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Monday, August 27, 2012

The contract for the remodeling of the late Andrew J. Breslin garage at Summit Hill into a dress making factory has been awarded to Oliver Miller, Summit Hill, contractor. The property was purchase by William F. Sunshine, New York. He proposes to employ 200 girls in the manufacture of attire for women. Work is expected to be started in early September.

Monday, August 27, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Eight-year-old Shannon Coman of Gilbert chomps on an ear of corn, courtesy of Borger's Farms, at the West End Fair.

Two crises affecting the agriculture industry aren't expected to affect this year's West End Fair.

A drought of historic proportions is causing grief to farmers and 4-H members in the nation's midsection, but fortunately the local area has been spared, evidenced by the bountiful displays at the fair.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Four criminal jury trials got underway this morning in the Schuylkill County court including a case involving a Coaldale man who faces charges of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

George Joseph Bonetsky, 34, of 262 Fourth St., is on trial before Judge Jacqueline Russell on charges filed by Coaldale Patrolman Scott Cramer.

Monday, August 27, 2012

A Summit Hill woman and her son who lives in Florida were featured on a program on the A&E Network.

Linda DeLaurentis and William DeLaurentis were on the show "Shipping Wars," which aired numerous times on the network last week.

The episode centered around Linda sending a caged parrot to William, who lives in Beverly Hills, Fla. and who is the owner of the bird.

On the show, four moving experts have bidding wars to ship unusual items. The bird must arrive in Florida within four days to avoid depression occurring to the bird.

Monday, August 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles.

A contractor's truck was destroyed by fire late Friday afternoon in Tamaqua.

Employees of Lehigh Anthracite Coal Company first noticed smoke coming from the back of the Tamaqua Plaza, previously known as Jamesway Plaza, and rushed over to see a Dodge Ram truck on fire. No one was in the truck during the fire and no injuries were reported.

Despite attempts by employees to extinguish the fire, the truck was destroyed. Employees backed away after seeing parts of the engine explode under the hood.

Monday, August 27, 2012
Katie Wargo/special to the times news Magician David Wargo performs an illusion with a pom-pom stick contain pom-poms attached to different lengths of string for last weekend's Back-To-School picnic in Summit Hill which was sponsored by the Summit Hill Heritage Center.

Magic, merriment, lunch and goodies were the highlight of the afternoon for the more than Summit Hill children who attended the Summit Hill Recreation Commission's third annual Back-To-School picnic at the Ginter Park on the south side of the community on Saturday.

"It's the end of the summer and we wanted to have a picnic to have some outdoor activities to give something to do to get them out of the house for awhile," said Commission President Monica Marshall.

Monday, August 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Dru Herber, 2, sits on his mother's, Leigh's, lap while his father, Captain J.T., drives a Pine Grove H. H. & L. fire truck.

Streets, businesses and homes in Pine Grove were lined with thousands of spectators as over 260 firefighter apparatus vehicles traveled past during the 58th annual Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters' Association Convention parade held on Saturday.

The parade was one of the last events of the weeklong convention. County fire departments, out-of county departments, six high school marching bands, seven other themed bands, as well as many more organizations and floats drew the attention of all the onlookers during the parade.

Monday, August 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured are 72 used dressers and end tables donated to the event by the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. All were given away.

About 70 Tamaqua residents came out to receive donations during the Tamaqua Volunteer groups second monthly Tamaqua Community Drop-Off and Free Giveaway held Saturday.

Donated items included clothing, toys, tools, small appliances, electronics, furniture, recliner, televisions, desks and even a large 50-inch television.

In addition, 72 used dressers and end tables were donated by the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the giveaway.

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Panther Valley School District has filed a lawsuit against school director Roy "Mickey" Angst, asking the court to bar him from executive sessions, and from receiving any confidential school district material or disclosing any confidential material, regardless of how he obtains it.

The suit, filed Thursday afternoon in Carbon Court by solicitor Robert T. Yurchak, argues that Angst has repeatedly violated school board policy and the oath of office he took when he was sworn in.

Monday, August 27, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Weissport Redneck Festival will take place this weekend, noon to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1; and Sunday, Sept. 2; and in the Weissport Park. Great events, when visitors can be park of the action or be a cheerleader, food and entertainment make this festival a one of a kind event. The above event is the Bednobs and Rednecks Bed Race at 6 p. m. Sunday.

Weissport's popular Redneck Festival will be held Labor Day weekend in the Weissport Park in the center of the town.

The festivities, including the Redneck games, contests and food vendors and live entertainment, will be from noon to 10 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds from the event benefit youth recreation in Weissport. The event is sponsored by the Weissport Recreation Committee.

The event will open on Saturday morning with the dedication of the new gazebo in the borough park and to thank the sponsors who helped support the event.