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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Jason William Miller is escorted by Tamaqua Patrolman Michael Hobbs. Miller waived a preliminary hearing on forgery charges.

A former Tamaqua man was returned to the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, following his preliminary hearing Tuesday morning before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua.

Jason William Miller, 33, last known address of 34 N. Greenwood St., Tamaqua, waived a hearing on charges of forgery, access/credit card fraud, theft by deception and receiving stolen property in connection with an Oct. 2011 incident.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Thousands of spectators watched as more than 100 members of the Tamaqua Raider Band played "Celebration" and "Tribute to America" as they marched passed the Cinderella Castle in Disney World as part of Disney World's week long of parade's last week. The band traveled all the way to Orlando, Fla., to march in the parade, which was called the Dream Come True Parade. While in Disney, band members and chaperones had the opportunity to visit various theme parks. Each band member saved up for the trip, which is traditionally held every four to five years.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Walker Township woman who violated her electronic monitoring probation sentence must now serve time in the Schuylkill County prison.

Joanne M. Rowlands, 51, of 70 Whitetail Crossing Road, Wildcat Development, had her electronic monitoring terminated by Judge John E. Domalakes after a hearing in the county court and she was re-sentenced to serve three to 23 months in prison with credit for serving 32 days. She must also undergo drug and alcohol evaluation and follow-up treatment as recommended.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Heinz Rausch, center, of Palmerton, covers up as he's escorted by Palmerton Police from the office of District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton on Tuesday. Rausch, who has been accused of two separate cases of child molestation, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and will appear in Carbon County Court of Common Pleas for a pretrial status conference next month.

A Palmerton man accused of two separate cases of child molestation has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Heinz Rausch, 68, was scheduled to have the hearing before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton on Tuesday.

Instead, Rausch opted to waive the hearing, and will appear for a pretrial conference at 9 a.m. March 29 in the district attorney's office at the courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Franklin Township supervisors approved a request by the Pohopoco Rod and Gun Club to host a youth fishing day on May 15 for youngsters at the Phifer Ice Dam Park. The event will include 300 trout, with some fish 16 inches or more.

Supervisors also discussed a second request by the organization that will include having regular stocking of trout at the Phifer Ice Dam Park by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Northern Lehigh Senior High School honor roll for the second marking period of the

2011-2012 school year has been announced by Mr. Robert Vlasaty, Principal.

PRINCIPAL'S LIST

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Heavy equipment is utilized beneath the Pa. Turnpike bridges along the Lehigh River during the final phase of the Lehigh River and Pohopoco Creek Bridge Replacement Project. The work includes demolition of the former bridges, which were replaced by new spans, constructing hiking trails, and constructing a wetland mitigation site.

The fourth stage of the Lehigh River and Pohopoco Creek Bridge Replacement Project by the Pa. Turnpike Commission is well under way.

This is the last phase of the project, and the most obvious aspect of it is the demolition of the old turnpike bridges, which were replaced by four new bridges two over the Lehigh River and two over the Pohocopo Creek that opened last year.

The project cost was $102 million.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The East Carbon County Democratic Club will meet at the Penn Kidder Campus School at 7 o'clock this evening. The meeting will suspend the regular order of business to allow time for the following guest candidates to speak and interact with club members: Ronald Rabenold and Jerry Strubinger, candidates for the Pa. 122nd legislative district; and Bill Vinsko, candidate for the U.S. 11th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dr. Mark McGalla, principal at Lehighton Area Middle School, announces the honor roll for second marking period of the 2011-12 school year.

Principal's list

(95 or higher composite average with no grade lower than a 90)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Vanessa Tercias Evans

The Concourse Club of Palmerton selected Vanessa Tercias Evans at the Guiding Star for February.

The senior at Palmerton Area High School is a member of the Student Council, Leo Club, Environmental Club, Yearbook, FBLA and National Honor Society.

Vanessa participates in field hockey, track and is the wrestling manager.

She is a talented artist and has shown several pieces of her art work in oils, charcoal sketches and a piece of sculpture at the Concourse Club's February meeting.