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Friday, May 23, 2014

A Carbon County man admitted in the county court on Thursday to sexual abuse of a child and other related counts and threatening the life of a district judge.

Todd M. Kowar, 46, of Lake Harmony, appeared before Judge Joseph J. Matika and entered pleas in three pending cases, two involving the sexual assault of a then 13-year-old girl.

Kowar pleaded to counts of sexual abuse of a child, design/copy of obscene material depicting a minor (two counts), child pornography, furnishing alcohol to a minor, and corruption of a minor (two counts).

Friday, May 23, 2014

Two men pleaded guilty to threat counts Thursday in Carbon County court in separate incidents and were sentenced to prison terms.

The two were among a total of 10 defendants in pending criminal cases to enter pleas before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Lansford incident

Roberto Magobet, 36, of Lansford, pleaded in two pending cases, both involving the same victim, his girlfriend.

Friday, May 23, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Fabulous Falcons from S.S. Palmer Elementary School took the first place prize during the 2014 fourth and fifth grade (Explorers division) Envirothon, held at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill recently. Members of the team are fronton rock, from left, Kaden Lyon, Kyle Sebelin and Katerina Samuels. Back, Kayle Stewart and John Schaible. With the team are, left, advisers Lynn Sutton and Deanna Iles; Jeannie Carl, CCEEC naturalist, second from right; and Dave Hawk, Lions Club District 14-U. TheEnvirothon events are sponsored by area Lions clubs.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Carbon County's summer programs are getting ready to begin.

On Thursday, the commissioners approved a number of hires associated with the Liquid Fuels Summer Program and Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

Both programs hire students for the summer to do a variety of tasks throughout the county. Hire dates are May 27 unless otherwise noted.

Summer laborers

Friday, May 23, 2014

Carbon officials remind residents that Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who served this country and made the ultimate sacrifice.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Henry Desrosiers, director of the Carbon County Veterans' Affairs office, spoke about the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

Friday, May 23, 2014

The cost of replacing the roof on the Schuylkill County prison increased slightly when commissioners approved a couple of changes in the work.

At the request of county engineer Lisa Mahal, commissioners on Wednesday approved the changes. They call for deleting 94 feet of flashing, at a cost reduction of $1,292.50, and installing a new roof drain at a cost of $3,322.56.

The changes resulted in an additional $2,030.06, bringing the total cost to $407,005.06.

The county in February hired Budget Renovations & Roofing of Shamokin to do the work for $404,975.

Friday, May 23, 2014

A Schuylkill County judge has imposed a hefty jail sentence on a Brockton woman charged with driving under the influence.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners proclaimed May 19-23 as Emergency Medical Services Week.

Commissioners issued the proclamation at a work session Wednesday to "recognize the value and the accomplishments of emergency medical services providers."

In other matters, commissioners approved the promotion of four part-time nurses' aide trainees to full-time aides at the county nursing home at Rest Haven.

They are Tanya Hill, New Ringgold; Brittany Williams and Danielle Rubright, both of Pottsville; and Brianna Roth of Schuylkill Haven.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Final plans for Carbon County's largest Memorial Day tribute the Summit Hill Memorial Day program and parade have been announced by parade committee officials and American Legion Post 316, Summit Hill.

The memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Summit Hill's Ludlow Park, where Mario Iezzoni of Summit Hill will be the keynote speaker.

The traditional memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday in the St. Joseph Cemetery, White Bear, where the Rev. James Burdess, pastor, will be the speaker.

Friday, May 23, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley High School's principal John Gress announced Patrick Rimple as 2014's Valedictorian and Dana McAlister as Salutatorian.

Pleasant Valley High School honored its finest at its 33rd annual Academic Awards program Thursday.

Each department gave recognition to its top students.

Principal John Gress, announced the 2014 graduating class's valedictorian as Patrick Rimple and salutatorian Dana McAllister.

Rimple will receive a $6,000 A. Mattioli Scholarship and McAllister a $4,000 A. Mattioli Scholarship.