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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

At one time, downtown Lehighton had four banks.

It soon will be down to one.

PNC Bank, which has a branch at 154 S. First St., has sent a letter to its customers stating it is closing that facility on June 21.

The bank also has a branch at Carbon Plaza Mall.

The location has been a bank for generations.

It was opened in 1949 as the Bank of Lehighton. In 1969, the bank merged to become People's First National Bank & Trust Company of Hazleton.

It later became Northeastern Bank before that bank merged with PNC, which is based in Pittsburgh.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A second young girl injured in Schuylkill County crash on Sunday morning has died.

State police at Schuylkill Haven and the Lehigh County Coroner's office said Catrina Williams, 3, of 344 Sunbury St., Minersville, died at 3:17 p.m. on Monday at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, where she, her sister, and mother were flown following the two vehicle crash.

Her sister, Carianna L. Kroh, 6, died at the hospital at 3:51 p.m. Sunday, several hours after arrival.

Their mother, Victoria Place, 27, remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Three Nesquehoning area fire companies were dispatched Monday to the Nesquehoning campus of Lehigh Carbon Community College after smoke was discovered in the structure. The alarm came in just after 8 a.m. with Nesquehoning, Hauto, and New Columbus fire companies responding, as well as Lehighton paramedics and police. Firefighters used a heat detection device to search for the cause but came up empty. An aerial truck was utilized to place several firemen on the roof of the structure, who also looked for the heat or smoke source, but again it eluded the first responders.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

There are four candidates who are running for a seat on the Tamaqua Area School Board in the Municipal Primary Election to be held Tuesday, May 21.

Appearing on the ballot are, Bryan W. Miller, Aaron R. Frantz, Thomas A. Rottet, and Mark Rother. They all cross-filed with their names appearing on the Republican and Democratic ballots. They are unopposed.

In an article last week listing the names of candidates for various offices in the TIMES NEWS coverage area, Mark Rohter's name was inadvertently missed for the school board seat.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

This month's local TV report by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) features comments by Argall, Representative Mike Tobash (R-125) and other community leaders on how to utilize existing tools to fight blight in both large and small communities.

Argall states the two biggest hurdles to fighting blight in downtown communities are education and investing.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) – Pedro Quezada's neighbors see a lot of themselves in the winner of the $338 million Powerball jackpot: hardworking, a family man, an immigrant, and someone who has known hard times.

That's why they're so thrilled that one of their own has finally struck it rich.

Quezada, 44, entered Eagle Liquors store, where his ticket was sold, late Monday afternoon. The Passaic store's owner ran Quezada's ticket through the lottery machine and, as a newspaper and television outlets recorded the moment, validated that it was a winner.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of the Father Henry W. Baker Knights of Columbus (KOC) No. 2711, out of Tamaqua, hosted their first annual community egg hunt over the weekend outside their council hall in the Seek section of Coaldale. Youth director Glenn Mummey stated their appreciation to all the volunteers who helped put the event together. The event also included prizes and snacks.Robert Santiago, 10, fills his basket during he hunt.

Members of the Father Henry W. Baker Knights of Columbus (KOC) No. 2711, out of Tamaqua, hosted their first annual community egg hunt over the weekend outside their council hall in the Seek section of Coaldale. Youth director Glenn Mummey stated their appreciation to all the volunteers who helped put the event together. The event also included prizes and snacks.Robert Santiago, 10, fills his basket during the hunt.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua native Cindy Miller has been named president of UPS Europe.

A Tamaqua native has been promoted to a top business position in Europe and credits her roots in Tamaqua for helping her to achieve success.

United Parcel Service, Inc. announced Thursday that Tamaqua native Cindy Miller will step into the position of president of UPS Europe.

Miller will assume her new duties on April 30, according to the Atlanta-based package shipping company.

Miller grew up on East Broad Street and is daughter of the late Howard "Howie" and Donna Miller.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

American Cancer Society Telethon volunteer and Chinese Auction co-coordinator Jess Kutza, left, presents a certificate of appreciation to Manda Rohde of Seitz Brothers Exterminating of Hometown. Kutza's mother and fellow telethon volunteer Mary Ann Dulaney, who has coodinated the ACS Telethon's Chinese Auction for many years, stated that Seitz Brothers routinely provides the use of their truck for the auction and illuminated sign to promote events for the American Cancer Society. The ACS Telethon will air April 6 and 7 at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
SPECIAL TO TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School Board President Rocky Ahner speaks to a crowd of interested taxpayers in the rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol at the recent Pie Day an event organized by Better Choices for Pennsylvania. Earlier in the day, advocates delivered half a pie to every Pennsylvania legislator to remind them that a decade of large tax cuts for businesses has left schools, health care services, and local communities with a smaller share of the budget pie.

In December, Lehighton Area School Board passed a resolution urging Congress to stop budget cuts that would have a detrimental impact on the school district.

However, enacted under the Budget Control Act of 2011, the sequestration that went into effect on March 1 with across-the-board budget cuts will impact education with a significant reduction in funds.

Continuing the fight against government budget cuts, school board President Rocky Ahner recently spoke in the main rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol at Pie Day an event organized by Better Choices for Pennsylvania.