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Friday, May 23, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Sgt. 1st Class Paul A. Shutter, Pennsylvania National Guard, Hometown, will present the main address at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Sky-View Memorial Park's "Salute Our Veterans" ceremony.

Sky-View Memorial Park of Hometown announced that its annual Memorial Day "Salute Our Veterans" service will take place 11:30 a.m. Monday at the cemetery along Route 54.

The salute will include an address by Sgt. 1st Class Paul A. Shutter, Hometown National Guard, and a tribute to Memorial Day and invocation by Chap. Ltc. Jim Greaser, retired.

A gun salute to the honored dead will take place courtesy of members of Isganitis, Heckman, Messerschmidt Post 973, Quakake American Legion, which conducts the service each year. Taps will be played by Jerome Machay.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Eleven first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Thursday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, May 23, 2014
HEATHER DILISSIO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Heidi Muller, left, of Rosengarten-Westheim, Germany, meets her sisters Caryl Valdez, center, of Lehighton and Sheila Valdez of Lansford.

After a night of restless sleep, Sheila Valdez of Lansford awoke Wednesday and groggily took a seat in front of her laptop.

She immediately visited the Lufthansa website to check the status of a flight from Germany to JFK airport in New York. This particular flight contained some very precious cargo.

Friday, May 23, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE Times news

Nancy DaCosta, right, lion tamer for the Penn-Kidder Lions Club, presents checks to representatives of the local Scouts. From left, Carol Teets, Boy Scouts; Sue Urban, Girls Scouts; Daniel Teets, Boy Scouts. Each group received $100 each for their summer programs.

Friday, May 23, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Palmerton 2 team from Palmerton Area High School took first place during the 2014 high school Envirothon recently. Members of Palmerton 2 are, front center on rock, from left, Lauren Campbell, Isaac George and Collin Green. Back center on rock, Gavin Scott and Bruce Hettler. With them are, front, from left, Jeannie Carl, CCEEC naturalist; JeanneKnepper, team adviser; Dave Hawk, Lions Club District 14-U; and Frank Snyder and Lucas Repa, Pennsylvania DCNR, Bureau of Forestry, right. Back, Cory Bentzoni, Pennsylvania Game Commission; and Franklin Klock, CCEEC naturalist.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Students from Marian Catholic High School received awards on May 14 at the Athletic Awards assembly.

Students were recognized for football, track, cross-country, basketball, baseball, volleyball, media, band, silks and softball, cheerleading and golf.

The awards were given by Stan Dakosty, athletic director; as well as their coaches.

Students were recognized with plaques, letters, inserts and certificates.

Friday, May 23, 2014

A Lansford man admitted on Thursday in the county court to having drugs in the county prison.

He was one of six defendants in pending cases involving drug charges to enter a plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Marijuana

George S. Heffelfinger Jr., 39, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance-marijuana.

Friday, May 23, 2014
Kathy Davidson

It's obvious by the look in her eyes that Karen Davidson Koch has been through a lot lately.

The 34-year-old occasionally wipes tears from her cheeks as she sits on her mother's couch in Walnutport and tells her story. But through it all, she remains determined that the focus be on her mother, Kathy Davidson, who lies on a hospital bed in the next room with cancer throughout her body.

"She wants to be at home and be comfortable," Karen said.

Friday, May 23, 2014

A Lehighton man was jailed on Thursday after he appeared at the county courthouse in Jim Thorpe under the influence of alcohol again.

Andrew Anthony Kressler, 65, appeared on the third floor of the courthouse to enter a guilty plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika to a charge of disorderly conduct.

That charge stemmed from a Jan. 17 incident at the courthouse when Kressler appeared at the adult probation office and was under the influence of alcohol. He was jailed and later released on bail.

The charge was filed by the sheriff's department.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Mahoning Township Police have charged a Slatington man with an attempted assault at Walmart.

On Wednesday, police saidan ex-employee identified as Anthony Munoz entered the store with a baseball bat, attempting to attack former co-workers.

Munoz has been charged with criminal attempt-simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 18.