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5/24/18

by News Department on 05/24/18

5/24/18

by News Department on 05/24/18

Get fit...



The city of Pottsville is gearing up for two events aimed at getting people moving. 

One event is the Pottsville Mile this Memorial Day, May 28. 

The race is scheduled to start at 8:45 a.m. at Market and 18th Streets in Pottsville and finish at Garfield Square. After the race, there’s a parade in the downtown at 10 a.m. followed by a memorial service around 11 a.m. at Garfield Square. 

The other is the launch of the fitness challenge in the city which runs all summer called the Pottsville Fitness Challenge. 

This is the third year for the fitness challenge. It is open to area residents of all ages and fitness levels.

 For information and registration forms, contact the City of Pottsville Office of the City Administrator.

5/24/18

by News Department on 05/24/18

No new leads...



There have been no new leads in the case of a 25-year-old Shamokin man who was reported missing by his family a week ago. 

An extensive search was conducted last Friday for Daniel Hollick by volunteers from Northeast Search and Rescue in Stroudsburg, canine units, a state police helicopter, family members and other volunteers in wooded areas off Interstate 81 and Route 901 near Schuylkill County Airport and Lowes Distribution Center in the Highridge Business Park, but no signs of the man were reportedly found.

 Police told Raup that Hollick’s cell phone last pinged a tower in Virginia, where a search also was conducted for the missing man with negative results.

 Anyone with information about Hollick is urged to call Shamokin police at 570-648-5708, state police at Frackville at 570-874-5300.

5/24/18

by News Department on 05/24/18

Flags honor vets...




A Shenandoah fire company has taken on a volunteer effort to place American flags at veterans’ graves in time for Memorial Day. 

According to the Republican Herald, members of the Polish American Fire Company No. 4 have been visiting cemeteries in Shenandoah Heights, in recent weeks, with more than a dozen fire company members volunteering their time. 

Fire company President Mike Wasko and member Allen Palubinsky said the volunteers are expected to place almost 4,000 flags at grave sites in time for Memorial Day.

5/24/18

by News Department on 05/24/18

Tax increase/staff cuts...




Nearly 60 people turned out for a special meeting Wednesday in which the Tri-Valley school board approved a proposed $13.7 million budget that increases real estate taxes by more than a mill and reduces programs and staff. 

According to the Republican Herald, Superintendent Mark D. Snyder said there will be “staff realignment in the areas of music, art, library, health and physical education, social studies, elementary education and special education.” He said library services throughout the district are being evaluated to best provide access to all students. 

The board voted, 5-4, for the $13,734,982 general fund spending plan for the 2018-19 school year.

5/23/18

by News Department on 05/23/18

5/23/18

by News Department on 05/23/18

Blighted properties...




Eight blighted properties in the city, of Pottsville, will be torn down with some of the $1.4 million in state grant funds awarded to the county in January 2017. 

According to the Republican Herald, City council approved a Schuylkill County Demolition Program contract between the city and the county at its May 14 meeting. 

County Administrator Gary Bender said the total amount awarded to the city is $157,414. 

The county approved the funding in December and the city can now submit invoices for the work.

5/23/18

by News Department on 05/23/18

Charity...




174 Third Grade students at John S. Clarke Elementary Center voted to donate $1,500 to 5 charities in the local community. 

According to a press release, the event took place during the school week of May 7, 2018, when students learned about needy organizations in the community and voted to direct money from the Karen Chattin Ney Education Fund to the Servants to All Homeless Shelter, the Hillside S.P.C.A., Allied Artists of Schuylkill Co., the Schuylkill Conservancy and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

The balance of the money is distributed equally among the organizations.

5/23/18

by News Department on 05/23/18

Gillingham founder voted to council...




Gillingham Charter School, in Pottsville, has announced that the Director of Education and Founder, Nicolle Hutchinson, has been elected to the Leadership Council for the PA Coalition of Public Charter Schools.

Ana Meyers, Executive Director of PA Coalition of Public Charter Schools, notified the newly elected Leadership Council late last week. 

Leaders Council serves 3-year terms and cannot serve more than 2 consecutive terms. 

The new members will take their seats effective July 1, 2018.

5/23/18

by News Department on 05/23/18

Wind turbine fire...




A wind turbine at the Locust Ridge Wind Farm caught fire Monday evening. 

According to Skook News, it was just after 9:15pm when fire crews were called to 711 Raven Run Road, Shenandoah, Union Township for a wind turbine fire.

 When crews arrived they found the housing area of the turbine engulfed in flames. 

Ringtown Valley Chief Matt Schwartz stated that fire crews remained on scene to let the fire burn itself out and were clear of the scene by 11:00pm. 

No injuries were reported.

5/22/18

by News Department on 05/22/18

5/22/18

by News Department on 05/22/18

Dunham's to relocate...



Dunham’s Sports has signed a multiyear lease at the Fairlane Village mall. 

The Republican Herald reports that a date was not provided for when the sports retailer will occupy the approximate 43,000-square-foot space at the mall.

 Nor was the exact length of the lease disclosed.

 According to Levin Management, the property owner is doing the work at the mall and there will be an interior and exterior entrance for shoppers.

