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Friday, May 25, 2012

Tamaqua Chief of Police Dave Mattson reminds local motorists that the unofficial start of the Summer kicks off this Memorial Day weekend with the Pennsylvania Driving Under the Influence Association's announcement of a renewed initiative to enforce the Commonwealth's impaired driving laws. Municipal and state police throughout the state will be out in force over the holiday weekend with increased sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and other under-the-influence related enforcement initiatives to ensure the highways are safer by removing alcohol and drug impaired drivers.

Friday, May 25, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Lester Miller, left, and Clark Ritter place a new sign on the Lehighton Annex building on Third Street, while Jim Walp looks on from the ground. The annex while now also be known as the Pfc. Clyde R. Houser Jr. Building.

Four Lehighton area men died fighting in Vietnam.

The Lehighton Borough Annex has been named after one of them Army Pfc. Clyde R. Houser Jr. Yesterday, a sign was installed at the annex designating it as the Pfc. Clyde R. Houser Jr. Building.

Clark Ritter, who helped champion the cause to have the building renamed, explained why Houser was selected for the posthumous honor.

The borough annex had been the Lehighton High School from 1918 to 1964. The final graduating class from the building was in 1964.

Friday, May 25, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Palmerton fire police maintain traffic control at the intersection of Third Street and Delaware Avenue Thursday afternoon after a power outage covered a major portion of the community. It was believed a power transformer towards the western end of the community failed causing the blackout.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Stephen J. Daderko, Spokane, Washington, visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Daderko, Van Gelder Street, Tamaqua. He brought home with him three jars of volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount St. Helens. Although he lives 300 miles from the volcano, he told his parents he was shoveling ash for three days. He said water sprayed on it would not dissolve it, therefore it had to be mixed with sawdust in order to be shoveled in an easier manner.

Friday, May 25, 2012

The GAR Cemetery will be dedicating a GAR Memorial constructed from the Conner Post members plaque that hung in the former Panther Valley Middle School on Saturday, May 26 at 10 a.m.. In addition, two memorial trees will be dedicated and the cemetery will also consecrate the newly seeded ground for burials to the east of the existing sections. The ceremony will take place near the Cemetery garage/office.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Penn Forest Township municipal offices will be closed Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.

The Transfer Station will be open on Memorial Day from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Planning Commission meeting for Tuesday, May 29 has been canceled.

The regular monthly board of supervisors meeting is scheduled for June 4 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building.

Friday, May 25, 2012

With Police Chief Kenneth Barnes still on indefinite medical leave, Mahoning Township supervisors voted 4-0, with Supervisor Franklin Ruch absent before the voting, to allow Officer in Charge Audie Mertz to review the backlog of police applicants and perform background checks on them in anticipation of the possibility of hiring some new part-time officers. However, supervisors were explicit in stating that they were not actively hiring anyone at the present time.

Friday, May 25, 2012

A Walnutport man is being sought for an assault incident which occurred Thursday morning in which he fled the scene, jumped into the Lehigh River, and was the subject of a manhunt for several hours.

State police at Lehighton identified the suspect as John Duncan Holzer, 39, of 4458 Mountain View Drive.

According to troopers about 8:30 a.m. Holzer allegedly physically assaulted his girlfriend, only identified by troopers as a 37-year-old, while driving from Weissport to East Penn Township along SR248.

Friday, May 25, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Housing Authority employees Mary Hoffman and Neal Strohl plant begonias Tuesday afternoon in front of the Palmer House at 360 Delaware Avenue in Palmerton.

A look at the colorful begonias after they've been planted.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Two men were sentenced to Carbon County prison terms on Tuesday on driving under the influence (DUI) charges, and both face big restitution bills for damages to individuals and property. The two appeared before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Probation violations

John Moser, 28, of Lehighton, was sentenced to a total prison term of six months and 10 days to one day less 24 months on counts of DUI and simple assault; and also for probation violations.

Moser previously pleaded guilty to DUI and simple assault.