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Saturday, July 19, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Kyla Rodrigues, Palmerton - "No. I don't think they should."
Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Pleasant Valley School District board of directors approved, 7-0, (Dominick Sacci and Len Peeters were absent) purchasing two new vehicles for the district.

It will purchase a new 2014 Ford Utility AWD/with trade not to exceed $21,000 for school police security and a new 2014 GMC van, not to exceed $22,000, for a courier van.

The board approved the following hiring of personnel, 7-0:

Saturday, July 19, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  This PA MedReturn Drop Box is now stationed inside the Palmerton Police Department for individuals who wish to dispose of unwanted and expired prescriptions, as well as over-the-counter medications.

As the current trend indicates, prescription drug abuse is on the rise not only in Pennsylvania, but the entire nation.

To help counteract that growing epidemic, a secure medicine return box is now available to people who wish to dispose of unwanted and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.

One such spot is inside the Palmerton Police Station, where as of Tuesday, a PA MedReturn Drop Box has been stationed inside, according to borough police Chief Randy Smith.

Saturday, July 19, 2014
ARCHIVES/DONALD R. SERFASS BEFORE: The LISC was one of many partners in the 1874 Tamaqua Shoe Factory Project at the abandoned 1874 Tamaqua Shoe Factory complex, 401 Hazle St., seen here in 2005.

A Tamaqua area initiative is featured in the online newsletter of a national program, giving the ongoing effort broad recognition.

Dear Tamaqua, the project in which local residents are encouraged to write a letter to express thoughts about their town, is featured in the current online newsletter, dated July 17, of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. The LISC, founded 1979, is the largest community development support organization in the country.

The article focuses on project and the town.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Four defendants scheduled for preliminary hearings before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, failed to appear in court, resulting in warrants being issued for their arrests.

Jermaine L. Davis, 40, of 101 W. Rowe St., Tamaqua, was scheduled to be in court to answer to charges of defiant trespass by communication. The charges were filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Anthony Stanell following an April 24 incident.

Saturday, July 19, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Tamaqua firefighters prepare to enter 158 Spruce St. for a report of illness among house occupants, possibly due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Possible carbon monoxide poisoning sent several occupants of a Tamaqua house to the hospital shortly after noon Friday.

The Tamaqua Fire Department and Tamaqua Ambulance were summoned to 158 Spruce St. for a report of family members feeling sick. The illnesses apparently had been ongoing since midweek.

According to the Schuylkill Communications Center, a woman and her husband at that address had been treated at the hospital Wednesday after falling ill.

"Now they're back home and feeling worse," said the dispatcher.

Saturday, July 19, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A woman was injured Friday afternoon when involved in a rear-end collision in West Penn Township. The incident occurred just after noon at the intersection of Routes 309 and 443 east. The woman was attempting to turn north onto Route 309 when she was struck in the rear. She was treated at the scene by members of the Penn Mahoning ambulance and transported to an area hospital. West Penn Chief of Police Brian Johnson is investigating the incident. The driver of the striking car was not injured.

Saturday, July 19, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Wanda and Tom Connors, director of the Carbon County Animal Shelter, take a walk on the grounds of the shelter. Wanda has been at the shelter since October 2013 and is looking for a family who will love her as she goes through the senior years of her life.

Wanda has a story to tell.

Her jet-black coat, peppered with gray around her snout, provides only a glimpse into who this dog is as she lies in her kennel at the Carbon County Animal Shelter in Nesquehoning.

The 9- or 10-year-old black Lab/shepherd mix is docile and friendly, looking up with sad but hopeful brown eyes as Tom Connors, director of the shelter, readies to take her for a walk.

Saturday, July 19, 2014
larry NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A West Penn township man was seriously injured Friday afternoon when his riding lawn mower rolled on top of him. The incident occurred around 1 p.m. at 84 Lumber Lane. Thevictim was treated at the scene by members of the Tamaqua ambulance then flown to a Lehigh Valley area trauma center. West Penn Township Police are investigating the incident.

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS  Palmerton Area High School students Juli Garey-Perrine and Gabe Scott recently competed in the Future Business Leaders of America National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

They displayed a keen intellect, and a high business acumen well beyond their years.

For their solid showing, a group of Palmerton Area High School Future Business Leaders of America students were recently honored at a banquet in the high school cafeteria.

At that time, all the state qualifiers and most active members were presented with awards, according to Jennifer Danzeisen, high school FBLA co-adviser.