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Saturday, June 30, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Lower Towamensing Township residents Thomas and Heather Pasquariello show their plans to house a group child day care center as a home occupation to members of the township's Zoning Hearing Board on Thursday.

A group child care center is headed to Lower Towamensing Township.

The township's Zoning Hearing Board unanimously agreed on Thursday to grant residents Thomas and Heather Pasquariello the necessary means to conduct the center as a home occupation at 2605 Hahn's Dairy Road.

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Larry Neff/special to the times news A vehicle crossed a wide expanse of lawn in Towamensing Township before ending up in the clump of trees at the center of this scene.

At least one person was injured Friday afternoon after a van took a wild ride across a lawn in Towamensing Township.

The incident occurred at 3:30 p.m. when the driver of a mini van, traveling north on Hickory Road, lost control. The vehicle left the right berm, traveled down a steep grass embankment and continued on several hundred feet across a lawn before ending up in a clump of trees.

The Palmerton ambulance transferred at least one victim to an area hospital. State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Construction of Palmerton's brand new wastewater treatment plant continues to progress along smoothly.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson informed borough council on Thursday that the wastewater treatment plant "has begun using the new process."

Danielson noted that every plant runs with a certain design process, and that both the borough's old and new plant are based on feeding air to bacteria to digest and break down the sludge. The new plant offers a different formula for doing that, Danielson said.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

No tax increase.

Those three words spell big relief to the taxpayers in the Pleasant Valley School District.

At the June 28 school board meeting, the board of directors approved the new 2012-2013 final budget, 8-0, with board director Harvey Frable absent.

This means the millage will remain the same as last year at 146.016 and will maintain the current programming for the district's 6,000 students. The total budget is $92,511,437.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Schuylkill County man was sentenced to a Carbon County jail term on Thursday plus a lengthy probation period on charges of driving under the influence (DUI) and endangering the welfare of a child. He was one of three defendants sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Lansford incident

James M. Acevedo, 44, of McAdoo, was sentenced to serve 30 days to 17 months in prison on the endangering charge.

Acevedo was arrested by Lansford police on Oct. 23, 2010, along SR209 (Patterston St.), for DUI. Given a test, the result was .18BAC.

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Al Zagofsky/special to the times news The six-wheel Pinzgauer has no trouble plowing through up to 30 inches of water or mud.

While driving through the Jim Thorpe traffic intersection, you may have seen a military vehicle parked in front of Pocono Whitewater's Adventure Central.

The tough-looking vehicle is known as a Pinzgauer all-terrain transport, a rugged magic carpet ready to take riders through the rough and tumble backwaters, chasms and abandoned strip mines of Carbon and Schuylkill counties.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Several area residents were among 32 who were approved by Schuylkill County District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon to be admitted in the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program.

The program is for first time offenders in non-violent crimes.

They were admitted into the program by Judge John E. Domalakes, who imposed certain conditions. If they successfully complete the program their record will be wiped clean. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted:

Saturday, June 30, 2012

An extensive search was conducted last night in Lansford for a missing teenager who reportedly took a dog for a walk earlier in the day.

The dog returned home without the teen.

The search was primarily in the area of Dock Street and on coal mining property.

Searchers included the Lansford Fire Department, Summit Hill Fire Department, Lansford Police, coal mine personnel, the Northeast Search and Rescue Squad, and a helicopter.

Saturday, June 30, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS 2012 Lehighton Area High School graduates Evy Heckman, left, and Peter Petrack, stand with Blue Mountain Health System CEO Andrew Harris. Harris is holding a certificate describing the history and significance of the 1,000 Cranes Project.

A dying Japanese child's mission in 1955 to create 1,000 paper cranes as symbols of hope has taken flight around the globe, coming to rest in Lehighton.

Sadako Sasaki was 2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on her home city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. Eleven years later, she developed leukemia, believed to have been caused by the radiation.

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Firemen at the scene of last night's minor fire at Ochre Street in Lehighton.

A single home in Lehighton sustained minor damage after a fire broke out at about 8:25 p.m. Friday.

It took firemen about 10-15 minutes to extinguish the fire at 219 Ochre Street. Samantha Frable lives at the residence with her fiance but were not at home when the fire began.

Borough Fire Chief Gary Frable said the cause of the fire is yet to be determined, but believed it started in the kitchen. Some damage was done to one wall and the contents of the stove, he said.