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Friday, July 6, 2012

The American Red Cross blood supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June. This shortfall leaves the Red Cross with half the readily available blood products on hand now than this time last year.

The Red Cross is calling on all eligible blood donors – now more than ever – to roll up a sleeve and give as soon as possible. All blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative in order to meet patient demand this summer.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives. Individuals registering to donate at any MKBC donor center or MKBC community blood drive during the month of July can enter for the chance to win one of four weekly prizes, including one of two (2) $100 gas gift cards, or a set of tickets (4 tickets + parking) to an upcoming Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs or Reading Phillies baseball game. Four prizes will be awarded each week for the entire summer.

* Sunday, July 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Coal Miners Heritage Festival, 9 Dock St., Lansford. Call 610-377-4063.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Just four hours after the Beltzville Lake opened to tourists state park rangers closed the facility Wednesday. Hundreds of people chose to park miles away and walk into the lake area.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Child Safety Tips

Ÿ Make sure your child's safety seat and safety belt buckles aren't too hot before securing your child in a safety restraint system, especially when your car has been parked in the heat.

Ÿ Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down.

Ÿ Teach children not to play in, on, or around cars.

Ÿ Always lock car doors and trunks even at home and keep keys out of children's reach.

Ÿ Always make sure all children have left the car when you reach your destination. Don't leave sleeping infants in the car ever!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Another defendant in the drug postage stamp incident at the county prison entered a guilty plea this week in Carbon County court and was immediately sentenced to a prison term.

He was one of several defendants in pending cases to appear before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb on Tuesday to enter a plea.

Stamp incident

Michael R. Kent, 26, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of criminal attempt-contraband into a prison.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Penn Forest Township has been undergoing FBI investigations for alleged misappropriations of some $1.6 million of taxpayer money. Although much calmer and more polite than months prior, Monday's township supervisor's meeting provided few answers on the FBI probe, and even more questions from concerned residents.

Their biggest concerns now seemed to be a proposed zip line in the community. Those attempting to build the zip line desire to put its public access road on a private, resident-maintained drive. The board members don't think the zip line will ever come to pass.

Thursday, July 5, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Graduation ceremonies were held May 30 for the St. Jerome's Regional School Class of 2012. Participants included: (front) Molly Carnish, Abby Pilla, Mychaella Lucas, Heather Getten and Rose Reid; (rear) Mrs. Leslie Confer (8th grade teacher), Micah Young, Jason Zaprazny, Aaron Bailey, Tyler Wackley and Principal Mrs. Mary Ann Mansell. Missing from the photo is graduate Tyler Hutta.

St. Jerome's Regional School in Tamaqua paid tribute to 10 members of its Class of 2012 during graduation ceremonies held on May 30. Graduates include Aaron Bailey, Molly Carnish, Heather Getten, Tyler Hutta, Mychaellah Lucas, Abby Pilla, Rose Reid, Tyler Wackley, Micah Young and Jason Zaprazny.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Weatherly man admitted to driving under the influence (DUI) and several drug-related charges on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass presided and also accepted pleas from 12 other defendants in pending criminal cases.

Drug counts

Matthew Charles Brown, 31, pleaded to six counts of possession of a controlled substance-heroin, and one count each of DUI, false reports, and driving under suspension.

The drug charges stem from an incident that occurred on Jan. 21 in the area of 318 Plane St., Weatherly.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Hearings were held on seven summary appeals in Schuylkill County court from decisions rendered by magisterial district judges (DJ) with Judge Charles M. Miller upholding two appeals and denying five others who entered guilty pleas..

Greg Stanalonis, 21, of 435 W. Washington St., Frackville, won his appeal because the arresting officer, Patrolman Anthony Gallo, Butler Township police, failed to appear for the hearing.