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Friday, February 4, 2011

Carbon County commissioners approved a number of personnel actions at their regular public meeting on Thursday.

They approved three new hires: Darrin M. Arndt, Lehighton, Brandy N. Bamford, Summit Hill, and Chelsea N. Michalesko, Freeland, as part-time dispatcher/trainees at the county communications center, effective Feb. 7.

Friday, February 4, 2011

A $22 million project to replace a bridge spanning the Lehigh River in Jim Thorpe won't compromise historical sites, Carbon Commissioners said Thursday.

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is concerned the project, expected to begin in 2012 and take about 2 1/2 years to complete, may damage such historical sites as a locktender's house foundation and Lock No. 1. Further, the Lehigh Canal and towpath, built in the 1800s to move coal to Philadelphia to fuel factories, runs parallel to the river.

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Tamaqua Blue Raider Swim/Dive Team Boosters will sponsor a used clothing/toy drive next weekend, Feb. 11 and 12. The drop off location will be the former Maff Motors Building, 900 E. Broad St., Tamaqua. Hours will be: Friday, Feb. 11, 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 12, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Items which may be donated include: wearable and usable clothing; shoes, belts and handbags; coats, hats and gloves; bed and bath linens; stuffed animals and toys. All items must be packaged in plastic garbage bags.

Furniture, cds, dvds, etc. will not be accepted.

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Jim Thorpe Democratic Association will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Inn of Jim Thorpe. Samantha Mason, president, will be in charge and invites all party members and candidates to attend.

For more information, she can be reached at 570-956-4619.

Friday, February 4, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Firefighters respond to a commercial structure fire in McAdoo Thursday.

Just after 3:30 p.m. Thursday, a dozen fire trucks and emergency vehicles from McAdoo, Tamaqua, Hometown, Hazleton and surrounding areas, responded to a fire on East Blaine Street and South Kennedy Drive, SR309, in McAdoo.

It began in the lower back part of a vacant photography studio, D & P Multimedia, located at 5 South Kennedy Drive.

Firefighters and witnesses noted heavy smoke emitting from the back of the building. The vacant building is connected to Kline Frank Clothing and Shoe Store, both of which are owned by Stephan Liszka.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Carbon County Commissioners want to make it safer and easier for disabled people to enter and exit the county parking lot along Route 209. They sought bids from construction companies to build an Americans with Disabilities Act - compliant pedestrian access at the lot, along Route 209 adjacent to the courthouse annex.

Seven companies submitted bids, ranging from $29,000 to $51,716, which were opened Thursday. The bids will be reviewed, and a decision made on which company to hire when Commissioners meet on Feb. 17.

Friday, February 4, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Brittany Fryer, 15, didn't let the ice stop her from making five snowmen in front of her home on Kepner's Road in New Ringgold this week. Brittany stated each one represents a family member, consisting of her mother Mary Ann, brother Harold Jr., Ashley Palsgrove, herself, and father Harold Sr.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Our Lady of the Angels Academy Second Quarter Honor Roll is:

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 8, 7 p. at the Fireline Hotel, Bowmanstown.

"Rescheduled from January, the featured topic in our series 'Issues Facing Palmerton' will be 'An Update on Developing the West Plant Site'," said Club President, Sarina Berlow. Participants will include Palmerton Mayor, Brad Doll, and Democratic members of Borough Council.

Upcoming meetings on Tuesday, March 8 and Tuesday, April 12, will offer opportunities to meet Democratic Primary Candidates for local and county offices including Magistrate.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Two Lansford boys, Elmer E. Holmes and Floyd J. Price, privates in the 158th Aero Squadron, were aboard the transport Tuscania when sunk by an enemy submarine off the Irish coast. The boys enlisted on Nov. 21st and received their preliminary training at Columbus, Ohio. It is not yet known whether they are among the survivors or not, but their relatives and friends are hoping for the best.