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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Firefighters pull hoses while on the scene of a house fire on Pleasant Row in Tamaqua.

All four fire companies in Tamaqua and area communities quickly surrounded a two-home duplex located at 308-310 Railroad St., (Pleasant Row), yesterday about 10:30 a.m., as smoke emanated from the back side of the three-story structure.

Responding with Tamaqua units were fire units from Lansford and Summit Hill.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The winter storm watch that the National Weather Service issued yesterday morning for the local area has been downgraded to a "winter weather advisory."

A storm watch is a prelude to a storm warning, during which six or more inches of snow are anticipated.

The weather advisory indicates that forecasters feel fewer than six inches of snow will fall this evening.

The heaviest snow is expected between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m.

A winter storm warning – six inches or more of snow – is still in effect in southern Lehigh County with the boundary being just south of New Tripoli.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A 49-year-old Lansford Marine veteran who died Saturday after spending the night in a car in near-zero temperatures died of hypothermia, with alcohol consumption as a contributing factor, Schuylkill County coroner Joseph Lipsett said Tuesday.

The manner in which Alan J. Kurtz, of 322 W. Front St., died is being considered accidental, he said, pending the results of an investigation by Lansford Detective Jack Soberick and the Carbon County District Attorney's Office.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Carbon Career and Technical Institute student Randy Pastor (left) and Palmerton Area High School junior Cody Everitt (right) proudly display the various customer service certifications they recently earned. Pastor and Everitt were among the 10 students from the district to earn the certifications.

A group of Palmerton Area School District students have achieved various customer service certifications.

The school board heard on Monday from instructor Joseph Farkas, who said this year's block 4 class achieved 100-percent customer service certification.

Farkas then introduced Carbon Career and Technical Institute student Randy Pastor and high school junior Cody Everitt.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Sean Maloney, center, was awarded the Eagle Scout Award during an Eagle Scout Court of Awards program on Sunday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lehighton. He is flanked by his parents, Thomas and Susan Maloney.

Sean P. Maloney, 17, a member of Boy Scout Troop 82, Lehighton, recently achieved the highest rank in scouting, the Eagle Scout Award.

Maloney completed the requirements for his Eagle Scout award and was examined by Minsi Trails Council's Board of Review in October. He was presented his award at the Eagle Court of Honor ceremony on Saturday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lehighton.

Duane Reichard, Troop 82 Committee Chairman, presided over the event. Jim Henderson officially convened the Court of Honor.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Known for his strong stance on government reform, state Sen. John Yudichak today applauded Gov. Tom Corbett's plan for government reform in Pennsylvania.

"If Pennsylvania government is to be effective, changes must be made to how we conduct business," Yudichak said. "I am pleased that Gov. Corbett has made government reform a top priority and I look forward to working with him and his administration to achieve these goals."

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Council president Mike Grant relayed information to other council members to reinforce his request to put winter road materials under cover.

Grant said that normally the borough tries to cover cinders under a tarp, but that it rained on them and froze, making workers spend at least an hour chipping them apart before they could be used. Grant said he wanted a solution for long term storage. He said the borough doesn't have access to material which are frozen.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A 49-year-old Lansford Marine veteran who died Saturday after spending the night in a car in near-zero temperatures died of hypothermia, with alcohol consumption as a contributing factor, Schuylkill County coroner Joseph Lipsett said Tuesday.

The manner in which Alan J. Kurtz, of 322 W. Front St., died is being considered accidental, he said, pending the results of an investigation by Lansford Detective Jack Soberick and the Carbon County District Attorney's Office.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A fresh coat of white snow coats the Middle and South Ward of Tamaqua as view this morning from the 16th floor of the Tamaqua ABC Hi-Rise building.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Twelve persons in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas Tuesday before Carbon County Judge Steven R. Serfass. Many of the cases involved driving under the influence (DUI) charges.

Serfass accepted the pleas from the following:

Thomas Charles Witter, 35, of Weatherly, pleaded to one count each of DUI and driving while under suspension-DUI related.

Witter was arrested on Jan. 28, 2010, along Ridge St., in Lansford. Given a test, the result was .21BAC.