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Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Stroudsburg man is sitting in jail in lieu of $250,000 bail after allegedly threatening the lives of a Carbon County judge, a chief of police, and the family of the police chief.

William Campbell, 51, of Elm Street, was arraigned yesterday on the charges before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

He has been charged by patrolman Timothy Wuttke of the Nesquehoning Police Department with two counts of terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another and one count of retaliation against prosecutor or judicial official, the latter being a felony.

Thursday, July 26, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Mike Schirra of Penn Forest Township, holds a sign protesting the new voter ID legislation in front of the Courthouse Annex in Jim Thorpe.

Fifteen people gathered in front of the Carbon County courthouse annex in Jim Thorpe on Thursday to protest Pennsylvania's new Voter ID law.

Among them was decorated Vietnam War veteran Mike Schirra of Penn Forest Township, who held an American flag-bedecked poster reading "Stop Voter Suppression."

A disabled veteran, Schirra said his names are written differently on his birth certificate, which reads "Michael Joseph Schirra," and voter registration card, which is under M.J. Schirra.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Parryville Borough has some awful roads and on Tuesday night council members voted to spend a balance of the Liquid Fuels account and a $48,000 grant to repair the worst of them.

Mike Grant, council president, presented the costs of the road repairs, breaking down the project into four separate proposals. Grant noted that the original proposal had included repairing potholes throughout the borough, but he said that after he and the contractor had walked the streets, another plan emerged to repair the worst of the streets with a change order proposed.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Dr. Mark McGalla, principal at Lehighton Area Middle School, announces the Honor Roll for fourth and final marking period of the 2011-12 school year.

Principal's list

(95 or higher composite average with no grade lower than a 90)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

West Penn Senior Fun Day will take place on Saturday, Aug. 4 at West Penn Park. The opening ceremony will begin at 11:15 a.m.

The event, which is hosted by West Penn Lions and Lioness Clubs is open to West Penn residents age 62 and over.

There will be free entertainment and activities throughout the day along with two light meals.

Reservations required. Deadline for registration is July 30. Call (570) 386-3045 to register.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Carbon County Safe Kids wants to make sure that all young children are properly secured when riding in a vehicle.

That's why the organization created the car seat loan program; and is partnering with Lehigh Valley Hospital's team to bring Operation: Safe Ride to the county.

During the group's monthly meeting on Tuesday, Debbie Balch, car seat loan program coordinator, updated the board on the car seat loan program.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Lehighton 9/12 Project will hold a general meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 26, in the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Building.

"We are all taxed enough already," said Sandy Dellicker, president of the 9/12 Project.

She said the guest speaker will be Kim Schmidtner, vice chair of Leadership for Liberty.

The Pennsylvania School Board Coalition, which is sponsored by Leadership for Liberty, has saved almost one million dollars in tax dollars in two school districts, according to Schmidtner.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
 AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kidney transplant recipient Larry Rafes is getting ready for the adventure of a lifetime, a 200-mile kayaking trip from the Lehigh River to the Atlantic Ocean to celebrate the miracle of his restored health and to promote organ donor awareness.

Life is good for Larry Rafes, 60, of the Lehigh River hamlet of Laurys Station. With his new kidney, Rafes no longer needs to crawl up the stairs to his house, au contraire, he is getting ready for the adventure of a lifetime, a 200-mile kayaking trip from the Lehigh River to the Atlantic Ocean.

Rafes has launched a website, make-a-splash.org, to promote his organ donor awareness journey. He invites fellow paddlers to join him, like-minded people to register as an organ donor, and followers of the website to learn more about organ donation – what Rafes is calling "Make a Splash".

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

New Covenant World Outreach Church is offering F.R.O.G. Week Adventure from July 29 to Aug. 3 for children ages 4 to 12. The church is located at 133 Switzgable Drive, Brodheadsville.

For additional information, call (570) 992-4996.