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Friday, February 4, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Most state roads are clear of snow and ice only days after we were pummeled with the messy stuff. But don't get too comfortable, as these roads are expected to be covered again in some areas over the next few days. Pictured is SR-209 facing east and downhill towards Coaldale.

Friday, February 4, 2011

A Landsford man was sentenced to serve a state prison for selling illegal drugs in Tamaqua.

Rolando M. Horsford, 30. of 30 1/2 E. Abbot St., formerly of New York, was sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes in Schuylkill County court Thursday to serve two to five years in a stae prison on charges of delivery of a controlled substance in August and September of 2009.

Friday, February 4, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Palmerton man was killed when his pickup truck crashed this morning along Smith Gap Road in Eldred Township, Monroe County. The crash occurred about 2 a.m. State police at Lehighton said David A. Smiley, 45, was operating a 1997 Ford F150 pickup eastbound, just west of the Carbon County line, when he lost control for unknown reasons. The truck went onto the berm and struck a snow embankment which caused the truck to roll over. Smiley was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers indicated speed was a factor in the crash. Reportedly, Smiley was partially ejected.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Bereavement group

The bereavement support group of St. Joseph's parish will meet on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. in the rectory. The group is open to anyone. If you have questions you may call the parish office, (570) 325-3731. The sessions will run until March 5.

Fire company meeting

Members of the Phoenix Fire Company will hold their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. at the company headquarters.

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Friday, February 4, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The quick change in temperature combined with recent heavy snow and sleet created this winter night scene. Showing an untouched coat of shiny ice is the Tamaqua Area School District Sports Stadium and Field with the middle school in the background.

Friday, February 4, 2011

St. Peter's E.C. Church, 177 Main Road, Lehighton, (Franklin Township) is hosting a Kid's Party Club from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 12. Kid's Club Party offers Bible stories in a party atmosphere for children ages 5 to 12. The theme will be "God's Love." There will be crafts, singing songs and games. Snacks will be provided. For additional information, call Janet at (610) 377-4148 or Marion at (610) 377-5247.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Residents and parents of the Jim Thorpe Area School District (JTASD) have voiced their concerns regarding the possibility of losing monitors on the district buses.

The issue was brought up at this week's school board meeting by area resident Joe Partenio.

"Due to budget constraints monitor positions have been reduced," Partenio said.

A petition with 450 signatures was presented by Partenio.

"We present this petition to the board to fervently consider the voice of the people and keep the monitors on our school buses," he said.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Walker Township has a new secretary/treasurer. Supervisors introduced Dana Brubaker at last night's regular meeting. Brubaker is taking over for Suzanne Borzak who retired last month.

Chairman Craig Wagner said that Brubaker will be working to convert the township's accounts to Quickbooks, which will make handling the township's records easier.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Despite complaints from several township residents regarding large piles of snow, Schuylkill Township supervisors remained firm that they are not going to be removing the snow right now.

"We have to watch because of the fuel prices. We're trying to watch our money," said chairman of the board Linda DeCindio.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Borough of Tamaqua has announced its snow removal schedule for Friday and Monday.

Friday, Feb. 4,

starting at 12:01 a.m.

Broad Street – south side from the railroad tracks at Patterson Street east to Stone Garden.

Berwick Street – both sides from Broad Street to Hegarty Avenue.

Nescopec Street – both sides from Cottage Avenue to Hegarty Avenue.

Monday, Feb. 7

starting at 12:01 a.m.

Broad Street – north side from the railroad tracks at Patterson Street east to Stone Garden.