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November 26, 2012

MOYERS – A man is killed in a Schuylkill County crash early Saturday morning.  State Police say 22-year old John Webb Junior of Pine Grove was driving along Wild Cherry Road in Washington Township at a high rate of speed just after 1 Saturday morning when his pick-up left the roadway.  The truck slammed into a tree.  Webb was pronounced dead at the scene.  He was not wearing a seat belt.
John Callahan (WGRC)

FRACKVILLE – A store in a Schuylkill County mall is robbed.  State Police are investigating a robbery at Black Diamond Antiques inside the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville that happened late Friday night or early Saturday morning.  The thief forcibly entered the business, smashed a display case and made off with gold and silver coins.  Anyone with information of this theft is urged to call State Police at Frackville.
John Callahan (WGRC)

GILBERTON – A woman dies after a Schuylkill County crash on Friday afternoon.  State Police say 58-year old Denise Blashock of Ashland was driving along Main Street in Gilberton just before 1:30 Friday afternoon at a very high rate of speed.  Her car went off the roadway, across a grass lot and slammed into the side of an abandoned home.  The vehicle went completely through the home and came to rest partially inside a neighboring home which was also vacant.  Blashock died at the scene after being extricated from her car.  The abandoned homes are owned by Gilberton borough and were set for demolition.
John Callahan (WGRC)

NEW RINGGOLD – A man dies in a fire early Friday morning in Schuylkill County.  State Police say fire crews were called to fight a fire at 34 Schuylkill Road in East Brunswick Township just after 1 o’clock Friday morning.  Heavy fire was showing when fire fighters arrived.  The home owner, 76-year old Kenneth Gernert was trapped inside.  Fire fighters found him in his bedroom.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The fire did $65,000 in damage.  It was ruled accidental and was caused by a wood stove.
John Callahan (WGRC)

MCVEYTOWN – A family of four was displaced by a fire Saturday in Mifflin County.  Newton Wayne Fire Chief Chad Scott says fire crews were called to 27 Fairview Road in McVeytown.  He said the fire was in the basement.  The Sergei family is staying with extended family.  Scott tells the Sentinel that a fire marshal will investigate to try and determine how the fire started.
(WGRC)

LOCK HAVEN – In Clinton County, a public hearing on the recommended Lock Haven budget for 2013 will be held at the beginning of City Council's meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in City Hall.  Council also will consider taxes for next year during the hearing.  The $9.65 million budget that council officially reviewed for the first time Monday, November 19th shows $214,000 more in expenses than in income. It also shows no real-estate tax increase.  The Express reports, tax millage went up 10 percent this year to support the 2012 budget of $8.86 million.  Water rates also went up this year. The water fund budget is listed at $1.96 million.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - In Lycoming County an arrest early this morning by the Fugitive Task Force.  The Old Lycoming Township Police Department reports that shortly after midnight they took Gage Michael Wood into custody.  Wood was arraigned on a warrant for felony drug delivery charges and placed in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Larry Weidman (WGRC)

 ALLENTOWN - PPL Electric Utilities says it will decrease its generation service charge December 1st to customers who have not chosen an alternative supplier.  Residential customers will see a decrease from 7.907 cents per kilowatt hour to 7.544 cents.  Small business customers will begin paying a lower rate of 10.206 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the current rate of 10.346.  PPL says that while usage is higher in the winter and summer months, this has been offset by falling energy prices resulting in the lower prices.
(WGRC)

UNDATED - We’ve had Black Friday; today is Cyber Monday, and now a new idea.  Tomorrow has been dubbed “Giving Tuesday.”   The goal by organizers is to create a day of charitable giving to offset the recent days of buying.  People are encouraged to donate money, services or volunteer time to charities.  According to Giving U-S-A Americans gave almost 300 billion dollars in 2011.
(WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Today is the first day of deer season in Pennsylvania and successful deer hunters are being encouraged once again to participate in the state’s Hunters Sharing the Harvest program.   The program started in 1991 has provided venison to local food banks and churches to distribute to needy families.  According to PA Game Commission Executive Director, Carl G. Roe, the Pennsylvania HSH program is recognized as one of the most successful among similar program in about 40 states.  Roe says the HSH program has helped to make a difference for countless needy families and individuals in the state.
(WGRC)

HARTLEY TOWNSHIP - A 52-year-old Union County woman lost her life Friday in a crash of her vehicle and an oncoming tractor-trailer just east of the R. B. Winter State Park on Route 192.  Police say that Dora L. Eichenlaub of Millmont was travelling west  when for an unknown reason her vehicle crossed the highway and slammed into the path of the east-bound truck operated by Gary Hendricks of Telford.  Hendricks was not hurt.  Police say Eichenlaub was not wearing a seat belt.
Larry Weidman (WGRC)

HARRISBURG - Three quarters of a million men, women and children will participate in Pennsylvania’s unofficial holiday today.  It is the opening of the two-week general deer season.  PA Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe, says not only is deer season a rich part of the state’s heritage, but is critical in managing the white tailed deer.  Hunters who are successful during the hunting season are being encouraged  to once again consider participating in the state’s Hunters Sharing the Harvest program, which channels donations of venison to local food banks, soup kitchens and churches to help feed the needy.
(WGRC)

 WASHINGTON D.C. - As time runs short for Congress to renew the Production Tax Credit for wind energy development, military veterans are adding their voices to the debate. Many have found new civilian careers in the field, including here in Pennsylvania, and they're concerned about keeping their jobs. The Senate Finance Committee has approved an extension of the Production Tax Credit, but the question is whether Congress will take it up before the lame duck session ends. The P-T-C is set to expire at the end of this year.
(WGRC)

MCVEYTOWN - For the second year in a row a Mifflin County farm family is being recognized with an honorable mention in the Hope Award competition among 600 Horizon Organics producers across the nation.The Andrew Batdorf family moved from Lancaster County in 2003 to the McVeytown area.  They operate a 710 acre dairy farm with about half of it in crops and the other half in pasture.
(WGRC)

 HARRISBURG - Today is the first day of the two-week general deer season in Pennsylvania.  It’s expected that 750,000 hunters will be out looking for a white-tailed deer.  This year for the first time Pennsylvania Game Officials will be on the look-out for deer that may be infected with the chronic wasting disease, a disease that has devastated herds in several western states.  Officials will be especially on the look-out for the disease that has surfaced in the south-central part of the state.
(WGRC)