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COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Firefighters battled a wildfire this weekend on the Blue Mountain.
A nearly picture-perfect Saturday turned chaotic in a heartbeat for emergency personnel as they battled a massive wildfire throughout more than 400 acres of the Blue Mountain in Carbon and Lehigh counties. More than 200 firefighters were called to the scene shortly after the fire broke out near West Sunset Road in East Penn Township. Crews worked well into Saturday evening and continued Sunday morning using ground units, air tankers and helicopters to fight the blaze from all angles.
A Schuylkill County driver ran a red light and crashed into the side of another vehicle. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the crash occurred at 11:40 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Route 61 and Brick Hill Road in West Brunswick Township.
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Colts' Keer fires shutout
Four games within a week forced Marian baseball coach Tony Radocha to abandon his starting pitching rotation. He tapped sophomore Daniel Keer for duty against Weatherly on Saturday in a game at Middleport, which the Colts won 10-0 in 4 1/2 innings. What a debut for Keer! In the five innings of pitching against the Wreckers, he gave up only one hit, a single in the fourth. He struck out 10 batters and allowed just two walks. He got out of six full-count situations with four whiffs and one...
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Memorial Library is experiencing a financial strain and has been forced to cut its hours.
After years of working with dwindling financial support, the Lehighton Area Memorial Library has made drastic cuts. You won't be able to enter the library on a Monday, because the library was forced to cut its operating hours to Tuesday through Saturday. Its doors are also shut an hour earlier during the week. If you're a regular patron you've likely noticed staffing changes as well. "The library is currently in a state of definite financial strain," said Becky Wanamaker, director at the...
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