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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Fire Truck 512 passes through the arch made by two aerial fire trucks during the funeral procession for Lehighton Fire Chief John "Jack" Kuller Jr. on Wednesday.

Lehighton Fire Chief John "Jack" Kuller Jr. had his last call on Wednesday.

His loss will not be forgotten by his family and friends, which include the devoted firefighters who served the community by his side. Some firefighters openly cried as they took part in the funeral procession.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
Driver hits STS bus, car and loses brakes down Hometown hill

Four people escaped serious injury following a three vehicle accident that occurred on the Hometown Hill (SR309), just before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Traffic was backed up for miles in both directions while police and volunteer firefighters, rescue squad members, paramedics, and fire police from Hometown, Tamaqua and Quakake responded. A male driver of a tan 2008 Ford Explorer, from St Clair, wound up driving head-on into northbound traffic after overshooting a turn while driving southbound at the top of the hill.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Seen speaking in the Information Technology portion of the Career Day at Panther Valley High School was Thomas Smith, a student. He devotes part of his school time to attending classes at Carbon Career and Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe studying IT. The other speakers were left to right, Christian Caputo, a PVHS graduate who studies at Johnson Wales University and works at BLI Messaging in network administration; Bryan Kershner, director of IT at Pencor; and Joe Farkas, electronics instructor at CCTI.

For the first time this year, Bobby-L Paparozzi, teacher at Panther Valley High School, held a Career Day for the freshman students at the school. Now she is planning to create it on a larger scale for next year. She would like to invite all of the students at the school and give them all a chance to search into various careers.

PVHS teachers taking part in the program on the transition team were Cindy Nevenglosky, Jim Hull, Paparozzi, Michele Martin and Tim Grazio, PVHS guidance counselor.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

While many county and state governments experienced deficits in their budgets last year, Schuylkill County finished the fiscal year with a surplus of $1,273,710. The surplus was reported this week by Paul Straka, county budget director and Paul Buber, financial officer.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
Tamaqua Industrial Development Enterprises introduced a new logo Wednesday.

The president of Tamaqua Industrial Development Enterprises (TIDE) reports that the local industrial park is near capacity, prompting the TIDE board to focus on expansion.

"We need to find a new site," announced Dr. Joseph Urenovitch during his progress report offered at Wednesday's Tamaqua Community Dinner. He said a potential site has been identified and is being investigated.

Urenovitch said seven companies currently operate in TIDE Industrial Park, employing 470 workers with an increase of 10 jobs since 2010.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Monroe County man charged with the sexual assault of a girl is headed to Carbon County Court.

Andrew Bertalan II, 20, of Blakeslee, was granted a waiver to pretrial by District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on Wednesday.

Bertalan faces 11 charges related to statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, sexual abuse of children, criminal use of communication facility, and corruption of minors.

He is scheduled to go before the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas at 9 a.m. June 21. He remains free in lieu of $50,000 bail, unsecured.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

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Five Palmerton Boy Scouts became Eagle Scouts during a Family Night and Eagle Court of Honor in the Aquashicola Fire Hall. More than 100 people attended the ceremony. Konrad Goworowski, George Kost Jr., Anthony Pastier, C. Franklin Shipman, and Peter Turner, all Palmerton High School students with long scouting tenure, were pinned by Scoutmaster John Faust. Turner received his Eagle pin from former Scoutmaster Art Larvey.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Todd Deem II of Lehighton, center, is escorted from the office of District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on Wednesday.

A former Carbon County firefighter already charged in connection with two barn fires faces four more counts of arson.

Todd Deem II, 19, of 39 Sambrooke Circle, Lehighton, was granted a continuance as part of a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

Last week, Deem was charged with setting two barns on fire in East Penn Township. On Wednesday, he was charged with starting four other fires in East Penn and Franklin Township.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Garfield is an orange, fuzzy, tabby cat who was born in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant where his love of lasagna began. He was named after his creator's grandfather, James A. Garfield Davis, who Jim Davis described as "a large cantankerous man."

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Five first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program 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.

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