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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Newly-minted Eagle Scout Calen Foose of Andreas with his many merit badges, leadership and Order of the Arrow awards and project book.

Children who visit the Carbon County Environmental Education Center can now enjoy the sweet freedom of playing in the woods, thanks to Eagle Scout Calen Foose of Andreas.

Foose, 18 and a senior at Tamaqua Area High School, created a natural outdoor adventure area at the center as his Eagle Scout project.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Attorney General Linda Kelly urges consumers to be watchful for door-to-door home improvement contractors offering roofing, paving and other services.

Kelly said that during the warmer months of spring and summer the Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection sees an increase in "traveling contractor" complaints from consumers across Pennsylvania.

Monday, August 22, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Sierra Bauer, 7, of Summit Hill, plays with some of the kittens that were available for adoption at Cats Peek Rescue during the Rockin' Rescue event held at the Lehighton Park on Saturday.

Animal rescue supporters came out Saturday to the downtown Lehighton Park to champion their cause of stopping abuse and abandonment of animals.

Donna Crum, organizer, said that the event was held to give the public the information they need to when it comes to animals.

"We offer education and resources," she said. "Our resources include information on low cost spay and neuter programs, feral cats, adoptions and shelters and rescues.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Mahoning Township supervisors granted changes to the Lowe's building plan to allow for the removal of two light standards and curbing that was on the plan but actually was placed on the neighboring property of Edgar Steigerwalt. The changes were granted by a 4-0 vote, but not before a first motion by Supervisor George Stawnyczyj to link the approval of the changes to the establishment of an escrow account for the maintenance of the traffic light at the intersection of the Lowe's store failed on a 1-3 vote with the other supervisors voting down the motion.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Seven area residents were among 24 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges recently in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes as follows:

Lee F. Dermo, 26, of 29 Mush Dahl Road, New Ringgold, pleaded guilty to two charges of indecent assault and was ordered to submit to an evaluation through the state's sexual offenders assessment board and his sentence was deferred pending the evaluation.

He was also ordered not to have any contact with the victim or the victim's family. Dermo was cited by Mahanoy City Lt. John Kaczmarczyk.

Monday, August 22, 2011

In order to get the year started in an organized fashion, an orientation program has been scheduled for all freshmen in the Jim Thorpe Area School District.

This program will take place on Wednesday, August 24.

Students are to report to the auditorium by 1 p.m. The purpose of this orientation program is to begin developing a sense of school community and to familiarize students with the school's operating procedures.

Monday, August 22, 2011

READING, Pa. (AP) – The father of a man who died in a shootout that also killed a sheriff's deputy in eastern Pennsylvania is one of three people charged with having illegally supplied weapons to his son.

Authorities in Berks County say they were trying to arrest 25-year-old Matthew Connor on burglary and weapons offenses on June 29 when he fled an Albany Township home into the woods and fired at police with an AK-47 assault rifle. He and 28-year-old deputy sheriff Kyle Pagerly were killed in the exchange of gunfire. Police said family members later found a suicide note.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Those wishing to provide assistance to the Betty Kester Alliance for a Healthy Future, a new 501(c) 3 named for the woman who led the early charge in the fight against polycythemia vera, a rare blood disease impacting residents in the tri-county region, may contact organizer Joe Murphy, Hometown, at (570) 668-9009. or via email: jmmurph@verizon.net.

Monday, August 22, 2011

School buses are returning to Pennsylvania roadways, prompting a reminder from PennDOT for motorists to watch out for buses and students headed to and from school.

"With students distracted by the start of a new school year, it is all too easy for them to make a mistake and dart into traffic," said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch, P.E. "So that everyone can make it safely to their destination, motorists are reminded to pay attention to students as they board and exit buses, and to obey traffic laws regarding school buses and school zones."

Monday, August 22, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS This stretch of road is where a Slatington man was found dead early Saturday morning.

The body of a Slatington man was found in the middle of SR873 in Washington Township Saturday morning, and the man found kneeling over him has been charged with homicide.

Bryan Kanu Mayes, 31, was found dead about 1:10 a.m. when a Slatington police officer responded to the area after a 9-1-1 call was received.

He found Mayes dead along the road, about a half mile from the borough line.

State police at Bethlehem, who are in charge of the investigation, arrested Robert Charles Sloss, 26, of Pottstown, Montgomery County.