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Friday, July 11, 2014

Schuylkill County Judge D. Michael Stine has modified bail for eight people who were among those arrested in a June 16 drug sweep in Tamaqua and surrounding communities.

Friday, July 11, 2014

State representatives and senators are elected to research and propose laws and amendments to laws.

They also help constituents with matters involving government agencies, including helping people apply for money to help heat their homes, and senior citizens seeking rent or property tax rebates.

Your state lawmaker can help you obtain birth or death certificates or food stamps, apply to open a business or obtain a driver's license or enroll a child in the state's health insurance program for low-income families.

Friday, July 11, 2014

State representatives and senators are elected to research and propose laws and amendments to laws.

They also help constituents with matters involving government agencies, including helping people apply for money to help heat their homes, and senior citizens seeking rent or property tax rebates.

Your state lawmaker can help you obtain birth or death certificates or food stamps, apply to open a business or obtain a driver's license or enroll a child in the state's health insurance program for low-income families.

Friday, July 11, 2014
@$:Linda Koehler/Times News The former Hotel Jonas will be transformed into a VALOR clinic for veterans.

The old Hotel Jonas is getting a new life, and volunteers are needed.

It will become the Major Paul Syverson Veteran's Sanctuary VALOR Clinic, a place to help homeless veterans get back on their feet to lead productive lives, thanks to Mark Baylis, a 26-year Army veteran.

VALOR stands for Veterans Assisted Living Out Reach, a nonprofit charity focused on helping veterans with limited or no access to care get assistance with benefits, and shelter to veterans who, because of health or lack of means, are unable to find or keep shelter of their own.

Friday, July 11, 2014

State Rep. Tom McCall has announced that repairs will begin soon on the "Wash Shanty Curve" in Nesquehoning, climaxing several years of effort on his part to eliminate this dangerous highway menace.

McCall explained that the curve has been the site of a number of accidents over the years and prompted him to seek relief from the Department of Transportation. McCall said he was advised that the steep grade will be reduced and the sharp curve will be eliminated. Work will begin in the spring or early summer of 1980.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Walker Township will spend $97,520 on road improvement projects this season.

During a meeting Thursday, the board approved the lone bid for seal coating from AMS, Center Valley, in the amount of $19,760. The board had previously awarded a paving contract for $77,760 to Schuylkill Paving, Schuylkill Haven, for base repairs and paving on portions of Shady Lane, Wildcat Road and Catawissa Road. AMS will seal coal Catawissa Road after the paving work is completed.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Our population is aging, no doubt about it.

In 2013, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said there were 1,816,186 licensed drivers over age 65 in the state. That's an increase from 1,735,337 in 2012 and 1,640,830 in 2011.

Know that getting older doesn't automatically make you a bad driver, but aging does affect our driving skills.

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation announces open registration for the Leadership Carbon Class of 2015. Leadership Carbon is an adult leadership program brought to you by the CCEDC and Lehigh Carbon Community College. It transforms business professionals into action-oriented community leaders while increasing Carbon County's resources and capacity. Classes will run for nine months and meet the first Wednesday of every month from September 2014 to May 2015 at the CCEDC office in Lehighton and occasionally at other Carbon County locations.

Friday, July 11, 2014

In June of last year, a full moon made headlines. The news media called it a "supermoon" because it was 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons of 2013. Around the world, people went outside to marvel at its luminosity.

If you thought one supermoon was bright, how about three? The full moons of summer 2014 July 12, Aug. 10, and Sept. 9 will all be supermoons.

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Tamaqua man who was found hiding in a closet in a borough home was sentenced to state time by a Schuylkill County judge.

Derek Shellhamer, 27, pleaded guilty to access device fraud, theft by deception and receiving stolen property. Judge James Goodman on July 3 sentenced him on the access device fraud charge to pay $443 in restitution to M&T Bank, and serve three months to two years in state prison.

On the theft by deception charge, Goodman sentenced him to a year of probation, to be served at the same time. The charge of receiving stolen property was dropped.