TOP HEADLINES 12/31 (BERKS, LANCASTER)


>>Berks County Reports Almost 400 New Cases of COVID-19

(Berks County, PA) -- Berks County is seeing another spike in COVID-19 cases. The county reported almost 400 new positive cases yesterday. The Berks County coroner also announced that seven more people have died due to complications of the coronavirus. There have now been over 23-thousand cases in the county since the beginning of the pandemic.

>>Lebanon VA Offering COVID-19 Vaccines to Veterans 75-and-Up

(Berks County, PA) -- The Lebanon VA Medical Center is preparing to start giving out the COVID-19 vaccine to veterans who are 75-or-older. The center announced yesterday it is going to start scheduling appointments for the veterans this week. The vaccine distribution to the older veterans is a part of the CDC's phase 1B allocation. Those who are interested in getting an appointment for the vaccine are being asked to visit the VA's Stay Informed webpage. VA staff will be contacting participants to schedule them for the vaccine based on priority and availability.

>>Shooting in Reading Injures One Victim

(Reading, PA) -- Reading Police are investigating a shooting that injured one person. The shooting happened yesterday evening in the area of North 4th and Penn Streets. Police say they found one person lying in front of a pizza shop who was suffering from a gunshot wound. They were transported to the hospital, but their condition is unknown.

>>Roadside America Now On Online Auction Block

(Berks County, PA) -- Berks County museum Roadside America is now on an online auction block. The Renaissance Auction Group announced that the iconic museum was put on auction yesterday. Onsite previews for the 6,000-square foot miniature village on Old Route 22 in Shartlesville will only be made available for registered bidders. The bidding will conclude on January 23rd. Anyone interested in making a bid is being told to register online on the Renaissance Auction Group's website. 

>>Lancaster County Fire Companies Selling Pork and Sauerkraut for Fundraising

(Lancaster County, PA) -- Three fire companies in Lancaster County are still trying to spread good luck to bring in the new year. Robert Fulton Company in Fulton Township, Kinzer Company in Paradise Township and Fivepointville Company in Brecknock Township will be selling pork and sauerkraut takeout meals today to raise money. Officials say they are hoping to raise at least ten-thousand-dollars this year, but expect a lower turnout due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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