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Friday, September 16, 2011

A Palmerton man entered a guilty plea to driving under the influence (DUI) on Thursday morning in Carbon County court.

Larry Allen Schweibinz, 57, was scheduled to have a non-jury trial before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb when he changed his mind and pleaded guilty.

Schweibinz was arrested along Delaware Avenue in Palmerton on Oct. 14, 2009. Given a test, the result was .25BAC.

Friday, September 16, 2011

A benefit festival will be held Saturday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Clamtown Tavern, 1000 Clamtown Road, Clamtown, for the Family of Corrine Pena, 28, who passed away from cancer. The festival will consist of a wrestling show, food, games, music, face painting, bull riding, volleyball tournament and more. Volleyball tournament starts at 2 p.m. and the Elite Generation Wrestling show starts at 6 p.m.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A member of Lansford Borough Council, charged with purchasing two firearms which had been taken in a burglary in the borough, waived a hearing on the charge and will seek to enter the ARD (accelerated rehabilitation disposition) program.

Completion of the ARD program means the charges would be expunged from his criminal record after a specified period, probably a year.

Andrew M. Snyder, 43, of 28 Cortright St., was charged by state police at Lehighton barracks with two counts of receiving stolen property.

Thursday, September 15, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Jeanne Miller, director of the Lehigh Carbon Community College's Carbon and Schuylkill counties educational services and the 21st Century Carbon and Schuylkill SHINE Afterschool Program, has been nominated to serve a one-year term on the Afterschool Alliance, a national organization that aims at providing children across the country with quality afterschool programs.

Jeanne Miller has always been an advocate for the children in Carbon and Schuylkill counties.

She serves as the director of the Lehigh Carbon Community College's Carbon and Schuylkill counties educational services during the day; and as the director of the 21st Century Carbon and Schuylkill SHINE Afterschool Program in the afternoon.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tamaqua Area School District won appeals before the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board following hearings held in the courthouse in Pottsville.

The board increased the market value and assessment on 34 properties which exist in the boundary of the school district. The assessment increase totaled $1,117,430, which will mean additional tax revenue not only for the school district but also for Tamaqua and New Ringgold boroughs and the townships of West Penn, Rush and Schuylkill, who will share from the action taken by the school district.

Thursday, September 15, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Justin Ott, Northeast Search and Rescue, follows his trail dog, "Chase", with Coaldale firefighter Lt. Tom Polischak, at right.

Firefighters, police and search and rescue teams spent hours this morning looking for a missing Coaldale woman in the woods and mountains south of Coaldale.

The missing person, Renee Underwood, 43, was last seen around 11 p.m. last night. Coaldale Fire Chief Rich Marek called in the Northeast Search and Rescue and their search dogs to assist. Responding in addition to Coaldale Fire Company and fire police were Tamaqua, Lansford and Coaldale police.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Lansford borough's office staff will be moved from the offices on East Patterson Street to the community center on Ridge Street, at least until a mold problem is cleared up and a new roof installed.

Council on Wednesday voted 4-2, with Councilman Andrew Snyder absent, in favor of the move. Councilman Lenny Kovach gave his nod, but wants the relocation to be temporary.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Old Fashioned Hay Ride and Fall Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Lehigh Canal Park at Weissport.

The event will include tractor drawn hayrides along the historic canal, homemade food and children's activities. This event is catering to seniors, elderly individuals and people with disabilities. Families with young children are also invited to attend. Hay rides will be held every 20 minutes, from 10 a.m. throughout the day.

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Hollie Gibbons, MPH, RD, LDN, Manager of Disease Prevention Initiatives, St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network, Bethlehem, explains some of the results of the Tamaqua Health Assessment Needs survey to Tamaqua council members.

A recent health needs assessment study shows that the Tamaqua area is behind statewide and nationally concerning a number of health-related issues.

Thursday, September 15, 2011
MICHAEL A HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area High School Assistant Principal Craig Reichl leads the discussion of the Community Organizations / Agencies Subcommittee during the breakout session of the Drug and Alcohol Task Force meeting at LAHS last evening.

Wednesday evening, Lehighton Area School District hosted the fourth in a series of community Drug and Alcohol Awareness meetings.

Facilitating the session, Lehighton Area High School Principal Tim Tkach described the task force as "A committee with representation from all parties addressing 'The Big Picture.'"