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Friday, September 26, 2014

Three defendants who previously pleaded guilty to driving under the influence were sentenced in Carbon County court on Thursday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Elias Cruz, 45, of Allentown, was sentenced on DUI and additional counts of criminal conspiracy-retail theft, and fleeing or attempting to elude police.

Cruz was arrested on April 25 following an incident at the Walmart store in Mahoning Township.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Jim Thorpe boys soccer team will be collecting canned goods, bags of tuna fish, peanut butter, dog food etc. for VALOR Clinic at their home games on Monday and Tuesday.

VALOR stands for Veterans Assisted Living Out Reach. It is a nonprofit charity focused on providing assistance with accessing benefits to veterans with limited or no access to care, and shelter to veterans who, due to health or lack of means, are unable to find or keep shelter of their own.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Renee Koenig of Slatington, who has compiled an outstanding record in 4-H work, was named state Dog Care and Training Award winner in the 1984 4-H National Awards Program.

Koenig was picked from more than 145,000 youth who annually take part in the Extension Service educational 4-H program.

She is a junior at Northern Lehigh High School and has been a 4-H member for 10 years.

She is one of only 45 commonwealth 4-H members selected as state contest winners in the various project categories.

Friday, September 26, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Lehighton resident Celeste Silvonek, second from left presents the Carbon County Commissioners, from left, Thomas J. Gerhard; Wayne Nothstein, chairman; and William O'Gurek, with a check in the amount of $500 to be used at the Carbon County Animal Shelter.Silvonek, a retired teacher, donated the money in memory of her12-year-old dog Dain, who passed away this past August. She said she was impressed at the shelter's new education room and felt she wanted to help the dogs as a way to keep her beloved dog's memory alive.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission is hosting a recovery awareness walk on Monday. The walk begins at 9:30 a.m. at the commission's office at 428 S. Seventh St., Lehighton and do a short loop through the borough.

The event is being held in conjunction with National Recovery Month, a movement that "promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery for mental and substance use disorders."

No registration is required to participate.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Important topics were discussed at Monday's Slatington Borough Authority meeting, including excess zinc in the borough's sewer sludge, which project will be chosen in order to spend the remaining money of an H2O grant, and whether or not the steps necessary for the dissolution of the authority have yet taken place.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Palmerton may have to spend up to $50,000 for replacement screening for its wastewater treatment plant.

On a 6-0 vote on Thursday, council agreed to set 2 p.m. Nov. 10 as the bid opening date for wastewater treatment plant screening. Councilman Jason Behler was absent.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said the screening is essential to ensure the treatment plant can continue to operate at full efficiency.

"It's really integral in our operation," Danielson said. "Especially with the new system we have now."

Friday, September 26, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

The life skills class at Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe recently challenged Shaun McElmoyle, supervisor of specialeducation at the Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21, to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. On Thursday, McElmoyle sat on theoutdoor bleachers and let student Teresa Klager dump ice water over his head. From the sequence of photos, you can see just how cold it was Thursday, with air temperatures hovering around 63 degrees.

Friday, September 26, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Palmerton Area Junior High School students who were recently inducted into the 2014-15 National Junior Honor Society are, front, from left: Madison Finley, Sayler Burke, Mia Fantasia, Skyler Graver, Lucas Christman, Nathan Andress, Matthew Binder. Back: Ashley Mosier, Shannon Higgins, Katelyn Rehatcheck, Reshan Selvavelautham, Devyn Hauser, Jonathan Shimmel, Benjamin Netznik, Chase Faulstick, Nathaniel Galgoci, Benjamin Serfass and Ezekiel Himmelwright.

Their excellence in the classroom has translated to a spot on one of the nation's premier student organizations.

Eighteen Palmerton Area Junior High School students took part in the National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony held Tuesday in the junior high/high school auditorium.

The program began with the prelude and processional given by junior high school music instructor Kenneth Mettam. That was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Junior high school Principal Richard DeSocio then gave the welcome.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Carbon County officials are working to preserve the Old Mauch Chunk Train Station for future generations.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to apply for a $96,972 Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Local Share Account grant to use on train station renovations. The LSA money comes from gaming funds collected at the casino in Monroe County and is available for projects in Monroe, Carbon, Lackawanna, Northampton, Pike and Wayne counties.