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Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Schuylkill County man was jailed yesterday on charges he attempted to murder another man.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred at 639 Deep Creek Road, Barry Township.

Troopers said Jeffrey Daly, 48, of Hegins, verbally threatened Christopher Sauers, 48, of Hegins. Daly then allegedly picked up a rifle and fired multiple shots towards Sauers. Sauers was not injured.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Kevin Steigerwalt

It only took seven minutes and a distance of 200 miles for the seismic shock wave of a record earthquake in Virginia to reach all parts of our area Tuesday afternoon.

At 1:51 p.m., the epicenter of a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck 3.7 miles below the small town of Mineral, Va., located about 40 miles northwest of Richmond. Towns and communities up and down the East Coast, stretching from Georgia to Ohio and as far north as Toronto, Canada, were caught off guard as they felt the unsettling effect of the quake.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A New York state resident was sentenced to a Carbon County prison term on Tuesday after pleading guilty to incidents at an area state park. He was one of 16 defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Hickory Run Park

Jeffrey lee Vandegejuchte, 25, of Hampton Bay, entered pleas in two pending cases involving thefts at Hickroy Run State Park in Kidder Township.

He pleaded to one count each of receiving stolen property and false indentification to police.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

After shock tremors were felt in the Schuylkill County courthouse in Pottsville and the city from the 5.8 magnitude earthquake originating in Virginia Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after 2 p..m. the tremors were felt. Wall high book cases in the law library on the fourth floor of the courthouse building swayed but no books fell out. Clerks working in the "row" offices on the first floor felt their chairs slide slightly. There was no evacuation and maintenance workers checked the building.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Mr. Howard Drake, Pleasant Valley Middle School principal, talks about what to expect at PVMS at a Welcome Breakfast for new 8th and 9th grade students and parents. He went over important facts about starting and dismissal times, bus information, IDs, dress code and more. The new school year at PV will begin on Monday, Aug. 29. Assistant principals Mr. Michael Kello and Ms. Shelley Larthey were also on hand to greet the students. Drake says he estimates PVMS will have 925 students this year.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  An impressive, two-story arch has been uncovered at the east end of 1875 Liberty Hall in Tamaqua after demolition of a two-story, 1920-era office that had enclosed the arch and kept it from view. The building will return to active status when it re-opens as an apartment complex at its 420 East Broad Street location.

A majestic two-story arch and other early architectural elements that could date back to 1875 are being uncovered as restoration and construction continues on Liberty Hall in Tamaqua.

The original date of the building has been the subject of confusion, owing to the fact that the site featured a wood frame, two-story office and front entrance that had been constructed in 1920.

Those elements have been removed by work crews over the past few weeks, uncovering a previously hidden proscenium-style arch that would have been the original visual trademark of the entertainment hall.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Parryville UMC, located on the corner of Chestnut and Main streets in Parryville, will host a free luncheon on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

All are welcome.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES-NEWS Zachary Shiner, son of Charles and Jill Shiner of Lehighton, shows off the new picnic area at Baer Memorial Park, Lehighton, that was created as his Eagle Scout project.

A Lehighton teenager has plenty of reason to be proud of his Eagle Scout project.

Zachary Shiner, a seven year member of Lehighton Boy Scout Troop 82, took on the project to carve out a retreat for the community at Baer Memorial Park.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Two first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

PennDOT bridge inspectors in each of the agency's 11 districts are doing precautionary inspections of bridges around the state after yesterday's 5.9 magnitude earthquake that was centered near Richmond, Virginia.

"We have no reason to believe the Virginia earthquake caused major damage to any state roadways or bridges," said Scott Christie, P.E., PennDOT's Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration. "But to err on the side of caution, we are assessing those bridges that could be susceptible to quake damage."