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Thursday, June 12, 2014
Corkery

A state police trooper, qualified as an expert in computer examinations and investigations, testified at the trial of former Coaldale Mayor Richard Corkery on Wednesday in Carbon County Court that he found "thousands" of pornographic photos on a computer used by the defendant at his former workplace.

Thursday, June 12, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Zion United Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville was a hive of activity on Saturday, as many volunteers gathered to make 30,000 nutritious meals for Kids Against Hunger, to help reduce hunger locally through area food pantries and for children at the Village of Hope School in Haiti. Each packet of dry soy, rice, vegetables and powdered chicken stock can feed 12 children or six adults. It was sponsored by Monroe County Pennsylvania Chapter of Thrivent Financial. Left to right, are, team leader Nancy Joy Koch, Alex Bentley, Terry

Thursday, June 12, 2014

David C. Burrell Jr. has resigned from Lansford Parks and Recreation board.

However, Lansford Borough Council has refused to accept the resignation.

Tuesday night council voted 4-2 against letting Burrell step down and instead will ask him to reconsider.

Opposed to his resignation were council members Mary Soberick, Rose Mary Cannon, Colin Jones and Samantha Yasson.

Voting in favor of accepting it were council President Martin Ditsky and Tommy Vadyak.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Coaldale United Veterans Organization will conduct a flag retirement ceremony at 7 p.m. this Friday, June 13.

The ceremony will be conducted at the Coaldale Fire Company building on West High Street.

The public is welcome to attend and to bring any old/torn/frayed/faded flags due to be retired.

Please arrive about 15 minutes before the ceremony is scheduled to begin.

Food and beverages will be available.

Thursday, June 12, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Rhonda Young, director, home health care, performs an EKG on Kristin Kline of Palmerton during the annual community health fair held Saturday at Palmerton Hospital.

A community health fair is only as good as its vendors and the people who support it.

With more vendors on hand to provide free services to the public, it's no wonder the community health fair held Saturday at Palmerton Hospital was deemed a huge success by its organizers.

Blue Mountain Health System teamed with the Palmerton Lions Club to host the event, which had about 30 vendors who gave out free health assessments, such as health screenings and chair massages.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Nearly a year ago, Lansford Ambulance Corps was shut down by the Pennsylvania Department of Health because some of its equipment reportedly didn't comply with state standards.

Lansford Borough Council has, for months, been trying to get the ambulance unit to return communication equipment, specifically pagers and radios, to the borough, but without success.

Tuesday night, council was advised the state's Auditor General has been asked to intervene.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday approved a number of personnel moves.

At the county nursing home at Rest Haven, the approved the transfer of Angela Detweiler of Schuylkill Haven from part-time nurses' aide to full-time nurses' aid. She'll earn $12.44 an hour. They also approved the hiring of Brian Flickinger of Port Carbon as a part-time licensed practical nurse at $16.97 an hour.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

During a meeting Tuesday, the Tamaqua Borough Historical Architectural Review Committee recommended three projects as appropriate and tabled two:

Guo Cheng Wu, 119-123 West Broad St.

The applicant is expanding the existing restaurant and is requesting to install a number of fixed windows and a new entrance. The applicant also wants to change the first story facade to stone and construct a ramp for accessible entrance at the rear of the property. The committee recommended a certificate of appropriateness.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In a world where photos, movies and websites are easily accessible and women dressed provocatively is the norm, a silent problem exists.

That problem is that today's generation feels inappropriate jokes, innuendos and behavior that make fun of sexual misconduct is OK.

Thursday, June 12, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS A resident complained about potholes on Stagecoach Roadin Towamensing Township.

George White was one of several residents to complain about potholes to Towamensing Township supervisors at the June 5 meeting.

He asked why some of the potholes had been marked on Pohopoco Drive. It was so bicyclists could see them during a race. White said he had to help one rider who hit a hole badly enough to knock her chain off. He helped her repair it.

Wayne Knirnschild said a young person swerved to miss a pothole and rolled.