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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Juries returned verdicts in three cirminal cases tried Monday in Schuylkill County court and four new cases were attached for trial this mornng.

William Robert Thompson, 45, 410 Kantner St., Minersville, was found not guilty of two counts of assaulting a neighbor, John Hefron, 405 N. Front St., but was found guilty of harassment.

Judge John E. Domalakes sentenced hm to pay a fine of $150 and court costs. Thompson claimed self defense and that the neighbor initiated the assault because he was crossing on the neighbors land as a shortcut to his home.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County residents who were inducted into the 2013 Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame include, front from left, Marianne F. Smelas, Kathryn McArdle, Betty Williams, Mary Scapanda and Sara E. Solt. Back row, state Sen. John Yudichak, Tom C. Gerhard, Daniel Barno, Vincent Spisak, Alexander W. Sommers Sr., John V. Student and state Rep. Doyle Heffley.

They've cast their ballots faithfully for the past half century.

For their stout devotion, 27 Carbon County residents were honored recently at the 2013 Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame Ceremony.

The program, held at the Vista at Blue Mountain Ski Area, was hosted by state Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Carbon/Monroe/Luzerne).

Heffley gave the welcome, and said that 50 years of voting was quite the accomplishment.

"Your vote is your voice as an American citizen," Heffley said. "It's an opportunity to have your voice heard."

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Weissport Council has resigned itself to PennDOT's decision to not include a temporary traffic light at the intersection of Bridge and Franklin streets.

"We've done all we can," said Weissport Council vice president Sue Pywar. "We've had our engineer look into and contact PennDOT."

Heather Heeter, senior project engineer, PennDOT, recently gave this reply to the issue:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Emergency personnel helped a man after he flipped his truck along Fairview Street (near Church Road) in Rush Township. Police reported that the man, driving a blue 1500 Dodge truck, was traveling south around 7:30 this morning on Fairview Street, when he lost control, hit a pole and rolled it on its side. Responding in addition to township police, were firefighters and rescue personnel from Ryan, Quakake and Hometown. Township fire police closed that part of the street for the duration. Police state the driver will be cited.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Volunteer Georgine Wentz watches as Tamaqua scouts, Nathan Steigerwalt, 13, left, and Derek DeAngelo, 9, fold the flag.

A number of community members joined with local cub and boy scouts and Owl Creek intersection park volunteers to replace the flag and line at the park.

Key volunteer Georgine Wentz, who has purchased the flag and rope every year for the past 7 years, stated her appreciation to all who helped.

"We are always looking for new volunteers to help keep the park looking beautiful as well as keep an eye on it," added volunteer Reggie Heffelfinger of Tamaqua. "Most current volunteers are simply getting too old."

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

East Penn Township supervisors have drawn a line in the sand, and a line in the rock.

During their meeting Monday, they let residents know they've drawn a line in the sand for township business owner Clair Troxell, giving him until July 30 to clean up his property. Chairman Dean Kercsmar said he met with Troxell on Memorial Day.

"I explained to him, you have to make this property look like it should look," Kercsmar said. "No more games, you gotta make it right it's been too long, too much, no more."

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Allentown Diocese Bishop John Barres has announced new and/or additional assignments of priests in the diocese, effective Tuesday, June 11.

They are:

Rev. Scott R. Ardinger, from administrator, Incarnation of Our Lord Church, Bethlehem, to pastor, Incarnation of Our Lord Church, Bethlehem, and Holy Ghost Church, Bethlehem, and chaplain, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

Rev. J. Michael Beers – from Sacramental Ministry, Sacred Heart Church, Palmerton, to retirement with residence in Martinsburg, W. Va.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Twenty high school graduates of St. Ann's parish attended baccalaureate services in their Lansford parish church. The baccalaureate Mass was said by the pastor of St. Ann's, Rev. John J. O'Neil.

At the conclusion of the Mass, Father O'Neil presented each graduate with a special gift and offered his congratulations to the graduates and to their parents.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jim Thorpe Area High School students prepared and presented projects and findings to a panel of expert judges at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science State Competition, which was held at Penn State University in State College. The JTAHS winners are, from left, Brett Luciana, second place; Ilse Hassler, second place; Haley Cope, first place for Math Project and first place for Computer Science Project; Ashley Kelly, second place; Kim Ferko, first place; and Nathan Donahue, adviser.