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Friday, June 1, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS C. Arthur and Elizabeth Walters Hammers Scholarship is presented to four well-rounded seniors who are in the top fifth of the class; demonstrate good citizenship; are planning to further their education; and are members of two or more specified activities. Each recipient was awarded $3,000 a year for four years each. Pictured left to right are Peter Petrack; Laura Cressley; Michael Warkala; Kara Serfass, and Lehighton Area High School Principal Tim Tkach.

Lehighton Area High School held its annual Academic Awards Assembly. The following awards were presented:

Major General and Mrs. Bert A. David Award: $4,000 Jonathan Strauss

Craig L. Barry memorial Fund: $1,000 Graham Strauss

Jean Everett Memorial Nursing Scholarship: $1,000 Ashley Otto

Beverly Dolgopol Cheerleading Award: $500 Sydney Schafer

Lehighton Woman's Club Awards: $100 each Laura Cressley and Adam Reichard

Mahoning Elementary P.T.O. Awards: $200 each Mickayla Grosso and Jonathan Strauss

Arby's Senior Service Award: $100 Stephanie Slaw

Thursday, May 31, 2012
VINCENT CHITSWARA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS As seen from SR309 in West Penn Township, these cloud formations resemble mini tornadoes, although no official sightings of tornadoes were reported by the NOAA. Recent weather has made for strange and scary looking cloud formations in the skies above us.

As seen from SR309 in West Penn Township, these cloud formations resemble mini tornadoes, although no official sightings of tornadoes were reported by the NOAA.

Recent weather has made for strange and scary looking cloud formations in the skies above us.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Tamaqua man pleaded guilty to 20 criminal charges was sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin in Schuylkill County court to serve 15 1/2 to 35 months in a state correctional facility. Nine other defendants who entered guilty pleas were also sentenced.

Michael Howard Startzel, 28, of 45 N. Greenwood St., pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance when arrested on Sept. 23, 2010, at his residence by the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Area residents will find it hard to forget the violent rain storm that hit our area on Saturday, dropping up to 10 inches of rain in less than an hour in some communities. Pictured at the intersection of State Road and Hamilton Street in Ryan Township is a white Subaru Legacy, owned by a Barnesville woman, up to its roof with flood waters. Police said the woman driver was able to escape as her car slid into the water. State Road was closed due to fast flooding. In addition to township police, firefighters from Quakake and Delano also responded.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Nine first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

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

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The clock is ticking for developer Rick Bjorkman of PKR Enterprises to deliver to Mahoning Township supervisors an extended letter of credit for the Sunny Hills Farm Land Development project or Friday afternoon June 1st when the $125,000 letter expires, Chairperson John Wieczorek and Solicitor Tom Nanovic will be collecting the note due from Mauch Chunk Trust Company.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dogs are disrupting one Mahoning Township development and resident Kim Snyder – bearing a petition from neighbors in Mahoning Manor Estates – attended the supervisors' meeting this week to request they do something about the situation.

"My neighbor has 10 dogs in their house and they do not clean up their yard after them. The smell is so bad that I cannot let my son outside or play with him outside and it's been awful the past few days with how murky the weather has been," Snyder told supervisors.

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Country View Diner owners are celebrating its 10th anniversary. From left are, Roger Bartholomew, Tricia Frantz, David Zacharias, Laura Zacharias, Kelly Lassell, Linda Zacharias, Donald Gearhart, Beverly Harakel and Barbara Mackes. Also staff members are, Elaine Koch, Melissa Pfancook, Jacob Borger, Tonya Lundy and Bethney Koch.

Customers are the number one reason why Country View Diner owners are so happy.

"If it wouldn't be for my customers, I wouldn't be here," said Laura Zacharias, with a smile. "Most of my customers stop by every day."

Ten years ago, Laura found herself unemployed when the previous owner closed the restaurant. She had been a waitress since 1994.

So without a job and after some discussion, she and her fiance, David Zacharias, (at the time), decided to take the restaurant over.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

While several bids for road materials and fuel were awarded by Mahoning Township supervisors Tuesday evening, four of them were held up for various reasons and not awarded. Bid awards that were delayed included the bids for 500 tons of 2A, 500 tons of #3 stone and 500 tons of #1 stone while a fourth bid for 89 octane gasoline was rejected and supervisors decided to re-advertise that bid for 87 octane gasoline instead.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Six Tamaqua Area High School students were recognized at the 29th Annual Schuylkill County Academic Achievement Awards. The event was held at the Pottsville Club and was sponsored by Schuylkill IU#29 and all county school districts. The students were recognized for their academic excellence, achievement and accomplishments, as determined by their school district. In attendance were: TAHS Principal Stephen Toth, Dana Ansbach, Kelsey Patrick, Anthony Iacoviello, Jacqueline McMullen and Suzanne Arner.