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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Weissport Recreation Committee will host its next yard sale on May 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Weissport park. Vendor spaces are available by calling Tammy Solt at 610-377-4147. Refreshments available.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A controversial school building project is being debated now in the Lehighton Area School District.

As a result, more people are coming out for board meetings.

The attendance has been so high that all the seats in the administration building board room are filling quickly and the standing-room-only crowd gets uncomfortably squeezed to the back of the room and into the lobby.

This past Monday night more than 30 dedicated residents stood in the lobby for the two-hour meeting.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Schuylkill County company will repair a historic covered bridge in the tiny community of Rock.

County commissioners on Wednesday awarded the job to Deblin Inc., of Mechanicsburg, which submitted the lowest bid for the project, $936,544.

The project was bid through the state Department of Transportation's Engineering and Construction Management program and verified by PennDOT.

The construction costs will be paid by reimbursement through PennDOT by a National Historic Covered Bridge grant.

The Rock bridge is one of two in the county.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The men who police said forced themselves into an occupied home in Lansford, only to be met by a retired man who was armed with a handgun, waived their scheduled preliminary hearings Wednesday.

Charges against Joseph R. Becker, 31, of Coaldale, and Brian Kehl, 30, of Summit Hill, were bound over to Carbon County Court by District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

Both were charged by Lansford police officer Jason A. Helmer with felony counts of robbery and criminal trespass.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday agreed to seek bids for a stormwater drainage improvement project in Coaldale.

The project would improve drainage along East Phillips Street in the borough.

A total of $44,800 in Community Development Block Grant money is allocated for the project, said county grant writer Gary Bender.

Bids are due in the county Controller's office by April 14, and will be opened on April 16.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Kindergarten registration in the Panther Valley School District will take place April 22, 23, and 24, between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., at the elementary school, 1 N. Mermon Ave., Nesquehoning.

For a child to be registered for kindergarten, the parent must call Panther Valley Elementary School and make an appointment. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS The Claddagh Keepers recently held its second annual St. Patrick's Day fundraiser for the Carbon County Animal Shelter and Friends of Animals. Pictured are, front, from left, Tara Anders, Tara Willingham, Lynn Shupp, Derrick Drey and Cindy Gasper; and back, Tina Ahner, Tim Lorah, Mel Klotz, Heather Ahner, Kimberly Ault, Kayla Everett, Barry Hahn and Lorraine Paules.

Members of the Claddagh Keepers Giving Circle of Friends recently went green.

The group recently held its second annual St. Patrick's Day fundraiser for the Carbon County Animal Shelter and Friends of Animals.

Various items, from dog and cat food, to cleaning supplies, were donated as part of the event held at the West End Saloon in Palmerton, according to Lynn Shupp, a member of the organization.

"It was a packed house; a huge success," Shupp said. "(There are) a lot of people out there who care for animals in distress."

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mahoning Township Police Department is seeking help in identifying the man and woman show in the surveillance photo. Police believe they are responsible for the theft of a Samsung tablet that was stolen on Oct. 25, 2013. The woman was seen driving the vehicle on right. Anyone with information is asked to contact Mahoning Township Police at 570-386-2241.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

As the Carbon-Tamaqua American Cancer Society Telethon' telethon celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, it's important to look at all the services offered.

Through the American Cancer Society Clinical Trials Matching Service, the ACS connects patients with more than 64,000 different treatment options. They also offer an online support community for cancer survivors and caregivers that has brought together more than 93,000 people since 2000.

Thursday, March 27, 2014
David McKeown/The Republican-Herald

Firefighters work to gain control of a fire at 734 Schuylkill Ave., Pottsville, on Wednesday evening. A structure fire was called in to the Schuylkill County Communications Center at about 8:30 p.m. with reports of flames visible from the street. Four rowhomes at 732, 734, 736 and 738 Schuylkill Ave. were affected. Pottsville fire Chief Todd March said that no one was injured and three of the buildings could be vacant.