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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Four confirmed at Trinity Lutheran

Four eighth-grade students received their Affirmation of Baptism on Sunday at Trinity

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Five first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail complete it, or are revoked from it, then they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A soft increase in next year's property tax rate may end up being even smaller for residents who live in the Lehighton Area School District.

That's according to the newest figures released by business administrator Brian D. Feick during the school board's finance committee meeting on Tuesday.

Feick said the revised $37,099,689 spending plan for the 2014-15 school year now calls for a 0.56-mill increase, as opposed to a 0.65-mill rise that was approved by the board last month.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
SCOTT HERRING/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Victorian Highwheelers of Tamaqua will bring their vintage bicycles to the Tamaqua Summerfest on Sunday.

The Tamaqua Historical Society will present the 24th Annual Tamaqua Summerfest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, a Father's Day celebration in downtown Tamaqua.

Tamaqua Summerfest is a free event that features scenic train rides, a large craft show and street fair, a car show, music, entertainment, and food.

"Summerfest is a great way to kick off the summer season and celebrate Father with Dad and the entire family," said Dale Freudenberger, society president.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Graduates Kathryn Elizabeth Roe, of Bath in Northampton County, and Kaytlin Elaine Roach, of West Pittston in Luzerne County, listen to the speakers during the Commonwealth Connections Academy graduation at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Monday.

It was an evening of celebration as faculty of the Commonwealth Connections Academy bestowed nearly 100 students with graduation honors.

The graduation ceremony, held at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Monday, was the sixth graduating class for the academy. In addition to this ceremony, three others are being held at sites in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh to honor the hundreds of cyberschool students that make up the class of 2014.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Former Coaldale Fire Chief Rich Marek addresses council during a meeting Tuesday.

Former Coaldale Fire Company Chief Rich Marek, who wrote a resignation letter May 22, addressed borough council during its meeting Tuesday.

At the time he resigned, Marek cited personnel problems within the department, saying that the wives and girlfriends of firefighters were attacking each other via social media, namely Facebook.

During the meeting, Marek elaborated.

He said that for him, the last straw was the Coaldale Fire Company's response to a working structure fire in Lansford.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Back by popular demand is the energetic West End Assembly of God Youth Choir, performing at Effort United Methodist Church on Father's Day weekend.

They will serve, sing and worship at all three services Saturday and Sunday. The public is invited to meet these young people (over 50 of them) and their chaperoning adults at 6 p.m. Saturday or 8:30 or 11 a.m. Sunday.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A $2 million grant will be used by the Lehighton Area School District for energy savings at the proposed elementary center.

Superintendent Jonathan Cleaver announced at the school board's building committee workshop meeting Monday that the district has been awarded the grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development through the state's Alternate and Clean Energy Program.

The new 140,000-square-foot K-2 primary and 3-5 elementary center will replace four aging facilities.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Carbon County Judge Joseph J. Matika conducted parole/probation hearings on petitions filed by the adult probation office against defendants currently under supervision for violating the terms of their release.

Hearings were held for the following:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Lehighton woman who already is awaiting trial for alleged burglaries in Summit Hill, Mahoning Township and Lehighton has been jailed on another burglary count.

Stephanie Lill, 26, of 318 NE Alley, Lehighton, was arraigned Monday before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek on charges she burglarized a home in Summit Hill on Sept. 25.

Kosciolek set bail on Lill at $40,000.

She has been charged with four felony charges: Burglary - overnight accommodation, person present; criminal trespass; receiving stolen property; and theft by unlawful taking.