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7/28/15

by News Department on 07/28/15


9 year old Julie Beth Wychunas, of Orwigsburg, was crowned Little Miss as the 32nd annual Schuylkill County Fair kicked off Monday.

Joining Wychunas in the royal court were Madeline Schuettler, Pottsville, as fair princess, and Megan Ditzler, Schuylkill Haven, as fair queen. 

Today is Kid’s Day at the fair with events scheduled thru ought the day.

 And tonight will feature Twitty Fever on the M&T Bank stage with shows at 7 and 9pm. 

For more information on the 32nd annual Schuylkill County Fair, which runs thru Saturday, log onto Schuylkillfair.com.

7/28/15

by News Department on 07/28/15


Three people were taken into custody and one of them was charged with attempted homicide after an alleged robbery Monday in North Manheim Township. 

The Republican Herald reports that the crime occurred at Country Squire Motel, located at 300 Route 61 South, about 4:05 a.m. According to state police at Schuylkill Haven, 30 year old Dennis C. Shafe, of Pottsville;31 yearr old John J. Luback, of Minersville and  25 year old Frank D. Vannicola, of Minersville, were driven to the motel by 26 year old Ashley M. Strumhoffer and went to a room occupied by 32 year old Adam Sturdean, and 31 year old Isaiah Dewan. 

Once there, one of the three men kicked at the door and all three were allowed to enter. 

Police said Sturdean and Shafe left the room and went outside where a shot was fired by Shafe. A neighbor then called 911 after hearing the gunshot. 

All three men were taken into custody, however, state police did not say if Stumhoffer was in custody.

 State police said a weapon was recovered at the scene, but there were no reported injuries.

7/27/15

by News Department on 07/27/15

7/27/15

by News Department on 07/27/15

The 32st Annual Schuylkill County Fair kicks off today on Fair Road, in Schuylkill Haven, and runs thru August 1. 

The Fair will be open for the public’s enjoyment Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday beginning at 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Saturday opening at 11 a.m. 

The theme this year is “Harvest the Fun”.


Schuylkill County Fair will have a gate admission of $5. That includes: national entertainment on the M&T Stage, games, contests, exhibits, competitions, programs, demonstrations, hands on activities, and free parking. 

Gate admission price for kids under 12 is free.

7/27/15

by News Department on 07/27/15

Three Marian High School football players are facing assault-related charges stemming from alleged bullying incidents that took place late last year.


 The victim is a 14-year-old Lehighton boy who was a member of the Marian High School football team in 2014. The boy described various forms of abuse to his mother that took place mostly in the locker room of the school.

 Rush Township Police Sgt. Duane Frederick confirmed Friday that harassment charges were filed in the office of District Justice Stephen Bayer against two Marian students, both minors. Meanwhile, a third Marian student, also a minor, will face misdemeanor assault charges in Schuylkill County Juvenile Court.

 District Justice Bayer acknowledged that charges were filed in his office regarding the minors and noted the files are sealed. Their names are not being released by authorities.

7/27/15

by News Department on 07/27/15


State police confirmed Saturday, that a Schuylkill Township man being sought by state police was found dead Friday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

According to authorities, the body of 54 year old Joseph D. Hartranft, of Newkirk, was found not far from his home on Friday at about 8:30 p.m. 

The search for Hartranft began when State police at Frackville went to the trailer he was living in at about 4 p.m. Tuesday to serve him an eviction notice. 

He fled from his home into the woods, carrying a long gun.

7/27/15

by News Department on 07/27/15



Shannon Brennan, Campus Director for the Pottsville Campus of McCann School of Business & Technology presented a check for $260 to Judith Schweich, Executive Director for the Schuylkill Alliance for Healthcare, which is a non- profit organization that links uninsured Schuylkill County Residents to affordable healthcare services and medicines.

The check represents proceeds from a Spa Night Event hosted by the Spa at McCann in June. 

McCann selects a different non-profit organization each year to be the recipient of funds from the annual spa event. 

To date, the Schuylkill Alliance has provided over $10 million in healthcare services.

7/24/15

by News Department on 07/24/15

7/24/15

by News Department on 07/24/15

Since fire destroyed the Mount Carbon community firehouse and the borough council offices in October 2013, borough officials have been considering options to improve the areas where the blaze occurred. 


The Republican Herald reports that according to Chris Walters, chief of Mount Carbon-North Manheim Township Fire Company No. 1, fire company representatives are still making arrangements to build a new fire house at 120 Main St. and are hoping to have groundbreaking by October. 

Walters said plans are still being finalized, but he believes it will be “a million-dollar project.”

7/24/15

by News Department on 07/24/15

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday approved an ordinance establishing a Neighborhood Improvement District in the area that includes the Highridge Business Park, Highridge Business Park North, and the nearby Schuylkill Airport business park. 


The improvement district is a method of funding infrastructure maintenance at the business park through special assessments levied on all but tax-exempt properties within its confines. 

The ordinance designates the Highridge Improvement District Authority as the Neighborhood Improvement District Management Association for the district and approves the final plan for the district and would replace the Tax Increment Financing mechanism that built the park in 1997. 

The Schuylkill County Industrial Development Authority has managed the park, with the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation overseeing daily operations.

