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Thursday, December 15, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Brewsky lovers living in and around West Penn now have the option to shop local as business partners Colby McHugh and his father, Richard McHugh have recently opened a new beer distributor in West Penn called McHugh's Brews Inc.

Their new business is located across the street from the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home in Snyders and occupies the old Kemmerer's Store, which closed in the 1980's.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A young man was seriously injured Wednesday evening when struck by a car while riding a bicycle in Franklin Township. The incident occurred just after 6 p.m. at the intersection of Canal street and Main Road just east of Weissport. The victim was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township. Township police are investigating the incident.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Panther Valley School Board for the second time Wednesday deadlocked 4-4 as it tried to elect officers. The failure to reorganize may send the matter to Carbon County Court, a move that could boot one or all board members from office.

Court could be avoided if the board appoints a replacement for school director Tony Pondish, who resigned before the initial Dec. 8 reorganization meeting.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/special to the TIMES NEWS

Numerous students from the Panther Valley School District took part in the annual chorus concert with the high school and middle school students performing appropriate Christmas tunes. After solos sung by Daniela Maturana, Kayla Reese, and Kiley Boswell, pictured with director Miriam Hoffer, left, the Intermediate Chorus sang with many students crowding the stage. The overflow of elementary school members was a delight to parents and friends who attended.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Alyse Mitten, President of the Mid-Atlantic Community Papers Association, spoke at the Western Pocono Lions Club last meeting. The organization's vice President Seth Isenberg, center, presented a check for $100 to the club in honor of the club's judging the group's advertising competition. Club President Charles Rush and Lioness Club President Virginia Lamendola, some of whose members also helped judge, received the check. It will be forwarded to Lions Clubs International Foundation.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Contractors from Clearwater Construction, a PennDOT subcontractor, have completed footers and abutments for a temporary 150-foot-long bridge that will run over the Little Schuylkill River near the south end of town, by the Hess gas station. The temporary 38-foot-wide bridge is being constructed to allow traffic to move while the old Center Street (SR309) bridge is torn down and replaced. The architecture of the new bridge, expected to be completed by next summer, will resemble the older parapet-style bridge.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton Area Drug and Alcohol Task Force continued its battle against substance abuse by recently hosting a program with local police departments and municipalities to discuss the problem of drug and alcohol abuse – as well as the possibility of creating a community crime watch.

Facilitating the session, Lehighton Area High School Principal Tim Tkach described the task force as "A committee with representation from all parties addressing 'The Big Picture.' We're trying to get the community working together."

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Parking will be prohibited along North Railroad Street (SR309) in Tamaqua next week.

The parking restrictions are due to work that will be done to install new, overhead television cable.

A contractor for Service Electric Cable TV will be working in the area from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning Monday, Dec. 19.

New cable lines will be installed on the east side of the street, from the Five Points Intersection (Broad Street) to the north end of the borough.

The project is expected to be completed by Dec. 23, weather permitting.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Through the generosity of two Lehighton business leaders, 100 families will be enjoying a hearty Christmas dinner this year.

Lehighton Ford donated 100 turkeys and Frank Kuhn, owner of Mallard Markets in Lehighton, contributed 100 bags of potatoes, 100 cans of green beans, 100 cans of corn and 100 cans of cranberry sauce.

The bounty was divided among 10 churches in the area.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Schuylkill County Controller Melinda Kantner, who acts as secretary of the salary board, made an another attempt to declare a previous public meeting of the board was invalid for lack of a quorum. Her motion was met with silence by Commissioners Mantura Gallagher and Frank Staudenmeier, who sit on the board.