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Monday, November 18, 2013

An explosion early Saturday morning in Tamaqua has been linked to illegal fireworks.

Tamaqua Police and all four fire companies responded to a fire call at 129 Race St. at 1:29 a.m. Police arrived to find smoldering boxes in the street. The boxes had been on the rear porch at 124 Race St.

Persons unknown reportedly threw two firecrackers on the porch, causing two loud bangs and setting the boxes on fire. A neighbor, Chris Jandrisevitz, heard the explosions, came outside and quickly moved the burning boxes to the street, where they could cause no further damage.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Defendants charged with various criminal counts were arraigned Monday morning at the Schuylkill County Courthouse before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon, including several area residents. They were:

Dana L. Hunsinger, Weatherly, charged by McAdoo Patrolman William C. Curilla, with DUI of alcohol, operating a vehicle without an official inspection certificate, and failing to obey traffic control devices.

Kyle Collins, 22, Shenandoah, charged by West Mahanoy Township Patrolman Lance Monaghan, with DUI of alcohol, careless driving, and failing to drive at safe speed.

Monday, November 18, 2013

A Palmerton man seeking permission to build a carport over his existing driveway in front of his home will appear before the borough's zoning hearing board at 7 p.m. Wednesday on his request.

Charles Pammer, of 819 Edgemont Ave., wants to construct the carport over his existing driveway in the front of his dwelling, and has proposed a 4-foot, 8-inch setback from the front yard.

In his rejection letter, dated Oct. 30, borough zoning officer Duane Dellecker noted that the property is located in an R-2 (Medium Density Residential) zoning district.

Monday, November 18, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  Melissa Hager, of Lehighton, was one of several local runners to compete in the recent New York City Marathon. Hager finished in a time of 04:31:15.

It was a life-long dream fulfilled for several area runners who recently competed in the New York City Marathon.

Known the world-over as one of the marquee long-distance running events in the country, the marathon represents a supreme test of the will.

Though they each finished the grueling 26.2-mile trek with different times, a common emotion shared among them was their shear awe of the spectacle.

Take John Martino, of Dallas, Luzerne County, for example. Originally from Jim Thorpe, Martino placed 745th overall.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission reports that motorists traveling on the Northeastern Extension of the Pa. Turnpike (I-476) north from Mahoning Valley (exit 74) and south from Pocono (exit 95) will experience slow-moving traffic paces and stoppages for controlled blasting operations on the northbound side of I-476 Wednesday, conditions permitting.

The weekday bidirectional traffic restrictions will begin at 12:45 p.m.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Officers who man the 125 Schuylkill County voter polling sites were elected for four-year terms, some by write-in votes, in the Nov. 5 General Election.

Blythe Township: Judge of election: Diana L. Kustan, 158 ballot votes; majority inspector: Dorothy Pelachick, 105 ballot votes; minority inspector: Joann Kauffman, 80 ballot votes.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Marian Catholic High School in Hometown has released the names of students earning honor roll status for the first semester of the 2013-2014 school year. To be eligible for distinguished honors, a student must earn 93 percent or better in all major subjects. First honors is awarded to those students who earn a 90 grade point average, with no grade lower than an 87, while an 85 or better grade point average, with no grade below an 82, is needed for second honors.

Monday, November 18, 2013

A storm overnight was responsible for a power outage in Lehighton.

The outage occurred on the north side of town, from Mahoning Street.

Borough officials said a small tree branch fell on power lines at the intersection of Tenth Street and Coal Street, leaving several hundred customers temporarily without electricity.

Ss. Peter and Paul School in Lehighton canceled classes today because of the outage.

The storm occurred at about 2 a.m.

Power was reportedly restored by 5:45 a.m.

Monday, November 18, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Country Harvest Family Market in Palmerton will donate turkeys to serve 210 families in the Palmerton Area School District this Thanksgiving holiday. Pictured are clockwise Ron Anthony, CACPAC volunteer, Gary Bonser, meat manager, Country Harvest Family Market, Richard Nothstein, part-owner, Country Harvest Family Market, Chris Anthony, part-owner, Country Harvest, and Sheri Anthony, part-owner, Country Harvest.

Right about now, the spirts of many families who are less fortunate in the Palmerton Area School District have been uplifted.

They have the Country Harvest Family Market in Palmerton, along with the Christian Action Council of Palmerton Area Churches to thank for it.

The three families who own the Country Harvest Family Market have once again donated turkeys and chickens to CACPAC, a ministry of 15 Palmerton Area churches.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Lions Clubs are offering U.S. veterans a special opportunity to serve their community.

The Involve a U.S. Veteran program is a nationwide initiative sponsored by Lions Clubs International that offers qualified U.S. veterans a reduced membership fee when joining a local Lions club. The waiver is available to the first 5,000 U.S. veterans, and the program runs through June 30, 2015.