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Monday, July 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured are rescuers cooling down at the Weatherly Ambulance recovery tent, staged across from the CEMA command point.

Rescue crews and paramedics, most utilizing four-wheelers and other off-road vehicles, spent a little over an hour Sunday traversing four square miles of Lehigh Anthracite property between Lansford and Nesquehoning as they searched for a missing teenage girl who reportedly fell down a cliff.

Just after 10:30 a.m. two teenage girls flagged down Nesquehoning Police officers as the teenagers exited the woods on SR209 near the WMGH/WLSH radio station. They told officers their friend had possibly injured herself after falling down a cliff and couldn't get herself back up.

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Weatherly woman was killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning. State police at Hazleton said the crash occurred about 5:36 a.m. along SR4006 in Banks Township.

Troopers said Mary E. Doria, 68, was westbound when her 1992 Oldsmobile sedan left the roadway and struck a ditch.

Doria was taken from the scene to the Hazleton General Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival, troopers said.

Monday, July 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Gregory Badger, Collegeville, entertains visitors while playing his old time calliope.

Thousands of visitors enjoyed warmer weather outside, while over 500 took advantage of the cooler temperatures inside the mine during the Fourth Annual Coal Miner's Festival, held Sunday at the No. 9 Mine and Museum in Lansford.

Dozens of unique attractions and exhibits were offered as part of this year's festival. In keeping with the theme, the coal miner's competition and demonstrations were educational as well as fun.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Victor Helmer, Star Route, Jim Thorpe, today urged hikers and vacationers in the Penn Forest area to be cautious of snakes in that area, their appearance being on the increase because of the hot weather. Yesterday at 4:30 p.m., Helmer, caretaker at the former Dr. Harold Frendt tract, now owned by the Philadelphia YMCA, killed a five-foot rattlesnake with 15 rattles. It measured four inches in diameter from head to tail.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Schuylkill County Tax Claim Bureau, which serves as a trustees of properties obtained for failure to pay real estate tax, recorded in the courthouse the sale of seven properties which were returned to the tax base. Sales were to the following:

Monday, July 11, 2011
Heather Slocum is the second grade winner of the PPL Bright Ideas poster contest.

Heather Slocum, 9, of Jim Thorpe was selected as the second grade winner for the PPL Bright Ideas Energy Efficiency poster contest. Slocum's entry was selected as a winner out of nearly 3,000 entries and was the only winning poster from Carbon County.

In the center of her poster, Slocum drew a globe with kids holding hands. "Save our planet together," she wrote on the poster. Surrounding the globe, she drew many pictures to show how to conserve energy.

"I wanted to draw a lot of pictures to give more information and examples," said Slocum.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The condition of township roads and the use of a new paving machine were scrutinized at the recent meeting of Towamensing Township supervisors.

When asked how much money was spent on the repaving of Koch Road, Guy Seifert was told that approximately $100,000 has been expended for asphalt by July 7. Roadmaster Rodney George said the township did not receive any complaints about the condition of the road.

When Seifert asked if George received any training on using the new $100,000 paving machine, he was told that a salesman from the company came and worked with him.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Carbon County Fair board monthly meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 15 at Blue Mountain Health System Community Center on Sixth and Iron streets, Lehighton. For more information about the fair, go to their website at www.carboncountyfair.com or call (610) 826-1862.

Monday, July 11, 2011

PathStone Child and Family Development program is now taking applications for Early Head Start and Head Start. Children must be age eligible and meet the income guidelines. Families who receive unemployment benefits, work at a low paying job or receive SSI are a few of those who may be income eligible.

Early Head Start serves children from birth to 3 years old. Pregnant women are also eligible for the program. Families living in the Panther Valley, Palmerton, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton and Weatherly school districts are eligible.

Monday, July 11, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A 36-year-old Lehighton woman was seriously injured early Sunday morning when involved in a crash along SR895 in West Penn Township. Police chief Brian Johnson reports Christy Ruch, of 300 North Second St. was traveling east when she lost control of her Chevrolet Tahoe. The vehicle traveled across the roadway at least twice before rolling onto its roof. Johnson said the woman stated she was at a fireworks show in Emerald and was on her way home and possibly fell asleep.