TOP HEADLINES (BERKS, LANC) 11/24


>>Reading City Hall to Close After Thanksgiving

(Reading, PA) -- Reading City Hall is going to be closed for two weeks after Thanksgiving. The mayor's office announced the closure yesterday. Employees are expected to work from home during the closure except for emergency service employees. Mayor Eddie Moran says the decision to close is out of caution for this coming holiday. City Hall will be closed starting Thanksgiving Day.

>>Fire Damages Home in Muhlenberg Township

(Muhlenberg Township, PA) -- Berks County authorities are investigating the cause of a house fire in Muhlenberg Township. Firefighters responded to a house fire in the 14-hundred block of Hay Road yesterday afternoon. They say flames were shooting out of the roof in the back of the house. No injuries have been reported.

>>State Senators Give COVID-19 Update in Virtual Town Meeting

(Lancaster, PA) -- Senators Ryan Aument and Scott Martin are warning Lancaster County families to be safe during this Thanksgiving holiday. The two state senators held a virtual town meeting yesterday where they provided an update for the coronavirus pandemic in Lancaster County. The chief clinical officer at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health also joined the meeting and reported there are over 60 COVID-19 patients being treated at LG Health. He says almost 4,500 Lancaster County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 this month.

>>New Berks County Campaign Looks to Connect Consumers to Farmers

(Reading, PA) -- A new campaign in Berks County is hoping to connect consumers to more local farmers. The initiative called Grow Together is looking to show Berks County families how close they are to farm fresh products for this holiday season. Organizers are asking people to seek out local farms to purchase their Thanksgiving needs this year. You can find more information about the campaign on the Grow Together page on the Rebuild Berks website.

>>Harrisburg Woman Accused of Stealing Merchandise in Lancaster

(Lancaster, PA) -- A Harrisburg woman is being charged for retail theft after she allegedly stole over 26-hundred-dollars worth of merchandise from a Lancaster Target store. Manheim Township Police say they arrested the 62-year-old woman Sunday evening. She is accused of stealing from the Target store located in the Belmont Shopping Center on Fruitville Pike.