Cementon, the birthplace of Pennsylvania's cement industry, became so because of its abundance of limestone deposits. For more than a century, over half a dozen companies have quarried this resource and helped to build projects as grand as the Empire State Building and the Panama Canal.
Ex-quarry is repurposed
Several individuals are facing drug charges following two separate incidents at the a firemens carnival being held in Mount Pocono last week.
Pocono Mountain Regional police said about 9:18 p.m. on July 24 officers observed a suspicious activity in the parking lot of the carnival. Officers observed four individuals inside a vehicle and made contact with them after they exited the vehicle. After speaking with the occupants officers returned to the suspect vehicle and observed a large amount of drug paraphernalia and narcotics inside the vehicle.
A Summit Hill man was arrested after police conducted a traffic stop and learned there were warrants out for his arrest.
According to Summit Hill police, on June 30, at 10:05 p.m., police were conducting a traffic patrol when they stopped a vehicle for a lighting violation.
An investigation revealed that the driver, Ian Thrasher, 35 of 42 E. Ludlow St., Apt. 3, had warrants out on him in Michigan and Florida. He was taken into custody. It was later discovered that Thrasher also had drug paraphernalia and some controlled substance in his possession.
The Panther Valley School Board re-opened and extended the time to apply for the position of track and field head coach.
In other matters, the board approved the following coaches for the 2012-2013 school year:
Football: Lonnie Hazlet, $4,275; Paul McArdle, $2,125; Broc Hazlet, $2,125; Ben Tkach, $1,825; Matt Davis, $1,800; Jon Williams, $1,800; John Ruzicka, $1,630; Richard Zabroski, Bill Hutt and Ed Kennedy, all volunteers.
Volleyball: Nancy Filer, $3,500; LouAnn Brida, Debbie Yusella and Lori Dacey, all volunteers.
N.J. girl responds after grandpa's heart attack
Desperate situations can bring out the best in people, and stories of individual heroism are often associated with our adult emergency responders.
If ever there was a poster child for young responders it would be 12-year old Miranda Bowman of Burlington Township, N.J. She was recently returning home with her grandfather, Paul Parker, after an afternoon of go-karting when the 63-year-old man told her he wasn't feeling well.
July 31, 1945
Sgt. Clifford J. Knappenberger of Mauch Chunk has been recommended for the Soldier's Medal for heroic conduct not involving conflict with the enemy. On the afternoon of June 15, 1945, at Linz, Austria, Sgt. Knappenberger exhibited exemplary courage and heroism by saving a young girl from drowning. The girl was swimming in a harbor about 100 yards from his guard post. He dove into the water fully dressed with heavy boots to rescue her. On reaching shore, it was necessary for the soldier to apply artificial respiration and the girl was successfully revived.
Street paving will be taking place in the borough of Coaldale starting Monday, Aug. 6. Drivers should be alert and are asked to use caution as street closure and new traffic patterns are in place.
Residents are asked to be on the look out for the posting of signs as no parking will be permitted during the time of paving.
Streets to be paved include sections of Lehigh Street and sections of High Street.
A St. Clair man is facing charges in Rush Township following a traffic stop last Thursday.
Keith Lash II, 29, was stopped along State Road at 9:27 p.m. for suspected traffic violations. Due to his actions, officers suspected he was operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance. He was transported to a Pottsville Hospital for blood tests.
Charges are pending the results of the blood test.
Lehighton police reported on two arrests made recently by officers.
Jamie Lynn Bauder, 29, of 102 Bridge St., Lehighton, was cited for harassment following an altercation which resulted in physical contact with another individual. The incident occurred on Monday, June 25, in the 100 block of Bridge St., police said.
Moyer's Grove Campground and Country RVs in Hobbie is inviting Carbon and Schuylkill residents to participate in 'Funtastic Make A Wish Weekend' on August 10, 11 and 12.
The event will include food, baked goods and entertainment. Saturday will feature magician Terry Lasorda at 3 p.m. Sunday will include church service by Mark Rissinger at 10:30, followed by John Carver Productions.
The event will help make possible the power of a wish for a child in need. Emcees for the weekend will be DJ Shawn and DJ Mitch.
A McAdoo man pleaded guilty to theft from a Tamaqua area coal company and with 12 other defendants, who pleaded guilty to various criminal charges, were sentenced in the Schuylkill County Court by Judge John E. Domalakes as follows:
Pocono Mountain Regional police reported the arrest of a Monroe County woman following a domestic incident in which a handgun and sword were used.
Police said on Friday, July 27, about 10:25 p.m. they were dispatched to 92 Lenape Trail, Long Pond, in the Emerald Lakes development, for a domestic dispute.
On scene Zasha Sanchez, 24, of that address, stated that her mother, Emerida Sanchez, 61, pointed a handgun at her and cut her neck with a sword.
West Nile virus is present in Carbon County.
According to a report by the Pennsylvania West Nile Control Program, released Monday, the first mosquito sample that has tested positive for West Nile virus in the county this year was found in Palmerton.
The sample was the 17th mosquito collected and eighth tested in the county.
This is the 926th reported positive result in the state this year.
A total of 40 out of the 67 counties have discovered the virus in mosquitoes; while 15 counties have had dead bird positive results.
A number of defendants recently waived their right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua, as their cases proceeded through the criminal court system.
Gary Leland Scott Jr., 25, of 14 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and criminal mischief by Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods. The charges stem from a June 17 incident.
Bail was set at $50,000. Unable to post the required 10 percent, Scott was incarcerated in the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville.
