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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced that several prescription drug drop-off boxes have been placed at police stations across Carbon County.

The boxes are intended for drugs that are either no longer being used or expired.

The prescription drug drop-off boxes are located at:

Ÿ Jim Thorpe Borough Police Department, 101 East 10th St., Jim Thorpe

Ÿ Lehighton Borough Police Department, 124 South Third St., Lehighton

Ÿ Mahoning Township Police Department, 2685 Mahoning Drive East, Lehighton

Ÿ Weatherly Police Department, 10 Wilbur St., Weatherly

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The 2014 Russell "Bups" Ahner Memorial Benefit Baseball Game between the Jim Thorpe Old-timers and Franklin Township Old-timers will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Christman Little League Field in Franklin Township.

The bake sale and Chinese auction starts at noon.

Anyone who wants to donate an item for the Chinese auction should do so after 8 a.m. on May 18.

Proceeds will benefit Anastasia Susko of Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cancer never sleeps.

That sad, yet true, fact of life is enough to provide the impetus behind the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Upper Lehigh County.

The event will be held from 4 p.m. Friday through 4 p.m. Saturday at Northern Lehigh High School's Bulldog Community Stadium, 1 Bulldog Lane, Slatington.

It will kick off with an opening ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday. The survivors ceremony will be held at 7 p.m., followed by the luminaria ceremony at 9 p.m. The fight back ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday with the closing ceremony at 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are, Helen Applegate, Lions Club vice president; Frank Jacobs, treasurer; Jordan Reis; Larry Williams, president; and Rita Truccios, secretary.

Members of the Nesquehoning Lions Club recently presented Panther Valley High School sophomore, Jordan Reis with a check for $125 to help him join the 2014 All-State Lions Band as it travels to Canada to attend the Lions International Convention this summer.

Reis, who plays the trombone in the Panther Valley High School band, will first meet with other young musicians from across the state to rehearse at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College for several days before departing for Toronto.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

GFWC Western Pocono Women's Club is co-sponsoring its third annual free Child Safety Fair with the West End Park and Open Space Commission from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday at the Chestnuthill Township Park on Route 715 in Brodheadsville.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A scheduled public bid opening for site work at Commonwealth Connections Academy Wednesday afternoon has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. May 28.

The public cyberschool spent $1.1 million to purchase the 10-acre site of the former J.E. Morgan Antique Car Museum in June 2013. The property is on the corner of Cold Spring Road and Route 443 in West Penn Township.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

During a meeting Tuesday, the finance committee of the Tamaqua School Board recommended a 2014-15 budget which includes a slight increase of 0.93, less than a full mill. The school board is expected to approve the budget during next week's meeting.

The projected expenses for the 2014-15 budget are $28.7 million with total revenue estimated at $26.3 million. The beginning fund balance will be $5 million; but at the end of the 2014-15 year the fund balance will be reduced to $2.4 million.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Jacobi Zigarski, 11, does homework with his mother, Rachael Kattner, of Lehighton, while younger brother Billy, 2, watches. Jacobi has a speech problem known as apraxia, which makes it difficult for him to speak.

Eleven-year-old Jacobi Zigarski looks like your typical youngster.

He's good-looking, clean and has a ready smile although sheepish, with a reason.

Jacobi finds it difficult to communicate. He has a condition called apraxia, which makes it difficult for him to speak.

He is a fifth-grader at Lehighton Area Middle School. Although he has been struggling with the speech defect virtually all his life, it was a speech therapist in Franklin Township Elementary School who first diagnosed his condition last year.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

It was incorrectly stated in Wednesday's Times News that the truck which spilled coal onto Route 209 in Lansford was owned by Lehigh Anthracite.

Lehigh Anthracite did the cleanup on Route 209 but it wasn't one of its trucks.

The truck from which the coal spilled was owned by a Nesquehoning firm. The name of the company wasn't available.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tamaqua's observance of Armed Forces Week will be climaxed this evening with a gigantic military parade, featuring Army, Navy and Marine troops and equipment along with military musical organizations.

The parade will move promptly at 7 o'clock from the extreme west end of Broad Street eastward, disbanding at Maff's garage at the extreme east end of the community.