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October 2013

First offenders get ARD program

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ten first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program this week.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program the record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, then they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Judge Steven R. Serfass placed then all for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Crashes probed

Thursday, October 31, 2013

State police at Fern Ridge reported on several crashes probed by troopers.

A one-vehicle crash occurred about 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, along Old Stage Road, in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County. Troopers said Robert F. Riche, 37, of Effort, was driving a 2003 Hyundai Sonata, when the vehicle left the road and landed in a ditch. Riche was injured and taken to the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, for treatment.

Riche was cited for driving a vehicle at an (un) safe speed.

Saying 'Yes to the Dress'

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Dana Stellar married her fiance, Patrick Holmes, on Sept. 21. Her selection of her perfect wedding dress will be aired at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, on TLC show, "Say Yes to the Dress."
Dana Stellar married her fiance, Patrick Holmes, on Sept. 21. Her selection of her perfect wedding dress will be aired at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, on TLC show, "Say Yes to the Dress."

Former area woman appears in episode to air on TLC tomorrow at 9 p.m.

An area bride's search for the perfect dress will be aired at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, on the TLC show "Say Yes to the Dress."

Dana Stellar Holmes, 25, a graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, will be featured in the episode "A Mother's Touch." The show tells how she traveled last November to New York City to shop at Kleinfeld Bridal after being invited to the show.

Most school board races decided in May

Thursday, October 31, 2013

School board races for districts in the TIMES NEWS coverage area were mostly decided in the May primary where candidates secured both nominations.

Here is a list of who will be on the ballot for next Tuesday's general election.

Tamaqua Area

Tamaqua Area School District, elect four, the four candidates are unopposed as they won both nominations in the primary election

They are Thomas A. Rottet, Aaron R. Frantz, Bryan W. Miller, and Mark Rother.

Panther Valley

Voters in Coaldale cast ballots for the Panther Valley Area School District.

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A petition was filed Friday afternoon in the Schuylkill County Courts on behalf of the Tamaqua Area Education Association to hold the Tamaqua Area School District and its nine board members in contempt for failing to comply with a court order to fulfill the terms of a bargaining agreement reached in court during the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 11.

Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin fixed the date for hearing the petition for 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16 in Court Room One in Pottsville.

Schuylkill crashes

Thursday, October 31, 2013

State police at Schuylkill Haven reported on several crashes investigated by troopers on Schuylkill County roads over the past weekend.

A crash was reported at 5:50 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, along Helfenstein Road in Eldred Township. Troopers said Sandras L. Buffington, 50, of Valley View, was driving a 2005 Ford Mustang westbound when, for unknown reasons, she left her lane of travel, crossed into the eastbound lane and drove off the road. The car entered a wooded area off the berm and collided head-on into a tree.

Bears take on Stroudsburg

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The stakes can't get much higher than they are for Pleasant Valley heading into this week's showdown with Mountain Valley Conference rival Stroudsburg, the second TIMES NEWS Game of the Week.

With a win, the Bears (7-2, 6-1) will likely clinch a District 11 Class AAAA subregional playoff berth.

If Pleasant Valley can do that and East Stroudsburg South slips against East Stroudsburg North on Friday night, the Bears will share the MVC title with the Cavaliers.

Mauch Chunk Trust Financial Corp. shows 2013 profit

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Board of Directors of Mauch Chunk Trust Financial Corporation has released the earnings results for the corporation for the period ended Sept. 30, 2013.

Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 was $2.7 million in both 2013 and 2012. On a per share basis, net income was $ .89 in both years. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2013 net income was $1.1 million, $613 thousand higher than the third quarter of 2012.

Mahoning Lions hosts Appreciation Night

Thursday, October 31, 2013
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SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Mahoning Township Lions Club held a Lions Appreciation Night honoring businesses and individuals who strive to make a difference in the community. The dinner was held Wednesday at the Normal Square Inn in Lehighton. Among the honorees were, from left: Gene Durigan; Tom Zimmerman Jr., Zimmerman's Dairy; Tom Zimmerman IV; Lions President Robert Miller Jr. of the Mahoning Valley Ambulance; Dr. Mary Lombardo of the Mahoning Valley Animal Hospital; Commissioner Tom Gerhard; and Commissioner Chairman Wayne Nothstein.

Tamaqua bridge work leads to voting change

Thursday, October 31, 2013
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SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua voters who normally cast their ballots at the Tamaqua ABC High Rise will have a polling place change for the Nov. 5 election. The change is due to the reconstruction of the US 209 bridge in the 200 block of East Broad Street. The voting station will be located at the Tamaqua Municipal Building, 320 E. Broad St., Tamaqua. The bridge reconstruction project is estimated to be completed in November of 2014. According to Sean Brown, Pennsylvania Department of Tranportation Safety Press Officer, the project is on schedule.

