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Thursday, March 15, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua firefighters responded just after 3 p.m. Wednesday to the Hess Express gas station in Tamaqua after a fuel tanker truck from Penn Tank Lines began leaking gasoline on its parking lot. Even though the driver and responding firefighters were quick to control and eventually stop the leak, a couple dozen gallons of gasoline had leaked onto the parking lot. Firefighters used oil dry and absorbent pads to control and soak up the fuel. Responding were Tamaqua police, fire police and firefighters from South Ward and Citizen's fire companies.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

George K. Seiller, administrative director of the Carbon County Vocational Technical School in Jim Thorpe, reported to members of the countywide school's Operating Committee that 92.4 percent of the 1987-88 graduates of the school are now gainfully employed. He added that according to a continuing survey, 84 percent of last year's senior class are working. This includes two adults who completed secondary programs. Last year the school had 113 graduates in 15 courses.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua seventh grader Jake Weiksner was named Pennsylvania National Geographic Bee Semifinalist by the National Geographic Society. Weiksner will compete in the 2012 Pennsylvania National Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. Bees were held in schools with fourth through eighth grade students through the state to determine each school's winner. Jake is the son of Mary Ann and Dan Weiksner of Andreas. The Bee will be held at the Penn State University Park campus on Friday, March 30. For more information about the Bee, go to www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

In the spirit of community collaboration and teamwork taught through youth sports, Fairway Chevrolet is supporting Tamaqua Area Little League through the Chevy Youth Baseball Program. This sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the Spring 2012 youth baseball season.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thirteen first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Plans for the eventual construction of a nearly 15,000-square-foot office building in Palmerton have cleared their first hurdle.

Representatives from Pencor Services, Inc., met with the borough's Planning Commission on Wednesday to discuss the proposed construction of the building in the 400 block of Delaware Avenue.

The planners granted Pencor conditional approval for a lot consolidation plan, according to borough Manager Rodger Danielson.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Payment for demolition of a property in Coaldale Borough was approved by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville and also preparations were made for the Primary Election to be held April 24.

A payment of $11,440 was approved to be paid Northeast Industrial Services Inc. for razing the home at 119-121 Greenwood St., which the borough council had listed for demolition. It was carried out under the county's demolition program.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

An elderly Monroe County man was struck by a car and killed as he was at his mailbox retrieving his mail.

State police at Fern Ridge said the incident occurred about 5:11 p.m. on Wednesday along SR115 at Log Cabin Lane, in Chestnuthill Township.

Troopers said Walter A. Machalick, 85, of Effort, was retrieving his mail in front of his residence when a 2004 Subaru Outback, operated by James York Jr., 50, of Effort, left the left travel lane and struck the victim.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A jury ruled in favor of a hospital in Pottsville and a physician in a medical professional liability action brought by a Minersville couple after a three day trial in Schuylkill County court before Judge Charles M. Miller.

Joan (Joni) Kobige and her husband, Robert M. Kobige, of 229 Stadium St., brought the civil action against Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Schuylkill Medical Center, and Dr. Haywood Blum, seeking damages in excess of $50,000 from each party, claiming they were careless and negligent in their care and treatment of Mrs. Kobige.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteers and supports of Senator Dave Argall (R-29) were on-hand yesterday evening during the grand opening of Argall's Senate campaign headquarters in Tamaqua. The headquarters, which is directly adjacent to Hess Windows, is located at 56 Mauch Chunk St. "This is a great base of support and is in the middle of my district," said Senator Dave Argall. Argall district, which contains over a quarter of a million people, covers all of Schuylkill county, half of Carbon county, 4 townships in Monroe, northern part of Berks county, northern part of Lehigh county and Northhampton.Visitors Bob Ames of Coaldale, left, and JoAnn Myers of Tamaqua talk to Sen. Argall and Danny Cook, campaign manager, about getting rid of the property tax.

Campaign organizers estimate that around 30 volunteers and supporters will be using the Tamaqua location to make phone calls, go door to door, internet campaign and help with mailers during the campaign.