Sunday, December 28, 2014
     

February 2013

Needed fire police in Lehighton

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Lehighton Fire Police unit is desperately in need of members.

Lehighton Chief of Police Neal Ebbert said that of the current fire police roster, only five members are under age 70.

Ebbert said he was advised by Raymond Moyer, president of the Lehighton Fire Police, that the unit will no longer assist at Lehighton Area High School football games.

"I am making a plea to sign up and be in the fire police," Ebbert said.

He said fire police members direct traffic at accidents, fires, and other emergency scenes, as well as assist at some special events.

Palmerton man facing DUI charge

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Slatington police arrested a Palmerton man for driving under the influence and other offenses after an incident at 12:45 a.m. Feb. 23 after a traffic stopp at the intersection of North Walnut and Chestnut streets in the borough.

Police said Herman Harris II, 46, of 652 Oak St., was also charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding.

December PVMS Students of the Month

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley Middle School recently announced the December students of the month. From left are Sacory Stewart, grade six, Christina Dacey, grade seven and Chris Santore, grade eight. Students were selected based on their outstanding performance in academics and conduct. Each student received a gift card and certificate for their achievements.

PVMS selects January students of the month

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

January students of the month were recently selected at the Panther Valley Middle School. Receiving awards for their excellence in academics and conduct are from left Cailyn Gould, grade six, Tristan Blasko, grade seven, and Samantha Earley, grade eight.

New police car in Palmerton

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Barry Messerschmidt, fleet municipal sales, Kovatch Motors of Nesquehoning, hands over the keys for the Palmerton Borough Police Department's new 2013 Ford Taurus cruiser to Mayor Chris Olivia, who is joined by borough council President Terry Costenbader.

Here's an easy budget friendly weeknight meal

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Cole Slaw with Caraway and Whimpies combine for an easy and budget-friendly weeknight dinner.

We grew up eating Whimpies on a regular basis, and until recently, I thought the name and the dish were my mother's creation.

I assumed, because it contains hamburger meat, she named them after, Whimpy, the character from the old Popeye cartoons.

Remember?

"I'll gladly pay you Tuesday, for a hamburger today."

Schuylkill crashes

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

State police at Frackville reported on the following crashes investigated by troopers on Schuylkill County roadways.

A one-vehicle crash was reported at 4:45 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, along Interstate 81 in West Mahanoy Township. Troopers said Paul D. Snyder Jr., 35, of Hamburg, was driving a 2004 Dodge Dakota southbound when he passed over ice on a bridge. He lost control of the pickup truck which veered to the right and struck the bridge wall.

Snyder was not injured.

Correction

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

There is correction to an article that appeared in Friday, Feb. 15 issue. The Eldred Township board of supervisors did not approve the Ernest III and Diana A. Laudenslager minor subdivision. It was tabled.

Eight area residents among 22 to enter guilty pleas

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Eight area residents were among 22 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin.

Keith Daniel Neff, 29, of 119 Pine St., Tamaqua, entered a general guilty plea to charges of resisting arrest, burglary, criminal trespass, theft, and criminal mischief.

Carbon man sent to state prison for thefts

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Tuesday for a series of theft incidents.

He was one of seven defendants who previously entered guilty pleas and were sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Stole from family

Mahanoy Area ousts Marian

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Nick Kweder leans back to try and get a shot off over Mahanoy Area's Tyler Cavenas (right) as Kylew McGee of the Bears holds on from behind.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian's Nick Kweder leans back to try and get a shot off over Mahanoy Area's Tyler Cavenas (right) as Kylew McGee of the Bears holds on from behind.

POTTSVILLE - Last night's District 11 A semifinal was everything area fans expected and more.

Rivals Marian and Mahanoy Area battled from the tip all the way to the end. This one had a bit of everything. There was drama, there was blood, there was chipped teeth, and there was big time shots made.

When the dust settled at Martz Hall it was the Bears that came out on top. Mahanoy went on an 8-2 run to start the fourth, defeating the Colts 44-37 to advance to District 11 A final.

Workshop planned on deer-proof landscaping

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Carbon County Environmental Education Center is planning a workshop for area gardeners on how to deer-proof their landscape.

Master Gardener Linda Wiles will offer tips for successful spring planting projects designed to outsmart hungry deer at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2. She will talk about deer-resistance trees, shrubs and flowers. The lecture will also include information on barriers and repellants that may help to prevent animals from destroying your garden.

The program is free for EEC members. A nominal donation is requested of non-members.

LCCC to hold FAFSA completion nights for students, parents

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Lehigh Carbon Community College is offering free FAFSA completion nights at four of its campuses. The events are open to any LCCC students or parents of LCCC students that are enrolling for the fall 2013 semester.

