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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS A Palmerton man is in critical condition after being hit by a car Monday morning on the 200 block of Delaware Avenue.

A Palmerton man is in critical condition after being hit by a car Monday morning.

According to Palmerton Chief of Police Randy Smith, Annette Wargo, 76, of Palmerton was driving west on Delaware Avenue in Palmerton and struck Carl Eckhart of Palmerton, with the left side of her vehicle.

Eckhart was standing somewhere in the middle of the street between 242-248 Delaware Ave.

Palmerton Ambulance answered the call with the Lehighton Ambulance also responding.

Eckhart was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, with a head injury.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Freedom Community Church invites children and their parents to its Back to School BBQ at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 16 at the Lehighton Grove Park.

There will be free hot dogs and sno-cones, children's games and crafts. They will be distributing free school supplies to those who attend.

For more information contact the Rev. Mark Akers, pastor, at 610-714-9834 or on the web at www.freedomchurchpa.org.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Six bicycles were given away on Thursday for Children's Day at the Carbon County Fair. Winners include, from left, Adam Mansfield, 6,of Slatington (on his father's shoulders); Sandra Costenbader, 9, of Palmerton; Cameron Gowin, 17 months, of Lehighton; Adalyn Gulla, 2, of Palmerton; Isabella Horvat, 6, of Lansford; and Christopher Smith, 5, of Lansford.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Sandy Kistler, of Walnutport, shops at the Slatington 150th Memorabilia Shop on Main Street. She said her sister-in-law and husband, both also Slatington High School graduates, will be coming down from Connecticut to attend the celebration.

Twenty-five years after its last big celebration, the borough of Slatington is set to celebrate again, this time for its 150th, or sesquicentennial, anniversary that runs through Aug. 16.

"They've come up with a tremendous program," said planning committee co-chair Christy Haydt of the events committee's efforts to fill out the eight-day schedule.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fire Chief Wayne Knirnschild attended the Aug. 7 meeting of the Towamensing Township supervisors to ask about a statement in a July story in the Times News about donated equipment that will not be insured until it is known whether or not someone was trained to use it.

Supervisor Tom Newman said, "We don't want to insure it until we know you are using it."

Supervisor Guy Seifert said everything was insured.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A new principal effectiveness rating system is in place in the Northern Lehigh School District.

Assistant Superintendent Karen Nicholas informed the school board on Monday of the new system, which she said is a mirror image of the teacher evaluation.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News A few of the signs located outside the Lehighton Area School District  administration building Monday night as part of a taxpayer rally. At issue is a proposed $32.5 million K-5 elementary center or renovating four existing  elementary schools, also projected by district officials to cost $32.5 million.

More than 100 residents turned out Monday night to voice their thoughts on a proposed $32.5 million elementary center in Lehighton Area School District, which would house students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The two-and-a-half-hour workshop featured a presentation by Superintendent Jonathan Cleaver, EI Associates architect Mark Barnhardt, a standing room only crowd, public comments against the proposal and involvement from the Lehighton Borough police.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Bruiser tried making his way from his owners' new home in Tuscarora to their old home in Nesquehoning, covering about 20 miles in just about a day.

On Monday, a call was made to the Carbon County Animal Shelter, reporting a lost dog.

Tom Connors, director of the shelter, said he took as much information as he could, gathering that the dog was a miniature pinscher named Bruiser, last seen at its home in Tuscarora, Schuylkill County.

A short while later, he received a call regarding a mini pinscher on the loose on Ashtown Road in Lehighton, but he said he didn't suspect it was Bruiser, since the distance from Tuscarora to Lehighton was a sigificant one for such a short amount of time.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Carbon County woman pleaded guilty in the county court on Monday to aggravated assault, but mentally ill, and was sentenced to a state prison term.

Debra Ann Wilson, 51, of White Haven, pleaded before Judge Steven R. Serfass. The charge stems from an incident that occurred on June 26, 2011, in Kidder Township.

Serfass sentenced her to serve 36 to 72 months in a state correctional institution.

State police at Fern Ridge charged that Wilson entered the home of Elaine Rufo, 120 Mountain Drive, in the Pocono Mountain Lakes development.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

An Effort man was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday in Carbon County court on 28 criminal counts for his part in a ring in which a nurse for a Palmerton doctor would forge prescriptions for the drug oxycodone.

Charles F. Daniel, 27, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to total of 24 to 48 months in a state correctional institution followed by three years of probation. Daniel previously pleaded guilty to the charges.