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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Specialist Nikki Monroe and SSG Chuck Francisco check out the new state of the art Freightliner just received by the Pennsylvania National Guard in Lehighton.

The latest and greatest in military truck transportation has come to the Pennsylvania National Guard in Lehighton with the delivery of the first of the newest trucks that the Army has to offer.

While the older model trucks being replaced are just basically modified, regular over-the-road tractor trailer types that you could buy at a Freightliner dealer, these new trucks are designed and engineered specifically for the Army.

The new vehicles are not the only changes with the National Guard in Lehighton, as there has also been a change in the Guard Unit located there.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A third party will be brought in to help solve a noise issue in Lower Towamensing Township.

Residents Dwight Moyer and Jeff Mizgerd once again approached the township's board of supervisors on Tuesday about the level of noise generated by Great American Pellets, located at 2115 Little Gap Road.

Moyer said the amount of noise does vary depending on the day and time, and added he believes there's one specific piece of equipment that is at the root of the problem.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Nesquehoning has been busy with installing new curbing on streets where there is no curbing. In preparation for street resurfacing, the curbing has been an added feature for residents on Mill Street in the borough. Various contractors have been hired by individual home owners to do the curbing.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

More than 540 Ryan Township PPL customers were without power this morning when a female driver snapped a utility pole after losing control of her white Dodge Stratus in the 1100 block of Barnesville Drive, SR54. Reportedly, the driver, from Mahanoy City, refused medical treatment as she only suffered airbag burns on her arms, and was taken home via Ryan Township ambulance. Responding in addition to state police at Frackville and Rush Township Police were Ryan, Hometown and Delano fire companies.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured holding a Cash-5 lottery ticket and pointing at a screen stating their store sold the winning ticket is Turkey Hill employee Chris Drysdale, 32, who sold the winning lottery ticket. Drysdale said, "I honestly don't remember who purchased the ticket." Jennifer Burns, store manager, and Drysdale said they are excited that their store sold the winning lottery ticket and congratulated whoever won." Lottery officials at Middletown confirmed Monday that one jackpot-winning Cash 5 ticket worth $913,670.50 in the Aug. 5 drawing was sold at the store.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS An overflow crowd gathered Tuesday at Coaldale borough council's regular meeting in anticipation of a discussion concerning disgraced Mayor Richard P. Corkery.

An overflow crowd packed Coaldale Borough Hall on Tuesday to ask for the resignation of disgraced Mayor Richard Corkery, who in May admitted to police that he used his work computer to download 28 images of child pornography.

Although Corkery, along with friend and ally Councilman David Yelito, was absent, the mayor apparently has no intention of stepping down.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Alzheimer's Family Fun Festival & Walk will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 8, 2011, at the Mauch Chunk Lake Park, Jim Thorpe. The event includes a Walk to End Alzheimer's (formerly Memory Walk).

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Karl A. Otto, 79, of 248 E. Moser St., Coaldale, pleaded guilty to charges of indecent assault of a person under 13 years of age, indecent exposure and endangering welfare of a child and was sentenced Tuesday by Judge John E. Domalakes in Schuylkill County court to serve18 to 36 months in a state correctional institution. He received credit for serving 35 months and two days in the county prison and a state prison in Greensburg.

However, since he served his minimum sentence he was released on parole.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Members of the Vietnam Veterans Organization of Carbon County's Color Guard and Firing Squad perform at a service to honor the start of the 47th anniversary of the Vietnam War held Tuesday in the Palmerton Borough Park.

Despite all the bloodshed and sacrifices they made, their contributions to our country had been swept under the carpet for far too long.

Though it may have taken much longer than it should have, there are signs that our brave veterans of the Vietnam War have slowly begun to receive their just due.

Further proof of that was evidenced by a service to honor the start of the 47th anniversary of the Vietnam War Tuesday in the Palmerton Borough Park.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

With attendance almost double officials at Behavioral Health Associates in Lehighton are calling this summer's second annual Summer Therapeutic Activities Program for children with an autism spectrum disorder "a huge success".

"Finding My Voice" is a unique, six-week summer program serving children with an ASD diagnosis, their siblings and neurotypical peers from the community. STAR ran from July 5 through Aug. 12, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the BHA Academy, 325 Alum Street in Lehighton.