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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Two area residents were killed when a Veterans Affairs van crashed into the side of a tractor-trailer Monday morning in Cass Township.

Schuylkill County Coroner Dr. David Moylan confirmed the two killed in the crash were James Metzger, 67, of Barnesville, and Elaine Bradley, 73, of Tamaqua.

Metzger, the van's driver, and Bradley, a backseat passenger, were pronounced dead at the scene.

A third occupant of the van, later identified as Leonard Valitski, 79, of Mahanoy City, was transported from the scene with serious injuries.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Carbon County Labor Chapter will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Democratic Information Center at 184 S. First St. in Lehighton (across from Adele's Café).

The labor chapter is open to retired and active members of labor unions and others who support the labor movement.

For more information, contact President Terry Whiteman at 610-379-0162.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Cartwright

Last week U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright was elected regional whip by his Democratic colleagues representing Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.

"I look forward to working with my fellow Democrats to support a legislative agenda that puts people first," said Cartwright. "Now more than ever we must be unified in putting forth an agenda that will create jobs and improve our economy, support our veterans, protect the environment, and strengthen Social Security and Medicare."

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton native, Matthew G. Schnell, center, was recently swornin to the Carbon County Bar. Attorney Schnell is a 2007 graduateof Lehighton Area High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a specialization in pre-law and graduated magna cum laude from Misericordia University in 2011. He attended the Albany Law School of Union University in Albany, New York, graduating cum laude in May 2014. He is presently practicing at the law firmof Strubinger & Gazo, P.C., in Palmerton. Schnell is the son of Glenn and Diane Schnell of Lehighton.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jim Thorpe Borough has almost 20 applicants seeking to become its next borough manager.

Borough council member Greg Strubinger said the next step involves council members looking through the applications and "forming a committee" to "take the process to the interview level."

No timetable was provided at Thursday's council meeting for making a hire. Jim Thorpe has been without a manager since Wesley Johnson was terminated in 2012 after almost two years on the job.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Steve Austin, project manager for the Emergency Services Safety Institutes, addresses the Pennsylvania Fire Police Association.

On Sunday afternoon, delegates and members of the Pennsylvania State Fire Police Association gathered at Penn Forest Volunteer Fire Company No. 1's Whispering Pines hall for their final quarterly meeting of 2014.

Representatives from 19 counties attended, coming from as far away as Westmoreland, Crawford and Warren counties.

Aside from the regular business, there was a special presentation by Steve Austin, project manager of the Emergency Responder Safety Institute.

According to Austin, the institute was created by the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Degilio

A Carbon County psychologist was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday for sexually assaulting a patient.

Dr. Michael Degilio, 46, of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced to serve a total of four to eight years in a state correctional institution followed by two years of state probation. President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II imposed the prison term.

Degilio was convicted by a jury on May 14 of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and indecent exposure. The jury deliberated for about four and a half hours before finding him guilty following a three-day trial.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Registration for the Toys for Tots program will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Dec. 5 and 6 at the Salem Bible Fellowship Church, 1105 Fredericks Grove Road, Lehighton. This is the only location for registration and no phone calls will be accepted.

Participants must have a letter from their pastor, proof of public assistance or proof of employment. Also only parents or legal guardians are permitted to register the children. Those registering the children must have ID for themselves and a birth certificate for each child being registered.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Faced with record high medical bills for inmates, Carbon County will take matters into its own hands to keep costs down.

The Carbon County Prison Board created a committee, to be chaired by county controller Robert Crampsie, that will negotiate contracts for lower prices in medical expenses, similar to the rates charged by Medicare. The committee will also conduct a medical review to determine if treatment is necessary and will review medical bills for possible errors.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Tamaqua Community Art Center will host a Holiday Vendor and Craft Show to benefit the American Cancer Society on Saturday.

The event will be held at the art center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua, from 1 to 6 p.m. and will feature a variety of crafters, vendors, baked goods and two live musical performances. The musical performances will be held at 2:30 and 7 p.m. and will feature entertainers from the American Cancer Society Telethon.

For more information, call 570-668-1192. To reserve craft and vendor space, call 570-645-4228.