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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tamaqua Area School District was one of three local districts to be reimbursed for its learning centers and Robert Betz, Tamaqua Area School Board Director who represents the local district on the IU Board, was appointed as the IU voting delegate to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association 2010 Legislative Policy Council, in action taken by the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board at its monthly meeting held Monday evening in the Maple Avenue Campus in Norwegian Township.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

In conjunction with "National Child Passenger Safety Week," Sunday, Sept. 18, through Saturday, Sept. 24., the Pennsylvania State Police Troop N, Hazleton will be conducting a Child Passenger Safety Seat Check-Up Event along with the Carbon County Safekids from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Wal-Mart, 1731 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive East, Lehighton.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Emergency personnel from throughout Carbon County were called into service Tuesday to rescue a young man injured after he fell at Glen Onoko Falls between Nesquehoning and Jim Thorpe. The call came in just before noon for a man who fell, suffered a head injury and was unconscious. Fire companies from Jim Thorpe, Nesquehoning, Lehighton and Penn Forest responded. A special all-terrain vehicle equipped with an on board litter was dispatched from the East Penn Fire Company.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A charter school in Pottsville found its way on to the agenda of last night's meeting of the Tamaqua Area School Board. The committee meeting was held in the Tamaqua Senior High School Library instead of the middle school.

Board members discussed a request to provide student transportation to the Gillingham Charter School, the first state certified charter school in Schuylkill County.

The daily van run will encompass an 84-mile round trip. The district is responsible for the transportation because the charter school is considered to be in Tamaqua's district.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T today announced the activation of a new mobile broadband cell site in Andreas that will enhance coverage for area residents and businesses in the southern portion of Carbon County as well as along parts of Route 895, Lauchnor Road and Germans Road. With mobile broadband speeds, AT&T customers can surf the Web, download files faster, and enjoy the very latest interactive mobile applications.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Summit HIll Heritage Center is beginning its fall lecture series with a presenter who is returning by popular request.

Blue Mountain Paranormal Society founder Bob Schaeffer will be presenting a lecture on the world of ghosts and ghost hunting as well as presenting evidence gathered from dozens of investigations over the past five years at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 at the Heritage Center, located on the corner of Chestnut and West Hazard streets.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Meeting in preparation for the Weatherly Hill Climb at the event's main sponsor, Fairway Subaru of Hazleton, are, left to right : David Rogers, Manager of the Hazelton Firestone store; Fred Grant, DeAngelo Brothers Inc. of Hazleton; Terry Younker, Trainworks Festival; Wayne Gettig, Weatherly Hill Climb Association; Al Corazza, Fairway Subaru; and Rick Kane, Weatherly Hill Climb Vice President.

This weekend in Weatherly, at both the "Weatherly Hill Climb" and the "Trainworks Festival", there will be something of interest to do and see for every member of the family.

Marking its 50th Anniversary, the SCCA Sanctioned Hill Climb has been run from the Fall of 1961 to this year.

Originally started by Dr. Charles Potter, the Weatherly Rotary Club organized the events for 25 years, with the Weatherly Hill Climb Association organizing them for the past 10 years.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Lehighton telephones will be converted to dial operation in July of next year, according to an announcement today. New two-letter, five figure numbers beginning with the central office name "DRake" will become effective. At the same time, two-letter five-figure numbers beginning with the central office name "MOrris" will become effective for all Nesquehoning telephones, said R. C. Long, Hazleton district manager of Bell Telephone.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Firefighters throughout our area have spent hundreds of combined man-hours pumping out homes and businesses following many days of heavy rains and a flash flood. Pictured using a pump to expel water out of the flooded basement of the Tamaqua Train Station Friday evening are Tamaqua Fire Chief Tom Hartz, left, and Citizen's Fire Company firefighter Travis Huegel.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Summit Hill Republican Club will be holding a meeting on Thursday evening, September 15 at 7 p.m.at the borough hall to discuss the club, officers and the fall election. All members and the public are invited to attend this important meeting and participate in our discussions. Please contact David Wargo at (570) 657-0792 for more information.