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Friday, December 10, 2010

The Hull Corporation, located along Main Lane in Lehighton since the 1960s, will be closing the local plant next month. Hull, which has a 20,000 square foot building in Lehighton, manufactures hydraulic presses and free-drying systems for the electronic and pharmaceutical industries. Fifteen of the 18 people employed in Lehighton will relocate to the firm's Hatboro plant. The company will provide a van for their transportation daily at a nominal rate.

Friday, December 10, 2010

A Palmerton man, scheduled to go on trial before a judge on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI), Thursday, instead changed his mind and entered a guilty plea to the charge.

Brian Scott Scherer, 42, was scheduled to have a bench trial before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb but pleaded guilty instead. Scherer was arrested on Oct. 11, 2009, along SR209 in Franklin Township. A test revealed a .13BAC.

Friday, December 10, 2010
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Jazlynn King, 5, of Lansford, checks out her first book from the children's department of the Panther Valley Public Library. The library, at 117 E. Bertsch Street, Lansford, has an extensive children's section.

Friday, December 10, 2010
CHRIS PARKER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The new Panther Valley Public Library Board of Directors met Thursday evening at the library at 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, to discuss upcoming events. The events include joining with the Lansford Historical Society for a Victorian Christmas Open House, to be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. Seated, left to right, are: Board secretary Dawn Neyer, Bob Silver, Marlene Basiagoand treasurer Noah Watkins. Standing, left to right, are: Chris Ondrus, president Marie Ondrus, Larry Marek, vice-president Kathy Marek and library director Debi Dodson.

Friday, December 10, 2010

A Coaldale man was one of 14 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges in Schuylkill County court and were sentenced by Judge D. Michael Stine.

Ronald W. Goepfert, 20, of 38 W. Water St., on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child and simple assault was sentenced to serve 2 1/2 to five years months in a state correctional institution with credit for serving 13 days in the county prison. He also was fined $250 and must pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA). Goepfert was cited by Det. George B. Woodward, Walker Township police.

Friday, December 10, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A young Slatington woman was killed in this two vehicle crash that occurred Thursday morning in Washington Township, Lehigh County.

A Slatington woman was killed in a two vehicle crash that occurred about 7:30 a.m. on Thursday along SR873 in Washington Township, Lehigh County.

State police at Bethlehem identified the victim as Kirsten Marie Lynn, 23.

According to troopers Lynn was driving a Chevrolet Cavalier northbound, just south of Oakwood Lane, when she veered into the southbound lane and collided with a Ford Explorer driven by Julianne Staskowski, 45, also of Slatington.

Lynn was pronounced dead at the scene. Staskowski sustained minor injuries in the crash, troopers said.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Palmerton Area Democratic Club will honor retiring Representative and Speaker of the House, Keith McCall, at their Holiday Dinner and annual meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m., at the Fireline Hotel, Bowmanstown.

"After twenty-eight years of serving Carbon County's 122nd District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the last two years as Speaker, we just want to have an opportunity to show our appreciation to Speaker McCall for all he has done over the years for Palmerton and Carbon County in general," said Club President, Sarina Berlow.

Friday, December 10, 2010

A used toy and clothing drive is slated for Dec. 16 and 18 at Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron streets, Lehighton. The drive will benefit Family Promise of Carbon County.

On Dec. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Dec. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., area residents can bring gently used clothing and toys to Zion United Church of Christ. The items will help families in need.

Friday, December 10, 2010
 DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Now in its 31st year, the Frank Fabrizio family's animated Christmas display, 402 Green St., Brockton, has grown to 61,000 lights and is one of the largest private-residence Yule exhibits in Schuylkill and Carbon counties. The display is presented free to the public and can be seen six miles southwest of Tamaqua along SR209 in Schuylkill Township. Visitors are welcome to walk along a designated path through the exhibit, which will continue every evening from 5:30 to 9 until Dec. 30.

Friday, December 10, 2010

A settlement was approved by the Schuylkill County Commissioners in the appeal initiated by a West Penn Township property owner in action taken at the public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Daniel M. and Linda J. Davies had appealed to the county court from the decision of the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board which increased the assessment on their property by action started by the Tamaqua Area School District.