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Friday, September 23, 2011

Issues with a state act are delaying the Carbon County Correctional Facility from saving money on some inmate medical bills.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board, Warden Joseph Gross updated the board on the status of Act 22, which provides help with payments of inmate medical health care bills for eligible inmates by using Medicaid and Medicare rates for services provided.

Friday, September 23, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Mike Blaine, a sculptor from "Master of the Chainsaw," created an original piece of art for the Lehighton park, using a chain saw and a tree stump. The sculpture will be lit with red, while and blue lights.

A carved eagle has a place of honor in Lehighton's park.

The eagle, carved by master chainsaw carver Mike Blaine, was created from a maple tree stump that was damaged by lightning or disease

Frank Potoczak, owner of Castle Grill restaurant, and Jen Ruth, agent for "Masters of the Chainsaw," formed a partnership to bring the impressive sculpture to the residents and visitors of the Lehighton park.

Potoczak said that the eagle is appropriately overlooking the "Fountain of Opportunity."

Friday, September 23, 2011

Two men involved in buying items stolen by a multi-county drug ring entered guilty pleas on Thursday in Carbon County Court. They were among eight defendants in pending criminal cases to enter pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Pawn shop owner

Donald H. Dorward Sr., 65, of Lehighton pleaded to one count of receiving stolen property as a felony three while Daniel M. Eremus, 65, also of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of receiving, as a misdemeanor one. Eremus was described as working for Dorward, who owned a pawn shop and bought the stolen goods.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Kids Closet Sale, a semiannual children's consignment event is being held today and Saturday, from 10 to 6 p.m. at the Lehighton Band Hall. See the website at www.thekidsclosetsale.com.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Victor Izzo/special to the times news

These roof workers are giving new meaning to the phrase "being on top of government." Working high above the sidewalks and under the watchful eye of the Civil War monument soldier, a crew from Slate Roof Repair Specialist of Lancaster makes repairs to the roof of the Carbon County Courthouse in Jim Thorpe on Wednesday.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Controller Melinda Kantner accused the Schuylkill County Commissioners of voting on issues at their work session which were not of an emergency need and could be held off to be voted on at the regular public meeting.

The discussion took place at a work session of the Schuylkill County Salary Board which followed the commissioners work session held Wednesday.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Justin Startzel, assocation president, places a large American flag on one of the skating equipment in preparation for Friday's event.

A group of motivated Tamaqua youth have come together over the past few months to transform a local community park in Tamaqua into something of which the entire community can be proud.

Justin Startzel, a 2009 Tamaqua graduate, has always spent time with friends at the park, located behind Boyer's in Tamaqua. Tired of seeing trash and vandalism at the park, Startzel started a self-motivated mission to transform it into a place the entire community can enjoy.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Projects proposed for the Tamaqua area were reviewed by the Schuylkilll County Planning Commission at its monthly meeting held Wednesday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville. Since the applications comply with the county's comprehensive land use, the board had no comment or objections to the plans.

The Tamaqua Area Water Authority has applied to the Delaware River Basin Commission for approval of a surface water withdrawal to withdraw up to 240 mg/30 days of water from an existing surface water intake located at Still Creek Reservoir in Rush Township for public water supply.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Skye, a certified therapy dog owned by Kimberly Noel, lifts her paw up as she looks at the camera while Pat Gainey, Regional Director, AFPS, gives her a pat. Skye is available to comform families and friends of anyone lost to suicide.

Ann Marie Calabrese, chairman for the first annual Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention and Awareness, calls the recent event held at the Hometown Farmers Market a "great success."

Thursday, September 22, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

A red rose, a yellow rose, an American flag rests on the seat of a black covered chair. A photograph of a smiling woman. This simple memorial to someone who is missed, graced the front row at the Gilbert American Legion Post 927's 9/11 Candlelight program. "Linn Suant was a member of Post 927's Ladies Auxiliary. The first 9/11 program in 2002 was her idea, one she continued to organize until her death a few years ago. She is greatly missed," said Donna Dee Krych, the organizer of this year's program held in observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.