Q. I have a nasty-looking scar that shows only when I wear a bathing suit. I'd like to get rid of it, if possible. What's available?
There is no procedure yet that will make a scar disappear completely. However, there are treatments to make a scar less noticeable. These include:
Surgical scar revision
A Schuylkill County man was jailed on Monday, July 30, following a domestic assault incident.
State police at Frackville were called to 249 W. Preston Ave., Girardville, about 9 p.m. for a report of a domestic dispute.
On scene the victim, a 24-year-old female whose name was not released, claimed her husband, James Rooney, 26, had subjected her to physical contact and during the course of the dispute, she claimed a firearm was involved. Troopers noted she showed no signs of injuries.
A Carbon County man is facing a charge of firearms not to be carried without a license.
Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith said Robert John Semko, 47, of 261 E. Railroad St., Nesquehoning, is facing the charge following an incident that occurred about 11:58 a.m. on June 23.
Smith said at the time stated he and Officer Chad McGowan responded to a report of a male behind the Panther Creek Co-Generation Plant off Dennison Road, intoxicated, armed and suicidal driving a Jeep Cherokee.
A hot day's night in a compressor room
If you haven't seen the work of industrial designer Nic East, then you have been missing one of the premier artistic experiences in Jim Thorpe. With his wife Eileen, he operates Hill Home Forge-a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired combination home, bed-and-breakfast, and workshop for this designer of metal, wood and glass artworks.
East's latest project is a redesign of Hill Home Forge's kitchen cabinetry. He designed a set of custom drawer pulls for the new cabinetry and realized that he would need a fixture to position the knobs.
It was nearly a week ago when the Franklin Township Hurricanes were the team taking advantage of fielding miscues by the opposition, earning them a victory in the opening game of the best-of-three Keystone Senior Babe Ruth League Championship series.
Monday night, however, it was a complete role reversal as the Pocono Mountain Outlaws were the squad cashing in on mistakes made by the Hurricanes in the decisive third game of the series.
A community treasure in Palmerton known for its picturesque look may be even more aesthetically pleasing than ever before.
The supporters who helped make the impressive transformation complete at the Palmerton Memorial Pool attended a dedication of the new pool area on Sunday.
Complete with eight autumn blaze maple trees, a refurbished pavilion, and new volleyball court, the new pool area is a welcome addition to the facility.
State police at Schuylkill Haven are invesetigating a theft from vehicle incident.
Troopers said Todd J. Cloak, 38, of Reading, reported his Ford 150 truck with trailer attached was parked at 2100 Market St., West Brunswick Township, when someone entered the unlocked trailer. Removed from the trailer was a Stihl FS90R weed whacker, a Stihl MS290 chainsaw, and a Echo blower. The estimated valued of the stolen items was $1,100. Cloak operates Todd J. Cloak & Evergreen Landscaping business.
July 31, 1974 Ed Shubeck's two-run homer in the fifth inning starts a five-run rally that helps Lansford come back for an 8-7 victory over Jim Thorpe in Panther Valley Little League tournament play. Emmett McCall delivers a two-run single during the big frame and also earns the pitching win in relief. Dave Stanko and McCall each finish with two hits and a pair of runs scored while Shubeck also ends with two hits. The winners also receive a hit and run scored from Tony Dominic and Frank Rossi.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Allentown public schools signed a federal oversight plan Monday after a judge called their response to reports that a 12-year-old was molesting first-graders in a boys' bathroom "wholly inadequate."
The consent decree comes weeks after the school district settled a lawsuit with four families for $825,000. The U.S. Department of Justice had joined the 2006 lawsuit.
"The Amazing Spider-Man" is appropriately titled.
This is one swinging "Spider-Man," especially if you see the Marvel Comics-based movie in the Imax 3D format.
Spider-Man's web-spinning and zinging from skyscraper to skyscraper is a sight to behold.
"The Amazing Spider-Man" has several sequences which are tantamount to an aerial ballet.
As for other aspects of "The Amazing Spider-Man" not so amazing.
The storyline utilizes the oft-used mad scientist turned monster plot.
A Carbon County resident is facing drug charges following an incident that occurred last year.
Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith said Dante Matos, 24, of 123 W. Railroad St., Nesquehoning, has been charged with possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, possession (three counts), and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on aor about June 28.
Conservation volunteer Dave McSurdy will present an "Indians of Pennsylvania" program on Saturday, Aug. 4, in the Locust Lake Amphitheater at 6:30 p.m.
This program presents the artifacts and the story of Pennsylvania's original inhabitants.
The artifacts are made of stone, bark, and clay and include the skins of animals.
The program will be held in the Locust Lake pavilion in case of rain. The program will be cancelled in the event of thunder/lightning storms.
Special to the TIMES NEWS
The Cressona Band will be presenting two concerts in the area.
On Sunday, August 5, at they will appear at Heisler's Dairy Bar, Lewistown Valley from 4-6 p.m. The concert is free to the public and is being sponsored by Heisler's. Please bring a lawn chair. For more info, please call 622-8784.
In the first game of a double header, Lehigh Valley clung to a 2-0 lead with a man on third. IronPig starter, Tyler Cloyd, had made a living all season being calm and successful in getting out of jams such as this.
Stepping to the plate was major league veteran Bill Hall. The momentum started to swing to the Norfolk Tide in the same manner it had recently fallen for the IronPigs. Then the sound of the bat left a collective groan from the crowd as the ball headed to the left field gap.