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December 2011

Second quarter run lifts Bulldogs to win

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Caleb Johnson makes a move around Lehighton's Jacen Nalesnik as he goes to the hoop.

Lehighton head coach Rich Oertner knew he had to stop Northern Lehigh's inside game if his team was going to have a shot to beat the Bulldogs in the first round of the Slatington Rotary Tournament on Tuesday night.

The Indians were able to pose some problems for the Bulldogs in the first quarter, but a 12-point run to start the second quarter and only a two-point answer from the Indians gave Northern Lehigh the push it needed for a 54-38 triumph and a spot in Wednesday night's championship game against Jim Thorpe.

Senior Spotlight: Hay

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

KELSEY HAY

(Palmerton SR, F/C)

HIGHLIGHT PACKAGE - The reigning Colonial League MVP started out the season by scoring her career 1,000th point and has been adding to her total ever since, averaging 14.50 ppg through 12-19...team's leading rebounder, she was recently selected to the Lehighton Holiday Tournament All-Tournament Team.

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM - New York Yankees

FAVORITE ATHLETE - Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury, WNBA

FAVORITE SPORT MOVIE - Coach Carter

FAVORITE FOOD - Buffalo Wings

FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL - Math

Palmerton Area High School announces honor roll

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Palmerton Area High School Honor Roll for the second marking period of the first semester of the 2011-12 school year has been announced by Ms. Kathleen A. Egan, Principal.

High Honors

(3.75-4.00+ GPA in all subjects)

SENIORS: John Achterman, Rebekah Ahner, Benjamin Andrews, Aaron Cook, Kayla Creed, Brittany Defrain, Danielle Eastgate,

Fence is damaged in Schuylkill County

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that happened between 10 p.m. Dec. 24 and 9 a.m. Dec. 27 in Deer Lake.

The victim is Stan Lechleitner of Orwigsburg.

He told police someone used a blunt object to damage a wooden fence at his property at 232 Maple Blvd. in the borough.

Panthers, Bombers win consis

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Jessica Pell tries to keep the ball away from Palmerton's Michelle Rickert during Tuesday night's consolation game at the Lady Indians Tourney.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Jessica Pell tries to keep the ball away from Palmerton's Michelle Rickert during Tuesday night's consolation game at the Lady Indians Tourney.

Panther Valley and Palmerton both picked up wins in girls basketball tournament consolation games on Tuesday night.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Palmerton-Lehighton

The Lady Bombers downed Lehighton for the second time in as many meetings, as they rolled to a 40-19 win in the consolation game of the Lady Indians Tournament.

Kelsey Hay led the way for the Bombers with 13, while teammate Jade Farquhar added eight.

Tiffany Thompson led the Tribe with seven.

PALMERTON

Senior Spotlight: Clark

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

SPORT - Boys Basketball

PLAYER - Darius Clark

SCHOOL - Jim Thorpe

Highlight package - Made the Panther Valley Tip-Tournament All-Tournament Team on the opening weekend of this season. Scored a career-high 32 points against Lehighton on Dec. 17.

Favorite sports team - New York Knicks

Favorite athlete - Carmelo Anthony

Favorite subject in school - Physics

Favorite sports movie - Space Jam

Favorite song - "The Breeze" by Wale

Favorite food - Macaroni and Cheese

Olympians hold on to beat Palmerton

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Matt Leaver has the ball knocked away by Jim Thorpe's Darius Clark as Ben Moore gets caught underneath.

For the first quarter and a half, it seemed as if neither Jim Thorpe nor Palmerton wanted to win their Slatington Rotary Tournament first-round match-up.

The Olympians picked up their play heading into halftime and opened a 15-point lead in the third quarter. Down, but not out, the Bombers fought back and drew to within one with two minutes to go. Jim Thorpe responded with a six-point spurt to pull away from Palmerton for a 54-48 victory.

Chestnuthill news

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mass schedule

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church has announced the following concerning the Mass schedule for The Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God. Mass will be held Saturday, Dec. 31, at 5 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 1, at 8 and 10:30 a.m. and at noon.

The church office will be closed on Friday, Jan. 6.

Chestnuthill PTO

The Chestnuthill School PTO is slated to meet on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

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Lehighton budget passes

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2-mill increase for fire station

Lehighton Borough Council has adopted its 2012 budget, adding a two-mill tax increase to the general fund.

The two mills will be deposited into a separate fund to be utilized for expansion of the Lehighton fire station.

The new tax rate will be 6.5 mills, up from 4.5 mills.

Nicole Beckett, borough manager, said the purpose of the two mills is to match $1.75 million the borough is receiving from a state grant to be used for the fire company project.

"The borough of Lehighton will not be funding the full construction project," Beckett told the council.

Getz expected to resign

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
File Photo Charles Getz
File Photo Charles Getz

Election 'smear campaign' upset commissioner

Carbon County Democratic Commissioner Charles Getz is expected to resign on Friday, seven weeks after being elected to a fifth term in office and just a day before the end of his fourth term.

