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Thursday, August 15, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Wearing a warm hoodie this morning, Bill Manness Sr. stops inside a Tamaqua mini mart on his way to work.

Unusually low temperatures over the past few weeks are making peopleask what happened to the warmer weather?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Coaldale man who was found guilty by a jury of simple assault and recklessly endangering charges lost his appeal in the Pennsylvania Superior Court to have the sentence overturned.

George Joseph Bonetsky, 35, who resided at 262 Fourth St., in his appeal challenged the sufficiency of evidence. The higher court rejected his argument that the commonwealth failed to establish the offenses culpability and agreed with the Schuylkill County Trial Judge Jacqueline Russell that there was sufficient evidence upon which a jury could find him guilty.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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Returning soldier Specialist Craig Welsh of Summit Hill looks for family members as he walks off the bus.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Mold grows on living room rug and furniture in a vacant house at 132 W. Ridge St., Coaldale.

A Schuylkill County judge has ruled the owner of a vacant, mold-infested Coaldale house must ante up $2,393 to help fix the problem, and that the borough is allowed to enter the property to abate the nuisance.

The ruling, handed down by Judge John Domalakes on Aug. 6, was a bit of good news for Ron and Ruthanne Kehl, who live in the adjoining home at 134 W. Ridge St., and who have been battling for years to have the health hazard cleaned up.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Grace Community Church, Lansford, will hold its 5th annual community block party beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18.

The event will be held in the area of 15 W. Ridge St. An 11 a.m. outdoor church service will start the festive day.

The party will include face painting, carnival games, a dunk tank, Buster the Clown, food, and live entertainment by "Eden" of Shickshinny, Luzerne County.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Students at Mountain Karate Academy will be "Kicking for the Kids" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Carbon Plaza Mall. The event, which includes, forms and individual performances, will benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

The event is being coordinated by Rich and Sharyl Maglionico.

There will also be a Chinese auction and refreshments available.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-29) is looking for input from local taxpayers, school directors, and health care and insurance experts on a proposal to reduce costs by merging public school health care plans.

"The goal is to save tax dollars across the state," Argall said. "Health care is a large cost for each of our 500 school districts across the state. I want to know how we can best merge plans to lower the cost to our taxpayers."

Argall notes that before he introduces the final version of the bill, he wants input from local constituents.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Parryville U.M.C., located at the corner of Main and Chestnut streets in Parryville, is hosting a free luncheon on Saturday, Aug. 31 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the church. All are welcome.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The quality of life just got better in Coaldale.

Council on Tuesday adopted a "quality of life" ordinance that allows police to hand out tickets on the spot to people who allow trash, weeds or pet feces to accumulate, or who put old living room furniture or appliances outside, or who otherwise violate the rules.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

On Thursday, Aug. 22, Northern Lehigh High School will hold its annual Freshman Orientation Day.

The transition from middle school to high school is often difficult for many students, and the purpose of this day is to introduce the students to their new surroundings, and prepare them for the final stages of their public education.