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Monday, July 30, 2012

In a move aimed at securing the 55-acre former Packerton Yards area of Mahoning Township for its proposed county prison, the Carbon County Board of Commissioners authorized its solicitor to prepare a resolution of intent to condemn the land. The land is owned by Joseph and Elizabeth Zaprazny, New Ringgold R. 2, who commissioner Dean D. W. DeLong said at one time offered to sell the land to the county for an undisclosed price.

Monday, July 30, 2012

A former district attorney of Schuylkill County, who lost his bid for judgeship in the 2011 election, has filed a civil suit in Schuylkill County court against a political consultant and seeks damages in excess of $20,000.

The action was started by Claude A.L. Shields, 1940 West Norwegian St., Pottsville, and the Committee to Elect Cal Shields for Judge against Bob Caruso, 1037 Willow Street, rear, Wilkes-Barre.

Monday, July 30, 2012

A retired Lehighton Area School District principal will be filling in for her counterpart in Panther Valley.

Former Franklin Elementary School Principal Gloria Bowman, who retired from her job as Lehighton Area School District's director of curriculum, instruction and grant writing in 2010, was hired Thursday as interim principal at Panther Valley Elementary School from Aug. 6 through Sept. 6. She'll be paid $260.23 a day.

Bowman, who worked for Lehighton for 36 years, will substitute for Panther Valley Elementary School Principal William Lombardo, who is out on sick leave.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua, welcomed three new members through the Rite of Confirmation, including Angelique M. Coughlin, Jade A. Pradel and Alexa R. Hromyak.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Join Hank Macuch, retired Police K-9 handler, for an evening of laughs and entertainment at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Locust Lake camp store field. Macuch is a retired Police K-9 handler from the Hazleton City Police Department in Pennsylvania. Macuch is a certified master trainer and licensed judge with the Pennsylvania K-9 Association and he has been breeding German Shepherds since 1978. Hank provides the dogs as companions, personal protection, executive protection, police patrol, narcotics/explosives detection, as well as search and rescue training.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Naturalist Robin Tracey will lead a lake view trail hike on the Crow and Lake View trails on Tuesday, July 31, at 9:30 p.m.

The hike is 5.5 miles in length and moderate in difficulty. The trails cross over two creeks and run parallel to the lake. Tracey said the hike gives a spectacular view of the dam.

Participants will meet in the Crow Trail parking lot off Tuscarora Mountain Road.

Call Tracey at 570-467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information or weather conditions.

Monday, July 30, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Portraying the mayor of Mauch Chunk, Bob Stevenson, front, welcomes famous author Charles Dickens played by Jack Gunser, rear, to town in November of 1867. The reenactment was part of Jim Thorpe's recent Christmas in July Celebration.

On a hot and humid summer day, Christmas in July was recently celebrated in the town of Jim Thorpe topped off with the 200th birthday celebration of Charles Dickens.

Historian Jack Gunser entertained the crowd as Dickens, reenacting the famous author's visit to the town of Mauch Chunk in November of 1867.

Concluding his informative presentation at Dimmick Memorial Library, Gunser quoted Dickens' "Nicholas Nickleby."

"The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again."

Monday, July 30, 2012

Members of the Tuscarora Fire Company held their annual apparatus parade on Saturday. The parade route stretched through Tuscarora, Mary D, Brockton and other areas. Approximately 30 fire trucks took part in the parade. Right, a special use vehicle belonging to the Mount Carbon Fire Company, North Manheim Township, travels through the valleys of Eastern Schuylkill County during the parade.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Four area residents were among 16 who were recommended by District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon to be placed in the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program, which is a special program reserved for first offenders who committed a non-violent crime. If they successfully complete the program their record is cleared. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Judge John E. Domalakes admitted the following, for for year year, unless otherwise noted:

Monday, July 30, 2012

Coaldale police are studying videotapes of two males spray painting gang signs and vulgarities on cars, garage doors and Christ the Redeemer Church in the borough.

The boys defaced the cars and buildings between 1-1:30 a.m. Saturday, said Police Chief Tim Delaney.

Most of the cars were on East Phillips Street; two of the cars were on Howard Avenue. The church is on Third Street.

Delaney said the videotape is being enhanced to better identify the boys.

Anyone with information on the vandalism is asked to call police at (570) 645-3060.