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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Schuylkill County man was shot outside his home on Monday morning. Police are calling the incident an attempted homicide.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Richard Behney, 34, of 64 Fisher Road, Pine Grove, exited his home at 6:30 a.m. and walked to his vehicle when he was shot. He was struck on his right hand and left buttocks area. Behney then fled back inside his home.

Behney was treated at the scene by Pine Grove EMS unit and Pottsville paramedics and then transported to the Reading hospital.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Students from the Panther Valley Middle School and their science teacher, Chris Powell, conducted a project that will help other

children. Powell's classes were studying recycling so they began

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Judy Dolgos-Kramer/Special to the Times News The new playground at the park is ADA accessible and cost around $40,000, according to township Chairman Warren Reiner.

With just a few items remaining to finish, the new park on Route 903 in Penn Forest Township is nearing completion.

"The parking lot is complete, the front is stabilized and seeded, the playground is assembled, and the walking trail is ready for tar and chip, which is the last thing," project manager Greg Pavlik told the Penn Forest Township board of supervisors Monday evening. "There are a few access issues which need to be addressed, but everything else is pretty much done."

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

An Effort man faces up to 20 years in prison for his role in a heroin distribution ring after pleading guilty in U.S. Middle District Court on Monday.

Kerion Johnson, 40, admitted to conspiring to distribute heroin in the Monroe County area between November 2013 and April 22.

The U.S. District Attorney's office filed charges on June 4 following an investigation by the FBI and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The day was hot and humid, but the senior citizens attending this week's summer outing at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe were as cool as the proverbial cucumber.

It was their day to enjoy the festivities arranged by the Carbon County Office on Aging, and the estimated 600 men and women enjoyed it to the fullest.

There was enough chow to feed an army, not to mention a seemingly endless supply of cooling birch beer.

Mary Kobrick of White Bear was the life of the party, putting together a program replete in everything that was fun, fun, fun.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Penn Forest Township will hold an electronics recycling day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 27 at the Penn Forest Township Transfer Station on 88 Transfer Station Road in Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Prothonotary's report

A total of 415 cases were started in July in the office of Carbon County Prothonotary Joann M. Behrens, according to a monthly statistical report released by the officeholder. A breakdown of the cases is as follows:

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Billy O'Gurek, chairman of the Carbon County Democratic Committee, has announced that former Lt. Gov. Mark Singel will headline the annual Carbon County Democratic Committee Summer Picnic from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News Claudia Sarge McDonald, left, and Louisa Sarge, both of Lansford, look over a drug and alcohol identification display provided by the Pennsylvania State Police at Tuesday's National Night Out in Jim Thorpe.

Claudia Sarge McDonald and Louisa Sarge, both Lansford residents, hopped out of their pool Tuesday night and made their way to Jim Thorpe's Memorial Park.

Although the town's National Night Out, a drug and alcohol addiction awareness event, is in its third year, it was a new phenomenon to the women as both read about it several days before in the newspaper.

They weren't just in Jim Thorpe for the food or to catch up with friends. Both made the roughly 10-mile trip because drug addiction had affected their lives and they had a success story to share.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Chuck Gould, Chestnuthill Township supervisor chairman, asked everyone at Tuesday night's supervisors' meeting to observe a moment of silence in memory of the late David Fleetwood. Fleetwood was the Chestnuthill Township supervisor vice chairman who lost his life while attending a Ross Township supervisors' meeting last Aug. 5 when a local Saylorsburg man opened fire, killing three and wounding three.