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Thursday, March 29, 2012

On Thursday, March 15, the Melley Memorial Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, which represents over 500 current and former state police officers, voted to endorse Brian Rich for State Senate in the 29th District.

Thomas Maley, president of the organization, stated that the members appreciate the consideration Brian Rich has shown their group in general and are looking forward to his anticipated support of our members in particular.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mahoning Valley firefighters stopped a brush fire in its tracks Wednesday afternoon along SR902 on the township side of Bugzie's Mountain. The fire was discovered just after 4 p.m. as flames were climbing an embankment and entering a field along the east berm halfway up the mountain. Firemen used streams of water to extinguish the flames and cool hot spots. Firefighters and township police examined articles along the berm which may be evidence into the origin of the fire. Mahoning Valley fire police maintained traffic control at the scene.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

All of the color and pageantry of Lehighton's 1966 Centennial is captured in a half-hour television program to be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon over WFIL-TV, Channel 6, Philadelphia.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Palmerton Exchange Club's Annual Easter Egg Hunt, run by Bob and Nancy Thompson, will be held this Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. in the Palmerton Borough Park. Rain date is Sunday, April 1 at 1 p.m.

There will be prizes in each age group and a raffle that will be held after the hunt.

So kids, don't forget to bring your baskets and parents and grandparents, don't forget your cameras.

If you have any questions, please call (610) 377-6927.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Ringtown motorist pleaded guilty to five counts of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and was sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes in Schuylkill County court to serve six to 18 months in a state correctional institution.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The McAdoo Republican Committee today announced their endorsement of state Sen. David G. Argall in his re-election efforts.

"We are united behind Dave Argall's candidacy for state Senate," said Mary Labert, Chairwoman of the McAdoo Republicans. "Dave has been a leader for our region and represents our best interests."

Argall said he was "humbled by the endorsement of the McAdoo GOP. I'm privileged to represent them as Senator and look forward to continuing strong constituent services for the residents of McAdoo."

Thursday, March 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Rapid changes in temperatures throughout our area have resulted in multiple days and nights of very high winds. Cutting and removing a tree from Main Street in Hometown is Quakake Assistant Chief Wesley Konsavage.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Tamaqua police officer was one of three veteran officers appointed by the Schuylkill County commissioners to serve as investigative-consultants for the District Attorney's Drug Task Force, in action taken at Wednesday's public meeting, held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Jim Thorpe Lions Club honored their Student of the Month, Brooke Tworkowsky, shown receiving a plaque from Lions Club President Jim Trainer. Brooke, who is the daughter of Frank Tworkowsky and Christine Trice, was honored for her work in Ceramics. Her activities at school include SADD, Olympian Leadership Council, Prom Committee, track, and cheerleading and after graduation, Brooke plans to enlist in the United States Air Force.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
The aerial planters had "perfect weather."

The revegetation of the Blue Mountain in Palmerton by air has been completed several weeks ahead of schedule.

So much so, that aerial reseeding of about 128 acres by use of an aircraft to plant grass and other vegetation on the mountain took just three days, instead of three weeks, due to the nice weather.

"They just had absolutely perfect weather for it," said Dan Kunkle, executive director of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. "They only flew three long days, and succeeded in getting everything done."