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12/19/18

by News Department on 12/19/18

12/19/18

by News Department on 12/19/18

Yuengling celebrates 190...




D.G. Yuengling & Sons is celebrating a milestone in a special way. America's oldest brewery is marking 190 years with commemorative beer cans. 

There are five different limited edition cans showing how beer cans have evolved since 1829. 

A new design will hit stores each month between now and April. Yuengling has also announced it is tapping a limited edition bourbon barrel reserve beer next month, but the celebratory brew will only be available at its Pottsville brewery.

12/19/18

by News Department on 12/19/18

Sites announced...




Three new medical marijuana dispensaries are planned for the coal region, one in Pottsville and two in Shamokin. 

The two dispensaries just approved by the state in Shamokin are on West Spruce Street and on North Shamokin Street. In Pottsville, the dispensary will be located on N. Centre Street. 

Before these two medical marijuana dispensaries were approved by the state, the closest dispensary to Shamokin was 39 miles away in Williamsport. 

Once all of these newly approved dispensary sites are open, there will be a total of 79 medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. 

The dispensary sites have six months to become operational before they can start giving patients medical marijuana.

12/19/18

by News Department on 12/19/18

Christy denied...




27 year old Shawn Christy, of McAdoo, who is accused of threatening President Donald Trump tried twice Tuesday to have state burglary charges against him dismissed — and was twice rejected by a magisterial district judge. 

According to the Republican Herald, Christy is facing burglary and theft-related charges alleging he broke into his uncle’s home in Butler Township, Luzerne County, in July while on the run from U.S. Marshals.

Christy, acting as his own attorney, began a preliminary hearing on the burglary charges Tuesday afternoon by asking Magisterial District Judge Donald L. Whittaker to throw the case out. 

Christy asserted he had a constitutional right to confront his accuser — in this case, his uncle — but his uncle was not present for the hearing. Whittaker denied the motion.

12/18/18

by News Department on 12/18/18

12/18/18

by News Department on 12/18/18

Fugitive Wanted...



Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating 28 year old Kasey Lee Koldesko, who is wanted in both Schuylkill and Luzerne Counties. Authorities say Koldesko failed to report to jail in Schuylkill County on March 1, 2018 and has been on the run since. 

Police say she was last seen in the Luzerne / Carbon County areas. 

Anyone with information on Koldesko’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately.

12/18/18

by News Department on 12/18/18

Coat Drive...




A coat drive to keep those in need warm during the winter has resulted in hundreds of coats being donated to the Salvation Army. 

David Clews, owner of 12 Volt Dave's Audio began collecting coats three years ago and the coat drive has gotten bigger every year. He then donates the coats to the local Salvation Army. I

f you'd like to contribute to the coat drive, you can drop coats off at 12 Volt Dave's Audio, located on West Market Street in Pottsville.

12/18/18

by News Department on 12/18/18

Crash closes I-81...




A portion of Interstate 81 was closed and minor injuries were reported when a tractor-trailer crashed Monday, blocking both southbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Kline Township. 

According to the Republican Herald, the crash occurred around 8:30 a.m. in the area of mile marker 138.7 as the driver was traveling south, when for some reason he went off the right side of the road and struck the guide rails. 

The truck then rolled onto its right side blocking both southbound lanes. The driver suffered minor injuries while a passenger in the sleeper portion of the tractor, was not hurt. 

The investigation into the crash continues.

12/18/18

by News Department on 12/18/18

Fraud...




Schuylkill County District Attorney Michael O'Pake would like to remind and caution all residents regarding potential acts of Theft and Fraud being perpetrated by individuals against citizens of Schuylkill County.

According to Skook News, reports have been received where individuals are preying on senior citizens, requesting financial assistance for family members who are allegedly in distress. 

These reports have been determined to be false and deceptive. 

Anyone who believes their information may have been compromised should contact your bank or credit card companies, as well as your local police department or the office of the District Attorney.

12/17/18

by News Department on 12/17/18

12/17/18

by News Department on 12/17/18

One arrested...




Police have arrested a man for a string of burglaries that took place in Northumberland County, three years ago. 

Authorities say 35 year old Cory Fischer, of Carlisle, has been charged after fingerprints were taken from the homes that were broken into and lab reports showed DNA evidence belonged to Fischer. 

Troopers said Fischer was at the scenes of the burglaries and they believe Fischer and another man were responsible for the crimes. 

12/17/18

by News Department on 12/17/18

Loans...




U.S. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahanon, announced that Pennsylvania businesses and residents affected by flooding on Aug. 10 - 15, 2018, can apply for low-interest disaster loans.

 Administrator McMahon made the loans available in response to a letter from Gov. Tom Wolf on Dec. 7, 2018, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA. 

The declaration covers numerous counties including Northumberland and Schuylkill. Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. 

SBA’s Customer Service Representatives will be available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center at Port Carbon Borough Municipal Building thru Thursday, Dec. 20 at 4 p.m.

12/17/18

by News Department on 12/17/18

Senior wins award...





The Schuylkill Technology Center (STC) South Campus announced on Friday, that Aaron Tallman, a senior from the Williams Valley School District, achieved 2nd place in a Regional Precision Machine Competition, hosted by Carbon Career and Technical Institute on Tuesday, December 4.

 According to Skook News, students from six regional career and technical schools; including: Monroe Career & Technical Institute, Hazleton, Bethlehem, Schuylkill, Easton and CCTI, participated in the competition designed to help students prepare for the State Skills USA Competition.

 Jason Walck, a junior from Carbon Career & Technical Institute earned 1st place in the competition.

12/17/18

by News Department on 12/17/18

Act 80 Day...




The Mahanoy Area School District announced that today will be an Act 80 Day due to the sudden passing of their School Board President. 

According to Skook News, due to the sudden passing of School Board President, Jay Hanley, the district will have an Act 80 day today.

 Transportation will be provided to the IU, Vo-tech, and all other schools as normal. Vo-tech students will run on a compressed schedule which will be given to each child today on the bus for out of town bus times. 

Additionally, the school board meeting scheduled for today at 6 PM is cancelled and a Special Meeting will be held on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 6 PM. 

Only teachers report to the building today.

12/14/18

by News Department on 12/14/18

12/14/18

by News Department on 12/14/18

Marchalk guilty...




38 year old Michael D. Marchalk of Barnesville, was found guilty of third-degree murder, by a Schuylkill County jury, Thursday. 

According to the Republican Herald, State police at Frackville have charged Michael Marchalk with killing his father, 59 year old Gary D. Marchalk, by beating him with the bat on June 18, 2017, at 21 Pear St., Barnesville.

 President Judge William Baldwin schedule sentencing at a future date and ordered the defendant returned to prison, where he has been held without bail since his arrest more than a year ago.

12/14/18

by News Department on 12/14/18

Grants available...




Local municipalities, colleges and community groups are encouraged to apply for grants to boost safety and reduce the risk of violence. 

According to Senator Argall the grants will be offered as part of a program that was included in this year’s state budget to improve school safety and combat community violence. 

A total of $7.5 million will be awarded statewide during this fiscal year through June 30 to support community violence prevention programs. 

Applications and more information about the grants are available on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s website at www.pccd.pa.gov

Applications will be accepted until February 7, 2019.

12/14/18

by News Department on 12/14/18

RECALL...




Del Monte Foods Inc. is recalling 62,242 cases of Fiesta Corn Season with Red & Green Peppers as a precautionary measure after the food wasn’t processed correctly – which could lead to deadly contamination.

The Del Monte products have “Best if Used By” dates thru Sept 23, 2021. There have been no reports of illness associated with these products to date. 

Consumers should discard or return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund or exchange. 

Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling the toll free hotline at 1-800-779-7035 or by visit www.delmontefoods.com.

12/14/18

by News Department on 12/14/18

Jobs coming soon...



The new Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital, under construction near Orwigsburg, scheduled to open next year, announced it is hiring to fill 200 jobs. 

According to Skook News, permanent positions include doctors, nurses, technicians and other workers. All are needed to provide the inpatient care, surgery, radiology, lab and additional services the 80-bed hospital will feature, including an emergency department, medical/surgical suites and an intensive care unit. 

Since construction began earlier this year, there have already been about 200 construction jobs created through the building process.

Those interested in employment opportunities and in applying for positions can learn more by visiting sluhn.org/careers

Potential candidates will be interviewed at a new hiring center located near the hospital construction site at 1021 Centre Turnpike near Orwigsburg.

12/12/18

by News Department on 12/12/18

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