Sunday, August 31, 2014

Coal Region Cookbook Treasure Will Be Sold At Zoostock 14 Tomorrow

COAL REGION COOKBOOK TREASURE WILL BE SOLD AT ZOOSTOCK 14 IN LANSFORD TOMORROW. Click LIKE if you support Zoostock's many volunteers who will spend the holiday helping to raise money to fight cancer. Thank you for SHARING this post to get the word out on behalf of Zoostock's dedicated volunteers.

Wanted Man By Mahanoy City Police


Mahanoy City Police are looking for Jacob Allen Schopfer, 21 years old, white male, 5' 6" tall, approx. 150 lbs., blonde hair, blue eyes, wanted for felony escape and criminal trespassing.

Two People Killed and One Injured in Crash Near Lehighton

Two people were killed and another was injured in an overnight crash near Lehighton.

Man Found and Arrested for Beating Nephew

A man who Police were searching for after he beat his nephew for hugging a dog too hard was found and arrested.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Harrisburg Man Arrested on Drug Charges in Mahanoy City

Harrisburg Man Arrested on Drug Charges in Mahanoy City

Interstate 81 Construction Within Schuylkill County Clear for Holiday Weekend

The ongoing construction on Interstate 81 over the past couple weeks has been cleared for the holiday weekend.

We have no confirmation on whether the project is finished or if traffic will be restricted after the holiday.

Stay safe if you are traveling over the weekend.

Man Arrested by Mahanoy City Police for Impersonating a Police Officer

Photos from
Mahanoy City Police Department Facebook Page
Man arrested by Mahanoy City Police for Impersonating a Police Officer

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Man Wanted for Murder Back in Schuylkill County

A man wanted for murder in Shenandoah was brought back to Schuylkill County Thursday.

Coal Region Connections: Great Gridiron Rivalries from the Past

FOOTBALL SEASON KICKS OFF THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND, BUT MANY GREAT GRIDIRON RIVALRIES FROM DECADES AGO ARE GONE. Click LIKE if you miss coal region backyard scraps & tell us your most memorable high school football game.

Results of State Police Fire Marshal's Investigation of Tuesday's Fire in Mahanoy City

On Wednesday evening, the Mahanoy City Fire Department sent an update regarding the State Police investigation into Tuesday's fire in the borough.

Pottsville Woman Jailed After Assaulting Infant Son

In an article posted by the Republican Herald, a woman was jailed after being charged with assaulting and seriously injuring her infant son by throwing him against the wall.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Barnesville Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash Wednesday Evening

A Barnesville man died in a motorcycle crash in Rush Twp Wednesday evening.

Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Hometown/Rush Township

Traffic is currently backed up in both directions on the Hometown Hill in Rush Township due to a fatal motorcycle accident.

UPDATE:  As of 8:30pm, traffic was reported to be moving again.  Both lanes are using the northbound lane to get through.

Story from WBRE

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued for Schuylkill County

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE PA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... SOUTH CENTRAL COLUMBIA COUNTY IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA... CENTRAL SCHUYLKILL COUNTY IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA... EAST CENTRAL NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...

* UNTIL 715 PM EDT

* AT 641 PM EDT... DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS AROUND 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR MARSHALLTON... AND MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... SHAMOKIN... MOUNT CARMEL... KULPMONT... ASHLAND... ELYSBURG... FAIRVIEW-FERNDALE... GIRARDVILLE... MARSHALLTON... LAVELLE... ENGLEWOOD... FORRESTVILLE... BRANCHDALE... ARISTES... FOUNTAIN SPRINGS... NUMIDIA... HECKSCHERVILLE... WILBURTON NUMBER ONE... LOCUSTDALE... BUCK RUN AND BEURYS LAKE.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 81 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 113 AND 122.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THE THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS ARE EXPECTED TO PRODUCE DAMAGE. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER... PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING.

PREPARE FOR LARGE HAIL. STAY SAFE INDOORS. CONSIDER MOVING AUTOMOBILES INTO A GARAGE.



Traffic Alert: Motor Vehicle Accident on Route 61 and West Hancock St., Saint Clair

Traffic Alert on Route 61 near Saint Clair.

