Tuesday, January 24, 2017
     

Local News

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Beltzville State Park has closed its beach again, effective today, because of high bacteria levels taken on a July 7 sample.

As a precaution, the beach will stay closed until acceptable water samples are received.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has posted signs at the beach. Other activities such as boating, fishing, picnicking and hiking will proceed as usual.

This is the fourth time in recent weeks that the park has prohibited swimming.

 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Miller-Keystone Blood drive will take place from 3:30 to 6 p.m. July 17 in The Summit parking lot at the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital campus in Lehighton.

There are 22 time slots available for donors to choose from. The goal of the drive is to collect 14 units of blood.

Donors must be at least 110 pounds, be in good health and be over 18 years of age.

To donate, call Denise Kennedy at 610-377-7350.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A total of five defendants entered guilty pleas in pending driving under the influence cases on Tuesday in Carbon County court before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Those who pleaded included:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

An address listed as part of Tamaqua's demolition program, 67 Hunter St., is the property of Karen Williams, not Joseph and Lillian Betz as previously reported.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
MARY TOBIA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Knowing how to save someone who is drowning is important if you are around water. Chase Donnelly, 12, of Gilbert learns the correct way to toss a float to a possible drowning victim. Teaching him are Palmerton Memorial Park lifeguards and swimming instructor Richard Getz, standing, and Luke Gerhard, in the water. Donnelly is in his second year of lessons and is just one of approximately 175 individuals signed up for the four-week course. Courses are held for 45 minutes Monday through Friday for beginners all the way to advanced swimmers.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a program on Tattoo Removal and Treatment of Pigmented Lesions and Age-related Skin Issues at 6 p.m., July 30, in the Blue Mountain Bowmanstown Medical Plaza, at 512 Bank St. in Bowmanstown.

Speaker Michael Martinez, MD, will talk about the PicoSure FDA-cleared laser technology and how it differs from traditional lasers, and the benefits it offers in terms of treatments, precision and effectiveness.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The winter? Long. The turmoil over whether or not to restore the borough's police force? Over. The budget? Stretched to the limit.

What Coaldale residents need most now is an event to anticipate, something to unite them in its planning and hosting, Mayor Richard Kellner said during a council meeting Tuesday.

"I think we should make plans to have a Coaldale Community Festival in 2015," Kellner said. "We can have games, a band, possibly over Memorial Day next year."

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A former Carbon County employee, charged with burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief, was placed in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program for first-time offenders on Tuesday.

James Martino, 48, formerly of Lake Harmony, now residing in Jim Thorpe, was placed in the program on a motion by the district attorney's office.

Judge Joseph J. Matika approved the placement after noting that the two victims in the incident had "signed off" on the placement.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Six first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, then they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

West Penn Township supervisors are hoping to recoup some of the engineering costs involved in the creation of their Act 537 sewage facilities plan. So far, engineering costs are about $400,000.

During a meeting Monday, the supervisors applied for a $74,000 Commonwealth Financing Authority grant. The township's engineering firm, Alfred Benesch & Co., Pottsville, made the application on behalf of the township. The CFA funds come from Act 13, Marcellus Legacy Fund Programs, which are used for various projects that address watershed protection.