TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 3RD, 2020

Today is Election Day, and election officials are reminding voters that never received their mail-in ballots to go to their assigned polling location and request a provisional ballot. Those who did receive theirs, but have yet to turn them in can do so by dropping the ballot off at a county drop box or election office. Polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden began his final day on the campaign trail by pitching a pro-labor message in Beaver County.  Biden told an audience at the Community College of Beaver County campus yesterday morning that labor would have a seat at the table.  He also refuted President Trump’s charge that he would do away with fracking and said he never will ban fracking.  Biden has said he would end gas and oil production on federal lands.

New Castle Fireman were called out Friday night to the Westview Terrace apartments. According to the New Castle News firefighters were called just before 7 p.m. to an apartment on Sankey St., where a blaze had engulfed the kitchen. Two families were left homeless. No one was injured. The firefighters were on scene for about an hour. Damage was estimated at  $25,000 for the building, and the contents to the apartment were about a $15,000 loss.

Beaver County elections officials say they’ve already been dealing with voters who have come down with COVID-19 or have come into contact with an infected person.  Forms for emergency absentee ballots are available on the Pennsylvania Department of State website.  Beaver County Commission Chair Daniel Camp says voters who are uncomfortable coming into a polling pace can fill out a form on the state’s website that would designate an authorized representative to drop off their application and ballot with the county board of elections by eight o-clock tonight.

State Police in Lawrence County report the drivers and passengers in a collision involving a horse-drawn buggy in Wilmington Township were not injured, but the horse was hurt. The accident took place just after 8:30 Sunday night on route 208. Police said an 18 year old driver of the buggy was heading north on Old Mercer Road when he ran a stop sign and was hit by a car heading east on SR 208 Police said the 21-year-old girl driving the car suffered minor injuries but was not taken by ambulance from the scene. The driver of the buggy and his 16-year-old passenger were not injured. The horse was hurt and hauled away to be check by a veterinarian.

Governor Tom Wolf is reminding folks about open enrollment for health care coverage.  He says that the time is now to enroll or make changes for your health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act.  Pennsylvanians are being urged to visit pennie-dot-com for more information.  Open enrollment lasts through January 15th.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania.  The state added more than two-thousand new cases to the total yesterday, pushing it just under 212-thousand. About six new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 88-hundred-23. Lawrence County has 1,003 cases and 35 deaths. Mercer County has 1,165 cases and 27 deaths.

The Ellwood City School District is moving to remote learning due to the surge in Covid-19 cases in Lawrence County. According to the Ellwood City Ledger Acting Superintendent Wes Shipley announced on the district’s social media accounts Monday that all students are being moved to remote learning until substantial coronavirus cases in the county show consistent signs of decline. Sports teams in the playoffs will continue to play. But it is unclear yet how this situation will impact winter sports.

Butler County has agreed to start accepting inmates from the Franklin County Jail.  Under the agreement, Franklin County can send inmates to Butler County if they’re reaching capacity in their jail.  Butler County has the right to refuse any prisoner, and Franklin County must pay for transportation and medical care.  Butler County is paid 60-dollars for each inmate it houses.