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WHILE THE LEGAL BATTLES OVER ELECTION RESULTS IN PENNSYLVANIA CONTINUE, THE COMMONWEALTH HAS CERTIFIED THE FINAL RESULTS.  YESERDAY, SECRETARY OF STATE KATHY BOOCKVAR AND GOVERNOR TOM WOLF INKED THE OFFICIAL FORMS THAT SAY PENNSYLVANIA’S ELECITON PROCESS WAS FREE, FAIR AND ACCURATE.  IF ALL THE LEGAL CHALLENGES BY THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN FAIL, PENNSYLVANIA’S 20 ELECTORAL VOTES WILL BE AWARDED TO JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS NEXT MONTH AS THEY ARE OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED AS THE PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT ELECT. 

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IN AN EFFORT TO COMBAT COVID-19, 2 AREA HOSPITALS ARE NOT LETTING VISITORS INTO THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, UNLESS MEDICALLY NECESSARY.  BRADFORD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER AND OLEAN GENERAL HOSPITAL’S DIRECTIVE WENT INTO EFFECT MONDAY AND WILL LAST UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  OFFICIALS WITH THE HOSPITALS SAY THEY UNDERSTAND THE INCONVENIENCE, BUT STRESS THEY CAN’T TAKE CHANCES WITH THE RISING NUMBER OF COVID INFECTIONS IN THE REGION. 

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TUESDAY SAW ANOTHER 66 HUNDRED PLUS POSITIVE COVID TEST RESULTS AND 81 COVID-RELATED DEATHS AS REPORTED BY THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.  AS OF NOW, THE ONLY COUNTY IS THE COMMONWEALTH THAT HAS A LOW PERCENT-POSITIVITY OF CASES IS CAMERON COUNTY. 

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A GENESSEE WOMAN IS ON THE MEND FOLLOWING A 1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN MCKEAN COUNTY SUNDAY AFTERNOON.  POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED ABOUT 2:30 ON ROUTE 6, EAST OF BENSON HOLLOW ROAD IN LIBERTY TOWNSHIP.  64-YEAR OLD SHIRLEY SNYDER LOST CONTROL OF HER PICKUP AND STRUCK AN EMBANKMENT, CAUSING HER VEHICLE TO BECOME AIRBORNE AND LAND IN THE FRONT YARD OF A RESIDENCE.  SHE WAS TRANSPORTED TO UPMC COLE IN COUDERSPORT FOR TREATMENT OF SUSPECTED MINOR INJURIES. 

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POLICE ARE LOOKING INTO AN ALLEGED CASE OF INDECENT ASSAULT.  THE INCIDENT IS SAID TO HAVE HAPPENED MONDAY AFTERNOON AT A RESIDENCE IN MOUNT JEWETT.  NO FURTHER INFORMATION WAS GIVEN. 

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AS THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 CONTINUES, GOVERNOR TOM WOLF AND SECRETARY OF HEALTH DR. RACHEL LEVINE HAVE ADDED NEW MITIGATION EFFORTS FOR THE COMMONWEALTH AS WELL AS RENEWED CALLS FOR EFFORTS ALREADY IN PLACE. 

 

MOST NOTABLY, THE GOVERNOR HAS DIRECTED THAT NO ALCOHOL BE SOLD BETWEEN 5PM WEDNESDAY AND 8AM THURSDAY AT BARS AND RESTAURANTS IN PENNSYLVANIA.  THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING IS TRADITIONALLY ONE OF THE BIGGEST BAR ATTENDANCE NIGHTS OF THE YEAR.  THIS DIRECTIVE IS TO ENSURE THAT THERE AREN’T LARGE GROUPS OF PEOPLE GATHERING IN PUBLIC IN HOPES TO PROHIBIT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS. 

 

THE GOVERNOR AND HEALTH SECRETARY HAVE ALSO RE-ENFORCED CALLS FOR PENNSYLVANIANS TO FOLLOW CDC GUIDELINES AND AVOID HAVING THANKSGIVING WITH ANYONE OUTSIDE YOUR HOME OR INVITE FOLKS INTO YOUR HOME. 

 

YESTERDAY SAW OVER 47 HUNDRED NEW POSITIVE COVID TEST RESULTS IN THE COMMONWEALTH.  THERE WERE AN ADDITONAL 28 DEATHS REPORTED AS CAUSED BY THE VIRUS AS WELL.  IN ALL, DR. LEVINE STATES THAT 63 OF 67 PENNSYLVANIA COUNTIES ARE NOW IN THE “SUBSTANTIAL” LEVEL OF COVID TRANSMITION RISK. 

