BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 4, 2020

LYCOMING IS DEEMED READY FOR YELLOW PHASE MAY 8TH
All counties which surround Lycoming with the exception of Columbia will be phased into the yellow as of midnight on May 8th according to a press briefing with Governor Wolf on Friday.  Columbia County has reported 291 positive cases and 13 deaths and will remain in the red designation on Friday.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health reminds residents in every phase at this time to remain vigilant about protecting themselves and others by wearing a mask when leaving home, continue to practice social distancing and continue to wash hands often.  Find Governor Wolf’s full red-yellow-green phased reopening plan for the state here.

TWO DEATHS IN LYCOMING COUNTY
Lycoming County’s case count of COVID-19 has risen to 85 positive cases and 2 deaths have been reported here as of Sunday at midnight.  Statewide 962 positive cases were added to the total of 49,267.  According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health website, Jersey Shore’s zip code 17740 of has had the most positive cases in Lycoming of COVID-19 with 37.  Lycoming County has had 1,215 test negative to date.  The department reported 26 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 2,444

CONSTRUCTION STARTING IN OUR AREA
Construction around the City of Williamsport and interstate work will be happening this week, so expect to see work crews out on the roadways with orange cones and flags at some project sites.  I-80 westbound will have alternating lane closures this week in Lewis, West Buffalo, and White Deer Townships, Union County. A PennDOT maintenance crew will be conducting maintenance work today through Thursday between 7 and 3 near mile marker 195 weather permitting.

RELAY FOR LIFE POSTPONED
The American Cancer Society’s relay for life of river valley, scheduled for the end of this month, has canceled all in person events until June. According to the sun gazette the leadership team met virtually and decided to postpone the 26th year for the event at a later date. Individual teams are encouraged to raise funds with social media campaigns for the American cancer society.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed yesterday that there are 962 additional positive cases of COVID-19 reported, bringing the statewide total to 49,267. The department reported 26 new deaths, bringing that statewide total to 2,444.  Lycoming County’s cases have increased to 85 with two deaths as of Friday.  Northumberland is at 99 cases, Montour, 50, Union 38, Clinton 32.  Tioga County reported 16 cases and 2 deaths and Columbia County which is not scheduled to phase into the yellow designation for COVID-19 mitigation with the rest of Lycoming County’s neighbor’s May 8th, reports 291 positive cases and 13 deaths

FATAL ACCIDENT IN TIOGA COUNTY
A woman from Wellsboro has died in a one vehicle accident that occurred in Richmond Township Tioga County Friday.  According to the Elmira Star Gazette, 67 year old JoAnn D. Tomb was driving east on State Route 660 near Kelsey Road about 1pm Friday when she lost control of her vehicle while taking a left turn hitting a tree, state police said.  Tomb who was wearing her seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Tioga County coroner.

MONTOURSVILLE WILL PROVIDE DIGITAL DEVICES FOR STUDENTS
No official vote was held, but a verbal approval during a virtual school board meeting gave Montoursville Area School District the go-ahead to purchase $366,480 worth of  laptops and tablets, to allow every student to learn virtually, following a virtual special meeting Thursday. The board is expected to retroactively approve the purchase at the next official virtual board meeting at 7 p.m. May 12. A link is available on the Montoursville School District Website. The next step is solving connectivity issues within the district and hiring a seasonal information technology specialist to support the fleet of technology at Montoursville

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR EXPIRING DOCUMENTS
Expiration dates for driver’s licenses, ID Cards and learner’s permits that were scheduled to expire March through May have been extended for Pennsylvania residents. According to the state department of transportation, residents whose ID cards are expiring have until June 30th to renew. Previous extensions were announced March 27th but as a reminder services are available at DMV.PA.gov. All DMV offices are closed but services online are still up. There are no additional fees for using online services.

 

SPORTS

In NASCAR iRacing Sunday William Byron won his third victory of the season at Dover international speedway.  Timmy Hill came in second.   Prior to the May 17 start at Darlington SC without spectators, iRacing’s finale will be next  Saturday at virtual North Wilkesboro Speedway. A track in NC that was neglected and overgrown with weeds and cleaned last year by volunteers led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., so it could be mapped for use in the iRacing video game.

Men’s and women’s basketball
At the Lycoming College’s Honors Convocation Sunday, senior softball and women’s basketball player Kayla Klein was named the school’s outstanding female athlete as well as Lycoming Junior basketball player Darius Dangerfield named the outstanding male athlete

NBA
The NBA board of governors voted Friday to postpone the draft lottery and draft combine in May. The league has not voted yet to delay the NBA draft on June 25 but is expected to. NBA officials are discussing a December start.

Horses
Secretariat won the virtual Kentucky Derby in a simulation race with Past Triple Crown Winners, since the 146th annual Kentucky Derby could not be run this past weekend for the first time since WWII.  Legendary horses were programmed into the game including Cittaion, War Admiral, Seattle Slew  as well as American Pharoah and Justify

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