Daniel Boone School Board looking at tax hike for 2018-19 budget |Jan 21, 2018

Early discussions on the preliminary budget for the Daniel Boone Area School District include the need for a 3.2-percent tax increase.

Rafferty to seek fifth term in Pa. Senate |Jan 21, 2018

State Sen. John Rafferty Jr. announced Wednesday he will seek re-election to a fifth term representing the 44th Senatorial District in Harrisburg.

A Dog’s Day in the Snow |Jan 20, 2018

Laurie Olsen of Dryville shares photos of her dog, Boomer, playing in the snow on Jan. 17.

Snow Day in Hamburg |Jan 20, 2018

Hamburg seniors Kiana Wright, Giovanni Klahr and Jennifer Hoshauer share their snow day photos, taken on Jan. 17.

Chestnut Knoll’s night shift supervisor has knack for saving lives |Jan 20, 2018

Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care of Boyertown would like to recognize its night shift supervisor, Carol Keesey.

Pottstown man faces prison for indecent contact with mentally disabled woman |Jan 19, 2018

NORRISTOWN >> A Pottstown man is on his way to state prison after he admitted to having forcible indecent contact with a mentally disabled woman while she visited his home.

Police: Exeter man faces more charges in hearing aid fraud case |Jan 19, 2018

EXETER >> Additional charges have been filed against the owner of a Berks County hearing aid business.

Leesport baseball field renamed in memory of Conner Kleffel |Jan 19, 2018

Leesport Borough Council officials unanimously agreed at their Jan. 17 meeting to rename the Leesport Playground “B” Baseball Field to the Conner A. Kleffel Memorial Field.

Master Kim’s students raise funds for Boyertown Community Library |Jan 19, 2018

Students from Master Kim’s Black Belt Academy, in Bechtelsville, recently participated in a kick-a-thon to raise funds for The Boyertown Community Library.

First-ever West Reading Fashion Week slated Feb. 7-11 |Jan 19, 2018

West Reading Fashion Week, a first ever series of fashion and style, brings chic entertainment to Berks County on Feb. 7 through Feb. 11. All proceeds benefit the West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation.

Former Alice Focht Memorial UMC praise team continues on |Jan 19, 2018

Sometimes when one door closes, another one opens.

FriendFest 2018 features beer and wine tastings; benefits Optimists, Friend Inc. |Jan 19, 2018

FriendFest 2018 is approaching rapidly — Feb. 17 is the date for the 10th Annual FriendFest Beer and Wine tasting event to be held in Beltzner Hall on the Kutztown Fairgrounds.

Daniel Boone School Board discusses keeping Birdsboro Elementary open |Jan 19, 2018

Daniel Boone School Board members will further discuss on Jan. 22 the issue of keeping the Birdsboro Elementary Center building open as a district school.

Hamburg Area Arts Alliance exhibits art by Hamburg Area High School students |Jan 19, 2018

During the month of January, the Art & Craft Gallery of Hamburg is hosting an exhibit featuring the artwork of students from the Hamburg Area High School.

Kutztown Police searching for run-away teen, Christine Barran, 15 |Jan 19, 2018

The Kutztown Police are attempting to locate Christine Barran, Female age 15, 4’9” 90lbs. She ran away from home on 1/16/18. She has contacted family members and at this time we do not believe her to be in danger.

Fleetwood Area Middle Schoolers volunteer a Day of Caring in honor of MLK Day |Jan 19, 2018

Fleetwood Area Middle School students and teachers volunteered to give back to the community on their day off from school in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15.

Keith Brintzenhoff presented international award for outstanding PA German activities |Jan 19, 2018

PA German musician Keith Brintzenhoff, Kutztown, received an international award for outstanding Pennsylvania German activities in 2017.

Lane closures on Route 422 scheduled near Pottstown next week |Jan 18, 2018

Lower Pottsgrove >> Right lane closures are scheduled next week on eastbound and westbound Route 422 in the Pottstown area.

