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Friday, August 3, 2012

A subsidence covering an area from Broad to Third Streets and Church to New Streets did considerable damage at 11:40 p.m. today in Beaver Meadows. It is believed 20 to 30 homes are in the subsidence area.

Persons in the borough said earth tremor sounded similar to a hail storm and it was only after examining their homes that the subsidence was realized. Colonial type posts on the property of Anna Yackanicz, 45 East Broad St., were slanted by the underground movement.

Friday, August 3, 2012

A teacher at a Schuylkill County high school has been charged with having unlawful contact with a teenage girl.

State police at Schuylkill Haven charged Matthew Ryan Pfautz, 29, of Blue Jay Drive, Stevens, Bradford County, on Thursday with corruption of minors and the unlawful contact count.

According to Trooper Chad M. Smith the charges stem from incidents involving a 17-year-old girl at Pine Grove Area High School, where Pfautz is an English teacher. The incidents occurred between Sept. 1, 2001, and May 20, Smith said.

Friday, August 3, 2012
Ino RIvera, Tail Twister for Penn Kidder Lions, presents a check for $103.50 to Barbara Fransosa, President of The Friends of Penn Kidder Library at a recent meeting.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Mike Curtis and Katie Ward sell produce at the Lehighton Farmers' Market, which recently opened along the Stanley Hoffman Boulevard (bypass) in Lehighton. They represent Lyle's Produce in Brodheadsville.

Lehighton's time for an outdoor farmers' market has come.

The new Lehighton Farmers' Market is open between Lehighton Drive and Stanley Hoffman Boulevard, (the bypass) every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, August 3, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Traffic was a nightmare Thursday afternoon along SR248 after an accident closed the westbound lanes just west of the Palmerton exit. The crash occurred just after 5 p.m. as the driver of a late model Mercedes Benz apparently lost control of the car striking the concrete center barrier. The car continued on swerving to the right crossing both lanes impacting with the steel guardrails. The car reentered the roadway crossing both lanes impacting with the barrier a second time. The car continued on sliding along the barrier until it came to rest.

Thursday, August 2, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The Teen Advisory Group at Palmerton Area Library are a little off the wall this summer. They are painting "nice" graffiti on a brick wall in the basement of the library as their summer project, under the direction of adviser and assistant director, Mariann Kmetz and painting adviser, Paula Zelienka. The graffiti are of things that interest the teens like Mickey Mouse, a globe, hearts and hands, a monkey girl, sneakers, dog, Snoopy and Woodstock, music notes and more.

Thursday, August 2, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS The guest speakers at the town meeting at Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly on Wednesday are, from left, state Rep. Doyle Heffley; Weatherly Mayor Tom Connors; Weatherly borough manager Harold Pudliner; Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein; and Henry Desrosiers, director of the Carbon County Veterans Affairs office.

About 30 Carbon County residents attended a recent town meeting, hosted by Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly.

The purpose of the meeting Wednesday was to discuss current issues that the area is facing on the municipal, county and state levels. Guest speakers included state Rep. Doyle Heffley; Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein; Henry Desrosiers, director of the Carbon County Veterans Affairs office; Weatherly Mayor Tom Connors; and Weatherly borough manager Harold Pudliner.

Thursday, August 2, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Russ Unangst, owner, and his companion, Josephine Cacace, stand inside the recently-opened Hillbilly Shootin' Irons, located at 202 Delaware Avenue, Suite 2, in Palmerton.

Imagine a shop that not only sells firearms, but will also provide the know-how to get the right one.

Without question, the recently-opened Hillbilly Shootin' Irons in Palmerton is not just a store, but much, much more.

Located at 202 Delaware Avenue, Suite 2, the business is a full service dealer/store with 40 years of experience in reloading and shooting knowledge.

The business offers gunsmith services, as well as reloading supplies and equipment, according to owner Russ Unangst, who runs the shop along with his companion, Josephine Cacace.

Thursday, August 2, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Several men posing as workers of a local plumbing business entered the home of an elderly woman Wednesday morning in Lehighton and made off with an unknown amount of items. The men told the victim they were with Andreas Plumbing & Heating of Lehighton and were there to do some work. Ironically, the woman uses the services of that firm when she has work done at her home. After the impostors left she discovered items missing.

Thursday, August 2, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Fifth generation West Penn 4-H member Ben Miller, 11, of Landingville, shows off his heifer. He named the cow "Christmas Eve" for the day it was born.

Hundreds of Schuylkill County and Pennsylvania 4-H members, along with numerous local, county and state officials, came together yesterday at the Schuylkill County Fair in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of Pennsylvania's 4-H program.

"We all have a lot of fun hanging out with each other and competing in many championship shows," said Ben Miller, 11, a fifth-generation West Penn 4-H Club member, as he showed off his heifer cow to fair visitors.