BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS DECEMBER 5, 2020

150 JOBS COMING TO LYCOMING COUNTY
A midwest Manufacturing Company from will be relocating to Lycoming County and will bring about 150 jobs with them.  According to the Sun Gazette, Digger Specialties of Bremen Indiana will break ground on county land across from the landfill along Route 15 next year.   The Lycoming County Commissioners approved the agreement yesterday, naming the property as being in a Keystone Opportunity Zone which allows for business tax exemptions over time.  The Commissioners credited the effort of Jason Fink of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce for the company’s move that will bring a local demand for welders and other skilled workers.

COMMISSIONERS HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE URGING COOPERATION OVER VIRUS
The Lycoming County Commissioners, in a press conference yesterday brought together local leaders and medical officials from UPMC to urge the public to work together and help each other to keep the virus from surging through our communities more than it already is.  Commissioner Mussare, who recently experienced a bout with COVID-19 was joined by the County Department of Public Safety Director, Jeff Hutchins, Sheriff Mark Lusk, and UPMC’s chief medical officer Dr. David Lopatofsky  who said the medical system is equipped to handle a surge but the public needs to keep their guard up.  The guidelines continue to encourage mask wearing, avoiding gatherings with those outside of your household and social distancing.

ACCIDENT AND FUEL SPILL SLOWED SOUTHSIDE TRAFFIC YESTERDAY
There was an accident in South Williamsport yesterday morning that slowed traffic while crew cleaned up a fluid spill.  According to the Sun Gazette, a tractor trailer and a pick up truck collided about 10:30 on East Southern Avenue and Hastings Street. The driver of the pick up truck  was trapped after the collision about 15 minutes and was transported to UPMC Williamsport with unknown injuries. The flat-bed driver who was transporting railroad ties was not injured, but one of his saddle tanks was damaged and it caused diesel fuel to spill onto the road, forcing a quick cleanup by firefighters.  Absorbent materials were placed on the road to clean up the fuel.

DISTANCE LEARNING CONTINUES NEXT WEEK FOR LEWISBURG
Lewisburg Schools will remain in remote mode until next Friday, December 11.  According to the Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Polinchock, the decision was made based on the number of students and staff members who are either in quarantine, awaiting test results, or have tested  positive for COVID-19.  Students with special needs have the option for in-person instruction from December 7th to the 11th . In-person instruction is scheduled to resume Monday, December 14.  The district can still continue with extracurricular activities and athletics because of  the updated Department of Education guidance

MORE DETAILS OVER THE DEATH OF A 9 YEAR-OLD LOCK HAVEN BOY
Police continue to investigate the details surrounding the death of 9 year-old Anson Landon Mitchell Stover after his aunt, 36 year old Jamie Lynn Jackson of Lock Haven was charged with his murder.  According to the Sun Gazette, it was Jackson’s father who received a frantic phone call from the daughter, who he had not heard from in 3 years, and told police who then investigated the home on East Bald Eagle Street on Monday.  Police say the boy’s body was discovered in a second floor bathtub and described as having abrasions and burns.  Jackson was charged Wednesday night with assault and homicide Class 1 felonies and felony 2 child endangerment with other charges. Lock Haven City Police are asking for any information about the case, and the public can provide information for Clinton County detectives online at clintonDA.org

GOP ASKS  FOR MORE FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT
Last night, the GOP once again asked the Pennsylvania  Supreme Court to halt the vote certification process of general election results in Pennsylvania, in a complaint that alleges that procedures employed in the 2020 election violate the state’s constitution.  Supreme Court Justice Samuel asked Pennsylvania officials to respond by Wednesday, Dec. 9, by 4 p.m. ET to the complaint.  However, according to  Forbes, the legislature’s leadership said in a statement Thursday that there will not any attempt to overturn the state’s popular vote by appointing their own presidential electors.

LOCAL COVID 19 UPDATE
More record setting coronavirus numbers in Pennsylvania.  As of yesterday at noon, Lycoming County reported 195 new cases of the coronavirus  and 139  new Montour County cases, Northumberland County has 90 new cases, Tioga County has 62 new today. Snyder has 49. Union has 42 new cases Clinton County reports 30 new today.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 11,406 new cases yesterday and 187 new deaths reported.

HARRISBURG GOVERNMENT OFFICES WILL CLOSE NEXT WEEK DUE TO COVID
State offices in Harrisburg will be the latest set of government buildings to close in due to the rise of COVID-19 cases.  Officials announced yesterday that the Capitol Complex will close to the public until further notice starting next Monday.  Cancelation of visits and events applies to all interior venues in the Capitol Complex including the Main Capitol Rotunda, East Wing Rotunda, Keystone Building Atrium, Forum Auditorium and The State Museum of Pennsylvania.  All operations of the Governor’s Office and General Assembly will continue, but employees and people with badge keycard credentials will be allowed in the complex

GOLDEN STRIP RESTAURANT ROBBED
A robbery was reported at a restaurant along the golden strip in Loyalsock township last night and State police are looking for a suspect.  According to the Sun Gazette, police arrived at the Subway at 1733 East Third Street moments after the robbery occurred.  The suspect is a black male who was wearing all black clothing and white sneakers and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.  No injureis were reported but if you have information, please call police at 368-5700.

SPORTS
Men’s Basketball
Penn State had a victory this week against VCU this week with a three-pointer from junior Myles Dread at the buzzer 72-69. The Nittany Lions are 2-0

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