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Friday, January 24, 2014

Carbon County is giving back a $1 million federal grant.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted 3-0 to approve an offer to terminate a financial assistance award agreement for convenience with the United States Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration for $1 million.

The grant was secured in June 2010 for use in developing the Packerton Business Park in Mahoning Township.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 26-31, at St. Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua will kick off with an Open House and registration session for students in kindergarten through eighth grade for the 2014-2015 school year from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. A breakfast buffet will take place from 8 a.m. until noon.

St. Jerome Regional School is open to all and serving the parishes of St. Jerome, SS. Peter & Paul, St. Richard and surrounding parishes. The academic program meets the national, state and diocesan standards.

Friday, January 24, 2014

A Schuylkill County deputy sheriff retired Thursday as state police investigate an online conversation he had with a 16-year-old boy.

County Sheriff Joseph G. Groody confirmed Thursday that Dennis Kane, who is also mayor of Ashland, retired after 30 years as a deputy.

"He's been talking all year about retiring," Groody said.

Groody said he was aware of allegations against Kane regarding inappropriate Facebook messages with the teenager and after conducting an initial interview, he immediately turned the investigation over to state police at Frackville.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Motorists using the Carbon County parking lot can expect to pay less to park than in 2013.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to adopt an ordinance that lowers the parking fee on weekends to $5, down from $10, which was adopted in 2013.

Cars will still pay $5 on weekdays and $10 on weekends during October; as well as the St. Patrick's Day parade weekend.

The new weekend fee will go into effect Feb. 1.

Friday, January 24, 2014

HARRISBURG Just weeks away from Gov. Tom Corbett's budget address, there's more bad vibes about Pennsylvania's fiscal health.

Using financial data from 2012, the Mercatus Center at Fairfax, Va.'s George Mason University placed Pennsylvania among the bottom 10 states in terms of its fiscal condition. Pennsylvania clocked in at No. 42 overall and landed in the bottom half of all four categories the center used to determine the overall ranking.

Friday, January 24, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students of the Month for the month of December are, front from left, Cameron Kehrli, Morgan O'Brien, Brody Breiner and Elijah Feisel. Back, Isabella Blasko, Anthony Costello, Rilan Gombert, Katrina Horvath and Gabriella Greek.

Nine students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy were selected as the Students of the Month for the month of December for their efforts in displaying the virtue of respect.

Each student who was honored with receiving the title has reflected on their actions to help them achieve the award.

Kindergarten, Brody Breiner: "I show patience and politeness to everyone."

First grade, Morgan O'Brien: "I'm respectful to others. I try to set a good example for my sister, Megan."

Friday, January 24, 2014

Two defendants involved in an incident in Lehighton in which a knife was alleged placed against the throat of a man opted not to have preliminary hearings this week and waived the charges to Carbon County Court.

Richard Michael Roberts, 36, of Easton, and Elizabeth Tansley, 25, of North First St., Lehighton, had hearings scheduled before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe on Wednesday.

In an agreement worked out with Roberts, he will plead guilty to simple assault with other charges against him expected to be dropped.

Friday, January 24, 2014
MARY TOBIA/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The acrylic painting "Rails of Palmerton" by Douglas Wilkins, left, of Stroudsburg was voted Best of Show at the eighth annual Palmerton Area Library Art Show and Lunch held at the library, sponsored by The Friends of the Library. With Wilkins is his friend, Debbie Yeakel, also of Stroudsburg.

The eighth annual Art Show and Lunch, held recently at the Palmerton Area Library in Palmerton, was well attended.

Thirty artists were credited for over 70 exhibits that decorated the walls of the upstairs main room. The framed art work ranged from water colors, oils, acrylic, colored and wooden pencil, multimedia and even jewelry art.

Many of the artists were on hand throughout the afternoon event to share their techniques and answer questions about their work.

Friday, January 24, 2014
GRANT JENSEN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  New Zealand pop artist, Lorde

Filmmaker Noah Berlow, a Palmerton native, directed the online video of New Zealand pop artist, Lorde, which is featured on www.rollingstone.com. The 17-year-old singer-songwriter, whose Grammy nominated album "Pure Heroin" is topping the charts, is on the mid-January cover of "Rolling Stone Magazine."

For the past 10 years Berlow has been a working film professional in the entertainment business in Los Angeles.

Friday, January 24, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Blue Mountain Health System President/CEO Andrew Harris discusses Health Care Reform with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

Blue Mountain Health System is cutting back in an effort to meet the challenges of the Affordable Care Act.

Andrew Harris, president/CEO of Blue Mountain Health System, said that over the past year, Blue Mountain has seen an 11 percent drop in inpatient utilization.

That compares to 15 percent nationally, but is still a challenge, Harris told members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce recently.