WINTER CLOSINGS FOR SOME SCHOOLS
There are closings and delays for some area schools and universities this morning due to the winter weather in our area. However, many K-12 school districts have a scheduled school day off for deer season as an extension of the Thanksgiving holiday…. Lock haven University – 2 hour delay. Penn College of Technology – closed, Southern Columbia School closed and STEP Head Start in Lycoming and Clinton Counties are closed. Meals on Wheels will be cancelled for today and area Senior Centers are also closed. Up to date information on closings and delays are available on all backyard broadcasting websites.
SOME TRAFFIC RESTRICTED IN EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA
Wintry weather and snowy conditions caused a full commercial vehicle ban in New Jersey yesterday and continues to effect truck travel on Pennsylvania Roadways today according to PennDOT. Both the department and the PA Turnpike commission imposed restrictions again this morning on certain trucks and other vehicles. For vehicles heading east Interstate 80 from Interstate 81 to the New Jersey border, a ban is in place for all double trailers empty trailers, non-commercial vehicles pulling trailers, recreational vehicles and motorcycles. Eastern Interstates such as the northeast extention of the Turnpike and other highways heading into New Jersey are affected. PennDOT is urging motorists to use caution and the ban will lift as conditions on the interstates improve.
RED CROSS WARMING CENTERS OPENED AFTER POWER OUTAGES
There was a power outage that required the assistance of the American Red Cross in Union and Snyder counties last night. Pennsylvania Power and light reported about 24 hundred outages and as of about 1am, power had been restored to most of those areas. A warming shelter was provided by the Red Cross for those families affected by the outages in East Buffalo Township at 249 Farley Circle. Power issues in Clinton and Lycoming County are occurring for handful of customers – also because of the icy conditions that brought limbs down on wires.
ENVIRONMENTAL BILLS HEAD TO PA SENATE
Three environmental bills were voted on by the Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, chaired by State Sen. Gene Yaw recently. One bill authorizes counties to adopt a program for stream cleaning and removing flood-related hazards from waterways, another updates the state’s household hazardous waste collection program and a third provides a process when there is non-compliance in municipalities. The bills were sent to the full Senate for consideration.
COUNSELORS TO BE PROVIDED AT DANVILLE SCHOOLS
Students and teachers are mourning the loss of a Danville Area School District classmate today. According to WKOK, Jason Gordan, a middle school student there, died tragically November 29th. Officials at the school say counselors, clergy and added support staff will be available today from 1 until 4pm for students who need to talk. There will also be counselors available at the Danville High School and Middle School buildings Tuesday.
TWO LOCAL FIRES SINCE SUNDAY
Two fires cause firefighters to work in the cold conditions – one starting last night around 8pm in Coal Township and another this morning in Northumberland County. Two homes along Pulaski Avenue in Coal Township were damaged last night but the fire was controlled by just after midnight and police are investivating. Crews are on the scene today since 3am at Raupstal road in Jordan Township. According to WKOK, firefighters were on the scene until 5:30 am today/
LINDEN COUPLE ARRESTED
State police in Montoursville have arrested a couple from Linden after they were observed in their hotel room by Clinton County Probation officers with drugs and paraphernalia in plain view while a four-year-old child was present. Police obtained a search warrant to investigate a room at the Grandview Hotel on Rt 220 Highway in October, where 24 year old Taylor M. Kanski, and 33 year old Joseph T. Pontius, of Linden were staying with a 4 year old child. According to North Central PA dot com, police found drugs and paraphernalia. Kanski and Pontius were charged with possession of a controlled substance and both are in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail with a preliminary hearing December 4.
LOCAL WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY
A Winter weather advisory remains in effect until 1pm today for Trout Run, Williamsport, Danville, Sunbury, Shamokin, as well as Bloomsburg, Berwick, and Pottsville. The National weather service says Snow will fall in our area with moderate intensity and accumulations of 1 to 3 inches. There could be another 4 inches across the higher terrain to the north of Interstate 80. Snow should taper off by this afternoon.
Bengals beat the Jets 22 to 6, Dolphins beat the Eagles 37 to 31, Packers beat the Giants 31 to 13, Steelers beat the Browns 20 to 13, Titans over the Colts 31-17, Redskins beat the Panthers 29-21, Buccaneers over the Jaguars 28-11, Ravens beat the 49ers 20-17, Rams over the Cardinals 34-7, Broncos beat the Chargers 23-20, Chiefs over the Raiders 40- 9, and Texans over the Patriots 28-22.
Heat beat the Nets 109 to 106, Grizzlies beat the Timberwolves 115 to 107, Celtics beat the Knicks, 113 to 104, Mavericks beat the Lakers 114 to 100, Thunder edged the Pelicans 107 to 104, Pistons over the Spurs 132 to 98, Raptors beat Jazz 130 to 110, Magic over Warriors 100 to 96, Clippers beat the Wizards 150 to 125.
Wild beat Stars 3 to 2, Bruins over the Canadiens 3 to 1, and Oilers beat the Canucks 3 to 2
Men’s College Basketball
Lycoming beat Susquehanna 79 to 70 OT
Women’s College Basketball
Susquehanna beat Lycoming 78 to 65
In the Mat-Town Open Tournament, Lock Haven had four individual champions – Luke Werner, Cole Manley, Jonathan Ross and Austin Bell. Three freshmen from Penn State won titles as well.