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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.

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Lehighton Area Middle School held their academic awards program on June 7.

The American Legion Auxiliary Award was presented to Cera Gaston.

The American Legion Award was presented to Tyler Dietz.

The Senator David G. Argall's Good Citizenship Award was presented to Tia Brownmiller and Kaitlin Higgins.

The Franklin Township Lions Award was presented to Tia Brownmiller and Ty Sharrow.

The Joseph M. Rakos Memorial Award was awarded to Pengcheng Zhang.

Outstanding student and outstanding effort awards were presented by each team.

Friday, August 16, 2013
 Kyanna Dilliard, 11, plays a game of frog splash with friends.

St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Coaldale held their 5th annual kid's festival Thursday evening outside their church. The lively event drew over 200 visitors and included numerous family games, activities, large inflatables and foods. A section of East Phillips Street was closed during the festival for larger rides and games. Father Daniel, who stated his appreciation to all the volunteers, said the festival gets larger every year.

Friday, August 16, 2013
Special to the TIMES NEWS

Tyler Hager, 8, of Palmerton, proudly holds up this sign in which he thanks patrons who supported his Alex's Lemonade Stand during the borough's 42nd annual Sidewalk Sale held earlier this month. Tyler, whose goal was to raise $200 for pediatric cancer, shattered that mark as he collected just shy of $1,740.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Volunteer firefighter EJ Yescavage works late into the night preparing his fire company's trucks for next week's 59th Annual Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters' Association Convention in Mahanoy City. Yescavage, along with fellow firefighters from Tamaqua's East End Fire Company, have spent many late nights upgrading their truck. Some recent improvements consist of new cabinet LED lights, corner side mirror, labeling, AED, driving camera and cab lights. The convention parade is scheduled for next Saturday at 1:30 p.m.