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Friday, April 5, 2013

A Coaldale man was among 10 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge James P. Goodman.

Harold Joseph Tonkin, 43, of 225 Ruddle St., Coaldale, pleaded to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, and was sentenced to serve 30 days in the county prison followed by four years and 11 months in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) with the first 90 days under house arrest with electronic monitoring and pay a $12 daily fee, followed by seven months in strict probation and remaining four years under regular probation.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Panther Valley school director R. "Mickey" Angst has filed a response to the school board's request to Carbon County Judge Joseph J. Matika that he reconsider his March 8 ruling that allows Angst to attend executive sessions, but forbids him from disclosing any confidential or privileged information or material.

The school board on March 18 asked Matika to reconsider his ruling. The school board at a public meeting on March 28 ratified the motion to request reconsideration.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Lehighton police have been kept busy in the past few months with numerous arrests reported.

Police reported on the following driving under the influence (DUI) arrests.

James Serfass, 55, of Box 312, Bowmanstown, was arrested on Feb. 11, about 12:24 a.m. in the 200 block of Bankway. Given a test, the result was .20BAC. He was also charged with careless driving, producing an altered, forged, or counterfeit insurance document, operating a vehicle without insurance, and driving a vehicle while his operating privileges was suspended or revoked.

Thursday, April 4, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Jason Lorah, a DARE coach and West Penn Township Police officer, volunteers his time cleaning the D.A.R.E. wall after the event last month in Tamaqua.

Members of the Tamaqua Area D.A.R.E. program are always looking for volunteers to help with year-round activities. State and local budget cuts mean that volunteers have to work harder to raise funds to keep the program running. Some upcoming activities consist of a roast beef benefit this Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the TamaquaRescue garage (19 Pine Street) and DARE graduation April 11 at the Tamaqua Middle School Auditorium. For more information or to help call Lisa Shilko at (570) 778-2005.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Tamaqua firm was one of five bidders to rehabilitate a county bridge.

Bids were opened by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Bidders were received from the following: Heim Construction Company Inc., Pottsville, $367,984.75; Barletta Materials and Construction Inc., Tamaqua, $421,495.30; Descco, Fleetwood, $427,233.60; Bill Anskis Company, Elysburg, $528,012; and Grace Industries, Lehigh Valley, $591,495l

Thursday, April 4, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Frank Cordeiro, riding a 1982 Yamaha, makes a turn at the Five Points intersection in Tamaqua.

Sunshine and warm weather have drawn many motorcyclists to area roadways, leading riders and clubs throughout our area to stress the need for motorists to be aware of motorcycle riders.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation website, data from police reports indicate there were 124,062 crashes on Pennsylvania roadways in 2012 a decrease from 125,322 in 2011 and fewer than the 144,542 crashes in the state 15 years ago. A 2011 tally states that of the 3,641 motorcycle crashes, 200 were fatal and 3,247 involved injury.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Pennsylvania CareerLink of Carbon County and the Carbon County Economic Development Corp., will host a job and career fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall.

Thursday, April 4, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rayne, 3, and her father, Adam Middleton of Tamaqua, enjoy an activity as part of the center's family fun day.

Staff, student volunteers and family members with PathStone Child and Family Development Services in Coaldale held their bi-annual family fun Wednesday at the center.

The event involved family members interacting with their children during a number of activities encouraging family engagement through spring activities and healthy living. Some activities included planting seeds, making bird feeders, clothes pin crafts and a presentation and display about healthy and safety.

Thursday, April 4, 2013
KELLY BOERNER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Firefighters from Walker Township and West Penn Township work to extinguish a  fast-moving brush fire over the Easter  weekend in the Lewistown Valley.

On recommendation of District Forester Mark Deibler of Weiser Forest District, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Schuylkill County commissioners enacted a temporary outdoor burn ban throughout the county beginning at noon on Friday and will remain in place until noon on Sunday, May 5, in action taken at the work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.