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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS Buckman Iron & Metal Inc., of Coplay, has been selected as Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

Want to get rid of that scrap metal?

Then consider Buckman Iron & Metal Inc. of Coplay, which has served the scrap metal recycling needs of the greater Lehigh Valley for over 100 years.

With that type of longevity, it's no wonder, then, why the business has received the distinction of Business of the Month by the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Good Friday Fish Dinner will take place at St. John's Church, 826 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton, from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, March 29. A snow date is set for Saturday, March 30.

The meal includes: Batter dipped fish or baked buttered fish, fries, macaroni and cheese with stewed tomatoes, salad, pickled cabbage, dessert, and beverage.

A free will offering will be accepted. For more information call (570) 386-9960.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Blakesee resident, scheduled to enter a guilty plea in Carbon County court on Tuesday afternoon to driving under the influence (DUI), came to court under the influence.

Raymond Matthew Dotter, 50, appeared to enter his plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass. Prior to court beginning, and while Dotter was checking in with court personnel, sheriff deputies detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from Dotter.

Assistant District Attorney William McDonald then requested the adult probation office to give Dotter a breath test. The result was .16BAC.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Trees and woods are important to people. Trees and woods purify air and water, provide wildlife habitat, and generally ensure our quality of life. Trees and woods are tangible symbols of nature. Pennsylvania's woodland owners often express a connection or "oneness" with nature. They love their trees and woods and the environment they provide. Oneness is a way of defining closeness, identity, maybe even love.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The final line items of Palmerton Area School District's proposed 2013-14 budget have been outlined.

Business Manager Diane Serfass reviewed the remainder of operating expenses with the school board at a Budget and Finance Committee meeting on Monday.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Robert L. Raeder

A Tamaqua man, already facing sexual assault of two young girls in Schuylkill County, has been charged by federal authorities with possession and producing child pornography.

Federal officials arrested Robert L. Raeder Jr., 45, at the county prison where he is being held on the county charges, and charged him with producing pornographic videos and other images and maintained them on his computer.

Raeder was indicted by a federal grand jury, according to U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith in a release Tuesday.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Coaldale Fire Chief Rich Marek looks over burnt debris firefighters placed outside a home that caught fire Tuesday evening. Marek and firefighter Jonathan Oakes used fire extinguishers to slow the growing fire as other firefighters arrived on scene to finish the job.

A fast response from firefighters helped to save a Coaldale home from being destroyed by fire just after 6 p.m. Tuesday.

After seeing flames rise up from the stove and cabinets of her kitchen, tenant Holly O'Shea, 24, of 150 Second St., grabbed her 2-year-old daughter and escaped outside, where she called 911.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A motorist involved in a head-on crash near Sheppton, North Union Township, while driving under the influence (DUI) drew a jail sentence. He was one of 12 defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County court.

Michael Charles Kelchner, 28, Fern Glen, pleaded to aggravated assault while DUI of alcohol, and sentenced to serve eight to 23 months in the county prison with the sentence to begin Wednesday, March 27, at 9 a.m.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its 50th annual tribute to volunteerism and community spirit. The person selected will be only the third to earn what is now called the Joseph M. Plasko Memorial Citizenship Award. The award will be presented at the 63rd Annual Chamber/TIDE Dinner to be held Thursday, April 25, at the Masonic Lodge, SR54 in Hometown.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The good news projected revenues for the Tamaqua Area School District will steadily increase beginning with the current school year (2012-2013) and through 2015/16.

The bad news projected expenses for the same time period also steadily increase, and at a higher rate. By the 2015-16 school year, the projected deficit is $2.8 million.