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Thursday, August 19, 2010

"I am imploring our board of commissioners to set aside this personal vendetta that exists for me and instead step up and perform your duties as elected county commissioners," Controller Melinda Kantner commented at the conclusion of the commissioners' work session held Wednesday at the Schuylkill County courthouse in Pottsville.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Palmerton Area School District has received $5,000 through a Safe and Drug Free Schools Grant.

Superintendent Carol Boyce reported to the school board on Tuesday that the district has received the grant, which she termed "make-up money."

Boyce said the money would be applied toward the $14,000 cost the district incurs through the Carbon/Monroe/Pike Drug & Alcohol Commission. Last year, she said the district received $6,000 through the grant.

Thursday, August 19, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Janene Holter, Senior Supervisory Special Agent, Education and Outreach Program, Office of Attorney General Tom Corbett, gave Internet Safety advice and information to youngster via their Operation Safe Surf program she gave to students attending the Tamaqua Salvation Army Summer Boot Camp. Officer Holter explained the five major reminders to help you stay safe on the internet. They are: "Never give out personal information to someone I meet online - like real name, address, telephone number or school.", "Never agree to get together with someone I meet on the internet.", Tell a parent, teacher or trusted adult if I see anything online that makes me feel uncomfortable.", "Don't send "flames" or bad remarks, as cyber bullying is very hurtful.", and "Don't post any photos of myself, friends or family without family permission." Pictured on left is Dina Depos, Tamaqua Salvation Army Programs Director.

Your child might be at risk if he or she:

- Spends large amounts of time online, especially late at night.

- Turns off computer quickly when you come into the room or becomes upset when you ask to see what they are doing online.

- Receives phone calls from adults you don't know.

- Receives mail or gifts from people you don't know.

- Uses an online account belonging to someone else.

Disturbing Statistics

- 100,000 web sites offer child pornography

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Two water main breaks in Pottsville forced the Schuylkill County Prison, located across from the courthouse building, to resort to purchasing bottled water until the lines cleared up. The water pressure was greatly reduced and the water was cloudy for days and now internal leaks have been discovered which are being attended.

The report on the physical plant was made by Warden Eugene Berdanier to the county prison board at its monthly meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Lehighton woman was sentenced to a county jail term on Monday in Carbon County court by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb for two theft incidents, one involving stealing money from a newspaper vending machine.

Jennifer Catherine Steigerwalt, 33, was sentenced to serve a total of six to 23 months in prison on charges of criminal attempt-theft and criminal conspiracy-theft.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Smokey Bear will be at the Locust Lake State Park amphitheater on Saturday, Aug. 28.

The program starts at 6:30 p.m.

Dave Duffy, the fire chief from New England Fire Company, will give a fire prevention and safety presentation followed by a visit from Smokey Bear.

Nate and Brutus, his dogs, will be on hand as he talks about the East Penn Search and Rescue Team.

The event is subject to weather conditions.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Tamaqua Area School District has approved an adjustment to its uniform dress code to make sure its students are properly covered up.

At its monthly meeting Tuesday evening, the district's board of education approved the final reading of an amendment to its dress and grooming policy, which already requires students to dress based on a uniform code of styles and colors (navy and white shirts, navy or khaki pants and skirts).

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Two players matched all five winning numbers drawn in Tuesday's "Pennsylvania Cash 5" game and will each receive $416,568.50.

Lottery officials said 293 players matched four numbers and won $164.50 each; 9,517 players matched three numbers and won $8.50 each; and 99,462 players matched two numbers and won $1 each.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Area Agency on Aging has a limited number of Farmer's Market Vouchers left to distribute to Carbon County seniors.

There will be a final distribution of vouchers on Tuesday, Aug. 24 at the Lehighton Senior Center located at 243 S. 8th Street, Lehighton from 10 a.m. to noon.

Anyone age 60 or over who has not already received vouchers this season and who's total household income does not exceed $20,036 single person or $26,955 couple is eligible.

Call 1-800-441-1315 with any questions.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Traffic was backed-up in Hometown while fire, rescue, and ambulance companies from Hometown, McAdoo, Quakake, and other local communities responded to the scene of two-accidents, involving an entrapment, that occurred seconds apart and involving four vehicles on the Mile Hill Road (SR309) in Kline Township, just before 3 p.m. on Monday. Reportedly, the driver of a white sports utility vehicle side-swiped a red Chevrolet Neon causing the Neon to end up on the southbound embankment, resulting in an entrapment, and also causing the white SUV to be stopped on the northbound side of the road.