by Paul Schriner, WPPA T102 News
As the July 4th weekend comes upon us, it’s time to decide how you will spend your holiday weekend. Will you stay at home or will you travel to be with family or go on some kind of vacation?
The National average gas price is $2.78 which is 88 cents down from last year at this time and is the lowest price in 5 years. According to AAA, they project nearly 42 million Americans will travel for the July 4th holiday which is the biggest amount since 2007. With gas prices as low as they are compared to the last few years, this statistic isn’t surprising. But with all these facts, people in the area for the most part aren’t travelling for the holiday.
In interviewing people at the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville and the Fairlane Village Mall in Pottsville, we found that the majority of the area would stay in Schuylkill County. They said they would partake in activities like lighting off fireworks, barbequing, swimming, or even just watch patriotic movies like Independence Day.
When asked why they wouldn’t be traveling, people feel like gas prices were still too high or they didn’t feel like going through the hassle of making arrangements to stay at hotel when they could stay at home and save money. This is a good way of thinking because even though gas prices are dropping, hotel costs are on the rise with prices that are 5-10% higher than last year according to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index.
So no matter if you’re staying in Schuylkill County or leaving the area for the weekend, have a great July 4th holiday. If you’re consuming alcohol, do it responsibly and don’t drink and drive.
On Saturday June 27th, West Mahanoy Township Police apprehended Dillon Fogarty at Granny's Motel in Frackville.
He was remanded to Schuylkill County Prison. Charges will be filed on Castelonia with District Court Frackville.
The Veterans of the Vietnam War Post 29, in Schuylkill County, will remember the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War on Sunday at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church in Schuylkill Haven.
Schuylkill County commissioners have extended the over $6.03 million purchase of the service agreement with Service Access Management, of Pottsville, for another year.
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced Wednesday that her office has filed a legal action against a chain of nursing home companies accused of misleading consumers by failing to provide basic services to elderly and vulnerable residents.
Those who kill golden and bald eagles could face stiffer penalties under Pennsylvania law.
Coaldale police have cited two people after a May 17 incident involving a 2-year-old child.
Tamaqua suffered significant damage from a series of heavy rain storms that seemed to stall over the community on Tuesday, pushing the Little Schuylkill River to dangerous levels and sending the Wabash Creek over its banks.
A 12-year-old Schuylkill County boy was seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle on Monday.
PennDOT, Pennsylvania State Police and local police forces thru ought Schuylkill and surrounding counties are partnering to help decrease impaired driving and aggressive behaviors through the Independence Day holiday weekend.
A McAdoo man sentenced to federal probation, after former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin filed a restraining order against him, was charged with harassment by communication Monday.
45 year old Phillip G. Moeller, of Ashland, was arrested Monday by Butler Township police and charged with one felony count of involuntary manslaughter, in connection with the death of a 4-year-old boy in 2013.
A Mount Carmel woman told police a dispute with her landlord is the reason she torched her home over the weekend.
PennDOT has updated that there will be additional lane restrictions today on Route 61 in Pottsville.
The lane restrictions will be in place on Route 61 for beam work that will take place from 9am to 3pm for the Bridge project that began in January 2014 and is scheduled to be finished by this fall.
The final weekend Masses of five Roman Catholic churches, that will be merging into one parish on July 1st, were celebrated Saturday and Sunday in Schuylkill County.
The Department of Environmental Protection announced that it will conduct a mosquito control operation to reduce high populations of nuisance mosquitoes on July 1, 2015, in parts of Schuylkill Haven Borough, in Schuylkill County.
The 13th annual Schuylkill United Way Stuff the Bus campaign is set to kick off.
As communities launch fireworks to celebrate Independence Day this year, Thunder Over Ashland, sponsored by American Hose No. 1, will also be marking a milestone.The borough’s annual fireworks show will light up the sky for the 20th time on July 3. Phillip Groody, co-founder of the show, said the fireworks will launch at dusk.
25 year old Matthew R. Eyer, of Pottsville, is headed to prison after being sentenced in Schuylkill County Court for sexually assaulting a teenage girl in August 2013 in West Brunswick Township.