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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Railroad Street, Route 209 highway project, which had been merely a dream for more than 20 years, has become reality and was formally dedicated during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held this afternoon. About 200 people ignored windy, frigid weather conditions and watched as Mrs. Victoria Swartz, surrounded by local and county officials, cut the ribbon held across Maiden Lane by Lehighton police officers Paul Szoke and Kris Kunkle. Mrs. Swartz is the widow of Sgt. Stanley Hoffman, who was killed in Italy during World War II and for whom the highway is being named.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ten first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditons of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Franklin Festival of Lights opens Friday after a hiatus of one year spent repairing the displays. Club organizers began repairs in January and started putting up this year's display in October.

Franklin Township Lions Club proudly welcomes you to begin your Christmas holiday season by visiting the Franklin Festival of Lights on Friday night, Nov. 23, which is the opening night of the 15-day festival.

The festival opens at 5:15 p.m. each day.

The lights that shine at the Phifer Ice Dam Park, 880 Main Rd., Lehighton (Franklin Township) are brighter as club organizers of the holiday festival have incorporated LED lights into the display.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
SUBMITTED PHOTO Local legislators present Deer Lake Mayor Michael Cooper with one of the state's first Bronze Star license plates made available through Act 103 of 2012.

Local area legislators presented Deer Lake Mayor Michael Cooper with one of the state's first Bronze Star license plates made available through Act 103 of 2012.

At the Pottsville legislative office, Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Representatives Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill), Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill) and Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill) highlighted Mayor Cooper's activism to honor fellow veterans through these new license plates.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Five area residents were among 14 who entered guilty pleas to crimnal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by President Judge Willian E. Baldwin.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Carbon Mountaineers Marine Corps League 996 and Aquashicola Fire Company are again sponsoring a full course dinner for veterans, low income families and individuals and elderly people who reside in the Palmerton Area School District.

Veterans, families and individuals who want to take part in this outreach are invited to the Holiday Dinner which will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Aquashicola Fire Company, Aquashicola. The fire company is located on-quarter mile east of Palmerton on Little Gap Road.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Navy Club had seven Towamensing Elementary students help them display the seven American flags that have been used during the United States' 236-year history at the school's Veterans Day assembly. They were, from left, Adrian Holthausen, Mason Kistler, Jason Jacoby, James Denicola, Kory Marlott, Logan Connelly and Katie Easton. The school chorus sang "Hero In This Place" and "Thank you Soldiers," and everyone sang "My Country Tis of Thee."

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Thousands of Pennsylvanians are preparing to hit the road, railways and airways this holiday season despite high gas prices, a still sluggish economy and the lingering effects from the havoc Superstorm Sandy wreaked on parts of the state last month.

AAA Mid-Atlantic projects 1.6 million Pennsylvanians will be traveling 50 miles or more away from home over the holiday weekend, between Wednesday and Sunday. Those figures project a slight increase of .3 percent over last year.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Schuylkill Carbon Marine Corps League volunteer Leon Frohnheiser, of Lehighton, helps members of the Tamaqua Salvation Army load donated turkeys into the cooler in preperation for tomorrow's free Thanksgiving Day meal to be held in the gymnasium of the center. The dinner, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is open to everyone. Take-out and delivery are also available. For local delivery, call (570) 668-1234.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Lehighton man pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Tuesday to his part in a fight at the county prison that resulted in charges being filed against five inmates. He was one of 15 defendants to enter a guilty plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Prison fight

Scott T. Heffelfinger, 25, pleaded to one count each of simple assault and persistent disorderly conduct for his part in a fight that occurred at the county prison on April 7. Heffelfinger was one of five charged in connection with the incident.