BIDEN EDGING AHEAD IN PENNSYLVANIA
Pennsylvania continues to be the state to watch in the 2020 Presidential Elections as legally cast mail-in ballots are counted and former Vice President Biden chips away at Trump’s lead in Pennsylvania. As of this morning the two candidates now separated by just 18,229 votes – the president is leading but both have just over 3.2 million ballots cast and according to Secretary of State, Kathy Boockvar, website says there are 120,128 remaining to be counted. Pennsylvania voted for Democratic presidential candidates in six consecutive elections before President Trump flipped the blue state red on his path to the White House in 2016.
TRUMP WON A CASE OVER BALLOT COUNTING IN PHILADELPHIA
A win was secured in a lower Philadelphia court by the Trump Administration yesterday when Poll watchers are now allowed to be within six feet of ballot counting at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, rather than the previous 20-foot perimeter. After noon Thursday, the Philadelphia Board of Elections filed an emergency petition for an allowance of an appeal in Commonwealth Court due to lack of “transparency” as votes were being counted. The order also requires all poll watchers to abide by COVID-19 protocols.
ACCIDENT SLOWS TRAFFIC ON 220NB
The sun may have been a contributing factor in an accident yesterday morning that slowed traffic on Route 220 northbound near Rt. 287. According to the Sun Gazette, three people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after one driver rear-ended the other vehicle and overturned. Traffic was backed up due to the roadway being down to one lane and PennDOT assisted at the scene with traffic control. According to Tiadaghton Valley police noted that witnesses to the accident contributed to the slow traffic when some onlookers were ordered to movie along while they were taking pictures.
LYCOMING COUNTY VETERAN’S PARADE
The Veteran’s Day parade in Montoursville is a go this weekend forming at the middle school and ending at MOntoursville high school. President of the Lycoming County Veteran’s Parade Committee, Staff Sgt US Army Retired Richard L. Swank Senior says there will be a chance to thank out veteran’s following the parade in Montoursville as well. The parade will step off from McCall Middle School at 10am following a brief flag ceremony and 21 gun salute.
LYCOMING COUNTY VOTER SERVICES CONTINUE TO COUNT BALLOTS
Post-election work in Lycoming County continues to be busy as counting military and overseas ballots are added to the count in the Commonwealth. According to the Sun Gazette, Lycoming County Voter Services workers will also cure provisional ballots, which could take up to 10 days. According to Secretary of State, Kathy Boockvar, there are over 140,128 ballots remaining to be counted. Biden has closed a lead president Trump had in the race in Pennsylvania, and despite legal action by the President and the Republican Party over aspects of the count, counties continue to count the legally cast ballots in the 2020 election.
DOWN-BALLOT RACE CHANGING SLIGHTLY
The original Republican-showing in Pennsylvania’s down-ballot races have shifted just a bit since counting of the remainder of ballots has taken place after Election Day in the Commonwealth. Democrat Josh Shapiro has edged Heather Heidelbaugh in the race for Attorney General as more of the mail-in ballots are counted from Philadelphia County. For Auditor General, Republican Timothy Defoor captured just over 50% of the vote, defeating Democrat Nina Amahd by about 5 percentage points. Republican Stacy Garrity still commands a slight edge over Joe Torsella for State Treasurer.
LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATE
Lycoming County has 12 new cases of the coronavirus as of yesterday at midnight, with ten hospitalized patiens and one on a ventilator. According to the PA Department of Health. Northumberland County has 38 new cases , Snyder County- eleven new cases Union County- three new cases. In Montour County- there are two new cases but there are hospitalized patients today at 20 and 7 on ventilators. Statewide, the department of health reported the commonwealth’s highest daily increase of cases at 2,900 and 47 people in the state passed from the virus yesterday.
ROUTE 15 JERSEY WALL CLEANING NEXT WEEK
There will be lane closures next week on Route 15 north and south between Foy Avenue and the Hepburnville exit in Old Lycoming Township. There will be cleaning of the Jersey barriers along the passing lanes of the northbound side of Rt. 15 Monday through Wednesday. Then Thursday through Monday November 16th, cleaning will take place southbound. All work will be done between 8am and 3pm weather permitting.
Thursday Night Football
Packers beat the 49’ers 34-17
HS Girls Soccer
District 4 Class AA Semifinals
Montoursville beat Central Columbia 2-1
District 2-4 Class AAAA Semifinals
Williamsport beat Delaware Valley 2-nothing
Weekend HS Football
Backyard Broadcasting HS Football Game of the Week
District 4 Class AAA Championship
Danville at Montoursville Saturday 1pm
District 4 Class AAAA Championship
Shamokin @ Jersey Shore 7pm tonight
PIAA Class A Tournament (States)
Muncy @ Steelton-Highspire
Maryland @ Penn State – Saturday 3:30pm