BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 17, 2021

REGION BRACES FOR MORE SEVERE WEATHER THIS WEEK
There are a couple of school delays for continued icy conditions in some areas today, but the county is really bracing for more weather to hit the area late tonight through Friday morning.  The winter storm watch indicates we could see an inch an hour of snow Thursday morning, but the risk of hazardous travel and snow could shift Thursday night to further southeast.  According to PennDOT, they will be treating the roads in 12 hour shifts, but not pre-treating this time since there is remaining residue from previous storms.  We could see up to 9 inches of snow through Friday morning.

NEW POPEYE’S RESTAURANT ON THE WAY
A land development proposal is in the works to clear the location for a new Popeye’s restaurant to be built on East Third St in Loyalsock Township.  According to the Sun Gazette, they confirmed with the chain that a new location in Williamsport can be confirmed for 2022.  Popeye’s corporate management did not give specific word on the exact location of the restaurant.

MUNCY SCHOOL BOARD APPOINTS NEW MEMBER
The Muncy School board met this week and has approved next year’s district calendar, recommendations for some coaching positions, and filled a seat on the board after a member resigned last month.  According to the Sun Gazette,  the board named Sean Tetreault as varsity football coach and John Karichner as head varsity soccer coach among others.  The board also approved Corey Walko to replace Carla Auton through next December.  Muncy’s next school board meeting is March 8, 2021.

VACCINE DELAYS CAUSE APPOINTMENT SHIFTS
The Pennsylvania Department of Health said that Monday there were 2,377 additional positive cases of COVID-19, and just 7 additional deaths reported in the state.  The state positivity rate at this time is just at 8 percent.  Tuesday the CDC notified several states, including Pennsylvania, that expected COVID vaccine shipments for this week will be delayed.  Geisinger Medical announced that they are making adjustments to some COVID-19 vaccine appointments due to severe winter weather impacting vaccine shipments nationwide.

DUI TASK FORCE ON PATROL DURING MARDIS GRAS WEEK
The Lycoming County DUI task force has announced that the DUI enforcement will be ramped up this week through the 20th as people traditionally celebrate Mardi Gras. According to Chief Joseph Hope, officers will be out conducting DUI Enforcements, and looking for impaired drivers through the weekend and the blood alcohol level of .08 will be strictly enforced.  Residents are asked to utilize a designated driver if you’re going to be drinking.

HIGH SPEED CHASE ENDS IN ARREST
A Selinsgrove man led State police through Union County on a high speed chase on icy roads, at times allegedly getting up to 90 miles an hour.  According to North Central PA dot com, police were called to the White Deer trailer park February 2nd and as police were conducting an investigation there, 42 year old Justyn Holmes and a male passenger left the scene and traveled 5 miles to the White Deer Pike before being apprehended by police and arrested.  Reckless endangerment and  resisting arrest charges were filed against Holmes and his preliminary hearing was scheduled for this week in Mifflinburg.

USE ONLINE GUIDE FOR VACCINE PRIORITIZATION
With the limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine and the weather making distribution challenges even more pronounced, The Pennsylvania Department of Health encourages everyone to use the online guide to see where you fall on the list of prioritized patients.  According to  pa.gov, the department is working to expand eligibility to more groups of people in the state.  Find out your eligibility and then use the link to find the locations that has the vaccine available There is a Pennsylvania Department of Health hotline at 1-877-724-3258.

AVERAGE PRISON POPULATION UP FROM 2020
At the Lycoming County Prison, the numbers of inmates have increased between December and January and the COVID numbers have also increased by almost 20 cases. According to the Sun Gazette, Warden Brad Shoemaker says that the average daily population for male and female inmates in 2020 was just over 240 and now the average  is just over 250.  At this time Shoemaker reports there are 94 positive cases of the coronavirus reported in the prison, up from 76 early last week, and that no sick  inmates have been transferred to other facilities for treatment.

FOOD BANK OFFERING VIRTUAL FOOD DRIVE OPPORTUNITIES
The Central Pennsylvania food bank is offering an online tool to anyone who would like to help raise funds through a virtual food drive in 2021.  Anyone can start an online platform to help purchase healthy food in bulk quantities at less-than-wholesale prices for families in need.  According to Joe Arthur, Executive Director of the Central PA Food bank, traditional food drives are no longer a safe way for the public to help the food bank acquire healthy foods that are needed, a virtual food drive is automatically socially distant in the climate of COVID.  Information is available at centralpafoodbank.org under the Ways to give tab.

SPORTS
NBA

Celtics beat the Nuggets 112 to 99, Pelicans beat the Grizzlies 144 to 113, Raptors beat the Bucks 124 to 113, Lakers beat the Timberwolves 112 to 104, Trailblazers beat Thunder 115 to 104, Nets beat the Suns 128 to 124, Spurs and Pistons were postponed
NBA Tonight
Knicks go to Orlando at 7 and the 76’ers host Houston at 7:30

NHL
Capitals beat the Penguins 3 to 1, Islanders over the Sabres 3-nothing, Devils beat the Rangers 5-2, Avalanche of over Golden Knights 3-2, Kings beat Wild 4-nothing, and Predators and Stars were postponed.

HS Boys Basketball
Wellsboro beat Williamson 76 to 40, Williamsport beat Central Mountain 69-60 Loyalsock Township beat Central Columbia 78-51
HS Girls Basketball
Loyalsock beat Tyrone 52-41, Midd-West over Milton 42-40,

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