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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The final Guiding Star for the Palmerton Concourse Club year is Jacquelin Lee Fronheiser.

Her hobbies are camping, crafting, dancing, singing and painting. She is involved in music, cheerleading and soccer.

School activities include Student Council, Environmental Club, Leo Club and Palmerton Against Animal Cruelty, of which she is president.

Jacquelin's community activities include Girl Scouts and tutoring at the Palmerton Library.

She plans to attend Philadelphia University to major in business administration.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jim Thorpe Borough held a special meeting Wednesday evening to address the conflicts between the existing employee policy manual and union contract that went into effect Jan. 1.

"These policies don't accurately reflect the Teamsters agreement, nor the statements we have with our non-union employees," said borough President Barbara Ahner.

The council passed a motion to rescind all current and previous policy manuals.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A man, reportedly homeless, was arraigned on burglary and other charges Wednesday from an incident that happened earlier in the day in Weissport.

During the alleged burglary, a 1-year-old child was reportedly pushed to the floor by the defendant and suffered a bruised cheek.

Jonathan Spyros Matthew Hortis, 25, had the arraignment before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe.

Hortis, whose address on the affidavit is 101 Lehigh Drive, Lehighton, is charged with burglary, simple assault, theft by unlawful taking and criminal mischief.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mark Hoffman, president of the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission, and Jacob Hoffner, member of Boy Scout 82, work on the brick work around one of the shade trees near the old Dollar General store.

The Lehighton Shade Tree Commission joined forces with Boy Scout Troop 82 Saturday to plant trees within the borough.

Mark Hoffman, president of the commission, said this is the fifth year in a row the commission has partnered with the Scouts, and each year goes better than the last.

Scott Wingert, Scoutmaster of Troop 82, who is also a member of the Shade Tree Commission, was instrumental in bringing the two organizations together.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Joseph Hnat, a former member of Coaldale Borough Council, was recently honoredby the Pennsylvania State Associationof Boroughs. Hnat was presented the "Cecil K. Leberknight Award" during the 2014 PSAB conference in State College. The awardis given to borough officials who havecompleted 10 or more years of service.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Tamaqua Borough council wore elaborate women's shoes to their April meeting in support of the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event that will be held in Pottsville later this month. The event raises money to help increase the awareness of sexual violence and abuse against women.

A longtime Tamaqua Borough employee has announced she will be retiring after a 33-year career with the borough's housing rehabilitation program.

Council accepted a letter of intent to retire from Margaret Marino at Tuesday night's regular meeting. Marino said her retirement will be effective June 1. Council members praised the job Marino has done, facilitating the borough's revolving loan program that has helped many residents with a low-interest loan to fix up their properties.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Schuylkill County officials on Wednesday chipped away at testimony from a recent coroner's inquest into the death of a prison inmate.

The inmate, Matthew Koncsler, 21, died in his cell on March 31, 2013, of "mixed substance toxicity," according to medical professionals. The jury also determined he had ingested heroin within hours of his death.

Koncsler had been in the prison on drug charges for about five days.

The inquest jury determined that Koncsler's death was by accidental overdose, with negligence as a contributing factor.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The West End Park and Open Space Easter Egg Hunt was twice the fun for twins Brody and Haley Ott, 2, of Effort.

On a perfect spring day, West End Park and Open Space Commission held its annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Van Buskirk-Haney Park in Saylorsburg.

A colorful array of 5,000 eggs dotted the park's open field area. All the eggs contained candy and some eggs had the word "prize" inside, which were later awarded.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A home occupation in Lower Towamensing Township can expand and operate as an assisted living facility/personal care home.

By a unanimous measure, the township's zoning hearing board on Tuesday agreed to grant a variance to Donna Smith regarding the number of patients permitted at the property at 112 Northcreek Road.

The variance permits that no more than eight patients may reside at the subject property, which is located in a Rural Conservation Zoning District.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A trip by a Philadelphia man and two friends, who were going to attend homecoming weekend at Bloomsburg University, turned deadly when they were involved in a fiery crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike last October.

Aenri Collase Dunlap, 19, who was driving the car with a learner's permit, is facing multiple charges in the death of front seat passenger Isaiah Lawler, 18. Lawler had a valid Pennsylvania driver's license.

Kevin Boston, a back seat passenger who also had a learner's permit, was not injured.