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Friday, December 2, 2011

A Schuylkill County man, the driver of a car that collided with a motorcycle killing a school teacher, has been charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence (DUI), and other counts.

State police at Frackville said Edward C. O'Boyle, 38, of Mahanoy City, was arraigned Thursday before Senior District Judge Elizabeth Romig, of Frackville. In addition to the homicide by vehicle-DUI count, O'Boyle was also charged with involuntary manslaughter, homicide by vehicle, DUI, and summary counts of driving on roadways laned for traffic and restraint systems.

Friday, December 2, 2011

The construction of a cargo airport in East Union Township would be a big boon to the real estate business and would have a major positive impact on the economy in the northern part of Schuylkill County.

That was the testimony of a real estate broker and appraiser at the resumed hearing before the Schuylkill County Zoning Hearing Board Thursday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Friday, December 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Residents at the St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale enjoyed a visit from Santa Claus and volunteers with the Tamaqua Salvation Army yesterday. Residents donning Christmas headwear are Anna Edmonds, left, William Schuetrumpf, center, and Rose Fritz.

Friday, December 2, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS New inductees into Panther Valley High School's National Honor Society are, first row, from left, Judy Lin, Sarah-Mary Tucker, Kristyn Gates, Samantha Zlock, Amanda Stocker, and Jordan Kulp. Second row, Panther Valley Principal Joseph Gunnels; Jacob Tokosh; Jordan Duke; Richard Smith; Amanda Woodring; and Rick Morgans, National Honor Society advisor.

Nine juniors and one senior joined Panther Valley High School's National Honor Society during the 35th induction ceremony, held at the high school on Wednesday evening.

NHS advisor Rick Morgans began the ceremony with a poem about the making of a candle and how like a candle, a student's life is formed one strand at a time.

Friday, December 2, 2011
MELISSA LATHAM/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Residents at the Maple Shade Meadows Assisted Living in Nesquehoning were treated to Christmas music, choir, handbells and visit from Santa Claus yesterday as part of the Salvation Army Spread the Cheer Tour. Pictured receiving candy canes from Santa Claus are residents Agnes Richard, left, and Vickie Poshefko.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Eight defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas on Thursday in Carbon County court before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Those entering pleas included:

Randy L. Dieter, 39, of Ashfield, pleaded to one count each of defiant trespass, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He was arrested on Oct. 14 for an incident at the Palmerton Hotel were he was told to leave but refused.

Webb placed him on probation for a year on the trespass and conduct charges, running concurrently, and imposed a fine of $100 on the drunkenness charge.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Coaldale VFW Post 6982 will host an open house Christmas party from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. on Dec. 16. Admission will be a new, unwrapped toy for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

There will be live music, food, fun and more.

The event is hosted by the Coaldale VFW Ladies Auxiliary. The VFW is located at 1 E. Ridge St., Coaldale. For more information, call (570) 645-9939.

Friday, December 2, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Laden with the chains of his own making, the ghost of Jacob Marley, played by Dave Holmes, confronts his one-time business partner Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Bill Lance, during rehearsal for the play "A Coal Country Christmas Carol," which will be presented at the Mauch Chunk Opera House over the next two Saturdays.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, will be the scene of the presentation of a new musical adaption of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" for four daytime shows over the next two Saturdays.

The title of this presentation is "A Coal Country Christmas Carol," which was written and will be directed by Jim Thorpe playwright Joe Hiatt.

Show times are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 10.

Friday, December 2, 2011

At the Nov. 16 meeting of the Chestnuthill Township Historical Society the election of officers for 2012 was held.

Newly elected officers are: Harvey Burger, president; Stuart Thody, vice president; Nancy Gehr, treasurer; Janet Johnson, secretary.

H. Burger said he wanted the minutes to record appreciation of Norman Burger for the work he has done since the Society began, for his wise council and chairmanship of CTHS.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Four first time defendants in pending criminal cases were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabiliation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, 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.

Placed by President Judge Roger N. Nannovic were the following.