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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
FILE PHOTO Mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus and infect humans if bitten.

To reduce the risk of West Nile virus:

Ÿ Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, discarded tires or any object on your property that could collect standing water.

Ÿ Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.

Ÿ Have roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from nearby trees have a tendency to clog the drains.

Ÿ Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.

Ÿ Don't let water stagnate in birdbaths.

Ÿ Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Ed Bailey stands next to his patriotic 2004 Corvette. He traveled from Jim Thorpe with his son-in-law Mark Rawlins for the car cruise.

The 6th Annual Ontelaunee Car and Bike Cruise was held Sunday at the park in New Tripoli, and featured a variety of street rods, motorcycles, trucks and cars. Prizes were awarded in different categories. Money raised during the event will be used for projects at the park.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Cressona Band will perform two free concerts in the Tamaqua area this month.

The first will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Heisler's Dairy Bar in the Lewistown Valley. A concert will then be held from 7 to 9 p.m. July 23, at the East End Playground.

Both events are free and will include performances by the newly formed Junior Cressona Band.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS A MedEvac helicopter landed in the parking lot at Tamaqua Middle School Tuesday night.

A man who had overdosed on heroin was flown by MedEvac helicopter from the parking lot at Tamaqua Middle School at about 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Tamaqua police, South Ward Fire Company, Tamaqua ambulance and Tamaqua Fire Police assisted at the scene.

According to Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz, people who had been with the man at a location on Railroad Street ran to the Tamaqua ambulance building seeking assistance.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church will host a free community picnic with hamburgers, cheeseburgers and hot dogs from 4 to 6 p.m. July 19.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information, call the church at 570-325-9151.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

West Nile virus is present in Carbon County.

According to a report by the Pennsylvania West Nile Virus Control Program, released Tuesday, one mosquito sample tested positive for West Nile virus in the county so far this year. The sample was taken from Lehighton.

This sample makes the number of reported positive results in the state 46.

Amanda Witman, press aide of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, said that the number of positives is "lower relative to other years at this point in time."

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Matthew Hunsinger

A Massachusetts resident was arrested earlier this month for his part in an attempted theft incident at the Walmart store in Mahoning Township.

Township police said at 3:08 a.m. July 8, they responded to Walmart for a retail theft. Two people involved fled the scene in a Honda Accord with a Massachusetts registration. As a Mahoning officer arrived, he located a third person involved running down the embankment away from the store.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Bob Ford/Times News Troopers from Pennsylvania State Police Troop N, Lehighton, recite the Call of Honor at the dedication of the new station Tuesday morning.

The Call of Honor, as recited Tuesday during the dedication of the new state Police at Lehighton barracks in Towamensing Township:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

During a meeting Tuesday, the Tamaqua School Board hired two special education teachers. Kate Pluchinsky, Freemansburg, will receive an annual salary of $44,472 and Kristen Tubbs, Palmerton, will be paid $47,381.

In addition, the board hired Marsha Rodgers as elementary band director, middle school band director and assistant band director. Samantha Yachera will be elementary chorus director. John Buglio will be the chorus director for the middle and high schools.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Palmerton Area School District has hired several professionals to fill out its education ranks.

By a unanimous vote, the school board on Tuesday agreed to hire a pair of guidance counselors, a Life Skills instructor and three elementary teachers.

Christine DeLong was hired as the Life Skills teacher for grades 7-10 at the high school, Bachelors Step 1, at the rate of $38,319, effective Aug. 11.