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Saturday, May 18, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during the medical staff scholarship presentations, from front left, are Kim Sargent, Vice President of Patient Care Service, St Luke's, Coaldale; award recipients Derrian Gulden, Holly A. Sofka, Holly Niehoff and Heather Cichowic and Maureen Donavan, secretary, board of trustees, St. Luke's - Miners Campus. From back left are J. David Bohri, MD, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and President of the Medical Staff, St. Luke's - Miners Campus; Robert Stevenson, chairman, St. Luke's - Miners Campus, and Bill Moyer, President, St. Luke's - Miners Campus.

Bill Moyer, President; James Bohri, MD, President of the Medical Staff and Chairman of the Board of Trustees; and Maureen Donovan, Secretary of the Board of Trustees, St. Luke's Miners Hospital, presented academic scholarships to students from seven area high schools Tuesday evening at the Scheller Student Center, LCCC - Tamaqua Campus.

Saturday, May 18, 2013
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/special to the times news Lake Harmony Fire Chief Ralph Lennon, left, presents plaques to, l-r, Ryan Kinsey, John Devine and Police Chief, Matt Kuzma for their "selfless acts of heroism" is assisting at a house fire in the Split Rock section of the township on April 16. A fourth person, Chuck Dickinson was also recognized but was not at the ceremony.

At Thursday night's monthly board of supervisors meeting, Kidder Township took the opportunity to recognize four local heroes.

On April 16 at about 2 p.m., when the Lake Harmony Volunteer Fire Company responded to a house fire, they got some assistance they weren't expecting.

"As often happens when fires occur during the day we were shorthanded" said Lake Harmony Fire Chief, Ralph Lennon. "But when we responded to that house we had some help."

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Joint Operating Committee (JOC) meeting for Carbon Career and Technical Institute (CCTI) voted that effective December 31, the Adult Education Day Care Center will no longer be in operation.

The vote was unanimous with Chairman Andrew Yenser, Gerald Strubinger, Michelle Markovich, and William Gerhard voting yes. Darlene Yeakel was absent from the meeting.

The day care is currently located in the Adult Education Center, across the street from the CCTI main building. The Day Care provides care from ages 3 months to school age.

Saturday, May 18, 2013
The 460 acre Christman farm was last and largest of the Big Creek Valley properties acquired as part of the Beltzville Dam, and later, Beltzville State Park project.

On May 23, 1966, Elwood Christman learned that the family farm that he shared with his brothers Marvin and Leon, and had been in the family since Elwood's grandfather, Hiram, settled it in 1883, was to be taken by the U.S. Army Engineer District, Philadelphia. It was to be the last and largest of the Big Creek Valley properties acquired as part of the Beltzville Dam, and later, Beltzville State Park project.

The letter read, "The property to be acquired from you has been designated Tract No. 703, Beltzville Reservoir, Pennsylvania, and comprises 436.51 acres of land."

Saturday, May 18, 2013

A patient at Weatherwood Nursing Home in Weatherly, reportedly suffering from dementia, was charged yesterday in the death of a fellow nursing home guest, who also had dementia.

Carl Louis Smith, 52, was arraigned yesterday before District Judge Joseph D. Homanko Sr. of Weatherly on charges of involuntary manslaughter, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person, all misdemeanors.

He was unable to post the $150,000 bail that was established in the case.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Harrisburg, PA - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced Friday that criminal charges have been filed against Luzerne County Controller Walter Griffith. Griffith faces three counts of Interception of Wire, Electronic or Oral Communications.

Investigators say Griffith recorded three conversations without the permission or knowledge of the other party or parties. That is a violation of the Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

A patient at Weatherwood Nursing Home in Weatherly, reportedly suffering from dementia, was charged yesterday in the death of a fellow nursing home guest, who also had dementia.

Carl Louis Smith, 52, was arraigned yesterday before District Judge Joseph D. Homanko Sr. of Weatherly on charges of involuntary manslaughter, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person, all misdemeanors.

He was unable to post the $150,000 bail that was established in the case.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

We're nearing the end of the school year and no doubt students and teachers alike are quite anxious for it to be over and for summer to begin.

I imagine that by now, our area seniors are suffering from a raging case of "senioritis."

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Divorces granted

Daniel S. Moore, 224 Pine St., side apartment, Tamaqua, was granted a divorce from Rachel B. Moore, 34 Greenwood St., Apt. 2, Tamaqua. They were married Nov. 22, 2008.

David A. Hauptly was granted a divorce from Charlene M. Hauptley, both of Pottsville. They were married Nov. 16,1986.

Corey Freed, Orwiigsburg, was granted a divorce from Carla Kalymun Freed, Frackville. They were married June 2, 2007.

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