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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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Mr. Howard Drake, Pleasant Valley Middle School principal, talks about what to expect at PVMS at a Welcome Breakfast for new 8th and 9th grade students and parents. He went over important facts about starting and dismissal times, bus information, IDs, dress code and more. The new school year at PV will begin on Monday, Aug. 29. Assistant principals Mr. Michael Kello and Ms. Shelley Larthey were also on hand to greet the students. Drake says he estimates PVMS will have 925 students this year.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  An impressive, two-story arch has been uncovered at the east end of 1875 Liberty Hall in Tamaqua after demolition of a two-story, 1920-era office that had enclosed the arch and kept it from view. The building will return to active status when it re-opens as an apartment complex at its 420 East Broad Street location.

A majestic two-story arch and other early architectural elements that could date back to 1875 are being uncovered as restoration and construction continues on Liberty Hall in Tamaqua.

The original date of the building has been the subject of confusion, owing to the fact that the site featured a wood frame, two-story office and front entrance that had been constructed in 1920.

Those elements have been removed by work crews over the past few weeks, uncovering a previously hidden proscenium-style arch that would have been the original visual trademark of the entertainment hall.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Parryville UMC, located on the corner of Chestnut and Main streets in Parryville, will host a free luncheon on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

All are welcome.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES-NEWS Zachary Shiner, son of Charles and Jill Shiner of Lehighton, shows off the new picnic area at Baer Memorial Park, Lehighton, that was created as his Eagle Scout project.

A Lehighton teenager has plenty of reason to be proud of his Eagle Scout project.

Zachary Shiner, a seven year member of Lehighton Boy Scout Troop 82, took on the project to carve out a retreat for the community at Baer Memorial Park.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Two first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Placed were:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

PennDOT bridge inspectors in each of the agency's 11 districts are doing precautionary inspections of bridges around the state after yesterday's 5.9 magnitude earthquake that was centered near Richmond, Virginia.

"We have no reason to believe the Virginia earthquake caused major damage to any state roadways or bridges," said Scott Christie, P.E., PennDOT's Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration. "But to err on the side of caution, we are assessing those bridges that could be susceptible to quake damage."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Tamaqua Lady Raider Soccer Boosters have selected their major project for the 2011-2012 school year. The club will be focusing its efforts on providing covered benches, for the home and visiting team, at the school district's soccer field.They will be helped in their efforts by the South Ward Playground Association, which will sponsor a mini Chinese Auction and social games this Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Tamaqua Community Center, 233 Center St. Doors open at noon.

For more information, call (570) 386-2500 or (570) 645-6400.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

William R. Gutosky to William J. Gutosky, 15 E. Maple St., P.O. Box 106, Tresckow, property at 15 E. Maple St., $1.

Beaver Meadows

Stanislaw Edmund Domanski to Stanislaw Edmund Domanski, Dean Street, P.O. Box 296, Beaver Meadows, $1.

East Penn Township

Trudy Kunkle to Richard A. Wieand, 94 Hartranft Lane, Lehighton, property at 94 Hartranft Lane, $234,000.

Franklin Township

Ellen L. Machell to Christopher M. McCullion, 115 State Road, Lehighton, property at 115 State Road, $95,000.

Jim Thorpe

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The earth moved in over 29 states across the East Coast Tuesday afternoon as a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck in Mineral, Va.

The reason for the widespread quake, officials are reporting, is due to the hard coal-based rock that makes up the Appalachian Mountain Range.

In Carbon County, telephone systems were flooded as reports of the activity spread across the region, causing cell phone and land lines to get jammed up temporarily in some areas because of the high volume of calls being made.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tuesday's earthquake in Virginia had a magnitude of 5.8. Earthquakes in the central and eastern United States, although less frequent than in the west, are usually felt over a much broader area.

Compared to the west coast, an earthquake east of the Rocky Mountains can be felt over a region as much as 10 times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake. A magnitude 4.0 on the east coast can be felt as far as 60 miles from the epicenter, and can infrequently cause damage near its source.