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Friday, August 9, 2013

The Panther Valley school board on Thursday agreed to borrow $5.7 million to finance the building of classrooms in what is now the swimming pool area of the high school.

The new rooms will allow the district to reconfigure student housing and to eliminate the use of portable classrooms at the elementary school in Nesquehoning.

School directors Bill Hunsicker, Roy Angst, Anthony DeMarco, Michelle Markovich, John Williams and President Jeff Markovich voted in favor of floating the bond issue to borrow the money.

Friday, August 9, 2013

West Penn Township Roadmaster Ted Bogosh announced yesterday that road crews will close a 150 feet section of St. Peter's Road near Dairy Road while township crews install a culvert pipe under the road. He added it will be closed for approximately two weeks starting Monday morning.

For more information, call the township at (570) 386-4507.

Friday, August 9, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Leiliani McClure, 9, of Parryville, left, and her partner, Madison Fludgate, 9, of Lehighton, have launched a business to made duct tape purses, backpacks and clothing. Fludgate is explaining dimensions of an item with a potential customer, Marie D'Amato of the Miller-Keystone Blood Center, who was the guest speaker at the Women in Business luncheon, held by The Carbon County Chamber and Economic Devlopment.

With a goal of someday owning a hot dog stand with the funds they raise, two youngsters are already running a business of their own.

Madison Fludgate of Lehighton and Leiliani McClure of Parryville, both age 9, have become partners making duct tape products.

"We make beach bags, back packs, key chains and clothing," said Fludgate.

Officially their business was launched at the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development golf outing and has been growing from there. They formed their partnership in June.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Two area residents were among nine who received hearings in Schuylkill County court on their appeals from decisions made by magisterial district judges who fund them guilty of summary violations. Judge Charles M. Miller ruled as follow:

Alexander Riotto, 31, of 100 Barnesville Drive, Barnesville, lost his appeal and the judge ordered he pay the cost of prosecution and fine and costs imposed by the district judge who found him guilty of having the passenger side headlight out, for which he was fined $25; and driving while his license was suspended, imposed a fine of $200 and costs.

Friday, August 9, 2013

The New Columbus Fire Company will be testing fire hoses beginning Monday morning, Aug. 12, and throughout the day. Residents may experience discolored water and low pressure during the test period.

Thursday, August 8, 2013
special to the times news Members of the Nesquehoning Hose Company and Waterway Twin Tier of Montrose test 11,200 feet of fire hose that the fire company uses. The testing is vital to the safety of firefighters, said Fire Chief John McArdle.

Recently, the Nesquehoning Hose Company had 11,200 feet of fire hose tested by Waterway Twin Tier of Montrose, an independent contractor hired to conduct the testing.

The standards outlined in NFPA 1962 were followed during testing.

At the urging of Fire Chief John McArdle, the Nesquehoning Borough Council voted last year to allow the monies received from the sale of the Seagrave Aerial truck to be put towards the hose testing of all three fire stations in the borough.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Board of Directors of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) and National Canal Museum (NCM) have signed a formal alliance agreement aboard the Josiah White II Canal Boat in Hugh Moore Park.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The beach at Beltzville State Park in Lehighton has been closed after high bacteria counts were found in water samples.

According to a press release by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), water samples were taken on Monday, Aug. 5 and found to have a high bacteria count. The beach was closed Tuesday evening.

The beach will remain closed as a precaution until acceptable water sample results are received.

Last year, the beach was closed in June because of high bacteria counts.

Thursday, August 8, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Night Out organizer Leona Rega hands Tamaqua Area Crime Watch literature to Tamaqua residents John and Carolyn Suzadail.

Focused on providing local residents resources for a safer community, Tuesday's Tamaqua Night Out event, held along the 100 block of Pine Street, brought numerous local emergency services, community and volunteer organizations together for an interactive evening of fun activities and informative presentations.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

In collabortion with Simon Kramer Institute, the American Cancer Society staff, Judy Hoppes, Sr. Health Inititiatives Respresentative with he Carbon, Schuylkill and Monroe units, will be at the center two times this month to meet with the public and discuss ACS programs and services.

She will be located in the Resources Room of the center. Discussions will be held August 15 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.