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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A nine-month pregnant 25-year-old woman was struck by a car Tuesday afternoon in the Walmart parking lot in Mahoning Township.

The incident occurred at 3:13 p.m. as the woman was walking in the lot carrying a 2-year-old child. The two were knocked to the ground. The woman was treated at the scene by members of the Mahoning Valley ambulance and Lehighton paramedics before being transported to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Trauma Center in Allentown.

There is no word on the condition of the child.

Mahoning Township police are investigating the incident.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrat Tom Wolf has been sworn in as Pennsylvania's 47th governor, replacing Republican Tom Corbett.

Wolf took his oath of office Tuesday before a huge crowd gathered for the ceremony outside the Capitol.

The 65-year-old Wolf is calling for bipartisanship in a divided state government and has said his goals are creating good-paying jobs, good schools and a government that works.

Wolf is a former businessman who ran his family's business for nearly 30 years. He tapped his personal wealth to give himself a leg up in his first election campaign.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Dollar Tree Inc., with this outlet in Hometown and a few other local sites, has offered $8.5 billion to purchase Family Dollar Stores Inc.

Dollar variety stores are a throwback to the old five-and-10 cent stores, often called the five and dime.

The popular venues for bargains have become a $56 billion industry and growing, according to financial records.

Research by Colliers International, a global commercial real estate company, indicates there are more dollar stores in America than drug stores.

The proliferation of dollar stores can be attributed, in part, to the failure of other commercial outlets.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Although no one will venture a guess as to when, if ever, Tamaqua will get its long-awaited bypass for Route 309, The Tamaqua Planning Commission has succeeded in having the project stamped "highest priority" by the Schuylkill County Planning Commission.

Tamaqua Borough Council, its planning commission and the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce have been pushing for the bypass for a number of years.

A study conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has identified five possible routes around the community.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf listens as Dennis Davin, the nominee for secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, answers questions at a news conference in Pittsburgh on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Davin is the current director of Allegheny County Economic Development. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

HARRISBURG (AP) Tom Wolf, the only Democrat nationally to unseat a sitting Republican governor in the Nov. 4 election, was poised to be sworn in Tuesday as Pennsylvania's 47th governor at an outdoor ceremony at the state Capitol.

The former businessman's personal wealth and political circumstances helped sweep him into Pennsylvania's highest public office as he crushed GOP Gov. Tom Corbett's re-election bid by winning nearly 55 percent of the vote.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Work crews of the Tamaqua Area Water Authority excavate Monday to gain access to a leaking water line at Cumberland Avenue in Hometown, one of two infrastructure failures addressed within a one-block area.

If there's anything worse for water customers than a January water main break, it's two water main breaks at the same place, same time.

Two breaches Monday in the water delivery infrastructure along Hometown's Cumberland Avenue kept work crews busy around the clock and customers devoid of water.

The first breach took place on a Rush Township right of way located between the properties of Cynthia Boris and Carol Cicioni, near Lincoln Street.

Boris said she noticed water bubbling up from the ground in that area around 7 a.m.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The board of directors of Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 adopted Policy No. 226.1 Monday, which allows use of metal detectors at its school facilities.

In late 2014, the IU bought three metal detector wands, costing "between $200 and $300 apiece," Diane M. Niederriter, IU 29 executive director, said during the meeting.

The policy is effective immediately, she said.

"Everyone may be subject to metal detection," according to the policy, which also allows for "random screenings."

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Family Dollar store in Tamaqua will close Saturday after 30 years as an anchor at 137 N. Railroad St., a site commonly known as the Genetti Shopping Center.

Its lease expired, a Tamaqua variety store will close Saturday after 30 years at the same location and employees will be sent elsewhere.

Family Dollar, 137 N. Railroad St., is in the final days of a merchandise liquidation sale at its location at the former 2.7-acre Genetti Shopping Center.

The site is owned by Tamstan Realty of Hazleton.

Late last year the corporation applied for a variance to construct a new store at the corner of East Spruce and South Center streets, Route 309.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A free community dinner will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Race Street in Jim Thorpe.

This month spaghetti with meatballs will be served.

For more information, call the church at 570-325-2241.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

J. E. M. Hair Designs LLC, Hometown, is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

The all-you-can-eat dinner is set for 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Hometown Fire Company, Route 54. Children under age 2 will be admitted free.

Tickets will be available at the door or can be bought in advance. More information: 570-668-5233 or 570-778-5044.