Politics

2 Berks County firms chosen for region’s medical marijuana licenses |Jun 20, 2017

HARRISBURG >> Two Berks County applicants were granted state permits to begin growing medical marijuana in Southeast Pennsylvania, it was announced Tuesday afternoon.

Rep. Marcy Toepel hosting Blood Drive in Gilbertsville on June 29 |Jun 20, 2017

Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) is inviting 147th District residents to a Miller-Keystone Blood Drive on Thursday, June 29, anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at her district office, 1885 Swamp Pike Road, Suite 107, Gilbertsville.

Judge weighs media requests to identify jurors at Bill Cosby trial |Jun 20, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County judge who presided over the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial took under advisement a request by media outlets to release the identities of the jurors who deadlocked in their deliberations.

Albright College announces Spring 2017 Boyertown area graduates |Jun 20, 2017

The following local residents graduated from Albright College on May 21, 2017:

Pastor David Lewis of New Hanover to retire after 30 years of service |Jun 20, 2017

Pastor David Lewis of New Hanover United Methodist Church in New Hanover Township will be retiring at the end of June; his last sermon will be on Sunday, June 25.

Kutztown University Spring 2017 Dean’s List for Boyertown area |Jun 20, 2017

More than 1,660 students have been named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List at Kutztown University. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade point average of 3.

Kutztown University announces Spring 2017 Dean’s List for Southern Berks |Jun 20, 2017

More than 1,660 students have been named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List at Kutztown University. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade point average of 3.

Albright College Spring 2017 Southern Berks graduates |Jun 20, 2017

The following local residents graduated from Albright College on May 21, 2017:

Alvernia University announces 2017 graduates for Southern Berks |Jun 20, 2017

The Alvernia University Class of 2017 earned associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees this May. Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement ceremonies were held May 13.

Yocum Institute presents ‘The Clumsy Dragon’ at Kutztown Library |Jun 20, 2017

The Yocum Institute for Arts Education presented the play “The Clumsy Dragon” at Kutztown Community Library as part of the Summer Reading Program Build a Better World on Friday, June 16.

Kutztown University announces degrees of Boyertown area students |Jun 20, 2017

Kutztown University has conferred degrees on more than 1,200 students during the winter and spring semesters. Kutztown University announces degree conferment twice a year, once in the winter and once in the summer.

Mother-daughter pair to be honored at Boyertown Relay For Life |Jun 19, 2017

The Boyertown Relay For Life has announced its Honorary Survivors Barbara Frantz and Jennifer Swavely, and their Honorary Caregivers Barbara Frantz and Jennifer Swavely. You read that right — these two women have even more in common, they are mother and daughter.

Dodge Challenger strikes pole head on in Maxatawny |Jun 19, 2017

State Police Reading arrived on scene at the intersection of Noble Street and Mertz Road in Maxatawny for a one vehicle crash at 1:44 p.m. on June 16. A green 2015 Dodge Challenger had struck a utility pole head on.

Kutztown Community Partnership honored as one of the Best Main Street Programs in Pa. |Jun 19, 2017

Kutztown Community Partnership was named among the 10 best Main Street programs in the state by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center in Harrisburg in a news release June 6.

Shartlesville and Strausstown bridges over I-78 being replaced |Jun 19, 2017

Two bridges over Interstate 78 in Berks County will be replaced.

Kempton Fair brings back all the great stuff fair-goers love |Jun 19, 2017

The 2017 Kempton Fair June 15 to 17 at the Kempton Community Center featured three days of viewing beautifully formed and cared-for livestock; graphic, horticultural, and culinary artistic expression; regionally famous musical talent; kids having non-computer-based fun with rides, games, and theater; fire-spewing truck and tractor power pulls and truck drag races; startlingly impressive fireworks; grown men trying to look like Willie Nelson; beautifully restored farm and garden implements; impressive new farming equipment; and, of course, amazing food to eat!

Late Boyertown graduate’s films to be shown at The State |Jun 19, 2017

By Google searching the name Alex J. Ankrom, the first result to pop up will be his IMDb page featuring a biography and listing of films. Two of those films will be shown at The State Theatre this Saturday.

