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Monday, October 21, 2013

Two people were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program for first time offenders last week.

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

Placed by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II were:

Monday, October 21, 2013
Fire trucks from Slatington, Walnutport and Palmerton line Main St. in Slatington this morning for a call of smoke in an apartment building. Crews arrived to find a furnace malfunction and ventilated the building.

A furnace malfunction caused an apartment building in Slatington to fill up with smoke this morning.

The Slatington Fire Department was dispatched at about 8:20 a.m. to a building at 344 Main St., at which time about 10 people were evacuated, said Slatington Fire Chief Keith Weaver.

"The second floor apartment was filling up with smoke," Weaver said. "We evacuated the building, re-ventilated the building, and checked to make sure there was no CO (carbon monoxide)."

Monday, October 21, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Joe Stanky and the Cadets filled the polka tent with music on Friday during Carbon County Oktoberfest at the Big Creek Grange, 275 Grange Road, Lehighton. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit Dream Come True - Blue Ridge Chapter. The event featured polka-style entertainment, along with horse drawn buggy rides, trick shooting by Wild Bill Pocono, black smith demonstrations and more.

Monday, October 21, 2013

A Carbon County jury panel recently returned a verdict in favor of the defendants in a malpractice suit.

The suit was filed by Lorrie Stang, of Sewell, N.J., individually and as administratrix of the estate of John Stang.

The defendants in the case weere Dr. Deborah Ann Smith, M.D., Jim Thorpe; Dr. Neil Lesitsky, M.D., Albrightsville; Dr. Joseph McGinley, D.O., Lehighton; Dr. Patrick J. Hanley, D.O., Jim Thorpe; Dr. Rajinish Chaudhry, M.D., Pottsville; and the Blue Mountain Health Systems Gnaden Huetten Campus-Lehighton.

Monday, October 21, 2013
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Devon Fritz, Carbon County counselor of the Domestic Violence Service Center, second from right; accepts the proclamation naming October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Carbon County. With her are, from left, Carbon County Commissioners Thomas J. Gerhard; Wayne Nothstein, chairman; and William O'Gurek.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Carbon County.

During the countycommissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board adopted a proclamation in honor of raising awareness about domestic violence. Domestic violence is a serious problem all over the world and the Domestic Violence Service Center has worked diligently to offer support and help to women who have been victims of abuse.

The proclamation recognizes the Domestic Violence Service Center, which began as the Women Center task force in 1977.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Trick or Treat Night in Franklin Township will be held from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30. Residents who plan to invite children for treats should leave on porch lights.

Monday, October 21, 2013

The much discussed civil suit brought against the County of Carbon by county auditors Ray Kistler, John Herbert and Thomas Kiggings has been discontinued, settled and satisfied following a conference recently of all factors involved.

Scheduled for hearing next week when the October term of Civil Court convenes, the litigation was eliminated from the court agenda by reason of compromise settlement reached today.

The commisioners previously refused payment on the 1942 and 1943 audits, stating that the amount provided in the budget for services of auditors had become exhausted.

Monday, October 21, 2013
Enjoying the after-party at the fire company are "Minions", from left, Shannon Bastian, Kelly Bastian and Molly McAndrew.

Hundreds of anxious onlookers filled the main streets of New Philadelphia on Sunday to watch the town's 19th annual Halloween Parade. The parade, organized every year by the New Philadelphia Community Organization, included many creative costumes, bands and and a wide array of theme floats. All marchers and floats were judged for three places in eight categories. New Philadelphia Mayor and NPCO President Francis "Frani" Tkach said the parades get better every year. All participants were treated to free food and refreshments at the fire company afterwards.

Monday, October 21, 2013

A new Advance Auto Parts store, a new duplex and a lot line adjustment were the three plans discussed at last week's Walnutport Planning Commission meeting.

After nearly three years with no new development plans having been submitted, Borough Engineer Jason Newhard at the last Walnutport Borough Council meeting said all three plans had arrived just last month.

Project Engineer Darrin Heckman spoke on behalf of the equitable owner and developer of the future Advance Auto Parts store site, who asked not to be named.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

A special request brought a grand dame of the railroad to Tamaqua and points north on Monday. But it wasn't a typical fall foliage excursion.

Engine #425, a legendary locomotive of the Reading, Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad, turned in a command performance on behalf of close to two dozen railfans who paid premium fees for a chance to ride and photograph the historic iron horse at just the right locations.