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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Ted Dacey, Nesquehoning VFW chaplain and his granddaughters, Chrstina and Olivia Dacey replace the stolen brass flag holders and flags on the veterans' graves at Nesquehoning cemeteries where they were stolen. Carbon County director of Veterans Affairs, Henry DeRoisers came to the cemeterey with the new replacements which were paid for by the county. No more brass holders, the new ones are cheaper aluminum ones. Dacey said he also blames the junk yards for accepting these holders from the thievesand paying cash for them which is illegal.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Residents on Kettle Road in Walker Township are still cleaning up following the tornado that damaged their properties Monday evening. The large piece of barn debris in the foreground barely missed a home as it was lifted and thrown hundreds of feet away from the barn. Residents were surprised to find debris scattered almost a half-mile from their homes.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

It might not be long before Lehighton again has a borough manager and a chief of police.

At a meeting of the borough council, it was noted that about eight applications have been received for the position of borough manager. The deadline for applicants was this past weekend.

Regarding the chief of police, council said it will look into hiring from within the present police department.

The council has been without a borough manager since last Sept. 10, when then manager John C. Wagner resigned. Wagner had been the manager for two years. He received a salary of $75,000.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Boroughs and municipalities in Pennsylvania have been looking into creating ordinances protecting themselves from the impacts of drilling natural gas from Marcellus Shale. The Jim Thorpe Planning Commission is also looking into drafting an ordinance protecting the borough.

Drilling is being done in Pennsylvania and areas near drilling sites need to be careful of how the environment, the sewer lines, and the water supply are impacted.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
DAVID WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Summit Hill Historical Society honored three policemen this year who served the community. Pictured here are the members of the Francis McArdle family. McArdle served as police chief for 10 years in the 1950s and 60s. Pictured (left to right): Kevin McArdle, Patrick McGeehan, Mayor Paul McArdle (brother), Tom McArdle, Fran McArdle Arnold (a daughter), James McArdle, niece Sheila McArdle, and Andrea Salla.

Each year the Summit Hill Historical Society has recognized through the sponsorship of trees for the Arbor Day planting, Summit Hill natives and residents who through their lifetime demonstrated a commitment to serving the community or who have grown up here and made a significant contribution to our society through their service.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Six Tamaqua residents were among 14 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in the Schuylkill County Court this week and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Monday's tornado in Walker Township resulted in thousands of dollars worth of damages. Homeowners stated it could weeks to clean up and thousands of dollars to recover. Almost a dozen homes, five barns, seven vehicles and other property were destroyed or damaged by the tornado or high winds. Pictured is a pile of gathered debris located on the property of Dale Heisler 981-985 Catawissa Road. In the background is the Heisler's free stall barn that had most of its roof ripped off from Monday's tornado.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

An Air Crane helicopter was used to deliver building supplies to the roof of the new Lowe's under construction in Mahoning Township, across the street from the Carbon Plaza Mall. Quite a few motorists craned their necks on Tuesday morning to watch the operation, with several stopping to take a photograph. The new Lowe's is expected to be open by fall.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Legislation that would bar possession and sale of a synthetic stimulant known as bath salts is poised to be considered for a full vote by the House of Representatives. The proposed law also includes synthetic marijuana and a hallucinogen called 2-ce. All three "designer drugs" are currently legal.

State Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Lower Paxton), majority chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, moved the legislation, Senate Bill 1006, out of the committee Tuesday by unanimous vote. It was referred to the committee on April 28.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

It was announced that groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled July 8 at the site of the new Air Products and Chemicals Inc. plat at Haucks, west of Hometown. Financial arrangements delayed the start of construction, originally scheduled last Summer. Final papers were signed last weekend on a $2.9 million bond issue sold by the Schuylkill County Industrial Development Authority to help finance the project. The new plant will house the Air Products Specialty Gas Division on a 90 acre stie.