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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

HAZLETON U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, said Friday his vote in favor of the defense spending bill was based on erroneous information. When the congressman voted in favor of the bill, he based his vote on inaccurate information used by the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee to compose the $606 billion defense bill.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Looking for some answers on how to can or freeze foods safely? Penn State Master Food Preservers will be hosting a free Canning Q&A session at the Tractor Supply store on Route 209 in Brodheadsville on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Hearings were heard in the Schuylkill County Court for defendants who pleaded guilty to criminal charges, violated their probations and who were brought to court on bench warrants

Mark D. Kruppenbach, 44, Palo Alto, was placed in the state run Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) for 24 months by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin on a charge of endangering welfare of children.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Art in the Park annual art show was held at Chestnuthill Township Park. Jack Weinperl won Best of Show for his acrylics' "Mother Hen & Peeps."

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The drive for five has been realized in the Palmerton Area School District.

That would be in the form of the number of consecutive years the district has met Adequate Yearly Progress on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment for the 2011-12 school year.

Paula Husar, junior high school principal, announced as part of a workshop meeting of the board of school directors on Tuesday that the district has met AYP for the fifth straight year.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Late this morning, a jury began deliberating the fate of Franklin Stumhofer Jr., 40, charged with the fatal shooting of his father, Franklin Stumhofer Sr., 61, of 6 Log Lane, West Penn Township, last Sept. 7. Testimony was completed Tuesday afternoon with the defendant taking the stand to testify in his own defense.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Blue Mountain Health System will co-sponsor a New to Medicare Workshop with Carbon County Agency on Aging on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Bowmanstown Medical Plaza, 204 Bank St., Bowmanstown.

The four parts of Medicare include hospital care, physician and lab work and prescription drug coverage. It is important to get a basic understanding of the program.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tractor trailers driving north on SR309 through Tamaqua routinely drive up Mauch Chunk Street (towards the Dutch Hill section) instead of making the slight left onto Pine Street (SR309) at the Mauch Chunk Street intersection. This ties up police while they have to slowly escort the truck back down Mauch Chunk Street or through the small streets of Dutch Hill. This normally causes traffic to back up at the intersection. Neighbors say this has been going on for decades. Pictured is a police officer stopping traffic as he helps a tractor trailer back down Mauch Chunk Street onto SR309.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A stubborn blaze was brought under control in the center of Tamaqua's business district after a two-hour battle by firemen. The fire was discovered about noon in a building owned by Samuel Miller of Lansford. His son, Elmer, operates a dress shop on the first floor. Firemen rescued Mrs. Mildred Osenbach, 22, from the third floor apartment she occupied with her husband, Howard. Physicians at Coaldale Hospital listed her condition as serious.