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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Tractor-trailer traffic on Palmerton's Delaware Avenue will be cut significantly by early fall following a new $250,000 access route project to be constructed by the Zinc Corporation of America. ZCI announced that it will begin construction of a new truck entrance to the East Plant facility. An estimated 123 trucks per day enter the ZCA East Plant via Delaware Avenue and the new plant entrance will essentially remove nearly all heavy truck traffic from Palmerton's main street.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Six area residents were among 32 who were qualified by District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon to be placed in the Accelerated Rehabilative Disposition (ARD) probation program because they were first offenders to non violent crimes.

Judge John E. Domalakes admitted them into the program at a hearing held in Schuylkill County court and imposed conditions to be completed. If they successfully carry out the sentences they can clear their name. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Tamaqua Volunteers group is looking for volunteers to help paint over recent graffiti vandalism at the Tamaqua YMCA and other establishments at the Jamesway Plaza in Tamaqua. Volunteers are also needed to tidy up the grounds. Supplies are provided. The group will meet tomorrow at 1 p.m. in front of the Tamaqua YMCA.

For more information, call Tamaqua Volunteers president Andrew Leibenguth at (570) 668-1234.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Seventeen defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas from the following defendants.

DUI cases

The following entered guilty pleas to driving under the influence (DUI) and related offenses.

Jason M. Derr, 34, of Freeland, was arrested on Oct. 21, 2010, in Weatherly.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Christian Lenway, left, and Barry Borger, right, take their oath of office to serve as fire company Chief and township Emergency Management Coordinator, respectively. Both were also sworn in as fire police.

Citing the increased cost for fuel and tipping fees to run the Polk Township Recycling and Solid Waste Program, the Polk Township Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to have an annual use permit cost $90. That use is for township residents only, with proof of residency required.

That cost comes to only $1.73 per week as is pointed out on the informative brochure created by township staff for interested residents.

The yearly sign-up and payment is due from March 1 through April 15. Notices will not be sent in the mail.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Rich and Debbie Taylor, owners of T.K. Thomas Funeral Home in Palmerton, present a Ceremonial Bugle to Al Kohler, Palmerton United Veteran's Organization. Also pictured are Harry Brown, first from left, Joe Uhnak, second from left, Ed Moyer, second from right, commander of American Legion Post 269 in Palmerton, and Garry Fink, first from right.

A Palmerton funeral home is the latest to aid in the eventual placement of a Veterans Memorial in the borough park.

The T.K. Thomas Funeral Home, 145 Delaware Ave., recently donated a ceremonial bugle to the Palmerton United Veteran's Organization.

The instrument which will be used by the Legion Honor Guard for military funerals came courtesy of Rich and Debbie Taylor, owners of the funeral home.

Rich Taylor, who has served as funeral director at the funeral home for the past 16 years, said he and his wife were more than happy to pitch in.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Eighth-grader Matthew James Curreri, left, is congratulated by Penn-Kidder Lions Club President, Manuel DaCosta for being named the January Student of the Month from the Penn-Kidder campus of the Jim Thorpe School District. Also present at the meeting were Matthew's parents Bridget and Frank, and his younger brother Todd Curreri.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
The St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale is now called St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus.

St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network has officially changed its name to St. Luke's University Health Network, and the hospital in Fountain Hill has been re-named St. Luke's University Hospital.

For only the second time in St. Luke's nearly 140-year history, the board of trustees has officially approved changing the name to accurately convey the network's organizational scope and growth, according to Richard A. Anderson, president and CEO of St. Luke's University Health Network.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Nine first time defendants in criminal cases were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program this week.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record his wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the conditions, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program

All were placed for a year, unless ottherwise noted.

Placed by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb were:

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Nearly 400 people who seek to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church are now on that path after welcoming ceremonies were held at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena in Allentown on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25 and 26.

Because of the large number of people involved, three separate ceremonies were held: Saturday evening for people from Northampton County; Sunday afternoon for people from Berks and Schuylkill counties; and Sunday evening for people from Lehigh and Carbon counties.