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Thursday, October 7, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from several Schuylkill County communities battled a stubborn fire that has claimed an entire apartment building and four homes in the borough of New Philadelphia. The fire broke out in the apartment building just after 4 a.m. today and by the time firemen were dispatched the entire wood frame structure was fully involved in flames.

Thursday, October 7, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Hometown Fire Company held an open house on Tuesday in support of Fire Prevention Week which runs from October 3rd to the 9th. Fire companies throughout our area will be holding fire prevention programs at a number of schools and fire stations. Pictured learning various parts to a fire truck by Hometown Fire Company volunteer firefighters James Fredericks, top right, and Dustin Dougherty, left, are Alex Hosler, 8, and Donovan Yulanavage, 6.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The God and Community Award, the highest award to be received by a Girl Scout for her service to her church, was presented to Debbie Ann Derby of Summit Hill during worship services at St. Paul's United Church of Christ. Making the presentation was the Rev. Wilbur C. Albright, pastor. Derby's parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Derby, presented Rev. Albright with a special pin signifying the assistance he offered Miss Derby in her achievement.

Thursday, October 7, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

West End Rotary Club president, Karen-Susan Breitlauch thanked Bart Springer for visiting the club and giving a very informative presentation of the late Brigadier General Charles Albright. Born in Bucks County in 1830, admitted to the bar in 1852, Albright practiced law in Mauch Chunk, PA. He served in the Union Army and was promoted through the ranks from colonel to Brigadier General. After the war he resumed practicing law in Mauch Chunk, then was elected to the Forty-third United States Congress. He served one term.

Thursday, October 7, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The 2010 Eldred Beagle Club 13-inch Class Fun Trial Run-Off Qualifiers are, left to right, Hanna with handler Roger George and Squirt with handler Sam Riboldi.

The Eldred Beagle Club in Kunkletown held its annual Fun Trial Run-Off on Sept. 5. Beagles were divided into two classes: 13-inch and 15-inch. The 15-inch class had nine qualifiers and the 13-inch class had two qualifiers. Brad Haydt, Harry Koehler and Tom Walters were field trial judges for both classes.

The 2010 Eldred Beagle Club Fun Trial Run-Off Winners:

13-inch Class

First-Hanna, handled by Roger George

Second-Squirt" handled by Sam Riboldi

15-inch Class

First-Chester, handled by Fred Holub

Second-Shenandoah, handled by Roger George

Thursday, October 7, 2010

When the Carbon County Animal Response Team formed in 2007, its members knew they could witness heartbreaking acts of animal neglect and cruelty, or help during emergency situations where animals are involved.

In the years since its formation, the volunteers of the team have taken training courses, visited other groups to learn new techniques, created a strong resource plan, and participated in helping animals during two major emergencies.

Thursday, October 7, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS Diane Husic

A Monroe County woman is the recipient of a national conservation fellowship that will allow her to fulfill her mission to help Pennsylvanians and others learn how to become citizen scientists.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Mahanoy Area School District won approval from the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board to restore several former religious buildings back on the tax rolls for 2011 in action taken at hearings being held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Barnesville Circuit building, 66 Grier Avenue, Barnesville, owned by the Evangelical Church, had the market value of $44,220 and assessment of $22,110 restored on the building because it is reported no longer to be a place of worship.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Gov. Ed Rendell's office announced last night, that Jim Thorpe attorney Gregory Lee Mousseau's nomination to fill a vacant judgeship in Carbon County's Court of Common Pleas has been withdrawn.

An e-mail sent from Barry Ciccocioppo, deputy director of communications for the governor's office, stated that "Mousseau's nomination has been withdrawn and he has been informed."

Wednesday morning, during a phone interview with the TIMES NEWS, Mousseau confirmed that he received word from the governor's office, stating that the nomination for the appointment had been withdrawn.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The two majority commissioners released a statement of their concern on the Marcellus Shale issue, a major gas producing project in other counties as to how it can affect Schuylkill County. Minority Commissioner Frank Staudenmeier did not join in the announcement as he does not share the same views.

The statement released by Mantura Gallagher and Francis McAndrew, was as follows: