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Friday, June 20, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by large margins Thursday to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman."

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Lehighton Boys and Girls band hall got a new look on the world Thursday when Lowe's replaced windows for the group. Volunteers worked alongside Lowe's employees to replace 14 windows in the 57-year-old building.

Each Lowe's store does at least one community service project per year and the band hall was chosen as the Lehighton store's project.

Friday, June 20, 2014

A Carbon County woman entered guilty pleas in seven pending criminal cases on Thursday afternoon in the county court and was sentenced to a state prison term. She also faces a big restitution bill.

Stephanie N. Lill, 26, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of burglary, three counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of theft, and one count each of criminal conspiracy-receiving stolen property and criminal trespass.

She was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve two to four years in a state correctional institution.

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Department of Environmental Resources cited Nis Hollow Estates Wednesday for water problems.

In early April, residents of Nis Hollow Estates were urged by Mahoning Township supervisors to contact the Department of Environmental Protection due to water issues.

Again, on June 12, the problems returned, and residents were left without water for six days.

According to resident Tara Heydt, there was no emergency supply administered to the residents.

When the water supply did start working again, the pressure was barely enough to successfully flush a toilet.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Six defendants inpending drug-related cases entered pleas before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Admits sale

Russell Anthony Brown, 33, of Allentown, and formerly of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of delivery of a controlled substance-oxycodone.

He admitted selling 10 oxycodone pills to aconfidential informant working for the state police vice unit of the Bethlehem barracks. The sale occurred on March 4, 2013, in the area of 371 Second St., Lehighton.

Friday, June 20, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Polk Elementary School students, teachers and staff line up for the traditional last day of school's last wave. It really was the last wave as Polk closes its doors for good.

The last day of school at Polk Elementary School marked the end of an era.

When all the students, teachers and staff stood in front of the building for the end of the school year's traditional last wave, it really was the last wave.

In March the Pleasant Valley School District voted to close the building at the end of the school year due to declining districtwide enrollment.

Polk's students will now attend Pleasant Valley Elementary School beginning in the fall.

Friday, June 20, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Declan Behan and his mother, Jen, spread mulch around a new piece of playground equipment at the Lehighton Pool.

The "Little Swimmers Play Land" will be dedicated at the Lehighton municipal swimming pool at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Mark Hoffman, president of Lehighton Area Pool Pals, said the newest addition to the pool is a play land for the younger patrons to use when they want to do something other than enjoy the water.

Funding for the play land was made possible through a matching grant provided by Horsehead Community Development Fund Inc. and matched by the Pool Pals.

Hoffman said the group's mission is to try to give the pool something "fresh" to enjoy every season.

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Fizz Boom Read Summer Reading Program at the Panther Valley Library, located at 117 E. Bertsch St. in Lansford, will run from June 23 through July 28.

Children from 3 to 12 (separated into four age groups) will love this fast-paced reading program.

Special events are scheduled throughout the program. Science is the name of the game this year.

To register call 570-645-3780.

The program is sponsored by Dollar General Literacy Program and the Panther Valley Library.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Carbon County's retirement fund is performing well.

During the monthly meeting of the county retirement board on Thursday, Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary to the retirement board, provided an update on the fund.

The portfolio value as of May 31 was $74,359,784, up $759,995 from last month.

"We continue to see an increase and hopefully will be hitting the $75 million mark soon," Crampsie said.

Friday, June 20, 2014

A Carbon County woman admitted her part in the operation of a methamphetamine laband putting her twochildren in danger in its operation.

Amanda Messinger, 23, of Lehighton, pleaded before Judge Steven R.Serfass to one count eachof criminal conspiracyto operate a methamphetamine lab and endangering the welfare of a child.

She was arrested on April 14 when agents of the state attorney general's office and borough police served a search warrant on a residence at 165 S. First St., Lehighton.