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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Weissport Borough Council has not stopped looking into options to protect residents during a period of time when traffic will be detoured through the town due to the reconstruction of the Thomas McCall Bridge on Route 209.

The temporary detour through the borough is scheduled to take place from June to August in 2014, although the actual construction is scheduled to take two months.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Chief Bobby Derr, left, and firefighter Ed Boerner work to clean one of their trucks of the Tamaqua Rescue Squad. The squad is conducting a fund drive.

The Tamaqua Rescue Squad (TRS) is in the process of mailing out its annual fund drive brochures requesting donations. "In the past, our operating expenses have been covered by donations as well as fundraisers run by our membership," said squad secretary and director Robert J. 'Bucky' Derr.

He said, "Rising operational costs are beginning to make it more difficult to meet our needs. Therefore, we are reaching out to our community for assistance."

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A display by Boy Scout Troop 98 in the group exhibit building, tells of things yet to come. The display told of the troop's service to the community and detailed the names and years of its 100 Eagle Scouts and their various projects. It was awarded Best of Show in the group exhibit building. The troop will be holding a celebration in recognition of the milestone of 100 Eagle Scouts in the future.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Pleasant Valley School District was one of 12 Pennsylvania schools selected to be awarded additional funds through the Keystones to Opportunity (KTO)'s competitive grant process. The district will receive $100,000 to be used in the middle level (grades 6-8) statutory funding area.

The school board recently approved:

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Carbon County Fair board officers and department directors will also meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the home of Bob and Alicia Silliman to plan the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will sponsor an AARP Driver Safety 8-hour Basic Course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 and Thursday, Sept. 12. The class will be held at the Bowmanstown Medical Plaza, 204 Bank St., Bowmanstown. This is an eight-hour class, so you must attend both days.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

MIDDLETOWN, Pa., One jackpot-winning Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 ticket worth $225,000 was among 22,892 prize-winning tickets sold statewide for the Monday, Sept. 2 drawing.

The jackpot-winning ticket was sold at Turkey Hill, 610 Main St., Slatington, Lehigh County.

It correctly matched all five balls, 27-28-31-34-40, to win a jackpot of $225,000, less 25 percent federal withholding.

The retailer will receive a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Accident in Rush Township

A woman was injured yesterday afternoon during a two-vehicle accident that occurred near the intersection of Ye Old Hauto Road on the Hometown Hill (SR309) in Rush Township. Both lanes of SR309 were closed and traffic backed up for about a mile during the incident, which involved a black Jeep Liberty and a gray Chevy sedan. Responding were firefighters, police and fire police from Tamaqua and Hometown, as well as Tamaqua Ambulance. Rush Township

Police are investigating.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Katie Rubino, 13, of Saylorsburg, was the first place winner in the first West End Fair's Got Talent contest. She not only won $250, but also the privilege to be the opening act for Richie Fields, Saturday night's Main Stage performer. She sang three of her own original songs and received an enthusiastic response from the audience.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Nine defendants who were brought to court on bench warrants received hearings before Schuylkill County judges recently.

Larry William Martin, 59, Pottstown, had his bench warrant dissolved and bail reinstated by Judge Charles M. Miller. He faces charges brought by Trooper Matthew Barrett of attempting to bring illegal drugs into the state correctional facility in Ryan Township last Dec. 16.