Features

Photo of a cute fuzzy dog in winter.

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 of Coal Cracker reporter and photographer Sara Dimmick who won a photo contest.

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

Photo of an ankle cast which out a damper on fall sports.

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

Photo of the Coal Cracker Kids staff on Railroad Street in Mahanoy City, PA.

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

Photo of the reopening of The Washington Hook and Ladder Fire Company in Mahanoy City, PA.

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

Photo of Camp Cadet counselor Sara Dimmick.

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

An Oncidi family photograph of siblings serving in WWII.

Siblings in Arms

Share Your Family Photos By Myla Wall         COAL REGION–There were many local families with multiple siblings who fought during World War II. The Oncidi family, from Mahanoy City, had eight boys in the war at the same time. The patriarch of the family, Giuseppe, was an...   Read More

Photo of mac-n-cheese sandwich at Wheel in Pottsville, PA.

Take a Spin to Wheel

By Oceana O’Boyle and Emma Shaller         POTTSVILLE–Wheel, a restaurant located at 201 West Market Street, is a grilled cheese lover’s dream. The menu consists of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, as well as mac-n-cheese, fries, desserts, and other tasty items. One original thing about this restaurant is...   Read More

Photo of people learning about safe neighborhoods at the Mahanoy City Teen Canteen.

Making Neighborhoods Safer

Photos by David Lindenmuth         SCHUYLKILL COUNTY-Several local towns participated in National Night Out in early August. The event is “an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live,” according to the event’s website. Share...   Read More

Members of the Mahanoy Area and Shenandoah Valley alumni football team 2017.

Football Flashback

Alumni Battle in a Classic Clash   By Meredith Rhoades         SHENANDOAH-On August 11th, alumni members of Mahanoy Area and Shenandoah Valley high school football teams suited up once again in the First Annual Alumni Game held at Shenandoah’s Veterans Memorial Stadium. As any graduate of the...   Read More

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