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Tuesday, October 4, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Raised high above the horizon, workers use a boom lift to inspect the roof of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Oct. 3 meeting of the East Penn Township supervisors granted waivers to the Churchview Downs horse training track. Five of them were connected with the stormwater plans.

Engineer Mike Brinkash said there will be two large, deep detention basins in the center of the track. The water will be used to water the track and reuse the water rather than infiltrating it.

Township engineer Bruce Steigerwalt wanted Department of Environmental Protection comments and those took six months.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Geoscientist Matt Bielecki answers questions following his presentation on a Journey to Carbon County's Carboniferous Past at the Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center on Saturday.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Asa Andrew, a student at Jack and Jill Preschool, is fingerprinted by Bethlehem Township police officer Troy Abelovsky during the Jack and Jill Preschool Family Safety Night held recently at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Jack and Jill Preschool, 230 Iron St., Lehighton, sponsored a Family Safety Night last week, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Families of preschoolers and the church were invited for an evening of fun and education.

Many different organizations put on demonstrations for the families. Representatives from Lehighton Fire Department brought a fire truck for families to see. Firefighters demonstrated the proper use of fire extinguishers and discussed the importance of smoke detectors.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS County Commissioners Frank Staudenmeier, left, Mantura Gallagher and Frank McAndrew use gold shovels to dig the first scoops of dirt, officially breaking ground on the $400,000 Schuylkill County Courthouse Commons project.

Officials, representatives and citizens from all parts of Schuylkill County witnesses Sunday's ground breaking for the new Courthouse Commons, to be built in front of the Schuylkill County Courthouse in Pottsville.

The ground breaking followed a time capsule ceremony in which representatives from various Schuylkill municipalities placed items relating to their municipality into a time capsule which will be buried after the Courthouse Commons is completed.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Jim Thorpe man went on trial Monday afternoon in Carbon County court on a charge of rape and other criminal counts.

Matthew D. Miller, 29, is also facing charges of aggravated indecent assault, unlawful restraint and sexual assault. He is accused of raping a then 22-year-old woman in a parking area of Flagstaff Park on Aug. 26, 2010.

The jury panel was selected in the morning and President Judge Roger N. Nanovic began the trial about 2 p.m.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS All lanes of the Route 873 bridge have been open as of last Friday afternoon. Since May, PA 873 north had been closed and detoured between Mountain Road and Route 248 for work on the bridge over the Lehigh River.

At long last, traffic may again flow freely now that a bridge project has been completed in the Lehigh Gap area.

As of last Friday afternoon, all lanes of the Route 873 bridge were open to motorists for the first time in over four months.

Since May, PA 873 north had been closed and detoured between Mountain Road and Route 248 for work on the bridge over the Lehigh River. The posted detour routed PA 873 north traffic on Main/Diamond Street, Route 145 and Route 248.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

At the Monday meeting of the East Penn supervisors' an ordinance was passed for a $5 per capita tax covering everyone 18 and older.

The David and Rose Marie Hauser and David Mack lot line adjustment was conditionally approved.

The Carol Hoffman sketch plan is on the border with West Penn. The four-lot plan will come before East Penn as a two-lot plan because the other two are totally in West Penn.

The preliminary waivers were approved previously for Duane Schleicher's major subdivision. He requested a 90-day extension beginning Nov. 15.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lansford police are investigating a shooting incident in or near the three hundred block of West Kline Avenue late Monday night. Neighbors in the immediate area started to report hearing four rapid gun shots and seeing two males running from the scene at 9:30 p.m. One was reported as being white and the second black, both wearing hoodies. Lansford police were assisted at the scene by police officers from Coaldale, Summit Hill and Nesquehoning and a state trooper. Police scoured the area looking for bullet casings and any damage to either homes or vehicles on the street.

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Scrafford Hotel and an adjoining super-diner at Hometown were completely destroyed by a series of two fires early today, with the damage estimated at $35,000. LeRoy Snyder, 28, of Hazleton pleaded guilty to charges of arson in Schuylkill County Court and was sentenced up to 20 years in penal confinement for th distardily act. Snyder, who was an employee, was discharged last night for having made advances to one of the waitresses.