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Thursday, April 24, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Ian Montelius, center, receives his Student of the Month award for the month of April from Nancy DaCosta, Lion Tamer, left, and Cynthia Kern, secretary, from the Penn-Kidder Lions Club on Saturday morning at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Numerous defendants entered pleas in Carbon County Court before Judge Joseph J. Matika Tuesday.

Bernard Stianche, 55, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of DUI.

He was arrested on Oct. 31, 2013, along Catawissa Street by Nesquehoning police. Given a test, the result was 0.24 BAC.

He was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300, get a D&A evaluation and zero tolerance of D&A use.

Rhonda J. McFarland, 37, of Coaldale, pleaded in three pending cases to two counts of retail theft and one of false reports.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mahoning Township Police executed a search warrant Wednesday at 285-39 Lower Nis Hollow Drive in the township.

In conjunction with the Attorney General's office and the Carbon County Drug Task Force, police seized items from the residence used to manufacture methamphetamine.

No one was inside the residence when police arrived.

Charges are pending the completion of the investigation.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A proposed firing range on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning is under review in the borough.

On Tuesday evening, the Nesquehoning Zoning Hearing board listened as Frank Shubeck, the Carbon County Prison work release director, outlined the firing range, which would be built by the county on county-owned property and used strictly by corrections officers at the prison, the county sheriff's office and probation officers. The hearing was to see if a zoning permit would be issued for the project.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Workers digging at stone piers of an 1890s-era bridge came up with an artifact dating back even earlier.

Joseph Yodis of Shenandoah, project inspector-in-charge for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, said workers excavated a large, signed rock buried in the river bed beneath the center arch of the East Broad Street bridge, Route 209.

"We got lucky because we only excavated 6 feet wide. We dug a trench about 4 feet. It was down between 2 and 3 feet," Yodis said. "It wasn't connected, but was butted up against the bridge.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

National Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Here are some places you can take your outdated prescription drugs.

Carbon County

Ÿ Summit Hill Police Department, 40 W. Amidon St., Suite 1, Summit Hill.

Schuylkill County

Ÿ Schuylkill County Sheriff: Tamaqua Borough Municipal Building, 320 Broad St., Tamaqua.

Ÿ Schuylkill County Sheriff: Mahanoy City Police Department, 239 E. Pine St., Mahanoy City.

Ÿ Schuylkill County Sheriff: Orwigsburg Police Department, 209 N. Warren St., Orwigsburg.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) will host an outreach specialist from the American Legion who will be at his office in Lehighton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. The office is located at 110 N. Third St., second floor.

Area veterans may seek assistance during those hours for information pertaining to specific benefits and programs.

Veterans do not need to be a member of the American Legion to take advantage of these services. Call 610-377-6363 or 570-722-8700 for information.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Do you have any items you no longer need or just want out of your way?

This Saturday, April 26, members of the Tamaqua Volunteers community initiative group will be accepting donations of clothing, toys, tools, electronics, holiday decorations, pots/ pans/dishes, cookware, furniture, appliances and practically anything else. The only items not accepted are televisions, computer monitors and obvious garbage. All donated items must be clean and odor-free.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Palmerton Area School District announces that students will not attend school on Friday, May 2, due to an Act 80 Day.