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Friday, October 14, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS From left, Wayne Nothstein, Carbon County Commissioner; state Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-124th Legislative District, which includes portions of Schuylkill and Berks Counties; and state Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-122nd District, Carbon County. Knowles unveiled a proposal to repair roads and bridges with funds from the sale of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

A press conference was held outside the Jim Thorpe Train Station on Thursday to announce the introduction of legislation to designate all money generated from the sale of the Pennsylvania State liquor stores to the improvement of Pennsylvania's roads and bridges.

The plan was unveiled by Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-124th Legislative District, portions of Schuylkill and Berks Counties, with the support of Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-122nd District, Carbon County, and Wayne Nothstein, Republican Carbon County Commissioner.

Friday, October 14, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Painted "Raider Blue" during Tamaqua's homecoming football game are juniors, from left, Ricky Winslow, Andrew Jones, Robert Slovik, Mitchell Del Burrell, Brenden Bugge, CJ Shellhammer and Eric Smarr.

Friday, October 14, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Richard Nothstein (second from left), Palmerton Borough Council, accepts a check in the amount of $7,500 from Steve Vasko (center), president of the Palmerton Hungarian Club, on behalf of the officers and members of the Palmerton Hungarian Club, for the Palmerton Veterans Memorial. Also pictured are Robert Solt (first from left), Sgt. of Arms, George Duell Jr. (second from right), Freedom Team Salute, Ambassador, U.S. Army, and Joe Uhnak (first from right), first vice commander.

Contributions continue to pour in for a veterans memorial slated to be erected in Palmerton next year.

The most recent donation came in the form of a robust $7,500 check from the Palmerton Hungarian Club donated to the Palmerton United Veteran's Organization.

Ed Moyer, commander, American Legion Post 269, Palmerton, said the PUVO appreciated the Hungarian Club's generosity.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Hasty words by a 62-year-old Summit Hill man in Carbon County Court this morning resulted in cancellation of his plans for the next six months. Judge James C. McCready revised a sentence in acquiesence to the defendant's demands for jail in lieu of freedom. "I'll take jail," said George Hollar, after he was given a six month suspended jail sentence on a charge of assault and battery preferred by his 62-year-old brother, William Hollar, also of Summit Hill.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Mayor Michael Sofranko of Jim Thorpe stated at Thursday evening's borough council meeting, that he received official notification from state Rep. Doyle Heffley regarding super loads or oversized loads in Jim Thorpe.

PennDOT will later be releasing more information about oversized loads traveling through town.

"It has been established that they (PennDOT) will notify the Jim Thorpe Police Department within 24 hours of the arrival (of an oversized load)," said Sofranko.

Friday, October 14, 2011

A Palmerton man was sentenced to at least one year in jail on drug charges after entering a guilty plea in Carbon County court on Thursday.

He was one of 11 defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Forged prescriptions

Robert W. Hosier, 29, entered guilty pleas in two pending cases, both involved forged prescriptions. He was arrested by Palmerton police for an incident on Aug. 4, 2010, at the Rite Aid pharmacy and on March 30 by Lansford police for a similar incident at the Ride Aid in that community.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Carbon County Central Labor Chapter will hold an event highlighting Pennsylvania Troubled Bridges.

The Event will be held on The Thomas McCall Bridge located on US 209 in Lehighton.

The bridge crosses Lehigh River between Lehighton and Weissport.

The session will be from 5-6 p.m. Members of the community and labor will be on hand.

Carbon County Commissioners William J. O'Gurek and Charles Getz will speak about deficient bridges and infrastructure

Friday, October 14, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley School Board president Jeff Markovich, left, warns an incensed Nesquehoning resident John Barna at Thursday's public meeting.

A Nesquehoning man, whose angry outbursts at Panther Valley School Board meetings have resulted in police being called and threats of lawsuits, raised a ruckus again on Thursday after his attempts to apologize for a contentious incident at a committee meeting the day before were thwarted.

"I want to apologize for last night," John Barna said. At that point, school board President Jeff Markovich interrupted.

Friday, October 14, 2011
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Packed and ready to roll from the Effort UMC pavilion are these UMW donations being loaded into a car for transport by, from left, Dee Juris, Tonya Robinson, Pat Mackes and Carmen Yuhas. The will indeed help someone in need.

Sixteen churches, over 50 attendees, piles of handmade items and other donations totaling over 1,600 articles, and a speaker deemed great, combined to make the Northeast District UMW Ingathering meeting held at Effort United Methodist an event to remember.

In addition, fellowship and ministry, education and business were experienced as the UMW District Ingathering filled the hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Lehighton Boys and Girls Band is presenting The Big Band Ambassadors in concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lehighton Borough Annex auditorium, Third St. Some of the Lehighton Boys and Girls Band students will be playing along with the Ambassadors for a few numbers.