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Friday, February 17, 2012

Seven first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes the program their record his wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, 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 by Serfass.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The newly formed Panther Valley Republican Club elected officers Thursday night at a meeting in Nesquehoning.

Elected officers for two-year terms are Michael Frey, president; Thomas Ouly, vice president; and R. Mickey Angst, secretary/treasurer.

David Wargo of Summit Hill served as president pro tem during the elections.

The next club meeting will be scheduled for a date in April, shortly before the primary election.

Friday, February 17, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Rubix Cube, a band specializing in '80s music, will be performing tonight at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. The opening act isBayside Tigers with showtime set for 8 p.m. Tomorrow night, the rock band Tesla will be performing on the Penn's Peak stage at 8 p.m. Tesla had a string of hits from the mid '80s through the 1990s.

Friday, February 17, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A magnetic crane climbs high above a large pile of metal scrap at the J. W. Zaprazny Scrap Metals and Iron in New Ringgold.

Friday, February 17, 2012

A Lehigh County man was sentenced to a Carbon County prison term on Thursday after pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer.

He was one of six defendants in pending crimnal cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Lansford incident

Raymond Rolon, 20, of Allentown, pleaded to one count of aggravated assault, as a felony, and was sentenced by Serfass to serve seven to one day less 24 months in prison.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m. at Fireline Hotel, Bowmanstown. "Rescheduled from Valentine's Day, the featured topic will be 'Issues Facing Palmerton,'" said Club President, Sarina Berlow.

Participants will include Palmerton Mayor, Brad Doll, and Democratic members of Borough Council.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The youths of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, held their own "Souper Bowl" recently in which children accepted free-will offerings to benefit the Summit Hill Food Pantry, raising $255. Above, church member Tammy Faenza, left, makes her donation to Joshua Faenza and Alexis Berger.

Friday, February 17, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Winners were, from left, front, Emerson Rotella, Siblings Winner; middle row, Billy Drake, Bears Winner; Tristan Stano, Wolves Winner; and Josiah Kimmel, Tigers Winner; and back row, Mason George, Webelos 2 Winner; Logan Kresge, Webelos 1 Winner; and Grand Champion, Michael Burnett, Kids Choice Winner.

Cub Pack 209, Trachsville, recently held its Raingutter Regatta at the Palmerton Rod and Gun Club.

Winners were Emerson Rotella, Siblings Winner; Billy Drake, Bears Winner; Tristan Stano, Wolves Winner; Josiah Kimmel, Tigers Winner; Mason George, Webelos 2 Winner; Logan Kresge, Webelos 1 Winner; and Grand Champion, Michael Burnett, Kids Choice Winner.

The Pack holds one of these races every year in January, taking turns between the Raingutter Regatta, the Space Derby, and the Pinewood Derby.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Meed's Methodist Church, 126 West Catawissa St., will have Youth Group on Sunday, Feb.19 at 7 p.m.

All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to come out for some fun and refreshments and are welcome to bring a friend. Youth group will be held the first and third Sunday of the month.