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Friday, January 18, 2013

The Rotary Club of the West End will be celebrating its Silver Anniversary on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at The Scorecard in Wind Gap.

It was chartered on Jan. 29, 1988. It was one of the first clubs to be chartered with a female officer.

The club would like to share the evening with all present and former Rotary members.

If interested in joining them for the celebration, call or text Karin at (610) 390-0351 or email at ksbvet@ptd.net by Jan. 21.

Friday, January 18, 2013
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Five people were injured Thursday night, two seriously, in a two-vehicle crash in Mahoning Township. The crash occurred at 6:10 p.m. at the intersection of Mahoning Drive East and Grist Mill Road. Police report four persons in a minivan were traveling north on Grist Mill Road and stopped at the stop sign with Mahoning Drive East. The driver attempted to make a left turn to go west on Mahoning Drive. In doing so on the blind curve, the van pulled into the path of an east bound sport utility vehicle. The SUV struck the van broadside.

Friday, January 18, 2013

A major water main break in Lehighton was discovered this morning.

The break happened on what is referred to as the "high side" of town. It occurred near the water tank on NorthSeventh Street.

As of 10:25 a.m., no residents were without water.

A spokesperson for the Lehighton Water Authority said workers were digging where the break occurred and water will have to be shut off to replace the line.

Residents on the streets affected by the break will have a 72-hour boil advisory.

A list of those streets will be printed in tomorrow's TIMES NEWS.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Two area residents were among 13 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller.

Theodore C. Black, 45, of 100 Dorset Road, New Ringgold, simple assault on Lauren Steinbrunn, New Ringgold, last June 23, was placed on probation 12 months, and ordered to pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund, perform 10 hours of community service, and have no contact with victim. Black was cited by West Penn Township Patrolman Corey L. Frey.

Friday, January 18, 2013

A Palmerton man was sentenced to a state jail term on Thursday afternoon in Carbon County court after pleading guilty to three theft incidents where he accepted money to do work but never did the work. He was one of 10 defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

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Brent Rehrig, 37, pleaded to three misdemeanor counts of theft by deception. He was charged with taking money from three county businesses to install video surveillance equipment but never installed the equipment.

Friday, January 18, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Susan Whitehead speaks with the Panther Valley School Board's Budget and Finance Committee Thursday abourt a proposal to keep the high school swimming pool open to the public through a non-profit community entity. The committee cannot vote on matters, so the matter is expected to come before the school board as a whole when it meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.

A principal of the company that used the Panther Valley High School swimming pool for therapeutic and other aquatic ventures, now $37,000 in arrears on its contract with the school district, wants to regroup and continue to operate as a nonprofit.

The school board needs to weigh the value of keeping the pool open to the public with whether the group can pay the debt it already owes the district, and rally the funds to maintain the pool.

Friday, January 18, 2013

A Tamaqua landmark is undergoing a facelift. The Burkhardt Moser log home, the first house built in Tamaqua, has had a new roof installed as part of a restoration project of the Tamaqua Historical Society. The log home was built in 1801by Burkhardt Moser, the first settler and founder of Tamaqua. Besides the new roof, the original brick chimney has been replaced with a stone chimney.

Friday, January 18, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Make-A-Wish Regional Manager Maggie O'Brien accepts the donation from Fairway Subaru Marketing Manager Richie Molinaro.

Fairway Subaru, Hazleton Township, made a donation recently to the Make-A-Wish Foundation via Subaru's 5th annual "Share The Love" program.

During the event, which took take place from November 19, 2012 - January 3, Fairway Subaru donated $50 to Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia for every Subaru vehicle purchased or leased. In addition, nationally, Subaru of America donated $250 to the customer's choice of five charities, including Make-A-Wish, during this time frame.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Three Philadelphia area residents, involved in a theft incident at the Walmart store in Mahoning Township, which led to a chase and their eventual capture, entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Thursday before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Henry Andrew Clinton, 31, his cousin, Sabree Hakeem Clinton, 30, and Nyra Mary Foster, 29, all admitted their part in the Nov. 26, 2012, incident at the store.

All three entered pleas to one count each of retail theft, as a felony three.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Carbon County is appealing a Commonwealth Court ruling that will cost the county thousands of dollars.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard made a motion to authorize the submission of petition of allowance to appeal the Commonwealth Court decision, Panther Valley vs. Carbon County, to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The motion passed unanimously.