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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Two teens pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Carbon County court to entering a Banks Township home and removing cash and other items.

Steven Anthony White, 19, of Tresckow, and Patrick Wersinger, 19, of Hazleton, each pleaded to one count of burglary, as a felony one.

The two admitted entering a home at 6 E. Hemlock St., Tresckow, on Sept. 23, 2010. The home owner is Ronald Kokinda, who is chief adult probation officer of Carbon County.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law a bill expanding Pennsylvania residents' rights to use deadly force to defend themselves and others in public places.

The "Castle Doctrine" bill, approved eight days ago by the state legislature, eliminates the requirement that people must first try to get away from perceived attackers, except when confronted inside their homes, vehicles or businesses.

The new law, which protects people who use legal, registered guns in self-defense or to defend others, goes into effect in 60 days.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Carbon County Environmental Education Center is planning fun and exciting summer programs for children.

On July 7, starting at 5:30 p.m., the center will be hosting an Outdoor Field Day event for children ages five to 12. Guest naturalist Becky Cunfer will be leading special events including team relays, challenges and an obstacle course.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

HARRISBURG – Legislation to include cancer as part of the list of occupational diseases for firefighters was unanimously passed by the Senate on Monday.

The legislation, House Bill 797, was introduced by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks County) with companion legislation in the Senate, Senate Bill 654, introduced by Sen. David G. Argall (R-29). The legislation now moves to the Governor's desk for his signature.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The 2011-2012 officers of the Western Pocono Women's Club are, left to right: Vicki Connor, president, Paulette Sebring, vice president, Bobbi Fisher, secretary and Judy Smith, treasurer.

The new 2011-2012 Western Pocono Women's Club officers and new members were installed at the May Banquet held at the Effort Methodist Church with 38 ladies attending. The new officers are, left to right: President, Vicki Connor; Vice President, Paulette Sebring; Secretary, Bobbi Fisher; Treasurer, Judy Smith. Thanks to the banquet committee, Fern Smith, Kay Charbonnier and Darlene Beers, the evening was judged to be a success.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Surveyor Bruce Steigerwalt, PE, PLS stood before the West Penn Township planning commission Tuesday at the municipal building with a preliminary sketch plan for the Hoffman property located in East and West Penn in hopes to figure out how to equally divide it among Carol Hoffman's family before presenting it to the zoning board to seek approval.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The following students have achieved Principal's List or Honor Roll for the fourth marking period at Towamensing Elementary School.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST: Students who have attained all A's in all major subjects.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The six-man Lansford Borough maintenance cre and borough council remain deadlocked in negotiations centered around a new three-year contract and a strike by the Teamster Union affiliates dating back to June 3 continues. Al Abruzzi, president of Teamster Local 773, said the borough council turned down the latest offer by the employees. The men had asked for a salary increase of 35 cents an hour for the first two years and 30 cents per hour during the third year of the three-year pact.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Officers pictured from back left are Raymond Tonkinson, Mahoning Township; Chief Mike Morresi, Beaver Meadow; Joseph Lawrence, Lehighton; Chief Brian Johnson, West Penn Township; and Carol Alonge, PATSN Regional Coordinator. From front left are officers Steve Stinsky, Schuylkill Haven State Police; Richard Bekesy, Rush Township;Frank Lorah, Franklin Township; and Brian Cawley, Lehighton State Police.

The North Central Highway Safety Network, in conjunction with Buckle UP PA and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recognized Schuylkill and Carbon county police officers and departments for their dedication and commitment to the PA Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project (PAADEEP) during an awards presentation held Tuesday at the Ambulance Building in Frackville.

The presentation was done in cooperation with the Community Traffic Safety Project and is part of PennDot's Drive Safe PA initiative.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Tyler Merkel and Derek Ahner from the Carbon County Technical Institute receive scholarships from the Lions. On the left is President Jean Smith and on the right is Larry Engle who made the presentations. Other recipients are Jordyn Homyak from Lehighton High School and Andrew McReynolds from Palmerton High School.

President Jean Smith opened the June 20 meeting of the Bowmanstown-Parryville Lions with the singing of "America" and the Pledge of Allegiance. It was the 35th annual charter-observance meeting and was held at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Building.

Burdell Steigerwalt, who gave the invocation, thanked God for his guidance and help. A moment of silence was held for deceased members.

Smith led the Lions' toast: "Not above you, not beneath you, but with you."