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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Senior High School students held their annual "Whitewash" recently at the school. Students were given the opportunity to paint their names, school spirit slogans, or artistic creations on the Stadium Hill road leading to the school, while only using blue and white paint, the school colors. The activity was under the supervision of Roseann Weinrich, biology teacher and senior class advisor. Above, Tamaqua seniors Brittney Oswald, left, and her friend Kristen Wood spend time fine tuning their blue and white road artwork.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS A notice of condemnation is taped to the front door of the former English Congregational Church.

The former English Congregational Church in Lansford, purchased last summer by a controversial Middle Eastern religious group, has been condemned, a year after a housing inspector's report described it as a hazard and multiple warnings from the borough code enforcement officer were ignored.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It appears as though it will cost Palmerton nearly $12,000 to improve its water flow throughout several areas of the borough.

The borough's Municipal Authority on Tuesday agreed to award a contract for the insertion of waterline valves to Hamersley Enterprises of Coopersburg.

The company turned in the apparent low bid of $11,700 out of five companies that submitted proposals for the project.

That bid was a mere $300 less than the next lowest bid of $12,000 turned in by Kinsley Construction of York, York County.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Just before 9 a.m. Tuesday, Ryan and Rush Township police were called to the intersection of Tuscarora Mountain Drive and Ball Diamond Road in Barnesville after a report of a tan Dodge sedan snapping a utility pole, taking down a street sign, and leaving the scene of the accident while driving on a rim after the vehicle lost a tire. A witness near the intersection stated he heard a bang and saw a female driver get out of her tan car, throw the street sign on the grass, and speed away in her heavily damaged vehicle. Another witness was directly behind the vehicle when most of this occurred.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Palmerton Area School District has agreed to borrow an additional $5 million to fund maintenance and repair projects.

Also as part of that decision, the board agreed to refinance a pair of bond issues and the energy performance lease on Tuesday.

After several votes and much deliberation, the school board on a 5-4 vote agreed to the measure with the stipulation that unused borrowed money be used to pay down the debt.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative wants to fight a major problem in the county drug and alcohol use by today's youth.

During a recent meeting of the group, which is made up of various county agencies, as well as school districts, talked about the importance of prioritizing their plan for the future.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Andreas Fire Co. has closed its lot, traditionally used for parking for those attending the Andreas Halloween parade, which will be held this evening, according to West Penn Township supervisors.

Supervisors Chairman Al Martinez made the announcement at a public meeting Tuesday. Apparently, a wire has been strung around the lot, closing it to parade-goers.

Efforts to reach fire company officials for comment were unsuccessful early Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tamaqua Borough Council awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders for the South Ward Community Center and playground project at last night's meeting. Kobalt Construction was awarded the general contracting bid at $318,000. Spotts Brothers was awarded the plumbing contract at $26,450. L&S Construction was awarded the electrical contract at $33,445. Chilewski Enterprises was awarded the HVAC contract at $17,900.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

West Penn Township appears to be on an even fiscal keel as it begins drafting a 2011 budget.

Supervisors on Tuesday went through the spending plan line by line, penciling in figures as they took the first steps toward determining how much should be spent and how much they can count on coming in next year.

Now, the budget is a rough draft.

"The numbers will have to be adjusted to make it balance," said treasurer Karen Wittig. The township must have a new budget in place by Jan. 1.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Second Annual 'No. 9 Haunted Mine Tours' will be presented at the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum in Lansford on Friday and Saturday evenings during October 22, 23, 29 and 30th.

Tours will be offered each evening beginning at 5 p.m. with the last tour going into the mine at 9:30. Tours will go into the mine every half hour.