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Thursday, December 4, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS New inductees of the Panther Valley National Honor Society are, first row, from left: Kayla Reese, Taylor Vance, Kelsey Van Horn and Huntre Keip. Second row: Morgan Kadel, Jamey Mikovich, Brooke Turner, Megan Heckman and Mary Lazar. Third row: Jordan Reis, Ryan Taras, Sam Stanko and Nate Miller. Fourth row: Matthew Hudicka, Chad Dubosky, Brian Fisher and Colin Johnson.

Eleven juniors and six seniors joined Panther Valley High School's National Honor Society during the 38th induction ceremony, held at the high school on Wednesday evening.

NHS adviser Rick Morgans began the ceremony with the lighting of the "Eternal Knowledge Candle," the candle that represents the students' accomplishments throughout their lives and their continuing advancement in education.

Steven Reehl, NHS president, then welcomed everyone to the induction ceremony.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The president of a Schuylkill County firm that tried to export an embargoed lathe to Iran, was placed on probation Wednesday in federal court in Harrisburg.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania said U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane sentenced Hetran Inc. and its Chief Executive Officer, Helmut Oertmann of Orwigsburg, for their involvement in a conspiracy to evade export reporting requirements and with attempting to smuggle to Iran a lathe machine in violation of U.S. export regulations.

Oertmann received a sentence of 12 months probation.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day will be observed Sunday in Lehighton by the Lehighton United Veteran Organization.

The brief event will be held at 12:48 p.m. at the World War II monument along Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard, Route 209, in Lehighton.

The time coincides with the time the attack occurred on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii (7:48 a.m. Hawaiian time) by Japanese planes on Dec. 7, 1941, officially drawing the United States into World War II.

UVO members will gather at the memorial at 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

During the public comment portion of a meeting Tuesday, Schuylkill Township Supervisor Chuck Fayash accused one of the other two supervisors of illegally using his name to order things through the mail.

Fayash did not say which supervisor, Chairman Charles Hosler or Christine Verdier, he believes is responsible. Reading from a statement he said was prepared by a private investigator he has hired, Fayash said that he "believes the person doing this is someone who sits on council."

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko announced that there will be free parking from Dec. 25, Christmas Day, to Jan. 1, New Year's Day, at all borough parking meters. However, the two hour parking limit will be enforced to ensure all residents and visitors may enjoy downtown Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Judy Hoppes, who chairs Tamaqua's Little Miss Spirit of Christmas contest, presents a sash and crown to contest winner Olivia Brown, a fifth-grader at Tamaqua Elementary School.

With a gleeful smile and a warm handshake, Tamaqua Elementary School fifth-grader Olivia Brown, 11, accepted her red Little Miss Spirit of Christmas sash and silver crown from Judy Hoppes, who heads the contest. The contest is part of Tamaqua's Spirit of Christmas Festival, which is headed by Jean Towle.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Freedom Community Church invites children and their parents to a free Community Christmas Party at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Lehighton Recreation Center.

Free backpacks with toys and essentials will be given out to the first 100 children who attend. Cookies, crafts, games, and hot chocolate will be available.

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

Thursday, December 4, 2014

When he made late-night calls to the Schuylkill County courthouse in early October, threatening to shoot schoolchildren if the building wasn't shut down, Todd A. Dohner did more than terrify parents and disrupt county business. He also violated the terms of his probation for an earlier indecent exposure conviction.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Schuylkill Township resident Paul Benulis continues to question the handling of funds in the township's garbage account.

Based on the amount of the contract, and the number of residences in the township, Benulis told supervisors Wednesday that the residents have been overcharged for their garbage bills.

Benulis said that even though 50 residents have delinquent accounts, the township has collected about $5,000 more than was needed to cover the cost of one year of the contract.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas events

Ÿ The 33rd Annual Olde Time Christmas Festival in Jim Thorpe will be celebrated the first two weekends in December. The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. Friday. Events continue on Saturday, Sunday, Dec. 13 and Dec. 14. For more information, call 888-JIM-THORPE, visit www.jimthorpe.org or follow the Facebook page Jim Thorpe Olde Time Christmas for complete event information.

Ÿ "A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail" will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday at the theater, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua. For more information, call 570-668-1192.