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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The building which formerly housed the Cardinal Brennan High School, located at 130 Academy Lane, Butler Township, Schuylkill County, was removed from tax exemption by the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board after a hearing in the county court. The request for placing the property, which contains 95.5 acres, was made by North Schuylkill School District.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Thousands attended the annual Republican Party of Carbon County picnic at the Lehighton Fair Grounds. Chairman W. D. McCay of Coleraine, Lancaster County spoke at the social event. The Lehighton Boys Band, directed by Charles Kueblere, provided spirited music throughout the day's festivities. Irwin W. Bennett, of Franklin Township, the party's choice for a return to the office of representative in the General Assembly from Carbon County, gave remarks.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

During the public comment portion of the Jim Thorpe Area School Board meeting, resident Peter McGuire raised questions and concerns about a motion that was voted on at the previous school board meeting. The motion involved the removal of top soil from the high school football stadium.

Currently the Jim Thorpe High School football stadium is being renovated. The top soil from the field was originally to be removed and used on the practice field. During the renovation, engineers from EI Associates stated the soil was substandard and could not be used on the practice field.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lehighton Dunkin' Donuts was one of the local franchise Dunkin' Donuts which helped raise $19,700 to support St. Joseph's Center in Scranton.

It is Dunkin' Donuts or Northeastern Pa.'s second consecutive year working with St. Joseph's Center, donating in total more than $42,000 since last summer's initial fundraising program.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Amidst all the colossal fire trucks and marching bands during the Annual Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania parade held in Lake Harmony Saturday, smaller things, like this monarch butterfly, always seem to stand out. Junior firefighter Tyler Michael, 14, Albrightsville Fire Company, holds still as the butterfly lands on his patch, while fire police volunteer Stephen Kanyuck, Albrightsville Fire Company, gives a slight smurk as the butterfly perches on his hand prior to the start of the parade.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Between 70 to 80 military vehicles ranging from WWII to present day filled a large section of the parking area outside of the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert during the Redball Military Transport Fall Military Vehicle Rally and Show which was held there last Friday and Saturday.

Once again, last weekend, the Redball Military Transport Fall Military Vehicle Rally and Show brought history back to life at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert.

Whether for a youngster curious to see some of the vehicles that Grandpa may have told them about from his service days, or a veteran searching for memories, the rally did not disappoint.

A wide variety of military vehicles filled a large section of the parking area outside of the fairgrounds while inside there was just about every spare part for them that one could ever need.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fifteen area residents entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County Court.

Betty J. Dolly, 39, of 418 E. Patterson St., Lansford, on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol was sentenced to serve 90 days to five years in the county prison, fined $1,500, pay $300 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), and shall receive outpatient treatment. Dolly was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Matthew Bynon.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

McCann School of Business and Technology has announced the implementation of an articulation agreement with Pennsylvania College of Technology. This agreement allows graduates of McCann, from any of 13 different degree programs, to enter Central Pennsylvania College at third year status and complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Technology Management. This newest agreement compliments the existing articulation agreement between the two educational institutions for the Paralegal program.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The very prospect of a program that aims to strengthen families and help children succeed may seem too good to be true.

Yet, that's exactly what families can expect when they sign up for a free program for parents and caregivers and their middle school-age children.

Back by popular demand, the Strengthening Families Program will be available in the Northern Lehigh School District over a seven-week period.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Although some of the activities of United Way's Day of Caring in Monroe County had to be changed, good work for various community institutions was still being done during the heavy rain of Sept. 24. David Rodriguez, vice president of Citizen's Bank and manager of the Tannersville branch, as well as Lucille Lama, also a vice president and and assistant manager at the Brodheadsville branch, worked for several hours helping the Brodheadsville Head Start organize its collection of books instead of doing the pre-weather scheduled painting.