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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Coaldale patrolman Joseph David tries to calm resident David Pribila as Pribila continued to raise a ruckus at a borough council meeting Tuesday. Pribila was upset that police patrol Route 209 for impaired drivers.

A Coaldale patrolman escorted a belligerent resident from a borough council meeting Tuesday after he refused to stop shouting and bullying the mayor as he railed against borough police for following drivers on Route 209 after they leave drinking establishments.

The resident, David Pribila, of 103 Ruddle St., turned his ire on the officer. "I'm not finished with you yet," he yelled as he left the room.

Pribila, who complained bitterly about police officers patrolling the highway, demanded that the borough lay off patrolmen and put the remaining ones on foot patrol.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Matthew Dait of Palmerton completed his solo certification license under the instructional vision of Byron Arner and Keith Anderson of Arner Flying Service, Inc. on Dec. 11. He is the grandson of Dr. Jose Dait and the late Dr. Teresita T. Dait. The new pilot is a senior at Palmerton High School.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Marvin Z. Mertz

A former Mahoning Township police officer was placed on probation Tuesday after previously pleading guilty to forgery and false reports.

Marvin Z. Mertz, 35, of Lehighton, was placed on probation for a total of two years on counts of forgery of documents and making a false report concerning an accident. Senior Judge Richard W. Webb imposed the sentence.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Mahoning Township supervisors received a progress report on Carbon County's Packerton Yards from Carbon County Chairman Commissioner William O'Gurek along with the project's engineer Ron Tirpak. The two accepted the invitation of the officials to provide an update at this week's monthly meeting.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Palmerton Area School District is without a director of district facilities.

The school board unanimously agreed on Tuesday to accept the resignation of Dave Rodrigues, effective Dec. 2, 2010.

Resident Josann Harry questioned whether the district had anyone in place to handle the position Rodrigues held.

Superintendent Carol Boyce said the job responsibilities "are being handled by a group of people."

After the meeting, Boyce said the decision by Rodrigues to resign was "all part of a settlement agreement."

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Palmerton Area Library has announced upcoming activities and events at the library.

Preschool Story Hour

Preschool Story Hour is held at 10:30 a.m. on each Friday through the school year. The programs are free and there is no preregistration. All are welcome.

Knitting club

A free knitting club for all area residents interested in knitting, crocheting and other crafts meets on the first and third Monday of each month at the library from 6-8 p.m. Ideas will be discussed about knitting for various charities. New members are always welcome.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Towamensing Elementary School announces its Princiapal's List and Honor Roll for the first marking period.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST: Students who have attained all A's in all major subjects.

THIRD GRADE: Grace Costenbader, Gianna Crispo, Blake Eitner, Trent Geist, Kelly Heinick, Morgyn Henry, Mitchell Hourt, Logan Kresge, Colby Kunkle, John McCabe, Joshua Mooney, Margaret Morgan, Logan Pfaff, Mathan Ragin, Nicholas Reimer, Andrew Sabo, Kora Schembri, Nicholas Singleton, Kayleigh Snyder, Takota Terruta, Ja-Neil Wehr, Aidan Wisler and Bryce Yacone.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. is voluntarily recalling all lots of ROLAIDS® Extra Strength Softchews, ROLAIDS® Extra Strength plus Gas Softchews, and ROLAIDS® Multi-Symptom plus Anti-Gas Softchews distributed in the United States. McNeil is taking this action following some consumer reports of foreign materials in the product, including metal and wood particles.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Middle School has announed the November Students of the Month. Each received a gift card and certificate. Left to right are Aaron Rohlfing, sixth grade; Sara Vazquez, seventh grade; and Stephen Brili, eighth grade.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Ladies Auxiliary to the New Columbus Fire Company gave the men a check for $10,000 and paid to have the entire fire hall painted. The money is a result of selling hoagies during the year. This is the third year that the ladies reached a goal of $10,000 to donate. The men thanked the ladies for making the hoagies as a fund raiser for the fire company. Seated are Elizabeth Mele, auxiliary vice president; Gerry McConnon, president; Mary Lukca, secretary.