Politics

Berks Encore-Strausstown center welcomes Fire Chief for Meals on Wheels Celebrity Day |Mar 24, 2015

Berks Encore and local celebrities celebrated March for Meals through Berks County through their 10th Annual Meals on Wheels Celebrity Volunteer for a Day event on Wednesday, March 18. The March for Meals program is intended to bring attention to Meals on Wheels, as well as to raise awareness about the topic of senior hunger.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files March 25 edition |Mar 24, 2015

25 Years Ago March 28, 1990 >> Mel Edwards of Hamburg, a junior sociology major at Rider College, is competing in his third season on the Rider varsity baseball team. A 1987 graduate of Hamburg Area High School, Edwards is the starting short stop for the third consecutive season at Rider.

Cody Knight named Hamburg Area High School Student of the Month |Mar 24, 2015

Congratulations to Hamburg Area High School’s February student of the month, senior Cody Knight. He is the son of Joel and Kimberly Knight, of Hamburg.

BCTC Students Win Over $140,000 in Scholarships and Prizes at 2015 Greater Philadelphia Automotive Technology Competition |Mar 24, 2015

On Friday, Feb. 27, the 22nd Annual Greater Philadelphia Automotive Technology Competition took place at the Automotive Training Center in Warminster, PA. The Berks Career & Technology Center was honored to have 4 students compete in this prestigious event.

Police arrest suspect for January robbery of VIST Bank, Ruscombmanor Township |Mar 24, 2015

On March 23, 2015, the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop L Reading Station, arrested Jason Lee Serrano.

State Police respond to bomb threat at Berks County Jail System on Monday |Mar 24, 2015

Pennsylvania State Police-Reading reported that a threatening phone call was received at the Berks County Jail System in the 1200 block of County Welfare Rd. in Bern Township on Monday, March 23 at approximately 1 p.

Bus driver establishes Go Fund Me page to get new van for Alaina of Boyertown |Mar 23, 2015

Pink is her favorite color. She loves owls and Bambi. She is passionate about the Boyertown Marching Band. She loves going to church and blesses everyone throughout the day. But right now she needs a blessing in the form of a wheelchair accessible van.

Sanatoga man wins new truck in national sweepstakes |Mar 23, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US recently concluded its 2014 National Sweepstakes, announcing Michael Christman of Sanatoga as the winner of a $45,000 credit to be used towards any Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, FIAT or Alfa Romeo vehicle.

Kutztown Environmental Advisory Commission hosts post-winter Sacony Creek cleanup |Mar 23, 2015

“You feel like you’re in a rose garden,” said Becky Weller while picking up a piece of trash near the Sacony Creek on Sunday, March 22.

Mother, son sentenced for Berks County burglary spree |Mar 23, 2015

A former Bally resident was sentenced to six to 23 months in prison after pleading guilty to committing a burglary with her son.

Kutztown area community, campus meets and greets new Kutztown University President |Mar 23, 2015

Kutztown University introduced its 12th President, Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, to the campus and Kutztown area community during a meet and greet event on March 17.

Eagles legend Chuck Bednarik has died at 89 |Mar 21, 2015

Chuck Bednarik, considered the greatest Eagles player ever, died this morning.

New SEPTA budget spares riders a fare hike |Mar 21, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> A budget proposal for SEPTA’s upcoming fiscal year projects an increase in spending by the regional transit authority, but no fare hike on any of its bus, train or trolley routes.

Berks County Police Departments to conduct Aggressive-Driving enforcement |Mar 20, 2015

Berks County Police Departments announced, on Friday, March 20, Aggressive-Driving enforcement activities as part of a statewide wave from March 23 to May 3.

PennDOT, safety partners mark National Work Zone Awareness Week, urge safety as construction season begins |Mar 20, 2015

With National Work Zone Awareness Week occurring March 23-27, Acting PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards joined representatives from the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC), the American Traffic Safety Services Organization (ATSSA), and various traffic-control companies for an event in Harrisburg calling on motorists to drive safely in work zones and be mindful of the people behind the cones on Friday, March 20.

