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Thursday, March 15, 2012

In the spirit of community collaboration and teamwork taught through youth sports, Fairway Chevrolet is supporting Tamaqua Area Little League through the Chevy Youth Baseball Program. This sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the Spring 2012 youth baseball season.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thirteen first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) 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 to complete it, 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, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Plans for the eventual construction of a nearly 15,000-square-foot office building in Palmerton have cleared their first hurdle.

Representatives from Pencor Services, Inc., met with the borough's Planning Commission on Wednesday to discuss the proposed construction of the building in the 400 block of Delaware Avenue.

The planners granted Pencor conditional approval for a lot consolidation plan, according to borough Manager Rodger Danielson.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Payment for demolition of a property in Coaldale Borough was approved by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville and also preparations were made for the Primary Election to be held April 24.

A payment of $11,440 was approved to be paid Northeast Industrial Services Inc. for razing the home at 119-121 Greenwood St., which the borough council had listed for demolition. It was carried out under the county's demolition program.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

An elderly Monroe County man was struck by a car and killed as he was at his mailbox retrieving his mail.

State police at Fern Ridge said the incident occurred about 5:11 p.m. on Wednesday along SR115 at Log Cabin Lane, in Chestnuthill Township.

Troopers said Walter A. Machalick, 85, of Effort, was retrieving his mail in front of his residence when a 2004 Subaru Outback, operated by James York Jr., 50, of Effort, left the left travel lane and struck the victim.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A jury ruled in favor of a hospital in Pottsville and a physician in a medical professional liability action brought by a Minersville couple after a three day trial in Schuylkill County court before Judge Charles M. Miller.

Joan (Joni) Kobige and her husband, Robert M. Kobige, of 229 Stadium St., brought the civil action against Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Schuylkill Medical Center, and Dr. Haywood Blum, seeking damages in excess of $50,000 from each party, claiming they were careless and negligent in their care and treatment of Mrs. Kobige.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteers and supports of Senator Dave Argall (R-29) were on-hand yesterday evening during the grand opening of Argall's Senate campaign headquarters in Tamaqua. The headquarters, which is directly adjacent to Hess Windows, is located at 56 Mauch Chunk St. "This is a great base of support and is in the middle of my district," said Senator Dave Argall. Argall district, which contains over a quarter of a million people, covers all of Schuylkill county, half of Carbon county, 4 townships in Monroe, northern part of Berks county, northern part of Lehigh county and Northhampton.Visitors Bob Ames of Coaldale, left, and JoAnn Myers of Tamaqua talk to Sen. Argall and Danny Cook, campaign manager, about getting rid of the property tax.

Campaign organizers estimate that around 30 volunteers and supporters will be using the Tamaqua location to make phone calls, go door to door, internet campaign and help with mailers during the campaign.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Joseph Palerio, left, Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 651, Auburn, and Assistant Scoutmaster Jeffrey Palerio, left congratulate Kyle Roeder, Boy Scout on left; and Dakota Reber for their work in Forest Conservation. The Forest Conservation Award is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry and Hawk Mountain Boy Scout Council.

Kyle Roeder of Orwigsburg, Dakota Reber of Cressona and Josh Huneke of Orwigsburg were awarded the awarded the Forest Conservation Award. The Scouts are members of Auburn Boy Scout Troop 651.

The Forest Conservation Award is bestowed to a scout who has earned the Forestry Merit Badge and two other related badges such as Bird Study, Weather, Insect Study, Wilderness Survival, Wood Carving and Nature, to name a few.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

It was reported in yesterday's story about Tamaqua Police officer Matt Bynon that Tamaqua Police Chief Dave Mattson contacted the Attorney General. Mattson contacted the District Attorney, not the Attorney General. On Dec. 13, 2011, Mattson received information of possible criminal activity involving a Tamaqua police officer and contacted the District Attorney's (DA's) office in regards to this case. The DA then referred this case to the PA State Police for investigation.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Penn Medical Group, P.C., has added a new location and a physician to better serve their patients. The practice includes, from left, Peter Baddick B.S., B.S., D.O., MBA; Chukwudi Ogbolu, M.D.; and Sandra Pascal, D.O.; and the newest physician, Daniel Walker D.O.

Penn Medical Group, P.C., has added a new location and a physician to better serve their patients.

Penn Medical Group, P.C., which relocated last year to the former Dr. Floriel Diaz complex at 2175 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive West, Lehighton (Route 443, Mahoning Township), after 12 years at their Weissport location, has now added an office at 204 State Road, in the Union Hill area of Franklin Township, Lehighton.