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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A Tamaqua woman has been sentenced to a state prison term after she pleaded guilty to assault counts.

Kelly Gabrielle Bredamus, 44, of 18 E. Mauch Chunk St., Tamaqua, was sentenced by Judge James P. Goodman in Schuylkill County court to serve two and a half to five years in a state correctional institution after pleading guilty to a charge of criminal attempt to commit aggravated assault.

The charge was brought by Tamaqua Patrolman Karl Harig, who said on Oct. 12, 2012, she attempted to stab Calvin Smith, same address, with a steak knife following a domestic dispute.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A total of 41 employees of the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 were placed in a furlough pool by the district's board of directors at the monthly meeting held Monday evening at the Maple Avenue Campus in Norwegian Township. The pool include 12 professional staff members, six full-time teacher aides, and 23 part-time teacher aides.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS A firefighter covered in foam walks from the interior of the burning garage in Franklin Township on Monday afternoon.

Four Carbon County area fire departments battled a blaze early Monday afternoon in an oversized garage that threatened adjacent woodlands in Franklin Township.

Bob Getz of 495 Maury Road, Franklin Township, said the garage caught fire after wind picked up and spread a fire he had started to burn cardboard. Getz was burning on the ground in an area about 20 feet from the structure.

"The wind picked up and the fire rushed to the grass and then spread to the garage," said Getz. "The barn is made out of pressboard and its old and dry. I didn't think it would go up that quick."

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Northern Lehigh School District remains determined to recoup about $245,000 in back payments it's owed from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

On an 8-0 vote, the school board agreed on Monday to approve a resolution urging increased state funding for school construction and renovation projects. Director Natalie Green was absent.

For the district, the resolution pertains specifically to the reimbursement it's owed by PDE for last year's $20.4 million renovation project at Slatington Elementary.

Monday, April 8, 2013
HEATHER BASCICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Earlier this year, the Jim Thorpe Police Department hosted the annual Policeman's Ball in Jim Thorpe. The proceeds from the Policeman's Ball goes towards different organizations every year. This year, many of the proceeds went to local food pantries at Ebenezer Church, St. Joseph's Church, and Grace St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Each of the food pantries received two boxes of food and a check for $200. Representatives of the three food pantries met with members of JT Borough Council and the Policeman's Ball Committee to receive their donations.

Monday, April 8, 2013
DONALD SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

When the sun rose Saturday workers began boarding up the apartment building at 329-331 E. Center St., SR54, Mahanoy City, after an early morning fire killed two, injured another, and displaced several neighbors.

Monday, April 8, 2013

The National Water Works Corp., purchasers of the Mauch Chunk Water Co., serving in East Mauch Chunk, have made tests of the fire plugs in East Mauch Chunk. They found no pressure north of Sixth Street. The company has offered to improve the pressure and pass the costs onto consumers, but has received word that an organized committee will fight the water company regarding this. The Water Company is asking a rate of $30 for each water plug, but the council objects to the request.

Monday, April 8, 2013

State Reps. Neal P. Goodman and Doyle Heffley have introduced legislation (H.B. 1125) that would ensure property owners are not held responsible for hunting violations committed by those granted permission to hunt on their land.

Goodman, D-Schuylkill, and Heffley, R-Carbon, agreed to work together on the legislation after meeting with farmers from their legislative districts. The legislation has long been a top priority of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.

Monday, April 8, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Averie Brode, 7, daughter of Robert Brode and Lauren Thompson, a student at Schuylkill Haven Elementary School, was named 2013 Miss Poppy for the Lehighton Auxiliary Unit 314. From left are, Gladys Balliet, president; Larue Fritz, poppy chairman; Brode and Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig. Brode takes part in soccer, dance, basketball and cheering. Lehighton Auxiliary 314 will be accepting "poppy" donations at the Carbon Plaza Mall on April 19 and April 20 and May 3 and May 4. Proceeds are dedicated for veteran projects.