BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JANUARY 4, 2021

SOME SCHOOLS EXTENDING REMOTE LEARNING
Over the weekend, several schools have updated their learning mode for the week.  East Lycoming School District high school will stay in remote instruction through January 6th, with Hughesville returning to in-person instruction on January 11th.  The elementary schools will reopen today.  South Williamsport District has called a 2-hour delay this morning due to weather but will continue remote learning through this week.  All South students are tentatively planning to return to in-person mode January 11th as well. Students in the Loyalsock Township School District will continue with remote instruction this week, but will provide transportation for students attending the Lycoming County Career and Technical School today.

DUI ACCIDENT SLOWED BRIDGE TRAFFIC
Traffic was slowed along the Market Street bridge last week due to an alleged DUI accident.  According to the Sun Gazette, a driver had minor injuries following a rear-end collision  last Tuesday night around 9pm that police say involved Anne Bender-Brennan who was taken into custody.  South Williamsport police said the passenger of the car that was hit in the accident was treated and released the next day, the driver was unharmed.  Traffic was reportedly stopped on the bridge southbound til about 10pm while crews cleaned up the debris from the wreck.

FLAGS LOWERED IN HONOR OF STATE LAWMAKERS
Commonwealth Flags will continue to fly at half-staff today to honor the passing of State Representative Mike Reese, who died Saturday.  Reese represented the 59th Legislative District from 2009 to 2021.  The United States flag has flown at half-staff since Thursday, December 31, 2020 in honor of former Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh, and should remain at half-staff until the date of the former Governor’s interment

COVID UPDATE
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed a two-day total of 16,967 new cases of the coronavirus as of January 2nd 2021.  There are 289 new cases in Northumberland County, 62 in Union County residents have tested positive, Snyder County has 43, Montour County has 45 more cases.  There are 5,624 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 and 1,172 patients are in the intensive care unit. Statewide percent positivity for last week stood at 15%.

POLICE CAR STOLEN WITH K-9 PATROL INSIDE
A Williamsport Bureau of Police car with Tacoma, the city K-9 police dog, inside, was stolen on December 23rd by a Williamsport man who is now in custody.  According to the Sun Gazette, 39 year old Christopher Dryden contacted city police through the intercom at the rear of city hall and then got in the cruiser and drove it off the rear ramp there.  Dryden allegedly tormented the police dog who was attempting to protect the vehicle as he was trained to do.  Two officers chased the car on foot, one reaching the car and tazing the suspect who is now confined to Lycoming County Prison, unable to post the 7500 dollars bail.  Tacoma was unharmed.

PUBLIC INVITED TO MAKE THEIR OWN BUTTER SCULPTURE
With only a virtual Pennsylvania farm show experience this year, residents are now being asked to create their own butter sculpture for next week’s Butter Up! Contest.  The Department of Agriculture announced an opportunity for Pennsylvanians to win one of a variety of gift cards from members of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA). Individuals can use up to 5 pounds of butter to craft their own sculptures and enter them – the contest on the Farm Show Facebook page will be open for submissions from Saturday January 9 through Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 8:00 PM.  Go to farmshow.pa.gov for guidelines

FISH AND BOAT COMISSION TO MEET VIRTUALLY
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will conduct a virtual meeting of the Fisheries and Hatcheries Committee this Thursday,  at 2pm due to the continued public health concerns related to COVID-19, and PFBC staff will be participating remotely. You can watch a live stream of the meeting on Facebook.com by searching for PA Fish and Boat.  Those wanting to submit a public comment should (717) 705-7846 this morning beginning at 8:00 a.m. through tomorrow at noon.

 

SPORTS
NFL

The Bills beat the Dolphins 56-26, the Ravens beat the Bengals 38 to 3, Browns beat the Steelers 24 to 22, Washington beat the Eagles 20 to 14, Patriots beat the Jets 28-14, New York Giants beat the Cowboys 23-19, Chargers beat the Chiefs 38-21, Vikings beat the Lions 37-35, Buccaneers beat the Falcons 44-27, Packers beat the Bears 35-16, Raiders beat the Broncos 30 to 31, Colts beat the Jaguars 28-14, Rams beat the Cardinals 18 -7, Seahawks over the 49ers 26-23, Saints beat the Panthers 33-7, Titans beat the Texans 41-38.

NBA
Celtics beat the Pistons 122 to 120, Wizards beat the Nets 123 to 122, Lakers beat the Grizzlies 108 to 94, Nuggets beat the Timberwolves 124 to 109, Jazz beat the Spurs 130 to 109, Bulls beat the Mavericks 118 to 108, Clippers beat the Suns 112-107, and the Warriors beat the Trailblazers 137 to 122

Tonight Basketball
The 76ers play Charlotte Hornets tonight at seven and the Knicks go to Atlanta fort 7pm tip-off.

College basketball
In the opening weekend of Patriot League play Navy had a 63-60 win over Bucknell on Sunday evening.  Bucknell’s next game is on Saturday against Lafayette.

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