BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 19, 2022

US SENATE RACE STILL TOO CLOSE TO CALL

It’s one day after the election, and the battle between David McCormick and Dr. Mehmet Oz for the Republican nod for the open seat in the US Senate is unresolved and too close to call.  According to the Sun Gazette, late last night, there were only just over 17 hundred votes keeping Oz ahead of McCormick, but there are still 22 thousand mail-in votes to count and thousands of ballots still coming in, to add to the 1.3 million votes already counted.  The closeness in the race will automatically set up a recount since the candidate’s margin of separation is smaller than five tenths of a percentage point. Counties in the Commonwealth legally have until next Tuesday to certify their election results.

MILTON STUDENT HAS GUN IN SCHOOL

A student in the Milton Area School District brought a handgun and ammunition to school Monday and police are investigating the incident.  According to WNEP, police say a juvenile had a Glock and 16 rounds with him on school property.  Milton Borough Police responded quickly to the school when school officials discovered a student had a gun and they have now opened a criminal investigation.  No one was injured. 

WASD SCHOOL BOARD VOTES TO CLOSE STEVENS PRIMARY

After due diligence by the Williamsport Area School District to assess the pros and cons of upgrading or closing one of the oldest buildings in the district, Stevens Primary School, the vote this week was unanimous to close the school building as of June 30th.   According to the Sun Gazette, the building began as a junior high school in 1927 and currently has four grade levels with almost 300 students and staff there.   Superintendent Timothy S Bowers said no furloughs will happen due to the closure and much work has been done to carefully reassign students and teachers for next school year.   He said families will have an opportunity to visit their new primary buildings in the district.

BUCKNELL TO HOLD DOUBLE COMMENCEMENT

Potentially, over one thousand students and their families could be in Lewisburg this weekend for a double commencement at Bucknell University on Saturday for the Class of 2020 and Sunday for the class of 2022.  According to media outlets, Saturday’s ceremony is a make-good for the students who were forced to delay their walk across the stage for their diploma due to the pandemic. The 2020 graduation was held technically online.   Both events will be held in a traditional manner at the Malesardi Quadrangle starting at 10am and will feature remarks by Bucknell President John Bravman.

STUDENT JAILED FOR THREATENING MESSAGES

A Williamsport High School student who allegedly sent threatening messages to other students earlier this week for removing him from an online chat has been sent to Lycoming County Prison without bail.  According to the Sun Gazette, police allege that Lucas Adam Butler of Cogan Station sent texts that were lewd and life threatening through the Williamsport School messaging platform and denied the allegations when questioned by police.  District Judge Denise Dieter said she chose to incarcerate Butler due to the seriousness of the charges and for threatening others’ lives.

FIRE INVESTIGATION REVEALS FIREARMS, DRUGS

After Pennsylvania State police investigated a fire that happened at the home of a Danville man in April, and he now faces controlled substance and felony firearms charges.  According to North Central PA dot com, 43 year old George Fox told police the drug paraphernalia and guns they found during the investigation on Leiser Road  in White Deer Township were his.  Police say Fox had been convicted of crimes in the past that determine that he should not have a weapon. He is free on bail and will have a preliminary hearing May 23rd.

SUNBURY PLAYGROUND SET TO OPEN

The City of Sunbury has made an announcement that the Oppenheimer Playground will be open and operating as normally as possible for the Summer of 2022.  The COVID-19 pandemic shut the program down in 2020 and then hindered their ability to hire enough help in 2021.  The popular playground will feature certified staff members as counselors and reading teachers along with foster grandparents helping for the season.  OPG is slated to open June 1st and will be open Monday through Friday 11-6, Saturday noon til 5 and closed on Sundays.  Go to the Oppenheimer Playground Facebook page for updated details.

PSU ALUMNI CHAPTER HOLDING RECRUITING EVENT

A recruiting event for the Greater Susquehanna Valley Penn State Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will be held in Lewisburg today.  According to the Daily Item, Chapter President Curt Rothermel said they are looking to boost enrollment, looking for new vibrant members to join the current ones.  A Happy hour will take place this afternoon from 5:30 to 7:30 at Jackass Brewing Company in Lewisburg and you do not have to be an alumnus of PSU to be a member of the chapter. 

SPORTS

PIAA District 4 Varsity Baseball
Selinsgrove 3                         Central mountain 1
Mount Carmel 15                  Milton 8
Williamson 23                       Bucktail 0
Cowanesque Valley 11         North Penn Mansfield 7
South Williamsport 13         Loyalsock 1
St John Neumann 17            Sugarvalley Rural Charter 2
Southern Columbia 6           Line Mountain 0
Troy 5                                    Towanda 4
Port Allegany 16                   Galeton 2
Lewisburg 6                           Montoursville 5
Danville 10                            Jersey Shore 1
Central Mountain 8               Selinsgrove 2
Midwest 9                              Hughesville 3

PIAA District 4 Varsity Softball

Lewisburg 4                           Montoursville 0
Muncy 15                              Benton 0
Sullivan County 15              CMVT 5
Midwest 4                              Selinsgrove 2
Central Columbia 11            South Williamsport 1
Montgomery 15                     Athens 0
Towanda 3                             Sayre 1
Millville 8                              Southern Columbia 7
Shamokin 13                         Mifflinburg 8
Northwest 7                           Forest City 5
Williamsport 6                      Loyalsock 1
Bucktail 11                            Williamson 0

NBA

Warriors 112                Mavericks 87 in theW finals game one
NBA Tonight
@8:30 Celtics play Heat in Miami on ESPN  


NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs 2nd Round
Hurricanes 2                 Rangers 1 in OT  Game 1
Flames 9                        Oilers 6 Game 1
NHL Tonight
Lightning play the Panthers in Sunrise, FL at 7 PM on TNT
Blues and Avalanche are in Denver at 9:30 PM on TNT
 

MLB

Brewers 7            Braves 6 in 11 innings
Red Sox 5           Astros 1
Nationals 5         Marlins 4
Phillies 3             Padres 0
Yankees 3           Orioles 2
Mets 11               Cardinals 4
Pirates 3              Cubs 2
Reds and Guardians were postponed due to rain

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