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Thursday, September 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Recent heavy rainfall has resulted in hundreds of road closures in Eastern Pennsylvania. Pictured is West Lizard Creek Road, SR-895, in Lehighton closed due overflowing banks of local rivers and creeks.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Reuse of a former church building was approved by the Schuylkill County Zoning Hearing Board.

The former Mary Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church building, located in Branchdale, Branch Township, was purchased by Ronald R. Coles. He applied to the zoning hearing board for a special exception from the county zoning ordinance so that he could operate in the building a music studio to give lessons or instructional on musical instruments such as piano, organ, trumpet and voice. He also said he would teach related music use such as recording and creating music CDs and DVDs.

Thursday, September 8, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS The new outdoor area at the Olde School House Tavern is peaceful, restful and available for meals or catered events. The Olde School House is located at 4740 Long Run Road, Lehighton, in Franklin Township. The restaurant offers daily specials.

The Olde School House Tavern has the best food around, according to its owners.

Glenn and Shelly Kahn feel they aren't bragging as much as they are telling it like it is.

Shelly is a hands-on business owner. She can verify that the food is good because she does most of the cooking herself. They buy their meat from a local butcher and the seafood is purchased fresh for the weekend specials. Everything is prepared on site.

"We focus on good, well-prepared food," said Shelly.

Thursday, September 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Coaldale Fire Company firefighters Will Longworth, left, and Terry Ahner clear newly fallen leaves and road debris from a storm drain on West Ridge Street in Coaldale. Coaldale Fire Chief Richard Marek mentioned that their firefighters routinely check drains and roadways during and following heavy rainfalls.

Thursday, September 8, 2011
Flamin' Dick and The Hot Rods

Get ready for a trip down a musical memory lane with "Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods" at the Palmerton Community Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 2-5 p.m. on the Main Stage.

The band actually started out under a different name as a classic rock band playing tunes from the 70's and 80's and one set of "oldies" at each performance. People started asking them for more of the 50s and 60s rock-n-roll.

How did Dick Weatherholtz came up with the name, "Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods"?

Thursday, September 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Heavy rainfall made for dangerous driving conditions Wednesday and today, while drivers traveling on local roads came across numerous areas of accumulated water, such as here on SR309 in Snyders.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

State Police placed 181 trucks and 30 commercial drivers out of service during Operation C.R.A.S.H. (Commonwealth Rural Roads and State Highways), an enforcement effort staged Aug. 24.

"Our mission is safety: the safety of trucks, the safety of those who are behind the wheel and the safety of everyone who shares the road with them," said State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan.

State police inspected 1,112 commercial vehicles, resulting in 687 traffic citations, during the one-day enforcement effort.

Thursday, September 8, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The main stage is set up and ready to host performances from a variety of entertainers as part of the 22nd annual Palmerton Community Festival to be held Friday through Sunday in the borough park.

It's hard to keep a good thing down.

Wet or not, the 22nd annual Palmerton Community Festival will run from Friday through Sunday in the borough park.

The event is open from 5-11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine.

There is no admission charge, free parking, and plenty of free entertainment, bingo, rides, Chinese auction, games, homemade foods and crafts.

No pets, bikes, skateboards or roller skates of any type are allowed in the park the entire weekend. Handicapped parking is available.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

HAZLETON, PA – Dinkey Memorial Church, 1742 Dinkey Road, Ashfield, will be hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. The blood drive is being held in conjunction with Miller-Keystone Blood Center,In order to donate, individuals must be 17 years of age or older, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be feeling healthy; they must not have donated in the past eight weeks. All donors must also provide valid identification; ID must have the donor's name printed on it, as well as a photo and/or signature. Walk-ins are welcome at this blood drive.

Thursday, September 8, 2011
West Penn Township Police Officer Melissa Boyer carries perimeter tape as she helps in the investigation.

A Schuylkill County man is in custody and will be charged with killing his father, following a multicounty manhunt that started in West Penn Township Wednesday afternoon on Log Lane, just off SR895 and Blue Mountain Drive, slightly south of Snyders.

Neighbors called 911 just before 1:30 p.m. after hearing multiple gunshots and seeing a black sport utility vehicle (SUV) speed away from their neighbor's home.