March 20, 2011 |
When Muhammad Ali was training for a fight in Deer Lake, Pa., in the 1970s, the boxer was visited at his Schuylkill County compound by one of the few people in the world as famous as he. "A few years ago, Elvis came to see me at my training camp, stayed two weeks," Ali told TV Guide in 1979. "I said, 'Elvis, do me a favor. I got a guitar.' " The Greatest wanted The King to help him stir up a little trouble. He persuaded Presley to come with him to a bar in nearby Pottsville, "this little redneck place called Spoonies," where the duo sneaked in the back way. In Ali's telling, Presley went to the microphone with a towel on his head, then pulled it off, and sang, 'You ain't nothin' but a hound dog, cryin' all the time.
September 20, 2012 |
In another sign that natural gas is supplanting coal in the energy landscape, EmberClear Corp., a Canadian power developer, announced Wednesday it plans to build a 300-megawatt generation plant in Schuylkill County on a site where it had once envisioned a plant fueled by coal. EmberClear, which is based in Calgary, said it had selected SK E&C USA to build the Good Spring Natural Gas Combined Cycle power plant. The project, which EmberClear chief executive Albert Lin estimated would cost up to $400 million to build, will employ 500 construction workers.
September 7, 1996 |
A mental-health hearing officer for the Philadelphia court system, described by coworkers as reliable and dedicated to his job, has abruptly vanished, prompting a police investigation and provoking deep concern among his family and friends. Leonard Ivanoski Jr., 43, the son of Common Pleas Court Judge Leonard Ivanoski Sr., was reported missing by his wife, Joan, more than two weeks ago. She told police she had last seen her husband at 5 p.m. Aug. 21. Ivanoski's abandoned, unattended car, a white 1986 Saab, was found four days later parked on a residential street in the village of Hometown in Schuylkill County, a 1 1/2-hour drive from Philadelphia.
September 10, 1989 |
NEW BRISTOL SUPERINTENDENT David Witmer chats with Marie Elena Dolan, president of the school board, at a reception welcoming him to his job. Witmer, 51, signed a three-year, $78,000 contract in July. Previously he was superintendent in the Pine Grove District in Schuylkill County. He replaced Joseph Kaufmann, who was superintendent for 12 years.
August 12, 2013 |
CONSTRUCTION ON the eagerly awaited boardwalk extension of the Schuylkill Banks trail is chugging along, with its slated completion date of August 2014 mostly intact. Weather delays this winter, however, could add a month or two to the contraction timeline, said Lane Fike, director of capital programs at the Schuylkill River Development Corporation. "They have to pour the concrete on the deck, and that is dependent on weather," he explained. "We're pretty happy with the progress.
March 6, 1990 |
Robert Carey, director of the Philadelphia Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office and Insurance Center, died Sunday in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. He was 44 and lived in East Falls. A native of Schuylkill County, Carey was born in Girardville and was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He began his career with the Veterans Administration in 1971, taking a position of benefits counselor following a tour of duty with the U.S. Army. He was appointed to the directorship in 1985.
October 12, 2010 |
It was one of the nation's largest affirmative-action frauds - $119 million spent on 336 bridge projects, from eastern Pennsylvania interstates to SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line. The conspiracy unfolded over 15 years, unchecked by regulators, as a white-family-run concrete business in Schuylkill County used a Filipino man's minority status to win contract after contract. The sham company, operated from a Connecticut basement, became Pennsylvania's greatest recipient of the U.S. government's disadvantaged-business program.
February 26, 1987 |
A bloodsoaked mattress stained the snow among the children's swings and seesaws. Police had torn it apart looking for bullets, leaving bloody shreds of ticking strewn in the play yard. Shocked residents of this rural Berks County village passed the quiet brick house on Main Street in stunned silence yesterday. Not in anyone's memory had there been violence like this. That "nice young couple," Steven Paul, 30, and his wife, Linda Lee Paul, 37, who ran a day-care center in their home, had been shot to death early in the morning by two Rambo-like characters in camouflage suits who had already slaughtered another couple 15 miles away in Schuylkill County.
September 17, 1991 |
Where have all the Pennsylvanians gone? To Florida. And Maryland, Virginia, California and Texas. Anywhere, it seems, where the jobs are more plentiful and the sun shines more warmly. The state lost about 300,000 residents to out-migration in the last decade, census figures show, as more people moved out than moved in, continuing almost half a century of flight from Pennsylvania. And a state legislative subcommittee meeting here yesterday in one of the hardest-hit areas, Schuylkill County, said the people who were leaving were the state's youngest, brightest and richest.
February 9, 1991 |
The FBI agents had Robert Peter Russell right where they wanted him yesterday: in a prison. So, they arrested him. And now, he's on the other side of the bars. Russell, 33, who began work Monday as a drug and alcohol counselor at Graterford Prison, was arrested at his job yesterday morning and charged with the murder of his wife, who disappeared March 4, 1989. Her body has not been found. Greg Golden of the Naval Intelligence Service in Quantico, Va., said that Russell, a native of Schuylkill County and a former Marine, became a suspect as soon as his estranged wife, Marine Capt.