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Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has closed the beach at Beltzville State Park in Carbon County to swimming effective today, because of high bacterial counts in water samples.

The beach will remain closed as a precaution until acceptable water sample results are received. DCNR has posted signs at the beach.

Other activities at Beltzville State Park, such as picnicking, fishing, boating and hiking, are proceeding as usual.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The newly named East Penn Conference, made up of 18 teams of the Lehigh Valley Conference and Mountain Valley Conference, unveiled its new logo and schedules for its opening season at Woodstone Country Club on Wednesday morning.

Pleasant Valley, the lone Times News area school in the new conference, will be one of the teams in the three division setup with five other MVC schools. For football, there will be two 9-team divisions.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Tamaqua won the PIAA baseball game this afternoon against Jersey Shore by a score of 4-3.

Tamaqua took a 1-0 lead early in the game, but Jersey Shore scored a run in the top of the fifth to tie the game.

In the the bottom of the 7th, the Blue Raiders scored two to win the game.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Lansford police are searching for two Coaldale men they believe robbed resident George Becker on Thursday.

The men are Christopher Keer, 24, of 23 W. Ruddle St. and Joseph Becker of 208 E. High St.

 According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by officer Brian Horos, George Becker came into the police station and said he had been robbed.

Thursday, June 5, 2014
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The next phase of construction for the structurally deficient Route 209 Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge will begin Friday.

This phase will begin a summer of traffic headaches when the southbound lanes of the bridge heading toward Lehighton will be closed.

The southbound traffic will be detoured on Canal and Bridge streets, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced.

Route 209 will be open with a single traffic lane northbound, allowing drivers to travel toward the turnpike.

Thursday, June 5, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The Aquashicola Fire Company is one of 20 finalists among volunteer fire companies in the running to win Johnsonville Sausage's "Best Of Us" nationwide campaign.

Area residents can help determine whether the Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company wins a contest to secure $10,000.

All they must do is vote online at www.johnsonville.com/bestofus before June 20. Votes may be cast once a day up until that time.

The volunteer fire company with the most votes wins not only the money, but also a training library and detection systems for 100 people.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners at a work session Wednesday opened bids from people seeking to buy used vehicles and from companies wanting the job of scanning records for the county's Children and Youth Services Agency.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Lehighton Area High School Concert Choir will be performing in a concert titled "Hope and Remembrance" on Friday at the middle school auditorium.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and a donation will be accepted at the door.

David Perkins, choir director, said this concert will open with a time of remembrance. The choir will perform the "Holocaust Cantata."

This prolific work is by David McCullough and is comprised of songs from the camps.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Pleasant Valley School District made an offer hoping Eldred Township couldn't refuse.

But it did.

The school district offered the Eldred Elementary School to the township for $1. But at Wednesday night's township supervisors' meeting, Supervisor/Secretary Sharon Solt said, "Unfortunately we are rejecting the generous offer."

Solt said PVSD superintendent Carole Geary told the board that it cost the district $75,000 a year to maintain it. It currently has only one tenant, the Pocono Family YMCA with a monthly rent of $475.

Thursday, June 5, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Diesel-powered passenger trains will return to Tamaqua on Sunday, June 15, providing three excursions as part of the 24th Annual Tamaqua Summerfest.

Scenic train excursions will return to Tamaqua on Fathers Day, June 15, as part of the 24th Annual Tamaqua Summerfest, according to the Tamaqua Historical Society.

The diesel-powered trips will utilize the 1831 Little Schuylkill Railroad line, the first railroad in the U.S. to haul anthracite coal using steam power, recognized as the third oldest railroad in the country.