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Friday, August 24, 2012

St. Matthew's UCC held its annual Sunday School picnic. It was a beautiful day for fun, games, entertainment and refreshments to be enjoyed outside. Part of that day was the annual Best Pie Contest. This year's winners were: Left to right-Harry Brown, 1st Apple, 2nd Other Fruit; Kacie Sheridan, 2nd Apple, 3rd Other Fruit, 3rd Other; Sandy Kresge, 3rd Apple; Riston Barr, 1st Other; Sherry Kreger, 2nd Other; Star Barr, 1st Other Fruit.

Friday, August 24, 2012
A hole is shown in back of the Sacred Heart Church in Nesquehoning which has been demolished. This is the area of the sacristy of the church after work began.

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church on High Street in Nesquehoning, built in 1887, is being demolished. The land will be sold when everything has been removed. Workers started tearing down the building at the back of the church, and will continue until the last fragment is taken away for recycling. Former parishioners are sad to see the church go, but have many fond memories of their days at the church. The late Rev. Paul Welkie, who was pastor in 1975, renovated the church. It was closed in 2008 when it merged to create St. Francis of Assisi Parish. The new pastor is the Rev.

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Carbon County Enviromental Education Center (EEC) is planning its fall mushroom identification class. Sessions will be held at the EEC on four evenings.

Participants may attend one or all of the sessions, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 4, and Mondays, Sept. 10, 17, and 24. Each class runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

Friday, August 24, 2012

An Albrightsville man was sentenced on Thursday in Carbon County court to a state prison term for numerous burglaries he committed in the Penn Forest Township area. He also faces a big restitution bill.

John Angelo Larocco, 24, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve a total of 36 to 72 months in a state prison followed by five years of probation. He was also ordered to pay total restitution of over $30,000.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Two men who allegedly tried to get rid of the remnants of an illegal methamphetamine lab by tossing the chemicals into a wooded area in Summit Hill waived their hearings on the charges this week.

Ricky R. Burns Jr., 19, of Coaldale, and Vincent Anthony Keller Jr., 27, of Lehighton, were both scheduled for hearings before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

Both are facing charges of operating a methamphetamine laboratory and illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste, possession of drug paraphernalia, and scattering rubbish.

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Panther Valley School Board on Thursday reluctantly agreed to pay a teacher a total of $82,435.99, settling a long-running series of lawsuits, appeals and rulings.

The board voted 6-3 to make the payment, as ordered by Carbon County Court of Common Pleas, to Robert J. Thomas.

School directors Roy Angst, Irene Genther, Koreen Nalesnik, Anthony DeMarco and Michelle Markovich voted to pay the money.

School directors David Hiles, Richard Zabroski and board President Jeff Markovich opposed.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Carbon County officials are pleased with a local business' turnaround in recent years.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek pointed out that Blue Mountain Health System, which is comprised of Palmerton and Gnaden Huetten hospitals, posted a profit of $1.1 million for the fiscal year that ended in June. This was the first significant profit posted for the business since the hospitals merged to become Blue Mountain Health System in 2004.

Friday, August 24, 2012

A Lansford man waived his preliminary hearing this week on multiple charges from an alleged violent encounter with a borough police officer.

The situation apparently evolved from a domestic dispute.

John Urso, 33, of East Patterson Street, is facing charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault, institutional vandalism, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and two counts of harassment.

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Palmerton Area Library is filled with more than books. There are activities galore to participate in.

There will be a town-hall meeting with Rep. Doyle Heffley in the upstairs gallery on Thursday Aug. 30 from 9-10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and ask questions.

The 6th Annual Quilt Show will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14 from 12-4 p.m. There will be lots of beautiful quilts on display, plus vendors, demonstrations and more. If you would like information about displaying a quilt please call the library at 610-826-3424.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Two Dauphin County men were nabbed a short time after police say they robbed a Schuylkill County bank.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Darrell D. Dixon, 28, and Juan Ricardo Cooke II, 32, both of Harrisburg, have been charged with robbing the Minersville Bank branch office in Tremont, and then leading troopers on a high speed chase on Interstate 81 that ended when they crashed their vehicle.