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Monday, January 24, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from the West Penn Fire Company and police responded to a home located at 888 Penn Drive, SR-443, in West Penn Township after an 81-year old man was helped by his neighbors and wife after he fell off his tractor and lay in the snow for about 20 minutes in 4 degree weather. Penn Mahoning and Lehighton ambulance paramedics and firefighters had to carry the man out via stretcher and through the neighbor's property due to the tractor's location and snow. West Penn Fire Police volunteers directed traffic around that part of SR-443 during the response.

Monday, January 24, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One person was injured Sunday afternoon when a tractor trailer rear-ended a mini-van at the intersection of state routes 61 and 895 (Rolling Mill Rd), in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County. State police at Schuylkill Haven said Dedric Rivera, 28, of Fayetteville, N.C., was operating a 2001 Freightliner tractor with trailer southbound on 61 while Cathy Stork, 58, of Mohrsville, Berks County, was stopped for a traffic light operating a 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan.

Monday, January 24, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Steam rises from the Pohopoco Creek in Franklin Township as subfreezing temperatures cover the immediate area. The ducks, searching for food, do not appear to be affected by the cold.

Monday, January 24, 2011

A New Ringgold man pleaded guilty to growing marijuana plants in his home and was sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County Court. He was one of 32 defendants who also entered guilty pleas to criminal charges.

Eight from area

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The arrest of a Lansford man by Nesquehoning police may have ended a rash of burglaries which occurred in the borough earlier this year.

John Elvin Bartenope, 33, of Center St., Lansford, yesterday waived charges to Carbon County Court related to eight Nesquehoning burglaries.

Shawn Michael Murphy, 31, of East Patterson St., Lansford, waived charges related to one of those burglaries.

Hearings for the two had been scheduled yesterday morning before District Judge Casimir T. Kosciolek of Lansford.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Tamaqua Area High School Class of 1976 will meet Sunday, at 7 p.m., at the Lewistown Valley home of Sandy Kleckner. All class members are welcome to attend.

For directions or further information, call 570-668-1555.

Saturday, January 22, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/special to the times news
Saturday, January 22, 2011

There are five criteria for bankruptcy, according to Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development spokeswoman Jamie Yates.

In the event one of the following conditions is present, a municipality is authorized to file a municipal debt adjustment action:

(1) After recommendation by the plan coordinator.

(2) Imminent jeopardy of an action by a creditor, claimant or supplier of goods or services which is likely to substantially interrupt or restrict the continued ability of the municipality to provide health or safety services to its citizens.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

It was interesting this morning to watch President Hu of China as he was welcomed to the United States with a 21-gun salute and an honor guard. He looked to me like an Emperor reviewing his serfs, the lowly Americans who must bow before the Chinese lenders. We owe China over $1 trillion as they bought our country at bargain basement prices. They manufacture and sell us goods that were once produced in our closed factories. Some of the technology used in Chinese factories was hacked or stolen from the U.S. government and American corporations.

Saturday, January 22, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Eighth grade girls from Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, work together to create gifts for the residents at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital's Geriatric Unit, Coaldale. The girls pictured are (from left ) Abby O'Donnell, Taylor Horvat, Abigail Yusella, Danielle Dillee, and Paxton Klotz.

An Open House, a visit to a local Geriatric Center, and reaching out to other Catholic schools will highlight this year's observance of Catholic Schools Week at Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford.