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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The whereabouts of this car's driver was unknown as of this morning.

West Penn, New Tripoli and Germansville firefighters helped police close a six-mile stretch of SR309 from Snyders to New Tripoli just before 2 a.m. today for several hours after the unknown driver of a newer white sedan crashed into and toppled a pole and power line.

The crash resulted in power lines and road debris on the road. A short while after the crash, a tractor trailer was damaged after driving over strewn wires and debris. Another short time later, another car was also damaged after crashing into the scattered debris. That car had to be towed away.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

If you haven't submitted your recipes for this year's cookbook contest, you have until tonight at midnight. You will need to hurry if you want to be included in our 25th anniversary edition.

Categories are Main Dishes; Desserts; Salads and Side Dishes; Slow Cooker; Money Saving Meals; Salad Dressings, Sauces and Marinades; and Celebrations (which includes your favorite recipes for parties and entertaining).

Recipes must be created or modified by the person submitting the recipe or a member of that person's family.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Morgan Jones Jr., co-owner of the diner, digs through piles of debris. Jones said he found a couple old coins dating back to the mid-1800's.

A longtime landmark dating back to 1932 is coming down in West Penn Township.

Owners and contractors spent the last few days tearing down the last remnants of the devastating fire that destroyed the White Diner on September 18 of last year.

Current owners, Helen and Jim Fulmer, and Helen's brother, Morgan Jones Jr., stated they have worked hard to keep the restaurant operating and plan on continuing that tradition. They are planning a new, expanded version of the restaurant.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Judge John E. Domalakes determined what tax payments must be made after hearing property value appeals in Schuylkill County court.

Apartments and Acquisitions, LP, of Allentown, appealed the market value on the property at 1407 Walnut St., Ashland, which it purchased at a judicial sale held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

At the hearing, it was brought out that the property is an inside row home of two stores but that the second story is nothing more than an attic and is 111 years old. It currently is vacant, has one bathroom, an unfinished basement and needs repairs.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Chris Heckman and Cade Pajakinas were named winners of the Oratory Contest held at Panther Valley High School. Heckman, a junior, was the winner of the boy's division. His presentation was "Why Me?" Pajakinas, a freshman, was the winner of the girl's division Her presentation was "The Forgotten Ones." Runners-up were Joe Sebelin, a junior, who presented "Just A Flag," and Suzanne Lukac, a junior, who spoke on "It's Later Than You Think."

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Palmerton Area School District will upgrade the high school restrooms in time for the start of the 2012-13 school year.

On an 8-0 vote, the board awarded the bid to CMG of Easton, Inc., for $103,000, per the recommendation of Tim Sisock and Rob Sarnowski of Barry Isett & Associates.

Demolition, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and finishing work are needed to upgrade the restroom facilities, which are original to the building.

As part of the work, both the men's and women's restrooms in the main hallway will be made handicapped accessible.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A free luncheon is set for Saturday, March 31 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., weather permitting, at the Parryville UMC, corner of Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville.

All are welcome.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at the Crave Restaurant, 66 Broadway, Jim Thorpe, upstairs room.

The agenda will include, the Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration on May 19-20, Fall Foliage Weekends, Olde Time Christmas, Jim Thorpe Farmers Market, school district openings, hotel tax disbursements, the upcoming Carbon County Home, Business and Outdoor Expo on April 28 and 29 at Memorial Hall, Jim Thorpe and grant applications. Everyone invited.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Will the dinner portion disappear from Tamaqua Area School District's student recognition dinner, turning the affair into an awards presentation without a meal?

School board members are mulling over the pros and cons.

An independent committee coordinates the dinner, but the discussion came up at Tuesday's finance committee meeting because the board routinely approves an $8 per student subsidy toward the $15 ticket.

Those expenses could be avoided if changes were made to the event.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Palmerton Area School District remains on track for a 4.68-percent increase in next year's budget.

At a workshop meeting of the board of school directors on Tuesday, Donna Les, interim business manager, said the 2012-13 budget still calls for a 2.31-mill increase.

Les told the board the adjusted $27,179,699 budget currently carries an $80,562 excess, which she said may be able to be used to reduce that potential increase.