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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Lehigh County drug dealer entered a guilty plea in Carbon County court on Tuesday and is facing a prison term when sentenced. He was one of six defendants in pending cases to enter a plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

AG arrest

Lorenzo Phillips, 36, of Allentown, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-crack cocaine.

Phillips was arrested on Dec. 21, 2011, following a vehicle stop in the 300 block of S. Ninth St., Lehighton.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Carbon County Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard, center, was sworn in as a member of the County Records Committee recently by Judge Steven Serfass, left. Gerhard received word from Gov. Tom Corbett's office appointing him to the committee as of July 16. The County Records Committee examines and inventories county records for the preparation of schedules; and enforces schedules and procedures involving county records. Gerhard will serve a four-year term. Holding the Bible during the swearing in is Rayonna Fedor, the secretary of Judge Serfass' office.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Local youth learned how to make juices and smoothies Monday evening at the Tamaqua Salvation Army. The 3-hour program was held courtesy of Dina Depos, volunteer and healthy-eating enthusiast. For more information on both youth and adult activities being held at the Tamaqua Salvation Army, call (570) 668-0410. Merissa Tongue, 11, of Tamaqua, uses a juicer to create her very own tasty concoction.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Thriftiness at its finest.

That's what those who routinely attend Palmerton's Sidewalk Sale have come to expect, and for good reason.

The 41st annual event will be held Thursday through Saturday along several blocks of Delaware Avenue in the borough's downtown.

As usual, the sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to closing time on Saturday.

Dean Meckes, owner of My Store, at 418 Delaware Avenue, said the sale benefits not only the businesses themselves, but the customers as well.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Palmerton Area Library offers so much more than books.

Watercolor painting classes are offered two days a week for children. Call the teacher at 610-824-4962 for more information.

Teen Advisory Group is for teens in grades 5-12. New members are always welcome. The teens are painting and remodeling the new teen area in the basement. Call the library and ask for Mariann for details.

The Annual Fund Drive is going on now. Show your support for the Palmerton Area Library by making a donation today.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Legislation sponsored by Carbon County Representative Joseph Semanoff, Lehighton Republican, would stipulate that all high schools in the state be required to incorporate a course in voting methods in the curriculum. It is directed in the legislation that satisfactory completion of the course be a requirement for graduation. The course, to be designed by the State Department of Education, would include essential phases of the state election laws, including eligibility to vote, registration, primary and general elections, and rights to voters at voting places.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Lehigh County resident, formerly of Carbon and Schuylkill counties, admitted to his part in a break-in of a Bowmanstown business on Tuesday afternoon in Carbon County court. He was one of four defendants to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Cigs and tickets

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Members and volunteers with the South Ward Playground Association are holding a free movie every Friday night in the summer lunch building at the playground. They will be playing two movies every Friday. The first will be for children and adults and will start at 7 p.m. The second movie will start at 8:30 p.m. and will have a PG rating.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Four area men were among 13 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin as follows:

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Lehigh County bicyclist was killed on Tuesday when his bike collided with a pickup truck. State police at Fogelsville said the accident occurred about 10:12 a.m. along Bogerstadt Road, at Valley Road, in Weisenberg Township.

Troopers said Andrew Price, 43, of Fogelsville, was operating a 10 speed Thompson Elite bicycle northbound when he failed to stop for a posted stop sign. He entered the intersection where his bike struck the front fender of a 1996 Ford Ranger truck operated by a male juvenile from Kutztown.