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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday continued to give young families the best possible start when they approved another one-year contract with Community Prevention Partnership of Berks County (a Nurse Family Partnership), with a cap of $257,522.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Fourth-grader Landon Meckes appears fully engrossed in the e-book system as his mother, Tammy, watches.

At this rate, it won't be long before elementary students in the Northern Lehigh School District become technology whizzes.

Proof of that was evident during an e-book workshop held last week inside the Slatington Elementary School library.

The workshop was the second one offered to students and parents recently to familiarize them with the district's new collection of books.

An e-book is an electronic version of a traditional print book that can be read using a personal computer or an e-book reader.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS White House personnel Dale Haney, head superintendent; Angela Reid, chief usher; and Jim Adams view the  concolor fir which was chosen as the official White House Christmas tree Wednesday morning. Additional photos are on page 5. For a photo gallery of the tree selection, go to tnonline.com or scan this photo with a smartphone using the Ads R Live app. To download the app, text "Ads" to Ads R Live at 40691.

Officials from the White House made a rare find Wednesday at the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Mahoning Township.

It's a 19 1/2-foot concolor fir they selected to be the official White House Christmas Tree this year.

"It's unbelievable you can find a 20-foot high concolor," said Dale Haney, head superintendent of the White House, one of three officials who came from the White House to the farm Wednesday.

This is only the third time since 1966 when selections came from members of the National Christmas Tree Growers Association that a concolor will be put in the Blue Room.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

There is always something new and different at the Palmerton Area Library.

At 6:30 p.m. Friday, the Friends of the Library are sponsoring a program called "Weird Pennsylvania," presented by Victorian Vanities Inc. Hear lots of tales of the weird and strange in Pennsylvania. This free program is open to all.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Three Nesquehoning borough sanitation workers are moving departments, officials report.

On Wednesday, borough council voted to offer its sanitation employees an agreement that will keep them employed. The sanitation department, which collects the borough's trash, is now being contracted through Tamaqua Transfer, effective Oct. 1.

Council President David Hawk said that council has met with the affected employees and their union representative over the past few weeks to discuss what is happening and figure out an agreement to avoid layoffs.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Walter P. Lambert, aka "Buddy," 73, of Pen Argyl, pleaded guilty to 16 counts of mail fraud, five counts of wire fraud, and one count of interfering with the due administration of the Internal Revenue Service. Lambert was the CEO of Blue Mountain Consumer Discount Company, a consumer loan company based in Wind Gap.

Officials say he defrauded lenders into loaning over $5 million to BMCDC by promising them a high rate of return (typically 9 percent or 10 percent), which Lambert usually paid to the investors in cash and failed to document with the IRS.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Criminals on probation in Schuylkill County have more incentive to toe the line.

County commissioners on Wednesday approved new monitoring equipment service contracts for the Adult Probation Department.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ten defendants facing charges of driving under the influence entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas from the following:

Angelica Carmona, 36, of Beaver Meadows, was arrested on May 2 along Broad Street by Beaver Meadows police. At the timed of the stop, two small children were in the vehicle. She admitted drinking alcohol before the stop, but the report did not indicate if a test was administered. She also pleaded to endangering the welfare of children.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
PA State police Serbian cigarette pack believed to be used by Frein.

Recent sighting of Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, came within the past 48 hours. More than 1,000 law enforcement officials have combed the woods near Canadensis.

What police have seen:

Several reports have Frein wearing black clothing and, on several occasions, a hat.

Empty packs of Serbian-style cigarettes.

Items he has hidden for future use.

Soiled diapers.

AK-47-style rifle and ammunition, items they also believe were once carried by Frein.

His Jeep Cherokee Sport stuck in a retention pond near the Blooming Grove police barracks.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A motorcyclist was killed and two people in another vehicle involved in the crash were injured at 6:58 p.m. Wednesday along Route 145 at the intersection with Second Street, in North Whitehall Township, Lehigh County.

State police at Bethlehem said Franklin Schlegel, 56, of Walnutport, was driving west on Second Street while the cyclist was northbound on 145. Schlegel entered the intersection and a collision occurred, troopers said.

The front of the bike hit the driver's side of Schlegel's vehicle.