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Saturday, February 8, 2014
President of SRN

Linda L. Marchalk, Vice President of Northeast Pennsylvania Abstract, LLC has been elected President of Schuylkill Referral Network and has also been elected as a Board Member of the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce. Marchalk has long been active in business and community affairs.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

A Hazleton woman was cited by McAdoo Police following a Dec. 27, 2013 incident.

Patrolman William Curilla was on patrol at 2:38 a.m. when he observed a silver Ford Taurus with a non-working brake light. He conducted a traffic stop on North Kennedy Drive and identified the driver as Milinda Kessler of Hazleton. When Kessler opened the car window, the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana. A records check determined Kessler's driver's license had expired as of Oct. 24, 2013.

She failed several field sobriety tests, then refused to submit to any further testing.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Northampton Community College held a commencement ceremony Jan. 25 for more than 700 students who completed associate degrees, specialized diplomas and certificates in August and December.

Graduates in the TIMES NEWS area include:

Albrightsville

Jenna Burge, Associate in Applied Science; Ashley Gannon, Associate in Applied Science; David James, Associate in Arts; Kacper Waskiewicz, Associate in Applied Science

Blakeslee

Michelle Bentham, Associate in Applied Science; Jessica Fitzgerald, Associate in Science; Brandon Gushlaw, Associate in Arts

Saturday, February 8, 2014
Vince Gill

Back in the '60s and '70s, Ontelaunee Park in New Tripoli brought in many major performers; stars like George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty, and The Oak Ridge Boys.

Ontelaunee Park has long been closed.

Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe has certainly picked up the slack.

The schedule for the forthcoming year looks as ambitious as ever. While the calendar is far from complete, the venue has already signed such acts as Heart, country greats Gary Allen and Vince Gill, Dr. Hook, REO Speedwagon, and Queensryche.

Penn's Peak doesn't take a winter break.

Saturday, February 8, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

During winter's coldest, darkest days without passengers or cargo, a train is comprised simply of an engine and a caboose, seen here Monday in Tamaqua.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

McAdoo Police have cited a Bath man in connection with a Dec. 21, 2013 traffic stop.

An officer on patrol at 12:20 a.m. observed two vehicles traveling south on Kennedy Drive. The second vehicle, a black Nissan, appeared to be tailgating the first. As the officer got closer, he estimated there was less than one car length between the two vehicles and conducted a traffic stop.

The driver of the Nissan was identified as Jeremy Ruiz of Bath. Ruiz said he was following so closely because the other drive had "jammed on his brakes earlier."

Saturday, February 8, 2014

For the third year in a row, Blaschak Coal Corporation, one of the country's top anthracite producers, has achieved record sales tonnage. The 77-year-old company's prepared coal sales were more than 315,000 tons in 2013 – up five percent from the year prior.

With an experienced and skilled workforce, flexible and reliable capacity to mine and process coal and a continued, proactive effort to promote the benefits of anthracite, Blaschak expects additional growth in 2014.

Saturday, February 8, 2014
Rocky Ahner

An area school director with concerns over nutrition in our schools recently expressed his platform on the issue on a national level.

Lehighton Area School Board Director Rocky Ahner participated in the National School Boards Advocacy Institute held this past weekend in Washington, D.C.

Ahner, who was appointed to the National School Boards Association Federal Relations Network, said his main focus was Bill 3663, introduced by Congresswoman Kristi Noem of South Dakota.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Our nation's veterans have served our country proudly and bravely. They are true American heroes, and we must make sure that we're doing everything possible to support them once they reenter civilian life.

That's why starting January 1, 2014 and for the rest of the fiscal year, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has set the borrower upfront guaranty fee to zero for all veteran loans approved during that timeframe under the SBA Express program, which supports loans of up to $350,000.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

It was recommended to Lehighton Borough Council yesterday that the council should purchase a new aerial fire truck instead of refurbishing two existing vehicles that are each more than 20 years old.

The council held a special meeting yesterday afternoon with members of the Lehighton Fire Department, first in the municipal building and then informally at Lehigh Fire Company No. 1 where members of council looked over the two trucks that would be replaced.