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Friday, August 2, 2013

The Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool, after being closed all season for repairs, had its official opening on Saturday.

Just prior to the opening, several councilmen inspected the pool and discovered some cracks on the finish of the pool's new floor.

Within the first 15 minutes of opening, about 300 youngsters entered. Though the sky was cloudy and a slight breeze was felt, the temperature held in the upper 80s and low 90s for swimmers.

There was no admission charge Saturday, but the fee will be 25 cents per day for the remainder of the season.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Carbon County is working to ensure accuracy for 911 calls.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve a professional services agreement with Essential Management Solutions, Inc. of Pottsville, for wireless accuracy testing and post deployment and validation services, Wireless Tower Management System and Watchdog implementation. The cost of the project is $104,992 and will be funded through Act 56.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

For the 2014 Campaign, the John E. Morgan Foundation presented the Schuylkill United Way Pacesetters Club with two opportunities to help the community.

The foundation will, for the third consecutive year, match all new dollars donated to the Pacesetters Club during the 2014 Campaign. New Pacesetters who join will have their donation matched 100 percent, while current club members who increase their donation over last year will have their increase matched by the $50,000 matching grant.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Tamaqua Lions sponsored a successful bloodmobile on July 26. A total of 119 pints were collected, and 11 donors were deferred.

Hitting the one-gallon mark were Patricia Herring, Roxanne Farrell, Wayne Schickram, John C. Heisler and Richard Sassaman.

Rhea Schuetrumpf reached the two-gallon mark and John P. Malarkey is up to seven gallons.

Thursday, August 1, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during the opening of a new softball complex in Rush Township are, front from left, Bud Lausterer, Mike Nichols, Chuck Joseph, Stacy Kerstetter, and back, George Donnon, Wayne Postupack, Bert Seltzer and Mike Hromyak.

After about two years of planning and a full year of construction, the Tamaqua Area Girls Youth Softball Association (TAGYSA) now has a place they can call home in Rush Township.

Noticing the lack of a permanent location for the girls and challenges involved, association members, volunteers and community members came together in a campaign to give the girls a diamond of their own.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Another 1,000 bridges in Pennsylvania will be slapped with additional weight restrictions as a consequence of declining funding for repairs and the Legislature's failure to approve higher gas taxes and motorist fees since the 1990s, the state's top transportation official warned senators Wednesday.

The move being considered by Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch could increase the number of weight-restricted bridges about 50 percent in the coming months, with the first new restrictions appearing as early as August.

Thursday, August 1, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Ed Kashmer of Tamaqua recently donated his hair to Wigs For Kids. He said it takes him just over a year to grow 12 inches of hair.

Thursday, August 1, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/times news

An arch formed by the boom of an 80-foot Genie High Reach creates a temporary entrance to Broadway in Jim Thorpe, as Laurie Holland watches Mike McGinley work from its basket to paint fourth-floor dormers on a building being restored by Tom and Betty Lou McBride.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

St. Mary's Ukrainian Church, 210 Blaine St. McAdoo, will hold its sixth annual Homecoming Picnic Aug. 16-18.

There will be specialty food items, baked items, refreshments and daily entertainment.

Hours are Friday from 6-10 p.m., Saturday from 1-10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Thursday, August 1, 2013
bob ford/times news

Gilberton Chief of Police Mark Kessler was suspended last night for 30 days without pay as a result of videos he filmed and posted on YouTube of him firing automatic weapons and spewing profanities. More than 100 people showed up at the Gilberton Borough Hall (Schuylkill County) for the meeting of the council, including news media from as far away as Philadelphia. The suspension was by a 5-1 vote of the borough council.