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Thursday, September 26, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Demolition workers pull down the final walls of the former St. Stanislaus Catholic Church at Market and Hazard streets in Summit Hill, yesterday afternoon. The church was consolidated several years ago with St. Joseph's Church, also of Summit Hill, and was vacated by the Allentown Diocese.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Homecoming changes

Tamaqua Area High School's annual Homecoming festivities will be celebrated during tomorrow night's football game between the Tamaqua Blue Raiders and Annville-Cleona.

Annville-Cleona has notified Tamaqua that its band will not be traveling to the game, which means a change in the pre-game and half-time festivities.

The Raider Marching Band will play its entire show prior to the football contest, rather than an abbreviated version at halftime. Homecoming activities, including crowning of the king and queen, will still take place at halftime.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

It cost $65,556 for health care for inmates and $40,610 to feed them during the month of August, according to the report made by Warden Eugene Berdanier to the Schuylkill County Prison Board at its quarterly meeting Wednesday in the county prison in Pottsville.

Thursday, September 26, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Dean Emmert, supervisor at Nestle Purina Pet Care Co., right, speaks with job seeker, Joe James of Jim Thorpe, about job openings at Nestle Purina Pet Care Co.

Job seekers met with potential employers yesterday at the Fall Job Fair, held at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall.

The event was coordinated by Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation and Pa Career Link who joined forces to help reduce the unemployment rate in Carbon County.

At 11 a.m., when doors opened, there was a long line of job seekers registering for entrance. Once inside, there were rows upon rows of employers seeking to hire people for a variety of positions.

Thursday, September 26, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Rotary Club senior Students of the Month enjoyed a dinner sponsored by the Rotary Club held at the Carbon Career and Technical Institute Wednesday evening. Front row, from left, are: Jasmyn Strohl, Christian Fields, Haley Cope and Molly McArdle of JTAHS and Alexis Young and Lauren Tompkins of CCTI; and back row, Catherine Condly, JTAHS; Jake McGeehan, JTAHS; Charles Trovato, CCTI; Brandon Huffman, JTAHS; Helen O'Connor, Shane Sutch, and Janai Kerr, all from CCTI.

The Jim Thorpe Rotary club held a dinner for its senior Students of the Month program Tuesday evening at the CCTI cafeteria. Student participants from the Jim Thorpe Area High School and the Carbon Career and Technical Institute will now have the opportunity to attend local Rotary club meetings to "gain an appreciation of a community service organization."

The Rotary organization provides humanitarian services, encourages high ethical standards and strives to promote peace and goodwill worldwide.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Action was taken by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their public meeting Wednesday, held in the courthouse in Pottsville, to submit applications to the state's Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to seek more county land be included in the KOE (Keystone Opportunity Expansion) zone program by requesting tax exemptions for the period from Jan. 1, 2014 and to terminate Dec. 31, 2023.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Pennsylvania town where famed athlete Jim Thorpe was laid to rest six decades ago asked a federal appeals court Monday to throw out a ruling that could clear the way for his remains to be moved to American Indian land in Oklahoma.

A federal district judge erred when he ruled the town of Jim Thorpe amounts to a museum under the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, the town's lawyers wrote in an appeal seeking to block the removal of the athlete's body.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

An elderly Schuylkill County woman was killed in a two vehicle crash on Tuesday when she pulled out in front of another vehicle.

State police at Frackville identified the victim as Edith Lescavage, 78, of Minersville. The crash occurred about 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of SR61 and Darkwater Road, in New Castle Township.

Troopers said Lescavage, operating a 1997 Pontiac Grand Am, was attempting to turn onto 61 from Darkwater Road when she pulled into the path of a 2010 Nissan Frontier truck operated by Vicki Hesse, 43, of Port Carbon, who was southbound.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Lansford Borough Council President Louis Bales said last night that all seven members of council will take lie detector tests in the ongoing investigation of a petty theft at the borough hall.

There were several reported break-ins at the Lansford Borough office on Patterson Street this spring. In one, it was reported a small amount of cash was taken.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

In October the Borough of Lansford will send collection letters to property owners with delinquent sanitation accounts.

The borough, in adherence to borough ordinance, will charge an administrative fee of $25 on each delinquent sanitation account. There are currently over 250 accounts which are delinquent.

Property owners will have 10 days from the date of the delinquent notice to make payment in full.