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June 2012

Nuns on the bus

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dear Editor:

There are 12 Catholic nuns on a bus coming our way from nine states, some of the economically hardest hit parts of the Midwest, to remind Catholics that the U.S. Federal Budget, a hot issue this electoral year, is a moral, not just a fiscal document.

Tonight's MMA event has local flavor

Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Rat Pack fighting school out of Palmerton will showcase five fighters at this weekend's Tribute to Jim Thorpe the Olympian mixed martial arts event at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe.

All five fighters will be competing in amateur competition, with one fighter competing for the 170-pound title.

That fighter is Andy Beil, who will be facing off against Colby Slonaker (2-0). Beil is 4-3 in his career as an amateur fighter and Rat Pack leader Nick Massington expects Beil to win the fight and also turn professional in August.

Schuylkill man given jail term for DUI, and endangering charge

Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Schuylkill County man was sentenced to a Carbon County jail term on Thursday plus a lengthy probation period on charges of driving under the influence (DUI) and endangering the welfare of a child. He was one of three defendants sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Lansford incident

James M. Acevedo, 44, of McAdoo, was sentenced to serve 30 days to 17 months in prison on the endangering charge.

Acevedo was arrested by Lansford police on Oct. 23, 2010, along SR209 (Patterston St.), for DUI. Given a test, the result was .18BAC.

A gift of 1,000 cranes - Lehighton graduates deliver expressions of healing and hope

Saturday, June 30, 2012
2012 Lehighton Area High School graduate Evy Heckman demonstrates the first step in creating an origami crane. A completed crane sits on the table in the foreground.
2012 Lehighton Area High School graduate Evy Heckman demonstrates the first step in creating an origami crane. A completed crane sits on the table in the foreground.

A dying Japanese child's mission in 1955 to create 1,000 paper cranes as symbols of hope has taken flight around the globe, coming to rest in Lehighton.

Sadako Sasaki was 2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on her home city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. Eleven years later, she developed leukemia, believed to have been caused by the radiation.

Nonprofit group to challenge Sunday hunting ban in court

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Except for pursuing foxes, coyotes or crows, opportunities to hunt in Pennsylvania on a Sunday have long been virtually nonexistent. Now, however, a new nonprofit is launching a grassroots effort to try and overturn the decades-long ban that prohibits sportsmen and women from heading afield on the second day of the weekend.

CAN DO enters into agreement with Reading and Northern Railroad

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Following months of negotiations, CAN DO, Inc. this week entered into an agreement that will lead to an eventual transfer of its railroad system in Humboldt Industrial Park to Reading and Northern Railroad, the largest privately owned railroad company in Pennsylvania that has twice been named Regional Railroad of the Year by Railway Age magazine.

The birthing plant

Saturday, June 30, 2012

On our front porch, we have a big, old peace lily plant. Recently, Jim transplanted it into a new, larger pot. The plant seems to love the porch and is thriving. Every time I look at it, I smile, remembering the occasion years ago when it first entered our home in PA.

Palmerton's new wastewater treatment plant featuring a different design process

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Construction of Palmerton's brand new wastewater treatment plant continues to progress along smoothly.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson informed borough council on Thursday that the wastewater treatment plant "has begun using the new process."

Danielson noted that every plant runs with a certain design process, and that both the borough's old and new plant are based on feeding air to bacteria to digest and break down the sludge. The new plant offers a different formula for doing that, Danielson said.

Searching for the signal

Saturday, June 30, 2012

UFO enthusiasts had an opportunity to make history last night as the National Geographic Channel offered those who wished to participate the chance to tweet a 140 character message to the hash tag #ChasingUFOs. All the messages were collected and they will be consolidated into a single transmission that is going to be beamed into space toward a region from which an unusual signal was received 35 years ago.

Location of new bridge not a solution to problems

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dear Editor:

A novel idea

Saturday, June 30, 2012

JIM:

DUI arrests reported

Friday, June 29, 2012

Lehighton police reported on two driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made recently.

Police said Christopher Malick, 41, of 217 Honeysuckle Lane, Lehighton, has been charged with DUI, driving a vehicle at an (un) safe speed, and failing to yield to right-of-way when making a left turn.

