TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 14TH, 2020

The Shenango Area School Board unanimously approved a seven-page reopening health and safety plan during its Monday night meeting. According to the New Castle, some of the highlights include, Students will have to wear face coverings. Buses will be sanitized before and after runs and students will be encouraged to sit as separately as possible. Students will receive direct instruction as long as Lawrence County remains in the green or yellow phase. If the county becomes red, remote learning will become an option.

COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania are continuing to rise throughout the state. Officials say yesterday saw an increase of 328 new cases, with the state total now close to 96-thousand. Officials reported seven new deaths related to the virus as the death toll sits at 69-hundred-11. Lawrence County saw a surge in 23 cases which brings the county’s total to 197 confirmed cases. The county’s death total remained at nine.

Pennsylvania health officials are holding off on placing new COVID-19-related restrictions on three local counties.  Secretary of Health Rachel Levine says potential restrictions for bars and restaurants in Washington, Beaver and Westmoreland counties were delayed after reviewing data on coronavirus cases.  Local leaders say they were confused by the sudden about-face and angry that it wasn’t communicated until after businesses lost money.

A man from Cranberry Township is behind bars after a weekend drug bust.  During a search of his home on the eight-thousand-block of Rowan Road Saturday morning, police took 61-year-old Barry Graef into custody after discovering more than 70-grams of cocaine, crack, heroin and marijuana.  Investigators also found four firearms and one-grand in cash.  Graef is in Butler County Prison on 20-thousand-dollars bail.

Yesterday was the first day P-A hunters can apply for their antlerless deer licenses.  Hunters may apply for a total of three licenses, with the second on August 3rd and the third on August 17th.  Non-residents can apply for their first antlerless deer license next Monday.

The state Department of Revenue is reminding Pennsylvanians who have not done so already that this Wednesday July 15th is the deadline to file state income tax returns. The tax filing deadline was extended to July 15th because of the coronavirus pandemic. While many Pennsylvanians filed by the traditional April 15th deadline, the Department of Revenue says those who’ve yet to do so there are resources for filing electronically at revenue.pa.gov.

A woman is recovering after an accident Sunday afternoon in Portersville.  It happened along West Portersville Road near Brenneman Road when a vehicle driven by 67-year-old Ruth Malburg drove off the road, struck a utility pole, and went airborne.  Malburg was taken to Allegheny General Hospital with what is described as serious injuries

Kennywood is now open to the general public.  The West Mifflin amusement park opened its gates to everyone Monday after a soft open to season pass holders over the weekend.  Park officials say they are temperature checking people as they enter the park and are requiring masks for park goers and staff.  There are so-called mask break zones in the park where people can safely remove their mask while maintaining social distancing.

Beaver County Commissioner Jack Manning is being tested for COVID-19.  County officials announced Monday the 68-year-old began exhibiting symptoms over the weekend.  The Beaver County Times reports that employees in the commissioners’ office were sent home Monday to self-quarantine.  Commissioners Amadio and Camp are both out of town on vacation this week.