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Monday, May 21, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS This was the location of an early-morning crash in Coaldale Saturday in which a U-Haul truck took out utility poles and struck a flatbed trailer.

Numerous charges are pending against two people who may have been under the influence when they crashed a half-loaded, 26-foot U-Haul truck into two utility poles and a flatbed trailer along Route 209 in Coaldale in the early hours of Saturday morning, then fled the scene.

Officer Scott Cramer said the rented truck, carrying household items and driven by Michael Hill of New Ringgold, and carrying a passenger, Kasara Shields of Lansford, was traveling from Tamaqua to Lansford when it crashed into the first pole, in front of Pappy's Mini Mart, at about 4:48 a.m.

Monday, May 21, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The "S" curve stretches from the Schuylkill County line to Cedar Street in the Village of Hauto.

Work is in full swing on SR54 as an almost non-stop rotation of trucks can be seen carrying out thousands of tons of dirt during PennDOT's realignment and straightening of the Hauto Curve in Nesquehoning. This project, which runs between the Schuylkill County line to Cedar Street, will straighten the S-curve on the road in the village of Hauto. The state ordered the first study of this dangerous S-curve in 1994.

Monday, May 21, 2012

The East Carbon Democrat Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22,at the Penn Kidder Elementary School Campus, located on Route 903 past the Route 534 traffic light.

The meeting agenda will include a review of the April primary election. A discussion on the importance of voter turnout for the November general election, proper conduct at polling places, and grooming candidates for the next election cycle in 2013-14.

Monday, May 21, 2012
Charlie Getz, third from left, receives plaque from the Carbon County Democrats who honored his 16 years as a commissioner and 18 years as a Kidder Township supervisor during the Spring dinner held Sunday. With Getz are, from left, Emmett McCall, recorder of deeds, Billy O'Gurek Jr., chairman of the party, Controller Robert Crampsie, Sen. John Yudichak and Commissioner William O'Gurek.

When it came time to hold its annual Spring dinner, it was only natural that the Carbon County Democratic Party would recognize 34 years of service of retired Commissioner Charles Getz.

Getz retired at the outset of 2011, ending a career of public service that included 18 years as a Kidder Township supervisor and the past 16 years as a Carbon County Commissioner.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Pleasant Valley School directors approved the proposed final budget for the 2012-2013 school year at the May 10 school board meeting, but it required using money from the district's fund balance.

Board president Thomas Murphy read a prepared release by Dr. Douglas Arnold, superintendent, stating that the new budget, with millage of 147.7682, shows an increase of 1.7522 mills, or a 1.2 percent increase over the current budget.

Saturday, May 19, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Dr. David Russo of Blue Mountain Health System believes early education is the best weapon against obesity and addictions to cigarettes and alcohol.

Losing weight, quitting smoking and tackling alcohol abuse are tough to do, says Dr. David Russo, who works at Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton Hospital.

Those battles can be close to insurmountable, so it's crucial to educate children away from overeating and unhealthy eating, smoking and drinking. More education, he believes, just may help people avoid getting fat or becoming hooked on nicotine or alcohol.

Saturday, May 19, 2012
The main stretch leading up to the Taj Mahal is lined with an array of neatly trimmed shrubs and beautiful fountains that magnify the structure's splendor. As one of the first batch of tourists, my first few photos were void of other camera totting, silly hat wearing visitors. For more photos visit

(This is the second in a series of columns on Brandon Taylor's recent trip to India.)


Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan must have really loved his third wife. If it's not obvious from the jewels dangling from the woman's body in almost every portrait of her, then maybe it's the fact that he built the world's finest and best known mausoleum for her: the Taj Mahal.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Thirteen defendants facing criminal charges entered guilty pleas on Thursday morning in Carbon County court before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Children in car

Rose Miller, 30, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of driving under the influence (DUI) and endangering the welfare of a child.

She was arrested on Dec. 12, 2011, after being involved in an accident along Mahoning Mountain Road, in Mahoning Township.

Saturday, May 19, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton area students were recognized for winning first place in their age category in the Shoemaker-Haydt American Legion Auxiliary Unit 314, Lehighton, Americanism essay contest. Winners were presented a $25 cash prize by Sue Anthony, Shoemaker-Haydt Legion Auxiliary Unit 314 Americanism chairman. From left are, Anthony, Galilea Villagomez, fifth and sixth grade category winner; Geoff Ebbert, 11th and 12th grade category winner; Colbe Zerbe, seventh and eighth grade category winner; and Gladys Balliet, unit president.

Lehighton area students were recognized for winning first place in their age categories in the Shoemaker-Haydt American Legion Auxiliary Unit 314, Lehighton, Americanism essay contest.

The theme was "How Can I Show My Patriotism in My Community?"

Winners were asked to read their winning essays.

In the third and fourth grade category, the winner was Hannah Christman, a student at Mahoning Elementary School.

The fifth and sixth grade category winner was Galilea Villagomez, a student at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School.

Saturday, May 19, 2012
In addition to their usual appearances at parking lots and along the banks of the Little Schuylkill River, Tamaqua's ducks have grown bold in recent days and are often seen waddling across busy roads. Caring citizens, aware of the danger, routinely divert the ducks away or guide them safely across the streets.  A male and female duck stand dangerously close to a crossing curb at the SR309 and Cedar Street intersection.