BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 22, 2020

LEBANON COUNTY WILL STAY YELLOW
Governor Wolf announced Friday that all but one of the remaining counties who have been in the yellow phase of his color-coded reopening plan will go green next Friday.  Lehigh, Northampton, Erie, Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Berks and Lancaster will all transition along with Philadelphia and its suburb counties, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, and Delaware.  Philly will be under some city restrictions until July 3rd.  Lebanon County will remain yellow after PA Department of Health Secretary, Dr Rachel Levine, said the county saw a rise in new infection cases, after hindering its own progress two weeks ago by attempting to reopen too early.

TWO INJURED IN MONTOURSVILLE ACCIDENT
An accident on I-180 in Montoursville involving 4 vehicles, injured at least two people at about 6:15pm Sunday.  According to the Sun Gazette, about a half-mile west of the Route 87 interchange on180, a Jeep Patriot, Chrysler Town & Country van were involved in the wreck as well as a third vehicle and a Ford Escape, which lost its’ left front tire and axle.  Two victims of the crash were treated at UPMC Williamsport.

FOX THAT ATTACKED IN LOYALSOCK TESTS POSITIVE FOR RABIES
The fox that charged and attacked a woman outside her home last week, was tested at the state Department of Health laboratory and found to be positive for rabies.  Loyalsock resident David Livermore told the Sun Gazette, that after his wife was attacked he is concerned that there could be other rabid wildlife and warn parents with children who walk near the woods on Northway Road extension to be aware of the possibility.  Livermore says his wife has gone through two rounds of the anti-rabies vaccine so far.

HIGH SCHOOL THEATER CELEBRATED
The 12th Annual Ray of Light Awards celebrating the best in high school theatre took place on Friday and instead of a long red carpet event, it was livestreamed and enjoyed via previously recorded videos or solo performances.  Photos were taken at the Community Arts Center lobby on West Fourth Street and schools were honored with a plaque or certificates of accomplishment instead of having a winner.  Schools who participated included Jersey Shore, Williamsport, Central Mountain, Loyalsock Township, Hughesville, Muncy, Midd-West, Warrior Run, Montoursville, Shikellamy, South Williamsport, Benton, Central Columbia, Line Mountain, Milton and Selinsgrove Area high schools and Meadow Brook Christian School.  DVDs of the performance are on sale at www.CTLshows.com

MANOR CARE SUNBURY SEES SPIKE IN COVID-19
There is a spike in COVID-19 at at ManorCare-Sunbury after 28 patients and five employees have tested positive for the virus according to data released by the facility’s parent company.  The company is also awaiting test results of 112 employees. As far as new cases locally, there is 1 new case in Lycoming County for a total of 173.  Fifteen in Northumberland County for a total of 254, and three new cases in Union County for a total of 84 – part of the 464 new statewide cases with the statewide total at 81,730. The state Department of Health estimates 77 percent of patients have already recovered. There are 729 COVID-19 patients still hospitalized in Pennsylvania, including 149 that remain on ventilators.

DIVE TEAM ASSISTED SATURDAY IN SUSQUEHANNA
The Pennsylvania State Police worked with a dive team Saturday from Lackawanna County in the Bloomsburg Branch of the Susquehanna River.  According to a press release by the State Police in Bloomsburg, through a state investigation involving the Bloomsburg Criminal Investigation Unit, information was obtained that potential evidence was discarded in this area of the river and multiple units were used in the search.  The teams were assisted by the state police and Troop N Forensic Services Unit.

HOSPITAL SYSTEM EXTENDS HOURS, SATURDAY SURGERIES
Some offices in the North Central and Central Region of Geisinger Medical Center are moving through their planned reopening phases this week and have announced extended hours as well as some Saturday surgeries.  According to a press release by the hospital, Geisinger Plastic Surgery at Montoursville, Tiadaghton Health Center Specialty Services, and Vascular Surgery at Williamsport have extended hours in the north central region and some central offices reopened include Geisinger Millville, Mount Carmel, Selinsgrove Cardiology among others.   Patients are being contacted by their care teams to discuss appointments.  For more information about getting back to care safely at Geisinger, visit geisinger.org/safe.

PENNDOT WATER LINE PROJECT STARTS TODAY
Penn DOT says Route 45 will see a long-term lane closure start for a waterline project in Mifflinburg, Union County today.  A contractor  will begin work on the project along Chsetnut street and motorists can expect the eastbound lane of Route 45 to be closed between the intersection with Forest Hill Road and Line Street. Traffic will be controlled by flagging during daylight hours. Work at the Forest Hill Road intersection will be completed during the overnight hours. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, July 10, with the final wearing coat to be paved a few weeks later, weather permitting.

MORATORIUM ON UTILITIES WILL REMAIN FOR NOW
One member of the Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission, made a motion to end the 3-month old moratorium on terminating utility services to non-paying customers Thursday but the move was rejected in a 2-2 vote.  Commissioner John F. Coleman Jr, made the motion about non-natural gas utilities terminations which were halted in March, but collection activities can still take place.  According to the Sun Gazette, Coleman said electric utilities are asking to restart termination processes, warning that a delay will result in large unpaid bills requiring more aggressive collection efforts.

SPORTS

HS WRESTLING
The Montgomery School Board approved Denny Harer as the next varsity wrestling coach for the Red Raiders by an 8-1 vote last week.  Harer replaces Kyle Mowrey whose contract was not renewed following a 6-5 season in which the Red Raiders qualified for the District 4 Duals. Mowrey was 49-78 in seven seasons at Montgomery.  Harer accumulated a 231-88 record coaching at Muncy. He coached 23 state qualifiers and 16 state medalists with the Indians, including a trio of state champions, which in 2011, snapped a 55-year drought at Muncy without a state wrestling champion.
GOLF
Webb Simpson emerged from a crowd of contenders with five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine for a 7-under 64 to win the RBC Heritage by one shot over Abraham Ancer and set a tournament scoring record -22-under 264 to break by two shots the tournament record set in 2009

The NASCAR Cup Series dealt with rainy weather, as Sunday’s Geico 500 in Talladega, Alabama was postponed until today at  3p  at Talladega Superspeedway

A noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace at Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama, on Sunday, less than two weeks after Wallace, who is NASCAR’s only black driver, successfully pushed the stock car racing series to ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and facilities. NASCAR officials said they are working with law enforcement in an immediate investigation.
NHL
Connor McDavid’s Upper Deck “The Cup” rookie patch autograph card sold for a final bid of $113,176 on Friday in the Lelands Spring Classic Auction. While other versions of the card are valued at more than $50,000, this was a one-of-a-kind item: Out of a 99-card run, this card was No. 97, which is McDavid’s jersey number with the Edmonton Oilers.

HORSES
At the Belmont Stakes without fans Saturday, Tiz the Law raced to a 3 and 3 quarter length victory to kick off the rescheduled Triple Crown.  The Kentucky Derby is September 5th and Preakness on October 3rd

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