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Friday, March 9, 2012

A Tamaqua man was returned to the Schuylkill County Prison this week following a preliminary hearing before District Judge Stephen Bayer.

John William Welfel Jr., 20, of 240 E. Broad St., waived his hearing on charges of conspiracy to commt robbery, conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking and disorderly conduct. The charges were filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Anthony Stanell following a Dec. 14, 2012 incident.

Welfel was unable to post the required $1,000 bail.

Friday, March 9, 2012

The next Hour of Honor will be on Sunday, March 11 at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Veterans Monument in front of Monroe County Courthouse, Stroudsburg.

The Hour of Honor is held in remembrance of our troops killed in the current war against terror.

Friday, March 9, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch recently held its inaugural meeting to discuss making the community a safer place to live, learn, work, and play. Leading the discussion were, form left, Jim Thorpe Police Officer Eric Schrantz; Jim Thorpe Community Watch Coordinator Jamie Solomon; Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch secretary Sharon Wentz; Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig; Lehighton Police Sgt. Joseph Lawrence; Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch coordinator Byron Schnell; and Lehighton Area High School Assistant Principal Daniel Repsher.

Lehighton has launched a new program to help make the community a safer place to live, learn, work and play.

Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch recently held its inaugural meeting to discuss bringing citizens together to help be additional "eyes and ears" of law enforcement. Its purpose is to deter crime and make the community safer 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Friday, March 9, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of Carbon County's 4-H program thanked county commissioners, from left, Thomas J. Gerhard, Wayne Nothstein and William O'Gurek, for their support of the program, now celebrating its centennial year. Carbon County 4-Hers are, standing from left, Ally McGinley, Erin McGinley, Shannon Beltz, Carissa Sevrin, Felicia Mertz, Collin Troxell, Kyle Troxell, Ruthanna Hans, Hannah Hans and Molly Mertz.

Pennsylvania 4-H is celebrating 100 years of helping children grow into the leaders of the future.

On Thursday, during the Carbon County commissioners' meeting, the board of commissioners recognized this program through adopting a proclamation naming March 11-17 4-H week in Carbon County and recognizing the organization's centennial year.

Following the adoption, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, read the proclamation.

Friday, March 9, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Area School District has taken an added step to protect the students and staff of the district by having visitors to each school take photos of themselves via a visitor check-in system. A staff member will also monitor and inspect the photo and information prior to allowing anyone to pass. The photo, as well as other detailed information, will be stored in the system's log, as well as printed on a temporary badge the visitor is required to wear.

Friday, March 9, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Rush Township police officers take aim as they qualify at a McAdoo firing range with their newly-purchased AR-15's. In January of 2010, Rush Township supervisors voted to sell the department's rifles. Late last month, Rush supervisors decided the department needed them and chose to repurchase two AR-15's. The vote was 2 to 1, with Jeaninne Motrini and Shawn Gilbert voting yes, and Robert Leibensperger voting no. The AR-15 is a lightweight, 5.56 mm, air-cooled, gas-operated and magazine-fed semi-automatic rifle.

Friday, March 9, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Megan Fredericks, administrative assistant at the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, left; accepts the plaque honoring her for reaching the highest level of emergency management certification through the Pennsylvania EMA, from Mark Nalesnik, director of the Carbon County EMA, while the board of commissioners, background, look on.

Carbon County recognizes its employees for their dedication to their job and to the people of the county, in which they serve.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the commissioners, as well as Mark Nalesnik, director of the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, honored Megan Fredericks, administrative assistant at the EMA, for completing the highest level of emergency management certification possible through the Pennsylvania EMA, the professional level.

Friday, March 9, 2012

An elderly woman was killed as she crossed Main Street in Walnutport Wednesday evening.

The accident occurred in the 400 block of Main Street near the McDonald's Restaurant at around 7:55 p.m. Walnutport Police said.

Brian Magliane, 34, of Walnutport, was operating his 2007 Chevy Tahoe east on Main Street when he struck the elderly woman as she attempted to cross Main Street, police said. The woman sustained severe injuries and died at the scene.

Friday, March 9, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Head Panther Valley football coach Lon Hazlet; Booster Club president Terri Williams and Booster Club vice-president Rich Smith.

The Panther Valley school board on Thursday thanked the football Booster Club for refurbishing the weight room.

Football coach Lon Hazlet said volunteers spent Presidents Day weekend working on the project. The wrestling and basketball boosters clubs donated to the project, as did the Kovatch Corporation.

"We repainted and cleaned everything, we reupholstered everything," he said. "It really turned out nice."

Booster Club president Terri Williams said 20 people spent about 200 man-hours on the project.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Eldred Township board of supervisors received an Alpine Rose update letter from Emil W. Kantra II of Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, who represents Alpine Rose Resort, Inc., in which it stated that the Blue Mountain Preservation Association (BMPA) took an appeal from Environmental Hearing Board Judge Labuskes' Adjudication affirming the issuance of the NPDES Permit to his client by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Aug. 25, 2011. It stated that BMPA has filed its brief. Alpine Rose and DEP has until March 12 to file their briefs.