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Thursday, February 2, 2012

AARP will be at the Lehighton Recreation Center every Tuesday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. doing taxes for people with low to moderate income staring today until April 15.

Thursday, February 2, 2012
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Luckily, no major injuries were reported in a four vehicle accident that occurred Wednesday around 3:30 p.m. on the top of the Hometown Hill, SR309, in Hometown. Traffic in both directions moved slowly as emergency responders were called and all the vehicles were towed away. Reportedly, while driving north Kim Sponseller, of Barnesville, driving a white Ford E-150 Mahanoy City school van, stopped in the passing northbound lane after a vehicle in front of her stopped to wait for an opening in southbound traffic to turn left onto Wayne Avenue.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Four defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas from the following:

Pamela L. Bowman, 35, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded guilty to one count of receiving stolen property, as a misdemeanor two. She was arrested by Jim Thorpe police for an incident at the Jim Thorpe Market that occurred on Aug. 18, 2011, in which she took $12.98 worth of merchandise.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Charles X. Block, 251 W. Broad St., in Tamaqua will be holding the first of two customer and community appreciation days tomorrow at their business in celebration of Tamaqua's economic growth. Free refreshments and other items will be offered.

The event is also held as part of their celebration of new ownership of the business, which is keeping the same name. The two day event will be held tomorrow and next Thursday, Feb. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday, February 2, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Rev. Suzanne Brooks-Cope is the new Stated Supply pastor at St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown.

St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown, welcomed the Rev. Suzanne Brooks-Cope to the pulpit, Sunday, Jan. 22 as it's new Stated Supply pastor.

She introduced herself and offered a brief biography during the morning's worship service.

She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, one of five children. She graduated from Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia.

A biology major studying pre-med, she was very active in chapel and religious activities on campus.

It was during her senior year she began struggling with her "sense of call to the ministry."

Thursday, February 2, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Employees of Applied Geoscience and Engineering, Reading, drill test borings next to the Reading and Northern Railroad tracks in Jim Thorpe, as preliminary work for the new Route 903 bridge. The new bridge will be located 800 feet north of the existing span.

Finally some physical activity is occurring on the long-awaited, inner-borough bridge replacement project in Jim Thorpe.

Employees of Applied Geoscience & Engineering, Reading, have been boring for the past three weeks at potential sites for the piers of the new Route 903 bridge.

Yesterday, the boring was being done a short distance from the Reading and Northern Railroad tracks, about 80 feet north of the existing span.

Keith Berry, of Applied Geoscience, said the bridge will be built 800 feet from the existing two-lane span.

Thursday, February 2, 2012
LAHS graduate addresses Cadettes

Samantha Bowman, back-left, a culinary arts student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney, Pa., was a returned guest of Cadette Troop 3510, Lehighton, where she addressed the troop members. A former Girl Scout, Dean's List student and 2011 Lehighton Area High School graduate, Samantha gave the girls a power point presentation about the culinary arts curriculum; reviewed with them college textbooks and school binders; showed the makeup of her knife kit, explaining each tool's name and use; and carved apples into the shapes of a bird, giving one to each girl to take home.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

President Judge William E. Baldwin is recommending the state legislature make no changes in redistricting the seven magisterial districts in Schuylkill County and invited public input to voice their opinion.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Lehighton man was sentenced to a state prison term this week in Carbon County court on a charge of conspiracy to committ robbery charge. He was one of nine defendants in pending cases to enter guilty pleas before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Lehighton incident

Shawn Michael Neff, 27, was sentenced to serve 18 to 36 months in prison on the charge. Neff was arrested by Lehighton police for an incident on Oct. 23, 2011, near East Alley with the victim listed as Damian Smith. He previously pleaded to the count.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Real estate tax collections in 2011 exceeded 2010 in Schuylkill County it was reported by Treasurer Jacqueline McGovern to the county commissioners at their work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

In 2011 real estate taxes totaled $27,224,513.48 compared to $26,053,386.47 in 2010. The average percentage collected by borough and township tax collectors was 91 percent, average exoneration was two percent, and average delinquent seven percent.

The percentage collections turned in by townships in 2011 were as follows: