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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mahoning Township, and the community are coming together to help a family in need on Sunday, June 2 at the Lehighton Recreation Center, 243 S. Eighth St. Lehighton.

The Flexer Family Benefit will assist Derrick Flexer, his wife, Bobbie Jo, and their daughter, Peyton, who lost everything in a fire on April 9.

Flames shot high in the air that night when they lost virtually all their possessions in the fire.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

The West End Park and Open Space Commission sponsored a free Mother's Day craft project at the Ross Township VanBuskirk-Haney Park. Decorating clay flower pots are, from left, Alivia Johnson, 15, Ryan Anderson, 10, Daniel Anderson, 6, Evelyn VanDer Heyden, 4 and Tyler VanDer Heyden, 6. When completed, everyone received a fresh flower plant for the flower pots to be given to their moms.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Barbara Locher represents Jim Thorpe in the bocce competition during the Carbon County Senior Games at Baer Memorial Park in Lehighton.

After a frosty start, Tuesday was a beautiful day for bocce in the Carbon County Senior Games.

The bocce contest took place at Behr Memorial Park in Lehighton.

The South Team, composed of senior citizens from the Lehighton and Palmerton school districts, again outpaced the North Team, composed of Panther Valley, Jim Thorpe/Penn Kidder, and Weatherly districts.

At the close of the bocci contest, the top total scorer thus far was Lehighton, with 648 points, followed by Jim Thorpe with 312, then Panther Valley with 175, Palmerton with 117, and Weatherly with 22.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Police in Coaldale may be handing out tickets that carry fines of up to $100 for high weeds, piles of dog doo or that tatty upholstered recliner on the front porch.

Council on Tuesday took the first step in adopting a "quality of life" ordinance, aimed at keeping small nuisances from becoming big blight. All council members attending the public meeting Joseph Hnat, Thomas Keerans, John Sherbin and David Yelito voted in favor of beginning the process to adopt the ordinance. Councilmen Mike Doerr, Steve Tentylo, and President Susan Solt were absent.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Palmerton Area High School's honor roll for the second marking period of the second semester of the 2012-13 school year has been announced by Kathleen A. Egan, principal.

High honors

(3.75-4.00+ GPA in all subjects)

Seniors: Michael Blichar, Bradley Ehret, Courtney Getz, Jonathan McCabe, Caleb Muscavage, Jessica Pereira, Cody Peters, Laurel Seemiller, Jordann Silliman, Tyler Snyder, Emily Spiker, Alex Vignone

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Richard Walck toss the softball during the Carbon County Senior Games at Baer Memorial Park in Lehighton Tuesday morning.

The South Team of the Carbon County Senior Games kept its lead in Tuesday's softball throw at Baer Memorial Field in Lehighton.

The South Team is composed of senior citizens from Lehighton and Palmerton; the North Team is composed of Panther Valley, Jim Thorpe/Penn Kidder, and Weatherly.

At the close of the softball throw, the top total scorer thus far was Lehighton, with 507 points, followed by Jim Thorpe with 286, then Panther Valley with 155, Palmerton with 94, and Weatherly with 16.

The individual results for the softball throw were:

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
DANIELLE FOX/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley Senior Amanda Stocker experiences what it is like to perform minimally-invasive surgery on the laparoscopic trainer.

Students from Panther Valley High School were given the opportunity to interact with local professionals and to start thinking about their futures at the school's third annual Career Day on Friday, May 11.

Career day is a yearly event designed to expose students to a diverse selection of career opportunities. The event is organized by the school's Freshman Transition Team. Team members, Tim Grazio, Cindy Nevenglosky, and Ted Collins provided the students with a list of presenters from which they chose six to attend presentations by.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

As an Eagle Scout candidate, Shane Bleicher Otto of Jim Thorpe worked hard to refurbish six bus stops in Penn Forest Township, repairing and painting roofs and doing other maintenance work. Along the way, the 12-year scout learned the skills and determination necessary to achieve life goals. On Thursday, Carbon County commissioners honored Shane, of Scout Troop 555, with a resolution. Shane Bleicher Otto, second from right, holds a resolution passed by Carbon County commissioners Thomas J. Gerhard, left; Chairman Wayne Nothstein; and William O'Gurek, right.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) – States should cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half from .08 blood alcohol level to .05 matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries, a federal safety board recommended Tuesday. That's about one drink for a woman weighing less than 120 pounds, two for a 160-pound man.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Orwigsburg LIFE Program clients hold bears up as they dance to "Bear Necessity."

Members and staff of multiple Access Services Centers held their second annual LIFE Programs' Music and Art Show for friends and family members during their performance at the Hometown Fire Company. The show consisted of costumed performances, dancing and free snacks prepared by self advocates, family and staff.