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Thursday, January 13, 2011
Andrew Leibenguth/Special to the times news

Sheryl Beltz, co-proprietor of the Tamaqua Restaurant at the Station, shovels snow outside the Tamaqua Train Station. With no trains in the vicinity, the pickup truck in the left background was able to plow over the tracks.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

McCann School of Business and Technology recently signed an articulation agreement with the Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College).

The new contract enables McCann graduates with an Associate in Specialized Business Degree in Paralegal to transfer to Penn College to complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Assistant – Paralegal Studies.

Penn College is an affiliate of Penn State, and was just voted as one of the top 10 best public four-year colleges in the Northern Region of the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Lansford Borough is plowing snow today and Friday, and police want to remind residents of the parking rules.

Workers today began plowing the odd side of the streets (the north and east sides). Beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, plowing will be done on the even side of the streets (the south and west sides). Vehicles are to be moved or they will be ticketed.

Police further remind residents that it is illegal to put snow in the street during or after a snowstorm. It is also illegal to place piles of snow within 20 feet of an intersection or in excess of 5 feet high.

Thursday, January 13, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton borough part-time employees Ren Wentz, left, and Dan Snyder remove ceiling tile from former Wal-Mart store along Route 443 in Mahoning Township. The tile and grid will be utilized in the new Lehighton Police Station.

About 5,000 square feet of ceiling tile and numerous bathroom stall dividers at the vacated Wal-Mart Store in Mahoning Township will be utilized by Lehighton borough.

Alton Steigerwalt, workforce supervisor for Lehighton borough, said the tiles and stalls will be used on the second floor of the new police station and the community center in Lehighton.

The building is now owned by Lowe's Home Improvement Center. Steigerwalt said when he asked Lowe's for the ceiling tiles, a representative of the store told him, "Take what you want."

Thursday, January 13, 2011
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Charred wood and cinder block at Hill's Machine Shop, 2 Dock St., Lansford.

Lansford police are investigating an attempted arson at a Dock Street building.

Kenny Hill, owner of Hill's machine shop, 2 Dock St., said his lot was being plowed and the driver saw a large pile wood that was charred. Cinder block in the building was also charred. The damage was reported Jan. 7, police said.

It is unknown when the attempted arson occurred. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at (570) 645-5844.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Schuylkill County Commissioners had to cancel their public meeting Wednesday morning as the opening the courthouse was delayed for two hours due to the winter snow storm.

Also cancelled was the monthly Schuylkill County Employees Retirement Board which usually follows the commissioners meeting.

Both have been rescheduled for next Wednesday. The commissioners will hold their public meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, in the board room in the basement of the courthouse building in Pottsville and the retirement board meeting will follow.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

An elderly Schuylkill County woman died of injuries she sustained when struck by a vehicle.

Eleanor Clover, 79, a resident of the Mahanoy City High Rise, 10 W. Centre St., died Tuesday at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where she was flown after the accident. She sustained head injuries.

Borough police identified the driver as Frank Souchack, 82, of 21 Trenton St., Mahanoy City.

Thursday, January 13, 2011
Andy Liebenguth/special to the times news The driver of this car, Jonathan Dombrowski of Mahanoy City, was taken into custody Wednesday after an accident on SR54 in Ryan Township. The driver is also facing separate drug-related charges.

A Mahanoy City man admitted to driving his vehicle under the influence of heroin following a one-vehicle crash Wednesday in Ryan Township.

State police at Frackville said Jonathan Ryan Dombrowski, 22, was driving a 1992 Buick Century along SR54, in the area of the Lakeside ballroom when the car left the road and struck a utility pole at about 12:25 p.m.

During the course of the investigation, Dombrowski admitted using heroin in the past two days. He was placed under arrest and taken to a Pottsville hospital for a blood test.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Coaldale Fire Chief Richard Marek has released his 2010 report.

The company handled 128 calls, with 1,308.50 man-hours; 1,380 training hours (in company); 240 training hours (state classes); 349.75 man-hours in meetings and 402 man-hours on equipment maintenance.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Lower Towamensing Township's Board of Auditors has reshuffled its leadership duties.

Auditor William Walters was appointed chairman, while auditor Tim Duncan was appointed secretary at the board's reorganizational meeting on Monday.

Walters, who had served as board secretary, was appointed to take over the chairmanship, which had previously been held by auditor Carl Silverstein.