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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS "Would you like your 8- or 9-year-old to walk Lehigh Street," asks Robert Fredericks at Tuesday's Tamaqua Area School Board meeting. Close to 100 local residents turned out to voice concerns about plans to eliminate busing and programs.

The president of the Tamaqua Area Board of Education says the district is on the edge of a financial cliff due to the commonwealth's unsustainable pension program and unless the state addresses the issue, all districts will face insolvency in the next few years.

The somber message came from Larry Wittig during Tuesday's school board meeting, a grueling three-hour-and-fifteen minute forum attended by close to 100 vocal, concerned residents. At times tempers flared as parties looked for answers.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The chairman of the Democratic Party of Carbon County was elected a delegate to the Democratic National Convention as part of the Primary Election voting process that took place in the 17th Congressional District.

William J. O'Gurek Jr., Summit Hill, will be a delegate to the national convention to be held in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 3-6.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and the Carbon Builders Association will present the 2012 Carbon County Home, Garden and Business Expo at the Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall on the weekend of April 28-29.

The Expo will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Ronald J. Rabenold, center, stands with his wife, Kimberly, and son, Nate, in the Molly Maguires Pub in Jim Thorpe during his victory celebration in yesterday's Primary Election. Rabenold, a Democratic candidate for the 122nd Legislative District, defeated Gerald Strubinger in yesterday's polling. He will oppose incumbent Republican Doyle Heffley in November.

Although Republican State Rep. Doyle Heffley (122nd legislative district, Carbon County) was unopposed in yesterday's Primary Election, party voters rallied and gave him incredible support.

Of the 3,932 GOP electors who cast ballots, a whopping 99.48 percent of them (3,912) voted for Heffley.

Meanwhile, on the opposite ticket, Democrat Ronald J. Rabenold, a newcomer to the political arena, also got a superb showing from his party, winning by nearly a 2-1 margin over his opponent.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Touring under the name "Live on Stage, The Rain Forest", the non-profit group is holding shows every day this week in our area. The show consists of comedy routines and various types of live animals. Shows are being held today at the Lehighton Area Middle School at 6:30 p.m., Thursday at the Drums Elementary/Middle School at 7 p.m. and Friday at the S.S. Palmer Elementary School in Palmerton at 6:30 p.m. Children under 3 don't require donations. For more information, visit www.understandingwildlife.org. Show director Mike Kohlrieser opens the mouth of an alligator during a recent show.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Police were called to Our Family Mini Mart just after 6:30 a.m. today after the driver of an SUV lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the front wall and window of the store. In addition to large pieces of shattered glass, the impact caused major damage to the outside wall, as well as causing large inside shelves to fall over, just barely missing the clerk. Police identified the driver of the green Oldsmobile Bravada as Amado Rodriguez Rios, 38, of Reading. Police noted that Rios was driving without a valid driver's license. Officer Dane O'Brien is the investigating officer. No serious injuries were reported. Large pieces of shattered glass lie scattered around the pushed-in mason wall after the driver of an SUV crashed into it.

Tamaqua Police were called to Our Family Mini Mart just after 6:30 a.m. today after the driver of an SUV lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the front wall and window of the store. In addition to large pieces of shattered glass, the impact caused major damage to the outside wall, as well as causing large inside shelves to fall over, just barely missing the clerk. Police identified the driver of the green Oldsmobile Bravada as Amado Rodriguez Rios, 38, of Reading. Police noted that Rios was driving without a valid driver's license. Officer Dane O'Brien is the investigating officer.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Danielsville man was killed on Tuesday when his pickup truck left Race St. in Bath and crashed into a tree.

The victim was identified as Kerry J. Queen, 20, of Blue Mountain Drive.

According to police Queen's truck left the road about 6:05 p.m. The crash occurred near Keystone Park along Monocacy Creek.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by a member of the Northampton County coroner's office.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call Colonial Regional police at (610) 861-4820.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Congressman Lou Barletta, R-11, and state Sen. John Yudichak, D-14, have announced the third event in a five-part series of community discussions to help combat increasing gang activity in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The two lawmakers are sponsoring "Combating Gang Activity in Our Communities: Community Action Plan" at 6 p.m., on Thursday, May 3, in the Educational Conference Center at Luzerne County Community College. The event is open to the public.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Two area residents were among six who appeared before Judge James P Goodman in Schuylkill County court on bail hearings recently.

Geoffrey Aaron Yesavage, 21, of 577 Blue Mountain Drive, Andreas, West Penn Township, had a bench warrant issued on March 8, 2010, dissolved and his bail was reinstated and his new residency shall be 340 Ridge Terrace, Coaldale. Also, he cannot relocate without court approval. He also must seek gainful employment and must contact the district attorney's office to resolve his case.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lehighton Crime Watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lehighton High School auditorium. For additional information and to register, call Joan Fontana at (570) 818-4080.