The incident occurred about 1:20 a.m. on March 28 at the intersection of Bridge and E. Bridge sts. Given a test, the result was .14BAC.

A record-breaking weekend for hill climb

Friday, June 29, 2012
Weatherly Hill Climb Just like so many other visitors to the Weatherly Hill Climb, 3 year old Corbin and 8 year old Isabella Wagner of Weatherly enjoy some good food together.
Weatherly Hill Climb Just like so many other visitors to the Weatherly Hill Climb, 3 year old Corbin and 8 year old Isabella Wagner of Weatherly enjoy some good food together.

It was a record-breaking weekend at the June Weatherly Hill Climb as George Bowland from North Carolina won the event with a new record time of 47.592 seconds.

That superseded the standing hill record of 47.715 seconds which was also set by Bowland in September of 2010.

Seventy cars from throughout the country competed on the 1.1 mile course during the two day event which was sponsored by Fairway Subaru of Hazleton and co-sponsored by DeAngelo Brothers Inc. of Hazleton (DBI).

Antique, classic and special interest car showin McAdoo

Friday, June 29, 2012

An antique, classic and special interest car show is being held on Sunday at the Little League Field in McAdoo. Registration lasts from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Judging starts at 1 p.m. Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for all classes. Also includes Best Of Show, Hard Luck and Longest Distance trophies. Flea market a car corral spaces will also be on site. Event is held rain or shine.

Arrests reported

Friday, June 29, 2012

State police at Lehighton reported on the following arrests made by troopers:

Jeffrey Hartpence, 49, of Slatington, showed up at the Palmerton hospital about 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 24, after learning his wife had been arrested for drunk driving.

At the hospital Hartpence created a physically hazardous condition, was intoxicated and began yelling at troopers in the presence of hospital staff and emergency room patients.

He was placed under arrest and charged with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.

Woman cited for theft from vehicles

Friday, June 29, 2012

A Lehighton woman has been charged with theft from vehicles.

Lehighton police said Pamela Bowman, 35, of 235 N. Third St., has been charged with theft from a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property. Police said on May 16 about 8:25 p.m. Bowman was observed entering several vehicles in the 200 block of S. First St. and, removing a pair of sunglasses and credit cards and identification cards.

Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company responds

Friday, June 29, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the West End Ambulance works with Polk Township Vol. Fire Co. as they attend to an "injured" four-wheeler driver at the scene.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the West End Ambulance works with Polk Township Vol. Fire Co. as they attend to an "injured" four-wheeler driver at the scene.

Volunteer firefighters used a hydraulic rocker panel ram supporter to push the dashboard back and up off the trapped driver in vehicular accident.

Others attended to an injured man whose four-wheeler crashed into a tree.

Firefighters inflated a 3-stage air bag and inserted wooden blocks to stabilize an overturned van that had the ejected driver (a stuffed dummy) pinned underneath. Monroe County Coroner, Bob Allen and Deputy Coroner, Ian Shedlock arrived and pronounced the victim dead.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, June 29, 2012

June 29, 2003 Ryan Porambo collects three hits at the plate and also gains the pitching win as Lansford pulls away from Beaver-Banks for a 16-4 win in the District 18 11-12 Little League tournament. Two of Porambo's hits are triples. Thomas Eisenhower adds two hits, one a homer, while Ryan Blasko and Aaron Tucker each contribute a double and two singles. The winners, who explode for 10 runs in the second inning, also receive two hits from both Andrew Tucker and David Wagner.

Five die in Lehigh accident

Friday, June 29, 2012
Five die in Lehigh accident
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Five persons were killed in a collision of a tow truck and car along a Lehigh County road on Thursday afternoon.

State police at Bethlehem said the crash occurred about 2:36 p.m. at the intersection of Mountain and Bake Oven roads in Heidelberg Township.

Troopers said four persons in a 1997 Subaru sedan, three males and one female, and the male driver of a 1997 Chevrolet C650 truck, died in the crash. A passenger in the truck survived.

