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September 2012

'Lawless' dispenses true story

Friday, September 28, 2012

"Lawless" is a brutal drama based on a true story said to have taken place during the Great Depression in 1931 in Franklin County, Va.

With the advent of Prohibition in 1920, following passage of the Volstead Act as the 18th Amendment in 1919, the making and drinking of alcoholic beverages was banned in the United States.

Panthers sweep Tamaqua

Friday, September 28, 2012
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Jessica Wiese (23) spikes the ball at the net as Tamaqua's Devan Sweeney (11) sets up the block.
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Jessica Wiese (23) spikes the ball at the net as Tamaqua's Devan Sweeney (11) sets up the block.

It was a good night for area volleyball teams as Panther Valley, Pleasant Valley, Lehighton, Marian and Northwestern all posted victories on Thursday.

VOLLEYBALL

Panther Valley-Tamaqua

Panther Valley got the best of Tamaqua for a 25-8, 25-11, 25-18 Schuylkill League victory.

Jocelyn Stefanick had a dominating performance at the service line for Panther Valley with nine aces and 17 points. Macey Markovich added 14 service points, including three aces. Leading the way at the net were Marley Mikovich and Jessica Wiese with five kills each.

Man cited for stealing from boss

Friday, September 28, 2012

A Nesquehoning man has been charged by Rush Township police after allegedly stealing from his employer.

Michael E. Ruckhardt, 31, reportedly removed a wallet and check from his employer's vehicle on Aug. 24. He then allegedly forged his boss' name and wrote a check, made payable to himself, in the amount of $2,300.

He was charged with felony counts of forgery, theft by deception, and receiving stolen property.

Tamaqua man loses zoning appeal when he fails to show

Friday, September 28, 2012

Failure to appear in Schuylkill County court on the day his appeal was to be heard proved costly to a Tamaqua property owner.

Clyde Bachert, owner of several properties in the borough, filed an appeal to court from alleged zoning ordinance violations. He claimed he had complied and was asking the court to enter an order nunc pro tunc allowing him to appeal the alleged violations of the zoning ordinance or in the alternative to allow him to apply for the appropriate permits or variances as required from the Tamaqua Zoning Hearing Board.

Kuehner-Kuhn

Friday, September 28, 2012
Sarah Kuehner and Brendan Kuhn
Sarah Kuehner and Brendan Kuhn

The engagement of Sarah Kuehner of Lehighton to Brendan Kuhn, also of Lehighton, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Suzanne and Merlin (Dusty) Kuehner of Palmerton.

She is a graduate of Palmerton High School, as well as Northampton Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College and Marywood University.

She is employed as a senior district manager at ADP.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of MaryAlice and Richard Kuhn of Jim Thorpe. He is a graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School and Lehigh Carbon Community College.

Unhappy with PennDOT

Friday, September 28, 2012

Bridge inspections an issue in Carbon County

Carbon County officials are frustrated with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation regarding the requirement for bridge inspections.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted on two motions regarding naming an engineer to complete the inspections of bridges between 2013 and 2018.

Work progresses on recreational facility

Friday, September 28, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Hydroseeding work has been performed recently at the multipurpose field at the Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C. recreation center along Fireline Road in Lower Towamensing Township. The work was performed by Blue Mountain Ski Area.
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Hydroseeding work has been performed recently at the multipurpose field at the Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C. recreation center along Fireline Road in Lower Towamensing Township. The work was performed by Blue Mountain Ski Area.

Work continues to progress at a recreational facility in Lower Towamensing Township.

Further proof of that was evident this week as volunteers continued to plug away at the Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C. along Fireline Road.

Once completed, the recreation center will be open to the public and be fully heated/cooled, have a functional snack bar, restrooms, and Wi-Fi Internet access.

Carbon Democratic HQ open for voter regs and absentee apps

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Carbon County Democratic Committee would like to remind county residents of upcoming voter registration deadlines for this November's General Election. The election will be held on Tuesday, November 6 and any interested parties have until Tuesday, October 9 to register to vote. In addition to registering new voters, those interested in obtaining an absentee ballot have until Tuesday, October 30 to apply for a civilian absentee ballot.

On this date

Thursday, September 27, 2012

September 27, 1969

A sex education class got under way in Palmerton's First United Church of Christ with 150 students in attendance. The youngsters, both boys and girls, began to congregate in front of the Delaware Avenue Church long before the session opened. The course is being offered to eighth through 12th grades and will continue five weeks. It is being sponsored by the Palmerton Ministerium. The first program covers popularity and dating. Participants need not be church members.

Nesquehoning Hose Co. purchases new KME truck

Thursday, September 27, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1 has purchased a 103-foot aerial truck from KME Kovatch in Nesquehoning.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1 has purchased a 103-foot aerial truck from KME Kovatch in Nesquehoning.

$797,500 vehicle obtained through government grant

A 103-foot aerial truck, manufactured by Kovatch Mobile Equipment (KME) of Nesquehoning, has been purchased by Nesquehoning Hose Company No. 1.

The keys to the new green and white vehicle, which has gold trim and lettering, were presented Saturday to Fire Chief John McArdle by John Kovatch III, president and CEO of KME Kovatch.

McArdle says the new truck, a Model 103' Aerialcat Ladder, won't be put into service for about another month. Dedication is tentatively scheduled for June 2013.

Sobriety checkpoints

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The North Central Regional DUI Program have announced Sobriety Checkpoints and Roving Patrols will be conducted between September 27 thru September 30, 2012 on Routes 209, 443, 902, and 903 in Carbon County. Travelers are reminded to report drunk drivers by dialing 911. To report underage drinking call 1-888-UNDER-21.

Sobriety Checkpoints are funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Tamaqua news

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Band festival

The Tamaqua Area "Raider" Band and Band Boosters will host the 16th Annual Land of the Running Water Band Festival on Sept. 29 in the Tamaqua Sports Stadium. This year's event will feature 11 visiting bands to be judged by a panel of current and former music educators. Trophies will be awarded.

Plan to provide medication to freed inmates is discussed

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A plan to provide inmates with a 90-day supply of medication when they are being discharged from prison instead of the three days supply they now receive was presented to the Schuylkill County Prison Board at its monthly meeting, which was held in the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville.

This was one of four meetings a year the board holds in the prison, with the other meetings held in the county commissioners' board room in the courthouse across the street.

Board okays settlement in Ryan Twp. tax theft case

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Schuylkill County Commissioners approved a settlement agreement Wednesday at the Pottsville courthouse between county treasurer Jacqueline McGovern and the Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America concerning a claim dealing with a tax collector failing to turn in to the county real estate tax monies collected.

80's band Rubix Kube at Penn's Peak, Friday

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The 80's are back with Rubix Kube!

The band has taken New York City by storm and are making another return to Penn's Peak.

Rubix Kube will e at the Jim Thorpe venue Friday night at 8 p.m.

Rubix Kube is more than just a cover band; they are a totally awesome 80's experience. Totally decked out in their 80's attire, Cherie Martorana and Scott Lovelady lead the band, along with Eric Presti, David Z., Drew Mortali, Sky, John LaSpina and Michael Maenza.

M&T Bank supports CCF

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Michele Pompa, branch manager of M&T Bank, Carbon Plaza Mall, Lehighton, presented a $1,000 check to Bob Silliman, president of the Carbon County Fair to assist with improvements to the fair. From left are, Martha Moyer, fair director; Pompa; and Silliman.

Summit Hill making progress in paying off recent loans

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Summit Hill Borough officials have announced significant progress has been made by the borough council in paying off loans the borough took out in recent years for major construction projects in the community.

In August, the council paid off a loan that was secured for the construction of a new borough garage for its maintenance department. Originally, the $200,000 loan was scheduled for full repayment on Dec. 16, 2014, but the council paid the $41,485.99 balance owed on it last month.

Man charged with breaking wife's jaw waives hearing

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Mahoning Township man who allegedly assaulted his wife and broke her jaw waived his criminal charges to Carbon County Court.

