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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Pennsylvania State Police on Tuesday issued a school safety report, done by its Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Team.

The 25-page report includes guidelines on five facets of school safety: Roles and responsibilities; school security forces; access controls; lockdown and evacuation procedures; and family reunification /media/ communications.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Allan A. Myers, LP, of Worcester, Pa., will be the contractor completing the $28 million Route 903 bridge project in Jim Thorpe.

Ronald J. Young Jr., district press officer for Penn DOT Engineer District 5, said via phone on Friday that Allan A. Myers was the successful low bidder, submitting a bid of $28,183,312.02. It was one of seven bids received for the bridge replacement.

The next step before construction can begin is a preconstruction meeting. The meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m., Dec. 18, at the Engineering District 5 office in Allentown.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Lehighton Borough Council has been holding residential holiday lighting contests for years.

This year there is something new added.

The council will also have a lighting contest for borough businesses.

Brenda Koons, borough secretary, said there will be four prizes of $100 awarded to four local businesses. The $100 will be deducted from their electric bills.

The judging will not only be for downtown businesses, but businesses anywhere in the borough, the council said.

Saturday, December 14, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Emergency entry kits given to local police departments by the Panther Valley School District helps officers gain access to barricaded buildings.

It was a year ago today that Adam Lanza, clad in black fatigues and a military vest and carrying a semi-automatic rifle and two pistols, shot open the locked door of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., walked to the kindergarten and first grade classrooms, and began firing.

When it was over, 20 small children and six adults lay dead. Lanza, later determined to have been mentally ill, turned the gun on himself.

Saturday, December 14, 2013
lisa price/special to the times news Scott Evans cleans chimney at a Tamaqua residence. Ignoring your chimney can lead to fires, said Evans.

Scott Evans repositioned himself, bracing his legs and getting a better grip on the fireplace damper, reaching up inside the chimney from inside the house. The damper was closed but crooked, and would need to be straightened before he could open it.

Evans was able to reach a hand around the rectangular shape of the damper, but even with that additional leverage, it still wouldn't budge.

"It felt really heavy and I just couldn't move it," Evans recalled. "I decided to get up on the roof and look down into the chimney from above."

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Schuylkill County will have a new district attorney beginning the new year.

A judge has dismissed the petition which challenged the district attorney election.

Attorney Christine A. Holman defeated incumbent District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon in the Nov. 5 election and will become the first elected female district attorney in Schuylkill County.

Byrnes still holds the position as being the first woman district attorney but she was appointed two years ago to fill the vacancy of James P. Goodman who became a county judge.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

What makes creosote

Chimneys expel the by-products of combustion, such as smoke, water vapor, gases, unburned wood particles, hydrocarbons, tar fog and assorted minerals. As those things flow up a chimney, condensation occurs. Creosote is the resulting residue which sticks to chimney walls. The burning of unseasoned wood, which has water trapped in the cells of the logs, can contribute to the buildup of creosote.

Signs of a chimney fire

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Allan A. Myers, LP, of Worcester, Pa., will be the contractor completing the $28 million Route 903 bridge project in Jim Thorpe.

Ronald J. Young Jr., district press officer for Penn DOT Engineer District 5, said via phone on Friday that Allan A. Myers was the successful low bidder, submitting a bid of $28,183,312.02. It was one of seven bids received for the bridge replacement.

The next step before construction can begin is a preconstruction meeting. The meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m., Dec. 18, at the Engineering District 5 office in Allentown.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Here's a snapshot of some of the security enhancements schools are putting into place to keep students and staff safer:

Saturday, December 14, 2013

A Carbon County railroad will receive $2.5 million for the construction of a bridge.

Governor Edward G. Rendell announced that Reading, Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad Co. from Carbon County as well as six other railroads and five businesses will split $20 million for rail freight improvement projects, stimulate economic development and reduce traffic congestion.