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Friday, December 14, 2012

Celebrate Christmas and a free dinner with all the trimmings, candy canes and Christmas carols from 5-7 p.m. Wednseday, Dec. 19 at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott Street, Lansford.

Please use the Tunnel Street entrance. All are welcome to add to our prayer tree. For more information call (570) 657-1480. The dinner will be given by Feed the People.

Friday, December 14, 2012

For the seventh straight year the Schuylkill County Employees Retirement Board has denied a cost-of-living increase to county government retirees in action taken at the monthly meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

As required by a state law the commissioners have to review at least once every three years the county pension law but the law does not mandate the commissioners to grant the increase. Treasurer Jacqueline McGovern, a member of the board, suggested retirees contact their state legislators to change the law.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Jack Starrett, fifth grade, and Brianna Moore, third grade, from Towamensing Elementary School's Student Council, hand out handmade snowman coasters the students made, to residents of Renee's Personal Care Home. The students also brought cookies and treats they served to the residents as part of their holiday gift to them. "We do this every year," Matthew Binder said. "We sing a few songs and make a craft for them. I think they enjoy it. We talk with them, learn a little about them and they learn about us."

Friday, December 14, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Mary Ellen Greco, Panther Valley Elementary school couselor, left; and Carrie Selinko, school nurse, right; thank Marie Ondrus, president of the Panther Valley Public Library in Lansford, for the library's donation of coats, hats, gloves and socks. The winter attire will now be distributed Dec. 19 at the school.

Panther Valley Elementary students in need will be a little bit warmer this winter thanks to the Panther Valley Public Library.

On Thursday, a group of volunteers from the library dropped of two boxes filled with winter coats, hats, gloves and socks for the children. They will now be distributed Dec. 19, between 2:30 and 4 p.m., in the school's cafeteria.

Marie Ondrus, Panther Valley Public Library president, said the library decided to help the children because they know times are tough, especially around Christmas.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Carbon County court is seeing an all-time high in caseloads, officials report.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, asked Roberta Brewster, court administrator, to provide statistics on the increased caseloads occurring in the county court system. All statistics are between November 2011 to November 2012, but are still preliminary and not 100 percent complete.

Nothstein added that his goal for the report was to show the public why county expenses are on the rise.

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Carbon County Animal Shelter, located at 63 Broad St., Nesquehoning, on top of the Broad Mountain along Route 93, will be visited by Santa Claus this weekend.

During the two-day event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, all pet owners are welcome to bring their pets to the shelter to take pictures with Santa. The shelter asks that pet owners bring their own camera to take the photos.

The event is free to everyone and donations to help cover shelter costs will be accepted.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Six first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program this week by county judges.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is 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.

Placed by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II were:

Friday, December 14, 2012

Volunteers with the St. Jerome School and church organized a Snowflake Oldies Dance at the school recently. Organizers Donna and Tom Carrigan expressed their appreciation to everyone who helped or participated. Kristine Osenbach, director of Adult Formation, St. Jerome and St. Peter and Paul churches, also thanked everyone who donated their time. In photo, participants take to the dance floor.

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Tamaqua man and two New Ringgold men were among 20 defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin.

Friday, December 14, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A totaled Jeep Cherokee placed outside the West Penn Police Department building reminds drivers to drive safe over the holidays. This vehicle rolled over on Clamtown Road a few months ago.

Police agencies in north central Pennsylvania will be on the alert for aggressive drivers over the next few weeks during a coordinated enforcement effort titled Operation Safe Holiday.