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Friday, April 22, 2011

Six first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by county judges.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if the fail to complete the program, or is 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.

Placed by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II were:

Friday, April 22, 2011

The state department of Transportation on Thursday announced it plans to start work Monday on its $538,700 project to replace the Penn Forest Road Bridge.

The bridge spans Wild Creek in Penn Forest Township.

Penn Forest Road will be closed and detoured between Hell Hollow Road and Smith Road. The posted detour feeds traffic over state Route 903, Maury Road, Long Run Road, Fairyland Road, state Route 209, and Trachsville Hill Road, and will remain in effect until construction is complete.

The project is expected to be complete in November, weather permitting.

Friday, April 22, 2011
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The Lansford tax collector's office will be closed the morning of Tuesday, April 26. The office will open at noon that day.

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Summit Hill Shade Tree Commission will be conducting the annual Arbor Day ceremony and planting of memorial trees on Saturday, April 30, at 9: a.m.

The ceremony will take place at the gazebo in Ludlow Park. The public is invited to attend and volunteers to help with the planting and care of the trees are always welcome.

For more information, contact Lou Vermillion, 645-9772, or John Kupec, 645 9644.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Carbon County officials are voicing their feelings on recent thefts of veterans' grave markers in the county.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein explained that the county received a report that grave markers had been stolen at numerous cemeteries in Nesquehoning.

"I think it's really sad that people are stealing off the graves of those who served our country," he said, adding that the markers are being replaced.

He noted that the replacements will be aluminum grave markers because of the cost of metal.

"I wish there were ways to catch these people," Nothstein said.

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Weatherly Area PTA will hold its second annual Wrecker Power Walk on May 26, beginning at 9 a.m.

The walk will begin at the middle school entrance of Weatherly Elementary/Middle School on Sixth Street in Weatherly. Students in Kindergarten through second grade will start their walks at 9 a.m.; grades three through five, 9:45 a.m.; and grades six through eight, 10:30 a.m.

The event is being held not only to encourage exercise, but also to raise funds for the 2011-2012 school year.

Friday, April 22, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A New Jersey man died in a two-vehicle collision Thursday on Route 209 (Interchange Road) in Franklin Township. Zoltan Czikora, 51, of Trenton, was pronounced dead at the scene by Jim Hauser, Carbon County deputy coroner. The crash occurred just prior to 9 a.m., north of LaRose's Roller Skating Rink, where a box truck Czikora was operating collided head-on with a tractor trailer. Franklin Township police investigated the accident. Efforts to contact them for the details of the crash were unsuccessful.

Friday, April 22, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the St. Matthew Sunday School and congregation, led by the Rev. Nancy L. Moore, pastor of St. Matthew's Church, 222 Church St., Lehighton, took part in a Palm Procession from the church to the Phifer Ice Dam Park. At the park, there was a reading of the Palm Sunday gospel at the covered bridge.

Friday, April 22, 2011

An early-morning fire extensively damaged a Tamaqua home, while a Tamaqua fire policeman, directing traffic near the scene, suffered a fatal heart attack. Joseph Grayosky, 69, of 515 E. Union St., was pronounced dead in the emergency room of Coaldale Hospital where he was taken after he collapsed at the corner of Pitt and Lafayette streets. The fire extensively damaged the home of Arlin Hill at 209 Gay Street. Three firefighters were injured fighting the fire.

Friday, April 22, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Showing their work from the past month are Donivan Dailey, Abby Oplinger, Desiree Benitich, Katrina Horvath, and behind is Lori Hahn, computer teacher.

Through the wonders of connecting with NASA digital learning network in California, third graders at Panther Valley Elementary School got a chance to converse with David Alexander from NASA. The students have been preparing for the NASA video conference for the past month, studying the solar system.