Concerned about the increase number of Covid-19 cases in Lawrence County, New Castle School District Superintendant Debbie DeBlasio is recommend virtual  learning to start the school year. The New Castle News reports, whether that method of learning is in place for four weeks, nine weeks or longer will depend upon the numbers of positive coronavirus cases in the county. The school board’s next public work session and regular meeting are planned for Aug. 10, when DeBlasio will ask for a vote on the district’s direction and her recommendation.

Charges are pending against a Jackson Center man following a one vehicle accident Friday night. State Police said 22 year old Dustin Bradbury was involved in a crash on Harlansburg Road in Scott Township.  When police arrived Bradbury was not at the scene but was located a short time later. A further investigation determined that Bradbury may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs and was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. The investigation is continuing.

One person was taken to the hospital following a two vehicle accident in Union Township. State police report 20 year old Sarah Lorensen of New Castle was traveling west on Interstate 376 when she lost control on the wet roadway, struck  a cement bridge rail then struck a vehicle operated by 54 year old Jean Borgo of Okdale. Lorensen was taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment. No other injuries were reported.

State Police in Mercer County say the information on a media release about a weekend accident was incorrect and the driver of a motorcycle is not deceased. WFMJ-TV reports A car and a motorcycle were traveling in opposite directions on Perry Highway Saturday when the car made a left turn in front of the motorcycle causing the motorcycle to crash into the side of the vehicle. The driver of the motorcycle, 36-year-old Jason Hobart of Hadley was taken to St. Elizabeths Hospital in Youngstown for his injuries. No other injuries were reported.

There is a new manager for Maurice K. Goddard State Park in Mercer County.  D-C-N-R is tapping Mark Scarpitti to take the lead at the nearly three-thousand-acre park in Sandy Lake Township.  The 37-year-old Edinboro native had been the assistant manager at Hickory Run State Park in Carbon County and had started his career at Moraine State Park.

The state Department of Health is agreeing to a 23-million-dollar contract to help hire contact tracers.  The deal with Insight Global will recruit, hire, train, and support about one-thousand paid staff to stay on top of the effort.  There are already 654 contact tracers across the state.

COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania are continuing to rise throughout the state. Officials say yesterday saw an increase of 654 new cases, with the state total surpassing 113-thousand. About five new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll yesterday, which sits at over 72-hundred. The State Health Department reported a 12th death in Lawrence County over the weekend. The number of cases in the County now stands at 343.

Seven people are facing charges after a fight broke out at Kennywood Friday night.  Officials with the West Mifflin amusement park say they also had to remove 150 people from the park and close a half-hour early due to the incident.  No one required hospitalization following the fight and there’s no word what may have spared the altercation.

Extracurricular activities are suspended at Beaver Area School District after a student-athlete tested positive for COVID-19.  The Beaver County Times reports the district learned yesterday of the positive test, and they’ve been contacting coaches and parents who may have come in contact with the individual.  Activities can resume August 6th while boys and girls soccer will restart on August 17th.