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Thursday, January 19, 2012

The 2012 class of Leadership Carbon, is inviting local nonprofits and community organizations to connect with high school students as part of an initiative to motivate high school-aged residents of the county to become more involved in their communities.

As a pilot for the program, mini-expos will be held at local high schools through which nonprofits and community organizations can interact with students, informing them about opportunities available within their organizations.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Transactions of area properties were discussed at the work session of the Schuylkill County commissioners Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Thursday, January 19, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are Brian Keich, Tamaqua Lions Club President; Sue Dolan, Tamaqua Lion; Girl Scouts Victoria Carrell, 13; Rachael Paisley, 15; Nancy Paisley, SU 310 manager; and Lauren Wall, troop leader.

Girl Scouts from Tamaqua service unit 310 collected 271 sunglasses for the Tamaqua Lions Club "Sight Night" and "OneSight" program.

This was the fourth year the scouts participated in the drive. All 20 scouts who participated in the drive earned both a certificate and a badge for collecting 10 or more glasses each. First-time collectors also received a special patch from the Tamaqua Lions Club.

Nancy Paisley, service unit manager, praised all the scouts and families who worked hard to make the drive so successful.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Larry Neff/special to the times news

West Penn Township police officer Jason Lorah examines a sport utility vehicle which rolled after encountering black ice on SR443 Tuesday evening. The crash occurred at 10:30 as a male and female were traveling east at the Mantzville road intersection. The unit swerved to the right striking an embankment before rolling several times, coming to rest on its side. The road was closed over an hour. The pair were treated at the scene by members of the Penn Mahoning ambulance and Lehighton paramedics. The West Penn Fire Company Number 1 also responded.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS December Students of the Month at Our Lady of the Angels Academy are from left, first row: Corey Rehnert, Alfred Collevechio III, Zinnia Ruch, Matthew Rehrig, and Dylan Newton. Second row: Amarynth Ruch, Courtney McCall, Isabella Blasko, and Isaac Faust.

Nine students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, were recently named "Students of the month" for December. They were selected because they exhibited the virtue of respect.

The following are quotes from each student.

Dylan Newton (kindergarten): "I am respectful to others."

Alfred Collevechio III (first grade): "I respect all my classmates and teacher. I always try to be kind to others."

Matthew Rehrig (second grade): "I listen to my teacher and show respect to my classmates."

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fire destroyed 13 row houses in Mahanoy City today. Firemen said all the residents fled to safety and there were only a few reports of minor injuries. It was reported the fire started in the basement of one of the houses on East Mahanoy Street and spread in both directions. Companies from Shenandoah, Tamaqua, Pine Township, Frackville, and Quakake joined Mahoning City firefighters in battling the blaze. Police estimated damages at $100,000.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

All Saints Episcopal Church, Second and Coal streets, Lehighton will offer a free community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19. Everyone is invited.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The state Department of Transportation has asked Weissport Council to consider allowing a section of the Lehigh Canal Park running from Weissport to Parryville to be used as a staging area during the reconstruction of the McCall Bridge.

Last week, PennDOT engineers introduced the rehabilitation plans for the bridge to local officials and residents, and the large maps were also available for the public viewing at the Franklin Township Fire Company.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Palmerton Area School District has an eye toward the future with seven teachers set to retire at the end of this school year.

To that end, the school board on Tuesday heard a presentation on staffing and programs for the 2012-13 school year from Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction, and Deb Demyanovich, director of human resources.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A pair of civil suits in Carbon County Court over Summit Hill's building project appears to have been settled without a trial.

Records indicate that settlement was reached in the two cases – Hoch Mechanical Inc. of Allentown vs. Summit Hill Borough and Borough of Summit Hill vs. Western Surety Company and Hoch Mechanical Inc.

No details of the settlement were attached to documents in the office of the Carbon County Prothonotary. The parties have until Feb. 4 to work out the details. In an out-of-court settlement, sometimes the terms aren't disclosed.