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Friday, February 18, 2011

A request from a Tamaqua resident to vacate an unimproved section of Union Street was denied by Tamaqua Borough Council earlier this week. Louis Yelito, who owns properties 303 and 305 Washington Street, requested that the section of Union Street between the two properties, which is currently an overgrown, wooded area, be vacated between Washington Street and a paved area along Pleasant Row that is currently used as a turn-around area for residents.

Friday, February 18, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Lieutenant Gov. Jim Cawley, gesturing, talks with John Kovatch III, left, president and owner of the Kovatch KME plant in Nesquehoning, while touring the facilities yesterday afternoon. Looking on are, in back, state Sen. David Argall, and right, state Rep. Doyle Heffley.

Lieutenant Gov. Jim Cawley kept a campaign promise and returned to Carbon County Thursday.

During the afternoon, he took a tour of the Kovatch KME plant in Nesquehoning, then visited downtown Jim Thorpe.

"You have a very, very special gem in this part of the state and I look forward to coming back here often," he said.

Last night, he spoke during the annual Presidents Day gathering of the Carbon County Republican Club held at the Nesquehoning Community Center.

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Carbon County business owner and member of the Carbon County Constitutionalists has filed a petition in court against the board of commissioners in the hopes of getting an answer to his question.

Friday, February 18, 2011
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Four area residents have been selected to serve as aides to the grand marshal for the 2011 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Jim Thorpe, which will be held on Sunday, March 13, beginning at 1 p.m. on upper Broadway in the community.

Friday, February 18, 2011
Tamaqua Officer Mike Hobbs leads Cory Whitley of Tamaqua to his arraignment on a Jan. 26 car theft and altercation that escalated into an assault and shooting.

Two of the three suspects involved with the theft of a car and a related stabbing and shooting incident in Tamaqua on Jan. 26 voluntarily turned themselves into police Thursday morning.

Those who have been charged in the case are Cory Whitley, 18, of Rose St., Tamaqua; Joshua Gaugler, 20, of Allen Dr., Northampton; and a 15-year-old Tamaqua male.

Tamaqua Corporal Henry Woods, who investigated the incident, called it "a joyride that escalated into something out of control very quickly."

Friday, February 18, 2011

An AARP driver safety course will be presented at the Penn-Kidder Senior Center, Route 903, Jim Thorpe March 1 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This class is the four- hour refresher class. Proof of completion of a previous AARP or other driver safety course within the last 36 months must be provided for admission to the class.

The class is designed for drivers 50 years old and older and is classroom instruction only.

Drivers completing the AARP driver safety course receive a certificate which entitles them to a rate reduction on auto insurance.

Friday, February 18, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Pa. Lieutenant Gov. Jim Cawley paid a visit to the Kovatch KME plant in Nesquehoning and toured the facilities. The state official sits in a new tanker model, then examines the frame of a truck under construction. Below, at the frame, Cawley, left, and state Rep. Doyle Heffley, center, hear an explanation of the truck project from John Kovatch III, president and owner of KME.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Two Tamaqua residents were among nine who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced in the Schuylkill County Court by President Judge Willliam E. Baldwin.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Eleven students from Marian Catholic High School, Hometown, were selected to perform in the 37th Annual Diocesan Music Festival, sponsored by the Diocese of Allentown.

This year's festival took place on Saturday, Feb. 5, at Notre Dame High School, Green Pond.

The Marian students joined more than 100 other students from eight diocesan high schools, who performed a program that included instrumental and choral music on the final day of the festival.

Marian students who participated in the diocesan band are Kelsey Hurst, Mackenzie Sugrue, Miranda Milillo, Chris Postupack.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Addressing Carbon County school directors in the Court House in Mauch Chunk, Robert E. Stoner, director of the Bureau of Adult Vocational and Practical Arts Education Department of Public Instruction, Harrisburg, announced the approximate cost of constructing a new building to accommodate 300 students in such a school would approximate $300,000. Creation of a vocational school in Carbon County has long been the aim of Carbon County Superintendent of Schools Stuart E. Prutzman.