In an effort to give back to the community and help youngsters take part in the performing arts during quarantine, the Spotlight Kidz, in conjunction with the Pottsville GTC Theater Program, will be offering free online theater classes in April.

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HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported today that 4,087 people in the state have tested positive for the coronavirus, which is an increase of 693 cases from Sunday.

The coronavirus pandemic has affected nearly all aspects of life in the lower anthracite region. While local municipalities are expecting some adverse effects on revenue generation, the majority of local leaders are staying focused on the health consequences of the pandemic and preparing to …

MILTON — As Madelyn and Liam Coup were buckled into the back seat of their family’s car on Friday afternoon, a giant teddy bear was fastened in the seat between them. The children, along with their mother Melissa, set out on adventure to see how many teddy bears they could spot.

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HARRISBURG — Three new cases of coronavirus have been identified in Schuylkill County and the statewide total of positive tests now totals 2,751, according to the Department of Health's noon update Saturday.

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — Southern Columbia Area School District will hold this Monday’s school board meeting at 6 p.m. virtually in an effort to follow social distancing rules set by the state to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

ATLAS — The Coal Region Blood Drive, sponsored by the Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School biomedical science program, took place Friday at the Atlas American Legion.

IRISH VALLEY — State police at Stonginton released Thursday details of a motor-vehicle accident March 15 on Irish Valley Road that injured four juveniles.

MILTON — On the heels of the announcement that a Weis Markets employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19, two area physicians are stressing the importance of regular hand washing as a means to prevent the spread of germs.

LEWISBURG — Two Bucknell University students have been tested for COVID-19, according to information released Thursday on the university website by Catherine O’Neil, M.D. medical director, Bucknell Student Health.

SHAMOKIN — Debbie Gray stood at an entrance to Restoration Ministries Church and scanned the surrounding streets every few seconds Thursday. Only a short time would pass until the special education teacher relayed a number ranging from one to 16 to a small group of volunteers inside the church.

HARRISBURG — Bishop Ronald Gainer “regrettably” announced Thursday that no public Masses will be celebrated for Palm Sunday, Holy Week or Easter, April 12, in the Diocese of Harrisburg.

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., spoke with reporters during a conference call about the roughly $2 trillion stimulus package the Senate approved early Wednesday morning as the country continues to deal with fallout from the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus. President Donald Trump said he supports the Senate package.

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro stated that Safe2Say Something, the statewide tip line for Pennsylvania students with concerns about themselves or others, remains available.

SHAMOKIN — Shamokin Councilman and Public Safety Director Scott Roughton and other members of Shamokin Fire Bureau are volunteering their time to assist disabled veterans and senior citizens and people 60 years of age or older who are unable to shop for groceries by delivering them to their homes.