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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Christine Lurk holding photographs of Amelia Earhart is dressed like the aviatrix wearing jodhpurs pants and a leather helmet with Gosport communication ports, during 1940s event at the Eckley Miners Village. These ports fit over the ears of cadet pilots so the instructor sitting in the rear seat could communicate with them over the sound of the engine.AL ZAGOFSKY/ SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Enjoying themselves at the Schuylkill Fair, Courtney, 11, tries for a gold fish with family member Sherie Linkhorst of Tamaqua.

Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George D. Greig kicked off the 30th year of the Schuylkill County Fair during a ribbon cutting anniversary celebration held yesterday afternoon at the fairgrounds in Summit Station.

"Why Schuylkill County? Why not? Every fair is unique," said Greig, who said this was his first visit to the Schuylkill County Fair. "I see so much pride here in Schuylkill County."

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will eliminate 28 jobs, laying off 15 full-time employees and one part-time worker, and not filling another 13 vacant positions.

Hospital spokeswoman Lisa Johnson on Tuesday said that another seven employees will have their hours cut, some by a few hours. Others will go from full-time to part-time.

All departments and levels have been affected in one way or another, she said.

"One department may have had a vacant position not filled, another may have a person laid off, or hours reduced."

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Zion UCC, 2nd and Iron Streets in Lehighton will be hosting its fourth annual summer Music Academy on Sunday, August 4, through Thursday August 8 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

This free program is offered to any school aged child grades K-12 and to younger children accompanied by a parent.

The program offers multiple choices for the participants. They can participate in one or all of the offered stations.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Four area residents were among 26 people who were admitted by President Judge Willliam E. Baldwin in the Accelerated Rehabilatative Disposition (ARD) probation program at a hearing held in Schuylkill County court.

The program is reserved for first offenders to non-violent crimes to allow them to serve a probation period to clear their record.

All were placed in the program for a year, unless otherwise noted:

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

There will be representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and Congressman Lou Barletta available for appointments this week in Lehighton and Albrightsville.

Senator Toomey will have a representative available at the Lehighton office Wed. July 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are being taken for this visit; please contact the office at (610) 377-6363.

Congressman Barletta will have a representative in the Albrightsville office Thurs. Aug.1, from 2 to 4 p.m. An appointment can be scheduled by calling (570) 722-8700.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Emergency crews were called to the 100 block of Mush Dahl Road around 10 a.m. yesterday in West Penn Township for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle. The rider, Howard Boyer Jr. of Tamaqua, was driving a 1995 Kawasaki, owned by Diane Smith of Tamaqua, and was taken via ambulance to Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital in Lehighton for unknown issues. Police report that Boyer was traveling north on Mush Dahl Road when a 2003 Volvo, driven by Anthony Bubary Jr. of New Ringgold, allegedly pulled into the path of Boyer.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a county prison term on Monday after pleading guilty to terroristic threats.

He was one of 17 defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Lehighton incident

Steven Walck Jr., 28, of Lansford, was sentenced to serve nine to one day less 24 months in prison on the threats count. He also pleaded to one count of harassment and was placed on probation for a year, consecutive to the threats charge.

Walck was arrested by Lehighton police for an incident on April 30 at 230 N. Third St.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Carbon County Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct a Patriot's Day (9/11) memorial service on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 8:40 a.m. in the Josiah White Park, Jim Thorpe.

All emergency services personnel, including fire, police and ambulance; veterans organizations; and the public are invited to attend.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Since the end of the 2012-2013 school year in June, Lehighton Area School District has been working on long-term projects at two of its elementary schools East Penn and Mahoning. As soon as the school year was over, the staff removed everything from each room, color-coded it all, and stored it in the respective all-purpose room of each school. Once everything was safely stored away, the asbestos abatement projects began. Everything is expected to be back in order for the first day of school for LASD students on Tuesday, Sept. 3 the day after Labor Day.

The new school year is right around the corner and the Lehighton Area School District is almost ready for the new year.

Since the end of the 2012-2013 school year in June, LASD has been working on long-term projects at two of its elementary schools East Penn and Mahoning.

The East Penn Elementary School project will include a new ground-source geothermal HVAC system, installation of energy efficient lighting, and building thermal envelope upgrades. The project is anticipated to reduce energy consumption by 1,131,270 kBTU annually.