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Monday, November 28, 2011
A Jeep Cherokee is pictured where it came to rest after leaving Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County Sunday and crashing down an embankment before coming to rest near railroad tracks between the north and southbound lanes of the interstate.

Four persons were injured Sunday afternoon when the sport utility vehicle they were in left Interstate 81 in Delano Township, Schuylkill County, and ended up on a railroad bed beneath the interstate.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Because of the rising costs of engineering fees to comply with Act 537, a community-wide sewage facilities plan, Parryville Council has no other choice than to raise taxes by two mills this year.

Dana Brubaker, secretary, said that council is sure that a two-mill tax hike will happen again for 2013.

Brubaker added that one mill generates approximately $5,000. A home assessed at $40,000 will pay an additional $80 a year in real estate taxes in 2012 due to the tax increase.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Two Tamaqua men entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court received jail sentences from Judge Charles M. Mller.

James William Kunkel, 29, of Ryan Avenue, on three counts of selling a controlled substance from his home, was sentenced to serve three to six years in a state correctional institution with credit for serving 224 days in the county prison.

Monday, November 28, 2011

A woman found dead in the Lehigh River near Weatherly on Friday morning has been identified.

According to police, she is Joann Hagen, 63, of White Haven.

The cause of death has not been determined and an autopsy is scheduled.

She reportedly was found by kayakers at about 11:25 a.m. Friday near Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail, just east of Rockport in Lehigh Township.

Trooper Christopher Hill of the Hazleton barracks of the state police, the investigator in the incident, said the woman was wearing a wedding band and a diamond ring on her left hand.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Shoppers in downtown Lehighton won't have to put money in the parking meters this month.

Lehighton Borough Council said parking will be free in the downtown for the month of December.

Monday, November 28, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Ss. Peter and Paul School collected the most shoes per student for the Walk in Our Shoes program through Blue Ridge Communication TV-13. The students and Maria Stianche of 1 Love Foundation were recognized by Retired Colonel George Duell Jr., liaison with the military, and Bill Campbell of the Pennsylvania Committee for Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). From left are, front row, Angelina Degler and Linda Vella, teachers at Ss. Peter and Paul School; and Sherry Sernak, principal; and back row, Maria Stianche, Kim Bell, station manager; George Duell, Bill Campbell; Jill Kuntzman, administrative assistant; and Marie Johns of Eyewatch News TV-13.

Accepting another Dell computer is a habit that the children of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School have acquired ever since a shoe collection contest began.

Marie Johns of TV 13 started the Walk in Our Shoes program five years ago. Four years ago, PenTeleData began offering a computer to the school that collects the most shoes per student. Ss. Peter and Paul School has received the computer every time.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mahoning Township supervisors are preparing an action for zoning violations upon a report at a recent meeting by township resident Brian Mertz who complained about a problem with a neighbor who happens to be a cousin who allegedly moved a camper onto the property illegally and was beginning to excavate to construct a road to the property.

Monday, November 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Local businesses provided prizes to two local students. The male winner was Logan Rutch, from Marian Catholic High School, who won prizes from Charles X. Block, Just Hair, Guy's Flowers & More, Flexers Photography and Turkey Hill. The female winner was Erin Paton from Panther Valley High School, who won prizes from Juliette Bridal's, Petals & Greens, Steph's Styling Studio, Flexer Photography and Wal-Mart's Nails & Spa Center. Pictured are Erin Paton, Jordon Flexer of Flexer Photography and Logan Rutch.

Monday, November 28, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Late Friday afternoon, Masters Roofing workers Francisco Hernandez, top, and Hermane Luna, both of Freeland, reinstall a restored gold spire atop the roof at the 1890s Fitzpatrick Victorian House, 242 W. Broad St., in the Tamaqua National Historic District. Not shown are others working from a position inside the dome. According to a document discovered in the tower, the ornate metalwork was handcrafted by E. R. Reeser, early Tamaqua tinsmith and owner of a steam heating operation, who installed the finial on October 29, 1902.

Monday, November 28, 2011

John Zlock, one of the 25 victims of the Venezuelan plane crash yesterday, is a resident of East Railroad Street in Nesquehoning. He has been an employee of the Bethlehem Steel Company at its Iron Mines Company plant in Venezuela for the past 10 years. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Anna Zlock and two brothers, Milan and Samuel, both of Nesquehoning. He had been in Bethlehem for a meeting with his supervisor and was en route back to his office in Venezuela when the tragic crash occurred.