Area residents will find it hard to forget the violent rain storm that hit our area on Saturday, dropping up to 10 inches of rain in less than an hour in some communities. Pictured at the intersection of State Road and Hamilton Street in Ryan Township is a white Subaru Legacy, owned by a Barnesville woman, up to its roof with flood waters. Police said the woman driver was able to escape as her car slid into the water. State Road was closed due to fast flooding. In addition to township police, firefighters from Quakake and Delano also responded.
State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a theft from vehicle incident in Schuylkill County.
Troopers said the 1987 Dodge Ram Charger of Eric Shubrooks, 39, of Shenandoah, was entered while parked along SR209 at the off-ramp of Interstate 81, in Frailey Township.
Troopers said rocks were thrown through four windows of the vehicle to gain entry.
Removed from the vehicle was numerous electronic items such as stereo, amplifier and subwoofers. The incident occurred sometime between Wednesday, May 23, at 11:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday.
Customers are the number one reason why Country View Diner owners are so happy.
"If it wouldn't be for my customers, I wouldn't be here," said Laura Zacharias, with a smile. "Most of my customers stop by every day."
Ten years ago, Laura found herself unemployed when the previous owner closed the restaurant. She had been a waitress since 1994.
So without a job and after some discussion, she and her fiance, David Zacharias, (at the time), decided to take the restaurant over.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band concert postponed until Sept. 21
Tickets go on sale Saturday for a major country music concert coming to Penn's Peak.
Martina McBride, whose hits include "Independence Day" and "This One's For the Girls," will be at the venue on Sunday, Oct. 28. Tickets for "Martina McBride: One Night 2012," are $85 and $62.
It's one of two concerts for which tickets will be sold beginning Saturday. They also go on sale for "The Lettermen - The Christmas Tour," which is making a stop at the venue on Saturday, Dec. 8. Tickets for this show are $32 and $27.
Reading show a unique living history experience
This weekend in Reading, we all have the opportunity to thank and pay tribute to some of the nation's oldest soldiers the men and women from the Greatest Generation as the Mid Atlantic Air Museum presents its 22nd annual World War II event.
When it comes to the living history experience, the Reading show ranks among the best anywhere. Friday is arrival day, or what the re-enactors call "A-Day", as many of the vintage aircraft touch down at the airport.
PennDOT workers and contractors have been working non-stop over the past few days repairing roads and washout areas since Saturday's violent rain storm. Pictured is a crew working on SR902 southeastof Summit Hill.
The Panther Valley School District will be holding fall sport physicals on Thursday June 7.
The sport physicals will be held in the Panther Valley high school nurses office. See below for sports and times.
@$:1:00pm-Volleyball, 1:30pm-7th and 8th grade Girls Basketball, 2:00pm-Freshman, JV and Varsity Football, 2:30pm-7th and 8th grade Football
Cheerleading will be held on Monday June 11th at 5:00pm in the Panther Valley high school nurses office.
In order to receive a physical, student athlete must have a physical form signed by a guardian.
To most students when the school year ends it means free time during the summer months. But to a few who were cited in juvenile court during the school year it means fulfilling a court order to carry on a sentence imposed to perform community service since the services cannot be carried out during school hours.
Big games are usually filled with big moments, but in the case of the Northwestern and Red Land opening round state soccer match-up there was only one.
Unfortunately, for the Tigers the monumental moment was in the favor of Red Land. The Patriots out-scored Northwestern 6-5 in the shootout session to get the 1-0 victory, ousting the Tigers from state competition.
The Tigers (20-3) lived dangerously throughout the whole first half, with Red Land (19-3) looping passes into the Northwestern box on numerous occasions.
It's that time of year when the academic stars of Pleasant Valley High School come out to shine. Many students were recognized for their hard work at the 31st Annual Academic Awards Program held in the new high school auditorium.
"It is the night we recognize the accomplishments of your sons and daughters," said Mr. John Gress, PVHS principal in his welcome to all.
"It is exciting, uplifting and satisfying to recognize our students for their accomplisments," Dr. Douglas Arnold, PVSD superintendent said.
The clock is ticking for developer Rick Bjorkman of PKR Enterprises to deliver to Mahoning Township supervisors an extended letter of credit for the Sunny Hills Farm Land Development project or Friday afternoon June 1st when the $125,000 letter expires, Chairperson John Wieczorek and Solicitor Tom Nanovic will be collecting the note due from Mauch Chunk Trust Company.
May 31, 1998
May 31, 1998 Nick Mangold draws a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning to force in the winning run as Lehighton registers an 11-10 comeback victory over Fullerton in Lehigh Valley Legion action. Ron Johnson hits a grand slam for the winners while Brent Kunkle also contributes a three-run blast. Tim Matula, who earns the mound win with two scoreless innings in relief, collects three hits. Kunkle, Mangold and Casey Hydro each finish with two.
The 23rd Ukrainian Folk Dance Workshop, sponsored by the Ukrainian American Heritage Foundation of the Lower Anthracite Region (UAHF) will be held at the Ukrainian Homestead in Lehighton from Monday-Friday, July 2-6.
The camp runs daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes dance instruction, folk singing, sports, crafts and swimming.
Instruction is offered to children 5 and up, with advanced workshop instruction for experienced dancers. The workshop is under the artistic direction of Andrij Dobriansky assisted by Yurij Dobriansky.
