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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Carbon County based firm has been charged with allegedly contaminating soil, storing hazardous waste, and discharging antifreeze into a sewage system in the county.

On Friday the state attorney general's office filed a complaint in three counties Carbon, Schuylkill and Montgomery against Hazleton Oil and Environmental Inc.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Steven Brownmiller

Mahoning Township police have issued an arrest warrant for a township resident as a result of an alleged assault which occurred on June 19 on Spring Hill Road.

The warrant is for Steven Brownmiller, 49, of Jamestown Road, Lehighton. Brownmiller is being charged with simple assault, unauthorized use of automobiles, and harassment.

Officer Audie Mertz of the Mahoning police department said Brownmiller allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend and took her vehicle. The vehicle was later returned to her by Brownmiller's daughter, said police.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

People's E.C. Church and St. Peter E.C. Church will be offering Vacation Bible School for children ages 4 to teenagers to adults at People's E.C. Church, 216 Wagner St., Lehighton (Franklin Township).

This is a one-day event only and will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone must be preregistered by July 9. The theme is "Rocky Point Lighthouse VBS." There will be songs, lessons, projects. There will be a closing program at 12:30 p.m., followed by a picnic lunch and games.

Call (610) 377-1696 to register.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A fire that caused extensive damages to a well-known Schuylkill County restaurant late Sunday night started in a utility closet on the deck of the restaurant, a state police fire marshal determined.

Trooper Joseph Burns, of the Frackville barracks, said the fire at Madeline's restaurant, located at 1100 E. Market St., Orwigsburg, caused heavy smoke and water damage to the kitchen, bar and dining room areas, as well as the second floor and attic.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

HARRISBURG Legislation to prohibit school districts from appealing a property tax assessment based on the sale of the property passed Friday in the Senate. Sponsored by Senator David G. Argall (R-29), the bill was similar to legislation passed during the 2007-2008 legislative session but was vetoed by then-Governor Ed Rendell.

Argall points to the frustration of many local homeowners who have been hit by this unfair practice as a reason for continuing the fight in Harrisburg.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Lansford Borough Community Development & Ordinance committee meeting, originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, has been changed to Wednesday, June 27, at 7 p.m. at the municipal building, at 1 W Ridge Street.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Route 93 from Nesquehoning to Beaver Meadows was closed for about an hour Tuesday morning due to police activity, which included a helicopter and K-9s.

State police at Hazleton said troopers would release a report later Tuesday morning. The road was reopened at 7:45 a.m.

Monday, June 25, 2012

A Patriotic Concert "I Love This Land" will be presented at Christ Evangelical Free Church, Lehighton, at 6:30 p.m. on July 1.

Refreshments will follow the free concert.

The church is located miles west of Normal Square on Route 443. For more information, call (570) 386-4547

Monday, June 25, 2012

Cheryl Rother was chosen "Es Lieblichst Maedel" of the Kempton Fair during the closing hours of the 21st annual Kempton jamboree. A graduate of Slatington High School, she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Roth. She received her crown and a bouquet of red roses from retiring queen Lori Noss of Kempton. The runner-up was Karen Kleinschuster of Breinigsville. This year's three-day fair posted record crowds of nearly 83,000 in total attendance.

Monday, June 25, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS In 1974, Mauch Chunk Lake Park, a multipurpose flood control and recreational facility in the boroughs of Summit Hill and Jim Thorpe, was opened. It continues to be Carbon County's Mecca for swimming, hiking, bicycling, wildlife and boating.

Forty years ago, from June 20-24, 1972, a downpour from Hurricane Agnes created the most costly natural disaster in Pennsylvania history.

Hurricane Agnes drenched the state with from 7-18 inches of rainfall, causing devastating flooding across the state that damaged 68,000 homes. More than 220,000 people were left homeless, with damage estimated at $2.3 billion. That amount would be equivalent to $17 billion today.