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Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS The Melvin Jones Award was presented to, second from left, Mildred "Millie" Hawkey, while the Lion of the Year Award was presented to, third from left, Ana Maria Melo. Pictured with them are, first from left, Liz McElwee, first vice district governor; and, fourth from left, Sharon Kimmel, vice district governor.

They give and they give, and they give some more, never asking for anything in return.

This time, the shoe was on the other foot, as several members of the Palmerton Lions Club had recognition bestowed upon them.

The accolades came during the organization's annual installation of officers, which was held recently at the Fireline Hotel in Palmerton.

Vice District Gov. Sharon Kimmel was the installing officer.

Robert Silliman is president. Vice president is Nick Hawkey, second vice president is Dolores Unangst and third vice president is Mildred "Millie" Hawkey.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
HALEY SAWYER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS This playground in Parryville is scheduled for an upgrade thissummer.

Parryville Borough Council members met Monday evening to discuss upgrading the area park and a townwide cleanup.

The council passed a resolution to apply for a grant to give the park, located just off the Route 248 entrance to Parryville a much-needed facelift early this summer. Although a distinct price estimate for the project remains unknown, the grant will cover $60,000 of expenses.

In order to receive the grant, 15 percent of the $60,000 must be raised in the next three years. The council said $4,000 is already available, leaving $5,000 to be collected.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Marian Catholic High School Class of 2014 Salutatorian Michael Dino and Valedictorian Tara V. Koskulitz present the class gift to Principal Sister M. Bernard Agnes.

The Marian Catholic High School, Barnesville, on Saturday launched the Class of 2014 amid a flurry of awards, honors and scholarships.

The graduation ceremony was the first in which Allentown Diocese Bishop John O. Barres, along with Principal Sister Bernard Agnes, handed the 91 students their diplomas.

"There will be complex situations that you'll address. At that time, it will be so important that you be a man and a woman of communion, a man and woman of peace," he said.

The class salutatorian was Michael J. Dino.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

In the recent primary election in Schuylkill County, the Republican and Democratic parties each elected committee members, with many posts filled by write-in votes.

Committee members are the backbone of the parties who do the work in the trenches to elect the candidates endorsed by their respective parties.

The official results of the committee elections was released by Election Director Frannie Brennan after the computing board completed its official count of the votes cast in the past primary election.

Committee elections in area precincts were asfollows:

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The photo caption that ran with the story about Mauch Chunk Trust's 2014 Community Heroes in Saturday's paper incorrectly listed the nickname of board member Ida "Boots" Queen.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

A Bethlehem man, arrested over three years ago and then pleading guilty to fleeing and eluding police, was finally sentenced in Carbon County court.

Mounzer Youssef Afif, 49, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve six to 24 months in the county prison on the charge but was immediately paroled since he had already served 263 days in prison on the charge.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Ukulele Institute Show will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Summit Hill Heritage Center, 1 West Hazard St. in Summit Hill.

The performance, which will be held in the chapel, will feature students of the institute.

There will be a free will offering with all proceeds to go to the Carbon County Environmental Education Center.

This event is sponsored by the board of directors, members and volunteers of the heritage center.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe is proving its students are advanced on two national assessments.

Ninety-six percent of CCTI's Class of 2014 attained an overall score of advanced or competent on this year's National Occupational Competency Testing Institute and National Institute for Metalworking Skills exams.

NOCTI and NIMS are end-of-program assessments that measure achievement in the students' career and technical programs.

Brent Borzak, principal, said the CCTI administration and Joint Operating Committee are proud to announce the scores.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley provides 600 Buddies (volunteers) for the 400 Special Olympians like these four ninth-graders with their Special Olympians from Swiftwater Elementary. From Left, Trevor Hoadley with Marquila F., 9, Adam Jetty and Tyler Fish with Jaidlynn R., and Christian Benson with Jordan Williams, 11.

The Pleasant Valley High School stadium rang with cheers and happy chatter. The high school band, under the direction of James DeVivo, played music to pump up the energy. Even gray skies couldn't put a damper on everyone's high spirits as 400 athletes prepared to compete in the 20th Special Olympics on Wednesday.

The four schools that participated were Pocono Mountain, Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg and Pleasant Valley.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The death of a Schuylkill County man, whose body was found in the front yard of his home as it burned Friday morning, has been ruled a suicide.

Trooper Mark W. Knock, of the Schuylkill Haven barracks, said an autopsy performed Monday at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, determined that Gerald Everett Hale, 46, of 30 S. Shue String Lane, South Manheim Township, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Knock also stated in a press release that the cause of the fire of Hale's home is still undetermined.