Fresh Paint Days

Coal Cracker Kids is scheduled to receive a fresh coat of exterior paint on Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10, from 9 am to 5 pm, at its new headquarters, the former Mahanoy City Lumber and Supply Company at 435 West Centre Street in Mahanoy City. The event is...   Read More

Young Entrepreneurs

By David Lindenmuth         SCHUYLKILL HAVEN—Could the next Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey or Mark Zuckerberg hail from the Coal Region? Possibly, and a program hosted by the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce wants to maximize that chance by equipping students with the skills needed to achieve such a...   Read More

An Evolving Worldview

By Meredith Rhoades         EUROPE–I recently took a trip across the Atlantic Ocean and got a taste, literally and figuratively, of Europe. I navigated four different cities in four countries, three different types of currencies, times changes, and countless forms of transportation. I learned so much just...   Read More

Gary Perna Journalist

By David Lindenmuth         HAZLETON–For as long as he can remember, 2010 Mahanoy Area graduate Gary Perna has wanted to be a news reporter. “I grew up watching Nolan Johannes every night on WNEP and always wanted his job,” Perna said. In 2012, Perna earned an Associate’s...   Read More

Kaier History – Park Planned at Brewery

By Cade Bleashka         MAHANOY CITY–In early March 2017 an historic Coal Region landmark, the Kaier’s Brewery, came down over the course of a few days. The building had nearly a century-long legacy, tied to the story of Charles D. Kaier, his children, and relatives. Paul Coombe,...   Read More

What Mahanoy Area Restructuring Means for the Future

By Cade Bleashka         MAHANOY CITY–Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, Mahanoy Area students and teachers will attend class in a whole new way. On February 21, the Mahanoy Area School District Administration held a public hearing to inform both teachers and concerned parents of its plans...   Read More

Know Your Neighbors: Louis Huber

By Cade Bleashka         MAHANOY CITY–Even people who may know Mahanoy City Borough Councilman Louis Huber personally might be taken by surprise when they learn more about him. Huber, 72, is currently a resident at Mahanoy Elderly Housing, or as it is more commonly known, the High...   Read More

Inside Borough Hall Summer 2017

By Cade Bleashka         MAHANOY CITY—Act 47 is helping the Borough of Mahanoy City to fund several improvement projects. Also known as the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act, it enables the state Department of Community and Economic Development to assist municipalities that are experiencing severe financial difficulties. In...   Read More

Drug Awareness Essay

By Oceana O’Boyle         COAL REGION–Coal Cracker reporter Oceana O’Boyle wrote this essay on drug awareness for a contest sponsored by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. This year’s theme was “Just Say No,” and was open to students in grades 6, 7 and 8. Oceana...   Read More

Cleaning Up at the Lumber Company

UPDATE 7/31/17: Check Out our Fresh Paint Days News! Coal Cracker staff members have been cleaning up our new headquarters at the former Mahanoy City Lumber and Supply Company on West Centre Street in the borough. Pictured, above, from left to right, after removing a tarp from the front window...   Read More

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