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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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Yesterday's and today's snowstorm made for many headaches for drivers trying to negotiate through it.Pictured stuck on the Hometown Hill is a red Dodge Neon driven by Lauren Benedict of Tamaqua. No serious injuries were reported. Also pictured helping are Tamaqua Police officers Brent Getz and Peter Wysochansky.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pine Street (SR309) in Tamaqua was closed for about 45 minutes around 3 p.m. yesterday while firefighters responded to a possible structure fire at 426 Pine St. When they arrived, they noticed dark smoke coming out of the chimney. Firefighters traced the cause to a malfunctioning furnace. No serious injuries were reported. In addition to Tamaqua Police and Tamaqua Ambulance, all Tamaqua fire companies responded. Tamaqua Fire Police volunteers detoured Pine Street traffic through Elm Street and down Schuylkill Avenue.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Margaret Stahler of Tamaqua was flown to St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem after the vehicle she was in crashed down a brush-filled ditch along US209 between Coaldale and Tamaqua yesterday afternoon. Firefighters used a chainsaw to cut away the heavy brush that surrounded the vehicle. Responding were Tamaqua Rescue Squad, American Hose Company, Tamaqua Ambulance, Tamaqua Police and Rush Township Police. Tamaqua Fire Police volunteers controlled traffic around the scene. No more information about her condition was available as of press time.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

According to the Pocono District of Penn State Extension, the last in a series of five Vegetable Production webinars will be held on March 27, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The series provides convenient access to timely updates in commercial vegetable and small fruit production for extension educators, producers and industry representatives. Topics that will be covered include Cucurbit Pest Management Strategies: Organic, Biorational & Conventional.

Register online at http://agsci.psu.edu/vegetable-production-webinars or by phone at 724-627-3745.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

EMMAUS, Pa. (AP) – Investigators searched Monday for the cause of a fast-moving fire that killed four people inside an apartment building in eastern Pennsylvania.

The blaze was reported just before noon Sunday in Emmaus, a Lehigh County borough about 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia, and quickly spread and burned for hours. Four bodies were found inside, according to Emmaus police Sgt. Todd Garloff.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The petition-filing period for those wanting to run for public offices in Carbon County and its municipalities ended on Tuesday, March 12, when scores of residents rushed to meet the state-designated deadline.

In order to run for office, persons wanting to have their names placed on the ballot were required to obtain signatures from registered voters in either the Democratic and Republican parties in the political subdivision in which they are seeking office.

The election process will begin with the municipal Primary Election on Tuesday, May 21.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A legislative panel on Monday endorsed a revamped version of Gov. Tom Corbett's liquor privatization bill that would give existing beer distributors first crack at liquor and wine licenses and expand the sale of wine in grocery stores.

In a 14-10 party-line vote, the House Liquor Committee backed a bill that would potentially phase out the existing state-controlled stores as the number of private operators grows.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The contests in the Municipal Primary Election to be held in Schuylkill County on Tuesday, May 21, are centered in boroughs and townships with the nominations for mayor, councilman, supervisor, school director, and tax collector according to the petitions filed in the county election bureau.

The deadline has passed for persons to get their name on the ballot and Election Director Frannie Brennan reminds the candidates if any wish to withdraw their name the deadline is Wednesday, March 27. The last day to register to vote for the primary election is April 22.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

It looked more like December than March yesterday as Winter Storm Ukko pushed through the area.

Snow began to spread throughout Carbon and Schuylkill counties shortly after 4 p.m.

By 5 p.m., roadways were covered and driving conditions began to get tricky in some areas, causing back ups and some temporary road closures until roadways could get cleared.

Summit Hill police reported that they responded to a few accidents within the borough's limits yesterday evening; and also noted that a number of cars got stuck and had to be abandoned for the night.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

In our coverage yesterday of the 66th Annual Banquet of the Panther Valley Irish-American Association held Sunday in Lansford, the association's president was misidentified in both the story and the caption of an accompanying photograph. He is Tim Kurchak of Lansford.