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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

PennDOT bridge inspectors in each of the agency's 11 districts are doing precautionary inspections of bridges around the state after yesterday's 5.9 magnitude earthquake that was centered near Richmond, Virginia.

"We have no reason to believe the Virginia earthquake caused major damage to any state roadways or bridges," said Scott Christie, P.E., PennDOT's Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration. "But to err on the side of caution, we are assessing those bridges that could be susceptible to quake damage."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Tamaqua Lady Raider Soccer Boosters have selected their major project for the 2011-2012 school year. The club will be focusing its efforts on providing covered benches, for the home and visiting team, at the school district's soccer field.They will be helped in their efforts by the South Ward Playground Association, which will sponsor a mini Chinese Auction and social games this Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Tamaqua Community Center, 233 Center St. Doors open at noon.

For more information, call (570) 386-2500 or (570) 645-6400.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

William R. Gutosky to William J. Gutosky, 15 E. Maple St., P.O. Box 106, Tresckow, property at 15 E. Maple St., $1.

Beaver Meadows

Stanislaw Edmund Domanski to Stanislaw Edmund Domanski, Dean Street, P.O. Box 296, Beaver Meadows, $1.

East Penn Township

Trudy Kunkle to Richard A. Wieand, 94 Hartranft Lane, Lehighton, property at 94 Hartranft Lane, $234,000.

Franklin Township

Ellen L. Machell to Christopher M. McCullion, 115 State Road, Lehighton, property at 115 State Road, $95,000.

Jim Thorpe

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The earth moved in over 29 states across the East Coast Tuesday afternoon as a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck in Mineral, Va.

The reason for the widespread quake, officials are reporting, is due to the hard coal-based rock that makes up the Appalachian Mountain Range.

In Carbon County, telephone systems were flooded as reports of the activity spread across the region, causing cell phone and land lines to get jammed up temporarily in some areas because of the high volume of calls being made.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tuesday's earthquake in Virginia had a magnitude of 5.8. Earthquakes in the central and eastern United States, although less frequent than in the west, are usually felt over a much broader area.

Compared to the west coast, an earthquake east of the Rocky Mountains can be felt over a region as much as 10 times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake. A magnitude 4.0 on the east coast can be felt as far as 60 miles from the epicenter, and can infrequently cause damage near its source.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The West Penn Township planning commission accepted the Act 537 draft for review on Tuesday evening at the municipal building.

Act 537 is part of the Clean Streams Law created to regulate sewage and other pollutants that go into the waters of Pennsylvania, and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is requiring for something to be done about the more than 200 failing waste systems secreting raw sewage in the waterways of Andreas, Clamtown, Reynolds, Snyders and South Tamaqua.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Hazleton man, who was charged in connection with five retail thefts from Walmart Store in Rush Township, was placed on house arrest and seven area residents were among 31 who entered guilty pleas in Schuylkill County court this week. All appeared before President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

In the height of paving season, the last thing a road crew wants or needs is broken equipment. And in Mahoning Township a broken roller caused major problems for the supervisors because of the dilemma it created in Tuesday night's meeting. But supervisors in the end decided with a 4-0 vote to check with Penn-Hazle equipment for a roller as well as seeing if Summit Hill could loan or rent one to the township. If neither panned out, then the motion approved the purchase of a new Case with a trailer and a deferred payment as per Road Crew Leader Ron Reeser's report.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bright's in Lansford and Lehighton will present to all Korean POWs of Carbon County and the Panther Valley area upon their return home, a new suit, according to an announcement made by R. D. Edwards and George H. Bright. The returned veterans will be notified by letter to visit either of Bright's stores, at which time they will be fitted with a suit of their choice. Anyone knowing of a Korean POW who has returned to this area is asked to contact Bright's.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Palmerton has received zero interest in a vacant lot located in the west end of the borough.

No bids were received by the borough on Tuesday for the property at 910 Edgemont Avenue.

As a result, Borough Council will have to mull its options, according to borough Manager Rodger Danielson.

"Council will decide whether to rebid, or see if there's some interest later on," Danielson said.

The borough took over ownership of the property last November.

Prior to that, the property had been abandoned for many years, and cited various times, Danielson said.