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Monday, February 14, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Northampton County dwelling was extensively damaged in an early morning fire Sunday along SR248. The fire was reported at 4555 Lehigh Drive at 6:30 a.m. with heavy fire and smoke shooting from the two story single family wood dwelling. Fire companies from Northampton, Lehigh and Carbon counties responded to the scene. It was not known who if anyone occupied the residence.

Monday, February 14, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Paddlers demonstrate a traditional method of ocean rescue of overturned traditional Greenland kayaks at the Lehigh Valley Kayak & Canoe Club Paddle Fest 2011. Each paddler is wearing a tunic-style combination sprayskirt and paddling jacket that seals as a unit to the circular cowling of the wooden craft.

Monday, February 14, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Pictured are the 15 Palmerton Area High School students who were recently inducted into the National Honor Society.

A group of Palmerton Area High School students have taken their rightful place among the elite.

When all was said and done, 15 students were recently ushered into the prestigious National Honor Society.

The high school's induction got under way in the auditorium with a warm welcome by Michelle Muffley, NHS adviser.

Lyndsey Heinrich, who served as Master of Ceremonies and is president of the NHS, followed with the introduction of the student speakers, Muffley said.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) would like to remind motorists to call 1 (800) FIX-ROAD (1 (800) 349-7623) to report the location of potholes on state roads.

Monday, February 14, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Jim Everett, center, and his wife, Jan, right, share a toast marking the first anniversary of the reopening of Country Junction in Forest Inn. Looking on is Kelly Rodriguez, left, hospitality manager.

Jim and Jan Everett, owners of Country Junction in Forest Inn, got their most memorable Valentine on Friday.

That's when employees honored them at a luncheon for the first anniversary of the reopening of a permanent store along Route 209.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Driving under the influence (DUI) charges took up most of the docket last week in the court of District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua. One defendant failed to show for his preliminary hearing, with the charges bound over for court anyway.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The first day for political candidates to file nominating petitions to have their names on the ballot for the Primary Election on May 17 is Tuesday, Feb. 15, with a number of candidates already announcing their intentions.

In Schuylkill County this year will be the Municipal Election with posts to be filled in the county courthouse, boroughs, townships, school districts and district justice seats.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Carbon County is gearing up for summer with its new camp store at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to enter into a concession lease agreement with Robert E. Brown of Jim Thorpe. Brown, who currently operates the concession stand at the lake, will now also operate the new camp store that the county built last year. The lease agreement shall be from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2014 and will automatically renew after that.

Saturday, February 12, 2011
Pictured are then and now pictures of the White Diner located at 548 West Penn Pike, SR-309, in South Tamaqua. The older photo shown was estimated to have been taken around 1949 when it was called Jake's Diner, A dining room now sits where a detached gas station once stood, as seen in the photo. ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured are then and now pictures of the White Diner located at 548 West Penn Pike, SR-309, in South Tamaqua. The older photo shown was estimated to be taken around 1949 when it was called Jake's Diner, A dining room now sits where a detached gas station once stood, as seen in the photo.

Saturday, February 12, 2011
Steve Takacs, Palmerton - "I'm going to do my exercises."

Now that there's no more football on the tube for six months, what are you going to do to occupy your time?