BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 29, 2022

SHEETZ LOWERS PRICES FOR SOME GAS

A local convenience store lowered the price for Unleaded 88 and E85 gasoline Monday to 3.99, a gallon trying to ease the pain at the pump for the upcoming holiday weekend.  According to North Central PA dot com Sheetz says their Unleaded 88 can be used in vehicles made in 2001 or newer, including light-duty trucks, SUVs and flex fuel vehicles. E85 contains more ethanol and is designed specifically for flexible fuel vehicles not standard vehicles.  Customers should check their owner’s manual.  The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Pennsylvania today is $4.95.

SHAMOKIN MAN CHARGED WITH STRANGULATION

A Shamokin man is in jail today after he was accused of head butting and strangling a person outside a pizza shop near S. Market Street. According to North Central PA dot com,  police arrested 44 year old Bobby Antonio Colon, following an investigation into an altercation in which witnesses said he fought with the victim outside the pizza place after being asked to leave a nearby residence June 20th.  Police identified Colon, and then charged him with felony strangulation, simple assault, and harassment.  He has a preliminary hearing in Northumberland County Court on July 5th.

BILL SHOULD END SNAP BENEFITS FOR THE DECEASED

A bill in the Pennsylvania House has been proposed that would help ensure that SNAP food stamp benefits would not be sent to previous recipients who may have died.    According to a legislative memo written by a Republican senator from Berks and Schuylkill counties, after an investigation, they found that DHS policy allowed public assistance benefits to be paid to recipients up to 12 months after death.  Officials found  2,324 deceased recipient cardholders’ accounts that were actively being recharged adding up to $700,000 in benefits for deceased beneficiaries.  Senate Bill 1124 would require the Department of Human Services to run a monthly check of death certificates with the Bureau of Vital Statistics.  No state audit of the EBT program has been conducted since 2016. 

BETTER LYME DISEASE TREATMENT PROPOSED IN PA

There could be better coverage for the treatment of Lyme disease in Pennsylvania after a bill introduced in the Senate has passed making it easier for patients to receive treatment for their long-term symptoms of Lyme Disease. Senate Bill 1188 improves diagnostic techniques and increases medical coverage for treatments for lyme.  According to North Central PA dot com, East Stroudsburg University reports there is Lyme detected in  32 percent of deer ticks tested in the state.  In 2018, the DOH estimated 119,000 cases in the state, 35 percent of which were expected to develop long-term symptoms. The bill now goes to the House for consideration.

SENIOR SUFFERS INJURIES AFTER CRASH IN PARKING GARAGE

A 90 year old woman from Danville  was seriously injured Monday after hitting several vehicles in a parking garage.  According to the Daily Item, police say Edith Barnhart pulled her Toyota Camry into a parking spot at the Geisinger Woodbine Outpatient Clinic about 1pm and hit the wall in front of her. She then backed out of the spot and hit a 30 year old woman from Danville driving a Ford Explorer.  After doing that damage, Barnhart accelerated forward hitting a parked Chevy S10 pickup owned by a Danville man.  After that collision, the woman accelerated again and struck another wall head-on.  She was transported by ambulance to Geisinger with critical injuries.  The other people in the cars struck were not injured, but their vehicle needed to be towed from the scene.  East End Fire Company assisted at the scene.

PA MINIMUM WAGE COULD RISE TO $15 AN HOUR BY 2028

Governor Wolf wants a minimum wage increase for Pennsylvanians and a deadline to decide on the budget is coming up in the PA Legislature Thursday of this week. According to North Central PA dot com, a brief from the Keystone Research Center estimated 1.46 million workers would benefit from the increase to $15 dollars an hour by 2028; this mostly for workers in health care, retail, social services and more. The increase could amount to about a $3,800 raise each year.

INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT AT DANVILLE

In a board meeting Monday night, the Danville Area School District appointed an acting superintendent until they can make a new hire.  According to media outlets, the Danville board approved former Central Columbia School District Superintendent Henry Mathias for now.  He will be paid 700 dollars per day and work just 4 days per week.   Current Danville Superintendent Dr. Rikki Boyle has announced she will be taking a new position at Bloomsburg University.  The board also approved Brian Albertson as their new full-time athletic director by a 6-3 vote.   Albertson is the son of former Danville Area athletic director and baseball coach Harold Albertson.

CVST RIVER BRIDGE DUE TO OPEN IN JULY

After PennDOT hosted the well-attended gathering at the new CVST River bridge for walkers and bikers last weekend, they have now announced that the bridge is scheduled to open soon to traffic.  Crews will need a couple days for line painting July 6th through the 9th and they will hold a private ribbon cutting for dignitaries. There will be more information listed about the actual events surrounding the bridge opening at penndot.pa.gov.

SPORTS

MLB
          Game 1 Guardians 3    Twins 2
          Game 2  Twins 6          Guardians 0
Braves 5              Phillies 3
Yankees 2           A’s 1
Nationals 3         Pirates 1
Blue Jays 6         Red Sox 5
Astros 9               Mets 1
Mariners 2          Orioles 0
Reds 5                 Cubs 3

MLB Draft League
West Virginia Black Bears 9 Williamsport Crosscutters 3
Game 2/3 tonight at Muncy Bank Ballpark 6:35 – 1st Pitch

Local Soccer
North Union United -Lewisburg

 NUU currently has three teams which will be competing in national tournaments in early July. The NUU U19 boys, NUU 06F (U16) girls and NUU 08F Valor (U14) girls are all headed to the national tournament.


Tennis
Serena Williams has exited Wimbledon early after playing her first competitive singles match in just over a year losing 7-5, 1-6, 7-6, to Harmony Tan. The match had a 10 point third-set tiebreak. There is speculation as to whether Williams, a 23 time grand slam title Champion, is considering retirement.

NBA
In 2018, the LA Clippers partnered with the Los Angeles Parks Foundation and pledged to renovate all LA Area public basketball courts.  The vow was fulfilled yesterday when the 350th court was complete with a ribbon cutting at the Michelle and Barrack Obama Sports Center in Los Angeles.  The 10 million dollar donation from Clippers owner Steve Ballmer was the largest donation ever to the City of Los Angeles’ parks system.

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