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Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Summit Hill police officers will soon be allowed to administer the drug Narcan to people who overdose on heroin.

The borough council approved the procedure at its meeting this week.

Chief of Police Joseph Fittos Jr. said the drug can be administered as soon as agreements are drawn up with Lehighton Ambulance Association, which is the local administrator of the drug.

Summit Hill police might be the first local police department in the area to begin administering the drug.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Tamaqua man whose infant died in February will serve 15 days to 12 months in Schuylkill County prison.

Joseph E. Kuhla, 22, was charged with endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment after the infant, 6-week-old Bronx, died on Feb. 5 while sleeping in bed with him, his girlfriend and three other children.

Kuhla is to begin his sentence at 9 a.m. Friday.

The baby's mother, Alyssa Shellhammer, 23, has yet to be sentenced. She faces the same charges.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Pleasant Valley Area School District board of directors will vote on the 2015-2016 preliminary budget at the 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.

At the meeting this month, the board approved:

Ÿ Hiring Judy Dondey as a homebound instructor and Deena Boyne as an administrative secretary, replacement position for Beverly Hofford.

Ÿ The resignation of Jasmin Williams, part-time paraprofessional associate, effective Dec. 5.

Ÿ Paying the estimated cost of $33,500 to Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit #16 for 2015-2016 computer services

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  A look inside Blue Mountain Ski Resort's Slopeside Pub & Grill in Palmerton, which will hold its grand opening on Monday.

A local restaurant has expanded, and will now offer an indoor dining atmosphere all year round.

Blue Mountain Ski Resort's Slopeside Pub & Grill in Palmerton will hold its grand opening on Monday.

The restaurant, located at Blue Mountain's Summit Lodge, initially opened four years ago as a seasonal outdoor facility, according to Karl Knepper, restaurant manager.

Since then, Knepper said the restaurant has developed a huge following to the point where it was decided to convert it into a year-round indoor facility.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Lansford American Legion made donations to four organizations: Lansford Fire

Company, $500; Lansford Police Department, $500; Toys for Tots, $250; and LansfordAlive, $100. The Sons of the American Legion, Lansford, also gave $200 each to the fire department, police department and Toys for Tots. Present during the check presentation

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Carbon County Bar Association donated $500 to the Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe. Presenting the check to library

director Mary Ann Kmetz, right, is attorney Michael L. Ozalas, board member of the bar association.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Schuylkill County judge has granted a Lansford man's wish for reduced bail in a drug case.

Judge John Domalakes on Dec. 12 lowered Thomas Bilsak Jr.'s bail from $7,500 percentage to $7,500 unsecured. His bail had originally been set at $50,000 cash.

Bilsak was charged on Oct. 31, 2013, by Tamaqua police with felony charges of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, two counts; and disruption of service.

He was also charged with intent to possess a controlled substance to which he was not entitled.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Polk Township residents will not see an increase in their 2015 taxes.

The Polk Township supervisors unanimously approved adopting the 2015 budget at Monday night's budget meeting.

The 2015 proposed budget, $2,477,501, will stay the same at 4.3 mills. That means a property assessed at $20,670 will pay $88.88.

The budget is available for viewing at the township municipal office at 165 Polk Township Road in Kresgeville during office hours.

During the regular supervisors' meeting immediately following, the board approved, 3-0:

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS CCTI DECA winners are, front row, from left: Brittany Magner, Tasha Reis, Kealey Conville, Shannon Streff, Summer Arroyo, Alexis Ruch, Bailey Mills and Jenn Meyer. Second row: Jasmine Pasternak, Katerina Kattner, Kayla Hockenbury, Ashley Pera, Emily Clements, Samantha Wells, Katelyn Scott, Jess Rehl, Ashley Weiner, Gabby Achterman, Kim Pimble and Brittany Higgins. Third row: Savannah Moyer, Glenn Peabody, Hannah Mckillip, Spencer Moyer, Micah Evans, Matt Curreri, Austin Rabenold and Nathan Vrablic.

Carbon Career & Technical Institute DECA hosted the annual DECA District 7 competition at the Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall on Dec. 12. Eleven schools from six counties participated in the event.

Three hundred students competed for the district trophies as well as the right to compete at the state conference this February in Hershey.

Judges included representatives from Jim Thorpe Rotary, Lehigh Carbon Community College and local business owners.

Forty-three CCTI students participated with 36 earning trophies.

Winners included:

First place

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia, has announced the Easton Hospital has agreed to pay a $662,000 settlement regarding health care fraud allegations.

It is alleged the hospital billed Medicare for medical procedures that were not performed, were partially completed and were medically unnecessary.

The claim alleges urologist Dr. Thomas Walden, who is no longer affiliated with the hospital, is the center of the improprieties, although the hospital, in a prepared statement, denied the allegations.