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Friday, March 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Torrential downpours don't seem to bother these ducks as they waddle their way through the Evan George Willing Memorial Park behind Boyer's Store in Tamaqua.

Friday, March 11, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Adjoining fields were flooded Thursday afternoon when waters the Lizard Creek left its banks during heavy rains.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Panther Valley school directors, already reeling from proposed drastic cuts in state education subsidies, on Thursday agreed to send letters to state legislators protesting a bill that could siphon millions of dollars in tax dollars to private schools by way of vouchers.

The board authorized Superintendent Rosemary Porembo to send the letters to state Senator David G. Argall and state Rep. Doyle Heffley asking them to oppose Senate Bill 1, the Opportunity Scholarships and Educational Improvement Tax Credit bill.

Friday, March 11, 2011

The East Carbon County Democratic Club will meet next Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at the Penn Kidder School campus, located on route 903 just past the intersection of Routes 534 and 903.

This meeting will focus on acquainting registered Democrats of Penn Forest Township with their county's elected officials and other candidates who are on theballot in May's Primary Election.

Friday, March 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured is the yard, sidewalk and steps of 410 Washington St. in Tamaqua flowing with water following the recent rainfall.

Friday, March 11, 2011
BOB MILLER/TIMES NEWS

A large portion of the stream bank that runs between Park Avenue in the Hauto Valley Estates section of Nesquehoning and railroad tracks, owned by Reading and Northern Railroad, was swept downstream with the heavy rains that hit the area Thursday. Numerous areas experienced flooding and erosion as a result of the storm.

Friday, March 11, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

County Line Road in Mahoning Township was under water later Thursday afternoon when the Mahoning Creek left its banks.

Friday, March 11, 2011
John T. McGuire

John T. McGuire has announced his candidacy for re-election to a position of Jim Thorpe Borough Councilman for a four-year term. He is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination in the May 17 Primary Election.

McGuire is the current borough council president and holds a position on the Planning Commission. He has previously held the positions of Zoning Enforcement Officer and Health Agent, as well as being a member of the Zoning Hearing Board.

Friday, March 11, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One person was injured Thursday morning when involved in a single vehicle crash along SR309, near Owl Creek Road, in Tamaqua. The crash occurred just before 11 a.m. as Michael Brunda of 105 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, was traveling south and apparently lost control of his car. The Ford Focus crossed all four lanes of the roadway entering a dirt lot and impacting with a tree, then rolled onto its roof. Brunda was transported by Tamaqua ambulance to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale. Borough police are investigating the incident. Chief Dave Mattson examines the wreckage.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Not quite yet.

Although attorney Carole Walbert was prepared to hear a ruling for her client, Mark Stemler, on the Riverwalck Saloon variance issues, the Parryville Zoning Hearing said Thursday night that they need more time before making a decision. The restaurant is located at 8 Centre Street, Parryville.

Greg Hopstock, one of the three member board, said that board members needed a little time to read over Walbert's Finding of Fact and Conclusion of Law and time to go back over Stemler's testimony before making a decision.