Saturday, August 29, 2015

Local News

Friday, August 28, 2015
Ampal Inc. begins its manufacturing process by loading tons of solid aluminum into a furnace. Solid aluminum, the primary raw material used on site, is brought in by rail cars from Quebec. These solid “T-bars” weigh 1,500 pounds each.

ou can’t easily see the plant while driving down Little Gap Road, but Ampal Inc. in Palmerton is quietly improving and changing our lives every day.

The largest producer of atomized aluminum powder in North America, Ampal’s Palmerton plant produces 1.5 million to 2.5 million pounds of powder each month and approximately 30 million pounds per year.

Friday, August 28, 2015

A Schuylkill County judge has revoked a Coaldale man’s parole on drug and retail theft charges and ordered him back to jail.

Christopher Keer, 26, violated the terms of his parole, to which he was sentenced on Feb. 18.

Judge John Domalakes sentenced him on separate cases, two for retail theft and one for use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Domalakes gave Keer no credit for the 93 days he was on parole. He may apply again on Oct. 21.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Lehigh Carbon Community College will offer a cooperative work experience for students at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, or Disneyland, California, during the spring 2016 semester. The program is available to students attending LCCC.

The co-op program allows students to earn six college credits as they spend one semester working, learning and living at Disney World or Disneyland. Since the program began in September 1989, more than 600 LCCC students have participated.

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Carbon County Commissioners today awarded contracts to repoint the walls of the Court House and Jail in the county-seat community to Michael Lynn, Scranton contractor who submitted the lowest, responsible bids among six firms.

The bid for the Court House job was $1,909 and the jail bid was $1,975.

Friday, August 28, 2015

A proposed settlement between RadioShack and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office would allow people with unused RadioShack gift cards to get a cash refund.

The electronics retailer filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, closing thousands of stores nationwide, including locations in Lehighton and Tamaqua.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court must still approve the settlement.

RadioShack operated stores at two locations in Tamaqua from 1978 until January.

A store in Lehighton store closed shortly after.

Friday, August 28, 2015

A Mahanoy City man who set a fire that killed a man in 1990 has had his appeal of a life sentence denied for a fifth time.

A panel of Superior Court judges on July 14 denied the Post Conviction Relief Act appeal filed by Elwood P. Hopkins, 62, who is in Graterford state prison, Montgomery County.

A Schuylkill County jury on Nov. 14, 1990 found Hopkins guilty of setting the fire at 17-23 W. Chester St. on Jan. 19, 1990.

The blaze damaged an apartment building and the adjacent Valley Personal Care Home.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane recently issued a reminder to nonprofit and government agencies throughout the commonwealth that the application for the Office of Attorney General’s Community Drug Abuse Prevention Grant Program is available online.

Applications are currently being accepted for the grant period that ends June 30, 2016.

The Community Drug Abuse Prevention Grant Program is offered to nonprofit and government agencies to facilitate education and outreach activities centered on drug abuse and prevention.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Officials at Tuscarora, Locust Lake and Beltzville state parks announced plans for hikes in the coming weeks.

Naturalist Robin Tracey will head a hike at Beltzville State Park in Carbon County on Thursday, Sept. 3 on the Christman and Cover Ridge trails. The hike is 6 miles and moderate in difficulty. The trails traverse through an evergreen forest and runs parallel to the park lake. Along the way is a beautiful waterfall.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Carbon County judges recently conducted parole/probation revocation hearings on petitions filed by the adult probation office against defendants who violated the conditions of their release.

Jerome Murphy, 38, of Tamaqua, had his probation revoked on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia on petition of probation officer Clifford Eckhart for violating conditions by failing to report an address change, being charged with a new criminal offense and testing positive for a controlled substance.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Teachers reported back to school earlier this week as Pleasant Valley School District gets ready to start a new school year.

“We had some excellent feedback from teachers who returned to their classrooms this week,” said Superintendent Carol Geary. “We especially had wonderful comments on the speaker assembly we had the first day back.”

Geary had invited author and speaker, Jonathan Freisen to speak to the returning staff.

Freisen was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome in his teens but despite the set-back he completed his education and later became a teacher.