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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tax office

closed Saturday

The office of JimThorpe tax collector Terry McElmoyle will be closed Saturday, and will reopen Monday.


The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be stationed at the Fairview Hose Company from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday.

House decorating

The Jim Thorpe Lions Club is sponsoring a Halloween house decorating contest in conjunction with their Halloween parade. Prizes of gift certificates will be given to first, second and third places.

The decorations will be judged on originality, scariest and overall appearance.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Marian Catholic student-athletes and activities members gathered at Our Lady of the Angels Academy recently for a pep rally to boost pride in their school and make OLOAA students aware of all of the activities, clubs and sports teams available to students at Marian.

Pictured are kindergarten students, from left, Joelle Machay, Skylar Foster and Megan O'Brien helping Marian cheerleaders teach a cheer to the OLOAA student body.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS John Kovatch IV, center, CEO of KME and the Kovatch Corporation of Nesquehoning, and his sister, Kathy Kovatch Reaman, director of human resources information systems for the firms. hold awards given to them by officials of the Lehigh Carbon Community College. The Kovatch family received the colleges "Collegiate Award of Distinction." Looking on are, from left, Audrey Larvey, chairman of the board of trustees of LCCC; Rick Reaman, CFO of the Kovatch firm; Judy Kovatch Lebo, vice president of the firm; Dr. Ann Bieber, president of LCCC, and John Kovatch IV, a vice president of the firm.

The Kovatch family, owners of KME and the Kovatch Corporation in Nesquehoning, were honored this week for their continued support and dedicated service to the Lehigh Carbon Community College.

They were the 2014 recipients of the college's "Collegiate Award of Distinction."

Dr. Ann D. Bieber, president of the college, presented the award during a ceremony held at the Kovatch firm. Accepting it on behalf of the family was Kathy Kovatch Reaman, director of human resources information systems for the family business.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
LARRY NEFF/special to the times news

Firefighters from several companies had to extricate the operator

of a tractor-trailer after he drove off the right shoulder of Interstate 81 Wednesday morning. The incident occurred in the southbound lanes near the Mahanoy exit in Schuylkill County at 11:45 a.m.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pleasant Valley School District's Community Trick or Treat Nite will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday. The event will take place throughout the high school in Brodheadsville.

Children can go trick-or-treating in a safe environment. There will be all kinds of treats and games and activities.

Proceeds from the gate admission, $5 per child, will go to the Twilight Wish Foundation and the Pleasant Valley High School courtyard garden. Proceeds from the concession sales will benefit the Monroe County Children and Youth program for holiday gifts.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Lehighton teen reported missing on Monday has been located, state police at Lehighton reported on Wednesday afternoon.

Benjamin Donald Kroboth, 18, of 8605 Interchange Road, was reported missing by his parents at 1:30 p.m. Monday. He had been last seen leaving the Burger King on Route 443 wearing his uniform at 6:15 p.m. Sunday.

Police had said at the time that Kroboth was not believed to be a danger to himself or others.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A former Lehighton teacher and adviser to the National Honor Society who has been charged with sending inappropriate text messages to a 16-year-old male student waived a scheduled hearing on the charge on Wednesday.

Matthew Kyle Fisher of Lehighton was scheduled to have the hearing before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

Defendants have the right to waive preliminary hearings directly to Carbon County Court, which Fisher opted to do.

He must appear for arraignment at the office of the Carbon County district attorney on Dec. 18.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HARRISBURG (AP) Guns were a hot topic Wednesday in the Pennsylvania Senate, which voted to back a ban on pigeon shoots and for a bill to give groups like the National Rifle Association legal standing to sue municipalities over local gun laws.

Senators favored outlawing pigeon shoots by a 3-1 ratio and sent the measure back to the House for consideration.

The shoots, which involve launching the birds from spring-loaded boxes to be shot at close range, were derided by senators who called it inhumane and a throwback to "another age."

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Schuylkill commissioners on Wednesday took another step in the expansion of the HighRidge industrial park when they granted utility and access easement to a company building a natural gas filling station at the site.

The easement, for driveways and a drainage pipe extension on Keystone Boulevard to lot four in the park, was granted to Trillium CNG.

The station would use compressed natural gas from pipelines within the park. It will serve truck fleets, including those working for a number of park businesses.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Carbon County officials are eyeing the prison commissary fund to help offset the costs of drug and alcohol programs for inmates.

During the county prison board meeting on Wednesday, county controller Robert Crampsie recommended using part of a $42,000 sign-on bonus to help pay for a $54,000 agreement with Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission for drug and alcohol treatment services at the prison.