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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pocono Greyhound Adoption will be hosting a meet and greet at Tractor Supply Co., 486 Blakeslee Blvd., Lehighton, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 20.

Visit, or phone 570-856-0377 for more information about adopting or fostering a greyhound.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A $196,200 state grant will improve public safety by financing additional streetscape improvements in Tamaqua Borough, according to Sen. David G. Argall (R-29).

After a competitive vetting process, the grant was only one of 62 approved across the state by the Commonwealth Financing Authority through the Multimodal Transportation Program.

"The positive impact of this project for the Tamaqua community certainly played a role in this project receiving consideration over numerous other applicants from throughout Pennsylvania," Argall said.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

HARRISBURG Local volunteer fire departments and emergency medical services organizations can apply for grants through the Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, according to Sen. David G. Argall, R-29.

Grants may be used for the purchase or repair of firefighting or rescue equipment, construction or renovation costs for facilities, training or debt reduction. Awards range from $2,500 to $15,000 for volunteer fire companies and rescue companies or $10,000 for volunteer ambulance companies.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Schuylkill County jury has found a Mahanoy City man guilty of attempted murder after he beat a woman, poured bleach on her and then set her home on fire last December.

The jury on Sept. 2 found Joseph C. Yeich, 28, guilty of criminal attempt to commit first degree murder, aggravated assault, causing a catastrophe, arson, criminal mischief and recklessly endangering another person. They reached the verdicts after two days of testimony and deliberations.

Yeich remains in Schuylkill County prison awaiting sentencing.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Count students in the Northern Lehigh School District among those who are dissatisfied with their food menu offerings.

Superintendent Michael Michaels told the school board on Monday that the district has concerns over the issue, and said the students don't like the menus.

"We're very concerned with the meals that are being served (districtwide)," Michaels said. "(The students) said they would rather not eat than eat what they're being served."

Thursday, September 11, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Angela Nardini sings the Nation Anthem as Gil Henry, chaplain for the Jim Thorpe American Legion Penn Kidder VFW, salutes the flag.

Thirteen years removed from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the threat of violence against the United States is very much alive.

That notion was a common theme running throughout Carbon County's Patriot Day ceremony, held this morning in Jim Thorpe's Josiah White Park.

"We've made progress, but evil still exists," said State Sen. John Yudichak, D-14, guest speaker.

Yudichak was referring to ISIS, the militant terror group in Syria recently in the news after video surfaced of their members beheading an American journalist.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Thrivent Financial gas card roundup to benefit the Krysta Hankee Memorial Fund will be held Oct. 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Split Rock Golf Club.

Golfers will be given a discounted rate for 9 or 18 holes throughout the day. Donations to the Krysta Hankee Memorial Fund's gas card program will enter players into various games and raffles. The program provides gas gift cards to families needing help offsetting the increasing costs related to ongoing medical travel.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Lehighton Area School District is seeking $52.5 million in funding for three proposed building projects, and financing from a local bank could be part of that equation.

Six area banks responded to the district's request for information related to financing for a proposed K-5 primary elementary center and renovations to Lehighton's middle and high schools.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Tamaqua Rescue Squad's annual membership drive is currently under way with fund drive brochures recently mailed to local residents.

Operating separately from the Tamaqua Fire Department and Tamaqua Community Ambulance Association, the TRS does not receive any funds designated by Tamaqua Borough Council for those organizations.

Squad secretary and director Robert J. 'Bucky' Derr explained the need for the drive.

"Rising operational costs are making it more difficult to meet our needs. Therefore, we are reaching out to our community for assistance."

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pocono Greyhound Adoption will be holding its annual picnic from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Pocono Township Fire Hall, Route 611 in Tannersville.

All greyhounds and their families are welcome (please do not bring other breeds of dog).

There will be vendors, silent auction, raffles, greyhound games, and a blessing of the hounds. Soft drinks, water, and cake will be provided.

Attendees should bring lunch if desired, a blanket for the hounds, and lawn chairs. This event is held indoors, rain or shine.