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Monday, August 6, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Sunday's violent storms caused trees and power lines to fall throughout our area. Pictured is a tree and power line on Spring Mountain Road in Weatherly taken down by high winds. Some communities reported seeing hail fall. The weather also postponed Beaver Meadow's Arts and Crafts Festival and Philharmonic Concert. Organizers said the new date of the festival will be announced at a later date. Responding to downed trees in Banks Township were Weatherly firefighters and fire police.

Saturday, August 4, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua firefighters apply foam to the gutted remains of an S.T.S. bus that had stopped to pick up clients at Tamaqua Adult Day Care on Friday afternoon and suddenly burst into flames. The blaze is under investigation.

Fast response by firefighters and police is credited with averting a tragedy and potential injury or loss of life after a bus burst into flames Friday afternoon on busy US209 in Tamaqua.

Police, firefighters and emergency responders were summoned to the corner of West Broad and Swatara streets at 2:05 p.m. for what Schuylkill Communications Center dispatchers reported as "a bus fully involved."

Saturday, August 4, 2012

A jury will begin hearing testimony Monday morning at the courthouse in Pottsville in the trial of Frederick Stumhofer of Orwigsburg for the fatal shooting of his father at his parent's home last fall.

President Judge William E. Baldwin is the trial judge.

Saturday, August 4, 2012
Bullies in the workplace - Intimidation doesn't end with high school graduation

It can be as subtle as not being invited to join co-workers at lunch to as obvious as being routinely singled out and publicly berated. It can cause high blood pressure and a lowered immune system.

Bullying doesn't stop with high school graduation: Organizations that track intimidation are reporting increasing instances of bullying in the workplace.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

William G. Wildoner, 72, of 689 Barnesville Drive, Barnesville, former Ryan Township Tax Collector, will be arraigned Monday morning in the Schuylkill County Court on theft charges.

Charges of one count each of theft by unlawful taking or disposing of funds and theft by unlawful taking or disposing of funds and two counts each of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds and receiving stolen property.

Saturday, August 4, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Family and friends practice washing cars for Sunday's (8 a.m. - 2 p.m.) carwash fundraiser at West End Physical Therapy, located on the corner of Rt. 209 and Silver Spring Boulevard in Kresgeville, to benefit Jonathan Gilliam, fourth from right, who is battling cancer. Jamie Dorshimer, third from right, wanted to do something to help her Pleasant Valley classmate and organized the event.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Frank Potoczak, owner of the Castle Grill in Lehighton, has assumed the presidency of the Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee (LDIC).

Potoczak had been vice president. He succeeds Todd Zimmerman, who resigned as president last month.

The vice presidency is currently vacant. Other officers are Georgia Traupman, secretary, and Potoczak, acting treasurer.

Potoczak said one of his main priorities is looking for new members. "We're looking for new people to get involved."

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Friends of U.S. Congressional candidate Laureen Cummings sponsored a picnic on July 31 at Jim Thorpe Memorial Park to give the candidate an opportunity to hear from voters in Carbon County.

During the event, Cummings first made her way to each individual to listen to their concerns and hear what they are looking for in a candidate. In a speech that followed, she espoused her Pro-Life/Pro-Second Amendment/Small Government beliefs.

"She's down to earth, has great values, and is passionate about this district and our country!" said Kristen Marks, an interested observer.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

A nice alternative to the costly family vacation is the 13th annual Carbon County Fair, which opens Tuesday and runs through Saturday, Aug. 11.

Volunteers and vendors were hard at work this week preparing for the fair which will be open from 3-to-11 p.m. each day, rain or shine. This year's theme is "Blue Jeans and Country Dreams." During the five days, visitors will find plenty of food, entertainment and rides. The opening ceremony and fair queen crowning will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Saturday, August 4, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Akantha Susko publishes the 2012 Carbon County map, which is available at many shops and attractions in Carbon County.

Looking for things to do in Carbon County?

What you need is a map, an illustrated map of Carbon County – a map that shows the attractions and shops and shows you where to find them, all packaged in an easy-to-understand, fun to use, and suitable to be framed format.

Where do you find this map? All over. In just about every shop, restaurant and attraction in Carbon County you can find one on a table, counter or rack just inside the entryway. It's the free Carbon County map.