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Monday, May 2, 2011

At least 99 percent of the time, the front page of the TIMES NEWS is devoted entirely to local news. The local news is what readers expect from us. It's what we're about.

Today though, our top stories have Associated Press datelines. But we consider these stories as local news also, even though the event we're reporting on happened half way around the world.

This is a local story because it affects every man, woman and child in these United States.

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Tamaqua Street Department will continue its Spring cleaning of the borough's streets this week. Sweeping on Thursdays and Fridays will continue to have a start time of 5 a.m.in an effort to minimize traffic disruptions on the borough's Mani streets, with all other days' operations scheduled to begin at 7 a.m.

This week's schedule will include: Tuesday, Columbia, East End Ave. to Mountain Ave.; Elizabeth, East End Ave. to Mountain Ave.; Riley Ave., Market to end; Mahanoy, Hunter to Coal; Rose, Pine to Lincoln; Vine, Pine to Lincoln.

Monday, May 2, 2011

The office of Summit Hill Tax Collector Alice Kane will be closed on Tuesday, May 3.

It will reopen for regular business hours on Wednesday, May 4.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Karl A. Otto, 78, of 247 E. Moser Ave., Coaldale, who was found guilty in March 2009 of of charges of having involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with person under 16, indecent assault and indecent exposure, which was granted a new trial by President Judge William E. Baldwin because of "inefficient assistance of his counsel at the trial." However, Otto has now entered a guilty plea to two counts of indecent assault and one count of endangering welfare of childlren.

Monday, May 2, 2011
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The 2011 Carbon County Home, Garden, and Business Expo showcased around 80 buinesses and non-profit organizations at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe.

Various businesses and organizations from in and around Carbon County were showcased at the 2011 Carbon County Home, Garden, and Business Expo. The expo was held Saturday and Sunday at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe. Around 80 businesses and non-profit organizations were featured.

The expo was put together by a marketing team made up of members of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and the Carbon Builders Association.

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Nesquehoning Ambulance Corp is presently conducting its 2011/2012 subscription drive. The subscription is for unlimited emergency transports along with paramedic services provided by Lehighton Ambulance Association. Subscription is for anyone 18 years or older. Family members under the age of 18 and residing in the same household as the subscriber will be covered for out of pocket expenses.

Monday, May 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A DEP loader fills in a 35-foot-deep sinkhole located about 250-feet behind the Tamaqua Elementary School.

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) officials spent time over the past few days filling in a sinkhole and leveling out a number of mine subsidence troughs found by a jogger last Tuesday behind the Tamaqua Elementary School.

"Officials noted the mine subsidence troughs were there for about 15 years, while the sink hole was new," said Tamaqua Public Works director and Tamaqua Emergency Management director Rob Jones.

Monday, May 2, 2011
Joseph E. D'Andrea

Joseph D'Andrea of 411 Sixth St., Weatherly is hoping to be elected the mayor of Weatherly.

D'Andrea retired from teaching high school biology after 37-1/2 years. He was also athletic director at Hazleton High School for 16 years.

He has been a member of the Weatherly Area School District School Board for 10 years and also served 10 years as a Weatherly Borough councilman. In addition to those position, he served as Weatherly's mayor for eight years and is in the second year of a four-year term as borough councilman for a combine total of 31 years of community service.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Four area residents were among 29 who were arraigned Monday in the office of District Attorney James P. Goodman in the Schuylkill County courthouse on criminal charges and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested jury trials. They were:

Mel Scott Gerber, 38, of 117 Lombard St., Tamaqua, charged with theft of a compressor from Diversified Technology Company, 109 Lakeside Avenue,. Delano Township, and criminal mischief to property. Gerber was cited by Trooper Thomas Cuff.

Monday, May 2, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Marian Catholic High School's Katie Smulligan, left, addresses a witness during a mock trial at the Carbon Couty Courthouse in Jim Thorpe Friday morning. Other members of the defense team are Vicky Vetter and Dominic Montero. The trial was part of the annual Law Day program sponsorted by the Carbon County Bar Association.

Palmerton and Marian Catholic, two of the area's top mock trial teams, faced off in courtroom no. 1 of the Carbon County Courthouse Friday morning.

Both teams have enjoyed banner years. The Mock Trial Team at Marian High School defeated Allentown Central Catholic in competition to advance to regional competition in Scranton last month. It marked the fourth time Marian has advanced to this level. The Mock Trial Team at Marian has been in existence for over 20 years,