SHOP VAC CLOSES, OVER 400 JOBS GONE
In a sudden move, Shop-Vac Corp of Williamsport shut down yesterday afternoon, notifying about 400 employees that they were jobless, effective immediately. According to PennLive, there was no official statement made by the wet/dry vacuum manufacturer, but reports from the letter given to employees stated the closing was due to a sale of the company that had fallen through as well as being put in dire financial straits after the impact of the Coronavirus hit. Companies typically must give 60-day notice to employees because of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, but there was not one posted on the state Department of Labor and Industry website. The Sun Gazette reports that a spokespeople from Blaise Alexander were on the site informing terminated employees that they were interviewing for positions at 19 dealerships in the region.
GOVERNOR WOLF PUSHES BACK AGAINST PANDEMIC RULING
Governor Wolf responded to the state legislature yesterday after a federal judge declared his coronavirus shut-down orders unconstitutional. According to a press release by the governor’s office, Wolf said in a statement that Mr Trump and Harrisburg Republicans promote misinformation about the coronavirus and that Wolf’s orders requiring people to stay at home and shutter thousands of businesses, was necessary to buy the time as the state addressed the virus which has infected over 145,000 people statewide and caused 7,800 fatalities. The governor’s lawyers were preparing an appeal.
LYCOMING COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE
Lycoming County has 8 new covid-19 cases as of yesterday with a pandemic wide total of 596 positive cases to date. Lycoming County has 11 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, none are on a ventilator. Statewide, there were 1,151 additional positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 146,214. Six new deaths were reported in the state for a total of 7,875 fatalities
CORONAVIRUS AID APPROVED BY COMMS
An allocation of 9 million dollars in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act Block Grant funds was determined by the Lycoming County Commissioners this week. According to the Sun Gazette, the allocation can be shifted during distribution to fit immediate needs, but at this time the breakdown includes funding for school districts; non-profits; small businesses, municipalities; and fire and emergency medical services. Eligible entities who have suffered financial impact caused by COVID-19 can apply for the grant funding – go to lyco.org/covidrelief. Some deadlines are this week.
MAIL-IN BALLOTS WON’T BE REJECTED OVER TECHNICALITIES
A decision has been made in the commonwealth about mail-in ballots and whether they will be discarded over technicalities. According to the Sun Gazette state officials told counties this week that they cannot reject a ballot solely because an election official believes a signature doesn’t match the signature in the voter’s file. A 2019 state law expanded access to mail-in balloting in Pennsylvania, and more than 3 million voters are expected to cast ballots by mail in the Nov. 3 presidential election.
The superintendent of Williamsport schools has stated that families who have chosen a particular platform of learning will now have to stick with their decision going forward this school year. According to the Sun Gazette, to stabilize the platforms, students who were previously flexible between hybrid or fully remote learning, must stay in that mode. Dr Timothy Bowers said the reason is to balance remote class size and keep staffing of the classes solid. In other school news, media outlets say Mount Carmel Area School District they are back to hybrid learning later this week after the district went all virtual instruction two weeks ago when a fifth COVID-19 case was reported. Hybrid instruction will resume Thursday for one group Friday the second group of students in both the Jr/Sr High School and Elementary schools.
Police were called to a Lewisburg home September 1st when witnesses say two young children were playing in the road. According to North Central PA dot com, police investigated the call that came in for JPM and Hafer roads in Kelly Township. Police say 26 year old Lisa Davis answered the door when they arrived after the children had been taken inside, but they smelled marijuana which promted a search. Polcie found heroin and firearms inside the home. Davis was charged with felony drug counts and misdemeanor corruption of minors. She was arrigned Sept 2nd
A Lewisburg woman was charged with child endangerment after police were called to her neighborhood for a report of two young children playing in the road.
Police responded to the call shortly after 1:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at JPM and Hafer roads in Kelly Township, Union County. The two children, ages three and four, had already been taken back into their residence on Timberhaven Drive by the time Trooper Tyler Arbogast of Pennsylvania State Police at Milton arrived.
Arbogast knocked on the door of the residence. When Lisa M. Davis, 26, answered the door Arbogast smelled a strong odor of marijuana, according to the affidavit. Davis told the trooper she was the mother of the two young children who had been playing in the road. She also verified that a male friend who was at the home that afternoon had taken the children inside.
When asked if she had marijuana in the residence, Davis denied it, according to the affidavit. Additional troopers came to the scene while Arbogast applied for a search warrant, which was granted by Union County district judges Jeffrey Rowe and Jeffrey Mensch.
Upon searching the residence, police found 39 bundles of heroin located in an upstairs bedroom closet. They also found a black Beretta 25 caliber 950 BS handgun underneath the seat cushion of the living room sofa. Arbogast noted in the affidavit that these items were within easy reach of the children.
In addition, police found paraphernalia including glassine baggies and rubber bands for packaging, four grams of crystal meth, five grams of marijuana and $1,937 in cash, according to the affidavit.
Davis was charged with felony counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver controlled substances; endangering the welfare of children; misdemeanor drug charges; and corruption of minors.
She was arraigned in front of District Judge Jeffrey Mensch on Sept. 2. Bail was set at $100,000 unsecured. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 1 at Rowe’s office.
The Nuggets beat the Clippers 104-89 in the West Semi Finals Game 7, Denver wins 4-3. Heat over the Celtics 117-114 in the East Finals Game 1, Game 2 Thursday at 7 PM
Red Sox blanked the Marlins 2-nothing, Reds over the Pirates 4-1, Rays beat the Nationals 6-1, Yankees routed the Blue Jays 20-6, Phillies beat the Mets 4-1, Tigers blanked the Royals 6-nothing, Braves over the Orioles 5-1, Brewers stomped the Cardinals 18-3, White Sox over the Twins 6-2, Astros beat the Rangers 4-1, Cubs over the Indians 6-5, Rockies beat the A’s 3-1, Dodgers over the Padres 3-1 Diamondbacks edged the Angels 9-8, and Giants and Mariners were postponed due to the smoke from the wildfires in California.
HS Boys Soccer
Williamsport beat Central Mountain 3-1
Milton over Montoursville 3- nothing,
HS Girls Soccer
Benton beat Sullivan county 10-2,
HS Girls Tennis
Central Mountain defeated Williamsport 5-0,
Boys – Williamsport 17 Loyalsock 46 Girls Williamsport 19 Loyalsock 48 –
Boys – Warrior Run 16 Midd-west 39, Girls Warrior Run 15 Midd-west 44