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Schuylkill County Historical Society Video Seeks Donations

POTTSVILLE — The Schuylkill County Historical Society is celebrating its 115th year and wants to do some expanding for its anniversary, so it made a video to try to bring in donations. You may have seen the video on social media.  It’s an appeal from the Schuylkill County Historical Society in Pottsville asking for donations. “We thought it would be nice to show our members and the general public a bit of who we are and what we do,” said […]

Cold Weather Causing Car Battery Concerns

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — It takes a lot of energy to run a battery store this time of year, just ask Brian McWilliams. He owns Hurwitz Batteries. It’s a battery and automotive supplies business in South Williamsport. “It’s very busy. We got our first cold snap of the year. They are calling for snow, so you get a lot of people that know their battery is old and they know in the back of their mind it’s never been replaced,” said […]

New Year, New Tradition

SCRANTON — A new New Year’s Eve celebration is being planned for this year in Lackawanna County. County officials have teamed up with the Creative and Performing Arts Academy to put on the “Lackawanna County New Year’s Eve Spectacular.” The free family friendly event will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Ritz Theatre along Wyoming Avenue in Scranton. Officials came up with the idea after the annual First Night celebration was canceled. “That is the backbone of […]

Judge Denies Cordaro’s Appeal

SCRANTON — A federal judge has denied former Lackawanna County Commissioner Robert Cordaro’s appeal. A jury convicted Cordaro on corruption charges back in 2011. Cordaro’s lawyers argued he should get a new trial. The judge ruled they failed to prove Cordaro was innocent of the crimes. Cordaro is serving an 11-year federal sentence. He’s been in prison since 2012. His fellow convicted Lackawanna County commissioner, A.J. Munchak, is out of federal prison. He is serving the last four years of […]

Haggerty’s Absence ‘Unexcused’ for Second Straight Day

HARRISBURG — For the second straight day, the absence of State Representative Kevin Haggerty (D-Dunmore) was labeled “unexcused” by his colleagues in the House in Harrisburg. Haggerty is from Dunmore and represents the 112th District. A Newswatch 16 investigation revealed he has missed more than 200 votes since July 22. Lawmakers absences are routinely excused, but fellow Democrats are taking Haggerty to task. The effort to warn Haggerty that his no-shows are inexcusable are being led by fellow Democrats from […]

14 People Still Displaced After Wilkes-Barre High Rise Fire

WILKES-BARRE — All but 14 people are back in their apartments after last week’s fire at Lincoln Plaza high rise in Wilkes-Barre. The housing authority tells Newswatch 16 they are in the process of moving 14 people from the fifth floor to other locations. That’s where the fire that took the lives of two women started. Officials say the fifth floor is too damaged for residents on that floor to move back in. A state police fire marshal said there […]

Vandals Hit Historic Covered Bridge Causing Hundreds of Dollars in Damage

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — Pictures of smashed wood sprawled out in the grass and roadway were taken near Danville. That broken wood used to be part of height clearance sign on the historic Keefer Mill Bridge. The mess left by vandals late last month has since been cleared. But the damage to the covered bridge remains. “That means people have no respect for anything. I think it’s wrong and ignorant and people should be prosecuted,” said Tim Kelly. Montour County Commissioner […]

Hazleton Native Competes on ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’

HAZLETON — Hazleton native Janene Marcus took a trip to Las Vegas to compete on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” Her parents, Lorraine and Paul Marcus, came along on the trip. “It was nice to see the sets and how they film the show and everything,” Paul Marcus said. “How they coordinated everything on stage and the makeup and the outfits and the changes that they made. It was very, very interesting. It was a once and a lifetime experience.” […]

New Home in Susquehanna County Built by Students

DIMOCK TOWNSHIP — The final touches are being put on a brand new 2,100-square-foot home near Dimock. Everything under the roof wasn’t the work of professionals, but rather future pros — students at Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center. “We started doing the shingles on the roof. Now we’re doing finishing touches on the inside. (It’s) crazy to think of all the things we’ve done,” said junior Dominick Filer. For many of these students, this is their fourth year working […]

‘Better safe than sorry’- First-Aid Buckets at West Scranton High

SCRANTON — Students in Scranton are being equipped with school supplies you may not expect — first-aid kits that could come in handy just in case there ever is a school shooting. At West Scranton High School, buckets are being used to keep students safe. It’s because of what’s inside the buckets — the makings of an advanced first-aid kit, an important line of defense if there’s ever an active shooter incident there. “Just with everything going on in the […]