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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Coaldale woman was sentenced to a federal prison term this week on drug charges.

Brianna Koschak, 22, was sentenced on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Wilkes-Barre, to serve 16 months in prison.

U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo also ruled that Koschak must serve three years of supervised release following the prison term and pay a special assessment of $100.

Koschak pleaded guilty on April 18, 2011, to criminal conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Gary Williams, 911 manager, explains the timeline for the upcoming narrowband project changeover. All municipalities and counties are required to upgrade their equipment to comply with the Federal Communications Commission's mandate. The mandate lowers radio frequencies to 12.5 kHz bandwidth. This is because there are not enough radio frequencies to handle all of the emergency traffic anymore.

Carbon County is expected to begin moving forward with upgrading emergency radios this May, officials are reporting.

During a special meeting of the Carbon County commissioners Tuesday evening, representatives from some of the 19 municipalities partnering with the county listened as the commissioners; Gary Williams, 911 manager; and Daniel Miscavige, county solicitor, outlined what the next steps will be with the narrowbanding project.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be meeting at the LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua in room 104/105 on Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. for all committee and team members. The meeting is open to all participants and anyone wishing to get involved.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) recently announced his intent to seek a second term in the State Senate.

"Since my election to the Senate three years ago, I have fought hard for the 250,000 residents of this district, from Maidencreek to McAdoo," said Argall. "We have written and passed some important legislation to improve our local job climate, but there is still much work to do for the people of this district."

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Christopher Czapla, principal of the Tamaqua Area Middle School, has released the names of students attaining honor roll status for the second marking period of the 2011-2012 school year.

To be eligible for Highest Honors, students must maintain a cumulative average of 95 or higher, with no grade lower than a 93.

For High Honors, students must earn grades of 90 or higher, with no grade lower than 86. An average of 86 or above, with no grade lower than 78 is required for honors status.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured late last night is a tractor trailer that got stuck while traveling on Grier Avenue (SR1017) at the "horseshoe curve" in Delano. Even though there are multiple signs posted restricting vehicles over 40 feet from traveling on the road, tractor trailer drivers still wind up getting stuck on the steep and sharp curve. Only a few hours before this incident, the driver of a pickup truck flipped his truck after taking the sharp turn too tight. The driver of the tractor trailer stated that larger signs should be put up. Volunteers from the Delano and Ryan Township fire companies responded and closed the road during both incidents. No injuries were reported in either incident.

Despite multiple posted signs restricting vehicles over 40 feet from traveling on Grier Avenue (SR1017), trucks still continue through and get stuck on the steep, sharp incline.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce is sending out an alert about a business scam involving the company name (SMS, ROI, ROI-na, roi-na.com GPS, ABS), which are all names of the same consulting company.

The chamber's notice states, "Their scam is to send a business consultant to your business with the claim to help your business. In fact they send a 'consultant' who's sole job is manage to get more billable hours out. The client ends up with a very expensive invoice for a worthless business report.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Two area men were among seven defendants who had their probations revoked by Schuylkill County judges.

Timothy J. Postupack, 33, had his probation revoked by President Judge William E. Baldwin and he was re-sentenced on a unlawful restraint charge to serve nine to 23 months in the county prison with 49 days credit for time served.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Blake Roberts, a student at Jack and Jill Preschool, tows a wagon filled with non perishable food items up the aisle at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lehighton.

Trinity Lutheran Church celebrated Jack and Jill Preschool's donation of food to the church food pantry and then honored the teacher, Shelly Zellner, for 20 years of service to the school.

The church service, held Sunday, began with preschool students carrying food items in their hands, in miniature shopping carts and wagons to transport the food items up the church aisle where it was accepted by Carolyn Long, director of the Lehighton Trinity Food Pantry.

"Thank you," said Long. "This is wonderful kids. This food will go to help other children who do not have food."

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Election season is in full swing and your GOP candidates can use your help, said MaryEllen Salerno, chairperson of the Carbon County Republican Club.

Pennsylvania law requires that anyone running for office, obtain valid signatures through the petition process. The Carbon County GOP has petitions for presidential candidates, United States Senate candidates, congressional candidates, and state representative candidates.