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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

It could cost Northern Lehigh School District upwards of $300,000 to pave its stadium parking lot and replace doors at its middle school.

The school board unanimously agreed on Monday to authorize administration to enter into contracts with successful bidder for the paving project at the stadium parking lot with a not to exceed amount of $250,000, to be paid from the Capital projects account.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Signs for motorists and pedestrians began popping up in Tamaqua on Monday, advising travelers that a main bridge on US209 will close. The closure will last up to 18 months.

Closure of the Tamaqua East Broad Street bridge, US 209, has been slightly postponed, but PennDOT issued fair warning to pedestrians and motorists on Monday that changes in travel patterns are two weeks away.

According to PennDOT, the detour route will go into effect and the bridge construction will begin on Tuesday, May 28.

Once construction begins, the bridge will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic for up to 18 months. The anticipated completion date is Nov. 21, 2014.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Last year, the Department of Environmental Protection voiced its concerns regarding some issues at the Fourth Hollow Dam in Nesquehoning. DEP requested that a televised inspection of the area be performed to view the extent of damage to the structure.

During the monthly meeting of the Nesquehoning Water Authority Monday evening, members voted to address some of the problems that were found.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Proudly displaying their fish are, from left, Jacob Taylor, 3; Lilly Carl, 3; and Stephen Baker, 7.

Volunteers and members with the Locust Valley Fish and Game Association held their 30th annual children's fishing rodeo over the weekend at their Barnesville pond on Back Road. Despite rainy weather, the event, reserved for children ages 4 to 14, brought in over 150 children. Organizers said that over 2,000 fish were stocked prior to the event.

"We used to have the event at Locust Lake," said longtime member Joe Rodick. "Now we raise and stock our own fish for our derbies." Rodick added that the club started in 1978 and bought its current location in 1987.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

AJ Macker, 21-months, smiles into the camera while enjoying a recent event at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center with Mike Kernan of Tamaqua.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Bach and Handel Chorale will perform a concert at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center (TCAC), 125 Pine Street, Tamaqua, on Saturday, May 18. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 3:00 p.m. The concert is a free-will offering with all proceeds going to the TCAC.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A fight at a barber shop in Monroe County has led to the death of one person and another being charged with criminal homicide.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said the incident occurred about 3 p.m. on May 9 at Stylez Barber Shop, SR196, in Coolbaugh Township.

Police were dispatched to the shop for a report of a fight. On arrival officers found Quentin Thomas, 34, of Tobyhanna, seated in a chair in front of the shop conscious.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

There are 84,498 registered voters in Schuylkill County with 75,664 eligible to vote in the Municipal Primary Election to be held Tuesday, May 21,

The Republican Party continues to be the majority party in the county with a registration of 39,837 voters with the Democratic Party next in line with 35,827 voters.

Other voters are registered with the following:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Regular members and officers with the Tamaqua American Legion Post 173 are urging members to attend today's nomination of officers meeting at 7 p.m. at the post.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – After nearly four hours of total debate, local school students were able to pass draft legislation during Senator David G. Argall's (R-29) third annual "Senator for a Day" program on Thursday.

The program brought 12 local area schools from across the 29th Senate District to Penn State University's Schuylkill Haven campus. There the students were split into four committees Education, Finance, Transportation and State Government to debate bills.