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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Steam locomotive number 425, which has been out of service for two years, has been restored and was utilized for train rides by the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway on Monday. It had been shown at Steamtown in Scranton on Saturday and Sunday as part of the railroad museum's Railfest, said Laura Kennedy, an official with Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway. The train hadn't been scheduled for Monday's rides, but proved to be a treat for train buffs. The locomotive was constructed in 1928.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Cheerleading alumni

The current Jim Thorpe Area High School cheer squads are hosting an alumni night at the football game on Friday, Sept. 13.

There will be a practice from 4:30-6 p.m. prior to the game that day. Participants will receive a ticket for the game at that time.

Those interested in participating should contact Julie Romanisko, (610) 577-5021 or at jthscheercoach@yahoo.com to register.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Numerous area residents were among 69 who were arraigned Monday morning at the Schuylkill County Courthouse on criminal charges and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested a jury trial. They were;

Gemile B. Mehmeti, 25, of 409 E. Ridge St., Coaldale, charged by Rush Township Patrolman James Patterson, with theft of a coffee machine valued at $119 from Wal-Mart Store in Hometown last Sept. 22.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Private Duane Watson, left, of Weissport and Sgt. Major Barry Langley Sr. fire warning shots in preparation for Lansford's "capture".

The town of Lansford was 'captured' and martial law declared during a living history Civil War encampment scenario held at the No. 9 Mine and Museum in Lansford on Sunday.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton is alive and well, despite rumors to the contrary.

The member-owned club does not plan to shut its doors any time soon, according to manager John Rehus, who responded via a letter following an inquiry from the TIMES NEWS to address the gossip that had been making the rounds in light of last week's board membership meeting.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company (NPPC) is voluntarily recalling a limited number of 3.5-pound bags of its Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken and Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food from a single production run and shipped to retail customers in the United States.

This is being done because one bag of the product was found to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Only Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food with both the "Best By" date and the production code shown below are included in this voluntary recall:

Bag Size: 3.5 lb.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Polk Township supervisors held a moment of silence in memory of the three men who lost their lives at the Aug. 5 Ross Township supervisors' meeting, Dave Fleetwood, Gerard Kozic and James LaGuardia.

Brian Ahner, chairman, said that since the shooting, Polk has been looking into what can be done to make the municipal building more secure.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Department of Environmental Protection announced that the deadline for Pennsylvania small-business owners to apply for DEP's Small Business Advantage Grants has been extended to Tuesday, Oct. 8. The deadline has been extended to ensure that as many small businesses as possible can benefit from this worthwhile opportunity.

Businesses can apply for 50-percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

HAMBURG Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) and state representatives Jerry Knowles (R-124) and Mike Tobash (R-125) urged motorists to use caution and be patient during much-needed upgrades to portions of Route 61 in Berks and Schuylkill counties.

"It is extremely important for motorists to be careful when traveling through the stretch of Route 61 that is currently under construction by PennDOT," Argall said. "Cautious, defensive driving in these construction zones will go a long way toward avoiding a serious accident."

Saturday, August 31, 2013
SUSAN BRYANT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The winners of the Pillsbury Pie Baking Championship held at The 2013 Great Allentown Fair were, l-r, Amy Gress of Danielsville, fourth place; Marie White of Lehighton, third place; Michelle Argust of Tamaqua, second place, and Eva Seibert (standing in for her mother is Krista) of Salisbury Township won first place in the dessert pie category. Debra Lilly of Bethlehem won first place in the savory pie category.