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Friday, June 29, 2012

The completion of the solar project is finally nearing as Marrone Brothers agreed to make repairs to the data acquisition box and replace a shielded cable for the solar field they constructed for the Summit Hill Water Authority that is to supply the physical plant with electricity for the next several years.

The project was originally due to end last fall and its original deadline of August 31st has long past.

Friday, June 29, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

A.J. Mitchell and his wife, Nikki, and their two daughters, Fallon, 4 and Sawyer, 2, take advantage of a picture perfect summer evening as they enjoy a picnic dinner while listening to a free concert in the Chestnuthill Township Park. "This is great. I hope more people come out to support these concerts so they will continue to have them," said Nikki.

Friday, June 29, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Leah Slepoi of Penn Forest Township jumps an opening in the stone wall of the Lehigh Canal at Weissport.

Friday, June 29, 2012

An attempt to renew annual contracts for Panther Valley School District's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program died Thursday after one school board member questioned the action and another followed in her footsteps.

A motion to renew the contract of JROTC Senior Instructor Kenneth J. Markovich failed, even though the vote was by a 3-2 in favor.

Board President Jeff Markovich, who is Kenneth Markovich's brother, and his wife, board member Michelle Markovich, abstained from voting. Board members David Hiles and Koreen Nalesnik were absent.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Carbon County Correctional Facility will soon be better protected from lightning strikes.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted unanimously to award the lightning suppression system project contract to Albarell Electric Inc. of Bethlehem. Albarell was the sole bidder for the project and bid $45,970 for the work.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, explained after the vote that the commissioners had Mike Schade from Schade Engineering Inc., the project engineer, review the bid.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Volunteers with the New Life Assembly of God Church, 407 Schuylkill Ave., in Tamaqua are holding their free Kids Quest program for youth aged 4 to 11 at their church today, tomorrow and Sunday. The program, which will last from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. everyday, will consist of clowns, contests, prizes, games and more. Any child under 4 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (570) 668-4059 or visit them on Facebook.

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Palmerton Area High School Honor Roll for the third marking period of the second semester of the 2011-12 school year has been announced by Ms. Kathleen A. Egan, Principal.

HIGH HONORS [3.75-4.00+ GPA in all subjects]

Friday, June 29, 2012

A former employee at the Blue Mountain Health Systems Gnaden Huetten Campus, Lehighton, has been charged with taking a large amount of money from the hospital bank account.

Lehighton police said Theresa Bernardi, 42, of 15 W. Bertsch St., Lansford, has been charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds.

She is accused of fraudulently removing money from the hospital account from July 2009 to May 2012 while an employee of the hospital.

Police said the total amount taken was $80,225.15.

Friday, June 29, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Summer Goldy and Pat Ohl will be holding a Bake Sale fundraiser to raise money to be used for the cost of bringing the body of Joshua Stepp home from Michigan.

Summer Goldy, 16, says Joshua Stepp, 16, of Walnutport, was her best friend in kindergarten through third grade, right up until she and her family moved away from Walnutport. When she heard that her friend had been fatally shot during an attempted burglary while visiting friends in Mt. Morris, Michigan on June 11, she just couldn't believe something like that happened.

When she heard the family needed $2,000 to bring his body home, the first thing she thought was, "I have to donate."

She approached her mother, Pat Ohl of Lehighton and said, "We have to do something."

Friday, June 29, 2012
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Patrolman Tom Rodgers prepares to transport Keith D. Neff, 29, to the Schuylkill County Prison after an arraignment before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua. Neff was wanted on a felony warrant in connection with a burglary at his grandmother's Tamaqua apartment.

A Tamaqua man wanted on a felony burglary warrant was apprehended early Thursday morning after officers learned where he was hiding.

Keith D. Neff, 29, was taken into custody after he was discovered hiding in the attic of his mother's home. Police also charged his mother, Gladys B. Neff, 56, of 119 Pine St., in connection with the incident.

The incident began Wednesday night when officers were asked to check on a property at 307 Arlington St. The owners had received information that someone was in the home when it should have been empty.