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Thursday, August 2, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS The guest speakers at the town meeting at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly on Wednesday are, from left, state Rep. Doyle Heffley; Weatherly Mayor Tom Connors; Weatherly borough manager Harold Pudliner; Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein; and Henry Desrosiers, director of the Carbon County Veterans Affairs office.

About 30 Carbon County residents attended a recent town meeting, hosted by Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly.

The purpose of the meeting Wednesday was to discuss current issues that the area is facing on the municipal, county and state levels. Guest speakers included state Rep. Doyle Heffley; Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein; Henry Desrosiers, director of the Carbon County Veterans Affairs office; Weatherly Mayor Tom Connors; and Weatherly borough manager Harold Pudliner.

Thursday, August 2, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Russ Unangst, owner, and his companion, Josephine Cacace, stand inside the recently-opened Hillbilly Shootin' Irons, located at 202 Delaware Avenue, Suite 2, in Palmerton.

Imagine a shop that not only sells firearms, but will also provide the know-how to get the right one.

Without question, the recently-opened Hillbilly Shootin' Irons in Palmerton is not just a store, but much, much more.

Located at 202 Delaware Avenue, Suite 2, the business is a full service dealer/store with 40 years of experience in reloading and shooting knowledge.

The business offers gunsmith services, as well as reloading supplies and equipment, according to owner Russ Unangst, who runs the shop along with his companion, Josephine Cacace.

Thursday, August 2, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Several men posing as workers of a local plumbing business entered the home of an elderly woman Wednesday morning in Lehighton and made off with an unknown amount of items. The men told the victim they were with Andreas Plumbing & Heating of Lehighton and were there to do some work. Ironically, the woman uses the services of that firm when she has work done at her home. After the impostors left she discovered items missing.

Thursday, August 2, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Fifth generation West Penn 4-H member Ben Miller, 11, of Landingville, shows off his heifer. He named the cow "Christmas Eve" for the day it was born.

Hundreds of Schuylkill County and Pennsylvania 4-H members, along with numerous local, county and state officials, came together yesterday at the Schuylkill County Fair in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of Pennsylvania's 4-H program.

"We all have a lot of fun hanging out with each other and competing in many championship shows," said Ben Miller, 11, a fifth-generation West Penn 4-H Club member, as he showed off his heifer cow to fair visitors.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

On Wednesday the Kidder Township Planning Commission heard details about a proposed library that will serve those living in the northern portion of Carbon County.

Barbara Franzosa of the Friends of the Penn/Kidder Library was on hand to present the plans to the commission.

The proposed building will be composed of modular units measuring about 660 square feet and will meet ADA requirements. The library will be located at Pine Point Plaza on land provided by Franzosa.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Football club meeting

The Jim Thorpe Olympian Football Booster Club will meet Monday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. in the commons of the high school. Items on the agenda will include, apparel sales, practice uniforms, senior and underclass men banners, Thursday night dinners and the final details for the program.

The meetings are open to anyone interested in the school's football programs. Parents of the players are asked to attend the meetings and help with the various projects and events the club has planned for the year.

Bloodmobile

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Beyond the Gap.

That's the moniker that's been given to a signature networking event that will be staged from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton.

Join the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce as they branch out and meet new clients and make new business connections while networking with a diverse mix of enterprising and successful business professionals that represent small to large companies in the Carbon and Lehigh Valley areas.

Thursday, August 2, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured are six of the eight billiard tables available for customers to use. The business also offers arcade games, an air hockey game, a jukebox and food.

Billiards enthusiasts have a new place to enjoy themselves in Tamaqua.

After noticing a need for a family-oriented pool hall in the area, Stan Mellor and his son Stosh made the decision to open a hall in downtown Tamaqua. The hall, located at the former Sean's Pet Supplies, 117 W. Broad St., occupies approximately 2,500 square feet and offers numerous activities for both children and adults.

Thursday, August 2, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS West Penn Police Chief Brian Johnson helps direct all lanes of traffic around the rig, which was blocking all traffic through the Leiby's intersection.

West Penn police and fire police volunteers detoured all north and southbound lanes of SR309 traffic around a tractor trailer late yesterday morning at the Leiby's intersection (SR309 and SR443) after a young female driver of a Jeep Cherokee crashed into it.

The crash caused the bumper of the tractor trailer to be stuck in the tire well, preventing the trailer from moving.

Thursday, August 2, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton emergency personnel assist Joseph Turoscy, 69, of Palmerton, after he was trapped under a chimney that collapsed at a house located at 222 Delaware Avenue early this morning.

A Palmerton man has been hospitalized after he was trapped under a chimney that collapsed early this morning.

Palmerton Police officer Christopher Ritter said Joseph Turoscy, 69, was digging up a cement slab at a home at 222 Delaware Avenue at around 8:27 a.m. when the incident occurred.

Ritter said upon arrival, he found Turoscy on his knees, with the chimney on top of one of his legs.

Turoscy suffered injuries to his left leg, foot, as well as facial injuries, Ritter said. He was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital by ground, Ritter said.