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Saturday, November 16, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

New officers of the Tamaqua Senior Citizens Club were seated at the group's weekly meeting held Thursday at the Tamaqua Masonic Lodge Hall, Lafayette Avenue, Hometown. From left: Ruth Ann Feane, secretary; Penny Schlorf, treasurer; outgoing president Jean Machamer, president Melody Weicker; and Nancy Gerber, vice president. The group has 147 members, 80 of whom are active.

Saturday, November 16, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 3112 of Palmerton who received permission on Thursday from borough council to help beautify the area around "Patches" the Mule include, l-r, Karyn Thomas, Clair Frank, Crysta Strohl, and Jillian Frank.

A group of Junior Girl Scouts plan to beautify a pocket in the heart of downtown Palmerton.

Clair Frank, Crysta Strohl, Jillian Frank, and Karyn Thomas, of Troop 3112 of Palmerton, approached borough council on Thursday about a "take action project."

The group told council it would like to improve the area around "Patches" the Mule. A fiberglass mule, "Patches" has been located at 401 Delaware Avenue for over a decade.

Clair, 8, said the group is working to obtain its Bronze Award, which is the third highest award in Girl Scouting.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A petition was filed Friday in the Schuylkill County Court to recount the ballot box in Schuylkill Township for the office of supervisor.

The official results of the Municipal General Election held Nov. 5 shows Charles J. Fayash, Republican, won over Linda A. Decindio, Democrat by one vote. Fayash received 188 votes and Decindio 187 votes. There was one write-in vote listed as 'scattered,' meaning non associated with any person.

Saturday, November 16, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Rich Cadwallader, left, of Jim Thorpe; and his brother, Ron Speakman, who works at Camp Adams, recently found each other by "accident" after not seeing each other for more than 30 years.

An inquisitive bartender brought two brothers together for the first time in over 30 years.

Their chance meeting happened when the older brother, Ron Speakman, stopped off for a drink one Saturday night at Dom 'N Ali's Restaurant in Jim Thorpe, after working his shift at Camp Adams Youth Services Agency in Penn Forest Township.

Jennifer Matsinko overheard his conversation about being adopted and said that her boyfriend was also adopted.

Friday, November 15, 2013
 (AP Photo/Pocono Record, Keith R. Stevenson)  Accused gunman Rockne Newell is led from the Monroe County Courthouse in Stroudsburg Thursday, following his preliminary  hearing on charges stemming from the Ross Township Municipal Building shooting in August. Newell was ordered to stand trial on triple homicide charges Thursday after witnesses described how he blasted his way into the municipal building.

It was an emotional hearing Thursday in the case against a Saylorsburg man charged with gunning down three people Aug. 5 at a Ross Township supervisors meeting.

Rockne "Rocky" Newell, 59, is charged with the crime.

The shootings and the ensuing turmoil inside the township municipal building, including repeated cries of "Oh, my God. Oh, my God," were captured on the meeting's regular audio tape. The tape was played during the hearing before Magisterial District Judge Kristina Anzini.

Friday, November 15, 2013

"GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays" is a free seminar for people facing the holidays after a loved one's death. It will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 826 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Three defendants serving parole/probation sentences had their release revoked and jail terms imposed by Carbon County judges.

The adult probation office filed petitions to revoke them from their current supervision for violating the conditions of their release.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Ten first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Tuesday.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it and or revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II placed all for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Santa Steam Train rides will be given in Minersville on Sat., Nov 30, sponsored by the Minersville Area Historical Society and Project 119. More information is available at 570-544-8300.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Palmerton is one step closer to adopting next year's budget with no property tax increase.

On a 6-0 vote, borough council on Thursday agreed to advertise for adoption the 2014 budget. Councilman Jeremy Barbosa was absent.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said the budget is expected to receive final adoption when council meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.

Last month, council granted tentative adoption to the 2014 budget with no tax increase, which would leave the millage rate unchanged at 8.27 mills.