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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The first order of business at this month's Penn Forest Township board of supervisors meeting was to select contractors for a paving project on Old Stage Road and the widening of State Route 903 near the entrance to the Penn Forest Township Recreation Area. The board unanimously passed two separate motions.

The first motion assigned the Old Stage Road paving project to Locust Ridge Contractors for a total cost of $459,866 and the second assigned the widening of SR903 to James D. Morrissey Inc. for a total of $164,674.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

After years of disputes about scrap metal, junk vehicles and even a pig raising operation; after numerous violations and citations, court rulings and fines of $624,000; East Penn Township supervisors say they've had their fill of trouble involving the properties fouled by Clair Troxell and Robert Balliet.

"This is it," East Penn Chairman Dean Kercsmar said during the township's meeting Monday. "He's (Troxell) laughing at the ones before us (the prior township board) and he's laughing at us."

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Palmerton Area Historical Society trip to the Asa Packer Mansion on May 13 will car pool from the parking lot across from Hager Furniture on Delaware Avenue. The group will leave promptly at 6 p.m.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Nine Tamaqua residents were among 28 area defendants who were arraigned on criminal charges before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon Monday at the Schuylkill County courthouse and all entered pleas of not guilty and requested trial by jury. They were

Wayne Faillace, 45. of 325 Schuylkill Avenue, Tamaqua, charged by Tamaqua Police Chief Richard Weaver, with escape, theft from motor vehicle of Rodney Button, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest, and giving false identification to police.

Monday, May 6, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Vietnam veteran Barry Jones (front), of Slatington, hands his paperwork over to Frederick Smith, a veterans outreach specialist from the American Legion in Wilkes-Barre, as state Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) watches on during the Veterans Outreach Assistance program held Thursday at Harhart's Slatington office.

At the very least, our veterans should be able to access the benefits that they so valiantly earned.

That's where functions such as the Veterans Outreach Assistance program held at the office of state Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) come in handy.

Offered recently at Harhart's Slatington branch, the program hosted veterans who met with Frederick Smith, veterans outreach specialist, from the American Legion in Wilkes-Barre.

Monday, May 6, 2013
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The Carbon County Democratic Party held its Spring pre-election social on Friday, May 3, at the Whispering Pines Banquet Hall, Penn Forest Township. Among the principals attending included, from left, Judy Moon, party vice chairwoman and candidate for re-election as Register of Wills, Brad Koplinski of Harrisburg, 2014 candidate for Pa. lieutenant governor, Joe Sestak of Montgomery County, past candidate for U.S. Senate who is exploring a 2014 candidacy for Pa. governor, Billy O'Gurek, party chairman,and Ronald J. Sheehan, candidate for re-election as county treasurer.

Monday, May 6, 2013

A Carbon County judge handed out state sentences to a drug dealer and a violator of Megan's Law on Friday. The two defendants were among six to enter guilty pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II. All were scheduled to pick juries on Monday during the May term of criminal court but instead entered into plea bargins with the district attorney's office.

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Monday, May 6, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS New Eagle Scout William Sterling is flanked by, from left, State Representative Doyle Hefflry, Darlene Sterling, and William Sterling.

William Sterling., the son of William and Darlene Sterling of Jim Thorpe, was honored for earning his Eagle Scout badge, the highest rank in Scouting.

The occasion was recognized with an Eagle Scout Court of Honor which was held at the Bear Creek Lake Club House in Bear Creek Lake development.

He has been involved in scouting from Tiger scout through Eagle scout under Senior Scoutmaster John Herbert and Troop 441.

Monday, May 6, 2013

St. Luke's administrators, physicians and staff invite the community to preview the new Tamaqua Medical Center and to meet the clinicians who will offer health services at this new St. Luke's location.

The open house will be held 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 7.

The public is invited and encouraged to tour the facility, meet the caregivers and enjoy light refreshments. Attendees of the open house may undergo free osteoporosis and free cholesterol screenings and register for a drawing to win Iron Pigs tickets.

Monday, May 6, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

These two vehicles were damaged at around 8 a.m. this morning when Carl Goerlitz, 46, of Lehighton, was operating his 1998 Dodge Neon eastbound in the 200 block of Princeton Avenue in Palmerton when he fell asleep, causing his vehicle to crash into a parked 2001 Ford Taurus owned by Steve Takas, 84, of Palmerton. Both vehicles were disabled and towed. Goerlitz was taken by Palmerton Ambulance to Lehighton Hospital with unknown injuries. Also assisting at the scene were the Palmerton Fire Department, Palmerton Police Department, and Paul Strohl's Towing service.