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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The construction of a new fire station in Lehighton is going to be delayed a little, thanks to cost consciousness of the fire department.

Steve Ebbert, chairman of the building committee of the Lehighton Fire Department, said the bids came in "quite a bit over budget."

As a result, he said the committee recommended and the council unanimously took the recommendation that the bids be rejected and some redesigning occur.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

After many iterations and hours of meetings, Mahoning Township supervisors and Carbon County commissioners failed to come to a reasonable compromise and unanimously rejected the Packerton Yards land development plan on Monday.

They also unanimously voted down two waivers, one dealing with a request to waive sidewalks in the development in favor of the county's planned walkways, and the second to reconstruct Packerton Hollow Road to be an 18-foot road with two three-foot shoulders instead of the required 20 foot road with six- foot shoulders.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Health officials say an elderly northeastern Pennsylvania man who had contracted West Nile virus has died.

Department of Health spokeswoman Kait Gillis said officials received confirmation of the death of the Luzerne County resident on Monday, but she isn't sure exactly when the victim died. She said he was more than 80 years old.

The commonwealth has recorded 12 human cases of the virus so far this year, an increase from a total of seven cases last year.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Lansford-Coaldale Joint Water Authority wants residents of both towns to know it has nothing to do with phone calls and notices people have been receiving about purchasing insurance for water pipes.

"The authority is in no way affiliated with these companies, and has not contacted them in any way to contact any customer," said water authority member Chris Ondrus.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Franklin Klock (left) and Jamie Huber demonstrate drumming at last week's Summit Hill festival.

Got rhythm? Don't got rhythm? Want to learn and experience rhythm? Then let go and get into the flow of a drum circle coming this Wednesday evening, Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m. to Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

Bring a chair or blanket, and that djembe or bongo that has been decorating your room. Even if you've never tapped out a tune before, in 15 minutes you will be tapping out rhythms like a pro, guaranteed or your money back for the free event. Have more than one drum" Bring an extra. Don't have a drum? Maybe someone else brought an extra.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

HARRISBURG – The latest TV report by Sen. Argall features a recent public hearing on Senate Bill 1400, the Property Tax Independence Act.

Argall, the bill's prime sponsor, introduced the legislation after working with grassroots taxpayer advocates throughout Pennsylvania.

Monday, August 27, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported that Kevin Smith, of Harrisburg, was video arraigned at the Schuylkill County prison on Friday by District Judge James Ferrier, of Orwigsburg.

His bail was set at $500,000 straight cash.

Police noted that on June 6, 2012, Smith allegedly walked into Miners Bank in Tremont and although he did not display a weapon, demanded money from the tellers. After the suspect obtained cash, he exited the bank and proceeded on foot before getting into a dark colored car that was operated by an unknown person.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Tamaqua Area High School students Rebecca Beil, Alyssa Beil and Kristina Martin were not at all affected by the light rain that fell Monday morning. Their thoughts were occupied by day number one of the brand new school year.

Monday, August 27, 2012

A Community Drum Circle by the beach will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Mauch Chunk Lake Park, 625 Lentz Trail, Jim Thorpe, Pa. 18229. The Community Drum Circle will be facilitated by Maureen "Moe" Jerant of the Lehigh Valley Drum Circles and the large Flowerheads band. Some drums are available, or bring your own.

Monday, August 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Associate Conductor Dale Schimpf directs the performance.

Members of the Cressona Band held a free concert Sunday evening at the Heisler's Dairy Bar in Tamaqua.

The band routinely provides free concerts at various local venues.

"Dark clouds were threatening at the end, but all was fine and we only had a few sprinkles of rain," said volunteer Beth Cerullo, Pottsville.

The Cressona Band is a community band with members of all ages and from all walks of life that come from across Schuylkill County and the surrounding areas. The play at concerts and parades throughout the year.