 Further construction details were not available.

 Plans also call for Payless and GNC to relocate. But there is no word yet if they plan to move into the Fairlane Village Mall.

5/22/18

by News Department on 05/22/18

Bank Robber sentenced...




A Berks County man could spend the rest of his life in prison after a federal jury convicted him on Friday of robbing four banks in central Pennsylvania, including two in Schuylkill County. 

According to the Republican Herald, 28 year old Derek Pelker, of Wernersville, was found guilty after prosecutors charged him with robbing BB&T Bank, Valley View, on Nov. 17, 2015, and Gratz Bank, Valley View, on Jan. 14, 2016, in addition to robberies in York and Lebanon Counties.

 U.S. Marshals arrested Pelker on April 8, 2016, at a traffic stop in Derry Township, Dauphin County.

 Eight co-defendants, including Derek Pelker’s brother, Kevin Pelker, already had pleaded guilty to their participation in one or more of the robberies. 
27 year old Ryan Martin, of Reading, pleaded guilty on Dec. 1, 2017, to participating in both Valley View robberies, and is awaiting sentencing.

5/22/18

by News Department on 05/22/18

Gillingham to receive grant...




As part of Governor Wolf's School Breakfast Initiative to help more children start their day with a healthy meal, he announced that $900,000 from the inaugural round of grants will help 200 schools make breakfast available to all students and expand options for the children.

 Out of the 200, that were announced statewide, Gillingham Charter, Pottsville, will receive $4,620.00. 

Today, one in five Pennsylvania children struggle with hunger. To address the problem, the Wolf administration in 2016 set a goal of ensuring that 60 percent of students who benefit from free and reduced priced school meals also participate in school breakfast by 2020.

5/22/18

by News Department on 05/22/18

HOME Project...




Senator David G. Argall has announced that Schuylkill County has been awarded a HOME Program grant in the amount of $471,622 from the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development. 

According to Skook News, the funding will be used to create the Schuylkill County Weatherization Deferral Program, which will provide needed housing repairs and energy efficient measures to low income households. 

This is a pilot program created to provide additional financial assistance to homeowners who do not meet eligibility requirements for the Weatherization Program. 

The program will be administered by Schuylkill Community Action, which is one of only four agencies in the Commonwealth selected to participate.

5/21/18

by News Department on 05/21/18

Illegal Club...




Police shut down an illegal after-hours nightclub, in Hazleton early Sunday morning. 

Police said they started getting complaints last summer and authorities armed with a search warrant through the Liquor Control Board raided the home at 155 North Laurel Street. 

According to police, five children were found sleeping on mattresses on the second floor at the time of the raid. 

Authorities said the house would hold between 100 and 300 people with armed security at the entrances. During the investigation, undercover agents discovered bartenders, waitresses, DJ’s and a hookah lounge. 

Windows were also sound-proofed with plywood and foam, which officers said created a fire hazard.

 Officers and agents removed more than 200 people and arrested homeowners, Fernando Pinales and Myra Gonzalez, as well as Alfredo Pinales at the time of the raid.

5/21/18

by News Department on 05/21/18

5/21/18

by News Department on 05/21/18

Playground Clean Up...




Schuylkill County Drug Treatment Court participants volunteered their time to improve the city by cleaning four Pottsville playgrounds Sunday.

 According to the Republican Herald, thirteen people who are in the program, which the county started last year, picked up trash, raked leaves and removed fallen tree branches. 

Since May is National Drug Court Month, those in the program wanted to see what can be done to give back to the community. 

Volunteers collected more than 50 bags of trash. The city donated the bags and will later pick them up.

5/21/18

by News Department on 05/21/18

MISSING MAN...




A 25-year-old Shamokin man reported missing by his family, since Thursday night, still has not been located.

An extensive search was conducted Friday for Daniel Hollick, of North Third Street, by volunteers from Northeast Search and Rescue in Stroudsburg, canine units, a state police helicopter, family members and other volunteers in wooded areas off Interstate 81 and Route 901 near Schuylkill County Airport and Lowes Distribution Center in the Highridge Business Park, but no signs of the man were reportedly found.

 A small group of volunteers also canvassed wooded areas in the airport and business park vicinity Saturday morning, but the search reportedly was called off due to heavy fog. 

Police said Hollick’s cell phone last pinged a tower in Virginia, where a search also was conducted for the missing man with negative results. 

Anyone with information about Hollick is urged to call Shamokin police at 570-648-5708 or state police at Frackville at 570-874-5300.

5/21/18

by News Department on 05/21/18

Trespassing charges...




The Ashland Police have charged a man for criminal trespassing after two separate incidents last week. 

According to Skook News, 48 year old Paul Hutnick, of Dillsburg was arrested he attempted to gain entry into his ex-girlfriend’s home in the 1000 block of Centre Street around 9:30am and then fled before police arrived. An hour later, Hutnick went back to the same home and used an aluminum pole to try and gain entry through a patio door into the home but fled again when police were called. 

Hutnick was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Christina Hale where she set bail at $50,000 cash bail for the first case and $25,000 straight cash bail for the second. 

Hutnick was committed to Schuylkill County Prison unable to post bail.

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