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Friday, January 18, 2013

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) – Two defense experts say blood and post mortem evidence support a former Pennsylvania pastor's claims that his wives died in accidents and were not bludgeoned by him as prosecutors claim.

The Pocono Record reports Thursday's expert testimony came in the eighth day of the Monroe County trial of 64-year-old Arthur Schirmer, who is charged in the July 2008 death of his second wife, Betty. He's awaiting trial on charges he similarly killed his first wife, Jewel, in 1999 only to claim she died from falling down stairs.

Friday, January 18, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS An exterior shot of The Neffs National Bank, which is in the midst of its 90th anniversary celebration this year.

Strength. Trust. Community.

Welcome to The Neff's National Bank, wherecustomers are not anumber, but are like family.

Further proof of that can be seen this year,as the bank celebrates its 90th anniversary with monthly charity drives and some educational workshops throughout the year.

This month, a clothing drive is being held, as all clothing received will go to the bank's local chapter of the Salvation Army. The bank's local chapter offers after-school programs, social and physical services and shelter to children and adults in the community.

Friday, January 18, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during the program were, from left, Dan Smith, Tamaqua Post Commander Joel P. Perry; Katie Hartman and Dan Decher. Smith and Decher were involved in making the plaque.

Tamaqua American Legion members continued their mission of "never forgetting veterans" during a remembrance and plaque unveiling service held in honor of a West Penn Township soldier killed in Iraq in 2006.

United States Army SGT Jennifer M. Hartman, 21, was remembered by fellow veterans and family members during an emotional remembrance service held at the post.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Five area residents were among 23 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Heavy snow made for this wintery scene just off SR443 in Clamtown.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A meeting of Palmerton Area School Board's Budget and Finance Committee originally scheduled for Wednesday evening was postponed.

No new meeting date has been set.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

An Ohio school district, of similar size to Tamaqua's, has recently enacted a "concealed carry" policy for staff members, similar to what school district officials are researching and considering here.

Tuesday night, the Tamaqua board directed its education committee President Larry Wittig, Eileen Meiser and Wanda Zuber to develop a policy for the district that allows certain staff members to be trained in handling firearms. On Jan. 9, Montpelier Exempted Village Schools, Montpelier, Ohio approved a concealed carry policy for staff (see sidebar).

Thursday, January 17, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Attending the planning meeting of Special Olympics Carbon County for their participation in the 2013 Lehigh Valley Polar Bear Plunge are, left to right: Alison Karnish, Jacki Williamson, Dave Rodrigues (Polar Plunger), Christine Rodigues, Debbie Cook, Josh Brown, Maureen Foster, Oscar Santizo, Rachel Kroboth, Victor Shivone, and Tony Kroboth.

While many people think of a "Polar Bear Plunge" as being a New Year's Day event, such an event will be held this upcoming weekend to benefit Special Olympics PA.

The 2013 Lehigh Valley Polar Bear Plunge will be held along the Delaware River in Easton this Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m..

The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity to support local Special Olympics athletes by running and jumping into icy cold waters.

Plunge participants take a quick dip in the river to raise funds for thousands of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Schuylkill County District Attorney Karen Byrnes-Noon, announced she will seek election to a full term this year.

Byrnes-Noon, a Democrat, was appointed district attorney in 2011 and took over the position in 2012 after former DA, James Goodman, was elected a judge on the Court of Common Pleas.

Byrnes-Noon is a 24 year member of the staff in the DA's office.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The monthly state of prison report was given by Warden Eugene Berdanier to the Schuylkill County Prison Board, which met Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville, showing the prison remains overcrowded and interviews were conducted for hiring part time correctional officers.

The cost of operating the prison for December totaled $370,257.01 with the biggest cost is for providing health care to inmates by a professional company, Prime Care Medical , Inc., of Harrisburg, which was $67,779.46.