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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Runaway rig crashes in Nesquehoning

Route 93 in the borough of Nesquehoning was closed to traffic after a tractor trailer operator lost control of the rig as he was descending the Broad Mountain. The crash occurred at 4:30 a.m. today as the unit was traveling south. The driver apparently lost control, striking several portions of the guide rails while crossing all three lanes of the roadway. The rig came to rest along the guide rails along the east berm. The saddle tank of the truck tractor was ripped from the unit and was ejected over the guide rails and down a steep embankment of about 60 feet.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Parents, residents, drivers, and monitors continue to voice their concerns about Jim Thorpe Area School District losing bus monitors. The issue, which has been brought up at previous school board meetings, was also brought up at Monday night's meeting.

Last school year JTASD allotted $50,000 to each transportation company, Getz Transportation and Kuhn Transportation, to help pay for bus monitors. Charles Getz of Getz Transportation stated that as of Tuesday the company will be over the $50,000 allotted by the school district and Tuesday will be the last day for the bus monitors.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS In this photo taken last February, Maddox, a chow chow, stands in front of Jan Kolnik of Palmerton, his handler, and Karen Tracy of Franklin Township, his owner. Yesterday Maddox won "Best of Breed" at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

A chow chow dog owned by a Franklin Township woman, whose kennel was destroyed by a devastating fire in March 2009, won the "Best of Breed" honors at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Madison Square Garden on Monday.

Maddox, who is registered with the AKC as GCH Liontamers Dial 1-800-Hotstuff, won the honors in his third appearance at Westminster.

Karen Tracy, who co-owns Maddox with Gerry and Richard Richards of Maryland, said before the show that Maddox will be retiring after this year's event.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Northern Lehigh School District has agreed to borrow an additional $10 million to help afford a $21.5 million renovation project to Slatington Elementary.

The school board unanimously agreed on Monday to approve the bond resolution as presented by bond council to authorize the issuance of general obligations debt services of 2011 in that amount.

That action came after the board heard a presentation on the resolution from Les Bear, the district's financial consultant.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Carbon County Special Olympics will hold track and field training from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20; Feb. 27 and March 6 at the L.B. Morris Elementary Gymnasium, Jim Thorpe. The school is located on the east side of Jim Thorpe.

Floor hockey athletes should report to training at 6 p.m. Wednesday, at Memorial Hall as previously scheduled.

Athletes/coaches/volunteers should be prepared with comfortable gym-wear including sneakers. Water bottles are encouraged.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Palmerton Lions Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, at the Fireline Hotel, Bowmanstown. Any individual or business interested in learning more about Lionism, or attending a club meeting may contact membership chairperson Nick Hawkey at (610) 826-6465 or you may email him at hawkeys@gmail.com.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Ron gower/times news

St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Summit Hill held "Soup-er Bowl Sunday" to benefit the food pantry in that community. Rev. John Hazel, rear, pastor of the church, looks on as Natalie Vermillion, 4, left, and her sister, Abigail, 6, make first contributions. Holding containers are Brian Fisher, 13, second from right, and Maxwell Vermillion, 9.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Larry Neff/Special to The TIMES NEWS

A Lehighton woman was injured Monday morning when involved in a crash along SR443 in East Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County. The crash occurred just after 9 a.m. just west of the West Penn Township line. State police at Frackville said Debra Buss, 53, was eastbound when her car left the road and struck an embankment and then several trees. The vehicle came to rest in a wooded area. She was treated at the scene by members of the New Ringgold ambulance then flown via Medevac helicopter to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Penn Haven Gun Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 3907 Buck Mountain Road, Weatherly.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The 2011 Presidents Day Drawing and Essay Contests, sponsored by the Lehighton Area Republican Club, is open to open to all elementary-level school children, public, charter, parochial, private and home-schooled, who reside within the limits of Lehighton Area School District.