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Friday, October 25, 2013

An increase in traffic volume could result in a reduced speed limit along Mauch Chunk Road in Palmerton.

By a 5-2 measure, borough council agreed on Thursdayto advertise for adoption anordinance that would lower the speed limit on the road by 10 miles per hour, from 35 to 25 miles per hour.

Councilmen RichardNothstein, Kris Hoffner, Jeremy Barbosa, Michael Ballard and Councilwoman Holly Sell votedin favor. Council President Terry Costenbader, along withCouncilman Jason Behler, were opposed.

Friday, October 25, 2013
Jamie Miller

Slatington Woman's Club has named Jamie Miller as its Girl of the Month for September.

Miller is a senior at Northern Lehigh Area High School where she is Student Council President. She is a member of Honor Society, Spanish Club, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Women's Choir, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Musical Pit Orchestra, Show Choir and SADD.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hopefully their shoes are good for walking, because that's just what students at St. John Neumann Regional School will do come Friday.

At that time, the students will traverse around the Palmerton Borough Park, as well as through and around the town, as part of the school's annual Walkathon.

Pupils in grades K-3 from the school's Slatington campus, and students in grades 4-8 from its Palmerton campus, will walk in the event, whose theme is "Everybody's Here!"

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fred S. Wiliams, 51, of 30 Walnut St., Delano, who was scheduled to go on trial Wednesday in Schuylkill County court on drug charges, received an unexpected birthday present as the case was continued to a later date. His birthday was Wednedsday.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Officers of the Davis-Lawton-Yurko-Breslin-Bevich American Legion Post 316, Summit Hill, were installed during a joint ceremony held Sunday at the Post Home. The officers include: front, from left, Dan Conahan, judge advocate; Greg Miller, chaplain; John W. Krebs of Pen Argyl, 30th District commander who was in charge of the installation ceremony, and Paul McArdle, service officer; and back, Bill Jones, historian; Jim Benek, first vice commander; W. Kevin O'Donnell, commander; Clem Midas, adjutant; and John Basiago, finance officer.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Parryville UMC will host a free luncheon at the church, located at the corner of Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

All are welcome.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Ladies who were installed as officers of the Summit Hill American Legion Auxiliary Unit 316 include, front, from left, Karen Basiago, president, Cathy Olker, district president who was the installing officer, and Sara Jane Benek, historian; and back, Raylene Miller, sergeant-at-arms, and Joanne Miller, chaplain. Other officers are Denise Bevich, first vice president, and Donna Breslin, financial secretary.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS William Gaddes of Lake Hauto, an Air Force veteran of the Korean War, addresses the crowd at the Coaldale Veterans Memorial Garden Wednesday morning.

At 10:30 a.m. Oct. 23, 1983, Frank Navratil was on guard duty in Beirut, Lebanon, about two miles from the U.S. Marine headquarters building when a truck loaded with explosives rammed into it, killing 241 men.

On Wednesday, Navratil, now retired from the Marines, stood listening quietly as the attack was recounted at a ceremony held in the Coaldale Veteran's Memorial Garden.

"I saw smoke," the Coaldale resident said of that morning 30 years ago. "I was actually supposed to be there (in the headquarters) that morning."

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A veteran is speaking out about the theft of an American flag in Jim Thorpe.

The theft occurred at Flagstaff Mountain sometime over the weekend, according to Francis C. O'Donnell, a 62-year member of the American Legion. He added that the owner of the property, Tim Markley, brought it to his attention.

"You have to be pretty desperate to steal a flag," O'Donnell said.

The flag that was stolen was dedicated to all past, present and future veterans, as well as the servicemen and women who didn't make it back to American soil.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Dan Dillard, center, CEO of the Burn Prevention Network based in Allentown, accepts a check for $10,000 from the Kovatch Racing team during the annual KME sales meeting Tuesday in Bethlehem. Looking on are John Kovatch III, left, president and CEO of the Kovatch Corporation, and John Kovatch III, who heads the Kovatch Racing Team. All money raised by the racing team was donated to charity, with the Kovatch firm matching the total.

The Kovatch Corporation and its fire truck division, KME, experienced their best year ever in 2012.

John Kovatch III, president and CEO of the firm, said KME has a backlog of firetruck orders "up over 250 percent from a year ago."

Kovatch spoke Tuesday night during a dinner program of the firm's sales representatives at Emeril's Chop House at the Sands Resort in Bethlehem.

The dinner capped a two-day conference, which included educational seminars. Kovatch said the theme for the national sales meeting was "Delivering the Difference."