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Saturday, March 1, 2014

How much do you pay a police chief when he only works 15 hours a month?

At a workshop session held last evening, Weissport Borough Council questioned the $300 paid to Wayne Hunsicker, police chief of Weissport, when he was unable to complete his scheduled 36 hours of patrolling because of an injury he received while on duty in the borough.

The council also questioned Hunsicker leaving the borough during his shift and the lack of names of individuals he arrested on his police reports.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sandy Gazdick's name was misspelled in an article about Nesquehoning Borough Council in Thursday's edition.

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Gregory Acevedo

Two Jim Thorpe residents are facing drug charges following a raid Friday at a borough residence.

Gregory William Acevedo, 49, and Joseph Francis Demuro, 29, both of 10 W. Sixth Street, were arraigned before District Judge Joseph Homanko of Weatherly.

Homanko set bail at $40,000 straight for Acevedo and $40,000 straight for Demuro. Both were lodged in the Carbon County Correctional Facility.

The raid happened at about 10:30 a.m. by members of the Carbon County Drug Task Force along with the Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics and the Jim Thorpe police department.

Friday, February 28, 2014

A parent voiced concern to the Panther Valley School Board Thursday about having middle school students attend a talk by a noted author who will be visiting the school district on March 12.

Karen Berk said the novel "Crank" has material she feels is inappropriate for middle school students.

Berk told the board the book mentions such things as "fun from protected sex," details on how to smoke meth, the protagonist getting high with her father, and some quotes on group sex.

Friday, February 28, 2014
AP PHOTO This photo provided by Jeremy Lakaszcyck, shows Maymo a lemon beagle posing for a shame illustration in Merrimack Valley, Mass. Lakaszcyck of Boston started putting shaming videos of Maymo, on YouTube but behaviorists insist dogs lack shame. The guilty look, head cowered, ears back, eyes droopy is a reaction to the tantrum you are throwing now over the damage they did hours earlier.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The next time you start shaking your finger and shouting "Shame on you!" because your dog chewed up your favorite fuzzy slippers, just remember that no matter how guilty your dog looks, it doesn't know what your rant is about.

Behaviorists insist dogs lack shame. The guilty look – head cowered, ears back, eyes droopy – is a reaction to the tantrum you are throwing now over the damage they did hours earlier.

Friday, February 28, 2014

A parent voiced concern to the Panther Valley School Board Thursday about having middle school students attend a talk by an author of a book banned by some schools.

Karen Burke said the novel "Crank" has material she feels is inappropriate for middle school students.

New York Times best-selling author Ellen Hopkins will visit the high school on March 12.

Her talk is also open to middle school students, with signed permission slips.

The student leadership group at Panther Valley High School raised $3,000 to bring Hopkins to the school.

Friday, February 28, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Carbon County Animal Shelter is selling magnets to help support its operations.

The Adopt a Dog For Life month campaign in Carbon County was a success.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard announced that a total of 13 dogs were adopted from the county's animal shelter in February. That doubled the monthly adoption average in January.

He said that Tom Connors, manager of the shelter, said that he contributes the reduction in adoption fee as a major reason for the increase in dog adoptions. Currently, 17 dogs are available for adoption.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Palmerton plans to purchase a brand new police cruiser for its police department.

In addition, borough council on Thursday approved rules and regulations for police applicant testing.

On a 4-0 measure, with one abstention, council agreed to spend $31,458 for a 2014 Ford Interceptor from KME Kovatch in Nesquehoning.

Borough manager Rodger Danielson said money from the borough's general fund would be used to purchase the vehicle.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is hosting a monthly veterans outreach at her Northampton district office from 10 a.m. until noon Thursday, March 6.

The office is located at 2030 Center St. in Northampton.

A veterans outreach specialist from the American Legion in Wilkes-Barre will be available to meet with local veterans and assist them with issues they may have accessing benefits and services from the U.S. Veterans Affairs.

Friday, February 28, 2014

It's transition time once again for the Carbon County CETA Program.

But that's nothing new for the federally-funded agency that was among the county's leading employers.

However, that was before the large-scale layoffs of industrial workers, cutbacks in production, a few plant closings, and the demise of the public service employment phase of CETA.