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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

A whopping $409,000 is needed for Weissport to replace underground water mains and service lines for two blocks on White Street.

Arland Moyer, council vice president, said that the figures were provided by Lehighton Water Authority.

Moyer said that water mains were replaced in the first block of White Street several years ago, but the project didn't move further down the block because the funds ran out.

"We want to repave White Street after the bridge detour is complete," said Moyer. "We should replace the outdated water lines before we repave the street."

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

An audit of the Panther Valley School District by the state showed inadequate documention and that the district failed to comply with previous recommendations.

The lack of documentation, combined with errors in student data reporting, has cost the district $67,299 in a state subsidy.

Combined with a previous audit report period, the errors may have cost the district nearly $150,000 in state subsidies in a three-year period, which, the state says, is "insignificant" when compared with overall state funding totals.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Nineteen Carbon Career & Technical Institute students recently earned medals at the SkillsUSA State Competition in Hershey.

From April 9-11, 51 CCTI students competed, with eight winning gold, five capturing silver and six taking home bronze.

They included gold medalists Jessica Braker, Alexa Everett, Bridgette Miller, Gary Higgins, Jocelyn Mansberry, Hunter Simmons, Preston Smith and Tyler Wentz.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Graduation season has gotten underway again with Tamaqua Area and Marian Catholic holding theirceremonies this past weekend.

The schedule for the remaining area graduations is: Northwestern Lehigh, June 7; Commonwealth Connections Academy, June 10; CCTI, June 12; Panther Valley, June 13; Northern Lehigh, June 13; Pleasant Valley, June 13; Lehighton, June 13; Weatherly, June 13; Jim Thorpe, June 13; and Palmerton, June 16.

Watch for coverage in the Times News and go to www.tnonline.com to see photo galleries of the graduation ceremonies.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

A New Jersey man was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Monroe County. State police at Fern Ridge said the crash occurred about 11:50 p.m. on Monday along Route 209, just north of Frable Road, in Chestnuthill Township.

Troopers said Michael Melascaglia, 36, of Budd Lake, was driving a 1994 Honda Accord northbound at a high rate of speed when he traveled onto the east berm. He attempted to return to his lane of travel and while doing so failed to maintain control of the car.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The former mayor of Coaldale, charged by Nesquehoning police with downloading child pornography, will finally go to trial.

A jury panel was selected Monday in Carbon County court to hear the case of Richard Corkery, 75, of 249 Early Ave., who is charged with 28 counts of child pornography.

Corkery was elected as mayor of Coaldale in 2009. He did not seek re-election to the office.

The trial will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11, before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Monday, June 2, 2014

More than 2,500 general acute care hospitals across the country were given a letter grade through the Hospital Safety Score program by The Leapfrog Group.

In the spring results, 122 Pennsylvania hospitals were graded and 22 received A grades, including Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg campuses.

Monday, June 2, 2014

An RBI from Owen Bates makes it official. Raiders defeat Franklin Towne Charter 12-2 in 6 innings in the first round of the PIAA playoffs. Tamaqua will play the winner of the Jersey Shore-Abington Heights game on Thursday at a site and time to be named. See Brad Hurley's complete coverage in Tuesday's TIMES NEWS.

Monday, June 2, 2014
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A tri-axle dump truck had a tire blowout while traveling on Route 209 in Nesquehoning, causing it to go off the road and strike a tree.

The incident happened at about 1:30 p.m. Monday on what is known as the Wash Shanty Curve, about a half mile south of Redner’s Market.

The driver, whose identity wasn’t available, was transported to a local hospital. Reportedly he sustained minor injuries.

The truck is owned by C. Bird Jr. Trucking of Weatherly.

It was empty at the time of the accident.

No other vehicles were involved.

Monday, June 2, 2014

A Tamaqua man was stabbed in the stomach by his roommate at 8 p.m. Saturday. His assailant remains at large.

Tamaqua Police said Randy Gilson, 51, and Thomas Ruzzano, 44, both of 231 Pine Street, had been involved in a fight in front of 220 Pine Street.

Gilson had been stabbed in the stomach and was transported to St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem. Ruzzano could not be located, but he is facing two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault, recklessly endangering another, harassment and disorderly conduct.