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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Nine of 15 persons who entered guilty pleas were sentenced to prison terms by Judge Charles M. Miller in Schuylkill County court this week.

Clarissa Nicole Ingram, 23, Pottsville, was sentenced to serve 11 1/2 to 23 months in the county prison on charges of delivery of a controlled substance and failing to furnish a drug free screen test.

She also must pay $100 to the Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), $113 to Bethlehem Regional Lab, and $50 to Pottsville Police Department Drug Task Force.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

No, you won't be forced to paint your house a certain color. Yes, you may be able to get tax breaks for restoring historic buildings. And yes, you can do whatever you please with your own property.

The Lansford Historical Society is hoping peoples' questions were answered at a meeting held Friday at the Panther Valley Public Library to further explain the organization's application to have most of the borough listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The current issue of the Reader's Digest, in a story condensed from the National Civic Review by James N. Miller, tells the story of the former Carbon County board of commissioners for having called upon the Pennsylvania Economy League for counsel in operating the county government. The story, "How to Watchdog a Town Budget," tells of how in a small town governemnt, administered by amateurs, spending is big, taxes are rising fast, and waste is often great. It also gave pointers on how the county could be run more efficiently.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pennsylvania 4-H is celebrating 100 years of helping boys and girls succeed.

The organization began in 1912 with a corn growing contest in Mercer County. Fourteen 14 boys and one girl competed against one another in that contest.

Since then Pennsylvania 4-H has been helping youth and adults learn, grow, and work together for 100 years with volunteers providing countless hours of time and 4-H members and their families making worthwhile contributions to the citizens of Pennsylvania and this nation.

Saturday, February 25, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS Billy Cyr, president and CEO of Sunny Delight Beverages Co.

Sunny Delight Beverages Co. and its President and CEO, Billy Cyr, recently received the 2012 Good Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America, Dan Beard Council.

Presented annually, this award recognizes the charitable efforts of a local business or individual for providing resources that change lives across the community.

Saturday, February 25, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Police responded to the intersection of Penn and Oak streets around 8:30 this morning after the driver of a blue Ford pickup truck struck and toppled a fire hydrant. The driver, Harold Bachert of Tamaqua, said the brake pedal of his truck was stuck. Tamaqua Borough officials responded and removed the hydrant from under Bachert's truck. No injuries were reported. Tamaqua Police Officer Matt Houser is investigating. The damaged hydrant was a dry barrel hydrant, which gets its name from the fact that water is drained or pumped from the barrel when the hydrant is not in use. Dry barrel hydrants are pressurized and drained through the workings of a main valve located in the base of the hydrant. When the main valve is opened, the barrel is pressurized. When the main valve is closed the barrel drains. The main valve is located below the normal frost line to protect the hydrant from freezing. This type of hydrant may be used almost anywhere, but is especially suited to areas where freezing weather occurs, such as Pennsylvania.

Tamaqua Police responded to the intersection of Penn and Oak streets around 8:30 Friday morning after the driver of a blue Ford pickup truck struck and toppled a fire hydrant. The driver, Harold Bachert of Tamaqua, said the brake pedal of his truck was stuck. Tamaqua Borough officials responded and removed the hydrant from under Bachert's truck. No injuries were reported. Tamaqua Police Officer Matt Houser is investigating. The damaged hydrant was a dry barrel hydrant, which gets its name from the fact that water is drained or pumped from the barrel when the hydrant is not in use.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Carbon County Navy Club will hold its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Nesquehoning VFW. Scott Reinhart will be in charge.

Election of officers will take place that day. All members are asked to attend.

Saturday, February 25, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua native Scott D. Herring of Red Oak, Texas, stands in front of an image he presented this week to Tamaqua SOS as part of the launch of the Hardcoal Chronicles 40th Anniversary, a compilation of almost 150,000 images Herring captured since 1973.

A Tamaqua native who spent four decades capturing on film the legacy of the anthracite coal region arrived in his hometown this week to announce plans for an unprecedented 40th anniversary presentation to be launched in Tamaqua.

Scott D. Herring, 52, of Red Oak, Texas, unveiled his Hardcoal Chronicles 40th Anniversary by donating one of his unique pictures to Tamaqua Save Our Station. The oversized photographic print can be seen hanging inside the dining room of the Restaurant at the Station.

Saturday, February 25, 2012
Special to the TIMES NEWS Whether your musical tastes lean towards rock 'n roll, swing, jazz or classical, it's more than likely that you've been moved by the musical diversity of master drummer and Lehighton native Denny Seiwell. Seiwell, who has played with the top performers in the U.S., is best known as the original drummer for Paul McCartney's post-Beatles band, Wings.

Whether your musical tastes lean towards rock 'n roll, swing, jazz or classical, it's more than likely that you've been moved by the musical diversity of master drummer and former Lehighton native Denny Seiwell.

Seiwell is best known as the original drummer for Paul McCartney's post-Beatles band, Wings. In 1970, after the Fab Four separated, Paul and Linda McCarney released the McCartney album. In 1971, they came to New York and interviewed studio musicians for their second Album, Ram.

Saturday, February 25, 2012
Mariann Kmetz, Palmerton - "Our job situations and our investments have improved."

How do you think the nation's economy is now, compared to when President Obama first took office?