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Friday, November 11, 2011

State Representative Ketih McCall is doing something that could save a life. The recently re-elected legislator has adopted his uncle, Emmett McCall of Lansford, under the "Adopt-a-Smoker" program, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Keith, who recently quit the cancer stick habit, has vowed to help Emmett kick the habit during the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 15, sponsored by the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the ACS. It will not be an easy task to take cigarettes away from a man who has been puffing away for 31 years.

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Rush Township man was arrested and charged with stealing 13 iPhones from Wal-Mart in Mahoning Township. The phones are valued at $8,254 ($599 per phone).

Frederick Postie, of the 600 block of Fairview Street, was arrested at his residence.

He was transported to the office of District Judge Casimir Kosciolek in Lansford and arraigned on the charges.

He was remanded to the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $4,000 cash bail.

Chief of Police Kenneth Barnes of Mahoning Township said the theft occurred at about 2:04 a.m. on July 22.

Friday, November 11, 2011

A proclamation was adopted by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their public meeting held Thursday at the courthouse in Pottsville, noting the cooperation between the agricultural industry and urban people. The week of November 6 through 12 has been designated as "Schuylkill County Farm/City Week."

Friday, November 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

No one was injured in a two vehicle accident in Rush Township on Wednesday. Victoria Brutto, 51, of Mahanoy City, was operating a 2004 Jaguar at 9:57 a.m., when she pulled out of a driveway on Claremont Avenue, into the path of a 1998 Chevrolet Venture operated by William Neetz, 22, of Tamaqua. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

Friday, November 11, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Shoemaker-Haydt Unit 314 American Legion Auxiliary, Lehighton, honored present and past Auxiliary presidents. They were given a dinner and a gift. Honored were: Millie German, Harriet Von York, Jean Rice, Gladys Balliet, present president, and also LaRue Fritz.

Shoemaker-Haydt Unit 314 American Legion Auxiliary, Lehighton, honored present and past Auxiliary presidents. They were given a dinner at the Beacon 443 Diner and a gift. Honored were: Millie German, 1990, 1997, 2008; Harriet Von York, 2006 and 2007; Jean Rice, 1954 and 2005; Gladys Balliet, present president, 2011, also, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and also council president in 2005; LaRue Fritz, 1988 and 1989.

Friday, November 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Three people were reportedly injured in a one vehicle accident in Rush Township yesterday. Charles Oliver II, 49, was traveling north on Claremont Avenue at approximately noon, when, for an unknown reason, his Pontiac struck the north bound guide rails. It then traveled across the north and sound bound lanes striking more guide rails before rolling several times, coming to rest on its roof. Berlin and his passengers, Nicole Swanson, 26, and a 3 year old boy were transported to St Lukes Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, in the Mcadoo ambulance.

Friday, November 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Det. 626 served as color guard during the Tamaqua High School Veterans Day program this morning.

Students and staff of the Tamaqua Area School High School held their annual Veterans and Flag Raising Ceremony this morning in the front of the Senior High School in celebration of Veterans Day. Besides various speakers, the Tamaqua Area High School Jazz Chorale sang patriotic songs, while students read a roll call of veterans employed by the school district. Veterans groups on hand for the service were the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626 and Tamaqua American Legion C.H. Berry Post 173.

Friday, November 11, 2011

East Carbon County Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Penn Kidder School Campus, located on Route 903, a short distance beyond the traffic light intersecting routes 903 and 534.

This meeting will focus upon the results of the recent general election along with grooming and preparing candidates for future elections.

New qualified members are welcome.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Lansford is the latest municipality to rescind ordinances barring registered sex offenders from living near schools, day care centers and other areas where children congregate.

Council on Wednesday agreed to void the ordinance after solicitor Michael Greek advised them to do so.

Earlier this month, Walker and Schuylkill townships and Tamaqua borough are among the municipalities to also rescind their ordinances.