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Friday, March 13, 2015

Nine people will be competing for four seats on Lehigh County's Board of Commissioners in what is expected to be one of the county's more hotly contested races during the 2015 election.

Of the nine candidates who made their runs official by filing nominating petitions by Tuesday's deadline, five are Republicans, meaning the GOP will have the only contested race in the May 19 primary, barring any last-minute filings not included on a candidate list released by the county late Tuesday afternoon.

Friday, March 13, 2015
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Trevor Keefer

A Carbon County freshman is an afterschool champion.

Last week, Trevor Keefer, a Carbon Career & Technical Institute student, was honored by the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network during the group's annual conference in Harrisburg.

Keefer was one of 20 state residents honored as afterschool champions for their dedication to afterschool programming.

"It was awesome," Keefer said of the experience. "It was an honor getting honored by Rep. Doyle Heffley and Sen. John Yudichak. It felt great and it will look good on applications."

Friday, March 13, 2015

College basketball fans can put their knowledge to the test through a pair of 2015 college basketball bracket game contests through the Time News.

The contest opens Sunday. To enter, visit www.tnonline.com/contest.

People may either participate in the upfront contest, round by round contest, or both, according to Kevin Hardy, Times News regional advertising director.

"These are new things to bring out to the public to give them new things to play and be excited about," Hardy said.

Friday, March 13, 2015
RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Roy E. Angst announced his resignation from the Panther Valley School Board, to be effect April 27.

Roy E. Angst, an often outspoken member of Panther Valley School Board, announced his resignation from the board effective April 27.

The resignation date falls on his 88th birthday.

Angst said "poor hearing and generally failing health" are the reasons for his resignation.

He serves as legislative Pennsylvania School Board Association liaison and is chairman of the negotiating committee for the board regarding a teachers' contract.

Friday, March 13, 2015

A Carbon County man was placed on probation Thursday in the county court on a drug count and theft cases.

Mason Anthony Mahoney, 19, of Albrightsville, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve a total of four years on probation on charges of criminal use of a communications device, retail theft, and criminal trespass.

Mahoney previously pleaded guilty to the charges.

Mahoney was arrested by state police at Hazleton vice unit on March 11, 2014, in the parking lot of the Burger King restaurant in Mahoning Township.

Friday, March 13, 2015
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Newly graduated Penn State Carbon County Master Gardners Paul Kocher of Franklin Township and Dee Ford of Jim Thorpe plant garlic seeds in egg crates at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill Tuesday afternoon.

The calendar has turned over to March, which is usually prime time for gardeners to plant their seeds.

But due to the bitter cold winter, they may have to wait substantially longer than usual to put their green thumbs to the test.

This time of year, customers would normally look to purchase lettuce, peas and onion seeds, said Linda Guy, store manager at Lehighton True Value Hardware in Lehighton.

Grass seed would also normally be planted when it is still cool, Guy said.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Twenty-three Panther Valley Middle School students were sent home this morning after their Kistler Transportation school bus was suddenly stopped while in Summit Hill.

Panther Valley School District Superintendent Dennis Kergick said the incident happened at about 8 a.m.

"The Summit Hill bus for some reason came to an abrupt stop, and some of the kids were banged around as a result. Some of the students complained about possible injuries," he said.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A male driver was trapped in his overturned pickup truck Thursday morning after striking a patch of black ice and over turning along Route 443 in West Penn Township. The crash occurred at 6:30 a.m. as he was driving west at the Snow Drift Road intersection. The victim was freed from the wreckage by members of the West Penn Fire Company No 1. He was treated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area trauma center. Route 443 was closed for several hours.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

LONDON (AP) — Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the exuberant, satirical "Discworld" series and author of more than 70 books, has died. He was 66.

Pratchett, who suffered from a rare form of early onset Alzheimer's disease, had earned wide respect in Britain and beyond with his dignified campaign for the right of critically ill patients to choose assisted suicide.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's transit system has been ordered to accept provocative ads that include a 1941 photograph of Adolf Hitler with a former Arab leader after a federal judge ruled in favor of a pro-Israel group's free-speech lawsuit.

The proposed bus ads carry a tagline saying: "Jew Hatred: It's in the Quran."

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority believes the ads violate their standards and will consider an appeal. The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported on Wednesday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Mitchell Goldberg.