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Friday, August 20, 2010

A Lehigh County man was sentenced on Thursday in Carbon County court to a state prison term for his part in a multiple-county burglary and drug dealing ring. He was one of several defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

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Victor Anthony Rodriguez, 45, of Allentown, was sentenced to serve 27 to 60 months in prison on a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin.

Friday, August 20, 2010

A public hearing was held by the Schuylkill County Planning Commission Wednesday eveniing at the courthouse in Pottsville to receive imputs on proposed revision of the county zoning ordinance. The county zoning ordinance currently covers 14 townships and 19 boroughs as most of the populated municipalities have their own zoning.

Friday, August 20, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Bags of trash and other discards litter the Kidder-Pine Point Plaza Recycling Depot at routes 534 and 903 in Kidder Township.

Carbon County's recycling program may be kicked to the curb if it continues to spill red ink.

County commissioners at a public meeting Thursday said grant money for the program has dried up this year, sales of recyclable materials has collapsed and the county has been forced to dip into reserves to make up the shortfall.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Franklin Township supervisors approved the Franklin Township Lions Club request to allow the use of volunteers to assist the club in putting up lights for the Franklin Lions Festival of Lights.

The decision was announced during a recent township meeting.

Club members have told supervisors that without some outside assistance from the public, the light show is in jeopardy of folding.

"We do have liability concerns," noted Rod Green, chairman of the board of supervisors. "We are concerned about our insurance.

Friday, August 20, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

There were nine lucky winners at St. Matthew's UCC's 121st Annual Church Picnic's Pie Contest. There were 20 entries and the judges had a hard time picking the best because they said they were all so good. The winners were, left to right: Riston Barr, 3rd in Other for his Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie; Connie Moretz, 1st in Other for German Chocolate Pie; Mae Borger, 3rd Fruit for Strawberry Custard; Lori Yates, 2nd in Other for Peanut Butter Pie; Emily Thek, 2nd in Fruit for Mixed Berry and 3rd in Apple; Sherry Kreger, 1st in Fruit for Bluberry Raspberry Pie; Jamie Fusner, 1st in Apple.

Friday, August 20, 2010

The work session of the Schuylkill County commissioners went smoothly as Controller Melinda Kantner was late arriving and missed the public comment section on the agenda which is listed at the beginning of the meeting and is the only time she can comment.

At the work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville the board approved several recommendations from department heads.

Friday, August 20, 2010

State College, Pa. AccuWeather.comreports a recall of 380 million eggs because of salmonella could be in part attributed to wet, humid weather across Iowa.

An increase in salmonella itself is not linked directly with weather and climate, but the rodent population responsible for spreading salmonella is influenced by changes in temperature, precipitation and season.

Very wet weather, humid conditions and seasonal changes bringing cooler temperatures can drive rodents into chicken houses, which act as a port of shelter from the elements.

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Panther Valley School Baord agreed to take immediate action that will rid the middle school in Lansford of "friable asbestos." That action came after results of a study conducted in the district's schools were presented by business manager nancy Kunzweiler. Dr. Andrew Chichura, superintendent of schools, said the asbestos in the middle school is in the basement hallway and in a number of rooms in the basement area.

Friday, August 20, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS Crusaders For a Cause recently donated two Stearns U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation jackets, along with two stainless steel carabineers to the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company. Pictured are, from left, Lynn Diehl, Shawn Sheckler, Thomas Chew, Jonathan Gulla, Bart Blakesley, Justin Smith (captain), Christina Obrecht (president of Crusaders For a Cause), and Larry Zawaly (treasurer, Crusaders For a Cause).

True to their word, a Palmerton-based organization has distributed its spring carnival proceeds.

Then again, charitable contributions are all in a days work for Crusaders For a Cause Inc., of Palmerton, a nonprofit organization.

Among the list of benefactors this time is Palmerton Relay For Life and surrounding areas, the American Cancer Society, and the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company.

The American Cancer Society received $600 in April from the group, while the Palmerton Relay For Life received $1,000.