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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Weatherly man was given a county prison term on Monday in Carbon County court on driving under the influence and two theft charges.

Brandon J. Zeigler, 23, was sentenced to a total of four to 24 months in prison followed by three years of probation.

Zeigler previously pleaded guilty to the DUI charge and one theft count and entered a guilty plea Monday to a second theft charge.

The DUI occurred on Sept. 30, 2013, along First Street, where he was stopped by Weatherly police. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Dr. John DeMatte, DC, was recognized with a certificate of appreciation plaque for 50 consecutive years of service to the community, as well as his service with Blue Mountain Health System.

It's almost unfathomable to serve one's community for a half century without skipping a beat.

For all of his years of service to the community, Dr. John DeMatte III was honored during the annual Blue Mountain Health System medical staff meeting at the Blue Shamrock Golf Club in Palmerton on Tuesday.

DeMatte, who practices in Lehighton, was honored for 50 consecutive years of service to the community, as well as his service with the Blue Mountain Health System.

Dr. Louis Sportelli of Palmerton, referred to DeMatte as "an icon in the community."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Nathan Stubbs

After not having had an official meeting for several months, Slatington's Parks and Recreation Commission had a lot to discuss Monday night, including the introduction of a brand-new member.

Chairman Robert Stettner began the meeting by welcoming newly appointed member Nathan Stubbs of Slatington, who will serve the standard three-year term.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Local school leaders are following the old adage of strength in numbers when it comes to the fight for equality in school choice.

Twenty-seven superintendents from Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton and Pike counties released a joint statement Friday highlighting their issues with control of funding, governance and performance of brick-and-mortar and cyber charter schools.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In support of Entrepreneur Week, the Lehigh Carbon Community College Business Enterprise Center will sponsor a "Ladies Evening Out" on Wednesday, at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

The evening is a way to know your community, one woman at a time.

The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. There is no charge and the public is welcome to attend. The art center is located at 125 Pine St., Tamaqua. Special presentations and refreshments will be provided.

For further information, contact Lacey Gonzalez at lgonzalez@lccc.edu.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

R.W. Altemose & Son Hardware recently demolished the former Nevin and Fran Dorshimer house located next to the hardware store on the south side of the intersection of routes 209 and 715. That intersection is slated to undergo lane widening. Sean Brown,Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 5 press officer, said that PennDOT will open bids for the project sometime in December and the project could start next year. Routes 209 and 715 will be widened to add turning lanes, and new traffic signals will be installed to help alleviate traffic backups.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Harry J. Wynn III, master of ceremonies and Carbon County Veterans Council member, representing Lehighton VFW Post 256, left, presents Laurel McHugh, Carbon County Veterans Council secretary and treasurer, representing AMVETS Post 83, Lansford, with the Civilian of the Year award, and Edward Moyer, commander of the Palmerton American Legion Post 269, with the Veteran of the Year award, CCVC. With them are Joseph Balogach, second from right, president of the CCVC and member of the Schuylkill–Carbon Marine Corps League, Detachment 626, and Henry Desrosiers, director of Carbon County Veterans Affairs.

Approximately 40 people gathered this past weekend to recognize a number of veterans during the annual Carbon County Commanders Dinner, hosted by the Carbon County Veterans Council.

Awards and certificates were given during the event, held at the Lehighton American Legion.

Award recipients included Laurel McHugh, who received Civilian of the Year; and Edward Moyer, Veteran of the Year.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A pier was replaced during the Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge construction project in Weissport, and the result was a section of the borough's flood levee has been removed, a member of the borough council said Monday.

Arland Moyer Jr. was concerned whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which constructed the dike after a flood ravaged the borough in 1955, was notified of the matter.

He said he is concerned about potential damage that could occur if heavy rain falls. The levee protects the borough from the Lehigh River, which runs parallel to the town.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Honoring those who made the supreme sacrifice was an important part of rededication ceremonies held at Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton.

The hospital honored Carbon County World War II dead and original hospital contributors with individual plaques placed in a permanent brick memorial located outside the hospital's main entrance. A Tree of Life, citing contributors to the 1983 building fund, was also unveiled, then placed inside the hospital foyer.

Approximately 100 people attended the event.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Sears store and Sears Auto Center at Schuylkill Mall will close early next year, according to the firm.

"Store closures are part of a series of actions we're taking to reduce ongoing expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerate the transformation of our business model," states a corporate announcement from Sears Holdings.

"These actions will better enable us to focus our investments on serving our customers and members through integrated retail at the store, online and in the home."