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Thursday, February 23, 2012

The upcoming meeting of the Carbon County Democrats for Change will be devoted to Pennsylvania legislative issues including: the newly passed gas-drilling law; the proposed mandatory sonogram law; and planned "voter suppression" legislation.

Club President Linda Christman urges local Democrats to "come out and hear what our State Legislature has done to our environment and to women's rights while our attention has been focused on Rick Santorum's sweater vest."

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Parryville UMC, located on the corner of Main and Chestnut streets in Parryville, will be holding a free luncheon for all on Saturday, Feb. 25,from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., weather permitting.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Drug and Alcohol Task Force recently hosted a meeting to discuss a community-wide Neighborhood Watch Program, as well as the possibility of acquiring a school resource officer. Leading the discussion were, from left, Lehighton Area Neighborhood Watch Program coordinator Byron Schnell, Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig, Lehighton Police Chief Neal Ebbert, Lehighton Area High School Principal Tim Tkach and LAHS Assistant Principal Daniel Repsher.

At the recent meeting of Lehighton Area Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Mayor Donald Rehrig announced the formation of a community-wide Neighborhood Watch Program. He introduced Byron Schnell as the program coordinator.

"Let's educate our citizens and nip crime before it even starts," said Rehrig.

Established in 1972, Neighborhood Watch has proved to be one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country. It brings citizens together to help be additional "eyes and ears" of law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer 24/7.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Lehighton Area Middle School announced that there were nine additional students named to the honorable mention honor roll for this past quarter.

They are: Matthew Abernathy, Vanessa Ahner, Madison Andrews, Hannah Appleton, Carly Arthur, Tyler Beck, Dalton Berger, Jenna Berry, and Lynzi Binder, all sixth grade.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

In response to the needs of the warden the Schuylkill County Prison Board hired a correctional officer and a maintenance man in action taken at its monthly meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Warden Eugene Berdanier, in his report to the board, claimed four vacancies exists at the prison, two correctional officers, one lieutenant and one maintenance position. He also reported currently there is one officer and one program secretary on extended medical leave and one officer on restricted duty.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ten defendants in pending criminal case entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas from the following:

Patrick J. Kelly Jr., 25, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of persistent disorderly conduct for an incident that occurred on Nov. 21, 2011, near his residence at 19 E. Kline Ave. Kelly was charged with setting an object on fire and placing it on the front porch at 18 E. Kline Ave., the home of his father.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Christ Evangelical Free Church, 2430 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive, West, Lehighton, will hold a free movie night by offering the movie, "Fireproof," at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Doors open at 6 p.m. The church is located three-quarters mile west of Normal Square on Route 443. For additional information call (570) 386-4547. All are welcome. Refreshments follow the movie.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
West Penn Township supervisor's chairman Al Martinez talks about the idea of raising the state sales tax.

"Government has to be run like a business," said Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley during a public business roundtable discussion hosted by state Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-124 Wednesday at the West Penn Annex Building.

The discussion, which evolved around the state budget, education and their impact on local business, was attended by Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-122, and Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-116, and state Sen. David Argall, R-29, along with several business leaders and a number of citizens.

Cawley pointed out that the state's economy is still in flux and Pennsylvanians are struggling.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Tamaqua fire police held their installation of officers recently at the borough hall. Fire police volunteers front from left are, Capt. Bob Schlorf, vice president Herb Curvey, President Sheldon Shafer, secretary Ed Sassaman and Sgt. Jack Bowman. Back row, from left, are officers Ed Kashmer, Dave Hadesty, Kristy Melchior, Doris Nelson, Bill Sommers and Rich Wentz. Not pictured are Lt. Brent Confer and treasurer Charles Hollenbach.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

CTC Manufacturing, Inc. Consumer Services Coordinator Marsha Macalush was guest speaker at a recent meeting of Lehighton Rotary Club. She discussed her organization's 42 years of providing job training and employment for adults with disabilities. Pictured left to right are CTC Manufacturing, Inc. Consumer Chris Kerzmann, Macalush, and Lehighton Rotary Club President Erica Heery. Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Mondays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Beacon 443 Diner / Restaurant. Prospective new members are invited and encouraged to attend.