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Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Carbon County jury panel deliberated for about 45 minutes on Monday afternoon before finding an Albrightsville man guilty of two counts of driving under the influence.

Frank Rubino, 70, was arrested on Aug. 16, 2003, after being involved in an accident along Moseywood Road in Kidder Township. Township officer Michael Fedor responded to the 1:20 a.m. accident and found Rubino's vehicle off the road and into a tree.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Carbon County College and Technical Education Night is scheduled for Sept. 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Jim Thorpe Area High School, 1 Olympian Way, Jim Thorpe.

The free event is open to parents and students in Carbon County and surrounding areas.

Representatives from over 100 colleges, universities, technical and trade schools, and military services will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions.

A list of attendees is available at www.jimthorpesd.org.

Students attending the event will be eligible for prize drawings.

Thursday, September 11, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Axl Z. Feiller recently achieved the highest rank in Scouting and was presented with his Eagle Award in August.

Axl Z. Feiller, 18, of Slatington, recently achieved the highest rank in Scouting, the Eagle Scout Award. Feiller is the son of Richard and Connie Reppert.

Feiller was presented with his Eagle Award at an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony held Aug. 24 at the American Legion Allen O. Delke Post #16 in Slatington. He completed all the work for his Eagle and was examined by the troop's Board of Review last November.

Feiller joined Pack 32 as a Tiger Cub and earned the Arrow of Light award, the highest rank in Cub Scouts.

Thursday, September 11, 2014
special to the Times News

Members of the Lansford High School Alumni Reunion Committee presented a check

for $500 to Jesse Hiles. The donation is to benefit Zoostock 2014 and the Carbon Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society. Hiles was also presented with a banner to be displayed at the Sports Zoo in Lansford. Pictured are Mike Lukac, vice president; Jesse Hiles; Lynn Richards, reservations chairwoman; Susan Lukac, president; Geri King, treasurer; and David Griffith, secretary.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Firefighters were called out at about 10:30 a.m. today to a possible chemical spill at Savage Industries in Parryville into the Lehigh Canal, according to scanner reports.Parryville and Bowmanstown fire departments responded. A Carbon County Emergency Management Agency deputy was also called to the scene.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Jim Thorpe Area School District received a $4,000 youth literacy grant this week to support its High School Literacy Program.

The grant is awarded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to "help provide teachers, schools and organizations with the funding and resources they need to properly begin the school year."

Carol Judd, a reading specialist at Jim Thorpe High School, wrote the grant application.

The money will be used to purchase a Wilson Reading System, said Thomas Lesisko, Jim Thorpe High School principal.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Refinancing a $400,000 loan taken out in 2006 will save Schuylkill Township about $100,000.

Township supervisors made the announcement during a meeting Tuesday. The original loan rate was for 4.5 percent and the monies were used for roadwork and paving on Valley Road. Supervisor Christine Verdier shopped around for several months before getting a 3.35 percent interest rate from Mauch Chunk Trust, Hometown, for 10 years.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tamaqua Police have made an arrest in the Sunday burglary at Lehigh Tire Company Inc.

Thomas Kehl, 24, of 21 Spruce St., Apt. 1, Tamaqua, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his home.

The arrest came after Lehigh Tire Manager Marie Morgan spotted some of her tools for sale on Facebook.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) announced the awarding of $245,000 to Lehighton Borough. The funding will be used to make pedestrian improvements to the Colonel Jacob Weiss Park and it comes from PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation Fund.

PennDOT awarded a total of $40 million in grants through the program. It is open to a wide variety of entities, including municipalities, counties, school districts, businesses, nonprofits and transportation.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Jose Perez

Two Lansford men are accused of assaulting another and stealing his cellphone and cash.

Charles L. Thatcher VII, 18, and Jose Perez, 26, both of 448 E. Bertsch St., are both charged with conspiracy, two counts of robbery, theft, and simple assault. They remain in Carbon County Correctional Facility under $50,000 percentage bail.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed with District Judge Casimir Kosciolek by borough officer Jason Helmer, here's what happened: