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Monday, February 14, 2011

The southernmost six-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeastern Extension (Interstate 476) in Montgomery County is scheduled to get a major overhaul starting later this month when construction begins to rebuild and widen the toll road from four to six lanes. Work on this massive, $151 million reconstruction project will commence Feb. 28 and is expected to last nearly three years until completion anticipated in late 2013.

Monday, February 14, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Mountain Karate Academy tested five students for black belt status. From left are, Rich Maglionico, instructor; Josh Johnson, Shawn Truhe, Paige Steigerwalt, Zander Karpowicz, Anthony Maradeo; and Master Paul Maglionico.

Mountain Karate Academy, Lehighton, recently tested five students for black belt status.

The students Josh Johnson, Shawn Truhe, Paige Steigerwalt, Zander Karpowicz and Anthony Maradeo were awarded their black belts at a ceremony that took place on Feb. 9.

Mountain Karate has been a charter school with the EUSAIMAA since 1990, and recognized as Charter School of the Year for Pennsylvania in 2008.

Following the ceremony, the students were feted with a small reception at the school.

Monday, February 14, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua rescue, ambulance, police, and firefighters from South Ward and Citizen's fire companies responded to a vehicle rollover just before 3 a.m. Saturday in South Tamaqua on SR309 near Owl Creek Road. While driving the male driver of a tan Buick LeSabre lost control, hit the northbound embankment, flipped his car and continued to skid upside down on the car's roof for about 200 feet. Firefighters and cleanup crews spent a good while clearing both sides of road of car parts, dirt, oil and snow that stretched the entire distance.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Lansford Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 at the Sports Zoo Bar. For more information, call Donna valent at (570)645 4833.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Tamaqua Police are searching for a white male in connection with an attempted child abduction in the borough on Sunday evening. Officers were dispatched to the Tamaqua Italian Club on Schuylkill Avenue, shortly after 8 p.m., where they spoke with the victim and her father.

The 13-year-old girl told officers she had been walking in the area of the Five Points intersection when she was approached by a man driving a dark color Jeep. The man yelled to her, then stopped, exited the vehicle and grabbed her by the wrist.

Monday, February 14, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Nesquehoning police are investigating the armed robbery of the Turkey Hill minimart along West Catawissa Street Sunday night. A lone male dressed in hooded brown coveralls with a blue bandanna and white knit cap entered the store around 11:30 p.m. After grabbing what was described as a small amount of money, he made his getaway running behind the business. Police from Carbon and Schuylkill counties set up a perimeter around the community closing down the intersection of state routes 93 and 209.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Volunteers are still needed to assist with the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Carbon County fifth annual bowling tournament this Saturday.

The event will be held at Fritz's Lanes in Lehighton. Volunteers are to arrive at 2 p.m., followed by athlete registration at 2:15 p.m. The tournament will begin at 2:40 p.m.

A medals and awards ceremony will follow. All registered and medically cleared athletes must have attended a minimum of seven training sessions to qualify for medals and awards.

There is no fee to participate.

Monday, February 14, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Northampton County dwelling was extensively damaged in an early morning fire Sunday along SR248. The fire was reported at 4555 Lehigh Drive at 6:30 a.m. with heavy fire and smoke shooting from the two story single family wood dwelling. Fire companies from Northampton, Lehigh and Carbon counties responded to the scene. It was not known who if anyone occupied the residence.

Monday, February 14, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Paddlers demonstrate a traditional method of ocean rescue of overturned traditional Greenland kayaks at the Lehigh Valley Kayak & Canoe Club Paddle Fest 2011. Each paddler is wearing a tunic-style combination sprayskirt and paddling jacket that seals as a unit to the circular cowling of the wooden craft.

Monday, February 14, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Pictured are the 15 Palmerton Area High School students who were recently inducted into the National Honor Society.

A group of Palmerton Area High School students have taken their rightful place among the elite.

When all was said and done, 15 students were recently ushered into the prestigious National Honor Society.

The high school's induction got under way in the auditorium with a warm welcome by Michelle Muffley, NHS adviser.

Lyndsey Heinrich, who served as Master of Ceremonies and is president of the NHS, followed with the introduction of the student speakers, Muffley said.