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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Theresa M. Schott won the Democratic primary for supervisor in Banks Township.

With 130 votes, she defeated challengers David L. Davidovich (90 votes) and Nicholas Petrole (50 votes).

Although there were no Republican candidates, a total of 48 write-in votes were cast.

The results of the write-ins weren't compiled, but it appears likely she will have a Republican opponent in November.

For an auditor post in the township, there were no candidates. There were 16 write-in Republican votes cast and 94 Democrat votes recorded.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Family and friends of Harold "HT" Fryer, 19, came together to organize a food and band benefit at the New England Fire Company in Tamaqua to help HT and his family overcome thousands of dollars worth of accruing medical expenses. Fryer is a 2009 Tamaqua Area High School graduate who was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia while in boot camp with the U.S. Navy. Pictured with HT and his girlfriend are Ahsley Palsgrove, center, and Story of Another band members lead guitarist Carl Wittig, singer and guitarist Jacob Kulick, drummer and vocalist Drew Bonner and bass player Jerome Betz.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Broadway Grille in Jim Thorpe was the setting for the 2011 Annual Dinner Meeting of the United Way of Carbon County (UWCC). Along with dinner and the agency's meeting, those attending also watched a Power-Point presentation and a presentation by Carbon County Friends of Animals. Pictured in photo are, front : Donna Lennon (left), VP Agency Distributions; and Dr. Lisa Bleicher, VP Campaign Fundraising.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Nine candidates ran for the office of county commissioner in Schuylkill County and the four top vote getters in Tuesday's Primary Election, two each on the Republican and Democratic ballots, will now face off in the General Election next November with the top three vote getters winning three commissioner seats.

Winning the nomination on the Republican ballot were Frank Staudenmeier, the current minority commissioner who will be seeking to be elected to his third term, and newcomer to politics, George Halcovage, an insurance agent.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The borough of Nesquehoning recently bought a new smaller sized garbage truck to add to its fleet. The 20 cubic yard truck has a rear load compactor mounted on an International Chassis costing $159,500. The truck will be used for smaller pick ups. Seen are left to right Mark Stromelo, council president; Barry Messerschmidt from Kovatch; Dave Hawk, councilman; and RoniSue Ahner, secretary treasurer of the borough.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Tamaqua Water Filtration plant, part of a $15 million water improvement project recently completed by the Tamaqua Area Water Authority, was formally dedicated during a brief ceremony today. The half hour program was hosted by Joseph R. Lopez, chairman of the authority. Gladfelter gamve some of the history of the project, which began with a DER mandate to treat surface water and launched the project in 1889.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Seventeen area residents were among 60 who were arraigned Monday at the Schuylkill County Courthouse on criminal charges and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested trial by jury. They were:

James Paul Weeks, 45, of 177 Marion Avenue, Tamaqua, charged by Rush Township Patrolman Richard Bekesy, with harassment of Penny Chescattle, of 88 E. Main St., Quakake, last Dec. 29 and disorderly conduct.

Matthew Ryan Frederick, 22, of 114 N. Greenwood St., Tamaqua, charged by Tamaqua Patrolman Matthew Bynon, with driving under the influence (DUI) and careless drving.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Weissport Council members studied old ordinances and realized that many need updating.

The search through the old ordinance books was prompted by Dawson Beers, a resident of White Street, who wanted to know if there was a dog ordinance that covered a dog barking inside a multiple unit building. Beers made the request at the regular meeting of Weissport Council on Monday night.

Beers also questioned whether bicyclists had the right to ride a bike on sidewalks.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Newcomers easily won their party's nominations to five 4-year terms on the Palmerton Area school board.

The election results come on the heels of a 12.6-percent property tax increase.

The total Democratic votes: Tammy L. Recker, 717; Josann M. Harry, 635; Sherry A. Cseh White, 520; Joshua C. Smale, 475; Charles C. Gildner, 459; incumbent Michael J. Ballard, 424; incumbent Stuart R. Henritzy, 400, and incumbent Carl Bieling Jr., 390. There were also six Democratic write-in votes, according to unofficial results.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured are Tamaqua Historical Society members Bill Harleman, center, and president Dale Freudenberger discussing coal mine artifacts as they set up for Tamaqua's 'A Salute to Schuylkill County's Ethnic and Cultural Heritage' event to be held this Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tamaqua Art Gallery, located at 114 West Broad Street in Tamaqua. The free public event is in honor of Schuylkill County's Bicentennial and will feature an exhibit of 200 years of Schuylkill County ethnic and cultural heritage through photographs, and artifacts presented by the Society.