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Saturday, May 31, 2014
Heather Bacsick/Special to the Times News Members of Frederick "Rick" Johnson's family attend the dedication at Mauch Chunk Lake Park recently. Back, from left, are his brother Jody Johnson and his wife, Shelley Johnson, who is holding a picture of Rick Johnson. Seated on the bench named in his honor are his son Joseph Johnson and his mother, Connie Johnson.

Recently, family and friends came to Mauch Chunk Lake Park to remember Frederick "Rick" Johnson. A dedication was made and a bench was named in his honor. Friends and family had a chance to come together and share memories of Johnson.

Johnson, of Summit Hill, passed away two years ago.

His wife, Shelley, said that he loved the outdoors and hunting and fishing. He loved Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

"His love is all over the park. He loved to be here. He loved the people he worked with," Shelley Johnson said.

Saturday, May 31, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

A lone bumblebee collects pollen from an azalea bush Wednesday afternoon between rain showers.

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Jordan Reabold/Times News Anthony's Barber Shop on South Third Street in Lehighton offers a variety of cuts for all ages.

A new barber shop has opened in Lehighton.

After finishing barber school, Anthony Bekesy took the opportunity to open his own barber shop when Michelle's Hair Salon announced its closing.

"I got my license last spring, and I would rather do my own thing than work for someone else. The opportunity came to open this place, so I took it," Bekesy said.

His business, Anthony's Barber Shop, opened on March 4.

Despite Bekesy's age of 21, opening his first business was not a challenge, and the shop has been doing well.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

There was a public hearing among all the CJER townships held at the West End Fire Company on May 1 to consider the adoption of the 2014 Zoning and SALDO amendments, as well as the official map.

At that hearing, all three Eldred Township supervisors were present and voted unanimously for the adoption of the amendment ordinances and official map. The zoning ordinance became Ordinance 2014-1 and the SALDO Ordinance became 2014-2. Additionally, the other three townships adopted their own individual amendments.

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Barry Warner Jr.

Nesquehoning Chief of Police Shawn Smith said he is seeking a second man regarding a suspected meth lab raid in the borough on Thursday.

Smith said police are trying to locate Barry Warner Jr., 33, whose last known address was in Lansford.

According to Smith, Warner no longer lives in Lansford.

"We know he's not there and we're trying to locate him for questioning," said Smith.

No charges are filed against Warner.

He is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Two first-time offenders were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on driving under the influence charges on Thursday by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

If the two successfully complete all conditions of the program, their records will be wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, then they will stand trial on all pending charges. They did not admit guilt in entering the program.

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Pastor Elisandra Garcia of the Coaldale and Summit Hill United Methodist churches recently earned a master of divinity degree from Moravian Theological Seminary, Bethlehem.

Police officers and pastors have a lot in common, according to the Rev. Elisandra Garcia, senior pastor at the Coaldale and Summit Hill United Methodist churches.

Pastor Eli makes that claim based on her personal experience and knowledge, holding a law enforcement degree from Lehigh Career Technical Institute and studying criminal justice at Northampton Community College before answering God's call to the ministry.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a county prison term after previously pleading to a driving under the influence charge, while other defendants charged with drunken driving entered guilty pleas.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II presided.

Barracks' incident

Rebecca Ann Urban, 46, of Lehighton, was sentenced on charges of DUI and driving while under suspension-DUI related.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Social media companies have policies in place for dealing with cyberbullying.

"Facebook does not tolerate bullying or harassment. We allow users to speak freely on matters and people of public interest, but take action on all reports of abusive behavior directed at private individuals," said spokesman Matt Steinfeld.

Among Facebook's rules are that "you may not credibly threaten others, or organize acts of real-world violence."

Saturday, May 31, 2014

At the Eldred Township May meeting, Vice Chairman Mary Ann Clausen announced that Supervisor and secretary Sharon Solt has been appointed to the Monroe County Planning Commission Executive Board to represent the township and the West End municipalities.

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