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Friday, September 24, 2010

Carbon County Senior Judge Richard W. Webb on Thursday sentenced a Palmerton man to three to six years in state prison, followed by four years of state probation for repeatedly sexually assaulting two little girls.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club is hosting its fourth annual Pink Light Walk on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Lehighton Recreation Center. The annual event promotes breast cancer awareness.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. Walm up is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the walk. Participants will be walking from the Lehighton Recreation Center to the Lehighton Amphitheatre and back.

All those participating are asked to wear a pink shirt to increase awareness of breast cancer.

In addition there will be a decorate your bra contest.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Members of Zion Church, Lewistown Valley, will join in a combined service with Christ Church, McKeansburg, this Sunday. The service will begin at 10 a.m. Guest speaker will be Mama Arlene, who runs an orphanage in the African country of Rwanda. A covered dish meal will be served in the fellowship hall following the service.

Also Sunday, the Confirmation class will meet at 9 a.m. at Christ Church.

The TAG youth group will meet Friday evening at Christ Church.

For more information concerning Zion's activities, visit the website at www.zionchurchlewistownvalley.org.

Friday, September 24, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua's 8 year-old All-Star team finished in second place of the West Hazleton 7-8 year-old baseball tournament. Team members include, front row from left, Carson Barron, Jamie Zuber, Jennifer Frederickson, Dominic Banditelli, Dante Agosti and Tyler Steigerwalt. Second row, Randy Steigerwalt, Tate Ligenza, Emma Kuczynski, Emily Titus, Joey Minehan, Casey Akins and Michael Minchoff. Third row, Coach Ziggy Kuczynski, Tom Banditelli and Manager Chad Barron. Nathaniel Noftz was also a member of the team.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Carbon County is moving forward on getting an electronic fingerprinting and photographing system up and running at the prison in Nesquehoning.

During the monthly meeting of the county prison board, members discussed what needs to be done to guarantee that the Live Scan Booking Station and Commonwealth Photo Imaging Network will be completely ready for Jan. 1, 2011. They also discussed a grant the county could apply for that would help cover the majority of the first year's costs.

Friday, September 24, 2010

A railroad company filed an appeal in the Schuylkill County Court seeking exemption on two properties it owns in the Tamaqua area.

The appeal was filed by Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad Company, main office in Hamburg, which owns a parcel of land located within the Tamaqua Area School District. The property contains railroad beds and rails and is used by the railroad as a right-of-way for a rail line, which the railroad company claims is exempt from taxation under the Public Utility Realty Tax law.

Friday, September 24, 2010
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Dan Reilly of Albrightsville, right, watches intently as Larry Stawiarski, G.I.S. director for Carbon County, presents the House Watch Information Program. The House Watch Information Program was one of many things Carbon County residents were able to learn about during the county Emergency Management Agency and Communications Center's open house on Thursday afternoon.

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency and 911 call center opened its doors to the public Thursday afternoon.

During the four-hour open house, residents from Carbon County were able to learn about being prepared during emergencies, how 911 calls are handled, and meet the people who respond to emergency calls.

Mark Nalesnik, Carbon County EMA coordinator, explained that they picked Sept. 23 for the open house because it was a good way to end National Preparedness Month.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Carbon County Court Judges on Thursday accepted guilty pleas from 13 offenders.

Senior Judge Richard W. Webb accepted pleas from:

Peter R. Abbruzzi, 45, of Lehighton, pleaded to fraud by altering or forging title, registration or inspection. The charges were filed by Lehighton police and stemmed from an incident on June 28 on the Keystone parking lot.

Abbruzzi was placed on ARD for one year. He must pay the $350 cost of the program and court costs, and perform 15 hours of community service.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Schuylkill County commissioners are requesting that residents reduce water use voluntarily by 10 to 15 percent in action taken by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the Sweet Arrow County Park in Pine Grove.

The request, which was made at a public meeting Wednesday at the Sweet Arrow County Park in Pine Grove, is in compliance with a drought warning issued by the Department of Environmental Protection for Schuylkill County and 23 other counties and a drought watch for 43 other counties.

Friday, September 24, 2010

A swim team comprised of children from the Palmerton Area is in need of new equipment.

William Ravert, of Bowmanstown, approached Palmerton Borough Council on Thursday to ask if it would offer assistance to the Palmerton Porpoise Swim Team.

Ravert said the swim team has been in existence for the past 50 years. He said the team competes in the Lehigh Valley Swim League, which includes swim teams from Slatington to Quakertown.