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A WELLSBORO MAN IS RECOVERING FOLLOWING A FRIDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT IN POTTER COUNTY.  POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED ON ROUTE 44, WEST OF RAUSCH ROAD IN STEWARDSON TOWNSHIP WHEN A MOTORCYCLE, DRIVEN BY 68-YEAR OLD DAVID BOYCE WENT OUT OF CONTROL ON A CURVE AND STRUCK AN EMBANKMENT, THEN SLID ON THE ROADWAY.  BOYCE SUFFERED SUSPECTED SERIOUS INJURIES AND WAS TAKEN TO DANVILLE HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT. 

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A THEFT IN WARREN COUNTY REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION TODAY.  THE INCIDENT ALLEGEDLY HAPPENED BETWEEN OCTOBER 9TH AND 12TH WHEN POWER TOOLS WERE TAKEN FROM A ROUSE AVENUE GARAGE IN BROKENSTRAW TOWNSHIP.  TOTAL VALUE OF THE ITEMS TAKEN IS AROUND 900 BUCKS. 

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THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE DEATH OF AN ELK COUNTY MAN CONTINUES IN LYCOMING COUNTY TODAY.  STATE AND FEDERAL OFFICIALS TELL US 50-YEAR OLD WAYNE NEUREITER, OF KERSEY, WAS KILLED MONDAY AFTERNOON WHEN HE TRIED TO LOWER A TAILGATE RAMP MANUALLY, AFTER IT FAILED TO FUNCTION ON ITS OWN, AND WAS KNOCKED TO THE GROUND AND SUFFOCATED WHEN THE GATE LANDED ON TOP OF HIM.  NEUREITER WAS TRYING TO UNLOAD A LARGE EXCAVATOR FROM A TRAILER NEAR A WELL PAD. 

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A BRADFORD WOMAN IS RECOVERING AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A VEHICLE LAST FRIDAY NIGHT IN THE CITY.  POLICE SAY THE INCIDENT HAPPENED ON WEST WASHINGTON STREET WHEN 74-YEAR OLD CAROL MUSSER WALKED OUT INTO THE STREET AND WAS HIT BY A VEHICLE, DRIVEN BY 63-YEAR OLD RHONDA PASCARELLA.  ACCORDING TO THE POLICE REPORT, MUSSER DID NOT USE THE CROSSWALK AND WAS WEARING DARK CLOTHING AT THE TIME, WHICH CAUSED HER TO NOT BE SEEN CLEARLY BY PASCARELLA.    

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YET ANOTHER SPIKE IN COVID-19 NUMBERS THURSDAY IN PENNSYLVANIA.  THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTS OVER 7100 NEW POSITIVE TEST RESULTS.  THERE WERE ALSO ANOTHER 116 DEATHS REPORTED AS CAUSED BY THE VIRUS.  ONE OF THOSE IS FROM MCKEAN COUNTY, WHICH IS THE COUNTY’S 3RD REPORTED DEATH. 

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE MATT GABLER IS URGING AREA RESIDENTS TO VOICE THEIR OPINION ON AN ONGOING PENN DOT TRANSPORTATION FUNDING SURVEY.  PENN DOT IS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO BACKFILL FUNDING TO COVER AN 8 MILLION DOLLAR GAP.  GABLER’S PRIMARY CONCERN IS ONE THAT HE HAS HAD SINCE HE FIRST TOOK OFFICE IN 2008, AVOIDING A POSSIBLE TOLL ON I-80.  THE SURVEY CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT PENN DOT DOT GOV SLASH FUNDING. 

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A BRADFORD MAN IS HEADED TO COURT ON CHARGES HE LED POLICE ON A HIGH-SPEED CHASE.  THE INCIDENT HAPPENED OCTOBER 30TH WHEN POLICE TRIED TO STOP 36-YEAR OLD RICHARD FOSTER ON WEST CORYDON STREET.  HE THEN SPED OFF AND EVENTUALLY CRASHED INTO THE BRADFORD WATER AUTHORITY BUILDING.  POLICE BELIEVE FOSTER WAS UNDER THE INFLUENCE AT THE TIME.  HIS CASE WAS BOUND OVER IN DISTRICT COURT THIS WEEK.

