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Friday, May 30, 2014

A proposed wind farm in Carbon County has some kinks that need to be worked out before Nesquehoning Council will give the project approval.

During the borough council meeting this week, the board voted to give the plan, submitted by Tihali Wind Turbine Farm LLC of Brick, New Jersey, conditional rejection until all conditions are adequately met.

Friday, May 30, 2014

The word "hero" is defined in the dictionary as a person who is a mythological or legendary figure endowed with a great strength, or ability; "heroic" as a person exhibiting or marked by courage or daring; and "heroism" as the extreme self-sacrificing courage in obtaining a noble end.

Thus was the case Tuesday morning when six members of the Tamaqua Rescue Squad risked paying the supreme sacrifice while rescuing an accident victim from the rain-swollen waters of the Little Schuylkill River.

Friday, May 30, 2014
MARY TOBIA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Palmerton Area Library was the setting for the annual Concourse Club of Palmerton to disperse donation checks to various clubs and organizations in the Palmerton area. Representatives present to accept the checks on their organization's behalf were, seated, from left, Debbie Balch, Care Net of Carbon County; Pam Andrews, Palmerton Area Recreation Committee; Bonnie Green, CACPAC; Diane Danielson, Palmerton Area Library; Tammy Rodgers, Domestic Violence; Darlene Nothstein, Meals Wheels; Marge Porambo, Breast Cancer Research and PSA Breast Cancer Coalition; and Anita Harry, Palmerton Bandstand Committee. Middle row, Marie Williams, chairwoman for the Concourse Ways and Means Committee; Larry Zawaly, Palmerton Municipal Fire Co.; Robbi Ahner, Palmerton Band; Carolyn Spairana, Bowmanstown Fire Company; Marg Federanich, chairwoman for the Concourse Ways and Means Committee; Dan Kunkle, Lehigh Gap Nature Center; and Bill Smelas, Palmerton Historical Society. Back row, Frank Hass, West End Fire Company #2; Bill George, Aquashicola Fire Co; Wayne Knirnschild, Towamensing Fire Company; Larry Ahner, Palmerton Memorial Park; Matt and Chris Anthony, Carbon County Special Olympics; and Joe Koma, St. Vincent DePaul.

One Basket Spectacular equals 21 appreciative area organizations.

The Concourse Club of Palmerton held its annual Spring Basket Spectacular in April in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Hall in Palmerton.

Each year the club disperses profits from the event to Palmerton area organizations and fire companies.

"This is just our way to say thank you to each and every one of you for the hard work you do in our community," said Marg Federanich, Concourse chairwoman for the Ways and Means Committee.

Friday, May 30, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Debra Rausch, whose son was in a unit that received wish list items from the VFW two years ago, stands with soldier Michael Kistler's relatives, from left, grandfather Ted Kistler, mother Kathy Kistler, brother Ted Kistler, grandmother Linda Kistler, step-grandfather Robert Mohring, and grandmother Joyce Mohring as they gather around the contents of one of the care packages being sent to Michael's army unit in Afghanistan.

Just in time for Memorial Day this year, the Walnutport VFW was able to put together about 35 care packages on Wednesday evening and ship them off later in the week to an Army unit it recently adopted that is stationed overseas.

The R.W. Fritzinger VFW 7215 Post held a Surf & Turf Raffle on April 27 to gather money for the purchase of requested wish list items for the unit. One of the unit's members is the grandson of former quartermaster and current member Ted Kistler.

Friday, May 30, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Mario Iezzoni, left, of Summit Hill, a Korean War veteran, talks about his experiences in Korea. He was the main speaker at the Summit Hill Memorial Day service. At right is William K. O'Donnell, commander of the Summit Hill American Legion Post.
Friday, May 30, 2014

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a prison term on Thursday after pleading guilty in the county court to drug counts.

Tiffany J. Scott, 26, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of delivery of a controlled substance-heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and hindering apprehension before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Scott was charged with the delivery count on Feb. 2 by agents of the state Attorney General's office for selling heroin to a confidential informant at her residence in Franklin Township.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday approved a number of personnel moves.

Emergency Management: John Blickley, Frackville, was promoted to the position of deputy emergency management coordinator at $49,923. Half of the salary is funded through an Emergency Management Performance Grant.

Tax Assessment: Jim Gustas, Pottsville, transferred from field appraiser to interim field appraiser at $21.55 an hour. Lee Raring, Auburn, was transferred from solid waster/recycling coordinator to field appraiser at $17.14 an hour.

Friday, May 30, 2014

One confirmed case of scabies has been reported in the Carbon County Correctional Facility.

Deputy Warden Timothy Fritz said the prison learned of a confirmed case earlier this week, and are currently treating that inmate with medication.

About 25 inmates are assigned to the block where the infected person is housed, and to stop the possibility of spreading the infection, the prison is treating everyone as a precaution.

Cells are being deloused, and all clothing and bedding are being washed in hottest water to kill the parasite.

Friday, May 30, 2014

The atmosphere inside Lehighton's Football Stadium figures to be lively, colorful and extremely emotional this weekend.

Expect all that and more when the American Cancer Society holds its 13th annual Relay For Life of Lower Carbon County.

The 24-hour event runs from 10 a.m. Saturday through 10 a.m. Sunday at the stadium. Admission and parking are free.

Relay for Life specialist Cheryl Haas said this year's relay theme is Luau for Life.

Opening ceremony is at 10 a.m., and the parade of teams is at 1 p.m., followed by the fight back ceremony.

Friday, May 30, 2014
Barry Warner Jr.

Nesquehoning Chief of Police Shawn Smith said he is seeking a second man regarding a suspected meth lab raid in the borough on Thursday.

Smith said police are trying to locate Barry Warner Jr., 33, whose last known address was in Lansford.

According to Smith, Warner no longer lives in Lansford.

"We know he's not there and we're trying to locate him for questioning," said Smith.

No charges are filed against Warner.

He is described as 5-foot, 9-inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.