Friday, July 3, 2015

Local News

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Blue Shamrock Golf Club will celebrate the golf course's 100th anniversary Friday through Sunday.

The event will begin with special food and drink specials at 4:40 p.m. and entertainment by Becky & The Beast from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Saturday will feature beverage and food specials, a golf outing at 2 p.m., and a buffet open to the public, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday will include a pig roast at 6:30 p.m., entertainment by "The Rogue Diplomats," and a full display of fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 2, 2015
DYLAN MESSERSCHMIDT/TIMES NEWS Blue Shamrock Golf Club's new driving range opened this spring.

The Blue Shamrock Golf Club, formerly Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton, is getting ready to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the facility this weekend.

The public course offers its rich history along with a plethora of new changes for golfers of the area.

The course was founded on April 16, 1915, as BRCC.

That year, the nine-hole course was laid out and opened for play in the third week of July.

Thursday, July 2, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Workers hose mud from walkways of the Howard D. Buehler Memorial Pool at Tamaqua Bungalow Park early Wednesday. The pool had been cleaned by Wednesday night and workers began filling it.

Cleaning and repair work began Wednesday at daybreak in Tamaqua after storms dumped 4.1 inches of rain in a matter of hours on Tuesday, according to AccuWeather.

Weather reports indicated storms stalled over eastern Schuylkill County.

Borough crews, lifeguards and others converged on the Tamaqua Bungalow Park to begin cleanup at the main pool and children's pool.

The community park grounds were turned into a large, muddy lake after mountain streams and runoff filled the park with an estimated 400,000 gallons of mud.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Ÿ The Blue Ridge Country Club was established in 1915. From there, a farmhouse was rented, and the first nine holes were laid out as the club started with 52 active members.

Ÿ In 1928, the club purchased 138 acres of land from the Palmer Land Company.

Ÿ In 1958, the club purchased 169 acres from the New Jersey Zinc Company.

Ÿ Around 1957-58, the old farmhouse was renovated, which served as the main part of the club until 2003.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

With the sale of the county nursing home, Rest Haven, growing closer to finalization, Schuylkill commissioners approved addenda to contracts with service providers through Sept. 1.

That's when the sale of Rest Haven to Investment 360 of Lakewood, New Jersey, is expected to be finalized.

The county last month signed a letter of intent to sell the home to the firm for $10.9 million. The county is selling Rest Haven because the county had to continually use money from its general fund to help the home make ends meet.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Five defendants entered guilty pleas to driving under the influence charges on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Judge Steve R. Serfass accepted pleas from the following:

Jeffrey Aaron Moyer, 31, of Parryville, was arrested on Feb. 4, 2014, along Route 248 at Parryville by state police at Lehighton. A test showed the presence of a controlled substance

He also pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance. During the stop troopers found three bags of heroin in the vehicle.

Sentencing was deferred so Moyer could obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Tamaqua Area Middle School Principal Chris Czapla announced the middle school Students of the Month for May. From left: Tyler Hazlett, sixth grade; Hailey Toth, sixth grade; Logan Hartney, seventh grade; Jacob Rudy, eighth grade; Hannah Kistler, eighth grade; and Oliver Kressley, seventh grade.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Moments after his police cruiser slammed into a Toyota Yaris on Route 209 between Nesquehoning and Jim Thorpe on May 12, 2014, part-time Nesquehoning patrolman Steven Homanko issued a prediction to his fellow cop, Timothy Wuttke, at the scene.

"I'm afraid when I get to the hospital, I'm going to be arrested," Homanko said, according to Cpl. Shawn Noonan of the state police.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Our area saw the worst of a storm that dumped 3.23 inches of rain on Lehighton and 4.1 inches in Tamaqua, according to AccuWeather.

"That was a very impressive storm that rolled through," Tom Kines, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, said. "There was visible rotation spotted on the radar that could have been tornadoes, but no confirmation."

Several funnel clouds were reported just above Allentown.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

First, Phillip G. Moeller explained away the grievous injuries of 4-year-old Tanner Geiger by telling police he was watching television when he heard a "thud" from the boy's room upstairs. When he went to check, Tanner "had a glazed look," Moeller told police.

Then, his story changed. This time, he was playing with Tanner, "log rolling" him onto the bed from his arms, when the child hit his head on the footboard and became unresponsive.