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Girardville holds drive to benefit Gilberton flood victims

GIRARDVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) –Gilberton is no longer underwater, but many of the borough’s residents still have a lot of work to do to clean up the area. A group of Boy Scouts collected items the residents might need and donated them to an essential items drive held by the community of Girardsville.

Earlier this month, Gilberton’s Main Street was mostly under water. The flooding is now under control, but life is not back to normal. Residents still have to clean up their homes. That’s why the mayor of Girardville started the essential items drive.

Internal investigation into alleged misconduct by Schuylkill County Commissioner finalized

POTTSVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) A Schuylkill County Commissioner is under internal investigation for alleged misconduct.

Schuylkill County Administrator Gary Bender confirmed to Eyewitness News that the Human Resources office along with County Risk Managers concluded an investigation into alleged misconduct by County Commissioner George Halcovage.

Bender says the report was finalized Thursday and brought to the other two commissioners Friday.

County officials expect to release more information next week.

Inaugural Pottsville LGBTQ+ Festival to be held Saturday

POTTSVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — While many events had to cancel this year due to COVID-19, one event is still going on as planned this weekend in Schuylkill County.

“I never knew what direction I would take to make a change in my hometown, but this is something that I’m passionate about and you know when you follow your passion, you usually have success,” Mikaela Gavaletz, Managing Director of Pottsville’s LGBTQ+ Festival said.

Tamaqua students to have prom in July

TAMAQUA, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The pandemic took away many celebratory moments for graduating seniors, but Tamaqua has decided they are taking back prom.

Tamaqua Area School District’s Class of 2020 will have their traditional night of dancing and partying after all. A group of parents rallied together for seniors to have their prom on July 24th.

There will be music, a photographer, and more just like in past years. Tara Stauffenburg didn’t want her son Barron and his fellow classmates to miss out on the magical night.

St. Clair fireworks show to go off with a bang July 2nd

ST. CLAIR, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Many communities across the country and northeastern Pennsylvania have canceled their Fourth of July fireworks due to the pandemic.

But one borough in Schuylkill County still plans to light up the sky while still social distancing. St. Clair Community and Historical Society are the workers behind the fireworks each year.

Reopening phase orders updated for eight new counties

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Governor Wolf and Dr. Levine signed amended green phase orders for the eight counties moving to green Friday, June 19th.

Those eight counties are Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Monroe, Perry, Pike and Schuylkill. The green phase lifts the stay-at-home and business closure orders. However there are some restrictions still in play regarding work and congregate settings.

Work and Congregate Settings Restrictions in the green phase:

Local fire company’s annual bazaar going green

MCADOO, SCHUYLKIL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Green means go and in Schuylkill county, the McAdoo Fire Company is thankful for that because most of their funding comes from events like their annual bazaar.

“It’s huge for us. We rely on donations to keep the fire company going.” said McAdoo Fire Company’s Gary Perna. Perna is also the assignment manager at Eyewitness News.

Working an all volunteer company takes a lot of time, effort and sacrifice. Something the men and women of McAdoo give in spades.

New program helps Schuylkill County residents back on their feet

POTTSVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The community continues to come together to help those who have been financially burdened by the pandemic.

Now there’s a new program in Schuylkill County that will help people keep their homes. Schuylkill County Action aims to help anyone knocked down get back on their feet.

“We’re mission driven in that aspect. We want to see county residents become able to thrive in situations,” Schuylkill County Action director of planning Dave Young said.

Pottsville Area School District votes in favor of new budget, furloughs teachers

POTTSVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The Pottsville Area School District has voted 7-2 in favor of a new budget Tuesday night, cutting several teachers and staff members.

Some teachers expected to be furloughed were able to keep their jobs after 11 others decided to retire. The budget still remained short, however, and six teachers as well as seven educational support staff roles had to be cut. The school district will also not be replacing four teachers who had either retired or resigned.

No one injured in Girardville house fire

GIRARDVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Fire crews responded to a house fire in Girardville, Schuylkill County after a man accidentally fell asleep after leaving hot oil on the stove.

Smoke filled the air even after the fire was under control at the home on North Second Street. First responders were dispatched around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday night.

The fire started in the middle apartment, which is the only occupied apartment of the three row homes. The homeowner was in the apartment at the time of the fire but was able to get out safely.

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