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Friday, April 13, 2012

A Tamaqua man scheduled to go on trial before a jury changed his mind and entered a plea of guilty to drug charges in Schuylkill County court this week.

Kevin M. Parsons, 23, last known address, 225 Pine St., pleaded guilty before President Judge William E. Baldwin to two counts each of delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Friday, April 13, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among those on hand for the grand opening of Customer1Auto in Lehighton are (front row, l-r) Carbon County Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard, Scott Miller, owner, Josie Zimmerman, co-owner, John Miller, business partner, Marie Miller, business partner, Jeffrey Minnich Sr., general manager, Carbon County Commissioner William O' Gurek, Carbon County Commissioners Chairman Wayne Nothstein, (back row, l-r) Nick Keiser, mechanic, Jay Benscoter, service manager, Edward Hull, mechanic, and Heather McClure, secretary, Carbon County Chamber of Commerce.

A used car sales and service center in Lehighton plans to make sure its customers are the ones in the driver's seat.

Customer1Auto held its grand opening Thursday at 700 North First St., the site of the former Mahoning Ambulance building.

Among those who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Carbon County Commissioners William O'Gurek, Thomas J. Gerhard, and Chairman Wayne Nothstein, Carbon County Chamber of Commerce secretary Heather McClure, family members, and employees.

Friday, April 13, 2012

The free computer learning lab scheduled for Monday April 16 at the Tamaqua Salvation Army will be postponed to the following Monday, April 23. The labs are free and will be held every Monday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Interested persons must RSVP. No computer experience or ownership is required. Anyone interested is encouraged to contact volunteer instructor Andrew Leibenguth at AndyLeibenguth@TamaquaArea.com or (570) 668-1234.

Friday, April 13, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area Middle School students participated in the recent Hoops For Hopes Program. Students who raised $40 or more for the American Heart Association were declared members of the "Heart Hero Club." Eighth grade girls who were named to the club include JulieAnn Koscak, Samantha Shamonsky and Samantha Dale.

Friday, April 13, 2012

A Schuylkill County man was jailed on Wednesday, and later released, after being charged with robbing another county resident and threatening to shoot him.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the suspect as Nikolis Ben Chyat, 22, of Moonhill Road, in Schuylkill Haven. The victim was identified as Kyle Lombel, 20, also of Moonhill Road.

Troopers said the incident occurred between 1 and 4 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, in the area of Martins and Birdshill roads, in Washington Township.

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Nesquehoning Food Pantry, located in the Meed's Methodist Church, will hold its monthly distribution of nonperishable food items to those in need from 1-3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19. This will be the regular food distribution.

Recipients must reside in the borough of Nesquehoning and fall within TEFAP income guidelines. Persons who have been receiving the food "boxes" are asked to note that no telephone reminders will be made.

Please consider donating your time to help keep the food pantry operating for those in need.

Friday, April 13, 2012

The following students have achieved Principal's List or Honor Roll for the third marking period at Towamensing Elementary School.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST: Students who have attained all A's in all major subjects.

Third Grade: Kassidy Altemose, Madison Balliet, Emily Baumgardt, Brock Bollinger, Emily Butz, Molly Campbell, Carissa Fallon, Dylan Frank, Ariana Jones, Brayden Kline, Gina Laviolette, Madix Marlatt, Aidan McCarty, Yesmine Olewine, Derek Rea, Ethan Recker, Megan Serfass, Jarret Silvius, Angelyne Steigerwalt, Tyler Stuck, Chelsea Wagner, Alexander Whitney and Corlan Wood.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Beltzville State Park will be hosting a Basic Boating Course instructed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission on May 14 and May 16. The course will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. each night.

There is no charge for the course. All participants must pre-register and must attend both sessions. Call Beltzville State Park at (610) 377-0045 to register.

Friday, April 13, 2012

A Schuylkill County man's car left a Lehigh County road, ripped through fencing, and landed on its roof on an off-ramp to the Northeast Extension of the turnpike.

The incident occurred about 6:30 p.m. Thursday in South Whitehall Township.

Police said Theodore Black, 44, of New Ringgold, was driving westbound along W. Tilghman Street when the vehicle left the road and went through a fence, then flipped over and landed near the northbound off-ramp to the turnpike.

Friday, April 13, 2012

A wealth of health care tips and services will soon be at the disposal of community members.

Blue Mountain Health System and Palmerton Lions Club will co-sponsor a community health fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 21 at Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton Hospital cafeteria.

The health fair is open to all ages and there is no charge to participate, said Mary Lou McGeehan, Community Education Coordinator.