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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.

Friday, January 27, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Gordy Sheer, luge doubles silver medal winner in the 1998 Olympics designed the new luge course at Blue Mountain Ski Area, the only natural luge course on the East Coast.

If you think sledding is fun, then kick your fun up a notch, or a couple of notches. and plan to luge sled.

Luge sledding, the fastest sport on ice, is opening at Blue Mountain Ski Area on Saturday, Feb. 4. It will not only offer a quarter-mile long five-banked track where luge sleds can exceed speeds of 25 miles per hour, but it will serve as a screening site for the United States Luge Association to identify future luge Olympians.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Ss. Peter and Paul School, Lehighton, which celebrates its 126th Anniversary this year, announces its 2012 Catholic Schools' Week activities.

On Sunday, Jan. 29, the school community kicks off Catholic Schools Week with an Open House beginning with Mass at 11 a.m. and activities continuing until 2:30 p. m. The school's Academic Fair will also be open to the public at this time. Tours and registrations will be held at this time.

On Monday, Jan. 30 is "Crazy Hair and Sock Day" and report cards are issued.

Friday, January 27, 2012
Tim Kocher, owner of Let's Get Fit, is a certified personal trainer and nutrition specialist who will make exercise routines and nutritional plans specifically to meet your health needs.

Are you still trying to lose that Christmas weight gain?

Have the winter blues helped you eat more junk food and exercise less frequently?

Are you afraid to go to a gym because you don't know how to use the equipment properly?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then Let's Get Fit, a new area business, may be the answer.