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Friday, September 10, 2010

Four first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program this week by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

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

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Friday, September 10, 2010

The 2010 Carbon County and Technical Education Night will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15 at Jim Thorpe Area High School.

Representatives from over 90 colleges, technical and trade schools, and military services, will be in attendance to provide applications and answer questions.

This event is sponsored by the Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Palmerton, Panther Valley, and Weatherly area school districts, the Carbon Career and Technical Institute and the Carbon County Guidance Counselors Association.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Carbon County will be getting a visit from the Superior Court of Pennsylvania later this month.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Roberta L. Brewster, district court administrator, announced that a special panel session of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania will take place at the Carbon County Courthouse on Sept. 21 and 22, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in courtroom 1. The purpose of the special session is to give the public the opportunity to hear oral arguments on high court appeals. The Superior Court is normally located in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Panther Valley school district business manager, Kenneth Marx, Jr., announced that the district will receive $386,000 of the $525,000 that it is owed in back taxes from the LC&N properties. At last night's regular school board meeting, Marx explained that the rest of the total is still under investigation and it will be decided in court in October when and if the district receives that money.

The board was also advised by solicitor Robert Yurchak that it will need to hire an appraiser to examine the 19 LC&N properties that were sold under one deed for $11 million.

Friday, September 10, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford Borough Council wants this vacant, dilapidated home at 112 E. Patterson St., Lansford, to be demolished, but received no bids for the job.

Lansford Borough Council on Wednesday expected to award the job of demolishing vacant houses and removing the debris at 112 and 614 E. Patterson Street to a responsible company that offered the lowest bid.

But they were dismayed to find that no company was interested in the work; no bids were received.

So, council will try again, this time also publishing its bid request in an out-of-the-area newspaper. It expects to award the job - provided there are any takers - when it meets at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

The houses have been in extremely poor condition for some time.

Friday, September 10, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Mechanics Mike Dankanich (front) and Guy Anewalt (top), set up a first aid tent for Blue Mountain Health Systems this morning in preparation for the 21st Annual Palmerton Community Festival, which kicks off tonight in the borough park from 5-11 p.m.

Fun for the entire family.

That's what those who attend the 21st Annual Palmerton Community Festival can expect to encounter.

The three-day festival kicks off tonight from 5-11 p.m. in the Palmerton Borough Park. The event is held rain or shine.

Festivities will get under way when a group of St. John Neumann Regional School students sing the National Anthem on the main stage.

Friday, September 10, 2010

An area mayor is doing all he can to help Carbon County officials become certified to detain illegal immigrants until Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials can pick them up.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck, who visited the commissioners on Aug. 6 in regard to this matter, told the board that he has written letters to numerous politicians and area mayors asking for their support in getting the Carbon County Correctional Facility certified to house illegal immigrants for a short-term period.

Friday, September 10, 2010
Children's study

The first federal large-scale, long-term study of children's health has formed an advisory board in Schuylkill County.

Schuylkill is among one of 105 study "centers" across the country to participate in the $3.2 billion National Children's Study. The centers were chosen by a consortium that includes the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Friday, September 10, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Tri-County Polycythemia Vera Community Advisory Committee (CAC) members unveil a new display board on the rare blood cancer. From left are Joe Murphy, Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison, Merle Wertman, Frank Genther and Linda Wertman.

With the presence of a rare blood cancer cluster in the region, a group of citizens in Schuylkill, Carbon and Luzerne counties is working to keep the disease on the public radar.

The latest means to inform residents about polycythemia vera is the availability of a new health outreach display board on the disease.

The Tri-County Polycythemia Vera Community Action Committee (CAC) unveiled the new display board Thursday evening prior to its meeting in the alumni room at St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua.

Friday, September 10, 2010

A man wanted for a rape that occurred over 40 years ago in New York state was apprehended Wednesday in Shenandoah.

Russell Benjamin Pearce, 73, was taken into custody by state poilce at Frackville, Shenandoah police, state police from New York and federal marshals. Pearce, who went by the name Russell Stengle, has been living in Shenandoah for the past 16 years and reportedly had lived for a time in Palmerton, Flordia and Ohio.