Frank Jacobs of Nesquehoning, a member of the Executive Board of the Carbon County Democratic Committee, said on Wednesday that he learned of Getz's expected resignation by way of a telephone call late Tuesday.

Pills are stolen in Monroe burglary

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a burglary that happened between 1-8 p.m. Dec. 25 at a home in Eldred Township.

The victim is Vinceza Perez, 41, of 756 Molasses Road in the township.

She told police someone entered the home and stole pills.

Many 1-percenters in congress

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Nancy Pelosi among the richest

Next time you hear former House speaker Nancy Pelosi railing against the rich now more commonly known as "the 1%" – she should spare us the "I'm one of you" political baloney.

A report yesterday revealed that the net worth of members of Congress tripled over last 25 years.

Between 1984 and 2009, the median net worth of Congressmen rose from $280,000 to $725,000 while over that same span, the wealth of the average U.S. family slipped to $20,500 from $20,600.

Panther Valley Students of the Month

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Middle School has announced their Students of the Month for the month of November. Students were awarded a certificate and gift card in recognition for their excellence in academics and conduct. From left are, Cordell Brettle, grade six; Kelsie Kocela, grade seven; and Alissa Cruz, grade eight.

Hicks gets golf scholarship to ECU

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Jacob Hicks, the grandson of Bill and Mildred Gaddes of Lake Hauto, recently received a golf scholarship to East Carolina University.

Hicks is a senior at Alamance Christian School in North Carolina. He captured the North Carolina Christian Schools Association State Golf Championship as a sophomore.

Hicks' father is PGA Tour caddy Mike Hicks, who in the past has caddied for several high-profile golfers including Payne Steward during his dramatic U.S. Open victory in 1999. He currently caddies for Spencer Levin.

Carbon property transfers recorded

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The following transactions were recently recorded in Carbon County:

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Miroslaw Mazur to Yvonne Kapes, 31 E. Oak St., Tresckow, property at 55 Maple St., $1.

East Penn Township

Mary C. Pry to Robert L. Nansteel Sr., Collegeville, Pa., Mary C. Pry Subdivision, Lot 4, $1.

Jim Thorpe

Vantium REO Capital Markets, L.P., to Jessica L. Strubinger, 500 N. Third St., Lehighton, property at 504 Pine St., $82,800.

On this date

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

December 27, 1956

A legal battle has developed over money and property left by the late Tommy Dorsey. The entire estate has been estimated at three-quarters of a million dollars. He left no will. His wife, Jane, who was seeking to divorce Tommy at the time of his death, has asked to be appointed administratix of the estate. Tommy was married twice previously. He had two children from a previous marriage. The two children have entered objections at Probate Court in Greenwich, Conn. to the petition filed by Dorsey's third wife.

Nine defendants ordered to serve prison terms

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Nine defendants lost their freedom when Senior Judge D. Michael Stine and Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin revoked their probations and paroles after hearings in the Schuylkill County Court and remanded them to serve prison sentences.

Judge Stine ruled on the following:

Window screens cut at Weissport business

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a criminal mischief incident that happened between 4:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 10 a.m. Dec.22 in Weissport.

Police said someone went to the Educare business, 413 Bridge St., and cut window screens on windows on two of the firm's buildings, leaving the scene undetected.

Lady 'Dawgs to defend tourney title

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Rachel Harris looks for a teammate as Lehighton's Maria Magyar applies some pressure.

The Northern Lehigh girls basketball team has enjoyed immense success in recent years at the annual Lady Indians Holiday Classic.

In fact, it has been able to capture the Classic the last three seasons, with center Aimee Oertner winning the tournament MVP in each of those years.

Oertner and the Lady 'Dawgs once again showed no signs of giving up their spot as Classic champs, routing Lehighton 50-9 in the opening round of tournament play on Monday night.

Northern Lehigh attacked Lehighton right from the tip, using Oertner to dismantle the Lady Indian defense inside.

ARD probabtions revoked for five by Schuylkill judge

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The ARD (Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition) Program is a probation program offered by the district attorney's office only to first offenders who committed non-violent crimes to allow them to serve a one-year probation period to clear their names.

The district attorney is the only one who can recommend defendants be placed in this program and makes his recommendation to court. A judge's order places them in the program and sets conditions they must abide for 12 months in order to clear their criminal record.

Fake money passed in Lehigh County

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A case of counterfeit currency being passed in Lehigh County is being investigated by state police at the Fogelsville barracks.

Police said the incident was reported at 1:34 p.m. Dec. 19 by the Wal-Mart Store, Lower Macungie Township.

Police said someone purchased a Visa gift card from the store and paid for it with the counterfeit bills.

Hallowed ground

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
The elegant Veterans Memorial
The elegant Veterans Memorial at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Lebanon County.

Fallen soldiers are memorialized forever at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery

Standing tall against gunmetal gray skies, the Veterans Memorial at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, in Annville, Lebanon County, one recent Saturday welcomed a steady stream of visitors. Some came to mourn the loss of a loved one, others to explore the clean, elegant and poignant design of the largest veterans memorial in the country.

Panthers fall in overtime

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Panther Valley girls took Shenandoah Valley to the wire before falling in overtime on Monday night.

With nine seconds left, Ali Semanchick hit a open shot from underneath to lift Shenandoah Valley to a thrilling a 47-46 overtime victory over the Lady Panthers in the opening game of the Second Annual Senator James Rhoades Tournament.

Semanchick was also fouled on the play, but missed the bonus shot. Panther Valley (3-2) rebounded the miss and pushed the ball up the court. A walking violation ended any hopes it had of earning a berth in tonight's title game, however.

PMRP take man into custody

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Pocono Mountain Regional Police report they took Thomas G. Dreyfus, 20, of Baltimore, Md., into custody on Dec. 21 after police learned that he was residing in the Poconos while being wanted in Maryland.

Police said the man was residing at 2130 Rosemount Drive, Pocono Country Place. Police said they learned he was wanted in Baltimore County, Md., on charges of burglary and theft. He was taken into custody and committed to the Monroe County Correctional facility, Snydersville, where he is awaiting extradition to Maryland.

Annual ball drop all set for Little Gap

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Year's event will also celebrate the reopening of the Covered Bridge

Ring out the old year, bring in the new.

What better place to do so than at the ninth annual New Year's Eve Gala and Ball Drop in Little Gap Square at the Covered Bridge Inn?

The festivities will get under way when Covered Bridge Inn's executive chef, Jillian LeClair, creates exciting entrées prepared with the fresh farm and ocean ingredients hand selected by owner Ron Gilbert from noon until 10 p.m.

Tolls go up

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Turnpike users without E-ZPass being affected

If you don't have an E-ZPass, traveling on the Pennsylvania Turnpike is going to be more expensive beginning Jan. 1.

Effective Sunday, cash rates on the turnpike are increasing 10 percent.

There is no rate increase for people who have an E-ZPass transponder. E-ZPass users will pay about 17 percent less than cash customers.

From the Mahoning Valley exchange to the Lehigh Valley, the new rate will be $2.05 for a passenger car, up from the present rate of $1.85. The rate increases are rounded off to the nearest nickel.

The E-ZPass rate is $1.66.

Christmas fire damages Penn Forest home

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Larry Neff/special to the times news A Christmas day fire extensively damaged this home in Towamensing Trails.
Larry Neff/special to the times news A Christmas day fire extensively damaged this home in Towamensing Trails.

A fast-moving fire extensively damaged a Carbon County home Christmas day.

The fire was first reported at 2 p.m. when reports of flames shooting from a home at 618 Old Stage Road in Towamensing Trails, Penn Forest Township.

When firefighters arrived on scene flames were through the roof. Quick response and good tactical firefighting saved a major portion of the two-story wood frame single-family dwelling. Workers at the scene Monday reported the home is owned and occupied by John Hom.

Graduates from Penn State University

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Price
Price

Ryan Price, son of Jody and Lisa Price of Coaldale, graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor's degree in Accounting with a minor in Economics. Commencement exercises were held on Dec. 17. While attending Penn State, for the Spring 2011 semester, Price completed an internship with Urish Popeck in Pittsburgh.

The 2007 graduate of Martan Catholic High School has accepted a position, Master of the Accounting program, with the University of Gainseville in Florida, beginning in January.

Police are probing attempted break-in

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks are investigating an attempted burglary that happened between 8 p.m. Dec. 24 and 8 a.m. Dec. 26 at a home in Cressona.

Police said the owners of the home at 58 Schuylkill St. in the borough, Irvin Ebling, 86, and Ora Ebling, 84, told them someone broke the glass portion of the wooden basement entrance door and proceeded to unlock the door.

Police said, however, that there were no signs of entry after the door was broken.

Nothing was reported missing from the residence.

New Philly woman caught shoplifting

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

State police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks said Renee Gibas, 39, of New Philadelphia, is facing retail theft charges after she was caught shoplifting on Dec. 24 at 3:41 p.m. at Super Shoes in the Fairlane Village Mall, Pottsville.

Police said she left the store without paying for a pair of duck boots valued at $69.99.

Police said store employees witnessed Gibas placing the boots into a bag and leaving the store before they apprehended her.

Olympians get OT win over Bombers

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Palmerton point guard Jade Farquhar dribbles the ball out front as Jim Thorpe's Chasity Mosteller plays defense.

The Jim Thorpe girls' basketball team simply had enough.

The Olympians were tired of watching Palmerton walk away with a victory every time they faced each another in the Lady Indian Holiday Classic.

Monday night, Jim Thorpe finally changed that.

The Olympians gave themselves a late Christmas present by posting a 59-52 overtime victory over the Bombers.

It was a present that wasn't easy to unwrap, but it felt good once they did.