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May 2012

Schuylkill crash

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Luzerne County teen driver escaped injury after her car left a Schuylkill County road and crashed head-on into a tree.

State police at Frackville said Nicole M. Prokop, 19, of Conyngham, was operating a 2000 Saturn SC2 southbound on Silverbrook Road, in Kline Township, about 1:10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, when she said she looked down at the radio while negotiating a right hand curve.

The car left the road and struck the tree. Troopes said Prokop was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

West Penn churches hold Memorial Service

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Boy Scout Allan Knowlan, 8, receives flowers from Marlin "Bubby" Tyson, Assistant Scoutmaster, while girl and boy scouts place flowers on veterans graves during the service.
Boy Scout Allan Knowlan, 8, receives flowers from Marlin "Bubby" Tyson, Assistant Scoutmaster, while girl and boy scouts place flowers on veterans graves during the service.

Tamaqua news

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. met May 22 at the Ryan Township Fire Company with 44 members in attendance. Two new members, Joseph St. Ong and George Carvel were welcomed.

Chaplain Kathleen Valentine offered an invocation. Reports were offered by Vice President Rhoda Purnell and treasurer Shirley Becker, who also offered inspirational readings. Upcoming events include an election of officers on June 12 and the annual picnic, at St. Peter's UCC Grove, on July 24.

Checkpoint results are released

Thursday, May 31, 2012

State police at Lehighton released the results of a sobriety checkpoint conducted during the period of May 26-27.

The checkpoint results included seven drivers arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. Also, 12 motorists were drinking but released after passing standardized field sobriety tests. There were 50 traffic citations issued

Troopers also reported one of the DUI arrests resulted in a further charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance after 160 bags of heroin were recovered.

6 Tamaqua students honored

Thursday, May 31, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Six Tamaqua Area High School students were recognized at the 29th Annual Schuylkill County Academic Achievement Awards. The event was held at the Pottsville Club and was sponsored by Schuylkill IU#29 and all county school districts. The students were recognized for their academic excellence, achievement and accomplishments, as determined by their school district. In attendance were: TAHS Principal Stephen Toth, Dana Ansbach, Kelsey Patrick, Anthony Iacoviello, Jacqueline McMullen and Suzanne Arner.

Polk Township news

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Historical society

The Polk Township Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 4 at the Polk Township Municipal Building.

Happy Birthday wishes

Happy Birthday to Cindy Faust who will celebrate her day on June 3

Congratulations

Congratulations to Katie Arace who will be confirmed at St. Matthew's Church in Kunkletown on Sunday, June 3.

Tamaqua physicals

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tamaqua has announced its schedule for Junior and Senior High School sports physicals. All sports for the 2012-13 school year will receive their physicals at this time.

Tuesday, June 12

(all sports)

8-9:30 a.m. - grades 7 and 8

9:30-11:30 - grades 9-10

Wendesday, July 11

(all sports)

8-9:30 - grades 11-12

9:30-11:30 - make up physicals

Notes

* A student-athlete may attend during another time frame, but is encouraged to attend during their scheduled time.

INDIANS: great season comes to end

Thursday, May 31, 2012

ALLENTOWN – Following his team's ten-run loss to Pleasant Valley back on April 16th, Lehighton manager Brian Polaha wasn't shy about expressing his displeasure with his players and their recent play.

Despite being 9-2 at the time, Polaha felt as if his team's sub-par defensive play did not match their above-average record.

"Our record is a lot better than we are," Polaha said at the time. "A 9-1 team should not play like this. Yeah, sometimes a hard hit ball will get booted. Even good teams make mistakes. But there is no excuse for the amount of errors we made today."

Carbon County marriage licenses

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Matthew Jared Reis, 8 White Lane, Jim Thorpe, and Bryana Lee Laudenslager, 141 Unionville Rd., Jim Thorpe.

William Joseph Leitgeb Jr. and Lisa Marie Shafer, 7533 Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown.

Brad Michael Graver, 2175 Deer Lane, Lehighton, and Heather Marie Kemmerer, 603 Gypsy Hill Gardens, Lehighton.

Tyler Ronald Berger and Kristy Nicole Rodgers, 301 Prospect St., Lehighton.

John Francis Miller and Karen Mary Freeman, 5219 SR115, Box 22, Blakeslee.

Steven Patrick Miller II and Jalene Mae Egner, 304 Christman Rd., Lehighton.

Legion Post 16 holds Memorial Day services at 11 cemeteries

Thursday, May 31, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS The Color Guard leads the parade to the Union Cemetery, Slatington.
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS The Color Guard leads the parade to the Union Cemetery, Slatington.

Allen O. Delke Post 16 American Legion of Slatington completed its annual tour of local cemeteries on May 27 and 28. The Sunday programs were scheduled so that, where possible, church services would be concluded when the Legion arrived allowing members to attend the service.

