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Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Shenandoah man was seriously injured when he was struck by a vehicle while walking to work just before dawn Sunday.

Shenandoah Police said David Gardner, 32, of 323 S. Jardin St. was struck around 5 a.m. while walking north on the Yatesville Road, about a half mile from the intersection with Route 54.

Gardner, who was treated at the scene by Shenandoah ALS, was flown to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, in the Life Flight helicopter for treatment of serious head and other injuries.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for freezing rain, sleet and snow. It is in effect from 6 this evening until 6 a.m. Tuesday.
There is the potential for 3 to 7 inches of snow and up to one quarter inch of ice.

Freezing rain is forecast to move into the region this evening. The precipitation is expected to transition to sleet from late tonight into Monday morning before changing to all snow for Monday into Monday night.

The ice and snow will make travel difficult in the region from Sunday night through Monday night.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Carbon County man faces prison time after a Schuylkill County jury decided on Thursday that he had endangered his granddaughter in May 2014 in Pottsville.

The jury of six men and six women deliberated almost three hours before finding Troy M. Fairchild Sr., 42, of Lehighton, guilty of recklessly endangering another person and not guilty of simple assault.

Judge James P. Goodman, who presided over Fairchild's one-day trial, found him guilty of harassment.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brian Williams said he is temporarily stepping away from the "NBC Nightly News" amid questions about his memories of war coverage in Iraq, calling it "painfully apparent" that he has become a distracting news story.

In a memo Saturday to NBC News staff that was released by the network, the anchorman said that as managing editor of "NBC Nightly News" he is taking himself off the broadcast for several days. Weekend anchor Lester Holt will fill in, Williams said.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A teenager charged in the shooting death of another teen apparently took a photo of himself with the victim and sent it to a friend, authorities said.

The 16-year-old is charged in Westmoreland County with homicide and a firearms count in the death of 16-year-old Ryan Mangan, who was found Wednesday evening in his home in Jeannette.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The National Weather Service anticipates four to six inches of snow, sleet and freezing rain, with about a quarter inch of ice, to hit Carbon and Monroe counties from Sunday evening through late Monday night.

The rain, freezing rain and sleet should transition to snow and sleet Sunday night into Monday morning. It appears that mostly snow will then fall Monday before tapering off Monday night.

Hazardous conditions are possible due to snow and ice. This will have an impact on the Monday morning and evening commutes.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Tamaqua borough just became the first small town in Pennsylvania to be accepted into a tax-funded revitalization program that could bring up to $10M to the community. If you were in charge, how do you think the money could best be spent?

Saturday, February 7, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Representatives from the Carbon County Industrial Development Authority present Tod Warner, owner of Warner's Central Garage in Weatherly, third from right, with a loan for $18,750 through the organization's low interest loan program. From left are Jane Sebelin, Esq., solicitor for the CCIDA; CCIDA member Barbara Green; Ron Tirpak, chair of CCIDA; CCIDA member Marshall Walters; Warner; and CCIDA members Kathy Henderson and Mark Sverchek. Missing from photo is Craig Zurn, CCIDA member.

The newly reestablished Carbon County Industrial Development Authority is once again awarding loans to small businesses in Carbon County.

Recently, Warner's Central Garage, located in Weatherly, was the first business approved for the authority's low interest loan program.

The company received an $18,750 loan that has a lower interest rate than traditional loans.

The garage is a family-owned business, owned by Tod Warner, that has been operating in the borough since 1927. It provides car repairs as well as car rentals to its customers.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Carbon County officials are looking for lifeguards to staff Mauch Chunk Lake Park this summer.

And to help build interest in the positions, the Carbon County Salary Board increased the salary from $9 to $10 per hour, effective immediately.

Commissioners'Chairman WayneNothstein, who also chairs the salary board, said the increase is to try to help lifeguards offset the costs of the training programs that are needed to becomecertified and remaincertified as lifeguards. Today, the cost for training is $200 and recertification is $65.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Keep a close eye on your trees and shrubbery.

Gypsy moths are making a comeback, and the little caterpillars are bringing along their big appetites.

To combat this growing nuisance, the Carbon County commissioners have decided to participate in the 2015 Gypsy Moth Suppression Program through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, Division of Forest Pest Management. The county has not had to participate in this program since 2009.