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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

Contributed photo of the Tri Valley High School Band marching at Disney World.

Music Education in Area Schools

By David Lindenmuth         “I’m going to Disney World!” is a quote typically associated with a championship in NCAA Basketball or the NFL, but it’s also a popular phrase among several local marching bands. Tri-Valley (pictured above), Tamaqua Area, Mahanoy Area, and Hazleton Area marching bands have...   Read More

Photo by Coal Cracker Reporter Emma Shaller of Seamstress Virginia Laurusevage and her assistant Armelle Metellus.

Meet Virginia Laurusevage

By Emma Shaller         Many people may know Virginia Laurusevage as a local seamstress with a shop at 439 East Mahanoy Street, but there are a lot of things you may not know she has done for our community. For example, she has made tons of beautiful...   Read More

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