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Friday, September 30, 2011

The Pleasant Valley School District board of directors voted to not approve the Proposed Amendment to the Monroe Career and Technical Institute Articles of Agreement dated Aug. 2011 with a 7-0 vote. Directors Harvey Frable and Russ Gould were not in attendance.

Friday, September 30, 2011

A hearing took place on Thursday evening at the Tamaqua Middle School auditorium for the public to voice their comments about an $11.5 million project to install sewage facilities in 306 homes in Walker and West Penn Township, and only five people had anything to say about it.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Three Coaldale residents were among 21 who were admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program and President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County court.

The program is reserved for first offenders and if they successfully complete all conditions imposed their record will be wiped clean.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, September 30, 2011
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Lawyers for a Lansford man accused of killing his estranged wife on Thursday asked a Carbon County court judge to drop the charges and set him free, arguing that information from a 2009 preliminary hearing failed to provide sufficient evidence to take the case to trial and that evidence from three search warrants should be suppressed because they failed to include an initial visit to the defendant's home by a Lansford patrolman.

Friday, September 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Richard C. Warner, BEC Project Director, Morgan Campus, LCCC, talks during the grand opening about entrepreneurial resources provided by the program.

Thinking about starting a business? Community members, representatives, local and state officials were on hand this week during the Lehigh Carbon Community College Entrepreneur Week and grand opening and dedication ceremony of their Business Enterprise Center (BEC) in Tamaqua.

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Weatherly Area PTA will hold its first annual meeting for the 2011-2012 school year on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in the elementary/middle school cafeteria.

Among the items for discussion will be the 2011-2012 PTA budget, homeroom parent notification, PTA calendar of events, announcement of the November speakers, by-laws amendment, reflections and more. Childcare will be provided. Refreshments will be served.

PTA meetings will be held on the second Monday of every month unless otherwise noted.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Operation: Touch of Home, Inc. will be meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert.

Operation: Touch of Home is a local organization that collects essential and non-essential items and ships them to our local members of the Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

If you would like to help in this endeavor, please consider joining them on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

Friday, September 30, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carbon County Commissioners Wayne Nothstein, Charles Getz, and William O'Gurek attended the Awards Cermony of the Carbon County Recycling Program held at Panther Valley Middle School. School principal Lisa Mace (rear) was on hand for the presentation. In front are seventh grade students Abby Haas and Brendan Morgans, who are members of the Recycling Club.

Chrisanne Powell, Panther Valley Middle School teacher initiated the school's recycling program at the beginning of 2010-2011. She and sixth grade teacher Shannon McBride are the co-advisors of the club.

Friday, September 30, 2011
gail maholick/times news Jonathan J. Cleaver, center, cut the board "Lowe's of Lehighton" to officially open Lowe's, Lehighton, at 1204 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive East, Lehighton. On right is store manager, Kerry Collins. Left is Kenneth J. Barnes, chief, Mahoning Township Police Department. The store is open Monday through Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For additional information, call (570) 453-1500.

Lowe's, Lehighton, held its grand opening ceremony on Thursday morning by having a grant recipient saw a painted board with the words Lowe's of Lehighton engraved on it in half.

Kerry Collins, store manager, said that Lowe's opened last Thursday, but this was the official grand opening celebration of events.

"We are opening our store by giving the Lehighton Area School District $1,000," said Collins, as he handed Jonathan J. Cleaver, curriculum director, an oversized check.

Friday, September 30, 2011

The age of nuclear medicine arrived at Coaldale State General Hospital, with test calibrations on the Ohio Nuclear Scanner conducted by Dr. William Maroun, director of the department, and Dennis J. Ockenhouse, neclear technologist. It can be used to scan the brain and is the best way to investigate tumors, find the cause of strokes, and discluse the reason of mygraine headaches. It will be useful in thyroid, lung, heart, and bone scans, as well as for other organs.