Matthew J. Schaffer, 35, of Lower Nis Hollow Drive, is facing charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and harassment.

Individuals facing criminal charges are entitled to a preliminary hearing or can have the charges forwarded for trial at county court level.

The hearing had been scheduled yesterday before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe.

Lehighton news

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Trinity happenings

Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will hold Service of the Word worship service at 9 a.m. The Rev. Carl G. Schweitzer will lead the service. Substitute clergy will preside during the pastoral vacancy. Coffee house fellowship follows.

A nursery will be available during the 9 a.m. worship service for children through age 6, staffed with an experienced caregiver who is trained in CPR and first aid and a youth volunteer.

Sunday School for children ages 3 through adults begins at 10:15.

Hearing continued for two charged in shooting incident

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Preliminary hearings scheduled yesterday for two individuals charged following a shooting incident in Lehighton were continued.

The shooting occurred at about 3:41 a.m. on Sept. 17 at an apartment in the 100 block of South First Street.

Anthony M. Chillari, 31, of South First Street, was shot in his right hand and thigh, allegedly while he was trying to take the gun from his ex-girlfriend, Eleanor Figuccio, who shared the same address.

Marian captures Schuylkill golf title

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Marian captured the Schuylkill League golf championship to highlight Wednesday scholastic sports action.

GOLF

Marian-Pottsville-Blue Mountain-Mahanoy Area

Marian, the Schuylkill League Division 2 champion, knocked off Pottsville, Blue Mountain and Mahanoy Area to claim the 2012 Schuylkill League Team Championship at Blue Mountain Golf Course in Pine Grove.

Tamaqua couple wed 50 years

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Zlock
Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Zlock

Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Zlock of Tamaqua recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on Sept. 22, 1962 at Trinity U.C.C., Tamaqua by the Rev. Joseph Miller.

Mrs. Zlock is the former Janice L. Wetterau, daughter of Helen Wetterau of Tamaqua, and the late Paul Wetterau.

Mr. Zlock is the son of the late Paul and Susan Zlock of Lansford.

The couple have two daughters, Janna Scheese, wife of David Scheese of Sinking Spring, Pa.; and Allison Valentine, wife of James Valentine of Lehighton.

Silver Creek fire tower hike

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Robin Tracey, environmental education specialist, at Tuscarora State Park, will be conducting a hike to the Silver Creek Fire Tower on Friday, Oct. 5. The hike will explore the mountain behind Locust Lake State Park. The hike is six miles in length and moderate in difficulty.

The pine stands and brush are perfect habitat for birds and other wildlife. Those planning to attend are asked to meet at the visitor parking lot of Locust Lake located before the contact station. Dogs are allowed for the hike. All pets must be leashed and get along with people and other pets.

Colts trying to stay unbeaten

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Friday, September 22, 2006: That was the last time Marian started out a season with a 4-0 record.

Another date of significance for the Colts is Friday, September 26, 2008. That was the last time Marian defeated North Schuylkill.

Fast forward to the present where the Colts are 4-0 once again and heading into Frackville this Friday night to take on the Spartans.

Theft of scrap metal probed

Thursday, September 27, 2012

State police at Frackville are investigating the theft of scrap metal from a Schuylkill County site.

Troopers said the metal was taken from a construction site off Moss Glen Road, in Schuylkill Township. Taken was eight iron excavator body panels and two iron screens. The items are the property of M&J Excavation, of Bloomsburg.

The theft occurred sometime between Sept. 21 and 25, troopers said. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 874-5300.

Ross Township Community Day brings community awareness

Thursday, September 27, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Ross Township Community Day, held at the Van Buskirk-Haney Park on Anchorage Road in Saylorsburg, gets a little bigger and better each year, says Bernie Kozen, executive director of West End Parks and Open Space. This year there were 35 local vendors, organizations and non-profits that had displays. Leigh Cole and Dean Hornig were the entertainment. It is organized by Ross Township and the Ladies of Ross to promote community involvement, an opportunity to come out and meet neighbors, and learn about community organizations.

