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Friday, August 1, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE times news Tom Frendak of Coaldale will ride in a truck with NASCAR drivers at the start of the race Sunday.

Coaldale resident Tom Frendak will get the chance of a lifetime this Sunday.

Frendak will be up close and personal with two NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers when he climbs aboard a Chevy silverado truck after driver introductions.

He will then take a wave lap with the two Sprint Cup stars before the start of the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono International Raceway.

He won't know which drivers he'll be riding with until the race on Sunday.

Friday, August 1, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS William R. Hoffman, 66 of Pottsville, was killed Thursday afternoon when he was struck by a van in Mahanoy Township.

A tree service construction worker was struck and killed by a vehicle early Thursday afternoon in Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said the incident occurred at 12:51 p.m. along the Morea Road, just west of Route 54, in Mahanoy Township.

Troopers identified the victim as William R. Hoffman, 66, of Pottsville.

Troopers said Cathy Ann Moss, 67, of Barnesville, was driving a 2001 Dodge Caravan westbound toward Frackville when she struck Hoffman, who was controlling traffic at the time as a flagman.

Police did not identify his employer.

Friday, August 1, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua firefighters were dispatched to Penn Street on Thursday afternoon for a potential carbon monoxide incident, the second such call in two weeks in the same general neighborhood.

For the second time in two weeks, firefighters responded to a potential carbon monoxide incident in Tamaqua's South Ward community.

A Schuylkill Communications Center dispatch at 3:10 p.m. Thursday sent emergency responders to a wood frame house at 206 Penn St.

However, there were no reports of illness at that location, and firefighters believe a carbon monoxide detector triggered for an unknown reason.

"It looks to be a malfunctioning unit," said Capt. Jason Hartz, Citizens Fire Company.

Friday, August 1, 2014
Sgt. 'A.J.' Baddick

Andrew Joseph "A.J." Baddick was a good kid growing up in Jim Thorpe, an affable young man who offered up his free time and energy to volunteer with fire and ambulance crews.

And on Sept. 29, 2003, Baddick, then 26 and a sergeant in the U.S. Army, offered up his own life as he dove into a murky canal near Abu Ghraib prison, Iraq, to rescue a soldier whose Humvee had plunged into the water during a mortar attack.

When it became clear the man had died, Baddick, an avid swimmer, again dove into the water, this time to recover the fallen soldier's body.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Where does a 4 1/2 foot boa constrictor sleep? In the case of a Summit Hill man, nap time is in the dashboard of a 1996 Pontiac.

The car, owned by Joseph Kupec, became the home of the snake after Kupec and two other Summit Hill residents purchased it for $225 from a farmer's market in Quakertown.

Friday, August 1, 2014

The annual giveaway at the Lutheran Church of St. John in-the-Heights, Jim Thorpe, begins Thursday and will continue through Aug. 23.

The giveaway includes free clothing, shoes, boots, winter coats, dress suits, linens, baby items, and small household items.

The hours will be as follows:

Ÿ 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 7, Aug. 14 and Aug. 21

Ÿ 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Fridays, Aug. 8, Aug. 15 and Aug. 22

Ÿ 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 9, Aug. 16 and Aug. 23

Friday, August 1, 2014

St. Matthew's Evangelical Church is hosting a blood drive in memory of three individuals Aug. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 222 Church St., Lehighton.

The event, sponsored by Miller-Keystone Blood Center, honors the late Linda Muffley, and Dylan and Gavin Crum.

Gavin 14, of Lehighton, lost a battle with Leukemia on Nov. 27, 2012.

Dylan, 15, succumbed to cancer in 2010.

Muffley, the Crums' aunt, passed away in February. She was a member of St. Matthew's, sang on the parish choir, and served on the church council and the cemetery board.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Carbon County Commissioners are looking at ways to help lifeguards get certified.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard said the board is looking at ways to help solve the issue of a lack of lifeguards at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

One way the county is looking at is partnering with area community pools to hold lifeguard training courses at a reduced cost, or reimbursing the cost for training.

Currently, the lifeguards must cover the $300 fee for certification and the $125 biennial recertification fee.

Friday, August 1, 2014

At a special personnel meeting on July 31, Towamensing Township supervisors voted to terminate secretary Lora Nothstein. She had been suspended without pay on July 23. She also has been removed from the position of chief pension officer. No reason was given at this time.

Assistant secretary Brenda Drew has taken over both positions. Her pay rate will continue at $12 per hour, which is what she was getting in the assistant position.

The vote to remove Nothstein was unanimous, with Supervisor Tom Newman absent.

Friday, August 1, 2014

The bridge currently under construction over the Lehigh River in Jim Thorpe will be named for Sgt. Andrew J. Baddick, Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and Sen. John Yudicak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) said today.

Baddick died on Sept. 23, 2003, while trying to save a fellow soldier from his submerged military vehicle in Iraq. The designation is a result of Act 124 of 2014, which was recently signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett.