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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

July 24, 2010

Motorists using Route 209 through Lehighton and the Packerton areas know very well the lengthy traffic jams occurring from road construction. Those driving delays should soon be over.

Work has been completed on the Route 209 improvement project. The project included resurfacing nearly four miles of US209 between the Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge and Susquehanna Street in Jim Thorpe.

The Lehighton project began in April. The bulk of the work occurred during the past four weeks.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Special to the times news

On July 21, at 5:26 p.m., Mahoning Township Police investigated a single-vehicle accident on Route 902, Mill Road. A Jeep traveling south had locked its brakes before driving off the roadway down an embankment and into a stream. The driver, Robert Dominic Jr., 30, of Summit Hill, stated that an oncoming car had crossed into his lane causing him to crash. Police were unable to locate any other vehicles.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

As anticipated the voter turnout for the special election of candidates for the Hazleton School Board, which was held in Schuylkill and Carbon counties yesterday, was not as great as the turnout was in the Primary Election held last May 21.

The total number of votes cast in Schuylkill County on the Republican ballot in the special election was 953, and 733 Democratic tallies. The candidates for school boards can cross file.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
@Caption Stand Alone:Festival fun New Ringgold Fire Company volunteers, from left, Renea Emerick, Amanda Alexis and Stephen Stripe serve their famous firehouse cheeseburgers during Old Home Week in New Ringgold, hosted by the New Ringgold Fire Company.

The New Ringgold Fire Company hosted its annual Old Home Week recently on the grounds around their firehouse.

The event consisted of free entertainment, homemade foods, games, rides and numerous activities. nt.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS County officials and volunteers hold the hot dogs they purchased at "Dogs 4 Dawgs" at Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corporation in Nesquehoning on Monday during the kick-off to the three-day event. The event aims to raise money to help with the operations of the Carbon County Animal Shelter. Pictured are, kneeling l-r, Sgt. David Midas of the Carbon County Sheriff's Department with his son Gunnar, 3, and his dog Stash, 9, who was adopted from the Carbon County Animal Shelter six years ago; and standing, l-r, Emmett McCall, Carbon County Recorder of Deeds; Bill Richards, state Sen. John Yudichak's Carbon County office; Rose Walck, Nesquehoning councilwoman; Marianne Meixell, KME; Carbon County Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard; Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck; animal shelter volunteer Bill Toone; K-9 director Tom Connors; volunteer Margaret Toone; Joann Behrens, Carbon County Prothonotary; and Commissioner William O'Gurek.

Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corp. in Nesquehoning is going to the dogs hot dogs that is.

A three-day event, "Dogs 4 Dawgs," that aims to help raise funds for the operations of the Carbon County Animal Shelter, kicked off Tuesday as county officials; as well as volunteers turned a portion of the KME building 1 parking lot into a hot dog stand, selling hot dog lunches to KME employees and the public.

The event also took place today and will be held Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tuesday's special Primary Election balloting in parts of Carbon and Schuylkill counties resulted in a change in nominations for four four-year terms on the Hazleton Area School Board that are up for grabs this year.

The re-election was ordered by the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas earlier this year after the May 21 Primary Election was held with a candidate's name on the ballots in those two counties after he had withdrawn from the race.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System physician, John Keenan, DPM, will offer a free educational seminar on Diabetic Foot Care at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, in the community room at Blue Mountain Health System Gnaden Huetten Campus, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton.

Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet even a small cut can produce serious consequences.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lighthouse Baptist Church, 1349 Green Street, Lehighton, will be hosting a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 27.

The blood drive is being held in conjunction with Miller-Keystone Blood Center, the only blood provider to 27 regional hospitals including the Blue Mountain Health System, Schuylkill Health System, the Greater Hazleton Health Alliance, St. Luke's University Health Network and the Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Michael A. Heery/Special to the TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School Board hired for several positions on Monday evening for the 2013-2014 school year. Included in those hires are Diane Schnell, second from left, as middle school Title 1 / gifted teacher, and Trevor Miller, second from right, as high school business teacher. Pictured congratulating them are Lehighton Area School District Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver, left, and School Board President Rocky Ahner, right.

On Monday evening, Lehighton Area School Board approved several personnel changes for the 2013-2014 school year.

The school board approved the recommendations to hire Angela Harris as elementary school librarian; Trevor Miller as high school business teacher; Diane Schnell as middle school Title 1 / gifted teacher; and Joseph Zarelli as speech therapist.

In addition, the school board approved the recommendation to hire Lucyna Godek as a paraprofessional assigned to East Penn Elementary School.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Michael a. Heery/Special to the TIMES NEWS

WNEP meteorologist Joe Snedeker talks with Suzie Cordes of Mahoning Township and her children, Lyle, age 10; Edie, age 9; and Jed, age 4, on Tuesday morning near Lehighton as he begins day two of Go Joe 16. The annual bike ride raises money for children and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at St. Joseph's Center in Scranton. This year marks the 16th annual fundraising Go Joe bike ride.