Wednesday, January 04, 2012

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Local News-Wed, January 4, 2012

Ninety-Sixth Pennsylvania Farm Show Opens Saturday

The 96th Pennsylvania Farm Show, the nation’s largest indoor agricultural exhibition, will open Saturday January 7 and run through Saturday the 14th. It will include almost six thousand animals, ten thousand competitive exhibits, and three hundred commercial exhibitors. Those who attend this year can make use of online tools to help them navigate through the show's 24 acres and nearly 250 events and activities. An interactive map and scheduling tool is available, as well as a mobile app. Both can be found at At the fair, there will be digital kiosks in the Cameron Street Lobby and in the Department of Agriculture booth in the Main Hall. The 4-H will also have information booths throughout the complex in small red barns. There will be many new activities and events, in addition to traditional favorites. Admission to the Farm Show is free, and parking is $10.00.

Route 183 Closed In Cressona After One Car Crash

WPPA and T102 reported yesterday that Route 183 was closed between Route 61 and the traffic light in Cressona. The closing was the result of a one car crash on Pottsville Street that took out a telephone pole and cut power to the area. Margaret Phillips, of Blandon, was driving west on Pottsville Street when she lost control of her car and sheared off a pole. Her car traveled off the road and struck a garage at 132 Pottsville Street. Phillips was taken to Reading Hospital by helicopter for treatment of her injuries. PPL responded to the scene and replaced the pole, restoring power to approximately 484 customers before 10:00 a.m. State Police were assisted at the scene by Cressona Fire Department, Fire Police, and Pottsville EMS.

State Police Release Accident Totals For New Year’s Holiday Weekend

Pennsylvania State Police investigated 552 crashes over the four day New Year's holiday weekend. Those crashes claimed the lives of ten people and injured 172 others. All those numbers were lower than the reported incidents last year, when eleven people were killed in 693 crashes. Seventy nine of the reported incidents involved operators driving under the influence, including two fatalities, and six of the ten people killed were not wearing seat belts. Troopers also made 285 arrests for D.U.I, issued 379 citations for failure to wear seat belts, and cited 51 drivers for failing to restrain children properly in child safety seats.

Bedding Manufacturer In Mahanoy Township Purchased By Texas Company

International Bedding Corporation, located in Mahanoy Township near the Fabcon plant, has been purchased by Corsicana Bedding, Inc. of Corsicana, Texas. According to details of the sale, the business was purchased in its entirety, and will apparently continue with business as usual. Today's Republican Herald quotes Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation President Frank Zukas as saying that he thinks workers should not be concerned for their jobs, but that the Pennsylvania Career Link Center in Pottsville will continue to monitor the situation at the plant in case anything changes.

State and National News Wed. January 4, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The chairman of the Iowa Republican party says former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has won the Iowa caucuses by eight votes. Chairman Matt Strawn made the announcement of the razor-thin margin from Des Moines. Romney narrowly edged out former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - Weather officials say the first winter storm of the year brought a foot and a half or more of snow to parts of northwestern Pennsylvania. The National Weather Service says another 3 inches of snow was recorded at Erie International Airport during the day yesterday, following overnight snow that dumped as much as the 15 inches in Corry in Erie County.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia officials are waiting to hear which state will be the home for a huge new petrochemical plant. Shell Oil Company says the announcement of a site will happen early this year, but won't say which state has the lead.

NEW YORK (AP) - The NHL Winter Classic between the host Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers was the fifth-most watched regular-season NHL game in 37 years. New York's 3-2 victory on Monday at Citizens Bank Park averaged 3.74 million viewers to NBC. It was the fifth edition of the outdoor game.


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