TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 2ND, 2020

Beaver County officials are not budging on their decision to hold off on opening mail-in ballots until Wednesday, the day after the election tomorrow.  Beaver County officials made the decision earlier this summer, and they say they’re not changing their minds despite pressure from state officials and activist groups.  They say they’re protecting the integrity of the election and the mail-in ballot process.  Beaver County is one of several counties in the state that decided to wait until Wednesday to open mail-in ballots.

With thousands of Keystone State residents heading to the polls tomorrow, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will make a final push for support today. He’ll be appearing at campaign events in Pittsburgh and will be joined at least once by Grammy winner and actress Lady Gaga. The exact locations haven’t been made public yet. President Trump will also be in Pennsylvania today and is holding a rally in Scranton.

Union Township Police arrested a Youngstown man on Saturday night after a chase that ended in Downtown New Castle. According to the New Castle News 36 year old Anthony Tate faces 27 counts that include drug and weapons charges. Police attempted to pull over Tate on Sampson Street when he fled. The chase ended when Tate’s vehicle became wedged between a building and a utility pole in a lot off Mill Street. Tate was arraigned and place in the Lawrence County had on 250 thousand dollars bond.

An Enon Valley man was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident in Little Beaver Township. State Police report 74 year old William Hekcard was northbound on Orchard Road when he traveled off the roadway and struck a large compost pile. The vehicle then became air born and struck a tree with its roof. Heckard was taken to Beaver Valley Medical Center for treatment.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania.  The state added more than seven-thousand new cases to the total over the weekend, pushing it close to 210-thousand. About 55 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is surpassing 88-hundred. Lawrence County reported its 35th death due to Covid-19. The county also added 25 new cases over the weekend and now has 947 cases.

Some layoffs are coming for faculty at State System of Higher Education schools.  It’s reported that over 100 faculty members will lose their jobs by the end of the academic year.  Those who will be laid off were reportedly notified by letter last Friday.  In a statement, the State System of Higher Education said they are working to recapture their affordability edge in a competitive marketplace.

Students of Highland Elementary School in Beaver County should not report to school today.  The superintendent of the Ambridge Area School District announced that a staffer at the school has tested positive for COVID-19, and that the school building is now closed.  Effective immediately, students are on a remote learning program.  Administrators say that they are consulting with health officials to determine when they might possibly be able to reopen for in-person learning.

Members of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will get to celebrate Christmas Eve Mass a bit earlier this year. Bishop David Zubik says they can begin as early as two p-m in an effort to keep crowds down during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Vigil Masses will still be held in the evening as they are each year. Several parishes are also going to stream their holiday services online.

AAA’s East Central division reminds motorists that this is the peak time for deer collisions and cautions drivers to be wary in the months ahead. Cooler weather and shorter days mean more deer are appearing on Pennsylvania’s roadways, especially in November and December. Last year, there were more than 4,300 deer-vehicle crashes in Pennsylvania, according to PennDot.  AAA Insurance reports that its average deer-related claim in the region is about $3,500.