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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Heavy rains are having an impact on roadways in Polk Township.

On Monday, township supervisors discussed the matter, noting that shoulders and swales are deteriorating rapidly because of the recent storms.

"The heavy rains have caused some shoulders to break down and we have been working to get them repaired," said Chairman Brian Ahner.

"Every time we catch up, we seem to get more rain."

Ahner also brought up the possibility of looking into lowering the speed limit at a curve on Burger Hollow Road.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series continued last week with the special blues touch of Bev Conklin and the BC Combo. The concerts are offered free to the public every other Thursday through the summer.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Lehigh County woman pleaded to one count of hindering police while a Carbon female admitted her part in the theft of coins.

Both defendants appeared before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II on Monday.

Amy Lynn Tessitore, 28, of Allentown, pleaded to hindering the apprehension of a wanted person.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

March 3: Gov. Tom Wolf gives his inaugural budget address, calling for a $30 million state budget that would raise the sales tax 0.6 percentage points and broaden it to include more services, raise the personal income tax 0.7 percentage points, cut some business taxes while eliminating corporate tax loopholes, and enact a severance tax on natural gas production.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
PRESS PHOTO BY SUSAN BRYANT State Reps. Justin Simmons, R-131, Bryan Cutler, R-100, and Gary Day, R-187, listen as state Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-122, discuss the impacts of the state budget stalemate Tuesday in front of Cedarbrook Nursing Home, South Whitehall Township.

The sweltering late July sun beaming down during a press conference held by three Republican state legislators Tuesday morning.

But State Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon, joined Lehigh Valley lawmakers in saying it's the social services organizations that are sweating out Gov. Tom Wolf's "Washington-style politics."

They reinforced their displeasure with Wolf's veto of the entire GOP-crafted budget during a press event at Cedarbrook Nursing Home in Allentown.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Charles Grant

Lansford police are looking for the following people. Anyone who knows where they might be is asked to contact police at 570-645-5844.

David Lehman, 26, whose last known address was 2 Teaberry Lane, New Ringgold. Lehman is charged with possession of a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy, and possession of drug paraphernalia following an incident on April 29.

Rachael French, 27, whose last known address was 216 E. Snyder Ave, Lansford. French is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, and harassment.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Special to the Times News

The Legion Riders recently donated $300 to Panther Valley JROTC. Front row: Wendy Butrie, Legion Rider treasurer; Joe Butrie, Legion Rider president; McKenzie Lazar LTC. Battalion Commander, Panther Valley JROTC. Back row: Larry Warner, Legion Rider road captain; Dave Makara, Legion Rider, major; Gerald New, Panther Valley JROTC; Prissy Benek, secretary JROTC Boosters; Gail Christopher-Lazar, vice president, JROTC Boosters.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Employees of DBI Services in Hazleton recently raised money for the Carbon County Animal Shelter through a take your dog to work day. The business raised $700 plus supplies, which were given to the county on Thursday. Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard said the shelter is happy for the donation, which will be used to offset operational costs and care for the dogs until they are adopted.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

In other business at Summit Hill borough council on Monday:

Ÿ Plans already are being made to host a Hootenanny event in 2016. The council gave permission for use of Ludlow Park and the community center for this event next June 26 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Join naturalist Robin Tracey at Beltzville State Park in Carbon County on Aug. 5 for a hike on the Christman and Cove Ridge trails.

The hike is 6 miles in length and moderate in difficulty.

The trails traverse through an evergreen forest and runs parallel to the lake. Along the way is a beautiful waterfall.

Meet in the Christman Trail parking lot located on Pohopoco Drive at 10:30 a.m. Bring a lunch or snacks.

Call Tracey at 570-467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information or weather conditions.