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Friday, February 17, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured is all that is left of the Rex's mobile home that was razed during a fast-moving fire that occurred on Jan. 28.

Members of the George S. Patton Jr. VFW Post 5069 made a monetary donation to fire victims Keith and Petra Rex of 3176 Mahoning Drive West in Lehighton, following a fast moving fire on Jan. 28 that completely razed their home.

Friends of Keith and Petra have set up a fire victims' fund to help the couple as they recover. The Rex Fire Fund has been established at the Sovereign Bank Branch in Snyders, 2092 West Penn Pike, New Ringgold, 17960.

Friday, February 17, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The former First National Bank of Palmerton has changed names and is now recognized as First Northern Bank & Trust Company. Pictured in front of the bank's newly designed sign are (l-r) Wendy Horvath, assistant vice president of marketing, Susan Choy, vice president of residential lending, and Ann Davis-Shupp, marketing director/vice president.

What's in a name?

Especially when everything else stays the same, much like it has at First Northern Bank & Trust in Palmerton.

Except of course, for the name, as Susan Choy, vice president of residential lending, explained to members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce earlier this week.

Choy informed the Chamber that the bank, which had previously been First National Bank of Palmerton, has gone ahead and changed its name.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Hearings were held by Judge John E. Domalakes in Schuylkill County court on appeals from summary convictions imposed by Magisterial District Judges.

Gina Marie Keiter, Pottsville, was found guilty of a charge of driving while her license was suspended and must serve 30 days in the county prison beginning Monday, March 5, at 9 a.m. She must also pay a $1,000 fine and court costs imposed by the district justice.

Keiter was cited by Pottsville Patrolman Renee Galle, last Oct. 3 when stopped in the 200 block of West Arch Street.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Two persons were placed on probation in Carbon County court on Thursday after entering guilty pleas to drug related charges while a third defendant admitted to two theft counts in connection with an arranged drug deal.

The defendants appeared before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Matthew Todd Borst, 21, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance-heroin.

Borst was arrested following an incident on Sept. 9, 2011, at the Bowmanstown Cemetery in Lower Towamensing Township.

Friday, February 17, 2012

With spring just around the corner, many individuals are already beginning to plan their summer activities.

Vacations, barbecues, time with friends and family, enjoying the outdoors, or even just lounging around the house are things that many of us enjoy.

However, when you are a patient in an area hospital, these things may seem out of reach.

For some the road to recovery is short, for others it seems long and unattainable. Every day individuals help patients by donating blood.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Tamaqua's Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is still looking to fill two vacancies. The council-appointed volunteer positions provide an advisory representative regarding community projects and development activities. Advisory members participate in reviewing and planning of all activities related to the Community Development Program within the borough and periodically review the implementation, monitoring and evaluating of plans, such as housing assistance.

Friday, February 17, 2012
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Officer Karl Harig, Tamaqua, left, with Tysheed Hargrove, 18, who has been charged in connection with two armed robberies committed at the Fegley Mini Mart in Tamaqua and later charged by Kidder Township police in Carbon County. The robberies took place on Jan. 20 and Feb. 5 in Tamaqua and Jan. 29 in Kidder.

Two area police departments filed charges against a New Jersey man in connection with armed robberies that occurred in their jurisdictions.

Tamaqua police have filed charges in connection with two armed robberies at the Fegley Mini Mart on Center Street.

Kidder Township police in Carbon County also filed charges against the same man in connection with the armed robbery of a Wawa store located along SR940, near the northeast extension of the turnpike, which occurred on Jan. 29

Friday, February 17, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One of the activities the students from OLOAA participated in during the recent Catholic Schools Week is the 50 Lanterns project. The students dressed in red, white, and blue and donated money to purchase solar lanterns so other children will have the gift of light. Fifty Lanterns International is a nonprofit organization based in St. Paul, Minn. It was founded to help improve lives in communities torn by poverty, war, or disaster through gifts of solar-powered lanterns and energy systems. Each solar light costs $50.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Schuylkill County man was jailed on Wednesday charged with assaulting a two-month old boy.

State police at Frackville have charged Peter Andrew Howard, 37, of Girardville, with aggravated assault,endangering the welfare of a child, simple assault and reckless endangering.

According to troopers on Sept. 15, 2011, between 4 and 6 p.m. Howard was along at 112 W. Main st., Apt. 1, in Girardville, with the victim and another sibling, a 14-month-old female. No other adults were present at the time.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A discussion was held at the work session of the Schuylkill County Commissioners on a request received from West Penn Township supervisors to enter into a cooperation agreement for the purpose of administering their Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.