The tour began at Williamstown, a small cemetery outside of Slatington, and moved on to Jacksonville, Lynn Township.

Nine first time offenders placed in probation program

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Nine first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail complete it, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Brochure lists state, local historical markers

Thursday, May 31, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A close-up of the brochure that culminated the Northern Lehigh Historical Markers Program.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A close-up of the brochure that culminated the Northern Lehigh Historical Markers Program.

A snapshot of the Northern Lehigh area at a glance.

That's exactly what those who come in contact with a brochure to cap the Northern Lehigh Historical Markers Program can come to expect.

The pamphlet was displayed at a news conference conducted by Northern Lehigh Future Focus Tuesday at the Victory Park Historical Marker in Victory Park, Slatington.

Becahi blanks Northwestern

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Becahi blanks Northwestern
Copyright 2012

Bethlehem Catholic is on a roll. And Northwestern got in its way Wednesday in the District 11 Class AAA softball playoffs.

The Lehigh Valley Conference champ Golden Hawks took out the Tigers, 10-0 in five innings to advance to Thursday's title game. They'll face No. 2 seed Pottsville, which beat Saucon Valley 5-2 in the other semifinal.

Bethlehem Catholic had 14 hits and took advantage of three Northwestern errors in Wednesday's win.

Visionary artists bend reality

Thursday, May 31, 2012
@$:"Garden of Hope" 1992 by James Gurney, from the collection of he artist.
@$:"Garden of Hope" 1992 by James Gurney, from the collection of he artist.

At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic comes to Allentown Art Museum

The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley announces its next special exhibition a mind-bending menagerie of fantastical artworks that push the boundaries of the imagination.

A flood to remember

Thursday, May 31, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Area residents will find it hard to forget the violent rain storm that hit our area on Saturday, dropping up to 10 inches of rain in less than an hour in some communities. Pictured at the intersection of State Road and Hamilton Street in Ryan Township is a white Subaru Legacy, owned by a Barnesville woman, up to its roof with flood waters. Police said the woman driver was able to escape as her car slid into the water. State Road was closed due to fast flooding. In addition to township police, firefighters from Quakake and Delano also responded.

Vehicle entered in Schuylkill incident

Thursday, May 31, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a theft from vehicle incident in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said the 1987 Dodge Ram Charger of Eric Shubrooks, 39, of Shenandoah, was entered while parked along SR209 at the off-ramp of Interstate 81, in Frailey Township.

Troopers said rocks were thrown through four windows of the vehicle to gain entry.

Removed from the vehicle was numerous electronic items such as stereo, amplifier and subwoofers. The incident occurred sometime between Wednesday, May 23, at 11:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Country View Diner offers great meals with a great country view

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Country View Diner owners are celebrating its 10th anniversary. From left are, Roger Bartholomew, Tricia Frantz, David Zacharias, Laura Zacharias, Kelly Lassell, Linda Zacharias, Donald Gearhart, Beverly Harakel and Barbara Mackes. Also staff members are, Elaine Koch, Melissa Pfancook, Jacob Borger, Tonya Lundy and Bethney Koch.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Country View Diner owners are celebrating its 10th anniversary. From left are, Roger Bartholomew, Tricia Frantz, David Zacharias, Laura Zacharias, Kelly Lassell, Linda Zacharias, Donald Gearhart, Beverly Harakel and Barbara Mackes. Also staff members are, Elaine Koch, Melissa Pfancook, Jacob Borger, Tonya Lundy and Bethney Koch.

Customers are the number one reason why Country View Diner owners are so happy.

"If it wouldn't be for my customers, I wouldn't be here," said Laura Zacharias, with a smile. "Most of my customers stop by every day."

Ten years ago, Laura found herself unemployed when the previous owner closed the restaurant. She had been a waitress since 1994.

So without a job and after some discussion, she and her fiance, David Zacharias, (at the time), decided to take the restaurant over.

Country superstar Martina McBride coming to Penn's Peak on Oct. 28

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band concert postponed until Sept. 21

Tickets go on sale Saturday for a major country music concert coming to Penn's Peak.

Martina McBride, whose hits include "Independence Day" and "This One's For the Girls," will be at the venue on Sunday, Oct. 28. Tickets for "Martina McBride: One Night 2012," are $85 and $62.

It's one of two concerts for which tickets will be sold beginning Saturday. They also go on sale for "The Lettermen - The Christmas Tour," which is making a stop at the venue on Saturday, Dec. 8. Tickets for this show are $32 and $27.

WW II event

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Reading show a unique living history experience

This weekend in Reading, we all have the opportunity to thank and pay tribute to some of the nation's oldest soldiers the men and women from the Greatest Generation as the Mid Atlantic Air Museum presents its 22nd annual World War II event.

