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Saturday, August 23, 2014

The USS Independence is a 56,300-ton Forrestal class aircraft carrier built by the United States Navy in the 1950s. The CVA-62 was built at the New York Naval Shipyard in Brooklyn, New York, and commissioned on Jan. 10, 1959, as the fourth and last ship in the class. About the ship:

Ÿ Measures 1,069 feet in length; with a 270-foot wide flight deck that held approximately 85 planes and 2,700 crewmembers.

Ÿ Fifth United States Navy ship to bear the name "Independence."

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Schuylkill County judges have reduced bail, revoked parole and dissolved a bench warrant for a number of local lawbreakers.

Bail reductions

David Benitez, 21, of McAdoo: Charged by Tamaqua police on Feb. 1 with forgery, theft and receiving stolen property. Judge James Goodman on Aug. 15 reduced his bail to $15,000 unsecured. Benitez is required to live at 70 S. Kennedy Drive, McAdoo.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

There is some dispiriting symmetry in a condition that the state Department of Environmental Protection has placed on the proposed massive expansion of the massive Keystone Landfill. Before it will consider the permit application, the DEP wants an engineering study to ensure that the millions of tons of additional garbage to be dumped will not collapse mine voids under the dump.

Such is the environmental legacy of northeast Pennsylvania. A new exploitation of the environment threatens to worsen an old one. Schuylkill County is no stranger to this.

Saturday, August 23, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Fifteen finalists will perform at the second annual West End Fair's Got Talent show at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Main Stage.

Sunday marks the beginning of the West End Fair, which will be packed full of food, fun and entertainment for all ages.

It's also the date of the West End Fair's Got Talent contest, back after a successful debut last year. It will take place at 7 p.m. on the Main Stage. This year's emcee will be Galla of the Dan and Galla act, who perform daily at the fair.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Two shoplifters were sentenced in Carbon County court on Thursday by Judge Joseph J. Matika, one getting a jail term and the other probation.

Barry Allen Frantz, 45, of Blakeslee, was sentenced to serve one day less 12 to one day less 24 months in the county prison on one count of retail theft, a felony. The jail term will be followed by two years of probation.

Frantz was arrested by Mahoning Township police for an incident at the Walmart store on Dec. 20, 2013. He took merchandise valued at over $1,600.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Most public officials and even environmental activists in northeast Pennsylvania did nothing several years ago as PPL Corp. planned and constructed its power line monstrosity across the region's ridge tops to sell power in New Jersey.

PPL wants to build another behemoth across most of the state, for the same purpose.

The $4-billion to $6-billion plan is to gather power generated by power plants fueled by natural gas as coal-fired plants retire, and transmit it eastward.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Carbon County officials approved the following personnel items during the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday.

Hires

Ÿ Ashley L. Bartek of Lansford, part-time dispatcher/trainee, Communications Center, effective Aug. 25.

Ÿ Angela Mowery of Palmerton, part-time community health nurse I, Area Agency on Aging, effective Sept. 3.

Resignations

Ÿ Patrice L. Bjorkman of Lehighton, corrections officer, Correctional Facility, effective July 8.

Ÿ Marjorie M. Lally of Palmerton, certified court reporter, Court Administration, effective Sept. 3.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Panther Valley School District is applying for a state grant that if received, could potentially net major savings in electrical costs to the district.

During a meeting of the Building and Grounds Committee of the school board on Thursday, Business Manager Kenneth Marx Jr. said the district is seeking a $500,000 grant to install solar panels near the high school softball field.

If the grant is approved, "the project will pay for itself in 12 years," Marx said.

Saturday, August 23, 2014
Ammon Hontz Jim Thorpe  "Yes. As long as there is a way not to alienate those that don't have the money."

Some local schools charge a fee for students to participate in sporting activities. Do you think students should be required pay a fee to play high school sports?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network will host a Vesper Service on the Main Stage at the West End Fair at 5 p.m. Sunday.

This interdenominational service will include traditional and contemporary music. Musicians include the praise and worship band from Christ Hamilton Church and fiddler Randy Cramer.

PVEN is a network of 16 area churches joining together to provides essentials for low-income families and families in crisis.