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Thursday, May 15, 2014

West End Volunteer Fire Company, located on Route 715 in Brodheadsville, will host its annual gun show Sunday. Doors open at 9 a.m.

Breakfast and lunch will be available. The National Rifle Association will be on hand.

Admission is charged for adults. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.

Proceeds benefit the fire company.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday chose a Slatington company to make stormwater drainage improvements to a Coaldale street.

With Commissioner George F. Halcovage absent, Commissioner Gary J. Hess and Chairman Frank J. Staudenmeier awarded the $33,682.50 contract to Dirt Work Solutions for the project along Phillips Street.

Dirt Works was the lowest of five bidders for the job, which is a 2012 Community Development Block Grant project.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Pleasant Valley School District approved the 2014-2015 proposed final budget at the May 8 school board meeting.

As it stands now, taxpayers would see a 4.234-mill increase or a 2.9 percent increase in their tax bill at a millage rate of 150.250 mills.

That's down 2.3 percent from the preliminary proposed budget in January which was at a 5.2 percent increase, due mostly to cuts in staffing.

The 2.9 percent increase would mean the average tax bill will be $3,130 and the average increase will be $88, based on a home with an average assessed value of $20,830.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Dickson

Courtney Dickson, daughter of Gaylon and Melanie Dickson, Weatherly, has been named Senior of the Month for April at Weatherly Area High School.

Courtney is the captain of the girls' soccer team, as well as a member of SPARC, the yearbook club, and Weatherly Area High School's chapter of the National Honor Society.

Courtney is enrolled in dual enrollment and AP classes at the high school.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Lehighton Area Middle School will present it's annual concert and art exhibition on Tuesday. The 20th annual Spring Art Exhibition will begin at 6 p.m. while the Spring Choral Concert will begin at 7 p.m.

Fifth through 8th-grade art classes will present their art work. Projects that were created this year include ceramics, 3-D construction, printing, drawings and mixed media works in a juried art display with awards given.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Titus

Garret Titus, son of Kyle and Allyson Titus, Weatherly, has been named Senior of the Month for May at Weatherly Area High School.

Garret is the high school senior representative to the Weatherly Area School Board. He serves as president of the Skiing and Snowboarding club, and is a member of the golf team, the varsity baseball team, the high school marching and concert bands, and SPARC. He is a four-year letter winner in golf.

In the community, Garret is an active member of St. Matthew's UCC Church. He is employed by Giant Food Stores in Hazleton.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS This Reading, Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad train pulling 100 cars became unhitched Wednesday morning in Tamaqua, blocking key intersections and bringing all traffic to a halt.

A train pulling 100 cars became uncoupled Wednesday morning in downtown Tamaqua, blocking intersections and bringing traffic to a prolonged halt on two main arteries and side streets.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE Times News

"I just crashed. I just crashed ... I need medics."

Those words from part-time Nesquehoning Police officer Steven Homanko came over the scanner at 6:22 Monday night after he lost control of his cruiser along Route 209 between Nesquehoning and Jim Thorpe and collided with an oncoming vehicle carrying a Pleasant Valley Elementary School teacher and his wife.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Forget about their students not making it to graduation. Now colleges have to wonder whether their speakers will.

From former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the head of the International Monetary Fund and the ex-chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, the list of commencement speakers backing out following student and faculty protests continues to grow.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

A Polk Township man died as a result of a fire at his residence in Polk Township Tuesday evening.

William Berry, 69, of 1287 Mountain Road, was pronounced dead at the scene by Monroe County Coroner Robert Allen. His wife was admitted to Palmerton Hospital.

Her first name, her condition, and the extent of her injuries are not known.

Allen pronounced Berry dead at 9:51 p.m.

Allen said the cause of death is smoke inhalation.

A granddaughter, Kolonni Dennis, helped her grandmother out of the house.

Several cats and dogs were rescued.