BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 23, 2020

GUIDELINES APPROVED BY JERSEY SHORE SCHOOL BOARD
The Jersey Shore Area School board met Monday night and approved a list of guidelines for middle and high school sports that will be posted on the district’s website for public viewing, as well as a copy will be sent to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.   According to the Sun Gazette, Jersey Shore Athletic Director, Serena Henry, said the guidelines were compiled from ideas from PHAC athletic directors,  the Jersey Shore Music Department, as well as CDC and PA Department of Health recommendations, which include pre-meeting screenings for students, healthy hygiene practices, mask wearing and food concessions must adhere to restaurant industry standards and a potential waiver.

BRIDGE INSPECTIONS WILL CLOSE LANES ON ROUTE 15 TODAY
Route 15 north and southbound are going to be restricting lanes near the i180 interchange today in Williamsport between 8a and 2:30pm.  According to PennDOT a maintenance crew will be inspecting the bridge structures that span Lycoming Creek.  Expect the left lane of Route 15 north to be closed after exiting from 180 westbound, and Route 15 south traffic will have a left lane blocked when exiting to the 180 eastbound ramp.

LANCASTER REPUBLICAN NEW GENERAL ASSEMBLY SPEAKER
Pennsylvania lawmakers elevated Lancaster County Republican Bryan Cutler to the chamber’s top spot as speaker and choose a new slate of GOP leaders who will set the tone for policy priorities.  According to a press release from the state legislature, the General Assembly is now tasked with responding to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis, which could lead to austerity measures and conflict with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.  Cutler’s move from majority leader comes after the early retirement of former Speaker Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny), who resigned June 15 to take a high-ranking position at a utility company House Republicans elected Rep. Kerry Benninghoff of Centre county to serve as majority leader, and Rep. Donna Oberlander  of Clarion county to be majority whip.

HUNTING LICENSES WENT ON SALE MONDAY
The Pennsylvania Game Commission began their sale of licenses of the 2020-21 hunting and furtaking seasons Monday, costing cost just over $20 for Pennsylvania residents and just over 100 dollars for nonresidents. According to the Sun Gazette, the expanded Sunday hunting for big game and an archery deer season that reaches deeper than ever into the whitetail rut, 2020  could be an historic year for hunting in Pennsylvania. Those dates are Sunday, Nov. 15 for archery deer hunting; Sunday, Nov. 22 for bear hunting; and Sunday Nov. 29 A complete list of licensing requirements for Bear, Elk and more big and small game can be found at www.pgc.pa.gov.

A 28 year old man from Hughesville is in jail and facing multiple felony charges for sexual acts involving a female minor between mid-March and June of this year.  According to the Sun Gazette, Hughesville police said Benjamin Stewart of South Main Street, engaged in sexual acts and sent and received photos of the girl.  Stewart faces 14 felony charges including three counts of statutory sexual assault, indecent assault and illegal obtaining inappropriate photos, and is incarcerated under $50k bail.

There will be a change in the traffic pattern coming up Wednesday at the Intersection Improvement Project on Routes 220/405 in the Hughesville borough and Wolfe Township.   On Wednesday work will begin work at the intersection of Routes 220 and 405 on the southbound lanes of Route 220 with Single lane conditions and flaggers with a truck detour limiting vehicle length to 30-feet.  The truck detour will use Route 405 and Route 180.  Race Street will also remain closed. Work will continue through the Fall of 2020.

A viral video showing a person painting racial graffiti saying white lives matter and misspelling white WIGHT allegedly happened on Reagan Street near Catawissa Avenue in Sunbury has been shared on the national media outlet TMZ.  Details and the identity of the painter are not available, but the video is receiving heavy criticism on social media.  According to city administrators, the message was painted over within 24 hours with neighbors saying this is not a reflection of Sunbury’s desire to promote diversity.

Penn College has officially kicked off their virtual career fair this week after shifting focus away from their traditional in person bi-annual career day events for high school and middle school students.  According to the Sun Gazette, Dr. Randy Zangara dean of College Transitions said that after March and COVID-19, an alternative for students to explore careers virtually was started.  The website which features materials in the 13 career clusters of the state’s department of education, and provides students with information about the school, high demand careers, with access to workshops and tours.  Find out more at https://www.pct.edu/events/virtual/virtual-exploration-week

SPORTS
NASCAR
Ryan Blaney held on to the lead after a restart with two laps to go Monday and earned his second straight win at Talladega Superspeedway since October on a day that began with NASCAR drivers throwing their support behind Bubba Wallace.  Thirty nine drivers pushed Wallace’s #43 car to the front of the pre-race grid in a show of solidarity of Black Lives matter and against the anonymous person who put a noose in Wallace’s garage stall this week.  Team owner Richard Petty hadn’t attended a race since NASCAR started back up in May, but he went to Talladega to show his support for Wallace.

MLB
Major League Baseball plans to unilaterally issue a 60-game schedule for its shortest season since 1878 after the players’ association rejected a negotiated deal of the same length. Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark met last week and outlined plans that included expanding the playoffs widening use of the designated hitter and an experiment to start extra innings with a runner on second base. Unofficially, MLB asked the union to respond by 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday as to whether players can report to training by July 1 and whether the players’ association will agree on the operating manual of health and safety protocols.

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