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Saturday, July 6, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

William Wesley Wentz receives a ribbon and a $500 award for Best of Show at the 32nd annual art exhibit of the Carbon County Art League. The award is presented by Art League president Earlene Russell. They are holding the winning entry, Fall Still Life, a watercolor painted in 2010 by Wentz, who taught art for many years at the Baum School in Allentown.

Saturday, July 6, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The Rev. Jody Neifert recently celebrated 30 years as pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Palmerton.

His style may appear unorthodox at times.

Yet, it's that type of unconventional approach that has made the Rev. Jody Neifert a big hit with his congregation.

Neifert, of Franklin Township, recently celebrated 30 years as pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Palmerton.

In honor of Neifert's crowning achievement, family, friends, and congregation members held a party at the church.

"It was very humbling," said Neifert, 55. "Overwhelming. "

Saturday, July 6, 2013

The key to the dump truck in Weissport has been found.

Weissport Police Chief Steven Armbruster has reported that the missing key to the dump truck has been located. He said it was found in an empty gas can.

Members of Weissport Council had reported on Monday that the keys to the dump truck, plus the spare key to the police car were missing. Council also had reported that three wires to the lawn mower were cut.

Saturday, July 6, 2013
 Damion Weaver, Ashfield - "I don't believe so. That's why we pay taxes."

Should school districts charge students for extra-curricular activities such as sports and clubs?

Saturday, July 6, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County District Attorney Gary Dobias with files from a 1997 Palmerton murder case. The defendants in that case, sentenced to life terms, continue to file appeal after appeal. The resulting paperwork fills the filing cabinet at the left, the three boxes next to Dobias, and a drawer in the filing cabinet in the background, with more on the way.

A gunshot to the back of the head on a chilly, rainy morning in October 1997 ended Palmerton drug dealer Tyrone Hill's life.

By spring of 1999, the shooter, Myles Ramzee, and the three men who helped carry out the murder Kaquwan Milligan; Dennis Boney and Cetewayo Frails all of Brooklyn, N. Y., had been tried, convicted of homicide and sentenced to life terms for the murder.

It cost Carbon County more than $100,000 to pay the public defenders who represented the men during their trials, says District Attorney Gary Dobias.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Lane restrictions will occur next week on the Route 209, Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge, Lehighton, according to PennDOT.

The restrictions are needed for bridge inspection. The work is being done by PennDOT bridge inspection forces.

Northbound lane restrictions are anticipated on Monday and Tuesday. Southbound lane restriction are expected to begin on Wednesday.

PennDOT urges that caution be used since delays are likely.

The restrictions will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rain can cause delays in the project, PennDOT says.

Saturday, July 6, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE times news

Adele Zagofsky of Penn Forest Township celebrates summer by picking sour cherries at Gravers Orchards in Lehighton.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Schuylkill Township has negotiated a new garbage contract for the upcoming year which will result in a reduction of garbage fees for residents.

The two year contract was awarded to Kreitzer sanitation and will allow residents to put out three bags of garbage per week, as well as an additional large item.

Supervisors said that each of them had surveyed the garbage put out in all of the areas of the township over the last few weeks, and the most bags that were put out by a resident was three, with most houses having only one bag out.

Saturday, July 6, 2013
Michael a. heery/special to the times news

Lehighton resident Robyn Plesniarski was guest speaker at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club held at the Beacon Restaurant in Lehighton. As Radiation Oncology Supervisor for St. Luke's Cancer Center in Allentown, she discussed some of the services that the health network provides. Pictured are, l-r, Lehighton Rotary Club Sergeant-At-Arms Leon Morgan; Plesniarski; and Rotary Vice President John Hanosek.

Saturday, July 6, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Megan Stock took a blue ribbon riding JDS Celebrity Exposé, a Morgan horse. The two are from Henryville.

The Albrightsville Fire Company recently held its annual horse show at the Getz arena in Albrightsville.

The fire company's safety house was used as the registration desk for the event.

Mary Ann Bosak-Baer of New Ringgold was the judge. She recently moved into the area from Punxsutawney.

She has been around horses all her life training, showing, coaching and judging. Bosak-Baer has been judging open, 4-H and fair shows for 35 years, and enjoys doing a little bit of everything.

She has worked with 20 4-H state champions and took three on to the national level.