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Monday, August 22, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS This stretch of road is where a Slatington man was found dead early Saturday morning.

The body of a Slatington man was found in the middle of SR873 in Washington Township Saturday morning, and the man found kneeling over him has been charged with homicide.

Bryan Kanu Mayes, 31, was found dead about 1:10 a.m. when a Slatington police officer responded to the area after a 9-1-1 call was received.

He found Mayes dead along the road, about a half mile from the borough line.

State police at Bethlehem, who are in charge of the investigation, arrested Robert Charles Sloss, 26, of Pottstown, Montgomery County.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tamaqua Borough Council heard an update last week concerning "wildcat" sewers discovered in the borough. The update was provided by Assistant to the Borough Manager Rob Jones during council's monthly meeting.

Monday, August 22, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Community Center buzzed with activity all day Saturday during the Second Tamaqua New Age Expo, an event that drew a strong turnout. The day featured a variety of concepts in spirituality, along with products, foods, and demonstrations to provide nourishment for the body and soul. The New Age Expo was organized and sponsored by Tamaqua residents Damien and Kerri Quick.

Monday, August 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS McAdoo Fire Company junior firefighters John McHugh, left, and Vinnie Wolf connect their fire truck's water line to the water authority reservoir.

Volunteers with the McAdoo Fire Company trained with foam recently during their monthly field training.

Junior firefighters were given the opportunity to see how beneficial foam is when fighting a fire. Fire fighting foam's role is primarily to cool the fire and coat the fuel, preventing its contact with oxygen, resulting in fire suppression.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Employees at the Schuylkill County courthouse who use county vehicles will be subject to a new policy being placed in effect September 1 by Controller Melinda Kantner.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Mahoning Township supervisors granted four waivers for the Packerton Yards project at their last township meeting with 4-0 votes which included waiving the developer from being required to get permits for stormwater runoff for all the lots, allowing encroachment on the 100 year flood plain, allowing dead end streets and cul de sacs in the park and waiving the requirement for placing pins at the beginnings and ends of curves. Even so supervisors still had some criticism for the progress to date especially dealing with obtaining a highway occupancy permit.

Monday, August 22, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A young man was injured Sunday afternoon when involved in an accident while kayaking along the Lehigh River just north of Jim Thorpe. The incident began at 12:30 p.m. when it was reported a kayaker was injured in a set of rapids along the Lehigh River North of Jim Thorpe and south of the area of the Glen Onoko Falls. Firefighters from Jim Thorpe and Lehighton were dispatched to the scene. Before rescuers could place a craft into the waters a group with a rafting company rescued the man and took him to an area where firemen and ambulance personnel were located.

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, will start its new fall hours beginning Aug. 29.

The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays; from 9 a.m. to noon, and then from 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays; from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays; from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., then from 5-7 p.m. Thursdays; and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Special for children:

Each Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. children are invited to drop in for Craft Night. Each Thursday at 11 a.m. preschool children may stop in to hear a story.

Opportunities:

Monday, August 22, 2011

Summit Hill Borough Council finally took action on the long-standing complaint of Mrs. Natalie Spezialetti by voting to have a dilapidated house next to hers torn down on West Ludlow Street. Mrs. Spezialetti had complained about the property at council meetings for the past two years. She brought pieces of slate which fell from the roof of the house. Neighbors sometimes helped her carry the slate to meetings.

Monday, August 22, 2011
Kimberly (Mateyak) Griffiths, formerly of Tamaqua, and her two daughters, Brenna, 12, and Mikaela, 8, died Friday afternoon while in their minivan when it became submerged in water during flash flooding in Pittsburgh.

A woman, who is a Tamaqua native, and her two young daughters died during flash floods Friday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

Kimberly (Mateyak) Griffith, 45, of Plum, Allegheny County, and her daughters, Brenna Griffith, 12, and Mikaela Griffith, 8, died tragically in their minivan when it became submerged in water so deep that would-be rescuers floating in a boat directly above it didn't know it was there.

The flash flood engulfed cars on Washington Boulevard.

In all, four people died.