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Thursday, August 11, 2011
@$:SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps of Tempe, Arizona camped out in the Jim Thorpe High school gym.

The Jim Thorpe Area School District got a welcomed surprise this past weekend when the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps of Tempe, Arizona showed up at the door step. The group which was in town for the DCI Eastern Classic at J.Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown needed a place to stay after complications forced the band away from it's original housing destination at Milton High School.

Thursday, August 11, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS James Mellon is the Officer In Charge at the Kresgeville Post Office and eager to serve the community.

James Mellon of Effort is the "new face" behind the Kresgeville Post Office counter as the OIC, Officer In Charge. But he's not new to the area. He and his wife, Aileen, moved to the West End 30 years ago. Their two sons graduated from Pleasant Valley and played soccer in the West End soccer league. Mellon was one of the WE soccer coaches for many years. So he says that many of the folks that come into the Kresgeville Post Office will be very familiar faces and he's looking forward to serving them.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Joseph Fittos Jr., chief of police in Summit Hill, issued a warning to parents after a possible abduction attempt in the borough on Tuesday.

Fittos said he received a report that someone in a black pick-up truck tried to lure two children – both females – into the truck.

The incident happened on North Market Street in the vicinity of the Fell Street Deli.

Fittos urged that parents talk to their children and have them use caution around strangers.

Children should be instructed not to approach any vehicles if they don't know the occupants, even if summoned.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Schuylkill County employees retirement fund, managed by a board composed of county officials, suffered a $5.3 milllion loss in the stock market, between July 31 and Aug. 10, according to a report released by the Schuylkill County Employees Retirement Board at its monthly meeting held Wednesday. The board held its meeting following the commissioners meeting at the Foster Township Municipal Building.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Champions of the four playground areas under the jurisdiction of the Lehighton Recreation Commission were crowned during "Playday" held at the Orioles Grove. The champions had the highest amount of points in activities at the playgrounds during the past six weeks. Community Grove champs are John Holland and Jane Holland; Weissport Playground champs are Mark Wehr and Susan Brown, Franklin Heights champions are Tom Serfass and Denise Leickel, and Skyline Park champions are Sandra Hunsicker and Clifford Hunsicker.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Specialist Nikki Monroe and SSG Chuck Francisco check out the new state of the art Freightliner just received by the Pennsylvania National Guard in Lehighton.

The latest and greatest in military truck transportation has come to the Pennsylvania National Guard in Lehighton with the delivery of the first of the newest trucks that the Army has to offer.

While the older model trucks being replaced are just basically modified, regular over-the-road tractor trailer types that you could buy at a Freightliner dealer, these new trucks are designed and engineered specifically for the Army.

The new vehicles are not the only changes with the National Guard in Lehighton, as there has also been a change in the Guard Unit located there.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A third party will be brought in to help solve a noise issue in Lower Towamensing Township.

Residents Dwight Moyer and Jeff Mizgerd once again approached the township's board of supervisors on Tuesday about the level of noise generated by Great American Pellets, located at 2115 Little Gap Road.

Moyer said the amount of noise does vary depending on the day and time, and added he believes there's one specific piece of equipment that is at the root of the problem.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Nesquehoning has been busy with installing new curbing on streets where there is no curbing. In preparation for street resurfacing, the curbing has been an added feature for residents on Mill Street in the borough. Various contractors have been hired by individual home owners to do the curbing.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

More than 540 Ryan Township PPL customers were without power this morning when a female driver snapped a utility pole after losing control of her white Dodge Stratus in the 1100 block of Barnesville Drive, SR54. Reportedly, the driver, from Mahanoy City, refused medical treatment as she only suffered airbag burns on her arms, and was taken home via Ryan Township ambulance. Responding in addition to state police at Frackville and Rush Township Police were Ryan, Hometown and Delano fire companies.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured holding a Cash-5 lottery ticket and pointing at a screen stating their store sold the winning ticket is Turkey Hill employee Chris Drysdale, 32, who sold the winning lottery ticket. Drysdale said, "I honestly don't remember who purchased the ticket." Jennifer Burns, store manager, and Drysdale said they are excited that their store sold the winning lottery ticket and congratulated whoever won." Lottery officials at Middletown confirmed Monday that one jackpot-winning Cash 5 ticket worth $913,670.50 in the Aug. 5 drawing was sold at the store.