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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Carbon County jury found a Lehighton man guilty of two counts of arson on Monday.

Joe Lincen Mesa, 63, was charged with setting on fire his home and his car at 12 Cub Road in Penn Forest Township, on Feb. 27, 2009.

The panel deliberated for about two hours before finding him guilty. The verdict was reached following a trial that began Thursday morning.

Mesa did not testify at the trial.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Tamaqua Salvation Army Older & Bolder Group will meet next Wednesday at their building, 105 West Broad St . The group meets every other Wednesday to socialize and enjoy music, games, crafts, health & well being, guest speakers, movies, day trips, lunch, and more. The group is for seniors aged 55 and older. For more information, please contact Dina Depos or Mel Latham at (570) 668-0410. Call to confirm. Handicap accessible.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

John Shucavage, 11, walks down Mauch Chunk Street in Tamaqua as he plays war with a carboard gun and a cardboard flamethrower strapped on his back. Shucavage, who says he is an avid war and US history buff, said he made his creations to resemble a 1928 Thompson sub-machine gun and a 1941 German flame thrower.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

In preparation for the upcoming school year, the Jim Thorpe Area School District continues striving for stronger Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) test scores. The district has implemented the Continuous Improvement Program to analyze test data and rework curriculum to meet test standards.

During public comment, Bill Allison voiced his concern for the PSSA test scores in Jim Thorpe. Allison feels that the importance of these tests needs to be stressed.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Police examine a vehicle that was used in a high speed chase in Mahoning Township last night.

Mahoning Township police were called to the WalMart Supercenter on Route 443 at 8:53 p.m. Monday, where store security workers were chasing a man they believed shoplifted a laptop computer. The man, later identified as Robert E. Stalter, Jr., 38, of the 600 block of West Diamond Ave. Hazleton, fled in a maroon Nissan Pathfinder.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Business Enterprise Center(BEC) at the LCCC, Tamaqua campus, is holding a free open house chicken BBQ tomorrow August 10th from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.The purpose is to spread the word about the opening of the BEC. Students or interested entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured is Bob Pickett talking to visitors during his "How to survive a zombie apocaypse and other disasters" seminar held recently at the I Said Read Me bookstore in Tamaqua. The seminars are in conjunction with the National Preparedness Month Coalition, which Pickett is associated with. The seminars supplement the Ready.Gov advice of "Make a kit, Make a plan, Get informed" by showing people how they can prepare for disasters by taking simple steps.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Tamaqua Salvation Army Men's Home League and Women's Club meet every Tuesday at 5 p.m. to enjoy activities, socializing and trips. Anyone can attend. Stop by the Tamaqua Salvation Army, 105 West Broad Street, or call (570) 668-0410 for more information.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The driver of this pickup truck died after he drove off the side of the SR209 and hit a high tension PPL pole.

A Rush Township man died when his pickup truck left SR209 in Schuylkill Township about 3:39 p.m. yesterday and crashed into a utility pole. The crash was a quarter-mile east of the Tuscarora exit.

State police at Frackville identified the victim as James P. Weeks, 45, of Quakake. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School will welcome new high school Principal Bob Vlasaty, left, and assistant high school Principal Scott Pyne, right. Vlasaty was appointed by the board last month, while Pyne was appointed on Monday.

A former academic coach at Bangor Area High School has taken over as the new assistant principal at Northern Lehigh High School.

The school board unanimously agreed on Monday to appoint Scott Pyne to the post at a salary of $77,000 (prorated 2011-12 school year), effective upon his release from his current position.

That action came after the board accepted the resignation of Donald Allen, effective the end of the work day July 28, 2011.