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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A man serving a state prison sentence after being convicted in Schuylkill County Court by a jury who found him guilty of criminal conspiracy to possess a controlled substance and delivery of drugs, lost his appeal of the conviction. The state Superior Court affirmed the conviction in a recent ruling.

Brandon Ross Snyder, 27, of 107 Second St., Coaldale, was found guilty in December 2009 and sentenced by Judge Charles M. Miller in January to serve 21 to 42 months in a state correctional institution.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS World War II veterans Carl Christman, left, and Frank Bayer place a wreath at the World War II monument along Route 209 in Lehighton during a Pearl Harbor Day observance, held by the Lehighton American Legion Post.

Two World War II veterans, both in their 80s, seemed oblivious to the bitter cold yesterday afternoon as they took part in the annual Pearl Harbor Day service in Lehighton.

The ceremony was staged at the World War II monument along Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard (Route 209). The highway is named after a Lehighton area resident who died while fighting in World War II.

Staging the program was the Lehighton United Veterans Organization.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A jury found Michael James Stewart, 42, of Williams Street, Barnesville, guilty of possessing a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering or fabricating physical evidence after a trial in Schuylkill County court.

The jury could not agree on a verdict on the most serious charge brought against him, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

St. Luke's Sports and Rehabilitation has begun its annual holiday food drive.

The drive will continue through Thursday, Dec.16.

The food donations will benefit families in Carbon and Schuylkill counties through the Tamaqua Salvation Army and Lansford Food Pantry and benefit families in Monroe County through Christ the King Food Pantry.

Items will be accepted at the following locations to benefit families in Carbon and Schuylkill Counties:

St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital Lobby, Coaldale

St. Luke's Miners Geriatric Center – 5th floor of hospital

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Dauphin County man was committed to the Schuylkill County prison early Tuesday morning, Dec. 6, following a gun-pointing incident.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the suspect as Dennis Kinsey, 39, of Lykens. He was arraigned before duty District Judge Carol Pankake, of Tremont, and committed to the prison in lieu of $30,000 straight cash bail. He is charged with aggravated and simple assault, terroristic threats, and recklessly endangering another person.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
MIKE HROMYAK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Area Middle School Principal Chris Czapla has announced the middle school Students of the Month for November, 2010. The students honored included, front row from left, Emma Dillman (6th grade), Arienne Serniak (7th grade) and Rachel Keich (8th grade). Back row, Matthew Smarr (6th grade), Jacob Marcolla (7th grade) and Trevor Skripko (8th grade).

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among those on hand at Tuesday's reorganizational meeting of Palmerton Area School Board include (front row, l-r) Director Darlene Yeakel, Director Carol Dwyer, Director Tina Snyder, Director Susan Debski (back row, l-r) Superintendent Carol Boyce, board President Barry Scherer, Director Stuart Henritzy, Director Michael Ballard, Director Carl Bieling, board Vice President Clarence Myers, board solicitor David Shulman, and business manager Lisa Vignone.

Palmerton Area School District will again be led by its incumbent president, while another incumbent will take over the reigns as vice president.

Director Barry Scherer was reappointed as board president, while Clarency Myers was dubbed vice president, at the school board's reorganizational meeting on Tuesday.

Scherer was nominated for the post by Director Michael Ballard. No other director was nominated for the position.

Myers was nominated for vice president of the board by Ballard. Director Carol Dwyer then nominated Director Carl Bieling for vice president.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Children and visitors to the Galen Glen Winery and Vineyard in Andreas were encouraged to enjoy Santa Claus and staff wearing old fashioned Victorian-style clothing during the annual Old Fashioned Open House held recently. Children sat on Santa's lap as he gave them candy canes and miscellaneous gifts. Sarah Troxell, Galen Glen owner, pointed out the increase in holiday visitors every year. Pictured with Santa Claus and wearing old-fashioned Victorian holiday attire are from left Erin Troxell, Karen George, owner Sarah Troxell, and Harry Weaver.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS The Tamaqua Area School District Board of Education held its organization meeting for 2011. Members include, from left, Daniel E. Schoener (treasurer), Wanda Zuber, Eileen Meiser and Robert W. Betz (secretary). Back row, Dr. Thomas A. Rottet (vice president), Bryan W. Miller, Larry A. Wittig (president) and Aaron R. Frantz. Mark D. Rother is also a member of the board.

The Tamaqua Area School District Board of Education once again selected Larry A. Wittig as president during its organization meeting for 2011 Tuesday night.

Wittig has been Tamaqua Area board president since first being elected to the position in 1995. He was the lone candidate nominated to the post.

Wittig is also a member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education.

Dr. Thomas A. Rottet remains the board's vice president following the reorganization. Both Wittig and Rottet were reappointed by unanimous 8-0 votes. Director Mark D. Rother was absent.