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Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Red Cross Schuylkill Chapter is helping a Shenandoah Heights family whose home was damaged in a fire Saturday.

The Red Cross responded to the single-family fire on Virginia Avenue in Shenandoah Heights in Schuylkill County.

The Red Cross provided the  family (2 adults/2 children) with food and clothing. The Red Cross will follow-up with the families for additional services, as needed.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — When a third-party power generation supplier tempted Robin Hagins with a low rate in 2012, it was too good to pass up.

Then, this winter, temperatures plummeted. And the Upper Yoder Township woman's electric bill seemed to rise just as fast.

"When I opened my bill, I was in complete shock," Hagins said.

The bill: $756.23.

"I thought it was an error," she said.

No such luck.

Saturday, March 8, 2014
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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Lehighton Borough Council will hold a special meeting at 9:30 a.m. Monday for general purposes.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16-to-19-year-olds than among any other age group. In fact, per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely than drivers age 20 and older to be in a fatal crash, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Among teen drivers, those at especially high risk for motor vehicle crashes are:

Ÿ Males: In 2010, the motor vehicle death rate for male drivers and passengers ages 16 to 19 was almost two times that of their female counterparts.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) reminded local businesses that the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant (AFIG) program began accepting applications on March 1.

"Becoming more energy efficient is not only great from an environmental standpoint, but it's a great way for local schools and businesses to cut costs," Yudichak said. "This grant program also presents a great opportunity for local governments to pool resources and submit a stronger, regional application."

Saturday, March 8, 2014

This year the West End Vol. Fire Company, Brodheadsville, is introducing its first talent show at its annual carnival, this year July 9-12.

The company invites everyone to show off their talents.

Tryouts will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 28 on the stage at the carnival grounds at the fire house location on Route 715.

First prize will be $300, second prize $200, third prize $100.

The judging will be by the public and four judges at the carnival on Wednesday, July 9.

Call Lisa for more information at 570-350-6087.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

A Weatherly woman has been charged with stealing nearly $200,000 from two bank accounts.

Alyce Anne Simmons, 48, of 640 E. Second St., was charged with two counts each of theft by unlawful taking and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds.

She was arraigned before District Judge Joseph Zola in Hazleton. She was released on $50,000 unsecured bail.

Police said the thefts occurred from Triple J Community Broadcasting LLC and WYLN, of Hazleton, and from Captain's Cove, an upstate New York fishing business.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he might catch a tagged trout, and win a fishing trip to Ontario.

Members of the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce met Thursday morning, and encouraged anglers to register for their annual Trout Derby, April 19. Participants must pay the $10 registration fee to qualify for prizes associated with tagged fish.

Forms are available at the Chamber office, and also at Tom's Auto & Marine, 250 S. Greenwood St.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, in preparation for its 34th season, is seeking outgoing, energetic seasonal staff members. Interviews will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 22 and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 23 in the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern on the fairgrounds of Mount Hope Estate & Winery in northern Lancaster County.