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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In an effort to better explain the building and permitting code process, as well as the rules and regulations of the currents codes in Tamaqua, Josh Esposito, Tamaqua Code enforcement officer, has scheduled a public meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Morgan Campus of Lehigh Carbon Community College, 234 High St.

Esposito, of BC Construction Code Services, will provide a brief presentation and then open the floor to a question-and-answer period.

The public is welcome to attend.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday in a window-smashing incident and for an outburst in a district judge's office following the incident.

Carl Stevens Jr., 34, of Nesquehoning, was sentenced by Carbon Judge Steven R. Serfass to a total of 18 to 36 months in a state correctional institution on a total of four charges.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

"The Most Vivid Catechism Ever Created" will be presented in Tamaqua during Lent.

Created by the Rev. Robert Barron, the program is based on what Catholics believe and why they believe it through art, architecture, literature, music and traditions.

The program will be held at the Tamaqua ABC High Rise, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on March 12, March 19, April 1, April 8 and April 15 and from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on March 26,

For more information, or to register, contact Bob Haggerty at the hi rise or the Rev. John Frink at St. Jerome's Church, 570-668-2301.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Marian High School will hold an informal question and answer session from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 3. The meeting will be held in the school library for all parents and students interested in attending Marian in the fall of 2014.

Faculty, staff and administration will be available to answer any questions parents or students may have regarding registration, academics, financial aid or athletics.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's push for a smaller, nimbler military must now face the scrutiny of a Congress that has spent years battling the Pentagon's vision for a new security strategy.

Tell us what you think about the plan. Send an email to tneditor@tnonline.com

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is proposing to shrink the Army to its smallest size in three-quarters of a century, hoping to reshape the military after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan and roped in by fiscal constraints set by Congress.

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Rush Township Police have a felony warrant for Tonya Napolitano, 30, for theft a firearm and cash.

Anyone knowing her whereabouts are asked to contact the Rush Township Police 570-668-4242, or Schuylkill County Communications Center 570-668-6100.

She is possibly in the Tamaqua Area. All tips will remain confidential.

Monday, February 24, 2014

A Carbon County man, who was charged in connection with a window-smashing spree at the Lansford police station last March, entered guilty pleas in county court Monday.

Carol Stevens Jr., 34, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count each of institutional vandalism and persistent disorderly conduct for the incidents at the police station.

He was charged later the same day with aggravated assault and related offenses for incidents at the office of District Justice Casimir Kosciolek, where he was taken to be arraigned.

Monday, February 24, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

One man suffered burns and 65 residents were evacuated two times after a stubborn fire hit a seven-story apartment complex in downtown Tamaqua Sunday and then rekindled a few hours later.

The blaze, which, according to Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz Jr., was caused by careless smoking, erupted shortly after 9 a.m. in a rear, third-floor apartment of the Majestic Housing Complex, which was occupied by a 60-year-old resident.

Monday, February 24, 2014
Bobby O'Gurek

He can be seen motoring through the streets of Summit Hill on his power-driven wheelchair on any given day. Quietly, he goes about his business, participating in fire company matters, attending borough meetings, visiting friends or on his own personal mission to see someone.

Nobody knows, however, the challenges Bobby O'Gurek has overcome since birth, when he was afflicted with Cerebral Palsy, thus triggering an atypical but productive lifestyle.

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Gypsy Moths are coming, but Carbon County will be somewhat better protected from these green-gobbling insects, thanks to more money out of Harrisburg for preventive spraying.

Thomas Bast, area forest pest management specialist with the state's Bureau of Forestry, spoke of the infusion of new funding as part of an Option 2 statewide allocation of $1.9 million.