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ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER RECORD BROKEN IN POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST RESULTS IN PENNSYLVANIA.  THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTS OVER 63 HUNDRED POSITIVES FROM YESTERDAY.  THERE WERE ALSO ANOTHER 110 DEATHS REPORTED AS CAUSED BY THE VIRUS AS WELL.  UPDATED NUMBERS ARE EXPECTED OUT AROUND NOON TODAY. 

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RIDGWAY BOROUGH TAXES AND WATER RATES ARE GOING UP FOR 2021.  AT THIS WEEK’S BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETING, COUNCIL VOTED TO RAISE TAXES BY 1 MILL, WHICH IS ABOUT A 20-30 DOLLAR INCREASE FOR THE AVERAGE RESIDENT.  COUNCIL ALSO VOTED TO RAISE THE WATER RATE BY 1 DOLLAR PER EVERY 1 THOUSAND GALLONS USED.  THAT INCREASE WOULD GO INTO EFFECT IN THE 2ND QUARTER OF 2021. 

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PENNSYLVANIA’S US SENATORS BOB CASEY AND PAT TOOMEY ARE LOOKING TO HOLD NURSING HOMES AND LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES ACCOUNTABLE WITH A NEW PIECE OF LEGISLATION.  THE NURSING HOME REFORM MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2020 WOULD EXPAND ON LAST YEAR’S SPECIAL FOCUS FACILITY PROGRAM TO PROVIDE GREATER OVERSIGHT AND RESOURCES TO SYSTEMICALLY UNDERPERFORMING NURSING HOMES.  BOTH TOOMEY AND CASEY NOTE THE UNDERPERFORMANCE OF THESE FACILITIES TO PROTECT RESIDENTS FROM COVID-19.

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IMAGINE BEING SO GOOD AT YOUR JOB AS PRESIDENT OF ONE STATE UNIVERSITY THAT THEY PUT YOU IN CHARGE OF A 2ND.  SUCH IS THE CASE FOR DR. DALE-ELIZABETH PHERSSON, THE PRESIDENT OF CLARION UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA.  DR. PHERSSON WAS ALSO NAMED THE PRESIDENT OF EDINBORO UNIVERISTY OF PENNSYLVANIA YESTERDAY.  THAT APPOINTMENT WILL TAKE EFFECT DECEMBER 31ST OF THIS YEAR.  DR. PHERSSON TOOK OVER AS PRESIDENT OF CLARION BACK IN 2018 AND HAS BEEN VERY POPULAR AMONGST STUDENTS AND STAFF.  AND IN CASE YOU’RE WONDERING, THERE’S NO KNOWN STIPULATIONS AS TO WHOM SHE MUST SUPPORT WHEN IT COMES TO EDINBORO AND CLARION SPORTING EVENTS…

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DUE TO A HIGH LEVEL OF COVID-19 CASES IN THE AREA, AND AN INCREASED AMOUNT OF QUARANTINES FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF, THE ST. MARYS AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT IS GOING VIRTUAL, STARTING TOMORROW.  ALL SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ARE ALSO CANCELLED.  THESE STIPULATIONS WILL BE IN EFFECT THROUGH NEXT TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH

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ANOTHER RECORD NUMBER OF COVID-19 POSITIVE TEST RESULTS IN PENNSYLVANIA TODAY.  ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, THERE WERE 59 HUNDRED NEW POSITIVES.  THERE WERE ALSO 30 ADDITIONAL DEATHS REPORTED AS CAUSED BY THE VIRUS. 

 

WITH THOSE NUMBERS ALSO COME NEW MITIGATION SUGGESTIONS FROM SECRETARY OF HEALTH DR. RACHEL LEVINE.  BEGINNING FRIDAY, THE COMMONWEALTH IS SUGGESTING MASKS TO BE WORN BOTH INDOORS AND OUTDOORS WHILE AWAY FROM HOME.  THEY RECOMMEND WHILE OUTDOORS, MASKS MUST BE WORN WHEN UNABLE TO SOCIAL DISTANCE FROM OTHERS NOT IN YOUR FAMILY.  WHILE INDOORS ANYWHERE BUT YOUR HOME, MASKS ARE SUGGESTED AT ALL TIMES, WITH NO EXCLUSIONS. 

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A MONDAY MORNING FIRE IN BRADFORD IS BEING RULED AS A CASE OF ARSON.  IT HAPPENED ON EAST MAIN STREET AROUND 6:00.  NO FURTHER INFORMATION WAS GIVEN AS TO WHERE OR HOW THE FIRE STARTED.  THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. 

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