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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.

Friday, December 2, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley High School students Adam Parham and Erin Stone play George Bailey and his sweetheart, Mary, in the holiday classic, "It's a Wonderful Life."

Pleasant Valley High School will present its fall drama, "It's a Wonderful Life," December 2-4. The presentation will be on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. at the new PVHS auditorium in Brodheadsville.

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Joint Operating Committee of the Carbon Career and Technical Institute has approved presenting the 2012-2013 proposed secondary budget to the five Carbon County school boards. The proposed budget needs to be reviewed and voted on by the school boards.

For CCTI to pass the final 2012-2013 budget, at least four out of the five Carbon school boards must pass it. The budget for CCTI is an active district share between all five of the Carbon County school districts.