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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

In celebration and recognition of Veteran's Day, Schuylkill Health will host an appreciation breakfast on Saturday, November 12, in the Wall Auditorium, (3rd Floor) Schuylkill Medical Center East Norwegian Street, 700 East Norwegian Street, Pottsville.

Hot breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 9 a.m.. to Schuylkill County Veterans and current members of the U.S. Military.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Lou Seibert drives the lead tractor at the Old Fashioned Hay Ride and Fall Fest held Sunday at the Lehigh Canal Park at Weissport. Approximately 700 people took a hay ride.

Nearly 700 people enjoyed a hayride along the historic Lehigh Canal towpath at Weissport on Sunday. The Old Fashioned Hay Ride and Fall Fest was the first official event of the Beltzville Lions Club.

With perfect weather and beautiful scenery along the towpath, the event brought a great review from those attending the event.

Along with the hayrides, were children's activities by Dean Gombert and family, plus Troxell's Pumpkin Patch and All American Kettle Corn shared the day with the Lions Club.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The large, wooden, octagonal structure next to the basketball courts at the Lehighton Community Grove probably won't be moved any time soon.

Last night, a two-member committee was appointed by Lehighton Borough Council to determine the future of that structure, which had at one time been a judging stand for race horsing at the former Carbon County Fair that was held for over a century in Lehighton.

Borough manager Nicole Beckett told the council she needed guidance regarding what to do about the stand.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The drainage of the Upper Dam of the Owl Creek Reservoir has exposed fish hatcheries placed there by volunteer groups many years ago. Temporary drainage of the dam is being done to replace the dam. Owl Creek served one of Tamaqua's first reservoirs. Tamaqua's other reservoir, Rabbit Run Reservoir, was the first. The supply piping running from Rabbit Run to Tamaqua can still be found downstream of the reservoir along the creek. Rabbit Run Reservoir is no longer used as a water supply, but a fish hatchery is still located near the reservoir and it is stocked with trout and open to fishing.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

On Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Coaldale Mayor Richard Corkery has backed out of his stipulation to plead guilty to 28 counts of downloading child pornography and now wants to go to trial.

Corkery, 72, of 249 Early Ave., through his attorney, Nicholas Quinn, of Pottsville, filed a motion to vacate the stipulation he filed with the Carbon County's District Attorney's office.

The motion was not opposed by the DA's office and was granted on Oct. 18 by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Tamaqua man was among 12 defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced by Judge Charles M. MIller in Schuylkill County court as follows:

Trent Jason Jacoby, 31, of 144 1/2 Spruce St., on a driving under the influenc (DUI) of alcohol charge was sentenced to serve 90 days to five years in the county prison beginning Monday, Oct. 24, at 9 a.m., pay a fine of $1,500, pay $300 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), $50 to Catastrophe fund, and attend alcohol highway safe driving school.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

From a fall resulting in a dislocated shoulder, to an open flame resulting in second degree burns, each year the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission receives reports of injuries involving Halloween-related costumes, décor, and lighting. These incidents are preventable.

A three-step safety check at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12018.pdf, can ensure that your fright night fun is not haunted by Halloween injuries

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Problems with two bridges in Lehighton are a concern for the borough council, but just as worrisome is a detour that some trucks have been taking.

Both the Ninth Street Bridge, between Bridge Street and Route 443, and the Bridge Street bridge over Mahoning Creek are being evaluated for potential weaknesses.

As a result, some tractor trailers have been making a detour onto Bridge Street. The street is narrow, goes through residential neighborhoods, and includes a steep hill that has a dangerous intersection on Route 209.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Lt. David Midas of the Carbon County Sheriff's Department, center; asks Zachary Wilusz, left; and Madison Brown to hold the spider web as he shows Franklin Elementary students how easy it is to get stuck on drugs.

Students at Franklin Elementary School in Lehighton and St. Joseph's Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe know how to say no to drugs.