Northeast Berks Chamber calls for Shining Star Award nominations |Jun 19, 2017

Now in its fourth year, the Shining Star Awards, hosted by the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce, Kutztown, will be held on Sept. 28, at the Berkleigh Golf Club, 14623 Kutztown Road.

Storm blows down wires on Bowers Road in Maxatawny June 19 |Jun 19, 2017

A storm blew through Kutztown between 3 and 3:30 p.m. on June 19. Heavy winds blew wires down along Bowers Road in Maxatawny Township.

Boyertown school board approves $112.7 M budget with tax increase |Jun 19, 2017

During their June 15 meeting, Boyertown school board approved the $112.7 million final budget for 2017-18 with a tax increase of 3.1 percent. The increase raises the millage rate by .75 for Berks and Montgomery, bringing each county’s rate to 24.

Schwank receives Friend of Penn State Legislative Award |Jun 19, 2017

Pennsylvania state Sen. Judy Schwank, D-11th District, received the 12th annual Friend of Penn State Legislative Award for the significant role she has played in the continued improvement of Penn State.

12th Annual Fleetwood Rotary Club hosts Show of Wheels |Jun 19, 2017

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Town visioning project underway in Boyertown |Jun 19, 2017

The Borough of Boyertown is on its way to becoming a destination town. Community leaders and stakeholders are currently working together to shape the future of Boyertown, and now they are seeking the public’s input.

Spectators react to mistrial at Bill Cosby trial |Jun 17, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> “It’s a blessing!” a Bill Cosby supporter shouted as the entertainer emerged from the Montgomery County Courthouse on Saturday after a mistrial was declared at his sexual assault trial.

Kutztown, Boyertown, Hamburg Main Street programs nationally accredited |Jun 17, 2017

Kutztown, Boyertown, and Hamburg Main Street programs have been named Nationally Accredited Programs by the National Main Street Center, announced the Pennsylvania Downtown Center.

Mistrial declared in Bill Cosby sex-assault case; Prosecutors will retry |Jun 17, 2017

By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-centurymedia.com

Daniel Boone holds 2nd Wheelchair Brigade at World War II Air Show |Jun 16, 2017

Daniel Boone School District held its 2nd Wheelchair Brigade this year at the World War II Air Show on June 2.

LIVE: The wait continues in Day 9 of the Bill Cosby Trial |Jun 15, 2017

Bill Cosby is waiting on the jury at his sex-abuse trial and we are there live. Follow reporters Eric Devlin (@Eric_Devlin) and Carl Hessler Jr. (

Bill Cosby jury deadlocked but will continue deliberations |Jun 15, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Despite telling a judge they were deadlocked earlier in the day Thursday, the Montgomery County jurors weighing the fate of entertainer Bill Cosby at his sex assault trial indicated they will return Friday to continue deliberations.

Young anglers reel in over 500 trout at 60th Hamburg Fishing Rodeo |Jun 15, 2017

Children flocked to the grounds of the Hamburg Fish and Game Association for a popular annual event, the fishing rodeo. This year, event organizer Deb Kline said, more than 300 children came to the rodeo and caught 519 trout.

Hamburg’s juniors debate bills in Model House of Representatives |Jun 15, 2017

After a year’s worth of debates and fictitious, student-written bills, Hamburg Area High School hosted 2017’s Model House of Representatives.

Hamburg High School class of 1952 celebrates 65th reunion |Jun 14, 2017

Hamburg High School class of 1952 celebrated their 65th reunion. Everyone enjoyed reviewing the memorabilia of class activities and a silent auction displayed the creative works and collector items of members.

BBQ Fundraiser at Chestnut Knoll to benefit Relay for Life |Jun 14, 2017

Grab some dinner for your family and help a good cause! Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care is holding their annual Kauffman’s Chicken BBQ Relay for Life fundraiser at the community.

Vehicle strikes tree, driver killed |Jun 14, 2017

Fleetwood Police responded to the scene of a vehicle that had collided head on with a tree on Krause Road north of Route 222 in Richmond Township at 9:09 a.m. on June 13. Police arrived on scene to find the driver deceased.

Temple grad receives Diamond Award |Jun 14, 2017

Leah Wenhold, a May 2017 graduate of Temple University, was the recipient of the university’s Diamond Award. The Diamond Award is the highest recognition given by the Division of Student Affairs to Temple University undergraduate students.

