Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Storms Cause Damage in Schuylkill County Tuesday Afternoon


Storms that blew through Schuylkill County caused a lot of damage Tuesday afternoon.

Flash Flood Warning Issued for Eastern Schuylkill County

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Eastern Schuylkill County

 FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... 
EASTERN SCHUYLKILL COUNTY IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA... 

* UNTIL 700 PM EDT 

AT 355 PM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SLOW MOVING LINE OF 
THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN OVER SOUTHERN AND EASTERN 
SCHUYLKILL COUNTY. UP TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN HAS ALREADY FALLEN. 
FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SHORTLY. 

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE... 
POTTSVILLE...SCHUYLKILL HAVEN...ST. CLAIR...TAMAQUA...COALDALE... 
DELANO...FRIEDENSBURG...GRIER CITY-PARK CREST...HOMETOWN...LOCUST 
LAKE STATE PARK...MARLIN...MCKEANSBURG...MCADOO...NEW 
PHILADELPHIA...ORWIGSBURG...PINE GROVE...PORT CARBON... 
RENNINGERS...SELTZER AND SNYDERS. 

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF UP TO TWO INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN 
SOUTHERN AND EASTERN SCHUYLKILL COUNTY SINCE THE STORMS ARE NOT 
MOVING MUCH AND ARE REPEATEDLY MOVING ACROSS THE SAME AREAS. 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... 

TURN AROUND...DONT DROWN WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS. MOST FLOOD 
DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES. HEED ANY RAOD CLOSURES. 

Police Looking for Person Involved in Retail Theft

The Rush Township Police Department is investigating a retail theft that occurred at Walmart in Hometown on Monday, June 29th at 5:30pm.

Pictured is the person of interest.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rush Township Police Department at (570)668-4242.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued for Schuylkill County

VThe National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Schuylkill County.


* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... 
SCHUYLKILL COUNTY IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA... 

* UNTIL 530 PM EDT 

AT 423 PM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF SEVERE 
THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS AROUND 60 MPH. 
THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM NEAR 
TUSCARORA TO NEAR FRIEDENSBURG...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 15 MPH. 

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... 
FRACKVILLE...MAHANOY CITY...MINERSVILLE...POTTSVILLE...SCHUYLKILL 
HAVEN...SHENANDOAH...ST. CLAIR...TAMAQUA...ALTAMONT...BRANCHDALE... 
BRANDONVILLE...BUCK RUN...COALDALE...DELANO...ENGLEWOOD... 
FORRESTVILLE...FRIEDENSBURG...GRIER CITY-PARK CREST... 
HECKSCHERVILLE AND HOMETOWN. 

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 81 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 97 AND 105...AND 
FROM MILE MARKERS 118 TO 139. 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... 

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

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS ALSO OCCURRING WITH THESE STORMS...AND MAY 
LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED 
ROADWAYS. 


Flood Advisory / Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued


The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch and Flood Advisory for
Tuesday.

Boy Struck By Vehicle Monday Afternoon

A boy was struck by a vehicle Monday afternoon and is now in serious condition.

Strong Thunderstorms to Affect Southeastern Schuylkill County

The National Weather Service has issued the following alert regarding storms that will affect Southern Schuylkill County.

Thunderstorms to Develop Tuesday Afternoon

Our run of days without thunderstorms will come to end Tuesday afternoon.

Two Face Drug Charges

Two face drug charges from Shenandoah Police.

Monday, June 29, 2015

PennDOT, State Police Partner to Focus on Aggressive and Impaired Driving Enforcement through Independence Day‏

PennDOT, Pennsylvania State Police and local police are partnering to help decrease impaired driving and aggressive behaviors through the Independence Day holiday weekend.

Schuylkill County Fair to Hold Second Annual Boilo Contest

The Schuylkill County Fair will hold its second annual boilo contest (Champagne of the Coal Crackers) on Wednesday, July 29 at 7:30 PM in the PA Preferred Culinary Area of the fairgrounds.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Over 3,500 Homes Without Power Across Schuylkill County

According to PPL, a few thousand are without power Saturday afternoon.

As of 4:30pm, a reason has not been stated, but 3,646 homes were reported to be without power across Schuylkill County.

The breakdown of areas currently without power is as follows

Hegins Twp. - 2,766
Rush Twp. - 680
Walker Twp. - 77
Butler Twp. - 22
Blythe Twp. - 21
Barry Twp. - 80

UPDATE:  As of 8:30pm, just over 400 were still without power, mainly in Hegins Twp.

More information as it is available.

Kids Activities Planned for the Schuylkill County Fair

Kids’ area activities abound at the 2015 Schuylkill County Fair! 

Additional Lane Restrictions on Route 61 on Monday

PennDOT has updated that there will be lane restrictions on Monday on Route 61 in Pottsville.