When it comes to the living history experience, the Reading show ranks among the best anywhere. Friday is arrival day, or what the re-enactors call "A-Day", as many of the vintage aircraft touch down at the airport.

Flood repairs continue

Thursday, May 31, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

PennDOT workers and contractors have been working non-stop over the past few days repairing roads and washout areas since Saturday's violent rain storm. Pictured is a crew working on SR902 southeastof Summit Hill.

PV fall sports physicals

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Panther Valley School District will be holding fall sport physicals on Thursday June 7.

The sport physicals will be held in the Panther Valley high school nurses office. See below for sports and times.

@$:1:00pm-Volleyball, 1:30pm-7th and 8th grade Girls Basketball, 2:00pm-Freshman, JV and Varsity Football, 2:30pm-7th and 8th grade Football

Cheerleading will be held on Monday June 11th at 5:00pm in the Panther Valley high school nurses office.

In order to receive a physical, student athlete must have a physical form signed by a guardian.

Pleasant Valley wins three 2012 Spotlight Awards

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

On Sunday, May 20, the Tony Awards-style Sherman Theater SPOTLIGHT Awards Gala Ceremony was presented on the Sherman Theater stage, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg, where nominees performed and award recipients were announced.

Pleasant Valley High School's "Oklahoma" was nominated for a record number of categories (23) for this year's Spotlight Awards. PV won Outstanding Scenic Achievement, Outstanding Lobby Display Achievement, and Outstanding Performance by a Featured Ensemble Member - Devin Cetnar.

Veterans take part in multiple Memorial Day details

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of both the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626 and Andreas General George S. Patton Jr. Post 5069 took part in their annual firing details at six cemeteries and churches throughout West Penn, including one in Lehighton. For more information about these services or membership, call (570) 668-1234.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Members of both the Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment 626 and Andreas General George S. Patton Jr. Post 5069 took part in their annual firing details at six cemeteries and churches throughout West Penn, including one in Lehighton. For more information about these services or membership, call (570) 668-1234.

American Legion donates to Panther Vy. JROTC

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Richard D. Pogwist, right, of the American Legion Post 123 presents a donation for the JROTC program to Sergeant First Class Joseph A. Jordan, JROTC instructor at Panther Valley High School, during the Memorial Day service in Lansford.

Senseless

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Idiotic, deadly pranks can scar for a lifetime

Everything seems to be coming earlier these days, from strange weather to bizarre human behavior often associated with the hot, hazy days of midsummer.

The official start of the hurricane season is still two days away but ever since we experienced that strange October snowstorm last year, our seasonal weather patterns seem out of whack. Already this month we've seen two tropical storms form over the Atlantic, including Beryl which affected Memorial Day weekend plans for many in the southeastern United States.

Enjoying the rain

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Enjoying the rain
Copyright 2012

Shawn Schock, 6, laughs as he stands in the pouring rain.

Tamaqua War veterans remembered during East End detail

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Hometown National Guard soldiers salute during the playing of Taps. Pictured are SSgt. Matthew Frey, SSgt. William Feigle, PFC Richard Rick, Sgt. Travis Garris, SSgt Tim Kromer and Sgt. Jonathan Schuster.
Hometown National Guard soldiers salute during the playing of Taps. Pictured are SSgt. Matthew Frey, SSgt. William Feigle, PFC Richard Rick, Sgt. Travis Garris, SSgt Tim Kromer and Sgt. Jonathan Schuster.

Checkpoint results for Schuylkill

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The North Central Pa. Regional Sobriety Checkpoint DUI Taskforce and Expanded DUI/Underage Drinking Enforcement program has released the following information from a sobriety checkpoint held May 25 in Minersville. The checkpoint was a joint effort between local officers and state police.

Jim Thorpe news

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Positions available

The Jim Thorpe Borough is seeking residents to serve on the following boards of the community. Openings are available on the Jim Thorpe Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board and an EMA Director.

Letters of intent should be mailed to the borough office by June 8. If you wish more information about the boards, please call the borough office.

Tamaqua High School students help teach art to elementary students

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Proud of their art work are second grader Rylee Wenzel, 8, on left, and first grader Mia Jones, 7.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Proud of their art work are second grader Rylee Wenzel, 8, on left, and first grader Mia Jones, 7.

Inmate charged with threats count

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

An inmate at the Carbon County prison in Nesquehoning has been charged with one count each of terroristic threats and harassment for an incident at the prison in which a corrections' officer is the victim.

Borough police report on May 11 about 8:25 p.m. Officer Carl Breiner was called to the prison for a report of a threat incident. Upon arriving he spoke to corrections officer Clayton Hunsicker. Hunsicker explained that a disturbance occurred in his block area and the decision was made to have the inmates re-enter their cells and close their door and trap doors to restore order.