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Saturday, February 18, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Jim Tkach, former coach for Palmerton, Bangor, Northern Lehigh School Districts and Lehigh University, talked to the students of Pleasant Valley Intermediate School about mental disorders and suicide. He told them about his son, Bo, who committed suicide in 2007.

Hundreds of kids at Pleasant Valley Intermediate School listened enthralled as Jim Tkach told them about his son, Bo Tkach, and all his accomplishments in school and in sports.

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Scot Wingert, scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 82, Lehighton, is presented a House of Representatives citation by State Rep. Doyle Heffley, right.

Lehighton Boy Scout Troop celebrated its 75th anniversary on Sunday during the Red and White Court of Honor held at Trinity Lutheran Church.

The program opened with the presentation of a House of Representatives Citation from State Representative Doyle Heffley to Scoutmaster Scot Wingert of Lehighton Troop 82.

The citation honored Wingert for the dedication and service to the troop and for all the hard work he continues to do help make the Troop a success.

Friday, February 17, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS West Penn Police Chief Brian Johnson talks to Joey Hildebrand, New Ringgold, about updates to current ATV laws. Hildebrand routinely uses an ATV for work on Breiner's Poultry Farm.

West Penn police are educating the public in regards to updates to Pennsylvania ATV laws.

West Penn Police Chief Brian Johnson spent a full day at a local ATV retailer talking and passing literature to visitors about ATV safety and laws. Johnson pointed out that all ATVs in Pennsylvania, except ATVs used solely for business or agricultural purposes, need to be registered and titled with DCNR.

Friday, February 17, 2012

This month's local TV report by Senator Argall focuses on the state's ongoing efforts to reform its welfare system.

Senator Argall recently interviewed Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Secretary Gary Alexander to get an update from the administration as well as learn about new initiatives important to taxpayers.

Friday, February 17, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS The basketball courts next to the Ginder Field in Summit Hill will be replaced, according to Monica Marshall, president of the Summit Hill Recreation Commission. There will be two new courts built, as well as three smaller courts for younger children.

The heavily-used basketball courts near the Ginder Field in Summit Hill will be replaced.

Monica Marshall, president of the Summit Hill Recreation Commission, said ground might be broken as early as March 1 for the new courts.

She told Summit Hill Borough Council that the courts will be possible thanks to a $75,000 grant obtained through the Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization (SHCIO).

Marshall said the existing double courts will be replaced with two courts that will have benches between them for the participating teams.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Seven first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes the program their record his wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year by Serfass.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The newly formed Panther Valley Republican Club elected officers Thursday night at a meeting in Nesquehoning.

Elected officers for two-year terms are Michael Frey, president; Thomas Ouly, vice president; and R. Mickey Angst, secretary/treasurer.

David Wargo of Summit Hill served as president pro tem during the elections.

The next club meeting will be scheduled for a date in April, shortly before the primary election.

Friday, February 17, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Rubix Cube, a band specializing in '80s music, will be performing tonight at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. The opening act isBayside Tigers with showtime set for 8 p.m. Tomorrow night, the rock band Tesla will be performing on the Penn's Peak stage at 8 p.m. Tesla had a string of hits from the mid '80s through the 1990s.

Friday, February 17, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A magnetic crane climbs high above a large pile of metal scrap at the J. W. Zaprazny Scrap Metals and Iron in New Ringgold.