Schuylkill County Road Work Scheduled for This Week


Schuylkill County Road Work Scheduled for This Week

Rascal Flatts Concert Cancelled at Hersheypark Stadium

Organizers announced on  Friday that the Rascal Flatts/Rick Springfield/Ashley Monroe concert that was scheduled for Saturday, August 22nd at Hersheypark Stadium has been cancelled.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Heavy Rain Expected This Weekend

If you are ever looking for a good example of a washout, this weekend is it.

Schuylkill County Man Allegedly Fired Paintballs at Vehicles on Interstate 80

A Mahanoy City man allegedly fired paintballs at vehicles on Interstate 80 on Thursday.

Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Couples Have Right to Marry Anywhere in the United States

On Friday, the Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Couples Have Right to Marry Anywhere in the United States.

Flood Watch Issued

A flood watch has been issued due heavy rain expected for Friday night into Saturday.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pottsville Fireworks Postponed; Parade Cancelled

Saturday's weather forecast has forced organizers to change plans for this weekend festivities in Pottsville.

Silver Creek Hike Scheduled for Locust Lake State Park

A hike is scheduled in July at Locust Lake State Park.

Schuylkill County Low on List of New Reported Lyme Disease Cases in Pennsylvania

The Department of Health recently released their 2014 report on new Lyme Disease cases in Pennsylvania and Schuylkill County ranked low on the list.


Based on the report, Schuylkill County ranked 49th out of Pennsylvania's 67 counties in new cases in 2014.

The report does show that 2014 recorded the most cases since 1999 in the county.

Out of the entire state of Pennsylvania, 36 cases were reported in the county.  Allegheny County reported the most cases with over 800 cases reported.  Sullivan and Greene Counties ranked at the bottom with 5.

Some surrounding counties ranked higher
  • Luzerne County - 8th - 206 cases
  • Berks - 18th - 150 cases
  • Lehigh - 19th - 140 cases
  • Columbia - 22nd - 106 cases
  • Northumberland - 49th - 59 cases
The image below depicts the average in new cases over the last 5 years.



Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection released information back in April that all counties were at risk of Lyme Disease due to the findings of Blacklegged (deer) ticks.
http://www.skooknews.com/2015/04/lyme-disease-risk-in-all-67-counties-of.html


Full report at
http://www.health.pa.gov/Documents/LymeReport2014.xlsx

Schuylkill County Weather Forecast - 06/25/15

Schuylkill County Weather Forecast for June 25th, 2015.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Schuylkill County Fair Food Contests

Have a great potato recipe? Do you have best chocolate cake in Schuylkill County? On certain days of the Schuylkill County Fair you may enter special food contest. Monetary awards will be given for first, second and third prize. The general public is encouraged to participate in one or all of the contests listed below. For complete rules, call 570-527-0294 or email schuylkillfair@gmail.com

Schuylkill County Area Concerts - Summer 2015

From this page, we will try to update you on all the latest concerts in the area

Allentown Man Convicted of Tamaqua Woman's Murder

On Tuesday, an Allentown man was convicted for a Tamaqua woman's murder.

Bridge Replacements Begin Soon in Schuylkill County

PRESS RELEASE - The Public-Private Partnership (P3) project to rebuild 558 bridges all across Pennsylvania will get under way in Schuylkill County the week of July 6. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Nickelback Cancels North American Tour Due to Medical Emergency

Nickelback has cancelled their North American tour due to a medical emergency.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued


The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Schuylkill County.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for parts of Pennsylvania.

Thunderstorms to Cross Area Late Morning/Afternoon

The National Weather Service is expecting storms to cross Schuylkill County and southeastern Pennsylvania later this morning and into the afternoon hours.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

One Person Flown After Crash in East Union Township Friday Night

One Person Flown After Crash in East Union Township Friday Night

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued for Schuylkill County


The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Schuylkill County.

Possible Water Contamination from Schuylkill County Spring Water Company

The Pennsylvania departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection (DEP), and Health are advising consumers that spring water bottled by Niagara between June 10 and June 18 at its facilities in Hamburg, Berks County or Upper Macungie, Lehigh County should not be consumed due to the possibility of contamination.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Scheduled Schuylkill County Road Work for Next Week


Scheduled Schuylkill County Road Work for Next Week

Heavy Rain Expected Late Saturday Early Sunday

A flood watch was issued for Schuylkill County for this weekend.

I.D. Me at the Schuylkill County Fair

Sheriff Groody and his staff will be at the Schuylkill County Fair on Tuesday, July 28 and Saturday, August 1 to assist with sign your child in the Child I.D. Me Program. Tuesday, which is Kids Day at the Fair, he and his staff will be operating the I.D. Me Program from 11AM to 7PM. The staff will also be available to I.D.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

First Pennsylvania State Troopers Administer Naloxone to Unresponsive Male

Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced Tuesday that troopers from the Troop B, Uniontown Station, successfully administered the anti-overdose drug Naloxone to an unresponsive male on June 12, 2015.