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Thursday, August 15, 2013

A former area high school football star, who had signed to play professional ball, pleaded guilty in Schuylkill County court Wednesday to drunk driving, stemming from an accident in which he and another driver sustained serious injuries.

Phillip Michael Ryan IV, 24, of 402 Hazle St., Tamaqua, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI) of a controlled substance and was sentenced by Judge James P. Goodman to serve one to six months in the county prison with the sentence to begin Friday, Aug. 30, at 9 a.m.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Those members who attended a public meeting Wednesday of Lansford borough council rejected both bids submitted for a pole building to house American Fire Co. No. 1.

New bids will be sought, and council expects to award the work when it meets in September.

With just barely a quorum present, council members Samantha Yasson, Lenny Kovach, Andrew Snyder and President Rosemary Cannon accepted Keystone Consulting Engineers' advice to reject the bids. Council members Danielle Smith, Tommy Vadyak and Mary Soberick were absent.

The bids were opened at 2 p.m. Monday.

Thursday, August 15, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Gina Martens, Vice President, Member Relations for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, discusses the benefit of membership to the GLVCC with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce.

It's the biggest business networking organization in the Lehigh Valley and on every Main Street.

Exactly what types of benefits a membership to the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce entails was shared with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

In July, the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corp merged with the GLVCC to form a partnership that would benefit members across the board, from marketing opportunities to government affairs.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The $2,393.43 awarded Coaldale by a Schuylkill County judge was for work already done, as well as to be done, on a mold-infested house at 132 W. Ridge St.

Thursday, August 15, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS John Bova approaches the entombment site of his father on Wednesday evening to scatter the ashes of his mother during a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Sheppton Mine Disaster.

For survivors David Fellin and Henry "Hank" Throne, there was no sense of joy in being rescued after two weeks' entrapment deep inside the Oneida #2 mine near Sheppton.

That's because one man, Louis Bova, was left behind. He was always on their minds and on the minds of family members.

That was the message Wednesday from Carol Zielinski, Fellin's niece, and Emma Fellin Balko, 91, Fellin's sister and lone remaining sibling.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The market value of the Schuylkill County Employees Retirement Board continues to rise, Controller Christy Joy, who serves as its secretary, reported at the monthly meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville. As of Wednesday the value of the fund reached $114,995,028.63.

Cornerstone Advisors Asset Management serves as the retirement fund custodian and it distributes investments of the fund to 11 financial institutions.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A "Donkey Softball" game is being planned in Summit Hill as an extension of the annual SHCIO festival.

As part of the fun, the committee has decided to seek a "donkey softball queen." The queen will rein over the softball activities and lead the parade.

To be eligible, the gal must be any age between 16 and 60, and need not be a resident of Summit Hill. A sense of humor is certainly a must.

Thursday, August 15, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Reflecting off the surface water of Lake Hauto, these reddish-blue clouds overtake the horizon. Red, orange and pink clouds, which normally occur at sunrise and sunset, are the result of the scattering of sunlight through the atmosphere.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Palmerton Memorial Pool reports that despite the cooler nights, the water temperature is a comfortable 76 degrees.

The last special event day of the season is Sunday. The annual Carnival Day will include free pony rides for kids, free moon bounce, and a dunk tank where you can take a chance to dunk your favorite - or perhaps not so favorite - lifeguard. There will also be a funnel cake stand, along with deep fried Oreos and twinkies.

Daily admission is reduced for all special events throughout the season.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Two Tamaqua area men were among 17 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County Court and were sentenced by Judge James P. Goodman as follows:

Justin E. McArdle, 26, of 426 Arlington St., Tamaqua, two counts of driving under the influence (DUI) of a controlled substance (CS), and was sentenced to serve 18 days to 12 months in the county prison, pay $2,000 in fines, $200 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $100 to Catastrophe fund, $920 to Schuylkill Medical Center (SMC), attend safety school, and perform 20 hours of community service.