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Friday, January 27, 2012

The Schuylkill County Volunteer Fire Fighters Association will meet at 2:30 p.m. this Sunday, Jan. 29. The meeting will be held at the Friendship Fire Company, Frackville.

All county delegates are welcome to attend.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Penn State Cooperative Extension has announced the following educational programs for beginning farmers. Classes, workshops and demonstrations are designed to help farm dreamers, new farmers and diversifying farmers. More information about each class can be found at http://extension.psu.edu/start-farming/courses.

Ÿ Introduction to Soils: 6:15-9:15 p.m., Feb. 8, 15, and 29, at Berks County Ag Center, Leesport. Contact Mena Hautau at (610) 378-1327 or Tianna DuPont at (610) 746-1970.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Palmerton will save over $200,000 through the refinancing of several bond issues.

On a 6-0 vote, Borough Council agreed to enact an ordinance to refinance a $4.1 million in general obligation bonds. Councilman Richard Nothstein was absent.

Council agreed to the measure after it heard a presentation from Scott Shearer, of Public Financial Management, Inc., of Harrisburg, and Jens Damgaard, Bond Counsel of Rhoads & Sinon LLP.

Shearer told council the borough will save $203,494 "spread out over a couple of years."

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Advisory Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge serving Carbon County will hold their annual "Bowl for Kid's Sake" bowl-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Fritz's Lanes and Pro Shop, Second and South streets, Lehighton.

This fun filled day provides an opportunity for anyone to join in the Bowl for Kids Sake. Teams are invited to participate. Businesses are invited to become a sponsor.

Volunteers are needed as board members and as mentors.

For additional information, call 1 (800) 955-4376.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Senior Judge D. Michael Stine removed four defendants from the ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitated Disposition) Program, which is a probation program for first offenders who committed non-violent crimes and its purpose is to allow them to work off their criminal record to clear their name. Hearings were held Thursday in the Schuylkill County Court and their cases now are placed back on the district attorney's trial list.

Friday, January 27, 2012

A Lehigh County woman told a Carbon County jury in the murder trial of a Lansford man, that she saw the alleged victim at least twice since the day she was reported missing.

Doris Meitymer was called by defense attorney Paul Levy Thursday morning on the 13th day of the murder trial of Ernest Troy Freeby, 36, who is charged with killing his estranged wife, Edwina Atieno Onyango, 36, on Dec. 9, 2007, in the basement of his home at 207 W. Bertsch St. Onyango's body has never been found.

Friday, January 27, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Christopher Smith, 3, laughs as he pulls his dad, Chris, over the snow on Bertsch Street in Lansford.

Friday, January 27, 2012

A West Hazleton man accused of sexually assaulting a McAdoo girl was returned to the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, following his preliminary hearing on Tuesday. The case against Roberto Acosta, 20, was bound over for criminal court trial following the hearing before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua.

Acosta was charged with aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors and indecent exposure following the Dec. 27 incident. The charges were filed by McAdoo Police Chief Jeffrey Wainwright.

Friday, January 27, 2012
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Shayne Nelson Earle of Tamaqua leaves the court of District Judge Stephen Bayer Thursday night after he allegedly broke into a Tamaqua apartment. Earle was escorted to the county prison by Tamaqua Patrolman Karl Harig.

Shayne Nelson Earle, 29, who uses addresses in Tamaqua and MaryD, had a very rough day yesterday, eventually ending up in the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville.

In the morning, Earle was involved in an incident on US Route 209 between Reevesdale and Tuscarora that may have involved the use of illegal "bath salts". In that incident, Earle reportedly was walking back and forth on the highway, moving between traffic. He was transported to the Schuylkill Medical Center South (former Pottsville Hospital) by Pennsylvania State Police, then later released.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Carbon County farmers may have to travel to Northampton County to utilize a United States Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency office in the future.

The USDA recently announced a proposal of closing 131 FSA county offices across 32 states. In Pennsylvania, seven offices, including the Carbon/Monroe office, located at 5664 Interchange Road, Lehighton, are recommended for closure.