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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Lehigh Valley Railroad's Packerton Shops, at one time the beehive of railroad activity in this area, are fast becoming a thing of the past. The shops closed early last yar. What is left of the big sprawling shops today is nothing but rails hidden among the high weeds, along with a few steel buildings that housed offices, change rooms, and storage. For the past month or so, the Pohl Corporation of Reading has men on duty removing about 10 miles of rails that were used throughout the shops.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS No children were aboard a school bus when it crashed into a garage on SR54 in Nesquehoning just after 7 a.m. this morning.

No children were aboard a school bus when it crashed into a garage on SR54 in Nesquehoning just after 7 a.m. this morning.

The accident, which occurred near the intersections of Tonoli Road and Yard Street on Stock Street (SR54), occurred when the operator of a car, Kevin Webb of Lake Hauto, driving a blue 2004 Ford Escape SUV, lost control on the ice and drove head-on into a school bus driven by William Reed Jr. of Kistler Transportation in Lansford.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

It's been said that "change is the only constant." Lehighton Area School District is learning this first-hand. There are many changes taking place throughout the district – starting at the top.

Lehighton Area School Board accepted the letter of retirement from James Kraky as Superintendent of LASD on Monday evening. Kraky will work with a special school board committee to determine his last work date.

School Board President Rocky Ahner thanked Kraky for his dedicated service to LASD.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Lehighton man entered guilty pleas to four criminal counts, in three pending cases, recently in Carbon County court. He was one of five defendants in pending cases to enter a plea before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Theft, trespass

Jody Christman, 44, pleaded guilty to one count each of criminal trespass, unauthorized use of a automobile, theft and defiant trespass by communication.

Christman was arrested for the trespass and theft counts for an incident on June 29, 2011, in Mahoning Township. The incident occurred at the Ukrainian Homestead along Beaver Run Road.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Application period for the 2012 Troop N Camp Cadet program is now open and applications are being accepted.

This week-long camp is designed to give young people a better understanding of law enforcement activities in an atmosphere of an actual State Police training school. Once accepted, the cadets will reside at the camp for six days under the direct supervision of state and local police officers.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Jack Nemeth, 16, helps his dad clear snow from their business on Hazle Street in Tamaqua.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Dr. Anita Collins gave a talk about native bees at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

"Native Bees - an introduction" was the first of a speaker series held at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. Anita Collins, a United States Department of Agriculture honeybee scientist and a member of the Nature Center board, was the speaker.

She heard that the U.S. Geologic Survey wanted someone to survey bees, which hadn't been done since 1900, and became involved. She had a Power Point presentation to illustrate her talk.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

An American Red Cross Bloodmobile will visit Tamaqua this Wednesday, Jan. 25. The collection site will be St. John United Church of Christ on Pine Street. Hours will be from 1 to 6 p.m.

Anyone 17 or older, who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good general health, is eligible to donate blood.

To schedule an appointment, call (800) 733-2767 or visit the organization's website at

This visit is being sponsored by Tamaqua 309 Auto Sales.

All donors will receive a free mug and spoon set, as well as a Chef Cat Cora recipe card.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Larry Neff/special to the times news

Most areas received about five inches of snow during last Saturday's storm but for a toddler like Madison Schaeffer, 2-year-old daughter of Diana and Chad Schaeffer of West Penn Township, it was knee deep. Madison is loving the fresh blanket that fell near her home. Much of the snow is expected to melt away this week as temperatures reach into the 40s.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Tamaqua man died of injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle crash Monday morning.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the victim as Mark G. Beltz, 59. The crash occurred about 10:35 a.m. along SR443, just east of the Renninger's Market complex in North Manheim Township, and not far from the entrance to Blue Mountain High School.