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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Eastern Schuylkill Democrats will meet at 7:30 p.m., March 25, at the East End Fire Company in Tamaqua. The main topics for discussion will be new officers and upcoming events.

The public is welcome to attend.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will offer an educational program on Inpatient Rehab Therapy versus Outpatient Rehab Therapy at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the community room at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. One jackpot-winning Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 ticket worth $325,000 from the March 10 drawing was sold at My Hometown Mini Mart, 9 Mahanoy Ave., Tamaqua, Schuylkill County.

The ticket correctly matched all five balls, 03-06-15-27-29, to win a jackpot of $325,000, less 25 percent federal withholding.

The retailer will receive a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The Lottery cannot confirm the identity of the winner until the prize is claimed and the ticket is validated. Cash 5 winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Since the inception of the "Family Promise" in November of 2011 funding for the program has depended on grants, generous donations from a few individuals and organizations, donations and fundraising efforts of the participating churches.

With an annual budget of $87,000 the Family Promise Fundraising Team is constantly on the lookout for new ways to increase participation in funding the program.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Terry Williams

A Lehighton man has been arrested on charges that he assaulted his girlfriend.

Terry Williams, 51, was arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis and placed in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 straight bail.

The alleged assault occurred in Mahoning Township.

Police said that on March 3, at 6:27 p.m., they were dispatched to an assault at 111-A Jamestown Street.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Discussing the Jake Arner Memorial Airport Airport Layout Plan & Narrative Report, which has recommendations and projects for the airport for the next 20 years, are, l-r, Ron Morris of L. R. Kimball Inc., Harrisburg, a consulting firm which compiled the report; Paul Smith, chairman of the Carbon County Airport Authority; and airport authority members Wallace Putkowski and Shawn Kresge. The group is standing next to the PennStar Helicopter, which is housed at the airport.

An extension of the runway of the Jake Arner Memorial Airport in Mahoning Township could potentially lead to luring an industry into the area and thus create some jobs.

The runway project is the only major improvement recommended for the airport over the next 20 years.

Yesterday, a planning consultant unveiled the airport's "Layout Plan & Narrative Report," which details anticipated usage of the airport over the next two decades.

The report was prepared by L. R. Kimball Inc. of Harrisburg.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Summit Hill Borough Council last night hired a Catasauqua firm to repair the heating and air conditioning system at the borough's fire station.

ASL Mechanical will do the work at a cost of $9,200.

The council said it asked three firms for bids for the work. A second company quoted a figure of $9,900 and the third firm didn't respond.

Councilman Michael Alabovitz said that the work is basically replacing the entire system in the office areas of the fire company.

"We will replace the whole thing," he said. "It's shot."

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Palmerton Area Historical Society is looking for lady's-and-men's antique hats. "Antique" means anything 50 years or older. These hats, hat boxes, pins, etc. will be used in the display room at the Heritage Center.

An open house will be held on Sunday, April 28, in the Center. Please label any item loaned to the Center and, if possible, any information you may have about the item. An accompanying photo of someone wearing the hat would be appreciated.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A pair of bills from two different contractors for the new garage caused some questions that Mahoning Township supervisors want answered before they are paid since both seem to be more than the amounts agreed to when the building committee met with them at the pre-construction and bid meetings.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

TOBYHANNA, Pa. (AP) – A northeastern Pennsylvania military base says it will lay off more than 400 civilian contract workers.

Tobyhanna Army Depot in Monroe County said Monday that layoffs will begin Friday and continue through the end of April.

Tobyhanna blames some of the layoffs on decreased workload from the end of the war in Iraq. Officials say the budget impasse in Washington is also playing a role.

The Army installation has previously announced plans to furlough more than 5,000 employees.