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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Slatington man is headed to court after he fought officers as they attempted to arrest him for drunken driving.

John Breneman Jr. 39, has been charged with terroristic threats, simple assault, drunken driving, fleeing or attempting to elude police, resisting arrest, and harassment.

He was arraigned before District Judge Michael D'Amore, of Allentown, on Sunday, and sent to Lehigh County Prison under $75,000 bail.

Breneman is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 15. at the Lehigh County Courthouse.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Over $30,000 worth of copper wire was stolen from a Slatington area slate company.

State Police at Bethlehem said at least 3,000 ton was taken from Penn Big Bed Slate Co, 8450 Brown Street, Washington Township.

The heist occurred sometime between the hours of 4:30 a.m. Sept. 21, to 12 p.m. Sept. 22, state police said.

At that time, the burglar or burglars broke through a locked gate and entered the quarry, at which time they used a forklift to remove the copper wire, and then fled the scene.

The company estimated that between 3,000 to 4,000 pounds was stolen.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS At Tuesday's school board workshop, Mike Hromyak, Tamaqua Area School District athletic director, discussed plans for special celebrations for the next three weeks at the Tamaqua Area Sports Stadium as the undefeated Blue Raiders football team closes out the regular season with three home games in a row.

Football fever is running high in the Tamaqua Area School District where an undefeated varsity football team is heading into a stretch of three home games to close out the regular season.

The district announced Tuesday that plans are underway to showcase something special at each game.

Special activities are being formulated as the Tamaqua area community rallies in support of the Blue Raiders, the team standing alone atop the Anthracite Football League.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Bill Allison introduces a series of five programs to fourth-grade students at the Penn Kidder school. The first program began with the origins of coal.

This week, fourth-grade students at L.B. Morris and Penn Kidder schools in the Jim Thorpe Area School District are learning about their local history from local historians.

For the week of Oct. 8-12, members of the Mauch Chunk Historical Society and the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center are giving presentations at the two schools, and on Friday, are taking the students on a field trip to view the Lehigh Canal system at Weissport.

The idea for the program began with Bill Allison.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Two Allentown real estate firms received hearings before the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board at the courthouse in Pottsville on appeals filed to reduce assessments on properties they purchased in Schuylkill County.

The board handed down its decisions as follows:

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The members of the Nesquehoning Woman's Club welcomed "Sy and I" as the monthly entertainment to their meeting for the month of October. Judy Greg introduced her friend Sy and they performed several musical duets for the club. The group voted to participate in the Jim Thorpe Lioness's Fashion Show in the spring. The next executive board will be held at the home of Pat Sasserath on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. The regular meeting is scheduled for Nov. 5 with Joseph Paluck. Reservations are being accepted by Jane Pietruch for the Christmas dinner at DiMaggio's in Tamaqua on Dec. 3.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Thursday, Oct. 11 is National Depression Screening Day. You can receive free screening and assessment at the Pocono Medical Center Learning Institute on Storm St., Stroudsburg. You can walk in any time between 1-5 p.m. for totally anonymous and confidential screening.

Dr. Robert E. Morrow will be speaking at 2 and 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Randolph "Randy" Rabenold

Randolph "Randy" Rabenold, a school teacher for 36 years, was named grand marshal for the 42nd annual Lehighton Area Halloween Parade.

The parade will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. The rain date is 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

Julie Harris, chairman of the Lehighton Area Halloween Parade Committee, said the parade normally is held in the evening but the time was changed because of a conflicting community event.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

After nearly two years, a suit against the owners of a Lower Towamensing Township business has been dropped.

On a 2-0 vote Tuesday, the township's board of supervisors agreed to withdraw the suit that was filed against Ronald Gilbert and Carol Withers, the owners of the Covered Bridge Inn, Kunkletown. Supervisors Chairman Ron Walbert was absent.

Township solicitor Jim Nanovic said that in the past, Gilbert and Withers "had not followed the state's uniform construction code."

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Longtime Coaldale Borough Secretary-Treasurer Louise Lill on Tuesday announced her impending retirement.

Lill, who has worked for the borough for 11 years, will retire effective Nov. 30. However, after thanking council for a good decade-plus, she offered to remain available to help train her successor and to wrap up any open projects.

Council reluctantly accepted her retirement, with Councilman Joe Hnat moving to accept the action "with regret," and Councilwoman Nancy Lorchak symbolically declining to accept it at all.