“The (West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission), (Tuesday), sent out a proposed winter and spring sports calendar to our schools based upon the governor’s orders,” Dellinger said.,The WVSSAC is allowing spring sports to begin practice on March 15, a week earlier than the tentative date in Berkeley County.,The initial schedule sent out by the WVSSAC, after working with the West Virginia Department of Education and the governor’s office, indicated that winter sports practices could begin Feb. 15, and the first contests for girls basketball, wrestling and swimming would be March 3, with boys basketball starting at the end of that week.,The source said winter sports practice in Berkeley County would not be allowed to start until March 1, which would limit the number of contests that can take place and put the sports teams in the county behind teams throughout West Virginia.,Berkeley County has been red on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources map for the vast majority of late fall into winter, the district going red on the now-defunct WVDE Saturday map for the first time on Nov. 21.

“New York is pushing forward to conduct more tests, add to hospital beds and make it easier to get the COVID-19 vaccine across the state, but we need New Yorkers to stay vigilant and take safe precautions as the virus is still spreading,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a release Thursday.,Meanwhile, restaurants in some COVID-19 hot spots in New York can once again offer limited indoor dining in the wake of the latest lawsuit against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s virus restrictions.,Up to four people per table can now dine indoors in seven so-called “orange zones” located in counties with some of the state’s highest rates of COVID-19 cases or hospitalizations: including Monroe County in the Finger Lakes and New York City’s Staten Island.,The decision comes a day after some Erie County restaurants won a preliminary injunction for themselves against the state’s enforcement of the indoor dining ban in yellow zones.,State Supreme Court Justice Henry Nowak said he could not “find evidence that the state had a rational basis to designate portions of Erie County as an orange zone” and that the restaurants would suffer “irreparable harm” without the injunction.

Hiring the longtime college coach with three national championships signifies a new direction for a franchise that has lost 105 of 144 games since Khan took over in 2012.,In other NFL news:

—Quarterback Jared Goff will start the Los Angeles Rams’ playoff game at Green Bay on Saturday, and John Wolford will be inactive.,—Four stars from Alabama’s national championship team, including Heisman Trophy finalist quarterback Mac Jones, are leaving early to enter the NFL draft.,Keller was charged Wednesday in federal court in Washington after a video emerged that appeared to show him among those storming the Capitol last champion Rollins-McNeal suspended in doping case read more

COLUMBUS – How to conduct winter sports state tournament amid the pandemic took center stage during the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors meeting Thursday morning.,- The Board was updated by the OHSAA staff regarding the upcoming winter sports tournaments, with adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.,o SWIMMING AND DIVING The state tournament will remain at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton Feb. 24 to 27, but the format will be adjusted to remove preliminary sessions in swimming and complete each division in one day (timed finals) and allow a minimal number of people on the pool deck.,o GYMNASTICS The state tournament will remain at Hilliard Bradley High School March 5-6, but the format and some traditional aspects of the state tournament will be adjusted, along with reduced number of spectators.,o FOOTBALL - The board approved the 2021 football regulations, which include adjustments due to the 2021 regular-season beginning a week earlier so that the playoffs can be expanded (as announced in May 2020: Of note, schools may fulfill two of the required five acclimatization days in July in advance of official practice beginning on Sunday, Aug. 1.

A new ski school building is on the Southington Planning and Zoning Commission agenda for Jan. 19.,Mount Southington General manager Jay Dougherty said the plan is to demolish the existing tiny ski school building and replace it with a 2-story, 2,820-square-foot structure.,The terrain park at Mt. Southington last Saturday.,Dougherty has also been constantly reminding guests that face coverings are required at the base area, including the lift lines.,Mount Southington is 100 percent open with base depths of between 18 and 24 inches.

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The average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate home loan rose to 2.79% this week from a record low of 2.65% last week.,Long-term bond yields, which can influence interest rates on mortgages and other consumer loans, are climbing this month amid expectations of higher U.S. government spending on pandemic relief and an economy recovery as more people get vaccinated for COVID-19.,The average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate home loan rose to 2.79% this week from a record low of 2.65% last week, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac.,McBride forecasts that the average rate on a 30-year mortgage will rise to 3.1% by the end of the year.,Of course, rising mortgage rates diminish homebuyers’ buying power, especially as home prices continue to rise.

California urged to move up people who are incarcerated higher on the vaccination order list

5:40 p.m.: Extra vaccine doses not coming to California as promised by Trump administration California’s plan to speed up distribution of the coronavirus vaccine appears to have hit a snag.,If you’re a Kaiser Permanente or Sutter Health patient in Placer County and a senior, here’s who to contact: read more

All restaurants in Erie County will be able to offer indoor dining at 50% capacity and no more than four people per table.,BUFFALO, N.Y. — Following a judge's ruling that WNY restaurant owners who filed a lawsuit against the state would be able to reopen under Yellow Zone restrictions; Erie County says they will apply the 'yellow zone' guidelines to all Erie County restaurants.,That means all restaurants in Erie County will be able to offer indoor dining at 50% capacity and no more than four people per table.,Judge Nowak said he understood the concern about Erie County being in an orange zone while other regions around the state like the Albany area post higher COVID rates and are not currently in any zone.,Counsel to the Governor, Kumiki Gibson, released the following statement Thursday afternoon reacting to the judge's decision:

"A court decision yesterday temporarily granted a select few restaurants located within an Orange Zone in Erie County the ability to resume indoor dining under the rules governing Yellow Zones. read more

One of those teams that saw action was the Stanley County Buffaloes, who competed in four duals on Friday.,They went 0-4 on the weekend, losing 39-30 to Warner/Northwestern, 60-16 to Kingsbury County, 36-33 to Hill City, and 35-33 to Mobridge-Pollock.,On Friday, they defeated Potter County 69-12, Hill City 66-18, Mobridge-Pollock 66-12, and Sunshine Bible Academy 66-9.,The Raiders will next see competition on Friday, when they take on Bennett County and an unknown opponent in a triangular in Martin on Friday.,Action for that is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. MT. The Raiders will stick around in Martin to compete in Saturday’s Bennett County Invitational, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. MT.

The Buffs will next see action against Winner and Redfield on Tuesday at Parkview Gymnasium in Fort Pierre. read more