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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Two Mahanoy City women, one acting postmistress for two post offices in North Union Township, and the second a treasurer for a wrestling club, both charged with theft, were among six defendants placed in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) probation program by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin in Schuylkill County Court.

The program is for first offenders who are charged with committing a non-violent crime and if they complete the program and its conditions their criminal record will be wiped clean. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A Sheppton woman, charged with seeking a hit man to kill two people, was among 87 people who were arraigned Monday in the Schuylkill County courthouse before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon on criminal charges and all entered plead of not guilty and requested jury trials. They were:

Jamielynn Reilly, 36, of 884 Center St., Sheppton, East Union Township, charged by County Detective Dennis Clark with two counts of criminal solicitation to commit criminal homicide, three counts of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal solicitation to commit criminal homicide.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
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Green Squad, third grade students at Franklin Elementary School, Lehighton Area School District, took first place with 439 points during the 2013 second and third grade Envirothon (Snoops division), held at Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill on Monday. Members of Green Squad are, from left, front row, Ian Werner, Emily Snyder, Sherry Nametko, and back row, Holly Fasching and Abigail Meckes.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Two of six defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges drew state prison sentences imposed by Schuylkill County judges in the courthouse in Pottsville.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Liz Stauffer divides plants and prepares them for planting.

The slate roof was deteriorating on the springhouse at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. Liz Stauffer, a gardener and caretaker at the Center, thought it was a good opportunity to try something different. She suggested creating a green roof.

Trusses had to be replaced and the roof strengthened. On top of that was a rubber liner protected by a tarp, and carpet to hold moisture and permit it to percolate.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Carson Helfrich, of Community Planning and Management, spoke about the Middle Carbon County Comprehensive Plan and Parks/Recreational and Open Space Plan to Jim Thorpe Borough Council.

Helfrich stated that the committee has been working for the last few years with Jim Thorpe, Summit Hill, Lansford, and Penn Forest Township on the Comprehensive Plan and Parks/Recreation and Open Space Plan.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Kida Greenzweig, age 9, practices water safety during Carbon County Community Safety Day at Mauch Chunk Lake Park, helped by waterways conservation officer Scott Christman of the PA Fish and Boat Commission.

Saturday was a beautiful day to be outdoors and a great day to take advantage of the first Carbon County Community Safety Day at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Jim Thorpe Democratic Association will meet on Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the Inn at Jim Thorpe.

Edith Lukasevich, president, will be in charge of the session.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Holding some of they largest fish caught are, from left, Nathan Hahn of Lehighton (22 inches); Mike Packard of Northhampton (23 inches); and Bruce Schenkel of West Penn (23 1/2 inches).

The 33rd Annual Sportsman's Rod and Gun Club Fishing Contest was held over the weekend in West Penn Township. The event was at the Moyer Farm Pond and about a one half mile section of Lizard Creek located off Lizard Creek Road (SR895) near Andreas.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

They get by with a little help from their friends.

Or, in this particular instance, a lot of help, as St. John Neumann Regional School has once again been awarded a $25,000 grant.

Sister Virginia Stephanie, principal, said the school has received the grant - courtesy of the Julius & Katheryn Hommer Foundation - for the fifth consecutive year.

Sister Stephanie noted that public schools throughout the state continue to struggle to balance their upcoming budgets, not to mention parents who choose to have their children educated in parochial schools.