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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Cracked soil could be seen at the bank of the Upper Owl Creek Reservoir, which took almost six months to completely drain.

The Upper Owl CreekDam in Tamaqua isclosed to the public until further notice. Tamaqua has contracted withPerformance Construction Services Inc. of Harrisburg to rehabilitate the dam. The project consists of raising of the dam, and construction of a new spillway and outletstructures. The work started on October 31 and could take up to one year to complete.Vehicles and pedestrians are not allowed near the dam or on the access roads. The dam will be reopened for public use as soon as possible after the work is completed.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua American Legion volunteer Eric Becker ties red, white and blue balloons to parking meters in Tamaqua in celebration of Veterans Day.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Eldred Township board of supervisors accepted the resignation of Charles Phillips as a member of the Chestnuthill/Jackson/Eldred/Ross (CJER) Planning Committee of the Joint Comprehensive Plan.

The board appointed Archie Craig to fill the position.

CJER Joint Comprehensive Plan is "a means granted to local governments by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by which participating communities may work together to create a vision of what they want to become and how they intend to achieve that vision."

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The next Hour of Honor will be on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Veterans Monument in front of Monroe County Courthouse, Stroudsburg. The Hour of Honor is held in remembrance of our troops killed in the current war against terror.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Appropriate ceremonies marked the dedication of the new $225,000 National Guard Armory in Lehighton. Lieutenant Governor Raymond P. Shafer was the principal speaker, stating, "Let us remember that preparedness and peace are the ideals we would have this building symbolize." Geno Merill, Peckville, Lackawanna County, a World War II Congressional Medal of Honor winner, led the estimated 300 people in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Ford held a ribbon cutting to celebrate completed renovations of the dealership. From left are, Brian Lachewitz, Ford Motor Company, marketing manager; Rich Schwengels, Ford Motor Credit Company; Earl Schneider of the Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce; Charles Getz, Carbon County Commissioner; Bessie Bauchspies, Lehighton Council; Kent Newhart, president and owner of Lehighton Ford; and Wayne Nothstein, Carbon County Commissioner.

Lehighton Ford, completed a remodeling project that has energized and invigorated its staff.

Kent Newhart, president and owner of Lehighton Ford, recently unveiled the changes during a ribbon cutting and open house celebration.

Along with the many changes to the interior of the building, Newhart also noted that the Lehighton dealership staff and sales are growing.

"We've hired five new employees and with a 20 percent increase in sales, we're still looking to hire," he said.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Just before 6:30 a.m. today, John Bales, Barnesville, driving a grey Toyota 4Runner, escaped serious injury after hitting a tree and flipping his SUV on its side just off of SR54 on Grier Avenue in Barnesville. Responding in addition to Rush Township Police were firefighters and fire police from Ryan Township, Hometown and Delano. Grier Avenue was closed during the incident. Patrolman Carl Bachert is the investigating officer.

Just before 6:30 a.m. today, John Bales, Barnesville, driving a grey Toyota 4Runner, escaped serious injury after hitting a tree and flipping his SUV on its side just off of SR54 on Grier Avenue in Barnesville. Responding in addition to Rush Township Police were firefighters and fire police from Ryan Township, Hometown and Delano. Grier Avenue was closed during the incident. Patrolman Carl Bachert is the investigating officer.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

WASHINGTON - Overseas-deployed service members' artwork will be highlighted during a national exhibition tour that kicks off on Veterans Day in Pottsville.

The "Graffiti of War" project represents an anthology of more than 400 pieces of art left by deployed service members in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. The collection includes images of graffiti murals painted on the tall concrete barriers at many operating bases in Iraq now being turned over to Iraqi security forces.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Two defendants in pending criminal cases were sentenced to state prison terms on Monday after entering guilty pleas.

The two were among several defendants to enter pleas before Carbon County President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Stamp caper

James Lawrence Dennis, 26, of Nesquehoning, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal attempt-contraband into a prison, and was sentenced to a total of 18 months to four years in a state prison.

Dennis admitted his part in smuggling drugs into the county prison using postage stamps.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Carbon County voters elected a variety of newcomers to join incumbents on borough councils in Tuesday's general election. According to unofficial results, the tallies were as follows:

LANSFORD:

Voters opted for no changes to council, electing incumbents for another four years.

Top vote-getter was Republican Tommy J. Vadyak with 381 votes, followed by Democrat Mary Kruczek with 368 votes. Democrat Rose Mary Cannon received 364 votes and Republican Andrew Snyder, 323. There were 40 write-in votes, which have yet to be tallied.

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