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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Kimberly A. Werner, 16, a Lehighton Area High School junior, was crowned "Miss Carbon County Fair" during a pageant held in front of the grandstand at the Carbon County Fair. Miss Werner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Werner, was chosen from a field of nine very talented contestants. She was crowned jointly by last year's pageant winner, Beth Begel of Weissport, and by Frank E. Wehr of Bethlehem, master of ceremonies. The honor of first runner-up went to Elise J. Behler.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Palmerton Area School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved the following cocurricular positions for the 2012-13 school year, pending contract negotiations for the 2012-13 school year:

- Carole Burkhardt, elementary chorus, S.S. Palmer Elementary

- Natalie Madeira (Dize), elementary chorus, Towamensing Elementary; high school chorus

- Deanna Iles, co-environmental club, S.S. Palmer Elementary

- Lynn Sutton, co-environmental club, S.S. Palmer Elementary

- Eileen Haydt, environmental club, Towamensing Elementary

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Andrew James Shavel, 34, of Wernersville, Berks County, is facing trial in Carbon County on an alleged indecent assault against a 9-year-old Carbon County girl.

Shavel is charged with aggravated indecent assault, two counts of indecent assault, and corruption of minors.

He waived a hearing on the charges that had been scheduled before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe.

Bail for Shavel was set at 10 percent of $250,000.

He was arrested on the charges by Trooper Brian Silliman of the Fern Ridge barracks of the state police.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Lehighton 9/12 Project will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Mahoning Ambulance Building, 902 Mill Road, Lehighton.

Laureen Cummings, candidate for PA Congresswill be among the guests at the meeting, speaking at 6:30p.m.

At 8 p.m., Lehighton resident Glenn Claypoole will present a chalk talk, "Know the Truth and the Truth Will Set You Free!"

Glenn is involved with prison ministry.

Sandy Dellecker, president of the 9/12 Project, said discussion will also be held on September plans.

For more information, call (570) 645-8510.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Borough of Tamaqua may have an opportunity to save or recoup erroneous charges on its utility bills. However, following the MEM (Municipal Energy Managers) debacle, which was also supposed to result in large savings in utilities and instead has cost the borough approximately $400,000 and involved them in a lawsuit, council remains skeptical.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Palmerton Area School District will reinstate more than $115,000 in Accountability Block Grant funding into its spending plan.

The school board unanimously agreed on Tuesday to approve the district's amended general fund operating budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which calls for a 51.44 mill real estate tax levy, with budgetary expenditures of $27,433,013, and all other previously approved Act 511 & Section 629 taxes.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Franklin Township Athletic Association thanks Franklin Township Board of Supervisors for their support and service. From left are, Todd DeKorte, Wayne Wentz, president of the Franklin Township Athletic League; Roger Crum, Brad Niehoff, Donnie Rehrig, Tony Fristick and Ryan Wentz,

The Franklin Township board of supervisors meeting on Tuesday night opened with praise for the supervisors by Franklin Township Athletic League for their on-field support.

Wayne Wentz, president of the league, praised the supervisors for providing the fields and helping maintain the fields for the many township children enrolled in the program.

Wentz said that this year was an exceptional year in terms of participation and player achievement.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Pennsylvania State Representative Julie Harhart of the 183rd District, recently reported that "as the state with the fourth largest population of older residents, we rely heavily on programs to serve our senior citizens. We are fortunate the Pennsylvania Lottery is the only lottery in the nation that contributes all of its proceeds exclusively to programs benefiting the senior community. Since its inception in 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed more than $22.5 billion to programs specifically geared toward senior citizens.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Andie Gay and Maddie Killen practice throwing foam boomerangs at Carbon County Conservation Camp.

Carbon County Conservation Camp was an empowering experience for the 22 children who spent the greater part of last week at Camp Shehaqua at Hickory Run State Park.

Whether they came for the programs, hiking, camaraderie or bon fire, it certainly didn't hurt that each meal was homemade, tasty and filling.

"We like to think that the kids come for the programs and the outdoor experience," said Franklin Klock, naturalist. The camp is sponsored by the Carbon County Environmental Center, Jim Thorpe.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Eighteen defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas and were sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin in Schuylkill County court as follows:

Anthony W. Seladones, 51, of 139 Walnut St., Tuscarora, Schuylkill Township, driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, sentenced to begin serving five days to six months in the county prison on Friday, Aug. 24, at noon.