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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hilbert Haas was announced "Citizen of the Year" by the Lehighton Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented to him by President John Angelo during the 19th annual awards dinner.

Other award recipients were Darryl Arner, Businessman of the Year; Paul R. Smith, Educator of the Year; Harold Sthare, Volunteer of the Year; and Franklin Elementary School, Volunteer Group of the Year.

Former chamber President Kenneth Leffler was presented with a clock in recognition of his achievements as president.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Carbon County judges conducted parole and probation revocation hearings on petitions filed by the county adult probation against defendants who violated the terms of their release.

Hearings were held for the following:

Robert Ahn, 34, of Lansford, had his parole revoked on a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance on petition filed by probation officer Clifford Eckhart for violating conditions by testing positive for a controlled substance, which violated the zero-tolerance provision.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Burglars chopped this hole in the cinderblock wall at Lehigh Tire in Tamaqua to gain entry to the garage bays, where they made off with tens of thousands of dollars worth of tools and supplies. The internal wall was reached after the suspect(s) pried open a door at the rear of the building.

"They took everything they could carry. Our toolboxes were empty, not even a screwdriver left behind," is the way Lehigh Tire-Tamaqua Manager Marie Morgan describes the burglary that took place late Saturday into early Sunday morning.

The burglary at the business, located on Route 309 at the northern edge of Tamaqua, was discovered at 7:20 a.m. Sunday, when mechanic Charlie Franz just happened to be driving by his place of employment.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Northern Lehigh High School junior Gavin Kemery is given his ceremonial oath by school board solicitor Charles Stopp as a student representative to the board on Monday.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Penn State is back in the bowl business.

The NCAA on Monday lifted the on-the-field sanctions placed on the Penn State football team for the Jerry Sandusky scandal, including immediately eliminating the postseason ban that had two more seasons left and restoring scholarships next season.

Penn State was halfway through a four-year postseason ban handed down during the summer of 2012. The NCAA rescinded some of the scholarship sanctions last year.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Dr. David Moylan, New Philadelphia, explains the concept of climate change during a presentation Monday on what he said is a sensible energy policy to include coal, instead of an unnecessary war on coal.

A local candidate for the 17th Congressional District believes the federal government is off-target with its coal policies and, if elected, he'd push to advance a more sensible approach to energy.

"I believe there is a war on coal," said Dr. David Moylan, Schuylkill County coroner and medical scientist.

Moylan said much can be gained by adopting progressive attitudes and policies toward traditional energy sources and newer technologies while maintaining healthy skepticism about the concept of global warming.

"This is far from settled," he said. "There is no consensus."

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Carbon County Art League will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Penn-Kidder Senior Center, 1874 Route 903, at the corner of Behrens Road and 903.

The program will be "Marketing on a Shoestring Budget" presented by recent past President Earlene Russell.

Russell will show how to present artwork professionally but inexpensively and how to market work on the Internet for free.

Artists are invited to bring recent work to share and to join in a social time and refreshments.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The harvest moon peeks through the clouds above Jim Thorpe Area High School's tennis courts Monday evening. This is the last of the three "supermoons" seen this season. A supermoon is when a full moon coincides with the time the moon is closest to the earth in its orbit.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Vendors are wanted for the fall craft and gift fair at the Chestnuthill Township Park, Brodheadsville, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 22.

Indoor spaces with a table are available. Crafters and direct sellers are welcomed.

All proceeds benefit the leash-free dog park at the West End Regional Park in Brodheadsville. For more information, call Bernie Kozen, executive director of West End Park and Open Space, 570-992-9733 or bkozen@weposc.org.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

At least one person was injured this morning in a single-vehicle crash along the westbound lanes of Route 248. The crash happened about 8:30 a.m. in Lower Towamensing Township. State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.