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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A McAdoo man pleaded guilty to theft from a Tamaqua area coal company and with 12 other defendants, who pleaded guilty to various criminal charges, were sentenced in the Schuylkill County Court by Judge John E. Domalakes as follows:

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Street paving will be taking place in the borough of Coaldale starting Monday, Aug. 6. Drivers should be alert and are asked to use caution as street closure and new traffic patterns are in place.

Residents are asked to be on the look out for the posting of signs as no parking will be permitted during the time of paving.

Streets to be paved include sections of Lehigh Street and sections of High Street.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Conservation volunteer Dave McSurdy will present an "Indians of Pennsylvania" program on Saturday, Aug. 4, in the Locust Lake Amphitheater at 6:30 p.m.

This program presents the artifacts and the story of Pennsylvania's original inhabitants.

The artifacts are made of stone, bark, and clay and include the skins of animals.

The program will be held in the Locust Lake pavilion in case of rain. The program will be cancelled in the event of thunder/lightning storms.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Due to the diligence of Mahoning Township supervisor Bruce Steigerwalt working with PennDOT, the township finally found a missing exhibit that was originally attached to a traffic light agreement for the light at the intersection of Lowe's and the Carbon Plaza Mall.

In addition, PennDOT supplied the highway occupancy permit that clearly states that access and signage must be maintained by the permittee.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Santa Claus showed up recently for Christmas in July at the Palmerton Memorial Pool. Here, he is shown pictured with Zoey Moyer, 5, of Palmerton.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

West Nile virus is present in Carbon County.

According to a report by the Pennsylvania West Nile Control Program, released Monday, the first mosquito sample that has tested positive for West Nile virus in the county this year was found in Palmerton.

The sample was the 17th mosquito collected and eighth tested in the county.

This is the 926th reported positive result in the state this year.

A total of 40 out of the 67 counties have discovered the virus in mosquitoes; while 15 counties have had dead bird positive results.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS "Sometimes I come here to find peace and serenity," said Amber Bageris, an environmental intern with Lafarge. At Lafarge's Cementon cement manufacturing facility, a 1.62 acre abandoned limestone quarry is now a wetland.

Cementon, the birthplace of Pennsylvania's cement industry, became so because of its abundance of limestone deposits. For more than a century, over half a dozen companies have quarried this resource and helped to build projects as grand as the Empire State Building and the Panama Canal.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Industrial designer Nic East leaves compressor room where he was trapped at temperatures of up to 115 degrees.

If you haven't seen the work of industrial designer Nic East, then you have been missing one of the premier artistic experiences in Jim Thorpe. With his wife Eileen, he operates Hill Home Forge-a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired combination home, bed-and-breakfast, and workshop for this designer of metal, wood and glass artworks.

East's latest project is a redesign of Hill Home Forge's kitchen cabinetry. He designed a set of custom drawer pulls for the new cabinetry and realized that he would need a fixture to position the knobs.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Cressona Band will be presenting two concerts in the area.

On Sunday, August 5, at they will appear at Heisler's Dairy Bar, Lewistown Valley from 4-6 p.m. The concert is free to the public and is being sponsored by Heisler's. Please bring a lawn chair. For more info, please call 622-8784.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A number of defendants recently waived their right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua, as their cases proceeded through the criminal court system.

Gary Leland Scott Jr., 25, of 14 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and criminal mischief by Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods. The charges stem from a June 17 incident.

Bail was set at $50,000. Unable to post the required 10 percent, Scott was incarcerated in the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville.