Monday, January 23, 2017

January 2012

2012 Dollar Bill Presidents Day essay contest open to students

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The 2012 "Dollar Bill" Presidents Day Essay Contest" is open to all Middle and Senior High School students residing within the geographic bounds of Lehighton Area School District, including private, charter and homeschool students. The first prize of a $150 U.S. savings bond will be awarded by the Lehighton Area Republican Club, the sponsoring organization, for the best essay, according to a panel of qualified impartial judges. Also two runners-up will receive $50 savings bonds. Judging criteria include originality, accuracy and composition, but not the opinion expressed.

Lehighton police averaged 23 criminal arrests per month

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

They also gave out 58.8 traffic citations per month during 2011

The year 2011 was a busy one for the Lehighton Police Department.

A report submitted by Sergeant Joseph Lawrence showed that during 2011, there were a total of 276 criminal arrests made - an average of 23 per month.

Despite the high number, it was still a little lower than in 2010 when 320 arrests occurred.

The most arrests came for disorderly conduct (55) and harassment (40).

The police investigated 570 offenses in 2011, down from 640 offenses the previous year.

Mahoning tables request by officer to attend training

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

During their regularly scheduled meeting, Mahoning Township supervisors also acted upon the following items:

Ÿ Tabled a request for training by township officer Amie Barclay until the supervisors receive some answers to questions regarding the content of the course. Barclay would attend during her time off, but if approved would be paid straight time for attending as is the custom in the township.

Schuylkill driver facing DUI count

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Schuylkill County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 1:25 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, along SR61, just south of Garfield Ave., in Schuylkill Haven borough.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Nikki A. Dohner, 34, of Schuylkill Hvaen, was stopped for depositing waste on the roadway.

She was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was placed under arrest for DUI.

LV Soccer Scholar Athletes

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Tim Gilman/special to the times news
Tim Gilman/special to the times news

The Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete annual awards banquet was held Sunday in Fullerton. Seven nominees from the TIMES NEWS area were recognized for their soccer and academic achievements. From left, are Josh Breckenridge, Northwestern, Richard Buell, Jim Thorpe, Samson Walton, Weatherly, Kristopher Holland, Brett Snyder, Palmerton, and James M. Bilger, Northern Lehigh. Troy Schauder of Pleasant Valley was unable to attend the event.

Raiders, Wreckers both suffer losses

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tamaqua and Weatherly both dropped boys basketball contests on Monday.



Pottsville flexed its muscles and rolled to a 60-33 Schuylkill League victory over Tamaqua.

The Tide, now 17-1 on the season, were led by Brandon Bridy's 17 points.

Brett Kosciolek led the Blue Raiders (5-14) with 16 points.

Tamaqua won the JV game, 47-45.


Charges pending for McAdoo man

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A McAdoo man faces numerous counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, stemming from an early Monday morning incident in Rush Township.

Robert E. Keister, 25, was traveling on Claremont Avenue at 2:59 a.m. when officers conducted a vehicle stop.

A small amount of marijuana was discovered and Keister was transported to St. Luke's Hospital for blood tests.

Charges are pending the results of those tests.

Panther Vy. falls to NS

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's (left) Nate Mathewson lays up a shot as North Schuylkill's Brandon McCloskey defends.
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's (left) Nate Mathewson lays up a shot as North Schuylkill's Brandon McCloskey defends.

The effort was there for the Panther Valley boys' basketball team.

For 31 minutes, the Panthers gave North Schuylkill all it could handle.

In the final minute of play, however, the Spartans pulled away to deny Panther Valley's upset bid.

The 66-57 Schuylkill League loss means the Panthers now need to win three of their final four games to earn a District 11 playoff spot.

Support group

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


For dementia caregivers in and around Carbon County, there is help.

A free Alzheimer's Support Group meets 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe. The next meeting will be Feb. 1.

The group will share ideas and tips to help caregivers cope with the day-to-day stresses of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.

For more information on the support group, call Pat at (610) 392-2380 or by email at

ACS workshop

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Look Good, Feel Better

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 1-3 p.m., Feb. 13, at St. Catherine Medical Center, 101 Broad St., Ashland. The session is free and open to all local female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

Carbon County property transfers

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Deeds recorded

East Penn Township

Sheriff of Carbon County to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Fort Mill, S.C., property at 62 Sherwood Forest Drive, $1.

Cartus Financial Corporation to David S. Keck, 3237 Mahoning Mountain Road, Lehighton, property at 3237 Mahoning Mountain Road, $178,500.

Donald E. Neamand to Dennis Wayne Neamand Sr., Sunbury, Pa., property along Bake Oven Road, $1.

Franklin Township

Fay Ann Shoemaker to Kay K. Kasick, 2625 Stoney Ridge Road, Palmerton, property at 240 Fairview St., $70,000.

Dealing with a hearing loss

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Q. I think I need a hearing aid. Any recommendations?

(I've received this question from more than a few readers. It's a subject of great interest to seniors, so I'm going to write two columns on hearing aids.)

About one in three Americans over 60 suffers from loss of hearing, which can range from the inability to hear certain voices to deafness. However, only about one out of five people who would benefit from a hearing aid uses one.

Relay for Life meeting slated

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities will be meeting at the LCCC Morgan Center in Tamaqua in room 104/105 on Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. for all committee and team members. The meeting is open to all participants and anyone wishing to get involved.

Ss. Peter and Paul kicks off Catholic Schools Week with variety of celebrations

Monday, January 30, 2012
Katie Aaron and Guadalupe and Antigone Gonzalez helped with tours at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School during the open house celebration that kicked off Catholic Schools Week.
Katie Aaron and Guadalupe and Antigone Gonzalez helped with tours at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School during the open house celebration that kicked off Catholic Schools Week.

Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Lehighton, kicked off Catholic Schools Week on Sunday with a family mass in Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Principal Sherry Sernak welcomed everyone. She said that this was the time of the year when Catholic education is emphasized and celebrated.

"It is also a time for us to celebrate catholic education here at Ss. Peter and Paul School," she noted.

She said that the students did a terrific job preparing for the celebration. "I am proud and privileged to be serving as your principal."

No oil shortage here

Monday, January 30, 2012

In a scene that was a common everyday sight in America in years past, a "coal" truck makes a delivery to a home on the East side of Jim Thorpe recently. And no supertankers required.

Paterno not a cop

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dear Editor,

God knows who was wrong in the scandal. Joe, it wasn't you.

Joe Paterno wasn't a cop. Cops follow through on supposed crimes that took place at the school. Paterno related to his boss what was told to him. The bottom line is members of the board or other factions had the responsibility to check further.

Tree causes crash in Summit Hill

Monday, January 30, 2012

No injuries were reported in a one-vehicle accident in Summit Hill early Friday morning.

According to borough police, police were dispatched to East White Bear Drive at 4:44 a.m., after they received a report of a vehicle hitting a fallen tree.

Upon arrival, they found that the vehicle, driven by Dante Law, 21, of Albrightsville, was traveling west along East White Bear Drive when it struck a tree that had fallen across the road because of the rain. Neither Law, nor his three passengers were hurt in the crash.

The vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

Can we afford more bad government spending?

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dear Editor:

On Thursday evening, January 5, 2012, I attended the informational presentation by the PA Dept. of Transportation regarding the Tom McCall Bridge project. After attending the meeting I have come to the conclusion that our local and state government leaders and the hired bureaucrats are totally clueless as to the needs of our county infrastructure.

Pottsville man charged

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Pottsville man was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and identity theft after he committed a traffic violation in Summit Hill.

According to Summit Hill police, on Dec. 3, at 10:31 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle, driven by Matthew Luke Leonard, 43, of 403 W. Arch St.

An investigation re vealed that Leonard did not have a driver's license. He was also found to be under the influence of alcohol.

Leonard provided the officer with false information about his identity.

Summit Hill juvenile charged

Monday, January 30, 2012

A 13-year-old Summit Hill male was charged after school officials found him with a knife.

According to Summit Hill police, officers received a report from Panther Valley Middle School on Dec. 1, after the juvenile was found with a knife.

Charges were filed with juvenile authorities for possession of a weapon on school property.

SH woman charged with disorderly conduct

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Summit Hill woman was charged after she caused a disturbance in Summit Hill.

According to borough police, on Jan. 7, at 12:39 p.m., police received a call for a disturbance on East Fell Street.

Upon arrival, they found Marie Caruso, 48, of 129 E. Fell St., at her residence. When officers repeatedly told her to stop causing a disturbance, she did not comply.

She was charged with persistent disorderly conduct and disorderly conduct.


Monday, January 30, 2012

January 30, 2003 Northwestern clinches a berth in both the league playoffs and district playoffs by gaining a 45-32 Colonial League win over rival Northern Lehigh. The Tigers, coached by Steve Gabryluk, receive a team-high 13 points from Ryan Oxley, including a pair of three-pointers early in the fourth quarter to help his team pull away from the Bulldogs. T.J. Stellar chips in with nine points while Ryan Justice adds six. For Nolehi, Tim Ganser tallies a team-high 13 points.

