Year in Review: December 2021 | News


Bradford County’s COVID transmission rate remains high

The rate of community transmission of COVID-19 in Bradford County remains high, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

A high transmission rate translates to 10% or more positive COVID tests.

According to CDC data, Bradford County added 268 COVID cases between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29 at a positivity rate of 17.55%.

During this seven-day period, 58 new patients were admitted to hospitals with COVID, and 41.7% of intensive care beds were occupied by COVID patients. These numbers come from the CDC and reflect all hospitals in the county.

The CDC says 38.5% of all Bradford County residents are fully vaccinated and 48.1% have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

In total, the county has seen 9,287 COVID cases, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, meaning about 15% of the county’s population has had the virus at some point.

Additionally, 137 Bradford County residents have died of complications from COVID, according to the PA DOH.

In New York, Tioga County added 182 new COVID cases during the period between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29 at a positivity rate of 10.95%, according to a public health department press release. of Tioga County.

According to the CDC, 55.8% of Tioga County’s total population is fully immunized and 63% have received at least one dose.

The press release showed 10 new hospital admissions for COVID patients during this period between November 24 and November 29.

In Chemung County, the CDC recorded 336 new COVID cases between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29 at a positivity rate of 11.27%.

State Fields! : Tioga ends dominant season with state title

SYRACUSE — There are times in sports where the moment is bigger than the game.

For Tioga players like senior Gavin Godfrey, it was the realization of that moment that came before the New York State Class D Championship game even started at the Carrier Dome.

“I came out of the tunnel today and it just hit me,” Godfrey said, looking up at the roof of the Dome. “I just thought, wow. I thought all week it was going to be big, but you look up and it’s bigger than you can imagine.

The big stage brought a lot of other things, like the opportunity to perform for the pride of your community. The Tigers of course soaked it all up, but didn’t let the moment be too big for them as they took care of business in a 27-0 victory over Moriah from Section VII to claim the Premier League football title. Class D condition.

Sayre Turkey Trot raises $30,000

SAYRE — The 15th annual Guthrie Sayre Turkey Trot raised more than $30,000 for the Guthrie Cancer Care Fund, making it a banner year for the event.

Over 700 runners completed the 5K race on November 25.

The Cancer Care Fund provides financial assistance to Guthrie’s cancer patients in need.

The presenting sponsor for the 5k run was Hospital Auxiliary Robert Packer.

Athens School Board Approves Girls’ Wrestling Program

ATHENS — The Athens Area School Board approved the formation of a secondary girls wrestling team at its meeting on Tuesday, making Athens the first NTL school with such a program.

Athletics and Youth Programs Supervisor JB Sullivan discussed both local and statewide efforts for girls’ wrestling.

“There’s an organization called Sanction PA that has a huge movement and girls’ wrestling has become an emerging sport in the PIAA,” Sullivan said, “which means it’s not yet an officially sanctioned sport by the PIAA. PIAA, but it has 27 different teams that are already official girl teams within the state.

Athens is the second school in District IV to add women’s wrestling, following Milton, who competes in the Heartland Athletic Conference.

Commissioners approve 2022 county budget with no tax increases

TOWANDA BOROUGH — Bradford County Commissioners approved their $83,464,950 budget for 2022 on Thursday, which does not include any tax increases.

The approval sets the 2022 pay scale with a 5% wage increase for all county employees not covered by a union contract.

Commissioner’s Chair Daryl Miller said it would be the 12th year without a tax increase, while Commissioner Doug McLinko added that when it comes to major tax increases, you would have to go back to 2004 to find out. see serious implementation.

“It’s a testament to the hard work of our tax department,” Miller said. “All of our elected officials and department heads are working together to deliver the services we provide as a county in a cost effective manner and we are watching taxpayer dollars.”

The Healing Wall is coming to Sayre

SAYRE – The Healing Wall, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial arrives at Riverfront Park in Sayre from October 6-9, 2022.

The announcement of the arrival of the memorial in Sayre was made during the borough council meeting on Monday evening.

A mobile education center will also be at the park along with the memorial.

“The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is pleased to bring The Wall That Heals mobile exhibit to Sayre to allow local veterans and their families to experience the wall,” said Jim Knotts, President and CEO of VVMF. . “Hosting the Healing Wall provides an opportunity to honor and remember all who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War and to educate visitors about the ongoing impact of the Vietnam War on America .”

The wall is 375 feet long and 7.5 feet high at its tallest point.

Similar to the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC, visitors can make individual name prints on the wall.

Ron Keene Wins Bill Ransom Award

WAVERLY — A Waverly resident who has made it his mission to care for those who have already passed away recently had his hard work recognized by winning the William “Bill” Ransom III Community Service Award.

Ron Keene, president of Friends of the Waverly Cemetery Preservation, received the honor at the village board meeting this week.

Keene described it as a “shock and an honour” to win the prize, which includes a check for $500 that will go to her organization.

“Cemeteries are among the most valuable historical resources,” he said. “They are reminiscent of various settlement patterns, rural communities, urban centers and ghost towns. Cemeteries can reveal information about historical events, religions, lifestyles, and genealogy.

“Unfortunately, historic cemeteries don’t necessarily remain permanent reminders of our heritage,” Keen continued. “Throughout New York State, they are threatened by development and expansion of urban areas, natural forces such as weather and uncontrolled vegetation, lack of maintenance by local governments, the toppling of rocks gravestones, vandalism and theft, including the removal of gravestones and objects. If not recorded and maintained, these reminders of early settlements could be lost forever.

Keene has made regular appearances before the village council to work with the municipality to ensure the village cemeteries are maintained and attractive.

Sayre woman sentenced for role in $1.89m mail and wire fraud

WILLIAMSPORT — A 54-year-old Sayre woman was sentenced last Wednesday to 37 months in prison in connection with a mail and wire fraud scheme that defrauded multiple female victims across the country out of $1.89 million.

According to US Attorney John C. Gurganus, Christine Bradley Okpako was sentenced by US District Court Chief Judge Matthew W. Brann to 37 months in prison. On November 23, her husband Jabin Godspower Okpako was sentenced to 87 months in prison.

Gurganus said the couple and other conspirators located in the United States and West Africa targeted women between the ages of 55 and 85 who visited online gambling, relationship and dating websites. After befriending the victims, they were convinced to send money for various fictitious causes, such as a worker in Alaska who fell from a tower, to pay for medicine, to recover an inheritance $6 million to help the United Nations repair equipment. on an oil rig and buy an apartment in Washington, D.C.

The money was laundered through bank and telegraph transitions in several states and then transferred to three separate bank accounts in Nigeria.

Waverly: Village council votes to ban dispensaries

WAVERLY — Following a lengthy and at times heated public hearing, Waverly board members voted 4 to 3 to pass a law banning marijuana dispensaries from locating in the municipality.

However, in a turn of events, the council voted unanimously to put the question on the ballot for the general election in March after Mayor Patrick Ayres found out the council had that option.

Trustees Jerry Sinsabaugh, Kevin Sweeney, Kyle Burns and Kasey Traub voted in favor of the law banning dispensaries. Mayor Patrick Ayres and Trustees Keith Correll and Andrew Aronstam voted against.

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