Five-vehicle rear-end crash

Thursday, September 27, 2012

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating a five-vehicle, rear-end crash along SR61 in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County, that occurred about 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Troopers identified the drivers and vehicles as follows: Bernard A. Zaremba, 48, of Frackville, 2012 Toyota Camry; Tiffany M. Frantz, 17, of Saint Clair, 1999 Mercury Mystique; Christopher M. Thomas, 31, of Schuylkill Haven, 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe; Robert L. Antonni, 52, of Schuylkill Haven, 2008 Toyota Scion; and Terry L. Blatt, 42, of Auburn, 2004 Pontiac Vibe.

ACS WORKSHOP

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Look Good, Feel Better

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 6-8 p.m., Oct. 1, at the ACS Office, 101 Frack St, Frackville.

The sessions are free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the sessions, 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.

Look Good, Feel Better is offered in a group setting, providing participants with cancer education, information and support.

Tamaqua's second Five Points

Thursday, September 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The addition of traffic lights at the Mauch Chunk Street and Pine Street (SR309) intersection in Tamaqua has turned the intersection into a five points intersection. The lights were added by PennDOT recently to allow traffic to safely enter and exit Hess Windows and Tamaqua Tabacco Outlet. The new traffic lights, placed on the sidewalk adjacent to the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, are triggered via a non-recording camera-like device that is aimed at the northwest side of the parking lot. Pictured are the new traffic lights placed at the Mauch Chunk and Pine Street intersection in Tamaqua.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The addition of traffic lights at the Mauch Chunk Street and Pine Street (SR309) intersection in Tamaqua has turned the intersection into a five points intersection. The lights were added by PennDOT recently to allow traffic to safely enter and exit Hess Windows and Tamaqua Tabacco Outlet. The new traffic lights, placed on the sidewalk adjacent to the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, are triggered via a non-recording camera-like device that is aimed at the northwest side of the parking lot. Pictured are the new traffic lights placed at the Mauch Chunk and Pine Street intersection in Tamaqua.

Domestic incidents

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pocono Mountain Regional police reported on two domestic incidents in which arrests were made.

On Sept. 19 about 10:37 p.m. police responded to 29 Holly Forest Road, in Mount Pocono, for a reported physical domestic incident.

On scene officers spoke with Katie Brown, 20. She was observed to have several injuries to her face.

She told officers that Tywain Preston, 19, of Mount Pocono, had attacked her. Brown was taken to the Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, for treatment.

Tractor trailer gets stuck on Tamaqua bridge

Thursday, September 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Both lanes of traffic on the temporary Center Street (SR309) bridge in Tamaqua were blocked for awhile yesterday afternoon after a tractor trailer struck the bridge. The impact flattened the tractor trailer's tire and bent the axil, preventing it from moving. Tamaqua Police Chief Dave Mattson stated the width of the bridge makes it hard for two tractor trailers to safely pass each other. In addition to thanking the Tamaqua Fire Police for helping direct traffic, Mattson stated his appreciation to passing PPL workers who used their bucket truck to relocate downed wires at the bridge to allow for traffic to alternate on the bridge. No injuries were reported. Tamaqua Fire Police volunteer Ed Kashmer helps alternate traffic over the temporary SR309 bridge.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Both lanes of traffic on the temporary Center Street (SR309) bridge in Tamaqua were blocked for awhile yesterday afternoon after a tractor trailer struck the bridge. The impact flattened the tractor trailer's tire and bent the axil, preventing it from moving. Tamaqua Police Chief Dave Mattson stated the width of the bridge makes it hard for two tractor trailers to safely pass each other. In addition to thanking the Tamaqua Fire Police for helping direct traffic, Mattson stated his appreciation to passing PPL workers who used their bucket truck to relocate downed wires at the bridge to allow for traffic to alternate on the bridge. No injuries were reported. Tamaqua Fire Police volunteer Ed Kashmer helps alternate traffic over the temporary SR309 bridge.