Members of the Eldred Township Veterans Commission, left to right, Leon Smale, Marlene Prutzman, Janet Smith, Mary Correll, Lorraine Everett, Helen Mackes, Wilbert Kleintop and Elmer Frantz, conducted a Memorial Day observance with patriotic songs, poems, readings and the recognition of area veterans lost serving their country.
Lauren M.Gibson and Joshua C. Shimer, 342 Hazle St., Tamaqua.
As seen from SR309 in West Penn Township, these cloud formations resemble mini tornadoes, although no official sightings of tornadoes were reported by the NOAA.
Recent weather has made for strange and scary looking cloud formations in the skies above us.
Any Tamaqua firefighters interested in joining the Tamaqua Fire Police are encouraged to attend their next meeting at the Tamaqua Borough Hall on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. For more information call (570) 668-1234.
While several bids for road materials and fuel were awarded by Mahoning Township supervisors Tuesday evening, four of them were held up for various reasons and not awarded. Bid awards that were delayed included the bids for 500 tons of 2A, 500 tons of #3 stone and 500 tons of #1 stone while a fourth bid for 89 octane gasoline was rejected and supervisors decided to re-advertise that bid for 87 octane gasoline instead.
Memorial Day was as busy as Sunday had been for the Allen O. Delke Post 16, American Legion. It paid one more church visit, which was to Washington Catholic, and then went to Slatedale to help with their ceremony. The last stop before returning to the Post to organize a parade was at the covered bridge over Trout Creek in Slatington.
The parade marched up the hill to Union Cemetery led by the Color Guard and followed by reenactors of the 26th Cavalry, 12th Phillipine Division.
The speaker at the Memorial Day weekend service at St. Joseph's Cemetery in the White Bear section of Summit Hill paid tribute to local soldiers who died in combat.
Carbon County Commissioner William O'Gurek mentioned fellow St. Joseph's Church parishioner Airman George M. Bevich Jr., "Carbon County's first casualty of the Vietnam War."
May 31, 1941
Mr. and Mrs. George Trexler, Washington D.C. visited with the former's mother in Lehighton. Mr. Trexler was Lehighton's first mail carrier. He went to Washington under the late Fourth Assistant Postmaster General James I. Blakeslee and became assistant director of the postal department, which is next in line to Fourth Assistant Postmaster General. Mr. and Mrs. Trexler registered at the County Commissioners office today as voters.
Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the Weissport trailhead.
May 30, 1955 Nesquehoning's Bill Sluck and Lansford's Mike Kerestes both win two events at the Carbon County track and field meet, held at Summit Hill. Sluck captures the 880 and mile, while Kerestes tops the field in the shot put and discus. The Panthers, who capture the team title by one point over Lehighton, also receive firsts from Bussy Earley (440), Charlie Wernett (broad jump) and Mike Midas (high jump). The Indians get top performances from Carl "Skippy" Koons (100) and LaMar Semmel (pole vault).
Swimmers on a muggy Memorial Day ignored posted signs at closed beaches and jumped right into the storm-fed muddy waters at Tuscarora State Park just north of Tamaqua.
Slatington Lions Club
The first outdoor meeting of the Slatington Lions Club will be held at the Skeet Club Grove at 7 p.m. June 5. This meeting is for members and guests only.
Lions celebrating birthday are William Stein (June 2) and Shawn Wanamaker (June 4).
Seven defendants were found to have violated their probations or parole after a hearing in Schuylkill County court this week. They were:
Suzanne Elizabeth Reber, 28, of 288 Wood St., Cumbola, Blyhthe Township, had her probation revoked by President Judge William E. Baldwin and was re-sentenced to serve four to 18 months in the county prison with credit for serving 81 days. Reber pleaded guilty in December 2010 to a charge of retail theft from Walmart Store in Saint Clair and was placed on probation for 30 months.
Meed's free dinner
A free community dinner will be held at Meed's Methodist Church, 126 West Catawissa St., on Wednesday May 30 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Senior boxes will be distributed on Friday, June 1 from 10-11 a.m.
NCFC Ladies Auxiliary
The New Columbus Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary will hold its dinner on Tuesday, June 5 at 6 p.m.
St. John Lutheran
Two Schuylkill County men are jailed, charged with the murder of another county resident by tying him to a tree for 20 hours in extreme heat.
State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the suspects as Keith Allen Reber, 48, of 294 Meadow Drive, Schuylkill Haven, and Daniel W. Dull, 25, of 115 Station Rd., Orwigsburg.
The two are charged in the death of Bryan Robert Smith, 26, of Orwigsburg.
A Schuylkill County man, who is the chief operator of the Greater Pottsville Area Sewer Authority, was arrested today on charges that he submitted false monitoring reports to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as David Kraft, 59, 1210 Pottsville St., Pottsville.
According to the criminal complaint, Kraft allegedly submitted false reports to DEP for the waste water treatment plant's total residual chlorine analysis.
Engine 426 prepares to pull its train load of passengers out of the station in Jim Thorpe this past Memorial Day weekend as the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway kicked of its 2012 train ride season.
Beaches were closed and water was muddy and deep at Tuscarora State Park after Saturday's drenching rain storm. But warnings of off-limits holiday destinations didn't deter a few hundred swimmers and picknickers from enjoying the summertime destination on Memorial Day.