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Monday, September 17, 2012

A "downtown mall" was proposed for First Street, Lehighton, during the reorganization meeting dinner program of the Lehighton Chamber of Commerce held at Mahoning Valley Country Club. "The Downtown Mall" is the idea of Frank Brunner, Lehighton, who with Dan Watt, presented an artist's conception of the business section. The pavements along the east side of the borough park would be removed and the street widened. The mall would extend from Coal Street to Iron Street.

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Philadelphia man entered a guilty plea to driving under the influence (DUI), forgoing a scheduled nonjury trial in Carbon County court last Friday.

Willie E. Nelson Jr., 47, entered the plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika. Nelson was scheduled to go before Matika in a non-jury trial but changed his mind.

He was arrested on Dec. 9, 2011, along the northeast extension of the turnpike in East Penn Township. State police at Pocono charged Nelson. He was taken for a blood test but refused and lost his license for a year.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Nineteen area residents were among 89 who were arraigned Monday before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon at the Schuylkill County courthouse on criminal charges and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested jury trials.

Scott Ferryman, 38, of 127 E. Phillip St., Coaldale, charged by Coaldale Patrolman Joseph Krebs, with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol last Feb. 26 on Fifth Street, driving while his operating privileges were suspended, and failing to lower his high beam lights to approaching vehicles.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) will host a public hearing of the House Majority Policy Committee on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Carbon County Courthouse, Courtroom One, 4 Broadway, Jim Thorpe.

It will be held to discuss workforce development, economic issues and job creation in Carbon County and how state government could help the private sector to spur growth. The hearing will include three panel discussions focusing on emerging and re-emerging industries and opportunities for job creation in the 122nd Legislative District.

Monday, September 17, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  John Schatz, 84, of Walnutport, competes in the bean bag toss as part of the Olympic Games held at the Blue Mountain Health System Adult Day Center. The event continues today and tomorrow.

They tossed for a ringer, shot for a bull's-eye, and even chucked the chicken.

They were among the many activities at the sixth annual Olympic Games at Blue Mountain Health System's Adult Day Service Center in Palmerton.

About 35 individuals participated in the event, according to Denise Schneck, program assistant. It was held last week Thursday and Friday, and continues today and tomorrow, with an awards assembly scheduled for Wednesday.

John Schatz, 84, of Walnutport, was among the participants.

Monday, September 17, 2012

New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6804 Weiss Road, New Tripoli, is hosting "Groovin' & Cruisin'" from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the church.

The event includes a car show and DJ with three musical acts to take place indoors. Donations accepted. Food and drinks will be available.

For additional information, call (610) 298-2710. The church is located across from Northwestern Lehigh High School. See the web at www.nlelc.com or email info@nlelc.com.

Monday, September 17, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Vicar Ben Siebert is the new pastor-in-training for St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Summit Hill and Zion Lutheran Church, Nesquehoning. From left are Brian Buzik, secretary of church council at St. Paul's; Siebert; and Dr. Louis Vermillion, church council member.

For the past year and a half, the Rev. Marjorie Keiter has been one busy pastor.

In addition to serving her home church of St. John Lutheran in Lansford, she has also served as interim pastor of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Summit Hill as well as Zion Lutheran Church in Nesquehoning.

For the next year, however, Keiter will get a little break as she hands over the reigns to Vicar Ben William Siebert from Celina, Ohio.

Monday, September 17, 2012

An Albrightsville area teen, who is an outstanding athlete at Jim Thorpe Area High School, was seriously injured Sunday as the car he was a passenger in crashed while it was racing another vehicle, state police at Fern Ridge said.

Khaaliq Lynch, 17, a junior at Jim Thorpe, was reported in the trauma unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, after being flown by Medevac helicopter Sunday afternoon. The accident occurred along Jonas Road in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, about 12:08 p.m.

Monday, September 17, 2012
Larry Neff/TIMES NEWS Police investigate the scene in downtown Lehighton early today after a male was reportedly shot in a second-floor apartment at 198 S. First St. The shooting is the apparent result of a domestic incident.

Lehighton police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred early this morning in which one person was shot and another is in custody.

According to reports, a male was shot in a second-floor apartment at 198 S. First St. The shooting was reported about 3:41 a.m.

The location is above two store fronts, one being the occupied by the Carbon County Republican Committee.

The male who was shot was taken to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, and admitted. No condition report was available because his name has not been released.

Monday, September 17, 2012
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The 2012-2013 Marian Catholic High School Peer Listeners were inducted at a special Mass, held Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the high school. Peer Listener inductees included: (front row) Samantha Faust, Joshua Green, Breanna Esposito, Mary Grega, Emily Betterly; (back) Diana Ketusky, Anthony Agosti, Marykate Sherkness, Sarah Zurawa and Cassandra Mantz.