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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Darren Yurkunas’ passion for chainsaw art was born eight years ago, when a carving artist at the Carbon County Fair caught his attention. Returning home to a fresh pile of wood, he set to work on his own statues.

These days, he’s Bearly Get’n By.

Don’t worry, Yurkunas is actually doing quite well. That’s just the name of his own chainsaw art business.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Lansford Mayor James Romankow urged residents to be aware of scammers going door-to-door. He said a person came to his house and said he was from PPL Electric, but couldn’t provide a soliciting permit that the borough requires for identification.

Council president Martin Ditsky said telemarketers or possibly scammers are also making phone calls using numbers in Lansford’s calling prefix, 645.

In other business this week:

Saturday, August 12, 2017

An unnamed employee of Kidder Township was suspended for three days without pay on the recommendation of the township’s police Chief, Matthew Kuzma.

The township supervisors held a special meeting Friday afternoon to discuss the disciplinary action.

After meeting with Kuzma, the supervisors agreed to his recommendation that the employee be suspended without pay.

No other details have been released.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Little Kannah Dew lived in a cold, filthy, dilapidated, bug-infested trailer on Duke Street in Walnutport until she was beaten to death by her mother’s boyfriend on Feb. 24, 2014.

Now, her killer, for at least the next 20 years, will live in a prison cell.

Gary Foley Jr., 33, who pleaded guilty in June to third-degree murder, was sentenced to 20 to 40 years by Northampton County President Judge Stephen Baratta.

Saturday, August 12, 2017
Josephine Vigini

A woman living in Brodheadsville received a certificate commemorating her long and experienced life Friday to celebrate her 102nd birthday.

State Sen. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe, presented Josephine Vigini with a certificate honoring her for her long life.

Kerry Knapp, assistant director of activities at Brookmont Health Care Center where Vigini lives, said the certificate in part shows just how much Vigini has seen in her life.

Saturday, August 12, 2017
Lynn and Mark Heckman stand with the sign presented to them by the Monroe County Conservation District as Conservation Farmer of the Year. The sign will hang in the farm’s market.

Heckman Orchards in Effort has been named as Conservation Farmer of the Year by the Monroe County Conservation District.

“It is often the farmers that have an impact on conservation efforts” said Adam Schellhammer, director of the MCCD.

“These are the guys who have boots on the ground and work closest with the resources. Heckman’s is doing great work to protect the environment and the natural resources of Monroe County.”

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Nine defendants in pending cases pleaded to driving under the influence charges on Thursday in Carbon County court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas from the following:

Ryan Matthew Besecker, 29, of Hamlin, McKean County, was arrested on March 11 along Blue Mountain Drive in Lower Towamensing Township by state police at Lehighton. A test revealed a 0.16 BAC.

Saturday, August 12, 2017
Mike O’Pake, Democratic candidate for Schuylkill County district attorney, addresses opioid issues. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Education is the key to dealing with the opioid crisis.

Mike O’Pake, Democratic candidate for Schuylkill County district attorney, on Wednesday shared his view on how to attack the problem as he addressed the Tamaqua Rotary/Chamber of Commerce at Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua.

O’Pake discussed issues relating to the national opioid crisis, which he said has been classified as the worst-ever drug crisis in the country.

“It’s a real problem,” O’Pake said. “It’s in our communities, and it’s not going away.”

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Coaldale woman admitted to drug counts in Carbon County court on Thursday.

She was one of two defendants in pending drug-related cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Lansford incidents

Hannah C. Banditelli, 19, pleaded to two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia in three separate incidents, all occurring in Lansford.