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Friday, January 27, 2012

In a task akin to trying to read a road map in a darkened room, Lansford Borough Council members on Thursday again took steps toward charting this year's spending plan.

As those attending the second budget meeting of year began reviewing the current figures, Councilwoman Mary Kruczek cautioned that the accuracy of the numbers was in doubt.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Whoa-Riders 4-H Horse and Pony Club is now accepting new members in Carbon County. Any child interested in horses or equines, who are between the ages of 8 and 19, is welcome to join. Positions for members are limited. Members will learn leadership skills, volunteer for their community, learn about equines and have fun.

If interested, contact Diane Conner at (610) 871-1980 for more information.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Snow shovels weren't the only things Palmerton residents had to break out in light of last weekend's snowstorm.

Mayor Brad Doll informed Borough Council on Thursday that Palmerton Police issued 170 tickets to residents who failed to move their vehicles.

Council President Terry Costenbader said he was aware of the situation.

"I had a few calls on that," Costenbader said. "The south side of the streets were the main problem."

Costenbader said he received a complaint from an individual who moved his car back, only to receive a ticket.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Three area people were among nine defendants who were sentenced by three judges on criminal charges in Schuylkill County Court.

President Judge William E. Baldwin sentenced to following:

Friday, January 27, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Matt Leaver of Lehighton, athlete and musician, is asking for the public to help him collect pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.

Matt Leaver of Lehighton is like most 16-year-old guys. He loves sports and music. REALLY loves sports and music. He also loves the idea of helping others. That's why he decided to help the Ronald McDonald House because of what it stands for.

He is collecting the pop tabs from aluminum cans which he will then donate to Ronald McDonald House.

The Ronald McDonald House program provides a "home-away-from-home" for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Pennsylvania Game Commission Hunter-Trapper Education will hold classes in the spring, Saturday, April 21 and Sunday April 22 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

The classes are sponsored by and held at the Indian Mt. Rod and Gun Club, Rt. 534, Kresgeville.

Pre-registration is required for class. You must register online at: http://www.pgc.state.pa.us. No walk ins and there is limited seating.

Minimum registration age is 11.

Certification earned is required by Pennsylvania law for all first time hunters.

Lunches will be available at course for a nominal fee.

Thursday, January 26, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Police responded to an armed robbery this morning at the Turkey Hill Minit Mart in Nesquehoning.

An armed robber got away with an unknown amount of cash just before 6 a.m. today at the Turkey Hill Minit Market on West Catawissa Street (SR209) in Nesquehoning.

In the surveillance video, the robber, who wore a black bandana or mask over his face, could be seen pointing a black gun at the store clerk.

Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith stated the robber was a thin, young, white male, approximately 5 ' 8" to 5' 10" tall, wearing a black coat and hood and blue jeans.

Thursday, January 26, 2012
Sumitted photo

Tamaqua Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the male who robbed Fegley's Mini Mart, Center Street, last Friday night. Prior news reports stated the lone male as having a dark-skinned complexion, but witness accounts differed somewhat, due to the fact the man was wearing a bandana across his face. In the surveillance video and snapshots, the suspects ungloved hands appeared white. The suspect was wearing a dark hooded jacket, with the North Face logo on the back, and grey shoulders.

Thursday, January 26, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Chestnuthill Township supervisors recognized the hard work four Boy Scouts did in Chestnuthill Township Park as they worked on their Eagle Scout projects. They are, left to right, Chris Eckert (supervisor), Zack Boulangerk, Chris Shumski, Chuck Gould (supervisor chairman), Bobby Nemecek, Bernie Kozen (West End Park and Open Space executive director) and Chris Major.

Eagles soar, attaining great heights.

Eagle Scouts also soar and also attain great heights.

As the highest rank one can reach in Boy Scouts, it is a title that is held for life.

A Boy Scout must earn at least 21 merit badges, demonstrate Scout Spirit and complete an extensive service project.

The Eagle Scout Service Project is how a Scout demonstrates his leadership of others while completing a project that benefits a religious institution, a school or his community.