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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured is Bob Pickett talking to visitors during his "How to survive a zombie apocaypse and other disasters" seminar held recently at the I Said Read Me bookstore in Tamaqua. The seminars are in conjunction with the National Preparedness Month Coalition, which Pickett is associated with. The seminars supplement the Ready.Gov advice of "Make a kit, Make a plan, Get informed" by showing people how they can prepare for disasters by taking simple steps.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Tamaqua Salvation Army Men's Home League and Women's Club meet every Tuesday at 5 p.m. to enjoy activities, socializing and trips. Anyone can attend. Stop by the Tamaqua Salvation Army, 105 West Broad Street, or call (570) 668-0410 for more information.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The driver of this pickup truck died after he drove off the side of the SR209 and hit a high tension PPL pole.

A Rush Township man died when his pickup truck left SR209 in Schuylkill Township about 3:39 p.m. yesterday and crashed into a utility pole. The crash was a quarter-mile east of the Tuscarora exit.

State police at Frackville identified the victim as James P. Weeks, 45, of Quakake. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School will welcome new high school Principal Bob Vlasaty, left, and assistant high school Principal Scott Pyne, right. Vlasaty was appointed by the board last month, while Pyne was appointed on Monday.

A former academic coach at Bangor Area High School has taken over as the new assistant principal at Northern Lehigh High School.

The school board unanimously agreed on Monday to appoint Scott Pyne to the post at a salary of $77,000 (prorated 2011-12 school year), effective upon his release from his current position.

That action came after the board accepted the resignation of Donald Allen, effective the end of the work day July 28, 2011.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Carbon County jury found a Lansford man not guilty of three counts of simple assault following a two-day trial.

Stevin L. Gaffney, 27, was charged by Nesquehoning police for an incident that occurred in the 100 block of W. Railroad Street on July 11, 2010. He was accused of assaulting Joe Hutta. Hutta sustained injuries to his left eye.

Gaffney claimed self-defense in the incident saying Hutta threw the first punch and he defended himself.

The trial was held before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

American Regent, Inc. is conducting a nationwide voluntary recall of five lots of Vasopressin Injection, USP 20 units/mL (200 units/10mL), 10 mL Multiple Dose Vials; 11 lots of Vasopressin Injection, USP 20 units/mL, 1 mL Multiple Dose Vials; and one lot of Vasopressin Injection, USP 10 units/0.5 mL, 0.5 mL Multiple Dose Vials to the Retail/Hospital level.

Recall of this product was initiated by American Regent, Inc. last week because some vials may not maintain potency throughout their shelf-life.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Lehighton school directors, who have been under siege at public meetings for the last 14 months, used the power of their office and a state meeting code to terminate the "courtesy to the floor" privilege, which had been a regular feature at the end of each agenda. The courtesy of the floor has deteriorated into being a time to launch charges and accusations against board members. Board president Marion Reid quoted from a guidebook for Pennsylvania Open Meeting Laws, which stated allowing the public to speak is not required.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Fair opens tomorrow for a five-day run along Little Gap Road in Palmerton. Fair hours are 3-11 p.m. With plenty of free parking, good food, rides and entertainment, the fair offers a great value to families. Opening ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, when the 2011 Fair Queen will be crowned.

Volunteers and vendors were hard at work early this week preparing for the opening of the 12th annual Carbon County Fair, which opens Wednesday and will run through Sunday, Aug. 14 from 3-11 p.m. each day.

The fair offers families an alternative to a costly vacation. During the five days, visitors will find plenty of food, entertainment and rides. The fair will be open rain or shine.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Attorney Lynn Bressi, 63, of Pottsville, who was employed as a custody counselor at the Schuylkill County courthouse, will be arraigned next Monday in the county district attorney's office facing several criminal charges

Charges of theft by deception, receiving stolen property, tampering with public records, criminal sollicitation and intimidating witnesses have been filed by Pottsville Capt. Richard Wojciechowsky.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, recently held its first annual mini-golf tournament at Heislers Golf Course in Tamaqua . Over 60 participants, making up more than 15 foursomes, competed for prizes including low score as a team and the low score for both males and females in categories for Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. In addition, 15 certificates for free ice cream cones were awarded for holes-in-one and other ahletic accomplishments. The winners were Joshua, Julia and Joanne Jurick and Jakub Kantyka for lowest foursome score.