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Friday, August 27, 2010

A car involved in a two-vehicle accident on Route 443 in Mahoning Township Wednesday night flipped about five times before mounting a guiderail and standing vertical in a ditch, police said.

A photo of the crash appeared on the front page of the TIMES NEWS yesterday.

Chief of Police Kenneth Barnes said the car which flipped was driven by Charles Alvin Zimmerman 44, of Main Road, Lehighton. He was driving a 2006 KIA Sportage and traveling east on Route 443.

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Panther Valley School Board narrowly approved a random drug testing policy for those students who are involved in extracurricular activities and who seek to have parking privileges, with a 5-4 vote at last night's meeting.

Directors Mickey Angst, Irene Genther, Donna Trimmel, and Bill Hunsicker voted against the policy, while directors Anthony Pondish, Dave Hiles, Jeff Markovich, Anthony DeMarco, and Koreen Nalesnik voted in favor of it.

Genther first requested that the motion be tabled, citing several items that she felt were missing in the policy.

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Panther Valley School District got some very good news at last night's regular monthly meeting. Superintendent Rosemary Porembo announced that the district has met AYP (adequate yearly progress) in all three of the schools for the 2009-2010 school year, based on the scores from the PSSA exams. Last year, for the 2008-2009 school year, the District made 16 out of the 17 categories, however, the elementary school was still placed in School Improvement I and the high school was placed in Corrective Action. "This year, everything is green," said Porembo, referring to the results.

Friday, August 27, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured preparing an internal foam foundation that will be covered and molded with plaster cloth to create a miniature mountain landscape is Tamaqua Anthracite Model Railroad Club member Josh Vacula, on right, President Frank Huegel, center, and Jim Young.

Hundreds of model train cars of all types line the tracks of the Tamaqua Anthracite Model Railroad Club's (TAMRC) ponderous model train set laid out in their club's home located in the basement of 139 West Broad Street in Tamaqua.

This was where Props and Wheels Hobby Shop once was a number of years back.

Their larger two piece, 1,000 square foot, electric model train set nearly encompasses the entire basement as it stretches from one side of basement to the other.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Federal stimulus funds aimed at helping to lift the United States out of its dollar doldrums will help float two major local projects.

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday announced they would funnel federal economic recovery money in the form of bonds to help offset the costs of a $10 million sewer project in Palmerton and a proposed water park at Blue Mountain Ski Area.

There are two types of bonds, said Commissioners Chairman William O'Gurek.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Palmerton could save a nice chunk of change on the cost of its $10 million wastewater treatment plant.

Borough Council on a 5-0 vote Thursday approved the acceptance of Carbon County bond financing. Councilman Jason Behler and council President Terry Costenbader were absent.

Councilman Richard Nothstein informed council on Thursday that county commissioners earlier in the day approved an interest reduction loan that will issue economic development bonds.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Service projects supported by the Summit Hill Lions Club received a financial boost on Sunday, Aug. 8, when the club held its Ninth Annual Golf Tournament at the Mahoning Valley Country Club, Mahoning Township.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Sixteen people who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges were sentenced Tuesday by Judge John E. Domalakes in Schuylkill County Court.

Carlos C. Taveras-Tavarez, 26, of 126 E. Washington St., McAdoo, on charges of forgery and criminal conspiracy, was sentenced to serve four to 11 1/2 months in the county prison with credit for having served 334 days and to pay $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA). He was cited by Det. Glenn Dove, Pottsville police, with credit card fraud and theft from vehicles.

Friday, August 27, 2010

A pig scramble at the Carbon County Fair in Lehighton by 4-H members proved to be a lot of fun for the youngsters. The pigs are no longer greased and only five youths at a time can participate. Boys who caught pigs were Roy Bollinger, Scott Seltzer, Jeffrey Bauchspies, John Berger, Jerry Donati, and Gary Turek. Girls who caught the oinkers were Denise Leininger, Leah Dietrich, Mary Ebling, Robbi Kuehner, Julia Knappenberger, and Diane Turek.

Friday, August 27, 2010
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Comedy magician Joe Keppel of Bethlehem performed his program "Explore the World and Read" at the Summit Hill Heritage Center last Saturday afternoon which was a mixture of magic and geographical facts from around the world.

Do you know where the longest river in the world is located or what the fourth most populous country is? Families who attended magician Joe Keppel's "Explore the World and Read" magic show learned the answers to those questions and much more while enjoying an afternoon of magic, humor and fun at the Summit Hill Heritage Center last Saturday.

"Reading can open wonderful new doors and help you travel around the world," said Keppel who has been performing for thirty years and the last twenty years specializing in school shows that deal with reading.