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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Schuylkill County driver pleaded to three counts of driving under the influence on Monday in Carbon County court.

He was one of seven defendants in pending DUI cases to enter a plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Three incidents

Matthew McFarland, 21, of Coaldale, also pleaded to one count of fleeing or attempting to elude police.

McFarland was arrested on the fleeing and DUI counts on Dec. 22, 2012, by state police at Lehighton. He was observed driving erratically along Canal Street in Weissport. He refused to stop and fled. A short chase ensued.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The state Senate Finance Committee plans a hearing Wednesday on a proposal to replace school property taxes with higher sales and personal income levies. A vote could follow the hearing. Should the vote favor the bill, it would then go to the full Senate for consideration, and if successful there, on to the state House.

Senate Bill 76 could become law as early as next year.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS John Venuto addresses the Lehighton Area School Board meeting. Despite objections from members of the public who attended, including Venuto, the board voted 5-4 to proceed with planning for a new elementary center.

Despite vehement opposition from the public, Lehighton Area School District will seek state funding for a new elementary center.

By a narrow 5-4 vote, the school board on Monday agreed to authorize the submission of a request to the Pennsylvania Department of Education to combine the previously submitted four elementary PlanCon project submittals into one elementary PlanCon project by the administration and the architect, EI Associates, for the project known as the new primary/elementary center.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

An elderly Carbon County woman admitted in the county court to forging a deed to property in violation of the wishes of the property owner.

She was one of five defendants in pending cases to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Franklin incident

Donna Lou Ahner, 71, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty to three criminal counts fraud insolvent by falsify writing/property records, unsworn falsification to authorities by forged/altered document, and secure execution of documents by deception.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/TIMES NEWS Lake Harmony Fire Chief Ralph Lennon, left; Chuck Dickinson, director of facilities at Split Rock Resort, center; and Pennsylvania State Firemen's Association eastern Vice President Stephen Lilick were a few of the dignitaries on hand to announce the awarding of the 2015 PSFA State Convention to Lake  Harmony Volunteer Fire Company.

For the second time in four years, the Lake Harmony Volunteer Fire Company will be hosting the Pennsylvania State Firemen's Association state convention in 2015.

The convention, last hosted locally in 2011, drew firefighters, fire company delegates and their families from across the state.

Lake Harmony Fire Chief Ralph Lennon made the announcement Monday during a gathering of city and township dignitaries at the Galleria at Split Rock Resort.

Lennon took the opportunity to thank everyone who made the event a success in 2011.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton has been designated a USA Tree City for 21 years.

Welcoming Sara Wingert, the newest member of the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission, are from left, commission members Diane Hoffman, Wingert, Ken Leffler, Mark Hoffman and Lehighton Mayor Tom Mase. The Tree City USA program is a national program that

provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America. Participating communities

demonstrate a commitment and caring for managing public trees. There are more than 3,400 Tree City USA communities.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Mindy Graver, treasurer of the Interagency Council of Carbon County, right, presents a check for $500 to Ally Carter, assistant director of Peaceful Knights, left, and Aggie Shehadeh, president and founder of Peaceful Knights, following the fifth annual Legislative Breakfast on Friday. IAC awards the $500 grant to an area nonprofit organization annually.

Peaceful Knights of Lehighton will have a little extra financial help to better serve its clients.

Recently, the not-for-profit organization was named the 2014 Interagency Council of Carbon County grant recipient. The grant is worth $500 and can be used to help a program that works to help Carbon County residents.

Mindy Graver, treasurer of the IAC, presented the grant after the fifth annual Legislative Breakfast on Friday.

Before naming Peaceful Knights as the winner, Graver said it was a hard decision because all of the applicants were very deserving.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Jim Thorpe Sixth Sense teams took first place in the competition held at the Panther Valley High School on Monday evening. Team members are, kneeling l-r, Raymond O'Neill, Tyler Hartman, Nolan Rehrig, and Thor Huth, and back l-r, advisor Heidi Seiwell, students Sky Gould and Victoria DeFazio, and advisor Sue Becker.

Jim Thorpe's Sixth Sense team rallied last night and won the 2014 championship finals held at Panther Valley High School.

The Olympians team got off to a slow start and was losing in the beginning of the contest against Panther Valley, but moved forward to beat Pleasant Valley in the finals.

Coached by faculty members Heidi Seiwell and Sue Becker, the team competed twice in the finals against Pleasant Valley to win the show.

Pleasant Valley won second place and Panther Valley finished in third place.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Two men charged in connection with a suspected methamphetamine lab in Tamaqua in December had the bulk of the charges against them withdrawn during preliminary hearings last week in the court of District Judge Stephen Bayer of Tamaqua.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Carbon County man, who admitted to drug dealing, was given a county prison term on Monday after pleading guilty.

William Dougherty, 28, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Dougherty was arrested by undercover state troopers from the Hazleton barracks for selling heroin in two separate locations in the county.