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Monday, July 7, 2014

State Rep. Doyle Heffley will tour the Mauch Chunk Opera House and meet with local business owners to discuss legislation that would exempt the holders of liquor licenses located in a historic district from the liquor code's noise restrictions.

The opera house is one of these buildings, is not soundproof and cannot be altered to comply with the rules.

The meeting will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Opera House.

Monday, July 7, 2014
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Beltzville State Park manager Devin Buzzard said medical crews were called for a potential drowning victim at about 7 p.m. Saturday. The woman was in a designated swimming area at the beach, and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, and then flown to a Lehigh Valley hospital.

Franklin Township Firefighters and Lehighton paramedics assisted at the scene. No other information was available Monday.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday hired Joseph Scribbick of Minersville as the county's new solid waste and recycling coordinator.

Scribbick, who will be paid $34,435 a year beginning July 7, replaces Lee Raring.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Louisiana man was flown to the hospital following an early morning crash Sunday in Mahoning Township.

At 5:30 a.m. Mahoning Township Police investigated a single-vehicle crash on Orioles Drive.

 A Mercury Milan driven by Pasquale Verrastro Jr. of Mahoning Township was traveling west at a high rate of speed when the vehicle went off the roadway, striking a tree.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

LONG POND – Penske Racing’s Juan Pablo Montoya has won the Pocono INDYCAR 500 Fueled by Sunoco. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Schuylkill county man is dead after a fire ripped through his home overnight in South Cass Township.

Neighbors tried knocking down the front door of the home on S. Maple Ave. but failed.

Firefighters from eight companies from throughout the county responded to the scene.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a second little girl has died after a dresser toppled onto her and her sister.

Beaver County Coroner Teri Tatolovich Rossi says 3-year-old Ryeley Beatty died Sunday at Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville. She was taken there Friday after the dresser fell on her and her 2-year-old sister, Brooklyn, at their home in Aliquippa (al-uh-KWIH'-puh).

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Beltzville State Park manager Devin Buzzard said emergency medical crews were called for a potential drowning victim at about 7 p.m. Saturday. 

The woman was in a designated swimming area at the beach, and was taken by ambulance to Blue Mountain Health System’s Gnaden Huetten campus in Lehighton.

Franklin Township Firefighters and Lehighton paramedics assisted at the scene.

We'll update as more information becomes available.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A passenger of a disabled tour bus had to be rescued Sunday morning after falling down a steep embankment.

The incident began just after 8 a.m. when the bus had mechanical difficulties in the north bound lanes of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania at the 80.6 mile marker.

Some of the passengers left the bus and one of them fell down a steep embankment.

Franklin township firefighters used steep terrain rescue gear to bring the victim back to the roadway.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A high-rise blaze that killed a fire lieutenant started in a pinched electrical cord in a cluttered apartment, fire officials said Sunday, adding that the fire had been ruled accidental.