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Saturday, June 11, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Rev. David Knoebel was honored Sunday for achieving 50 years in the ordained ministry. Knoebel grew up in Tamaqua and presently resides in Hometown. Shown at the service held at St. John's United Church of Christ, Tamaqua, are from left: Gary Rarick, recent graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary; Rev. Dr. Paul Sherry, a Tamaqua native and past president of the United Church of Christ; Rev. David Knoebel, and Rev. Kevin Duffy-Guy, current pastor at St. John.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

A state funded program that allows qualifying property owners to have repairs done to their residences is coming to a halt in Summit Hill – at least for the time being.

The council initially had $250,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for implementing the program, which was restarted in June 2010 after a lapse of several years. At that time, the council was told it would lose those funds if the program wasn't revitalized.

The funds are quickly being depleted. There are presently 25 applications for funding, but there isn't enough money for all of them.

Friday, June 10, 2011
Larry Neff/special to the times news

No injuries occurred during two-vehicle accident at 11:12 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Route 443 and Mill Road, Normal Square, in Mahoning Township. Police said Michelle Redmond, 31, of Ricks Road, New Ringgold, was heading east on Rt. 443 in her 2009 Chrysler Town and Country Van and intended on turning left onto Mill Road. They said Richard Fedrigo, 47, of Center Street, Jim Thorpe, was heading West on Rt. 443 in his 2002 Jeep. Redmond turned in front of Fedrigo and the crash occurred, police said. Both vehicles had to be towed.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Two area residents were among 15 who were also arraigned on criminal charges this week at the Schuylkill County courthouse with all entering pleas of not guilty and requesting trial by jury.

Gregory J. Covell, 41, of 171 First St., Coaldale, charged by Coaldale Patrolman Charles Blesse, with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and drugs and failing to have working rear lights on his car.

Friday, June 10, 2011
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Patrolmen Matt Bynon and Matt Houser prepare to christen the newest addition to the police department's fleet of squad cars. The 2009 Dodge Charger, Unit 176, was put into service on Wednesday. In addition to a 5.7 HEMI engine, the new car has a special police package consisting of a prisoner partition, push bumper-bar, low profile lighting, modified back seats that prevent suspects from hiding items, as well as a number of other features. Tamaqua Borough Council approved the purchase of the car at it's May 17 meeting.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Sister Bernard Agnes, IHM, principal, at Marian Catholic announced three students received awards at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science State Competition held at Penn State University Park,

Robert Valente, Marian Catholic science teacher and Lorraine Piehota, retired Bishop Hafey science instructor were sponsors. Christine LaMonica and Valente served as chaperones.

Ÿ Christopher Ondish, senior, son of Andrew and Zelda Ondish; Behavioral Psychology, three-year State Perseverance Certificate, and second place presentation award.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Mahoning Elementary School students were recognized Wednesday for a variety of accomplishments over the school year.

The awards presented were the President's Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, the President's Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, the Senator David Argall Good Citizenship Award, as well as awards for perfect attendance, the envirothon and achieving a straight "a" average.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Marian High School is going to be constructed on an excellent 42 acre tract in the Hometown area, the Most Reverned Joseph McShea, D.D., Bishop of Allentown, told a cheering gathering of 2,000 persons during the first outdoor commencement exercise staged by the parochial high school of the Panther Valley area in Lansford High School Stadium. The applause was loud and sustained as Bishop McShea made his long-awaited announcement. "I knew that would please you," the bishop said. "It represents the best central location for all concerned."

Friday, June 10, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Gilbert Green of Palmerton waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on Wednesday.

A Palmerton man who urinated inside a grocery store and then sent police on a wild chase is headed to trial.

Gilbert C. Green, 63, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on Wednesday. As a result, Green is scheduled to appear before the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas at 9 a.m. July 7.

He is free in lieu of $5,000 unsecured bail.

Friday, June 10, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Times News Traffic was backed up in both directions through Tamaqua after a tractor trailer loader knocked down a power line and utility pole in the Hess Express parking lot this morning after 9 a.m.

A tractor trailer loader accidentally knocked down a power and communication line pole in the Tamaqua Hess Express parking lot this morning, resulting in multiple power outages in Tamaqua, Walker and West Penn townships.

Downed power lines also resulted in heavy traffic congestion in and out of the Tamaqua and West Penn areas. Traffic was backed up on SR-309 stretching through Tamaqua from the South Tamaqua Plaza all the way to the top of Hometown Hill.