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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Public comments took up the better half of Monday's Slatington Borough Council meeting, which had been rescheduled from its regular meeting date of Aug. 11.

At least half a dozen public commenters spoke, with two relaying water usage and bill issues, two expressing concern over council's actions, or perceived lack thereof, and two with other news, including commending the borough on its successful 150th celebration events last week.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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The nation's longest running consecutive ethnic celebration took place over the weekend at the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville, which hosted the 100th annual Lithuanian Days. Schuylkill County is nicknamed "Little Lithuania," owing to its large number of residents of Lithuanian extraction. Here, Lithuanian wedding traditions are recreated on Sunday, accompanied by music from the Varpelis group.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley – and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say.

The White House must now weigh the risks of adopting an aggressive policy to destroy the Islamic State against resisting any action that could result in the death of another American.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Lots of earth is being moved to make way for the building of a new Jack Williams Tire & Auto Center along Route 209 in Brodheadsville.

The earth is moving and soon there will be a new Jack Williams Tire & Auto Center in Brodheadsville. Heavy equipment has been clearing land between Brodheadsville Chevrolet and the Dollar General Store along Route 209.

Dave Sutton, project manager for Trade Eastern Inc., which designs and builds the centers, says they expect to pour concrete footings in just a few days. It takes about four to five months to complete a store.

There will be eight service bays, a showroom and parking for 51 cars.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In-service activities are planned for teachers today and Thursday at the Panther Valley School District as they prepare for the opening of schools on Monday.

Freshman and middle school orientation will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday at the respective schools.

An open house will be held at the elementary school from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday. All new and current students are invited to attend, said Superintendent Dennis R. Kergick.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Members of the Tamaqua Historical and Architectural Review board met Monday and granted "certificates of appropriateness" to three residents. The ventures must also be approved by Tamaqua Council.

Joe Berezwick, 253 W. Rowe St., requested to enclose an existing rear porch, which is visible from Lafayette Street. The porch is currently three-sided, and Berezwick will enclose it by adding an exterior wall.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

During a meeting Tuesday, the Tamaqua School Board worked through a punchlist of assignments, hirings and appointments as a final preparation for the start of school.

The school district and the Tamaqua Education Association still haven't inked a contract for the teachers, but negotiations are ongoing. The four-year pact between the district and the association ended July 30.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Road work updates were among topics presented at the Polk Township supervisors meeting Monday.

Brian Ahner, Polk Township supervisor chairman and roadmaster, said the road crew has completed the shoulders on Smith Road, most of the township roads have had the grass and foliage cut, several loads of modified stone have been hauled for the edges of the roads that need it, and Dorshimer Road will receive 1 to 1 1/2 inches of blacktop patches where needed.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A land development plan that calls for constructing a new magistrate's office and police station in the borough of Weatherly got the green light from county officials.

During the Carbon County Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, the board recommended conditional plan approval for the project.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Workers from Heim Construction begin the Meadow Avenue project in Hometown. In the foreground is Roman Kennitz, operating a road saw.

On Monday morning, construction workers began marking and cutting pavement, taking the first steps on Rush Township's long-awaited Safe Routes to School project along Meadow Avenue.

The trouble is, the construction is taking place along one of the main arteries to the Rush Township Elementary School. Rush Township supervisors and Heim Construction workers, the contractor for the job, are asking those who live and travel in the area to remain patient.