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Friday, July 9, 2010
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The Broadway Grille & Pub opened recently at 24 Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

The Broadway Grille & Pub, Jim Thorpe's newest restaurant and bar, has finally opened its doors to the public after a six-month renovation. Located at 24 Broadway, in the heart of historic downtown Jim Thorpe, the new Broadway Grille & Pub occupies the ground floor of the landmark Inn at Jim Thorpe.

The Drury family, the inn's owners, have given the restaurant and pub a completely new facelift, infusing a hip, downtown ambience into the space's charming, authentic Victorian atmosphere.

Friday, July 9, 2010

A Tamaqua firm was one of many who submitted bids which were opened by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their work session Wednesday at the courthouse for a number of projects. The bids will be studied by committees and recommendations to make awards at a later date.

Bids for renovations to two county bridges were received from three construction companies.

Friday, July 9, 2010
Layne "The Doc" Roberts (center) enlisted the help of Nick the Nugget (right) and Theresa Schweister, Nick's hairstylist, to promote his two new signature sauces.

His voice dominates the airwaves of Carbon County.

His face can be seen on television daily.

His bobblehead is available to grace your home with its grinning visage.

And now, Penn's Peak Radio personality Layne "The Doc" Roberts can spice up your favorite dishes.

"The Doc's sauce will have you coming back for more," Roberts said.

During the July 8 edition of his "Office Party" morning show, Roberts and some special guests unveiled his two new signature sauces: Doctor's Sinfully Smokin' Barbecue and Doctor's Wicked Nectar Chipotle Pepper.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Carbon County will be completing a lighting retrofit project at three of its buildings to help conserve energy.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve a proposal submitted by GreenPointe. Energy of Allentown, the company the county hired last year to execute the electricity auction it held in January, for a comprehensive professional services plan to manage the lighting retrofit project at the 76 Susquehanna St. building; Carbon County Courthouse; and Carbon County Courthouse Annex.

The total cost of the project will be $5,260.

Friday, July 9, 2010

The Jim Thorpe Borough Council expressed an interest in reversing recent changes in downtown parking meter policy at its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday.

In the last year the meters have changed from 25 cents for a half hour minimum to a 50-cent an hour minimum.

This move has upset the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce, who view the change as unpopular among visitors. The Chamber of Commerce has requested that the meters be returned to their old format of 25 cents for a half hour.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Members of the Panther Valley Women's Club installed new officers at their recent meeting at the Viennese Villa. From the left is Sue Solt, president; Linda Miller, outgoing president; Cathy Fritzinger, vice president; Cathy Papesh, secretary; Sandy Smell, treasurer; and Geri King, corresponding secretary. The group will resume meetings in September and invites anyone from age 18 and over to join the club. They meet the fourth Monday of each month at the Viennese Villa in Coaldale.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Schuylkill County commissioners acknowledged that the county has received two state grants. The information was released during the board's work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

A grant of $425,000 comes from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to operate the HOME Program and a grant of $1,000 from the state's budget department for the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RCAP).

Other actions

Thursday, July 8, 2010

A decision to not restore an additional full-day kindergarten position at one of its elementary schools has left Palmerton Area School District in a bind.

The topic was once again the focal point of a workshop meeting of the board of school directors on Tuesday, one month after the board originally shot down the proposal.

Last month, the board on a 5-4 vote granted final adoption to the 2010-11 budget, which calls for a 3.9-percent, or, 1.64-mill, increase that raised the millage rate from 42 to 43.64 mills.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

With much of the northeast experiencing scorching temperatures, high humidity and little to no precipitation, Carbon County is among the growing number of counties that have been placed on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's drought list.

Mark Nalesnik, the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency director, released an updated drought map from DEP yesterday.

According to the composite indicator map, dated July 6, numerous counties throughout the eastern portion of the state are in a drought watch or warning. Carbon County is listed in a drought watch.

Thursday, July 8, 2010
Jim Thorpe-born Michael Bimler recently retired from a 30-year career with the Army National Guard. During a special ceremony held in his honor June 12, Bimler was given the rank of brigadier general.

As a young man growing up on the streets of Jim Thorpe, Michael Bimler yearned to see the world outside of Carbon County. He dreamed of visiting far-off places, exotic locales that he had only previously read about or seen pictures of.

As an adult, he fulfilled this wish, traveling to Eastern Europe and the Middle East. But his journeys were not undertaken solely for pleasure: he also improved the health of countless American soldiers.