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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fifteen defendants entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court this week and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin as follows:

Keith Lamont King, 38, Pottsville, three counts of delivery of a controlled substance (CS) and criminal use of cell phone, sentenced to serve nine to 18 years in a state correctional institution, pay $400 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $200 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), $767 to Bethlehem Regional Lab and $300 to Pottsville Police Drug Task Force. He was cited by Pottsville police.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Area residents and student athletes may want to attend a free seminar on sports concussion awareness, management and safe return to play.

The seminar will be held on Friday at the Commonwealth Medical College, 525 Pine Street, Scranton. Registration/reception will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the lecture at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Left, Dr. Douglas Arnold, superintendent of Pleasant Valley School District, presented Robert Hines, associate principal of PVHS, with the Pennsylvania Homeless Children's Initiative Region 7 Homeless Advocate of 2010 Award. The award was for Region 7 (made up of Luzerne, Lackawanna, Pike, Monroe, Wyoming, Wayne, Carbon, Columbia, Northumberland, Bradford, Tioga, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Montour, Snyder, and Union Counties. It is issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education/Bureau of Teaching and Learning/Division of Student Services.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from front left are Chief Mark Bower, South Ward Fire Company; EMTs Captain Amber Stahler and Chief Engineer Shawn Phillips, Tamaqua Ambulance; President Brian Keich, Tamaqua Lions Club; Ed Boerner, Tamaqua Rescue Squad; and Emerson Musser, Hometown Fire Company. Pictured from back left are Sgt. Jack Bowman and Lt. Brent Confer, Tamaqua Fire Police; Lt. Jack O'Brien, Citizen's Fire Company; Lt. Dale Hadesty, Tamaqua Rescue; and Chief Jimmy Connely, American Hose Company. Not pictured is East End Fire Company.

The Tamaqua Lions Club presented checks totaling over $3,000 to eight local emergency service organizations during their regular meeting held at their Lions Club Grove in Tamaqua.

This is the Tamaqua Lions Club largest annual donation.

Organizations receiving donations were Tamaqua Ambulance, Tamaqua East End Fire Company, American Hose Company, Citizens Fire Company, South Ward Fire Company, Tamaqua Rescue Squad, Tamaqua Fire Police, and Hometown Fire Company.

Following the check presentation, Lions Club members were given a tour of the Tamaqua Ambulance vehicle.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"I was so happy, I cried," Mrs. John M. Rimsky of Coalport said in expressing her joy upon having heard of the armistice which ended hostilities in Korea, where her son, Corporal George Stoffa, 22, has been a prisoner of war for two years. With the young man in the POW camp is Bobby Bonetsky, Summit Hill. When last heard from on June 6, Cpl. Stoffa was in good health and anxiously awaiting his return home.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

At least one person was injured Tuesday evening when involved in a T-bone type collision in the 800 block of North First Street (SR209) in Mahoning Township. The crash occurred about 6:15 p.m. According to reports from the scene as a person operating a sport utility vehicle attempted to pull out onto the road and pulled into the path of a car and was struck in the side of the SUV. That person was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area hospital. The road was closed for several hours. Mahoning Township police are investigating the incident.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Fun at the pool

Seven-year-old Hailey Anthony of Lehighton emerges from a large tube at the Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool into 11-feet of water. The warm weather we've been having this summer has made for a successful season at the pool, according to Lehighton recreation director Tom Evans.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

In yesterday's coverage of Lehighton Borough Council regarding approval for financing a new fire station, it was stated that three houses to be torn down are owned by the Lehighton Fire Department.

The houses were actually purchased and are owned by Lehigh Fire Company No. 1, the social quarters of the fire department.

Also, the motion to go with the project was made by council member Melissa Ebbert.

Her name was wrong in the article.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

At least three fire companies responded to a fire on Lake Road in Saylorsburg around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night. An unoccupied home was completely destroyed. Wind Gap Fire Co., Blue Ridge Hook and Ladder and West End Vol. Fire Co. responded.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua youth and community members spent all day Tuesday revitalizing the Tamaqua Area Skate and Willing Park located behind Boyer's Market in Tamaqua. Justin Startzel, who spearheaded the cleanup, said he is restarting the assocation with determination of bringing back all the benefits the park has always offered since its creation, while also dding new ideas and programs. Startzel and other community members will spend the next few weeks painting, pulling weeds, landscaping and performing other improvements to the park. To volunteer or for more information about the restarted Tamaqua Area Skate and Willing Park Association and its future initiatives, visit them on Facebook or email Startzel at skatepark18252@hotmail.com. Community volunteer Jeremy Richardson, 18, left, and Tamaqua Area Skate and Startzel load barrels of excavated dirt onto a truck for disposal.

Tamaqua youth and community members spent all day Tuesday revitalizing the Tamaqua Area Skate and Willing Park located behind Boyer's Market in Tamaqua.

Justin Startzel, who spearheaded the cleanup, said he is restarting the association with determination of bringing back all the benefits the park has always offered since its creation, while also doing new ideas and programs.

Startzel and other community members will spend the next few weeks painting, pulling weeds, landscaping and performing other improvements to the park.