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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

With the General Election only seven weeks away, Frannie Brennan, director of the Schuylkill County Election Bureau, released important dates to remember before the Nov. 6 event.

Ÿ Tuesday, Oct. 9, last day to register to be eligible to vote in the general election.

Ÿ Tuesday, Oct. 30, last day before the election absentee ballot applications for civilian absentee ballots shall be received in the office of the county election bureau in Pottsville at any time prior to 5 p.m. from certain persons.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua police officer Matt Houser looks over the remains of a carpet that was set on fire on the front porch of a home on Race Street Sunday night.

Tamaqua police were called to 124 Race Street around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday after someone set a carpet ablaze on the front porch of the home.

Neighbors were quick to extinguish the fire at the intersection of Bowe and Race sts. before it could spread. Two people were home at the time and didn't know about it until they heard their neighbors outside.

Neighbors reported seeing a "shadow covered" thin boy running away from the fire.

Police encourage anyone with information concerning this incident to call them at (570) 668-5000.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Family, police officers and firefighters load Matt Bynon's casket into the back of the Tamaqua Rescue Squad truck. Bynon was a longtime volunteer and officer of the squad.

"Matt Bynon had a love of life."

Those were the words given by friend Edith Moyer during the funeral service held for Bynon yesterday morning at the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home in Tamaqua.

After having fought a courageous battle against cancer, Matthew M. Bynon, 39, passed away Wednesday in his home on North Lehigh Street.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

An American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be held in Tamaqua this Wednesday, from 1 to 6 p.m., in the social hall of St. John United Church of Christ, Pine and Biddle Streets.

Anyone 17 or older, who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good general health, is eligible to donate blood.

This visit is being sponsored by the Alpha Theta Masters chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

For more information on blood donations, or to schedule an appointment, visit the website

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

All of the persons arraigned on criminal charges Monday before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon at the Schuylkill County courthouse entered pleas of not guilty and requested jury trials.

They included:

John Edward Klein Jr., 28, of 330 Fillmore St., Bethlehem, charged by Schuylkill Haven Patrolman David T. George, with possession of a CS in 300 block of Centre St.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Courtesy MahoningTownship Police A photo taken from surveilance video shows suspect in the Wal-mart fraud.

A male entered the Mahoning Township Wal-mart store on Sept. 8 and used a flat cart to to pick up grass seed, a garden hose, and other items in the Lawn and Garden section.

He then took the items to the service desk where he fraudulently returned them and received cash. He was observed in a video operating a Ford Crown Victoria which appears to be a used police vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call township police at (570) 386-2241 or by email at

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Carbon County Environmental Education Center presents, "Fall plant swap", on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Residents are urged to dip up and separate any plants from their garden in need of thinning or removal. Bring them to the center and trade with other gardeners for something new.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
TN FILE PHOTO/DONALD R. SERFASS  Lora Werner of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry returns to Tamaqua Thursday to update the progress on finding the cause of a rare blood disease found in Schuylkill, Carbon and Luzerne counties.

Local residents will be updated Thursday on the government's progress to get to the bottom of a rare blood disease in a tri-county region.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) will conduct an informational session on polycythemia vera (PV) research projects in the area of Schuylkill, Luzerne, and Carbon counties on Sept. 20 at the Tamaqua Public Library.

The availability session, set up as two presentations an hour apart, will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the library's 30 South Railroad St. location.

Monday, September 17, 2012
Andrew Leibenguth/Times News

A man was taken to the hospital just after 6 p.m. Sunday after wrecking his BMW motorcycle along Moss Glen Road and State Road in Ryan Township. Responding were Ryan Township and Delano Fire Companies, APTS, Ryan Township Rescue and State Police. Fire police closed the road for the duration. State Police are investigating.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday approved a number of seminar/training requests, and one resignation.

Part-time parking meter attendant Eileen M. McGlynn, Jim Thorpe, resigned effective Sunday, Sept. 16.

Requests approved include:

Ÿ Area Agency on Aging employees Susan Zeigler and Hannah Breiner will attend Apprise Regional Updates in Wilkes Barre. The county will pay for mileage and meals.

Ÿ Cooperative Extension employees Georgia Farrow and Diane Sniscak will attend Access 4-H, also in Wilkes Barre. The county will pay for mileage and meals.