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Friday, July 27, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Palmerton Borough Public Works Department employees Todd Merkel and Joel George attempt to clean up the debris at Fifth and Columbia following Thursday evening's storm.

Friday, July 27, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Director of Veterans Affairs Henry Desrosiers asks the Panther Valley School Board to keep JROTC Senior Army Instructor Kenneth Markovich.

Despite the pleas of a number of veterans, including Carbon County Director of Veterans Affairs Henry Desrosiers, the future of Panther Valley School District's Junior Officer Reserve Training Corps is up in the air after two school directors on Thursday shot down the board's second attempt to settle a contract for the program's leader.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Harold M. Hamm, Lehighton R. 3, chairman of the Carbon County Conservation District, has reported to the Carbon County Commissioners on the proposed Nature Center contemplated at Mauch Chunk Lake Park. He stressed that the Nature Center would benefit all residents of the county by making them aware of the consequences to be faced when our natural resources are abused.

Friday, July 27, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Volunteers Lee Arner and Tom Davies this morning clean up the remnants from an 80-90-foot tree that fell at the Palmerton Memorial Park as the result of Thursday evening's storm.

Volunteers Lee Arner and Tom Davies this morning clean up the remnants from an 80-90-foot tree that fell at the Palmerton Memorial Park as the result of Thursday evening's storm.

Friday, July 27, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

SR248 was closed eastbound Thursday evening when strong winds brought down a large tree across the two lanes.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Carbon County veterans are well taken care of by the county veterans affairs office, officials report.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, discussed a report received from the Office of the Deputy Adjutant General for Veterans Affairs. The report was the June monthly claims award report.

Nothstein pointed out that in the report, the county's year-end total was $2,850,206 with an additional $1,789,657 still owed for a combined total of $4,639,863 brought into the county for veterans during the last fiscal year.

Friday, July 27, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Star light, star bright, the stars shining at the Palmerton Area Library are quite a sight. This year's summer reading program's theme was "Dream Big Read!" To encourage everyone to read, the library is sponsoring a reading contest for children and adults, with three prizes to be awarded per age category. For every book read, the registered reader puts his/her name on a star and it is added to a star chain.

Friday, July 27, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Bette Stout, Lehighton, a retired second grade teacher, read "Dream Big Little Pig" by Kristi Yamaguchi, for the children at the Palmerton Area Library's summer reading program, "Dream Big Read." She told the story with the help of her puppet friends, which the children loved, bringing Poppy the little pig to life.

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Lansford man was one of six defendants who had their parole or probation revoked by Schuylkill County judges.

Marco Baker, 26, of 211 E. Bertsch St., had his parole revoked by Judge Charles M. Miller and he was committed to the county prison to serve the balance of his sentence with 357 days of liberty taken away and added to his maximum sentence which was extended to Aug. 26, 2013.

Friday, July 27, 2012

A New Ringgold man was one of four defendants who received hearings in the Schuylkill County Court on bench warrants which were issued for their arrest.

Michael Vincent Gustis, 31, of 111 Bear Creek Drive, had his bench warrant dissolved by Judge James P. Goodman and bail reinstated.