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Friday, August 15, 2014
Brian R. Kehl

A three-year-old shoplifting charge has landed a Carbon County man with a string of arrests in Carbon and Schuylkill counties in state prison.

Schuylkill County Judge John J. Domalakes on Tuesday revoked the probation of Brian R. Kehl, 31, of Summit Hill and sentenced him to six months to two years in state prison for violating the terms of his probation.

Friday, August 15, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Palmerton Area High School Marching Band stand in place during a practice rehearsal Thursday outside the high school. For more photos see the gallery at www.tnonline.com.

The reformation of Palmerton Area High School's Marching Band is in full swing.

After a five-year absence, the marching band will be a presence during home football games this year.

Thomas Heinick, marching band director, said the band will return this year as a pep band.

"This will be a transition year," Heinick said. "There's been lots of support from the community, as well as the school board and administration."

The last time the marching band performed was during the 2009-10 school year, Heinick said.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A proposed Lehighton Area School District elementary center is a long way from becoming a reality.

In fact, Superintendent Jonathan Cleaver said the building, which would house Lehighton's K-5 students, wouldn't open until 2017 in a best-case scenario.

"Planning starts now, however," Cleaver explained.

That is why a group of district parents, community members, board members, administrators, teachers and support staff gathered Wednesday night for the first of several school design committee meetings.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Nursing Scholarships were presented to Debra Lobien, Erica Smith, Bobbi Jo Shaffer and Jessica Lobien.

Scholarship Sunday was held Aug. 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church

in Lehighton. A total of $30,293 was awarded this year. Nursing Scholarships presented to Debra Lobien, Erica Smith, Bobbi Jo

Shaffer and Jessica Lobien, pictured above.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Motorists driving down Route 902 in Mahoning Township are sure to enjoy a little summer beauty. Alongside the intersection of Mahoning Drive East and Beisel's Road, thousands of miniature sunflowers blow in the breeze.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The West Penn Township Lion & Lioness Clubs held their 33rd Annual Senior Fun Day on Aug. 2 at the West Penn Twp. Community Park.

Lion President Melissa Kistler and Lioness President Karissa Brothers welcomed approximately 85 West Penn Township Seniors to join them in a day filled with fellowship, food, games, entertainment and informational sessions.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday increased contract caps for several vendors used by the county nursing home at Rest Haven.

They include increasing by $3,000 a contract with Orwigsburg Ambulance; a contract with Symphony Mobilex by $10,000; and a contract with Manheim Medical by $350.

Commissioners also approved a contract with Quest Diagnostics of Wyomissing to provide laboratory services for residents. The fee for service contract is estimated at $22,000 and runs from Aug. 1 to July 31, 2015.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Danadee Miller-Boyle of Franklin Township is an optimist.

Many 4-H members were down when the Carbon County Fair announced it would cease after last year, but not Miller-Boyle.

She came up with the idea for 4-H members to have their own event, which will give youngsters even better competition than the fair allowed. Thus, the first ever Carbon County Agriculture Heritage Days will open at the Mahoning Farmers Market.

The county fair was the main gallery for the 4-H'ers to display the animals and projects which they had worked on all year.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Northumberland County company will repair two bridges in Schuylkill County, including one in Rush Township, for $116,766.

Kevin E. Raker, Sunbury, was the lowest, most responsible bidder of six for the repair costs of both bridges combined.

The project will be paid for through liquid fuels money.

The bridges are in Barnesville and Pine Grove. County bridge 42, built in 1929, is on Orchard Road over Pine Creek in Rush Township.

The repair work includes removing a parapet joint where water had been eroding it.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Dawn Miller, president of Take Off Pounds Sensibly Group 1643, recently presented a check in the amount of $100 to PathStoneCarbon County Head Start. TOPS meets monthly and raises fundsto be donated to a local organization. From left are Jeanette Triano-Sinn, center administrator of PathStone in Coadale; Miller; and Mary Comensky Williams, center administrator of PathStone in Lehighton.