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Thursday, February 24, 2011

A fast moving fire destroyed a row of five homes in the Schuylkill County community of Girardville on Wednesday evening.

The blaze was discovered about 6 p.m. at 112 W. Main St., and quickly spread to adjoining structures.

Fire officials said the fire was started by a spark from a Duraflame log in a wood burner in the basement at 112 W. Main.

Other properties affected by the blaze included 116, 114, 110 and 108 W. Main, all destroyed with the property at 116 collapsing.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Proclamations were adopted by the Schuylkill County commissioners in commemoration of Rush Township's Bicentennial in 2011 and declaring March as Red Cross Month in action taken at the public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Supervisors Steven W. Simchak and Robert Leibensperger were present to accept the proclamation on behalf of the township.

Thursday, February 24, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area Middle School students have been selected for the Junior Schuylkill County Band along with a photo. Among those selected were, kneeling from left, Nathan Gerace, Arienne Serniak, Rachael Paisley, Courtney Miller and Julia Shellhamer. Back row, Andrew Delpais, Vanessa Solt, Tim Lehman, Jenny Beck and Amy Gardiner. Also selected were Jamie Mateyak, Madelyn Dolinsky and Kyle Patrick.

Thursday, February 24, 2011
An artist's rendering shows the planned Tamaqua Riverwalk as seen from Willing Park. Construction of the 800-feet walkway could begin in the coming weeks, with an unveiling by early summer.

Ten years ago, a visioning program determined that Tamaqua isn't using its waterways to maximum advantage. To help rectify the situation, the community will build its first pedestrian lane designed specifically to showcase a river and add a recreation venue.

By this summer, area residents will be able to stroll along a scenic, 800-foot-long Tamaqua Riverwalk, connecting Cedar Street to Willing Park and the Tamaqua Community Center.

Thursday, February 24, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A male driver of a white Mitsubishi drove into a tree yesterday morning around 9:30 a.m. after missing a deer while driving on Lake Drive in Lake Hauto. No injuries were reported. The vehicle had to be towed. Hometown Fire Company, Police and Fire Police responded.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A free community luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Parryville United Methodist Church on the corner of Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville.

All are welcome.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Carbon County teen is facing a long state prison term after pleading guilty on Tuesday in the county court to assaulting police officers.

Jeremy Hirochek, 19, of Nesquehoning, pleaded guilty before Judge Steven R. Serfass to two counts each of aggravated and simple assault and one count each of terroristic threats, resisting arrest, persistent disorderly conduct and possession of a controlled substance.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Stephen P. Toth, Principal of the Tamaqua Area High School, has announced the students who qualify for the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2010-2011 school year.

Highest Honors: average of 95% or above with no grade below 93% in a major subject.

High Honors: average of 90% or above with no grade lower than an 86% in a major subject.

Honors: average of 86% or above with no grade lower than 78% in a major subject.

12th Grade/Highest Honors:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Carbon County voters will have plenty of choices to make in the 2011 Municipal Election, starting with the Primary Election on Tuesday, May 17.

A new judge, nine row offices and three magisterial district judge positions are all on the ballot.

The judgeship was created by the untimely death of Judge David W. Addy on Dec. 17, 2009. Since that time, Senior Judge Richard W. Webb has been handling the docket which would have been set aside for Addy, supplementing the work of President Judge Roger Nanovic and Judge Steve Serfass.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Eighteen people entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court this week and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Matthew Charles Hosler, 24, of 511 Arlington St., Tamaqua, had a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) nol prossed and he entered a guilty plea to disorderly conduct for which he was fined $300 and careless driving, fined $25. Hosler was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Robert Minnick.