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Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is on the clock.

Gov. Tom Corbett has challenged state lawmakers to get a pension reform package to his desk by the end of the spring. It's a tall order, considering a massive unfunded liability of $47 million, the differing opinions about what the state should do and the complications of an election year.

"I think members recognize the need to do something. The problem is defining what that something is," said state Rep. Glen Grell, R-Cumberland.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission cautions motorists that a 22-mile stretch of the Northeastern Extension (I-476) will be closed in both directions for six hours Sunday between the Mahoning Valley (Exit 74) and Pocono (Exit 95) interchanges.

The closure is necessary for the protection of motorists and workers during removal of steel girders from the bridge that carries Route 903 over the Turnpike at milepost A87 in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County.

Saturday, February 22, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS  Workers from the Tamaqua Water Authority work 12 to 13 hours days attempting to remove the huge mounds of snow left behind by continuous Winter storms.

Tired of the snow? Well, so are the people who have to deal with it on the municipal level.

That fluffy, white stuff many wished for before Christmas has overstayed its welcome in communities throughout the Times News coverage area. Back- to-back-to-back snowstorms have left the area covered in snow banks instead of the coal banks of the past, although the snow piles are beginning to resemble coal banks thanks to road dirt.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Two people were injured following a three-vehicle crash on the McCall Bridge Friday evening.

The crash happened at approximately 5:20 p.m., on Route 209 on the bridge, in Weissport. The crash caused major traffic tie-ups during the busy Friday commute for motorists traveling southbound for approximately 45 minutes.

Saturday, February 22, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS A Pennsylvania State Police Forensics Scientist neutralizes methamphetamine that was found in a home at 11 E. Ruddle St., Coaldale.

A Coaldale resident has been arrested for operating a methamphetamine lab in his home.

Coaldale Police busted the meth lab at 11 E. Ruddle St., at approximately 5 p.m. today.

According to reports, police learned of the lab through a tip earlier Friday afternoon and secured a search warrant hours later.

Within minutes of executing that warrant, it became apparent that methamphetamine was being produced in the half double home. Resident Jason Shiffert, 33, was arrested and the State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team was notified.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Borough of Tamaqua's Street Department will continue removing snow from selected streets this Saturday, as well as on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Saturday, Feb. 22, streets scheduled for snow removal will include: Gay Street, Lafayette to end; Hazel Street, Greenwood to Elizabeth; Schuylkill Avenue, Mauch Chunk to SR309.

Streets scheduled for Monday, Feb. 24, are: Greenwood Street, Broad to end; Oak Street, Orwigsburg to Van Gelder; Coal Street, Spruce to Van Gelder.

Friday, February 21, 2014
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nesquehoning removes snow Matt Miller, Nesquehoning borough street employee, dumps snow that  he removed from Catawissa Street. The borough and three other private  dump trucks helped to removed the snow along the business street. The  snow is taken to the end of Locust Avenue and piled there for the Spring  thaw.
Friday, February 21, 2014

Tamaqua Area School District directors have done all they can to preserve the scheduled May 30 graduation day.

The rest is in the not-to-be-trusted hands of Mother Nature.

During a board meeting Tuesday, directors again modified the school calendar. Snow makeup days are scheduled for April 17, 21, 22 and 23. On April 18, Good Friday, school will be closed but teachers will attend as an Act 80 day.

Friday, February 21, 2014

State Rep. Doyle Heffley (122nd District) held a town meeting Thursday evening prior to the board of supervisors meeting in Kidder Township.

Speaking to a packed house of township residents, Heffley opened the floor to questions.

The majority of the open discussion centered on the ongoing drug crisis in the district. Heffley talked about the increase in drug abuse and arrests related to illegal and prescription drugs.

Friday, February 21, 2014

The honor roll and principal's list for the second quarter for Penn Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area Elementary School was announced recently.

Honor roll