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Friday, March 30, 2012

Two Tamaqua men have their bail reduced by Judge Charles M. Miller after a hearing in Schuylkill County court.

Frederick A. Postie, 40, of 626 Fairview St., had his bail of $50,000 straight cash bail set by a district justice reduced to $25,000 straight fixed by the court as he awaits trial on charges brought by Rush Township Sgt. Duane E. Frederick, that he stole between 600 and 800 gallons of fuel oil out of trucks owned by Northeast Hydro Seed, 411 Claremont Avenue, Hometown, on March 1.

Friday, March 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Daffodils and smiles were past out to residents at the St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus recently by members and advisors of the Tamaqua LEO Club. Tamaqua LEOs pictured with St. Luke's resident Rose Fritz, 92, are, from left, Jared Sharper, 15, Patrick McMullen, 14, Andrea Whitley, 18, Melanie Kostecky, 14, and Courtney Miller, 14.

Daffodils and smiles were passsed out to residents at the St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus recently by members and advisors of the Tamaqua LEO Club. Tamaqua LEOs pictured with St. Luke's resident Rose Fritz, 92, are, from left, Jared Sharper, 15, Patrick McMullen, 14, Andrea Whitley, 18, Melanie Kostecky, 14, and Courtney Miller, 14.

Friday, March 30, 2012

A Tamaqua man must spend a short time in the Schuylkill County prison after pleading guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Tamaqua Area Animal Rescue group will host its Fifth Annual Dog Walk on May 5, following along the Schuylkill Valley Heritage Trail.

The walk will begin at the Newkirk Tunnel Environmental Education Area along SR209, just west of Tamaqua. Participants will head west for one mile, then return to the registration area.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m. with the walk starting at noon. Registration is required. All participants will receive a free pet bandana.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Carbon County may lose its priority on an $8,000 lien against a Lehighton man who took legal action against officials in 2006 with the hopes of saving a 108-year-old railhouse in Mahoning Township, one commissioner states.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Several Carbon County schools are among the 379 in the state which have been rated as "antiquated and inadequate" by the State Department of Public Instruction.

Listed as "condemned" are the East End elementary school building of Nauch Chunk Township in Nesquehoning; the Tresckow elementary school in Banks Township; and the brick building secondary school of the Franklin Independent District.

The Mauch Chunk Township School Board has already been planning a new elementary building. Bids are to be opened in April.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee is planning the Great Lehighton Clean Up to coincide with Earth Day on Sunday, April 22. Those participating should meet at the downtown fountain at noon and bring a garden rake if possible. Gloves and trash bags will be donated. For additional information, contact toddpzimmerman@yahoo.com or visit experiencelehighton.com.

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Carbon County Board of Commissioners, on Thursday, opened bids for five home rehabilitation program projects in the county. This program helps low-income residents fix problems at their home.

The recipients, who remain anonymous as part of the program's process, can receive up to $12,000 in funding through Act 137, which is generated through fees charged for the recording of documents in the Carbon County Recorder of Deeds office. Those funds are then used to repair necessary items in their homes such as heating systems, roofing, siding, or electrical and plumbing systems.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Community members, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, park members, Tamaqua students and caring residents will be spending a couple hours Saturday morning cleaning different parks and locations in Tamaqua as part of a Community Cleanup for Earth Day event, called "Coming Together to Make a Cleaner World."

All are invited and encouraged to help clean. Volunteers can meet at the North and Middle Ward Playground on Washington Street or any park starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Garbage piles can be left at the parks or key areas and will be removed by volunteers.