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Thursday, October 23, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

No one was injured when a pickup struck this vacant houseat 326 Lincoln St. in Tamaqua at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday. Police say the truck's driver swerved to avoid a mini bus owned by Lech Transportation, which was traveling in the opposite direction on the narrow street. The home is owned by Tom and Maureen Bartasavage of Summit Hill. Tamaqua Borough officials checked the building's structural integrity once the truck was removed by Hope's Towing.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Six defendants in pending driving under the influence cases entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted pleas from the following:

Kurt Lee Redmon, 26, of Houston, Washington County, was arrested on July 19 along Route 443 by Mahoning Township police. Given a test, the result was 0.17 BAC.

Matika sentenced Redmon to serve five days to six months in prison, pay a fine of $300, one-year license suspension, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and render 25 hours of community service.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lehigh Carbon Community College will offer a free college prep course on Nov. 1 for students in ninth, 10th and 11th grades whose parents or guardians are from Carbon County.

The program will begin at 10 a.m. at the LCCC Jim Thorpe campus, 1100 Center St.

Following introductions and information about academics and test-taking, guests will board a bus for the college's main campus on Route 309 in Schnecksville.

After lunch, at 12:15 p.m., there will be a campus tour and a bus trip back to Jim Thorpe, arriving at LCCC in Carbon County at 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Halloween party

The annual Sunday School Halloween party for St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday in the social hall of the church. The party is for children who attend the nursery through sixth grades of the Sunday school. There will be games, races, pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts and refreshments.

Recycling

Thursday, October 23, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Students at Our Lady of the Angels Academy were recently treated to an assembly with Coaldale Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Soberick. In line with the 2014 Fire Prevention Week theme, Soberick, father of fourth-grade student Anthony, stressed the importance of having working smoke alarms throughout the house and urged students to remind their parents to check the alarms monthly.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Carbon County Judge Joseph J. Matika sentenced two people for drug use Monday.

James Campanaro, 55, of Hazleton, was sentenced to serve one day less one year to one day less two years in the county prison on a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-Xanax. Campanaro previously pleaded to the charge. The prison term will be followed by one year of probation.

Campanaro was arrested on Feb. 3 by Beaver Meadows police after officers were dispatched to the Exxon station along Route 93.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
File Photo A high court overturned a lower court's ruling to allow Jim Thorpe's body to remain here.

The body of Native American Olympic gold medalist Jim Thorpe will stay put in his namesake town, the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled today.

The court ruled that although the 1954 arrangement to have Thorpe's body buried in the borough, far from his Oklahoma birthplace, was unusual, it should not be exhumed for reburial just because he was a Native American.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Rita Elsie, 100, has retired after working for the Tamaqua School District for 40 years. She celebrated her 100th birthday in March.

Many people retire after working for 40 years.

But few of them are 100 years old when they make that decision.

Elsie Rita, a cafeteria worker for Tamaqua Area School District, has retired effective Sept. 15. The district had a luncheon for her in October, and she was feted earlier in the year, in March, in honor of her 100th birthday.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Two pallets of wood pellets sit in the storeroom of R. F. Ohl Fuel Oil recently.

The past few days sure haven't felt like it, but winter is around the corner.

Following last winter's wood pellet shortage in the area, some customers are already stockpiling in advance of cold weather.

Stoves 'n Stuff in Tamaqua and R.F. Ohl Fuel in Lehighton both reported having pellets in stock last week, but the story is not the same for Berger's Agway in Brodheadsville.

"My suppliers are telling me they're done for the year," Todd Berger, owner of Berger's Agway, said. "It's a first. I've never seen that at this point in the year."

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Nesquehoning Borough Council is beginning to look at its 2015 budget.

On Wednesday, during a special borough council meeting, held immediately before the regular council meeting, the board discussed its current operating budget and looked at a few line items that should be further investigated for the 2015 spending plan.

Councilman Frank Jacobs provided a breakdown of the current finances, highlighting projected increases in the health insurance plans and the current costs of streetlights throughout the borough.