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Friday, September 5, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Firefighters douse the charred debris with water.

A storage trailer in Lower Towamensing Township was destroyed after it caught fire just after noon on Thursday.

The Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Department received the call at 12:05 p.m. and arrived on scene at 1615 Dairy Road at 12:15 p.m., according to fire chief Bill George.

Upon arrival, George said flames were showing from the trailer, which is owned by Ronald Behler.

"They were burning rubbish," George said. "They left it unattended, and it got over to their storage trailer."

Friday, September 5, 2014

Lansford residents are reminded that the $4.50 penalty on the Yearly Sewage Transmission fee will be added to all unpaid balances on Sept. 16. The yearly fee is payable at the Lansford Borough Office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Anyone with questions about their bill may call 570-645-3900.

Friday, September 5, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two people were injured Friday morning when involved in a multi-vehicle crashin Walnutport. The crash occurred just before 7 a.m. at the intersection of Route 145 and Main Street. Two vehicles were involved in the crash. A van came to rest under thetrailer of a tractor-trailer, stopped in the southbound lane at the traffic light. A second vehicle with heavy front end damage cameto rest on a nearby McDonald's lawn.

Friday, September 5, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Carbon County Commissioners Thomas J. Gerhard, left; WayneNothstein, second from right; and William O'Gurek, right; accept a $500 donation to the county animal shelter from Carol Wanyo of Beaver Meadows. Carol and her husband, Ed, who adopted two dogs from the shelter, have supported the operation over the past two years and are thankful for the employees who care for the dogs.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Carbon County Commissioners and Salary Board made a number of changes in the district attorney's office Thursday.

The moves come one week after longtime District Attorney Gary Dobias retired and new District Attorney Jean A. Engler was sworn in.

The actions taken by both boards are as follows. All are retroactive to Sept. 1 unless otherwise noted.

Ÿ William E. McDonald of New Ringgold, from second assistant district attorney to first assistant district attorney. He will receive a salary of $40,000 a year.

Friday, September 5, 2014
Fund for Highridge to be reorganized

Schuylkill County commissioners and other officials will review, and likely approve, a new entity to create and oversee the tax-fueled fund that pays for the upkeep of the county's largest business park, Highridge.

The new entity is a Neighborhood Improvement District called the Highridge Improvement District, or HID. It would replace the original Tax Increment Financial District, or TIF, which was created when Highridge came into being in 1997.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Summit Hill Heritage Center, 1 W. Hazard St. is once again holding its fall lecture series with presentations on various topics by different speakers for free at the Center.

Each year lecture series organizer David Wargo attempts to schedule interesting and informative lectures on a variety of topics, and this year is no different.

"I have selected a variety of speakers on some different topics ranging from the paranormal to antiques and it should be a wonderful series," Wargo said.

Friday, September 5, 2014
Kay Bimler

Kay Bimler of Jim Thorpe will celebrate her 95th birthday next week. She was born on Sept. 10, 1919 to the late Eugene and Isabella Fahey.

She was married to the late George Bimler Sr.

She attended the former Immaculate Conception School and Mauch Chunk Catholic High School.

She worked as an usherette at the Capital Theater, which is now the Mauch Chunk Opera House, as well as the Newberry 5 & 10, and as a telephone operator.

Kay is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jim Thorpe, and a charter member of the Forever Young Individual Club at St. Joseph's.

Friday, September 5, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of The ReDCo Group accept the proclamation naming Sept. 7-13 as Direct Support Professional Recognition Week in Carbon County from the county commissioners on Thursday. They are, seated, from left, Tara King, Melissa Arieta and Nicole Habel. Standing, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard, Caroline Nannay, Heidi Zacharias, Jacqueline Walck, Koriena Berger, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, Joanne Schaeffer and Commissioner William O'Gurek.

Carbon County officials recognize the importance of direct support professionals who care for people with disabilities.

On Thursday, the Carbon County Commissioners adopted a proclamation naming Sept. 7 through 13 as Direct Support Professional Recognition Week in the county.

Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard read the proclamation before presenting it to representatives from The ReDCo Group.

Friday, September 5, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS This Saturday's Slatington Bike Night & Car Show mug, shown front and back and available for $5, rests on one of the borough's volunteer fire department trucks. Proceeds from the entire event benefit both the fire department and upkeep of the borough's Main Street historic Fireman's Statue.

Though it will be only the second time the Slatington Bike Night & Car Show will take place, Saturday's event holds quite a surprise for attendees.

A brand-new 883 Iron Harley-Davidson will be raffled off at the close of this year's event, which runs from noon to 8 p.m. At press time, tickets were still available for $10 apiece.

The event will close down Main Street in Slatington from Second Street to South Street, beginning at 10 a.m.