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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tamaqua Borough Council approved a proposal from A One Service, Inc. of Shenandoah, last night for the exploration and location of wildcat sewers along the Wabash Creek. The borough's engineering firm, Alfred Benesch, recommended the firm due to the fact that this company utilizes a piece of equipment consisting of a robot camera and a transmitter that can be detected from the surface. "This will eliminate excessive dye testing," said borough manager Kevin Steigerwalt. "They can look for multiple connections and they can trace them right to a source."

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Christopher Czapla, principal of the Tamaqua Area Middle School, has released the names of students attaining honor roll status for the second marking period of the 2010-2011 school year. To be eligible for Highest Honors, students must maintain a cumulative average of 95 or higher, with no grade lower than a 93. For High Honors, students must earn grades of 90 or higher, with no grade lower than 86. An average of 86 or above, with no grade lower than 78 is required for honors status.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Miles Mertz, mayor of Palmerton, was named head of the annual drive for funds of the Panther Valley-Carbon County Unit of the American Cancer Society at a meeting held in Lansford. The goal set for this year is $12,500. District drive chairmen are Mrs. James Moyer, Tamaqua; Frank McCartney, Lansford; George Reabold, Lake Harmony; Mrs. Gladys Youngcourt, Audenried, and Stephen Goidich, Palmerton.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured receiving fresh layers of snow and ice is Kennedy Park in Lansford.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Singer Cherie Martorana of Rubix Kube, wearing 80's garb during the band's appearance at Penn's Peak last year, returns to The Peak with the Kube's Back to the 80's tribute concert Friday night. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

One never knows who might show up at a Rubix Kube show.

One night, it's morning television host Kelly Ripa, who gave the New York City-based 1980's tribute band a plug on her show, Live with Regis and Kelly.

Then, during two sold out shows at New York's Canal Room, former 80's teen icons Tiffany and Debbie Gibson joined Rubix Kube on stage, appearing together for the first time ever.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Icicles hang from the front porch of a home in Andreas.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

If you listened to meteorologists yesterday, you probably made sure you had enough bread and milk in your home, had fresh batteries in your flashlights, and dug out the kerosene lanterns and extra blankets.

A major ice storm was predicted and as late as 4 o'clock this morning one forecast called for an ice buildup to as much as three-quarters of an inch. Power outages seemed likely.

The overnight weather certainly wasn't anything to ignore. But it appears temperatures climbed quicker in our area than expected and spared us the solid ice accumulation.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A former Jim Thorpe resident admitted in Carbon County court on Tuesday to shooting his uncle during a family dispute.

James W. Freiling, 28, of Tamaqua, pleaded guilty before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to one count each of aggravated assault and possession of an instrument of crime.

Freiling was arrested on June 16, 2009, at 225 South St., Jim Thorpe. Borough police were dispatched to the home to a report of an altercation and shooting incident.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Snow, ice and freezing rain hit made some areas of travel more treacherous than others. Pictured is a section of SR209 in just off Bull Run Street in Seek, Coaldale, where two accidents occurred Tuesday morning. No serious injuries were reported.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
STEVE SHINKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Ice encrusted tree branches frame the Tamaqua Railroad Station in this photo taken after Wednesday morning's sleet and ice storm.