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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Mahoning Valley Fire Company's new 2013 KME pumper will be dedicated on Sept. 15.

Fire company officials said the festivities will begin at 2 p.m. "with an old fashion carnival atmosphere." The official dedication be occur at about 5 p.m.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Clarence "Topsy" Derby and his wife, Nancy, are dwarfed by a huge scarecrow displayed by Old Homestead Tree Farm at the West End Fair in Gilbert.

By tomorrow morning, Hurricane Isaac is anticipated to have made landfall in the United States.

It's uncertain whether the storm will travel fast enough, though, to impact the West End Fair in Gilbert.

The National Weather Service seems to think the remnants of the storm won't arrive until possibly Sunday, when the fair is over. The fair, which opened this past Sunday, continues through Saturday.

A meteorologist of the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., writes on the forecast discussion:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Front and center. Parkside Education Center pupil Kellen Trotter prepares for the first day of school Monday in the Palmerton Area School District.

Solid attendance rate.


Safe and efficient bus transportation.


Collaborative student behavior.


With all of those variables working in its favor, it's no wonder why Palmerton Area School District was able to function as a well-oiled machine on Monday.

Students returned for their first day of classes, with just 15 absent districtwide, according to Superintendent Carol Boyce, who said the district had a net gain of over 40 students more than it had total last year.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley High School Principal Joseph Gunnels rallies the enthusiasm of kindergarten through third grade students for the Positive Behavior Support program.

Panther Valley High School Principal Joe Gunnels stood amid a sea of enthusiastic children in the all-purpose room of the elementary school Monday, launching the academic year on a positive course.

Gunnels quickly had the children, who are in kindergarten through third grade, happily raising their hands in response to his energetic call-and-response lesson on the three sails safety, responsibility and respect that will help the small students navigate their way through the school year.

The three traits are "the way to be at PVE" the children shouted.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Following their first stop, just under a 100 Ride For Regen riders prepare to pull out of the Nesquehoning Fire Company's parking lot.

Friends and family of Regen thor Straten of Andreas organized a multi-event benefit Sunday to help Straten with medical bills and his family's transportation costs following a recent brain injury he suffered after falling down a flight of steps.

He has since been moved to a rehabilitation facility in Plymouth Meeting.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Harrisburg Since the Pennsylvania Voter ID law was enacted in March, PennDOT has been working closely with the Department of State to ensure that every voter has the opportunity to obtain photo identification. Starting today in Pittsburgh and statewide on Aug. 28, voters who lack verification documents necessary for a secure Pennsylvania Photo ID (non-driver's license ID card), will be able to obtain a new Department of State voter identification card for free by visiting a PennDOT Driver License Center.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Doctors Louis and Kenneth Vermillion, brothers and partners in a dental practice at 29 East Ludlow Street in Summit Hill, announced that plans have been completed to establish the Vermillion Dental Clinic in the building at 39 West Ludlow Street, that once housed the Acme supermarket and in recent years, the MRO Knitting Mill. Hopefully, according to Dr. Louis Vermillion, the building will be ready for occupancy in early 1980 after extensive renovations.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Coaldale man was found guilty of striking his wife with his pickup truck following an argument, despite the reluctance of his wife to testify against him.

George Joseph Bonetsky, 34, of 262 Fourth St., was found guilty of charges of simple assault-causing bodily injury with a deadly weapon, and recklessly endangering another person. The deadly weapon was the pickup truck.

He was found guilty of the two counts after a one day trial Monday in Schuylkill County court. Judge Jacquelyn Russell, who presided over the trial, deferred sentencing to a later date.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Panther Valley School Board on Thursday signed a new three-year, $850,000 contract for bus service.

The board hired Kistler Transportation. The contract cost is $190 per day for vans and $207 per day for buses at 180 days.

The board also approved a one-year, $15,000 contract with BusTracks, a software company that provides bus rosters, routes and global positioning information to generate more subsidy revenue, said Business Manager Kenneth Marx.

In other matters, the board:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Dan Romig and Tanya Kunkel of Tamaqua were injured early Saturday afternoon after crashing their motorcycle into the back of another vehicle on West Penn Pike (SR309), near the intersection of Blue Mountain Drive in Snyders, West Penn Township.

Responding were township police, West Penn Fire Company, Penn Mahoning Ambulance and others. Both were transported to a hospital.