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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Funeral services have been announced for a Lehighton man killed in a crash Wednesday morning in Foster Township.

Jamin T. Zimmerman, 34, was a cook at the Castle Grill in Lehighton.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at The Ovsak Funeral Home, 190 S. 4th St., Lehighton.
Calling hours are 8-10 a.m. on Monday.

Monetary contributions to assist his children may be sent to 50 Fairyland Rd., Lehighton, Pa. 18235.
The complete obituary will be published in Friday’s edition of the Times News and tnonline.com.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Jim Thorpe Area School District and the Youth Services Agency have reached a tentative two-year agreement regarding the placement of students from a local facility for troubled youth.

Brian Gasper, Jim Thorpe superintendent, said Thursday that a special school board meeting has been set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. to finalize the agreement.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Those on the front lines in the battle against heroin addiction will testify at a hearing to be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 26 at Penn State University's Schuylkill Haven campus. The session, aimed at gathering information about the newest drug concerns and prevention methods in Schuylkill County, will be held in room C-100, the third building on the left at the end of the campus.

Speakers include state Sen. Dave Argall, R-29; state representatives Jerry Knowles, R-Berks/ Schuylkill; Mike Tobash, R-Schuylkill/ Berks; and Neal Goodman, D-Schuylkill.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Palmerton Area School District announced that schools will be closed on Aug. 29 and Sept. 1, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
FILE PHOTO/TIMES NEWS Schuylkill County is selling its nursing home, Rest Haven, because costs continue to rise as funds drop.

Schuylkill County has tried its best to keep its nursing home, Rest Haven. But as costs continue to rise and revenues to fall, the county has finally decided to seek a buyer.

It was not a quick or impulsive decision.

Commissioners Chairman Frank J. Staudenmeier, first elected in 2002, has watched as most of the state's 67 county's divested their nursing homes.

"We put it off as long as we possibly could," he said. "I don't know how we did it. Obviously we have good employees who are cost conscious."

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Carbon County inmate population is continuing to rise.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board on Wednesday, Warden Joseph Gross reported that a total of 219 inmates were currently being housed in the prison, located on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning.

Of that total, 44 are female. The prison only has beds for 34, Gross said, adding that to accommodate the remaining 10, an overflow room and a medical area are now being used as cells.

"Every housing block is currently over capacity," he said. "Something is going to have to be done about this."

Thursday, August 21, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

St. Matthew's UCC held its annual Best Pie contest at Saturday's church picnic. This year, the winners of the Best Apple Pie were, from left, Evelyn Bollinger, third; Connie Frantz,

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rep. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe, has two legislative breakfasts scheduled for the 176th Legislative District. The remaining events, known as "Grounds for Discussion," will be from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Chestnuthill Township Building, Route 715, Brodheadsville, and Sept. 27 at the Tobyhanna Township Building, 105 Government Center Way (Route 940), Pocono Pines.

An event scheduled for Aug. 23 has been canceled.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A Lehighton man was killed Wednesday at this site along Route 940 in Foster Township, Luzerne County.

A Carbon County man was killed when his vehicle crossed the center line of a Luzerne County road and crashed into a truck tractor.

State police at Hazleton said the crash occurred about 4:34 a.m. on Wednesday, along Route 940, just east of Veterans Road, in Foster Township.

Troopers said Jamin Zimmerman, 34, of Lehighton, was driving a 1999 Plymouth Breeze westbound when, for unknown reasons, he crossed into the eastbound lane and collided head-on with a Mack truck tractor operated by David Kleppinger, 60, of Palmerton.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sandy Dellecker, president of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, said there will be no meeting in August due to the group's participation in the Carbon County Fair and the Weissport Redneck Festival.

Dellecker said the Lehighton 9/12 Project is planning a candidates' debate on Oct. 13.

The group will meet again on Sept. 25.