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Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Schuylkill County Prison Board agreed to continue with PrimeCare Medical Inc., of Harrisburg, to provide medical care to inmates at the county prison in Pottsville, in action taken at its quarterly meeting held in the library of the county prison.

In its monthly report on activities, PrimeCare in November had 96 inmates on sick call, 245 inmates seen by psychiatrists, 35 seen by dentists and 15 were on suicide watch with no incidents reported.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Northampton County woman admitted to drug counts while others in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court. Senior Judge Richard W. Webb accepted the pleas.

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Kerri L. Graham, 39, pleaded guilty to counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an instrument of crime.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Rush Township officials took delivery of a new 2011 Ford F550 dump truck, which was purchased for the township's road department. On hand for the delivery were: Elden Neifert, township laborer; Gene Rutch, road foreman; and Stephen W. Simchak, township supervisor. The vehicle was purchased from KME/Kovatch in Nesquehoning, through the Pennsylvania COSTARS program, at a cost of $68,783.30. The 4x4 diesel is also equipped with a stainless steel spreader and Western Pro Plus plow.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
Lions donate to organizations

The Summit Hill Lions Club recently made $200 donations to the Summit Hill Recreation Commission and the Diligence Fire Company No. 1, Summit Hill. Taking part in the presentations were, front, from left, commission members Jodi McAndrew, secretary, Jennilee Kosciolek, treasurer, and Monica Marshall, president; and back, Lions club members Tom Ponting and Judy Midas, Ed Nunnemacher, incoming vice president of the fire company, and Lions club secretary and treasurer Kathy Crampsie and Joe O'Gurek. The club also made a $200 donation to The Salvation Army, Tamaqua.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday decorating plans do not normally include lacerations, falls and fires. Unfortunately, these hazards make an unwelcome appearance in the homes of thousands of consumers each year.

To help avoid hidden decorating dangers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Underwriters Laboratories are providing families with tips for a safe holiday home.

Reports of falls from ladders while stringing lights and hanging decorations, incidents of lacerations from broken glass ornaments and other holiday-related injuries are increasing.

Thursday, December 15, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Many people are opting to choose other venues to save money over the holiday season. In a struggling economy, finding inexpensive toys are always a great thing. Pictured is John Shucavage, 12, looking at a shiny red sports car being sold by Bruce Fisher during a Christmas expo held recently at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Two area communities, Coaldale and Schuylkill Township, were among the few who received grant monies awarded by the Schuylkill County commissioners from the county's proposed 2012 Community Developmenmt Block Grant at a public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

At a meeting of the Nesquehoning Water Authority on Monday, it was announced that state Rep. Doyle Heffley, along with representatives from DEP and Kovatch Corp., will meet with Nesquehoning Council President Mark Stromelo on Friday and water authority members. The officials will discuss the stabilization of the Nesquehoning Creek.

The creek has experienced some flooding and washout issues in the past. The purpose of the meeting is to assess the situation and to seek funding to begin working on the creek.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Two Luzerne County men are expected to avoid prison time and six-figure fines by admitting they made multiple harassing phone calls to the lawyers of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Shawn Christy and his father Craig Christy of McAdoo, were scheduled to appear in federal court in Anchorage today to change their pleas from not guilty and to be sentenced.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS David Hawk, assistant scoutmaster, left, and David M. Savage, Scoutmaster and father, right, congratulate David C. Savage, Boy Scout, center, for his work in Forest Conservation. The Forest Conservation Award is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry and Minsi Trail Council.

David C. Savage of Palmerton was awarded the Forest Conservation Award. Savage is a member of Palmerton Boy Scout Troop 41.

The Forest Conservation Award is bestowed to a Scout who has earned the Forestry Merit Badge and two other related badges such as Bird Study, Weather, Insect Study, Wilderness Survival, Wood Carving and Nature.