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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Four area people were among 15 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes.

They include:

Christopher J. Sanders, 22, of 23 Center St., Tamaqua, on a charge of turning in four false alarms in the borough received credit for serving 25 days in the county prison and was placed on parole for 12 months, and ordered to pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA).

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

An elderly motorist escaped injury Tuesday afternoon when involved in a crash along SR443 in Mahoning Township. The crash occurred at 1:30 p.m. as the driver was heading east and apparently blacked out at the wheel. His car swerved across the roadway entering the north berm before it came to rest against some bushes. He managed to exit the car on his own. He was treated at the scene by members of the Mahoning Valley ambulance before being transferred to the Lehighton hospital for evaluation. The Mahoning Valley Fire Company responded to the scene.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS

A good time was had by all at Lansford Alive's Lansford Improvement Committee's Halloween party, held Oct. 22. Winners of the Children's Costume Contest left to right: Alexandra Ahn (Scariest Costume), Allison Slakoper (Prettiest Costume), Sarah Markovich (Most Original Costume), Kailey Carro (Most Unique Costume), Eli Maynard (Funniest Costume)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Being replaced for the second time is the sidewalk and crosswalk ramp located in front of the M & T Bank at the Five Points intersection in Tamaqua. Prior, Tamaqua Borough officials and other residents pointed out safety concerns regarding the steep grade of the initial construction. Rob Jones, Tamaqua Public Works director,said that contractors with Road-Con, a PennDOT subcontractor, are replacing the sidewalk and handicap curb ramp with a safer and reduced grade sidewalk and ramp. The project is part of PennDOT's Tamaqua Central Business District Improvement Project.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Harry Wynn III explains to 100 Lehighton Boy and Girl Scouts how to display flags when they are crisscrossed for display.

Approximately 100 Lehighton Boy and Girl Scouts, leaders and parents heard a comprehensive program about the United States flag on Monday night at the Lehighton American Legion Post 314.

They heard how to display the flag at where it should be located when it is on display in reference to meeting rooms, during programs, in windows displays, classrooms and during parades.

Presenting the program was Harry Wynn III and James Smith.

Smith also noted why flags are flown at half mast.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Pink Light Walk brought traffic to a halt on busy Rt. 209 in Gilbert so that the message of cancer awareness could be brought to the West End.

A sea of pink moved down Rt. 209 in Gilbert, chanting "Do your self exams, Get your Mammograms" and "Join the fight, Make it right, Raise your candle, Light the night" during the Eighth Annual West End Pink Light Walk on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Two Carbon County men admitted their part in setting a building on fire in Lansford during guilty pleas proceedings Tuesday in the county court.

The two were among several defendants in pending criminal cases to enter guilty pleas before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Unoccupied structure

Jeremy Scott Schmick, 27, of Summit Hill, and Michael Zuber, 25, of Lansford, pleaded guilty to one count each of arson-reckless burning.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

After a special meeting held on Oct. 11 and Monday's regular Board of Supervisors meeting, Polk Township Supervisors agreed to three modifications or waivers by a vote of 3-0 as recommended by the Polk Township Planning Commission and seven conditions to the Solar Nation preliminary/final land development plan.

The waivers pertain to the percentage of disturbance of the wetlands buffer, construction of basin with less than a one per cent bottom slope and the need for an emergency spillway needing to be on virgin soil.

There is no virgin soil, was the report.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Streets surrounding the South Ward Playground in Tamaqua will be filled with costumed youngsters again this Saturday as the playground association and South Ward Neighborhood Committee combine forces for a Halloween on the Hill celebration. The event will be held this Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m., at the playground. The parade is scheduled to ebgin at 1 p.m. and will be led by the Souht Ward Fire Company.

The South Ward Neighborhood Committee met Oct. 20 in the community center at the South Ward Playground. The committee and the South Ward Playground Association agreed to team up on a Hallowen on the Hill celebration which will be held Oct. 29, from noon to 6 p.m. Rain date will be Oct. 30. Activities will include a costume/baby and pet parade scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., games and home made food.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Legislation that would encourage property owners to make land and water areas available to the public for recreational purposes unanimously passed the Senate today, while legislation addressing pay differences between corrections managers and lower-ranking officers passed unanimously in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate Bills 469 and 1019 were suggested to Senator Argall by local residents.