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Monday, January 19, 2015

HARRISBURG A study of the Quakake Tunnel in Weatherly Borough is one of 109 watershed protection projects that will receive more than $23.2 million from the Department of Environmental Protection as part of the Growing Greener program, according to Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon, and Sen. John Yudichak, Luzerne/Carbon. Gov. Tom Corbett announced the grants on Tuesday.

Monday, January 19, 2015
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News  At least one person was injured when involved in a crash on an ice-covered Route 248. The crash occurred at 9:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes near the cantilever.

Drivers were greeted with icy travels Sunday morning, leading to multiple crashes and reports of vehicles sliding off area roads.

The light rain and temperatures hovering at the freezing mark either created just the right conditions or exactly the wrong ones.

Some motorists reported sliding past intersections, while others were stopped because of closed roads.

At least one person was injured in a crash on an ice-covered Route 248. The crash occurred at 9:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes near the cantilever.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Feed the People will serve a community dinner at 5 p.m. Wednesday, at St. John Evangelist Lutheran Church, 1 E. Abbott St. (Tunnel Street entrance), Lansford.

All are welcome to join us. If the Panther Valley School District has an early dismissal due to weather conditions, dinner will be canceled. For more information, call 570-657-1480.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Community Dinner

St. Mark's/St. John's Episcopal Church, Race Street, will host its free community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the church.

The meal this month will be spaghetti with meatballs.

For more information about this meal or any other monthly meals, call the church at 570-325-2241.

Class of 1964

Members of the Jim Thorpe High School class of 1964 will hold their monthly luncheon at noon Wednesday at Penn's Peak.

Those planning to attend should wear their winter gear as the monthly photo will be taken outside.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Ricky and the Ricardos will perform at the Tamaqua Community Art Center on Feb. 7. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the show scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

This is a B.Y.O.B. event.

The art center is located at 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

For more information, or advance tickets, call 570-668-1192.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Due to weather-related cancellation of schools, Tuesday, Jan. 20, will now be a snow makeup day for students in the Northern Lehigh School District.

Monday, January 19, 2015

HARRISBURG Gov.-elect Tom Wolf steps into the most powerful elective office in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, but how he wields that authority will be shaped by both outside events and the checks and balances inherent in a three-branch system of government.

A governor's authority is measured by how well he or she articulates a vision for the citizenry, uses the bully pulpit to get a message across, negotiates with recalcitrant lawmakers, cuts deals to get things done and adapts to court decisions.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Do you work with teenagers?

Are you a parent of a child between the ages of 12 and 18?

Do you worry that something is wrong in a child's life but have no idea what to do to help them?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, there's a program available to adults that could help them save an adolescent's life.

Kat Werner, an AmeriCorps member with Eastcentral Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center, recently spoke to the Carbon County Interagency and Family Collaborative Board about Youth Mental Health First Aid courses that are available in the county.

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Shenandoah man returned to prison on Monday after a judge revoked his parole for his alleged participation in a burglary at Shenandoah Valley High School in October.

Javier E. Jimenez, 21, must remain behind bars for at least three months without a chance for reparole under the terms of Schuylkill County Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin's order. Jimenez could remain in prison until June 28, 2016, under the terms of Dolbin's order.

"I understand that I made a mistake," Jimenez told Dolbin. "I tend to get in trouble on the streets."

Monday, January 19, 2015

SUNBURY (AP) Two historical organizations are urging officials of a central Pennsylvania county to preserve a nearly 140-year-old prison despite heavy damage from a fire last week.

County officials have called the Northumberland County Prison a total loss that cannot be rebuilt at its current location, but haven't said whether they plan to demolish the castlelike building.

Victoria Rosancrans, a member of both the Northumberland County Historical Society and Sunbury Old Towne Neighborhood Council, said the structure should be kept even if the prison isn't rebuilt.