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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The board of directors of the Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center announced Tuesday that PHS/PMC President and CEO Kathleen Kuck has advised the board of her decision to resign, effective immediately.

Kuck joined PHS/PMC in 2006 as vice president for patient care services and was named CEO in December 2008.

"For the past six years, Kathy has served as an important force in helping ensure the delivery of quality health care to the citizens of Monroe County and the surrounding area," said W. Andrew Worthington, board chairman.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Carbon County man who entered a Lansford home looking for drugs along with another man, and who was scared off by a gun-toting grandfather protecting his grandson, pleaded guilty in the county court Tuesday and was immediately sentenced to a prison term.

Brian R. Kehl, 31, of Summit Hill, pleaded guilty before Judge Joseph J. Matika to one count of criminal trespass, a felony three.

Kehl and Joseph Becker, 31, of Coaldale, entered the home at 313 W. Water St. on Feb. 27 allegedly looking for a person named "Cody." Originally they said he owed them money.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison on Tuesday in Carbon County court for sexually assaulting a mentally challenged girl.

Blaine William Kirchner, 61, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic to serve a total of 19 to 38 months in a state prison on counts of corruption of a minor, indecent assault and indecent exposure. Kirschner previously pleaded guilty to the charges.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Police are looking for this man in connection with a Schuylkill County woman whose body was found Saturday morning.

State police at Hamburg are seeking the public's help in the investigation of the death of a Schuylkill County woman whose body was found in Bethel Township, Berks County, on Saturday morning.

Troopers are asking for help in identifying a man and finding a vehicle as part of the investigation.

Troopers released photos showing a man and a vehicle taken early Friday evening by a security camera in Lebanon.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

George Moyer and Kyle Heffner have announced their candidacies for nomination to the Republican State Committee in the May 20 primary election.

Moyer, an incumbent, will face five others for the three open seats on the committee. A Norwegian Township resident, Moyer has been elected to two terms. He is a self-employed business owner and a Marine Corps veteran.

Moyer said in a prepared statement that he has "taken responsibility for full attendance at all meetings and committee functions and reports to the constituents on a regular basis."

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The members of TeamSlam include, from left, Tristin Arnold, 18, of Slatington; Jacob Brunt, 15, of Walnutport; Zion Schellenberg, 14, of Slatington; Brandon Dunlap, 17, of Walnutport; Daniel Schmall, 18, of Slatington; William Andino, 16, of Slatington; Daniel Munoz, 18, of Mahoney City; Tyler Peters, 17, of Slatington; John Kibler, 30, of Slatington; Dylan Sillett, 13, of Slatington; and Tyler Smith, 13, of Slatington; who attended the Slatington Parks and Recreation Commission meeting Monday evening.

Eleven young men approached Slatington's Parks & Recreation Commission Monday to ask about building a skateboard/bike park on borough property.

The teens were taking the advice given them at last month's Finance/Planning/Zoning, Public Safety, and Human/Community Services Committee.

The members of TeamSlam, an organized group of 15-20 riders, many under the age of 18, had first approached borough council members at their March committee meeting to request that council allow them to place a removable skateboard/bike park on half of the Walnut Street Playground.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Palmerton Area Library recognized its volunteers recently at a special breakfast. Those who attended include, seated, from left, Connie Reinhart, Louise Koons, Kathy Ahner, Annette Anthony, Gayle Behr, Lisa Koller and Betty Stout. Standing, Joan Turko, Bob Reinhart, Anita Harry, director Diane Danielson, Barb Eastland, Sandy Hook, Dorothy Strohl, Kara Scott, Donna Les and Sam Heiney.

The Palmerton Area Library has a dedicated core group of 80 adult volunteers who do a variety of jobs.

Because the library appreciates all they do, it held a recognition breakfast for them in its Knight's Gallery.

Diane Danielson, library's director, said that during the 2013 year, volunteers worked a total of 1,250 hours, which is equivalent to having someone work 24 hours per week, every week.

"Some of our hardest working volunteers are our board of directors," Danielson said.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Several defendants in pending drug-related cases entered pleas before Carbon County Judge Joseph J. Matika in county court Tuesday.

Vito William Molle, 32, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin.

He was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office and county drug task force following a search warrant served on his residence at 431 E. Ridge St., on March 5. Found in the home were 22 bags of heroin and various drug paraphernalia.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
fyi

The Faith-Paced Walker's Club will begin walking every Tuesday and Thursday morning through June 19 at the Lehigh Canal Park in Weissport.

Registration will be from 7:30 to 8 a.m. and the walk will begin promptly at 8:15 a.m.

Walkers will walk at their own pace for as long as they want, but must be back at the pavilion by 9 in order to be eligible to win prizes.

Prizes range from gift cards to gift baskets and more.

For additional information about the club call 610-377-5395.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1140 Pohopoco Drive, Lehighton, will host an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The theme of the open house is: "Strengthening Home and Family."

There will be a brief tour of the church and visitors can become better acquainted with its members and the organization. Visitors will be able to view displays, ask questions and enjoy light refreshments.

Tom Thunell and his wife, Heather, are serving as missionaries for the church and are presently assigned to work at the Lehighton branch.