Scattering rubbish incident probed

Thursday, October 31, 2013

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating a scattering of rubbish incident at a Schuylkill County location.

Troopers said several unknown actors were observed illegally dumping and burning miscellaneous items on private land east of the Burma Road, in East Norwegian Township. The incident occurred about 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

One of the actors fled in a red Dodge Ram truck from behind Matto's Cycle's. Troopers said witnesses provided leads on identifying the individuals and the investigation is ongoing.

Monroe driver facing DUI charge

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Monroe County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence following an incident that occurred about 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, along SR209 near Frable Road, in Chestnuthill Township.

State police at Fern Ridge said Kevin O'Shea, 45, of Sciota, was stopped driving a 2005 Buick Century for an equipment violation. He was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance, troopers said, and was placed under arrest. Charges will be filed, troopers added.

McCann Career Day

Thursday, October 31, 2013
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SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

McCann School of Business held its Fourth Annual High School Career Day on Oct. 4, hosting almost 200 students from local schools, including Blue Mountain, Mahanoy Area, Minersville, North Schuylkill, Schuylkill Technology Center and Tamaqua.

Memorial fund set up for Midas family

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A memorial fund has been established at the Jim Thorpe National Bank for the Midas family, who lost their son, husband and father, David Midas, last weekend.

Donations can be made by visiting the Jim Thorpe National Bank, Jim Thorpe branch; or by stopping in the Carbon County sheriff's office, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Rehearsals begin for concert in park

Thursday, October 31, 2013

It's time to tune up the band in Palmerton.

That would be the "Holiday Homecoming Chorus," which plans to provide a Christmas concert and caroling for the Christmas in the Park Festival to be held Saturday, Dec. 7, in the borough park.

The group's first rehearsal will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at First United Church of Christ, 457 Delaware Ave.

Richard Nothstein, church member, said there will be four rehearsals held in preparation for the festival.

Rehearsals usually last about one-and-a-half hours, Nothstein said.

'Food Frenzy' to serve 20,000 needy

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A local organization's goal to raise funds for 20,000 meals for needy Carbon County children, seniors and adults is nearly halfway complete.

Members of the Thrivent Financial board of directors are leading the charge, working with area businesses, churches and residents to finance a "food packing frenzy" that will take place on Nov. 24. The frenzy will be hosted by End Hunger NE, a subsidiary of Outreach, Inc.

"To meet our goal, we need to raise around $5,900," said Al Sellers, president of the Thrivent Financial board in Carbon County.

The pinch is on to feed families

Thursday, October 31, 2013
File photo Food stamps won't go as far with cuts to the program.
File photo Food stamps won't go as far with cuts to the program.

Area food pantries brace for impact as food stamp allocations drop

Local food pantries, already struggling to keep up with increasing need, are bracing for more requests for help as monthly food stamp allocations drop Friday.

The reduction comes about as the 2009 federal economic stimulus package that increased food stamp allocations ends, dropping SNAP allocations by a total of $5 billion next year.

The package, called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, had increased monthly allotments for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, or SNAP, by an average of 13.6 percent about $80 a month for a family of four.

Bears advance to title game

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Bears advance to title game
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Pleasant Valley came into Wednesday's District 11 Class AAA field hockey semifinal riding a smothering defense and the outstanding goalie play of Rachel Wild.

The Bears, who had posted 11 shutouts on the season, got another outstanding defensive performance to defeat Northampton, 2-1.

"Our game plan tonight was to play solid defense because defense wins games," said Pleasant Valley coach Jess Frantz.

Actually both defenses dominated the opening half which was very even in terms of momentum and statistics.

BMHS Senior Health and Information Fair set

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System and CarbonCounty Area Agency On Aging will co-host a Senior Health and Information Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Lehighton Recreation Center at 243 S. 8th St., Lehighton.

Free health screenings will be offered, including cholesterol, blood pressure, glaucoma and pulse oximetry.

CareNet clients celebrate new lives at 12th annual banquet

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS CareNet of Carbon County held its 12th annual fundraising banquet at Christ Evangelical Free Church, Lehighton. From left are, Kellee McArdle, client; Suzie DeMara, director; Jennifer Long, client; Cheryl Deutsch, counselor; and Rich Cadwallader, client.
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS CareNet of Carbon County held its 12th annual fundraising banquet at Christ Evangelical Free Church, Lehighton. From left are, Kellee McArdle, client; Suzie DeMara, director; Jennifer Long, client; Cheryl Deutsch, counselor; and Rich Cadwallader, client.

CareNet of Carbon County recently held its 12th annual fundraising banquet at Christ Evangelical Free Church. The theme was "Children of the King." The sanctuary was transformed into a grand banquet hall complete with crown decorations as centerpieces and great food for the 140 people who came raise money for the non profit organization.

