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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Cutting a ribbon at the recent re-opening of Tamaqua's Owl Creek dams are, front row from left, volunteer Robert Reed, Tamaqua Councilman John Trudich, state Sen. Dave Argall, state Rep. Jerry Knowles, Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison, Tamaqua Councilman Tom Cara and Tamaqua Borough Council President Micah Gursky. Back, project manager Jennifer Kowalonek with Alfred Benesch & Company, OCRC President Tom Banditelli, Benesch Senior Vice President Eli Peleschak and Tamaqua Councilmen Dan Evans and Dave Mace. The story and photos appeared in Monday's TIMES NEWS.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Friends, co-workers and family of Lori (Strohl) Zerbe, Lehighton, will be hosting a fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Emmanuel UCC Church. 819, Hamilton St., Bowmanstown.

There will be homemade food, baked goods, a 50/50 raffle, 31 calendars, and a Chinese auction featuring gift certificates and theme baskets. Food will be available to eat in or take out.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Kidder Township Police have arrested the following individuals as a result of a 10-month prescription drug investigation that stemmed from a burglary in Lake Harmony on Sept. 12, 2012:

Ÿ Jesse Boyd, 32, of Grover, Mo.

Ÿ Jessica Boyd, 35, of Grover, Mo.

Ÿ Joshua Faber, 31, from Illinois

Ÿ James Bradley Huff, 33, from White Haven

Police said when confronted, Huff stated he would receive text messages from Jesse Boyd, Jessica Boyd or Faber requesting Oxycodone.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Carbon Chamber and Economic Development is hosting a joint "Back to Business" mixer with the Hazleton Chamber from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29 at Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St., Weatherly. There will be live music, light fare and beverages.

To register, contact Heather McClure at hmcclure@carboncountychamber.org or call (610) 379-5000.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

HARRISBURG The chairmen of the Senate Urban Affairs & Housing Committee are working to build bipartisan support for a bill that would eliminate school property taxes.

Sen. David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Senator Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny) chair the committee with oversight of issues impacting housing across the state.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is looking for drawings.

The Get Smart program wants to make sure children know the importance of washing their hands. To help reinforce good hygiene, the Kids' Hangout's Annual Drawing Competition is looking for children up to age 8 to draw a picture illustrating "why it's important to wash, scrub, swish and rub our hands clean."

The winning child or children will receive a prize and his or her drawing will be displayed on the Know When to Say No website.

Drawings can be of anything that shows the importance of washing hands.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Palmerton Area School District has picked up 17 additional special education students for this coming school year.

District business manager Diane Serfass apprised the school board of the situation on Tuesday. The first day of school for students is Aug. 26.

"Right now, we only have one of the 17 that will go to another district," Serfass said. "The rest should be able to stay here."

Also as part of her report, Serfass announced that the district will be refunded $112,767 for special education services from the IU.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A Carbon County man and woman, charged with plotting to kill his grandmother, pleaded guilty in the county court on Tuesday and are facing state prison terms at the time of sentencing.

Amber Lynn Steigerwalt, 20, and Jacob Gordon Wertman, 24, both of Lehighton, entered pleas before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Steigerwalt pleaded to one count of aggravated assault for her part in the Sept. 24, 2012, incident in East Penn Township.

Wertman pleaded to one count of criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated assault for his part in the plot to kill his grandmother.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Nine defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas from the following:

Brett Rodriguez, 34, of Lansford, pleaded to count of simple assault.

He was arrested on June 22 when Lansford police were dispatched to a domestic incident in the area of 343 W. Kline Ave.

Police said Rodriguez assaulted his girlfriend, Felicia Heffelfinger. Rodriguez said the two still have a relationship.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS West End Rotary Club members Marge Myler, left, and Joanie Loveless make the West End Fair more accessible by providing wheelchairs to fairgoers.

The West End Rotary Club will once again provide wheelchairs at the West End Fair, Aug. 25-31 at the fairgrounds in Gilbert. The Rotary booth is located inside the gate to the left of the main entrance.

Both conventional and motorized chairs will be available. A suggested donation of $5 for the first four hours and $2 an hour thereafter will help fund nonprofit activities in the community. Guests are asked to leave a driver's license or other photo ID and a cell phone number in case they are late in returning the chairs.