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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's push for a smaller, nimbler military must now face the scrutiny of a Congress that has spent years battling the Pentagon's vision for a new security strategy.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is proposing to shrink the Army to its smallest size in three-quarters of a century, hoping to reshape the military after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan and roped in by fiscal constraints set by Congress.

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Rush Township Police have a felony warrant for Tonya Napolitano, 30, for theft a firearm and cash.

Anyone knowing her whereabouts are asked to contact the Rush Township Police 570-668-4242, or Schuylkill County Communications Center 570-668-6100.

She is possibly in the Tamaqua Area. All tips will remain confidential.

Monday, February 24, 2014

A Carbon County man, who was charged in connection with a window-smashing spree at the Lansford police station last March, entered guilty pleas in county court Monday.

Carol Stevens Jr., 34, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count each of institutional vandalism and persistent disorderly conduct for the incidents at the police station.

He was charged later the same day with aggravated assault and related offenses for incidents at the office of District Justice Casimir Kosciolek, where he was taken to be arraigned.

Monday, February 24, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

One man suffered burns and 65 residents were evacuated two times after a stubborn fire hit a seven-story apartment complex in downtown Tamaqua Sunday and then rekindled a few hours later.

The blaze, which, according to Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz Jr., was caused by careless smoking, erupted shortly after 9 a.m. in a rear, third-floor apartment of the Majestic Housing Complex, which was occupied by a 60-year-old resident.

Monday, February 24, 2014
Bobby O'Gurek

He can be seen motoring through the streets of Summit Hill on his power-driven wheelchair on any given day. Quietly, he goes about his business, participating in fire company matters, attending borough meetings, visiting friends or on his own personal mission to see someone.

Nobody knows, however, the challenges Bobby O'Gurek has overcome since birth, when he was afflicted with Cerebral Palsy, thus triggering an atypical but productive lifestyle.

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Gypsy Moths are coming, but Carbon County will be somewhat better protected from these green-gobbling insects, thanks to more money out of Harrisburg for preventive spraying.

Thomas Bast, area forest pest management specialist with the state's Bureau of Forestry, spoke of the infusion of new funding as part of an Option 2 statewide allocation of $1.9 million.

Monday, February 24, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A water line break on Bowe Street in Tamaqua early Saturday morning made for a very long day for employees of the Tamaqua Area Water Authority. Just hours before the line broke shortly after midnight Friday, the crew and equipment were busy removing snow from borough streets. Repairs took approximately six hours to complete. The crew finished the repairs and then went back to the job of snow removal. Tamaqua Public Works Director Rob Jones notes there is a water boil advisory issued for the residents of Bowe Street, in the area of the leak.

Monday, February 24, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lansford police officer Jeff Ohl, left, and Nesquehoning officer Dane O'Brien stand on porch at 439 W. Patterson St., Lansford, where two people were shot on Saturday night. The shooting reportedly was the result of a domestic dispute. Both victims are hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

An apparent domestic dispute in Lansford Saturday night turned violent, and two people were shot.

According to Lansford police, the shooting victims are Melissa Price, 37, and Levi Zagata, 36. Both are fighting for their lives from the injuries sustained at the residence they share at 439 W. Patterson St., police said.

Monday, February 24, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  The former Blue Ridge Country Club, at 2230 Fireline Road, Palmerton, has been sold to Blue Ridge LLC, and has been renamed Blue Shamrock Golf Club.

Several months after its closure, the former Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton has been sold.

Tim Nagle, president of Blue Ridge LLC, based in the Lehigh Valley, said the company purchased the 315-acre property from First Northern Bank and Trust Co., Palmerton.

The property, located at 2230 Fireline Road, will now be called the Blue Shamrock Golf Club, said Nagle, who declined to comment on the actual purchase price.

Nagle said the golf course could be open by the end of March, weather permitting. The indoor facility could be open by early April, he said.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Family-owned and locally operated Koch's Turkey Farm will end the year-round operations of its Lewistown Valley retail store on March 31. The former retail space will be converted to administrative offices for the company's rapidly growing wholesale business.

Koch's Turkey management team will offer innovative retail locations during the holiday seasons to provide the community with Koch's products. In addition, Koch's continues to offer their products, year-round at the Hometown Farmer's Market, Tamaqua, and is continuously working on partnerships with regional grocery chains.