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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Carbon County prospective jurors were introduced to a new jury selection process on Monday, and it has caused longer service time.

Mandated by the higher state courts, jurors must now answer a questionnaire given to them when they are called for service. After they complete the questionnaire, it is returned to the jury commissioners' office and copies are given to attorneys participating in the case for review.

What used to be completed in a day, now forces the process into another day for prospective jurors.

Saturday, September 14, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tom "Oakie" Schlorf, left, stands with fellow Tamaqua firefighters during a recent South Ward event in Tamaqua, where he was honored for his many year's of dedication and support to the South Ward Fire Company, Tamaqua Fire Department and South Ward Playground.

Thomas (Oakie) Schlorf, 53, Tamaqua, was short on words as members of the South Ward Playground Association honored and recognized him for many years of volunteerism and committment at both the South Ward Fire Company and South Ward Playground.

The honor was announced during Wednesday's Sept. 11 service held at the playground.

Schlorf, a firefighter since 1974, served as South Ward Fire Company Fire Chief from 1984 to 2010 and Tamaqua's Fire Chief from 2001-2010.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Civil War in Syria is a perplexing problem for the U.S. and its allies. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost or displaced since the uprising began in 2011 and now the aura of chemical weapons has engulfed the international community. President Obama's own strategy regarding the Syrian conflict also has demonstrated a level of incompetence that poses a danger to U.S. national security.

Saturday, September 14, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Corey German, right, a member of Boy Scout of Troop 145, Lehighton, and the Rev. Anthony Pagotto, stand by the pavers which were installed at Dinkey Memorial Church, Ashfield, as part of German's Eagle Scout project.

A Boy Scout from Lehighton Boy Scout Troop 145, Lehighton, has helped improved the grounds of Dinkey Memorial Church, Ashfield.

Corey L. German, son of Greg and Lori German of Lehighton Boy Scout Troop 145 of Lehighton, who is working toward his Eagle Scout rank, coordinated and oversaw the installation of a new paver walkway at Dinkey Memorial Lutheran Church, Ashfield.

The pavers were a project of this summer's Vacation Bible School, where the children put their handprints on the pavers with paint.

Saturday, September 14, 2013
Michelle Kuntzman, Kunkletown "A little bit of both. After 9/11 they heightened security. Now with this thing with Syria ... The health care thing, makes it hard for people. We live from paycheck to paycheck."

We observed the anniversary of 9/11 this week. Do you feel more safe or less safe than you did before 9/11/2001?

Saturday, September 14, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School District unveiled to the school board and to the public its proposed district-wide, long-range facilities plan at a special school board meeting on Monday evening. The plan is broken down into three phases over a five-year period. Some participants in the presentation and ensuing discussion include, l-r, senior managing consultant Zach Williard of PFM (Public Financial Management, Inc.); architectural consultant Mark Barnhardt of EI Associates; school board vice president Hal Resh; and LASD Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver.

At a special meeting on Monday evening, Lehighton Area School District unveiled to the school board and to the public its proposed district-wide, long-range facilities plan. The plan is broken down into three phases over a five-year period.

The total estimated cost of the district's proposed long-range facilities plan is $54,000,000. Reimbursements from PlanCon over a 20-year period total $15,118,386 , making a total project cost of $38,881,614.

Stadium planned

in first phase

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Safe Kids Carbon County will offer a child car seat check from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the WMGH radio station, along Route 209 in Lansford, near the Panther Valley High School complex.

The free check will be held rain or shine.

County commissioners on Thursday announced the check after they signed a proclamation recognizing Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 15-21.

Safe Kids Carbon chapter Chairwoman Mindy Graver and state Trooper Shannon Yorke, who conducts child safety seat checks, were on hand for the proclamation.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Ten defendants received hearings in Schuylkill County court on petitions brought by their probation officers to revoke their probation or parole.

Michael Charles Hill, New Ringgold, had his probation revoked by Judge John E. Domalakes and he was recommitted to the county prison to serve the balance of his sentence with 332 days of liberty disallowed, extending his maximum date for release to Jan. 11, 2015.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Two men went on trial, one pleaded guilty, and five had charges dismissed in a round of hearings held in Schuylkill County court.

Richard Frank Craine Jr., 43, of 55 Third St., Saint Clair, was found guilty by Judge James P. Goodman of charges of being involved in an accident causing personal injuries, driving while his operating privileges were suspended, careless driving, failing to stop and give information or render aide, and following another vehicle too closely, after a non-jury trial. Sentence was deferred to Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Saturday, September 14, 2013
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A group of men with local ties enjoyed their annual retreat this past weekend at Saint Joseph's-In-The-Hills Retreat House in Malvern. Owned and operated by Catholic laity since 1912, Malvern Retreat House serves the spiritual needs of lay men and women of all ages - as well as clergy and religious of many denominations - through the retreat experience.