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Thursday, September 8, 2011

The weather has forced the postponement of tonight's Tamaqua Summer Concert series performance by the Christopher Dean Band. The concert has been rescheduled for Sept. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., on the platform of the Tamaqua Railroad Station, Tamaqua. The concert series is presented by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, September 8, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Participating in the kickoff of the 2012 Leadership Carbon Class yesterday at the Galleria in Lake Harmony were, l-r, Judy Bowen, professional facilitator; Maureen Donovan, of the Lehigh Carbon Community College Morgan Center; Jack Sturm, vice chairman of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce; Wayne E. Nothstein, Carbon County Commissioner; Elissa Garafalo, of the Leadership Carbon Steering Committee, and Dawn Ferrante, executive director of the Carbon County Economic Development Corporationand past graduate of Leadership Carbon.

The sixth annual Leadership Carbon program, a nine-month program designed to improve leadership qualities in the participants, kicked off Wednesday morning with a breakfast at the Galleria in Lake Harmony.

Twelve individuals are enrolled in this year's Leadership Carbon class, which is sponsored by the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce.

The program has a new look from prior years.

Elissa Garafalo, of the Leadership Carbon Steering Committe, said some changes were made after consulting with former participants and with similar leadership groups in other counties.

Thursday, September 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured overflowing its banks onto the road is a normally scenic pond located on Water Wheel Road in West Penn Township.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The remnant of Tropical Storm Lee, which made landfall in Louisiana early this week, is still wreaking havoc across the Northeast as it continues its march northward.

In many areas across Pennsylvania, flooding is a major concern, especially in low-lying areas near rivers.

Heavy rains blanketed the TIMES NEWS area, but as of press time today, no severe flooding was reported.

Throughout Luzerne County, creeks have spilled over their banks, roadways have flooded and people are seeking higher ground as a result of the fast-rising Susquehanna River.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Hour of Honor will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Monument in front of Monroe County Courthouse, Stroudsburg. It is open for the public on the 11th of every month and held in remembrance of our Troops killed in the current war against terror.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A regional police force does not look like it's going to be a viable option for the residents of Schuylkill Township. Wednesday night, supervisors reviewed the recently released results of the regional police study that was done in conjunction with Tamaqua, Coaldale, West Penn, and Walker townships.

The proposed budget for Schuylkill Township would exceed the total amount that is currently being collected in tax money from the residents.

Thursday, September 8, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Aquashicola Creek in Lower Towmensing township is usually about 15 feet wide but Wednesday due to the heavy rains it grew to about a half mile wide. So far The TIMES NEWS area has been spared serious flooding, but massive flooding is predicted in much of central and eastern Pennsylvania

Thursday, September 8, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Lizard Creek in West Penn overflowed its bank at a number of locations along its length following yesterday's heavy rains. SR-895 was also closed due from its overflowing banks.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Approval to ratify a negotiated settlement between two correctional officers at the Schuylkill County Prison, who were terminated, was granted by the county commissioners at their work session held Wednesday morning at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Two versions of what occurred in a home dispute in Barnesville last November were given a jury in a trial held Wednesday in Schuylkill County court and the panel ruled in favor of the victim. Judge Jacqueline Russell deferred sentence to a later date.

Ricky C. Nelson, 33, of 103 N. Lehigh St., Tamaqua, was found guilty of charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats and simple assault committed against Cathy Russell, of 66 Pine Creek Drive, Barnesville, on the early morning hours of Nov. 14, 2010.