7/24/15

by News Department on 07/24/15


If Schuylkill County fails to get its prison population down to capacity levels by Nov. 24, the state could take steps to bar it from accepting new inmates. 

President Judge William Baldwin said they could effectively close the prison down. 

In a related matter, commissioners at a public meeting Wednesday authorized the "development and execution" of contracts/memorandums of understanding with other counties to use their prisons to house excess inmates.Which prisons would house Schuylkill inmates and at what cost per day has yet to be determined.

The county prison, on Sanderson Street in Pottsville, has a capacity of 277 inmates. But the actual number of prisoners has for more than three years routinely exceeded that, and too many inmates are being triple-celled for too long in violation of state law.

7/24/15

by News Department on 07/24/15

The United States Postal Service has notified Orwigsburg residents that their post office will be closed temporarily. 

The USPS has reported that beginning Saturday, July 26th, the Orwigsburg Post Office will closing temporarily for environmental concerns, due to mold being found in the building. 

According USPS spokesperson, Karen Mazurkiewicz, "Delivery customers will notice little change as carriers begin/end their day from Pottsville. However, Orwigsburg Post Office Box customers will be required to go to Pottsville to retrieve their mail." 

Mazurkiewicz also said that the Orwigsburg post office is in the process of providing the information to all customers – via letters and postcards – regarding this temporary suspension of services.

The USPS is currently working with the owner of the building to repair the site.

7/23/15

by News Department on 07/23/15

7/23/15

by News Department on 07/23/15

The Mega Millions lottery officials announced Wednesday morning that a winning ticket from Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing worth $152 million, was sold in Pennsylvania. 


According to lottery officials, the winning ticket was reportedly sold in Northumberland County at the Penn 80/Flying J Travel Plaza in Milton.

 The winning ticket holder has not yet come forward to claim their jackpot. The winning numbers were 20, 30, 62, 65, 74 and the Mega ball: 1.

7/23/15

by News Department on 07/23/15

To observe the 25th anniversary of the signing of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will open the first section of its new Accessible Trail, on Sunday. 


The Republican Herald reports that according to Craig George, the sanctuary’s director of advancement, it’s the first of a three-part, $3.7 million project to improve sections of the sanctuary, which opened in 1934. 

Called Part A, the 900-foot long, six-foot wide section of wheelchair-accessible trail accented with benches and decorative wooden entry gates cost $600,000. 

Part B, of the project is expected to be completed in 2016 and will include an upgrade of the native plant collection, entrance to the Visitor Center and the continuation of the Accessible Trail.

7/23/15

by News Department on 07/23/15


To observe the 25th anniversary of the signing of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will open the first section of its new Accessible Trail, on Sunday. 

The Republican Herald reports that according to Craig George, the sanctuary’s director of advancement, it’s the first of a three-part, $3.7 million project to improve sections of the sanctuary, which opened in 1934. 

Called Part A, the 900-foot long, six-foot wide section of wheelchair-accessible trail accented with benches and decorative wooden entry gates cost $600,000. 

Part B, of the project is expected to be completed in 2016 and will include an upgrade of the native plant collection, entrance to the Visitor Center and the continuation of the Accessible Trail.

7/23/15

by News Department on 07/23/15


A Lebanon County man is in custody after a two-hour standoff Wednesday afternoon. 

According to authorities, the standoff began around 1:30pm when Lebanon County Adult Probation Office went to a home in the 100 Block of Spring St. in Tremont to serve an arrest warrant on Christoper Hopkins, of Lebanon County.

 Hopkins refused to come out and barricaded himself inside a home. Around 3:30pm, after several unsuccessful attempts to contact Hopkins, police forced their way into the home and took him into custody. 

Hopkins was turned over to Lebanon County Adult Probation agents and returned to that county to face charges. 

Tremont police also said charges against Hopkins are pending as the result of the standoff in their community.

7/22/15

by News Department on 07/22/15

7/22/15

by News Department on 07/22/15

Six semi-finalists competed in center court Tuesday at the Schuylkill Mall for a chance to advance to the Schuylkill’s Got Talent finals.

Cody Wiley, Heather Clevenger, Sean Smith, Dennis Tempest, Tiffany Maley and Andrew Gabrielle each sang three songs Tuesday, two of their choosing and one from a list with the theme “Beach Bash.” 

In the final round, they will sing three songs, one of which will be a duet with a former Schuylkill County Idol winner. 

Contestants are judged in showmanship/stage presence, originality/creativity, audience appeal and overall performance. 

The contest, which started with 12 people on July 7, was open to those 16 and older and replaced Schuylkill Idol. 

The three finalists will be announced on the Schuylkill Mall’s website, today at www.shopschuylkill.com, at 3pm.

7/22/15

by News Department on 07/22/15


The Pennsylvania State Police have announced that troopers seized over $34 million in heroin, marijuana and other prohibited drugs in the second quarter of 2015. 


The seizures included over 80 pounds of heroin and over 64 pounds of cocaine with a combined approximate street value of over $30 million.


 In addition, state police seized over five pounds of methamphetamines valued at over $240,000 and over 797 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value over $2.3 million. 


In 2014, state police reported over $107 million in prohibited drugs seized.


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