is on a first come first served basis and will be free.

STATE UNIVERSITIES MOVING AHEAD WITH INTEGRATION
The governing body of Pennsylvania’s 14 state-run schools this week approved the continuation of planning for integration of six of the state’s universities.  According to a press release by the Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, Bloomsburg-Lock Haven-Mansfield and California-Clarion-Edinboro will integrate and each of the groupings of the three schools would operate under a single annual budget – but not share a campus.  A more expanded plan is expected to be decided by the board of Governors in April of 2021, and then be presented to the public for comment as required by Act 50 of 2020..  The combined universities are expected to operate and accept students in August of 2022.

YOUTH PROGRAMS TO BE REVIVED
A Lycoming County Youth program that was originally created to give youth criminal offenders the opportunity to be connected with positive role models in our community is set to begin again.  According to North Central PA dot com, Youth Commissions were created throughout Lycoming County in the 1980s and the newly revived Commissions will be called “The Honorable Thomas C. Raup Memorial Youth Commission”.  Judge Joy Reynolds McCoy, who currently
presides over the Juvenile Court System in Lycoming County, will revive the program  comprised of volunteer community members and mentors in November with Mayor Derek Slaughter serving as chairperson.

ROAD CONSTRUCTION DELAYED
The Duboistown road construction project slated to begin this week along Euclid Avenue has been moved to next week.  According to PennDOT, the lane closures along Euclid Avenue at the intersection with Arlington Street will begin Monday and go until Thursday October 22nd.  The bottom of Arlington Road to be closed and flaggers will be in the work zone from 7am until 4:30 pm weather permitting.

SPORTS
MLB
In the National League championship series Game 4 –  the Braves beat the Dodgers 10 to 2 and chalked  up six runs in a decisive sixth inning  and are now one win away from their first World Series since 1999.  In the American League championship series Game 5, the Astros beat the Rays 4-3, Tampa Bay leads the series 3-2

HS Girls Soccer
Williamsport blanked  Hughesville 1- nothing, Montoursville over Southern 4-2

HS Boys Soccer
Sullivan beat Millville 2-1 in double OT, Danville over Milton 1- nothing, Wellsboro beat Northeast Bradford 8-nothing, South over Benton 2-1, North Penn Liberty over Williamson 3-2,

Field Hockey
Lewisburg defeated Midwest 3-nothing

HS Girls Tennis
In the District 4 tournament in the Semis yesterday Central Columbia beat South 3-1 and Loyalsock over Montgomery 3-nothing.  In the finals Central Columbia defeated Loyalsock 3-1

The Backyard Broadcasting High School Football Game of the Week will be tomorrow – The Battle for the Bridge between Montoursville and Loyalsock Saturday at 7 PM on our sister station the Twin Valley’s Talk Radio Network  – other 7pm Saturday games; Athens at South Williamsport, Muncy in Canton and Shamokin plays Milton at 9 AM tomorrow morning.

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