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Friday, June 20, 2014

Schuylkill County Judge Cyrus P. Dolbin has sentenced two local people who drove under the influence.

Kristiann Gallagher, 44, of Hazle Township, was arrested on Aug. 2, 2013, by Rush Township police. She was charged with three counts of driving under the influence of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, not wearing a seat belt and speeding.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Schuylkill County is wise investment.

County financial director Paul E. Buber on Wednesday told commissioners that his office and county administrators recently participated in an extensive and comprehensive financial review with Standard & Poors rating services.

The bottom line is that Schuylkill County has received a A+ bond rating for the third consecutive year, Buber said.

He said Standard and Poor praised the county's leadership for their strong financial management and for avoiding speculative investments.

Friday, June 20, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua Borough Council continued its tradition of honoring Tamaqua student-athletes who have won gold medals at the district level. At Tuesday night's meeting, Tamaqua Area High School track team standouts were presented with commendations. Accepting their awards were Paige Demetriades and Monica Shimko. The awards were presented by Tamaqua Councilman Dave Mace, second from right. Also pictured is Tamaqua track and field coach Tom Kanger. Unable to attend was Tyler Hope (track) as well as members of the boys baseball team, which also took gold at the district level.

Friday, June 20, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Meals on Wheels board members are ready to serve cake to volunteers. Front, from left: Marge Porambo, secretary, and Bernice Kleintop, member; middle: Carol Papay, member, Kathleen Ahner, correspondence; standing: Jonathan Siller, assistant treasurer; Darlene Nothstein, president; Gill Gallagher, vice president; and John Doment, member.

Through wind and storm, snow and rain, the meals must be delivered. Dedicated Meals on Wheels volunteers make sure their clients can count on their meals, no matter what. To show appreciation for that dedication, Palmerton's Meals on Wheels volunteers were treated to a picnic meal of their own at the Palmerton Memorial Park on Wednesday prepared by Blue Mountain Health Care-Palmerton Campus kitchen.

"We have an amazing group of people," says Darlene Nothstein, MOW's president of the board of directors of the volunteers.

Friday, June 20, 2014

A Palmerton man has been charged with stealing over $22,800 worth of merchandise from his employer at UPS Freight in Bethlehem.

Daniel Devitt, 46, of Fireline Road, was charged Wednesday with theft and receiving stolen property. He is free under $25,000 unsecured bail.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Detective Gary Hammer of the Colonial Regional Police Department:

Friday, June 20, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Kelly Heinick, a sixth-grade student, won the First Towamensing Elementary School's Spelling Bee.

Towamensing Elementary School's gymnasium was filled with a-n-t-i-c-i-p-a-t-i-o-n last week during the school's first Spelling Bee.

Prior to the big event, all the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade homerooms held individual spelling bees. In the first phase of Thursday's Spelling Bee, the first, second and third winners from each homeroom competed against each other. In the second phase, the winner of each grade competed against each other.

The top three homeroom winners were:

Fourth grade

Friday, June 20, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association has overhauled gender rules for boys and girls sports teams, which will make it nearly impossible for boys to play on girls' squads.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1oMYdO4 ) reports the rule changes were approved Thursday.

They were prompted largely by instances in which boys were playing field hockey or volleyball — traditionally girls' sports — because their schools didn't offer those teams for boys.

Friday, June 20, 2014

LEEPER, Pa. (AP) — State police are trying to find the prankster who left a man unable to drive home from a rural Pennsylvania tavern — by stealing all of the control knobs from the inside of the man's unlocked car.

Troopers from Marienville say a 39-year-old man was drinking at the Knotty Pines restaurant in Farmington Township, Clarion County on Saturday night. That's about 70 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Friday, June 20, 2014

 

A property owner in Rush township was flown to the hospital Thursday evening after he suffered a severe leg injury while installing security cameras on his property.

The incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. about a half mile east of the entrance to Lake Hauto on the south side of Route 54.

Friday, June 20, 2014
Missing: Jason "Jay" Hahn

Family and friends of a Tamaqua native are asking the public's help in finding him after he disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Jason "Jay" Hahn, 22, of the Andreas region of south Tamaqua, was seen last weekend, possibly late June 14, when he left the house with a friend.

"It was late Saturday night or early Sunday morning," said Derek Snyder.

Hahn has been living with the Snyder family for the past year.

"The friend said he dropped off Jay near Mary D or New Philadelphia," Snyder said. "But his story kept changing."