CDC MASKING GUIDELINES
Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam announced that the Commonwealth’s mask order reflects the announcement made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday. The CDC yesterday provided guidance that fully vaccinated individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic without wearing a mask or physically distancing except where required by law, rule, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Under the guidance, individuals are still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States.
BU ENDING GREEK LIFE ON CAMPUS
With a long known history of concerns, topped with a second student death, Bloomsburg University announced it is ending all Greek Life. “Effective immediately, Bloomsburg University is terminating its fraternity and sorority life (FSL) program and severing ties with all national and local FSL organizations currently affiliated with the University,” said Dr. Barshar Hanna, President of Bloomsburg University, in an email sent to the entire campus yesterday. Most recently on Saturday, May 8, sophomore nursing student Leah Burke died after an incident on the outdoor stairs at the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity house, according to BUNOW.com. That incident remains under investigation.
LOYALSOCK SCHOOL DISTRICT TO INCREASE REAL ESTATE TAXES
The Loyalsock School District School Board voted to approve an increase in the real estate tax millage by .43 percent. The district budget for 2021-22 is now on display for 30 days for public viewing and comment. The next board meeting will be a work session at 6 p.m. May 26 at the District Board Room, 1605 Four Mile Drive.
MONTOURSVILLE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT NO TAX INCREASE
The Montoursville Area School District School Board unanimously approved the proposed final 2021-22 budget with no tax increase. The budget will now be on display for 30 days with final adoption expected at the board’s June 8 meeting. The board also approved a one-year extension of an agreement between the district and Montoursville Borough to provide a school resource officer for the 2021-22 school year. This agreement has been in place since 2007 and is extended year-to-year. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 25 at McCall Middle School.
NEW POLICE CHIEF IN MIDDLEBURG
A new Police Chief in Middleburg. The borough council voted unanimously to hire Bailey to take over as Chief on July 6, 2021. According to the Daily Item, Bailey, a Mifflinburg police officer, has been serving as interim chief since earlier this year.
HIGH SPEED CHARGES AGAINST DEWART MAN
Wednesday night, a Dewart man attempted to flee police, was allegedly high on methamphetamine, according to state police in Milton. Paul Elmer McClintock, Dewart, is now faces felony fleeing/attempting to elude an officer and multiple misdemeanors stemming from a pursuit in Milton. He was charged by State Trooper Tyler Arbogast, arraigned in front of District Justice Michael Diehl yesterday morning and committed to Northumberland County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9:45 a.m. May 26 in front of Judge Diehl.
FELONY AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A VEHICLE
A Sunbury man struck a hunter, walking on the side of the road. near Furmano Foods, in fall 2020, according to Point Township police. Rex L. Millington faces felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and multiple misdemeanors. The charges were filed in the Milton office of District Judge Michael Diehl. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 9 in front of Diehl.
UPDATED COVID DASHBOARD RESULTS
The PA Dept. of Health released new COVID dashboard numbers for us and locally: Lycoming 18, Sullivan 1, Columbia 27, Montour 19, Northumberland 12, Union 10, Snyder 3, Centre 10 and Clinton County has 10 new cases.
BUCKNELL STUDENTS REQUIRED TO VACCINATE BEFORE RETURNING TO UNIVERSITY
As a residential institution, Bucknell University has long required incoming students to be vaccinated against many diseases that can spread quickly in shared living spaces. University President John Bravman announced beginning Aug. 1, all Bucknell students will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their arrival on campus for the fall 2021 semester unless they have an approved exemption on file with Bucknell Student Health.In requiring the vaccine for students, Bucknell joins a growing list of more than 300 U.S. colleges and universities, including many in the Patriot and Ivy leagues.As of right now, Bucknell University joins ethe University of Pennsylvania and 10 other Pa. institutions of higher learning are mandating all students must be vaccinated before they enter their respective schools.
Williamsport Little League
Premiere Real Estate over Dr. Ryan Linn 5-0
High School Softball
Lewisburg over Loyalsock 9-6
Central Columbia wins District 4 Class AA Final
The District 4 doubles tournament will start with the first three rounds Saturday at Williamsport High School at 9 am. The semifinals will be played at 1 pm at the Central PA Tennis Center in South Williamsport.
High school baseball
St. John Neumann 7, Montgomery 5
Sayre 13, Canton 12
Muncy 11, Bucktail 1,