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Saturday, July 16, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The American Legion presented an award to Bronson Ford for winning the Carbon County Inter-Post Essay Contest with his essay titled "the Pros and Cons of Offshore Oil Drilling". Pictured at the award presentation are, left to right: Harry J. Wynn III, 30th District Senior Vice Commander for Carbon County; Kevin O'Donnell, Commander Summit Hill Post 316; Bronson Ford; Floyd Brown, Incoming Carbon County Commander; and Francis O'Donnell, Chairman of the American Legion Oratorical and Essay Contest.

Saturday, July 16, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The BC Combo, with singer Bev Conklin, Wayne Smith on guitar/percussion and Nick Franclik on bass (with guest Jack Kulp on harmonica) performed for a large audience on the platform at the Tamaqua train station Thursday evening as part of the Summer Concert Series by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce. The show was sponsored by the Restaurant at the Station. The concerts are free and open to the public and held on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. The Chamber's next concert is Thursday, July 21, featuring "It Takes Two" performing top 40's & classic music.

Saturday, July 16, 2011
Brady Yurista is shown before his accident. His grandparents, Rich and Lisa Smith, are from Summit Hill.

TN Correspondent

tneditor@tnonline.com

There were at least 180 deaths related to tip-overs of furniture, televisions or appliances between 2000-06, and 80-percent of those involved children younger than age 10.

Heather Yurista of Hazleton never imagined she would ever face such a dilemma until two months ago, when her 3-year old son Brady decided to climb on top of a drawer to change the channel on the family's 42-inch older model television sitting on top of a low three-drawer dresser.

Saturday, July 16, 2011
Andrew Leibenguth/Times News A passenger in this white Jeep Wrangler had to be airlifted after last night's accident in Hometown.

One woman was airlifted following a two-vehicle accident that occurred in Hometown just before 9:45 p.m. last night.

Viorel Onea, Philadelphia, was reportedly driving south on SR309 in a grey Jeep Liberty, and attempted a left turn into Tide Road. His vehicle crossed into the path of David Clouser, Hometown, who was driving a white 1994 Jeep Wrangler north on SR309.

The woman airlifted was a passenger in the Jeep Wrangler. No other serious injuries were reported.

Firefighters had to use the jaws of life to remove the door from the Wrangler.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Walnutport Borough Council reviewed two ordinances that will have an impact on landlords, tenants and people who store "junk" vehicles on their property.

Over the past several months council discussed subjecting landlords to an inspection where they would have to meet checklist requirements and receive a license before they could rent their property.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Newly appointed chief county solicitor, attorney Cal Shields, picks up the reins from outgoing Chief Solicitor Eric Mica to represent the Schuylkill County Commissioners in their legal battle with Controller Melinda Kantner.

Dropped on his desk was a petition filed by Kantner in the county court to compel one of the three commissioners, County Administrator Mark Scarbinsky and Samuel Deegan, hired by the commissioners to perform an external audit of the county finances, to submit to depositions to be taken to show the procedure used in hiring Deegan.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has applied for a permit to fill in three-and-a-half acres of wetlands that are needed for the proposed EZ Pass only interchange off Interstate 476 onto Route 903 in Penn Forest Township.

The new exit on the 110-mile Northeast Extension will be located between the Mahoning Valley (exit 74) and Pocono (exit 95) exits on I-476.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Carbon County adult and juvenile probation officials are a few of many recognized this week during the national Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision Week.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board of commissioners adopted a proclamation proclaiming July 17 through July 23 as a time to honor the men and women who "are the backbone of the probation and parole process and an essential part of the criminal justice system."

Friday, July 15, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Coaldale Mayor Richard P. Corkery arrives for his preliminary arraignment Thursday on child pornography charges.

On six days between Feb. 15 and March 28, Coaldale Mayor Richard P. Corkery logged on to his computer at work, searched for teenage boys and downloaded 34 images of young men engaged in sexual acts, 28 of whom were determined to be teenagers, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith with District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

Friday, July 15, 2011
Radio guest, Amazon Eve, the tallest model in the world, and Doc play during "The Daily Bump and Grind" on Penn's Peak Radio this week.

The Doc and Leah, of Penn's Peak Radio, had a guest to look up to on their show "The Daily Bump and Grind" July 13.

From Redondo Beach, Calif., Amazon Eve, the world's tallest model according to Guinness' Book of World Records, stands at 6'8" at her tallest.

"The people at Guinness measured me three times a day because you actually shrink as the day goes on," said Eve.

Before officially becoming the tallest model in the world, the multitalented, amazing Eve dabbled in many different areas such as theater, martial arts and law.