BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 16, 2020

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT IN REMOTE INSTRUCTION MODE
Due to an increase of confirmed COVID cases and quarantines, the South Williamsport Area School District announced that beginning today,  Juniors and Seniors at the high school will be transitioning to remote instruction. According to the Sun Gazette, District Superintendent, Dr. Mark Stamm, said that in person instruction is likely to be brought back after Thanksgiving break if all goes well. A letter to parents was sent out with information about the shutdowns, and all updated schedules have been emailed.

TRUMP CAMPAIGN SET BACK IN PENNSYLVANIA AFTER JUDGE’S RULING
The Trump administration suffered setbacks in Pennsylvania federal appeals court after efforts were rejected to block around 9,000 mail in votes received after election day. The judge noted the “vast disruption” the nation faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Sun Gazette Judge D Brooks Smith said that every lawful vote must count. The plaintiff has since withdrawn an appeal. According to pollsters, even if the 9000 votes were determined to be illegal, despite the T5rump campaign would still not have the amount of 50,000 votes to win in PA.

HIGH SPEED CHASE ENDS WITH AN ACCIDENT
Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police engaged in an approximate 12 mile pursuit that began near Jersey Shore late Saturday night near the Limestone Washington Township line that sent two suspects to the hospital with critical injuries.  According to the Sun Gazette. A 26 year old Jersey Shore man was driving a 2004 Mazda 3 with a 28 year old passenger and when they were  traveling south on Route 44 lost control of the car, going off the right side of the road into the tree about 11:40pm.  One victim was transported by ambulance and the other flown to a Geisinger trauma center.  Police say the suspects may have thrown evidence out of the car along the way, there was drug paraphernalia found in the wreckage. Police reconstructed the accident and the identities of the two crash victims are expected to be released soon.

There is a detour in place after a rockslide closed parts of Route 11 between Northumberland and Montour County.  Both the north and southbound lanes are blocked with debris on Route 11 between Ridge Road in Point Township and Continental Blvd in Danville.  Motorists are to sue the detour in place using Route 147, Route 642 and Route 54.  Closures should be expected through this week.   IN addition, Mile Post Road is reported to be closed in the Sunbury area because of trees and wires down.

Police seized a very large amount of drugs from White Deer Township Tuesday including hundreds of bags of heroin, methamphetamine, other drugs and and firearms.   The suspects William Zwernemann and Kaitlyn Zechman were both charged with 12 felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, with intent to deliver. Zwernemann was remanded to the Union County jail under  $250,000 bail and Zechman remains in jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. Their preliminary hearing is November 24th.

Sensitivity and diversity training has been proposed for Sullivan county school board members by the school District Superintendent and the president of the  school board after public comments about a rainbow flag and an LGBTQ display in the high school library came across as offensive and hurtful to community members.  According to the Sun Gazette, there was a joint statement presented calling for the training, so that the diverse student body in Sullivan Countycontinues to feel supported and be able to learn in a positive environment.  The next board meeting is on November 17th

As of Saturday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has reported 5,551 additional cases of COVID in the Commonwealth.  Union County led the new numbers with 44 new cases of COVID-19, Lycoming County reports 37 new cases, Northumberland County has  32 cases, Clinton reports 14, and Tioga County reports 19 new cases.  Geisinger Danville has the same 48 admitted patients with the viurs, 20 on ventilators.  Geisinger Shamokin has one new patient with COVID-19, for a total of 10 people admitted, two on ventilators,.  Evangelical Community Hospital has two new patients; 17 patients admitted, three on ventilators.  There are 50 new deaths reported statewide according to the PA Department of Health

Pennsylvania’s Gov. Tom Wolf  met with governors from neighboring states this weekend to discuss possibly coordinating new restrictions to help curb COVID-19 spread as a second wave of the coronavirus grips the region. Governors of New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont  as well as New York.  NY Governor Andrew Cuomo says the group was to discuss possibly coordinating more regulations on bars, restaurants, and gyms, as well as limits on gatherings and interstate travel.  No major announcements have been made after the summit..

SPORTS
NFL
Giants beat the Eagles 27-17, Steelers beat the Bengals 36-10, Cardinals over the Bills 32-30, Patriots beat the Ravens 23-17, Buccaneers beat the Panthers 46-23, Lions beat Washington 30-27, Packers over the Jaguars 24-20, Raiders beat the Broncos 37-12, Dolphins beat the Chargers 29-21, Rams over the Seahawks 23-16,

Monday Night Football
Vikings vs the Bears kick off at 8:15 from Chicago

GOLF
Masters Tournament at Augusta
Dustin Johnson shot a 4 under 68 and made the lowest score in tour history finishing a t20 under 268.

HS Boys Soccer
Lewisburg defeated Notre-Dame Green Pond in the PIAA Class AA Quarterfinals Saturday and will move on to play Oley Valley, Tuesday night at 6pm

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