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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Since the Selective Service Act started functioning last November, more than 3,500 have been passed at the Wilkes-Barre Induction Center.

Those accepted from Carbon County yesterday were Paul A. Scrip and Luther Hontz, both of Lehighton. The men were alternate replacements for those turned down last week.

Those from this county to be examined at the Wilkes-Barre Center today were Adam Melber and Roy Emery, both of Mauch Chunk, and John Twik of Beaver Meadows.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS A tow truck pulls car from the Lehigh Canal in Weissport early this morning. Nobody was inside the vehicle, which is registered to someone in West Chester.

There were anxious moments early this morning when a car was discovered in three feet of water in the Lehigh Canal in Weissport.

Franklin Township police officer Frank Lorah said Lehighton Fire Department was dispatched with its water rescue squad when a Mazda sedan was first noticed at 5:30 a.m. The passenger window was open. The rescue squad checked the car and found no one inside it.

As of early this morning, police still had not located the operator, who is believed to be from West Chester.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with its special program of therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs.

The center, which offers special riding lessons on Monday and Wednesday evenings from May through October, is located 10 miles south of Tamaqua, near Route 309.

There is a required volunteer training session from 1 to 5 p.m. this Saturday at the center.

Anyone who wishes to volunteer to help with the riding lessons must attend this hands-on training.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

St. Jerome's Regional School in Tamaqua, has released its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2013-14 school year.

To earn distinguished honors, students must maintain a 95 or above in all subjects, with a G in conduct and effort.

To be eligible for first honors, students must earn a 93 average or above and have no mark lower than 90, as well as a G in conduct and effort.

Second honors are awarded to students earning a 90 average or above with no mark lower than 86, and a G in conduct and effort.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A look at the Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C. along Fireline Road in Lower Towamensing Township.

At the behest of its recreation board, Lower Towamensing Township has approved a list of suggestions for its recreational facility.

By a unanimous measure, supervisors on Tuesday approved eight recommendations as it pertains to the Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C. along Fireline Road.

Among the recommendations approved by supervisors are:

Ÿ the appointment of Supervisors' Chairman Brent Green as the board's chairman. The term expires Dec. 31.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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Bree Hoffman, daughter of Desi and John Furmanchin, Weatherly, has been named Senior of the Month for March at Weatherly Area High School.

Bree is the captain of the varsity cheerleading squad, captain of the girls' soccer team, and treasurer of the Student Government Association. A member of the varsity track team, Bree earned a first-place and two third-place finishes at the team's most recent meet.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 32-year-old former Lehighton resident was sentenced today to serve 188 months in prison for receiving and distributing child pornography.

Stephen Puza III previously pleaded guilty to using a computer to download and share numerous images of child pornography during July 2011 through September 2011.

Puza was living in Bethlehem at the time of his arrest.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Coaldale council has restored its three full-time police officer positions, with benefits, effective today.

During a meeting Tuesday, council members brought back their full-timers by a three-two vote; with Harry Hontz, Brenda Hosler and Linda Miller voting in favor of the move, and Thomas Keerans and Mike Doerr voting against it. Council President Angela Krapf, who is the wife of Sgt. Keith Krapf, abstained from voting.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS John McArdle, left, president of the Carbon County Firemans Association, and Wayne Nothstein, on the board of directors of the association, put new locks on training tower at Baer Memorial Park in Lehighton. The tower, which has been used to train firefighters for half a century, has been condemned and must be demolished. Note the cracks in the structure next to the two firefighters.

For half a century area firefighters practiced at the drill field in the west end of Lehighton, a small plot next to the Baer Memorial athletic fields.

There, firefighters used a 35-foot, concrete and steel training tower to learn about ladder rescues, rappelling, fighting fires from ladders and searching a smoky structure.

That tower, built 50 years ago, has been used for the last time.

An inspection determined it is in danger of collapsing, and it has been condemned.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

St. John's news

The Sunday School of St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, will hold a Palm Sunday breakfast at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, in the fellowship hall of the church. All members of the congregation and Sunday School are invited to attend.

The children will be making a special Easter craft that day and there will be an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday. The Palm Sunday worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m.