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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

More than 540 Ryan Township PPL customers were without power this morning when a female driver snapped a utility pole after losing control of her white Dodge Stratus in the 1100 block of Barnesville Drive, SR54. Reportedly, the driver, from Mahanoy City, refused medical treatment as she only suffered airbag burns on her arms, and was taken home via Ryan Township ambulance. Responding in addition to state police at Frackville and Rush Township Police were Ryan, Hometown and Delano fire companies.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured holding a Cash-5 lottery ticket and pointing at a screen stating their store sold the winning ticket is Turkey Hill employee Chris Drysdale, 32, who sold the winning lottery ticket. Drysdale said, "I honestly don't remember who purchased the ticket." Jennifer Burns, store manager, and Drysdale said they are excited that their store sold the winning lottery ticket and congratulated whoever won." Lottery officials at Middletown confirmed Monday that one jackpot-winning Cash 5 ticket worth $913,670.50 in the Aug. 5 drawing was sold at the store.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS An overflow crowd gathered Tuesday at Coaldale borough council's regular meeting in anticipation of a discussion concerning disgraced Mayor Richard P. Corkery.

An overflow crowd packed Coaldale Borough Hall on Tuesday to ask for the resignation of disgraced Mayor Richard Corkery, who in May admitted to police that he used his work computer to download 28 images of child pornography.

Although Corkery, along with friend and ally Councilman David Yelito, was absent, the mayor apparently has no intention of stepping down.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Alzheimer's Family Fun Festival & Walk will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 8, 2011, at the Mauch Chunk Lake Park, Jim Thorpe. The event includes a Walk to End Alzheimer's (formerly Memory Walk).

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Karl A. Otto, 79, of 248 E. Moser St., Coaldale, pleaded guilty to charges of indecent assault of a person under 13 years of age, indecent exposure and endangering welfare of a child and was sentenced Tuesday by Judge John E. Domalakes in Schuylkill County court to serve18 to 36 months in a state correctional institution. He received credit for serving 35 months and two days in the county prison and a state prison in Greensburg.

However, since he served his minimum sentence he was released on parole.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Members of the Vietnam Veterans Organization of Carbon County's Color Guard and Firing Squad perform at a service to honor the start of the 47th anniversary of the Vietnam War held Tuesday in the Palmerton Borough Park.

Despite all the bloodshed and sacrifices they made, their contributions to our country had been swept under the carpet for far too long.

Though it may have taken much longer than it should have, there are signs that our brave veterans of the Vietnam War have slowly begun to receive their just due.

Further proof of that was evidenced by a service to honor the start of the 47th anniversary of the Vietnam War Tuesday in the Palmerton Borough Park.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

With attendance almost double officials at Behavioral Health Associates in Lehighton are calling this summer's second annual Summer Therapeutic Activities Program for children with an autism spectrum disorder "a huge success".

"Finding My Voice" is a unique, six-week summer program serving children with an ASD diagnosis, their siblings and neurotypical peers from the community. STAR ran from July 5 through Aug. 12, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the BHA Academy, 325 Alum Street in Lehighton.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The appeal of Lehighton interests to have the proposed Mahoning Interchange on the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeastern Extension changed in designation to the "Lehighotn Interchange" is being met with formidible opposition. All indications are the name will remain the Mahoning Interchange. The Palmerton Industrial Development Association and Palmerton Businessmens Association are opposing the Lehighton move, pointing out it should be called the "Palmerton" exchange.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua citizens are concerned over the number of closed sidewalks throughout the borough during PennDOT's current Central Business District Improvement Project that is affecting most intersections on SR209 and SR309. The construction is causing people to stand, wait, and even walk through moving traffic at many busy intersections.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tamaqua Area School District's school board members resolved some lingering questions with the district's dress code during Tuesday night's board committee meeting.