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Friday, July 26, 2013

The Slatington Public Library is preparing for its annual Chinese auction next month and is looking for donations of handcrafted items, gift baskets, gift cards and like-new items. Donations can be dropped off at the library during operational hours.

Sara, one of Therapy Dog International's Tail Waggin' Tutors, would like to listen to beginning readers, who wish to read to her for 15 minutes. Call the library for more information.

Friday, July 26, 2013

A free open stage night is being held tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

Friday, July 26, 2013

St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, will begin the annual clothing give-away on Thursday, Aug. 2 and it will end Saturday, Aug. 17. The hours are as follows: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a wide variety of women's, men's and children's clothing and baby articles. For directions to the church, go to or call the office at (570) 325-4255 and leave a message.

Friday, July 26, 2013

The Route 903 Bridge project is moving forward, officials report.

During the Carbon County commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek addressed two pieces of correspondence regarding the upcoming bridge project in Jim Thorpe.

Friday, July 26, 2013

MOSCOW, Pa. (AP) Police say a northeastern Pennsylvania man briefly stole two of his brother's vehicles on the day of their grandmother's funeral home viewing.

Kenneth Lyle, 20, of Kunkletown, faces a preliminary hearing July 31 on charges of theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reports Friday that Lyle stole his brother's car while the family was at the viewing Wednesday morning in Spring Brook Township, Lackawanna County.

A short time later, Lyle allegedly went to a residence and drove his brother's pickup truck away.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Carbon County's Medical Assistance Transportation Program is taking a hit in funding next year, but operations will continue as normal, officials report.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to ratify the fiscal year 2013-2014 Medical Assistance Transportation Program grant agreement. The tentative allocation is $1,622,400, which represents a decrease of $104,200 from the last fiscal year. The funding comes from a mix of state and federal funds.

Friday, July 26, 2013
Hometown Fire Company firefighter Dustin Dougherty operates a tanker fill station located outside the Delano Fire Company.

Firefighters from Schuylkill, Carbon and Luzerne counties spent over seven hours fighting a commercial structure fire yesterday at a commercial cable recycling facility along Lofty Road in Delano.

The lack of water made battling the fire even more difficult.

Over a dozen water tanker trucks were used to fill and replenish seven large water storage bladders staged around the fire scene.

Friday, July 26, 2013

A Lower Towamensing Township couple may subdivide a five-acre lot.

The decision was rendered by the township's Zoning Hearing Board, which on Thursday unanimously granted Harry and Elaine Eckhart's request for a variance.

The couple sought a variance from Section 500.1 of the township's zoning ordinance to subdivide a five-acre lot located in a rural-conservation district, at 5260 Little Gap Road, Kunkletown.

No public opposition was voiced against the plan, according to zoning board solicitor Holly Heintzelman.

Friday, July 26, 2013

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission reports that motorists traveling on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) north from Mahoning Valley (Exit #74) and south from Pocono (Exit #95) will experience slow-moving traffic paces and stoppages July 29 through August 1 for controlled blasting operations on the southbound side of I-476.

The daytime blasts next week are scheduled to occur at 1:00 p.m., conditions permitting.

For the 1 p.m. blasts, the traffic restrictions will begin at approximately 12:45 p.m.

Friday, July 26, 2013

The chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and several candidates for Pennsylvania governor in 2014 will be in Carbon County on Thursday, Aug. 1.

Billy O'Gurek of Summit Hill, chairman of the Democratic Party of Carbon County, said party members will have the opportunity to meet Jim Burn of Allegheny County when the statewide party leader attends the annual picnic the county's executive committee holds on the first Thursday in August each year.

That event is scheduled from 5-9 p.m. next Thursday at Jim Thorpe's Memorial Park.