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be completed to be considered for any student financial aid programs.

LCCC staff will be on-hand to help guide students and parents through the FAFSA form completion and submission processes.

All FAFSA completion nights will begin at 6 p.m.

Schuylkill woman victim of theft

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Schuylkill County woman is the victim of a theft incident.

State police at Frackville said unknown criminals removed an oil voucher for 100 gallons of heating oil from the residence of a 60-year-old woman who resides at 126 W. Ogden St., Girardville.

Troopers said the theft occurred sometime between 5 and 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25.

The voucher was removed from the front door of the residence.

Vehicle fire closes SR54 in Barnesville

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A vehicle fire last night at the top of the Vulcan in Barnesville closed SR54 for about 40 minutes as firefighters extinguished the flames and the Ford Explorer was removed. Responding were state police and firefighters from Delano, Ryan Township, and Mahanoy City. No serious injuries were reported. Julius Dudash, Truck Captain, Citizen's Fire Company, Mahanoy City, sprays water into the engine compartment.
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A vehicle fire last night at the top of the Vulcan in Barnesville closed SR54 for about 40 minutes as firefighters extinguished the flames and the Ford Explorer was removed. Responding were state police and firefighters from Delano, Ryan Township, and Mahanoy City. No serious injuries were reported. Julius Dudash, Truck Captain, Citizen's Fire Company, Mahanoy City, sprays water into the engine compartment.

A vehicle fire last night at the top of the Vulcan in Barnesville closed SR54 for about 40 minutes as firefighters extinguished the flames and the Ford Explorer was removed. Responding were state police and firefighters from Delano, Ryan Township, and Mahanoy City. No serious injuries were reported. Julius Dudash, Truck Captain, Citizen's Fire Company, Mahanoy City, sprays water into the engine compartment.

After hours CCCC mixer planned

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will hold an After Hours mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday March 21, at Home Solutions Partners, 3295 Forest Inn Road, Suite 5, Palmerton. For additional information, contact Heather McClure, Carbon County Chamber at (610) 379-5000 or email her at mail@carboncountychamber.org.

First Presbyterian Church hosting World Day of Prayer 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Women, men and children in over 170 countries will gather at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, to celebrate World Day of Prayer. In the Lehighton / Weissport area, a service will be celebrated at the First Presbyterian Church, Third and Mahoning Streets, Lehighton, PA. The service begins at p.m. and is sponsored by Life (Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship). The church is handicapped accessible.

Juggle Fest features three days of open juggling open to everyone

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The second annual "As Yet Unnamed Pocono Juggle Fest" will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 1; from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 2; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3 at Lehighton Area High School, Lehighton.

Crop management webinar slated

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

According to the Pocono District of Penn State Extension, which covers Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties, the third of three Crop Management 1+1 Webinars will be held on March 4, from noon to 1 p.m.

Each webinar in the series will offer one core and one category pesticide recertification credit. Please have your pesticide license number available on the day of the webinar.

No more meters

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lehighton considering downtown decision

Lehighton Borough Council is considering removing the parking meters from its downtown.

Some discussion regarding this occurred during a meeting of the council last night. At next month's meeting, Councilman George Kogut will present a written proposal on the matter.

The proposal would be to remove the meters, have validated parking for shoppers at a lot behind Alfie's Pizza, and pave a parking lot along Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard to add additional parking spaces.

Summit Hill crash injures woman

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A 20-year old Brodheadsville woman was injured Monday afternoon when involved in a crash along East White Bear Drive in Summit Hill. The crash occurred at 5:22 p.m. as the victim and a relative were traveling east. Summit Hill police report the female was attempting to pass three cars when she lost control entering the left berm then re-entering and crossing the roadway where the unit entered the right berm impacting with and snapping off a utility pole. The car then rolled onto its roof. The woman was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area hospital.

PVHS NHS hosts talent show

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Award winners of the Panther Valley talent show are, front, from left, Shane McGeehan, second place; Amber Guzman and Tim Falu, third place; and Gabriella Frey, first place. Back row are Christian Westby and Dewey Keer, honorable mention.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Award winners of the Panther Valley talent show are, front, from left, Shane McGeehan, second place; Amber Guzman and Tim Falu, third place; and Gabriella Frey, first place. Back row are Christian Westby and Dewey Keer, honorable mention.

The National Honor Society at Panther Valley High School recently hosted a talent show to showcase students' abilities.

The show was directed and produced by senior Jake Tokosh, stated in the program that reviving the school's annual talent show was a dream of his since getting to high school. It was also produced by Amanda Stocker.

