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Friday, October 24, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Remediation continues at the former New Jersey Zinc west plant.

Carbon County officials are concerned about a higher concentration of regulated fill being allowed to be used at a Superfund site in Palmerton.

On Thursday, Commissioner William O'Gurek said the county received permit application informational documents for the remediation project at the 120-acre former New Jersey Zinc west plant.

The project is being completed by Phase III Environmental of Lehighton.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Carbon County is looking to save money on its light bill.

On Thursday, the county commissioners voted to advertise for bids for the installation of lighting retrofit equipment in the courthouse, courthouse annex, 76 Susquehanna St. building and the county prison in Nesquehoning.

The cost of the project is estimated to be over $100,000, which will be covered through two Northeast Pennsylvania Alliance grants and county matching funds.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Pocono Medical Center is offering free events to help keep people healthy.

Ÿ An oral cancer screening will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Valerie M. Hodge Memorial Dental Center, 175 East Brown St., Building 2, Suite 114, East Stroudsburg.

The screening is for those age 18 and older with no history of oral cancer or precancerous conditions. Registration is required. Call 570-476-3750 to register through Thursday.

Friday, October 24, 2014
 DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

A drop in temperature early this week brought fall colors to their peak, as evidenced by this quiet scene at Locust Lake in Barnesville. Submit your fall foliage images to our photo gallery at tnonline.com/contact/photos by Oct. 29 and you'll be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate for ice cream at Claude's Creamery, Palmerton. Ice cream adds just the right flavor to any season. See reader submitted photos in our gallery at tnonline.com

Friday, October 24, 2014

Probation/parole revocation hearings were conduct by Carbon County judges on petitions filed by the adult probation office against defendants for violating the terms of their release.

Lorene Rice, 38, of Palmerton, had her probation revoked on a retail theft charge on a petition filed by probation officer Kimberly Cooper for violating the terms of her release by being arrested by Palmerton police for another retail theft. At the time she was also on probation for another retail theft.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday made a number of personnel moves.

In 911/Communications: Stephen Oravitz, Frackville; Vaughn Shuman, Pottsville; and Thomas Villella, Saint Clair, were hired as telecommunicator 3 trainees at $12.84 an hour.

Election Bureau: Reclassified clerk 1 Christine Marmas, New Philadelphia, to clerk typist 1 at $13.31 an hour. The clerk 1 job will be eliminated.

Drug & Alcohol agency: Created the job of case management specialist as of Nov. 1. The salary has yet to be decided.

Friday, October 24, 2014
LARRY NEFF/TIMES NEWS  Palmerton Police, along with police from throughout Carbon county as well as well-armed state troopers, searched a heavily wooded area behind 769 Edgemont Ave. in Palmerton Wednesday morning in search of a Palmerton man and Lehighton female.

A Palmerton man has been arrested, while a Lehighton woman remains at large following a search Wednesday morning that also involved various police from Carbon County and state police personnel.

Borough patrolman Shawn Leadbetter said that at 10 a.m., police spotted James Smiley, 42, of Palmerton, and Michelle Kobal, 44, of Lehighton, both of whom have active warrants out for their arrest from the county probation department.

At that time, Leadbetter said Smiley and Kobal proceeded to take off by foot into a wooded area behind 769 Edgemont Ave.

Friday, October 24, 2014
Special to the Times News Jim Thorpe Community Watch program awards were handed out during a ceremony on Oct. 16. Pictured, back row from left: Jim Thorpe Borough Police Chief Joseph Schatz, Jim Thorpe Borough Police officer Eric Schrantz, Bill Solomon and Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko. Front row, from left: Rita O'Donnell, Sara Solt, Gary Solt, Jamie Solomon, Tammy Lombardo and Phyllis Lienhard. Not pictured are Bernadette McGinley, Greg Strubinger, Jim Gallagher and Margaret Dougherty.

The Jim Thorpe Community Watch program honored many of its members during an awards ceremony last week.

Program coordinator Jamie Solomon said certificates were handed out to the 26 Halloween in the Park committee workers, and also 10 members who went beyond the call of duty.

"This is a special night for our group," Solomon said. "We have a lot of individuals who show extra concern, support and a love for their town."

Solomon herself received a surprise award from Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko and Borough Police Chief Joseph Schatz.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission says electric distribution companies should ask customers every three years to review the information given to electric generation suppliers.

Companies maintain an eligible customer list that contains customer information such as historic usage, telephone numbers and addresses.

The companies then provide that list to suppliers. Customers can contact their electric company at any time to restrict the information being provided to the suppliers.

Friday, October 24, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Two people were injured Friday morning when they were involved in a crash along Route 54 in Nesquehoning. The crash occurred around 9:30 a.m. near the intersection with Park Avenue and Stock Street (Route 54). Police report Wes Hurley of Jim Thorpe was traveling east when he lost control of the vehicle while entering into the right berm, where his car impacted and snapped off a utility pole. Hurley and his passenger were both transported to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale. Route 54 was closed for approximately an hour.