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Saturday, September 3, 2011

A television owned by Rent A Center was reportedly stolen from a Tamaqua man's home while he was in the hospital.

Christopher M. Cataldi, 23, of 214 Pine St., Tamaqua, called police Thursday to file the report. Cataldi had been living at 401 Pine St., Tamaqua, and rented the television prior to being involved in an accident. Following the accident, he was hospitalized and contacted Rent A Center, telling them to retrieve the television as he would be unable to make payments.

Saturday, September 3, 2011
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Bruce May

Carbon County will soon be in need of a new animal warden.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to accept the retirement date of Bruce W. May of Jim Thorpe, the current county animal warden at the Animal Shelter in Nesquehoning. His retirement becomes effective on Sept. 30.

The commissioners also voted to advertise the position, which has an hourly salary rate of $11.46 per hour, set by the county salary board yesterday. The new salary rate becomes effective Oct. 1.

Saturday, September 3, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Following awards presentations at the recent 21st annual Chris and Kevin Truskey Memorial Run and Walk, family and friends presented Wayne and Pat Truskey with a personalized quilt containing all 20 T-shirts from past events. Cindy Rascavage organized the gift. Pictured from left are Wayne Truskey, Kenny Dunkelberger, Jake Bobick and Pat Truskey.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced today a construction project to replace the structurally deficient PA 309 Bridge over the Little Schuylkill River in Tamaqua will begin September 6.

During the first phase of construction, the contractor will build a temporary roadway and two-lane bridge to carry traffic over the Little Schuylkill River during the first phase of construction.

The temporary bridge is scheduled to be completed by December.

Saturday, September 3, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Plein air student artists: Kristen Miele-Beatty, left, paints as Barbara Cortese, Colleen Carney, Ellie Keys and instructor Joe Sweeney view her landscape on the balcony of the Flagstaff Ballroom overlooking Jim Thorpe.

The nearly 200-year adventure of artists coming to Flagstaff Mountain to capture the beauty of the rolling Pocono foothills and the meandering Lehigh River basin continued this summer as a University of the Arts plein art class recently spent several days painting outdoors on the windswept Flagstaff ballroom balcony.

Artist/instructor Joe Sweeney's class of four art teachers, who wanted to learn how to improve their knowledge of plein air and landscape painting, signed up for the Jim Thorpe-based class coordinated through the Carbon County Cultural Project.

Saturday, September 3, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Reportedly a rarity, if not a first, is a brother/sister, Josiah Behrens IV and his sisterJordan, playing drums togetherat the same time in the Jim Thorpe Area High School Band.

VICTOR IZZO/SPECIALTO THE TIMES NEWS

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Family members of a Shenandoah man who was shot to death during a robbery were stunned when a jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all 14 criminal charges late Friday afternoon.

This was the second trial held in the Schuylkill County Court for Julius C. Enoe, 33, of Reading. In the first trial held last year, a jury could not reach a verdict, resulting in a mistrial.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

A reported propane explosion Wednesday at the Edgemont Lodge Assisted Living facility in Lansford was actually a "flash" caused by a stove pilot light, according to preliminary information from the state Department of Welfare.

DPW sent a team to investigate reports of an explosion in the facility's kitchen on Wednesday that sent an employee to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale. The employee was then flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Tamaqua Police want to remind motorists using Center Street to be aware of traffic pulling into and out of business parking lots, as well as southbound lane restrictions.

Center Street, between Broad and Cedar, does not have a passing lane. There are left turn lanes, but they do not extend the entire block, just the immediate areas of the intersections.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Carbon County Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct a Patriot's Day (9/11) memorial service on Friday, Sept. 9, at 8:40 a.m. in the Josiah White Park, Jim Thorpe.

All residents are urged to attend and honor those who lost their lives in the tragic events that unfolded on Sept. 11 a decade ago. Fire, police and ambulance personnel, and veterans organizations are also invited to attend.