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Thursday, June 26, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Taylor Huth, second from left, holds her May Student of the Month award from the Penn-Kidder Lions club Saturday morning at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony. Also at the presentation were, from left, her father Michael, brother Thor, mother Kelly Huth and Lions Club President Manny DaCosta.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Members of the Summit Hill Historical Society discussed final plans and the schedule for the upcoming celebration next weekend highlighted by the rededication of Ludlow Memorial Park at 11 a.m. Saturday.

"We have several events scheduled to both raise funds to pay for the renovations performed in the park as well as to celebrate the rededication," President Louis Vermillion said.

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Jordan Reabold/Times News Emily Bosco, Adriana Bradley and Amalia Echevarria hang out at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe.

The Jim Thorpe Summer Recreation Program began on Monday in Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe.

According to Randall Smith, who organizes the camp, about 60 children registered on the first day.

He hopes to have 100 children register overall.

The day camp is for Jim Thorpe Area School District children from second through sixth grade. The camp will end on Aug. 12, and there will be no program on July 3, 4 or 7.

All children must register at the camp with a parent, one time only, and must sign in and out daily.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Four defendants in pending driving under the influence cases entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas from the following:

Nicole Alexis Miller, 24, of Lehighton, was arrested on July 25, 2013, along Schleicher Lane, in East Penn Township, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was 0.24 BAC.

Matika deferred sentencing so Miller could apply for placement in the Intermediate Punishment Program.

Thursday, June 26, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Our Lady of the Angels Academy recently honored 10 students during eighth-grade graduation. They are, first row, from left, the Rev. Kenneth Medve, Michael McLaughlin, Jr., Isabella Blasko, Julia Hoben, Alexus Eschbach, Erica Baba, Joshua Jurick and the Rev. James Burdess. Second row, Sister Regina Elinich, IHM; the Rev. Francis Schoenauer; Syngen Lucas; Gage Rivers; Scott Faust; Brayden Webb and Zachary Barnisky, teacher.

Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, honored 10 eighth-grade students during baccalaureate Mass and a graduation ceremony on June 9, at St. Joseph's Church, Summit Hill.

The Rev. Francis Schoenauer was the presider; the Rev. Kenneth Medve served as homilist; and the Rev. James Burdess distributed the awards.

The following students received diplomas: Scott Faust, Joshua Jurick, Syngen Lucas, Michael McLaughlin Jr., Gage Rivers, Brayden Webb, Erica Baba, Isabella Blasko, Alexus Eschbach and Julia Hoben.

Thursday, June 26, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The preschool class of Our Lady of the Angels Academy in Lansford held its graduation recently. Graduates are, front from left, Izabella Washousky, Esmarelda Petschauer, Jack Jewells, Derek Lazar and Joelle Machay; second row, Spencer Black, Callie Kosciolek, Chase McArdle, Megan O'Brien, Benjamin Tee, Margaret Petschauer and Gabriel Sedivi; and back, teacher Kimberly Feisel and assistant Amy Machay. Absent is Lucianna Kocha.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Visitors to the Schuylkill County courthouse on North Second Street in Pottsville are greeted by sheriff's department staff who guide them through a metal detector, check the contents of bags and purses, and answer questions about locations of offices and courtrooms.

But beginning July 7, they'll also be met by an armed sheriff's deputy.

Thursday, June 26, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Doug Springer, Tamaqua's newest part-time patrolman, took the

oath of service last week. Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrisonadministered the oath before the borough council meeting. Springer was hired at the May council meeting.

Thursday, June 26, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mary Lou Leiby, 61, of Ringtown, died Wednesday afternoon after a two-vehicle crash along High Street just west of Mahanoy Plane.

A Schuylkill County woman was killed on Wednesday afternoon after her vehicle was struck head-on by a sport utility vehicle that crossed into her lane of travel.

Mary Lou Leiby, 61, of Ringtown, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash which occurred along Powder Mill Road (Route 4030), in Butler Township, at 12:35 p.m.

Township police said Leiby was eastbound and the SUV, operated by Amy Boppel, 35, of Ashland, who was westbound, crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with Leiby's car.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday approved one-year contracts for providers to the county nursing home at Rest Haven.

Ÿ Concept Medical, Ashland, $180,000 for the provision of IV therapy, pharmacy consultant and pharmacy services.

Ÿ Pottsville/Schuylkill Haven EMS, $45,000 for nonemergency transportation services.

Ÿ Dell computers/laptops for up to $24,934.03.

Ÿ An addendum to increase by $15,000 a contract with Advance Medical for temporary nurse staffing.