TOP HEADLINES (BERKS, LANC) 11/05


>Initial Batch Of Lancaster County Mail-In, Absentee Ballots Processed

(Lancaster, PA) -- Processing is finished for Lancaster County's initial batch of mail-in and absentee ballots. About 91-thousand were returned by Election Day, and counting was completed yesterday. County Commissioner Josh Parsons says over 500 ballots arrived yesterday.  Pennsylvania won a Supreme Court ruling allowing the commonwealth to count ballots postmarked by poll closing on Election Day that arrive by 5 p.m. Friday. The Trump campaign is planning to challenge the validity of ballots that arrive between Wednesday and Friday.

>>Berks County Nearly Finished With Mail-In, Absentee Ballot Count

(Berks County, PA) -- Berks County election officials are nearly finished with counting mail-in and absentee ballots. Berks County Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt says the counting process will take time, but the overwhelming majority of the mail-in ballots are counted.

>>Dean Re-Elected To Second U.S. House Term

(Berks County, PA) -- Democratic Congresswoman Madeleine Dean is the winner of a second term in the U.S. House. She defeated Republican challenger Kathy Barnette in Tuesday's general election. Dean represents Pennsylvania's Fourth Congressional District, which is made up of most of Montgomery County, and parts of eastern Berks County, including Bally and Boyertown.

>>Muhlenberg School Board Approves New Contract For Superintendent

(Muhlenberg Township, PA) -- The Muhlenberg School District's Superintendent has a new contract. The school board voted yesterday to offer a four-year contract to Joseph Macharola. The terms of the contract that starts immediately weren't made public. Two board members voted against the contract without commenting.

>>Weis Markets Reporting Strong Third Quarter

(Sunbury, PA) -- Weis Markets is reporting a strong third quarter. The markets' sales went up nearly 15-percent for the third quarter and increased over 17-percent for the year to date. The figures are far above average and are being attributed to increased demand because of the COVID-19 pandemic.