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Friday, October 12, 2012

The number of registered voters in Carbon County has dropped from the last presidential election.

During the monthly meeting of the county election board on Thursday, Lisa Dart, director of elections, announced that as of Oct. 11, a total of 38,949 residents are now registered to vote. Of that total, 18,995 are Democrats, 14,736 are Republicans and 5,218 are other parties. This is a decrease of 629 registered voters from the 2008 presidential election.

Friday, October 12, 2012

The annual Andreas Halloween Parade will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

The parade is sponsored by the West Penn Lions and Lioness Clubs.

The parade forms at 6:15 at the Andreas Sporting Club.

Individuals or organizations seeking more information should contact Lisa at 570-386-8178.

Representatives of organizations and individuals parading must be present at the conclusion of the parade at the Andreas Sporting Club to receive cash prizes.

Refreshments will be served to participants and workers of the parade.

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Panther Valley School Board on Thursday approved contracts with the district's superintendent and business manager.

Superintendent Rosemary Porembo will earn a salary of $107,120 for the 2012-13 school year, retroactive to July 1.

Business manager Kenneth Marx Jr. will earn $75,480.46 for the year, also retroactive to July 1.

In a related matter, the board also approved Marx's new contract, which runs to June 30, 2015.

In other matters Thursday, the board:

Friday, October 12, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Police officers respond to Carbon Medical Associates, 1122 North Street, Jim Thorpe, Thursday morning during an alleged burglary attempt. Arrested was James Schweibinz, 58, of Jim Thorpe, who was charged with criminal attempt-burglary, resisting arrest, simple assault, and criminal mischief.

A Jim Thorpe man was allegedly caught in act of attempting to break into a medical building in the borough, Thursday morning.

James Schweibinz, 58, of North Street, Jim Thorpe, was reportedly trying to enter Carbon Medical Associates, 1122 North Street, Jim Thorpe, when a doctor who works there came upon the scene and called police.

When the police arrived, Schweibinz physically struggled with the arresting officer, according to court records.

Schweibinz has been charged with criminal attempt-burglary, resisting arrest, simple assault, and criminal mischief.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Many people in Mauch Chunk are asking to have a Halloween celebration on Oct. 31. The war is over and they desire a redemption of the traditional time of witches, spooks, and hobgobblins; an innocent but merry making celebration. Most feel that it is a fiting time to have a big celebration following the close of World War II, and now that most of the service men and women are home. Celebrations are to be held in various sections of the community.

Friday, October 12, 2012

A Nesquehoning man who is serving a long stretch in state prison for armed robberies in York County has admitted to the armed robbery of a Redner's Warehouse Market clerk in January.

Keith Michael Pierce, 48, who last lived at 135 W. Ridge St., appeared before in Carbon County Court Judge Joseph Matika on Thursday. Pierce, who was shacked and handcuffed, showed little expression as he admitted to threatening the Redner's clerk with a knife at 6:06 p.m. Jan. 31, robbing her till of $380.

Matika deferred sentencing pending a pre-sentence investigation.

Friday, October 12, 2012
Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging Gabe, a 9-year-old yellow Labrador, and his owner Sgt. 1st Class Charles "Chuck" Shuck pose in front of the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards sign that names Gabe as this year's Hero Dog. The pair traveled to Beverly Hills, Calif. for the event, held Oct. 6 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Gabe, a 9-year-old yellow Labrador with an impressive military background, has been named the 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog.

The announcement naming Gabe, who is owned by Sgt. 1st Class Charles "Chuck" Shuck, a native of Lansford now residing in Columbia S.C., was made on Oct. 6 during the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Both Gabe and Shuck were present at the awards, which will be broadcast on the Hallmark Channel at 8 p.m., on Nov. 8.

Shuck said he was excited and thrilled by the announcement.

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Andreas VFW Post 5069 is holding a free breakfast this Saturday starting at 10 a.m. for all its members.

The breakfast will take place at Blondie's Restaurant, 1815 West Penn Pike, and is for all current and new members of the post.

Members are also encouraged to bring one guest, at no charge.

Members and interested veterans will also receive a free post baseball cap.

For more information, call Andy at (570) 668-1234 or Eugene at (570) 386-3224.

Friday, October 12, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The borough lot at Fifth and Lehigh Avenue, where Palmerton Borough Council plans to build a brand new fire station.

Palmerton will build a brand new fire station at the original site it chose nearly two years ago.

Borough council, on a 6-0 vote Thursday, agreed to build a three-bay station in the borough lot at Fifth and Lehigh Avenue.

Prior to the vote, council President Terry Costenbader attempted to explain how council arrived at its decision.

"This has been a roller-coaster ride for a lot of people here on council," Costenbader said. "There's been a lot of ups and downs in our discussion with the fire company."