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Thursday, July 10, 2014
Towamensing Township supervisors presented certificates to Girl Scouts of Troops 3580 and 3127 for helping the township and  veterans. Kasey Grosse led the collection with help from members of the troops. The girls collected supplies for the soldiers of the 109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment in support of Iraqi Freedom. From left are, Lucy Taylor; Lindsay Fronheiser; Kasey Grosse; Supervisor Penny Kleintop, who presented the certificates; and Ashley Mosier.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Carbon County currently has 189 inmates housed in its prison.

Of that total, only four inmates currently have full-time jobs through the work release program.

On Wednesday, Frank Shubeck, the prison's work release/treatment director, told the county prison board that current employment trends may be the reason more inmates who are eligible for work release have not had luck finding full-time employment while serving their sentence.

"The numbers are down right now," he said, adding that he is in the process of calling area businesses to see if they are hiring.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
DONALD SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Schuylkill County bridge 42, on Orchard Road in Rush Township, is due for repairs.

Schuylkill Countycommissioners on Wednesday agreed to seek bidsto fix county bridge 42,on Orchard Road overPine Creek in Rush Township.

The work includes removing a parapet joint. Water had been leaking onto it, causing it to deteriorate.

The job also involves what is called scour repair, fixing areas of the base where moving water has begun to cause erosion.

The repair will include placing large rocks at the base to divert the flow. Also, the road over the bridge will be resurfaced.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Terry Ahner/Times News Lower Towamensing Township is considering applying for a $35,000 grant that could be used to buy benches and mulch for Aquashicola Playground.

Lower Towamensing Township could apply for a grant to spruce up one of its playgrounds.

While no formalaction was taken, thetownship's board of supervisors on Tuesday discussed the Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program.

Supervisors Chairman Brent Green said the township could apply for a $35,000 grant that, if received, would be used to buy benches and mulch for the Aquashicola Playground.The grant may be used on projects that involve development, rehabilitation and improvements to public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails and river conservation.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Crews were on the scene of a raging barn fire Wednesday night in West Penn Township.

The barn is located off Snowdrift Road.

Firefighters from Carbon and Schuylkill counties were on scene.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

SMITHFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms packing strong winds swept through a number of Eastern states, killing five people, destroying or damaging numerous houses and leaving nearly 200,000 without power Wednesday, officials said.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Great food. Great rides. Great entertainment, oh my. All of this and more will be reasons for packing up the whole family to visit the West End Volunteer Fire Company Carnival, today through Saturday, on Route 715, Brodheadsville.

At 7 p.m. today, the carnival will feature a talent show.

At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Country On Purpose will entertain.

Steel Creek will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Be sure to stay for the fireworks later in the evening.

On Saturday, come out and be a star with karaoke with Leigh Lombardo Cole. There will also be a cake walk.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Beltzville State Park has closed its beach again, effective today, because of high bacteria levels taken on a July 7 sample.

As a precaution, the beach will stay closed until acceptable water samples are received.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has posted signs at the beach. Other activities such as boating, fishing, picnicking and hiking will proceed as usual.

This is the fourth time in recent weeks that the park has prohibited swimming.

 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Miller-Keystone Blood drive will take place from 3:30 to 6 p.m. July 17 in The Summit parking lot at the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital campus in Lehighton.

There are 22 time slots available for donors to choose from. The goal of the drive is to collect 14 units of blood.

Donors must be at least 110 pounds, be in good health and be over 18 years of age.

To donate, call Denise Kennedy at 610-377-7350.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A total of five defendants entered guilty pleas in pending driving under the influence cases on Tuesday in Carbon County court before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Those who pleaded included: