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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Donald C. Wassum receives a plaque for 60 years of continuous membership in American Legion Post 16 from Commander Gordon Gianotti.

At the April 9 meeting of the American Legion Allen O. Delke Post 16 of Slatington those members who have continuous membership for 60 years were honored.

Part of the opening of the program was the uncovering by Jr. Vice Commander Jim Gourniak Sr. of the empty POW-MIA chair.

Commander Gordon Giannotti said one mission of the Legion is to gain the freedom of prisoners in all wars and determining where missing-in-action military personnel may be.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Monsignor Agnello J. Angelini Assembly # 971 and Damien Council # 598 of the Knights of Columbus will meet on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Lehighton. On the agenda will be a discussion about the possibility of forming a Columbian Squires Circle – as well as a Youth Aviation Program. Recitation of the Rosary will follow the meetings.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lower Towamensing Township officials have once again been taken to task for the manner in which they continue to access a recreation park.

Resident Herman Bollinger on Tuesday again called out the township's board of supervisors on Tuesday, and said it was illegal for them to use the lower gate to the Stoney Ridge Recreation P.A.R.C.

"You guys are not supposed to use that gate," Bollinger said. "You guys don't have no permit for the lower gate."

Bollinger said he had paperwork that states the gate may not be accessed.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A preliminary hearing for a Lansford man accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl has been rescheduled for 2:45 p.m. May 2 before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek.

The case came to light when Lansford Det/Sgt. Jack Soberick was given correspondence between Paul Walck, 22, and the girl that indicated a romantic relationship.

The girl was interviewed in February by Soberick, and she told him Walck had a tattoo of a dollar sign on his genitals.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School Student Council member Heather Heiney, who also serves as a Student Representative to the board, presents Superintendent Michael Michaels (center) and school board members with gifts courtesy of the organization.

A group of Northern Lehigh High School students chosen by their classmates to organize activities continues to raise the bar.

Joined by adviser Renee Evans, Student Council representatives Brandon Horvath and Heather Heiney gave the group's yearly presentation to the school board on Tuesday.

Superintendent Michael Michaels introduced the group, of whose vast membership couldn't be on hand due to their participation in athletic events.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the 2012 Leadership Carbon class recently held an expo at the Jim Thorpe Area High School as its class project and were joined by 13 non-profit organizations. The class presented a "basket of goodies" to one of the lucky volunteers, Sandra Kimborowicz, shown in back with basket. Members of the class included, front, from left, Anthony Postupack, Monica Marshall, Katie Garvey, Tammy George and Joe Urban; and back, Scott Kane, Betsy Steffy, Camara Klotz, Kimborowicz, Aki Susko, Cassie McSparin and Principal Thomas Lesisko. Also in the class are Heather McClure and Mark Slivka.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A former Tamaqua man was tried in absentia when he failed to appear for his trial Monday in Schuylkill County court.

Michael Francis Ortlip, 25, last known address, Pottsville, was found guilty by a jury of all charges, indecent assault of person under age 13 years, corruption of minors, indecent assault without consent, and indecent assault of person under age 16 years. The alleged incidents occurred in Tamaqua. Charges were filed on Feb. 19, 2011, by Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Dave Cipko of Tamaqua gives his grandsons, Braden, 5, left, and Landen Tringone, 4, of Delano, a tour of a train car staged outside the Tamaqua Train Station. Number on the car says it is a Plymouth S.H.W.P. 61.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Carbon County Association of REALTORS is hosting a Home Buyer's Seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 16 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Luther Hall.

The seminar brings together all the services home buyers need in one convenient location from the area's leading mortgage professionals, home inspectors and attorneys, just to name a few.

When you enter the Home Buyer Seminar, the first thing you'll notice is that nobody is there to sell you anything.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Rick Santorum's decision to drop out of the GOP presidential race Tuesday pleased Pennsylvania Republican leaders on opposing sides in the nomination fight.

"It allows the focus to be on President Obama now," said state Sen. Jake Corman, an old friend and longtime supporter of Santorum, who represented Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate and House for 16 years. "All races are about the incumbent at the end of the day."