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(Undated) -- Here's the latest news: Several school districts in Berks County are offering state-funded COVID-19 testing for schools. Freezing rain, snow and icy conditions are forecast for the area beginning Wednesday. A former church from West Lampeter Township has plead guilty to charges of possessing and distributing child pornography,

>>Several Reading-Area School Districts Offering COVID Testing for Schools

Reading, PA) -- Several school districts in Berks County are offering state-funded COVID-19 testing for schools.  The Wilson School District is among those in Berks County taking advantage. Andrew Hoffert, Director of Student Support Services says his district started giving the onsite rapid antigen testing option for students around Thanksgiving. The Hamburg Area School District also has asymptomatic testing available for students. Additionally, the Fleetwood Area district is currently doing 15-minute rapid testing for staff. Officials there say they're also continuing talks about starting student testing with parent permission. 

>>Up To 4 Inches Of Snow Predicted For Thursday Night Into Friday Morning

(Lancaster, PA) -- Forecasters say the area could be in for its first major winter storm of the season. The National Weather Service predicts the first round of wintry weather will begin with freezing rain late Wednesday morning. The icy glaze could cause slick sidewalks and dangerous conditions on bridges and roads. Power outages are also possible. NWS forecasters also have voiced concern about a "possible quick-hitting snow event" Thursday, but they are not sure how badly the area would be impacted yet.

>>Former Clay Township Church Pastor Pleads Guilty To 2018 Child Porn Charges

(West Lampeter Township, PA) -- A former church pastor has plead guilty to possessing and distributing child pornography. West Lampeter Township police announced Tuesday that the charges against 61-year-old Jody Sambrick stemmed from allegations first raised in 2018. A news release states Sambrick was sentenced to up to two years in prison, plus eight years of probation upon his release. He is a former pastor at Hopeland United Methodist Church in Clay Township and also reportedly had been an assistant tennis coach at Millersville University. He will be required to register as a sex offender for 25 years, provide a DNA sample and will be evaluated by a Sex Offender Assessment Board, among other conditions.

>>County Coroner's Office Asks For Public's Help In Locating Reading Man's Family

(Reading, PA) -- The Berks County Coroner's Office is asking for help finding the family of a Reading-area man. Officials say 68-year-old Richard Kelly died on Tuesday. Anyone who might know how to get in touch with his family is asked to contact the Berks County Coroner's Office.

>>More than $40M Allotted to Help Struggling Residents Pay Water Bills

(Lancaster, PA) -- The state Department of Human Services says allotted grant monies could help more than a thousand customers inLancasterCounty pay their past-due water bills. Pennsylvania is making more than 40-million dollars in grant money available to eligible residents. The application process for the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program was launched Tuesday and will let eligible customers receive one grant for their drinking water service and one grant for their wastewater service, up to 25-hundred dollars each. The grants, which are issued directly to the water service provider, do not have to be repaid. Applications are available online and at theLancasterCounty Assistance Office.  


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