Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Local News

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Slatington resident Mel Gildner said he remains neutral about the regional recreation authority.

In a meeting article last week on the Slatington Borough Council, Gildner said he was misquoted.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday afternoon on a charge of indecent assault.

Rashion Taliek Venable, 22, of Albrightsville, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve nine to one day less 24 months in the county prison.

Venable previously pleaded guilty to the charge. The case dates back five years and has been continued at least 51 times.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Three generations of soldiers: Ted Kistler, Ted's son Jeff Kistler, and Jeff's son Mike Kistler. The family gathered at R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215 in Walnutport, to celebrate Mike Kistler's visit home on leave from Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

U.S. Army Pfc. Mike Kistler stands next to his grandfather, Ted Kistler, in the social room of R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215, Walnutport, picking out familiar faces in a photograph of a platoon of soldiers in Afghanistan.

A few minutes later, they join Mike's father, Jeff Kistler, and other family members by the brightly lit Christmas tree in a corner of the room.

The three generations of Kistler men share a proud tradition: All are U.S. Army veterans.

Ted Kistler enlisted in 1961, serving in Germany during the Berlin Crisis. Jeff Kistler enlisted in 1984.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News

State police at Pocono are investigating a tractor-trailer rollover on Tuesday at the Pocono exit of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania turnpike. The incident occurred at 10:30 a.m. just before the toll booths. Tow trucks were on scene to upright the rig.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Due to scheduling and expected family commitments, the Carbon County Veterans Affairs Office will be short-staffed and possibly closed at times through Jan. 2.

The office apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please call the office to make an appointment to ensure someone will be there to assist you.

If there is no answer, please leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Newly appointed Coaldale Mayor Francisco "Frank" Rodriguez is congratulated by Council  President Angela Krapf.

Coaldale has a new council member, mayor, secretary/treasurer and zoning officer.

Council members made the appointments during a special meeting Tuesday.

Frank Hutta takes the seat of Linda Miller, who passed away Nov. 16.

Francisco "Frank" Rodriguez is the new mayor, replacing Richard Kellner, who resigned Dec. 1.

Anissa Nunemacher will be part-time secretary/treasurer, replacing Andrea Davis, who quit Dec. 1.

Bertram Berk Jr. will be the zoning officer, replacing Pete Sachon, who resigned in October.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Winter is the perfect time to visit the Palmerton Area Library.

Activities for children include:

Ÿ Preschool Story Hour is held every Friday at 10:30 a.m. during the school year. It is free and open to the public.

Ÿ Paws of Hope Kids read to dogs the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon. It is free but parents must preregister for a time slot by calling the library at 610-826-3424.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Philadelphia man was sentenced to a state prison term on Tuesday afternoon in Carbon County on a drug count.

Terrance Bernard Brown, 50, who previously pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance-crack cocaine, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve a total of 15 to 30 months in a state correctional institution.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Patient Steve Obremski of Palmerton receives a goody bag courtesy of Santa, who is shown with Tina Zick, a registered nurse at Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton campus.

As they laid there, bedridden due to sickness, a certain void could be detected.

That all changed once Santa arrived at Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton campus Tuesday to spread holiday cheer to patients.

Santa's visit was once again sponsored by members of the Palmerton United Veterans Organization, which consists of American Legion Post 269 and VFW Post 7134.

Patients received a goody bag filled with a piece of candy, an orange, cookies, a Christmas tree ornament, a folded flag ornament and a Christmas card.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pennsylvanians can now purchase 2015 dog licenses from their county treasurers. State law requires all dogs 3 months and older to be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year.

"If you own a dog, you need to get him a license," said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. "Buying a dog license is easy and affordable and it gives owners peace of mind knowing that if their dog gets lost, it's his ticket home."