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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Two Community Heroes' names were omitted from the news story published on Wednesday, June 19, who were in attendance at the banquet.

Missed were Randolph Rabenold who was in the first group of Community Heroes in 2000 and Jamie Kunkel, who joined the ranks in 2010.

The TIMES NEWS regrets the omissions.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Two Summit Hill graduates, Stephen Hajcak of Panther Valley High School and Nicole Collevechio of Marian Catholic High School were the first recipients of the Lee Mantz Memorial Scholarship named in honor and memory of the late Summit Hill Historical Society President Lee Mantz.

Both graduates received the $100 scholarship awards presented by current Society President Harry Miller with members of Mantz's family in attendance prior to Wednesday evening's meeting.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Lansford Borough Council at a special meeting Thursday agreed to hire The Service Team to replace the police station windows that Carl Stevens Jr. allegedly smashed during a short-lived and inexplicable rampage in March.

The new windows are expected to cost about $3,325. Councilman Lenny Kovach voted against the purchase, saying he wanted to see the windows to compare the various types.

The other council members who attended the meeting, Samantha Yasson, Mary Soberick and President Rosemary Cannon, voted in favor.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Just as the temperatures begin to swell, so too, will the activities at Palmerton Memorial Pool.

With warm temperatures forecast, the First Sunday of Summer Celebration at 1 p.m. Sunday figures to heat up action at the pool.

As of Thursday, the water temperature at the pool was 76, and expected to climb each day, according to Larry Arner, pool manager.

Friday, June 21, 2013

A woman admitted to a drug charge while a man admitted assaulting a state trooper. The two were among 12 defendants to enter guilty pleas on Thursday during a daylong session of Carbon County court.

The pleas were accepted by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Sale to agent

Lori Bobarsky, 47, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance-heroin. She admitted selling five bags of heroin to a undercover agent of the state Attorney General's office on April 18, 2012, at Coal St. and East Alley in Lehighton.

Friday, June 21, 2013
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A sign was erected this week in the Little Schuylkill River in Tamaqua to warn boaters of danger when passing beneath the East Broad Street bridge, where a rebuilding project is swinging into high gear. "Bridge construction. Use extreme caution when boating in this area," reads the sign. There was no indication if a boating detour is in effect.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Monroe County will soon receive more than $142, 000 in Marcellus Shale impact fees to strengthen infrastructure and improve the environment, Rep. Mario M. Scavello (R-Monroe) today announced.

"while Monroe County is not situated in the heart of Marcellus Shale drilling, we and many counties like us across the state are reaping the benefits of drilling in our Marcellus Shale region," said Scavello. "With county and municipal budgets strapped for cash, this funding will help make necessary improvements to help keep our infrastructure and environment safe."

Friday, June 21, 2013

Twenty-one zoning permits were issued by the Schuylkill County Zoning Office with the estimated cost of construction set at $5.2 million. Those who received permits were:

Duane and Gail Day, New Ringgold, for an accessory structure, $14,000; Robert and Diane Jones, New Philadelphia, dwelling with attached garage, $300,000.

Richard Roehl, Cass Township, accessory structure, $3,399; Charles Gonder and Corie Wiest, Porter Township, addition, $3,900; John Walaitis Jr., Cass Township, in-ground pool, $10,000; Charles Kimmel, Gordon, addition, $5,500;

Friday, June 21, 2013
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Summer officially arrived today. Enjoying the great weather we've been having is 2-year-old Alfred Wu, who is helped down the slide at Tamaqua's Evan George Willing Memorial Skate/Family Park by his father, K Wu.

Friday, June 21, 2013

On Monday evening, Lehighton Area School Board will be faced with the task of approving the final budget for the 2013-2014 school year which at this time includes a slight real estate tax increase.

The proposed 2013-2014 budget includes a 1.86 percent increase correlating to a .88 mills increase for taxpayers.

According to Lehighton Area School District Business administrator J. Michael Malay, Jr., the increase to a taxpayer with a $50,000 taxable assessment is $44.