TOP HEADLINES (BERKS, LANC) 11/18


>>Reading's Christmas Tree Placed on Penn Square

(Reading, PA) -- Reading's official Christmas Tree is now standing tall on Penn Square. The tree was put up by a Reading Public Works crew yesterday. It's a 43-foot high tree that is decorated with hundreds of red, green and gold balls and over four-thousand colored lights. City officials say they will announce the plans on lighting the tree soon.

>>Daniel Boone Area High School Closing Due to COVID

(Birdsboro, PA) -- Daniel Boone Area High School will be closing until the end of this month. School officials announced four new positive COVID-19 cases yesterday. Students will be remote-learning through the end of November. All extracurricular activities have been canceled for as long as the school is closed. Officials say staff will be deep-cleaning the building.

>>Lancaster School District Board Votes to Return to Remote-Learning

(Lancaster, PA) --  Lancaster School District elementary students are returning to virtual learning. The school board voted yesterday to have the elementary schools temporarily return to remote-learning. A rally was also held yesterday by teachers in support of the school's decision. Teachers at the rally say they would feel safer teaching from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

>>Fraud Investigation Gives Children Big Toy Donation

(Reading, PA) -- A fraud investigation is giving Berks County children a holiday miracle. Thousands of dollars-worth of toys will be donated to the Toys for Tots and Cole's Toy Drive this season. Central Berks Regional Police Department revealed details about the donation yesterday. The donation comes from a fraud bust from last year where a Berks County man was using illegal debit cards to buy toys online. Berks County investigators sat on the collected toys after the man was arrested and decided to donate them to children this holiday season.

>>Mineshaft Hole Opens in Berks County

(Washington Township, PA) -- The weekend rain is opening up a giant hole off of Old Route one-hundred in Berks County. Officials say a 40-to-60-foot-deep hole was exposed after the ground gave way from heavy rain. It was thought to be a sinkhole but the Boyertown Area Historical Society says it's a 19th-century mineshaft. They say there could be one other mineshaft buried nearby.