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Friday, December 13, 2013

Numerous parole/probation hearings were held by Carbon County judges on petitions filed by the adult probation office.

The petitions were filed against defendants in criminal cases who are under supervision while on either parole or probation and who have violated the conditions of their release.

Hearings were held for the following:

Friday, December 13, 2013

Trifecta Kennels, 526 Weir Mountain Road, Gilbert will have a Christmas Party from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15.

They hope to raise funds to provide a Seizure Response Service Dog for Kennedy Sheeley, a recent Pleasant Valley High School graduate, who has been diagnosed with a seizure disorder. The cost of the dog is $8,500.

The event includes food, a puppy play party at 2 p.m., training demonstrations and an opportunity to "ask the experts" questions about training.

Contact 610-681-4521 for more information.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Winter Wonderland in the Park, scheduled for 6-8 p.m., Saturday, in Memorial Park, Jim Thorpe, has been cancelled due to the impending winter storm.

Friday, December 13, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS A few students from the Carbon County SHINE Career Academy stand with representatives of Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corporation in front of a finished firetruck during Wednesday's tour of the plant. They are, front from left, Abby Hernandez of Weatherly; Brandon Roe of Palmerton; Devin Ebbert of Jim Thorpe; Kim Chang of Lehighton; and Corrina Stewert of Panther Valley. Back, Adam Graves, sales engineer for KME; Jason Davis, chassis group product manager at KME; Mahoning Township Police Officer Audie Mertz, head of the Carbon County DUI Task Force; and John Kovatch III, president and CEO of KME.

Fifty Carbon County middle schoolers will soon become engineers as they begin to outfit a DUI trailer for area police departments.

The project is part of the Carbon County SHINE Career Academy, a program that teaches sixth through eighth grade students about the careers of the future.

Over the next seven weeks, the Career Academy, which takes places at Carbon Career & Technical Institute, will partner with Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corporation of Nesquehoning to outfit a 24-foot trailer that Carbon and Schuylkill DUI Task Forces could utilizes during DUI checkpoints.

Friday, December 13, 2013

All Saints Episcopal Church, 301 N. Second St., Lehighton, will host a free community dinner from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. Everyone is invited. For additional information, call 610-377-2675.

Friday, December 13, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Members of the Northern Lehigh High School Treblemakers, led by Rachel Reiter, perform during dinner.

The sound of their voices made them appear to be Christmas Angels, while their kind actions helped them come across as Santa's Little Helpers.

That was how guests were treated by Slatington Elementary School students at the annual Senior Citizens' Holiday Program on Wednesday.

Principal Scott Pyne welcomed the senior citizens from nursing homes and/or assisted living in the Slatington community who attended the event.

Pyne specifically thanked instructor Lori Middaugh.

"She really puts together this whole event," he said.

Friday, December 13, 2013

The Schuylkill County employees pension fund reached a market value of $118,803,278 at the end of November but as of Wednesday it dropped to $118,551,385, Ron Zimmerman, deputy county controller, told the Schuylkill County Employees Retirement Board this week.

During November three members received annuity totaling $797,184, five members received funds totaling $7,315, and two employees were granted buy-back from leave of absence.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Carbon County residents can expect to pay the same amount on their county taxes in 2014.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve the 2014 spending plan with no changes from its preliminary adoption last month.

That means that a homeowner with a $100,000 home that is assessed at $50,000 will pay $512.50 in county real estate taxes next year.

The budget, which is broken down into operating funds, $42,138,271; capital projects, $745,000; and special funds, $2,292,325; totals $45,175,596.

Friday, December 13, 2013

The calendar for 2014-15 school year was adopted by the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board with the first day of school being Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, and the last day, Friday, May 29, 2015.

The holidays will be: Thanksgiving Recess, Nov. 27-28, and Dec. 1, 2014; Christmas Holiday, Dec. 24, 2014, through Jan. 4, 2015; Good Friday, April 3, 2015, and Easter Recess, April 2, 6-7, 2015, which will also serve as snow makeup days, and Memorial Day, May 25, 2015.

Six new directors were seated at the reorganization session.

Friday, December 13, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Marian High School students sponsored a "Giving Tree" for the 13th year in a row, spreading Christmas cheer to young and old alike. Student Council members (front) Arianna Srinivasan and Nicholas Hopeck; (back) Austin Paisley, Kassandra Mantz, Mary Susan McAndrew, Lukas Damian, with the assistance of other students, parents, faculty, staff and administration members collected dozens of gifts to be distributed through the organizations Catholic Charities in Lansford and Catholic Social Services in Scranton. Sister Bernard Agnes, IHM, is the Marian Student Council adviser.