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Friday, December 9, 2011

A divided Nesquehoning Borough Council voted to approve the long overdue contract of Police Chief Sean Smith in a 4-3 vote on Thursday, which included a 9.4-percent pay increase for Smith.

Councilwoman Rose Walck was the first to raise her concerns with the agreement, due to the fact that solicitor Robert Yurchak added additional items to the version originally viewed by council.

Friday, December 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Seventy five years ago, Santa Claus broke his ankle when he landed in an empty coal car at the LCN No. 9 Colliery in Lansford while trying to parachute from a bi-plane into Lansford High School Stadium where a capacity crowd was waiting to welcome him to the Panther Valley. As the plane was flying over the stadium, the pilot was testing the winds when St. Nick fell prematurely out of the plane and he missed the stadium by 400 feet or so. He was taken to the Coaldale State Hospital (now St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital) with many of the children in tears. This year, Santa arrived by sled to the mine's museum, where the children had their picture taken with Santa for a donation to the mine. Children were given hot chocolate, cookies and a candy cane. Elf Holly Frick, 15, participates in holiday craft-making with Dalicia, 3, and Michael Leon, 5 during the mine's holiday event.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Panther Valley School Director Mickey Angst, upset that the public meeting was being led by interim President Anthony DeMarco, left the meeting after a heated debate.

After one Panther Valley school director resigned, another left during an executive session and three others walked out at the start of the public session, the four remaining board members on Thursday were unable to act on anything but one agenda item.

The saga is expected to continue when the board meets again at 7 p.m. Dec. 20.

Because they lacked a quorum, school directors were able only to accept the resignation of Anthony Pondish, a Democrat first elected in 2001.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Morning Worship will be held at First Congregational Church, Coaldale, at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, followed by Sunday School for all ages at 10 a.m.

Choir rehearsal will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. Bible Study will follow at 7 p.m.

The Christmas program with children, youth and adults participating, will be presented during the 9 a.m. service Sunday, Dec. 18. The White Gift Ceremony will also be held at this time.

Friday, December 9, 2011

If the post office in Parryville closes it may cause financial and fiscal hardships to the residents, one county commissioner said.

During the Carbon County Commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, addressed an item under correspondence regarding the possible closing of the Parryville post office. The correspondence included nearly 30 letters from Parryville residents asking for the county's help in opposing the closing of the office.

Friday, December 9, 2011

A married Montgomery County veterinarian pleaded guilty in Lehigh County court on Thursday to killing his pregnant girlfriend, a former Lehighton woman.

David Rapoport, 31, pleaded guilty to first degree murder in the death of Jennifer L. Snyder, 27, and her unborn child last March. Judge Robert L. Steinberg immediately sentenced him to two consecutive life in prison without parole terms.

In exchange for the pleas, the district attorney agreed not to seek the death penalty. Rapoport also agreed not to file any appeals in the case or seek a pardon from the governor.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Lehighton Area High School announces the honors list for the first marking period.

Hight honors (an overall average of 95 in the marking period in all subject with no grades lower than an 98).

Friday, December 9, 2011

The second Sunday in December of each year is designated as "Worldwide Children's Remembrance Day," a time to commemorate and honor the memory of children who have died at any age from any cause.

Friday, December 9, 2011
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Students at the St. Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua collected donations for the local Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League Toys For Tots drive. Pictured from back left are mission representative Molly Carnish, Gabriel Gregoire, Olivia Matula, mission moderator Mary Dakosty, Tyler Wackley and mission representative Heather Getten. From front left are Anna Zelinsky, Ravin Walker, Eric Richardson, Nadiya Sieger, Anthony Coccio and Emily Breslin.

Friday, December 9, 2011

A state police expert testified Thursday at the trial of a Summit Hill man charged with setting 16 brush fires that his DNA was found on a cigarette which was attached to pack of matches and used to start one of the fires.

A fingerprint specialist from the state police also testified that a fingerprint belonging to the defendant was also found at one of the fire scenes.

The two experts concluded the fourth day of testimony in the trial of Frank Duane Swartz, 45. The trial began on Monday afternoon and is not expected to finish until early next week.