Two juveniles charged

Monday, January 30, 2012

Two juveniles were charged after they stole money from the Summit Hill Borough Hall.

According to Summit Hill police, on Jan. 7, there were several youths cleaning the borough hall. During that time, a 17-year-old male from Lehighton took some money that was sitting on a desk. He was charged with theft by unlawful taking through juvenile authorities in Carbon County.

There was also a 15-year-old male from Jim Thorpe who had allegedly received some of that money. He was charged with receiving stolen property.

CSIDC installs new officers

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Carbon-Schuylkill Industrial Development Corp. installed officers for the 2012-2013 term at Parkview Inn on Thursday. Lawrence J. Marek, past president, second from left, welcomes Peter J. Radocha Jr., second from right, to his new position as president; while David Kuchta, vice president, left; and Richard E. Forgay, executive director, look on. Missing from photo are Francis X. Koomar, treasurer; and Joseph J. Velitsky, Esq., solicitor. The CSIDC is one of the oldest industrial groups in the state.

Weatherly, boys girls get wins over CMVT

Monday, January 30, 2012

Weatherly boys and girls both picked up wins as did the Lehighton and Pleasant Valley girls in non-league basketball action over the weekend.



couple of free throws by Luke Reiner gave the Wreckers a 52-51 non-league win over Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech.

Samson Walton finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Reiner added 11 points in the win. Ed Donnelly had a game-high 25 points, with five three-pointers for CMVT.


On this date

Monday, January 30, 2012

January 28, 1956

Members of the Board of Supervisors in Mahoning Township have been obliged because of the high cost of living to eliminate the post of part-time police chief. John Danyo, Beaver Run Road, held the post, now abolished, for the past three years. He is also employed by the Panther Valley Coal Company. State Police at the Lehighton barracks will handle all police work in the township. Township supervisors Chester Snyder, Lee O'Brien, and Robert Blew will hold a discussion with township residents on Feb. 6 on the matter.

'The Artist' should leave you speechless

Monday, January 30, 2012

"The Artist" is one of the front-runners for the 84th Academy Awards.

With 10 Oscar nominations, "The Artist" was second only to director Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," with 11 nominations.

Oscar nominations for "The Artist" are: motion picture, director (Michel Hazanavicius), actor (Jean Dujardin), supporting actress (Bérénice Bejo), original screenplay (Hazanavicius), score (Ludovic Bource), art direction, cinematography, costume design, and film editing

The sorry state of the union

Monday, January 30, 2012

Earlier this week, the President painted a rosy picture in his State Of The Union address. I believe that he does not recognize the reality of our current situation. Listening to his speech, I would think that America is well on the road to recovery with a vibrant economy. But when I look at the facts, our nation is still in recession. There is a ray of economic sunshine, but we have to ensure that the President and the congress do not stamp out the light before it grows into a full economic recovery.

Bombers top Tamaqua

Monday, January 30, 2012
ron gower/times news Palmerton's Kyle Ruch (23) looks toward the basket as Brett Kosciolek of Tamaqua moves in to defend. Referee Ed Wise is in the background.
ron gower/times news Palmerton's Kyle Ruch (23) looks toward the basket as Brett Kosciolek of Tamaqua moves in to defend. Referee Ed Wise is in the background.

All it took was a few words from coach Mick Stefanek to inspire the Palmerton boys' basketball team prior to its non-league match-up with Tamaqua.

As they walked on to the court for the tip-off, the Bombers' starting five, which consisted of seniors Tyler Svetik, Cody Geist, Brett Snyder, Kyle Ruch, and junior Matt Leaver, looked as if every single one of them were on a mission.

Svetik said it was the motivating words from their first year coach that pushed them to the limits in earning a 60-48 victory Saturday afternoon.

Charged with simple assault

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Summit Hill man was charged after he assaulted a woman.

According to Summit Hill police, on Jan. 7, officers received that an assault had occurred. It was discovered that the party involved was Jeffrey Tee, 22, of 50 W. Ludlow St.

He was charged with simple assault and harassment.

Justice served

Monday, January 30, 2012

Proponents of justified force, Capital punishment satisfied

Last week was an important one for those who believe in capital punishment or that persons under attack have the right to defend themselves with justified force under the law.

In a regional case, a 65-year-old man was riding his bicycle on a trail in West Reading last Wednesday when three teenage boys knocked him off his bicycle in an apparent robbery attempt. The trio, two aged 15, and the other 16, had skipped school that day and reportedly went on a crime spree, robbing two pedestrians before attacking the bicyclist.

This time, they targeted the wrong victim.