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Saturday, September 10, 2011

George Thear, superintendent of the Panther Valley School District, said the administration, school board education committee, and members of student council met in the high school to discuss a merit and demerit system and air minor problems in the school cafeteria. The session lasted nearly two hours. Thear said a request from the students that they be permitted smoking privileges in a designated outdoor area was denied. He said similar sessions are anticipated throughout the school year.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Kimberly Sword, a native of Nesquehoning, said Sept. 11, 2001, was one day in her life she thought she was going to die.

She was only two blocks east of the World Trade Center when it was attacked by terrorists and collapsed into a colossal cloud of dust and dirt. She was kept inside her office building for over six hours, and didn't know if that building was going to become a target of the attackers.

The event made such an impact that she placed the clothing she wore that day, including the shoes, into a special time capsule for safe keeping.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Glenn Millen of Mahoning Township will be a participant in a special Sept. 11 anniversary program at the New York Jets football game Sunday.

Millen, a captian and a veteran pilot for American Airlines, will represent the airline when a large American flag is unfurled during the pre-game ceremony.

Two pilots and a stewardess from both American Airlines and United Airlines will participate in the program, along with police officers, firefighters, and military personnel. Terrorists used those two airlines in their attacks on the World Trade Center.

Friday, September 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Flash flood waters didn't stop Tamaqua freshmen Bailey Hartung, 14, and Brianna Wittig, 14, from walking through it after getting out of school early.

Friday, September 9, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

County Line road at the border of Mahoning and West Penn townships is covered by the waters of the Mahoning Creek Thursday afternoon.

Friday, September 9, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Diligent Fire Company No. 3 of Jim Thorpe, in conjunction with Dom N Ali's Restaurant on Route 903 in Penn Forest Township, held a benefit golf tournament at Mahoning Valley Country Club on July 17, with the help of 99 golfers and more than 70 sponsors and donations. The golf committee of Ed Lewis, Louis Hall, and Tom Kattner; along with the owners of Dom N Ali's Restaurant, Giuseppe and Michele Buzzetta, raised $7,500 which will be donated to the fire truck fund for the recently acquired 2010 KME Custom Pumper at a price of $448,000.

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Kibler School Committee and the Towamensing Township Historical Commission are holding a Good Old Days celebration on Saturday, Oct. 8, 1-3 p.m. at the school, 6495 Pohopoco Drive, Towamensing Township.

Former one-room school students who attended any of the nine schools in the township are invited to come to Kibler School and share their stories and memories.

Volunteers will be on hand to record the information and ask an occasional question. We will have tables and chairs where the participants will be able to talk without distraction.

Friday, September 9, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Valley Park Road in West Penn Township was covered with the flooding waters of the raging Mahoning Creek.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Money led to the fatally shooting of a New Ringgold man by his son on Wednesday afternoon, police allege.

In the affidavit of probable cause filed by state police in the murder of Franklin Stumhofer Jr., 61, by his son, Franklin Stumhofer Jr., 39, troopers said the son asked his father for money and the father refused. The same motive was listed for the suspect shooting at three relatives following the murder.

Friday, September 9, 2011
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Stranded at the Best Western in Lebanon near the height of flooding early Thursday afternoon. Water reached up to two feet deep in spots around the hotel and several cars at the garage to the right were probably totaled after being totally covered in the flooding Swatara Creek.

An earthquake, a hurricane and tornadoes plagued northeastern and central Pennsylvania through the summer of 2011, but my family and I never dreamed that our long weekend trip to Gettysburg would be curtailed Thursday by epic flooding, but when we woke up at 5:30AM in a Best Western hotel in Lebanon, we discovered that we were running out of time to unload the car in hopes of saving it from the rising fury of the Swatara Creek.