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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Charges against a Palmerton man accused of the indecent assault of a child have been bound over for court.

Joseph Bauer Jr, 70, of Palmerton, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Instead, Bauer waived his right to a hearing, and will appear before the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas on Jan. 30 for a pretrial status conference.

Bauer has been charged with two counts of indecent assault, and one count of corruption of minors.

He remains free on $75,000 unsecured bail.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Country Inn and Suites collected $928 and lots of food and toys during the ninth annual Christmas in the Country event held Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 at the hotel. The collection benefits the Blue Ridge Food and Toy Drive, coordinated by the Carbon Mountaineers Marine Corps League Detachment 996. Coordinating the collection event were Caitlin Swartz, left and Roseann Lesher, owner. Nick Hawkey, commandant of the MCL, front, played Santa Claus and also coordinates the food and toy drive which benefits disadvantaged families in Carbon County.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Silver Ridge Hunting Club, Weatherly, will meet at 7 p.m., Dec. 16 at the clubhouse.

The reason for the meeting is to discuss the 2014 budget. For any questions, members can call the clubhouse at 570-427-4910.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The death of a 19-year-old teen is being investigated by the PoconoMountain Regional police and the Monroe County district attorney's office.

On Sunday, Dec. 8, police were informed by officials at the Geisinger Wyoming Medical Center, Plains Township, that Chen "Michael" Deng, was brought to the facilityby friends earlier in the morning. Upon arrival Deng was found to be unresponsive and in critical condition.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Weatherly Area School District has a number of potentially costly expenses coming up, but a salary increase for the superintendent isn't one of them.

District Superintendent Thomas McLaughlin asked the board of education on Wednesday to consider freezing his salary for the remainder of the current school term.

McLaughlin said requesting the freeze was his own idea and it's completely voluntary.

"I think it's best with what the district has to address in the near future," McLaughlin said of his request.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Polk Elementary School's beginning started in 1912 with the building of a frame two-room structure for high school students in Polk Township, Kresgeville. Its principal was John H. Kunkle.

Ÿ In 1922, three students graduated.

Ÿ In 1926 it became a four-year high school with three teachers.

Ÿ In 1928, Sebastian S. Kresge (founder of K-Mart) donated $25,000 to build a new brick consolidated school. Students commuted, furnishing their own transportation.

Ÿ In 1931, seventh and eighth grades were added.

Ÿ In 1956, largest graduating class with 33.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

This Christmas season we'd like to highlight our angels in the region.

We're looking for those people who give selflessly to help others. We're looking for special people who work tirelessly to help others but don't often get recognized because they are not presidents of organizations or business leaders. They are regular people who do extraordinary things to help others.

Have someone in mind? Tell us about the person.

Send nominations to or call Marta Gouger at 610-377-2051, ext. 3141.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

West Penn Township Fire Company No. 1 held its Annual Toys For Tots collection drive this past Sunday at the fire hall. Santa and Mrs. Claus had a lot of volunteer helpers as they collected toys and visited with the children in attendance. All of the toys collected will be donated to the Marine Corps League's Toys For Tots program and will be distributed locally.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Salvation Army helps many in-need families, using its Red Kettle collections to do so. The Lions is an international organization also involved in helping those in need. On the local level, several

members of the Western Pocono Lions Club helped the Salvation Army man the kettle at Kinsley's Shop Rite Market in Brodheadsville as compassionate shoppers helped fill the red kettle. Among Lions donating their time to receive donations for the Salvation Army were Linda and Jeff Hinton of Saylorsburg.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Lansford Zoning Board on Tuesday granted a variance for construction of a pole building at this empty lot along Patterson Street. The building will house American Fire Co. #1.

Plans for a new home for Lansford volunteer firefighters took a leap forward following a public hearing late Tuesday at Lansford Borough Hall, 1 W. Ridge St.

After in-depth review of a variance request, members of the borough zoning board gave the OK to American Fire Co. #1 for a 70-foot. x 95-foot. pole building to be constructed on an empty lot at 26 E. Patterson St., US209.

The vacant lot was created in May of this year when a 1906 building housing the borough hall and fire station was razed.