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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Nursing Scholarships were presented to Debra Lobien, Erica Smith, Bobbi Jo Shaffer and Jessica Lobien.

Scholarship Sunday was held Aug. 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church

in Lehighton. A total of $30,293 was awarded this year. Nursing Scholarships presented to Debra Lobien, Erica Smith, Bobbi Jo

Shaffer and Jessica Lobien, pictured above.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Motorists driving down Route 902 in Mahoning Township are sure to enjoy a little summer beauty. Alongside the intersection of Mahoning Drive East and Beisel's Road, thousands of miniature sunflowers blow in the breeze.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The West Penn Township Lion & Lioness Clubs held their 33rd Annual Senior Fun Day on Aug. 2 at the West Penn Twp. Community Park.

Lion President Melissa Kistler and Lioness President Karissa Brothers welcomed approximately 85 West Penn Township Seniors to join them in a day filled with fellowship, food, games, entertainment and informational sessions.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday increased contract caps for several vendors used by the county nursing home at Rest Haven.

They include increasing by $3,000 a contract with Orwigsburg Ambulance; a contract with Symphony Mobilex by $10,000; and a contract with Manheim Medical by $350.

Commissioners also approved a contract with Quest Diagnostics of Wyomissing to provide laboratory services for residents. The fee for service contract is estimated at $22,000 and runs from Aug. 1 to July 31, 2015.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Danadee Miller-Boyle of Franklin Township is an optimist.

Many 4-H members were down when the Carbon County Fair announced it would cease after last year, but not Miller-Boyle.

She came up with the idea for 4-H members to have their own event, which will give youngsters even better competition than the fair allowed. Thus, the first ever Carbon County Agriculture Heritage Days will open at the Mahoning Farmers Market.

The county fair was the main gallery for the 4-H'ers to display the animals and projects which they had worked on all year.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Northumberland County company will repair two bridges in Schuylkill County, including one in Rush Township, for $116,766.

Kevin E. Raker, Sunbury, was the lowest, most responsible bidder of six for the repair costs of both bridges combined.

The project will be paid for through liquid fuels money.

The bridges are in Barnesville and Pine Grove. County bridge 42, built in 1929, is on Orchard Road over Pine Creek in Rush Township.

The repair work includes removing a parapet joint where water had been eroding it.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Dawn Miller, president of Take Off Pounds Sensibly Group 1643, recently presented a check in the amount of $100 to PathStoneCarbon County Head Start. TOPS meets monthly and raises fundsto be donated to a local organization. From left are Jeanette Triano-Sinn, center administrator of PathStone in Coadale; Miller; and Mary Comensky Williams, center administrator of PathStone in Lehighton.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lehighton Borough Council will hold a special meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

The meeting is for general purposes.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

It goes without saying. We humans have a lot of stuff, and lots of it doesn't belong in our houses. Before man caves, we had……the garage.

But what if you've outgrown your 1,400-foot rancher and you want to build a big garage, 20 x 40, or 800-square feet?

According to an existing ordinance in West Penn, you can't do it, at least, not without getting a variance from the zoning hearing board.

According to the ordinance, an "accessory structure" such as a garage can't be more than 50 percent of the size of the home, or principal structure.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Last year's scholarship winners from the annual Chris and Kevin Truskey Memorial Run got together to promote this year's race. Front row, from left: Wayne and Pat Truskey; Kirsten Lebo; Conrad Weiser; Abigail Warner, North Schuylkill; Stefanie Gensure, Tamaqua; and Wendy Dunkelberger. Back row: Tyler Ravert; Conrad Weiser; Drew Gantert; Conrad Weiser; Zachary Oliveria, Tamaqua; and Stuart Blair, Blue Mountain. Paige Stoner, Pottsville, and Benjamin Ronemus, Lehighton, were unable to be present for the photo.

Fittingly, the annual Chris and Kevin Truskey Memorial Run, scheduled for Aug. 23 at Tuscarora State Park, serves as a benchmark for the area's high school cross country teams. The course may be the most scenic runners will see during the season, and it's also one of the most challenging.

If anyone knows about facing challenges, it's Wayne and Pat Truskey of West Penn Township. Their son, Chris, who often trained at Tuscarora, passed away as the result of a car accident in September 1990.