Bern Township Police Officer charged with insurance fraud, false reports after hit-and-run crash |Jan 18, 2018

Bern Township Police Officer Douglass M. Brown has been arrested on insurance fraud and false reports after Berks County District Attorney Detectives investigated a hit-and-run accident and vehicle theft report.

Schools opening late after overnight snow |Jan 17, 2018

Here are the schools that have announced late openings and closings today:

Jack knifed truck strikes SUV, trucks on 78, Tilden Township |Jan 17, 2018

State Police Patrol Units were dispatched to Interstate 78 westbound in Tilden Township at 10:47 a.m. on Jan. 17 for reports of a jack knifed tractor trailer truck.

Northeast Berks Chamber announces Board Officers for 2018: Dustin Adam, John L. Scott, and Heather Uczynski |Jan 17, 2018

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce, Kutztown, announces new officers for 2018. President Dustin Adam, Edward Jones, Fleetwood; 1st Vice-President & Treasurer John L. Scott, Community First Fund; and Heather Uczynski, Leading Edge Business Consulting, Leesport began a one-year term on Jan.

Chamber elects new board members to three-year terms |Jan 17, 2018

Five new board members, who had been declared elected on Dec. 8, began three-year terms Jan. 12 and will serve the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors through December 2020.

Area schools announce closures, delays due to snow |Jan 16, 2018

The following school districts have announced closures or delays for Tuesday due to snow.

Boyertown Area Ministerial Association hosts 19th annual MLK service |Jan 16, 2018

“This is an important occasion because of what it represents,” said Dr. Robert Gerhart, president of the Boyertown Area Ministerial Association, welcoming the community members. “We remember not only a man, but a vision.

Blue Mountain Wildlife, Cabela’s and Berks Parks and Rec Snowshoeing program shows how to enjoy outdoors during winter |Jan 16, 2018

Outdoor enthusiasts received education on one more way to enjoy the outdoors during winter, with Snowshoeing for Beginners (North) at Cabela’s in Hamburg on Jan. 14. While there was no snow on the ground the day of the educational program, the nine participants learned what they needed to be ready for when snow arrived on Tuesday, Jan.

Victory Chapel fire in Hamburg ruled accidental, electrical |Jan 16, 2018

A State Police Fire Marshall Unit investigation ruled an early morning fire on Jan. 13 at Victory Chapel Ministries in Hamburg accidental. The estimated damage cost is $350,000.

Hamburg Jazz students participate in Get JazzED Festival at Wyomissing |Jan 16, 2018

Hamburg Area High School Jazz Band students participated in the Get JazzED Festival on Saturday, January 13 at Wyomissing Jr./Sr. High School on Jan. 13.

Gov. Mifflin, Exeter, Fleetwood, Kutztown and Boyertown bring home first place wins at Berks Science Olympiad |Jan 14, 2018

Nearly 350 students from 19 different schools competed in the Berks County Science Olympiad at Kutztown University on Jan. 11 with winning first, Exeter second and Wyomissing third in Overall Team.

Kutztown cancer survivor Niki Nolte models as Teen Cancer Warrior for Benefit Fashion Show |Jan 14, 2018

Kutztown Area High School senior Niki Nolte, 17, modeled as a Teen Cancer Warrior Model for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley Benefit Fashion Show in December.

Boone School Board upset with divisive assembly presentation |Jan 14, 2018

Daniel Boone Area School District Superintendent James P. Harris has apologized for a Jan. 10 high school assembly program after some students, parents and school board members said the assembly’s message was divisive and politically-driven.

Many from Berks travel to 2018 PA Farm Show |Jan 13, 2018

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 12,000 competitive exhibits, more than 5,200 of which are animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibitors.

Crews battle blaze at Hamburg church |Jan 13, 2018

Fire crews battled an early morning fire at a Hamburg church on North 4th Street and Franklin Street in Hamburg on Jan. 13.

Exeter Police: Supermarket robbed by gunman |Jan 13, 2018

EXETER >> Police are looking to identify a suspect who was caught on surveillance robbing a township supermarket.

Watch Live: Funeral Mass for fire Lt. Matt LeTourneau |Jan 12, 2018

The Mass of Christian Burial for fire Lt. Matt LeTourneau will be held Friday morning at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter & Paul in downtown Philadelphia.

Police find similarities in Berks County convenience store break-ins |Jan 12, 2018

OLEY >> Police are investigating a new break-in that they say bears similarities to a later one in another township.

Overnight burglary suspects sought in Oley store break-in |Jan 12, 2018

Oley Township >> State Police from the Reading station investigated an overnight burglary at the Smart Mart located at 6824 Boyertown Pike (Route 562) in Oley Township on Thursday, Nov. 30. This was only 3.

Berks sailor retires from Navy after 21 years of service |Jan 12, 2018

Chief Navy Counselor Jess Rohrbach of Reading retired from the Navy after 21 years of service.

Frecon’s Cidery wins ribbons at PA Farm Show |Jan 12, 2018

Participating in the first-ever Pennsylvania Farm Show Cider Competition, Frecon’s Cidery Inc. took first place in the Wood Aged category for its “Hogshead” blend and third place in the Sour category for its “Farmhouse Sour.

Bill Cosby’s lawyers spotted at Montgomery County Courthouse; have ‘no comment’ |Jan 12, 2018

NORRISTOWN >> The sex assault retrial for entertainer Bill Cosby won’t begin until April but his new lawyers were at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Friday, apparently getting familiar with the courtroom where the legal drama will play out.

Hamburg woodworking, music students tour Martin Guitar |Jan 12, 2018

Hamburg Area High School students from the woodworking and guitar music classes toured CF Martin Guitar in Nazareth on Jan. 10.

Hamburg 7th and 8th graders perform in Lebanon Valley College Bandfest 2018 |Jan 12, 2018

Hamburg Area Middle School sent 19 students from 7th and 8th Grade to the Lebanon Valley College Bandfest 2018 on Jan. 11.

Police: Exeter man used torch to set victim on fire |Jan 12, 2018

EXETER >> An Exeter Township man has been arrested after he allegedly doused another man in flammable liquid and set the man on fire.

Veterans honored at Pennsylvania Farm Show |Jan 12, 2018

The Pennsylvania Farm Show honored veterans on Veterans, Military & Their Families Day on Jan. 11.

Lane closures on Route 422 planned for next week |Jan 11, 2018

Eastbound Route 422 motorists will encounter a right lane closure over the next two weeks for sign installations, as part of a project to rebuild 1.6 miles of Route 422 and construct new structures over the Schuylkill River and Norfolk Southern railroad tracks in Lower Pottsgrove Township.

Chestnut Knoll to hold Alzheimer’s Association Support Group |Jan 11, 2018

Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care is pleased to invite the public to a free Alzheimer’s Association Support Group on Thursday, Jan. 18 from 6:30–8 p.m. to learn more about caring for your senior loved ones living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Donation of $1,200 from Tompkins VIST Bank for upcoming exhibition at Studio B |Jan 11, 2018

Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Ave. in Boyertown, announces a donation of $1,200 from Tompkins VIST Bank toward sponsorship of the studio’s annual exhibit celebrating the area’s agricultural roots.

Police seek Berks County convenience store burglars |Jan 11, 2018

EARL Township >> Police are asking for the public’s help with identifying two burglary suspects.

Kutztown FFA hosts 75th Anniversary Bash; former FFA members invited |Jan 11, 2018

Kutztown FFA celebrates 75 years of agriculture education and FFA leadership training by hosting a 75th Anniversary Bash for all former FFA members at the Virginville Grange on Feb. 23.

Douglass (Mont.) man installed camera to spy on female coworker |Jan 10, 2018

NORRISTOWN >> A Douglass (Mont.) man faces court supervision after he admitted to invading the privacy of a female co-worker by planting a camera under her desk and recording her at their Montgomery Township workplace.