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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The driver of a vehicle that crashed early Sunday morning along a Schuylkill County roadway in which a teenage passenger was killed, only had a learner's permit, according to state police.

Troopers said the 17-year-old Pine Grove male was driving a 1997 Jeep Explorer when it crashed along Hickory Road in Washington Township about 3:25 a.m. Killed in the crash was Brynen Bell, 16, of Pine Grove, a rear seat passenger.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Three incumbent district judges of magisterial districts in Schuylkill County have no opposition in their bid for reelection in the Primary Election on Tuesday, May 17, but in the district in the Frackville area, where there is a vacancy, there are eight candidates seeking the nomination or election. The term of office is six years.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Persons seeking elective offices in Carbon County, boroughs, townships and school districts completed the petition-fililng process earlier this month, officially getting their names on the respective Democratic and Republican ballots.

The final listing of candidates who have filed petitions included:

Democrats

Larry E. Stern, 151 N. Ninth St., Lehighton, Lehighton School Board, four-year term.

Brad M. Doll, 452 Franklin Ave., Palmerton, Magisterial District 56-3-02 judge, six-year term.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tom Bollinger carries Jaggar Serfass as he runs with dog, Lizzy, and Gaige Serfass across an overflow on the Lehigh Canal above Weissport.

Up to four inches of rain last week led to flooding of the Lehigh Canal, the Lehigh River, and the washing away of sections of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Trail.

The U.S. Geological station at Lehighton reported that the Lehigh River crested at nearly 25,000 cubic feet per second in the early morning hours of Friday, March 11. The Lehigh River begins overflowing its banks at approximately 15,000 cfs. The river's flow exceeded that rate for about 12 hours, from late Thursday night to midday on Friday.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Tamaqua Area School District is seeking bids for the renovations of its high school locker rooms.

At Tuesday evening's monthly meeting the district's board of education authorized business manager Connie Ligenza to advertise for the bids for the locker room project.

The board had considered refurbishing the Tamaqua High locker rooms as part of phase two of its guaranteed energy savings project, which includes working with McClure Inc., Harrisburg, for the installation of geothermal heating systems at Tamaqua and West Penn Elementary schools.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has placed a 26-ton (39-ton for combinations) weight restriction on the Hatchery Road Bridge over Wild Creek in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County.

A recent inspection of the bridge showed deterioration to the bridge beams. Vehicles weighing over 26-tons or 39-tons for combinations must seek an alternate route.

The Hatchery Road Bridge is a non-composite box beam bridge built in 1956. It is 27 feet long and 28.9 feet wide. This area of Hatchery Road has an average daily traffic volume of 360 vehicles.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Lehigh County man who took police on a wild chase that began in Palmerton and continued through Whitehall to the Pennsylvania Turnpike has been apprehended.

Mounzer Youssef Afif, 46, of Bethlehem, was scheduled to go before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton this morning on one count each of fleeing or attempting to elude police officers, recklessly endangering another person, driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked, drivers required to be licensed, maximum speed limits, driving on roadways laned for traffic, reckless driving and resisting arrest.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A new phrase has been coined – "cell phonography".

It means taking photographs with a cell phone. If your first reaction to that is, "I don't make phone calls on my camera; why should I take pictures with my phone?" come to the March meeting of the Palmerton Camera Club on March 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 5th and Lafayette, Palmerton. You can find out all you need to get started.

Cell phone images are notoriously blurry and dull. But just Google "cell phone photography" and you will find beautiful images worthy of being called art.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Andreas General George S. Patton Jr. VFW Post 5069 provided a $1,000 donation to the Tamaqua Public Library. Gayle Heath, library director, stated the donation came at a great time as state funding for public libraries has been decreasing by about 1.3 percent each year since 2008. Pictured from left are VFW Post 5069 Chaplain Ted Bogosh, Heath and VFW Post 5069 quartermaster Harold Osenbach.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua borough workers spent Tuesday repairing a small water main break located in Yetten Circle. Residents living on Yetten Circle and at the Laurel Run Commons in Pitt Street, in addition to a small number of surrounding homes were affected. No water boil advisory was needed as pressure loss was minimal.