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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Controller Melinda Kantner was escorted by deputy sheriffs from the work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville after a verbal confrontation with the Schuylkill County Commissioners.

"I will file a complaint with the state attorney general and you will hear from my solicitor" were her parting words as she left under escort.

"What happened to the other complaints you filed?" shot back Commissioner Chairperson Mantura Gallagher.

Thursday, June 2, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Becky Freeman proudly displays her second place ribbon at the Special Olympics held at Pleasant Valley High School stadium. "This is a great family event and a great idea that brings people in the area together," says Becky's proud grandmother, Marian Mullen of Lake Sherwood, California.

Becky Freidman jumps. She lands triumphantly. For her efforts, she earns a second place in the Standing Long Jump at the Special Olympics held at Pleasant Valley High School's stadium. Her smile is mile-wide. Her pride is reflected in her family's faces as they congratulate her and shower her with praise.

But Becky is already eager to move on to her next event and takes off with her PV "buddy."

Her mother, Fidelia Freeman of Saylorsburg, is somewhat emotional.

"She went from not walking to this," she says of her 16-year-old PVHS ninth grade daughter.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Summit Hill Heritage Center will be hosting family game night on Friday, June 3 at 7 p.m. for families looking for a night of fellowship and fun. Bring a board game or play one of theirs or learn something new. The fellowship evening will be held at the Center on 1 W. Hazard Street in Summit Hill.

For more information, please contact David at (570) 657-0792.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Palmerton Area School District could pull from its fund balance to offset a projected $52,000 shortfall in next year's budget.

The school board held yet another budget workshop on Wednesday, just three weeks shy of the anticipated final adoption of the 2011-12 spending plan.

A special meeting for financial and personnel considerations that was scheduled to take place before the budget workshop was canceled, board President Barry Scherer said.

Thursday, June 2, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS

Members of the youth group of the First Congregational Church of Coaldale have been helping to clean up the Seek and the Veterans Memorial Garden each spring for the past three years.

World War II Committee member William Gaddes explains the history of the memorials, which the Civil War, Spanish-American War, WW II, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm/Enduring Freedom.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Berks County man drowned in the Schuylkill River in Schuylkill County on Wednesday.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Jason Lamont Morris, 28, of 1548 Cotton St., Reading, jumped into the river from an area known as "the rock" in West Brunswick Township, about 5:35 p.m. The drop was about 20 feet, troopers said.

Once in the water Morris had a difficult time swimming back to shore due to the rapid current. He eventually was pulled under the water from the current and drowned.

Thursday, June 2, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Krystina Bailey

Krystina Bailey was on the way to her 1 p.m. psychology class at Cedar Crest College on March 30 when she got a frantic call from her younger brother. The family's home in Slatington was on fire. Bailey got in her car and called her sister while rushing home. She was concerned that her grandmother might be trapped inside the house.

"I was very scared on my way home, but it turned out that the mailman was on the block already when the fire started and he helped her out of the house," said Bailey, recalling that chilling Wednesday afternoon when five homes were evacuated.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Palmerton Area Education Association has declined to take a pay freeze as part of the latest round in negotiations.

Board President Barry Scherer read a prepared statement on Wednesday that said the district on May 24 again requested that the PAEA accept a pay freeze.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Seven area residents were among 34 who were qualified by District Attorney James P. Goodman for the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program, which is reserved for first offenders who committed a non-violent crime.

Senior Judge D. Michael Stine admitted them into the program and imposed conditions. If they complete the program successfully their record will be cleared. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A Carbon County man who robbed a pharmacy was sentenced to a state prison term Tuesday in the county court.

Jack K. Ensel, 51, of Lansford, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve 36 to 72 months in prison on a charge of robbery. He previously pleaded guilty to the count along with one count each of theft and simple assault. Nanovic ruled those two charges merger with the robbery count for sentencing purposes.