Two Kutztown University students create and self-publish ‘Brain Bug Magazine’ for kids; second issue released March 11 |Mar 20, 2015

Kutztown University students Olivia Knowles and Jesse Warner, the co-creators of “Brain Bug Magazine,” are preparing to push their brain child forward after the release of the publication’s second issue on March 11.

Union Township considers towing cars that obstruct snow plowing |Mar 20, 2015

The Union Township Board of Supervisors said March 16 that it is considering a new township ordinance of towing vehicles that obstruct snow plowing in subdivisions and on other township roads.

Schwank named to panel for equal justice, fairness |Mar 20, 2015

Underscoring her leadership and reputation as someone who fights for families, women and the less fortunate, Sen. Judy Schwank has been appointed to serve on a commission that’s charged with making sure fairness and equal justice are applied in Pennsylvania’s court system.

Kutztown University offers first doctoral program; Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education approves Doctor of Social Work Program |Mar 20, 2015

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors today approved Kutztown University’s request for its first doctoral program. KU will offer a Doctor of Social Work degree in collaboration with Millersville University.

Fleetwood Blues Fest moves to Kutztown |Mar 20, 2015

The Fleetwood Blues Festival is coming to Kutztown.

99% of Amity Township mailboxes now illegal |Mar 20, 2015

The Amity Township Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted on March 18 a resolution regarding the placement of mailboxes and newspaper boxes in the township rights-of-ways.

New Holland Police: Ephrata National Bank robbed; Father charged with DUI, endangering his children; 2 men cited for running over 3 road signs |Mar 19, 2015

Ephrata National Bank robbed in Earl Township

Robeson Township: Green Hills Estates sewer module plan moves forward to DEP |Mar 19, 2015

The Robeson Township Board of Supervisors passed a motion March 17 to approve the Green Hills Estates sewer module plan which will be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection.

Two Kutztown Police officers presented Life Saving Award; their actions in December helped save a 21-year-old’s life |Mar 18, 2015

Two Kutztown Borough Police officers were presented the Life Saving Award for their actions this past December that helped save a 21-year-old’s life.

Oley Valley seniors present ‘The Music Mobile’ |Mar 18, 2015

The talents of Oley Valley seniors were showcased recently when students presented a combined talent and fashion show to benefit “BASH,” the school’s drug—and alcohol—free party for 2015 graduates.

Mark Twain visits The Heritage of Green Hills, Shillington |Mar 18, 2015

The Heritage of Green Hills, a healthy living community in Shillington, recently hosted a presentation by Mark Twain, as portrayed by Reading-based actor, television and radio performer and producer, Roger Mallon.

Boone tables full-day kindergarten vote until next year |Mar 18, 2015

Despite emotional pleas from Daniel Boone School District residents about the merits of full day kindergarten, the board did not vote on March 9 to restore the full-day program.

Retirement community could be Amity’s gateway |Mar 18, 2015

A proposed retirement community on Amity Park Road in Amity Township could bring new, supporting commercial businesses to that area and ultimately benefit the entire township.

Twin Valley Garden Club wins 2nd at PHS Philadelphia Flower Show |Mar 18, 2015

Twin Valleys Garden Club recently competed at the international 2015 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Philadelphia Flower Show.

Energy plant for Birdsboro Armorcast site means new jobs |Mar 18, 2015

Birdsboro >> An agreement of sale is the first step to converting the empty Armorcast property into a natural gas plant.

2015 Berks County Dairy Princess sought |Mar 18, 2015

Berks County is searching for the next Berks County Dairy Princess to promote the Dairy Industry for 2015-16.

Kutztown Area Teacher’s Association concerned about program, staff cuts |Mar 17, 2015

The Kutztown Area Teachers’ Association expressed concerns about programming and staff cuts in Kutzton School District.

Shillington Fitness owner arrested; Charged with possession; possession with intent to deliver of cocaine, methamphetamine, and anabolic steroids |Mar 17, 2015

DC Fitness owner has been arrested.

Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson named the next Kutztown University President |Mar 17, 2015

Kutztown University announced its 12th President, introducing Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson to the KU and Kutztown Borough community Tuesday afternoon.

UPDATED: Amity manhunt suspect turns himself in |Mar 17, 2015

Amity >> A township man who briefly was pursued by police into a wooded area over the weekend turned himself in on Tuesday.

Jozwiak announces trout stocking schedules now available |Mar 16, 2015

Anglers who are looking forward to the opening day of trout season in April can now obtain a free 2015 adult trout stocking schedule by visiting the Ontelaunee Township office of Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks) or going to his website at www.

Montco sheriff rounds up DUI suspects in morning raid |Mar 16, 2015

norristown >> Continuing their effort to crack down on drunken drivers who skip scheduled court appearances or violate their sentences, deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department went knocking on doors early Tuesday, March 10.

61st Annual Boyertown Area Citizen of the Year award recipents announced; Lori Carnes named 2015 Citzien of the Year |Mar 16, 2015

For the last 60 years, the Boyertown community has selected a handful of individuals who make a difference in their town—and this year is no exception. This year’s recipients of the 61st Annual Boyertown Area Citizen of the Year awards have been announced.

Hamburg’s From the Early Files March 18 edition |Mar 16, 2015

25 Years Ago March 21, 1990 >> The March 22 meeting of the Woman’s Club of Hamburg will feature “Girl Scout Memories” in recognition of the 68th anniversary of the founding of Girl Scouting in Hamburg.

‘The Bravest Rescue Puppy’ is not just a wag the dog tale |Mar 16, 2015

Dr. Gregory Bach and his wife, Debra Bach reside in Hamburg and have written a family-oriented book entitled “The Bravest Rescue Puppy” which is dedicated to “all of whom live with Lyme Disease.

First annual Four-Way Test Speech Contest held at Hamburg Area High School |Mar 16, 2015

Derek Leibensperger, funeral director at Leibensperger Funeral Home and member of the Rotary Club of Hamburg, greeted attendees as they entered the Hamburg Area High School for the first annual Four-Way Test Speech Contest sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hamburg on Thursday, March 12.

New Hanover Historical Society welcomes back national speaker |Mar 16, 2015

The March program of the New Hanover Township Historical Society features author and national speaker Ann Atkins, who will present “Part 2” of her popular, illustrated talk on Eleanor Roosevelt’s life.

Mayor’s Gala celebrates Kutztown bicentennial |Mar 16, 2015

The Mayor’s Gala was held on Saturday, May 14 in the Georgian Dining Room at Kutztown University to celebrate the bicentennial of Kutztown’s incorporation as a borough in the state of Pennsylvania.

Boyertown HS student essay selected in anti-texting and driving contest |Mar 16, 2015

Boyertown >> Boyertown Area High School junior Ryan Holzman, 16, understands the dangers of texting and driving.

Teams compete in Bally Hotel’s Irish Wake coffin race |Mar 16, 2015

The Bally Hotel’s Irish Wake continued Sunday featuring their annual coffin race. Two teams competed for the coveted title and trophy.

Montco finished 2014 with a $1M surplus |Mar 16, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County ended 2014 with a surplus of over $1 million, marking second year in a row with a surplus.

Berks County 4-H Dairy Club Members honored at annual banquet |Mar 16, 2015

Recognition of 4-H Dairy Club Members 2014 participation and achievements were highlighted during the recent Berks County 4-H Dairy Banquet at Virginville Grange Hall.

Fleetwood Middle School Drama Club performs Shrek, Jr. |Mar 16, 2015

This past weekend Fleetwood Middle School Drama Club, which includes students from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, performed Shrek, Jr.

Work underway to find buyer for landmark State Theatre of Boyertown |Mar 15, 2015

Boyertown >> The marquee on the State Theatre of Boyertown may be dark for now, but work is already underway to bring the historic property back to life.

Boyertown School Board rejects motion to reconsider high school expansion |Mar 15, 2015

Boyertown >> The potentially dramatic property tax increase proposed by the Boyertown Area School Board has two of its members reconsidering the Boyertown Area Senior High expansion project.