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Saturday, May 25, 2013

More financial woes face Schuylkill County as the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is pressing the county Prison Board to take immediate action to alleviate the overcrowding in the prison, while the state bureau reviews the plan submitted by the prison board to construct a building on the recreation area grounds inside the prison walls to house about 50 prisoners.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Nine people were sentenced recently in Schuylkill County court on criminal charges: They were:

Stephen Barrett, 40, pleaded guilty to a charge of simple assault on Brian Correll at the Hang Loose Bar in Tamaqua, and was sentenced by Judge James P. Goodman to serve 30 days to 23 months in the county prison, pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund, and make restitution of $11,083.68 to the victim. Barrett was cited by Patrolman Anthony Stanell.

Saturday, May 25, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Eighty kids participated in the Andrea's Sporting Club's annual fishing derby recently at the club's pond. The event was held for children 15 and under. "The turnout was great," said President Jim Knappenberger. "The event gets better every year."

Kim Deem, field captain, expressed the club's appreciation to the Sportsman Rod and Gun Club and area community members for their support and yearly sponsorship of the derby. In addition to many prizes, children received free hot dogs and drinks. The biggest fish will be mounted free of charge by Hill's Wildlife Taxidermy.

Saturday, May 25, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Palmerton Area High School Class of 2013 recognized by borough council on Thursday with a resolution for their levels of activities and achievements were (l-r) Brianna Bush, Laurel Seemiller, Tyler Snyder, Amy Hudock, Courtney Getz and Erika Hudock. Pictured behind them are council President Terry Costenbader and council Vice President Jason Behler.

Their level of activities and achievements is off the charts.

But, rest assured, the six Palmerton Area High School students celebrated by Borough Council on Thursday are far from one-hit wonders.

Accompanied by their parents, seniors Brianna Bush, Amy Hudock, Erika Hudock, Tyler Snyder, Laurel Seemiller and Courtney Getz were recognized with a resolution for their activities and achievements.

Saturday, May 25, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Lightning was determined to be the cause of this fire at 22-24 East Centre Street in Mahanoy City on Thursday.

The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal at the Frackville Barracks has determined lightning to be the cause of Thursday night's downtown fire at 22-24 East Centre Street, Mahanoy City.

The full fire story and photos appeared in yesterday's TIMES NEWS.

In addition to seeing a bright light, neighbors reported hearing and feeling a loud bang at the same time a few minutes before the fire.

Saturday, May 25, 2013
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Attorney Eric M. Mika, CELA, gave a presentation at MapleShade Meadows Assisted Living Center, Nesquehoning. Mika spoke about elder law, power of attorney and living wills. Mika has an office on Broad Street in Tamaqua.

Attending the breakfast were representatives of area nursing homes and Blue Mountain Hospital System.

Shown rom left are Mika, Maple Shade Executive Director Melanie Goodman, and Director of Marketing and Admissions Jennifer Drake.

Saturday, May 25, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School District Board of Education Director Dave Krause, left, is recognized with an award "in appreciation for seven years of dedicated service" during the recent School Board Conference hosted by Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21. The award is presented by CLIU Executive Director Dr. Elaine Eib.

During the recent School Board Conference hosted by Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21, Dave Krause was recognized with an award in appreciation for seven years of dedicated service as a director on the Lehighton Area School District Board of Education.

"Despite the many hours of work involved, it is very rewarding to serve the community to help children learn and see that our tax dollars are managed wisely," said Krause.

CLIU Executive Director Dr. Elaine Eib presented the award to Krause at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Homemade methamphetamine labs can poison or burn the people using them or being around them. But they can also wreak havoc with the well-being of the firefighters, police and ambulance crews who respond when the labs explode or when law enforcement authorities raid the homes that harbor them.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Fourteen motorists, including five from this area, who entered guilty pleas in Schuylkill County Court to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs were placed in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP), which specifies long probation.

President Judge William E. Baldwin sentenced the following:

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Animal carcasses continue to turn up at a recreational facility in Palmerton's west end.

Councilwoman Holly Sell informed Borough Council on Thursday of the situation that currently exists at the West End Recreation Area.

Sell said the matter has resulted in "ongoing problems."

"There's gun shots going on, dead animals being found there," Sell said. "The police have been informed, and the Game Commission has also been informed."