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Friday, April 20, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Meeting in preparation for the Weatherly Hill Climb at the event's main sponsor, Fairway Subaru of Hazleton, are, left to right : Joe Cyburt, driver, councilman, and President of the Weatherly Hill Climb Association; Al Corazza, driver, and Fairway Subaru Sales manager; Dave Frable, Service Manager of the Hazleton Firestone store; Fred Grant, Business Development Manager DeAngelo Brothers Inc. of Hazleton; John Dammeyer, Manager Lawn Specialties; and Jack Yarashas, co-owner of Carbon Beverage in Weatherly.

Organizers and sponsors of the Weatherly Hill Climb met in preparation for the event at its main sponsor, Fairway Subaru of Hazleton.

The announced dates for the event's 51st year will be the weekend of June 9th and 10th and again in September on the weekend of the 15th and 16th.

Weatherly Hill Climb Association President Joe Cyburt noted that in addition to cars and drivers challenging the one-mile hill in Weatherly, there will also be food and games provided by local non-profit groups and churches as well as a National Guard display.

Friday, April 20, 2012

A century-old stone arch bridge in Penn Forest Township is closed because its foundation has shifted several inches and its mortar is crumbling.

A study is planned for the span, after which Carbon County engineers and commissioners will be faced with deciding whether to close the bridge permanently, repair it or replace it.

The bridge, which spans Stony Creek, was last inspected on March 16, said county Commissioner William O'Gurek. That inspection alerted the state Department of Transportation to the urgent need to take immediate action.

Friday, April 20, 2012

A Nesquehoning couple, who police said conspired to obtain thousands of Oxycodone tablets illegally over a two-year period, was taken into custody Thursday and committed to the Carbon County Correctional Facility, Nesquehoning, in lieu of $2,000 unsecured bail each.

Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith arrested Chad C. Hunadi, 36, and Stephanie A. Hunadi, 30, of 407 W. Catawissa St., with 24 criminal charges in connection with getting illegal prescriptions filled during the period of Sept. 24, 2010, through April 9 of this year.

Friday, April 20, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Members of the Tamaqua YMCA attended the annual YMCA Breakfast of Champions fundraiser recently in the Crown Plaza Reading Hotel in Wyomissing. In addition to raising thousands of dollars for the YMCA, the function is held to highlight events throughout the year as well as various other community committments. Funds also go towards numerous youth programs and the 2012 Strong Kids Campaign. The honoree was Mike Ehlerman.

Friday, April 20, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Captain SOAR (a.k.a. Mr. Kris Hoffner, fourth grade teacher) zoomed in to talk with Towamensing Elementary School third and fourth graders at a recent awards assembly. He congratulated the students on their accomplishments and gave the fourth graders a little pep talk about their upcoming PSSA science test. "Always try your best," he told them. He reminded the students how they too can SOAR. SOAR is the schoolwide behavior support policy. "Safety first. The weather is nice and you want to run on the playground but remember to think, safety first.

Friday, April 20, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A man was seriously injured Thursday afternoon when involved in a single vehicle crash along SR895 in East Penn Township. The crash occurred at 12:28 p.m. as he was operating a van east. The victim apparently lost control of the unit swerving to the right berm impacting with a utility pole. The vehicle bounced back onto a lawn where the driver was found lying on the ground next to the van . He was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area hospital.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Steven Behr, Principal of the Tamaqua Area School District´s elementary schools, has released the names of students earning honor roll status for the third marking period of the 2011-2012 school year.

This list includes students from the Tamaqua and West Penn Elementary schools.

To be eligible for High Honors, students must earn straight As.

To earn honors, students in grades four through six must earn four As and two Bs, while third grade students must earn three As and one B.

Friday, April 20, 2012

The subdivision plan of Cove Village Association for 108 acres located in East Union Township received approval from the Schuylkill County Planning Commission at its monthly meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville. The action allows Cove Village to annex the land to Eagle Rock Resorts Company's development in the township.