About 130 compete for trophies at 15th Annual Mohnton Navy Yard Car & Bike Show |Jun 14, 2017

Mother Nature has not been very kind to the car show crowd in 2017 but that all seemed to change the second weekend in June. The cold, rainy weather and dismal forecasts gave way to a Saturday and Sunday of bright sunshine and temperatures rising into the high 80s and low 90s.

Montgomery County defense lawyers: Lengthy jury deliberations bring ‘anxiety,’ hand-wringing |Jun 14, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Veteran Montgomery County lawyers said a lot of hand-wringing occurs when juries undertake lengthy deliberations.

Berks Encore-Strausstown hosts introduction to genealogy classes |Jun 14, 2017

Berks Encore–Strausstown is hosting the introductory session, “What Is This Thing Called Genealogy,” on Monday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. Local genealogy enthusiast Carl Bloss will share the joys of learning about one’s family history.

Hamburg Girl Scout Troop honors leader by planting tree |Jun 14, 2017

Members of Girl Scout Troop #47 has been enjoying each others’ company since they joined together as Brownies in 1950. Over the years the Troop has had several leaders, but one leader has remained a part of the group since the beginning.

Kutztown Rotary’s Taste of Kutztown sets record for attendance |Jun 14, 2017

A perfect day and growing word-of-mouth added up to a 20 to 25 percent increase in attendance at Kutztown Rotary’s Taste of Kutztown wine, beer and food festival in the park June 10.

Crowds get a Taste of Kutztown |Jun 14, 2017

The Kutztown Rotary Club’s Taste of Kutztown brought the community together on June 10 for wine, beer and food tastings.

Trespassers cited |Jun 14, 2017

On June 10 at 1:30 p.m., Tilden Township Police and Hamburg Borough Police stopped nine adults from Cherry Hill, N.J., at the Rock. They will be all cited for Criminal Trespass.

Boyertown museum gears up to host 3rd Food Truck Festival |Jun 14, 2017

The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles invites the community to experience its 3rd annual food truck fair on Saturday, June 17 from 12-4 p.m.

St. Francis Academy principal takes on reading challenge |Jun 14, 2017

St. Francis Academy’s principal, Deacon Thomas Murphy, paid off his Principal’s reading challenge on Tuesday, May 30, with a ‘rock concert.’ He challenged the students to read 4,500 books and they read over 5,000.

Twin Valley Valedictorian: ‘Remember where we come from’ |Jun 14, 2017

Twin Valley High School’s 2017 graduating class processed at Alvernia University into a room filled to the rafters with Moms, Dads, family and friends to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance on June 10.

Oley’s Rachel Stahl graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry |Jun 14, 2017

Rachel Stahl of Oley was among approximately 250 students who received diplomas at Marietta College’s 180th graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 7, in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center. Stahl completed requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry.

Brennan Wagner wins Tilden Spelling Bee overall champion title |Jun 14, 2017

Tilden Elementary Center recently held its annual 4th and 5th grade spelling bee. Each classroom had a spelling bee and two winners from each of the nine homerooms made it to the final round. Fifth grader Brennan Wagner was the overall champion.

oN STAGE IN CHESTER SPRINGS: SALT Performing Arts presents ‘Lend Me a Tenor’ |Jun 14, 2017

Chester Springs: SALT Performing Arts present the Tony award winning show Lend Me a Tenor, winner of 3 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards, along with a delicious catered dinner provided by Limencello Restaurant June 16th – 25th.

Yocum Institute offers Summer Arts Connection |Jun 14, 2017

Each year, the Yocum Institute for Arts Education is pleased to host Summer Arts Connection, a summer-long program that features fun, innovative, and creative camps for ages 2 – 15. Whether it’s “Stealthy Spaghetti and Fruit Ninjas,” “Sheep in a Jeep,” or “Urban Myths and Legends” there is something new for campers to learn and create in one- to three-week, half- or full-day camps.

LIVE: Bill Cosby Trial Day 8 |Jun 14, 2017

Bill Cosby is waiting on the jury at his sex-abuse trial and we are there live. Follow reporters Eric Devlin (@Eric_Devlin) and Carl Hessler Jr. (