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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Ten years ago, saving millions of dollars while developing an Act 537 sewage facilities plan covering two townships may have seemed like a real pipe dream.

But according to an Act 537 draft plan discussed at a public hearing for West Penn and Walker township citizens Monday, the scope and cost for the project has flowed from high to low.

Supervisors from both boards will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the West Penn Township municipal building, to either adopt or ask for additional revisions of the draft plan.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

An unusual murder trial is unfolding in Schuylkill County court with the Commonwealth asking a jury to find Keith Allen Reber, 49, of 294 Meadow Drive, Schuylkill Haven, guilty of murder for the death of Bryan Robert Smith, 26, Orwigsburg.

The defense is claiming there was no murder because the victim died of a drug overdose.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Jessalyn Rider

Mahoning Township Police say they are still looking for a woman who is one of three suspects in the theft of an air conditioner from Wal-Mart on May 7.

Officer in Charge Audie Mertz of the township's police department said police haven't been able to locate Jessalyn Rider, 20, of Lehighton.

Also charged in the theft were Justin Jacobacci, 30, and Anthony Jacobacci, 30, both of Jim Thorpe.

Mertz said Rider and Justin were both arrested last September for retail theft at Wal-Mart.

Justin was also eluding police. He was apprehended yesterday.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that all driver's license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Schnecksville, Pa. - Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) honored students from two honor societies, Kappa Beta Delta (KBD) and Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX), at a ceremony on April 25 at the school's main campus in Schnecksville.

Kappa Beta Delta

The following individuals were inducted into KBD, the International Honor Society honoring outstanding students in LCCC's Associate degree programs of Accounting, Business, Computer Science/Computer Specialist, and Hospitality that are accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP):

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Lower Towamensing Township couple once again finds itself in search of a variance.

Harry and Elaine Eckhart are scheduled to appear before the township's zoning hearing board at 7 p.m. Thursday.

At that time, the Eckharts will request a variance from Section 500.1 of the zoning ordinance to subdivide out a five acre lot, which allegedly does not abut a public street or an approved private street, at 5260 Little Gap Road, Kunkletown, in an RC Rural-Conservation District.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School Board President Rocky Ahner, left, and Vice President Hal Resh, right, with Lehighton Area School District Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver after the school board ratified the automatic one-year extension of his contract for a fourth year.

By a five-to-two vote, Lehighton Area School Board approved the final budget for the 2013-2014 school year on Monday evening with no real estate tax increase.

"With everyone working together, we're able to tighten our belts and be more efficient without having to raise taxes," said school board President Rocky Ahner. "It wouldn't be fair to the taxpayers to raise taxes right now just because we can."

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Petitions to revoke probations or paroles of several defendants previously sentenced by Carbon County judges were filed by the adult probation office.

The following defendants had petitions filed against them and resulted in their probation/paroles being revoked.

Evrin Kalkan, 28, of Lehighton, had a petition filed by probation officer Jillian C. McGinley for violation of his probation/parole, on a charge of unauthorized use.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Kyle Cope and Elisha Kistler receive scholarships from Larry Engle, far right, as Lion Pres. William Ravert watches.

Various awards were presented, scholarship recipients were named, and new officers were introduced during the Charter Night meeting of the Bowmanstown-Parryville Lions Club.

The program was held at the Mahoning Valley Country Club.

Club President William Ravert gave welcome remarks.

This was followed by singing "America" and the Pledge, with the invocation by Kathy Nunemacher. A moment of silence was held for deceased members.

Ravert gave special recognition to Nancy Hertzog, whom he called his "right-hand man."

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Seven area residents were among 26 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell as follows:

Alisen Vanger, 24, 19 W. Bertsch St., Lansford, formerly of Coaldale, delivery of heroin in Tamaqua, serve three to 23 months in the county prison with credit for serving seven days, pay $100 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund, and perform 20 hours of community service. Vanger was cited by Patrolman Anthony Stanell.