TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 7TH, 2020

The Shenango Area School District is moving forward with a four million dollar indoor sports complex. The vote was 5-4. According to the New Castle News the facility will feature a track, weight room, batting cages, a volleyball/basketball court and a football/soccer turf field. GEM Building Contractors and Development, of Neshannock will be the general contractor for the project totaling 3.1 million dollars.

A new poll is bringing good news for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as Election Day nears. According to Monmouth University, the former Vice President has a 12-point lead over President Trump in Pennsylvania. A previous survey back in August showed Biden just four points ahead of Trump. Both candidates have made several visits to the Keystone State in recent weeks. President Trump won Pennsylvania in 2016, which helped secure his victory.

Friday night football’s roar of the crowd will likely be louder this week.  Governor Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Doctor Rachel Levine announced Tuesday they are increasing occupancy limits for inside and outside sporting events.  Each facility must still require fans to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Election officials in Beaver County say they’ll be adding extra security at the county’s polling place on November third to make sure no one is intimidating any voters.  County Election Board Chair Daniel Camp says they’ve learned of possible intimidation efforts that might happen at polling places so they’re adding sheriff’s deputies at the county’s 129 polls.  Camp says voters cannot be turned away if they’re not wearing a mask.

State Police in Butler County are trying to track down the person who burglarized a foreclosed home. They say someone was spotted running out of the basement at a residence on Pine Drive in Center Township Sunday. The only description of the suspect is they were wearing blue jeans and a dark-hooded sweatshirt. The investigation is ongoing.

The state added more than one-thousand new Covid- 19 cases to the total yesterday, pushing it over 165-thousand. About 17 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 82-hundred-44. Lawrence County added two cases yesterday bringing its total case number to 564 and 22 deaths.

Small businesses will soon get some much needed financial relief.  Another 96-million-dollars in grant money will go to the hands of small businesses throughout the state.  Governor Tom Wolf made the announcement yesterday and he said this program is really important.  The state’s COVID-19 relief program has already awarded 192-million-dollars to businesses in Pennsylvania.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is investigating tens of thousands of business waiver applications that gave businesses an opportunity to appeal the governor’s COVID-19 closures. DePasquale claims he found inconsistencies in the approval process as some business owners say the requirements were very specific, and that the process lacked transparency and provided inconsistent answers.. About 42-thousand business owners applied for the waiver between March and April, and DePasquale says so far, they found 171 applications that were changed from no to yes.

A Beaver County business has been named a finalist in a million-dollar competition.  PittMoss, located in Harmony Township, markets an environmentally-friendly alternative to peat moss.  PittMoss officials say they’re taking paper waste out of landfills and turning it into a form of peat moss.  The company has the chance to win up to one-million dollars offered in the Grow-New York Business Competition.