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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Judy Lech of Tamaqua checks out an order at Nancy's Fresh Cut Market in Hometown with the help of cashier Jen Barrup of Tamaqua. Lech said she shops there for the convenience and quality.

It's a sad statement on the general economic climate in northeastern Pennsylvania a business leaves and the building remains empty.

But that's not what happened in Rush Township. Although it's true that businesses along the Route 309 corridor in the Hometown area have left, they've been replaced. Somehow, Rush continues to revitalize.

"It's an area that's easily accessible from Tamaqua, Hazleton and Pottsville," said Rush Township Supervisor Robert Leibensperger. "Our tax rates are low and it's cheaper for a business to locate here."

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Tessa Goss, manager of Tractor Supply, Lehighton, talks about the features of a Champion 4000 Generator.

Perhaps you enjoy being part of the drama, wouldn't shy from a shoving match to get your hands on a carton of eggs or a loaf of bread, wouldn't think twice before slipping in front of a mother of five to score the last gallon of milk.

Or maybe you'd rather just be home in your sweatpants, already prepared for whatever Mother Nature creates. There are easy ways to keep the big three milk, bread and eggs always on hand.

Frozen

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Cindy White is the vicar at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church on Greenwood Street in Tamaqua. She leads a contemporary service at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays.

If you were in line at the grocery store with Cindy White, you'd most likely soon be chatting about any number of things: kids, schools, pets, the weather, popular musicians. She's one of those people who are instantly approachable.

White is a Vicar at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua. That means she is completing an internship at the church while attending classes at the seminary in Gettysburg. After completing school, she can become ordained as a pastor. White said she is presently working 20 hours a week at the church and attending classes 25 hours per week.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Bill Harleman, president, Lansford Historical Society, displays a framed 1915 image of Lansford's Boyle Orchestra. Three of the musicians are identified: Harvey Deem on saxophone, Clarence Baily on trombone, and John Boros on cornet. Others are unknown at this point in time. The photo was donated to the society last weekby owners Albin and Linda Ormsby Barnisky, West Penn Township, who found it while cleaning out a family estate. It had beendisplayed for a time at Barnisky's Barber Shop, Tamaqua.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Rush Township man was absolved of wrongdoing after being accused of attacking his sister.

A Schuylkill County jury of eight men and four women on Monday afternoon found Gregory Knepper not guilty of simple assault, and Judge James Goodman found him not guilty of a charge of harassment.

Knepper, 48, of Quakake, had been charged by Tamaqua patrolman Joseph Krebs on May 30. Knepper had, according to court documents, assaulted his sister at their mother's home in Tamaqua.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Prosecutors allege Ariel Colon Jr. tried to kill a woman in August in Pottsville and his trial on charges stemming from that incident highlights the February criminal court term that began Monday.

Colon, 34, of Pottsville, faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, possessing instrument of crime, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault.

His case is one of 11 jury trials that are scheduled for the two-week February criminal court term, according to Deputy Court Administrator John Richmond.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Schuylkill County in December bought $5 million worth digital radio equipment for each of its 110 volunteer fire companies through Pennsylvania's COSTARS cooperative purchasing program.

COSTARS is provided by the Department of General Services for local public procurement units -- any political subdivision, such as a township, borough or county; any public authority, any tax-exempt nonprofit educational or public health institution or organization; any non profit fire, rescue, or ambulance company.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Carbon County judges held hearings recently on petitions filed by the county's adult probation department against defendants for allegedly violating the terms of their parole/probation.

Hearings were held for the following:

Nikki Rehrig, 54, of Lehighton, had a petition filed by probation officer Jillian McGinley in two cases, both involving charges of retail theft as felonies, for violating conditions by being arrested in November 2014 by Mahoning Township police for another retail theft.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

If the power outage proves long-lasting, you may be opt to "bug out" to an emergency shelter. Here's what you'll need:

Important papers such as deeds, medical records, insurance policies, pet records, prescriptions and bank account records.

Pet food.

Prescription medications and glasses.

Pictures of family members and pets.

Before you leave, even though the power is out, unplug televisions and small appliances.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Lehigh Carbon Community College was granted a lease extension to keep its Carbon County campus at Jim Thorpe Area High School.

The Jim Thorpe Area School Board voted 6-0 for the extension of the lease. In favor were President Dennis McGinley, Robert Schaninger, Gerald F. Strubinger, Pearl Sheckler, Walter Schulz and John Ciavarella. Absent were William Allison, Glenn Confer and Dr. Michael Principe.

The LCCC pays the district an annual rental fee of $180,000.