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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Rebecca Bailey, holding Paulie, a 6-month-old black and brown chihuahua, was sworn in as the second animal cruelty officer in Carbon County recently.

Carbon County has a second animal cruelty officer to help abused and neglected animals.

Earlier this month, Rebecca Bailey was sworn in by President Judge Roger Nanovic as an animal cruelty officer through Carbon County Friends of Animals, who petitioned the court on her behalf.

Bailey had completed two weeks of training, including learning about animal husbandry, animal cruelty laws, investigations and more.

Her love of animals started when she was a child.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area School District has met Adequate Yearly Progress in the 2010-11 school year. Pictured are (l-r) Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction, Carol Boyce, superintendent, Kathy Egan, principal, high school, Mary Brumbach, principal, S.S. Palmer Elementary/Parkside Education Center, and Christine Steigerwalt, principal, Towamensing Elementary.

In what has become a customary trend, Palmerton Area School District has met the academic barometer by which it's measured.

Sherrie Fenner, director of curriculum and instruction, recently announced that the district has met Adequate Yearly Progress in the 2010-11 school year.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Roads throughout our area this morning were hit with a quick freeze as warmer temperatures last night melted snow, while a burst of colder weather this morning made roads throughout our area very dangerous. In addition to multiple accidents, there were many reports of dangerous road conditions. Pictured is a PennDOT truck laying salt down on SR54 this morning. Two accidents this morning in Schuylkill and Carbon counties on SR54 were accredited to icy road conditions and unsafe driving.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, St. Joseph and Davis streets, Southside Easton, will present the American Choral Festival featuring the music of Zoltan Kodaly, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, presented by the Singing Boys of Pennsylvania and Keystone Girls Choir. Soloists Michael Yasenchok and Dymtro Terleckj will perform. Organist is Dr. Pauline Fox.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Carbon County Democrats for Change (CCDC) will hold their January meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, 24 Broadway.

Tim Potts, co-founder of Democracy Rising PA, will be the guest speaker. Democracy Rising PA is a non-partisan organization, which works for "integrity, value, transparency, and citizen confidence in government."

A State of the Union Viewing Party will follow the meeting.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Emergency responders were called to the 200 block of Mahanoy Avenue (SR54) in Hometown around 6:45 this morning after the driver, Michael Ulinitz Jr., of a blue Dodge Ram truck, who was driving east, lost control on icy roads and flipped his vehicle near the intersection of Kahler Avenue. Emergency personnel were seen slipping on the ice. Responding were Rush Township Police, Tamaqua Rescue, Rush Township Fire Company, Quakake Fire Company and others. Rush Township Fire Police closed that part of SR54 while PennDOT workers laid salt.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Three Summit Hill youngsters – Glacie Heintzelman, age 5, front, Morgan Delvillaggio, back left, and Cassie Deifer, 11, – found the sleighing excellent this past weekend on the hill behind St. Joseph's Church.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Criminal charges were dismissed against seven defendants for various reasons by Schuylkill County District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon in the Schuylkill County Court. Noon filed petitions to nolle pros the charges and President Judge William E. Baldwin granted the motion and cleared the record against the following:

Mi Duk Park, 47, Philadelphia, charged with prostitution by the district attorney's office. Noon reported Park was deported to South Korea by Immigration Justice Andrew Arthur last November and since the charge was a misdeanor the motion to nolle pros was requested.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

After several months of planning and preparation culminating in two bids from fire equipment manufacturers, Mahoning Township supervisors, at the recommendation of a committee of the fire company and township fire chief Mark Ebbert, unanimously agreed to contract Nesquehoning based KME-Kovatch Organization to build their custom pumper for an amount of $467,217.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Neal Ebbert, left, is congratulated on his appointment as new chief of police in Lehighton by Grant Hunsicker, center, president of Lehighton Borough Council. Looking on is Mayor Donald Rehrig.

Lehighton borough has a new chief of police.

Veteran police officer Neal Ebbert assumed the duties effective Jan. 8.

He succeeds Matthew Bender as the chief. Bender stepped down from the position on March 1, 2010. He remains a patrolman with the police department.

Since Bender left the position, Sgt. Joseph Lawrence had been serving as acting chief of police.

The borough council opened applications up to the Lehighton Police Department for the chief's position. Several officers applied, along with Ebbert.