June 26, 2015 |
WYOMISSING, Pa. - The doors are locked at Valley Forge Flag Co. Employees must ring a newly installed doorbell and wait outside the dark tinted windows for someone to let them in. Inside, phones are ringing. The Berks County flag manufacturer, one of the nation's largest, has been fielding angry calls since making headlines Tuesday when it announced it would no longer make the Confederate battle flag. The decision came in the wake of the June 17 killing of nine black church members in Charleston, S.C., and growing public opposition to a flag seemingly embraced by alleged shooter Dylann Roof and others as a symbol of white supremacy and slavery.
September 7, 1992 |
Frank R. Palmer, 98, a retired Reading executive and a founder and campaign chairman of United Way of Berks County, died Friday in a Wyomissing nursing home, where he had lived the last year. Mr. Palmer was born in Chester County and graduated in 1915 from the University of Pennsylvania. He began working in 1917 as a metallurgist at Carpenter Technology Corp. in Reading and rose through the ranks to become president of the company in 1948 and chairman of the board. In 1937, Mr. Palmer wrote Tool Steel Simplified, a college-level textbook on metallurgy.
June 30, 2009 |
Berks County remained undefeated in the Carpenter Cup softball tournament and advanced to today's championship game by beating Delaware South, 1-0, yesterday at FDR Park. Third baseman Steph Graver had two hits, and catcher Rachel Trupp scored the only run of the game as Berks pitchers Jess Elper, Carissa Harris and Samantha Denlinger combined for the seven-hit shutout. Berks County (4-0) will play the winner of today's 11 a.m. semifinal game between Delaware South (3-1) and Suburban One League American/Continental (3-1)
February 3, 2013 |
A task force investigating a string of daytime burglaries and attempted burglaries in western Montgomery County and Berks County has made three arrests in about 21 cases. Michael R. Benner Jr., 28, of Limerick; Joseph A. Samsel Jr., 25, of Limerick; and Philip M. Becker, 26, of Douglassville, Pa., were arrested Thursday, according to authorities in the two counties. The three face multiple counts of burglary, criminal conspiracy. criminal attempt, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property in the burglaries, which occurred between July and last month, according to a news release on behalf of the task force from Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.
July 3, 2004 |
There will be no Independence Day for Preston Lee Burns. Burns, who spent nearly a year in Chester County Prison because of a clerical error, was released yesterday - into the arms of Berks County correctional authorities to await a July 14 parole-violation hearing. Berks officials say Burns, 28, of Norristown, had disappeared from a shelter and failed to contact his parole officer sometime before July 2003, when he landed in Chester County Prison to await trial for marijuana possession.
August 20, 1996 |
A Berks County commissioner is searching for allies in Montgomery County to fight a proposed 76-acre expansion of the Pottstown landfill. Berks County Commissioner Mark C. Scott has sent letters to officials in Pottstown Borough and Upper Pottsgrove and Douglass Townships, asking them to join a potential lawsuit against the landfill's host community, West Pottsgrove. In the letter, dated Aug. 1, Scott wrote that Berks County and West Pottsgrove resident Bill Fontaine would likely sue if the West Pottsgrove commissioners approved a zoning variance that would allow Waste Management Inc. to expand its 230-acre landfill.
September 28, 1999 |
A Pottstown toddler was killed early yesterday when his mother's car was struck from behind on Route 100 by a motorist who walked away from the scene, abandoning his vehicle and his driver's license, police said. Police did not catch up with Alfred Kisch, 36, of Pottstown, until relatives brought him to a Pottstown hospital for treatment eight hours later, said Police Cpl. Jack Harris of Colebrookdale Township, Berks County. Harris said the accident occurred about 12:45 a.m. when Kisch, driving south on Route 100 just north of County Line Road, rammed into the back of the Geo Tracker driven by Christina Jackson, 19, of Pottstown.
June 13, 2012 |
The first-round baseball matchup between Delaware County and Philadelphia Public in the Carpenter Cup was postponed today because of heavy rain. Tournament officials pushed the game back to 2 p.m. Wednesday, a day that was already designed for makeup games in case of bad weather. There are no other games scheduled for Wednesday. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals, where it will meet Burlington County on Friday afternoon. Burlington County beat Berks County, 12-8, Wednesday morning before the rain poured.
April 30, 2012
A toddler was killed while playing near a piece of farm equipment in Berks County on Sunday, authorities said. About 4 p.m., authorities from the Berks-Lehigh Regional Police Department were dispatched to investigate the boy's death on a farm along Topton Road in Maxatawny Township. There were no other injuries, police said. Authorities did not release the 11/2-year-old's name or additional details about the incident, which is under investigation. - Darran Simon
August 4, 2010
Jay S. Sidhu's New Century Bank, blocked recently by a federal judge from using the name Customers 1st Bank because it was already being used by Broomall's Alliance Bank on checking accounts, is renaming itself Customers USA Bank instead, the Phoenixville company said. The bank has seven offices in Bucks, Chester and Delaware Counties and this month plans to open branches in Wyomissing, Berks County, and in Yardley. Wyomissing was home base for Sovereign Bank, which Sidhu led until he was ousted in 2006.