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Friday, August 17, 2012
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Site of the proposed Penn Kidder Library Center is located at the Pine Point Plaza at the intersection of Routes 903 and 534 in Albrightsville. The lot is located in Kidder Township, just a couple hundred yards from the Penn Forest Township boarder.

The Friends of the Penn Kidder Library Center (PKLC) are moving ahead with their plans to establish a public library in Kidder Township. The new library will be located at the Pine Point Plaza on Route 903 in Albrightsville.

The library will serve the over 11,000 full-time residents of Penn Forest and Kidder townships. Residents of surrounding townships will be able to use the library for a small yearly fee. The center will house books, a number of public access computers and a children's room. The building will meet ADA requirements.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Major Sharon Whispell is looking for 3 to 5 community members (ages 18 and up) who are able to volunteer two or more hours a week at the Tamaqua Salvation Army providing supervision to youth playing in the gymnasium. Hours are flexible.

Whispell stated, "The open gym provides a safe and fun place for kids to hang out when school is over." Dina Depos, programs director, added, "Open gym times can be made to fit the hours of the volunteers, although fixed times are always best."

Friday, August 17, 2012
ERIN FRANTZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Raider Band is preparing for the upcoming high school football season, spending hour after hour at band camp during the last two weeks. In a long standing tradition aimed at relieving some of the tediousness involved, the second week of camp has been designated "Spirit Week." Band members are encouraged to show their spirit by dressing up in clothing geared towards the day's theme. This year's themes include: Tuesday, neon day; Wednesday, rock star day; Thursday, college day; and Friday, blue and white day.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Overcrowding, less revenue and tighter budgets are causing major headaches for Carbon County prison officials.

During the county prison board meeting on Wednesday, the board discussed the issue of overcrowding at the Broad Mountain prison, which in turn, is creating the need for more employees to be hired, but the low amount of revenue being collected from Live Scan services, as well as not-so-bright projections for future budgets, are causing officials to hold off on hiring the needed staff.

Friday, August 17, 2012

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a county prison term on Thursday afternoon after pleading guilty to a drug charge. He was one of three defendants to enter a guilty pleas before Carbon County President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

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William H. Hayes, 70, of Lehighton was sentenced to serve six to 12 months on a charge of possession of a controlled substance-heroin. The prison term will be followed by one year of probation.

Friday, August 17, 2012
Shown in photo from left is Matt DePrimo Vice President of Barber Ford in Exeter and Vince Kirksey of the Ford Motor Company.

Barber Ford is among an elite group of Ford and Lincoln dealerships to be recognized with the 2011 President's Award by Ford Motor Company. The prestigious award honors dealerships that have excelled in automotive retailing in 2011, by providing exceptional customer service and satisfaction.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Five first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Dispositon (ARD) probation program on Thursday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If they successfully complete all conditions of the program their record will be wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, August 17, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Chamber of Commerce members include (front row, l-r) Heather McClure, administrative assistant, Dawn Ferrante, new chair (back row, l-r) Pat Handwerk (new vice chair), and Marlyn Kissner, Executive Vice President of Regional Chambers, Councils, and Borough Business Revitalization, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

At their most recent board meeting, the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce voted on two new directors for leadership positions of chairman and vice chairman.

The new Chair, Dawn Ferrante, is the Executive Director of the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation, and also the Director of the County Department. The Vice Chair is Pat Handwerk, owner of the Harry Packer Mansion in Jim Thorpe. The two begin in their roles immediately, as a reorganization meeting between the past leadership and the new leadership took place this past Tuesday at Bert's Steakhouse in Palmerton.

Friday, August 17, 2012

A domestic incident in Tamaqua turned into a nightmare for a woman and her young daughter on Wednesday and sent one man to prison.

David Cipko, 34, of Penn Street, Tamaqua, reportedly went to Shannon Quinn's home at 336 Lincoln St. sometime that evening, then hid in the attic waiting for the woman to return home.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

"Time is running out and something must be done real soon," was the warning and plea made by President Judge William E. Baldwin to members of the Schuylkill County Prison board, concerning the overcrowding in the county prison located in Pottsville across the street from the courthouse.