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Friday, August 17, 2012

Two defendants in pending drug cases entered guilty pleas Thursday morning in Carbon County court, while 10 others also entered pleas in pending criminal cases. Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas.

Sold to CI

Paul E. Davidson Jr., 39, of Saylorsburg, pleaded to one count of delivery of a controlled substance-methamphetamine. He was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office after he sold the drug to a confidential informant (CI). The sale occurred on April 3 in the area of 32 Blakeslee Blvd., in Lehighton. He was arrested immediately after the sale.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Carbon County Coroner Bruce Nalesnik said he is waiting for the results of more tests, specifically toxicology tests, before making a ruling on the cause of death for William K. Andrews III, 25, of 105 Barbara Ave., Lehighton, Towamensing Township.

Andrews was found on Wednesday in a small fishing boat at Beltzville State Park, deceased. Reportedly, Andrews was found leaning over the side of the boat with his head submerged in the water. He was discovered by passing boaters in a cove to the west of Preachers Camp boat launch area.

Friday, August 17, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the West End Change Club came out in support for its first community event. They are, left to right: Judith Nansteel, Judith Leiding, Gale Kresge, Bette Stout, Carmela Heard, Diane Giffels, Donnie Grammes, Gabriele Strahle, Barbe Sieg, Carol Kern, Dawn Olson and Lisa Eick.

You've just been diagnosed with high cholesterol, or high blood pressure.

Perhaps diabetes runs in your family and you want to do everything you can to prevent becoming diabetic.

The scale tells you that you've gained another five pounds.

Is it hard to know what to eat out in restaurants?

You know you have to become more conscious of what you eat for better health, but when you pick up an item and you see "partially-hydrogenated" on the label do you know what that means? And do you wonder how to use the percentage Daily Value on a food label or do you go, "Huh?"

Friday, August 17, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

The distinctly psychedelic look and sound of the fabulous 60s returned to Tamaqua on Thursday evening at the train station when the LargeFlowerheads, a 1960s Lehigh Valley-based revival group, serenaded a sizable gathering during the weekly Tamaqua Chamber FreeSummer Concert Series. The familiar, foot-stomping tunes had the crowd singing and swaying. The concert wassponsored by Lehigh Anthracite LLC.

Friday, August 17, 2012

After a lengthy, heated discussion with audience members last month about whether or not volunteers should be paid for responses they make to emergencies outside the border of the township, Rush Township board of supervisors tabled its vote until it could be further reviewed with fire company chiefs in the area.

Rush Township Fire Chief Barry Messerschmitt wrote the policy, and the Quakake fire chief also approved it.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Daily room rates at the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital have been increased $1, it was reported by Fred W. Manning, president of the board. Manning cited escalating costs necessitated the increase. He said the amount increased is considerably less the raise in rates adopted at other area hospitals. Under the new increase, the rates for rooms that are private, $52; semiprivate, two beds, with bath, toilet and shower, $43; two beds with bath and toilet, $41; two beds with bath, $39; and four-bed ward, $37.

Friday, August 17, 2012

A free luncheon will be hosted at Parryville UMC, corner of Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25.

All are welcome.

Friday, August 17, 2012

A high school prank of shooting an arrow into a football stadium where workers were lining the field for a football game, plus a retail theft charge, sent a Tamaqua youth to prison. He was one of 19 who entered guilty pleas in the Schuylkill County Court Wednesday and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Friday, August 17, 2012
Thomas J. Connors

Carbon County has hired yet another new animal warden.

During the county commissioners' meeting, the board voted to hire Thomas J. Connors of Weatherly as the county animal warden at the animal shelter in Nesquehoning, effective Aug. 20, pending a pre-employment drug screening. The position officially became vacant last week, after the board voted on an employment separation with Debbie Craver, the former animal warden, after personnel issues arose.

Friday, August 17, 2012

At Thursday's Kidder Township Supervisors' meeting, the board announced that on Wednesday, township manager John Finnerty had resigned his position effective immediately.

The supervisors voted unanimously and without comment to accept Finnerty's resignation.

The board appointed township secretary/treasurer Lisa Klem acting township manager through the end of 2012.

When contacted this morning, Klem said Finnerty had resigned to accept another position.