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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Skeptics who blame the recent monsoon-like rains that have hit the East Coast this weekend on the Apollo 15 moonshot are out of orbit, according to a spokesman for the National Weather Service. "There is no connection between what happens or the moon and the rainy weather here," said the meteorologist. Since Thursday, six inches of rain have fallen in the Philadelphia area - the heaviest four-day measurement since September 1960.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

All families and children are invited to the Cub Pack 740's open house from 4-8 p.m. August 28 at the Knights of Columbus, Coaldale.

There will be a large Native American display, arrowhead hunting, games, crafts, refreshments, BB gun shooting by a NRA certified instructor and more.

Any questions? Call Mr. Royer at (610) 656-9183.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Mahoning Township man is facing numerous charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer, after allegedly striking an officer in the face.

Franklin Paul Zerby, 58, of the 200 block of Lower Nis Hollow Mobile Home Park, was also charged with simple assault and resisting arrest.

He was arraigned on the charges before District Judge Bruce Appleton in Palmerton, then committed to Carbon County Prison in lieu of $30,000 (10 percent) bail.

The charges stem from an incident at 11:09 p.m. Sunday.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Eoin Towers, 7, enjoys a cold watermelon.

Hundreds of visitors attended the annual West Penn Community Church Social held Sunday at the West Penn Community Park, courtesy of the Zion Stone Church in West Penn. The event consisted of homemade food, a dunk tank, games, basket extravaganza, hay-throwing contest, watermelon-spitting contest, flea market, and many more events. Entertainment included performers Mike Miller Good News Traveling Band, Eileen Meiser and Bill Clause and the Blue Mountain Buckaneers. Organizers expressed their appreciation to all the sponsors and volunteers that helped put the event together.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Borough of Lansford has filed two civil complaints in Carbon County court alleging two individuals filed federal lawsuits against the borough that were "purely malicious" and brought "to retaliate" for actions by the borough.

The two actions were filed against Dwight A. Penberth Jr., of 609 E. Patterson St., Lansford, and former Police Chief James Strauss, of 46 W. Seventh St., Jim Thorpe.

On both actions the borough is seeking damages against the defendants in excess of $25,000 plus costs and fees for the monies spent to defend the illegal actions.

Penberth action

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Upgrades to its water system could cost Palmerton over $117,000.

Five companies submitted bids to the borough on Monday for the project, which will seek to make improvements to the borough's Municipal Water Authority System.

The project is for improvements to the system for Groundwater Rule 4-Log Treatment, with the work to include the installation of 24-inch diameter ductile iron pipe water main and appurtenances at the Authority's Well "A" and Foundry Well sites.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Going through flea market items during the flea market, from left, are Marian High School students Derich Holman, 16, Jordan Weber, 17, Jacquie Goulstone, 17, and Amanda McHugh, 16. The students also helped Salvation Army volunteers carry out all hundreds of donated and unsold items.

The Men of Marian held their 41st annual Summer Picnic over the weekend at the Marian Catholic High School in Hometown.

Despite mostly sunny weather, sporadic rain storms didn't stop people from coming and enjoying themselves, as a very large tent canopy helped to keep guests dry. The three-day event consisted of a large flea market, games, music, kids activities, food, and more.

All unsold flea market items were donated to the Tamaqua Salvation Army.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Fritz Valley Road from Church Hill Road to the Schuylkill County line in Mahoning Township will be closed until Friday for bridge repair, said state Department of Transportation spokesman Ron Young.

Willow Lane, a short road that links Church Hill Road to the portion of Fritz Valley Road that is in the work area, is also closed. Traffic is being detoured over Church Hill to Municipal Road.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Four Coaldale residents charged with possessing materials to manufacture an illegal drug were among 29 who were arraigned Monday before District Attorney James P. Goodman at the Schuylkill County courthouse and all entered not guilty pleas to the criminal charges brought against them.

Tyler Matthew Strawdinger, of 101 E. High St., charged by Coaldale Patrolman Charles Blesse, with criminal conspiracy, four counts of possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture drugs and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Monday, August 1, 2011

In order to learn more about the process of deep drilling to obtain natural gas from the Marcellus Shale, the newly formed Schuylkill County Marcellus Shale Task Force had as their guest at their meeting, Lieutenant Governor Jim Cowley, who heads the Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, to advise them on how to proceed.