Award Winners from the 2014 Schuylkill County Firemen's Convention

Award Winners from the 2014 Schuylkill County Firemen's Convention

Police Focused on Reducing Impaired Driving Crashes through Labor Day

As part of the national enforcement initiative, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” PennDOT, state police and municipal police are focusing their efforts on reducing alcohol-and drug-related crashes through Labor Day.

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 08/28/14

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 08/28/14



Schuylkill County High School Football Schedule for Week #1


Schuylkill County High School Football Schedule for Week #1

Police Looking for Suspect from Hometown Bank Robbery

Police are looking for a suspect after the robbery of a bank in Hometown

Fire Damages 6 Homes/Apartments in Mahanoy City Tuesday

Around 6:15pm,  Tuesday, families were chased from their homes on the 200 Block of East Centre St. after a fire broke out in one of the homes.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fully Involved Apartment Fire in Mahanoy City

Around 6:15pm, crews were called to  227 East Centre St., Mahanoy City for a fully involved apartment fire.

Just before 6:30pm, the fire hit a second alarm.

Many outside units from around the county have been called to fight the blaze.

Units from Mahanoy City, Shenandoah, Frackville, Tamaqua, Hometown, Minersville, and Hazle Twp. have already been called.

UPDATE (8:45pm) - no reported injuries, still fighting hotspots

Stay tuned to this post as we will post updates as they come available.

Gotta Love a Schuylkill County Dog

In honor of National Dog Day,  Below are some of the pictures of Schuylkill County dogs we received from our followers

Basement Fire in Cumbola Quickly Extinguished

Just after noon Tuesday, crews were called to 314 Bob Alley, Blythe Township.  When crews arrived they found smoke coming from the home and discovered a fire in the basement.

The fire was quickly extinguished.

No word on the extent of the damage to the home but the Red Cross was called to assist.

Bank in Hometown Robbed Tuesday Afternoon, Police Looking for Suspects

Police are looking for 2 suspects after the robbery of a bank in Hometown

News Stories From This Week in 2013

Listing of stories that took place this week a year ago.













Aftermath of Washington Hook and Ladder's Fire
http://www.skooknews.com/2013/08/video-and-pics-aftermath-of-washington.html

3 County Police Chase
http://www.skooknews.com/2013/08/update-on-3-county-car-chase-from-early.html

Police Chase Ends in Mahanoy City with Shots Fired
http://www.skooknews.com/2013/08/police-chase-ends-in-mahanoy-city-with.html

Vehicle Crashes into Port Carbon Turkey Hill
http://www.skooknews.com/2013/08/vehicle-crashes-into-port-carbon-turkey.html

Schuylkill County Homeowner Shoots and Kills Intruder
http://www.skooknews.com/2013/08/schuylkill-county-homeowner-shoots-and.html

Winners of the 2013 Schuylkill County Fireman's Convention
http://www.skooknews.com/2013/08/winners-from-2013-schuylkill-county.html

Police Chase Ends in Crash Overnight
http://www.skooknews.com/2013/08/police-chase-ends-in-crash-overnight.html

Mahanoy City Fire Company Fights It's Own Fire Hours Before Convention
http://www.skooknews.com/2013/08/mahanoy-city-fire-company-fights-its.html

Ashland's Mothers' Memorial and the Ashland Boys' Association

This Saturday, August 30th, will mark Ashland's annual tradition of the ABA parade.  Did you know the Mothers' Memorial was first proposed by the ABA?


Ashland Historical Marker Declared "Marker of the Week" by Web Site

Ashland Historical Marker Declared "Marker of the Week" by Web Site

Cleanup Continues from Tractor Trailer Accident on Route 61

The cleanup continues from a tractor trailer accident on Route 61 from Monday afternoon.

Route 61 Open Again After Rockslide

Route 61 northbound is reopen after being closed Monday evening due to a rock slide.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Rock Slide Closes Route 61 Near Pottsville

Route 61 northbound was closed Monday evening due to a rock slide.

A rock slide has closed both northbound lanes of Route 61 near Pottsville between Pizza Hut and Sands Ford just after 6:30pm Monday.

Update:  As of 9:00pm, Route 61 is open

Traffic Alert: Overturned Tractor on Northbound Route 61 North of St. Clair Monday Afternoon

As of 3:30pm Monday afternoon, crews are on the scene of an overturned tractor trailer on Route 61 northbound north of St. Clair.

St. Clair Fire is on scene.

Avoid the area if possible.

Ashland ABA Parade Planned for This Saturday

Ashland's ABA Parade Planned for this Saturday

Ashland Man Injured After Falling from Window

An Ashland man was injured after falling from a window in the borough Sunday morning.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Images of the 2014 Schuylkill County Firemen's Convention Parade

Images of the 2014 Schuylkill County Firemen's Convention Parade

Pottsville Man Jailed for Attempted Homicide

A Pottsville man was jailed Saturday for an attempted homicide.


Schuylkill County Firemen's Convention Parade Forecast

Saturday's Weather Forecast for the Schuylkill County Firemen's Convention Parade

Coal Region Connections: The Coaldale Hospital looked much different decades ago

THE HOSPITAL IN COALDALE LOOKED MUCH DIFFERENT DECADES AGO THAN IT DOES TODAY & ALMOST ENDED UP IN SUMMIT HILL. Click LIKE if you remember, were a patient, or had family who worked at COALDALE STATE GENERAL HOSPITAL.

During the early mining years, injured area miners were taken to a doctor's office. "Black Maria" wagons delivered critically injured miners & deceased miners to their homes. In later years, injured miners were taken by horse & wagon & then by streetcar to hospitals in Ashland, Pottsville, & Philadelphia.

in 1904, a survey was conducted to determine the need for a Panther Valley hospital. In June, 1907, the Panther Creek Valley Hospital was chartered. LC&N Company wanted to put the new hospital in Summit Hill's "Stoney Lonesome" section. But thanks to strong lobbying by Father L.B. Norton at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Coaldale, LC&N officials relented & turned over a piece of land known as "Moser's Field" for the hospital site.

Miners donated a day's pay to help build the hospital in 1908. $50,000 was raised & LC&N matched those donations. Andrew Breslin was awarded the construction contract. Breslin also built the former Summit Hill High School, Citizens National Bank in Lansford, & Tamaqua Elks.

The Coaldale hospital opened July 11, 1910 & accommodated 30 patients. Defective wiring on the upper floor caused a fire in August, 1911, & forced patients to be moved to nearby homes. The hospital bounced back & grew thanks to community fund raising & grants. By 1934, bed capacity increased from 30 to 92. Before that, additional beds & cots were added. Some patients slept on the floor with blankets & often there were 2 & 3 patients to a bed.

Ground was broken for the nurses home in 1927, but it was wasn't finished until 1933 because of the onset of the Great Depression. A new maternity ward opened in January, 1932. A new laundry & kitchen building & black lung clinic were added in the early 1950s.

In October, 1970, ground was broken for a new building that opened in October, 1973. The hospital was divested from the state in 1992 & today it's part of St. Luke's University Health Network.

I was a patient in the children's ward at Coaldale State during the summer of '65...laying in traction for almost 2 months after fracturing my femur during a little league game. Dr. Steele was the surgeon who patched me up. I remember it was hot...there no was A/C...& TV was limited. My son Kris was born in Coaldale in 1978 & was among the last babies to be delivered by Dr. Dirnberger.

Do you have an old Coaldale hospital memory to share? Remember any former doctors & employees?

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Flood Advisory Issued for Schuylkill County

Flood Advisory Issued for Schuylkill County until 7:45 am Saturday

Friday, August 22, 2014

Scheduled Schuylkill County Roadwork for the Upcoming Week

Scheduled Schuylkill County Roadwork for the Upcoming Week

Scheduled Interstate 81 Road Work Scheduled for Schuylkill County

Scheduled Interstate 81 Road Work Scheduled for Schuylkill County

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 08/23/14

Schuylkill County Obituaries for 08/23/14



One Person Injured in Accident on Route 309 Near McAdoo

Photo from McAdoo Fire Department
Facebook Page
Posted from TamaquaArea.com

An unidentified person was injured during a two-vehicle accident around 10:15 PM Thursday (August 21, 2014) at the intersection of Arthur Gardner Parkway and the North Church Street/Chamber of Commerce Beltway (SR309) in Hazle Township. The person was transported via ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Hazleton. Responding were McAdoo Fire Company, McAdoo Ambulance, Hazleton Township Fire Company, and others. It is unknown if others were injured.