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Monday, January 31, 2011

Tamaqua Borough and Schuylkill Township police departments were recipients of checks from Schuylkill County District Attorney James P. Goodman of monies that were seized from drug dealers and gamblers. The funds will be used to upgrade their departments,

The presentation was made Friday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Hearings were held by Schuylkill County judges on motions filed by defendants in criminal cases for reductions of bail money to be posted.

Judge John E. Domalakes made the following rulings:

Monday, January 31, 2011

The daughter of a Schuylkill County judge is one of many Americans who were trapped in Cairo, Egypt, where protests have been raging against the current controlling regime.

Laura Dolbin, daughter of Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin and Susan Ney Dolbin, of Pottsville, who is a senior psychology and history major at the University of Delaware and nine fellow students were in Egypt for further studies. In a call to her parents Dolbin spoke of watching rioters from the rooftop of the dormitory she and her fellow students are housed.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Anticipating the Democratic Party bosses would be working against her winning the nomination, Schuylkill County Controller Melinda Kantner surprised everyone by announcing she would not seek the party's nomination in the Primary Election on May 17 but will be running as an Independent candidate in the General Election to be held in November.

Monday, January 31, 2011
Speaking on behalf of the American Legion Auxiliary were, from left, District President Catherine Olker, Frances Keener, Post 360 Commander Thomas Keener, Department President Beverly Reinhard and Christopher Keller.

Legion members, residents of Weatherly, and dignitaries gathered in a full house Saturday to dedicate the newly completed Legion Home for Post 360.

In addition to the presentation of keys from the property owner the Borough of Weatherly to Post 360, a number of the dignitaries spoke to those in attendance.

When the dedication ceremony had concluded, a Winter Carnival sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 360 was held.

Monday, January 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Daily snowfall accumulation has left many areas impassable. Pictured are the steps leading up to the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Tamaqua.

Monday, January 31, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Quick response by Walnutport area fire companies saved the lives of several occupants of a home at 420 Lehigh Gap St., all of them wheelchair bound. The flames broke out in the bathroom area of the one story single family wood frame home at 7:15 p.m. Sunday. When the fire companies were dispatched it was reported to be a working dwelling fire with entrapment. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and brought the occupants outside to safety. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Monday, January 31, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS S.S. Palmer Elementary student Kyle Strohl does his best on the pogo stick in an effort to raise money as part of the Jump Rope for Heart program.

They've been granted permission to jump until their little hearts are content all in the name of a healthy cause.

Because the more they do, the more money elementary students in the Palmerton Area School District will raise for Jump Rope for Heart.

The program, which began last week but was stalled several times due to inclement weather, is set to wrap up Wednesday, said physical education instructor Ryan Heller.

Monday, January 31, 2011

A New Philadelphia man who pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol was sentenced Friday afternoon by Judge Charles M. Miller to serve 48 hours to six months in the county prison.

Monday, January 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Traffic between Tamaqua and Hometown on the Hometown Hill, SR-309, was backed up for miles in both directions early Sunday morning as emergency workers cleared two accidents and while PennDOT de-iced the roadway.

Traffic between Tamaqua and Hometown on the Hometown Hill, SR-309, was backed up for miles in both directions early Sunday morning as emergency workers cleared two accidents that occurred just after 6 a.m. while PennDOT de-iced the roadway.

Following the accidents, Tamaqua Police closed the hill for two hours, stating the hill was unsafe for travel due to a thin layer of ice that formed on the roadway. PennDOT laid salt to de-ice the roadway.