BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 3, 2019

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY TEEN DIES IN ATV CRASH

A Northumberland County girl died in an accident in Line Mountain involving an ATV and a car Monday night around 6:30pm.  16 year-old Olivia Laudenslager of Pitman died when the ATV on which she was a passenger, turned left onto Schwaben Creek Road from Route 147 and was hit by another vehicle.  The operator of the ATV was flown to Geisinger with unknown injuries, according to WKOK.  Laudenslager was not wearing a helmet during the crash.  State Police have not released any more details, but have ruled the death an accident.

PA FARMERS TO GET HELP WITH FINANCES, COMPLIANCE

Governor Wolf signed legislation into law this week that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers in Pennsylvania.  The Conservation Excellence Grant Program administered by the State Conservation Commission will help alleviate the financial burdens placed farmers, and help them comply with existing federal and state mandates. Senate Bill 634 was a component of the “Farming First” package representing efforts of Senate Republicans to support Pennsylvania’s top agriculture status.

HEALTH CARE COSTS IN PA COULD COME DOWN

A bill to lower health care cost for Pennsylvanians was signed into law yesterday.  Leaders from both sides of the aisle agreed that a state-based health insurance exchange and reinsurance program join in the savings of at least a dozen other states with their own exchanges.  The state exchange makes no changes to the requirements, pre-existing conditions or any other enrollment requirements that exist at the federal level Currently, more than 400,000 Pennsylvanians buy their health insurance through healthcare.gov

GEISINGER AWARDED MENTAL HEALTH STUDY GRANT

The National Institute of Mental Health has awarded a local hospital with a 5 year, 8.5 million dollar grant to study how genetics plays a role in mental health.  Geisinger Medical Center in Danville will join two university partners to study the genetics of autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.

EVERYONE CAN FISH FOR FREE THIS THURSDAY

The PA Fish and Boat Commission is hosting the second of its’ Fish For Free Days this Thursday, July 4th.  Residents and non-residents are eligible to take part in the free day as long as all local fishing regulations are followed along Pennsylvania’s waterways.

POLICE SEARCH FOR MOBILE SHOOTER

Police are investigating a shooting that occurred this past weekend around the I-180 interchange in Williamsport.  State police report that someone was driving a dark sedan east on I-180, and exited on Faxon. They may have fired a semi-automatic 9mm handgun around 2:30am from the vehicle.  The sun Gazette said that there were no injuries reported.  If you  have information about the shooting call state police.

COOKING FIRE IN DUBOISTOWN DISPLACES FIVE PEOPLE

There’s been another fire started by unattended cooking.  Firefighters were called to a fire on Gordon Street in Duboistown  that spread throughout the kitchen of the home.  When emergency crews arrive the first rescued a dog from the basement of the home and then put out the fire which the sun gazette reports caused close to 20 thousand dollars-worth of damage.  The 5 people displaced from the house are staying with relatives.

CITY MEETINGS CANCELLED FOR HOLIDAY WEEK

City Council meetings dealing with finance, public works and safety, were not held  this week due to the holiday, and more public meetings have been cancelled for the remainder of the week.  The Sun Gazette reports that City Council for tonight has been cancelled as well as the police pension board meeting scheduled for this evening.

SNOW DAYS OFF COULD BE A THING OF THE PAST

Governor Wolf has signed a bill yesterday that will allow Pennsylvania schools flexible instruction days, to use for closures due to weather, building repairs or threats made to schools – to be called “Cyber-School Days”.  This will allow schools to avoid delaying the end of the year for snow make up days.  For families planning vacations, this could be a positive – not so much for people who love snow days off.

MUNCY BOROUGH COUNCIL TO DISCUSS ORDINANCE CHANGES

The Muncy Borough Council has moved to waive a demolition permit and public hearing for the demolition of a shed on E. Mechanics Street there following a resident’s complaint.  The Williamsport Sun Gazette says the council and other zoning officials have made plans to review and change the ordinance that requires this permit process in the borough.  The shed, which was in disrepair, was to be torn down by the owner to move it from a flood zone.

Sports

Major League Baseball

Nationals beat the Marlins 3-2, Pirates thumped the Cubs 5-1, Red Sox slammed the Blue Jays 10-6,  Rays flew past the Orioles 6-3, Mets beat the Yankees 4-2, Reds slid past the Brewers 5-4,  Phillies shut out the Braves 2-nothing, Angels beat the Rangers 9-4, Astros bumped the Rockies 9-8, Indians over Royals 9-5, A’s beat the Twins 8-6, Dodgers flicked the Diamondbacks 5-4, Giants beat the Padres 10-4, Mariners over the Cardinals 5-4, White Sox Tigers have been postponed.

NY-Penn League

Scrappers beat the Crosscutters 7-nothing

Major Softball

South Williamsport over Berwick 10- nothing

Minor Softball District 12 Championship Clinton over Hepburn 17-1 in 3 innings

Women’s World Cup Soccer US beats England in the Semi-finals 2-1

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