Obamacare

Friday, June 29, 2012

Supreme Court ruling does nothing to diminish controversy

Although the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ruled most of the provisions of Obamacare to be constitutional, the 5-4 ruling didn't diminish the controversy. Republicans in general still oppose it while Democrats stand behind the president. Most conservatives are livid about the ruling while liberals embrace it.

Congressman Lou Barletta, whose district includes Carbon County, termed the high court decision, "a victory for big government and a defeat for individual freedom."

Free Kid's Quest program all weekend

Friday, June 29, 2012

Volunteers with the New Life Assembly of God Church, 407 Schuylkill Ave., in Tamaqua are holding their free Kids Quest program for youth aged 4 to 11 at their church today, tomorrow and Sunday. The program, which will last from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. everyday, will consist of clowns, contests, prizes, games and more. Any child under 4 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (570) 668-4059 or visit them on Facebook.

It's a tax

Friday, June 29, 2012

Ruling defines this election

Chief Justice John Roberts' crucial swing vote Thursday saved President Obama's signature piece of legislation mandated health care but the president and other Democrats should not be doing victory laps.

Many conservative pundits are saying that although Democrats won the battle in the Supreme Court, the 5-4 decision could very well propel Republicans to a bigger victory in November.

Tamaqua news

Friday, June 29, 2012

TASD news

Tamaqua Area School District students participating in sports and/or any extracurricular activity, or who have a school parking permit is subject to random drug and alcohol testing, as established in 2010. Random drug testing of non-participating students is also available if the district receives a parental request. Students must provide a signed parental consent form before participating.

PV planning meeting

Friday, June 29, 2012

Panther Valley High School Class of 1974 will have a 40-year class reunion planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 at the Sports Zoo in Lansford.

June 29, 1912

Friday, June 29, 2012

The new road over the Broad Mountain has cost Carbon County $31,819.34 for labor, machinery, etc. The matter has been referred to the State Highway officials to decide whether it is a state or a county road. If a county road, Carbon pays the expenses of keeping it up. If otherwise, the state will pay.

A hop in her step

Friday, June 29, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Leah Slepoi of Penn Forest Township jumps an opening in the stone wall of the Lehigh Canal at Weissport.

Fundraiser to be held for slain Walnutport youth

Friday, June 29, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Summer Goldy and Pat Ohl will be holding a Bake Sale fundraiser to raise money to be used for the cost of bringing the body of Joshua Stepp home from Michigan.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Summer Goldy and Pat Ohl will be holding a Bake Sale fundraiser to raise money to be used for the cost of bringing the body of Joshua Stepp home from Michigan.

Summer Goldy, 16, says Joshua Stepp, 16, of Walnutport, was her best friend in kindergarten through third grade, right up until she and her family moved away from Walnutport. When she heard that her friend had been fatally shot during an attempted burglary while visiting friends in Mt. Morris, Michigan on June 11, she just couldn't believe something like that happened.

When she heard the family needed $2,000 to bring his body home, the first thing she thought was, "I have to donate."

She approached her mother, Pat Ohl of Lehighton and said, "We have to do something."

ACS workshop

Friday, June 29, 2012

'Look Good,Feel Better'

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., July 9, at the Schuylkill Medical Center South, 420 S. Jackson St., Pottsville. The session is free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the session, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Palmerton nixes plan to build new fire station

Friday, June 29, 2012

It appears as though Palmerton will not build a new fire station after all.

After a meeting of borough council on Thursday, borough manager Rodger Danielson told the TIMES NEWS a new fire station "is off the books."

"There's no effort to go through with building a (new) fire station," Danielson said. "In light of that, the borough has applied for amended ways to use those funds that's yet to be determined by the state."

'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'

Friday, June 29, 2012

State and local police, along with PennDOT, will take part in a national enforcement effort through July 8 targeting motorists who drive under the influence. The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement effort will focus on keeping Pennsylvania's roads safe during the Independence Day travel period.

Completion of solar project near

Friday, June 29, 2012

The completion of the solar project is finally nearing as Marrone Brothers agreed to make repairs to the data acquisition box and replace a shielded cable for the solar field they constructed for the Summit Hill Water Authority that is to supply the physical plant with electricity for the next several years.

The project was originally due to end last fall and its original deadline of August 31st has long past.