Girl, 10, headed for Land Down Under

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Samantha Miller, 10, of Lehighton, is planning to be a student ambassador with the Student Ambassador People to People Ambassador Program in June.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Samantha Miller, 10, of Lehighton, is planning to be a student ambassador with the Student Ambassador People to People Ambassador Program in June.

A Lehighton youngster is planning a trip of a lifetime.

Samantha Miller is planning to travel to Australia in June as a Student Ambassador with the People to People Ambassador Program.

For one so young, she is ready for the experience," say her parents, Dana Miller and Dana Shubert.

Samantha is 10 years old and will turn 11 on March 5.

"She is responsible and mature enough to get the most out of the visit," said her mother.

Coaldale woman faces retail theft charges

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Sahara Welfel
Sahara Welfel

Sahara Welfel, 21, of 327 Ridge Terrace, Coaldale, faces charges from an incident which took place on Dec. 24 at 4:32 p.m. at Family Dollar in Lansford. Charges of retail theft were filed by Officer Christopher Ondrus.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened;

Participates in Chorus Festival

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
MICHAEL HROMYAK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
MICHAEL HROMYAK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Molly Betz, a senior at Tamaqua Area High School, participated in the 2013 District 10 Chorus Festival, a three-day event hosted by Berks Catholic High School in Reading. Students from schools in Berks, Carbon, Monroe, Schuylkill, Lehigh and Northampton Counties were selected for the chorus through competitive auditions held in October. This year's guest conductor was Dr. Russell Shelley, Director of Choral Studies at Juniata College. Molly is the daughter of Doug and Kristine Betz of Tamaqua.

Sacred fibers

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
TN PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/DONALD R. SERFASS When the photo is inverted and contrast-enhanced, a more lifelike image emerges.
TN PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/DONALD R. SERFASS When the photo is inverted and contrast-enhanced, a more lifelike image emerges.

Local turnout strong at replica Shroud of Turin exhibit

The faithful are flocking in great numbers to a Shenandoah church to gaze upon and even touch and kiss what many believe to be a divine, full-body image of Jesus Christ.

An exact copy of the Shroud of Turin, commissioned and blessed by Pope John Paul II, is on display in Schuylkill County until March 8, drawing many visitors from the Panther Valley, Tamaqua and Lehighton areas, as well as regions north and south.

JT girls soccer team wins indoor tournament

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
JT girls soccer team wins indoor tournament
Copyright 2013

The Jim Thorpe Lady Olympians recently claimed the title in the Pleasant Valley Girls Indoor Soccer Tournament. Thorpe posted a record of 5-0-1, allowing just two goals in the entire tournament. In the championship game, they defeated Pleasant Valley in triple overtime. Members of the team include, from left, Anna Beard, Taylor Kidder, Amber Castillo, Rebecca Cressman, Autumn Cope, Ilse Hassler and Cat Condly. The Olympians are coached by Tom Condly.

BDWN to meet

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Editor to speak at March meeting

Stephanie J. Beavers, professional editor, will present, "The Editor is Your Friend, a.k.a. Don't Forget the Editor!" at the March meeting of the Black Diamond Writers Network.

Beavers will take a detailed look at the importance of editing, cover the different types of editing, and present examples of some of the most common mistakes writers make. She will also discuss the value of a good editor to the writer.

ON THIS DATE

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

February 26, 1942 Coaldale races to an early lead and cruises to a 56-27 victory over town rival St. Mary's Catholic. Evan Zlock tallies a game-high 14 points for the winners, who open the contest with a 12-1 run and take a 33-8 advantage by halftime. The Tigers, coached by Andy Kalen, also receive 12 points from Andy Bitsko and 11 from Harb while Kash chips in with six. For St. Mary's, Johnny Welsh scores a team-high nine points.

Colts, Fillies, Lady Raiders in semis

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Three TIMES NEWS area basketball teams will be in District 11 semifinal action today and tomorrow. The Marian boys and girls and the Tamaqua girls will all be looking to advance into Friday's championship round.

A victory in the semifinal round secures a berth in the state tournament for any or all of the three teams. A loss in this round will end the season for the area teams since both the Class A boys and girls fields and the girls AA field advance just two teams into the state tournament.

TUESDAY

DISTRICT 11 CLASS A BOYS

SEMIFINAL

Rear end crash in Penn Forest

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

At least one person was injured Monday afternoon when involved in a rear end type collision along SR903 in Penn Forest Township. The crash occurred just after noon Monday at the intersection with Reservoir Road as a car traveling south had attempted to stop to make a turn when it was rear ended by another south bound car. The striking car continued swerving to the left sliding across the roadway coming to rest along the east berm. The car which was struck swerved to the right coming to rest on a snow covered lawn. State Police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.