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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Charges will be filed in connection with a two-vehicle accident in Rush Township on Thursday.

According to the police report, Joseph Nemeth Jr., 43, of Slatington, was traveling south on Marian Avenue, in a 1996 Subaru, when he failed to stop for a stop sign. The Subaru struck a 2006 Hyundai, operated by Kay German, 48, of Berwick.

German was transported to St. Luke's Miners Hospital in Coaldale.

Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene and Nemeth will be charged in the incident.

Saturday, August 17, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured during the ribbon cutting were, l-r, attorney James E. Crossen, III; office manager Ann Baddick; attorney Julie Werdt; attorney Harry Crosswell; attorney Shelby G. Hostetter; attorney Chester C. Corse; attorney J.T. Herber, III; 20-year Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce member Barry Gangwer; and attorney Lori Schafer Guzick.

Noted as being Schuylkill County's largest and oldest full service law firm, Williamson, Friedberg & Jones, LLC. has opened a new office in downtown Tamaqua.

Its other locations include Pottsville, Pine Grove (Ravine), Hegins, Williamstown, Orwigsburg and Shenandoah.

"Our firm provides quality legal services to all clients from large corporations to individuals, providing representation ranging from highly complex problems to routine issues," said attorney J.T. Herber III. "As a firm, we are able to bring all the resources together here in Tamaqua."

Friday, August 16, 2013

A Carbon County man admitted in the county court on Thursday to stealing a large sum of money from a fire company.

Robert Lee Neff, 50, of Summit Hill, pleaded guilty to one count of theft by deception, as a felony three, before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Neff admitted stealing $65,865.47 from the Lehigh Fire Company No. 1 of Lehighton, while he was treasurer of the company. The amount taken was determined by a professional auditing firm hired by the fire company.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Carbon County's retirement fund has hit an all-time high, officials report.

During the county retirement board meeting on Thursday, Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary to the retirement board, announced that the retirement fund, as of July 31, has hit $69,914,728, up $2.7 million from June.

"It has been a sort of mini roller coaster," Crampsie said. "In May we were at $68.5 million and took a dip in June, but recovered that in July and made some more. So far this year performance-wise has been excellent."

Friday, August 16, 2013

Four first time offenders were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All four were placed for a year.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Plans once again exist to possibly construct a skate park in the borough of Jim Thorpe.

It was suggested that the park be placed at Memorial Park where the tennis courts currently are, near the intersection of Fern and E. Ninth streets, however it was noted that the borough currently has a paper street through the area.

In order for this project to proceed, the borough would have to vacate the paper street.

If the borough does not hit any snags in the planning process, the park could be open to the public in 2008.

Friday, August 16, 2013

The director of Carbon County's Office of Planning and Development is retiring.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board approved the retirement of Judy Borger, which will go into effect Sept. 3.

Commissioner William O'Gurek said the county appreciates the years of service Borger has given to the department.

He added that Borger shared with the commissioners her vision for the future of the Office of Planning and Development.

"She will be part of that in some capacity," O'Gurek said.

Friday, August 16, 2013

About a dozen youth from the 325 Folk Dance Ensemble out of Berwick performed traditional Russian and Eastern European folk dances yesterday evening during St. Mary's Orthodox Church's kid's festival held outside the church in Coaldale. Father Michael Demko said the dances vary from Russian the Eastern European folk styles. Father Demko added that the kids really get into their performance.

Friday, August 16, 2013

If you are still in the market for Panther Valley school clothes, one mother has organized a way to help people obtain uniforms for their Panther Valley students at a low cost either a token donation or by swapping your outgrown clothing.

A Panther Valley School Clothing Swap will be held at the Summit Hill Heritage Center on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until clothing runs out.

Friday, August 16, 2013

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. "Chicago Fire" is holding a nationwide contest in search of the perfect firehouse pooch.

The winner, to be named "'Chicago Fire' Top Dog," will make an appearance on both "Today" and on the popular prime time drama series about the Windy City heroes.