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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mary Lou Gildea, 127 E. Ridge St., Lansford, has been named promotions director for the Carbon Plaza Mall Association, succeeding Gloria Ciavaglia, who resigned.

Gildea, the former Mary Lou Sandherr, co-hosts the Blue Ridge Cable TV Centerfold program and is also a graduate of the American Theatre Wing. She is currently employed as a freelance coordinator throughout much of Carbon County.

In her new job, she will handle arrangements for appearances of groups and individuals who will give demonstrations, entertain shoppers or conduct bake sales at the mall.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Standing on the podium are Aidan Williams, Dylan Coffin, Austin Arnold, Benjamin Griffith, the Rev. James Robison and Jade Rice as Boy and Girl scouts lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

Good Shepherd United Church of Christ honored first responders and military personnel Sunday.

People who attended the service were welcomed in the driveway by members of the Patriot Guard Riders and Catasauqua Legion Riders.

The Patriot Guard is a unit that will attend veterans' funerals, their departure or homecoming if a family requests them.

Lining the drive were Dan Drayer, Roger Drayer, Ed Slaski, Frank Johnson, Pat Costa Jr., Dick Diebert, Steve Rennig and Michael Solga.

The prelude was "Song for the Unsung Hero."

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Jim Thorpe woman who reported for Carbon County Court of Common Please jury duty in March has been arrested by borough police for being in possession of heroin and paraphernalia at the time she reported to the courthouse.

Antoinette Louise Petko, 73 North Ave., is facing misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia as a result of the incident on March 9.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Vocalist Samantha Johnson sits on a suitcase in front of the Tamaqua train station Monday, mimicking a 1946 photo of songstress Doris Day taken at the same spot.

A former server at a Tamaqua restaurant will hit the big time tonight.

Vocalist Samantha Johnson, 26, will be showcased before an international television audience of more than 10 million when she steps on stage to compete in "America's Got Talent," NBC's top-rated summer series. The show begins at 8 p.m.

"It's been exciting," said the former Tamaqua resident on Monday at the Tamaqua train station, where, in 2013, she worked as a member of the waitstaff.

"I'll be nervous watching it."

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Gracious God, please make me strong when others are weak,

Brave when others are afraid, and vigilant when others are distracted by the chaos.

Provide comfort and companionship to my family when I must be away.

Serve beside me and protect me, as I seek to protect others.

Amen.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Recently installed officers for the Mahoning Township Lions Clubfor 2015-2016 from left are: Tom Zimmerman IV, president; Jim Koons, treasurer; Wally Hrinko, lion tamer; Bob Condly, secretary; Dave Nothstein, vice president; and Tom Zimmerman Jr., chaplain.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Lehighton man, who previously pleaded guilty to operating a methamphetamine lab and endangering the welfare of a child, was placed in a special state prison program on Monday in Carbon County court.

Damian Eidem, 28, was placed in the state's Intermediate Punishment Program for two years by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS A Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway train sits on the tracks in Jim Thorpe during one of many recent rainstorms.

Lehighton received 1.76 inches of rain Saturday, according to AccuWeather, but was the steady soaking enough to bring the area out of a drought watch?

Not quite yet, Department of Environmental Protection officials said Monday.

According to the real-time status on DEP's website Monday, a drought watch remains active in Carbon, Schuylkill, Monroe, Lehigh and Northampton counties.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Jim Thorpe man was sentenced to a county prison term Monday on a drug dealing charge.

Justin Guth, 30, was sentenced to serve six to one day less 24 months by Judge Steven R. Serfass. The jail term will be followed by one year of probation.

He previously pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin.

He was arrested on Dec. 20, 2013, in the area of 12 W. 11th St. in Jim Thorpe by agents of the state attorney general's office.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday in the county court after previously pleading guilty to drug-related charges.

Judith Karin Sabol, 36, of Summit Hill, was sentenced to serve a total of 12 to 36 months in a state correctional institution on two counts of acquiring or obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation and one count each of possession of a controlled substance and identity theft.