‘Amazing Raise’ kicks off charity season; ‘Self defense’ claims accused killer; Eagles may not have Goedert

Good Morning. Here are some of the top stories from around the region.


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50 local nonprofits raising funds in October through The Amazing Raise

More than 50 nonprofit organizations in Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties are in a race during the month of October, a race to raise funds through a collaborative effort known as The Amazing Raise. The Amazing Raise is a fundraising campaign conducted annually in October by TriCounty Community Network, a Pottstown-based nonprofit that serves nonprofit agencies in Montgomery, northern Chester and eastern Berks counties. The mission of TCN is to provide support for local nonprofits, and The Amazing Raise is at the heart of that mission. Funds raised are boosted with a “bonus gift” that enhances each donation.

Operation Holiday kicks off fundraising for 2021

Operation Holiday, the annual giving campaign for children managed by The Mercury and related publications, is kicking off fundraising this year with participation in The Amazing Raise fundraising campaign during the month of October. The program which provides food and gifts to children whose families cannot afford the extras for  the holidays has grown from its beginnings 30 years ago in Pottstown to include areas of Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties. Fundraising is conducted by The Mercury and sister publications The Reporter, The Times-Herald, Daily Local News,  and the Reading Eagle.


Zion Blyden, 22, is facing 11 counts including attempted homicide, simple and aggravated assault, harassment, reckless driving and attempted reckless endangerment.

Chester man charged with highway chase and shooting heads to trial

A Chester man charged in a shooting and chase that allegedly wound its way from Chester into Philadelphia last month waived a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Dawn L. Vann Tuesday. Zion Blyden, 22, is facing 11 counts including attempted homicide, simple and aggravated assault, harassment, reckless driving and attempted reckless endangerment. All charges have been held over for trial.

Prices are up, and Chester County residents are noticing

Chester County residents and business owners are monitoring trends in the marketplace at home and across the nation: increases in prices at grocery stores and overall supply shortages. Overall, the cost of food bought to eat at home skyrocketed by the most in 46 years, and analysts caution that meat prices in particular could remain high as slaughterhouses struggle to maintain production levels while implementing procedures intended to keep workers healthy.

Accused Pottstown killer claimed self-defense in statement after fatal shooting

A Pottstown man accused of using a shotgun to fatally shoot another borough man, who prosecutors maintain was unarmed, told a detective he “had to take out the aggressor” during a disturbance in the Bright Hope development. “As a man, I had to take out the aggressor. I shot him. I didn’t want him to harm any other family like he did mine,” Armani Cortez Rhedrick allegedly told a detective during an initial statement to authorities one day after the Sept. 23, 2019, fatal shooting of 31-year-old Otis Harris. “Three rapid shots. I loaded only three shells and fired three times,” Rhedrick stated, according to testimony at his homicide trial.


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILEEagles tight end Dallas Goedert says talks toward a contract extension have basically broken down with the Eagles.

Eagles Notebook: Dallas Goedert on Reserve/COVID-19 list, status unknown

A day after dropping him onto the injury report with an “illness,” the Eagles provided some clarity about Dallas Goedert Tuesday. Though it doesn’t immediately mean he will be scratched from a Thursday night visit from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the tight end was placed on the Reserve/Covid 19 list and did not practice. According to NFL guidlines, vaccinated players can be reactivated when healthy and free of symptoms. Goedert is known to be vaccinated. By rule, however, he cannot be declared fit to play until he passes two coronavirus tests at least 24 hours apart.

NHL commissioner Bettman says just 4 players unvaccinated

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league has only four unvaccinated players as it opens up the 2021-22 season. Bettman was in attendance for the regular-season opener between the back to back Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night. “Everybody banding together to do the right thing,” Bettman said. “Maybe that’s why hockey is the ultimate team sport.”



Singing country and Western songs was Sam Schmidthuber at the Riverview Stage on the porch of the West End Boat Club.

Morgantown native wins Modern Country Vocalist of the Year at Josie Music Awards in Tennessee

Country artist Sam Schmidthuber, a Morgantown native and Lancaster County resident, won Modern Country Vocalist of the Year at the 2021 Josie Music Awards, held at the Country Tonight Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the weekend of Sept. 17. “It feels good to be recognized by such a well-respected award show,” said Sam, a local 2019 high school graduate. “I sing what I live.” The 2021 Josie Music Awards received more than 38,000 submissions for nominations and only 2.6% of those submissions received a nomination.






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