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Friday, July 19, 2013

The Penn Forest board of supervisors held a special meeting Thursday evening to handle a few matters that could not wait until the August 5 regular monthly meeting.

The most pressing item addressed was the upcoming renewal of the worker's compensation insurance. The current policy lapses on July 31 and the new premium for 2013/2014 is $76,430.

The supervisors had previously instructed township secretary Maryann Lewellyn to seek alternative insurers to try to reduce the premium.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Honda car company will film footage for a national television ad Saturday at the Mahoning Drive-In.

This may be local moviegoers last chance to make a difference in the drive-in's fate. Honda's ad is part of their national campaign to save drive-in movie theaters nationwide. At stake is a digital movie projector, worth up to $85,000 without which the Mahoning Drive-In will likely close.

Honda's advertising team, RPA of Santa Monica, California, is visiting drive-ins throughout the country this summer to shoot footage of local residents enjoying these endangered gems.

Friday, July 19, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A firefighter, working in 90 degree temperatures, keeps the propane truck's tank cool by spraying it with water.

It was a tense battle yesterday in Hometown as firefighters worked in 90 degree temperatures to prevent rising flames from the cab of a propane truck from spreading to its tank.

Firefighters were called to 4 Grove Street just before 3 p.m. for a report of smoke and flames rising from the cab of a propane truck, owned by Rarick's Coal and National Oil.

Rush Township police said flames, some rising six feet above the cab, had fully engulfed the cab of the truck when they arrived. It was unknown if the tank was filled with propane.

Friday, July 19, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lisa Hiles, left, and Wayne Fritzinger display medals after participating in seventh annual Zoostock Challenge 5k Run/Walk.

Michael Blacketter, age 14, of Lehighton and Jennifer Shober, age 25, of Andreas, were the top overall male and female winners in the 7th Annual Zoostock Challenge 5k Run/Walk, recently.

This year, over 75 participants took on the 3.1-mile course that stretched through the streets of Lansford, ending at The Sports Zoo and Halftime Bar Zoo Crew.

The run/walk was followed by award presentations and a food fest inside. Cancer survivors were also honored during the event. Post-race entertainment was provided by Cody Sassaman of Tamaqua.

Friday, July 19, 2013

The planning commissions of East Union Township and Coaldale Borough were accused by the Schuylkill County Planning Commission of approving subdivision plans before the county board reviewed them, which violates the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Mary A. Brumbach, S.S. Palmer Elementary School's principal, has announced the Principal's List and Honor Roll for the fourth marking period.

Principal list

Grade 6: Raina Alexander, Nathan Andress, Kelsi Blichar, Kaitlyn Bumberger, Lucas Christman, Rachael Dickson, Mia Fantasia, Hunter Fierro, Christopher Fredericks, Allyssa George, Jalen Gornek, Skyler Graver, Cheyenne Green, Eric Keck, Payton Lesher, Lauren Markley, Haley Miller, Benjamin Netznik, Katelyn, Rehatchek, Reshan Selvavelautham.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Carbon County officials are working to expand the home electronic monitoring program.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 2-0 to approve a letter of reward from the Pennsylvania Commission and Crime and Delinquency for the county's Restrictive Intermediate Punishment (RIP) Program. Under the letter, the county will receive $11,286 in match-free funding for 2013-2014. Commissioner Wayne Nothstein was absent from the meeting.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Parryville UMC, located at the corner of Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, will host a free luncheon from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 27.

All are welcome.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Three hundred and forty bicyclists are pedaling furiously toward Jim Thorpe a legion of rail-trail aficionados on the 2010 Greenway Sojourn.

Riders on the Rails to Trails Conservancy's largest tourism event will cover 350 miles, pedaling 250 of those miles by bicycle.

On Tuesday, the Sojourn loosens up on a 20-mile completed section of the Schuylkill River Trail to the Berks County Heritage Center, just north of Reading. Since the trail is incomplete, a bus will ferry the Sojourn to Lehigh Gorge State Park Trailhead at White Haven for a 27-mile ride to Jim Thorpe.

Friday, July 19, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

The clearance bars of the Covered Bridge in Lower Towamensing Township have been repaired after they were damaged last month by a vehicle. The work was done by Home Solutions Partners, of Palmerton.