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Monday, January 9, 2012

Carbon Career and Technical Institute has welcomed the new Drafting and Design Technology program as well as a pilot program for Spanish in the Workplace into its curriculum this school year.

In the Drafting and Design Technology program, students learn the skills needed to create plans, drawings, and models for designing and constructing buildings and manufactured products. The program focuses on mechanical, architectural, and civil drafting.

Monday, January 9, 2012

A Middleport man's petition to dismiss criminal charges brought against him after a "bush party" incident last June in Kaska, Blythe Township, were denied by Judge John E. Domalakes at a hearing held in the Schuylkill County court.

George Klipola, 38, of 9 Kaska St., Blythe Township, will face charges brought by Trooper Brent D. Spleen, including two counts of aggravated assault and recklessly endangering Cody Carpency and Gavin D. Heim; one count of simple assault with a deadly weapon on David Hoffman; and one count of driving while his operating privileges were suspended.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Penn Forest Township supervisors welcomed Christine A. Fazio as the newest supervisor to the board at their reorganization meeting Tuesday.

Fazio was elected to serve a six-year term, taking the place of acting supervisor Floyd Day, who had filled the remainder of Harry Connolly's term after the death of the veteran official last year.

Supervisor Paul Montemuro was voted to remain chairman. In addition, Montemuro will remain as roadmaster of the township. The roadmasters salary was set for 2012 at $3,900 plus milage and $25 for every road occupancy permit.

Monday, January 9, 2012

A Shenandoah woman was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Union Township on Saturday.

State police at Frackville said the accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. along Aristes Road when Patricia Ann Nork, 36, of Lost Creek, was westbound when she lost control of her vehicle while traveling westbound. The vehicle went onto the south berm where it struck a tree with its rear end.

After impacting the tree, the vehicle struck another tree and a barn on the passenger side. The vehicle came to rest off the south side of the road against a tree.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Eric Wilmot, 19, of Lehighton, a U.S. Marine, received the thrill of his life when he personally met superstar entertainers Bob Hope, Brooke Shields, Vic Damone, Cathy Lee Crosby, Ann Jillian, and George Kirby. They had been in Lebanon for a special Bob Hope Christmas Show. Wilmot, stationed in Lebanon, met them when he flew home on emergency leave, riding in the same jet. In fact, he was the only military membe aboard the jet so each of the performers took a turn talking to him briefly. Wilmot came home to attend a relative's funeral.

Monday, January 9, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS West Penn firefighters used hydraulic equipment to cut through the SUV to get both persons out of the vehicle.

Two persons were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township by ambulance just before 6 p.m. Saturday after their sport utility vehicle crashed into the side of a flatbed tow truck on Route 895 in West Penn Township.

The driver of a red Chevy SUV, traveling north on Summer Valley Road, reportedly struck the driver's side of the tow truck, owned by A-1 Towing Service of Allentown, which was partially on the road as it was unloading a conversion van at a nearby home.

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Jan. 14 through Monday, Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us.

Monday, January 9, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Jenn Snyder and Patricia Brown step onto a S.T.S. bus to travel to Pottsville with fellow members of the Tamaqua Salvation Army Old and Bolder Senior Group.

Whether its providing cost-saving travel and independence for seniors or for persons with disabilities, the Schuylkill County Transportation Authority, also known as Schuylkill Transportation System (STS), stresses accessibility.

Joan Breslin, marketing and service support coordinator for STS, recently addressed members of the Tamaqua Rotary Club concerning benefits offered by the system.

Senior citizens 65 and older, as well as persons with disabilities, are eligible, at no cost, to apply for an STS card, which allows them to ride on fixed-route buses free of charge.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Allentown police say they are investigating the eastern Pennsylvania city's first homicide of the year.

Police say a man's body was found on the sidewalk in front of a food store in the center of the city after gunshots were reported shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.

Lehigh County coroner Scott Grim said the victim had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities are trying to identify him.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Tomorrow's Andreas VFW Post 5069 monthly meeting is canceled. Their next meeting will be held Tues., Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at the West Penn Municipal Building. The Last Man's Club will follow at 7:30 p.m.