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Friday, December 30, 2011

On Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Pocono Inne Town the Monroe Council of Republican Women met for a Holiday Luncheon and to install new officers.

They are: Gwen Stettler, 2nd Vice President; Helen Diecidue, Corresponding Secretary; Josephine Ferro, President; Jennifer Stillmayer, Recording Secretary; Paula Muehlhan, Treasurer; Maureen Christy, Assistant Recording Secretary; Sandy Scagliotti, 1st Vice President; Sonya Cole, 3rd Vice President. Judy Murphy, Regional Director of the Pa. Federation of Republican Women, Monroe, Wayne and Pike Counties congratulated the ladies.

Friday, December 30, 2011
Victor Izzo/special to the times news

Churches throughout our area and worldwide were aglow with the sights and sounds of the season, including St. Joseph Church in Jim Thorpe, where the lights, greenery, and a Nativity scene made last weekend's Christmas Mass special for worshippers.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Five defendants have been named in a Carbon County Court of Common Pleas civil lawsuit that relates to a motor vehicle accident that happened on Dec. 28, 2009, and claimed the life of a Coaldale woman.

George Van Huynh, 33 E. High St., Coaldale, individually and in his capacity as administrator of the Estate of Linda Faye Huynh, filed the action against Regional EMS & Critical Care, Inc., 700 N. First St., Lehighton; Eugene M. Crostley, 392 Long Run Road, Lehighton; The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation, Harrisburg, Pa.; Mahoning Township; and Telco, inc.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, will serve a free community New Year's Day pork and sauerkraut dinner on Sunday in it's Luther Hall. Dinner will include potatoes, vegetables and dessert.

Dinner will be served for up to 250 people from noon until 2 p.m.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

With the expected resignation of Democratic Carbon County Commissioner Charles Getz today, the vacancy on the board of commissioners is up for grabs.

Some speculate that Getz's running mate and current commissioner, fellow Democrat William O'Gurek, may be the prime candidate for the position. But, the decision of who will fill the vacancy lies with Carbon County President Judge Roger Nanovic, who will take into consideration the recommendation of the executive board of the Carbon County Democratic Committee. The person appointed to the position will serve the four-year term.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Six area people were among 19 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in the Schuylkill County Court and most of them were sentenced to jail terms by Judge John E. Domalakes.

Thursday, December 29, 2011
TIMES NEWS file photo

A contract to demolish a vacant double home in Coaldale borough was awarded by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at Wednesday's board meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Northeast Industrial Services, of Mount Carmel, the low bidder at $11,440, was awarded the contract to demolition the double frame home at 119-121 Greenwood Street, of which the borough acquired ownership.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Although it lasted only 13 minutes, Schuylkill County commissioners made a number of transactions at their final public meeting Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

In one landmark personnel move, attorney Karen Byrnes Noon, Ashland, was promoted by outgoing District Attorney James P. Goodman to serve the balance of his term which expires in 2014 as district attorney at a salary of $168,541 per year. Attorney Noon was the first deputy assistant district attorney. Commissioner Gallagher noted the salary is mandated by the state which contributes.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

First time offenders who committed non-violent crimes, including 22 charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, were chosen by District Attorney James P. Goodman to be placed in the ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitated Disposition) Program, which is a probation program to allow them to work off the charge to clear their names.

At a hearing in the Schuylkill County Courthouse, Judge John E. Domalakes admitted the following into the program and sentenced them as follows:

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A loophole in a fee resolution and some mistaken advice equaled a $255 refund to township resident Gary Rosenberg after the township's zoning board ruled that the zoning officer erred in his decision to deny a permit for a permitted use of his property earlier this year.

The board approved the refund unanimously, then asked Solicitor Tom Nanovic to close the loophole in the 2012 resolution before it is adopted at the beginning of the year.