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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Joseph Perilli of Summit Hill was sworn in as a full-time Assistant District Attorney by Judge Joseph Matika Monday morning at the Carbon County Courthouse. Holding the Bible for their father are Mia, 8, and Antonio, 11.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Twelve first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Monday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, then 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.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
 Frable

By TERRY AHNER

tahner@tnonline.com

Lehighton is in the hunt for a new fire chief after its incumbent announced his intent to resign from the post.

On a unanimous measure, borough council agreed on Monday to advertise for the position, despite the fact it has not received a letter of resignation from borough Fire Chief Gary Frable.

Council agreed to the measure, at which time it said it would accept letters and resumes to fill the position.

"We're looking for leadership," said Councilman Scott Rehrig.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Holiday Homecoming Chorus of Palmerton has staged its next appearance.

Back by popular demand, the band will perform at the second annual Christmas in the Park event in Palmerton.

Christmas in the Park will be held Dec. 6 in the borough park. The band's performance will precede the lighting of the trees.

Practices are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. Nov. 23 and 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at First United Church of Christ, 457 Delaware Ave., Palmerton.

Joe Plechavy will direct the chorus and extends a warm invitation to anyone who would like to sing with the group.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The final phase of the cleanup of the former McAdoo Associates Toxic Waste site in Kline Township is well underway.

Equipment was moved onto the site and workmen for Clean Sites Inc. of Alexandria, Virginia, began the removal of a 15,000-gallon storage tank located at the far northeast corner of the site.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Patrolman Corey Herring wants his job back in Rush Township.

In December, Rush Township supervisors had announced that they were eliminating two full-time positions: a secretary and a police officer.

Chairman Shawn Gilbert and Vice Chairman Robert Leibensperger voted for the move, while supervisor Jeanine Motroni voted against it. When the supervisors reorganized in January, they voted to let Herring go, keeping Sgt. Duane Frederick and officer Adam Sinton as full-time officers.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Harold Moseley, 69, spent the last 21 years fixing up his Tamaqua house. But a devastating blaze that ripped through his block three years ago has caused worry, heartache and financial strain.

Harold Moseley thanked his lucky stars when a raging fire that destroyed most of his block stopped short of his house.

But three years later, he's beginning to realize his house wasn't actually spared.

In fact, his dream of living in a warm, cozy home in his retirement years appears to have gone up in smoke.

The blaze is still affecting the property left along the east side of South Lehigh Street in Tamaqua.

"What would my house be worth if I tried to sell it," asks Moseley, 69.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lehighton Area School District board members passed three funding mechanisms Monday night expected to cover renovations to its middle and high schools.

Approved, each by a 9-0 vote, were authorizations to issue $8.45 million in Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, close on a $10 million bank loan and issue up to $5 million in bank bonds.

Lehighton received a portion of $26.89 million made available by the U.S. Department of Treasury for the most recent round of QZAB funding.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Carbon County man pleaded guilty in the county court to one count of criminal trespass for a Mahoning Township incident.

He was one of five defendants to enter a guilty plea on Monday before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Probation term

Josh Weimar, 21, of Lehighton, pleaded to the trespass count as a felony three for his part in the entry of a residence in Mahoning Township on Feb. 26, 2013.

Weimar was one of three defendants in the case. In a plea agreement, a burglary charge was dropped.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall dinner

St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, will hold a fall dinner at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the auditorium of the church. The meal will follow the 5 p.m. worship service, which will feature the Perseverance Jazz Band.

Reservations are a must to attend the meal, so that the committee can prepare the pork and sauerkraut. A sign-up sheet is located in the back of the church.

Party held