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Thursday, January 13, 2011

The first Lowe's home improvement store in Carbon County will likely be open before the end of the year.

The national home improvement center chain, headquartered in Mooresville, N.C., will build a new store on the site of the former Wal-Mart along Route 443 – across from Carbon Plaza Mall – in Mahoning Township.

Katherine B. Cody of Lowe's marketing department said demolition of the former Wal-Mart building is scheduled to begin next week.

"As of right now, the store is scheduled to be open by the end of 2011," she added.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The sub-zero temperatures occurring of late may be creating another serious problem. The Borough of Walnutport has run out of water. Two reservoirs which supply the town have gone dry. The Walnutport Elementary School is closed. Residents who have electric water heaters were told to shut them off to prevent damage. A water emergency exists in Jim Thorpe because a leak emptied the reservoir serving the Heights. A reservoir serving 13 households in Packerton is nearly dry, and is frozen solid, leaving the residents without water.

Thursday, January 13, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Special to the Times News

Scenes like this were common in boroughs throughout the East Coast yesterday as workers spent the day clearing streets and moving snow. Here, a Tamaqua borough worker, framed by his Bobcat loader and a pile of snow, removes snow at the North Railroad Street parking lot.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Expressing a need for an expert to review county prison operations, the Schuylkill County Prison Board Wednesday recommended the hiring of a consultant to the county commissioners.

Thursday, January 13, 2011
Bob Ford/Times news  Firefighters use their aerial truck to train water on the double home in the 400 block of Center Avenue, site of this morning's Slatington fire.

Flames ripped through a double home in the 400 block of Center Avenue in Slatington this morning, resulting in at least two reported injuries.

Neighbors first reported seeing smoke come from the roof of the building at 405 Center Ave. at about 8:30 a.m. When firefighters reached the scene, at least one side of the home was nearly fully involved.

There was an initial report of possible entrapment and firefighters worked swiftly to assure that everyone got out of the structure. A woman on the roof was reportedly rescued by firefighters.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

In 2010, Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company responded to 157 calls, the year-end report shows.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

"The Music Man" will be this year's production of Zion Opera Workshop in Lehighton.

The musical by Meredith Wilson will be staged March 3, 4, and 5 in Derr Hall of Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron St., Lehighton.

Zion Opera Workshop, which has been a mainstay at Zion UCC for the last 41 years is in full swing once again.

This crowd pleasing musical is a story that's been on Broadway stage and on the silver screen.

Thursday, January 13, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Tyler King of Palmerton looks over a village at the Carbon Model Train Society during its open house in Bowmanstown. A trolley is being added and it is hoped it will be complete by the Christmas in July open house the weekends of July 9 and 16.
Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Jim Thorpe Democratic Association will hold its monthly meeting tonight at 7 o'clock at the home of Edith Lukasevich, president. The address is 319 Center St.

Thursday, January 13, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Mariann Kmetz

A familiar face at the Palmerton Area Library now has a new title. Mariann Kmetz has been named the new assistant director as of Jan. 1.

Kmetz will remain as the library's bookkeeper and patrons will continue seeing her helping at the front desk.

"I'm so excited about the new volunteer program that the library is initiating. We hope to have several new programs here at the library and are counting on volunteers to help with the success," says Kmetz.

Some of those new programs are: