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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Employees with Charles S. Snyder Inc. of West Penn attended the Carbon County 4H Round Up at the Carbon County Fair last week. While there, they purchased the grand champion market, shorthorn steer from Alyssa Wentz, who has been showing 4H animals for about 8 years. The steer, who happened to be named Boomer, was the same as their New Holland Boomer tractor. Charles S. Snyder Inc. has been a supporter of the 4H livestock sales over the years. In the past 14 years, Charles S. Snyder Inc. has purchased over 314 animals at 4H livestock sales in and around the surrounding counties.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Family members and friends will be taking part in the second annual Cody Wentz Awareness Benefit in Weissport at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. The event is coordinated by Cody's mom, Lisa Shiffert, to bring awareness to the growing drug problem in the Lehighton area. The event is being sponsored by the Beltzville Lions Club.

Last year's event raised approximately $3,000 and the proceeds from the event were donated to the Lehighton High School drug program in memory of her son, Cody Wentz, who died from an overdose of drugs on Nov. 29, 2010. He was 19 years old.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Carbon County Environmental Education Center will no longer be accepting cut tree branches or yard refuse of any kind.

The center will continue to accept Christmas trees, and Christmas trees ONLY this coming winter. CCEEC apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause, but there is simply no more space available.

For questions or comments, contact the center by phone at (570) 645-8597 or email at

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

An influx of students could result in swelled classrooms in the Palmerton Area School District.

Superintendent Carol Boyce informed the school board on Tuesday that the district had 87 new students enroll in the district, compared with just 43 withdrawals.

"We have a net gain of 44 students, which is going to make some classrooms expand," Boyce said. "It's good for our state subsidy, but difficult for teaching."

However, Boyce said the situation "doesn't warrant the addition of additional staff."

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Lehighton man charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl has waived the charges to Carbon County court.

Franklin Derr III, 21, of South Street, is charged with aggravated indecent assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, and indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age.

He is free on $50,000 unsecured bail.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Sunday School of St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, will resume for the next school year on Sunday, Aug. 26 with Rally Day festivities at 9:15 a.m. in the church nave. Holly Jolly will be on hand to share the Noah's Ark story with the children and to create balloon animals and Christian symbols for their delight.

In addition to promoting students to their new classes and new teachers, those students who have completed the third-grade curriculum will be receiving their Bibles. They are Tyler Adamitis, Kendra Boger, Erin McArdle, Autumn Snyder and Timmy Tartaglia.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Kimberly A. Werner, 16, a Lehighton Area High School junior, was crowned "Miss Carbon County Fair" during a pageant held in front of the grandstand at the Carbon County Fair. Miss Werner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Werner, was chosen from a field of nine very talented contestants. She was crowned jointly by last year's pageant winner, Beth Begel of Weissport, and by Frank E. Wehr of Bethlehem, master of ceremonies. The honor of first runner-up went to Elise J. Behler.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Palmerton Area School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved the following cocurricular positions for the 2012-13 school year, pending contract negotiations for the 2012-13 school year:

- Carole Burkhardt, elementary chorus, S.S. Palmer Elementary

- Natalie Madeira (Dize), elementary chorus, Towamensing Elementary; high school chorus

- Deanna Iles, co-environmental club, S.S. Palmer Elementary

- Lynn Sutton, co-environmental club, S.S. Palmer Elementary

- Eileen Haydt, environmental club, Towamensing Elementary

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Andrew James Shavel, 34, of Wernersville, Berks County, is facing trial in Carbon County on an alleged indecent assault against a 9-year-old Carbon County girl.

Shavel is charged with aggravated indecent assault, two counts of indecent assault, and corruption of minors.

He waived a hearing on the charges that had been scheduled before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe.

Bail for Shavel was set at 10 percent of $250,000.

He was arrested on the charges by Trooper Brian Silliman of the Fern Ridge barracks of the state police.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Lehighton 9/12 Project will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Mahoning Ambulance Building, 902 Mill Road, Lehighton.

Laureen Cummings, candidate for PA Congresswill be among the guests at the meeting, speaking at 6:30p.m.

At 8 p.m., Lehighton resident Glenn Claypoole will present a chalk talk, "Know the Truth and the Truth Will Set You Free!"

Glenn is involved with prison ministry.

Sandy Dellecker, president of the 9/12 Project, said discussion will also be held on September plans.

For more information, call (570) 645-8510.