Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin

Is it the Future of Finance?   By Nick Cavenas         Looking for the next big investment opportunity? Cryptocurrency and bitcoin mining might be a step in the right direction. Cryptocurrency is a new kind of money that uses cryptography — or computer encoding — to secure...   Read More

Winter Adventure Awaits

By Meredith Rhoades         Whether you love or hate winter, no one can deny the fact that there are many fun opportunities here in Schuylkill County for wintertime fun! The Coal Region isn’t necessarily known for its outdoor recreational sports, but I believe it should be. With...   Read More

Photo Contest Winner

A Closer Look Reveals Wonder Coal Cracker reporter Sara Dimmick, pictured above, won the Fresh Paint Days photo contest held in September when Coal Cracker Kids painted the Mahanoy City Lumber & Supply Company building. Sara’s prize was an Easy Macro lens for her smartphone, compliments of SandyLongPhotos. During the...   Read More

Ankle Injury ‘Casts’ a Shadow

By Oceana O’Boyle         On September 13th, I fractured my ankle playing in a seventh and eighth grade basketball game. This was my third game of the season. It was a home game, and I was super pumped. I was so upset when I couldn’t play. I...   Read More

Lindenmuth Named News Editor of The Keystone

Kutztown University freshman and Coal Cracker alum, Kaylee Lindenmuth, was named as the next news editor for The Keystone newspaper at the publication’s November 6 meeting. Lindenmuth joins five other students as new additions to The Keystone’s executive board. She will begin her term as news editor on Monday, January...   Read More

Five Years in Print

Marking a Milestone By Serena Bennett, Editor         I have been a reporter for Coal Cracker since its beginning in 2014, and I have watched it grow exponentially ever since — 2018 will be our fifth year in print. While our editorial team used to meet at...   Read More

Anthrasights Autumn Memories

Fall was a busy and scenic season. Coal Cracker journalists were in the field photographing some of the people and places that made autumn memories in and around the Anthracite Region. Pictured above, courtesy of Kaylee Lindenmuth, the Washington Hook and Ladder Fire Company in Mahanoy City reopened in October...   Read More

Volunteers Make a Visible Difference

Kassidy Ravina contributed to this article         MAHANOY CITY—Coal Cracker Kids’ new headquarters received a fresh coat of exterior paint in early September thanks to the hard work of many volunteers and a Fresh Paint Days grant from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. The grant provided 20 gallons of...   Read More

Camp Cadet: Advancing Ranks

By Sara Dimmick         DOUGLASSVILLE–Camp Cadet is a week-long program staffed by Pennsylvania State Police Troopers, municipal officers, personnel from many branches of the Armed Forces, and other volunteers. Troop L of the camp is located at Camp Manatawny in Douglassville, Berks County. It is open to...   Read More

Quiz Time for Two New Principals

By Joei Shaller and Myla Wall         COAL REGION–This year, Mahanoy Area and Shenandoah Valley high schools welcomed new principals into their school communities. We caught up with each principal to ask some questions about themselves and the year ahead. Coal Cracker: What was the biggest reason...   Read More

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