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Friday, February 10, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rising smoke from a structure fire in West Penn yesterday could be seen for miles as firefighters responded to the scene.

Thick smoke could be seen for miles as hundreds of firefighters from both Schuylkill and Lehigh counties converged on a house fire at 3348 Summer Valley Road (SR895) in New Ringgold, West Penn Township, just after 10:30 Thursday morning.

"After seeing flames shooting through the roof, firefighters were ordered off the roof," said Clint Schock, assistant fire chief, West Penn Fire Company, who served as commanding fire officer during the blaze.

Friday, February 10, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Destiny Bookhardt, 20, of Lansford, was taken to St. Luke's Hospital after she lost control of her black Dodge Neon just after 7 a.m. this morning and drove into the side wall of a bridge located near the All American Jeep dealership on SR309 in Tamaqua. The Neon continued to travel north on SR309 for about 100 hundred feet after striking the bridge, which runs over the Little Schuylkill River. The extent of her injuries were unknown as of press time. Responding were East End Fire Company, American Hose Company, Tamaqua Ambulance, Tamaqua Rescue and Tamaqua Police. Volunteers with the Tamaqua Fire Police detoured heavy early morning SR309 traffic through Schuylkill Avenue and back onto SR309. Tamaqua police officer Peter Wysochansky is the investigating officer.

Destiny Bookhardt, 20, of Lansford, was taken to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, after she lost control of her black Dodge Neon just after 7 a.m. today and drove into the side wall of a bridge located near the All American Jeep dealership on SR309 in Tamaqua. The Neon continued to travel north for about 100 hundred feet after striking the bridge, which runs over the Little Schuylkill River. The extent of her injuries were unknown as of press time. Responding were East End and American Hose fire companies, Tamaqua ambulance, rescue squad and police.

Friday, February 10, 2012

HARRISBURG – Legislation that would require additional review of the costs and benefits of Pennsylvania's tax-free Keystone Opportunity Zones (KOZs) was unanimously passed by the House on Monday.

Senator David G. Argall (R-29) led the effort to amend Senate Bill 1237 in the Senate to require Pennsylvania's Department of Community and Economic Development to compile extensive information for the General Assembly regarding KOZs.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Banks Township Board of Supervisors in northern Carbon County on Wednesday night voted 3-0 to deny a request from the Tresckow Fire Company for the township to co-sign a loan to help the firemen dig out of a financial dilemma they are facing.

The firemen sought to borrow between $30,000 and $40,000 to help them maintain the company's two main buildings, as well as to revive the third building - a social hall - but the supervisors said "no," contending they have concerns about an ongoing investigation involving the social hall.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Towamesning Elementary School announces that the following students have achieved Principal's List or Honor Roll for the second marking period.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST: Students who have attained all A's in all major subjects.

Third Grade: Kassidy Altemose, Emily Baumgardt, Brock Bollinger, Emily Bonser, Hannah Bonser, Owen Buck, Molly Campbell, Carissa Fallon, Ariana Jones, Brayden Kline, Gina Laviolette, Madix Marlatt, Aidan McCarty, Kayla Nothstein, Yesmine Olewine, Ethan Recker, Carly Schwenger, Megan Serfass, Angeleyne Steigerwalt, Tyler Stuck, Chelsea Wagner and Corlan Wood.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Heavy snow and strong and gusty winds made for a winter wonderland. In Summit Hill, 25.5 inches of snow fell, while Lansford had 23 inches, Jim Thorpe measured 20 inches, Lehighton had 18 inches, and in Tamaqua there were 16 inches reported. Winds gusted as high as 30 miles per hour, said the National Weather Service. The storm was so severe that Interstate 81 was shut down from the Maryland state line to I-80. The Schuylkill Expressway and parts of the Northeast Extension of the Pa. Turnpike also had to shut down.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Panther Valley school board on Thursday voted in favor of the Carbon Career and Technical Institute's 2012-13 budget.

Panther Valley's share of the $6,983,946 spending plan next year comes to $887,138 – $14,840 more than the 2011-12 portion.

Further, CCTI Business Administrator Jeffry P. Deutsch said the school chose not to bill Panther Valley about $39,000 this year due to the poor economy.

Instead, he said, CCTI found places to cut back.

Deutsch and administrative director David Reinbold attended Thursday's public board meeting to explain the budget.

Friday, February 10, 2012

State Senator John Yudichak (D-14th) today reminded area senior citizens that while some companies are charging $45 to assist in filing for the property tax/rent rebate program, his offices offer the service free of charge.

"I want all senior citizens to know that free assistance for the PA Property Tax and Rent Rebate program is readily available at my district offices in Nanticoke, Exeter or Jim Thorpe," Yudichak said. "In tough economic times, it is essential that we do not spend more than required and paying for a free service is not a good financial decision."

Friday, February 10, 2012

Faith Alive Church, 678 Pine St., Bowmanstown, is offering a seven week children's group beginning from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, during Lent. The curriculum includes Bible lessons, crafts, activities and snacks. There is no cost. The group will meet for six Wednesdays and one Thursday. Parents who want their child to attend should contact Faith Alive Church at (610) 852-2805 or email fasgm@ptd.net.