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Friday, May 16, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Piano students of Michelle Pyrdsa of Hometown participated in their annual recital on May 10 at St. Richard's Church in Barnesville. Bottom row, front from left: Avery Deitrich, Emma Morgans, Jack Tharp, Trinity Werley, Eli Maynard, Olivia Kupinsky and Pyrdsa. Second row: Carly Minchhoff, Declan Coleman, Olivia Sebastian, Amanda Wunderlich, Ahn Thomas Griffin and Brandon Long. Top row: Jennifer Frederickson, Olivia Lattanzi, Emily Ostergaard, Patrick McMullen, Kelsey Hurst, Bryan Ramirez and Nicole Ramirez.

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Carbon County retirement board discussed a bill weaving its way through the state that would change the cost of living increase requirements on counties.

Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary to the board said currently the cost of living increase requirements are retroactive.

That means if the county misses a year or two in cost of living increases to retirees, and then decides to give a cost of living increase the third year, the county is required to also give cost of living increases the two missed years as well.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Schuylkill County's retirement fund is the most robust it's been in years.

The account is now a tad more than 90 percent funded, meaning that "if we had to pay everybody out, we'd be able to pay out 90 percent of everybody's retirement, then we'd have to come up with the rest," said Deputy Controller Ron Zimmerman.

The remainder would have to come out of the general fund, said Controller Christy Joy.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Mahoning Township and Weatherly Police Departments recently announced enforcement activities as part of a Special Aggressive Driving Funding Project.

Police will be targeting motorists exhibiting aggressive-driving behaviors such as running red lights, speeding and tailgating.

Those roadways involved include routes 443 and 902 in Mahoning Township, and Route 4010 or State Street in Weatherly.

A significant number of these crashes are the result of distracted driving, following too closely, passing in no passing zones and driving at unsafe speeds.

Friday, May 16, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Victor Pituch, center, the director of the Carbon County Senior Games, presents representatives from the Northern Carbon County team with the Commissioners Cup trophy on Thursday. From left are: Carbon County Commissioners Thomas J. Gerhard and Wayne Nothstein, chairman; Reiko Summers of the Jim Thorpe team; Pituch; Norman Summers of the Jim Thorpe team; Susan Dopira of the Panther Valley team; and Carbon County Commissioner William O'Gurek.

Thursday was the perfect end to the 2014 Carbon County Senior Games.

Friday, May 16, 2014

A Tamaqua teen is shaken and badly bruised following an unusual accident in Tamaqua on Thursday afternoon.

Nick Zehner, son of Shawn and Amy Zehner of Tamaqua, was walking home from school at 2:45 p.m. with a friend. The teens were at the intersection of Lehigh and Lafayette Street when they saw a blue Chevy Cobalt approaching, headed west on Lafayette Street. When Nick saw the car go through the stop sign at the intersection, he tried to get out of the way, running to shelter behind a parked car.

Friday, May 16, 2014

A Schuylkill County driver died on Thursday morning after his vehicle crossed Route 209 and crashed into a tractor trailer rig just outside Port Carbon.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the deceased as Scott B. Bedford, 31, of Pottsville, Branch Township.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Carbon County jury has found a Mahoning psychologist guilty of sexual assault against a patient. The jury deliberated for four and a half hours this afternoon.

Dr. Michael Degilio went on trial Monday on charges by Mahoning Township police with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, and indecent exposure.

The charges were filed when a then 40-year-old woman said Degilio, a psychologist, had her perform a sexual act during an office visit in February 2009.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Palmerton woman charged with retail theft

Mahoning Township Police have arrested a Palmerton woman on retail theft charges.

On April 24, Mahoning Township Police investigated a retail theft at Walmart on Route 443.

Loss Prevention reported a female had concealed items inside of a cart and left the store with the merchandise failing to pay for it. The female was stopped by officers on Route 443 in a white Ford Focus, with the stolen items in the trunk of her vehicle.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

An Iowa woman jokingly calls it "Satan's handiwork." A California mom says she's broken down in tears. A Pennsylvania parent says it "makes my blood boil."

What could be so horrible? Grade-school math.

As schools around the U.S. implement national Common Core learning standards, parents trying to help their kids with math homework say that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing has become as complicated as calculus.