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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Carbon County man, set to have a jury picked on Monday to hear testimony in a sexual assault case against him, instead entered a guilty plea to six criminal counts in exchange for more serious offenses to be dropped.

He was one of two defendants to enter a plea on Monday.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Defendants in pending criminal cases were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Friday by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Carbon County Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct a Patriot's Day (9/11) memorial service on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at 8:40 a.m. in the Josiah White Park, Jim Thorpe.

All emergency services: fire, police and ambulance personnel; veterans organizations; and the public are invited to attend.

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Schuylkill United Way held its 2014 Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast Friday morning at Penn State Schuylkill with over 140 guests in attendance.

"This year's campaign goal is to raise $1,025,000," said William J. Folk III. "The money raised during the campaign stays in Schuylkill County, with over 80 percent allocated to the 15 partner agencies that offer a wide variety of programs and services and solely serve residents of Schuylkill County."

Monday, September 9, 2013

Fall arrives on Sept. 22, but another major change happens a day earlier for many local residents.

Beginning Sept. 21, everyone who has a 570 area code will have to start dialing 10 digits: 1-570-phone number.

This includes residents of Lansford, Jim Thorpe, Tamaqua, Andreas, Brodheadsville, and Albrightsville.

Until now, people in many 570 municipalities had to only dial the seven digit phone number.

Monday, September 9, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Ty Poole leads the pack at the Poker Run held Saturday at the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club. Ty helped to organize the event.

A Poker Run was held Saturday at the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club to raise funds for a Mahoning Township woman who was recently diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML).

Kayla Heckman, 20, daughter of Ryan Heckman and stepdaughter of Stacey Heckman, was diagnosed with AML on June 3. Since then her life has become a constant cycle of doctors and hospitals.

To help Kayla Heckman combat the high medical bills, friends and family planned the Poker Run, for cars and motorcycles, at Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club.

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Bunny Busters 4-H Rabbit and Cavy Club will be holding its reorganizational meeting on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Zion UCC church on Iron and Second streets in Lehighton. Previous members and new members are welcome to come to this meeting to join.

This club is open to all youth ages 8-19 and is an affirmative action, equal opportunity club. Members do not need to own their own animals to join, just have an interest in learning about rabbits and guinea pigs. There is a project book and record book to fill out and there is a lot of hands on learning at meetings.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Women's Bible study

The Women's Ecumenical Bible study will resume on Wednesday, Sept. 11, in St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue at 6:30 p.m. They will be studying the Gospel of Mark. Joan DeAcetis will be the leader. The group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month and all women of the community are invited to join the group.

Alumni cheerleaders

Monday, September 9, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH /TIMES NEWS

A grand fireworks display served as the finale to Rush Township's First Annual Community Day held all day Saturday.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Hearings in the Schuylkill County Courthouse are being held by the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board on appeals filed by property owners concerning assessments placed on their properties for 2014 tax year.

New Life In Christ Ministries, Inc., East Stroudsburg, appealed the assessment on a church property on Market Street, Blythe Township, claiming it has resumed holding services for the public but was unable to list a membership.