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Friday, November 19, 2010

Jim Thorpe police have charged two more juveniles in connection with a fire at the old silk mill in the borough that occurred on Nov. 5.

Detective Lee Marzen said two 15-year-old males have been charged with arson endangering person, reckless burning, causing and risking a catastrophe and criminal trespass.

On Nov. 19 Marzen charged a 14-year-old male with the same criminal counts for his part in setting the fire.

Friday, November 19, 2010
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Blue Ridge Communications TV13's Kim Bell, center, speaks to the student at SS. Peter and Paul school, while Jillian Kuntzman, left, and Marie Johns look on, after presenting the school with a computer for collecting the most shoes in TV13's "Let Them Walk in Our Shoes Program."

Top collectors of the "Let Them Walk in Our Shoes," promotion by Blue Ridge Communications TV-13 were for the third year in a row students from Ss. Peter and Paul School, Lehighton.

Last year the school collected 333 pairs or 3.74 pairs of shoes per student, but this year the students pushed to 605 pairs of shoes for a shoe ratio of 7.75 pairs per student winning them their third Dell computer, plus an ice cream party, all donated by PenTeleData. The school has 78 students.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The remaining two defendants who comprised a group of four who beat to death with baseball bats a 21 year old man were sentenced Thursday to long jail terms in Schuylkill County court. The assault took place in a wooded area off Old Mill Road in East Union Township.

Friday, November 19, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The new Nesquehoning Police Station has received a grant from State Rep. Keith McCall for 90 percent of the office plans. Parking lot restructuring and new computers with state of the art software was purchased by the borough of Nesquehoning. Desks were made possible through a donation secured through Mayor Tony Walck. Standing outside of the station are, left to right, Patrolman Tom Kurtz, Borough secretary/treasurer RoniSue Ahner,council president Mark Stromelo, State Rep. Keith McCall, council member David Hawk, and Police Chief Sean Smith.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The continuing hearing on the application of Gladstone Partners , Pittsburgh, to build a cargo airport on land partly in East Union Township and partly in Kline Township, Schuylkill County, which was scheduled to resume Thursday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville, was cancelled.

Attorney Christopher Hobbs, solicitor for the Schuylkill County Zoning Board, said the hearing has been halted by the East Union Township supervisors, who in the last minute have intervened in the proceedings.

Friday, November 19, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A great-horned owl, pictured at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.

Skip Black Friday mall madness and celebrate a Holiday on the Mountain instead at the annual Hawk Mountain Holiday Open House held Friday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This full-day event is designed to get families into the holiday spirit as well as outside, and will feature complimentary hot cider and $1 soft pretzels, hand-crafted ornament sale, an art exhibit by wildlife artist David Hughes, free trail admission for children ages 12 and under (there is a trail fee for adults), nature-themed activities, and a signature live owl program.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Former Jim Thorpe fire chief Bruce Shanfelt, who resigned in May after serving for eight years, was the honoree at a testimonial dinner in Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall. He received at least a half dozen plaques and/or citations. He had resigned to spend more time with his family. Pat McGinley, who succeeded him as fire chief, praised Shanfelt, stating, "The transition has gone fairly well mainly because all the tracks were laid before the train left the station."

Friday, November 19, 2010
CHRIS ADDY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Supervisor of Special Education Dr. James Warfel officially introduces himself to the CCTI committee.

Members of the CCTI Administration presented status updates to the Joint Operating Committee at their regular meeting last night.

A relatively new face to the school, Supervisor of Special Education Dr. James Warfel was glad to officially introduce himself to the committee.

A proud grandfather of two who lives in New Tripoli, Warfel earned his bachelor's degree in secondary education and political science from La Salle University and his Ph.D. in special education administration from Temple University, both of Philadelphia.

Friday, November 19, 2010

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Friday, November 19, 2010

The Carbon County Retirement Fund is ahead of projections for its 2010 performance.

During the monthly meeting of the county retirement board on Thursday, Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary of the retirement board, announced that the retirement fund rate of return for the year so far is 8.47 percent, .97 percent higher than the actuarial assumptions set in the beginning of the year.

He broke down the figures, stating that the retirement fund started the year with a value of $58,072,417.