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Friday, March 28, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS From left: Diane Siani, Jim Ertle, Rosemary Brown and Susie Barley participated in a panel of area professionals at a Pleasant Valley High School FBLA assembly on career experiences.

Young people today have an amazing range of career choices. While in high school, many students are encouraged to pick a career path and work toward that goal. The Pleasant Valley High School's Future Business Leaders of America offered students in grades nine to 12 a glimpse of career possibilities by hosting a panel of professionals to speak at a recent assembly.

Friday, March 28, 2014

On Thursday in Palmerton, the first of two Community Development Block Grant public hearings was held.

David Bodnar, planning director for the Carbon County Office of Planning and Development, explained to borough council on Thursday that the purpose of the hearing was to receive input and comments from residents for use of the CDBG 2014 funds for the borough.

In fiscal year 2014, Bodnar said the borough will receive $91,354. Of that, $74,911 would be for project implementation, while the other $16,443 would be for administrative costs, he said.

Friday, March 28, 2014
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Calvin Ulshafer, PennDOT construction manager and inspector in charge of the McCall Bridge project, displays the type of spike that will be used to delineate the emergency access lane on the Weissport Bridge during the detour.

Emergency responders are concerned about traffic congestion this summer caused by the detours from the McCall Bridge rehabilitation project.

To solve the problem, Calvin Ulshafer of J.D. Eckman Inc., contractor for the project, met with emergency responders and officials from Weissport and Lehighton, Franklin and Mahoning townships.

Friday, March 28, 2014

A Schuylkill County court judge has revoked the parole of a Tamaqua man charged with stealing from a Mahoning Township electronics store.

President Judge William Baldwin on March 20 revoked bail for Alexander Modawar, 33. The 28 days that Modawar was on parole will be tacked on to his sentence, with credit given for the 32 days, from Feb. 7 through March 11.

Modawar may apply again for parole on May 16, with the condition that he be accepted into an inpatient rehabilitation facility.

Friday, March 28, 2014
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Cub Pack 82, Lehighton, presented Arrow of Light ranking to Webelos. From left are, Jordan Deemer, Garrett Weaver, Zachary Fisher, Scott Lambert and Nathan Carr. Back row are Tammy Hoffman, outgoing Den leader, and Will Hoffman, outgoing Cub Master.

Cub Pack 82, Lehighton, presented the ranking of Arrow of Light to five Webelo Scouts on Tuesday night at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lehighton, as they crossed over to Boy Scouts.

Honored were Nathan Carr, Jordan Deemer, Zachary Fisher, Scott Lambert and Garrett Weaver. Four of the boys also crossed over to Boy Scouts. Carr, Fisher and Weaver will move on to Troop 82, Lehighton, while Deemer will continue on to Troop 209, Towamensing, which puts the new Boy Scouts on a new beginning to the trail of Eagle.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Police are warning people of a tax season scam that is making the rounds.

Coaldale Criminal Investigator Todd Weiss said he has had three reports of older people getting phone calls from someone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service. The man tells the victims they are being investigated for tax fraud or tax evasion.

He then asks for their Social Security numbers and tells them to send money to an address. If they fail to send the money, the caller says they will be picked up by a sheriff's deputy and taken to jail.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday approved a number of personnel moves.

At the county nursing home at Rest Haven in Schuylkill Haven, commissioners accepted the retirement of full-time licensed practical nurse Patricia Howerter of Mount Carmel; approved the termination of full-time LPN Miriah Whitaker of Pottsville; appointed Angela Detweiler of Schuylkill Haven as a part-time nurses' aide; and transferred Monica Wolfgang of Lavelle from a part-time nurses' aide to full time.

Friday, March 28, 2014

A 22-year-old Walnutport woman faces charges of kidnapping a boy in Northumberland borough.

Katie Partridge, a senior at Bloomsburg University, grabbed a child off his bike last week and ran off with him in front of a large crowd.

Partridge is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. April 8, before Northumberland County Magisterial District Judge Benjamin Apfelbaum.

Friday, March 28, 2014

A Jim Thorpe man accused of sexually assaulting two children has withdrawn his guilty plea in Schuylkill County court.

President Judge William Baldwin on March 19 agreed to allow Michael Christopher Gallagher, 33, of 85 W. 13th St., to withdraw the plea. The case may now go to trial.

According to testimony at a preliminary hearing in March 2013, the case stems from two series of incidents. The first incidents happened between May 1, 2009 and March 1, 2011. The second case occurred between Oct. 10, 2010, to March 2011.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Beltzville State Park will be hosting a basic boating course instructed by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission on April 7 and 9. The course will be held from 6-10 p.m. each day.

There is no charge for the course. All participants must preregister and must attend both sessions.

Call Beltzville State Park at 610-377-0045 to register.

The course is designed to supply boaters with practical information so they can make better-informed decisions on the water.