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Friday, January 7, 2011

Mrs. Sherry Sernak, principal of Ss. Peter & Paul School in Lehighton announces December Students of the Month: early childhood, Lauren Sheckler; preschool, Griffin Traylor; kindergarten, Trent Dorward; first grade, Jack Lorenz; second grade, Elliott Roberti; third grade, Drew Lorenz; fourth grade, Robert Kuznicki; fifth grade, Bryce Smith; sixth grade, Abigail Rakos; seventh grade, Matthew Greenfield; and eighth grade, Zoe David.

Friday, January 7, 2011

A Palmerton woman entered guilty pleas in five pending criminal cases, all involving thefts, in Carbon County court on Thursday.

She was one of 11 defendants in pending cases to enter a plea before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Thefts cases

Lorene Marie Rice, 34, pleaded guilty to two counts of retail theft and three counts of theft by unlawful taking.

Friday, January 7, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS The driver of the gray Mitsubishi Outlander, right, Brenda L. Sherry, Hometown, was injured when her vehicle was struck by a Suzuki Forenza and was driven into the GMC driven by William N. McMullen, Hometown, which was stopped at the traffic light at the Wal-Mart Intersection on SR309 Thursday afternoon.

Two women were injured when their vehicles collided at the Wal-Mart shopping center intersection, Claremont Avenue (SR309) at Tide Road on SR309 in Hometown Thursday afternoon.

Rush Township police report that at 1:33 p.m. Angel Kromer, 20, Berwick, was traveling north on 309 operating a 2006 blue Suzuki Forenza. Witnesses on scene told police Kromer failed to stop at a red light.

Friday, January 7, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area Junior High cheerleaders, from left, Kassie Hertzog, Alyssa Reis, and Kristen Ahner were chosen from among several hundred cheerleaders to march in this past year's Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade with the Universal Cheerleaders Association.

They waved their pompoms, stretched their vocal cords, and marched with the cream of the crop.

Only this time, a trio of Palmerton Area Junior High School cheerleaders found themselves smack dab in the heart of the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Cheerleaders Kassie Hertzog, captain, Alyssa Reis, co-captain, and Kristen Ahner were among those to march in this past year's parade with the Universal Cheerleaders Association.

Much to their delight, the cheerleaders were chosen among several hundred of their contemporaries to march in the world-renowned parade.

Friday, January 7, 2011

A Montgomery County man, who drove a car drunk with two young children in it and who has a long history of drunken driving, was sentenced to a long prison term Thursday in Carbon County court. He was one of 15 defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Thorpe incident

Michael J. Traynor, 50, of Rockledge, pleaded guilty to one count each of driving under the influence (DUI) and recklessly endangering another person.

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has announced a number of emergency services training sessions; as well as NIMS courses for the next few months. The sessions are coordinated by the EMA.

Registration is required for each class. To register, call, e-mail or fax the organization that is hosting the class.

The classes are as follows:

Hazmat Awareness: 8 a.m., Jan. 15, at West Penn Fire Company. Contact: Rick Mertz at (570) 449-2644.

Hybrid Vehicle Awareness: 7 p.m., Jan. 17, at Towamensing Township Fire Company. Contact: (610) 681-4000.

Friday, January 7, 2011

St. Peter's E.C. Church, 177 Main Road, Lehighton, (Franklin Township) is hosting a Kid's Party Club from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 15. Kid's Club Party offers Bible stories in a party atmosphere for children ages 5 to 12. The theme will be "A New Beginning." There will be crafts, singing songs and games. Snacks will be provided. For additional information, call Janet at (610) 377-4148 or Marion at (610) 377-5247.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Miss Judith Berner R.N., daughter of Mrs. Ethel Berner of Tamaqua, set sail today on the hospital ship S.S. Hope bound for the West Indies. As the ship's assistant chief nurse, eight volunteers from Pennsylvania will participate in a 10-month medical teaching mission, the first phase of the Project Hope's recently announced three-year hemispheric program. The ship is scheduled to arrive in Kingston, Jamaica in the middle of January.

Friday, January 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Plows were busy this morning throughout the area removing snow from roads and properties, as is pictured here on Broad Street SR-209, in Tamaqua Friday morning.

Friday, January 7, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Major Sharon Whispell of the Tamaqua Salvation Army Corps opens a "thank you" card with $3 in it, from one of the appreciative families that benefited from Tamaqua Salvation Army's holiday food and toy assistance distribution held recently in Lehighton and Tamaqua.

With only minutes left in its annual Red Kettle Christmas fundraising drive and mailer campaign, the Tamaqua Salvation Army Corps, located on West Broad Street, reached its set goal of donations required every year to help thousands of local and less fortunate families in Carbon and eastern Schuylkill County benefit from yearly health and wellness services.