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Thursday, August 23, 2012
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Pleasant Valley High School seniors Hailey Marini, second from left; and Hunter Deihl, second from right; present Carbon County Commissioners Wayne Nothstein, left; and Thomas J. Gerhard, right; with a $300 donation for the Carbon County Animal Shelter. Marini and Deihl used their senior project, which was a clothing drive this past weekend, to raise the money for the donation. Deihl said that the project was a way to give back to the community.

Thursday, August 23, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Enjoying carnival treats is Rayne Shellhamer with her parents Rodney and Julie Leopard of Tamaqua. The homemade red velvet cupcakes were donated by Eva Wagner.

Volunteers with Raynes's Brain Team of the Conquer Chiari Walk Across America, as well as volunteers with the South Ward Playground Association, held a mini-carnival recently at the South Ward Playground in Tamaqua on behalf of the C & S Patient Education Foundation.

C&S Patient Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the experiences and outcomes of Chiari and Syringomyelia patients through education, awareness and research.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Second from left, Ashley Bowden, activity assistant, announces some of the winners at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Homes 6th Annual Pet Show. They were, left to right: Mary Jane Sterling with King Dougal; Ashley; Christel Dennis with Honey; Carol Fuller with Dior and Karen Steinmetz with Rita.

The frisky antics of a puppy or the nudging of a warm wet nose for more pats on the head can bring a smile to everyone. At Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Homes' 6th Annual Pet Show, there were miles of smiles all around as 11 adorable dogs participated in various categories.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

At Tuesday's regular meeting of Tamaqua Area School Board, directors announced the following individuals hired as coaches at stipends to be determined:

Thomas Messerschmidt, New Ringgold, junior high head track coach; Thomas Bonner, New Ringgold, and Michael Luna, junior high assistant track coaches. Other track assistant coaches will be Michael Sakash, Frank Wenzel and Andrew Smarr.

John Kotchmar will serve as volunteer assistant track coach.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is hosting her annual Senior Expo on Thursday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Allen Township Fire Hall at 3530 Howertown Road, Northampton.

It will feature dozens of local, state and federal agencies offering information on programs and services available to seniors; health screenings; and information on the new Voter ID Law and how to obtain a free photo ID for area seniors and their caregivers.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Carbon County Judge Joseph J. Matika has a busy Tuesday in court, hearing guilty pleas from 24 defendants in pending cases.

The lengthy court session lasted until late in the afternoon as he accepted pleas from the following:

James M. Buchanan, 37, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count each of driving under the influence (DUI) and driving under suspension-DUI related. It was the fourth conviction for DUI for Buchanan.

Buchanan was arrested on March 18 by state police at Lehighton along 57 Road in Towamensing Township. Given a test, the result was .21BAC.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Since the beginning of 2012, the CDC (Center For Disease Control and Prevention), has recorded 693 national cases and 26 deaths involving the West Nile Virus.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Carbon County Planning Commission voted on five land development projects in the county.

During the planning commission's monthly meeting on Wednesday, the board acted on the following items:

Ÿ Anna Stemetzki (Linda Watkins) received conditional plan rejection for her proposed subdivision at 158 W. Ridge St., Nesquehoning. The plans called for combining two lots to create a .092-acre lot. Before approval could made, zoning variances must be obtained because the new lot does not meet minimum lot width and minimum yard setback.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Schuylkill County President Judge William E. Baldwin imposed a long state prison term on a man who was convicted by a jury of fatally shooting his father at the family home in West Penn Township.

Franklin Stumhofer Jr., 41, Molino, was sentenced to serve a total of 15 1/2 to 30 1/2 years in a state correctional facility for killing his father, Franklin Stumhofer Sr., 61, of 6 Log Lane, West Penn Township; and for recklessly endangering three men in a truck who were shot at but not injured. He had been found guilty by a jury of 20 criminal charges.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the West Penn Lions Club hosted their annual Senior Fun Day recently at the West Penn Community Park. The free event consisted of music, food and activities.