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Thursday, June 6, 2013

A new policy for cell phones issued to employees was adopted by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Mark Scarbinsky, county administrator, presented the policy to the commissioners, who ratified it. The policy is effective retroactive to May 27, 2012. Scarbinsky said this policy provides the rules and regulations relating to the issuance and use of county issued cell phones to employees. Department heads decide which employee is eligible for a cell phone.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Sen. David Argall (R-29) to ensure that Pennsylvania corrections officers maintain their constitutional rights during disciplinary proceedings was the topic of a Senate Labor and Industry Committee hearing Tuesday.

Argall said that Senate Bill 476, the Corrections Officers Bill of Rights, was introduced after corrections officers were suspended without pay and benefits for almost a year without the ability to ask questions related to why they were suspended or to defend themselves. These officers were never even given the benefit of a hearing.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Four bids were opened by the Schuylkill County commissioners for upgrading the Coaldale Fire Company's heating system at their work session held Wednesday afternoon at the courthouse in Pottsville. Bids were also opened for other projects.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Enjoying the annual state Lioness breakfast with Lioness of the Year for District 14U Ruth Smith, seated, are fellow Western Pocono Lioness Club members, from left, Adele Argot, Yvonne Pagano, Mary Ann Cloos, club President Virginia Lamendola, Karoline Kormann, District 14U's PDG Bob Argot, Gail Malocheski and Nancy Beck.

Only deceit and lies made it possible for Ruth Smith, a member of the Western Pocono Lioness Club, to be surprised with an award at the Pennsylvania State Lions 90th Annual convention, which was held recently in Valley Forge.

Smith thought her good friend Nancy Beck was being honored, so she agreed to get up at 3:30 a.m. to ride with other club members to the 7 a.m. state Lioness breakfast meeting.

The untruths held all through breakfast and special activities involved in the meeting until her name, not Beck's, was called as Lioness of the Year for District 14U.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Carl L. Smith is led from the courtroom of District Judge Joseph D. Homanko Sr., Weatherly, after a preliminary hearing. Smith is accused of pushing a fellow Weatherwood resident to the floor, causing her to hit her head. The 85-year-old woman, Margaret R. Lechleitner, died several hours later.

A Weatherly district judge on Thursday found sufficient evidence to send involuntary manslaughter and related charges against a man who suffers from dementia to Carbon County Court.

District Judge Joseph D. Homanko Sr. made the ruling following a preliminary hearing for Carl L. Smith, who lives at Weatherwood Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, but is currently housed in the Carbon County Correctional Facility.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Members of the North and Middle Ward Playground Association are holding their first Fit Day event, a.k.a. Wellness Fair and Summber DJ Dance Party, today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the North and Middle Ward Playground.

The event, held rain or shine, consists of activities, games, and sports competitions for all, Eclectic Circus hula hoop contest with prizes, informational kiosks, musical entertainment, free health screenings and other events that support a healthy lifestyle. Healthy food and drinks will also be available.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Matthew Jones, 8, and Laughlin Sieger, 9, Cub Scouts with Pack 756, look into one of several clarifiers during tour of the Tamaqua waste water treatment plant. These tanks are used to settle solids and help "create" micoscopic organisms that treat the waste.

Tamaqua and Clamtown Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts recently toured the Tamaqua waste water treatment plant.

The plant, operating since 1963, receives waste water and sewage from over 51 miles of sewer line in Tamaqua, Hometown and parts of South Tamaqua.

"The plant is mostly gravity fed and treats about 1,000 gallons a minute," said tour guide and superintendent Rick Baddick, who's worked 32 years with the Tamaqua Borough. "That averages about 1.5 million gallons a day."

Thursday, June 6, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Lansford Legion Riders, l-r, Wendy Butrie, treasurer, and Roseann Zona, secretary; back l-r, Paul Zona, vice president; Joe Butrie, president; Larry Wagner, road captain; and Charisma Wagner, 8, volunteer stand in front of sign announcing Bike Nite II in Lansford.

Members of the Lansford American Legion Riders Post 123 are making sure troops from Hometown's Charlie Company 109th Infantry return home to a well deserved American dinner.

Legion Riders will use the proceeds from their second annual Lansford Bike Nite, a.k.a. Bike Nite II, to hold a special appreciation dinner for returning troops coming back from Afghanistan.

Bike Nite II, to be held Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., will consist of many events, such as a poker run, bike show competition, bike wash, dunk tank, face painting, variety of foods, band and over a dozen vendors.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
 carol zickler/special to the times news @Caption Stand Alone:PV violin player Molly O'Connell plays violin solo at the annual talent show held at Panther Valley Elementary School.

Jaden Shubeck and Pat Boyle (dressed as ladies) sing and dance to the music of "Single Ladies" during talent show held at Panther Valley Elementary School.

Thursday, June 6, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Helping load many donated items are Trinity UCC volunteers, from left, Betty Dolinsky, Mike Trubilla and Charles Mateyak.

Volunteers with the Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua have donated many items to the next Tamaqua Community Drop-Off and Giveway event.

All donations can be dropped off between 8 and 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, at the storage lockers located next to Schickram's Car Wash, Rose Street.

The free giveaway, which is open to all income levels, starts sharply at 9:15 a.m. In case of rain the event will be held on Sunday, at the same times.