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Thursday, January 17, 2013

A member of a drug ring, which operated in Carbon County, was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday to three years in prison.

Imani Simelani, 30, of Allentown, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

Simelani admitted his part in a drug ring that operated in Carbon County in 2006 and 2007. He was one of 11 people indicted in 2007 following an investigation by the FBI and state police. The 10 others in the case also pleaded guilty.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A vacancy exists on Summit Hill Borough Council.

Francis O'Gorman Jr., who has been a councilman since the beginning of 2012, has announced his resignation effective Jan. 31.

He said in his resignation letter, "My current work schedule conflicts with the times of our council meetings and I feel that it's unfair to you and the people of Summit Hill that I cannot attend the meetings."

The council will accept written applications from any resident who wants to fill O'Gorman's position.

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Carbon Builders Association installed 2013 officers. From left are, Larry Oberly, president of the Pennsylvania Builders, installing officer; Mike Troutman president, T&T Contracting; Steve Ohl, vice president; R.F. Ohl; and board member Ben Powell, Next Generation Homes. Also installed as a board member was Ron Keblish, Sergeants 3 Home Improvements.

Installation of 2013 officers of the Carbon Builders Association was held Tuesday at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe.

Officers for 2013 are Mike Troutman, president, of T&T Contracting; and Steve Ohl, vice president; of R.F. Ohl. Board members also were installed for a one-year term, Tom Schmidt, of George T. Schmidt, Inc.; Ben Powell, Next Generation Homes; and Ron Keblish, Sergeants 3 Home Improvements.

Larry Oberly, president of the Pennsylvania Builders Association, was installing officer.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The following is a memo from Montpelier, Ohio school superintendent Dr. Jamison J. Grime, sent to parents, faculty and the community on the subject of staffers carrying concealed weapons at Montpelier Schools. It reads:

The Board of Education at its January 9. 2013 meeting passed a resolution in open session allowing certain selected individuals to conceal carry firearms on the premises of Montpelier Schools. There have been many questions asked today and I hope to clarify some of those questions with this communication.

1. Will teachers be carrying firearms?

Thursday, January 17, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A firefighter sprays water into the smoke-filled engine compartment.

Two Tamaqua residents were taken to the hospital yesterday following a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Dennison Street and Hometown Hill (SR309) in Hometown.

The incident, which occurred just before 5 p.m., involved a brown Subaru Legacy driven by Ashley Bartoli, and a white Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera occupied by driver John Heemaneth and passenger Shawn Major, both from Tamaqua.

Both Heemaneth and Major were taken to St. Luke's Hospital via ambulance for unknown injuries.

Thursday, January 17, 2013
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO In March, local officials cut a ribbon marking the opening of Water Wellness at the Panther Valley High School swimming pool. From left are Bill Richardson, a representative for Sen. John Yudichak; Lansford Alive President Mark Sverchek; Panther Valley School director Irene Genther; Water Wellness co-owner Maria Zupko; Panther Valley Life Skills paraprofessional Rebecca Chuma; and Lansford Alive member Bob Silver.

Last March, local people welcomed the re-opening of Panther Valley High School's swimming pool, which had been closed to cut costs. The pool had been opened thanks to a local business, Water Wellness, which offered a variety of therapeutic aquatic activities.

But on Dec. 26, school Superintendent Rosemary Porembo said Wednesday, the pool had once again closed.

On Thursday, Water Wellness co-owner Maria Zupko did not immediately return an email request for an interview. A telephone call to her home revealed the number has been disconnected.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A group of local Democrats believe that having a Democratic Election Headquarters during the recent campaigns was such a positive experience, they were willing to reach into their wallets and fund a Democratic Information Center through 2013.

The new Democratic Information Center will be located at 110 S. First St. in Lehighton (across from the Senior High Rise) in the same location as the former Democratic Headquarters. An opening celebration will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 2-4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Interested supporters are invited.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Lansford man faces 11 charges from an apparent road rage incident in which a head-on collision with injures resulted (although his vehicle wasn't physically involved in the accident), and while his 22-month-old son was in his vehicle.

Joseph Mongi, 28, was charged by Mahoning Township police as a result of an incident which occurred on Oct. 23 at 8:36 p.m. along Mill Road (SR902).

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Early last night, a meteorologist on an area television station predicted about an inch of snow for Carbon County. That was down from about four inches a morning meteorologist had earlier predicted in the day good news for morning commuters. Right?

It turns out the morning weather forecaster was more accurate.

More than three inches of snow fell throughout the region overnight, canceling schools and making some morning commutes a little scary.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Chestnuthill Township board of supervisors approved, 3-0, having John Mathews, a Chestnuthill Township resident, as an intern for the next few months.

Mathews is a student at East Stroudsburg University and needs 12 credits in administration and management. He will not receive any monetary pay. He will begin his internship at the end of January to the end of May. He will work with Dave Albright, the township manager. Albright is hoping Mathews will be able to put all the roadwork files into the computer.