As part of the program, several clients shared how CareNet has made a difference in their lives.

CareNet is a faith-based nonprofit organization in Carbon County, which is fully funded by private donations from individuals and churches.

Building restoration

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Painter Mike McGinley touches the Witch's Hat finials of the oldest wooden building in Jim Thorpe. The building, opposite the Old Jail, is currently an apartment house. The 1850s-era building is believed to have served as a schoolhouse, Civil War recruiting station, and Mulhearn's dry goods store.

Commissioners cancel meeting to attend deputy's funeral

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Thursday's Carbon County commissioners meeting has been canceled.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said the reason for the cancellation is due to the funeral of Lt. David Midas, who served as a deputy in the Carbon County Sheriff's office. Midas died early Saturday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital from a gunshot wound.

"After some discussion I know all of us were really close with Dave," Nothstein said. "We knew not only him, we knew his wife and we certainly want to be there for the family and want to be there for the service."

Movie review: James Gandolfini: 'Enough Said'

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

When is speaking your mind saying too much? When is biting your tongue saying too little?

Truth in conversation, feelings and action is at the heart of "Enough Said," an entertaining and thoughtful romantic comedy memorable for its nuanced performances, especially that of James Gandolfini in what is his second-to-last big-screen role.

Look for an Oscar actor nomination for Gandolfini and a possible Oscar for the highly-regarded and beloved actor best-known as Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos."

Tamaqua news

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Victorian customs

The Tamaqua Historical Society will present a free program about Victorian-era death, mourning and burial customs today, from 7-8 p.m., at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St. Costumes are welcome and refreshments will be available.

Senior citizens

The Tamaqua Senior Citizens group met Oct. 24 with 77 members in attendance. President Jean Machamer conducted the business session. Jacque Patrick provided the invocation "A Blessed Autumn." The meeting concluded with cards and social games.

Public input welcome on building plans

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Shull-David Elementary could close; new stadium would open

Lehighton Area School Board has scheduled a special meeting for a work session with the Building Project Committee to address districtwide, long-range facilities plans.

This work session will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4. It is tentatively scheduled at Lehighton Area School District Administration Building, Conference Room A. However, if the size of the crowd warrants, the meeting may be moved to Lehighton Area High School Auditorium.

Drug sweep nets seven alleged drug dealers

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A drug sweep early Tuesday morning by the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force and assisted by local police and the county's sheriff and probation offices netted seven street level drug dealers in the Pottsville and two neaerby boroughs, it was revealed by District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon with oversaw the action.

The officers left the district attorney's office around 6 a.m. and moved into the three communities and apprehended the drug dealers and had them arraigned before Magisterial District Judge James R. Ferrier of Orwigsburg.

LCRC to meet

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lehighton Library.

'Redneck Birthday Party' is coming to Summit Hill

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The "Redneck Birthday Party" dinner show will be held at the Parkview Inn in Summit Hill on Nov. 2.
The "Redneck Birthday Party" dinner show will be held at the Parkview Inn in Summit Hill on Nov. 2.

The Parkview Inn, 204 W. Ludlow St., Summit ill will host a "Redneck Birthday Party" dinner show on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The show is a White Rose Production.

This is the last in the series of White Rose Productions.

The show and party has some great down home "fixings", hilarity and some mystery.

The Melonjuice twins, Bobby Jo Bobby and Jo Bobby Jo are throwing a surprise birthday party that will be charged with excitement. When a past redneck lover returns, the party gets hectic.

Carbon veterans service Saturday

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Details finalized for Lehighton parade Nov. 10, wills available for veterans

Perhaps there's no greater way to express our love of our country then to display our public spirit.

To that end, the Carbon County Veterans Council will hold a "Show of Patriotism" rally from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Palmerton Veterans Memorial, Palmerton Town Green, Delaware Avenue.

All veterans are welcome to attend. Those who do are urged to wear their uniform, hat, and bring a flag.

Henry Desrosiers, director of Carbon County Veterans Affairs, said the purpose behind the rally is two-fold.

Walnutport man gets jail time in JT shooting

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Walnutport man, who previously pleaded guilty to a count of simple assault in a shooting incident in Jim Thorpe, was sentenced Tuesday in Carbon County court to a prison term.

Thomas Henry Smith, 55, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve four to eight months in the county prison.

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October 30, 1992 Lamont Hibbler catches a pair of touchdown passes and also runs for a score to help Lehighton gain a 30-6 Centennial League win over Pocono Mountain. Hibbler snares 31 and 38-yard tosses from Carl Wolter and also reaches the end zone on a 29-yard run. The Indians, coached by Dave Parsons, also receive 185 yards rushing and a touchdown from Terry Blair. The score comes on a 77-yard scamper. Dave Hartranft contributes to the victory with 92 yards rushing.