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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lions 14-U District Govenor Scott Dudley pins the International President's Leadership award on the chest of Charlie Zimmerman, a member of the Pine Grove Lions Club. Assisting with the presentation was Bob Miller, PED, right.

Lions 14-U District Governor Scott Dudley has few tasks to complete before he turns the gavel over to Lions 14-U District Governor Elect Angela Mimms on July 1.

He has visited every club in the district in the past year, held a successful district convention and assisted with chartering a new club.

On Sunday, he took the time to thank everyone who contributed to the successful year and positive membership growth at the cabinet meeting held Sunday at Chapel Field, Mahoning Township. He hopes to finish the year with positive membership growth.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Monroe County man has been charged with the murder of his mother.

State police at Lehighton said Christopher Bazil Strachn, 21, of 1131 Creek Drive, Kresgeville, Polk Township, was arrested at his residence early Wednesday morning and charged with criminal homicide.

Troopers said at 2:49 a.m. they responded to the home for a report of a domestic incident. Upon arrival they found Adrienne D. Strachn, 53, deceased inside the home.

Her son was taken into custody without incident and charged.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Mahoning Township resident returned to the board of supervisors with photographs of a problem resulting in a large amount of water run-off on his property whenever it rains.

Richard Mertz claims the problem results from a combination of a neighbor installing a concrete pad along with action taken by former road crew personnel to remove a drainage pipe at Springhouse Road and Ebberts Lane. Mertz, who lives across from Ebberts Lane, told supervisors the water just runs off the road onto his property and is causing problems.

Thursday, June 14, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Polk Elementary School principal Joseph Kondisko, left and Mrs. Jennifer Krebs, Polk's remedial math teacher, right, congratulate the top four fundraisers of the second grade's Math-a-thon. They are, left to right, Savannah Geer, Seth Heil, Kyle Lescinsky and Ryan Bonser.

Polk Elementary School's remedial math teacher Mrs. Jennifer Krebs put out a challenge to all second grade students to try to raise $500 in the Math-a-thon.

The money raised would be donated to St. Jude's Hospital.

As additional incentive, she told them if they reached their goal, they would be treated to a pajama party in school.

The students had to receive permission from their parents to participate.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lansford council on Wednesday agreed, with one dissenter, to seek help from the state in getting the borough back on track.

Councilman Tommy Vadyak sought council's support to send a letter to the state Department of Community and Economic Development for "technical assistance" in three categories: police management, finance and administrative/secretary.

His motion was supported by council members Andrew Snyder, Danielle Smith, Samantha Yasson, Lenny Kovach and, with reservations, President Rose Mary Cannon.

Councilwoman Mary Kruzcek cast the sole opposing vote.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Lehigh County woman died in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday in front of the Lower Macungie Middle School.

State police at Fogelsville said Judith Lynn Perrin, 67, of Macungie, was operating a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country westbound while Brandi L. Kralik, 41, of Emmaus, was driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am eastbound about 3:02 p.m. when, for unknown reasons, Perrin crossed over into the eastbound lane and collided into Kralik's vehicle.

Kralik was pronounced dead at the scene by deputy coroner David Krause. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A contract to install a new telephone system and computer network in the courthouse, prison, adult probation and human services buildings was approved by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The contract for $422, 838.90, which is a state contract pricing, is with Lightspeed Technologies Company, Wilkes-Barre. The project will include an upgrade to the network equipment and interface to the 9-1-1 Emergency Management administrative building phone system.

Thursday, June 14, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Residents in the 500 block of Willing Street in Tamaqua have shared in the long tradition of proudly flying the American flag. Almost every home on the block is displaying Old Glory, whether it be a large pole flag, hanging flag or many small flags placed throughout the yard. Residents point out they've done this for as long as they can remember.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Eight first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program this week by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it or are revoked from it the commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, June 14, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Flags line the berm of the Veterans War Memorial in Seek, Coaldale. Today, Flag Day, commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened through the resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. In 1916, Woodrow Wilson, our 28th President, issued a proclamation that officially set June 14 as Flag Day. Later, in August of 1949, National Flag Day was officially established by an Act of Congress.