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Friday, March 9, 2012

Municipality representatives to the Carbon County Telecommunications Commission voted 18-1 to allow the county commissioners to eventually take over the center, and dispatch the county's emergency services. Kidder Township cast the dissenting vote, and Weissport and Coaldale representatives didn't attend the meeting. This opens the door for the county to add a 911 system next year and also to build a new dispatch center at the proposed county prison in Nesquehoning.

Friday, March 9, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mark Goff, 36, of North Pine Street, Summit Hill, was critically injured late Thursday night in a one-vehicle crash in the White Bear section of Summit Hill. The crash occurred near 10:45 p.m. as the victim was traveling west on White Bear Drive, just east of the intersection with SR902. For some unknown reason his vehicle veered to the left, crossing the roadway entering the south berm, impacting with a number of trees before traveling down an embankment. The victim was extricated through the windshield of his vehicle by members of the Diligence Fire Company of Summit Hill.

Friday, March 9, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua fire chief Tom Hartz tests a CO detector plugged in at the Citizen's Fire Company. AC powered detectors should have battery backups.

The Tamaqua Fire Department is asking everyone to replace their smoke, fire and carbon monoxide (CO) detector batteries this Sunday as clocks are turned ahead one hour for daylight savings time. Tom Hartz, Tamaqua Fire Chief, said, "Safeguard your family and neighbors by placing alarm batteries in both your smoke and CO detectors this weekend." "A properly working smoke, fire and CO detector can alert your family or neighbors to a fire or poisonous CO in your home and give your that extra needed time to escape."

Friday, March 9, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from Nesquehoning and Jim Thorpe made their first rescue off the Glen Onoko Falls of this young year. Shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday emergency personnel were called to the Lehigh Gorge State Park when it was reported a young man had fallen and suffered a knee injury. After making their way to the top falls rescue workers determined it would be safer and easier to extract the victim over the top of the mountain exiting onto SR903 at the state game lands gate.

Friday, March 9, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Panther Valley Public Library was recently the recipient of a $1,000 donation from members of the Carbon County Bar Association. The library will utilize the funds to purchase new adult and children's books. From left are, attorney Robert Frycklund; Pat Ladick, volunteer; Marie Ondrus, library president; Michael Smith, volunteer; and attorney Adam Weaver.

Friday, March 9, 2012

A Tamaqua man was returned to the Schuylkill County Prison this week following a preliminary hearing before District Judge Stephen Bayer.

John William Welfel Jr., 20, of 240 E. Broad St., waived his hearing on charges of conspiracy to commt robbery, conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking and disorderly conduct. The charges were filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Anthony Stanell following a Dec. 14, 2012 incident.

Welfel was unable to post the required $1,000 bail.

Friday, March 9, 2012

The next Hour of Honor will be on Sunday, March 11 at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Veterans Monument in front of Monroe County Courthouse, Stroudsburg.

The Hour of Honor is held in remembrance of our troops killed in the current war against terror.

Friday, March 9, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch recently held its inaugural meeting to discuss making the community a safer place to live, learn, work, and play. Leading the discussion were, form left, Jim Thorpe Police Officer Eric Schrantz; Jim Thorpe Community Watch Coordinator Jamie Solomon; Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch secretary Sharon Wentz; Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig; Lehighton Police Sgt. Joseph Lawrence; Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch coordinator Byron Schnell; and Lehighton Area High School Assistant Principal Daniel Repsher.

Lehighton has launched a new program to help make the community a safer place to live, learn, work and play.

Lehighton Area Neighborhood Crime Watch recently held its inaugural meeting to discuss bringing citizens together to help be additional "eyes and ears" of law enforcement. Its purpose is to deter crime and make the community safer 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Friday, March 9, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of Carbon County's 4-H program thanked county commissioners, from left, Thomas J. Gerhard, Wayne Nothstein and William O'Gurek, for their support of the program, now celebrating its centennial year. Carbon County 4-Hers are, standing from left, Ally McGinley, Erin McGinley, Shannon Beltz, Carissa Sevrin, Felicia Mertz, Collin Troxell, Kyle Troxell, Ruthanna Hans, Hannah Hans and Molly Mertz.

Pennsylvania 4-H is celebrating 100 years of helping children grow into the leaders of the future.

On Thursday, during the Carbon County commissioners' meeting, the board of commissioners recognized this program through adopting a proclamation naming March 11-17 4-H week in Carbon County and recognizing the organization's centennial year.

Following the adoption, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, read the proclamation.

Friday, March 9, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Area School District has taken an added step to protect the students and staff of the district by having visitors to each school take photos of themselves via a visitor check-in system. A staff member will also monitor and inspect the photo and information prior to allowing anyone to pass. The photo, as well as other detailed information, will be stored in the system's log, as well as printed on a temporary badge the visitor is required to wear.