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Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Tamaqua man was one of seven people who received hearings before Judge James P. Goodman in the Schuylkill County Court of appeals filed from summary convictions by magisterial district justices.

Ryan Anthony Petro, 29, of 635 E. Broad St., pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and public drunkenness and was ordered to pay a $50 fine and costs imposed by a district justice.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Four defendants charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and related offenses, entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II accepted the pleas from the following:

Brian Alan Kromer, 42, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of driving under suspension-DUI related. He was arrested on July 17, 2012, by Palmerton police along SR248 after being involved in an accident. Given a test, the result was .04BAC. A DUI charge was dropped in a plea agreement.

Thursday, July 25, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Fairway Chevrolet, Hazleton, has announced it will provide both monetary and equipment donations to Tamaqua Area Youth Soccer. Pictured front l-r are soccer players Matthew Vecolitis, Sean Fisher, Cooper Ansbach, Ryne Fisher, Ryan Vecolitis, Espen Ansbach, Aaron Rolko and Megan Rolko, and back l-r, Richie Molinaro and John Kerron of Fairway Chevrolet, TAYSA Vice President Anthony Vecolitis, treasurer Forrest Rolko and President Jim Fisher.

In the spirit of community collaboration and teamwork taught through youth sports, Fairway Chevrolet in Hazleton is supporting the Tamaqua Area Youth Soccer Association (TAYSA) through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program. This sponsorship includes both monetary and equipment donations during the 2013 soccer season.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

This Saturday's "Long Loop" hike on the Crow, Lake View and Spirit trails in Tuscarora State Park has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Call naturalist Robin at (570) 467-2506 for more information.

Thursday, July 25, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A few players, most dressed for the occassion, pause for a quick photo during the during 10th annual Zoo Crew Putt and Brew, held at Heisler's Dairy Bar in Lewistown Valley. Proceeds of the event benefited the Zoostock total for the Carbon/Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society. Front l-r are co-coordinator Abby Billig, 15, of Hometown; Jared Soto of Lansford; and Conrad Flynn of Nesquehoning; and back l-r, Dave Hiles of Summit Hill; Denise Drum of Coaldale; Bob Dominic of Summit Hill; and co-coordinator Ann Marie Calabrese of Hometown.
Thursday, July 25, 2013

Dawn Gorham, executive director of the Pocono Heritage Land Trust (PHLT), and Carol Hillis, (PHLT) volunteer, visited the Polk Township supervisors' meeting.

"We've done a great job of acquiring land, but a poor job of getting the word out to the people to let them know about it," said Hillis.

"We're here tonight to ask you to show us where the Open Space is in Polk Township and where the recreational areas are," said Gorham.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

July 25, 2001

A major improvement project has begun at Jim Thorpe Memorial Park, while a second round of upgrades at the community's Kemmerer Park will soon get under way.

"Memorial Park is going to undergo quite a change. It will be safer and more user friendly," said Ben Walbert, an architect and former Jim Thorpe councilman who has spearheaded both projects.

Thursday, July 25, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

A truck took down a utility pole, reportedly struck parked vehicles, and came to rest in a lot along First Street (Route 209) in Lehighton at about 9 a.m. today. The accident occurred at the Kovatch Corporation used car sales lot. No serious injuries were reported. Lehighton borough police are investigating. A crew from the Lehighton Light and Power Department responded immediately to replace the pole. The Lehighton Fire Department and Lehighton Ambulance also were dispatched.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

A benefit will be held for 20-year-old cancer victim Aaron Pratt on Saturday at Beltzville Bar & Grill.

The party will start on the patio, and be held from 5-10 p.m. There will be a DJ and games.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Aaron.

The event is hosted by the Claddagh Keepers Giving Circle of Friends.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

A proclamation was adopted by the Schuylkill County Commissioners to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the worst mine disaster in the county, in action taken at Wednesday's public meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.